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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: 54
Views: 4241

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: 3343

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: 6472
Views: 716165

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: 45
Views: 6014

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: 45
Views: 6014

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: 156
Views: 16780

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: 156
Views: 16780

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: 156
Views: 16780

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: 5571

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: 112
Views: 8893

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: 134
Views: 17629

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: 134
Views: 17629

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: 4186

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: 1845

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: 15309

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: 15309

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: 4795

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: 4795

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: 25532

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: 10391

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: 1615

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: 12097

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: 11657

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: 12097

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: 11657

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: 6494

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: 1238

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: 11545

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: 11545

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: 11545

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: 1238

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: 2540

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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by TYCOON
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BEA investigating Air France take offs at Bogotá - only 5 ft. over threshold
Replies: 114
Views: 26226

Re: BEA investigating Air France take offs at Bogotá - only 5 ft. over threshold

Actually read an article on this a few days ago. It is not just AF, but also LH and IB who have had take-off issues at BOG with the A340s (the -600s were not mentionned as problematic). So I believe the issue is beyond an AF one. Remember the video of the B727 cargo plane unable to get necessary lif...

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by TYCOON
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ increases service to EZE
Replies: 46
Views: 5000

Re: NZ increases service to EZE

Yes, 5x week IST-GRU-EZE with the 77W. You also have 5th freedom (albeit not *A) on QR and EK, daily, both with the 77W. And if you can wait, ET should be extending its ABB-GRU flight to EZE from Dec. onwards. There you have another *A carrier on the route. Service was announced last week, no exact ...

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by TYCOON
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports Council International releases list of best airports for 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 3243

Re: Airports Council International releases list of best airports for 2016

This has to be a joke!! Disregarding the airport context the maths is dreadful. How can someone be rated 3rd when there are 4 ahead of them. Geoff A joke , no doubt. I looked through the lists for all airport sizes, and thought for a while that it was a purely Asian ranking. Until I found Jacksonvi...

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by TYCOON
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ultimate Airlines Logo Quiz
Replies: 67
Views: 7023

Re: Ultimate Airlines Logo Quiz

99/100... missed Hainan

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by TYCOON
Sat Nov 05, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Europe- Argentina/Chile late 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 4770

Re: Norwegian Europe- Argentina/Chile late 2017

If you only look at stats on a per capita basis maybe you are correct SCQ83, but in absolute numbers (ie what fills airplane seats), there are more Brazilians traveling to Europe than Argentinians and Chileans combined... Furthermore, the GDP of Sao Paulo is bigger than either Argentina's or Chile'...

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by TYCOON
Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Europe- Argentina/Chile late 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 4770

Re: Norwegian Europe- Argentina/Chile late 2017

Norwegian thinks that the country is in such crisis that it does not make sense to fly there. Please clarify me then in which world is Argentina doing fine enough to start flying there??? Had the Norwegians lost internet and TV coverage? How silly... Compared to Brazil, the outcome for Argentina an...

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by TYCOON
Fri Nov 04, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF to create new airline in 2017
Replies: 53
Views: 10723

Re: AF to create new airline in 2017

What a big mess of a company. So now you will have: - Air France - HOP! - Transavia France - This new thing Could it get more confusing? How is this any more a mess than Iberia? -Iberia -Iberia Express -Iberia Regional (Air Nostrum) -Vueling Or Lufthansa with Eurowings? I don't find it confusing at...

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by TYCOON
Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What do people dislike about DL?
Replies: 21
Views: 2335

Re: What do people dislike about DL?

I agree with you if comparing DL to other U.S. airlines. It is by far my favourite of the U.S. carriers across the Atlantic but that is not saying much really. I used to be a Platinum member and still am a lifetime Silver Medallion and Million Miler. I also happen to be an AF Platinum for Life FF. I...

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by TYCOON
Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris falling far behind in TATL wars?
Replies: 28
Views: 6951

Re: Paris falling far behind in TATL wars?

mozart - 1
LAX772LR - O

And IPFreely not professional enough to play.... :lol:

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by TYCOON
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brexit wins: impact on British Airways, EasyJet, FlyBe, and other UK carriers.
Replies: 147
Views: 25138

Re: Brexit wins: impact on British Airways, EasyJet, FlyBe, and other UK carriers.

The weakness of the arguments to "no change in civil aviation" is that while new bilaterals between the UK and EU will ultimately be put in place, I doubt the EU will allow for cabotage: allowing a UK-based carrier like Easyjet to fly from Paris - Madrid or Lyon - Lisbon... What is the per...

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by TYCOON
Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Strike Of AF Pilots To Restore Balance With KL
Replies: 130
Views: 19298

Re: New Strike Of AF Pilots To Restore Balance With KL

As a Flying Blue Platinum for Life frequent flyer of Air France, and a big fan of its recent service improvements on the ground and in the air, I have already booked over 40 flights between now and the end of the year (and this doesn't count any last minute business trips) and only three of them did...

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by TYCOON
Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Strike Of AF Pilots To Restore Balance With KL
Replies: 130
Views: 19298

RE: New Strike Of AF Pilots To Restore Balance With KL

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/intotheair" class="quote" target="_blank">intotheair</a> (<a href="#45" class="quote">Reply 45</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table> But HOP! ...

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by TYCOON
Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Strike Of AF Pilots To Restore Balance With KL
Replies: 130
Views: 19298

RE: New Strike Of AF Pilots To Restore Balance With KL

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Pihero" class="quote" target="_blank">Pihero</a> (<a href="#27" class="quote">Reply 27</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table> Bravo! Merci beau...

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by TYCOON
Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK New 777 Biz Class Seat Demonstration
Replies: 45
Views: 13346

RE: EK New 777 Biz Class Seat Demonstration

I've flown BA's B777 and it feels very 8-across... very narrow and narrower and less spacious feel than the herringbone 4 across.... No comparison, so in my book BA is 8 across, sorry!

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by TYCOON
Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF Gets Its 70th And Last B777
Replies: 66
Views: 44057

RE: AF Gets Its 70th And Last B777

I may be wrong, but my understanding was the 777s with the Best J seats were dedicated to certain specific routes, reducing the "Russian roulette" to just a handful of services. I think the same issue may still exist at <acronym title="KLM Royal Dutch Airlines">KL</acronym> or at <acronym title="Ibe...

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by TYCOON
Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK New 777 Biz Class Seat Demonstration
Replies: 45
Views: 13346

RE: EK New 777 Biz Class Seat Demonstration

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/gilesdavies" class="quote" target="_blank">gilesdavies</a> (<a href="#4" class="quote">Reply 4</a>):<br/><i>Seven abreast in Business Class is a...

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by TYCOON
Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF Gets Its 70th And Last B777
Replies: 66
Views: 44057

RE: AF Gets Its 70th And Last B777

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/DocLightning" class="quote" target="_blank">DocLightning</a> (<a href="#10" class="quote">Reply 10</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table> I am ...

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by TYCOON
Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RAM To Become Avios Partner - One World Prospect
Replies: 9
Views: 3400

RE: RAM To Become Avios Partner - One World Prospect

Rather disingenuous on the part of <acronym title="Niagara Falls - International (IAG / KIAG), USA - New York">IAG</acronym> (but that doesn't shock me coming from this group) From their presentation: > Avios in partnership with Royal Air Maroc will increase this to 14%, surpassing that of Air Franc...

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