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by eta unknown
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA will close FA bases in NRT, HKG, FRA
Replies: 149
Views: 27970

Re: UA will close FA bases in NRT, HKG, FRA

Nothing more to it- you hit the nail on the head. London hotel demand far outstrips the crew rates airlines want to pay. I once knew one of the EK hotel procurement guys and he said London negotiations were a nightmare and nowhere else came even remotely close. The room rates are high and the room ...

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by eta unknown
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British operators of the DC-10
Replies: 72
Views: 8050

Re: British operators of the DC-10

Does anyone recall what US cities were serviced with the BA DC10? I seem to recall IAH, DFW, TPA, and a few other LGW-originating flights. I don't remember if the DC10 ever flew out of LHR. I am pretty certain the L1011s though did. ATL, LAX and JFK (I once flew this sector as one of 8 pax total). ...

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by eta unknown
Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA will close FA bases in NRT, HKG, FRA
Replies: 149
Views: 27970

Re: UA will close FA bases in NRT, HKG, FRA

Well QF has a LHR crew base and NZ just closed theirs as route cancelled. Both bases existed purely because of the LHR hotel cost issue- and yes it was cheaper to pay local LON admin staff. Are hotels cheaper- normally yes, but LON is the exception. Another unique LON issue is many hotels don't wan...

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by eta unknown
Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA will close FA bases in NRT, HKG, FRA
Replies: 149
Views: 27970

Re: UA will close FA bases in NRT, HKG, FRA

Qualifying payroll- depends how the US airlines have set up how to pay their overseas staff. For example, in Australia I worked for 2 foreign carriers. One paid me directly from their head office as a bank wire transfer. The other had a local account- as to how that account was funded I didn't know ...

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by eta unknown
Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 53491

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

More knock-on effects of COVID with DNATA’s local catering arm shedding a thousand jobs. Those jobs are not eligible for the JobKeeper allowance because DNATA is a foreign owned company. Airline catering company dnata has told staff it will cut 1000 jobs after Australia's domestic and international...

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by eta unknown
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Gambling on board?
Replies: 12
Views: 2967

Re: Gambling on board?

IIRC Singapore Airlines did it and it was shortly removed. Cabin crew complained loudly about now having to deal with customers losing money.

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by eta unknown
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Underside Aircraft Markings
Replies: 14
Views: 3889

Re: Underside Aircraft Markings

AZ had some interesting marking for photo opportunities: logo above the wing and look how many times it appears next to the doors on the original AZ 747 livery.

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by eta unknown
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 53491

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

I hate to think how you'd describe the CDG transit experience...

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by eta unknown
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA will close FA bases in NRT, HKG, FRA
Replies: 149
Views: 27970

Re: United Closing Flight Attendant Tokyo Hub

What is crazy is that US tax payers under the "Cares Act" paid for the salary of foreign workers// Flight Attendants (non Citizens and Green Card holders) based in Tokyo Frankfurt and London. Green card holders are US taxpayers- if you're going to troll at least get your facts straight. W...

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by eta unknown
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA will close FA bases in NRT, HKG, FRA
Replies: 149
Views: 27970

Re: UA will close FA bases in NRT, HKG, FRA

Well QF has a LHR crew base and NZ just closed theirs as route cancelled. Both bases existed purely because of the LHR hotel cost issue- and yes it was cheaper to pay local LON admin staff. Are hotels cheaper- normally yes, but LON is the exception. Another unique LON issue is many hotels don't want...

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by eta unknown
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA will close FA bases in NRT, HKG, FRA
Replies: 149
Views: 27970

Re: United Closing Flight Attendant Tokyo Hub

jetawayusa wrote:
What is crazy is that US tax payers under the "Cares Act" paid for the salary of foreign workers// Flight Attendants (non Citizens and Green Card holders) based in Tokyo Frankfurt and London.

Green card holders are US taxpayers- if you're going to troll at least get your facts straight.

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by eta unknown
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 453
Views: 110805

Re: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection

... and said restructuring plan won't be approved by the Govt., so back to square one again...

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by eta unknown
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is It Worth Pursuing an Airline/Aviation Management Degree?
Replies: 5
Views: 1319

Re: Is It Worth Pursuing an Airline/Aviation Management Degree?

A word of caution from someone who was in airline management: have a Plan B. The industry isn't that big and senior roles are even tighter. Airlines are also very flat structured organizations which makes moving departments difficult.

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by eta unknown
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 53491

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

It's more than the membership fee (not sure if it's annual or a once off). VA's very limited IT systems aren't compliant with star/sky and the cost of upgrading them is equally prohibitive.

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by eta unknown
Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020
Replies: 328
Views: 53491

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2020

An interesting You Tube find, a Qantas pilot recruitment video from 1985. From the looks of things, was probably sent to schools to be played in Careers classes as it explains the ways to get into QF as a second officer - only international flying at this stage. The pay rates quoted (2nd officer $2...

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by eta unknown
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOAC/BA Traffic Rights Prior to German Unification?
Replies: 3
Views: 997

Re: BOAC/BA Traffic Rights Prior to German Unification?

Add LHR-FRA-MCT-DEL-HKG (747) to the list. There were also some 747 longhaul flights operated via FCO.

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by eta unknown
Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA outsouring some corporate positions to India
Replies: 136
Views: 20720

Re: UA outsouring some corporate positions to India

Oh yes the UA call center in the Philippines! A lot of American companies are setting up call centers in PH because they speak American English instead of British English in India as the Philippines were a former US colony. The Philippines were on UAs radar as it has the 2nd most speakers in the US...

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by eta unknown
Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA outsouring some corporate positions to India
Replies: 136
Views: 20720

Re: UA outsouring some corporate positions to India

While in Australia, I saw a job advertisement for United for some management job in California and was for an E-3 Visa, the way it was written sounded so dedicated that they needed or wanted specifically to set up an E-3 Visa and hire an Australian over an American for this corporate job in the US....

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by eta unknown
Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA outsouring some corporate positions to India
Replies: 136
Views: 20720

Re: UA outsouring some corporate positions to India

Hi UA900 So United employees in India get free rides home ? Wow Very interesting how about free food ? I have seen company agreements in Australia that state employees will be reimbursed taxi fare home if staff are required to work until 11pm or later- these arrangements are perfectly normal and ac...

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by eta unknown
Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA outsouring some corporate positions to India
Replies: 136
Views: 20720

Re: UA outsouring some corporate positions to India

I guess we can blame all this on Swissair- they transferred their Accounts Dept. to Bombay in the 80''s.

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by eta unknown
Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA outsouring some corporate positions to India
Replies: 136
Views: 20720

Re: UA outsouring some corporate positions to India

Any USA based employee of UA is probably free to apply for any of those roles in India provided they accept the local employment conditions (read: salary). Agree to that and visa sponsorship would be forthcoming. Bet nobody has thus far agreed....

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by eta unknown
Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TATL A300s?
Replies: 88
Views: 11951

Re: TATL A300s?

American A300-600Rs were very limited on the Atlantic run, my mate who worked at AA at LHR at the time said the most weight restricted he ever saw was in winter when they were occasionally restricted to 101 pax. Don’t know why they didn’t stop in Keflavik, that’s not a couple of rows blocked, it’s ...

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by eta unknown
Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA 747 Operations
Replies: 69
Views: 8457

Re: TWA 747 Operations

I wonder if there was even a notional plan to retire the 741 aircraft and replace with new 742’s ? The -200 series were such a quantum leap in performance and capability Like PAA though I imagine TWA got a good deal on their early series aircraft, the -200 came along not long after but then who wou...

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by eta unknown
Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SLM new 777 and ETOPS
Replies: 98
Views: 24139

Re: SLM new 777 and ETOPS

They have managed to compete with KLM for decades, and they actually partnered up with TUI for the last few years. Dutch citizens often fly KLM to PBM and Surinam citizens often fly SLM, as a way of pride for their nation and their flag carrier. Pride for their nation? Yes a common and understandab...

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by eta unknown
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet sued for discrimination by woman forced to move seat
Replies: 125
Views: 13591

Re: Easyjet sued for discrimination by woman forced to move seat

Wouldn't it have been funny if the female pax who was asked to move had replied, "but I self-identify as a man"!

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by eta unknown
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 55722

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

I doubt it. Does Qlink have the available capacity to deploy? Alliance doesn't have suitable aircraft. Remember ZL is only interested in the triangle where population hopefully proves there's money to be made. IMO ZL is more a threat to VA.

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by eta unknown
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA 747 Operations
Replies: 69
Views: 8457

Re: TWA 747 Operations

The SP flew JFK-ATH one or two summers. TW wanted to axe the nonstop JFK-MXP 747 and serve MXP via CDG with a 727. The Italians denied the request- the route is nonstop or not at all. That does not sound right. JFK-MXP was among the last Europe TATL routes to be cut from JFK in 1998-9 alongside LIS...

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by eta unknown
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA 747 Operations
Replies: 69
Views: 8457

Re: TWA 747 Operations

The SP flew JFK-ATH one or two summers. TW wanted to axe the nonstop JFK-MXP 747 and serve MXP via CDG with a 727. The Italians denied the request- the route is nonstop or not at all.

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by eta unknown
Tue Aug 25, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff and it’s Pacific operation
Replies: 23
Views: 3671

Re: Braniff and it’s Pacific operation

Maybe intended after BN internally fixed their schedule then presented the coincidences with a connection footnote to CAB. IMO BN management didn't possess a worldwide skillset- the operation was mostly US O&D. The Pacific expansion was nothing more than an expensive route grab exercise and even...

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by eta unknown
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff and it’s Pacific operation
Replies: 23
Views: 3671

Re: Braniff and it’s Pacific operation

I'd say those BN Asia-South America connections were more a case of schedule coincidence rather than intention.

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by eta unknown
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ANC-HNL non-stop? (c 1984)
Replies: 34
Views: 4669

Re: United ANC-HNL non-stop? (c 1984)

That Rich Air flight originated in FRA and was operated with -500's. I had a standby freebie, but didn't get to use it as Rich kept changing their schedules- thank goodness for the AS/NZ back up tickets ANC-LAX-HNL!

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by eta unknown
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 55722

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

No ADL. It's golden triangle- that's it. Once you start adding bits and pieces (ADL, OOL) you screw up the triangle business plan/purpose.

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by eta unknown
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK Old IAB Overwing Jetways
Replies: 70
Views: 39584

Re: JFK Old IAB Overwing Jetways

The picture is circa 1985-1987. BCAL (that is definitely one of their 747's at Terminal 1) reintroduced LGW-JFK services in 1985 and SAS ditched their last 747 in 1987. I'd bet 1987 as there's a Nigeria Airways DC-10 at IAB and IIRC in 1986 (the last year I lived in NYC) they were still using the BA...

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by eta unknown
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 55722

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

So with a fleet of 10 jets, what kind of schedule could they fly on the BNE-MEL-SYD triangle? They could do hourly in theory Not quite. An hourly service for MEL-SYD-MEL requires 4 aircraft and even then the tight turns mean the risk of knock-on delays will result in a terrible OTP performance prob...

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by eta unknown
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 55722

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

[ Also expats coming back to Australia to visit family/friends before heading back out of the country again, in fact some would be excited and looking forward to seeing their loved ones for the once-a-year visit - but yes this would not be the majority though. I'd put that number at almost zero unl...

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by eta unknown
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 55722

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Virgin Australia reportedly told staff today that 400 QLD-based jobs will be made redundant. It's not known how many of those are based in Bowen Hills or at BNE or in regional areas such as lounges which may be closed. But given VA's head office moving to smaller premises in the city as well as axi...

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by eta unknown
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boarding from the Starboard Side
Replies: 26
Views: 5188

Re: Boarding from the Starboard Side

I did deplane a BA L-1011 at JFK once from the starboard side. I can't remember for certain if it was by jetbridge or stairs. We were off schedule and landed in thick fog, requiring a "follow me" guide vehicle to the gate. This used to be common at the BA JFK terminal- I disembarked many ...

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by eta unknown
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA Group News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 533
Views: 18662

Re: SQ flights to LAS, YYZ & ORD and JFK via BRU

Sorry Polaris, but I remember the situation being played out in the press. AC most certainly complained about SQ's trans-atlantic pricing and SQ was indeed kicked out of YYZ- it's actually the reason SQ's JFK inaugural was brought forward. However SQ's YVR services were not affected.

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by eta unknown
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Indonesia Plans DPS-LAX/SFO/PAR/BOM/DEL
Replies: 46
Views: 6775

Re: Garuda Indonesia Plans DPS-LAX/SFO/PAR/BOM/DEL

Guys this is just a fluff piece from GA PR to keep Bali tourism government officials happy- the possibility of any of these routes being reinstated/inaugurated is almost zero. GA came within months of starting LAX about 2 years ago and it never happened- and those were in the good times. As for BOM-...

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by eta unknown
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Swissair Retrenchment
Replies: 4
Views: 1672

Re: Swissair Retrenchment

I remember talking about the new Swiss to the former LAX Station Manager who said, "yes I enjoy doing the same job for 25% less money".

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by eta unknown
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Route Frequency to Hawaii, Pre-747
Replies: 62
Views: 8224

Re: UA Route Frequency to Hawaii, Pre-747

BUF to HNL Non-Stop? How great is that. It never operated. Nor did nonstops from CLE/BOS/PHL/PIT/DTW-HNL. UA only operated nonstops from ORD/JFK/BAL. The BAL flight did a tag to/from PHL; IIRC a DTW tag was done on the ORD flight, although I think it was an on/off thing. And initially, they were al...

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by eta unknown
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc to sell 20 aircraft
Replies: 68
Views: 20218

Re: Royal Air Maroc to sell 20 aircraft

The purpose of GIG/GRU was to transfer pax to BEY/AMM. I would have expected instead the purpose of flying to Brazil was to exploit CMNs location to feed EU rather than AMM/BEY which have much lesser demand for GRU/GIG versus EU. Yes you are also correct- Europe too. They have tried Brazil a few ti...

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by eta unknown
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc to sell 20 aircraft
Replies: 68
Views: 20218

Re: Royal Air Maroc to sell 20 aircraft

The purpose of GIG/GRU was to transfer pax to BEY/AMM.

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by eta unknown
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am questions
Replies: 51
Views: 8748

Re: Pan Am questions

Actually,we opted for LAX-HNL-NAN-SYD (747) and SFO-AKL-SYD (SP). However, CO later operated a bunch of interesting routes in the South Pacific- all of which were almost immediately trashed once their yield management system was installed and they saw how many LON pax they were carrying with an Aust...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 57408

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Sorry if this has been asked before. But when an aircraft is ferried to MHV for storage, how do the flight crews get back to an airport to return home? Presumably by car or van - what other options do you imagine there are? It's only 90 minutes from MHV to downtown LA by road. I think the bigger qu...

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DC 10 configurations
Replies: 24
Views: 6363

Re: DC 10 configurations

Are we sure NZ DC-10's were ever 8 across?

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by eta unknown
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 70796

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

The REX strategy will work if they focus on being REX, ie Regional Express. If they start to target the capital city traffic, I feel they will lose their way. Re Brisbane, just took a look at their route map and am surprised to not see more service northwards... I know a lot of their network in Qld...

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by eta unknown
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 70796

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Now confirmed, Bain Capital will take over Virgin Australia: https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/bain-wins-control-of-virgin-australia I think the most interesting thing about this news is the other bidder pulled out citing Deloitte's behaviour (a similar accusation was made a few weeks before ...

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by eta unknown
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IG (Air Italy) Ending Operations
Replies: 112
Views: 29395

Re: Updated: IG (Air Italy) Ending Operations

Sardinia doesn't need to subsidise an entire airline- just subsidise the routes to the mainland like they currently do and specify a minimum frequency.

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by eta unknown
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lead time to fill a plane reservations-wise
Replies: 25
Views: 3704

Re: Lead time to fill a plane reservations-wise

I was the manager who set the fares in my local market and every carrier I worked for we had a window of 3 months. It used to be longer, but over time the window shortened to just always looking at a constant 90 day forward booking forecast. However, as mentioned at thread start, some markets are no...

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