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by mercure1
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amedeo looks to set up airline to utilize A380s
Replies: 42
Views: 5200

Re: Amedeo looks to set up airline to utilize A380s

What monthly rental cost? Amedeo owns the plane and, presumably, is foreseeing a circumstance where they have no other use for it (no other airline wanting to lease it). So, for them, the plane is essentially free. Amedeo probably financed the planes on terms closer to 20-years, so they still have ...

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by mercure1
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ANA International Flights - Bad Punctuality?
Replies: 2
Views: 102

Re: ANA International Flights - Bad Punctuality?

ANA has consistently won awards for being one of the most punctual airlines globally. For 2016 they were in the top-10 of most punctual in the world with 85.5% rate. https://www.flightstats.com/company/media/on-time-performance-awards/ ANA also published monthly ontime statistics. Ontime departure r...

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by mercure1
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul New Airport, Latest Pictures
Replies: 51
Views: 12263

Re: Istanbul New Airport, Latest Pictures

Look forward to using the new airport. I expect it will be a great experience, and will provide THY lots of freedom to grow more. I must say it seems only the Chinese rival the Turks in major infrastructure projects. The number of rapidly built major projects in Turkey over the last decade has been ...

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by mercure1
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amedeo looks to set up airline to utilize A380s
Replies: 42
Views: 5200

Re: Amedeo looks to set up airline to utilize A380s

Its the proverbial phrase - when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I dont see the 20 new A380s ever arriving, but more case of Amadeo trying to figure out what to do with existing fleet when they come off lease. Seems like 2022 is that critical date. Not sure the world needs a 3rd A380 charter o...

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by mercure1
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: California Pacific Airlines trying again to fly
Replies: 12
Views: 3461

Re: California Pacific Airlines trying again to fly

I love the CP Air name, though I have doubts about the viability of using small planes when they are competing against mainline players in market.

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by mercure1
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul New Airport, Latest Pictures
Replies: 51
Views: 12263

Re: Istanbul New Airport, Latest Pictures

What posted in Reply 7 is not the winning tower design. Here is the winning design http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/blogs/the_eye/2016/01/06/160107_EYE_IstanbulACT1.jpg.CROP.original-original.jpg More renderings http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2016/01/07/istanbul_new_airport_s_air_traffic_c...

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by mercure1
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Court rules in favor of Kuwait Airways when it decided not to carry a Israeli passenger
Replies: 89
Views: 9649

Re: Court rules in favor of Kuwait Airways when it decided not to carry a Jewish passenger

:white:

As the court found, it had nothing to do with being Jewish, but instead rightfully everything to do with holding an Israeli passport, which is a passport not recognized nor allowed to transit Kuwait.
The airline offered to rebook the passenger on other airlines to BKK instead.

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by mercure1
Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: UA to launch SFO-PPT in 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 7806

Re: Rumour: UA to launch SFO-PPT in 2018

texdravid wrote:
Air Tahiti Nui is almost like a LCC, with old tired A340’s and poor inflight service and meals and o welcome the additional options that UA provides.


4 787-9s start arriving in 2018.

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by mercure1
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair - Aigle Azur announce commercial partnership
Replies: 1
Views: 314

Re: Corsair - Aigle Azur announce commercial partnership

http://www.tourmag.com/Aigle-Azur-la-fa ... 90214.html
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Its interesting to note that per Corsair CEO, a merger between airlines is possible since TUI is now again looking to sell its stake in the French longhaul airline.

http://www.tourmag.com/Aigle-Azur-la-fa ... 90214.html

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by mercure1
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: David Neeleman purchases 32% of Aigle Azur
Replies: 14
Views: 3094

David Neeleman purchases 32% of Aigle Azur

David Neeleman has acquired a minority 32 percent stake in the second largest French airline company Aigle Azur (and oldest private airline in Europe founded in 1946) by purchasing stake formerly held by family owned Weaving Group. The family owners behind the airlines for several years had been loo...

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by mercure1
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: UA to launch SFO-PPT in 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 7806

Re: Rumour: UA to launch SFO-PPT in 2018

AF is considering dropping its LAX - PPT flight Air France has been on strike for a week now, and has previously made same exact threats as they have continued to serve the islands for decades. It seems to be regular tactic for negotiations. well, not sure about France, but it will still be violati...

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by mercure1
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair - Aigle Azur announce commercial partnership
Replies: 1
Views: 314

Corsair - Aigle Azur announce commercial partnership

Corsair International and Aigle Azur have announced they will enter into commercial partnership. Carries will focus on jointly marketing their networks via codeshare and joint affinity program partnership. Special focus of commercial partnership will be to strengthen activity in Africa with carriers...

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by mercure1
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways hopes to return to US - nonstop to California/New York
Replies: 97
Views: 13771

Re: Thai Airways hopes to return to US - nonstop to California/New York

Per IATA GHC which was held in BKK last year, their own traffic statistics and country profile indicate that 96% of paid air travelers to Thailand do it in economy class (one of the highest in the world per presentation). The sliver of premium traffic is small in comparison and drowned out by leisur...

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by mercure1
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago to Berlin - Underserved?
Replies: 30
Views: 2708

Re: Chicago to Berlin - Underserved?

I was in Berlin this summer and many, many locals boasted that Berlin is now the third most-visited city in Europe behind London and Paris. My friend and I found that shocking given how poor flight connections are from the U.S., at least in terms of lack of nonstop flights. Coming from BNA, it requ...

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by mercure1
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is BUR-LHR/LGW a commercially viable possibility?
Replies: 40
Views: 4969

Re: Is BUR-LHR/LGW a commercially viable possibility?

This seems like total fiction, not based on any notion of reality. 6,886ft. A 787-8 cannot take off with a reasonable payload to LHR on that runway? The Boeing airport planning documents, which have the takeoff - weight charts seem to show that it can do so, perhaps with a small penalty. Have you co...

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by mercure1
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways hopes to return to US - nonstop to California/New York
Replies: 97
Views: 13771

Re: Thai Airways hopes to return to US - nonstop to California/New York

it's kind of amazing that there is that much demand for BKK-LAX given that the route is not currently being served and that there is such a small number of Thais in LA relative to Filipinos. Might be less than Filipinos, but according to Wiki, Los Angeles has the worlds largest Thai community outsi...

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by mercure1
Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways hopes to return to US - nonstop to California/New York
Replies: 97
Views: 13771

Re: Thai Airways hopes to return to US - nonstop to California/New York

Its very interesting they are so desirous to return to USA, where by their own admission that never made a profit during 20+ years of service.

Clearly, this desire is either ego or politically driven. Hardly based on a solid business case.

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by mercure1
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes
Replies: 177
Views: 22709

Re: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes

http://aviationweek.com/commercial-avia ... op-echelon
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Airbus beset by corruption probes, internal turmoil and ongoing production issues are becoming messy.


Intrigue Of Shakespearean Proportions Unfolds In Airbus’ Top Echelon
http://aviationweek.com/commercial-avia ... op-echelon

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by mercure1
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Island Air to Cease Operations
Replies: 183
Views: 21370

Re: Island Air files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

It seems Hawaii is not large enough to support meaningful secondary players.

Though I did think something was very strange with this airline with its switch from economic ATRs to more expensive Q400s to be used on such short hops.

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by mercure1
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines record profit in 3Q17
Replies: 8
Views: 750

Re: Turkish Airlines record profit in 3Q17

Great job THY.

The company certainly has been very nimble and rapidly adjusted to changing market conditions and still managed to prosper.

In news this week I also ready Turkish exports are to hit all-time historic high in 2017 as well, so it seems broader economic picture is looking up.

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by mercure1
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation November 2017
Replies: 64
Views: 6478

Re: Turkish Aviation November 2017

Amazing Q3 financial results for TK Turkish Airlines reports net profit up 278.8% to company record US$939 million for 3Q 2017, with revenues up 23.1% to $3.6 billion, and cash and cash equivalents at $2.4 billion at period end. https://ftnnews.com/news-from-turkey/33307-turkish-airlines-announces-u...

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by mercure1
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market
Replies: 45
Views: 7679

Re: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market

There have been many comments about hotel supply. Remember NZ flew :LAX/PPT/AKL for many years as The Coral Route, and hotel availability was not an issue. I think you missed the previously posted statement that hotel room capacity is 17% lower today in French Polynesia than it was in 2001. Between...

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by mercure1
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A new World Airways
Replies: 1
Views: 721

Re: A new World Airways

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Posted on the front page already

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1378343

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by mercure1
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATR launches -600 freighter with large FedEx order
Replies: 20
Views: 4579

Re: ATR launches -600 freighter with large FedEx order

Per internal ATR note, deliveries are 2020-2024 for firm orders. Options obviously can stretch this out longer.

This provides good ongoing long term stability for ATR family.

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by mercure1
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots to vote on Air France low-cost airline plans
Replies: 47
Views: 9372

Re: Pilots to vote on Air France low-cost airline plans

https://www.facebook.com/snmsac.unsa.aerien.airfrance
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First Joon A320 in hangar

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https://www.facebook.com/snmsac.unsa.aerien.airfrance

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by mercure1
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United Airlines discriminates based on nationality
Replies: 42
Views: 3551

Re: United Airlines discriminates based on nationality

As mentioned most fare types have a point of sale restrictions. Nothing bias, just the manner international fare rules are constructed.

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by mercure1
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market
Replies: 45
Views: 7679

Re: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market

So, he does not want low-cost opportunities for Tahitians? Like in Hawaii, many locals such as students, families, seniors, public sector workers, can receive various discounts already on air transport plus special benefits like additional baggage allowances. Its a type of local social benefit airl...

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by mercure1
Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SY no longer interested in Cuba routes; returns authority to DOT
Replies: 3
Views: 1942

Re: SY no longer interested in Cuba routes; returns authority to DOT

US airlines sure did over estimate demand for Cuba.

Both destination choices are a bit odd however as neither is a typical holiday vacation spot, with Santa Clara not even on the ocean.

SY might have had a better chance selling packages to more traditional vacation spots like Varadero.

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by mercure1
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA: China becomes worlds largest market in next 5 years
Replies: 13
Views: 1272

Re: IATA: China becomes worlds largest market in next 5 years

China is becoming the worlds largest in many industries - auto, shipping, clothing, electronics, etc, so why not airlines and aviation sector also.

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by mercure1
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market
Replies: 45
Views: 7679

Re: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market

Maybe you dont realize but hotel room count in French Polynesia is 17 percent less in 2016 than it was in 2001. A couple typical large Las Vegas hotels have more rooms than on all 118 islands of FP (about 3000 rooms). So adding flight capacity without supporting hotel capacity particularly in the lo...

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by mercure1
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA: China becomes worlds largest market in next 5 years
Replies: 13
Views: 1272

Re: IATA: China becomes worlds largest market in next 5 years

Why doubt? China is already represents nearly 600mil annual enplanements as the second largest air travel market behind USA, and its growing at a rate of 7.2% which can displace the US market with its much smaller 2.3% growth rate. http://www.iata.org/pressroom/pr/PublishingImages/major-domestic-mar...

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by mercure1
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA: China becomes worlds largest market in next 5 years
Replies: 13
Views: 1272

Re: IATA: China becomes worlds largest market in next 5 years

No doubt about it, the future is in Asia. I recall seeing an IATA slide presentation that showed the development of air transport by decade from the 1920s and how the center of gravity went westward from Europe to middle of Atlantic towards the US, and now that center has jumped eastwards and sits t...

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by mercure1
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market
Replies: 45
Views: 7679

Re: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market

Say what you will of Gaston Flosse, but he is correct that FP is an expensive destination and dumping a plane load of mass market tourist without things like ample hotel capacity will be problematic. The biggest benefit of such flying will likely be existing clients which could see TN be forced to m...

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by mercure1
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern to Leave Skyteam?
Replies: 12
Views: 2981

Re: China Southern to Leave Skyteam?

I really don't see that happening. Why would Cathay Pacific leave OneWorld because of China Southern for Star which has Air China and Shenzhen Airlines in it already? CA owns 30% of CX, and CX owns 18% of CA. Even a potential merger has been contemplated in news this year between the airlines, espe...

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by mercure1
Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation November 2017
Replies: 64
Views: 6478

Re: Turkish Aviation November 2017

Hello everyone. We are almost end of the year.

How are airport statistics looking, still strong recovery?

BOEING777EK wrote:
When is TK taking delivery of it's first NEO aircraft?


First of 92 firm A321NEO start in 2018.

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by mercure1
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Resumed SFO-AKL (Seasonal) With 777-300ER
Replies: 10
Views: 2634

Re: UA Resumed SFO-AKL (Seasonal) With 777-300ER

NichCage wrote:
Why did UA's SFO-AKL go seasonal in the first place?


Same reason AA went seasonal on their LAX-AKL. New Zealand not exactly a tourist hotbed in the offseason.

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by mercure1
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA considers shifting 767s to Peach & Vanilla Air
Replies: 7
Views: 1703

Re: ANA considers shifting 767s to Peach & Vanilla Air

One of articles mention ANA is drawing down 767 fleet as more 787s arrive, so those frames could be handed over to LCC subsidiaries.

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by mercure1
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL hub in MAD....out of BCN
Replies: 29
Views: 5363

Re: LEVEL hub in MAD....out of BCN

Like banks and other business moving their headquarters out of Barcelona due to unknown business climate and legal situation, its a prudent move to an upstart like LEVEL with all of its eggs in single basket to look for alternatives and play it safe.

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by mercure1
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs
Replies: 136
Views: 15777

Re: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/201 ... rbus-deal/
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BBD cutting 280 jobs in N.Ireland.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/201 ... rbus-deal/

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by mercure1
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10th Anniversary of the A380
Replies: 57
Views: 6739

Re: 10th Anniversary of the A380

Surely been a disappointing 10-years for Airbus.

John Leahy in 2008 forecast demand for 1,700 VLA frames during next 20-years

Instead, Airbus is producing only 1-frame A380 per month in 2018, reducing to .66 in 2019 !

A gamble lost.

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by mercure1
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 457
Views: 105829

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

https://www.ft.com/content/5e2be592-b89 ... 9?mhq5j=e5
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US private equity company Cerberus Capital Management proposes full takeover of Alitalia that would allow carrier to remain independent

https://www.ft.com/content/5e2be592-b89 ... 9?mhq5j=e5

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by mercure1
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market
Replies: 45
Views: 7679

Re: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market

Corsair used to have a similar route, ORY-OAK-PPT using 747-SP's. Yeah, I was wondering if a French LCC wouldn't be better off using OAK as their stopover. SFO is just getting so packed. SS moved their stop to SFO from OAK as the transit experience was terrible with hundreds of pax being held in a ...

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by mercure1
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market
Replies: 45
Views: 7679

Re: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market

Unless FrenchBlue can control access to cheap hotel capacity which is in very short supply in French Polynesia, they are unlikely to prosper. That is why Corsair had to pull out. Also historically SF Bay - French Polynesia service has never succeeded. Minerve, UTA/Air France, Corsair all tried and d...

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by mercure1
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X considers Korea-US flights
Replies: 25
Views: 3863

Re: AirAsia X considers Korea-US flights

As additional aircraft arrive they will need to place them somewhere, and based on their earnings North Asia markets are doing quite strongly for them, so why not also look at entering a large market like Korea-USA.

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by mercure1
Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways hopes to return to US - nonstop to California/New York
Replies: 97
Views: 13771

Re: Thai Airways hopes to return to US - nonstop to California/New York

http://www.reuters.com/finance/stocks/T ... le/3521847
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legacyins wrote:
This article is a little over a year old and not sure if it is still relevant. But this is the thought from TG at that time regarding the restart of US service.


Well that president is gone, TG appointed new one Feb 2017

http://www.reuters.com/finance/stocks/T ... le/3521847

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by mercure1
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways hopes to return to US - nonstop to California/New York
Replies: 97
Views: 13771

Re: Thai Airways hopes to return to US - nonstop to California/New York

Regarding SFO, does Thai even have any relationships with United? I thought they ended all their codesharing several years ago. TG is even more distant from UA that SQ is. Also on SF versus LA, does Los Angeles not have the US largest Thai community? Certainly servicing ethnic demand is big part of ...

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by mercure1
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern places 737MAX & 77W order
Replies: 12
Views: 2676

Re: China Southern places 737MAX & 77W order

Its interesting article mentions new equipment is meant to help support planned ops at Beijing Daxing airport starting 2019.

Will be interesting to hear route announcements next year.

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by mercure1
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines having second thoughts on A330neos, could order 787's instead
Replies: 273
Views: 40401

Re: Hawaiian Airlines having second thoughts on A330neos, could order 787's instead

How about going back to the 767 if Boeing refreshes it?

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