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by airzona11
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American adds more Asia to SEA, and other long-haul changes
Replies: 194
Views: 20993

Re: American adds more Asia to SEA, and other long-haul changes

In case anyone wanted to know how desperate AA is to generate cash flow, look no further than trying to add SEA-Shanghai. It's idiotic to be adding international in this day and age to begin with. Then add your debt is $40 billion, your credit rating sinks, you can't borrow more money unless it's a...

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by airzona11
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early
Replies: 79
Views: 13911

Re: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early

Damn. 100 airplanes is half of the combined Qantas/Jetstar fleet. I'm highly skeptical we'll see any of those A380s come back. Does QF own those outright or are they leased/financed? Such a sad way to end the 747 era at Qantas. The A380's were financed through syndicated loans. Unfortunately, we do...

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by airzona11
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 108
Views: 22794

Re: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2020

The Layout 3 for the A333 looks great and much more sense than the in between config with PY. Side note, ACs fleet page is great.

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by airzona11
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: large single aisle aircraft
Replies: 36
Views: 4288

Re: large single aisle aircraft

The economic and industry cycle were not favorable for the 757-300, wish there were more. Nothing like sitting towards the back, leaning your head against the sidewall, and seeing the visual twisting of the fuselage.

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by airzona11
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again
Replies: 310
Views: 64058

Re: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again

(Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) is planning to raise around $1.5 billion by selling shares and convertible notes, as the airline shores up liquidity after travel disruption due to coronavirus Bloomberg News reported bloom.bg/2AYPaXv on Sunday. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amer...

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by airzona11
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Expansion B6 at EWR and JFK
Replies: 275
Views: 33364

Re: Major Expansion B6 at EWR and JFK

Duplicate post. My apologies. My iphone has been acting up this morning. Mods please delete. If UA could acquire the real estate it would be a good strategic move. I think they’re just fine with their current operation (again they have the only single airport long haul/short haul hub in the NYC are...

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by airzona11
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, at 40+ including 747s, A380s
Replies: 113
Views: 40954

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, at 40+ including 747s, A380s

Get the bucket list 744 nose and upper deck flights flown while you can. Sad to think the BA 747 days could be done even sooner.

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by airzona11
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 249364

Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

First memory on an MD88 was PHX to CVG connecting to a newly delivered 772ER to LGW. Sat in the back, window view partially blocked. Having mostly flown Southwest and America West, getting that full meal was a shocker, but that sound was one of the things that got me hooked on aviation. I was on DL8...

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by airzona11
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 2375
Views: 408781

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

With regard to a configuration change, I could see some of the 76L fleet going to a smaller J cabin if LHR/ZRH/GVA/FRA premium demand projects to be impaired for an extended (multiyear) period. Scott Kirby has said they have no plans to retire any fleets at the moment, and would prefer to keep airp...

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by airzona11
Sat May 30, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is American really done with the 757?
Replies: 54
Views: 10090

Re: Is American really done with the 757?

PhilMcCrackin wrote:
PHX-Hawaii has gone all A321(N) which was a large reason for the existence of the LUS 757 fleet. They're done.


Loved watching the morning 757arrivals from the islands from the west at PHX.

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by airzona11
Sat May 30, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why the Boeing 777 is Famous
Replies: 9
Views: 2068

Re: Why the Boeing 777 is Famous

Going back to the 90s it certainly made an impact being so digital with its CAD design. It had a size and capability scope that was the biggest for 2 engines at the time. Excellent reliability. Over a thousand in operation. It’s an impressive plane. Not to say others aren’t but the A330 took a littl...

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by airzona11
Thu May 28, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier launches 18 new routes for Summer 2020
Replies: 35
Views: 5464

Re: Frontier launches 18 new routes for Summer 2020

This is where being nimble should help them. Chase markets that are opening up. Why unfortunately? It is good they are ramping up service and hopefully is proves fruitful with good pax numbers. Or is there something I am missing? Agree completely. We want service to rebound so the industry doesn't d...

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by airzona11
Wed May 27, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL to acquire 7 A350’s from QR
Replies: 96
Views: 24194

Re: Rumor: DL to acquire 7 A350’s from QR

Clear out salaries and other expenses due to Covid related business adjustments and they can make the finances work.

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by airzona11
Sat May 23, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines planning on squeezing competitors in weaker positions
Replies: 236
Views: 38344

Re: Southwest Airlines planning on squeezing competitors in weaker positions

Does Southwest have a death wish? No other airline is in a better position to grow in their core markets. Not saying the US3 will roll over, they can flex (Expensively) with higher gauge idle wide bodies for one thing WN cannot. But WN has flexibility to capture core O/D. 1 fleet type, common group...

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by airzona11
Wed May 20, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 40414

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

Used to leave SFO weekly in the afternoons on WN and would look across at the AF380. Such a great looking plane, shame to see it leave. No reason to ever set a foot on an AF plane ever again. I've had both the best and the worst flight on AF. The best was A380 to MIA and the worst 77W to FDF both in...

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by airzona11
Sun May 17, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14095

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

Horrible plane. Has made Boeing lot of money and tortured passengers around the world. Noisy and cramped. you have NO idea what you're talking about? What airplane is better? He read that no one in their right mind would fly a 10 x 777 in Y. Doesn’t take into account the premium cabins. Probably al...

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by airzona11
Sun May 17, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14095

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

It’s the big twin! The largest of the twinjets and always has been. Iconic triple landing gear, engines the size of a 737 fuselage (the GE90s at least), longest range airliner for a while (77L), great freighter. It’s done a lot for us. Proudfully it’s my birth-plane (I’m from 1994). Hope to fly on ...

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by airzona11
Sat May 16, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to layoff 20K workers effective 7 June '20
Replies: 60
Views: 11496

Re: Air Canada to layoff 20K workers effective 7 June '20

Hopefully rationally we can open the economies back up and get planes filled and flying again. Things will bounce back eventually. I know they want to stop the bleeding, but this seems like overkill for a short term issue. Were they bloated and needed to shrink before and the downturn is a convenien...

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by airzona11
Thu May 14, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 725
Views: 110148

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

Shame to see this happen. Those planes have useful lives. I for one think we are going to see a the economic conditions recover to the point where someone takes these planes. Predicting DL will retire all Boeing aircraft and be strictly an Airbus user by 2025-29 What is the basis of that prediction?...

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by airzona11
Thu May 14, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA have a monopoly at EWR?
Replies: 80
Views: 10124

Re: Why did UA have a monopoly at EWR?

Isn’t New York a bad example, JFK and LaGuardia service the same market? I would hazard a guess that United has other airports With less competition on the major routes, versus EWR.

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by airzona11
Wed May 13, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do Delta ERJ 145's still exist
Replies: 24
Views: 3995

Re: Do Delta ERJ 145's still exist

Wow, yes I forgot about that fiasco with DL wanting to extend the ERJ-145 contract in 2016 out for another 5 years and the subsequent Ch. 11 filing. Farther back there was the whole Mesa/Freedom Air ERJ-145 operation that mostly flew out of CVG & JFK, then at the very end a little bit of DTW as...

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by airzona11
Tue May 12, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Britain’s Last Restaurant Car: GWR First Class Pullman Dining
Replies: 14
Views: 5937

Re: Britain’s Last Restaurant Car: GWR First Class Pullman Dining

What a great report. Need to try this!

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by airzona11
Tue May 12, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair back to all Boeing, cancelling leases for Airbus A320s.
Replies: 45
Views: 10692

Re: Ryanair back to all Boeing, cancelling leases for Airbus A320s.

Certainly makes sense during this time to consolidate fleet types. With demand down, their current fleet can be spread to cover more operations. No different than DL parking MDs, AA the 190s/A330s, etc. One beautiful quote from the article “Until they need an order from the Ryanair Group, frankly we...

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by airzona11
Sun May 10, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Post Covid Fleet Plan Summary
Replies: 66
Views: 13155

Re: IAG Post Covid Fleet Plan Summary

There may be a push by UK airlines to allow all passengers to take a quick(er) test as per the ones available at Vienna and Dubai airports to avoid the 14-day quarantine being imposed. https://www.euronews.com/2020/05/06/coronavirus-travellers-charged-190-at-vienna-airport-to-avoid-14-day-covid-19-...

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by airzona11
Sun May 10, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?
Replies: 58
Views: 5280

Re: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?

... Pension benefit plans and currency hedges decide the comprehensive income to a large degree. Operating income is important, but far less than the currency hedges. Comprehensive income fluctuates extreme. It would fluctuate less without the currency insurance. But I believe manager bonuses depen...

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by airzona11
Sun May 10, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?
Replies: 58
Views: 5280

Re: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?

I never read airline financial statements. What I observed with Airbus: In billion Euro: 2015 profit for the period: 2,7 / comprehensive income for the period: 0,05 / net change in fair value of cash flow hedges: -4,7 2016 profit for the period: 1,0 / comprehensive income for the period: -0,9 / net...

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by airzona11
Sun May 10, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?
Replies: 58
Views: 5280

Re: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?

If a resource is limited not all demands can be met. It's the price that decides whose demands get satisfied and whose demands can't. Beside costing money, fuel hedges contradict the distribution function inherent in the oil price. Therefore I believe airlines shouldn't be allowed to hedge their fu...

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by airzona11
Fri May 08, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"
Replies: 135
Views: 30969

Re: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"

it will be interesting to see how EK rebounds from this. With no "small" planes in the fleet for quite some time, will it be years of red ink for EK? Closure of routes (something we don't see from EK)? Do small planes work for EK? There is a reason they only have the 2 biggest flying plan...

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by airzona11
Fri May 08, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"
Replies: 135
Views: 30969

Re: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"

it will be interesting to see how EK rebounds from this. With no "small" planes in the fleet for quite some time, will it be years of red ink for EK? Closure of routes (something we don't see from EK)? Do small planes work for EK? There is a reason they only have the 2 biggest flying plan...

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by airzona11
Fri May 08, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Post Covid Fleet Plan Summary
Replies: 66
Views: 13155

Re: IAG Post Covid Fleet Plan Summary

All this capacity reduction is going to drive prices up, paired with less demand, further reducing demand. That being said BA has LHR and the more premium heavy O/D airport. The A35K are over 100 J/PY seats, the 77Ws were going to hi-J, the 781s are 4 class. Plus what is existing.Very interesting to...

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by airzona11
Fri May 08, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: F9 To Deny Boarding to Crew or Passengers with Temp Above 100F
Replies: 22
Views: 1734

Re: F9 To Deny Boarding to Crew or Passengers with Temp Above 100F

This seems like a slippery slope. There are HIPPA among other privacy areas of concern. The poor airline workers that are going to be stuck delivering the bad news.

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by airzona11
Fri May 08, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: American airlines 747sp seat- help me make it authentic
Replies: 16
Views: 2448

Re: American airlines 747sp seat- help me make it authentic

Such a cool project. I am looking for some business class seats for recliners. I am trying to piece together the early 80s United FC/Biz cutlery/cups/etc. Love you idea of recreating the seat map items.

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by airzona11
Wed May 06, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CNN: The Boeing 747 is playing a hero's role during Covid-19 crisis
Replies: 28
Views: 7597

Re: CNN: The Boeing 747 is playing a hero's role during Covid-19 crisis

carlokiii wrote:
It’s fitting that the 747 gets to fully live on and prosper ‘til its end as what it was originally envisioned to be - a freighter.


Great call out! Very cool indeed.

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by airzona11
Tue May 05, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United exercises options for 8 787-10s
Replies: 140
Views: 24990

Re: United exercises options for 7 787-10s

Boeing gave them a hell of a deal (again) it's what's more than likely what went down. Those 787-10s seem to have teething issues, shouldn't they wait or did Boeing give them away essentially for free? All airlines get a hell of a deal, there are very few that buy these planes in large quantities. ...

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by airzona11
Mon May 04, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26698

Re: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft

Seems like another airline that will use this to shed unfavorable business units/operations. While Covid shut down is impacting, there is no way Rogue was long term part of the plan or profitable if they are axing it. With TS in house, they have further redundancy to do so. Seems like a bad proposit...

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by airzona11
Fri May 01, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 309
Views: 56333

Re: BA could make up to 12.000 employees redundant

From my perspective the western aviation industry is more likely to be affected long-term than the Asian aviation industry because East Asians have the history of SARS to compare with (e.g. knowing everything will be fine for them) especially since the pandemic didn't hit so hard in Asia despite it...

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by airzona11
Fri May 01, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 249364

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

The official retirement announcement - retire in June. https://news.delta.com/delta-retire-md-88-md-90-fleets-june I think the end of the press-release was equally interesting.... "Delta continues to evaluate its broader fleet plan and will consider additional aircraft retirements to focus on ...

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by airzona11
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 1Q20 income: ($144 million) before taxes
Replies: 45
Views: 8555

Re: Southwest 1Q20 income: ($144 million) before taxes

[twoid][/twoid] That was a quarterly earnings. Much like the way Southwest has to operate those linear routes because of the way the airlines is constructed hurts their ability to cancel to the level of demand. Southwest was insulated by virtue of its domestic route structure from what the other ca...

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by airzona11
Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 1Q20 income: ($144 million) before taxes
Replies: 45
Views: 8555

Re: Southwest 1Q20 income: ($144 million) before taxes

On what level are you claiming that WN is performing better than? AA -$2.2B UA -$2.1B DL -$607M WN -$144M So I would say they are performing better in the P/L category That was a quarterly earnings. Much like the way Southwest has to operate those linear routes because of the way the airlines is co...

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by airzona11
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 1Q20 income: ($144 million) before taxes
Replies: 45
Views: 8555

Re: Southwest 1Q20 income: ($144 million) before taxes

Southwest is forced to fly a lot of flights due to the structure of the airline versus their competition. EK with a single hub can cull flights easier than WN and it’s linear routings. All airlines will lose money in this market. The other airlines can reduce a greater amount of money losing servic...

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by airzona11
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 1Q20 income: ($144 million) before taxes
Replies: 45
Views: 8555

Re: Southwest 1Q20 income: ($144 million) before taxes

This event is a cold start reminder of the old adage, cash is king. Companies have moved to more leveraged balance sheets and now is the time where cash is needed. They have arguably one of the strongest cash positions, while it too is not infinite, it will help endure longer (employees wages etc)....

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by airzona11
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 1Q20 income: ($144 million) before taxes
Replies: 45
Views: 8555

Re: Southwest 1Q20 income: ($144 million) before taxes

This event is a cold start reminder of the old adage, cash is king. Companies have moved to more leveraged balance sheets and now is the time where cash is needed. They have arguably one of the strongest cash positions, while it too is not infinite, it will help endure longer (employees wages etc). ...

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by airzona11
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could EK be considering narrowbodies/integrating FZ into their operation?
Replies: 15
Views: 2851

Re: Could EK be considering narrowbodies/integrating FZ into their operation?

Their model is based on high volume funneled through DXB. They operate the 2 largest planes flying. Narrow bodies don't fit their model.

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by airzona11
Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Discussion: A New 2-1-2 Seating In B737 and A320 Series to Comply Social Distancing?
Replies: 43
Views: 6800

Re: Discussion: A New 2-1-2 Seating In B737 and A320 Series to Comply Social Distancing?

If we have tolerated 50+ years of 3-3 seating, with flu and every other air borne sickness, this too will pass.

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by airzona11
Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American Airlines raises baggage fees
Replies: 7
Views: 1238

Re: American Airlines raises baggage fees

And it’s still not taxed.

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by airzona11
Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: To be in Compliance with CARES Act B6 to Add Routes Like SFO-SMF,MCO-SRQ,MSY-IAH, SLC-BZN, etc
Replies: 120
Views: 18117

Re: CARES Act Forces B6 to Add Routes Like SFO-SMF,MCO-SRQ,MSY-IAH, SLC-BZN, etc

Airlines want the government checkbook and we know the industry is like the telecom, natural/regional monopolies. As travelers, the last thing we want is for less service and higher fares, when they can use this as excuse to clean up the balance sheet.

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by airzona11
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X
Replies: 161
Views: 26483

Re: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X

There is no way this is the only move if indeed they swap 777x for 78710. The 777x and 7810 will fill entirely different roles for CX. There will have to be other A330/777/A350 shuffles. Let alone Cathay Dragon. CX is in the process of extending 20 B77W leases for 10 years. Which makes sense on the...

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by airzona11
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X
Replies: 161
Views: 26483

Re: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X

There is no way this is the only move if indeed they swap 777x for 78710. The 777x and 7810 will fill entirely different roles for CX. There will have to be other A330/777/A350 shuffles. Let alone Cathay Dragon.

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by airzona11
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to Restart Washington State Aircraft Production
Replies: 144
Views: 19000

Re: Boeing to Stop Washington State Aircraft Production

I respectfully disagree, on several counts: 1. To survive a severe recession, a company needs cash. Part of that means shipping for what orders are willing to accept delivery. Despite most airlines not receiving orders, I bet there are some orders that can be delivered. Revenue is urgently needed t...

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by airzona11
Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: CX to walk away from 777X order
Replies: 225
Views: 41103

Re: Rumor: CX to walk away from 777X order

Will CX go smaller? They were just going denser in their 777s in Y. Business demand is what pays the bills, do they could run a premium heavy config and go smaller. It would be a continued transformation of their business model. One thing we sometimes overlook with business travel, in a lot of compa...

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