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by Spiderguy252
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL
Replies: 54
Views: 5590

Re: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL

Any news on AI launching Tel Aviv, with or without overflights rights over KSA?

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with South African Airways?
Replies: 64
Views: 11534

Re: What's happening with South African Airways?

Nobody has mentioned the A330-900.

If 200-odd folks are SA's primary long haul clientele on any given route, what about that aircraft? How does the 332 do at present out of JNB?

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta eyes return to Persian Gulf region after US strikes deal with Qatar
Replies: 84
Views: 14367

Re: Delta eyes return to Persian Gulf region after US strikes deal with Qatar

B777LRF wrote:
I'll believe it when I see the first DL aircraft landing in Doha. At best it would be a tag-on, probably from Dubai.


You will have to count on the diplomatic rift in the Gulf region being resolved before that were possible.

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter
Replies: 59
Views: 11971

Re: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter

Past experience suggests that you shouldn't read too much into these announcements from SG/6E.

Believe it when you see it.

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways to launch second BLR-SIN flight
Replies: 10
Views: 1443

Jet Airways to launch second BLR-SIN flight

India’s leading private international airline, Jet Airways, will commence a second flight on the Bangalore Singapore route effective March 25, the start of the Summer 2018 schedule. The new flight will be an overnight red-eye flight with a morning return and will complement the existing day flight ...

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The decline in Gulf Air and Etihad: The common link- James Hogan
Replies: 23
Views: 7006

Re: The decline in Gulf Air and Etihad: The common link- James Hogan

What's factually wrong in what you have written is that the government of Abu Dhabi pulled out of GF to put their weight behind EY triggering the removal of AUH as hub. It was not the other way round. GF still kept a presence in Abu Dhabi with their Gulf Traveller fleet however, until they decided ...

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia
Replies: 65
Views: 11507

Re: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia

tvh wrote:
downdata wrote:
Wow 8 hrs in a nb is going to be rough... maybe long range nb isnt that great of an idea afterall...

It is more about the chair you are sitting in, which can be the same as in a WB.


But inevitably it will not. And therein lies the problem.

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by Spiderguy252
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1080
Views: 193683

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

Fully expecting some Eurowhite trash a la Finnair or China Eastern.

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8896

Re: Air India Privatization by June

PPVRA wrote:
We got lucky in Brazil that our government didn't step in to save those airlines. We started again with a clean slate and we're much better off for it.


Elaborate? What did Brazil do differently than the likes of India or Italy?

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 104
Views: 8896

Re: Air India Privatization by June

Believe it when you see it.

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 8 Abreast 787 vs 8 Abreast A330neo Economics
Replies: 21
Views: 4112

Re: 8 Abreast 787 vs 8 Abreast A330neo Economics

But the problem is when airlines go 10 abreast in A350 and 9 in A330 which have happened and these are the two smallest width economy seats currently flying. Edit: I think the 8 abreast 767 are on par with these too. Only low cost and charter carriers have 8 abreast in 767 and 9 abreast in A330. Ev...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VietJet converts 42 A320neo orders to A321neos
Replies: 44
Views: 5221

Re: VietJet converts 42 A320neo orders to A321neos

Not talking about Vietjet specifically - but I wonder how many of these conversions to later, larger models are influenced by the fact that the airline in question is strapped of funds to actually accept what they originally ordered, therefore kicking the can in such a fashion?

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's behind Finnair's success? Can OK learn from it?
Replies: 50
Views: 7107

Re: What's behind Finnair's success? Can OK learn from it?

Buying the XWB when it was still defined as the old A350 has been a masterstroke. They got the launch discounts and as I understood from their then CEO speaking at the time the upgrade to XWB was essentially free. So they got a vastly better plane for the price of the original A350. This has been s...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who flies the A340 to the U.S.
Replies: 65
Views: 10487

Re: Who flies the A340 to the U.S.

hOMSaR wrote:
I guess a follow-up question would be, what airlines fly the A340, but don't fly them to the US?


Qatar Airways for one.

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAE bans Tunisian females/EK flights banned/EK bans females from Tunisia
Replies: 34
Views: 12502

Re: UAE bans Tunisian females/EK flights banned/EK bans females from Tunisia

These Gulf countries and their airlines are so volatile with their decision making...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 8 Abreast 787 vs 8 Abreast A330neo Economics
Replies: 21
Views: 4112

Re: 8 Abreast 787 vs 8 Abreast A330neo Economics

In my opinion 787 is too wide for 8 abreast but slightly too narrow for 9 abreast. 777 is too wide for 9 abreast but slightly too narrow for 10 abreast. 767, A330, and A350 widths are perfect for 7, 8, and 9 abreast respectively. Thankfully Airbus doesn't make aircraft which gives airline such a ch...

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by Spiderguy252
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flashback 1987
Replies: 41
Views: 3553

Re: Flashback 1987

barney captain wrote:
That. Was. Awesome.

Thank you!

Can you clarify the (+) number? What does that refer to?


Forthcoming orders, I presume.

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Indian operations profitable for United Airlines?
Replies: 65
Views: 9613

Re: Are Indian operations profitable for United Airlines?

Nimish wrote:
The 3-3-3 seating on the 772 is welcome, as is the Y+ seating, and much preferred over AI's 3-3-3 on the 787 or the 3-4-3 on the 77W. Once UA move this route to a 3-4-3 on a 777, it will not be as pleasant a flight as it is right now.


AI are still 3-3-3 on all 777s for the moment.

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Joon unveils 7 new routes
Replies: 60
Views: 14199

Re: Joon unveils 7 new routes

Yet another one of those spin-off airlines that will meet its end sooner rather than later.

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans
Replies: 1136
Views: 193308

Re: Qantas 'excited' about NMA and assisting Boeing with definition

Just curious - were they 'excited' by the 777 when it was in the works?

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mumbai Airport Breaks World Record for Number of Flights in 24 Hours
Replies: 21
Views: 8075

Re: Mumbai Airport Breaks World Record for Number of Flights in 24 Hours

On paper, BOM has two runways, but the cross formation ensures that it is more efficient to only operate 09-27.

Though bizjets do take off from effectively 'half' of the other runway on occasion.

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish CEO: No need for the A380. Open for the idea
Replies: 25
Views: 10623

Re: Turkish CEO: No need for the A380. Open for the idea

Just like with EK, the O&D is irrelevant here and something that can be built over time. The India frequencies are important in order to sustain high volume traffic to the U.S. and Europe. The O&D is indeed relevant as the Indian entity uses that as a base for awarding traffic rights, and t...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish CEO: No need for the A380. Open for the idea
Replies: 25
Views: 10623

Re: Turkish CEO: No need for the A380. Open for the idea

That depends. Frequency and capacity are not mutually exclusive. If they were, the 779 (albeit smaller), would also be bad. EK doesn't seem to have a problem operating multiple A380 frequencies. I think why it doesn't make sense for TK is the fact that their biggest market is Europe which is a lot ...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Air India buy back Etihad's 77L?
Replies: 3
Views: 1215

Re: Will Air India buy back Etihad's 77L?

AI have been at a standstill for the last 5-6 months, coincidentally since the talk of divestment began. We have to wait for more clarity on this.

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Dutchy wrote:
Wow, they are storing planes not even 4 years old? https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... s/nwL5HQGy


What a waste.

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to retire the 77L
Replies: 139
Views: 38796

Re: Etihad to retire the 77L

AI have been static for a few months since the talk of the sell-off, so grandiose plans like the ^above^ may have to wait a wee bit longer.

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia to JNB & NBO from 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3194

Re: Alitalia to JNB & NBO from 2018

Any news on their DEL route?

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo Partners to order 430 A320s at Dubai
Replies: 124
Views: 30104

Re: Indigo Partners to order 430 A320s at Dubai

Funny - an airline called IndiGo have ordered 400+ A320s and A321s for just themselves.

I thought this was what the thread was about, that it was the formal signing of the order. Haven't heard of Indigo partners before.

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by Spiderguy252
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA next routes?
Replies: 40
Views: 3995

Re: BA next routes?

ISB - what has a new airport got to do with anything? The current airport can handle widebodies, and if BA isn't flying there now it suggests that there are other reasons - lack of traffic or otherwise that are at play. DAC - Biman isn't flying old planes on this route, IIRC they are deploying thei...

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by Spiderguy252
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA temp suspends DEL service due to air quality
Replies: 51
Views: 12766

Re: UA temp suspends DEL service due to air quality

All I'll say is, if you ever head to DEL out of choice you're doing something wrong. In years past I've always felt that this is a problem that will have to get worse before it gets better, and hopefully now it's at that stage where the government actually lays down the law and clean air abounds. As...

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA next routes?
Replies: 40
Views: 3995

Re: BA next routes?

ISB - what has a new airport got to do with anything? The current airport can handle widebodies, and if BA isn't flying there now it suggests that there are other reasons - lack of traffic or otherwise that are at play. DAC - Biman isn't flying old planes on this route, IIRC they are deploying their...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo Staff Manhandles Passenger At Delhi Airport
Replies: 8
Views: 1203

Re: IndiGo Staff Manhandles Passenger At Delhi Airport

"Do you know who I am?"

"How dare you touch me?"

"Come meet me outside and we'll see!"

Only in Delhi.

On a serious note, the firing of the baggage loader is a disgrace. Should be reinstated and IndiGo should apologize once more for that one.

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 839
Views: 161601

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

mandargb wrote:
IF they are rethinking 767.
Why not 757 please.
They have cockpit commonality anyway.
And they can find bunch of customers for 757 too, isn't it?


Surprised it took over a dozen pages for this reply to crop up. :lol:

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A321 not popular in India?
Replies: 16
Views: 4908

Re: Why is the A321 not popular in India?

I think it's a combination of factors. 1) The Indian domestic market is still not mature enough to support larger models. 2) With the exception of Delhi and Mumbai, Indian airports are not congested and have lots of capacity for extra frequencies. 3) Historically, airlines prefer the economics of t...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A321 not popular in India?
Replies: 16
Views: 4908

Re: Why is the A321 not popular in India?

Quick sidebar: Does AI still have the 4-bogie A320s they inherited? Too lazy to look it up, but figured someone reading this would know. They were converted back to 2 wheel units years back and some retired, per old articles. None were converted IIRC. They were retired without modifications. Can yo...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why long haul planes sit for a long time on ground...?
Replies: 41
Views: 9881

Re: Why long haul planes sit for a long time on ground...?

Before others chime in with the answer, let it be known that AI aren't the beacons of fleet planning and optimization.

There may be some valid reasons for those dwell times, but other airlines operating ULH flights all over the world more often than not turn around and head back in quick time.

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Boeing change 737 tail after the 737-200?
Replies: 11
Views: 3521

Re: Why did Boeing change 737 tail after the 737-200?

From memory, the early 737s had a cable extending from the tail to the front of the fuselage. Why was that there, why did it go away, and when?

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330-787-A350-777: Is there competition?
Replies: 4
Views: 1354

Re: A330-787-A350-777: Is there competition?

It's in the interest of both A and B to not craft airplanes that compete head-on against each other. Every aircraft rolled out as a 'competitor' is usually a notch slightly above or below what the other offers - be it in terms of range, payload or other factors - right from the 737 vs A320 to the 77...

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Southwest red-eye flights?
Replies: 33
Views: 5554

Re: Any Southwest red-eye flights?

I've seen WN's public presentation on this topic. The RES system was a problem preventing red-eyes, but that is resolved. The pilot contract has rates for red-eyes that Southwest considers unreasonable, but they *can* fly red-eyes per the contract. There is, however, another technical issue. The Op...

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ME3 & Caribbean/Central America
Replies: 19
Views: 1450

Re: ME3 & Caribbean/Central America

The ME3 rely heavily on pax from India / Australia / Europe flying into and out of their hubs. Only pax from Europe may potentially visit these destinations and the ME3 hubs cannot facilitate a connection seeing where they are.

Short answer.

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A300/A310 v 767
Replies: 83
Views: 16600

Re: A300/A310 v 767

I lived in Kuwait starting 1994, and flew all of KU's planes over the years - including their 5 x A300s and 3 x A310s. Wonderful aircraft, and I'd like to think that they contributed to my preference of Airbus over Boeing when given the choice. Of course, toward the end they got a little tatty but t...

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A321 not popular in India?
Replies: 16
Views: 4908

Re: Why is the A321 not popular in India?

Quick sidebar: Does AI still have the 4-bogie A320s they inherited? Too lazy to look it up, but figured someone reading this would know. Affirmative. These were the ones inherited from IC, and one of them is even carrying the Star livery: 2590130 However, they are being phased out as the NEOs enter...

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Turkish the new Emirates?
Replies: 41
Views: 6652

Re: Is Turkish the new Emirates?

Nowadays anybody can get arrested as terrorist for years without evidence. This is not good anyway, but to establish an airline hub, it's about the worst thing that can happen. Passengers that have to fear, that they might get arrested, if they use this hub to change the plane, will use an other hu...

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A321 not popular in India?
Replies: 16
Views: 4908

Re: Why is the A321 not popular in India?

I think it is all about the capacity, crew costs and aircraft operation costs. An LCC A320neo would be configured with 186 seats, an LCC A321neo would be configured with 239 seats. I am not sure what is the F/A requirement in India, but in EU or USA an A320neo with 186 seats needs 4 F/As, however a...

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by Spiderguy252
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A321 not popular in India?
Replies: 16
Views: 4908

Why is the A321 not popular in India?

There are currently just 20 A321s flying in India, all belonging to AI and delivered between 2007 - 2010. AI also operates A320s (CEOs & NEOs) and A319s, and both types individually outnumber the A321s in the fleet. IndiGo operates a large number of A320s, and have a humongous order for NEOs whi...

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by Spiderguy252
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KWI - SNN B77W KU177
Replies: 19
Views: 2094

Re: KWI - SNN B77W KU177

Funny, there was a story from a few months ago that claimed KWI-JFK was going to be direct and the SNN stop would cease.

What became of that?

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW
Replies: 89
Views: 15799

Re: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW

c) With decline in ME - USA capacity, and Jet integrating very well with DAL, offers possibility of non-stops from India to Delta Hubs. Airports like JFK, ATL do come in mind for at least BOM/DEL non-stops. These 777's offer an opportunistic way to add capacity. Jet can fly BOM-JFK with an owned an...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW
Replies: 89
Views: 15799

Re: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW

This means that their B77L services only are to India and to Pakistan. I wonder if Air India might be interested in buying back those B77Ls, given that there are routes for which they need that range (i.e., DEL-SFO). That may happen in more ways than you think. For one, offer them back to AI. In ad...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates marks 10 years of service to Canada
Replies: 48
Views: 4610

Re: Emirates marks 10 years of service to Canada

I am not sure if you are right on this one, Qantas is doing well and for many years compete with all the ME3, now they are doing very well cooperating, so maybe we could see one day AC cooperating and doing a good business with a ME3. "If you can't beat them join 'em". Scribbled all over ...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW
Replies: 89
Views: 15799

Re: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW

AI should have not sold the 77L; they should have densified it. They could still do this when they get back the 77Ls. Remove F, make J a better product (all-aisle access), and make Y 3-4-3. (Yes I know AI has one of the most spacious Y products in the business, buy 95% of passengers flying AI won't...

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