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by eta unknown
Sun Feb 05, 2023 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Question About US Mail Contracts
Replies: 18
Views: 2459

Re: A Question About US Mail Contracts

UPDATE: SEA-LAX-EWR-?

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by eta unknown
Fri Feb 03, 2023 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Question About US Mail Contracts
Replies: 18
Views: 2459

Re: A Question About US Mail Contracts

Unsure as to whether only US carriers carry US-originating international mail, but you are correct that there are specific 'sorting centers' (Processing and Distribution Centers--P&DCs) located on or adjacent to major international airports that handle outgoing international mail. Both the LAX ...

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by eta unknown
Fri Feb 03, 2023 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Question About US Mail Contracts
Replies: 18
Views: 2459

A Question About US Mail Contracts

I'm waiting to receive a letter sent from Seattle, destination Milan. The tracking number indicates the letter went from SEA and is now at the LAX international sorting facility. Can anyone share some light on how international mail operates ex USA. For example, do only US carriers have the contract...

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by eta unknown
Wed Feb 01, 2023 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QR and Airbus reach settlement in legal dispute
Replies: 406
Views: 106481

Re: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources

Well well well... Not too much detail but for the first time the reporting indicates that an agreement might be reached... https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/airbus-qatar-edge-towards-agreement-a350-dispute-sources-2023-01-31/ I can see that the QCAA have no evidence for the ground ...

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by eta unknown
Wed Jan 25, 2023 11:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest domestic and Shortest international flights
Replies: 47
Views: 2854

Re: Longest domestic and Shortest international flights

Longest domestic 4330nm: JFK-HNL UA DC-8-52
Shortest International 95nm: BJM-KGL Novair DC-10-10

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by eta unknown
Tue Jan 17, 2023 6:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Widebody(+XLR) operating cost comparisons
Replies: 23
Views: 2578

Re: Widebody(+XLR) operating cost comparisons

I can give you 2 numbers from an Asian carrier I used to work for: $11K/hour for an A330-300 and $8K/hour for a 737-800. These figures were actually used by the route controllers to calculate profitability when they received outstation fare requests. I remember one conversation: - I have your promo ...

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by eta unknown
Tue Jan 17, 2023 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Fines Virgin Atlantic $1.05mil for Operating Flights in Prohibited Airspace
Replies: 19
Views: 4848

Re: DOT Fines Virgin Atlantic $1.05mil for Operating Flights in Prohibited Airspace

I believe EK was fined $400K in Oct 2020 for overflying Iran with a Jetblue codeshare. The codeshare agreement ended in OCT last year and now those EK flights go over Iranian airspace again.

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by eta unknown
Sun Jan 15, 2023 6:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What each European airline "specialises" in / what market they serve best.
Replies: 6
Views: 1172

Re: What each European airline "specialises" in / what market they serve best.

TP is extremely strong in Brazil and SN in Africa (a leftover legacy from SN). Before Russian airspace closed, AY was dominant in 2nd tier Asian cities. OS is still strong in Eastern Europe- this was their niche market before the iron curtain fell and they had no longhaul destinations. TK is strong ...

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by eta unknown
Sun Jan 15, 2023 6:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is CUN not served from Asia?
Replies: 36
Views: 2179

Re: Why is CUN not served from Asia?

I'm wondering if DPS is served from North America. DPS is one of the most visited destinations from overseas. If there were flights to HKT from North America, probably AM, HA, WS would serve those routes.

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by eta unknown
Sun Jan 15, 2023 4:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tahiti and the rest of the Pacific
Replies: 12
Views: 1083

Re: Tahiti and the rest of the Pacific

Papeete currently has direct flight connections to Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand in the South Pacific. Why not Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati and Micronesia ? Has it been tried before and failed ? Also, are you sure that anyone is currently operating RAR-PPT? ...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jan 13, 2023 9:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why were there never flights from LAX to India?
Replies: 9
Views: 1284

Re: Why were there never flights from LAX to India?

The AI LAX-FRA- India flight was plagued by operational reliability issues from the start.

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by eta unknown
Thu Jan 12, 2023 7:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tahiti and the rest of the Pacific
Replies: 12
Views: 1083

Re: Tahiti and the rest of the Pacific

Well up until Oct 2007 NZ was still operating the Coral Route with a once weekly 767 AKL-NAN-RAR-PPT. Remember the population across all these Pacific islands is very small / insufficient demand to sustain flights. Finally, for all these islands the dominant place is Fiji, not Tahiti.

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by eta unknown
Wed Jan 11, 2023 7:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: China shut down transit visa exemption for Japanese and Korean national.
Replies: 6
Views: 1413

Re: China shut down transit visa exemption for Japanese and Korean national.

We will punish the citizens of countries that insult our (overly sensitive) face by denying them the right to access cheap airfares on our state owned carriers.

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by eta unknown
Sat Dec 31, 2022 6:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The use of integral air stairs
Replies: 43
Views: 5030

Re: The use of integral air stairs

Really wouldn’t make turnarounds quicker—slower boarding than using a jetway, time to deploy and stow isn’t much different than positioning the jetway, either. Weight and maintenance was the reason US carriers shed them or never ordered them. Definitely not slower than a jetway, especially when the...

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by eta unknown
Fri Dec 30, 2022 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022
Replies: 534
Views: 72424

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022

PPT-AKL-PPT also permits the same crew (or perhaps only the cabin crew) to turn around immediately and go back home. SYD is too far and requires hotels.

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by eta unknown
Wed Dec 28, 2022 11:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest Hub Vs P2P
Replies: 6
Views: 854

Re: Southwest Hub Vs P2P

About the Southwest schedule meltdown last weekend... so complaints have been filed with the DOT- but what can they do- you can't force an airline to operate a hub & spoke model. Perhaps the only thing the DOT can do is force an IT upgrade (said to be part of the scheduling problem), but when th...

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by eta unknown
Tue Dec 27, 2022 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bypassing sanctions, Iran received 4 A340-300 over the Xmas weekend
Replies: 97
Views: 19150

Re: Bypassing sanctions, Iran received 4 A340-300 over the Xmas weekend

If you want a good laugh, google how Air Rhodesia got around sanctions and procured 3 Boeing 720's. And wait for it... United did the crew training (and didn't know it) LOL

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by eta unknown
Tue Dec 27, 2022 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bypassing sanctions, Iran received 4 A340-300 over the Xmas weekend
Replies: 97
Views: 19150

Re: Bypassing sanctions, Iran received 4 A340-300 over the Xmas weekend

I also wonder what sort of role has Turkey played in this episode, given that it has always ben alleged that they help Iran with aircraft spares. Also, 4 A343 departing in short succession one after the other from JNB... did it not raise any red flags? Asleep at the wheel much? Who do you think was...

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by eta unknown
Sat Dec 24, 2022 6:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Most Disappointing Aircraft Swaps.
Replies: 61
Views: 4281

Re: Your Most Disappointing Aircraft Swaps.

Sabena DC-10 combi switched to a wet leased Novair DC-10-10: BRU-BJM-KGL-EBB.

3 months ago: a TAP A320 switched to a TAP/Bulgaria Air Embraer LIS-BCN.

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by eta unknown
Sat Dec 24, 2022 6:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your most exciting aircraft swaps
Replies: 48
Views: 3008

Re: Your most exciting aircraft swaps

I was a happy boy anytime a BA Tristar was subbed for a Trident on LHR-CDG.

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by eta unknown
Sat Dec 24, 2022 12:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should an airline fire me for being an unprofitable customer ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1770

Re: Should an airline fire me for being an unprofitable customer ?

The only pax I ever banned were serial complainers who repeatedly took up too much of my time. I didn't care about the cost if the ticket.
I heard many years ago Andrew Lloyd Webber's 3rd wife almost crossed over into forbidden territory with EK about an overly entitled attitude.

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by eta unknown
Thu Dec 22, 2022 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways US Expansion
Replies: 90
Views: 11524

Re: Fiji Airways US Expansion

The FJ role, as dictated by the Fijian Govt., is to promote tourism to Fiji. AU/NZ connecting traffic to North America is secondary, so I doubt any new route would be launched with transit traffic as a main objective. I wouldn’t be so sure using my 1 flight as an example. Came in on FJ811 from LAX ...

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by eta unknown
Thu Dec 22, 2022 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways US Expansion
Replies: 90
Views: 11524

Re: Fiji Airways US Expansion

The FJ role, as dictated by the Fijian Govt., is to promote tourism to Fiji. AU/NZ connecting traffic to North America is secondary, so I doubt any new route would be launched with transit traffic as a main objective. I wouldn’t be so sure using my 1 flight as an example. Came in on FJ811 from LAX ...

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by eta unknown
Wed Dec 21, 2022 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways US Expansion
Replies: 90
Views: 11524

Re: Fiji Airways US Expansion

Of course it is! FJ has been flying to LAX for ages and have you not noticed the Fiji water in the supermarket?

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by eta unknown
Wed Dec 21, 2022 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways US Expansion
Replies: 90
Views: 11524

Re: Fiji Airways US Expansion

The FJ role, as dictated by the Fijian Govt., is to promote tourism to Fiji. AU/NZ connecting traffic to North America is secondary, so I doubt any new route would be launched with transit traffic as a main objective.

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by eta unknown
Wed Dec 21, 2022 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways US Expansion
Replies: 90
Views: 11524

Re: Fiji Airways US Expansion

Unless they are packaging this with a major tourism expansion, I just don't see it. The big pacific islander markets are California and Hawaii. The one exception to that is Tongans in Utah, but the overall demand for something out of SLC isn't great and they don't work with Delta anyway. No, I don'...

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by eta unknown
Mon Dec 19, 2022 7:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why weren't North America-Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia money makers?
Replies: 16
Views: 2291

Re: Why weren't North America-Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia money makers?

[quote="TheEuphorian" On the other hand, GA's TPAC flights to LAX actually had a strange routing, operating as a CGK-DPS-BIK(?)-GUM-HNL-LAX flight with DC-10-30s and even MD-11s prior to being terminated in the late 1990s.[/quote] There was no Guam stop. When the MD-11'a took over the Biak...

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by eta unknown
Thu Dec 15, 2022 10:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Air Serbia (JU) join one of the 3 global airline alliances?
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: Will Air Serbia (JU) join one of the 3 global airline alliances?

Who says OW wants or needs to fill a Balkan hole? Is there enough money to be made there? On second thought- is there any money to be made there?!? I mean BA won't waste a LHR for a BEG route, so there's your OW answer right there. BA do not fly to Casablanca in Morocco, yet Royal Air Maroc is in O...

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by eta unknown
Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Air Serbia (JU) join one of the 3 global airline alliances?
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: Will Air Serbia (JU) join one of the 3 global airline alliances?

Yeah, but it's Serbia... How much air service does BEG need? There's already JU and Star- that should sufficiently serve the market.

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by eta unknown
Wed Dec 14, 2022 9:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Air Serbia (JU) join one of the 3 global airline alliances?
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: Will Air Serbia (JU) join one of the 3 global airline alliances?

Who says OW wants or needs to fill a Balkan hole? Is there enough money to be made there? On second thought- is there any money to be made there?!? I mean BA won't waste a LHR for a BEG route, so there's your OW answer right there.

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by eta unknown
Wed Dec 14, 2022 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022
Replies: 534
Views: 72424

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022

That should be 7 hours of fun filled enjoyment. I hope they at least bother to feed the patrons and not force b.o.b. Good luck to them, but I don’t really see the point. Mostly seems to be just slot squatting. QF must be happy, seems they’d hedged their bets with the split BNE/MEL schedule so will ...

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by eta unknown
Tue Dec 13, 2022 3:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Examples of Government aircraft in livery of national airline?
Replies: 33
Views: 4005

Re: Examples of Government aircraft in livery of national airline?

Seem to recall Kuwait using a 747-400 for both commercial and Govt flights. 9K-ADE, full Kuwait Airlines livery on the port side, Full State of Kuwait livery on the starboard. Upper deck never used in commercial service, as Emirs suite and conference table up there. Working hospital theatre onboard...

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by eta unknown
Mon Dec 12, 2022 8:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DHS Delays Air Traveller Real ID Requirement for Another TWO YEARS….
Replies: 16
Views: 1568

Re: DHS Delays Air Traveller Real ID Requirement for Another TWO YEARS….

This sounds very weird to me. I changed my NV driver licence to the real ID version when it expired a few years ago. Booked the appointment online and I was in and out of the DMV in 30min. New licence arrived 2 weeks later.

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by eta unknown
Tue Dec 06, 2022 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: BA considering LGW-HNL
Replies: 130
Views: 19693

Re: Rumor: BA considering LGW-HNL

For the aircraft to be away from base that long there better be a solid premium cabin demand to offset the opportunity cost. In other words, LON-HNL isn't going to happen. I get what you're saying but what makes you think there isn't premium demand? Hawaii is not exactly a backpacker destination. E...

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by eta unknown
Tue Dec 06, 2022 7:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Examples of Government aircraft in livery of national airline?
Replies: 33
Views: 4005

Re: Examples of Government aircraft in livery of national airline?

The only other non Middle-Eastern examples I can recall are a TAAG & LAM Il-62- both examples were govt. aircraft that sometimes also performed scheduled flights. There was also a Romanian Govt. 707 with a colors similar to TAROM.

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by eta unknown
Mon Dec 05, 2022 7:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Questions about China Airlines
Replies: 4
Views: 796

Re: Questions about China Airlines

Maybe bilateral restricted to one carrier and EVA flies the route.

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by eta unknown
Sun Dec 04, 2022 9:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Examples of Government aircraft in livery of national airline?
Replies: 33
Views: 4005

Re: Examples of Government aircraft in livery of national airline?

At one time the Bruneian Govt. didn't want the public to know how many royal family aircraft they had, so you saw Royal Brunei liveries on A340, 767-200, 727-100, 727-200. One of the 3 757's was briefly operated by the royal wing, but later returned to commercial service.

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by eta unknown
Thu Dec 01, 2022 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines to fly between Hawaii and the Cook Islands
Replies: 70
Views: 11346

Re: Hawaiian Airlines to fly between Hawaii and the Cook Islands

With the heavy government (military) presence on Guam UA holding the government contracts is likely why you also don’t see HA on HNL-GUM. Federal government contracts are re-awarded annually. So there is an opportunity for Hawaiian to bid on Guam contracts, but I don’t know how GSA would consider a...

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by eta unknown
Tue Nov 29, 2022 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: BA considering LGW-HNL
Replies: 130
Views: 19693

Re: Rumor: BA considering LGW-HNL

For the aircraft to be away from base that long there better be a solid premium cabin demand to offset the opportunity cost. In other words, LON-HNL isn't going to happen.

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by eta unknown
Mon Nov 21, 2022 10:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Least known airlines you've flown on
Replies: 117
Views: 16467

Re: Least known airlines you've flown on

Royal Swazi F28 JNB-MST-MPS Zambia Airways (leased TAP-Air Atlantis) 737-200 LUN-GBE SkyEurope 737-700 LTN-PRG-ORY Novair DC10-10 BRU-BJM-KGL-EBB (operating for SN with mixed crew) New York Air DC9-30 & MD-80 LGA-DCA-LGA Seabee Air Goose G21A seaplane Waiheke-AKL harbour Honorable mention to AN,...

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by eta unknown
Sun Nov 20, 2022 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Differences in US vs. European Airline Operating Practices
Replies: 192
Views: 23626

Re: Differences in US vs. European Airline Operating Practices

I guarantee you the UA crew upon arrival in SYD will be waiting at the baggage carousel for their luggage like everybody else (although these will be the first bags down the chute). And when you depart the check-in staff will be outsourced (sometimes they wear the airline's uniform, but usually not-...

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by eta unknown
Fri Nov 18, 2022 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canada-India expand air service agreement with unlimited flight rights
Replies: 50
Views: 7077

Re: Canada-India expand air service agreement with unlimited flight rights

Excellent news. Should benefit Canadian and Indian carriers whilst cutting out the middle man (ME3). The ME3 aren’t really the middlemen going to be affected by this; they’ve always been able to benefit from their large route network across South Asia. LH and KL - and AF and BA to a significantly l...

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by eta unknown
Mon Nov 14, 2022 8:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why weren't North America-Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia money makers?
Replies: 16
Views: 2291

Re: Why weren't North America-Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia money makers?

Brunei probably has better negotiators and remember their population is under 500,000 people.

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by eta unknown
Sun Nov 13, 2022 12:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Check-in denied because of allegedly damaged passport, similar experiences?
Replies: 13
Views: 1630

Re: Check-in denied because of allegedly damaged passport, similar experiences?

Thank you all so much for your replies. Follow up answer: I spoke to one of my students (an immigration officer at an airport) and he said he would have accepted your passport. The most important thins is if the biometric chip can still be read. Interesting, I am considering to complain about my tr...

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by eta unknown
Sat Nov 12, 2022 9:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why weren't North America-Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia money makers?
Replies: 16
Views: 2291

Re: Why weren't North America-Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia money makers?

SIN & HKG are major financial centers so biz class cabins have good loads. PAL is always full- even during SARS they were the only carrier with high pax numbers- the Filipino diaspora in California is huge. KUL & JKT markets are too small to USA and these flights require a stop somewhere. Th...

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by eta unknown
Thu Nov 10, 2022 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 2358
Views: 605743

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

The Italian Government will inject €400 million into ITA to compensate for growing losses. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-08/italy-s-ita-airways-gets-new-state-funding-as-sale-process-slows I think I’ve seen this before somewhere… ITA/Alitalia will never turn a profit nor will it o...

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by eta unknown
Wed Nov 09, 2022 6:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LGW-MCO leaves 2hrs early
Replies: 5
Views: 1462

Re: LGW-MCO leaves 2hrs early

Something similar happened to me TPE-BNE- the flight left TPE 6 hours early as CI wanted to get the plane out of TPE ASAP because of a looming typhoon. Most connecting pax from other Asian destinations didn't make it. The funny thing was the pax continuing on to AKL had a 6 our BNE transit as the ne...

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by eta unknown
Wed Nov 09, 2022 6:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Check-in denied because of allegedly damaged passport, similar experiences?
Replies: 13
Views: 1630

Re: Check-in denied because of allegedly damaged passport, similar experiences?

Follow up answer: I spoke to one of my students (an immigration officer at an airport) and he said he would have accepted your passport. The most important thins is if the biometric chip can still be read.

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by eta unknown
Mon Nov 07, 2022 4:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Check-in denied because of allegedly damaged passport, similar experiences?
Replies: 13
Views: 1630

Re: Check-in denied because of allegedly damaged passport, similar experiences?

And if you were denied entry by one of those countries the airline would be fined a few grand. You can call it erring on the side of caution. Of course, it doesn't help that the damaged pages are the most important ones...

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by eta unknown
Mon Nov 07, 2022 11:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Non-Operational Reasons That Seats Might Be Held Back From Sale (United Express)
Replies: 20
Views: 2943

Re: Non-Operational Reasons That Seats Might Be Held Back From Sale (United Express)

You can completely discount holding seats for higher fares later- no need to do that- simply zero out all sub-classes and make full Y available as the only fare.

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