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by mercure1
Fri May 26, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines scraps premium economy but will retain first class
Replies: 13
Views: 3108

Malaysia Airlines scraps premium economy but will retain first class

The airline has decided to scrap plans to begin offering premium economy product with introduction of A350s. The airline also announced it will retain its first class product with the arrival of the A350s, although with four seats to be offered. The A350 configuration will be F4C35Y247 http://www.or...

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by mercure1
Wed May 24, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X reports Q1 2017 results
Replies: 11
Views: 1820

Re: AirAsia X reports Q1 2017 results

Airlines like AAX stimulate new demand in addition to shifting demand from current legacy airlines.

The legacy carriers are the ones that should be worried as companies like AAX grow their footprint.

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by mercure1
Wed May 24, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Emirates downgrading SFO to 777 effective 5NOV17?
Replies: 28
Views: 6460

Re: Emirates downgrades SFO to 77W effective 5NOV17

Irehdna wrote:
Does a B77W have the range to do DXB-SFO?.


Absolutely. EK has for years utilized 77W on and off to LAX which is further than SFO.

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by mercure1
Tue May 23, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: International growth stalls in China
Replies: 18
Views: 3021

Re: International growth stalls in China

What nonsense. Things are booming. Its a matter mathematics. As numbers get larger obviously growth rate tappers. Also as some mentioned politics guides where Chinese travel. Loss of one nation is gain of another. In 2016, 100 million Chinese traveled outside the country. Thats an amazing number. No...

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by mercure1
Sat May 20, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA Cargo to be shut; freighters reintegrate with SQ mainline
Replies: 17
Views: 4623

Re: SIA Cargo to be shut; freighters reintegrate with SQ mainline

Not a thing!! The maintenance is the same if not more, the piloting is the same if not more expensive, the ground handling is the same, There's No real advantage unless you can get crews, ground handling, and Maintenance at a lower cost. You are assuming its the same employees. Many cargo subsidiar...

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by mercure1
Fri May 19, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries
Replies: 213
Views: 26326

Re: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries

A Reuters story from May 19 says "...political sources say the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is furious about Boeing's allegations. . Trudeau should be more furious how a nation got itself in this pickle and somehow ended up nationalizing what should be a for profit comme...

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by mercure1
Fri May 19, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How long would a Q400X stretch take to reach market
Replies: 19
Views: 2140

Re: How long would a Q400X stretch take to reach market

downdata wrote:
It's not like the ATRs are selling like hotcakes...


:sarcastic:

ATR certainly doing better than BBD

ATR sold 80 frames in 2016 and 70(50 pending Indigo MOU) so far in 2017.
BBD sold 22 Q400s in 2016 and 00 in 2017 so far

ATR backlog is 292, while Q400 is 26 as of end of Q1.

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by mercure1
Thu May 18, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac in talks to acquire Bombardier aviation business stake
Replies: 14
Views: 3044

Re: Comac in talks to acquire Bombardier aviation business stake

Could be good outcome for Bombardier to find partner with deep pockets and also might help open door to Chinese orders for various family aircraft.

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by mercure1
Wed May 17, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Xiamen applies for Qingdao-LAX
Replies: 10
Views: 1807

Re: Xiamen applies for Qingdao-LAX

FSDan wrote:
I believe it's something like this as of now:


Thank you

tphuang wrote:
I just don't see how there can be enough o&d traffic to support this.


According to Wiki, metro population in Qingdao is 9.1million, so its not like its a inconsequential small city.

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by mercure1
Wed May 17, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Xiamen applies for Qingdao-LAX
Replies: 10
Views: 1807

Re: Xiamen applies for Qingdao-LAX

Out of curiosity is there a complete listing of routes from Chinese secondary cities to the US?
Seems like there are so many markets that have now been connected.

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by mercure1
Wed May 17, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has Nigeria never had a major airline?
Replies: 30
Views: 4837

Re: Why has Nigeria never had a major airline?

Air Afrique was largely composed of Francophone nations in West Africa and was formed in early 1960s with the assistance of Air France.
Nigeria was not part of it as it was neither a Francophone nation nor for fact it already had its Nigeria Airways established.

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by mercure1
Wed May 17, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has Nigeria never had a major airline?
Replies: 30
Views: 4837

Re: Why has Nigeria never had a major airline?

You have entirely missed the existence of the original Nigeria Airways flag carrier, one of the largest airlines on the continent, and certainly most important in West Africa. We should not confuse restarts using the same name such as the Virgin venture as being anything of similar stature. Formed a...

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by mercure1
Tue May 16, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June
Replies: 79
Views: 10476

Re: AA to end SABRE end of June

QIK is very much easier to train and utilize for staff versus convoluted old school commands that original PSS systems like Sabre and Shares utilize. The overlay which in essence translates commands back into the legacy PSS and can be linked to other systems as well are utilized by many dozen airlin...

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by mercure1
Tue May 16, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant's first ever new build aircraft
Replies: 25
Views: 9153

Re: Allegiants first ever new build aircraft

https://skift.com/2017/05/04/for-the-fi ... -airplane/
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There was interesting story last week of behind the scene of how this purchase came together.

https://skift.com/2017/05/04/for-the-fi ... -airplane/

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by mercure1
Mon May 15, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Austral to purchase and manage Air Madagascar for 10-years
Replies: 6
Views: 1910

Re: Air Austral to purchase and manage Air Madagascar for 10-years

Yes Air Austral returned to profitability in 2012.

For longhaul wonder if UU will lease in 787 or 777 capacity for MD. Certainly having common fleet model to replace the A340 would be efficient across both airlines.

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by mercure1
Mon May 15, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Austral to purchase and manage Air Madagascar for 10-years
Replies: 6
Views: 1910

Air Austral to purchase and manage Air Madagascar for 10-years

Last week Air Austral (Reunion) signed an MOU and announced a 10-year plan under it will manage and seek to reposition loss making Air Madagascar as a "regional leader". Under the recovery plan the goal is to make Air Madagascar with turn over of US$420 million profitable within 3-years wi...

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by mercure1
Fri May 12, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do many flights between North and South America have to wait at their destinations during the day
Replies: 19
Views: 5132

Re: Why do many flights between North and South America have to wait at their destinations during the day

Because people particularly business folks prefer overnight flights. It also maximizes connectivity at home hub.

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by mercure1
Thu May 11, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot aims for longhaul growth; more 787s
Replies: 8
Views: 2395

Re: Scoot aims for longhaul growth; more 787s

In Europe alone there are multiple former SQ markets that Scoot could be a good fit.

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by mercure1
Thu May 11, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Showdown as Investors Abandon Family owners
Replies: 21
Views: 3870

Re: Bombardier Showdown as Investors Abandon Family owners

Its nice he elected to step away from his executive title, but remaining as board chairman will still provide him a platform to influence and look over the shoulders of any new executive hired. To me having 5 Beaudoin family members on the board is hardly ideal for transparency and independent manag...

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by mercure1
Thu May 11, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Showdown as Investors Abandon Family owners
Replies: 21
Views: 3870

Re: Bombardier Showdown as Investors Abandon Family owners

One must remember problems at Bombardier go beyond aerospace division and also effect the other side of the house.
The rail division is experiencing its own serious operational fiascos and financial challanges.

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by mercure1
Thu May 11, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Showdown as Investors Abandon Family owners
Replies: 21
Views: 3870

Re: Bombardier Showdown as Investors Abandon Family owners

The question is will the Beaudoin family who hold majority votes heed the concerns and loss of trust from investors, or will they ignore them and continue remaining in charge? Maybe they should swallow their pride and step aside a little, otherwise it might come back and haunt them next time they ar...

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by mercure1
Wed May 10, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS wins 10th straight JD Power Award
Replies: 29
Views: 2336

Re: AS wins 10th straight JD Power Award

Don't see the point in distinction as airlines compete for the same pool of clients and in case of Southwest specifically, it afterall carries more US domestic enplanements than competitors as I understand.

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by mercure1
Wed May 10, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS wins 10th straight JD Power Award
Replies: 29
Views: 2336

Re: AS wins 10th straight JD Power Award

Pretty impressive how well Southwest scores with consumers. Shows that for more people basic and friendly service from point A to point B is what they want.

This follows Southwest being awarded the frequent flyer program of the year, plus best customer service at the Freddie Awards two weeks ago.

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by mercure1
Wed May 10, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF CEO gets pie in the face during speech
Replies: 72
Views: 9295

Re: QF CEO gets pie in the face during speech

Lighten up people. Celebrities, politicians, other well known people around the world end up with pies in their faces and have a good laugh made of them. Joyce is not the first, and wont be the last. Hey there is even a game you can play at home to practice. http://www.toysrus.com/graphics/product_i...

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by mercure1
Tue May 09, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot applies for US service
Replies: 33
Views: 7451

Re: Scoot applies for US service

Having both AAX and TZ on the KIX-HNL route will likely kill profitability for other airlines (DL, HA, JL) in the market.

Wonder if anyone will give it up? DL seems weakest.

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by mercure1
Tue May 09, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates - Cargolux form "Strategic Partnership"
Replies: 1
Views: 552

Emirates - Cargolux form "Strategic Partnership"

Today Emirates signed a MOU with Luxembourg-based Cargolux for a strategic partnership. Described as the first of its kind between a mainline airline and a specialised freighter operator, it will allow the two carriers to cooperate and offer their complementary strengths and shared values. Under agr...

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by mercure1
Tue May 09, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo to purchase 50 ATR72-600s, eyes regional market
Replies: 34
Views: 3691

Re: IndiGo to purchase 50 ATR72-600s, eyes regional market

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1361999
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Alliance Air India signed agreement for lease of 10 ATR72-600 last week.

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1361999

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by mercure1
Mon May 08, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK and other European countries
Replies: 265
Views: 28492

Re: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK

http://www.travelandleisure.com/airline ... ban-europe

Makes sense as existing ban rather poorly targeted as it does nothing to stop people to travel via European airports to reach the US.
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Media story says announcement this week

http://www.travelandleisure.com/airline ... ban-europe

Makes sense as existing ban rather poorly targeted as it does nothing to stop people to travel via European airports to reach the US.

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by mercure1
Mon May 08, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation May 2017
Replies: 145
Views: 12048

Re: Turkish Aviation May 2017

Is Ankara not the biggest base for AnadoluJet?
Seems like TK has not ignored Ankara at all, but made it the center of their LCC model.
Obviously, they see the lower cost model is suitable for the city than using mainline equipment.

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by mercure1
Fri May 05, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL defers last 10 A350s by at least 2-3 years
Replies: 203
Views: 41842

Re: Delta Reviewing Airbus Widebody Purchase in blow to Airbus

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... rbus-order
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Bloomberg says DL in talks to push 10 A350 deliveries back by 3 years.


Delta Is Said to Consider Delaying $3 Billion Airbus Order
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... rbus-order

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by mercure1
Fri May 05, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF A380 retrofit plan - any update
Replies: 29
Views: 7476

Re: AF A380 retrofit plan - any update

https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2017/05/0 ... st-layout/

A380 fleet however not a priority and wont be updated till around 2020.
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AF says its looking at 11-abreast option for model :faint:

https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2017/05/0 ... st-layout/

A380 fleet however not a priority and wont be updated till around 2020.

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by mercure1
Fri May 05, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL in CDG and FCO next year
Replies: 52
Views: 8408

Re: LEVEL in CDG and FCO next year

:confused: :confused:

Where in the article does is say Paris or Rome, or growth to 5 aircraft ??

:confused:

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by mercure1
Thu May 04, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Long-haul flights out of LIN: possible?
Replies: 8
Views: 1960

Re: Long-haul flights out of LIN: possible?

No. There are restrictions on even Europe destinations which can be serviced from LIN.
Plus LIN has aircraft size limitation due wingspan sizing.

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by mercure1
Wed May 03, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian lease additional 777
Replies: 15
Views: 3605

Austrian lease additional 777

OS says it will acquire its 7th 777-200ER frame under lease from AerCap. Ex Aeromexico frame is due for delivery in January 2018. This follows arrival of another former Varig/Aeromexico frame last month. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170503005757/en/AerCap-Signs-Lease-Agreement-Austrian-Ai...

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by mercure1
Wed May 03, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jeddah Terminal opening in Summer 2018, impact on SV?
Replies: 12
Views: 1354

Re: New Jeddah Airport opening in Summer 2018, impact on SV?

I dont think new terminal matters much, nor will make JED a new global hub.
SV also has large ops at RUH which won't change also just recently received new terminal. Matter of fact entire Saudi Arabia is on a massive airport facility building program.

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by mercure1
Wed May 03, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots to vote on Air France low-cost airline plans
Replies: 46
Views: 8938

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

http://www.air-journal.fr/2017-05-01-ai ... 80936.html
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Not only pilots but inter-union employee council representing hostesses and steward groups were unable to reach decision in support of Boost project last week as well.

http://www.air-journal.fr/2017-05-01-ai ... 80936.html

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by mercure1
Tue May 02, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alliance Air India to get 10 ATR-72-600
Replies: 5
Views: 804

Alliance Air India to get 10 ATR-72-600

Alliance Air India signed agreement for lease of 10 ATR72-600 aircraft from DAE Aerospace for delivery later in 2017. Alliance already operates 10 other ATR42/72 aircraft. http://atwonline.com/leasing/india-s-alliance-air-lease-10-atrs-dae Interesting in story also states that DAE plans to build an ...

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by mercure1
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 265
Views: 55482

Re: Alitalia - Ongoing Cash Flow Issues

Italian state should just nationalize the airline and done with the drama.
AZ would fit in fine as just another state enterprise.

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by mercure1
Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin Losses Plunge to Record
Replies: 52
Views: 10683

Re: Air Berlin Losses Plunge to Record

Chart by OPer is Operating Loss, so it does not have all the accounting trickery that Net earnings can.

As can be seen AB even on operating basis is doing terrible before things like debts are considered.

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by mercure1
Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ends Interline Agreements with 5 Mideast Airlines
Replies: 57
Views: 11224

Re: United ends Interline Agreements with 5 Mideast Airlines

Not just codeshare, but MileagePlus partners also at one time. As you say, how things have changed in the industry.

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by mercure1
Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin Losses Plunge to Record
Replies: 52
Views: 10683

Re: Air Berlin Losses Plunge to Record

behramjee wrote:
fyi update

:sarcastic:

You realize your link is is a word for word identical story by Bloomberg that OPer posted?

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by mercure1
Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries
Replies: 213
Views: 26326

Re: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries

Good for Boeing, this should be investigated. By regular financial measures, the project should be dead and instead public money is being directly used to prop up production while aircraft are sold at below cost, the same argument Brazil lodged with WTO. Dumping planes is no different than dumping s...

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by mercure1
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2017
Replies: 98
Views: 10616

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2017

I read in French forum that politics aside, Pegasus will begin service to Armenia. SAW-EVN route commences June 1st.

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by mercure1
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Q1 2017 -1,491.5NOK
Replies: 55
Views: 5909

Re: Norwegian Q1 2017 -1,491.5NOK

No point in raising alarms, as results is merely a single quarter and the worst one of the year for airline.

Per company own presentations they see profitable future quarters this summer.

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by mercure1
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air to IPO off Jin Air
Replies: 2
Views: 369

Re: Korean Air to IPO off Jin Air

Wonder if they will expand further longhaul/low cost ops, or focus back in regional narrow body ops?

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by mercure1
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AFKLM narrowbody fleet renewal
Replies: 37
Views: 4230

Re: AFKLM narrowbody fleet renewal

Yes old news. AFKL has been in process of analysis for narrowbody fleet group order for 2-years.
As CFO recently stated order must be placed by 2018 at latest to manage new delivery and coordinate retirement of older frames.

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by mercure1
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2017
Replies: 46
Views: 7947

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2017

Do these listed lease amounts account for things like various maintenance accruals (aircraft/engine/landing gear)?

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by mercure1
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Applies for Additional Havana frequency allocation
Replies: 9
Views: 1471

Re: Southwest Applies for Additional Havana frequency allocation

Its amazing, on one side the airlines complain how they are losing money on the new Cuba routes and weak loads, and other hand they fight each other to secure additional traffic rights.

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by mercure1
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2017
Replies: 98
Views: 10616

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2017

Was there not talk about THY establishing a large 'regional' feeder fleet once at the new airport?
Maybe a restructured Borajet is part of this plan. Is the former TK chairman/CEO not part of the Borajet now?

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