The usual game full of hopes, wishes, certainties and doubts about Herpa January/February 2020 news.
They will be announced at the end of September.
As usual it is very difficult to understand Herpa commercial choices, for the fact we don't know the license agreements and with which airlines: who said "YES, we have a deal" and/or "NO, the deal is not possible"? Which new airlines will enter Herpa (and our) collection and which airlines, once again, will not accept Herpa conditions?
models seem light years far, the same for Iran Air
: their announced models, respectively E170/195, Fokker 100, A318, aren't produced yet and maybe will be never produced. JAL
and Eva Air
are "Hogan's stuff", Singapore Airlines
models are produced by Herpa but it seems that the A330-300, one of the most wanted/wished/awaited 1:500 models, will remain just a sample.
, Wizz Air
, Blue Air Web
are important European LCC for which i am sure Herpa struggled and is struggling to obtain the license, but these airlines decided for the 1:400 scale, at least the first three, where are more than represented; a sad thing for 1:500 collectors.
especially means Ethiopian Airlines
, Kenya Airways
, South African Airways
, in addition to some niche airlines starting to fly with new airplanes like the A330neo (for example Air Senegal): Herpa released many widebodies of these airlines but the narrowbodies are completely missing and it is time for sure to have them in 1:500 scale. For African airlines the great problem is the "request": along with the license, the request for narrowbodies is not enough to start a production.
is another Herpa weak point, with many single airlines and many groups flying in different Latin American countries, like LATAM
, Aerolineas Argentinas
Brazil is quite represented, all the other countries miss the narrowbodies, A320 family and B737-800 family.
Italy is my country, yet another Herpa weak point: yes, Air Dolomiti E195 new livery has been announced, but because the airline is "Lufthansa regional"...
For Blue Panorama
and Air Italy
Herpa delighted us with the usual widebodies, wonderful widebodies (B767-300WL and A330-200), neos
is hard to convince and their B737-800WL/B787-9 are still waiting for a miracle! Even Blue Panorama and Air Italy B737-800WL's are still just a dream...
is an important and most loved airline, considered by Herpa just for few models in the past: Sky500 delighted us with the B787-9 and the A330-300 (wonderful!) but now who will produce the A350-1000???
is well represented with American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant and for these airlines we must only wait for new models; Spirit
, Sun Country
and the retunr of Southwest Airlines would be a real surprise!
Many collectors are building/builded handmade airports from USA and the narrowbodies are most than welcome!
very slowly Herpa produces airlines, sometimes even unknown like Loong Air (unknown by me, while i believe to have a good "civil aviation culture", because this airlines receive more likes than my poor Novair...
), and this is a good thing: but i am still waiting for Air China A330-200 regular livery...
About classic airliners
i can't believe there is more request for military airplanes (like the A400, Orion, C-130) than airplanes like the DC-10, DC-8, B707, DC-4, B737 classic...but if Herpa says this we must believe the manufacturer made a deep marketing research.
I would be happy for a Laker DC-10, at least because a collector would buy all the production, but also for more Viscount's, DC-8's, B707's etc.
So, these my predictions:
. Herpa produced a Luftwaffe A319, a re-release, maybe this means a restart of the A319 production? If the answer is YES, the Eurowings A319 is the most predictable release.
. A German nich charter airline, not a wish but more the feeling it could be produced because from Germany.
and/or French Bee A350-900
. Herpa produces all the A350's flying and the A350 is a wonderful airplane. Some liveries are better than other and Air Caraibes has a beautiful livery. Air Caraibes and French Bee are French airlines flying to/from France Overseas Terriories using widebodies, the A330 before and the A350 now. Widebodies, Herpa's most favourite airliners...has Herpa obtained the license to produce the airplanes of these two airlines?
. Already produced as sample, i hope it will be a regular release with this batch of news.
SAS A350 new livery
. Next September 19th SAS will unveil the new livery and it will wear the just arrived A350-900: maybe Herpa this time is ready to announce the airplane in 1:500 scale?
Qatar Airways A321neo
After Etihad A321WL and Royal Jordanian A320 i think it is time for a Qatar Airways narrowbody, maybe the A321neo or the LR version.
. The A321LR is the new Airbus goal and Arkia operates one of the most beautiful in its striking livery.
British Airways A350-1000 re-release.
A corrected model?!
Fiji Airways A350-900.
The A330-200 has been released, the narrowbody is not so sure (Herpa prefers widebodies) so i imagine the A350 could be next to be realized.
Enter Air B737-800WL.
One of the fastest growing airlines in the world, a Polish charter carrier. I feel it is time for it.
or Blue Panorama B737-800WL.
Herpa surprise for me?
There will be some B737 MAX even if i don't know which airline/s.
Prime Air B767-300F(WL).
Maybe Herpa will amaze us with this wonderful release?!
Alliance Air Fokker 100.
One of the few Fokker 100 still flying for this Australian regional airline. A good catch for Herpa!
Etihad Airways A350-1000.
Not "if" but "when", Etihad Airways is one of Herpa favourite airlines.
22 SSJ-100 for this Mexican airline, perhaps Herpa obtained the license to produce it.
Thai Smile A320.
Herpa seems to have started a good feeling with Thai airlines, even if Nok Air suddenly disappeared from 1:500 scale, so maybe a Thai Smile A320 could be produced.