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by mercure1
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK
Replies: 60
Views: 6116

Re: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK

I would say we are getting ever closer to the US suspending the visa waiver program. Its unfortunate but too many bad people have access to easy entry to the US based on having passport nationality. Ability to avoid more rigorous vetting prior to travel is becoming a growing threat particularly from...

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by mercure1
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK
Replies: 60
Views: 6116

Re: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK

Considering the existing ban left open the big gap of people flying via 3rd countries to the US without experiencing limitations, its quite logical to expand the restriction to additional markets where which the threat might utilize. Also lets not forget, this is not the first time. In 2006 the UK i...

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by mercure1
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO 5hr delay to arrivals.
Replies: 70
Views: 9057

Re: SFO 5hr delay to arrivals.

I am wondering how does United possibly run an international hub at SFO? With so many frequent and lengthy delays, there must be hundreds if not thousands of misconnections on daily basis when such delays occur. With only a single daily longhaul flight to many Pacific markets seems many passengers m...

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by mercure1
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 3333

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2017

Thank you for such regular updates!

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by mercure1
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2017
Replies: 68
Views: 8010

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2017

IATA to launch its largest training project in history train more than 10,000 employees for Istanbul’s new airport. The program will see IATA work in partnership with Turkish university to initially train 10,000 employees in various subject areas in preparation for airports 2018 opening. As further ...

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by mercure1
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines in Madrid
Replies: 20
Views: 4108

Re: United Airlines question

Considering Iberia with biggest marketshare and point of sale advantage has not served SFO, and can only make LAX seasonally, I doubt there is such demand.

Also lets remember Spain is primarily a vacation/VFR market to the US, so the demand will be seasonal and also lower yield.

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by mercure1
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: President Erdogan victorious in Turkish referendum
Replies: 38
Views: 1304

Re: President Erdogan victorious in Turkish referendum

[ What is really sad is a huge support for Mr. Erdogan and his constitutional changes among Turkish expats in Germany and France. But then, why an I surprised? There is a lot of hard core commies among our '68 - ers. As Europeans we only have ourselves to blame. The public commentary by European go...

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by mercure1
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Seat Selection Help on Thai
Replies: 4
Views: 248

Re: Seat Selection Help on Thai

Good luck keeping those seats. With frequent equipment changes and cabin versions, what seats you have today might get bounced around several times until your flight date.

On a BKK-HKG segment couple years ago, I had 3 aircraft and 4 cabin version changes between booking and the flight!

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by mercure1
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2017
Replies: 68
Views: 8010

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2017

Now that referendum is finished I see it will provide relief knowing its over with and outcome provides stability for Turkey to move forward under steady long term governorship. This view is reflected in Fx markets with Turkish Lira rallying against both USD and EUR since poll results were made publ...

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by mercure1
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France & Brussels Airlines Africa
Replies: 15
Views: 3063

Re: Air France & Brussels Airlines Africa

Obviously, many routes are based on colonial links. Historically many routes have been reported as quite profitable (many complaints of high fares), but I suspect in recent years this has changed as competition changes, and as carriers like ME3, TK grow in Africa and as African airlines themselves (...

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by mercure1
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's problem
Replies: 24
Views: 4318

Re: Alitalia's problem

Close LIN for good, or make it a LCC airport, which makes business travelers want to head out to MXP. Add a high speed rail connection between the central train station in Milan to MXP. If you can provide lots of easy ways for people to get to/from MXP, close LIN or make it into a LCC airport, then...

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by mercure1
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's problem
Replies: 24
Views: 4318

Re: Alitalia's problem

We have discussed this so many times, but here we go again.... That's the reason why AZ should build a hub in MXP leaving LIN to the rest of carriers. The problem of AZ in Milan it's that it can't divide it's operations You miss fact that in order to have a vibrant hub at MXP, AZ would need wide var...

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by mercure1
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adjust MIA hub operations
Replies: 19
Views: 6819

Re: AA adjust MIA hub operations

Has Miami done anything to improve the immigration experience?

Seems last couple years has been a bottleneck with many transit passengers taking very long time for clearance.

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by mercure1
Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Isn't DXB Slot-Controlled?
Replies: 16
Views: 3977

Re: Why Isn't DXB Slot-Controlled?

DXB does have slots.

It's a IATA designated level 3(most congested) airport requiring slot allocation for operations.

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by mercure1
Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines considers Airbus orders as a means to winning French traffic rights
Replies: 15
Views: 3362

Re: China Airlines considers Airbus orders as a means to winning French traffic rights

Not surprising.
Long been fact that purchasing goods like Airbus commercial aircraft, fighters, submarines, power plant, etc from France lets French government look more favorably on request from other parties in return.

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by mercure1
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France/SIA will coooperate closely to combat Gulfies
Replies: 4
Views: 1220

Re: Air France/SIA will coooperate closely to combat Gulfies

This news came out 1 year ago in May 2016. Parties have now finally settled on routes to be covered by codesharing operated by SIA, Silk, AF and KLM. For AF-KLM it only covers 5 markets Sydney, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Phuket. For SIA they code share on 10 AFKL routes mostly to UK and Fre...

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by mercure1
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Azul files for IPO
Replies: 14
Views: 2082

Re: Azul files for IPO

Interesting that more shares sold in the US versus in Brazil (70/30 percent).

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by mercure1
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Nauru to Guam?
Replies: 5
Views: 1562

Re: Air Nauru to Guam?

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Yes they applied to return to the US last fall as part of island hopper routing.
Posted in below thread.


viewtopic.php?t=1346141

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by mercure1
Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Some ads hijacking iOS browser?
Replies: 24
Views: 1309

Re: Some ads hijacking iOS browser?

Yes occurred several times here also but on Chrome browser with entire page hijacked with advert.

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by mercure1
Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates returning 747Fs to leasors and thoughts on air freight
Replies: 41
Views: 8468

Re: Emirates returning 747Fs to leasors and thoughts on air freight

Nothing new here.

Emirates has been returning 744F leases as they end for the last few years in favor if it's own inhouse 777F fleet.

For instance it ended AtlasAir leases also already.

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by mercure1
Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Baby born in mid-air on Turkish Airlines flight TK538 to Istanbul
Replies: 13
Views: 2802

Re: Baby born in mid-air on Turkish Airlines flight TK538 to Istanbul

Congrats to crew for playing midwife.

Image

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by mercure1
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43032

Re: Heck, ATL is having it bad.

From a customer service perspective when things become messy, the cost of having interline options is like having gold. Imagine how much goodwill for DL could be saved if customers could be expeditiously diverted away and be sent on other airlines? For a company that is so allegedly focused on "...

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by mercure1
Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France - China sign updated air service agreement - more than double frequencies
Replies: 10
Views: 1521

France - China sign updated air service agreement - more than double frequencies

France and China on March 31st concluded and signed update air service agreement that will progressively increase weekly passenger frequencies between nations from current 50 to 125 by 2020. The agreement also encourages development of links between Chinese and the French regional cities by setting ...

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by mercure1
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM and AF - LIN to MXP
Replies: 13
Views: 3137

Re: KLM and AF - LIN to MXP

AFKL only have 3 remaining historic LIN slots. So they had to transfer 9 flights to MXP starting this summer season.

An obviously bad outcome for clients who got used to the convenience of LIN.
Also now AFKL must directly fight folks like Easyjet at MXP on routes to Amsterdam and Paris.

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by mercure1
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM and AF - LIN to MXP
Replies: 13
Views: 3137

Re: KLM and AF - LIN to MXP

Alitalia ended its venture with Air France-KLM, so they are losing access to AZ LIN slot holdings.

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by mercure1
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan vs. OneWorld
Replies: 36
Views: 5712

Re: Hainan vs. OneWorld

downdata wrote:
aaway wrote:
Sydscott wrote:


CAN isn't a substitute for HKG.


Do BA/AA/QF need HKG?


Well HKG is one of the worlds top global commercial centers.

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by mercure1
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL to announce new routes and medium term plan
Replies: 94
Views: 17368

Re: JAL to announce new routes and medium term plan

JAL has no additional HND authorities to utilize. They had to end HND-HNL service in order to make HND-JFK possible.

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by mercure1
Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 160
Views: 15298

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

Regarding commentary about DL adding flights to ICN such as LAX, I think one thing needs to be remembered. Korea-USA is largely an ethnic market with strong point of sale in Korea and the ethnic communities in the US. These clients (and travel agents) are very loyal to KE/OZ, so it likely makes much...

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by mercure1
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unaccompanied Minor Questions on Cathay and AA
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Unaccompanied Minor Questions on Cathay and AA

Probably best you contact airlines involved directly to be informed.

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by mercure1
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK EU Withdrawal Starts - Article 50 Invoked
Replies: 160
Views: 3188

Re: UK EU Withdrawal Starts - Article 50 Invoked

Bravo UK.

Wish more nations would take brave moves to stand up against this transnational governance disaster clocked under European unity.

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by mercure1
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Taking Medications when Traveling?
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Re: Taking Medications when Traveling?

YULexpat wrote:
Xanax is a Schedule IV controlled substance in the United States.


Hardly matters what it is in the US, but what matters its status is legality in both quantity and dosage in intended countries to be visited.

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by mercure1
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NCA cancels remaining 747-8F orders
Replies: 38
Views: 8046

NCA cancels remaining 747-8F orders

http://cargofacts.com/nca-cancels-remai ... 5-22984853

NCA previously cancelled 4 other 748F orders
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Boeing says it has reached agreement with Japans NCA to drop remaining two 748F orders.


http://cargofacts.com/nca-cancels-remai ... 5-22984853

NCA previously cancelled 4 other 748F orders

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by mercure1
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Group agree to cooperate
Replies: 14
Views: 3276

Re: Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Group agree to cooperate

This is simply playing out the agreement the airlines signed back in May 2016 for route cooperation that commenced in February 2017.

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by mercure1
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/26/2017: 7Q to BIM; UA Drops FNTEWR; AY Cuts MIA; UE Opens Base at LUK With FRJ Equipment
Replies: 40
Views: 5674

Re: OAG Changes 3/26/2017: 7Q to BIM; UA Drops FNTEWR; AY Cuts MIA; UE Opens Base at LUK With FRJ Equipment

dcajet wrote:
Finnair's cuts are due to a shortage of trained A350 pilots. An Iberia A330 has been brought to help with some flights.


And route is being cut entirely till October now.
Obviously must be a low producer across its network.

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by mercure1
Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed
Replies: 356
Views: 88266

Re: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed

Reading documents amazing the Delta T2/3 project runs till 2022.

Amazingly slow process to remodel the facilities.

I wonder why??

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by mercure1
Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed
Replies: 356
Views: 88266

Re: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed

It seems to me many Skyteam airlines are quite happy with remaining at TBIT, so I am not sure we will ever see people like AF/KL, or KE being co-located with DL directly. Yes there will be link to TBIT eventually, but I dont see ST members want to be next to DL just because they are members of singl...

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by mercure1
Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan vs. OneWorld
Replies: 36
Views: 5712

Re: Hainan vs. OneWorld

I am not sure either HU nor CZ would be welcomed in OW while CX is around. HNA group owns two airline in HKG that compete increasiy aggressive against CX while CZ its growing international hub only 120km from HKG. I am not even sure competiton authorities would ever allow CX to do anything with the ...

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by mercure1
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volaris Costa Rica applies for US authority
Replies: 19
Views: 2148

Re: Volaris Costa Rica applies for US authority

Interesting how in Latin America we see so many transnational airline brands such as Avianca, Copa, Latam and now Volaris.

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by mercure1
Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries
Replies: 412
Views: 36688

Re: Royal Jordanian banning electronics in cabin on US flights

IATA is a trade organization, not a legal authority. Things like US DOT, Transport Canada, UK CAA, etc are the ones that define that is permissible or not. Personally, I am not aware of such restriction for check luggage. Airlines cannot accept such shipments as cargo on passenger aircraft, but not ...

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by mercure1
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries
Replies: 412
Views: 36688

Re: Royal Jordanian banning electronics in cabin on US flights

Clearly a security alert.

Compliance should not be an issue. You notify passengers at check-in to deposit their electronics in luggage and then rescreen at gate to ensure.

I believe LHR had a similar alert for few days, several years ago.

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by mercure1
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation March 2017
Replies: 270
Views: 17977

Re: Turkish Aviation March 2017

Pegasus is selling 7 Boeing 737-800 to Air Lease Corporation in order to speed up the fleet transition to an A320neo fleet. No surprise. As noted in Reply 86 by LAXIntl, at their earnings event they stated they were looking to dispose 738 frames before their heavy checks due as part of more rapid t...

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by mercure1
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France and its A340s
Replies: 6
Views: 2407

Re: air France and it's a340's

340 fleet has already been shrinking.
Latest idea as announced in February is to move the remaining frames (10) to the "Boost" low cost/longhaul concept then shift to A350s in 2019 subject to negotiations.
Either way the most recent internal fleet plan shows 340 out in 2019.

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by mercure1
Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA Group Invest in Asiana
Replies: 3
Views: 923

Re: HNA Group Invest in Asiana

Its interesting to note, Kumho Holdings recently bought into inflight caterer Gate Gourmet Korea which HNA owns. So seems expansion of relationship from that.

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by mercure1
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa to send A380 to BKK W17-18
Replies: 16
Views: 3051

Re: Lufthansa to send A380 to BKK W17-18

So much for BKK being all low-yield and dominated by the ME3. It is low yield. Have you looked at dirt cheap fares including premium cabins? For LH specifics, BKK was one of the first markets where LH removed sale of F class on most flights back in 2013. Additionally LH has stated it assigns A380 o...

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by mercure1
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation March 2017
Replies: 270
Views: 17977

Re: Turkish Aviation March 2017

Typical NIgeria. They take 'consumer rights' very seriously including arresting executives.
Its all nonsense but such cases happen often but can have negative and odd outcomes for airlines.

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by mercure1
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France union calls for strike
Replies: 23
Views: 3897

Re: Air France union calls for strike

Another round of cabin crew industrial action is planned between 18–20 March.

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