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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: 4149

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: 105
Views: 11166

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: 94
Views: 9750

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: 1724

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: 94
Views: 9750

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: 1724

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: 94
Views: 9750

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: 35780

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: 35780

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: 77
Views: 10153

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 Oct 13, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit
Replies: 112
Views: 18671

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: 1451

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: 5061

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: 6078

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: 2482

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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by mdavies06
Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying With Peacekeepers: Finnair A320 To PFO Cyprus
Replies: 3
Views: 3032

Re: Flying With Peacekeepers: Finnair A320 To PFO Cyprus

Finnair is looking good. Thanks for the report. Glad you enjoyed the trip.

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by mdavies06
Wed May 17, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX TPE operation question
Replies: 12
Views: 3397

Re: CX TPE operation question

Hi bzcat, thanks for your informative post of the above. Just to highlight, the first TPE-Japan flight probably started as early as 1959, when CX launched Tokyo as their first city in Japan. I don't know this for sure for 1959, but I have seen CX timetable dated to mid / late 1960s (by then, HND, IT...

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by mdavies06
Sat May 13, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: British Airways, Club Class - Boeing B 747-400: Heathro to Mexico
Replies: 2
Views: 4882

Re: British Airways, Club Class - Boeing B 747-400: Heathro to Mexico

Thanks for the write up. Good descriptions and great photos.

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by mdavies06
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Iberia Inaugural Service: Madrid to Basel in Business
Replies: 4
Views: 3575

Re: Iberia Inaugural Service: Madrid to Basel in Business

Thanks for the report and glad you catch an inaugural and a good one too.
BTW- given you write so many trip reports (this month it seems you have more new reports than anyone else on a.net), would you consider starting your own youtube channel? Just grab a GoPro camera and start shooting.

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by mdavies06
Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cathay Pacific A350 London Gatwick to Hong Kong
Replies: 2
Views: 6295

Re: Cathay Pacific A350 London Gatwick to Hong Kong

I thought a full flight = fully loaded in Y lol.

Well done for taking a continuous video of 11 hrs in length. How much RAM does it take up?

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by mdavies06
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cathay Pacific red-eye CX178 MEL-HKG loads
Replies: 3
Views: 1536

Re: Cathay Pacific red-eye CX178 MEL-HKG loads

May and June are slow months so there is a chance of it being half empty, but weekends could still be busy. Also, as you may be aware CX is frequency limited into Australia (including MEL) which could points to fuller planes on average. I wouldn't worry too much about seat mates as 9 abreast in Y is...

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by mdavies06
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries
Replies: 411
Views: 40403

Re: Royal Jordanian banning electronics in cabin on US flights

There are many measures that will benefit the US3 more directly than something like this, and will be more easily implemented too. Think along the direction of bilateral amendment and taxation for example. Those are much more specific and targetable measure than can readdress the imbalance, and easi...

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by mdavies06
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries
Replies: 411
Views: 40403

Re: Royal Jordanian banning electronics in cabin on US flights

If the intelligence is credible, i'd expect more agencies in other countries to act (such as those in Europe for instance). Perhaps a few of these will announce similar measures very shortly. With regards to the decision to target these 10 airlines rather than all airlines that operates flights 'Eas...

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by mdavies06
Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Lufthansa Business Class to Malta
Replies: 4
Views: 4369

Re: Lufthansa Business Class to Malta

Great photos and thanks for the write up.

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by mdavies06
Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: leaving luggage in New York..Options
Replies: 5
Views: 479

Re: leaving luggage in New York..Options

Have you looked at doing early check in at LGA? Does your airline offer such option? After checking in your bag, then head back out to downtown to continue your day there until say 2 hours before the departure time of your flight.

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by mdavies06
Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX to go ultra-high density on some 777's (rumour)
Replies: 8
Views: 4009

Re: CX to go ultra-high density on some 777's (rumour)

It's pure speculation in my part, but for any airline to put 498 seats in a 773 or 77W, I can only see this happening in an all economy class layout. There will be no room for business class (unless the airline use the same economy class seat but with the middle seat blocked - i.e. European short ha...

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by mdavies06
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Emirates Business Class: Johannesburg > Dubai > Toronto (January 2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 6592

Re: Emirates Business Class: Johannesburg > Dubai > Toronto (January 2017)

Thanks for the post. Glad you enjoyed the flights.

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by mdavies06
Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 Premium Economy DUS-HKG
Replies: 4
Views: 8505

Re: Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 Premium Economy DUS-HKG

Hi, Thanks for the TR. I flew DUS-HKG two years ago and also W class but it was on 77W. The seat was the previous generation which is currently on nearly all existing fleet except the A350. The A350 W seat looks like it is an improvement - mostly increment changes. I didn't realise the new W seat al...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are there no HKG-TSA flights?
Replies: 12
Views: 3616

Re: Why are there no HKG-TSA flights?

Considering that Taipei Songshan Airport – TSA connects to major and minor airports in the region and is convenient for business-related travelers, why are there no HKG-TSA flights? Is it lack of airline interest (Cathay, Dragon, Eva, China Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines...), slot restriction at TSA ...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: American Airlines DFW - London Heathrow, 77W Business + NEW Arrivals Lounge in LHR
Replies: 4
Views: 5649

Re: American Airlines DFW - London Heathrow, 77W Business + NEW Arrivals Lounge in LHR

Did you find out later why you had to show your return leg docs? Sounds strange that this was required. What kind of passport/visa were you travelling on?

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by mdavies06
Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair considers upgrading part of order to A350-1000
Replies: 40
Views: 9691

Re: Finnair considers upgrading part of order to A350-1000

This sounds logical, their representative in Beijing was said if more slots are not available they need bigger planes. According to the article above they will refurbish the cabins of the remaining A330s, thats a good move. This is a good point. I am not sure if Finnair has maxed out the bilateral ...

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by mdavies06
Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flights that depart in 2017 and arrive in 2016
Replies: 24
Views: 7187

Re: Flights that depart in 2017 and arrive in 2016

A few CX flights that leaves HKG to Canada and USA tonight will. Look up the Hong Kong airport website for full listing.

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by mdavies06
Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 55670

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

2 flights per day? "The Perth-London Boeing 787 service is expected to carry around 150,000 passengers per year " http://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-to-fly-boeing-787-non-stop-perth-london-from-early-2018 Perhaps someone in the know is hinting the route will eventually be increased to double ...

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by mdavies06
Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First US Airline to return to Tehran?
Replies: 56
Views: 8586

Re: First US Airline to return to Tehran?

I am not so sure if I share the same pessimism given that (1) all the European major carriers have been rushing to launch IKA in the past 2 year and aren't the Western European countries in the same situation as the US in relation to visa and trade restrictions etc? (2) As of now IR is not in any po...

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by mdavies06
Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to Osaka/Kansai airport?
Replies: 24
Views: 9896

Re: What happened to Osaka/Kansai airport?

Japanese middle class of the 1980s were the wealthiest and most visible in the world thanks to the ever rising property prices and ever increasing profit from the private sector. Things turned south in the late 1980s-early 1990s and I would say in very general terms average household income hasn't i...

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by mdavies06
Sat Oct 15, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific announces capacity review
Replies: 73
Views: 21690

Re: Cathay Pacific announces capacity review

{Quote: CX is stuck with a high cost base and nimble competition and cannot compete on cost. Their reduction of onboard service standards whilst maintaining high fares will not work. Quote:If CX were price competitive, i would switch back overnight. Its my home airline which comes with certain advan...

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by mdavies06
Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Qatar First Class QR 40 Airbus A380 Paris - Doha
Replies: 1
Views: 5503

Re: Qatar First Class QR 40 Airbus A380 Paris - Doha

Thanks for posting. Chrome translation functions work well (it seems) when translating the text.

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by mdavies06
Sat Sep 17, 2016 3:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Delhi to Tokyo The Long Way Part 2: Oman Air A333 Business Class MCT-MXP
Replies: 12
Views: 9659

Re: Delhi to Tokyo The Long Way Part 2: Oman Air A333 Business Class MCT-MXP

Wow. You are travelling this far to fly VIE-TKO. Did you end up saving any money? I understand Egypt was also an intended stop to see Sharm, but still it was a long trip...

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by mdavies06
Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:08 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Quick weekend to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific in Y (Plus VX and WN)
Replies: 12
Views: 7280

Re: Quick weekend to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific in Y (Plus VX and WN)

Thanks for posting the report on this very quick turnaround. Were you on a mileage run of some sort? I can see my apartment in one of the photos it is quite extraordinary we crossed path even with just 1 day in town. It must be pretty tiring right after your return. Hope it didn't take long before y...

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by mdavies06
Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:03 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Will Fly For Food! HEL-HKG-BKK-HEL (J) Finnair A350 & Cathay B777
Replies: 12
Views: 6015

Re: Will Fly For Food! HEL-HKG-BKK-HEL (J) Finnair A350 & Cathay B777

Hi Marko Thanks for posting this report. I flew HKG-HEL-HKG in April and chanced LWD (which you flew twice) and LWA. Loved the A350. Finnair has put a lot of effort in and the interior looks great. To your point regarding crew, both my flights were on Chinese crew. I get the impression this route is...

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by mdavies06
Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iphone vs Android
Replies: 58
Views: 3391

Re: Iphone vs Android

I use both android (Samsung) and iphone (iphone 5) concurrently as personal phones and IMO they both have their pros and cons: -Most of my friends are iphone users but my family are nearly all android. This creates massive problem for me when I file share because iphone and android phone cannot file...

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by mdavies06
Sat Aug 13, 2016 2:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flying on the A350...your opinion?
Replies: 9
Views: 2981

Re: Flying on the A350...your opinion?

A350 is quieter than the 330 and 777 and humidity is higher. I found the seats (I flew once on AY A350) width narrower than a 9-abreast 777. Personally I would not go out of my way just based on these advantages, but they are 'nice to have'.

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by mdavies06
Sat Aug 13, 2016 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to cut JFK-NRT, NRT-BKK/KIX; MSP-NRT decision 'pending'
Replies: 282
Views: 33948

Re: Delta to cut JFK-NRT, NRT-BKK/KIX; MSP-NRT decision 'pending'

I hope that DL will soon realise that PVG is nowhere near NRT, HND and ICN as a good transit hub. There is a reason why DXB, DOH and AUH are better connecting hubs for India than DEL due to not only convenience and also reliability. In Spring and Summer PVG gets ATC hold at least once a week, someti...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jul 30, 2016 3:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are HKG-TOKYO tickets so expensive ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1961

Re: Why are HKG-TOKYO tickets so expensive ?

HKG-TYO fares on the legacies has come down in the last 1-2 years. Nowadays fares of HK$4xxx is common in the summer all inclusive whereas it used to be HK$5xxx. If you want an example of a very expensive market, try LON-BOS in the summer. A route of 7 hours flight time, and my dear the fares are ar...

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by mdavies06
Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any experiences with Air China
Replies: 26
Views: 3060

Re: Any experiences with Air China

Just a word on the transit time. Try not to book anything less than a 2 hours transit each way, as transiting in PEK is a long process and, in the case of summer (May - Sept), 3 hours to account for weather / ATC related delays that happens weekly!

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by mdavies06
Sun Jun 26, 2016 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL and ANA intercontinental destinations question
Replies: 15
Views: 3703

Re: JAL and ANA intercontinental destinations question

I believe in the 1990s JAL was serving LHR, CDG and LAX +2 dailies from NRT, KIX and NGO combined. Though no more than 4 dailies each at the best of times.

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by mdavies06
Sat Jun 04, 2016 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ Not Happy With Transition Time At LAX
Replies: 157
Views: 27592

RE: NZ Not Happy With Transition Time At LAX

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/zkncj" class="quote" target="_blank">zkncj</a> (<a href="#42" class="quote">Reply 42</a>):<br/><i>Quoting mercure1 (Reply 40): Such comments abo...

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by mdavies06
Mon May 16, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UK APD Tax: Two Separate Outbound Tickets...
Replies: 3
Views: 1534

RE: UK APD Tax: Two Separate Outbound Tickets...

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/DAL763ER" class="quote" target="_blank">DAL763ER</a> (<a href="#1" class="quote">Reply 1</a>):<br/><i>The tax is likely not used for anything pa...

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by mdavies06
Sat May 14, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UK APD Tax: Two Separate Outbound Tickets...
Replies: 3
Views: 1534

UK APD Tax: Two Separate Outbound Tickets...

Hi all, I am looking to book a <acronym title="CURRENT: Hong Kong - International (Chek Lap Kok) (HKG / VHHH), China - Hong Kong AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG</acronym>-Europe open jaw return on <acronym title="KLM Royal Dutch Airlines">KL</...

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by mdavies06
Sat May 14, 2016 1:03 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: [JAL,77W,ORD-NRT] Mini-Mileage Run, Part 2/6
Replies: 13
Views: 13054

RE: [JAL,77W,ORD-NRT] Mini-Mileage Run, Part 2/6

I don't know what you mean by 1.5 meals on <acronym title="Cathay Pacific (China-Hong Kong)">CX</acronym>. I flew <acronym title="CURRENT: Hong Kong - International (Chek Lap Kok) (HKG / VHHH), China - Hong Kong AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG...

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