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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: 4683

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: 4683

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: 68
Views: 5082

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: 6
Views: 4117

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: 224
Views: 19545

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: 3269

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: 8676

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: 7026

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: 12622

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: 134
Views: 13083

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: 452
Views: 80188

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: 1274

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: 5857

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: 9104

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: 10579

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: 911

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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by mdavies06
Fri May 11, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump says NO to historic Chinese censorship on Taiwan/HKG/Macau
Replies: 50
Views: 4051

Re: Trump says NO to historic Chinese censorship on Taiwan/HKG/Macau

I support the US government for hurting China for this type of 'Orwellian nonsense'. Let the current US-China bilateral freeze indefinitely and in fact please go as far as to cap Chinese carrier access to the US market. It is not like UA DL AA are in need of more competition anyway. The Chinese carr...

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by mdavies06
Fri May 11, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway
Replies: 56
Views: 6423

Re: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway

For London I would love to see an airline experimenting redeye westbound to North America. I think a small fraction of O&D passengers will find it attractive to fly on a 2-3am departure to MIA or LAX which will land at around 6am local at those airports. Currently an issue with the departure ban...

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by mdavies06
Fri May 11, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st Aircraft in Lufthansa updated Livery. D-ABVM (B744)
Replies: 92
Views: 17752

Re: 1st Aircraft in Lufthansa updated Livery. D-ABVM (B744)

They need to make the crane and the circle on the tail fin much bolder.

I'll bet in a grey or rainy day, or at nighttime, the revised logo on the tail fin will still be barely visible.

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by mdavies06
Fri May 11, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Video Trip Report - Komiaviatrans ИГ48 ARH-KSZ in L410 - Frozen Arctic
Replies: 6
Views: 1628

Re: Video Trip Report - Komiaviatrans ИГ48 ARH-KSZ in L410 - Frozen Arctic

Thanks for the trip report. It is rare to see these destinations coming up on a.net.

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by mdavies06
Thu May 10, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific in Germany
Replies: 19
Views: 5417

Re: Cathay Pacific in Germany

There was a facebook post back in January 2018 referring to some frequency additions to FRA being planned. This post (along with other ‘CX Secrets' posts from other posters) can be speculative even though the information could genuinely be from CX internally. I also note a couple of the points in th...

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by mdavies06
Fri May 04, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: LAN Airlines CC-CQF LA801 AKL - SYD | Photos and Videos
Replies: 3
Views: 3482

Re: LAN Airlines CC-CQF LA801 AKL - SYD | Photos and Videos

Thanks for posting this. The IFE would have been quite ancient if it is today. Glad they switched to 787 now.

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by mdavies06
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: German Study tour part 3: I'll be home for Christmas DUB-ORD-SDF
Replies: 4
Views: 2750

Re: German Study tour part 3: I'll be home for Christmas DUB-ORD-SDF

Great pictures. Which app did you use to overlay these photos with words and graphics?

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by mdavies06
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hong Kong Airlines Y Experience?
Replies: 13
Views: 833

Re: Hong Kong Airlines Y Experience?

Two hours is not that long (especially if) you are changing airlines (thus may need to collect new boarding passes). HX has only a handful of A359 which means delay cascading is possible. You haven't stated which airport you are flying from - but note that some routes e.g. LAX and SFO have tight tur...

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by mdavies06
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 264
Views: 34322

Re: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!

Lufthansa is actually looking to merge with Tarom but just wasn't announced yet. I wish LH and RO all the best on their future endeavour ;) 4895265,4885157 In all seriousness, the crane and the white circle are completely invisible in the A359 tailfin. Please can they be at least enlarged / go to a ...

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by mdavies06
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ considering 3rd ULH destination and additional A359LRs
Replies: 114
Views: 18051

Re: SQ considering 3rd ULH destination and additional A359LRs

What is the maximum current number of flights allowed in the bilateral for SQ to Canada? I remember SQ was limited to only 4-5 (?) weekly flights to YVR when they were still flying to it? Wouldn't it makes more sense to fly to YVR non-stop first before YYZ as YVR-SIN will be shorter and demand highe...

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by mdavies06
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: New BA Club World Service: LHR-JFK (w/pics)
Replies: 8
Views: 9915

Re: New BA Club World Service: LHR-JFK (w/pics)

fbgdavidson, what a pleasure to read your latest flight report. This and your previous reports are truly enjoyable. There is a small connection here as I too have met Mr Diamond before (in my case a very brief encounter with a hand shake whilst he visited the Barclays office where I work). He was a ...

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by mdavies06
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ considering 3rd ULH destination and additional A359LRs
Replies: 114
Views: 18051

Re: SQ considering 3rd ULH destination and additional A359LRs

I do hope SQ will take a look at GRU. Opening GRU would open up plenty of secondary cities in East Asia with 1-stops to Brazil. Will the 359ULR be nonstop both ways or does it need to make a stop westbound? I don't think SQ will configure the flight as J class only for GRU.

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by mdavies06
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?
Replies: 74
Views: 18275

Re: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?

Any reasons why joint-venture partners JL and AY have wingtip ops out of HEL for NRT? I guess it has to do with the HEL end which only has two main banks of departure to the Far East and the NRT curfew at night. The midnight departure bank ex-HEL is useless for AY as arrival time into NRT will be i...

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by mdavies06
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Narrowbodies from Korea to the UK, P.5, Astana-Minsk-Gatwick, Belavia Boeing 737-800/Boeing 737-500
Replies: 10
Views: 6013

Re: Narrowbodies from Korea to the UK, P.5, Astana-Minsk-Gatwick, Belavia Boeing 737-800/Boeing 737-500

Thanks for the report. It is an interesting read, this and the previous TRs on the same trip.

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by mdavies06
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 75
Views: 9602

Re: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W

Sorry if I am missing something obvious about 2 points: A number of posters above state that EK operating cost is lower than NZ, but is this also true for DXB-DPS-AKL as DPS-AKL will presumably be operated with crews originating from its Dubai base, thus making the 5th freedom leg actually quite exp...

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by mdavies06
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Several European airlines struggling at MIA
Replies: 68
Views: 13785

Re: Several European airlines struggling at MIA

VS has been in the MIA markets for decades and I am sure they are finding their own niche in MIA EI is a new starter in MIA so some time is needed to access their business before any conclusion can be made WW is an LCC operating using a330 relying purely on connection - its success was never guarant...

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by mdavies06
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Reversal of a Rebranding
Replies: 38
Views: 4778

Re: Reversal of a Rebranding

JL has now gone back to the logo ( tsurumaru ) they once had in the 1990s. In the 2000s, they had the 'Rising Sun' as logo. But to the OP's post, this example wasn't exactly an immediate reversal.

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by mdavies06
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Announces non stop flights to EWR
Replies: 128
Views: 17786

Re: Emirates Announces non stop flights to EWR

...EK has become the defacto national airline of India. Indians don't like AI. No, it's not. International market share by carrier AI 16% 9W-14.5% EK 9.9%, EY-5%, QR-3.9% 6E-3.5% Though the original statement probably is still true at least for all markets based West of Dubai in the long haul secto...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA A380 Business Class - Really that bad?
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Re: BA A380 Business Class - Really that bad?

Service wise LX is in general more attentive than BA. In terms of seat although BA J class seats are tight and narrow, since you will be travelling in a pair, one of the main downside of the seats (lack of direct aisle access) will become a smaller issue. LX wins overall looking at the service on it...

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by mdavies06
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Replies: 494
Views: 59576

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

Lack of growth potential The US, China, and India are some major markets where growth is plateaued or curtailed. UK market is not growing either, post BREXIT premium market may godown even further. Sending more planes for ID travel is not good for business. Australia is a wildcard at present. QR us...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GRU-PTY-HND with a 787-9 possible?
Replies: 51
Views: 4893

Re: GRU-PTY-HND with a 787-9 possible?

Regarding transfer visa, I am not 100% sure but as far as I know Japanese passport holder does not require transfer visa, so for JL this takes care of at least half of their problems. As for a poster above regarding ET, EK, QR, given the transfer is much longer via the ME, if these carriers are in t...

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by mdavies06
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: From the Heart of Eurasia: Air Astana in J and Y to Kazakhstan Expo'17
Replies: 16
Views: 7769

Re: From the Heart of Eurasia: Air Astana in J and Y to Kazakhstan Expo'17

Thanks for the detailed report. I have been to Almaty but not Astana. I must visit Astana one day.

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by mdavies06
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA34 KUL-LHR Landing Ankara (ESB) on Nov 11 at 05:21 TLTq
Replies: 4
Views: 2138

Re: BA34 KUL-LHR Landing Ankara (ESB) on Nov 11 at 05:21 TLTq

As unlikely as it is, it turns out I am related to this in a remote way without me even knowing until a relative of mine speaks to me about it today, and then i remembered reading about this thread. My relative is a personal friend of the lady who fell ill on this flight (and subsequently died). May...

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by mdavies06
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will BA increase frequencies to SCL?
Replies: 22
Views: 4030

Re: When will BA increase frequencies to SCL?

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by mdavies06
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest red-eye flight
Replies: 34
Views: 3110

Re: Shortest red-eye flight

Biz Travelers??? More like very price-sensitive leisure passengers. If you search, Peach's 0125 flight is typically considerably cheaper than the alternatives - for the obvious reason. Peach also has a 0210 departure from HND to PVG, arriving 0500. Jetstar Japan also has a 0220 departure from PVG, ...

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by mdavies06
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air service between India and China
Replies: 34
Views: 4917

Re: Air service between India and China

Business ties and tourist traffic are not strong, and there are visa restrictions. For the Chinese carriers, part of the revenue source is the India-US market (see CZ operating twice daily to CAN - this route will be reduced to a fraction it is today if no US traffic is carried). Indian carriers wil...

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by mdavies06
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit
Replies: 112
Views: 18559

Re: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit

Besides nearly all 777 operators in the world are 3-4-3 so clearly United is offering an industry standard product. Contrast to what you're saying, the majority of the 777 fleets in the world are still in 3-3-3 or even 2-4-3 config, especially in this half of the world. Think of TK, TG, OZ, CZ, KE,...

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by mdavies06
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is there an Aircraft you have flown with all Operators?
Replies: 26
Views: 1416

Re: Is there an Aircraft you have flown with all Operators?

Look up a.net member The777Man. He has allegedly flown the 777 with every one of it's operator - yes the Boeing 777.

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by mdavies06
Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future for Prague (PRG)
Replies: 23
Views: 5020

Re: Future for Prague (PRG)

It certainly is an airport with great potential and I'm surprised it doesn't handle more passengers than it already does. Even London Luton handles more passengers than Prague and it's much smaller. . There is a significant difference in GDP and and average wages between Prague and Luton (London.) ...

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by mdavies06
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Highly Contested 5th-freedom routes, without home carriers
Replies: 10
Views: 6052

Re: Highly Contested 5th-freedom routes, without home carriers

TPE-Seoul was for many years 5th freedom only up until 10-20 years ago(?) TG, SQ and CX plus a few others for example were on this route without any carriers from Taiwan or South Korea.

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by mdavies06
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest connection you would risk for long haul flights?
Replies: 49
Views: 2422

Re: Shortest connection you would risk for long haul flights?

Flying in and out of PVG in late August and early September is almost guaranteed to have delays. If I were you, I would definitely be careful with the PVG->MAN leg, and consider what you (and Swiss) can do if the PVG-ZRH leg is delayed. Is there a later ZRH-MAN departure in the same day? The past fe...

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