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by raylee67
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs
Replies: 113
Views: 11488

Re: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs

Boeing would regret pursuing BBD to the corner if it is sold to China and Canada permits the sale. While China is developing its aviation industry quickly, there are many areas it still lags behind. If Canada gets frustrated enough with US (not just because of Boeing vs BBD, but NAFTA negotiations, ...

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by raylee67
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing unveils new airport, to open in 2019
Replies: 38
Views: 7196

Re: Beijing unveils new airport, to open in 2019

So the airport that started its construction after BER's terminal has failed its final building test is now set to open before BER does.

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by raylee67
Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Travel Service acquires CSA Czech Airlines
Replies: 13
Views: 4400

Re: Travel Service acquires CSA Czech Airlines

I guess it means good-bye for PRG-ICN on both OK and KE?

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by raylee67
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA to end U.S flights
Replies: 18
Views: 5841

Re: PIA to end U.S flights

FoxtrotSierra wrote:
... in even booking a flight on PK, this AA codeshare doesn't show up, but that's hardly surprising for such a dysfunctional website...


The news article said PIA will enter codeshare with "an American airline", not American Airlines.

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by raylee67
Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service
Replies: 107
Views: 12238

Re: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service

CI can't even make JFK work... ONT is going to be low yielding. It should have sent a full-Y A350. Or if it really wants some premium cabin there, put may be 20 premium economy seat there. That's it. That may work. A 77W with 40 business class and 62 premium econ seats in it is going to be disaster....

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by raylee67
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar orders additional 77W and 748F
Replies: 26
Views: 6565

Re: Qatar orders additional 77W and 748F

The 748F can be deployed on shuttle DOH-THR or DOH-IST cargo flights. After all, the population need to be fed.

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by raylee67
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France starts Seattle and Taipei in 2018
Replies: 64
Views: 22739

Re: Air France starts Seattle and Taipei in 2018

KLM was the first; I recall that CI and KL began services between AMS and TPE in the mid 1980s; then Air France had Air France Asie, Lufty used Condor, Swissair had "Swissair Asia" BA started "British Asia" (and Qantas used a separate carrier - can't recall what that was called?...

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by raylee67
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations
Replies: 147
Views: 17415

Re: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations

skyhawkmatthew wrote:
It appears that despite the announcement above, CX’s flights are currently planned to fly direct HKG-AKL, and tech stop in BNE on the return trip, rather than CNS.

The announcement says the CNS arrangement starts on Sep 18.

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by raylee67
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX firms up A321neo order, rejigs A350 order book
Replies: 26
Views: 7541

Re: CX firms up A321neo order, rejigs A350 order book

Makes sense for the A350 conversion. Almost all the A350-900 ordered by CX have been delivered already. As we saw in the announcements on new routes, the new routes will focus on destinations that require the capacity of A350-900, not the -1000. The A350-1000 will have the same capacity as the 77W, ...

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by raylee67
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to axe Dusseldorf
Replies: 23
Views: 7269

Re: Cathay Pacific to axe Dusseldorf

I guess too many new Asia-DUS routes got launched in short order, first with ANA to NRT, then CX to HKG, then SQ jumps on with SIN as well. How is SQ doing on the route? I can't imagine it's doing much better than CX on DUS?

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by raylee67
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways announces beginning of services to GIG and SCL
Replies: 30
Views: 7382

Re: Qatar Airways announces beginning of services to GIG and SCL

Does the 359 have the range to fly DOH-GIG? Is there any payload restriction? Given the flights cannot overfly Saudi Arabia and will have to wrap around the Peninsula?

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by raylee67
Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong Airlines Adds Major New Routes in Threat to CX
Replies: 57
Views: 9190

Re: Hong Kong Airlines Adds Major New Routes in Threat to CX

CX will definitely feel the heat, but it's not too bad yet. It may cause CX to accelerate putting in 3-4-3 seating on its 77W, to lower its per-seat price for long haul though. ...and alienate loyal customers who fly CX for the very reason that their planes do not look like sardine cans! I like CX,...

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by raylee67
Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines and Alaska Airlines sign codeshare agreement
Replies: 3
Views: 752

Re: Singapore Airlines and Alaska Airlines sign codeshare agreement

Lovely. Does the partnership extend to the frequent flier programs?

LOWS wrote:
For some reason, going back some time, United and Singapore hate each other. Why?

Kind of remind me of KE/DL and CX/QF, despite them being in same alliance.

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by raylee67
Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong Airlines Adds Major New Routes in Threat to CX
Replies: 57
Views: 9190

Re: Hong Kong Airlines Adds Major New Routes in Threat to CX

This is to be expected. No surprise here. From the time it ordered 20+ A350, we all know it's going long haul. It focuses more on connection traffic from China though, while CX is more balanced on O&D, connection from SE Asia/Taiwan, Australia and China. Personally, I am not interested in flying...

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by raylee67
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 35302

Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent

1: B.... 2: C.... 3: D.... (this country can't make beer!!) People said it is DFW,,,,, By the way, PEK and DPS will be transfer to KA and LGW will transfer to LHR, Would not be surprised DPS is transferred to KA. In fact, I think leisure destinations such as CNS, CEB and CTS should be transferred t...

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by raylee67
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 35302

Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent

NZ321 wrote:
What about Christchurch? NZ is beer producing and exporting. Rumours have been around for a while.

CX is flying to CHC already though, although only seasonally. CHC would probably not be counted as a new destination.

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by raylee67
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 35302

Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent

https://www.facebook.com/cathaypacificH ... 822702119/
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User001 wrote:
Do you mind linking the page as the one in the original post links to the UK page and can't find this post, the latest post being about amenity kits?

Does this work?
https://www.facebook.com/cathaypacificH ... 822702119/

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by raylee67
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 35302

Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent

I can't seem to locate this Facebook post, has it been deleted again? Just checked. The post is still there. Note that the post starts with Chinese. The English paragraph may be hidden and you would have to click the "see more" link to open the full message. The following is the Chinese t...

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by raylee67
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 35302

Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH

Cathay Pacific announced on its official Facebook page today that it is launching multiple new destinations, and started a competition for people to guess what those destinations are. The clue is that all those destinations are "beer related", with a cartoon video with beer in different co...

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by raylee67
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the Hong Kong-Japan market in a decline stage?
Replies: 9
Views: 1622

Re: Is the Hong Kong-Japan market in a decline stage?

All that is gone are the US airlines. They are not competitive in the changed marketplace. The LCCs entering the market essentially kicked the US airlines out. CX has been increasing flights a lot to Japan, especially Osaka is now 6 daily. It was 2 or 3 daily not too long ago. While there are no mor...

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by raylee67
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada adds daily YUL-NRT
Replies: 63
Views: 15338

Re: Air Canada to make major Montreal announcement on 08/23

OK, AC5/6 was showing in the GDS as YYZ but now shows as flight cancelled. There seems to be some truth that YUL-NRT is being announced and is replacing YYZ-NRT That sucks. YYZ-NRT is an Asian flight that is relatively easy to get a reward ticket on business class, with onward connection across Asi...

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by raylee67
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air ICN-HKG Flightpath
Replies: 3
Views: 1196

Re: Korean Air ICN-HKG Flightpath

It's not just Korean Air. Asiana and Cathay usually follow the same path. The flights fly northeast from HKG, passing directly over Taiwan or just west of Taiwan over Taiwan Strait, then head north towards Jeju, and finally fly over land after Gwangju continuing north over the western coast of Korea...

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by raylee67
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada adds daily YUL-NRT
Replies: 63
Views: 15338

Re: Air Canada to make major Montreal announcement on 08/23

Beirut? Tunis? Making Algiers year-round? Also Tokyo seems to be sorely missing from YUL. If PEK (by Air China) and PVG turn out to be successful, NRT may be the logical next-step for further Asia expansion.

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by raylee67
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nippon Cargo Airlines to start Edmonton flights...
Replies: 9
Views: 1009

Re: Njppon Cargo Airlines to start Edmonton flights...

Never knew that Alberta is big on pork too!

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by raylee67
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to acquire 32 A321neo aircraft
Replies: 47
Views: 12246

Re: Cathay Pacific to acquire 32 A321neo aircraft

The CX press release says they are for KA only. So KA is ordering 32 aircraft to replace 23 aircraft. I wonder which new destinations KA will deploy the new aircraft to. Definitely hope we will see more secondary Japanese ones. Kind of surprised that KA is foregoing the A320 altogether. CX Group wil...

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by raylee67
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CEO / Upcoming NB order comments...
Replies: 161
Views: 25525

Re: Delta CEO / Upcoming NB order comments...

Is this race considered purely A vs B? There has been constant rumor about Bombardier CS500. Would Delta be talking to Bombardier about that? I can see BBD willing to launch the type with a large order from Delta.

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by raylee67
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Highly Contested 5th-freedom routes, without home carriers
Replies: 10
Views: 4546

Re: Highly Contested 5th-freedom routes, without home carriers

A special case comes to mind. In 1993, South Korea dropped its diplomatic relationship with the Republic of China (aka Taiwan) and recognized the People's Republic of China. Direct flights between Korea and Taiwan that were operated by Korean and Taiwanese carriers ceased immediately. However, given...

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by raylee67
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL
Replies: 320
Views: 36607

Re: AA starting service PHL-BUD/PRG move JFK-ZRH to PHL

Like many people above, surprised to see JFK-ZRH go. It's a huge banking (i.e. premium) route. Moving to PHL would mean it becomes a route serving connection traffic. Similarly, I guess AA is eyeing connection traffic US-PHL-BUD/PRG for those two destinations, when they decided to launch with PHL ra...

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by raylee67
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Monday Day 1 in IATA?
Replies: 47
Views: 6420

Re: Why is Monday Day 1 in IATA?

Just curious, how did it come to pass that Day 1 is a Monday rather than Sunday in airline schedules? I understand there are a few cultures where Friday/Saturday or what not are the weekends, just curious how Monday is Day 1 and not Sunday? Just something decided way back when, Chicago Convention, ...

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by raylee67
Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA flights covered by Qatar schedule
Replies: 30
Views: 6729

Re: BA flights covered by Qatar schedule

Seems that all the comments are quite positive. Better service, better seats for Club Europe, more flexibility in crew rotation...

May be BA should just outsource all European flying to QR.

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by raylee67
Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CI Eyes TPE-ONT Flights as Alternative to TPE-LAX
Replies: 75
Views: 10494

Re: CI Eyes TPE-ONT Flights as Alternative to TPE-LAX

There will be zero business traffic. TPE-LAX is not particularly high yield already compare to HKG-LAX. ONT would be a lot worse. If CI is going to fly to ONT, it better fits the whole aircraft with Y seats. And the demand is going to be highly seasonal.

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by raylee67
Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United U.S - China Secondary Growth
Replies: 92
Views: 8884

Re: United Drops Hangzhou

State ownership is, in it's own right, a subsidy. It means that anyone lending to that enterprise has no risk of default on the loans. That allows for much lower borrowing costs. There are plenty of non-cash subsidies that people fail to think about. This is generally true in a sense that state own...

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by raylee67
Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United U.S - China Secondary Growth
Replies: 92
Views: 8884

Re: United U.S - China Secondary Growth

China is rapidly losing its tarnish amongst corporations. Gone are the 'must be there strategically' positions, replaced more with an 'only if we can make profit' risk appetite. This is a difficult question. I had dinner with two aviation execs in HK on Wednesday last - both major corporations, bot...

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by raylee67
Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United U.S - China Secondary Growth
Replies: 92
Views: 8884

Re: United Drops Hangzhou

Really don't know where that CN3 getting subsidies thing comes from. Fake News! Fake news???? Seriously???? https://centreforaviation.com/insights/analysis/chinese-airlines-overtake-us-carriers-across-the-pacific-time-for-us-china-open-skies-222454 $1.1bn in 2014 from central government to the CN4....

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by raylee67
Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thompson Aero reveals new narrowbody lie flat Business Class
Replies: 26
Views: 5471

Re: Thompson Aero reveals new narrowbody lie flat Business Class

These look like great seats but the downside is that the traditional herringbone layout is a bit awkward. Other than that its a really good design. Very efficient in a narrowbody context. You could even fit suite doors to it. Reminds me a bit of the old CX "coffin class" https://www.ausbt...

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by raylee67
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX introduces A350 to EWR
Replies: 45
Views: 7991

Re: CX introduces A350 to EWR

EWR is quite popular for VFR passengers, especially for the Asian community in New Jersey. Last time I flew from EWR to HKG, the plane was full and half was Taiwanese. But I suppose yield is much lower than JFK. EWR flight never has First Class. CX is probably making money on the route but not as mu...

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by raylee67
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thompson Aero reveals new narrowbody lie flat Business Class
Replies: 26
Views: 5471

Re: Thompson Aero reveals new narrowbody lie flat Business Class

Didn't AA already have this similar product with herringbone seat arrangement on their transcon A321? Although AA calls it First Class for the domestic flight, they are the same seats as International business class.

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by raylee67
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United U.S - China Secondary Growth
Replies: 92
Views: 8884

Re: United Drops Hangzhou

Really don't know where that CN3 getting subsidies thing comes from. Fake News! It is true that Hangzhou is one of the wealthiest secondary cities in China, but it does not have a lot of business connection with US. And there is virtually no inbound tourist traffic from US to Hangzhou. For outbound ...

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by raylee67
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca suspends flights to BGI indefinitely
Replies: 26
Views: 4889

Re: Avianca suspends flights to BGI indefinitely

I guess Venezuela is getting desperate.

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by raylee67
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA may swap 359 for 338, HA could go 787 or 359 (Leeham)
Replies: 176
Views: 25816

Re: AA may swap 359 for 338, HA could go 787 or 359 (Leeham)

For AA, it's probably better off to replace A332 and A333 with 788 and 789 respectively. They are almost one-to-one on capacity and capabilities. The remaining 763 can be replaced eventually by 788 as well. If AA cannot get out of the A359 order, the plane is actually a good replacement for 772ER. T...

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by raylee67
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 21193

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

So this is a massive equity link-up between SkyTeam carriers:
Delta owns 49% of VS
Delta owns 10% of AF/KLM
Delta owns 2% of MU
Delta owns 49% of AM
AF/KLM owns 31% of VS
MU owns 10% of AF/KLM

Separately, KE owns 49% of OK

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by raylee67
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is the FedEx Superhub busiest between 10PM and 4AM?
Replies: 59
Views: 9173

Re: Why is the FedEx Superhub busiest between 10PM and 4AM?

It's the same for international courier hubs too. You can see DHL/Air Hong Kong flight schedule below: https://www.airhongkong.com.hk/public/getitem.php?id=bfa21c31-0d6f-4d86-8dbd-f939c0577d5e All flights from across Asia arrive at HKG at around 12am, and they leave at around 4am. Thus, it maximizes...

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by raylee67
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?
Replies: 112
Views: 9391

Re: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?

The Air India name is for sure more recognized internationally, but it is also not a name that international passengers linked with good services. May not be a bad idea to restart with the Indigo name internationally. On the other hand, the Indian government may not like the Air India name gone. Mo...

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by raylee67
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot and TigerAir complete integration, launch 5 new destinations
Replies: 21
Views: 4343

Re: Scoot and TigerAir complete integration, launch 5 new destinations

Long haul to US would be difficult. Many full service airlines are doing cut throat pricing on trans-Pacific economy class. Scoot probably cannot undercut prices by a lot. And Singapore is not exactly well positioned geographically for US-Asia connection traffic.

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by raylee67
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?
Replies: 112
Views: 9391

Re: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?

It would be a large airline, yes, but is it one of the largest airline in the world, not even close. As you point out, the combined airline has a fleet of 251 aircraft. That is still less than even Air Canada (which has 387 aircraft between mainline, Express and Rouge).x. That, plus Indigo's networ...

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by raylee67
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will/Should AA Defend its No. 2 Position at Boston?
Replies: 54
Views: 6997

Re: Will/Should AA Defend its No. 2 Position at Boston?

May be AA can focus on international traffic at BOS. Boston has a large amount of high yield traffic, with a rare and heavy mix of business traffic from the financial industry (many asset management companies are based in the area), medical professionals and also wealthy overseas students studying i...

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by raylee67
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Extremely rare runway configurations
Replies: 99
Views: 10913

Re: Extremely rare runway configurations

Tokyo Narita Runway 16L/34R. It was planned to be a 4000m runway, but the authority failed to acquire a house that sits in the middle of the planned runway. After over 20 years of trying, the authority abandoned and the runway became a 2500m runway, with a house at one end, and the rest of the runwa...

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by raylee67
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: LH shows indications to reduce 779 order
Replies: 224
Views: 33323

Re: Leeham: LH shows indications to reduce 779 order

Can't say I did not see this coming. Boeing should not have moved ahead with the 777X, IMHO... It's a bit bold to say that Boeing should not have launched it just because LH does not want more of it. Even if we take out the ME3 orders, there are still substantial orders from three very reputable ai...

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by raylee67
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VN and IR in the U.S.
Replies: 8
Views: 1740

Re: VN and IR in the U.S.

VN has had the capabilities to fly non-stop to SFO and LAX for years, starting from the deployment of 777, then 787 and now A350. But it hasn't done so. The US-VN routes are 99% VFR traffic and low yielding VFR traffic too. Note that not all VFR traffic are low yield. You would see that CX's HKG-YYZ...

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