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by raylee67
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CEO / Upcoming NB order comments...
Replies: 120
Views: 15197

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: 9
Views: 3933

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: 261
Views: 24935

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: 17
Views: 2945

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: 6292

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: 36
Views: 4541

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: 8543

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: 8543

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: 8543

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: 5171

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: 7726

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: 5171

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: 8543

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: 4756

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: 175
Views: 24045

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: 20633

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: 8858

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: 9096

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: 4219

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: 9096

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: 6827

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: 10419

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: 32638

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: 1688

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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by raylee67
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where should Finnair fly next?
Replies: 69
Views: 8532

Re: Where should Finnair fly next?

It has been most success in connecting East Asia with Europe. ME3 cannot connect to as many European destinations as Finnair. Turkish Airlines can but East Asian passengers are getting wary about connecting at IST. I would think Guangzhou and Ho Chi Minh can be made year-round. Chinese cities such a...

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by raylee67
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Strange flight routes above China
Replies: 7
Views: 2826

Re: Strange flight routes above China

You think that's weird. I was watching AS33 on the 20th. That's a strange route. http://www.fr24.com/asa33/e2b5c58 Is it trying to avoid weather? There was once I flew AA from DFW to EWR, and we flew all the way south to Houston and then turn northeast from there to avoid weather between DFW and Ge...

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by raylee67
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Jet2 introduced a fee to ‘guarantee’ that cabin baggage does not go the hold
Replies: 11
Views: 1517

Re: Jet2 introduced a fee to ‘guarantee’ that cabin baggage does not go the hold

Once you add all those fees, these so called ULCCs are not cheap at all. Unless you are really flying solo with no bags whatsoever. I am just looking at the fare of a intra-European 3-hr flight. It's served by 2 traditional airlines and 3 LCC/ULCC. It turns out that the traditional carriers offer th...

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by raylee67
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: UA to revamp ORD-Asia schedule, add ORD-ICN & KIX
Replies: 19
Views: 4987

Re: Rumor: UA to revamp ORD-Asia schedule, add ORD-ICN & KIX

Do they have a JV with Asiana? Would it make more sense to do that rather than adding UA's own equipment to ORD-ICN? Is there demand for an additional ORD-ICN flight to the Asiana service? I think it would be better off for UA to open EWR-ICN. It can capture the same connecting traffic through EWR ...

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by raylee67
Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: UA to revamp ORD-Asia schedule, add ORD-ICN & KIX
Replies: 19
Views: 4987

Re: Rumor: UA to revamp ORD-Asia schedule, add ORD-ICN & KIX

Do they have a JV with Asiana? Would it make more sense to do that rather than adding UA's own equipment to ORD-ICN? Is there demand for an additional ORD-ICN flight to the Asiana service? I think it would be better off for UA to open EWR-ICN. It can capture the same connecting traffic through EWR a...

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by raylee67
Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines revises A350 operations, alters European plans once again
Replies: 27
Views: 7986

Re: Malaysia Airlines revises A350 operations, alters European plans once again

The only possibly viable European destination for MH is London, if any. 2 daily London takes 4 A350. What to do with the other two? Lease them out to someone who wants them. MH can probably break even on that. MH is leasing the planes from ALC, they are not direct orders from Airbus. Aside from the...

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by raylee67
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines revises A350 operations, alters European plans once again
Replies: 27
Views: 7986

Re: Malaysia Airlines revises A350 operations, alters European plans once again

The only possibly viable European destination for MH is London, if any. 2 daily London takes 4 A350. What to do with the other two? Lease them out to someone who wants them. MH can probably break even on that.

All other routes of MH are better off using A333 or 737.

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by raylee67
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Expansion at CLT
Replies: 55
Views: 11355

Re: AA Expansion at CLT

There is no status, no such route is in the works. what about about NRT or HKG? at some point doesn't CLT become large enough for an Asian route? I wouldn't hold your breath. AA doesn't even fly to East Asia from PHL, which will get a NRT flight long before CLT ever does (you can just forget about ...

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by raylee67
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Specific A/C types at an airline that only serve one destination?
Replies: 23
Views: 3127

Re: Specific A/C types at an airline that only serve one destination?

maortega15 wrote:
When CX's A346 came in, it was used for just the JFK-HKG route pair for a short period.

The A346 was brought in for JFK, but I think CX also deploys them regularly on short routes like TPE during the time between their daily JFK rotations.

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by raylee67
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Specific A/C types at an airline that only serve one destination?
Replies: 23
Views: 3127

Re: Specific A/C types at an airline that only serve one destination?

I think Varig retained their Electras just to fly the Sao Paulo - Rio route, until the authority finally allowed 2-engine planes to fly into the two city airports in the 1990s.

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by raylee67
Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greenpeace: Schiphol and KLM need to shrink
Replies: 150
Views: 11803

Re: Greenpeace: Schiphol and KLM need to shrink

Can they come up with viable solution to the problem? The demand of air travel is just there. If you shrink one place, the demand just go to another place, BRU or FRA or CDG. Doesn't change anything. Instead, we need to think about how to make air travel more efficient. There has not been something ...

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by raylee67
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS to move all intercontinental flights from Stockholm to Copenhagen and Helsinki?
Replies: 60
Views: 12340

Re: SAS to move all intercontinental flights from Stockholm to Copenhagen and Helsinki?

Consolidating into one hub at CPH is not a bad idea, tax or no tax at Sweden. For long range flights, I think currently SAS flies to ORD, EWR, LAX and HKG from ARN, and PEK, BOS, ORD, MIA, EWR, SFO, PVG, NRT and IAD from CPH. Scandinavia really doesn't need two intercontinental hubs. May be SAS can ...

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by raylee67
Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Third runway for BER Airport proposed - check-in at BER, runway in distant Sperenberg (29,9 km)!
Replies: 81
Views: 11447

Re: Third runway for BER Airport proposed - check-in at BER, runway in distant Sperenberg (29,9 km)!

Conceptually it's possible. But why have the terminals at BER then? The terminals can be built in the middle of Berlin and passengers can take the secured high speed train to the concourses. That solves the problem of BER itself as well, because then it can be torn down completely.

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by raylee67
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many A330NEO will DL convert to A359
Replies: 151
Views: 20147

Re: How many A330NEO will DL convert to A359

Don't see DL needing a lot more A350. My understanding is that the A339NEO is more efficient in flying the routes that can be flown by both 339NEO and 350. If you look at DL's route network, all routes except for DTW-Asia, ATL-Asia, MSP-Asia and SEA-Europe can be covered by the capabilities of 339NE...

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by raylee67
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The State of Israel looking at Tel Aviv-Jeddah flights for Hajj pilgrims
Replies: 29
Views: 5748

Re: The State of Israel looking at Tel Aviv-Jeddah flights for Hajj pilgrims

This is so not going to happen. A more realistic compromise would be Saudi allows Israeli Arabs to travel by plane via Amman with their special one-time Jordanian passport, either by flying on Royal Jordanian TLV-AMM and AMM-JED flights with two different tickets, or at best (if Saudi feels like to ...

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by raylee67
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA dropping Qatar Etihad codeshare
Replies: 67
Views: 11348

Re: AA dropping Qatar Eithad codeshare

QR is not going to care about this. It is in deeper trouble because of the current diplomatic crisis of Qatar. Like others say, may be it will drop PHL. That's about it. Or even DFW and MIA, etc. Other than that, it's business as usual for QR. Qatar has the largest gas reserve in the world, and natu...

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by raylee67
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines to join Oneworld
Replies: 36
Views: 7813

Re: Airlines to join Oneworld

At some point in the future (not soon), I could easily see China Southern Airlines switching to One World from Sky Team. They are already getting cozy with AA, and have codeshares with JAL and Qantas. Plus it would give mainland China a major airline in each of the three alliances. It would be a go...

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by raylee67
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL adds the 2nd HND-LHR and NRT-BKK, ceases NRT-ICN
Replies: 22
Views: 4519

Re: JAL adds the 2nd HND-LHR and NRT-BKK, ceases NRT-ICN

I think the new LHR-HND flight has really good timing for business travelers. You can spend your full day in Tokyo, have dinner with your clients/colleagues, and then go to HND and take a shower at the lounge, dress into something comfortable and get on the plane, and arrive at London either ready f...

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by raylee67
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Argentina to force transfer International flights from Aeroparque to Ezeiza
Replies: 37
Views: 5752

Re: Argentina to force transfer International flights from Aeroparque to Ezeiza

Can Brazilian carriers fly via Montevideo to AEP on one-stop service? Would it still be attractive to passengers so they can avoid the inconvenient EZE? The flight would be longer but it may make up at the end with a shorter commute and faster immigration processing.

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by raylee67
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Animosity between United Airlines and Singapore Airlines?
Replies: 13
Views: 4088

Re: Animosity between United Airlines and Singapore Airlines?

Being in the same alliance doesn't mean that they get along. Some airlines in the alliance are closer to each other than the rest. Just ask CX and QF.

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by raylee67
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cheaper runway plan introduced for LHR
Replies: 40
Views: 8688

Re: Cheaper runway plan introduced for LHR

It seems apocalypse will dawn before two things happen in aviation
1. LHR gets its third runway
2. BER opens for business

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by raylee67
Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canada - Thailand Expanded Air Transport Agreement
Replies: 17
Views: 2767

Re: Canada - Thailand Expanded Air Transport Agreement

Another question is, the 5th freedom aspect. Is it reciprocal both ways. Meaning, TG could operate a 5th freedom flight bkk-yvr-yyz? Would they be able to sell those intra-Canada flight seats separate to Canadians? Would an airline like SQ be able to possibly route SIN-BKK-YVR? Pretty off base for ...

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by raylee67
Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canada - Thailand Expanded Air Transport Agreement
Replies: 17
Views: 2767

Re: Canada - Thailand Expanded Air Transport Agreement

Nothing is going to happen. Canada and Thailand have always have an aviation agreement. Whatever the original limit was, it was not utilized. Expanding the limit is meaningless. Air Canada is the only airline in Canada capable of flying to Thailand, and I really don't see it deploying its 787 to Tha...

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by raylee67
Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines serve JFK for a notch on their belt or to make money?
Replies: 44
Views: 8370

Re: Airlines serve JFK for a notch on their belt or to make money?

Many foreign airlines view the NYC route as a prestige route, something to proudly tell its own countrymen that they connect their country with the "centre of the world". Now whether NYC is the centre of the world is of course debatable. But the name of "New York" does provoke a ...

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by raylee67
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet JetBlue Merger with 767-900s
Replies: 7
Views: 3077

Re: WestJet JetBlue Merger with 767-900s

Is this an Apr 1 topic?

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by raylee67
Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay buys back Air Hong Kong; signs 15-year cargo deal with DHL
Replies: 16
Views: 3932

Re: Cathay buys back Air Hong Kong; signs 15-year cargo deal with DHL

Hm. This is getting interesting. I wonder what Cathay's plan with AHK is. With AHK back in full control, CX may get innovative with it. Can AHK's AOC be used to launch passenger flights? Would CX try to launch a LCC using that AOC? This is pure speculation but I find it odd for CX to re-acquire AHK ...

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