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Old September 21st, 2019, 08:55 AM   #1381
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Actually, I flew the 5J and JT 330s before. They actually are quite comfortable because they have removed bulkheads and toilets.

As for the numbers, it's just your mind playing tricks on you. 5J and JT also want you to unload or upload as fast as possible. In fact, I gotta say their boarding process is much better.

In Asia, well, for Singapore Changi at least, passengers exit and board faster if it's a widebody.
Remove toilets? So there is a long cue in front of the few left for more people onboard to release yourself? GREAT perspective. Now who wants to fly on such an aircraft? Whatīs next? No more seats, just a few for extra pricing and the rest standing holding onto bars above like in a bus?
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Old September 21st, 2019, 08:58 AM   #1382
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AirAsia X orders 12 more A330neo and 30 A321XLR aircraft



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Quite a few of these longer range aircraft will be stationed at the New Manila International Airport in Bulacan, Philippines once the airport opens itīs doors in 3-4 years time. PAA (Philippines Air Asia) plans to set up a big hub there.
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Old September 21st, 2019, 11:38 AM   #1383
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Remove toilets? So there is a long cue in front of the few left for more
Whoa. I think they are looking at the Japanese practice of using wides for inter island hops of 45 -70 mins. I don't think intercontinental A330s will be short toilets.
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Old September 21st, 2019, 01:22 PM   #1384
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Global Air Freight Stats. Fedex just announced they would ground 35F variants and will retire their A310F fleet permanently as part of the grounding.

Of course this slump in freight then impacts demand and valuations for early model A330 and A340 conversions and the residual value of those particular frames at this time. Fedex are keeping their MD and B freighters but grounding some of the MD variants for extended maintenance.

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Old September 21st, 2019, 06:43 PM   #1385
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Airbus also published their freighter outlook for the next 20 years:
https://www.aircargonews.net/airline...torically-low/
https://www.airbus.com/aircraft/mark...-forecast.html

If they want to capture a part of the widebody freighter market, they need to do the following:

* For new-built freighters: kill off the A330F ASAP (failed due to less than 40 built) and introduce an A350-900F or A350-1000F to counter the future 777X-F.

* For cost-sensitive airlines and conversions: arrange for attractive financing to trade in middle-aged ceos (13 to 15 years) ideal for conversion against new A330neos. For now the most -300 P2F feedstock will be 20+ year old PW-powered machines, and not every operator is comfortable with that (lower share vs RR-powered machines as well as higher maintenance costs due to age).

Airbus also hasn't anything in the range of the 767 after they killed the A300, so they have their own gap between the A321 P2F (757) and A330 (777). Unless they consider the A330-200 a 767 replacement ?
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Old September 22nd, 2019, 06:33 PM   #1386
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I wouldn't be surprised that Airbus is studying the idea of an A350XWB-900F freighter, powered by the same engines used on the A350XWB-1000.
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Old October 18th, 2019, 02:04 AM   #1387
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Yet another interesting operations move: Titan Airways, the UK-based charter company will replace the sole 767 it operates with an A330-200:

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...ng-767-461537/

According to the article the replacement aircraft is around 5 years old. This narrows it down to the following candidates:
* MSN 1508 (5 years 4 months, ex-Avianca Brasil, reposessed by Avolon)
* MSN 1608 (4 years, also ex-Avianca Brasil but still owned by its mother company Synergy Aerospace)
* MSN 1657 (just under 4 years, also ex-Avianca Brasil but still owned by its mother company Synergy Aerospace).

I guess MSN 1508 is the more likely candidate for Titan, and that the 2 others will go to BoA (which were also claiming to take ex-Avianca A330 aircraft).

On the passenger charter business there are still 2 remaining 757 which will undoubtedly be going and replaced with A321s (possibly even ex-Thomas Cook ?). The freighter business has two 737-400 SF's which will probably also stay, unless one of the A320 P2F programmes start to make progress and it can go for an all-Airbus fleet for all traffic types.
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Old October 27th, 2019, 10:42 AM   #1388
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Blue Panorama rebrands to Luke Air and new livery wth first A330 https://www.airliners.net/photo/Luke...30-202/5741095
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Old November 4th, 2019, 09:58 PM   #1389
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Cebu Pacific finalises order for 16 A330neo



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Cebu Pacific (CEB), a carrier based in the Philippines, has signed a firm order with Airbus for 16 long-range A330neo aircraft. The order firms up the wide-body portion of a previously announced Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which also includes commitments for 10 A321XLR and five A320neo single-aisle aircraft.
https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/pres...6-a330neo.html
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First test flight for the 1st Airbus A330Neo Garuda Indonesia



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Old November 10th, 2019, 05:00 PM   #1391
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The A330 classic is almost no more...in Toulouse anyway. The last -200 was delivered in the autumn and the last -300 will be EI-EIN for Aer Lingus in 2020...who also bought one of the very first A330-300s, EI-ORD.
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Old November 10th, 2019, 06:54 PM   #1392
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The A330 classic is almost no more...in Toulouse anyway. The last -200 was delivered in the autumn and the last -300 will be EI-EIN for Aer Lingus in 2020...who also bought one of the very first A330-300s, EI-ORD.
Well, there is still that one loner for SAS to be delivered, and I guess the MRTT's will also be still around for a year or two. Speaking of the MRTT: when Toulouse delivers the empty shell to Getafe (Airbus Defence) to be converted, why does it take so long ?

For example: MSN 1735 (French Air Force; Armée de l'Air). Delivered from Airbus Toulouse at the end of July 2016 to Airbus Defence in Getafe.
Roll-out and delivery to the French Air Force: end September 2018.
That's 2.5 years to convert ! I mean, they have sold already two dozen of them, by now they should have a well-oiled conversion line similar to P2F conversions ?

It would be another story if this was a real VIP conversion for royalty or statesmen (presidents, chancellors, ..). But not for an aircraft that should just have a minimal passenger interior for soldiers or paratroopers (or at worst for evacuating civilians) and carry fuel as a fuel tanker.
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Old November 10th, 2019, 08:13 PM   #1393
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There is no point in still producing CEO with NEO available.
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Old November 19th, 2019, 03:17 PM   #1394
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GECAS orders 12 A330neo and 20 A321XLR aircraft



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GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric [NYSE: GE], has signed a firm order for 12 highly efficient wide-body Airbus A330neos and 20 long-range single-aisle A321XLRs.
https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/pres...-aircraft.html
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