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by evanb
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair and or Easy Jet to the USA
Replies: 42
Views: 5160

Re: Ryanair and or Easy Jet to the USA

Thank you for pointing out this. I have a degree in Aviation Management & Operations thus i understand it. This is why i will stick by my point; unless you have a clear strategy for low cost (Or should it be LOWER cost) long haul then it will never work. Ryanair nor easyJet will ever make a ven...

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by evanb
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair and or Easy Jet to the USA
Replies: 42
Views: 5160

Re: Ryanair and or Easy Jet to the USA

That's because Norwegian has made a good number of strategic errors. Long haul low cost is a tough market, but not impossible. If done right, it can work. The problem is that Norwegian is not doing it right. How do you suppose Norwegian (or EasyJet, Ryanair or Wizzair) can dramatically lower costs ...

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by evanb
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair and or Easy Jet to the USA
Replies: 42
Views: 5160

Re: Ryanair and or Easy Jet to the USA

Jetstar has been doing low cost longhaul for over 10 years now... Scoot seems to work as well. Jetstar and Scoot are not conventional LCCs like Easy Jet, Ryanair or Norwegian. They're offshoots of full service legacy carriers designed to reduce the overall group unit cost while minimizing the assoc...

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by evanb
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair and or Easy Jet to the USA
Replies: 42
Views: 5160

Re: Ryanair and or Easy Jet to the USA

Airlines flying longhaul don’t make money from economy class. Thats why low cost long haul is hard to make profitable. Competition is hard and business passengers want frequency and premium economy/business class. Patently not true. If this is/was the case no airlines would have long haul economy c...

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by evanb
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair and or Easy Jet to the USA
Replies: 42
Views: 5160

Re: Ryanair and or Easy Jet to the USA

No. It will never happen. Look at Norwegian and the state that they are in. Low Cost long haul unfortunately doesn't work as it should. Right, the fundamental challenge is cost. Low cost operators actually need to do things differently to legacy carriers to lower their cost base and thus allow sign...

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by evanb
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 340
Views: 46539

Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2019

mr02 wrote:
Is BA flying to Tanzania?


No.

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by evanb
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 60541

Re: SAA Leasing A350

sabby wrote:
Why'd anyone go via US when they can save hours going via EU and without needing a transit visa ?


Not just needing the visa, but actually having to clear immigration in the US just to transit!

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by evanb
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 60541

Re: SAA Leasing A350

mr02 wrote:
The savings should/could be higher because the leasing rates for the A340s were ridiculously high. They had to renegotiate the lease rates a few years ago but I don't know if they were successful.


I think you're confusing them with other aircraft. 6 of the 9 A340-600s are owned outright by SAA.

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by evanb
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 60541

Re: SAA Leasing A350

Add to the cost equation: SAA's A340-600s are all coming up to their second D-checks (or C4 or C8 or whatever Airbus call them these days). The oldest are 17 years old, so not much point on SAA spending several million USD to D-check aircraft which are unlikely to fly an additional 5 to 10 years.

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by evanb
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 60541

Re: SAA Leasing A350

solracfunk14 wrote:
Actually it's missing 63 seats of Premium Economy. It's the same config as layout 2 of Hainan Airlines


Those 63 seats are not premium economy on Hainan but just extra legroom economy.

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by evanb
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 60541

Re: SAA Leasing A350

Technically speaking the A350 is a “better” hot and high performer. But the 77L can simply carry more payload and JNB is quite lucrative cargo wise so any extra ton of revenue payload squeezed out helps. JNB is also one the most profitable DL routes. Also, DL has 10x B77L and must deploy them somew...

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by evanb
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 297
Views: 51751

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

GRJGeorge wrote:
Hopefully ATCL can at least compete for some JNB-BOM traffic.


If one is hoping for them to compete on sub $400 economy class fares and $1045 business class fares then you're probably hoping for them to fail.

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by evanb
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mesa E175 incident in ATL?
Replies: 47
Views: 8905

Re: Mesa E175 incident in ATL?

I've had an account here for a while but never have anything to post but this story doesn't make any sense to me. I'm an ATL based pilot and I've seen that plane over there for wayyyy longer than 3 weeks. I think the last 5 trips or so (about 5 weeks) I've told my captain "look over there, the...

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by evanb
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Just HOW profitable is Delta's TATL Africa business!?
Replies: 12
Views: 3097

Re: Just HOW profitable is Delta's TATL Africa business!?

I was wondering just HOW profitable is Delta's TATL business to Africa!? As the leading US airline to Africa I heard rumors that its very profitable. They now serve the most routes including Dakar (DSS), Accra (ACC), Lagos (LOS) and Johannesburg (JNB). I read on here that Johannesburg is a gold-min...

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by evanb
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Because Delta (DL) has not canceled NRT-SIN?
Replies: 83
Views: 13432

Re: Because Delta (DL) has not canceled NRT-SIN?

Could DL be holding out for possible additional slots in the future to eventually move to HND-SIN and HND-MNL? I guess it's technically possible, but DL would have to convince the USDOT that it's in the US interest to allocate very scarce HND slots to a non-US flight. Given the competition from US ...

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by evanb
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 297
Views: 51751

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

In the past, after peeking in the Mauritian market, AirAsia X had to pack up its bags and leave after a Mauritian lobby to protect MK's fragile Asian routes. It is worth outlining that D7 initially wanted to operate a daily KUL-MRU-JNB flight but Mauritian authorities didn't agree to the request. R...

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by evanb
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA moving IAH-GRU to VCP?
Replies: 24
Views: 5112

Re: UA moving IAH-GRU to VCP?

If you want to arrive at SDU from the US with UA, it will be much more convenient to connect at VCP given AD's large offer to the airport. And IAHGIG has its own public, it's IAH largest O&D in Brazil. Too bad UA does not explore other destinations from Rio. In all fairness, if you want to arri...

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by evanb
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: South African aviation questions
Replies: 1
Views: 400

Re: South African aviation questions

I’ve heard quite a few rumours on a.net (nothing official) regarding South African airways getting 2 A359(possible orders at the Paris air show coming up). Links or any more info would be fantastic. Also why A359 in particular and not a different plane (a338/339 or B787). Yes, rumors are true that ...

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by evanb
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did UA chose CPT over JNB?
Replies: 26
Views: 5318

Re: Why did UA chose CPT over JNB?

Keep in mind that people can still easily use the flight to get to JNB via CPT. Connections on SAA are very reasonably priced. Personally, even if going to JNB from NYC, I would prefer to take the UA flight via CPT than the SA non stop to JNB on an ancient A340 with a J seat that is essentially a t...

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by evanb
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did UA chose CPT over JNB?
Replies: 26
Views: 5318

Re: Why did UA chose CPT over JNB?

Therefore, UA probably thinks there is an untapped business market in CPT, even if smaller than in JNB. After all, CPT is still an important city, not some backwater. Agreed, although JNB dwarfs CPT for size and scale. That said, CPT is still a city of nearly 4 million people, with a number of larg...

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by evanb
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did UA chose CPT over JNB?
Replies: 26
Views: 5318

Re: Why did UA chose CPT over JNB?

1) They were offered incentives by the Western Cape Tourism, Trade & Investment Promotion Agency. 2) JNB has three daily flights to the US (two are non-stop, one with a technical stop), CPT has none. 3) UA only have the equipment capacity at the moment for a short seasonal service which better s...

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by evanb
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO
Replies: 111
Views: 26303

Re: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO

Is AA IG's usual line maintenance supplier at SFO?

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by evanb
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA CEO resigns
Replies: 35
Views: 6724

Re: SAA CEO resigns

I agree fleet is not the issue, especially given their main hub is JNB they have to account for hot-and-high conditions on their longer flights. I will say the on-board product has suffered, but again that's probably tied to poor governance and looting as you say. Hard to pay to improve the seats o...

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by evanb
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA CEO resigns
Replies: 35
Views: 6724

Re: SAA CEO resigns

You brought it up... why does SAA not have F? Because they're rubbish and can barely compete with their J. If they could attract pax they'd be printing money. But more and more are rather going to go elsewhere with a solid premium product. Have you even been in the "premium lounge" of SAA...

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by evanb
Wed May 29, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When will AA become less hostile to foreign airlines that aren’t partnered with them or in ow?
Replies: 31
Views: 2956

Re: When will AA become less hostile to foreign airlines that aren’t partnered with them or in ow?

I may be 15 but I remember when AA didn’t care about other airlines in their territory.Now a days if you don’t have some sort of relationship with AA chances are you’ll be run out.When will this change? I don't think anytime soon. The architecture of big legacy airlines these days is focused on imm...

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by evanb
Mon May 27, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 340
Views: 46539

Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2019

And maybe the GVA link is what answer we can give to ET not flying to LYS, but instead choosing MRS. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. MRS is the gateway to southern France, and France's restrictive bilaterals effectively restrict access to EK, EY and QR. Only TK and ET have access to MRS. So ...

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by evanb
Mon May 27, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 340
Views: 46539

Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2019

I had never considered ET feeding Europe from Australia. If anything it would be scraping the bottom of the barrel especially in light of strong established players in that space.The primary goal would indeed be to connect to African destinations. I agree. I was just making a point that any route t...

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by evanb
Sun May 26, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Cuts Addis Ababa-Lome-Houston Before It Starts?
Replies: 61
Views: 13432

Re: Ethiopian Cuts Addis Ababa-Lome-Houston Before It Starts?

behramjee wrote:
Ok good that means some intra Africa flights are getting upgraded to the B788.


And some are getting the old B767-300ER too.

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by evanb
Sat May 25, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Cuts Addis Ababa-Lome-Houston Before It Starts?
Replies: 61
Views: 13432

Re: Ethiopian Cuts Addis Ababa-Lome-Houston Before It Starts?

behramjee wrote:
No one has mentioned this as yet but I would like to know what ET is going to do with this 1 freed up B788 not going to IAH anymore during the peak summer season? Are they increasing flights to somewhere else?


Covering for the B737 MAX 8.

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by evanb
Sat May 25, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 297
Views: 51751

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

DEL and BOM depart ADD at 10:55pm and 11:20pm leaving 65 and 90 minutes, respectively. Timing the DUR flight earlier to give better evening connections made the morning more vulnerable. These are the current (new) timings for DEL/BOM now that they have gone to double daily on both routes. Back when...

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by evanb
Fri May 24, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 297
Views: 51751

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

DUR is a very different market to JNB/CPT. It relies more on outbound rather than inbound travelers, but also connections focused more on South Asia rather than East Asia and Europe. ET were also much later to market. EK, QR and TK had a first mover advantage. ET's biggest problem with DUR was oper...

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by evanb
Thu May 23, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Peace Plans to Launch Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai; Most Likely from Lagos.
Replies: 112
Views: 18167

Re: Air Peace Plans to Launch Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai; Most Likely from Lagos.

Africa World Airlines is based in Ghana and flies to both Sierra Leone and Liberia. In fact, AWA flies more international flights from Nigeria than Air Peace does. And AWA does it profitably. On what basis do you assume that they're running it profitably? Given the general state of HNA Group's fina...

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by evanb
Thu May 23, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Peace Plans to Launch Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai; Most Likely from Lagos.
Replies: 112
Views: 18167

Re: Air Peace Plans to Launch Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai; Most Likely from Lagos.

True, but at least KQ isn't whining about it. Air Peace seems to be blaming their losses on outside forces which they knew existed when they entered the market. It's absolutely been whining about it. So much so that they've even whined to the Kenyan government that they should take over the running...

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by evanb
Thu May 23, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Peace Plans to Launch Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai; Most Likely from Lagos.
Replies: 112
Views: 18167

Re: Air Peace Plans to Launch Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai; Most Likely from Lagos.

if charges are too high, then charge passengers more or stop flying. other airlines like KQ fly to these places, why can KQ make it work but Air Peace can't? Do KQ make it work? Their earnings before tax: 2013: loss of 10.8 billion Kshs 2014: loss of 4.9 billion Kshs 2015: loss of 29.7 billion Kshs...

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by evanb
Mon May 20, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 1187
Views: 532693

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

… A few of the Airbus A350 aircraft, although contractually delivered (31. Dec 2018), have never really left the factory: … …… • . MSN 246 , HX . # . 7 , reg. B-LGF , test reg. F-WZGR …… • . MSN 251 , HX . # . 8 , reg. B-LGG , test reg. F-WWAW …… • . MSN 260 , HX . # . 9 , reg. B-LGI , test reg. F-...

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by evanb
Thu May 16, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 340
Views: 46539

Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2019

MRS *could* be considered as a low yield seasonal traffic compared to Nice/NCE (+ SVO/GVA; in your example), so why did they choose this city compared to BOD (Bordeaux) with a mixed population or BER/CPH? According to you, which European destination can sustain an ET 2nd daily flight - all year rou...

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by evanb
Tue May 14, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A random example of how events may cause volatile air fares
Replies: 15
Views: 3817

Re: A random example of how events may cause volatile air fares

Check out the fares for non-stop flights between New York and Nice, France during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival (May 14th to May 25th). All I get quoted from Delta is around EUR 3,500 in economy while La Compangie charges considerably less but still enough to make some profit. I don't think ...

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by evanb
Tue May 14, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 340
Views: 46539

Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2019

But seriously, SEZ? MRU? RUN? (MK used to do variants of MRU-MEL, MRU-MEL-SYD-MRU, MRU-SYD-MEL-MRU and also MRU PER MEL) Do they have traffic rights? Does it feed the hub at the most appropriate times? Is the business case there? The fact that MK used to and no longer may answer the final question ...

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by evanb
Mon May 13, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 340
Views: 46539

Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2019

So,if ET decide to launch ADD-MEL,where do you think they'll have their stop-over? I don't expect ET to launch ADD-MEL or ADD-SYD anytime soon. I suspect they'll look to continue to expand capacity in Asia and Europe first. Their hub has reached critical mass, so to speak, and they'll look to expan...

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by evanb
Sat May 11, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 340
Views: 46539

Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2019

SQ317 wrote:
Sorry if I've missed this, but what is the longest sector flown out of ADD? GRU?


Correct, ADD-GRU at 6,171 mi, and then ADD-ICN at 5,720 mi. ADD-MEL would be 7,474 mi.

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by evanb
Sat May 11, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 340
Views: 46539

Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2019

I definitely see them using the 788. But is it possible for it to do a non-stop from ADD to MEL with ADD's elevation and what will the ETOPS be? Not possible. The weight penalty on take-off at ADD would be too significant for a non-stop ADD-MEL. ADD-MEL would be 1,400 miles longer than the longest ...

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by evanb
Sat May 11, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 297
Views: 51751

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Evanb , do you understand why BA is reducing frequencies to JNB? I thought it was a cash cow, and even more during the summer in Europe ! https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/284074/british-airways-reduces-johannesburg-service-from-june-2019/ As others have noted, BA were just babysitt...

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by evanb
Fri May 10, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 340
Views: 46539

Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2019

My money would be on Melbourne if going to the eastern part of Australia. If nonstop, timings could work to meet the traditional banks at ADD with following potential timings: ADD MEL 2200 - 1900 MEL ADD 2210 - 0540 Will they be looking to connect into African bank like the Asian flights (morning a...

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by evanb
Fri May 10, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana's Seoul-Chicago suspension
Replies: 58
Views: 9129

Re: Asiana's Seoul-Chicago suspension

Personally, I'm surprised to find Chicago, the 3rd largest city in the US, has been struggling to keep its non-stop flights to major cities in Asia. Maybe Chicago does not have a strong connection with other tier-1 cities in the Asia Pacific even compared to some smaller cities in the US (e.g. - Se...

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by evanb
Fri May 10, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Delta truly a one hub airline?
Replies: 71
Views: 11185

Re: Is Delta truly a one hub airline.

With Delta's system set up so that most of their connecting traffic flows over Atlanta does that not make it a one hub airline. Atlanta has the most unique destinations not served by it's other large operations unlike AA and UA who has flights from most of their 2nd and third tier cities connected ...

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by evanb
Wed May 08, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A340-500/600
Replies: 16
Views: 3020

Re: A340-500/600

My apologies if this has been discussed before, however are there any A340-500’s still flying commercially? I’ve seen a few private/corporate out and about. Are Virgin Atlantic, Iberia, and Lufthansa the only three that fly the A340-600 now? South African Airways still have A340-600s. They still fl...

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by evanb
Fri May 03, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How big can SWA get in ATL
Replies: 51
Views: 6668

Re: How big can SWA get in ATL

ericm2031 wrote:
I believe they have already given up gates that they were not utilizing so the plan is not to expand significantly more...BNA on the other hand is where they are expanding


Interesting. Who took over those gates (I suspect some might have been B6?) and is the transfer permanent?

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by evanb
Thu May 02, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways to start JFK from Oct 31
Replies: 51
Views: 9242

Re: Kenya Airways to start JFK from Oct 31

As per the article it says the total net loss for KQ in 2018 full year was only $75 million. I thought it would be much higher? Loss of Kshs 7.6 billion on Kshs 114.2 billion in revenue, a margin of -6.6% in full year ending Dec 2018. Compared to a loss of Kshs 6.4 billion on revenue of Kshs 80.1 b...

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by evanb
Thu May 02, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Launches EWR/CPT
Replies: 107
Views: 22147

Re: UA Launches EWR/CPT

Great add from UA, though they’ll have trouble getting high fares up front. Corporate traffic to CPT is near zero. One of DL’s problems with CPT in my mind was that the stop in DKR and service from JFK really added to the overall elapsed time from cities besides NYC. Even out of Chicago, it may hav...

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by evanb
Thu May 02, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Launches EWR/CPT
Replies: 107
Views: 22147

Re: UA Launches EWR/CPT

Who are they for sale to if they aren't for sale to passengers? The seat can only be assigned by a United reservations agent. They simply limit the ability to select it yourself on the United website. This is to ensure that they have sufficient seats available for passengers with infants or medical...

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