Dsa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2549 times:
With the recent bird flu scares it has made me think about what affect it may have on aviation . . . If human to human transmission occurs no doubt no one will want to travel with the obvious social implications. Is this the point where airlines could collapse? Imagine been on a Long Haul flight say for 9 hours in a metal tube with someone that has the disease and is coughing and spluttering. Give me your thoughts . . .
N328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6484 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2528 times:
3% of the population will perish, and transportation and commerce will come to a standstill. This is not a doomsday scenario, it is fact. It happens about once or twice a century, and the last time was 1918.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' T.Roosevelt
VSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2459 times:
well VS certainly doesnt want to take any chances:
Virgin Buys Tamiflu
Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Group Ltd. said today that his company is looking into machines and new technologies to put on aircrafts to kill germs in anticipation of a bird flu pandemic. He said his company has purchased 10,000 doses of the drug Tamiflu for his staff.
In response to questions about companies hording Tamiflu, Branson said, "We've bought [Tamiflu] because our staff is on the front line."
Branson also said that despite Virgin's best efforts to protect staff and passengers, if the flu starts spreading person to person, "it will most certainly affect the airline industry."
Gift4tbone From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 612 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2440 times:
Quoting N328KF (Reply 3): 3% of the population will perish, and transportation and commerce will come to a standstill.
I think as soon as it is found to spread person to person in whatever country. All travel into/and out of that country will cease. It will be quarantined. Not that it couldn't make its way out before then. But thats my guess.
Hey if it lasts a while, maybe the US carriers will begin upgrading domestic flights, like ORD-PVD(767?) i could hope.
Espion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2421 times:
Quoting TBCITDG (Reply 10): Still though, I am sure any time soon we will see Geoff Dixon, blaming the "bird flu EPIDEMIC" on fuel hikes, unfair competition and another reason why SQ should not enter the Pacific market!
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7461 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2400 times:
It seems to me that the authorities - governments and international organisations - are being (correctly) more cautious than the threat requires.
All true flu viruses originate in birds and the pandemic of 1919 was extraordinarily appalling but not the last we suffered. In 1958 we experienced a much less severe pandemic in the UK and Europe.
A mutation of the current virus is required before it can be transmitted from human to human. Since that mutation has not and hopefully will not occur, it is impossible to predict the effect it will have on humans. It could be a worse case scenario as in 1919 but, hopefully, advances in viral medicine would reduce its impact. It could be like 1958 - soon forgotten because it had relatively low real impact.
However if a mutation happens and the mutated virus can be passed from one human to another, it is my view that the impact on commercial aviation to and from the quartile of the world where the mutation occurs will be totally devastating. What potential passengers will wait to see if the mutated virus causes a single death before he or she cancels his or her trip?
I am not an MD and if any of my statements above are the slightest bit wrong I hope someone will correct me.
AAgent From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 560 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2391 times:
Many airlines could indeed completely collapse. It doesn't take a huge stretch of the imagination to envision what may happen if a pandemic strain of the H5N1 virus were to develop, not only would a huge number of travelers stay at home, but I suspect a huge number of airline employees would do the same. After all, who would want to be responsible for bringing home a virus that would likely kill both yourself and your family members? Indeed, a pandemic flu virus would definitely kill more than just people. I suspect it would kill many airlines as well.
You bet it is. Should this develop into a worst case scenario, many airlines would either shut down temporarily or go out of business.
When the SARS situation was at its peak, Cathay Pacific was flying at 5 to 10% load factors. They reduced capacity dramatically and discontinued service to several cities. Fortunately for CX, the company has very deep pockets and was able survive.
An avian flu epidemic like is being talked about would be disasterous to the world economy in general, not just for the airlines.
Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.