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by slinky09
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to permanently close LGW short-haul ?
Replies: 69
Views: 10592

Re: BA to permanently close LGW short-haul ?

BA has what 6m+ passengers per annum from Gatwick, without knowing the split LH / SH that's a lot to give up ... however based on current forecasts the reality is the number for the foreseeable future is a lot less and can be easily absorbed by Heathrow? I actually wonder why BA is restarting some L...

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by slinky09
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA axes LCY-JFK A318 premium service
Replies: 84
Views: 17070

Re: BA axes LCY-JFK A318 premium service

I have to wonder how many of those pax will just move to a private jet. Charter biz is up as are private jet flights. A number of models now can not only fly non-stop to NYC, they can fly to CHI, LAX non-stop. I should think that the logic is that BA or IAG does not forecast air travel to return to...

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by slinky09
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 504
Views: 91220

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

When oil spikes, I believe it will spike over $100/bbl. This will hurt the less official question of when. My opinion on oil is based on the fracking companies being in bad financial shape and thus unable to ramp. So just as EK needs new equipment, they will have old equipment at old efficiency sta...

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by slinky09
Sun May 17, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14278

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

The 777-300ER became the new 744, some of my best flights have been on this airplane. JAL and Cathay Pacific have excellent First Class cabins on them. The herringbone Business Class cabins many airlines have on their 777 are luxurious. This airplane is the pinnacle of today's airplanes, the A380 i...

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by slinky09
Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS postpones GRU launch to October
Replies: 14
Views: 3610

Re: VS postpones GRU launch to October

skipness1E wrote:
Forward bookings were poor before the virus hysteria, it’s already been pushed back!


And frequencies were already being cut before coronavirus, seems VS misjudged this one and now have left whatever pax who booked frustrated.

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by slinky09
Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Boeing make a great come back in 2020?
Replies: 211
Views: 28802

Re: Can Boeing make a great come back in 2020?

Is Boeing in control of its plan for 2020 - that's what I would ask? Currently there's a lot stacked up against it, the FAA and recertifying the Max, suppliers and particularly engine makers for the 777X, customers who may or may not want a NMA ... it's own mismanagement, it's workforce ... etc. If ...

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by slinky09
Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK-MAN in 5 hours 20 minutes on VS B747?!
Replies: 38
Views: 10660

Re: JFK-MAN in 5 hours 20 minutes on VS B747?!

conaly wrote:
8herveg wrote:
Thanks. Anyone know what the quickest time is for a commercial aircraft to fly from NYC to LON and/or MAN?


Remember the Concorde? :D


2 hours 52 minutes wasn't it?

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by slinky09
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why haven't the 787's electronic tinting windows been used on other aircraft?
Replies: 99
Views: 21286

Re: Why haven't the 787's electronic tinting windows been used on other aicrafts?

VSMUT wrote:
Because it is a stupid gimmick that doesn't work as well as a traditional blind. Also, the push buttons disintegrate in less than a year and many passengers don't know how to use them.


Spot on, they don't work, expensive, gimmick. A simple lightweight blind works far better.

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by slinky09
Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA
Replies: 93
Views: 17871

Re: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA

It's not surprising after the disaster of a summer that BA has had, just Google the current state of misinformation and crap customer service around the planned pilots strike in September, and this on top of a record fine for their data breach, and more mismanagement throughout this year. If they ar...

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by slinky09
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MOL warns of UK base closures and cuts in the coming week's
Replies: 81
Views: 18186

Re: MOL warns of UK base closures and cuts in the coming week's

Weaker pound also means inbound tourism should be stronger mind, every cloud has a silver lining You assume people want to visit the UK? Was just there this weekend and now elsewhere, the topic game up today with the folks I had dinner with on visiting the UK and most felt it would be a "stay ...

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by slinky09
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: aircraft losses in natural disasters
Replies: 48
Views: 7737

Re: aircraft losses in natural disasters

What about the roof that collapsed on the hanger in Washington from heavy snow - was it that?

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by slinky09
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport
Replies: 136
Views: 21073

Re: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport

VS cut routes to focus on yield with DL, Tokyo was a popular and busy route, HKG could go twice daily again for example. BA will fight but why should BA get 60% of the additional capacity and all other airlines suffer?

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by slinky09
Wed May 22, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM launches BLR in W19
Replies: 52
Views: 8131

Re: KLM launches BLR in W19

Perhaps what it shows is that Jet had a captive market and blew it!

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by slinky09
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787th 787 rolls out of final assembly
Replies: 45
Views: 9255

Re: 787th 787 rolls out of final assembly

Sp when does the production line run dry?

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by slinky09
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is VS's strategy in Asia?
Replies: 91
Views: 14140

Re: What is VS's strategy in Asia?

I think it can be summed up easily: fly to limited routes with large O&D and good yields, but only when the aircraft utilization fits the roster supporting transatlantic.

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by slinky09
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airline Has The Most Planes Airborne/ % of Fleet at Any Given Time
Replies: 22
Views: 3646

Re: Which Airline Has The Most Planes Airborne/ % of Fleet at Any Given Time

I am interested in what people think, but one thought process is that airlines with smaller planes and predominantly short haul say ave 2 hr sectors or less may rank low because for every two hours they'll spend 30-60 mins on the ground. Whereas a predominantly long haul carrier may have their aircr...

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by slinky09
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH CEO claims LH sells the most premium seats — is it true?
Replies: 88
Views: 13624

Re: LH CEO claims LH sells the most premium seats — is it true?

I tend to believe that BA and LH sell most of their seats to corporates who get good discounts for volume business - it's not necessarily the individual who chooses them but their corporate travel team who make the choice for them. I don't know anyone who would prefer to fly BA over competition from...

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by slinky09
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA1/2 (LCY-SNN-JFK-LCY) Quietly Cancelled?
Replies: 48
Views: 14622

Re: BA1/2 (LCY-SNN-JFK-LCY) Quietly Cancelled?

When Crossrail opens will the flight be dropped though?

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by slinky09
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman pees on floor of Wizz plane.
Replies: 76
Views: 12034

Re: Woman pees on floor of Wizz plane.

Cue the jokes ...wizzing for those not familiar is slang for peeing!

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by slinky09
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 197
Views: 66747

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

The 346 was the Airbus attempt to polish a turd (i.e. the 340 was not a good design...so you make a derivative that is even worse). For LH the decision makes perfect sense. Why fly a 346 when you can fly a 359 with 30% or more lower operating costs? For a passenger the A346 is beautiful and comfort...

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by slinky09
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 42467

Re: Future of 777X

That's not to say the 777-9 is far superior to A35K - as I said above it will not have overwhelming advantages against smaller competition and will not come close to the 77W by widebody market share. But given the smaller capacity/risk delta over A35K, cargo parity (at least), and better MCC, the 7...

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by slinky09
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MOL: "Norwegian 'gone' in 4-5 months"
Replies: 136
Views: 28408

Re: MOL: "Norwegian 'gone' in 4-5 months"

There are many clouds on the horizon that could shatter Norwegian quickly, a debt / financial crisis could easily trigger a fallback in demand that would poleaxe their growth and lead to a cashflow crisis for example. On the other hand they may not. Norwegian is clearly taking risks in a business pl...

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by slinky09
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG A350 Orders/Options
Replies: 101
Views: 17291

Re: IAG A350 Orders/Options

For EI, it will be interesting to see whether the A350 will reappear on the production list. I think it will be a very handsome aircraft in EI colors (but so will the 787 be :) ) EI doesn't have a route network that needs the A350, the 330 will do very nicely and then probably the 321LR for seconda...

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by slinky09
Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 316
Views: 42194

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

The real journey time saving doesn't seem worth the extra inflight discomfort to me - particularly if you are a premium passenger and get access to lounges and showers on any stopover. The economics must be pushing the envelope too and any variation in demand could mean these routes becoming low to ...

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by slinky09
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 23327

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

Jetty wrote:
slinky09 wrote:
perhaps it's a way for DL to invest in VS and let it acquire some more Heathrow slots to grow?

This isn't an option as VS doesn't get any cash from the deal; DL's cash flows to AF/KL and Branson.


Of course, I stand corrected.

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by slinky09
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 23327

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

I am struggling to make sense of this strategically other than that having all four airlines in the JV means there's a way for DL to get a better return on revenues and its investments. It can't be about AF / KLM connectivity to VS at Heathrow given the terminal layout and really most of VS's custom...

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by slinky09
Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA releases worst safety video ever?
Replies: 115
Views: 17457

Re: BA releases worst safety video ever?

Oh boy how miserable you all are ... has it's moments of humour and I'm certain the actual version on board will be snappier than this cut. As said, best to try to understand the context (Comic Relief, BA charity, some famous UK comedy faces) and if you don't culturally get it, stick to what you do!

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by slinky09
Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL releases anti-ME3 video
Replies: 196
Views: 22332

Re: DL releases anti-ME3 video

I've always believed that if you have to trash your opposition as a marketing ploy, you have no belief in the value of your own offering. On just how many routes do DL and the ME3 compete again?

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by slinky09
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Zimbabwe to be renamed, Gov't paying off debt, ET to partner AirZim
Replies: 70
Views: 11591

Re: Air Zimbabwe to be renamed, Gov't paying off debt, ET to partner AirZim

Trust me its over 1 miilion, even Mugabe does not want them to vote https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabweans_in_the_United_Kingdom That's just silly and not even backed up by your link. As to Zimbabwe running a 777 anywhere profitably that's a joke, if it even exists it'll just be a toy for the co...

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by slinky09
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA capture a lot of North America <-> India traffic?
Replies: 46
Views: 8787

Re: Does BA capture a lot of North America <-> India traffic?

Yes, having worked in India I can affirm that people travelling to the US choose between LH, BA and EK with connections, and lastly AI direct - no one I ever met (Indian or other) preferred Air India over the other options due to its dire service onboard and on the ground. How LH, BA and EK rank is ...

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by slinky09
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's "World Images" Tailfins - 20 Years On
Replies: 80
Views: 10230

Re: BA's "World Images" Tailfins - 20 Years On

I too loved them, I thought it demonstrated an outward looking, global, design conscious airline - I doubt that would ever happen with today's regime though.

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by slinky09
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Union Blames Meltdown on IT Outsourcing to India
Replies: 128
Views: 17480

Re: BA Union Blames Meltdown on IT Outsourcing to India

This reports the root cause as a (British) contractor accidentally switching off the power, and the problem being a human fault. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/british-airways-it-outage-caused-by-contractor-who-switched-off-8906438 In which case I still call baloney, the whole story is n...

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by slinky09
Thu May 25, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL- service to EYW Key West
Replies: 55
Views: 9691

Re: DL- service to EYW Key West

If you fly VS into ATL and connect on DL to EYW you are restricted to one hold bag as part of the ticket t&cs, even if you're eligible on the VS segment to two or more ...

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by slinky09
Sat May 20, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat
Replies: 59
Views: 13053

Re: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat

He kinda took the one remaining high-fare O/D (almost)-monopoly and made it an AS hub. Where else could he start an airline of any decent size in the US? He won't start anything, he'll hope somebody else does and pays him for using the Virgin brand. He doesn't run anything, his main role is self pr...

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by slinky09
Wed May 17, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has Nigeria never had a major airline?
Replies: 45
Views: 9276

Re: Why has Nigeria never had a major airline?

A friend who works at LHR used to tell me how much fun it was observing the check in for flights to Lagos or Port Harcourt, an amazing set of items including furniture and kitchen goods with wads of cash handed over as 'excess baggage'. The C word is rampant with anything to do with Nigeria and trav...

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by slinky09
Tue May 16, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Why no 1st class?
Replies: 145
Views: 29232

Re: Concorde Why no 1st class?

Define first class? For me one definition of FC is speed and service, Concorde had that in spades so who needs a suite and a bar when you can travel 3x faster than anyone else!

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by slinky09
Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates EK A380 utilization
Replies: 63
Views: 13439

Re: Emirates EK A380 utilization

Really? The analysis presented shows that EK are using their A380 frames for more time each day than the industry average for international operations. If anything, it proves that EK have slightly less capacity than the majority of other airlines require for similar operations. And, lets not forget...

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by slinky09
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAPA: We will have Uber & Airbnb of Aviation in next decade, but no one is preparing for it
Replies: 48
Views: 7834

Re: CAPA: We will have Uber & Airbnb of Aviation in next decade, but no one is preparing for it

The article claims air travel will become more like Uber and AirBnB because neither of those entities actually own cars or apartments, they just analyze data and let others shoulder the cost of owning the asset. Airlines in the future will be those who shoulder the cost of assets, and Facebook, App...

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by slinky09
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?
Replies: 162
Views: 11700

Re: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?

All restrictions for ownership is just protectionism for the companies instead of citizens. There is no justified reason for artificial restrictions of ownership or cabotage, neither related to safety, security, military, environment, health or economy. It is enough to require that foreign companie...

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by slinky09
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 134596

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

Looking at Unuted ceo's ambiguous non-apologetic response, it is clear as day that a man of his calibre should not be managing one of the world's largest airlines. He is out of touch and out of depth. Agreed, an utter failure to a) recognize the gravity of the situation and the reputational damage ...

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by slinky09
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian announces DEN-LGW and SEA-LGW
Replies: 182
Views: 21674

Re: Norwegian announces DEN-LGW and SEA-LGW

Starting these routes as the winter season kicks in sounds risky to me, either that or Norwegian has a cash pile to burn through (but with another 20 787s coming I just wonder where it all comes from!).

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by slinky09
Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS Sells two slots at LHR
Replies: 121
Views: 26042

Re: SAS Sells of two slots at LHR

I know slots at LHR are expensive and hard to come by and I wonder why British Airways has added so many holiday destinations to their LHR plan rather than those destinations being served by LGW and use the LHR ones for things that will generate more money than Kalamta and places like that? (Info I...

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by slinky09
Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS Sells two slots at LHR
Replies: 121
Views: 26042

Re: SAS Sells of two slots at LHR

That's an incredible amount to pay for just 2 slots, but I guess its the price to play. On a different note, doesn't United have slots that AC and Virgin are using to LHR? Not VS any longer - I think they went back to UA when the second HKG flight was dropped. VS does have one or more slot pairs fr...

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by slinky09
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "British Airways 'turning into Ryanair' as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks"
Replies: 109
Views: 22456

Re: "British Airways 'turning into Ryanair' as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks"

I'm really amused by "sorry you were only offered a candy bar as snack option". It's not that the crew failed - that's all BA now provides! I personally find the "majority of snack boxes were being wasted" a tough line to swallow. I have never witnessed people turning them down ...

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by slinky09
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes
Replies: 97
Views: 14401

Re: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes

Article seems somewhat researched. Except they categorize Ryanair as a UK airline. Ireland, where they based, is not planning to exit the EU. So it would mainly effect UK domestic routes. However, in the end we might end up with a open skies solution anyway, or some other agreement. For instance No...

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by slinky09
Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Euro lawmakers press EU to impose visas on U.S. citizens
Replies: 14
Views: 3173

Re: EU votes to revoke visa waivers for Americans

Just a couple of points: this relates to an agreement in place between the US and Europe that the US has failed to enact in full, hence the requirement for the EU to consider lifting visa free travel for US citizens was built into the legislation for this when it was agreed - i.e. the US has not del...

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by slinky09
Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Global supply chains and strategies - Airbus or Boeing
Replies: 16
Views: 2266

Re: Global supply chains and strategies - Airbus or Boeing

You may have already, but Googling "airbus supply chain presentation ppt" throws up some good links including a few presentations on Slideshare with some great stats on Airbus's global supply chain and how Boeing compared when setting up the 787 process.

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by slinky09
Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa reveals A350 cabin
Replies: 58
Views: 14978

Re: Lufthansa reveals A350 cabin

Well I'd agree that it all looks solid and dull, and no direct aisle access in J is a disincentive to me to book LH. But then I'm writing this from my armchair and LH knows its customers better than I and more importantly how it can deliver sustainable yield.

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by slinky09
Sun Jan 29, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to launch a New Club World soon.
Replies: 47
Views: 12910

Re: BA to launch a New Club World soon.

I thought the article was on point, instead of investing in a decent hard product BA appears to be going for enhanced dining, but in the future that's the easiest thing to start cutting back on as BA does periodically. So it's likely BA will still have just about the worst J offering with manically ...

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by slinky09
Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which carriers do not fly on Christmas day?
Replies: 41
Views: 8519

Re: Which carriers do not fly on Christmas day?

It's beyond me to why anyway sane who celebrates Christmas would want to go on anything but the shortest flight on Christmas Day or have an early arrival. Well lucky you, there are lots of people who have to work up to the 24th in retail for example and other trades too. My partner and I often visi...

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