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by offloaded
Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gas Prices in the United States
Replies: 30
Views: 1330

Re: Gas Prices in the United States

€1.50/L for 95 unleaded / €1.30 for diesel here in the south Portugal, or approx US$6.57/gall and $5.70/gall respectively.Went down by about 20c/L during lockdown so a good opportunity to fill up and go nowhere, and strangely right back up again as restrictions eased.

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Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of IAG post-pandemic
Replies: 55
Views: 6607

Re: Future of IAG post-pandemic

From ECTAA: "Dear Members, The airline Level Europe filed for insolvency and on 19 June 2020 insolvency proceedings were opened in relation to Level Europe GmbH https://cms.flyleveleurope.com/en/leveleurope This affects only Level Europe with Vienna and Amsterdam operations, while Level still o...

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Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane
Replies: 163
Views: 5930

Re: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane

Starting every statement with ‘so’ Agreed. Same as using 'backstory' instead of 'history behind' Both unwelcome Americanisms that have spread. I also hate idiots who use their phone to film stuff in portrait mode instead of landscape. We then have to work out what the little slit down the TV/PC scr...

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Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TP new routes, rumors.
Replies: 55
Views: 9931

Re: TP new routes, rumors.

Thoise rumours are a non-sense, LIM ahead of BOG or EZE? CPT ahead of JNB? MCO and CUN ahead of MEX or LAX or IAH? Wil believe it when see it If I remember correctly, TP used to serve both BOG and PTY in a triangular route but they stopped it after a few years. Probably wasn't the best strategy to ...

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Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal begin JV with Azul
Replies: 20
Views: 2603

Re: TAP Portugal begin JV with Azul

BOG didn't work so they canx it a few years back. Back to South Africa maybe? LIS is still high on the list for missed connections and delays, hopefully to be much improved when Montijo comes on line.

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by offloaded
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European green deal
Replies: 73
Views: 3624

Re: European green deal

Relying on the good will of people also won´t work. People need to be hit where it hurts. Lots of votes to the candidate who puts, “Hit ‘em Where It’s Hurts” on his bumper stickers. I know the first line isn't yours GF, but I'm not sure whom you quoted. Whoever did suggest hitting people where it h...

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by offloaded
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet add Halifax-Manchester
Replies: 66
Views: 10899

Re: Westjet add Halifax-Manchester

Not loaded yet I'm afraid.... Well it is but it isn't. You can have a timetable 01JUN20-28JUN20 MTWTFSS HALIFAX /MANCHESTER 05JUN 1.3.5.7 YHZ MAN 2245# 0812 WS 57 73W*C END OF DISPLAY 01JUN20-28JUN20 MTWTFSS MANCHESTER /HALIFAX 06JUN 12.4.6. MAN YHZ 0945 1152 WS 58 73W*C END OF DISPLAY but you can'...

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by offloaded
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112227

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Won't FlyBe go into the same problem... in the future as new HS trains and routes are deployed, motorways updated,... etc etc etc... regional flyings is just a thing from the last decade. That's an interesting point. but to give where I live (Portugal) as an example, if I want to to get from FAO to...

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by offloaded
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: M1 Motorway in Britain
Replies: 18
Views: 1241

Re: M1 Motorway in Britain

noviorbis77 wrote:
The best motorways are in France


They get expensive after a while though!

The Algarve/Lisbon highway (A2) is excellent. No traffic at all, and as it's a toll road, Plod tend to stay off it.

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Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: M1 Motorway in Britain
Replies: 18
Views: 1241

Re: M1 Motorway in Britain

The M40 is better. No speed cameras or much of a presence of police. I agree. I was on it a couple of weeks ago and after dawdling along at 50mph on the M25 smart motorway at 1.30am due to invisible road workers for miles on end, it was a relief to finally hit the M40. At that time in the morning w...

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by offloaded
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LY 777 Diversion Halifax
Replies: 16
Views: 4530

Re: LY 777 Diversion Halifax

How do El Al handle their additional (and sadly necessary) security during diversions like this? Well the bad guys would have to organise themselves very quickly to get up to YHZ and cause mayhem. I'm quite sure existing security would be entirely adequate to keep the Nova Scotia Popular Liberation...

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by offloaded
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is There a Market for a Plain, Ordinary Car?
Replies: 210
Views: 8149

Re: Is There a Market for a Plain, Ordinary Car?

The more "toys" a car is equipped with, the more money it will make the manufacturer in spare parts during it's lifetime.

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by offloaded
Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pilots file objection to expanded JVs
Replies: 180
Views: 31615

Re: Delta pilots file objection to expanded JVs

I have no idea about KE, but I'm really struggling with the idea that somehow WS/VS/AF/KL are cheap(er) labour. There was a thread some months ago on pay rates for AF employees and some of the non-pilot salaries seemed staggeringly high. It would be interesting to see a chart of DL v JV partners rem...

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by offloaded
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: White 727's 2 at DAL and ABQ
Replies: 23
Views: 5090

Re: White 727's 2 at DAL and ABQ

We have one in FAO. Reg 9Q-CMC. It's owner, Jean-Pierre Bemba was arrested in Belgium on war crimes charges by the ICC, although he was released last year. Strangely, he's never been back to pick it up. I have no idea of the daily charges in FAO, but I would imagine the costs have exceeded the value...

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by offloaded
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Geographic places often mispronounced
Replies: 70
Views: 11965

Re: Geographic places often mispronounced

Birmingham, AL: BirmingHAM
Birmingham, UK: Birmingum

When you've finished discussing Worcester, you can move on to Gloucester. :shock:

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by offloaded
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020
Replies: 151
Views: 41140

Re: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020

I hope Little Purple lasts longer than Little Red.

I don't think anyone is in any doubt that something had to happen at BE in order to survive, so I wish them luck. It must finally be the end of routes likes SOU FAO/AGP though?

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by offloaded
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Purchasing Citizenship - Wrong or Okay?
Replies: 34
Views: 4879

Re: Purchasing Citizenship - Wrong or Okay?

Selling it for $384,000 as in the case of Portugal is wrong IMHO. If they are going to sell it then it should be at least EUR2.5 million. That way it is more of an exception to the rule and less would be sold but at least money would be invested into the country. Also full background checks and any...

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by offloaded
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP starts LIS-IAD with A321LR today (Oct 7)
Replies: 78
Views: 22197

Re: TAP starts LIS-IAD with A321LR today

It's TP... The only difference after the flight, vs a widebody, is how many buses you need to wait for after you land and are forced to walk down stairs with a heavy bag, in the rain. You will still get the same miserable airport experience, still get to miss your connecting flight, etc. Jeez, bias...

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by offloaded
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP starts LIS-IAD with A321LR today (Oct 7)
Replies: 78
Views: 22197

Re: TAP starts LIS-IAD with A321LR today

"Just out of curiosity, how much does the TAP business class seating weigh compared to Air Transats? TAP has not only more business seats, but quite a bit bigger ones too." If these are the same seats that they use in the A332 then they excellent. They go fully flat. TS's are more like old...

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by offloaded
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?
Replies: 26
Views: 7874

Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

FAO. 2x weekly thru the winter with EZY from BSL.

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by offloaded
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dash cam
Replies: 33
Views: 3162

Re: Dash cam

Here in Portugal, they aren't legal unfortunately. Strange. What's the rationale given for this ban? It seems oddly specific. Privacy laws, I believe. You can't randomly film people here. Even security cameras must follow strict guidelines, eg they can cover your property, but not your neighbour's....

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by offloaded
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dash cam
Replies: 33
Views: 3162

Re: Dash cam

Here in Portugal, they aren't legal unfortunately.

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by offloaded
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mom, daughter kicked off Air Canada plane, not told they're banned from airline until it was too late
Replies: 138
Views: 20570

Re: Mom, daughter kicked off Air Canada plane, not told they're banned from airline until it was too late

I am not commenting on who is right or wrong here, looking at FRA/MUC flights to YUL, I see the following: 1234567 FRA YUL 0955 1135 @LH6794 1234567 FRA YUL 1405 1610 @LH 478 1234567 MUC YUL 1640 1855 LH 474 @ indicates a codeshared flight, in this case 6794 is opd by AC, and 478 is opd by Cityline....

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by offloaded
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 46295

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

Easy for United or any other airline to fix. Hidden deep in the terms and conditions that nobody bothers to read but just clicks the box to agree to them anyway, you have a line saying that if you don't complete the itinerary as purchased, you agree to having the ticket repriced and your credit card...

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by offloaded
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam
Replies: 116
Views: 15085

Re: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam

As a travel agent, here is one scam we are aware of. The traveller buys the ticket from Capt Fraud for cheaper than they can get from the airline directly. They may be innocent, or maybe they know. Capt Fraud waits until travel is almost imminent and then buys the ticket from an unwitting travel ag...

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by offloaded
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam
Replies: 116
Views: 15085

Re: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam

Right on queue, I have just received this email, which I know is from a scammer, so I'm happy to post the guys details: Privat Bank <[email protected].com> 08:36 (59 minutes ago) to Privat Hello, Greetings i would like to know if your agency can help some of our traveling members to book flight tic...

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by offloaded
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam
Replies: 116
Views: 15085

Re: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam

As a travel agent, here is one scam we are aware of. The traveller buys the ticket from Capt Fraud for cheaper than they can get from the airline directly. They may be innocent, or maybe they know. Capt Fraud waits until travel is almost imminent and then buys the ticket from an unwitting travel age...

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by offloaded
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MINI Electric Towing a 777F - Can It Be Done For Real?
Replies: 11
Views: 1118

Re: MINI Electric Towing a 777F - Can It Be Done For Real?

Interesting concept. Also interesting that it's a left hand drive, but with UK registration.

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by offloaded
Thu May 23, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AMEX Premium Car Insurance in Germany
Replies: 14
Views: 1453

Re: AMEX Premium Car Insurance in Germany

If you decline Hertz's own excess insurance then they will hold a deposit on your credit card probably anywhere from €1200 - €3000 depending on the vehicle. If you damage the vehicle, they will assess the damage at their own generally ludicrous rate and charge your card accordingly. After that, it's...

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by offloaded
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat's A321LR scheduled European routes for Summer 2020
Replies: 40
Views: 9251

Re: Air Transat's A321LR scheduled European routes for Summer 2020

Ahhh, got it. Let's see if they duplicate it in 2020 then.

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by offloaded
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat's A321LR scheduled European routes for Summer 2020
Replies: 40
Views: 9251

Re: Air Transat's A321LR scheduled European routes for Summer 2020

YUL to LIS on Wed and Sat. Starts service 22 JUN.
Other days it's the 332.

YUL to OPO from 23 MAY Mon/Thu/Sat

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by offloaded
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways ceases all operations
Replies: 5
Views: 2695

Re: Jet Airways ceases all operations

This is no surprise at all. I've been receiving the following emails daily for weeks: STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO A JET AIRWAYS SPOKESPERSON Jet Airways has cancelled the following flights: Date Flight Number Route 19-20 Apr 9W235/236 AMS-BLR-AMS 19-20 Apr 9W231/232 AMS-BOM-AMS 19-20 Apr 9W123/124 CDG...

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by offloaded
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fighting around Tripoli Airport
Replies: 17
Views: 2773

Re: Fighting around Tripoli Airport

Apart from the one that collided with a Mig 23 and one the Israelis shot down, where's the rest of the old 727 fleet?

They were cannibalizing aircraft at TIP back in the 80s to keep planes in the air because of the embargoes.

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by offloaded
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ETIAS - The EU version of ESTA. Tourism impact?
Replies: 53
Views: 5344

Re: ETIAS - The EU version of ESTA. Tourism impact?

Of course it's not about the money, it's about reciprocity. Personally I think all 3 (ESTA US, ETA Canada, and ETIAS EU) are pointless.

Who actually get the revenue from ETIAS? Could be nice little earner for the European Commission, and may even cover Juncker's bar bill.

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by offloaded
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Imperial System
Replies: 230
Views: 10069

Re: Imperial System

Funny how with these kinds of threads, something always has to be better than the other. Vive la difference I say. Imperial/metric is probably the closest Brits get to speaking another language, especially with the hybrid version I seem to hear a lot, such as "it's 2 miles up the road, then tur...

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Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways announces 7 new destinations
Replies: 57
Views: 14193

Re: Qatar Airways announces 7 new destinations

At long last, LIS. That's going to be interesting for us. FAO, 15 mins from me, would be unbelievable.

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by offloaded
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa wants to sue passenger for not taking booked flight
Replies: 134
Views: 11425

Re: Lufthansa wants to sue passenger for not taking booked flight

As a travel agent I'm well aware of this, and it happens all the time. There are plenty of times I could save clients some money - like last week I had a client fly one way in First class AUH to LHR on EY. The one way ticket was just under €7k. As I thought he may have been coming back to LIS, I pri...

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by offloaded
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 449
Views: 79963

Re: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital

VS have long since had interline agreements with BE (eg. EXE MAN BGI, AMS MAN BGI) and shock horror even with BA (eg AMS LHR BGI, LIS LHR BGI). My point is, they already had a deal in place to provide feed to VS flights long before this deal was done. I wish BE luck, of course.

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by offloaded
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AZUL Announces OPO
Replies: 24
Views: 5184

Re: AZUL Announces OPO

With an all Y layout by the looks of it
OPO VCP 0925 1610 AD8757 Y7 A7 B7 E7 F7 G7 H7 K7 L7 M7#332

IIRC EK were talking OPO DXB but I don't know if that's ongoing.

TK will go from 7x to 10x weekley OPO IST.

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by offloaded
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK. The CAA take Ryanair to court.
Replies: 10
Views: 2228

Re: UK. The CAA take Ryanair to court.

Interesting. I remember TP rejecting several claims I made on behalf of clients during their strike. At the time I thought "how is it force majeure if it's your own people on strike?"

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by offloaded
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: *Unconfirmed* Air France terminates Joon
Replies: 111
Views: 25786

Re: Air France terminates Joon

My take on this is that Joon was set up to pressure the AF unions, and that was all. Joon employees were under totally different contracts. I don't think the on board product or name or anything else was anything but fluff. Another example. Dutch Transavia (HV) do a lot of codesharing with KL and fe...

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Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees
Replies: 49
Views: 7039

Re: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees

I don't sell enough FlyBe or Tui to comment; I do however do a lot of Ryanair, Easyjet (approx €400k/yr so I believe that gives me a fair sample) and scheduled carriers such as BA. Where pax elect not to prebook a seat, and are on the same PNR, 9/10 times EZY and BA have seated them together, (unles...

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by offloaded
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Words in your language that mean completely different/gross/disgusting things in another
Replies: 90
Views: 11477

Re: Words in your language that mean completely different/gross/disgusting things in another

"Cão" (pronounced "cow") is Portuguese for dog. "Puxe" (pronounced "push") means "pull." Monday to Friday don't have names per se, and are written as segunda-feira, terça-feira, etc literally second day, third day.. but can be abbreviated to 2ª - 5ª ...

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by offloaded
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Abating Airbus: The A310 Fades into History
Replies: 143
Views: 24136

Re: The Abating Airbus: The A310 Fades into History

Libyan Arab had been trying to buy Airbus for some time, but US sanctions against Libya meant that unless they wanted planes without engines, that was going to be tricky. Then in 1986, LN acquired two ex BCal aircraft, after they'd passed through various brokers in Hong Kong and Jordan. BCal and the...

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Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.
Replies: 41
Views: 6934

Re: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.

Here's a thought, instead of BA how about VS? Phil FlyingColours VS's Little Red didn't last long for UK domestic, so I can't see them wanting to try again. VS already have an agreement with BE (and actually BA) to feed their long haul destinations (eg ABZ BGI) VS 8409 Y 15JAN ABZLHR HS1 0705 0900 ...

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Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unofficial: Qatar Airways to leave One World Alliance
Replies: 176
Views: 11985

Re: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance

AA? Thought GF has a code sharing agreement with AA? I think that ended Yes. It ended April 30th, 2018. AA still allows earning and redeeming miles on Etihad though. The GF codeshare is still ongoing, e.g. BAH to IAH 1 BAH LHR 0230 0635 GF 7 2 ORD 0840 1130 GF6687 OPERATED BY AMERICAN AIRLINES 3 IA...

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Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates is exploring to take over Etihad
Replies: 79
Views: 16964

Re: Emirates is exploring to take over Etihad

Never say never. My take on it is: Abu Dhabi came to Dubai's financial rescue not long ago and has a lot of clout in Dubai. The ruling families are related. DWC is more or less in the middle (half way between Dubai and Abu Dhabi). I could see EK/EY codesharing with total interchangeability a la AF/K...

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by offloaded
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO
Replies: 145
Views: 29310

Re: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO

But... what about Beja? Yes I'm kidding.

What I'm amazed at is that there isn't a single direct flight from FAO with TP (apart from FAO LIS). BA runs up to 8 flights a day in summer to the various LON airports; FR/EZY have dozens of flights all over the place.

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