Insanely the only models that have been released of all the above are the 2 A310s! This is beyond a joke and there are even models from 2015 that still haven't been released. Just what are JC Wings playing at? What possible reason could they have for being so insanely slow to release?
Still if I am to talk about the announcements then the Qantaslink F100 is a nice surprise and of course we have Adrian Balch to thank for the release of a BEA One-Eleven (as well as the previous Cathay Britannia). Cheers Adrian - much appreciated. Hopefully there'll be some more One-Eleven 500s as it is one of the most under-used moulds in this scale (and it'll appear within a month).
It is good to see that JC Wings is still slipping out the odd unusual Chinese release. Colorful Guizhou is not well known but very welcome and the ERJ-190 mould is again good and under-utilised.
A sizeable number of the announced releases have been A330s and A340s though at present it is uncertain whether the wing angle issues that dogged many of the early releases, which are on otherwise excellent moulds, have been fixed. I'll have to reserve judgement for now - though I am looking to get the previous Cathay A340-300 release.
There is still a substantial amount of overlap between JC Wings and the other manufacturers, which is disappointing, especially as JC Wings tends to announce first and release much later than the competition. The Air Australs, Turkish and Chinese A330s are all Phoenix releases whilst Aeroclassics has made the Eva A321s. There is still some uniqueness in the widebodies though with the PIA and Austrian 777s and WOW A330 showing much potential.
Hopefully the rest of 2016 will see further unusual releases, especially classics, but for now JC Wings has to be the most surprising of the manufacturers in terms of release dates as well as actual releases! It'd be nice if they could be bothered to release their models within at least a month of announcing them!
It is very unclear what is happening with this seeming sub-brand of JC Wings. They vanished off the face of the earth following their first pair of Cathay 747s but resurfaced last week with 3 new models announced - 2 Singapore Big Top 747-300s and an opportunistic Malaysia retro 747-400. It is good to see that they are still about and the first releases were excellent, if expensive. I'm not sure why they are producing such low volumes (120 examples) of what will be very popular models (Panda can make 200 of an obscure 737) but hopefully they'll release more than 3 models in 2016! If they do it seems likely that they'll be further Asian 747 classics - perhaps JAL or Malaysia 747-300s?
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