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by mercure1
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation October 2018
Replies: 65
Views: 7288

Re: Turkish Aviation October 2018

Will be nice to see some trip reports/photos from those that experience the new airport after the initial opening Oct 29th.

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by mercure1
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When was ETOPS approved for transpacific flights?
Replies: 28
Views: 2359

Re: When was ETOPS approved for transpacific flights?

As stated prior, while ETOPS is a relatively new policy established in the 1980s, operators certainly operated aircraft in what today would be considered ETOPS scenarios. A now passed colleague at one time worked as a training pilot for Airbus and for long periods was living in Far East and early op...

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by mercure1
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AMS vs CDG: Which is the better hub?
Replies: 18
Views: 693

Re: AMS vs CDG: Which is the better hub?

Really comes down to traffic mix if you are a route planner.

AMS has higher portion of beyond conmections while CDG serves higher portion O&D demand.

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by mercure1
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NRT & HND 2020 Slot Increase Potential New Destinations by JL & NH
Replies: 58
Views: 7551

Re: NRT & HND 2020 Slot Increase Potential New Destinations by JL & NH

Is there a known waiting list of some sort of airlines wanting to switch from NRT to HND? I'm particularly interested if European carriers that I often use personally have a decent chance of switching, like AY or LX. Its not airlines perse, its more like nations. Many European nations are hoping to...

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by mercure1
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui B787-9 at OKC
Replies: 25
Views: 5283

Re: Air Tahiti Nui B787-9 at OKC

OKC stop planned from start. Same with LAX. In LA TN will host a media and trade event.

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by mercure1
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh
Replies: 129
Views: 33301

Re: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh

First aircraft delivered via ALC lease. There will be a media event also at LAX on Tuesday 09 Oct. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Do2C_tyU0AANB4k.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Do2C_tyU0AANB4k.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Do2C_tqUUAA1fLi.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Do2C_tqUUAA1fLi.jpg

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by mercure1
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Joon take over 4 Air France Europe destinations S19
Replies: 16
Views: 2907

Re: Joon take over 4 Air France Europe destinations S19

simpv wrote:
I posted in the French aviation thread, but does anybody know how fast Joon can grow before it runs into problems with AF and its unions?


They are authorized to operate 18 narrow and 10 widebody aircraft.

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by mercure1
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Joon take over 4 Air France Europe destinations S19
Replies: 16
Views: 2907

Joon take over 4 Air France Europe destinations S19

Effective March 31 2019, Joon will assume 4 additional Europe markets for AF. CDG-Madrid - 6x daily CDG-Manchester - 3x daily CDG-Prague - 3x daily CDG-Stockholm - 4x daily Routes flown with 174 seat A320 or 212 seat A321 equipment. https://corporate.airfrance.com/en/news/6-new-destinations-joon-sum...

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by mercure1
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH closing SJC
Replies: 116
Views: 17379

Re: LH closing SJC

LH published increase of LAX for S19. FRA will be 2x 748 and MUC 1x A380.

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by mercure1
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TG gets new President, plans revised turn-around plan, considers refinancing Nok
Replies: 65
Views: 9668

Re: TG gets new President, plans revised turn-around plan, considers refinancing Nok

These national airlines such as GA-MH-TG largely seem as flying embassies and national work agencies.
While they speak of a desire of profits, its clearly not priority when it comes down to it.

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by mercure1
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Milan Linate to close for 3 months Summer 2019 - runway work
Replies: 48
Views: 6381

Re: Milan Linate to close for 3 months Summer 2019 - runway work

With only 18 allowed movements an hour, airport really can't be opened for additional destinations as then the foreign nations would require equivilent number of slots for their national carriers. As is many airlines (AF/BA/LH etc) have to split services between LIN and MXP as there are not enough s...

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by mercure1
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAS restructuring "deemed a failure"
Replies: 35
Views: 8141

Re: MAS restructuring "deemed a failure"

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... y-year-end
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MAS chairman says he is stepping down by end of the year to focus on other business activities.

Malaysia Airlines Chairman Plans Departure by Year-End
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... y-year-end

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by mercure1
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Milan Linate to close for 3 months Summer 2019 - runway work
Replies: 48
Views: 6381

Re: Milan Linate to close for 3 months Summer 2019 - runway work

Current restrictions at LIN date to decree from 2001 and were enacted to ironically protect/develop the now gone AZ hub at MXP that opened in 1997. Further legislation was passed in 2008 which suspended anti-trust laws and would bar competition authorities from intervening. Decision by EC also found...

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by mercure1
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TG gets new President, plans revised turn-around plan, considers refinancing Nok
Replies: 65
Views: 9668

Re: TG gets new President, plans revised turn-around plan, considers refinancing Nok

Don't worry. By 2022 they will move target to 2025, etc. :rotfl: Actually not sure why profit for sake of profit is so important. As can be seen TG is an important instrument for the nation in bringing in tourism and development of regions. Yes it might bleed money directly, but suppose it generates...

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by mercure1
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 702
Views: 173581

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

Just bite the bullet and call it a fully national airline. No shame in having state run airline.

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by mercure1
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Congress: Banned phone calls on planes
Replies: 61
Views: 5262

Re: US Congress: Banned phone calls on planes

Per June 2018 published consumer survey here is passengers views on the possibility of using cell phones on board in future. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-16/airline-customers-show-east-west-split-over-inflight-phone-links For US, 48% consumers want it to be allowed. Some nations l...

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by mercure1
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Congress: Banned phone calls on planes
Replies: 61
Views: 5262

Re: US Congress: Banned phone calls on planes

Then that is a very good reason to avoid those foreign carriers who allow voice calls. It would be very helpful if someone could post a list of said carriers for everyone's awareness. Well one of the biggest vendors SITA says its Mobile ONAIR product has 24 airline customers with 550 aircraft fitte...

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by mercure1
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Congress: Banned phone calls on planes
Replies: 61
Views: 5262

Re: US Congress: Banned phone calls on planes

Could be another competitive handicap for U.S airlines. I guess the question is how many posters have personally experienced this technology? I have and have not been bothered by people near me in conversation. Honestly if I did not see them holding their mobiles or with ear pieces, I would not have...

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by mercure1
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation October 2018
Replies: 65
Views: 7288

Re: Turkish Aviation October 2018

http://www.airporthaber.com/havacilik-h ... cikti.html


What a gorgeous plane.
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gokmengs wrote:
The infamous "presidential" 748 is out of paint hangar.
http://www.airporthaber.com/havacilik-h ... cikti.html


What a gorgeous plane.

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by mercure1
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAS 787 MOU with Boeing lapses
Replies: 28
Views: 5672

Re: MAS 787 MOU with Boeing lapses

Frank comments by the CEO.
My feeling is that plan is to (smartly)focus on flying within the region and avoid costly prestige longhaul flying which negates the need for the 787 at the moment. Not even sure if A350 fleet will grow. Cheaper more basic A330NEO should be sufficient for future needs.

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by mercure1
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation October 2018
Replies: 65
Views: 7288

Re: Turkish Aviation October 2018

https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9082679
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10th A330F for TK, TC-JOO (formerly with MAS) arrived in Istanbul from Marana Arizona on the 3rd.

https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9082679

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by mercure1
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move
Replies: 19
Views: 4985

Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

The Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) is increasing the number of slots at Zurich Airport starting summer of 2019. Additional slots will be available on weekdays between 0545-0700 and 2100-2200. This slight expansion of capacity is made possible by technical measures on the ground, which...

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by mercure1
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Fuel MAYDAY call into SYD
Replies: 135
Views: 24607

Re: UA Fuel MAYDAY call into SYD

not sure what was going on, but doesn't sound like too much panic http://archive-server.liveatc.net/yssy/AU-Sat-Oct-03-2018-1930Z.mp3 @ 24:00+ and https://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Fuel_Emergencies:_Guidance_for_Controllers or http://ifalpa.org/downloads/Level1/Briefing%20Leaflets/Air%20Traffic%20...

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by mercure1
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines orders 9 787-9's
Replies: 172
Views: 30260

Re: United Airlines orders 9 787-9's

Any chance United can sell their a350 delivery slots to other airlines? Or lease them out? history says, yes, well not other airlines, but other OEMs https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-china-boeing-airbus/used-airbus-for-sale-one-careful-owner-contact-boeing-idUSLNE84001F20120501 https://www.theglo...

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by mercure1
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Milan Linate to close for 3 months Summer 2019 - runway work
Replies: 48
Views: 6381

Re: Milan Linate to close for 3 months Summer 2019 - runway work

Look forward to a refreshed LIN.

Its such a convenient airport compared to distant MXP.when accessing Milan city.

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by mercure1
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Milan Linate to close for 3 months Summer 2019 - runway work
Replies: 48
Views: 6381

Milan Linate to close for 3 months Summer 2019 - runway work

Milan Linate airport is to close for three months next summer between July 27, 2019 - October 27, 2019. to allow for works on its single runway and terminal building. Majority of flight are expected to be re-routed to the Milan Malpensa during the period. Beyond the runway work, the airport is under...

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by mercure1
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: China - how do slots work?
Replies: 10
Views: 1295

Re: China - how do slots work?

Dont mix up airport slots and route authorities.
Two totally different things.

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by mercure1
Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 9/30/2018:AC Drops YYZ-MDT/ROC/SYR;DL Adds BOS-LIS, Drops SGU-SLC;F9 Drops CHS-ORD;UA Drops SGU-DEN/LAX
Replies: 44
Views: 6890

Re: OAG Changes 9/30/2018:AC Drops YYZ-MDT/ROC/SYR;DL Adds BOS-LIS, Drops SGU-SLC;F9 Drops CHS-ORD;UA Drops SGU-DEN/LAX

https://onemileatatime.com/st-george-airport-closing/
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ridgid727 wrote:
The reason all the SGU service is dropped at that time, is because the airport will be closed for aprox 4 months, to redo runway problems. Issues from the original contractor that built the airport.

Yep!
https://onemileatatime.com/st-george-airport-closing/

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by mercure1
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why LGW has so little cargo operation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1629

Re: Why LGW has so little cargo operation?

For starters UK freight forwarder industry is built around LHR. Much of the LGW cargo is thus actually trucked from LHR.

For STN due easy slot access became base for integrator parcel operators.

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by mercure1
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Garuda Indonesia destinations?
Replies: 16
Views: 1642

Re: Possible Garuda Indonesia destinations?

I guess OPer not aware of the financial troubles GA experiencing and that long haul adventures the last thing carrier needs to pursue.

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by mercure1
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines plans new mega airport with 80 million pax capacity 48km southeast of Addis Ababa
Replies: 28
Views: 4034

Re: Ethiopian Airlines plans new mega airport with 80 million pax capacity 48km southeast of Addis Ababa

https://www.ezega.com/News/NewsDetails/ ... w-Terminal
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Its all the same nonsense. For 20 years they have been speaking about a new airport.

Anyhow they are soon opening new terminal at Bole doubling capacity to 20mil.

https://www.ezega.com/News/NewsDetails/ ... w-Terminal

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by mercure1
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France CEO Terner Resigns; French State not interested in selling stake
Replies: 6
Views: 1909

Air France CEO Terner Resigns; French State not interested in selling stake

It was been rumored, but now its official. With the arrival of new AFKL boss Benjamin Smith, the CEO of Air France Franck Terner resigned. Benjamin Smith will also now assume role of AF CEO in the interim while board appoints a replacement by no later than December 31st. Terner was appointed CEO in ...

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by mercure1
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Brunei returns to Japan after 20 year absence
Replies: 12
Views: 2217

Re: Royal Brunei returns to Japan after 20 year absence

RoutesOnline has an analysis about the new service. Highlights: O&D traffic demand (2017) 3,640 Growth % YOY 28.2% Average one-way fare $ (2017) $448.57 Flag carrier Royal Brunei Airlines is to resume services to Japan from next year after an absence of more than two decades. From 15 March 2019,...

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by mercure1
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar 2022 World Cup - Impact of current blockade on commercial aviation
Replies: 14
Views: 3113

Re: Qatar 2022 World Cup - Impact of current blockade on commercial aviation

Who knows what the politics will be by 2022, but it seems to there should not be any issues for visitors. I have always found Qatar and Doha a very hospitable place. Much more manageable city and not over the top like Dubai. QR and Hamad International Airport will be ready to serve and put their bes...

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by mercure1
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda sues Rolls Royce over fraud claims
Replies: 2
Views: 1205

Garuda sues Rolls Royce over fraud claims

Garuda Indonesia is suing aircraft engine maker Rolls Royce for an allegedly fraudulent contract that was signed when Emirsyah Satar, who was later named as a suspect in a corruption case involving the British multinational, was the CEO of the carrier. The lawsuit is asking for 640.9 billion rupiah ...

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by mercure1
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany agrees on purchase of 6 C-130J's
Replies: 19
Views: 2305

Germany agrees on purchase of 6 C-130J's

The budget committee of the Bundestag lower house of parliament gave the green light for the 970 million euro procurement of six C-130 Hercules transport aircraft from U.S. manufacturer Lockheed Martin, the source told Reuters. https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-denmark-islamic-state/two-arrested-in-...

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by mercure1
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about La Compagnie
Replies: 11
Views: 2555

Re: All business class airlines

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Simply replacing their all business class 757s with newer A321.

Order was announced last year >> viewtopic.php?t=1368819

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by mercure1
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Brunei returns to Japan after 20 year absence
Replies: 12
Views: 2217

Royal Brunei returns to Japan after 20 year absence

Effective 15 Mar 2019 Royal Brunei will launch Bandar Seri Begawan – Tokyo Narita service 3x weekly using A320NEO. Last time BI served Japan was 1998 when it dropped KIX. In recent years it maintained a codeshare via HKG on Hong Kong Airlines to NRT. BI695 BWN-NRT 0035-0730 MoWeFr BI696 NRT-BWN 1200...

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by mercure1
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct
Replies: 154
Views: 24501

Re: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct

Its not like putting crews in hotels in London and perdiems are cheap either.

Could be indeed the economics no longer favored a HKG crew domicile.

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by mercure1
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAS restructuring "deemed a failure"
Replies: 35
Views: 8141

Re: MAS restructuring "deemed a failure"

Well no doubt business and politics can be murky in Malaysia.

Seems the recent change in government is another variable that will effect the outcome of any restructuring at the airline.

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by mercure1
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAS 787 MOU with Boeing lapses
Replies: 28
Views: 5672

MAS 787 MOU with Boeing lapses

Malaysia Airlines said on Wednesday a provisional deal to purchase eight Boeing Co 787 jets had lapsed and the airline was in talks with plane makers about the future of its widebody fleet. The national carrier last year signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing to purchase the 787 jets value...

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by mercure1
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Cargo adjust freighter network - drops cities, only 777F ops
Replies: 27
Views: 5012

Etihad Cargo adjust freighter network - drops cities, only 777F ops

Etihad Cargo, announced a refresh of its global freighter network that will be implemented commencing 1 October, 2018, as part of milestone in its strategy to simplify its route network. This means redeploying freighter capacity on core trade lanes that connect its hub in Abu Dhabi, and select marke...

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by mercure1
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TG gets new President, plans revised turn-around plan, considers refinancing Nok
Replies: 65
Views: 9668

Re: TG gets new President, plans revised turn-around plan, considers refinancing Nok

I am not sure about this. I have flown TG in business many times and it is usually pretty full and on my last A380 flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok it was full except for a couple of seats. That's a lot of business class seats. Flights I have taken Bangkok-Auckland were absolutely full in business....

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by mercure1
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TG gets new President, plans revised turn-around plan, considers refinancing Nok
Replies: 65
Views: 9668

Re: TG gets new President, plans revised turn-around plan, considers refinancing Nok

Reuters look at TG and its issues Struggling national carrier Thai Airways International is pinning hopes of a revival to its 1990s heyday on a new leadership team, jet purchases and improving its brand as tourism booms in the region. But the new president and chairman taking the helm are political ...

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by mercure1
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAS restructuring "deemed a failure"
Replies: 35
Views: 8141

Re: MAS restructuring "deemed a failure"

Suppose one question is how much patience and money does the new Malaysian government have to support MAS?

They have already frozen/ canceled bunch of projects such as HSR to Singapore on account of watching the budget.

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by mercure1
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAS restructuring "deemed a failure"
Replies: 35
Views: 8141

Re: MAS restructuring "deemed a failure"

I have no issues if the government want to pour piles of money into their airline, but yes ultimately they need to be accountable to their own citizens. The A380 at MH was a total prestige play. The envy of watching their cousins in Singapore lead a successful global airline was too much to bear. KU...

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