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Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 239
Views: 34203

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

Can't be true. Simon Calder pronounced this to be impossible, and the A380 dead, in the Indy, earlier this week. :stirthepot: :roll: LOL... I cant stand the guy... most of what he says is a load of tripe. As for Ba and the A380 I'm really surprised they havent got more in their fleet yet. They can ...

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Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to introduce premium economy
Replies: 53
Views: 7739

Re: United to introduce premium economy

dz09 wrote:
are these going to be free for 1k elites?


I doubt it. Its a completely separate cabin with a different service so expect to pony up the cash or miles if you want it.

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Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet is starting to fly from Berlin Tegel
Replies: 60
Views: 8382

Re: EasyJet is starting to fly from Berlin Tegel

Flew D-ABOB on U25565 this afternoon with about 20 other pax! Forward and aft sections were completely empty. Give them some time to establish their operations. It's only been a couple of days... Not only have they been operating less than a week - but lets not forget that they have only been selli...

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Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe is starting the New Year with a brand refresh
Replies: 37
Views: 6143

Re: Flybe is starting the New Year with a brand refresh

TC957 wrote:
I hope Flybe start / reinstate a few more LGW routes.....LPL / NCL / CWL / MAN would be great for the business community.


Unlikely given they sold alot of their LGW slots to easyJet.

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Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet is starting to fly from Berlin Tegel
Replies: 60
Views: 8382

Re: EasyJet is starting to fly from Berlin Tegel

Why is there a need for so many wet lease aircraft? Didn’t the Air Berlin aircraft and crew transfer to easyJet? Firstly they needed to have the aircraft operating in order to secure the slots acquired with the purchase. Secondly all the Air Berlin crews need to be interviewed and meet easyjets rec...

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Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reveals its biggest ever year of growth in 2018
Replies: 95
Views: 13392

Re: Norwegian reveals its biggest ever year of growth in 2018

The only reason people are flying DY across the Atlantic is because of price. Don't kid yourself otherwise. Being from NYC I personally have never found DY to be significantly cheaper than legacies especially when considering bag fees as well. Now the legacies like DL and KL/AF and soon to be VS wi...

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Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet in 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 5167

Re: EasyJet in 2018

Nickd92 wrote:
The question then is - when they are going to put all these routes on sale etc? Because they are leaving it a bit later with the peak sales period already started for Summer 18.


I thought the peak sales period was the first few weeks in January after New Year?

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Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet in 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 5167

Re: EasyJet in 2018

LGW, MXP and ORY There are many, many more EasyJet bases than 'just' the three that you decided to add! EasyJet Wikipedia page under destinations has all the bases listed and there are many of them :-) I was talking about the Worldwide by easyjet connection service. It is NOT offered at all bases.

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Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet in 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 5167

Re: EasyJet in 2018

ahj2000 wrote:
f4f3a wrote:
Worldwide...for EasyJet? And if this is The next worldwide hub, what are the existing ones?



LGW, MXP and ORY

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Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has Greece disappeared as a transatlantic destination?
Replies: 118
Views: 19247

Re: Has Greece disappeared as a destination?

I think not having a true International airline promoting Greece worldwide hasnt helped. By example imagine Qatar didnt have Qatar - who would have heard of Doha? Greece has so much more to offer than an "airline". People know its history, food, olympics, islands etc So that encourages pe...

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Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which airlines have Airbus and Boeing done custom modifications for?
Replies: 112
Views: 15623

Re: Which airlines have Airbus and Boeing done custom modifications for?

easyJet had the A319 with 2 overwing exits on each side. Why it makes it harder to resell, the OWEED frames are already there from the A320 design. Just not the added wight after cutout & installation. The A321 3 door, dual OWEED config also just has them cutout & activated. Would be intere...

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Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which airlines have Airbus and Boeing done custom modifications for?
Replies: 112
Views: 15623

Re: Which airlines have Airbus and Boeing done custom modifications for?

easyJet had the A319 with 2 overwing exits on each side.

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Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question - When did BA drop LHR-BGI?
Replies: 7
Views: 2355

Re: Question - When did BA drop LHR-BGI?

I believe VS also operated some BGI flights from LHR in the past as well.

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Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet
Replies: 14
Views: 3732

Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Given Norwegian can get feed from easyJet at LGW I presume these will be used for more long haul expansion from LGW. Its one market where I am sure their long haul is profitable (or has the potential to be profitable).

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Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet announces dozens of new routes for S18 (12/12/17)
Replies: 17
Views: 4102

Re: easyJet announces dozens of new routes for S18 (12/12/17)

petertenthije wrote:
Surprising to see nothing to/from Germany considering they took over part of Air Berlin.


The TXL summer schedule will be out in January I believe.

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryan air pilots-labor dispute
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: Ryan air pilots-labor dispute

Given Ryanair pilots are leaving in droves, get rubbish pay, have to pay for the uniforms etc etc it doesnt surprise me that they are going on strike. It surprises me how long its taken for them to get to this point. Its not just Ireland that is looking at strikes it is also Italy and Germany amongs...

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet announces dozens of new routes for S18 (12/12/17)
Replies: 17
Views: 4102

Re: easyJet announces dozens of new routes for S18 (12/12/17)

FlyRow wrote:
No ams, usually you see one or two routes adder there too.


I believe the AMS growth in 2018 is just adding frequencies to existing destinations. But the growth in AMS has been slowed due to the (artificial) lack of available slots now at the airport.

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Some unions representing FR pilots in Europe are announcing strikes
Replies: 26
Views: 3301

Re: MoL and the Unions, a poisened relationship.......

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/irish-ryanair-pilots-plan-strike-on-december-20th-1.3324473 "The company warned that any pilots taking part would be in breach of the Dublin base agreement and would lose benefits such as five-days-on, four-days-off rosters. Is this a n...

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels: Why such a big chaos with so little snow
Replies: 44
Views: 8647

Re: BRUSSELS: WHY SUCH A BIG CHAOS WITH SO LITTLE SNOW?

AMS was no better. I believe LHR and FRA also had problems. Sunday and Monday saw many cancellations and it wasn't just because of the snow but also the winds.

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Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1539
Views: 71770

Re: Brexit - EU position

EU and UK seems to have agreed... So what is the conclusion? € 55 Billion EU and UK citizens protected in EU27 and UK Irish border seems to be like was agreed a week ago, nut no solution described. Is this closer to Remain or Leave a year ago? Now thiss was the beginning of the end what canxpect fr...

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Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet announces routes from Berlin-Tegel
Replies: 34
Views: 6494

Re: EasyJet announces routes from Berlin-Tegel

That will probably become a FR route. Where do you expect FR to get the TXL slots? Fr said they want to base planes there. What FR say and do are 2 different things :p Easyjet have paid to get access to 25 aircraft and the associated slots. They are also wetleasing aircraft to hold onto those slots...

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Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to lease 4 A332's to cover 789 downtime
Replies: 183
Views: 52738

Re: VS to lease 4 A332's to cover 789 downtime

I think VS when it ordered the A330's had probably decided it didn't want the A380's. Ordering the A380 was another publicity stunt from Branson at the time. Wanting casinos and bars etc etc. I think when VS ordered A380's LHR was still closed to competition via the Bermuda agreement. Once Bermuda ...

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Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet announces routes from Berlin-Tegel
Replies: 34
Views: 6494

Re: EasyJet announces routes from Berlin-Tegel

runway23 wrote:
I’d say the real surprise is the lack of TXL-CGN it is the glaring major domestic route pair which is missing.


Its just the initial schedule for JAN/FEB/MAR... It might appear in the summer schedule when the bulk of flights will be operated. This is just the startup schedule.

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Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet announces routes from Berlin-Tegel
Replies: 34
Views: 6494

Re: EasyJet announces routes from Berlin-Tegel

I think the largest surprise here is (if you exempt MXP, CDG) the lack of connectivity to their largest hubs (LGW, GVA, LTN) or others of significant size (MAN, BRS, NCE, LYS, NAP, VCE, AMS). There's pretty much almost no overlap at this stage with SXF which is quite interesting seeing the potentia...

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Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet announces routes from Berlin-Tegel
Replies: 34
Views: 6494

Re: EasyJet announces routes from Berlin-Tegel

€ 50,00 is roughly € 42 net VAT from which departure tax and fumvling fee have to be paid. Plus all other costs, there's not much left to cover that, Besides, LH matches that with their lowest fares. I presume its similar to the UK domestic routes and the high APD per ticket. But its worth remember...

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Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet announces routes from Berlin-Tegel
Replies: 34
Views: 6494

Re: EasyJet announces routes from Berlin-Tegel

I would say beside CTA, PMI and PFO, which are warm-water holiday-destinations, these are all classical city-connections, from the cities main airports. Not your typical LCC routes. https://imgur.com/gallery/SJY0F?s=wa Easyjet fly on lots of typical city routes and operate from the main airports in...

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Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to lease 4 A332's to cover 789 downtime
Replies: 183
Views: 52738

Re: VS to lease 4 A332's to cover 789 downtime

Going by Jethro's fleet listings, Virgin have received 14 789's with 3 more to come in 2018 and further options up to 20. Does anyone see the type 'breaking out' of the LHR network and being deployed elsewhere, perhaps at MAN or within the leisure fleet ? I know the A350 will displace the leisure f...

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Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X slashes capacity to Sydney, Perth and Gold Coast as focus shifts from Australia to Asia
Replies: 19
Views: 3442

Re: AirAsia X slashes capacity to Sydney, Perth and Gold Coast as focus shifts from Australia to Asia

Given the numerous incidents they have had recently I wouldn't be surprised if it has put some people off flying them.

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Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin-Tegel after Air Berlin
Replies: 17
Views: 2940

Re: Berlin-Tegel after Air Berlin

Ho many a/c did Air Berlin have at TXL? Easyjet are starting operating upto 25 aircraft from January so I'd expect to see alot of orange tails around in time as they ramp up their own services from the wetleases.

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Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 348
Views: 38171

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2017

JOYA380B747 wrote:
sand26391 wrote:
Also BIAL is in talks with a 'Western European' carrier and wants them to start flights from BLR from WS'18.


VS or KL ?


Forget VS - Cant see them dropping one of their existing flights and LHR slots to try and get BLR to work. Heck they couldn't even get BOM to work.

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Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 959
Views: 156734

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

Was watching Volle Kanne on TV this morning. They had a report on former Air Berlin married couple workers who were very unhappy with the conditions of employment offered for Eurowings. Well I guess no one is forcing them to go and work for eurowings. Perhaps they can go and apply for easyJet or Ry...

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Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Two PAX, one seat
Replies: 7
Views: 879

Re: Two PAX, one seat

I had an easyjet flight today. I was already in my seat when a girl comes and says “this is my seat”. So we checked the boarding passes (both of us had them as Passes in the iPhone Wallet) and we had the same seat. She told a FA and he did not seem surprised. He just reallocated her to another seat...

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Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How often are airlines operating flights with small load factors?
Replies: 34
Views: 7624

Re: Small Load Factor

Ive been on a VS 747 from Orlando with 17 pac before... more pax than crew!

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Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed
Replies: 101
Views: 26153

Re: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed

I can't believe they are going ahead in this day and age with that J config either. It should be direct aisle access these days. I'm not sure why they are bothering spending the cash to refit with such an inferior product.

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Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Joon A320 emerged from paint
Replies: 53
Views: 10575

Re: First Joon A320 emerged from paint

The AFKL has too many brands as it is. Air France, KLM, Cityhopper, Hop!, Transavia, Martinair (cargo) and now Joon. Joon replaces AF on certain routes - it doenst have cheaper flight crew only cheaper cabin crew- is it really wise to replace AF on routes like TXL with an offering specifically targe...

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Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Johan Lundgren appointed CEO for easyJet
Replies: 54
Views: 5716

Re: Johan Lundgren appointed CEO for easyJet

I thought the other Tui stalwart - Chris Browne, would have got this. But good luck to Johan. Will Stelios like him though??? Dont think it matters much as he is not the majority owner anymore. Stellios has pretty much been against everything easyjet management has done for the past 6 or 7 years.

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Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norwegian's market
Replies: 44
Views: 8001

Re: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norweigians Market

VS is going to replace all of its 4-holers - the eight 747-400s and seven A340-600s - with fuel-efficient A350-1000s. VS's business model is a bit different to BA's in that for a long time the Virgin Group's Virgin Holidays has played a major part in the success of the airline. In addition, VS has ...

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Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norwegian's market
Replies: 44
Views: 8001

Re: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norweigians Market

Lots of information about IAG’s strategy here ; http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9MzkzMjE1fENoaWxkSUQ9LTF8VHlwZT0z&t=1&cb=636452658710557042 BA will be offering less Y class in future as they downsize from the 747s to A350 and 787 at LHR. LEVEL will be the long haul...

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Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will QF/NZ ever restart HKG-LHR-HKG?
Replies: 28
Views: 4033

Re: Will QF/NZ ever restart HKG-LHR-HKG?

I'm actually surprised that VS has lasted this long. I imagine HKG is right up there as one of the most important business routes ex. LHR, with the likes of JFK and LAX so if VS were to drop it it would come as a shock to me. If VS can't make LHR-HKG work, they may as well shut down the company. Sa...

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Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will QF/NZ ever restart HKG-LHR-HKG?
Replies: 28
Views: 4033

Re: Will QF/NZ ever restart HKG-LHR-HKG?

I would say unlikely. But yes you are right, at one time I believe there was somewhere in the region of 11 flights a day between LHR and HKG. An amazing number. I remember BA operated 3 daily and VS two daily during its boom years. NZ sent their 747 on the route. I remember taking that flight and h...

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Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?
Replies: 31
Views: 6637

Re: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?

Their slots had been chaotically scattered through the week and through the clock. They didn't have any series of 5, 6 or even 7 weekly slot pairs at ANY airport. So how were Monarch running up to 3 daily flights on some routes if they didn't have any slots 'up to 5,6 or 7 weekly'? Or were they pig...

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Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?
Replies: 119
Views: 20914

Re: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?

USAOZ wrote:
SYD/HNL, MEL/HNL both nonstop with JQ. At HNL they turn around & go back to OZ. Similarly with other low costs such as Scoot at SIN.


These routes were previously operated by a 330 so not made possible by the 787.

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Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could BMI have survived?
Replies: 53
Views: 7564

Re: Could BMI have survived?

Next up will be VS I believe. They've been struggling since Bermuda 2 was scrapped. If you add up the losses since 2008 it wipes out any profit they've made since launch. The are on track for a 90m loss this year and Branson has just sold out 31% to AFKL leaving him with just a 19% shareholding. Ho...

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Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could BMI have survived?
Replies: 53
Views: 7564

Re: Could BMI have survived?

There you go. As we've seen recently with Monarch, these airlines (when privately owned) become the play-things of their owners. They exist only to advance their own agendas and games. They plan it all out with escape routes if they need them. Next up will be VS I believe. They've been struggling s...

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Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Crossing the Atlantic for $100 (Norwegian BDL-EDI)
Replies: 20
Views: 14103

Re: Crossing the Atlantic for $100 (Norwegian BDL-EDI)

Very interesting & witty report on these very random trans Atlantic routes with Norwegian. The fare was unbelievable but I'd worry about how long will these routes last ? Especially mid winter ! I actually would like to try a 737 across the pond - just for fun of course ! Cheers Currently it se...

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Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 527
Views: 136093

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

Italy supplies additional EUR 300mil bridge loan to fund the airline. Offer deadline extended till April 30, 2018. http://www.ansa.it/english/news/politics/2017/10/13/alitalia-to-get-300-mn-more-3_afe401a1-38ea-46e5-8ac8-bf511ad904ed.html https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/10/13/business/13reuter...

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Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines mulls sale to another airline
Replies: 25
Views: 4861

Re: Malaysia Airlines mulls sale to another airline

MH seems to be in decline by cutting services and annoying their passengers... so seems a better fit for IAG :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How long until we see flat seat in premium Econ?
Replies: 26
Views: 2187

Re: How long until we see flat seat in premium Econ?

Although not a US Airline, KLM still has three classes on their 747s and probably some other types. KLM do not have 3 classes of service. As noted above they have Business & Economy. In the Economy (comfort) cabin they have a few rows with some extra centimetres of leg room. The fare sold is st...

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Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is easyJet scared of Ryanair so much and whats the strategy?
Replies: 3
Views: 1926

Re: Why is easyJet scared of Ryanair so much and whats the strategy?

Easyjet have a strategy that they want to be either #1 at a base or #2 against a weak legacy carrier. With Madrid I believe they pulled out due to labour issues and FCO I believe the pulled out after Vueling set up and the Terminal fire which caused havoc on operations. Re wifi - not many EU airline...

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Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 40434

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

Has anything been officially released about what LH is getting?

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