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by upperdeckfan
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-8I Fleet Tracking Thread 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 8642

Re: Boeing 747-8I Fleet Tracking Thread 2020

Welcome to the next weekly installment of Which 747-8Is are Still Flying in 2020? The data for which aircraft are active is taken from Planespotters.net, cross-referenced with Flightradar24 and any comments posted on this thread. Aircraft which are listed as active will be illustrated with the most...

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by upperdeckfan
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet
Replies: 90
Views: 19482

Re: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet

Let me be clear, I think demand will recover soon enough for IB to resume long haul only to some extent. I'm not thinking IB will be 3xdaily to EZE, or 2xdaily to BOG and MEX, or will resume BOS or LAX any time soon, but I think 1xdaily to their largest markets in LatAm and US will be back as soon ...

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by upperdeckfan
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet
Replies: 90
Views: 19482

Re: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet

And 6 to 8 frames for four non daily routes to Central America and the Caribbean is also more than needed. Depending on frequency you need 3 to 4 frames maximum. Well, I'm not an airline scheduler but my point is that demand will pick up soon enough to see IB bringing back some of the A346's. I see...

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by upperdeckfan
Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet
Replies: 90
Views: 19482

Re: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet

Do you really need 3 frames for a daily service to MEX or BOG? Is not more 2 frames for a daily flight on these routes? I would think 2 could likely do as well, especially since part of their network sees morning departures and some evening so they can rotate aircraft etc. And 6 to 8 frames for fou...

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by upperdeckfan
Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet
Replies: 90
Views: 19482

Re: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet

It isn't a matter of A359 vs. A346 capabilities but about how quick the recovery is, If it is quick enough to restablish at least 1xdaily service to IB's primery markets in US & LatAm, 28 frames won't be enough. As said in my first post, 28 frames is roughly what's needed for one daily EZE,LIM,...

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by upperdeckfan
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Clearing customs in Anchorage
Replies: 8
Views: 1714

Re: Clearing customs in Anchorage

What are the rules now? I mean if a flight was to be routed NRT-ANC-JFK or for example SYD-LAX-JFK would/do pax clear customs and immigration at the first point of arrival into the USA? Yes....no transitting or tech-stopping in the US without full customs / immigration wherever the first landing is...

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by upperdeckfan
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Wizz Air base in Germany! (Dortmund)
Replies: 18
Views: 1827

Re: First Wizz Air base in Germany! (Dortmund)

That is going to badly hurt EW operations at DUS and will probably create a huge boom for DTM. People in the Ruhrgebiet will rejoice to have another choice to avoid the LH group airlines when flying. Do you really think 42 weekly W6's flights will "badly" hurt EW ops at DUS? Will really c...

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by upperdeckfan
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet
Replies: 90
Views: 19482

Re: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet

They might be counting on the UX takeover adding some new 789's although my bet is that we'll see some A346's back to serve hot/high airports such as MEX, UIO and BOG. Pre-covid IB was planning on shifting the daily BOG flight to the A350 later this year (the start date kept on getting push back, I...

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by upperdeckfan
Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet
Replies: 90
Views: 19482

Re: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet

To summarize, Iberia long haul fleet will be after the A346 leaves: A330s: 20 units, 4 of them flying under the LEVEL brand in Barcelona, same AOC. A350s: 8 units, of a total order of 20 (up from 16 initially). No news regarding the A321XLR Those 8 to 12 frames of the A350 yet to be deliverd will o...

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by upperdeckfan
Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANISEC - Level Europe in Administration
Replies: 30
Views: 5771

Re: ANISEC - Level Europe in Administration

Sad but no surprise here, it was the weakest, smaller and less established IAG brand. If someone had to fail Level was on the front seat.

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opinion: Top 5 saddest retirements caused by the virus
Replies: 29
Views: 1726

Re: Opinion: Top 5 saddest retirements caused by the virus

Any and all A340 retirements for me, I have flown all major types except the A340 (in any guise) and the A350, I figure I'll get to go on an A350 one day but time/opportunity is running out for the A340. Fred IB and LH will keep flying A346 for some time, although not much, better to hurry up. IB m...

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by upperdeckfan
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How will coronavirus impact the shift from air to rail travel?
Replies: 25
Views: 2910

Re: How will coronavirus impact the shift from air to rail travel?

In Europe the shift toward rail transportation occurred many years ago but it has been mostly focused on the large corridors linking major markets such as MAD-BCN, AMS-BRU-PAR, PAR-LON, or FRA-DUS. Flight offer linking these markets has been shrinking for long now and overall air traffic have gone ...

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by upperdeckfan
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Europa might stay independent.
Replies: 53
Views: 8196

Re: Air Europa might stay independent.

Having long term monopoly pricing power in Spain is also kind of appealing to IAG... :-) Slightly off topic here.... So IAG will own Iberia , Iberia Express, Vueling , Air Europa, Level, and codeshare with Air Nostrom...? Who’s left in Spain without IAG influence...? Giving IAG monopoly power in Sp...

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How will coronavirus impact the shift from air to rail travel?
Replies: 25
Views: 2910

Re: How will coronavirus impact the shift from air to rail travel?

In Europe the shift toward rail transportation occurred many years ago but it has been mostly focused on the large corridors linking major markets such as MAD-BCN, AMS-BRU-PAR, PAR-LON, or FRA-DUS. Flight offer linking these markets has been shrinking for long now and overall air traffic have gone u...

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opinion: Top 5 saddest retirements caused by the virus
Replies: 29
Views: 1726

Re: Opinion: Top 5 saddest retirements caused by the virus

747 retirements are the saddest by far so KL and VS at the top of my list Any and all A340 retirements for me, I have flown all major types except the A340 (in any guise) and the A350, I figure I'll get to go on an A350 one day but time/opportunity is running out for the A340. Fred IB and LH will ke...

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 15 years ago: CO expands to "secondary" EU cities with 757s
Replies: 84
Views: 9850

Re: 15 years ago: CO expands to "secondary" EU cities with 757s

This made me think about what had happened to all these flights, also given that the Hamburg flight got axed in 2018 after 13 years. I found out that most of these legacy CO flights to "secondary" markets do not exist anymore. Edinburgh - still operating (Corona aside!) Belfast - axed in ...

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by upperdeckfan
Mon May 25, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa June International schedule
Replies: 16
Views: 6592

Re: Lufthansa June International schedule

Most of the european schedule will be resumed 01JUN as planned but some long haul don't have a slight of chance to happen

FRA-GRU 5x weekly 748?
FRA-MEX 3x weekly 343?
FRA-BOM 3x weekly 333?

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by upperdeckfan
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Day Flights to Europe
Replies: 1
Views: 507

Re: Day Flights to Europe

I see daylight being brought back after some red-eyes are. You can expect JFK-LHR to get back before ORD or BOS. Likely smaller types to adjust for demand, 788/789 instead of 77W/744.

As far as I know eastbound daylights are more popular amongst business pax than believed.

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by upperdeckfan
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lifting of international air travel restrictions?
Replies: 17
Views: 1223

Re: Lifting of international air travel restrictions?

ghtly. The problem with travel to/from the EU is the fact that most EU nations are in the Schengen area, where there are only few places with border checks (mostly the land borders between Germany and Austria due to the immigration crisis, Germany and France, and let's not forget that France has cu...

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by upperdeckfan
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines Ask to Cancel Rule Requiring Refunds When They Cancel
Replies: 18
Views: 1309

Re: Airlines Ask to Cancel Rule Requiring Refunds When They Cancel

Well , Air Canada canceled my reservation from Europe to the United States and offered me a 24 month voucher . If I book a flight with them in the future which is cheaper the remaining money will be lost ! Well this is not a deal and I’ve advised them about the EU rule EC261 which clearly states : ...

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by upperdeckfan
Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA transfers MLE to LHR; upgrades to 77W
Replies: 25
Views: 6909

Re: BA transfers MLE to LHR; upgrades to 77W

Currently the only way to get from Europe to Maldives, barring the Gatwick flight and AF's 3/week 789 service from CDG, is connecting via a Middle East carrier. I wonder if this new flight will be timed to meet connections from NA, like what BA recently did with its ISB flight. The Maldives are lit...

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by upperdeckfan
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help on one-way into BCN/EU need departing flight or other exit
Replies: 19
Views: 1222

Re: Help on one-way into BCN/EU need departing flight or other exit

A non-US citizen/resident can't fly on a one-way ticket to the US, same thing the other way around for a non EU citizent/resident going to the EU. As said, you need to have a ticket leaving the EU regardless of where, one can guess North Africa or Eastern Europe (russia, ukraine, serbia, etc) to be ...

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by upperdeckfan
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: International flights return to Buenos Aires AEP
Replies: 18
Views: 4304

Re: International flights return to Buenos Aires AEP

AEP and EZE aren't HND and NRT in Japan. Curb your enthusiasm, you won't see AA, DL, TK, EK, IB not even CM or AV, in AEP. If AEP has the slack to give airlines chance to operate international (other than Uruguay) out of AEP, great news for Buenos Aires. Would some Buenos Aires international passen...

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by upperdeckfan
Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Over Built and/or Under Utilized Airports
Replies: 50
Views: 5722

Re: Over Built and/or Under Utilized Airports

CQM....over a billion Euros cost...built in 2009 and 0 flights In the period it was first opened, 2008-2012, Ciudad Real CQM managed to get 6 destinations by 4 airlines. It is also true that no more than two airlines or 3 destinations were operated at the same time, so it was underutilized but for ...

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by upperdeckfan
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: top 10 cities unserved by IAH.
Replies: 8
Views: 1111

Re: top 10 cities unserved by IAH.

Back in the CO days, IAH-CCS was pure gold, fares were insane as it was 99% O&G traffic.

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by upperdeckfan
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: International flights return to Buenos Aires AEP
Replies: 18
Views: 4304

Re: International flights return to Buenos Aires AEP

Flown AF and LH to EZE last year and neither on arrival nor departure had significant waiting time. From what I read here I was very lucky. Going back in April, will see... Is uruguay served from EZE? Last time I checked you could only fly from AEP. Which is not ideal for Uruguayans looking to conne...

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by upperdeckfan
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will JAL order the 777-9?
Replies: 32
Views: 6438

Re: Will JAL order the 777-9?

Korean Air is much more likely to order the 777-9 since they have not ordered A350 or 777-9 yet. KAL has a large 77W fleet and A380's which could have a short career if AF is any guide. KE not only have a large 77W fleet plus 10 A380's, they also have 10 B748's which will keep flying for a long whi...

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by upperdeckfan
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Retirements aside, which future A380 routes could YVR sustain?
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: Retirements aside, which future A380 routes could YVR sustain?

Only chance for A380 to YVR is EK if the bilateral is revised.

Others such as KE, QF or AF are too premium to sustain YVR. Keep in mind that most of them are using non-F planes.

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why no AF A380 at YUL / AF upgauge to YVR?
Replies: 4
Views: 810

Re: Why no AF A380 at YUL / AF upgauge to YVR?

With Air France already retiring its first A380 can someone remind me why was the A380 not successful on CDG-YUL? On another note, YVR-CDG flights always seem full especially in summer. Is AF going to increase to a 77W or A359? Might it depend on whether the CDG-YVR-PPT route they filed ever become...

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by upperdeckfan
Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2020
Replies: 105
Views: 21582

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2020

According to https://sites.google.com/site/lhgroupfleet/eurowings Eurowings' A332 D-AXGB is undergoing a cabin refurbishment. Does anyone know what will be changed? All SunExpress operated A332 will receive the current Lufthansa Business Class Seat which is also already installed in the A333 operat...

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 3678, EWR-SAT, divert to IND on 2/19
Replies: 17
Views: 2216

Re: UA 3678, EWR-SAT, divert to IND on 2/19

IND seems to be less than halfway to SAT from EWR,

wonder why not divert to a closer airport if fuel related?

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways ups its stake in IAG Airline Group
Replies: 14
Views: 2306

Re: Qatar Airways ups its stake in IAG Airline Group

So what is the added value for QR to have a 25% stake in the IAG Group? Only transferring aircraft they don't want to use themselves or getting more favorable deals from aircraft manufacturers when they place a group order? A388 Well, like any shareholder of a publicly trade company.....dividends, ...

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways ups its stake in IAG Airline Group
Replies: 14
Views: 2306

Re: Qatar Airways ups its stake in IAG Airline Group

Scotron12 wrote:
Apologies...they have no board seats


One would expect a 25% stake would grant you at least one seat on the board of a publicly trade company.

Do you know how IAG manages this so QR doesn't get represented in their board?

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Passport control at CDG
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Re: Passport control at CDG

France is currently (31st Oct 10-30th April 20) operating temporary re-introduced border controls as is permitted under schengen rules . So you were checked entering into France and then departing France (Schengen Area) to a non-schengen country. There are several Schengen countries currently opera...

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TP new routes, rumors.
Replies: 55
Views: 9922

Re: TP new routes, rumors.

Still hoping for DEN at some point. DEN has no Iberian destinations so a star hub at LIS would be a great gateway. Keep hoping but be patient, extremely slim chance to see either UA or TP linking LIS and DEN. DEN only sustain year-round service to the largest european gateways (LHR and FRA) and eve...

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 51247

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

Is anybody aware of LH 744 strategy? Retirement timeframe? is it affected by 779 delays? I would expect it is since they have to be replaced by something. I'm actually curious what LH strategy is in general regarding quads since they have 80 quads in fleet. Granted the B748s and A380s will fly for ...

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP banned from Venezuela
Replies: 18
Views: 7916

Re: TAP banned from Venezuela

Remember the times when all european legacies served CCS and VA served every European capital with their DC10's.

Even AF flew the Concorde to CCS, the good old days.....

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by upperdeckfan
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Passport control at CDG
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Passport control at CDG

Last week I had to go to two passport checkpoints while connecting at CDG. Was a Schengen-nonShengen connection on AF within 2E. As I have never had my passport screened twice on a Schengen-nonSchengen connection at CDG or elsewhere I was wonder if anyone on a-net have a clue on why. It was my first...

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by upperdeckfan
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 236
Views: 51247

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

Is anybody aware of LH 744 strategy? Retirement timeframe? is it affected by 779 delays?

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by upperdeckfan
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TP new routes, rumors.
Replies: 55
Views: 9922

Re: TP new routes, rumors.

They should launch, MEX, LAX, CUN and EZE. Buenos Aires definitely missing from the Latin portfolio. How about Asia, Tokyo, Seoul and Singapore would look nice with those A339's. If LOT from Poland can fly to Asia, why not TAP ? TP doesn't fly to Asia due to the same reason LO doesn´t fly to Latin ...

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by upperdeckfan
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TP new routes, rumors.
Replies: 55
Views: 9922

Re: TP new routes, rumors.

Thoise rumours are a non-sense,

LIM ahead of BOG or EZE?
CPT ahead of JNB?
MCO and CUN ahead of MEX or LAX or IAH?

Wil believe it when see it

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by upperdeckfan
Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 10507

Re: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2020

Spanish aviation will be much different from today once UX takeover by IB takes place. Is this going to happen, after all? Why not? EU authorities are working on the approval, a merge like this doesn't get approved overnight but it will happen for sure. We'll see some restrictions on the deal (anti...

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by upperdeckfan
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 10507

Re: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2020

Spanish aviation will be much different from today once UX takeover by IB takes place. Some of my question marks are: Is the UX brand going to be retained as a full-service carrier? If not will UX ops split between VY for short-haul and LV for long-haul? Will UX long-haul network be kept? specially ...

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wamos Air MAD-SFB
Replies: 13
Views: 3152

Re: Wamos Air MAD-SFB

Interesting to know SFB has FIDS.

Do they have scheduled international service?

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air Withdrawing from FRA?
Replies: 29
Views: 3769

Re: Wizz Air Withdrawing from FRA?

Well, calling W6 pulling out of FRA a "major" victory by LH seems quite over the top. LH targets (and gets) most of their traffic out of Eastern Europe on connections to western Europe and the Americas. W6 with one daily flight at the most and no connections out of FRA is hardly a threat ...

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by upperdeckfan
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air Withdrawing from FRA?
Replies: 29
Views: 3769

Re: Wizz Air Withdrawing from FRA?

Well, calling W6 pulling out of FRA a "major" victory by LH seems quite over the top. LH targets (and gets) most of their traffic out of Eastern Europe on connections to western Europe and the Americas. W6 with one daily flight at the most and no connections out of FRA is hardly a threat f...

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by upperdeckfan
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF KL VS DL - FQTV Partnership Fully Commences 13Feb20
Replies: 22
Views: 3157

Re: AF KL VS DL - FQTV Partnership Fully Commences 13Feb20

I don't see that much of a benefit for them as they can get non-stop from either CDG/AMS to all of VS destinations out of the UK. DL and VS FF's are the ones who will get most of the benefit on this deal. On the first point ....Vegas says hi On the second, totally agree. Missed Vegas....how comes? ...

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by upperdeckfan
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC MAD-YYZ: major damage to landing gear and engine on takeoff - circling MAD airspace
Replies: 140
Views: 30253

Re: AC MAD-YYZ: major damage to landing gear and engine on takeoff - circling MAD airspace

More than 2 hours in the air.....doesn't look good

Hope it ends safely for pax and crews onboard, my prays.

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by upperdeckfan
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is UX using a widebody on its MAD-AMS route ?
Replies: 10
Views: 874

Re: Why is UX using a widebody on its MAD-AMS route ?

UX has many domestic flights such as MAD-BCN or MAD-TFS using a widebody, I understand there's either a big touristic demand or cargo contract. But I was wondering about the reason why UX is using a widebody at least once a day on its MAD-AMS route (are the Netherlands such a popular destination fr...

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