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by JamesCousins
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet Receive their First A321neo
Replies: 42
Views: 6817

Re: Easyjet A321neos

Just noticed that easyJet's first A321neo is equipped with leather seats, unlike any other easyJet aircraft (apart from leased ex-AB A320s). Will these be used on other new aircraft delivered as well or is this exclusively for the A321? I hope they've made other changes to the cabin, would be nice ...

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by JamesCousins
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300
Replies: 354
Views: 46609

Re: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300

Almost all airlines that have ordered the A220 and also have A320 family aircraft on order, have chosen P&W engines for the latter. This includes JetBlue, Delta, Korean, Swiss. EgyptAir is an exception. I think Airbus should consider offering engine choice on the A220 family as well. The LEAP 1...

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by JamesCousins
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300
Replies: 354
Views: 46609

Re: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300

Not a big surprise. B6 was the carrier where Airbus had the edge with the CSeries. It does illustrate a problem with having the A220 compete against the A320. Airbus may have gained in A220 orders, but now they've lost A320 orders. It's tough to compete against yourself. The alternative, don't comp...

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by JamesCousins
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 Impact on the A319 and A320?
Replies: 64
Views: 10636

Re: A220 Impact on the A319 and A320?

Airbus has made their short to mid-term strategy very clear. IMHO, anyone hoping for an A220-500 any time soon is going to be disappointed. http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b101/scbriml/Airbus%20SA.jpg I can see a -500 existing once/if the A220-100 and -300 models get a very strong foothold. Other...

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by JamesCousins
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 Impact on the A319 and A320?
Replies: 64
Views: 10636

Re: A220 Impact on the A319 and A320?

CS300/A220-300 is basically the replacement for A319neo. A320neo might be affected if they introduce a A220-500 But even then I see airlines with pre existing A220 fleets going for the -500, and airlines who want commonality with the larger A321neo selecting A320neos. I don't see it as a huge issue...

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by JamesCousins
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should/could VS move their LGW operations to LHR?
Replies: 31
Views: 3849

Re: Should/could VS move their LGW operations to LHR?

But as everyone points out, from where would the slots come? From where would the gates come? Having only recently moved to T3 to co-locate with VS, would DL want to move back to T4?. I can't see this happening at all. It kills any efficient connections between the 2 airlines. I meant both VS and D...

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by JamesCousins
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta vs. Boeing
Replies: 51
Views: 7923

Re: Delta vs. Boeing

As for the 797, it will be a miracle from God if DL actually orders it. I know DL says they are interested, but I won't count on it. That’s why the DL CEO is on record stating that DL might be the launch customer. I most certainly would count on it. You can't always trust what they say. DL said the...

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by JamesCousins
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should/could VS move their LGW operations to LHR?
Replies: 31
Views: 3849

Re: Should/could VS move their LGW operations to LHR?

vhtje wrote:
But as everyone points out, from where would the slots come? From where would the gates come? Having only recently moved to T3 to co-locate with VS, would DL want to move back to T4?.


I can't see this happening at all. It kills any efficient connections between the 2 airlines.

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by JamesCousins
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai
Replies: 121
Views: 20157

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai

How is Virgin Manchester operations? I think it's fair to say the picture is mixed. On the one hand, the seat capacity continues to increase reasonably quickly on a year to year basis. They continue to open new routes (LAX) and increase frequencies to existing ones (LAS, BOS). There is a partnershi...

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by JamesCousins
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 561
Views: 100568

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

I'd be shocked if British Airways don't order 8 or 10 more, to say the plane is "perfect" for their operations tells you everything you need to know. I bet it kills BA having 747 and 77W's full with little wiggle room for increasing frequencies...

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by JamesCousins
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 777 retrofit, interesting twist
Replies: 77
Views: 11377

Re: DL 777 retrofit, interesting twist

You've got to give it to Delta, they just keep making moves that seem so consumer-oriented. It's amazing to see an airline that's making moves to increase passenger comfort, rather than degrade it, and cut costs *cough* BA *cough* Whether it's retaining IFE, outfitting short haul cabins to a really...

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by JamesCousins
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 777 retrofit, interesting twist
Replies: 77
Views: 11377

Re: DL 777 retrofit, interesting twist

You've got to give it to Delta, they just keep making moves that seem so consumer-oriented. It's amazing to see an airline that's making moves to increase passenger comfort, rather than degrade it, and cut costs *cough* BA *cough* BA was one of the last airlines to decide to make the change to 10 a...

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by JamesCousins
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 777 retrofit, interesting twist
Replies: 77
Views: 11377

Re: DL 777 retrofit, interesting twist

You've got to give it to Delta, they just keep making moves that seem so consumer-oriented. It's amazing to see an airline that's making moves to increase passenger comfort, rather than degrade it, and cut costs *cough* BA *cough* Whether it's retaining IFE, outfitting short haul cabins to a really ...

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by JamesCousins
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai
Replies: 121
Views: 20157

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai

Very disappointing to continue to see the continued shrinking of the VS map. SYD, CUN, CPT, now DXB. Don't forget TYO too. Cheers, C. I can;t decide whether I agree with the above or not. The map may be shrinking, but the fleet is actually growing. VS has seemed like an airline lacking direction at...

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by JamesCousins
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CEO says don’t overbuild “797”; skeptical on hypersonic airliner
Replies: 77
Views: 16770

Re: Delta CEO says don’t overbuild “797”; skeptical on hypersonic airliner

I think he is talking out his arse. Boeing isn't exactly sitting around waiting for DL and the 787 is a prime example. They have only sold what 500 and have another 700 on order and DL isn't one of them. He can talk all he wants, but until he puts up some green cash, its all talk. Besides, if I rec...

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by JamesCousins
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR to dump entire A330F fleet, favors 777F
Replies: 53
Views: 12172

Re: QR to dump entire A330F fleet, favors 777F

I must admit, it's funny to watch QR talk about how they have little spare capacity, yet are able to dispose of over 1/3rd of their freighter fleet and lease A330s out to Aer Lingus and BA...

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by JamesCousins
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Exeter Airport
Replies: 136
Views: 10416

Re: Future of Exeter Airport

WPvsMW wrote:
This won't work because your plan doesn't connect the S. 3 runways with the N. 3 runways. Other than that... ;) ;) ;)


I've heard he's already thought of that. Elon Musk is doing a hyperloop tunnel for each of the runways :P

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by JamesCousins
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Flybe have a future?
Replies: 82
Views: 8882

Re: Does Flybe have a future?

Everyone seems to be discussing the idea of a BA franchise, and I just don't get it. BA already have plenty of UK feed into LHR, which is where they clearly concentrate most of their traffic. Flybe struggles to compete with TUI & MT on holiday/leisure routes, and struggles to compete with U2 &am...

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by JamesCousins
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1052
Views: 369220

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Does anyone know when the first A35K for Virgin Atlantic is scheduled for? Is there also anything concrete behind a murmur that one may be a former A35K test aircraft?

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by JamesCousins
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward
Replies: 43
Views: 6518

Re: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward

Or are other options existing for freight operators? Factory & converted 777F's seem to killing it tbh in terms of big freighters. Not as good as the 747 at oversized cargo, with no front door loading, but aside from that they seem to be the pick... Converted 777Fs? Where? Show your work. viewt...

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by JamesCousins
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward
Replies: 43
Views: 6518

Re: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward

aristoenigma wrote:
Or are other options existing for freight operators?


Factory & converted 777F's seem to killing it tbh in terms of big freighters. Not as good as the 747 at oversized cargo, with no front door loading, but aside from that they seem to be the pick...

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by JamesCousins
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus, Bombardier C-Series Partnership Effective July 1
Replies: 64
Views: 10465

Re: Airbus, Bombardier C-Series Partnership Effective July 1

Boeing clearly had nothing to compete with the A321neo and that's been tough to watch. Simply put, they had few options at the time of the MAX launch, and that is rooted in decisions made decades before. As much as you or I or anyone else wanted to will it to happen, Boeing wasn't going to be able ...

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by JamesCousins
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Additional CX A350-1000 routes: LAX and EWR, plus large A350-900 expansion
Replies: 103
Views: 26358

Re: Additional CX A350-1000 routes: LAX and EWR, plus large A350-900 expansion

I think the 777 has certainly started to build a bad rep among many, not just because of seat width, but because of noise, and number of pax in close proximity. I think the 787's slightly narrower seat issues are offset by the fancy PR and new cabin features, whilst staying so quiet. Good thing for...

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by JamesCousins
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trouble with the GEnx on the 787-10
Replies: 34
Views: 9420

Re: Trouble with the GEnx on the 787-10

MileHFL400 wrote:
Gosh whats up with engine manufacturers these days?!


Isn't it because we're at the end of a major engine design architecture. AKA engine manufacturers are trying to extrapolate as much performer as possible from an older platform, which can cause issues..?

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by JamesCousins
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Additional CX A350-1000 routes: LAX and EWR, plus large A350-900 expansion
Replies: 103
Views: 26358

Re: Additional CX A350-1000 routes: LAX and EWR, plus large A350-900 expansion

Thank goodness, hope the A350-1000 to LAX is true. Anything to avoid 10 across 777s You have to wonder if airlines will begin recognising this - not just those with A350s and 777s (at 10 abreast), but also those with 787s (at nine abreast - which is all but one). If the operate both 777s and A350s ...

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by JamesCousins
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways aircraft parked at LHR T5
Replies: 14
Views: 4416

Re: Qatar Airways aircraft parked at LHR T5

How is it that Qatar has so much spare capacity? Didn’t they just recently lend BA a bucketload of A320’s and A319’s? Regional blockades by Predominantly Sunni neighbouring countries mean little or no work for Qatar’s short and medium haulers for the foreseeable future And, frankly, overcapacity in...

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by JamesCousins
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG and the A350
Replies: 49
Views: 9767

Re: IAG and the A350

To re-iterate the above, the 787 will become the new backbone of much of BA's long haul fleet. The 787-8 and -9 have the range and economics to destroy an A330 for BA, with the -10 primed for US east coast. You've then got the A380s for super high-demand routes, and the 77W's & A35K to plug the ...

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by JamesCousins
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL
Replies: 49
Views: 5500

Re: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL

I wish they'd stop announcing new bloody long haul routes, when they're currently struggling on their LH fleet anyways. Until the chance of HiFly A350's or Wamos 747's on a DY flight has subsided, I'll avoid. A Wamos 747 was used to operate the LGW-JFK flight yesterday (I was at the gate when the f...

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by JamesCousins
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL
Replies: 49
Views: 5500

Re: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL

I wish they'd stop announcing new bloody long haul routes, when they're currently struggling on their LH fleet anyways. Until the chance of HiFly A350's or Wamos 747's on a DY flight has subsided, I'll avoid.

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by JamesCousins
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 more A350 for Air Caraïbes and French Bee
Replies: 25
Views: 3976

Re: 2 more A350 for Air Caraïbes and French Bee

Those A330s are quite young, ~9 yrs old. Strange they chose not to expand with them. That's one way to look at it. Another would be: "sell/return them, while their value is still high" I imagine a unified fleet could also present some fairly substantial cost benefits for the airline as we...

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by JamesCousins
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 more A350 for Air Caraïbes and French Bee
Replies: 25
Views: 3976

Re: 2 more A350 for Air Caraïbes and French Bee

zkojq wrote:
Sounds like they're very satisfied with their A350s.


It seems every airline that has them currently is

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by JamesCousins
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 561
Views: 100568

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

To whoever suggested that BA do not want to sustain capacity: You do realize we are talking about Heathrow right? One of the worlds most congested airports? Where on Earth are they going to pull additional frequency out of? You are not suggesting that less passengers=greater profits are you? Whilst...

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by JamesCousins
Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 561
Views: 100568

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

I don't overly see what other options BA/IAG has. British Airways has a large 747 fleet on the way out, and the only way they can sustain capacity Why are you assuming that they want to? Because they entered into long talks with Airbus in the first place. If they didn't see space for more of them i...

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by JamesCousins
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 561
Views: 100568

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

I don't overly see what other options BA/IAG has. British Airways has a large 747 fleet on the way out, and the only way they can sustain capacity is to increase frequencies on the 77W's and A35K's (when they arrive), which they haven't really got too much leverage to do. I appreciate BA are sitting...

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by JamesCousins
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.
Replies: 56
Views: 8590

Re: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.

Dare I say we could even see some strong expansion from VS when those start arriving. When they start arriving all of the 787s will be back in service, the final A332 will in regular service, as will the 2 A340's taken from long term storage. My guess is that the 747s leave on a 1:1 basis with the ...

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by JamesCousins
Thu May 31, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.
Replies: 56
Views: 8590

Re: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.

The A350-1000s cannot arrive soon enough! Dare I say we could even see some strong expansion from VS when those start arriving. When they start arriving all of the 787s will be back in service, the final A332 will in regular service, as will the 2 A340's taken from long term storage. My guess is th...

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by JamesCousins
Wed May 30, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.
Replies: 56
Views: 8590

Re: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.

It’s not remotely business friendly though for a serious player like MAN to have JFK on a B744 thrice weekly on a 747 in winter. That’s so 1980. We can’t all be saying “consumers only care about price and not brand loyalty” and then in the next breath suggest a daily narrow body is worse than a 3 x...

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by JamesCousins
Tue May 29, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.
Replies: 56
Views: 8590

Re: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.

This doesn't surprise me purely based on the number of ferry flights the Virgin 747s do. If you look at 'The VS Source' you can see just how many empty positioning flights there are. Add maintenance advantages of a single base and it seems a fairly sensible. Still glad I got to fly a VS 747 out of G...

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by JamesCousins
Mon May 28, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Baltic orders 30 CS300 + 30 Options/Purchase Rights
Replies: 79
Views: 14562

Re: Air Baltic orders 30 CS300 + 30 Options/Purchase Rights

mercure1 wrote:
Will Air Baltic even be around to take delivery of all these planes?


State owned and reporting post-tax profits suggests so.

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by JamesCousins
Mon May 28, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook / Condor plans for new long range aicraft
Replies: 42
Views: 7668

Re: Thomas Cook / Condor plans for new long range aicraft

Whilst I love flying the 787, and Boeing's sales team seem to be on a role atm, I just can't see it happening. AFAIK the airline uses the same crews across their A320 series and A330's, and fleet commonality has to play a huge part, especially for smaller operating bases (e.g. STN & BHX) The onl...

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by JamesCousins
Mon May 28, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Baltic orders 30 CS300 + 30 Options/Purchase Rights
Replies: 79
Views: 14562

Re: Air Baltic orders 30 CS300 + 30 Options/Purchase Rights

Here wait a minute - were Air Baltic not looking to replace their Q400s?!? There had been talk of them going all-jet, but this doesn't make sense. Surely they aren't going to replace all their ~70 seat Q400 with ~150 seat CS300...? [Is there still further orders from Air Baltic to come? Or have the...

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by JamesCousins
Tue May 08, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran - Boeing deal
Replies: 188
Views: 22579

Re: Iran - Boeing deal

727200 wrote:
Deal is dead. Boeing knew the risks going into it but tried to get it thru.


Same on the Airbus side too. Too much of the A/C are US made - Iran Air, Mahan Air etc etc probably won't be seeing new planes for some time now...

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by JamesCousins
Tue May 08, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR
Replies: 45
Views: 8656

Re: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR

Oh wow. How surprising. Not. Talking about safe expansion plans.... But why LHR on a 787?? I think, given the timings & market, a Gatters 777 could have worked better, no? LHR has the better overall connections for onward travel, and the 787-8s small size mitigates risk. I'd guess the route wil...

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by JamesCousins
Mon May 07, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Return ANOTHER A340-600 from Storage
Replies: 1
Views: 1342

Virgin Atlantic Return ANOTHER A340-600 from Storage

According to the VS Source, on May the 4th Virgin withdrew another A340-600 from long-term storage, a plane only retired in March. (G-VWIN). This information appears to be re-affirmed by planespotters.net too. Could this be a sign that 787 issues are worse than expected, or dare I say making the way...

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by JamesCousins
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 747 Classics as of 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 2211

Re: 747 Classics as of 2018

The Rolls Royce test-bed is a 747-200 :)

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by JamesCousins
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Jetblue E190 Decision imminent and Europe news?
Replies: 217
Views: 35176

Re: Rumor: Jetblue E190 Decision imminent and Europe news?

Getting back to the aircraft choice, this would mean that JetBlue would indeed need several A330's. JetBlue owns the FLL market and no doubt would poach from the MIA market, it could really pay off for them in getting some 330's. I can see A330's, or even A350's at jetBlue in the long term, but for...

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by JamesCousins
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 401
Views: 46209

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Wow, might I just thank everyone for their contributions to this thread, it's a fascinating read! As a UK member it's interesting to see Amazon are still so reliant on the likes of USPS, UPS and FedEx in the US. Here in the UK Amazon Prime is all done in house, with the door-to-door couriers all wo...

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by JamesCousins
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 401
Views: 46209

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Wow, might I just thank everyone for their contributions to this thread, it's a fascinating read! As a UK member it's interesting to see Amazon are still so reliant on the likes of USPS, UPS and FedEx in the US. Here in the UK Amazon Prime is all done in house, with the door-to-door couriers all wor...

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by JamesCousins
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'
Replies: 211
Views: 26936

Re: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'

The irony of ironies is that Europe made an unprofitable airliner that helped Emirates at the expense of European Airlines. The perils of unchecked egos. The real cost of the 380 is not how much Airbus lost on it but how it siphoned traffic to DXB away from Europe. Yes, EK's business plan works qui...

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by JamesCousins
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'
Replies: 211
Views: 26936

Re: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'

If orchestrated correctly, the introduction of the 787-10 on lower demand routes will only drive orders for more 380s, the feed increases, routes get up-gauged. Given that the 78J would be the smallest aircraft in EK's fleet (along with the 77L), the feed would increase with the 787-10 only if eith...

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