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by mdavies06
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines orders 9 787-9's
Replies: 172
Views: 30270

Re: United Airlines orders 9 787-9's

I don't think it is necessary for UA to have A350 replacing 77E. 789 and 781 can be replacement aircrafts for 77E too. UA does not need to keep capacity at the same level. A step down in capacity can help to boost yield and reduce trip cost, whilst giving some flexibility in terms of managing freque...

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by mdavies06
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Anchorage become a low-cost transit hub between Asia and North America?
Replies: 65
Views: 8077

Re: Can Anchorage become a low-cost transit hub between Asia and North America?

Prepare to be inundated with uppity posts about the search function. To be fair, this brilliant idea comes up at least on a monthly basis. It doesn't make much sense. Who wants to stopover in ANC on the way to Asia? Or stopover in the middle of the night eastbound? ANC-NRT and maybe Seoul are about...

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by mdavies06
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size
Replies: 138
Views: 10568

Re: Updated: AirAsia X orders 34 more A330neo

I hope Tony hasn't caught wind of what's happening in the US Congress/Senate yet. As the biggest operator of 9-abreast A330 in the future, DJ won't be happy if it eventually finds itself caught short financially when other regulators around the world start banning ultra narrow seats. The whole 100 f...

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by mdavies06
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How come the direct flight between San Francisco and Tokyo is soooooo expensive
Replies: 12
Views: 1865

Re: How come the direct flight between San Francisco and Tokyo is soooooo expensive

Slightly above US$1k is typical of a higher yielding route of 11 hour block time. You can make a comparison by pricing LON-MIA or LON-YVR, then you will consider US$1k a bargain esp in high season. The fares you see towards other parts of Asia are all loss making fares on the part of the airlines du...

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by mdavies06
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus
Replies: 133
Views: 28625

Re: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus

Someone please hide this thread from those in Turkey (TK), Aus/NZ (QF and NZ). We will be talking until 2022 on how many toilets are needed on a 20 hours flight to SYD.

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by mdavies06
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates is exploring to take over Etihad
Replies: 78
Views: 14355

Re: Emirates is exploring to take over Etihad

AUH may get scaled down to the way of SHJ, DAM or LCY. It is unfortunate this is the way things are turning out but money talks. As for EK+FZ, I can't see them running dual ops so its either DXB or DWC for them. A massive redundancy exercise is looming...I wish the staffs and contracting firms under...

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by mdavies06
Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Routings where the IATA codes match the city
Replies: 21
Views: 934

Re: Routings where the IATA codes match the city

This hits 6 out of 7 letters:
FUKuOKA:
Japan: Fukuoka to Naha (FUK to OKA) on a number of carriers. A high volume route in fact.

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by mdavies06
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No flights from SFO/SJC/SEA/PDX to all of South America? And just 1 to Central America?
Replies: 44
Views: 2853

Re: No flights from SFO/SJC/SEA/PDX to all of South America? And just 1 to Central America?

It is not just the issue of insufficient demand but also hub connection opportunities (flight frequency) at the southern hubs are too plentiful. Same reason why for example the East Coast (except NYC MIA) seemingly having little South America direct flights (especially deep southern cone e.g. GRU or...

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by mdavies06
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA and DTW: What Went Wrong?
Replies: 33
Views: 4582

Re: BA and DTW: What Went Wrong?

When BA axed LHR-DTW in March 2008, the Detroit market had been adversely affected by the decline of its auto industry. BA announced the termination of the route in September 2007. The U.S. industry sold 16.1 million vehicles that year, in a string of nine 16+ million vehicle years. Don't attribute...

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by mdavies06
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot seeks to capitalize on Moscow as sixth-freedom hub
Replies: 44
Views: 5737

Re: Aeroflot seeks to capitalize on Moscow as sixth-freedom hub

What actually is new from the behind the paywall article? 6th freedom has been SU staple business for decades.

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by mdavies06
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK looks to grow US network; considers smaller 787/777 versions
Replies: 165
Views: 26879

Re: EK looks to grow US network; considers smaller 787/777 versions

5th freedom is most likely still an area of interest for EK however there are a few things to consider. Firstly, if they really agreed and now take action to effectively pull out of the 'agreement', they need to consider the potential consequences whatever they maybe. Second, 5th freedom is not chea...

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by mdavies06
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Supersonic Travel Revisited: LHR-JFK On Concorde
Replies: 38
Views: 38623

Re: Supersonic Travel Revisited: LHR-JFK On Concorde

Thanks for the reposting. Good you can still find the photos and what a tech geek you were too. Already armed with a digital camera in 2002.

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by mdavies06
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: July '18: Rebooked on small and big Lufthansa CRJ900 & A380
Replies: 6
Views: 3261

Re: July '18: Rebooked on small and big Lufthansa CRJ900 & A380

Thanks for the write up. It is good you managed to get to PEK on time.

Like the reply no.1 said, pictures are not showing.

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by mdavies06
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is 1hr 5min connection in Zurich enough?
Replies: 15
Views: 899

Re: Is 1hr 5min connection in Zurich enough?

If being on time into SGN is important to you and you can't take say a 1-2 days delay, then no. If you want to get an idea about on time performance, look up your MAN-ZRH leg in flightaware or flightradar24. A few months ago I was arriving into another European mega hub airport as an O&D, and a ...

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by mdavies06
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Typhoon Jebi hits Japan, KIX currently closed and underwater
Replies: 152
Views: 22458

Re: Typhoon Jebi hits Japan, KIX currently closed and underwater

Yep, I'm counting on the Kansai Airport Port becoming the lifeline in the upcoming weeks. They'll have to step up bus connections between the port and terminal as well. That reminds me a few years ago when a ship hit the bridge connecting to HKG, and the bridge was closed for a few hours. Even that...

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by mdavies06
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 100 passengers fall ill on EK203 DXB-JFK
Replies: 124
Views: 19386

Re: 100 passengers fall ill on EK203 DXB-JFK

Coughing and experiencing high temperature seems like air born transmitted disease. If it is food poisoning coming from say 1 out of 3 main courses, why only 10 people?

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by mdavies06
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Can't American Airlines Make Germany Work?
Replies: 84
Views: 15692

Re: Why Can't American Airlines Make Germany Work?

Some posters mention about POS being skewed towards the Germany side, but many airlines (e.g. FI AY EK as examples) rely heavily on non-home POS on nearly all routes. How do these airlines succeed? Mind you many airlines fly into KEF HEL DXB and these airlines do actually have direct p2p route compe...

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by mdavies06
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airline Has The Most Planes Airborne/ % of Fleet at Any Given Time
Replies: 22
Views: 3083

Re: Which Airline Has The Most Planes Airborne/ % of Fleet at Any Given Time

EK and SQ actually do fly more short haul than long haul sectors and they have multiple hub banks. As someone above mentioned, one needs to look towards long haul or pure connecting carriers such as WOW air, FI or VS.

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by mdavies06
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TG gets new President, plans revised turn-around plan, considers refinancing Nok
Replies: 65
Views: 9669

Re: TG gets new President, plans revised turn-around plan, considers refinancing Nok

789 and 359 are almost identical. The reason why some of those carriers in this list have both (VN, CA, JL, MH, CZ, SQ/TR) is due to their own incompetence and for political reasons. I only see JL and SQ as having a competent and national politic free fleet planning department in this area.

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by mdavies06
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission proposes abolishing DST
Replies: 54
Views: 1443

Re: European Commission proposes abolishing DST

If this results in the UK being in the same time zone during summer time (7 months) as Western Europe, UK based carriers will see a competitive gain because they have long had a disadvantage due to the 1 hour timezone lag. This is due to night stopping crews and aircrafts in various Western European...

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by mdavies06
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route
Replies: 145
Views: 27342

Re: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route

BA should also fly lhr- perth with 787-9. Then we can see which of the two airlines is the more popular. If 2 host airlines are flying the routes and both survive in the long run, then it is a sustainable routes? For example, UA and SQ are flying Sin- Lax( SQ A350, UA 787-9), after a year of servic...

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by mdavies06
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL-WAW route
Replies: 44
Views: 6352

Re: ATL-WAW route

Poland actually as a whole offers a lot to tourists and businesses, but the issue for airlines is they are spread across various cities around the country. This work to the advantage of several Euro legacy carriers to take business away from WAW and LO. For DL, if WAW does comes round, I think a sum...

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by mdavies06
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airline Has The Most Planes Airborne/ % of Fleet at Any Given Time
Replies: 22
Views: 3083

Re: Which Airline Has The Most Planes Airborne/ % of Fleet at Any Given Time

Cargo carriers like UPS and FX may have the largest percentage of fleet airborne due to narrow operating window during night hours. If we expand to 100- fleet carriers, niche regional cargo carriers may have an even higher percentage though no carrier in this category will have 100+ fleet. Separatel...

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by mdavies06
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US airlines cave In to Chinese demands about Taiwan
Replies: 101
Views: 16440

Re: Updated: US airlines cave In to Chinese demands about Taiwan

Why doesn't China declare Guam and the Philippines their own too Did you know China discovered every island in the Pacific and even discovered the Americas well before the first Native Americans did and has the maps to prove it? In fact, China discovered Africa before many Africans did too. Oh, wel...

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by mdavies06
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Can't American Airlines Make Germany Work?
Replies: 84
Views: 15692

Re: Why Can't American Airlines Make Germany Work?

*A alliance is too strong in Germany and this doesn't help non-aligned carriers. Look at the history of IB or LA for example in Germany. They were and are still pretty small in Germany compared to what LH offers to Spain and LA-hubbed South American markets. If you have to beat LH in the German mark...

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by mdavies06
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Long domestic routes
Replies: 17
Views: 2021

Re: Long domestic routes

Found the old thread now:
The longest legs were French:
https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=698783&p=10329989&hilit=longest#p10329989

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by mdavies06
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Long domestic routes
Replies: 17
Views: 2021

Re: Long domestic routes

There was a similar thread a few months ago and the conclusion was PKC to LED is the longest non-stop, whilst Paris to Papeete is the longest 1-stop route.

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by mdavies06
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: I can't be a pilot.
Replies: 40
Views: 3470

Re: I can't be a pilot.

I was determined to be a pilot but it all stopped when I did a Ishihara test and I failed spectacularly. Then I switched to another field in science and I haven't regretted it. You should look forward to a non pilot field. There are many great careers out there.

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by mdavies06
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Thai flying empty A380's to Hong Kong?
Replies: 27
Views: 10589

Re: Why is Thai flying empty A380's to Hong Kong?

A couple of possible explanations: The outbound/inbound is empty, but the inbound/outbound may be completely full. It depends on the time of the day and the season The short turn is used in between long haul legs to increase aircraft utilisation The flight might be empty upstairs, but cargo could be...

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by mdavies06
Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New flights between France and China?
Replies: 10
Views: 1189

Re: New flights between France and China?

WUH is one of the largest CZ secondary hub in China however. CDG-WUH is definitely a Skyteam route, similar to say AMS-XMN for example. CZ would not choose CDG and WUH if they are not Skyteam hubs. Anyway if one day CZ switches to OW, CDG flying will be reduced.

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by mdavies06
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: No A350’s for Etihad
Replies: 65
Views: 14092

Re: Rumour: No A350’s for Etihad

Not surprised and EK doesn't have A350 on order either. Remove one area of potential problem if there is a merger somewhere down the line.

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by mdavies06
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will AA leave JFK?
Replies: 42
Views: 5221

Re: Will AA leave JFK?

Please continue discussion in this thread:

http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1400821&hilit=jfk

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by mdavies06
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Equips 600th Aircraft With Seatback Entertainment
Replies: 73
Views: 6397

Re: Delta Equips 600th Aircraft With Seatback Entertainment

Good job on DL and other airlines that provide personal IFE onboard. However,
1) I never choose IFE over price, loyalty to an airline, safety or convenience of schedule.
2) USB charging port is more important. my own tablet and smartphone has more content relevant to me than any IFE can offer.

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by mdavies06
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia X looks at US West Coast
Replies: 57
Views: 6068

Re: Air Asia X looks at US West Coast

I believe it is only a matter of time before Air Asia X will use its Japan AOC to launch these flights. The group has just topped up its order to 100. They will eventually place a portion of this on the Japan AOC, and so not related to 5th freedom between Malaysia and Japan. I do question what their...

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by mdavies06
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaga Airport loses PAX for the first time in 5 years; ALC, IBZ drop; BCN slows down; MAD booms
Replies: 30
Views: 4259

Re: Malaga Airport loses PAX for the first time in 5 years; ALC, IBZ drop; BCN slows down; MAD booms

Perhaps it is due to a weak GBP, heatwave in many parts of Europe dampening demand to the Med and a general recovery in tourism in Turkey and North Africa. For tourists Spain is not as cheap as say North Africa but it is also more upmarket, so higher prices in general is expected and there is nothin...

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by mdavies06
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TK to become casualty of USA-Turkey rhetoric?
Replies: 106
Views: 11825

Re: TK to become casualty of USA-Turkey rhetoric?

I would exercise caution when we are looking at a 41% YTD drop to a currency and still manage it as business-as-usual. Sure if it is a single digit swing over a 12 month period TK can manage, but when we are talking about a large swing, you are going to have to start preparing for potentials like la...

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by mdavies06
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Non-US BA Longhaul Destination?
Replies: 97
Views: 10662

Re: Next Non-US BA Longhaul Destination?

I know I am playing with the wording of the thread title here, but since we are talking about non-US, how about Calgary, Edmonton or Ottawa? I'd bet some of these are being considered seriously by BA. Canada - UK is a TATL market too so it is more at level playing field for BA.

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by mdavies06
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: HKG to LHR flights
Replies: 10
Views: 1796

Re: HKG to LHR flights

If you are happy with just an approximate schedule, you can simply do the followings to the present day 2018 schedule, and you will get a full timetable across BA, VS, CX, QF and NZ for that period: BA - Take the present schedule and add a 3rd daily (timetable included in my previous reply). All B74...

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by mdavies06
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Non-US BA Longhaul Destination?
Replies: 97
Views: 10662

Re: Next Non-US BA Longhaul Destination?

I am not sure Islamabad is as close to the top as everyone thinks it is, unless all the other European legacy carriers are wrong. I'd expect e.g. KL or LH to show up first. These carriers cover the UK and ROI just as broadly as BA. Not to mention other off the left field European carriers such as OS...

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by mdavies06
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: HKG to LHR flights
Replies: 10
Views: 1796

Re: HKG to LHR flights

I can't tell you the exact flight no or schedule per IATA season but I can tell you from recollection it was roughly like this. All time local: BA: The 3rd daily flight which op'd for a few years: LHR-HKG: 2000-1500 HKG-LHR: 0100-0700 CX actually had its 3rd daily flight launched around 2001-2003, a...

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by mdavies06
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Non-US BA Longhaul Destination?
Replies: 97
Views: 10662

Re: Next Non-US BA Longhaul Destination?

I think a few years down the line PER could still be launched as a non-stop, given the apparent success that QF is having. I know it has been stated by WW publicly as a no for now but I do not see BA staying away for long if it is really profitable. Otherwise, I think PTY, KIX, DAR and a currently n...

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by mdavies06
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: How To Add AI Traffic: My Tutorial
Replies: 10
Views: 36367

Re: How To Add AI Traffic: My Tutorial

Are you using 3rd party plans or are you creating your own plans? Usually a good 3rd party plan mimics the real world, so should have around 12 hours activity per plane per day at least. If you decrease the traffic to a very small level (like say 1%), then yes the gate issue may be resolved, however...

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by mdavies06
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: How To Add AI Traffic: My Tutorial
Replies: 10
Views: 36367

Re: How To Add AI Traffic: My Tutorial

If you are on FS2004 / FS9 and you do not get a parking spot, did you first of all contact ground after landing AND did you properly turn off from the runway and align nicely along the taxiways when you exit the runway? If you turn off the active runway into grass and not taxiway, you will not get t...

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by mdavies06
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air announces Boston
Replies: 83
Views: 12236

Re: Korean Air announces Boston

congrats to BOS, KE and DL on this route launch. Looking at the schedule of this new flight, it connects to South East Asia and Korea itself best, but (ICN->BOS leg) misconnect with China and Japan. Based on this it appears that CX will be the most impacted, followed by EK, QR, JL, HU having a small...

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by mdavies06
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/18: Heatwave madness!
Replies: 270
Views: 27222

Re: Irish 7/18: Heatwave madness!

Loads being a concern on certain sectors I understand, though the two separate origin points will make statistical analysis of any UK CAA figures difficult (unless blatantly dire across the board) If common practice, what other Chinese UK/Ireland routes are seeing winter cuts such as these? For CX ...

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by mdavies06
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US airlines cave In to Chinese demands about Taiwan
Replies: 101
Views: 16440

Re: China Threatens U.S. Airlines Over Taiwan References

This issue will have a long tail. I can see some aviation authorities subtly withholding bilateral expansions and place cap on Chinese carriers or Chinese aviation investment in those countries. It is very clear to everyone in the industry globally what this action says and people are left with a ba...

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by mdavies06
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: America's role in the world
Replies: 43
Views: 1936

Re: America's role in the world

Except for the entirety of South East asia. That's not our problem anymore. We learned our lesson with Vietnam, remember. Let China patrol the seas from now on. The USA won't be there to muck it all up. They won't have the war monger or greedy capitalist attitude the USA has. Are you kidding me??? ...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific Hints At New US City Update: Confirms HKG-SEA
Replies: 193
Views: 23482

Re: Cathay Pacific Hints At New US City Update: Confirms HKG-SEA

SEA is long overdue. And that's no surprise. However, a bit surprised that it's only 4 times a week. I guess CX is being cautious and want to test the waters. If it works, it would quickly ramp up to daily, just like what it did with BOS. And it's doing the same with IAD, BRU and DUB. The timing of...

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by mdavies06
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drone flies close to A380
Replies: 70
Views: 9003

Re: Drone flies close to A380

What is the chance this video is digitally enhanced, in part or in full? In other words, what is the chance it is not real? I was looking at the sunlight transition effect towards the middle and the end of the video on the aircraft, and I am wondering whether the aircraft was digitally added in? The...

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by mdavies06
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly unveil A380 Coral Reef livery
Replies: 56
Views: 13617

Re: Hi Fly unveil A380 Coral Reef livery

This is a great scheme. No complaint about livery like this versus whats on MU, JL, AY, AF and LH...

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