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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: 6255

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: 3041

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: 40
Views: 3335

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: 6985

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: 1476

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: 1476

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: 177
Views: 22423

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: 4522

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: 2928

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: 530

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: 3410

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: 3410

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: 1308

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: 183
Views: 21271

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: 6360

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: 1916

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: 4425

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: 4875

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: 3693

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: 12714

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: 11285

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: 2920

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: 6988

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: 6386

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: 4244

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: 2843

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: 7412

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: 141
Views: 14726

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: 26491

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: 5938

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: 26491

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: 10219

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: 5515

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: 4491

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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by raylee67
Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China suspend its flight to Pyongyang.
Replies: 18
Views: 7411

Re: Air China suspend its flight to Pyongyang.

There is simply no demand for Air China service at this time. And China is simply unhappy with Pyongyang. While the tension is reported in headline news everyday on global news network, lives are actually quite normal in South Korea. I was just back from Seoul yesterday after spending a week there. ...

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by raylee67
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA PVG flight Barred From Russian Airspace
Replies: 22
Views: 6416

Re: UA PVG flight Barred From Russian Airspace

AS should order a load of 787s, to prepare TPAC ANC hub like decades ago to connect the Asia to North America Not really, but Boeing should prepare to ramp up production of 777-200LR, as the type will no longer be obsolete. It would become the only type that can fly East Coast - East Asia without g...

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by raylee67
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WizzAir starts Kazakhstan. Where is the Eastern limit for FR/W6?
Replies: 22
Views: 3146

Re: WizzAir starts Kazakhstan. Where is the Eastern limit for FR/W6?

I don't think they will be able to cross the India-Pakistan border. Countries to the east of that border is either more protective of their domestic carriers or are beyond range of A320/737 from Europe. China may welcome them to northwestern Chinese destinations such as Urumqi, Xining or Lanzhou, gi...

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by raylee67
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL to announce new routes and medium term plan
Replies: 99
Views: 20108

Re: JAL to announce new routes and medium term plan

I'm surprise that JAL does not fly to YYZ. I'm not. 2x daily AC flights to Tokyo connecting to their *A partner ANA and one of which is operating to the preferred airport, HND. JL lacks the Canadian HND authority to respond from there (ANA has it for YVR) and would be competing against an airline p...

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by raylee67
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CSeries Milestone: LCY-JFK Nonstop
Replies: 54
Views: 9665

Re: CSeries Milestone: LCY-JFK Nonstop

Would it be more attractive to business people if the route is made LCY-LGA? Granted, LGA's parameter rule and domestic status would prevent this, but what if the flight makes a stopover at YHZ? Then it can use pre-clearance at YHZ for westbound and the service stays "domestic" and within...

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by raylee67
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CSeries Milestone: LCY-JFK Nonstop
Replies: 54
Views: 9665

Re: CSeries Milestone: LCY-JFK Nonstop

Would it be more attractive to business people if the route is made LCY-LGA? Granted, LGA's parameter rule and domestic status would prevent this, but what if the flight makes a stopover at YHZ? Then it can use pre-clearance at YHZ for westbound and the service stays "domestic" and within ...

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by raylee67
Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines to wet-lease Superjets from CityJet
Replies: 91
Views: 15885

Re: A new milestone for Sukhoi Superjet - Brussels Airlines

Technically it's still CityJet so not quite "major alliance carrier flying it" yet.

I would think Lufthansa would want to get synergy between its carriers and use CS100 and CS300 for its team carriers, if things go well with CSeries in Swiss.

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by raylee67
Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737-10 to claw back market share in 2018-2025 period
Replies: 45
Views: 8698

Re: Boeing 737-10 to claw back market share in 2018-2025 period

Why do I have the feeling that the 737 MAX10 would be just like the 767-400, which Boeing scramble to come up quickly to compete with the A330-200, with a disastrous result at the end anyway? The MAX10 is still based om the basic fuselage of the 737-100, which sits about 110 passengers. The 737-900 ...

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by raylee67
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?
Replies: 79
Views: 10482

Re: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?

MXP with Alitalia When the new MXP opened, Alitalia actually moves its international hub from FCO to MXP. Most of AZ's intercontinental routes are moved to MXP, except for those which get both FCO and MXP. After a few years, the experiment was a complete failure despite Milan being the economic hub ...

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by raylee67
Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific schedules final A340 service
Replies: 35
Views: 11526

Re: Cathay Pacific schedules final A340 service

I hope there is some farewell ceremony to wave off the A340. When it was introduced, it allowed CX to venture into routes that would otherwise be impossible and uneconomical to fly using other types in the fleet back in the 1990s. CX was able to experiment with destinations like Toronto or Moscow be...

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by raylee67
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: China Southern strategic partnership with AA in 5 days
Replies: 1
Views: 533

RUMOR: China Southern strategic partnership with AA in 5 days

News in Chinese in Hong Kong media: http://www.mpfinance.com/fin/instantf2.php?node=1490269170499&issue=20170323 China Southern shares have suspended trading in Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the airline announced that it will announce a new strategic direction within the next 5 business days. Tra...

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by raylee67
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries
Replies: 412
Views: 37309

Re: Royal Jordanian banning electronics in cabin on US flights

Is it again some half-baked US "policies"?

I thought batteries are banned in checked luggage. And now they ban laptops in cabin? They do recognize that there is a battery in all the laptops, right?

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by raylee67
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA ends Sri Lankan lease - CEO barred from leaving Pakistan
Replies: 4
Views: 1623

Re: PIA ends Sri Lankan lease - CEO barred from leaving Pakistan

now what? ME3 will bribe civil aviation ministry honchos for bilaterals? Not sure if this is simply an irrelevant joke or a misunderstanding of world geography, which I am not surprised to see as my American colleagues often mix up Japan, Korea, China and Hong Kong. But this news has nothing to do ...

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by raylee67
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Poland's new central airport - decision imminent
Replies: 15
Views: 2730

Re: Poland's new central airport - decision imminent

I suppose by saying Central Poland, it means somewhere between Warsaw and Poznan? It would work only if Poland closes WAW and provides seamless inter-modal transfer at this new airport. If there is a high speed rail network that connects the airport to Poznan, Warsaw, Krakow and Lodz, and also allow...

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by raylee67
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia flights to Hong Kong released?
Replies: 27
Views: 4050

Re: Virgin Australia flights to Hong Kong released?

How many spare frequency is left in the HK-Aus bilaterals for QANTAS and VA to expand flights? I think CX has already maxed out on the quota on HK carriers for SYD, MEL, PER and BNE while the other Australian destinations do not have restrictions on the number of flights.

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by raylee67
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta considers future of struggling refinery business
Replies: 23
Views: 3783

Re: Delta considers future of struggling refinery business

At the end of the day, it's a business that Delta is not familiar with. It would be very challenging for the management of Delta to run and optimize the operations. Yes, they can hire expertise outside to run it, but they would have no knowledge and skill to govern. And that's bad. I am sure they ha...

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