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Posted 18 June 2018 - 08:23 PM

Fuel costs -- Aviation Week sees increased travel demand and rising fuel costs putting carriers with the right mix of equipment having the advantage.  Carriers with deep pockets have already begun hedging on fuel prices but that benefit will likely fade in a year. Being able to put the more fuel-efficient equipment on long hauls provides the needed flexibility. This may spell future problems for airlines deploying large numbers of the jumbo Airbus 380, leaving those with more twin-engine wide bodies (777, 787, A330, A350) better positioned. The mid-east carriers may be the first to feel the pain. Qatar is also hampered by the on-going air space restrictions enacted by neighboring states, leaving it with a narrow access corridor across the Persian Gulf between Doha and Iran.


World Cup impact -- Many tourists are choosing to stay at home for the duration of world cup fever.


Excerpts from Bangkok Post


Pongpanu Svetarundra, permanent secretary of the Tourism and Sports Ministry, said on Monday the low season, Ramadan and World Cup were among the negative factors weighing on growth.

Of all visitors last month, a majority of 2 million hailed from East Asia, followed by Europe, South Asia, America, Oceania, Middle East and Africa, he said.


“We believe the growth will start accelerating in August, bringing in 3 trillion baht in revenue as targeted,” he said.



Germs on planes -- Consumer Reports health newsletter reports that seat back tables and belt buckles harbor the greatest source of germs and are more effective in spreading bacteria than circulating air. It recommends using alcohol swipes to disinfect. Although it didn't mention remote controls, those are commonly cited as the most contaminated items in hotel rooms.


Visions from the air -- CNN has posted photo array that will be of interest to aviation enthusiasts, including many "boneyard" pics.



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