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by sergegva
Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Aviation Thread
Replies: 57
Views: 4203

Re: Iran Aviation Thread

According to several sources, EP-MMG (A346) never entered in service for Mahan Air. It's one of the 7 ex-Virgin Atlantic aircraft acquired by Mahan Air in 2015. The other 6 are in service. This one was painted, but never started flying for Mahan. Any idea why?

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by sergegva
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13335

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

How exactly? Insolvency means a company has run out of funds. Do you want the public purse to spend taxpayers' money? There can only be one rule for all - for plumber Joe just as much as an airline doing business. In that particular case, it is not as the dire situation of airberlin was unknown to ...

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by sergegva
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13335

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

From a consumer point of view, this is an absolute shame. Absolutely not. Insolvency with people you do business with is a risk of everyday life. You can insure against that, e.g. by not purchasing tickets 6 months in advance, but the day before your flight. It is much more expensive then, but that...

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by sergegva
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13335

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

dcaviation wrote:
All flights to Caribbean will be stopped as of September 24th or 25th.
Refunds for all tickets bought before August 15th will NOT be issued.


From a consumer point of view, this is an absolute shame.

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by sergegva
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWISS phases out final Avro RJ100, Last flight was Aug 15 GVA-ZRH
Replies: 52
Views: 6020

Re: Swiss Avrojet tribute video

At 1:55: "Did I already tell you that I'm impressed by your four engines?" :mrgreen:

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by sergegva
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair seat assignments all over the aircraft
Replies: 192
Views: 23226

Re: Ryanair seat assignments all over the aircraft

I'm not sure easyjet is any better here. I recently booked 3 tickets GVA-ORY, 6 months in advance. During the reservation process, 90% of the seats were empty, and there was tons of empty half-rows. I didn't pay to select seats. We ended at the last row of the new seat configuation's A320 (186 pax)...

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by sergegva
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair seat assignments all over the aircraft
Replies: 192
Views: 23226

Re: Ryanair seat assignments all over the aircraft

I'm not sure easyjet is any better here. I recently booked 3 tickets GVA-ORY, 6 months in advance. During the reservation process, 90% of the seats were empty, and there was tons of empty half-rows. I didn't pay to select seats. We ended at the last row of the new seat configuation's A320 (186 pax)...

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by sergegva
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair seat assignments all over the aircraft
Replies: 192
Views: 23226

Re: Ryanair seat assignments all over the aircraft

I'm not sure easyjet is any better here. I recently booked 3 tickets GVA-ORY, 6 months in advance. During the reservation process, 90% of the seats were empty, and there was tons of empty half-rows. I didn't pay to select seats. We ended at the last row of the new seat configuation's A320 (186 pax)...

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by sergegva
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair seat assignments all over the aircraft
Replies: 192
Views: 23226

Re: Ryanair seat assignments all over the aircraft

I'm not sure easyjet is any better here. I recently booked 3 tickets GVA-ORY, 6 months in advance. During the reservation process, 90% of the seats were empty, and there was tons of empty half-rows. I didn't pay to select seats. We ended at the last row of the new seat configuation's A320 (186 pax),...

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by sergegva
Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar
Replies: 668
Views: 136937

Re: Breaking: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar

Had a flight DWC-DOH-GVA today morning. They called me in the middle of the night to say it was cancelled and I will be rebooked with Turkish via Istanbul. 1 hour later they called again saying all turkish flights were full and next option will be "maybe tomorrow". I ask them to rebook me ...

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by sergegva
Tue May 02, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eurowings/Germanwings merger
Replies: 29
Views: 7894

Re: Eurowings/Germanwings merger

From a branding point of view, it has already happened. The average customer doesn't see Germanwings anywhere, though there may still be a handful or so of 4U-painted aircraft left. 4U flight numbers also still exist, in codeshare with EW. How many of Germanwings' 57 aircraft have already been repa...

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by sergegva
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United outlines changes to make flying "friendly" again
Replies: 99
Views: 8622

Re: United outlines changes to make flying "friendly" again

United has implemented 10 policy changes it hopes will help prevent customer service breakdowns in the future. The change regarding bags is kind of random but there's so many more draconian policies that United should be looking at modifying and/or eliminating. Here are the changes: Increase custom...

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by sergegva
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United outlines changes to make flying "friendly" again
Replies: 99
Views: 8622

Re: United outlines changes to make flying "friendly" again

United has implemented 10 policy changes it hopes will help prevent customer service breakdowns in the future. The change regarding bags is kind of random but there's so many more draconian policies that United should be looking at modifying and/or eliminating. Here are the changes: Increase custom...

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by sergegva
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17
Replies: 3610
Views: 1159596

Re: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

Current J46 /W43 / Y208 and the new J32 /W42 /Y262 I did not know about this 2nd configuration. Good to know. Also, I assume it will retain the same 1-2-1 J? The A350-900 is a wonderfully versatile aircraft as far as both range flexibility and capacity flexibility is concerned. I can't wait to see ...

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by sergegva
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 118744

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

Stratofish wrote:
Again, aboard an airplane you do as you are told. And if you are told to leave you leave.


For no reason? Why?

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by sergegva
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GVA may have to slow growth
Replies: 28
Views: 3487

Re: GVA may have to slow growth

There is no doubt that GVA is growing very fast when it comes to passenger numbers. Very fast, compared to what? Why do people keep saying it's impossible to built another runway. This is completely wrong. There is just no political will. Plans do existe (that I even still have) with a parallel run...

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by sergegva
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 118744

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

United1 wrote:
What I would be very careful about saying on this board is that you don't need to follow an officers command...you do need to...whether its lawful or not.


Lawful or not! Come on !

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by sergegva
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 118744

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

The problem with this argument is that UA could have chartered another last minute private flight to Louisville to get their crew there. There was nothing stopping them from doing that, and then both the four passengers on the ORD flight, and the flight from Louisville the next day would have been ...

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by sergegva
Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GVA may have to slow growth
Replies: 28
Views: 3487

Re: GVA may have to slow growth

There is a myth in Romandy (medias included) that GVA is growing faster than the average, which is simply not true by the numbers. I wonder why. Technically, they are far away from the limit. With one runway, Gatwick has 43 millions pax. GVA 16.5. Building another runway is clearly impossible, but t...

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by sergegva
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 118744

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

1. This wasn't the last flight of the day. If it wasn't the last flight of the day, why didn't the 4 crew who came late get moved to a later flight? There seemed to be plenty of time available. It is possible they had to fly in to get rest for the next day to avoid cancelling flights, or they were ...

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by sergegva
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 118744

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

She did her job description correctly. Was not authorized to create and implement a new volunteer auction program on behalf of United. She is neither an executive nor a corporate counsel. It's literally not possible for her to improvise that. After 22 pages, will it finally be possible to know what...

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by sergegva
Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 118744

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

DouglasDC9 wrote:


Bumping off a passenger involuntary requires the airline to pay 4x the ticket price up to $1350, fact
The present victim was offered $800, fact


The victim was offered 0 $, only a voucher with a value of 800 $ when used.

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by sergegva
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 118744

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

I don't understand using these vouchers as a compensation. Many leisure flyers would fly once or twice a year at most. Whats the use of these vouchers, especially if they have an expiration date. its worthless. Better to offer cash as compensation Same here. This is the biggest thing I don't unders...

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by sergegva
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Economics of Airline Class
Replies: 20
Views: 4540

Re: The Economics of Airline Class

The numbers in this video seem wrong to me. Y+, J and F could be less expensive, by far. They said: LHR <-> IAD, 15.3 -> 22.3 (wednesday -> wednesday) Y = 876 $ Y+ = 2633 $ (x 3) J = 6723 $ (x 7.7) F = 8715 $ (x 9.9) What I get (choosing the cheepest fare of the day in britishairways.com, nonstop): ...

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by sergegva
Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss Aviation Thread 41
Replies: 367
Views: 70351

Re: Swiss Aviation Thread 41

Any news from HB-JBF? (CS100 n°6, announced for February)

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by sergegva
Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 100th SSJ-100 delivery
Replies: 24
Views: 4609

100th SSJ-100 delivery

According to my own statistics (based on planespotters and superjet.wikidot.com), the 100th SSJ-100 was delivered to Yamal Airlines on February 16th, 2017. First delivery (to Armavia) was already 6 years ago, on April 19th, 2011. 87 of them are currently in service. Operators are as follows: Commerc...

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by sergegva
Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA To Remove Narrowbody IFE
Replies: 158
Views: 24284

Re: AA To Remove Narrowbody IFE

Who is the old man? Young people visiting other countries NEVER bring a laptop or a tablet with them. It's way too fragile for a real travel. Only businessmen man or "All-Inclusive-Chaise Longue-Pool-Cocktails"'s holiday makers eventually do it. You're joking right? Young people never bri...

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by sergegva
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA To Remove Narrowbody IFE
Replies: 158
Views: 24284

Re: AA To Remove Narrowbody IFE

Wow. A lot of grumpy old men on this site. Who has technology? NOT ME!! If you've ever used BYOD, and I'm guessing by the outrage few have, its hands down better than seatback IFE. It there when you want and gone when you don't, the selection is larger, and the interface is more intuitive. Given a ...

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by sergegva
Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Schumer: Airlines Shouldn't Charge Extra for Overhead Bin
Replies: 132
Views: 8498

Re: Schumer: Airlines Shouldn't Charge Extra for Overhead Bin

A ticket that doesn't allow me to bring a change of clothes isn't really a ticket. Selling a ticket like that doesn't really have any plausible story of what I would do. Making people buy new clothes at their destination really isn't a plausible assumption. I don't think it would hold up in court, ...

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by sergegva
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat to replace A310 with A321neo LR (rumor)
Replies: 49
Views: 16130

Re: Air Transat to replace A310 with A321neo LR (rumor)

How much smaller in seating capacity would the A321LR be compared to the A310s in their configuration? Looking at Planespotters.net it appears to be C12Y238 for the A310. I have no idea what they'd put on an A321LR, but my best guess would be something like C12Y220 (if that's possible, it's just a ...

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by sergegva
Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 155
Views: 15851

Re: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

Correct me if I'm wrong, but currently, hand luggage's surcharge exists only in the USA. Would such a surchage be possible in other markets? What would European regulations say about it, for example? Wizz Air has a baggage fee for large cabin bags (56x45x25cm) aka a bag requiring use of the overhea...

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by sergegva
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 155
Views: 15851

Re: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

Correct me if I'm wrong, but currently, hand luggage's surcharge exists only in the USA. Would such a surchage be possible in other markets? What would European regulations say about it, for example?

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by sergegva
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Circuit through the aisles" no longer possible on some flights?
Replies: 6
Views: 2554

Re: "Circuit through the aisles" no more possible on some flights?

spacecadet wrote:
I'm having a hard time understanding this. Looking at the Seatguru map, 14DEG is in business class. Are you talking about making a circuit through business class?


There are two different planes involved. The first one was an Austrian Airlines B767-300.

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by sergegva
Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Circuit through the aisles" no longer possible on some flights?
Replies: 6
Views: 2554

"Circuit through the aisles" no longer possible on some flights?

I recently flew Vienna-JFK (OS87) in a 767-300 (SeatGuru's "version 1" seatmap) and Newark-FRA (LH 403) in a 747-800, and was surprised by a thing that happend on both flights. Usually, on long haul flights and for several reasons, some people like to walk around the aisles during the flig...

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by sergegva
Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac ARJ21 Enters Service
Replies: 78
Views: 21919

Re: Comac ARJ21 Enters Service

According to a (rare nowadays) unsourced information from wikipedia (en), both ARJ-21 are not operating any sceduled flights since October 30th, 2016. What is happening? Are they operating charter flights only? Are they grounded?

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by sergegva
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pseudo-variety of airlines in Japan
Replies: 7
Views: 1409

Re: Pseudo-variety of airlines in Japan

Apart from the micro airlines ORG and AMX, only Fuji Dreams, Spring and in the future Air Asia Japan are true competitors to the two mega-groups, no? The true competition, for intra-Japan travels, comes from the express train network (Shinkansen). It's fast, punctual and the frequency is excellent....

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by sergegva
Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Free things on flights?
Replies: 17
Views: 1875

Re: Free things on flights?

Hot Chocolate's point is totally wrong. This is precisely one of my favorite test when I fly long haul: when I'm asked "Tee or Coffee" during Breakfast service, I always politely answer "Do you have hot chocolate?". Here are the answers (always in Y). All flights but one are betw...

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by sergegva
Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EASA, FAA Certify PW1100G Powered A321neo
Replies: 45
Views: 5038

Re: EASA, FAA Certify PW1100G Powered A321neo

240pax with 3 toilets means 80pax per toilet. Is this the record?

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by sergegva
Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7
Replies: 2198
Views: 282698

Re: Airbus A320NEO Production Thread - Part 11

Already 11 Neo deliveries between December 1-16. More than in November. Impressive!
How many more are coming before January 1st?

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by sergegva
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAMIA RJ85 crashes in Colombia
Replies: 517
Views: 123248

Re: LAMIA RJ85 crashes in Colombia

Listening to this ATC record ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKum4RTpDx4 ) the pilot after declaring a fuel problem accepts the controler's 7 min approx arrival time to VOR ( at 2.32 min into the recording ) and crashes 8.5 min later ( around 11.00 min into recording). Can't believe this !! Me ne...

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by sergegva
Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAMIA RJ85 crashes in Colombia
Replies: 517
Views: 123248

Re: LAMIA RJ85 crashes in Colombia

From the information in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-gspJzK6uM it appears that they could have landed in Medellin with ~10 min of fuel to spare IF they followed a direct approach without any delays or hold (no traffic, no weather). It was because they were placed on a holding patter...

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by sergegva
Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A333 TC-JOC finally scrapped at KTM
Replies: 22
Views: 6224

Re: A333 TC-JOC finally scrapped at KTM

These A340-600 are really incredibly long (2nd picture)! 2m longer than the new A350-1000... I wonder if the hypothetical A350-1100 will look as long as this.

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by sergegva
Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to open a long haul base in Geneva? Swiss authorities are holding back
Replies: 44
Views: 10891

Re: Emirates to open a long haul base in Geneva? Swiss authorities are holding back

According to this source, SR operated 15 long haul routes from GVA in 1996.

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by sergegva
Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to open a long haul base in Geneva? Swiss authorities are holding back
Replies: 44
Views: 10891

Re: Emirates to open a long haul base in Geneva? Swiss authorities are holding back

Alternatively, as duboka suggests, why don't one of the US3 serve this market? I doubt "demand and yields will be high" for supplementary services from GVA-EWR/JFK/IAD/YUL. If that were really the case we would be seeing LX, UA and AC announcing increases in frequencies for 2017 now alrea...

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by sergegva
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to open a long haul base in Geneva? Swiss authorities are holding back
Replies: 44
Views: 10891

Emirates to open a long haul base in Geneva? Swiss authorities are holding back

According to an interview in the swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag (November 27th, also in Le Matin , November 28th), Tim Clark wants to open direct flights between GVA and North America. He thinks demand & yields will be high, as double daily B777-300ER GVA-DXB is working great. But it won't b...

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by sergegva
Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air Airbus, Boeing, ATR Deliveries May Start in OCT 2016
Replies: 96
Views: 23152

Re: Iran Air Airbus, Boeing, ATR Deliveries May Start in OCT 2016

Are there any A380 included in these first 108 aircraft?
In the recent years, Airbus always found a last minute solution to avoid a "0 order" in a calendar year (there aren't any holes between 2003 and 2015!). Iran Air is probably their last chance for 2016. Your thoughts?

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by sergegva
Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss Aviation Thread 41
Replies: 367
Views: 70351

Re: Swiss Aviation Thread 41

I wonder if they are waiting HB-JBD to name them together "Kanton Bern" and "Kanton Basel", and avoid jealousy between Basel and Bern.
That would be laughable (but very Swiss-ish!), because they didn't wait JBB (Geneva) to name JBA "Kanton Zurich"...

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by sergegva
Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the Red Wings SSJs?
Replies: 2
Views: 798

Re: What happened to the Red Wings SSJs?

Wayfarer515 wrote:
They were sent back go the lessor (Ilyushin) and later transferred to Iraero i think.

c/n 8, 10, 16 et 18 are now flying for IrAero.
c/n 21 (originally Armavia #2, finaly delivered to Moscovia Airlines and later transfered to Red Wings) is now flying for Yakutia Airlines.

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by sergegva
Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss Aviation Thread 41
Replies: 367
Views: 70351

Re: Swiss Aviation Thread 41

According to Geneva Airport's winter timetable for 2016/2017, here are the changes in scheduled flights. This is based on my own statistics; there are probably some mistakes. New airlines: Air Berlin (to DUS) AirBaltic (to RIX, from summer 2017. They already tried in 2009) Lost airlines: Chalair (to...

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by sergegva
Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian CEO discusses future plans
Replies: 18
Views: 4031

Re: A very good and interesting interview with the ceo of Norwegian

I don't think removing IFE would be a very negative impact, since almost everyone brings a tablet/laptop with them and can use the streaming service Almost everyone? Maybe business travelers. But if you consider those who are on a vacation trip, I don't think that more than 10% of them travel with ...

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