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by airbazar
Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO's 5th runway idea
Replies: 46
Views: 7046

Re: SFO's 5th runway idea

Not enough separation.
The current runway separation at SFO and many airports around the country is allowed due to grandfathering laws. Anything new needs to follow the new rules which requires a minimum of 3,000ft between center lines for simultaneous IFR operations.

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by airbazar
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA capture a lot of North America <-> India traffic?
Replies: 46
Views: 7740

Re: Does BA capture a lot of North America <-> India traffic?

This is just my personal observation from a recent trip. I recently flew BOS-LHR-India and back with BA, in J. I can tell you that at my company that is the route most people fly. However, on the LHR-India routes, looking around the J cabin I would guess that most passengers were UK based.

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Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal flights operating with "reduced cabin crew"
Replies: 7
Views: 3892

Re: TAP Portugal flights operating with "reduced cabin crew"

European service standards are very different than U.S. standards. One need only look at the front cabin to see the difference. You don't even get free drinks on most airlines. Personally I question the rational of anyone who pays $30 for a 2hr flight and expects food and drinks. You dont get that w...

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Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates and Flydubai merger in 18 months
Replies: 51
Views: 9865

Re: Emirates and Flydubai merger in 18 months

Before this, you couldn't fly from an EK city, say JFK, to an FZ city, say Ashgabat, over DXB. Hopefully now you will be able to. You should tell EK that because they sure don't think so. https://www.emirates.com/english/plan_book/connecting_with_flydubai/connecting_with_flydubai.aspx That is a ver...

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by airbazar
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1
Replies: 403
Views: 102617

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

People mention upthread about early model A330s now needing replacement, but weren't most of those aircraft shorter ranged models? Would it be prudent to replace them with a plane that can fly 6500 miles? What else are they going to get that is cheaper and can carry that many passengers? 2x A321's ...

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by airbazar
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates and Flydubai merger in 18 months
Replies: 51
Views: 9865

Re: Emirates and Flydubai merger in 18 months

https://www.emirates.com/english/plan_b ... dubai.aspx
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BENAir01 wrote:
Before this, you couldn't fly from an EK city, say JFK, to an FZ city, say Ashgabat, over DXB. Hopefully now you will be able to.

You should tell EK that because they sure don't think so.
https://www.emirates.com/english/plan_b ... dubai.aspx

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by airbazar
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates and Flydubai merger in 18 months
Replies: 51
Views: 9865

Re: Emirates and Flydubai merger in 18 months

Maybe on paper but It's not like they weren't already one corporation, with their operations fully coordinated. They are both fully owned by the government of Dubai after all. So this "merger" amounts to nothing more than moving money from one pile to another.

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by airbazar
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Boeing News and Orders
Replies: 411
Views: 85120

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Boeing News and Orders

Also according to Boeing some of those conversions were because airlines wanted the plane earlier than when Boeing had open slots for. Which means the only choice you have is to either wait or convert. That is about the strangest point. How does the coming of the 737-10 opens up new slots? It will ...

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by airbazar
Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders
Replies: 264
Views: 69425

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders

I can understand JL's annoyance - the 737-10 has cost Airbus a not-insignificant number of potential A321 orders from current MAX customers who wanted a 230-seat frame as well as putting downward pressure on future ASPs now that there is real competition (in terms of capacity). I disagree. The A321...

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by airbazar
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders
Replies: 264
Views: 69425

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders

I can understand JL's annoyance - the 737-10 has cost Airbus a not-insignificant number of potential A321 orders from current MAX customers who wanted a 230-seat frame as well as putting downward pressure on future ASPs now that there is real competition (in terms of capacity). I disagree. The A321...

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by airbazar
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Boeing News and Orders
Replies: 411
Views: 85120

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Boeing News and Orders

Firm orders for the MAX 10 as follows: https://imagr.eu/up/IEjXf_DC6aiN-XYAAD-5L.jpg Ouch! :) It proves that the -10 was long overdue. It proves that Airbus has been right by moving the A321NEO forward. The big question that still remains is: For how much longer can Boeing limp along with the curre...

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by airbazar
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Boeing News and Orders
Replies: 411
Views: 85120

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Boeing News and Orders

This is momentous. This is the year when the single aisle mainline jet airplane changed in the eyes of the Industry from being seen as a 160 to 180 passenger plane to being a 180 to 230 passenger plane and there isn't any going back. Only if you haven't been paying attention to how well the A321 CE...

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by airbazar
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Boeing News and Orders
Replies: 411
Views: 85120

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Boeing News and Orders

This has been a great show for Boeing and we are only on day 2. Only? As far as orders go the first 2 days are usually it. I'm not expecting any significant orders tomorrow and absolutely none on Thursday but would like to be proven wrong. I must admit I'm shocked at the number of orders the Max 10...

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by airbazar
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders
Replies: 264
Views: 69425

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders

Wide-body orders are definitely not what they used to be at these shows. It's a cyclical business. Every airline that needs the current portfolio of widebody aircraft has already ordered it. The latest widebody launches were the A330NEO in 2014 and the 777X in 2013. 3 and 4 years respectively have ...

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by airbazar
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest Icelandair Route
Replies: 25
Views: 5282

Re: Longest Icelandair Route

DfwAussie wrote:
FI has a very faithful passenger base.

Humm, there's no such thing as a faithful passenger base when you're in the low fare business. Everyone I know that has flown FI (including my own family), has done it for one reason and one reason only: the fare was cheaper than everyone else's.

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by airbazar
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nasty NYC weather: Lots of diversions to BOS (and others)
Replies: 28
Views: 4710

Re: Nasty NYC weather: Lots of diversions to BOS (and others)

ty97 wrote:
BOS has runway construction issues, plus storms headed their way. (this is not going to be a fun recovery)

I'm baffled as to how BOS can/could handle all of these diversions. Not only due to the runway construction, but also the lack of apron space and gates at the international terminal.

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by airbazar
Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian captain flys with his 19 year old son on revenue flight.
Replies: 102
Views: 17547

Re: Norwegian captain flys with his 19 year old son on revenue flight.

Sorry but a 19 year old hardly has the maturity to be second in command of 150+ individuals. Is this the best Norwegian can hire? What is sad is that we live in a country where an 18 year old can be "second in command of 150+ individuals", but can't enjoy a nice cold beer on a hot Summer ...

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by airbazar
Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation - Part 13
Replies: 668
Views: 68575

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

An interesting thought just occurred to me which is that eleven years ago, much like the Far East market which was nonexistent, the only flight from the Iberian Peninsula was the seasonal, 1-2x weekly SATA flight to LIS. Almost right. TP suspended their service to BOS in 2000(?), and IB restarted t...

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by airbazar
Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian captain flys with his 19 year old son on revenue flight.
Replies: 102
Views: 17547

Re: Norwegian captain flys with his 19 year old son on revenue flight.

Why would they need to defend a qualified, type-rated, employed pilot doing his job? Sorry but a 19 year old hardly has the maturity to be second in command of 150+ individuals. Is this the best Norwegian can hire? What is said is that we live in a country where an 18 year old can be "second i...

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by airbazar
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A330-300 Special Liveries
Replies: 66
Views: 17268

Re: TAP A330-300 Special Liveries

As a Brazilian, I completely and wholeheartedly disagree. But now we're going off topic. Please enlighten us how the livery reminds you of Portuguese colonization and how that is offending to you. Maybe "offensive" is too strong of a word, but for those of us who grew up in the colonies (...

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by airbazar
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements
Replies: 129
Views: 14765

Re: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements

Do you really think U.S. carriers have the ticketing staff, baggage handling staff, and equipment to double the number of checked bags? I don't. Isn't that why we're paying a checked bag fee? But the answer is mostly a resounding Yes because, this is not 1982. I almost always have a checked bad and...

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by airbazar
Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A330-300 Special Liveries
Replies: 66
Views: 17268

Re: TAP A330-300 Special Liveries

I have to disagree. The livery represents the company colours in the 50's through 70's, not the colonial country. Brazil is independent since 1822, a while before there was even aviation... Colonial history does not necessarily represent only negative things. Apart from the odd fanatics that will a...

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by airbazar
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A330-300 Special Liveries
Replies: 66
Views: 17268

Re: TAP A330-300 Special Liveries

It's almost shocking that none of the news outlets in Portugal have reported this as of this morning. just lots of bickering about the new administration and the close encounter with a drone. As beautiful as this livery is I have to question the decision to fly this plane to Brazil and Africa. This ...

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by airbazar
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements
Replies: 129
Views: 14765

Re: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements

The labor and equipment for checked baggage handling isn't free - ticket counter to plane and out to carousel. They would have to study delays from last-minute back checks and slow boarding from full overheads vs. delays caused by extra checked bags But they're already paying for all of that anyway...

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by airbazar
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will jetBlue add Mint service to PDX, LGB, PHX, SLC, DEN, HOU, and/or ORD?
Replies: 15
Views: 1850

Re: Will jetBlue add Mint service to PDX, LGB, PHX, SLC, DEN, HOU, and/or ORD?

I don't think so. I don't think there's much of a need or demand for flat beds on most of those routes. IMO what B6 needs is a "Mint-lite" without the flat beds. On 3-4 hour flights the flat beds are a waste of valuable space. Just make it a 2-2 config with some decent leg room and be done...

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by airbazar
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Lufthansa intercontinental routes
Replies: 132
Views: 26645

Re: Lufthansa to base 5 A380s at MUC

LH might be in situation like Air France where the A380 are assigned to the least bad choice of route. Aircraft is far too big and less than optimal for most AF markets, but the fleet must be kept busy so its sent to where it would be the least disruptive for revenues and yield. This is probably no...

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by airbazar
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Providence(PVD) growth
Replies: 60
Views: 1158

Re: PVD - Sudden Rapid Growth - What Response is Next?

Is Boston easier than it one was? yes, but definitely not easy compared to PVD or MHT. I can't speak for PVD because I never use it and I'm not familiar with the traffic patterns down there. But my office is in Southern NH and I live in MA. All that traffic you see heading towards Boston in the mor...

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by airbazar
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Delta A350 emerges from the factory
Replies: 137
Views: 42502

Re: First Delta A350 emerges from the factory

I just saw an A350 for the first time a few weeks ago (QR in BOS) and thought it looked like a 757. Not that that's a bad thing; I happen to think the A350 looks pretty good, including in the DL livery. There's just something about it that makes it look smaller than it is. I too used to think it lo...

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by airbazar
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Providence(PVD) growth
Replies: 60
Views: 1158

Re: PVD - Sudden Rapid Growth - What Response is Next?

Being north of BOS too - I just can't see going to PVD for domestic. Its either BOS PSM or MHT. The only temptation would be to get a sub $500 fare to Europe and there were already some of those at Logan for this summer. The greedy side of me wishes D8 chose PSM but PVD is the right choice. It was ...

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by airbazar
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MIA Hosts Hainan Airlines to Promote Possible Nonstop
Replies: 31
Views: 2798

Re: MIA Hosts Hainan Airlines to Promote Possible Nonstop

The core of it's business is out of Hong Kong, despite being headquartered in London. And Miami is the heart of it's business in the North/South America region. Right, most of its properties are in Asia but I would think that their executives are in London and travel to Asia when necessary nd it ap...

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by airbazar
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MIA Hosts Hainan Airlines to Promote Possible Nonstop
Replies: 31
Views: 2798

Re: MIA Hosts Hainan Airlines to Promote Possible Nonstop

Could these visits to South Florida by the Asian airlines be nothing but opportunism at free vacations bankrolled by their respective airlines? Where's the seriousness... The market growth and cache is all here. That's why I'm predicting Cathay to be the first, given Swire Group's investments in Mi...

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by airbazar
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MIA Hosts Hainan Airlines to Promote Possible Nonstop
Replies: 31
Views: 2798

Re: MIA Hosts Hainan Airlines to Promote Possible Nonstop

The first should be AA or JL to NRT unfortunately I don't think that's happening.
I've said a few times before, MIA-PEK with HU will happen.

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by airbazar
Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do none of the US3 have freighter aircraft?
Replies: 17
Views: 4037

Re: Why do none of the US3 have freighter aircraft?

It makes more sense for the air cargo operation to be in the hands of the exporting nation, for flexibility. China, Taiwan and Korea have enormous air cargo 747F fleets. US is not much of a manufacturer or exporter so it doesn't make sense for its airlines to have a big logistics operation (except ...

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by airbazar
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow Expansion Likely to be Approved
Replies: 78
Views: 9762

Re: Heathrow Expansion Likely to be Approved

Bear in mind there has been no cheap land around London for centuries, and the city itself has been around for 2000 years. Even the farm land is densely settled by US standards with villages every 2-3 miles. The site of Heathrow was requisitioned from its then owners during WWII as a military field...

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by airbazar
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Providence(PVD) growth
Replies: 60
Views: 1158

Re: PVD - Sudden Rapid Growth - What Response is Next?

When your destination is the New Haven area, BDL is quite a bit out of the way. Been up to the big E in the past but BDL is not near a good part of the state is all I am trying to say. Friends in the New London-Groton area find PVD is best and closest for them. BDL ran billboards in Fairfield count...

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by airbazar
Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Providence(PVD) growth
Replies: 60
Views: 1158

Re: PVD - Sudden Rapid Growth - What Response is Next?

Uh? I'm not 12. I have no allegiance. I live by the NH/MA border and I'm not even originally from New England. PVD is never an option for me and I couldn't care less whether it succeeds or not. The reality is that southern MA and RI economy is not all that great. Condor tried and failed European se...

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by airbazar
Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Providence(PVD) growth
Replies: 60
Views: 1158

Re: PVD - Sudden Rapid Growth - What Response is Next?

I think people are making too much out of this PVD growth. Most of it based on the premise that DY will succeed. Lets wait a bit first to see whether DY will stick around or not, after the teaser fares and subsidies expire. We know where your allegiance lie, but 13 new nonstop routes and 3 new airl...

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by airbazar
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Providence(PVD) growth
Replies: 60
Views: 1158

Re: PVD - Sudden Rapid Growth - What Response is Next?

I think people are making too much out of this PVD growth. Most of it based on the premise that DY will succeed. Lets wait a bit first to see whether DY will stick around or not, after the teaser fares and subsidies expire.

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by airbazar
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN out at MHT?
Replies: 32
Views: 4321

Re: WN out at MHT?

Would this make B6 interested in setting up shop? Not competing with your own nearby hubs may be Hubs Basics #1. Doesn't B6 serve EWR, PVD, ORH? I don't see how a couple of MHT-FLL and MHT-JFK is competing with a "nearby hub". People who fly out of MHT generally never intended to fly out ...

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by airbazar
Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue talks about 321lrs across the Atlantic with a twist
Replies: 74
Views: 18936

Re: Jetblue talks about 321lrs across the Atlantic with a twist

That actually doesn't argue well for Mint because each Mint seat takes up roughly the space of three economy seats; if they could have sold three economy seats for $400 each rather than one Mint seat at $1000, the former produces more revenue. Only if you sell those 3 seats every time you sell that...

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by airbazar
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue talks about 321lrs across the Atlantic with a twist
Replies: 74
Views: 18936

Re: Jetblue talks about 321lrs across the Atlantic with a twist

That actually doesn't argue well for Mint because each Mint seat takes up roughly the space of three economy seats; if they could have sold three economy seats for $400 each rather than one Mint seat at $1000, the former produces more revenue. Plus the Mint soft product is more expensive than a sna...

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by airbazar
Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are Airbus Windows so Small
Replies: 58
Views: 9398

Re: Why are Airbus Windows so Small

Interesting. I'm almost 50 and I've been flying my entire life and never noticed a difference in window sizes other than the slightly taller windows on the 787. Must not be that significantly noticeably.

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by airbazar
Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation - Part 13
Replies: 668
Views: 68575

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

You won't be separated if you don't want to but you'll both be sent to the non-Citizen line.

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by airbazar
Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue talks about 321lrs across the Atlantic with a twist
Replies: 74
Views: 18936

Re: Jetblue talks about 321lrs across the Atlantic with a twist

Don't see hear much about Mint in the UK, is it really that more popular than other offerings? It's popular among B6 customers and it's priced (or was priced), below normal domestic F. B6 passengers are very loyal. They would rather fly B6 in Y rather than another airline in Y+/F, and that is why B...

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by airbazar
Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue talks about 321lrs across the Atlantic with a twist
Replies: 74
Views: 18936

Re: Jetblue talks about 321lrs across the Atlantic with a twist

I don't see how JetBlue is going to earn any money at all doing this. LHR is expensive. Not just the slot, but taxes, fees, local staff, gate lease, maintenance, checkin and offices, etc that would be required to support a single A321 with 140 seats just doesn't seem competitive. The bigger airline...

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by airbazar
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue talks about 321lrs across the Atlantic with a twist
Replies: 74
Views: 18936

Re: Jetblue talks about 321lrs across the Atlantic with a twist

Thirty to PAR? Maybe in season. AMS, BRU, MAD... IMHO no way could they fill them year-round on daily service at satisfactory fares. But what exactly is a "satisfactory fare" on an A321 for a LCC like B6? I cringe every time I hear them talking about this. They have this dilution that bec...

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by airbazar
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DEN Great Hall Project Update
Replies: 14
Views: 2082

Re: DEN Great Hall Project Update

What exactly is the point of a land side "great hall" in this day and age? No one hangs out land side anymore. Airports are not a destination like they used to be decades ago. These days people want to get thru security as fast as possible, and arriving passengers want to get out as fast a...

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by airbazar
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue talks about 321lrs across the Atlantic with a twist
Replies: 74
Views: 18936

Re: Jetblue talks about 321lrs across the Atlantic with a twist

The question is, what routes? Even a standard NEO should be able to do some of the shorter TATL routes to/from BOS. Just found out today that WOW is flying KEF-BWI daily with non-ETOPS A321ceo's, which is 2,500nm. And WOW has a heavy configuration. A low density Mint A321NEO should have no problems ...

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by airbazar
Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 242
Views: 38064

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

If they go with both, you think they would stop JFK-FRA-SIN? Who knows? It too has survived numerous market shocks, so it's apparently quite valuable to them. I agree, who knows? I've heard nothing but mixed opinions on this. Some people claim that SQ does really well on the FRA-JFK leg while other...

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