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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ben Smith : After Joon, HOP could be the next brand to disappear
Replies: 13
Views: 4012

Re: Ben Smith : After Joon, HOP could be the next brand to disappear

Someone83 wrote:
It is actually three airlines, just to complicate it :p


Yep, but with the retirement of the ATRs it should come down to 2. Hopefully they just merge it all into one operation, I could imagine that there is a lot of duplication. Does Air France hold complete control of the 2-3 HOP! airlines?

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ben Smith : After Joon, HOP could be the next brand to disappear
Replies: 13
Views: 4012

Re: Ben Smith : After Joon, HOP could be the next brand to disappear

HOP! is a nice airline, but lets face it, it never made sense to brand them differently. The tickets are sold through Air France or KLM, and in practice they should be Air France counterpart to KLM Cityhopper, Lufthansa Regional/Cityline or BA Cityflyer.

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 273
Views: 36030

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

After all 777-8 is the size of 777-300ER, but 777-200LR only has capacity of 300. Could we stop this myth already? The 777-8 is sized between the 777-200 and -300. It is 6 meters longer than the -200, and 4 meters shorter than the -300. At a pitch of 30 inches, it seats 50 fewer passengers in 10-ab...

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions for pilots and FA's-
Replies: 13
Views: 784

Re: Questions for pilots and FA's-

For most of these I've seen 3 different models employed by most airlines. For both, how far in advance are your schedules? Most common was 14 days or 1 month prior'ish. They would typically be released around the 1st or 14th in a month. Right now I'm assisting a startup with crew-shortages and an in...

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aviation in a World Without Continental Drift (Pangaea)
Replies: 4
Views: 270

Re: Aviation in a World Without Continental Drift (Pangaea)

Railways would have a much greater impact. This is because they are less limited by water crossings, and because the railway infrastructure will be much more essential and mature. With oceans we can ship stuff very efficiently from one place to another by ship. Without ships and ports goods will hav...

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’
Replies: 125
Views: 17447

Re: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’

I'm confused. I read that BA will be grounded because it's an EU owned subsidiary of IAG. Now I'm reading Iberia, Level and Vueling will be grounded as they are not EU owned. So which is it? The latter (Iberia, Level, Aer Lingus and Vueling grounded) is the most likely. As per EU rules, they can be...

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can the secondary market absorb Jet Airways B737NG if they are repossessed?
Replies: 56
Views: 7313

Re: Can the secondary market absorb Jet Airways B737NG if they are repossessed?

dtw2hyd wrote:
No one seems to interested in repo their ATR72s, they can serve small stations where 737NG is too big.


That's not true. Plans are well underway to repossess the ATRs if they fail. I can have the first one out in less than 24 hours from getting the call if push comes to shove.

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BUD-FRA-VCE, 50 minute connection
Replies: 30
Views: 2053

Re: BUD-FRA-VCE, 50 minute connection

ExpatVet wrote:
VSMUT wrote:
ExpatVet wrote:

Nope, not a thing!


Did you have to wait over 2 hours?


Yes, a hair under 3 hours.


Then you are entitled to a meal voucher, no excuses. My experience is that you may have to ask for them at the service desk.

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Alitalia to cancel Primera A321neo lease deal
Replies: 40
Views: 6959

Re: Alitalia To Cancel A321neo Order

Frontier14 wrote:
Anyone know who (leasing company) holds the paper on these three A321s?

Frontier 14


Aviation Capital Group.

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Security issue - deplaning pax ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1005

Re: Security issue - deplaning pax ?

2) If he was ticketed for this flight and for whatever reason decided to bail last minute, does anyone know that and check to see if he had any checked luggage ? and if so, doesn't it have to be found and removed? If he was on the wrong flight, the luggage would presumably be on another plane. Im g...

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by VSMUT
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Alitalia to cancel Primera A321neo lease deal
Replies: 40
Views: 6959

Re: Alitalia To Cancel A321neo Order

The contract was never signed as far as I'm aware, so there probably won't be any fines. The leasing company required the Italian state to guarantee for the deal (I'm not completely into the details of how), but the current government doesn't agree in subsidizing Italian corporations any more, so re...

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by VSMUT
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can the secondary market absorb Jet Airways B737NG if they are repossessed?
Replies: 56
Views: 7313

Re: Can the secondary market absorb Jet Airways B737NG if they are repossessed?

Easily. They have some quite old ones, these will probably end up being parted out. The better of the old frames may end up as cargo conversions if the price and condition is right. The rest will be scattered about to start-ups and fast growing airlines all over. I don't see any major western airlin...

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by VSMUT
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 142
Views: 15623

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

SAS has started to open rutes from AAR to different destinations in Europe, and it is logic to open up a route from AAR to NYC because many travellers travel today from BLL via AMS, FRA or London Heathrow to NYC. SAS did in the past fly from Gothenburg with a DC10. SAS can fast get the Airbus321LR ...

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by VSMUT
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF
Replies: 104
Views: 15001

Re: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF

Many of those are Vueling bases or markets, aren't they? Could it be related to the IAG interest in taking over Norwegian, or is it just complete random?

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by VSMUT
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Politics of Razor Blades
Replies: 49
Views: 2001

Re: The Politics of Razor Blades

I spent 10 years in advertising. I was in the briefing rooms. This is an incredibly cynical industry. Ads don't change the world. They're selling you razors by attaching themselves to whatever's currently hot. In the 80's brands pretended to be rock. Now they pretend to be woke. I agree with this. ...

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by VSMUT
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...
Replies: 51
Views: 8053

Re: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...

If TXL stays open, BER has no future, even after all the nightmare ends. Berlin does not need two airports. It cannot support two. If TXL stays open and there is no restriction on how it is used, no one would use BER. This. Berlin can't sustain 2 airports. It will only result in 2 mediocre airports...

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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: European Widebodies 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 675

Re: European Widebodies 2019

Air Europa, MAD-CPH and MAD-ARN with the 787 and A330, summer schedule only.

bgm wrote:
TK is flying A330/B77W from IST - AMS / ATH / BCN / TXL / OTP / DUS / FRA / GVA / HEL / KBP / MAD / VKO / MXP / MUC / OSL / CDG / FCO / ARN / VIE / WAW / ZRH


No more A330 to Copenhagen?

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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BUD-FRA-VCE, 50 minute connection
Replies: 30
Views: 2053

Re: BUD-FRA-VCE, 50 minute connection

Enough delayed to get compensation? No, de-icing or better weather is an act of god, outside of the control of the airline. So, no compensation. However, if LH is living up to its 5star status, they have offered vouchers for food & drinks. Nope, not a thing! Did you have to wait over 2 hours?

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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection time in Frankfurt
Replies: 14
Views: 651

Re: Connection time in Frankfurt

1 hour 15 minutes isn't much at Frankfurt, even for intra-schengen. While it is theory possible to park at a jet-bridge and be able to walk less than 100 meters to your next gate, chances are that at least one of your flights will be departing or arriving at a bus-gate, and the bus rides at Frankfur...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Baltic plans to launch a new airline
Replies: 15
Views: 2734

Re: Air Baltic plans to launch a new airline

IMHO, Germany and Scandinavia are ripe for another contender. These markets tend to be dominated by a few airlines that have centralized everything to a few major hubs. Just taking my own home airport as an example, you can barely go anywhere without connecting through Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt or...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737CL (-300, -400, -500) BBJ Variant?
Replies: 2
Views: 760

Re: 737CL (-300, -400, -500) BBJ Variant?

There are some -300s and -500s that have been converted into business jets, but I can't seem to find the link right now. An airline in the Baltics has a fleet of 4 or 5 doing charter work.

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Flybe only valued at £2.2m?
Replies: 9
Views: 1216

Re: Why is Flybe only valued at £2.2m?

Or, you know, just save up some money and buy a second hand Golf instead of living above your pay check. I fully understand the comparison you make. But isn't this the sort of scheme that gets people into trouble? You're stuck with a leasing contract, but what if you loose your job? You'll have a h...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Flybe only valued at £2.2m?
Replies: 9
Views: 1216

Re: Why is Flybe only valued at £2.2m?

According to data from the CAPA Fleet Database, half of the commercial aircraft in service with the world's airlines are leased. It's worse than I thought; don't you just hate all these merchant bankers … This article points out that 52 of the Q400s and 4 of the ATRs are owned by one leasing compan...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal
Replies: 27
Views: 4054

Re: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal

I honestly see that as happening, with the decision then being to fold down to these public brands within the group: Eurowings, Lufthansa (from FRA and MUC), Swiss, and Edelweiss---with Brussels Airlines and Austrian brands disappearing. OS' long-haul routes would likely go to Eurowings, and for th...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal
Replies: 27
Views: 4054

Re: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal

With Carsten Spohr in charge, he'll probably just make OS a low cost carrier and give them old LH Airbuses. *Eurowings operated by Austrian I’ll do you one better and say that he’ll merge Austrian and Eurowings Europe You are right. It's actually a bit weird (ominous?) that they have 2 separate air...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Flybe only valued at £2.2m?
Replies: 9
Views: 1216

Re: Why is Flybe only valued at £2.2m?

If they lease the planes, rent the offices and hire external maintenance, chances are they only own a few ground vehicles. In other words, the company value = Value of the brand + cars + fuel in the aircraft. A bit simplistic, but probably closer to the reality than we think. 2) How many other airli...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal
Replies: 27
Views: 4054

Re: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal

InnsbruckFlyer wrote:
With Carsten Spohr in charge, he'll probably just make OS a low cost carrier and give them old LH Airbuses.


*Eurowings operated by Austrian

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How have autopilots evolved over the decades?
Replies: 32
Views: 2432

Re: How have autopilots evolved over the decades?

The VOR is just a waypoint in the flight plan; most FMS auto-tunes the VOR-DME as a part of RNAV function backing up the GPS or IRS position. VOR navigation is pretty rare, perhaps only to show the navaid while flying an overlay approach or to do a nav check with a ground-based navaid prior to or e...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal
Replies: 27
Views: 4054

Re: Austrian Airlines Fleet Renewal

According to LH CEO Carsten Spohr they will get "f**k all" unless they become profitable in the near future. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/67289-austrian-defers-widebody-fleet-renewal-due-to-weak-balance Gesendet von meinem SM-G950F mit Tapatalk Well either that, or just hand-me...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17103

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

I wouldn’t rule out the 787. It has been the go to aircraft for Low-Cost Long-Haul airlines. Eh? Isn't it just Scoot, Norwegian and Jetstar? Combined about 60-ish 787s? Scoot and Jetstar both inherited the planes from their mother companies. Norwegian and Jetstar ordered and received the planes bef...

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fear of the upcoming flight
Replies: 22
Views: 1439

Re: Fear of the upcoming flight

Likewise, speaking of Balkan's scenery, it is amazingly beautiful, but every time when I look trought the window I think "I wish I was flying over Germany,France,Hungary....flat countries, if something went wrong, we could "land" only on mountains....no terrain for emergency landing&...

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cities with Airports that are close to each other
Replies: 34
Views: 1396

Re: Cities with Airports that are close to each other

Menorca has 2 airports separated by about 1 nautical mile. They are angled so you are on the centerline of both, when approaching from the south.

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cities with Airports that are close to each other
Replies: 34
Views: 1396

Re: Cities with Airports that are close to each other

First example I can think of is Brescia in northern Italy. The civilian Montichiari Airport and the military Ghedi Air Base are so close to each other they could have been the same airport. Not just Brescia, but all of Northern Italy. Turin, Milano Malpensa, Linate and Bergamo, then Brescia, Verona...

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fear of the upcoming flight
Replies: 22
Views: 1439

Re: Fear of the upcoming flight

or even the Dash 8. I like the fact that they fly lower, and you can be distracted by the lovely scenery as you fly along, listening to some relaxing music to accompany it. OK, the weather was fine in my cases, but the music does help regardless. The ATR cabin is actually a bit bigger than the Dash...

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Joon To Be Re-Absorbed Into Air France
Replies: 67
Views: 9593

Re: Official: Joon To Be Re-Absorbed Into Air France

usdcaguy wrote:
Why is it that Level can make this work but not Joon? Sounds like AF may have messed this up somehow and that it wasn't the idea that was bad but rather the management of the idea.


What makes you think Level works, or ever will?

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17103

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

pabloeing wrote:
ewt340 wrote:
SQ789 wrote:
Which one is the best options for them to order?


The cheapest one.

...and the delivery date soon too.....


The WOW A330NEOs could sway that.

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by VSMUT
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17103

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

I wouldn’t rule out the 787. It has been the go to aircraft for Low-Cost Long-Haul airlines. Eh? Isn't it just Scoot, Norwegian and Jetstar? Depends on how one defines "Low-Cost Longhaul" airlines. Can definitely add Thomson (and arguably) WestJet, to that list. Thomson/TUI isn't a low co...

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 753 for freight ops?
Replies: 8
Views: 2080

Re: 753 for freight ops?

Will never happen. There is too little feedstock available to make the development of a conversion viable. The STC can't be shared with the 757-200, a new one will have to be developed and certified, and for less than 55 potential aircraft, that just won't be economically feasible. The 2 biggest ope...

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How far away are we from direct routings
Replies: 33
Views: 4096

Re: How far away are we from direct routings

That's why ATC uses even flight levels one way and odd flight levels the other way. Out of my head it was even flight levels heading east and south and odd flight levels heading west and north. Not really sure about that, so correct me if I'm wrong. Normally it's even levels going west, uneven goin...

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fear of the upcoming flight
Replies: 22
Views: 1439

Re: Fear of the upcoming flight

By reading some posts (not on this website) some people claim that ATR as an airplane is not reliable, due to some problems with de-icing and other things. Likewise, they said it is more prone to turbulence because lower cruising altitude and its small size. And here I am, flying in January, while ...

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How far away are we from direct routings
Replies: 33
Views: 4096

Re: How far away are we from direct routings

Depends on what part of the world we are talking. In Europe it could happen pretty soon. It's already the case parts of Europe, Hungary and Austria adopted this model. Didn't most of the former-Yugoslav countries do it as well? They generally give you direct routings from Slovenia to Greece. To a ce...

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by VSMUT
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17103

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

I wouldn’t rule out the 787. It has been the go to aircraft for Low-Cost Long-Haul airlines. Eh? Isn't it just Scoot, Norwegian and Jetstar? Combined about 60-ish 787s? Scoot and Jetstar both inherited the planes from their mother companies. Norwegian and Jetstar ordered and received the planes bef...

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by VSMUT
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design
Replies: 141
Views: 25973

Re: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design

Where do you think they will fit the MLG? ATR / Avro RJ style, in fairings under/built into the fuselage. You can see them in the CGI just aft of the struts. The amount of infrastructure changes made at airports to accommodate higher wings and engines for something of this scale would be more than ...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 805
Views: 195972

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

I can certainly appreciate the argument that DL might be less versed in dealing with LCCs and ULCCs that exist on the large scale that they do in the European market, but does the scale really matter all that much? I'm not married to this opinion, but I would think it's more or less binary without ...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 805
Views: 195972

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

DL is the most profitable airline in the world with a competent management and the biggest rate of profit sharing with its staff. DL knows how to run an airline like a family and this is what AZ needs. There's barely any competition in the US compared to Europe. That isn't a valid argument. They ha...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 273
Views: 36030

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Airbus would definitely need a new aircraft between the A321 and A350-900 that is one hell of a gap! OTOH, Boeing managed for many years with a gap between the 737-800 and the 777-200 (and between 2004 and 2011, arguably between the 737-800 and 777-300ER). Carriers for decades have flown with the 7...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 805
Views: 195972

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

DL is the most profitable airline in the world with a competent management and the biggest rate of profit sharing with its staff. DL knows how to run an airline like a family and this is what AZ needs. I certainly don't mind if an American company wants to spend its profits in Europe, but come on, ...

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by VSMUT
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Cologne Bonn Airport -- Cologne city view and Cargo planes
Replies: 3
Views: 632

Re: Cologne Bonn Airport -- Cologne city view and Cargo planes

The cargo planes arrive mostly at night and depart somehwere in daytime. By far the most depart again before daylight. Between 4 and 5 in the morning is when the departure rush is at its greatest. By the way, is the refurbishment of 14L/32R complete, or haven't they begun yet? There are good spotti...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silver airways new fleet?
Replies: 21
Views: 3187

Re: Silver airways new fleet?

Whats up with the ATR deliveries? I saw 4 Silver ATR 42s parked up near Toulouse recently. Government shutdown means no FAA paperwork to add planes or approve over water ops with the ATR. At this point they are in the same boat Hawaiian was in with the start of O'hana. True, but I saw them before t...

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by VSMUT
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 273
Views: 36030

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

However, BA have slot restrictions to deal with, and neither the A350-1000 nor the 787-10 are big enough to replace a 747-400 on a one-for-one basis. So unless extra A380s are ordered, I'd suspect it will be 777-9s. Or, if Boeing want to be REALLY generous with exceptionally low prices, we MIGHT ge...

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