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by r2rho
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France govt abandons the Notre Dame des Landes Airport project
Replies: 52
Views: 6406

Re: France govt abandons the Notre Dame des Landes Airport project

Lengthening of the runway from 2,900 meters to 3,600 meters to allow planes to fly to a higher altitude above the built-up area, thus reducing noise nuisance. Makes sense, basically, they would land with a displaced threshold on 21 arrivals, and lift off earlier from the runway on 03 departures. Th...

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by r2rho
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 419
Views: 45780

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

I'm also not certain that any of these "financial disasters" were actually quite as bad as people seem to think. Even loss making programs create lots of jobs, are often still profitable for suppliers, and always provide technology development and learning opportunities. And just because ...

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by r2rho
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia first A350 destinations?
Replies: 81
Views: 13109

Re: Iberia first A350 destinations?

IB was the first to receive the 242t A330-200 while DL was the first to receive the 242t A330-300.

You are right, I mixed up 200 and 300, thanks for the correction.

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by r2rho
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia first A350 destinations?
Replies: 81
Views: 13109

Re: Iberia first A350 destinations?

Personally I hope the first 16 A359's are for growth, not A346 replacement. Otherwise that would mean no net new routes for IB, as the fleet is quite stretched as it is (plus losing 2 A330's to Level, which they will get back as new orders this year). The A346's recently got a new cabin, are paid of...

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by r2rho
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reykjavik (KEF) 2017 statistics
Replies: 30
Views: 5055

Re: Reykjavik (KEF) 2017 statistics

The airport is about to implement a $1 billion masterplan. https://news.get.com/icelands-keflavik- ... rism-boom/ Unfortunately the article is quite vague and speaks only about an "airport city" and not really improvements to the airport itself. Would be interesting to know more. For July...

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by r2rho
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France govt abandons the Notre Dame des Landes Airport project
Replies: 52
Views: 6406

Re: France govt abandons the Notre Dame des Landes Airport project

Go to Germany to see what it is to please local service and you get the slowish 200 km/h ICE ( TGVs are 50% faster ). Germany has the issue that population is much more decentralized, and thus more stops are needed, but I agree with you that having the ICE run along with regional and freight trains...

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by r2rho
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France govt abandons the Notre Dame des Landes Airport project
Replies: 52
Views: 6406

Re: France govt abandons the Notre Dame des Landes Airport project

Rather shortsighted if you ask me. There's no need to build the new airport now, but at least keep the land reserve for the future, you never know... In the meantime the land can be leased for agriculture. No big deal. IMO this is just Macron looking for a short term PR gain and scoring some "g...

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by r2rho
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer re-entering the Turboprop market?
Replies: 44
Views: 7771

Re: Embraer re-entering the Turboprop market?

There was an interesting thread not too long ago: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1373845 Indeed, and it would have made sense to continue on that one, which is unfortunately locked. Any chance to merge them? Passengers don't care about fuel economy but care about a comfortable flight But guess who buys th...

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by r2rho
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer re-entering the Turboprop market?
Replies: 44
Views: 7771

Re: Embraer re-entering the Turboprop market?

You might be surprised how little fat there is on both the Q400 and ATR. While there is indeed little to be gained from the airframe, the engines are at least two generations old and built for simplicity and reliability, but far from pushing the even then available technology on fuel burn. Either t...

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by r2rho
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Relative Fuel Efficiency Aircraft - Transpac
Replies: 16
Views: 2526

Re: Relative Fuel Efficiency Aircraft - Transpac

So, according to this report, QF burns 64% more fuel per pax than its peers. Either QF should long be out of business by now, or there is sth wrong in their analysis...

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by r2rho
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 419
Views: 45780

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

This was a necessary - not sufficient - condition for NEO. Production is secured at 6-12/year well into the 2020's. This sends a clear message to any airlines who may have been on the fence regarding a (top-up?) A380 order and had doubts about the long-term sustainment of the program, which are now ...

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by r2rho
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mexico's Interjet $$$ problems & Sukhoi fleet
Replies: 101
Views: 27003

Re: Mexico's Interjet $$$ problems & Sukhoi fleet

Too much speculation and too little information in this thread. Topped off with the usual Cold War anti-Russian bias. I think we can infer that Interjet is probably having some liquidity problems, and the SSJ probably has some spare part problems, likely to do with the engine (which was always the l...

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by r2rho
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet is starting to fly from Berlin Tegel
Replies: 60
Views: 8378

Re: EasyJet is starting to fly from Berlin Tegel

4h25m is extemely competitive in my book I am not doubting it is competitive, and will surely make a dent in air passengers. But I was comparing to other EU city pairs with both HSR and air service. At 4h25, air should still have the higher market share. On MAD-BCN, which is comfortably under 3hrs,...

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by r2rho
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An impressive growth of Eurowings (Lufthansa subsidiary) in 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 2683

Re: An impressive growth of Eurowings (Lufthansa subsidiary) in 2017

Not much of it is organic growth, most came from taking over AB.

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by r2rho
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines to operate two A340 aircraft for Eurowings
Replies: 38
Views: 9936

Re: Brussels Airlines to operate two A340 aircraft for Eurowings

We have classic LH mainline. Then the A 340s operated by Cityline under LH brand. EW operated by AB. EW longhaul operated by SunExpress. Then normal EW. I guess Germanwings is stil a thing. And now EW operated by SN? Of Course they are in the middle of massive expansion and acquisition, but they sh...

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by r2rho
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL operating with one of IBERIA's A332 today
Replies: 5
Views: 2142

Re: LEVEL operating with one of IBERIA's A332 today

At least for the time being, Level is just a brand, and a different aircraft configuration than IB, operated by IB crews under the IB AOC. So, strictly speaking this was IB operating its own flight, but with a differently configured aircraft, and a different branding from the passenger point of view...

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by r2rho
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet is starting to fly from Berlin Tegel
Replies: 60
Views: 8378

Re: EasyJet is starting to fly from Berlin Tegel

German Rail has increased passenger numbers between Berlin and Munich by 240 per cent within weeks of opening the new HSR link. Bookings have increased 2.4-fold in the month following inauguration, not by 240%. But let's look at the context: AB bankruptcy left a huge seat gap, which necesarily went...

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by r2rho
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IAE V2500 status
Replies: 14
Views: 2145

Re: IAE V2500 status

Yes, it is still being produced, but... The last V2500 was delivered from the RR Berlin-Dahlewitz line in December 2017, after having produced more than 2,200 engines there since 2006, when production was transferred from RR Derby. This leaves PW East Hartford, CT as the only remaining assembly line...

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by r2rho
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FADEC: How does it work?
Replies: 21
Views: 1813

Re: FADEC: How does it work?

Just an addition, since everyone has been focusing on engine control - the FADEC also provides safety features, such as surge detection, automatic engine shutdown in certain conditions, etc, and pilot relief functions such as auto-relight.

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by r2rho
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: O'Hare terminal expansion design options
Replies: 20
Views: 4630

Re: O'Hare terminal expansion design options

none of these concepts are really satisfactory IMO. Given the scale of reconstruction ORD is going through, why not use the opportunity to rethink the terminal layout, even from scratch, but rebuilding them in a phased long-term way to minimize disruption and spread costs? Why this stubbornness in m...

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by r2rho
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet is starting to fly from Berlin Tegel
Replies: 60
Views: 8378

Re: EasyJet is starting to fly from Berlin Tegel

I have spoken to countless regular travellers from Hamburg and not a single one of them is happy about the U2 base closing there, almost all of them mentioned a lack of competition and higher prices as a result. Count me among them. LH /EW are currently making a killing on HAM-MUC and HAM-STR among...

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by r2rho
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Niki Lauda purchases NIKI
Replies: 151
Views: 27420

Re: Updated: IAG purchases NIKI

What percentage of slots does Niki own at the respective airports, MUC/VIE/DUS/ZRH? Are there any other airports NIKI has slots that are attractive? Outside of PMI, rather insignificant. Certainly not enough to make any dent in the LH group in DACH. LH will still have a near 70% market share in VIE...

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by r2rho
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways tilts against reclining seats
Replies: 71
Views: 11184

Re: British Airways tilts against reclining seats

This is an improvement, not a downgrade. There is absolutely no need to recline your seat on a short-haul EU flight, and doing so with the very tight seat pitches of nowdays is extremely inconsiderate to say the least.

The real problem is BA's new seat pitch in the first place.

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by r2rho
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development Thread
Replies: 319
Views: 78106

Re: MC-21 Development Thread

What matters: it is 11 cm wider than A-320 and 27 cm wider than B-737. It means that we will walk while food is served. What is even more important IMO: boarding times should be better as you can walk past someone who is placing his carry-on in the bin. With the trend towards ever denser configurat...

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by r2rho
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia New Destinations?
Replies: 66
Views: 10675

Re: Iberia New Destinations?

IBERIA don´t seem to care about other cities in Spain. They're all about Madrid. They care very much - which is why they have served those cities through their (now IAG) subsidiaries. IB mainline is indeed only about MAD, because that is what their role in IAG is. Non-MAD routes are handled by VY, ...

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by r2rho
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Niki Lauda purchases NIKI
Replies: 151
Views: 27420

Re: Updated: IAG purchases NIKI

Although in terms of competitive impact, this is a drop of water on a hot stone (to use the German expression), it is better than nothing, and at least LH will not get every last remaining slot at places like VIE. Also, IAG actually has an interest in developing the airline as it (or oneworld for th...

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by r2rho
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes
Replies: 250
Views: 49121

Re: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes

There is more going on that is being discussed here. I know and I also read French & German press. But it's still too early to for what has been going on behind the scenes to become public, same as for the Siemens-Alstom deal. All this has been discussed behind close doors with the OK from Merk...

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by r2rho
Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 112
Views: 24937

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

and last but not least, it's Democracy, every NIMBY can appeal anything related to building that Airport.. Something unheard of in China or Turkey. No need to go to China or Turkey. Other Western democracies, like France, Spain... seem to manage. Although there are a lot of "Berlin specific&qu...

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by r2rho
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The case for a 787-8 re-launch by Boeing
Replies: 168
Views: 34502

Re: The case for a 787-8 re-launch by Boeing

On the 788, accounting practice might be getting in the way of industrial common sense. IMO, if you're going to be offering the 788, flow down all the -9 improvements, specially those in terms of manufacturing commonality, but not the MLG and MTOW (to keep the OEW advantage). If not, kill it altoget...

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by r2rho
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes
Replies: 250
Views: 49121

Re: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes

Enders has been dangerously shifting the balance between France & Germany to the latter's interest Quite the contrary in fact. Despite his nationality, Enders has made Airbus more French than ever. Never has so much power been concentrated in TLS, and around the CEO in particular. the 4th A320 ...

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by r2rho
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will we ever see an upgraded CRJ or clean sheet T tail aircraft?
Replies: 20
Views: 4666

Re: Will we ever see an upgraded CRJ or clean sheet T tail aircraft?

Now that BBD no longer has to worry about the CSeries draining its cash, I wonder if, with substantial help from GE, a CRJNEO would be possible? It would have an advantage in the US market due to fitting within scope clauses. BBD would keep its product line alive. And GE which has been kicked out of...

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by r2rho
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilatus PC-24 secures US and European type certification
Replies: 10
Views: 2103

Re: Pilatus PC-24 secures US and European type certification

The PC-24 is quite the all-terrain bizjet, it will get you in and out of almost anywhere. The cargo door is also a useful feature. I'm confident it will find its place in the market.

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by r2rho
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spain signs openskies with China
Replies: 12
Views: 4740

Re: Spain signs openskies with China

Wow, thye went from one extreme (a quite restrictive bilateral) to the other. I wonder if this will open up non MAD/BCN cities in Spain, mainly to flights with strong Chinese-originating component. There has been a lot of Chinese investment in Spain during the crisis.

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by r2rho
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes
Replies: 250
Views: 49121

Re: BREAKING: Fabrice Bregier to step down From Airbus Management (Reuters)

Or in other words: he was not going to be appointed successor to Enders, which meant that leaving Airbus was the only way left for him. As for Enders, he has accumulated an immense amount of power around him, and Airbus has become centralized in TLS like never before. Ironically, under a German CEO,...

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by r2rho
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Lufthansa withdraws the offer for Niki, will cease flying Dec. 14
Replies: 78
Views: 14138

Re: Updated: Lufthansa withdraws the offer for Niki, will cease flying Dec. 14

in practice, I fail to see how this does anything but delay LH's dominance. They'll be the only carrier with money, networks, and aircraft to purchase the slots when they become available. Eurowings already has jumpstarted routes from VIE and DUS. So I fail to see how this really changes anything G...

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by r2rho
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Lufthansa withdraws the offer for Niki, will cease flying Dec. 14
Replies: 78
Views: 14138

Re: Updated: Lufthansa withdraws the offer for Niki, will cease flying Dec. 14

Living in Germany, the LH monopoly in DACH has already cost me as much over the past two months as what it would have cost me to buy a new ticket after being stranded due to an airline bankruptcy. Being stranded is a one-time inconvenient event. The inconveniences of a monopoly are much more lasting...

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by r2rho
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH to operate Boeing 747-400 roundtrips between Frankfurt and Berlin in November and December
Replies: 71
Views: 21950

Re: Updated: LH to operate Boeing 747-400 roundtrips between Frankfurt and Berlin in November and December

You have an obsession with cheap flights and no regard for the people who have to service that industry. No. I just want to be able to fly domestic for 160-200EUR roundtrip again. This is currently near impossible unless you book a tuesday noon flight >1month in advance. It is impossible to offer c...

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by r2rho
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul New Airport, Latest Pictures
Replies: 86
Views: 25409

Re: Istanbul New Airport, Latest Pictures

Current IST will be closed. All pax/cargo traffic will move to the new airport once it is fully operational. I do not know of a concrete plan for the current IST, probably will be developed into a business/convention center. IST is a massive metropolitan area. Even without the transfer traffic, the...

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by r2rho
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic and Bio fuel, what happened?
Replies: 19
Views: 6277

Re: Virgin Atlantic and Bio fuel, what happened?

Biofuel has now got the reputation of being the worst of any possible evils. Check it out and you will find claims describing how biofuel kills rain forests and their inhabitants, while also depriving humans of their food. That is correct.... for the kind of biofuels used in cars. Not so for those ...

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by r2rho
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH to operate Boeing 747-400 roundtrips between Frankfurt and Berlin in November and December
Replies: 71
Views: 21950

Re: Updated: LH to operate Boeing 747-400 roundtrips between Frankfurt and Berlin in November and December

There is a hole of 60,000 seats in the German domestic market. The 747's are but a drop in the bucket. Prices are ridiculous. Where are all the people who were posting that the train would provide competition and be a valid alternative to the LH monopoly? http://www.zeit.de/wirtschaft/2017-11/insolv...

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by r2rho
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa now Skytrax 5-Star
Replies: 34
Views: 8602

Re: Lufthansa now Skytrax 5-Star

I guess Skytrax only looks at lounges and long-haul business class, and the economy legroom on their new NEO's did not come into consideration for this...

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by r2rho
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus's CTO departs after only 18 months on the job
Replies: 25
Views: 19589

Re: Airbus's CTO departs after only 18 months on the job

There are exactly zero similarities between developing smartphone apps for consumers wanting the latest toy and developing safety-critical equipment designed to move millions of people around the world in a safe and reliable way. Regardless of all the hype surrounding Silicon Valley, its business mo...

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by r2rho
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Applies For Slots To Base 9 Aircraft At Berlin Tegel
Replies: 47
Views: 10806

Re: Ryanair Applies For Slots To Base 9 Aircraft At Berlin Tegel

This, together with U2, will fill the AB hole and solve the competition issues in Berlin. Now, if somebody could make LH give up some slots at MUC, DUS, VIE and ZRH so that competition could move in... the way they are raping German consumers and businesses right now is outrageous. Is a national cha...

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by r2rho
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATR Going For All New 100 Seat Turboprop ?
Replies: 77
Views: 21580

Re: ATR Going For All New 100 Seat Turboprop ?

Half the owners want a stretch. The other half do not mostly because they are not interested in pouring money in ATR, just extracting as much out as possible. No sane CEO would make comments like ATR’s unless they have some backing. This reorganization is obviously desired by Leonardo. The ATR100 w...

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by r2rho
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Europa to enter Inter Island Canary routes market from October 2017
Replies: 16
Views: 2768

Re: Air Europa to enter Inter Island Canary routes market from October 2017

Operations start tomorrow: Phase 1 - oct 2017 Starting with 3x ATR-72-500 with 68 seats based at LPA, will grow to 5xAT72 by october 2018. First flights will be to TFN, FUE, ACE. Phase 2 - mar 2018 Adding TFN-SPC and increasing frequencies. Phase 3 - oct 2018 Adding TFN to FUE, ACE and VDE. http://d...

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by r2rho
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet to pay 40 million EUR for 25 A 320 of airberlin to start TXL operations
Replies: 49
Views: 14377

Re: EasyJet to pay 40 million EUR for 25 A 320 of airberlin to start TXL operations

Would this mean Easyjet pulling out of SXF? No, as neither airport has the free capacity to host the entire operation. Liek others have said, we may see a reshuffling of routes, SXF ofr leisure, TXL for premium. ...give DUS the cold shoulder I'm surprised that, as it stands, U2 is letting the DUS o...

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by r2rho
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG could take up to 12 A321LRs for EI
Replies: 58
Views: 10603

Re: IAG to take up to 12 A321LRs for EI

However, it would be great for EI to consider destinations in Africa, the Middle East and/or Central Asia too - with the A321LR, the possibilities are endless: I have to disagree about Africa - MAD is the best placed IAG hub for that. They can cover all but the southernmost part of the continent wi...

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by r2rho
Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350
Replies: 124
Views: 38540

Re: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350

I just checked the numbers, A350 wingspan is 64.7m, code E is 65m. So, there is really no room for wingspan extension. What is Airbus really planning here?

For reference, A330NEO wingspan was increased to 64m from 60.3m.

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by r2rho
Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia starts San Francisco and Managua
Replies: 59
Views: 11112

Re: Iberia starts San Francisco and Managua

IIRC from an older thread, some A346's were coming off lease in 2018. I guess this implies that they will be retained, either through ownership or lease extension? I cannot see IB adding destinations with the current fleet size. In 2018 IB should be getting some A332's to compensate for those flying...

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by r2rho
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 40432

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

Berlin - Munich for example shrinks to less than 4 hours, effectively killing that as a non-transit airline destination. 4h25 regular scheduled time. Great improvement, but not enough. Air will still have the dominant market share on this route. "high speed rail" here, that is very compet...

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