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by TYCOON
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Strike 15-22 September Part 1
Replies: 217
Views: 23753

Air France Strike 15-22 September Part 1

I think Mozart presents a very good summary of the issues at hand. I am among the many who find the pilot strike very offensive (I have no <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> travel plans this week, so no inconvenience to me). What I do find interesting is how other branches of personnel at <ac...

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by TYCOON
Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines "Best Airline In Europe" Again
Replies: 11
Views: 4597

RE: Turkish Airlines "Best Airline In Europe" Again

stlgph, yes I do concede that it does seem a bit odd that despite bad experiences outweighing good ones with <acronym title="Turkish Airlines">TK</acronym>, I am willing to fly them again - and on a long-haul business class flight. But as with a number of a.netters, I like flying different airlines ...

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by TYCOON
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines "Best Airline In Europe" Again
Replies: 11
Views: 4597

RE: Turkish Airlines "Best Airline In Europe" Again

I have flown <acronym title="Turkish Airlines">TK</acronym> a number of times, mostly business class, long haul to Asia and South America, and I wouldn't even put them in the same class of some of the larger European carriers (not sure I would put Turkey in Europe really). The number of bad expérien...

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by TYCOON
Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AR 1928, A Flight A Bit Out Of The Ordinary
Replies: 1
Views: 2614

RE: AR 1928, A Flight A Bit Out Of The Ordinary

I bet the flight back was a lot quieter!!

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by TYCOON
Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways CEO Threatens To Halt Airbus Orders
Replies: 174
Views: 34394

RE: Qatar Airways CEO Threatens To Halt Airbus Orders

And while we are at it... let's take back the World Cup 2022 and put it in a place more "civilized"... Could you imagine <acronym title="Qatar Airways">QR</acronym> actually following through with what Baker is saying? Stop ordering Airbus aircraft... Then maybe Europe will start revoking <acronym t...

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by TYCOON
Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Did AF Stop Long Haul Service From NCE
Replies: 52
Views: 11827

RE: Why Did AF Stop Long Haul Service From NCE

I tend to agree that Nice in and of itself is not particularly wealthy (although not poor); but please, let's not forget that Nice is the airport for Monaco, let alone Antibes, Cannes, St Tropez, St Jean Cap Ferrat, Vence, Mougins, etc... Very wealthy areas and certainly above the French national av...

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by TYCOON
Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Did AF Stop Long Haul Service From NCE
Replies: 52
Views: 11827

RE: Why Did AF Stop Long Haul Service From NCE

I remember in the late '80s or early 90s, UTA flew from a number of France's provincial cities to NYC (Marseilles, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes and I think maybe Nice as well), operated with the DC-10. It didn't last long. As a frequent flyer of both <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> and <acron...

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by TYCOON
Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why So Few Routes From London To South America?
Replies: 76
Views: 16322

RE: Why So Few Routes From London To South America?

Former British colonies in South and Central America are Guyana (South America) and Belize, neither of which are served by <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> (although they were in the past). One shouldn't forget the very strong historical economic ties the UK has had with places like Arg...

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by TYCOON
Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why So Few Routes From London To South America?
Replies: 76
Views: 16322

RE: Why So Few Routes From London To South America?

I have stated this before, but when one breaks down the Latin America + Caribbean / Europe market, it is one where Skyteam leads the pack. <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> alone offers almost 30% more destinations in the region than does <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym>, to resp...

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by TYCOON
Sat May 31, 2014 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF Changes Schedule To MIA
Replies: 33
Views: 7970

RE: AF Changes Schedule To MIA

AF discontinuing Miami in August??? Where does that come from?
They are selling tickets on daily direct flights August to the end of year... at least.

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by TYCOON
Tue May 27, 2014 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No US Airlines On LAX-CDG Route?
Replies: 48
Views: 14575

RE: Why No US Airlines On LAX-CDG Route?

In addition to very full flights in all classes, another indication of the attractiveness of the route for <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> in terms of profitability is that this is one of the routes where the 1st class cabin will remain, as <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> begins to...

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by TYCOON
Thu May 22, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growing Fears Of Chaos At Brazilian Airports
Replies: 32
Views: 15678

RE: Growing Fears Of Chaos At Brazilian Airports

As I've said a number of times to friends/colleagues etc, the Brazilian situation fits perfectly in the theory of the revolution of rising expectations. Revolutions (or social upheaval as in this case) rarely happen on an empty stomach... It is when people see an improvement in their situation (in B...

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by TYCOON
Wed May 21, 2014 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growing Fears Of Chaos At Brazilian Airports
Replies: 32
Views: 15678

RE: Growing Fears Of Chaos At Brazilian Airports

I am not sure if the chaos is arising from Brazilian airports (actually in my view just <acronym title="Sao Paulo - Guarulhos International (Cumbica) (GRU / SBGR), Brazil">GRU</acronym>) or TAM. TAM's operations are pure chaos, that is for sure... when compared to either Azul or Gol. A few weeks ago...

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by TYCOON
Tue May 20, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Cup 2014 Liveries
Replies: 14
Views: 6498

RE: World Cup 2014 Liveries

TAM is not the national carrier of Brazil but a Brazilian airlines among a handful. The official airline of the seleçao (Brazilian national football team) is Gol. And they do have a painted aircraft for the occasion. <a href="http://blog.opovo.com.br/layout/gol-personaliza-aeronave-para-a-selecao-br...

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by TYCOON
Wed May 14, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Pacific Coast - Brazil/Uruguay/Argentina
Replies: 21
Views: 3638

US Pacific Coast - Brazil/Uruguay/Argentina

Only some of Varig flights went on from <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym> to Tokyo. Other days of the week just <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym>-Gru. I flew them in 2004 <acronym title="L...

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by TYCOON
Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc Flights To Brazil
Replies: 9
Views: 7707

RE: Royal Air Maroc Flights To Brazil

I still am very confused... because neither on the RAM site nor on the <acronym title="Sao Paulo - Guarulhos International (Cumbica) (GRU / SBGR), Brazil">GRU</acronym> site do they show these flights. <acronym title="Sao Paulo - Guarulhos International (Cumbica) (GRU / SBGR), Brazil">GRU</acronym> ...

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by TYCOON
Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc Flights To Brazil
Replies: 9
Views: 7707

Royal Air Maroc Flights To Brazil

I know that RAM had flights between Casablanca and Rio up until 1992, and then last year they announced a resumption direct flights between Casablanca and Brazil, this time with non-stop service to Sao Paulo three times a week, slated to have begun in December 2013. Does any one know if RAM started ...

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by TYCOON
Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GOL And TAP To Start Commercial Partnership
Replies: 9
Views: 3976

RE: GOL And TAP To Start Commercial Partnership

Gol will no longer be code sharing or have any marketing agreements with <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> now that TAM is OneWorld. In addition to <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym> owning a share of GOL, <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym>/KL have recently...

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by TYCOON
Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LH Great Service
Replies: 11
Views: 3016

RE: LH Great Service

I find <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym> flights efficient, but not particularly friendly and the catering leaves a lot to be desired, up front or in the back. I flew today from <acronym title="CURRENT: Munich (- Franz Josef Strauss) (MUC / EDDM), Germany AND OLD: Munich - Riem (MUC ...

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by TYCOON
Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline Logos - The Very Good And The Very Bad
Replies: 55
Views: 22160

RE: Airline Logos - The Very Good And The Very Bad

I know I may open myself up to some serious attacks from this community, but I saw up close the new Iberia logo last Saturday in <acronym title="Madrid - Barajas (MAD / LEMD), Spain">MAD</acronym> (both on the A330 and the A320) and it is kind of growing on me... I didn't like it initially, but afte...

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by TYCOON
Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France To Take Over KLM
Replies: 90
Views: 39478

RE: Air France To Take Over KLM

Merry Xmas to all and a happiest New Year... I'm looking forward to some more great flights on <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> in 2014... Just flew <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym>-<acronym title="Seattle / Tacoma - International (SEA / KSEA), US...

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by TYCOON
Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Latin America Have Its Own LCC?
Replies: 37
Views: 7140

Why doesn't Latin America Have Its Own LCC?

Brazil has AZUL... I would put them in the LCC category.

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by TYCOON
Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot Displeased With Skyteam Relations
Replies: 58
Views: 17048

RE: Aeroflot Displeased With Skyteam Relations

Correction ORDBOSEWR, Mexicana was very much in an alliance when it went bankrupt... it left Star Alliance and joined OneWorld... It was a member of OneWorld when the airline went belly up... And the OneWorld website kept the Mexicana logo very much alive some months after its demise even though the...

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by TYCOON
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot Displeased With Skyteam Relations
Replies: 58
Views: 17048

RE: Aeroflot Displeased With Skyteam Relations

DarkSnowyNight, let's say bankruptcy in the sense liquidation, winding up... that is what I was refering to by the examples provided by Varig, Mexicana and Malev. Northwest merged into <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym>... <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym>'s bankru...

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by TYCOON
Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot Displeased With Skyteam Relations
Replies: 58
Views: 17048

RE: Aeroflot Displeased With Skyteam Relations

Out of curiosity Hohd, what is your definition of "weakest"? Sounds very subjective to me when you consider that Skyteam is 1) the second alliance in terms of passengers flown 2) the second alliance in terms of countries, destinations served 2) the second largest in fleet size 3) the second largest ...

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by TYCOON
Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot Displeased With Skyteam Relations
Replies: 58
Views: 17048

RE: Aeroflot Displeased With Skyteam Relations

Honestly, I don't understand the whole point people are making about only within alliances. You can still be a member of an alliance but have strong commercial ties with Airlines of other alliances. Qantas is not the first (nor last) airline to develop codeshare/cooperation outside of the alliances....

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by TYCOON
Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot Displeased With Skyteam Relations
Replies: 58
Views: 17048

RE: Aeroflot Displeased With Skyteam Relations

Mercure1, the interview with the CEO of Aeroflot was AFTER the conference. I am pretty sure it was Les Echos, a French daily business newspaper... as reference was made to Callegari's comments. I will try to see if I can dig it up... I believe the CEO represented that they have done studies and that...

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by TYCOON
Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot Displeased With Skyteam Relations
Replies: 58
Views: 17048

RE: Aeroflot Displeased With Skyteam Relations

Just last week there was an interview with the CEO of Aeroflot in a trade journal or business newspaper (unfortunately, I can't remember which one: it was either "Business Traveller" or "Voyage d'Affaires" or the French equivalent of the <acronym title="Fly FTI">FT</acronym> or WSJ "Les Echos") and ...

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by TYCOON
Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports Named After People
Replies: 65
Views: 4087

RE: Airports Named After People

You can have a field day with Brazilian airports... In fact, the only major airport in Brazil to my knowledge not named after some one is Sao Paulo-Congonhas... Most named after local or national politicians Salvador <acronym title="Salvador - International / Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhaes (Dois de...

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by TYCOON
Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Europa To Start MIA
Replies: 31
Views: 6608

RE: Air Europa To Start MIA

Palmjet, I honestly don't understand your comment. How often have you flown <acronym title="Air Europa (Spain)">UX</acronym>? Your description of "poor to average reputation for customer service in Europe with surly crews" makes me think more of Iberia than Air Europa... and I've flown Iberia 52 tim...

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by TYCOON
Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Europa To Start MIA
Replies: 31
Views: 6608

RE: Air Europa To Start MIA

Viscount724, another Westbound Europe-North America redeye is the <acronym title="Aeromexico">AM</acronym> <acronym title="Paris - Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) (CDG / LFPG), France">CDG</acronym>-<acronym title="Mexico City (- Licenciado Benito Juarez International) (MEX / MMMX), Mexico">MEX</acronym>...

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by TYCOON
Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Tells Man He's 'too Fat To Fly'
Replies: 159
Views: 24724

RE: Airline Tells Man He's 'too Fat To Fly'

Superfly, with all due respect, your comments about French healthcare are just plain obnoxious. Yes it is true that France invariably ranks #1 in quality of healthcare in the world for a number of years now... But that is beside the point. Often, the Mayo Clinic, and others, try new or unverified re...

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by TYCOON
Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One Night In Paris - Air France Complaint Blog...
Replies: 42
Views: 9109

RE: One Night In Paris - Air France Complaint Blog

Bongodo1964, having lived in both the UK and France, give me France any day of the week, month or year... A much better quality of life than the UK... Your post is risible in its clichés... most of which is actually not true... And comparing <acronym title="Frankfurt am Main (Rhein-Main AB) (FRA / F...

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by TYCOON
Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One Night In Paris - Air France Complaint Blog...
Replies: 42
Views: 9109

RE: One Night In Paris - Air France Complaint Blog

I may say something controversial here... but then again I could care less. In reading this person's letter, I found it very irritating, pedantic and frankly if I received such a letter, I wouldn't even respond... it would go straight to the trash bin. There is something about certain Indian nationa...

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by TYCOON
Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air France AF 006: 03/2013: CDG-JFK: J Cabin: 380
Replies: 33
Views: 26775

RE: Air France AF 006: 03/2013: CDG-JFK: J Cabin: 380

I am with rwsea on this one. In the past twelve months I have flown <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym>, <acronym title="KLM Royal Dutch Airlines">KL</acronym>, <acronym title="OLD: Crossair (Switzerland), NEW: Swiss International Airlines (Switzerland)">LX</acronym> and <acronym title="Turkish...

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by TYCOON
Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF Applied To Fly CDG-BSB 3x Weekly With B772
Replies: 16
Views: 8085

RE: AF Applied To Fly CDG-BSB 3x Weekly With B772

In response to BoeingMerica, I am an American but I live in Paris and I am a very frequent traveler on the Paris-Latin America (especially Brazil) market... so no doubt will try the <acronym title="Paris - Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) (CDG / LFPG), France">CDG</acronym>-<acronym title="Brasilia - Inte...

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by TYCOON
Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skytrax Rating: 4 Star For AF Short Haul C CLass!
Replies: 20
Views: 4555

RE: Skytrax Rating: 4 Star For AF Short Haul C CLass!

Although I am a fan of <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym>, I cannot imagine why they would get this for the European short-haul C class. I just flew roundtrip to Munich earlier this week on an A318 both ways... The seats were those cheap economy ones with no extra room and the seats didn't eve...

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by TYCOON
Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF Applied To Fly CDG-BSB 3x Weekly With B772
Replies: 16
Views: 8085

RE: AF Applied To Fly CDG-BSB 3x Weekly With B772

Interesting add... I look forward to flying it. I wonder also if this points to a future integration of GOL into Skyteam, beyond the current deep commercial ties with <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym>/KL and <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym> as GOL has an important hub in Br...

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by TYCOON
Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Orders 34 B779s + 25 A359s Part 1
Replies: 211
Views: 53397

Lufthansa Orders 34 B779s + 25 A359s Part 1

This forum has criticized time and again the 10-seat abreast in Y class on AF, EK, etc... Sadly, it looks like this will be the new norm....

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by TYCOON
Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France More Cuts Coming; Union Plan Strike
Replies: 45
Views: 12275

RE: Air France More Cuts Coming; Union Plan Strike

I believe <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> will keep their Première Classe for the key high-revenue routes such as <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym>, <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - ...

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by TYCOON
Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Libya´s "AF1" A340
Replies: 3
Views: 6313

RE: Libya´s "AF1" A340

Funny ... I saw this plane at Paris-Orly just last Saturday morning and was wondering where/what company it was from.

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by TYCOON
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Is OpenSkies Doing?
Replies: 37
Views: 11535

RE: How Is OpenSkies Doing?

A work colleague of mine flies them all the time between <acronym title="Paris - Orly (ORY / LFPO), France">ORY</acronym> and <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> and was a big fan, until last month when there was a technical...

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by TYCOON
Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/KL : More Cost Cutting Measures Announced
Replies: 65
Views: 13156

RE: AF/KL : More Cost Cutting Measures Announced

Just re-read your previous posts Mozart, it is full of "alot of people would agree...", "I saw it on another forum", bla bla bla... so it is hearsay.

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by TYCOON
Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/KL : More Cost Cutting Measures Announced
Replies: 65
Views: 13156

RE: AF/KL : More Cost Cutting Measures Announced

Mozart, given the choice between <acronym title="OLD: Crossair (Switzerland), NEW: Swiss International Airlines (Switzerland)">LX</acronym>, <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym>, <acronym title="Austrian Airlines">OS</acronym>, <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym>, or <acronym ...

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by TYCOON
Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Reports Much Lower Loss Of GBP29 Million
Replies: 49
Views: 8402

RE: IAG Reports Much Lower Loss Of GBP29 Million

Slight correction...
LH shares are up 1% since start of the year and AF/KL are down 8% since beginning of the year.

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by TYCOON
Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/KL : More Cost Cutting Measures Announced
Replies: 65
Views: 13156

RE: AF/KL : More Cost Cutting Measures Announced

Thanks Mozart... your argument is now clearer... I will look into it on my side as well... I, like you, find the whole issue fascinating....

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by TYCOON
Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/KL : More Cost Cutting Measures Announced
Replies: 65
Views: 13156

RE: AF/KL : More Cost Cutting Measures Announced

Mozart, if you quote somebody else on another forum who "gets his/her numbers from ..." that is the definition of hearsay.

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by TYCOON
Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/KL : More Cost Cutting Measures Announced
Replies: 65
Views: 13156

RE: AF/KL : More Cost Cutting Measures Announced

Mozart, thanks for the figures, but only hearsay... You haven't proven anything other than you haven't studied them yourself - so no authority to opine. How do you figure Premium Economy into the equation? <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> and <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> hav...

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by TYCOON
Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/KL : More Cost Cutting Measures Announced
Replies: 65
Views: 13156

RE: AF/KL : More Cost Cutting Measures Announced

A couple of points: -<acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> is not planning to stop flying on key short-haul market segments within Europe and transfer them all to HOP! and/or Transavia. The idea is to eventually transfer those routes that are lower yielding (more tourist/VFR market) than higher y...

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by TYCOON
Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's Going On With The Executive Club?
Replies: 6
Views: 4107

RE: What's Going On With The Executive Club?

I am elite status with <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> Executive Club, <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym>/KL Flying Blue and <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> Mileage Plus, therefore in all three alliances that allows me access to <acronym title="Executive Airli...

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