How exactly can you bribe a private company? The company is free to enter into any kind of business with it's partners right? Is taxpayer money invested in AirAsia in any way? AirAsia boss is founder and CEO, Tony Fernandes. Who else should Airbus be dealing with at AirAsia? No. The CEO is supposed...Jump to post
What I'm wondering is, why Monarch? What went wrong? EZ, FR, Thomas Cook, Thompson, Jet2 are all doing well, and have done well for several years. From an outsiders perspective they all seem to be doing the same thing, more or less. What factors have caused Monarch's dire situation? I feel terrible ...Jump to post
9 across Y seat across the entire cabin, that's a nightmare. Would love to hear those people that claim seat width don't matter have to say about a 16.5 inch width seat. I've flown on AirAsia X KUL-HND return, and it's really not terrible. Considering the price and the stage length of these aircraf...Jump to post
What a POS, the new owner is a Elvis nut. obviouslyEven if, after the millions, upon millions of dollars it will take to ever get this horrid plane airworthy again, it'll be obsolete immediately, with few engine options available & to what point? So, who would fly in this aircraft? One could sp...Jump to post
ILUVDC10S, Maximum cruise speeds are fairly irrelevant, the reason why airlines don't fly their planes at maximum speed is that drag exponentially increases up to mach 1, which exponentially increased fuel consumption and engine wear. Even with cheap oil, fuel and maintenance costs are greater than ...Jump to post
With the A320, A330, 737, 747 and 777 these aircraft became truly successful many years after they were first launched. As Channex757 pointed out, given the current uncertainty, and the fact that the 777X won't even fly for a few more years, it's far too early to draw conclusions. My 2 cents is that...Jump to post
With a domestic fleet of 13 aircraft, with 7 on order, UK do not have a strong network in India. Also, I get the impression that international flying to and from India is pretty low yielding, with AI, 9W, EK, EY & QR in particular bringing fares down in all three classes. Perhaps UK would start ...Jump to post
Many past First Class passengers have alternatives including long-range corporate or personally owned jets. Many businesses will no longer pay for 1st Class, even on long haul flights, only allowing Business or even only coach plus or basic coach. As demand declines for premium seats, then they wil...Jump to post
I have about 0 sympathy for people who aren't comfortable in first class. Seriously get over yourself. You're completely missing the point. If you spend thousands of pounds for an F or J ticket, you expect value for money. Not that I can afford to fly F or J, but if I could, BA would probably be my...Jump to post
Well, the number of air passengers carried each year increased by roughly a billion from 2000-2010, and from 2010-2015 that number increased by about 800 million. It doesn't look like air traffic growth is slowing down either. There should always be a market for VLAs, no matter how small this market...Jump to post
riddle: Who can park countless widebody frames with no routes to fly them and not have to worry about profit? Answer: Government subsidized Emirates Airlines. Now, if anyone still believes Emirates is not receiving billions in subsidies, than I have a bridge to sell you. Absolute rubbish and pure s...Jump to post
Certainly this debate is far more complex than it appears on the surface. But there is one crucial point that is usually missed out - the US3 are far more profitable and powerful than they have ever been, and with record margins. Therefore, among other reasons why this discredits the US3 argument, t...Jump to post
They need a plane first. 321LR is not going to do it. Like a 757, but not a 757...the plane doesnt have the payload to reliably do US flights westbound year round. B6 will likely order something bigger to put their tow in the European pool. Remember, they are getting 321s in the future. No commitme...Jump to post
Hi Jeff, would you please consider bringing back the respect rating system? Or perhaps some other ranking system (novice, expert etc.). It was very useful being able to differentiate between the longstanding members of the community who regularly contribute posts of high quality and the members that...Jump to post
I'd say 40% chance on JFK for 2018. Really? 40%? Is there really a market sufficient to justify a direct U.S.-Kenya flight on a U.S. carrier? It seems like the plethora of 1-stop options available via Europe and the Gulf are more than enough to serve this market. The demand should be there. Connect...Jump to post
Hello A.net, I recently wondered about the emergence of SST startups like Boom aero and one of the biggest problems currently is trans-land travel and sonic booms. For example, if Virgin Atlantic decided to order it, and operated it from LHR to LAX or HKG, could polar routings be the solution to av...Jump to post
Are they going to be 11 abreast to match the comfort level of the 8 abreast 767? The UIA 767s, I believe, may be the most uncomfortable long haul aircraft flying today. It's an interesting experience! I'm sure that UIA will need to replace them relatively soon as at least from the inside they look ...Jump to post
Great trip report! I flew SOU-LBA on a T3 ERJ-135 a few years ago and it was a wonderful flight. A real treat flying on an ERJ in Europe, particularly as we only had fewer than 10 passengers onboard. It felt like a private jet! The flying experience on T3 was exceptional, particularly as I mainly fl...Jump to post
QueenoftheSkies wrote:Amazing to me how they always manage to top themselves. Can't wait till the reveal.
Thanks for the replies folks - Helps my understanding of their business model. Why are they not expanding or shifting focus to the huge booming aviation sector in Asia, if they have the great connectivity to US; Can't they leverage that to connect passengers through UK? The only large market in Asi...Jump to post
This is what happens when you don't repaint regularly with full colour liveries.
https://www.airliners.net/photo/United-A ... 22/1693118
As others have pointed out the A340s are the least of SAA's worries, they have similar economics to the 777Es which are still widely used throughout the world.
SAA needs to get their house in order before spending billions of dollars (of taxpayer money) on new aircraft.
You would hope that SAS warns passengers that are flying from these destinations that lounge access will not be available.
Although SAS+ is not a true J product, lounge access is probably the greatest selling point of the product.
I'm really surprised that the software these airlines/fare aggregators/travel agencies use allow these error fares to be generated and sold. Surely they should have software in place that detect fares that are far too low. Even a simple distance, booking class and price calculation could raise flags...Jump to post
Jesus, those are some epic flights you've booked! I can't believe you could be going around the world almost twice in J for so little money.
Sadly, I think these are just too good to not get cancelled.
Thanks for the info B747forever, happy travels if they don't cancel!
Hi all, it's probably too late, but there were some unbelievable deals today ex-Florence and returning to Dusseldorf. http://www.fly4free.com/flight-deals/europe/error-fare-business-class-open-jaw-flights-from-europe-to-asia-africa-australia-new-zealand-from-e576/comment-page-2/#comments I have a fe...Jump to post
To make a flight of this length work the yields will have to be very high, but somehow I don't think they will be able to achieve the desired yields. I also question the premium of flying non stop on a flight of this length, I for one would take a stopover somewhere any day. There are so many option...Jump to post
if there's money to be made, airlines are already there. that's how the market works. the notion of an underserved market is a bit silly: after all, if it's underserved, then the yields are high from demand and there's incentive for more service to maximize revenue. While in many cases that is the ...Jump to post
Did they do a "Homer" and lucked in to the fuel burn? I have never heard, at least recently, of expected fuel burn being better than that obtained at the simulator, and OTOH generally having worse fuel burn because of first frames being overweight. Bad simulation model perhaps? Possibly j...Jump to post
An important point to make is that it is very difficult to build a hub without a decent amount of O&D traffic, I can't think of any.
Building a decent network without O&D and with limited connections would be very unprofitable. Connecting traffic is also lower yielding.
I get really irritated by people bashing LCCs, they seem to ignore the enormous impact they have had across the world. I live in the UK, and before the rise of FR and EZ, flying to the continent was far more expensive and often required a trip to a London airport. Now, there are far more unique rout...Jump to post
ASKs are a good measure of an airline's capacity, as well as the average distance flown per available seat. Based on ASKs, AA is the largest, followed by DL and UA in third. In terms of which airline has the longest average distance per flight, my guess would be VS, which is an exclusively long haul...Jump to post
EK IMO made a strategic mistake in not settling on a A350/787 type aircraft sooner. Oh, they will. But they could use something NOW. For some flights (the morning one out of BOS, for example) the 77W is way too much. And with only ten 77L frames, they have to cancel that circuit altogether until lo...Jump to post
Sounds rather serious, here is the full article: http://metro.co.uk/2016/11/13/london-bo ... f-6255744/ Does anyone know why Thomas Cook are flying to Gambia? Seems like an odd route for a leisure and charter airline. Perhaps this is mainly for VFR traffic. Also, does the A321 have the range for UK-...Jump to post
A base doesn't have to mean new flights. It can just mean they will employ crew there and leave the aircraft there overnight. DUS is already a big station for Flybe with flights from Birmingham, Manchester, London City, Doncaster, Cardiff and Southampton. Do you happen to know where the demand is f...Jump to post
That's the ultimate understatement! LOL! How is that an understatement? That's a 100% correct statement. Well, if you look at the photo in the opening thread, the aircraft is still in Delta Connection livery. So to say "It looks like the new owners have not repainted the plane yet" is an ...Jump to post
The pure horror Vision seems to become apparent then for 2024....LCC rule the markets, no more realiable airlines , no more included costs for luggage meals and other Services, no more comfort or Business classes, only mass-shifting without any level...no thanks...fortunately I will be retired then...Jump to post
I've always wondered who that A319 belonged to! It is a frequent visitor to the North Lounge in YYZ, I see it parked there quite a bit on my way to and from work, any idea who flew on it or which company chartered/charters it on a regular basis? This is the corporate jet of Melco Crown Entertainmen...Jump to post
Not to say that QF don't know what they're doing, but I can't see this flight being profitable. The Kangaroo route is highly competitive and fantastic fares can be had from many points in Europe to Aus with EK, QR, EY, SQ, MH, TG, CX, BA, etc. QF's costs will be far higher than the competition due t...Jump to post
Two minor issues A380 - Too large to fill EK Numbers - Too good to be true I'm with a few other posters on this thread - it is too early to decide whether the A380 is a success (financially, like the 787, it will probably always be in the red), but maybe demand will pick up in the coming decade. An...Jump to post
I would imagine the problem BA had with this route was that it was pure O&D, and there just wasn't enough of it. No connections on the CTU end, and on the LHR end a backtrack would be required, and BA are not in the business for low yield connections. Most of the connecting traffic from CTU woul...Jump to post
With certain widebody aircraft being available for peanuts, I wonder if we will see any increase in widebody private jets? An A340 could be bought, overhauled and fitted out for ~$20 million (please correct me if wrong), while a new G650 costs $65 million. Even with the increased operating costs, a...Jump to post