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by lawair
Wed May 27, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 199
Views: 39809

Re: Minister: THAI "Financial Status Critical"; Rehab Program Failing

The problem for TG (and for everyone in the Europe-Thailand market) has been competition from more cost efficient state-owned carriers, the ME3. Thanks for the thoughtful post and graphic. Why hasn't Thai - over more than a decade - been able to become cost-competitive with the ME3? I'm just guessi...

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by lawair
Tue May 26, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 199
Views: 39809

Re: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy

A bunch of corporate execs were added to the TG board for the bankruptcy restructuring. One of which is Piyasvasti Amranand, who was CEO the last time TG was generally profitable (and really was shaping up the company in good ways before he was removed when a new government came into power). I would...

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by lawair
Thu May 21, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 199
Views: 39809

Re: Minister: THAI "Financial Status Critical"; Rehab Program Failing

The larger point was if these developing countries can afford to keep throwing money at their national carriers, well then good, they can continue to be kept alive. Otherwise, it's better to sell or shutdown. No point pouring money into a bottomless pit. If TG had a healthy balance sheet during pre...

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by lawair
Thu May 21, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 199
Views: 39809

Re: Minister: THAI "Financial Status Critical"; Rehab Program Failing

Long-haul is the most risky part of aviation business- for airlines in developing countries. It's a different scenario in the West or Middle East, where traffic flows and yeild makes the overall long haul network viable. In developing countries however, if yield ain't great for long haul, the bleed...

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by lawair
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT fines Delta for discriminating against Muslim passengers
Replies: 22
Views: 7325

DOT fines Delta for discriminating against Muslim passengers

https://www.transportation.gov/individu ... r-2020-1-9
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The order involves three Muslim passengers who were removed from two different Delta flights. The assessed civil penalty is $50,000.

Haven't seen one of these kinds of orders in a while.

https://www.transportation.gov/individu ... r-2020-1-9

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by lawair
Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US DoT Proposes ban on Emotional Support Animals other than trained dogs
Replies: 103
Views: 12097

Re: US DoT bans all Emotional Support Animals other than trained dogs

This is a proposed rule. DOT would need to review comments and probably make changes before the rule becomes final. It is highly unlikely this rule would become final by April, given that is right after the comment period ends. And lots of things could change. DOT is not banning emotional support an...

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by lawair
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Suspending Flights to and over entire or parts of Gulf Region Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 25515

Re: FAA suspends US carrier overflights over entire Gulf Region

Sad story and a bit sad it is in civil aviation forum; no comments about politics. As long as it is FAA only, ME3 carriers do not care and can overfly the area unless mil/jet take off, no? Non-US carrier operations can be affected by the FAA NOTAM if their flights in the area carry a U.S. carrier c...

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by lawair
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2019 US airports - very large and large hubs by total passenger traffic - enplanements and deplanements
Replies: 28
Views: 7300

Re: 2019 US airports - very large and large hubs by total passenger traffic - enplanements and deplanements

BWI's international pax number is also off. I think you only counted foreign carrier passenger numbers, which excludes Southwest and Spirit international passengers and charter passengers. I don't have the total number offhand (BWI's website is missing August data) but the number for January-October...

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by lawair
Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier Announcement at MIA Tomorrow
Replies: 111
Views: 16724

Re: Frontier Announcement at MIA Tomorrow

BWI-SAL nonstop?? That is out of left field. MIA-SDQ, SAL, GUA all bookable Largest Salvadorian community in the Eastern U.S. is in the DC area. ....but mainly in Northern Virginia not Maryland. It's not that far so they will get some traffic but AV from IAD will be a tough competitor. I don't thin...

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by lawair
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways at BWI
Replies: 70
Views: 10533

Re: British Airways at BWI

Can we actually discuss the revenue agreement MD has with BA, because it's not obvious how it works? Am I correct in thinking that if the operating margin does not meet some target (let's say 8% although I could be way off) then MD just pays BA 5 million dollars (or sum large amount of money) for t...

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by lawair
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways at BWI
Replies: 70
Views: 10533

Re: British Airways a BWI

The BA flight at BWI has a revenue guarantee, but my impression is that the state hasn't needed to pay for the past few years. The flight has also grown considerably since the time that larger payments were made. For the 12 month period through September, the total number of passengers on the flight...

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by lawair
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BWI Master Plan
Replies: 6
Views: 2297

Re: BWI Master Plan

I guess there isn't enough room to widen and lengthen 15L/33R or I would assume that would be an option. My guess is that there has been discussion about expanding that runway, as one version of the master plan has Aviation Blvd diverted further north of the airport, which would give more space for...

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by lawair
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 199
Views: 39809

Re: Minister: THAI "Financial Status Critical"; Rehab Program Failing

Is it normal for the CEO to resign with immediate effect?. Any idea what the ‘new man’ will do?. I think he offered his resignation in August. The letter just effectuates it. https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1723975/purge-begins-at-transport-ministry-boards I'm not a fan of this CEO either. A l...

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by lawair
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA subs 772 to BWI today (Oct 28)
Replies: 25
Views: 5603

Re: BA subs 772 to BWI today (Oct 28)

DALMD80 wrote:
Saw the 124, that was incredible. I wish I could have seen the BA 744. I really want to see an Atlas 747 come in to BWI.


Here's a photo

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by lawair
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 199
Views: 39809

Re: Minister: THAI "Financial Status Critical"; Rehab Program Failing

Airline Weekly as their feature analysis this week looks at TG Some story highlights: o TG home market share is merely 16%. One of the lowest in world for a national carrier . . . o Positions itself as a premium carrier yet has a largely outdated product in a market which is primarily low-yield tou...

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by lawair
Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 199
Views: 39809

Re: Minister: THAI "Financial Status Critical"; Rehab Program Failing

The numbers (based on 1H19) don't look critical. They're not great. I think the TG president used some poorly chosen language in an attempt to scare the labor unions into entertaining future concessions. According to this newer article, the TG president says his words were misinterpreted and that th...

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by lawair
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 199
Views: 39809

Re: Minister: THAI "Financial Status Critical"; Rehab Program Failing

It did nothing to help TG that many 787's were grounded for a long time due to RR engine problems. Flew a 747 to ARN a month ago,in low season. They could easily have used a 787 to cover that flight . This is a significant part of this. The airline was operationally profitable until the 787s were g...

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by lawair
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is SK negligible in Asia, whereas AY has a number of Asian routes?
Replies: 37
Views: 7777

Re: Why is SK negligible in Asia, whereas AY has a number of Asian routes?

Isn't SK more profitable than AY? I thought AY was breaking even on a good day while SK was outperforming DY. Actually from what I can tell, the two were practically equivalent for 2018, at roughly 150 million EUR in net profit for each. AY probably performs well on BKK because it basically has a m...

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by lawair
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BKK Suvarnabhumi terminal "won't benefit users"
Replies: 12
Views: 3594

Re: New BKK Suvarnabhumi terminal "won't benefit users"

The "second" terminal will actually help alleviate congestion considerably in the main terminal. The problem is the plan would not expand gate/parking capacity at all, since the site for the new terminal is where ramp parking is currently located. However, this is partially alleviated by t...

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by lawair
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways Fleet Discussion and News Thread
Replies: 94
Views: 6874

Re: Thai government approves TG fleet acquisitions

Thai better get its safety rating in order. There is a HUGE market from California to Thailand and they should launch SFO or LAX with the A359 or 789. In fact, Thailand's economy has been in poor shape ever since the NCPO junta seized power in 2014; the regime has been manipulating the baht, and a ...

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by lawair
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Multiple 777 at BWI - what’s up?
Replies: 7
Views: 3813

Re: Multiple 777 at BWI - what’s up?

smokeybandit wrote:
The BWI-LHR BA flight has been a 772 the last few days. Did that get upgauged?


Seems like a scheduled swap lasting into the first couple days of August. Not sure the reasons.

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by lawair
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does BKK have so many 5th freedom flights?
Replies: 17
Views: 3268

Re: Why does BKK have so many 5th freedom flights?

Wonder why is BKK the one with the 5th freedom flights and not DMK. One would suppose if the Thai government wants to somehow protect TG, the 5th freedom would be limited to flights operating at the airport not hub of TG. I don't think there's anything legally prohibiting fifth freedom flights from...

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by lawair
Thu May 30, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 239040

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

Just curious, does the 3-hr rule apply to diversions that land at an airport? UA87 arrived at 623pm and departed 836pm UA88 arrived at 515pm and departed 805pm---almost three hours. Did either plane disembark pax? If so, I assume they'd have to clear INS at CLE. If UA88 wasn't set to depart until 8...

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by lawair
Tue May 28, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thailand seeks new ICAO safety audit, hope to regain U.S Cat-1 safety rating
Replies: 29
Views: 4027

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

Thailand seems to have passed the ICAO audit again: https://m.bangkokpost.com/news/transport/1684800/thailand-passes-icao-inspections The red flag was lifted in 2017 when particular issues were addressed, but apparently there's been improvement since then. I also find interesting that one of the sti...

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by lawair
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thailand fails (again) to achieve FAA safety rating
Replies: 44
Views: 10890

Re: Thailand fails (again) to achieve FAA safety rating

Thailand failed an ICAO audit, and still hasn't rectified 26 deficiencies. Thailand passed its ICAO audit two years ago and has had its red flag removed. As a result, countries other than the US have loosened restrictions on Thai carriers. Whether the FAA has identified new areas of concern is not ...

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by lawair
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways 2018 loss widens
Replies: 50
Views: 7990

Re: Thai Airways 2018 loss widens

This is particularly bad since they actually experienced an operating loss last year. The year before they had an operating profit and the financial numbers were actually very stable as a result (the net numbers were dragged down by paper losses and didn't affect cash). Sure costs went up in 2018, b...

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by lawair
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thailand fails (again) to achieve FAA safety rating
Replies: 44
Views: 10890

Re: Thailand fails (again) to achieve FAA safety rating

According to the article, ICAO lifted the red flag two years ago. Are there new issues that the FAA identified? Otherwise the FAA seems to be concerned about ICAO standards that ICAO itself doesn't seem as bothered by.

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by lawair
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown
Replies: 50
Views: 9796

Re: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown

I'm not so sure that's true unless they were paying for an approval which was a foregone conclusion regardless of whether the paperwork and/or inspection passed muster. Paying for a decision isn't a conflict of interest if the airline wasn't dictating the decision; i.e. they were paying regardless ...

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by lawair
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown
Replies: 50
Views: 9796

Re: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown

Normally this would seem to be a conflict of interest. Southwest effectively paid a government agency to issue an approval or decision. That could create the appearance of bias on the part of the government decision-maker, or at worst look like a bribe. I think the FAA must've reasoned that all of ...

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by lawair
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown
Replies: 50
Views: 9796

Re: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown

Southwest effectively paid a government agency to issue an approval or decision. All of the FAA’s approvals and decisions are paid for by Southwest and other airlines. The FAA’s funding comes from taxes that are mostly paid by the airlines, with tax on aviation fuel probably being the largest singl...

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by lawair
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown
Replies: 50
Views: 9796

Re: Southwest paid for FAA inspectors during shutdown

Normally this would seem to be a conflict of interest. Southwest effectively paid a government agency to issue an approval or decision. That could create the appearance of bias on the part of the government decision-maker, or at worst look like a bribe. I think the FAA must've reasoned that all of t...

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by lawair
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetbridge incident at BWI
Replies: 29
Views: 6262

Re: Jetbridge incident at BWI

That jetbridge was newly installed in the past year, wasn't it?

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by lawair
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1102
Views: 180305

Re: Icelandair taking over WOW

It is going to be difficult to re-organize the networks for keeping the separate brands operating in nearly the same markets. Apparently, Wow Air would have lots of sense on these markets where they could deploy some more seat capacity being together + anywhere mainly with leisure pax as the core o...

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by lawair
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could TG relaunch BKK-LAX and BKK-JFK?
Replies: 40
Views: 5666

Re: Could TG relaunch BKK-LAX and BKK-JFK?

Very unlikely. The JFK route in particular was unprofitable, due to high fuel costs around the time it was closed down and the operational complexities of the A340-500s used at the time. In today's higher fuel environment, a JFK-BKK route would not likely be profitable without a steady stream of bu...

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by lawair
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats
Replies: 136
Views: 25257

Re: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats

[...] the current military government from an outsider viewpoint has been doing a lot of good. They have cleaned up so much corruption. [...] Like most of us, I'm not in favor of military governments generally, but this one has really been adding stability and doing great things for Thailand-tackli...

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by lawair
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats
Replies: 136
Views: 25257

Re: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats

Airbus747 Having been a regular visitor to Thailand fir the past couple of decades, the current military government from an outsider viewpoint has been doing a lot of good. They have cleaned up so much corruption. The country is a strong monarchy, with a robust legal system based upon British law. ...

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by lawair
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats
Replies: 136
Views: 25257

Re: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats

Based on what I gather, the scheduled 77W for this flight was subbed with a 744, which created some complications. It may have led to mismatched crew, for one thing, and it also led to a situation in which J passengers were able to assign themselves to the F cabin, which is not sold for this flight ...

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by lawair
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, BWI unveil new state-of-the-art maintenance facility
Replies: 22
Views: 3200

Re: Southwest, BWI unveil new state-of-the-art maintenance facility

http://www.marylandaviation.com/_med...020_BWI_v2.pdf
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This has been in the works for a few years at least, as far as I can recall. The plan has the facility located roughly between F and W, just north of the start of Runway 10.

http://www.marylandaviation.com/_med...020_BWI_v2.pdf

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by lawair
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TG gets new President, plans revised turn-around plan, considers refinancing Nok
Replies: 66
Views: 10649

Re: TG gets new President, plans revised turn-around plan, considers refinancing Nok

TG had a net profit in 2016. It also has been operationally profitable for years. The problem has mostly been paper losses from impairment on the value of aircraft the carrier has been trying to sell, which doesn't really affect its cash position. TG is paying the price for past aircraft purchase de...

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by lawair
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bangkok Airports
Replies: 6
Views: 1580

Re: Bangkok Airports

should they make a third airport ?? think it makes it worse for transfers should they make a fast train system between BKK and DMK and then build out both airports ?? Besides what others have said, there are plans in motion to expand the terminal space at DMK, dramatically expand UTP in the long te...

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by lawair
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest prompts $60M expansion at BWI
Replies: 93
Views: 9554

Re: Southwest prompts $60M expansion at BWI

BreezyIAH wrote:
How many flights a day does WN have?


According to the Baltimore Sun article, Southwest is operating 243 departures a day to 64 cities from BWI.

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by lawair
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest prompts $60M expansion at BWI
Replies: 93
Views: 9554

Re: Southwest prompts $60M expansion at BWI

From the Balitmore BizJournals Article: The airport's CEO says the deal keeps the airline at BWI , where it's a key carrier that has struggled at times to book seats. But the agreement is necessary to keep British Airways flying into BWI, said airport CEO Ricky Smith Sr. The Heathrow-to-BWI route i...

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by lawair
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest prompts $60M expansion at BWI
Replies: 93
Views: 9554

Re: Southwest prompts $60M expansion at BWI

As far as I recall, Maryland had to pay nothing for the BA flight in 2015. I imagine the target might have moved somewhat since then, but the flight seems to have improved in performance considerably since the 787 started being used. Cargo loads were up over 140% during the first 12 months since the...

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by lawair
Fri May 11, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS astonishing LON growth market, surpasses several US markets
Replies: 56
Views: 10141

Re: AUS astonishing LON growth market, surpasses several US markets

Full year numbers would be helpful, but it certainly seems like AUS-LHR is doing quite well. March as a single month may not be as helpful a snapshot for comparison though. AUS got a boost in March from SXSW, while some other markets still had a winter storm in late March. Generally February for a l...

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by lawair
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Routes from Ireland
Replies: 66
Views: 9566

Re: New Routes from Ireland

Dublin already has 2 x daily IAD-DUB with EI and UA. Cannot see BWI happening. I agree, particularly when you consider that traffic to IAD doesn't seem to have warranted the use of anything larger than a 757 by EI for most of the time it has operated. I think there was a similar situation with WAS ...

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by lawair
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: THAI Eyeing MAN, HAM, Return to MAD
Replies: 38
Views: 8749

THAI Eyeing MAN, HAM, Return to MAD

Although THAI had a net loss on paper last year, it experienced an operating profit and seems to be feeling confident enough to expand on the success of its recent return to Vienna last year. According to Thai media (for example, http://www.ryt9.com/s/iq05/2805932), Acting Senior Executive Vice Pres...

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by lawair
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: Growth of Transcons at BWI and Elsewhere
Replies: 18
Views: 2238

WSJ: Growth of Transcons at BWI and Elsewhere

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-rare-case-where-airlines-and-passengers-both-win-1522246644 (subscription required) This article talks about how better fuel efficiency and growth of coastal markets has led to increased competition on transcontinental US routes, with secondary destinations like BWI ...

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by lawair
Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible new European routes for the Thai Airways route network
Replies: 33
Views: 7474

Re: Possible new European routes for the Thai Airways route network

Personally, I think any growth is misguided and TG needs to focus on profitability. They just announced another year of (increaded) losses in 2017. Things like fleet rationalization, better alignment of BKK hub structures, clarity of how Thai Smile and Nok fit into the larger picture should be the ...

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by lawair
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair goes back to Baltimore
Replies: 63
Views: 6466

Re: Icelandair goes back to Baltimore

klm617 wrote:
jnev3289 wrote:
Great for BWI. Still waiting for another major European carrier to start there though...



I would plan on Aer Lingus.


And then all we would need is for Ghana Airways to be resurrected with a BWI-ACC service and it will be like 2001 again! :lol:

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by lawair
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair goes back to Baltimore
Replies: 63
Views: 6466

Re: Icelandair goes back to Baltimore

dcaviation wrote:
So KEF - twice daily to IAD and 4x weekly to BWI. Plus WoW daily to BWI.
That's overkill. I think WoW and Icelandair are in the piss fight.


WW is going 11x weekly to BWI for the summer.

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