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by FrancisBegbie
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Started Phase Out Of The 747-400
Replies: 456
Views: 162487

Re: KLM Started Phase Out Of The 747-400

And after 747s retire they’ll go by full cargo planes or in the belly cargo. Horses lose a bit of value after you disassemble their legs, but main deck pax revenue could make up for that :idea:

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by FrancisBegbie
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C
Replies: 35
Views: 2953

Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

It has an available boom, and I thought the MRTT was supposed to be easily reconfigurable, so I assume it can be added. They may also feel comfortable that allied nations with boom equipped tankers will be readily available should they need it. They have the US and Australia for starters. Seen a pi...

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by FrancisBegbie
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C
Replies: 35
Views: 2953

Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Good plan However the RAF ‘Voyager’ tanker is not equipped with a boom which is the optimal method if inflight refueling for larger aircraft like this along with numerous other types such as the P8 and C17 It has an available boom, and I thought the MRTT was supposed to be easily reconfigurable, so...

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by FrancisBegbie
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1635
Views: 127134

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

To me the stupidest decision was to remove the boomer's pod. You don't really save any weight or maintenance. It's just a window for crying out loud. And they are having all sorts of problems with the camera system. Sometimes, the simple things work best. The decision to go camera was unnecessary, ...

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by FrancisBegbie
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2012 BOEING 747-8I (Qatar VVIP) For Sale
Replies: 46
Views: 7383

Re: 2012 BOEING 747-8I (Qatar VVIP) For Sale

KrustyTheKlown wrote:
Considering that no Saudi/Emirati will give Qatar money, that Gaddafi is dead and that Erdogan is a little short of cash I guess nobody will buy it.


Exactly. When the only ones with the money to take it off your hands also hate you, you know it’s going to be a tough sale...

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by FrancisBegbie
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Iran Unveils New Fighter
Replies: 33
Views: 2717

Re: Iran Unveils New Fighter

Ozair wrote:
estorilm wrote:
Back on topic.. what's the NATO designation going to be for this thing? TD-1 (target drone 1?)

Mig-28 ;)


Hehehehehehe. You win sir! :lol:

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by FrancisBegbie
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Iran Unveils New Fighter
Replies: 33
Views: 2717

Re: Iran Unveils New Fighter

Looks indeed like a F-5F. The big question is: are these reworked, up-graded pre-Islamic revolution ones or are these reversed engineered thus new ones. Look at the photo where the president(?) stands on the ground and waves at the pilots in the plane. The yellow/red rescue hatch under the canopy h...

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by FrancisBegbie
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EgyptAir updates freighter fleet with A332 P2F
Replies: 15
Views: 2094

Re: EgyptAir updates freighter fleet with A332 P2F

Yes, maybe the P2F version will have more success than the A332F did. Plenty of second hand ones coming available in the next few years I still wouldn't bet on it. You have as many 77As, 77Es and 767s that get retired. It will remain a hard fight for the A332 to get traction in the cargo market. Th...

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by FrancisBegbie
Wed May 16, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Outgoing AF CEO cites tax burden difference of 500M euro/yr with LH
Replies: 23
Views: 5003

Re: Outgoing AF CEO cites tax burden difference of 500M euro/yr with LH

So why cant France force other EU members to match their cost / benefits, this principle works well with countries outside and within the EU so.....whats the problem? By ensuring that all member nations pay the same France would be ensuring that the playing field is level, no race to the bottom and...

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by FrancisBegbie
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Military Airport near Damascus completely destroyed by US,UK and France
Replies: 84
Views: 9192

Re: Damascus Airport completely destroyed by US,UK and France

Naaaah, that’s constructed fake news... they strapped the responder onto a donkey and kicked him ....

not funny at all....[/quote]

Actually a clever reference to a Narcos’ scene. And I did find it funny.

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by FrancisBegbie
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Started Phase Out Of The 747-400
Replies: 456
Views: 162487

Re: KLM Started Phase Out Of The 747-400

Seen the present restraints at Amsterdam airport (max 500.000 movements/year until 2020) it seems contra productive for KLM to replace larger units (744's) with smaller units (787-9/10's) in the next few years and keep production at the present level. Perhaps the 744 phaseout schedule will be adapt...

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by FrancisBegbie
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Started Phase Out Of The 747-400
Replies: 456
Views: 162487

Re: KLM Started Phase Out Of The 747-400

Factsonly we've been through this already. What I meant was aircraft type. I'm not blind or whatever to know that they also send the A330. I know that. I'm talking about the 744 in general and not which one of them is older or younger. A388 I am going to agree with 747Classic here. From your spotte...

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by FrancisBegbie
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Hawaiian signs 787 LOI
Replies: 840
Views: 97706

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

[..] The cancellation penalty for the A338 must be massive, especially this far along the line. [..] Standard deposits are around 1%, so they stand to lose about $4.8 million deposit for the 6 birds. Considering that HA only had the 338s on order because Airbus could not build the plane they actual...

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by FrancisBegbie
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Carbon tax
Replies: 43
Views: 1617

Re: Carbon tax

Tax flights enough and they will get back into their car to France/Spain (much more polluting than a flight). A family of three or four in a car will easily beat air travel on emissions. I can run my car on about as much fuel as an efficient airliner needs for about 1.5 seats for the same distance....

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by FrancisBegbie
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Carbon tax
Replies: 43
Views: 1617

Re: Carbon tax

With Northern European weather people REALLY want to go on holiday elsewhere. Tax flights enough and they will get back into their car to France/Spain (much more polluting than a flight). So if you want to stop travel related pollution, you will need to make a law limiting the amount&distance of...

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by FrancisBegbie
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A321 double jetway usage
Replies: 37
Views: 6709

Re: Airbus A321 double jetway usage

From 2020 all A321 will have the new modified fuselage where door pair 2 is permanently removed. It is much more useful and interesting to have a jetway connected to both the front and the rear doors at the same time. Here is a picture from Albany airport. Look at the to gates to the left: https://...

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by FrancisBegbie
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Started Phase Out Of The 747-400
Replies: 456
Views: 162487

Re: KLM Started Phase Out Of The 747-400

The longest flight is Amsterdam - Hong Kong with 9,291 km, the shortest flight is Amsterdam - New York JFK with 5,864 km. From longest distance to shortest; it's Hong Kong, Mexico, Los Angeles, Seoul, Houston, Curaçao, Paramaribo, Nairobi, Chicago, Delhi, Toronto and New York JFK. Awesome, thanks f...

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by FrancisBegbie
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Started Phase Out Of The 747-400
Replies: 456
Views: 162487

Re: KLM Started Phase Out Of The 747-400

Yes, as 747classic has stated, from October 28 the flights to Curacao will be flown with the 777-300ER. As for why? Who knows. As you can see -BFB will be phased out in November and that's a full-pax 747. Maybe they need the Curacao 747's for a different route? Also, another staple KLM 747 destinat...

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by FrancisBegbie
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Several European airlines struggling at MIA
Replies: 68
Views: 13909

Re: Several European airlines struggling at MIA

Dont go that far, we have Mallorca,Menorca, Canaries....within a few hours from Europe And, if you are willing to fly across the Atlantic to go to the beach, there is stiff competition for MIA one hour flying down the road. Where you may be able to speak your home language, get better prices, whate...

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by FrancisBegbie
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany
Replies: 173
Views: 15781

Re: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany

If France and Germany wants to fund this aircraft, it would be because of pure will power to have indigenous manufacturing. Unless they set up a production line similar to how Boeing does it with the P-8A, they will not be able to compete in price. With a potential of 100+ or so international sales...

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by FrancisBegbie
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C130J question
Replies: 13
Views: 1147

Re: C130J question

Interesting, what seems to be the preferred model around the rest of the world ? Far and away the C-130J-30. That makes sense when you consider that the primary mission for most C-130J export customers is military transport and the -30 is a better overall airframe for that role. Exactly. I think th...

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by FrancisBegbie
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AMS gets ready to build new A-concourse
Replies: 19
Views: 4413

Re: AMS gets ready to build new A-concourse

Is it already known who are supposed to make use of the A terminal? I have never bothered about the distances within Schiphol (never thought anything too much of a walk), but going from the train station to A-Pier or vice versa will be quite an exercise, automatic walkways or not.

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by FrancisBegbie
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Yet another emotional support animal controversy - Spirit vs. Hamster
Replies: 78
Views: 7439

Re: Yet another emotional support animal controversy - Spirit vs. Hamster

I was just looking at that story. Amazing. If true, the agent needs to be fired for being a complete moron. This has nothing to do with emotional support animal polices. This has to do with the worker being a complete tool. You don't flush a live animal. So the agent is a complete moron and needs t...

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by FrancisBegbie
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320 NEO series and A350's for China can't be delivered
Replies: 34
Views: 15532

Re: Airbus A320 NEO series and A350's for China can't be delivered

Can't they just stuff those planes into their customers and let their customers deal with the regulatory? Or, as aircraft orders from China are signed via a centralized body, can't they ask for compensation from that body for not taking agreed and built aircrafts? Of course you can demand the Chine...

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by FrancisBegbie
Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time
Replies: 260
Views: 42285

Re: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time

The narrow bodied market has shifted up in size - and now in range as well. The 737 cannot cope long term.But it's had one hell of a ride.(the -10 is I believe a stop gap measure). So Boeing have to produce an aircraft so good that Airbus can only respond with a new aircraft themselves. Then the pr...

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by FrancisBegbie
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F
Replies: 169
Views: 25397

Re: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F

Who said all quads are dead? This is brilliant? Any chance Boeing might bring in a PIP and extend the production life of this beauty a few more years? I’m sure there have been advances in technology since the -8 was first launched. It is the only bulk cargo freighter of its type being sold. There i...

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by FrancisBegbie
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders
Replies: 135
Views: 25460

Re: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders

Sorry to be blunt, but the truth has to be faced. The truth is that AFKL have to deal with powerful unions and national sentiments. You're ignoring those complicating factors. Let's just assume that the board of AFKL for the last 14 years haven't been exclusively occupied by muppets. The fact that ...

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by FrancisBegbie
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair fares going up while searching, then down again
Replies: 17
Views: 3803

Re: Ryanair fares going up while searching, then down again

If you've looked into a certain flight a couple of times they know you're looking at it and they rise the price so they can sell it for a higher fare. Then if you don't book they lower it again. Best trick is to not look into the flight too often, just look into it once and then book immediately. J...

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by FrancisBegbie
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders
Replies: 135
Views: 25460

Re: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders

ULD equiped A32S vs. Bulk 737's... The Airbus wins that all day long. The 737 only loads up to 99-149kgs per piece ( can differ slightly between operators ) whereas the AKH can weigh up to 1134kgs, meaning approx 1000kgs per piece. Max loading height on the 737 is approx 86cm's and on the AKH/PKC y...

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by FrancisBegbie
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Theoretical 777-based replacement for 747?
Replies: 178
Views: 22814

Re: Theoretical 777-based replacement for 747?

Also, if I am correct, the current 77W already is a pavement killer, as it has the highest wheel load out there. This double decker 777 would probably need a center main gear (like the 340 has compared to the 330). That brings you new certification issues and range limitations.

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by FrancisBegbie
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?
Replies: 255
Views: 19478

Re: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?

Do the European and Canadian leisure airlines provide anything that their respective country's flag carriers don't? Thomas Cook and TUI fly London-Cancun, but so does BA. Condor flies Frankfurt-Cancun, but so does Lufthansa. Ditto for XL and Air France. (....) And they offer flights from smaller ai...

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by FrancisBegbie
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM had to hand over departure slots at Schiphol to Norwegian
Replies: 11
Views: 4567

Re: KLM had to hand over departure slots at Schiphol to Norwegian

If the current demand stays mainly loyal to SkyTeam (and DY is new demand; not unthinkable at their prices), DL will need a bird bigger than the 763 they fly JFK-AMS. KL flies a mix of 772s, 77Ws and 744s. Not sure if the 744 is the full pax or the combi, but they seem to have less room for upgauging.

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by FrancisBegbie
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options
Replies: 377
Views: 84671

Re: CNN: Delta to order 100+ Airbus A321neo Aircraft

It does not surprise me PW are willing to cut a better deal to Delta than GE, considering their respective position/reputation in the engine world. However, you could ask when evaluating this lost order, Boeing will ask GE to play along more in future deals, or re-evaluate the lack of engine choice...

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by FrancisBegbie
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options
Replies: 377
Views: 84671

Re: CNN: Delta to order 100+ Airbus A321neo Aircraft

With Boeing now looking to make MRO a major revenue stream in its own right, does that not make them a direct competitor to TechOps? In which case, is it any surprise DL didn't go with them? I did also read about P&W being much more flexible than CFM when it comes to 3rd parties maintaining the...

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by FrancisBegbie
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options
Replies: 377
Views: 84671

Re: CNN: Delta to order 100+ Airbus A321neo Aircraft

We've heard some FA perspectives. Now from the pilot's perspective, a very strong majority are happy to hear the A321 beat the 73MAX. In fact it's quite jubilant on pilot social media. It's just a better office in the bus compared to a 737. The cockpit of the 737 has hardly changed, the systems ove...

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by FrancisBegbie
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to issue RFP for up to 150 Narrowbodies
Replies: 399
Views: 90513

Re: Delta to issue RFP for up to 150 Narrowbodies

And on another topic, I really wish people would let go of this notion that US airlines should only buy US aircraft. It's a 21st century, globalized world. The largest operator of the 737-800 is based in the EU, in Ireland. Is that wrong? Should FR only be flying the A320? :roll: Agreed. To add, De...

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by FrancisBegbie
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet
Replies: 71
Views: 23790

Re: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet

How about a Bear bomber as a private aircraft instead? It has some nice long range cruise speed, endurance and that wow factor at Aspen or Cannes? Not to roomy inside I have to admit. Maybe one could still order some Il-18 (Il-20) for beginners as they seem to be still build in military ELINT and s...

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by FrancisBegbie
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 772A replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 3343

Re: United 772A replacement

764’s and some of the younger 77E’s until they retire in the 2030’s. Then some of the older 787’s maybe. My thoughts as well. Relative fuel burn as deciding factor on a conveyor belt of routes flown. As the 772A's retire and new A359s and 789s come in, the new birds take up the longest flights and ...

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by FrancisBegbie
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier announces LoI for 31 (+30 Options) CSeries from an unnamed European Customer
Replies: 281
Views: 60828

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

Could be LH, but as Karel pointed out in the press release, not an existing customer. While Swiss is really the existing customer, I don't think they'd include that language if it was LH. I also suspect AF, especially given their A318/19 fleet and the DL ownership stake. When you think about 100/11...

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by FrancisBegbie
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier announces LoI for 31 (+30 Options) CSeries from an unnamed European Customer
Replies: 281
Views: 60828

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

My bed would be on SAS. We'll going to find out in the next month or 3 which one of us is right. I'd love to see the Cseries in SAS colours, but I'm a bit sceptical. They are replacing the 737-600 with A320neo and CRJ. And I have the impression that they are moving towards a more standardized fleet...

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by FrancisBegbie
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier announces LoI for 31 (+30 Options) CSeries from an unnamed European Customer
Replies: 281
Views: 60828

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

I think it's Air France, given its relationship with Airbus. Its fleet of 56 A318+A319 seems to fit the sales volume as well, for total replacement and modest growth. It also has not ordered any replacement for its fleet of A320 series aircraft. Some of those are quite old. That would be my best gu...

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by FrancisBegbie
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 181698

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

And if I can remind you, Airbus Group is every bit as much as US entity as Boeing is. Which begs the question, is Boeing Group every bit as much a European entity as Airbus? If not, why? As soon as they start assembling 737s or dreamliners at the old Fokker lines through a local entity. :highfive:

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by FrancisBegbie
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 181698

Re: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

But since Airbus now have and only have 50.1% stack at CSeries, as oppose to the 100% airbus-owned A320 series, any CSeries sold by them would only give them half the profit as oppose to any A320 sold by them that would give them full profit. Therefore I can't see Airbus authorizing the development...

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by FrancisBegbie
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: TK to start EIN in SU18
Replies: 17
Views: 3197

Re: Rumour: TK to start EIN in SU18

The difference between those airports and Eindhoven is that Eindhoven is a military airport. The military is responsible for the airport facilities such as ILS, the civilian airport management has got nothing to say about that. Their authorities end at the end of the civilian platform. It appears t...

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by FrancisBegbie
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 787 Sent To The Desert
Replies: 36
Views: 34673

Re: First 787 Sent To The Desert

That's just amazing it is still there. I take it there are issues with this aircraft in that being one of the early builds it has a bespoke build requiring more work than usual and it is heavier than regular 787s? Seems really bizarre keeping it on the ground where it is performing no function at a...

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by FrancisBegbie
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to operate 747 relief flight CUR-SXM
Replies: 34
Views: 6922

Re: KLM to operate 747 relief flight CUR-SXM

https://scontent-ams3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21728563_1439055436177979_7695829734520658034_n.jpg?oh=3c8ffd8b67417d728d8ec91fa163918c&oe=5A4D39CE From that image at SXM it doesn't look like the jet-ways suffered any serious damage, although it could have been repaired quickly. I've seen some pr...

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by FrancisBegbie
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 874
Views: 115594

Re: A400M Update

Yes, so? Military hardware is also a source of innovation money spend locally. You have seen it with the KC-45 saga, unacceptable for US politicians that the European a/c was chosen. So what is the problem here? The "problem" is the 17 million posts here stating that capacities of one air...

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by FrancisBegbie
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 874
Views: 115594

Re: A400M Update

My observation is that Lockheed was involved and retreated. ( The theory is the why they retreated.) LM was involved in and retreated from a bunch of concept/feasibility studies for something that became a product launch a decade later. We don't know if they decided to leave or were asked to leave ...

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by FrancisBegbie
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 874
Views: 115594

Re: A400M Update

Let's all be adults and admit the A400M was primarily about keeping the money in Europe just like KC-46 was primarily about keeping the money in the USA. There are other reasons about why the A400M is a good fit for EU needs and why the KC-46 is a good fit for US needs, but those are secondary cons...

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by FrancisBegbie
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation
Replies: 391
Views: 52869

Re: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation

The Dutch Navy's social media presence is quite insightful: As per the link to the Dutch Navy, a KDC10 and a Herc will position to Curacao to be available as soon as SXM re-opens. They're actually departing for Curacao this afternoon to get there faster when SXM opens. They bring water and food for...

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