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by MillwallSean
Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 5798

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2020

When you gone from travelling internationally every 4-6 weeks, trying to get the same out of New Zealand is pretty hard. I’ve already been to Queenstown 3 times this year, and don’t think I could do another. Hehehe, same here twice in Queenstown, once in Wanaka (same same sort of). Twice to Hawkes ...

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by MillwallSean
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3980
Views: 605007

Re: Why United should establish a new TPA hub (or at least a focus city)

I like when posters come with ideas and justify their thoughts. Good post. I do believe that TPA has potential, just not for UA. I think TPA offer enough to be a hub, both from O/D, tourism and a fast growing corporate scene, but I doubt that it is feasible for any of the present three legacies to s...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Simpleflying, thepointsguy, and onemileatatime; are these reliable websites?
Replies: 47
Views: 3606

Re: Simpleflying, thepointsguy, and onemileatatime; are these reliable websites?

If we are to discuss credibility we need to consider the purpose of the websites. Both TPG and One mile at a time started out as websites that focused on how to maximise values from Frequent Flyer Programs. While a lot of flyers discuss that on forums, they packaged it into a easy format and monetis...

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by MillwallSean
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First TLV - UAE flight
Replies: 187
Views: 29612

Re: First TLV - UAE flight

Is Israel now the closest liberal, alcohol-friendly place for people from the UAE? (though not the cheapest destination out there) Hmm, good question, Beirut should be about the same distance. Always lots of very sexy and well off Arab ladies out having a few drinks in Beirut (before the explosion)...

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by MillwallSean
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet sued for discrimination by woman forced to move seat
Replies: 125
Views: 13217

Re: Easyjet sued for discrimination by woman forced to move seat

I have stated numerous times that one form of discrimination or disadvantage does not take preference over another. There is no evidence presented to suggest the airline first moved the passenger based upon their gender. Actually there is.The lady has filed a compliant with the Israeli courts. Ther...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet sued for discrimination by woman forced to move seat
Replies: 125
Views: 13217

Re: Easyjet sued for discrimination by woman forced to move seat

This is an interesting case. the article mentions that ElAl faced this and that Israeli law stated that is was forbidden.Easyjet management, whoever that's in charge of this area, has been asleep at the wheel. It is there job to know and ensure that policy and process is updated to reflect relevant ...

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by MillwallSean
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 180
Views: 24583

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2020

Sadly I don't see Singapore being realistic as things stand right now. presently there is between 50-100 new cases a day in SG. With New Zealand following elimination strategy that is a risk that wont be worth taking. As things stand, I see it as more likely that wed open with say Queensland etc.

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by MillwallSean
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus completes testing of self flying jet
Replies: 100
Views: 11818

Re: Airbus completes testing of self flying jet

Am I missing something here? we are arguing that no technological progress should happen and that two person flying aircrafts should, forever, be the norm. Hmm thats not how the world works. 30 years ago there were 3 persons flying airplanes. 50 years ago there were a team. 10 years from now it will...

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by MillwallSean
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1542
Views: 22449

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

The ME3 is different when you move your life half way around the world to fulfill a contract. Emirates should fulfill their portion I am struggling with this, EK should fulfil their portion. Cant say that I have much good to say about EK but i am at a loss as to why they are singled out, they are p...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Viability of Eastern Europe for the US3
Replies: 32
Views: 3566

Re: Viability of Eastern Europe for the US3

I am struggling to see enough demand from the parent countries for North America - Eastern Europe flights to be viable. North American companies business in eastern Europe are primarily support or manufacturing. There almost no regional HQs in Eastern Europe. These units are often away from the nati...

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by MillwallSean
Wed May 20, 2020 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27993

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

I love the fact that you can (used to be able to) fly from one end of the country to the other for little more than an hour or two or three's worth of income. But we all know deep down that this is not a viable model for the survival of the planet. I don't know that this is a viable model, to the c...

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by MillwallSean
Wed May 13, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair back to all Boeing, cancelling leases for Airbus A320s.
Replies: 45
Views: 10766

Re: Ryanair back to all Boeing, cancelling leases for Airbus A320s.

What aircraft he will fly feels like a rather moot point. Presently FR has a few hundred aircraft sitting doing very little, any leases are best cancelled no matter what plane. Question is also whether Ryanair needs new planes at all? It is safe to assume that in the coming few years, there will be ...

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by MillwallSean
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 908
Views: 147450

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

Will be interesting to see what becomes of Oslo if Norwegian goes bankrupt. Maybe Wizz Air will rush in to fill the short-haul void or maybe someone else like SK or U2 would? Rush in? I think its important to keep in mind that most airlines have single digit occupancy on their flights. There are no...

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by MillwallSean
Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41738

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

And as for a second runway at AKL - that's now pie-in-the-sky for the foreseeable future. AIAL will have many more pressing concerns for a good number of years (like how to balance the books) than worrying about mega-dollar investments. And don't hold your breath for a new terminal either: that wil...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41738

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

It is my belief that Virgin will be back. Not because they want to but because presently they have no choice. They have no partner covering NZ. Virgin will desperately need to maintain the few larger corporate accounts they got and most large Australian companies have a decent footprint in New Zeala...

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by MillwallSean
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41738

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

Auckland airport management seem to focus solely on answering to shareholders. However, to me, Auckland airport sees greater responsability to its stakeholders than its shareholders and for the last two decades they have forgotten that their role is not the same as a pure cirporate entity. I am sure...

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by MillwallSean
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020
Replies: 463
Views: 73962

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020

Sadly today is a year since the horrible events tat happened. With this even now being a year ago, it is interesting, to return to the early posts about the 737 Max and its return to service. One can see a clear link between posters that are absolute in statements and conclusions and their inability...

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by MillwallSean
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 453
Views: 77030

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020

It's a good thing that CRK T2 is almost done...it can take some of the load off of NAIA in the meantime. They just have to get cracking on the new parallel runway for CRK to be a truly good alternative airport..... This is something I am curious about and would like to understand the reasoning arou...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK to leave European Aviation Safety Agency
Replies: 73
Views: 11546

Re: UK to leave European Aviation Safety Agency

What this really means is higher costs and less competitive players in the UK. For aviation there are presently two players. One in the US and one in Europe. The UK supply chain is presently geared towards the European company. Hence, for us (my company) our UK production units will see higher costs...

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by MillwallSean
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 317
Views: 28179

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020

I wonder how much shops will be going into the new doubled sized arrivals space? Versus how much extra space there will be for passengers processing. I must say that if they build a new domestic terminal adjacent to the international and if they expand the 'protect the farmers from competition' sec...

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by MillwallSean
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aleppo Airport to Reopen
Replies: 27
Views: 4188

Re: Aleppo Airport to Reopen

Its pleasing to see Aleppo airport open for traffic again. Not a day to late and it will help a from war destroyed city recover. Aleppo had a strong economy before the war (and before al qaeda under its 25 different names decided to bomb the city to pieces) and its inhabitants were staunchly secular...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 22479

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

Seriously? The lady reclines. Thats what her seat offers. Some nutter start punching and behaving like a six year old spoilt boy and we cant see whose fault it is? Really? Lets see, a lady that reclines her seat vs man that punches seatback. I am pretty confident who is in the wrong here. I always r...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 317
Views: 28179

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020

Ah I am not sure how many of you that have seen the other projects Canadian pension funds have been investing in. They arent charities but instead bankers that are tasked to deliver a pretty hefty return annually to the funds. That the Clark government didn't fall for that, is one of the best things...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM considers A321 order
Replies: 271
Views: 51084

Re: KLM considers A321 order

But switching, he is talking about adding the A321. That makes full sense since Boeing doesn't have anything that presently competes with it. I dont see this as him switching the full fleet from Boeing to Airbus when it comes to narrow-bodies. But I wouldn't be surprised to see some common sense and...

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by MillwallSean
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA is unhappy with Philippines Airlines expansion at SEA
Replies: 32
Views: 6828

Re: UA is unhappy with Philippines Airlines expansion at SEA

UA have two choices, like ALL other airlines wishing to enter MNL. 1. Buy primetime slots, plenty of other airlines have (UA had no issues with that at LHR) 2. Choose arrival/departure times where there are slots available at MNL But instead of doing this they choose another way 3. Ask the governmen...

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by MillwallSean
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese passenger ordered to pay 123,358 yuan (US$17,712) for throwing coins at a plane engine
Replies: 25
Views: 6024

Re: Chinese passenger ordered to pay 123,358 yuan (US$17,712) for throwing coins at a plane engine

The comments here are sometimes sad to read. There needs to be an understanding on intent and this man only showed good intent. Is that worth putting him in debt for the coming few years? That fine is very very harsh and I feel for the lad. First time flier and all. There are Chinese fliers (or othe...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda to open 20 new international routes in 2020
Replies: 38
Views: 8972

Re: Garuda to open 20 new international routes in 2020

It’s a shame, with a low cost base and some decent management, and infrastructure, combined with a fleet of narrow and wide bodies - GA and CGK could be decent hub in Asia. Sadly GA and CGK have neither of these. Good luck to them. Perhaps when Indonesia moves it to its new capital city they will h...

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by MillwallSean
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese airlines hit 3.1 billion USD loss in 2018 on international service
Replies: 50
Views: 12347

Re: Chinese airlines hit 3.1 billion USD loss in 2018 on international service

How many airlines have used predatory pricing to gain marketshare? The Chinese are no better or worse than others. They do however differ since their cash cow is their huge domestic market and not a focus on connecting foreign markets. I am also not sure why there is this patronising attitude toward...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019
Replies: 353
Views: 77609

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2019

NZ out of LHR should if nothing else stop some of these ideas about new routes that has stopovers... NZ never commanded a premium, they were cheap as to book LAX-LHR and well, good try but New Zealand as a country is to small and most European based expat kiwis with decent wallets are found on Asian...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS presenting new livery
Replies: 597
Views: 144004

Re: Updated: SAS presenting new livery

I didn't exactly look forward to a new livery. The recent years have seen horrorshow after horrorshow when it comes to new liveries (Hello Etihad, Lufthansa and China Eastern). But this is Scandinavia. It is quiet, classy and well proportioned. Its not Spirit for those that love colour, I very much ...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS moving LAX route from ARN to CPH
Replies: 65
Views: 10321

Re: SAS moving LAX route from ARN to CPH

I think the discussion is often missing what's most important for business, demand and customer loyalty. My guess is that it is similar to say Manchester and Milan where the local carrier just isnt committed hence the locals use other airlines. While demand to both HongKong and California is greater...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted
Replies: 204
Views: 34913

Re: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted

I think another thing we miss is that EK doesnt have the ability to offer a competitive advantage anymore. When they came on to the scene they consistently offered more. Offered higher value for money. They offered a better product, better corporate conditions and cheaper ticket prices not just for ...

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by MillwallSean
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing delays 777-8X entry into service
Replies: 154
Views: 31185

Re: 778x mothballed?

Like all smaller versions, this version doesn't seem to be economically viable. Not sure how much it has already cost Boeing but if they dont see a commercial potential in it, they might as well stop the project. I dont think it is that much in terms of money to develop this derivative, but with pre...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 278
Views: 37445

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019

From what I can gather PAL is an underrated carrier struggling to shake off their old reputation but making leaps and gains and I am looking forward to trying them soon on a flight to NZ. Super glad they have found a solid market in NZ. All credits to them. Having done some consulting for PAL, I do...

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by MillwallSean
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU warns US that any action against Air Italy would constitute a violation of the US-EU Air Transport Agreement
Replies: 44
Views: 10225

Re: EU warns US that any action against Air Italy would constitute a violation of the US-EU Air Transport Agreement

Not sure this is bright from anyone's perspective. Air Italy is a no name in Europe and flies how many routes to the US? Should this turn ugly and into a battle it wouldn't end well for anyone. Its a battle that would weaken not just the EU airlines but the US airlines too while the ones laughing wo...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 32169

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2019

Yes, currently it comes from arrival cards (used to come from departure cards for residents before they were scrapped). For residents its based on what the passenger puts down on the card to the question which country did you spend most of your time in. For visitors its based on the question which ...

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by MillwallSean
Sun May 26, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents
Replies: 105
Views: 14981

Re: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents

But if we take a step back here and instead of throwing blame here and there and whining without a goal. This wouldn't be a major issue and if it wasn't for the systematisation that has occurred over the last decade. Previously, the system might have assigned the family all over but the person respo...

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by MillwallSean
Mon May 20, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China - EU agree on new aviation agreement
Replies: 6
Views: 1762

Re: China - EU agree on new aviation agreement

The horizontal agreements are important for the EU and especially in relation to countries that have some power such as China. It removes the uncertainty of ownership restrictions, that pan European airlines might face in regards to China should there be bilateral disputes. However the most importan...

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by MillwallSean
Mon May 06, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 374
Views: 46937

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2019

First, I dont think the PVG route is net profitable as it stands. My understanding is that the 'profit' is something that can be questioned by anyone with access to full financials. But that's just what I have heard and hence my understanding. Second, the suggestion that there is so such potential b...

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by MillwallSean
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Finnair Got It Wrong in China
Replies: 13
Views: 6017

Re: How Finnair Got It Wrong in China

I'm struggling to follow some here. AY has made a name for itself as one of the main carriers between Europe and Asia, in particular North Asia. They have done so by catering to not just their home market but also to the markets which they serve. And they have been pretty successful at it. More succ...

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by MillwallSean
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jewel Terminal at SIN
Replies: 51
Views: 7764

Re: New Jewel Terminal at SIN

Took the daughter to the preview before we flew out. the green is awesome. shopping and food is well normal. Not sure why some where talks about Jewel and best terminal. This is not a terminal. This is a shopping-arcade next to the airport. This is for locals and is meant to see people wine, dine an...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China will stop granting new 737 Max 8 airworthiness certificate
Replies: 56
Views: 14301

Re: China will stop granting new 737 Max 8 airworthiness certificate

I am struggling to follow the discussion here. The FAA first allows Boeing to self certify the 787 which results in 2 incidents and a grounding initiated by the Japanese. They then follow it up by allowing Boeing to self certify a new component of the 737 and its is the main suspect in two deadly cr...

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by MillwallSean
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What should Philippine Airlines do to make money?
Replies: 91
Views: 11211

Re: What should Philippine Airlines do to make money?

Hmm, while Philippines may not have the living standards of say Singapore, There is a large middle class with reasonable wealth just like there is in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Manila its main base sees soon 2 million persons fall into this category. Thats a decent base and when you add gover...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: EU and Qatar sign open skies
Replies: 103
Views: 18781

Re: Updated: EU and Qatar sign open skies

What does the EU get in return? Ahh, service to what 50 European destinations and counting. Not many regions gets 1 stops to virtually every Asian/Oceania/africa destination. They get regulatory convergence. Aka Qatar will adhere to EASA, align its safety, technical & meteorological standards an...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 752784

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

The new reporting does say this is "causing U.S. investigators to hold intense behind-the-scenes talks to bring the remains to America, the Wall Street Journal reported", so even at the surface level, there seems to be some contention there. Hmm, this is getting out of control. If we cant...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Lion Air plane off the runway
Replies: 71
Views: 12204

Re: Another Lion Air plane off the runway

it is not helpful when posters with little understanding of the context of where Lion operate start comparisons with a western airline (usually US airlines). They exist in different environments and you can not make a straight comparison. While its quite natural that salaries between Indonesia and t...

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by MillwallSean
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size
Replies: 126
Views: 22866

Re: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size

Hmm, I think most of us here looked at the Taiwanese newspaper articles provided with the OP. The flight from LAX to TPE saw an American male, traveling to Thailand, of 200 kg demand three seats as he boarded with his wheelchair. he was so fat that he needed that. He had a history of behaving bad at...

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by MillwallSean
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size
Replies: 126
Views: 22866

Re: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size

That's plain sick. You don't, size/disability or whatever ask people to help you with your big business. I truly hope he gets on a no flight list with BR. What that's wrong, in the head, of someone who thinks it's acceptable to ask such a thing from a fellow human is beyond me. Something really wron...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports with interconnected baggage systems?
Replies: 22
Views: 3858

Re: Airports with interconnected baggage systems?

Not exactly an interconnected baggage system. But MH used to have a 'terminal' in SIN where you checked in your luggage and then proceeded to catch a 'MH bus' to JHB (Senai airport). Was pretty useful. At the causeway-(border between Singapore and Malaysia) passengers had to point out our luggage to...

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by MillwallSean
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S DHS: Manila airport fails to meet ICAO security requirements
Replies: 20
Views: 5825

Re: U.S DHS: Manila airport fails to meet ICAO security requirements

Ah MNL is not especially secure but I doubt that it is worse than many other airports. However, I often get screened upon arriving in SIN when returning from MNL.That virtually never ever happens on flights from elsewhere. And thats quite peculiar because I travel to most cities in the region quite ...

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