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by oceanvikram
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52306

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Lets hope! ANA had their problems a few years back and got through it , they would have to be much better than the Etihad/Singapore/HNA partners. Fun thought...NH gets control of VA and renames them Australian National Airways...ANA Why go through the hussle? it is cheaper to establish a clean airl...

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by oceanvikram
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52306

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

I'm stunned by the unwillingness of the Australian government to help Virgin. Ease up. The Virgin Australia board of directors have a net worth of $7 billion. They simply do not want to tap into their personal wealth. Good riddance I say. Australia has the biggest COVID19 assistance package per hea...

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by oceanvikram
Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Plans To Axe All Boeing 777 Crew
Replies: 66
Views: 15342

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

If New Zealand really takes a no off Island travel until a vaccine is widely available approach, the economic damage will be catastrophic. What percent of NZ's GDP is from trade and tourism? With tourism eliminated and trade somewhat reduced, NZ is likely to have a severe depression. Foreign invest...

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by oceanvikram
Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Plans To Axe All Boeing 777 Crew
Replies: 66
Views: 15342

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

If New Zealand really takes a no off Island travel until a vaccine is widely available approach, the economic damage will be catastrophic. What percent of NZ's GDP is from trade and tourism? With tourism eliminated and trade somewhat reduced, NZ is likely to have a severe depression. Foreign invest...

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by oceanvikram
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syrian Arab Airlines introduce second A340
Replies: 64
Views: 17981

Re: Syrian Arab Airlines introduce second A340

Something else? Malaysians working in the Middle East. For the same reason there are many flights between the Middle East and India, Bangladesh, Philippines and Indonesia. I used to work in Kuala Lumpur, I heard by the locals, that Arabs come to Malaysia to have “non-halal” fun while able to eat ha...

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by oceanvikram
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175710

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

Persuading the UK to prop up a company owned by a tax-dodging expat sitting on a £4bn pile and a US major with shareholders hungry months to feed, will be difficult. Yes I fully agree. Virgin parent company should be asked first. Since Richard Branson owns 51% of the company, he must use his own mo...

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by oceanvikram
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oil at $20/bbl. What does it mean for the 747 and A380?
Replies: 71
Views: 11136

Re: Oil at $20/bbl. What does it mean for the 747 and A380?

Will the airlines keep B744 and A388, I have no idea. All the posts makes sense to me but if you look at Qantas, they are retiring B744. So far DL and UA have expressed that they will be smaller than before. Most airlines will most likely be smaller than before and some will go bankrupt and some wil...

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by oceanvikram
Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways Future
Replies: 26
Views: 7570

Re: Etihad Airways Future

With super cheap oil, will Abu Dhabi really want to continue subsidising Etihad, or will they finally see sense and merge Etihad with Emirates ? There is after all only so much pain they can take before someone decides to swallow a bit of pride Swallowing ones pride means they have lost respect and...

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by oceanvikram
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain charters Iranian MD80 to fly stranded citizens from Doha to Bahrain
Replies: 8
Views: 2535

Re: Bahrain charters Iranian MD80 to fly stranded citizens from Doha to Bahrain

Because putting the lives of GF crew at risk from the virus makes more sense right? Eh? What's that got to do with anything? Using an Iranian aircraft is almost certainly to do with the ongoing blockade of Qatar. Bahrain is one of the countries enforcing the blockade, while Iran has a (relatively) ...

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by oceanvikram
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian irregularities to Washington and Chicago today; + Miami!
Replies: 15
Views: 3145

Re: Ethiopian irregularities to Washington and Chicago today; + Miami!

ET has been doing quite the charter business lately. The management of this airline astounds me! Brilliant move! Get revenue where possible to breakeven and hopefully no job losses. I reckon, since the end of the civil war, this is best run airline in the world (may not be the best airline). Kudos ...

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by oceanvikram
Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pictures of grounded fleets
Replies: 8
Views: 2747

Re: Pictures of grounded fleets

Please no more. :cry2: :cry2: :cry2:

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by oceanvikram
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Leases 6 London Heathrow Slots to Air India for 2 years
Replies: 19
Views: 4210

Re: Garuda Leases 6 London Heathrow Slots to Air India for 2 years

Classic AI get LHR slots at the worst time in aviation history. This is so AI . They are are really good at burning money!! Trust me, I am a critic of AI’s management. But to be honest this to me is a neutral move. The way the aviation industry is going due to the CONVID-19, a lot of airlines will ...

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by oceanvikram
Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India shuts down aviation completely
Replies: 45
Views: 12771

Re: India shuts down aviation completely

Finally, a country actually reacting to the crisis instead of using the BS "but the economy" excuse that some in the western world are still using. Funny thing is that when you shut down the country and eliminate the virus, you can get your economy back up to normal much faster. People in...

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by oceanvikram
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Renationalisation of airlines being a trend.
Replies: 29
Views: 4389

Re: Renationalisation of airlines being a trend.

ZL and QF in Australia are often mentioned as "contenders" for 'partial' nationalisation (or renationalisation in QF's case) in recent years. The former being one of the larger independent regional carriers with an aging fleet. Really! That is news to me. Back to the topic, I doubt there ...

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by oceanvikram
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways President resigns
Replies: 3
Views: 1746

Re: Thai Airways President resigns

Oh well, it probably means the political elite will nominate a new president who will agree to a board of politicians. Simple. Those with a commercially-minded attitude are welcome to leave at TG. Sometimes I wonder the harshness of my fellow aviation enthusiast for their zeal for airlines to be pr...

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by oceanvikram
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern fires Korean FAs
Replies: 18
Views: 6867

Re: China Eastern fires Korean FAs

Do MU have Italian/Iranian/Spanish FA? Why Spain? How does Spain make this list? The Spanish flu? Spanish flu originated in Haskell County, Kansas, United States of America. The American soldiers brought it into Europe. The reason it was called the "Spanish" flu was due to Spain's neutral...

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by oceanvikram
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bamboo Airways Plans Munich to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
Replies: 12
Views: 2495

Re: Bamboo Airways Plans Munich to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

In my own opinion, given the large Vietnamese diaspora in Eastern Germany, especially in and around Berlin, I can't understand why Berlin was not chosen. And "Worldwide by easyjet" would be a fantastic feeder for this airline in Berlin: https://worldwide.easyjet.com/ I don't understand wh...

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by oceanvikram
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 649
Views: 37265

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Narita is a downright bad choice when compared to the free coveted daytime slot pair at Haneda, available to Vistara on a titanium platter. This opportunity hasn’t been around for the last 4 decades and won’t be available At least for the next 6 decades. And, airlines can’t buy a Haneda slot like t...

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by oceanvikram
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 649
Views: 37265

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - March 2020

There are 3 outcomes from Monday’s likely announcement of Vistara’s medium haul destinations. Great outcome (couldn’t get better) 7x DEL to LOndon Heathrow and 7x DEL to Tokyo Haneda Moderate outcome 7x DEL to LOndon Heathrow and 7x to Tokyo Narita OR 7X DEL to London Gatwick and 7x to Tokyo Haneda...

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by oceanvikram
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India - Government to sell 100% stake.
Replies: 137
Views: 16454

Re: Air India - Government to sell 100% stake.

I wonder whether the government of India is willing to accept used toilet paper? If so, I'd be happy to make a bid for AI. I wonder whether the government of South Africa is willing to accept used toilet paper? If so, I'd be happy to make a bid for SAA. I wonder whether the government of Italy is wi...

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by oceanvikram
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 14860

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

https://m.rediff.com/business/column/modi-may-shut-air-india-by-june/20200109.htm The Modi government is trying hard to see if it could be sold to a private airline.' 'But it appears there are no takers.' 'If no buyer comes forward by June, the government will close down Air India,' predicts A K Bh...

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by oceanvikram
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 14860

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

Here we go again … So when Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri says, “Air India is a first class airline, but there are no two views that privatisation has to be done. We are not slaves of certain deadlines …”, there are 2 (off) contradictions in the statement. To think that Air India is a first class ai...

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by oceanvikram
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sir Tim Clark to step down
Replies: 66
Views: 16383

Re: Sir Tim Clark to step down

There are two things that have radically changed international air travel in my lifetime (born 1965): 1. The Boeing 747-400 2. Emirates, under the leadership of STC I think history will place him in the same group as the likes of Juan Trippe, CR Smith, Herb Kelleher, Lord King, Michael O'Leary (no ...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not this for Boeing's line up?
Replies: 100
Views: 16051

Re: Why not this for Boeing's line up?

Here's my armchair CEO offer for Boeing product line up: - 757 next-gen (will easily accommodate LEAP and future engines) - 767 next-gen (love how light that frame is) - 787 - 777X Simple and relatively inexpensive. Comments? I agree with your list, bar one; remove the 767. I guess that is why we a...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo’s A320neo Engine problems are of its own making; will Airbus now claim compensation?
Replies: 65
Views: 13045

Re: IndiGo’s A320neo Engine problems are of its own making; will Airbus now claim compensation?

If they were doing TOGA takeoffs and MCT for climb then it’s no wonder their engines are failing. MCT isn’t used regularly by ANY air carrier that I’m aware of. Yes, during single engine and OCCASIONALLY for a restriction/ or ATC climb request, but as an airbus pilot I can count on one hand how muc...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not this for Boeing's line up?
Replies: 100
Views: 16051

Re: Why not this for Boeing's line up?

Here's my armchair CEO offer for Boeing product line up: - 757 next-gen (will easily accommodate LEAP and future engines) - 767 next-gen (love how light that frame is) - 787 - 777X Simple and relatively inexpensive. Comments? I agree with your list, bar one; remove the 767. I guess that is why we a...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Hong Kong Airlines to defer salary payment and cut their last North American flight to YVR
Replies: 95
Views: 18479

Re: Rumor: Hong Kong Airlines to defer salary payment and cut their last North American flight to YVR

This year we will be happy to see HKIA drop out of 10 top busiest airport. I am guessing from your previous posts and this one, either you are a propaganda agent for mainland China who makes a pathetic excuse for Joseph Goebbels or you are sadistic person who enjoys the misery of others and a false...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways Fleet Discussion and News Thread
Replies: 94
Views: 6978

Re: Thai government approves TG fleet acquisitions

I know it is one of the great a.net meme's to ridicule Thai's fleet "strategy", and there's no doubt that they seem all over the place. But I gotta say, if I step back and ask myself, "who is a better state owned/operated carrier than Thai?" , I struggle to come up with many cle...

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by oceanvikram
Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to announce IAH-DEL soon
Replies: 103
Views: 13039

Re: Rumor: AI to announce IAH-DEL soon

Please find below the past 12 months flown round trip pax data comparing IAH and DFW to the main Indian cities: IAH vs DFW BOM 67,000 vs 48,000 DEL 46,000 vs 41,000 MAA 22,000 vs 40,000 BLR 24,000 vs 39,000 HYD 30,000 vs 64,000 COK 17,000 vs 15,000 AMD 11,000 vs 8,000 Total is IAH 217,000 vs DFW 25...

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by oceanvikram
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to announce IAH-DEL soon
Replies: 103
Views: 13039

Re: Rumor: AI to announce IAH-DEL soon

I would not be surprised, the Indian prime minister is going to Houston.

My understanding is that the prime minister is going to rally organised by the Indian community in Houston. I am guessing Air India (maybe influenced by the Indian government) is deciding to fly there.

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by oceanvikram
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic mega master for more routes in LHR
Replies: 91
Views: 19432

Re: Virgin Atlantic mega master for more routes in LHR

I can’t help but roll my eyes at anything Virgin Atlantic related. Having spent a decade working there, I take anything they say with a pinch of salt. In the 10 years I worked there they dropped Nassau, Tobago, Kingston, Chicago, Vancouver, Cape Town, Nairobi, Accra, Mumbai, Tokyo, Sydney plus the ...

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by oceanvikram
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA kicks passenger off airplane after he has allergic reaction to "emotional support" pet
Replies: 109
Views: 13113

Re: AA kicks passenger off airplane after he has allergic reaction to "emotional support" pet

This emotional support bullshit has gone too far. We can't go a single day without this being in the news now. Our entire society has become emotionally incontinent. 100% AGREE! Emotional support dogs are BS - and I love my dog more than anything, but I would NOT do that to another passenger. But w...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai government may fire the TG board due to underperformance
Replies: 11
Views: 2816

Re: Thai government may fire the TG board due to underperformance

LAX772LR wrote:
TC957 wrote:
A government meddling in how to run an airline ? That's never a good idea ! The Thai govt should see what disasters that brings to national carriers ! ( SA, AI to name but two...)

...and SQ, QR, EK, oh, wait. ;)


Don’t forget Air New Zealand.

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by oceanvikram
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways Wants a Better Deal From AF-KL Partnership
Replies: 13
Views: 3838

Re: Kenya Airways Wants a Better Deal From Air France-KLM Partnership

Kenya Airways is being nationalised (true, it will become another basket case airline with the interference of a corrupt government), so they have every right to do whatever they want. I think you need a few lessons in contract law. If there are provisions for amendments to the agreements KQ is wel...

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by oceanvikram
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 284
Views: 44918

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

but denied engine issues provided a convenient excuse to reassess a backlog of aircraft orders. “Clouds and silver linings are one thing. Was this an orchestrated slow or stop? No it wasn’t”, he said. “This is not an attempt to slow things with a regard to our obligations under contract. It is just...

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by oceanvikram
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways Wants a Better Deal From AF-KL Partnership
Replies: 13
Views: 3838

Re: Kenya Airways Wants a Better Deal From AF-KL Partnership

EBiafore99 wrote:
I can't fathom how KQ thinks LH would partner with them...Star Alliance already includes EgyptAir, Ethiopian and South African Airways. What would KQ bring to the table?


I agree with you, but it would be prudent for the management to consider all options!

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by oceanvikram
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways Wants a Better Deal From AF-KL Partnership
Replies: 13
Views: 3838

Re: Kenya Airways Wants a Better Deal From Air France-KLM Partnership

So they want to have the cake but eat it too? Not sure what you mean by that statement. A lot of airlines have agreements with non-alliance members or non-JV partners. Kenya Airways is being nationalised (true, it will become another basket case airline with the interference of a corrupt government...

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by oceanvikram
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Powerbank causes fire on China Eastern A320neo MU2809 NKG-XMN
Replies: 22
Views: 7815

Re: Powerbank causes fire on China Eastern A320neo MU2809 NKG-XMN

In my experience, China polices and emphasises not putting batteries/powerbanks in the hold and not using powerbanks in-flight more strongly than most other countries. For example, every powerbank is examined as you go through the security checkpoints, I don't see this elsewhere in the world. I'm g...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sri Lankan Airlines puts flight marshals on planes, tourist numbers to drop by 500,000
Replies: 28
Views: 9797

Re: Sri Lankan Airlines puts flight marshals on planes, tourist numbers to drop by 500,000

..........the state-owned carrier was looking to bring air marshals on board some flights. ..........a drop in visitor numbers to the island nation following the attacks would be inevitable "In the turnaround plan that we submitted to the government, we were expecting to reach a breakeven situ...

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by oceanvikram
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Air India requires crew to "Hail the Motherland" after in flight announcements!
Replies: 54
Views: 7572

Re: Air India requires crew to "Hail the Motherland" after in flight announcements!

The US has been doing that for quite some time. There is often a round of applause in the gate area/onboard, and they are usually thanked for their service. I see nothing wrong with it. There's no round of applause unless someone makes a PA. And it's absolute nonsense. Military should board with re...

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by oceanvikram
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: BA to make major 2020 TATL expansion later this week
Replies: 158
Views: 32692

Re: Unconfirmed: BA to make major 2020 TATL expansion later this week

Like others, I too hope that London Airways will become a proper British Airways and start some long haul flights from Manchester.

But like other posters, that boat has sailed.

By the way, if any expansion to the US is a reaction to the upcoming Brexit and a trade deal with the Americans?

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by oceanvikram
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Social Credit Score Impact on Chinese Air Transportation
Replies: 45
Views: 6624

Re: Social Credit Score Impact on Chinese Air Transportation

I have to say I think its a great idea and frankly, we should look at something like this in the UK - although the snowflakes and bleeding heart liberals will cry all the way to the ECHR about it. We (the Brits) are in a few cases a shockingly poorly behaved race of people abroad on occasion and mo...

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by oceanvikram
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn’t AA fly widebodies on JFK-SFO/LAX
Replies: 67
Views: 12824

Re: Why doesn’t AA fly widebodies on JFK-SFO/LAX

The worst part of the 321T is Door 1 boarding and all of Y and J stream past your 4K r/t seat. I hear you. Whenever I get the privilege of having a seat at the front section of an aircraft, I feel embarrassed when other fellow passengers are boarding. I didn’t pay for my own ticket and yet those in...

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by oceanvikram
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 288212

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

VX may not be able to command the necessary yields, and also wouldn't want the orphan fleet. VA is in financial dire straights at the moment, probably cannot command the necessary yields, and also wouldn't want an orphan fleet (not to mention that an A350-1000 is too big for them). You mean VS, not...

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by oceanvikram
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's advertising causes controversy in Poland
Replies: 68
Views: 11952

Re: AA's advertising causes controversy in Poland

All, so they find it offensive. So be it ... no skin of my nose. At least now I know not talk about vodka when I am traveling to Poland or meeting with a Polish client. I am speculating here ... Maybe most of East European countries have an alcoholism issue. Maybe Polish tourism board do not want to...

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by oceanvikram
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Flagged Airlines to Israel
Replies: 60
Views: 8179

Re: US Flagged Airlines to Israel

Ever heard of politics? America is not very popular in large parts of the middle east The distance is long, so market has to be worth it. Morocco is not middle east. So why do the US airlines fly to Israel and not other countries in the Middle East. ArchGuy1 by now there are enough posts that have ...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ben Smith tackles Air France
Replies: 35
Views: 9996

Re: Ben Smith tackles Air France

Will he be allowed to implement the needed reforms or will the bureaucracy prevent it and ultimately see what he is let go? When Smith got appointed, I think I posted in the forum that he won’t last long. I am impressed that he has lasted this long hence I am an arm chair CEO and he is a CEO. Maybe...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 26119

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

This has been one of the best, respectful and mature discussion I have read in this forum for a while (The good “old” days of airliners.net). All of the points in this discussion makes a lot of logical and rational sense to me without being a fly in the board room when the decision was made, hell I ...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Erdogan warns TK may drop Boeing orders
Replies: 53
Views: 16912

Re: Turkey President Erdogan " TK Will Buy 100 Boeing Jets"

I have not seen an English translation of what was said. It could be on the lines of "we have orders now which we could cancel if we don't get F 35s" This sums it up. Whether it is pending orders or new orders, the way I understand, is that the message is a zero sum game. “Either I buy yo...

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