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by Rajahdhani
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's next for MIA (route wise)?
Replies: 32
Views: 1945

Re: What's next for MIA (route wise)?

MIA will be hampered by FLL's presence in this respect, however I would love to see AA provide greater U.S. connectivity via MIA. As is, trunk South Florida routes run to FLL (as both the LCCs and the airport's lower costs provide a haven for such services). AA has banked on international expansion,...

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by Rajahdhani
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCY-BUD to be launched by LOT
Replies: 46
Views: 4228

Re: LCY-BUD to be launched by LOT

If LO starts to make too much of a noise at BUD for European flights, W6 and FR will eat them alive. Not into LCY, though. I believe that this is the major imperative. The EJets not only have the range, but the performance capabilities to serve LCY, which itself has a niche to occupy. If the idea h...

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by Rajahdhani
Mon May 14, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no ME3 airline serve TLV?
Replies: 73
Views: 11549

Re: Why no ME3 airline serve TLV?

Though neither is an ME3, consider that both TK and RJ fly to TLV.

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by Rajahdhani
Mon May 14, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Jeju Air CEO starting longhaul LCC - Air Premia
Replies: 23
Views: 3006

Re: Former Jeju Air CEO starting longhaul LCC - Air Premia

Consider this as part of the greater trend of discussion, especially of the past week's news from Japan; https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/22/business/corporate-business/low-cost-carriers-peach-vanilla-merge-2019-ana/ Vanilla Air and Peach Aviation, two low-cost carriers owned by ANA Holding...

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by Rajahdhani
Tue May 01, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline companies stare at a burning issue as fuel prices skyrocket
Replies: 54
Views: 9436

Re: Airline companies stare at a burning issue as fuel prices skyrocket

iad51fl wrote:
The airlines can start using that "baggage fee" and "fuel surcharge" money they have been collecting over the last 3-4 years to pay the difference.


Or, rather - some mighty debt write off, courtesy of the Tax Payer? I mean, it's 2018. Why not, right?

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by Rajahdhani
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39497

Re: Air Asia X cancels A350. Decision on fleet expected later this year.

This is Air Asia X.. an airline that seems to change its strategy every few months. The amount of times it has stated it will grow frequencies only to not long after instead cut them on its network is just too hard to follow. Their fleet decision making process seems just as hard to read. Really ea...

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by Rajahdhani
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Safe airlines around Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia?
Replies: 29
Views: 3093

Re: Safe airlines around Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia?

I lived in Cambodia for two years and travelled a lot in the region, including domestic flights in Cambodia. For domestic flights to Siem Reap I'd usually fly Bassaka Air and occasionally Cambodia Ankgor. Bassaka is owned by a casino in PP. A friend works for them and has never raised any safety co...

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by Rajahdhani
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.
Replies: 66
Views: 16662

Re: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.

It could be the deportee is a gay apostate and almost sure to be killed, or the son of a tribal elder sure to welcomed back. Consider that both men - can be the same person? Consider the choice here, for that man. Ahead of him lies a path, one that will grow heavier each day, one that when exposed,...

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by Rajahdhani
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.
Replies: 66
Views: 16662

Re: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.

All of those pilots should be fired immediately. They have to remember, they are paid to fly from point A to B. Politics and matters of Governmental action is NOT their experience and they have no right to intercede in extradition or expulsion matters. The Courts are where that is handled and just ...

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by Rajahdhani
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM pilots will take their caps off
Replies: 132
Views: 22727

Re: KLM pilots will take their caps off

Using your logic - what’s inside a head - why have uniforms at all? Because even I can understand that holding to a purist logic, to that extreme is as vitriolic as it is foolish. I do advocate using intelligence and dare we peruse the word, logic to come to an understanding about the issue. I am a...

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by Rajahdhani
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM pilots will take their caps off
Replies: 132
Views: 22727

Re: KLM pilots will take their caps off

Damn, who's that on the right? ........they should put him in their promotional material! :-D I was about to thank God when I found out that they don't even wear ties! It leads to a rather interesting, though perverse, sub-topic though. Virgin, and with few carriers holding such high distinction - ...

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by Rajahdhani
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM pilots will take their caps off
Replies: 132
Views: 22727

Re: KLM pilots will take their caps off

Does a pilot perform better, or worse, with, or without, a hat? If the hat has no bearing on his/her performance, then what exactly is the necessity of it? Far too few of those posting are concerned with what exists in a pilot's head, morose that what sits on it. In an era where pilots are overworke...

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by Rajahdhani
Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Indian operations profitable for United Airlines?
Replies: 65
Views: 9950

Re: Are Indian operations profitable for United Airlines?

...and then add on AI’s hubs and connectivity at both DEL and BOM. AI’s recent expansion to the U.S., consider that AI chose to consolidate their expansions to UA hubs. ULH is always inherently higher risk, yet considering the longevity of the route, something has to be working and well enough to su...

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by Rajahdhani
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus not to join oneWorld after all
Replies: 12
Views: 4470

Re: Aer Lingus not to join oneWorld after all

Question... The only other reason I can think is they were vetoed, but by who? Answer. Don't know about the JV part, but the only reason not to do it is cost; ...if they don't want the cost of it which is mainly IT and bag transfer, I question whether the JV will continue either. My new favorite te...

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by Rajahdhani
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The fall of Robert Mugabe: Potential Impact on Air Zimbabwe & Zimbabwean Aviation
Replies: 43
Views: 16739

Re: The fall of Robert Mugabe: Potential Impact on Air Zimbabwe & Zimbabwean Aviation

Has anyone heard from, or, secured Tsvangirai? In reality, he remains the nation's one great hope. Let's be pragmatic in the following fact; If not this, death would have rid us of the Robert Mugabe regime sooner, than later. The fate of the nation's political future was soon to be determined, by an...

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by Rajahdhani
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?
Replies: 120
Views: 22185

Re: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?

Hainan's CTU-LAX is an odd one. There is certainly demand on both sides, and admittedly LAX is more of a focus city for Hainan than CTU is. That said, it kinda barely qualifies considering Hainan's sparce offerings at CTU.

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by Rajahdhani
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?
Replies: 120
Views: 22185

Re: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?

So, oddly (and the economic profitability has been the source of dispute on these forums before); AI's 787s on the AMD-LHR-EWR stands to meet some of these criteria. AMD is not a particularly strong hub for AI (with both DEL, and BOM likely able to better use the slots), and though a major destinati...

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by Rajahdhani
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub
Replies: 196
Views: 21138

Re: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub

This brings up a more general discussion on the cost per enplaned passenger at each major airport. It seems as United faces a structural issue in its network operating major hubs out of the most expensive in the country while not reaping the benefits of a "cheap" hub. https://dwuconsultin...

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by Rajahdhani
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub
Replies: 196
Views: 21138

Re: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub

CLT has a lot of construction planned. New concourse under construction, terminal expansion, terminal interior improvements, a new control tower, a new runway planned, etc. What will this do to CLT's cost per passenger? I too wonder where it will all settle out. I have to hope that those ultimate e...

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by Rajahdhani
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL announces Q3 2017 pre-tax profit USD $1.7 Billion
Replies: 76
Views: 11503

Re: DL announces Q3 2017 pre-tax profit USD $1.7 BILLION

Well done. Congrats to Delta. On a side note, did anyone else see the brand colors and think that they must have clicked on a link for United results? LOL i did! I did a double take, and then had to scroll up (to verify the title of the thread). I mean, sure, red, and blue might be a little confusi...

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by Rajahdhani
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks
Replies: 50
Views: 13613

Re: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks

Oh right, because Kenya Airways really needs to be looking at more aircraft at a time when their current fleet risks repossession. Great logic there. So...if you repossess their current aircraft - what will they fly with? Downsizing the fleet (or, rather, simplifying it along the lines of their mos...

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by Rajahdhani
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX
Replies: 74
Views: 16276

Re: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX

Flighty wrote:
Sounds like a win win to me, for Airbus Boeing and UA.


Just one 'loser' in the equation...

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by Rajahdhani
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks
Replies: 50
Views: 13613

Re: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks

Though slightly off-topic; Why not just have KQ go to the Chinese for financing? 1). It is not as if the current Kenyan regime is opposed to broad-ranging Chinese 'investment' (even at the implication of political mismanagement and/or corruption); http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/15/africa/kenya-railway-e...

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by Rajahdhani
Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DI (Norwegian UK) begins LGW-SIN
Replies: 75
Views: 14794

Re: DI (Norwegian UK) begins LGW-SIN

They are not competing again sq, ba or qf. Me3 really get a lot of the non business traffic here and the fares are really low and they have great schedule and the perception of high end y product. Yield will be very low here for Norwegian. But its value-for-money Y+ product will appeal to cost-cons...

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by Rajahdhani
Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways flight to Athens takes 33 hours and FOUR planes in ‘embarrassing’ ordeal
Replies: 26
Views: 8776

Re: British Airways flight to Athens takes 33 hours and FOUR planes in ‘embarrassing’ ordeal

It seems to me that too many airlines these days are guilty of poor resource management, and it costs them real money (how many hotel rooms, meal vouchers?) and customer goodwill. Its one thing when its a small carrier or at a remote station.... but BA, at Heathrow - really? On the other hand, mayb...

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by Rajahdhani
Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field
Replies: 155
Views: 22014

Re: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field

Enplanements at Dallas Love Field with 70 gates in 1973 was 6.6 million. In 2016 with 20 gates there were 7.8 million enplanements. The difference between 1973 and 2016 is the size of the aircraft the airlines use now compared to 1973. The gate limit is in place to protect the environment immediate...

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by Rajahdhani
Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Dubai Air Show Nov 2017. What Major Announcements Do You Expect?
Replies: 126
Views: 18389

Re: The Dubai Air Show Nov 2017. What Major Announcements Do You Expect?

Why would Airbus not market the A380 Plus to QF? QF's capacity is under review, and has recently posted it's second most profitable quarter - of all time. While the 787 is being used fantastically to open up new, chiefly-Australian based routes (as not openly using the EK JV, bypassing it towards pe...

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by Rajahdhani
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 37132

Re: Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-C

CPH was a surprise to me, but I guess many people wouldn't have expected DUB either. No doubt CPH is by far the weakest one of the new. The perception of CPH in the aviation community is always a bitt too optimistic in regards to their actual local market potential. With exemption of the M3 and PIA...

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by Rajahdhani
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer Transatlantic Range?
Replies: 19
Views: 4269

Re: Embraer Transatlantic Range?

Crossing the boarder to the U.S., and we see why the E2s are yet to place well in the market - essentially because on the E190 and E195 (and potential E2 models) would be capable of flying 'mainline'. Ok, firstly - I see an error in my original post, and would like to correct it. The line reads: &q...

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by Rajahdhani
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAL outlines A350 strategy, to launch MNL-NYC
Replies: 75
Views: 16096

Re: PAL outlines A350 strategy, to launch MNL-NYC

Why should PR consider an alliance, to gain better U.S. access? I understand the notion well, one 'legacy' carrier, partnering with another 'legacy' carrier - in the conventional form of an alliance. That said, based on PR's seat map, changes in recent structure, and perhaps face of forward growth -...

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by Rajahdhani
Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Royal Air Maroc to order 4 x 789
Replies: 38
Views: 10241

Re: Royal Air Maroc to add 3 763 and 2 789

They're going to need the added capacity for sure! They're running a very tight schedule with their wide body fleet at present. By October the carrier plans on increasing its service to IAD to 4x weekly and its Brazil flights will increase to daily. In the US I could potentially see an opening to o...

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by Rajahdhani
Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer Transatlantic Range?
Replies: 19
Views: 4269

Re: Embraer Transatlantic Range?

I agree that a 10 pax Embraer TATL would be unlikely. I am more interested in the prospect of a transcontinental Embraer. I think Embraer may be able to modify an E2 series aircraft to compete with the CSeries transcontinental capabilities, possibly serving even thinner routes than those of the CSe...

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by Rajahdhani
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 316
Views: 40507

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

But as noted above, people are paying a premium to fly without the tech stop or any stop. They aren't being forced to endure. They are paying more to get there faster. I think that perhaps, that's key to understanding/contemplating/conceptualizing what QF is attempting to achieve here. I mean, I wo...

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by Rajahdhani
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca, Copa or Latam Puerto Rico
Replies: 30
Views: 2984

Re: Avianca, Copa or Latam Puerto Rico

There is also the issue of depending on a P.R. based O/D crowd, in the current P.R. economy. Couple that with improvements to various airports around the Caribbean (thus reducing the need for flights to feed into SJU to connect onto hubs/larger aircraft - et voila - neither the healthy enough O/D se...

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by Rajahdhani
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"
Replies: 101
Views: 14362

Re: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"

Another thought to consider here, is the nature of the competition on the route. BA does not serve OAK-LHR, where the competition is lesser, and the yields higher. These are not even served by LHR based crews, and are operated by aircraft specifically configured to lower costs. BA competes primarily...

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by Rajahdhani
Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Azul will start CNF-MCO and BEL-FLL
Replies: 7
Views: 1072

Re: Azul will start CNF-MCO and BEL-FLL

How do the MCO-Brazil flights make money year round? I would imagine outside of school holidays there is not that much traffic between Brazil and MCO? I know I am probably wrong given the flights exist. Just wondering who flies them when school is in session? Some, though little - O/D, as well as c...

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by Rajahdhani
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?
Replies: 63
Views: 9669

Re: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?

I think SJC changes the dynamic for BA in a different way than places like AUS and MSY. In AUS and MSY, you probably had a few people driving to IAH for TATL flights, but the vast majority of the TATL traffic was connecting over some US hub. SJC sees some people connecting too but has/had a signifi...

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by Rajahdhani
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are airlines getting rid of their E190's prematurely?
Replies: 68
Views: 19838

Re: Why are airlines getting rid of their E190's prematurely?

Also, as essentially Regional Jets - wouldn't most older E190s have high cycles on them? I mean this may contribute to the logic that if there were not significantly good economies of scale (and/or facilities to do so) that it would create higher (than better available Boeing, Airbus, and perhaps Bo...

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by Rajahdhani
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?
Replies: 63
Views: 9669

Re: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?

Sounds like premium seats are selling well, but not economy. Didn't I hear someone say that BA's 787 economy seats are pretty bad in comparison to the alternatives from SFO ? P.S. This is intended as a joke, but as with all jokes, maybe it has a grain of truth. I'd drive up the 101 for an A380 I fo...

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by Rajahdhani
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?
Replies: 63
Views: 9669

Re: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?

Do you think it is not doing as well because it is too close to SFO and OAK? Just curious. I don't, and based on their decision making, neither apparently does BA. The markets, while close in proximity (and both do share quite a lot of overlap), differ somewhat. Not only does SJC not have such a he...

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by Rajahdhani
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia announces a net loss of $185 million for FY16/17
Replies: 103
Views: 10621

Re: Virgin Australia announces a net loss of $185 million for FY16/17

The problem is that the board won't fire Borghetti, even when his leadership questioned by former Board member and CEO of NZ Luxon several years ago. I hope this might be a tipping point, and that a struggling EY might divest their 21% shareholding and wake this board up that a more drastic change ...

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by Rajahdhani
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Saudia Airlines under fire for Dress Code
Replies: 56
Views: 8010

Re: Saudia Airlines under fire for Dress Code

chiad wrote:
MalevTU134 wrote:
Hasn't this dress code been around for years? What's new here?


Agree!
And the solution is easy: If you don't like it, don't fly Saudia.


..and, further - what is the dress code - once the passenger arrives to Saudi Arabia (even if, just 'connecting' to anywhere else via the stop).

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by Rajahdhani
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA flights covered by Qatar schedule
Replies: 30
Views: 6947

Re: BA flights covered by Qatar schedule

I believe it will say in your Manage My Booking if it is operated by Qatar. If you can't see that, then it's not. From what I can gather the aircraft are shifted about. I've seen reports of them flying to LUX, KRK. VIE, SOF, ARN, BCN... loads of places really. People in Club Europe report they are ...

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by Rajahdhani
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CI Eyes TPE-ONT Flights as Alternative to TPE-LAX
Replies: 75
Views: 11271

Re: CI Eyes TPE-ONT Flights as Alternative to TPE-LAX

Heck, SQ is doing SIN-SFO nonstop with that MTOW currently, a route that's 1,400mi longer. Another consideration here would be, how would cargo do on this flight? I mean, I agree with your above quoted interpretation of the capabilities of the aircraft - that it will perform well, on the route. I w...

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by Rajahdhani
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways boosts Indian Subcontinent capacity
Replies: 8
Views: 2197

Re: Qatar Airways boosts Indian Subcontinent capacity

Colombo 5x is possible because Qatar had a huge Sri Lankan population and many of those individuals and families were previously using Emirates, Etihad etc. To get to Colombo. That option is gone and QR can take advantage. And, it is also a OneWorld hub - so, on both sides - if you're working on po...

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by Rajahdhani
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates New Regional Routes
Replies: 72
Views: 14615

Re: Emirates New Regional Routes

Are there particular routes FlyDubai operate that have high frequency or would be better operated with a wide body that EK could upgauge? I imagine that the airport being served would have to be slot restricted, to the point that the jump (not only in capacity, but also - in revenue expectation) is...

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by Rajahdhani
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates New Regional Routes
Replies: 72
Views: 14615

Re: Emirates New Regional Routes

Could see them have more routes to iran. Shiraz, Tabriz and Ahwaz come to mind. Given the current tensions over Qatar - is there any effect on Iranian/U.A.E. relations? I'm just asking, unaware of the realities on the ground in Iran. If not, then it certainly seems like a market to develop. Based o...

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by Rajahdhani
Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Eagle's plan for the future.
Replies: 287
Views: 52771

Re: American Eagle's plan for the future.

Based purely on fares and average loads without doing any full blown math, AA does quite well yield wise on the regional side in PHX despite the lower yielding nature of PHX as a whole. PHX's biggest limitation is gate space in peak times as well as aircraft availability (currently, any added aircr...

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by Rajahdhani
Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scope of Delta in Amsterdam
Replies: 41
Views: 8759

Re: Scope of Delta in Amsterdam

The DL/KL/AF joint-venture...it is probably much more cost effective for DL to launch a route from it s already staffed outstations than to make KL or AF open up a completely new station. That would align with the logic behind the MCO-AMS launch on DL, versus it being launched by KLM. In this logic...

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by Rajahdhani
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue | Full Service Carrier transition ?
Replies: 91
Views: 14252

Re: JetBlue | Full Service Carrier transition ?

B6 does not dip to NK's level on the pricing. Fair enough. It was a pipe dream at best. If they did need to enter the market, though - this would be a fantastic way of doing it (even if B6 were to purchase, but maintain code-sharing/separate branding/operations from NK). It's LAX presence has doubl...

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