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by RL777
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France starts Seattle and Taipei in 2018
Replies: 50
Views: 13935

Re: Air France starts Seattle and Taipei in 2018

I wonder if SEA could be in lieu of YVR going forward, with AC launching CDG.

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by RL777
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X
Replies: 61
Views: 8571

Re: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X

A 789 top-up order seems likely at this stage for 77E replacement, The real interest will be what NZ decide to in regards to the A350/777X RFP.

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by RL777
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines to purchase up to 40 787-9 aircraft
Replies: 151
Views: 20083

Re: Turkish Orders 40 787 Dreamliners

Nice order for Boeing, I think we all knew a major RFP was underway when Boeing upped production. I think this should cover a lot of TKs expansion plans.

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by RL777
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3 B747's offered on China's ebay
Replies: 23
Views: 7908

Re: 3 B747's offered on China's ebay

Disappointing to see such low cycle/hour frames be so poorly taken care of. If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say these will likely be parted out with their probably current value.

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by RL777
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: City of Richmond fighting proposed third runway for Vancouver International Airport
Replies: 6
Views: 1377

Re: City of Richmond fighting proposed third runway for Vancouver International Airport

Ah yes. Mayor Malcolm NIMBY Brodie. Opposes every major infrastructure project in the region, such as the proposed George Massey Tunnel, the jet fuel pipeline to YVR, etc. The cost for the Massey tunnel replacement project did get out of hand but it's a necessary infrastructure upgrade with growth ...

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by RL777
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX firms up A321neo order, rejigs A350 order book
Replies: 26
Views: 7490

Re: CX firms up A321neo order, rejigs A350 order book

My two cents,

- A359 has hit the capacity sweet spot for CX route network
- Low oil/fuel prices favor the 77W for short term, A35K won't play as prominent a role as early as expected
- Focus on launching new routes, A35K too large for them, regional strategy shifting to KA and 773s.

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by RL777
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ME3 carriers enter talk about aircraft deferrals
Replies: 31
Views: 5851

Re: ME3 carriers enter talk about aircraft deferrals

I wouldn't really call the CX A350 decision "deferring" but rather getting the correct capacity they need at the right time.

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by RL777
Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s
Replies: 170
Views: 34685

Re: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s

I'm not really sure what the big news is. Basically, they slightly changed the terms of an existing order and pushed off delivery of their items from 5 to 10 years into the future. A lot can happen in that time. Just look at what's happened at United, (and the industry), over the past 5 to 10 years...

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by RL777
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA order the B777-9?
Replies: 36
Views: 5707

Re: Will UA order the B777-9?

KGRB wrote:
Let's re-discuss this in about 20-25 years when the (currently brand new) 777-300ERs will be due for replacement.


The 777-9 won't be the aircraft UA will be considering during that timeframe.

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by RL777
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787-10 and United Airlines
Replies: 51
Views: 7699

Re: 787-10 and United Airlines

The 787-10 is a perfect aircraft for east coast transatlantic routes and gives UA the opportunity to use them as replacements on dense domestic routes. I'd expect we will see them order more frames in the coming years.

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by RL777
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers
Replies: 101
Views: 17208

Re: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers

Interesting development, I think there's a very good chance this idea gets off the ground if Indigo and the likes continue the LHLCC expansion in the region. Different classes of economy would be challenging to get right, I'd imagine a two class config of PEY and the current Y product is the likelie...

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by RL777
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who will get to HNL first: EK or QR?
Replies: 87
Views: 10405

Re: Who will get to HNL first: EK or QR?

No way you would ever see the ME3 in HNL. The market is not there. Period. And it is also way too long as well. HNL itself has quite a lot of flights to Asia. Japan has like a dozen destinations served from HNL, Along with China (PEK and PVG), South Korea (ICN), Taiwan (TPE), etc. However, why are ...

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by RL777
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s
Replies: 170
Views: 34685

Re: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s

Good move for UA, the availability of the 77W made the A35K unnecessary at least for now. I imagine UA will revisit it as mentioned by management sometime next decade but for now the focus shifts to 77E replacement in which the A359 will do well. The A359 is perfect for the TPAC routes currently ser...

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by RL777
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MOL: "Norwegian 'gone' in 4-5 months"
Replies: 136
Views: 25758

Re: MOL: "Norwegian 'gone' in 4-5 months"

The are public. Why don't you go look yourself? Often times the public docs don't tell the full story. Then you are alleging the management of a publicly listed company committing fraud by withholding price sensitive information to the shareholders (read: owners) of the company? that Norwegian Air ...

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by RL777
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MOL: "Norwegian 'gone' in 4-5 months"
Replies: 136
Views: 25758

Re: MOL: "Norwegian 'gone' in 4-5 months"

Varsity1 wrote:
RL777 wrote:
Very broad claims with nothing to back it up, I'm not the biggest Norwegian supporter but until I see some financial docs I'm going to chalk this up to MOL talking some smack.


The are public. Why don't you go look yourself?


Often times the public docs don't tell the full story.

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by RL777
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong Airlines Adds Major New Routes in Threat to CX
Replies: 57
Views: 9004

Re: Hong Kong Airlines Adds Major New Routes in Threat to CX

It's more likely large groups of Chinese tourists on package tours in most cases using the scheduled flights of HK with charter flights to destinations not on their scheduled network or destinations that need extra capacity in the same way that VS are a scheduled airline but rely to a certain exten...

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by RL777
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MOL: "Norwegian 'gone' in 4-5 months"
Replies: 136
Views: 25758

Re: MOL: "Norwegian 'gone' in 4-5 months"

Very broad claims with nothing to back it up, I'm not the biggest Norwegian supporter but until I see some financial docs I'm going to chalk this up to MOL talking some smack.

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by RL777
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 321
Views: 38570

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

According to a new report in Australian Business Traveller Alan Joyce has told Sky News that "both Airbus and Boeing have responded to the challenge," saying that both companies "have said they believe they can create an aircraft by 2022 that will get that range." More detail: -...

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by RL777
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 787 Airport Hub (Carrier Variety)
Replies: 15
Views: 1442

Re: 787 Airport Hub (Carrier Variety)

YVR:

AC (788-789)
NH (788-789, rotates throughout the year)
CZ (788)
JL (788)
KL (789)
KE (789, spring 2018)
MF (788)

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by RL777
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: future of the 777 Classic fleet looking rather bleak
Replies: 35
Views: 7682

Re: future of the 777 Classic fleet looking rather bleak

Well, what do you expect?! 20 years seem to be the average life expectancy for an airliner. Some might operate for longer, some might for less. Nothing surprising. You can expect the same with these new "plastic" jets 20 years from now. :D I think it has little to do with life expectancy,...

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by RL777
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Dubai Air Show Nov 2017. What Major Announcements Do You Expect?
Replies: 96
Views: 11485

Re: The Dubai Air Show Nov 2017. What Major Announcements Do You Expect?

I'm hopeful Emirates will announce it's decision from the A350/787 RFP, although recent developments have been quiet on that front. Other members have stated that the decision had already been made. Must've missed that, the previous thread was quite lengthy. Did those members state which aircraft f...

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by RL777
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong Airlines Adds Major New Routes in Threat to CX
Replies: 57
Views: 9004

Re: Hong Kong Airlines Adds Major New Routes in Threat to CX

I pity anyone flying to Beijing over the next two months - the national conference is on, and this causes chaos for aviation in the lead up. I once sat for 90 minutes in shenzhen for the prime minister of Romania to be VIPd through the airport tarmac onto his Tarom relic jet. A 90 minute delay is e...

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by RL777
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Dubai Air Show Nov 2017. What Major Announcements Do You Expect?
Replies: 96
Views: 11485

Re: The Dubai Air Show Nov 2017. What Major Announcements Do You Expect?

I'm hopeful Emirates will announce it's decision from the A350/787 RFP, although recent developments have been quiet on that front.

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by RL777
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong Airlines Adds Major New Routes in Threat to CX
Replies: 57
Views: 9004

Re: Hong Kong Airlines Adds Major New Routes in Threat to CX

CX will definitely feel the heat, but it's not too bad yet. It may cause CX to accelerate putting in 3-4-3 seating on its 77W, to lower its per-seat price for long haul though. ...and alienate loyal customers who fly CX for the very reason that their planes do not look like sardine cans! I like CX,...

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by RL777
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong Airlines Adds Major New Routes in Threat to CX
Replies: 57
Views: 9004

Re: Hong Kong Airlines Adds Major New Routes in Threat to CX

Hong Kong Airlines will need to up there game. Particularly their Inflight service in Business and Economy class. I have flown on both airlines out of Hong Kong, the Cathay service is far superior. But again its always good have fair competition. Hahaha, HX and fair competition in the same sentence!

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by RL777
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 251
Views: 31997

Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH

It seems everyone across the mighty Atlantic seems in utter shock and puzzlement by DUB being announced yet no one on this side seems so! What you are forgetting is that HK is a major financial powerhouse and with Brexit causing so much turmoil an awful lot of British based financial institutions a...

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by RL777
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is SIN-LON the ULH route with the most competition? Why SIN?
Replies: 28
Views: 5767

Re: Is SIN-LON the ULH route with the most competition? Why SIN?

For the same reason as HKG, both have old colonial ties and are the regions financial powerhouses.

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by RL777
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announces YVR-ZRH/YVR-CDG and additional capacity to LHR/DEL/MEL
Replies: 59
Views: 10247

Re: Air Canada announces YVR-ZRH/YVR-CDG and additional capacity to LHR/DEL/MEL

The aggressive expansion continues, YVR certainly is becoming one of the world's true gateways. Of the airlines who have ordered and operate the 787, AC has definitely benefitted the most.

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by RL777
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 251
Views: 31997

Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH

I find it rather amusing how quickly some users get offended due to differ of opinion, this thread is about CX launching three new destinations. Let's try and get back to that.

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by RL777
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 251
Views: 31997

Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent

I think Dallas is far more likely than Dublin. Given the hint by marketing with a beer related theme with the three cities, I can see a relationship with CPH - Carlsberg and Tuborg world famous beers. BRU is know for Trappist, Dubbel, Oud bruin, Tripel beers worldwide. DUB has world famous Stout an...

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by RL777
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAL outlines A350 strategy, to launch MNL-NYC
Replies: 56
Views: 7169

Re: PAL outlines A350 strategy, to launch MNL-NYC

I wonder what this will mean for their current one stop through YVR, from what I've heard that flight has been doing well.

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by RL777
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?
Replies: 43
Views: 6666

Re: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?

Fiji doesn't share the geographic advantage Iceland does. Sure, it could be used as a stopover between NA and Australia however the traffic between is nothing in comparison to NA-Europe.

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by RL777
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best Premium Economy Class
Replies: 10
Views: 768

Re: Best Premium Economy Class

I really like the CX PEY offering but there are better alternatives out there, QF stands out to me as the best PEY product I've tried.

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by RL777
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SJC woos EK, QR & KE (rumor)
Replies: 53
Views: 6121

Re: SJC woos EK, QR & KE (rumor)

I would love to see CX launch SJC one day, but I figure its rather unlikely. If it survives the bad decision making of fuel hedging it will need to trim staff, routes, and airplanes. Looking to expand into niche markets is not something that airline will be doing for a long time. I respect your opi...

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by RL777
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 321
Views: 38570

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

crazyplane1234 wrote:
OA940 wrote:
If they can get the 778 to the range of the 77L they are golden.

Wait, the 778 has less range than the 77L?! :o


I'm not sure where he's getting those numbers, the 778 has a greater range of about 100nm with a bigger payload.

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by RL777
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces major cabin upgrade for A380 fleet
Replies: 31
Views: 7165

Re: Qantas announces major cabin upgrade for A380 fleet

Funny that. Always said it was stupid to put economy upstairs. The crew hated it and wasn't ideal for Premium Economy pax either. Only those Economy pax that got to sit up there liked it. At the time they should have just added another couple of rows of premium Economy. First should have always bee...

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by RL777
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SJC woos EK, QR & KE (rumor)
Replies: 53
Views: 6121

Re: SJC woos EK, QR & KE (rumor)

I would love to see CX launch SJC one day, but I figure its rather unlikely.

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by RL777
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces major cabin upgrade for A380 fleet
Replies: 31
Views: 7165

Re: Qantas announces major cabin upgrade for A380 fleet

I'm actually surprised they didn't reduce the F count similar to SQ new A388 config. Excellent news and this should silence the silly rumor mill of how QF supposedly wanted to rid themselves off the A380 in the near future.

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by RL777
Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to convert remaining A380 order to A350-900ULR (rumor)
Replies: 144
Views: 25227

Re: Qantas to convert remaining A380 order to A350-900ULR (rumor)

Thank you Zeke,that is absolutely the point.I guess no one really knows for certain as Qantas have not laid it out in full. But it does seem as if they are going for a very bold new long haul strategy.Whether they 'go for it' across multiple departures/destinations or put a couple of toes in the wa...

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by RL777
Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to convert remaining A380 order to A350-900ULR (rumor)
Replies: 144
Views: 25227

Re: Qantas to convert remaining A380 order to A350-900ULR (rumor)

I really enjoy the continuous "A350 will struggle on routes to Australia from LAX" comments from users basing them off a quote that was missing any form of context.

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by RL777
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to acquire 32 A321neo aircraft
Replies: 42
Views: 10508

Re: Cathay Pacific to acquire 32 A321neo aircraft

What is the update on Hong Kong's 3rd runway? If CX is intending to operate narrowbodies, this would seem timely for a 3rd runway as it would free up takeoff and landing slots. These frames be delivered from 2020-2023, the third runway is on schedule for completion in 2022, with the full project do...

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by RL777
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 88
Views: 20032

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

The 346 was the Airbus attempt to polish a turd (i.e. the 340 was not a good design...so you make a derivative that is even worse). For LH the decision makes perfect sense. Why fly a 346 when you can fly a 359 with 30% or more lower operating costs? Why was the A340 not a good design? The 346 was a...

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by RL777
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to acquire 32 A321neo aircraft
Replies: 42
Views: 10508

Re: Cathay Pacific to acquire 32 A321neo aircraft

The CX press release says they are for KA only. So KA is ordering 32 aircraft to replace 23 aircraft. I wonder which new destinations KA will deploy the new aircraft to. Definitely hope we will see more secondary Japanese ones. Kind of surprised that KA is foregoing the A320 altogether. CX Group wi...

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by RL777
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 747-400 Fleet Retirement?
Replies: 16
Views: 2515

Re: Qantas 747-400 Fleet Retirement?

The 400ERs are much younger, delivered from 2002-2003. Those frames have better range capabilities and are a bit more efficient.

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by RL777
Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates 777-300 and -200LR fleet
Replies: 81
Views: 10516

Re: Emirates 777-300 and -200LR fleet

Or A359's. The 778s will ultimately replace the 77Ls; the A359 is going up against the 789/10 - a completely different competition. Sure, but the question is, do they really need a 778 to replace all 77L missions? I think the answer is no. I think EK is finally coming to the realization that they n...

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by RL777
Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ever been afraid of a certain aircraft type?
Replies: 47
Views: 2592

Re: Ever been afraid of a certain aircraft type?

I still don't trust any Russian made or operated aircraft, terrible safety records and even shoddier maintenance/operational practices. In terms of airlines, there are definitely a few I avoid or would feel uneasy flying with.

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by RL777
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asian 747-400s - where and for how long?
Replies: 19
Views: 4076

Re: Asian 747-400s - where and for how long?

I did not see Orient's 747 flying for a long time. Assume that they are all stored, short term or otherwise, since OX does not fly to Hong Kong and Japan any further. Their web allow booking to Shanghai and a few other second tier Chinese cities. Bangkok-Phuket is bookable on some of their repositi...

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by RL777
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX to BCN Performance
Replies: 14
Views: 3397

Re: CX to BCN Performance

BCN won't be anything more than seasonal unless they're granted annual slots. I'm not too sure why IAG would be keen on Level beginning services on that route, Spain-HKG isn't too premium but it's not exactly O&D leisure traffic either.

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