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by LupineChemist
Wed May 23, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 46991

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

I don't they are a horrible airline. What makes you think that IAG would make any changes ? I would hope they would fix the terrible customer service culture they have. I’ve never liked them, they’ve lost my luggage at least 5 times, they don’t provide any assistance when you’re delayed, either the...

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by LupineChemist
Tue May 22, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the purpose of this Antonov plane? (AN-124)
Replies: 18
Views: 1887

Re: What's the purpose of this Antonov plane? (AN-124)

I was in a group that very nearly had to contract one. If a large piece of equipment goes down in an oil refinery and you're missing out on millions in revenue per hour, paying a few hundred grand to get the equipment there ASAP is an obvious decision. That was also crazy as when you needed to send ...

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by LupineChemist
Tue May 22, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 46991

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

I really hope Norwegian will stay independent. At this point they will either get eaten up or die. The oil price ticking up for them is not great news. It also hits them doubly, not only from the direct costs but by raising the value of NOK so raises any NOK denominated expenses while lowering the ...

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by LupineChemist
Mon May 21, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta opens pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers in Boston
Replies: 43
Views: 9369

Re: Delta opens pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers in Boston

This is a nice little marketing stunt.

Also...since when is it only the US that drinks lots of coke? It's one of the most universal brands on the planet, if not THE most.

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by LupineChemist
Mon May 21, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Champions league final in Kiev - extra flights planned ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2652

Re: Champions league final in Kiev - extra flights planned ?

I know there are typically lots of charter flights. I know IB puts up extra flights as well for these. A couple years ago when it was both Madrid teams playing in Milan, it was something else to watch the playback on FR24 for all the flights that left overnight. The same thing happened a few years a...

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by LupineChemist
Mon May 21, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow reveals quietest airlines
Replies: 53
Views: 12627

Re: Heathrow reveals quietest airlines

Some locals around Heathrow have been complaining for the past few years, that departing aircraft are now climbing slower and noisier than before, and far greater distances from the airport. This is probably part cost saving, but also ‘noise’ abatement. A case of the cure being worse than the probl...

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by LupineChemist
Thu May 17, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's position in NYC
Replies: 106
Views: 11965

Re: AA's position in NYC

Nothing would make me happier than hearing they are demolishing T7 and actually trying to coordinate with their JV partners. It's such an unpleasant experience.

And I certainly do use JFK for connections to DCA from MAD fairly often.

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by LupineChemist
Wed May 16, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no ME3 airline serve TLV?
Replies: 71
Views: 11026

Re: Why no ME3 airline serve TLV?

I wasn't aware that PIA stopped US service, but I was just going with airlines from countries that don't recognize Israel more than Arab.

Though the point still stands in general.

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by LupineChemist
Wed May 16, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 46991

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

It's a revenue sharing JV, not cost sharing. So by choking their revenue elsewhere in Asia and letting them continue on the Japan train, they'd not harm themselves in the process while still harming overall revenues of the company forcing the government into an uncomfortable position. I still think ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed May 16, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 46991

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

As far as competing against AY, I speculated that when this happened that part of this was a shot across the bow at the Finnish government. IAG would love to buy AY but the government of Finland isn't selling and the JV is only to Japan so it very well could be a signal that Finnair will have to com...

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by LupineChemist
Wed May 16, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy destinations?
Replies: 23
Views: 3170

Re: Air Italy destinations?

With the QR tie up and rumors of them going to Oneworld, curious to not see LHR, MAD, nor HEL on the list. Only OW hubs there seem to be JFK and MIA (and do they have any codeshare agreement with AA yet?)

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by LupineChemist
Wed May 16, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no ME3 airline serve TLV?
Replies: 71
Views: 11026

Re: Why no ME3 airline serve TLV?

Can anyone think of any airport terminal where airlines from Israel and the Arab World co-operate and potentially share neighboring gates? That would be interesting to see both inside and airside. RM LY, EK, and QR all use T4S at MAD. As far as I know, it's really not that rare. JFK T4 also comes w...

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by LupineChemist
Fri May 11, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 901
Views: 54688

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018

I wonder if Infosys would stimulate BA to consider IND?

They love the N. America to India market and having Rolls Royce, Eli Lilly, and Cummins among others seems like there'd be significant demand to the UK itself.

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by LupineChemist
Fri May 11, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT:Airlines to launch payments system to rival credit card groups
Replies: 28
Views: 4023

Re: FT:Airlines to launch payments system to rival credit card groups

So do credit cards offer rewards to incentive use in Europe, or is,that just a U.S. thing? If yes, do they have parnterships with airlines like we do in the U.S. or no? I most certainly have one myself. So then how would a solution like this one be competitive with these strong rewards credit card ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed May 09, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could ANC ever grow into a TPAC hub?
Replies: 38
Views: 3996

Re: Could ANC ever grow into a TPAC hub?

A big advantage that allowed the explosive growth was a low valued currency in Icelandic Kroner and revenue primarily in Dollars/Euros/Pounds

ISK has been getting more valuable, but it's a rare situation where a lower valued currency is helpful for an airline.

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by LupineChemist
Tue May 08, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT:Airlines to launch payments system to rival credit card groups
Replies: 28
Views: 4023

Re: FT:Airlines to launch payments system to rival credit card groups

gwrudolph wrote:
So do credit cards offer rewards to incentive use in Europe, or is,that just a U.S. thing? If yes, do they have parnterships with airlines like we do in the U.S. or no?


I most certainly have one myself.

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by LupineChemist
Mon May 07, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia year round to LAX and BOS.
Replies: 9
Views: 2280

Re: Iberia year round to LAX and BOS.

This is great for me. So I guess still no plans to retire the 340s and they'll just be using the 350s for this growth. (maybe not directly but by reassigning from other routes that will get it)

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by LupineChemist
Mon May 07, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could a major airline ( like AF) actually go under ?
Replies: 74
Views: 11716

Re: Could a major airline ( like AF) actually go under ?

I don't get why people don't like AirFrance. I have flown them international many times, and I go out of my way to fly with them, and the A380. Last flights I had the absolute best crew service ever in all my flying. The plane was fresh, clean, new, the whole experience very professional, and fun, ...

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by LupineChemist
Tue May 01, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Viability of LHR-KIX route
Replies: 27
Views: 4983

Re: Viability of LHR-KIX route

Also worth remembering that AY serves Japan as part of the AY/BA/IB/JL JV. So BA and JL already make money serving KIX

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by LupineChemist
Tue May 01, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Venezuela demands payment for jet fuel in Petros
Replies: 90
Views: 10526

Re: Venezuela demands payment for jet fuel in Petros

A lot of talk in this thread about AA and others minting money in Venezuela. Are there statistics to show whether these flights are full in only one direction? ie: CCS - MIA? Do a lot of folks head TO Venezuela in these times? I personally saw someone buy a 1600 USD return at the counter in MIA not...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways going to 3 or 2 star?
Replies: 26
Views: 1478

Re: British Airways going to 3 or 2 star?

You're one of the lucky few, but you're viewing things from a very different perspective than the average person. You're a frequent flyer, most people aren't. They got no status and don't fly enough to ever get one. For you it's easy to get bronze or even silver, for them it's not. If they fly once...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways going to 3 or 2 star?
Replies: 26
Views: 1478

Re: British Airways going to 3 or 2 star?

FWIW, I really like the BA pay for seats thing since I have oneworld status and it means that I can get decent seats on close-in bookings which is the whole idea of how they want it to work. It's really easy to get bronze status which will get you seat selection at 7 days prior when there are usuall...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus considering re-branding CSeries as A200
Replies: 129
Views: 20300

Re: Airbus considering re-branding CSeries as A200

Eh, I think the A210/230 works fine. Signifies Airbus is really committed to the frame (however much truth may or may not be there, I do think they are) Also shows that it doesn't follow the same type rating as the 3X0 families. (not a pilot, but isn't the training significantly reduced for the rati...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK203 diverting to CPH (Again)
Replies: 6
Views: 2113

Re: EK203 diverting to CPH (Again)

What is weird is the difference between the 2 diversions. The other day they circled and (supposedly) dumped fuel before landing in CPH. Today was more or less straight in. The other day they arrived at JFK at 15.20, today's ETA is 11.38, almost 4 hours quicker. The obvious question is, if they can...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reports strong growth in a seasonally weak first quarter
Replies: 39
Views: 4497

Re: Norwegian reports strong growth in a seasonally weak first quarter

Sounds like they're willing to play with IAG. Will probably be another EI situation with 3 rounds of bids or so, but that could be a pretty good exit strategy. Worth remembering that Q1 for the industry (at least in Christian dominated countries) will be better this year over last just because of th...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue to announce new destinations today 4/25
Replies: 133
Views: 18018

Re: JetBlue to announce new destinations today

I actually have to fly to BZN for work at somepont soon. There is some business travel around there.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia starts San Francisco and Managua
Replies: 61
Views: 12623

Re: Iberia starts San Francisco and Managua

IB6175 is in the air now.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big cities without any airport
Replies: 83
Views: 5022

Re: Big cities without any airport

Washington DC? Washington has Reagan National Airport, no international flights though.Washington Dulles International Airport is servicing the Washington area. Since we're being all nit-picky about what is "in the city" here. DCA is located in Virginia and not in Washington DC proper. Cl...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big cities without any airport
Replies: 83
Views: 5022

Re: Big cities without any airport

Well, to get from Yokohama to Narita takes well over 1,5 hrs using the fastest train. Arguing that Tokyo is Yokohama's airport is like saying Boston does not need an airport, because you can catch a flight in "nearby" New York....The same is true for Kyoto and KIX: It is awfully far away ...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Protocols for disposing of food waste after flights?
Replies: 22
Views: 3265

Re: Protocols for disposing of food waste after flights?

At ORD it's burned. You can see a big plume of smoke up by Touhy Rd in the early afternoon from the incinerator.

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by LupineChemist
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Jetblue E190 Decision imminent and Europe news?
Replies: 195
Views: 30114

Re: Rumor: Jetblue E190 Decision imminent and Europe news?

They make plenty of money on transcon flights of 300 miles longer. So now they get to charge more and the fares are far higher. They will make a killing here. I generally agree but costs are definitely higher when operating internationally like this. Particularly since you'd want to deal with a fai...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Jetblue E190 Decision imminent and Europe news?
Replies: 195
Views: 30114

Re: Rumor: Jetblue E190 Decision imminent and Europe news?

I keep thinking that there'd be a lot of potential sending a narrowbody to STN. It has a large catchment area and would be way more convenient for north London and a huge part of east England with Cambridge University and AstraZeneca being big names that would be interested in not having to get all ...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia lays off its EZE staff
Replies: 37
Views: 6677

Re: Iberia lays off its EZE staff

i don't understand the bash against IB i flew with recently to GIG and they were good except for the fact that their check in agent told me i don't have to check my luggage again in GRU but when Latam refused to deliver my luggage from gru tp gig i tweeted IB and they solved the issue for me quickl...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CRJ Loses Wheel After Takeoff Behind SWA1380
Replies: 49
Views: 9777

Re: CRJ Loses Wheel After Takeoff Behind SWA1380

twinotter wrote:
It's possible there was an evil spirit lingering around the runways at KLGA that morning that both planes encountered.


Hopefully Department of Energy can lend some proton packs to the NTSB. This could be serious.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is BA's Africa Network So Relatively Limited?
Replies: 52
Views: 9631

Re: Why Is BA's Africa Network So Relatively Limited?

I can see the sense in that; IAG already serve Dakar via MAD (which kind of sticks out as a sore thumb in their route map). Senegalese are one of the larger immigrant groups in Spain (though admittedly largely concentrated in Canaries for obvious geographical reasons). There's a surprising amount o...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA remaining 763 routes
Replies: 41
Views: 7138

Re: BA remaining 763 routes

I flew one from Madrid on Monday.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 901
Views: 54688

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018

With that many AA pax, an Admirals Club would be nice.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM wet-leases a 747.
Replies: 83
Views: 16062

Re: LATAM wet-leases a 747.

BENAir01 wrote:
Pretty cool opportunity to fly the WAMOS 747. Where are the 330s coming from and what are they like interior wise?


It looks nice outside, but I really wouldn't want to fly a SCL-MAD leg on one of those.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 46991

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

If they do it, I honestly can see Norwegian brand taking over Vueling, too.

Even in Spain Vueling has high awareness but terrible reputation where Norwegian is generally viewed positively due to most people using their shorthaul product which is quite good.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mexico's Interjet is seeking investment from a foreign airline.
Replies: 14
Views: 2057

Re: Mexico's Interjet is seeking investment from a foreign airline.

AA could go in to try and counter the DL/AM deal.

I'm wondering if IB (alone, not as IAG) would be interested?

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by LupineChemist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LA City Council Approves People Mover for LAX
Replies: 60
Views: 7064

Re: LA City Council Approves People Mover for LAX

The $5 billion is supposed to cover everything, which the APM is a big part of. Whole project is called LAMP. Landside Access Modernization Program. Thats how it gets up to 5bn. From LAWA: he APM, which will be free of charge to all users, will consist of an elevated 2.25-mile-long guideway with si...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 46991

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

Any chance IAG will erase Norwegian n take routes, planes....in BA/IB...colours? Obviously this is all just crazy speculation on our part since this is just a takeover attempt at this point, that said I don't think the Norwegian brand would go away, it's a very highly regarded brand in the Nordic c...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 46991

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

I agree the Norwegian brand will stay. Everyone seems to forget they do quite a bit of Spanish domestic flying and the short haul product is (rightly in my mind) very highly regarded.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 46991

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

Shares in Norwegian have gone up an incredible 45% today! And there you have the leverage for Mr. Kjos. He can walk away fully in tact and make quite a lot of money today or have a very real shot at having nothing within a year with his shares. Honestly, the narrative about him can be "The man...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 46991

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

Would be a great move by BA. Kill the competition for pennies on the pound. NOrwegian would not be peddling themselves if they had a future going g forward. My thoughts on this are positive, but there is no indication Norwegian is peddling. This appears to be not fully hostile since it's all going ...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 46991

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

My vote: c) Maintain (regain?) a large measure of control on near-monopoly pricing on the TATL routes. IAG is threatened, and here's their response. Are you really saying there is a lack of competition on TATL flying? I mean, particularly out of London that just seems insane to me, even with the JV...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 46991

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

A complete surprise. IAG must be expecting a) a very good price and b) significant group synergies to take out costs. However, I still struggle to understand why IAG would want to take on Norwegian’s debts. Willie Walsh has been very clear he doesn’t see Norwegian’s growth strategy as sustainable. ...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 46991

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

Also, with how ubiquitous the 787 is becoming, it's a good aircraft to break the all Airbus fleet at IB since they also make a ton of their MRO operations. Might even be able to get some revenue from UX that way. IB is doing great things with their 332s and the 787 fits right in that model, too. Cou...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 46991

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

I started posting in the other thread, but I was just surprised, but the more I think about it, the more it makes complete sense.

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