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by vhtje
Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport Houses
Replies: 9
Views: 2307

Re: Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport Houses

Without seeing the photos, it will almost certainly be Sydenham/St Peters, directly north of 16R. If you look at a satellite image of that area now (around Henry and George Sts), you can see a park. That park was houses until around 1998, when the Sydney Noise Amelioration Programme was begun by the...

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by vhtje
Mon Sep 13, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1806
Views: 437565

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

I don't understand the EU's stance on MilleMiglia Frequent Flyer programme. What value does MilleMiglia to any potential new owner without links to ITA, with "old" Alitalia gone? If ITA create a new frequent flyer programme, MilleMiglia members would just migrate to the new programme en m...

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by vhtje
Sat Sep 11, 2021 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1806
Views: 437565

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

https://www.boston25news.com/news/eu-approves-funds/KD4RSTVZNSSYE23GZZHPQQNW2U/ Key points: 1 - The EU acknowledges that there is now enough of a "discontinuity" between ITA and Alitalia that ITA can go ahead with EU's blessing. 2 - The EU wants back the $1B+ that Alitalia got from the It...

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by vhtje
Fri Sep 10, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet rejects takeover bid from Wizz
Replies: 79
Views: 12452

Re: easyJet rejects takeover bid from Wizz

I still can't get over that ridiculous, undignified, almost vulgar sounding name "Wizz Air" .. come on. You've never heard the phrase " I'll just wizz over to <destination> to <objective> "? It's quite common in British English. In that sense, the name makes complete sense. I th...

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by vhtje
Mon Sep 06, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport architecture question: the rise and fall of the rotunda
Replies: 72
Views: 13831

Re: Airport architecture question: the rise and fall of the rotunda

Isn't the changing size of aircraft the late 1960s/early 1970s a factor in the demise of the use of the rotunda in airports?

It's easy to fit a fleet of Lockheed Electras or a Boeing 707s or a DC-8s around a rotunda. More difficult to fit Boeing 747s, Tri-Stars and DC-10s...

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by vhtje
Mon Sep 06, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: PAL Philippine Airlines files for Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 53
Views: 11922

Re: PAL Philippine Airlines to file for Chapter 11

Does this mean they will file for bankruptcy in the Philippines though? Haven’t a few non-US airlines done this in the US with no operational impact? The US, particularly the Southern District of New York is a preferred destination for bankruptcy and restructuring for companies with global exposure...

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by vhtje
Fri Sep 03, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant
Replies: 136
Views: 18034

Re: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant

That FA would never have had a job with BA in the 1970s:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwgG6b5Pypo

:D

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by vhtje
Fri Aug 20, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KE to retire A380 in the next 5 years, 747-8 within 10 years
Replies: 123
Views: 21482

Re: KE to retire all quads in the next 5 years

What the heck? The A380s I get.... but why the 748s? Are they really that uneconomical? The A380 outsold the pax 748 by about 7:1. There's your answer which one is the uneconomical one. Except that.... KE are keeping the 747-8s for 10 years, the A380s are going in 5. LH are getting rid of their A38...

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by vhtje
Tue Aug 17, 2021 6:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you think Virgin Atlantic is classy?
Replies: 14
Views: 2323

Re: Do you think Virgin Atlantic are classy?

Define ‘classy’? That a subjective value, surely? I know some people (admittedly older) who will not have anything to do with anything branded Virgin because the6 find the name itself offensive and loaded with sexuality. For me, no, VS are not classy. I find all that pouty-red-lips, tight-uniforms a...

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 11, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind
Replies: 39
Views: 6970

Re: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

I need to visit the lavatory just watching the ad.

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by vhtje
Tue Aug 03, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time to bring back (some) regulation
Replies: 121
Views: 10294

Re: Time to bring back (some) regulation

Thought this would be an appropriate time to offer this up as a topic to discuss. If I were a betting man, Congressional hearings are going to be held after this week's meltdowns. We can all agree that America's airlines have never suffered through a more disruptive last couple of days. And not jus...

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by vhtje
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA: Possible seatback entertainment return.
Replies: 144
Views: 21189

Re: AA: Possible seatback entertainment return.

I don’t get it. I’ve flown Alaska my entire life and they never had in seat entertainment. Ever. But for the better part of a decade now Alaska has streamed movies directly to my phone or iPad for free. Why would any airline not go the wireless route combined with power at every seat is beyond me. ...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 29, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor orders Airbus A330-900neo
Replies: 130
Views: 26396

Re: Condor orders Airbus A330-900neo

I'm slightly confused. Who owns Condor now? I know the LOT takeover failed, and that Attestor Capital bought 51% in May, but who owns the rest? The German state?

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 26, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Al Baker’s (Qatar's CEO) wants to grow Oneworld Alliance
Replies: 65
Views: 11309

Re: Al Baker’s (Qatar's CEO) wants to grow Oneworld Alliance

It seems alliances are no longer as big a deal. The trend seems to be JV's which makes sense to me if the capital exists. I think the DL KE JV is a case in point. I could be wrong, but the talk of alliance benefits seems to be waning. For airlines, as a business, yes. JVs are the way to go. For pas...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 20, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 max safety card question
Replies: 20
Views: 4180

Re: 737 max safety card question

I always took it as possibly a British thing or a UK CAA regulation? VS for the longest time also had life vests with ties, in addition to CX as well. Squeezyjet (U2) have clips on their life vests, so cannot be a UK CAA regulation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ABDoh3jrTU The mystery deepens!

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 max safety card question
Replies: 20
Views: 4180

Re: 737 max safety card question

BA's A320 CEOs have a tie life jacket, and the NEOs have a clip life jacket..... BA - FINALLY - have clip life jackets? OMG did hell freeze or something? I always wondered why BA persisted tie life jackets - I assumed cost. In an emergency I can see this being a huge mess, with people not being abl...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American suspends Sydney
Replies: 75
Views: 13900

Re: American suspends Sydney

Australia has halved the cap on arrivals. 6,000 to 3,000 per week. Interesting they’re shooting for zero Covid. Wonder if it’s worth the effort. Covid will be with us forever after all. Will they keep the borders closed forever? Australia would be better off pulling their finger out and getting vac...

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by vhtje
Fri Jul 16, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 341
Views: 95107

Re: Malaysia Airlines News and Discussion Thread

The timing of this tender is horrendous. If they were quicker out of the blocks, say maybe 2 years ago-when they then didn't need them, I could see BA/IAG making a low ball bid that could well have made sense for all parties. Six frames would have been ideal for BA expansion at the time, RR engines...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 15, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Baltic A223 - Both engines automatically shutdown on touchdown
Replies: 72
Views: 16423

Re: Air Baltic A223 - Both engines automatically shutdown on touchdown

Reminds me of my childhood, living on a hill. Our home was uphill from the local doctor — a Radiologist. When he was coming home, and was at the top of the hill, he’d turn off the engine and coast down the street. In summertime when we played outside on the street, he ran silent and frequently honk...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 13, 2021 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF-KLM Group Narrowbody tender
Replies: 121
Views: 18142

Re: Af/KLM Narrowbody order 2021

I always thought KLM would benefit a great deal from having containerized A320's, for the hub operation at AMS. So much more efficient bag loading! However for obvious reasons I think it will be a MAX order.. Now this is interesting. In the AA 737 at CLT thread, I asked how AA coped with cross flee...

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 12, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 737's CLT
Replies: 61
Views: 8219

Re: AA 737's CLT

Are AA’s (specifically, LUS’) A320 family aircraft containerised? If so, does that pose difficulties for AA with fleet swapping? And how does AA manage this? No US carrier loads their A320 with containers, it’s all bulk loaded as containers would slow the bag sorting down with the mass amount of do...

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 737's CLT
Replies: 61
Views: 8219

Re: AA 737's CLT

Are AA’s (specifically, LUS’) A320 family aircraft containerised? If so, does that pose difficulties for AA with fleet swapping? And how does AA manage this?

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by vhtje
Sun Jul 04, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando: Frontier Airlines Agents Attacked By Woman Over Carry-On Bag Fee (story from July 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5883

Re: Orlando: Spirit Airlines Agents Attacked By Woman Over Carry-On Bag Fee.

I was dragged for saying this previously but I'll say it again. ULCC's attract a class of traveler that really should not be travelling. If there is any sort of hiccup or unexpected expense, they do not have the financial resources to handle it and they often lash out violently. Airports with a hea...

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by vhtje
Sun Jul 04, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH428 returns to CLT after 15 month hiatus
Replies: 27
Views: 5545

Re: LH428 returns to CLT after 15 month hiatus

It would so interesting if someone would be able to talk to her to find out the "why" behind her actions. Spoiler alert................it's because of mental illness. Someone who doesn't understand other people's culture can be absolutely wrong here at all! If this woman is really (?) a L...

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by vhtje
Sun Jun 27, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers
Replies: 305
Views: 29334

Re: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers

Are lounges, assigned seats and premium class seats really that necessary for attracting corporate accounts ? For most corporations, on a flight under about 5 hours, the important things are cost, reliability and suitable flight times. If a company set a travel policy as an experiment over a limite...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 22, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Still considered for IAGs future fleet
Replies: 87
Views: 12142

Re: B737MAX Still considered for IAGs future fleet

The problem at the moment is, we have no Idea what the LGW operation for BA will look like in the future. We might even see a full retreat of the short haul offer. Maybe with all economy 737-8200s BA could compete but do they really want to tarnish their own brand with LGW operations. It would be m...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 21, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA again looking at leaving Gatwick
Replies: 69
Views: 16387

Re: BA again looking at leaving Gatwick

At some point the "Use it or loose it" slot requirements will come back in to force. Agreed, but there is no evidence the regulator/slot controller would be unreasonable about it. Why wouldn’t the current slot waiver be extended further? it is currently due for review at the end of summer...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA again looking at leaving Gatwick
Replies: 69
Views: 16387

Re: BA again looking at leaving Gatwick

At some point the "Use it or loose it" slot requirements will come back in to force. Agreed, but there is no evidence the regulator/slot controller would be unreasonable about it. Why wouldn’t the current slot waiver be extended further? it is currently due for review at the end of summer...

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by vhtje
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR
Replies: 156
Views: 45860

Re: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR

chonetsao wrote:
Does B788 need a landing gear downlock pin? Could this (or rather lack of the pins) is the reason for the collapse?


I understand the pin was put into the wrong hole, which caused the collapse. I will post a photo if I can (it is not my photo and I need to get permission)

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by vhtje
Wed Jun 16, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to split from IAG ?
Replies: 40
Views: 11136

Re: BA to split from IAG ?

but I expect to see Sean Doyle take BA in a very different direction. Great, he can start by not charging pax who just put down $7K+ on paid biz, for seat selection... ...because that's the most nickel-&-dimed feeling I've ever experienced in all of aviation, and leaves a really cheap and disgu...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 900
Views: 144942

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

Just found this… I know it’s a couple of days old, but looks like they’ve been stripped of the all slots they had. Source : https://airwaysmag.com/airlines/the-uk-revokes-flybe-operating-license/?amp Good spot. The CMG proposed that Flybe’s Operator's Licence be revoked because it considered that t...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to split from IAG ?
Replies: 40
Views: 11136

Re: BA to split from IAG ?

Source: https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-9682247/Willie-Walsh-Covid-prompt-British-Airways-sell-off.html The Torygraph has also picked up this story, but it is behind a paywall. Just to be clear he is not advocating it. I don't think that will happen, but it could I think it was p...

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by vhtje
Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Stobart Air ceases operations, appoint liquidator
Replies: 88
Views: 15431

Re: Stobart Air cancel all flights

Any chance that Aer Lingus will find a replacement operator in the next few days? There must be plenty choice on the EU wet lease market right now. Is there any evidence that the market needs that level of urgency to setup replacement services? One wonders if the loads on the Stobart Air operation ...

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by vhtje
Mon May 31, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways CEO: “the A380 was our biggest mistake.”
Replies: 117
Views: 25191

Re: Qatar Airways CEO: “the A380 was our biggest mistake.”

Doesn't even matter, even B777-300ER became a bit too uneconomical these days. B747-8 is out of the question. Care to elaborate on that statement? The 77W was the most fuel efficient wide body about two decades ago, but that is way in the past with 787s and A350 flying in large numbers. And with th...

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by vhtje
Sat May 29, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 154
Views: 19035

Re: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?

QF 747-238B (SYD > CHC; we boarded by stairs in SYD on a boiling summer's day), 747-338 (SYD to SIN, upstairs in Y. There were only 6 of us; the crew turned the trolley into a self-service bar!), 747-438 and 747-438ER BA 747-436 (by a large margin, my most frequent - and, to date, my last 747 flight...

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by vhtje
Thu May 27, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways CEO: “the A380 was our biggest mistake.”
Replies: 117
Views: 25191

Re: Qatar Airways CEO: “the A380 was our biggest mistake.”

Would passengers really choose to fly on say an A350 instead of an A380 solely out of concern about the environment? I don't think so! I agree: no. Most passengers have no idea of the aircraft type they are on, or at least no idea until they get to the airport and board the aircraft, then are told ...

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by vhtje
Wed May 26, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta-LATAM sign JV Agreement
Replies: 108
Views: 26558

Re: Delta-LATAM sign JV Agreement

The real question is does any of this even matter now? US- South America traffic is still down what, 90 percent at least? Given the global pace of vaccinations, one has to think it will take most of South America at least a year to get even partial coverage, and what, 2 years more after that for tr...

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by vhtje
Sun May 23, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 15 Years ago today- Last B717 delivered
Replies: 97
Views: 17637

Re: 15 Years ago today- Last B717 delivered

Are the comments in this thread about cost structure of operating the 717 US-centric? QF (Operated by National Jet) seem happy with their 20 aircraft. Is QF the exception?

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by vhtje
Sun May 23, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA premium service to CAI; A321Ns with Club World still around?
Replies: 20
Views: 3813

Re: BA premium service to CAI; A321Ns with Club World still around?

If BA does have a Cairo base I can’t see it surviving long. I think most of BA’s foreign bases have gone now. From speaking to the CAI-based crew on previous flights, the Egyptian crew do CAI > LHR > [somewhere else Arabic-speaking in BA’s network] > LHR > CAI They gat paid Egyptian wages, not Brit...

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by vhtje
Sun May 23, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA premium service to CAI; A321Ns with Club World still around?
Replies: 20
Views: 3813

Re: BA premium service to CAI; A321Ns with Club World still around?

According to the BA Source, the ex-BMI aircraft are all in storage.

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by vhtje
Sun May 23, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA premium service to CAI; A321Ns with Club World still around?
Replies: 20
Views: 3813

Re: BA premium service to CAI; A321Ns with Club World still around?

Hello from Cairo. I flew BA400 yesterday. When I booked it, it was showing as a A321NEO. No, it wasn’t (and hasn’t been) the ex-BMI birds. However, about a week ago, as travel restrictions on British travellers eased slightly, my seat changed when BA swapped equipment, and my flight yesterday was on...

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by vhtje
Tue May 11, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How upset are airports that spent massive $$$ on a380 infrastructure?
Replies: 68
Views: 13056

Re: How upset are airports that spent massive $$$ on a380 infrastructure?

Your question makes it sound like they invested in the upgrades ten minutes ago. The A380 entered service in October 2007, so has been in service for nearly 14 years. With the last built airframe only just recently had its maiden flight, the A380 will continue to utilise airports around the world fo...

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by vhtje
Sat May 08, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?
Replies: 127
Views: 16561

Re: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?

Um... surely Government policy has something to do with this? Even in the US, airports are not entirely free-market driven, after all, despite what some posters on airliners.net would have you believe. Which government policies exactly? How the hell should I know? I am not American, nor do I live t...

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by vhtje
Sat May 08, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?
Replies: 127
Views: 16561

Re: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?

Um... surely Government policy has something to do with this? Even in the US, airports are not entirely free-market driven, after all, despite what some posters on airliners.net would have you believe.

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 900
Views: 144942

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

On the flip side a lot of people remember flybe. But are they good memories? I think this says it all and interesting the same kind of pattern on various complaints about the suspect cabin baggage charges. https://ie.trustpilot.com/review/www.flybe.com The problem with Trustpilot (and any other rev...

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by vhtje
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: oneworld in Central Europe
Replies: 58
Views: 11379

Re: oneworld in Central Europe

Wouldn't a better option be for IAG to create a VY base in Eastern Europe and elevate VY to oneworld associate membership? Remember LEVEL Europe? That failed. But anyway - only 2 of IAG airlines are in a alliance. The remaining ones aren't. No point in VY or even EI in joining OW or any alliance. T...

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by vhtje
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: oneworld in Central Europe
Replies: 58
Views: 11379

Re: oneworld in Central Europe

Wouldn't a better option be for IAG to create a VY base in Eastern Europe and elevate VY to oneworld associate membership?

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by vhtje
Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 321
Views: 77887

Re: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Today, Minister Hoekstra of Finance has indicated that the Dutch government will no longer invest billions. At the start of the Covid-19, the Dutch government first wanted to ensure that KLM remains viable. And AF needs more financial help than KLM. And if KLM receive financial support from the gov...

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 321
Views: 77887

Re: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Is the Dutch government's stance politically viable? I can't imagine the Dutch people would be happy with the French State getting a larger slice of AF/KLM, and therefore much greater influence in how KLM is run. The People Will Be Angry , no? I am confused by the French vs. Dutch conversation vis-...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Delta Doing?
Replies: 353
Views: 73135

Re: What is Delta Doing?

Please explain the VS hookup got them invaluable slots at LHR The last slot trade between VS and DL was a return of 14 slots in June 2019, which DL had leased to VS in August 2017. Source: https://www.acl-uk.org/completed-slot-trades/?fromAirline=Virgin%20Atlantic The tie up with VS did get DL great...

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