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by LTU932
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

Any news on how the current situation is affecting travel to Nicaragua? Since companies like Ticabus and Transnica had to suspend coach service to Nicaragua (in the case of both, it also affects destinations in the rest of northern Central America), the question is whether AV and CM are considering ...

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by LTU932
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights between cities of same name.
Replies: 24
Views: 1591

Re: Flights between cities of same name.

klm617 wrote:
Lima OH to Lima Chile
I never heard of Lima, Chile. Unless you actually meant Lima, Peru.

BTW, I dunno if this one was mentioned: Panama City, FL to Panama City, Panama.

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by LTU932
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights between cities of same name.
Replies: 24
Views: 1591

Re: Flights between cities of same name.

Imagine how weird it would be if there was a flight between SJO and SJC.

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by LTU932
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 2 hours enough SQ to AirAsia at SIN ?
Replies: 7
Views: 359

Re: 2 hours enough SQ to AirAsia at SIN ?

Two hours, even when connecting on a single ticket and including immigration, is too short. Personally, basing myself off my experiences with connections that include going through immigration and without knowing SIN, I'd go for three hours instead of just two.

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by LTU932
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hotel search websites.
Replies: 5
Views: 213

Re: Hotel search websites.

When I booked my recent PTY trip, I booked through CM's website, which led me to a page on booking.com to make the reservation. The price was ok (120 Dollars for four nights, plus 10% sales tax) so I booked the trip and hotel but in the end, when I checked in, the lady at the front desk made me a 28...

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by LTU932
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: At it again, Korean Air CEO's daughter suspended.
Replies: 29
Views: 8017

Re: At it again, Korean Air CEO's daughter suspended.

I am confused. Is Korean Air owned by a family? KE is owned by the Hanjin Group... it's a type of closely-held conglomerate called a "chaebol," where it's not uncommon to see a single person as majority holder, and his/her family members forming the directors and executives throughout the...

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by LTU932
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

Just returned from Panama. If any of y'all know people who work at CM, please send them a shoutout from me for their great service. Only issues: a 45 minute delay on my return tonight. I suspect they must have had IT problems, because the luggage tag and my boarding pass were written by hand (and th...

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by LTU932
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 227
Views: 28159

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

I don't see why Brexit would have any particular impact on a Spanish company buying a Norwegian one. It may have an impact for all airlines on a British AOC (mainly BA), plus the fact that despite being registered in Spain, IAG's HQ is in London. Still a Spanish company though. They still have thei...

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by LTU932
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 227
Views: 28159

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

Yes BA/IB are euro legacies... they get special treatment. Unless the EU wants to play hardball because of Brexit. I don't see why Brexit would have any particular impact on a Spanish company buying a Norwegian one. It may have an impact for all airlines on a British AOC (mainly BA), plus the fact ...

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by LTU932
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TAAG LAD-HAV?
Replies: 1
Views: 265

Re: TAAG LAD-HAV?

My first thought: They don't have a crew to take over in HAV and therefore need to wait until the mandatory crew rest is over to return to LAD?

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by LTU932
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 227
Views: 28159

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

Would the competition commission of the EU allow a full merger? This will not go down too well with LH group/Air france-KLM. And another question: Even if IAG is a registered company in Spain, their main offices are in London. How will the Brexit impact them? And yes, I also have my concerns in ter...

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by LTU932
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Passenger denied boarding on WOW Air flight for not including middle name in reservation
Replies: 38
Views: 3854

Re: Passenger denied boarding on WOW Air flight for not including middle name in reservation

Here's the thing: Whenever I booked my flights to SJO when I lived in Germany, I had to include my full name as-is from my German passport. However, when I requested my ESTA, the middle name was explicitly not required, similarly when I reupped my ESTA two years ago. With regards to the Costa Rican ...

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by LTU932
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

Thank you. Now I get the big picture.

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by LTU932
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

Question: I remember reading that when AF goes year-round on CDG-SJO, that until November, they'd downgrade from a 77W to a 77E. On Flightradar24, I saw that today's flight was operated by a 77W. Now, I'm not complaining, I love it when we have more big aircraft at SJO, but did AF decide to continue...

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by LTU932
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 91
Views: 9248

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

Wingo is also suspended as those planes are registered in Panama. That leaves just BW (one daily ATR72 flight), American (to Miami, 2 daily B738 flights) and CU (3 weekly Avion Express A320). They will likely remain because the same crew can operate in and out. Unless it has changed on the last 24 ...

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by LTU932
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 34186

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

but when His Royal Highness, the Reigning Mayor of Berlin bluntly rejects the result , how can there be hope that the Berlin Senate and the Brandenburg Parliament as well as the state govwrnments learn from mistakes made. And the worst part about it: People in Berlin would STILL vote SPD and SED, I...

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by LTU932
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 34186

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

Don't forget that now there are many people that earn money (as in billions) through the endless construction phase. The longer it takes the better for them. This might very well have morphed into some possible serious corruption and fraud case. But as two federal states plus the federal government...

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by LTU932
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Facial Recognition At LAX Airport
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: Facial Recognition At LAX Airport

LAXintl wrote:
Its already being used by BA and LH for self-boarding at gates.
Is there a possibility for CBP to use this for the purpose of some kind of exit immigration? Not just the data being funneled to the airline but also to CBP as a form of passport control by them?

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by LTU932
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The future of traveling from/to UK after Brexit
Replies: 20
Views: 2097

Re: The future of traveling from/to UK after Brexit

Absolutely no changes for leisure and short business trips of upto ninety days in duration. Those that need Visas will still need those. US Visa wavers will remain. EU passport or ID cards will remain accepted travel documents for at least another 2 years in the transition/implementation period and...

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by LTU932
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: No security, immigration, or customs for connecting International flights at ATL?
Replies: 15
Views: 2623

Re: No security, immigration, or customs for connecting International flights at ATL?

For DL flights, at least, you don't have to pick up and recheck your bags if you're connecting to another international flight - so maybe that's what the F/A was referring to, but mistakenly mentioned not having to go through immigration as well. When did this change? Last May I connected in ATL co...

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Int'l to Int'l Transit at U.S. Airports
Replies: 16
Views: 1925

Re: Int'l to Int'l Transit at U.S. Airports

Mexico did away with the red/green customs checks at the end of 2017. Now it operates like most EU airports where if you have nothing to declare you just walk past a couple bored guards. I read that the reason for getting rid of the light signals was that some officials had corrupted the so called ...

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

And the caption in that picture is wrong because last Thursday was the first regular scheduled flight operated by LH between FRA and SJO. There was a charter flight over 5 years ago that came to SJO from MUC, operated by LH.

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Int'l to Int'l Transit at U.S. Airports
Replies: 16
Views: 1925

Re: Int'l to Int'l Transit at U.S. Airports

Some airports in the US do allow you to bypass customs, you just go through immigration and that's it. I've had that in DFW, where I was told to use the green APCs since I was on an international to international transfer and flying with my German passport. EWR on the other hand is different, becaus...

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

I hope for their sake they're not eventually becoming the next Air Comet or Air Madrid.

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

German embassy and business traffic alone will not sustain this LH SJO flight. I didn't say it would sustain the flight, I said that it caters a bit more to diplomatic and business traffic than DE would (and let's face it, no disrespect to DE but which business man or diplomat wants to fly on a tou...

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by LTU932
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

Kilgen wrote:
DE stopped flying to PTY a couple of months after LH entered the market. The way DE serves PTY is by connecting passengers using CM at SDQ and PUJ..
I missed that then. I stand corrected. I honestly thought they were still flying to PTY.

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by LTU932
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

I think yellowtail meant tag on tu GUA or CTG from SDQ, not a direct flight. A tag on SDQ - CTG would be great for me as I live in the DR. Then again, remember that DE is operating FRA-PTY as well (with stops via SDQ and SJU), along with LH, so if DE appears to make PTY work with LH offering the no...

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by LTU932
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: THAI Eyeing MAN, HAM, Return to MAD
Replies: 38
Views: 8028

Re: THAI Eyeing MAN, HAM, Return to MAD

Is there even a real market for BKK-HAM? Even if, they'd be competing with EK and while they'd have the advantage of a nonstop flight instead of the one-stop via DXB, and as much as I wish HAM to have more intercontinental flights, I don't think BKK-HAM may be viable enough.

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by LTU932
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

DE is going to be in real trouble at SJO (since it has a SDQ stopover) against LH. Perhaps they should consider moving the tag to GUA or CTG where there is less competition I don't think you can compare DE with LH that much, because DE departs FRA late at night and LH in the afternoon. LH will like...

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by LTU932
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Norwegian strands passengers at LGW for 24 hours
Replies: 38
Views: 4713

Re: Norwegian strands passengers at LGW for 24 hours

The first aid kit story seems strange to me. Regulations REQUIRE you to have that first aid kit, regardless of whether you're a ULCC or a full service carrier. Flight attendants are also not there just to give orders to the PAX and sell things/serve food, they are there for the passenger's safety a...

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by LTU932
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

Update: ETA per Flightradar24 is now 17:33 hrs CST, 22 minutes ahead of schedule, plus it's about to meet with DE 2235, which is returning from SJO via SDQ. Just wanted to note this because of the coincidence, one is leaving SJO, says hi to the one flying to SJO.

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by LTU932
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

It's finally underway: LH 518 and their (to my knowledge) LH's first regular scheduled service to Central America, is on the way to SJO, although it departed with a 43 minute delay. Per Flightradar24, it is estimated to arrive 40 minutes late at SJO as of right now. Unless you are referring to the ...

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by LTU932
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

It's finally underway: LH 518 and their (to my knowledge) LH's first regular scheduled service to Central America, is on the way to SJO, although it departed with a 43 minute delay. Per Flightradar24, it is estimated to arrive 40 minutes late at SJO as of right now.

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by LTU932
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Cubana finally start flying to the United States?
Replies: 24
Views: 3008

Re: So........when will Cubana finally start flying to the United States?

I believe there is also another issue, that is of legal nature that, even if they were allowed again, it would keep them from flying to the US: Weren't there claims by Cuban exiles in the US that could force CU aircraft to be seized? Something with their expropriation after the Cuban revolution, not...

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by LTU932
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 34186

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

Can't they just fire the idiots in charge? Politicians firing themselves?? Even if they wanted to, I don't think neither the federal government, nor any of the 16 state parliaments have something that resembles an impeachment trial like in the US or in Brazil. Because if anyone needs to be fired, i...

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 34186

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

The airport CEO has shot back at Lufthansa and suggested that instead of minding someone else's business they should concentrate on their own business, particularly on offering longhaul routes from Berlin.... Then my response as LH's CEO would be: Then do something that makes those longhaul routes ...

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 34186

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

If even a Lufthansa board member is openly talking about the possibility of tearing down BER and starting from scratch, you know things got flushed down the toilet. Question is: will the governments of Berlin and Brandenburg, as well as the federal government, listen? I don't think so. Either way, w...

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 34186

Re: Berlin Brandenburg more expensive and to open in 2020

Even in Germany, it is for some reason always the high-profile prestige project that runs into these issues and almost always is connected to the local government doing things wrong. Once projects are run by companies (e. g. terminal expansions) they suddenly work almost flawlessly. The problem is ...

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by LTU932
Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 34186

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

Something tells me that this is just a way to finally justify shutting down TXL. Maybe I'm just being pessimistic, but that's what I think. BER is a failure, but nobody wants to admit it. They should not allow an incomplete BER to open if TXL is closed. You think the governments of Berlin, Brandenb...

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by LTU932
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 34186

Re: Berlin Brandenburg more expensive and to open in 2020

https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute/jahrelang-nutzlos-gelaufen-750-monitore-am-ber-vor-austausch-100.html Now it's getting ridiculous: They have to change the monitors because most of them reached the end of their life cycle, after running for six years straight, without any actual flight informati...

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by LTU932
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the most number of stops you've made on a trip between two cities?
Replies: 89
Views: 3830

Re: What's the most number of stops you've made on a trip between two cities?

On HAM-SJO in January 1990 on KL, a total of three stops: HAM-AMS-CUR-CCS-SJO

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite Airport to Fly In/Out Of?
Replies: 51
Views: 2110

Re: Favorite Airport to Fly In/Out Of?

Flying in to HAM via RW 23 was always a pleasure for me. I could see one of the subway stations that was nearby (U Fuhlsbüttel Nord) and the traffic over the Alsterkrug-/Langenhorner Chaussee during the night. The last time I landed in HAM 2 years ago, about 11 months before I left Hamburg to move b...

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ‘US authorization required’ message on ba.com
Replies: 12
Views: 793

Re: ‘US authorization required’ message on ba.com

Thanks for that info LTU In your case, it should just be a formality. But now that I think of it, I believe you cannot check in online at all when departing to the US from Europe (regardless of passport). And even if, you'd still have to go through the interview and possibly get new boarding passes...

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ‘US authorization required’ message on ba.com
Replies: 12
Views: 793

Re: ‘US authorization required’ message on ba.com

In some instances, you cannot check in online at all when departing to the US. Happened to me when I checked in for UA HAM-EWR-SJO (even scanning the passport with the app didn't work), and it didn't have anything to do with SSSS. I suppose it's for the security interview before you're even let to t...

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by LTU932
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

https://www.larepublica.net/noticia/nature-air-obligada-a-segunda-ola-de-despidos-en-un-mes After laying off 20 employees earlier this month, things have gotten worse for 5C. So much that there has been a second wave of layoffs. 32 employees were fired just today. Does anyone here really think there...

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by LTU932
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

I apologise if this has been asked before but has it been confirmed that China Airlines will get 5th freedom on IAH-PTY and will CM put its code on the flight? Don't you mean Air China (CA)? China Airlines (CI) is from Taiwan, and I don't think the Taiwanese government is currently willing to sign ...

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by LTU932
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airberlin Administrator Considers €1 billion In Claims Against Etihad
Replies: 26
Views: 3450

Re: Airberlin Administrator Considers €1 billion In Claims Against Etihad

The administrator can do what they want, whether they'll be successful or not is another story. I predict that this will take years to get resolved.

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 218
Views: 12831

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

https://ameliarueda.com/nota/renovacion-seguro-accidente-donde-murieron-12-personas-regreso-nature-air It appears it wasn't enough for 5C to have the government lift their suspension, because there is another problem that keeps them grounded: The renewal of their insurance. Negotiations between them...

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by LTU932
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 166
Views: 6784

Re: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List

Be advised though that according to seatguru, Copa has 3 configurations for the E90: one with the real business class seats and the other two "european style". I know, and I deliberately chose 3A when I booked. First, it's up front, and chances are the aircraft may get switched to a 737, ...

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by LTU932
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where to Fly a 757-300 this Summer?
Replies: 3
Views: 368

Re: Where to Fly a 757-300 this Summer?

You can also try to make a detour to HAM and fly on DE's 753s from there.

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