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by SurlyBonds
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA axes LCY-JFK A318 premium service
Replies: 80
Views: 15718

Re: BA axes LCY-JFK A318 premium service

Not a great loss , any purpose that it served can easily be achieved LCY-DUB-JFK/EWR/BOS/SFO/LAX - LHR at multiple times of the day and i'm sure seasoned business travellers worked that out years ago What "seasoned travelers" worked out years ago was that you can actually go nonstop LHR-t...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many airlines order aircraft to support domestic jobs?
Replies: 13
Views: 1696

Re: How many airlines order aircraft to support domestic jobs?

Generally, European airlines go with Airbus, while American airlines go with Boeing. The UK seems to back Boeing a lot (for example, IAG was all for the MAX last year) and a similar sentiment lies in Korea and Japan. Most of the rest of the world seems to like Airbus (though it may be a sign of the...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets
Replies: 176
Views: 16529

Re: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets

Blerg wrote:
Vienna on the other hand... OS reminds me a bit of Iznogoud. I want to be Lufthansa in stead of Lufthansa.


Re-phrase in plain German, please?

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets
Replies: 176
Views: 16529

Re: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets

Take a night train and save on hotel accommodation. Leave in the evening and arrive early in the morning. Sleeping on a train in a two person compartment is actually pretty comfortable. I took a night train from Frankfurt Flughafen to Vienna last year. It was OK, but (1) I wasn't time-constrained (...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets
Replies: 176
Views: 16529

Re: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets

PM wrote:
Things are changing. "Normal" isn't going to come back.


That is not what data from China indicates. In China, according to what I've heard, domestic air travel is at 90% of pre-lockdown levels.

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by SurlyBonds
Tue May 19, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: March 1st 2001, FIRST 777 trans-polar flight to HKG documentary
Replies: 27
Views: 5707

Re: March 1st 2001, FIRST 777 trans-polar flight to HKG documentary

I was researching pm-CO and found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2pTgZ4X8iw World's first trans-polar flight on a 777 from EWR to HKG. This was months before 9/11 and CO and truly an innovator linking the 2 cities non-stop for the first time. Maybe I am completely wrong, but I remember read...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue May 19, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston skyline height restrictions
Replies: 61
Views: 8978

Re: Boston skyline height restrictions

clrd4t8koff wrote:

You misquoted this. I didn’t post that comment you’re replying to. MartijnNL said it:


Apologies.

I never am sure who I am quoting on A-net. Why on earth they can't implement a better user interface that quotes automatically is beyond me.

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by SurlyBonds
Tue May 19, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways cabin crew to wear hazmat suits
Replies: 58
Views: 11345

Re: Qatar Airways cabin crew to wear hazmat suits

Well, this should do wonders for passenger confidence.... “ Qatar Airways is one of several airlines to introduce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits for its cabin crew in light of the coronavirus pandemic. From now onwards, all flight attendants for Qatar's flag carrier will wear a hazmat su...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 16, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Majority of LH Shareholders are Voting for Rescue Package
Replies: 502
Views: 62058

Re: Lufthansa: 10B EUR bailout - Update

Despite the circumstances, how can this aid not be in breach of EU competition rules? EU anti-competition rules do not forbid: 1- a government holding or even taking up a shareholding in a company (see for instance the Dutch and AF-KLM a year ago...) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47386140 2...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 16, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max
Replies: 365
Views: 63254

Re: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max

No 737 MAX. I'm not flying on one of these deathtraps for at least two years until they enter into service. And I think Boeing is hoping that the COVID-19 crisis will make people forget about the 737 MAX.

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 16, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston skyline height restrictions
Replies: 61
Views: 8978

Re: Boston skyline height restrictions

You can start by replacing older relatively low buildings by structures that have twenty to thirty floors. No need for 1,000 foot skyscrapers. How about coming back to us with that opinion when you get a job based in downtown San Francisco (where there's little new space and overwhelming demand for...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 09, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK's possible future?
Replies: 153
Views: 27357

Re: EK's possible future?

1) For some this pandemic may be remembered in a negative way, for others it may be remembered in a positive way. Some people may find this to be a turning point where they found family life was much more important than they realized and business travel was much more of a burden than they realized....

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by SurlyBonds
Fri May 08, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK's possible future?
Replies: 153
Views: 27357

Re: EK's possible future?

JayinKitsap wrote:
I love to travel, but its going to be car trips for a while. No thoughts of that big trip to China.


Enjoy your 8-hour drive to Colorado Springs. The cheaper's the fare to Singapore for me.

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by SurlyBonds
Fri May 08, 2020 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time for the airlines to restart advertising
Replies: 114
Views: 10440

Re: Time for the airlines to restart advertising

Trust me anyone who is spending all day and every day on video conference and conference calls actually wants to be back in the office and/or travel to some extent. Its painful. The novelty has worn-off after nearly 8 weeks of this. I am all for flexibility and working from home/remote when it make...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri May 08, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK's possible future?
Replies: 153
Views: 27357

Re: EK's possible future?

That is an exaggeration if I've ever heard one. No one is saying it is an eternal substitute for face to face meetings but I am sure it will reduce the amount of travel for face to face meetings going forward tremendously. A large percentage of the workforce that once were travel candidates now has...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed May 06, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK's possible future?
Replies: 153
Views: 27357

Re: EK's possible future?

There are things that you cannot teleconference. As such, airlines will always be viable businesses. We have had 9/11, the .com bubble, the 2008 recession and now covid which is likely to be followed by another deeper recession. Once debt gets to manageable levels, economies will grow, travel will ...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed May 06, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time for the airlines to restart advertising
Replies: 114
Views: 10440

Re: Time for the airlines to restart advertising

brilondon wrote:
No, it won't be like this but it's not going to come back the way it was either.


Of course it will.

The question, of course, is when.

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by SurlyBonds
Wed May 06, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time for the airlines to restart advertising
Replies: 114
Views: 10440

Re: Time for the airlines to restart advertising

Advertising right now is a 'no-no' - especially when you are in the news cycles for all the wrong reasons. On the one hand, you're right if you're talking about conventional kinds of advertising. But then there was Emirates' ad that showed people two years from now talking about the days when they ...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri May 01, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Federation's national airline
Replies: 17
Views: 1460

Re: East African Federation's national airline

Meanwhile, the nations that don’t get the hub all complain, and threaten to withdraw at every change of government. We have seen this road show before. Yeah, with that failure called SAS? Or, for that matter, airlines like EasyJet or WizzAir, which supplanted Malev? I suspect that South Sudan reali...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri May 01, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK's possible future?
Replies: 153
Views: 27357

Re: EK's possible future?

Everyone who is predicting the end of wide-bodies is forgetting that the "frequency is king" arguments will hold far less water over the next, oh, two or three years. It will make less sense to run hourly 737s between LA and San Francisco, or seven daily A330s between London and Dubai, whe...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri May 01, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK's possible future?
Replies: 153
Views: 27357

Re: EK's possible future?

I would honestly pay more sense to [Bill Gates] if he were an epidemiologist or from the medical field. He is not, and that makes one wonder why he is drumming all of this. The Gates Foundation has been working on pandemic prevention for a long, long time. That means Bill Gates has legitimate exper...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri May 01, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK's possible future?
Replies: 153
Views: 27357

Re: EK's possible future?

EK, infact the state of Dubai's creation was the doing of the UK Foreign Office. They, UKFO supported Dubai all the way since its foundation. Right now the state of UK is facing its own survival and there will be limited support from the UKFO. I assume, here, that you mean the UK is "facing it...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri May 01, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK's possible future?
Replies: 153
Views: 27357

Re: EK's possible future?

If Bill Gates predictions were to come true, international travel will be very restricted in near future. He expects severe visa restrictions and quarantines on non-citizens to continue at-least for next five years. Where did Bill Gates give a five-year timeframe? (I'm not asking this question in a...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri May 01, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK's possible future?
Replies: 153
Views: 27357

Re: EK's possible future?

9/11 and the volcanic eruptions were single events, where as the COVID is open ended, on-going and un-contained... The volcanic eruptions, yes -- but I disagree with respect to 9/11. At the time, many analysts thought that 9/11 was but the first wave of attacks. People described the struggle agains...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182674

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

FabDiva wrote:
Thunderbolt500 wrote:
Has there ever been a ban of flights between us and europe


Sept 11th aftermath is the only one I can think of


The Icelandic volcano in 2010.

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus
Replies: 100
Views: 16592

Re: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus

The time to rebrand would be after the virus is eliminated. I don't think Taiwan is out of the woods. Why associate "Taiwan" Airlines with the aftermath of travel skepticism for months beyond. Because this idea has nothing to do with COVID-19, and everything to do with the Taiwan independ...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?
Replies: 144
Views: 14694

Re: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?

The only question would be? Where would they graze the Black Angus cattle that already graze there? And? How many homes could they build to accommodate those who would work there? Because it's no secret that Bay Area housing is expensive and that area has the most affordable in the Area for 100 mil...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?
Replies: 144
Views: 14694

Re: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?

The time, money and nerves spend on new airports in California and the NE is in my opinion a wasted opportunity. A modern HSR from San Francisco down to San Diego would free up a lot of slots for other flights. Same goes for a line from LA to Vegas. On the east coast you could do something similar ...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to join OneWorld / AA to make SEA an Intl gateway
Replies: 1192
Views: 134110

Re: AA to make SEA an INT hub/launches SEA-BLR in Oct 20/AS to join OneWorld

flyfresno wrote:
This is going to make not only SkyTeam but also Star take notice in quite a few mid-sized and smaller West Cost and Mountain cities, where OneWorld will rocket to the top in total flights and destinations.


Star needs to court JetBlue in response to this move.

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United Airlines SFO to DEL
Replies: 28
Views: 4461

Re: United Airlines SFO to DEL

744 wrote:
AI ended up axing the night flight from SFO to DEL


What? I didn't hear that AI cancelled service from SFO to DEL.

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80401

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

Why does this 777-9 appear to have an extra door in the rear? Is this for testing purposes?

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80401

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

I hope they don't forget to switch down the wingtips before take off I admit I am a bit nervous about this from a passenger perspective. There are several examples of crashes when pilots forget to deploy flaps on takeoff. Also, how do they plan to ensure the wings can't fold in flight? There is als...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2719
Views: 293208

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

If you think about it, Ukraine likely has experience and expertise on what is and isn't evidence of a shoot down incident due to MH17 crashing in their country. I actually trust they can give us answers. I'm surprised no one has (from what I've seen) brought up the experience of the Siberia Airline...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2719
Views: 293208

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

It's a cheap flight operated by a Ukranian company from Tehran to Canada but with a stop in Kiev. This flight is very popular with Iranians Canadians going to see family in Iran And the 73 so called Canadians are in fact Iranian born naturalized Canadians living in Canada. So basically, you could s...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO resigns, David Calhoun named President and CEO
Replies: 300
Views: 38965

Re: Boeing CEO resigns, David Calhoun named President and CEO

F9Animal wrote:
Bring it's [sic] corporate offices back to Seattle....


Why?

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement
Replies: 1049
Views: 151665

Re: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement

but the attention span of the public at large ia about a second. When the MAX returns to service, it will be a non story after a week. Six months later, "Max what?". The experience of the Comet and DC-10 suggest otherwise: that deeply flawed designs are sticky in the public consciousness ...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC
Replies: 261
Views: 58065

Re: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC

Enough people have realised by now that you can travel to LHR on better hard products.... Who has the "better hard products"? I thought NZ was right up there with the ME3 carriers in terms of hard product. No. Not really. Where do you want to begin? How about the people making the claim s...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC
Replies: 261
Views: 58065

Re: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC

Gasman wrote:
Enough people have realised by now that you can travel to LHR on better hard products....


Who has the "better hard products"? I thought NZ was right up there with the ME3 carriers in terms of hard product.

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC
Replies: 261
Views: 58065

Re: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC

there’s competition from other carriers with much more to offer to LAX or LHR-based pax, especially business travelers and corporate contracts. Who, exactly? BA and AA are notoriously unpopular among J pax these days. Many businesses won't spring for F. That is why the flight was popular among &quo...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC
Replies: 261
Views: 58065

Re: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC

The premium loads on this sector have always been good with the airline being the preferred carrier of the Hollywood B-list and the new tech/finance crowds. I understand that the costs to this route come in supporting small bases of dedicated crew and offices in London which offset the profitabilit...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service
Replies: 134
Views: 19634

Re: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service

The US should insist that any post-Brexit US-UK free trade agreement remove this restriction, thus allowing US airlines to hold a controlling interest in UK airlines. The US is in a very strong negotiating position vis-a-vis the UK in any free trade agreement, since the UK has scored an "own g...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC
Replies: 261
Views: 58065

Re: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC

3) Brand recognition/presence - LHR does have a certain level of prestige to it, That will earn NZ not a single cent. You’d be surprised. Kiwis travel a lot and old Blighty is still very popular, seeing an Air NZ plane can be emotional for many ex-pats. Just the presence alone is advertising (peopl...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC
Replies: 261
Views: 58065

Re: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC

A larger, but extraordinarily fragmented, market. Orders of magnitude more competition (all three alliances, plus EK/QR, with good connections), and no chance to serve nonstop. Better to add routes in which NZ might be able to extract a nonstop premium and leverage a JV partner’s feed. I had though...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to announce IAH-DEL soon
Replies: 103
Views: 13000

Re: Rumor: AI to announce IAH-DEL soon

But overall I don't see how a bunch of NE-educated, largely white population is driving enough traffic for daily non-stop operations to India. Boston is (arguably, I guess) the second-most important tech city in the US after San Francisco. The rationale would be exactly the same as for the SFO-DEL ...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service
Replies: 134
Views: 19634

Re: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service

The article mentions that B6, if they decide to use Stansed or Luton, could offer connecting service throughout Europe on either Easyjet or Ryanair. This is a ludicrous idea. JetBlue has positioned itself as a niche business carrier with its Mint product. That will key its key differentiator on tra...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service
Replies: 134
Views: 19634

Re: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service

I don’t know if the same rules apply in Europe, but in the US foreign entities are forbidden in owning more then 49% of an airline, (Someone please correct me if I am wrong) so I don’t think that would work if it is the same way across the pond. Plus with Brexit happening I don’t think that would b...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service
Replies: 134
Views: 19634

Re: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service

Based on the assumption their new UK hub should be either MAN or new airport in Scotland which replace both EDI and GLA That's a ridiculous idea. London dominates the UK's business life and is one of only two global Alpha++ cities in the world. It is easily Europe's leading financial center. (To th...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to suspend EWR-EZE
Replies: 90
Views: 18708

Re: United to suspend EWR-EZE

dcajet wrote:

Quick answer: no. LAX-EZE as well as MIA-COR are performing above expectations. LAX has been a success since day one.


Would there be a case for UA to start SFO-EZE, then (especially if the Argentine economy improves)?

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS eyes nonstop flights to 7 interc’l destinations: AMS, BJS, DUB, CDG, ICN, PVG, TYO
Replies: 227
Views: 32404

Re: AUS eyes nonstop flights to 7 interc’l destinations: AMS, BJS, DUB, CDG, ICN, PVG, TYO

Enough with the Boston comparisons, BOS is one the largest and most important economic centers in the world. AUS is not comparable at all As a data point, the Globalization and World Cities Research Network seems to rank Boston as a beta+ city, the same as Cairo, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Dallas, Bangal...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: BA to make major 2020 TATL expansion later this week
Replies: 158
Views: 32638

Re: Unconfirmed: BA to make major 2020 TATL expansion later this week

PlaneMad134 wrote:

True, BA need to offer (if able to) Manchester flights and Edinburgh too so they are serving all of Britain and not just England or London.


Why does BA "need" to do this? Are its aircraft more profitably deployed on long-haul flights out of Manchester and Edinburgh than London?

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