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by Sydscott
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68363

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

An early start for the Western Sydney Airport railway link as part of the government's post-coronavirus infrastructure push. https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/western-sydney-airport-rail https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6776202/west-syd-airport-metro-line-expedited Hopefully they don’t ...

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by Sydscott
Fri May 29, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68526

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Complete eradication is neither realistic nor achievable. The Queensland CMO said so, pretty much verbatim, and the AHPPC has basically said that there is no medical evidence to support such a policy. Obviously it is a highly desirable outcome from a health perspective, but the only way to achieve ...

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by Sydscott
Wed May 27, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68526

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

The dangers of opening the borders were highlighted yesterday with the first Covid-19 case in SA in almost a month - an overseas traveller. A person who is not a resident of South Australia (or Australia), flew into Victoria from the UK and was supposed to spend 14 days in quarantine. She spent les...

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by Sydscott
Mon May 25, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68526

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Interesting that QF has bought the 717's back in house from Cobham: https://australianaviation.com.au/2020/05/qantas-cobham-purchase-brings-717s-back-in-house/ By my reckoning there are 11 in a two class configuration that QF could use on Trunk routes to build frequency back along with the 737's. So...

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by Sydscott
Tue May 12, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52285

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Dog industry today could be a goldmine tomorrow. And vice versa. Isn't that the whole raison d'etre for conglomerate model -- some parts could be dogs for now, while others carry them through. And the other way around. Not sure what your point is? Im taking about transferring tax losses, not corpor...

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by Sydscott
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52285

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Yes and I agree that it should be the other way around. I don't really see value in trying to brand someone this way. I think we can merely conclude that QF might the entirely right decision with Alan Joyce and not going with John Borghetti. Who were the other candidates for VA CEO at the time? Fro...

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by Sydscott
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52285

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Is anyone else beginning to find this a bit tedious? I mean, if anything given Cushing was the original and Borghetti the latter-day one, should it not be John ‘Cushing’ Borghetti? V/F Yes and I agree that it should be the other way around. I don't really see value in trying to brand someone this w...

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by Sydscott
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52285

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

I'd like to hear from somebody who has some knowledge about Australian Bankruptcy/Administration processes: In the US Chapter 11 scenario, the debtor can abrogate leases or "executory contracts" (those are contracts performable over an extended time period) and use that threat as a way to...

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by Sydscott
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52285

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

I'd like to hear from somebody who has some knowledge about Australian Bankruptcy/Administration processes: In the US Chapter 11 scenario, the debtor can abrogate leases or "executory contracts" (those are contracts performable over an extended time period) and use that threat as a way to...

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by Sydscott
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52285

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

No, It goes Administrator Fees > Secured Creditors > Employees > Unsecured Creditors. I'm not 100% sure but some Staff entitlements such as Superannuation (Pension), if they have not been properly administered, might get some priority.. ATO is I think before Secured Creditors too. The ATO goes in w...

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by Sydscott
Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52285

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Are employees really bottom of the list in Australian administration? Yes and no is the answer to that question. Employee's are effectively unsecured creditors in an Administration but they do have a priority. Employee's can also access the Fair Entitlement Guarantee from the Federal Government as ...

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by Sydscott
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52285

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

The key problem with Virgin is that there has been zero return for so long because their shareholders invested for strategic reasons. Government has quite rightly decided not to pick up the pieces and given the alleged level of interest from various different places I don't think it's going to be a...

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by Sydscott
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52285

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Paul Scurrah will stay on, new owners or investors would be foolish to push him out. Prior to the Covid crisis his plan to strengthen VA was underway, approved by the Board. And regarding the Virgin Australia name, really the only reason to not use the name is if Virgin Group wasn't an investor or ...

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by Sydscott
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52285

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

https://australianaviation.com.au/2020/04/twu-urges-government-to-make-bold-virgin-move/ TWU are calling on the govt to take a stake in Virgin to get a return in the future. Maybe TWU could put their money where their mouth is and get TWU Super to support their members and take a stake in the airli...

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by Sydscott
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116787

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Two quick things re Virgin and Swissport: 1) Lets be clear about responsibilities. Although and Administrator does have broad sweeping power they generally don't remove Management of an operating Company. The history of Australian Corporate Administration in an environment where it is the Board and ...

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by Sydscott
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52285

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-australia-mk-ii-everything-is-on-the-table Including the obvious stuff such as reduced fleet, most firms had varying "domestic-only" proposals such as 1-class LCC, 1-class Hybrid, and the odd proposal or two had a 2-class domestic carrier wit...

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by Sydscott
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116787

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

The Govt has appointed Nicholas Moore to be the govt's representative in this process. He is known for playing hard ball and being ruthless at all costs. LOL. What you actually mean is that the Government has appointed a former Macquarie CEO to be their representative in this process. So the Govern...

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by Sydscott
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52285

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

VA have announced they've gone into Voluntary Administration. They're not in liquidation, they haven't collapsed, no one has lost their job today, planes are still flying, Velocity points and travel bank credits are still there to be used. For those of us not familiar with the Australian system, is...

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by Sydscott
Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116787

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Apart from either announcing the Debt Restructure administrators being called into VA, the other scenario (for the VA share trading halt) is possibly this: https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6149133324001 There is no doubt that the government will change the airline assistance package. The current...

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by Sydscott
Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116787

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Borghetti's predecessor Godfrey was also quoted with similar comments in today's (paywalled) Australian article. "Mr Godfrey said the airline had lost its cost advantage over the Qantas Group and any private or public investment should be contingent on Virgin Australia chief executive Paul Scr...

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by Sydscott
Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116787

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Which should indicate the VA shutdown is as much an industry issue (QF shutdown anyone?), and not just VA is screwed. There simply is no demand, so why fly planes with no pax. The question is not whether the VA shutdown means the carrier won't survive, but whether it has the reserves to withstand a...

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by Sydscott
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Government Does Not Plan to Bailout Virgin Australia - Could Create New Airline
Replies: 64
Views: 11061

Re: Australian Government Does Not Plan to Bailout Virgin Australia - Could Create New Airline

So the "unequivocal" part is you, not necessarily the rest of us, or the policy position, or economic argument. Just you. Got it. AN had atrocious management and was encumbered with a pile of lousy debt. It went through this magical administration process, arguably in better times than no...

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by Sydscott
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Government Does Not Plan to Bailout Virgin Australia - Could Create New Airline
Replies: 64
Views: 11061

Re: Australian Government Does Not Plan to Bailout Virgin Australia - Could Create New Airline

4. This failure, if it comes to that, really is down to John Borghetti. He was the one who burned through billions of dollars of capital trying to make a then profitable Virgin into something that it was not. ! JB had a huge role to play, but in my opinion, I'd say EY and SQ also shares a huge part...

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by Sydscott
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Government Does Not Plan to Bailout Virgin Australia - Could Create New Airline
Replies: 64
Views: 11061

Re: Australian Government Does Not Plan to Bailout Virgin Australia - Could Create New Airline

A few points on this: 1. Should the Australian Government bail out Virgin and Rex? The answer to that is unequivocally no. Australia has a process for Insolvent Companies to go through and yes it will mean that a whole range of people will take haircuts in that deal. But if it allows both to surviv...

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by Sydscott
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Government Does Not Plan to Bailout Virgin Australia - Could Create New Airline
Replies: 64
Views: 11061

Re: Australian Government Does Not Plan to Bailout Virgin Australia - Could Create New Airline

A few points on this: 1. Should the Australian Government bail out Virgin and Rex? The answer to that is unequivocally no. Australia has a process for Insolvent Companies to go through and yes it will mean that a whole range of people will take haircuts in that deal. But if it allows both to survive...

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by Sydscott
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines And Qatar Airways Sign Codeshare Partnership + AA Exploring DOH Flights
Replies: 133
Views: 18884

Re: American Airlines And Qatar Airways Sign Codeshare Partnership + AA Exploring DOH Flights

QR is probably the silliest me3 partner given their hub. AA should have went with EK, much more commercially viable airline and hub city. It was openly mentioned that oneworld had first contacted EK for membership. EK wanted to codeshare with AA without committing to oneworld. QR was ready to join ...

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by Sydscott
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to join OneWorld / AA to make SEA an Intl gateway
Replies: 1192
Views: 134149

Re: AS to join OneWorld / AA to make SEA an Intl gateway

Call me skeptical on this whole “AA making SEA an international gateway“ talk. To be clear, I think the AS to OW will benefit both AS and AA domestically. I think it also helps AS better compete with DL, and officially being part of OW will help them compete with DL’s international offerings. So ye...

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by Sydscott
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to join OneWorld / AA to make SEA an Intl gateway
Replies: 1192
Views: 134149

Re: AS to join OneWorld / AA to make SEA an Intl gateway

WN HQ is an absolute cluster. I doubt DL wants anything to do with WN. DL’s challenge now is not US flow to feed its Asia Pacific network. It is its Asia Pacific network that is the problem. AA’s challenge was the opposite. Poor western US flow. AA/AS is less about SEA, which is making everyone on ...

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by Sydscott
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to join OneWorld / AA to make SEA an Intl gateway
Replies: 1192
Views: 134149

Re: AS to join OneWorld / AA to make SEA an Intl gateway

Fantastic move by AA and great to see AS integrating with Oneworld. I doubt AS will drop any of their existing relationships to do it as well so it's a great move by them. We can also see an AA strategy emerging to leverage its strengths outside of hubs; - re-expanding its footprint in Boston to ens...

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by Sydscott
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sky Team at PHL
Replies: 32
Views: 4175

Re: Sky Team at PHL

DL I’m assuming you meant European carriers. EI is in the JV with AA/BA/IB, also can be flown on 757. LH used to partner with US, and has flown to PHL for awhile now? I think that they built the contracts in PHL to keep the base viable. PHL’s demand is eaten up by AA, quite simply. You'll also note...

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by Sydscott
Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”
Replies: 322
Views: 34343

Re: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”

Update, for those who care (which might be just me!), delta.com has changed its website. Now instead of saying “flagship” in its booking engine, it says “FLAGSHIP A350.” Is that enough? I’m not sure. It’s definitely a closer question now than it was before, as the extra context may remove some conf...

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by Sydscott
Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LA add SCL-FRA , drop MAD-FRA
Replies: 20
Views: 3733

Re: LA add SCL-FRA , drop MAD-FRA

With LATAM going to Delta and by default having some type of informal alliance with AF and KLM where does this leave AR, a member of Skyteam. AR is feeling an alliance squeeze. It's currently summer in Buenos Aires, it's going to be a long hot one. For the basket that it is, would AR have a place i...

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by Sydscott
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Delta Bachelor
Replies: 31
Views: 3258

Re: The Delta Bachelor

caleeiii wrote:
Sydscott wrote:
Can the Moderators move this to non-av. Thanks


I guess you missed the part about him being A DELTA PILOT!


No I didn't miss the part about him being a Delta Pilot. It's a discussion about a reality TV show, not an aviation discussion. It belongs in non-av where the rest of us don't have to see it.

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by Sydscott
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66072

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

It will be put on domestic for the time being, SYD-AKL and SYD-DPS would be to much capacity without cutting frequency. Would think BNE will see more A332 trans con flights for the time being. From what I have heard VA is happy with how HND tickets have gone so far. If the A332 goes back to interna...

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by Sydscott
Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66072

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Virgin Australia axes SYD-HKG from March 2. So much for Borghetti's grand plans for China! https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-australia-axes-sydney-hong-kong-flights Were will the 332’s end up going now? Maybe something safer like SYD-DPS or SYD-AKL? Do wonder how the BNE-HND services w...

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by Sydscott
Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Delta Bachelor
Replies: 31
Views: 3258

Re: The Delta Bachelor

Can the Moderators move this to non-av. Thanks

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by Sydscott
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Italy service out of ORD: why is MXP nonexistent and FCO seasonal?
Replies: 25
Views: 4297

Re: Italy service out of ORD: why is MXP nonexistent and FCO seasonal?

Hello everyone! I’ve seen someone mention this in the Chicago aviation thread but there wasn’t really any discussion on it. Why aren’t there any flights between MXP and ORD? They are both large metro areas and the Italian community in Chicago as of 2000 was of around half a million... (Source: ency...

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by Sydscott
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Announces Codeshare With GOL + Increases MIA-GIG/BNA/BOS/IAH/MCO/RDU/TPA
Replies: 115
Views: 15771

Re: AA Announces Codeshare With GOL + Increases MIA-GIG/BNA/BOS/IAH/MCO/RDU/TPA

If CX could do good business in the world's busiest airport they would already be there That's a tired trope that isn't particularly relevant, seeing as you could apply it to any market on Earth that any given character doesn't currently serve. Do you think for even a second that QF would be in DFW...

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by Sydscott
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Announces Codeshare With GOL + Increases MIA-GIG/BNA/BOS/IAH/MCO/RDU/TPA
Replies: 115
Views: 15771

Re: AA Announces Codeshare With GOL + Increases MIA-GIG/BNA/BOS/IAH/MCO/RDU/TPA

What was Delta going to offer them, Atlanta, Detroit and Air France's CDG hub ? I love how you write that as "other than" the world's busiest airport and largest domestic hub, AND the 2nd largest int'l gateway in the Midwest (neither of which CX currently serves).... alongside the 2nd bus...

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by Sydscott
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Announces Codeshare With GOL + Increases MIA-GIG/BNA/BOS/IAH/MCO/RDU/TPA
Replies: 115
Views: 15771

Re: AA Announces Codeshare With GOL + Increases MIA-GIG/BNA/BOS/IAH/MCO/RDU/TPA

Everyone is saying how greet of a product/experience GOL has. Guess who implanted their leaders to get the carrier to where it is? For those with short history all of the recent product and club enhancements came with Delta. So when LATAM was AA partner it was so good and now that they have broken ...

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by Sydscott
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Announces Codeshare With GOL + Increases MIA-GIG/BNA/BOS/IAH/MCO/RDU/TPA
Replies: 115
Views: 15771

Re: AA Announces Codeshare With GOL + Increases MIA-GIG/BNA/BOS/IAH/MCO/RDU/TPA

Interesting that this did not involve a financial investment in GOL by AA. Might prevent GOL from being bought out from under them like LATAM. Still, smart move by both airlines. These is just for optics GOL will bring very little for American. They did little for delta and little for American in t...

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by Sydscott
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Announces Codeshare With GOL + Increases MIA-GIG/BNA/BOS/IAH/MCO/RDU/TPA
Replies: 115
Views: 15771

Re: AA Announces Codeshare With GOL + Increases MIA-GIG/BNA/BOS/IAH/MCO/RDU/TPA

Great news for AA and certainly makes for the loss of Latam in their largest South American Market.

It will be interesting to see what, if anything, they do for Argentina, Chile etc. Hopefully this is just the start.

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by Sydscott
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2020
Replies: 1118
Views: 182218

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2020

Detroit313 wrote:
Sydscott wrote:
Detroit313 wrote:
Is it true that all the 787-8s delivered this year are going to have strictly forward facing business class seats like the 787-9s already have?


Yes



That's great news! Thank you!


You're welcome. The rumour is that it will be an upgraded seat of the same type the 789 currently has.

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by Sydscott
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS/AAG posts 4Q and FY2019 earnings
Replies: 60
Views: 8459

Re: AS/AAG posts 4Q and FY2019 earnings

The MAX10 can comfortably cover SEA to MIA/FLL... AS has absolutely no need for any more range than that. If they do a MAX8 would cover it. You honestly think AS only plans on sticking with SEA-L48/AK/HI missions going forward? Along with Mexico and Canada... Absolutely. They are quite happy to fee...

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by Sydscott
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2020
Replies: 1118
Views: 182218

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2020

Detroit313 wrote:
Is it true that all the 787-8s delivered this year are going to have strictly forward facing business class seats like the 787-9s already have?


Yes

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by Sydscott
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOS airline growth
Replies: 34
Views: 4199

Re: BOS Cluster **Mess**

AA, jury is out. 2 new routes a trend does not make. Sure they are the first moves they have made in a long time, but they have 18 gates and will need to continue to add because the average gate usage at BOS is increasing and their long term leases are coming up, they do have a use it or lose it cl...

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by Sydscott
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Reports Q4 2019/Full Year Earnings
Replies: 55
Views: 9140

Re: AA Reports Q4 2019/Full Year Earnings

Interesting slides on the fleet in the Investor Relations Update. Expect to take delivery of 53 mainline aircraft being 18 A321 NEO, 12 788, 1 A319 and 22 Max's assuming they get back in the air. 31 retirements being 11 763 and 20 E-190. So net 22 a/c increase in the mainline fleet assuming MAX's ar...

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by Sydscott
Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA To Announce New Long-Haul Route - Possibly Brisbane
Replies: 107
Views: 24016

Re: Rumor: AA To Announce New Long-Haul Route - Possibly Brisbane

AA's rumored to "partially take over" LAX-BNE, would be a good move to allow Qantas aircraft to fly elsewhere. Though... DFW-BNE, anyone? LAX is the elsewhere. If you are not sending the most capacity you can spare to LAX, there is not a point in offering a global network. The same obviou...

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by Sydscott
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Announces MIA-MCO/RDU/SLC/TPA
Replies: 153
Views: 19688

Re: Delta Announces MIA-MCO/RDU/SLC/TPA

We are not talking about FLL nor PBI. The economic and population hub of South Florida is Miami, and what the region thrives on is Miami and nothing else. I can’t believe people think Delta adding five flights between Miami and Orlando and Tampa is a terrible idea, but heavy frequencies from Seattl...

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by Sydscott
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 1456
Views: 206461

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2020

AA is currently facing a plane shortage due to the 737 MAX grounding and the retirement of its MD-80's. AA had 806 narrowbody mainline planes in service (including the 737 MAX's that were in service prior to the 737 MAX grounding) in March 2019 prior to the 737 MAX grounding whereas AA currently on...

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