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by bzcat
Mon May 21, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service
Replies: 263
Views: 34143

Re: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service

It's not a simple equipment swap for CI to go from 77W to A359 at ONT. Right now, CI and use the same pool of crew to operate both LAX and ONT flights after mandatory rest time. If ONT switches to A359, then CI will have to setup a second crew roster rest schedule for LA. I think they choose 77W del...

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by bzcat
Fri May 18, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 80
Views: 16789

Re: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'

KA was and still is an OW affiliate, meaning that OW benefits (priority boarding, lounge access etc) extends to OW elites when flying on KA (but may not earn or redeem any EQM or EQD, depending on the home airline policy). That is not the case with Silk, or Mandarin, or Uni, or Aer Lingus etc. The a...

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by bzcat
Fri May 18, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 80
Views: 16789

Re: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'

This means SilkAir will be in A* - I always found it odd that SQ was in Star but SilkAir was not... Not unusual. QF is Oneworld while their JQ brand is not. That is not quite the same. JQ is an LCC. SilkAir is a full service regional carrier. SilkAir not being in Star is like QantasLink not being i...

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by bzcat
Wed May 16, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why operating into South Lake Tahoe (TVL) by Major Air & Commuter Carriers was never profitable?
Replies: 39
Views: 3109

Re: Why operating into South Lake Tahoe (TLV) by Major Air & Commuter Carriers was never profitable?

I'll venture a guess... Bay Area is too close so airfare cannot compete with driving. Further afield (like form DFW), there are plenty of ski options if you are getting on a plane. So you are looking at primarily service from SoCal but only seasonally. Ultimately most airlines probably found it is n...

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by bzcat
Thu May 10, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Starlux: Ex-EVA Air chairman's new longhaul airline
Replies: 46
Views: 16489

Re: Starlux: Ex-EVA Air chairman's new longhaul airline

Some new news. On May 2nd received a business certificate which clears way for Taiwan CAA to being certification process. About to sign leases on 10 A321NEOs - first delivery Q3 2019 Japan "priority" market, along with Southeast Asia markets - Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Bali, Jakarta a...

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by bzcat
Thu May 10, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could ANC ever grow into a TPAC hub?
Replies: 38
Views: 3990

Re: Could ANC ever grow into a TPAC hub?

Bear with me. KEF has enjoyed huge success as a Trans-Atlantic connecting point between Europe and North America. WOW Air and Icelandair have grown exponentially in the last few years connecting people across the pond. Alaska may not be interested now, but after seeing the success that WOW and Icel...

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by bzcat
Wed May 09, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HU, MU ponder new tactics on ORD route by switching service to tier-2 cities as originating point with a stop at PEK/PVG
Replies: 21
Views: 2807

Re: HU, MU ponder new tactics on ORD route by switching service to tier-2 cities as originating point with a stop at PEK

Domestic originating tag is merely a marketing play as flights still operate the same exact international city pairs (PEK/PVG-ORD in this case). No different than US domestic carrier showing an international flight originating at some domestic city behind the international gateway (eg SFO-IAD-Europ...

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by bzcat
Tue May 08, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines Retires The Sole Boeing 767-300 (non ER version)
Replies: 44
Views: 11503

Re: Hawaiian Airlines Retires The Sole Boeing 767-300 (non ER version)

Relatively few non ER -300 out there because the cost and performance penalty of ER were minimal. If your mission didn't require the range, you simply take off with less fuel on board. But resale value of ER was better so not that many airlines ordered the non ER -300.

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by bzcat
Mon May 07, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines Retires The Sole Boeing 767-300 (non ER version)
Replies: 44
Views: 11503

Re: Hawaiian Airlines Retires The Sole Boeing 767-300 (non ER version)

Going back to service because A321 delivery delays?

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by bzcat
Thu May 03, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: North Korea requests opening of new international air routes and shows willingness to open its FIR to South Korea
Replies: 41
Views: 7369

Re: North Korea requests opening of new international air routes and shows willingness to open its FIR to South Korea

I'm pretty sure Chinese or Russian airlines can fly to North Korea now without much restriction. There is just no travel demand. If North Korea is really seeking new air routes, they'd have to encourage more travel otherwise no airlines will be interested. In a normal political environment with mini...

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by bzcat
Thu May 03, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan Airlines To Miami By Next Year?
Replies: 51
Views: 5201

Re: Japan Airlines To Miami By Next Year?

If JL is launching NRT-MIA it will be because they think there is enough traffic to South Florida from Japan (and other Asian market feeds thru NRT). They are not going to launch the route based on Japan (Asia) to South America transit traffic - those traffic are already being served by various 1-st...

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by bzcat
Tue May 01, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service
Replies: 263
Views: 34143

Re: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service

Booking comparison between LA/ONT per sales contact. Counts are biz/prem econ/regular econ. ONT 02MAY- 14/28/179 03MAY- 8/38/156 04MAY- 23/25/112 05MAY- 26/28/117 06MAY- 12/17/96 07MAY- 19/27/143 LAX 02MAY- 32/52/253 03MAY- 28/38/209 04MAY- 32/56/211 05MAY- 32/33/193 06MAY- 34/51/180 07MAY- 27/44/2...

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by bzcat
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing Airlines receives preliminary approval, Air China to hold 51%
Replies: 12
Views: 1826

Re: Beijing Airlines receives preliminary approval, Air China to hold 51%

Wow, that’s confusing! May I ask why another CA subsidiary is necessary? I think here are enough chinese small airlines as it is. This is just another "paper" airline... exist in name only but it is completely transparent as a CA operation. Most of the paper airline in China exists becaus...

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by bzcat
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus considering re-branding CSeries as A200
Replies: 129
Views: 20287

Re: Airbus considering re-branding CSeries as A200

Really should be A200-800 and A200-900 to be consistent given how the new Airbus models are named. -800 is the standard or shrink model, and -900 is the longer version.

Alternatively, if they want the C300 to be consistent with narrow body A320 series, then the name should be A220 and A221.

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by bzcat
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack
Replies: 166
Views: 18075

Re: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack

What would have happened if she just ate the apple right there at the custom area? For argument sake, let say she pull it out of her carry on and ate it right before her was flagged for random search. I think we can all agree that the $500 fine is a bit arbitrary in that many travelers (myself inclu...

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by bzcat
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France resumes Taipei-Paris route after 20-year hiatus
Replies: 9
Views: 3121

Re: Air France resumes Taipei-Paris route after 20-year hiatus

There is actually one handoff point where Taipei FIR and Shanghai FIR handoff directly to each other - it uses the R596 airway and the handoff is at the SULEM waypoint. These flights avoid the need to fly through Hong Kong FIR or Seoul FIR. Example: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/EVA730/histor...

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by bzcat
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: 2nd Asian airline to ONT
Replies: 43
Views: 5116

Re: Rumor: 2nd Asian airline to ONT

Does MU have any spare PVG allocations to start this service?

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by bzcat
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France resumes Taipei-Paris route after 20-year hiatus
Replies: 9
Views: 3121

Re: Air France resumes Taipei-Paris route after 20-year hiatus

This is fascinating. Never thought about tricky release from PRC to Taiwan airspace, and the need to go via Hong Kong. No commercial flights can cross the center line of Taiwan Strait except for Taiwanese domestic flights to/from KNH and MFK. All flights departing TPE, RMQ, and KHH heading west (ot...

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by bzcat
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France resumes Taipei-Paris route after 20-year hiatus
Replies: 9
Views: 3121

Re: Air France resumes Taipei-Paris route after 20-year hiatus

It’s the same route KLM takes on most days to TPE so routing is not new. Note the detour AF has to take to go south to enter HKG control to reach TPE control. LH is probably looking at TPE as part of its Asia strategy... and if BR is interested in codeshare. Taiwan-Germany air service agreement is v...

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by bzcat
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan's Far Eastern AT getting 11 737 MAX8 from lessor
Replies: 3
Views: 762

Re: Taiwan's Far Eastern AT orders 11 737 MAX8

11 Max 8 to replace 8 MD-80 is quite a bump in seat capacity... I hope they can fill all those new seats.

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by bzcat
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 73974

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

AA pay penalties to Airbus: https://americanairlines.gcs-web.com/node/33311/html You can assume that those penalties doesn't exceed 195 million$: https://americanairlines.gcs-web.com/node/33336/html "Paying penalties" and "recording a special charge" are not the same thing. The ...

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by bzcat
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service
Replies: 263
Views: 34143

Re: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service

CI is targeting O&D travelers... they know where ONT is located.

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by bzcat
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAN gears up to rival HKG as world's top 10 hub airport?
Replies: 30
Views: 3438

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

CAN will eventually have more passengers than HKG. That is a foregone conclusion just based on the fact that CAN has lots of domestic passengers and that is driving the growth of the airport. HKG will not be able to match that growth in the long run.

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by bzcat
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join
Replies: 65
Views: 5535

Re: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join

Some good candidates... North America Alaska to Oneworld JetBlue to Star WestJet to Skyteam Asia Pacific Jet Airways - Oneworld Hainan Group to Skyteam - I know against conventional wisdom that it should join OW... but if you assume China Southern may join OW one day then Hainan (including HK Airlin...

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by bzcat
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ6 AKL-LAX returns to AKL 6 April
Replies: 24
Views: 4411

Re: NZ6 AKL-LAX returns to AKL 6 April

My wife was onboard. They went mech, returned, and served dinner at the gate while they tried to sort out some hydraulic issue. Had standby crew ready to resume but could not get part in time. Deplaned, took long time get through immigration - airport struggled to handle this at 1am. Eventually hot...

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by bzcat
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 73974

Re: AA ORDERS 47 787 FROM BOEING????

Seems to have been taken down from the Boeing homepage at this point. Weird.. I went to see the article and it is gone :? There was never an article. I think the splash page was posted in error. The website update was probably pre-loaded by the marketing team timed for release after the market clos...

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by bzcat
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 13444

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

You won't see significant Metro to APM transfer at LAX until the Crenshaw line makes it far north enough to connect with Wilshire (purple) line and Hollywood (red) line. The current issue with LA's metro rail system is the lack of N-S line connecting the existing (and very well used) E-W rail lines....

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by bzcat
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL order the A321LR?
Replies: 47
Views: 8192

Re: Will DL order the A321LR?

Quoting caverunner17 (Reply # 20), " FX has a lot more fleet slack than a commercial airline does." why do you think that? They have a schedule to meet, do they not? and . . . isn't FedEx a commercial airline? commercial=commerce=business=moving packages and freight? e38 Most FX flights a...

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by bzcat
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa looking to expand in Asia Pacific
Replies: 50
Views: 11742

Re: Lufthansa looking to expand in Asia Pacific

Surely TPE is on their radar?

VIE-TPE has plenty of capacity but FRA could probably use more seats and MUC probably can sustain service as well. Additional service can only be added from the German side as the flight allocation from the Taiwan side is already used by CI.

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by bzcat
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Cubana finally start flying to the United States?
Replies: 24
Views: 3046

Re: When will Cubana finally start flying to the United States?

Does Cubana want to fly to the US? Starting operation in another country involves lots of logistic and costs.Cubana may not have enough access to foreign currency to actually pay for ground handling in MIA for example.

Aren't we jumping the gun here asking when?

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by bzcat
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Swire keep Cathay?
Replies: 13
Views: 4373

Re: Why does Swire keep Cathay?

I think CX prefers the status quo where it is protected from Chinese carriers at HKG. There is not much to be gained from CX flying domestic Chinese segments competing head on with state subsidized and state owned CA, MU, CZ and their affiliates. This is not a one-way street... if CX wants to fly in...

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by bzcat
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air to merge by 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 3774

Re: Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air to merge by 2020

Yflyer wrote:
Merging Peach and Vanilla sounds like a recipe for a tasty dessert.


For sure!

Actually, merging the two is probably the most sound business decision. I'm amazed it took ANA this long to make a decision.

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by bzcat
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 13444

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

The issue with LAX is continuing to shoehorn fixes into the already built environment as opposed to a teardown and rebuild. By virtue of this decision making, LAX will remain a decent-at-best airport trailing the rest of the world. That's clearly not true. TBIT was a complete tear down and new buil...

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by bzcat
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How to Revive Airline Competition
Replies: 81
Views: 5956

Re: How to Revive Airline Competition

This article is a bunch of nonsense. It conflates the kind of long haul service you see on foreign airlines with the reality of short haul flying overseas. Sure, SQ has nice economy class... but the typical flight on SQ is a 6+ hour international flight with high fares. If SQ were allowed to fly 1 t...

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by bzcat
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 13444

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

The issue with LAX is continuing to shoehorn fixes into the already built environment as opposed to a teardown and rebuild. By virtue of this decision making, LAX will remain a decent-at-best airport trailing the rest of the world. That's clearly not true. TBIT was a complete tear down and new buil...

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by bzcat
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 13444

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

This thread is not going in the direction OP wanted.

LAX layout is great for the vast majority of people (and airlines) using it. The only thing that needs to be addressed is access points beyond the perimeter horseshoe, which is what the APM will do.

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by bzcat
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34560

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Seems fairly obvious why NZ picked TPE over ICN... KE is an entrenched operator on ICN while there is no non-stop competition on TPE. Both CI and BR are not interested in entering the market so it is ideal for NZ. CI doesn’t have enough A359 yet and BR is still waiting for its 789... there is a wind...

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by bzcat
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350-1000 Customer Orders and Routes
Replies: 38
Views: 6456

Re: A350-1000 Customer Orders and Routes

1 undisclosed? Hemm...

VIP operator perhaps Qatari Govt?

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by bzcat
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Hawaiian signs 787 LOI
Replies: 840
Views: 96205

Re: A330-800 out, B787-9 in at Hawaiian? -Leeham

Been saying for a while that 787-9 makes sense for HA if A358 was what they wanted.

Ironically, if HA had ordered 787 instead of A358 way back, they would be getting their planes now (probably even earlier) instead of waiting for a few more years.

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by bzcat
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would the B747-400ER Have Been a Success if Launched Earlier?
Replies: 18
Views: 5254

Re: Would the B747-400ER Have Been a Success if Launched Earlier?

I thought the 744-ER was built specifically for Qantas. Was it marketed to other airlines? QF was involved in design spec but it was not built for QF. That would be like saying 777-200 was built for UA. QF wanted a 744 that can operate North America to Melbourne Australia without seasonal weight re...

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by bzcat
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ONT taking design bids for their new International terminal.
Replies: 37
Views: 3892

Re: ONT taking design bids for their new International terminal.

[ what I wonder about LA is exactly the opposite: how a metropolitan area of 16 million and with that GDP cannot manage to have two international airports, and instead forces everyone through the outdated patchwork of terminals that is LAX. Paris, London, NY, Moscow, Tokyo, etc all have at least tw...

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by bzcat
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ONT taking design bids for their new International terminal.
Replies: 37
Views: 3892

Re: ONT taking design bids for their new International terminal.

Since China Airlines took the first big step with the TPE-ONT route using a Boeing 777-300ER, I think that over time more airlines will be added like British Airways, Air France via Joon, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Korean Air, Air China & Cathay Pacific I don't see any of that happenin...

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by bzcat
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asia-Pacific Boosts Impetus Behind Boeing’s NMA Plan
Replies: 36
Views: 3409

Re: Asia-Pacific Boosts Impetus Behind Boeing’s NMA Plan

Certainly any Asian airlines that currently operates A330 in regional configuration should be interested in this plane. Not saying they will all buy it but they will all pay attention when Boeing reps visit them.

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by bzcat
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ONT taking design bids for their new International terminal.
Replies: 37
Views: 3892

Re: ONT taking design bids for their new International terminal.

I'm not sure the expense of a new FIS building annex is going to pencil out but I certainly understand ONT's predicament... can't grow the international service unless you have the facilities. A bit of chicken or eggs.

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by bzcat
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question about connection in LAX
Replies: 8
Views: 820

Re: Question about connection in LAX

I wouldn't worry about this connection at all. Same airline, same terminal, same ticket.

Even if you are on a AC codeshare flight for the YVR-LAX portion, it will only take maybe 10 minutes to walk from T6 to the far end of T8.

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by bzcat
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why don't more western airlines fly to CAN?
Replies: 14
Views: 1784

Re: Why don't more western airlines fly to CAN?

The business links in CAN is different than PVG and PEK so that is reflective of the carriers that serve it. PEK and PVG have HQs of foreign companies and NGOs doing business in China so they tend to have front cabin demand from more traditional financial and business hubs. PEK and PVG also has fair...

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by bzcat
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Airlines ordering A330, A350, 787 or 777 ?
Replies: 45
Views: 9068

Re: Korean Airlines ordering A330, A350, 787 or 777 ?

They will see how 787-10 do with SQ and BR which will use them in similar way as KE may use them and make a decision after that.

I expect we'll see more 787-9 to replace 77E as they age out of the fleet as well.

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by bzcat
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian CEO on A321neo In-Service Economics
Replies: 60
Views: 9989

Re: Hawaiian CEO on A321neo In-Service Economics

One thing I've wondered about HA is why they haven't started intra-mainland routes continuing on to Hawaii. This may be the right plane for them if say they wanted to fly HNL-SAN-BWI or OGG-LAS-MKE (off the top of my head). The widebodies would be too much aircraft for the intra-mainland segments b...

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by bzcat
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF announces 787 BNE-LAX-JFK
Replies: 63
Views: 9467

Re: QF announces 787 BNE-LAX-JFK

I think if the AA-QF JV ever gets approved, the LAX-JFK flight will quickly go away. But QF clearly feels invested in having a presence in JFK and will probably want to hold onto its slots there so it can fly nonstop when the time comes. But if the AA-QF JV ever gets approved, then that argument go...

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by bzcat
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF announces 787 BNE-LAX-JFK
Replies: 63
Views: 9467

Re: QF announces 787 BNE-LAX-JFK

Hi folks, there is an alternative to the Los Angeles NewYork route and in my opinion far better. Sydney to New York via Dallas. Have done this trip 4 times and in spite of some delays due to New Yorks weather it is quite civil compared to Los Angeles. Cheers Not if your final destination is BNE or ...

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