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by filipinoavgeek
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A380s being painted white before being scrapped
Replies: 4
Views: 871

A380s being painted white before being scrapped

One thing I noticed about the A380s that have been scrapped so far (the two ex-SQ frames and one AF frame) is that they were all painted white before being torn apart. Was this simply because their leases expired, or is there something about the A380 where they don't want to see A380s still in liver...

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by filipinoavgeek
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Fleet Tracking Thread 2020
Replies: 49
Views: 12087

Re: Airbus A380 Fleet Tracking Thread 2020

Any updates on the Air France frames? Are they all going to be scrapped?

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by filipinoavgeek
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nok Air files bankruptcy
Replies: 7
Views: 4289

Re: Nok Air files bankruptcy

While AirAsia is having big trouble, Nok files bankruptcy, the biggest guy Thai Airways is also drowning to death, so in the next few years Thai market would become the main playground of Thai Lion and ... Thai VietJet??????????????? What about Bangkok Airways? And how is Thai Lion doing? Weren't t...

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by filipinoavgeek
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Future of A380 capable gates
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Future of A380 capable gates

With the A380 living mostly on borrowed time for any airline not named Emirates and with them likely to become a rare sight as soon as the end of this decade (especially now with the effects of the pandemic), what will happen to A380-capable gates once the A380 has disappeared from airline fleets? W...

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by filipinoavgeek
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 70059

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

I wonder how the farewells for the AF A380 would have turned out had it not been for COVID...

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by filipinoavgeek
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 5255

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

An Auditor had previously pegged the value of Fernandes' 49% stake at Rupees 550 crores (around $73 million). Tony Fernandes trims AirAsia India exit price to $50 million amid Covid-19 The Tata group is in advanced talks to acquire AirAsia Group’s 49 per cent stake in their Indian joint venture air...

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by filipinoavgeek
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 70059

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

The 747 had a much more prolific history than the A380 did. However, didn't AF operate a few farewell flights for the A380? It wasn't all salt. They operated a single farewell flight only to airline staff. Even the airline didn't seem too emotional about seeing them go apart from posting a highligh...

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by filipinoavgeek
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 70059

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

Does anyone else find it interesting that the 747 retirement announcements were all done with some fanfare and had a sad tone to them, but Air France retiring the A380 and other airlines reducing their fleets seemed less personal? British Airways and QANTAS in their announcements gave this feeling o...

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by filipinoavgeek
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61279

Re: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread

Are there any updates yet on the fate of all the frames? Have decisions been made on what will happen to them yet?

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by filipinoavgeek
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't Delta put N602DL in the Museum?
Replies: 8
Views: 1220

Re: Why didn't Delta put N602DL in the Museum?

Reminds me of 9V-SKA, the A380 that operated the first ever commercial A380 flight back in 2007. But instead of being preserved in a museum or even finding a second life with a new operator, it is nothing but memories and luggage tags now. With how historic that frame was and how much coverage SQ 38...

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61279

Re: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread

Do we know the eventual fate of their A380s apart from storage? Any chance that any of them will see a second life with another operation, or is it certain that all of them will be scrapped? The second hand market is a grand total of one, to FlyDubai. This aircraft was leased on a power by the hour...

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NokScoot shutdown
Replies: 8
Views: 3134

Re: NokScoot shutdown

While the coronavirus was likely the nail in the coffin , considering both Nok and Nok shareholder Thai have been financially struggling long before the pandemic, I wonder if this decision was less a question of when and not if. Scoot, the other LCC spinoff of Singapore, seems to be shaky, too. They...

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 504
Views: 91102

Re: Emirates Retires First A380

Do we know the fate of this specific frame yet? I know with the Air France one that was sent to Knock it was first sent to some other places in Germany for end-of-lease stuff and airframe works, while the two ex-SQ A380s that were sent to Tarbes never left and were scrapped there. Will this one see ...

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 504
Views: 91102

Re: Emirates Retires First A380

Do we know the fate of this specific frame yet? I know with the Air France one that was sent to Knock it was first sent to some other places in Germany for end-of-lease stuff and airframe works, while the two ex-SQ A380s that were sent to Tarbes never left and were scrapped there. Will this one see ...

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 504
Views: 91102

Re: Emirates Retires First A380

One thing I do find interesting is that Emirates and Etihad seem willing to keep the A380 for a little longer (Emirates especially, much to the delight of Simple Flying), but virtually every other A380 operator outright wants to ground them for at least a while, if not forever. Part of me wonders th...

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61279

Re: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread

Do we know the eventual fate of their A380s apart from storage? Any chance that any of them will see a second life with another operation, or is it certain that all of them will be scrapped?

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by filipinoavgeek
Wed May 27, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest airports with the least number of jetway gates
Replies: 2
Views: 798

Re: Busiest airports with the least number of jetway gates

Jeddah didn't have operational jetways (apart from the Hajj terminal, which is only used for pilgrimage flights) until the new terminal opened last year. The old jetway-less terminal remain as far as I can tell, however. Considering Etihad's prestige and big plans (at least in the past), Abu Dhabi's...

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by filipinoavgeek
Wed May 27, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61279

Re: Air France to retire A380 fleet effective immediately

Their A380s are still in storage right? What will be the fate of these airframes? Going to stay where they are and used as parts sources, or will they all be broken up in Ireland or elsewhere? Given the almost-nonexistent second-hand market, which was made even more-nonexistent by the pandemic, it s...

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by filipinoavgeek
Wed May 27, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 213
Views: 45269

Re: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy

Seeing all these quotes about how Southeast Asian countries "don't need flag carriers" or "should only have LCCs" greatly saddens me and makes me wonder if people here are even familiar with the countries they're talking about. There's always talk about how these markets are &quo...

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by filipinoavgeek
Wed May 27, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst “White Elephant” Airports
Replies: 36
Views: 3680

Re: Worst “White Elephant” Airports

The Philippines really only has one true "White Elephant" airport: Cagayan North International Airport in Lal-lo, Cagayan, which apparently was built more for political reasons than anything (it was supposed to be part of some "economic zone" but as far as I can tell it hasn't co...

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by filipinoavgeek
Wed May 27, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The future of inflight showers
Replies: 22
Views: 3062

Re: The future of inflight showers

There's of course still the question of if we'll ever see inflight showers and other A380 "gimmicks" like duty-free sections in passenger aircraft again once the A380 is retired for good. We know that inflight bars may have a future and in fact some 777s and A350s already have them, and lo...

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by filipinoavgeek
Wed May 27, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ A359ULRs all parked?
Replies: 52
Views: 18276

Re: SQ A359ULRs all parked?

There's no physical difference between an A359ULR and an A359HGW right? Does that mean that technically, all A359s with the new wingtips are A359ULRs?

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri May 22, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61279

Re: Air France to retire A380 fleet effective immediately

What's going to be the fate of their A380s then? With the second-hand market already virtually non-existent even before the pandemic and one already being scrapped at Knock, is the scrapyard certain to be the final destination for every Air France frame?

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri May 22, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The future of inflight showers
Replies: 22
Views: 3062

Re: The future of inflight showers

IMHO in-flight showers are more of a showoff product than a commercial advantage. Also, in an A380, there's lots of space for large suites, the Etihad "Apartment" and so on. This is not the case in the 777/787/A350. Is there any reason then why they weren't ever used on the 747 then? Also...

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri May 22, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Simple Flying and the A380
Replies: 3
Views: 565

Simple Flying and the A380

I understand that the website doesn't have the best reputation here on A.net, but for a while I've noticed that they've been one of the most pro-A380 websites on the internet. Most of their coverage about the A380 is positive and even when they do report negative news they try to spin it in a positi...

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri May 22, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The future of inflight showers
Replies: 22
Views: 3062

The future of inflight showers

With Etihad reportedly considering retiring all of its A380s and even Emirates potentially cutting a lot of its A380 fleet, is there still a future for inflight showers in commercial aircraft once the A380 is gone? Will another non-A380 plane ever support the feature? And how come 777s/A350s/787s ha...

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri May 22, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 213
Views: 45269

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

Surprised that people don't usually mention PR when people talk about the "struggling ASEAN airlines" that struggle in long-haul like MH/GA/TH despite also having years of profitability. I understand it's probably because it's smaller, but it still has a fairly sizable fleet. Is the fact t...

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri May 22, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Etihad Considers Retiring A380s and Abandoning A350s
Replies: 104
Views: 26427

Re: Rumor: Etihad Considers Retiring A380s and Abandoning A350s

So if Etihad does ground their A380s permanently, that's the end of the Residences right? We'll likely never see anything like it in a commercial aircraft ever again? Plus with even Emirates reportedly already considering retiring at least some of their A380s, it makes me wonder if inflight showers...

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri May 22, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 99
Views: 15057

Re: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread

Are there any confirmed non-Fedex orders or interests yet?

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri May 22, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Etihad Considers Retiring A380s and Abandoning A350s
Replies: 104
Views: 26427

Re: Rumor: Etihad Considers Retiring A380s and Abandoning A350s

So if Etihad does ground their A380s permanently, that's the end of the Residences right? We'll likely never see anything like it in a commercial aircraft ever again? Plus with even Emirates reportedly already considering retiring at least some of their A380s, it makes me wonder if inflight showers ...

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri May 22, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61279

Re: Air France to retire A380 fleet effective immediately

To think that Air France out of all airlines would be the first to get rid of all of their A380s. Considering the association between France and the A380 (and Airbus in general) that's saying a lot. Probably a bigger deal than Delta retiring all of their 777s. (Yes I know that Air France retiring al...

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by filipinoavgeek
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines and Philippine Airlines Apply For Codeshare - Oneworld Next?
Replies: 33
Views: 6619

Re: American Airlines and Philippine Airlines Apply For Codeshare - Oneworld Next?

Apparently, UA is determined to block PAL’s access to the US by trying to block the AA/PAL partnership: https://www.google.com/amp/s/business.inquirer.net/294005/united-airlines-throws-gloom-over-pal-american-airlines-alliance/amp With the hate UA seems to have for PR I'm kind of surprised they don...

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by filipinoavgeek
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bamboo Airways Planning Star Alliance or Oneworld by 2021
Replies: 35
Views: 5397

Re: Bamboo Airways Planning Star Alliance or Oneworld by 2021

Does anyone know how well Bamboo is doing financially speaking, or in terms of load factors? And does anyone know how healthy the state of the Vietnamese airline industry is? The last news I heard is that Vingroup (which is one of Vietnam's largest conglomerates) dropped plans to start an airline, a...

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by filipinoavgeek
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 324
Views: 50769

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020

Devilfish wrote:
Is this the first EU A330N to fly into the country?.....

A TAP A339 visited MNL during the A330neo promotional tour.

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by filipinoavgeek
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bamboo Airways Planning Star Alliance or Oneworld by 2021
Replies: 35
Views: 5397

Re: Bamboo Airways Planning Star Alliance or Oneworld by 2021

GUYS, if you are asking "will QH survive until 2021" then just have a look of its owner and chairman. FLC Group is a damn big multifield group in Vietnam. It has a lot of subsidiary group in many field (QH in aviation, for example). Estimated value: around $9billions Trịnh Văn Quyết is QH...

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by filipinoavgeek
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bamboo Airways Planning Star Alliance or Oneworld by 2021
Replies: 35
Views: 5397

Re: Bamboo Airways Planning Star Alliance or Oneworld by 2021

Bamboo Airways already looks like a case of "too much expansion too soon". Sounds like a recipe for disaster. Maybe they should really become less ambitious and plan for the long-haul, because they're becoming reminiscent of WOW Air and Primera more and more by the day. Not sure oneworld w...

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by filipinoavgeek
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 324
Views: 50769

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020

But this codeshare agreement between PR and AA, that would also pave the way for the former, as the other forum suggest their long-awaiting entry into Oneworld. But I don't think it will impact NH that much, given that they own 9.5% of the Philippines' air flag carrier and won't lure them to join S...

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by filipinoavgeek
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines and Philippine Airlines Apply For Codeshare - Oneworld Next?
Replies: 33
Views: 6619

Re: American Airlines and Philippine Airlines Apply For Codeshare - Oneworld Next?

I thought the latest rumor was that PR was interested in joining SkyTeam instead? Oneworld wouldn't be out of the question since there were rumors of PR joining them before MH did, though with the NH investment it's probably less likely now. There were also a theory here or somewhere else where PR w...

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by filipinoavgeek
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 324
Views: 50769

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020

Meanwhile it's just been announced that flights to and from Manila will be temporarily suspended beginning midnight of March 15; can't remember if it's all flights or only domestic or international ones.

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by filipinoavgeek
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Korean Air Be Shutting Down?
Replies: 105
Views: 33096

Re: Will Korean Air Be Shutting Down?

Won't the virus be sufficiently widespread within a few weeks that travel restrictions will become almost pointless? Travel restrictions aren't the only problem but also sharp drops in passengers in general. Even if there were no travel restrictions, too many people are too scared to fly, which mea...

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by filipinoavgeek
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 324
Views: 50769

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020

It's a good thing that CRK T2 is almost done...it can take some of the load off of NAIA in the meantime. They just have to get cracking on the new parallel runway for CRK to be a truly good alternative airport..... This is something I am curious about and would like to understand the reasoning arou...

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by filipinoavgeek
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus considers A330neo production rate cut
Replies: 161
Views: 24661

Re: Airbus considers A330neo production rate cut

Death of 330neo is very near now. No chance of death any time soon. We see programs like A380 and 747 limp along with many years between orders because the supply chain is up and running and there's enough orders to keep going. A330neo clearly has enough orders to keep going, and has good prospects...

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by filipinoavgeek
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus considers A330neo production rate cut
Replies: 161
Views: 24661

Re: Airbus considers A330neo production rate cut

IMO the A338 has the A319 problem. Good product in isolation, but more range than most customers need, and spend a bit more and you get A339 which has similar trip costs but more revenue potential, and avoid the resale issues of the less popular product. It may be perfect for Kuwait, but they may n...

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by filipinoavgeek
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 324
Views: 50769

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020

In other news, it was reported last week that Pan Pacific Airways decided to return one of their A320s to the lessor due to high costs, and it got ferried to Shannon. I'm not sure if the coronavirus had anything to do with it or it was just a coincidence, but considering that Pan Pacific focuses on ...

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by filipinoavgeek
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 324
Views: 50769

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020

Once the COVID-19 scare wanes, PAL might continue the next round of fleet modernization or they should focus on SGL in which PAL is planned to become part of the local consortium to be organized by El Kapitan. That may be easier said than done...2019 proved to be an extraordinarily tough year for P...

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by filipinoavgeek
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bamboo Airways Plans Munich to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
Replies: 12
Views: 2493

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

Bamboo hasn't even been around for a year and they already have way too big plans and want to expand with so many planes. That honestly and frankly sounds like a recipe for disaster, all the more so given that Bamboo is a FSC and not an LCC. If they were a more established name like VN or even VietJ...

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by filipinoavgeek
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airasia X (D7) in trouble - looking to return 5 leased aircraft early, sell 2 aircraft to raise cash
Replies: 118
Views: 17760

Re: Airasia X (D7) in trouble - looking to return 5 leased aircraft early, sell 2 aircraft to raise cash

Cebu Pacific I suspect relies on the domestic operations. And then you've got startups Zip Japan and Bamboo in Vietnam. 5J's long haul low cost services have for the most part failed, with them retreating from almost all of their long haul services except for Dubai and Australia (Sydney and Melbour...

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by filipinoavgeek
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 324
Views: 50769

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2020

So I remember there was news that PAL was planning to discontinue Bohol-Korea flights (this was before Panglao opened). However, their Mabuhay magazine still shows their Bohol-Seoul flights as active (albeit still saying "Tagbilaran" instead of "Panglao" for some reason), and ch...

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by filipinoavgeek
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airasia X (D7) in trouble - looking to return 5 leased aircraft early, sell 2 aircraft to raise cash
Replies: 118
Views: 17760

Re: Airasia X (D7) in trouble - looking to return 5 leased aircraft early, sell 2 aircraft to raise cash

I thought Indonesia AirAsia X already wound up a year or two ago? They did, just over a year ago now. I'm kinda surprised they failed so quickly, I guess there's really no market for long-haul low-cost in SEA outside of Malaysia/Singapore/Thailand? Even 5J has mostly given up their long-haul ambiti...

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by filipinoavgeek
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietnam may remove Bamboo Airways fleet size limitation
Replies: 3
Views: 1939

Re: Vietnam may remove Bamboo Airways fleet size limitation

If anything, I'm more worried about how fast their expansion is. They've barely existed for about a year and are already planning to fly to places such as Prague and the US. That's pretty worrying and gives me flashbacks to airlines like Primera Air and Wow Air.

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