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by vinniewinnie
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is stepping up development A321XLR
Replies: 231
Views: 37186

Re: Airbus is stepping up development A321XLR

I just don’t understand why people are being so pessimistic. Yes Covid has depressed the market, but pretty much everybody is saying that by 2024 it will be back where it was. Airlines don’t make fleet decisions based on one or two years depressed demand! Furthermore, while there is no demand, fuel ...

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by vinniewinnie
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc to sell 20 aircraft
Replies: 61
Views: 14141

Re: Royal Air Maroc to sell 20 aircraft

Surprised about Luanda they flew a B767 pretty much every day. Switching from a 767 to nothing is extreme couldn’t they fly a B737 instead first. I am surprised they also not trying some triangular flight in Africa first before cancelling them altogether.

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by vinniewinnie
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH to restructucture SN
Replies: 156
Views: 32363

Re: Reports: LH might let SN file for bankruptcy

Focusing on brussels airlines profitability on its own rather than comparing it to its peers is nonsense. Aviation is generally speaking a low margin business unless obviously competition is weak (US domestic market anyone?). By asking such a rate of return, LH has put itself in a bind. I truly bel...

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by vinniewinnie
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH to restructucture SN
Replies: 156
Views: 32363

Re: Reports: LH might let SN file for bankruptcy

Focusing on brussels airlines profitability on its own rather than comparing it to its peers is nonsense. Aviation is generally speaking a low margin business unless obviously competition is weak (US domestic market anyone?). By asking such a rate of return, LH has put itself in a bind. I truly beli...

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by vinniewinnie
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH to restructucture SN
Replies: 156
Views: 32363

Re: Reports: LH might let SN file for bankruptcy

Can the Africa routes with a modest short-haul feeder network (maybe 15 routes to the largest cities) cover the cost of capital ? I was thinking about this aspect. I think (but I may be wrong) that the African network still has a value. that LH would probably not want to waste. Whether it is tied t...

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by vinniewinnie
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A330 involved in a shooting
Replies: 29
Views: 16198

Re: Air France A330 involved in a shooting

I was asked if I was OK to go there a couple years ago for work, at first I said yes, then I did some research... It’s perfectly ok to work anywhere in Africa outside war zones just don’t expect things to be like home. This is an isolated and unfortunate incident serious yeah but cannot judge a cou...

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by vinniewinnie
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A330 involved in a shooting
Replies: 29
Views: 16198

Re: Air France A330 involved in a shooting

I was asked if I was OK to go there a couple years ago for work, at first I said yes, then I did some research... It’s perfectly ok to work anywhere in Africa outside war zones just don’t expect things to be like home. This is an isolated and unfortunate incident serious yeah but cannot judge a cou...

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by vinniewinnie
Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 174
Views: 33361

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

I just flew this morning via ADD and must admit it is quite an impressive operation. All these inbound flights from Europe and Asia doing quick turn arounds to serve African destinations during the day before heading once again to Europe and Asia is proof that there is space for an African player. N...

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by vinniewinnie
Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Congo Airways orders 8 new planes, of them two E175 (+2 options), two A220-300 and two ATR42-600
Replies: 16
Views: 3734

Re: Congo Airways orders 8 new planes, of them two E175 (+2 options), two A220-300 and two ATR42-600

More small brown envelopes from multiple sources tend to add up to more than one single large brown envelope folks. It would be very hard for major manufacturers to deliver those enveloppes without being caught. US, UK & France and most other counties have strict bribery laws. And as the US has...

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by vinniewinnie
Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines re-launches Brussels in October 2020
Replies: 41
Views: 7335

Re: Singapore Airlines re-launches Brussels in October 2020

That schedule is primed to accommodate a tag to a N.American city. Just saying :) SQ304 SIN - BRU 23:55 - 06:50+1 A359 --345-7 SQ303 BRU - SIN 11:20 - 06:55+1 A359 1--456- Well, the schedule is more or less exactly the same as a majority of their European flights And how many of those are *A hubs w...

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by vinniewinnie
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH dropping JED
Replies: 23
Views: 6834

Re: LH dropping JED

I flew LH FRA-JED-ADD with LH about 2 years ago. What has/will happen to LH ADD flights?

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by vinniewinnie
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris
Replies: 100
Views: 14865

Re: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris

[ Certainly DRC has had terrible problems for many years, going back to Leopold's legacy. Congo-Brazzaville has certainly had issues, but far fewer than its neighbour. It was never a Belgian colony (nor a private colony of Leopold); it was always a French colony. You are stating the obvious. In ter...

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by vinniewinnie
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris
Replies: 100
Views: 14865

Re: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris

Kinshasa is not dangerous by any means if you follow the same rules as you would in any other developing country. I've got two points to make regarding this statement: 1. Not related to violence in Kinshasa, but I do know that Congo-Brazzaville and DR Congo have been plagued by conflict and strife,...

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by vinniewinnie
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris
Replies: 100
Views: 14865

Re: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris

If FIH was safe for crews to stay at I bet AF and other carriers would just ditch BZV which is not the source of premium traffic from Congo. PNR is where the money is and AF flies there nonstop for a reason. See my reply above FIH is not unsafe. SN crew and I would think ET crew overnights there. B...

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by vinniewinnie
Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris
Replies: 100
Views: 14865

Re: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris

This routing is largely driven by crew rest. Air France could probably fill an A330 just with Kinshasa traffic but there’s no way you could nightstop the crew there. Too dangerous, period. Kinshasa is not dangerous by any means if you follow the same rules as you would in any other developing count...

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by vinniewinnie
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK and the B737-900ER - Why that specific choice?
Replies: 25
Views: 7872

Re: TK and the B737-900ER - Why that specific choice?

Also this may sound stupid but why are the ULD containers a concern for Africa flights? Not have to worry about the availability of loading equipment at the station. 737 can be hand loaded using an ancient belt loader. Finding able-bodied staff likely far easier than ensuring operable loading equip...

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by vinniewinnie
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: UA Announcing CUR, NCE and PMO and expanding some existing routes
Replies: 251
Views: 37629

Re: UA Network Planning Event 8/22/2019

What about SFO-BRU in JV with LH group?

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by vinniewinnie
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is there no service via the US3 to Vienna?
Replies: 48
Views: 7611

Re: Why is there no service via the US3 to Vienna?

Would be greatly appreciated if someone could help answer my questions! •Why is there no service to Vienna on the US3? •Has there ever been service to Vienna? •Are Austrian's TATL routes profitable? •Is it possible for any of the US3 to fly into Vienna maybe AA- (PHL- VIE)? BRU and VIE are pretty c...

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by vinniewinnie
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is there no service via the US3 to Vienna?
Replies: 48
Views: 7611

Re: Why is there no service via the US3 to Vienna?

Would be greatly appreciated if someone could help answer my questions! •Why is there no service to Vienna on the US3? •Has there ever been service to Vienna? •Are Austrian's TATL routes profitable? •Is it possible for any of the US3 to fly into Vienna maybe AA- (PHL- VIE)? BRU and VIE are pretty c...

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by vinniewinnie
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Effect of hub airports being for-profit
Replies: 22
Views: 3661

Re: Effect of hub airports being for-profit

Whether it is public or private doesn’t matter. What matters is how it is being run and what kind of monopoly/market power the airport has. Heathrow is privately run yet has been generally subpar in terms of quality. One may argue that it is because it is regulated but in reality ferrovial/BAA could...

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by vinniewinnie
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster
Replies: 112
Views: 16126

Re: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster

Considering the recent bust of WOW, I start to wonder there must be something seriously wrong in the European Aviation Market (including Transatlantic). Before WOW, we had Primera and Monarch Airlines go bust in 2018. However, it is not just these medium-sized airline go bust. We also had in no par...

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by vinniewinnie
Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster
Replies: 112
Views: 16126

Re: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster

Considering the recent bust of WOW, I start to wonder there must be something seriously wrong in the European Aviation Market (including Transatlantic). Before WOW, we had Primera and Monarch Airlines go bust in 2018. However, it is not just these medium-sized airline go bust. We also had in no par...

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by vinniewinnie
Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 737 Max Diverts to Shiraz, Iran
Replies: 196
Views: 50458

Re: Norwegian 737 Max Diverts to Shiraz, Iran

Brussels airlines in my opinion made a horrible choice to continue for hours after restarting an engine failure. I said so in that thread. I agreed Libya might not be the best place to land but as soon as I crossed the sea I’d be landing at the first European airport that could handle me. Zeek, lon...

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by vinniewinnie
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US First Class vs EU Business Class
Replies: 58
Views: 5632

Re: US First Class vs EU Business Class

Simple: Competition & distance! there is plenty of competition from LCC’s, network carriers & high speed rail in Europe. Such extreme competition barely exists in the US. Distance: given that most flights barely last 2 hours, there is less demand for more confortable business class style sea...

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by vinniewinnie
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Camair-CO - Cameroon's national airline, saw good results en 2018!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1962

Re: Camair-CO - Cameroon's national airline, saw good results en 2018!!

These numbers look terrible to me. 53% load factor? 49% on-time performance? Financial numbers talk about increased sales. Sales increased 62%, but what about costs? What about profits? If they were profitable they would have announced that. I highly doubt they are profitable. I also don't understa...

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by vinniewinnie
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc launches ABV/VIE/AMM/ATH & MIA - April '19 Launch
Replies: 38
Views: 5763

Re: Royal Air Maroc launches ABV/VIE/AMM/ATH & MIA - April '19 Launch

Well, sure, but ABV is served by multiple European carriers (and EK, and ET, and TK) that arrive & leave at reasonable times and give you all those connections. Possibly the market exists, but the yields have got to be atrocious. It's all about the connections into CMN. With an arrival of 10:30...

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by vinniewinnie
Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian announces Houston + more USA expansion
Replies: 147
Views: 29321

Re: Ethiopian announces Houston + more USA expansion

Does Ethiopian have a reliable Star Alliance connection partner in Lome to connect Houston oil traffic to all the points needed in West Africa without making passengers head to ADD and backtrack? That is a very long detour. I think Asky works with them, but are they reliable and will American compa...

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by vinniewinnie
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF wants to take things up a notch, focus more on premium cabins than Y
Replies: 50
Views: 9603

Re: AF wants to take things up a notch, focus more on premium cabins than Y

I haven’t flown AF for a while but whatever they are planning to do, I would never choose to fly AF if there are other options available. What I think is most annoying with AF are the constant strikes, their staff (attitude and sometimes missing basic language skills in English), the same goes for ...

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by vinniewinnie
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 32600

Re: West African aviation thread - 2019

Does anyone know how’s RAM doing on it’s west and central african routes? I guess their key destinations are Dakar, Accra, Abidjan, Lagos, and Douala but They also serve other big cities such as Kinshasa, Libreville, Brazzaville, Conakry as well as Smaller destinations such as Banjul, Bissau, Coton...

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by vinniewinnie
Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines A330 Suffers Dual Engine Failure
Replies: 211
Views: 38755

Re: Brussels Airlines A330 Suffers Dual Engine Failure

Indeed, if you are out of the Sahara with two working engines you have plenty of options to divert if necessary, so the additional risk seems minimal if the engine quits again. As others said, it was prepared to divert to Tunisia if the engine didn't restart. Much better to get to a destination whe...

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by vinniewinnie
Tue Dec 25, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines A330 Suffers Dual Engine Failure
Replies: 211
Views: 38755

Re: Brussels Airlines A330 Suffers Dual Engine Failure

Failure of a jet engine is not a normal situation. Clearly something is wrong. You don’t know what caused it or whether there is a common problem that may cause both engines to fail. Sure, I appreciate that. But, if both of your engines are working (again), and the nearest airports are all strips i...

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by vinniewinnie
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA/AY/BA/IB apply to have EI fully included in Atlantic JBA ATI
Replies: 40
Views: 6231

Re: AA/AY/BA/IB apply to have EI fully included in Atlantic JBA ATI

EI have deep codeshare arrangements with both B6 and UA via their US hubs. Surely these will have to end in place of AA connections at LAX, ORD & MIA I'm curious about this as well. From what I understand, EI have been dragging their feet on entering the agreement, and I'd love to know why. Hop...

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by vinniewinnie
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: African countries a no-show at open skies agreement signing
Replies: 28
Views: 6822

Re: African countries a no-show at open skies agreement signing

Of course they wouldn't sign it as those countries are a cesspit of corruption. Openskies would eliminate under the table deals that as so vital to those in charge. That song is old! Not every decision made by developing counties are motivated by greed and corruption! Why is protectionism good in d...

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by vinniewinnie
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aegean Airlines future of wide-body fleet and long-range routes
Replies: 36
Views: 8575

Re: Aegean Airlines future of wide-body fleet and long-range routes

I have always wondered if ATH could have been what IST is now had OA the resources to grow and become a major international airline? It is obvious that ship has sailed. However I could see A3 using ATH to connect to the Balkans and Caucasus region to rest of their route structure using their A320 f...

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by vinniewinnie
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aegean Airlines future of wide-body fleet and long-range routes
Replies: 36
Views: 8575

Re: Aegean Airlines future of wide-body fleet and long-range routes

I have always wondered if ATH could have been what IST is now had OA the resources to grow and become a major international airline? It is obvious that ship has sailed. However I could see A3 using ATH to connect to the Balkans and Caucasus region to rest of their route structure using their A320 f...

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by vinniewinnie
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP announces service LIS-ORD
Replies: 34
Views: 5982

Re: TAP announces service LIS-ORD

Boy aren't you the poster child of ugly American. An "ugly American" because I disagree with your assessment of LIS? You can insult me all you want, but as far as Lisbon airport goes, the Portuguese deserve better ... and are making halting steps to replace it (the "new Lisbon Airpor...

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by vinniewinnie
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question about Singapore Airlines
Replies: 16
Views: 3038

Re: Question about Singapore Airlines

A long boring flight from A to B maybe via C made more passable by better food, better entertainment and better service?

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by vinniewinnie
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Small airports with 24 hour commercial ops
Replies: 52
Views: 6479

Re: Small airports with 24 hour commercial ops

If you mean small airports in terms of pax numbers, pretty much every single African airport in Africa (NIM, OUA, BKO to name a few) are open at night to cater for flights mainly operated by RAM and TK!

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by vinniewinnie
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EW and SN to merge by end-2020
Replies: 43
Views: 12518

Re: EW and SN to merge by end-2020

Eurowings as a brand totally makes sense given that Brussels airport is the airport that serves the capital of Europe. As to operations, I thought brussels airlines was taking over some of eurowings long haul operations. Thus, who is to say that Brussels airlines current staff won’t be involved in t...

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by vinniewinnie
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian CEO: ET mulling new routes, additional frequencies with mostly A350/B787 ops to expand China market
Replies: 26
Views: 4252

Re: Ethiopian CEO: ET mulling new routes, additional frequencies with mostly A350/B787 ops to expand China market

RainerBoeing777 wrote:
TC957 wrote:
AMS and MUC seem to be gaps in their European network.


ET needs to add MUC and AMS in its route network!


AMS-MUC-ADD is no different than BRU-VIE-ADD in terms of general characteristics! So if there is any demand I’m sure they might envisage such a routing!

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by vinniewinnie
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United at BWI: Giving up on Transatlantic connections?
Replies: 51
Views: 7365

Re: United at BWI: Giving up on Transatlantic connections?

The company had publicly stated what folks here are noting. Basically the limited capacity at EWR is too valuable to “waste” with connecting traffic when you are at the greatest O&D market on Earth to start with. IAD will have the flow traffic shift toward it. This will be less ideal in some ca...

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by vinniewinnie
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc begins ATH
Replies: 7
Views: 1568

Re: Royal Air Maroc begins ATH

This flight works well for African traffic as well.

In terms of new flights: I could see Guangzhou working, maybe with a stop in Hong-Kong. This could target the west Africa - China traffic. If ET and KQ manage to make it work no reason RAM cannot!

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by vinniewinnie
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft AC technology improvements (767 vs A380 example)
Replies: 1
Views: 554

Aircraft AC technology improvements (767 vs A380 example)

All, Has anyone noticed how aircraft have become so much better in terms of general cabin temperature? Over the past month, i have flown an OS 767 in business class. Well guess what I was cold and felt that the AC was spitting cold air in my face. On the way back, I flew a LH A380 in premium economy...

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by vinniewinnie
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?
Replies: 98
Views: 12554

Re: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?

Mainly because it's in Belgium.... What's your point? Belgium is small, has very little economic power and the only thing Brussels has going for itself is the EU apparatchiks who live there, which does not translate into a lot of transatlantic passenger traffic, especially to destinations without p...

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by vinniewinnie
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no LCC service BRU-LON?
Replies: 35
Views: 4562

Re: Why no LCC service BRU-LON?

BA and SN have a duopoly on the BRU-LHR route but other than that there is no air service BRU-LON. BRU (and CRL for that matter) are not served from LGW, STN, LTN, etc. You'd think U2 would fly LGW - BRU or FR would STN - CRL but nothing. In comparison, U2 flies from LGW, STN, LTN and SEN to AMS bu...

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by vinniewinnie
Mon May 21, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uganda Airlines to relaunch in Q4 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 4297

Re: Uganda Airlines to relaunch in Q4 2018

This makes sense. We can't compare today's Africa with that from ten years ago. Most countries are actually, for the first time, forming a middle class which can afford to travel either for leisure or for business. Flights in Africa are no longer there just for the diaspora, there is also a lot mor...

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by vinniewinnie
Mon May 21, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uganda Airlines to relaunch in Q4 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 4297

Re: Uganda Airlines to relaunch in Q4 2018

This makes sense. We can't compare today's Africa with that from ten years ago. Most countries are actually, for the first time, forming a middle class which can afford to travel either for leisure or for business. Flights in Africa are no longer there just for the diaspora, there is also a lot mor...

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by vinniewinnie
Tue May 08, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 20725

Re: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

The point isnt building in mountains. It is to point out the size of Germany. Pack 85 million people into Montana and rail becomes much more economically feasible. California isnt even a good candidate for HSR. At least where they are building it. Their population density is about 40ish% of Germany...

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by vinniewinnie
Tue May 08, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 20725

Re: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

HSR is not concerned with population along the route as it doesn’t stop often. That’s what pisses off so many people living along HSR routes: they don’t get any benefits out of it! HSR cares very much about people along the route. It is just a trade off between adding extra stops as to serve more p...

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by vinniewinnie
Tue May 08, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 20725

Re: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

High Speed Rail intuitively makes sense. It is easy to see its benefits. Except in real financial analysis, it doesn't make any sense at all, and you must sacrifice hugely to get it. And running a train isn't really cheaper than a combination of driving/bus, out 250 miles, and flying. Nor is it fas...

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