I'm not sure anyone would want to fly 11 hours on a narrowbody. HA has the A330 and eventually the 787 for routes like HNL-JFK. Thing is, a good 90% of Pax pay no attention to the aircraft type, if it is a wide body etc. It's only the seasoned flyers and us AvGeeks that would spot something like th...Jump to post
In all seriousness, why does it need to reopen? For freight, LHR and STN serve the market well and are better connected to the rest of the UK from the South East of England. Also, very much more established. LTN even has a very small DHL operation. LGW is not that far away either and has their own C...Jump to post
It's been discussed before, the main issue with the A340-600 is floor structure and strength. Hand loaded bulk cargo such as boxes of PPE wouldn't surpass cabin floor limitations but ULD's would. But as mentioned, this takes a lot of time and manpower to do so. Also the A340 (like the A330) cabin fl...Jump to post
Ahh thank you for that I was not aware they could have a small snack and a sugary drink, it was a theory of mine that they was distracted due to hunger/low blood sugar. That being said, after reading the report 3 times over... I still can't fathom how they managed to get themselves into such a mess...Jump to post
This happened right at the end of Ramadan, at circa 1440L, is it possible the pilots judgement was impaired by being hungry? Or is there dispensations for safety critical roles like pilots? That they can have a small snack before operating. I mean, when I'm hungry I am known to be irrational! Durin...Jump to post
This happened right at the end of Ramadan, at circa 1440L, is it possible the pilots judgement was impaired by being hungry?
Or is there dispensations for safety critical roles like pilots? That they can have a small snack before operating.
I mean, when I'm hungry I am known to be irrational!
A West Atlantic ATP gets into a bit of trouble whilst landing at a blustery BHX. After touch down it looks like pilot over correction forces it off the runway onto the grass before eventually making its way back on to the runway. Apologies if it’s already on here, hopefully the link works! https://...Jump to post
IMHO this is the situation BA needed to spearhead the changes they wanted to create 10 years ago with the old legacy contract Cabin Crew. The inefficient operation of 3 separate Cabin Crew fleets in operation at LHR can finally merge and synergise to create a leaner more robust operational Cabin Cr...Jump to post
IMHO this is the situation BA needed to spearhead the changes they wanted to create 10 years ago with the old legacy contract Cabin Crew. The inefficient operation of 3 separate Cabin Crew fleets in operation at LHR can finally merge and synergise to create a leaner more robust operational Cabin Cre...Jump to post
Aside from increasingly resorting to insults, which always adds credibility and balance to any discussion, you have been consistently unable to separate SRB’s personal situation from that of the business. Personal obsessions aside, VS is a UK Tax paying company with overwhelmingly UK tax paying emp...Jump to post
Could 767's that will be converted to freighters get a partial conversion now, removal of the seats, bins, and lavs and the addition of the smoke & fire systems of the freighter to get it out there soon, then finish the conversion cutting in the door etc at a later date? They could, but as FedE...Jump to post
So are Sunclass are dropping these two additions to the fleet? Or was they just taken on for their Winter operation?Jump to post
British gov't should save both BA and U2 if it comes to that because both are much larger airlines providing plenty of competition (that VS does not) and are actually quite profitable up until now. So they both have a chance to pay back British gov't after this. How does VS provide competition alon...Jump to post
Sadly, I don't see why the German Gov should save Condor. Essentially they are a charter IT airline with no tour operator behind them any more since the collapse of the Thomas Cook Group. Also furthermore, their scheduled operation is leisure, so sadly non essential. Shame for the employee's, but th...Jump to post
Hypothetically if UA or any other airline purchased an ex Lionair -900ER, would they be able to remove that aft exit door and install the plug? Yeah a maintenance procedure exists to plugging and de-plugging. For further fun reading, IIRC the door 900ER aft wing exit operates in a very similar fash...Jump to post
. Because its available to just about every company in the UK without strings at the moment and any company would be silly not to take advantage of it. Virgin could have done the same but as far as I know they haven't and their employees are still on unpaid leave. Initially they asked staff to take...Jump to post
Let Delta save it! Enough with begging the government! BA controlling LHR is enough. Virgin doesn't contribute anything and is not needed. Totally obsolete. Same way Air France controls Paris, KLM Amsterdam and Lufthansa Frankfurt and Munich. It's hard to take your post seriously, but as we are all...Jump to post
I think this thread is a little miss leading, as every British Airlines is currently facing the same set of circumstances, Virgin was just the first to approach the UK Gov to ask for help, others are following in their footsteps. It’s not. They are facing collapse at this point in time. Other UK ai...Jump to post
Crewing costs might come out higher, but the ability to charge more for the privilege of being able to offer direct options for customers on secondary markets/cities might outweigh that extra cost. Especially if they are on only player in the market, or able to offer a niche direct service.Jump to post
PR disaster for Virgin. . Not really, I'm sure this Corona virus drama/flyBE going bust etc will mask it up. Like 9/11 masked them quietly dropping YYZ one summer after it launched. Virgin are a resilient airline when they need to be. I'm sure they will use this temporary decrease in capacity to dr...Jump to post
'The VS478 service will operate as a night flight departing Heathrow at 16:20 arriving into Cape Town at 05:55 whereas the inbound, the VS479, will depart at 08:00 landing later that day at 18:00' So they have gone for a schedule that's better for aircraft utilisation, which is probably a wise move....Jump to post
Not replying to anyone in particular, but picking up on some questions raised. I highly doubt we would see Jet2 switch to becoming an all Airbus operator within the next 10 years, they have invested in their 737-800's along with a bunch of fresh factory build frames. The Dart group also own a number...Jump to post
Surprised to see their A330's in a comfortable 2-4-2 seat configuration. Its generally been standard for high density 'Holiday' airlines to be configure 3-3-3 ie, Monarch, Dan Air, Trans Aer etc. At only 330'ish seats ... that's a loss of around 30 bums on seats! Is the layout dictated by Jet 2 or ...Jump to post
A320/A321P2F will be a game changer on on the narrow bodied jet freighter market, especially since B737F and B757F do not have containerised lower deck capabilities. Considering how popular the 757 has been as a freighter, that point appears to be irrelevant to freight haulers. It may be a popular ...Jump to post
jethawk wrote:Would it be plausible for Virgin Atlantic to take delivery of these birds and lease them to DL?
I'm not sure where you got the idea that HKG has been dropped as it's very much still active. They dropped the HKG-SYD segment a few years back due to mounting competition. Virgin did drop the short lived second daily HKG but that was before the HKG SYD was dropped. As already discussed VS did give ...Jump to post
smokeybandit wrote:I can't believe brick and mortar Thomas Cook agencies lasted as long as they did.
Andy33 wrote:LJ wrote:JannEejit wrote:
The airline Condor was only part-owned by Thomas Cook anyway. So apart from the Thomas Cook brandname, precisely what has Fosun bought?
G-LSAG is currently circling the south Coast of Tenerife, it's a 757 so it can of course dump fuel which is what I assume it's doing before diverting back to TFS. Tenerife South to Leeds Airport Flight LS224. You sure about this 757 being capable of dumping fuel? From what I can surmise besides one...Jump to post
Why not extend runway to allow widebodies? LCY can just about handle the A318. It would never be able to handle a wide-body nor would the space around the runway allow Widebody ops, let alone expanding the apron to handle widebodied aircraft. EXT is more likely to see 6 runways than LCY handle wide...Jump to post
AlexA340B777 wrote:With the latest development, would that be safe to book a package holiday with Thomas Cook for this winter season?
Hope she hasnt suffered serious injuries.. Ditto. Although by reading the AvHerald report, the return flight operated as normal just delayed which would indicate the Crew took the aircraft back. Also mentioned 10 passengers (not crew) required assistance, so hopefully the Flight Attendant was ok. L...Jump to post
According to a internal discussion between staff and management which was published on TCX's internal intranet, there are more interested parties interested than VS, Indigo and LH. Some interested parties have not told the press that they are bidding for the Groups Airlines. Who have not been disclo...Jump to post
*Takes deep breath* Joining in on the Armchair CEO brigade here. In my humblest of opinion..... the Thomas Cook Group would not sell their Airlines to a buyer that wouldn't benefit Thomas Cook. Thomas Cook will still need seats on flights as part of their package holiday business. I know in recent y...Jump to post
NormanDLandings wrote:Sure, apart from the fact that the UK and Scandinavia arms of TCX kept the group going last year DESPITE Condor’s terrible results!
If VS managed to obtain HND slots rather than the NRT slots they had, they might still be operating the route, back when the operated NRT they code-shared with ANA - ANA being Star Alliance and DL being SkyTeam I imagine DL quickly quashed that route. Before DL came along VS tried long and hard to o...Jump to post
I was thinking more along the lines excessive flight control inputs from one or both of the pilots during the panic?Jump to post
With Loganair (also owned by the owner of FlyBMI) taking on so many of these routes just screams that this thing was entirely orchestrated. The Crew's will most likely find new jobs quickly and easily but it will be a struggle for those who worked in the HQ in EMA.Jump to post