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by TYCOON
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 441
Views: 28989

Re: TAP Portugal News and Discussion Thread

Not sure these additions are all purely for local Lisbon traffic. Ibiza for instance has been added by a number of mainline European carriers over the past few years when traditionally a low cost market (thinking AF, KL, BA from LHR, AZ, LH). A portion of this traffic is connections from North Amer...

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by TYCOON
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 441
Views: 28989

Re: TAP Portugal News and Discussion Thread

Not sure these additions are all purely for local Lisbon traffic. Ibiza for instance has been added by a number of mainline European carriers over the past few years when traditionally a low cost market (thinking AF, KL, BA from LHR, AZ, LH). A portion of this traffic is connections from North Ameri...

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by TYCOON
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 355
Views: 57554

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

Air France has reached a tentative deal with its pilots to transfer some domestic services to low-cost subsidiary Transavia. Why not, but for Flyingblue FF, not a good news : this means fewer opportunities to earn miles and XP... You only earn 2 XP on domestic flights... nothing to cry too much abo...

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by TYCOON
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61561

Re: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread

I flew into CDG yesterday evening (my first post-lockdown flight) and I saw an AF A380 at the gate at Terminal 2E Satellite M. I guess just temporarily stored there. On a slightly separate note, it was a bit sad to see all these AF aircraft parked spread throughout the airport. All planes parked at ...

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by TYCOON
Sun May 24, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61561

Re: Air France to retire A380 fleet effective immediately

Does anyone now when precisely the A380 will exit the AF fleet? Checking their on-line timetables, they are showing the A380 flying out until next year... Will they be replaced by B773s with the Premiere product? I don't think that either the A350 or B789s are equipped with Premiere. My gut feel is...

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by TYCOON
Sat May 23, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61561

Re: Air France to retire A380 fleet effective immediately

Does anyone now when precisely the A380 will exit the AF fleet? Checking their on-line timetables, they are showing the A380 flying out until next year... Will they be replaced by B773s with the Premiere product? I don't think that either the A350 or B789s are equipped with Premiere. My gut feel is ...

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by TYCOON
Tue May 12, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is it unlikely that international travel will reopen before August in the western world?
Replies: 3
Views: 584

Re: Is it unlikely that international travel will reopen before August in the western world?

The French 14-day quarantine in place until 24 July is only for those coming in from outside the European Union zone and the UK. The EU ministers will be meeting tomorrow to discuss coordination for the opening up of intra-European borders for the summer. France, Italy, Spain and Germany are already...

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by TYCOON
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup
Replies: 208
Views: 23710

Re: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup

Personally, and as a a very frequent traveller on both, I love both airlines and love the fact they are culturally distinct... and you really get that feeling when you fly both. I have never had a problem with AF cabin crews (maybe only once...but he acquiesced in the end) nor with KLM ones. Both ai...

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by TYCOON
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup
Replies: 208
Views: 23710

Re: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup

Thank you for that. But that doesn't mean AF can just sit back and relax. KLM currently achieves 70% turnover for the entire group, while AF is twice as large as KLM. KLM has made a lot of effort in the past decades without complaining much. KLM had two excellent subsidiaries Transavia and Cityhoppe...

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by TYCOON
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France planes' names
Replies: 71
Views: 13240

Re: Air France planes' names

Am I sensing a trend here or is it just me? The A350s would seem to be named for large French cities and/or important AF domestic airports. The A321s for important mid-sized French provincial cities and A320 cities in Ile-de-France (greater Paris region).

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by TYCOON
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the longest Air France A318 route?
Replies: 15
Views: 1260

Re: What is the longest Air France A318 route?

The furthest I have flown an A318 with Air France was Paris-Malaga when they flew this route on their own metal. The longest flight on a A318 I have done was Paris-Bucharest with TAROM. I have flown on the A318 close to 60 times, almost all of them with AF (others being Avianca and Tarom flights). I...

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by TYCOON
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saudia at CDG
Replies: 2
Views: 1444

Re: Saudia at CDG

Not just Saudia, but Aeroflot and Xiamen (also Skyteam members) use 2C. Up until recently Kenya and MEA also used 2C. I wonder how long China Southern will continue to use 2F as leaving the alliance. Maybe there will be a swap. Skyteam member Czech Airlines uses 2D and not 2F (as AZ, UX and KL do). ...

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by TYCOON
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB/Iberia Express questions
Replies: 2
Views: 931

Re: IB/Iberia Express questions

Basically the same seats, but business class meal on IB Express is a slight downgrade from IB business class meals and served on cheaper dining ware... but the fares are the same (and in some cases more expensive than IB). Both offer flights on Paris-Madrid sector though different Paris airports. No...

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by TYCOON
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What former carriers have you flown?
Replies: 102
Views: 3340

Re: What former carriers have you flown?

PSA AirCal Hughes Airwest Western Northwest Muse Air Transtar Aloha US Airways Continental Pan Am Eastern Business Express Mahalo Air TWA Island Air Mexicana TACA Varig Rio-Sul Nordeste LAPA Avensa Aerotuy Transbrasil VASP Air Europe Suckling Scot Airways British Caledonian British Midland British A...

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by TYCOON
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can I skip train Brussels leg booked with a Air France CDG flight?
Replies: 14
Views: 975

Re: Can I skip train Brussels leg booked with a Air France CDG flight?

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
It’s also against the contract of carriage in most countries. I’d rather spend the money and be an honest customer. Something about looking in the mirror.


As long as it is not against the law, I say "GO FOR IT!" to the extent you can.

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by TYCOON
Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can I skip train Brussels leg booked with a Air France CDG flight?
Replies: 14
Views: 975

Re: Can I skip train Brussels leg booked with a Air France CDG flight?

Why not just buy the tickets that match your desired itinerary, rather than cheating? A bit harsh of a response... If airlines can discriminate on pricing, you are legally allowed to do what ever you want to beat them at their game. Pricing a ZYR-CDG-HKG roundtrip in business class vs a CDG-HKG rou...

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by TYCOON
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can I skip train Brussels leg booked with a Air France CDG flight?
Replies: 14
Views: 975

Re: Can I skip train Brussels leg booked with a Air France CDG flight?

I think it is risky... You do actually have to check-in at a dedicated Air France counter at Brussels Gare du Midi to get your boarding passes (an AF boarding pass is your train ticket, you can't get a separate Thalys/SNCF/SNCB ticket for this). In some cases, you check in your luggage in Brussels w...

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by TYCOON
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion
Replies: 357
Views: 61655

Re: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion

SkyTeam slowly seems to be dismantling, either by internal forces or external forces. I’m going to be interested to see how things play out during the next economic downturn, the carriers have either fortified themselves, or over extended. We’ll find out who has the best strategy. Interesting topic...

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by TYCOON
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present
Replies: 84
Views: 12222

Re: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present

I have flown 189 different airlines in my lifetime (a number of which have either disappeared or been merged into a larger airline group) and there is no doubt in my mind which are the top 3 worst airlines: 1) Vueling 2) Vueling 3) Vueling Regular year on year summer breakdowns of service leading to...

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by TYCOON
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to be fined £183M for last year's data breach
Replies: 35
Views: 3973

Re: BA to be fined £183M for last year's data breach

Businesses don't pay taxes and fines...Their customers do... I assume the airline will temporarily reduce or remove the discounted government fare structure to pass the government "fine" onto the government...Which effectively means that UK citizens will be paying the "fine". Ah...

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by TYCOON
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 751720

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

I recall the FAA was quick to ground the Franco-Italian built ATRs after the American Eagle accident in Illinois. I thought to myself at the time how odd they took so long for action on the DC-10s and never took necessary action on the B737s following Pittsburgh and Colorado Springs... and yet so qu...

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by TYCOON
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nonstop between California and Belgium
Replies: 46
Views: 6360

Re: Nonstop between California and Belgium

Who would take a 3-hour train from Brussels to Schiphol when you can do Brussels to CDG in about 90 minutes!!??? And personally, I much prefer CDG 2E where AF LAX flights leave from than any terminal at AMS... and I know both VERY well... Where do you get that a train ride from Brussels to AMS take...

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by TYCOON
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nonstop between California and Belgium
Replies: 46
Views: 6360

Re: Nonstop between California and Belgium

I'd suggest you to try UA afternoon departure to CDG to avoid the morning transcon, CDG offers very smooth HSR connections tu Brussels. Other options are MUC and FRA connecting to Brussels on LH AMS is closer to BRU than CDG and has HSR connections to Brussels too. Besides that, AMS is also a reall...

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by TYCOON
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dutch government increases stock holding in KL-AF group.
Replies: 160
Views: 17746

Re: Dutch government increases stock holding in KL-AF group.

Apparently I am much more informed than you are, and I have even provided my real-life experience having served on boards of French companies with significant Dutch operations... It's called real life... not internet jibberish that you seem to espouse endlessly here. Your rationale makes 0 sense......

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by TYCOON
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dutch government increases stock holding in KL-AF group.
Replies: 160
Views: 17746

Re: Dutch government increases stock holding in KL-AF group.

I am personally tired of discussion on profitability etc... as having sat on a number of boards of French companies where we avoided registering profits in France for tax reasons, putting most in Netherlands or elsewhere; In fact in one case, we would never even hold the board meetings in France fo...

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by TYCOON
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dutch government increases stock holding in KL-AF group.
Replies: 160
Views: 17746

Re: Dutch government increases stock holding in KL-AF group.

At the end of the day, I think the views of those really concerned about this will be neutral, including the French government as they have stated publicly wanting to distance themselves from any day-to-day decisions at AF (look how they are trying to get out of ADP!!). Again, Dutch reaction is quit...

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by TYCOON
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France temporarily suspends service to CCS
Replies: 13
Views: 5683

Re: Air France temporarily suspends service to CCS

upperdeckfan wrote:
LH658 wrote:
Also recently French Energy firm agreed to investing $400 million dollars in to PDVSA.


Would you mind to provide a source?



As did a US company Erepla... signed a $500 million investment.

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by TYCOON
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers
Replies: 111
Views: 9856

Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Nothing like the approaches to these Latin American giants: CGH, SDU and AEP!! Landing amid the skyscrapers!

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by TYCOON
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO
Replies: 135
Views: 18530

Re: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO

Seriously - not a lot of very objective comments on this thread... When two companies "merge", they don't do it to become BFF's, they do it to survive, to improve efficiencies, to benefit from each others areas of expertise... lots of reasons - all of which apply to the AF-KL "merger...

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by TYCOON
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO
Replies: 135
Views: 18530

Re: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO

AF saved KLM. It's now time to be a true group, and keep both prides aside. Non-sense. KLM has always been profitable, also before the merge. AF is the one that had to be saved by the french state, every 4-5 years. They payed some 747s from the balance to suppress profits / taxes / salary demands i...

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by TYCOON
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you landed at the alphabet?
Replies: 59
Views: 4684

Re: Have you landed at the alphabet?

I have done it... except QYR was admittedly on a private business jet, not commercial service. But all the others scheduled airlines. A: ATL, ABQ, ALC,AMS, ARN, AEP, AKL, AXA, ACE, AGP, AVN, AJA, ANR, ATH, ASW, ABS, ADB, AGR B: BUR, BOS, BCN, BHX, BLQ, BIO, BLQ, BOM, BRU, BWI, BRC, BSB, BPS, BEL, BO...

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by TYCOON
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thanksgiving, Turkeys, and Turkish Airlines
Replies: 15
Views: 2076

Re: Thanksgiving, Turkeys, and Turkish Airlines

And to add to the country/turkey/language mash-up, the animal "turkey" in Portuguese is "peru"!!

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by TYCOON
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudia suspends Canada service
Replies: 98
Views: 15827

Re: Saudia suspends Canada service

One of the most naive comments I have seen on this site in years...

Saudi and Israel are well-developed market economies; Iran and Cuba are not. Naturally the US supports Israel and Saudi as guarantors of the free market.[/quote]

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by TYCOON
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudia suspends Canada service
Replies: 98
Views: 15827

Re: Saudia suspends Canada service

I would love to see Canada stick it to KSA. What a small unimportant little Kingdom it is!!! As for Canadian "interference" in domestic affairs, nothing wrong in defending universal human rights! All power to the Canadians for doing it. And no country on this planet in modern history has b...

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by TYCOON
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India rules out BCN, strengthens MAD flights instead
Replies: 17
Views: 4925

Re: Air India rules out BCN, strengthens MAD flights instead

AF is NOT leaving Barcelona... the flight is taken over by Joon which is very much AF... I was at CDG today and the BCN flight was a Joon plane but AF flight number...same as always... Joon has already an IATA code (JN) and they will be taking over AF's flights as an independent carrier soon. So te...

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by TYCOON
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India rules out BCN, strengthens MAD flights instead
Replies: 17
Views: 4925

Re: Air India rules out BCN, strengthens MAD flights instead

AF is NOT leaving Barcelona... the flight is taken over by Joon which is very much AF... I was at CDG today and the BCN flight was a Joon plane but AF flight number...same as always...

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by TYCOON
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France crew detained after passenger complains “not receiving her upgrade”
Replies: 128
Views: 26013

Re: Air France crew detained after passenger complains “not receiving her upgrade”

I have read through these articles and through this thread (I heard of the situation before even seeing this thread). I read French and Spanish fluently; I fly AF frequently and visit Argentina at least once a year for the past 20 years, where I have alot of dear friends. I also happen to be well re...

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by TYCOON
Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?
Replies: 50
Views: 10571

Re: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?

On a slightly different subject, it would appear Skyteam is the only one of the three alliances never to have a member go into liquidation or am I mistaken?
Oneworld: Air Berlin, Malev, Mexicana
Star Alliance: Spanair, Varig

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by TYCOON
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does Iberia deny every claim by default?
Replies: 7
Views: 1808

Re: Does Iberia deny every claim by default?

I had two Iberia flights cancelled within the same month due to technical issues, one from GIG-MAD and another from IBZ-PMI...so €850 in total. IB's initial response was that they were not required to do so under prevailing EU regulations, but when I pointed out to them that they were obliged to do ...

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by TYCOON
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Joon routes announced
Replies: 58
Views: 12366

Re: First Joon routes announced

IAG does very much the same, with Iberia Express and Iberia flying same routes... IB Express/Level were set up to benefit from lowering operating costs that IB... so very little difference with the set up here with Joon. And there are a number of routes where IB, IB Express and Vueling fly : Madrid...

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by TYCOON
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face
Replies: 71
Views: 11798

Re: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face

Given how British passengers generally behave, the guy probably deserved it! Interesting generalisation of an entire country. Funny how I was recently criticised because I said that I found a person in a safety video to be annoying. I was chastised just because he happened to be Muslim and people f...

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by TYCOON
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Joon routes announced
Replies: 58
Views: 12366

Re: First Joon routes announced

I am completely lost. Some of those routes like Paris to Barcelona and Porto will have Air France, Transavia and now this JOON thing. What is the point? Btw an article in Inverse making fun of Air France's marketing strategy with this new carrier https://www.inverse.com/article/34627-joon-air-franc...

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by TYCOON
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face
Replies: 71
Views: 11798

Re: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face

Given how British passengers generally behave, the guy probably deserved it!

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by TYCOON
Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Edelweiss Air inaugural ZRH-SAN on Friday 9 June
Replies: 45
Views: 6621

Re: Edelweiss Air inaugural ZRH-SAN on Friday 9 June

How many a343 services does the USA see beside this one? South African? Any other? Lufthansa, Air France, Air Tahiti Nui, Iberia, and Philippines all still fly A343s to the USA. Probably a few others that I'm missing as well. Hmmmm... Notice anything about those carriers? Outside of LH, they're all...

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by TYCOON
Sun May 21, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best European Airline Long Haul Business Class
Replies: 16
Views: 1289

Re: Best European Airline Long Haul Business Class

I've only read trip reports about it, but yes, the new J on AF seems to be pretty good. If you care about the hard product, AF J is good. If you care about service, it's not. Sorry to hear that, Paris is next year, I was thinking about AF as the hard product does look very.good, AF was going to be ...

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by TYCOON
Fri May 19, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France to cut KLM growth
Replies: 49
Views: 11826

Re: Air France to cut KLM growth

Egerton wrote:
Thanks mig17 for the full AF-KLM presentation. It is a pile of pathetic promises, verbose and hardly worth reading.


Aren't all of them?

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by TYCOON
Fri May 19, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France to cut KLM growth
Replies: 49
Views: 11826

Re: Air France to cut KLM growth

http://www.airfranceklm.com/sites/default/files/communiques/id_2017_afkl_def.pdf The full presentation in english. Boost topic is from slide 73 to 77. Actually in the AFKL official presentation, no mention is made of the cities you listed. In fact, they state clearly that the Boost routes will be c...

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by TYCOON
Fri May 19, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France to cut KLM growth
Replies: 49
Views: 11826

Re: Air France to cut KLM growth

Boost is going to be an LCC so it should bring money in. I have no idea which customers they are trying to get onboard. Leisure travellers (who often go for the lowest prices) will get cheaper faires with Norwegian and the other handfull of LCC's that operate out of Paris, and the business travelle...

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by TYCOON
Wed May 17, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best European Airline Long Haul Business Class
Replies: 16
Views: 1289

Re: Best European Airline Long Haul Business Class

I've flown on almost all the European airlines' long-haul business classes, and hands down best is Air France with the new business class seat. But not sure whether they fly there own metal these days to ORD or code-share with DL. Drawback with LH and TK is no direct aisle access on any aircraft fro...

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by TYCOON
Sun May 07, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Whats Your Favorite Airline Out Of The Following
Replies: 34
Views: 2719

Re: Whats Your Favorite Airline Out Of The Following

I have copied the list with the number of flights taken with each airline and class of service flown: - Delta Air Lines: 315 flights, all classes of service - American Airlines: 30 flights, all classes - United Airlines: 46, all classes - British Airways: 101, all classes - Spirit Airlines: 0 flight...

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