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by vadodara
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI Considering ATQ-BHX Nonstop in 2018
Replies: 28
Views: 2029

Re: AI Considering ATQ-BHX Nonstop in 2018

Why would AI do this? I doubt they will get any premium pax on BHX-ATQ. THe BHX-DEL-ATQ routing is much better for them. IT feeds their hub and gives what ever premium demand there is between BHX and DEL more frequencies. Plus I bet many VFR from the UK going to ATQ takes advantage of AI's free sto...

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by vadodara
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI Considering ATQ-BHX Nonstop in 2018
Replies: 28
Views: 2029

Re: AI Considering ATQ-BHX Nonstop in 2018

Why would AI do this? I doubt they will get any premium pax on BHX-ATQ. THe BHX-DEL-ATQ routing is much better for them. IT feeds their hub and gives what ever premium demand there is between BHX and DEL more frequencies. Plus I bet many VFR from the UK going to ATQ takes advantage of AI's free sto...

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by vadodara
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo may induct wide-bodied planes to fly overseas as Air India sale in slow lane
Replies: 24
Views: 4001

Re: IndiGo may induct wide-bodied planes to fly overseas as Air India sale in slow lane

This would scare me quite a bit if I were EK. A fleet of 50 widebodies connecting Europe and North America to a massive domestic network in India is a huge threat to EK's current model and takes away a big chunk of EK's most important market. Certainly on some routes especially to a secondary India...

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by vadodara
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS makes PDX-MKE/PHL/BWI/ATL year round service
Replies: 42
Views: 4227

Re: AS makes PDX-MKE/PHL/BWI/ATL year round service

All the routes cited, viz. MKE/PHL/BWI/PHX are large enough to be O&D cities. Perhaps, with the Virgin and Horizon issues, PDX sort of lost focus. But 2018 probably will see PDX get a bunch of 170's deployed to open routes like PIT, Tulsa etc. Portland has a great tech industry and certainly ma...

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by vadodara
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo may induct wide-bodied planes to fly overseas as Air India sale in slow lane
Replies: 24
Views: 4001

Re: IndiGo may induct wide-bodied planes to fly overseas as Air India sale in slow lane

Check the author. Good friend Anirban! :) When Indigo needs to get puff pieces like these written, they go to either Sindhu or Anirban! 2-3 articles a month on average to keep the PR wheels spinning. Amusing, you refer this as PR! Hope, this is serious stuff. Indigo starting long-haul would be a gr...

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by vadodara
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS makes PDX-MKE/PHL/BWI/ATL year round service
Replies: 42
Views: 4227

Re: AS makes PDX-MKE/PHL/BWI/ATL year round service

All the routes cited, viz. MKE/PHL/BWI/PHX are large enough to be O&D cities. Perhaps, with the Virgin and Horizon issues, PDX sort of lost focus. But 2018 probably will see PDX get a bunch of 170's deployed to open routes like PIT, Tulsa etc. Portland has a great tech industry and certainly ma...

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by vadodara
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS makes PDX-MKE/PHL/BWI/ATL year round service
Replies: 42
Views: 4227

Re: AS makes PDX-MKE/PHL/BWI/ATL year round service

All the routes cited, viz. MKE/PHL/BWI/PHX are large enough to be O&D cities. Perhaps, with the Virgin and Horizon issues, PDX sort of lost focus. But 2018 probably will see PDX get a bunch of 170's deployed to open routes like PIT, Tulsa etc. Portland has a great tech industry and certainly mak...

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by vadodara
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo may induct wide-bodied planes to fly overseas as Air India sale in slow lane
Replies: 24
Views: 4001

IndiGo may induct wide-bodied planes to fly overseas as Air India sale in slow lane

MUMBAI: IndiGo, which has shown interest in buying Air India's international operations, is actively considering alternate plans to induct at least 50 wide-bodied planes for overseas flights, said two people close to the development, as the divestment of the state-run carrier may take a while. ........

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by vadodara
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated September 2017 Loads
Replies: 29
Views: 3715

Re: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated September 2017 Loads

Maybe Lufthansa can add a MUC flight too! They've been in DFW a very long time and consistently get good LFs without even having a Star Alliance partner in DFW. I don't think Lufthansa will launch MUC-DFW anytime soon. MUC is pretty congested at the moment regarding slots, and there not gonna add D...

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by vadodara
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated September 2017 Loads
Replies: 29
Views: 3715

Re: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated September 2017 Loads

They did at one time use an A340-600 on the route. p When did this occur? Been a DFW local for a while, but never heard of this. I lived in Dallas for 13 years and I never heard of LH using a 6 FRA/DFW. LH has down-gauged DFW since the advent of ME3 flights to DFW. It used to be 747-400 to 340 and ...

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by vadodara
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to retire the 77L
Replies: 96
Views: 19971

Re: Etihad to retire the 77L

AI does have 3 777-300ERs on order and they are supposed to be delivered in March or April 2018. 2 will replace 2 others that will be used for the Indian government. With that, a nuclear- and a space program, small wonder nations around the world are having serious issues extending development aid ...

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by vadodara
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS starting SEA-PIT
Replies: 60
Views: 7465

Re: AS starting SEA-PIT

I know US did well on the SEA to PIT route. I worked for US before all the mergers, and the flights were always full. If I recall, we had a 321 on the route for awhile. I am certain AS will do really good on it. With PIT getting some traffic with the likes of Uber, Google etc, perhaps a PIT-SJC mig...

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by vadodara
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS starting SEA-PIT
Replies: 60
Views: 7465

Re: AS starting SEA-PIT

I know US did well on the SEA to PIT route. I worked for US before all the mergers, and the flights were always full. If I recall, we had a 321 on the route for awhile. I am certain AS will do really good on it. With PIT getting some traffic with the likes of Uber, Google etc, perhaps a PIT-SJC mig...

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by vadodara
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to retire the 77L
Replies: 96
Views: 19971

Re: Etihad to retire the 77L

Slash787 wrote:
dtw2hyd wrote:
How about gifting them to Jet Airways.


Thats a good idea, it will help them restart US flights again


Probably the best chance EY has to recover some money!

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by vadodara
Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW
Replies: 89
Views: 15506

Re: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW

c) With decline in ME - USA capacity, and Jet integrating very well with DAL, offers possibility of non-stops from India to Delta Hubs. Airports like JFK, ATL do come in mind for at least BOM/DEL non-stops. These 777's offer an opportunistic way to add capacity. Jet Airways does not need to go far ...

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by vadodara
Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW
Replies: 89
Views: 15506

Re: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW

c) With decline in ME - USA capacity, and Jet integrating very well with DAL, offers possibility of non-stops from India to Delta Hubs. Airports like JFK, ATL do come in mind for at least BOM/DEL non-stops. These 777's offer an opportunistic way to add capacity. Jet can fly BOM-JFK with an owned an...

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by vadodara
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW
Replies: 89
Views: 15506

Re: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW

Jet has 10 x 787-9s due, why would they take these 77Ls? a) The current model Jet Airways is following, that of Delta Airlines, is based on asset optimization. Delta Airlines became the most profitable airline by using mature assets as opposed to buying new and expensive aircraft. b) EY, as a part ...

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by vadodara
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW
Replies: 89
Views: 15506

Re: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW

c) With decline in ME - USA capacity, and Jet integrating very well with DAL, offers possibility of non-stops from India to Delta Hubs. Airports like JFK, ATL do come in mind for at least BOM/DEL non-stops. These 777's offer an opportunistic way to add capacity. Jet can fly BOM-JFK with an owned an...

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by vadodara
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW
Replies: 89
Views: 15506

Re: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW

This means that their B77L services only are to India and to Pakistan. I wonder if Air India might be interested in buying back those B77Ls, given that there are routes for which they need that range (i.e., DEL-SFO). That may happen in more ways than you think. For one, offer them back to AI. In ad...

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by vadodara
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW
Replies: 89
Views: 15506

Re: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW

This means that their B77L services only are to India and to Pakistan. I wonder if Air India might be interested in buying back those B77Ls, given that there are routes for which they need that range (i.e., DEL-SFO). That may happen in more ways than you think. For one, offer them back to AI. In ad...

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by vadodara
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Demands AS Route Profitability for DAL in Court Filings
Replies: 68
Views: 8180

Re: WN Demands AS Route Profitability for DAL in Court Filings

LUV gone out of control at Love!

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by vadodara
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is AS doing at DAL
Replies: 39
Views: 5678

Re: How is AS doing at DAL

DAL could be a great spoke to a range of W. Coast cities. DAL, could also leverage 1-stop flights from SAN/SNA to LGA/DCA and such. Too early to write DAL off.

With 2 gates, they may be able to squeeze out 20-24 flights.

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by vadodara
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How much trouble is Alaska Air in?
Replies: 91
Views: 18622

Re: How much trouble is Alaska Air in?

Anyone have access to CAPA's article on Alaska?

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by vadodara
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air service between India and China
Replies: 32
Views: 4250

Re: Air service between India and China

The trade numbers are high, could be higher. However, any areas where India has advantage, the Chinese govt. ensures that trade ties do not expand. It is very unlikely that the Chinese govt will make changes so this may not go anywhere. Those passing editorials against Indian Govt., India just signe...

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by vadodara
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is AS doing at DAL
Replies: 39
Views: 5678

Re: How is AS doing at DAL

AS seems to have done a fairly decent job in right-sizing DAL. Swapping the A3XX with E190s and adding more turns should provide a nice critical mass. My sense is that AS may add some additional connectors like JFK and BWI but that might be ways away. Regarding walk-up fares, Spirit flies DFW-LGA an...

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by vadodara
Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A visual into Alaska Air Group's Q3 performance
Replies: 119
Views: 10343

Re: A visual into Alaska Air Group's Q3 performance

I hate to tell you this but apparently AAG is not listening to your advice. The online skeds for June 2018 are showing 2x daily DAL-SAN and 2x daily DAL-PDX so both of those markets from major west coast cities are being doubled up. (I haven't yet looked at other markets or the entire DAL summer sk...

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by vadodara
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could IndiGo be a Perfect A330neo Candidate?
Replies: 17
Views: 1917

Re: Could IndiGo be a Perfect A330neo Candidate?

Cost of malfunctioning A32XNEO's ............A few months back, a peak 11 aircraft had been grounded by IndiGo and Go Air because of engine trouble. According to Martin Consulting, monthly expenses for 11 planes on the ground would be exceeding $50 million, more than double the benefit on fuel. To b...

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by vadodara
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A visual into Alaska Air Group's Q3 performance
Replies: 119
Views: 10343

Re: A visual into Alaska Air Group's Q3 performance

I did not miss that, but I also did not miss the fact that AS seems to be putting a lot more energy into flying into middle America, and scaling the transcon product to something they think to be more sustainable. Yeah, that's much of the VX network, but that does not appear to be what AS is focuse...

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by vadodara
Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A visual into Alaska Air Group's Q3 performance
Replies: 119
Views: 10343

Re: A visual into Alaska Air Group's Q3 performance

VX had many issues; one thing they did not was choice real estate in key markets. That the markets are complementary for AS is a big plus. Every airline, including Delta, have had their hiccups. AS is but they will get over it. Obviously, SFO/LAX are great but even better is access to East Coast. N...

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by vadodara
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could IndiGo be a Perfect A330neo Candidate?
Replies: 17
Views: 1917

Re: Could IndiGo be a Perfect A330neo Candidate?

With the continuing engine problems of A32XNEO's, dont see how Indigo jumps into a A330NEO anytime soon. On other hand AI long-haul routes potentially come with aircraft. They will bid for the routes for sure; may wait to defer aircraft decision upon data. They should get access to data before the ...

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by vadodara
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could IndiGo be a Perfect A330neo Candidate?
Replies: 17
Views: 1917

Re: Could IndiGo be a Perfect A330neo Candidate?

With the continuing engine problems of A32XNEO's, dont see how Indigo jumps into a A330NEO anytime soon. On other hand AI long-haul routes potentially come with aircraft. They will bid for the routes for sure; may wait to defer aircraft decision upon data. They should get access to data before the ...

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by vadodara
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A visual into Alaska Air Group's Q3 performance
Replies: 119
Views: 10343

Re: A visual into Alaska Air Group's Q3 performance

VX had many issues; one thing they did not was choice real estate in key markets. That the markets are complementary for AS is a big plus. Every airline, including Delta, have had their hiccups. AS is but they will get over it. Obviously, SFO/LAX are great but even better is access to East Coast. No...

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by vadodara
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could IndiGo be a Perfect A330neo Candidate?
Replies: 17
Views: 1917

Re: Could IndiGo be a Perfect A330neo Candidate?

With the continuing engine problems of A32XNEO's, dont see how Indigo jumps into a A330NEO anytime soon. On other hand AI long-haul routes potentially come with aircraft. They will bid for the routes for sure; may wait to defer aircraft decision upon data. They should get access to data before the b...

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by vadodara
Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 214
Views: 22152

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

Let the Tatas/SQ buy AI. India will be better for it. The GOI's announcement that they are splitting the baby is clearly a way to satisfy Indigo and/or SpiceJet. And I'm fine with that. In the end a stronger Indigo and a stronger AI/Vistara will be good for Indian aviation. Precisely. Split AI serv...

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by vadodara
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 214
Views: 22152

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

The units will be sold with reduced debt. With that level of subsidy, for that is what most of the debt is, the GoI must get out of AI. It will be expensive, but better than the current blank cheque. 4 or more groups. By breaking it up, the political pressure goes away. I agree larger bids would be...

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by vadodara
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 214
Views: 22152

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

What seems to be your problem? 1) See the previous discussions 2) Why would the lease/financers repossess the assets? Only if another buyer is willing to pay more. If the new asset holder Co. is servicing the debts thru revenue, where is the problem? The buying private entity's creditworthiness. Vi...

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by vadodara
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 214
Views: 22152

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

Your assertions are perfectly valid in the real business world, but this will be a ZERO cash sale. There is no money coming from this sale to cover the debt. Who are the debtors 1) Indian PSU banks for working capital - $6.5B. SBI lead consortium will be the first to sue GoI if they were asked to a...

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by vadodara
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 214
Views: 22152

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

Huh? This is a standard procedure to separate the 'good company' from the 'bad' to get some value out of it. The alternative is bankruptcy, under which, the banks will get even less money. From the govt. perspective, it is paying several hundred millions every year to keep AI afloat. First step is t...

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by vadodara
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Air Asia set up Middle Eastern subsidiary?
Replies: 10
Views: 1000

Re: Can Air Asia set up Middle Eastern subsidiary?

ME3, to a large extent, rely on India-US and India-Europe transit traffic. This does not fit into Air Asia's model. If anything, with their Indian investment, they might as well start India Europe flights on 737 Max. For them to go ME-US, they will need long-haul aircraft which they have consistentl...

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by vadodara
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 214
Views: 22152

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

This was an interim solution at best; the sell-off was not being raised simply to avoid political turmoil. With RSS raking up non-issues like cow slaughter and such, running its course, this was a good time to get the knives out. Air India is first. There will be more to follow. Breaking: Ashwani Lo...

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by vadodara
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 214
Views: 22152

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

Air India to be sold in parts; each business may go to different buyers State run Air India (AI), which has debt of over Rs 50,000 crore, will not be sold as a single unit, sources close to the development said. Sources, who did not wish to be identified, said that each business of AI will be put o...

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by vadodara
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH makes formal offer for parts of Alitalia
Replies: 41
Views: 8672

Re: LH makes formal offer for parts of Alitalia

Best change for AlItalia. Makes sense for LH as well. They have experience of making Swiss profitable with a limited long-haul portfolio. The same would apply with both Milan and Rome retaining a slate of flights.

Anyone concerned with competition, feel free to invite Norwegian over.

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by vadodara
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sri Lanka's Ghost airport, Mattaia Rajapaksa
Replies: 6
Views: 2375

Re: Sri Lanka's Ghost airport, Mattaia Rajapaksa

BuildingMyBento wrote:
I remember hearing about this airport when it opened; the president at the time was from that region...


Normally, the lenders end-up taking a hair-cut on these kinds of deals. In this case, China ended up taking Sri Lankan territory. Ports of Hambantota as well as Colombo.

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by vadodara
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI Upgrades DEL-IAD to B77W
Replies: 38
Views: 5407

Re: AI Upgrades DEL-IAD to B77W

I actually think AMD-LHR on AI is doing better than BOM-LHR on AI. Both are terribly timed on the India-LHR sector, but at least AMD-LHR is a monopoly serving a higher-earning VFR/Business crowd. . These kinds of statements are anathema to a large audience on these boards. Honestly, it would be gre...

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by vadodara
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sri Lanka's Ghost airport, Mattaia Rajapaksa
Replies: 6
Views: 2375

Re: Sri Lanka's Ghost airport, Mattaia Rajapaksa

Was this ever a 'commercial' airport?

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by vadodara
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Downstairs Plane Toilets: Why So Little Adoption?
Replies: 14
Views: 4227

Re: Downstairs Plane Toilets: Why So Little Adoption?

Through recent scouring of plane seat plans for future holiday bookings, I noticed that a couple of Thomas Cook's A330s take advantage of the downstairs toilet option offered on the A330/A340. If this frees up so much more space for seats and galleys, reducing queuing in the isles and providing a s...

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by vadodara
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCC's on India-Europe Sector
Replies: 37
Views: 5123

Re: LCC's on India-Europe Sector

MAN is ripe for a LCC to India. Free slots, mix of business/leisure customers and a decent size Indian population in the North West. Speaking to a well-known holiday company, India as a leisure destination has increased by double digits % each year for the last 4 years. I actually think MAN-BOM sho...

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by vadodara
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCC's on India-Europe Sector
Replies: 37
Views: 5123

Re: LCC's on India-Europe Sector

It makes sense for Spice Jet to stick to one new airframe, 737 MAX.

Scoot, with excess SQ aircraft, is the right vehicle. SQ needs to play with ME3 and has aircraft to boot. From Indian consumer perspective, more the merrier.

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by vadodara
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCC's on India-Europe Sector
Replies: 37
Views: 5123

Re: LCC's on India-Europe Sector

I am actually really surprised that SQ is pushing Scoot to fly India-EU. SQ have a partnership with Vistara and are looking to buy AI. Can't they just focus on that? Its the same thing with EY - invest in 9W but push their own myopic interests over everything else. This is where I wish the governme...

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by vadodara
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Will B6 Pull Out of LGB?
Replies: 69
Views: 9746

Re: When Will B6 Pull Out of LGB?

And as discussed many times here, losing out on the bidding for VX , and their inability to make any inroads in the mid-West, pretty much has doomed any hopes for becoming a national network carrier. They should change their name to Eastern. Right after AS changes their name to Western. Anyway, B6 ...

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