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by raylee67
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Idea of Point to Point and frequency over capacity collapse?
Replies: 38
Views: 6460

Re: Will the Idea of Point to Point and frequency over capacity collapse?

In Asia, most very busy routes are flown by wide-bodies. Take for example HKG - TPE, it isn't flown every 30 mins by a 738 or A320, but every 2 - 3 hrs by CX, BR & CI mostly by wide-bodied planes. So why if this works in Asia doesn't it work elsewhere ? Surely it helps with traffic flows, slot ...

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by raylee67
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 21
Views: 1900

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

I can see that myself (I'm actually more surprised at the fact that C919 has a lower MTOW than an A319 but with much higher thrust). I believe they're also trying to certify the ARJ21 for "highland operation", but it's not quite there yet. The ARJ21 is not quite anywhere yet. I almost fee...

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by raylee67
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ending Xian
Replies: 78
Views: 13751

Re: United ending Xian

The company says route did not mature with forecast corporate traffic and its overall performance was not meeting expectations. UA would have been pretty delusional to expect any material corporate traffic to Xian. To make secondary cities in China work with a US route, you need to fly 788 in a Nor...

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by raylee67
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 21
Views: 1900

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

A319neo doesn't have a high thrust version, though (at least not yet). Max thrust on that is 24k lbf I believed. May be the C919 will replace the A319 in Tibet airports then. The C919 uses engines with 31k lbf max thrust. If China can deploy the C919 safely to Lhasa routes, it would be a major poli...

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by raylee67
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 21
Views: 1900

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

A319neo doesn't have a high thrust version, though (at least not yet). Max thrust on that is 24k lbf I believed. May be the C919 will replace the A319 in Tibet airports then. The C919 uses engines with 31k lbf max thrust. If China can deploy the C919 safely to Lhasa routes, it would be a major poli...

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by raylee67
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.
Replies: 66
Views: 13586

Re: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.

I don't understand why people are so emotional about this. If the government believes the pilots have acted outside of the rules, regulations and laws by refusing to fly those people, they can bring a case against the pilots. It's as simple as that.

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by raylee67
Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 21
Views: 1900

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

757-200 was the usual equipment for Lhasa before the A319 was introduced. And 757 is famous for its take-off performance.

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by raylee67
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL May Push C-Series Order to AM Avoiding Trade Duty
Replies: 97
Views: 22148

Re: DL May Push C-Series Order to AM Avoiding Trade Duty

Here's what should worry Boeing, another airline will be flying the C-Series. That let's be proved on additional missions and open it up to even more business. AM could use these planes on some seasonal routes to expand point to points. Exactly. If Delta really pushes the order to AM, it is a serio...

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by raylee67
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Westjet agree to form US-Canada JV
Replies: 144
Views: 17560

Re: Delta and Westjet agree to form US-Canada JV

Does that mean AA is losing WestJet? What about WestJet's relationship to other OW's partners such as BA and QF?

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by raylee67
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada cancels order for 18 Boeing F/A 18 fighter jets
Replies: 3
Views: 1873

Re: Canada cancels order for 18 Boeing F/A 18 fighter jets

I think Boeing would have fully expected this. There is no surprise here. Canada does need to urgently replace the old CF-18. Personally, I think we should go for European products as we build our relationship with our partners across the pond.

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by raylee67
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan Airlines and Boom Announce Partnership for Supersonic Air Travel
Replies: 41
Views: 7991

Re: Japan Airlines and Boom Announce Partnership for Supersonic Air Travel

kjeld0d wrote:
Riiight...develop an entirely new category of commercial aircraft to charge a small premium over business class and still be profitable? Ain't gonna happen.


Well, we shall see in a few-years time, right?

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by raylee67
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA's airlines miss lease payments
Replies: 28
Views: 8240

Re: HNA's airlines miss lease payments

are they not profitable? or are they wasting their money on useless stuff. It is more like they used asset to finance buying additional asset, then in turn, use those asset to finance more. In another word, they borrow big to spend big. Works until regulator start taking a closer look at their deal...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan Airlines and Boom Announce Partnership for Supersonic Air Travel
Replies: 41
Views: 7991

Re: Japan Airlines and Boom Announce Partnership for Supersonic Air Travel

If they can develop a plane that has the range to fly from Tokyo to West Coast with reasonably affordable cost, people will pay a premium to fly to Tokyo-SFO/LAX on SST. Surely, the fare cannot be outrageous like on Concorde, but if they can make it profitable with current business class fare (or a ...

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by raylee67
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EVA Air wing collided with a pole at YYZ
Replies: 39
Views: 9899

Re: EVA Air wing collided with a pole at YYZ

This is a Chinese article, but it got some nice photos showing the damage to the wing. https://tw.news.appledaily.com/life/realtime/20171202/1252363 Damn, that looks worse than I thought it would. Agreed. Does Canada not install break-away light poles? Those light poles have the bright lights that ...

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by raylee67
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: UA179 EWR-HKG Easterly Routing
Replies: 23
Views: 5374

Re: UA179 EWR-HKG Easterly Routing

I think it flies east more often than not. I did CX EWR-HKG several times and it flies northeast over Newfoundland, Greenland and northern Norway every time. Whereas ORD-HKG and YYZ-HKG are always, in my experience, straight north over Hudson Bay and Baffin Island or slightly northwestwards over Man...

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by raylee67
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD11 flight test video
Replies: 0
Views: 425

MD11 flight test video

I always think MD11 looks special. Did not get a chance to fly on one, although flew on DC10 many times. Just found a video on youtube showing various FAA certification tests on MD11, including stall, in-flight deployment of reverser, tail strike take-off, etc. Quite interesting. https://www.youtube...

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by raylee67
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pope to Myanmar: What Plane/Time?
Replies: 9
Views: 1637

Re: Pope to Myanmar: What Plane/Time?

JUANTRIPPEJR wrote:
jfk777, Biman is BANGLADESH's airline, not Myanmar's.

Pope's visit is Vatican > Myanmar > Bangladesh > Vatican

So technically he can fly perfectly on a Myanmar Airways A320 or Myanmar National Airlines 737 from Myanmar to Bangladesh, and then a Biman 777 back to Rome

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by raylee67
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 96
Views: 18183

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

Merkel... Give a call to Xi. He will get it torn down and rebuilt a bigger terminal for you by Jan 2018.

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by raylee67
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China to Panama via Houston?
Replies: 53
Views: 8114

Re: Air China to Panama via Houston?

Don't need to read too much into this. First, it is quite possible that there is a market for China-Panama service. China has been investing heavily into Panama, but from pure economic sense, it is probably more efficient for Chinese business people to fly daily flights to Canada or Mexico and conne...

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by raylee67
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX to go daily, use A35K to TLV
Replies: 5
Views: 2899

Re: CX to go daily, use A35K to TLV

The business connection between China and Israel is actually enormous, especially in high tech and biotech. Given the connection CX can provide to Chinese business at Pearl River Delta and to Eastern China, the high yield seats are covered. El Al is not able to compete on these. The Economy Class se...

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by raylee67
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senate Tax Bill Opens Pandora's Box To Hurt ME3 Carriers
Replies: 97
Views: 22810

Re: Senate Tax Bill Opens Pandora's Box To Hurt ME3 Carriers

Somehow the Senator putting this clause in is not thinking about the details... It's going to be a lot more airlines than ME3 included in this. Besides ME3, it would include airlines such as Ethiopian, Egyptair, Kuwait Airways, Saudia, Aeroflot, Ukraine International, etc. Not sure if Poland has a t...

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by raylee67
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Court rules in favor of Kuwait Airways when it decided not to carry a Israeli passenger
Replies: 92
Views: 14901

Re: Court rules in favor of Kuwait Airways when it decided not to carry a Israeli passenger

The situation is that someone with an Israeli passport book flights that require him/her to transit through Kuwait, which is a country that do not allow Israeli passport holder to enter. I don't know how this end up in some courts in Europe. The bottom line is, even if the passenger was admitted ont...

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by raylee67
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Air Service Announcement for PIT 11/15/17
Replies: 38
Views: 4001

Re: Major Air Service Announcement for PIT 11/15/17

If it is truly "shape the future of our region", I would have to think it's international. Since Delta is already flying to Paris and Condor to Frankfurt from PIT, I suppose it could be BA to London with 788? Or could be Aer Lingus to DUB with 757 or A321NEO?

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by raylee67
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 171
Views: 18591

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

Either the flights will go empty, or Iceland is going to be swamped with tourists

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by raylee67
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When did Egyptair stop flying to LAX?
Replies: 16
Views: 3092

Re: When did Egyptair stop flying to LAX?

I'm not sure when it stopped, but I know the routing was CAI-JFK-LAX. The infamous 767 crash (well, murder suicide) off of Nantucket (Flight 990) originated in LAX, I don't know if it was ever non-stop. Honestly, I think the chances of it resuming are slim to none. Never been non-stop. Has always b...

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by raylee67
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nova Scotia Premier says Enthusiasm growing for direct flights to China
Replies: 43
Views: 4095

Re: Nova Scotia Premier says Enthusiasm growing for direct flights to China

There is no market for scheduled passenger flights for sure. But there could be a market for seasonal tourist charters, just like those between Japan and Yellowknife. I can see that happening with occasional flights carrying tour groups to Halifax. There is also definitely a market for cargo flights...

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by raylee67
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 9985

Re: Should AS look at at East Coast hub

Alaska can focus all the resources on West Coast and make it a fortress. It does not have enough resources to compete with US3 nationwide. With only West Coast to worry about, it can fight effectively against US3 in its home turf. West Coast itself as a market is large enough for Alaska to be rich. ...

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by raylee67
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?
Replies: 31
Views: 6529

Re: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?

You could still do 3 daily flights with odd slots.[...] That is exactly how they used to operate. For instance flight ZB220 LGW-PMI had been scheduled 6 times a week on days 12345-7. But using a differnt slot on every single day: 05:45, 06:10, 06:25, 06:40, 08:00 and 08:10. http://info.flightmapper...

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by raylee67
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways buys 9.6 percent stake in Cathay Pacific
Replies: 34
Views: 9001

Re: Qatar Airways buys 9.6 percent stake in Cathay Pacific

QR would be a passive shareholder. Air China and Swire will simply ignore it, just like they have ignored Kingboard. However, Air China and Swire do not hold hostile intention with QR, so if QR, as a shareholder now, came up with good idea on how any co-operations would mutually benefits CX and QR, ...

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by raylee67
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Miami - Tokyo announcement soon
Replies: 124
Views: 18562

Re: Possible Miami - Tokyo announcement soon

Arguably, among all CX's code sharing agreements, the one with AA is the most important. AA has probably asked CX to join the JL-AA JV, just like oneworld has multiple carriers in the trans-Atlantic JV. And it's probably CX which has declined to deepen the relationship. Not to be pedantic, but isn'...

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by raylee67
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Derelict CS100s at CYMX
Replies: 24
Views: 8093

Re: Derelict CS100s at CYMX

Are they waiting for engines? In the latest press release, Bombardier said it cuts back delivery because PW cannot deliver.

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by raylee67
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Miami - Tokyo announcement soon
Replies: 124
Views: 18562

Re: Possible Miami - Tokyo announcement soon

I will be very surprised if JAL is the one that does this. This route seems like a much better fit for NH, and as CX has demonstrated, being part of Oneworld has absolutely no benefit whatsoever, so I would really be amazed if this is actually JAL's rationale for launching MIA. I am not sure why yo...

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by raylee67
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VN A321 : is this...allowed and safe ?
Replies: 23
Views: 6295

Re: VN A321 : is this...allowed and safe ?

What airline is that? VN= Vietnam Airlines. I don't think that layout would pass muster in the US with the FAA, but apparently so with the Vietnamese aviation authorities. The A321 is used in regional routes too, to Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan and even Korea and Japan. Any of those autho...

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by raylee67
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier announces LoI for 31 (+30 Options) CSeries from an unnamed European Customer
Replies: 281
Views: 54087

Re: Bombardier announces LoI for 31 (+30 Options) CSeries from an unnamed European Customer

I just don't understand that obsession with AF ? They have a ton of Boeing planes.... I don't think people are saying they don't fly Boeing planes. But people who understands the relationship between the French nation and French companies (including private ones) would understand that unless the Ai...

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by raylee67
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY WiFi to boost speed from 3mbps to 50mbps in Late 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 496

Re: EY WiFi to boost speed from 3mbps to 50mbps in Late 2018

US3 is going to cry foul now that EY is offering subsidized high speed Internet. But seriously, I wish other airlines will catch up on this. There is no need for outdated IFE if there is Internet on board. It would save a lot of operating cost for the airlines as well if they don't need to maintain ...

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by raylee67
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier announces LoI for 31 (+30 Options) CSeries from an unnamed European Customer
Replies: 281
Views: 54087

Re: Bombardier announces LoI for 31 (+30 Options) CSeries from an unnamed European Customer

I think it's Air France, given its relationship with Airbus. Its fleet of 56 A318+A319 seems to fit the sales volume as well, for total replacement and modest growth. It also has not ordered any replacement for its fleet of A320 series aircraft. Some of those are quite old. What is Boeing going to d...

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by raylee67
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia threathens to close airspace for Dutch planes
Replies: 49
Views: 12957

Re: Russia threathens to close airspace for Dutch planes

Impact for KLM would be quite large: Routes in green would not be impacted too much as they already fly south of Russian airspace in order to avoid Ukrainian airspace. http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=c:%230000ff,+AMS-DEL/HKG/ICN/NRT/SIN/TPE/BOM/CMB/CTU/HGH/KIX/PEK/XMN/KUL/BKK/TSE/ALA/SVO/LED%0d%0a%0d%0a...

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by raylee67
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural CX A359 HKG-EWR en route
Replies: 42
Views: 7851

Re: Inaugural CX A359 HKG-EWR en route

EWR is a bit more seasonal than JFK. It carries quite some VFR traffic for NJ Asians. Would it switch back to 77W during Christmas or Lunar New Year peak?

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by raylee67
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HAL9976 A321neo Delivery Flight via KPAE
Replies: 7
Views: 2226

Re: HAL9976 A321neo Delivery Flight via KPAE

SFOFlyer wrote:
Do you think Boeing employees would inspect the aircraft during it's layover?..


There is nothing to inspect. The NEO has been flying for many airlines. If they want to see it, all they need to do is to buy a ticket on those airlines.

It's not like it's some state secrets.

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by raylee67
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG could take up to 12 A321LRs for EI
Replies: 58
Views: 10487

Re: IAG to take up to 12 A321LRs for EI

It could be that IAG is using EI/DUB to compete with Icelandair/KEF. DUB can be used as a connecting hub for TATL specifically for low yielding tourist traffic, so that those traffic can be absorbed by IAG and diverted away from LHR. LHR then will be built as a fortress hub for high yield traffic an...

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by raylee67
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Effects of hypothetical Catalan independence in aviation industry
Replies: 30
Views: 4690

Re: Effects of hypothetical Catalan independence in aviation industry

In the short term, as clashes between both sides become more serious, airlines may start to suspend or cancel flights. Simply speaking, no tourists want to go to Barcelona if there are clashes everyday. There are other choices. Then the longer term effect would be based on how the two sides pull out...

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by raylee67
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal
Replies: 94
Views: 14435

Re: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal

Comparing BOS to SEA in Delta's strategy doesn't sound right. SEA was set up because Delta has no choice. It was intended to be a replacement for the NRT hub. SFO is UA's and AA has already started to build up LAX when Delta realized it needed a replacement for NRT. SEA was a compromise. There is no...

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by raylee67
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air service between India and China
Replies: 32
Views: 4263

Re: Air service between India and China

The problem is the market is too fragmented on both sides. There are too many big cities and while traffic may seem large, they are too lil between cities to justify widebodies. This is probably where A321LR and MOM will help. And yes the relationship between the two countries are at the lowest poi...

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by raylee67
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin plane grounded at KEF for unpaid airport charges
Replies: 184
Views: 28308

Re: Air Berlin plane grounded at KEF for unpaid airport charges

Whether the practice is legal or not or reasonable or not, this may prompt other overseas creditors to do the same in a rush to secure their share of what AB owes them, before there is no assets left to be impounded. To avoid such a scenario which would derail the orderly proceeding of liquidation, ...

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by raylee67
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs
Replies: 136
Views: 18783

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: 53
Views: 11687

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: 4522

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: 6101

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: 118
Views: 13999

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: 6692

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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