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by VRHNM
Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 47
Views: 8650

Re: CX A321neo information

No official information yet. Originally they were planned to enter service with KA on the CGO (?) route but with KA. When KA was still in operation a few months back all A320 and A321 aircraft were not in service. I doubt it is CX's strategy to run narrow body ops in response to lower pax demand. I ...

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by VRHNM
Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cathay Pacific A330 replacement
Replies: 43
Views: 3859

Re: Cathay Pacific A330 replacement

I don't think the long haul configured A333 are 'bad' by any means. I'm guessing there is some confusion over the regionally configured and long haul configured frames. The regionally configured ones never (as far as I've seen) operate on Oceania routes. They are (were?) mostly limited to East/Sout...

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by VRHNM
Sat Dec 19, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cathay Pacific A330 replacement
Replies: 43
Views: 3859

Re: Cathay Pacific A330 replacement

I don't think the long haul configured A333 are 'bad' by any means. I'm guessing there is some confusion over the regionally configured and long haul configured frames. The regionally configured ones never (as far as I've seen) operate on Oceania routes. They are (were?) mostly limited to East/South...

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by VRHNM
Sat Oct 24, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread - 2020
Replies: 529
Views: 134351

Re: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread

The Cathay managers especially John Slosar and Rupert Hogg and their HK underlings have brought their own demise. Just a few months ago, Cathay Dragon Union members voted overwhelmingly, calling to scrap all mainland flight. ******************************* https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/transp...

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by VRHNM
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Going out of your way to fly a special type
Replies: 67
Views: 6168

Re: Going out of your way to fly a special type

In 2018 I was heading to Koh Samui (USM) in Thailand and wanted to catch the 734 on TG from BKK- I chose not to go with the direct flight from HKG on purpose and flew to BKK on a separate ticket first, then checked myself in again at BKK for the quick 50 minute dash on the classic 737.

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by VRHNM
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread - 2020
Replies: 529
Views: 134351

Re: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread

There are rumours that a number of KA A330s and A320/1 aircraft may be subject to early retirement and sent to Tarbes in the coming months..

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by VRHNM
Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread - 2020
Replies: 529
Views: 134351

Re: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread

"Consequently 16 aircraft are not expected to re-enter meaningful economic activity with an impairment of HK$1,212m. "

What exactly does this mean? Retirement of 16 aircraft? Or long term storage?

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by VRHNM
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there an airline worldwide that’s not losing money ?
Replies: 64
Views: 15939

Re: Is there an airline worldwide that’s not losing money ?

https://tw.stock.yahoo.com/news/%E8%B2% ... 42514.html
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CI seems to have made a profit in Q2 2020, mainly attributed to its cargo arm.. Wondering if the same may be the case for CX.

Source (Chinese only): https://tw.stock.yahoo.com/news/%E8%B2% ... 42514.html

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by VRHNM
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA Group News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 533
Views: 17210

Re: SIA to review fleet plan; future of A380 in limbo

The first 773, 9V-SYI, has been ferried to Goodyear/Arizona as we speak. Goodyear, thats a place most airliners never leave again. Surely the rest of the remaining regional 773s will follow soon. Thai is also in the process of outphasing the regional 777 and I wonder if CX will also retire this lar...

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by VRHNM
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the most boring airport approach you've flown?
Replies: 33
Views: 1992

Re: What's the most boring airport approach you've flown?

SIN !

Seeing an aircraft from the airside of the terminal more like a scavenger hunt- I thought I was in an airport, not a shopping mall!
Really dislike the windows overviewing the tarmac to be hidden behind security check, makes spotting from the terminal an impossible task.

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by VRHNM
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Buying and reselling for profit
Replies: 4
Views: 2132

Re: Buying and reselling for profit

I doubt it is worth the effort. Most of the models with inflated prices on Ebay have been out of production for several years alread- would you really buy in bulk just to store them away for so long :boxedin: ? You also have to gauge which models may end up being valuable/rare in the future - More e...

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by VRHNM
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 and A340 Movements/Write-off/Retirements/Scrap Thread - 2020
Replies: 194
Views: 63350

Re: A330 and A340 Movements/Write-off/Retirements/Scrap Thread - 2020

Rumour has it that the world's first A330 has been retired today. Cathay Dragon B-HLJ (ex-VR-HLJ, F-WWKA) has left HKG as KA2486.

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by VRHNM
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China ends Hong Kong's autonomy
Replies: 90
Views: 4917

Re: China ends Hong Kong's autonomy

Looks like the UK is offering a path to citizenship for not just HK BNO passport holders, but all those who were eligible for one, about 3 million people. Wish the US would do something similar. Unfortunately those in Hong Kong that were born after 1997 do not currently have the right to apply and ...

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by VRHNM
Sun May 31, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare and Short Lived Airline/Aircraft Combinations
Replies: 101
Views: 10892

Re: Rare and Short Lived Airline/Aircraft Combinations

The only JAL MD-11 to receive the Arc of Sun livery, JA8582. 0901385 A great combination, IMO. Interestingly when JAL adopted the 2011 livery they also only painted 1 MD90 in the new livery before retirement of the type. https://imgproc.airliners.net/photos/airliners/2/2/3/2177322.jpg?v=v40 Also a ...

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by VRHNM
Sun May 31, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?
Replies: 199
Views: 25211

Re: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?

I think the A340-200/-300 will hit retirement because of Covid-19, that will be at least 50 aircraft being retired. Also many older A330's the lower MTOW variant will hit retirement. Than there will be A330P2F conversions. All could lead to ~>200 less A330/A340 in operation. I wouldn't at all be su...

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by VRHNM
Sun May 31, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who designed Swissair's '80s livery?
Replies: 23
Views: 4989

Re: Who designed Swissair's '80s livery?

Cheatlines were a commonplace on many airline's liveries in the 1980s, aesthetics change throughout time!

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by VRHNM
Sat May 30, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China ends Hong Kong's autonomy
Replies: 90
Views: 4917

Re: China ends Hong Kong's autonomy

Leaving aside the question of right or wrong, I find it interesting there are people arguing the UK should never have given up Hong Kong or that the UK should now take Hong Kong back. Why? Since when was imperialism a good thing? Wouldn't the better alternative be to allow HK to declare independenc...

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by VRHNM
Thu May 28, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 331
Views: 73660

Re: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy

Just the issue of business class hard products alone is a big mess that the TG administration will have to tackle... To my knowledge there are currently 6-7(?) differing types of business hard products operating with TG. "Older" Seats 2-2-2 (2 types of A333, 772/E) 2-3-2 (773) - Seems to b...

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by VRHNM
Mon May 25, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 472
Views: 110366

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

Is there any information regarding TG's plan with their 744s in the coming months?

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by VRHNM
Sun May 24, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China ends Hong Kong's autonomy
Replies: 90
Views: 4917

Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Protests Erupts Once Again

A large peaceful demonstration was held on the 24th of May in light of the recent announcement of the implementation of 'National Security Laws' in Hong Kong (unilateral implementation without the consultation and legislative process of Hong Kong - Direct implementation by Beijing). Critics have arg...

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by VRHNM
Fri May 22, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread - 2020
Replies: 529
Views: 134351

Re: Cathay Pacific to cut capacity

There is no way that the new low cost carrier would be named anything near 'Cathay Express'. No premium airline would dilute its brand like that.

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by VRHNM
Tue May 19, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 331
Views: 73660

Re: Minister: THAI "Financial Status Critical"; Rehab Program Failing

I am not too sure what they plan to do with Thai Smile in the future. They started off as a LCC (despite retaining some elements of the 'Thai' brand name), and then moved slightly more premium, but still less-so than mainline TG... So does the current 'hybrid-like' Thai Smile compete effectively wit...

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by VRHNM
Mon May 18, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - May 2020
Replies: 184
Views: 25823

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - May 2020

I would be surprised if the recovery in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding Oceania) was not similar to, or better than, the recovery after the SARS epidemic, because Asia-Pacific is far more capable of surviving in isolation and less reliant on western economic trade. Hong Kong bounced back quite q...

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by VRHNM
Fri May 08, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread - 2020
Replies: 529
Views: 134351

Re: [rumor] CX Group brand consolidation

I highly doubt that any new consolidated brand between KA and UO would be anything near 'Cathay Express'. No premium brand like Cathay Pacific would dilute their own brand name with a LCC operation adopting a similar name (assuming the new consolidated carrier operates as a LCC). My personal prefer...

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by VRHNM
Fri May 08, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread - 2020
Replies: 529
Views: 134351

Re: [rumor] CX Group brand consolidation

I highly doubt that any new consolidated brand between KA and UO would be anything near 'Cathay Express'. No premium brand like Cathay Pacific would dilute their own brand name with a LCC operation adopting a similar name (assuming the new consolidated carrier operates as a LCC).

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by VRHNM
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020
Replies: 542
Views: 100549

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020

VN8 (A350-941 non-ULR) is ferrying HAN-YVZ nonstop. https://i.imgur.com/wRQSifG.png This aircraft will fly back to Vietnam as a repatriation flight, carrying 300 pax on YVZ-YVR-HAN. I am wondering that if VN can hold 300 pax on YVR-HAN nonstop on the A359 original, why would SQ has to use the A359U...

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by VRHNM
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Many strange flights on HKG pax arrival list - what are those flights?
Replies: 12
Views: 2534

Re: Many strange flights on HKG pax arrival list - what are those flights?

These are passenger planes. So prolly only unloading/loading the bellies? No? AC did remove all econ seats on their pax 77W that they use for cargo flights, so that cargo can be loaded on main deck, although there is no cargo door to the main deck so whatever loaded onto main deck will most likely ...

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by VRHNM
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X
Replies: 161
Views: 27263

Re: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X

Hong Kong to Europe as well as Hong Kong tp US are all above 12 hours flights. Hong Kong to Tokio is 4h50m, Tokio to San Francisco 9 hours. Is belly cargo desired for flights above 12 hours? How does Cathay Pacific transport cargo to the US? Cathay Pacific Cargo flights to the US and other North Am...

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by VRHNM
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X
Replies: 161
Views: 27263

Re: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X

The B787-10 would be an ideal replacement for CX A330-300 and eventually the B777-300 (Non-ER). Though I'm intrested what is the plan for KA's A330-300 will CX transfer there newer A333 to KA? Will KA order the A339 as an A333 replacement? Or will KA shift to only operating single-aisle aircraft li...

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by VRHNM
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X
Replies: 161
Views: 27263

Re: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X

chunhimlai wrote:
Why not 789
It is good replacement of mid-long haul a330


I don't really see a place for the 789 since its not that far off the A359 in size, and mid-long haul A330s have been increasingly replaced by the A350 (both 900 and 1000) within CX anyway.
See the replacement of 33K aircraft in Australia ^^

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by VRHNM
Fri Apr 24, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X
Replies: 161
Views: 27263

Re: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X

If CX wants to rid itself of 777X orders and go for 787, here’s an idea: go away from Boeing and go for A330neo. It is a cheaper aircraft, a direct 1:1 replacement. Pilot pools will be unified with a A350/A330/A330N fleet. Go all Airbus CX it’s the smart thing to do. I've heard that the A339 is act...

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by VRHNM
Fri Apr 24, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X
Replies: 161
Views: 27263

Re: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X

Sounds like a B773/A333 replacement, and that quite frankly was needed. Some of the A333s upon retirement will be pushing, if not past the age of, 30, most of which have spent their entire service lives with CX/KA. CX has to be concerned that some of its A330s are reaching expiration. If they have ...

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by VRHNM
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X
Replies: 161
Views: 27263

Re: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X

I would have thought a few more 747-8Fs would have been their preferred conversion.

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by VRHNM
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020
Replies: 542
Views: 100549

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020

TG struggling as expected... "BANGKOK -- Thai Airways International, a listed state-owned enterprise, is dangerously close to becoming the world's first national flag carrier to go bust amid the coronavirus pandemic, with only days left to maneuver out of its latest financial straits. Down to i...

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by VRHNM
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: CX to walk away from 777X order
Replies: 225
Views: 41828

Re: Rumor: CX to walk away from 777X order

Would it be so bad if Cathay switched to the 787-9 for some of the smaller European and North American cities ? The 777-9 could be too much airplane for these times, the 787-9 has proven to be the sweet spot right now. Just something for our Hong Kong friends to consider. CX has been using the A359...

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by VRHNM
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: CX to walk away from 777X order
Replies: 225
Views: 41828

Re: Rumor: CX to walk away from 777X order

And, being a Chinese carrier, they are also hit harder than most by the Coronavirus situation itself. Since when has CX been considered a Chinese carrier? Since 1997. All Hong Kong based carriers are subject to Hong Kong laws and policies which are independent of those in mainland China. Hong Kong ...

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by VRHNM
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS
Replies: 325
Views: 64370

Re: Has Boeing hurt the 777 by not having a BCF option?

To what extent has the reason for this being that many cargo hubs operate and built mainly around smaller bays (that fit the MD11/767/A300)? I'm not entirely sure if 'cargo hubs' really tend to gravitate towards smaller bays but I did hear that one reason why the 777F hasn't been more of a success i...

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by VRHNM
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 395
Views: 55103

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

...Clean-sheet 777 competitor? Already in service. Which aircraft do you place on this category? The A350? No way. It can fly far but not with the same capacity (passengers and cargo). They do not have a competitor on this level because the A380 was much bigger and it is at an end. The A350 has ran...

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by VRHNM
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020
Replies: 542
Views: 100549

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020

UA has been operating some 77Ws into Hong Kong under UA2xxx flight numbers in the past two days. Does anybody know what these were for? Did they carry revenue passengers or ...?
At least 1 flight was bound for LAX. Unsure about the others.

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by VRHNM
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 340979

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

HK Express has announced to suspend operations until April 20. As stated on their website.

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by VRHNM
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread - 2020
Replies: 529
Views: 134351

Re: Cathay Pacific to cut capacity

Cathay Pacific’s subsidiary HK Express has announced to suspend all operations until April 30.

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by VRHNM
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Accelerating aircraft retirements
Replies: 83
Views: 18335

Re: Accelerating aircraft retirements

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... XJyimpVp74
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SQ now retiring their 777-200ER aircraft in April, 1 month earlier than planned.

Source:
https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... XJyimpVp74

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by VRHNM
Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SZX expansion: new T1, HSR station and 3rd Runway
Replies: 3
Views: 1468

Re: SZX expansion: new T1, HSR station and 3rd Runway

How will such a plan affect the already congested airspace in the Pearl River Delta region? I can't imagine such a runway would be able to be utilised at maximum capacity given the airspace constraints.

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by VRHNM
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 185061

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

Hong Kong Airlines rumoured to axe a further 100 jobs, on top of the 300 jobs cut earlier.

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by VRHNM
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?
Replies: 111
Views: 7855

Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

A330neo, both -800 and -900 versions. The new 'winglets' don't look good from any angle. They look far too small and sort of unnaturally jut outwards when viewed from multiple angles. The actual shape of the winglet is also really odd (as if somebody snapped a bit off of it?). The new engines don't ...

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by VRHNM
Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will JAL order the 777-9?
Replies: 32
Views: 6572

Re: Will JAL order the 777-9?

Highly doubt it given that JL has previously stated that the A350-1000 will ultimately be their largest aircraft once all 777s are phased out.

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by VRHNM
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 213512

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

China-USA demand is coming back. Attended briefing end of last week were Air China local management informed airport officials they will reestablish separate LAX and SFO flights for April. Current LAX flights are seeing increased loads (150-180 per flight) far above 30-50 few weeks ago. Really? Int...

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by VRHNM
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The end of The HNA Group ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1088

Re: The end of The HNA Group ?

Rumour that CA will take up HU assets while other HNA airlines will be taken up by MU/CZ (no specifics).

No idea what will happen to HX.

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by VRHNM
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 213512

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

Two Cathay Pacific 777-300s (A models non-ER) have been flown to HND from HKG to ferry passengers back stuck on the Diamond Princess (chartered by the Hong Kong Government). Exact nationals of the passengers on these two flights yet to be confirmed but may include Mainland Chinese. B-HNM and B-HNP o...

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by VRHNM
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 213512

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

Hong Kong Airlines have begun the process to sack around 400 employees, including 150-180 flight attendants (regardless of if they have chosen the option to take no pay leave). 400 employees account to approximately 10% of the company's workforce. Source: https://inews.hket.com/article/2568669/?fbcl...

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