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by PlymSpotter
Fri Sep 24, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced
Replies: 296
Views: 67562

Re: New Norwegian low-cost Norse Atlantic Airways announced

Obviously they're making the same mistakes Norwegian made. A base in Gatwick, they must be utterly crazy! Flying out of Gatwick, or anywhere in the UK for that matter, is just asking for high fares. Anywhere in the US is over 2000 miles, therefor the long haul APD rate applies. That's £84 in econom...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Sep 23, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A330 - Whose have you flown?
Replies: 29
Views: 747

Re: Airbus A330 - Whose have you flown?

I do like the A330, really comfortable aircraft, and the -300 has come so far in terms of range!

A330-200:

Air China
Alitalia
Qatar Airways
Oman Air
Sri Lankan Airlines
TAP

A330-300

Aer Lingus
Qatar Airways
Philippine Airlines


Dan :)

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 777- Whose have you flown?
Replies: 39
Views: 1141

Re: Boeing 777- Whose have you flown?

Not a huge number, I mostly prefer to fly the A330-340 or 767 families, as I'm not a fan of 3-3-3 or 3-4-3 seating. B777-200(A) Air China United Airlines B777-200ER Air France Alitalia United Airlines B777-200LR Air Canada Ethiopian Airlines Qatar Airways B777-300(A) Cathay Pacific Thai Airways B777...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DC9 series- Which have you flown on?
Replies: 34
Views: 861

Re: DC9 series- Which have you flown on?

Well if we are talking the entire family of aircraft: Boeing 717-200 AeBal Spanair Vololtea DC-9-50 Delta Air Lines DC-9-82 Alitalia SAS Snowflake DC-9-83 American Airlines Spanair DC-9-87 Iberia MD-88 Aerolineas Argentinas Austral Delta Air Lines Iberia MD-90-30 Delta Air Lines Hello Dan :)

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Craziest continuous commercial flights you have made
Replies: 15
Views: 919

Re: Craziest continuous commercial flights you have made

When the AZ error fares were around, me and a mate flew MXP-FCO AZ E170 FCO-CDG AF A321 CDG-SIN AF A380 SIN-CDG AF A380 CDG-TRN AZ 320 TRN-BRI AZ 319 All for the price of €80’s Nice one, wasn't there a Tokyo deal too? Ahh you've got to love the AZ error fares. There were a bunch of cheap options, b...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Sep 21, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: U.S. to lift restriction on intl arrivals in Nov
Replies: 30
Views: 2033

Re: U.S. to lift restriction on intl arrivals in Nov

Has an actual date been announced yet? Everything I have seen is pretty vague - 'from November' - does that mean the 1st, or some time later during the month.

I have a trip booked for the 3rd November, which I'd written off. But I'm interested as now this means that I may actually go after all.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Sep 20, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus Narrowbody NEO vs Boeing Max - Quiet?
Replies: 33
Views: 2659

Re: Airbus Narrowbody NEO vs Boeing Max - Quiet?

I've only flown on a couple of MAXs, but found them to be noisier in the cabin than the A320NEO. Externally both are wonderfully quiet. I live under a departure corridor for LGW, it's anecdotal but quite often you see an easyJet NEO following a TUI MAX to the same destination/region, and there's lit...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 19, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports have terrority with two state or country
Replies: 28
Views: 1485

Re: Airports have terrority with two state or country

Geneva is an interesting one. Years ago whilst backpacking I hiked out of the airport on the French side to reach my hotel. The access road goes under the runway, so you are walking through France with Switzerland above you. There are a bunch of literal cross border airports in the US / Canada - one...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 757: Who's have you flown?
Replies: 50
Views: 1608

Re: Boeing 757: Who's have you flown?

It's very possible that the airBaltic 737-300 I flew on in the summer of 2013 was actually a 757, upon doing some research. I was younger and don't have pictures, so if anyone knows whether airBaltic flew 757s to Paris in summer of 2013, dm me. They definitely did in 2010, I flew one on CDG-RIX tha...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Sep 17, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A320 - Who's have you flown
Replies: 45
Views: 1890

Re: Airbus A320 - Who's have you flown

These threads are interesting - if I ever can't sleep, I will sometimes try and count how many A320 operators I've flown. Beats counting ssheep and I rarely ever get past 20 before I'm comatose... A318-100 Air France TAROM A319-100 Aer Lingus Air Berlin Air France Alitalia bmi British Airways Cebu P...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 767 - Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 58
Views: 1824

Re: Boeing 767 - Who’s have you flown?

Another of my favorite aircraft, still not been on the -400ER mind, and I doubt I'll ever fly the baseline -200 'A' model now Boeing 767-200ER American Airlines Continental Airlines ThomsonFly Boeing 767-300 Asiana Airlines Boeing 767-300ER AeroSvit Airlines American Airines Austrian Airlines Azerba...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 757: Who's have you flown?
Replies: 50
Views: 1608

Re: Boeing 757: Who's have you flown?

I love the 757-200, hopefully still make a few more flights before they become too rare: Boeing 757-200 Air Astana Air Baltic American Airlines Audeli Britannia Airways British Airways Delta Air Lines Iberia Icelandair Monarch Airlines Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 757-300 Arkia Condor Delta Air Lines N...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 58
Views: 2703

Re: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?

Even though I've done my best to avoid both the A320 and B737 over the past few decades, I've still flown on hundreds of each: B737-200 AeroSvit Air Philippines European Aviation Palmair Ryanair Sriwijawa Air B737-200C Air North B737-300 Air Baltic Belavia bmi baby British Airways FlyGlobespan Jet2 ...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cape Air (9K) accident in PVC no fatalities
Replies: 41
Views: 10593

Re: Cape Air (9K) accident in PVC no fatalities

Whilst it's a shame to see any aircraft in flames, I'm glad that everyone managed to walk away

Flew this aircraft into Hyannis just over 10 years ago - quite surprised it's in the same livery.

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Aug 28, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New IAG carrier at LGW
Replies: 150
Views: 25364

Re: New IAG carrier at LGW

you're not going to see any based Neo’s at LGW any time soon! Thats just not what BA do with their newest fleets. Well, it's not what BA have done in the past. Going forwards, I have a feeling much could depend on any immediate concessions LGW have to make in order to get their second runway throug...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Aug 27, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If someone were to give you any out of commission airliner to put in your "back yard" which one would you choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 970

Re: If someone were to give you any out of commission airliner to put in your "back yard" which one would you choose?

I would choose a section of the BAe 146 / Avro RJ fuselage Why? 1. It's the largest fuselage that we could (probably) get down the lane to our house. I've measured it - the width is ok. I know we'd have to take down a good 20 feet of fence to get it into our field, as we failed to get a 60ft articul...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Aug 26, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New IAG carrier at LGW
Replies: 150
Views: 25364

Re: New IAG carrier at LGW

I'm not particularly surprised by this, it's been talked about for what, two or three years now? British Airways 'Leisure' was apparently a working name for this project, but that is going back some months. Now the move has been confirmed, it will be interesting to see how quickly they can bring it ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Aug 22, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your favorite self-hubbing connection?
Replies: 32
Views: 1967

Re: Your favorite self-hubbing connection?

I have self-connected more times than I could possibly remember - we're probably talking 200+ times. Why, well often because it isn't possible to book a single itinerary when flying on two different LCCs, sometimes because it was cheaper and other times because I wanted to fly on another airline I h...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Aug 18, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Surprising aircraft served
Replies: 26
Views: 2169

Re: Surprising aircraft served

In the late 1980s Air India operated a leased Il-62M for their services to SVO and I believe TAS.

Similarly Air France, KLM and JAL had a wet-lease arrangement with Aeroflot, co-operating Il-62Ms. IIRC it was basically an early form of code-share to allow access to Russian airspace for overflights.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Has anyone here flown on a Boeing 720?
Replies: 13
Views: 1351

Re: Has anyone here flown on a Boeing 720?

Yes, with Air Malta, and I remember absolutely nothing of it. Apparently I screamed both ways for most of the flight - in my defence I was about 10 months old!

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any airliners you boarded by means of mobile airstairs?
Replies: 42
Views: 1985

Re: Any airliners you boarded by means of mobile airstairs?

Yes, probably 100+ types, the largest being the 747-400.

My educated guess would put my stats as follows:

Airbridge: 25%
Integral Airstairs: 25%
Mobile Steps: 45%
None Needed: 5%

The latter applies to the really small stuff like GA or Islanders where you just step up into them.


Dan :)

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor orders Airbus A330-900neo
Replies: 135
Views: 29101

Re: Condor orders Airbus A330-900neo

I always thought the A339 would be a great fit for them, no surprise at all for me.

Congratulations for Airbus for shifting some more slots / white-tails

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jul 07, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: For flight loggers: What is your longest unbroken list of different airlines flown?
Replies: 22
Views: 1979

Re: For flight loggers: What is your longest unbroken list of different airlines flown?

Interesting thread. Logging multiple airlines is one of my interests. Still, it was surprising that I found so many long streams - 15 is the most I could see, but this increases to 23 if you counted GA. x9 MNL-MPH ... SEAIR ... Do328-110 MPH-CEB ... Asian Spirit ... CN 235-110 CEB-MNL ... Philippine...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Interesting uses for retired airplanes
Replies: 10
Views: 1455

Re: Interesting uses for retired airplanes

At some point I plan on converting a section of aircraft fuselage into a small office / music room space. It will sit in our woods overlooking LGW, so the front will be fully glazed for the best view. To get it in place, we'll need to bring it through the woods, so I doubt anything larger than a 5 a...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are there more Boeing planes than Airbus planes still?
Replies: 10
Views: 2198

Re: Are there more Boeing planes than Airbus planes still?

That's quite a bit in the past since nowadays most LCCs are using the A320-series. Are they? A whole bunch disagree. EasyJet, Vueling, Wizzair, Spirit, Frontier, Allegiant, AirAsia, IndiGo, Air Arabia, JetStar, etc. are all on the A320 series. The 737 series is just Ryanair and Southwest, furthermo...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Smallest airport with long haul service
Replies: 21
Views: 2608

Re: Smallest airport with long haul service

Azores Airlines' seasonal TER-OAK has always been an interesting one - operated now by the A321-LR.

Terceira has a population of around 56,000 - the flight is 4,907 miles.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: All about containers
Replies: 9
Views: 3438

Re: All about containers

I'm not personally familiar with the VS system, but I know some people who are. I'll look into it! Speaking from my experience however, the easiest answer is to look at a VS route map, and then assume each of your AKEs has been to every dot on that map many hundreds of times. Thank you! That would ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Jun 05, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: All about containers
Replies: 9
Views: 3438

Re: All about containers

Each AKE has a tracking number (usually it’s AKE12345XX with the airline code instead of XX) For most airlines I’ve worked with, once it’s loaded onto a flight via whatever load control software they use, it’s status goes from the airport to in transit, and then to whatever the destination airport ...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri May 28, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the Boeing 787-8 still pitched by Boeing?
Replies: 64
Views: 14597

Re: Is the Boeing 787-8 still (seriously) pitched by Boeing?

The A321XLR isn't a good replacement for airlines with a 787-8 sized appetite. Take AI for example, pre-pandemic, they flew their Dreamliners far and wide - from Kenya to Australia to Japan to the UK. Now can an A321 do that from a DEL hub? Yes, actually. The A321NEO-XLR can comfortably operate the...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue May 25, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO
Replies: 261
Views: 32590

Re: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO

Well, I was wrong. https://www.msn.com/en-ie/news/world/eu-leaders-agree-belarus-sanctions-after-plane-hijack/ar-AAKkS1q?ocid=BingNewsSearch The European Union has agreed to impose sanctions against Belarus, including banning its airlines from using the air space and airports of the 27-nation bloc,...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 23, 2021 11:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Skyscraper in Shenzhen, China Shakes Mysteriously
Replies: 8
Views: 1871

Re: Skyscraper in Shenzhen, China Shakes Mysteriously

There are possibly some unusual sounds in that video. My money would be on an element in the structure failing and the loads were being redistributed throughout the structure. If the shaking was relatively short then yes, I'd be inclined to consider it being a structural member under tension failin...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 19, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Whole House Water Filtration System worth it?
Replies: 11
Views: 1289

Re: Whole House Water Filtration System worth it?

Yes we are considering it, after helping a friend to install one in her home to filter chlorine that was causing irritation. It seems to have worked well. We think the equipment would cost about £1,500 here in the UK. There are a few issues though - firstly, our supply splits into three as it enter...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 19, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Whole House Water Filtration System worth it?
Replies: 11
Views: 1289

Re: Whole House Water Filtration System worth it?

Yes we are considering it, after helping a friend to install one in her home to filter chlorine that was causing irritation. It seems to have worked well. We think the equipment would cost about £1,500 here in the UK. There are a few issues though - firstly, our supply splits into three as it enters...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 12, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Relaunch & Michele Ballarin - Scam?
Replies: 19
Views: 5819

Re: WOW Air Relaunch & Michele Ballarin - Scam?

But, think of the fish!

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 12, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A380s between the UK and Portugal
Replies: 19
Views: 3368

Re: A380s between the UK and Portugal

I could really do with being in Porto next week to check and accept some goods before they are shipped. The problem - not one flight from LGW or LHR, just a single daily service on FR from STN. It's only a tenner but, considering I can see LGW from my window, it's a bit of a faff. EasyJet offers fl...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 12, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boutique Air PC-12 loses door during takeoff roll from MSP
Replies: 29
Views: 7431

Re: Boutique Air PC-12 loses door during takeoff roll from MSP

Wheel, now door, I am curious when and where they gonna loose an engine :) They already have - although the prop stayed on. Maybe that will be next, I just hope it's not a smoking hole in the ground coming up next. I've had a few nice flights with Boutique, a real shame they are having these issues...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue May 11, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Round the world airlines
Replies: 25
Views: 3905

Re: Round the world airlines

You used to be able to do (and maybe still can) go RTW on SQ JFK-FRA-SIN-EWR (although it is 2 flight numbers, so probably technically not a RTW). They have currently cut the stop in FRA, making it a direct SIN-JFK and setting a new worlds longest flight by 3 miles. SQ deserve an honourable mention...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue May 11, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A380s between the UK and Portugal
Replies: 19
Views: 3368

Re: A380s between the UK and Portugal

I could really do with being in Porto next week to check and accept some goods before they are shipped.

The problem - not one flight from LGW or LHR, just a single daily service on FR from STN. It's only a tenner but, considering I can see LGW from my window, it's a bit of a faff.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon May 10, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A340-500 to exit service this month with Azerbaijan Airlines
Replies: 33
Views: 7567

Re: Airbus A340-500 to exit service this month with Azerbaijani Airlines

Simpleflying isn't an accurate news source. This isn't confirmed.....just because an airline isn't flying the plane on a route and it was before, doesn't mean it's being removed from service. It means nothing, they use the airplane the way they see fit. Just because it's not on a route going forwar...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri May 07, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Bad Experiences with the Police
Replies: 112
Views: 8512

Re: Your Bad Experiences with the Police

Generally we have only good experiences with the Police. Recently they have been very helpful and proactive in advising us about dog theft - we have 7 which were allowed to roam our fenced land, until we had a few incidents with travellers attempting to steal them. They are also taking an attempted ...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Soviet Airliners at Kai Tak?
Replies: 2
Views: 1031

Re: Soviet Airliners at Kai Tak?

This is a vague recollection - but wasn't it something to do with the altimeters on Soviet types being in meters not feet, and the authorities deeming that this was not compatible with the checkerboard approach? IIRC Aeroflot began HKG with the A310, followed by Transaero with a small subfleet of DC...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will you still wear masks even after the pandemic has subsided?
Replies: 34
Views: 2602

Re: Will you still wear masks even after the pandemic has subsided?

I don't see myself still wearing a mask. Of course during a serious global pandemic it is the responsible thing to do, but beyond that I (and those around me) have no reason to fear picking up occasional little illnesses, which will probably just help make my immune system stronger. As it is, I appa...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 900
Views: 145082

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

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...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could the Southampton Airport runway extension mean the end of Bournemouth Airport?
Replies: 14
Views: 3118

Re: Could the Southampton Airport runway extension mean the end of Bournemouth Airport?

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 ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2021 Booked/Flown Flights
Replies: 105
Views: 14555

Re: Your 2021 Booked/Flown Flights

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...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are flights under 100 miles profitable?
Replies: 31
Views: 3254

Re: Are flights under 100 miles profitable?

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.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Mar 22, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Speculation: UK regional routes for the summer
Replies: 2
Views: 857

Re: Speculation: UK regional routes for the summer

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.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?
Replies: 41
Views: 3062

Re: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?

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...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Mar 10, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?
Replies: 41
Views: 3062

Re: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?

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,...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Olivier Dassault killed in helicopter crash
Replies: 33
Views: 5852

Re: Olivier Dassault killed in helicopter crash

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...

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