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by vhtje
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Süddeutsche Zeitung: Lufthansa considering bid on Norwegian
Replies: 39
Views: 5597

Re: Süddeutsche Zeitung: Lufthansa considering bid on Norwegian

Largest shareholders in Norwegian Air Shuttle HBK HOLDING AS 11,85% FOLKETRYGDFONDET 7,10% J.P. MORGAN SECURITIES PLC 4,88% VERDIPAPIRFONDET DNB NORGE (IV) 4,62% FERD AS 4,21% DANSKE INVEST NORSKE INSTIT. II. 2,78% DANSKE BANK A/S 2,28% CLEARSTREAM BANKING S.A. 1,77% SNEISUNGEN AS 1,67% DNB NOR MAR...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Süddeutsche Zeitung: Lufthansa considering bid on Norwegian
Replies: 39
Views: 5597

Re: Süddeutsche Zeitung: Lufthansa considering bid on Norwegian

Hmmm bidding war with IAG, anyone?

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by vhtje
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 6569

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

I'm not Australian, but I do remember Ansett well - and enjoyed my flights with them - they had a different "personality" than Qantas (or even TAA), but reviving dead airlines hasn't worked too well elsewhere (i.e., Braniff, Eastern, Pan Am in the U.S.). But what would the bottom line of ...

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by vhtje
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 6569

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

Does the brand "Virgin" really hold that much weight anymore? Roll back 20-25 years ago and yep, it was kind of different, kind of edgy, kind of fresh but I think we have moved on. Gen X and possibly some Gen Y HAD an affiliation with the brand but its kind of like watching your half cut ...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Britains First Sharia Airline
Replies: 121
Views: 16529

Re: Britains First Sharia Airline

Can we please fix the thread title? It should be "Britain's First Sharia Airline" i.e. with correct use of the possessive case. Sorry but it is driving my OCD around the bend. After reading the article, I am no clearer on where he will be based, or where his airline will fly. He cannot be ...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to retain A380s
Replies: 42
Views: 8932

Re: MH to retain A380s

Read some where the reconfguration cost around 20million to be completed hence the Project HOPE is now abandoned. I wonder if that is why the MH A380 aircraft were not sold to BA? There has been no movement by IAG on any of the A380s on the secondhand market, despite WW’s earlier enthusiasm for the...

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by vhtje
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG and the A350
Replies: 49
Views: 9644

Re: IAG and the A350

IAG will order whichever aircraft is the best fit for the recipient airline's route economics, it is simple as that. It does not matter which manufacturer it is: fleeting decisions are largely based on economics. So for some airlines for some routes, it will be A. For others, it will be B. And it wi...

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by vhtje
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy - poised to become Italy's new flag carrier?
Replies: 54
Views: 11232

Re: Air Italy - poised to become Italy's new flag carrier?

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LupineChemist wrote:
Going off memory, so probably mistaken, but I believe it's at 15%


It's just over 20%, actually:

http://www.iairgroup.com/phoenix.zhtml? ... ingsshares

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 452
Views: 80201

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

Flyglobal wrote:
WW wanted a price below Emirates.


How do you know that? Do you have a source for that claim?

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by vhtje
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways named as Oneworld connect partner
Replies: 19
Views: 2506

Re: Fiji Airways named as Oneworld connect partner

My money is on EI being announced as the next oneworld connect airline.

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by vhtje
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 29380

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

What big j markets was qf missing out on outside of akl wlg chc zqn? I'm guessing 80% of new Zealand's population is within a couple of hours drive from these 4 airports. Where's the upside for qf (the nz upside is far more obvious) particularly given they already have a player in the domestic nz m...

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by vhtje
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter
Replies: 108
Views: 11185

Re: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter

Nothing see here. You think a baggage handler working on minimum wage gives two figs about your precious bag? Or even knows (or cares) that you paid £25 to check it? (And I am speaking in general, I am not making a slur on the person in the video) Baggage handlers have one objective only: to get bag...

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by vhtje
Wed May 30, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia first A350 takes flight
Replies: 43
Views: 5794

Re: Iberia first A350 takes flight

wingman wrote:
You must be looking at the wrong link. It takes a very special livery to make an A350 in flight look butt ugly, and IB's is one of them. Egads.


I'd say it's boring, not ugly.

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by vhtje
Wed May 30, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How far out of the way will people connect?
Replies: 105
Views: 4446

Re: How far out of the way will people connect?

I'm going LHR > HEL > DOH > SYD (and return) in November. QR had an insane sale earlier in the year, and I managed to snag a Club/J fare Europe to SYD for £2,200 - there was a fare for £1,900 from OSL but it was sold out by the time I made the booking, so I grabbed HEL for £2,200 instead. Previously...

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by vhtje
Tue May 29, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC
Replies: 75
Views: 5862

Re: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC

Actually QF's expertise on JQ would have been terrible they entire JQ operation is subsidized by QF;s operations Proof, and source, please. I am not interested in your opinion. I am interested, please, in hard facts that can back up the claim in your post. Please do show me where in QF's annual rep...

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by vhtje
Tue May 29, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC
Replies: 75
Views: 5862

Re: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC

You never know whether QF asked CX or not (Yes, the "QF and CX hate each other" is mostly quibblings on a.net or other aviation forums, but I can't really say it's completely false, either). Maybe QF literally ignored CX and went with MU instead (MU would helped with the lucrative mainlan...

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by vhtje
Tue May 29, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC
Replies: 75
Views: 5862

Re: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC

Umm...maybe CX was not all that interested? LCC in the region (particularly NE Asia i.e. South Korea/Japan) was in its infancy. But that is my point: by partnering with QF, CX would gain access to expertise on running a LCC and therefore rapid deployment of a known working model (and, to a lesser e...

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by vhtje
Tue May 29, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Perth to London Problems on Qantas?
Replies: 67
Views: 20353

Re: Perth to London Problems on Qantas?

How reputable/reliable is DJ's Aviation as a source? I have tried to watch one of his videos on the 787 before, but found it so amateurish and full of subjective opinion it was unwatchable - it felt, to me, like something an overenthusiastic kid put together in his bedroom. He certainly needs coachi...

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by vhtje
Tue May 29, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC
Replies: 75
Views: 5862

Re: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC

I never understood why CX didn't 'do a Japan Airlines' and setup a Jetstar franchise in HK with QF. Yes, I know according to this forum QF and CX "do not get on" but what does that even mean? They are both business that exist to make money and if the idea is mutually and financially benefi...

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by vhtje
Mon May 28, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier addressing one of the Q400s disadvantages vis-a-vis the ATR72
Replies: 19
Views: 6264

Re: Bombardier addressing one of the Q400s disadvantages vis-a-vis the ATR72

I was in Porsche sales for 6 years and had many BMW customers over those years. BMW have terrible resale values. BMW Financial Services heavily subsidizes the residuals, making the vehicles lease cheap and customers happy. This is why you see so many on the road. Resale value wise, they are the wor...

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by vhtje
Fri May 25, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta ends JFK-Havana, return authority
Replies: 72
Views: 6481

Re: Delta ends JFK-Havana, return authority

For the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone would want to visit a country whose citizens would willingly risk their lives and more over the lives of their children to escape from! Travel to that country is a disgrace and appalling! Thank God Delta lost money on the route and is calling it qu...

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by vhtje
Fri May 25, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What does "SSR: BRLT" mean on my AirSerbia boarding pass?
Replies: 9
Views: 1966

Re: What does "SSR: BRLT" mean on my AirSerbia boarding pass?

Boring Repetitious Little Twat?
Beautifully Romantic Lothario Traveller?
Bombastic Reverend Lutheran Theist?

.... I could go on (but won't!)

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by vhtje
Fri May 25, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh
Replies: 88
Views: 22005

Re: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh

I'm confused. The frangipani (?) flower on the tail of the 787 model is not consistent with the branding shown and discussed earlier on in the thread and now apparent on their website. Is the 787 model really a final version of the new livery?

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by vhtje
Thu May 24, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 344
Views: 18719

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

Wow, if this is true, then it means a state actor, Russia, committed an act of war on an innocent civilian target. What motive does/did Russia have for this horrific act? Was it a deliberate act or did they mistake the MH 777 for something else, i.e. a military transporter? To me, it seems hard to ...

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by vhtje
Wed May 16, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6170

Re: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?

They can't sit on unused slots at LHR - it is a use it or lose it system - unless a slot is actually used on at least 80% of all possible dates it can be confiscated by the slot coordinators without compensation and reallocated to another airline. That said, slots that aren't required at the moment...

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by vhtje
Wed May 16, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6170

Re: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?

If this rumour is true, from where would VS get the slot pair? Are VS/DL sitting on unused slots?

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by vhtje
Tue May 15, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wow Air to announce flights to Delhi
Replies: 161
Views: 15601

Re: Wow Air to announce flights to Delhi

I flew WOW this week. In fact, I am in Reykjavik as I type this. My advice is to be cautious. A Google search will uncover horror stories of poor customer service, particularly when things go awry (although WW would hardly be alone amongst LCCs in this regard). WW in particular have a reputation for...

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by vhtje
Tue May 15, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA kicks off 1st class pax for serving drinks to economy pax
Replies: 30
Views: 7666

Re: AA kicks off 1st class pax for serving drinks to economy pax

I have done that on two occasions, but not as obnoxiously as this man did. The first time I was seated in Club upstairs on a BA 747. My partner was downstairs in Premium Economy. The CSD came and asked if there was anything he could do for me, so I cheekily asked if a glass of champagne could please...

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by vhtje
Tue May 15, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to Close Pilot Base in NYC
Replies: 83
Views: 9669

Re: Alaska to Close Pilot Base in NYC

jfklganyc wrote:
I feel bad for these guys. Local or east coast based. It was rumored.


True, but with the worldwide shortage of pilots they will find reemployment easily, correct?

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by vhtje
Sun May 06, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in a third runway at Heathrow world
Replies: 44
Views: 6845

Re: British Airways in a third runway at Heathrow world

This future scenario has been interesting me. Inevtiably Heathrow will get a third runway, I very strongly disagree with that statement. It is a myth on this forum that the third runway at Heathrow is approved. It is not yet approved. All that has happened is that the Government made a decision to ...

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by vhtje
Fri May 04, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies
Replies: 170
Views: 33456

Re: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies

Can we please change the thread title? The linked article says IAG is in talks with Boeing, not BA.

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by vhtje
Fri May 04, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies
Replies: 170
Views: 33456

Re: British Airways close to ordering Boeing Widebodies

"The airline chief said that he was also having "very good dialogue" with U.S. firm General Electric over new engines for both narrow and wide-body planes" My detective work on what "wide body" might mean... The A350 is ruled out since the A350 is exclusively Trent 100...

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by vhtje
Fri May 04, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 47698

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

Interesting that the vote was unanimous. I wonder if that means a) the board thinks IAG will offer more or b) the board believes their current strategy will succeed.

I wonder what IAG's next move will be?

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by vhtje
Tue May 01, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Special Order Gourmet Food on Long haul Flights
Replies: 16
Views: 1942

Re: Special Order Gourmet Food on Long haul Flights

Google ‘BA’, ‘M&S’, ‘Buy on board’ and ‘disaster’ to see real life experiences that show how well your idea is panning out at British Airways....

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by vhtje
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: is there somewhere in the world where smoking in commercial planes is still allowed for passengers?
Replies: 58
Views: 5098

Re: is there somewhere in the world where smoking in commercial planes is still allowed for passengers?

I was on a very new BA 787-9 just on Monday and was surprised to see an ashtray provided in the lavatory.

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by vhtje
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World’s Most Valuable and Strongest Airline Brands Revealed, with US3 Taking the Top 3 Spots
Replies: 50
Views: 10316

Re: World’s Most Valuable and Strongest Airline Brands Revealed, with US3 Taking the Top 3 Spots

How believable are these data though? I'd love to know what some of their methods were, as I have a ton of trouble believing that "the world" would be anything more than passively familiar with the likes of Southwest, relative to airlines that actually fly to their continent (let alone co...

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First flight today of IB to SFO
Replies: 6
Views: 1141

Re: First flight today of IB to SFO

Are BA handling IB in SFO? With the IB6174 18:00 departure being in the middle of the BA departures (BA284 at 16:35 and BA286 at 19:35), it is going to be tight. Will IB use the already very crowded BA lounges? Which gates will they use?

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack
Replies: 177
Views: 20634

Re: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack

I suspect we are not being given the full story here. It is indisputable that it is illegal to bring fresh fruit (among other things) into the US without declaring them. From that, I am extrapolating that Ms Tadlock made a false declaration on her custom form and declared she had no fruit when, in f...

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by vhtje
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many passengers does ANA Boeing 777-300 domestic take ?
Replies: 35
Views: 4747

Re: How many passengers does ANA Boeing 777-300 domestic take ?

Mortyman wrote:
I'm thinking it's gonna be cramped ... :-)


Yes. but also remember domestic Japanese widebodies do not do longhaul, so require and are equipped with fewer galleys and loos, for example. That means more seats. Plus, they are not very premium seat-heavy compared to a longhaul-configured aircraft.

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by vhtje
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Thread-starter appears after first reply
Replies: 18
Views: 1934

Re: Thread-starter appears after first reply

I concur: it is getting much worse over the last two weeks. It is making reading the forums confusing and difficult.

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by vhtje
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bathroom cleaning on long haul flights
Replies: 109
Views: 14236

Re: Bathroom cleaning on long haul flights

How difficult is it, as a passenger, to leave the lavatory in the state in which you would like to find it? That was how I was brought up, so I assiduously clean up after myself and wipe down the sink and any spills I might have inadvertently made. A moment's consideration for others is all it takes...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What all does a lease return entail?
Replies: 7
Views: 938

Re: What all does a lease return entail?

Well, think of when you return a rental property to the landlord. Sometimes you return it with furniture; other times the furniture is yours and you return the property empty. Sometimes you are required to pay for a cleaner upon vacating the property; other times you are not. It is a gross oversimpl...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airline's new suites may need redesign
Replies: 28
Views: 8872

Re: Singapore Airline's new suites may need redesign

Looking at the seat map, they are going to have an awfully difficult time redesigning they layout to make the door openings staggered. I suppose making one of the layouts of the single suite a mirror image of itself, and swapping the position of the double suites might do it, if the suite was not eq...

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to start PER-JNB from 7 December 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 6223

Re: Qantas to start PER-JNB from 7 December 2018

I may be off the mark here (I am no expert on ETOPS) but I thought flights SA <-> Australia were ETOPS-restricted? Didn't VA pull out of the market because they had to fly a much lounger and uneconomical routing on their 77Ws compared to Qantas' shorter 744 operations on the same route?

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by vhtje
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"
Replies: 11
Views: 2946

Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

I'm in F on an ex-US 321 next month. I'm not really looking forward to it at all, unfortunately. Oh, do come on. You'll be in F. It's. Not. That . Bad. Not great, mind, but not bad. The lack of a power socket was my biggest bugbear. I think it lacked WiFi as well, but I could be wrong. I just loade...

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by vhtje
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are your “must-have” carry-on items you take onboard for a pleasant and comfortable flight?
Replies: 27
Views: 1099

Re: What are your “must-have” carry-on items you take onboard for a pleasant and comfortable flight?

The list varies slightly depending upon if it is short haul or long haul. Short haul: - Noise Cancelling headset (best investment ever for a frequent flyer like myself) - iPad loaded with catchup BBC shows/Netflix/iTunes movies - Magazine - charging cables for my iPhone/iPad - bottle of water Long h...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 347
Views: 54461

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

You can stick to your RPK figure if you wish, but QF/JQ domestic carried over 9 mil pax for the first quarter 2017/2018 financial year, while international QF/JQ was just under 3.7 mil. Without domestic, QF would revert back to the pre-merger with Australian Airlines days, a small time player in a ...

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by vhtje
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa looking to expand in Asia Pacific
Replies: 50
Views: 11818

Re: Lufthansa looking to expand in Asia Pacific

Lufthansa must regain its leadership in Southeast Asia What does that even mean? LH will never be the leading airline in SE Asia there are simply too many local airlines. Do you mean leading European airline in the region? Or the leading German airline? But how are you defining “leading”? The numbe...

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand announces ORD-AKL
Replies: 80
Views: 13723

Re: Air New Zealand announces ORD-AKL

Because New Zealand is part of a continent which currently has no direct flights to ORD... its already been discussed. I hate to be pedantic, but New Zealand is not part of any continent. It is two large and approximately 600 small islands. It is true, that geologically speaking, it forms part of m...

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