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by LupineChemist
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 708757

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Work on the FDR has started. https://twitter.com/bea_aero/status/1106601584262287361?s=21 Nice image from that tweet. I don't know why, but for some reasons I was expecting something more clean-room like looking :D https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D1twQb9WoAE1hli.jpg:large Also, a video clip talking abo...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India suspends Madrid and Birmingham
Replies: 44
Views: 9984

Re: Air India suspends Madrid and Birmingham

In regards to Madrid, yields must have been appalling. Air India was always the cheapest option, cheaper than all the one-stop options (EK, TK, QR, etc). Very limited business traffic between both cities. Most of their passengers (in summer) were backpackers to Delhi and some connections to Kathman...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA NYC & LAX passengers Helo service
Replies: 18
Views: 2904

Re: AA NYC & LAX passengers Helo service

I think at $200 each way it's actually pretty reasonable and viable considering a taxi is $60, especially if going at rush hour there's definitely a big enough market for rich people to avoid traffic. Especially in LA for people who can then fly to LAX and then get to the Valley without traffic.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 103762

Re: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021

I keep thinking about all the airports worldwide that have retrofitted their airports for the A380, or even worse completely built the airport for massive influx of A380's. They spent hundreds of millions reinforcing and widening taxiways, aprons, and runways; they built new concourses and gate are...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Likely new LEVEL destinations
Replies: 56
Views: 16101

Re: Likely new LEVEL destinations

With the JV, it might be better for IAG to route passenger to Japan via HEL or possibly have it served by JAL for higher yield from Japanese POS.

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by LupineChemist
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vueling cancels 8 destinations from BCN
Replies: 32
Views: 7638

Re: Vueling cancels 8 destinations from BCN

A real shame. This Vueling flight was one of the few options for avios in Wales. Now even less option with Flybe shifting towards VS. If there is availability on VY, the cash fare tends to be so low to make it a pretty poor value for the Avios. But if you're avios rich and without much cash, it wou...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are the routes currently flown with Airbus 340 ?
Replies: 57
Views: 5311

Re: What are the routes currently flown with Airbus 340 ?

IB still uses a ton. MAD-MEX/SCL/PTY/EZE are all run with the 340. LAX in the summer runs on the 340. They only use 340-600 now.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOG gets USA pre clearance in less than a year
Replies: 80
Views: 9393

Re: BOG gets USA pre clearance in less than a year

Could you imagine if foreign countries wanted their own border stations at US airports, we would find that unacceptable, probably. Japan border at Honolulu and LAX or every European country at JFK. Customs should be cleared at arrivals. I see absolutely no problem with Japanese border preclearance ...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is BA and VS doing on South African market?
Replies: 21
Views: 4629

Re: How is BA and VS doing on South African market?

I wonder if many oneworld flyers from the US would connect at GRU with the JJ flight. I've always had a fascination with the few S. Atlantic crossings.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy drops MXP-DEL/BOM/ORD
Replies: 61
Views: 12149

Re: Air Italy drops MXP-DEL/BOM

Honestly, credit to them. It may seem like a basket case but deploying to where they will make money as fast as possible and get cash flow running is good and being nimble and cutting things before they can accumulate losses is also a smart move. I think they will be back eventually and should work ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cold Weather Cancellations in the US
Replies: 89
Views: 10601

Re: Cold Weather Cancellations in the US

It's even getting below the freezing temperature of the fuel. It's pretty seriously cold and will be below the temperatures the systems are designed to operate at.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB to launch flights to Paris-Vatry (XCR)
Replies: 45
Views: 7338

Re: IB to launch flights to Paris-Vatry (XCR)

I'm wondering if they got a contract from a tour operator for Disneyland and are just using it to keep costs down and selling whatever extra seats they can. I mean, it could be pretty convenient for a fairly large area if you want to avoid Paris and its traffic.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB schedules 3x/daily MAD-MEX June-Oct19 all flown by A346
Replies: 27
Views: 4191

Re: IB schedules 3x/daily MAD-MEX June-Oct19 all flown by A346

Yeah, I think a 380 or two could actually do really well at IB to MEX and EZE. I always thought an ideal model would be wet lease it from BA and use IB cabin crew so you don't have the small fleet problem. But I feel like BA could use a few more themselves. But a huge capex without clarity on Brexit...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!
Replies: 64
Views: 9641

Re: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!

What is Mexican DNA anyway? The typical composition of Latin America is 40-60% Native American and rest is European, mainly Iberian. I think the marketing campaign made it so that it goes viral rather than making sure it's scientific. Yeah, this is what I was thinking and while many people in Mexic...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD Global Terminal proposals released
Replies: 102
Views: 15494

Re: ORD Global Terminal proposals released

Voted for Foster since I know some people at the firm and they do good Airport designs and need help after the Mexico City fiasco.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The business model of Finnair?
Replies: 28
Views: 4763

Re: The business model of Finnair?

Yeah, the single airframe for flights to E. Asia really lowers their costs and raises utilization rates.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD breaks its pax record
Replies: 14
Views: 2739

Re: MAD breaks its pax record

I can’t imagine that to be the case. Last years growth looks good, but there was no growth between 2007 and 2017 making it the worst performing European mega hub by far growth-wise. Also the high speed train had a major effect. The Madrid-Barcelona HSL opened in 2008. Now it takes half of the traff...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD breaks its pax record
Replies: 14
Views: 2739

Re: MAD breaks its pax record

MAD is nowhere close to its limits. It's got good geography, good weather, terminals right between two sets of parallel runways so it's relatively efficient in either configuration. The old terminal is scheduled for a remodel and T4 is easy enough to expand if they need it at minimal cost. Madrid is...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stowaway bird found on Singapore Airlines flight
Replies: 24
Views: 3545

Re: Stowaway bird found on Singapore Airlines flight

anshabhi wrote:
Actually could also be a case of bird smuggling.


It would make about as much sense as smuggling a sparrow from Europe. They are incredibly common.

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by LupineChemist
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 106
Views: 19627

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

This makes a lot of sense. I've also long said that a 787 fleet would make a ton of sense at IB, too so given the structure it could be combined.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any other non frequent flyers on here?
Replies: 47
Views: 2207

Re: Any other non frequent flyers on here?

I'm planning on quitting my job and opening something very local so my only flights will be whatever leisure time I'll be able to wrangle and probably won't have any for a year or so.

After my current job, not flying seems glorious.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Norwegian launches free WiFi on long-haul routes
Replies: 10
Views: 2762

Re: Norwegian launches free WiFi on long-haul routes

Yeah, I really just want wifi on board to be able to send basic whatsapp messages or text emails. Maybe with the occasional photo attachment and I don't care if it takes a minute to load.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Airports Thread - 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 2520

Re: London Airports Thread - 2019

It was just a thought as my company has facilities in Rochester but I wonder if SEN would ever consider helping to subsidize a ferry across the Thames to Kent. I feel like that would make it a much more attractive airport for a huge amount of people SE of London to be able to avoid the M25 and be a ...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse
Replies: 184
Views: 37326

Re: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse

It’s sad reading all the negative things about DY on here. Why so many of you dislike DY? What did the airline and the brand do to any of you? I look at DY as the 747 of our time. DY made traveling cheaper for the average hard working European or American to travel. Before the 747 came out the pric...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse
Replies: 184
Views: 37326

Re: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse

I would say IAG sale is imminent. Not selling in the spring is going to come back as a very stupid decision as they'll now be able to pick it up at distressed prices.

I also think what IAG really wants is the 787 order book in order to grow more.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Green Africa Airways to order 100 B737 MAX8
Replies: 78
Views: 13844

Re: Green Africa Airways to order 100 B737 MAX8

The LCC model will fail in Africa until someone gets it right so it's worth a proverbial shot and there are far worse ways to burn money in the aviation.

I think it's unlikely to work but I wish them the best and think Nigeria has enough population to maybe make it work,

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by LupineChemist
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’
Replies: 145
Views: 21526

Re: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’

I would imagine there are enough dual citizens that can count for ownership to maintain a majority of both UK and EU owned. How much does WW own personally? Regardless, don't both BA and IB require majority local ownership already to comply with existing bilaterals that predate the common aviation m...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to postpone 787 pilot training program
Replies: 10
Views: 4793

Re: Norwegian to lay off 787 pilots

It doesn't look like they are laying off any pilots currently flying the 787. They refer to 2019 courses, ergo probably pilots who were hired or internally upgraded (or received notice of successfully passing the interview), with the plan to induct them on the 787 line-course in 2019. Still seems o...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to postpone 787 pilot training program
Replies: 10
Views: 4793

Norwegian to postpone 787 pilot training program

https://twitter.com/Golfcharlie232/stat ... 7478295552

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A pilot I follow on Twitter posted the following letter and it looks like Norwegian is going to be culling the pilot ranks.

https://twitter.com/Golfcharlie232/stat ... 7478295552

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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Du71NWMW0AAn-gQ.jpg

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by LupineChemist
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spanish Government to rename BCN airport "Josep Tarradellas"
Replies: 4
Views: 952

Re: Spanish Government to rename BCN airport "Josep Tarradellas"

And most Spanish people will just think of pizza.

But a decent gesture though I suppose it will probably be used colloquially about as much as Adolfo Suárez is used in Madrid, which is to say, not all that much and just continues to be Barajas to everyone.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 69586

Re: Gatwick closed because of 2 drones

If this is a protest, strange nobody is taking credit.. The whole point is to get your name out while there's the most publicity possible so during the morning news shows would be it.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia set to grow another 6% next year, mostly in Europe
Replies: 53
Views: 6698

Re: Iberia set to grow another 6% next year, mostly in Europe

MAD-IAD would be a big potential market for IB in the US. DC has a pretty big AA Frequent flyer base, and lots of government traffic competing with the UA 757. And before anyone mentions it, yes, US government travel can use IB, so long as it's sold on an AA code. Everyone who does government travel...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy Announces MXP-ORD
Replies: 36
Views: 4548

Re: Air Italy Announces MXP-ORD

Yeah, this pretty clearly seems like a play for QR to get more N. America - India traffic by using the US-EU open skies to not stir the pot for more US and Canada access. I wouldn't be surprised if QR does send some 320s to develop a short haul network. I think it could work as a strategy, just depe...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?
Replies: 52
Views: 3824

Re: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?

Probably been 15 years since I've flown there, but EGE used to not even have jet bridges.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What to do in 10 hours in Madrid
Replies: 2
Views: 557

Re: What to do in 10 hours in Madrid

If you are on BA/Iberia, take the Cercanías train from T4 and get off at Recoletos or change trains and go directly to Sol. If you are at T1, then get the express bus to Cibeles. From there there's plenty of time to walk around the center, get some curros con chocolate at San Ginés. See Plaza Mayor,...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Madrid heading to 60 million PAX. What's next?
Replies: 11
Views: 1034

Re: Madrid heading to 60 million PAX. What's next?

I think year round IAD on IB could be possible if they can find the gate space.

I could actually see KUL but it'd be a really strange route where the value would come from connections on either end from the oneworld FF base on each end rather than the rather low yielding direct traffic.

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by LupineChemist
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: David Neeleman Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline
Replies: 357
Views: 53600

Re: David Neeleman Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline

I very much enjoyed that read. It sounds like a plan for 3 or 4 classes of service. (ULCC, Y, domestic first, lie-flat). How are they going to reconfigure seasonally? It sounds great but I want to know how to do so economically. It is possible to replace all of the seats in a day. I wonder if the f...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adds FCA, Double Daily DFWMAD/CDG, return to YHZ, 787 to ANC plus more
Replies: 105
Views: 13727

Re: AA adds FCA, Double Daily DFWMAD/CDG, return to YHZ, 787 to ANC plus more

I would've guessed that AA would've flown ORD-MAD on their own metal before a 2nd daily DFW-MAD. In my opinion ORD is better located for onward connections than DFW in terms of flying time. Probably DFW being a much larger AA hub than ORD and AA serving BCN from ORD were determining factors. DFW ge...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How do you think Norwegian could fit within the portfolio of airlines of IAG?
Replies: 31
Views: 4406

Re: How do you think Norwegian could fit within the portfolio of airlines of IAG?

One thing that I think could be useful is getting a decent 787 fleet at IB. IB has been pretty limited in growth recently due to fleet limitations rather than possible options so more aircraft there will certainly help and there are a lot of opportunities for long and thin on 788. Also, one of IB's ...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adds FCA, Double Daily DFWMAD/CDG, return to YHZ, 787 to ANC plus more
Replies: 105
Views: 13727

Re: AA adds FCA, Double Daily DFWMAD/CDG, return to YHZ, 787 to ANC plus more

DFW-MAD is bolstered by OneWorld traffic. I don't think there are as many PDEW between IAH and MAD either. Is AA bringing back DFW-KEF since they ran the icelandic carriers out? IAH-MAD traffic may be less but it would be pretty high yielding. People forget that Madrid is a major hub for some very ...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adds FCA, Double Daily DFWMAD/CDG, return to YHZ, 787 to ANC plus more
Replies: 105
Views: 13727

Re: AA adds FCA, Double Daily DFWMAD/CDG, return to YHZ, 787 to ANC plus more

Will the second Madrid flight also be 789? Wow two daily Dallas-Madrid flights! It is time maybe for United to think about IAH-MAD. Might be useful and there's certainly a fair amount of business traffic, but the OW stranglehold certainly impacts things. Also, the Houston to Dallas train will have a...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you landed at the alphabet?
Replies: 59
Views: 3987

Re: Have you landed at the alphabet?

A: ATL, AMS B: BRU, BKK, BOS, BIO, BZN, BTH, BWI C: CDG, CNX, CVG, CLT, CLE, CPT (Have departed out of CEI but not landed there) D: DMK, DXB, DUR, DFW, DCA, DPS, DEN E: EGE, EVV F: FCO, FAT G: GVA H: HAM, HEL, HKG (Flown out of HKT but did not land there) I: IAD, IAH, IBZ, IND J: JFK, JOG, JNB K: KU...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces SFO-DEL/MEL/YYZ; Expands AKL/AMS/PPT/ICN.
Replies: 507
Views: 70628

Re: United Airlines CEO to Make Historic Route Announcement Tomorrow (12/12)

Doesn't this strengthen the case for granting the QF/AA JV? May have been better to wait since if that got denied again it was going to be dead. Why would it strenghen the case to allow the JV so they can work together to block out a competition. Because it shows there's more competition for AA/QF ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces SFO-DEL/MEL/YYZ; Expands AKL/AMS/PPT/ICN.
Replies: 507
Views: 70628

Re: United Airlines CEO to Make Historic Route Announcement Tomorrow (12/12)

Doesn't this strengthen the case for granting the QF/AA JV? May have been better to wait since if that got denied again it was going to be dead.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has BA been too slow with fleet renewals
Replies: 78
Views: 11384

Re: Has BA been too slow with fleet renewals

They certainly don't seem to think so. Then again, they also don't seem to have realized until yesterday that it is time for a new CW seat. Did I miss an announcement? But on the topic at hand, the product is tired but it sells. I'd certainly like it refreshed but I still fly them so I suppose I'm ...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel Reward Credit Cards
Replies: 33
Views: 2911

Re: Travel Reward Credit Cards

I second the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, but it does have a steep annual fee. I find the fee to be worthwhile for my wife and I, but someone else may not. We put virtually all our spend on it and I typically transfer the Ultimate Reward points to United MileagePlus once a month. However, there are...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian may drop BCN MAN/EDI/WAW/DUS/HAM flights
Replies: 21
Views: 6035

Re: Norwegian may drop BCN MAN/EDI/WAW/DUS/HAM flights

I've been wondering when the long haul cash burning was going to start limiting their successful short haul operations. Though that said, BCN is an LCC bloodbath with way too much capacity, particularly with VY based there.

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by LupineChemist
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Shared Ownership Private Jets Hurting 1st Class Airline Sales?
Replies: 70
Views: 8902

Re: Are Shared Ownership Private Jets Hurting 1st Class Airline Sales?

I have a family member that started a financial company you've probably heard of if you are in the US. Needless to say, he's loaded and I've had this conversation with him. He used to have fractional ownership but the advent of NetJets and other on demand charter services completely changed it. Said...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Air Italy be the national carrier in Italy?
Replies: 37
Views: 6721

Re: Will Air Italy be the national carrier in Italy?

Indeed it's an informal thing, but still a very strong feeling here in Europe. People tend to associate a country with a national airline, an airline that symbolizes the country. It doesn't have to carry the name of the country, but you always know airline and country belong together. Let's list a ...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oneworld adds Royal Air Maroc as its newest member
Replies: 141
Views: 34655

Re: Oneworld adds Royal Air Maroc as its newest member

Also of note: Fiji Airways starts oneworld connect membership today. Interestingly, earn and burn on FJ flights is restricted to AA, BA, CX and QF Frequent Flyers only. FJ Frequent Flyers don’t earn on oneworld carriers. https://www.fijiairways.com/en-us/one-world-connect/ Does that mean (in theory...

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