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by mdavies06
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas (GTI) Callsign "Qantas" (QFA)
Replies: 18
Views: 3460

Re: Atlas (GTI) Callsign "Qantas" (QFA)

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You are absolutely correct. We just discussed this exact topic in July actually, though must say similar topic seems to come around more often recently due to COVID-19 perhaps:

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by mdavies06
Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest 747 Airports (of the past)?
Replies: 15
Views: 1819

Re: Busiest 747 Airports (of the past)?

HND was probably the busiest 747 airport in the world for a while as JL was the largest operator of 747 for many years in the 70-80s, and NH was also a major operator. They operated a lot of domestic shuttles across various airports in Japan on 747. ITM , FUK and CTS were one of the busiest for this...

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by mdavies06
Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Korean Air Be Shutting Down?
Replies: 105
Views: 33259

Re: Will Korean Air Be Shutting Down?

This problem is not unique to KE and is the same that all major airlines in the world is facing now. The problem that KE faces today is the same across all airlines globally, the only difference being that APAC region carriers (Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, South East Asia) see the fall off since Feb...

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by mdavies06
Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Surprising Shenzhen via SilkAir and SQ Business
Replies: 4
Views: 3946

Re: Surprising Shenzhen via SilkAir and SQ Business

Thanks for posting this report. Lots of great photos. Its a unique report as there aren't many MI reports here, and probably one of the first for the new SQ regional J class. Both trips looked good.

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by mdavies06
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anchorage & the A321XLR
Replies: 29
Views: 3758

Re: Anchorage & the A321XLR

I have doubt A321XLR can fly ANC to Europe without severe payload penalty due to the lack of ETOPS diversion airports on the most direct routings. Going West, Japan is probably ok but I would exclude Korea and beyond. So this leave US-ANC-Japan which I suppose can be tried.

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by mdavies06
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Suspending Flights to and over entire or parts of Gulf Region Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 25665

Re: Airlines Suspending Flights to and over entire or parts of Gulf Region Thread

Not a single Emirates flight is passing thru the Iranian airspace. Exactly. It’s all about managing risk. As that risk changes, and it does by the minute, then so does the game plan. Now that the 737 shot down on departure from Tehran has been admitted as a “mistake” then the risk changes dramatica...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest unserved routes between the US and Europe
Replies: 32
Views: 3628

Re: Busiest unserved routes between the US and Europe

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Probably a route ex LON or NYC. How about LON-STL?

Some data inside this thread when we discussed BA PDX-LHR a few weeks ago: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1437021

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by mdavies06
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Aer Lingus A330-200 Business Class DUB - IAD
Replies: 9
Views: 8346

Re: Aer Lingus A330-200 Business Class DUB - IAD

Julian thanks for the TR (and well written in the extended version too on the weblink).

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by mdavies06
Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does a 737 Max 10 really need MCAS?
Replies: 43
Views: 9929

Re: Does a 737 Max 10 really need MCAS?

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Here are some threads on the same topic last year
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Here are some threads on the same topic last year

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by mdavies06
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why there are no morning flights from US West Coast to Europe?
Replies: 59
Views: 14511

Re: Why there are no morning flights from US West Coast to Europe?

A few possible reasons that come to mind: -Majority of onward connections ex-Europe are short hops, so there is less need to arrive in Europe early. Contrast this with say QF/NZ TPAC flights, with majority of their arrivals landing into LAX/SFO in the early morning from down under. Historically this...

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by mdavies06
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?
Replies: 141
Views: 16810

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway 12 month delay

Actually when was the last time a new runway opened in any airports in London?

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by mdavies06
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 5,5 hrs layover in IAH, what to do!
Replies: 14
Views: 1080

Re: 5,5 hrs layover in IAH, what to do!

5.5 hours is not enough to travel IAH-Houston-IAH because it will only leave you with 1-2 hours downtown. Like you I booked to travel via Houston on UA but I did have 7 hours. I spent about 1.5 hours from stepping off the plane to hitting downtown and I traveled in the late morning when traffic was ...

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by mdavies06
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: After Neo/Max - The Next Clean Sheet Need
Replies: 58
Views: 7071

Re: After Neo/Max - The Next Clean Sheet Need

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And for Boeing, there is a year long thread on the MAX...

why open a new thread?
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There is an existing thread already just last week on the Airbus side:
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And for Boeing, there is a year long thread on the MAX...

why open a new thread?

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by mdavies06
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 256374

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

I am sorry if this has been asked / discussed before, but as part of this project has QF ever considered running East Coast-LHR westbound with a technical fuel stop whilst doing non-stop eastbound? I am thinking if will be economically viable as regular scheduled services and make it less onerous fo...

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by mdavies06
Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I don't recognize Hong Kong these days
Replies: 76
Views: 3697

Re: I don't recognize Hong Kong these days

If this is your impression about Chinese state media, then please go ahead and continue with that view. I do not intend to change anyone's view. I will encourage you to read more of how the Chinese media system works but if you don't want to I won't force you. Again, their media I do consider as ext...

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by mdavies06
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I don't recognize Hong Kong these days
Replies: 76
Views: 3697

Re: I don't recognize Hong Kong these days

To the second poster and not OP, we can discuss all the points you raised above til the end of time and no I won't individually reply to the points you raised because obviously even you know you have presented some of them partially. Speaking of the protesters and their supporters in general, I thin...

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by mdavies06
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay group to give some of their A321neo order to HK Express
Replies: 9
Views: 2123

Re: Cathay group to give some of their A321neo order to HK Express

It is good to see CX still committed to 777X and A321neo when CX/KA/UO are going through its macro economic related difficulties. I would have thought they will at least consider deferrals to reduce capex and possibility switching some orders from 77X to the 787. When the 77X was ordered CX 77W was ...

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by mdavies06
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong airport to close down Terminal 2 for expansion from Nov28
Replies: 8
Views: 2735

Re: Hong Kong airport to close down Terminal 2 for expansion from Nov28

It is unfortunate that T2 is closing so soon. With its closure HKG has temporarily lost its 'quasi' low cost terminal, it's only observation deck and the only cinema for the district HKG is located in, though for the last two they arguably were lost in August when HKG was closed to the general publi...

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by mdavies06
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners
Replies: 44
Views: 4241

Re: China footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners

In China, if you make enough posts in your wechat or weibo account (social media accounts) criticising or encourage others to criticise the local or national level government bodies, this is enough to get yourself into trouble. In China, all internet activities (wireless or wired) are surveyed by th...

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by mdavies06
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay ending YVR-JFK service
Replies: 99
Views: 18560

Re: Cathay ending YVR-JFK service

One reason why this route has been 'losing money for years' but still stick around could be departure time ex-HKG for JFK, which I think few has mentioned so far. It enables a red-eye departure at the midnight bank ex-HKG. To replace this 1 stop flight will mean departing HKG at around 4am. I am not...

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by mdavies06
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What will the airline industry be like if 9/11 didn´t happen?
Replies: 9
Views: 2094

Re: What will the airline industry be like if 9/11 didn´t happen?

You will find many topics (including some started by yourself ) relating to 9/11 by doing a google search on "airliners.net xyz", where xyz is the topic of interest. Example: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1407673 https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&a...

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by mdavies06
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC issued security warning against Cathay over Hong Kong protest, ban protest-supporting staffs from flying into China
Replies: 146
Views: 27108

Re: CAAC issued security warning against Cathay over Hong Kong protest, ban protest-supporting staffs from flying into C

https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1392805&start=50 https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1428209 Let's refresh our memories from the above two events in recent months relating to the Chinese aviation authority (CAAC) and the Chinese communist party (Chinese government is ...

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by mdavies06
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: HNL-LON Nonstop?
Replies: 23
Views: 4601

Re: HNL-LON Nonstop?

These are useful discussions. Hope they answer your question. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1337249 https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=146131 https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1343865 https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1360619 https://www.air...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Massive price discrepancy between US and DL- why?
Replies: 7
Views: 1179

Re: Massive price discrepancy between US and DL- why?

$5,881 is most certainly down to some form of inventory management issues. Try again in a few weeks time. If there is an abnormal genuine surge in demand so many months out as illustrated by this price increase, you can be sure that DL or AF will upgauge the aircraft on whatever leg that is already ...

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by mdavies06
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern to launch PKX as the largest home hub carrier by relocating fully to Beijing’s new mega-airport
Replies: 32
Views: 7841

Re: China Southern to launch PKX as the largest home hub carrier by relocating fully to Beijing’s new mega-airport

Tremendous kudos to CZ for making the immeasurably judicious, cool-headed strategic decision :bigthumbsup: which I deeply believe and have no doubt in the slightest would benefit the carrier enormously and beautifully in the long-term :D Thanks for the post, but why all the superlatives? Excessive ...

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by mdavies06
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 63
Views: 16772

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

Not sure why this thread has drifted towards discussion involving Astana, Baku, Dammam etc. The oil industry around CHS is not BA's main target because it is a seasonal 2 weekly service. They are targeting holiday makers and tourists with this schedule. In any case, the likes of LH, TK, ME3 etc are ...

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by mdavies06
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has grandfathering been taken too far?
Replies: 362
Views: 19347

Re: Has grandfathering been taken too far?

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there is an active discussion in this thread which had dozens of informed posts and replies up until last week:

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by mdavies06
Fri May 17, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)
Replies: 12
Views: 5295

Re: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

PEK had plenty of weather diversion local time 17/05 evening and many domestic flights were on hold at destination or cancelled...

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by mdavies06
Fri May 17, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you ever get nervous about flying solo to a communist country?
Replies: 36
Views: 2846

Re: Do you ever get nervous about flying solo to a communist country?

It is not a concern visiting a communist country as a general tourist. It obviously will feel quite different living in one. The dominance of propaganda news and digital spying will make you feel like living in the novel 1984, with no way of getting out.

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by mdavies06
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC rolls out game-changing policies abandoning “One Route One Carrier” restriction in a gradual manner
Replies: 55
Views: 14814

Re: CAAC rolls out game-changing policies abandoning “One Route One Carrier” restriction in a gradual manner

According to the circular MU is the big winner with 14 new LON frequencies split equally between PVG and KMG and CA 4 new frequencies from PVG. MU will need all the transfer passengers around Southern China and even South East Asia to make KMG works as a daily flight. Meanwhile CA will struggle with...

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by mdavies06
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans
Replies: 136
Views: 27273

Re: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans

In the 2016 chart towards the bottom of the thread below, you will see what was a list of candidate cities in Europe. IMO GVA, BHX and BER makes most sense considering potential business and leisure demand, and competition from other airlines. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1409193 ...

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by mdavies06
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan 2x weekly Xi'An (XIY) to Los Angeles (LAX), how is secondary China profitable!?
Replies: 20
Views: 2788

Re: Hainan 2x weekly Xi'An (XIY) to Los Angeles (LAX), how is secondary China profitable!?

LAX to secondary Chinese cities may not be massively loss making for these carriers because LAX is LAX. Every Chinese carrier wants to fly to LAX (and YVR and Moscow) before considering other locations in the world for long haul. However, having said that profit making is not the primary objective f...

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by mdavies06
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are small Chinese airlines so successful?
Replies: 17
Views: 3146

Re: Why are small Chinese airlines so successful?

China central, provincial and local governments are strongly committed financially to support airlines in the form of direct and indirect subsidies. This is at the expense of ballooning government debt which will go bust (spectacularly IMO) at some point but not yet. Once the latter happens you will...

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by mdavies06
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA denied permission to start EIN-LHR
Replies: 65
Views: 16521

Re: BA denied permission to start EIN-LHR

BA itself has no spare slots. Some would propose that a few short haul routes are run with too much frequencies but fact is they are delivering good profit and even more frequencies are required. A couple of sun routes seem redundant at first sight but most of them are run only on weekends and are n...

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by mdavies06
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Insane fares Ex-Japan for golden week
Replies: 16
Views: 2820

Re: Insane fares Ex-Japan for golden week

The phenomenon posted at the starting thread is nothing out of the extraordinary. In fact fares like those you posted above are everyday fares in part of the summer season too. Mind you airlines do not make money during this period in first and business class due to the drop off in business travel, ...

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by mdavies06
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 267056

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

To reply to a few posts above regarding NRT, the current curfew kicks in at 11pm which will soon be extended to 12:30am by 1.5 hours. However, the curfew is a hard curfew which means the last regular scheduled departure time is currently 10pm or so, to be extended soon to around 11:30pm. KIX is a 24...

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by mdavies06
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX to IST
Replies: 11
Views: 2705

Re: CX to IST

CX is not going to go against TK and SU on their home turf. TK and SU most likely have lower cost base. The market and yield is just not there anymore, and these cities also happen to have ample competitions from Asia airlines too. If you look at the chart in the bottom of the thread below, you will...

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by mdavies06
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Horrible Jetstar Experience - Seat Space and Well-being Compromised
Replies: 36
Views: 8508

Re: Horrible Jetstar Experience - Seat Space and Well-being Compromised

You should lodge a written complaint to Jetstar about your experience. The passenger in 12D should not be allowed to be seated there with the armrest raised and 'flow' into 12E. I thought this is common sense. I am surprised the pax was even allowed to board with 1 seat booked. If someone needed 2 s...

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by mdavies06
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Virgin to launch LGW-JFK and BOS from 2020
Replies: 162
Views: 22173

Re: Delta and Virgin to launch LGW-JFK and BOS from 2020

I don't see the point in entering into LGW from BOS and NYC unless you are B6. VS does not have a short haul feeder network there and VS/DL are on O&D at LGW just like everyone else. LGW long haul market is heavy towards the leisure end for all major long haul markets, and they are better off fi...

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by mdavies06
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non-US airports not serviced by US airlines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2930

Re: Non-US airports not serviced by US airlines?

DXB, CAN, IST, BKK, CGK, MNL, KUL, SZX, SVO are examples of the largest major airports. The common factors are probably distance and lack of volume and yield for US pax carriers.

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by mdavies06
Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Odd flight timing, BA237 LHR-DME
Replies: 3
Views: 796

Re: Odd flight timing, BA237 LHR-DME

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For an alternate rundown of other examples similar to this, take a look at this thread from January this year:

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by mdavies06
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year
Replies: 211
Views: 37229

Re: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year

Don't get carried away with the A versus B chattering. If it is really a replacement for jets in the 100 seats range, there is no need to discuss A320NEO or 737MAX. These jets are hugely oversized and overweight for what LH is looking at. Please start a separate thread on A320NEO versus 737MAX.

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by mdavies06
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China agrees to buy 290 Airbus A320 planes, 10 A350s
Replies: 135
Views: 22720

Re: China agrees to buy 290 Airbus A320 planes, 10 A350s

I would call this order disappointing. Sure more A320, but Airbus sells more than they can make - but very few widebodies and no A330s. Not what Airbus needs. An order for 300 aircraft is “disappointing”? Wow! That depends on your perspective. Nobody will dispute that the A320NEO is a winner, but I...

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by mdavies06
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BA & Qantas A380s plus a Virgin Australia 737 - LHR-SIN-SYD-BNE. 3 airlines, 5 trains, 2 buses and a hire car
Replies: 12
Views: 9084

Re: BA & Qantas A380s plus a Virgin Australia 737 - LHR-SIN-SYD-BNE. 3 airlines, 5 trains, 2 buses and a hire car

Wow. Travelling that far in Y and still managed to drive several hours at the end of the trip. It's incredible stamina.

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by mdavies06
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Air China nears 15-20 additional A350s
Replies: 26
Views: 6550

Re: Rumour: Air China nears 15-20 additional A350s

The purchase of Airbus and Boeing jets by China are all to do with politics and need to rebalance the trade deficits. There is nothing right now to stop China ordering from both Airbus and Boeing, on both WB and NB. The trade dispute is unlikely to be resolved for months if not years, either. Beside...

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by mdavies06
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines + Lufthansa Group JV
Replies: 9
Views: 3687

Re: Singapore Airlines + Lufthansa Group JV

https://lufthansa-cargo.com/cathay-cooperation
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As a note, LH has JV with CX on the cargo side:

https://lufthansa-cargo.com/cathay-cooperation

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by mdavies06
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about late night/early morning departure and arrivals
Replies: 40
Views: 8522

Re: Questions about late night/early morning departure and arrivals

At popular airports (say the top 10 airports in China, most are over 50mn+ annual pax count nowadays), slots are restricted. The pecking order is lower still for foreign carriers. CAN is pretty badly restricted and unless you have connection with the CAAC via relationship channel/network, it will be...

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by mdavies06
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US First Class vs EU Business Class
Replies: 58
Views: 5627

Re: US First Class vs EU Business Class

In Europe most business centres are inter-connected with 1-3 hours flight time so demand for 2-2 abreast seat is small. On longer flights, one do see some proper business class seats service (e.g. BA LHR-DME or TLV, TK to Western Europe). On another thread about winter headwind, someone mentioned it...

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by mdavies06
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates' Business Model without the A380?
Replies: 113
Views: 19219

Re: Emirates' Business Model without the A380?

By the time DWC is finished, EK may wish to phase out all of its 380 in order to compete with the increase competition from other airlines operating at higher frequency. It will be difficult to compete with the economics of the 787 or 321neo using an 380. JL in the 1980s were operating +100 747s, an...

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by mdavies06
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest domestic flights in the world
Replies: 37
Views: 6011

Re: Longest domestic flights in the world

refer back to the old threads if you are interested: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1402497 https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=698783&p=10329989&hilit=longest#p10329989 Google is your friend if you type and search "Airliners.net xyz topic&qu...

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