Whilst I wish them all the best, I can't see how this is going to work. One of FlyBe MkI's biggest issues was the Q400 - it's isn't an optimal type for a regional LCC. Now a bunch of their key routes (read: profitable with a Q400) have already been picked up by carriers operating the ATR 72. It is h...Jump to post
I really don't see the extension making any difference - in my opinion it's an expensive and unnecessary white elephant and won't be elixir they are dreaming of. There are only a handful of stands which can accommodate anything larger than a Q400 - that's going to make for some interesting planning ...Jump to post
Well it's been a while, but I'm feeling more confident about international travel being less hassle towards the end of this year. Took advantage of an error fare, so we'll be visiting HNL in November for 10 days: ZRH-AMS ... KLM Cityhopper ... E190 AMS-LAX ... KLM ... B787-10 LAX-HNL ... Delta ... B...Jump to post
No, not any airline can.
But an airline with a business model that allows them to operate short routes (for geographical or other reasons) can do. I have hundreds of commercial flights in my log that are under 100 miles, not all of them involving crossing water.
I can see easyJet launching further routes from NQY.
Currently MAN and GLA have been announced, but I can see LGW, LTN, EDI and BFS as possibilities. I can also see BA CityFlyer operating LCY-NQY.
The big issue will be accommodation capacity - it's going to be packed.
Looking at it from a technical, not objective perspective, I can immediately think of one: Garuda ordered the 777-300ER, in part so it could fly a flagship (SYD-)CGK-LHR route... but then they 'discovered' that the pavement rating at CGK was not sufficient to hold a fully loaded 77W on a flight to L...Jump to post
Same goes for SkyUp flying Kiev to Zanzibar on an ordinary 737NG, not sure if they put the 700 or 800 on it. Quite a distance... Should be the 737-700. The 800 couldn't make it. However, the flight is quite unprofitable since even the 700 can't make it with a full load. The flight is about 3400nmi,...Jump to post
There was a Chinese billionaire that died in a helicopter crash in France a couple years ago (he owned a wine chateau). Rather than helicopters killing the rich I think we should look at it the other way, poor people are rarely onboard helicopters, so an helicopter crash is more likely to kill a ri...Jump to post
Lots of smaller fields in the UK - I'll count the ones I've at least stopped and had a chat / coffee at: Bodmin Biggin Hill Bristol Filton (now closed) Fairoaks Farnborough Kemble Northolt Popham Redhill (I need to change this, it's a mile from my house) Rochester Southampton Staverton Woodford Yeov...Jump to post
I think we can deduce that the poster meant to say 8 minutes. A few carriers have flown MNL-CRK in the Philippines, mostly with the Let 410 IIRC. I looked at flying it back in 2015, but regrettably couldn't tie it up. Going back a couple of years Blink were selling intra-London Airport positioning f...Jump to post
There will be mutual stiff competition between this new venture and CityJet / Air Nostrum - it could certainly refocus their stalled merger talks on the other side of the pandemic.Jump to post
I enjoy poking around hangers and aviation museums, so it could be a long list. That said, there are a lot of types that I've visited in museums and have then still managed to fly on later (Il-18, Il-62, Il-76, Il-86, DC-3 etc...) A321-200 NEO (London Gatwick) An-124 (Kiev Gostomel) BAe Hawk (variou...Jump to post
Indeed - between, Aegean, Air India, Austrian, Brussels, Croatia Airlines, Egyptair, LOT, Lufthansa, SAS, Swiss, TAP and Turkish, LHR has more potential onward connections than some actual StarAlliance hubs. One-stops via LHR aren't going to be competitive with non-stops to FRA, MUC, CPH, ZRH, IST....Jump to post
Just to clarify, while there is no Star Alliance airline with a hub at LHR, there is feed to the Star Alliance carriers that serve LHR and there are several Star Alliance carriers that serve it. So someone from BOS heading to BRU, FRA, MUC, CPH, OSL, ZRH, JNB, etc. could potentially be routed via L...Jump to post
b) Marketing: How important is the personal factor in sales discussions? It depends on the nature of the business and size of the deal but, ultimately, people buy from people. My background is in technology (SaaS), where a primary part of your job as a salesperson is to bring together the two coal ...Jump to post
Very interesting. Whilst the most costly, Option 4 would provide the opportunity to design an energy efficient, carbon negative / positive building. There should be enough room between the railway line and the centreline to design to Code 4E standards, which will more than suffice. I expect the larg...Jump to post
The same goes for Saudi airspace. No alcohol is served when cruising in KSA airspace. Somebody forgot to tell Qatar Airways this. The only time I have 'seen' Mecca was whilst flying DOH-GRU in 2010, and I was enjoying a rather pleasant Merlot with my lunch at the time. I was somewhat struck by the ...Jump to post
VirginFlyer wrote:Chatham Island and Great Barrier Island - you must have had quite an enjoyable trip to New Zealand!
I decided to do most of my travelling in 2020 during January and February, so it was actually a pretty good year for me. 352 airports, including lots without a code. Still missing Q and X mind. A: AAR, ABQ, ACI, ACK, ADD, AEP, AGP, AGT, AKL , ALA, ALB, ALC, ALP, AMM, AMS, ARW, ASU, ATL, AUH. B: BBS,...Jump to post
I just found out that the Argentine Air Force reactivated TC-54, a 1973 build Fokker F28-1000 Combi, and that it has been seen operating scheduled services in Argentina for LADE.
It had been preserved a few years ago after bring withdrawn from service
Runway length is actually fairly meaningless as a metric, what counts is the declared distances. The big issue here for LBA is the landing distance available - on runway 14 it's just 1,802m and only 1,916m for runway 32. That is quite limiting when the airport is in an exposed location and often enc...Jump to post
On this side of the Atlantic it used to be common for minor Mediteranean or sun / ski destination airports to have a very high turnover of airlines and routes. A carrier would serve a particular destination for a few years, then another location becomes trendy, and the old route would be dropped. Bu...Jump to post
TC957 wrote:LH have flown A346's MUC - HNL nonstop in the past for cruise ship charters. Is that not longer ?
Back in the 1980s my parents travelled around the states. My mum recalls one flight descended and did some circles over the Grand Canyon so passengers could see it. No idea on the airline, but very cool if she's remembering accurately.Jump to post
Those with more insight, does this give B6 possible avenues to enter LGW? I’m not sure of the slot rules there. We all know B6 was trying to go in either LGW or LHR, I am curious if the lack of a Norwegian hub will now benefit them in this quest. Event without Norwegian's slots, LGW will have ample...Jump to post
They pursued a loss making business model that was unsustainable and really did take flags of convenience and outsourcing to the next level. It’s not about revelling in the demise of a competitor. The fact is that they pursued a flawed business model long after it was obvious it was doomed, thereby...Jump to post
Sad to see that we still have the odd dinosaur gleefully trolling the demise of a competitor. Perhaps it comforts some to know that several thousand people have no jobs to return to. The reality is that Norwegian had just about pulled everything together and were looking at a strong and likely profi...Jump to post
Conviasa's Tehran to Venezuela flight is known as the Uranium Express, although that definitely isn't an official title! Also I knew I remembered reading a very interesting thread on this a while ago... Googled it, and sure enough: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=129167 Although now ...Jump to post
Avianca press release regarding AV29 https://twitter.com/JacdecNew/status/1345143273485172736?s=20 So Avianca's press release states the balloon was reached by a hot air balloon when it had already landed Does this mean the balloon drifted across the aircraft's path, and that the aircraft was perha...Jump to post
In many cases water is free - no overflight fees to pay. Nope, mainly still receive air traffic services which are paid for. In this case using Shanwick and Santa Maria offers a significant reduction in said fees. IIRC Shanwick is about 1/20th of London's charge, and Santa Maria is a fraction of Po...Jump to post
I recall SQ's SIN-EWR-SIN flight would often take an Easterly routing on both flights. It was quite surprising to look up and see a SQ A345 flying over Devon in the South West of England! I can’t say why but they spend 90% of the flight over water I’d estimate. In many cases water is free - no overf...Jump to post
FR do not have any UK-registered (G-****) aircraft. They do have one at the moment, G-RUKA in preperation for the U.K. leaving the EU and concerns about traffic rights between the U.K. and non-EU countries and U.K. domestic services. The U.K. CAA want more added to cover the U.K. flying. https://ww...Jump to post
Well, I planned to get most of my personal travel for the year done in January / February, which was pretty fortunate. I've had a load of missed business trips since then, and lots of Skype calls instead. Despite landing for the last time in 2020 back in early March, I still managed some 60,000 mile...Jump to post
Years ago when I was at University, my local corner shop somehow sourced their regular branded soft drinks from the Caucasus and Central Asia. Was odd getting a Sprite from Georgia, or a Coke from Uzbekistan. God knows how or why a corner shop in Birmingham ended up getting them from that far away.....Jump to post
I'm not sure we have enough of the information to really judge or form an opinion What was it that passengers found to be disgraceful and deeply unprofessional? How was it that they knew that another passenger was your son - was it just the cockpit visit, or was it conversation or events during the ...Jump to post
Air India - 400 British Airways - 400 EVA Air - 400, 400M Iran Air - 100 KLM - 400, 400M KLM Asia - 400 Korean Air - 400 Kuwait Airways - 400M Lufthansa - 400, -8i Oasis Hong Kong - 400 Qantas - 400ER Syrian Arab Airways - SP Virgin Atlantic Airways - 400 Had trips booked on the -200 and -300, but s...Jump to post
Wind Rose operated a single A332 for around 4 years in the past, mostly on charter flights IIRC.Jump to post
This isn't much of a surprise to me. Go back a few years and IST was always a frequent BA 767 destination - double daily if my memory serves me correctly. With TK no longer flying multiple daily widebodies into LHR, there is substantially reduced cargo capacity.Jump to post
TUI operates BRS-CUN on the 787 which is 1,300 miles longer than BRS-DXB. Does BRS-CUN also block seats? The current technology and range of the 787 should be able to make BRS-DXB despite the short runway at BRS. Even if the aircraft has some restrictions, it should easily be able to make a 3,500 m...Jump to post
Bristol - Dubai This one should be possible. Keep in mind that TUI flies Bristol - Orlando (Sanford) with their 787s. If a 787 can reach Orlando from Bristol, there's no reason why it wouldn't be able to reach Dubai which is closer than Orlando. There's a couple of reasons - the Sanford flights are...Jump to post
I think there is another angle here - potentially money making routes which can't be operated primarily due to airport limitations. In other words, insufficient runway length / width / strength to accommodate the smallest aircraft which could viably operate a route. I wouldn't consider routes from t...Jump to post
The ATR is only 1 year younger than the Dash 8, although the Dash 8 does lend a lot from the Dash 7. Well, yes and no really. The first -300 series was converted from the prototype -100 during 1987 (IIRC), which actually means the ATR 42 is a few years older than the -300's design. However, the las...Jump to post