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by oceanvikram
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A380 Biggest manufacturing loss in civil aviation to date?
Replies: 127
Views: 14077

Re: A380 Biggest manufacturing loss in civil aviation ?

"A380 Biggest manufacturing loss in civil aviation to date?" ... Maybe, but I would interested to know what are some people's thoughts on the Tristar, the Comet and the Concord. I am an aviation enthusiast through and through and good on Airbus to give it a go. What was in some of our imag...

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by oceanvikram
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CEO Ben Smith AF - KLM might become CEO Air France
Replies: 10
Views: 3342

Re: CEO Ben Smith AF - KLM might become CEO Air France

The day a non-Frenchman becomes a CEO of Air France will be the day I will buy $1000 armagnac.

I don't see it happening, most likely he will be removed or resign in a year or 2.

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by oceanvikram
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO
Replies: 134
Views: 17492

Re: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO

I do believe it is a cultural issue. Example 1 I have worked with French expats in Australia. They were seconded from a super major French oil and gas company. The way these expats behaved with us locals was very much condescending. Their view was that we Australians did not know anything and yet we...

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by oceanvikram
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines A380s - Is it the end?
Replies: 56
Views: 14083

Re: Malaysia Airlines A380s - Is it the end?

As long as Singapore Airlines has the A380, Malaysia Airlines will have them.

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by oceanvikram
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: IAG's next conquest?
Replies: 29
Views: 4973

Re: IAG's next conquest?

Kashmon wrote:
Cathay
BA has always wanted to buy them.


Sure if the rules and regulations change and money grows on trees, they might as well consider buying American Airlines and Latam as well.

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by oceanvikram
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: IAG's next conquest?
Replies: 29
Views: 4973

Re: IAG's next conquest?

IAG taking over AF/KL won't happen.They should first focus on keeping Iberia with brexit. Agreed, this topic will be hijacked by the Brexit issue. Whether one likes it or not but IAG will be not be the entity as it once was after brexit, whether hard or soft. As such IAG will not have the strength ...

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by oceanvikram
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA launches NRT-PER
Replies: 63
Views: 10097

Re: ANA launches NRT-PER

Either ANA know something that we don’t know, such as future Japanese investments in Western Australia or cyclical Japanese tourist fads. But sitting on my Chairman’s toilet seat, I see this route being highly subsidised and/or all the Japanese companies with offices in Perth have guaranteed at lea...

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by oceanvikram
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA launches NRT-PER
Replies: 63
Views: 10097

Re: ANA launches NRT-PER

Either ANA know something that we don’t know, such as future Japanese investments in Western Australia or cyclical Japanese tourist fads. But sitting on my Chairman’s toilet seat, I see this route being highly subsidised and/or all the Japanese companies with offices in Perth have guaranteed at leas...

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by oceanvikram
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CRAIC CR929 discussion thread
Replies: 523
Views: 49258

Re: Chinese, Russian aircraft to compete with Airbus, Boeing

I too have some negative bias towards Russian and Chinese business model and their companies, however IMHO I believe this plane can be a disruptor (as per business text books) to Airbus and Boeing for the following reasons: [list=]Any country that has borrowed heavily from China will be required to ...

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by oceanvikram
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways re-evaluates fleet upgrade plans
Replies: 11
Views: 1518

Re: Thai Airways re-evaluates fleet upgrade plans

As an airliner enthusiast, I think it is great that Thai Airways has such a diverse wide body fleet.

As an armchair CEO, yes it is frustrating.

As a passenger, it its frustrating not getting a consistent hard product on all their aircrafts.

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by oceanvikram
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudia suspends Canada service
Replies: 98
Views: 15237

Re: Saudia suspends Canada service

Funny ... for once a government is interfering with it's country's airline and forcing it to drop a money losing route. Saudi Arabia can think whatever they want. At the end of the day they are no geo political power. They can only bully a tiny country, Qatar, with aid of neighbouring tiny countries...

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by oceanvikram
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First flight in 7 decades overflies Saudi Arabia to Israel
Replies: 92
Views: 16645

Re: First flight in 7 decades overflies Saudi Arabia to Israel

For a civilian aircraft destined for Israel to fly over Saudi Arabia and Oman safely is a major coup for the Israeli diplomatic personnel. I have to give it to the Saudis as well for accepting this flight and I am sure there were some goodies given in-return during the negotiations. I would not be s...

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by oceanvikram
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL to launch a new route to N. American West Coast in FY2019
Replies: 52
Views: 8554

Re: JAL to launch a new route to N. American West Coast in FY2019

How about Los Angles or San Fransisco from either Osaka or Nagoya?

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by oceanvikram
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 105
Views: 18808

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

The difference between ET and other airlines in Africa such as KQ, SAA, TAAG, RAM and MS, ET is very consolidated in the European market, the Middle East and Asia Hub ADD can make enough connections for business and leisure passengers to connect with GIG, a very popular connection in ET is CAN-ADD-...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Does It Take To Make Flying Special Again?
Replies: 25
Views: 2457

Re: What Does It Take To Make Flying Special Again?

In summary, tickets are cheap (inflation, cost cutting, packing in the passengers), a lot more people with diverse cultural backgrounds (national, religious and socio-economic) are flying, flights over 8 hours are more common and so are long lines at security and customs combined with the global cul...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to Resume Pakistan Flights - British High Commissioner
Replies: 107
Views: 28536

Re: British Airways to Resume Pakistan Flights - British High Commissioner

I know I'm going to get flamed like hell for this, but you really are safer as a minority in Pakistan than in India. It seems you travel a lot to both the countries, as you know a lot about them. I am in no position to have a say in this matter as I have only been to India and my sources are BBC an...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to Resume Pakistan Flights - British High Commissioner
Replies: 107
Views: 28536

Re: British Airways to Resume Pakistan Flights - British High Commissioner

Islamabad is actually a lovely place and relatively safe. I don't know what exactly the 'hardship' would be. It's quite boring and there isn't much to do, but for a one day layover, it would be fine. Lahore is also safe enough and a far more interesting city than Islamabad. Karachi wouldn't be a sa...

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by oceanvikram
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to Resume Pakistan Flights - British High Commissioner
Replies: 107
Views: 28536

Re: British Airways to Resume Pakistan Flights - British High Commissioner

It will be a cash cow for BA. British Airways can brand themselves as an aspirational service to Western Europe and North America. You will get the usual corrupt politicians and their families which is synonymous with the subcontinent and the wealthy as the target market. Also British companies doin...

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by oceanvikram
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with South African Airways?
Replies: 78
Views: 17683

Re: What's happening with South African Airways?

"What's happening with South African Airways?" Re-joining the illustrious club of basket case airlines. It was a basket case airline during the Apartheid days. Then became decent during the Mandela days and then during the Mbeki day's the decline started to happen. They can go to Seattle, ...

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by oceanvikram
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India subsidy cut?
Replies: 29
Views: 2169

Re: Air India subsidy cut?

What is crore? I have read it other posts related to Indian aviation. Is it an English word?

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by oceanvikram
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible new routes for EL AL Airlines
Replies: 52
Views: 6455

Re: Possible new routes for EL AL Airlines

I would like to see El Al expand in India. Delhi is the most likely due to market size. India is the largest buyer of Israeli military equipment and there are many tie ups such security, defence and and agriculture corporation between the two governments. However I would say Bangalore would be more ...

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by oceanvikram
Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Indian operations profitable for United Airlines?
Replies: 65
Views: 10450

Re: Are Indian operations profitable for United Airlines?

... Indian Comptroller and Auditor General publish route wise historical financial performance of AI particularly USA routes. Other than uneducated Indian journalists, everyone else can look at these numbers. Can you show anything similar from UA? To be honest, I don't know, but my starting point w...

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by oceanvikram
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Indian operations profitable for United Airlines?
Replies: 65
Views: 10450

Re: Are Indian operations profitable for United Airlines?

But let me tell you something, these airlines are the real airlines, Not those three musketeers of Middle east. To kiddos, dont get offended, its my point of view. I think I understand what you are getting at, but please correct me if I am wrong. I think the word you are looking for is business ins...

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by oceanvikram
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines to bring back A380's on KUL-LHR, plans for high capacity A380's ditched
Replies: 69
Views: 17259

Re: Malaysia Airlines to bring back A380's on KUL-LHR, plans for high capacity A380's ditched

Malaysian Airlines has officially joined the basket case of airlines. Basket case of airlines have no business model and are at the whim of their masters (usually government or bureaucracy). Note that I am talking about getting the basics right ie, safety, consistency, dependable and profitable. Onc...

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by oceanvikram
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CEO Peter Bellew leaves MAS, to re-join FR
Replies: 23
Views: 7535

Re: CEO Peter Bellew leaves MAS, to re-join FR

I am surprised that he stayed for that long. As you can see the current and former CEO of MAS are more than happy to leave the airline for a lessor role. Makes me think that it s better to be working at any level for a professional carrier as oppose to being a CEO of MAS. The MAS CEO advert should r...

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by oceanvikram
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta introduces complimentary Prosecco in International Economy
Replies: 29
Views: 6563

Re: Delta introduces complimentary Prosecco in International Economy

Enjoy it while you can. In a few years time the US3 will stop making profits. This could be for various reasons such as war, technological or service disruption, terrorism, high cost fuel and so on. Then Y services will return to LCC type. The front of the plane the hard products will be replaced wi...

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by oceanvikram
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara and JAL sign codeshare agreement; Vistara to soon announce a large aircraft order
Replies: 9
Views: 2219

Re: Vistara and JAL sign codeshare agreement; Vistara to soon announce a large aircraft order

I am guessing SQ are unfortunately stuck in contractual commitments with AI, such as codesharing agreements and maybe others. In addition I think (correct me if I am wrong) according to Indian regulations only one Indian airline per alliance, hence Vistara may not be able to join Star alliance. Henc...

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by oceanvikram
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 38565

Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent

Definitely:
Brussels
Munich

Possibly:
Copenhagen
Dublin

Long shot:
Prague
Vienna

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by oceanvikram
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: SAS to fly to AKL ?!
Replies: 70
Views: 10057

Re: Rumour: SAS to fly to AKL ?!

SAS flying in New Zealand or Australia will happen only when Alitalia makes a profit and Air India is privatised.

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by oceanvikram
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Saudia Airlines under fire for Dress Code
Replies: 56
Views: 8259

Re: Saudia Airlines under fire for Dress Code

I disagree with a lot of things in Saudi Arabia since it's laws, customs and culture are against my values. But I do believe in the saying "When in Rome, do as the Romans". So, many of us agree that national airlines are ambassadors of their respective countries. Hence it is perfectly reas...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines revises A350 operations, alters European plans once again
Replies: 27
Views: 8785

Re: Malaysia Airlines revises A350 operations, alters European plans once again

I get the feeling that CEO Peter Bellew is being told what to do. I fear that the owner (Malaysian government) of MAS is dictating Bellew on some strategic decisions. I do believe the reason Christoph Mueller left was that he was getting frustrated with the inferiority complex of the Malay owners. T...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?
Replies: 112
Views: 10371

Re: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?

Never going to happen. Air India is the personification of the Indian middle class and above. A small minority who think the world of themselves and neglect the rest of the 1 billion people. For the past 20 years every government of India has wasted tax payers' money on some study on the privatisati...

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by oceanvikram
Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 214
Views: 23585

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

"Indian govt wants to exit AI" .... sure, when pigs start to fly.

The rhetoric of selling Air India by the government of India will come once every 20 years.

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by oceanvikram
Wed May 03, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jeddah Terminal opening in Summer 2018, impact on SV?
Replies: 14
Views: 3285

Re: New Jeddah Airport opening in Summer 2018, impact on SV?

Very beautiful terminal indeed.

If and only if Saudia are the cheapest ticket by at least 20% to the next cheapest airline, then I might consider flying them.

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by oceanvikram
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why many flight attendant in the US are very not customer friendly?
Replies: 79
Views: 15467

Re: Why many flight attendant in the US are very not customer friendly?

I have flown on both United and American Airlines and have travelled to many time to the US. I have noticed that in the States, there is a cultural expectation and in some cases mandatory, that customers have to tip for services rendered. (I can understand why this is the case since the minimum pay ...

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by oceanvikram
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most incredible Airline turnarounds?
Replies: 47
Views: 8002

Re: Most incredible Airline turnarounds?

Korean Air.

They had a very bad reputation regarding safety. With a brand change and cultural change it's now respectable airline, ahead of any North American airlines.

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by oceanvikram
Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 266
Views: 60818

Re: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017

Looks like the turn around is going well. Now they can go back to their old ways of competing with SIA. Once we see the confirmation of the orders, MH will reinstate destinations such as Vienna, Stockholm, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Buenos Aires. :banghead:

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by oceanvikram
Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Said to Plan Selling 51% in Air India to Strategic Partner
Replies: 16
Views: 2910

Re: India Said to Plan Selling 51% in Air India to Strategic Partner

Even though we are in the age of fake news and alternative facts, one thing is for sure Air India will never ever be privatised or partially sold. Air India is sadly an airline that has a lot of potential but will never reach it. The airline reflects India, Indian society and the Indian culture perf...

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by oceanvikram
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747-400s in service by engine type
Replies: 27
Views: 4787

Re: 747-400s in service by engine type

CX and NZ had RRs. I believe NZ also had some GE ones as well.

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