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In Topic: AE Arabic Design: LCC Edition!

16 November 2019 - 11:04 PM

Marhaba | Bahrain - Manama | BAH


About Marhaba


Marhaba is a low-cost carrier based in Manama, Bahrain, founded in 2018 and operating exclusively A321neo aircraft (such as A9C-ORN, shown below) to destinations as near as Dubai Al Maktoum and as far as as London Stansted and Paris Orly. As far as a variety of European, Middle Eastern, and North African destinations, Marhaba also focuses on flights to India. In 2019, the carrier took delivery of the first out of a large order for the A321neoLR, with the first of these planes used to begin flights to Phuket. The ability to reach Southeast Asian (as well as South African) beach destinations helped the A321neoLR expand Marhaba's network significantly to cities that the standard-range A321neo couldn't make it to. Marhaba is also now in the process of placing an order for the A321neoXLR in order to operate flights to Indonesia, Korea, and Japan, among other destinations.


According to the airline's founder, Nader bin Zahid Karimi, his goal is to make passengers not feel like they are flying with a budget airline, and for this reason the configuration chosen for both the standard-range A320neos and the A321neoLRs is not a maximum capacity one. Featuring 12 Business Class seats at 40" pitch and 202 Economy class seats at 31" pitch, with 30 of them (the first two rows of Economy at 33" pitch plus all three exit rows) classed as 'Economy Plus'. A SpaceFlex v2 galley and lavatory layout allows a maximization of floorspace usage.


In Topic: AE Arabic Design: LCC Edition!

12 November 2019 - 04:12 AM

lol no


Ok this is hilarious - the self-described 'little boy from New Hampshire' with no uploads and 20 posts replying 'lol no' to an Arabic LCC contest proposal by the resident Arab-world-based airline expert. Truly fantastic, a real pinnacle of comedy.

In Topic: Blanked out windows

12 November 2019 - 04:11 AM

Don't do that. Masking out (or just deleting) parts of the windows layer removes the window completely, rather than leaving a gently visible border as happens on the real thing. You're meant to be able to see that there's a plugged window there, rather than have it disappear completely. Some templates (for example Med's 787s) actually have the window outlines as part of the details layer, so by masking out part of the windows layer you leave behind the outline as it should be. However most, including the A330s and A320 family templates, don't have this.


Instead what you should do is mask out most of the window, leaving behind a 1-1.5 pixel outline. This outline will be way too dark and stand out, so you should then use the eraser tool (or whatever the equivalent is in your preferred editing program) set to about 20-30% opacity an erase this outline to make it faint. The end result is what you can see on the image below, towards the front of both aircraft and also near some of the doors. I created this specific image a while ago, personally if I was to re-do it now I'd make the window outlines even fainter than they are there.



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02 October 2019 - 02:34 AM




In Topic: 2019 August Design Competition [Africa]

21 August 2019 - 03:52 AM

Group A | Nigerian | LOS - Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport





Airline - Nigerian

Aircraft - Boeing 767-300 | EI-WOS

Delivered to Air Canadien, 1988

Sold to ILFC, 2009

Leased to Nigerian, 2009

Livery - Standard 1995

Country - Nigeria



Airline - Nigerian

Aircraft - Boeing 767-300ER | EI-FQA

Delivered to TransGermania, 1993

Sold to Atlantic Charter, 2006

Leased to Grace Air, 2010

Returned to Atlantic Charter, 2012

Sold to Republic Airways, 2012

Sold to ILFC, 2018

Leased to Nigerian, 2018

Livery - Standard 2018

Country - Nigeria


Nigerian, known as Nigerian Airways before 1987, is the flag carrier of Nigeria, operating primarily out of Lagos to both domestic and international destinations. Shown here is a 767-300 (non-ER) in the 90s livery, featuring several shades of green and the airline's classic winged horse logo. The aircraft pictured here is EI-WOS, which flew for Air Canadien before being sold to ILFC and leased to Nigerian. Its interior was never updated as it primarily flew domestic Canadian routes prior to its withdrawal from Air Canadien's fleet, so it features forty Business Class recliner seats in a 1-2-1 configuration and 226 Economy Class seats at 32" pitch - generous by today's standards, but considered quite dense at the time of its delivery to Air Canadien in the late 80s (seatmap available at the top of the image below). Despite this very dated Business Class product and a lack of personal entertainment screens in all classes, EI-WOS (and two other ex-Air Canadien 767-300s) are routinely used on flights up to seven hours long, to destinations like London and Dubai.


The second aircraft pictured here is EI-FQA, a 767-300ER that flew for several different airlines before making it to Nigerian in 2018, also leased from ILFC. Painted in a new (much more eurowhite, probably dictated by budget constraints) livery, this aircraft also features the interior it was outfitted with after being bought by Republic Airways in 2012. This includes 34 lie-flat, staggered Thompson Vantage Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration (seatmap available at the bottom of the image below). While not the best Business Class in the world, it is still vastly superior to the recliners on Nigerian's older, non-ER 767s. This aircraft is also fitted with 227 Economy seats - one more than on the older ones - but at an even greater 33" pitch! EI-FQA was the first aircraft to be delivered to the airline as part of a government-sponsored modernization effort that saw the last two 737-200s and several 737 Classics leave the fleet, replaced with used 737-800s, as well as the supplementation of existing non-ER 767s with several newer -300ERs. After operating EI-FQA (and its sistership, -FQB) to London and Frankfurt for several months, to the delight of passengers who found themselves in lie-flat seats instead of three-decade-old recliners, Nigerian launched a thrice-weekly route to New York in late 2018. This marked the first time Nigeria's flag carrier had flown to the United States since their original service to New York was ended in 1990.


Note: Both of the images in this post can be clicked to open a full-size version in a new tab.