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by berari
Mon May 29, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Union Blames Meltdown on IT Outsourcing to India
Replies: 44
Views: 5264

Re: BA Union Blames Meltdown on Indian Workers

There is someone to blame, and if the error happened in India, is the Indian workers the ones to blame. BA wanted to cut costs by sending the IT work to India, so they have to take responsibility for those actions. It could have been avoidable if it was in the UK. As it turns out it was a local dat...

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by berari
Mon May 29, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Union Blames Meltdown on IT Outsourcing to India
Replies: 44
Views: 5264

Re: BA Union Blames Meltdown on Indian Workers

There is someone to blame, and if the error happened in India, is the Indian workers the ones to blame. BA wanted to cut costs by sending the IT work to India, so they have to take responsibility for those actions. It could have been avoidable if it was in the UK. As it turns out it was a local dat...

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by berari
Fri May 26, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RwandAir, inaugural KGL-LGW the 26/05/17, may start Swiss routes soon!
Replies: 14
Views: 2816

Re: RwandAir, inaugural KGL-LGW the 26/05/17, may start Swiss routes soon!

TC957 wrote:
9XR-WN is currently in DXB, so no sign of it coming up LGW today, at least not directly from KGL.
9XR-WP their A333 has an unknown flight status on a MBA - KGL service.
So good luck for the inaugural tonight !


You can find inaugural flight's coverage on twitter, videos and all, it has occurred.

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by berari
Thu May 25, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: African Aviation Thread
Replies: 133
Views: 5650

Re: African Aviation Thread

Some time ago on the Swiss Aviation Forum, there were rumors that ET might start operating to GVA, but I have'nt heard anything about it since then. Have any of our Ethiopian members ever heard about such plans or were these rumors completely unfounded ? It seemed to me that GVA had been mentionned...

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by berari
Wed May 24, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?
Replies: 41
Views: 8194

Re: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?

Timing, among many other things, is everything. You may recall the case with Westjet spying on Air Canada through backdoor systems to determine flights with highest yields and/or loads and adjusting their departure times accordingly. Over time, airlines adjust their schedules to meet optimal timings...

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by berari
Wed May 24, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?
Replies: 41
Views: 8194

Re: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?

I have always wondered why airlines fly routes at the same time (besides hub to hub for more frequency). It seems it just gives other airlines more business. Ex. WN STL-Bay Area(SFO,OAK) 2x daily both flights leave at 1:50 UA also 2x daily but morning and evening Madrid-Barcelona shuttle 2x on the ...

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by berari
Wed May 24, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CHS-SEA almost 7.5 hours flight time today
Replies: 14
Views: 2974

Re: CHS-SEA almost 7.5 hours flight time today

flyPIT wrote:
Anyone know how this route is performing?


Is this the Boeing - Boeing plant shuttle?

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by berari
Tue May 23, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17
Replies: 2688
Views: 823732

Re: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

Ethiopian Airlines was betting Airbus SE’s new A350 widebody would help it lure lucrative business-class passengers away from the likes of Emirates, but nagging delivery issues are putting Africa’s largest carrier behind schedule. The airline won’t receive 10 new planes by the end of June as planne...

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by berari
Fri May 19, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's ongoing PR issues
Replies: 176
Views: 16986

Re: More UA Woes; National Guard Soldier forced to pay bag fees

This sense of entitlement that everyone feels must stop. And these petty airlines stories must also stop. It's like every news outlet is waiting for the next juicy airline story. The Lieutenant's career choices have nothing to do with the airline's policy or his want to skirt limits, his bags were o...

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by berari
Thu May 18, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What happens if I no show on LY-B6 connection?
Replies: 23
Views: 1259

Re: What happens if I no show on LY-B6 connection?

We actually live in the NY area so we wouldn't board the last B6 leg.....We're willing to drive to BOS for outbound leg Am I the only one who sees a potential problem with this? It's not hard to find some good deals on one-way rentals. So I would do as planned +pre-book another one-way rental from ...

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by berari
Wed May 17, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What happens if I no show on LY-B6 connection?
Replies: 23
Views: 1259

Re: Help pls - what happens if no show on LY-B6 conx ?

Worst thing that will happen is you go to BOS and take the bus back.

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by berari
Wed May 17, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK and other European countries
Replies: 265
Views: 28513

Re: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK and other European countries

Is it odd to ask why there was a unilateral decision when it came to the middle eastern cities/airlines, while the US is open to negotiate this with the EU?

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by berari
Wed May 17, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What happens if I no show on LY-B6 connection?
Replies: 23
Views: 1259

Re: Help pls - what happens if no show on LY-B6 conx ?

what about your checked bags? B6 will probably off load them if you no show. That might be awkward. When you do TLV-JFK, do you have physical access to your bag to go through customs then drop it off for B6 for BOS? If so, that will address baggage issue, and you'll just walk out. Otherwise, if it'...

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by berari
Wed May 17, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field
Replies: 121
Views: 14620

Re: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field

ORD to connect Boeing to its headquarters.

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by berari
Tue May 16, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian seeks 'heavy' cost cuts
Replies: 26
Views: 5441

Re: Ethiopian seeks 'heavy' cost cuts

It remains impressive to see them turn profits despite many of the reasons posted above. Growth: ET has grown very fast in the last five years and it remains to be seen how sustainable this is going to be. Ethiopian has historically been very conservative, both route and fleet growth wise. Newer Afr...

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yycdel wrote:


So unfortunate. Boring.

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by berari
Fri May 12, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet Pilots Vote to Unionize with ALPA
Replies: 5
Views: 948

Re: WestJet Pilots Vote to Unionize with ALPA

There is no Westjet advantage. The "employees care" approach is all they have in my opinion, and for someone like myself who is independent and doesn't rely on others when traveling, it means nothing. I enjoy flying AC, there's professionalism, mature product, nice cabins and a great netwo...

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by berari
Fri May 12, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian odd routing from Stansted to Beijing(?)
Replies: 3
Views: 1465

Ethiopian odd routing from Stansted to Beijing(?)

It appears that ET-ASI, a 787 for ET is currently on a VIP flight. It flew to Stansted the other day (ET8700) carrying the Ethiopian Prime Minister, and is now operating as ET8604 which I believe, based on patterns that match ET's ADD-PEK flight number, is making its way to Beijing. What's interesti...

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by berari
Thu May 11, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX To Build Celebrities Only Terminal
Replies: 98
Views: 24330

Re: LAX To Build Celebrities Only Terminal

Will the shiny BMW be crossing the runway to get to the aircraft when flying commercial? Or will it go onto the street, then around the runway to drop them off?

Celebrities will be selectively using this service: let's be honest, many of them enjoy the attention, it maintains their relevance.

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by berari
Thu May 11, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AC announces new Frequent Flyer Program
Replies: 9
Views: 1924

Re: AC announces new Frequent Flyer Program

Aeroplan parent AIMIA's stock price is down 58% today.

Contract seems exclusive through June 29, 2020.

I'd stick to Aeroplan until end of it, especially if AC will honour status at transition.

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by berari
Thu May 11, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 720 - why were they retired?
Replies: 36
Views: 8165

Re: Boeing 720 - why were they retired?

callumconroydub wrote:
I never knew the answer to this: why were the 720's retired? Could they not be still in use like the few 707's? What was wrong with them?


How many 707s do you know of that are in service? Airlines and routes?

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by berari
Wed May 10, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United load factors from Geneva
Replies: 23
Views: 2716

Re: United load factors from Geneva

There is heavy diplomatic, UN, and NGO related travel between Washington and Geneva; New York to Geneva has those three, plus finance, pharma, banking, and business related traffic - though it pales in comparison to the banking traffic between New York and Zurich. And the Fly America Act will also ...

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by berari
Tue May 09, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Labor Trouble brewing?
Replies: 123
Views: 14049

Re: Turmoil in Florida over Spirit Cancellations

I'm more concerned that aol.com is still a thing!

Also ... for anyone laughing about such events happening in African airports (Nigeria, Ghana,) here it is in the USA. Hilarious.

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by berari
Tue May 09, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sonair (Houston Express) opens flights to the public
Replies: 36
Views: 5353

Re: Sonair (Houston Express) opens flights to the public

One concern is that, up to now, the passenger group on board these flights was pretty-well-screened, which provides a certain "force protection" benefit for the oil company folks. This now will no longer be the case. How much this impacts safety given that things in Angola are pretty-poro...

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by berari
Mon May 08, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sonair (Houston Express) opens flights to the public
Replies: 36
Views: 5353

Re: Sonair (Houston Express) opens flights to the public

No, Atlas doesn't have any Combis...it's a regular passenger -400 that is configured in a very premium heavy configuration. I don't remember the exact breakdown of seats but most of the airplane is business class, as well as a small first and small class. I'll see if I can hunt down exact numbers. ...

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by berari
Mon May 08, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Emirates to start Phoenix and Buffalo
Replies: 143
Views: 26496

Re: Rumor: Emirates to start Phoenix and Buffalo

EK today codeshares with Quick Shuttle bus service between Seattle and Vancouver which takes about 4:20 including immigration and customs. Such a service between Buffalo and Toronto would take half the time given the distance, and EK could make a case for it especially given the high load factors it...

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by berari
Mon May 08, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sonair (Houston Express) opens flights to the public
Replies: 36
Views: 5353

Re: Sonair (Houston Express) opens flights to the public

One concern is that, up to now, the passenger group on board these flights was pretty-well-screened, which provides a certain "force protection" benefit for the oil company folks. This now will no longer be the case. How much this impacts safety given that things in Angola are pretty-poro...

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by berari
Thu May 04, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa's Munich hub
Replies: 31
Views: 7281

Re: Lufthansa's Munich hub

I feel like I have offended the Germans or the purists; Munich in my eyes is secondary to Frankfurt for Lufthansa given that it is more concentrated at FRA. I think I have been able to pick some of the answers I was looking for in between the eye rolls and snarky comments, including those from Capta...

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by berari
Thu May 04, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa's Munich hub
Replies: 31
Views: 7281

Lufthansa's Munich hub

I was looking at all LH departures out of MUC and I'm amazed at how much activity occurs for this airline. Has me wondering about the following: - What's special about MUC? Does it generate much O&D or is it purely a hub? - What's the rational behind many of the A346s flying in and out of here? ...

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by berari
Thu May 04, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Airlines To YYC In The Near Future?
Replies: 120
Views: 14658

Re: New Airlines To YYC In The Near Future?

Pat self on back kiramakora. Did you have a calendar entry for this date?

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by berari
Wed May 03, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man Served Single Banana On Nine-hour Flight After Ordering Gluten-free Meal
Replies: 52
Views: 13040

Re: Man Served Single Banana On Nine-hour Flight After Ordering Gluten-free Meal

Random thoughts: - The FA could have worked to scrounge up other possible edibles for the Coeliac to eat. Maybe give him multiple salads that are sides on the regular meals. Go to premium class and get him more bananas or cheese from cheese trays, you know, so he doesn't go hungry - The passenger wi...

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by berari
Tue May 02, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17
Replies: 2688
Views: 823732

Re: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

Alexsing wrote:
Blotto wrote:
Alexsing wrote:

This is typically the WiFi antenna


Actually it is the radome for the satellite antenna. The Wifi antennas are inside of the aircraft.


What I meant by metonymy, but thank you for clarifying!


Satellite antenna used for what? What's in the nose then?

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by berari
Tue May 02, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17
Replies: 2688
Views: 823732

Re: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

Ethiopian's newer A350s have a bump in the aft of the roof, while the first one ET-ATQ doesn't. What's this used for?

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by berari
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways planning another acquisition
Replies: 33
Views: 5212

Re: Qatar Airways planning another acquisition

Kenya Airways?

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by berari
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Maui Must Do Ideas?
Replies: 22
Views: 740

Re: Maui Must Do Ideas?

Little Beach. Read about it before you go.

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by berari
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN CEO: Southwest to no longer overbook flights
Replies: 58
Views: 7041

Re: WN CEO: Southwest to no longer overbook flights

I fly strictly United for FF purposes, and if they ever got rid of overbooking I'd be upset. My schedule is usually somewhat flexible and I love taking those offers. Call and complain. Tell them that their program that inconveniences customers but is beneficial to you should be kept afloat, since y...

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by berari
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN CEO: Southwest to no longer overbook flights
Replies: 58
Views: 7041

Re: WN CEO: Southwest to no longer overbook flights

Doesn't Westjet already do this? From what I recall they don't overbook.

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by berari
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 275
Views: 58373

Re: Alitalia - Ongoing Cash Flow Issues

Time to let Alitalia die off.

Politicians won't like the impact/wrath from 14000 employees and their extended families, but at some point you need to cut the cord.

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by berari
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 European Short Haul Heavies
Replies: 54
Views: 6044

Re: 2017 European Short Haul Heavies

Ethiopian Airlines will have the following this summer:
- VIE-MXP
- ARN-OSL
- FCO-MAD
- MXP-BRU

These will primarily be on B788s, but may see B77Ls on occasion.

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by berari
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lome-Jo'burg nonstop on Ethiopian!
Replies: 16
Views: 4412

Re: Lome-Jo'burg nonstop on Ethiopian!

The flights are timed to connect with other flights at LFW's mid-day bank, which includes service to EWR. Northbound connections to EWR are only available two times a week, while southbound will see it three times a week. The flight from/to JNB will connect to most of Asky's flights within the West ...

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by berari
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines that are invisible on FR24/flightaware
Replies: 10
Views: 4106

Re: Airlines that are invisible on FR24/flightaware

IIRC aircraft have to have a certain equipment that transmits their route/flight information. Some equipment may not have it, or others may turn it off or limit data. To give you specific examples, Kenya Airways has 15 E190s and only a few transmit this information. But even then, they don't have th...

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by berari
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year
Replies: 63
Views: 10235

Re: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year

767333ER wrote:
I think they should call it WestJet Rodeo. It screams west and also would tell customers that a high density 738 really is a heck of a ride. :lol:


You must be from Toronto and its environs. There's more to YYC than the rodeo.

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by berari
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year
Replies: 63
Views: 10235

Re: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year

Source: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/westjet-announces-intent-to-launch-ultra-low-cost-carrier-619941133.html https://blog.westjet.com/westjet-announces-plans-to-launch-a-new-ultra-low-cost-carrier/?sm_cid=social:ws-world:ulcc-announcement:twitter Initial fleet is planned to comprise of 10 ...

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by berari
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia vs Air Europa
Replies: 3
Views: 1288

Re: IBERIA VS AIR EUROPA

Brand wise Air Europa seems so generic to me. I would love for it to have something bolder and more Spaniard. I flew them once and still can't recall anything memorable about them.

Btw OP's capitalization is on point.

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by berari
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United CEO Met w/Chinese Officials to Apologize
Replies: 17
Views: 3120

Re: United CEO Met w/Chinese Officials to Apologize

UA China network may only be 3%, but you still have a large number of Chinese-[Americans|Canadians|Europeans] that use UA for non-China bound services and some of their Business could be lost if there were a Chinese boycott.

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by berari
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France & Brussels Airlines Africa
Replies: 16
Views: 3658

Re: Air France & Brussels Airlines Africa

Don't forget about LH's network in Africa including ADD, ACC, PHC, ABV, LOS and others. LH flies their F-equipped A330s to Nigeria. This is definitely a factor as to why SN doesn't serve some of the places it doesn't. LH's network in Africa is really weak if it's compared to AF/KLM, although it's w...

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by berari
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European carriers in South Africa
Replies: 22
Views: 3328

Re: European carriers in South Africa

Brussels Airlines serves 23 destinations in Africa, but I wonder why JNB is not one of them. Is there a market between BRU and JNB? Another question I have is about KLM in JNB. Most European carriers such as Lufthansa and Swiss fly overnight from there hubs to JNB, and have a late night departure f...

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by berari
Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-900ER performance
Replies: 22
Views: 3934

Re: 737-900ER performance

Is this DL1724? Can someone explain to me why both SLC-EWR and EWR-SLC have the same DL1724 flight number? Is this new with DL?

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by berari
Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will American Airlines Logo Evolve?
Replies: 25
Views: 2171

Re: Will American Airlines Logo Evolve?

Can we have fantasy/hypothetical types of questions in this forum moved to a new appropriately named forum?

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by berari
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways applies for JFK
Replies: 36
Views: 6388

Re: Kenya Airways applies for JFK

I think that the assumption that JFK-NBO would be low yielding is unfounded. While NBO is not a financial capital, both NYC and NBO are some of the largest NGO capitals of their respective regions. While the for profit sector has gotten much more stingy with travel policies, the United Nations guar...

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