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by LupineChemist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!
Replies: 52
Views: 7475

Re: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!

What is Mexican DNA anyway? The typical composition of Latin America is 40-60% Native American and rest is European, mainly Iberian. I think the marketing campaign made it so that it goes viral rather than making sure it's scientific. Yeah, this is what I was thinking and while many people in Mexic...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD Global Terminal proposals released
Replies: 70
Views: 8928

Re: ORD Global Terminal proposals released

Voted for Foster since I know some people at the firm and they do good Airport designs and need help after the Mexico City fiasco.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The business model of Finnair?
Replies: 24
Views: 3727

Re: The business model of Finnair?

Yeah, the single airframe for flights to E. Asia really lowers their costs and raises utilization rates.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD breaks its pax record
Replies: 14
Views: 2570

Re: MAD breaks its pax record

I can’t imagine that to be the case. Last years growth looks good, but there was no growth between 2007 and 2017 making it the worst performing European mega hub by far growth-wise. Also the high speed train had a major effect. The Madrid-Barcelona HSL opened in 2008. Now it takes half of the traff...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD breaks its pax record
Replies: 14
Views: 2570

Re: MAD breaks its pax record

MAD is nowhere close to its limits. It's got good geography, good weather, terminals right between two sets of parallel runways so it's relatively efficient in either configuration. The old terminal is scheduled for a remodel and T4 is easy enough to expand if they need it at minimal cost. Madrid is...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stowaway bird found on Singapore Airlines flight
Replies: 24
Views: 3340

Re: Stowaway bird found on Singapore Airlines flight

anshabhi wrote:
Actually could also be a case of bird smuggling.


It would make about as much sense as smuggling a sparrow from Europe. They are incredibly common.

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by LupineChemist
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17060

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

This makes a lot of sense. I've also long said that a 787 fleet would make a ton of sense at IB, too so given the structure it could be combined.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any other non frequent flyers on here?
Replies: 47
Views: 1854

Re: Any other non frequent flyers on here?

I'm planning on quitting my job and opening something very local so my only flights will be whatever leisure time I'll be able to wrangle and probably won't have any for a year or so.

After my current job, not flying seems glorious.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Norwegian launches free WiFi on long-haul routes
Replies: 10
Views: 2561

Re: Norwegian launches free WiFi on long-haul routes

Yeah, I really just want wifi on board to be able to send basic whatsapp messages or text emails. Maybe with the occasional photo attachment and I don't care if it takes a minute to load.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Airports Thread - 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 2388

Re: London Airports Thread - 2019

It was just a thought as my company has facilities in Rochester but I wonder if SEN would ever consider helping to subsidize a ferry across the Thames to Kent. I feel like that would make it a much more attractive airport for a huge amount of people SE of London to be able to avoid the M25 and be a ...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse
Replies: 184
Views: 36745

Re: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse

It’s sad reading all the negative things about DY on here. Why so many of you dislike DY? What did the airline and the brand do to any of you? I look at DY as the 747 of our time. DY made traveling cheaper for the average hard working European or American to travel. Before the 747 came out the pric...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse
Replies: 184
Views: 36745

Re: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse

I would say IAG sale is imminent. Not selling in the spring is going to come back as a very stupid decision as they'll now be able to pick it up at distressed prices.

I also think what IAG really wants is the 787 order book in order to grow more.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Green Africa Airways to order 100 B737 MAX8
Replies: 78
Views: 13408

Re: Green Africa Airways to order 100 B737 MAX8

The LCC model will fail in Africa until someone gets it right so it's worth a proverbial shot and there are far worse ways to burn money in the aviation.

I think it's unlikely to work but I wish them the best and think Nigeria has enough population to maybe make it work,

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by LupineChemist
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’
Replies: 111
Views: 15575

Re: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’

I would imagine there are enough dual citizens that can count for ownership to maintain a majority of both UK and EU owned. How much does WW own personally? Regardless, don't both BA and IB require majority local ownership already to comply with existing bilaterals that predate the common aviation m...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to postpone 787 pilot training program
Replies: 10
Views: 4646

Re: Norwegian to lay off 787 pilots

It doesn't look like they are laying off any pilots currently flying the 787. They refer to 2019 courses, ergo probably pilots who were hired or internally upgraded (or received notice of successfully passing the interview), with the plan to induct them on the 787 line-course in 2019. Still seems o...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to postpone 787 pilot training program
Replies: 10
Views: 4646

Norwegian to postpone 787 pilot training program

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A pilot I follow on Twitter posted the following letter and it looks like Norwegian is going to be culling the pilot ranks.

https://twitter.com/Golfcharlie232/stat ... 7478295552

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by LupineChemist
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spanish Government to rename BCN airport "Josep Tarradellas"
Replies: 4
Views: 903

Re: Spanish Government to rename BCN airport "Josep Tarradellas"

And most Spanish people will just think of pizza.

But a decent gesture though I suppose it will probably be used colloquially about as much as Adolfo Suárez is used in Madrid, which is to say, not all that much and just continues to be Barajas to everyone.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 68034

Re: Gatwick closed because of 2 drones

If this is a protest, strange nobody is taking credit.. The whole point is to get your name out while there's the most publicity possible so during the morning news shows would be it.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia set to grow another 6% next year, mostly in Europe
Replies: 53
Views: 6550

Re: Iberia set to grow another 6% next year, mostly in Europe

MAD-IAD would be a big potential market for IB in the US. DC has a pretty big AA Frequent flyer base, and lots of government traffic competing with the UA 757. And before anyone mentions it, yes, US government travel can use IB, so long as it's sold on an AA code. Everyone who does government travel...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy Announces MXP-ORD
Replies: 36
Views: 4414

Re: Air Italy Announces MXP-ORD

Yeah, this pretty clearly seems like a play for QR to get more N. America - India traffic by using the US-EU open skies to not stir the pot for more US and Canada access. I wouldn't be surprised if QR does send some 320s to develop a short haul network. I think it could work as a strategy, just depe...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?
Replies: 52
Views: 3487

Re: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?

Probably been 15 years since I've flown there, but EGE used to not even have jet bridges.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What to do in 10 hours in Madrid
Replies: 2
Views: 483

Re: What to do in 10 hours in Madrid

If you are on BA/Iberia, take the Cercanías train from T4 and get off at Recoletos or change trains and go directly to Sol. If you are at T1, then get the express bus to Cibeles. From there there's plenty of time to walk around the center, get some curros con chocolate at San Ginés. See Plaza Mayor,...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Madrid heading to 60 million PAX. What's next?
Replies: 11
Views: 927

Re: Madrid heading to 60 million PAX. What's next?

I think year round IAD on IB could be possible if they can find the gate space.

I could actually see KUL but it'd be a really strange route where the value would come from connections on either end from the oneworld FF base on each end rather than the rather low yielding direct traffic.

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by LupineChemist
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: David Neeleman Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline
Replies: 339
Views: 47529

Re: David Neeleman Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline

I very much enjoyed that read. It sounds like a plan for 3 or 4 classes of service. (ULCC, Y, domestic first, lie-flat). How are they going to reconfigure seasonally? It sounds great but I want to know how to do so economically. It is possible to replace all of the seats in a day. I wonder if the f...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adds FCA, Double Daily DFWMAD/CDG, return to YHZ, 787 to ANC plus more
Replies: 105
Views: 13363

Re: AA adds FCA, Double Daily DFWMAD/CDG, return to YHZ, 787 to ANC plus more

I would've guessed that AA would've flown ORD-MAD on their own metal before a 2nd daily DFW-MAD. In my opinion ORD is better located for onward connections than DFW in terms of flying time. Probably DFW being a much larger AA hub than ORD and AA serving BCN from ORD were determining factors. DFW ge...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How do you think Norwegian could fit within the portfolio of airlines of IAG?
Replies: 31
Views: 4276

Re: How do you think Norwegian could fit within the portfolio of airlines of IAG?

One thing that I think could be useful is getting a decent 787 fleet at IB. IB has been pretty limited in growth recently due to fleet limitations rather than possible options so more aircraft there will certainly help and there are a lot of opportunities for long and thin on 788. Also, one of IB's ...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adds FCA, Double Daily DFWMAD/CDG, return to YHZ, 787 to ANC plus more
Replies: 105
Views: 13363

Re: AA adds FCA, Double Daily DFWMAD/CDG, return to YHZ, 787 to ANC plus more

DFW-MAD is bolstered by OneWorld traffic. I don't think there are as many PDEW between IAH and MAD either. Is AA bringing back DFW-KEF since they ran the icelandic carriers out? IAH-MAD traffic may be less but it would be pretty high yielding. People forget that Madrid is a major hub for some very ...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adds FCA, Double Daily DFWMAD/CDG, return to YHZ, 787 to ANC plus more
Replies: 105
Views: 13363

Re: AA adds FCA, Double Daily DFWMAD/CDG, return to YHZ, 787 to ANC plus more

Will the second Madrid flight also be 789? Wow two daily Dallas-Madrid flights! It is time maybe for United to think about IAH-MAD. Might be useful and there's certainly a fair amount of business traffic, but the OW stranglehold certainly impacts things. Also, the Houston to Dallas train will have a...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you landed at the alphabet?
Replies: 59
Views: 3662

Re: Have you landed at the alphabet?

A: ATL, AMS B: BRU, BKK, BOS, BIO, BZN, BTH, BWI C: CDG, CNX, CVG, CLT, CLE, CPT (Have departed out of CEI but not landed there) D: DMK, DXB, DUR, DFW, DCA, DPS, DEN E: EGE, EVV F: FCO, FAT G: GVA H: HAM, HEL, HKG (Flown out of HKT but did not land there) I: IAD, IAH, IBZ, IND J: JFK, JOG, JNB K: KU...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces SFO-DEL/MEL/YYZ; Expands AKL/AMS/PPT/ICN.
Replies: 507
Views: 68914

Re: United Airlines CEO to Make Historic Route Announcement Tomorrow (12/12)

Doesn't this strengthen the case for granting the QF/AA JV? May have been better to wait since if that got denied again it was going to be dead. Why would it strenghen the case to allow the JV so they can work together to block out a competition. Because it shows there's more competition for AA/QF ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces SFO-DEL/MEL/YYZ; Expands AKL/AMS/PPT/ICN.
Replies: 507
Views: 68914

Re: United Airlines CEO to Make Historic Route Announcement Tomorrow (12/12)

Doesn't this strengthen the case for granting the QF/AA JV? May have been better to wait since if that got denied again it was going to be dead.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has BA been too slow with fleet renewals
Replies: 78
Views: 11099

Re: Has BA been too slow with fleet renewals

They certainly don't seem to think so. Then again, they also don't seem to have realized until yesterday that it is time for a new CW seat. Did I miss an announcement? But on the topic at hand, the product is tired but it sells. I'd certainly like it refreshed but I still fly them so I suppose I'm ...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel Reward Credit Cards
Replies: 33
Views: 1987

Re: Travel Reward Credit Cards

I second the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, but it does have a steep annual fee. I find the fee to be worthwhile for my wife and I, but someone else may not. We put virtually all our spend on it and I typically transfer the Ultimate Reward points to United MileagePlus once a month. However, there are...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian may drop BCN MAN/EDI/WAW/DUS/HAM flights
Replies: 21
Views: 5944

Re: Norwegian may drop BCN MAN/EDI/WAW/DUS/HAM flights

I've been wondering when the long haul cash burning was going to start limiting their successful short haul operations. Though that said, BCN is an LCC bloodbath with way too much capacity, particularly with VY based there.

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by LupineChemist
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Shared Ownership Private Jets Hurting 1st Class Airline Sales?
Replies: 70
Views: 8692

Re: Are Shared Ownership Private Jets Hurting 1st Class Airline Sales?

I have a family member that started a financial company you've probably heard of if you are in the US. Needless to say, he's loaded and I've had this conversation with him. He used to have fractional ownership but the advent of NetJets and other on demand charter services completely changed it. Said...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Air Italy be the national carrier in Italy?
Replies: 34
Views: 5272

Re: Will Air Italy be the national carrier in Italy?

Indeed it's an informal thing, but still a very strong feeling here in Europe. People tend to associate a country with a national airline, an airline that symbolizes the country. It doesn't have to carry the name of the country, but you always know airline and country belong together. Let's list a ...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oneworld adds Royal Air Maroc as its newest member
Replies: 141
Views: 34175

Re: Oneworld adds Royal Air Maroc as its newest member

Also of note: Fiji Airways starts oneworld connect membership today. Interestingly, earn and burn on FJ flights is restricted to AA, BA, CX and QF Frequent Flyers only. FJ Frequent Flyers don’t earn on oneworld carriers. https://www.fijiairways.com/en-us/one-world-connect/ Does that mean (in theory...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT
Replies: 343
Views: 54448

Re: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT

Looking through the twitter profile, it appears to be a DY capt who made the claim. Though he's pretty careful to not have registration plates in the cockpit photos. But just judging on destinations and being 737 operator, DY would make the most sense.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT
Replies: 343
Views: 54448

Re: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT

Hmm...could be either way, honestly. Deleted for being too revealing or for lack of substance.

The linked (now deleted) tweet was pretty detailed about shutting down two DY bases in Spain and getting Norwegian's seniority lists straight in preparation.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT
Replies: 343
Views: 54448

Re: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT

Rumor on Twitter via Ostrower via a 737 captian via a trusted source (via his uncle's roommate's cousin or whatever so take with a grain of salt) has the sale as moving forward soon. https://twitter.com/jonostrower/status/1070354220706975744 Ostrower is a well informed journalist and while it's stil...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK. The CAA take Ryanair to court.
Replies: 10
Views: 2058

Re: UK. The CAA take Ryanair to court.

I've often thought that the EU needs a centralised body/system for processing disputed claims and judging which particular delays/cancellations are due to "extraordinary circumstances". That's just not how the EU works. The EU sets rules and it's up to each member state to enforce those r...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oneworld adds Royal Air Maroc as its newest member
Replies: 141
Views: 34175

Re: Rumour: Oneworld to add new member 05DEC18

I think smaller Airlines like RJ and UL should seek to downgrade themselves to Connect partners to save alliance cost. Full membership to small airlines like RJ and UL no longer make any sense. While budget and P&L of skyteam, star or OneWorld is not public as they are not listed on any stock e...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oneworld adds Royal Air Maroc as its newest member
Replies: 141
Views: 34175

Re: Rumour: Oneworld to add new member 05DEC18

What time is the press conference and where can we follow it?

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by LupineChemist
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will the US ever have another mega carrier ?
Replies: 38
Views: 7625

Re: Will the US ever have another mega carrier ?

I mean, as a merger or something else, who knows.

Worth remembering that current AA is the result of smart mergers that started with the team at HP.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA mulling move to LHR T5
Replies: 81
Views: 13245

Re: AA mulling move to LHR T5

This may be a stupid question but is it possible to build an automated train between T3 and T5 to solve the connection problem? IIRC, it's part of the master plan and there is already a train within T5 so it would be to extend the existing train eastward (But if you're doing that you should just ge...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA mulling move to LHR T5
Replies: 81
Views: 13245

Re: AA mulling move to LHR T5

Nonetheless, there is a sterile walkway between T5A through to B & C that you can use to return to A, although it does take upwards of 20 minutes to get from C to A and vice versa. I did not know this, thanks. Regarding the non-sterile arriving pax, does that mean if you arrive in T5C and you a...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA mulling move to LHR T5
Replies: 81
Views: 13245

Re: AA mulling move to LHR T5

It was brought into passenger service some time after T5 was opened, previously it was staff only. The arrivals tunnel is popular with people wishing to check their legs still work after a long economy flight :) At walking pace, it’s 11 mins from T5C station to lifts at T5A. It was labelled "s...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA mulling move to LHR T5
Replies: 81
Views: 13245

Re: AA mulling move to LHR T5

Also, while there is paralysis regarding lots of things at LHR, we know there is a toast rack master plan so they could just extend the T5 transit all the way over to where T1 is now and get rid of the whole bus situation, and install stops at T3 and T2 for now. No reason you couldn't have arrival a...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA mulling move to LHR T5
Replies: 81
Views: 13245

Re: AA mulling move to LHR T5

Uh, yeah, this needed to happen when T5 opened....... All BA/AA need to be co-located in T5. No offense to IB, but AA’s longhaul flights are more valuable for IAG’s bottom line than flights to Madrid. Move IB to T3 and relocate AA and the remaining BA flights to T5. If there isn’t enough space, bui...

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by LupineChemist
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biggest hubs/for/single airline in the World
Replies: 14
Views: 3391

Re: Biggest hubs/for/single airline in the World

Not exactly overnight but the main bank at DXB is around 2 AM.

It's quite impressive to see all the 380s getting turned around and all the activity in the airport at that hour.

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