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by vhtje
Wed Aug 10, 2022 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India to lease six aircraft as poor interiors delay flights to North America
Replies: 33
Views: 8137

Re: Air India to lease six aircraft as poor interiors delay flights to North America

How is leasing new aircraft cheaper and quicker than refurbishing existing aircraft?

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 08, 2022 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources
Replies: 137
Views: 31483

Re: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources

It is interesting reading this, and previous threads about the divide between QR and Airbus. Lots of posts making definitive and emotive statements about the relationship between the two parties in to the future. I have been in business a long, long time and I can tell you one thing I have learned f...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 26, 2022 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do flights to LIM arrive in the evening?
Replies: 33
Views: 8857

Re: Why do flights to LIM arrive in the evening?

AA’s DFW to LIM outbound (AA909) follows this pattern, arriving just after midnight, but the return (AA350) doesn’t depart LIM until 08:00 the next day, the aircraft spending seven and a half hours on the ground in LIM.

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 25, 2022 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What next for jet 2?
Replies: 93
Views: 13242

Re: What next for jet 2?

Jet2 always makes me think of this:

https://youtu.be/dT5moPr26A0

I have never flown them, but they have a great reputation amongst my Yorkshire friends. I do wish them well.

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 21, 2022 6:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another Stabbing At SFO
Replies: 44
Views: 7610

Re: Another Stabbing At SFO

Most of the homeless in SF are drug users and the mentally ill, not people who simply cannot afford the high price of rental housing. Walk down Market Street or in the Tenderloin and see for yourself (assuming you live here). Most have come to SF from elsewhere, attracted by the mild climate and ab...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 20, 2022 8:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another Stabbing At SFO
Replies: 44
Views: 7610

Re: Another Stabbing At SFO

A CLEAR employee was stabbed this time. This is the second one in the last 30 days. It sounds like the mental health and drug abuse issues destroying the city are now spilling over into the airport. They better get this under control or SJC and OAK are about to become a lot more popular. https://ab...

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by vhtje
Sat Jul 16, 2022 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor News and Discussion Thread 2022
Replies: 165
Views: 31906

Re: Condor News and Discussion Thread 2022

I’ve lost track, but what is the current status of Condor’s ownership? Wasn’t it sold to an investment firm? Are they looking to offload it?

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 13, 2022 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS unveil A330Neo Cabin
Replies: 44
Views: 14599

Re: VS unveil A330Neo Cabin

gregn21 wrote:
Huge commonality with DL products. J, PE cabins almost identical to DL 339 cabins aside from minor cosmetic differences.

Wonder if this is a sign of things to come fleetwide.


Delta London in all but name.

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 13, 2022 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 NO FLAP landing @ SEA
Replies: 36
Views: 9174

Re: 737 NO FLAP landing @ SEA

Well done to your close friend. Did he say if he needed clean underwear after the landing?

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 06, 2022 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic adds LHR-TPA
Replies: 48
Views: 7311

Re: Virgin Atlantic adds LHR-TPA

I spent the first part of the weekend in Orlando recently, visiting friends whilst en route to LIM; it was my first time to the area. As a solo traveller gay man, I really, really, could not see the enduring appeal of the place myself. I do understand the Disneyworld attraction for families, but tha...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 06, 2022 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS files for chapter 11
Replies: 112
Views: 21929

Re: SAS files for chapter 11

A lot of people talk about SAS having large pension obligations, but don't low cost carriers in Europe such as Ryan Air, Easy Jet, Wizz Air and Norwegian also have to provide pensions for their employees? Large pension obligations are a problem for legacy carriers, not newer private LCCs. It stems ...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 05, 2022 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet's chief operating officer has resigned.
Replies: 15
Views: 4306

Re: EasyJet's chief operating officer has resigned.

My only question was why was this guy not sacked sooner. He was totally incompetent and has single handedly brought the airline to its knees. S22 pretty much a disaster hopefully they can go on now and fix the mess he has left. That's not really fair. You're putting the blame for U2's scheduling an...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 28, 2022 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al closing bookings on 3 routes
Replies: 21
Views: 8046

Re: El Al closing bookings on 3 routes

El Al isn’t really an airline that’s on my radar, but an employee of mine had a family crisis three weeks ago, and had to return to Israel (TLV) urgently. I researched and booked her flight for her. I was surprised at how cheap El Al was for a same day booking. Return, BA wanted £1,400 (in Economy) ...

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by vhtje
Sun Jun 26, 2022 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the status on London Heathrow's (LHR) third runway? Construction commenced?
Replies: 47
Views: 7625

Re: What's the status on London Heathrow's (LHR) third runway? Construction commenced?

flyingclrs727 wrote:
No! LHR needed a third runway 40 years ago.


Forty years ago, Heathrow HAD a third runway….

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 21, 2022 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JL to replace 767 and regional jet fleets
Replies: 36
Views: 9168

Re: JL to replace 767 and regional jet fleets

Does the Japanese market still require high-density, low range aircraft? What happened to all those 744Ds? Or has the Japanese market changed and this high-density configuration is no longer required? I would have thought that the 787 more likely than the A321, given the high Japanese content of the...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 14, 2022 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of SAS? Swedish government says no more help packages
Replies: 27
Views: 10405

Re: End of SAS? Swedish government says no more help packages

Why can AY make long haul work from Sweden, but SK cannot?

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by vhtje
Thu Jun 09, 2022 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heavier Shopping Emphasis in Non-US vs. US Airports
Replies: 51
Views: 5764

Re: Heavier Shopping Emphasis in Non-US vs. US Airports

Privatisation turns airports into property companies. You’d be surprised how airports charge rents - turnover rents are common, with airport companies getting direct data feeds from tenants’ tills to compute rents. The higher the turnover, the more rent the airport gets. It shifts emphasis for the ...

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by vhtje
Wed Jun 08, 2022 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heavier Shopping Emphasis in Non-US vs. US Airports
Replies: 51
Views: 5764

Re: Heavier Shopping Emphasis in Non-US vs. US Airports

Privatisation turns airports into property companies. You’d be surprised how airports charge rents - turnover rents are common, with airport companies getting direct data feeds from tenants’ tills to compute rents. The higher the turnover, the more rent the airport gets. It shifts emphasis for the b...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 07, 2022 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man sues AA for wrongful arrest
Replies: 18
Views: 4269

Re: Man sues AA for wrongful arrest

What a dreadful story. But I am flabbergasted that it took so long for him to hire a solicitor/lawyer. If he’d done that the day he was arrested, he probably would have been out that same day.

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by vhtje
Tue May 31, 2022 9:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is Easyjet not expanding?
Replies: 48
Views: 10203

Re: What’s wrong with EasyJet ?

Taking an issue (post-pandemic staffing inconsistencies) hardly unique to any one carrier, and making it seem like the end of the world... what is this, a telenovela? :roll: I take your point, but anecdotally (meaning, I do not have hard statistics to hand) it does seem to be that U2 is suffering m...

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by vhtje
Mon May 30, 2022 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 120
Views: 20704

Re: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

Bring back the 747. There is no honorable replacement for the 747. So bring it back. You could argue the same for the 757, but that is not going to happen either. Well run companies usually are very focused on consistent profitability. Retaining what is now old technology at a high cost, particular...

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by vhtje
Fri May 20, 2022 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning
Replies: 26
Views: 7714

Re: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning

Is JQ maintenance completely separate to QF? Will the repair be done by QF? Or is all major maintenance at the QF Group outsourced these days, so that the distinction is immaterial?

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by vhtje
Thu May 19, 2022 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG orders 50 737 MAX + 100 options
Replies: 118
Views: 24492

Re: IAG orders 25 737-8 and 25 737-10 with 100 options

Where will the 737-10 be used? The A321neo is increasingly being used on longer sectors by legacy airlines, in short haul configurations. I have recently done very, very uncomfortable flights on BA (to CAI) and AA (to LIM, from DFW) - both well over five hour sectors, and in business class, but it t...

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by vhtje
Tue May 17, 2022 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sri Lankan Airlines may be privatised.
Replies: 15
Views: 2390

Re: Sri Lankan Airlines may be privatised.

If they do sell, I predict QR will be at the forefront of the bidders

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by vhtje
Fri May 13, 2022 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Return of the flying Honu – ANA to relaunch Airbus A380 aircraft to Hawaii
Replies: 27
Views: 8832

Re: Return of the flying Honu – ANA to relaunch Airbus A380 aircraft to Hawaii

Its a shame ANA doesn't use their A380 to LAX, it has three A380's and right now they are only flying them to Honolulu twice a week. Why not use the plane to other destinations like Singapore or Sydney on an occasional basis. I am not saying they should fly a half empty A380 anywhere, just that som...

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by vhtje
Thu May 12, 2022 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Return of the flying Honu – ANA to relaunch Airbus A380 aircraft to Hawaii
Replies: 27
Views: 8832

Re: Return of the flying Honu – ANA to relaunch Airbus A380 aircraft to Hawaii

Its a shame ANA doesn't use their A380 to LAX, it has three A380's and right now they are only flying them to Honolulu twice a week. Why not use the plane to other destinations like Singapore or Sydney on an occasional basis. I am not saying they should fly a half empty A380 anywhere, just that som...

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by vhtje
Thu May 12, 2022 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tibet Airlines A319 on fire at Chongqing
Replies: 47
Views: 11945

Re: Tibet Airlines A319 on fire at Chongqing

Would/could the landing gear have ruptured the fuel tanks and into the cabin? That is always a (ridiculous and irrational) fear of mine from a hard landing.

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by vhtje
Wed May 11, 2022 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 628
Views: 147578

Re: BA in big management shake up.

Agreed, a step in the right direction, but I wonder how long it will take before any changes are felt? I do wonder about IAG's strategy sometimes. You'd think things like IT and digital platforms would be centralised. Why do IB, BA and EI need completely different apps, for example? Surely they sho...

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by vhtje
Wed May 11, 2022 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 628
Views: 147578

Re: BA in big management shake up.

Agreed, a step in the right direction, but I wonder how long it will take before any changes are felt? I do wonder about IAG's strategy sometimes. You'd think things like IT and digital platforms would be centralised. Why do IB, BA and EI need completely different apps, for example? Surely they shou...

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by vhtje
Sun May 01, 2022 10:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do they exceed MTOW/TBO in less developed countries?
Replies: 21
Views: 5087

Re: Do they exceed MTOW/TBO in less developed countries?

It happens in “developed” countries, too. AF4590 (the Concorde tragedy) was over its MTOW, although I am not sure if that was a factor in the incident.

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by vhtje
Fri Apr 22, 2022 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas A330-200s - BNE - LAX - Lack of Crew Rest Areas
Replies: 47
Views: 10112

Re: Qantas A330-200s - BNE - LAX - Lack of Crew Rest Areas

Can’t they forgo a little cargo space and install a cargo hold crew rest module?

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by vhtje
Sun Apr 17, 2022 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Upgrading To Business Class With Privacy Doors
Replies: 36
Views: 11854

Re: American Airlines Upgrading To Business Class With Privacy Doors

I am confused. According to the AA finance discussion thread, AA is heavily in debt and is in the worst shape of the US3 by multiple measures, and by some margin on each measure; AA should be declaring bankruptcy, imminently.

How can AA afford new aircraft with plush new interiors?

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 12, 2022 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 1813
Views: 349778

Re: Is the AA PHL hub still important?

I just booked AA from LHR to LIM. I was offered JFK, ORD, DFW and MIA as transfer points. No routes via CLT or PHL came up, which really surprised me. Not that I would have taken them (unfair and probably way outdated images of crappy and clapped out L-US A330s come to mind, along with memories of t...

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by vhtje
Mon Apr 04, 2022 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor launch new livery
Replies: 271
Views: 34003

Re: Condor launch new livery

Love it. It makes me think of Braniff, "the end of the plain plane"

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 24, 2022 10:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if... the 2008 QF/BA Merger Had Gone Ahead?
Replies: 12
Views: 2836

What if... the 2008 QF/BA Merger Had Gone Ahead?

In light of the flurry of recent topics on what if... US carrier mergers, I thought it might be fun to speculate what would have happened if proposed 2008 merger between BA and QF had gone ahead, and BA had left IB jilted at the altar. https://simpleflying.com/british-airways-qantas-merger-talks-200...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 22, 2022 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1036
Views: 172105

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Wouldn’t it make more sense for Flybe to work with BA, rather than try and compete against them? IAG has far deeper pockets, so it can only be a bloodbath…

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 15, 2022 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comair and Kulula grounded by South African CAA
Replies: 41
Views: 13111

Re: Comair and Kulula grounded by South African CAA

With BA slapping their brand on the carrier I’m sure there are some concerned heads in London ready to fly someone out to SA if needed. Or depending on what type of returns and strategic purpose Comair is currently proving to BA/IAG they could just divest. 11.5% stake is really too much. The majori...

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by vhtje
Sun Mar 13, 2022 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comair and Kulula grounded by South African CAA
Replies: 41
Views: 13111

Re: Comair and Kulula grounded by South African CAA

With BA slapping their brand on the carrier I’m sure there are some concerned heads in London ready to fly someone out to SA if needed. Or depending on what type of returns and strategic purpose Comair is currently proving to BA/IAG they could just divest. 11.5% stake is really too much. The majori...

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by vhtje
Fri Mar 11, 2022 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 40 Years of the Mighty 757
Replies: 129
Views: 20343

Re: 40 Years of the Mighty 757

If the 757 is such a great aircraft, why wasn’t it ordered by TN/QF/AN and NZ? It seems it would have been a great aircraft for SYD/MEL/BNE <> PER, and for longer, thinner routes to Asia and secondary markets between Australia and New Zealand. But the Australian and New Zealand carriers passed on th...

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by vhtje
Sat Feb 26, 2022 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 628
Views: 147578

Re: BA troubles / meltdown today?

They confirmed it's not a cyber-attack to put that one to bed in the present awful climate. https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/ba-investigating-technical-issue-still-operating-flights-2022-02-25/ Thanks! Unfortunately, that is where my thoughts went to. Glad it was simply BA ineptit...

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by vhtje
Fri Feb 25, 2022 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Russian airlines banned from UK; EU may follow
Replies: 132
Views: 29616

Re: Updated: Russian airlines banned from UK

Poor AY. Their 'via HEL' strategy relies on being able to overfly Russia. If the EU introduce a ban, AY's flights to Asia are scuppered: it's a long diversion for them to avoid Russian airspace (and, presumably, Ukrainian airspace).

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by vhtje
Tue Feb 15, 2022 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do most airlines lease aircraft instead of buying it?
Replies: 34
Views: 6206

Re: Why do most airlines lease aircraft instead of buying it?

Or, if you're FR, you buy a shedload of aircraft from the manufacturer at heavily discounted prices, then on-sell them before delivery to finance companies for closer to market prices, then lease them back for a few years from the finance company before handing them back. Repeat every 5 years or so...

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by vhtje
Mon Feb 14, 2022 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do most airlines lease aircraft instead of buying it?
Replies: 34
Views: 6206

Re: Why do most airlines lease aircraft instead of buying it?

Or, if you're FR, you buy a shedload of aircraft from the manufacturer at heavily discounted prices, then on-sell them before delivery to finance companies for closer to market prices, then lease them back for a few years from the finance company before handing them back. Repeat every 5 years or so.

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 10, 2022 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Waltzing Matilda Aviation launching Connect Airlines
Replies: 48
Views: 10813

Re: Waltzing Matilda Aviation launching Connect Airlines

That website is a mess.

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by vhtje
Mon Feb 07, 2022 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 628
Views: 147578

BA Considering A350 Configuration Changes

According to BA's Director of Brand and Customer Experience, Tom Stevens, BA is looking at changing the configuration of the A350 aircraft because it is so challenging for cabin crew to work on. I've not flown on it, so I can't comment directly, but I have had conversations with crew, who universall...

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by vhtje
Wed Feb 02, 2022 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM considering acquiring TAP or Air Europa
Replies: 96
Views: 22651

Re: Air France KLM considering acquiring TAP or Air Europa

Portugal just re-elected António Costa's socialist government, this time giving him a majority. I should think the appetite in Portugal for a sell off of TAP to non-Portuguese interests is less than zero.

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by vhtje
Tue Jan 25, 2022 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bcal & Sabena codeshare Atlanta
Replies: 16
Views: 2895

Re: Bcal & Sabena codeshare Atlanta

ikramerica wrote:
vhtje wrote:
Why ATL? Surely there would have been other cities BCal could have chosen with higher demand?

Not with Bermuda/Bermuda2.


Ah, yes of course. Stupid me. Thank you!

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by vhtje
Mon Jan 24, 2022 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bcal & Sabena codeshare Atlanta
Replies: 16
Views: 2895

Re: Bcal & Sabena codeshare Atlanta

Why ATL? Surely there would have been other cities BCal could have chosen with higher demand?

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by vhtje
Thu Jan 20, 2022 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ex Olympian/snowboarder Trevor Jacob plane crash video
Replies: 56
Views: 17262

Re: ex Olympian/snowboarder Trevor Jacob plane crash video

The title on the video is surprisingly truthful: I crashed my plane ..as opposed to "My aircraft developed engine trouble and I had to jump to save my life" which, patently, would have been a lie. His honesty aside, I hope he gets the book thrown at him for this. What an incredibly stupid ...

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by vhtje
Tue Jan 18, 2022 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IAG agrees convertible bond structure with Globalia
Replies: 524
Views: 116322

Re: Updated: IAG terminates Air Europa deal but agrees January deadline to study new structure

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-14/spain-is-said-to-weigh-air-europa-stake-in-revised-deal-with-iag According to Bloomberg, the Spanish Government would hold 40% of UX, IAG holding the majority, with the existing owner, the Hidalgo family, left with a "small holding". I do...

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