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by keitherson
Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong Airlines to YVR? A350?
Replies: 20
Views: 3854

Hong Kong Airlines to YVR? A350?

https://www.otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/ruling/2016-a-198 https://www.otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/ruling/2016-a-197 Hong Kong Airlines Limited has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for an exemption from subsection 110(1) of the ATR in order to sell transportation between Hong Kong and points in Can...

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by keitherson
Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rise of "Ultra" Low-Cost Carriers
Replies: 32
Views: 8217

Re: Rise of "Ultra" Low-Cost Carriers

ULCC's just feel like a scam to me. I avoid them at all costs. I have flown Ryanair a few times and it was a disgusting joke. I refuse to give G4/NK/F9 or anyone like them a dime. Every little weasel gimmick they run adds to the circus (and stress). The cost of the ancillary items is nearly nothing...

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by keitherson
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chile May Block LAN JV with AA/BA
Replies: 10
Views: 2010

Re: Chile May Block LAN JV with AA/BA

THANK GOD. a JV between LATAM and AA would have just been absurd, controlling probably 50+% of USA-South America traffic

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by keitherson
Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates launches bus service between SEA and YVR
Replies: 44
Views: 10212

Re: Emirates launches bus service between SEA and YVR

I'm surprised people have missed the biggest aspect of this codeshare: YVR taxes. The difference in taxes between a flight originating YVR vs SEA is substantial. YVR airport tax alone is $20, and there's plenty more.

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by keitherson
Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa forecasts a rise in Premium Class booking in 2016
Replies: 1
Views: 456

Re: Lufthansa forecasts a rise in Premium Class booking in 2016

Congrats to Lufthansa and their world-class First Class product :)

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by keitherson
Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet and London: A mess or a success?
Replies: 20
Views: 6077

Re: WestJet and London: A mess or a success?

I did a trip report I posted on FT: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/westjet- ... essed.html I honestly think it's not a big success. They did not get much good press, and continue to get bad press. Two days ago WS 4 had a diversion to Greenland (!). The nonstop EC cash compensation must at least hurt...

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by keitherson
Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL President: DL Ready to Launch Long-range Low-cost Flights
Replies: 64
Views: 11867

Re: DL President: DL Ready to Launch Long-range Low-cost Flights

VCEflyboy wrote:
Can we hope they will re-activate their parked 747s? They are still pretty viable and would make great VFR machines for Europe at least during the summer months and during winter they could be repositioned on sun routes like Mexico and the Caribbean.

the obsession with 747s in this forum...

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by keitherson
Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Seoul
Replies: 5
Views: 1843

Re: Air Seoul

Wow, that's a great livery. Even nicer than Asiana's mainline.

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by keitherson
Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Moscow opening a 4th airport. What will change?
Replies: 20
Views: 4956

Re: Moscow opening a 4th airport. What will change?

Looks like they will throw all the LCCs to that airport. The airport situation in Moscow is a mess. It's as bad as London in terms of distance and commute time, but without the organization. (Hardly thought I'd ever call London airports organized...)

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by keitherson
Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wamos Air: gimmick 747 airline?
Replies: 15
Views: 7664

Wamos Air: gimmick 747 airline?

They used to be known as Pullmantur air, and their fleet is basically 5 747's that they operate on behalf of others or on charters, though they also fly scheduled routes. The airline pushes the 747 a lot, even going so far as highlighting extra baggage allowance because of how big the 747 is, and th...

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by keitherson
Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YYZ discussion thread
Replies: 55
Views: 6219

Re: YYZ discussion thread

"Gimmick show?" How so? It's a niche regional airline which had a great idea, serving a busy city's centre airport and targeting business travellers and commuters, and made it work very well, and now they have very good thing going for them. Just because Porter is not going all out challe...

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by keitherson
Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YYZ discussion thread
Replies: 55
Views: 6219

Re: YYZ discussion thread

LH471 wrote:
Does anyone see Lufthansa upgauging their equipment anytime in the near future? They've been at a 744 daily for a while now and they have been consistently full.

It'll be upgauged to a A340 CityLine, you mean?

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by keitherson
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue is on the verge of International Service at LGB.
Replies: 6
Views: 1643

Re: JetBlue is on the verge of International Service at LGB.

viewtopic.php?t=149183

HAH! That's hilarious.
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MAH4546 wrote:
keitherson wrote:
LAX772LR wrote:
What happened at SNA?


Alaska Airlines announced Vancouver-Orange County. The inaugural flight actually took off. It never landed at SNA; had to divert.

viewtopic.php?t=149183

HAH! That's hilarious.

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by keitherson
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific announces capacity review
Replies: 73
Views: 23660

Re: Cathay Pacific announces capacity review

Significant weaknesses, yet they think massively devaluing the Marco Polo program, putting 10-seat abreast in 77Ws, and cutting back on food and amenities will bring back their profits?

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by keitherson
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YYZ discussion thread
Replies: 55
Views: 6219

Re: YYZ discussion thread

Porter needs to start looking at expanding to YYZ and fleet type. I am tired of their sole YTZ gimmick show, and also the domestic duopoly in Canada. "Gimmick show?" How so? It's a niche regional airline which had a great idea, serving a busy city's centre airport and targeting business t...

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by keitherson
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue is on the verge of International Service at LGB.
Replies: 6
Views: 1643

Re: JetBlue is on the verge of International Service at LGB.

God, just start service to Vancouver already, JetBlue. Flights are pre-cleared from YVR!!! That doesn't change anything, as the arriving airport still must have Customs/FIS in the event that an arriving pre-cleared flight necessitates being rescreened. IIRC, SNA found that out the hard way, back in...

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by keitherson
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Narrowbody flying transpacific?
Replies: 22
Views: 8011

Re: Narrowbody flying transpacific?

3) will fly anything if the price/schedule is right. Ultimately this is the deciding factor. But DC8's (and 707's) were not and are not cheap to operate, certainly when compared to more modern aircraft like the 767. So how is an airline supposed to offer better pricing while operating aircraft that...

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by keitherson
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue is on the verge of International Service at LGB.
Replies: 6
Views: 1643

Re: JetBlue is on the verge of International Service at LGB.

God, just start service to Vancouver already, JetBlue. Flights are pre-cleared from YVR!!!

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by keitherson
Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norway and Sweden begin to divest shares in SAS
Replies: 16
Views: 3699

Re: Norway and Sweden begin to divest shares in SAS

aircatalonia wrote:
KLDC10 wrote:
“There are no good reasons why the state should own an airline,” Norwegian Economics Minister Monica Maeland said on Thursday.


Translation: we are running a huge deficit and we need cash.

Cheap oil: good for SAS, bad for Norway :lol:

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by keitherson
Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YYZ discussion thread
Replies: 55
Views: 6219

Re: YYZ discussion thread

Porter needs to start looking at expanding to YYZ and fleet type. I am tired of their sole YTZ gimmick show, and also the domestic duopoly in Canada.

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by keitherson
Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norway and Sweden begin to divest shares in SAS
Replies: 16
Views: 3699

Re: Norway and Sweden begin to divest shares in SAS

This will make SAS's transformation into a LCC more palatable. I can't believe they are charging for drinks and alcohol on long-haul SAS Go now.

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by keitherson
Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad becomes a Skytrax 5 star airlines
Replies: 23
Views: 3797

Re: Etihad becomes a Skytrax 5 star airlines

Anyone who regularly flies Etihad knows the appalling state of their ground services and customer support staff. Anyone in the Etihad Guset program could tell you this. But posters seem to think that everything on this airline is 5-stars because A380's and fancy first-class apartment cabins and beca...

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by keitherson
Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TG fails to get CASA approval, to deploy A350 to Europe instead
Replies: 19
Views: 7338

Re: TG fails to get CASA approval, to deploy A350 to Europe instead

I'm not sure what's worse: airliners.net posters' reading comprehension of the original article, the poor Bangkok Post journalism, or the ICAO safety record of Thai Airways.

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by keitherson
Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: New Copa Holdings low cost airline upcoming?
Replies: 18
Views: 3256

Re: RUMOR: New Copa Holdings low cost airline upcoming?

CM can easily just turn CM into a LCC in the economy cabin. For a fleet of only 737s, there is absolutely no reason why this could not happen already.

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by keitherson
Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: now flying to to 64 of Europe’s 85 biggest airports
Replies: 48
Views: 6623

Re: Ryanair: now flying to to 64 of Europe’s 85 biggest airports

The fact that Ryanair manages to keep low fares yet fly to main hubs and major airports is the real threat to the legacy carriers. People will no longer overpay for economy on a legacy when its on-board product has been devalued to the point of a LCC and they are flying from the same gates and airpo...

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by keitherson
Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Jordanian to operate charter flights from Aqaba
Replies: 7
Views: 1694

Re: Royal Jordanian to operate charter flights from Aqaba

Glad the Jordanians are finally putting the airport to use, but the new airport on the Israeli side is going to be far, far busier.

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by keitherson
Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How does Delta operate NRT-MNL
Replies: 31
Views: 8604

Re: How does Delta operate NRT-MNL

Coal wrote:
PanzerPowner wrote:
NRT-MNL

This is a prestige route. DL only flies it for the prestige, hence it flies it's best aircraft there, which is the 744.

You think Delta flies for prestige? Boy do I have news for you...

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by keitherson
Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YVR thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 95
Views: 16268

Re: YVR Thread

Vancouver (YVR) – Zhengzhou (CGO) Sichuan 8502 What the hell is Zhengzhou?? Why does this route exist? Zhengzhou is the capital of Henan province and has a metro area population of almost 10 million, much larger than any city in Canada.. So does Ahmedabad but that doesn't make these places any more...

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by keitherson
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are airlines flying to EBL (Erbil, Iraq)?
Replies: 16
Views: 4283

Why are airlines flying to EBL (Erbil, Iraq)?

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=osm-ebl EBL is Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. OSM is Mosul, the de facto capital of ISIS. The airports are 44 miles apart. Lufthansa flies to EBL twice a week, and Austrian flies daily. Other major airlines include QR, RJ, TK, ME. Emirates and Etihad no longer fl...

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by keitherson
Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Catcalling Flight Attendants a No-No at Alaska
Replies: 114
Views: 13008

Re: Catcalling Flight Attendants a No-No at Alaska

Please help me to understand your thoughts. What was "escalated" and by whom? Can you describe "role reversal" as you mean it? Catcalling -> booted off the flight = escalated Woman catcalling a male attendant = role reversal. Are you also going to start bringing up double standa...

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by keitherson
Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YVR thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 95
Views: 16268

Re: YVR Thread

Vancouver (YVR) – Zhengzhou (CGO)
Sichuan 8502

What the hell is Zhengzhou?? Why does this route exist?

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by keitherson
Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YVR thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 95
Views: 16268

Re: YVR Thread

RL777 wrote:
KLM will be using the 787-9 to YVR beginning in September of 2017.

Guess I'll be saving my Global Upgrades for this! :D

I had booked a flight connecting through YEG just for the 787.

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by keitherson
Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YVR thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 95
Views: 16268

Re: YVR Thread

Another new route that came up this year was YVR FCO by air transit albeit only one-weekly and seasonal but apparently is coming back next summer. Unfortunately TK has seen better days and is in the middle of a cutting spree so I doubt they will fly to YVR any time soon. Too bad it's not all good n...

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by keitherson
Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Avianca To Boston Logan
Replies: 50
Views: 10903

Re: Possible Avianca To Boston Logan

Do they fly SAL-BOS? El Salvador seems to be their preferred hub for North America. No. I do not believe there is any significant traffic that would justify this route. Salvadorans are #3 in Hispanic Populations (excludes Brazilian) in Massachusetts and the route was served by TACA in the past. Top...

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by keitherson
Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do leisure only airports get pre-check?
Replies: 18
Views: 2799

Re: Why do leisure only airports get pre-check?

Because Precheck costs almost next to nothing to implement.

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by keitherson
Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YVR thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 95
Views: 16268

Re: YVR Thread

AC flights between YYZ and IST is doing very well actually and I do not think that AC will terminate IST. I use these flights very often and loads are always high, in fact other than once (July this year due to political unrest in Turkey) I have never seen a flight other than full board on all thre...

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by keitherson
Sun Oct 09, 2016 3:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Inflight meals of yesteryear versus today
Replies: 10
Views: 2925

Re: Inflight meals of yesteryear versus today

I understand ancillary revenue from fees and unbundling airfare products have led to cutting back airline meals. What I don't understand is why at least some airlines don't make an investment into food in economy class as a distinguishing feature. Instead, these days, it's all the same awful product...

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by keitherson
Sat Oct 08, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOH-DXB market
Replies: 19
Views: 4397

Re: DOH-DXB market

Qatar is a pretty dead place in terms of nightlife and activities. Many people go to Dubai for leisure instead. And of course, it lives off of non-GCC foreign traffic that cannot drive through Saudi Arabia, so their only option is to fly.

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by keitherson
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Multi-stop International Flights
Replies: 43
Views: 7427

Re: Multi-stop International Flights

I love this thread. I have such fond memories of the UA Island Hopper.

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by keitherson
Tue Oct 04, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Will BA Replace Their Horrible Widebody Business Class?
Replies: 43
Views: 8444

Re: When Will BA Replace Their Horrible Widebody Business Class?

BA continues to have First class on most of their wide body aircraft. While many airlines are going with 1-2-1 business the trade off is those airlines have no first class sections, or restrict it to certain aircraft. My standard for business class is lie flat seat and aisle access. The BA business...

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by keitherson
Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No direct USA flights to and from Budapest?
Replies: 34
Views: 8544

Re: No direct USA flights to and from Budapest?

You could always just fly to Toronto.

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by keitherson
Sat Oct 01, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin restructuring announced, to wet lease aircraft to LH Group (EW), more job cuts announced
Replies: 36
Views: 9307

Re: Air Berlin restructuring announced, to wet lease aircraft to LH Group (EW), more job cuts announced

If they want to focus on long-haul connecting traffic then they'd better start fixing their sad excuse of a lounge for oneworld at DUS and the "waiting areas" at TXL.

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by keitherson
Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Announces Havana and Caracas
Replies: 62
Views: 11376

Re: Turkish Announces Havana and Caracas

Why don't they start service to Pyongyang while they're at it?

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by keitherson
Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Launches BOS-DUB, JFK-LIS; Relaunches JFK-TXL
Replies: 91
Views: 16756

Re: Delta Launch Boston-Dublin

Delta is going to fight for Boston. Come on B6!!!

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by keitherson
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS Launches MIA
Replies: 51
Views: 7220

Re: SAS Launches MIA

I'll be flying the inaugural from MIA.

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by keitherson
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ to launch SIN-CGK-SYD
Replies: 41
Views: 8244

Re: SQ to launch SIN-CGK-SYD

Not so sure it's a good idea. Low-cost traffic from Indonesia will fly Malaysia and Air Asia X via KUL. Corporate traffic will just continue to fly GA. And GA is a very good carrier. You're clearly not aware just how big the population of Indonesian-wealthy are! And just like the wealthy in other p...

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by keitherson
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways and Qatar Airways form Joint Business Agreement
Replies: 12
Views: 2449

Re: British Airways and Qatar Airways form Join Business Agreement

Presumably this is to fight QF/EK's growing presence in the UK. Does this mean that BA will no longer use SIN as their transit hub enroute to Australia?

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by keitherson
Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ to launch SIN-CGK-SYD
Replies: 41
Views: 8244

Re: SQ to launch SIN-CGK-SYD

Very interesting, now that Garuda is getting bigger and stronger they decide to start this flight, looks like they are feeling that GA is becoming a real competitor and they need to start fighting them more. If they do codeshare with VA it will be good, otherwise it'll only rely basically in O&...

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by keitherson
Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ to launch SIN-CGK-SYD
Replies: 41
Views: 8244

Re: SQ to launch SIN-CGK-SYD

Not so sure it's a good idea. Low-cost traffic from Indonesia will fly Malaysia and Air Asia X via KUL. Corporate traffic will just continue to fly GA. And GA is a very good carrier.

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