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by groupguy
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airlines lose huge marketing "arm"
Replies: 42
Views: 8532

Re: airlines lose huge marketing "arm"

For personal trips I do everything myself. As someone mentioned, flights, cars, trains, hotels, and Airbnbs can all be booked from your phone. There are even many apps (incl. Airbnb) that offer experiences. So there really is no need to go to an old fashioned travel agent, if you have a smartphone ...

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by groupguy
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airlines lose huge marketing "arm"
Replies: 42
Views: 8532

Re: airlines lose huge marketing "arm"

For personal trips I do everything myself. As someone mentioned, flights, cars, trains, hotels, and Airbnbs can all be booked from your phone. There are even many apps (incl. Airbnb) that offer experiences. So there really is no need to go to an old fashioned travel agent, if you have a smartphone ...

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by groupguy
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 100297

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Of course the Australian government won't be making public statements/ sentiment regarding willingness to prop up Qantas or any other major public companies. This would not only create a political firestorm, but would also fill the public and private sector with a degree of complacency, which just ...

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by groupguy
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airlines lose huge marketing "arm"
Replies: 42
Views: 8532

Re: airlines lose huge marketing "arm"

For personal trips I do everything myself. As someone mentioned, flights, cars, trains, hotels, and Airbnbs can all be booked from your phone. There are even many apps (incl. Airbnb) that offer experiences. So there really is no need to go to an old fashioned travel agent, if you have a smartphone ...

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by groupguy
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Breeze - News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 889
Views: 169349

Re: Breeze - News and Discussion Thread

I still maintain it will never fly. think Breeze will be a huge success almost straight away, especially now as labour costs will be a lot less, as millions apply for jobs. As millions apply for jobs would mean millions aren't working and aren't going to have money for vacations. not the same milli...

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by groupguy
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airlines lose huge marketing "arm"
Replies: 42
Views: 8532

Re: airlines lose huge marketing "arm"

Airlines are trying more and more to sell tickets directly. In the year 2020 there is no reason to drive to a travel agency. Good riddance. Good riddance ? Often the living travel agents have better package deals, which simply can't be done online. Many people know they want a holiday, but don't kn...

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by groupguy
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airlines lose huge marketing "arm"
Replies: 42
Views: 8532

Re: airlines lose huge marketing "arm"

Airlines are trying more and more to sell tickets directly. In the year 2020 there is no reason to drive to a travel agency. Good riddance. Good riddance ? Often the living travel agents have better package deals, which simply can't be done online. Many people know they want a holiday, but don't kn...

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by groupguy
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airlines lose huge marketing "arm"
Replies: 42
Views: 8532

airlines lose huge marketing "arm"

news today that Flight Centre(FC) are closing many offices & letting go of 6000 staff. https://www.couriermail.com.au/business/flight-centre-to-stand-down-or-sack-6000/news-story/06401f964f2f67d6c06c574488a0c9c2 but this is only "the tip of the iceberg" Some people think many travel co...

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by groupguy
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What will be the lasting effects of the Coronavirus on commercial aviation?
Replies: 62
Views: 2613

Re: What will be the lasting effects of the Coronavirus on commercial aviation?

Face to face meetings will never ever go away. No one's saying they will. This issues at hand are: how much will companies still be willing to spend for them, and what percentage of the flight mix will they comprise; moving forward. Looking to the extremely consistent past: we know that the amount ...

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by groupguy
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Breeze - News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 889
Views: 169349

Re: Breeze - News and Discussion Thread

Cheap fuel and cheap pilots are still "expensive" when your planes are empty. That's the real concern here. The majors are in all disarray but they are all in disarray for the same reason every private sector airline (and many public sector ones) on Earth is as well. This is something tha...

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by groupguy
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Breeze - News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 889
Views: 169349

Re: Breeze - News and Discussion Thread

Trk1 wrote:
I still maintain it will never fly.
think Breeze will be a huge success almost straight away, especially now as labour costs will be a lot less, as millions apply for jobs.

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by groupguy
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Breeze - News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 889
Views: 169349

Re: Breeze - News and Discussion Thread

It is shaping up to be a perfect time to start up, dirt cheap fuel, great deal on planes, major competition above and below you model in disarray, a new found labor pool and nearly free money to loaned . If airlines had access to "nearly free money to be loaned" then they wouldn't have ha...

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by groupguy
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What will be the lasting effects of the Coronavirus on commercial aviation?
Replies: 62
Views: 2613

Re: What will be the lasting effects of the Coronavirus on commercial aviation?

The longer this goes on, the more working from home will be normalized. Rest assured that companies large and small, are using this to study the cost/benefit of home-based work (in terms of capital, time, logistics, productivity, etc). That, combined with the quantum leap in e-commerce since 2001, ...

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by groupguy
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41769

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

... if VA fails to pull through? Interestingly, VA has seemingly finally decided to pull the plug on New Zealand - it seems, permanently. In an announcement to the ASX, the company said it will commence consultation on a proposal to close its New Zealand cabin crew and pilot base. It employs about ...

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by groupguy
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41769

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

Interesting thought - could there be a limited role for NZ in the Australian domestic market in a post-Covid-19 world if VA fails to pull through? Not that I'm willing that to happen; far from it. And yeah, I know, been there, done that, twice, but this situation could be a whole new ballgame. Thir...

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by groupguy
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Breeze - News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 889
Views: 169349

Re: Breeze - News and Discussion Thread

Except for the whole "no one wants to fly" thing. It's not like the first flight is scheduled for tomorrow. In six months to a year people will likely want to fly again. I was going to cite most of the same reasons WaywardMemphian gave and I'll add one more: the newfound labor pool will b...

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by groupguy
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus considers A330neo production rate cut
Replies: 161
Views: 24793

Re: Airbus considers A330neo production rate cut

surely there must be, or will shortly be many not so old A330s that will be available for lease very cheaply. Demand has plummeted & supply will go through the roof. A perfect storm, but who would pick them up ? Any airline that was about to order some new A330 neos but can see some older A330s ...

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by groupguy
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41769

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

didn't see it in any thread above, but there are some very low fares out of Australia to USA in peak season December to January, but nothing like it from NZ to USA. So it seems, for kiwis not worried about how long it takes to get to USA, or wanting a stop in Australia, they could get cheap or frequ...

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by groupguy
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Accelerating aircraft retirements
Replies: 83
Views: 18229

Re: Accelerating aircraft retirements

didn't see any mention of it above, but in todays Australian media it says Qantas 744's might have their last flight even next week & that's it.

They were going to be retired later in 2020.

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by groupguy
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 2164
Views: 385125

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

Good question. 600+ Aircraft to be parked: https://news.delta.com/ed-bastian-memo-delta-taking-additional-steps-protect-our-future I personally think SLC and MSP are a bit close for hubs. One or the other will be downsized, but I fully admit, I do not know which. Complete aircraft deferals tells me...

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by groupguy
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 100297

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

I wonder what the result of all those Qantas cancellations being turned into travel vouchers will be once passengers can travel again. Will there be a mini resurgence in travel as passengers attempt to convert them to trips? Will fare increases mean they effectively lose a lot of value? Or will Qan...

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