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by hongkongflyer
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JAL takes delivery of its 1st Airbus (A350)
Replies: 169
Views: 5752

Re: Updated: JAL takes delivery of its 1st Airbus (A350)

Green version rolled out https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EADHCScUEAAy1In.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EADHCScUEAAy1In.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EADHCSdVUAAQeMm.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EADHCSdVUAAQeMm.jpg It will be better if they match the color of the winglets with the "350 title...

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by hongkongflyer
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: CX Group completed acquisition of HK Express (UO)
Replies: 132
Views: 1017

HKG based LCC HK Express now 100% owned by CX

CX announced that the acquisition of former HU owned HKG Based LCC, HK Express, UO has been completed.
UO is now 100% owned by CX, the brand will continue to use within foreseeable future.

https://www1.hkexnews.hk/listedco/listconews/sehk/2019/0719/ltn201907191020.pdf

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by hongkongflyer
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay sells 3 744 freighters to National
Replies: 14
Views: 3002

Re: Cathay sells 3 744 freighters to National

eamondzhang wrote:
76er wrote:
eamondzhang wrote:
there's plenty of factory built freighters on the market


1 JI (Jade Cargo) bird (which could be in very bad shape as it was the one stored in PVG)


you mean this one? MSN35174 L/N1398 B-2423?
This 744F will join S.F. soon

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly A380 Operations Thread - 2019
Replies: 79
Views: 27226

Re: HiFly A380 Operations Thread - 2019

Looks like the HiFly A380 is going to be busy this summer: https://www.forbes.com/sites/martinrivers/2019/02/07/hi-fly-finds-new-customer-for-save-the-coral-reefs-a380/ It is supposed to operate for Estelar Venezuela this coming week on the CCS-EZE and CCS-MAD rotation. https://twitter.com/RaMurias...

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by hongkongflyer
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing website updated to match FR's Boeing 737MAX200 rename
Replies: 109
Views: 4903

Re: 737-8200?

Is there any legal obligation of specifying aircraft type on fuselage? Why not just drop the whole label? Ryanair's 737-8AS' don't have a mention of aircraft type on the Nose by the door, so I don't know why they even introduced it, unless the original idea was to boast about the new Aircraft type ...

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by hongkongflyer
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing website updated to match FR's Boeing 737MAX200 rename
Replies: 109
Views: 4903

Re: 737-8200?

Once the grounding is lifted, it is better for Boeing to re-brand the MAX as low profile as possible. 737-8/9/10 is a good choice as public is get used to a 7X7-X/X00 as a Boeing plane's name, so no one in public may immediately linked it with the MAX when they read the news/ see the plane in the ai...

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by hongkongflyer
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines extends 737 Max flight cancellations through November 2019
Replies: 58
Views: 8749

Re: American Ailrines extends 737 Max flight cancellations through November 2019

Is laying off 6000 workers and being forced to pay Federally mandated WARN penalties an option either? Imagine if you were a assembly worker who did nothing to cause this mess. That happens all of the time though in all industries. If this situation is fixed in the next 6 or so months, there should...

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by hongkongflyer
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How come DL185 (ATL-PVG) is not a polar route today but DL583 (DTW-PVG) is!?
Replies: 50
Views: 7266

Re: How come DL185 (ATL-PVG) is not a polar route today but DL583 (DTW-PVG) is!?

Atlanta is much hotter than Detroit. The aircraft could experience sudden temperature changes going from the very warm southern US (ATL) into a freezing polar environment. These sudden temp fluctuations could possibly compromise aircraft structure. Never heard about it. There are plenty of planes u...

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by hongkongflyer
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: CX Group completed acquisition of HK Express (UO)
Replies: 132
Views: 1017

Re: Hong Kong airline leadership storm

HK Airlines is a good airline and HK market can be benefited from having a major HK based airline to compete with CX Group. Hope they will be great again after the mess they suffered due to HU's financial difficulties. I don't think all the mess is due to HU. Everything I hear about HX is a total m...

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by hongkongflyer
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: CX Group completed acquisition of HK Express (UO)
Replies: 132
Views: 1017

Re: Hong Kong airline leadership storm

HK Airlines is a good airline and HK market can be benefited from having a major HK based airline to compete with CX Group. Hope they will be great again after the mess they suffered due to HU's financial difficulties.

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by hongkongflyer
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: CX Group completed acquisition of HK Express (UO)
Replies: 132
Views: 1017

Re: Hong Kong airline leadership storm

Francoflier wrote:
Does it mean that CX's acquisition of UO is a done deal?


Yes, CX announced the deal is finalized and waiting to complete the trade,

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 236
Views: 30432

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

Isn't WN retired 737 classic in bulk because of pilot's rating issues (can't operate 3 generations of 737 at the same time),
those 737 should be able to resume to services with minimum efforts.

If the grounding will continue until 2020, it may be worth to call those classic back to services.

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH chooses new Premium Economy Product.
Replies: 23
Views: 5395

Re: LH chooses new Premium Economy Product.

Seems like they went with a hard shell seat, this seat will also be on Swiss A340, and 777. https://liveandletsfly.boardingarea.com/2019/06/25/lufthansa-premium-economy-777/ https://liveandletsfly.boardingarea.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Lufthansa-Premium-Economy-777.jpg Looks like the best seat...

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by hongkongflyer
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)
Replies: 169
Views: 37836

Re: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)

maverick4002 wrote:
Greatly impressed with Chinese construction tbh. Good job


while LHR is still planning their 3rd runway, the debate began long before Beijing decided to have a new airport.

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by hongkongflyer
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)
Replies: 169
Views: 37836

Re: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)

moa999 wrote:
Any update on which non-skyteam airlines will be making the move?


HU Group will stay in PEK, as well as CA, and CX & KA too.

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by hongkongflyer
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots of airlines only flying MAX version of the B737
Replies: 11
Views: 3246

Re: Pilots of airlines only flying MAX version of the B737

Icelandair lays 24 pilots and suspends the recruitment process of 21 737Max pilots. https://simpleflying.com/icelandair-lets-go-of-its-boeing-737-max-pilots/ sounds a stupid move to let go pilots that you have spend resources to train them, when the MAX grounding will not last for years. After the ...

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by hongkongflyer
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 344
Views: 43570

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

I my view Boeing and airliners which fly 737 Max have a real problem. Yesterday my wife said "I don't want to fly BA" in autumn (although BA its her favourite airline). I asked: "Why?" She said: "British Airways bought 737 Max". I said: "British Airways won't fly ...

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by hongkongflyer
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does JAL operate WB aircraft on domestic routes?
Replies: 45
Views: 4399

Re: Why does JAL operate WB aircraft on domestic routes?

American, Delta and United do it in the states. South African do it too. QANTAS does it in Australia. Saudi do it, British Airways used to, need we go on. If an airline flies wide bodies regularly domestically there must be a reason and that’s because it works for them. That's true, for all those a...

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by hongkongflyer
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 344
Views: 43570

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

I my view Boeing and airliners which fly 737 Max have a real problem. Yesterday my wife said "I don't want to fly BA" in autumn (although BA its her favourite airline). I asked: "Why?" She said: "British Airways bought 737 Max". I said: "British Airways won't fly ...

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by hongkongflyer
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement
Replies: 94
Views: 16785

Re: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement

What about the possibility of ANA taking a couple more for high-density domestic flights (like the 747)? What about another carrier wanting to use it to test the capacity but not commit to full-price (SA? GA? NZ? TK?)? Would some of these make their way into IR's fleet (they flew 747s into Europe.....

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by hongkongflyer
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement
Replies: 94
Views: 16785

Re: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement

I don't think the engines will be an issue if the price is right. BA can outsource their maintenance, and they've operated mixed fleets before. A320 family with both CFM and V2500 engines, 747 classics with both RR and GE, 777s with both RR and GE etc. The bigger concern will the the cost of reconf...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots of airlines only flying MAX version of the B737
Replies: 11
Views: 3246

Re: Pilots of airlines only flying MAX version of the B737

Icelandair lays 24 pilots and suspends the recruitment process of 21 737Max pilots. https://simpleflying.com/icelandair-lets-go-of-its-boeing-737-max-pilots/ sounds a stupid move to let go pilots that you have spend resources to train them, when the MAX grounding will not last for years. After the ...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 344
Views: 43570

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/british-airways-parent-company-delivers-a-massive-vote-of-confidence-in-the-boeing-737-max/ "Boeing said the deal is worth just over $24 billion at list prices. The real value of the planes after standard discounts in the industry, accordi...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus a330-900 460 seats
Replies: 75
Views: 11149

Re: Airbus a330-900 460 seats

AlexBrewster03 wrote:
460 people on an A330 is more people than some A380s are configured to hold. The thought of that is insane!


Japanese have some of their 787 that have fewer seats then a typical 738/A320.
So you think flying a typical 738/320 is insane?

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus a330-900 460 seats
Replies: 75
Views: 11149

Re: Airbus a330-900 460 seats

I've gotta ask...because this really worries me...how on earth will they be able to SAFELY evac an aircraft with that capacity in a reasonable amount of time? I'm fearing that all these capacity increases with seat pitch decreases is going to lead to scores of people dying in a smoke filled aircraf...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study
Replies: 147
Views: 21983

Re: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study

A lot of comments about how dumb it was for AF to order just 10 A380's, and now would be even dumber to retain an even smaller sub-fleet of 5...and I totally agree but...um...hello...what about ANA's REALLY DUMB (IMHO) venture of getting just THREE and for one specific route only? Has everybody for...

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by hongkongflyer
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 344
Views: 43570

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

IAG is a big group in Europe. This is a very significant endorsement. And one that knows how to get a very meaningful discount from Boeing... basically same as Ryanair's case for 738. BA could even probably re-sell (if the contract with Boeing permit) them at a profit before the plane is being deli...

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by hongkongflyer
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches unbundled Business: to charge for seat assignment, lounge, etc
Replies: 78
Views: 8927

Re: EK unbundling J Class

ek is introducing unbundled j fares with a buyup required for seat assignments in advance and lounge access. will be interesting to see who follows. ba already charges more for seats but includes lounge accesss. im guessing restricting access to lounges is more difficult for airlines in an alliance...

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by hongkongflyer
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline
Replies: 51
Views: 4800

Re: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline

767-400 tailor made for DL and CO; 747-400D for NH and JL.

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by hongkongflyer
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas schedules one-time A380 service to Orlando
Replies: 36
Views: 10711

Re: Qantas schedules one-time A380 service to Orlando

A388 wrote:
If this A380 heads back to LAX right after it dropped the passengers in MCO, how are these passengers going back to Australia? On another chartered airplane to LAX which is not QF?

A388


sending another 380 from LAX to pick them up.

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by hongkongflyer
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JAL takes delivery of its 1st Airbus (A350)
Replies: 169
Views: 5752

Re: JAL announces first A350 route

Evelop Air a359 is configured for single class 432 passengeres, this must makes the a359 a 10 hour aircraft then..... Compared to a typical long-haul configuration of ~275 passengers, the 432-passenger configuration would knock off somewhere between 2.5 and 3 hours of range. It's still easily a 13-...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways 744 cancelled domestics flights
Replies: 5
Views: 2376

Re: British Airways 744 cancelled domestics flights

I was surprised last week BAW announcement new service for 747-400 late summer London to Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow for a while. But today BAW changed their minds all cancelled flights for 747-400 to those 3 cities. See the source: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/284889/bri...

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by hongkongflyer
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13854

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

I still think BA should give all those that were booked first refusal of any new flights or events. Why? It was true that a few flights were loaded into the booking system as 747’s, but there was no official announcement from BA themselves that they would specifically be the three retrojets apart f...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13854

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

GLA has been announced as a SuperHi-J aircraft, so will be BOAC if the heritage trio are used. But there are numbers of SuperHi-J 744 in BA fleet, you won't know which flight the BOAC one will fly until last few days. I think with the 25th August being their 100th birthday, and these flights being ...

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by hongkongflyer
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VIVA Macau—— how did it collapse?
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Re: VIVA Macau—— how did it collapse?

At that time, Air Macau has the exclusive right in MFM, any airline based in Macau must get approval by Air Macau before they can start the route. Basically Air Macau rejected all the routes that VIVA Macau wanted to operate, together with the financial crisis, the airline was dead. Thankfully the e...

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by hongkongflyer
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13854

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

The major problem is their 747s are rotated throughout the system so you won't know which plan will operate your flight. GLA has been announced as a SuperHi-J aircraft, so will be BOAC if the heritage trio are used. But there are numbers of SuperHi-J 744 in BA fleet, you won't know which flight the...

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by hongkongflyer
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13854

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

Out of curiosity I looked at how much a BA 747 return was to JFK in September. Cheapest price was £280 return. So the choice is one way to the glamour of Glasgow, or a return to New York where there isn’t much to see at all. The major problem is their 747s are rotated throughout the system so you w...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed May 29, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Seat change - forced
Replies: 19
Views: 3696

Re: Seat change - forced

I feel that the GA should, at lease ask the passenger originally assigned to the seat first, before switching the seat assignment then without asking.

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by hongkongflyer
Wed May 29, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about the A321 and Jetway boarding
Replies: 37
Views: 5207

Re: Question about the A321 and Jetway boarding

I wonder what benefit there would be to using double jetways on single aisle planes. Isn't the purpose of double jetways to board both aisles separately? Not really. Usually premium pax (or whoever is seated between doors L1 and L2) board through L1 while everyone else uses L2. That seems really in...

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by hongkongflyer
Tue May 28, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China southern A380 receives siginificant hail damage
Replies: 17
Views: 5965

Re: China southern A380 receives siginificant hail damage

Nothing serious. The plane is already scheduled to operate as CZ3108 today. Just an inspection, replace the windshield and the nose, that's all. I don't know why so many of Anet-er feel that aviation outside the western world is unsafe, while it is not rare for a plane that suffered certain damage l...

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by hongkongflyer
Fri May 24, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Shocking Catering - Etihad 787-9 Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi (EY833) in economy
Replies: 15
Views: 11709

Re: Shocking Catering - Etihad 787-9 Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi (EY833) in economy

9w748capt wrote:
Just curious do QR and EK serve 2nd meals in Y on their ex-HKG sectors? I've never flown this route but we've flown KUL-DOH and I'm pretty sure they served a hot snack prior to landing.


Yes but only one meal is a full one. Another meal is a bread (or something similar).

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by hongkongflyer
Sun May 19, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DL return to Hong Kong anytime soon?
Replies: 111
Views: 13456

Re: Will DL return to Hong Kong anytime soon?

I just used the term "spoiled" b/c HKers in general doesn't realized how good they have it with CX flying to every single corner of the world. Yet all I hear is complaints about "how CX suck" and "Premium price for LCC service". Just because you guys can enjoy the fare...

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by hongkongflyer
Sun May 19, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lack of medivac certification onboard TN 789’s
Replies: 40
Views: 6148

Re: TN issues with the 789..

This just sounds like, I/we must be treated in France, because I'm/we're French. Never mind the fact that the aircraft stop in a country with some of the best health care in the world, even if it is outrageously expensive and then they have to endure another 10-11 hour flight. Nobody wants to be tr...

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by hongkongflyer
Sat May 18, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DL return to Hong Kong anytime soon?
Replies: 111
Views: 13456

Re: Will DL return to Hong Kong anytime soon?

don't know why they kept on failing in HKG while AA as a late entrance can be successful in LAX & DTW. They have relatively good services and product images in HKG (compared to other US3). Are you not aware of AA's partner Cathay Pacific? DL to HKG is O&D. AA has lots on onward connections....

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by hongkongflyer
Sat May 18, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DL return to Hong Kong anytime soon?
Replies: 111
Views: 13456

Re: Will DL return to Hong Kong anytime soon?

don't know why they kept on failing in HKG while AA as a late entrance can be successful in LAX & DTW.
They have relatively good services and product images in HKG (compared to other US3).

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by hongkongflyer
Fri May 17, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are airport going to do with their A380 gates when they are no longer needed?
Replies: 30
Views: 7839

Re: What are airport going to do with their A380 gates when they are no longer needed?

A380 has set a new standard of airport ground equipment for VLA. Future VLA will be designed in a way to meet the airport infrastructures that is currently made for A380. Wrong. Aircraft are designed for (perceived) carrier needs, not existing infrastructure. Otherwise there never would have been t...

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by hongkongflyer
Fri May 17, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are airport going to do with their A380 gates when they are no longer needed?
Replies: 30
Views: 7839

Re: What are airport going to do with their A380 gates when they are no longer needed?

A380 has set a new standard of airport ground equipment for VLA. Future VLA will be designed in a way to meet the airport infrastructures that is currently made for A380.

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by hongkongflyer
Wed May 08, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 816
Views: 139879

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

...laptops can be easily replaced, paid for by the airline insurance ....Insurance (again) ....charge it to the airline. I suggest you have an overly optimistic view of what airlines are actually willing to reimburse when it comes to lost luggage. Finally someone said it. The cost of putting everyt...

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by hongkongflyer
Tue May 07, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 816
Views: 139879

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

I think it is time to re-think the evacuation requirements too. As new models tend to become longer and longer (compared to their previous models), new criterias should be added. For example rather then only using the exits on one side, requirements such as only those exits at the front/ rear of the...

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