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  1. NAIROBI (Reuters) - An Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard, a spokesman for the airline told Reuters.


    Flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometres southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, the airline said, confirming the plane was a Boeing 737-800 MAX.


    It is confirmed it happened 8.44 (am)," said the spokesman who did not give his name.


    The prime minister's office sent condolences via Twitter to the families of those lost in the crash.


    (Reporting by Maggie Fick and Duncan Miriri; Writing by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)



    Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2019/03/10/ethiopian-airlines-says-flight-has-crashed-with-149-passengers-and-eight-crew-members/#47Ajg5Bc7dsWQhr8.99

  2. Thanks Nabiel. 367 is hardly high density. Even lower than D7 own A330ceo...Lion Air is pushing 440. Cebu Pacific 436! OMG.... Horror for cabin crews...

    I believed they wanted to put 400+- TOB for a better profit but since this lease aircraft comes with different door and only equip with single escape slide, so 2 (D3L&R) doors cant be used during ditching and only 6 doors with slide raft will be used during ditching.


    There is a maximum occupants for each rafts so that is why the 367 comes in. Compared to current D7 A330s, all of them equip with dual lane slide rafts for all doors.

  3. The reason why 367 Pax for A330 leased for MAAX just because the DOOR 3L&3R are single lane raft. So based on maximum occupance for the raft, its only can carry maximum of 367 pax.


    If the current A330, which has 8 doors with dual lane raft, the aircraft can fit up to 440+ pax.


    If you guys also noticed, AirAsia group now is rebranding into One AirAsia group. No more X for A330 operations. Their livery for A330 also similar with A320. No more AAX Logo.

  4. Saw D7 cabin crews are tasked to undergo cabin familiarzation on another different type or A330-300. The premium cabin will be sporting 36 flatbeds and economy class is configured in a wider more comfortable 2-4-2 seating. Seems to be more premium configured than their usual standard cabin probably a signal for return to Europe?



    They will have A330-300 Leased aircraft that will fit 367 all EY seats. Probably enter service by late August.


    AirAsia X may relaunch London in 2017, potentially with ex-SriLankan A350s


    Malaysias AirAsia X is considering the lease of A350s or 777-300ERs in 2017 to accelerate its return to Europe. A new widebody type will add cost and complexity but is necessary if the medium/long haul low cost airline is to meet its objective of relaunching London as soon as possible.


    AirAsia X had been planning to wait until it receives A330-900neos before relaunching London and commencing other European routes. However the airline prefers not to wait until 2H2018, when its A330-900neo deliveries are slated to begin, and using another aircraft type in the interim mitigates the impact of a potential delay with the A330neo variant required for Kuala Lumpur-London.


    AirAsia X could also use a new aircraft type most likely A350-900s to support new routes to the US. It plans to launch services from Japan to Hawaii in Jun-2017 using A330ceos, but also has longer-term plans for longer routes from Japan to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco and potentially ultra-long haul routes from Malaysia to the US.



    • AirAsia X does not currently operate any very long haul routes
    • AirAsia X has been intending to use A330neos for resuming Europe
    • Focus shifts to other aircraft capable of operating to Europe sooner
    • AirAsia X could end up with AerCap A350s initially leased to SriLankan
    • A350 would be an easier solution operationally than the 777-300ER
    • A350 could ultimately become a long-term solution for AirAsia X
    • The A350 could also be used for North American routes
    • AirAsia X has opportunities but also risks
    • AirAsia X strategically needs to make a move in Europe - to lead the pack
    • Kuala Lumpur-London is a challenging route
    • AirAsia X will need partners to make Europe routes work
    • 2017 may prove to be a critical year for AirAsia X
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    Vote for A350 👍🏼

  6. Thai AirAsia X mulls longhaul debut in 2017


    The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Thai AirAsia (FD, Bangkok Don Mueang), Tassapon Bijleveld, says the LCC's longhaul sister, Thai AirAsia X (XJ, Bangkok Don Mueang), is drawing up plans for a possible longhaul debut in Europe as early as next year.


    In an interview with CAPA, Tassapon said the longhaul budget operator was currently looking at starting flights to Budapest, Prague, and Warsaw Chopin. Central and Eastern Europe, while important source markets for Thailand, are relatively underserved with the majority of travelers forced to transit via hubs in Western Europe, the Middle East or Russia.


    Currently, Thai AirAsia X's operations are limited to China, Oman, Japan, South Korea, and Iran which it serves using six A330-300s. For its part, AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has alluded to the launch of longhaul flights to Europe at some point in 2017.


    Source: http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/50980-thai-airasia-x-mulls-longhaul-debut-in-2017

    Are they going to have 777 in their fleet for temporary lease? Heard from souces they are now recruiting Boeing engineer . How true is this ?
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