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by Spiderguy252
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are there 2 Royal Brunei's parked at LHR?
Replies: 5
Views: 2193

Re: Why are there 2 Royal Brunei's parked at LHR?

Might it be due to slot issues at LHR?

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 397254

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Things have gone quiet on 9W over the last week.

Is it good news or bad news?

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo: From 0 to 200 aircraft in 12 years
Replies: 22
Views: 3592

Re: IndiGo: From 0 to 200 aircraft in 12 years

500 aircraft? 1000 aircraft? Castles in the air, unless they 'colonize' other airspaces. IndiGo Sri Lanka, IndiGo Bangladesh, etc. Not sure how feasible this is. What is so surprising about the market leader of a fast growing industry growing ~2.5x in 8 years? That is only a CAGR of 11% . Don't be ...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo: From 0 to 200 aircraft in 12 years
Replies: 22
Views: 3592

Re: IndiGo: From 0 to 200 aircraft in 12 years

Accounting for replacements IndiGo will operate a fleet of around 500 aircraft by 2025-26.... ...Will IndiGo eventually become a 1000 aircraft airline?... 500 aircraft? 1000 aircraft? Castles in the air, unless they 'colonize' other airspaces. IndiGo Sri Lanka, IndiGo Bangladesh, etc. Not sure how ...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta Air Lines to ditch zone boarding in 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 4142

Re: Delta Air Lines to ditch zone boarding in 2019

Zone boarding only works if everybody respects said system.

In a planeful of 100-300 pax, often in all shapes, sizes, nationalities and cultures, uniform discipline may not be the first thing that they exude. One casualty being zone boarding.

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo: From 0 to 200 aircraft in 12 years
Replies: 22
Views: 3592

Re: IndiGo: From 0 to 200 aircraft in 12 years

I had a lengthy discussion with a 6E training captain recently and he had nothing but glowing remarks to say about the airline. From the company culture to the new markets that will be served with the A321LR he was grinning from ear to ear. Its easy to assume that this airline will control a larger...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oman Allows El Al Israeli Airlines to fly over its airspace.
Replies: 42
Views: 6899

Re: Oman Allows El Al Israeli Airlines to fly over its airspace.

What would be really awkward would be what to do with the passengers. Can you imagine all the families of Orthodox jews with Israeli passports wandering around a Saudi airport terminal? Technically, isn't this the case on AI's DEL-TLV-DEL flights? As long as it's just a few pax and possibly on only...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oman Allows El Al Israeli Airlines to fly over its airspace.
Replies: 42
Views: 6899

Re: Oman Allows El Al Israeli Airlines to fly over its airspace.

One step at a time. I guess KSA does not allow El Al planes (unlike AI) because in the case of IRROPS it is fine to have an AI plane on the ground in a Saudi Airport. An El Al plane on the ground with the white Star of David emblazoned on its tail will be quite unsavoury for the Saudis at this point...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines eyes expansion in India; to double operations in Mumbai, Delhi
Replies: 28
Views: 3545

Re: Turkish Airlines eyes expansion in India; to double operations in Mumbai, Delhi

sonicruiser wrote:
Why are they blaming Turkey for something that is an Indian problem?


Who said it's a problem? It's just a soft rule that has been followed over the past few years.

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Airlines - Orders and Delivery thread 2018
Replies: 201
Views: 23925

Re: Indian Airlines - Orders and Delivery thread

Yeah it was expected that it will be delivered on 29th but that information turned out to be false. It has had its customer acceptance flight so delivery shouldn't be too far away. The deployment plans are still up in the air. My guess is it will be first flown on domestic routes and when a sizeabl...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines eyes expansion in India; to double operations in Mumbai, Delhi
Replies: 28
Views: 3545

Re: Turkish Airlines eyes expansion in India; to double operations in Mumbai, Delhi

Each year TK applies for additional destinations and frequencies, to have them rejected. Its very much a political matter, not simple air service decision. It's a similar story with Qatar, whose bilaterals haven't been updated since 2009 or so. From the Indian side, the aviation centric justificati...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 397254

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

The first thing that needs to happen is that employee salaries along with backlog, even with a reasonable interest payment if possible need to be cleared pronto. News reports from this morning claim Naresh Goyal has stated that this will happen by April 1, but this is way too far down the line IMO. ...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Airlines - Orders and Delivery thread 2018
Replies: 201
Views: 23925

Re: Indian Airlines - Orders and Delivery thread

A321neo in Indigo Colors is looking great, looking forward to the Vistara A321neo IndiGo will be only the second Indian airline to operate the A321. The A319 remains exclusive to AI. With so many A320s, why were the A319 and A321 neglected by Indian airlines until now? I started a thread on this su...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 397254

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Guys, this has been spanning for months on end. There is clearly more to it than meets the eye if the airline continues to fly for yet another day, with or without meals for the pax at the back of the plane.

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No Skytrax Rating for Air Vistara?
Replies: 8
Views: 1340

Re: No Skytrax Rating for Air Vistara?

Anybody recall Kingfisher got a 5-star rating the year after they launched?

SkyTrax are a joke.

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oman Air to take some Etihad A350s?
Replies: 17
Views: 6456

Re: Oman Air to take some Etihad A350s?

Dutchy wrote:
I am quite surprised though, why order the A350 when you already have 8 787's in service. Seems operationally more logical to take some more 787.


Oman Air follow the Thai handbook for fleet purchases: order 6 or 7 of every available widebody out there.

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopia Overtakes Dubai as world gateway to Africa
Replies: 20
Views: 5357

Re: Ethiopia Overtakes Dubai as world gateway to Africa

Ethiopian fly to tons of places in Africa, and own many airlines in the continent. Well done to them!

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Goa have no flights to ASEAN?
Replies: 7
Views: 1011

Re: Why does Goa have no flights to ASEAN?

Goa is a popular tourist destination for North and South Indians alike, as well as with Europeans (particularly Russians). Can't say there are too many visitors from SE Asia, Aus and NZ though, and even if there is a chunk, one-stop options abound.

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 397254

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

What stood out ET had reported first that the Tata group was keen on a deal only if the Goyals’ agreed to exit. Jet representatives offered the Tatas 26% and some board-level positions, including vice-chairmanship. This proposal has been rejected. Naresh Goyal and wife Anita Goyal own 51% in the ai...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 397254

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Tata Vets Jet Airways Books for Potential Acquisition The talks are still in their early stages and there’s no certainty they would result in a transaction, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing the private negotiations. India’s Mint newspaper reported Tuesday that Tata Group Chie...

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by Spiderguy252
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Abating Airbus: The A310 Fades into History
Replies: 143
Views: 24078

Re: The Abating Airbus: The A310 Fades into History

Flown all 3 of KU's A310s more times than I care to count, as well as AI's and EK's over the years.

Loved the plane - they don't make them like that anymore!

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 397254

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

As long as 9W remains alive and keeps expanding as this thread clocks up the pages, I would say that there is more than meets the eye on this one.

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by Spiderguy252
Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 397254

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Can you tell me of major cost cutting efforts at Jet? About all the EY investment did is re-route connections to AbuDhabi. In other airlines EY invested in, they at least tried to cut costs with... in general poor results. From a pax perspective, if it counts: 1. A massive dilution of the JP progra...

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by Spiderguy252
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are the US3 so weak in India and China?
Replies: 90
Views: 11008

Re: Why are the US3 so weak in India and China?

That is also the case for major European airlines. Their footprint is also quite tiny in India/China. Same reasons that would apply to US3 (yields, government backing). The European airlines have handy networks to India, with at least daily if not multiple daily flights: BA - DEL / BOM / HYD / BLR ...

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways expected to order 23 aircraft soon.
Replies: 58
Views: 12954

Re: Thai Airways on the market for jets, looking at 777X, A350

Knowing TG, they'll buy all versions of both aircraft.

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: Indigo to open new South East Asia routes for the incoming A321 neos
Replies: 20
Views: 2964

Re: RUMOR: Indigo to open new South East Asia routes for the incoming A321 neos

There have been a lot of rumours about 6E doing this and that, not least their supposed plan to purchase widebodies and fly to Europe right about now. As with anything, believe it when the orders have been made, the flights have been loaded onto the GDS, and tickets have been sold to fliers. You wou...

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's
Replies: 82
Views: 15327

Re: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's

Wow - unexpected order.

What's next lol? From having the oldest bunch of aircraft in the ME region a mere 5 years ago, they have quickly transitioned to having the latest planes.

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 397254

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Jet is an airline which has its fundamentals in place. Will they be knocked out in the current round as Indigo goes for the kill? That might well happen, but I would be surprised if it did. People underestimate Naresh Goyal IMO. The way I see it, Spicejet is the most vulnerable to a sudden death sc...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulf Air considers keeping A330s
Replies: 22
Views: 6082

Re: Gulf Air considers keeping A330s

juliuswong wrote:
Initial order was for 24 787-8 back in 2008 to 12-16 B787-9 after revision in 2012. 16 787-9 was final number with 12 firms 4 options.


Gulf Air in a nutshell for you.

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What exactly is the point of Joon?
Replies: 30
Views: 5803

Re: What exactly is the point of Joon?

As I said, Joon is heading for strike. On august 24th, 3 of Joon's unions sent a letter to the CEO saying they will strike soon if the flight attendants don't get a raise asap. What a joke. AF thought they would create a strike proof airline and lo and behold it catches the bug in under a year! :lol:

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates shelves plans to fly to MEX
Replies: 67
Views: 13115

Re: Emirates shelves plans to fly to MEX

Of course. Being able to have a great flight experience on an outstanding 77W, and not having to deal with a cramped 346 from iberia? or a hit or mostly miss bad cabin experience on AM? count me in! Between a Boeing 777-300ER and an A340-600, I know which one I will choose. Especially if I'm flying...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What exactly is the point of Joon?
Replies: 30
Views: 5803

Re: What exactly is the point of Joon?

Why does Joon fly to BOM, but AF to DEL and BLR?

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulf Air considers keeping A330s
Replies: 22
Views: 6082

Re: Gulf Air considers keeping A330s

1-2-1 in J is brilliant.

EK used to operate 2-3-2 back when they had their A330s.

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulf Air considers keeping A330s
Replies: 22
Views: 6082

Re: Gulf Air considers keeping A330s

A9CBAH wrote:
Out of the 6 A330s they currently have, 2 are in a high-density 8J/247Y configuration. They are used primarily for ISB/PEW/DAC/MNL/JED flights


How do you stuff just 8 seats on an A330 J cabin? How many rows?

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulf Air considers keeping A330s
Replies: 22
Views: 6082

Re: Gulf Air considers keeping A330s

All of their flights to India are on A320s/A321s.

These are one of the roomiest A320s in the sky today, but for capacity expansion maybe some of these flights can be scaled up to the 332. They have been paid for and still have a few years left in the tank.

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Wikipedia: removal of “operated by”
Replies: 32
Views: 5056

Re: Wikipedia: removal of “operated by”

Wikipedia is a joke. No one I know considers it a reliable source of information, regardless of the topic. You must be joking. It is the best website ever. Just thinking of the amount of effort needed to put up all that information, maintain and update it in real time using volunteers, all while ke...

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Diversion of IB A350 causes RR shares to drop
Replies: 90
Views: 20810

Re: Diversion of IB A350 causes RR shares to drop

Put it this way, would the shares go up after every successful take-off or landing?

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian LCC secures LGW slots
Replies: 13
Views: 1621

Re: Indian LCC secures LGW slots

An A320 series aircraft from India to a tier-2 London airport via Turkey?

It's not like somebody is putting a gun to their head and asking them to fly to the UK next.

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India lands on runway-under-construction in Male (Maldives)
Replies: 29
Views: 6796

Re: Air India lands on runway-under-construction in Male (Maldives)

A380 capable?!? A wee bit late to the game. Lightsaber Why, Emirates are always going to be around. They send the 380 to MRU so MLE might want a slice of the action, with the tourist traffic to justify it. Back on topic, here are pictures of the NEO and the landing gear: https://images.indianexpres...

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India-South America flights . Commercially nonviable?
Replies: 16
Views: 2232

Re: India-South America flights . Commercially nonviable?

South America is the only part of the world where India has very little to do with.

I suspect there are more NRIs / American Indians visiting South America from the US / Canada in any given year vs Indians from India itself.

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India lands on runway-under-construction in Male (Maldives)
Replies: 29
Views: 6796

Re: Air India lands on runway-under-construction in Male (Maldives)

What strikes me about this story is that Male are building a 2nd runway! What for? 1. Does Hulhule Intl even have the traffic to support parallel runway ops? Or is it some kind of vanity thing? 2. Where even is the room for a 2nd runway, going by the overhead pictures of the airport? : https://i.pin...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wataniya Airways (Kuwait) suspends operations
Replies: 6
Views: 1120

Re: Wataniya Airways (Kuwait) suspends operations

What a surprise, this is the second time they have shut down. The strategy seemed very hodge-podge anyway, with their previous iteration being a luxury airline, and this one an LCC. It was a race to the bottom towards the end, with dozens of cancelled flights every week, and staff salaries being hel...

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by Spiderguy252
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Wobbly Winter '17/18 (4): Efficient Air India! (AI401 DEL - CCU B787 Dec'17, pics & video TR)
Replies: 3
Views: 3000

Re: Wobbly Winter '17/18 (4): Efficient Air India! (AI401 DEL - CCU B787 Dec'17, pics & video TR)

Excellent report as always.

Nice that AI has managed to make multiple daily 787s work on DEL-CCU for what has been an extended period of time now.

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India to connect BOM-FRA and BOM-JFK
Replies: 38
Views: 6761

Re: Air India to connect BOM-FRA and BOM-JFK

Air India should aim higher: why stop at BOM-JFK or BOM-FRA when you have entire countries without direct flights from India. When they are not bound by commercial considerations like a normal airline they should look at more exotic routes. Malaysia is one of them - bereft of Indian carriers at the...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 397254

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Is Jet's FFP really so valuable that a portion of it sells for hundreds of millions of dollars?

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Thai flying empty A380's to Hong Kong?
Replies: 27
Views: 11069

Re: Why is Thai flying empty A380's to Hong Kong?

They have a salad of a fleet and it's only inevitable that the network will reflect this at one point or the other.

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Competition on LHR-DEL relative to other major LHR-Asia routes
Replies: 12
Views: 2496

Re: Competition on LHR-DEL relative to other major LHR-Asia routes

Not to get too deep into this, but India was a major colony of the British and these air links are ancient as far as aviation history goes. Add that to AI's hub at DEL (they have 3 LHR flights if I'm not wrong) and the expansion of long haul flying from India over the last 20 years and you have the ...

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair: end of free carry-on. The last straw?
Replies: 46
Views: 7272

Re: Ryanair: end of free carry-on. The last straw?

The nickeling and diming in the aviation industry has to get worse before it gets better. Let RyanAir lead it to the edge of the cliff if they want to - at one point, the flying public will realize the ins and outs of this game and vouch for a quality flying experience vs dozens of rules, regulation...

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