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by xiaotung
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 33415

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

I think it is safe to assume that IAH will be the BR 77W based on the YVR/ORD schedule that has been published for the 78N. Kind of forgot about that one. 3 weekly BR 77W 4 weekly 772 then I guess. NZ must be using this opportunity to get feedback from customers flying in the BR Zodiac business sea...

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by xiaotung
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyTeam CEO: No new members for now; focus on technology first
Replies: 17
Views: 3862

Re: SkyTeam CEO: No new members for now; focus on technology first

Forget about new members joining. If CZ would really jump ship should have been asked.

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by xiaotung
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018
Replies: 437
Views: 33415

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2018

What about Rob Fyfe?

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by xiaotung
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan Airlines is selling its stake in Brazil's Azul
Replies: 8
Views: 2294

Re: Hainan Airlines is selling its stake in Brazil's Azul

Hmmm is VA next? HU and VA only just started codesharing this week (along with the existing HX relationship), so not sure if that would have gone ahead if HNA was looking to sell. Weirdly though, GS and JD don't codeshare on VA even though they fly to AU. Azul and HNA subsidiary Beijing Capital Air...

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by xiaotung
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 7663

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

The article suggest with HNA and Nanshan group with 40% stake, a greater emphasis on China perhaps? Appreciate much comment. I thing the HNA shareholding is also problematic as SQ surely would like to be carrying at least some of this China traffic. If VA needed more money to continue flying where ...

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by xiaotung
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 43852

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

OK Nouflyer So I accept some of your sentiments about PVG. And clearly NZ has to have a toe-hold in China and a link into the CA network. In fact, NZ is making good money from PVG now. They are targeting the most affluent population whose spending ability is no different from someone coming from LA...

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by xiaotung
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia
Replies: 59
Views: 7663

Re: Borghetti’s Virgin Australia

Does the brand "Virgin" really hold that much weight anymore? Roll back 20-25 years ago and yep, it was kind of different, kind of edgy, kind of fresh but I think we have moved on. Gen X and possibly some Gen Y HAD an affiliation with the brand but its kind of like watching your half cut ...

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by xiaotung
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 43852

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

OK Nouflyer So I accept some of your sentiments about PVG. And clearly NZ has to have a toe-hold in China and a link into the CA network. In fact, NZ is making good money from PVG now. They are targeting the most affluent population whose spending ability is no different from someone coming from LA...

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by xiaotung
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 49295

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

Well it opens the door for SQ (YET again) to launch a takeover bid, although that's looking very less likely day by day. The other option, Delta purchasing the stakes from the financially crippled Etihad or debt ridden HNA groups within the next 6-12 months, and launching a takeover bid from there ...

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by xiaotung
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 49295

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

EY says that their alliance with VA is ongoing and currently in talks on how to improve the partnership https://www.thenational.ae/business/aviation/virgin-australia-and-etihad-in-talks-to-boost-partnership-1.738954 This may be non news. What else are they going to say when you ask them this ? What...

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by xiaotung
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 49295

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

Well it opens the door for SQ (YET again) to launch a takeover bid, although that's looking very less likely day by day. The other option, Delta purchasing the stakes from the financially crippled Etihad or debt ridden HNA groups within the next 6-12 months, and launching a takeover bid from there ...

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by xiaotung
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 49295

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

How does the VA board tolerate him when he was not even bothered to attend the IATA meeting? Well considering what had just happened with Air New Zealand and Qantas, and that Qantas was hosting IATA, why on earth would Borghetti attend under those circumstances? Nothing but pain for VA there, it's ...

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by xiaotung
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 49295

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

John Borghetti to step down from CEO role from January 2020 https://www.sbs.com.au/news/virgin-australia-ceo-to-leave-in-2020 Taking step to avoid getting fired and save face. How clever! It's another 18 months without a new direction for the airline. How does the VA board tolerate him when he was ...

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by xiaotung
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Only a man can run an airline."
Replies: 137
Views: 11711

Re: "Only a man can run an airline."

Can somebody help me out here? Why are we not having a debate about jobs like baggage handlers which are dominated by men? I don't seem anyone complaining about that. What's the difference?

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by xiaotung
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 49295

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

VA has also issued a statement saying it was bad news for customers A spokesperson for Virgin Australia, which has an interlining agreement with Air New Zealand up for renegotiation in October, said last week that the deal was “bad news for customers” and that it would stifle competition. “We are p...

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by xiaotung
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways named as Oneworld connect partner
Replies: 19
Views: 2733

Re: Fiji Airways named as Oneworld connect partner

Main differences between oneworld Connect and Star Alliance Connecting Partner Model: *G benefits on connecting itineraries only, ie., same ticket connecting to a full member flight. No RTW participation with *A CPM. Status earning not compulsory between full member and connecting partner. No benefi...

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by xiaotung
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 43852

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

[ In terms of timing, a Luxon interview in the Herald this morning said that "Air New Zealand is negotiating for two longhaul dry lease aircraft" - seems like it might not be a done deal? . Well ZK-OKI is already on the New Zealand register - so surely it is an done deal? Unless they are ...

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by xiaotung
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas and ANZ in code share deal
Replies: 25
Views: 3834

Re: Qantas and ANZ in code share deal

Back then it was a full blown trans-Tasman alliance. Today it's just a codeshare agreement covering each other's domestic network. The news release mentions nothing about regulatory approval. Perhaps it doesn't require it. It's been reported elsewhere as more than a simple codeshare and including j...

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by xiaotung
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 482
Views: 49295

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

I'm having a deja vu moment big time! That's certainly not what I was expecting today but the logic of it is absolutely compelling for both carriers. Definitely a slap across the face for JB and Virgin and makes their competitive life just that more difficult. This happened at a time when all the m...

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by xiaotung
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas and ANZ in code share deal
Replies: 25
Views: 3834

Re: Qantas and ANZ in code share deal

Will the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission approve the deal? They rejected it once before in 2006. Back then it was a full blown trans-Tasman alliance. Today it's just a codeshare agreement covering each other's domestic network. The news release mentions nothing about regulatory appro...

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by xiaotung
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 43852

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2018

QF to codeshare with NZ on NZ and AU domestic routes according to AusBT. https://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-air-new ... artnership I think VA is going under the next time oil reaches $100/bbl Turns out VA needs NZ more than NZ needs VA. Afterall NZ has a monopoly in NZ. VA may be in serious trouble if...

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by xiaotung
Thu May 31, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Alitalia fly to Hong Kong again?
Replies: 27
Views: 2692

Re: Will Alitalia fly to Hong Kong again?

The big question is if the new government will still sell?

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by xiaotung
Thu May 31, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 569
Views: 39579

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2018

Why did Air New Zealand add another Boeing 777-200ER to its fleet? https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/Boeing/777/ZK-OKI-Air-New-Zealand/y2lQHgnG Its an temporary leased 77E that hasn't arrived, Its to help cover having 1-2x 789s out of service over the next year with the Roll Royce Issues. Do w...

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by xiaotung
Sat May 19, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC rolls out game-changing policies abandoning “One Route One Carrier” restriction in a gradual manner
Replies: 55
Views: 14817

Re: China Eastern, China Southern to benefit from new CAAC policies

Shanghai-based China Eastern and Guangzhou-based China Southern airlines, which have been designated as main operators at Beijing’s new airport—are expected to benefit from the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s (CAAC) new policies on international operations and Beijing’s “One city, two airp...

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by xiaotung
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hainan Airlines not 5 Star
Replies: 26
Views: 2616

Re: Hainan Airlines not 5 Star

I wouldn't be surprised if HNA bought the rating.

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by xiaotung
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is IST-SYD next?
Replies: 65
Views: 8827

Re: Is IST-SYD next?

SQ a while ago was already selling tickets for SYD-CGK-SIN but didn't eventually get approval from Indonesia. So if SQ wanted to do it there must be a market for one stop stop routes. Perhaps TK don't have to do it non stop to be successful.

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by xiaotung
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 548
Views: 38853

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

From Wingtips this afternoon: Loyalty Members: Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia are currently working through transitional frequent flyer arrangements. A Wingtips will be sent once there is an update on this. What arrangements need to be worked through? Are they planning on keeping FFP ties to s...

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by xiaotung
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China-Latin America Air Links Thread
Replies: 34
Views: 2572

Re: China-Latin America Air Links Thread

CZ have been rumoured to be looking at AKL as a transit point for their flights from CAN to continue to South America. NZ have the potential to connect the 2 continents from their Asian flights to their EZE route but unfortunately current Asian slots do not allow for a convenient connection. Last ti...

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by xiaotung
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of Etihad
Replies: 116
Views: 24479

Re: The future of Etihad

SQ know they need the Australian-New-Zealander market. Its why they hate Qantas so much, its why they invested in Virgin Australia and haven't sold their stake, its why they are cozying up with Air New Zealand (NZ being Star and not-competing-on-Europe-routes-apart-from-London also helps). If they ...

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by xiaotung
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of Etihad
Replies: 116
Views: 24479

Re: The future of Etihad

From another forum, someone has posted that when celebrating EY's 10th anniversary of flying to China, EY Asia Pacific VP revealed that they were talking to Star Alliance.

In my mind no doubt SQ and UA among others would veto but perhaps it depends on what EY are willing to give up.

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by xiaotung
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 60417

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

There's really not much options for VA if JB is to move away from his no alliance policy. Oneworld (due to the big brother) and Star Alliance (veto from NZ and UA) are definitely not options for VA. There's only SkyTeam (with their long time buddies DL), or the more expensive option of folding TT b...

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by xiaotung
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern to Leave Skyteam?
Replies: 73
Views: 25226

Re: China Southern to Leave Skyteam?

QuawerAir wrote:
Any updates here?


The only update is BA CEO in the last week visited CZ in China. Stay tuned I guess.

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by xiaotung
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 548
Views: 38853

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

One thing interesting about the announcement of VA/NZ divorce is any lack of word on current domestic connections. VA have said in their press release that talks are still happening on domestic code shares. My understanding from reading the press release is they will maintain interline agreement wh...

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by xiaotung
Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 42231

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

It looks like NZ may in fact announce ORD, but not until Wednesday: The travel industry has been invited to ''where to next'' event at it the airline's Auckland headquarters on Wednesday evening. Grant Bradley reports that ORD is likely to be launched at 5x weekly. See: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bu...

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by xiaotung
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 42231

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

After a period of flat-lining, Chinese tourism here seems to be picking up again: ... the combined January and February 2018 Chinese visitor arrivals were up 19 per cent compared with the same months last year. See: http://www.sharechat.co.nz/article/60289c9f/auckland-airport-sees-92-surge-in-chine...

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by xiaotung
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CI Disappointed with NZ Skycouch (Family Couch)
Replies: 38
Views: 17907

Re: CI Disappointed with NZ Skycouch (Family Couch)

Just observing that Air NZ and Azul carefully do not refer to the product as a family oriented service as the first word of the product name. I feel like this probably gives it a broader appeal and a larger potential market beyond merely the “parents with 0-11 year olds” demographic. That's true. T...

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by xiaotung
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 62795

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

What mainland routes are they targeting? Surely out of BNE would be best? There is no point flying to anywhere other than PEK and PVG which are the only places with some higher yielding traffic. If slots are the only problem holding them back from launching, surely VA would find it easier to get sl...

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by xiaotung
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Argentina and Colombia sign new bilateral; flights to increase significanlty
Replies: 18
Views: 1942

Re: Argentina and Colombia sign new bilateral; flights to increase significanlty

So Argentina got a bit more than Colombia, I mean the 5th freedom from the latter? Could any of these new frequencies and 5th freedom rights be granted to Norwegian Argentina? Both get 5th freedom rights, except that the only places were AV could make use of them would be to SCL, MVD or else, trans...

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by xiaotung
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 38788

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Does anyone know if the TPE flights will be crewed using PVG-based crew (for cost, and language reasons)? I don't know how easy it would be to get the PVG-based crew (who would be PRC citizens) to lay-over in TPE. Cheers, C. No, PVG base crew are not directly employed by NZ but FASCO due to Chinese...

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by xiaotung
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca Argentina to receive its first 2 A320s
Replies: 20
Views: 2793

Re: Avianca Argentina to receive its first 2 A320s

Is A0 on its way to join O6's Amigo FFP anytime soon? Is Star Alliance on the cards?

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by xiaotung
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 75
Views: 10404

Re: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W

Now it will be really interesting to see how NZ react to yet another S2S route with full service competition. Time to be a little bit more innovative than pulling out of DPS. What about year round AKL-DPS-CGK with full service offering? https://s32.postimg.org/b6wzkd32d/checkmark.gif Somewhere, cer...

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by xiaotung
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 75
Views: 10404

Re: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W

I think NZ will pull out of DPS. NZ will be pretty pissed about this. It is going to be hard for NZ to compete, while maintaining its pathetic 'Seats to Suit' offering. EK will likely also be able to target domestic New Zealand connections for this, through JQ. . How is 'Seats to Suit' pathetic? it...

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by xiaotung
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would Virgin Australia expand its current network to places as South America, Canada or JNB in the near future?
Replies: 48
Views: 4267

Re: Would Virgin Australia expand its current network to places as South America, Canada or JNB in the near future?

Unfortunately VA have pinned all their expansion hopes on their newest shareholder HNA which is currently having its own financial troubles and increasing government scrutiny means it is likely unable to fund VA further. VA will be unable to compete with Chinese airlines with their ridiculously low ...

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by xiaotung
Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 79961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

SQ looks like the only shareholder in a position to take over VA. Will SQ really need a VA stake going forward? The SQ Group is increasingly making a play in secondary Australia, at the likes of BME (MI), CNS (MI), CBR (SQ), DRW (MI) and OOL (TR), and MI's new 737-MAX's can even fly to the likes of...

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by xiaotung
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 79961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Right so January has been peak-silly season for unsubstantiated and unsourced rumours so I'm calling it - what are your sources for EY and SQ selling their VA stake? Not saying it won't happen, but has there been any verified media source for these? EY: conceivable though just as VA is on the impro...

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by xiaotung
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 79961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

As I understand it from various sources, the CN Govt. has forbidden HNA group any additional investment in HKA & various other ventures. HKA needs the funds badly, so I expect an external solution will/is being sought! That of course would imply interesting times ahead for VA as well..............

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by xiaotung
Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 79961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

https://centreforaviation.com/insights/analysis/hna-considers-selling-hong-kong-airlines-investors-may-be-shy-394979 Looks like HNA's woes are quite real. HNA is considering selling Hong Kong Airlines. I wonder what it would mean for VA and their HNA alliance. EY will probably exit VA's share regist...

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by xiaotung
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 79961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

So the only ones truly losing out with this change are WLG-CBR travellers. Those going to CBR are losing out, having to endure a SYD stop-over. No amount of frequency or hard product improvement changes that. Cheers, C. It is actually a big benefit. Several days a week passengers had to fly to SYD ...

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by xiaotung
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 79961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

I don't think NZ/VA would end their trans-Tasman partnership as it has served both airlines well in terms of access to their respective domestic networks.Why would they end it when there is so much commercial gain? Egos of both CEOs may possibly see an end to the JV pretty quickly at the end of 201...

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by xiaotung
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 79961

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

I don't think NZ/VA would end their trans-Tasman partnership as it has served both airlines well in terms of access to their respective domestic networks.Why would they end it when there is so much commercial gain? Egos of both CEOs may possibly see an end to the JV pretty quickly at the end of 201...

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