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by HighFlyerIT
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1019
Views: 246071

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

IG is not a threat. They are shrinking their network already and their survivability is questionable. What prevented LH to make a successful bid for AZ is the same reason that prevent Alitalia from becoming successful. A mixture of political influences, hostile unions, bad infrastructures, lack of ...

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by HighFlyerIT
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1019
Views: 246071

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

Guess if LH was offered to take over AZ and turn it into a profitable airline, they would find an internal solution for EN. The original plan of LH was to have AZ focus on FCO and leave MXP to EW. But now IG has started many routes from MXP and it would be way more difficult as 2 years back ... IG ...

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by HighFlyerIT
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1019
Views: 246071

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

Would not count on Air Italy being operative in 10 years...they are losing money and bleeding like Alitalia. It's a strong statement for a company that has been around for 56 years... It's pretty much where Alitalia is. https://www.videolina.it/articolo/tg/2019/08/08/airitaly_conti_in_rosso_i_sinda...

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by HighFlyerIT
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1019
Views: 246071

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

bennett123 wrote:
A new Italian Government and AZ on strike.

Just another day.
Sad but true.

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by HighFlyerIT
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy Reports Losses Of €164 Million in 2018
Replies: 78
Views: 12877

Re: Air Italy Reports Losses Of €164 Million in 2018

To make MXP work, you'd need to do one of these things: (...) 2. Condemn property to build a new MXP closer to the city center. (...) What about constructing a high speed rail connection to MXP that takes less time than the bus to LIN? Long story. Let's start from the beginning. Currently, MXP Expr...

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by HighFlyerIT
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy Reports Losses Of €164 Million in 2018
Replies: 78
Views: 12877

Re: Air Italy Reports Losses Of €164 Million in 2018

The charade that is Alitalia has been going on for decades. Yes, like Berlin wall, then suddenly it fell down. Il corriere reported that IG RASK is already bigger than AZ, 6.64 compared to 6.4. Considering 2018 was their first year, not even a complete one, not bad in my opinion. The costs are not ...

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by HighFlyerIT
Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy Reports Losses Of €164 Million in 2018
Replies: 78
Views: 12877

Re: Air Italy Reports Losses Of €164 Million in 2018

Have you ever even tried to go from any cities you mentionned to MXP? It's much easier, reliable, comfortable to take a flight from any of the cities you mentionned to OLB and connect in OLB. You and AAB have obviously never been to Northern Italy. There are airports every 50km in Northern italy an...

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by HighFlyerIT
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy Reports Losses Of €164 Million in 2018
Replies: 78
Views: 12877

Re: Air Italy Reports Losses Of €164 Million in 2018

Not to mention I have been unable to find an actual filing and the only one reporting this is Il Corriere (not that I think it's untrue, but you said "the real financial release" which I haven't been able to find. And where did you search it, on Google? You can easily view it from the off...

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by HighFlyerIT
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy Reports Losses Of €164 Million in 2018
Replies: 78
Views: 12877

Re: Air Italy Reports Losses Of €164 Million in 2018

Apparently some of the costs come from the fact that they have excessive workforce they can't fire. And let's not forget this refers to 2018, prior to the changes in strategy and top management, when they used to fly nearly-empty aircrafts to Bangkok, New Delhi and Mumbai, routes they then closed pr...

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by HighFlyerIT
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is an aircraft called "metal"?
Replies: 16
Views: 1952

Re: Why is an aircraft called "metal"?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metonymy

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metonymy

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by HighFlyerIT
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1019
Views: 246071

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

The E175's will go by next spring. I read it somewhere. Edit, in the ilsole article linked above, it says that the E175's will be gone by January 2020. I don't understand Italian but Google Translate would suggest the exact opposite. Fleet. As of January 1, 2020, 15 Embraer 175 (regional jets) and,...

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by HighFlyerIT
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1019
Views: 246071

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

According to a paid French news site the AZ board plans following adjustments under Ferrovie dello Stato guidance. > FCO primary hub > LIN focus city > Fleet reduced from current 117 to 102 in 2020 > Lease 3 777 and 13 additional Airbus family craft > Domestic network reduced - 15 loss-making route...

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by HighFlyerIT
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1019
Views: 246071

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

J343 wrote:
What are the chances of IAG acquiring AZ?
With DL on board? I'd say zero.

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by HighFlyerIT
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1019
Views: 246071

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

https://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/alitali ... iu-ACeqkFY

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Supposedly the business plan of the new Alitalia, developed by Ferrovie dello Stato (Italian railways) and Delta Airlines (in Italian):

https://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/alitali ... iu-ACeqkFY

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by HighFlyerIT
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA BLQ asymmetric loads
Replies: 30
Views: 6777

Re: AA BLQ asymmetric loads

which months specifically? Could it be people coming here on their seasonal J1 visas? seasonal J1 Visa? J1 is a exchange Visa. Nothing to do with tourists! They work while engaging in "cultural exchange". Our local businesses in my part of the Northeast NEED them during the summer, and mo...

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by HighFlyerIT
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA BLQ asymmetric loads
Replies: 30
Views: 6777

Re: AA BLQ asymmetric loads

Vacation days for Italians are highly concentrated in July and August (especially the latter). Therefore it's not surprising that at the beginning of July there are far more Italians leaving, and very few coming back. Wait for the second half of August and you'll see the opposite trend. Inviato dal ...

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by HighFlyerIT
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy discussion thread
Replies: 78
Views: 15128

Re: Air Italy discussion thread

The first thing Air Italy should do is developing some European network. They need to start with stabilisation of their domestic network and expend more within the continent before starting any long-haul advantures, Oh what a great idea, Alitalia obtained a huge success with this strategy! Legacy c...

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by HighFlyerIT
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL-WAW route
Replies: 44
Views: 6969

Re: ATL-WAW route

LO 787 fleet is inconsistent, muddled with leased aircraft with different hard products. No it’s not. I read that LO will lease a 789 from NEOS which being a vacation carrier likely has tighter pitch? Flights to JFK were operated by NEOS in the past month, but not anymore. Anyway I'm not sure about...

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by HighFlyerIT
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Italian Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 27
Views: 2317

Re: Italian Aviation Thread - 2018

I'm part happy and part sad about this. Happy because my money can go elsewhere rather than on a standing plane Sad because damn the A345 is cool. Now only A319s for Govt flights. And a bunch of Falcons 2000 and 900. Yes, taxpayers' money can go to increased cost of traveling long-range with an A31...

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by HighFlyerIT
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly takes delivery of first A380
Replies: 179
Views: 53090

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

They got the A380 with the intention of using it at certain times of the year for their Hajj flights they do for Garuda, Saudia, Air Algerie and others. That came from the HiFly guys I had the pleasure of dealing with here in AKL for 3 months, who had previously done a number of these flights from ...

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by HighFlyerIT
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TATL Announcements for 2019
Replies: 206
Views: 29738

Re: TATL Announcements for 2019

I'm surprised nobody is talking about Milan. Lots of potential there. ORD is one option seasonally, same with ORD-ATH. Air Italy will start a few new routes out of MXP in 2019. Definitely LAX. Probably YYZ. Possibly other US destinations (BOS? ORD? SFO?). Great thread! Are there any announcements f...

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by HighFlyerIT
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly takes delivery of first A380
Replies: 179
Views: 53090

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

So all the rumors summarized we now have the following potentials: Virgin Atlantic, TAP, Air Austral, Swiss, KLM, and British Airways. A friend of mine also heard Lufthansa being interested (maybe linked to Swiss?) Now, which one will it be and when will it start and for how long? A388 British Airw...

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by HighFlyerIT
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus offers longer range A35K for QR
Replies: 137
Views: 26656

Re: Airbus offers longer range A35K for QR

I found interesting reading http://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/777x-production-investments-bolster-boeing According to Boeing statement 777-9 will have 20% fuel burn than 777-300ER and 12% lower then A350-1000. 777-8 wiil have 13% better then 777-300ER. It was with 102k lbs thrust engines....

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by HighFlyerIT
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly takes delivery of first A380
Replies: 179
Views: 53090

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

Everybody is assuming that the slot restrictions refer to the home airport, what if they refer to the destination airport? Which would explain why this carrier only want to lease one aircraft rather than being able to justify a whole fleet - pretty much any European carrier would be able to fill an...

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by HighFlyerIT
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman pees on floor of Wizz plane.
Replies: 76
Views: 11727

Re: Woman pees on floor of Wizz plane.

Jeez, did anyone actually read the "article"? Stop guessing, it's all written! She clearly did it intentionally because she was being detained after landing, waiting for authorities due to her unruly behavior during the flight.

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by HighFlyerIT
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly takes delivery of first A380
Replies: 179
Views: 53090

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

Everybody is assuming that the slot restrictions refer to the home airport, what if they refer to the destination airport? Which would explain why this carrier only want to lease one aircraft rather than being able to justify a whole fleet - pretty much any European carrier would be able to fill an...

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by HighFlyerIT
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly takes delivery of first A380
Replies: 179
Views: 53090

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

As for which European airline might be interested? Lets remember that this A380 has a F class cabin and 60 J seats so that rules out a lot of European airlines. There aren't many markets in Europe that can fill that many premium seats. To me this has Virgin Atlantic written all over it. But i would...

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by HighFlyerIT
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Italian Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 27
Views: 2317

Re: Italian aviation thread

Unions are not the only problem, but they are a problem. I can't remember where I read it, but the difference in productivity between AF and AZ employees is huge! And France is probably in the the worst situation after Italy! Look at what's happening now with Air Italy, trying to move 50 workers fro...

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by HighFlyerIT
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farnborough Air Show 2018 - Boeing Order Thread
Replies: 189
Views: 83410

Re: Farnborough Air Show 2018 - Boeing Order Thread

Volga-dnepr Group purchases 5 748F and commits to 29 777F https://twitter.com/Enrique77W/status/1019133096304758784 Did Volga-dnepr Group commit to 16 or so 748F a couple of years back ? No, that was Airbridge Cargo: Was speaking with a captain on the CargoLogic 748F today at the show and he said A...

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by HighFlyerIT
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 113 emergency return
Replies: 18
Views: 6456

Re: BA 113 emergency return

tonystan wrote:
You have no idea just how wrong you are there!


Facts, please?

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by HighFlyerIT
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus delivers first 280t a350 to Iberia
Replies: 61
Views: 15138

Re: Airbus delivers first 280t a350 to Iberia

Part of the point of getting the 280 Ton A350-900 is that it also includes aerodynamic improvements resulting in a 1% better fuel burn (2% with a TrentXWB PiP) over the original 268 Ton A350-900. In the current MEX airport the A359 can take off at 250 Tons (to be increased to ~260 Tons when the new...

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by HighFlyerIT
Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LIN Airport
Replies: 15
Views: 1860

Re: LIN Airport

MXP also has rail connections to central Milan...with LIN, you're stuck on a bus...and given Italian rush hours... Correct, although LIN is much closer to the center and a new subway line with a stop at the airport is under construction and it will be completed in the next few years. However, the M...

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by HighFlyerIT
Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LIN Airport
Replies: 15
Views: 1860

Re: LIN Airport

You're all missing the point. Treaties don't matter, this is an airport policy. Of course it applies to both BA and AZ. They'll be free to fly LON-MIL as much as they want, but using the other two Milan apts (MXP and BGY). Unless the policy will change by then, which is unlikely. Inviato dal mio Red...

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by HighFlyerIT
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LIN Airport
Replies: 15
Views: 1860

Re: LIN Airport

After building MXP Italians wanted to limit LIN to domestic flights only, but this would be against EU competition rules so nowadays only flights intra-EU are allowed. Will LIN loose flights to LON after Brexit? And why do you suppose that LIN will lose (not loose) flights to LON after Brexit? I wo...

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by HighFlyerIT
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Clearing customs and making connections at major US hubs
Replies: 14
Views: 912

Re: Clearing customs and making connections at major US hubs

I connected at DFW in 2013 with a J-1 visa, it was a 2:15h connection. After clearing the checks and literally running to the gate, I barely made it (everyone else was already on board and the gate was being closed). My checked baggage didn't.

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by HighFlyerIT
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nastiest feud in the airline industry - New York-Milan
Replies: 43
Views: 8861

Re: Nastiest feud in the airline industry - New York-Milan

Except for Long Island, EWR is plenty convenient for NY/NJ. Look at the average fare, I guarantee you people are schlepping from NJ to JFK/LGA and Long Island to EWR for this kind of flight... Catchment areas of JFK/LGA/EWR are similarly sized, especially when you consider that the convenience of a...

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by HighFlyerIT
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy's Inaugurates Flight From Milan to New York
Replies: 46
Views: 8643

Re: Air Italy's Inaugurates Flight From Milan to New York

A380MSN004 wrote:
N62NA wrote:
Alitalia, American, Delta, Emirates and now Air Italy on this route!

Wonder why they didn't fly to EWR instead? It's just UA on the route.


Anyone can give the annual traffic on this route please?

686,891 in 2017
+ 151,803 on MXP-EWR

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by HighFlyerIT
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy's Inaugurates Flight From Milan to New York
Replies: 46
Views: 8643

Re: Air Italy's Inaugurates Flight From Milan to New York

I don't agree with this statement: "And to do so, the airline has to penetrate a tradition-oriented population that knows—and is used to flying—one airline only: Alitalia." AZ's offer in terms of routes is so poor that Italians got used to just choosing the lowest fare option and rarely fl...

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by HighFlyerIT
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: EK US routes' chance of being upgraded to the A380 ranked
Replies: 22
Views: 3230

Re: EK US routes' chance of being upgraded to the A380 ranked

It's time for EK to start expanding into new markets in the USA rather than dumping more capacity in the over saturated markets they already serve. And what market would you suggest? DTW, DEN and LAS come to mind. I think some American a-netters far overestimate the intercontinental demand of many ...

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by HighFlyerIT
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air adds more destinations to MXP
Replies: 7
Views: 1653

Re: Wizz Air adds more destinations to MXP

It's great to see them expanding. Will it be a base? I don't know, but it does have potential. There's still plenty of slots available at Malpensa after Alitalia pulled out. Ryanair will not be their only competition at Malpensa, there's also EasyJet. With both Ryanair and Wizzair as competition my...

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by HighFlyerIT
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1019
Views: 246071

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

Yesterday the Italian minister of economic development Carlo Calenda said during a TV interview that he will meet the three bidders on monday and subsequently choose the one to continue negotiations. The aim is to reach an agreement before the elections, and he is confident that it is feasible. Full...

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