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by vhtje
Tue May 30, 2023 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passport E-gates at all UK airports down.
Replies: 9
Views: 4206

Re: Passport E-gates at all UK airports down.

Does LHR still have sterile transit? Pre-T5, BA had moved YVR from Terminal 4 to Terminal 1, while I was connecting to a BMED flight out of T4. I was able to do this without a passport check, I could even exit the T1 building and take the terminal shuttle bus while staying completely airside. Super...

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by vhtje
Tue May 30, 2023 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport Mistakes
Replies: 205
Views: 29675

Re: Airport Mistakes

This thread is very US-centric. That's normal for airliners.net, yes, but it is pertinent to remember in this thread, the economic model for airports is different in the US to most of the rest of the world. The US has resisted airport privatisation and the majority of airports are owned and run by t...

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by vhtje
Wed May 24, 2023 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Parker joins Qantas Board
Replies: 19
Views: 5858

Re: Doug Parker joins Qantas Board

People here seem to have the wrong impression of the role of the Board of Directors. It is most certainly not the day-to-day operation of the organization. They are the steering committee between the executive suite (which runs the company) and the shareholders (which own the company). They approve...

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by vhtje
Mon May 22, 2023 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair wetlease A330s to Qantas
Replies: 54
Views: 13105

Re: Finnair Begins Singapore – Sydney & Bangkok – Sydney Flight On Behalf Of Qantas

Migair54 - I think you are being harsh on Finnair. Until early 2020, Finnair were making serious money on routes to Asia. Then Covid. Then Russian airspace waa closed to EU airlines. Had Finnair predicted both events in 2016, people would have said they were mad I believe Migair 54 is referring to ...

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by vhtje
Fri May 05, 2023 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion - 2023
Replies: 450
Views: 135572

Re: British Airways News and Discussion - 2023

Does anyone know how long BA are going to keep the awful A321neos on the CAI and AMM routes? The configuration is far too uncomfortable for a 5+ hour flight. The flights are also woefully under catered, running out of food and booze. CAI is a regular route for me, and I last flew it on Monday. It wa...

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by vhtje
Tue May 02, 2023 8:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What to Expect From Qantas Once Alan Joyce is Gone?
Replies: 21
Views: 3576

Re: What to Expect From Qantas Once Alan Joyce is Gone?

Taking away the acknowledgment of elders past present and future would be a good start. It gets a bit much after every landing. Why can't they just say Welcome to (Insert first nations country name). The acknowledgment of particular group of people leaves me feeling not welcome in my own country, w...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 28, 2023 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of London Heathrow's 3rd Runway
Replies: 149
Views: 23678

Re: Status of London Heathrow's 3rd Runway

By the way, the 3rd Runway HAS BEEN APPROVED. The fact it needs other planning permissions is just part of the process and these can (and will be) used a potential blocking points towards delaying the overall construction but the main plan is defined and approved at the last instance. I will repeat...

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by vhtje
Mon Mar 27, 2023 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines considering flying to SIN
Replies: 198
Views: 36187

Re: American Airlines considering flying to SIN

AA has no feed at the SIN end and any flight that long is always challenged when fuel prices are high. That is not quite true. SIN is a major scissor hub for AA’s TPAC JV partner, QF. On any evening in SIN, there’s a bank of QF aircraft heading to points all over Australia. If you were in PER or CN...

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by vhtje
Sat Mar 25, 2023 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines considering flying to SIN
Replies: 198
Views: 36187

Re: American Airlines considering flying to SIN

AA has no feed at the SIN end and any flight that long is always challenged when fuel prices are high. That is not quite true. SIN is a major scissor hub for AA’s TPAC JV partner, QF. On any evening in SIN, there’s a bank of QF aircraft heading to points all over Australia. If you were in PER or CN...

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 23, 2023 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of London Heathrow's 3rd Runway
Replies: 149
Views: 23678

Re: BA A380’s and 3rd LHR runway.

I think BA largely regrets taking the A380. Its dispatch reliability is awful Do you have some more information and some data to support this? I'd be very interested to learn more. Anecdotally, the A380 is very popular with passengers, and the cabin crew I have spoken to enjoy working on it as well...

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by vhtje
Mon Mar 20, 2023 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of London Heathrow's 3rd Runway
Replies: 149
Views: 23678

Re: Status of London Heathrow's 3rd Runway

When some explains how this ( infinitely delayed) project benefits the rest of the UK ( domestic demand) rather than just adding to largely unnecessary transiting traffic flows for instance Bangalore to the Bay Area ( especially when the UULH frames increasingly operate non stop) effectively with g...

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by vhtje
Sun Mar 19, 2023 12:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airline will join Oneworld next?
Replies: 33
Views: 4678

Re: Which airline will join Oneworld next?

Would Air Lingus consider joining again (they have a close relationship with BA) It would be a natural fit, given the IAG angle, and existing partnerships with AS and AA too, in addition to BA and IB. But they may not want the cost of it? Would they join as oneworld connect this time? IAG have owne...

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by vhtje
Sun Mar 19, 2023 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of London Heathrow's 3rd Runway
Replies: 149
Views: 23678

Re: Status of London Heathrow's 3rd Runway

As far as I recall, the 3rd runway was approved a few years ago. Please do not spread misinformation. The third runway is not approved. The proposed third runway to the north of the current airport was adopted as Government policy back in 2016. In February 2020 the Court of Appeal ruled government'...

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 16, 2023 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates unveils first new livery in 24 years
Replies: 65
Views: 13494

Re: Emirates unveils first new livery in 24 years

I wish they’d taken the opportunity to modernise the God-awful typeface they use

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by vhtje
Sat Mar 04, 2023 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas European routes
Replies: 66
Views: 13839

Re: Qantas European routes

Don't know if the air services agreement allows for ticket sales but I think Cairo would be a great location for Qantas to stop on route to LHR. It's also one of the biggest cities in the world with fantastic tourist appeal. Under the BA remedy agreement after the BMI sale I believe Cairo is an ava...

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by vhtje
Fri Mar 03, 2023 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas European routes
Replies: 66
Views: 13839

Re: Qantas European routes

I just don't see how Qantas can benefit from Project Sunrise. Besides London, there is no other ULH destination Qantas can guarantee a health demand and importantly, yield to support a non-seasonal schedule. Qantas' strategy is clear: they are betting that people will not only prefer, but pay a pre...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 23, 2023 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Big expansion announced by Royal Jordanian
Replies: 53
Views: 14495

Re: Big expansion announced by Royal Jordanian

Given that the terminal in AMM is relatively new, one wonders how RJ got their lounge offering so wrong. Because their business class is £1800 range return but Qatar and EK nowadays is more or less £3000 range? Chicken, egg. If they improved their service, they could charge more. Onboard, RJ are fa...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 23, 2023 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Big expansion announced by Royal Jordanian
Replies: 53
Views: 14495

Re: Big expansion announced by Royal Jordanian

I like RJ, a lot. I think the bed on their 787 is the most comfortable bed in the sky. And I love the cardamom coffee served prior to take off. But the lounge in AMM is dismal. There are no quiet rooms for sleeping. There are no showers. The food choices are very very limited. This is supposed to b...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 23, 2023 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces record first half profit, orders 9 A220's, announce first and business products for A350
Replies: 67
Views: 13256

Re: Qantas announces record first half profit, orders 9 A220's, announce first and business products for A350

First on the A350 looks nice. While I’m sure it will be comfortable J looks like it will be claustrophobic for such long flights, especially the middle aisle seats that lack a window (which the PR shots are careful not to show). With 52 of them it is going to give a strong office cubicle look. Like...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 23, 2023 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Big expansion announced by Royal Jordanian
Replies: 53
Views: 14495

Re: Big expansion announced by Royal Jordanian

I like RJ, a lot. I think the bed on their 787 is the most comfortable bed in the sky. And I love the cardamom coffee served prior to take off. But the lounge in AMM is dismal. There are no quiet rooms for sleeping. There are no showers. The food choices are very very limited. This is supposed to be...

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by vhtje
Fri Jan 06, 2023 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA uniform
Replies: 60
Views: 11546

Re: New BA uniform

It’s a bit hard to tell what it looks like from that short video. I’ll reserve my judgement until I see it more fully. Interesting though that it appears to include new uniforms for underwing ground staff. Why? That seems a bit pointless. Every time I see a BA underwing staff member they’re wearing ...

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by vhtje
Thu Dec 29, 2022 9:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: EK secures rights as only airline allowed to serve Moët&Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon
Replies: 59
Views: 13400

Re: EK secures rights as only airline allowed to serve Moët&Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon

There are far, far better champagnes one can drink than these. If anything, knowing I’m going to be served Moët or Veuve would be a reason not to book EK. I would much rather drink Billecart-Salmon or Perrier-Joët, and any number of champagnes, over those. Moët and Veuve are for people who think the...

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by vhtje
Sat Dec 03, 2022 9:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are today's flight times longer than 25 years ago?
Replies: 98
Views: 20530

Re: Why are today's flight times longer than 25 years ago?

Traffic, and congestion, I should think, are the main culprits, rather than any technological changes to aircraft. I know I have done transcon flights where we’ve done a loop at cruising altitude over the middle states, presumably just to slow us down.

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by vhtje
Wed Nov 30, 2022 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)
Replies: 147
Views: 26983

Re: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)

What happens in other countries with large domestic operations? In Australia, for example, don’t airline employees use the premium security lines, i.e. still get fully screened, albeit expeditiously?

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by vhtje
Wed Nov 23, 2022 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants Facing Felony Charges For Drug Trafficking
Replies: 57
Views: 10504

Re: Two Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants Facing Felony Charges For Drug Trafficking

"When I lived and worked in Bangkok Thailand, I always taped my checked in luggage with strong tapes all around, and if it was broken on arrival I would have reported it, never happened though." I'm going to do that from now on. Taping your luggage shut is a brilliant idea! Won't stop the...

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by vhtje
Mon Nov 21, 2022 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM A20N ground collision during takeoff run at LIM
Replies: 262
Views: 59197

Re: LATAM A20N ground collision during takeoff run at LIM

The closure of LIM airport has resulted in the following diversions: - AA A321N from MIA to PTY - KL B77W from AMS to PTY - H2 A320N from SCL to SCL - AV A319 from BOG to BOG - PU A343 from MAD to IQT - LA A320 from SCL to AQP - CM B738 from PTY to PIO - IB A359 from MAD to BOG - AF A359 from CDG t...

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by vhtje
Tue Nov 15, 2022 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines that have model numbers on aircraft
Replies: 49
Views: 7443

Re: Airlines that have model numbers on aircraft

pusserchef wrote:
Ansett Australia named their A320's as Skystar, this was also embroided on the bulkhead.


AN also branded their ex-SQ 747s Spaceships

https://youtu.be/MiPFCeL8bHk

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by vhtje
Sun Nov 13, 2022 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines that have model numbers on aircraft
Replies: 49
Views: 7443

Re: Airlines that have model numbers on aircraft

I like it when airlines give an aircraft type an airline-specific name.

A few that spring to mind:

* Qantas - 747-438 - Longreach
* Singapore Airlines - 747-312 - Bigtop
* Singapore Airlines - 747-412 - Megatop
* American Airlines - 747/DC10 - LuxuryLiner

Anymore?

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by vhtje
Tue Nov 01, 2022 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG looks to snap up rivals
Replies: 109
Views: 27448

Re: IAG looks to snap up rivalse

So IAG is : Aer Lingus EI British Airways BA BA CitiFlyer CFE Iberia IB Iberia Express I2 Level Vueling VG At least 7 AOCs in there, imagine throwing in the three easyJet ones as well! In all seriousness, easyJet UK operates almost identically to BA anyway with the A320s having little difference fo...

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by vhtje
Tue Nov 01, 2022 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GRU Airport access shut by protestors
Replies: 10
Views: 4511

Re: GRU Airport access shut by protestors

Is the helicopter taxi from downtown to the airport still running?

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by vhtje
Thu Oct 27, 2022 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mexico considers allowing domestic cabotage
Replies: 83
Views: 11790

Re: Mexico considers allowing domestic cabotage

Wait - wasn't the headline last week the imminent revival of Mexicana?

Exciting times in Mexican aviation!

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by vhtje
Wed Oct 26, 2022 11:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why Thai Airways still has many Europe destinations
Replies: 13
Views: 3160

Re: Why Thai Airways still has many Europe destinations

Thailand has been and still is(?) a very popular holiday choice for many Europeans. Indonesia and Malaysia not so much... I kinda think that Bali is very overshadowed by Thailand as a tourist destination Um, no. In 2019, Thailand welcomed 39.8 million tourists. Bali 'just' 6.3 million. Even if you ...

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by vhtje
Mon Oct 24, 2022 6:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The One Reason A Subway Link To LGA/JFK Won't Work
Replies: 29
Views: 5067

Re: The One Reason A Subway Link To LGA/JFK Won't Work

Even if you have a ‘perfect’ train in place, not all passengers will be able to use it. I just returned from six weeks in Australia. Three checked bags, plus one cabin bag. No train for me, I got a driver to take me to Heathrow. I go to Cairo for four nights at the end of this week: one checked bag ...

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by vhtje
Tue Oct 11, 2022 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Niugini to replace 767s, 737s and Fokker fleet
Replies: 66
Views: 17989

Re: Air Niugini to replace 767s, 737s and Fokker fleet

Does QF still own a chunk of PX?

I know when PX was formed back in the early 1970s, ownership was QF/TN/AN and governments of PNG and Australia, but when/how did that change? One would assume it is now fully owned by the PNG Government?

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by vhtje
Mon Oct 10, 2022 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Times: Loganair for sale
Replies: 70
Views: 15455

Re: The Times: Loganair for sale

I can see the SNP nationalising it in order to “keep it Scottish”

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by vhtje
Sat Sep 10, 2022 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline CEOs in Safety Videos
Replies: 25
Views: 3763

Re: Airline CEOs in Safety Videos

A former Air New Zealand CEO appeared in an Air NZ video dressed in body paint and not much else, though now that I think about it, that might have been for an advertisement rather than a safety video You beat me to it. There was a safety video during the “nothing to hide” campaign, but the steamy ...

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by vhtje
Thu Sep 08, 2022 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet Launches new uniform collection
Replies: 4
Views: 1336

Re: Westjet Launches new uniform collection

Looks like something Air New Zealand would have rejected in the early 1990s. It is a bit unimaginative, no? I mean, he has met the brief - "bring back the teal" - but, surely, he could have come up with something with a lot more flair and originality? I get it, he has to cater for all shap...

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by vhtje
Sun Sep 04, 2022 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Disposal of old First, Biz seats and shells
Replies: 18
Views: 4027

Re: OLD Aircraft First, Biz seats and shells

I presume they are recycled? I mean it’s not like they are sold off secondhand to second- and third-tier airlines, and the market for memorabilia cannot alone consume them all. So, I presume, they are sold to scrappers and recycled.

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by vhtje
Fri Sep 02, 2022 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product
Replies: 102
Views: 23943

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product

I’ve pondered this for a couple of days. Whilst I am sure AA have done the numbers and calculate this makes financial sense, I have some questions: 1. How does this impact the JVs with QF and BA? I can’t think QF and BA will be happy about handing over half their F revenue on JV routes to AA, if th...

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by vhtje
Thu Sep 01, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German lawmakers want to ban advance payment of air tickets
Replies: 106
Views: 12626

Re: German lawmakers want to ban advance payment of air tickets

I've always wondered why airlines are allowed to collect 100% of payment for services that might not be rendered for nearly a year. Off the top of my head I can't think of another service industry that you pay for a service that far in advance and that industry can deny that service the day of and ...

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by vhtje
Thu Sep 01, 2022 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product
Replies: 102
Views: 23943

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product

I’ve pondered this for a couple of days. Whilst I am sure AA have done the numbers and calculate this makes financial sense, I have some questions: 1. How does this impact the JVs with QF and BA? I can’t think QF and BA will be happy about handing over half their F revenue on JV routes to AA, if the...

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 31, 2022 9:32 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trying the competition: American Airlines Business Class, London to New York on the Boeing 777-300ER
Replies: 13
Views: 15573

Re: Trying the competition: American Airlines Business Class, London to New York on the Boeing 777-300ER

I agree with the plastic cheap look of the predeparture beverages. It has to do with a combination of the FAA, the company and the time frame. We don't want the possibility of glass breaking, Or something that required an immediate evacuation. When the plane moves, we are required to pick up the cu...

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by vhtje
Sun Aug 28, 2022 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product
Replies: 102
Views: 23943

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product

NYCAAer wrote:

Qatar doesn’t have F, just business but it’s the hugely popular Q-suites that people love.


A two-second Google search disproves your post about QR not having F:

https://scottscheapflights.com/guides/qatar-airways-first-class

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by vhtje
Sat Aug 27, 2022 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product
Replies: 102
Views: 23943

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product

How would AA’s elimination of FF impact JVs with BA and QF?

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by vhtje
Tue Aug 23, 2022 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand New Livery?
Replies: 10
Views: 3356

Re: Air New Zealand New Livery?

But won’t be seen outside of New Zealand, apart from its delivery flight. NZ gets it’s domestic a320 family fleet, stripped out model with the bare minimum equipment required. For example they have no life rafts, no HR radios. To cross the Tasman, they have to meet up with another NZ flight and fol...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 22, 2022 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 40-60 Air Wisconsin CRJ-200s to Fly for American
Replies: 122
Views: 21259

Re: 40-60 Air Wisconsin CRJ-200s to Fly for American

So does this mean that effectively a lot of UA slots and destinations will be transferring to AA? If so, does that significantly move the balance of traffic at ORD between the two carriers?

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by vhtje
Sun Aug 21, 2022 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 767: 40 years in airline service
Replies: 109
Views: 15342

Re: Boeing 767: 40 years in airline service

I always loved travelling on the 767. My first 767 trip was on AN 767-277 in 1987. AN’s 767s were unique in that they had a three-crew cockpit initially, the unions demanding retention of a redundant flight engineer station. I do not know how long it lasted, but AN removed the stations eventually an...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 18, 2022 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pakistan reportedly seeks to sell PIA stake to Qatar
Replies: 61
Views: 11471

Re: Pakistan reportedly seeks to sell PIA stake to Qatar

Wouldn't this end up shooting PIA in the foot? I imagine Qatar involvement would lead to the drawdown of PIA's long-haul operations, which would benefit QR since additional pax are routed through Doha and into Europe and North America. Why would QR do that? In addition to reducing potential profits...

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by vhtje
Tue Aug 16, 2022 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders Boom Overture aircraft
Replies: 146
Views: 19704

Re: American Airlines orders Boom Overture aircraft

LAX-HNL was mentioned in the press release as a possible route but I don’t see that as a possibility. These birds will probably only do LHR runs from JFK and MIA. Just my opinion. Presumably (perception of) the noise issues that plagued Concorde, are overcome with the Boom aircraft. Otherwise, what...

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 10, 2022 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air India to lease in 42 aircraft (320/321/777LR/W)
Replies: 166
Views: 55147

Re: Air India to lease six aircraft as poor interiors delay flights to North America

How is leasing new aircraft cheaper and quicker than refurbishing existing aircraft?

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