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by KaiTak747
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus under new Malaysia Investigation for bribing AirAsia
Replies: 98
Views: 12237

Re: Airbus under new Malaysia Investigation for bribing AirAsia

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...

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by KaiTak747
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 69782

Re: Monarch in trouble (again)...?

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 ...

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by KaiTak747
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X A330neo to feature 440 seats
Replies: 64
Views: 13621

Re: AirAsia X A330neo to feature 440 seats

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...

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by KaiTak747
Tue May 30, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Memphis Selle--Elvis' Old JetStar Being Auctioned
Replies: 11
Views: 2362

Re: Memphis Selle--Elvis' Old JetStar Being Auctioned

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...

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by KaiTak747
Thu May 11, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If Oil drops sub $20 for foreseeable future, a 4-engine A350 stretch?
Replies: 106
Views: 11348

Re: If Oil drops sub $20 for foreseeable future, a 4-engine A350 stretch?

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 ...

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by KaiTak747
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Middle Eastern airline turmoil hits Boeing
Replies: 94
Views: 15273

Re: Leeham: Middle Eastern airline turmoil hits Boeing

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...

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by KaiTak747
Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Vistara be the end of ME3's Indian journey?
Replies: 47
Views: 6258

Re: Could Vistara be the end of ME3's Indian journey?

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 ...

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by KaiTak747
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which global airlines will never, ever let go of true a First Class
Replies: 36
Views: 6751

Re: Which global airlines will never, ever let go of true a First Class

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...

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by KaiTak747
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "British Airways 'turning into Ryanair' as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks"
Replies: 109
Views: 22520

Re: "British Airways 'turning into Ryanair' as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks"

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...

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by KaiTak747
Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways applies for JFK
Replies: 36
Views: 7883

Re: Kenya Airways applies for JFK

It would certainly be a long flight, but there could be the yields to make NBO-JFK work.

Connections on either end, UN (connecting 2 of the 4 UN HQs), business, tourism, VFR, NGO traffic etc. might be enough.

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by KaiTak747
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Four-holer jets done for good? If not, in what capacity can they make a comeback?
Replies: 50
Views: 10365

Re: Are Four-holer jets done for good? If not, in what capacity can they make a comeback?

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...

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by KaiTak747
Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK theres no hiding parked aeroplanes now
Replies: 189
Views: 48563

Re: EK theres no hiding parked aeroplanes now

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...

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by KaiTak747
Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How's IAH-MAN-SIN (SQ 51/52) doing?
Replies: 41
Views: 10057

Re: How's IAH-MAN-SIN (SQ 51/52) doing?

For those flying UK-IAH, flying SQ sure beats UA and BA!

It is of course difficult to quantify, but I'm sure SQ's stellar reputation, product and service will help the MAN-IAH flight.

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by KaiTak747
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Says No Effect on Revenue from Trump, Attacks ME3
Replies: 52
Views: 6314

Re: AA Says No Effect on Revenue from Trump, Attacks ME3

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...

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by KaiTak747
Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Luton rumour
Replies: 73
Views: 14724

Re: JetBlue Luton rumour

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...

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by KaiTak747
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-8 BBJ
Replies: 36
Views: 4216

Re: 747-8 BBJ

I would imagine that the increase in range is due to lower operating weights. A commercial 747-8 would have hundreds of passengers as well as cargo, while a 747-8BBJ would usually operate with much lighter payloads. Lighter payload = greater range.

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by KaiTak747
Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Announcement: Airliners.net has been acquired by VerticalScope
Replies: 417
Views: 226876

Re: Annoucement: Airliners.net has been aquired by VerticalScope

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...

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by KaiTak747
Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya receives CAT 1 Status: How long before DL announces ATL/JFK-NBO?
Replies: 49
Views: 8150

Re: Kenya receives CAT 1 Status: How long before DL announces ATL/JFK-NBO?

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...

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by KaiTak747
Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would polar routings solve the problem of sonic booms for future SST travel?
Replies: 19
Views: 3742

Re: Would polar routings solve the problem of sonic booms for future SST travel?

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...

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by KaiTak747
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ukraine Int'l Airlines getting B777s?
Replies: 46
Views: 11291

Re: Ukraine Int'l Airlines getting B777s?

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 ...

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by KaiTak747
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: "Norwich has an airport?" T3 Saab 2000 NWI-ABZ / BM ERJ-135 ABZ-NWI
Replies: 4
Views: 3149

Re: "Norwich has an airport?" T3 Saab 2000 NWI-ABZ / BM ERJ-135 ABZ-NWI

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...

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by KaiTak747
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines to reveal new A380 first class suites mid-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 4288

Re: Singapore Airlines to reveal new A380 first class suites mid-2017

QueenoftheSkies wrote:
Amazing to me how they always manage to top themselves. Can't wait till the reveal.


Me too, I would imagine it'll be something similar to the Etihad First Apartment.

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by KaiTak747
Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about VS network and fleet
Replies: 10
Views: 1708

Re: Questions about Virgin Atlantic

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...

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by KaiTak747
Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW, BA move terminals tonight 24th
Replies: 17
Views: 4390

Re: LGW, BA move terminals tonight 24th

Can someone explain the reason behind the terminal swap?

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by KaiTak747
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are black liveries "bad"?
Replies: 72
Views: 11500

Re: Are black liveries "bad"?

https://www.airliners.net/photo/United-A ... 22/1693118
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This is what happens when you don't repaint regularly with full colour liveries.

https://www.airliners.net/photo/United-A ... 22/1693118

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by KaiTak747
Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA v. Air New Zealand
Replies: 28
Views: 5852

Re: SAA v. Air New Zealand

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.

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by KaiTak747
Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SK drops business lounges and fast track in 26 airports
Replies: 15
Views: 2811

Re: SK drops business lounges and fast track in 26 airports

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.

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by KaiTak747
Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there no more 2-4-2 on 767?
Replies: 23
Views: 7384

Re: Is there no more 2-4-2 on 767?

As someone who's flown a lot over the past few years, I can say that hands down the worst flying experience you can have is on an 8 across 767.

It makes Air Asia X, Ryanair and the like luxurious in comparison.

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by KaiTak747
Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Incredible error fares today
Replies: 13
Views: 5604

Re: Incredible error fares today

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...

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by KaiTak747
Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Incredible error fares today
Replies: 13
Views: 5604

Re: Incredible error fares today

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!

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by KaiTak747
Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Incredible error fares today
Replies: 13
Views: 5604

Incredible error fares today

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...

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by KaiTak747
Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 57046

Re: Qantas set to announce non-stop PER-LHR flights within days

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...

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by KaiTak747
Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are There Any Untapped Markets in the International Market Left?
Replies: 83
Views: 10125

Re: Are There Any Untapped Markets in the International Market Left?

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 ...

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by KaiTak747
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CS300 range to be increased
Replies: 17
Views: 7144

Re: CS300 range to be increased

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...

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by KaiTak747
Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replicate Keflavik's model in the Azores?
Replies: 37
Views: 7456

Re: Replicate Keflavik's model in the Azores?

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.

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by KaiTak747
Fri Nov 25, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-9's parked at Manchester
Replies: 13
Views: 5343

Re: BA 787-9's parked at Manchester

Why does Thanksgiving affect BA?

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by KaiTak747
Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rise of "Ultra" Low-Cost Carriers
Replies: 32
Views: 8144

Re: Rise of "Ultra" Low-Cost Carriers

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...

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by KaiTak747
Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines That Fly the Furthest
Replies: 10
Views: 2193

Re: Airlines That Fly the Furthest

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...

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by KaiTak747
Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to use A380 and 777 on short flights
Replies: 22
Views: 5491

Re: EK to use A380 and 777 on short flights

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...

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by KaiTak747
Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook A321 double bird strike at Banjul, Gambia
Replies: 8
Views: 2543

Thomas Cook A321 double bird strike at Banjul, Gambia

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-...

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by KaiTak747
Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to launch Dusseldorf Base
Replies: 9
Views: 2237

Re: Flybe to launch Dusseldorf Base

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...

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by KaiTak747
Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Connection Embraer 145 in ZRH
Replies: 9
Views: 2792

Re: Delta Connection Embraer 145 in ZRH

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 ...

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by KaiTak747
Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to grow to 585 aircraft by 2024
Replies: 21
Views: 4965

Re: Ryanair to grow to 585 aircraft by 2024

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...

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by KaiTak747
Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YYZ-HEL-HKG with Airbus A319-115(CJ) / Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 3784

Re: YYZ-HEL-HKG with Airbus A319-115(CJ) / Questions

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...

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by KaiTak747
Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Announces A380 operations to Doha
Replies: 23
Views: 7373

Re: Emirates Announces A380 operations to Doha

I heard rumours that these flights are popular with people wanting to drink, I'm sure the onboard bar will be very popular.

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by KaiTak747
Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australia's first direct non-stop flight to ­Europe is believed to be just weeks away
Replies: 79
Views: 22748

Re: Australia's first direct non-stop flight to ­Europe is believed to be just weeks away

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...

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by KaiTak747
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Clark: The World Needs More A380's
Replies: 255
Views: 49863

Re: Clark: The World Needs More A380's

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...

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by KaiTak747
Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to pull out of CTU.
Replies: 24
Views: 6136

Re: BA to pull out of CTU.

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...

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by KaiTak747
Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 777-200ER Fleet
Replies: 11
Views: 4184

Re: British Airways 777-200ER Fleet

I wouldn't complain, at least the 777s are still 9-across!

I flew on LGW based 777s LGW-LIM-LGW not long ago and found BA very pleasant. And on the longer sectors there is ample food and booze!

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by KaiTak747
Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Fall 2016
Replies: 68
Views: 25802

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Fall 2016

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...

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