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  1. I’m trying to figure out who that Emirates DUB – PTY flight is geared towards. I can’t see that there’s a huge market for this. Sure: Latin America is booming, what with the many (like myself) who are retiring/investing/moving there, and the new transcontinental/tranoceanic canal being built in Nicaragua, and the emergence of Colombia as the ‘in’ place, as well as PTY being a major business hub, and the many FTAs (free trade agreements) ….Any explanation for this?

  2. Spoke to a couple of CM contacts — they would only say that there will be an announcement “soon”. They also alluded to EK signing a major contract “for the belly” (cargo) and that CM would likely be handling the logistics. Who knows? Latinos love chismos (rumors)!

    Two immediate thoughts — will AS let us book these flights? And where the heck are they going to put a lounge? The Copa Club (nee United Club nee President’s Club) is a dump. I guess they could throw some of the “restaurants” out of the food court but then we’d be back to starving during connections and irrops.

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