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by raylee67
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Porter Announce Expansion to YFC and YSJ
Replies: 8
Views: 1671

Re: Porter Announce Expansion to YFC and YSJ

diverted wrote:

At the very least, some cheaper flights for folks in the Maritimes. ..


PD's flights don't seem to be cheaper than WS and AC though in other competitive markets. One more choice with better service may be, but I think we Canadians are doomed to high fares.

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by raylee67
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: USGlobal Airways(Baltia) buys Songbird Airways AOC
Replies: 13
Views: 1542

Re: USGlobal Airways(Baltia) buys Songbird Airways AOC

Big step. Good for them The thing is, Songbird's only aircraft is in storage in GYR since Febuary 6, 2017. So Songbird is not really an "active" company... Well, all they need is Songbird's AOC. But what takes them so long to acquire a dormant airline's AOC? There has to be other opportun...

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by raylee67
Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK After 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 1526

Re: TK After2020

I think the first question to answer is really whether the whole Middle East Near East goes up in flames between now and 2020.

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by raylee67
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways mulls widebody fleet renewal options
Replies: 23
Views: 5416

Re: Fiji Airways mulls widebody fleet renewal options

787 has always been the best option for Fiji. It was so back then when it made its first order, and it still is now. The -8 would allow them to open new and smaller markets in China and Japan, the -9 can be used for most of the existing routes, while it can add one or two -10 for LAX.

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by raylee67
Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada flying to the US
Replies: 21
Views: 4372

Re: Air Canada flying to the US

Why does Air Canada have such dominance in the US-Canada market? They fly multiple wide bodies to a handful of cities throughout the US, some are Rouge some are mainline. It seems the largest aircraft that US carriers fly into Canada is the A321 or 739. How come Air Canada does this and why do US c...

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by raylee67
Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Zimbabwe to be renamed, Gov't paying off debt, ET to partner AirZim
Replies: 63
Views: 8427

Re: Air Zimbabwe to be renamed, Gov't paying off debt, ET to partner AirZim

chiki wrote:
raylee67 wrote:
Why do they need a 777 except to fly the shopping errands?

Hre Gatwick is quite lucrative at the right price, thats actually the major market for ET, EK, KQ, SA flying into HRE

Then why did BA dropped LON-HRE?

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by raylee67
Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines to axe Darwin, more routes to be culled
Replies: 34
Views: 5915

Re: Malaysia Airlines to axe Darwin, more routes to be culled

Malaysia Airlines has really completed its historical mission to connect Malaysia with the world. Now AirAsia is doing a much better job than MH ever has on this mission. Many international airlines would skip KUL because it's a relatively low yield destination in Asia, compare to Singapore and even...

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by raylee67
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates and Flydubai merger in 18 months
Replies: 51
Views: 9852

Re: Emirates and Flydubai merger in 18 months

usflyer msp wrote:
Seems to me like its an implicit admission that EK should have never rid itself of smaller aircraft. There are many potentially lucrative markets that could never handle EK's current minimum of 360 seats per flight...

There is still an awful large gap between the 738 and the 77W

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by raylee67
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Zimbabwe to be renamed, Gov't paying off debt, ET to partner AirZim
Replies: 63
Views: 8427

Re: Air Zimbabwe to be renamed, Gov't paying off debt, ET to partner AirZim

Why do they need a 777 except to fly the shopping errands?

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by raylee67
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018
Replies: 122
Views: 13334

Re: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018

As commavia suggested, this was expected. DL started PHL-LHR in 2014 after the AA/US merger required the latter to divest a LHR slot. The terms were that DL had to operate the flight for 6 IATA seasons (3 years), after which they could redeploy the slot on a route of their selection. Ergo... Anyone...

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by raylee67
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toddler prevented from using washroom on AC flight
Replies: 38
Views: 6566

Re: Toddler prevented from using washroom on AC flight

Economy Class passengers are not supposed to use Business Class washrooms. I think that is common sense. If they have told the agent they have special needs to access the washrooms frequently or in short notice, the agent should have sat them in the last row of the plane, not the ones close to Busin...

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by raylee67
Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines Facing Increased Competition
Replies: 79
Views: 11699

Re: Hawaiian Airlines Facing Increased Competition

Can HA build HNL into a trans-Pacific hub? I know HNL is not on the Great Circle. But DXB is also far from the Asia-Europe Great Circle, it has nonetheless become a super-hub for Asia-Europe traffic. HNL has sufficient O&D traffic on both sides to (i.e. Asia-HNL and US-HNL), and some of those le...

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by raylee67
Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Lufthansa intercontinental routes
Replies: 132
Views: 26635

Re: New Lufthansa intercontinental routes

Here's the press release: http://newsroom.lufthansagroup.com/en/news-and-releases/2017/q2/458.html Good news for Airbus A380 Fans in Munich: Starting in summer 2018, Lufthansa will introduce the Airbus A380 in Munich on long-haul destinations to Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Beijing. For this reason, ...

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by raylee67
Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Montreal -Beirut now very likely?
Replies: 78
Views: 10325

Re: Air Canada Montreal -Beirut now very likely?

The situation in Lebanon has not changed between 2003 and now. If it was a security concern from US then for it to pressure Canada (and AC) to cancel the route, it certainly has the same reason to do so today. Whether that reason is valid from anyone's point of view is not relevant. However, this mu...

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by raylee67
Tue May 23, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who is most likely to place an "end of the line" order for the 748?
Replies: 100
Views: 13351

Re: Who is most likely to place an "end of the line" order for the 748?

Would Amazon be interested in getting some to expand its delivery capabilities internationally? Doing so would allow it to control the cost of overseas shipping, which is a big obstacle in attracting overseas customers to amazon.com, which by far has more merchandise available at lower prices than o...

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by raylee67
Tue May 23, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair and Air Europa together in long haul
Replies: 36
Views: 7575

Re: Ryanair and Air Europa together in long haul

I am still not very clear about what's included. Is it just Ryanair will be selling some seats on existing Air Europa flights? Wouldn't that be like code-sharing? Or is it just connection between selective Air Europa flights and Ryanair network (making it more like interlining)? Most importantly, do...

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by raylee67
Sun May 21, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Hainan Airlines interested in Alitalia
Replies: 32
Views: 6861

Re: Rumour: Hainan Airlines interested in Alitalia

History has shown that buying distressed and loss making companies at a premium is a stupid growth strategy. Who says anything about growth strategy? If you are in the financial industry, you would know why a specific type of people deliberately buy hopeless companies at a premium. Just ask any of ...

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by raylee67
Sun May 21, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay 773 flew a heart shape over South China Sea
Replies: 9
Views: 3192

Cathay 773 flew a heart shape over South China Sea

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airc ... nq#d7500ac
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Today CX took a group of 100 kids from local lower class families for a HKG-HKG 2-hr charity flying experience trip. And the flight crews deliberately plotted a heart shape course over the sea.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airc ... nq#d7500ac

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by raylee67
Sun May 21, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cygnus - small supersonic jet concept
Replies: 52
Views: 4470

Re: Cygnus - small supersonic jet concept

32 ppl with a range of 10800km... Can it take off from LCY? Would be perfect for BA to use this on BA1-4. If it can carry 32 pax over 10000km, airlines may consider getting a small fleet of this to fly business-class only service on routes like FRA-JFK, CDG-JFK, NRT-LAX or HKG-SYD too, as long as th...

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by raylee67
Sun May 21, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to restructure and to lay off many 100s of staff
Replies: 23
Views: 7543

Re: Cathay Pacific to restructure and sack many 100s of staff

Business has to evolve to adapt new environment all the time. You can't blame ME3 and CN3 and LCC for your plight, just like Sears and Macy's cannot blame Amazon for their problems. Besides, CX's short term loss is mainly due to hedge on fuel. Its net loss for full year 2016 is HKD 575 million, and ...

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by raylee67
Fri May 19, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fifth freedom flights of the past
Replies: 14
Views: 1553

Re: Fifth freedom flights of the past

I think that it is a misconception that fifth freedom flights are are something abnormal. In the older days they were pretty common and included in most bilaterals. As new bilaterals have usually included rather more than less freedom, I assume that most bilaterals still include fifth freedom right...

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by raylee67
Fri May 19, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fifth freedom flights of the past
Replies: 14
Views: 1553

Re: Fifth freedom flights of the past

Before the introduction of ultra long range jetliners, most international carriers need to refuel enroute. Many stops might have been technical stops and prohibited transport of passengers between certain points. What were some of the more interesting 5th freedom flights of the 60s and 70s. I remem...

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by raylee67
Fri May 19, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries
Replies: 352
Views: 49489

Re: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries

I am glad that I have voted for a government which would stand up for Canadians against bullies. Our southern neighbor should understand that while they are a large chunk of the global economy, the world will continue to function without them participating. There would be some pain while the world t...

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by raylee67
Thu May 18, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx request Havana frequencies
Replies: 33
Views: 4616

Re: FedEx request Havana frequencies

If FedEx is flying Cessna to Havana, and only from Mon to Fri, I would think they are more targeting the document courier business. There must be all kinds of legal and government documents that are shuttling between Cuba and the rest of the world. FedEx is in a better place than anyone else to be i...

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by raylee67
Thu May 18, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fifth freedom flights between LHR and the US
Replies: 31
Views: 3043

Re: Fifth freedom flights between LHR and the US

I think it means any EU airlines can fly between LHR and US, as the agreement concerns only the rights of EU and USA airlines. It basically treats EU as one entity. However, it does not govern whether airlines outside of EU and USA can fly between LHR and USA. That would be governed by the aviation ...

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by raylee67
Thu May 18, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Laser shows in Hong Kong affecting aircraft?
Replies: 3
Views: 549

Re: Laser shows in Hong Kong affecting aircraft?

The take-off flight path does not always take the plane over the downtown. When it does, based on my experience on those flights, we were usually quite high already when we actually overflying the downtown area. I don't think those lights would affect the planes at that height. I have never landed o...

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by raylee67
Thu May 18, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AV Industry: Expanding Ban On Laptops Would Cost Travelers $1 Billion
Replies: 54
Views: 3558

Re: AV Industry: Expanding Ban On Laptops Would Cost Travelers $1 Billion

A small price for more safety. I never knew putting 300+ lithium batteries into the cargo hold of a 777 or A380 is "more safety". I was always told that it's the other way around. Did the fact just got altered? I recall that after 911, they require all passengers to demonstrate that their...

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by raylee67
Wed May 17, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AV Industry: Expanding Ban On Laptops Would Cost Travelers $1 Billion
Replies: 54
Views: 3558

Re: AV Industry: Expanding Ban On Laptops Would Cost Travelers $1 Billion

A small price for more safety. I never knew putting 300+ lithium batteries into the cargo hold of a 777 or A380 is "more safety". I was always told that it's the other way around. Did the fact just got altered? I recall that after 911, they require all passengers to demonstrate that their...

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by raylee67
Mon May 15, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Juneyao Airlines to join Star Alliance Next Week
Replies: 5
Views: 1341

Re: Juneyao Airlines to join Star Alliance Next Week

iirc Juneyao is more or less a LCC? No, it's not a LCC. It provides free meals on its flights. It has a first class cabin (e.g. its A320 has 8F+150Y config). First checked bag is free (up to 20kg on domestic economy). It has a LCC subsidiary, named 9Air. I think that is not included in the Star All...

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by raylee67
Mon May 15, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Low Cost from BCN will be named "Level"
Replies: 184
Views: 22245

Re: IAG Low Cost from BCN will be named "Level"

Early news seem to show that LEVEL is quite successful in initial sales. Will we see IAG expanding this to UK? BA has basically withdrew completely from long haul market from secondary UK cities. I can see LEVEL works at Manchester with flights like MAN-JFK, MAN-FLL and MAN-MCO. If LEVEL continues t...

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by raylee67
Fri May 12, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HKG: plans new bridge to satellite concourse over apron
Replies: 31
Views: 6485

Re: HKG: plans new bridge to satellite concourse over apron

With the opening of the 2XX gates, I don't really understand why the North Satellite (5XX) gates are still needed. Wouldn't it be cheaper to just torn down that odd building? And focus on the grand construction of the new terminal and runway? I always thought the 5XX gates are supposed to be tempora...

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by raylee67
Thu May 11, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AC announces new Frequent Flyer Program
Replies: 9
Views: 1979

Re: AC announces new Frequent Flyer Program

I can see Aeroplan members stop accumulation of points starting now, and not waiting until 2020. For people flying Air Canada, they can accumulate mileage into UA (unless doing so would mean less miles because of how they treat class codes differently). For people using Aeroplan credit cards, they c...

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by raylee67
Thu May 11, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iqaluit the new Keflavik??
Replies: 9
Views: 4487

Re: Iqaluit the new Keflavik??

Is it really that the government is investing purely because it thinks it can attract international flights? Or is it that's just one of the minor reasons? First, I do think there is enormous tourism opportunity up Canada's north. People are willing to pay a lot to see the pristine tundra. But there...

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by raylee67
Tue May 09, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: With the new KE codeshares, will DL drop SEA-NRT-SIN?
Replies: 41
Views: 4995

Re: With the new KE codeshares, will DL drop SEA-NRT-SIN?

The timing of the NRT-SIN segment is definitely not friendly for passengers traveling between just Tokyo and Singapore. And if Delta is simply relying on traffic between US and Singapore to sustain this segment, it would be very challenging. That pax (Heather Cho) was the chairman's daughter, not fl...

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by raylee67
Sat May 06, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United applies for additional Havana frequencies
Replies: 21
Views: 3758

Re: United applies for additional Havana frequencies

Has Alaska started flying its LAX-HAV service? Or is that daily frequency going to be freed too?

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by raylee67
Sat May 06, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remnants Of International Airports.
Replies: 75
Views: 12940

Re: Remnants Of International Airports.

A few examples of domestic airport with remnants of international operations: Osaka Itami (international flights moved to Osaka Kansai) - Itami is still the main domestic airport in Osaka, receiving aircraft as large as 767 and 787 now Nagoya Komaki (almost all flights moved to Nagoya Chubu), but Ko...

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by raylee67
Wed May 03, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering BNE-PER-CDG starting late 2018 along with BNE-DFW or BNE-LAX
Replies: 76
Views: 11432

Re: Qantas considering BNE-PER-CDG starting late 2018 along with BNE-DFW or BNE-LAX

Is flying via PER that much attractive to passengers traveling to the East Coast of Australia? I would imagine it doesn't really matter for them whether they are traveling thru PER, DXB, SIN, BKK or HKG, etc. if they want to fly from BNE to CDG or SYD to LHR? I can see the PER-Europe flight is attra...

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by raylee67
Tue May 02, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republic is out of Bankruptcy
Replies: 14
Views: 2961

Re: Republic is out of Bankruptcy

They did not use the Ch.11 opportunity to get rid of the CS order. I guess they are quite confident that they can re-sell them or lease them out?

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by raylee67
Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines that have been all-747
Replies: 59
Views: 7104

Re: Airlines that have been all-747

QF was and wasn't Cathay Pacific all 747 also at one point? Most likely somewhere between the L1011 retirement and A330/340 and 777 advent. CX was never all 747. The last flight of L1011 was in 1998 and the first A330 joined the fleet in 1994. The A340 joined even earlier in 1992. The A330 was a di...

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by raylee67
Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future access to the Falkland Islands
Replies: 35
Views: 6515

Re: Future access to the Falkland Islands

Would London-St Helena-Falklands be viable? Say on a 737-700ER or an A319LR?

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by raylee67
Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL/KE -- viability of ICN in light of North Korea
Replies: 27
Views: 4312

Re: DL/KE -- viability of ICN in light of North Korea

If a real war breaks out and DPRK does fire its missiles all around the place, then you have way more than ICN to worry about, even if you just focus on aviation. North Korea is not going to just assert its force on South Korea. It's quite certain that it will hit Japan too. And if it is unhappy eno...

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by raylee67
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BUD targets flights to the US for S18
Replies: 21
Views: 2876

Re: BUD targets flights to the US for S18

Norwegian possible?

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by raylee67
Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why EK doesn't launch TXL?
Replies: 43
Views: 7479

Re: Why EK doesn't launch TXL?

1. Helsinki, but competing against Finnair & Norweigan 2. Denver, largest US City without ME3 3. Any secondary City in China like Chengdu, Xi'an, Nanjing, Chongqing or Wuhan. Although I know chinese authorities are quite strict with EK, limiting it's service. 4. Santiago de Chile, beating QR's ...

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by raylee67
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus MoM / NMA / A310 replacement, 2025?
Replies: 150
Views: 17090

Re: Airbus MoM / NMA / A310 replacement, 2025?

The A310 sits 220 people in standard config. Isn't that exactly how many people the A321NEO sits? I would think the A321NEO and the A321NEO-LR are technically replacing A310 already.

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by raylee67
Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’
Replies: 152
Views: 26740

Re: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’

I think they can still win with EWR. Currently, EWR sucks. It's old, far, dirty, slow and unreliable in processing luggage and security. But it doesn't need to be that way. UA owns EWR. If it wants to make it a state-of-the-art airport that attracts NYC customers more than JFK and LGA, it can. Star...

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by raylee67
Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue applies for additional Cuba frequencies
Replies: 42
Views: 5989

Re: JetBlue applies for additional Cuba frequencies

Isn't Jetlue struggling right now? Aren't they doing a fleet review due to their cost/revenue issues? I wouldn't call that "struggling". They are unhappy with their 190. And that's about it. They don't have issues with their A320 and certainly not with their A321 Mint service that is eati...

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by raylee67
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’
Replies: 152
Views: 26740

Re: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’

I think they can still win with EWR. Currently, EWR sucks. It's old, far, dirty, slow and unreliable in processing luggage and security. But it doesn't need to be that way. UA owns EWR. If it wants to make it a state-of-the-art airport that attracts NYC customers more than JFK and LGA, it can. Start...

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by raylee67
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year
Replies: 63
Views: 10307

Re: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year

Transat and Rouge are not real ULCC. e.g. Rouge still allows free carry-on, and check-in luggage pricing is flat. And I think you still get a free drink on board.
It seems that WestJet is really seeing NewLeaf as a credible threat. First Mesa Airport flights, now this.

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by raylee67
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another IFSD on the A320NEO, this time Hong Kong Express
Replies: 17
Views: 5720

Re: Another IFSD on the A320NEO, this time Hong Kong Express

CSeries uses PW's GTF too, although not the exact same model that A320NEO uses. It seems that the one used in CSeries are quite reliable. What's the difference? Can't PW look at the PW1500 vs. the PW1100 to resolve this quickly?

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by raylee67
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is CX LGW-HKG doing?
Replies: 14
Views: 4525

Re: How is CX LGW-HKG doing?

HKG-LON is not just business. It's also heavy on VFR traffic and student traffic. There are many HK students studying in UK, all the way from junior high school to university, so that traffic is heavy. Most of the students do not study in the heart of London. For those studying in the southern part ...

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