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by r2rho
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is BA's Africa Network So Relatively Limited?
Replies: 52
Views: 9312

Re: Why Is BA's Africa Network So Relatively Limited?

One also has to consider that MAD has a much well less developed North American network than BA to flow connections off of That is true and some NorthAm growth at MAD may be necessary... but then again, you only have to fill an A321. Current feed might be enough. I'm not saying take everything away...

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by r2rho
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Lisbon Airport
Replies: 54
Views: 7844

Re: New Lisbon Airport

As I said earlier, every rejected slot application at LIS is a champagne bottle popped open in MAD. LIS handles 27 million with the current severely constrained facilities... who knows what its true potential would be if it had growth capability to offer. 2 independent runways is the minimum just fo...

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by r2rho
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR to operate flights for Laudamotion out of DUS & ZRH
Replies: 24
Views: 3140

Re: FR to operate flights for Laudamotion out of DUS & ZRH

Came back from Hamburg with Eurowings, who are currently renowned for flights being operated by any airline with any equipment. Even so, I was a little surprised to see it operated by Laudamotion It was a weird mix of everything. Air Berlin safety video (they didn't even bother to change the Air Be...

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by r2rho
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Volga-Dnepr to withdraw from An-124 freighter contract for EU and NATO
Replies: 41
Views: 7202

Re: Volga-Dnepr to withdraw from An-124 freighter contract for EU and NATO

Why is this thread not in Military Aviation..? the attempt to get a German AOC seems to be ´reverse sanction busting´! Quite ingenious indeed. Even then, there would be a capability gap until the new AOC is obtained. Serves Western powers right, for not having any long term strategic airlift strateg...

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Lisbon Airport
Replies: 54
Views: 7844

Re: New Lisbon Airport

I'm pretty sure there isn't enough space for a full-fledged airport at that site. There looks to be room for two parallel 08/26's spaced around 1800-2000m apart. With the right navaids, that would allow simultaneous ops. The residents of Samouco would not be happy though... However with LIS hitting...

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is BA's Africa Network So Relatively Limited?
Replies: 52
Views: 9312

Re: Why Is BA's Africa Network So Relatively Limited?

IMO IAG needs to utilized MAD and IB as their Africa gateway. LHR is for whatever relies on London traffic. The Western part of Africa can easily be covered with A32xCEOs today, and IB has a handful of routes. With NEOs, let alone A321NEOLR's, they could cover most of the continent. This would enabl...

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CDG and ORY are changing a lot
Replies: 26
Views: 5521

Re: CDG and ORY are changing a lot

Line 17 will get 2 stations at CDG: CDG T2 (current station where RER B and CDG Express terminates and with TGV railway station) with CDGVAL connexion + CDG T4 (there are some studies to extend CDGVAL to T4). Here is the future Line 17 map. Thanks. Is it known where CDG T4 is proposed to be located...

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by r2rho
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Lisbon Airport
Replies: 54
Views: 7844

Re: New Lisbon Airport

2 runaways are enough. They can serve plenty of passengers just look at Dxb and Lhr Two runways are not always the same. Are aware of the dramatically different runway layouts between LIS, DXB and LHR? The layout of LIS has effectively the capacity of -one- runway. It is bursting at the seams both ...

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by r2rho
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Interjet will receive new Superjets?
Replies: 4
Views: 1562

Re: When Interjet will receive new Superjets?

Wasn't Interjet having cash problems? It is likely that those aircraft in Venice are waiting for payment...

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by r2rho
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CDG and ORY are changing a lot
Replies: 26
Views: 5521

Re: CDG and ORY are changing a lot

Lines 14 and 18 are part of the Grand Paris Express, see https://www.societedugrandparis.fr/gpe/carte#lignes/14SU for details. Thanks for that. Actually I mixed up projects - between Grand Paris Express and LGV Interconnection Sud. Is anything more concrete know about LGV Interconnection Sud? Will ...

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by r2rho
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CDG and ORY are changing a lot
Replies: 26
Views: 5521

Re: CDG and ORY are changing a lot

I haven't been to ORY recently but the connector building between West and South terminals is a very good idea. Also, that airport needs to get rid of the ridiculous Orlyval and get a real one-seat access to the city. As per the linked presentation, it looks like the metro will finally be extended t...

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by r2rho
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LA City Council Approves People Mover for LAX
Replies: 60
Views: 6946

Re: LA City Council Approves People Mover for LAX

LAX has to be one of the largest airports in the world without a direct rail link and its in some of the worst traffic. The cost seems high but it also seems badly needed.

It will continue to be an airport without a direct rail link. This is just an APM to get to/from remote parking.

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by r2rho
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LA City Council Approves People Mover for LAX
Replies: 60
Views: 6946

Re: LA City Council Approves People Mover for LAX

LAX has to be one of the largest airports in the world without a direct rail link and its in some of the worst traffic. The cost seems high but it also seems badly needed.

It will continue to be an airport without a direct rail link. This is just an APM to get to/from remote parking.

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by r2rho
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LA City Council Approves People Mover for LAX
Replies: 60
Views: 6946

Re: LA City Council Approves People Mover for LAX

This will improve the traffic situation in the inner loop but as I posted in the other thread, a Metro link would have been preferrable. This is only designed to get people to and from remote parking / car rental and the airport. The APM falls short of what is really needed, which is for people to n...

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by r2rho
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of the A338
Replies: 123
Views: 16103

Re: Future of the A338

The costs of keeping a program for a decade just praying someone will come in and revive it temporarily aren't justified to get a few freighters and tankers. The cost of keeping the -800 on offer is zero. It is the same airplane as the -900, minus a couple fuselage frames, produced on the same line...

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by r2rho
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 227
Views: 28040

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

If it goes through I see some serious competition concerns mainly on North TATL, where DY is de facto the only serious threat to the TATL JV oligopoly. On Latam DY is not yet a big threat, but was going to be. Also issues on Spanish holiday routes but these would be likely picked up by others realti...

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by r2rho
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR - proposed night time ban, 7hrs
Replies: 94
Views: 13398

Re: LHR - proposed night time ban, 7hrs

The current noise quota system is actually quite reasonable - why not build on it? Use market mechanisms like landing fees etc, let only the latest and quietest aircraft operate during those hours, etc. A hard curfew only leads to ridiculous situations like at FRA or SYD. most locals couldn't really...

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by r2rho
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany
Replies: 95
Views: 6929

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

Such a project makes the most sense at a European level, with a common force shared by several nations, as is the case with the nascent tanker force. It's nice for France and Germany to take the initiative, but others need to join in. There are smaller nations which could not efficiently operate a t...

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by r2rho
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe to Africa discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 5998

Re: Europe to Africa discussion

I agree that IAG is not utilizing the potential of MAD and IB to be an Africa hub. What are they waiting for? From MAD, IB or IB express can cover all of West Africa with A319/A320CEO. In the near future, with NEO's, let alone A321NEOLR's, they could cover most of the continent. Where others have to...

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by r2rho
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service
Replies: 218
Views: 27867

Re: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service

It is nice the see this succeed and China Airlines' out-of-the-box thinking to pay off. LA should be more than LAX.

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by r2rho
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study
Replies: 239
Views: 25767

Re: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study

AFAIK the plus was never about lengthening the current aircraft, contrary to the OP statement. It was about incremental improvements.
And nothing is being cancelled, it is simply being put on stand-by.
There is too much being read into this IMO.

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by r2rho
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus considering an A33JF at Amazon&UPS request
Replies: 61
Views: 11932

Re: Airbus considering an A33JF at Amazon&UPS request

Paint hangars there are also used for A330 and A350 I have never seen a production widebody land at XFW... outfitting should not be a heavy bottleneck. Agree hence why I called it constraining factor. Airbus currently can structurally assemble more widebodies than it can outfit. If it wants to ramp...

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by r2rho
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus considering an A33JF at Amazon&UPS request
Replies: 61
Views: 11932

Re: Airbus considering an A33JF at Amazon&UPS request

The highest annual A330 delivery rate was 108 aircraft, in 2013 and 2014 according to the totally unreliable wiki. This is nine per month, or nine /4weeks x12 periods. AFAIK, the A350-family is ramping to a production rate of 10, this equates to annually roughly 110 A350s. Besides this, the A330 is...

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Discussion thread for multi-airport cities/metropolitan areas: pros & cons, scenarios and patterns
Replies: 57
Views: 3604

Re: Discussion thread for multi-airport cities/metropolitan areas: pros & cons, scenarios and patterns

The most efficient way of splitting operations is IMO what i.e. Moscow has and Beijing will have with the 2nd airport. That is, a split by alliances and/or carrier types, with each airport having a full offer of flights and offering sufficient capacity. SVO for Skyteam, DME for oneworld and Star, VK...

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of the A338
Replies: 123
Views: 16103

Re: Future of the A338

We should look a the airlines which, despite the higher MTOW versions being available, still ordered the -200, like IB. Those are possible candidates for the -800. Problem is... those airlines have very new aircraft that are far from needing replacement. Also, higher density (but still 8-abreast) co...

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 552
Views: 69152

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

From what we can tell, the remaining differences in center fuse / wingbox / MLG help the -8 rather than hurt it. Honestly, I'm starting to get lost in the differences between -8 and -9/10; it is hard to get an easy overview of what has been retrofitted when and what not. The linked article at least...

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by r2rho
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321LR Seychelles to Toulouse Non-Stop 11 hours
Replies: 188
Views: 29981

Re: Airbus A321LR Seychelles to Toulouse Non-Stop 11 hours

I’m not sure I understand the purpose of testing the systems for the human heat output of fewer than max passenger count let alone typical pax count. Actually, this looks quite like a typical pax count for this type of LR mission. As has been said, it is equivalent to UA's 757 configuration. The pu...

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by r2rho
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 552
Views: 69152

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

ODwyerPW wrote: I'm sure it's been said... but more 788s.... I wonder if the additional 22 might encourage Boeing to roll back a few 9/10 improvements into the 8... https://www.postandcourier.com/business ... 3d09e.html tells the story... I too am surprised at the -8 order, given that Boeing has ch...

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by r2rho
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer E2 Flight Testing And Production Thread - 2018
Replies: 193
Views: 21516

Re: Embraer E2 Flight Testing And Production Thread - 2018

a) Operating costs: "... Comparing the E2 family with the CS100, the E190-E2 is 1% less efficient in terms of cash per seat and 7% cheaper per trip. The E195-E2 shows an increase of 2% per trip and a saving of 10% per seat. When placed against the CS300, the E195-E2 saves 10% per trip and 3% p...

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by r2rho
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SGN expansion plan approved
Replies: 1
Views: 759

Re: SGN expansion plan approved

To add some info: - The offer from APD (Aeroports de Paris) has been selected - new terminal with 20 million pax capacity south of the runways, west of the current terminal. Total capacity to reach 50 mio by 2025 - no 3rd runway on the golf course grounds to the north, cargo & MRO facilities ins...

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by r2rho
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR buys a 25% stake in Moscow Vnukovo Airport
Replies: 9
Views: 1592

Re: QR buys a 25% stake in Moscow Vnukovo Airport

Could this be Qatar the state, not the airline? With Qatar it's hard to distinguish. Whether it's Qatar Airways, the Qatar "Foundation" which for instance sponsored FC Barcelona, or other vehicles of investment, it's all often intermingled. I certainly hope it's not the airline, as airlin...

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by r2rho
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 34157

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

the political implications of doing that mean that the entire generation of local politicians who were responsible will have to have left office before it happens. I fully agree, and that (the retirement of the responsible generation of politicians) is the factor which will drive the inauguration o...

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Narita cleared to extend hours, build new runway
Replies: 48
Views: 11465

Re: Narita cleared to extend hours, build new runway

As for transportation, the Skyliner alignment looks like it could take higher top speeds (probably 200km/h in some sections) with some upgrading, which would shave off some more time. What is the limiting factor here? Signalling? Level crossings?

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Narita cleared to extend hours, build new runway
Replies: 48
Views: 11465

Re: Narita cleared to extend hours, build new runway

This is great news for an airport that has been forced to operate with a hand tied to its back since its inception. Having said that... 1. I thought the land owner finally agrees to sell the land for the runway extension. No. The runway extension will occur to the other direction (toward north-west)...

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cseries BFM plant - why not a completion center?
Replies: 3
Views: 665

Re: Cseries BFM plant - why not a completion center?

Interesting proposal, and I would agree. From the CSeries production thread, completion at YMX seems to be a bottleneck right now (along with . A second CSeries FAL is not really needed at current and planned production rates - BFM would only be a political/stragetic move. A second completion center...

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NEW weird fifth freedom route: Prague-Zurich on Sichuan Air
Replies: 1
Views: 1090

Re: NEW weird fifth freedom route: Prague-Zurich on Sichuan Air

Smart way to make good utilization of the aircraft while it is "sitting" in Europe, and increase the loads on the flight. Good out of the box thinking.

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: £80 million investment plan for Edinburgh Airport
Replies: 96
Views: 9686

Re: £80 million investment plan for Edinburgh Airport

Nice - and so unusual in the West these days! - to see a Master Plan with space provision for a future runway. But the terminal extension looks more like the usual UK-style patchwork solution that many here have already criticized. Small fixes and extensions here and there but no real long term visi...

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: THAI Eyeing MAN, HAM, Return to MAD
Replies: 38
Views: 8012

Re: THAI Eyeing MAN, HAM, Return to MAD

HAM can definitely offer the volume. The question is if the yields would work. TG would be competing against the EK 1-stop. But IMO, with onward connections via BKK to SE Asia, they could offer something different to EK and it could definitely work 4-5x weekly.

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will Happen To the Airbus Beluga's After Replacement
Replies: 40
Views: 7159

Re: What Will Happen To the Airbus Beluga's After Replacement

Perhaps, with the XL, Airbus can divide the workload so that the ST transports mostly narrowbody parts while the XL transports mostly widebody parts? This would make sense. The current Beluga is suboptimal for A350 parts (and possibly also A330NEO's larger wing?, but works well for A320. The "...

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 13314

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

You're apparently hung-up on the mass transit connection. It's a secondary benefit. If not for the consolidated rental car facility and (projected) shuttle bus traffic elimination, they would never justify the APM construction on mass transit connectivity alone. L.A. is a massive region that is not...

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer E2 Flight Testing And Production Thread - 2018
Replies: 193
Views: 21516

Re: Embraer E2 Flight Testing And Production Thread - 2018

The more that is revealed about the E2, the more it puts the NEO and MAX "improvements" to shame. Embraer has managed to very smartly improve an aircraft on every possbile area (even passenger comfort!) while keeping very tight program costs and adhering to schedule. The E2, like the A350,...

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by r2rho
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will Happen To the Airbus Beluga's After Replacement
Replies: 40
Views: 7159

Re: What Will Happen To the Airbus Beluga's After Replacement

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... ice-446940 tells us their future is TBD: Airbus aims to have all five XLs in service by mid-2022. The future for the A300-600STs has yet to be determined. "They are very young," says BelugaXL programme chief Bertrand George. "We're working ...

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by r2rho
Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus officially launches 251t A330neo variant
Replies: 137
Views: 24602

Re: Airbus officially launches 251t A330neo variant

Airbus hasn't made it clear if pre-2020 vintage non-ULR A359s can be retroactively upgraded to 280T, but I'd be shocked if their current aircraft can't go to the 278T weight now being offered. The 280t A359 is basically an A359LR without the extra fuel volume. It has the new winglets, some minor ae...

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by r2rho
Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will GTF bypass ratios put (current) large twins in jeopardy?
Replies: 30
Views: 6271

Re: Will GTF bypass ratios put (current) large twins in jeopardy?

To this end RR is working with a German company (subsidiary?) For clarification: On the one hand, RR has its very own site in Berlin-Dahlewitz, which does design & assembly of small engines. It is there that the UltraFan is being tested. The site comes from their former JV with BMW to produce t...

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by r2rho
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CR2/E145 replacement?
Replies: 41
Views: 5048

Re: CR2/E145 replacement?

50-seat jets will no longer work for the reasons stated by others. Either the market can support a 70-seat RJ (at lower frequency if necessary), or it can support a 50 or 70 seat prop, or it won't get any air service at all. Single pilot or fully electric 50-seaters are still a long way off... The M...

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by r2rho
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD expansion approved
Replies: 29
Views: 4236

Re: MAD expansion approved

One thing that I hope they fix is the access to the Metro. Agree. Adding a direct walkway to T1 is also needed. Currently you have to take a series of moving walkways from T1 back to the middle of T2 in order to access the Metro, it's a needlessly long walk. I've flown into T4 many times and the ba...

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by r2rho
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 34157

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

Didn't they say that by the time it opens it will be too small to handle all the traffic? Why not start building a second, new terminal (like MUC did for example) and use that one until all issues are resolved with the current one? I am sure they could build a new terminal before this open becomes ...

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by r2rho
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Niki Lauda purchases NIKI
Replies: 195
Views: 41603

Re: Updated: Niki Lauda purchases NIKI

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With FR now purchasing Niki - another great coup by Lauda - I would suggest to lock the thread and continue discussion in the new one:

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by r2rho
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa needs more bigger planes?
Replies: 42
Views: 9069

Re: Lufthansa needs more bigger planes?

When one looks at immediate needs (LH group is wet-leasing every single-aisle aircraft it can get its hands on this summer, there is another thread for it), it looks like LH needs more smaller planes. At least until the AB gap is filled. As for the NMA... LH is filling hourly A321's on routes like H...

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by r2rho
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD expansion approved
Replies: 29
Views: 4236

Re: MAD expansion approved

Hopefully they can also figure out a better system for connecting the terminals, both airside for non-Schengen T1 to T4S and a better landside connection than the awful bus. Agree and unfortunately this seems to be missing from here. One of T123's problems is lack of widebody gates for growing airl...

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