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by opticalilyushin
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of Air Canada expansion in the UK?
Replies: 46
Views: 6318

Re: Possibility of Air Canada expansion in the UK?

BFS, GLA and CWL (thrown into the mix as it's my local airport) were all previously served by Zoom. Only a couple of flights to BFS and CWL a week, and a CWL-BFS-YVR split flight as well. GLA I think was higher frequency to Canada. I remember dispatching those YVR-BFS-CWL-BFS-YVR flights :) Belfast...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85684, fully recovered, last flight this week..
Replies: 22
Views: 5810

Re: Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85684, fully recovered, last flight this week..

VirginFlyer wrote:
Was this the last Tu-154 in scheduled airline service?

V/F


There is one remaining Tu154 staying in service, also with Alrosa. Incidentally I taxied past the "Izhma" yesterday in Novosibirsk, where engineers were busy working on it.

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport announcement/staff in different languages
Replies: 15
Views: 624

Re: Airport announcement/staff in different languages

I wouldn't expect to hear much in any native language in Scandenavia/The Nordic countries, as so many people there have an excellent grasp of English. I guess even KLM, who only do their safety demo in English (granted other announcements are in Dutch)

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2200
Views: 49189

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

Random question, but what happens to the NI border in a no-deal scanario, where TM rejects the EU backstop plan? What happens to any border when both sides disagree on what should be done? On the day of Brexit will there be delays? Carnage? Traffic able to flow 1 way but not another? Curious, as a c...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Iran Air still take delivery of Airbus aircraft?
Replies: 40
Views: 7778

Re: Will Iran Air still take delivery of Airbus aircraft?

Trump's bullying tactic already has the other superpowers of the world up in arms, frankly I'd say the EU etc. should call his bluff and trade anyway, because if he does later impose sanctions on Airbus (as an example) for selling second hand/stored planes, Trump will then have all the major airline...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EI Belfast City to JFK with the A321LR?
Replies: 20
Views: 4635

Re: EI Belfast City to JFK with the A321LR

The runway at BHD is too short to support a transatlantic flight. Technically incorrect, they could facilitate the same service that Westjet operates from Dublin-St. Johns-Toronto on the 73G. I don’t think so - even some BHD-mainland Europe flights need to be weight restricted to get off the ground...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EI Belfast City to JFK with the A321LR?
Replies: 20
Views: 4635

Re: EI Belfast City to JFK with the A321LR

The runway at BHD is too short to support a transatlantic flight. Technically incorrect, they could facilitate the same service that Westjet operates from Dublin-St. Johns-Toronto on the 73G. Indeed I hope routes like this OP come to pass, in this case perhaps from BFS as the runway is long enough ...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Part 6 (Final) trip to Kyrgyzstan - Back from Bishkek to London via Istanbul
Replies: 8
Views: 2342

Re: Part 6 (Final) trip to Kyrgyzstan - Back from Bishkek to London via Istanbul

Fantastic pics! I visited Kyrgyzstan early this year whilst on a 3 week Central Asia trip, and I really fell in love with the scenery, Bishkek and the people. I'm sorry and surprised to hear about the bribes though.

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat Airbus A310 problems?
Replies: 20
Views: 5841

Re: Air Transat Airbus A310 problems?

It was fun browsing through the flight lists. I didn't know they operated YUL-YYZ and Quebec on A310. I guess its like a tag on which makes sense. A fun way to fly an A310 if you don't want or need to cross the pond. I was booked to fly YYZ-YUL on one in Feb next year, specifically on a flight that...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Turkish Airlines could start flying to Australia in 2019 with B787-9
Replies: 80
Views: 10678

Re: Turkish Airlines to Australia in 2019 with B787-9

Would they have the rights to (for example) fly 3x daily IST-PER, with each one continuing on to SYD, MEL and BNE?

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?
Replies: 42
Views: 5972

Re: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?

There is a much bigger demand for new aircraft in this size catagory in places like Scotland and Norway, where airlines are looking to replace their ageing Saabs and smaller Dash 8s with something that is suited to high cycle, multi sector hops out of short runways in extreme winter weather conditi...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?
Replies: 42
Views: 5972

Re: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?

The sub-50 seat market is hard to crack in the US due to union agreements, distances involved between airports, and even down to things like most airports having nice long runways. There is a much bigger demand for new aircraft in this size catagory in places like Scotland and Norway, where airlines...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Iran Air still take delivery of Airbus aircraft?
Replies: 40
Views: 7778

Re: Will Iran Air still take delivery of Airbus aircraft?

Or more recently (can't remember the operator or airframes involved), but some used jets were sold to a paper airline based in central Asia, Kazakhstan, i think. They flew through Iranian airspace, when suddenly an emergency was declared and they diverted into Tehran. The staff were already waiting ...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin livery A320 spotted at DUB?
Replies: 17
Views: 4068

Re: Air Berlin livery A320 spotted at DUB?

I recently flew with Eurowings from Dublin to Cologne, operated by Tui, in full Air Berlin colours..talk about identity crisis! ;-) Joking aside, as mentioned above, painting a fleet is a slow and expensive job, and given the massive void left by the AB demise, Eurowings were definitely right to get...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Iran Air still take delivery of Airbus aircraft?
Replies: 40
Views: 7778

Re: Will Iran Air still take delivery of Airbus aircraft?

Aircraft can change hands several times, so a 'Western' airline can sell to some start-up/paper/shell company in good faith, and then it is sold to another company, and so on, and so forth, along with several reg changes. The original aircraft owner is not to blame, and would be completely unaware o...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA drops Tehran from 23 September 2018
Replies: 140
Views: 11990

Re: BA drops Tehran from 23 September 2018

I'm not sure what is more disturbing, the hatred some people have for Iran, whilst forgetting what we-the Western World did to their democracy decades ago, or the fact that they think Trump can and should dictate to the many democracies of Europe what and where their airlines can fly to..now who sou...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-87 a failure?
Replies: 39
Views: 7406

Re: Was the MD-87 a failure?

A couple of years ago they were easy to catch. I flew a Danish Air Transport out of Naples and PAWA Dominicana from Havana.

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: So what’s Iran going to do now ?
Replies: 116
Views: 12198

Re: So what’s Iran going to do now ?

Considering it's unlikely that any stored A330s/340s in Europe will end up with US carriers (and assuming the companies at those airfields own the frames), I assume it would be quite easy for them to be sold to IR, with no fear of consequences from Trump?

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1252

Re: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018

AZAL is a fantastic airline, but their schedule can throw up anything, even days before travel. I booked GYD-DXB-GYD-IST over 2 days, scheduled on the A345 twice and the 767, i got the 767, A345 and my 767 to IST changed to 757, and on the day to an A319

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best airline call signs
Replies: 84
Views: 6448

Re: Best airline call signs

Some that I've used over the years:

Titan : Zap
XL UL : Exbo
Van Air: Eurovan
Linksair: Fastlink
DHL Europe: EuroTrans
TNT: Quality
Star Air: White Star
Flybe: Jersey

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1252

Re: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018

The most exotic aircraft in Europe are found in Scotland with LoganAir. They operate a fleet of BN-2 Islander, DHC-6-300 / -400 Twin Otter, Dornier 328, ERJ-145 and Saab 340 / 2000. Some of these aircraft are operated for FlyBE and painted in their colors. I second the suggestion of going to Scotla...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future Toronto Pearson YYZ Routes
Replies: 92
Views: 10275

Re: Future Toronto Pearson YYZ Routes

Belfast on either an AC/Westjet 737 or Transat A321

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New QR Route Thread
Replies: 24
Views: 3203

Re: New QR Route Thread

Pokhara- haha, I can't see a loaded A320 making it out of that short runway!

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where in the world can you still spot a 727 or a 737-200?
Replies: 47
Views: 4384

Re: Where in the world can you still spot a 727 or a 737-200?

In Iran. Yes this is a photo from 2018. It's a wonderful and cheap country to travel, and not only can you spot the 727, you can still fly on it. http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y177/expairience/Aseman.jpg Was it easy to book and confirm seats on the 727? I have always wanted to visit Iran, howeve...

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much time needed to visit National Air and Space Museum at IAD?
Replies: 16
Views: 811

Re: How much time needed to visit National Air and Space Museum at IAD?

I'm going in November, but will either have a small backpack or a tiny trolley case carry on with me. I have read there are lockers to store such things, is that true?

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airways retires last IL-114
Replies: 17
Views: 2332

Re: Uzbekistan Airways retires last IL-114

Another thing to keep in mind is that Uzbekistan has a growing high speed train network, which is cheaper and more frequent than what the airline could offer to some locations. When i was there I flew the 757 domestic, which is mostly used as a positioning flight to link up the secondary cities with...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airways retires last IL-114
Replies: 17
Views: 2332

Re: Uzbekistan Airways retires last IL-114

I flew the -114 a few months ago, it was remarkably quiet and smooth to fly on.

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways to launch Gothenburg with 787!
Replies: 27
Views: 5644

Re: Qatar Airways to launch Gothenburg with 787!

Qatar are grasping at straws ... Cardiff, possibly Belfast ... theyve lost the plot With the right size of aircraft it will work. It does seem that Cardiff is proving a bit of a flop on passenger numbers at the moment, but just wait until the 321Neos/LR start to arrive. Cardiff's market is supporte...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2200
Views: 49189

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

What about the thoughts and wishes of the people in NI, the majority of whom voted to remain, and many of whom rely on business that works across the border each day? Or do you want to see NI cut off, thus ending by definition the United Kingdom? So what is your alternative, millions voted to leave...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2200
Views: 49189

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

Hard brexit is getting more likely by the day. Do you genuinely want a hard Brexit? If so, are you (presumably a UK taxpayer) willing to pay for the 300+ roads that cross the Irish border to be manned? What about the thoughts and wishes of the people in NI, the majority of whom voted to remain, and...

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways plans to fly to 250 destinations by 2022
Replies: 73
Views: 9833

Re: Qatar Airways plans to fly to 250 destinations by 2022

They only said 'destinations', not daily flights. Belfast and other similar cities might only get once or twice a week (well maybe thrice max) so that would certainly increase the number of airports. I would easily predict daily or almost daily if on the new A321NEO, or 4 or so times a week if on t...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways plans to fly to 250 destinations by 2022
Replies: 73
Views: 9833

Re: Qatar Airways plans to fly to 250 destinations by 2022

The CEO quoted Belfast as the next UK route.

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France and KLM end Tehran service
Replies: 15
Views: 4384

Re: Air France and KLM end Tehran service

Such a shame, i used AF to Tehran last year, a great flight on the A340 and landing around 8pm (before the overnight rush!).

It'll be interesting to see how BA do. When the route restarted the passenger numbers were pretty low (50s on some flights)

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Baby Trump will float above London!
Replies: 116
Views: 3705

Re: Baby Trump will float above London!

Imagine if it broke loose and floated over the new US embassy... 8-)

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No UK-UAE LCC Service?
Replies: 39
Views: 3911

Re: Why No UK-UAE LCC Service?

Would a direct LCC service be any cheaper than what Pegasus offer from London? I've flown with them to both Dubai and Kuwait for £100 one way

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F
Replies: 12
Views: 1427

Re: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

I photographed it in Ukraine a couple of months ago, the jet gets about!!

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: MAN introduces passenger drop-off fees.
Replies: 41
Views: 4757

Re: MAN introduces passenger drop-off fees.

Not sure outside the UK, i know BFS charges £1

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2443
Views: 57046

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

I wonder how many people would still have voted for Brexit if they knew more of the facts that we do now, the difficulties it could cause, or the fact that it is practically impossible to achieve without somehow affecting the status quo within the UK. It was always going to be a divisive matter, but...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2443
Views: 57046

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

The EU needs the UK more than the UK needs the EU, they will play along. The only pressing needs is to stop the payments to the EU, as the money will make the UK a prospering country. All problems will be gone once the leeches of the EU have no more control. #HardBrexit #now #freedomispriceless Som...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair Now Has Two 757-300s
Replies: 77
Views: 13942

Re: Icelandair Now Has Two 757-300s

Gone in 5 years I bet. 757s and 767s made after '98 seem to have disturbingly short lifespans (flying lemons from the Britney Spears whore era?) LOL, there's a metaphor ive not heard before. Don't be saying the first bit to Air Astana though, their 767s were some of the last passenger models off th...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Flybe have a future?
Replies: 82
Views: 9294

Re: Does Flybe have a future?

The UK might be small in land scale but it's still a fair distance between the south and the north and those internal flights by Flybe aren't really covered by the Airlines you have mentioned. There is a market for those flights that's why Flybe fly from the likes of Southampton to Manchester upto ...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air Intl plans Canada launch on July 23, 2018
Replies: 97
Views: 13777

Re: Norwegian Air Intl plans Canada launch on July 23, 2018

I saw prices of €189 each way quoted to Hamilton..if that is true I don't think it's a low price. By comparison Air Canada is often considered expensive but I'm flying with them next year, and my return ticket from Dublin, and with various connecting domestic flights was not much more expensive than...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying the 757 Combi with Nepal Airlines!
Replies: 8
Views: 6428

Re: Flying the 757 Combi with Nepal Airlines!

2122M wrote:
Was that a safety card form a standard pax 757? It looks like it showed exit routes through what would be the cargo hold at the front of the aircraft? Is that possible?


It's a standard 757 all passenger card, as the aircraft never flew in combi config

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines That Still Fly The Airbus A310 (Passenger Only) As Of June 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 3176

Re: Airlines That Still Fly The Airbus A310 (Passenger Only) As Of June 2018

I booked a cheap Air Transat A310 ride for early next year, a domestic route in Canada. The aircraft continues to Europe so hopefully it doesn't change

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The coolest unit of currency
Replies: 15
Views: 970

Re: The coolest unit of currency

My favourite name for a currency is the Macanese Pataca..i just love the sound of it. Also on a personal/biased note, Northern Ireland banknotes, including the old plastic £5 notes (which featured a Space Shuttle orbiter) that came out long before England and Scotland joined the bandwagon with their...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Dornier 328/328Jet to be back in manufacturing
Replies: 48
Views: 9155

Re: Dornier 328/328Jet to be back in manufacturing

There are many airlines out there that still operate and rely on aircraft in this size and capacity. Some others have upgraded to the ATR42 not through any desire, more through a lack of choice in the modern day market. In Europe Wideroe and Loganair are both looking to replace their Dash 8-100s an...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Dornier 328/328Jet to be back in manufacturing
Replies: 48
Views: 9155

Re: Dornier 328/328Jet to be back in manufacturing

There are many airlines out there that still operate and rely on aircraft in this size and capacity. Some others have upgraded to the ATR42 not through any desire, more through a lack of choice in the modern day market. In Europe Wideroe and Loganair are both looking to replace their Dash 8-100s and...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair / Air Iceland cancels BHD and ABZ?
Replies: 2
Views: 585

Re: Icelandair / Air Iceland cancels BHD and ABZ?

The loads on these routes were variable, sometimes full, sometimes very quiet (competition from nearby BFS and EDI to KEF with Easyjet didn't help), but I understand it was more a fleet related decision than anything else.

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