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by eta unknown
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 200
Views: 25850

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Virgin Australia reportedly told staff today that 400 QLD-based jobs will be made redundant. It's not known how many of those are based in Bowen Hills or at BNE or in regional areas such as lounges which may be closed. But given VA's head office moving to smaller premises in the city as well as axi...

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by eta unknown
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boarding from the Starboard Side
Replies: 26
Views: 4880

Re: Boarding from the Starboard Side

I did deplane a BA L-1011 at JFK once from the starboard side. I can't remember for certain if it was by jetbridge or stairs. We were off schedule and landed in thick fog, requiring a "follow me" guide vehicle to the gate. This used to be common at the BA JFK terminal- I disembarked many ...

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by eta unknown
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ flights to LAS, YYZ & ORD and JFK via BRU
Replies: 54
Views: 10829

Re: SQ flights to LAS, YYZ & ORD and JFK via BRU

Sorry Polaris, but I remember the situation being played out in the press. AC most certainly complained about SQ's trans-atlantic pricing and SQ was indeed kicked out of YYZ- it's actually the reason SQ's JFK inaugural was brought forward. However SQ's YVR services were not affected.

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by eta unknown
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Indonesia Plans DPS-LAX/SFO/PAR/BOM/DEL
Replies: 46
Views: 6408

Re: Garuda Indonesia Plans DPS-LAX/SFO/PAR/BOM/DEL

Guys this is just a fluff piece from GA PR to keep Bali tourism government officials happy- the possibility of any of these routes being reinstated/inaugurated is almost zero. GA came within months of starting LAX about 2 years ago and it never happened- and those were in the good times. As for BOM-...

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by eta unknown
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Swissair Retrenchment
Replies: 4
Views: 1559

Re: Swissair Retrenchment

I remember talking about the new Swiss to the former LAX Station Manager who said, "yes I enjoy doing the same job for 25% less money".

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by eta unknown
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Route Frequency to Hawaii, Pre-747
Replies: 49
Views: 5791

Re: UA Route Frequency to Hawaii, Pre-747

BUF to HNL Non-Stop? How great is that. It never operated. Nor did nonstops from CLE/BOS/PHL/PIT/DTW-HNL. UA only operated nonstops from ORD/JFK/BAL. The BAL flight did a tag to/from PHL; IIRC a DTW tag was done on the ORD flight, although I think it was an on/off thing. And initially, they were al...

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by eta unknown
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc to sell 20 aircraft
Replies: 61
Views: 14041

Re: Royal Air Maroc to sell 20 aircraft

The purpose of GIG/GRU was to transfer pax to BEY/AMM. I would have expected instead the purpose of flying to Brazil was to exploit CMNs location to feed EU rather than AMM/BEY which have much lesser demand for GRU/GIG versus EU. Yes you are also correct- Europe too. They have tried Brazil a few ti...

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by eta unknown
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc to sell 20 aircraft
Replies: 61
Views: 14041

Re: Royal Air Maroc to sell 20 aircraft

The purpose of GIG/GRU was to transfer pax to BEY/AMM.

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by eta unknown
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am questions
Replies: 51
Views: 8169

Re: Pan Am questions

Actually,we opted for LAX-HNL-NAN-SYD (747) and SFO-AKL-SYD (SP). However, CO later operated a bunch of interesting routes in the South Pacific- all of which were almost immediately trashed once their yield management system was installed and they saw how many LON pax they were carrying with an Aust...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55174

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Sorry if this has been asked before. But when an aircraft is ferried to MHV for storage, how do the flight crews get back to an airport to return home? Presumably by car or van - what other options do you imagine there are? It's only 90 minutes from MHV to downtown LA by road. I think the bigger qu...

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC 10 configurations
Replies: 22
Views: 4330

Re: DC 10 configurations

Are we sure NZ DC-10's were ever 8 across?

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68394

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

The REX strategy will work if they focus on being REX, ie Regional Express. If they start to target the capital city traffic, I feel they will lose their way. Re Brisbane, just took a look at their route map and am surprised to not see more service northwards... I know a lot of their network in Qld...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68394

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Now confirmed, Bain Capital will take over Virgin Australia: https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/bain-wins-control-of-virgin-australia I think the most interesting thing about this news is the other bidder pulled out citing Deloitte's behaviour (a similar accusation was made a few weeks before ...

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by eta unknown
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IG (Air Italy) Ending Operations
Replies: 112
Views: 28856

Re: Updated: IG (Air Italy) Ending Operations

Sardinia doesn't need to subsidise an entire airline- just subsidise the routes to the mainland like they currently do and specify a minimum frequency.

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by eta unknown
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lead time to fill a plane reservations-wise
Replies: 25
Views: 3549

Re: Lead time to fill a plane reservations-wise

I was the manager who set the fares in my local market and every carrier I worked for we had a window of 3 months. It used to be longer, but over time the window shortened to just always looking at a constant 90 day forward booking forecast. However, as mentioned at thread start, some markets are no...

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by eta unknown
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68394

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Some NZ flights are (were?) load restricted on the old MCY runway, depending on weather conditions. MCY's old runway was only long enough for short haul flights on 737/A320 aircraft at full payload. Even longer domestic flights e.g to PER/DRW were likely to face payload restrictions on the old runw...

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines inter-mainland service possible?
Replies: 85
Views: 10898

Re: Hawaiian Airlines inter-mainland service possible?

Forget YVR- every non Canadian carrier that tried it failed. The market is too ex Canada POS.

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68394

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

If I can I would like to visit family in WA in April 2021. I’m in Ireland where the situation is improving. I would need to know if it’s possible by the end of November this year to organize the time off work though so it’s not likely If you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident you can en...

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52315

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

The only value is to someone who prefers not to deal with QF/JQ. AN was far better than VA, but those were different times. Anyway, this drawn out saga might be over in 2 weeks if the cash runs out and liquidation becomes the default option.

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by eta unknown
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW LAX Pacific Gateway
Replies: 12
Views: 3489

Re: NW LAX Pacific Gateway

- Correct about the NW LAX reliability. - There was also a 3x/week DC10 LAX-HNL-SYD. - The 744 LAX-SYD nonstop was rarely full and NW couldn't get much of the lucrative premium corporate business as the flight couldn't operate daily- not enough 744's. - The OSA-SYD sector was MAX 50% OSA originating...

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68394

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

He's also blacklisted from one SE Asian airline.

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's DC10s
Replies: 29
Views: 5648

Re: Alitalia's DC10s

The KLM 744's operated a W pattern: AMS-SIN-SYD-SIN-MXP and return.
The SYD-SIN-MXP sectors IIRC were only sold as AZ. Not sure if there were any AZ cabin crew onboard.

Edit: at one point the AZ DC-10's did serve SYD/MEL.

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Luanda in the 1980s/90s
Replies: 23
Views: 4337

Re: Luanda in the 1980s/90s

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bwsQdkcCrtk
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Don't forget to watch the '80s East German drama TV show about Interflug crew, flying off to Cuba, Angola, Vietnam...
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bwsQdkcCrtk

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Luanda in the 1980s/90s
Replies: 23
Views: 4337

Re: Luanda in the 1980s/90s

The SN $500 surcharge was added to the fare and was levied when SN (and maybe also TAP) were the only European carriers still serving LAD.

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by eta unknown
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Luanda in the 1980s/90s
Replies: 23
Views: 4337

Re: Luanda in the 1980s/90s

I think SN flew via FIH and at one point added a $500 security surcharge to cover their aircraft insurance premiums. As for TAP I guess they stayed at Le Meridien?

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by eta unknown
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's DC10s
Replies: 29
Views: 5648

Re: Alitalia's DC10s

IIRC the ex EA A300's were all economy used primarily on the Rome-Milan route.

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by eta unknown
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates wants to partner with a US3 airline.
Replies: 92
Views: 15517

Re: Emirates wants to partner with a US3 airline.

EK used to have a frequent flyer arrangement with UA, but I doubt revisiting that is on the cards.

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No bare aluminum on retro livery aircraft
Replies: 10
Views: 2246

Re: No bare aluminum on retro livery aircraft

Is silver paint not possible instead of grey?

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whatever happened to Air France Vacances?
Replies: 20
Views: 4272

Re: Whatever happened to Air France Vacances?

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZIwKw-Yb2dg/ ... 7+A310.jpg
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I didn't know AF operated these flights to JFK. I knew about FDF, PTP and RUN and also heard the configuration was hell- as can be seen here:
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZIwKw-Yb2dg/ ... 7+A310.jpg

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by eta unknown
Fri May 29, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

It appears Brookfield will be submitting a bid for Virgin this weekend despite not being part of the 4 "live" bidders. Despite not having formal access to the data-room, it appears they have maintained regular contact with both Paul Scurrah and the administrators. Not 100% sure how this w...

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by eta unknown
Thu May 28, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Confirmed on the BI website MEL/SIN/KUL/HKG/MNL are primarily freight runs, but a very limited pax base can use them (BWN transit not permitted at moment).

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by eta unknown
Thu May 28, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Actually it's an even better day to be a family law lawyer lol

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by eta unknown
Wed May 27, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27784

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

Or let's not forget the number of times NZ has sacked it's Australian based Sales Dept. staff due to "the need to restructure" or "to control distribution costs". IIRC 3 times over 20 years- it was the reason I didn't put my hat in the ring during the last recruitment drive.

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by eta unknown
Mon May 25, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LATAM files for Bankruptcy
Replies: 299
Views: 60724

Re: LATAM moving towards bankruptcy

Why do you think the govt. should help out- this isn't Europe. Varig, Vasp, Transbrasil...

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by eta unknown
Mon May 25, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52315

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

As per Scurrah it may be a case of he didn't do enough to fix the problems during his short tenure. IMO this is harsh as it was often reported the more he dug, the more dirt he found that wasn't anticipated.

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by eta unknown
Mon May 25, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52315

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

There's a rumour going round that Bain has no intention of running VA the way the administrators want- to the extent they even cut short the administrator's presentation. There's also talk that if a sale is achieved (to anybody) Scurrah now has little chance of being in the picture.

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by eta unknown
Mon May 25, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27784

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

The NZ executive team has been streamlined with the following positions to be abolished: Chief Strategy Networks and Alliances, Chief Air Operations and People Safety Officer, Chief Marketing and Customer Officer. A review of middle management will now be undertaken.

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by eta unknown
Sat May 23, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Why single out QLD as WA is also closed- just ask Clive Palmer lol.
I'm sure the QLD Premier has concluded as there is a state election this year, keeping the state healthy is a higher priority even it affects those in the tourism sector.

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by eta unknown
Fri May 22, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways network updates
Replies: 230
Views: 50300

Re: BA cancels LHR-CHS for rest of 2020

Just don’t see it myself. We’ll have a recession like 2008 for sure but BA still flew the vast majority of their schedule. You’ll be surprised how quickly things will come back. Considering how many people around the world have had their hours cut or are now unemployed that is greatly going to infl...

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by eta unknown
Fri May 22, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Food for thought: would it be possible to buy Nauru Airlines (purely for the jet AOC), then buy the VA remains at the fire sale?

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by eta unknown
Fri May 22, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52315

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Moving HQ to favour one city with more revenue potential is just a stupid statement- I'm surprised Strambi thinks people will fall for that. I mean, if you're going to go down that road you might as well start looking at Bermuda or the Caymans for taxation reasons... Fun fact: MSC Cruises, the 4th l...

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by eta unknown
Fri May 22, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair back to all Boeing, cancelling leases for Airbus A320s.
Replies: 45
Views: 10721

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

VSMUT wrote:
Selling aircraft at or below cost is not a win for anyone but Ryanair. At most it's a costly way to keep the production line alive.

+1
Exactly why Airbus wont entertain FR RFP's with any meaningful discounts anymore after they were being used last time round.

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by eta unknown
Fri May 22, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... f-21may20/
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AC delays Australia return:
YVR-BNE resumes 22OCT
YVR-SYD originally set to resume late June, now cancelled until 01SEP.
https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... f-21may20/

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by eta unknown
Fri May 22, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

SIN will allow transit pax from June 2- we'll see if BA will decide to return to SYD soon after.

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by eta unknown
Fri May 22, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

According to this article Paul Scurrah is now pushing his version of VA2 as 737-only and domestic-only, except for NZ, with a low-cost carrier arm (Tiger) and long-haul flights to the US as "options". Well it's not as if there will be any US flights until sometime in 2021 anyway. https://...

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by eta unknown
Thu May 21, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27784

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

Air New Zealand announces 3500 job losses due to Covid-19 pandemic This was a bleak statement.: They are trying their very best to keep the last remaining 9000 jobs from going. Fingers crossed they will be successful!!! I'm sure someone here can put a positive spin on the above- unicorns and all. T...

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by eta unknown
Wed May 20, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Thread locked
Replies: 8
Views: 1374

Re: Thread locked

OK- so it was previously agreed VA's bankruptcy/administration deserved it's own thread, but now that thread is locked without explanation. Pray do tell...

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by eta unknown
Wed May 20, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Government Does Not Plan to Bailout Virgin Australia - Could Create New Airline
Replies: 64
Views: 11069

Re: Australian Government Does Not Plan to Bailout Virgin Australia - Could Create New Airline

The more I read about how the administration process is being handled and the timeline that goes with it, I'm inclined to believe VA will be liquidated. The debt is just too big and the revenue projections bear no semblance to post COVID market reality. Once all the books are opened and the 4 short-...

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by eta unknown
Wed May 20, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68562

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Re above pic- my guess is an EK 777- if only because there aren't many operators with the aircraft type posted below the cockpit windows.
A6-EMO became N286AR and A6-EMP became N939AR.

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by eta unknown
Mon May 18, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opinion on cruise sailings
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Re: Opinion on cruise sailings

To fill the ships the cruise lines will give the cabins away for almost nothing and make up for the revenue shortfall onboard. Sad thought: considering how many people attended protests against state lockdowns, there's no shortage of potential pax.

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