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by Channex757
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects
Replies: 27
Views: 1197

Re: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects

The sports car will surely find its audience. Tesla already knows how to manufacture high-manpower small production batches of luxury vehicles. You’re having a bit of a laugh aren’t you? A Tesla is in no way shape or form a luxury vehicle, it’s fit and finish are appaling, at best they are executiv...

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by Channex757
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 748 or A380 Bomber Aircraft?
Replies: 34
Views: 1570

Re: 748 or A380 Bomber Aircraft?

Now if the bigger is better is taken out of the equation....what about attaching (or rather rebuilding) a redundant A345 with the body of an A330ST Super Beluga? Plenty of thrust, and an unpressurised volume capable of being stuffed with armaments of all sorts. The same idea could be stretched to th...

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by Channex757
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 748 or A380 Bomber Aircraft?
Replies: 34
Views: 1570

Re: 748 or A380 Bomber Aircraft?

Two words apply here (especially for the A380). Sitting Duck They would just be such a massive target for the other side to aim at with their long range weapons, and neither is really designed for low level flying. That's why the USAF is making such a fuss over stealthy designs for bombers. We could...

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by Channex757
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: how long before a U.S. long haul low cost carrier?
Replies: 47
Views: 5576

Re: how long before a U.S. long haul low cost carrier?

To me so far, the only longhaul lower cost airlines from Europe doing well are the TUI Group and TCX/DE as they can sell seats with holidays attached. Norwegian seems to be chasing the critical mass and as yet they arguably have not found it. Being an employee for TUI this always gets on my nerves ...

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by Channex757
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: how long before a U.S. long haul low cost carrier?
Replies: 47
Views: 5576

Re: how long before a U.S. long haul low cost carrier?

There is no niche for a new US long haul LCC. The "big 3" have effectively turned a portion of their planes in to a LCC with "basic economy" fares and service, which already captures many of the passengers who would opt for a LCC. Unless this new LCC can somehow offer fares belo...

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by Channex757
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A319neo: will it enter into service or not?
Replies: 109
Views: 15930

Re: A319neo: will it enter into service or not?

There are a number of A319ceo users out there who have, as yet, not decided on their replacement. Air France, Lufthansa, BA to name but three. BA in particular will want a containerised baggage aircraft so no CS300. That's a fairly large number to be replaced at some stage. It costs Airbus nothing t...

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by Channex757
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380
Replies: 786
Views: 100126

Re: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380

All the work done on the wing and pylons by Airbus would need redoing. First of all thank you for the link. PM will not like it ;-) But I don't get your statement regarding the pylons. EA-engines are still an option for A380s. So why would it need redoing? So putting pressure both on RR and Airbus ...

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by Channex757
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380
Replies: 786
Views: 100126

Re: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380

Applying logic. If Emirates do not order an additional 40 aircraft then we know production of the A380 must cease in about 5 years time.But this is the very thing Emirates appear to be desperate to avoid.If it did cease they would have to renegotiate their existing 380 leases -holding no cards at a...

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by Channex757
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR Ultrafan, if it achieves the goals, will it be a game changer? A380NEO b797 etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 2089

Re: RR Ultrafan, if it achieves the goals, will it be a game changer? A380NEO b797 etc.

The noises are that RR are closing in on the desired architecture to enable the reverse pitch fan feature, without stalling the core. Airflow outside the core would essentially be reversed instead of conventional reverse thrust with its weighty mechanisms. The trick would be to enable reverse pitch ...

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by Channex757
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: how long before a U.S. long haul low cost carrier?
Replies: 47
Views: 5576

Re: how long before a U.S. long haul low cost carrier?

How soon they forget. PeoplExpress and Tower Air ring any bells?

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by Channex757
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Airbus Orders pt 2
Replies: 154
Views: 31925

Re: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Airbus Orders pt 2

Watching a Bloomberg clip on Francke just now..he has $8B under management in his equity firm so does anyone know how he'll secure the financing for the initial firm orders? My question is whether he can secure the financing as the guarantor of the firm orders and THEN distribute the planes as plan...

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by Channex757
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR Ultrafan, if it achieves the goals, will it be a game changer? A380NEO b797 etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 2089

Re: RR Ultrafan, if it achieves the goals, will it be a game changer? A380NEO b797 etc.

It will be a game changer as for the first time (except for a Russian engine that was actually more turboprop than turbofan) a high bypass turbofan will have the ability to alter the pitch of the fan blades to the optimum setting. It's one of the few areas left which work has not so far been attempt...

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by Channex757
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How often are airlines operating flights with small load factors?
Replies: 34
Views: 4796

Re: Small Load Factor

The OP's flight BNA-BWI may have had a garbage load, but Southwest work their assets hard and the aircraft will have its flights planned out well in advance. It needs to be at BWI to work the next of its legs, so cancellation isn't really an option. Jet2 flew one the other day, Glasgow to Heraklion ...

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by Channex757
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many of UA's 777's are older than their 747's?
Replies: 29
Views: 4365

Re: How many of UA's 777's are older than their 747's?

This is a silly thread. Similarly, Southwest actually had some 737-300s and 737-700s that were only a matter of weeks apart in age. Same for AA's MD80s and 737-800s......but you shouldn't discourage people from asking a question. I'm also curious why UA is getting rid of theirs now while BA is keep...

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by Channex757
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA reported to be in talks to acquire SQ A380s
Replies: 78
Views: 16613

Re: BA reported to be in talks to acquire SQ A380s

BA have got the 78X coming in for JFK. It's the perfect transatlantic aircraft for them, and can be configured to replace their Hi-J 744s. The incoming A380 aircraft will help widen the operation for BA. They are running the existing fleet near capacity so some cheap add-ons with the right engines (...

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by Channex757
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Boeing Orders
Replies: 188
Views: 52990

Re: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Boeing Orders

That's what I thought. A replacemente for 777-200/300 no ER versions or the old A332. Now I see. It fits perfectly. Those aircraft already left the fleet. Emirates still wants a replacement for them. The 773ER is not ideal for shorthaul flying, or the medium haul routes that their 773A used to oper...

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by Channex757
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Boeing Orders
Replies: 188
Views: 52990

Re: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Boeing Orders

The 78K order fits perfectly into the gap left when Emirates scrapped their A350 order. They wanted a regional, throttle-push version which the original A350-1000 would have been. Basically an economical replacement for their 777-300A aircraft. Then Airbus boosted the specs for the A35K and Emirates...

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by Channex757
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3rd ARJ-21 delivered
Replies: 20
Views: 4350

Re: 3rd ARJ-21 delivered

I'm surprised it ever flew at all. It might be possible if you are messing with Airfix kits to take the body off a DC-9, glue and putty Antonov wings to it and then add the engines off an Embraer or CRJ, but how do you even begin to try to balance that lot let alone integrate it all? COMAC handicapp...

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by Channex757
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thanksgiving - The Forgotten Holiday?
Replies: 14
Views: 676

Re: Thanksgiving - The Forgotten Holiday?

There is also zero export potential in Thanksgiving, so why become invested in it if you are a manufacturer or international retailer?

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by Channex757
Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK court rules Monarch has no claim on summer 2018 slots
Replies: 20
Views: 2811

Re: UK court rules Monarch has no claim on summer 2018 slots

At least the Air Berlin creditor worked on transferring slots and leases on aircraft to LH and U2 before finally ceasing operations. All of the aircraft of ZB have been reclaimed by the leasing companies (except for two A320s, which were re-claimed by SmartLynx and Air Malta, their sub-lessors). Ba...

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by Channex757
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways buys 9.6 percent stake in Cathay Pacific
Replies: 34
Views: 6174

Re: Qatar Airways buys 9.6 percent stake in Cathay Pacific

Bottom line is, Qatar has substantial gas revenues that need to either sit in a bank somewhere or (preferably) invest in tangible assets worth something. That CX stake fits the bill. Qatar Airways is the vehicle through which they prefer to make those big investments such as in British Airways and H...

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by Channex757
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Build Frames vs Disposal
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: New Build Frames vs Disposal

Teruel in Spain is an increasingly large storage and recycling operation.

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by Channex757
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air starting New York JFK flights
Replies: 15
Views: 2318

Re: WOW Air starting New York JFK flights

This is also going to be a cheap way of flying to TLV. Lots of potential there, as the A321N is already flying KEF-TLV. I can see that being a popular ticket option.

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by Channex757
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas DFW-SYD Diversion
Replies: 13
Views: 3652

Re: Qantas DFW-SYD Diversion

Crew have probably received an updated weather report of their route, which shows they may need that extra fuel to get all their way to SYD. headwinds may have strengthened or suchlike, meaning higher fuel burn. No big issue apart from delay and cost to the airline, reticketing onward flyers etc.

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by Channex757
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects
Replies: 27
Views: 1197

Re: Model 3 ‘Hell’ Is Burning Tesla’s Other Projects

Must be a very stressful time to work at Tesla, especially with the layoff situation. The article goes on to detail the issues with the Model 3 and its probable knock-on impacts on Autopilot, the Solar Roof, the Tesla Semi, and the Tesla Network. Seems to be some slight difference between hand buil...

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by Channex757
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus looks outside for Leahy's replacement
Replies: 31
Views: 3589

Re: Airbus looks outside for Leahy's replacement

Because of all this uncertainty I would not be in the least bit surprised if John Leahy announces he will remain in post for another year. Certainly until the major aircraft deals in the offing are all put to bed one way or another, including the Emirates deals. Not ideal as it takes him even closer...

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by Channex757
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier announces LoI for 31 (+30 Options) CSeries from an unnamed European Customer
Replies: 271
Views: 43989

Re: Bombardier announces LoI for 31 (+30 Options) CSeries from an unnamed European Customer

I'd put my bet on SN too. They have been leasing in capacity from other carriers like BE with the Q400 and Cityjet with the SSJ. A deal to cover their smaller aircraft needs plus roll over/right size other parts such as the A319 would seem viable.

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by Channex757
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 P2F program has launch customer
Replies: 23
Views: 5681

Re: 777 P2F program launched

The ex Saudai 772's seem like pretty good candidates for UPS or Fedex Really? I agree they will only really be any use as package freighters where volume is more prized than mass, but SV selling planes to Israel or allowing a deal where their property is transferred to Tel Aviv? Add into this those...

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by Channex757
Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?
Replies: 30
Views: 6151

Re: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?

Slots are not property. Think of them more as a licence. If the holder ceases to function as an airline, then they can only go back to ACL. If the airlines are operative they can be rented or deals struck to transfer them with a cash incentive to do so. Slots don't carry any monetary value. They are...

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by Channex757
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SV to have 15 777-200ERs put up for sale/lease
Replies: 64
Views: 12348

Re: SV to have 15 777-200ERs put up for sale/lease

These things are clapped out. One taxied past me a few years back sounding like someone had stuffed a sheep into the APU. They all look and sound awful, one even had its landing gear poke through the wing a while back. Low cycle? Don't make me laugh. They were SV's go-to aircraft for anything needin...

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by Channex757
Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Hillary Clinton run for US president again in 2020?
Replies: 41
Views: 1029

Re: Will Hillary Clinton run for US president again in 2020?

Make what you will of it, but Hillary started a trend that has seen Michelle Obama's name thrown about quite a bit recently. Trump had no political experience before he come into the job and had never stood for election before. So why not Obama? She's a strong personality and knows the White House s...

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by Channex757
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus looks outside for Leahy's replacement
Replies: 31
Views: 3589

Re: Airbus looks outside for Leahy's replacement

Leahy has been perhaps the biggest reason for Airbu’s success since the introduction of the A320. As with anyone with that much power, who has been there that long, the number of skeletons about to come out of the closet are going to be non-trivial. Ray not getting the job is a pretty strong indica...

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by Channex757
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus looks outside for Leahy's replacement
Replies: 31
Views: 3589

Re: Airbus looks outside for Leahy's replacement

Airbus clearly want a big personality in the post. Kiran Rao might not fit the bill. Looking outside is what most companies do; sending out headhunters to quietly approach the suitable targets and see if there are any prospects of luring them away. To me it seems like they may have gotten it down to...

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by Channex757
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New colours for UTair Aviation Russia
Replies: 24
Views: 3156

Re: New colours for UTair Aviation Russia

Short lease livery. Easy to change to whatever the lessor requires when they go back.

Long leases are normally the ones where airlines indulge themselves. This rather horrible livery is simple and could be changed quickly, and at lower cost.

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by Channex757
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein Fired
Replies: 148
Views: 4461

Re: Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein Fired

Who cares that Spacey is gay? We already knew that. He was outed like two years ago an no one cared then. Why are people suddenly caring he is gay? Because in all the reports I’ve read he’s used the I was drunk and don’t remember excuse then mentioned that btw I’m gay. So in effect he’s linked bein...

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by Channex757
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Manafort...first to fall???
Replies: 65
Views: 2178

Re: Manafort...first to fall???

Here is the indictment. Seems pretty clear to me there are other than financial issues there. https://www.justice.gov/file/1007271/download Feel free to point out the ones that include the election. Nick, it doesn't matter. Mueller could have Manafort dead to rights on JAYWALKING in order to exchan...

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by Channex757
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why was DC10 better than L1011?
Replies: 26
Views: 5289

Re: Why was DC10 better than L1011?

Biggest problem was Lockheed were not into airlines at the time it came out. There were no DC-8 or DC-9 equivalents from Lockheed, so the sales staff were immediately at a disadvantage. Aircraft are bought (more often than not) based on relationships as well as price. The McDonnell Douglas sales tea...

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by Channex757
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Effects of hypothetical Catalan independence in aviation industry
Replies: 30
Views: 4656

Re: Effects of hypothetical Catalan independence in aviation industry

The end game in all this is that Catalonia will become an autonomous region within Spain that has more self-determination. Nationalists may talk a good game but it's hard to envisage that region becoming fully independent. Just as in Northern Ireland, eventually a peace plan will be hammered out th...

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by Channex757
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Effects of hypothetical Catalan independence in aviation industry
Replies: 30
Views: 4656

Re: Effects of hypothetical Catalan independence in aviation industry

The end game in all this is that Catalonia will become an autonomous region within Spain that has more self-determination. Nationalists may talk a good game but it's hard to envisage that region becoming fully independent. Just as in Northern Ireland, eventually a peace plan will be hammered out tha...

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by Channex757
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG could take up to 12 A321LRs for EI
Replies: 58
Views: 10409

Re: IAG to take up to 12 A321LRs for EI

Based on A.Net wisdom, Europeans do not like to fly TATL on narrow body a/c, the USA carriers who are using 757's are mostly USA originating traffic. I accept that the A321 is a wider narrow body a/c than the 757, so will the a/c now change preferences and open up new travel possibilities for non-c...

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by Channex757
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Monarch Airlines fail?
Replies: 39
Views: 8221

Re: Why did Monarch Airlines fail?

I can't offer any substantiation as it's company data, but it was well known within the industry that ZB had two toxic factors going on; complicated leasing structures and also high lease charges as lessors have regarded them for some time as higher risk. The two A330s were jettisoned primarily beca...

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by Channex757
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs
Replies: 136
Views: 15780

Re: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs

I'd like them to announce it today near close of business if they are going to do this in which case I'll sell my bombardier shares early next week. I assume they usually leave these big announcements for a friday evening near month end. Not going to do anything based on a rumour so I'm doing nothi...

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by Channex757
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tupolev Tu-204 and 757 Side by Side
Replies: 68
Views: 11967

Re: Tupolev Tu-204 and 757 Side by Side

The 757 was itself remarkably similar to a British design from the late 60s with RB211 engines that never got built. Again, as no massive lawsuits flew across the Atlantic it was just form following function. The 757 was a twin engined aircraft originally envisaged as a 722 replacement, that actuall...

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by Channex757
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tupolev Tu-204 and 757 Side by Side
Replies: 68
Views: 11967

Re: Tupolev Tu-204 and 757 Side by Side

Thanks for the replies. The Tu-204 obviously isn't copy, just look at the cockpit, so don't take me literally. However, it does appear to be inspired by the 757. Would still love to see a picture of two parked next to each other. I've seen the real thing at SSH (one gate over from our 757) and was ...

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by Channex757
Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus seeks to cut repayments to government from controversial 'launch investment' for new jets
Replies: 101
Views: 7120

Re: Airbus seeks to cut repayments to government from controversial 'launch investment' for new jets

Airbus is a business. If there is any possibility of them cutting costs then they have to look into it and action it. Simple as that. Airbus isn't some kind of civic charity, it's a company with shareholders and has to maximise its profitability. If there is an opening to reduce costs then they real...

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by Channex757
Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to end all flights between Birmingham and Spain effective 28/OCT
Replies: 16
Views: 5478

Re: Norwegian to end all flights between Birmingham and Spain effective 28/OCT

There is another player at BHX now, Jet2 are in the market with their dual product. Monarch certainly were well entrenched at BHX but there is this new factor. Norwegian might have decided that seasonal is their best option rather than poor yields in the cold months against a competitor offering a c...

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by Channex757
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates adding 7th LHR Service
Replies: 53
Views: 11569

Re: Emirates adding 7th LHR Service

Most likely to be extra capacity for students going home and returning for the Christmas and New Year break. Lots of them move about at that time of year.

Emirates has carried quite a good chunk of the student traffic up to now.

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by Channex757
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Volvo goes to China for new luxury brand
Replies: 7
Views: 500

Re: Volvo goes to China for new luxury brand

One sphere the Chinese indigenous motor industry is really pushing on is in electrics and hybrids. Their sales dwarf those in places like the USA and many European markets. Volvo's first venture into a plug-in hybrid luxury marque is certainly being built in the right place to benefit from a good su...

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by Channex757
Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Volvo goes to China for new luxury brand
Replies: 7
Views: 500

Volvo goes to China for new luxury brand

https://youtu.be/MCquocB3uEo It's a handsome car with style cues from their legendary 1960s Grand Tourers. The slightly raised tail evokes the P1800 sports car line. It's classed by them as an Electric Performance Hybrid, has a carbon fibre upper body and a decent amount of plug-in battery working w...

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by Channex757
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mexico's Interjet $$$ problems & Sukhoi fleet
Replies: 55
Views: 12484

Re: Mexico's Interjet $$$ problems & Sukhoi fleet

Interjet is considering an MC-21 purchase: https://www.rt.com/business/407508-mc21-jet-russia-mexico/ A face-saving move by the Russians? Could this be a "we'll-take-your-problematic-Sukhoi-planes-off-your-hands-if-you-will-take-the-MC-21" deal? More likely finance related and the ability...

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