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    Well. I should be able to say only the best words here in this topic.

    But probably I am also one of only two jetphotos members who knows a little bit more than the average guy on the street. So. I think this topic must be discussed on a brilliant aviation platform like jetphotos. With honest words, no exaggerated politeness.

    Sometimes I like to say, well, why don't you call a B744, there is at least one in Germany. Mostly I've said something like that when a member of the
    German Government ordered a flight, but that flight was not able to take off.

    Now, as I am not the only person who wonders how you can be a member of the German Government and order a flight but not be able to take off,
    let's discuss it.

    Jetphotos indeed is a briliant platform, jetphotos like this included:
    https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9032737
    This is an Airbus A310-300, the series was built between 1982 and 1998. The a/c in the photo is ex registration 'DDR-ABC',
    so, that seems to be an Airbus which yet existed before November 1989. 30 years old.

    But now there is a fact which nobody until today has explained. This ex DDR-ABC flies and flies and flies and flies, without 1 problem. Why.

    My answer would be, the A310-300 is easier, less complicated and faster to maintain than let's say an A340-300.

    Only an assumption, I am not a technician. Another crazy fact is, members of the German Government order a flight. But that does not mean that two pilots who 24/7 only wait for that moment jump into their cockpit and within minutes the flight takes place.
    The fleet is not based in Berlin. That means, whenever somebody orders a flight, that order arrives at the fleet. Then two pilots who 24/7 only wait for that moment jump into their cockpit,
    and then they fly to Berlin!

    With the Bombardier Global 5000 it's even better, not either based in Berlin, but maintained in Berlin! So, if you need new tires or a screw, the Bombardier jet will be flown to Berlin. Only for 1 screw, if you urgently need a screw. And then the Bombardier jet will be flown back to its parking position.

    Earlier this night I said that I'll try to be polite. But this procedure is not efficient. It is the opposite of efficiency!
    And prone to mistakes.

    PS: Only in case... LH #510 today 21:55 local.
    Last edited by LH-B744; 04-27-2019 at 12:31 AM. Reason: Buenos Aires.
    LH also has a intercontinental history, the Hamburg - Düsseldorf - Shannon - NYC route, open since June 1st, 1955.
    A/C type: Lockheed Super Constellation.
    The airline code since a few weeks is no longer LH, but the operator stays the same on the DUS - NYC route ...

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    What?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATLcrew View Post
    What?
    +1 !!
    If it 'ain't broken........ Don't try to mend it !


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    Probably I should appreciate that at least two men answered my call for help. But I had never expected that these two men are not from continental Europe. So first of all, thanks alot that this topic was able to survive. Not all topics which I start do survive.

    I should say what I expected when I started this topic. Well. We all know (at least) two jetphotos members who are based on DUS, me included. I know at least another guy who is based on CGN. Then there is (at least) one jetphotos forum member who is based in Switzerland. That makes.. 4 , at least.

    But the only two answers come from USA and Great Britain. And I can understand why ATL asked 'What'. This probably is a German topic.

    To be honest, it is a Berlin topic. And I admit, this is not harmony at its best, this is, say what you think about aviation in your country. Nevertheless, I have three questions.

    1. Don't we have one jetphotos forum member who is based in Berlin?
    2. Where are all the jetphotos forum members who as far as I know are based in Germany and Switzerland?
    3. With the date of today (May 26th 2019), how long does it take to establish a maintenance crew for Bombardier Global 5000 near or better on its current home airport (which indeed is not Berlin) ... ?
    Last edited by LH-B744; Today at 01:38 AM. Reason: Not Berlin.
    LH also has a intercontinental history, the Hamburg - Düsseldorf - Shannon - NYC route, open since June 1st, 1955.
    A/C type: Lockheed Super Constellation.
    The airline code since a few weeks is no longer LH, but the operator stays the same on the DUS - NYC route ...

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    The real question is why the German Air Force has such low rates of aircraft serviceability and reliability and why there have been so many incidents and close calls recently. I think I have some idea, but it would be nice to hear from an expert in the country on the ground there. In not more than 100 words please

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