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by raylee67
Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AM to open 3rd Asian destination in 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 3711

Re: AM to open 3rd Asian destination in 2017

Third Asian destination from AeroMexico. It would either be ICN or PEK. While ICN makes sense due to cooperation from KE, don't forget that PEK would be a worthy business destination as well, and China would welcome AM's arrival at PEK as it tries to strengthen its ties with Latin American in genera...

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by raylee67
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Jordanian ends Guangzhou
Replies: 13
Views: 2501

Re: Royal Jordanian ends Guangzhou

CAN gets a lot of connecting traffic from Africa, as it's the center of African-Chinese trade. surprised RJ couldn't make it work but there is a lot of competition on the route. Unless RJ offers dirt cheap price for this market, it would not be able to compete at all. But doing so would destroy its...

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by raylee67
Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI Plans Tel Aviv
Replies: 44
Views: 7876

Re: AI Plans Tel Aviv

Quite surprised that KE did not avoid the Armenia-Azerbaijan border though. The flight almost directly flew over the disputed region.

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by raylee67
Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Idea how BA can serve San Antonio: Shuttle bus from SA to Austin
Replies: 21
Views: 3070

Re: Idea how BA can serve San Antonio: Shuttle bus from SA to Austin

Shuttle bus seems to be a thing for Asian airlines. ANA used to run shuttle bus between Frankfurt and Dusseldorf as well. Keep in mind that EVA Air and China Airlines shuttle buses are free for their passengers, so that's an additional cost with no added revenue. I think those service is just someth...

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by raylee67
Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Launches TLV
Replies: 15
Views: 4425

Re: CX Launches TLV

TLV would have an optimal mix of tourist, pilgrimage and business traffic, offering good yields. And best of all, it is the only destination west of the Gulf region that ME3 does not offer any competition. CX would provide the best connection possibility for business travelers between Australia or s...

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by raylee67
Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A380 in YVR divert, passengers hospitalised
Replies: 46
Views: 11305

Re: BA A380 in YVR divert, passengers hospitalised

Curious diversion... 25 people sent to hospital and it's smoke inhalation. Doesn't it mean it can potentially be, however remote the possibility is, an on board fire? Even if all the indicators or detectors don't point to a fire? If it is diverting anyway, I suppose it would instead land at the clos...

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by raylee67
Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Delta to Start Chicago-Asia Service Next Year
Replies: 31
Views: 4330

Re: Rumor: Delta to Start Chicago-Asia Service Next Year

Okay, so let me throw this out there then ... what if the rumor is hinting at an agreement with, say, KE, that is similar to the AF arrangement? KE would serve ICN during the peak season, with DL using their own metal the rest of the year. Just food for thought ... Only one problem. For those who k...

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by raylee67
Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AVRO RJ100 Lands on St. Helena
Replies: 109
Views: 19470

Re: AVRO RJ100 Lands on St. Helena

I think a CS100 would be ideal? It has the range and has the capability. The only problem is that the airlines flying there (or planned to fly there) does not have CS100 and they are not going to get it because of this one route.

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by raylee67
Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pondering Oneworld without Air Berlin
Replies: 35
Views: 7417

Re: Pondering Oneworld without Air Berlin

With or without AB, OW's hole in the middle of Europe exists. AB is not really adding any value to OW. It has always been primarily a leisure airline. It might have wanted to get out of that image but apparently it was not successful. It's not providing any meaningful connectivity to intercontinenta...

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by raylee67
Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA's A-330-8 order
Replies: 75
Views: 18928

Re: HA's A-330-8 order

The rumors of A330-800 being cancelled will keep coming up until Airbus gets more credible order for the type OR Airbus actually rolls out the plane. The fact is, Airbus only has 10 orders for A338 at this moment. And the 4 from TransAsia is not going to hold. TransAsia ordered A338 with an ambitiou...

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by raylee67
Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines to retrofit A380 fleet for Hajj flights
Replies: 190
Views: 37319

Re: Malaysia Airlines retrofits Airbus A380 fleet for Hajj flights

Finally they get around this idea. This is the only way to get A380 work for them. Make them 850 seater, put the fleet into a separate subsidiary, and charter them out for flights to Mecca from all over the world. They probably don't need 6 for this purpose but at least it will allow them to break-e...

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by raylee67
Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: United to acquire JetBlue
Replies: 71
Views: 21956

Re: RUMOR: United to acquire JetBlue

This would be a crime against humanity.

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by raylee67
Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI looking to add Toronto and Washington DC
Replies: 47
Views: 6343

Re: AI looking to add Toronto and Washington DC

If it's really going to be Delhi-Birmingham-Toronto, I doubt AI is really competing for the DEL-YYZ traffic. AC doesn't fly YYZ-BHX, so AC may even code-share on that. The flight may absorb some of the YYZ-DEL traffic during peak season, but probably it's mainly for the BHX-DEL traffic.

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by raylee67
Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Development of TRJet TRJ-328 & TRJ-628
Replies: 19
Views: 4039

Re: Development of TRJet TRJ-328 & TRJ-628

What improvements are they making over the original 328?

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by raylee67
Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-200 Replacement
Replies: 48
Views: 7955

Re: 737-200 Replacement

For Canadian Arctic operations, there is no perfect replacement. If I try to summarize the characteristics/capabilities of the 737 in operation in Canada's North, they are: - Jet (i.e. fly higher, further, with higher capacity than props) - Capacity (full pax) is about 120 - Can use unpaved runway -...

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by raylee67
Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to pull out of CTU.
Replies: 24
Views: 6137

Re: BA to pull out of CTU.

LHR is not an ideal place for connection between Europe and China. BA will need to count on purely O&D traffic between CTU and LON for this route, as it literally would have no connection traffic on both ends except for limited UK domestic connection traffic via LHR. If BA is looking at a 3rd ci...

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by raylee67
Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific announces capacity review
Replies: 73
Views: 23589

Re: Cathay Pacific announces capacity review

CX needs to deal with (1) growing threats from growing Chinese carriers which are flying more intercontinental routes, (2) its own high cost base in comparison to Chinese airlines, HX/UO and even the re-energized American airlines, (3) slowing economy of China which cuts demand, (4) improved busines...

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by raylee67
Tue Oct 11, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Next for IAD ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2235

Re: Who Next for IAD ?

EVA would make sense, especially it wants to deepen cooperation with UA. It still have many 77W on order. JAL is less likely. At IAD, it faces formidable competition with UA/NH flying 2/daily as JV and they have hub connection at both ends. I think JAL would pick MIA or SEA before thinking about IAD...

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by raylee67
Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces Fort Lauderdale daily B77L
Replies: 152
Views: 20639

Re: Emirates announces Fort Lauderdale daily B77L

Looking at the timing, I think it connects well to the East Asian flights at DXB. And then doesn't the arrival and departure time at FLL coincides with Caribbean cruise ship boarding times? The timing of the flight may be more tailored to cruise ship timing than B6 connections.

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by raylee67
Mon Oct 10, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Juneyao Airlines will become a 'Connecting Partner' of Star Alliance from 2Q 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2297

Re: Juneyao Airlines will become a 'Connecting Partner' of Star Alliance from 2Q 2017

Good that Star Alliance formalizes this system. Essentially a "connecting partner" with extensive code-sharing, thru check-in, lounge sharing, etc. is what Alaska Airlines and WestJet are for both OW and SkyTeam, but they never made them official like this. And Hainan is probably already t...

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by raylee67
Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific didnt serve Europe till 1980?
Replies: 17
Views: 3960

Re: Cathay Pacific didnt serve Europe till 1980?

Read this on airlineroute http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/air ... perations/ They couldnt fly there with 707 and L1011? Yes, that is true. The brief history is on their own website: http://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_HK/a ... story.html Quote from the site: ... The first Boeing 747-200 arrived ...

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by raylee67
Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to launch 11 new routes in 2017
Replies: 229
Views: 46997

Re: TAP to launch 11 new routes in 2017

It's probably a wild dream, but it would be nice to see them in Macau again. This time around, it would be different. First, there is connection traffic from China. In 1998, the tourist and business traffic from China to Portugal would be zero. With current infrastructure in southern China, they can...

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by raylee67
Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YVR thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 95
Views: 15957

Re: YVR Thread

I have some thoughts about what you said about a YVR-BLR flight. First of all, while India is generally unserved from YVR at this point until Air Canada launches YVR-DEL, Vancouver does not have a tech industry. I may be wrong, but YVR-BLR would never be launched. If Bangalore is ever opened, it wo...

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by raylee67
Sat Oct 08, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 NEO / LR Game Changer in Asia?
Replies: 87
Views: 17132

Re: A321 NEO / LR Game Changer in Asia?

A321NEO would probably be useful for Asian LLC such as Lion, Tiger, Asia, HK Express and Jetstar. Due to population density, most of their routes currently served with A320 can probably support the larger A321 and using A321NEO will allow them to lower per-seat cost. For traditional carriers, A321 i...

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by raylee67
Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YVR thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 95
Views: 15957

Re: YVR Thread

Would not be surprised to see HX flying HKG-YVR. That's pretty much the only North American route its current fleet can fly to (using A332) without weight penalties both direction all year-round. And it's strong with connecting traffic to secondary cities in China, so YVR would be a no-brainer. Of o...

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by raylee67
Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX 744 doing good-bye fly-by over HongKong on Oct 8
Replies: 9
Views: 3773

Re: CX 744 doing good-bye fly-by over HongKong on Oct 8

Looking forward to seeing the pictures and videos, weather is looking great today. Some photos from local news site: http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews ... 5898386320 http://fs.mingpao.com/ins/20161008/s00001/1475898001108SL4_0B3C53317CD1E2E496BD75BF4CCCF538.jpg http://fs.mingpao.com/ins/20161...

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by raylee67
Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX 744 doing good-bye fly-by over HongKong on Oct 8
Replies: 9
Views: 3773

CX 744 doing good-bye fly-by over HongKong on Oct 8

While the last 747 passenger flight for Cathay Pacific was completed on Oct 1, Hong Kong will be able to salute the type one last time on Saturday. CX will arrange a 744 to do a fly-by at 2000 feet over Hong Kong's harbor at 10:30am local time to say good bye. Those who are in town and are intereste...

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by raylee67
Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Zimbabwe new COO, Mugabe Son in Law
Replies: 6
Views: 1422

Re: Air Zimbabwe new COO, Mugabe Son in Law

I don't expect anything less than his son-in-law to be at the helm of Air Zim.

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by raylee67
Thu Oct 06, 2016 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A350 Routes
Replies: 36
Views: 9027

Re: American A350 Routes

I hope A350 would be used to open some thinner routes in Asia, increasing relatively AA's weak presence in the region, may be opening routes like DFW-TPE or MIA-NRT, etc.

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by raylee67
Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas will reveal Boeing 787 routes, seats on 27 October 2016
Replies: 84
Views: 13392

Re: Qantas will reveal Boeing 787 routes, seats on 27 October 2016

Can QANTAS really open new routes with the 787 on order? There are only 8 787s on firm order, right? And according to this news article, the 787 will be used to replace the remaining 5 744s in fleet: http://australianaviation.com.au/2015/0 ... itability/ And I suppose when you use 789 to replace 744...

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by raylee67
Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair announces two new routes - TPA and PHL
Replies: 252
Views: 20889

Re: Icelandair to announce two new routes

767 would indicate West Coast if it's US. I know I am dreaming but it would be nice to see Icelandair in Asia. Iceland is increasingly popular for East Asian tourists who want to stay away from cities. KEF-NRT and -ICN would be within range of 763.

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by raylee67
Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: N.American partner for Hong Kong Airlines?
Replies: 19
Views: 2535

Re: N.American partner for Hong Kong Airlines?

HX would be a good fit for DL for connection purpose at HKG, except that it may upset CZ, which main hub is just 100km to the north of HKG. I don't think DL wants to upset CZ. For all the connection HX can provide for DL, CZ can provide the same, and much more. May be what DL should do is to open SE...

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by raylee67
Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA starts A380 marketing campaigns
Replies: 155
Views: 43475

Re: ANA starts A380 marketing campaigns

If ANA puts them in high density config with 650+ seats with a small section of business class, it would work well on routes like NRT-HNL and NRT-HKG. Unfortunately for Airbus, I don't think ANA would need more A380 though.

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by raylee67
Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Construction on Sea-Tac's new International Arrivals Facility to begin Q1 2017
Replies: 56
Views: 6897

Re: Construction on Sea-Tac's new International Arrivals Facility to begin Q1 2017

Will this make Sea - Tac more competative to Vancouver, BC? YVR still has way better international service. YVR can support way better international service because it has huge O&D traffic to Asia. There are outbound passengers from the Asian communities in Vancouver, and then there are inbound...

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by raylee67
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CI Mulling Regional Widebody Order + Looking at CDG/ ORD/ BOS
Replies: 24
Views: 6572

Re: CI Mulling Regional Widebody Order + Looking at CDG/ ORD/ BOS

Does CI have the traffic rights to CDG? I have an impression that Taiwan's agreement with France only allows one Taiwanese carrier there? Or was it just CI and BR secretly splitting up the European destinations between them now? ORD may be more difficult for CI than BR. BR has UA's connection at ORD...

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by raylee67
Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX to switch to 10-abreast Y on 777
Replies: 82
Views: 12367

Re: CX to switch to 10-abreast Y on 777

It's inevitable. 77W's primary role in CX is North America and some core European routes. CX must have got a lot of price pressure from its competitors on those routes, especially on routes that they directly compete with 10-abreast 777, such as Air Canada. For example, their economy class fare to Y...

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by raylee67
Sat Oct 01, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines A333 Tail Strike at TPE Oct 1
Replies: 1
Views: 1645

China Airlines A333 Tail Strike at TPE Oct 1

Taiwanese media reports that China Airlines flight CI704 from Manila to Taipei just had a tail strike on landing at 19:34 local time on Oct 1 2016 (11:34 UTC). The plane lifted off again after tail strike, circled around over Taiwan Strait (according to Flightradar) and then made another landing. Ru...

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by raylee67
Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Eagle Flight 4693: Why the strange routing?
Replies: 12
Views: 3447

Re: American Eagle Flight 4693: Why the strange routing?

Wouldn't that be cheaper to make some of the E175 compliant to over-water flight requirement than to have flights making these diversion day after day?

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by raylee67
Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 757 Transatlantic Experiences.....
Replies: 42
Views: 9100

Re: 757 Transatlantic Experiences.....

I have flown Finnair Toronto - Helsinki on 757. I don't feel any difference. Essentially the seat pitch and width is not much different. I found that whether you feel cramped or not really depends on the person sitting BESIDES you, not the seat itself. You got a big guy sitting besides you, you are ...

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by raylee67
Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines to retrofit A380 fleet for Hajj flights
Replies: 190
Views: 37319

Re: MAS changes A380 plans, again

All MH needs in its network is A320/A321 to cover all Asian routes + 787 or A350 to cover Australia/NZ/London.

But now if they are stuck with the A380, may be they can consider converting them to 800-seat full economy class planes for Hajj flights. Wet lease them to Saudia for that.

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by raylee67
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL in RDU
Replies: 56
Views: 10994

Re: DL in RDU

RDU corporate customers are not happy with AA. They are seeing AA's commitment to RDU waning. In light of this, I wonder how much longer AA can or will try to hold on to RDU-LHR. As long as AA can hold on to the corporate contract from Glaxo, the route is safe. Since Glaxo is a British company and ...

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by raylee67
Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Long-haul Y pax experience: Boeing 77Ws and 787s vs Airbus 350s and 330s.
Replies: 63
Views: 12751

Re: Long-haul Y pax experience: Boeing 77Ws and 787s vs Airbus 350s and 330s.

Haven't done A350 and 787, but have done 777 (both 3-3-3 and 3-4-3 config) and A333 long haul. Strangely I don't feel much difference between the 3-3-3 and 3-4-3 config of 777. Since I prefer to sit at the Window seat, I prefer 777 over A330. The reason is that if the flight is not full, the chance ...

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by raylee67
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet Potential Future Aircraft
Replies: 13
Views: 2500

Re: WestJet Potential Future Aircraft

To keep things simple, I think they will keep the three types: Q400, 737, 767. If it expands further into Europe, it will just picks up more 2nd hand 767 cheaply. The 767 would be sufficient even if WS wants to expand across the Pacific to Japan, Korea or northern/eastern China from Vancouver or Cal...

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by raylee67
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet and Delta
Replies: 38
Views: 6661

Re: Westjet and Delta

I think WS's strategy is to play like Alaska, partnering with both AA and DL for USA, and generally partnering with both SkyTeam and OW carriers internationally. That works well with AS, and has been working well for WS. No need to change. WS even has the advantage that AS doesn't have: DL will neve...

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by raylee67
Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Expensive Flight per Mile
Replies: 44
Views: 11327

Re: Most Expensive Flight per Mile

I remember back in 2012, I have purchased an Air Canada economy class round trip ticket on YYZ-YOW for C$970 (at the exchange rate at that time, it was around US$970). One-way distance of the flight is 226 miles. The flight takes about 45 min on an EMB190. That's the most expensive ticket per mile I...

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by raylee67
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW diverts 19 Sep 16...what's up?
Replies: 10
Views: 2820

Re: DFW diverts 19 Sep 16...what's up?

Wow, really. I guess I got lucky. Made a connection at DFW today. Landed at around 10:00 and departed at 13:20. The weather was very sunny throughout that time. I guess it could change quite quickly in that region.

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by raylee67
Sat Sep 17, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cuba Banning Cuban-American Crew from Overnighting
Replies: 33
Views: 8782

Re: Cuba Banning Cuban-American Crew from Overnighting

I may be mistaken, but I believe Canada is instituting the same sort of requirement for naturalized US citizens who wish to visit Canada; so I have been told by a good friend who talks like a Canadian despite his west Texas address, and his US passport. Starting Sep 2016, Canada requires ALL Canadi...

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by raylee67
Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wartime Vietnam Charters
Replies: 16
Views: 3836

Re: Wartime Vietnam Charters

I remember reading an article a long time ago about Pan Am doing R&R flights from Vietnam to HKG and Utapao using DC-6 and DC-7 that are retired from pax services, at the start of the war.

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by raylee67
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA New business Seats for B757s
Replies: 31
Views: 7217

Re: AA New business Seats for B757s

So they installed the new seats on a B757, the same seats used on the business section of the A321T but the big difference is that it doesn't have AVOD. Crap.... The same half-*ss thing they're doing in the 767s. UGH. Understood that there are portable players available, but it just feels wrong. Lo...

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by raylee67
Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Latam To Cut 787, A350 Orders
Replies: 23
Views: 16919

Re: RE: Latam To Cut 787, A350 Orders

Quoting Stitch (Reply 2): Now that Anderson is gone, it's time for Bastian to discard the "experimental airplane" mentality and pick these up to make SEA profitable and perhaps restart flights that need this airframe such as SEA-KIX and restore SEA-HKG to year-round daily. I think Delta's...

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