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by Bongodog1964
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?
Replies: 129
Views: 9267

Re: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?

There are many reasons: Due to the US being geographically so,large, many people fly regularly on business accumulating lots of frequent flier miles, especially as US airlines have traditionally been very generous awarding them. These same people then of course use the scheduled airlines for their v...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers
Replies: 149
Views: 15131

Re: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers

Having read through three pages of this, can someone answer a simple question, Are these forward hinged toilet doors on the MAX unique to AA or an option offered to all airlines?

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Increasing Unfitness of Donald Trump
Replies: 167
Views: 5322

Re: The Increasing Unfitness of Donald Trump

Typical for that coward, with the usual cover story a fool could see through, with his claim he does not like the new embassy. But the real villain of this piece is our useless PM who invited him in the first place. He's about as welcome as a turd in a hot tub. Officially it's still on for a later ...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1515
Views: 70682

Re: Brexit - EU position

You just can't make this one up: now even N. Farage is having second thoughts and is considering joining the call for a second referendum.... https://news.sky.com/story/nigel-farage-we-should-have-a-second-referendum-on-brexit-11203281 officially it's simply to reaffirm the result of the first one,...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1515
Views: 70682

Re: Brexit - EU position

One can only hope that the Remainers will finally realize that a hard brexit is their only option http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-4970318/UK-fall-two-year-recession-event-hard-Brexit.html Prices up 30%, 18% growth wiped off up until 2030 (including a two-year recession)..... Talk abou...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A319@LHR question
Replies: 9
Views: 2864

Re: BA A319@LHR question

BA is said to be sending all the 319s to Gatwick (maybe some back to the leasing company?) What is the time frame for this and the arrival times for 320 neos? As they have 33 in the LHR fleet at present and the combined LGW fleet of 319 and 320 is only 26, there's zero chance they will all go to LG...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1515
Views: 70682

Re: Brexit - EU position

There will be a second referendum when the British economy starts to noticeably lag behind, is again the sick man of Europe, etc. The UK did not join the EEC because they believed in what it meant, only because their economy was a basket case and the EFTA had been a failure. https://uploads.disqusc...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Concorde found stripped at LHR and rotting with waste, rainwater, drilled holes, and infested with rats
Replies: 48
Views: 13598

Re: British Airways Concorde found stripped at LHR and rotting with waste, rainwater, drilled holes, and infested with r

Concorde found stripped at LHR Haha, like they just found it there. And if her condition is surprising! It`s sad, yes. But it`s very old "news". Hoping for a respectful solution for this frame. No Tax On Rotax Should of gone to Duxford or somewhere years ago. I know the interior is no lon...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways tilts against reclining seats
Replies: 71
Views: 11180

Re: Airline with ‘poor door’ boarding now ditching reclining seats

This seams like click bait for the NY Post including the title of this post & of the article. No where in the article other than title did it say what "poor door" was, nor did it give any reason for the phrase. It's sad how desperate the news companies are that they have to enhance a ...

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by Bongodog1964
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1515
Views: 70682

Re: Brexit - EU position

As a person who completes a VAT return and thus has a little knowledge of how it works, there appears to be some complete ***** being talked here. The rules are as follows: If you import goods from the EU there is no VAT payable Outside of the EU you pay VAT at the point of import, (Large importers ...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Boeing need to open plants outside USA?
Replies: 71
Views: 5996

Re: Does Boeing need to open plants outside USA?

I don't think there is any advantage to Boeing in opening final assembly plants abroad. To my mind there are only two major Countries that have such a degree of nationalistic fever as to demand final assembly of aircraft of at all possible, The USA and France. Everyone else sees the wider picture o...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Boeing need to open plants outside USA?
Replies: 71
Views: 5996

Re: Does Boeing need to open plants outside USA?

I don't think there is any advantage to Boeing in opening final assembly plants abroad. To my mind there are only two major Countries that have such a degree of nationalistic fever as to demand final assembly of aircraft of at all possible, The USA and France. Everyone else sees the wider picture of...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair predicts profit loss this year.
Replies: 25
Views: 3022

Re: Loganair predicts profit loss this year.

It's either a profit or a loss ? you can't have both

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by Bongodog1964
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NYC MTA East Side Subway Tunnel Project Cost 4 times what it would elsewhere in the world
Replies: 79
Views: 2731

Re: NYC MTA East Side Subway Tunnel Project Cost 4 times what it would elsewhere in the world

Rail pollutes more and is more unsafe than airline flying. Local rail will probably be obsolete in 20 years as pod-based street (or tunnel) transportation takes over. And it will. The notion of "waiting for the train on the platform" likely will not exist in 30 years. No one will be willi...

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by Bongodog1964
Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trumps Nuclear Button Bigger Than Kim Jong Un's
Replies: 55
Views: 1686

Re: Trumps Nuclear Button Bigger Than Kim Jong Un's

Donald says "my button works" surely there must be one sane person in the White House who has disconnected it by now ? I see today, the idiot in chief is making comments on Iran, surely thats one Country no president would want to interfere in, after the humiliation doled out to the US and...

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by Bongodog1964
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NYC MTA East Side Subway Tunnel Project Cost 4 times what it would elsewhere in the world
Replies: 79
Views: 2731

Re: NYC MTA East Side Subway Tunnel Project Cost 4 times what it would elsewhere in the world

LHR employs a large % of the local population, who aren't likely to be opposed to its continuation/expansion, the protestors are generally a completely different set of people, who give their views very loudly and often, Most live further away from the airport than those who work there, and have a ...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NYC MTA East Side Subway Tunnel Project Cost 4 times what it would elsewhere in the world
Replies: 79
Views: 2731

Re: NYC MTA East Side Subway Tunnel Project Cost 4 times what it would elsewhere in the world

"4 times" looks like a bit of an understatement. The new Crossrail under London is :- Crossrail's tunnelling marathon under London is now complete. Crossrail tunnelling began in May 2012 and ended at Farringdon with the arrival of tunnelling machine Victoria. Over the last three years, ei...

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by Bongodog1964
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS being sued by family due to wheelchair accident
Replies: 115
Views: 10439

Re: AS being sued by family due to wheelchair accident

And you never ever believe the airline is at fault. Is the work of getting the disabled person to the next gate done when the person is in its own wheelchair at the arrival gate? Sorry I just do not believe that the person refused further assistance and think that is just a defensive statement. Why...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Releases Brexit Aerospace Sector Report
Replies: 34
Views: 5005

Re: UK Releases Brexit Aerospace Sector Report

You've quoted 3 bullet points from a report with over 90, the three being early on in the document and there to provide basic information to MP's who know nothing at all about aerospace. A typical commons committee will have MP's from all walks of life, most of whom will have zero experience of ind...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Releases Brexit Aerospace Sector Report
Replies: 34
Views: 5005

Re: UK Releases Brexit Aerospace Sector Report

It reads like some kind of school report. Is there any relevant analysis anywhere in the document? Its a report for a commons committee made up of MP's from all walks of life, most of whom have no experience of industry. There is one very relevant piece of analysis, the fact that not only the EU bu...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Releases Brexit Aerospace Sector Report
Replies: 34
Views: 5005

Re: UK Releases Brexit Aerospace Sector Report

The Aerospace Sector Report can be found here (PDF): http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/Exiting-the-European-Union/17-19/Sectoral%20Analyses/1-Sectoral-Analyses-Aerospace-Report.pdf It offers some interesting insights: The parts of an aircraft can be simplistically split into thr...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bankrupt Monarch Airlines Still Hasn’t Paid Passenger Compensation Despite Creditors Making €68 Million
Replies: 14
Views: 3845

Re: Bankrupt Monarch Airlines Still Hasn’t Paid Passenger Compensation Despite Creditors Making €68 Million

There was a Court case regarding ownership of the slots. Gatwick argued that since Monarch lost is AoC it was no longer an airline and the slots went back into the pool for the airport operator to sell off.. the money could then be used to cover the cost of the repatriation flights... on appeal the...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bankrupt Monarch Airlines Still Hasn’t Paid Passenger Compensation Despite Creditors Making €68 Million
Replies: 14
Views: 3845

Re: Bankrupt Monarch Airlines Still Hasn’t Paid Passenger Compensation Despite Creditors Making €68 Million

The linked article is so poorly researched and written as to be useless: Firstly the UK CAA flew every passenger home regardless of ticket type who were travelling in the next 14 days after the closure, this left very few stranded. Secondly, the proceeds from the slot sales will just go into the pot...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair in row after woman, 74, had to sleep on luggage conveyor belt
Replies: 29
Views: 5639

Re: Ryanair in row after woman, 74, had to sleep on luggage conveyor belt

Whilst the weather was clearly beyond Ryanair’s control, what’s very telling is their response....that they contacted affected customers by e-mail and text message. If you’re willing to take your chances for a cheap fare with an airline that doesn’t have staff on the ground in a crisis, you pretty ...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: [Hindsight] GE90 powered A330
Replies: 20
Views: 7258

Re: [Hindsight] GE90 powered A330

You would have an overpowered plane, which was uneconomic for the vast majority of the routes its users flew. The end result would be them looking to replace it with a model with 20% better operating costs that could carry out 95% of the routes it flew. (Think 757 vs A321)

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels: Why such a big chaos with so little snow
Replies: 44
Views: 8644

Re: Brussels: Why such a big chaos with so little snow

The snow we had here was exceedingly heavy stuff, just on the white side of slush. I broke the wiper blades off a car as it was so heavy. Never done that before in 35 years of driving.

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who's the booziest?
Replies: 26
Views: 2235

Re: Who's the booziest?

Not surprised the Belgians are high up the list, they think a 7% beer is weak !!

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do passengers board the aircraft from the left side?
Replies: 91
Views: 15229

Re: Why do passengers board the aircraft from the left side?

Obviously tradition bears a role in this at the beginning, however as aircraft have evolved and grown larger it would not now be possible for passengers to board from the starboard side as the freight hold doors are there, and the space is required for loaders, tugs etc. Modern ships particularly cr...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA advert embroiled in sexism row.
Replies: 65
Views: 14784

Re: BA advert embroiled in sexism row.

Hooray for BA. They've now captured the "girls in lingerie crying over princes that have married other girls" demographic, and insulted pretty much every other demographic in the process. Oh do get a grip on reality "insulted pretty much every other demographic in the process" I...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA advert embroiled in sexism row.
Replies: 65
Views: 14784

Re: BA advert embroiled in sexism row.

Why does BA need to make a statement ? These pathetic humourless people are best ignored, none of them are likely to be potential clients anyway, if they were BA customers they wouldn't be picking holes to start with. If however BA does make a statement I hope it will be "grow up and get a sen...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA advert embroiled in sexism row.
Replies: 65
Views: 14784

Re: BA advert embroiled in sexism row.

In this social media age people will voice their issues no matter what it is. Which should not even be a problem if the traditional media would not pick it up unless it become something bigger, like the real #MeToo stories. It looks like that the media already turns it into a storiy if like 10 peop...

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by Bongodog1964
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG wins Monarch slots at Gatwick
Replies: 69
Views: 23843

Re: IAG wins Monarch slots at Gatwick

Re Bongodog. If BA are happy to use their primary brand name as an LCC at the the prices they need to match the competition then ok that's one way.But you need to be very careful not to undermine the long built up brand values associated with their name.In the old 'soap suds' market the major playe...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG wins Monarch slots at Gatwick
Replies: 69
Views: 23843

Re: IAG wins Monarch slots at Gatwick

Assuming this does happen and Level operate the long haul slots (there are some convenient ones) in competition with Norwegian and various legacy airlines (primarily serving holiday destinations),Gatwick might start to look like a LCC hub.Gatwick already covers all of Europe with a plethora of shor...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG wins Monarch slots at Gatwick
Replies: 69
Views: 23843

Re: IAG wins Monarch slots at Gatwick

The announcement says that they have secured "most of the slots" If that is say 18 out of the 22 daily pairs, the vast majority at least for the next year or two are going to be used for short haul. Firstly with Monarch being in its latter stages exclusively short haul, many of the slots w...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA CityFlyer - Future Operations with Planned LCY Development
Replies: 51
Views: 9467

Re: BA CityFlyer - Future Operations with Planned LCY Development

BACF is scope limited to 99 seats so an E195 would be overkill. I assume this was an agreement with BALPA to justify paying considerably lower salaries to BACF pilots compared to BA mainline ? With however the steady erosion of mainline terms and conditions will there come a time when the scope agr...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why so many cargo airlines at these airports?
Replies: 53
Views: 8897

Re: Why so many cargo airlines at these airports?

Are you a freight forwarder? If not you should use the Services offered by freight forwarders. We even delver free house. Otherwise, you can always request "ship by Britsh Airways" and make sure that the awb # starts with 125- My clients wouldn't like their loved one to be delivered in a ...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why so many cargo airlines at these airports?
Replies: 53
Views: 8897

Re: Why so many cargo airlines at these airports?

LHR grew up, it has scarcely room enough to handle all the wide bodies. The annual Tonnage of about 1.6 Million is mostly belly cargo. That is handled in the white elephant aka as BA Cargo centre and in the horseshoe. Nost freight forwarders and Airline Offices or handling Offices are off Airport a...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ratko Mladić convicted of war crimes and genocide at UN tribunal
Replies: 23
Views: 847

Re: Ratko Mladić convicted of war crimes and genocide at UN tribunal

Despite the defendant's poor health, the trial took far too long. The sentence should have been death by firing squad. Please, no crocodile tears. Sorry just not sufficient punishment. a very spartan cell, solitary confinement for the rest of his life and just enough basic nutrition to keep him ali...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Whisky wars: most polite war ever?
Replies: 6
Views: 699

Re: Whisky wars: most polite war ever?

Somebody once told me about the Great Potato War between Iceland and the UK (must have occured in the 70ies or so). Iceland strongly objected to UK fishermen trawling within a 200 nm radius off Iceland. It came to a standoff between the navies, the Icelanders filled their guns with potatos and fire...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why so many cargo airlines at these airports?
Replies: 53
Views: 8897

Re: Why so many cargo airlines at these airports?

STN presently handles in excess of 24 million passengers each year, so its hardly a "small airport" I can speak however in regard to personally using cargo facilities both there and at LHR. At STN there is a dedicated cargo area , the handling agents each have a warehouse with land side an...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is a politician's duty to their party or their constituents?
Replies: 29
Views: 996

Re: Is a politician's duty to their party or their constituents?

depends on the way elections are campaigned and run. Here in the UK, parties select candidates for each constituency, the party then issues a national manifesto stating their policies for the next 5 years. My stance would be that as the MP agreed to seek election to represent the party and its manif...

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by Bongodog1964
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TV-series that went on for too long?
Replies: 99
Views: 4596

Re: TV-series that went on for too long?

Anything with Simon Cowell

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France crew detained after passenger complains “not receiving her upgrade”
Replies: 128
Views: 24744

Re: Air France crew detained after passenger complains “not receiving her upgrade”

Similar to the "Korean Princess on the Peanut" bruhaha. Very civilized. Whatever peanut you might call, that one did damage. They should know better and manage expectations since although un-merited, this kind of people can be really annoying and cause issues pretty easily. How do you &qu...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is it the start of a trade war ?
Replies: 31
Views: 976

Re: Is it the start of a trade war ?

The principles of VAT are quite simple: businesses pay VAT on inputs, charge VAT on outputs, subtract the input tax from the output tax and send the balance to the government. There are a few exceptions: Zero rated supplies (in the UK food and childrens clothing fall in this category) no VAT charged...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK court rules Monarch has no claim on summer 2018 slots
Replies: 22
Views: 3480

Re: UK court rules Monarch has no claim on summer 2018 slots

So with no slots and no aircraft what do the creditors fight over now...the office furniture ? Only if that isn't leased as well !! The simple truth is that many large businesses seemingly with lots of assets actually own nothing more than a few desks and the pens on them. Every function that it is...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK court rules Monarch has no claim on summer 2018 slots
Replies: 22
Views: 3480

Re: UK court rules Monarch has no claim on summer 2018 slots

So with no slots and no aircraft what do the creditors fight over now...the office furniture ? Only if that isn't leased as well !! The simple truth is that many large businesses seemingly with lots of assets actually own nothing more than a few desks and the pens on them. Every function that it is...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK court rules Monarch has no claim on summer 2018 slots
Replies: 22
Views: 3480

Re: UK court rules Monarch has no claim on summer 2018 slots

Well, where's the surprise really? Slots are nobody's hard property.... not really sure what the administrators were trying to do with a motley random selection of secondary LGW slots at odd timings anyway??... Sometimes it would actually pay off if administrators knew a thing or three about aviati...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK court rules Monarch has no claim on summer 2018 slots
Replies: 22
Views: 3480

Re: UK court rules Monarch has no claim on summer 2018 slots

By my recollection slot rules not only have a "use it or lose it" clause, but also clearly state that an airline never assumes full ownership. Trading does take place, but only between functioning airlines. If it were possible to close an airline down and sell off it slots, there will have...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince William - Too many people on planet
Replies: 96
Views: 2813

Re: Prince William - Too many people on planet

If he has such a strong viewpoint it might have been better if he and his wife had stopped at two children themselves. As it stands he has thrown himself open to completely valid cries of "hypocrite"

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