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by timtam
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC issued security warning against Cathay over Hong Kong protest, ban protest-supporting staffs from flying into China
Replies: 135
Views: 19077

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

Some do not like the reality of the structure of CX and that it is ultimately controlled by John Swire. But the those are the facts that fall out of the structure. Yes it is a complex structure that assists with masking the ultimate controlling party and its easy to understand how that creates some ...

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by timtam
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC issued security warning against Cathay over Hong Kong protest, ban protest-supporting staffs from flying into China
Replies: 135
Views: 19077

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

[ Zeke you are a very smart guy normally but in this case you are not entirely correct. I know based on other threads you will never admit it so I won’t respond to you beyond this post on this particular topic. That flow chard I posted is accurate as of July 1st 2019 and that “other HKG company” I ...

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by timtam
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC issued security warning against Cathay over Hong Kong protest, ban protest-supporting staffs from flying into China
Replies: 135
Views: 19077

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

philabos wrote:
The largest shareholder in CX remains the Swire Group, headed by Barnaby Swire of the U.K.


Swire Group controls CX. Its bit of a convulated ownership structure which helps to mask the reality that CX is controlled by the Swire Group out of the UK.

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by timtam
Tue May 07, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1493
Views: 272483

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Aside from all the A v B stuff, this is a capital investment and the decision may hinge on the financial terms on offer. QF will be looking at which option gives it the best return on the capital that is invested. We will never know what prices and what other inducements are being offered and these ...

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by timtam
Mon May 06, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 365
Views: 60190

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

While growing, I don't think any of the Jetstars has made a decent ROI. I wonder whether Jetstar Japan considered longhaul but Qantas passed so JAL decided to go it alone with ZipAIR or whether other politics were involved. Certainly Jetstar Japan appears to be the most successful of the offshoots ...

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by timtam
Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: CX Group completed acquisition of HK Express (UO)
Replies: 132
Views: 1101

Re: Cathay purchasing HK Express

Largest shareholder is refusing to sell to CX.

Zhong Guosong who holds a 47.5 percent stake in HK Express.

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by timtam
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: CX Group completed acquisition of HK Express (UO)
Replies: 132
Views: 1101

Re: Cathay purchasing HK Express

It looks a very expensive acquisition price for a business losing HKD151m per year and struggling to remain solvent.

CX is paying a premium to keep away its competitors.

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by timtam
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates' Business Model without the A380?
Replies: 107
Views: 16649

Re: Emirates' Business Model without the A380?

Some are looking at this the wrong way by thinking that the demise of the A380 will unravel the Emirates Business Model. Emirates has been a huge success story and has shown itself to be a very smart operator. This is unlikely to change going forward - they will continue to be a smart operator. If E...

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by timtam
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 75229

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

I was just talking about the new perth airport train station and the proposed link from the station to the terminal - looks like a overpass rather than a seamless underground pedestrian link (which is what i'm generally used to elsewhere, eg SYD). Friends suggested that the airport may eventually g...

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by timtam
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 75229

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

I am not too sure of the particulars of the Perth Airport / QANTAS debacle, but I wouldn't take the QF side of the argument as being pure gospel. If I remember correctly, the T3 buildings date back to the sixties, so from this perspective the original construction would probably be fully depreciate...

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by timtam
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 75229

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

According to QF reports, what PAPL appears to be doing is to change the rate of depreciation underlying their charges for T3 from 20 years to 7 years. That is they are seeking to recover the full capital cost of T3 over the next 7 years. They justify this change in pricing on the basis that they wil...

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by timtam
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 75229

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Ah yes thanks. It's an extremely unfortunate situation for Western Australian taxpayers. I wonder if the state government has an agreement for QF to move in writing. Still, I guess QF can stymie things as much as they wish. If anyone has any inside info then don't hesitate !! Be very surprising if ...

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by timtam
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 503
Views: 75229

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

I’ve done EK and DXB a few times and I hate the DXB layover. Walking around the zoo of humanity in the desert at 0200 in an over crowded terminal is not fun. I don’t hear anyone in Perth complain about Singapore like they conain about DXB. The other thing is the onboard product. There’s only so muc...

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by timtam
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO
Replies: 98
Views: 24005

Re: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO

Maybe this is nuts but from a distance I have wondered if QF could have closer ties with WestJet. Swoop would have been a good opportunity for a Jetstar JV ala Jetstar Japan. QF could invest in Westjet and bring it into the OneWorld fold and thereby Westjet could work more closely with the strong QF...

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by timtam
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 47432

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

IMO this is bad PR for Qantas. Why ? Because we are in an age of unimaginable corporate wealth with stagnant wages. Contrary opinion, we live in an age of great individual wealth where individuals would rather spend many hours posting pointless pictures of themselves on the internet rather than hel...

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by timtam
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 787-9 Exceeding Expectations on Perth-London Route
Replies: 124
Views: 29199

Re: Qantas 787-9 Exceeding Expectations on Perth-London Route

Could double daily Perth to LHR be on the cards?

Maybe a late evening departure out of Perth?

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by timtam
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 48693

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

1) QF doesn't need AMS traffic on its SIN flights - those flights are doing just fine already, and 2) establishing and maintaining partnerships always involves costs, and can erode efficiencies. Overall, IMO, it seems like a weak case for QF to bother with KL for this (but I'm not expert at all). C...

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by timtam
Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018
Replies: 630
Views: 67039

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2018

Flew from Perth to London direct last week in business with QF on the 787. First of all, the new business class seats are very good. A significant improvement on the previous QF business class seats. Secondly, the direct flight is fantastic. This is the future way of flying from Australia to Europe ...

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by timtam
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 68190

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Good article in the Australian Financial Review about Qantas and Project Sunrise. It is behind a paywall but here is the link anyway: https://www.afr.com/business/transport/aviation/the-20hour-flight-is-coming-qantas-ceo-says-plane-makers-have-succeeded-20180829-h14pl7 Quick summary: A year after Qa...

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by timtam
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 660
Views: 68190

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2018

Beyond moving to JVs and picking up more flying and revenue of their own (which their own, doubtful their owners would be keen) what else can they do? The HNA Group plans to divest its HX stake (though, this is being delayed by the death of one of HNA's top executives). As such, I wouldn't be surpr...

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by timtam
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 641
Views: 63437

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2018

https://twitter.com/StevePurvinas/statu ... 40/photo/1

I don't know what everyone is whinging about. Right? :rotfl:


Isnt that the Tony Sheldon special sandwich?. You need to "slow bake" the sandwich.

First world problems.
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cpd wrote:
A delicious designer meal enjoyed on Qantas:

https://twitter.com/StevePurvinas/statu ... 40/photo/1

I don't know what everyone is whinging about. Right? :rotfl:


Isnt that the Tony Sheldon special sandwich?. You need to "slow bake" the sandwich.

First world problems.

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by timtam
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skytrax: Airline of the year is 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 101
Views: 10344

Re: Skytrax: Airline of the year is 'Singapore Airlines'

I had an interesting experience with this survey in the past. I was flying Singapore Airlines on two legs from Australian to Europe. On the first leg the level of service was outstanding. There were loads of staff on the flight, the catering was excellent and they were regularly offering extras. It...

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by timtam
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skytrax: Airline of the year is 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 101
Views: 10344

Re: Skytrax: Airline of the year is 'Singapore Airlines'

I had an interesting experience with this survey in the past. I was flying Singapore Airlines on two legs from Australian to Europe. On the first leg the level of service was outstanding. There were loads of staff on the flight, the catering was excellent and they were regularly offering extras. It ...

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by timtam
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 47356

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

Borghetti has been a disaster as Virgin CEO. He has lost hundreds of millions of dollars of shareholders capital during his tenure. Whilst it is nice to talk about passenger experiences or routes or aircraft types etc, the facts are the business is there to make returns for its shareholders. This is...

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by timtam
Thu May 31, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC
Replies: 75
Views: 6538

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

Lets not forget that CX is really a British controlled airline. Its location and its staff are based in Hong Kong but the ultimate control of the company is held by British aristocrats.

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by timtam
Tue May 29, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX: "Never say never" for LCC business, learning from strength of LCC
Replies: 75
Views: 6538

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

Ironically CX unintentionally did QF a very big favour by stopping Jetstar HK going ahead. What started out looking like a promising venture quickly turned south. QF would have invested a lot of cash and suffered significant startup losses at the same time as the very costly capacity war broke out w...

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by timtam
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 60263

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

TN486 wrote:
^^I suspect "adding another 4 in 2019" is what you meant to say?


Yes...sorry for the typo.

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by timtam
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 60263

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

Jetstar Japan adding 3 a320 to the fleet in 2018 followed by another 4 in 2018 taking it to 28 a320.

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by timtam
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 76674

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Management had too many cocktails? :lol: Seriously though, what a joke - ADL as a beach and cocktails destination?! The social media backlash about poor expectation management is hilarious. Cheers, C. Last time I was in Adelaide it had lots of beaches and there was no ban on serving cocktails..... ...

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by timtam
Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 40459

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

PR axes DRW eff 24 March 18, BNE to go non stop with A321neo around the end of March 18, no fixed date yet https://www.ausbt.com.au/philippine-airlines-axes-darwin-flights-but-brisbane-to-go-non-stop?utm_source=hero Jetstar to recommence Darwin - Manila? It cancelled the flights in 2014 in response...

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by timtam
Mon May 22, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to restructure and to lay off many 100s of staff
Replies: 23
Views: 8075

Re: Cathay Pacific to restructure and to lay off many 100s of staff

Heard some whispers of the possibility of QF becoming a strategic investor in CX. Maybe a rebirth of Jetstar HK involving CX?

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by timtam
Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX in a time warp
Replies: 41
Views: 11694

Re: CX in a time warp

CX does fine in HK. Having a 40% marketshare is good. But they haven't evolved over the last decade. They used to be a prestige brand and I agree, they have suffered lately. They haven't followed any of the modern trends (setting up a separate lowcost brand like BA, SQ, QF) or for that sake improve...

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by timtam
Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX in a time warp
Replies: 41
Views: 11694

CX in a time warp

The South China Morning Post thinks CQ is caught in a time warp in the following article: http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2082259/cathay-pacific-flawed-business-model-changing-world Cathay Pacific Airways has lost its glamorous and exclusive image because it is no longer a glamorous a...

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by timtam
Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 56325

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

It makes great sense for Perth to be the western hub. It would be a no brainer if the city was a little further north. Qantas can consolidate "western" traffic through an existing station. You can now feed traffic from the eastern states to potentially new destinations in Europe, India an...

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by timtam
Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 56325

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

People like to bag Perth... Australians remain pretty parochial based on State lines. So those in the Eastern States will have a natural bias against this. However if your a business traveler you dont care about State lines. You want to take the quickest route with the smallest interruption land th...

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by timtam
Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 56325

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

Flight from Melbourne to London must be odds on to be cancelled or converted into Melbourne to Dubai return. The arrival time of the return leg in Melbourne is too late for any non Melbourne passengers to take a domestic flight into any curfew airports. So the London to Sydney flight is always full ...

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by timtam
Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147
Replies: 294
Views: 31736

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 147

Australia & China announce "Open Skies" pact, removing previously capped approximately 67000 seats per week http://www.ausbt.com.au/boom-in-austral ... -agreement http://www.reuters.com/article/us-austr ... SKBN13T03P http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/quee ... 51bf9db305 With this an...

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by timtam
Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Denies American-Qantas ATI JV
Replies: 101
Views: 16463

Re: DOT Denies American-Qantas ATI JV

There will be 1 less flight per day = lower seat supply = higher prices (all other things being equal). But of course all other things aren't equal. One partnership with 60% share and anti-trust immunity is bad for competition and bad for pricing. One less flight per day is meaningless. tortugamon ...

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by timtam
Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Denies American-Qantas ATI JV
Replies: 101
Views: 16463

Re: DOT Denies American-Qantas ATI JV

AA will drop their flight to Sydney thereby reducing capacity on the route and increasing the pricing (all other things being equal). Bureaucrats at their finest. And you think AA and QF coordinating pricing with 50+% market share would.. lower prices on this route? A.net posters at their finest. T...

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by timtam
Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Denies American-Qantas ATI JV
Replies: 101
Views: 16463

Re: DOT Denies American-Qantas ATI JV

AA will drop their flight to Sydney thereby reducing capacity on the route and increasing the pricing (all other things being equal).

Bureaucrats at their finest.

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by timtam
Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146
Replies: 245
Views: 31579

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146

QF has played this very well. VA has boxed itself into a corner already committing to the 737-8 Max. QF can stick with the 737 Max for mainline and be in the same position as VA or it has the option to switch to the a320/a321 neo combination should that be a more efficient solution than the 737 Max ...

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by timtam
Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia reportedly facing “severe cash flow crisis” with “very limited options”
Replies: 33
Views: 9116

Re: Virgin Australia reportedly facing “severe cash flow crisis” with “very limited options”

Its being reported that the article is a hoax.

AFR has an article titled "Virgin Australia boss John Borghetti's results-day hoax headache"

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by timtam
Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australia's first direct non-stop flight to ­Europe is believed to be just weeks away
Replies: 79
Views: 21792

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

Dallas to Sydney is around 15.5 hours and many people take that flight in economy. So why wouldnt they put up with a couple more hours to avoid an unwanted stop-over in Dubai? If you want to fly QF: MEL to LHR is 23.5hrs. SYD to LHR is 25hrs - arriving at 6am. If you think about the timing compared ...

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by timtam
Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146
Replies: 245
Views: 31579

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 146

I probably wouldn't read too much into it at this stage. The announcement this week, as it has previously been reported is on seating and the first international route, one of QF's existing routes. The first new route wont be announced until next year On PER-LON there has been a few stories over th...

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by timtam
Mon Oct 17, 2016 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific announces capacity review
Replies: 73
Views: 23324

Re: Cathay Pacific announces capacity review

They have to be thankful to the HK authorities for not granting JQ HK a licence, else there would had been a bloodbath which CX would not like to be in right now. What started out as a good idea on paper quickly became a bad idea in reality when the HK authorities became un-supportive and the slots...

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by timtam
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 145
Replies: 233
Views: 26250

Re: Australian Aviation Thread Part 145

Nice to see QF returning to PEK! SYD-PEK QF107 13:50/22:40, PEK-SYD QF108 00:15/14:55 or 00:20/14:55 The SYD-PEK flight times aren't great for business traffic, but given scarcity of slots at PEK they're serviceable. I wonder if MU helped QF with the slot? QF was given a 4am slot. China Eastern agr...

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by timtam
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific announces capacity review
Replies: 73
Views: 23324

Re: Cathay Pacific announces capacity review

Only going to get worse for CX as more and more travellers and flights go direct to and from China. Hong Kong is losing its relevance.

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by timtam
Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia Posts $224.7 Million Loss
Replies: 24
Views: 4494

Virgin Australia Posts $224.7 Million Loss

CEO Borghetti strikes again........with Virgin Australia posting a $224.7 million annual net loss. So much for his transformation project. All he did was lead VA down the path of a loss making strategy. Full report here: http://www.afr.com/business/transport/aviation/virgin-australia-posts-2247-mill...

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by timtam
Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread Part 141
Replies: 200
Views: 23968

RE: Australian Aviation Thread Part 141

It is quite damming of Borghetti that at the same time as VA is needing up to $800m capital injection from its shareholders to shore up its balance sheet. <acronym title="Qantas (Australia)">QF</acronym> is returning $500m of excess capital to shareholders. Rather than continue to pursue his dream o...

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