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by mercure1
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Single African Air Transport Market
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Re: Single African Air Transport Market

Yes good in concept, but, largely a joke in practice. While 44 nations committed to the Yamoussoukro agreement way back in 1999, even those that have slowly ratified the agreement place roadblocks on the opening of markets. Simple things like lack of infrastructure, government control facility and t...

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by mercure1
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 78
Views: 3970

Re: F-35 news thread

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/01 ... o-belgium/
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US approves potential sale of up to 34 F-35A to Belgium.

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/01 ... o-belgium/

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by mercure1
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations
Replies: 161
Views: 24570

Re: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations

Being fined for regularly having late arriving flights is clearly already suboptimal. JetBlue has been aware of this issue for awhile, now, and it hasn't gone away. So, they can either suck it up, pay the fines and not complain, or they can reschedule to avoid the fines. It's a simple business deci...

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by mercure1
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM ending IAD service
Replies: 32
Views: 4876

Re: LATAM ending IAD service

Good point. Something like the MOM might help todays marginal markets possible tomorrow.

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by mercure1
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA teams up with Alibaba for Chinese sales
Replies: 2
Views: 432

Re: AA teams up with Alibaba for Chinese sales

Interesting. Sounds a bit similar to deal AirAsia made with Rakuten in Japan. Partner with mega e-commerce retailer to market your travel offerings.

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by mercure1
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM ending IAD service
Replies: 32
Views: 4876

Re: LATAM ending IAD service

Interesting LATAM does not seem to have the best experience with North America service. Routes like SFO, YYZ and now IAD dropped.

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by mercure1
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Gate or Stand
Replies: 14
Views: 1090

Re: Gate or Stand

Or in French "porte" or door to refer to a gate.

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by mercure1
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargolux considers adding more 747 freighters
Replies: 30
Views: 7582

Re: Cargolux considers adding more 747 freighters

Articles talk about USED frames, not new.


Any purchase would be from "the used market because it presents value for the airline," Forson said.

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by mercure1
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW: ANA named 2018 Airline of the Year
Replies: 24
Views: 2898

Re: ATW: ANA named 2018 Airline of the Year

ANA is solid airline from both business perspective and customer experience. Good choice.

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by mercure1
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 527
Views: 135992

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

Two Italian ministers says Italy needs more time to consider expressions of interest for AZ before they decide on entering exclusive talks. Italy needs more time before starting exclusive talks on Alitalia sale https://in.reuters.com/article/us-alitalia-sale/italy-needs-more-time-before-starting-exc...

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by mercure1
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: why is there so much air service between Italy and Albania?
Replies: 18
Views: 3823

Re: why is there so much air service between Italy and Albania?

Pretty simple. If you exclude Kosovo, the largest Albanian diaspora community is Italy. Also Italy is by far Albania's largest trade partner.

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by mercure1
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ground Handling at Smaller Japanese Airports
Replies: 3
Views: 943

Re: Ground Handling at Smaller Japanese Airports

http://www.iata.org/publications/ighc-d ... index.aspx

I am sure there are other companies also not affiliated with IATA.
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ANA and JAL handle at many airports.

In addition, you can find listing among IATA Ground Handling Council members online.

http://www.iata.org/publications/ighc-d ... index.aspx

I am sure there are other companies also not affiliated with IATA.

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by mercure1
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 10901

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2018

I see in French travel news Air Arabia announced additional Turkish market - Bodrum.

Effective June 13 - 3 times weekly.

Bodrum becomes Air Arabia’s 4th destination in Turkey

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by mercure1
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Adds Addt'l B777 to Fleet OE-LPF
Replies: 10
Views: 4178

Re: Austrian Adds Addt'l B777 to Fleet OE-LPF

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Yes news was posted when announced

Austrian lease additional 777
viewtopic.php?t=1362159

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by mercure1
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon
Replies: 149
Views: 30042

Re: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon

Media says 162 pax plus crew of 6 all safe. No serious injuries.

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by mercure1
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon
Replies: 149
Views: 30042

Re: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DTc8wNtWkAMV9Lk.jpg
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Here is view of airport. Seems plane ran off at the end

Image

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DTc8wNtWkAMV9Lk.jpg

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by mercure1
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 10901

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2018

Pretty amazing but Tel Aviv is almost a domestic city for Turkish carriers based on frequency.
In addition to TK also have Pegasus, AtlasGlobal and OnurAir with flights to Israel.

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by mercure1
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mexico's Interjet $$$ problems & Sukhoi fleet
Replies: 101
Views: 26956

Stranded Russian Jets in Mexican Hangars Haunt Troubled Airline

Four of the Mexican airline’s Sukhoi Superjet 100s -- out of a fleet of 22 -- have been grounded for at least five months because of engine maintenance delays. The Russian-made aircraft, which average just four years old, are now being cannibalized, an industry term for when a plane is slowly scrapp...

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by mercure1
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta in hotseat with Chinese government over Tibet and Taiwan listing
Replies: 50
Views: 5131

Re: Delta in hotseat with Chinese government over Tibet and Taiwan listing

Well, not as bad as Marriott which was caught listing Hong Kong and Macau as independent nations.

But still pretty amateurish move by Delta who certainly should know better. Poor form to incite such negative attention from both the Chinese public and government.

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by mercure1
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1311
Views: 81932

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

Certainly slow WTO process creates ongoing black cloud for BBD not only endangering orders but the companies finances.

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by mercure1
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1311
Views: 81932

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

Good luck Canada. WTO is indeed hardly a place to get any quick resolution. Also interesting, all Canada is worried about is really the level of duties, not fact that US can place such duties. Complaint main points: > The Liquidation of Final Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties in Excess of WTO-C...

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by mercure1
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT Polish Dash-8 nose gear collapse (?) on landing
Replies: 11
Views: 2547

Re: LOT Polish Dash-8 nose gear collapse (?) on landing

Yet another landing gear issue on Dash-8 family

:banghead:

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by mercure1
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 10901

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2018

I can't imagine TK keeping cargo ops at IST, nor parties like DHL which are building a sorting facility at the new airport. So I am not sure how big the demand will be for cargo needs at IST once new airport opens.

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by mercure1
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways announces daily non-stop flights to JFK
Replies: 81
Views: 12184

Re: Kenya Airways to announce US route on Wednesday January 10

Must be a cruel joke.

An airline that was on verge on bankruptcy, risk of its airplanes being repossessed embarks on a costly long-haul adventure to a far away continent never served before :banghead:

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by mercure1
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Global Names Delta World's Most on Time Airline
Replies: 18
Views: 2253

Re: Flight Global Names Delta Word's Most on Time Airline

A bit none sense as the linked FG article even list other airlines having better performance.

DL only did well when only mainline was considered, but when overall network (which includes regionals) was considered is was lower on table.

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by mercure1
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders
Replies: 101
Views: 15582

Re: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders

Like explained much of the AF Airbii narrowbody fleet is not as old as many think. Also many of the oldest frames are leased, so virtually every remaining example is from mid-2000s through 2010s. Even brand new A320CEO frames arrived in the fleet during 2017.

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by mercure1
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders
Replies: 101
Views: 15582

Re: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders

http://aviationweek.com/commercial-avia ... t-decision
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Company for several years said decision due no earlier than 2018. Bulk of replacements are not need till mid 2020s.

http://aviationweek.com/commercial-avia ... t-decision

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by mercure1
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK Performance on Istanbul - Mogadishu, Somalia route?
Replies: 22
Views: 3566

Re: TK Performance on Istanbul - Mogadishu, Somalia route?

Turks seem to be experts at making sweet lemonade on routes other deem to be lemons.

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by mercure1
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 527
Views: 135992

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

http://aviationweek.com/awincommercial/ ... ithin-days
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Italy economic minister Carlo Calenda says they are "within days" of selecting successful bidders for AZ and beginning exclusive talks.

http://aviationweek.com/awincommercial/ ... ithin-days

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by mercure1
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 10901

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2018

THY has smartly followed others like Lufthansa in establishing various subsidiaries like the MRO to spread the business risk and aid with the generation of significant revenue for the group.

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by mercure1
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines to purchase up to 25 A350s
Replies: 47
Views: 10824

Re: Turkish Airlines orders 25 A350s

Congrats TK and Airbus.

But alas this is no shock and stated by many when the 787 LOI was announced that company would follow up with A350 order as well.

Seems more and more airlines like the dual track 787/350 strategy,

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by mercure1
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 10901

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2018

https://centreforaviation.com/insights/ ... ght-372754
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Well the TK 787 LOI stated deliveries were planned 2019-2023 so Boeing clearly has spots

https://centreforaviation.com/insights/ ... ght-372754

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by mercure1
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 10901

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2018

Remeber back in September after the 787 LOI TK stated it continued to look at A350s and some members like LAXIntl also here stated they would get the A350 as well.
Does not seem strange as there is growing number of operators that utilize both fleet types side by side, so TK can join the group.

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by mercure1
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG: 2017 Most Punctual Airlines and Airports
Replies: 31
Views: 4790

Re: OAG: 2017 Most Punctual Airlines and Airports

I'm not sure how many categories the report had, but this shows combining categories basically results in a list of only the category small/medium airports, as to be expected because running a large airport is much more complex. Well not in the case of Asia-Pacific airports. Some of the top ones in...

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by mercure1
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG: 2017 Most Punctual Airlines and Airports
Replies: 31
Views: 4790

Re: OAG: 2017 Most Punctual Airlines and Airports

Thank you for posting tables. From European angle interesting to see the jump in performance of Vueling, becoming the best LCC in the world after so many struggles in 2015-2016 with its operation. I also combined tables for airports regardless of size to show top-10 best airports in Europe for the p...

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by mercure1
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 10901

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2018

https://www.corendonairlines.com/en/b737max
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First 737MAX operator in Turkey will be Corendon Airlines with its first 737MAX-8 due arriving in May.

https://www.corendonairlines.com/en/b737max

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by mercure1
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 10901

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2018

Happy New Year everyone! Look forward to another interesting year in Turkish aviation. Regarding Do&Co lets remember its a rather tiny company in the world of global inflight catering. Its total revenue was about EUR600mil in 2016 with EUR45mil profit. Since its in a 50/50 JV with Turkish it wou...

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by mercure1
Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK .. Istanbul-Havana
Replies: 44
Views: 6890

Re: TK .. Istanbul-Havana

I have seen TK advertise its Cuba flights in France, so its certainly likely they receive customers from all around Europe.

Does not seem strange they service Havana to me. Really no different than their service offerings to other popular beach markets like Maldives, Seychelles, and Phuket.

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by mercure1
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CEO: Brussels Airlines must cut costs by 10-15 percent
Replies: 17
Views: 3859

CEO: Brussels Airlines must cut costs by 10-15 percent

Brussels Airlines CEO says the airline must cut its cost by further 10-15 percent in the coming years in order to remain competitive against European low-cost rivals. Ultimately 'The cost difference with the low-cost players must remain as small as possible.' says the CEO. The article also reaffirms...

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by mercure1
Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines to acquire 3 more 777F
Replies: 14
Views: 2423

Re: Turkish Airlines to acquire 3 more 777F

What happens with 777LRF when Boeing transitions to 777X?

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by mercure1
Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IAG purchases NIKI
Replies: 134
Views: 24942

Re: Who will win in the battle to takeover NIKI?

Well atleast airline is not totally dead. Hopefully, continue to provide some important competition.

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by mercure1
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Issue with replies appearing before thread starters
Replies: 13
Views: 1608

Re: Issue with replies appearing before thread starters

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Here is another example from today.

The thread starter post is shown as Reply #2 for some odd reason.

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1382223

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by mercure1
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines to acquire 3 more 777F
Replies: 14
Views: 2423

Re: Turkish Airlines to acquire 3 more 777F

TK seems to be doing an amazing job with the cargo business. Replicating their success with passenger hub.
Cargo tonnage was up 27% as of 3rd quarter!

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by mercure1
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has Greece disappeared as a transatlantic destination?
Replies: 118
Views: 19223

Re: Has Greece disappeared as a destination?

[Ataturk has 19mil domestic and 41mil international bringing the grand total to 60mil last year. This year there will be a drop due to the political situation. Au contraire. What political situation causing traffic decline? Traffic is up strongly in Turkey For the first 11 months of 2017 SAW and IS...

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by mercure1
Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has Greece disappeared as a transatlantic destination?
Replies: 118
Views: 19223

Re: Has Greece disappeared as a destination?

Agreed comparing Greece with Turkey is nonsense.

Turkey is a nation of 80million, Greece barely 11mil. To put that in perspective, Istanbul alone has more people than entire Greece.

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by mercure1
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SF Express buys 2 former Jade 747 freighters.
Replies: 41
Views: 10994

Re: SF Express buys 2 former Jade 747 freighters.

Suppose one big question is what might be missing from the frame. We know it needs an engine. Will it need other parts/avionics?

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by mercure1
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 84801

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

I am afraid the A380 has become an albatross. The sooner Airbus move away from it, the better. The company should concentrate its finite money and staff on solidifying existing popular programs while exploring future opportunities, not sinking resources into a morbid program for sake of ego or prest...

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by mercure1
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation December 2017
Replies: 98
Views: 12562

Re: Turkish Aviation December 2017

https://youtu.be/g2LrItaj0S0
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New video from IGA

3rd airport looks spectacular

https://youtu.be/g2LrItaj0S0

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