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by RL777
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the ME3 become irrelevant?
Replies: 63
Views: 7951

Re: Will the ME3 become irrelevant?

The ME3 ? Yes, I don't believe we will see it's current structure of three large airlines last forever but I believe there is room for two. The economies of scale eventually balance out.

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by RL777
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAN gears up to rival HKG as world's top 10 hub airport?
Replies: 30
Views: 3475

Re: CAN gears up to rival HKG as world's top 10 hub airport?

HKG will never be able to compete with the sheer number of rising domestic flights that will serve CAN over the coming decade.

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by RL777
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities - Is this Airbus' way of making the A330 sell better?
Replies: 49
Views: 9515

Re: Is this Airbus' way of making the A330 sell better?

There are very few airlines let alone routes where this would offer a better business case than revenue cargo, this reminds me of the Boeing loft they floated when the 747-8 was nearing EIS. Of course that idea didn't go anywhere, this may have mild success with a few niche operators but in this day...

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by RL777
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where will UAL fly their 787-10s?
Replies: 49
Views: 12971

Re: Where will UAL fly there 787-10's?

The 78J is probably the best TATL bird in the world right now. The economics are truly outstanding, which is probably why UA and BA ordered it. I could see ORD -FRA and EWR-FRA for starters. Throw in EWR-MUC and LHR. Anything hub to hub that is TATL. I agree with you that the 78J will be a very suc...

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by RL777
Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YVR thread - 2018
Replies: 39
Views: 4763

Re: YVR thread - 2018

Is CANADA and UAE in the process of re-negotiating the current bi-lateral. Apparantly Emirates is opening an office in Vancouver? At least that is the talk and they will open service to Vancouver. I think the rumour is not real, maybe to do with Dnata setting up shop in Vancouver and some confusion...

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by RL777
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas eyes 737MAX and future 797 for future domestic fleet
Replies: 18
Views: 5632

Re: Qantas eyes 737MAX and future 797 for future domestic fleet

I think I've seen the words "QF or Qantas" along with an order speculation for just about every aircraft type by now.

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by RL777
Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA to expand in Europe, plans ordering 777F’s
Replies: 127
Views: 22486

Re: NH and the 777F

I think the 777F whether in it's current iteration or a future 777X derivative is positioned quite well to replace the 744Fs. I believe you will see more airlines opting for this than the 748F.

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by RL777
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK warns the US against Open Skies renegotiation, threatens 777X order
Replies: 124
Views: 21292

Re: EK warns the US against Open Skies renegotiation, threatens 777X order

The fact that the US3 are still on this train despite operating in protectionist market is fairly absurd. I'm near certain nothing will come of this but the posturing from the Americans is quite arrogant.

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by RL777
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would Virgin Australia expand its current network to places as South America, Canada or JNB in the near future?
Replies: 48
Views: 3851

Re: Would Virgin Australia expand its current network to places as South America, Canada or JNB in the near future?

Expanding into new markets is the last thing VA should be focusing on, as mentioned previously I believe there's a stronger likelihood of them exiting the long haul market altogether than there is adding new North American or even Asian destinations. The HKG route is tied to it's partnership with HX...

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by RL777
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How does Delta like their A350 so far?
Replies: 86
Views: 29492

Re: How does Delta like their A350 so far?

The A350 is an exceptional aircraft, I don't think anybody can deny that. I'd assume DL is happy with ops thus far, for what role it plays there aren't any supposed better alternatives. From my perspective, the aircraft has met expectations in terms of performance but has been a bit disappointing in...

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by RL777
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Qantas Indigenous Livery
Replies: 35
Views: 6401

Re: New Qantas Indigenous Livery

Looks pretty good, not as striking as some of their previous designs but much better than I was expecting given their last attempt.

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by RL777
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines 787-10 configuration revealed, first routes SIN-BKK, KUL and KIX
Replies: 28
Views: 10109

Re: Singapore Airlines 787-10 configuration revealed, first route SIN-KIX

These will no doubt be deployed quite extensively to Australia in my opinion, it's the perfect aircraft to compliment other more premium configured frequencies.

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by RL777
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has Boeing ceded the 777-200 / 300 replacement to Airbus ?
Replies: 270
Views: 31569

Re: Why has Boeing ceded the 777-200 / 300 replacement to Airbus ?

Can we please cede the discussion that the 777-9 is much larger than the 77W when in reality it's not much larger. Whether it'll be competitive in that market is a fair discussion though.

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by RL777
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Theoretical 777-based replacement for 747?
Replies: 178
Views: 21650

Re: 777-10 to be Boeing's 747 replacement?

This has to be one of the most oddly conceived and impractical solutions to the VLA discussions I've ever seen.

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by RL777
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese airlines supplanting ME3 as the competitive LH concern for other airlines.
Replies: 74
Views: 11092

Re: Chinese airlines supplanting ME3 as the competitive LH concern for other airlines.

This is going to make for an interesting thread but it's spot on. The ME3 are big but give it some time and let China's aviation industry grow and the government subsidized airlines will only cause more trouble for competing "legacy airlines".

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by RL777
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why no praise for Boeing Widebody Sales in 2017 ?
Replies: 44
Views: 5528

Re: Why no praise for Boeing Widebody Sales in 2017 ?

The A350 has and will get its share of orders but it is not a game changer and it will not dominate the upper end of the market like the 777W has for almost 20 years. This is the fascinating bit, Airbus think they have the sweet spot with the A350, and will dominate that sector. Boeing on the other...

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by RL777
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX to start 777 10-abreast upgrade in March, first 77W retirements to follow
Replies: 88
Views: 19070

Re: CX to start 777 10-abreast upgrade in March, first 77W retirements to follow

I thought it was only the 773 fleet that was going ten abreast, not the 77Ws? A 14 hour service to between HKG & JFK on a ten abreast 777 is the definition of hell (despite CX's rather good on board service). Changes like this show why SQ are head and shoulders above CX. SQ isn't going to be fa...

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by RL777
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transitions : monitoring Airbus 2018 decisions after their 2017 Annus Horribilis
Replies: 70
Views: 11221

Re: Transitions : monitoring Airbus 2018 decisions after their 2017 Annus Horribilis

It's far too early and with many obscured details to comment on what the coming years will look like for Airbus. One thing is for sure though, they will still remain one of the two dominant manufactures.

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by RL777
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF75 SYD-YVR Landing in Seattle
Replies: 17
Views: 3350

Re: QF75 SYD-YVR Landing in Seattle

The fog crept back in at YVR, likely decided to refuel at risk of being put in a long hold.

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by RL777
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What can Boeing do to get an edge over Airbus?
Replies: 85
Views: 17104

Re: What can Boeing do to get an edge over Airbus?

John Leahy put it best in an interview at the Farnborough airshow a few years back: "There are two manufactures out there, in the 100 seat and above market and there's a reason for that. This is highly complex, capitol intensive business, look at how many manufactures of cars or cell phones the...

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by RL777
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: CX to leave OW for Star
Replies: 86
Views: 18913

Re: Rumor: CX to leave OW for Star

This rumor has been drifting around for sometime and seems to resurface each time CX adds anything related to Star. IAD is a logical decision to continue adding capacity to the east coast of NA which has been one of the strongest regions in the network over the past few years. Cathay isn't leaving O...

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by RL777
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will Delta replace the 777 fleet with and is DAL going to order more?
Replies: 81
Views: 13657

Re: What will Delta replace the 777 fleet with and is DAL going to order more?

The A350/A330NEO combination will likely replace the majority of the 747/777 operations in time at Delta. The 77Ls however are still quite young and I don't see any reason why they won't continue to serve in the fleet for many years to come. I doubt at this stage Delta would be interested in investi...

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by RL777
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX 10 vs Airbus A321neo analysis
Replies: 241
Views: 64222

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 10 vs Airbus A321neo analysis

Revelation wrote:
In reality, this is what A and B both want: a stable duopoly.


Precisely, both programs will be quite profitable for both companies and thats the goal at the end of the day.

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by RL777
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options
Replies: 377
Views: 84249

Re: CNN: Delta to order 100+ Airbus A321neo Aircraft

Airbus continues to roll on into 2018, The 321NEO is an exceptional aircraft and seems to fit DLs needs very well. Boeing is no doubt very disappointed but they had to have seen this as a strong possibility given the politics surrounding the C Series debacle and how DL fit into that with tits sizabl...

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by RL777
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will SEA's upcoming upgrades include room for the A380
Replies: 23
Views: 9251

Re: Will SEA's upcoming upgrades include room for the A380

The port authority has stated that they will not make the necessary changes unless multiple airlines show significant interest. Emirates have stated in the past they would like to operate A380 services to SEA but the port authority basically said sorry not interested.

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by RL777
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thoughts on the 777X flight deck?
Replies: 8
Views: 1048

Re: Thoughts on the 777X flight deck?

TWA772LR wrote:
The demand for Sight Saver wipes will increase dramatically.

Touch screens will make the cockpit more intuitive. Smart move IMO. Does the A350 have touch screens?


Touchscreens are optional on the 350, I'm not aware of any airline that has taken delivery with them installed though.

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by RL777
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380
Replies: 948
Views: 705283

Re: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380

So let me post a somewhat silly question, if they really wanted to send a message about the A380 why not order the next largest a/c available, if they had placed an order for 40 748i rather than 40 787-10 which in no way compete with the A380 what would the message have been? After all, they alread...

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by RL777
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How long before a U.S. long haul low cost carrier?
Replies: 110
Views: 15642

Re: how long before a U.S. long haul low cost carrier?

a bit off topic, but noticed Korean Air low cost carrier JIN AIR, are using B777-200ER's to fly to HNL with 393 seats all Y class in a 3-4-3 arrangement(apparently some seats up front have more legroom). They also fly seasonally to CNS. Couldn't they fly Australia/USA as long as they stopped in som...

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by RL777
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How long before a U.S. long haul low cost carrier?
Replies: 110
Views: 15642

Re: how long before a U.S. long haul low cost carrier?

blooc350 wrote:
Id rather pay a full fare on a real airline than to fly something like Allegiant, frontier or Southwest across the pond.


Unfortunately and increasingly many travelers have shifted towards the opposite line of thinking.

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by RL777
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Airbus Orders pt 2
Replies: 154
Views: 65423

Re: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Airbus Orders pt 2

Tip of the cap to Mr. Leahy, what a profound impact he's had on the industry. Fitting way to pass the torch

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by RL777
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Airbus Orders
Replies: 256
Views: 87910

Re: Dubai AIr Show 2017 - Airbus Orders

5. ravished the title of "Queen of the Skies" ! Call the A380 "Whale of the Heavens" or "Pig of the Skies" if you will & lipsticked if you so prefer, but in everybody's right mind the crowning masterpiece is now produced by Airbus with all the added luxury airlines...

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by RL777
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed
Replies: 101
Views: 26652

Re: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed

EK have done an excellent job with the F cabin, excellent balance of functionality and innovation without changing too much. The Y cabin also looks good despite the tight width. I understand why they prefer the 7 abreast J product from a business perspective but from a consumer perspective it makes ...

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by RL777
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates places order for 40 787-10's
Replies: 206
Views: 50415

Re: Emirates places order for 40 787-10's

Excellent news for both Emirates and Boeing, I always had the feeling an order would be tabled at the Airshow despite TC straying the masses otherwise. The 78J is the ideal aircraft for the shorter high density routes that are currently operated by aircraft either too large or misused on those route...

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by RL777
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Airbus Orders
Replies: 256
Views: 87910

Re: Dubai AIr Show 2017 - Airbus Orders

The future of the A380 is on the stage here. Let's hope it works out, as the big bird hopefully still has her best years to come. :checkmark: :checkmark: Would love see some China orders, but the Chinese are not big on ordering at Air Shows. Cannot think of any other Asian carrier that would order ...

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by RL777
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed
Replies: 101
Views: 26652

Re: First glimpses of Emirates new First class

maortega15 wrote:
I guess controlling your own temperature and lighting to adjust to your mood is something revolutionary?!


No the revolutionary bit is the authentic rope tied on the curtains!

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by RL777
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program
Replies: 156
Views: 32311

Re: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program

I generally enjoy Leeham articles but I have to disagree on the direction of this piece. I believe with the added support both financially and logistically from the Airbus group that the C Series will become very successful and will essentially replace the A319NEO size bracket. The comparisons to th...

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by RL777
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former MLB Pitcher Roy Halladay Plane Crash
Replies: 51
Views: 9373

Re: Former MLB Pitcher Roy Halladay Plane Crash

Very sad, eerie reminiscent of the Payne Stewart accident.

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by RL777
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Delta primarily switching to Airbus widebodies?
Replies: 84
Views: 21664

Re: Why is Delta primarily switching to Airbus widebodies?

Partially due to delivery slot availability in the wide body market but also simply because DL felt the Airbus offering fit it's RFP the best.

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by RL777
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no IAH-HKG on UA or CX?
Replies: 53
Views: 5841

Re: Why no IAH-HKG on UA or CX?

I am referring to the banking industry. Houston is weak in that sector. Texas hasn't had much of a banking sector since its banks went belly-up in the late '80s. Houston has a large delegation of foreign banks, for whatever that's worth. But Hong Kong is more than just finance. HKG is a global hub ...

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by RL777
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways buys 9.6 percent stake in Cathay Pacific
Replies: 34
Views: 10979

Re: Qatar Airways buys 9.6 percent stake in Cathay Pacific

Kingboard never had any intention of keeping its shares long term, a quick turnaround investment for them. In terms of what this means I wouldn't read into very much. QR is attempting to diversify it's income as the political situation remains unclear.

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by RL777
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus looks outside for Leahy's replacement
Replies: 31
Views: 6883

Re: Airbus looks outside for Leahy's replacement

Nobody will truly be able to step into Leahy's shoes, he was one of the driving forces that transformed Airbus into the company it is today however I don't believe that to be necessary. The commercial aircraft product line is the most competitive it's ever been, JL fought through periods where its o...

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by RL777
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 Retirement Date Set
Replies: 98
Views: 24105

Re: BA 747 Retirement Date Set

The 744 replacements are already either in the fleet or on order. The 77W, A35J and A388 will share the role for the longer range routes to NA and Asia whilst I believe the 787-10 is the perfect replacement for TATL routes especially JFK & BOS. It would not surprise me to see BA add some more 78...

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by RL777
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the 777-9 in any of the USA Big 3's Future?
Replies: 61
Views: 12739

Re: Is the 777-9 in any of the USA Big 3's Future?

I would love to see more 777X orders specifically the 779 but amongst the US3 I find it to be unlikely, at least not anytime soon. AA: Not too many routes in the network that would work with that size of aircraft and their 77Ws at the top end of the fleet are still very young. The A350s will take c...

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by RL777
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the 777-9 in any of the USA Big 3's Future?
Replies: 61
Views: 12739

Re: Is the 777-9 in any of the USA Big 3's Future?

I would love to see more 777X orders specifically the 779 but amongst the US3 I find it to be unlikely, at least not anytime soon. AA: Not too many routes in the network that would work with that size of aircraft and their 77Ws at the top end of the fleet are still very young. The A350s will take ca...

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by RL777
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380
Replies: 948
Views: 705283

Re: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380

The Emirates discussions on this board seem to go in cycles, sometimes they have too many aircraft and are failed to doom and other times ordering more A380s is sound logic ;)

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by RL777
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?
Replies: 120
Views: 22182

Re: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?

I'm confident these new generation aircraft will eventually operate their fair share of uncommon p2p routes in the near future, however for airlines replacing older less efficient aircraft on competitive routes takes priority. When Boeing was using that logic as a marketing tactic people needed to r...

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by RL777
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official Launch of Singapore Airlines New Products 2017
Replies: 65
Views: 12217

Re: Official Launch of Singapore Airlines New Products 2017

None of those products look particularly great, the color scheme is far too cold when compared with the current style which is inviting and warm. I am happy to see they have finally dropped the flip down style bed in J, but the new product looks quite cramped width wise (that might just be the photo...

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