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by mercure1
Fri May 18, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 598
Views: 156071

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

I have long said, AZ should revert to national airline. No shame in government ownership of air transport company (per ICAO over 60 percent of global airlines have some form of government participation). In many ways airlines are both a critical utility and global ambassadors for nations, so let the...

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by mercure1
Fri May 18, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines Group announces 148% rise in full year net profit
Replies: 14
Views: 2982

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

Wonder what they will do with MI staff and labor agreements. Will they be merged into (higher cost) SQ ones? If so does not sound like a recipe for success.

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by mercure1
Thu May 17, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines Group announces 148% rise in full year net profit
Replies: 14
Views: 2982

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

Yes its good they are making money, but as they warn, there is increased competition from cadre of LCCs in the region, and company must adapt focus on serving this budget sector.

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by mercure1
Thu May 17, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA CFO Resigns
Replies: 41
Views: 9571

Re: UA CFO Resigns

Cutting or even keeping costs in check at a large legacy company during relatively good financial times must be like hitting your head repeatedly with a blunt object.

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by mercure1
Thu May 17, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Pilot Shortage
Replies: 116
Views: 20851

Re: EK pilot shortage, now a safety concern

Crew bases in LON, FRA, MAD, NYC, LAX, DFW, HKG, SYD would be interesting.

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by mercure1
Thu May 17, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU to reactivate 'blocking statute' against US sanctions on Iran for European firms
Replies: 75
Views: 4074

Re: EU to reactivate 'blocking statute' against US sanctions on Iran for European firms

Our EU lawmakers can make whatever declarations they desire, but does not stop fact that neither US parts can be exported to Iran, nor that private business will have to choose doing business with Iran or the US. For most its not a choice at all. I guess my point was that if the US starts to sanctio...

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by mercure1
Wed May 16, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal
Replies: 78
Views: 10293

LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal

Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines does not have strong enough finances to renew its long-haul fleet in the near future, per Lufthansa chairman & CEO Carsten Spohr. “Ten percent of our [Lufthansa Group] aircraft is based in Austria, but only 4% of the group’s profit is generated there. The f...

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by mercure1
Wed May 16, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines pilots announce strikes
Replies: 4
Views: 1008

Re: Brussels Airlines pilots announce strikes

216 out of planned 279 flights on Wednesday cancelled. http://www.air-journal.fr/2018-05-16-greve-a-brussels-airlines-seulement-63-vols-assures-mercredi-5198868.html Chance of agreement is small as SN tabled no new proposal at todays negotiations https://www.demorgen.be/binnenland/kans-op-akkoord-is...

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by mercure1
Wed May 16, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Outgoing AF CEO cites tax burden difference of 500M euro/yr with LH
Replies: 23
Views: 4784

Re: Outgoing AF CEO cites tax burden difference of 500M euro/yr with LH

Frankly, its too simplistic to compare direct cost between companies like AFKL to LH or IAG or any other airline. Each nation has its own social conditions that will directly drive costs such as labor and taxation. In addition, each nation (actually city ) has its own cost of living and labor market...

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by mercure1
Tue May 15, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WTO issues appeal decision on Boeing complaint against Airbus subsidies
Replies: 79
Views: 7297

Re: WTO issues appeal decision on Boeing complaint against Airbus subsidies

Tuesday's ruling in favour of the US, which brought the case on behalf of plane-maker Boeing, brings an end to a dispute which began in 2004 over $22bn in improper subsidised European state financing for Airbus. Analysts said the decision could lead to sanctions as early as 2019, and could be the &...

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by mercure1
Tue May 15, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WTO issues appeal decision on Boeing complaint against Airbus subsidies
Replies: 79
Views: 7297

Re: WTO issues appeal decision on Boeing complaint against Airbus subsidies

Outcome hardly a shock. Its no secret EU states have greatly aided Airbus and its projects. Afterall the entire endeavour was a pet project by national governments to start with. So yet again Airbus+EU get admonished for offering monies for projects outside of normal commercial terms such as the ben...

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by mercure1
Mon May 14, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL May Launch new (Long-haul) LCC by 2020
Replies: 28
Views: 2523

Re: JAL May Launch new (Long-haul) LCC by 2020

In my opinion, they should take advantage of Jetstar Japan. The planned 787-8 and medium/longhaul ops natural fit for Jetstar.

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by mercure1
Sun May 13, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BKK taxiways sinking again
Replies: 7
Views: 3826

Re: BKK taxiways sinking again

Amazing part as one of the linked articles mentions, it took the Thai government some 40-years of planning to deliver Suvarnabhumi Airport and they certainly were aware of the geological faults of the site they chose, yet failed to properly engineer around them.

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by mercure1
Sun May 13, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines A333 knocks tail off Turkish Airlines A321 at IST
Replies: 111
Views: 22979

Re: Asiana Airlines A333 knocks tail off Turkish Airlines A321 at IST

Well at least on Airbus frames, the vertical stabilizer and rudder come as singe assembly, so it can be replaced entirely for TK.

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by mercure1
Sun May 13, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 598
Views: 156071

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

AZ released its informational Q1 earnings. It experienced EUR 167m operating loss, which is major improvement from €279mil loss in Q1 2017. Sales were reported up 6 percent in 2018. This is all while things like fuel cost rose, but cost management in other areas (such as labor) provided good savings...

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by mercure1
Sun May 13, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ALPA loses lawsuit against DOT over Norwegian licences
Replies: 45
Views: 4824

Re: ALPA loses lawsuit against DOT over Norwegian licences

For those that call Norwegian a flag of convenience, you really fail to understand that Norway, Ireland, UK are not in any shape equivalent to nation like Liberia a true flag of convenience in the shipping business. Norway, Ireland and UK have some of the strictest labor laws, and certainly are high...

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by mercure1
Sat May 12, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA East Coast network changes
Replies: 90
Views: 13864

Re: Rumor: UA cutting EWR-BDL/BWI/DSM and while expanding domestic service

jfklganyc wrote:
I cant believe this isnt a bigger deal on this site...this is a fundamental realignment of their hub thinking for NY


Time to make IAD look like CLT

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by mercure1
Fri May 11, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines pilots announce strikes
Replies: 4
Views: 1008

Brussels Airlines pilots announce strikes

Brussels Airlines’ pilot union has called for strike action on May 14 and May 16. Pilots have been in contract negotiations with dispute largely centered on pay, and working conditions including clarity from Lufthansa about the airline’s future. One thing I read in another source was a desire for th...

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by mercure1
Fri May 11, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ALPA loses lawsuit against DOT over Norwegian licences
Replies: 45
Views: 4824

Re: ALPA loses lawsuit against DOT over Norwegian licences

Guess pilot union never gave up. Maybe they will now.

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by mercure1
Fri May 11, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA bailed out by government again
Replies: 173
Views: 29102

Re: SAA bailed out by government again

More money again! The South African government has agreed to make a further cash infusion into its loss-making national carrier, . An SAA spokesman confirmed the government has committed to making a R5 billion ($407 million) cash injection into the airline. The new payment is the latest in a series ...

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by mercure1
Tue May 08, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet and the 787
Replies: 110
Views: 16344

Re: WestJet and the 787

Dont care for the new paint. Its dull like current one.

Is WestJet becoming a full fare, full service carrier?

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by mercure1
Sat May 05, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance-KLM's Janaillac Resigns
Replies: 136
Views: 10926

Re: AirFrance-KLM's Janaillac Resigns

What do the employees make relative to their peers elsewhere. None of the rest of this much matters. I mean I get that it does to them. But on a business run on this thin of a margin you can’t be a huge outlier on employee pay and be profitable. It’s imposisble. Are Air France employees underpaid r...

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by mercure1
Fri May 04, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance-KLM's Janaillac Resigns
Replies: 136
Views: 10926

Re: AirFrance-KLM's Janaillac Resigns

Janaillac shot himself by risking his job on a company-wide referendum which many from day one said would fail. Offering meager 7 percent raise over 4-years to employees many of which have had their pay frozen for 4-6 years including having given concessions was a sign of how far he was out of touch...

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by mercure1
Fri May 04, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF / KLM announce 1st Quarter 2018 Results
Replies: 82
Views: 7375

Re: AF / KLM announce 1st Quarter 2018 Results

Hardly appropriate to blame pilots for industrial actions at AF. There are 10 unions that represent a broad coalition of jobs from ground staff, engineers, cabin crew and pilots. As far as Jean-Marc Janaillac he cut his own head off by putting his job on the line based on results on a company-wide r...

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by mercure1
Thu May 03, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Wants to Sell Downsview Airport Land
Replies: 37
Views: 4204

Re: Bombardier Wants to Sell Downsview Airport Land

And its sold... Bombardier sells Downsview assembly site to pension fund in major makeover https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-bombardier-sells-downsview-assembly-site-to-pension-fund-in-major/ Bombardier Inc. has struck a deal to sell its Downsview site in Toronto for about US$635-mill...

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by mercure1
Wed May 02, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 598
Views: 156071

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

And you know they will never let AZ close down for Christmas, so the government funds will continue into 2019 easily.

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by mercure1
Tue May 01, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date
Replies: 135
Views: 23644

Re: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date

Mr. Boeing seems to be on a nice roll with 787 orders these days.

Yes sad to see a classic type like 747 become rarer in the sky, but let's be honest that its economic time has come and gone. Off to the museum may she go.

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by mercure1
Tue May 01, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France - KLM future widebody deployment plans
Replies: 19
Views: 4173

Re: Air France - KLM future widebody deployment plans

Up to 10 A350s will be headed to Joon. First frames in 2019.

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by mercure1
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion 738 off the runway at Gorontalo
Replies: 21
Views: 4260

Re: Lion 738 off the runway at Gorontalo

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enginee ... tor_system
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Kidding aside.
Loin Air and or Boeing (they make the 737 that lands too hot) should look into installing the EMAS at all its runways under 10000ft
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enginee ... tor_system

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by mercure1
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Viability of LHR-KIX route
Replies: 27
Views: 4980

Re: Viability of LHR-KIX route

Well both BA and JL have flown the route.

Like so many others, longhaul service from non Tokyo Japan airports is a tough thing to sustain for airlines.

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by mercure1
Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Profits at ANA soar as JAL sinks further
Replies: 30
Views: 7203

Re: Profits at ANA soar as JAL sinks further

Seems JAL never quite came out of its restructuring with a new direction, but largely went back to its old practices. Mean while ANA has been busy trying many things including LCCs, growing its partnerships, freighter business, etc. Certainly a more dynamic company than JAL. What will be interesting...

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by mercure1
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion 738 off the runway at Gorontalo
Replies: 21
Views: 4260

Re: Lion 738 off the runway at Gorontalo

Monsoons, non-grooved runways, highish 737-8/9 Vref bug speeds at high load factor heavy weights. They should install nets at the end of all their landing runways.

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by mercure1
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Pacific market becoming UA's Achilles heel, esp in comparison with AA and DL?
Replies: 76
Views: 12883

Re: The Pacific market becoming UA's Achilles heel, esp in comparison with AA and DL?

UA put all its eggs in the SFO-Pacific market, moving its main hub operation there. If you fly into SFO regularly, you know the unreliability of that airport. When I worked at UA, feeder flights into SFO were delayed by hours, or cancelled, almost daily. I spent my morning reaccommodating transpaci...

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by mercure1
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh
Replies: 55
Views: 14840

Re: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh

While deep blue is the primary base color, they have also issued logo with colors in black, mid blue and light blue background that will be utilized in various marketing efforts such as frequent flyer, and class of service branding


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by mercure1
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh
Replies: 55
Views: 14840

Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh

In anticipation of arrival of 787 fleet starting in November, today Air Tahiti Nui revealed a branding refresh. The updated logo designed by Christopher Lee in cooperation with Australian media firm again features the Tiare flower which is a symbol of French Polynesia on a darker blue background wit...

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by mercure1
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus considering re-branding CSeries as A200
Replies: 129
Views: 20286

Re: Airbus considering re-branding CSeries as A200

Lets be honest Bombardier has a perception problem and lacks market confidence.

A rebrand as an Airbus product helps build market credibility and commitment in program.

Its can only be a good thing for products long term prospects.

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by mercure1
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Cadet Academy
Replies: 16
Views: 2786

Re: AA Cadet Academy

First step towards ab initio training

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by mercure1
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Top 5 busiest intercontinental long-haul routes for AMS, CDG, FRA, LHR by 2017 pax traffic in comparative light
Replies: 42
Views: 6830

Re: Top 5 busiest intercontinental long-haul routes for AMS, CDG, FRA, LHR by 2017 pax traffic in comparative light

Listed traffic certainly not indicative of actual demand. For example from Paris only a fraction of listed 2mil pax actually visit DXB or DOH. LIsting of actual demand from various cities would be more realistic overview versus simply total traffic counts between major hubs which obviously are exage...

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by mercure1
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?
Replies: 77
Views: 7758

Re: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?

ANC-NRT ESAD is roughly 3600nm using the 85% headwind probability figure. Easily within the estimated 4000nm range. ANC-PEK is around 3810nm ESAD during the most challenging headwind months. ANC-ICN is ~3810nm. ANC-PVG is 4330nm ESAD so it would only be feasible with a better SFC outcome or a lower ...

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by mercure1
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia lays off its EZE staff
Replies: 37
Views: 6675

Re: Iberia lays off its EZE staff

Quite normal. Its increasingly rare for airlines to maintain own staff overseas.

Simply put, the high cost and low productivity(due few flights) does lend itself to self-handling these days.

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by mercure1
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Plans for Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 7938

Re: United's Plans for Dulles

Current management wants to grow UAL.
Only hub that has some gates + excess rwy capacity is IAD. Makes sense.

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by mercure1
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAL Q1 2018 results
Replies: 2
Views: 971

UAL Q1 2018 results

http://newsroom.united.com/2018-04-17-U ... erformance

UAL reported first-quarter net income of $147 million, diluted earnings per share of $0.52, pre-tax earnings of $184 million and pre-tax margin of 2.0 percent.
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http://newsroom.united.com/2018-04-17-U ... erformance

UAL reported first-quarter net income of $147 million, diluted earnings per share of $0.52, pre-tax earnings of $184 million and pre-tax margin of 2.0 percent.

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by mercure1
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Volga-Dnepr to withdraw from An-124 freighter contract for EU and NATO
Replies: 71
Views: 10690

Re: Volga-Dnepr to withdraw from An-124 freighter contract for EU and NATO

Well it was always a risk relying on Russia.

Wonder what the future holds for all the other charters the Russians perform for Western firms including US government?

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by mercure1
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 Air France unions plans strike
Replies: 131
Views: 15482

Re: 10 Air France unions plans strike

Additional strike date announced - 17 April.

This in addition to already announced 23-24 April.

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by mercure1
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Military Airport near Damascus completely destroyed by US,UK and France
Replies: 84
Views: 9033

Re: Damascus Airport completely destroyed by US,UK and France

Well DAM is certainly a military target so it being leveled would be appropriate. Airport serves as gateway to endless supply flights from places like Iran and Russia.

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by mercure1
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Questions about trip to Bora Bora
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: Questions about trip to Bora Bora

Yes you can certainly remain at the airport however you will be in the public area which is rather bare. I don't even believe there are any concessions open all night due lack of flight activity. What is quite common is visitors spend one night in PPT either coming or going as you have seen inter-is...

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by mercure1
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 967
Views: 161229

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

TopBonus program will live on

Air Berlin liquidator of its Topbonus program expects to shortly sign a deal with a investor who will continue operation the program after a realignment.

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by mercure1
Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 Air France unions plans strike
Replies: 131
Views: 15482

Re: 10 Air France unions plans strike

23-24 April added to list of planned strike dates.

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