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by aviasian
Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CEO: TG Struggling; Remove 747s; Smile Be Full Svc
Replies: 45
Views: 17930

RE: CEO: TG Struggling; Remove 747s; Smile Be Full Svc

Bangkok used to be a very desirable hub for sixth freedom connections ... but with Suvarnabhumi Airport requiring miles of walking on foot (and people moving travellators often out of order), one is better off using other hubs.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread Part 34
Replies: 202
Views: 46361

RE: 787 Production/Delivery Thread Part 34

Scoot's first B787-9 commercial flight is to Hong Kong on 1 January 2014 followed by a flight to Perth later the same day.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread Part 34
Replies: 202
Views: 46361

RE: 787 Production/Delivery Thread Part 34

Scoot is expecting the roll-out of its first B787-9 in October 2014 ... does anyone know what dates are likely and when first flight will be?

Many thanks.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Start Of A 4th Alliance - Etihad Partners?
Replies: 52
Views: 13150

RE: The Start Of A 4th Alliance - Etihad Partners?

This looks like an Etihad annual dinner and dance party.

It reminds me of Qualiflyer ... where a bunch of losers hope to come together and create a winning combination.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Impact On MH?
Replies: 165
Views: 31839

RE: Impact On MH?

The loss of two wide-body airliners within such a short space of time by one airline is unprecedented ... this coupled with the precarious financial state of Malaysia Airlines will make the case for re-branding and re-structuring a compelling one. It must not however be just a cosmetic change ... th...

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by aviasian
Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video: SQ Brings A380 To India
Replies: 23
Views: 5533

RE: Video: SQ Brings A380 To India

Congratulations ... beautiful videography work in challenging conditions. Very smooth and great music to go with it.

I look forward to seeing the extended version - hopefully with the water-canon salute.

KC Sim
Singapore

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by aviasian
Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could We See Narrowbodies On Long Range Routes?
Replies: 51
Views: 13420

RE: Could We See Narrowbodies On Long Range Routes?

Air Austral's service to Bangkok from Reunion Island using the B737-800 comes to mind.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ Now Title Sponsor Of Singapore F1 Grand Prix (Pics & Vid)
Replies: 22
Views: 6990

SQ Now Title Sponsor Of Singapore F1 Grand Prix (Pics & Vid)

SingTel had a grip on the initial title-sponsorship with a five-year term and option to extend (which it did exercise for an additional year). The special "2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix" decal was applied on <acronym title="AMC Aviation (Egypt)">9V</acronym>-<acronym title="...

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by aviasian
Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DLH A388 On The Ground In Houston
Replies: 45
Views: 19637

RE: DLH A388 On The Ground In Houston

Two Lufthansa A380s (D-AIMF and D-AIMG) are parked on the ramp at Singapore Changi Airport today (3 April).

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Exactly Is Captain Zaharie Shah Of MH370?
Replies: 38
Views: 36626

RE: Who Exactly Is Captain Zaharie Shah Of MH370?

In the same way some posters have said Captain Zaharie Shah cannot be labeled a "hero" ... we also do not know enough about him or the circumstances of this accident to say that he "might have caused the death of more than 200 passengers". I also do not know the Captain ... and think that the blog m...

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by aviasian
Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 3
Replies: 258
Views: 130266

MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 3

It is reported that the surface search continues through the night but airborne search will resume at daybreak.

This must be very painful news for families and relatives of the passengers and crew members.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Lao Central Airlines Still Flying The SSJ?
Replies: 4
Views: 3725

RE: Is Lao Central Airlines Still Flying The SSJ?

I have seen and photographed RDPL-34195 at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport on 17 December 2013.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Half Year Announcements: Feb 27, 2014
Replies: 193
Views: 23341

RE: Qantas Half Year Announcements: Feb 27, 2014

Nobody has mentioned a strike ... and there is no need for that.

For all you know, Alan Joyce might just shut down the airline with little or not advance notice. It is not without precedence.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why So Few 787 Flights To HKG?
Replies: 17
Views: 5832

RE: Why So Few 787 Flights To HKG?

Currently, Singapore only has the B787=8s of All Nippon Airways operating into Changi Airport. JAL has replaced the Dreamliners previously deployed on its three daily services with B767s and in the summer will have a mix of B767s and B777s. By then, Qatar Airways will fly its 787s to Singapore ... a...

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by aviasian
Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar Hong Kong Not Getting Off The Ground
Replies: 185
Views: 21476

RE: Jetstar Hong Kong Not Getting Off The Ground

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by aviasian
Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar Hong Kong Not Getting Off The Ground
Replies: 185
Views: 21476

RE: Jetstar Hong Kong Not Getting Off The Ground

Or ... if the parked new-built A320s are bleeding money ... and they sure are, Qantas can sell them to Virgin Australia or Tigerair Australia.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thailand State Of Emergency - Airport / Flight Issues?
Replies: 37
Views: 12593

RE: Thailand State Of Emergency - Airport / Flight Issues?

Unfortunate that Singapore Airlines' second round of cancellations comes at a time when flight frequencies and capacity are usually bumped up. I flew on TG401/18 Jan from Bangkok to Singapore ... and the cabin attendant mentioned to me that the flight is only about 20% full. Looking around, it looke...

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by aviasian
Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Pulling Out Of Bangkok
Replies: 92
Views: 28355

RE: United Pulling Out Of Bangkok

Thailand is indeed one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and definitely in Southeast Asia ... a huge proportion of travel to Bangkok (its premier gateway) is leisure and VFR (have you ever noticed how many foreigners have Thai wives). For airlines, this translates into low yield. ...

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by aviasian
Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas CEO- Call To Arms On Foreign Takeover (Part 2)
Replies: 33
Views: 4172

RE: Qantas CEO- Call To Arms On Foreign Takeover (Part 2)

I am certain that many Australians remember the various occasions Qantas shot itself in the foot. Even as it continually pleaded for Australians to support it as a national airline - and happily humming "I still call Australia home" - it drastically devalued its frequent flyer miles and kept fares r...

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by aviasian
Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus May Owe $2 Billion On A340 Guarantees
Replies: 52
Views: 25704

RE: Airbus May Owe $2 Billion On A340 Guarantees

I wonder how much Airbus paid Singapore Airlines for each of the five A340-500s ... and how much it sold them to Aerolineas Argentinas for.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paro Airport Airport Congested Because Of IAF
Replies: 1
Views: 2168

RE: Paro Airport Airport Congested Because Of IAF

I believe that the reports I have come across alluded to the fact that the ramp currently caters for five aircraft only and it has become congested, not just for aircraft but also for ground vehicles. But it certainly mentioned nothing about being "dangerously congested". It merely said that it is c...

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by aviasian
Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Brunei Officially Unveils B787
Replies: 6
Views: 5034

RE: Royal Brunei Officially Unveils B787

First commercial flight is BI421 to Singapore on 18 October 2013.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oil Routes Past And Present
Replies: 55
Views: 10973

RE: Oil Routes Past And Present

A modern day oil route is Singapore Airlines' Singapore-Moscow-Houston route ... although Singapore does not produce a single drop of oil, it is one of the largest oil trading and refining centre in the world. When I flew on this route previously, it did not take me long to realize that many of my f...

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by aviasian
Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Groundhugger
Replies: 51
Views: 20415

RE: 787 Groundhugger

The IAI Westwind is indeed one of the lowest sitting airplane ... my friends and I referred to it as the prata-plane (prata is an indian pancake). We have a Philippine-registered aircraft that performs quite a few medevac flights into Seletar Airport each month. The B787 Dreamliner is for me one of ...

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by aviasian
Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways A340-500 Sale Fails
Replies: 48
Views: 27563

RE: Thai Airways A340-500 Sale Fails

Given that Thailand has become quite good at brokering the sales of western-built airplanes to Iran to circumvent existing trade embargoes ... perhaps Iran can be a customer for Thai's A340-500. The longer these sit on the very hot (and right now very wet) ramp at Don Mueang Airport, the worse their...

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by aviasian
Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA To Be Privatized - Follow Malaysian Model
Replies: 31
Views: 7686

RE: PIA To Be Privatized - Follow Malaysian Model

The notion of following a Malaysia Airlines model for running PIA must have germinated from some personal relationship between politicians ... doing this will certainly further impoverish PIA. Just see how unprofitable, asset-poor and poorly-planned Malaysia Airlines is compared with her competitors...

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by aviasian
Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines Retiring Iconic 'Singapore Girl
Replies: 27
Views: 20895

RE: Singapore Airlines Retiring Iconic 'Singapore Girl

I have been on a flight that Leading Flight Steward Attendant Gavin Quinton Chew operated ... and he is very very good. His spoken German is very clear and I have seen him interacting very well with German-speaking passengers and others. I am not surprised that he is featured as he stood out promine...

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by aviasian
Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines Retiring Iconic 'Singapore Girl
Replies: 27
Views: 20895

RE: Singapore Airlines Retiring Iconic 'Singapore Girl

Misleading to say that the Singapore Girl is being retired ... she's still very much around. Perhaps only the spotlight on her has been toned down - a move in a direction that would appease those who branded past advertisments as sexist. <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hungary)">KC</acronym...

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by aviasian
Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st Royal Brunei 787 (photo)
Replies: 42
Views: 24462

RE: 1st Royal Brunei 787 (photo)

Any new livery is bound to please some and cause others to voice their disapproval. This new livery did not sit well with me when I first saw it in a picture .... but when I saw the actual plane - an A319, I actually admire its simplicity and rather clean and pleasing font. The shade of yellow used ...

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by aviasian
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways To Go Into Restaurant Business
Replies: 27
Views: 8663

RE: Thai Airways To Go Into Restaurant Business

If TG thinks the airline business is too competitive ... wait till it see the level of competition in Bangkok and the rest of Thailand. You are spoilt for choice and price.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian ARN-BKK Operated By Hifly 15/8
Replies: 7
Views: 5804

RE: Norwegian ARN-BKK Operated By Hifly 15/8

Can anyone share with us the schedule for Norwegian's B787-operated <acronym title="Oslo - Gardermoen (OSL / ENGM), Norway">OSL</acronym>-<acronym title="Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi International (BKK / VTBS), Thailand">BKK</acronym> and <acronym title="Stockholm - Arlanda (ARN / ESSA), Sweden">ARN</acro...

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by aviasian
Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways To Go Into Restaurant Business
Replies: 27
Views: 8663

RE: Thai Airways To Go Into Restaurant Business

Since the good old days in Don Muang Airport, Thai Airways already was in the restaurant business. Even right now, it operates several ... including one at Phuket International Airport and one at its own <acronym title="Thai International (Thailand)">TG</acronym> Operations Centre located near Suvar...

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by aviasian
Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First A380 Routes For Asiana & Vietnam, Where?
Replies: 24
Views: 14409

RE: First A380 Routes For Asiana & Vietnam, Where?

Tokyo-Narita is definitely one of the stations that Asiana's A380 will serve ... because the Delta Flight Kitchen near Narita Airport has ordered A380-compatible inflight catering trucks for this service.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ Helping Passengers As SIN Gets Shrouded In Haze
Replies: 2
Views: 3447

RE: SQ Helping Passengers As SIN Gets Shrouded In Haze

Being the tiny island republic that Singapore is, all its best efforts in being environmentally conscious and acting environmentally responsibly are only about as good as the negligent methods of its much larger neighbours. The area that is burning (through slash and burn method of clearing land for...

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by aviasian
Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines Relaunches Dubai Daily
Replies: 7
Views: 3487

RE: Malaysia Airlines Relaunches Dubai Daily

Malaysia Airlines may have lost too much ground now to effectively compete with a single token flight operating a B777-200ER. The only saving grace is its 9-abreast seat configuration in Economy Class versus <acronym title="Emirates (United Arab Emirates)">EK</acronym>'s 10-abreast arrangement. <acr...

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by aviasian
Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B788 Demo Flight - Paris 2013
Replies: 10
Views: 9351

RE: B788 Demo Flight - Paris 2013

Good to see Boeing flying their wares at airshows again ... and also sending planes in customers' liveries.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skytrax: 2013 Awards
Replies: 83
Views: 24710

Skytrax: 2013 Awards

BA's inflight service was absolutely superb when I flew them from Hong Kong to London ... and yes, alcoholic beverages were flowing freely. Perhaps it is how one requested (or demanded) for the beverage. <acronym title="Emirates (United Arab Emirates)">EK</acronym> the best airline - seriously? Not ...

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by aviasian
Mon May 20, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China´s Extremely Outdated Livery
Replies: 108
Views: 34228

RE: Air China´s Extremely Outdated Livery

The bird logo of Air China is absolutely not a copy of the Singapore Airlines logo ... It was said to have something to do with its former Premier Deng Xiao Peng and represents the word "VIP". I must say I quite like the design by ARP Design ... the choice of red and gold is very agreeable with the ...

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by aviasian
Sat May 18, 2013 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time For New CX Scheme?
Replies: 57
Views: 11055

RE: Time For New CX Scheme?

The current livery of <acronym title="Cathay Pacific (China-Hong Kong)">CX</acronym> has too many shades of grey ... and too little green. That which is masquerading as a "cheatline" looks like nothing more than a very small moustache. If you look at how good <acronym title="Cathay Pacific (China-Ho...

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by aviasian
Fri May 17, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern Customer Service Boss Goes Nuts
Replies: 15
Views: 5771

RE: China Eastern Customer Service Boss Goes Nuts

When I visited Beijing for the first time in April 1998, I was waiting to check in for my flight ... it did not appear to be a long queue. Out of nowhere, one man and his wife with a very spoilt-looking plus-sized daughter appeared and joined the front end of the queue. A few words were exchanged wi...

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by aviasian
Sat May 11, 2013 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Orders Another B777.
Replies: 51
Views: 20850

RE: KLM Orders Another B777.

I flew Houston-Dubai on Emirates B777-300ER in Economy Class ... the whole time, my Arab neighbour shared his hairy hand with me and after indicating that I was not enthusiastic about it, I end up having to just wrap myself up in blankets just so that I don't have to feel his hand. Just when I thoug...

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by aviasian
Wed May 08, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: So The Best Liveries 2013 Have Been Announced.
Replies: 80
Views: 26583

RE: So The Best Liveries 2013 Have Been Announced.

Asiana?? Really??? Seriously????

I am happy to see Fiji Airways right there where it belongs but I would also add the following:

- Air Seychelles
- Air Madagascar

KC Sim
Singapore

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by aviasian
Wed May 08, 2013 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ To Boost Presence In Indonesian Market
Replies: 4
Views: 3125

RE: SQ To Boost Presence In Indonesian Market

I wonder if Indonesian carriers - especially Garuda Indonesia - can compete effectively with their B737s compared to the wide-body aircraft operated by Singapore Airlines and China Airlines. I have flown on the Singapore-Surabaya route operated by China Airlines and the service was excellent. The A3...

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by aviasian
Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ/CX Still On The Top?
Replies: 14
Views: 7920

RE: SQ/CX Still On The Top?

Whether they are at the top of the game in terms of profit is one issue ... but where service is concerned, both continue to invest heavily in product development and service delivery. Watch out for details of Singapore Airlines' new product early in the second half of 2013. <acronym title="Carpatia...

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by aviasian
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA Was Awarded Skytrax 5-Star!
Replies: 6
Views: 8015

RE: ANA Was Awarded Skytrax 5-Star!

Surely ANA - and her loyal customers - were not holding their breath all these years for Skytrax to endorse it as a 5-star airline. ANA's service and product is very good and it is almost an insult to hear Skytrax proclaim it now as worthy of this rating. <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hun...

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by aviasian
Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Little Red - Now Painted
Replies: 114
Views: 30746

Virgin Little Red - Now Painted

Here's another shot of <acronym title="Aer Lingus (Ireland)">EI</acronym>-EZV in full Virgin Atlantic livery taking off on its test flight earlier today. This aircraft (former I-EEZG) has been named "Tartan Lassie". <a href="http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/viewphoto.main?LC=nav2&picid=8283" targ...

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by aviasian
Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Swiss (LX) Ever Become Swissair?
Replies: 48
Views: 12154

RE: Will Swiss (LX) Ever Become Swissair?

The Lufthansa Group probably purchase the "SWISSAIR" name just to prevent another entity from purchasing that name and establishing a new airline using that name.

KC Sim

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by aviasian
Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways' (ex-Air Pacific) First A330 Picture
Replies: 29
Views: 10906

RE: Fiji Airways' (ex-Air Pacific) First A330 Picture

Very distinctive, very smart and very Fijian. What an incredibly beautiful choice of colours (two shades of brown or Earth) and black. Hardly replicated by other airlines. This is a very bold change that has given it instant association with Fiji. I love it and hope to see it in person someday. Mayb...

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by aviasian
Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should Aust Suspend MH-Deporting Aust Senator?
Replies: 17
Views: 2424

RE: Should Aust Suspend MH-Deporting Aust Senator?

Funny how diplomatic relations between Australia and Malaysia seem to resemble a roller coaster ride. There was a time when a former Malaysian Prime Minister was labelled "recalcitrant" by Australia and things took a dip. Did Australia not recently attempted to sign some form of agreement with Malay...

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by aviasian
Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mahan Air Fleet Update & Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 5363

RE: Mahan Air Fleet Update & Questions

For the record, up till late December 2012, this A40 (EP-MMB) was sitting the ramp at Don Mueang Airport (<acronym title="Bangkok - International (Don Muang) (DMK / VTBD), Thailand">DMK</acronym>) wearing the livery of Chaba Air (of Thailand) and bore the registration <acronym title="Highland Air (S...

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