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by mercure1
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France adds limited-time San Diego service in 4Q18
Replies: 20
Views: 3459

Re: Air France adds limited-time San Diego service in 4Q18

Its simply two flights to cater to large event being held in San Diego this year. AF staff from LAX will oversee flight handling.
They have done similar to Las Vegas in past.

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by mercure1
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ET or TK to JNB in business
Replies: 4
Views: 700

Re: ET or TK to JNB in business

I was sorely disappointed my one time with ET. TK, on the other hand, has generally been quite positive. While IST can be a zoo at times things like onboad catering, lounges and IFE are far superior with TK.

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by mercure1
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 Air France unions plans strike
Replies: 61
Views: 6397

Re: 10 Air France unions plans strike

Per AF press release they plan following: Our flights schedule is currently on going. For 22 February, we expect to operate: - 50% long-haul departures - 80% short-haul departures Furthermore, in order to ensure the maximum number of flights with our reduced crew, we may have to limit the number of ...

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by mercure1
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas let one of 15 787 options expire, confirms 18 A321LR aircraft
Replies: 65
Views: 16240

Re: Qantas Group let one of 15 787 options expire, mulls A321neo

I am sure the A321LRs will not only provide growth opportunity for Jetstar, but free up 787s for other larger/longer missions.

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by mercure1
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 Air France unions plans strike
Replies: 61
Views: 6397

Re: 10 Air France unions plans strike

Strike moving ahead. Meeting between company and unions on Monday did not produce results http://www.air-journal.fr/2018-02-20-air-france-la-greve-de-jeudi-maintenue-5194837.html AF has issued travel advisory allows rebook for travel after February 27th. https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_fl...

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by mercure1
Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US registered freighters in Europe query?
Replies: 6
Views: 842

Re: US registered freighters in Europe query?

Curious...is the fact that they’re all-cargo why they’re allowed cabotage rights within the EU? (A few 737s are Belgian-registered after the TNT merger.) Noting too curious about it. Even US pax airlines are allowed intra-EU rights. (remember Pan Am, TWA, United, Delta) which maintained Europe base...

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by mercure1
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Cabin Crew Behaving Very Badly During Layovers
Replies: 69
Views: 13108

Re: British Airways Cabin Crew Behaving Very Badly During Layovers

Actually sounds pretty typical. Know many stories of long haul crews with crazy parties in hotels, or getting them involved in all types of mischief such as setting a Christmas tree in their hotel on fire, to loss of a half dozen hotel bicycles when they were too drunk to remember where they left th...

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by mercure1
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 Air France unions plans strike
Replies: 61
Views: 6397

Re: 10 Air France unions plans strike

In 2015 AF staff agreed to freeze of pay scale wage table. One of the benefits the company agreed to was a mechanism of sharing profits across all staff at the company. This program was agreed in 2017 and was to be effective no later than 2020 (for 2019 reporting year). As I recall the basis for thi...

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by mercure1
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 Air France unions plans strike
Replies: 61
Views: 6397

Re: 10 Air France unions plans strike

No surprise CEO says company cannot afford to match request of unions as it would cost €240mil annually. However, company is willing to unblock currently frozen salary tiers which would result in average 2 percent wage increase and also move forward with profit sharing plan announced last year to di...

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by mercure1
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuala Lumpur to be Finnair's next Asian destination?
Replies: 12
Views: 3143

Re: Kuala Lumpur to be Finnair's next Asian destination?

Funny AY previously publicly announced KUL during the MD-11 days, but then did not launch after all.
With KUL being a OW hub suppose there might be some synergy to be garnered.

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by mercure1
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM has a 977 milion euros loss in 4th quarter 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 2490

Re: Air France-KLM has a 977 milion euros loss in 4th quarter 2017

Its actually very good results. Loss is merely a one-time charge for cancellation of two pension programs. Air France-KLM: strong rise in earnings in 2017 The airline group Air France-KLM announced Friday an operating profit up 41.8% over 2016 to €1.49 Billion euros, with a significant strengthening...

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by mercure1
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NCA and SIA to form strategic cargo partnership
Replies: 6
Views: 969

Re: NCA and SIA to form strategic cargo partnership

Its actually interesting that both SIA and NCA have shrunk over the years, and both are extremely conservative, so it will be interesting who really helps who here.
Though I guess initially they can coordinate traffic flow between SIN-Japan as they learn how to dance closer with each other.

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by mercure1
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why there're no flights from NRT to SHA/GMP/TSA?
Replies: 5
Views: 1131

Re: Why there're no flights from NRT to SHA/GMP/TSA?

As someone that does some business in Asia, I have found these flights to be extremely convenient and easily save a few hours journey time.
For example, when using TSA, I was literally pulling up to the lobby of my hotel within 20 minutes of landing.

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by mercure1
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 Air France unions plans strike
Replies: 61
Views: 6397

Re: 10 Air France unions plans strike

How can Air France have 10 unions to deal, why not one union for each job occupation ? Just for the sake of simplicity merging all these groups would be a good start. AF actually has many more unions that just 10. As explained by others, different job categories are often represented by various nat...

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by mercure1
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 Air France unions plans strike
Replies: 61
Views: 6397

10 Air France unions plans strike

Ten Air France unions (3 pilots SNPL, SPAF, Alter, 2 hostesses and stewards - SNPNC and Unsa-PNC, as well as 5 ground personnel CGT, FO, SUD, CFTC and SNGAF). have called for strike action commencing February 22nd. Unions are refusing company offer of 1% wage increases in 2018, and instead, seek ave...

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by mercure1
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargo from Zaragoza to Mexico City
Replies: 12
Views: 1645

Re: Cargo from Zaragoza to Mexico City

Zaragoza is Spain's cargo hub with dozen airlines connecting it to Americas, Far East, Middle East, etc.

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by mercure1
Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes
Replies: 272
Views: 51521

Re: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes

Munich Public Prosecutor settles Eurofighter Austria investigation with $100 million fine against Airbus for "making payments to business partners without proven documented services in exchange".

Sure sounds like questionable dealings...

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by mercure1
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying
Replies: 37
Views: 4848

Re: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying

I've always enjoyed Asiana, so it would be nice to see them serve additional markets. Though many ideas have been put forward here, does little details like Air Service Agreement allow for such proposed routes? In my experience, Korea does not even have air service agreements with many European nati...

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by mercure1
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation February 2018
Replies: 82
Views: 7238

Re: Turkish Aviation February 2018

Well is Hatay not the most Arab section of Turkey?
Also as I recall it has its own tourism draw with ancient ruins and city of Antioch. Also suppose region has a bit of laid back style being on the Mediterranean.

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by mercure1
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia X launching Jakarta-Tokyo
Replies: 6
Views: 920

Re: Air Asia X launching Jakarta-Tokyo

It is nice to see the continued expansion of route maps for the cadre of Asian LCCs. They will help bring more competition to markets that historically were stagnant by national carriers.

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by mercure1
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa fires Brussels Airlines CEO & CFO since they didn't want to change SN into an LCC
Replies: 146
Views: 20665

Re: Lufthansa fires Brussels Airlines CEO & CFO since they didn't want to change SN into an LCC

I respect your opinion, but have to say I disagree entirely. I cant think of many more bland names than "Eurowings" - or "America Airlines" for that matter - that cannot provide any focus on an identity, an origin, a culture, or any expectation of type of service, cuisine, welco...

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by mercure1
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa fires Brussels Airlines CEO & CFO since they didn't want to change SN into an LCC
Replies: 146
Views: 20665

Re: Lufthansa fires Brussels Airlines CEO & CFO since they didn't want to change SN into an LCC

Good its about time the feet dragging at SN ends. LH Group board in 2016 when it voted to exercise purchase of remaining shares of SN also announced it would be placed into Eurowings while as it fully integrated into the group. So its time this is carried as intended, not the current middleman state...

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by mercure1
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Hawaii see Flights to Europe?
Replies: 70
Views: 7751

Re: Will Hawaii see Flights to Europe?

So many reasons why its a marginal case at best. The distance, pricing(incl hotels), its not a natural nor historically tied market from Europe, etc. Also in my 30-years of aviation, I have not once met a European that went to Hawaii as their sole intended destination. Only people I know that have b...

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by mercure1
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA only one daily JNB-LHR with new A333
Replies: 53
Views: 8629

Re: SAA only one daily JNB-LHR with new A333

8herveg wrote:
Didn't SAA used to have like 2 x daily B744's on the JNB-LHR route? Plus the CPT flight. Why the drop in capacity over the years?


Because they have been losing money for years to London. If not for politics/ego route likely would be dropped entirely long time ago.

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by mercure1
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France/KLM considers creating "real" low-cost longhaul airline (beyond Joon)
Replies: 41
Views: 6870

Air France/KLM considers creating "real" low-cost longhaul airline (beyond Joon)

Several media stories that AFKL on Wednesday presented plans to internal work councils of desire to create a "real" low-cost longhaul airline similar to IAG Level subsidiary. Apparently, desire is to create low cost model beyond the existing Joon "hybrid" model which launched 2 m...

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by mercure1
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why don't more western airlines fly to CAN?
Replies: 14
Views: 1699

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

Unlike Beijing and Shanghai, CAN is not a significant world city when financial, cultural and political metrics factored.

For comparison, Guangzhou is considered a Beta city, in the same category as Lima, Cape Town, Lisbon, Hamburg, Santiago, Philadelphia, etc,

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by mercure1
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Star Alliance's EWR Fortress Hub
Replies: 63
Views: 7559

Re: Star Alliance's EWR Fortress Hub

From Europe point of view, it seems to me EWR has a negative PR association, if for no other fact its listed as being in another state while JFK is clearly New York. I also agree it seems odd that Star partners outside of JVs utilizing to such large degree airlines besides UA on beyond gateway trave...

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by mercure1
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: La Compagnie moving from CDG to ORY
Replies: 6
Views: 2311

Re: La Compagnie moving from CDG to ORY

I suspected they will maintain split ops initially until they can receive allocation of more slots at ORY. Would be seeming waste to simply park 2nd aircraft during high season so many days a week otherwise.

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by mercure1
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: La Compagnie moving from CDG to ORY
Replies: 6
Views: 2311

La Compagnie moving from CDG to ORY

After long attempt to operate from Orly airports, La Compagnie was finally awarded viable slots (formerly of Air Berlin). Airline says it will relocate one of its daily New York services to Orly effective "April" Company says ORY offers following benefits: > Better geographical proximity t...

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by mercure1
Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump Admin wont punish ME3; opts to leave open-skies alone
Replies: 188
Views: 22318

Re: Trump Admin wont punish ME3; opts to leave open-skies alone

It seems to me the phobia displayed by the 3 US major US carriers against ME3 is rather irrational when the fact is that state-backed airlines are the norm, and much of the worlds aviation sector is not built on chasing profits. It just seems the ME3 have built something they US carriers are so jeal...

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by mercure1
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: La Compagnie All you can Fly pass
Replies: 10
Views: 1200

Re: La Compagnie All you can Fly pass

La Compagnie has been selling these all you can fly passes for several years. If anything its good PR with stories in many news and travel sites.
The cost used to be USD$35,000 but increased to 40,000 last year.

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by mercure1
Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The ME3 and PHX
Replies: 51
Views: 4653

Re: The ME3 and PHX

Excuse me, but what does PHX have that could possibly attract a ME3 carrier?

Is PHX somehow a global city, have big business or tourism draw, or have a large ethnic community with demand to markets like India?

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by mercure1
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia ending PEK service, makes MEX seasonal
Replies: 24
Views: 4179

Alitalia ending PEK service, makes MEX seasonal

I dont have link as its a travel agent advisory, but AZ has announced it will terminate service to Beijing at the end of March citing "low profitability and unfavorable slot timings." Additionally, Mexico City was suspended last week but will resume for Summer 2018 and operate "season...

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by mercure1
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL and AA resume IROP ticketing and baggage agreement
Replies: 67
Views: 8742

Re: DL and AA resume IROP ticketing and baggage agreement

Let Delta humbly eat some of its peach pie.

Hopefully it has learned from its spectacular ops meltdowns that having ability to access other airline networks is helpful.

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by mercure1
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Seychelles to axe flights to Paris, announces business transformation plan
Replies: 39
Views: 7096

Re: Air Seychelles to axe flights to Paris, announces business transformation plan

Good.
No need for costly longhaul.
Focus on serving regional markets using smaller sized capacity.

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by mercure1
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Single African Air Transport Market
Replies: 25
Views: 3087

Re: Single African Air Transport Market

Yes good in concept, but, largely a joke in practice. While 44 nations committed to the Yamoussoukro agreement way back in 1999, even those that have slowly ratified the agreement place roadblocks on the opening of markets. Simple things like lack of infrastructure, government control facility and t...

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by mercure1
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 175
Views: 8452

Re: F-35 news thread

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/01 ... o-belgium/
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US approves potential sale of up to 34 F-35A to Belgium.

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/01 ... o-belgium/

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by mercure1
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations
Replies: 172
Views: 26253

Re: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations

Being fined for regularly having late arriving flights is clearly already suboptimal. JetBlue has been aware of this issue for awhile, now, and it hasn't gone away. So, they can either suck it up, pay the fines and not complain, or they can reschedule to avoid the fines. It's a simple business deci...

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by mercure1
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM ending IAD service
Replies: 38
Views: 5926

Re: LATAM ending IAD service

Good point. Something like the MOM might help todays marginal markets possible tomorrow.

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by mercure1
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA teams up with Alibaba for Chinese sales
Replies: 2
Views: 455

Re: AA teams up with Alibaba for Chinese sales

Interesting. Sounds a bit similar to deal AirAsia made with Rakuten in Japan. Partner with mega e-commerce retailer to market your travel offerings.

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by mercure1
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM ending IAD service
Replies: 38
Views: 5926

Re: LATAM ending IAD service

Interesting LATAM does not seem to have the best experience with North America service. Routes like SFO, YYZ and now IAD dropped.

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by mercure1
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Gate or Stand
Replies: 14
Views: 1307

Re: Gate or Stand

Or in French "porte" or door to refer to a gate.

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by mercure1
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargolux considers adding more 747 freighters
Replies: 46
Views: 10708

Re: Cargolux considers adding more 747 freighters

Articles talk about USED frames, not new.


Any purchase would be from "the used market because it presents value for the airline," Forson said.

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by mercure1
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW: ANA named 2018 Airline of the Year
Replies: 24
Views: 2972

Re: ATW: ANA named 2018 Airline of the Year

ANA is solid airline from both business perspective and customer experience. Good choice.

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by mercure1
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 538
Views: 140061

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

Two Italian ministers says Italy needs more time to consider expressions of interest for AZ before they decide on entering exclusive talks. Italy needs more time before starting exclusive talks on Alitalia sale https://in.reuters.com/article/us-alitalia-sale/italy-needs-more-time-before-starting-exc...

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by mercure1
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: why is there so much air service between Italy and Albania?
Replies: 18
Views: 3893

Re: why is there so much air service between Italy and Albania?

Pretty simple. If you exclude Kosovo, the largest Albanian diaspora community is Italy. Also Italy is by far Albania's largest trade partner.

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by mercure1
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ground Handling at Smaller Japanese Airports
Replies: 3
Views: 1015

Re: Ground Handling at Smaller Japanese Airports

http://www.iata.org/publications/ighc-d ... index.aspx

I am sure there are other companies also not affiliated with IATA.
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ANA and JAL handle at many airports.

In addition, you can find listing among IATA Ground Handling Council members online.

http://www.iata.org/publications/ighc-d ... index.aspx

I am sure there are other companies also not affiliated with IATA.

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by mercure1
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2018
Replies: 170
Views: 15292

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2018

I see in French travel news Air Arabia announced additional Turkish market - Bodrum.

Effective June 13 - 3 times weekly.

Bodrum becomes Air Arabia’s 4th destination in Turkey

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by mercure1
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Adds Addt'l B777 to Fleet OE-LPF
Replies: 10
Views: 4236

Re: Austrian Adds Addt'l B777 to Fleet OE-LPF

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Yes news was posted when announced

Austrian lease additional 777
viewtopic.php?t=1362159

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