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by r2rho
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Record number of air passengers carried in the EU at almost 1 billion in 2016 – passenger growth at 5.9%
Replies: 3
Views: 585

Re: Record number of air passengers carried in the EU at almost 1 billion in 2016 – passenger growth at 5.9%

Also, looking at the graph, most of that growth over the past 5-6 years has come from intra-EU traffic. National traffic has remained mostly flat, and extra-EU traffic has grown somewhat. No surprises in Eastern Europe really - Western Europe is mostly a mature market outside of the secondary cities...

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by r2rho
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 41158

Re: LH buys Air Berlin

No surprises here. This orchestrated operation was decided in February during Spohr & Merkel's visit to UAE, and Winkelmann as trojan horse has done a great job of handing AB over to LH on a silver plate. The devil will be in the details - nobody really cares how many a/c LH buys. The actual con...

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by r2rho
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Safran inaugurates open rotor test program
Replies: 22
Views: 7535

Re: Europe Shelves Open-Rotor Flight-Test Demonstration

I wonder if the continuing Silvercrest issues have drained both Safran financial and engineering resources to the point that all hands were needed to fix Silvercrest? My reading of this between the lines is that Airbus didn't want to play along anymore, and thus the EU research program was cancelle...

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by r2rho
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation Week: Embraer, Bombardier Delay Larger RJ's, Don't Expect Scope Relief
Replies: 63
Views: 6430

Re: Aviation Week: Embraer, Bombardier Delay Larger RJ's, Don't Expect Scope Relief

Rather than aircraft scope, why not route scope? Any route over x number of seats a week must be flown by mainline? Over an even higher threshold, then a limited number of off peak frequencies could be flown by a 75 seat? That's actually an interesting proposal. Fixing scope at some arbitrary MTOW ...

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by r2rho
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Bombardier Commercial Aerospace?
Replies: 35
Views: 6112

Re: Future of Bombardier Commercial Aerospace?

The C-Series IS a trend-setter and game-changer, hence why it is such a bothersome pain in the butt to Boeing. Without the CSeries, there would have been no A320NEO. Without the A320NEO, there would have been no 737MAX. The CSeries may be losing out in the battle, due to the inherent difficulties o...

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by r2rho
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer Hopes Pinned on New Scope Clause in 2019-22
Replies: 137
Views: 13426

Re: Embraer Hopes Pinned on New Scope Clause in 2019-22

No, the pilots at Delta, United and AA, should push to move the weight and seat limit lower. Force mainline to fly the product that's being used as a non-regional airplane. Anything larger than a 50 seater, should be at mainline. That's fine too. As long as there's a clear line, either below MRJ/E2...

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by r2rho
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer Hopes Pinned on New Scope Clause in 2019-22
Replies: 137
Views: 13426

Re: Embraer Hopes Pinned on New Scope Clause in 2019-22

For EMB and MRJ to build a new airplane betting on scope relief was beyond incompetent. EMB will do fine selling hundreds of E2's outside the US. Just like ATR is making loads of money while not selling a single a/c in the US for decades. Manufacturers are no longer as dependent on the US market as...

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by r2rho
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MRJ - Flight Test & Production Thread
Replies: 275
Views: 61333

Re: MRJ - Flight Test & Production Part 1

I'm amazed the program will use 10 test frames. That must be expensive. Make it 11 if one includes the static test frame. This surely has to do with the first frames not being valid for certification tests, as was discussed earlier in the thread. So they have to build new ones and pass the certific...

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by r2rho
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Poland wants to build new airport for Warsaw
Replies: 22
Views: 4410

Re: Poland wants to build new airport for Warsaw

Because they want to have airport that is open entire year and not only few afternoons each week.

And what prevents Modlin to open the entire year?

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by r2rho
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HAM TATL flights?
Replies: 47
Views: 5854

Re: HAM TATL flights?

t wouldn't be the first time that "Kleingärten" have to be razed to make room for other developments. The "other " side of the runway System is an untapped source for expansion. Next, when LH gives up engine overhaul in HAM, would the noise abatement halls for test runs still be...

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by r2rho
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HAM TATL flights?
Replies: 47
Views: 5854

Re: HAM TATL flights?

in a country that is well connected by fast land based public transport a central large airport makes more sense. Again: this is not about a hub. This is about TATL or intercont flights. We all agree why HAM is not a hub. But being a hub is not a necessary condition for getting intercont flights (t...

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by r2rho
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HAM TATL flights?
Replies: 47
Views: 5854

Re: HAM TATL flights?

HAM is an interesting case... Germany's second largest city, an economic powerhouse, no highspeed rail, and yet... rather underserved by air compared to similar European peers. IMO it is a combination of factors: - The city has never cared much about HAM, it sees the airport as a convenient money-ma...

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by r2rho
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volotea: new routes, new planes, new bases
Replies: 34
Views: 7711

Re: Volotea: new routes, new planes, new bases

In a way, Volotea is filling the gap that teh new FR is leaving behind, as they move more into main airports and core routes. FR, and now Volotea, prove that with the right business model there is a market for p2p flying between EU secondary cities. Volotea's A319 seems better sized for those market...

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by r2rho
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HAM TATL flights?
Replies: 47
Views: 5854

Re: HAM TATL flights?

But only a few years ago MUC advanced to a Primary hub, equal with FRA This is not about being a hub - I think we all agree why HAM cannot be one. This is about the lack of TATL (or any intercontinental) flights there. There are many cities which, without being a hub, have intercontinental connecti...

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by r2rho
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HAM TATL flights?
Replies: 47
Views: 5854

Re: HAM TATL flights?

Hamburg residents are used to getting on a fast train and making for FRA where they have the world of options in terms of flights. Not really... why would you take a 4hr "fast" train when you have a LH hourly shuttle running between both? Hamburg residents however, have been "educate...

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by r2rho
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open
Replies: 49
Views: 7281

Re: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open

The problem is that BER can never be a hub 33 million O&D pax in 2016 - despite constrained airport capacity. We do not even know what Berlin's pax numbers would be with unconstrained airports. Berlin doesn't need to be a hub! It is a massive O&D generator! The fact that BER isn't a hub and...

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by r2rho
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open
Replies: 49
Views: 7281

Re: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open

Reinickendorf (the district where TXL lies) just approved keeping TXL in operation... Pre-election polls showed that those affected by the airport were actually also a majority in favor of keeping it open. Post-election results have more than confirmed it, with 63.7% of Reinickendorf voting in favo...

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by r2rho
Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open
Replies: 49
Views: 7281

Re: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open

IMHO, you shouldn't be asking the entire city about this. You should be asking those living close to the airport and below the approach sectors. I am pretty certain the results will be quite different once you do it like that. You are right. As Berlin is the capital, is this airport is essential na...

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by r2rho
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162363

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

The current airberlin CEO Thomas Winkelmann did come from a leading position within the LH Group. He had been with LH for 19 years, being the CEo of Germanwings and later the CEO of the Munich Hub while also representing LH in the board of directors at jetblue. And this guy left LH for airberlin in...

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by r2rho
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162363

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

I haven't seen this stated anywhere, but Walsh confirms that IAG has submitted a firm bid for AB (article does not specify if all or parts of it though), but he expects LH to come out as winner [who doesn't?]. Article in Spanish: http://www.elmundo.es/economia/2017/09/25/59c8e6a7e2704e721a8b45c6.html

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by r2rho
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open
Replies: 49
Views: 7281

Re: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open

Berlin's citizens are wiser than their politicians. This is excellent news for the city! And while it is not the end of the battle, as the ruling politicians had already vowed to ignore the result, they will do so at their own peril. Now that opposition politicians know that they have popular suppor...

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by r2rho
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Poland wants to build new airport for Warsaw
Replies: 22
Views: 4410

Re: Poland wants to build new airport for Warsaw

At "only" 12.8 million in 2016, I struggle to believe that not more can be gotten out of the WAW site... HAM, with a similar setup, has recently broken the 15million mark (and now showing first signs of saturation). There is so much empty tarmac up north - surely a satellite concourse coul...

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by r2rho
Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Poland wants to build new airport for Warsaw
Replies: 22
Views: 4410

Re: Poland wants to build new airport for Warsaw

What's wrong with Modlin? Same distance or slightly closer, and with plenty of free land around to build another rwy and expand. Baranow is out in the boonies indeed... less than an hour drive sounds rather optimistic - it's definitely an hour. Personally I don't care about driving distance - if an ...

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by r2rho
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162363

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Next - MUC-BER will be a 3 hour ride by Train from December onwards, depends on where you live in MUC or BER, the Train might save a lot of time. I wish, but unfortunately, no... the regular scheduled time is 4:25. What I call marketing runs (DB I think calls them Sprinters) will apparently be 3:55...

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by r2rho
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft
Replies: 96
Views: 12643

Re: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft

The big unanswered question is whether there will be a suitable engine. It seems to me that an aircraft with a capacity of 120 passengers in high density configuration will need at least a turboprop of 6,000 shp. The PW NGRT is being developed for 5000-7000shp, which puts it smack in that range. Fu...

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by r2rho
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162363

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Pretty much how it was in the UK with British Airways. British Midland and Virgin tried to compete but got forced out. If the LH fares are too high then take a Flixbus or the Train like others already do. If train or bus were really valid alternatives, why aren't people taking them already instead ...

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by r2rho
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG's plans for Aer Lingus
Replies: 25
Views: 6934

Re: IAG's plans for Aer Lingus

When DUB is expanded and gets its 2nd runway, it will effectively become LHR's 3rd runway. Thus IAG will have two geographically perfect hubs, with spare capacity, for: - TATL: DUB - LatAm & Africa: MAD So, IMO, TATL routes that do not depend on London O&D, as well as lower yielding ones, ca...

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by r2rho
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft
Replies: 96
Views: 12643

Re: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft

I agree that 90-100 is where higher margins are and what EMB will chase. There is certainly IMO a market for a non-decades-old design in the 19-50 seat range, but EMB will probably not chase it. everyone talks about greater than 50 seats, yet the largest SINGLE market for an a/c that size will not u...

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by r2rho
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162363

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Overall, LH has no Monopoly except on some domestic routes. But that is precisely the issue. Nobody is worried about long haul or Germany-EU, where sufficient competition can exist, but rather: - a LH domestic monopoly in german-speaking Europe - a major LH slot dominance in key slot-restricted air...

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by r2rho
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162363

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

I have no problem with the loan in itself. I agree that this is the lesser evil, the alternatives would've been worse (also for the taxpayer). A controlled death of AB is better for all. What however I do have a problem with, is this being used to hand AB to LH on a silver plate, in a well coordinat...

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by r2rho
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft
Replies: 96
Views: 12643

Re: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft

I see thre possible market segments for EMB to enter: 1) A 30-50 seater, to replace all the commuter aircraft starting to get too old, and for whom the only aircraft on the market - ATR42 - is too much. Can be all-new or reuse some of the EMB-120/ERJ infrastructure. Powered for example by the GE Adv...

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by r2rho
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UX upgauges COR-ASU-MAD, doubles frequencies
Replies: 4
Views: 990

Re: UX upgauges COR-ASU-MAD, doubles frequencies

IB seems to be following a strategy of increasing frequencies to the core bread and butter routes, whereas UX prefers to stay out and go for un- or under-served secondary routes, a smart strategy IMO, as they would lose in a frequency competition. Pre IAG days, (2010-2012) IB tried COR non stop from...

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by r2rho
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft
Replies: 96
Views: 12643

Re: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft

Seems a wonder why nobody has developed a replacement for those ageing props then, with the airlines being so "desperate"! ...because BBD had their hands full with CSeries, Learjet and G7000. And ATR, which has been pushing for years to launch a new 100-seater, has been repeatedly blocked...

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by r2rho
Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162363

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Also BA has allegedly bid for parts of the AB shorthaul business, is reported by the German press, see for example: http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/d ... 00593.html Some other interesting infos out of that article: - The winning bidder(s) will be announced one day after the German election - ...

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by r2rho
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: European Clean Sky project shelves open rotor flight-test demonstration
Replies: 15
Views: 2706

Re: Europe Shelves Open-Rotor Flight-Test Demonstration

Well, the aim of this program was, indeed, to further advance the tech, including tackling the noise issue. We've learned a "little bit" in fluid dynamics since this was last tested in the 80's, computing power enables much more complex CFD models, and advanced manufacturing has enabled mu...

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by r2rho
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rolls Gearbox Hits Record Power Level
Replies: 20
Views: 3819

Re: Rolls Gearbox Hits Record Power Level

sized to power the biggest versions of the approximately 25,000 lb. to 110,000 lb. thrust class UltraFan family In other words, RR is considering the UltraFan for anything between A319 to 777 size - which could potentially lead to the 1st widebody GTF, or to a MOM application. Calling UltraFan an e...

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by r2rho
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Schiphol Presents New Terminal Building Design
Replies: 26
Views: 6026

Re: Schiphol Presents New Terminal Building Design

This will help take some pressure off the current terminal by adding some much needed extra check-in and security checks for O&D pax.
I hope the proportion of shops stays within the same -more or less reasonable- proportion as in the rest of Schiphol.

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by r2rho
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162363

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Exotic Chinese bids aside, here's one to take quite seriously: Lauda has made his offer concrete: instead of going it alone, he will bid together with Thomas Cook/Condor to buy Niki + 17 AB aircraft. No long-haul is included in the deal, only short/mid haul to tourist destinations (Niki's current bu...

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by r2rho
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian announces premium economy
Replies: 5
Views: 2052

Re: Austrian announces premium economy

He's also complaining because it appears that the premium economy product will replace some business class seating Well...duh. Premium Economy, specially that at LH, cannibalizes J and is oriented at business pax whose company policies won't pay J. So, it naturally comes at the expense of J seating...

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by r2rho
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162363

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

It seems that AerCap is reclaiming its 10 leased A330's back, hence the Caribbean cancellations.

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by r2rho
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Juniac: let low-cost daughters join
Replies: 14
Views: 2723

Re: De Juniac: let low-cost daughters join

VY, EW and HV are natural extensions of their parent legacies. Their networks complement them by flying routes that are not viable with the legacy carrier, such as p2p, leisure, secondary airports, or those with strong LCC presence. They are instruments used by the legacies to fend off LCC's. Having...

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by r2rho
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162363

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

So, it seems Wöhrl is back in the game, and has submitted an official bid of 500 million for a full takeover, and is open to partnering with the other interested parties. His "plan": concentrate on DUS, TXL and core domestic routes, do wet lease flying with the remainder. So, basically, wh...

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by r2rho
Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers
Replies: 101
Views: 20395

Re: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers

TAP has 4 economy and 2 business. https://www.flytap.com/en-us/booking-in ... p-products It's just 4 kinds of bundling options, it is still the same hard product. I think EK is talking about 4 different hard products, and what lightsaber suggests might be the way they'll go. To be honest, it's abou...

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by r2rho
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirBaltic Launches Q400 Replacement RFP
Replies: 56
Views: 10561

Re: AirBaltic Launches Q400 Replacement RFP

Given the size of the BT fleet, I agree it makes sense to standardize on CSeries rather than having two small subfleets. While it perferctly covers their 737classic fleet, respect to Q400 it's quite the capacity jump. They will have to readjust their routes / frequencies, as some may not be able to ...

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by r2rho
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer Hopes Pinned on New Scope Clause in 2019-22
Replies: 137
Views: 13426

Re: Embraer Hopes Pinned on New Scope Clause in 2019-22

Embraer itself stated that there would be no problem in keeping the two lines (E1 and E2) in parallel: Quoting the article: "difficult to say for how many more years – it could be two, it could be four, five... It depends on the scope clause" I think their intention is to shut it down whe...

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by r2rho
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers
Replies: 101
Views: 20395

Re: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers

Aren't they just packaging up the same seat with extras, though?

The only 4th Economy product I can thing of would be the family couch that CI and NZ have.

Yeah, it looks like NZ has effectively 3 hard products - Y, Y+ and PY - but sells them as 5 different fares depending on the extras you choose.

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by r2rho
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly to add second hand A380s
Replies: 229
Views: 8151

Re: Hi Fly to add second hand A380s

Dr. Paulo Mirpuri, president and CEO of Hi Fly in Lisbon discusses his company’s bold step in acquiring two ex-Singapore Airlines A380s. These aircraft will be deployed as wet leases to Hi Fly clients. Although there seems to be an attempt by some here to paint HiFly as amateurs who won't know how ...

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by r2rho
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers
Replies: 101
Views: 20395

Re: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers

https://www.airnewzealand.com.au/seat


Wow, I was not aware. Now -that- is confusing.
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Wow, I was not aware. Now -that- is confusing.

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by r2rho
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers
Replies: 101
Views: 20395

Re: EK to study all-economy A380

Offering up to 4 different economy class products

So, Premium Y, Y+, Y- ... I can't imagine what would be the fourth one. Up to now, only AA has segmented Y into three classes on some aircraft (a good move IMO)

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by r2rho
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer Hopes Pinned on New Scope Clause in 2019-22
Replies: 137
Views: 13426

Re: Embraer Hopes Pinned on New Scope Clause in 2019-22

MRJ MTOW is bigger (94,358lb) That MTOW you are quoting is for the LR version only, which is capable of 2000nm. The STD has 87,303lb. The ER has 90,378lb. http://www.flythemrj.com/design/ But I agree with you the MRJ70 does not look attractive. However, assuming that Mitsubishi has not gotten far w...

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