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by lutfi
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways deboards Indian family over ‘crying’ of 3-year-old child
Replies: 96
Views: 7028

Re: British Airways deboards Indian family over ‘crying’ of 3-year-old child

Why are they writing to the Indian minister for civil aviation for a flight that occured London-Berlin? About as useful as writing to the Japanese MOT about a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles!

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by lutfi
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 938
Views: 49036

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

.Binayak - what about the domestic market in India makes you think it will be different for FSC vs LCC than almost everywhere else? So you are saying that our FSCs should stop all their extra perks and become LCCs.. Yes even in India domestic, FSCs and LCCs compete for price. I agree there. But tha...

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by lutfi
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 938
Views: 49036

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Inon fuel cask has began reducing, I think with the exception of 6E everyone is trying to cut non-fuel CASK. Also, it is not reasonable to compare CASK of a 189 seat all Y BoB frame with 150+ seater including 12 J, with complimentary meal/snack and FFP. That's the point . But no use of explaining t...

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by lutfi
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future
Replies: 217
Views: 27967

Re: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future

By not serving food in domestic flights, charging for bags, adding more seats in rows, cutting all perks & whatever makes a flight pleasurable, the US3 have lowered themselves beyond belief & lowered their standards to near LCCs while charging more (like Finnair) & people opinion is ref...

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by lutfi
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization, by June-Failed sale. What next?
Replies: 703
Views: 49296

Re: Air India Privatization, by June-Failed sale. What next?

This is an Air India thread: Lightsaber So why are we comparing with 6E, or how great 6E is, time and again. Do FSCs and ULCCs calculate CASK and RASK same way? Is buy-on-board expense included in CASK? Listening to the call ancillary revenue including in-flight sales and cargo revenue is included ...

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by lutfi
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization, by June-Failed sale. What next?
Replies: 703
Views: 49296

Re: Air India Privatization, by June-Failed sale. What next?

Seems clear Indian aviation is in for a rough time (again) commercially. Didn't Jet pay salaries late earlier this year? Will be interesting what happens to Vistara & alliances. They are trying to fill the full service/ high quality niche - I am skeptical it exists domestically though - if you l...

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by lutfi
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator
Replies: 353
Views: 114129

Re: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator

[list=][/list] Excuse my ignorance but how often does an aircraft require to be fully rewired in it's operational lifetime ? And I don't mean the peculiarities of early entry A380's. Wiring is "on condition". You would basically never expect to replace the "operational" airframe ...

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by lutfi
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to acquire 32 A321neo aircraft
Replies: 47
Views: 12787

Re: Cathay Pacific to acquire 32 A321neo aircraft

No - they operated following narrowbodies:

DC3
DC4
DC6 (I think)
Electra
Convair 880
B707

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by lutfi
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to acquire 32 A321neo aircraft
Replies: 47
Views: 12787

Re: Cathay Pacific to acquire 32 A321neo aircraft

No mention of engine choice yet
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CX press release adds:
- delivery from 2020
- replacement & growth for current 8 A321 & 15 A320

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by lutfi
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why BA have never ordered the A330
Replies: 26
Views: 8623

Re: Why BA have never ordered the A330

IAG though has plenty of them...

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by lutfi
Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates returning 747Fs to leasors and thoughts on air freight
Replies: 41
Views: 9017

Re: Emirates returning 747Fs to leasors and thoughts on air freight

Cathay Pacific's 2016 results saw cargo pricing (yield) drop 16%. So even if pricing is stabilising, it is at a very low level. The big question is - are EK still flying the B777F because they own them (so flying them is better than not flying them)? I.e. if the B777F had also been on easy to return...

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by lutfi
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leahy: A322 Not Needed, "We Own This (MOM) Market"
Replies: 98
Views: 16174

Re: Leahy: A322 Not Needed, "We Own This (MOM) Market"

The A321 owns the market until something better comes along. The A321NEO is as best optimized for the 2 hour mission. 'As best' as a modern CFRP wing would be lighter and folding wingtips would allow a more efficient aspect ratio and new wings have better underside laminar flow. There is a MoM oppo...

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by lutfi
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787-9 <-> Airbus A330-900 Competition
Replies: 656
Views: 102005

Re: Boeing 787-9 <-> Airbus A330-900 Competition

A clear advandtage of the 78-9 over the A330-900 seems to be, airlines / leasing companies have engine choice. http://airinsight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2015-02-19_8-05-32-580x289.jpg source: https://airinsight.com/ Specially: GE/GECAS choice. http://cdn-www.airliners.net/photos/airliners/8/...

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by lutfi
Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Chinese Airlines Flooding World with Super-Cheap Airfares"
Replies: 31
Views: 5505

Re: "Chinese Airlines Flooding World with Super-Cheap Airfares"

Actually, Chinese airlines safety records are as good as mainline US or European carriers. CAAC (Chinese FAA) are very safety conscious

China Airlines had some issues a few years back, but they are Taiwanese, here we are talking about Mainland carriers

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by lutfi
Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Chinese Airlines Flooding World with Super-Cheap Airfares"
Replies: 31
Views: 5505

Re: "Chinese Airlines Flooding World with Super-Cheap Airfares"

Yep, my nephew got a flight LON-AKL on CZ business class same price as BA/NZ/QF Premium Economy. As he is 6 foot 3, he was very happy

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by lutfi
Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Fall 2016
Replies: 68
Views: 23715

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Fall 2016

Both CA, KE and atleast 1 VIP frame have done sale/lease backs With dire future for the model, I would not want to be an airline holding the asset in another decade. Might as well collateralize it today while a new airframe than take risk on the asset value down the road. As long as there is a conv...

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by lutfi
Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ A380 Decision Based On Demand
Replies: 290
Views: 49428

Re: SQ A380 Decision Based On Demand

. I suspect the plane would represent an excellent opportunity for any airline willing to purchase it for $100 million. Even with this aircraft being an early build the revenue opportunity would be almost double that of a 787. That would cover a lot of bespoke maintenance. So, from an investor pers...

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by lutfi
Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HKT and DPS Expansion Plans
Replies: 16
Views: 2915

Re: HKT and DPS Expansion Plans

Bali is already pretty much full. Actually, the Indonesian government doesn't want mass tourism to DPS - the idea has always been (since the 1970s at least) for Bali to be 4-5 star tourist destination.

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by lutfi
Tue May 31, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - 2016-2017 (Part 17)
Replies: 4438
Views: 1519338

RE: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/VHOGU" class="quote" target="_blank">VHOGU</a> (<a href="#35" class="quote">Reply 35</a>):<br/><i>Is it an option to order this aircraft without...

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by lutfi
Fri May 13, 2016 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa-Cathay Form Cargo Joint Venture
Replies: 6
Views: 1936

RE: Lufthansa-Cathay Form Cargo Joint Venture

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/trex8" class="quote" target="_blank">trex8</a> (<a href="#1" class="quote">Reply 1</a>):<br/><i> are there other examples of airlines from diffe...

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by lutfi
Wed May 11, 2016 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HK Government Approved Third Runway In HKG
Replies: 42
Views: 11211

RE: HK Government Approved Third Runway In HKG

Plus there happen to be high terrain all around. This restricts the go-around paths, which then restricts total movements. They can actually get up to 6 per 5 minutes (72 an hour) but some buffer is needed for late arrivals/ departures. I think that the best solution is for there to be equivalent of...

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by lutfi
Tue May 03, 2016 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CEO On Intl Route Cuts And Hedging
Replies: 89
Views: 23788

RE: Delta CEO On Intl Route Cuts And Hedging

Another "wtf" on PVG as a hub. Terrible operational issues

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by lutfi
Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Starts Aussie Fare War..$386 RT From DL Hubs!
Replies: 110
Views: 23040

RE: UA Starts Aussie Fare War..$386 RT From DL Hubs!

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/zeke" class="quote" target="_blank">zeke</a> (<a href="#1" class="quote">Reply 1</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table> SO ID90 travel should b...

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by lutfi
Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ Scraps 11 Year Old 777-300
Replies: 96
Views: 32855

RE: SQ Scraps 11 Year Old 777-300

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/CX+Flyboy" class="quote" target="_blank">CX Flyboy</a> (<a href="#60" class="quote">Reply 60</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table> My understa...

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by lutfi
Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Puts A340-600 Into Storage
Replies: 33
Views: 25886

RE: LH Puts A340-600 Into Storage

Engines.

Almost all T500 are on PBH contracts. Almost all B744 engines are owned by the airline. So as you retire B744, you swap the engines around to get every hour of life from them without sending them to overhaul.

Whereas on a A346, you are paying for every hour you fly

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by lutfi
Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Real Value Of Used 777s
Replies: 19
Views: 5818

RE: Real Value Of Used 777s

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/UA444" class="quote" target="_blank">UA444</a> (<a href="#7" class="quote">Reply 7</a>):<br/><i>Still wondering why <acronym title="Precision Ai...

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by lutfi
Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Real Value Of Used 777s
Replies: 19
Views: 5818

RE: Real Value Of Used 777s

And buying an aircraft with a lease attached = worth the NPV of the remaining lease payments. Which may be considerably more than the "open market" value

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by lutfi
Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Boeing Cost Cutting Programme - Part 1
Replies: 316
Views: 34293

Major Boeing Cost Cutting Programme - Part 1

There is a view that Boeing have been "borrowing" from future cash flow by giving discounts/ better deals on deposits if customers are willing to make earlier payments. Improves cash flow now in return for receiving less cash than you otherwise would have. I.e. pay me 90m USD today, or 100m USD tomo...

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by lutfi
Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Boeing Cost Cutting Programme - Part 1
Replies: 316
Views: 34293

Major Boeing Cost Cutting Programme - Part 1

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Chaostheory" class="quote" target="_blank">Chaostheory</a> (<a href="#93" class="quote">Reply 93</a>):<br/><i>5 Years ago perhaps.No way in hell...

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by lutfi
Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TG Outlines Initial A350 Operations
Replies: 36
Views: 14447

RE: TG Outlines Initial A350 Operations

<a href="http://thai.listedcompany.com/management.html" target="_blank">http://thai.listedcompany.com/management.html</a> 5 out of 9 managers have air force titles <a href="http://thai.listedcompany.com/directors.html" target="_blank">http://thai.listedcompany.com/directors.html</a> 4 Directors are ...

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by lutfi
Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOM To Saturate By 2018, Without Its New Airport.
Replies: 32
Views: 4493

RE: BOM To Saturate By 2018, Without Its New Airport.

Put the fares up, demand will drop.

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by lutfi
Mon Jan 04, 2016 3:20 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments
Replies: 16
Views: 18727

RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

So, did you join the mile high club?

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by lutfi
Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JB, DL, AA To Introduce "Last Class".
Replies: 94
Views: 21440

RE: JB, DL, AA To Introduce "Last Class".

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/N867DA" class="quote" target="_blank">N867DA</a> (<a href="#12" class="quote">Reply 12</a>):<br/><i>The quality of air travel in America (and th...

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by lutfi
Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Will Be The Last 747-400 Original Operator
Replies: 75
Views: 25167

RE: Who Will Be The Last 747-400 Original Operator

QF would be my guess- they bought 747-400ER that are relatively new.

GA/ AI/ DL - all have a history of operating aircraft for a long time, and not reselling them.

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by lutfi
Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia Crash: Final Report Released - Part 1
Replies: 258
Views: 34289

Air Asia Crash: Final Report Released - Part 1

"The plane's flight control computer had a cracked solder joint that malfunctioned repeatedly, including four times during the flight, and 23 times the previous year"

Hmm. Sounds like they were doing the equivalent of ctrl alt del (pulling the CBs) to reset, rather than fixing the damn part...

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by lutfi
Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ A350 Seating Revealed- 253 Seats (42J24W187Y)
Replies: 45
Views: 15778

RE: SQ A350 Seating Revealed- 253 Seats (42J24W187Y)

That's surprisingly heavy on J class. I would expected a row less (38 J) with another 20 EY instead

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by lutfi
Mon Nov 09, 2015 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Presses EK To Finance A380neo Part 3
Replies: 123
Views: 12685

RE: Airbus Presses EK To Finance A380neo Part 3

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Revelation" class="quote" target="_blank">Revelation</a> (<a href="#26" class="quote">Reply 26</a>):<br/><i><acronym title="Air Tanzania">TC</ac...

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by lutfi
Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Some Iata Codes Don't Make Sense
Replies: 104
Views: 16810

RE: Some Iata Codes Don't Make Sense

Yep, even airlines that got founded 60-70 years ago don't have the "right" code. So Cathay is <acronym title="Cathay Pacific (China-Hong Kong)">CX</acronym>, because Canadian Pacific already had <acronym title="Canadian Airlines">CP</acronym>. Aeroflot didn't get <acronym title="Air France">AF</acro...

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by lutfi
Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Maybank: 'SQ Longhaul Loss Making Since FY09'
Replies: 171
Views: 33305

Maybank: 'SQ Longhaul Loss Making Since FY09'

But the rise in LCC does show that many pax want safe, on time, transport. Not a restaurant in the sky. Heck, even for the legacy airlines, 90% of passengers are in economy, showing that most pax don't want to pay for the extra comfort of Business or First.

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by lutfi
Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Introduces New Pricing System
Replies: 40
Views: 15256

RE: Lufthansa Introduces New Pricing System

Seems all very sensible to me. Three pricing tiers is much much simpler than the old rules (Saturday night stays, validity ofx months, advance purchase etc etc)

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by lutfi
Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Still Operates The 747?
Replies: 6
Views: 8520

RE: CX Still Operates The 747?

CX also still has a fleet of B744F and B748F, with no plans to retire yet

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by lutfi
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar Hong Kong Denied Licence
Replies: 222
Views: 25078

RE: Jetstar Hong Kong Denied Licence

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/zeke" class="quote" target="_blank">zeke</a> (<a href="#129" class="quote">Reply 129</a>):<br/><i>The original article said voting, which I was ...

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by lutfi
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar Hong Kong Denied Licence
Replies: 222
Views: 25078

RE: Jetstar Hong Kong Denied Licence

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/zeke" class="quote" target="_blank">zeke</a> (<a href="#126" class="quote">Reply 126</a>):<br/><i>They are correct, the shares they are talking ...

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by lutfi
Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar Hong Kong Denied Licence
Replies: 222
Views: 25078

RE: Jetstar Hong Kong Denied Licence

Swire Pacific own 44% of the share in Cathay, and there are no A/ B shares with different votes. Not sure how CAPA get from 44% to "two thirds".

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by lutfi
Sat Jun 27, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar Hong Kong Denied Licence
Replies: 222
Views: 25078

RE: Jetstar Hong Kong Denied Licence

Because it isn't. <table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/chrisp390" class="quote" target="_blank">chrisp390</a> (<a href="#82" class="quote">Reply 82</a>):<br/><i> Yes, how does <acro...

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by lutfi
Wed May 27, 2015 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GA May Halt CGK-AMS-LGW, Runway Not Strong Enough
Replies: 64
Views: 20440

RE: GA May Halt CGK-AMS-LGW, Runway Not Strong Enough

Yep, not the airport's fault.

JMchevalier, that is very interesting. The CGK area is basically old swampland, so I guess the undelying soil is also fairly weak, and a long way down to bedrock

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by lutfi
Thu May 14, 2015 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Shameless Seating-4 Year Old 11 Rows Away Or Pay
Replies: 135
Views: 21016

RE: Shameless Seating-4 Year Old 11 Rows Away Or Pay

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Layman" class="quote" target="_blank">Layman</a> (<a href="#54" class="quote">Reply 54</a>):<br/><i>To overcome this, we invariably arrive very ...

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by lutfi
Mon May 11, 2015 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Next New Destination
Replies: 46
Views: 14314

RE: CX Next New Destination

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Coal" class="quote" target="_blank">Coal</a> (<a href="#16" class="quote">Reply 16</a>):<br/><i>How is <acronym title="Tel Aviv (-Jaffa) - Ben G...

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