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by mdavies06
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chances of SQ starting another 5th freedom route from ICN?
Replies: 21
Views: 3496

Re: Chances of SQ starting another 5th freedom route from ICN?

As they're replacing SQ8/7 with SQ612/1 with exact departure time from SIN (0245) and exact equipment (77W) I doubt this would happen anytime soon; and SQ612/1 is a typical Japan/Korea regional turnaround flight number. Of course, we never know if they're planning to do another change shortly after...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern explores JV with BA
Replies: 8
Views: 1952

Re: China Southern explores JV with BA

The equity deals between AA-CZ and DL-MU means CZ will find OW better for itself than Skyteam. CZ is probably looking at how to make the change already so expect this to happen sometime in the near future.

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by mdavies06
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ resumes direct SIN-LAX on A359ULR from Nov 2, adds 3 weekly SIN-SFO A359ULR
Replies: 50
Views: 10056

Re: SQ resumes direct SIN-LAX on A359ULR from Nov 2, adds 3 weekly SIN-SFO A359ULR

If the A359 has such margins, why did SQ take out 50+ seats? There are no more seats on the A359 than on the 789 United is using https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Singapore_Air/Singapore_Air_Airbus_A350-900.php The A359 doesnt really seat more people. The cabin is the same length, the economy seats...

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by mdavies06
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ resumes direct SIN-LAX on A359ULR from Nov 2, adds 3 weekly SIN-SFO A359ULR
Replies: 50
Views: 10056

Re: SQ resumes direct SIN-LAX on A359ULR from Nov 2, adds 3 weekly SIN-SFO A359ULR

The US3 are not going to order A350 specifically to target SIN (or KUL, BKK, CGK, SGN) to the US. On the top page of the forum today there is a live thread about a potential widebody TG order and sure enough TG will end up order something which will enable them to fly BKK-SFO nonstop too. The Asian ...

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by mdavies06
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ resumes direct SIN-LAX on A359ULR from Nov 2, adds 3 weekly SIN-SFO A359ULR
Replies: 50
Views: 10056

Re: SQ resumes direct SIN-LAX on A359ULR from Nov 2, adds 3 weekly SIN-SFO A359ULR

In the last main thread on this topic in May, I mentioned SQ may not go beyond NYC SFO and LAX with the A359ULR for now. Feel sorry for the other top candidate cities e.g. YVR and ORD for missing out on this. Maybe SQ will consider those ports in a few years time. It is interesting that SQ opted to ...

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by mdavies06
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Spotting at Hong Kong
Replies: 8
Views: 279

Re: Spotting at Hong Kong

Don't worry about having to station yourself at just one part of the airside terminal. The terminal exterior are made of clear glass with minimal obstructions for viewing the aircrafts and the apron, so just freely move about anywhere airside to get the vantage point required. As the terminal is so ...

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by mdavies06
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saudi Arabian Airlines in Boeing 777X Order Talks
Replies: 19
Views: 3472

Re: Saudi Arabian Airlines in Boeing 777X Order Talks

Obviously it can be fake news, but it did say 3 sources informed Reuters. If only 1 source is insufficient, 3 separate sources should collectively be more trustworthy.

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by mdavies06
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Spotting at Hong Kong
Replies: 8
Views: 279

Re: Spotting at Hong Kong

Just to add a note on the airside, as every passenger gate in HKG on the airside are linked up, you can visit whichever gate at whatever time you need. If there is a specific aircraft or type or airline you need to see, you will need to schedule your time between airside and landside, as obviously o...

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by mdavies06
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Spotting at Hong Kong
Replies: 8
Views: 279

Re: Spotting at Hong Kong

Some area in the new north-south satellite finger concourse (airside) should be a good spotting point for the southern runway. The observation deck is good for an overview of the airport whichever runway config are in use, and in particular 25R (landing). The runway use is only dependent on wind dir...

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by mdavies06
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Spotting at Hong Kong
Replies: 8
Views: 279

Re: Spotting at Hong Kong

when runway 25L and 25R are in use, which is less common (say 1/4 of the time), observation deck is by far the best for landing. for departure, apart from observation deck and the new north-south satellite finger concourse (airside) both of which give a partial view, there are a few vantage points 1...

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by mdavies06
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Air Asia X ever fly back to Europe?
Replies: 31
Views: 5082

Re: Will Air Asia X ever fly back to Europe?

http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1398083

Yes TF named London in this thread. You probably didn't see this active thread. Better to discuss in the other thread as topic overlaps.

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by mdavies06
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Somber future for Cubana?
Replies: 8
Views: 1876

Re: Somber future for Cubana?

Why is there suddenly multiple threads at the top of the forum about Cubana? Is any major change due to happen soon?

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by mdavies06
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: My friend tried the BA A380 Upper Deck in World Traveller and wrote this review for YVR-LHR
Replies: 8
Views: 3945

Re: My friend tried the BA A380 Upper Deck in World Traveller and wrote this review for YVR-LHR

A proper sandwich at breakfast would be nice. Two slices of bread and philadelphia is pretty cheap for breakfast. It reminds me of some second tier national Eastern European flag carriers.

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by mdavies06
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: LAX-AMS on KLM's 747-400 on the Upper Deck
Replies: 6
Views: 3787

Re: LAX-AMS on KLM's 747-400 on the Upper Deck

Thanks for the write up. It is rare to see a KL J class report.

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by mdavies06
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian restructuring longhaul network, focus on US and China
Replies: 16
Views: 3492

Re: Austrian restructuring longhaul network, focus on US and China

The schedule of OS on HKG-VIE is a daylight flight. However, just because it is daylight it doesn't mean economics will be terrible. Remember that LH and LX are on redeye schedule already so it is a good alternative for LH group, plus KL AY SU SK(for now) and of course CX have daylight ex-HKG Florid...

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by mdavies06
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulf Air to cancel C-Series order
Replies: 53
Views: 13863

Re: Gulf Air to cancel C-Series order

For a carrier that flies to LHR and CDG occasionally on the A320 series I struggle to see how the C series is not suitable from the route economic perspective. I can't help but feel it is a missed opportunity for them.

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by mdavies06
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What happens when the checked baggage of a PAX already onboard *volunteers* to leave the plane for a later flight?
Replies: 12
Views: 1003

Re: What happens when the checked baggage of a PAX already onboard *volunteers* to leave the plane for a later flight?

On DL, I once took an itinerary DCA-ATL-MIA but with a pre-arranged 8 hours stopover at ATL so that I could tour downtown Atlanta. I did travel on my pre-booked flights and did not volunteer to move to an earlier or later flights. When I arrived in MIA, I was told to head straight to a DL agent offi...

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by mdavies06
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA W18 Austin 77W
Replies: 21
Views: 5470

Re: BA W18 Austin 77W

When is BA expected to roll out 3-4-3 in Y for their LHR based 777? Is it due to start this year?

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by mdavies06
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United daily double SFO-SIN will cancel LAX-SIN
Replies: 121
Views: 20761

Re: United daily double SFO-SIN will cancel LAX-SIN

Flying daytime westbound enable some feed from SFO end but this late arrival into SIN will pretty much mean all travellers are terminating at SIN. The arrival at 8:55p into SFO will also limit the connection at the SFO side. UA has the numbers so they make the call but I'd rather keep the LAX nonst...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trip to Saigon with SQ, and my Longest Ever Flight Delay
Replies: 8
Views: 4281

Re: Trip to Saigon with SQ, and my Longest Ever Flight Delay

The handling from the outstation staffs looks pretty efficient. Thumbs up to SQ on this one. Probably as much as they could do given the circumstances. I can only imagine it turning to a 24 hours delay had you chosen to fly a LCC.

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by mdavies06
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United daily double SFO-SIN will cancel LAX-SIN
Replies: 121
Views: 20761

Re: United daily double SFO-SIN will cancel LAX-SIN

Flying daytime westbound enable some feed from SFO end but this late arrival into SIN will pretty much mean all travellers are terminating at SIN. The arrival at 8:55p into SFO will also limit the connection at the SFO side. UA has the numbers so they make the call but I'd rather keep the LAX nonsto...

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by mdavies06
Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No UK-UAE LCC Service?
Replies: 39
Views: 3764

Re: Why No UK-UAE LCC Service?

It is to do with yield and range. It will take a widebody to fly to DXB or DWC today from the UK. With so many gulf carriers to choose from to fly to the UAE and all of them operating at low cost base, it will be hard for European LCC to operate in this market with meaningful yield versus for exampl...

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by mdavies06
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KE - Secondary Europe
Replies: 84
Views: 7203

Re: KE - Secondary Europe

KE and OZ try secondary Europe markets seasonally for a number of years now. I believe PRG and BCN were started this way a few years ago as an example. It is a good way to test a market for them before turning regular services. My guess is all three (BSL OSL ZAG) are medium emerging markets that are...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there really a capacity problem at LHR?
Replies: 6
Views: 2140

Re: Is there really a capacity problem at LHR?

My understanding about slot sitting at BA is an over exaggerated issue. Ignoring the sun routes that runs only on the weekends, I struggle to see a single short haul route that has any slot sitting going on. If you look at BA route network ex-LHR versus say Easyjet and Ryanair ex-London, the breadth...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus new US routes announcements
Replies: 20
Views: 3246

Re: Aer Lingus new US routes announcements

http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1389993&hilit=EI

Please can we continue discussion in the above thread? It is the same topic. The latest post was only 2 weeks ago in this thread.

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by mdavies06
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is happening in HKG today?
Replies: 3
Views: 823

Re: What is happening in HKG today?

Thunderstorms moving across HKG late morning and early afternoon. Any delay in arrivals or departures that you see now (now is night time local) are due to the cascading effect from earlier today.

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by mdavies06
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Time travelling to USSR: An-24 to Odesa and overlanding through Transnistria PMR
Replies: 17
Views: 3646

Re: Time travelling to USSR: An-24 to Odesa and overlanding through Transnistria PMR

Once I read up to the part about giving local TV interview, I actually wonder what they actually showed on TV? I am sure they will translate it into a positive spin no matter what you actually said though.

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by mdavies06
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA, COMAC sign deal for 200 C919, 100 ARJ21 jets: HNA Bailout
Replies: 52
Views: 7092

Re: HNA, COMAC sign deal for 200 C919, 100 ARJ21 jets: HNA Bailout

Report claim a group of HNA group executive have been send to Yan'an, the Mecca for Communist Party of China, to learn about the spirit of the party and the spirit of Xi Jin Ping. They are also going to open a training base at a party school, and executives are dressed in revolution-era party unifo...

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by mdavies06
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: China Southern Airlines Experiences
Replies: 14
Views: 1425

Re: China Southern Airlines Experiences

As a separate question, does CZ broadcast regular calls for passengers to stay seated at the smallest degree of turbulence in LONG haul flights too? I have only flown them in domestic sectors. In one of my recent sector they issued somewhere around 15 calls to remind passengers to stay seated. In al...

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by mdavies06
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern to launch Luxembourg link from central Chinese city Zhengzhou
Replies: 40
Views: 4919

Re: China Eastern to launch Luxembourg link from central Chinese city Zhengzhou

Just found another article about the air link (Off People's Daily...so it has to be accurate) http://ha.people.com.cn/n2/2018/0615/c356896-31709283.html It mentioned that the flight is likely to start off as charter in September, and eventually moving to scheduled flight. Not surprisingly, tons of ...

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by mdavies06
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern to launch Luxembourg link from central Chinese city Zhengzhou
Replies: 40
Views: 4919

Re: China Eastern to launch Luxembourg link from central Chinese city Zhengzhou

If this is a cargo flight, it will be massively successful. CGO is now one of China top cargo airport thanks to the likes of Foxconn. I hope it is a misunderstanding that this is going to be a passenger flight as LUX will have virtually no demand from Henan. Something like LHR, CDG, FCO or MOW is pr...

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by mdavies06
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will CX/HX/UA start HKG-SEA-HKG anytime soon?
Replies: 69
Views: 5481

Re: Will CX/HX/UA start HKG-SEA-HKG anytime soon?

I'd expect both CX and HX to now prioritise SEA over other cities in the US now that DL is dropping out, thus losing the main competitor on this route. I see SEA is a niche destination but look at how BR manage to fly there so successfully with over 1 daily frequency which is pretty rare for BR amon...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A Nightmare with China Southern (and a short hop with Korean Air) Seoul-Dubai
Replies: 11
Views: 7381

Re: A Nightmare with China Southern (and a short hop with Korean Air) Seoul-Dubai

Thanks for the write up. It sucks when this sort of thing happens. I don't think CZ has that many flights to DXB (maybe 2 daily flights at most) so if one of the flight misconnects it can be a day wait until the next. To be honest I am not even sure if you would have made the Urumqi-DXB leg under an...

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by mdavies06
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka
Replies: 308
Views: 28088

Re: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka

The route cut is sad news. NW has been flying regularly to HKG since 1950s or 1960s(?) and I don't think it ever stopped since at least the 1990s. I would attribute this most directly to DL's decision to not take up the 787 which would have saved the route. However, I suppose they probably ran the n...

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by mdavies06
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sichuan Airlines applies for Boston service
Replies: 46
Views: 3454

Re: Sichuan Airlines applies for Boston service

This sort of flight is just commercial suicide. Who would want to land at 00:15 am to start with. Besides, CTU is on the wrong side of China and BOS the wrong side of the US for China-US connection. I think they should at least try to build up to daily on LAX SFO JFK before trying anything new. I un...

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by mdavies06
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 - 5 - 2 Configuration on a 777
Replies: 48
Views: 8749

Re: 2 - 5 - 2 Configuration on a 777

keesje wrote:


17 years ago. You have been on a.net for a long time.

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by mdavies06
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas looking at ULR flights to CDG and FRA after successful launch of PER-LHR flights
Replies: 42
Views: 7064

Re: Qantas looking at ULR flights to CDG and FRA after successful launch of PER-LHR flights

I wonder if QF could consider a 2nd daily on the same route PER-LHR? If London is much more popular than the second closest (CDR, FRA), potentially they can look at increasing the frequency. Alternatively, how about swapping the 787 with an A380? How much extra payload restriction will it be versus ...

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by mdavies06
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ to start LAX non-stop; considering additional US city
Replies: 100
Views: 12760

Re: SQ to start LAX non-stop; considering additional US city

One point to consider is where in the US they believe they can fly the A350-900ULR to that will be served without Y already today. Is SQ willing to launch a brand new city without selling Y class on its own metal - in this case it will be new strategy for SQ. If not, then it will be only SFO or IAH ...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!
Replies: 253
Views: 23030

Re: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!

The load is looking good on the DUB route at least in Y yes. Just looking at the summer peak of July-Sept and just on ex-HKG tickets, looks like the lowest summer Y fare tickets are pretty much sold out already which is slightly early for a European route. Comparing to a number of other European rou...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 561
Views: 100530

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

Airbus should try harder to broaden the program customer appeal. It is obviously very clear that the program is now running mainly for one single customer only, however it certainly helps to ring up top up orders from other customers as well. As for IAG, the A380 does have its place primarily at BA ...

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by mdavies06
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can "device" type ife be improved to make it closer to seatback ife?
Replies: 17
Views: 1309

Re: Can "device" type ife be improved to make it closer to seatback ife?

Some of the newest seat being rolled out by a number of full service carriers in Y now feature a dedicated tablet folder. A horizontal strip of plastic hinge that will support tablet/smartphone and hold small items such as glasses. A USB charging port is also included. This achieve what you have des...

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by mdavies06
Thu May 31, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC
Replies: 75
Views: 5948

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

Long haul LCC is a major threat TODAY for CX. Look at Hainan, CZ, MU, CA, Tianjin, Sichuan, Xiamen and other Chinese regional airlines. They are low cost airlines - lower cost than most world major airlines. Even Tibet airlines (based in Chengdu I believe, not Lhasa) has long haul ambition and it ac...

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by mdavies06
Sat May 26, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prelude to Middle East hubs losing clout as super connector in the wake of growing nonstop links bypassing them?
Replies: 64
Views: 9166

Re: Prelude to Middle East hubs losing clout as super connector in the wake of growing nonstop links bypassing them?

It is interesting that you start a new thread without explicitly referencing China which is what you usually do. The thread of ME3 comes up monthly. The latest are the below. http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1391441&hilit=ME3 http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3...

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by mdavies06
Fri May 18, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal
Replies: 78
Views: 10632

Re: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal

To me it makes sense to hold off fleet renewal. From personal experience for the past few years quite often OS comes up as one of the cheapest choices for both short haul when travelling around Europe (say from London to Eastern Europe) or in long haul. I am not sure what their corporate client base...

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by mdavies06
Fri May 18, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation ambitions of interior West China: XIY, KMG, CKG, CTU target world-class airports with rwys ≥4, pax ≥100 million
Replies: 9
Views: 916

Re: Aviation ambitions of interior West China: XIY, KMG, CKG, CTU target world-class airports with rwys ≥4, pax ≥100 mil

It make complete sense to do it now that the labour cost is still relatively low in these parts of China. It is not that they are full at the moment at any of these airports today, but it is entirely possible they will in say 10-20 years time. To be fair, the airspace over these airports and the air...

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