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by Phosphorus
Tue May 21, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Just to clear "vendor" means airports, oil companies, GHAs, caterers. Doesn't include banks or lessors. Correct. Vendors might include MRO's, who hold on to assets (parts, engines, other items that were being fixed). Vendors might include airports, who hold onto whatever assets they might...

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by Phosphorus
Tue May 21, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 56
Views: 5088

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

In Britain, VC-10 specs were tweaked around BOAC demands, AFAIK. To the point where many other airlines were no longer interested, as BOAC wanted performance from hot and high airfields, to the detriment of operational economics. So BOAC tweaked the specs to suit their needs, and then the same airl...

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by Phosphorus
Tue May 21, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Are there any estimates on how much is vendor debt? Anywhere between Rs 7k to Rs 12k crore Thanks! That's more than 1 billion USD, anyway. Even if banks accept 99% writeoffs, and even if suddenly lessors will stop claiming back debt, this is a lot of money, for an AOC, traffic rights and slots that...

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by Phosphorus
Tue May 21, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Travelling down Ukraine in a Yak-40, December 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 7016

Re: Travelling down Ukraine in a Yak-40, December 2018

... The aircraft waiting at the remote stand was UR-88310, having been manufactured at Yakovlev’s Saratov factory in February 1980, the aircraft is by no means young; however it is the most recent example in Motor Sich’s fleet... Thank you for the excellent trip report! Not to nitpick -- indeed, th...

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by Phosphorus
Tue May 21, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 56
Views: 5088

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

In Britain, VC-10 specs were tweaked around BOAC demands, AFAIK. To the point where many other airlines were no longer interested, as BOAC wanted performance from hot and high airfields, to the detriment of operational economics.

All Soviet types, predictably, were developed to Aeroflot requirements.

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by Phosphorus
Tue May 21, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Looks like one last meeting for investors. https://wap.business-standard.com/article-amp/companies/jet-airways-revival-etihad-hindujas-set-for-abu-dhabi-meet-on-may-23-119052100035_1.html .... Lightsaber A question -- is there enough slack within Etihad (parked frames, underutilized frames, all tha...

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by Phosphorus
Mon May 20, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzhorod in Ukraine
Replies: 24
Views: 3485

Re: Uzhorod in Ukraine

What's wrong with an An-24 out of Uzhorod ? Earlier in the spring this year, Motor Sich were using them on some days between Uzhorod and Lviv - and load factors were not exactly high The main claim I keep hearing is that the local authority neglected to enforce building codes, and thus eastward dir...

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by Phosphorus
Mon May 20, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzhorod in Ukraine
Replies: 24
Views: 3485

Re: Uzhorod in Ukraine

Motor Sich is back on IEV-UDJ route, thrice weekly, direct: https://flymotorsich.com/en/news ( I don't see a way to link directly to the news release, only to the news feed itself. Please look for release of May 20) For fans of rare types -- the route is announced to be flown with Yak-40. And, June ...

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by Phosphorus
Mon May 20, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 793
Views: 127782

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

Just how much training did the pilots have in using direct law? I suspect the answer will be "not a lot" which is on Aeroflot however that will probably be swept under the carpet unless the pilots are lucky. Some pages before, I was quoting a rumor in Russian aviation circles -- that Aero...

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by Phosphorus
Mon May 20, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA axing LHR - LED & KBP
Replies: 38
Views: 7879

Re: BA axing LHR - LED & KBP

BA is crap and the market knows it , simples British Airways remains the most profitable legacy airline in Europe. It's the market, not the airline that's crap. KBP growth: 2017 10,554,757 Increase 22.1% 2018 12,603,300 Increase 19.4% Do you still think it's the market? I think there are enough pas...

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by Phosphorus
Mon May 20, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana starting ICN-ULN starting 7/9/2019
Replies: 19
Views: 2094

Re: Asiana starting ICN-ULN starting 7/9/2019

Isn't there also a Korean minority in Uzbekistan? I remember hearing something about it. They emigrated there decades ago. Yes there is. Koreans in Uzbekistan are a sizeable and economically important minority. They are largely absent from local politics, often described as clan warfare. This is pa...

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by Phosphorus
Sun May 19, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA axing LHR - LED & KBP
Replies: 38
Views: 7879

Re: BA axing LHR - LED & KBP

What advantage did BA actually have in KBP? They no longer have a service to differentiate them from the competition. They have a good intercontinental network but there are so many other hubs between Kiev and London where passengers can connect. On top of that, PS seems to be expanding quite aggre...

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by Phosphorus
Sun May 19, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Soviets never try making a domestic twin IL-96 using the Lotarev D-18T engine similar to the A330 and A340?
Replies: 25
Views: 4791

Re: Why did the Soviets never try making a domestic twin IL-96 using the Lotarev D-18T engine similar to the A330 and A3

The Polet freighters would simply be Il-96T. That would be before conversion, while still equipped with PW engines. After conversion to PS-90 in the last decade, at least one frame got both new factory number, and designation Il-96-400. Another frame was directly built as Il-96-400T late last decad...

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by Phosphorus
Sat May 18, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Soviets never try making a domestic twin IL-96 using the Lotarev D-18T engine similar to the A330 and A340?
Replies: 25
Views: 4791

Re: Why did the Soviets never try making a domestic twin IL-96 using the Lotarev D-18T engine similar to the A330 and A3

Surely you mean the modernized M version? The -400 already exists and is flying, same with the -400T which is the freighter variant. I know, I was talking about the M version or whatever new version Cubana has on order since god knows how many years now. FYI, the original Il-96 stretch is just Il-9...

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by Phosphorus
Sat May 18, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

weren't most of the widebodies owned by Jet? Some are owned, Some other are leased. Are you saying these are valid lessors? Never heard of them. MOORGATE AIRCRAFT 2007 LIMITED FLEET IRELAND AIRCRAFT LEASE 2007-A LTD FLEET IRELAND AIRCRAFT LEASE 2007-B LIMITED JIHB LIMITED JIHBTWO LIMITED BISHOPSGAT...

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by Phosphorus
Sat May 18, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Soviets never try making a domestic twin IL-96 using the Lotarev D-18T engine similar to the A330 and A340?
Replies: 25
Views: 4791

Re: Why did the Soviets never try making a domestic twin IL-96 using the Lotarev D-18T engine similar to the A330 and A3

Armadillo1 wrote:
Phosphorus wrote:
They were not about to forget that easily.

wel well, nobody heard about IL-62

Well, Il-62 was a quad. Unless you are trying to convey some other point, I guess it meets "three or more engines" requirement.

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by Phosphorus
Thu May 16, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Soviets never try making a domestic twin IL-96 using the Lotarev D-18T engine similar to the A330 and A340?
Replies: 25
Views: 4791

Re: Why did the Soviets never try making a domestic twin IL-96 using the Lotarev D-18T engine similar to the A330 and A3

USSR was burned once by inability to fly Tu-104 transatlantic (something to do with international rules to have diversion field handy, unless you have three engines or more). They were not about to forget that easily. Now Il-96 and its powerplant were a result of many political and design compromise...

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by Phosphorus
Sun May 12, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzhorod in Ukraine
Replies: 24
Views: 3485

Re: Uzhorod in Ukraine

I only flew once from UDJ to IEV on M9 in 2013. The passenger "handling facilities" then were not far from what one would expect from Soviet times and it seems nothing really has changed for the better since. Aside from that I doubt that any other operator besides M9 could possibly make a...

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by Phosphorus
Sun May 12, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Had they bailed out 9W, it would call into question their lack of fiduciary Duty more than not doing anything. Once we peel the layers of emotion out of it, 9W is a teeny tiny NPA is a massive portfolio to SBI. That's it. One thing that apparently many posters here miss is the bank bureaucrats like...

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by Phosphorus
Sat May 11, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzhorod in Ukraine
Replies: 24
Views: 3485

Re: Uzhorod in Ukraine

But still, is 14,000 passengers per annum the benchmark? Or do you think it is more/less? No idea. I was one of those passengers, not the one counting them. But let's do a back of the envelope calculation -- Motor Sich flew a single daily flight with either An-24 (48 seats) or An-140 (52 seats). Ta...

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by Phosphorus
Sat May 11, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzhorod in Ukraine
Replies: 24
Views: 3485

Re: Uzhorod in Ukraine

In 2014 it served ~14,000 passengers per annum, falling to less than 1,000 in 2017. I presume those were only domestic passengers. Point of order. Traffic figures in UDJ become irrelevant somewhere in summer 2016, as the airport was closed for scheduled traffic at that point (expiry of treaty with ...

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by Phosphorus
Sat May 11, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzhorod in Ukraine
Replies: 24
Views: 3485

Re: Uzhorod in Ukraine

Visited the city last week. I flew to KSC in Slovakia, as city is really easy to reach from there. UDJ could be reactivated, but surely would face competence from KSC and maybe LWO. UDJ actually WAS reactivated, a few weeks ago, after a couple of years of audits of both UDJ and Ukrainian air traffi...

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by Phosphorus
Sat May 11, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzhorod in Ukraine
Replies: 24
Views: 3485

Re: Uzhorod in Ukraine

I see that Motor Sich is selling engines to China, but aside from that, their main clients used to be Russia and puppet states of Russia, so they must surely be in trouble ? Correct. Ukrainian industry, and among the most hit -- Motor Sich -- is one of the major unknown victims of Russia's aggressi...

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by Phosphorus
Sat May 11, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzhorod in Ukraine
Replies: 24
Views: 3485

Re: Uzhorod in Ukraine

I flew the entire Motor Sich network in 2013 and the same again last year, and in those 5 years the differences to the passenger fleet have been the addition of an extra Yak 40, an extra An-24, and they went from operating the last 2 newer An-140s to just 1. With the recent abandoned attempt to gro...

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by Phosphorus
Sat May 11, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzhorod in Ukraine
Replies: 24
Views: 3485

Re: Uzhorod in Ukraine

Motor Sich (yes the people who fly ancient aircraft beloved of spotters like Antonov-24 or Yak-40) are going to launch a 1x weekly service to Kiev as a tag-on to their existing 5x weekly Kiev-Lviv route I asked this in another thread. For how long is supposed Motor Sich to keep those Antonovs? I wo...

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by Phosphorus
Fri May 10, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzhorod in Ukraine
Replies: 24
Views: 3485

Re: Uzhorod in Ukraine

Yup, the airport passed certain European aviation safety inspections. As the runway stops meters from Ukraine-Slovakia border, and old Soviet-era airspace treaty with Slovakia expired, Ukraine had to negotiate with the EU over resumption of air service. I gather these safety requirements have been m...

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by Phosphorus
Fri May 10, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Creditors are not so foolish that they'd agree for two options of either 100% or 0% debt recovery. There's something in between those numbers they'd have to negotiate for if they have sense. ... Ahh, that's the rub. no-bank creditors are not being negotiated with, are they? They are in a very high-...

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by Phosphorus
Fri May 10, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 793
Views: 127782

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

As an armchair fireman I have always wondered why crews are not always stationed half way down the runway as well as the chasers at the begining? guess they have a good reason. :confused: accident plane veering off the runway and colliding with rescue vehicles, making the problem worse, is a possib...

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by Phosphorus
Fri May 10, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

... Do you seriously believe there is a business case to pump money into Jet Airways and relaunch it? That is up to the bidders, not to sellers or government. Let's say best bid needs 81% hair cut and rejecting all bids is 100% hair cut and any future statuary liabilities for the SBI gang(because t...

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by Phosphorus
Fri May 10, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

... In the background on the other hand here, one airline must be working extra hard using its political leverage and flexing their muscles to make sure 9W has no chance of coming back and they lose everything for good. Every day, developments show the govt is trying to dismantle the airline even t...

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by Phosphorus
Thu May 09, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Pan Am was Amreeka's #1 International carrier. It carried several million international passengers and billions of ASKMs. Others grabbed slots, filled the vacuum and made the industry bigger and stronger. True, but some of Pan Am's achievements will not be repeated, even though surviving US carrier...

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by Phosphorus
Wed May 08, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How big was Aeroflot in the 80's?
Replies: 44
Views: 7931

Re: How big was Aeroflot in the 80's?

I saw these and just couldn't resist.... All these photos are from Shannon, 1988/89. Those were the days..... Eastbound meets westbound? [photoid]1494866[/photoid AFAIR, it's approximately around this time that Pulkovo (LED) got transatlantic flights, by Il-86, with SNN stopovers. Whether those wer...

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by Phosphorus
Wed May 08, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 793
Views: 127782

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

I don't think we need to debate the cost of sprinklers in runways. There are more fundamental issues with that setup, e.g., firefighters apply fairly significant water amounts but choose the target carefully. They may also apply different chemicals (foam etc). I don't know how to make the automatic...

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by Phosphorus
Mon May 06, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 793
Views: 127782

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

The pilots shouldn't be guessing and evaluating what 'law' they are in, especially in an emergency. We have too much automation in airplanes, and it's killing us. I've been following very carefully all this forum's post and, not being a pilot but a very dedicated aircraft fan and agreeing with Vars...

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by Phosphorus
Mon May 06, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NORDSTAR 737 slides off runway
Replies: 13
Views: 3769

Re: NORDSTAR 737 slides off runway

Wow, it must suck to have blizzards in May. Glad everyone is OK. Norilsk is one of "those" places. Blizzard in May, interesting pastimes like annual rebuild of railroad link (in Stalin times, they would lay rail track on ice every autumn. In spring, ice would melt and rail infrastructure ...

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by Phosphorus
Mon May 06, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline owning a airport
Replies: 60
Views: 6694

Re: Airline owning a airport

In USSR, old Aeroflot was in reality an amalgamation of regional "unified aviation enterprises", each of them owning airfields and aircraft. After USSR collapsed, each of these regional companies becoming a "Babyflot". Anti-trust agencies then showed up, demanding breakup of flyi...

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by Phosphorus
Sun May 05, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 905
Views: 221098

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

... When was the last time a European nation shut down its national airline? ... If we talk about THE national airline, then MALEV probably is a recent example; earlier, Swissair and Sabena collapsed spectacularly. Estonian Air and Blue1 were more of managed wind-down, to be replaced with something...

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by Phosphorus
Fri May 03, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Chasing the An-225
Replies: 4
Views: 830

Re: Chasing the An-225

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine_S ... ion_Museum
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An-225 -- it's base indeed is Gostomel; I wonder if it ever visits Svyatoshyn airfield.

While over here, make sure to spare some time to visit IEV airport/Zhuliany and the aviation museum there:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine_S ... ion_Museum

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by Phosphorus
Fri May 03, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia's Utair in trouble
Replies: 23
Views: 6840

Re: Russia's Utair in trouble

Utair's troubles seem to deepen: https://www.interfax.ru/business/659798 Ernst&Young are not convinced of feasibility of Utair as a going concern, unless restructuring of debts is successful. It was mentioned that Utair asked its banks to accept a haircut (some quoted figure as high as 80% hairc...

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by Phosphorus
Fri May 03, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

It is interesting that all the lenders appear to be Indian (vs say UK or US banks)... Hardly surprising, considering you have to go to government bureaucracy and Reserve Bank of India, in order to be permitted to participate in External Commercial Borrowing mechanisms. On the other hand, considerin...

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by Phosphorus
Thu May 02, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

..... If the aircraft was security for a single loan (it isn't), the lender would usually pay the creditor. Sometimes, when the aircraft is security for multiple loans, the lender with the largest exposure, will pay the creditor, get the aircraft home, and then seize it themselves to prevent repeti...

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by Phosphorus
Thu May 02, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

.... I am curious how the dutch courts allowed the Jet aircraft to be seized in AMS for an unsecured debt. Seems odd.... In principle, it's actually quite simple. The unsecured creditor has exhausted all ways of collecting debt, short of going to court. So, he went to court, and got an order, autho...

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by Phosphorus
Thu May 02, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OS Q1 Loss Deepens
Replies: 39
Views: 7046

Re: OS Q1 Loss Deepens

First current long-haul units delivered to Austrian are from 2005. That is 14 years old. Although not ideal, I wouldn't fear they can "fall out the sky". BA has 747s from 1990. Yes, for a very different reasons and probably making much more money than Austrian does with its long haul flee...

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by Phosphorus
Thu May 02, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OS Q1 Loss Deepens
Replies: 39
Views: 7046

Re: OS Q1 Loss Deepens

In theory, sounds reasonable. In practice, there are consequences to decisions like this. OS's fleet is not getting younger, and some of the long-haul frames are 26-27 years old. You either pray they don't fall out of the sky, and keep them flying, or you have to accept draw-down of the fleet=loss ...

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by Phosphorus
Wed May 01, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OS Q1 Loss Deepens
Replies: 39
Views: 7046

Re: OS Q1 Loss Deepens

well then OS will never get new planes at this rate! Gesendet von meinem SM-G950F mit Tapatalk In theory, sounds reasonable. In practice, there are consequences to decisions like this. OS's fleet is not getting younger, and some of the long-haul frames are 26-27 years old. You either pray they don'...

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by Phosphorus
Wed May 01, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

High court sets July 16 court date for passenger refunds: https://www.ndtv.com/business/jet-airways-crisis-delhi-high-court-issues-notice-to-jet-airways-on-plea-for-refund-alternative-flig-2031321 A wee bit late... Am I reading this correctly? Are they basically posting a huge billboard sign: "...

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by Phosphorus
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

It is not the total debt, it is the current debt and corporation's ability to service current debt matters. A couple of years back one expert said Emirates has $12 Billion debt in total. I was puzzled. Really doesn't matter as long as it has the cash flow to service current debt. In the case of 9W,...

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by Phosphorus
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best Equiment Swaps?
Replies: 28
Views: 1970

Re: Best Equiment Swaps?

many moons ago, flew intra-Europe with Air Berlin. Got a last-minute equipment swap from a narrowbody to an A330. Asked for an aisle seat, got an entire middle row of 4 seats instead. Tired after a difficult business trip, enjoyed the chance to rest, immensely.

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by Phosphorus
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

5. Wet leased aircraft are at extreame risk of return (with slots) to Jet. That is 22 aircraft per the previous discussion. All others are SpiceJet only. Unless leases are paid (and they seem to be in arrears), isn't the risk of return of these frames to the lessors a larger threat? Than this theor...

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by Phosphorus
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1077
Views: 112404

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Both Business Standard and Economic Times are reporting that there are no bids forthcoming for Jet. It will be curtains pretty soon https://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/jet-airways-bids-set-to-draw-a-blank-etihad-to-say-no-tpg-back-out-too-119042300041_1.html Jet share is up almost 1...

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