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by steve6666
Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SEA Int, arrivial waiting time
Replies: 2
Views: 415

Re: SEA Int, arrivial waiting time

The one time I arrived internationally into SEA was on BA49, so later in the day than the 53, but the passport line was very short and they had the automated machines for ESTA holders. Waiting for bags to unload took rather longer than I expected (from memory) but there was no queue for customs insp...

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by steve6666
Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR-ORD BA F Loads
Replies: 2
Views: 511

Re: LHR-ORD BA F Loads

Hi! Does anyone know what loads on BA 295 and 297 from LHR to ORD in First class usually are? And how many award seats are usually available in First? We are planning to fly in a couple of months and I would like to try to upgrade, but so far there has been no availability. Thanks in advance for yo...

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by steve6666
Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cayman Islands - BA only European Carrier?
Replies: 39
Views: 3040

Re: Cayman Islands - BA only European Carrier?

It's all about money laundering unfortunately . London banks take dirty money from Nigeria , the rest of Africa etc and run it through Gran Cayman etc If you're going to make an accusation like that in a public forum, please provide links to evidence supporting such claims. Yes, I'd agree wholehear...

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by steve6666
Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could BA use pre-clearence at SNN from LHR?
Replies: 18
Views: 3101

Re: Could BA use pre-clearence at SNN from LHR?

As someone who doesn't have pre-clearance, Global Entry or anything, but is frequently enough the first person off a BA flight arriving into the USA from LHR, I can be through passport control in a matter of two minutes now most US airports have the automatic terminals for ESTA holders. Pre-clearanc...

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by steve6666
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GOL increases service to Argentina
Replies: 7
Views: 1362

Re: GOL increases service to Argentina

GOL is still a basket case of an airline. It made a profit of R$1.1bn in 2016, driven by a R$1.3bn foreign exchange gain. Equally, its R$4bn loss in 2015 was strongly driven by its R$2bn foreign exchange loss. So it isn't an airline, more a foreign exchange trading business. Both LATAM Brasil and GO...

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by steve6666
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brazil tribe gets compensation for plane crash over Amazon forest (GOL 1907)
Replies: 23
Views: 2491

Re: Brazil tribe gets compensation for plane crash over Amazon forest (GOL 1907)

I don't know a whole lot about the Brazilian court system, but I don't believe that Brazil is as litigious as the United States and thus I doubt that the case will develop to the same extent. Again....I could be completely wrong and if I am, please, correct me. In some very important aspects, eg, e...

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by steve6666
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ever fly on the same plane twice?
Replies: 138
Views: 9405

Re: Ever fly on the same plane twice?

Most interesting ones in BA's 747 fleet:
G-BYGA - 6 times
G-CIVY - 5 times
G-CIVW - 5 times
G-CIVE - 5 times
G-BNLO - 5 times
From AA's 77Ws - N725AA - 5 times
And BA's and TAM's Airbus fleet - too many to mention.

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by steve6666
Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non retrofitted AA 777s
Replies: 26
Views: 5052

Re: Non retrofitted AA 777s

There is more information, including on the various configs of seating, which aircraft are at HAECO and about routes on this Flyertalk post. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/american-airlines-aadvantage/1344467-laa-777-200er-cip-refit-772-no-f-new-j-mce-2014-discussion-104.html Almost all of the 767s ...

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by steve6666
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to cut short-haul at LGW, increase long-haul
Replies: 34
Views: 9794

Re: Norwegian to cut short-haul at LGW, increase long-haul

Those posters that suggest that Norwegian is a poorly run airline and compare it to Lakers are only bashing it because it's Norwegian and they can't have that. They're the old-fashioned guys that support the expensive legacy airlines and their old-fashioned business models. Norwegian doesn't meet t...

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by steve6666
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways American Operations
Replies: 82
Views: 16645

Re: British Airways American Operations

And just to add to the pedantic flow: OpenSkies SASU is a wholly owned subsidiary of British Airways plc and its results are included in BA's published consolidated accounts, as required under UK/European accounting rules. The same applies to BA Cityflyer Ltd. Aaaand to out-pedant a pedant, I don't...

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by steve6666
Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic LGW operations and former routes
Replies: 26
Views: 4830

Re: Virgin Atlantic LGW operations and former routes

MIA as well - the VS5/6. Went over to Heathrow sometime between the end of May 1997 and the beginning of August.
Can't for the life of me remember the precise times, but it was mid morning departure from LGW, and early 6-7am arrival back.

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by steve6666
Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA S17 Planned 77W, 788, 789 Routes?
Replies: 19
Views: 5482

Re: BA S17 Planned 77W, 788, 789 Routes?

I'm always surprised (but glad!) to see SEA have enough demand from London to get a 747. There are photos in the database of BA 747s in SEA going back decades. The Super Hi-J 747 they used most of last summer actually has fewer seats (albeit more premium seats) than their 77Ws that also run the rou...

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by steve6666
Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Long Haul - Gatwick
Replies: 58
Views: 13321

Re: BA Long Haul - Gatwick

SEZ HKT DPS BKK PNH SNG RGN BOS LAX BKI SSA - REC - FOR KTM CMB JRO SVD (once complete) are all my best bets for future routes! I hope you aren't a betting man then, or are extremely rich. Most of those are far too small as markets for O&D out of London (BKI, PNH, SGN (I presume you mean SGN no...

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by steve6666
Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA A380 to MIA?
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Re: BA A380 to MIA?

BA A380 vs B747 makes precious little difference, it's still the same (inadequate) seat. I'd take upstairs on the B747 over anywhere on the A380 any day.

My view is there's no contest - every time in J it would be 77W on AA.

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by steve6666
Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights with Potentially High Carbon Emissions
Replies: 37
Views: 4908

Re: Carbon Emission Hall of Shame

sevenair wrote:
BA 787 flights. Very low density. Some very long routes.


But a very fuel efficient aircraft. I'd have thought the Super-Hi J 747 with only 275 seats and the RR powered 777s with F, that have barely more seats than a 787-9, would be bigger polluters per person in the BA fleet.

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by steve6666
Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Announces A380 operations to Sao Paulo from 26MAR17
Replies: 43
Views: 9443

Re: Emirates Announces A380 operations to Sao Paulo from 26MAR17

Ballsy - would seem to be in anticipation of recovery in the Brazilian economy, and other airlines were still cutting rather than adding capacity in the second half of 2016.

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by steve6666
Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cabin crew on 48 hours strike
Replies: 40
Views: 7971

Re: British Airways cabin crew on 48 hours strike

Well they cancelled (on Wednesday) my Thursday evening flight back to LHR from Stuttgart. They helpfully offered to rebook me on a flight 24 hours later. I changed to German (Euro) wings.... There was a reasonable snow shower between 5-7pm over west London that by 6pm had covered my car in a couple...

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by steve6666
Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Routes Of Emirates 777s Of 90s
Replies: 48
Views: 10800

Re: Routes Of Emirates 777s Of 90s

Not just EK, but almost every European carrier to India does the same. KLM has flown 787 to DEL (currently 747), BA flies the 787 to HYD, and I'm sure there are other examples. I doubt this has anything to do with airlines deliberately sending their oldest planes to India, but rather "let's us...

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by steve6666
Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787-9 <-> Airbus A330-900 Competition
Replies: 656
Views: 108804

Re: Boeing 787-9 <-> Airbus A330-900 Competition

On a point of pedantry, the BA aircraft in the photo is a B787-8, not a -9.
The 787-9s are in the series starting G-ZBK*.

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by steve6666
Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bad week in Brazil for AA
Replies: 9
Views: 5925

Re: Bad week in Brazil for AA

The thing I find most disturbing about all of this is that the Brazilian press has consistently showed the delayed AA950 parked up in BSB as a 757. Good luck flying Sao Paulo to JFK on a 757. And getting 300 passengers on it.

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by steve6666
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question on Qantas 747 VH-OEJ trip to London STN 14-16 december 2016
Replies: 16
Views: 4136

Re: Question on Qantas 747 VH-OEJ trip to London STN 14-16 december 2016

it's possible I guess that it would have been to return the rugby team home after the autumn internationals but I some how doubt that Well, I could understand why they'd prefer to leave quietly from STN rather than LHR. :duck: You're a bad man. After the Big Mac comment, that's the second thing you...

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by steve6666
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe announces flights from London Heathrow
Replies: 50
Views: 8868

Re: Flybe announces flights from London Heathrow

Meh. Pretty useless if you're in London and going to Aberdeen for a day's work in the morning. And not great for Edinburgh either.
And a two hour/2h15m block time! Good way to cream off the lowest yielding traffic.

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by steve6666
Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates receives first B777 with new Business class
Replies: 21
Views: 9416

Re: Emirates receives first B777 with new Business class

Need a little help here.Clearly I have misunderstood something.The effective inventor of the business class - and indeed the concept of the 'flat bed' business seat is BA.They too use the triple 7 as their main aircraft.As I understand it they use a 2-4-2 arrangement.(20ins?). Emirates use a 2-3-2 ...

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by steve6666
Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA latest to be rocked by strikes
Replies: 53
Views: 8706

Re: BA latest to be rocked by strikes

BA need to get back to the table with a realistic offer that takes into account how valuable this employee group is to the future of the business. ? They already have. The brutal truth is that MF is there because BA does not want a hugely experienced, high cost, (arguably) high quality cabin crew f...

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by steve6666
Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747-436 former configuration question
Replies: 7
Views: 2029

Re: BA 747-436 former configuration question

tonystan wrote:
I'm not sure about the Hi-J question. I have a suspicion they are all gone now following the Super Hi-J programme but I could be wrong.


They are, it's either 86J or 52J, the 70J config has been gone for several months now.

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by steve6666
Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS launch 3rd daily LAX next May.
Replies: 55
Views: 8842

Re: VS launch 3rd daily LAX next May.

8herveg wrote:
4 x A330/10 in fleet - I know some fly from MAN but that still leaves about 4-5 frames left over - what happens with these?


Aren't there a load at LGW doing some of the Caribbean island flying? Years since I've flown VS, but aren't they in a different config?

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by steve6666
Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-TAM (Now LATAM Brasil) A332S
Replies: 18
Views: 3381

Re: Ex-TAM (Now LATAM Brasil) A332S

They were mostly retired before the downturn, and before the brand merger to LATAM. No, they were mostly retired from 2014 onwards, when Brazil was already in recession and even though that was before the brand merger started, it was several years after the merger of LAN and TAM was announced and l...

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by steve6666
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS launch 3rd daily LAX next May.
Replies: 55
Views: 8842

Re: VS launch 3rd daily LAX next May.

8herveg wrote:
DFW too but this ends in 2017.


I think you mean Detroit rather than Dallas - they'd get murdered if they tried DFW.
The VS source is your friend to answer your other question.
http://www.thevssource.com/virginatlanticroutetracker.html

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by steve6666
Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-9's parked at Manchester
Replies: 13
Views: 5245

Re: BA 787-9's parked at Manchester

KaiTak747 wrote:
Why does Thanksgiving affect BA?


Because BA flies to places, for example, the USA, where they celebrate Thanksgiving and therefore the demand from certain demographics, for example, Americans, decreases.
Just as Carnaval affects BA's Brazilian flights.

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by steve6666
Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why more wide body than narrow body types?
Replies: 8
Views: 2797

Re: Why more wide body than narrow body types?

I assume you've taken the list from the models currently offered by the manufacturers, otherwise you'd still have the A340 and B757 to add in too. Regardless of that, how many new orders are there going to be for B747 and B767 in passenger versions? I'd suggest very few. And an argument could be con...

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by steve6666
Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What went wrong for BA at LGW
Replies: 59
Views: 12221

Re: What went wrong forBA at LGW

Also, they sold their subsidiary GB airways to EasyJet, handing over. A bunch or destinations to Easy. GB Airways wasn't a BA subsidiary, it was a franchise operation that was free to go to Easyjet (subject to the terms of the franchise agreement) without BA having to sell anything. And in any case...

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by steve6666
Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG and US investment
Replies: 6
Views: 1670

Re: IAG and US investment

There is no need for IAG to buy part of AA. AA are not hurting for investment, and there is zero chance they will jumping out of their relationship with BA anytime soon.. In a word, this. What on earth would the benefit be for either side? They have a huge metal neutral, revenue and cost sharing JV...

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by steve6666
Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Closes Sao Paulo
Replies: 39
Views: 8873

Re: Etihad Closes Sao Paulo

They had Code Sahre with Aerolineas Argentinas to BUE, GOL to Domestic Brazil, MVD, BUE, ASU, SCL, VVI and with Avianca to Domestic brazilian destinations. I stand corrected - couldn't find anything on their website that showed this. However, I'd suggest that, in comparison to what Qatar can offer ...

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by steve6666
Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Closes Sao Paulo
Replies: 39
Views: 8873

Re: Etihad Closes Sao Paulo

Makes me feel bad for Brazil in general. I was hoping by 2017 that there would be signs of economic improvement in Brazil. Seeing almost all of these very premium airlines from Asia and ME that started service in the past number of years (e.g; Singapore, etc) was such an emotional boost to Sao Paul...

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by steve6666
Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: shortest runways to land a ______. Fill in the blank
Replies: 39
Views: 5882

Re: shortest runways to land a ______. Fill in the blank

Viscount724 wrote:
SDU runway (4341') is almost 500' shorter than EYW and must have around 150 daily 737 and A320 family departures.


I don't *think* TAM flies anything bigger than the A319 into SDU. GOL of course has the short field performance B738 especially for SDU, and also flies the -700 there.

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by steve6666
Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA returns to 10-abreast 777 seating, increases A320 seating
Replies: 116
Views: 21330

Re: BA returns to 10-abreast 777 seating, increases A320 seating

The Norwegians of the world are running circles around the BA's, AF's, KL's and LH's of the past. Incredible. They really aren't. Go and compare the relative size of the numbers, and profitability (excluding AF). Norwegian actually made a net loss in the first half of this year, they've made all th...

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by steve6666
Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Europe- Argentina/Chile late 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 4770

Re: Norwegian Europe- Argentina/Chile late 2017

the Salar de Atacama, Rapa Nui (OK this is also remote) or Buenos Aires (and a quick side trip to Montevideo) are very popular. One problem with European tourists in LATAM is that flying to and once there is expensive. But as I said it might be changing with low costs like SkyAirline in Chile or mo...

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by steve6666
Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: BA Pilot Mile-High "Soloist" Selfies
Replies: 71
Views: 17091

Re: BA Pilot Mile-High "Soloist" Selfies

The rumour is that some of these photos were taken in a B777 sim at Gatwick as G-YMMB is the registration used. This assumes there is a sim at Gatwick, etc. Therefore, Captain Glover may not havve been the person in question. Do they even have a 777 sim at Gatwick? There are two at Cranebank, and I...

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by steve6666
Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no dayflights on BA/AA on MIA-LHR?
Replies: 48
Views: 4536

Re: Why no dayflights on BA/AA on MIA-LHR?

I've only really transited the US on the way to or from deepest South America when I'm on mileage runs. Otherwise, historically you would take a direct flight from LON to GRU, and now GIG, EZE, LIM and now SCL have been added there's not many places left in South America that it is more logical to t...

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by steve6666
Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 777-200ER Fleet
Replies: 11
Views: 4051

Re: British Airways 777-200ER Fleet

I *think* they are intending to finish off the updates to the -200ER fleet, so they all have the updated IFE on demand and recovered W and Y cabins. They started the job, but I think refurbing the ultra high 744s then took precedence. They had better give the 777s some love, since the last investor ...

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by steve6666
Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA confirms A380 to Boston S17.
Replies: 32
Views: 6455

Re: BA confirms A380 to Boston S17.

usflyer123 wrote:
nice to see BA keep succeeding after DY entered the LON-BOS market!


They compete on completely different things. Norwegian is all about price, BA is about (in all classes) frequency, network and alliance and (in premium cabins) a far more differentiated product.

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by steve6666
Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cayman Airways and long haul
Replies: 21
Views: 3163

Re: Cayman Airways and long haul

On the positive side: GCM airport is being rebuilt and the runway extended (to 9000 feet, from memory) over the next few years, and the yield on the BA direct flight from London is really pretty high going on the relative prices they quote. Also, there's been a lot of development of the island since...

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by steve6666
Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 777-200 with no AVOD?
Replies: 10
Views: 4404

Re: BA 777-200 with no AVOD

Thats old, out of date info. All the 777's have AVOD in some form or another. That's true, but there is still a rump of them that have the very old style AVOD, with poor picture quality and embarrassingly awful content - both in quantity and quality. Had the misfortune to be on YMMF last month - tw...

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by steve6666
Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Starts BDL-DUB Tonight!
Replies: 62
Views: 7383

Re: Aer Lingus Starts BDL-DUB Tonight!

The flight will be "unprofitable" until the $5 mil is used up - guaranteed. There are all sorts of perfectly legal accounting tricks to make a route appear to be unprofitable (even if it is not), I have no doubt that EI will use them all... If they haven't clearly set out and agreed betwe...

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by steve6666
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which has the better long-term strategy: Emirates or Norwegian?
Replies: 39
Views: 6322

Re: Which has the better long-term strategy: Emirates or Norwegian?

I don't think either has a "better" business model per se. They are very different business models with different strategies. They are hardly competitors. Mostly this. Emirates has proper F and J class and Norwegian doesn't; Emirates is a massive mostly long and mid haul hub and spoke ope...

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by steve6666
Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow - Noise & routings
Replies: 4
Views: 1311

Re: Heathrow - Noise & routings

Why should Richmond and Hounslow benefit at the expense of Slough, Windsor and Datchet?

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by steve6666
Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways intends to introduce BOB catering in Jan 2017
Replies: 108
Views: 18848

Re: British Airways intends to introduce BOB catering in Jan 2017

The BA short-haul catering offer has been woeful for 10+ years with inconsistencies between LGW and LHR. I have to agree with this. In Euro Traveller, the food has been absolutely dire for several years. I (frankly) eat like a horse, but I refuse that disgusting wrap that has the texture of cardboa...

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by steve6666
Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China condemned over racism in London travel guide
Replies: 68
Views: 10881

Re: Air China condemned over racism in London travel guide

For the life of me, I can't think why any tourist (not just Chinese) would want to go down the A23 corridor from Kennington to Croydon (unless there was a gig on in Brixton) or to the band of mediocrity in NE London, or for that matter Harlesden. So maybe the advice should have been: Tourists: don't...

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by steve6666
Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Exactly how bad are things at GOL, Brasil?
Replies: 8
Views: 3897

Re: Exactly how bad are things at GOL, Brasil?

All joking aside, are there just too many domestic seats in the sky right now in Brazil? I think a capacity reduction is well overdue. I know someone who was closely connected with the GOL audit - there was apparently a large amount of work performed into whether they were a going concern for the 3...

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by steve6666
Sun Aug 21, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 to GIG
Replies: 12
Views: 4190

Re: Air France A380 to GIG

OA940 wrote:
Where can they find the market for a double capacity?


They fly CDG-GIG double daily, so that would suggest there is enough of a market. Whether changing equipment to an A380 implies they want to reduce to one daily, or grow the market is another matter.

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