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by berari
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 80
Views: 12325

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

I'm hopping for a ADD-MEL nonstop, at least only a tech stop. ET needs to not add any more 5th freedoms; their European network is full of them and it looks so tacky and haphazard. Tacky and haphazard but makes business sense. ET would not be able to serve this many destinations it weren’t for its ...

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by berari
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 475
Views: 112372

Re: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread 2018

How long does it generally take from pre-flight prep to delivery?

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by berari
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nastiest feud in the airline industry - New York-Milan
Replies: 43
Views: 8166

Re: Nastiest feud in the airline industry - New York-Milan

Nothing nasty about it other than it having three US airlines. Look at Bangkok to Hong Kong where you have 10+ airlines flying the route. I am sure there are other city pairs where such accolade can be shared. Milan is a big city that can generate large Business traffic that could handle four daily ...

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by berari
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 80
Views: 12325

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

Ethiopian has been flying to Madrid nonstop on some days using the 737-800 since June 1. Barcelona was supposed to come online last week but it appears to have been postponed until some time in July when all flights to MAD will go nonstop (for some reason BCN is still unbookable.) The nonstop this w...

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by berari
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 80
Views: 12325

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

Ethiopian Govt is selling off a stake in ET - partly on the open market and partly to a strategic investor. According to some sources, a South African Telecom major is leading the race. The government is selling a stake in Ethiopian Airlines and Ethiopian Telecom, as well as Ethiopian Shipping line...

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by berari
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 80
Views: 12325

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

ADD is high enough that it really does have an effect. The 787-9 can't fly to North America or the Far East with a reasonable payload. Even the mighty 77W doesn't typically fly farther than nine hours. The long stuff has to be flown by 788 or 77L, neither of which is known for outstanding economics...

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by berari
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 80
Views: 12325

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

SCQ83 wrote:
I think ADD-BCN-PTY could make sense since there is no carrier opening BCN-PTY in a foreseeable future.

Then ET could change the MAD-BCN tag and start a ADD-MAD-LIS tag.


Once again, what's special about PTY and ET operating into it? What's special about PTY? Is it more of a personal favourite?

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by berari
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 80
Views: 12325

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImH9FB5VY1o
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The first arrival to GVA is captured here. Sadly no water gun salute

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImH9FB5VY1o

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by berari
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: High altitude flights by commercial airliners
Replies: 47
Views: 5476

High altitude flights by commercial airliners

Very few times do I see commercial airliners flying at high altitudes, but this one, a B767 by Ethiopian Airlines operating for United Nations caught my eye, currently flying at 43000 feet. Playing with filters, I see that the handful or so commercial airliners are limited to B787s and A350s, with t...

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by berari
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 80
Views: 12325

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

No analysis, unless you had insider information, could have landed one to bet on MAN. ET's primary targets have been Star Alliance hubs which they continue to expand into, which is where one would have better odds. At the same time, you have folks that suggest ET fly into PTY. ET to PTY, that'd be ...

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by berari
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAE and Canada enter bilateral talks
Replies: 22
Views: 3338

Re: UAE and Canada enter bilateral talks

LH658 wrote:
EK and EY are going to have more access to YYC, YVR, YEG, and YUL. Obviously frequency into YYZ. Canada should just restrict them into staying YYZ.


A very protectionist move that you are proposing, one that will be of no benefit to the flying public.

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by berari
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 80
Views: 12325

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

Ethiopia's government has declared that it is open to selling a stake of parastatals like Ethiopian Airlines and Ethio Telecom. This is a huge departure from policy which positions the country to open up to more foreign and private investments and possible growth. They are clear to indicate that the...

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by berari
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA dropping Calgary effective October for winter sced.
Replies: 53
Views: 9889

Re: BA dropping Calgary effective October for winter sced.

But the broader point is, YYC has way more TATL service than it should for market of its size, so BA going away is far from the end of the world. I never said or implied it was the end of the world. But Calgary isn't smaller than Oklahoma City. Furthermore on top of the business traffic in Calgary ...

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by berari
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 80
Views: 12325

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

Manchester is now finally showing up in booking systems as announced via BRU 4x per week. BRU will be served via VIE on the rest of the days. VIE will cut back to 6 days per week. Also new is that GVA will be served via FCO and not MXP as originally planned. VIE as of now has three flights going on...

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by berari
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA dropping Calgary effective October for winter sced.
Replies: 53
Views: 9889

Re: BA dropping Calgary effective October for winter sced.

This from a usually reliable source, if true not good for Calgary and the new international terminal. The new international terminal will hardly feel anything by losing BA which only has a single flight a day. KL remains strong, and WS still has growth in it to utilize the space. BA flights still a...

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by berari
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 80
Views: 12325

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

Manchester is now finally showing up in booking systems as announced via BRU 4x per week. BRU will be served via VIE on the rest of the days. VIE will cut back to 6 days per week. Also new is that GVA will be served via FCO and not MXP as originally planned. VIE as of now has three flights going on ...

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by berari
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rest of the UK thread - 2018
Replies: 138
Views: 14858

Re: Rest of the UK thread - 2018

I was passing through LGW this afternoon, and once again they have updated the signs at the shuttle station heading from South to North... I don’t believe I imagined it, but it appears Ethiopian has appeared and will be operating from the North Terminal. Schedules don't show ET flying into LGW thro...

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by berari
Thu May 31, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rest of the UK thread - 2018
Replies: 138
Views: 14858

Re: Rest of the UK thread - 2018

I was passing through LGW this afternoon, and once again they have updated the signs at the shuttle station heading from South to North... I don’t believe I imagined it, but it appears Ethiopian has appeared and will be operating from the North Terminal. Schedules don't show ET flying into LGW thro...

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by berari
Mon May 28, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta debuts new uniforms May 29
Replies: 76
Views: 9953

Re: Delta debuts new uniforms tomorrow.

Are they all debuting at the same time? If so it'd be impressive!

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by berari
Fri May 25, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 475
Views: 112372

Re: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread 2018

How quickly are these being built? When is Ethiopian receiving its first Max 8? I recall June, but have not heard about build progress. Is there a spreadsheet that tracks these?

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by berari
Fri May 25, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flights circumventing certain territories
Replies: 21
Views: 2423

Flights circumventing certain territories

We all know that QR is having to circumvent certain airspace when the governments of UAE and Saudi Arabia restricted access to it last year. And decades ago South African could not overfly most African countries. And El Al flights avoid overflying most arab countries. Today, I came across the China ...

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by berari
Fri May 25, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA ends another African destination - June 2018
Replies: 57
Views: 10822

Re: BA ends another African destination - June 2018

So they are using the $ they have in LAD to fill up the tanks, as in, spend the $ locally. I have always wondered about this, what options other than transferring the $s back to the home country, do airlines have in such circumstances? What other options do they have beyond fuel and aircraft mainte...

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by berari
Thu May 24, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Zimbabwe aviation woes continue
Replies: 10
Views: 2524

Re: Zimbabwe aviation woes continue

Whoever thought that they could start a new airline with four 777s where neither the confidence or the traffic exists has some soul searching to do.

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by berari
Thu May 24, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA ends another African destination - June 2018
Replies: 57
Views: 10822

Re: BA ends another African destination - June 2018

KLM will reduce to 2x weekly this winter. They also have problems repatriating cash. Plane leaves with a maximum fuel load so as to ship out fuel iso cash. So they are using the $ they have in LAD to fill up the tanks, as in, spend the $ locally. I have always wondered about this, what options othe...

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by berari
Thu May 24, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA ends another African destination - June 2018
Replies: 57
Views: 10822

Re: BA ends another African destination - June 2018

British Airways has decided to close its LHR-LAD-LHR service, the last flight to Angola will operate Jun 7th, 2018: - LHR 20:20 - LAD 05.05 BA77 Boeing 789 Thu - LAD 00:20 - LHR 09.10 BA76 Boeing 789 Sat The route was recently reduced from 2x weekly to 1x weekly only. Passenger numbers have dropped...

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by berari
Thu May 24, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is there no ADD-IST service by ETH?
Replies: 5
Views: 741

Re: Why is there no ADD-IST service by ETH?

There's a daily flight by Turkish Airlines (TK677) using a B738. I see that there is a codeshare agreement between the two airlines. Would this be the reason for no ETH service? It's a shame though. TK is becoming more expensive to fly from South Africa than it used to be. (One flight daily between...

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by berari
Thu May 24, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019
Replies: 380
Views: 36514

Re: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019

How has the Open Skies conversation enabled Delta to restart India services? The only thing that I know that came out of it is that "there are no plans to start new 5th freedom flights" which is not relevant.

What else has transpired?

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by berari
Wed May 23, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 80
Views: 12325

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

[[s]quote="User001"]Interesting to look back on this thread and see that a few people didn’t give MAN much chance of being launched, yet was the first one to do so! Shows you need to really analyse which horse to bet on...[/quote] No analysis, unless you had insider information, could hav...

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by berari
Wed May 23, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 80
Views: 12325

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

So some of the releases I am reading today including the one below indicate that Ethiopian has another 5 787-9s on order in addition to the one they receive in a couple of weeks. When did this happen? I recall they only had 2 of this on order even before they signed up for the terrible teens. And th...

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by berari
Wed May 23, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SY to refresh all interiors- drop first class
Replies: 45
Views: 6637

Re: SY to refresh all interiors- drop first class

It's sad to see the airline go down this road, but the writing was on the wall when they hired an ex-Allegiant exec to run the airline. Not sad, it's what they think will help turn the airline around. They know what their numbers look like, what their money maker is, and likely what structure would...

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by berari
Fri May 18, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates reduces pilot staffing!
Replies: 2
Views: 954

Re: Emirates reduces pilot staffing!

I would hope that the US would deny entry into US airspace for these flights that understaff their flights by FAA standards. This is dangerous for already fatigued crews on long haul flights. https://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2018/05/18/emirates-reducing-pilot-staffing/ Do you really think th...

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by berari
Fri May 18, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 19300

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

I flew roundtrip trans Pacific in the last month on routes that could be deemed flagship routes and in both cases, I had flight attendants that were dressed and groomed like what looks like the cafeteria lady at the college or a Tim Horton's employee. There was no effort put into the appearance and ...

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by berari
Fri May 18, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 103
Views: 23258

Re: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'

Here's a parallel to what Emirates has done or is doing with FlyDubai. Clearly the trend for these premium heavy airlines is to have closer ties to airlines that can give them the feed, with SQ taking an extra step and integrating Silk into its own brand.

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by berari
Thu May 17, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 80
Views: 12325

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

Interesting to look back on this thread and see that a few people didn’t give MAN much chance of being launched, yet was the first one to do so! Shows you need to really analyse which horse to bet on... No analysis, unless you had insider information, could have landed one to bet on MAN. ET's prima...

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by berari
Thu May 17, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Pilot Shortage
Replies: 156
Views: 31503

Re: EK pilot shortage, now a safety concern

I don’t think crew bases outside of the UAE will ever happen, EK is not willing to “lose” control of its employees like that, and even if crew bases were opened abroad, without a hefty raise in pay it’ll never work. EK should definitely think about paying better wages or the exodus will continue. I...

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by berari
Thu May 17, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Italy's shame, it's "luggage policy" in Cairo
Replies: 10
Views: 1972

Re: Air Italy's shame, it's "luggage policy" in Cairo

Hi Everyone, My luggage was recently delayed on a MXP-CAI Air Italy (ex Meridiana) flight. After a while I got the information that Air Italy does not deliver luggages in Cairo. This meant that I had to go back to the Airport 3 days later to take my luggage after passing a crazy procedure of about ...

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by berari
Thu May 17, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA CFO Resigns
Replies: 41
Views: 10052

Re: UA CFO Resigns

masseybrown wrote:
Levy must have been the guy who said let's bring back forty-six of 50-seaters. :)


Do you mean the CR2s? If so, good riddance :)

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by berari
Thu May 17, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM fleet mismanagement
Replies: 23
Views: 4077

Re: LATAM fleet mismanagement

Can we say that this route is operating above expectations for LA/JJ so far? Since launched SA have decreased from 11 to 7 weekly...while LATAM increased from 3 to 5 weekly (initially suppose to increase only seasonally, but now year-round?) I think they codeshare on eachothers' flights, so looks b...

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by berari
Thu May 17, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM fleet mismanagement
Replies: 23
Views: 4077

Re: LATAM fleet mismanagement

For those wondering, here's a good comparison: LA's GRU-JNB flight on May 15: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/la8162#1163b638 - Flight time: 9:58 SA's GRU-JNB flight on May 15: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/sa223#1163b423 - Flight time: 8:17 LA's JNB-GRU flight on May 15: htt...

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by berari
Wed May 16, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian to launch ADD-BRU-MAN from December
Replies: 22
Views: 4452

Re: Ethiopian to launch ADD-BRU-MAN from December

Makes sense RE: Geneva. I hope it works out for them. I would have thought Istanbul and Moscow would be linked? It's somewhat 'on the way'. I did forget Dublin. There's also a Toronto flight which stops in to Dublin for fuel, and possibly another? Moscow and Istanbul are expected second half of the...

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by berari
Tue May 15, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian to launch ADD-BRU-MAN from December
Replies: 22
Views: 4452

Re: Ethiopian to launch ADD-BRU-MAN from December

I believe the pattern was different until recently. In the past the Brussels flight went via Paris. It then changed to Milan (possibly alternating) and then via Vienna and Milan alternating. Confirmation of the patterns would be handy. I would imagine Vienna will be tied on to a new destination ove...

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by berari
Mon May 14, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines mulls over orders this year for 13 B787s and 6 A350s
Replies: 20
Views: 4724

Re: Ethiopian Airlines mulls over orders this year for 13 B787s and 6 A350s

It seems that their Medium-Long term plan is: 737/DH8 for Short Haul & Domestic 788 for Regional/Mid-Haul (<7 hours) 789 for Long & Thin 350 for Long & Heavy demand 77L will be kept for similar missions as 789 77W will stay for Heavy routes until the 77X or 35K is decided on and arrives...

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by berari
Mon May 14, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian to launch ADD-BRU-MAN from December
Replies: 22
Views: 4452

Re: Ethiopian to launch ADD-BRU-MAN from December

I could see ADD-VIE going to a daily terminator, as ET is growing I could see them using OS to funnel traffic to Central/Eastern Europe destinations via VIE Hopefully, ET will sooner rather than later, go nonstop on ADD-MAN. As the only service to sub-saharan Africa from MAN, I can imagine this rou...

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by berari
Mon May 14, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian to launch ADD-BRU-MAN from December
Replies: 22
Views: 4452

Re: Ethiopian to launch ADD-BRU-MAN from December

So.. after people were talking Gatwick as Ethiopian 2nd UK destination, MAN has been announced. Operating 4 weekly 788s from December. Not too sure if BRU-MAN wuill be 5th freedom though. Hiopefult itwill be delinked quickly. Remind me, do we really need an expanded LHR to benefit northern Britain?...

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by berari
Mon May 14, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines mulls over orders this year for 13 B787s and 6 A350s
Replies: 20
Views: 4724

Re: Ethiopian Airlines mulls over orders this year for 13 B787s and 6 A350s

I really don't think it's feasible for ET to grow all over the place and put in JV all over Africa. But really, why order both 787 and A350? They already have newer 77W. I'll believe it when I see it. For now, ET may be growing but growing that much may be a paper tiger. They are working at it. The...

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by berari
Fri May 11, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S., UAE strike deal resolving contentious airline spat
Replies: 44
Views: 7139

Re: U.S., Emirates strike deal resolving contentious airline spat

If this is what the US3 are settling for, in my opinion, their screams were much ado about nothing. The 5th freedoms may have been the threat all along then.

It's ok, ME3 will buy airlines in Europe and compete with US3 across the Atlantic.

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by berari
Fri May 11, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet pilots vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action
Replies: 53
Views: 5762

Re: WestJet pilots vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action

This is the story! It was Air Canada that went through Mark Hill's garbages for retrieving hard copies of AC corporate data. He was a Westjet executive that was passed along a password from a former Canadian Airlines employee who had still access to the AC website, that was at one point accessed mo...

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by berari
Fri May 11, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet pilots vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action
Replies: 53
Views: 5762

Re: WestJet pilots vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action

And there you have it, Westjet has grown to be a full airline folks ... it now has to deal with big boy issues. I was surprised to hear that they were looking to hire WS pilots to fly for SWOOP, by offering them leaves of absence. Shoddy practices that would not make their existing employees happy....

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by berari
Thu May 10, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet pilots vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action
Replies: 53
Views: 5762

Re: WestJet pilots vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action

Are Encore pilots separate from the mainline group? That's a good question. From the article: The airline will try to operate if there is a full strike, he said. Assuming Encore pilots are separate from mainline, other than wet leasing every available spare 737 out there from the likes of Air North...

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by berari
Thu May 10, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet pilots vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action
Replies: 53
Views: 5762

Re: WestJet pilots vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action

And there you have it, Westjet has grown to be a full airline folks ... it now has to deal with big boy issues. I was surprised to hear that they were looking to hire WS pilots to fly for SWOOP, by offering them leaves of absence. Shoddy practices that would not make their existing employees happy. ...

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