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by chonetsao
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans
Replies: 131
Views: 23803

Re: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans

DRW via Cathay Dragon makes sense, especially with a A320, but even then - is the traffic there? On a sidenote in suprised KA hasn’t taken over CNS from CX. CNS is long enough require flatbed product in business class. KA will stay regional as long as possible. Even Darwin would be a stretch, thoug...

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by chonetsao
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans
Replies: 131
Views: 23803

Re: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans

NBO would be a good route for CX as there's very good O&D traffic and a lot of Chinese business too. KQ used to fly HKG via BKK but they dropped it so there's no one serving that market now. Chinese traffic is mostly via KQ and CZ from Guangzhou and possibly connections from Ethiopian who have ...

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by chonetsao
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans
Replies: 131
Views: 23803

Re: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans

People seems don't understand, airlines send representatives to all over the world ALL the TIME to talk to local airports, to tour around the facilities and talk to local officials. Especially CX, with its reputation, it goes to everywhere to seek opportunities. But it does not mean CX will definite...

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by chonetsao
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: AA drops ORD-PEK/PVG, reduces NRT
Replies: 685
Views: 113816

Re: UPDATED: AA drops ORD-PEK/PVG, reduces NRT

AA would need to submit a new route application if they want to move either ORD-PEK or ORD-PVG to another U.S.-China route, correct? Hence their comment in the DL HND-gateway-moving application about how they agree, given the same freedom is applied to China authorities? If that wasn't the case, I ...

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by chonetsao
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2019
Replies: 715
Views: 120288

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2019

JFK planned runway works gives AA opportunity to maintain a certain degree of schedule by shuffling JFK capacity to other hubs. Ironic when we talk about all the JFK cuts. AA is lucky to have JFK at today's situation. After August, MAX comes back and JFK continue to shrunk, AA does not need extra ai...

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by chonetsao
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PKX assigned officially as IATA code for Beijing Daxing International Airport
Replies: 133
Views: 13597

Re: PKX assigned officially as IATA code for Beijing Daxing International Airport

Beijing Daxing International Airport to open in June 2019. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-47914210/what-does-the-world-s-largest-single-building-airport-terminal-look-like https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@39.4990992,116.4070361,9706m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en-GB To summerrise: People's Republic o...

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by chonetsao
Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China agrees to buy 290 Airbus A320 planes, 10 A350s
Replies: 135
Views: 21782

Re: China agrees to buy 290 Airbus A320 planes, 10 A350s

Chinese market is huge. A320 series is much better fit for Chinese airlines. Most Chinese Airlines requires O&D traffic and very little hub to spoke model for domestic traffic. Thus regional jet or small size jet is not required for their business model. Plus the high speed rail is so expansive ...

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by chonetsao
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP announces 118 million € losses
Replies: 42
Views: 6818

Re: TAP announces 118 million € losses

As a passenger I refuse to fly TAP due to its revenue ticket sales code underline mapping practise. Their online sales has a problems to sell you a S class ticket, but you never which fare code it really mapped to. So you could end up with T class which does not give any miles or B class which migh...

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by chonetsao
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP announces 118 million € losses
Replies: 42
Views: 6818

Re: TAP announces 118 million € losses

As a passenger I refuse to fly TAP due to its revenue ticket sales code underline mapping practise. Their online sales has a problems to sell you a S class ticket, but you never which fare code it really mapped to. So you could end up with T class which does not give any miles or B class which might...

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by chonetsao
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2019
Replies: 715
Views: 120288

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2019

Doug Parker needs to put a stop at Oasis project first. Then he should let go for the mess. (to be fair, the 737MAX is not his problem, but somehow coincide with the Oasis project is the perfect storm)

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by chonetsao
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Air China nears 15-20 additional A350s
Replies: 26
Views: 6413

Re: Rumour: Air China nears 15-20 additional A350s

Air China is likely to keep the 3-3-3 layout with its B77W. So it will not use it as domestic work horse. Air China would convert to 3-4-3 for domestic usage. And Air China is not going to buy A35K, China is facing a economic downturn pending trade deals. Capacity discipline is high priority with C...

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by chonetsao
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Air China nears 15-20 additional A350s
Replies: 26
Views: 6413

Re: Rumour: Air China nears 15-20 additional A350s

Capacity discipline is high priority with Chinese carriers. Really? All I see is a hunt for any route they can get, except maybe for Air China. I agree that the 359 is the likely choice here though. Yes what you saw is true. Every airlines are trying to apply new route authority for two reasons, ma...

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by chonetsao
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Air China nears 15-20 additional A350s
Replies: 26
Views: 6413

Re: Rumour: Air China nears 15-20 additional A350s

They could be relegated to domestic routes where there is a need to increase capacity without clogging the airspace and replaced by 350-1000s on long haul. Not a chance. Air China has unlimited state resource but they are not stupid. B77W is their work horse for long haul high capacity route, no wa...

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by chonetsao
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Air China nears 15-20 additional A350s
Replies: 26
Views: 6413

Re: Rumour: Air China nears 15-20 additional A350s

Hopefully 350-1000s to replace the 77Ws. CA's B77W fleet average age is 5 years, so your hope is likely to be in vain. They could be relegated to domestic routes where there is a need to increase capacity without clogging the airspace and replaced by 350-1000s on long haul. Not a chance. Air China ...

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by chonetsao
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 386894

Re: Rumor: Jet Airways to pull the plug on AUH in high stakes battle with Etihad; could deny Etihad 10% of its traffic

It could be a bluff, or pending suicide depends on board room fight...either way it is ugly.

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by chonetsao
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/17/2019: NK Closes CAP;UA Suspends SFO-AMS
Replies: 100
Views: 14647

Re: OAG Changes 3/17/2019: NK Closes CAP;UA Suspends SFO-AMS

If AA would stop cutting JFK that would be great, almost impossible for me not to chose DL at this point. I was shocked not even PHL-JFK is daily. It's short, but plenty of feed. Will be interesting to see how these start impacting JFK-LHR, for example MCO and RDU are the top 2 US airports for JFK-...

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by chonetsao
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/17/2019: NK Closes CAP;UA Suspends SFO-AMS
Replies: 100
Views: 14647

Re: OAG Changes 3/17/2019: NK Closes CAP;UA Suspends SFO-AMS

PHL-LHR cut in the winter is inevitable considering the loads.

Assume this slot is transferred to second daily MIA-LHR

Now the million dollar question is whether second daily PHL-LHR would be cut earlier than OCT let us say SEP.

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by chonetsao
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump overrules FAA, grounds 737MAX
Replies: 24
Views: 3314

Re: Trump overrules FAA, grounds 737MAX

Arion640 wrote:
I don’t agree with Trump (or even care what he does to be honest) but this is a wonderful decision.


You should care about Trump now. He is the only hope for a post Brexit global Britain. Sorry for the OTT but frankly there is on politician in Europe would care about Brexit.

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OB1504 wrote:
14 Oasis reconfigured 737-800s have been grounded due to defective overhead bins and possible fire hazard.

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/business/Am ... 31861.html


Wow, I can only say wow.

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by chonetsao
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unofficial: Qatar Airways to leave One World Alliance
Replies: 176
Views: 11287

Re: Unofficial: Qatar Airways to leave One World Alliance

Qatar should leave oneworld. It is the first and only airlines disrespect oneworld frequent flyers by denying Sapphire and Emerald member lounge access to business or first. And the shameful Gold member or Platinum lounge is discrimination again one world frequent flyer members. Qatar will not be mi...

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by chonetsao
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines to Modify Project Oasis Planes.
Replies: 258
Views: 50083

Re: Rumor: American Airlines to Modify Project Oasis Planes.

Am i the only one that likes to login to the WiFi with my phone for internet, and then watch the seatback screen for entertainment? I find it disingenuous for people to say they prefer their airline has no seatback AVOD. Other than an AA or UA fanboy on this forum, if you asked 100 people in the ge...

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by chonetsao
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China 983 PEK-LAX Diversion to Anadyr
Replies: 35
Views: 7938

Re: Air China 983 PEK-LAX Diversion to Anadyr

I would not mind to be in that airport for once!!

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by chonetsao
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines to Modify Project Oasis Planes.
Replies: 258
Views: 50083

Re: Rumor: American Airlines to Modify Project Oasis Planes.

, and the free drinks in some of their premium economy rows is nice (kind of funny that the exit row is one...weird getting free vodka soda's in an exit row) This, is very interesting topic to debate on. In principle I would like guys and gals sitting in the exit row to be alcohol free, so that whe...

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by chonetsao
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options
Replies: 255
Views: 47598

Re: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options

I personally believe one reason why BA has kept the 744 so long is specifically for the route between LHR and JFK. Is it possible that this busy route will be switched to a mix of A388 and 77W (A388 only on the flights with the most demand)? I highly doubt it. A380 works better for the stage length...

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by chonetsao
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines to Modify Project Oasis Planes.
Replies: 258
Views: 50083

Re: Rumor: American Airlines to Modify Project Oasis Planes.

I don't get the MIQ FC seat hate. Sat in one to HKG (14 hrs) and thought it fine for a domestic FC seat for a few hours of flight time. Yes I thought the seats were OK. Except the IFE and lavatory part was my complaints. I know people are different, and my dislikes about Oasis is very personal (lac...

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by chonetsao
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways to order more aircraft at Paris Air Show
Replies: 69
Views: 13597

Re: Qatar Airways to order more aircraft at Paris Air Show

What was QR's main motivation for buying the A350-1000? The fleet does mainly 6-8-hour flights and the occasional NYC or Tokyo per airframe... are they meant to be high-capacity ULH birds or just a bit of everything? Side note: CX also use their A350-1000 on many short flights, but have ULH-quality...

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by chonetsao
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines to Modify Project Oasis Planes.
Replies: 258
Views: 50083

Re: Rumor: American Airlines to Modify Project Oasis Planes.

Economics is another concern. Should aviation market enters a downturn, AA can not fill the aircraft, that is a lot of capacity growth that would meet a potential free fall on passenger load factor figures. I personally think they made a wrong decide to increase so much capacity statewide by adding ...

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by chonetsao
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 786
Views: 137825

Re: US-Japan agree on additional Haneda slots; DOT to allocate

AA will get DFW once daily, definitely not twice. That is blatantly unfair if they get twice daily to DFW. And maybe the other AA slot will be for LA. I do think the DOT will find LAS compelling and interesting, but AA kinda just put LAS on there shooting for the moon. UA will definitely get EWR, O...

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by chonetsao
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways to order more aircraft at Paris Air Show
Replies: 69
Views: 13597

Re: Qatar Airways to order more aircraft at Paris Air Show

Maybe is to order more aircraft for their other investments in other airlines? Eg: Air Ittaly Doubted. Qatar would be happy to keep transferring used A330-200 to Air Italy so Air Italy can have a lower CASM to take advantage of the second hand aircraft. New aircraft would make airlines like Air Ita...

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by chonetsao
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways to order more aircraft at Paris Air Show
Replies: 69
Views: 13597

Re: Qatar Airways to order more aircraft at Paris Air Show

Can't see a need for more 777X. (All right, don't want to.) They've topped up their 787 order once. Maybe more A350s? I can dream... Could be the EY unwanted A350 and Airbus made a deal with Qatar. (obviously only talking from an armchair, I have no idea what is the contractual requirement between ...

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by chonetsao
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways to order more aircraft at Paris Air Show
Replies: 69
Views: 13597

Re: Qatar Airways to order more aircraft at Paris Air Show

Maybe Qatar Airways has a shorter span for aircraft replacement due to a combination of the high cycle (average 6 hours stage length compare to 10 hours in other long haul legacies), desert weather, hot and humid summers (and Indian sub continents weather condition)...etc. So where an A330 can be us...

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by chonetsao
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Rolls-Royce Offers China Engine Plant to Win Deal; Airbus Plans to Make Newest Jet in China to Win Orders
Replies: 35
Views: 4309

Re: Bloomberg: Rolls-Royce Offers China Engine Plant to Win Deal; Airbus Plans to Make Newest Jet in China to Win Orders

You need to discount Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon. I don't think these said three Hong Kong based airlines would purchase aircraft assembled in Tianjin. Why not? It makes no difference where the aircraft is assembled. That's like saying only U.S. carriers will buy aircraft a...

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by chonetsao
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Rolls-Royce Offers China Engine Plant to Win Deal; Airbus Plans to Make Newest Jet in China to Win Orders
Replies: 35
Views: 4309

Re: Bloomberg: Rolls-Royce Offers China Engine Plant to Win Deal; Airbus Plans to Make Newest Jet in China to Win Orders

China Eastern = 33 A332 + 24 A333 Air China = 30 A332 + 29 A333 China Southern = 16 A332 + 26 A333 Hainan Airlines = 8 A332 + 14 A333 Hong Kong Airlines = 9 A332 + 11 A333 Sichuan Airlines = 6 A332 + 6 A333 Cathay Pacific = 34 A333 Cathay Dragon = 24 A333 + Several smaller operators It makes around...

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by chonetsao
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian, Air China, Aer Lingus and Plus Ultra move to T4 at MAD
Replies: 5
Views: 1368

Re: Norwegian, Air China, Aer Lingus and Plus Ultra move to T4 at MAD

I found T1/2/3 is very badly designed. I remember I took Air China once. From where bus dropped me off it was a long way to find the check-in counter. Then a long way up and down to the security check. The lines in security check and immigration is way too long and cagey. After all that exercise the...

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by chonetsao
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 786
Views: 137825

Re: US-Japan agree on additional Haneda slots; DOT to allocate

So far DL is the public enemy number one? What did DL do to deserve this? (genuine puzzled, not a DL fanboy nor DLs hateman)

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by chonetsao
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options
Replies: 255
Views: 47598

Re: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options

BA has a lot of options. Seems like B777-9 as a B777-300ER replacement is on the card too. That’s a long way off In case you did not notice, the actual order is several years off. So by the time all the firm order delivered it would be well into 2025. I see no reason why BA can not start to firm so...

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by chonetsao
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options
Replies: 255
Views: 47598

Re: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options

BA has a lot of options. Seems like B777-9 as a B777-300ER replacement is on the card too.

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by chonetsao
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dutch government increases stock holding in KL-AF group.
Replies: 156
Views: 16781

Re: Dutch government increases stock holding in KL-AF group.

I am also surprised at how obsessed KLM are with keeping all of their profit or claiming AF is eating their lunch: without the AF merger they would have been crushed by competition because they could not get to a critical size. Or they would have had to become a LCC and their employees would have s...

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by chonetsao
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Parts of Indian and Pakistani airspace closed after multiple shootdowns
Replies: 323
Views: 28386

Re: Parts of Indian and Pakistani airspace closed after multiple shootdowns

Why can'y flights between Europe and South-East Asia be routed over Nepal, China and Tajikistan? The deviation from a great circle would be minimal. http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=LHR-SIN&MS=wls&MR=540&MX=720x360&PM= It is possible for Southeast Asian carrier go B218-A581-L888-A460-A124...

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by chonetsao
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Parts of Indian and Pakistani airspace closed after multiple shootdowns
Replies: 323
Views: 28386

Re: Parts of Indian and Pakistani airspace closed after multiple shootdowns

That is not fully correct. There is one air corridor from Nepal to Lhasa despite of Himalayas. The reason there is no air corridor over Tibet to the north and west is due to majority of Tibet airspace is closed for civil traffic and is under Chinese military control. Only when China decide to open ...

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by chonetsao
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?
Replies: 129
Views: 18817

Re: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?

https://airlinegeeks.com/2019/02/26/british-airways-considers-777x-as-747-retirement-continues/ May 777X is not out of picture. No need for 330NEO with A359 and 787 fleet. They could be taking the 19 delivery slots from the canceled EY order. I often wondered whether Airbus or Boeing has any incent...

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by chonetsao
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Parts of Indian and Pakistani airspace closed after multiple shootdowns
Replies: 323
Views: 28386

Re: Parts of Indian and Pakistani airspace closed after multiple shootdowns

I wonder if China could open a new emergence route via Tibet and Xinjiang for selected Southeast Asia to Europe and South Asia to US route. That would be great relief for airlines and a good deed in China's part. But knowing China, this would be impossible.

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by chonetsao
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is AA's PHL-LHR the worst performing LHR route?
Replies: 58
Views: 14760

Re: Is AA's PHL-LHR the worst performing LHR route?

Nobody is disputing loads don't equal yield. I think everyone is agreeing with that. That is why I carefully said, [from a passenger loading point of view]. And I only talked about loading factor. The operational metric include passenger load factor too. AA has to publish the load factor by geograp...

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by chonetsao
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Calls for SNA to be Renamed
Replies: 92
Views: 8418

Re: Calls for SNA to be Renamed

It is a disgrace to have an airport named after this man. Every time I fly from the airport I have a touch of anger. As a people we can do better than this. Let just call it Orange County airport. Do you also get a touch of anger every time you hear the name of our capital? Should we rename Washing...

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by chonetsao
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is AA's PHL-LHR the worst performing LHR route?
Replies: 58
Views: 14760

Re: Is AA's PHL-LHR the worst performing LHR route?

According to UK Civil Aviation Authority, in December there were 36626 passengers travelled between London and Philadelphia. So daily 1181 passengers. AA's A330 can seat 291 passengers. And BA has 275 seats daily. So that is 857 seats per day or 1714 seats per return journey. Average load thus is 6...

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by chonetsao
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is AA's PHL-LHR the worst performing LHR route?
Replies: 58
Views: 14760

Re: Is AA's PHL-LHR the worst performing LHR route?

And Like [b] acentuari [/b] said (above): "AA can't dump the 333s until they have replacements now can they ?? The 787s to replace the 333s and 767s will BEGIN arriving at PHL in January and are part of the 4/2018 new aircraft order." Plus, I think the new order of B788 won't arrive until...

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by chonetsao
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Calls for SNA to be Renamed
Replies: 92
Views: 8418

Re: Calls for SNA to be Renamed

How about follow Britain's lead to have a 'people's vote'? ...Oh hold on, the looser side would campaign for a fresh 'people' vote' because they lost?...I rest my case.

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by chonetsao
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is AA's PHL-LHR the worst performing LHR route?
Replies: 58
Views: 14760

Re: Is AA's PHL-LHR the worst performing LHR route?

We all know B788 is converted to 20J in order to be used on routes where premium demand is lacking (Latin America in the long run, European seasonal leisure destinations etc.), but is it a replacement aircraft for USA-LHR routes? I doubt it, at least from the loading factor in non-summer months, PH...

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by chonetsao
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is AA's PHL-LHR the worst performing LHR route?
Replies: 58
Views: 14760

Re: Is AA's PHL-LHR the worst performing LHR route?

And Like [b] acentuari [/b] said (above): "AA can't dump the 333s until they have replacements now can they ?? The 787s to replace the 333s and 767s will BEGIN arriving at PHL in January and are part of the 4/2018 new aircraft order." Yes you are right. Except the current B788 is in proce...

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by chonetsao
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is AA's PHL-LHR the worst performing LHR route?
Replies: 58
Views: 14760

Re: Is AA's PHL-LHR the worst performing LHR route?

According to UK Civil Aviation Authority, in December there were 36626 passengers travelled between London and Philadelphia. So daily 1181 passengers. AA's A330 can seat 291 passengers. And BA has 275 seats daily. So that is 857 seats per day or 1714 seats per return journey. Average load thus is 6...

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