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by smi0006
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 6395

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

The mistakes VA have made have been well documented, especially on these forums. A couple of things I think they have done well, have been, as mentioned earlier, the brand unification. It was a complete shambles before, now there is a single brand - it’s just working out what it stands for. Another...

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by smi0006
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: future AZ uniforms revealed when?
Replies: 24
Views: 2367

Re: future AZ uniforms revealed when?

I think they are hideous! That belt looks like someone has fastened a branded seat belt around their waste. Such a massive massive step backwards from the current.. [mquote="Chelsearose"]I actually think their current red/green uniforms are better/attractive/chic. The new ones are just bla...

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by smi0006
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 6395

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

You can't blame JB for all of VA's woes!\ Who else will you blame? JB said "yes" and "no" - just as AJ did at Qantas, and whose shoes would you rather be in now? Borghetti was a disaster at Virgin. He took a small, cheerful, generally profitable airline and tried to turn into a ...

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by smi0006
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA and QF re-file for Joint Venture
Replies: 67
Views: 10859

Re: AA and QF re-file for Joint Venture

DOT is back to the applicants today with long request for additional information as it cannot establish a procedural schedule to review the application at this time. DOT says, applicants have not supplied sufficient "information required to evaluate the Joint Applicants’ claims that their immu...

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by smi0006
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy launches Delhi
Replies: 29
Views: 2852

Re: Air Italy launches Delhi

Exciting!! So excited to see IG grow, where is next? Hope we see some more expansion into Asia! NRT, SIN, HKG- capture some of the higher yield traffic ex-EU! Shame to read they had their first strike recently, I thought being smaller and younger than AZ with lots of growth ahead those unions would ...

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by smi0006
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 6395

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

I think we focus a lot on the challenges VA have had with a lot of the cutomer experience touch points(checkin, lounge etc), and operational elements (fleet types and size). But I feel VA has done little in the marketing space. They started Viegin Australia with a retro glam feel, cheeky yet classy....

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by smi0006
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non airline businesses owned by airlines
Replies: 49
Views: 3719

Re: Non airline businesses owned by airlines

Not sure if it counts, QF owned a number of different business, a lot of the normal catering and handling ones, but also some unusual ones or partnered around them: -Jetpets transporting animals around AU - Star Track express, a parcel delivery service around AU (a JV with Auspost) - QANTAS Defence ...

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by smi0006
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non airline businesses owned by airlines
Replies: 49
Views: 3719

Re: Non airline businesses owned by airlines

Emirates Leisure Retail Australia (ELRA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Emirates Group and is now one of Australian largest hospitality companies. They own Hudson’s Coffee which has over 70 cafes across the country, plus a plethora of food and beverage concessions at Australian airports which ...

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by smi0006
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 236
Views: 37965

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

RE the A332 'rejiigs' of VH-EBO/P/Q/R/S/V. J/C will physically lose 1 J/C seat. The actual seat count will be 27J. various Google searches confirms this :) 1 J/C loo added, galley space increased/rejigged. Also Y/C will lose some seats. I dont know how many, as there are various numbers floating ar...

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by smi0006
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 315
Views: 25575

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

https://australianaviation.com.au/ties-are-on-at-virgin-blue/ An article written 8 years ago, and worth a reflection, I think. cheers While I thought the VA transition to a Qantas competitor was at it's base a good idea, I'm fairly sure I was wrong (or more realistically, I think VA botched the exe...

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by smi0006
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HU's latest 5th-generation flight attendant uniforms introduced system-wide on June 6
Replies: 11
Views: 1460

Re: HU's latest 5th-generation flight attendant uniforms introduced system-wide on June 6

I wonder if any of their subsidiaries will adopt them also? Would help support brand harmonisation.

I do like those hats! Very elegant.

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by smi0006
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy - poised to become Italy's new flag carrier?
Replies: 54
Views: 11182

Re: Air Italy - poised to become Italy's new flag carrier?

The future for Europe is clearly more consolidation of big EU3. IG seems prime to be picked up by IAG so while they are separate airlines, strategies are clearly aligned to avoid competition internally within the groups. Though I have no idea if Italy has many important bilaterals that matter enoug...

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by smi0006
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Willie Walsh: I would like BA to return to MEL
Replies: 53
Views: 7483

Re: Willie Walsh: I would like BA to return to MEL

I thought Australia and the UK had Open Skies? Not officially (I’m assuming due to the EU) but the treaty is as open as it could be without being open skies (ie no restrictions on capacity, stop over points, unlimited beyond rights etc). Even if BA can operate via DOH, whether QR can co-operate on ...

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by smi0006
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 315
Views: 25575

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

IAG CEO Willie Walsh says BA will continue to SYD and would like to return to MEL, nonstop from London to Australia is not part of the plan https://twitter.com/ausaviation/status/1004149749430169601?s=21 I am not sure what is more unlikely: IR to actually commence SYD, TK to finally commence Austra...

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by smi0006
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANZ looks for 77E replacement; must be able to fly non stop to N and S America East Coast
Replies: 50
Views: 8007

Re: ANZ looks for 77E replacement; must be able to fly non stop to N and S America East Coast

I imagine their 777s aren’t that old, no serious rush for a decision. But would be nice by the end of calendar 19

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by smi0006
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANZ looks for 77E replacement; must be able to fly non stop to N and S America East Coast
Replies: 50
Views: 8007

Re: ANZ looks for 77E replacement; must be able to fly non stop to N and S America East Coast

Seems like the A350 platform (particularly the A359) would be a solid contender, despite a shift away from commonality. Closest in size to the B77E and there is the option of the ULR also available. The B777X also isn’t bad, but even the B778X would be a bump in capacity from the current-gen B772. ...

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by smi0006
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 315
Views: 25575

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

The Australian Airport Association has weighed into the QF/NZ codeshare deal saying it will lessen competition and potentially constraining the Trans-Tasman market calling for regulators to intervene The Australian Airports Association has called on regulators in Australia and in New Zealand to mak...

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by smi0006
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 315
Views: 25575

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

That is true of many industries, but I doubt aviation is one of them. What concerns me is men putting themselves forward to be discriminated against, by being on the wrong side of the "affirmative action" equation. So how do you explain the tiny percentage of pilots that are women? Do you...

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by smi0006
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar airways 787-9
Replies: 11
Views: 4218

Re: Qatar airways 787-9

[url][/url] The New B787-9 will replace the B787-8, as all the 30 B787-8 in their fleet will join AirItaly Fleet, Which means Qatar Airways is getting B787-9s to replace the B787-8s they are giving to AirItaly. That seems huge growth for IG - is the blockaid really having that impact on QR they want...

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by smi0006
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways named as Oneworld connect partner
Replies: 19
Views: 2503

Re: Fiji Airways named as Oneworld connect partner

But rediculous that it took this long, doesn’t QF own 50% of FJ? I know they tried to sell a few years ago but the Fijian government made it very difficult.

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by smi0006
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is considering A350-1000ULR
Replies: 73
Views: 17237

Re: Airbus is considering A350-1000ULR

Hey guys, I haven't heard a definite number but generally 8-12 is speculated upon, perhaps with an initial order of something like 6 plus 8 options. Qantas is usually a fairly conservative 'orderer' of new jets and that initial tranche will have to prove themselves before more are ordered : the sam...

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by smi0006
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy's Inaugurates Flight From Milan to New York
Replies: 46
Views: 8222

Re: Air Italy's Inaugurates Flight From Milan to New York

Congratulations to IG, I hope we see them challenge the status quo a bit more - Service in business looks impressive. Hopefully without AZs legacy labour challenges they can turn a profit.

I wonder if we could see them integrate into the AA/BA/IB JV at some point

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by smi0006
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 236
Views: 37965

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

A332 update. •-EBA through to -EBN will be modified to incorporate WiFi and cabins of -EBG and -EBL reconfigured to the standard domestic configuration.   •-EBO through to -EBV to undergo a cabin reconfiguration which includes the addition of 1 Tech Crew Rest facility and an extra lavatory in Busin...

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by smi0006
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas and ANZ in code share deal
Replies: 25
Views: 3616

Re: Qantas and ANZ in code share deal

It would make sense for me for VA to move some of their lower yielding routes to TT BNE-DUD always seemed odd to me! Be interesting whose lounges VA use moving forward I assume SQ if they can handle the capacity? I’d say NZ will kick them out now for sure! I’m curious to see how VA shape their Tasma...

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by smi0006
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Perth to London Problems on Qantas?
Replies: 67
Views: 20335

Re: Perth to London Problems on Qantas?

From as safety perspective and in a fatigue management context- how much horizontal crew rest time are they getting in the bunks? 4hrs perhaps? So on duty for 14hrs? As above 8-10hrs sleep leaves them with 9hrs off in PER. Perhaps if they didn’t try and adjust to Perth time- simply slept for 8hrs, g...

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by smi0006
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas and ANZ in code share deal
Replies: 25
Views: 3616

Re: Qantas and ANZ in code share deal

Interesting around lounge access! Wonder if it will be for QF club / Koru - and if they have to be purchased on the marketed flight.

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by smi0006
Thu May 31, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ fleet planning (A350, 787-10 utilization)
Replies: 10
Views: 2112

Re: SQ fleet planning (A350, 787-10 utilization)

I do find it odd that’s the A359 is also getting a regional config - is that not a waste of a long haul aircrafts capability? 787-10 makes sense, but 359 confuses me

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by smi0006
Thu May 31, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 43559

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

CraigAnderson wrote:
Just heard that QF to make 'a network announcement set to benefit travellers' tomorrow AM in Sydney, wonder what it will be?


Maybe AA JV has finally been approved? Fingers crossed! This can then trigger the BNE 789 announcement?

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by smi0006
Tue May 29, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta debuts new uniforms May 29
Replies: 76
Views: 9952

Re: Delta debuts new uniforms tomorrow.

Must say all the social media posts I’ve seen - everyone is looking immaculately groomed!! Well done DL. Down to the smallest details - shows seem to be uniform now! Hair is back. What about hair? Sorry - hair is tied back! Not long and loose. In contrast to UA who only stipulate hair needs to be t...

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by smi0006
Tue May 29, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta debuts new uniforms May 29
Replies: 76
Views: 9952

Re: Delta debuts new uniforms tomorrow.

Are they all debuting at the same time? If so it'd be impressive! They are and that appears to have been an impressive feat indeed. Spot briefly with a DL FA this morning who said they had to pack both last night. One Instagram post said the crew on an FCO flight changed mid flight during the night...

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by smi0006
Tue May 29, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 425
Views: 43559

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

First photos for QF’s new look Qantas Club lounge at MEL https://www.ausbt.com.au/first-photos-qantas-opens-new-look-melbourne-qantas-club-lounge Looks very bright and light, albeit a little bland - but it’s far from finished by the looks of it, and with windows still boarded up. Have to wait until...

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by smi0006
Tue May 29, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Perth to London Problems on Qantas?
Replies: 67
Views: 20335

Re: Perth to London Problems on Qantas?

I believe all cabin crew are LHR based, so they could have multiple days off in LHR before heading to SIN or back to PER. With such short stints there would no point even trying to adjust your body clock to Perth time. I wonder if their test starts at the hotel, or on blocks? Whilst I’m sure crew re...

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by smi0006
Mon May 28, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta debuts new uniforms May 29
Replies: 76
Views: 9952

Re: Delta debuts new uniforms tomorrow.

Hopefully these uniforms last only a few years. Personally, if I worked for DL, I wouldn't feel like putting on a Barney colored outfit every single day just to go to work. I wouldn't feel professional serving customers in these outfits, and based on some of the grumbling I've overheard in the gall...

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by smi0006
Mon May 28, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta debuts new uniforms May 29
Replies: 76
Views: 9952

Re: Delta debuts new uniforms tomorrow.

Nice! Hope the people of DL enjoy! Nothing like a new uniform to brighten people’s days, get people excited.

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by smi0006
Mon May 28, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh
Replies: 88
Views: 21993

Re: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh

https://thedesignair.net/2018/05/27/air ... reamliner/
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Love it!!! And what a great cabin too under the mood lighting!

Except that hideous island image on the bulk head that looks cheap!!

https://thedesignair.net/2018/05/27/air ... reamliner/

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by smi0006
Sun May 27, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Airline New Livery Photo posted on A350?
Replies: 157
Views: 31141

Re: Major Airline New Livery Photo posted on A350? Possibly United. Airline tbc Monday. Any ideas?

What upcoming A350 deliveries do we have? Philippine Airlines, Delta, Lufthansa, China Airlines, LATAM and Singapore? LATAM and Lufthansa just changed theirs, so unlikely. That leaves: Philippine Airlines - Pretty old paintjob they have right now. Delta - Would be weird without the Delta triangle C...

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by smi0006
Sat May 26, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prelude to Middle East hubs losing clout as super connector in the wake of growing nonstop links bypassing them?
Replies: 64
Views: 9098

Re: Prelude to Middle East hubs losing clout as super connector in the wake of growing nonstop links bypassing them?

If we look at Africa, ET is a major force to play with and is only expanding even further. In India, AI and 9W are starting to get their acts together and developing partnerships and more nonstops to Europe and North America. Additionally, the advantages of TK must be understood: 1) Turkey itself h...

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by smi0006
Mon May 21, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 19299

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

speedbird52 wrote:
I feel like grooming is the least of US cabin crews many issues


It’s more a symptom. Let one thing go and a lot more starts to slide. Besides management are more than capable of addressing more than one issue at a time.

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by smi0006
Sun May 20, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 19299

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

I hope this extends to haircuts too. I’ve seen some wildly strange haircuts over the years. The craziest I can remember was a female FO with black corn rows in the back, and then on top of her head she made a literal layered tower that was dyed blonde. Never quite seen something so absurdly strange...

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by smi0006
Sat May 19, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS and FedEx in Australia
Replies: 12
Views: 2378

Re: UPS and FedEx in Australia

Both FedEx and UPS only operate into Sydney in Australia. If they have packages destined for, say Brisbane or Perth and so on, who do they get cargo space with to get the cargo to other locations throughout Australia? It would also depend a lot on what priority it is. High priority stuff would be b...

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by smi0006
Fri May 18, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 19299

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

Come on crew, its not hard. :D https://assets3.thrillist.com/v1/image/1155904/size/tmg-article_default_mobile.jpg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHIcVi7F6hM&app=desktop And this is where we loose the value in these conversations, and presents challenges around grooming discussions.... Sexualis...

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by smi0006
Fri May 18, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 19299

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

On ONE United flight, ONCE I saw a young FA out of HK on a 747 wearing the United issued pillbox hat! I never knew FA’s even had a hat offered to them. She looked fantastic, as if I was boarding Cathay. It’s true that she was gifted with natural beauty so the tidy uniform and cap looked better on h...

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by smi0006
Fri May 18, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 103
Views: 23256

Re: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'

Didn't see it coming either, although it does make some sense to streamline the business. Like many already said, would love to see SQ's livery on narrowbodies. Wow - exciting. Makes sense to leverage off the one brand, and synergies cost savings. I wonder if Scott and Tiger would merge? Not sure w...

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by smi0006
Fri May 18, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 103
Views: 23256

Re: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'

Wow - exciting. Makes sense to leverage off the one brand, and synergies cost savings. I wonder if Scott and Tiger would merge? Looking forward to seeing the onboard product and livery. Hope the added brand awareness and improved premium product allows to maintain all their current regional routes a...

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by smi0006
Thu May 17, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 19299

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

I hope this extends to haircuts too. I’ve seen some wildly strange haircuts over the years. The craziest I can remember was a female FO with black corn rows in the back, and then on top of her head she made a literal layered tower that was dyed blonde. Never quite seen something so absurdly strange...

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by smi0006
Thu May 17, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines Group announces 148% rise in full year net profit
Replies: 14
Views: 3093

Re: Singapore Airlines Group announces 148% rise in full year net profit

Whilst only experiencing their ground operations. I have no idea how they make any money, incredibly overstaffed and inefficient in airports. They could so the same job if not better with half the staff - any problem, simply throw some head count at it. They need to start to address this to get the...

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by smi0006
Thu May 17, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Lufthansa Business Class - Koln to Vienna to Hong Kong with Video
Replies: 6
Views: 3441

Re: Lufthansa Business Class - Koln to Vienna to Hong Kong with Video

Great report! Thanks for taking the time to share!!

Looks like Austrian have a great product! Very classy, how was the bedding?

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by smi0006
Thu May 17, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines Group announces 148% rise in full year net profit
Replies: 14
Views: 3093

Re: Singapore Airlines Group announces 148% rise in full year net profit

Whilst only experiencing their ground operations. I have no idea how they make any money, incredibly overstaffed and inefficient in airports. They could so the same job if not better with half the staff - any problem, simply throw some head count at it. They need to start to address this to get thei...

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by smi0006
Thu May 17, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 19299

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

Good to see the unions support this. And whilst not working at UA, from pervious experience in other carriers, the majority of people do want to as a collective well presented and groomed - when noncompliance doesn’t get addressed the majority who are well groomed loose faith, get frustrated and als...

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