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by airbazar
Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 BOS-RSW...why so many flights?
Replies: 19
Views: 1799

Re: B6 BOS-RSW...why so many flights?

tjwgrr wrote:
This is the start of MANY K-12 school spring breaks.

Not in Boston or New England for that matter. Our school vacation weeks were Feb 20-Mar3rd, and the next will be April 3rd-Apr14th.
However, March is Spring break month for most colleges and we sure have a lot of those around here.

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by airbazar
Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian is hiring for pilot jobs
Replies: 46
Views: 2269

Re: Norwegian is hiring for pilot jobs

I just can't see that as ethical behavior. When the pilot shortage kicks in we will see if Norwegian pilots really have that tough of a time moving to the us majors. Why does everyone assume that they will want to go work for the majors? We've seen time and time again that LCC's are the future of a...

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by airbazar
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 BOS-RSW...why so many flights?
Replies: 19
Views: 1799

Re: B6 BOS-RSW...why so many flights?

The main reason has already been explained but this is worth adding: New England has a greater affinity with the Gulf coast while New Yorkers have a greater affinity for the Atlantic coast. In leisure as in baseball, the two don't mix. Fort Myers beach is like Boston South.

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by airbazar
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Economics of Airline Class
Replies: 20
Views: 4147

Re: The Economics of Airline Class

the video is good for beginners, but as @MHG says it's not very good for people aware about airline economics.. Yup. It's been a long standing misconception which is quickly debunked with 3 simple questions: How many premium only airlines have had success? How many Y only airlines have had success?...

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by airbazar
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOS-China...underserved market?
Replies: 54
Views: 3386

Re: BOS-China...underserved market?

I mean BOS has great frequency to ORD, SFO, LAX and SEA all with flights to china and not much added time. What percentage of that O&D will pay a premium for a non-stop on BOS-China? I dont think its large enough to fill a plane. Last summer I flew SFO-BOS on UA and there was a good number of p...

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by airbazar
Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A330-300 Special Liveries
Replies: 19
Views: 3648

Re: TAP A330-300 Special Liveries

Which routes will these A330-300's be flying? Most likely the north america routes (EWR, JFK, MIA, BOS, YYZ) and major south america ones (GRU, GIG), although it will finally depend on the demand. Well, SQ doesn't have lie-flat J seats on their A333's or premium economy so is TP upgrading the cabin...

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by airbazar
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lome-Jo'burg nonstop on Ethiopian!
Replies: 14
Views: 3357

Re: Lome-Jo'burg nonstop on Ethiopian!

Overwhelmingly connecting pax... Togo is a tiny economy, the only thing it has going for it is that Ecobank, the largest bank in Africa, is HQ'd there. Ecobank is the main reason Asky's hub is in Lome as they provided much of the launch financing... It is however a very stable and very fast growing...

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by airbazar
Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca not happy about Qatar being in its home turf
Replies: 18
Views: 4804

Re: Avianca not happy about Qatar being in its home turf

IMHO Avianca is right. The Colombia-Qatar market is very small. They don't have a reason to ever fly to Doha. Why should they be exposed to that kind of competition in the markets they do have interest in? Colombia should only grant fifth freedom rights in markets that are irrelevant for a Colombia...

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by airbazar
Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France and its A340s
Replies: 6
Views: 2329

Re: Air France and its A340s

Interesting! The A340s are deemed not efficient enough for the main line, but are supposed to make money for the LCC spin-off, which needs even more efficient planes? They're paid for so nothing else in AF's fleet is cheaper for a LCC venture. And in a high density config they will have pretty good...

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by airbazar
Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOS-China...underserved market?
Replies: 54
Views: 3386

Re: BOS-China...underserved market?

Just curious as to why Boston is such a popular destination for Chinese tourists. Well "popular is relative". Boston is nowhere on par with the likes of San Francisco or New York. But it's not just tourists. In fact I wonder how much of it is tourism and how much of it is business. We hav...

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by airbazar
Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOS-China...underserved market?
Replies: 54
Views: 3386

Re: BOS-China...underserved market?

If I was Boston, or any other major city for that matter, I would be subsidizing these flights by the bucket load and then recouping that money and then some, with their spending. Please describe the mechanism(s) allowed under Mass. law and DOT rules that would allow you to do that. Describe the de...

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by airbazar
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOS-China...underserved market?
Replies: 54
Views: 3386

Re: BOS-China...underserved market?

Based on the yields in the market, I'm not sure there's really room for even one carrier to operate profitably. I can book a ticket right now about two weeks out for $550 round-trip on the HU non-stops to PEK. If I'm willing to connect, the price drops below $500 round-trip. Chinese tourists might ...

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by airbazar
Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation - Part 13
Replies: 310
Views: 23284

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

BOS-LIS (TP) - 90.9% (well i think it's safe to say they've taken the market share here, yields maybe a different story) Unlike here in the U.S., school vacation in Portugal lasts well into September. I'm very curious to see the numbers for the off season but I think it's pretty safe to say that on...

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by airbazar
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue A320 needs to stop for gas? (JFK-SJC)
Replies: 52
Views: 6991

Re: Jetblue A320 needs to stop for gas? (JFK-SJC)

Well the US 3 run their 737s transcon out of BOS (longer than JFK) do those have trouble in the strong headwinds? I've never seen that reported here. At the edge of the envelope like these routes in bad weather, the 738 can trade pax/payload for fuel while the A320 is fuel volume limited. So either...

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by airbazar
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue A320 needs to stop for gas? (JFK-SJC)
Replies: 52
Views: 6991

Re: Jetblue A320 needs to stop for gas? (JFK-SJC)

738s as used by AA/DL/UA have a little more range than 320s. Sometimes it's enough to make the difference and make a transcon route non-stop -- but not always. so the 737s also make fuel stops? Seems like it's only the 320/321 that you read about. That's partly because it's mostly A320/A321's flyin...

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by airbazar
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to launch 11 new routes in 2017
Replies: 201
Views: 37014

Re: TAP to launch 11 new routes in 2017

SFO I'm very surprised. No doubt it can work in the Summer but outside of the Summer months I'm not so sure. Actually, there is also a reasonable portuguese community in the San Francisco Bay Area. And TAP used to serve SFO many years ago. So, between tourism and business, I can see market for 2/3 ...

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by airbazar
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation - Part 13
Replies: 310
Views: 23284

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

If someone spends even a small amount of advertising money in the Boston metro market selling Vancouver, and Whistler, and the places in-between, I don't see how this couldn't support year round service very easily. Business traffic is required for year round service. Those attractions you just men...

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by airbazar
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue A320 needs to stop for gas? (JFK-SJC)
Replies: 52
Views: 6991

Re: Jetblue A320 needs to stop for gas? (JFK-SJC)

It's not uncommon for flights to have to stop for a top-up, especially when there's an unexpectedly strong headwind or they have to make an unexpected detour around storms, and the aircraft is testing its range. . That depends on your definition of "common". For me I think it's quite unco...

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by airbazar
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Four-holer jets done for good? If not, in what capacity can they make a comeback?
Replies: 50
Views: 7913

Re: Are Four-holer jets done for good? If not, in what capacity can they make a comeback?

The only way we'll ever see a new 4-holer is if engine technology advances in such a way that it becomes cheaper to operate 4 engines over 2. I can't at this point envision such a scenario but I've never been one to say never when it comes to engineering advances and I'll leave you with 1 thought: E...

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by airbazar
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU-US open skies may not apply to UK post-Brexit
Replies: 42
Views: 5637

Re: EU-US open skies may not apply to UK post-Brexit

UK will get a better deal with the US than the EU will. Especially with the EU's backing of DY. Will be nice to have US and UK flagged (and operated) aircraft serving TATL out of London again. You mean, better like Bermuda II which is what was in place before? And your second comment is even more b...

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by airbazar
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to launch 11 new routes in 2017
Replies: 201
Views: 37014

Re: TAP to launch 11 new routes in 2017

pnwtraveler wrote:
YYZ has a large Portuguese population. Certainly more than YUL.

They are starting YYZ this Summer.
YUL and YYZ were always going to happen. It was just a matter of which one came first.
SFO I'm very surprised. No doubt it can work in the Summer but outside of the Summer months I'm not so sure.

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by airbazar
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IF QF ordered the 748...
Replies: 38
Views: 8731

Re: IF QF ordered the 748...

You're assuming that QF has had a hard time filling their A380's. I have never heard of such a thing.

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by airbazar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to launch 11 new routes in 2017
Replies: 201
Views: 37014

Re: TAP to launch 11 new routes in 2017

Apparently, because there is demand for the ACC-LFW sector and TAP will have fifth freedom rights for that. Also because west Africa--Europe pax prefer price over convenience (except business ones, sure), thus the LFW-ACC-LIS route should get enough connecting pax to yield profits. Finally, that wa...

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by airbazar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Launches BOS-DUB, JFK-LIS; Relaunches JFK-TXL
Replies: 90
Views: 14253

Re: Delta Launches BOS-DUB, JFK-LIS; Relaunches JFK-TXL

I think the 298€ piece isa bit overstated. I just looked at June, July and Aug and saw a few days of $600 fares, but many days were 12-1300 fares. Prices from the states to Europe are usually double the price then from Europe to the U.S for some odd reason. That most likely is the reason behind it....

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by airbazar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to launch 11 new routes in 2017
Replies: 201
Views: 37014

Re: TAP to launch 11 new routes in 2017

Possibly it could be twice daily flights to FLR, but not sure yet. The LFW will be operated as a tag to some of the current LIS-ACC frequencies, much like TMS is operated. I think that would be a bad idea, re. Lome. I can't imagine that there is any significant O&D demand between Portugal and T...

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by airbazar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the problem for United to replace the 763 with 788?
Replies: 53
Views: 8381

Re: What is the problem for United to replace the 763 with 788?

United needs to accept the fact that they are no longer a big fish and do not have the clout to dictate aircraft development. The days when Boeing was willing to whip up a tailor made aircraft - 767-400 - for the then Continental Airlines and Delta Airlines, are long gone. They need to learn to adju...

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by airbazar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't LAX have moving walkways, etc?
Replies: 16
Views: 2825

Re: Why doesn't LAX have moving walkways, etc?

DEN, DFW, ORD are huge hubs. Lots of people moving from one point to another. LAX is predominantly a huge O&D airport. Most passengers walk from gate to curb and vice versa, and those distances aren't that big.

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by airbazar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK theres no hiding parked aeroplanes now
Replies: 133
Views: 30982

Re: EK theres no hiding parked aeroplanes now

Geez the Emirates fanboys here have officially outdone the Delta fanboys in the overprotective nutjob scale.
Every airlines parks airplanes for one reason or another and for differing amounts of time. It's a normal business practice. Why do you need to get your panties in a bunch over it? Holy mole!

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by airbazar
Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A330 Interior Re-make Video
Replies: 22
Views: 3133

Re: TAP A330 Interior Re-make Video

[ There was no bailout in 2000 although the airline was in really bad shape. The last bailout (called PESEF) was approved in 1994 with capital injection through that decade. Correct, approved in 1994 but the money kept coming in until 1997, IIRC. So I wasn't off by much. When the Brazilian manageme...

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by airbazar
Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO-SIN on UA/SQ
Replies: 17
Views: 3721

Re: SFO-SIN on UA/SQ

I can see Malaysia and Indonesia connex, but from India you can go DEL SFO non stop or via NRT is a much more in a straight line. Certainly SQ is not a low cost alternative? You can but that doesn't mean everyone does it. Fares have a greater power in attracting passengers than distance. Don't unde...

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by airbazar
Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A330 Interior Re-make Video
Replies: 22
Views: 3133

Re: TAP A330 Interior Re-make Video

But in my opinion the seat was extremely uncomfortable. I think it comes from the very hard headrest, and normally I find these new slimline seats totally ok. I hate the headrests on just about every seat myself. I haven't flown on TPs new seats obviously, but VS has hard headrests on their Y seats...

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by airbazar
Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surinam Airways thinking of Fleet Replacement
Replies: 57
Views: 6596

Re: Surinam Airways thinking of Fleet Replacement

I can see your point TheLion but the problem with the A330 is that they won't be able to get there hands on them because to my knowledge there are no A330's in the desert or they are too expensive to lease or buy. Leasing them brand new will also be too expensive I think for Surinam Airways. There ...

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by airbazar
Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A330 Interior Re-make Video
Replies: 22
Views: 3133

Re: TAP A330 Interior Re-make Video

The truth is that the problems TAP faced in recent decades were more due to political factors than to the company itself. I hope those days are now over and TAP can overcome its high debt and became profitable. I agree 100% that politics played a huge role in its problems as it did and does in most...

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by airbazar
Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Responds to Boeing MoM launch '17/'18, Not?
Replies: 102
Views: 16073

Re: Airbus Responds to Boeing MoM launch '17/'18, Not?

I think it is possible to extend the wing. It was done in the 1980s when the DC-9 was transformed into the MD80 with wing root extensions. That wing was a bit more simple since there are no engine struts, but I could see it happening again. I wonder if blended winglets instead of sharklets would of...

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by airbazar
Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Responds to Boeing MoM launch '17/'18, Not?
Replies: 102
Views: 16073

Re: Airbus Responds to Boeing MoM launch '17/'18, Not?

As many here have said.Is there really a market in this 'so called' gap?If there really was airlines would 'abuse'the nearest to It product.IE the 338/788 but they haven't. The A338/788 are simply too expensive to operate in that way. Modern airlines want aircraft that are optimized for a specific ...

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by airbazar
Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A330 Interior Re-make Video
Replies: 22
Views: 3133

Re: TAP A330 Interior Re-make Video

I look at TAP as a survivor. It is sagged with EU costs. It has a relatively small local market to exploit. Yet it is still here and has not gone through a near death experience. Where is Swissair, Sabena, MALEV? Even some airlines with greater natural gifts such as Iberia and Alitalia have come to...

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by airbazar
Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation - Part 13
Replies: 310
Views: 23284

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

Hmmm, looks like there is a mis-match between schedules and actual booking, time to take another look i think. This is like trying to finish a jigsaw puzzle, but the piece doesn't quite fit. Funny enough that pretty much sums up what it's like to fly with S4. Even those of us who used to rely on th...

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by airbazar
Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'
Replies: 314
Views: 40347

Re: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'

AUS-LHR immediately comes to mind. What about MAN-PVR? (I saw two 787's in PVR just yesterday) SJC-PEK? SJC-LHR? These are just off of the top of my head. I think it's safe to say the 787 has opened many new p2p markets. Those are all HUB-2-p routes. The same exact type of routes that have always e...

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by airbazar
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'
Replies: 314
Views: 40347

Re: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'

AUS-LHR immediately comes to mind. What about MAN-PVR? (I saw two 787's in PVR just yesterday) SJC-PEK? SJC-LHR? These are just off of the top of my head. I think it's safe to say the 787 has opened many new p2p markets. Those are all HUB-2-p routes. The same exact type of routes that have always e...

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by airbazar
Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DWC welcomes its first scheduled A380 flight by Korean Air
Replies: 17
Views: 4034

Re: DWC welcomes its first scheduled A380 flight by Korean Air

I have heard this term before; what, exactly, is a scheduled charter? Thank you in advancd It's a charter operation that typically runs on a fixed schedule. The term "charter" has more to do with how the tickets are sold and the agreement between the operator and the charting company, and...

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by airbazar
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Responds to Boeing MoM launch '17/'18, Not?
Replies: 102
Views: 16073

Re: Airbus Responds to Boeing MoM launch '17/'18, Not?

Francoflier wrote:
The $10 Billion question is, again: Is there a sufficiently large market for it?

Given how well the A321NEO is selling I'd have to guess that there is a market.
An A322 with a larger wing surface could be a real MoM.

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by airbazar
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation - Part 13
Replies: 310
Views: 23284

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

Speaking of which, I think I may have asked this a long time ago but does anyone know why Qantas has had over the years curbside signs on the LAA side of B, as well as on the roadway terminal directories and an announcement on the shuttle buses? I know American and Qantas have had a relationship to...

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by airbazar
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Be big or go home: Ryanair adds more than 200 routes for W17
Replies: 59
Views: 8044

Re: Be big or go home: Ryanair adds more than 200 routes for W17

But isn't that the case with more major airports? They didn't serve Lisbon before terminal 2 opened. The issue with LIS was space, not taxes. I believe the "rack rate" for taxes at T2 and T1 is exactly the same however I'm sure FR got a deal as is usually the case when an airport wants to...

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by airbazar
Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA starts A380 marketing campaigns
Replies: 85
Views: 21483

Re: ANA starts A380 marketing campaigns

Well if they were mostly seeing Economy demand, they could reconfigure to shrink the very large Premium and Premium Economy cabins. Or add a second frequency with a two-class configuration heavily favoring Economy. There are certainly different approaches. However, I don't think that shrinking the ...

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by airbazar
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA starts A380 marketing campaigns
Replies: 85
Views: 21483

Re: ANA starts A380 marketing campaigns

NH is flying 777-300ERs with just over 200 seats to those airports so I have to ask are they growing all that much? The 777-9's they have on order will allow for some growth. Are they doing that because there is a huge demand for premium seats, or because there isn't enough demand for Y seats? If i...

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by airbazar
Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP return to profit in 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1490

Re: TAP return to profit in 2016

The article doesn't really say much. Are TAP's profitabilities improving in certain markets? I'm really surprised they pulled this off because Brazil and Angola are really in the doldrums. I believe TAP had a profit mostly because of cheaper fuel prices. Moreover, I think this profit relates to the...

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by airbazar
Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation - Part 13
Replies: 310
Views: 23284

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

Autonomous vehicles will eventually have the ability to drive themselves with or without anyone on board, which means your car could drive you to the airport and then drive itself home while you're away. When you return the car could then come back and pick you up. As crazy as it sounds we're proba...

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by airbazar
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Euro lawmakers press EU to impose visas on U.S. citizens
Replies: 159
Views: 5420

Re: Trans Atlantic VISA war.

Given the limited scope of this spat (five countries that aren't exactly American tourist hotspots) this is really a non-issue and likely won't change anything in practice. Limited scope? Non-issue? You could say the same about the "mulsim ban" and that has resulted in a 6.5% drop in adva...

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by airbazar
Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Luton rumour
Replies: 73
Views: 13440

Re: JetBlue Luton rumour

I'm not very familiar with LHR slots, but how ridiculously expensive/difficult would it be for a new entrant like B6 to get a handful of them to start service? It all depends on what time of day they want to operate at LHR. Personally I think the increased cooperation between B6 and TP could lead t...

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by airbazar
Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation - Part 13
Replies: 310
Views: 23284

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

It's just a crazy, inefficient design and I'm still curious about one thing with the upper jetbridges. Can they be used for deplaning to the CBP level, or can they only be used for boarding (making them even less useful)? I don't see why not. Both jetbridges are attached to a multi-level pier with ...

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