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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA & IB widebodies between MAD-LHR
Replies: 26
Views: 5138

Re: BA & IB widebodies between MAD-LHR

The BA widebody is to get people from from MAD to LHR in time for the afternoon bank to the US. The IB widebody is to get people from LHR in time for the night bank to S. America. BA wide body arrives at 1910, it's the other way around, the wide body captures arriving North Atlantic traffic. Did th...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA & IB widebodies between MAD-LHR
Replies: 26
Views: 5138

Re: BA & IB widebodies between MAD-LHR

The BA widebody is to get people from from MAD to LHR in time for the afternoon bank to the US.

The IB widebody is to get people from LHR in time for the night bank to S. America.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?
Replies: 57
Views: 6033

Re: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?

I recommend looking up the WW fleet.

Also the BA 787s are G-ZBK* supposedly because the ZB is similar to 78

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Iberia service to the USA
Replies: 17
Views: 3482

Re: Iberia service to the USA

Do you see Iberia leaving the A346 if the oil remains on the current level and using them for some short-haul-routes of its network with heavy demand? I could see them moving TLV to 346 service.Israel-Latam is a huge business for IB so being able to get more people into a bank makes sense. Plus you...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Iberia service to the USA
Replies: 17
Views: 3482

Re: Iberia service to the USA

LAX in the summer regularly gets the 346. It's 332 in the winter.

But yeah, ORD is probably your best bet, but they send a lot of 333s there as well. Next summer I believe ORD is getting the 350, though. MIA does also get a fair amount of 340s but less common than the others.

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by LupineChemist
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: helicopter crash in Leicester
Replies: 33
Views: 9409

Re: helicopter crash in Leicester

We don't have any confirmation that anyone on board has died. Lots of crashes have looked bad with miraculous results, lets not declare them dead prematurely.

News sources are only confirming who was on board but nobody has actually indicated a death.

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by LupineChemist
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: helicopter crash in Leicester
Replies: 33
Views: 9409

Re: helicopter crash in Leicester

Do we know the status of anyone. Lots of reports Vichai was on board, but nothing regarding if anyone on board died/survived.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA post Q3 2018 earnings
Replies: 101
Views: 17526

Re: AA post Q3 2018 earnings

With rising rates and fuel, their debt may be an advantage for the future. They'll have locked in low rates for more fuel efficient aircraft. Competitors will eventually need to replace as well and have to finance at higher rates. The hedging point is also pretty good. AA is way more vulnerable to f...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian stocks nearly as low as they were pre-IAG offer
Replies: 11
Views: 3343

Re: Norwegian stocks nearly as low as they were pre-IAG offer

Where do you see an operating loss in Q3 ?? YTD ok, but in Q3, I read 1.8bn NOK operating profit... Yeah, sorry I was going through it fast and read the CASK versus RASK. I'm still trying to figure out how they got an operating profit line with higher costs than revenue. Ancillary revenue adds anot...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA post Q3 2018 earnings
Replies: 101
Views: 17526

Re: AA post Q3 2018 earnings

DL and UA had strong quarters, in part due to significant increases in bookings of premium seats. AA, on the other hand, has been jamming more seats in and making their airplanes as uncomfortable as possible. I like to think there’s a correlation here that will be a positive for overall passenger c...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian stocks nearly as low as they were pre-IAG offer
Replies: 11
Views: 3343

Re: Norwegian stocks nearly as low as they were pre-IAG offer

Good results? They pulled the same trick they pulled in Q2. Sell assets. play with valuations, and call it profitable. CASK was higher than RASK. That's an operating loss. In Q3, in Europe. And their grand plan is trying to get supplemental income revenue in Argentine Pesos at a time with oil going...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian stocks nearly as low as they were pre-IAG offer
Replies: 11
Views: 3343

Re: Norwegian stocks nearly as low as they were pre-IAG offer

Good results? They pulled the same trick they pulled in Q2. Sell assets. play with valuations, and call it profitable. CASK was higher than RASK. That's an operating loss. In Q3, in Europe. And their grand plan is trying to get supplemental income revenue in Argentine Pesos at a time with oil going ...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian survival questioned-Forbes
Replies: 100
Views: 16023

Re: Norwegian survival questioned-Forbes

The question really is, does Norweigen have sufficient cash flow to sustain the losses until they can raise fares. Who says they're making losses? On some flights indeed, I can see them make a loss. But other flights could just be profitable and those profits can be used to compensate the loss-maki...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL the only US3 to operate flights to Africa?
Replies: 56
Views: 11605

Re: Why is DL the only US3 to operate flights to Africa?

Didn't there used to be an IAH-SSG flight back when oil was high? I though it was in the same vein as the IAH-BGO flight.

Thoguh I may be completely misremembering things.

Regardless, I think IAH-LAD might be possible for similar reasons.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United debuts new marketing campaign "Uniting the World"
Replies: 42
Views: 7028

Re: United debuts new marketing campaign "Uniting the World"

I do like the ad and think UA is definitely doing a lot better and think the improvements should be lauded even if not sufficient yet. Particularly actually getting Polaris lounges open. Though, isn't the image for Shanghai the bamboo forest in Arashiyama Kyoto? Or do all paths in bamboo forests jus...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian stocks nearly as low as they were pre-IAG offer
Replies: 11
Views: 3343

Re: Norwegian stocks nearly as low as they were pre-IAG offer

Norwegian still hasn't shown that they can actually make money. They've only ever had a slightly positive operating margin a few quarters and IIRC Q3 2017 was the last time. (Note the Q2 profit wasn't an operating profit). If they can't get CASK below RASK on an annual basis they just aren't a viabl...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian stocks nearly as low as they were pre-IAG offer
Replies: 11
Views: 3343

Re: Norwegian stocks nearly as low as they were pre-IAG offer

Cash flow warnings and Q3 earnings report on Thursday.

Buy the rumor, sell the news as it were and even a couple percent positive operating margin is just not enough.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European aviation in a over supply situation?
Replies: 34
Views: 6433

Re: European aviation crisis

Europe has twice the population of the US, and is on average richer and has more free-time to spend on traveling. It's only natural that there are more airlines in Europe than in the US. I don't get how people can think Europe is on average richer. It's not even close to true, people generally have...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc Launches Miami in April 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 4412

Re: Royal Air Maroc Launches Miami in April 2019

Any hints of them joining Oneworld? Seems like they are definitely going down that path.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European aviation in a over supply situation?
Replies: 34
Views: 6433

Re: European aviation crisis

Growing economies, low interest rates and low oil prices have everyone at least staying afloat. Start to remove some of those advantages with slowly rising interest rates and more expensive oil and marginal players will start to fall off. If we have a recession, all bets are off. Though that said, f...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to Start London Heathrow to Charleston, SC
Replies: 282
Views: 38235

Re: BA to Start London Heathrow to Charleston, SC

SurfandSnow wrote:
Call me crazy, but this could set a precedent for something like LHR-EGE. Vail has gotten so expensive that most Americans could never afford to go. Europeans, however, still find it to be relatively affordable...


You're crazy. Europeans generally have WAY less disposable income than Americans.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nonstop to Italy from SFO
Replies: 35
Views: 5400

Re: Nonstop to Italy from SFO

In comparision with recently announced SFO-AMS by UA(with no feed on AMS end), it will start daily year round, considering KL has already served this route for long times. So, I think the demand for SFO to Italy is absolutely more than SFO-AMS. UA can try a summer seasonal first. Yeah, both BA and ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian drops ADD-DUB-LAX, adds ADD-LFW(Lomé)-LAX
Replies: 106
Views: 23288

Re: Ethiopian drop LAX

Is DUB-MAD even considered fifth freedom? Especially for new services, it's considered part of the single aviation market so would be cabotaje in that case.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms
Replies: 122
Views: 15223

Re: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms

There are lots of easier ways to save. I was at the Air Berlin hotel for JFK last year (before they went away). It was a La Quinta out in Long Island and the rack rate was $120 or so, I imagine they got quite a steep discount on that. So even in the most expensive cities there are options. The only ...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100
Replies: 85
Views: 21717

Re: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100

Thank you for this further explanation. What is a dongle exactly in this case? From my search of the internet this morning, it generically means some type of software that controls functionality. If the aircraft is built a certain way, what cost difference does it make to Bombardier to control how ...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100
Replies: 85
Views: 21717

Re: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100

In flight entertainment... hmmm. Would it not be cheaper to just supply in-flight internet access, USB charging ports and let the passengers use their own devices? I mean after going through the cost of wiring all that up, the cost of the tablet itself really isn't that big of a deal anymore. I'm s...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-airport cities: Best and worst airport-to-airport connections
Replies: 39
Views: 3659

Re: Multi-airport cities: Best and worst airport-to-airport connections

I've done a LTN-LHR connection with the mrs. and found a one way car hire that was cheaper than two tickets on the national express bus. Also not particularly hard logistically but BKK - DMK has a free bus if you have a ticket at the other airport but Bangkok traffic is something else. Though it wil...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia A332 operating for LEVEL
Replies: 8
Views: 3315

Re: Iberia A332 operating for LEVEL

So would people who book the premium economy seats on Level end up in a real J seat?

Seems like quite a pleasant upgrade.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018
Replies: 169
Views: 42963

Re: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018

I wonder if they will be conservative with loads initially. As far as I can tell the ULR has never flown this distance even in test. Yes I know they have lots of tests and can extrapolate for the ULR’s on known A350 performance but still interesting. Didn't they test on the delivery flight by takin...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Pre-clearance in LHR?
Replies: 44
Views: 8789

Re: US Pre-clearance in LHR?

Too complicated and too many terminals involved. You would have to rearrange all of Heathrow airport. Who is going to pay for this fantasy project ? People who say this should happen have no clue how many flights go from LHR to the USA. Rearrange Heathrow you say? https://www.heathrowexpansion.com/...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is LEVEL Airlines A Failure?
Replies: 15
Views: 3060

Re: Is LEVEL Airlines A Failure?

It is not just one flight, or a random sale, it seems to be most of the upcoming ones I can see between BCN and the USA at least. People here talk about Norwegian being in a bad situation financially but from what I can see the fares of Level are substantially lower than Norwegian consistently, so ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Pre-clearance in LHR?
Replies: 44
Views: 8789

Re: US Pre-clearance in LHR?

I think maybe in the long term once the toast rack is complete it might be possible to have 1 pier shared between airlines and dedicated to US flights. But that'd be many years in the future and who knows. That's what I think, it's easier to have 1-2 pier specifically designed for US flights. I dou...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Pre-clearance in LHR?
Replies: 44
Views: 8789

Re: US Pre-clearance in LHR?

I think maybe in the long term once the toast rack is complete it might be possible to have 1 pier shared between airlines and dedicated to US flights. But that'd be many years in the future and who knows.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 17734

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

FWIW, I don't wish any harm to Norwegian. I'm actually rather annoyed that they are in the position they are in since DY is my favorite short haul airline in Europe. I'm not all that bothered with BA either. The people that complain about being upsold things like seat selection in Club are not BA's ...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 17734

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

The fierce reactions are a surprise. Not really. People on this site are very attached to their favorite and/or employer airline so it's understandable even when it's irrational. The article is saying that Norwegian is now the largest foreign transatlantic carrier. BA previously held that spot. Who...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rethinking LGA Airport
Replies: 74
Views: 11393

Re: Rethinking LGA Airport

A+ for creativity and quality of whatever you're smoking. F for reality. TBH - it should be JFK that gets the major expansion, not LGA. It's already bigger than LGA so there will be less land to acquire/fill. Plus the closing of LGA would free up air traffic around JFK/EWR to better utilize their r...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 17734

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

Sorry but IB, EI, LV , AA, AY is not BA and it is BA and Norwegian we are talking about here. No reason to argue With me, argue with Reuters Fine, but then you need to split DI, DU and DY. Again, I am simply referring to an article here. We know how well the press gets nuance in aviation. The thing...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Sir Tim Clark: Emirates next batches of A380s will be powered by RR
Replies: 595
Views: 94822

Re: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse

I mean there has to be an agreement here somewhere. At some point if EK runs a 20 year lifecycle, they will be almost at replacement rate for a slow moving 380 line all on their own. Airbus is going to have to take the accounting loss, but assuming they can keep the line cash flow positive, no reaso...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 17734

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

I think BA has poor service and product also and that it is proabably not helping either against it's rivals. Not even Norwegian. BA's focus has always been yield, on a CASM basis you can't compare DY vs BA. Plus the figures given don't include IAG carriers IB, EI or LV and don't include JV partner...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 538
Views: 176150

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Not sure about Chicago but definitely in Seattle.....this aircraft can open a lot of options in that city...but the biggest change will be in Laguardia and Boston where they seem to want to build a trans Atlantic jumping point....interesting times ahead There is weeping in Seattle and Chicago. It's...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 102
Views: 7265

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

The Airport Express in HKG might take the cake. Not only is it a super easy one seat ride from Hong Kong & Kowloon, with a short walk from the station into the terminal, but you can actually check your bag at the train station in town and then you don't have to drag it on the train - not sure i...

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by LupineChemist
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 102
Views: 7265

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

Surprised BKK hasn't been mentioned yet. Great connection from the airport and reasonable transfers to lots of desirable areas, but as it's Bangkok, plenty of areas where you have to get a taxi from the station and Bangkok traffic is something else.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's future at JFK
Replies: 42
Views: 10335

Re: BA's future at JFK

There is the interesting point that as wifi becomes more prevalent, that day flights may become more common as people can work during the flight. So maybe more morning departures and late departures from London.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay cancels CPH in 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 8435

Re: Cathay cancels CPH in 2019

I would think they might use the OW hub in HEL to connect to the Nordics. Suppose it would depend on how nice AY wants to play with competition on the route.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: $10 Billion JFK Airport Renovation
Replies: 122
Views: 20372

Re: B6 selected to rebuilt T6/T7 at JFK

I would say this pretty much confirms B6's TATL plans. Now I wonder if they'd ever consider widebodies.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EAS program extended for another 5 years.
Replies: 46
Views: 3615

Re: EAS program extended for another 5 years.

Yea, the US can't figure it out for some reason Because we don’t need it? Perhaps due to the relative inexpense of flying here? I don’t think we need to spend hundreds of billions on a train system that we don’t need simply to try and win a d*** measuring contest with Europe and China. Baloney. HSR...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways to Order New Airbus Airplanes
Replies: 19
Views: 7289

Re: Kuwait Airways to Order New Airbus Airplanes

I'm assuming they will have deliveries to coincide with the opening of KWI T2.

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