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by vhtje
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 976
Views: 236105

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

J343 wrote:
What are the chances of IAG acquiring AZ?


Zero. QR owns 15.1% of IAG and 49% of Air Italy.

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by vhtje
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled
Replies: 49
Views: 11725

Re: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

Remember BA kept the ban on laptops in cabin bags in place much longer on their routes (including CAI) than other carriers, and long after the governments had lifted the requirement. So we have history of BA being cautious on the CAI route. .... British security experts were on the ground in Egypt a...

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by vhtje
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Virgin America Failed
Replies: 51
Views: 9049

Re: Why Virgin America Failed

Really? Are flight attendants permitted to even have on heels? Won’t Stilettos puncture the slide? Well, they certainly wore them on VX (apologies for the poor quality): https://92268.app.netsuite.com/core/media/media.nl?id=60&c=92268&h=5ee0e722313241e6c4b3&fcts=20190720021536

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by vhtje
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Virgin America Failed
Replies: 51
Views: 9049

Re: Why Virgin America Failed

To pluralize the word "recliner," simply add an s. adding 's makes it possessive, which doesn't make sense. Also, why did you capitalize the word "recliner"? It's not a proper noun. You are my hero. I love you. I visit airliners.net every day and have for over 15 years. The plet...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 164
Views: 20419

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

Airfares in the USA aren’t Europe/Asia LCC cheap, and they never will be. It contributes enormously to the overall stability of the industry. That being said, this passenger was buying relatively last minute tickets on the most expensive weekend, in the most expensive season on an airline that has ...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 164
Views: 20419

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

I do have a little bit sympathy for the passenger. Last summer I paid £1,800 for LHR > JFK on AA then SFO > LHR on BA in Y, through a corporate travel agency, whose website makes it tricky to expose fare rules. That's £1,800 for a TATL return, in Y. Not premium Y. Just plain, old, squeeze-'em-in-and...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH17 - 5 years ago
Replies: 21
Views: 2351

Re: MH17 - 5 years ago

I have always wondered if the grey underbody of the then-current MH livery was a factor in this tragedy. Did the perpetrators mistake it for a military aircraft? Without wishing to be morbid, I also can't help wonder what it would have been like onboard. Quick, I should imagine. I don't know if that...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific and LH Group to expand Codesharing
Replies: 26
Views: 4173

Re: Cathay Pacific and LH Group Codesharing

CX and LH group are already covered for most of the HKG-Europe flyings and FF Earn/Burn from previous agreements: https://www.asiamiles.com/en/earn-miles/airlines/detail.html/lufthansa https://www.miles-and-more.com/row/en/program/partners/cathay-pacific-airways/au.html Not sure about lounge access...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any info on this 77W?
Replies: 23
Views: 5733

Re: Any info on this 77W?

CWL757 wrote:
I was just casually looking at aircraft for sale and came across this 77W. Any information about it?


Why not simply phone Benedict Sirimanne and ask?

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific and LH Group to expand Codesharing
Replies: 26
Views: 4173

Re: Cathay Pacific and LH Group Codesharing

I’m surprised that CX is partnering with LH in Europe rather than partnering with oneworld’s Finnair, British airways, Iberia Define 'partnering'? The linked article only states that CX will put its code on one daily HKG <> MUC flight operated by LH, and one daily HKG <> ZRH operated by LX. In retu...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Introduce Free WiFi
Replies: 54
Views: 7835

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Introduce Free WiFi

Who said history never repeats? It’s no different to what happened with hotels. Ten years ago you paid (usually a hefty premium) to connect to the hotel’s wi-fi. The hotels understandably monetised it, the most blatant practice being offering better speeds the more you paid - higher speeds costs the...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just how interested was Qantas in the Concorde?
Replies: 17
Views: 4550

Re: Just how interested was Qantas in the Concorde?

I can remember when I was very young - about fiver or six - my Grandmother took a flight on Concorde from MEL, I think to Noumea but I may have that wrong. My parents, siblings and I (and a lot if other people) got to walk through the aircraft when it was on the apron. I remember being surprised at ...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to be fined £183M for last year's data breach
Replies: 35
Views: 3320

Re: BA to be fined £183M for last year's data breach

Im sure BA; like all businesses; can always do more to improve their IT security; but this fine to me smacks of someone getting burgled, and then fining that homeowner because their home security isn't good enough. No, and that is a gross oversimplification. BA were fined because they were in breac...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A380s: Parity between FRA and MUC
Replies: 25
Views: 5435

Re: LH A380s: Parity between FRA and MUC

It would be interesting to review the economics of the A380 vs 748 vs 77W at LH, and then do the same at KE, and see how each type has fared at each carrier.

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America
Replies: 105
Views: 19285

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

How are they going to fit meals for long haul on a narrow body? They can barely provision enough snacks and drinks on a transcon turn currently and regularly run out, and thats without space for meals and ovens. This is why super long haul on a narrow won't work. It's a good question. Presumably ai...

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways
Replies: 86
Views: 17019

Re: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways

Very sterile and bland interior. Reminds me of a hospital waiting room. To be fair, it is the lighting in the photos. Onboard, there will of course be LED mood lighting that will both warm and soften the starkness. I don't mind the use of blue on aircraft interiors; I find it relaxing. Aren't all t...

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by vhtje
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS expands presence at DAL
Replies: 228
Views: 30005

Re: AS expands presence at DAL

Thinking about the other thread where AS might be interested in "OneWorld Connect" membership. I know that due to the AS/VX merger, they can't codeshare with AA to SFO, LAX, SEA. But, if they were a "Connect" member, AA flyers could still fly AS from DAL and get miles/EQMs with ...

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by vhtje
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD "People Mover" Shutdown Causing Headaches
Replies: 30
Views: 6434

Re: ORD "People Mover" Shutdown Causing Headaches

There is still the T3 to T5 airside transfer for the BA flights, correct? That is terribly convenient, and I would think twice about connecting in ORD if it went away even if the transit was restored. The transit is landside, correct?

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL/AA complimentary meals in economy class
Replies: 45
Views: 5273

Re: DL/AA complimentary meals in economy class

oneworld Emeralds, when travelling in Y on AA, get free alcoholic beverages and snacks. It is a little bit embarrassing as the crew call me Ex Plat and generally make a fuss (e.g. serving me first) and not taking any payment at the end of the exchange. This, in turn, invariably prompts the person si...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport
Replies: 136
Views: 19305

Re: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport

JannEejit wrote:
Sounds more like a reincarnation of what some already call "London Airways" ? Would it kill them (or BA for that matter) to further reinvestigate the possibility of some UK regional trans-atlantic services, maybe further afield than say Manchester?


Indeed.

A321XLR anyone?

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!
Replies: 61
Views: 5534

Re: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!

I agree Mr Newton could have been better served by AA in this instance. How so? I meant given a better routing option that would have preserved his paid cabin, for example perhaps BA to LON then AA to CLT. I think this is probably a good time to mention that there’s almost certainly another way he ...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!
Replies: 61
Views: 5534

Re: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!

For me, it depends upon how I was approached. It's hard to tell in the video, but it looks like it was a pleasant and polite exchange. But if the person asking me was at all belligerent, rude or completely in lacking grace, I would refuse their request irrespective of how much they offered. But like...

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by vhtje
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study
Replies: 147
Views: 21959

Re: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study

Thank you for a considered reply. The point on not taking advantage of the A380's long legs is a valid one, but then again, BA often don't take it far. Might it find a niche flying TATL to DL's hubs, perhaps taking over some of their partner's flying? It's a metal-neutral JV, so it shouldn't matter...

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by vhtje
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study
Replies: 147
Views: 21959

Re: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study

The A380 has found a niche at BA providing additional capacity on perennially popular routes like SFO, LAX, HKG, JNB, etc. I don't understand why AF (and LH, for that matter) don't replicate this? I appreciate the relationship (and therefore demand) between Paris and HKG (say) is not the same as Lon...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM strategic review
Replies: 24
Views: 5644

Re: Air France-KLM strategic review

You have got to be kidding? When did you last try British Airways? That company is as bad as Ryanair nowadays with their penny pinching and low-cost concept. The last thing KLM needs is to be pulled down to BAs standards. Hyperbole, much? Do we need yet another ‘AF is mismanaged and dragging KL dow...

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by vhtje
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1333
Views: 230456

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Not to mention that the only reason QANTAS Have 738's is 11/9. They were going to order the A320 but to over AA orders but already had plans to order A320 that's how Jetstar got their's so fast. I'm sorry, I am calling you on that. Do you have a source at QF were seriously considering swapping to t...

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by vhtje
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline
Replies: 51
Views: 4795

Re: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline

KLM was the only airline operator of the Douglas DC-5, with four aircraft. This also makes them the only carrier ever to operate every commercial Douglas airliner DC-2 through MD-11(excluding the DC-1 as only one prototype was built). Loftleidir of Iceland was the only operator of the pax version o...

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by vhtje
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline
Replies: 51
Views: 4795

Re: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline

KLM was the only airline operator of the Douglas DC-5, with four aircraft. This also makes them the only carrier ever to operate every commercial Douglas airliner DC-2 through MD-11(excluding the DC-1 as only one prototype was built). Loftleidir of Iceland was the only operator of the pax version o...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-BNLY at LAS cargo terminal?
Replies: 34
Views: 8809

Re: G-BNLY at LAS cargo terminal?

This Landor livery is by far the best IMO. What a good looking plane. Awesome that BA did this retro 747 thing, really something for us enthusiasts Amen to that. However, having flown G-BNLY to LAS in April, it was clear that she’s a very tired bird inside and in need of a deep refurbishment or ret...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam
Replies: 116
Views: 14022

Re: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam

I am a member of a BA aficionado's group on Facebook. After reading some of the posts other members put on there, I can now actually believe people are that stupid. Example post: a woman recently complained that BA didn't provide her with an international mobile phone handset when she landed in MIA ...

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by vhtje
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32513

Re: Virgin Atlantic Close to A330neo order

[ My guess is MAN/LGW based, I guess some of the existing A330's will be coming to EOL within the next few years. Could also be used to replace some of the Thomas Cook fleet should that deal be approved. Surely an airline wouldn’t order aircraft until any takeover deal had been both approved and fi...

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by vhtje
Fri May 31, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest non-hub AA stations?
Replies: 57
Views: 9530

Re: Largest non-hub AA stations?

What is the definition of a ‘hub’ and ‘focus city’? I understood hub meant it was having aircraft and crew based in a city. But SFO has AA crew based there and it’s not a hub.

Do note I am not American before you flame me for asking what might be an obvious question!

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by vhtje
Tue May 28, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019
Replies: 255
Views: 52435

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019

Reportedly the new A380 upstairs layout (posted on AFF) Shows the new lounge in place of CSM station, the blocked off door 3R and an additional toilet behind 3R. So the upstairs config has gone from 72J 32W to 64J 35W 30Y to 70J 60W Interesting that QF are persevering with the lounge at the front o...

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by vhtje
Tue May 28, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1333
Views: 230456

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

For every project sunrise flight the plan would be for the bags to always go with the passenger. When the weather is checked in the hours before the flight a decision will be made if the bags must be bumped. The bags might get bumped 5%, 20% or even 50% of the time. How often the bags get bumoed wo...

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by vhtje
Mon May 27, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1333
Views: 230456

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

I am sure the bags could arrive shortly after you clear customs. I am sure Qantas could have the domestic and Perth flight tightly synced. Maybe the bags could leave on the domestic flight to Perth 15 minutes early. Swapoing the bags at Perth might take 30 minutes so the bags might be less than 30 ...

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by vhtje
Tue May 21, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order
Replies: 292
Views: 53866

Re: Report - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order

Any news on a new business class seat for NZ? Even VS has abandoned the coffins now.

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by vhtje
Tue May 07, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1333
Views: 230456

Re: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019

1) I have no idea how the Project Sunrise A350 differs from SQ’s A350-900ULH aircraft. 2) See above. As far as I know, neither manufacturer has made public the detail of how they will modify their respective designs to meet Project Sunrise. 3) No, of course not. I didn’t write that at all. Not sure...

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by vhtje
Tue May 07, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1333
Views: 230456

Re: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019

Huh? The A350 proposed by Airbus to Qantas for Project Sunrise is a highly modified version and doesn’t exist yet. BA’s A350s don’t/won’t have these modifications, therefore cannot operate nonstop LHR <> SYD. Am I missing something? It is me that is missing a few things 1) how highly modified of an...

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by vhtje
Tue May 07, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1333
Views: 230456

Re: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019

Also if QF did go with the 777, BA could steal their thunder an operate the A350 over the route offering faster flight times. If people are taking the flight for the faster times, any improvement would have to have some tangible value to the same passengers. Huh? The A350 proposed by Airbus to Qant...

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by vhtje
Sun May 05, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 504
Views: 139178

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

LAX772LR wrote:
Meh. Seems like every time they roll out a significant new variant, the "House Theme" colors change..... 77W, 77L, 748, 787s, 7Mx, etc.


I'm struggling to see your problem with Boeing updating its in-house livery. Its not like Boeing is releasing a new model every week...?

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by vhtje
Thu May 02, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39948

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

I thought VS would be the most obvious choice for their UK long haul operation out of MAN in particular, but also LGW and GLA? Wouldn't that lead to competition issues? It amuses and confuses me that whenever an EU airline is mooted for sale, we hear a chorus of "Can't be IAG/AF-KLM/LF, becaus...

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by vhtje
Thu May 02, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39948

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

I thought VS would be the most obvious choice for their UK long haul operation out of MAN in particular, but also LGW and GLA? Wouldn't that lead to competition issues? It amuses and confuses me that whenever an EU airline is mooted for sale, we hear a chorus of "Can't be IAG/AF-KLM/LF, becaus...

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by vhtje
Thu May 02, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways orders 2 A350s
Replies: 76
Views: 15256

Re: Fiji Airways orders 2 A350s

hkcanadaexpat wrote:
Hong Kong Airlines NTUs. DAE purchasing them is my guess as they are already partly built.


Would they have been sold at a discount? Presumably HK Airlines paid a penalty?

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1757
Views: 179746

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Boeing CFO says the outstanding orders of Jet Airways (MAX+787) have been removed from backlog. Wow, that was hasty! Usually, orders remain until the dust settles....so the potential buyer has no slots of MAX production either... The financing has probably been withdrawn, and Boeing notified of thi...

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific cracking down on crews taking pax goodies, leftovers
Replies: 54
Views: 9200

Re: Cathay Pacific flight attendants caught stealing

I have seen several BA captains with bags of soft drinks and booze on Heathrow T5 arrivals train. I can understand cabin crew do that, but a captain t the salary of 100,000 pounds a year is truly puzzling to me. I, as a Club Passenger, have been given re-corked wine from First Class on BA, where ba...

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by vhtje
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 'Lowest mileage' classic airliners?
Replies: 18
Views: 4056

Re: 'Lowest mileage' classic airliners?

Ought you not also be taking into account the number of cycles, as well as hours?

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by vhtje
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Package of new/used A380's pitched to BA was uncompetitive: Cruz
Replies: 173
Views: 30783

Re: Package of new/used A380's pitched to BA was uncompetitive: Cruz

Interior mod prices for the A380 are being exagerated. It should be the same pro rata as any other airliner, airlines have just been using this as an excuse. The fact is that BA is doing fine for now, but they are setup for a dwindling future. LHR will progressively lose relevance as other London a...

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 386132

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Looks like a Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER has been seized at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport Source - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/aircraft-supposed-to-operate-jets-amsterdam-mumbai-flight-seized-passengers-stuck-at-schiphol/articleshow/68812919.cms?utm_medium=referral&a...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet Europe new callsign
Replies: 28
Views: 7912

Re: easyJet Europe new callsign

FlapsOne wrote:
Anyways, they say 'blue and green should never be seen' but LEVEL'S branding works. I like it.



Please..... LEVEL’s livery is what you get when you rely on someone using Microsoft Paint(TM) 1994 edition to design your livery.

You can literally see how much IAG saved on design overheads.

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