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by sq256
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 36982

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

I don't think NZ/VA would end their trans-Tasman partnership as it has served both airlines well in terms of access to their respective domestic networks.Why would they end it when there is so much commercial gain? Egos of both CEOs may possibly see an end to the JV pretty quickly at the end of 201...

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by sq256
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 36982

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Yes, again, but again, it's all going to cost money whereas with Virgin Australia it's all already in place. I have no doubt that NZ could cope with dropping the JV, it's all fixable at an investment price, its just that I can't really see the (expensive) point. I do agree that NZ can cope without ...

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by sq256
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 36982

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

No matter what happened between the two CEO's, I'd be a bit surprised if NZ wanted to end the JV - all that Aussie traffic is too important to them. When Luxon broke from the shareholding, everyone at NZ was at pains to insist that it didn't affect the JV. I'm not sure how NZ would get pax to/from ...

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by sq256
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 36982

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Mr Papiomytis, who was part of the strategy team at Etihad that decided to invest in Virgin, said it was possible Etihad would sell its stake in Virgin in the medium term. “Etihad has lost money from the investment ... and there’s still a long way to go before they [Virgin] become sustainably profi...

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by sq256
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 36982

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

EK reducing services out of Brisbane Reads a bit like a mixed bag, dropping a380 during certain periods https://www.ausbt.com.au/emirates-pauses-brisbane-airbus-a380-flights?utm_source=hero It's a "down-gauge", not a service reduction. BNE's A380 down-gauged to 77W between June and August...

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by sq256
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 36982

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

But which way should Virgin Australia go even under a new boss? No sense bringing in somebody new to keep things the way they are, if the way they are isn't working. This is why I think the board really doesn't have much of a "Plan B" or isn't crying out for a new boss. VA's burnt through...

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by sq256
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 36982

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

This is exactly why more and more airlines are continually adding capacity to Brisbane. For the account, Singapore numbers have actually grown since the introduction of the 4th daily flight and AC actually do pretty well for BNE. Another thing, yes HU SZX hasn’t started the best but I believe it wi...

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by sq256
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 36982

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018a

I think EY and to a lesser extent have too much on their plate to worry about VA, EY itself is trying to stabilise and keep itself alive, SQ is busy sorting out Tiger and Scoot. The last rumours I've read is that EY are trying to get rid of most of their unprofitable investments except for Alitalia...

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by sq256
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 36982

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Although VA's other numbers eg LAX aren't bad I still would like to see VA 1. exit the international market entirely and focus purely on domestic, based on 2. being bought by SQ and having SQ run 5th freedom flights between Australia and the USA, and 3. as part of the SQ buyout, have VA join Star A...

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by sq256
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 36982

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

BITRE October 2017 Stats have just been released Whilst we can't compare the load factors between CX, QF and VA on MEL only, it certainly isn't a strong performance by VA for a 5-6month old route. Although VA's other numbers eg LAX aren't bad I still would like to see VA 1. exit the international m...

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by sq256
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 36982

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Luxon vs Broghetti is almost worth an TV show on Barvo! A dramatic mini-series maybe, I'd watch it! Did anybody publish a solid report of exactly what happened, or was it like JT leaving Virgin in a hurry, exact reasons generally hushed up? What I heard was that at a board meeting Luxon demanded th...

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by sq256
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 36982

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

If Air New Zealand cancel their codeshare / JV with Virgin Australia as has been reported, VA could withdraw from the New Zealand market leaving Jetstar and QANTAS to fill the void No, as has been SPECULATED by some members. Quite different. The cancellation of the joint venture will no doubt come ...

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by sq256
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 36982

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

^^ NZ could also start their own AKL-NTL/ROK/TSV services, used by the freed up A320s once the A321neos arrive (in addition to partially covering the costs of immigration staff commuting to/from those ports (in conjunction with local councils and/or the state governments) at those larger regional po...

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by sq256
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 36982

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

My Left Field predictions: * China Southern defects from SkyTeam to Oneworld (per the ongoing rumours in the Media) * Hainan Group carriers joins Skyteam to fill void left by China Southern's defection to OW. * Borghetti is booted/leaves the VA CEO role. * SQ subsequently sells their VA stake, and g...

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by sq256
Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What would Ansett Australia look like today? (Discussion)
Replies: 10
Views: 1433

Re: What would Ansett Australia look like today? (Discussion)

If Selywn Cushing (the 90s version of John Borghetti) didn't let his ego get in the way and block SQ from acquiring the 50% stake of AN, AN would've been still around today as a hybrid model. He was one of the primary (if not the primary) reason towards speeding up AN's demise (started by News/TNT)....

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by sq256
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 37981

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

Also with Hainan Group's HKG slots/growth being stagnant as of the moment, it'll be a while before any available "ideal" slots open up for BNE or SYD to HKG on VA .

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by sq256
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA's airlines miss lease payments
Replies: 56
Views: 15738

Re: HNA's airlines miss lease payments

H One of the main reasons NZ should there shareholding to HNA was that they didn't want to poor any more cash into an failing airline that keeps bleeding money. You also conveniently forgot that the QF group via JQ had also decided to ramp up their NZ domestic operations as one of the reasons for b...

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by sq256
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA's airlines miss lease payments
Replies: 56
Views: 15738

Re: HNA's airlines miss lease payments

One of the primary reasons of HNA investing in VA is to gain access to the HK-SYD/BNE/MEL route as the bilateral is maxed out on HK's end, thus their subsidy in VA is for them to operate the HK-MEL route on HNA's behalf (and provide some multilingual FAs). In addition to this is also expanding their...

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by sq256
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF75 SYD-YVR Landing in Seattle
Replies: 17
Views: 3215

Re: QF75 SYD-YVR Landing in Seattle

SkyVoice wrote:
I'm having trouble making out the plane's registration in the pic. Would one of you please post it? Thank you in advance!


VH-OEB

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by sq256
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: United announces SFO-PPT
Replies: 148
Views: 21341

Re: Updated: United announces SFO-PPT

^ From my understanding most of the QF/UA and VA/UA interlines are sold through third parties (Travel Agents, Third Party Travel Sites, etc). UA/VA interlines are very hard to come across those days. Apart from UA selling limited QF interlines (to other Australian capitals) on their own website, the...

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by sq256
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: United announces SFO-PPT
Replies: 148
Views: 21341

Re: United 787 route announcement - Weds Dec 13th

Not true. UA has interline agreements with Virgin Australia and qantas- they feed to and receive feed from- those carriers at both SYD and MEL today. If they ever went to Brisbane they’d do the same there. Both QF and VA are only baggage interline agreements, but are not formal agreements. The UA w...

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by sq256
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: United announces SFO-PPT
Replies: 148
Views: 21341

Re: United 787 route announcement - Weds Dec 13th

Don't get the mention of BKK, it's a very low yielding (VFR) destination for UA and would probably be better covered through their NH JV via NRT.

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by sq256
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: United announces SFO-PPT
Replies: 148
Views: 21341

Re: United 787 route announcement - Weds Dec 13th

It will be from SFO, according to the teaser they put in their instagram account. :checkmark: I'd place my bets on either SFO-PPT as has been the rumor, SFO-BNE or CNS or for something totally off the wall, BKK or MNL. If its was a route from SFO to Australia MEL would be more likely. From BNE a se...

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by sq256
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA's airlines miss lease payments
Replies: 56
Views: 15738

Re: HNA's airlines miss lease payments

How will this affect Virgin Australia? they are part owned by HNA Your obviously looking at this from an Australian angle but the HNA Group have interests throughout the world and many companies would be affected not just Virgin Australia so the same question could be asked for example 'what would ...

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by sq256
Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 37981

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

Its just another reason virgin doesnt do well as it should it just chops and changes too much. There is no clear direction. Also partly due to having 3 major shareholders for most of their life since they rebranded from DJ to VA. 3 airline groups wanting VA to do different things also didn't help t...

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by sq256
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 37981

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

Its just another reason virgin doesnt do well as it should it just chops and changes too much. There is no clear direction. Also partly due to having 3 major shareholders for most of their life since they rebranded from DJ to VA. 3 airline groups wanting VA to do different things also didn't help t...

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by sq256
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 37981

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

VA has put off announcing the new 737 business class seat, dubbed the Perth Product. This was due to be announced this month however has been on hold now VA has said that not being able to get more Hong Kong slots is the reason behind the delay https://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-australia-puts-new-boe...

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by sq256
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 37981

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

Why would Chinese tourists choose to transfer in HKG when they have scores of direct services from even 3rd tier cities? Perhaps some of them are looking for a better quality product offering, or more flexible frequencies? Not that VA is strong on these. In FY2017, CX was the largest one-stop compe...

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by sq256
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 262
Views: 29975

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

The dense configuration of the 333 seems like too much plane for CBR - I wonder if a one-stop A320 via DPS, DRW (or elsewhere) would be more suitable. Cheers, C. If they flew AK's narrowbodies instead of using D7's 333s. AK wouldn't have the traffic rights if it's via an Australian port (Domestic L...

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by sq256
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 262
Views: 29975

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

OOL is traditionally a tourist market with very minimal business demand. I agree, but then so is CHC, which is half the size of OOL, but supports a daily SQ service from SIN. Would SQ really want to fragment the South East Queensland market further? If it would mean giving SQ more of an edge over t...

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by sq256
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 262
Views: 29975

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

There is no reason why the SQ Group could not avail of the same strategy in respect of OOL - particularly given that SQ and TR already overlap on SIN - MEL, SIN - PER and SIN - SYD, and JQ frequently overlaps with QF too (might I add, successfully), like on routes such as SYD - HNL and SYD - DPS. O...

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by sq256
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 262
Views: 29975

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

In light of this, I wonder what is next for SQ in Australia - in particular: - Will SQ's CBR service suffer from QR's upcoming CBR launch, particularly in respect of European connections? - Will SQ explore additional secondary cities, like OOL, or even expand MI or TZ to the likes of AYQ, HBA or TS...

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by sq256
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 262
Views: 29975

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

Thai AirAsia X is considering Australian flights. "The LCC has studied expanding to Eastern Europe and Australia, he said, adding those plans are still possible, without providing further details." See: https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/transport/1364699/taax-plans-new-routes-fleet-growth....

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by sq256
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 369
Views: 23868

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017

Re KUL-NZ. Understand your point now. Agreed would be nice to see DL at AKL. Either from LAX or SEA. Don't rate the chances of SLC. Actually, I don't rate chances of DL coming to AKL at all really. They don't seem serious about the Pacific in the way UAL are and AA appear to be. Their capacity seem...

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by sq256
Sat Oct 28, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Tokyo Narita still considered a Hub for United?
Replies: 24
Views: 3348

Re: Is Tokyo Narita still considered a Hub for United?

Honolulu is technically the sole "non-hub" flight from Narita, considering UA doesn't officially consider HNL as a hub.

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by sq256
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 52527

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

As an aside, with the growth in the SIN mini hub, could we see a daily OOL-SIN on a 330 once the OOL expansion is complete? Would give QF an edge in the premium stakes there and provide an additional QLD daily frequency. Or, would we be more likely to see another BNE daily or upgauge to 388? You'll...

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by sq256
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 52527

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

United would be relying on O&D on the Australian end. It would be tricky for UA to start BNE-LAX with no Australian feed (despite having a limited "interline" agreement with QF). Although the alternative for UA is making AKL year-round and having NZ expand to other East Coast ports out...

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by sq256
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Virgin Australia expand its network?
Replies: 26
Views: 3400

Re: When will Virgin Australia expand its network?

As far as expansion goes, I'd suggest the selling off of the E-Jet and ATR families of aircraft will have a subsequent impact on passengers flown. So from this perspective the airline will probably be in contraction for a few years as it exits the (regional) markets that were a drain on its profits...

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by sq256
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Virgin Australia expand its network?
Replies: 26
Views: 3400

Re: When will Virgin Australia expand its network?

As mentioned, you won't see VA expanding outside of their HK/China plans (using the A330s) anytime soon considering their financial situation ever since they rebranded from the Virgin Blue LCC to hybrid-carrier Virgin Australia. VA as already mentioned was also crippled with the multiple shareholder...

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by sq256
Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 36723

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

From what I am can work out VA is trying to transform itself back to something a tad more luxurious than the old VB. Putting my Armchair CEO hat, getting more consistency at VA would be a start. Reducing their fleet types (which they have started to do), along with the decision of going to MoM (Hyb...

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by sq256
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 36723

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

At least SYD shares the 'pain' of Bus Boarding between all carriers (home & overseas) rather than adopting the standard at other international ports of subjecting the 'Home Carriers' to bus boarding whilst dedicating the jetways to international carriers Most other ports worldwide (& MEL fro...

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by sq256
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018
Replies: 155
Views: 25720

Re: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018

I wonder how this will impact the QF/AA JV that is in the pipelines, this to me would highlight conpetition is live and well, and the DOT should not be worried about AA/QF, and would look to approve NZ/UA as pacific JV. It also highlights to me, VA have once again chosen a the wrong partner. UA and...

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by sq256
Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 36723

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

According to this article there is an airline looking Bali and beyond from TSV, though the person who has mentioned this is a politician so I will believe it when something is actually announced http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/options-in-store-for-bali-flights-as-jetstar-cease-services/ne...

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by sq256
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 36723

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

Someone's gotta tell them that a full plane doesn't automatically equal profit. If JQ had to continually offer $99 base fares (not including baggage and credit card fees) to fill up the flights, it only confirms the suspicions that the yields on TSV-DPS were extremely low, making the route unviable.

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by sq256
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?
Replies: 71
Views: 9806

Re: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?

Past attempts at Focus Cities didn't quite work with UA (Seattle & Miami). Although UA never considered JFK as a "hub" or "focus city", their JFK operations at their peak was one large O&D outstation with a international crew base, at least before UA's drawback to just p....

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by sq256
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 36723

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

I have heard on the grapevine that an airline (from Asia) that currently does not fly to PER yet has been in town evaluating the airport over the past week or so I know who it is- a little out of left field and not that exciting, but I guess it's an extra notch in the PER belt. The monopoly carrier...

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by sq256
Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American Airlines at JFK, A Few Years From Now
Replies: 29
Views: 2814

Re: American Airlines at JFK, A Few Years From Now

IMO, JFK may be "right-sized" for AA to be primarily a O&D "hub", similar to how LAX is for UA.

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by sq256
Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 53161

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

I have just read that BNE CEO Julieanne Alroe stating that the QF 789s would allow an increase of up 70,000 seats per year on the BNE-USA route (in general, not LAX in particular). So, assuming the current 744 config of 364 seats per day = 2548 per week (132860 per year) Extra 70000 seats per year =...

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by sq256
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 53161

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

My guess for the 4 BNE based B789s: The first 2: BNE-LAX-JFK-LAX-BNE will switch from B744 to B789, this will also enable aircraft rotation on the return through LAX with the MEL based B789s (QF96) The second 2: BNE-DFW-BNE, this will pick up some of the capacity short fall by the replacement of th...

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by sq256
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 53161

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

wouldn't AVV & OOL be perfect for Norwegian ? AVV doesn't have customs for passenger services currently, although it could be done NZ got customs added to MCY for there flight to AKL. OOL is almost near breaking point, so would need to be in the off-peak. MCY's runway is only long enough for sh...

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