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by hohd
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 223
Views: 15456

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Some of my own thoughts on the AA starting to plan for a flight to India. I will give a backdrop to this and then come to my points. 1. AA has been generating lot of buzz about starting a direct non-stop flight to India for a very long time. Lot of planning has gone into this. In 2015 and 2016 they...

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by hohd
Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Delta announces JFK-BOM
Replies: 1013
Views: 147657

Re: UPDATED: Delta announces JFK-BOM

Out of the ME3 only EK and QR are viable, EY is not doing so well anyway. So we may start calling them ME2. If DL can get a strong partner in BOM for service to smaller cities (which EK or QR do not serve, and there are quite a few), then it will be bonus. There is enough premium traffic and regular...

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by hohd
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Mumbai Hub
Replies: 23
Views: 2752

Re: Air India Mumbai Hub

They are building a new additional airport near Mumbai, so it will reduce the congestion at least for domestic flights. BOM airport cannot even convince the local politicians (or convince national politicians to pressure the locals) to remove the bill board near the airport which sometimes obstructs...

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by hohd
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India opens for sale Toronto-Delhi nonstop
Replies: 21
Views: 3591

Re: Air India opens for sale Toronto-Delhi nonstop

Fact remains, in the best of times, Air India's longhaul loses money. Now it's almost $700million extra. Is it prudent to start another route which will lose more money in such a circumstance? No airspace restrictions now, perhaps AI was hoping it will be lifted soon when they announced this flight...

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by hohd
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How are Egyptair and Kuwait doing at JFK?
Replies: 22
Views: 5745

Re: How are Egyptair and Kuwait doing at JFK?

There is no advantage of flying to EWR for most Star carriers and if they fly to EWR it is only because they have sufficient traffic on its own (AI for example). UA does not cooperate with most Star carriers except the JV partners. Most Star carriers are better off code sharing or interlining with J...

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by hohd
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Practices Sustainable?
Replies: 148
Views: 14421

Re: WN Practices Sustainable?

Am I missing a reason their decades of consistent profits do not speak for themselves? Indeed they're profitable, however they're failing to see the difference between profit and more profit. Southwest chases profit, but they don't chase more profit. There are so many things they can make extra mon...

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by hohd
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: EK launching MEX via BCN
Replies: 68
Views: 13311

Re: Confirmed: EK launching MEX via BCN

Glad to see EK expanding again. Although OPO was recently added, the last add was EDI in late last year. Hopefully the India bilaterals will open up, and maybe China as well to see more expansion east of DXB. Why will India allow additional flights to DXB when Emirates is a transfer point for what ...

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by hohd
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 478
Views: 34731

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Pak removal of airspace restrictions also benefits Indigo and Spice Jet and host of other airlines, various Afghan airlines, SQ, TG, CX, Malaysian, Biman, Aeroflot (in addition to AI, UA) etc. and of course it benefits Pakistan the most as it gives them valuable hard currency.

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by hohd
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: UA reinstating BOM and DEL service by September 6th, 2019
Replies: 200
Views: 36626

Re: UA suspends BOM service effective immediately

Now Pak has opened its air space effective immediately, we will see if UA follows through on lifting its suspension of BOM and DEL flights. If the suspension continues till Oct, 2019 then it is a commercial decision on the part of UA (and there is no guarantee they will resume even in Oct). Well if ...

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by hohd
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta at LHR
Replies: 63
Views: 12011

Re: Delta at LHR

Since BA and AA are JV partners, for fair comparison, BA flights should be included since VS is also included.

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by hohd
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 478
Views: 34731

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - July 2019

GoAir to launch new flights : Hyderabad- BLR X2 /IXC/PAT starting August 15 GoAir new flight launches in August, with two new rotations including above: Hyderabad- Bengaluru x2/ Chandigarh/ Patna Hyderabad - Kochi x2/ Chennai/ Jaipur HYD airport is bursting in seams with new services, and is No. 4 ...

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by hohd
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 478
Views: 34731

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - July 2019

It looks like the Pak airs cape issue isn’t going to be resolved since Pak has cleverly upped the game and India would lose face if it backs down. Since Air India has lost over 500 crores in extra fuel it makes one wonder if it was worth the 19 pine trees. My question now is whether a New Delhi to ...

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by hohd
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America
Replies: 105
Views: 19383

Re: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America

Yes, definitely. I've heard rumors that João Pessoa (JPA) and Maceió (MCZ) are in the pipeline. And I would guess that São Luís (SLZ) would be likely too. Sao Luis perhaps. Having visited Sao Luis for Lencois Maranhenses park, SLZ would be an ideal gateway for the park. There is some business too, ...

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by hohd
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 478
Views: 34731

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Another incident today: SpiceJet plane breaks runway lights at Kolkata airport. Flight SG-275 from Pune to Kolkata..veered off..owing to wet runway / heavy rain. Pilots took corrective action to get the aircraft on center line. Four runway edge lights were inadvertently damaged.All passengers and c...

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by hohd
Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - July 2019
Replies: 478
Views: 34731

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - July 2019

Indigo is now operating DEL-IST, however this flight has a stop in both directions, how many would fly on this aircraft and then connect at IST to an European or US city when there are myriad 1 stop and many nonstop options (especially to Europe) from DEL. Also Turkey cannot expect anything from Ind...

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by hohd
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 to move from HOU (Hobby) to IAH on Oct. 27th
Replies: 55
Views: 8225

Re: B6 to move from HOU(Hobby) to IAH on Oct. 27th

If B6 wants to improve its yields to/from Houston, they have to fly than 1 flight. 1 flight a day is not going to attract that many passengers, especially JFK should be at least 2 flights. B6 codeshares with several airlines at JFK internationally, including many Star alliance carriers and I am sure...

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by hohd
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of Gulf Carriers during the Iran crisis?
Replies: 52
Views: 9283

Re: Fate of Gulf Carriers during the Iran crisis?

As we all saw, a US drone was shot down over Iran earlier today. No such event occurred. They shot down a drone in international airspace. It wasn't over Iran. The drone was shot down in Iran air space. Certain Trump admin officials are baiting Iran for a showdown (even though Trump himself may not...

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by hohd
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI 191 BOM-EWR emergency landing at STN due to bomb threat
Replies: 14
Views: 2862

Re: AI 191 BOM-EWR emergency landing at STN due to bomb threat

Security at Indian airports are far better than US ones almost as good as Isreal. I would take the security at Indian airports in a minute than any country. Only passengers can enter Indian airports and once inside cannot leave except for a very good reason, in USA you can come and go as you please ...

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by hohd
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: UA reinstating BOM and DEL service by September 6th, 2019
Replies: 200
Views: 36626

Re: UA suspends BOM service effective immediately

AI is flying non stop EWR-BOM-EWR most of the days, big difference is UA cannot overfly Iran at least for a while. My question if these tensions between Trump admin and Iran continues for many months or even a year and Pakistan continues its restriction which is likely as they keep saying they want ...

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by hohd
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 880
Views: 46218

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019

You'll rushed in judgement to their [airline/airport/authorities] defense without learning about the past history and experiences. ... ... Have no pity for such pax. It's almost become the norm that Indian pax report late for Check-in or at gate for boarding, and somehow end up becoming the "v...

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by hohd
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is there a airway from Chinese Tibet airspace into New Delhi Indian airspace!?
Replies: 9
Views: 2653

Re: Is there a airway from Chinese Tibet airspace into New Delhi Indian airspace!?

Himalayas is the barrier, the mountain range is mostly 20,000+ ft. In addition Tibet is restricted air space controlled by China.

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by hohd
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: UA reinstating BOM and DEL service by September 6th, 2019
Replies: 200
Views: 36626

Re: UA suspends BOM service effective immediately

UA can theoretically still fly nonstop EWR-BOM even with all the restrictions, but they cannot on BOM-EWR. Rather than canceling the flight is it that unprofitable that they cannot absorb the one tech stop costs on the outbound ? AI is flying nonstop both directions on the EWR-BOM-EWR flight.

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by hohd
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: UA reinstating BOM and DEL service by September 6th, 2019
Replies: 200
Views: 36626

Re: UA suspends BOM service effective immediately

AI is till flying BOM-EWR non stop. May be it should capitalize on this and add more flights especially the cancelled BOM-JFK flights. UA can fly EWR-BOM non stop (I flew it very recently), but looking at the map above, there is a western corridor in Pak which is open and UA can use via Pak and Afgh...

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by hohd
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 880
Views: 46218

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019

UA is continuing its non-relationship with AI by getting Vistara for code shares. However it really does not matter as UA interlines with AI and many itineraries I have seen include AI and UA. AI has improved vastly and if the Pak airspace is not resolved soon, UA will lose even more, in fact even t...

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by hohd
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 880
Views: 46218

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019

The 0/20 rule effectively blocks Air Asia India from launching a long haul international carrier so IndiGo need not be too concerned about that threat https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/airasia-india-to-double-its-fleet-plans-to-start-international-serv...

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by hohd
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SDF to change its name to Muhammad Ali International Airport
Replies: 81
Views: 10424

Re: SDF to change its name to Muhammad Ali International Airport

cranberrysaus wrote:
compensateme wrote:
IMO, Addison Mitchell McConnell International Airport would’ve been the better choice.


Seems weird to name an airport after a traitor to the United States.


Yes I second it. Mohammed Ali is far better choice than McConnell.

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by hohd
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Just HOW profitable is Delta's TATL Africa business!?
Replies: 7
Views: 2234

Re: Just HOW profitable is Delta's TATL Africa business!?

ET (Ethiopian) flies to JFK and other cities in N. America.

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by hohd
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1787
Views: 185412

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

I would have gone directly into liquidation and liquidated the whole of Jet. Isn’t that what the Tata’s wanted? While India is not the US/UK, and I am in no way saying India should be like them, under US/UK bankruptcy laws you wouldn’t have had this situation. The court would have decided how each ...

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by hohd
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 880
Views: 46218

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019

BLR total demand is definitely much less including in J when compared to BOM and DEL, but higher than MAA to Europe/USA. However having flown on BOM-FRA flight many times, I found that the flight to be half empty many times especially mid week.

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by hohd
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years
Replies: 97
Views: 13171

Re: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years

Pak government travel on J class will generally be on Pakistan airlines flying to UK, so that leaves some corporates, other governments and UN bodies. And some of that would still go through ME airlines. BA will be counting on US connections to cities not served by ME3 in addition to the O & D t...

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by hohd
Thu May 30, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 346
Views: 30826

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - May 2019

Indian aviation could be heading into another cycle of overcapacity and that is bad news for airlines Charts and full article on the link From hyper growth to negative growth, the last eight months have been a rollercoaster for Indian aviation. Capacity induction, led by IndiGo, had fuelled a 20 pe...

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by hohd
Wed May 29, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AS trying to get B6
Replies: 302
Views: 42037

Re: Rumor: AS trying to get B6

First there is the DOJ which under this admin (surprisingly) has been reluctant to approve large mergers, a simple robust code share and reciprocal frequent flyer agreement between AS and B6 would be sufficient and even that I am not sure of DOJ will approve on some of the hub to hub flights.

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by hohd
Wed May 29, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy
Replies: 112
Views: 19641

Re: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy

I have been researching Iceland for a visit and I don't find it very expensive either, one can find a 3 start hotel for 140 to 160 range and car rental for about 50 to 60 range per day. Food is up to the individual and can vary widely. Not everyone wants to eat in high priced restaurants every day.

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by hohd
Wed May 29, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 346
Views: 30826

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - May 2019

Everyone is assuming that DL's JFK-BOM flight will be successful, but if Pak airspace is still restricted and US air carriers avoiding Iranian air space, right from the start, DL's BOM-JFK flight have to stop somewhere enroute (in Europe or Middle East), putting them at a disadvantage. However AI do...

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by hohd
Wed May 29, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lack of Transatlantic Service from Ohio
Replies: 88
Views: 8837

Re: Lack of Transatlantic Service from Ohio

Only city which can attract is CMH, perhaps BA or one of the low cost carriers.

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by hohd
Thu May 16, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Peace Plans to Launch Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai; Most Likely from Lagos.
Replies: 108
Views: 15684

Re: Air Peace Plans to Launch Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai; Most Likely from Lagos.

If UA cannot make it with oil contracts, no way Air Peace can. I doubt many oil companies will give contracts to Air Peace, currently DL is getting a fair amount of oil traffic from Houston but the majority are going through Europe. Best chance for a nonstop IAH to LOS is United and they don't seem ...

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by hohd
Thu May 16, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Suspends Flights to Venezuela
Replies: 24
Views: 4319

Re: U.S. Suspends Flights to Venezuela

Politics is playing into this. So far there has been no single incident especially involving safety or terrorism concerns, if a new government forms and is favorable to Trump administration, suddenly all the safety concerns are gone and flights will be allowed again. Anyway it is good news for Mexic...

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by hohd
Thu May 16, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1787
Views: 185412

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

EK cannot expand to any more cities as they are maxed on the number of cities and they wont cut back from BOM to reallocate to cities they are already flying. The GOI strategy is good, helping AI the maximum and other airlines are getting some DXB seats too. Now will the Jet's slots at DXB go automa...

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by hohd
Mon May 13, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thailand seeks new ICAO safety audit, hope to regain U.S Cat-1 safety rating
Replies: 29
Views: 3829

Re: Thailand seeks new ICAO safety audit, hope to regain U.S Cat-1 safety rating

I would believe TG's Air authority than FAA. Thailand has been cleared from all countries including Canada to fly, except USA ?, After the Boeing fiasco FAA has no credibility now.

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by hohd
Thu May 09, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1787
Views: 185412

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

AI now is in the prime position to cash in. I am sure they can get a slot at LHR for an additional flight from BOM. This the time to start that and also expand connections from BOM within India. Vistara is an alternative, hopefully they learn from Jet's mistakes, stick to premium economy and at best...

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by hohd
Wed May 08, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1787
Views: 185412

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Travelled through BOM and DEL many times, sometimes with separate tickets on AI, Vistara or Jet and LH/UA or Air China or Turkish and with the exception of immigration, I found the connection to be quite good. For some unknown reason, the immigration lines at BOM and DEL (and even MAA) are long at p...

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by hohd
Tue May 07, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 346
Views: 30826

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - May 2019

The richest city North of Delhi- Chandigarh has only 5 flights a day currently thanks to a variety of factors 4. While South has the "gulf component", IXC & ATQ have the Canada, UK and US components. But close proximity of DEL and Air Force base at IXC makes direct flights to IXC from...

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by hohd
Mon May 06, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1787
Views: 185412

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Jet's demise will hurt Indian tourist arrivals to some extent especially to smaller cities. AI does have some connections from BOM but primarily from DEL and AI does have more flights from Europe and a few from US, plus it offers more generous baggage allowance (25 kgs) even for domestic tickets wit...

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by hohd
Sat May 04, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Delta announces JFK-BOM
Replies: 1013
Views: 147657

Re: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019

I have gotten the same impression that many Indian expats love to fly EK. Personally, I don't understand it. I have flown EK J several times (and F once) and thought it was just "OK". The seat in the 77W from Boston is nothing special, even a bit cramped if you ask me (I'm 6'2"). The...

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by hohd
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1787
Views: 185412

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

What is EY still holding on for. They are facing a total loss on the Jet investment. Even if Jet comes back, will they get 49% of the new company (which is max that a foreign airline can acquire). This unusually long time for the bids and reviewing the bids is costing EY and the banks, it will be in...

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by hohd
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 77
Views: 7543

Re: Houston Aviation Thread - 2019

I would like to see these 2 cities connected to IAH. HKG I know there are lots inexpensive fares chasing HKG, but a nonstop could get a premium and the other is ZUR. As far as ICN, Korean already tried that once, may be second time is the charm.

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by hohd
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TPA-AMS on DL Already Cancelled?
Replies: 44
Views: 8750

Re: TPA-AMS on DL Already Cancelled?

A 767 in economy is better than 787 or 777 in economy, assuming that 767 has individual IFE's. The seats are slightly wider and there is only one middle seat.

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by hohd
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Delta announces JFK-BOM
Replies: 1013
Views: 147657

Re: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019

Who knows DL may throw a curveball and start DTW - BOM, provided they can partner with some airline in BOM, most likely AI (even Indigo or Spice will do however they may have to give up on business class connecting traffic). They have no competition from ME3. Plus DTW has decent connections to many ...

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by hohd
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1787
Views: 185412

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

AI should fly to London first, but if that does not materialize due to slot issues, look to fly to Toronto non-stop from DEL (or BOM as a second choice) which Jet was flying from AMS. However with the air space restrictions they may have to stop on the westbound direction (may be BOM). I believe the...

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by hohd
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1787
Views: 185412

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

How empty have BOM's terminal 2 and DEL T3 become at this point? - I'm guessing that they are pretty much ghost towns during the daytime domestic rush hours now. Definitely not DEL T3, Jet was just another airline. Even BOM T2 has plenty of activity even without Jet. BOM and DEL can never become gh...

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