"A380 Biggest manufacturing loss in civil aviation to date?" ... Maybe, but I would interested to know what are some people's thoughts on the Tristar, the Comet and the Concord. I am an aviation enthusiast through and through and good on Airbus to give it a go. What was in some of our imag...Jump to post
The day a non-Frenchman becomes a CEO of Air France will be the day I will buy $1000 armagnac.
I don't see it happening, most likely he will be removed or resign in a year or 2.
I do believe it is a cultural issue. Example 1 I have worked with French expats in Australia. They were seconded from a super major French oil and gas company. The way these expats behaved with us locals was very much condescending. Their view was that we Australians did not know anything and yet we...Jump to post
IAG taking over AF/KL won't happen.They should first focus on keeping Iberia with brexit. Agreed, this topic will be hijacked by the Brexit issue. Whether one likes it or not but IAG will be not be the entity as it once was after brexit, whether hard or soft. As such IAG will not have the strength ...Jump to post
Either ANA know something that we don’t know, such as future Japanese investments in Western Australia or cyclical Japanese tourist fads. But sitting on my Chairman’s toilet seat, I see this route being highly subsidised and/or all the Japanese companies with offices in Perth have guaranteed at lea...Jump to post
Either ANA know something that we don’t know, such as future Japanese investments in Western Australia or cyclical Japanese tourist fads. But sitting on my Chairman’s toilet seat, I see this route being highly subsidised and/or all the Japanese companies with offices in Perth have guaranteed at leas...Jump to post
I too have some negative bias towards Russian and Chinese business model and their companies, however IMHO I believe this plane can be a disruptor (as per business text books) to Airbus and Boeing for the following reasons: [list=]Any country that has borrowed heavily from China will be required to ...Jump to post
As an airliner enthusiast, I think it is great that Thai Airways has such a diverse wide body fleet.
As an armchair CEO, yes it is frustrating.
As a passenger, it its frustrating not getting a consistent hard product on all their aircrafts.
Funny ... for once a government is interfering with it's country's airline and forcing it to drop a money losing route. Saudi Arabia can think whatever they want. At the end of the day they are no geo political power. They can only bully a tiny country, Qatar, with aid of neighbouring tiny countries...Jump to post
For a civilian aircraft destined for Israel to fly over Saudi Arabia and Oman safely is a major coup for the Israeli diplomatic personnel. I have to give it to the Saudis as well for accepting this flight and I am sure there were some goodies given in-return during the negotiations. I would not be s...Jump to post
How about Los Angles or San Fransisco from either Osaka or Nagoya?Jump to post
The difference between ET and other airlines in Africa such as KQ, SAA, TAAG, RAM and MS, ET is very consolidated in the European market, the Middle East and Asia Hub ADD can make enough connections for business and leisure passengers to connect with GIG, a very popular connection in ET is CAN-ADD-...Jump to post
In summary, tickets are cheap (inflation, cost cutting, packing in the passengers), a lot more people with diverse cultural backgrounds (national, religious and socio-economic) are flying, flights over 8 hours are more common and so are long lines at security and customs combined with the global cul...Jump to post
I know I'm going to get flamed like hell for this, but you really are safer as a minority in Pakistan than in India. It seems you travel a lot to both the countries, as you know a lot about them. I am in no position to have a say in this matter as I have only been to India and my sources are BBC an...Jump to post
Islamabad is actually a lovely place and relatively safe. I don't know what exactly the 'hardship' would be. It's quite boring and there isn't much to do, but for a one day layover, it would be fine. Lahore is also safe enough and a far more interesting city than Islamabad. Karachi wouldn't be a sa...Jump to post
It will be a cash cow for BA. British Airways can brand themselves as an aspirational service to Western Europe and North America. You will get the usual corrupt politicians and their families which is synonymous with the subcontinent and the wealthy as the target market. Also British companies doin...Jump to post
"What's happening with South African Airways?" Re-joining the illustrious club of basket case airlines. It was a basket case airline during the Apartheid days. Then became decent during the Mandela days and then during the Mbeki day's the decline started to happen. They can go to Seattle, ...Jump to post
I would like to see El Al expand in India. Delhi is the most likely due to market size. India is the largest buyer of Israeli military equipment and there are many tie ups such security, defence and and agriculture corporation between the two governments. However I would say Bangalore would be more ...Jump to post
... Indian Comptroller and Auditor General publish route wise historical financial performance of AI particularly USA routes. Other than uneducated Indian journalists, everyone else can look at these numbers. Can you show anything similar from UA? To be honest, I don't know, but my starting point w...Jump to post
But let me tell you something, these airlines are the real airlines, Not those three musketeers of Middle east. To kiddos, dont get offended, its my point of view. I think I understand what you are getting at, but please correct me if I am wrong. I think the word you are looking for is business ins...Jump to post
Malaysian Airlines has officially joined the basket case of airlines. Basket case of airlines have no business model and are at the whim of their masters (usually government or bureaucracy). Note that I am talking about getting the basics right ie, safety, consistency, dependable and profitable. Onc...Jump to post
I am surprised that he stayed for that long. As you can see the current and former CEO of MAS are more than happy to leave the airline for a lessor role. Makes me think that it s better to be working at any level for a professional carrier as oppose to being a CEO of MAS. The MAS CEO advert should r...Jump to post
Enjoy it while you can. In a few years time the US3 will stop making profits. This could be for various reasons such as war, technological or service disruption, terrorism, high cost fuel and so on. Then Y services will return to LCC type. The front of the plane the hard products will be replaced wi...Jump to post
I am guessing SQ are unfortunately stuck in contractual commitments with AI, such as codesharing agreements and maybe others. In addition I think (correct me if I am wrong) according to Indian regulations only one Indian airline per alliance, hence Vistara may not be able to join Star alliance. Henc...Jump to post
I disagree with a lot of things in Saudi Arabia since it's laws, customs and culture are against my values. But I do believe in the saying "When in Rome, do as the Romans". So, many of us agree that national airlines are ambassadors of their respective countries. Hence it is perfectly reas...Jump to post
I get the feeling that CEO Peter Bellew is being told what to do. I fear that the owner (Malaysian government) of MAS is dictating Bellew on some strategic decisions. I do believe the reason Christoph Mueller left was that he was getting frustrated with the inferiority complex of the Malay owners. T...Jump to post
Never going to happen. Air India is the personification of the Indian middle class and above. A small minority who think the world of themselves and neglect the rest of the 1 billion people. For the past 20 years every government of India has wasted tax payers' money on some study on the privatisati...Jump to post
Very beautiful terminal indeed.
If and only if Saudia are the cheapest ticket by at least 20% to the next cheapest airline, then I might consider flying them.
I have flown on both United and American Airlines and have travelled to many time to the US. I have noticed that in the States, there is a cultural expectation and in some cases mandatory, that customers have to tip for services rendered. (I can understand why this is the case since the minimum pay ...Jump to post
Looks like the turn around is going well. Now they can go back to their old ways of competing with SIA. Once we see the confirmation of the orders, MH will reinstate destinations such as Vienna, Stockholm, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Buenos Aires.Jump to post
Even though we are in the age of fake news and alternative facts, one thing is for sure Air India will never ever be privatised or partially sold. Air India is sadly an airline that has a lot of potential but will never reach it. The airline reflects India, Indian society and the Indian culture perf...Jump to post