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by paulduwon
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA to review fleet plan; future of A380 in limbo
Replies: 76
Views: 29679

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

If the fleet restructure were to happen, what does that mean for their routes? Does that mean there’s a chance that the ultra long-haul routes will be discontinued once again?
I’m personally guessing some of their old fifth-freedom routes will have to return, maybe SFO/LAX-ICN.

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by paulduwon
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Chairman: business conditions poor, looking to divest assets, form more JVs
Replies: 70
Views: 16858

Re: Korean Air Chairman: business conditions poor, looking to divest assets, form more JVs

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel that having too many tourists-focused routes year-round has been harmful to KE? I've always thought it was bold that they would operate routes like ICN - PRG. BCN, VIE, ZAG, BNE, MLE, and CMB year-round (not to mention they are also trying to add BUD next summ...

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by paulduwon
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Indonesia Plans DPS-LAX/SFO/PAR/BOM/DEL
Replies: 46
Views: 6525

Re: Garuda Indonesia Plans DPS-LAX/SFO/PAR/BOM/DEL

I remember reading an article about their attempt to start CGK-NRT-LAX years ago. https://onemileatatime.com/garuda-lax/ Not sure what happened, but if they are still serious about trying to get back to the US, I cannot see direct LAX/SFO-DPS working out. Maybe if they try for fifth freedom flights,...

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by paulduwon
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - June 2020
Replies: 182
Views: 18718

Re: EU’s US passenger ban affect on American carriers

I understand they are doing it for their own safety, but I think completely banning the American passengers is not beneficial for both Europe and the US. I read an article on CNN that they're still in talks about it. Assuming it does go well, I'm guessing the EU will either test the incoming passeng...

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by paulduwon
Wed Mar 11, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was the rationale for 2-5-2 configuration on older widebodies?
Replies: 77
Views: 14450

Re: What was the rationale for 2-5-2 configuration on older widebodies?

Not a 777, but when MD-11 flew passengers commercially, they also had 2-5-2 configuration. I remember how god-awful it was to fly in that very central seat on DL's NRT-ATL flight. Back then, there wasn't even an IFE! But back to 777s, is it just me, or does anyone else thought ANA's 2-4-3 was one of...

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by paulduwon
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore granted 5th Freedom Tokyo-New York rights
Replies: 60
Views: 15826

Re: Singapore granted 5th Freedom Tokyo-New York rights

I’m wondering what will happen to their LAX flights. I’ve been really hoping SQ bring their ICN fifth freedom flights back, and there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ve contemplated on it.

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by paulduwon
Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do airlines reuse flight number of their terminated destination?
Replies: 42
Views: 5854

Re: Do airlines reuse flight number of their terminated destination?

To join this discussion flow, Korean Air uses KE 1/2 on ICN-NRT-HNL route after replacing its ICN/GMP-NRT-LAX.

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by paulduwon
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why JAL has fewer international destinations than ANA?
Replies: 43
Views: 9048

Re: Why JAL has fewer international destinations than ANA?

Will JL catch up in next few years? I would like to see JL adds AMS ZRH MAD ROM. You know, JAL used to fly to all of those places you mentioned. In fact, they even flew as far as NRT-YVR-MEX and NRT-JFK-GRU at one point. JAL went through a series of bad management in the late 2000s (including bankr...

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by paulduwon
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Singapore Airlines looking at another US ULR route - ORD, BOS or IAD?
Replies: 184
Views: 31628

Re: Rumour: Singapore Airlines looking at another US ULR route - ORD, BOS or IAD?

o Financial sector corporate traffic "lagging", however "sufficient offsetting strength from IT and professional services" If this is true, wouldn't SQ benefit more from moving their 1-stop SIN-SFO flight to ICN from HKG? Given the political situation in Hong Kong, and the stron...

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by paulduwon
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore and South Korea Formalise Expanded Air Services Agreement
Replies: 27
Views: 3230

Re: Singapore and South Korea Formalise Expanded Air Services Agreement

Great news. I really hope this enables SQ to revive some of its old fifth freedom flights from ICN.
I personally am hoping they bring SIN-ICN-SFO and YVR flights back.

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by paulduwon
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines ask HKG to waive fees - "flights no longer financially viable"
Replies: 98
Views: 36296

Re: Airlines ask HKG to waive fees - "flights no longer financially viable"

Singapore Airlines during its earnings event this week specifically called out protest and violence in Hong Kong as discouraging travel - especially among leisure travellers that look at alternative destinations. SQ said it had cancelled some HKG frequencies with low bookings and consolidated loads...

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by paulduwon
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Changi Airport wants SQ or another airline to start SIN-YVR/ORD
Replies: 28
Views: 5877

Re: Changi Airport wants SQ or another airline to start SIN-YVR/ORD

Since SQ still has fifth freedom rights from serving out of ICN (to YVR, SFO, and LAX), they have a shot at doing SIN-ICN-ORD. Not to mention OZ is leaving ORD in October, and they can take over before UA does.

I personally am hoping any fifth freedom out of ICN relaunches.

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by paulduwon
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong airport disruptions due protest
Replies: 183
Views: 45225

Re: Hong Kong airport disruptions due protest

The more I read about what's going on in Hong Kong, I'm just wondering how the political aspects would affect aviation.... I wouldn't be surprised by airlines reducing its frequencies as well as turning away its fifth freedom services. Any thoughts?

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by paulduwon
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL and ANA’s presence in South Korea
Replies: 5
Views: 1609

Re: JAL and ANA’s presence in South Korea

Another factor that you need to consider is that the perception of international travelling has changed in Korea. Up until the late 1980s, South Korea restricted its citizens from travelling outside the country unless you had a purpose (mostly business, education, etc.). I remember my parents tellin...

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by paulduwon
Sun May 19, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana starting ICN-ULN starting 7/9/2019
Replies: 19
Views: 2445

Asiana starting ICN-ULN starting 7/9/2019

I was checking my OZ mileage status on their website, and I noticed on the front page of their Korean website that they are starting a new service to Ulaanbaatar. The link is in Korean, but it's basically saying that they are having an event in celebration of starting ICN-ULN on 7/9/2019. https://fl...

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by paulduwon
Sat May 11, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana's Seoul-Chicago suspension
Replies: 58
Views: 9186

Re: Asiana's Seoul-Chicago suspension

I fly on OZ often, and given that Asiana is going through some management haul at the moment, my personal theory is that the board decided to cut some of the long-distance routes that bring fewer profits than others. When I flew on ORD-ICN route on OZ, it was usually 80-90% full. Not to mention Chic...

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by paulduwon
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TP announces LIS-SFO
Replies: 42
Views: 2455

Re: TP announces LIS-SFO

Quite an exciting news!
I think it's a smart game for TP to join. Good way to collect some travellers from both Europe and West coast, in my opinion.
Hope it does go well though!

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by paulduwon
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces SFO-DEL/MEL/YYZ; Expands AKL/AMS/PPT/ICN.
Replies: 507
Views: 74718

Re: United Airlines CEO to Make Historic Route Announcement Tomorrow (12/12)

I’m raising my eyebrow at the second SFO-ICN.
I think ever since SQ left, it’s their move to fill in the niche (KE did the same thing), but I personally thought ORD-ICN woul’ve been a smarter move.
It’s been a long-needed flight for UA, in my opinion.

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by paulduwon
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could TG relaunch BKK-LAX and BKK-JFK?
Replies: 40
Views: 5785

Re: Could TG relaunch BKK-LAX and BKK-JFK?

Like others said, I don't think nonstop flights would happen anytime soon due to competitions. There are other non-Thai carriers (especially Chinese and Koreans) who are willing to offer cheaper flights. From what I read on articles and on this page, TG is trying to relaunch US flights for their &qu...

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by paulduwon
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Anchorage become a low-cost transit hub between Asia and North America?
Replies: 65
Views: 9874

Can Anchorage become a low-cost transit hub between Asia and North America?

I know what you might be thinking - ANC was a transit hub during the Soviet era for Asian and European carriers. I was thinking if it's possible for a new low-cost airline or even Alaska Airlines (even though AS focuses on the mainland services) to establish a transit hub for passengers traveling be...

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by paulduwon
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Changi Airport wants a new non-stop flight route to Vancouver
Replies: 66
Views: 13571

Re: Singapore Changi Airport wants a new non-stop flight route to Vancouver

Given the history of some sour relationship between AC and SQ, I think YVR-SIN is a bit of a tricky route for either airline. I'm sure AC has contemplated on starting the nonstop route, and I bet my money that AC would be the first one to start. I remember SQ had to drop its YYZ service in the past ...

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by paulduwon
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL return to HKG again?
Replies: 120
Views: 18182

Re: Will DL return to HKG again?

I don't think they should cut HKG completely. They did HKG-NRT-HKG for many years though. Why not try HKG-ICN-HKG? It would be possible in a world where the low-cost airlines don't exist. ICN-HKG became oversaturated. Why do you think TG is leaving that route after serving for over 20 years? ET dro...

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by paulduwon
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Announces EWR-PRG, EWR-NAP, SFO-AMS
Replies: 126
Views: 17578

Re: United Announces EWR-PRG, EWR-NAP, SFO-AMS

A little off-topic (since everyone is talking about Europe), but I'm wondering if UA is contemplating on ORD-ICN anytime soon.

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by paulduwon
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Profitability of GMP-CJU route
Replies: 9
Views: 832

Re: Profitability of GMP-CJU route

One other thing to add about GMP-CJU: There are not exactly a ton of alternatives outside of flying between the two. Unless you want another Sewol disaster. ....you are aware that tons of low-cost carriers fly between GMP and CJU too, right? Jeju Air, T'way, Eastar Jet, Jin Air (a subsidiary of KE)...

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by paulduwon
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KE's new branding campaign - 'Go Korean'
Replies: 13
Views: 2946

Re: KE's new branding campaign - 'Go Korean'

As much as I despise Korean Air and boycotting it after the Nut Rage incident and their abuse of power by the owner family, I think they are really trying to outshine Asiana especially now. OZ recently had some serious hits after the "No Meal" incident as well as their own version of abuse...

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by paulduwon
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL fires a Korean speaking gate agent for misconduct
Replies: 43
Views: 12013

Re: DL fires Korean speaking gate agents?..

Although the article is talking about the Korean-Americans, I've actually been surprised by how lenient Korean agents in Korea (ICN and GMP) are so lenient about the airline policies. I go to Korea a lot to visit family, and whenever I fly back on United, I've never met a single agent who pinpointed...

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by paulduwon
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airports are at Full or almost Full Capacity?
Replies: 70
Views: 8697

Re: Which Airports are at Full or almost Full Capacity?

I personally think CJU is probably the densest airport in the world. Small terminal with hundreds of flights coming and going each hour, it's really packed to the gills. The government is even considering building a second airport in the island to split the air traffic. https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/...

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by paulduwon
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chances of SQ starting another 5th freedom route from ICN?
Replies: 21
Views: 4061

Re: Chances of SQ starting another 5th freedom route from ICN?

Reroute SIN-IAH to stop in ICN instead of via MAN, makes much more sense distance-wise. Only in a world in which SQ and UA do codeshares. I actually think IAH has some hope as long as UA could provide reasonable connections, especially since the demand for South American travels is growing among Ko...

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by paulduwon
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China IAH operation
Replies: 1
Views: 743

Re: Air China IAH operation

Can't say for IAH - PTY route, but I've been on PEK - YUL - HAV route. The PEK - YUL was packed to the gills (the passengers seem to be a good mix of 50-50 of Canadians and Chinese). When we continued to Havana (as well as back to Montreal), there were lots of empty seats - about 15-20% load?

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by paulduwon
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chances of SQ starting another 5th freedom route from ICN?
Replies: 21
Views: 4061

Re: Chances of SQ starting another 5th freedom route from ICN?

As they're replacing SQ8/7 with SQ612/1 with exact departure time from SIN (0245) and exact equipment (77W) I doubt this would happen anytime soon; and SQ612/1 is a typical Japan/Korea regional turnaround flight number. Of course, we never know if they're planning to do another change shortly after...

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by paulduwon
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chances of SQ starting another 5th freedom route from ICN?
Replies: 21
Views: 4061

Chances of SQ starting another 5th freedom route from ICN?

Since I have always flown on SQ 15/16 on SFO-ICN and SQ 7/8 on LAX-ICN all my life since I was a little boy to visit family in Korea (I have also flown on SQ 17/18 several times on YVR-ICN/SEL), SQ's cancellation on LAX-ICN-SIN to start nonstop flights has been a big shock for me personally. I compl...

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