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by B-HOP
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern Network/Fleet/Going Global Discussion - 2019
Replies: 111
Views: 16668

Re: China Southern Network/Fleet/Going Global Discussion - 2019

Just a quick question, do CZ still have their 2 744F, if they still have it, where they were from? And maybe a more specific question, is their cabin/ flight crew being recruited and then based in their home base, or are they being recruited locally but based in other cities. How is their CAN-JFK ro...

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by B-HOP
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last VS A340
Replies: 51
Views: 15742

Re: Last VS A340

The last Virgin Atlantic A340 scheduled service will arrive into LHR on 1st November 2019, 2 A340’s will be kept on as ‘Spares’ for a further few months, operating select routes on an adhoc basis. How’s your chance to get out and see these beautiful French ladies for one final time. I’ll be said to...

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by B-HOP
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing monopoly on the VLA market?
Replies: 95
Views: 10578

Re: Boeing monopoly on the VLA market?

The 747-8 will go on as the 767 from now, no major engine upgrades and it will only be available as a freighter. A simple NEO program isn't expensive. Maybe $2 billion at the most. That could easily provide an additional 100 orders to the program due to the better fuel burn, CASM and payload range....

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by B-HOP
Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why CX do not order B747-8I
Replies: 16
Views: 2590

Re: Why CX do not order B747-8I

First of all, Boeing was late and under delivered on 748 by a margin, it was over 1 year late as resources were moved over to rescue 787, which missed the Cathay's fleet replacement cycle, if the first flight,performance and deliveries were within plan, it might be different. The initial deliveries ...

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by B-HOP
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of HNA’s Hong Kong Airlines in Doubt
Replies: 42
Views: 10843

Re: Future of HNA’s Hong Kong Airlines in Doubt

I would see CX as being the buyer who could derive the most benefit - they could get more slots and drive out a competitor. Are there competition law issues in HK that would stop this. If DL purchase they could rename it "Pearl River Delta". There are now competition watchdog in Hong Kong...

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by B-HOP
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Routing of non-stop flights Europe-Hong Kong during the 1980s
Replies: 59
Views: 10654

Re: Routing of non-stop flights Europe-Hong Kong during the 1980s

Did you mean Bristol Britannia, CX leased two from BOAC pending the arrival of Electra and Electra left by 67 after the 5th CV880 arrived

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by B-HOP
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Routing of non-stop flights Europe-Hong Kong during the 1980s
Replies: 59
Views: 10654

Re: Routing of non-stop flights Europe-Hong Kong during the 1980s

I used to fly London-Hong Kong with BA regularly on the "school bus' during my teenage years 1985-1990 and I remember - maybe a bit fuzzily - some aspects of that experience In regards to routing, one of my HKG-LHR (1989?) non-stops passed overhead Kunming, PRC on the way, as well as Tashkent ...

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by B-HOP
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Routing of non-stop flights Europe-Hong Kong during the 1980s
Replies: 59
Views: 10654

Re: Routing of non-stop flights Europe-Hong Kong during the 1980s

Just a couple more clarifications — CV-880Ms also served Perth via Jakarta, and btw Western Australia in those days was so sparsely populated that the alternate was an unpaved runway (never used, would have been interesting!). And not only was London not Cathay’s first intercontinental destination,...

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by B-HOP
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A380 At MNL
Replies: 11
Views: 5259

Re: BA A380 At MNL

QF also sends their A380 to Lufthansa Tecnik for overhauls, have seen them change guard via Hong Kong, one arrived then head to MNL and one arrived From MNL then back to SYD, they also send their 747-400 to HAECO in Hong Kong and the same guard changing takes place

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by B-HOP
Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Courier box flying on passenger seats
Replies: 19
Views: 4616

Re: Courier box flying on passenger seats

At my former carrier, to carry cargo in a seat, we were supposed to use a special container known as a seat-pack. It was somewhat shaped like a person in a seat position (or think of a cello case upside down). But in all my years of flying the line, I never once saw one. Many years ago, we were sch...

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by B-HOP
Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Courier box flying on passenger seats
Replies: 19
Views: 4616

Courier box flying on passenger seats

When couriers using passengers flights, are there cases that courier boxes travel in passenger cabin, strapped onto the seat with seat belts, if so, what is the maximum weight a passengers seat could carry? Is those operations profitable?

Kev

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by B-HOP
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Laker Airways 1996 ver
Replies: 13
Views: 2515

Re: Laker Airways 1996 ver

It is a different one, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhBONX8CyfI&t=87s, started operation in around 1996, I remember the tycoon is Oscar Wyatts Have you not looked at the Laker Airways (Bahamas) Wikipedia pages as it gives a great detailed account regarding the company's history and it's oper...

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by B-HOP
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Laker Airways 1996 ver
Replies: 13
Views: 2515

Re: Laker Airways 1996 ver

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhBONX8CyfI&t=87s, started operation in around 1996, I remember the tycoon is Oscar Wyatts
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It is a different one, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhBONX8CyfI&t=87s, started operation in around 1996, I remember the tycoon is Oscar Wyatts

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by B-HOP
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Laker Airways 1996 ver
Replies: 13
Views: 2515

Laker Airways 1996 ver

Sir Freddie Laker had another go using DC-10 for transatlantic service from UK to US in 1996, this time, funded by a Texas billionaire, they equipped their DC-10 with PTV, anybody else had PTV on their DC-10? Furthermore, did they had further plans to expand beyond UK-Florida market? Was New York be...

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by B-HOP
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA considers selling off assets as debt balloons
Replies: 114
Views: 20767

Re: SAA considers selling off assets as debt balloons

Problem with SAA's A340 fleet is it sat for hours doing nothing at both ends, for summer timetable, the aircraft spend 16 hours sitting in Hong Kong, for winter, it moved to late afternoon arrival, but then it missed connection with Star partners to Japan/Korea etc, if it moved to 2pm departure from...

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by B-HOP
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth
Replies: 83
Views: 16872

Re: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth

This can't be ruled out, when they cut PER, they will left with a 22:30 slot time which would give them around 22:00 arrival in Perth exactly a day later, eariler deparure times could be had if they swap with JNB which leaves at around 8. Currently, their overnight departure with VA ex Perth to Syd...

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by B-HOP
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth
Replies: 83
Views: 16872

Re: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth

This can't be ruled out, when they cut PER, they will left with a 22:30 slot time which would give them around 22:00 arrival in Perth exactly a day later, eariler deparure times could be had if they swap with JNB which leaves at around 8. Currently, their overnight departure with VA ex Perth to Sydn...

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by B-HOP
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW why MSP-HKG not DTW-HKG?
Replies: 19
Views: 4812

Re: NW why MSP-HKG not DTW-HKG?

NW did MSP to HKG around 97-98 with an early evening arrival few days a week, the other few days they had SEA-HKG on a 742 (I think it was dedicated to birds with 7R4G2 engine, 631-633), in fact NW sent the World Plane 744 from MSP for the last day of Kai Tak, that day was a gathering day for all th...

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by B-HOP
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018
Replies: 169
Views: 42283

Re: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018

Is this 273 tonnes TOW indicative of the fact that they had some cargo on board, considering that there were only 150 passengers on board? And what about the 10 tonnes of fuel remaining after landing, how close is this to the contingency fuel requirements? I do not know the weights or the catering ...

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by B-HOP
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did QF purchase two 747-400s from MH and one from OZ
Replies: 36
Views: 11383

Re: Why did QF purchase two 747-400s from MH and one from OZ

I dont think you realise how cheap they got them! Those asian carriers needed to raise cash and off load ongoing expenses (remember even if an aircraft doesn't fly all week if its there ready to go it still costs all the regular expenses maintenance wise) and it was clear both of those airlines bou...

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by B-HOP
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volga-Dnepr Group Purchases 5 747-8F, commits to 29 777F's
Replies: 53
Views: 8869

Re: Volga-Dnepr Group Purchases 5 747-8F, commits to 29 777F's

There weren't new generation turbofan ready in 2003, so ceasing production for 757 was a right thing to do, although the potential for -300 was discovered several years late, as every one of those were snatched up in the second hand market, it could have been another DC8-71/3, with the new engine, w...

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by B-HOP
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: StarLux orders 17 A350s
Replies: 96
Views: 9492

Re: Starlux: Ex-EVA Air chairman's new longhaul airline

Whilst I keep my fingers crossed for Starlux, I am always skeptical about its plans, Hong Kong route, for one, are closed for now as current rights are already filled, bilateral rights for long haul routes are too complex, UK is off, maybe France, Germany is off too, so maybe BRU, for US, the compet...

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by B-HOP
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 21501

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

Does anybody else wonder what might have been different if VS had absorbed BMI instead of BMI being absorbed into BA? Surely this would have done quite a bit to bolster VS presence and connection options through the UK. I guess they didn't have the financial strength to be in the bidding but I have...

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by B-HOP
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 21501

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

Sad to see VS increasing relying on US market but being able to access DL's frequent flyer would helped them (and bottom line) immensely, we use to see a different VS, Accra, Mauritius, Nairobi...... but time has moved on. One big mistake they made is not to make more effort when BD is in trouble an...

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by B-HOP
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Boeing have built the 747-500?
Replies: 56
Views: 11377

Re: Should Boeing have built the 747-500?

Boeing is smart not to burn money in 8's, remember, they nearly lose the house on the 500/600 series, with new wing, FBW and a total system overhaul, they were lucky they didn't proceed or it would hit right by the Asian financial crisis with lots of red ink. The second incarnation, 747X and Stretch...

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by B-HOP
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Kai Tak observation deck
Replies: 8
Views: 1076

Re: Kai Tak observation deck

Yes, went there as a kid with my dad, cost 2 dollars to get in, could spend a whole afternoon there with a pack of walnut, it was semi-sheltered, gave way too Cathay Pacific Business class lounge by around 92-93.

Kev

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by B-HOP
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai
Replies: 121
Views: 20940

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai

For the 22:30 departure slot, I would expect an extra to either HKG or Shanghai or a mix of two with morning arrivals back at LHR 2 days later, HKG, with better connection time from VA from both MEL/SYD, maybe able to support a second flight, with either JNB/MIA to move to one of the West Coast fli...

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by B-HOP
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai
Replies: 121
Views: 20940

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai

For the 22:30 departure slot, I would expect an extra to either HKG or Shanghai or a mix of two with morning arrivals back at LHR 2 days later, HKG, with better connection time from VA from both MEL/SYD, maybe able to support a second flight, with either JNB/MIA to move to one of the West Coast flig...

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by B-HOP
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific Repaint Status
Replies: 15
Views: 3403

Re: Cathay Pacific Repaint Status

B-LJA is still in old HK Trader livery as of yesterday, will be interesting to see which livery it will receive.

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by B-HOP
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka
Replies: 308
Views: 30328

Re: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka

Real shame they pulled out from Hong Kong, they have been here since the 60's but out of the US3, they are the weakest in Hong Kong, they did made some effort marketing SEA on buses and on trams but Seattle just don't have enough O&D to support the flight. UA already covers most cities with HK e...

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by B-HOP
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC
Replies: 75
Views: 6579

Re: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC

Comparing CN3 to CX is definitely a joke. Cathay still has that "premium" images among mainland Chinese, which is why: 1. They don't want to go full LCC-mode to really "cheapen" their products 2. Why people still bother with transfering at HKG, even though non-stops from CN3/4/5...

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by B-HOP
Thu May 31, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC
Replies: 75
Views: 6579

Re: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC

Oasis tried to run before they walk, if they leased a bunch of 733/34 an start with trunk routes like SIN, MNL, BKK, KUL then Japan, Korea, Chinese cities (in that order), they would have grown to UO's size today, maybe bigger, on a newer fleet, with great economies of scale and good connecting flow...

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by B-HOP
Thu May 31, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC
Replies: 75
Views: 6579

Re: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC

Oasis tried to run before they walk, if they leased a bunch of 733/34 an start with trunk routes like SIN, MNL, BKK, KUL then Japan, Korea, Chinese cities (in that order), they would have grown to UO's size today, maybe bigger, on a newer fleet, with great economies of scale and good connecting flow...

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by B-HOP
Thu May 31, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC
Replies: 75
Views: 6579

Re: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC

That was Malindo (re-branded Tiger Indonesia) that leave at some rather ungodly hours, mainly aiming at the labour traffic, I believe to Jakarta, also Air Asia Indonesia did Medan for a short time.

Kev

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by B-HOP
Thu May 31, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC
Replies: 75
Views: 6579

Re: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC

I don't think CX are under threat from long haul LCC YET, suitable place for long haul LCC 7-8 hours are limited ex-HKG, for OZ, all rights to SYD/MEL/BNE are taken by CX (HK side), I don't know how HX did from OOL/CNS, turning west, DXB could be one but then mighty EK and the shortage of slots ther...

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by B-HOP
Thu May 31, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.
Replies: 57
Views: 9708

Re: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.

That is quite a lot of capacity they are adding up north but not having JFK daily for winter kills the appeal for the route, it shows the North could be prfitable with the right productsapart from Delhi that is rumour to be added, any other places they would add, HKG maybe? What about the A350-1000,...

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by B-HOP
Wed May 30, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook / Condor plans for new long range aicraft
Replies: 42
Views: 8670

Re: Thomas Cook / Condor plans for new long range aicraft

Condor would be a good name for the new operations, UK lose many independent operators already, I think some early 788 could have come off lease as more switch to 789, so my money would be a mix of second hand 788 and new 789

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by B-HOP
Wed May 30, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC
Replies: 75
Views: 6579

Re: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC

The ship has sailed long ago for CX to set up an LCC. You have a big competitor (Hong Kong Airlines) at your home base with their own LCC (HK Express), wouldn't be it an unwise move since you're making loss for past few quarters/years?. Rumours are HK express is up for sale, rumours are QF are appa...

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by B-HOP
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific Airways loss doubles on intense competition
Replies: 76
Views: 13066

Re: Cathay Pacific Airways loss doubles on intense competition

CX is filling 85% of its seats not half.... I have traveled on a weekday flight from Taipei to Hong Kong and have maybe 50 people on it, I have also traveled on the first flight from HKG to SIN and it is totally packed, but last minute cancellation to Taipei is not a surprise, these flights could us...

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by B-HOP
Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific Airways loss doubles on intense competition
Replies: 76
Views: 13066

Re: Cathay Pacific Airways loss doubles on intense competition

Cathay needs some ongoing soul searching on its own business, competition, low cost and HX is here to stay, HX so far has one market on its own and that is flying Chinese tourist all over China and transfer them in Hong Kong to holiday destinations like DPS, HKT and BKK. Major delays happens to all ...

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by B-HOP
Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Cargo's growth strategy & fleet evolution - report
Replies: 10
Views: 2381

Re: Lufthansa Cargo's growth strategy & fleet evolution - report

With MD11F being replaced by fewer 777F, are they going to make some routes to Asia non-stop and does milkrun within Asia say from FRA-xxx-HKG to FRA-HKG-SGN-xxx-FRA? Will they see themselves more like Cargolux where several markets like Fresh Food, medical products were particular targeted or they ...

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by B-HOP
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa looking to expand in Asia Pacific
Replies: 50
Views: 12237

Re: Lufthansa looking to expand in Asia Pacific

Equipment aside, still, it's hard to believe that atleast CAN and KUL (somehow power-cities in Asia) can't sustain a daily nonstop to Europe with plenty of connection options compares to the likes of San Jose, Costa Rica or Panama City. LH is in a stronger position now compared to the times those c...

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by B-HOP
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA bailed out by government again
Replies: 177
Views: 31444

Re: SAA bailed out by government again

SAA should dump all their A340's as the first measure to staballize the airline. Fly all long hauls with A330 even if extra stops are required. Flying to Perth, Hong Kong or Singapore is not a requirement foe SAA. Flying nonstop from Johannesburg to JFK is not required either, stopping in Dakar or ...

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by B-HOP
Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F
Replies: 169
Views: 26003

Re: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F

Those competitors to UPS just saw the backlog jump 2 years. That could push others on the fence to place before the backlog jumps even further. One of the factors we haven't discussed. It does add another layer of complexity for other operators who want 747s. This might lead competitors to jump in ...

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by B-HOP
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances
Replies: 48
Views: 10826

Re: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances

zeke: Set aside the other discussion CX vs HX. Hong Kong is the most expensive city in the world, most people on average job would not be able to buy property on their, own, usually they buy when they got married and likely with help on deposits from parents, expats have none of this luxuries as spo...

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by B-HOP
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Monarch Airlines fail?
Replies: 39
Views: 9119

Re: Why did Monarch Airlines fail?

Their downfall started 15 years ago, by leaving the IT sector and removing A330 and long haul flying added more nails to the coffin. After 11/9, LCC like Ryanair, Easy grew quickly, especially with consolidation,the one whom made the switch to this model managed to stay (Flybe, Jet 2), flying to Spa...

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by B-HOP
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What if Globetrain would have come to fruition back then?
Replies: 5
Views: 1077

Re: What if Globetrain would have come to fruition back then?

CX wasn't state owned but owned by HSBC and Swire, still, it was 'well cared' for by the colonial government, they would not let a full onslaught happens, as JL, BA, QF, forget about it, it was a cartel

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by B-HOP
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wamos Air 747-400's
Replies: 10
Views: 3361

Re: Wamos Air 747-400's

Are they adding more Jumbos? That's a surprise for me, I thought they were being replaced by the A330! If I remember correctely, Wamos Air started (following the rebranding from Pullmantur Air) with the following 747s: - EC-LNA - EC-KXN - EC-KSM - EC-KQC EC-LNA was an ex-JAL bird and was the only G...

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by B-HOP
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airberlin to start DUS-ORD and DUS-YYZ in May 2018
Replies: 25
Views: 7838

Re: airberlin to start DUS-ORD and DUS-YYZ in May 2018

Any news on the rumour of TXL to HKG, or it is back to back burner, for now?

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