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by mdavies06
Fri May 17, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)
Replies: 12
Views: 5046

Re: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

PEK had plenty of weather diversion local time 17/05 evening and many domestic flights were on hold at destination or cancelled...

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by mdavies06
Fri May 17, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you ever get nervous about flying solo to a communist country?
Replies: 36
Views: 1961

Re: Do you ever get nervous about flying solo to a communist country?

It is not a concern visiting a communist country as a general tourist. It obviously will feel quite different living in one. The dominance of propaganda news and digital spying will make you feel like living in the novel 1984, with no way of getting out.

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by mdavies06
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC rolls out game-changing policies abandoning “One Route One Carrier” restriction in a gradual manner
Replies: 50
Views: 12514

Re: CAAC rolls out game-changing policies abandoning “One Route One Carrier” restriction in a gradual manner

According to the circular MU is the big winner with 14 new LON frequencies split equally between PVG and KMG and CA 4 new frequencies from PVG. MU will need all the transfer passengers around Southern China and even South East Asia to make KMG works as a daily flight. Meanwhile CA will struggle with...

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by mdavies06
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans
Replies: 124
Views: 20800

Re: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans

In the 2016 chart towards the bottom of the thread below, you will see what was a list of candidate cities in Europe. IMO GVA, BHX and BER makes most sense considering potential business and leisure demand, and competition from other airlines. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1409193 ...

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by mdavies06
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan 2x weekly Xi'An (XIY) to Los Angeles (LAX), how is secondary China profitable!?
Replies: 20
Views: 2534

Re: Hainan 2x weekly Xi'An (XIY) to Los Angeles (LAX), how is secondary China profitable!?

LAX to secondary Chinese cities may not be massively loss making for these carriers because LAX is LAX. Every Chinese carrier wants to fly to LAX (and YVR and Moscow) before considering other locations in the world for long haul. However, having said that profit making is not the primary objective f...

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by mdavies06
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are small Chinese airlines so successful?
Replies: 17
Views: 2930

Re: Why are small Chinese airlines so successful?

China central, provincial and local governments are strongly committed financially to support airlines in the form of direct and indirect subsidies. This is at the expense of ballooning government debt which will go bust (spectacularly IMO) at some point but not yet. Once the latter happens you will...

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by mdavies06
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA denied permission to start EIN-LHR
Replies: 65
Views: 15640

Re: BA denied permission to start EIN-LHR

BA itself has no spare slots. Some would propose that a few short haul routes are run with too much frequencies but fact is they are delivering good profit and even more frequencies are required. A couple of sun routes seem redundant at first sight but most of them are run only on weekends and are n...

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by mdavies06
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Insane fares Ex-Japan for golden week
Replies: 16
Views: 2510

Re: Insane fares Ex-Japan for golden week

The phenomenon posted at the starting thread is nothing out of the extraordinary. In fact fares like those you posted above are everyday fares in part of the summer season too. Mind you airlines do not make money during this period in first and business class due to the drop off in business travel, ...

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by mdavies06
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 557
Views: 87869

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

To reply to a few posts above regarding NRT, the current curfew kicks in at 11pm which will soon be extended to 12:30am by 1.5 hours. However, the curfew is a hard curfew which means the last regular scheduled departure time is currently 10pm or so, to be extended soon to around 11:30pm. KIX is a 24...

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by mdavies06
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX to IST
Replies: 11
Views: 2564

Re: CX to IST

CX is not going to go against TK and SU on their home turf. TK and SU most likely have lower cost base. The market and yield is just not there anymore, and these cities also happen to have ample competitions from Asia airlines too. If you look at the chart in the bottom of the thread below, you will...

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by mdavies06
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Horrible Jetstar Experience - Seat Space and Well-being Compromised
Replies: 35
Views: 6935

Re: Horrible Jetstar Experience - Seat Space and Well-being Compromised

You should lodge a written complaint to Jetstar about your experience. The passenger in 12D should not be allowed to be seated there with the armrest raised and 'flow' into 12E. I thought this is common sense. I am surprised the pax was even allowed to board with 1 seat booked. If someone needed 2 s...

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by mdavies06
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Virgin to launch LGW-JFK and BOS from 2020
Replies: 158
Views: 19024

Re: Delta and Virgin to launch LGW-JFK and BOS from 2020

I don't see the point in entering into LGW from BOS and NYC unless you are B6. VS does not have a short haul feeder network there and VS/DL are on O&D at LGW just like everyone else. LGW long haul market is heavy towards the leisure end for all major long haul markets, and they are better off fi...

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by mdavies06
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non-US airports not serviced by US airlines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2515

Re: Non-US airports not serviced by US airlines?

DXB, CAN, IST, BKK, CGK, MNL, KUL, SZX, SVO are examples of the largest major airports. The common factors are probably distance and lack of volume and yield for US pax carriers.

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by mdavies06
Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Odd flight timing, BA237 LHR-DME
Replies: 3
Views: 712

Re: Odd flight timing, BA237 LHR-DME

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For an alternate rundown of other examples similar to this, take a look at this thread from January this year:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1411783

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by mdavies06
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year
Replies: 211
Views: 34872

Re: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year

Don't get carried away with the A versus B chattering. If it is really a replacement for jets in the 100 seats range, there is no need to discuss A320NEO or 737MAX. These jets are hugely oversized and overweight for what LH is looking at. Please start a separate thread on A320NEO versus 737MAX.

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by mdavies06
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China agrees to buy 290 Airbus A320 planes, 10 A350s
Replies: 135
Views: 21513

Re: China agrees to buy 290 Airbus A320 planes, 10 A350s

I would call this order disappointing. Sure more A320, but Airbus sells more than they can make - but very few widebodies and no A330s. Not what Airbus needs. An order for 300 aircraft is “disappointing”? Wow! That depends on your perspective. Nobody will dispute that the A320NEO is a winner, but I...

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by mdavies06
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BA & Qantas A380s plus a Virgin Australia 737 - LHR-SIN-SYD-BNE. 3 airlines, 5 trains, 2 buses and a hire car
Replies: 12
Views: 7771

Re: BA & Qantas A380s plus a Virgin Australia 737 - LHR-SIN-SYD-BNE. 3 airlines, 5 trains, 2 buses and a hire car

Wow. Travelling that far in Y and still managed to drive several hours at the end of the trip. It's incredible stamina.

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by mdavies06
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Air China nears 15-20 additional A350s
Replies: 26
Views: 6355

Re: Rumour: Air China nears 15-20 additional A350s

The purchase of Airbus and Boeing jets by China are all to do with politics and need to rebalance the trade deficits. There is nothing right now to stop China ordering from both Airbus and Boeing, on both WB and NB. The trade dispute is unlikely to be resolved for months if not years, either. Beside...

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by mdavies06
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about late night/early morning departure and arrivals
Replies: 40
Views: 8215

Re: Questions about late night/early morning departure and arrivals

At popular airports (say the top 10 airports in China, most are over 50mn+ annual pax count nowadays), slots are restricted. The pecking order is lower still for foreign carriers. CAN is pretty badly restricted and unless you have connection with the CAAC via relationship channel/network, it will be...

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by mdavies06
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US First Class vs EU Business Class
Replies: 58
Views: 5163

Re: US First Class vs EU Business Class

In Europe most business centres are inter-connected with 1-3 hours flight time so demand for 2-2 abreast seat is small. On longer flights, one do see some proper business class seats service (e.g. BA LHR-DME or TLV, TK to Western Europe). On another thread about winter headwind, someone mentioned it...

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by mdavies06
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates' Business Model without the A380?
Replies: 105
Views: 15816

Re: Emirates' Business Model without the A380?

By the time DWC is finished, EK may wish to phase out all of its 380 in order to compete with the increase competition from other airlines operating at higher frequency. It will be difficult to compete with the economics of the 787 or 321neo using an 380. JL in the 1980s were operating +100 747s, an...

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by mdavies06
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest domestic flights in the world
Replies: 37
Views: 5016

Re: Longest domestic flights in the world

refer back to the old threads if you are interested: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1402497 https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=698783&p=10329989&hilit=longest#p10329989 Google is your friend if you type and search "Airliners.net xyz topic&qu...

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by mdavies06
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about late night/early morning departure and arrivals
Replies: 40
Views: 8215

Re: Questions about late night/early morning departure and arrivals

For the new flight you mentioned, it is down to slot issue. There are no slot at CAN available during the day similar to PEK and PVG. If you go to FR24 and look at CAN it is busy even at 1am.

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by mdavies06
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?
Replies: 129
Views: 18604

Re: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?

If the 3rd runway gets the final green light before BA looks at 777-200ER replacement, I can see BA ordering the 787 series to downsize and increase frequency. Otherwise, BA probably wants to order the 359, 35K and 777X in order to maintain or even grow capacity slightly.

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by mdavies06
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 333s (Latest Batch)
Replies: 8
Views: 3894

Re: Delta 333s (Latest Batch)

This type of question would be best posted on the Delta Widebody Thread (ongoing) or even the Delta A330neo thread (ongoing) in the future. It will help serve to preserve useful info such as these posted above by various posters, rather than seeing fragmented info posted across many individual small...

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by mdavies06
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA27 A380 having problems currently.
Replies: 54
Views: 14531

Re: BA27 A380 having problems currently.

It is of course just coincidence but it was a rather bad timing to go tech as HKG had a really busy weekend due to lunar new year holiday week. I'd imagine BA27 and BA28 were probably full both ways, and i doubt there were many open seats on the other carriers. Glad the pax on those flights were onl...

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by mdavies06
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Guangzhou Getaway on Scoot and SQ
Replies: 4
Views: 4453

Re: Guangzhou Getaway on Scoot and SQ

Thanks for the very comprehensive TR. It is good to see the many touristic aspects of Guangzhou, and SQ is as good as ever.

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by mdavies06
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 744
Views: 123093

Re: US-Japan agree on additional Haneda slots; DOT to allocate

Currently per my understanding (please correct if wrong) it is NH(3), UA(1), JL(2), AA(1), DL(2), HA(1), for a total of 10. Let's assume the new number of slot pairs increase to a total of 10+12+12 = 34. Lets begin with the Japan side. Japan may allocate NH(+7) and JL(+5) due to a slight favoritism ...

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by mdavies06
Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Day Trip To London: Finnair A350/A320 In J (mostly PICS)
Replies: 3
Views: 8421

Re: Day Trip To London: Finnair A350/A320 In J (mostly PICS)

Thank Marko. Glad you enjoyed your time in London. It is unfortunate you did not score the long haul product on the return leg though.
Steve

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by mdavies06
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Departures in the middle of the night
Replies: 88
Views: 13768

Re: Departures in the middle of the night

Some major European airports also have midnight flights. For example CDG, MAD and LGW have night time movements too to name a few, plus several large to mid sized European airports people have named above. I think that it is down to NIMBY and less European preference for red-eye flights. For example...

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by mdavies06
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Buenos Aires to London - BA World Traveller Plus 5 years ago
Replies: 5
Views: 4827

Re: Buenos Aires to London - BA World Traveller Plus 5 years ago

There is a very trivial fact that links up your TR with your latest TR on BA (HKG-LHR) two weeks ago. BA relaunched EZE about 10 years ago by reducing some HKG flights, freeing up around 7 weekly arrival slots to start this route after many years of suspension.

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by mdavies06
Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cathay Pacific & British Airways SYD-HKG-LHR - plus a few colonial era memories and photos
Replies: 4
Views: 10593

Re: Cathay Pacific & British Airways SYD-HKG-LHR - plus a few colonial era memories and photos

Thanks for the TR. It must have been a long day fortunately you got some rest on the second leg.

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by mdavies06
Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cathay Pacific B-LBB CX660 Mumbai - Hong Kong | 2018 Photos and Videos
Replies: 5
Views: 7506

Re: Cathay Pacific B-LBB CX660 Mumbai - Hong Kong | 2018 Photos and Videos

Thanks for the trip report. 11 hours transit must be tiring. Hope it wasn't too bad.

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by mdavies06
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Huawei CFO granted bail in Vancouver
Replies: 57
Views: 3180

Re: Huawei CFO granted bail in Vancouver

If I was a US senior exec in China I’d probably head home from Christmas, someone’s bound to be arrested is retaliation. What benefit is it to China by showing such aggression towards US business interests there? Satisfy domestic complain that the party have been acting too weakly since the onset h...

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by mdavies06
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transiting in FOC (Fuzhou, China)
Replies: 19
Views: 2489

Re: Transiting in FOC (Fuzhou, China)

https://www.xiamenair.com/zh-eu/PassengerService/Ground%20Service/%E7%A6%8F%E5%B7%9E%E6%9E%A2%E7%BA%BD%E4%B8%AD%E8%BD%AC%E6%9C%8D%E5%8A%A1.html Google translate says if the below two conditions are both met, visa is not required: a. Both legs has to be operated by MF, with same PNR and boarding pass...

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by mdavies06
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Routing of non-stop flights Europe-Hong Kong during the 1980s
Replies: 59
Views: 10333

Re: Routing of non-stop flights Europe-Hong Kong during the 1980s

No information about the 1980s. However, during the early-to-mid 90s the routing AFAIK for all flights were using the same airways that are in use today for HK-Delhi/Middle East flights i.e. overflying Southwestern part of China. In 1996, HKG based carriers given rights to fly 3 new routes over West...

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by mdavies06
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unofficial: Qatar Airways to leave One World Alliance
Replies: 176
Views: 11097

Re: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance

QR is an investor in IAG, LATAM group and CX (and AT if it joins on the 5th Dec). To my understanding they all have a constructive relationship with QR.

Does QR actively invest in *A or Skyteam carriers? I can't think of any example.

Seems like a wrong move to leave OW, if not premature.

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by mdavies06
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees
Replies: 49
Views: 6789

Re: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees

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Glad someone is looking at this from the regulatory perspective.
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Last year's thread on this topic on FR.

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Glad someone is looking at this from the regulatory perspective.

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by mdavies06
Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will be the impact of a 3rd runway on LHR slots?
Replies: 25
Views: 4701

Re: What will be the impact of a 3rd runway on LHR slots?

Would a third runway result in the opportunity, hard to pass up, to shut down one of the others one at a time for refurbishing, since it's so difficult to do it now? Once the two are freshly done THEN you truly have the three runways? I mention it because I read JFK shuts down runways for months at...

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by mdavies06
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Q3 results
Replies: 78
Views: 7871

Re: Air Canada Q3 results

Can we stop discussing about Germany and the UAE in this thread? This thread should be about the Q3 results.

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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: 32518

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: 9094

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: 11921

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: 2293

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: 30078

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: 15253

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: 1413

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: 3358

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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