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by raylee67
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Icelandair livery coming
Replies: 36
Views: 5601

Re: New Icelandair livery coming

Where will the 737MAX fly to? Apparently it does not have the range to replace all 757s. Does Icelandair have any plan for the 757s? That plane's capability is the cornerstone of the airline's strategy (and the recent success of the country's tourism)

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by raylee67
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why A-380 doesn’t sell in more densely populated countries?
Replies: 66
Views: 5254

Re: Why A-380 doesn’t sell in more densely populated countries?

For China and Japan, historically the large planes (such as 747SR and 744D for JAL and ANA) were used in short domestic routes (e.g. HND-CTS, FUK-HND, SHA-PEK, etc.). Those demands are now quickly displaced by the continued expansion of high speed rail. Now high speed rail between Beijing and Shangh...

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by raylee67
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 181
Views: 21803

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

LHR is probably the airport that has most need for A380. BA can easily deploy A380 profitably to routes such as LAX, SFO, HKG, SIN, JNB, PVG, SYD and even MCO, YYZ and YVR seasonally if it decides to make some A380 high-density. And even with the A380, those long range routes can still maintain mult...

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by raylee67
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air outlines CS300 routes
Replies: 7
Views: 2029

Re: Korean Air outlines CS300 routes

Maybe it's just me, but flying low-density jet aircraft on routes that take half an hour at best seems like an inefficient use of assets. I know that it'd be assigned to some longer routings later, but KE might benefit from buying prop planes for domestic shuttle use and rerouting the CSs to expand...

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by raylee67
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Nearby City Pairs With No Flights
Replies: 53
Views: 3111

Re: Nearby City Pairs With No Flights

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/ ... -countries
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kbmiflyer wrote:
SCQ83 wrote:
Kiev and Moscow


Anyone have a reason why this route is not served? Are the politics that bad?


No flights between Ukraine and Russia since Oct 2015

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/ ... -countries

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by raylee67
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX to start 777 10-abreast upgrade in March, first 77W retirements to follow
Replies: 87
Views: 16302

Re: CX to start 777 10-abreast upgrade in March, first 77W retirements to follow

I think it is wrong to assume that CX will keep charging a premium price for Economy after they move to 10-abreast. Moving to 10-abreast will allow CX a lot more flexibility in their pricing competitiveness. I remember that after Air Canada moved to 10-abreast on their 77W, they dropped the fare of ...

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by raylee67
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Additional CX A350-1000 routes: LAX and EWR, plus large A350-900 expansion
Replies: 58
Views: 13243

Re: Additional CX A350-1000 routes: LAX and EWR, plus large A350-900 expansion

Doubt Australia will go all A359. CX has taken delivery of most of its A359 on order already. If so many A359 is going to Australia, where are they going to come from? Besides, SYD is such a busy route that A359 will be too small for it. On the other hand, deploying A351 to North America makes sense...

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by raylee67
Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 LH 747-8 sitting on ramp in FRA
Replies: 62
Views: 23586

Re: 10 LH 747-8 sitting on ramp in FRA

Business demand may be low, but there are no premium leisure travel demand? I guess Europe is indeed very different from Asia. I was flying out of HKG on Dec 24 and it's packed with holiday family vacationers. CX's check-in counters are just full of people.

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by raylee67
Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened at ICN Dec 23 morning? - massive delays
Replies: 5
Views: 2028

What happened at ICN Dec 23 morning? - massive delays

Does anyone know what happened at Seoul Incheon ICN Dec 23 morning? It seems that almost all flights were delayed by 4 to 6 hrs starting 6:30am. Some flights did depart only about 30 min late though, but those are just about 10% of the flights. And the delays have been propagating into the afternoon...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX announces HKG-IAD with A350-1000
Replies: 77
Views: 21202

Re: CX announces HKG-IAD with A350-1000

also I do not really understand why people want CX to replace 777's with A350;S I would rather they launch new routes, some of the 777's are only 2 years old! I think CX should place the A350-1000 strategically. From the perspective of seat and range capacity, they are identical to the 3-class 77W ...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX announces HKG-IAD with A350-1000
Replies: 77
Views: 21202

Re: CX announces HKG-IAD with A350-1000

Seems that CX likes to test these long range flights with 4/wk flights initially. BCN, DUB, CPH and BOS were all started this way. A350-1000 is a bit of a surprise. CX is very bold to start with the 2nd largest plane in the fleet (330-seat vs. 77W's 340-seat), rather than starting small with A350-90...

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by raylee67
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swift Air may cancel Eastern Air Lines MRJ-90 order
Replies: 16
Views: 4428

Re: Swift Air may cancel Eastern Air Lines MRJ-90 order

Meh...at the current pace of MRJ development, there would probably be Eastern 3.0 before the plane fly any scheduled commercial service (and most likely those planes will be retired when BER open). It's not just the pace of the MRJ development, but the complete and total mismanagement reported by s...

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by raylee67
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC877 Strange Route
Replies: 4
Views: 2348

Re: AC877 Strange Route

To practice the post-BREXIT routing where they can't overfly UK any more on European flights.

Sorry. Just kidding. Can't help

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by raylee67
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?
Replies: 147
Views: 31385

Re: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?

AA doesn't need to make that decision any time soon. If they decide to not take the 350, there are many remedies they can choose, e.g. they can swap them to A321NEO. I would imagine that if they cancel 22 A350 and order 50 more A321NEO, Airbus will be totally OK with that. As a large airline and cus...

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by raylee67
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX announces HKG-IAD with A350-1000
Replies: 77
Views: 21202

Re: CX to launch IAD

It would be a nice A359 route. I guess CX is inspired by the success of BOS. IAD will be a heavily premium route as well.

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances
Replies: 41
Views: 8627

Re: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances

I know. They are my neighbors. Then you should know first hand the 15k a month is utter B/S But I also think that the pilots have to understand that the world have changed, whether they like it or not. No one has that benefit outside your world any more. And when things unravel, the pilots cannot e...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan to further grow US service; codeshare with AS + B6 in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 6458

Re: Hainan to further grow US service; codeshare with AS + B6 in 2018

Can Hainan fly to new US destinations from PEK/PVG/CAN? I thought the Zone 1 frequencies were all spoken for but I may be misunderstanding how the bilateral works and/or how the frequencies are currently allocated. No, but they can fly from places like Tianjin or Shenzhen or Hangzhou, which are eac...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances
Replies: 41
Views: 8627

Re: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances

DB is definitely an option a lot us live here. I know. They are my neighbors. And I know this is on the mind of a lot of CX pilots lately. I have overheard them talking on the bus. I have heard some of them talking to each other in the gym, one saying he is leaving for Air Canada. At that point, I ...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances
Replies: 41
Views: 8627

Re: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances

This is very misleading, no pilot is receiving 15k a month. This is a expat housing allowance that goes to the from the company to the landlord, it does not go into the pilots pocket. The pilots however do pay the tax on the money paid to the landlord. . when I was working in HK, that money my comp...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances
Replies: 41
Views: 8627

Re: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances

People are feeling that this allowance is an "entitlement" because this type of expat benefits are not around any more in other industries. Even Investment Banks don't do this any more, or they are only providing the benefits to the top Managing Directors. In the company I work for, all th...

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by raylee67
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Idea of Point to Point and frequency over capacity collapse?
Replies: 38
Views: 10391

Re: Will the Idea of Point to Point and frequency over capacity collapse?

In Asia, most very busy routes are flown by wide-bodies. Take for example HKG - TPE, it isn't flown every 30 mins by a 738 or A320, but every 2 - 3 hrs by CX, BR & CI mostly by wide-bodied planes. So why if this works in Asia doesn't it work elsewhere ? Surely it helps with traffic flows, slot ...

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by raylee67
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 22
Views: 2291

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

I can see that myself (I'm actually more surprised at the fact that C919 has a lower MTOW than an A319 but with much higher thrust). I believe they're also trying to certify the ARJ21 for "highland operation", but it's not quite there yet. The ARJ21 is not quite anywhere yet. I almost fee...

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by raylee67
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ending Xian
Replies: 108
Views: 19312

Re: United ending Xian

The company says route did not mature with forecast corporate traffic and its overall performance was not meeting expectations. UA would have been pretty delusional to expect any material corporate traffic to Xian. To make secondary cities in China work with a US route, you need to fly 788 in a Nor...

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by raylee67
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 22
Views: 2291

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

A319neo doesn't have a high thrust version, though (at least not yet). Max thrust on that is 24k lbf I believed. May be the C919 will replace the A319 in Tibet airports then. The C919 uses engines with 31k lbf max thrust. If China can deploy the C919 safely to Lhasa routes, it would be a major poli...

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by raylee67
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 22
Views: 2291

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

A319neo doesn't have a high thrust version, though (at least not yet). Max thrust on that is 24k lbf I believed. May be the C919 will replace the A319 in Tibet airports then. The C919 uses engines with 31k lbf max thrust. If China can deploy the C919 safely to Lhasa routes, it would be a major poli...

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by raylee67
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.
Replies: 66
Views: 16427

Re: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.

I don't understand why people are so emotional about this. If the government believes the pilots have acted outside of the rules, regulations and laws by refusing to fly those people, they can bring a case against the pilots. It's as simple as that.

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by raylee67
Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 22
Views: 2291

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

757-200 was the usual equipment for Lhasa before the A319 was introduced. And 757 is famous for its take-off performance.

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by raylee67
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL May Push C-Series Order to AM Avoiding Trade Duty
Replies: 116
Views: 29108

Re: DL May Push C-Series Order to AM Avoiding Trade Duty

Here's what should worry Boeing, another airline will be flying the C-Series. That let's be proved on additional missions and open it up to even more business. AM could use these planes on some seasonal routes to expand point to points. Exactly. If Delta really pushes the order to AM, it is a serio...

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by raylee67
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Westjet agree to form US-Canada JV
Replies: 153
Views: 22068

Re: Delta and Westjet agree to form US-Canada JV

Does that mean AA is losing WestJet? What about WestJet's relationship to other OW's partners such as BA and QF?

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by raylee67
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada cancels order for 18 Boeing F/A 18 fighter jets
Replies: 3
Views: 2119

Re: Canada cancels order for 18 Boeing F/A 18 fighter jets

I think Boeing would have fully expected this. There is no surprise here. Canada does need to urgently replace the old CF-18. Personally, I think we should go for European products as we build our relationship with our partners across the pond.

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by raylee67
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan Airlines and Boom Announce Partnership for Supersonic Air Travel
Replies: 41
Views: 10281

Re: Japan Airlines and Boom Announce Partnership for Supersonic Air Travel

kjeld0d wrote:
Riiight...develop an entirely new category of commercial aircraft to charge a small premium over business class and still be profitable? Ain't gonna happen.


Well, we shall see in a few-years time, right?

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by raylee67
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA's airlines miss lease payments
Replies: 56
Views: 15752

Re: HNA's airlines miss lease payments

are they not profitable? or are they wasting their money on useless stuff. It is more like they used asset to finance buying additional asset, then in turn, use those asset to finance more. In another word, they borrow big to spend big. Works until regulator start taking a closer look at their deal...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan Airlines and Boom Announce Partnership for Supersonic Air Travel
Replies: 41
Views: 10281

Re: Japan Airlines and Boom Announce Partnership for Supersonic Air Travel

If they can develop a plane that has the range to fly from Tokyo to West Coast with reasonably affordable cost, people will pay a premium to fly to Tokyo-SFO/LAX on SST. Surely, the fare cannot be outrageous like on Concorde, but if they can make it profitable with current business class fare (or a ...

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by raylee67
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EVA Air wing collided with a pole at YYZ
Replies: 41
Views: 11355

Re: EVA Air wing collided with a pole at YYZ

This is a Chinese article, but it got some nice photos showing the damage to the wing. https://tw.news.appledaily.com/life/realtime/20171202/1252363 Damn, that looks worse than I thought it would. Agreed. Does Canada not install break-away light poles? Those light poles have the bright lights that ...

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by raylee67
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: UA179 EWR-HKG Easterly Routing
Replies: 23
Views: 5673

Re: UA179 EWR-HKG Easterly Routing

I think it flies east more often than not. I did CX EWR-HKG several times and it flies northeast over Newfoundland, Greenland and northern Norway every time. Whereas ORD-HKG and YYZ-HKG are always, in my experience, straight north over Hudson Bay and Baffin Island or slightly northwestwards over Man...

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by raylee67
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD11 flight test video
Replies: 0
Views: 452

MD11 flight test video

I always think MD11 looks special. Did not get a chance to fly on one, although flew on DC10 many times. Just found a video on youtube showing various FAA certification tests on MD11, including stall, in-flight deployment of reverser, tail strike take-off, etc. Quite interesting. https://www.youtube...

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by raylee67
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pope to Myanmar: What Plane/Time?
Replies: 9
Views: 1678

Re: Pope to Myanmar: What Plane/Time?

JUANTRIPPEJR wrote:
jfk777, Biman is BANGLADESH's airline, not Myanmar's.

Pope's visit is Vatican > Myanmar > Bangladesh > Vatican

So technically he can fly perfectly on a Myanmar Airways A320 or Myanmar National Airlines 737 from Myanmar to Bangladesh, and then a Biman 777 back to Rome

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by raylee67
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 112
Views: 24925

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

Merkel... Give a call to Xi. He will get it torn down and rebuilt a bigger terminal for you by Jan 2018.

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by raylee67
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China to Panama via Houston?
Replies: 53
Views: 8349

Re: Air China to Panama via Houston?

Don't need to read too much into this. First, it is quite possible that there is a market for China-Panama service. China has been investing heavily into Panama, but from pure economic sense, it is probably more efficient for Chinese business people to fly daily flights to Canada or Mexico and conne...

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by raylee67
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX to go daily, use A35K to TLV
Replies: 5
Views: 2957

Re: CX to go daily, use A35K to TLV

The business connection between China and Israel is actually enormous, especially in high tech and biotech. Given the connection CX can provide to Chinese business at Pearl River Delta and to Eastern China, the high yield seats are covered. El Al is not able to compete on these. The Economy Class se...

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by raylee67
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senate Tax Bill Opens Pandora's Box To Hurt ME3 Carriers
Replies: 97
Views: 27997

Re: Senate Tax Bill Opens Pandora's Box To Hurt ME3 Carriers

Somehow the Senator putting this clause in is not thinking about the details... It's going to be a lot more airlines than ME3 included in this. Besides ME3, it would include airlines such as Ethiopian, Egyptair, Kuwait Airways, Saudia, Aeroflot, Ukraine International, etc. Not sure if Poland has a t...

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by raylee67
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Court rules in favor of Kuwait Airways when it decided not to carry a Israeli passenger
Replies: 92
Views: 16795

Re: Court rules in favor of Kuwait Airways when it decided not to carry a Israeli passenger

The situation is that someone with an Israeli passport book flights that require him/her to transit through Kuwait, which is a country that do not allow Israeli passport holder to enter. I don't know how this end up in some courts in Europe. The bottom line is, even if the passenger was admitted ont...

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by raylee67
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Air Service Announcement for PIT 11/15/17
Replies: 38
Views: 4084

Re: Major Air Service Announcement for PIT 11/15/17

If it is truly "shape the future of our region", I would have to think it's international. Since Delta is already flying to Paris and Condor to Frankfurt from PIT, I suppose it could be BA to London with 788? Or could be Aer Lingus to DUB with 757 or A321NEO?

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by raylee67
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 171
Views: 18893

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

Either the flights will go empty, or Iceland is going to be swamped with tourists

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by raylee67
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When did Egyptair stop flying to LAX?
Replies: 16
Views: 3144

Re: When did Egyptair stop flying to LAX?

I'm not sure when it stopped, but I know the routing was CAI-JFK-LAX. The infamous 767 crash (well, murder suicide) off of Nantucket (Flight 990) originated in LAX, I don't know if it was ever non-stop. Honestly, I think the chances of it resuming are slim to none. Never been non-stop. Has always b...

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by raylee67
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nova Scotia Premier says Enthusiasm growing for direct flights to China
Replies: 43
Views: 4173

Re: Nova Scotia Premier says Enthusiasm growing for direct flights to China

There is no market for scheduled passenger flights for sure. But there could be a market for seasonal tourist charters, just like those between Japan and Yellowknife. I can see that happening with occasional flights carrying tour groups to Halifax. There is also definitely a market for cargo flights...

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by raylee67
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 10226

Re: Should AS look at at East Coast hub

Alaska can focus all the resources on West Coast and make it a fortress. It does not have enough resources to compete with US3 nationwide. With only West Coast to worry about, it can fight effectively against US3 in its home turf. West Coast itself as a market is large enough for Alaska to be rich. ...

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by raylee67
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?
Replies: 31
Views: 6630

Re: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?

You could still do 3 daily flights with odd slots.[...] That is exactly how they used to operate. For instance flight ZB220 LGW-PMI had been scheduled 6 times a week on days 12345-7. But using a differnt slot on every single day: 05:45, 06:10, 06:25, 06:40, 08:00 and 08:10. http://info.flightmapper...

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by raylee67
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways buys 9.6 percent stake in Cathay Pacific
Replies: 34
Views: 10841

Re: Qatar Airways buys 9.6 percent stake in Cathay Pacific

QR would be a passive shareholder. Air China and Swire will simply ignore it, just like they have ignored Kingboard. However, Air China and Swire do not hold hostile intention with QR, so if QR, as a shareholder now, came up with good idea on how any co-operations would mutually benefits CX and QR, ...

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by raylee67
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Miami - Tokyo announcement soon
Replies: 124
Views: 18821

Re: Possible Miami - Tokyo announcement soon

Arguably, among all CX's code sharing agreements, the one with AA is the most important. AA has probably asked CX to join the JL-AA JV, just like oneworld has multiple carriers in the trans-Atlantic JV. And it's probably CX which has declined to deepen the relationship. Not to be pedantic, but isn'...

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