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by skipness1E
Sat Sep 18, 2021 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 and A340 Movements/Write-off/Retirements/Scrap Thread - 2021
Replies: 103
Views: 38559

Re: A330 and A340 Movements/Write-off/Retirements/Scrap Thread - 2021

Virgin's G-VMIK departed LHR for parting out at Knock today.

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by skipness1E
Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Glasgow Airport 2021 Thread
Replies: 38
Views: 4253

Re: Glasgow Airport 2021 Thread

If they are lucky GLA will get Jetblue over the summer months and then it's up to the airport and the region to maintain it. Otherwise main line service to the US from GLA is done and not coming back. You'll still have Air Transat to Toronto I'd imagine once or twice a week and TUI running a simila...

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by skipness1E
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 162
Views: 45881

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Happy I shot this one lining up at LHR today, was surprised to see an A332 on the move!

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by skipness1E
Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Glasgow Airport 2021 Thread
Replies: 38
Views: 4253

Re: Glasgow Airport 2021 Thread

Seasonal cancellation til summer? You can bet EDI will offer terms to shift!

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by skipness1E
Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 162
Views: 45881

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2021

G-VMNK has already left the fleet and it stored minus titles and engines at DUS. G-VMIK has returned DRS-LHR and is parked by the Virgin hangar on 701 tonight. G-VWND and G-VLNM are parked up at MAN, none of the A332s are active currently.

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by skipness1E
Mon Sep 06, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 171
Views: 10708

Re: Ryanair News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Does anyone know why some Ryanair aircraft have winglets painted differently to the standard FR winglet? The Ryanair titles are not applied to either side of this winglet. It’s often the case that I see a Ryanair aircraft with two of the different winglets. Is this an older style of winglet or poss...

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by skipness1E
Thu Sep 02, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Glasgow Airport 2021 Thread
Replies: 38
Views: 4253

Re: Glasgow Airport 2021 Thread

It's not anyone's fault at AGS on one level as Edinburgh is nowadays by quite some way the bigger inbound draw, that's changed the market. With the ability to get from the West Coast to EDI via M77 and M8 (the good bit) it's been a game changer. Traffic going west on the M8 is a pain point and GLA i...

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by skipness1E
Thu Sep 02, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New IAG carrier at LGW
Replies: 120
Views: 20341

Re: New IAG carrier at LGW

Some details now being drip fed through. Some pay cuts and some seasonal part time contracts along with a bit flexibility on disruption and roster changes but no massive revolution. Seems unnecessary to set up a new company, albeit wholly owned by BA, to do much of what happened before for 10-15% l...

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by skipness1E
Wed Sep 01, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US registered B747s with non American Carriers
Replies: 8
Views: 2863

US registered B747s with non American Carriers

Back in the 1980s and 90s major airlines like JAL, Swissair and KLM flew US registered B747s as part of their mainline fleets. Were these aircraft operated under local regulations or US ones? Could crews fly a locally registered aircraft on one leg and return on a US registered one? Interested in th...

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by skipness1E
Wed Sep 01, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 171
Views: 10708

Re: Ryanair News and Discussion Thread - 2021

No, as mentioned up thread, the ones with no titles are post delivery fitted, the ones with titles were delivered from the factory. Over time they are swapped around the fleet. Ryanair retro-fitted their whole existing B738 fleet with winglets as well as having them added to all new builds from then...

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by skipness1E
Tue Aug 31, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Group Airlines: Existing Aircraft Repaints?
Replies: 52
Views: 8559

Re: Ryanair Group Airlines: Existing Aircraft Repaints?

Does anyone know why some Ryanair aircraft have winglets painted differently to the standard FR winglet? The Ryanair titles are not applied to either side of this winglet. It’s often the case that I see a Ryanair aircraft with two of the different winglets. Is this an older style of winglet or poss...

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by skipness1E
Tue Aug 31, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Glasgow Airport 2021 Thread
Replies: 38
Views: 4253

Re: Glasgow Airport 2021 Thread

WS30 YYZ-YHZ-GLA was indeed daily and was same aircraft from YYZ, presumably clearing Canadian customs at YHZ on the way back?

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by skipness1E
Tue Aug 31, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Glasgow Airport 2021 Thread
Replies: 38
Views: 4253

Re: Glasgow (UK) Airport Thread

So Delta have dropped JFK-GLA as well now?
It's just so easy to get across Scotland to EDI now, drove across from Ayrshire at the weekend, very straightforward.

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by skipness1E
Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI
Replies: 59
Views: 12141

Re: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI

So by this logic, Delta have dropped Glasgow as well as United and American then? Delta don't pull the strings on this at all, it's a UK-US holiday flight with 3rd party handling. The only Delta angle is that MCO-Scotland might pick up a few connections and would do better at EDI, the costs of handl...

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by skipness1E
Sun Aug 29, 2021 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New IAG carrier at LGW
Replies: 120
Views: 20341

Re: New IAG carrier at LGW

HTCone wrote:
usflyer msp wrote:
OzarkD9S wrote:

Then BAir is the obvious choice.


Bring back British European Airways...


+1 from me. Their callsign (Bee-line) was taken by Brussels Airlines a few years ago though.

Yet the "BeaLine" callsign is still in common use at LHR.....

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by skipness1E
Fri Aug 27, 2021 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New IAG carrier at LGW
Replies: 120
Views: 20341

Re: New IAG carrier at LGW

The problem at LGW is that the Club Cabins tend to be more towards redemptions than paid for. BA kept LGW short haul so their elites could redeem holiday flights in the manner they were accustomed and now their elites are not flying in the same way, Club may well be ditched in favour of a one class ...

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by skipness1E
Tue Aug 17, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Edinburgh Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 64
Views: 10142

Re: Edinburgh Aviation Thread - 2021

Any plans for EDI to build a new terminal in the future ever? It's current one, despite improvements, is bursting at the seems and with more and more services (especially long-haul) being offered, surely something has to change at some point? I've been through EDI a few times in the last few weeks ...

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by skipness1E
Sun Aug 15, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Officially Launching LHR/LGW
Replies: 286
Views: 55355

Re: JetBlue Officially Launching LHR/LGW

What about LHR-JFK-LAX JFK-LHR? 3 dedicated tails in service by Sept. Tail A doing JFK-LHR and sitting in London for the day, returning a few minutes before Tail B launches. Tail B doing JFK-LHR the next night, returning a few minutes before tail A launches. Tail C doing JFK-LGW and running the rou...

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by skipness1E
Sun Aug 15, 2021 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced
Replies: 288
Views: 65451

Re: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced

And by SDF I mean SWF
#epicfail
Mock me, do he he

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by skipness1E
Sat Aug 14, 2021 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced
Replies: 288
Views: 65451

Re: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced

You always over fixate on APD. What's the point in saving a few pounds on APD if you have to get from SDF to New York by other means? There's a reason loss making Norwegian moved away from SDF to focus on JFK and OAK into SFO and it's because they NEEDED to be able to charge more. Stop looking at th...

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by skipness1E
Sat Aug 14, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI
Replies: 59
Views: 12141

Re: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI

Core difference is that we lack a national integrated transport strategy. GLA/EDI are competing commercial operations whereas ideally there's be one bigger state owned or assisted central airport linked into national rail. We forget that that the UK is an outlier in having so much key infrastructure...

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by skipness1E
Fri Aug 13, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced
Replies: 288
Views: 65451

Re: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced

What % of the market self transfers? Families? Not really? It's "bottom feeders", the modern day bucket shops. I sat next to a couple on a Norwegian B789 who brought their own sandwiches on long haul. It's really hard to make money off these people, no matter how much you evangalise this b...

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by skipness1E
Fri Aug 13, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced
Replies: 288
Views: 65451

Re: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced

Those prices won't cover APD let alone costs, get real.

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by skipness1E
Fri Aug 13, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI
Replies: 59
Views: 12141

Re: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI

PIK was Scotland's designated transatlantic gateway from the late 1960s? Before that, only PIK had a runway long enough for the B707/DC8 (the VC10 could easily have used GLA!) and this meant Pan Am, Air Canada and BOAC were all at PIK. Wardair actually flew B727s on YYZ-GLA but were eventually moved...

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by skipness1E
Wed Aug 11, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI
Replies: 59
Views: 12141

Re: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI

Has Delta dropped GLA-JFK then as well?

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by skipness1E
Wed Aug 11, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Crew Restrains 13 y/o To His Seat OGG-LAX
Replies: 117
Views: 13406

Re: AA Crew Duct Tapes 13 y/o To His Seat OGG-LAX

Duct taping any passenger to a seat, as happened on F9 last week, and now on AA this week seems like a huge liability issue. What happens in the event of an emergency evacuation if crew can't get the tape removed in time and the passenger is stuck? How likely is that when balanced against the damag...

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by skipness1E
Wed Aug 11, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI
Replies: 59
Views: 12141

Re: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI

I can't help but remember how Scottish Airports constrained demand at EDI and gave up (probably correctly) on PIK taking the view that GLA was going to be Scotland's main gateway. I actually get the logic there, as to be honest there's only one major airport needed and once the constraint was remove...

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by skipness1E
Wed Aug 11, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI
Replies: 59
Views: 12141

Re: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI

What costs are we saving on consolidating? It's third party handling, Virgin on Airbus, Delta on Boeing and even Delta see demand enough to run JFK-GLA. The House of Mouse was traditionally more of a Weegie and West Coast sun run, whereas BGI may well be a better for fit EDI. There are some interes...

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by skipness1E
Wed Aug 11, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 162
Views: 45881

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2021

I think BGI hasn't been served from Scotland since Britannia ran B767-200ERs on LTN-PIK-BGI in 1990 !
I am honestly shocked Virgin have dropped GLA though.

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by skipness1E
Wed Aug 11, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI
Replies: 59
Views: 12141

Re: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI

What costs are we saving on consolidating? It's third party handling, Virgin on Airbus, Delta on Boeing and even Delta see demand enough to run JFK-GLA. The House of Mouse was traditionally more of a Weegie and West Coast sun run, whereas BGI may well be a better for fit EDI. There are some interest...

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by skipness1E
Wed Aug 11, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI
Replies: 59
Views: 12141

Re: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI

And they're stopping the GLA-MCO flight, which have run from 2007 - 2019. I always thought this flight did well? Why have they decided to move the MCO flight to EDI rather than continue it at GLA? BGI would have done well at GLA too, no? The B744 was better suited at GLA, EDI does better with an in...

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by skipness1E
Wed Aug 11, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI
Replies: 59
Views: 12141

Re: Virgin Atlantic to operate from EDI

Rumours that GLA-MCO isn't coming back?

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by skipness1E
Tue Aug 10, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced
Replies: 288
Views: 65451

Re: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced

They're going to need a UK AOC I think? Is that right?

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by skipness1E
Tue Aug 10, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced
Replies: 288
Views: 65451

Re: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced

So 15 ex Norwegian B787s flying on former Norwegian routes run by ex Norwegian people in a market well down on pre COVID, with no feed focussing only on point to point.
If I had seen my shareholder value repeatedly burned by this, I'd be 200% deffo certain that it would surely work next time.........

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by skipness1E
Tue Aug 10, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United 787-8 Darkening.Windows.- Uh, Hello?
Replies: 48
Views: 6052

Re: United 787-8 Darkening.Windows.- Uh, Hello?

The problem is made worse by the size of the windows. They're huge and they let in enormous amounts of light. Now I love a window seat to peek out and on the B747, B767, B777, A330/A340 it's usually much less invasive to have a few shades half open so people can look out, rather than the frankly hug...

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by skipness1E
Mon Aug 09, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 162
Views: 45881

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2021

VS CEO just said on Instagram that they expect to announce a restart for many routes from MAN soon. I imagine we’ll see SFO, BOS and LAS resume. LAX is already on the schedule. It's already August so summer leisure bookings to the US are already a write off IMHO. High end winter sun may be OK but t...

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by skipness1E
Sun Aug 08, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Group Airlines: Existing Aircraft Repaints?
Replies: 52
Views: 8559

Re: Ryanair Group Airlines: Existing Aircraft Repaints?

So are we really suggesting Ryanair are going to be flying hundreds of daily flights in Malta Air livery that don't land in Malta? I know Ducksy loves to be different and pretend that marketing is unnecessary but this just seems senseless to me. Options 1) Use Malta Air and Buzz to keep group costs...

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by skipness1E
Sat Aug 07, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Group Airlines: Existing Aircraft Repaints?
Replies: 52
Views: 8559

Re: Ryanair Group Airlines: Existing Aircraft Repaints?

So are we really suggesting Ryanair are going to be flying hundreds of daily flights in Malta Air livery that don't land in Malta? I know Ducksy loves to be different and pretend that marketing is unnecessary but this just seems senseless to me. Options 1) Use Malta Air and Buzz to keep group costs ...

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by skipness1E
Tue Aug 03, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced
Replies: 288
Views: 65451

Re: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced

What sort of margins would easyJet be making on feeding another low cost carrier? Especially one as tainted as Norwegian, which is clearly what Norse is a Trojan Horse for! To make it worth their while, a sizeable % of the base fare would need to go to EZY, making this a non-starter for any proper L...

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by skipness1E
Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced
Replies: 288
Views: 65451

Re: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced

This is an insane idea.
Saying "it is possible" isn't the same as saying "it will be profitable"!

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by skipness1E
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Group Airlines: Existing Aircraft Repaints?
Replies: 52
Views: 8559

Re: Ryanair Group Airlines: Existing Aircraft Repaints?

I don’t get all these different brands. Buzz and Malta Air don’t have their own websites. Is the soft product different? I don’t think so. So what’s the point? EasyJet has 3 AOCs (UK, CH and AT). But the livery is the same across the 3 airlines. Brand diversification, flexibility and resilience . B...

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by skipness1E
Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Jet2 orders 36 Airbus A321neo
Replies: 70
Views: 18504

Re: Jet2 eyes switch to Airbus in new plane talks - sources

AaronPMI wrote:
This is Airbus order to loose.

They have literally just taken delivery a fleet of new build B73Hs. Seems a brave move to me.....

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by skipness1E
Sat Jul 24, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plighter count?
Replies: 9
Views: 1415

Re: Plighter count?

LHR has seen amongst others EVA B77W, ANA B77W, JAL B788/B789/B77W, QTR misc, UAE B77W/A380! Cathay B77W/A35K, and anything Chinese is currently cargo. So CA B77W, B789, A332/A333 and A359 all seen as well as MU A332/A333/B77W!
Also BA and VS doing a load of cargo only.

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by skipness1E
Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does London have six airports ???
Replies: 16
Views: 1865

Re: Why does London have six airports ???

OK google is really your friend for some of this. Historically London Airport (LAP) was never going to be big enough and so they re-built at Gatwick and London got two airports but he mid 1960s. Both were owned by the state, and London Airport was renamed Heathrow. Had Heathrow been built to the Nor...

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by skipness1E
Wed Jul 21, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 70044

Re: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Isn't the main problem with the Cathay pilot base at LHR that they're all B777 crew whereas the single daily HKG-LHR flight is on the A350? I suspect with 5 slots to hold onto they'll be keeping the A35K/A359 on the route?

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by skipness1E
Wed Jul 21, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus delivers first A350 jet from Chinese completion plant
Replies: 7
Views: 2587

Re: Airbus delivers first A350 jet from Chinese completion plant

So is it a fitting out or a final assembly in the case of the A350?

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by skipness1E
Wed Jul 21, 2021 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia presence (absence) in BCN
Replies: 39
Views: 5418

Re: Iberia presence (absence) in BCN

BCN is to Iberia as MAN is to BA, low yield and largely not worth bothering about except to feed their hubs with shuttle services It's so much different... Over the decades BA has relinquished UK's secondary markets, thinking it could drive huge amounts of premium connecting traffic through Heathro...

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by skipness1E
Fri Jul 09, 2021 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seattle-Heathrow Question
Replies: 10
Views: 1785

Re: Seattle-Heathrow Question

Both American and Delta were indeed flying SEA-LHR up until this week. American on the B772 and DL had just upguaged from the B764 to the A339.
So unless American was cargo only, then the August launch seems wrong as we've had AA156 SEA-LHR operating consistently in recent weeks but it has now ended.

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by skipness1E
Fri Jul 09, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seattle-Heathrow Question
Replies: 10
Views: 1785

Seattle-Heathrow Question

Noting that both Delta and American both went ahead with a SEA-LHR launch amid COVID, have both now withdrawn already?

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by skipness1E
Fri Jul 09, 2021 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Delta Doing?
Replies: 353
Views: 73170

Re: What is Delta Doing?

Has SEA-LHR been dropped?

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