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by xiaotung
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 80022

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

4. Virgin: Talk of VA and NZ ending their alliance is interesting - VA has been increasing flights and I don't think it's as simple as just replacing them with other regional carriers. Main trunk domestic services are pretty important and both carriers benefit from each other on that one. I don't s...

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by xiaotung
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Long Haul Ops Increasingly Complicated - Effect On Transatlantic JV?
Replies: 15
Views: 6874

Re: LH Long Haul Ops Increasingly Complicated - Effect On Transatlantic JV?

If I read previous news releases correctly, SN will eventually merge into Eurowings. Eurowings is not part of the trans-Atlantic JV. Not sure what will happen to DUS as LH is only flying long haul from there due to AB which may not be long term. Their full service long haul hubs are FRA, MUC, ZRH an...

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by xiaotung
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 27315

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

Argentina is having a strike which has delayed NZ30 tonight by 24H, so unrelated to NZ. EZE also delayed this am by 3h due Lightning in the vicinity of EZE, not due 787 issues. Also re 77L ops for EK, they have apparently had their centre fuel tank removed/decommissioned so they are not full -LRs a...

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by xiaotung
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 27315

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

While I’m not sure at this stage whether this is New Zealand or Argentinian related, but my flight tomorrow EZE to AKL has been delayed 17 hours. It had already had equipment swap from 787 to 777 so not sure if it’s related. My goodness. I am flying to EZE in a few days as well. How much notice did...

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by xiaotung
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1441
Views: 344100

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

VCEflyboy wrote:
Quick update: AZ is in the process of removing all the Etihad partner logo and reverting to the old Skyteam logo.


Not surprising. EY has stopped using the Etihad Airways Partners logo for quite some time now

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by xiaotung
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern to Leave Skyteam?
Replies: 73
Views: 25233

Re: China Southern to Leave Skyteam?

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/276198/british-airways-china-southern-begins-codeshare-service-from-late-dec-2017/ BA/CZ to commence codeshare partnership. Looks like Willie Walsh's China solution has almost come to fruition. For those who refuse to believe CZ moving alliances, I t...

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by xiaotung
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: CX to leave OW for Star
Replies: 86
Views: 19482

Re: CX to leave OW for Star

This got me excited until OP says BA/IB would leave OW and join them. The QF comment is even more baffling. The CX comment is an actual quote, BA/QF is (ridiculous) speculation. I don’t give any weight to the latter but quite a lot to the former. Makes you wonder how accurate the quote is. Having s...

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by xiaotung
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: CX to leave OW for Star
Replies: 86
Views: 19482

Re: CX to leave OW for Star

This got me excited until OP says BA/IB would leave OW and join them. The QF comment is even more baffling.

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by xiaotung
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 41383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

Its just another reason virgin doesnt do well as it should it just chops and changes too much. There is no clear direction. Also partly due to having 3 major shareholders for most of their life since they rebranded from DJ to VA. 3 airline groups wanting VA to do different things also didn't help t...

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by xiaotung
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 41383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

Why would Chinese tourists choose to transfer in HKG when they have scores of direct services from even 3rd tier cities? Perhaps some of them are looking for a better quality product offering, or more flexible frequencies? Not that VA is strong on these. In FY2017, CX was the largest one-stop compe...

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by xiaotung
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 41383

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2017

BITRE for September is out VA HKG flights, low 60% LFS both way https://bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/files/International_airline_activity_1709.pdf Don't seem to have any luck, is it because Chinese tourist just prefer to use their own carriers do we think? You wait these services will be binne...

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by xiaotung
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 262
Views: 32529

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

Some radio in Melbourne has reported that Juneyao Airlines (HO) will soon launch MEL even before they receive their first widebody aircraft. The new route may be operated by their A321 via DRW from NKG. They have 10 x B787-9 on order with the 1st one arriving in October 2018. Juneyao is a Star Allia...

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by xiaotung
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 369
Views: 27021

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017

If we think outside of the box for a moment, is one way to get around this for AI and NZ to launch a revenue-sharing JV, with AI operating a 3x weekly AKL - DEL service, and NZ operating a 3x weekly AKL - BOM service? That way, NZ could still get a slice of the DEL pie. AFAIK, the 2016 ASA re-negot...

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by xiaotung
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca Argentina started scheduled ops today
Replies: 7
Views: 1694

Re: Avianca Argentina started scheduled ops today

AV minority shareholder Kingsland apparently was not happy about AV's proposed JV with UA and the fact that both O6 and A0 are using the Avianca brand free of charge, among other things and have taken Synergy to court. There have been reports that indicate A0 will use O6's FFP Amigo at some stage. O...

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by xiaotung
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 369
Views: 27021

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017

CKG is not a small city. we are talking 30 million people in the immediate catchment and even higher when the surrounding areas are included, this is a huge opportunity and would be silly for it to be ignored I do not buy this - the population size of a city does not necessarily indicate the potent...

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by xiaotung
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 262
Views: 32529

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2017

Seems seasonal at this stage - Very interesting route Haikou as you say is a tourism city for China not a big city for outbound travel Hainan Airlines last week opened reservation for additional new route to Australia, where the airline schedules Haikou – Sydney nonstop flight. From 30JAN18 to 24MA...

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by xiaotung
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 369
Views: 27021

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017

CZ and others discount because that is the only way to fill empty planes in the face of chronic overcapacity. Make no mistake, China has much too much capacity for the market size I guess the questions are: - Is there really over-capacity to AKL, but not to SYD / MEL, when Australia has more airlin...

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by xiaotung
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 369
Views: 27021

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017

I believe the actual statement was more along the lines of they were "looking at a competitive response to long haul low cost operators" - that could mean several things. What else do you think that a "competitive response" to "Norwegian's model" could be? Alterations ...

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by xiaotung
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways buys 9.6 percent stake in Cathay Pacific
Replies: 34
Views: 11203

Re: Qatar Airways buys 9.6 percent stake in Cathay Pacific

Are they doing this to block CX from leaving oneworld and consequently blocking CZ from joining?

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by xiaotung
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017
Replies: 448
Views: 34254

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2017

Hi guys, Noted on the NZ instagram they have a four image post promoting Rio -‘This place is considered to be the most passionate city, where fiery Samba music plays on the street and the hereby scent of sizzling meat wafts from its many churrascarias, where in the world are we? #AirNZFindMe’ Unusu...

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by xiaotung
Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 27993

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

NZ confirmed in the last earning call that their LHR slots leased to CX have been sold. Are new slots easy to obtain? Why would they sell them if this was in the works?

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by xiaotung
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 41168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

"Even when SWZ started with just domestic flight, it would make going to MEL for a connection a lot easier for those living in Western Sydney." I'm struggling to get my head around that. Catching a train to SYD will still be easier than transport to SWZ / connecting flight to MEL / transf...

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by xiaotung
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 395
Views: 41168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2017

In relation to the late night banks to Europe, it will be interesting to see what the ME3 do along with carriers like MH who would all like later departure times for their last flights out from SYD. To my mind the logical International Carriers to have service out of SWZ are NZ, SQ and EK. I think ...

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by xiaotung
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations
Replies: 147
Views: 19876

Re: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations

Can somebody tell me why aircraft needs to dump fuel before emergency landing, which I assume is to reduce landing weight for a safe landing, but in this case they are carrying more fuel to the next airport in order to fly back?

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by xiaotung
Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 27993

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11923035 Rob Fyfe to join Air Canada board. I wonder if we will see them launch AKL sometime, possibly a seasonal service to start? Rob is a very good friend of AC CEO Calin Rovinescu who also succeeded him as the Chairman of S...

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by xiaotung
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 27993

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

UA has just announced IAH-SYD. Not sure how much traffic NZ is carrying between SYD and IAH at the moment but I thought if this was a trend with all the direct flights between Australia and North America, NZ would have some work to do. They have already lost VA Velocity members who won't be able to ...

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by xiaotung
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara and JAL sign codeshare agreement; Vistara to soon announce a large aircraft order
Replies: 9
Views: 2252

Re: Vistara and JAL sign codeshare agreement; Vistara to soon announce a large aircraft order

I am curious about UK's choice of partner airlines. All of their recent interline agreement were signed with oneworld airlines (BA, QR and now JL). It looks like SQ has nearly no influence on their overall strategy.

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by xiaotung
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 27993

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - September 2017

Do you think there is any chance that as HND traffic builds we could see NH at AKL? With NZ t=doing NRT and NH doing KUL and a joint venture type of operation? I had the good fortune of flying NH business from KUL to the US and back a couple of months ago and it was really good. Be nice to see prem...

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by xiaotung
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia announces a net loss of $185 million for FY16/17
Replies: 103
Views: 11296

Re: Virgin Australia announces a net loss of $185 million for FY16/17

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-13/sanctions-a-blow-to-north-korea-but-oil-cut-needed-for-knock-out CX are about to post another loss. Premium and corporate traffic is likely to stay with QF/CX. The back of the plane traffic CX has lost in which VA seems to be interested has extremel...

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by xiaotung
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia announces a net loss of $185 million for FY16/17
Replies: 103
Views: 11296

Re: Virgin Australia announces a net loss of $185 million for FY16/17

In terms of Asian expansion, I read a lot of comments about low yield in China. That maybe true, but not in the case of Hong Kong. Hong Kong has notoriously good yields and backed by connecting traffic via HNA this looks a sensible strategy for VA imho. With VA selling return tickets to HKG for und...

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by xiaotung
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia announces a net loss of $185 million for FY16/17
Replies: 103
Views: 11296

Re: Virgin Australia announces a net loss of $185 million for FY16/17

What's a brief explanation as to the main factors why Virgin Australia is not very profitable? In so far as I can see, in changing to become Virgin Australia from Virgin Blue they increased costs by more than they increased revenues. However, I may be wrong. Looking at their pricing strategy VA see...

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by xiaotung
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia announces a net loss of $185 million for FY16/17
Replies: 103
Views: 11296

Re: Virgin Australia announces a net loss of $185 million for FY16/17

The problem is that the board won't fire Borghetti, even when his leadership questioned by former Board member and CEO of NZ Luxon several years ago. I hope this might be a tipping point, and that a struggling EY might divest their 21% shareholding and wake this board up that a more drastic change ...

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by xiaotung
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 58496

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Does anyone else think that China is not the answer to VAs woes? Once upon a time JB didn't see the value in Virgin Australia having an asian strategy, doing a deal with an asian airline or flying there for that matter. Tune in from 11.30 onwards... https://centreforaviation.com/insights/analysis/v...

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by xiaotung
Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 58496

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

VA is not really operating to Hong Kong to make profits for themselves. HNA Group is using VA as a vehicle (through codesharing with Hong Kong Airlines) to compete with CX and trash their yields on the lucrative Australia-HK-beyond markets. CX has used up all the bilateral frequencies to major citi...

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by xiaotung
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 58496

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

http://www.smh.com.au/business/aviation/who-really-owns-this-19-per-cent-stake-in-virgin-australia-20170807-gxqsp8.html I have been expecting an article like this which questions the risk of VA's alliance with HNA. There were reports that HNA had been forced by the Chinese government to sell their r...

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by xiaotung
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad sells its stake in Darwin Airline
Replies: 21
Views: 6371

Re: Etihad sells its stake in Darwin Airline

What a stupid name for an airline... :banghead: I agree, a stupid idea to call it like that. It's like Pacific Airways Mongolia or Air Sinai Michigan.... Let's hope that Darwin will not become a victim of the scientific theories of the man this airline is named after... The name is presumably becau...

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by xiaotung
Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017
Replies: 292
Views: 40723

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017

Surprising news as I and I presume many others were expecting Thomas to take over from Borghetti in the top job in the next 6 - 12 months. Perhaps that was the initial plan and Borghetti has no plans to step down? I was a big Borghetti supporter in the early years, but I now believe he has taken th...

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by xiaotung
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 22337

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2017

I see that CZ has announced 3 South American destinations in the next 3 years. Wow. I wonder if Auckland may be a transit point and NZ face some more competition between NZ and South America? From CAN, surely AKL is faster than via Africa or LA. Does CZ have beyond rights through AKL? In Rob Fyfe e...

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by xiaotung
Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017
Replies: 292
Views: 40723

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017

VH-OEF is doing a few SYD-MEL-SYD runs today, anyone know why? Public hoilday weekend? Soccer? Isn't Argentina and Brazil in Melbourne this weekend, then Australia play - few friendlies. Again highlights QFs flexibility. Most likely. MCG packed nearly 100,000 people today and it again demonstrates ...

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by xiaotung
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017
Replies: 292
Views: 40723

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017

"Apparently it was John Thomas who flew to Cancun for the IATA AGM and it was John Thomas who signed the Hong Kong Airlines codeshare agreement today. I don't know why John Borghetti is still CEO" Thomas is General Manager of a division, that is why Borghetti is CEO. The CEO would be the ...

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by xiaotung
Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017
Replies: 292
Views: 40723

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2017

ACCC has today issued draft determination granting conditional approval for the alliance between VA and HNA Aviation, Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express for 5 years http://www.airlineratings.com/news/1273/virgins-china-deal-gets-provisional-green-light-for-five-years Apparently it was John Th...

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by xiaotung
Wed May 31, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017
Replies: 402
Views: 45296

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017

Sydney airport is currently working over the next 12 months to release a master plan which looks at development to 2039. It will include expansion of T1 by adding new gates, apron capacity and baggage system expansions A new Terminal 4 which would provide international gates adjoining to T2/3 New a...

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by xiaotung
Fri May 12, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca receives its Argentinian AOC
Replies: 19
Views: 2575

Re: Avianca receives its Argentinian AOC

Seeing that AV is part of the Star Alliance I expect this Argentinian subsidiary to join the Star Alliance as well at some point. Interesting times ahead for Argentina with Norwegian also having gotten the green light to start a subsidiary airline in Argentina. A388 Adding this new Argentine carrie...

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by xiaotung
Fri May 05, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017
Replies: 402
Views: 45296

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017

Finally, CA has applied for 3 weekly PEK-BNE with A332 from October 2017.

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by xiaotung
Mon May 01, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017
Replies: 402
Views: 45296

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2017

If I was going to wildly guess I would suggest SZX flights. This is an interesting one. CA had long applied for SZX-MEL route but never started it and CZ last year applied as well. I am going to take a wilder guess that CA would hand over the route to ZH as the latter will get their first widebody ...

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by xiaotung
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United and Dr. Dao reach settlement
Replies: 126
Views: 19682

Re: United and Dr. Dao reach settlement

The figure circling in Chinese social media is he got $140 million. Is that even possible? Maybe that's in Yuan? That'd be about $20M USD I think. No, in USD. Even though I don't really believe that figure, it is now doing a massive favor for UA as everyone is now saying UA is their first choice of...

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by xiaotung
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United and Dr. Dao reach settlement
Replies: 126
Views: 19682

Re: United and Dr. Dao reach settlement

As is, United is at fault for poor planning of crew relocation, and a bumping of undefined acceptability under their contract of carriage, not assault. Do we know if it really was UA who was at fault as my understanding is the crew were employed by Republic Airways? The same company also runs expre...

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by xiaotung
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United and Dr. Dao reach settlement
Replies: 126
Views: 19682

Re: United and Dr. Dao reach settlement

The figure circling in Chinese social media is he got $140 million. Is that even possible?

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by xiaotung
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Airlines and Australia
Replies: 42
Views: 5288

Re: Eurpean Airlines and Australia

We could get TK eventually but can't see anybody else doing it.

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by xiaotung
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA considering new destinations in Central Europe and Australia
Replies: 35
Views: 8631

Re: ANA considering new destinations in Central Europe and Australia

What happened to the VA codeshare they said they would discuss with VA?

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