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by Channex757
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saudia Cargo 747 got its tail fin removed
Replies: 7
Views: 1824

Re: Saudia Cargo 747 got its tail fin removed

Why would they remove the vertical tailplane?. Winds. As other posters have said there is some bad weather headed that way. As the undercarriage is where the most damage happened then it'll need jacking. That's preferably done in a hangar, so if they need it doing there then that big sail would nee...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330-800 out, B787-9 in at Hawaiian? -Leeham
Replies: 386
Views: 43702

Re: A330-800 out, B787-9 in at Hawaiian? -Leeham

I love talk hereabouts concerning rumours. However there was always a rule in newspaper journalism that to go front page on a rumour it had to be confirmed by two credible sources. That way there was less chance of getting caught with your pants down in front of a libel judge. What this thread demon...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe Takeover?
Replies: 13
Views: 2998

Re: Flybe Takeover?

I always thought BE would have been a natural fit in the AF/KL group. Brexit will ensure that doesn't happen. Stobart is a problem as Stobart Air is part of Stobart Ireland. Might this fall foul of the 50% rule? It would need structuring so the UK parent is the shareholder. They have taken over some...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of EK MCO-LHR fifth freedom
Replies: 28
Views: 3342

Re: Possibility of EK MCO-LHR fifth freedom

Back in the late 90’s when I was living in Daytona, a bunch of flights from England to Sanford were flown every day with very large airplanes by the likes of Airtours, Caledonian, Thomas Cook etc. Don’t they still do that today? I recently had to return a rental car at SFB and the place was already...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330-800 out, B787-9 in at Hawaiian? -Leeham
Replies: 386
Views: 43702

Re: A330-800 out, B787-9 in at Hawaiian? -Leeham

Why does my cynical old brain get the impression someone at Airbus might have planted this story to get Leeham to broadcast this rumour, in order to flush Boeing and Hawaiian out? Now that Hawaiian have had to publicly comment https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/hawaiians-a330-800-order-remai...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330-800 out, B787-9 in at Hawaiian? -Leeham
Replies: 386
Views: 43702

Re: A330-800 out, B787-9 in at Hawaiian? -Leeham

Airbus has operated using the service model for years. John Leahy occasionally spoke of averaging a deal out over the expected operating life at an airline, to justify the plane going out the door at a hefty discount. It's also apparently how Boeing allowed itself to be "raped" (O'Leary di...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Lockheed Super Star Restoration Project
Replies: 29
Views: 5718

Re: Lufthansa Lockheed Super Star Restoration Project

There is also the fact that its Wright R-3350 Turbo Compound engines are arguably the most complex piston engines ever installed on an airliner and were a bit of a maintenance headache even for the experienced and skilled engineers of the piston era. How does the spare parts market look for these e...

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by Channex757
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian space movie
Replies: 7
Views: 483

Re: Russian space movie

Watched this on Amazon; it was certainly well made and the graphics were excellent. It didn't lag either, and even showed the brutal management style of the Communist regime at that time.

If you have Prime, don't mind subtitles and have a love for all things space then it's worth a watch.

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by Channex757
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Vacation suggestions
Replies: 26
Views: 653

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If you want to do a transatlantic, I'd seriously look at Cunard. I have. Too expensive for a solo traveler. A 7 day cruise is more expensive than the 14 day one with NCL. You get what you pay for, plus do you really want to be hanging out with the same potentially boring people for fourteen days? T...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Virgin Atlantic struggling on LHR-MIA?
Replies: 58
Views: 9665

Re: Is Virgin Atlantic struggling on LHR-MIA?

I’m hoping brighter days for them now that AF-KLM is (or already did) buying 30% of VS. Maybe one of their groups LCCs will begin P2P flying out of LGW or MAN. It’s just going road for them because they’re in such a niche market, crammed in between BA and all of the LCCs in the market. That stake i...

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by Channex757
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta wants to be the launch customer for 797
Replies: 171
Views: 23919

Re: Delta wants to be the launch customer for 797

It will all come down to price in the end. Anyone fantasising about any other "solution" to Delta's mid-market needs is completely and utterly wrong. Aircraft do not have to be exact fits. The price of the aircraft and its costs to run are the only factor, not some armchair CEO theory abo...

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by Channex757
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tried any new craftbeers lately ?
Replies: 12
Views: 366

Re: Tried any new craftbeers lately ?

https://www.innisandgunn.com/

My favourite tipple is their Blood Red Sky Scottish ale, matured in rum casks. Craft beer is getting huge round where I live too.
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https://www.innisandgunn.com/

My favourite tipple is their Blood Red Sky Scottish ale, matured in rum casks. Craft beer is getting huge round where I live too.

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by Channex757
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta wants to be the launch customer for 797
Replies: 171
Views: 23919

Re: Delta wants to be the launch customer for 797

It will all come down to price in the end. Anyone fantasising about any other "solution" to Delta's mid-market needs is completely and utterly wrong. Aircraft do not have to be exact fits. The price of the aircraft and its costs to run are the only factor, not some armchair CEO theory abou...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: To Make Way for B-21, Air Force Plans to Retire B-1, B-2 in 2030s
Replies: 23
Views: 1833

Re: To Make Way for B-21, Air Force Plans to Retire B-1, B-2 in 2030s

Looks as well like the USAF wants to retire the most expensive and difficult to sustain aircraft first, then the secondmost, then...... Add to this the versatility of the B-52 against the lack of a distinct role nowadays for the B-1 thanks to standoff weapons and drones getting better and it all sta...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing's Newest Airplane Could Improve Alaska Air's Fortunes
Replies: 26
Views: 6859

Re: Boeing's Newest Airplane Could Improve Alaska Air's Fortunes

What engines do these have? Maybe UA might have an interest in them. Er, wrong thread maybe? What has this got to do with AS? The A320 series that Alaska got as part of the Virgin America takeover use the same engines as United uses. He was hinting that UA could be interested in taking the old Virg...

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by Channex757
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Julian Assange Rape Investigation Is Dropped in Sweden
Replies: 100
Views: 3405

Re: Julian Assange Rape Investigation Is Dropped in Sweden

Incidentally my idea of deportation involves Rohypnol and an LD3

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by Channex757
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Julian Assange Rape Investigation Is Dropped in Sweden
Replies: 100
Views: 3405

Re: Julian Assange Rape Investigation Is Dropped in Sweden

Dear Mr Assange Please leave the Embassy and the Met will chauffeur you to one of their luxurious and private locations for some secure R&R. Then a swift appearance before the Beak. Six months, suspended, and immediate deportation to one of our penal colonies. It's called Australia. I believe yo...

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by Channex757
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus stops accepting PW1100G engines
Replies: 206
Views: 38967

Re: Airbus stops accepting PW1100G engines

Why will CFM be the ideal short haul motor. I would think the opposite. Same reason it is today. Lower maintenance costs promised, and fuel burn isn't such a precise science over shorthaul as it is over oceans. The CFM56 burns a bit more fuel than the V2500. The CFM56 gives back in time on wing and...

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by Channex757
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus stops accepting PW1100G engines
Replies: 206
Views: 38967

Re: Airbus stops accepting PW1100G engines

Guess what kiddies? Airlines kept the faith, compensation got paid, and it all worked out in the end because engineers were not hysterical chicken little types. Airlines equally can't walk out of contracts free and clear because their neighbour is having issues with their engines so CFM won't be ge...

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by Channex757
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus stops accepting PW1100G engines
Replies: 206
Views: 38967

Re: Airbus stops accepting PW1100G engines

I know everyone here likes to scream and play the fainting maiden over all these engine issues at the moment, but if you are of a certain age cast your minds back. Whenever there has been a step change in propulsion, it never goes as smoothly as the engineers try to get it. Pressures go up, seals ha...

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by Channex757
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing wants to buy woodward
Replies: 37
Views: 5809

Re: Boeing wants to buy woodward

I can see this deal hitting the rocks thanks to US and EU antitrust legislation. It might just be more than the regulators are prepared to swallow at this stage, especially as international trade relations are febrile at the moment.

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla's annual loss hits $2.7 billion
Replies: 6
Views: 636

Re: Tesla's annual loss hits $2.7 billion

Technically it isn't lost money. Tesla makes a decent margin on sales. The "loss" is best considered a deficit, much of which is actually invested in the business. Their R&D plus capital expenditure remains high, which is why Wall Street keeps the faith with Elon. The cars have jumped...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy 55th birthday to the 727
Replies: 89
Views: 6759

Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

If we want to talk history, then it is my opinion that the 727 was a more significant aircraft than the 737 despite the huge sales of the latter. The 727 was the plane that brought cheaper, shorter jet flights to the masses and started off the JT8D in volume that enabled the later 737. Before anyone...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can B767 Be Converted to 2-4-2?
Replies: 52
Views: 8188

Re: Can B767 Be Converted to 2-4-2?

A 763 with 2-4-2 and a full set of bags can easily cope with UK-Barbados. The aircraft is more than capable of the work demanded of them by the Eurocharter companies and do so to this day. Their speciality however has been as understudies to the 787 recently. If a 787 at BY goes tech, a 763 high den...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla's annual loss hits $2.7 billion
Replies: 6
Views: 636

Re: Tesla's annual loss hits $2.7 billion

Technically it isn't lost money. Tesla makes a decent margin on sales. The "loss" is best considered a deficit, much of which is actually invested in the business. Their R&D plus capital expenditure remains high, which is why Wall Street keeps the faith with Elon. The cars have jumped ...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can B767 Be Converted to 2-4-2?
Replies: 52
Views: 8188

Re: Can B767 Be Converted to 2-4-2?

Just an aside...the BY and MT aircraft were not conversions. They came out of the factory in that format. I think there have been conversions but those high density 767s were all factory option

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can B767 Be Converted to 2-4-2?
Replies: 52
Views: 8188

Re: Can B767 Be Converted to 2-4-2?

Imagine being one of the poor souls whose been on a TOM or TCX example when they've had to sub for a 787 or 330 on a transatlantic flight from the UK. It was bad enough on a four hour journey to the canaries never mind double that to the caribbean or america Those things used to go UK-Australia as ...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines A330-300 nasty engine failure in flight
Replies: 38
Views: 14028

Re: Singapore Airlines A330-300 nasty engine failure in flight

This is a non-story. Move on. It is. Singapore Airlines will probably do the repair themselves. Attach a new set of fan blades to a replacement hub, rebalance the engine with new seals, stuff into a replacement case and good to go. That's simplifying the process but the core is likely completely un...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines A330-300 nasty engine failure in flight
Replies: 38
Views: 14028

Re: Singapore Airlines A330-300 nasty engine failure in flight

If that is the front I wonder what the turbines look like. probably untouched. The job of the fan design is to push a detached fan blade into the cold stream and then out of the engine. Debris goes around the compressors and turbines. I wonder what made this let go? T700 engines are not known for f...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines A330-300 nasty engine failure in flight
Replies: 38
Views: 14028

Re: Singapore Airlines A330-300 nasty engine failure in flight

If that is the front I wonder what the turbines look like. probably untouched. The job of the fan design is to push a detached fan blade into the cold stream and then out of the engine. Debris goes around the compressors and turbines. I wonder what made this let go? T700 engines are not known for f...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "Burial" in Space
Replies: 16
Views: 830

Re: "Burial" in Space

There's a sort of pleasing symmetry to sending ashes into space. We came from the stars via supernovae creating our elements, so back to the stars we go. There have been a few, the most notable to me being James Doohan (Scotty) from Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry's remains were flown on a Shuttle but r...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The undisclosed european CSeries customer
Replies: 96
Views: 17386

Re: The undisclosed european CSeries customer

It could be an airline (like Air Nostrum) that is an existing Bombardier client, and the approach was made on that basis. An unsolicited bid or a direct request, not needing a bid process to be opened to other manufacturers. If you own an Audi and want another one, you don't start asking for bids fr...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 148
Views: 27555

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

Even though Boeing would have offered them some early 787 slots. Same for an A350 solution, Airbus would have worked with them, but there are simple not as many available slots as for the A330neo. The A330neo is still the best solution for AirAsia to grow as fast as they want. The lease of 2nd hand...

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by Channex757
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 P2F kicks off with Vallair order
Replies: 21
Views: 3087

Re: A321 P2F kicks off with Vallair order

The market for freighter conversions lately has seen quite a few ex-BA 737-400s getting the cargo door conversion. There is a market for efficient narrowbodies, doing work that the 757F might have done a few years ago. The A321 is a no-brainer. Quite a few are due to come off lease in the near futur...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How long will Kalitta Charters II keep the 727?
Replies: 48
Views: 6367

Re: How long will Kalitta Charters II keep the 727?

The Oil Spill Response aircraft will be around for quite a while yet as they were the last two 727s off the line, and have the re-engine treatment with two quieter and cleaner JT8D outboard motors. They too only do limited flying and seem to be kept in a short notice ready-to-fly condition.

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by Channex757
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Van Hool to build U.S. factory
Replies: 14
Views: 830

Re: Van Hool to build U.S. factory

BYD in California must be in the lead for a lot of recent bids. Made in the USA, and fully electric. Same with Proterra.

Cities struggling with pollution and wanting to save operating dollars will be watching them closely.

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by Channex757
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 and A340 write off - retirement - scrapping thread - 2018
Replies: 51
Views: 11350

Re: The A330 and A340 Write off - Retirement - Scrapping Thread

I wonder if similar to how NW flew DC-10’s until 2007or2008 if an airline can pick up some low cycle A340’s and fly them as long as fuel is cheap. Fuel may be cheap(ish) but unfortunately maintenance isn't. It is still a large part of the cost of flying. Those high-thrust CFM56s need lots of love. ...

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by Channex757
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 157
Views: 19946

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

Too many of you are dancing the victory dance without understanding that fuel costs money, and carrying fuel on a ULR aircraft is extremely expensive. Especially at the later points in the flight. Coming out with a bland statement that carrying extra cargo or passengers will pay for it totally misun...

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by Channex757
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The undisclosed european CSeries customer
Replies: 96
Views: 17386

Re: The undisclosed european CSeries customer

Hmmm....that Air Nostrum suggestion above has a lot going for it. Replace older aircraft and grow some routes, and the quote above doesn't specify the size does it? Could be a mixed order of CS1 and CS3

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by Channex757
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 157
Views: 19946

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

Qantas still evaluates potential A350-900ULR and 777-8 orders and has 1 key requirement for its future ULR operations: the aircraft must be able to fly a full load nonstop from Australia's east coast to Europe and the US east coast. Qantas’s evaluation of ultra-long-range aircraft from Boeing and A...

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by Channex757
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAN news - 2018
Replies: 117
Views: 14201

Re: MAN news - 2018

I expect any VS growth at MAN to be to existing VS destinations or DL hubs such as DTW that was rumoured and got as far as appearing on the VS route map, but removed and never went on sale. TPA would be nice, but VS don't serve there at the moment and can't see it being a standalone route from MAN,...

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by Channex757
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 3114

Re: Iran aviation thread - 2018

The ATRs are the most important piece of the fleet at the moment. Iran is a pretty large country and there is a solid need for good domestic travel. Incoming A320 family aircraft will be a big part of this too. Get the basics in place as they are doing, and operating those 773ERs will fit nicely wi...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 3114

Re: Iran aviation thread - 2018

The ATRs are the most important piece of the fleet at the moment. Iran is a pretty large country and there is a solid need for good domestic travel. Incoming A320 family aircraft will be a big part of this too. Get the basics in place as they are doing, and operating those 773ERs will fit nicely wit...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1082
Views: 194733

Re: LH introduces revised livery

My opinion (for what it's worth)....? So disappointing. Why couldn't Lufthansa have gone to Landor and had them come up with something that clearly states "Germany in the 21st Century" rather than a scheme that would only look good on a freighter? Livery doesn't sell tickets. It does reinf...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Saudia MD-11F was ferried from JED to MHV
Replies: 28
Views: 6331

Re: Former Saudia MD-11F was ferried from JED to MHV

AFAIK neither was part of the Royal Flight. almost all SV aircraft are part of the Royal Fleet (see the distinction I made?) They can be pulled in for Royal duties such as ferrying cars around the globe. SV has always been this curious hybrid of Royal Flight, airline and Air Force. The MD-11F has b...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Saudia MD-11F was ferried from JED to MHV
Replies: 28
Views: 6331

Re: Former Saudia MD-11F was ferried from JED to MHV

Don't make assumptions about condition either. The plane may have been a part of the Royal Fleet, moving the Saudi entourage around the globe. Just because it hasn't been flying doesn't mean it has not been getting top of the line maintenance in case it was needed. Saudi royalty does not travel light.

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Current Scheduled technical / refueling stops
Replies: 17
Views: 1684

Re: Current Scheduled technical / refueling stops

If you were so inclined, doing some research into operations such as BOAC and the Empire Routes as well as Pan Am's Clipper services would probably turn up some interesting sectors with traffic rights that still exist. IIIRC Air India has several 5th Freedoms still extant from the (if memory serves)...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY Looking to Scrape Up USD 1.2 Billion in a Hurry to Support Bonds
Replies: 43
Views: 6003

Re: Etihad is seeking to prevent a technical default of bonds

Emirates has never been subsidised. They were started using a loan from the Dubai Government, repaid in full during year one. From then onwards the "subsidy" has been consistent yearly profits paid to the owners. The Emir of Abu Dhabi wanted the same for his Emirate, which had one thing Du...

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by Channex757
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time
Replies: 260
Views: 40655

Re: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time

This model (as flown today) is the one I see being sold to the likes of Thomas Cook for its group airlines. High density, and the LEAP engine as sectors will be on average shorter. The real meat comes with the GTF engined lower density versions. Once Pratt get the engines purring and fully ETOPS cov...

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by Channex757
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chinese train route to London
Replies: 25
Views: 1331

Re: Chinese train route to London

https://www.vagabondjourney.com/horgos-the-new-silk-roads-first-new-city/ This gives you an idea of the money and power China is investing. The China-Kazakhstan border on the route is the site of an immense new dry port facility for loading and unloading containers onto trains. They even funded a ne...

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