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by MillwallSean
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread -July 2019
Replies: 193
Views: 20346

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: 9415

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: 291
Views: 28002

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: 13354

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: 1657

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: 375
Views: 43449

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: 5827

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: 50
Views: 7090

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: 13760

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: 9999

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: 104
Views: 18008

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: 5474
Views: 716734

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: 11690

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: 21945

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: 21945

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: 21
Views: 3689

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: 5521

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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by MillwallSean
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 25933

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

I dont get this. People are expecting NZ to have a leading business product? -For whom? NZ main customers arent executives. Its local kiwis, born (usually in the provinces - even though quite a few have moved to the big city, only one/Auckland/ in Aotearoa, for a decent corporate career) and who thi...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 737 Max Diverts to Shiraz, Iran
Replies: 195
Views: 49056

Re: Norweigan 737 Max Diverts to Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz is a great place. Good people and a city known to have some of the best looking girls in that part of the world. Iranians, who we westerners interact with, tend to be liberal and smart whether inside Iran or outside Iran. Very different people compared to the neighbouring arabs. Not a major i...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate Change And Airlines
Replies: 133
Views: 8533

Re: Climate Change And Airlines

Climate seems to be a topic where normal common sense goes out the window and it becomes legit to question a pretty united science front using expletives rather than facts. Maybe its a topic that is to abstract so people cant understand it or a symptom of the general education level of some western ...

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by MillwallSean
Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 33498

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

Having worked a fair bit with customer service and its handling, I am a bit surprised to hear the view taken by NZ. Its a very different view to most other organisations who believe that communication with customers are good. Not to mention research which clearly shows that providing a customer the ...

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by MillwallSean
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAS restructuring "deemed a failure"
Replies: 40
Views: 10624

Re: MAS restructuring "deemed a failure"

Issue with MAS is that despite its turnaround, which was pretty ambitious, they are to linked to the government. The government of that day kept their main suppliers, their cronyism and their influence at various levels and hence they couldn't achieve half of what they set out to. The managers who w...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 171910

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Thanks for looking up the numbers. I know that basically the whole QR network is built around flowing traffic via DOH, but GOT must be one of their smallest outstations. Just fascinating to see how QR is able to make such a small city work! They are really strong in the Scandinavian market, even mo...

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by MillwallSean
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farnborough International Airshow 2018 Potential Orders
Replies: 105
Views: 17753

Re: Farnborough International Airshow 2018 Potential Orders

Everyone sees fanciful wide-body orders. They are much sexier. But how often does that translate into commitments? So Ill disagree, I see the usual A320/B737 orders. My predictions: Largest orders will come from leasing companies and not airlines. LH will make some orders. Airbus will provide lowcos...

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by MillwallSean
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 41518

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

Problem is that BA used to have the reputation as being one of the very best. These days there are dozens of airlines that are better. Why would anyone want to pay what would likely be a premium to fly an airline like BA when there are better and cheaper options? The ex-pats likely no longer have a...

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by MillwallSean
Thu May 31, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 37612

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

I believe NZ admission that they dont have internal competence good enough to handle a position such as the customer experience advertised is quite glaring as to where its business presently stands. It is a good admission that hey, we haven't done this well and we need outside ideas. Lets hope they ...

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by MillwallSean
Sat May 19, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 37612

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

We must also be able to place New Zealand in the world. Were a small island nation in the pacific with a population of 4.5 million reknowned for being a low yield destination. With 33% of our total trade going being with Australia. Its not about picking and choosing how many ports that's served by A...

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by MillwallSean
Thu May 17, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 37612

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

There seem to be a lot of misconceptions about SQ and its route to WEL. The route was an extremely poor performer and went on internal "review" after six months for not meeting or getting close to expectations (that was publicly published info). SQ has now tried another routing and they di...

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by MillwallSean
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR - proposed night time ban, 7hrs
Replies: 94
Views: 15515

Re: LHR - proposed night time ban, 7hrs

To make the debate slightly more realistic, can those who comment familiarise themselves with London? It becomes quite comical when comments such as the airport was there first are used. Hint, it wasn't. Not one bit. This is London, not a greenfield development on some US prairie. Example: Sidcup th...

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by MillwallSean
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 75
Views: 10095

Re: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W

I just found the Jakarta suggestion strange given ho w the only thing it has in common with Bali is that it's in the same country. If NZ gets run out of Bali I can't see them saying Jakarta here I come. I am also baffled by this insistence of Jakarta? Last time I looked its not exactly a route with...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: RwandAir flagships: WB701 London to Kigali, A330-300 in Business Class
Replies: 26
Views: 17844

Re: RwandAir flagships: WB701 London to Kigali, A330-300 in Business Class

Great report. Much appreciated.
I really hope Rwandair will be run as a "numbers airline" and not fall into the vanitytrap and open to many routes to fast.

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by MillwallSean
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37162

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Why are we having a discussion about MEX and AKL? It sometimes feels like a dartboard is used to predict or suggest new routes, its akin to having people who played football manager believe they have better answers than Mourinho. MEX will not happen in my lifetime since there is virtually no O/D tra...

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by MillwallSean
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 366
Views: 28689

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018

I believe that SQ will continue to WEL, more because they prefer to honour the extremelly preferential deal they struck with Wellington regional council. While the subsidy per passenger isn't that big, its reputedly a 10 year deal. But the subsidy is just one part of the agreement, there is also oth...

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by MillwallSean
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Announces non stop flights to EWR
Replies: 128
Views: 18441

Re: Emirates Announces non stop flights to EWR

Ah finally we see the Patel express starting, direct from New Jersey to "Amdabad". Great for the Patels. Seriously I am surprised EK havent started this earilier it has seemed like the no brainer for quite sometime. Should do well, but as most have already said, VFR reliant routes are alwa...

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by MillwallSean
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Southwest trying to get rid of bugs in reservations
Replies: 32
Views: 6364

Re: Southwest trying to get rid of bugs in reservations

Amadeus / Altia are well established platforms used by many airlines as well as travel management companies around the globe. I can bet you Amadeus will jump through many hoops of fire to get this working right. They can't afford to scare away any potential clients as they are a much smaller compet...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 366
Views: 28689

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018

No, whoever says that SQ has stated that the route has performed well have not been paying attention. The route performed "so well" that it got put up for review (publicly discussed non the less) by SQ in early 2017 (seem to recall it was March). I came here 2 months ago and shared info st...

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by MillwallSean
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United to Start Giving Passengers Detailed Reasons for Delays
Replies: 30
Views: 3780

Re: United to Start Giving Passengers Detailed Reasons for Delays

UA is on the right track here. The main fallout from a service provider that can not provide the purchased product according to specifications is usually in the way the malfunctioning is communicated. Providing electronic communication directly to clients with basic details will help handle the fall...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370: Malaysia resumes search to find aircraft
Replies: 418
Views: 75688

Re: MH370: Malaysia set to announce resumption of search as early as this week

A lot of discussion about finding MH370. Id like to expand on the reason for why I believe that the search has been resumed. My guess is that since 2018 is election year in MY, the basis for the resumption is political. With Ramadan coming in May to June, the election more or less needs to be held b...

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by MillwallSean
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair cabin crew told to sell more scratchcards or face disciplinary action
Replies: 100
Views: 28041

Re: Ryanair cabin crew told to sell more scratchcards or face disciplinary action

It seems that there are a few different things going on here. Some who claim that the role of a flight attendant is safety. Hmm, lets put it this way, the employment agreement disagrees. There is a lot more expected than safety and I have yet to see any European airline that doesn't think service is...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France crew detained after passenger complains “not receiving her upgrade”
Replies: 128
Views: 25513

Re: Air France crew detained after passenger complains “not receiving her upgrade”

Now, I read French and that claim I struggle with. Having read the major French newspapers, there have been little coverage of this in general in the major French newspapers and the little that i read did not publish that angle of the story. Instead the French newspapers, as shown below where Le Fi...

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by MillwallSean
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France crew detained after passenger complains “not receiving her upgrade”
Replies: 128
Views: 25513

Re: Air France crew detained after passenger complains “not receiving her upgrade”

This is also what I read from Argentinian & French newspapers. So very different from OP title & that sensationalist source article, isn't it ? And if true & were no other Y seat available, the purser should have gone for a "commercial act" & upgraded her : truly the least...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the deal with LHR's third runway?
Replies: 140
Views: 19407

Re: What's the deal with LHR's third runway?

You have to live around London to understand the complexity that is a 3rd runway at :LHR. Were talking about demolishing two old and protected buildings. Thats not doable, usually they need to be taken down piece by piece and rebuilt. Were talking about upsetting some of the most wealthy parts of so...

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by MillwallSean
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 839
Views: 166798

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

This was a good PR department move. Great attempt at trying to distract from what is negavtive, Boeing being the bad guy against Bombardier and Airbus stepping in getting a good state of the art plane design for free. The 767 was a great plane in the early 1980ies. It then lost to the A330 in the 19...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to axe MEL-AKL and BNE-AKL from March 2018
Replies: 67
Views: 14025

Re: Emirates to axe MEL-AKL and BNE-AKL from March 2018

And again, the commerce commission has been played. the agreement between EK and QF which should never have been allowed across the Tasman in the first place now ensures that we can return to the cozy duopoly of QF and NZ. Thats what 1800 seats EK has dropped across the Tasman. Before their alliance...

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by MillwallSean
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia to start direct flights between KUL and CJU
Replies: 3
Views: 906

Re: Air Asia to start direct flights between KUL and CJU

Wow, Air Asia X is totally dominating the Korea-Malaysia market. Good for them! May I suggest that we rephrase that to dominate the KUL-Korea. For other destinations the opposite holds true, presently Korean carriers serves BKI with 5 or is it 6 daily nonstops. BKI is thus a market presently domina...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 654
Views: 59106

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2017

First, who said anything about attracting new visitors? There are large existing numbers of visitors that these flights could be used to steal passengers away from But almost none of those visitors solely visit Uluru. The number of international tourists who visit Uluru (or Tasmania for that matter...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More cost cuts at Garuda - may ditch F Class
Replies: 19
Views: 3631

Re: More cost cuts at Garuda - may ditch F Class

Removing F makes sense. Indonesia is not a market that has the demand for F to support such a costly product. Tell that to SQ. Indonesians are its largest group of 'high flyers'. Not sure I agree on the market assessment either. This is Jakarta, home to one of the largest number of millionaires (in...

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by MillwallSean
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Approves Norwegian Air UK permits
Replies: 39
Views: 3399

Re: Norwegian's UK subsidiary given final approval by U.S. Department of Transportation for transatlantic operations

The UK AOC also allows them to fly to all sorts of places worldwide from the UK (such as Singapore and Argentina which are mentioned in the press release) where traffic rights have always been governed by bilaterals and not by EU-wide treaties. The UK project started long before Brexit appeared and...

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by MillwallSean
Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 27171

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

SQ in WEL. The route hasn't lived up to expectations and SQ HQ are contemplating what to do with it. Being a lossmaker they eventually need to do something to make it right. Presently loads are supported by cheap transit traffic, look at the top destination from which CBR sees Connections on this fl...

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by MillwallSean
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA return to Seychelles at last
Replies: 43
Views: 8930

Re: BA return to Seychelles at last

I'm struggling to understand this route. Why would BA devote a 789 to a leisure destination, twice weekly from LHR, not even LGW? Is there something special about this market? Seychelles is a favourite among the very well off. The islands 5 star resorts are famous in circles where money is not an i...

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