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by eta unknown
Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unusual routes/destinations
Replies: 28
Views: 1479

Re: Unusual routes/destinations

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davidjohnson6 wrote:
All routes were flown for a reason, many of them would have had a good chance of being profitable. The reason a route seems surprising is often because the circumstances for the route to have existed may not be known to everyone today

... or the result of a bad education...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jul 23, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unusual routes/destinations
Replies: 28
Views: 1479

Re: Unusual routes/destinations

DELTA | Augusta - Savannah JAPAN AIRLINES | JFK - Rio de Janiero BRITISH AIRWAYS | Anchorage - Fukuoka KOREAN AIR Tripoli - Baghdad AIR CHINA | Montreal - Havana IBERIA | Miami - Cancun Air France | Paris - Phnom Penh Singapore Airlines | Chicago - Amsterdam TWA | Washington/Dulles - Paris/CDG QANT...

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by eta unknown
Wed Jul 21, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Only one US airline makes the top 10 best
Replies: 26
Views: 2898

Re: Only one US airline makes the top 10 best

Don't read anything into any of these awards (there are so many) that can also be bought- indeed, that was the EK strategy in the late '90s.

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by eta unknown
Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2021
Replies: 119
Views: 21432

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2021

American Airlines is pulling LAX-SYD from its schedule until Oct31 which being start of NW21 is the logical place for the forward-schedule to end for now, but with the arrivals capacity halved until some time in early 2022 I would not be surprised to see AA out of action for at least the next six m...

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by eta unknown
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 8092

Re: Hawaiian Aviation Thread - 2021

Remember also that UA has the govt. contract to transport federal employees- that should put any further speculation to rest. These contracts are re-competed annually. For FY22, Delta also has a number of contracts out of GUM; looking at GUM-STL for example on Delta's web site shows a Korean Air-op...

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by eta unknown
Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 8092

Re: Hawaiian Aviation Thread - 2021

I've always wondered why HA doesn't serve GUM. The islanders are sick of the UA monopoly. Surely if they serve AKL, SYD, ICN, HND they can serve GUM? Look at the population of GUM... on a population basis, this is one of the most over-serviced places in the world. There have been several attempts f...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jul 16, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Surprising aircraft served
Replies: 19
Views: 1313

Re: Surprising aircraft served

Air France took over UTA and inherited DC-10's- only one was painted into AF colours. Royal Brunei: their 757's were briefly leased to Myanmar, Qatar and Tonga as well as the NT Govt. during the pilot strike. They also experimented with a BAe146 for 2 months for regional Borneo flights and decided a...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Charged by codeshare for baggage sold as complementary
Replies: 14
Views: 1126

Re: Charged by codeshare for baggage sold as complementary

Just take the simple route: chargeback against UA for $170. One of their suppliers (HA) didn't honor the contract. Send the UA ticket info and the HA receipt and that should be the end of the matter. Realistically, the operating carrier rules apply (I've seen codeshare exceptions); however, UA didn'...

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by eta unknown
Wed Jul 14, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK205 emergency landing in Milan
Replies: 15
Views: 4760

Re: EK205 emergency landing in Milan

Unfortunately severe hail from May to August is common in this part of Italy- I was near Milan yesterday and it was bad, but I've seen worse 2 years ago.

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by eta unknown
Fri Jul 02, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SSSS screening
Replies: 13
Views: 2099

Re: SSSS screening

I believe a few airlines generate SSSS for non-revs so as to minimize the inconvenience to revenue pax as there is a SSSS quota to fill. I wouldn't complain too much- the most invasive I got was during a transit stop in Muscat 25 years ago that was overly touchy-feely, Some people have issues about ...

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 28, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Virgin Australia grow again? Will the widebodies return?
Replies: 15
Views: 2890

Re: Will Virgin Australia grow again? Will the widebodies return?

I am sure that they will go big again, but well after Australia opens back up. I also believe that they will be able to acquire the necessary wide body aircraft at a cheaper acquisition cost. Best of luck to all at Virgin Australia. Can’t wait to ride them from LAX! I think you'll be waiting a long...

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 28, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 761
Views: 497608

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

https://borneobulletin.com.bn/rb-ramps- ... operation/

I would've thought using the largely unused 787 hold cargo would have been a cheaper solution, but who knows...
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Royal Brunei has removed seats from an A320 Neo for cargo operations:
https://borneobulletin.com.bn/rb-ramps- ... operation/

I would've thought using the largely unused 787 hold cargo would have been a cheaper solution, but who knows...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jun 25, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 40167

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

Perishable products to provided economic assistance to the agriculture industry. The scheduled flights that are still operating are already cargo wise.

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by eta unknown
Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 40167

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

GA's Australian operation hasn't been profitable for quite some time- not a single route makes money (although PER-CGK lost the least). As previously mentioned, for DPS 95% of the traffic is Australian originating so QF/JQ/VA have an enormous advantage and can cheaply market to their frequent flyer...

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by eta unknown
Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 40167

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

GA's Australian operation hasn't been profitable for quite some time- not a single route makes money (although PER-CGK lost the least). As previously mentioned, for DPS 95% of the traffic is Australian originating so QF/JQ/VA have an enormous advantage and can cheaply market to their frequent flyer ...

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by eta unknown
Tue Jun 22, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 40167

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

At one point during a past mining boom GA were operating 4 DPS-PER flights a day. As for Batik- my theory is in addition to the existing PER route, they will take over all the other DPS flights to ADL/BNE/MEL/SYD especially as subsidiary Malindo is on life support with most of their aircraft and sta...

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by eta unknown
Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 40167

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

Posted on the Garuda thread: GA axing MEL & PER, the latter having been under the microscope for quite some time as a better suited Citilink destination.

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 21, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 37492

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

FR resumes the seasonal SNN-TRN route for Winter 2021/22. It last operated on a similar schedule in 2008/09. https://www.shannonairport.ie/passengers/news-media/latest-news/2021/new-turin-service-announced-for-shannon-airport/ FR is expanding TRN and making it a small focus city- a new maintenance ...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jun 18, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United Airlines and the 747-200
Replies: 41
Views: 2462

Re: United Airlines and the 747-200

I believe the joke around QF at the times was "we sold a batch of 747's to United who then promptly used them to compete against us on the LAX-HNL-SYD route."

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by eta unknown
Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 40167

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

Remember the sole reason Bain got control of VA was because VA was days from insolvency and Bain was the only contender who offered an immediate cash injection- it definitely wasn't a case of only $1 more in the eyes of the Administrators. Oh really? I hadn't heard that. Do you have a source? Just ...

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by eta unknown
Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 40167

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

Remember the sole reason Bain got control of VA was because VA was days from insolvency and Bain was the only contender who offered an immediate cash injection- it definitely wasn't a case of only $1 more in the eyes of the Administrators.

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by eta unknown
Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most interesting plane still in commercial service?
Replies: 25
Views: 4264

Re: Most interesting plane still in commercial service?

F100's count as you can buy tickets on those flights.

I want the Cubana IL-96 :-)

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Smallest airport with long haul service
Replies: 21
Views: 2323

Re: Smallest airport with long haul service

Air Austral Dzaoudzi (Mayotte) - CDG.

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by eta unknown
Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 40167

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

With the NLK tender I wonder if Nauru Airlines still submits a bid...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 40167

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

PER now has CATIIIB capability since mid 2018. With only 2 runways in the country certified to that level it is possible domestic operators haven’t certified their fleets and crews to that level. QFA330s fly (flew) internationally to places like Japan and China where such capabilities would be adva...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AR returns to JFK
Replies: 37
Views: 7989

Re: AR returns to JFK

Re LAX: it will be a few years until we will see again flights between EZE and GRU to deep SA. The pandemic killed the AA nonstops to both cities. I hope this route returns soon. Is EZE-JFK really this much bigger than EZE-LAX? I would think they both would be similar. LAX would have a good mix of ...

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by eta unknown
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 103
Views: 20441

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

Indo law stipulates cargo can only be trans-shipped in CGK and only from GA to GA. If the cargo's final destination is actually DPS, people with local knowledge always ship this cargo via CGK instead of direct to DPS as that airport is known for high, extra "unofficial" custom fees payable...

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by eta unknown
Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GPA for the Airlines
Replies: 8
Views: 1440

Re: GPA for the Airlines

Nobody gives a damn about your GPA- if they do, it's part of a broader culling exercise where something else would probably knock you (and others) out of contention. As a former hiring manager I was more interested in where you went to school and how long did it take you to graduate?

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by eta unknown
Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 103
Views: 20441

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

The big challenge with DPS is 95% of the traffic is not originating in DPS so you have these wildly seasonal flights (ex Australia, Japan, for example) where the aircraft can operate completely full one way and completely empty the other. Then in very low demand periods (February ex Australia, just ...

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by eta unknown
Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 40167

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

The NZ contract with the Australian Govt. for NLK flights has been extended until August 2023. A temporary crew base will be set up in BNE to thwart any travel bubble shutdowns and necessitating another carrier to operate the route, similar to QF running a few flights recently. https://traveldaily.c...

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by eta unknown
Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 103
Views: 20441

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

What they need to do is to order A321LR/XLR and use it to replace all their widebody operations. And start doing partnership with Emirates for their European network and shelved the Amsterdam route. Good idea. GA needs to look for additional airline partner and now Etihad is also nearing bankrupt t...

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by eta unknown
Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 103
Views: 20441

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

What they need to do is to order A321LR/XLR and use it to replace all their widebody operations. And start doing partnership with Emirates for their European network and shelved the Amsterdam route. Good idea. GA needs to look for additional airline partner and now Etihad is also nearing bankrupt t...

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by eta unknown
Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ASEAN, EU conclude the world’s first bloc-to-bloc Air Transport Agreement
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Re: ASEAN, EU conclude the world’s first bloc-to-bloc Air Transport Agreement

In the MH example above, MH could get the traffic rights but would they also have to pay TG royalties for the BKK-FRA sector. This is the problem BI faced with their BWN-BKK-DXB/AUH-FRA flight- the royalties were quite high.

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 07, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fare development OOL/BNE - CHC
Replies: 2
Views: 434

Re: Fare development OOL/BNE - CHC

I can't see anything in my crystal ball because this year is unpredictable- who is to say the NZ bubble will remain open? You are requiring 8 seats during QLD school vacation time- if I was in QF/NZ yield management I wouldn't be giving it away- why should I- there's a captive audience who doesn't h...

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 07, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 32165

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

Did NZ run the 733 as far as PPT? I certainly remember it as AKL-NAN-RAR, there was a 763 service in the late 90s early 00s that was AKL-NAN-RAR-PPT-LAX. Someone correct me if i'm wrong. Are you sure about the NAN stop on the RAR-PPT-LAX flight? I thought they were two separate flights: AKL-NAN-RAR...

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 07, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 103
Views: 20441

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

1. You can't introduce buy on board with GA- you then cannibalize your Citilink traffic. 2. First class existed purely to achieve Skytrax 5 star status- I think present management agrees it's no longer worth the cost to maintain it. 3. Converting the 777's to 3-4-3 is a good idea, but it costs sever...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jun 04, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 103
Views: 20441

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

The ex Ryanair 737NG's are shockers and aren't supposed to operate any flight over 1 hour from JKT. What could be the reason for that? Is it capability or something else No seat back IFE on board in economy. Also the business class seats are also a little different (same as what were on the 744 air...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jun 04, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 103
Views: 20441

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

When I worked there only 3 international routes were profitable: JKT-SIN, JKT-BKK, JKT-JED. All Chinese, Japanese, Australian routes lost millions. BNE-DPS was cut because of the enormous weight restriction with the GA 737NG version while Virgin & later Malindo could operate without issues in n...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jun 04, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 103
Views: 20441

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

When I worked there only 3 international routes were profitable: JKT-SIN, JKT-BKK, JKT-JED. All Chinese, Japanese, Australian routes lost millions. BNE-DPS was cut because of the enormous weight restriction with the GA 737NG version while Virgin & later Malindo could operate without issues in no...

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by eta unknown
Tue May 25, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 'Corporate flying is practically dead'
Replies: 29
Views: 5759

Re: 'Corporate flying is practically dead'

People aren't sick of Zoom- they are sick of how many extra hours they are doing as companies take advantage of workers being home based and many staff not having the guts or seniority to say enough is enough.

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by eta unknown
Tue May 25, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 103
Views: 20441

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

... Simplifying fleet moving forward: Airbus A330-800 - 4 Airbus A330-900 - 14 Boeing 737 MAX 8 - 50 Total - 68 The A330-800 order was firmed up only recently (March 2021) with Airbus after the latter disclosing it's name behind the unnamed customer LOI signed back in 2019. GA would have cancelled ...

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by eta unknown
Sun May 23, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 42252

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Can't be rehired. IIRC QF many years ago had this clause (I knew a guy from revenue management who did some contract YM work at our carrier): you couldn't be rehired within 2 years. I believe Garuda in Australia has a slightly different clause: you can't come back into exactly the same job (so if yo...

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by eta unknown
Sat May 22, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 42252

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Also on the jobs front, from https://newsroom.virginaustralia.com/release/virgin-australia-group-create-new-jobs-part-domestic-growth-plans-connect-communities-more Last month Virgin Australia announced more than 220 cabin crew would return to the skies from the airline’s discontinued long-haul int...

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by eta unknown
Thu May 20, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biden and Europe/UK travel ban.
Replies: 7
Views: 1512

Re: Biden and Europe/UK travel ban.

Lack of expected reciprocity would be my guess. Fred Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Actually that's not correct. The EU will permit vaccinated Americans to visit. The problem is not many Europeans have been vaccinated (but hey, don't let that stop you from visiting as we need your tourist dollars...

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by eta unknown
Mon May 17, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 42252

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

IIRC the PER-MRU & MRU-JNB flights did not connect in one direction.

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by eta unknown
Thu May 13, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL cuts MNL?
Replies: 67
Views: 10071

Re: DL cuts MNL?

I think American Airlnes will open a MNL-SFO/LAX/JFK service. It can be a codeshare or joint venture with Philippine Airlines, AA can pave the way for PR to join Oneworld when the pandemic is over anytime soon. Joining alliances costs millions of dollars- money PR doesn't have. You also have to upg...

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by eta unknown
Wed May 12, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Impossible turnaround time scheduling?
Replies: 6
Views: 2355

Re: Impossible turnaround time scheduling?

Off topic, at one point intime TG scheduled a BKK-BNE-BKK 777-300 to be turned around in BNE in just over an hour... full cabin cleaning, catering, pax debarking and boarding for the return... no guesses how long that schedule lasted. Aggressive but possible. We regularly turn around widebodies in ...

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by eta unknown
Wed May 12, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Round the world airlines
Replies: 25
Views: 3516

Re: Round the world airlines

If you add Air France and UTA together, you might be able to construct a francophone circumnavigation but I’ll leave that to the experts. For sure UTA flew to Sydney via the Americas and Pacific. It was possible to go around the world with UTA, but not on the same flight number. Towards the end of ...

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