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by eta unknown
Tue May 25, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 115
Views: 23007

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

... Simplifying fleet moving forward: Airbus A330-800 - 4 Airbus A330-900 - 14 Boeing 737 MAX 8 - 50 Total - 68 The A330-800 order was firmed up only recently (March 2021) with Airbus after the latter disclosing it's name behind the unnamed customer LOI signed back in 2019. GA would have cancelled ...

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by eta unknown
Sun May 23, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 42816

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Can't be rehired. IIRC QF many years ago had this clause (I knew a guy from revenue management who did some contract YM work at our carrier): you couldn't be rehired within 2 years. I believe Garuda in Australia has a slightly different clause: you can't come back into exactly the same job (so if yo...

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by eta unknown
Sat May 22, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 42816

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Also on the jobs front, from https://newsroom.virginaustralia.com/release/virgin-australia-group-create-new-jobs-part-domestic-growth-plans-connect-communities-more Last month Virgin Australia announced more than 220 cabin crew would return to the skies from the airline’s discontinued long-haul int...

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by eta unknown
Thu May 20, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biden and Europe/UK travel ban.
Replies: 7
Views: 1666

Re: Biden and Europe/UK travel ban.

Lack of expected reciprocity would be my guess. Fred Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Actually that's not correct. The EU will permit vaccinated Americans to visit. The problem is not many Europeans have been vaccinated (but hey, don't let that stop you from visiting as we need your tourist dollars...

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by eta unknown
Mon May 17, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 42816

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

IIRC the PER-MRU & MRU-JNB flights did not connect in one direction.

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by eta unknown
Thu May 13, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL cuts MNL?
Replies: 67
Views: 10080

Re: DL cuts MNL?

I think American Airlnes will open a MNL-SFO/LAX/JFK service. It can be a codeshare or joint venture with Philippine Airlines, AA can pave the way for PR to join Oneworld when the pandemic is over anytime soon. Joining alliances costs millions of dollars- money PR doesn't have. You also have to upg...

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by eta unknown
Wed May 12, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Impossible turnaround time scheduling?
Replies: 6
Views: 2516

Re: Impossible turnaround time scheduling?

Off topic, at one point intime TG scheduled a BKK-BNE-BKK 777-300 to be turned around in BNE in just over an hour... full cabin cleaning, catering, pax debarking and boarding for the return... no guesses how long that schedule lasted. Aggressive but possible. We regularly turn around widebodies in ...

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by eta unknown
Wed May 12, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Round the world airlines
Replies: 25
Views: 3682

Re: Round the world airlines

If you add Air France and UTA together, you might be able to construct a francophone circumnavigation but I’ll leave that to the experts. For sure UTA flew to Sydney via the Americas and Pacific. It was possible to go around the world with UTA, but not on the same flight number. Towards the end of ...

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by eta unknown
Wed May 12, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Round the world airlines
Replies: 25
Views: 3682

Re: Round the world airlines

BOAC flew to Australia via Asia and via the Americas, can’t recite the routes because they were so diverse. They even had a route that didn’t touch Europe, which was Tokyo to Johannesburg via Hong Kong, Colombo, Seychelles and Nairobi, by VC-10. Ah yes, the TYO-JNB route by VC-10. I always wondered...

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by eta unknown
Mon May 10, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Impossible turnaround time scheduling?
Replies: 6
Views: 2516

Re: Impossible turnaround time scheduling?

Off topic, at one point intime TG scheduled a BKK-BNE-BKK 777-300 to be turned around in BNE in just over an hour... full cabin cleaning, catering, pax debarking and boarding for the return... no guesses how long that schedule lasted.

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by eta unknown
Tue May 04, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 142
Views: 14874

Re: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?

Business class upstairs in a 747-100/200 was like a private jet... economy was OK too, but not so... private.
I forgot to add AR 747-200 to my list... the memory of that flight was so awful I blanked it out!

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by eta unknown
Tue May 04, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Emirates to Las Vegas? When?
Replies: 13
Views: 3027

Re: Emirates to Las Vegas? When?

As for QR to LAS, there was never any real consideration for DOH-LAS, it was looking at the option of DOH-LUX-LAS or DOH-DUB-LAS. What do you mean they never had any real consideration for DOH-LAS? Qatar had a press release for nonstop DOH-LAS and was selling tickets for it. "In response to pa...

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by eta unknown
Tue May 04, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2539
Views: 343468

Re: Southwest's Top Ten Connecting Airports

Doubt it could work in summer- temperatures in LAS too hot to make it to HNL. I remember when HA inherited the DL 767's- they couldn't be used on LAS daylight flights- only after midnight when the temperature dipped.

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by eta unknown
Mon May 03, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are some countries banning crews depending on their recent air trips?
Replies: 15
Views: 3297

Re: Are some countries banning crews depending on their recent air trips?

Back to the OP: any country that takes such action against flight crews does so at their own peril. At my airline we have told countries we’ll simply stop flying there and reallocate that capacity elsewhere when they have proposed certain things like that. My opinion on that, if it were indeed the ...

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by eta unknown
Mon May 03, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2539
Views: 343468

Re: Southwest's Top Ten Connecting Airports

https://simpleflying.com/southwest-transit-passengers/ Shows what 2 years and a pandemic can do to one carrier's network strategy. 1. Surprised LAS is as high as it is. I would have thought that was more of an O&D station. I would have thought PHX would be higher. 2. Wouldn't be surprised to se...

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by eta unknown
Fri Apr 30, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why WN does not fly to Canada --
Replies: 97
Views: 15838

Re: Why WN does not fly to Canada --

With regards to AA on LAX-YYZ, there may have been a significant amount of QF connection traffic. However, in recent years AC flew daily YVR-SYD/BNE and also had a MEL service that could have eaten into the route performance, especially if the traffic was more Canada than Australia POS.

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by eta unknown
Fri Apr 30, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why WN does not fly to Canada --
Replies: 97
Views: 15838

Re: Why WN does not fly to Canada --

The article says that WN's president said it was. That sounds pretty authoritative to me. Doesn't mean that's the truth lol, as others have stated on here Typical a.net response there. What very many say on here is also usually very far from the truth. I hate to break this to you, but you need to l...

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by eta unknown
Fri Apr 30, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US3 International Employees
Replies: 37
Views: 5818

Re: US3 International Employees

I have wondered how much of an impact this had on TW & PA as they had traditionally had more local staffing than today's model has. As deregulation came along and other carriers entered routes but with a lower staffing cost in the local market...part of that must have played into ability to rem...

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by eta unknown
Fri Apr 30, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US3 International Employees
Replies: 37
Views: 5818

Re: US3 International Employees

I remember during the NW days, NW would have their own employees stationed in NRT, since it was technically a hub. They also had Asian based flight attendants assisting the US based flight attendants on flights to/from NRT. I believe the reason behind that was the Japanese customer was very picky w...

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by eta unknown
Thu Apr 29, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US3 International Employees
Replies: 37
Views: 5818

Re: US3 International Employees

I have wondered how much of an impact this had on TW & PA as they had traditionally had more local staffing than today's model has. As deregulation came along and other carriers entered routes but with a lower staffing cost in the local market...part of that must have played into ability to rem...

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by eta unknown
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why WN does not fly to Canada --
Replies: 97
Views: 15838

Re: Why WN does not fly to Canada --

"Point of sale" has different definitions depending on the airline. Some carriers are much more pedantic about cross border sales than others. If I'm in the USA and I want to buy a ticket from London to Tokyo, the Qantas and Lufthansa websites will force me onto their UK sites and charge m...

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by eta unknown
Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAM and Interflug to Maputo
Replies: 8
Views: 2038

Re: LAM and Interflug to Maputo

I flew the MPM-CDG sector with LAM in 1991 on the DC-10 (brown seat covers with Mozambican artworks of people on the middle cabin dividers). I remember passing the long closed IF office in MPM- bare shelves inside, but the logo outside the door. From memory TM was operating to LIS, MAD, CDG, CPH and...

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by eta unknown
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1711
Views: 408594

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

Alitalia staff have now not received their April salaries on time- don't know if they are still waiting for the second half of their March payments. The clock continues to run down on saving what will be left of AZ into the new ITA. AZ administrators and EU Brussels continue to clash on separating t...

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by eta unknown
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mahan Air reactivates world's last 747-300 passenger service aircraft
Replies: 15
Views: 6440

Re: Mahan Air reactivates world's last 747-300 passenger service aircraft

TC957 wrote:
One does wonder how they got around the sanctions when it comes to obtaining parts.

Have you not wondered how Iran Air kept their 747's airworthy for 30+ years? As correctly posted above, they manufacture their own parts.

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by eta unknown
Mon Apr 26, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Aeroflot still going to launch their Asian expansion (BOM, KIX and SIN)?
Replies: 6
Views: 957

Re: Is Aeroflot still going to launch their Asian expansion (BOM, KIX and SIN)?

IIRC SU also did very well on the SIN-India sector with their IL-62's in the 80's.

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by eta unknown
Mon Apr 26, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Soviet Airliners at Kai Tak?
Replies: 2
Views: 978

Re: Soviet Airliners at Kai Tak?

I can't say I remember any, but the hey dey would have been the late 70's early 80's... plenty of Soviet aircraft down the road in BKK, HAN, etc, but not HKG. The most likely candidate would have been CAAC, but they sent Tridents and 707's. Carriers that used Soviet aircraft mainly flew routes that ...

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by eta unknown
Sun Apr 25, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters
Replies: 52
Views: 12022

Re: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters

I don't think you can put PA in the same category as BI, GA, MH. PA existed to make money and occasionally they had to do things they didn't want to in order to be on the good side of the govt... the Air Zaire 747 lease being one example. Remember back then airfares will usually only full fare first...

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by eta unknown
Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters
Replies: 52
Views: 12022

Re: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters

Definitely an interesting time in history. The unpleasant nature of living in the DDR must have been hard on East Germans, who likely wanted to travel and see the world, but then how many of them could acquire exit visas, and of those, how many were there? I imagine that Interflug would have been u...

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by eta unknown
Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters
Replies: 52
Views: 12022

Re: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters

Some of the Eastern bloc carriers (LO, OK, RO, SU) had very infrequent service to JFK/YMX- often only twice/week. I don't know if the crew stayed in hotels or in the consulates. Gander: IIRC the flights with the largest number of defectors were on Cubana. As correctly stated upthread, the probabilit...

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by eta unknown
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas expects A380 fleet to return
Replies: 71
Views: 15693

Re: Qantas expects A380 fleet to return

OCT is extremely unlikely- the Govt. will no longer give a timeline for people to be vaccinated. Plus there's the return quarantine problem and let's be honest- people will leave their houses if told to self quarantine at home. Given this situation I can't see any role for the A380 in the short term.

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by eta unknown
Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747 over wing exit's deactivated (1980's)
Replies: 21
Views: 4706

Re: Boeing 747 over wing exit's deactivated (1980's)

IIRC the door 3 deactivation authorisation ended (or was reversed) because of the "60 foot" rule, requiring no two exit pairs to be more than 60 apart. Some if not all aircraft had the doors 3 reactivated. Airbus attempted to challenge this with the A340-600 (something like 72 feet if no ...

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by eta unknown
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747 over wing exit's deactivated (1980's)
Replies: 21
Views: 4706

Re: Boeing 747 over wing exit's deactivated (1980's)

Number of emergency exits available will determine the number of pax allowed. I would imagine BA and CX had low-density seating but not too sure about KL... but I was only around when they flew the -300s. Alitalia had a 17 (or wwas it 15?) pallet combi and if I am not mistaken doors 3/4/5 L and R w...

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by eta unknown
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747 over wing exit's deactivated (1980's)
Replies: 21
Views: 4706

Re: Boeing 747 over wing exit's deactivated (1980's)

trex8 wrote:
IIRC they were 9 across seating too in those days, so never close to the max capacity. I was on a BA one once, but didnt sit close to the blocked off doors.

When door 3 was deactivated everybody was 10 across- I think the only holdouts in the 80's were SA & SR.

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by eta unknown
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747 over wing exit's deactivated (1980's)
Replies: 21
Views: 4706

Re: Boeing 747 over wing exit's deactivated (1980's)

BA, KL, CX and TG deactivated door 3. However, TG changed their minds soon after and re-activated door 3.

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by eta unknown
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are flights under 100 miles profitable?
Replies: 31
Views: 3136

Re: Are flights under 100 miles profitable?

*Flights between two major cities in close proximity where there is a lot of local commuter traffic. Boston/NYC shuttle flights as well as California. But again, this can only work if there's no viable alternative available. The US, even in it's most dense populated areas such as the Boston / New Y...

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by eta unknown
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLAS Terminal and Future Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 3044

Re: KLAS Terminal and Future Discussion

It's part passenger numbers and carrier size. An airline like F9 doesn't have the same clout to refuse to move. As for CO/UA (had they already merged?) maybe they needed the T3 space to expand. IIRC the only disagreement was with HA when they still operated from the old international terminal- they ...

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by eta unknown
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Affirmative Action in Airlines
Replies: 54
Views: 4771

Re: Affirmative Action in Airlines

As per the OP question,I believe Air India (as a govt. dept.) is required to participate in such a program, the result being you now have some cabin crew who can barely speak English and really shouldn't be there (although it would help if the company gave these staff English language lessons).

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by eta unknown
Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS appoints Avianca's Anko Van der Werff as CEO
Replies: 37
Views: 5616

Re: SAS considering Alex Cruz for CEO

Not entirely true. SAS don't have a business class on European flights. SAS Plus on Intra-european flights is often, wrongly, being classified as a business class product by some passengers, it is exactly like SAS Plus on longhaul: a premium economy product. On every single booking engine and codes...

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by eta unknown
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1711
Views: 408594

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

Yes & no... what was left of Olympic that was privatized and sold to Aegean was nothing more than a commuter operation.

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by eta unknown
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS appoints Avianca's Anko Van der Werff as CEO
Replies: 37
Views: 5616

Re: SAS considering Alex Cruz for CEO

Perhaps a better explanation is it's a super crap intra-Europe business class In my experience, that is usually the case at airlines that hide the names of the classes behind confusing and vague terms, rather than just the clear and obvious "economy", "premium economy" and "...

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by eta unknown
Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS appoints Avianca's Anko Van der Werff as CEO
Replies: 37
Views: 5616

Re: SAS considering Alex Cruz for CEO

Not entirely true. SAS don't have a business class on European flights. SAS Plus on Intra-european flights is often, wrongly, being classified as a business class product by some passengers, it is exactly like SAS Plus on longhaul: a premium economy product. On every single booking engine and codes...

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by eta unknown
Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1711
Views: 408594

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

But then again would LHG/IAG/AFKL really want to take over AZ? Probably not. During the Conte govt. administration, LH at one point said they would be interested with one very clear caveat: the govt. has to fire 50% of the workers BEFORE LH takes over. In other words, don't expect LH to do your dir...

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by eta unknown
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1711
Views: 408594

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

Latest AZ saga news: 1. AZ staff only received 50% of their March salaries 2. The EU is insisting AZ separate their ground handling and maintenance divisions from the new company. Also, there are some branding issues (new company can't have the AZ name for free) and some LIN slots will need to be gi...

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by eta unknown
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will WN join an Alliance?
Replies: 37
Views: 3402

Re: Will WN join an Alliance?

When your home market is 350 million people and the largest aircraft you operate is a 737 you don't need to codeshare or join an alliance. This is also an airline that wont display their fares on OTA sites.

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by eta unknown
Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 44767

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

When the airline markets itself as a full service premium carrier I would expect to be able to get a hot drink especially when Rex and Virgin both offer it. And its not about going an hour without a hot drink - it's the airline marketing itself as something it clearly is not. You mention I'm not tr...

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by eta unknown
Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 453
Views: 110813

Re: Thai Airways News and Discussion Thread

Keen to hear an update on which destinations will survive and which will be ditched or suspended. That may help us to get a more accurate picture of the projected fleet composition. There are so many destinations listed as terminated on the Wiki site about Thai. I am particularly curious as to what...

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by eta unknown
Wed Mar 31, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How are flight crews positioned for non-daily overseas service?
Replies: 11
Views: 2326

Re: How are flight crews positioned for non-daily overseas service?

And sometimes these allowances spin out of control and become so large it affects the route profitability: the former Qantas FRA route springs to mind.

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by eta unknown
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 48596

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

There’s an old adage that if you’re hungry you’ll eat sh!t. $7.50 noodles in a cup is less than sh!t. I think it’s pretty woeful, personally. I’d rather pay $9/$10/$12 and get a decent fresh sandwich in lieu of a poor student meal. I stopped flying DJ/VA years ago when I was denied a ham/cheese/tom...

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by eta unknown
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which realistic routes do you want to see announced?
Replies: 53
Views: 5403

Re: Which realistic routes do you want to see announced?

Is Broome designated as an international airport? There may have been some charter flights in the past, but the airline has to pick up the immigration facilities tab. I believe Port Hedland has the designation, but Australian Immigration will only agree to process about 100 pax per flight. Frontier/...

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