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by raylee67
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will CX/HX/UA start HKG-SEA-HKG anytime soon?
Replies: 69
Views: 5296

Re: Will CX/HX/UA start HKG-SEA-HKG anytime soon?

UA will not restart SEA-HKG. SEA is just a spoke these days and they would add more flights from a hub. Unless there was a strong tie in with traffic in SEA (ie AS), a huge contract in SEA that demanded HKG service or maybe a metal neutral JV partner from HKG that demanded service I see no way UA w...

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by raylee67
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will CX/HX/UA start HKG-SEA-HKG anytime soon?
Replies: 69
Views: 5296

Re: Will CX/HX/UA start HKG-SEA-HKG anytime soon?

While it is true that all of CX's A359 are busy with other routes now, if CX is serious with opening SEA using A359, there are plenty of routes that CX can take the A359 from, e.g. the Australia routes using A359 now can easily be switched back to A333. The SFO A359 flight can go back to 77W or go t...

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by raylee67
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka
Replies: 277
Views: 24009

Re: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka

It's sad but not surprising. DL has been struggling for the HKG route. Ticket price is consistently low. They have tried cutting frequency seasonally and they have tried switching to smaller planes (767) or more efficient types. SEA is simply not a strong-enough hub, compare to SFO and LAX, and espe...

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by raylee67
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CZ jumps on World Cup wagon, re-opening routes/increasing frequency to Russia out of URC
Replies: 1
Views: 563

Re: CZ jumps on World Cup wagon, re-opening routes/increasing frequency to Russia out of URC

Don't think the lack of China's participation will deter soccer fans in China. Even if the team made it, it would be out for sure after the first three games. The chance of it getting pass that would be negative. Soccer fans of China watch European matches a lot so they will probably go there to wat...

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by raylee67
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KQ applies to Sudan for overflight to serve TLV
Replies: 9
Views: 2170

Re: KQ applies to Sudan for overflight to serve TLV

Flying Nairobi to Jibouti and then straight to Tel Aviv adds 165 nm (8%) to the route...not that much. Of corse, then they would need to convince the Saudis, but there is the AI precedent. Otherwise, go from Jibouti up the middle of the Red Sea, as LY does. That would add some 40 nm more. Nothing, ...

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by raylee67
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska enters new era of possibilities with direct flights to China
Replies: 20
Views: 5005

Re: Alaska enters new era of possibilities with direct flights to China

If they really open up China, ANC-PEK would make more sense. It could be within range of A321LR, which AS has not ordered. But if it is happy with the A321NEO, and if Airbus gives it a good deal, would AS still rule it out? A321LR would be ideal for ANC-NRT and ANC-ICN too. While AS would potential...

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by raylee67
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska enters new era of possibilities with direct flights to China
Replies: 20
Views: 5005

Re: Alaska enters new era of possibilities with direct flights to China

If they really open up China, ANC-PEK would make more sense. It could be within range of A321LR, which AS has not ordered. But if it is happy with the A321NEO, and if Airbus gives it a good deal, would AS still rule it out?

A321LR would be ideal for ANC-NRT and ANC-ICN too.

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by raylee67
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China 747 just did a round trip to Pyongyang
Replies: 105
Views: 21078

Re: Air China 747 just did a round trip to Pyongyang

Kim is going to fly to Singapore on Air China's 747. Curious is that whether they will remove the "Air China" title and the Chinese flag on the plane Kim's flying on. It would be a "great insult" to DPRK if Kim has to fly on a plane with someone else's flag, at least that would b...

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by raylee67
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways aircraft parked at LHR T5
Replies: 14
Views: 4376

Re: Qatar Airways aircraft parked at LHR T5

george77300 wrote:

It is Qatar crew and Qatar service/food. Quite a good upgrade for all the BA customers.


The passengers on those flights are going to get spoiled

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by raylee67
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India turns down China's request to double flight frequency
Replies: 29
Views: 4454

Re: India turns down China's request to double flight frequency

It could be more than that too. Politically, India may want to actually limit economic relationship with China.

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by raylee67
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA dropping Calgary effective October for winter sced.
Replies: 53
Views: 9914

Re: BA dropping Calgary effective October for winter sced.

I hope WS will use the new 787 to open Pacific routes from YYC.

Pacific routes from YVR and YYZ are already dominated by AC and Asian carriers. WS's strong presence in YYC will provide good connection. If they open HKG-YYC, I will certainly try them.

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by raylee67
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANZ looks for 77E replacement; must be able to fly non stop to N and S America East Coast
Replies: 50
Views: 8031

Re: ANZ looks for 77E replacement; must be able to fly non stop to N and S America East Coast

Arion640 wrote:
Stitch wrote:
Probably not a coincidence the A350-900 is doing short-runway testing at Wellington this week.


I've lived in NZ before but can't say i'm familar with Air New Zealands ops.

Do they operate widebodies from Wellington?


They don't now. But WLG used to handle QF's 747SP and NZ's 747-200.

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by raylee67
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways eyes C-Series order
Replies: 8
Views: 2677

Re: Kenya Airways eyes C-Series order

Do they have money?

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by raylee67
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YVR to BKK & SIN w AC (Air Canada) B787
Replies: 22
Views: 5242

Re: YVR to BKK & SIN w AC (Air Canada) B787

There is practically no business traffic between Vancouver and Bangkok, and bargain hunting leisure travelers have a lot of low cost choices flying via ICN, TPE, HKG or even PEK and PVG. They most likely would not mind waiting at those airport for 2 or 3 hrs for the connection if it means saving a f...

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by raylee67
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sukhoi: CR929 fuselage to have nine-abreast seating
Replies: 50
Views: 9763

Re: Sukhoi: CR929 fuselage to have nine-abreast seating

P&W or RR do you think? I think there will be two engine choices at the end, one Western, one Russian. Chinese engines are not there yet, but it seems that at least the PS90 would have sufficient power to power this plane. For the Russian engine, it's just a "back-up". It would not be...

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by raylee67
Wed May 30, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air to launch Zagreb from 01 September.
Replies: 11
Views: 2031

Re: Korean Air to launch Zagreb from 01 September.

This is amazing for Croatia. It is a beautiful country indeed. The last time an Asian carrier flew to ZAG was Malaysia Airlines, back in 1998 I think, with 777 service, with KUL-VIE-ZAG routing.

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by raylee67
Tue May 29, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Shies Away From 78J/77X For Time Being
Replies: 61
Views: 9796

Re: AA Shies Away From 78J/77X For Time Being

I think 78J has a range problem. It can't do trans-Pac, so it would be limited to Atlantic and Latam routes for AA.

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by raylee67
Tue May 29, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook / Condor plans for new long range aicraft
Replies: 42
Views: 7587

Re: Thomas Cook / Condor plans for new long range aicraft

Airbus should really be desperate enough to cut down the price on the A330NEO now, especially if it means selling some -800 to Thomas Cook.

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by raylee67
Fri May 25, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong Airlines applies for Daily HKG-YYZ flights
Replies: 8
Views: 1904

Re: Hong Kong Airlines applies for Daily HKG-YYZ flights

Hopefully they will introduce affordable business class fare to the route. May be bring that down to about US$2500 to 3000.

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by raylee67
Fri May 18, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 103
Views: 23270

Re: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'

I guess similar to Dragonair, Silkair has outlived its usefulness. Doing so will allow SQ to downgauge some routes to 180-seat 737MAX while keeping the premium brand, also similar to how CX has been actively moving some less premium routes to Cathay Dragon. I wonder if China Airlines and EVA Air wil...

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by raylee67
Mon May 14, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL May Launch new (Long-haul) LCC by 2020
Replies: 35
Views: 2149

Re: Japan Airlines to start new Long Haul Low Cost airline

Considering how much JAL lags behind ANA now in terms of medium and long haul, an LCC may allow them to break thru, and there are certainly a lot of opportunities. First, destinations such as HNL and BNE can be transferred to the LCC. New routes such as NRT-YYZ, NRT-AKL, NRT-AMS, NRT-MXP, NRT-MLE ar...

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by raylee67
Fri May 11, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific in Germany
Replies: 19
Views: 5418

Re: Cathay Pacific in Germany

And CX has definitely been trying to do more with Germany. DUS's failure is a disappointment. FRA is a high-yield destination, and probably the market will grow with more banks moving executive and investment banking positions from London to Frankfurt as a result of BREXIT. It would be interesting t...

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by raylee67
Fri May 11, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Flight launches Macao's first scheduled intercontinental service with MFM-SVO inaugural
Replies: 27
Views: 2592

Re: Russian Royal Flight launches Macao's first scheduled intercontinental service with MFM-SVO inaugural

zakuivcustom wrote:

It started in 1996 as MFM-BRU-LIS (not sure whether it's SN's A343 or TP's).


It was TP's A340. The flight was code-shared with SN first. After BRU was dropped in favor of BKK as the intermediate stop, the flight was operated solely on TP's code.

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by raylee67
Sun May 06, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR: Etihad going to announce to cancel & defer aircraft.
Replies: 164
Views: 37960

Re: RUMOUR: Etihad going to announce to cancel & defer aircraft.

This is probably what I would do: No change to A321NEOs, or at most some minor defer, and use them to replace A320/A321CEO (32 in service now) Keep 787-9 order and delivery (21 more coming), and use the type to replace all A330-200 and -300 in service now (total 24 in service) Only keep about 10 787...

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by raylee67
Thu May 03, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: North Korea requests opening of new international air routes and shows willingness to open its FIR to South Korea
Replies: 41
Views: 7432

Re: North Korea requests opening of new international air routes and shows willingness to open its FIR to South Korea

This really depends on the grand schema of things. Under current circumstances, there is no market for North Korean flights from anywhere, even Beijing. It depends on where Kim wants to take the country towards. If it turns out that he is actually a genius, the last few years of craziness was just p...

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by raylee67
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada resumes non stop flights between Canada and Argentina
Replies: 8
Views: 2159

Re: Air Canada resumes non stop flights between Canada and Argentina

As Canada starts to negotiate its trade deal with Mercosur, business deals will gradually increase between the two countries, and so does passenger and cargo traffic. The stabilizing Argentine economy helps too.

The trade deal may be a few years down the line though.

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by raylee67
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Profits at ANA soar as JAL sinks further
Replies: 30
Views: 7278

Re: Profits at ANA soar as JAL sinks further

It would be interesting to see if JAL will abandon its low density 787s (with 2-4-2 economy) and 777s (with 3-3-3 economy). On a side note, CX is starting to deploy 773 and 77W with 3-4-3 economy into service this summer.

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by raylee67
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW AIR adding 12-15 destinations in ASIA
Replies: 81
Views: 12574

Re: WOW AIR adding 12-15 destinations in ASIA

As long as it can really offer rock bottom price, people would fly it. Let's say if it sells C$600 round trip HKG-KEF-YYZ, people would put up with the long flights and cramped seats and unstable weather at KEF to fly it. Cramped seats? I'll take WOW over Air Canada any day (on longhaul). Air Canad...

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by raylee67
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Both HND and DXB are poised to surpass PEK (as world's 2nd busiest airport)
Replies: 11
Views: 2791

Re: Both HND and DXB are poised to surpass PEK (as world's 2nd busiest airport)

PEK will be surpassed when the new airport comes into service, splitting Beijing's traffic between the current airport and the new Daxing Airport. At that time, it will most likely be surpassed by BOTH DXB and HND, and even a few more others, at the same time.

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by raylee67
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW AIR adding 12-15 destinations in ASIA
Replies: 81
Views: 12574

Re: WOW AIR adding 12-15 destinations in ASIA

As long as it can really offer rock bottom price, people would fly it. Let's say if it sells C$600 round trip HKG-KEF-YYZ, people would put up with the long flights and cramped seats and unstable weather at KEF to fly it. Then they will complain about the diversions and delays, and then they will fl...

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by raylee67
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TPAC connectivity for North America's gateways to Asia-Pacific of the West Coast featuring LAX, SEA, SFO, YVR
Replies: 27
Views: 3329

Re: TPAC connectivity for North America's gateways to Asia-Pacific of the West Coast featuring LAX, SEA, SFO, YVR

I think you missed two destinations in the YVR map. Air Canada also flies YVR-KIX and YVR-NGO, with 767.

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by raylee67
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada adds YUL-YXU, YUL-YQG
Replies: 31
Views: 3678

Re: Air Canada adds YUL-YXU, YUL-YQG

AC is definitely building YUL as an alternative, less crowded, hub to complement YYZ.

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by raylee67
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: KLM or Garuda? Who flew this route?
Replies: 19
Views: 2844

Re: KLM or Garuda? Who flew this route?

Departed Denpasar Bali 5:15pm on Wednesday, arrived (3 stops later) in Amsterdam at 7:15am on Thursday. :roll: :roll: Obviously you didn't get what I mean... Rather than responding that way, why don't you tell me what you meant? He/she means what about the return schedule? If it seems that it's a f...

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by raylee67
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flydubai won't locate to DWC. more destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe
Replies: 45
Views: 6751

Re: Flydubai won't locate to DWC. more destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe

DWC is going to be the largest (almost) unused airport in the world, after YMX.

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by raylee67
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many passengers does ANA Boeing 777-300 domestic take ?
Replies: 35
Views: 4749

Re: How many passengers does ANA Boeing 777-300 domestic take ?

Kashmon wrote:

Where do you get this baloney

If they were unable to improvise they would not be soaring ahead in technology...., or have such an incredible emergency response system....

I suppose Americans need something ti justify their disorder and chaotic behavior....

I think you made a typo

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by raylee67
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many passengers does ANA Boeing 777-300 domestic take ?
Replies: 35
Views: 4749

Re: How many passengers does ANA Boeing 777-300 domestic take ?

Japan is a very orderly nation ! Wish other countries can adopt Japan's transportation efficiency. There are always 2 sides on 1 coin. They are very orderly, but also very inflexible and resistant to any changes. They are very good at following orders and process, but if the situation changes a lit...

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by raylee67
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many passengers does ANA Boeing 777-300 domestic take ?
Replies: 35
Views: 4749

Re: How many passengers does ANA Boeing 777-300 domestic take ?

How many passengers does ANA Boeing 777-300 domestic take ? I will fly on one soon, but I am seated in row 46, but looking at Seatguru seatmaps I cant' find any of their B777-300 having that many rows .. The route is Tokyo Haneda - Osaka Seatguru does not have ANA's domestic 777-300 on their site. ...

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by raylee67
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia extends overflights rights for US airlines
Replies: 9
Views: 3185

Re: Russia extends overflights rights for US airlines

How about Chinese competitors? Won't cut it. Because in the worst case scenario, US can ban all incoming/outgoing flights from/to US from overflying Russian airspace, including Chinese airlines. Air Canada would not be affected because they can overfly Russian airspace on routes like HKG-YYZ or DEL...

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by raylee67
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?
Replies: 77
Views: 7831

Re: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?

Northwest actually had such a flight between 1998 and 2001, with 1 to 2 weekly summer only seasonal service, on DC10 and 747-200. I don't think there is a NRT-ANC market year-round. But the Japanese tourist market to Alaska is pretty strong and consistent during the summer months. It could work with...

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by raylee67
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: 2nd Asian airline to ONT
Replies: 43
Views: 5197

Re: Rumor: 2nd Asian airline to ONT

flyfresno wrote:
nmk829 wrote:
BoeingGuy wrote:
ONT has gained and lost service over the years too. Off hand, I can think of ATL (EA, DL), JFK (B6, briefly AA), HNL (UA, HA), YYZ (AC), MX (AS).

IAH (UA)


ONT had service to Toronto? Wow...

From Ontario... to Ontario.

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by raylee67
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia extends overflights rights for US airlines
Replies: 9
Views: 3185

Re: Russia extends overflights rights for US airlines

In a "game of inches" (i.e low margins), that 10% extra fuel cost, extra utilization, extra crew time, etc can add up! It adds up, but if all your competitors are forced to do the same, then there's no difference. The price of the ticket would be increased by all airlines. There is no alt...

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by raylee67
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia extends overflights rights for US airlines
Replies: 9
Views: 3185

Re: Russia extends overflights rights for US airlines

Between East Asia and eastern/central US, the eastbound flights almost always take the southern route across the Pacific and make "landfall" at North America over Vancouver. So only the westbound flights are affected. But with the extended range capabilities of 77W, 787 and A350, airlines ...

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by raylee67
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA considering scheduled flights to LJU
Replies: 4
Views: 1071

Re: ANA considering scheduled flights to LJU

Slovenia is beautiful, went there 10 years ago. But really there is no demand for regular non-stop between Asia and LJU. A few charters a year to Japan and Korea is about right. Keep in mind that for most Asian tourists going to Slovenia, they are not just going to Slovenia. They will be touring man...

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by raylee67
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39484

Re: Air Asia X cancels A350. Decision on fleet expected later this year.

Step 1 accomplished for Boeing. Now they will give everything they have to persuade Air Asia X to switch to dreamliner. It will be interesting to watch. If it is very obvious they will keep the Neo order, then why is there a need for a final decision on fleet ? This order is alot more then selling ...

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by raylee67
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DPRK-USA summit. Kim aircarft
Replies: 32
Views: 4061

Re: DPRK-USA summit. Kim aircarft

It is most likely that the meeting will take place in the JSA. No need to worry about transport. Originally, China and Russia would be in good spot to host this meeting, but given the current relationship between US and China and Russia, and the invitation is not routed through China or Russia, it i...

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by raylee67
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying
Replies: 68
Views: 8704

Re: Asiana Airlines future expansion

Asiana can definitely make it work with EWR and YYZ, with substantial O&D traffic and connection at both ends. Should be no problem filling a daily A359 on these two routes. IAH would work too if they coordinate with UA on connection to South America at IAH and if they can also work out connecti...

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by raylee67
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe to Africa discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 6169

Re: Europe to Africa discussion

It's quite surprising that Zambia lost its connection to London (by BA). It is a fairly stable country and has a vibrant mining economy, balanced with tourism.

May be a triangular Zambia/Botswana service would work.

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by raylee67
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China announces 25% tariff against some US-built planes
Replies: 164
Views: 9216

Re: China announces 25% tariff against some US-built planes

Embraer faced a 22.9% import tariff on ERJ-145 aircraft in the early 2000s, according to a research paper I found. They even build 4 ERJs that were never delivered to China because of the tariffs. Now, that’s a while ago. Not sure what the current status is. But 22.9% is very high, cost prohibitive...

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by raylee67
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China announces 25% tariff against some US-built planes
Replies: 164
Views: 9216

Re: China announces 25% tariff against some US-built planes

Currently, it only affects Boeing planes that Chinese airlines aren't really buying. This part of the overall tariff package is just posturing, just like in US's list of Chinese products, there are grenade launchers and Chinese made aircraft engines in that list. Since when does US military buying g...

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by raylee67
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 74357

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

Makes sense. No surprise. AA does not need another long range type. The question is, can they just cancel the longstanding A350 order? Are there any penalties? Is AA really canceling the A350 order or is it switching the deposits to more A321? May be some -LR? I think AA is quite happy with the A321.

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