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by LTU932
Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights from France to overseas departments that aren't in Schengen
Replies: 21
Views: 3825

Re: Flights from France to overseas departments that aren't in Schengen

My last trip from ORY to Reunion travelling on my EU passport - no passport check leaving ORY, I was allowed to buy duty free goods as an international passenger, brief passport check on arrival in RUN, no customs control. On departure passports / ID checked at check-in and there was a further form...

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by LTU932
Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran deals might be in jeopardy
Replies: 45
Views: 6780

Re: Iran deals might be in jeopardy

1st. I have little doubt that there will be no embargo, it would be counter productive to the U.S.A. but that still doesn't mean it can't happen. If the U.S. was to slap a ban on all U.S. made/designed products for sale to Iran, there is very little the E.U. or the rest of the world could do. Prote...

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by LTU932
Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US impose new restrictions in Visa Waiver/ESTA nations
Replies: 10
Views: 1359

Re: US impose new restrictions in Visa Waiver/ESTA nations

I doubt that the US can just impose all of these on the European partners because I don't believe that eliminating the VWP for Europeans is a genuine option given also the EU Parliament resolution to suspend visa-free travel for Americans to Europe and the potential ramifications for both partners ...

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by LTU932
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US impose new restrictions in Visa Waiver/ESTA nations
Replies: 10
Views: 1359

Re: US impose new restrictions in Visa Waiver/ESTA nations

Honestly, as a German passport holder, I have absolutely no problems with the new regulations. Passengers won't notice most of it anyway.

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by LTU932
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to fly from Germany to Australia (SYD)
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: How to fly from Germany to Australia (SYD)

From nearby AMS you will find sometimes good deals with Chinese carrier, like China Southern, China airlines, Xiamen Air etc. But then you'd have to make sure you fly to one of the airports that allow the 72 hr transit without visa, but that should be easy as long as you fly to e.g. PEK or maybe PV...

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by LTU932
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When was your last domestic wide body flight?
Replies: 48
Views: 741

Re: When was your last domestic wide body flight?

I've never flown domestic widebodies in my life. The biggest aircraft I've flown domestically (and on my last domestic flight in Germany) was an A321 in November 2012, FRA-HAM. A year earlier and it may have been an A300 though.

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by LTU932
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to fly from Germany to Australia (SYD)
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: How to fly from Germany to Australia (SYD)

If I was you, I'd forget about HAJ and go to HAM instead, take the afternoon EK flight to DXB and then connect to Australia. Sure, it's a 77W out of HAM and then an A380 out of DXB, but I don't think it's that bad.

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by LTU932
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran deals might be in jeopardy
Replies: 45
Views: 6780

Re: Iran deals might be in jeopardy

Trump can definitely block Boeing but I would be very surprised if the EU doesn't support Airbus. Maybe not. about 1/3 of Airbus product involves U.S. supplied components. The U.S. can block them. Also, it looks like they have a "smoking gun" in the form of an Iranian built rocket hitting...

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by LTU932
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran deals might be in jeopardy
Replies: 45
Views: 6780

Re: Iran deals might be in jeopardy

Maybe the Russians/Chinese/Brazilians/Japanese would fill the gap? It doesn't matter where the planes come from, if there's even a single US designed component and the US blocks the export of any goods and services to Iran, then those planes will NOT go to Iran. What's so difficult about understand...

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by LTU932
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran deals might be in jeopardy
Replies: 45
Views: 6780

Re: Iran deals might be in jeopardy

Trump can definitely block Boeing but I would be very surprised if the EU doesn't support Airbus. American components can probably be blocked. Not probably. If the US denies the export of US designed components to certain countries, then it doesn't matter if it's Airbus, Boeing or Sukhoi, they cann...

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by LTU932
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any Airports With Both McDonalds and Burger King?
Replies: 32
Views: 4620

Re: Any Airports With Both McDonalds and Burger King?

LTU932 next time go to the first floor in either the westhall near F and G or the central departure you'll find them there. Thanks, I'll try to find them. I was near the E gates when I was last in AMS. Anyway, I didn't miss eating McDonalds before departure though, it was probably best to eat light...

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by LTU932
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection Time at IAD
Replies: 16
Views: 368

Re: Connection Time at IAD

but is there designated international departure section of the airport? From my experience, there are no international departures sections in US airports. Even international arrivals may use domestic gates too, e.g. because of preclearance or because they set up the doors for that arrival in a way ...

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by LTU932
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection Time at IAD
Replies: 16
Views: 368

Re: Connection Time at IAD

I generally plan for a minimum of two hours connection when returning to the United States as customs and immigration at some U.S. airports can be very slow (lots of variables--time of day, number of other international flights that have arrived, staffing levels, etc.). Personally, I'd prefer three...

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by LTU932
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection Time at IAD
Replies: 16
Views: 368

Re: Connection Time at IAD

I don't think immigration authorities anywhere in Schengen really care whether US passports have stamps. I think the agents at CDG are probably the most indifferent, and I'd say they open my (US) passport half or two thirds of the time and stamp it well less than half the time. I mentioned what sho...

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by LTU932
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 103
Views: 21813

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

Plan B: German politicians are now looking at the possibility to open the airport without the terminal: http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/hauptstadtflughafen-der-plan-b-fuer-den-ber/20708794.html That would be what we'd call in German an "Armutszeugnis", proof of incompetence and failure ...

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by LTU932
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection Time at IAD
Replies: 16
Views: 368

Re: Connection Time at IAD

Certainly not my experience in AMS, but I did use the word "perfunctory" all the same... I used the automated gates last year for passport control when I left AMS for SJO via PTY and was through in like a minute. I believe US citizens are able to use them as well, but they'd still have to...

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by LTU932
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 103
Views: 21813

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

Plan B: German politicians are now looking at the possibility to open the airport without the terminal: http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/hauptstadtflughafen-der-plan-b-fuer-den-ber/20708794.html That would be what we'd call in German an "Armutszeugnis", proof of incompetence and failure ...

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by LTU932
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection Time at IAD
Replies: 16
Views: 368

Re: Connection Time at IAD

Bear in mind that for your return trip you will have a perfunctory emigration control at your point of departure from the Schengen area and then pass through US customs and immigration at your first port of arrival in the US (so that will be FCO and IAD respectively if you're coming back FCO-IAD-GR...

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by LTU932
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 15
Views: 706

Re: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List

Nothing booked, but I may have one roundtrip on the pipeline: Either SJO-MEX or SJO-PTY

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by LTU932
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any Airports With Both McDonalds and Burger King?
Replies: 32
Views: 4620

Re: Any Airports With Both McDonalds and Burger King?

Amsterdam,BK landside MC Airside That explains why I couldn't find that BK last year on my connection through AMS. And I couldn't find the airside McDonalds either. And as far as my former home airport HAM is concerned, they have a McDonalds in T1 landside. SJO has neither BK nor McD, but they have...

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by LTU932
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (3rd)
Replies: 68
Views: 3908

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (3rd)

Sure, but range-wise, they're kind of similar distances. That's why if UX's A330's are stretching at max on that route. A330 can do SAP-MAD any day it has a 9206 ft length runway and MGA has a 8012 ft length runway it could be restricted. Juanchito Exactly my point. I also compared MGA-MAD with SXM...

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by LTU932
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Calling an airline to a Premium Rate Phone Number (1-900)
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: Calling an airline to a Premium Rate Phone Number (1-900)

In Germany, you won't find any airline that uses a 900 number, at least not to my knowledge. 900 numbers are mostly known as sex hotlines (as 900-5 numbers) and there are only few other companies that use them. Plus, the time callers have to spend on hold, has to be free of charge by law, or at leas...

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by LTU932
Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (3rd)
Replies: 68
Views: 3908

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (3rd)

LGA has the perimeter restriction so they can't fly there. I'd guess JFK as Volarís already flies there. I know about the perimeter restrictions, hence why I said I'd rule out LGA. Even if LGA had no perimeter restriction (and I'm sure there are people who want to get rid of it, like they're trying...

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by LTU932
Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DEN has an indoor ice rink
Replies: 10
Views: 660

Re: DEN has an indoor ice rink

I doubt TSA would allow skates in the hand luggage airside, so I would expect them offering rental skates. But an ice rink inside an airport sounds like a really fun place to be for a layover or when checking in early.

From the photo, it looks like the rink is actually landside, or am I mistaken?

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by LTU932
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (3rd)
Replies: 68
Views: 3908

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (3rd)

SJOtoLIR wrote:
Volaris Costa Rica is planning three new routes in 2018:

Q6 SJO-MIA
Q6 SJO-LAX
Q6 SJO-NYC

Regards.
For NYC, are they going to JFK, or outside of New York to EWR? I don't think they'll fly to LGA, so I'd rule LGA out.

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by LTU932
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (3rd)
Replies: 68
Views: 3908

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (3rd)

I wouldn't worry about that. If 747s can safely land at SXM, with a 7,708 ft long runway, then they can certainly land on the slightly longer runway that MGA has (which is 8,012 ft). I'd worry more about taking off MGA. A takeoff at MTOW is definitely not possible, there will be weight restrictions...

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by LTU932
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (3rd)
Replies: 68
Views: 3908

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (3rd)

Can 747s land at MGA? Their runway is somewhere in the 8,000s. I know they can't land at TGU. I wouldn't worry about that. If 747s can safely land at SXM, with a 7,708 ft long runway, then they can certainly land on the slightly longer runway that MGA has (which is 8,012 ft). I'd worry more about t...

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by LTU932
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (3rd)
Replies: 68
Views: 3908

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (3rd)

CM signed off a deal with employees: :checkmark: https://www.prensa.com/economia/Copa-Airlines-sindicato-firman-acuerdo_0_4902259797.html That should ease my concerns a bit, because I'm thinking of spending an extended weekend in Panama City or Mexico City early next year. And if I go to Panama, my...

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by LTU932
Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China to Panama via Houston?
Replies: 53
Views: 8139

Re: Air China to Panama via Houston?

This is probably more of a political route. Panama has maintained diplomatic relationship with the Republic of China (i.e. Taiwan) until early this year, when they switched their recognition to the People's Republic of China. So if Panama asks for a direct link to Asia, China is going to give it to...

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by LTU932
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 103
Views: 21813

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

jumbojet wrote:
There have also been some bankruptcies associated with this situation.
I only remember one bankruptcy that may have had a relation with BER, and that was Imtech Deutschland IIRC. Did anyone else file for bankruptcy apart from Imtech?

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by LTU932
Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 103
Views: 21813

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

They should just open it. Who cares if their fire safety is not up to standard, its not like airport goes on fire every second day Yeah, sure: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%BCsseldorf_Airport_fire Exactly my first thought. I flew through there a month after it happened. It was 20 years ago whe...

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by LTU932
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 103
Views: 21813

Re: Next Berlin airport-disaster at TXL looming - additional two billion euros bill to foot for taxpayers

Different Berlin airport same problem: political and financial disaster. End of 2019 the so called „Lex Tegel“ exception expires. Thanks to the BER disaster a new legal situation develops, that will cost the Berlin taxpayers an additional estimated two billion euros. I doubt Berlin tax payers will ...

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by LTU932
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 103
Views: 21813

Re: Report: New BER airport unliky to open before 2021

At this rate I might be retired before it opens! What started off as a running joke is now a Grade A embarrassment! An embarrassment is an understatement. Remember when people were talking about "Deutsche Wertarbeit" (German craftsmanship) being one of the things Germany is most famous fo...

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by LTU932
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)
Replies: 200
Views: 11737

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)

AFAIK, of all South American countries, only Chile and Argentina are part of the VWP. All other countries in the Southern Cone need a US visa even for simple transit. No, only Chile is part of the VWP in South America. But didn't they want to bring Argentina back? I thought they were back but I jus...

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by LTU932
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)
Replies: 200
Views: 11737

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)

It is more likely to draw people from South America to a shorter route (some who may not require a visa for transit in the US) than for any other public. AFAIK, of all South American countries, only Chile and Argentina are part of the VWP. All other countries in the Southern Cone need a US visa eve...

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by LTU932
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)
Replies: 200
Views: 11737

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)

Given the stop in IAH, does CA have 5th freedom rights for that route?

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by LTU932
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Court rules in favor of Kuwait Airways when it decided not to carry a Israeli passenger
Replies: 92
Views: 16001

Re: Court rules in favor of Kuwait Airways when it decided not to carry a Jewish passenger

Israel doesn't stamp passports for this reason. They must certainly do, unless you ask them to do otherwise. Not in my experience. It's rather the other way around and you must request a stamp. I'd certainly want a stamp in my passport whereever I travel, including Israel. I don't care, because it ...

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by LTU932
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)
Replies: 200
Views: 11737

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)

http://aviacionaldia.com/2017/11/air-pa ... uropa.html

Any truth to this?? Why would Air Panama start widebody service to Europe???
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http://aviacionaldia.com/2017/11/air-pa ... uropa.html

Any truth to this?? Why would Air Panama start widebody service to Europe???

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by LTU932
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)
Replies: 200
Views: 11737

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)

So tonight was the inaugural nonstop AMS-SJO on KL. My question is: Does that also make it the inaugural 787-9 flight to SJO ever? I know Thomson is using the 787-8 to LIR, but I don't believe I've seen any -9 at all.

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by LTU932
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Witch side of the plane to sit on.
Replies: 23
Views: 1760

Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Recently, I've preferred to sit on the left aisle, window seat A.

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by LTU932
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)
Replies: 200
Views: 11737

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)

Conviasa from Venezuela will start Porlamar - Panama City service as shown: V0 7202.....PMV 09:30 - 10:45 PTY.....E90.......Th, Sa V0 7203.....PTY 11:45 - 15:00 PMV.....E90.......Th, Sa Effective: October 26 - November 30 Somehow, I find it hard to believe that flight will be a huge success, given ...

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by LTU932
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)
Replies: 200
Views: 11737

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)

During the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Panama and China, ... ,representatives of the main airlines of that country expressed their interest in obtaining the approval of 28 frequencies per week. Air China already applied for Beijing-Panama-Beijing with a stop along the way. Ot...

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by LTU932
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any smoking flights still?
Replies: 36
Views: 5739

Re: Any smoking flights still?

China certainly used to. When MU came into ORD in the 90s I'd see the cockpit crew smoking while taxiing in. They'd open the door and it looked like a haze in there. When was that? Because I remember that in the mid 90s, around 96 or 97, they banned transatlantic smoking flights into the US, and I'...

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by LTU932
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 153743

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

http://www.heute.de/air-berlin-betriebs ... 91050.html (German only)

It seems AB is planning to fire its ground and administrative personnel until October 31st. Those still needed to maintain operations will remain with the company until end of February 2018.
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http://www.heute.de/air-berlin-betriebs ... 91050.html (German only)

It seems AB is planning to fire its ground and administrative personnel until October 31st. Those still needed to maintain operations will remain with the company until end of February 2018.

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by LTU932
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How would VY and IAG fit in a Europe where both the U.K. and Catalonia are no longer EU members?
Replies: 59
Views: 6522

Re: How would VY and IAG fit in a Europe where both the U.K. and Catalonia are no longer EU members?

They might be not part of EU but they could still allow EU airlines to operate at least tentatively, especially in Catalonia's case? But then another question would be will Spanish authority allow those flights to be operated? Without being political, if Catalunya is recognised as an independent st...

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by LTU932
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German Aviation Thread - Part 2
Replies: 8
Views: 1072

Re: German Aviation Thread - Part 4

TheGeordielad wrote:
Air Berlin will end all long Haul ops by October 15th,very sad to see a airline crumbling like this.
Their end of longhaul operations is, in a way, the final nail in the coffin for the old LTU. I've had nothing but great experiences on LTU.

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by LTU932
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open
Replies: 49
Views: 7115

Re: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open

Legally non-binding and pointless. Because the state of Brandenburg and the federal government have a say as well, and last I checked, Brandenburg and Berlin's position was to shut down TXL. And with the prospect of a so-called Jamaica coalition (because of the colours black, green and yellow) afte...

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by LTU932
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)
Replies: 200
Views: 11737

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)

I like that schedule on Q6 SJO-MEX. Great for a weekend in el DF.

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by LTU932
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAME/EQ to drop CCS in October
Replies: 12
Views: 1461

Re: TAME/EQ to drop CCS in October

CM may not drop CCS, but the big problem will be the new visa requirements Panama is imposing on Venezuelans, especially for other airlines serving flights between Venezuela and Panama. Since in PTY you never leave airside on a connecting flight, it's also unclear how the possible transit visa quest...

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by LTU932
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Routes kept alive for a single company
Replies: 14
Views: 1175

Re: Routes kept alive for a single company

FlyRow wrote:
LTU932 wrote:
What about RDU-LHR on AA?



Which company, or why? Not everyone knows what city has......company a, b, c .
I was under the impression that RDU-LHR was operated mostly for a pharmaceutical company in Raleigh, NC, or at least that's what I remember.

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