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by xiaotung
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 6708

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Well when China and America have no cases of Corona virus they will be most welcome. It's kinda hard to anticipate. With China at 748 active cases and Australia at 6891, it's more likely that China won't be welcoming Australians in. However, Japan (9319 active) has suggested travel to/from China wi...

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by xiaotung
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

As a result of being unaligned I understand VA has generally got the majority of both Star and SkyTeam onward traffic. Go towards one, you possibly lose the traffic from the other. Not really. If VA joined Star, they would get some of the Star pax that would use to take QF/JQ and SkyTeam pax would ...

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by xiaotung
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Agreed, IMO a higher priority than any "global alliance" would be that the new NZ and VA management teams both give each other a call to repair the mess that was left under the previous teams led by Luxon and Borghetti. Whilst also at the same time convincing the NZ government/shareholder...

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by xiaotung
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-australia-star-alliance The call for VA to join Star Alliance would never end until they do. The biggest obstacle has been the JV with DL but increasingly their LAX routes look less important given their new strategic direction and what's going on in t...

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by xiaotung
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/virgin-australia-star-alliance The call for VA to join Star Alliance would never end until they do. The biggest obstacle has been the JV with DL but increasingly their LAX routes look less important given their new strategic direction and what's going on in th...

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by xiaotung
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Virgin's bondholders have now withdrawn their application to the Takeover Panel! What's going on here? The application concerned, among other things, whether certain circumstances regarding the process conducted by the Administrators of VAH were unacceptable and had the effect of precluding an alte...

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by xiaotung
Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time For Delta To Consider New Airline Partners?
Replies: 85
Views: 12299

Re: Time For Delta To Consider New Airline Partners?

If the VA partnership falls apart or if DL sees that they no longer come out if this COVID crisis the airline they need them to be, I would love to see DL go after Air New Zealand. If VA no longer flies to LAX and the DL JV falls apart, they could still partner for domestic feeder purpose but it's ...

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by xiaotung
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54647

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

The other thing I’m curious about with VA 2.0 is what will happen to the slot they were awarded at HND? Is that something they can sub-lease or resell or does the airport take it back? Cheers, C1973 My understanding is that HND slot will be returned to the IASC who will then make decision about awa...

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by xiaotung
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25851

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

I've been contemplating asking this for a while, but with Victoria spiking in cases I'll give in and ask. Here's my questions 1. When will see any form of non quarantine Tasman bubble? 2. Will it be state specific first? 3.If yes to 2, who? and when etc. 4. When will the Pacific follow. 5. Will any...

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by xiaotung
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52251

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Seems that Cyrus held media interviews over the weekend, mounting a bit of a media blitz jut like Bain did before the bidding closed. Summary: Cyrus wants the new Virgin Australia to be smaller, mid-market and more like Virgin America; would keep 'Virgin' brand but drop Tiger; focus on a smaller al...

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by xiaotung
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opening of border USA/Australia speculation
Replies: 10
Views: 1292

Re: Opening of border USA/Australia speculation

Your timeline is not accurate. It was merely a proposal by the taskforce and the September date on that proposal is for other countries in addition to New Zealand and Pacific Islands with cases under control. There is no way USA being the country with the most active and new cases will make that lis...

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by xiaotung
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates wants to partner with a US3 airline.
Replies: 92
Views: 15503

Re: Emirates wants to partner with a US3 airline.

Just because DL or SkyTeam have not been able to get their act together doesn't mean alliances have a murky future. Of course, SkyTeam definitely has a murky future - every year at least one carrier wants to leave it. Nothing you just said there is based in fact. All three of the alliances have onl...

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by xiaotung
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese aviation market international capacity restriction
Replies: 113
Views: 14316

Re: Chinese aviation market international capacity restriction

Who are really the people travelling between the 2 countries anyway? China is not allowing foreign citizens to enter and nobody wants to go to the States at the moment, either. I can't see airlines care that much other than losing the cargo space under the belly.

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by xiaotung
Wed May 20, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future of Star(*) Alliance?
Replies: 18
Views: 3020

Re: Future of Star(*) Alliance?

bfitzflyer wrote:
I actually think it is possible that COVID might actually end up revitalizing alliances as no one is going to be able to keep the networks they had pre=covid.


You are absolutely right. The whole airline industry will go back a few years to the pro alliance and pre JV era.

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by xiaotung
Mon May 18, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future of Star(*) Alliance?
Replies: 18
Views: 3020

Re: Future of Star(*) Alliance?

Multiple airlines within the alliance are going through re-organization. It doesn't mean they will cease to exist. Let's face it. Probably only South African is going under with some certainty. Even so there will be a new airline in its place which may or may not pursue Star membership. Adria had wh...

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by xiaotung
Wed May 13, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68492

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Virgin Australia administrator's document to potential bidders says the airline intends to launch a new low-cost carrier He forecast Virgin Mark II would earn $1.1 billion EBITDAR from its domestic operations and from its short haul international operations, $150 million from its long haul internat...

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by xiaotung
Tue May 12, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52251

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

There might be a buyer coming from China interested in VA. The buyer is a full service, international player. Wondering if they would position VA as a domestic feeder...? This is nothing new. There were reports even before VA going into administration that one or more of the big three were circling...

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by xiaotung
Sun May 10, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: IAG and EY interested in creating a hub at VIE
Replies: 118
Views: 21504

Re: Rumour: IAG and EY interested in creating a hub at VIE

If LH could pick between an OS bail out with vast conditions and a nationalized AZ tie up,I suspect they would pick the latter.

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by xiaotung
Sun May 10, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1430
Views: 339044

Re: Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... r-alliance


Alitalia may be looking at Star... but are Star looking at Alitalia ?


Yes if LH loses one or both SN and OS. It wouldn't hurt to have the discussion I suppose.
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Kiwiandrew wrote:
Ishrion wrote:
Alitalia's looking at Star Alliance: https://www.executivetraveller.com/news ... r-alliance


Alitalia may be looking at Star... but are Star looking at Alitalia ?


Yes if LH loses one or both SN and OS. It wouldn't hurt to have the discussion I suppose.

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by xiaotung
Sun May 10, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1430
Views: 339044

Re: Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

Yess May 21. I believe they are just exiting the Skyteam North Atlantic Joint Venture on May 21st. Leaving ST for good is on the table but has not been announced yet. SkyTeam was the last alliance to form. It will be the first to dissolve. None of the members really have an interest in remaining in...

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by xiaotung
Tue May 05, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68492

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

What would need to be considered once going further than an Australia-New Zealand bubble is that everyone agrees. For example, if Australia and New Zealand is expanded to include Vanuatu, great. If Vanuatu want to also include Fiji but New Zealand doesn't, what happens then? Kick Vanuatu out? Tough...

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by xiaotung
Tue May 05, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68492

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Also to add the TransPacific corridor between Australia and the USA may potentially be facing less competitors once COVID restrictions start to ease and borders slowly start to open (it won't happen overnight but it'll happen eventually). In addition to the questioned futures of both DL and VA on t...

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by xiaotung
Tue May 05, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68492

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Also to add the TransPacific corridor between Australia and the USA may potentially be facing less competitors once COVID restrictions start to ease and borders slowly start to open (it won't happen overnight but it'll happen eventually). In addition to the questioned futures of both DL and VA on t...

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by xiaotung
Tue May 05, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 217
Views: 27739

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2020

I was reading April thread and people were talking about NZ not coming back to EZE and what would happened in the future. Well, in my opinion EZE should come back, but with roughly 3 flights per week, also they can consider SCL as an other option. Codesharing with AR in EZE is not much better as go...

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by xiaotung
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 302
Views: 39259

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020

Australian government wants travel restrictions with NZ to ease in second half of 2020 https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/121280652/coronavirus-australian-government-wants-travel-restrictions-with-nz-to-ease-in-second-half-of-2020 This would be a huge benefit for NZ as nearly half our touris...

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by xiaotung
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 302
Views: 39259

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020

I was looking at FlightRadar tonight and saw four planes en-route LAX-AKL...NZ6081, NZ6187, NZ1, NZ6185. Suppose three cargo flights and one carrying passengers. Nevertheless, found it quite unexpected to have so much cargo capacity. Or is there something I am missing? I think I read it somewhere (...

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by xiaotung
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 302
Views: 39259

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020

Australia needs to get its own states to allow people to travel between the two , before we if start to start about the idea of traveling to Australia again (if they let us back in this year). Then you would probably want to go oneway, as it likely New Zealand would still want to isolate you for 14...

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by xiaotung
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 302
Views: 39259

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020

Given they had an onwards codeshare agreement with SkyTeam member Aerolineas Argentinas, it is not inconceivable they could also have one with LATAM, which is leaving OneWorld in a week and may eventually end up in SkyTeam, or remain outside an alliance. It'll be very interesting to see if LA keeps...

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by xiaotung
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52251

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Two updates I have come across today: Fox Sports News Channel has reported that Scurrah is "keen" to keep AFL sponsorship going despite the AFL CEO actively seeking other sponsors. Sky News in AM Agenda reported that the Govt is actively pushing against a full service foreign airline as t...

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by xiaotung
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52251

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Just in: It is understood that NH has approached SQ to try and reach a deal for VA. It is understood NH was interested in a 50/50 arrangement which SQ knocked back. SQ has reportedly given assurances it will not stand in the way of NH however. Source: Reuters You would think that SQ and NH are in a...

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by xiaotung
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52251

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Just in: It is understood that NH has approached SQ to try and reach a deal for VA. It is understood NH was interested in a 50/50 arrangement which SQ knocked back. SQ has reportedly given assurances it will not stand in the way of NH however. Source: Reuters You would think that SQ and NH are in a...

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by xiaotung
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52251

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Virgin Australia could have new owners in as little as eight weeks, with more than 10 potential suitors lining up for a closer look at the airline after it went into administration. None of those 10 parties includes Chinese interests at this stage. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation...

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by xiaotung
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116679

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

It seems everyone is so pessimistic. A new company could still emerge from administration, right? It's obvious VA does not lack interested parties. What the voluntary administration does is to wipe out debt and existing shareholders. So this is not Ansett and all is not lost. The debt holders will ...

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by xiaotung
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116679

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

It seems everyone is so pessimistic. A new company could still emerge from administration, right? It's obvious VA does not lack interested parties. What the voluntary administration does is to wipe out debt and existing shareholders. So this is not Ansett and all is not lost.

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by xiaotung
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116679

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

All the chatter is really pointing to a a Chinese takeover through China Eastern before Voluntary Administration. Nanshan also will maintain a minor (read around 13-17 percent) stake under this proposal. If you believe Skynews the Airline will be called Australian Eastern Airways. Why would they ov...

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by xiaotung
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Plans To Axe All Boeing 777 Crew
Replies: 66
Views: 15255

Re: Air New Zealand Plans To Axe All Boeing 777 Crew

There is so many different categories of cabin staff. Here is the breakdown of each group affected: Air New Zealand job cuts: Inflight service managers - Cut from 87 to 70 Deputy service managers - Cut from 72 to 70 Flight attendants - Cut from 514 to 443 Flight service managers - Cut from 98 to 0 ...

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by xiaotung
Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116679

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

But wait.. there's still more. According to the News Corp media, now other Chinese Government owned carriers are rumoured to get involved. CZ and CA were named in the (paywalled) article as the parties "rumoured" to be in 'discussions' to "buy VA", although no formal offer was l...

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by xiaotung
Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116679

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

If the 'new' Virgin does survive regardless if VAH files voluntary administration or not will likely be a 1-class domestic LCC or 1-class domestic Hybrid at most. This will fail the criteria for full membership of any full service alliance in general. Not that Alliances are relevant right now, or f...

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by xiaotung
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Plans To Axe All Boeing 777 Crew
Replies: 66
Views: 15255

Re: Air New Zealand Plans To Axe All Boeing 777 Crew

New Zealand and Australia must work together and create a trans-Tasman travel bubble to achieve maximum economic benefits in a safe environment. It's not easy because either country will have to open its boarder to a 3rd country with the other's consent. And the 2 Prime Ministers are not exactly in ...

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by xiaotung
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116679

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

On another note, if the AFR paywall articles are to go by, it suggest one of the firms interested in VA could convert the 'successor to' VA back to its LCC domestic only roots, while dropping Regional, Tiger and International entirely. Either way, whoever the purchaser is and whether they go 'full ...

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by xiaotung
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116679

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

On another note, if the AFR paywall articles are to go by, it suggest one of the firms interested in VA could convert the 'successor to' VA back to its LCC domestic only roots, while dropping Regional, Tiger and International entirely. Either way, whoever the purchaser is and whether they go 'full ...

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by xiaotung
Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116679

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Very interesting summaries and very well explained, so there is a possibility a new version of VA could be reborn. Hope whatever happens, the new entity would include Velocity and all our points are safe. Hearing people lose millions of Ansett miles back in the day and never thought this could happ...

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by xiaotung
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 99130

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

If VA went into voluntary administration, wouldn't the administrator be looking for a buyer? If hypothetically SQ was that buyer, why appoint an administrator? Was that to remove unsecured debts from the books? Why didn't AN go into administration but collapsed the next day? So many questions!

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by xiaotung
Sat Mar 07, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can Alaska Airlines Operate a flight from Anchorage to Hong Kong via Shanghai (either airport)?
Replies: 17
Views: 2099

Re: Can Alaska Airlines Operate a flight from Anchorage to Hong Kong via Shanghai (either airport)?

No foreign airlines are allowed to codeshare between HKG and mainland China let alone a through flight.

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by xiaotung
Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Smile becomes Star Alliance Connecting Partner
Replies: 7
Views: 1297

Re: Thai Smile becomes Star Alliance Connecting Partner

I never understand the need for such a connecting partner model. What Thai Smile did in this case is just by joining LH's Miles and More program. You don't really need the Star Alliance banner to do that. Just look at what Aegean has done to Olympic Air which has signed up to multiple Star FFP's wit...

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by xiaotung
Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Portugal seals final deal with TAP's private shareholders
Replies: 244
Views: 19788

Re: Lufthansa and United in negotiations to acquire TAP from David Neeleman

lugie wrote:
Do you think this might make jetBlue joining Star Alliance more likely? They connect quite a lot of passengers with TAP in Boston and JFK and especially now against the backdrop of Alaska joining oneworld this could make sense


Actually this might push Azul to align closer to *A.

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by xiaotung
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 317
Views: 27915

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020

NZ: Suspension of Auckland-Seoul route until the end of June 2020 https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/travel-alerts#n6888EJBXmmHN5a4u0xs I am wondering if this is an indication of ICN was not doing well with forward bookings even before the outbreak as even PVG is resuming in April. I fear this will be...

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by xiaotung
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66055

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

We know that HNA has been having financial troubles for sometime and COVID-19 seems to be the final nail in the coffin. News circulating on Chinese social media that Hainan Airlines will be taken over by Air China and their subsidiaries will be taken over by China Eastern and China Southern. Not sur...

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by xiaotung
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal begin JV with Azul
Replies: 20
Views: 2600

Re: TAP Portugal begin JV with Azul

Could Azul join Star Alliance? Could they? Probably. But I think the legacy alliances are now weaker than ever. I think the future will be JV's and JV-type partnerships. I've always suspected that we're heading towards a TAP-Azul-JetBlue JV some time in the near future. The missing link for that to...

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by xiaotung
Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to join OneWorld / AA to make SEA an Intl gateway
Replies: 1192
Views: 134073

Re: AA to make SEA an INT hub/new codeshare with AS and LHR and India

Is the first time two US carriers joined the same Global Alliance? Nope. DL, CO and NW were all part of SkyTeam at the same time pre-mergers. US and UA were part of Star Alliance at the same time as well. Not sure if you're asking if it's the first time two have joined together, but AA is already a...

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