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by LHRFlyer
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways network updates
Replies: 316
Views: 54485

Re: BA to permanently close LGW short-haul ?

Once BA short-haul has left LGW it is gone for good and I suspect BA would regret it in years to come. The void will be filled by easyJet and Wizz Air, not LEVEL or Vueling.

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by LHRFlyer
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways network updates
Replies: 316
Views: 54485

Re: BA to permanently close LGW short-haul ?

Not a good sign for their still unconfirmed MAX orders which were supposed to be based from LGW. They can’t go to LHR because MAX don’t do containerised freight. We’re the MAX ever meant to be allocated to BA? The letter of intent was for IAG, not BA. The MAX also doesn’t make sense for BA at the m...

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by LHRFlyer
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup
Replies: 208
Views: 23713

Re: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup

Blerg wrote:
Can KL make it on their own or would they look for a new marriage candidate?


IAG would jump at the chance for KLM to join the group.

Willie Walsh has always said BA should have merged with KLM and the deal would not have fallen through on his watch.

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by LHRFlyer
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1516
Views: 183598

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Unless competition regulators were prepared to waive it through, BA buying VS would only mean it would have to forfeit a lot of the LHR slots on overlapping routes to competitor airlines. Also don't forget there is huge personal animosity between Willie Walsh and Richard Branson. Willie wouldn't be ...

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by LHRFlyer
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1516
Views: 183598

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Regarding Virgin using its LHR slots as security to raise finance, it has already done this: https://www.ft.com/content/40193024-9e8b-11e5-b45d-4812f209f861 Virgin Atlantic has become the first European airline to raise money by using its take-off and landing slots at Heathrow as collateral. The UK ...

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1516
Views: 183598

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

I suspect Virgin may get some form of support, but the Treasury will call the shots. "Optics" mean that Richard Branson will have to be seen to pay for this.

As a number of UK airlines are seeking state support, do not rule out some "blue sky thinking" from the Treasury.

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by LHRFlyer
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again
Replies: 310
Views: 64306

Re: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again

At times like this, bloggers and journalists should stick to hard facts and not engage in unfounded speculation.

One lesson from this whole era is the importance of actual experts and not rewarding those who shout for clicks.

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by LHRFlyer
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 783
Views: 116008

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

Airports have very little chance of getting any money back from the administrators once an airline goes into administration as there's whole hierarchy of creditors who need to be repaid first.

It's a familiar pattern of aircraft being impounded immediately before an airline goes into administration.

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by LHRFlyer
Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: BA A35K LHR-MEL Pilot Training
Replies: 38
Views: 10878

Re: Rumour: BA A35K LHR-MEL Pilot Training

Would be amazed if this ever happened.

There are an awful lot of things that would have to be done before BA would start training pilots for MEL non-stop, not least negotiating an industrial agreement with its own pilots, which Qantas has not yet been able to do.

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 783
Views: 116008

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

The BBC's business editor Simon Jack has tweeted that an announcement is expected at around 11pm after the last flight has landed.

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA transfers MLE to LHR; upgrades to 77W
Replies: 25
Views: 6937

BA transfers MLE to LHR; upgrades to 77W

Apologies if this has already been mentioned that BA has transferred its winter seasonal flight to MLE from LGW to LHR from October.

The flight will also be upgraded from a three class 772 to a four class 77W, which is quite a capacity increase.

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by LHRFlyer
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines And Qatar Airways Sign Codeshare Partnership + AA Exploring DOH Flights
Replies: 133
Views: 18957

Re: American Airlines And Qatar Airways Sign Codeshare Partnership + AA Exploring DOH Flights

Doubt BA is going to be annoyed by this, let alone consider ending the AA JV or leaving Oneworld. QR owns 25% of IAG and QR already had extensive co-operation with BA. There’s already huge competition on US-India routes and BA offers many one-stop options to the US from India. It’s probably more wel...

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by LHRFlyer
Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 50027

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

Just read on another forum. I’d say this is a BA/QR Joint Venture? ACCC receives application for authorisation from British Airways and Qatar Airways Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) received (16-Jan-2020) an application for authorisation from British Airways and Qatar Airways ...

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 783
Views: 116008

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

bennett123 wrote:
If the loan is on commercial terms, why not go to Connect or a bank?.


A bank would require it to be secured against an asset which has a marketable value (eg LHR slots) which Flybe can’t offer.

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by LHRFlyer
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 783
Views: 116008

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

The consortium was meant to provide a £20m bridging loan and £80m of funding for investment. Even though the consortium had to wait until the European Commission approved the takeover before they could exercise any management control they have had plenty of time to plan what to do. It seems that Fly...

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by LHRFlyer
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: British Airways To Launch Long-Haul Flights From Manchester
Replies: 176
Views: 28706

Re: Rumor: British Airways To Launch Long-Haul Flights From Manchester

The fact that the blogger's (who is known for pulling stunts to get attention and clicks) "source" says this will be with the 787 says this is more clickbait than anything else. BA does not have the spare aircraft and there's still plenty of room to grow at LHR. AA/BA are probably better o...

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by LHRFlyer
Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways next US route - PDX
Replies: 148
Views: 28664

Re: British Airways next US target

BA normally launches a big New Year sales campaign before Christmas (as Virgin has just done). I expect if an announcement is not made over the next few days, it's not happening.

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by LHRFlyer
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian with LHR slots S20?
Replies: 60
Views: 11152

Re: Norwegian with LHR slots S20?

Even if crews operated a W pattern, you still need to appoint handing agents etc at LHR. This all seems more trouble than it would be worth for three poorly timed flights.

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by LHRFlyer
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion
Replies: 357
Views: 61688

Re: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion

It would be good to see Iberia expand and IAG claim that a larger combined network would also support more new destinations. But regulators are not going to buy the argument of needing to compete against AMS, CDG and FRA. Ultimately, there's nothing that UX does today and IB could not achieve throug...

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by LHRFlyer
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 219948

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread

Alex Macheras has got to learn some self-restraint. Otherwise, one day it is really going to cost him.

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by LHRFlyer
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA
Replies: 93
Views: 17991

Re: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA

That decision rests with Willie Walsh.

May be proved wrong but a CEO being replaced in the middle of an industrial dispute would not be the message IAG would want to send to its trade unions.

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by LHRFlyer
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 71792

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

I doubt IAG has decided which airlines will receive the aircraft and will probably make them compete for them.

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 14757

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

I think the point is some people may have booked these flights expecting a special celebration on board, rather than a standard domestic flight. Also, the statement from BA suggests it may have other plans for the weekend. Enthusiasts who have booked these flights may want to see what else BA has ye...

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 14757

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

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BA is now offering refunds to passengers who booked these flights thinking they would be celebratory flights:

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 142
Views: 33401

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

A shame BA didn’t try switching it to LHR with a 787.

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 783
Views: 116008

Re: Flybe update

Flybe has to remain operationally independent of the Connect Airways consortium until regulatory approval for the takeover is granted: In February 2019 Connect Airways acquired Flybe Limited (Flybe’s main trading company, including Flybe Aviation Services Limited) and Flybe.com Limited for considera...

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018
Replies: 45
Views: 9111

Re: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018

The problem is that BA operating in the same economic climate, also with 787 issues made 1.952 bn profit in 2018. We are presently at a point in the economic cycle of having had nearly a decade of consistent growth, yet VS is not profitable when its competitors both in the UK and the USA are genera...

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 149231

Re: Jetblue “Save the Date” All Hands - April 10

06:50 is way too early for a transatlantic departure from London.

I’ve taken flights at around 8-9am and it’s terrible for jet lag on arrival.

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by LHRFlyer
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 162
Views: 25044

Re: Trouble at BMI?i

skipness1E wrote:
The sheer glee and self importance of Alex Macheras makes me sick


The same happened with Monarch. He was completely oblivious to how he much was upsetting staff with his tweets.

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 449
Views: 80425

Re: Updated: VS To Be Largest Shareholder In New Airline Group Comprising BE And RE

The shareholders get nothing, but at least this provides for an orderly transition.

A liquidation of the airline would be costly and messy and leave little for creditors.

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by LHRFlyer
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:21 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: 80425

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

Deal confirmed VIRGIN ATLANTIC TO LEAD A FLYBE TAKEOVER https://aviationanalyst.co.uk/2019/01/10/virgin-atlantic-in-talks-to-buy-flybe-analysis/ Extremely poor behaviour by the author of that article not to give Mark Kleinman of Sky News credit for breaking the story. This story by Sky has more sub...

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by LHRFlyer
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR: VS to re-launch BOM ‘19
Replies: 13
Views: 2553

Re: RUMOUR: VS to re-launch BOM ‘19

Would be surprising given that Virgin has previously cancelled this route twice before.

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by LHRFlyer
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How do you think Norwegian could fit within the portfolio of airlines of IAG?
Replies: 31
Views: 4750

Re: How do you think Norwegian could fit within the portfolio of airlines of IAG?

To eliminate the brand and competition and spread the aircraft among the IAG airlines. I don't think IAG would eliminate the brand. Airlines with strong brand recognition outside IAG's home markets are very attractive to IAG. They would keep the name, albeit routes that overlap with other IAG airli...

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by LHRFlyer
Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 449
Views: 80425

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

I would treat Sunday newspaper stories citing "industry sources" with a heavy degree of scepticism.

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by LHRFlyer
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:21 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: 80425

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

Mark Kleinman’s track record on exclusives is excellent so there is something behind this.

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by LHRFlyer
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe up for sale
Replies: 74
Views: 14015

Re: Flybe up for sale

I'm afraid I don't see IAG being interested. The brand simply isn't strong enough and there's nothing that BACF could not do already.

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by LHRFlyer
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A350-1000 with No First Class
Replies: 94
Views: 31825

Re: British Airways A350-1000 with No First Class

The first A350s are planned to replace the 52J 747s, so they will be on routes with softer premium demand.

The new CW seat is a completely new seat. Alex Cruz said there will be gate to gate IFE so it won’t be an evolution of the existing design where the monitor has to be stowed.

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by LHRFlyer
Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon
Replies: 248
Views: 62256

Re: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon

It looks like BA is slowing down the retirement of the 747 over the next couple of years. There'll be five more 747s in service by 2020 than was planned last year. I guess this could allow some 777s to be cascaded to Gatwick. Alex Cruz said yesterday that pairing cities with LHR destinations worked ...

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in the race for the route LHR-SYD non stop?
Replies: 45
Views: 10418

Re: British Airways in the race for the route LHR-SYD non stop?

Willie Walsh has said that he’s not interested in Ultra Long-Haul as he doesn’t think passengers have the appetite for it. That said, he said that he admit to changing his mind about whether an unbundled long-haul economy product would work after seeing passenger responses to Norwegian. If Qantas pr...

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to Start London Heathrow to Charleston, SC
Replies: 282
Views: 38483

Re: BA to Start London Heathrow to Charleston, SC

This will be an interesting route to watch. It’s a valid question whether there is scope to add more low frequency seasonal long-haul routes. Given what’s involved in setting up new long-haul outstations, I would have thought not, but BA clearly thinks otherwise. I guess it could be similar to the a...

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.
Replies: 41
Views: 6966

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

You can never say never with IAG, but given BA effectively paid Flybe to take BA Connect off its hands, it’s highly unlikely.

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by LHRFlyer
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air financial trouble?
Replies: 74
Views: 21642

Re: WOW Air financial trouble?

I personally don’t buy the idea that Iceland can be the equivalent of Dubai on North Atlantic routes. What Emirates did very well was: a) Provide new one-stop connections on routings that legacy airlines and alliances could only offer as two-stop connections. b) Provide a better in flight and connec...

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by LHRFlyer
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 39539

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

I feel sorry for the staff affected, but it was clear from its plans for next summer that it is was pursuing growth far too quickly.

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why BA is expanding more flights/routes to US than Asia?
Replies: 49
Views: 7588

Re: Why BA is expanding more flights/routes to US than Asia?

To be fair, BA has added quite a few non-North American routes at Heathrow over the past few years: Durban, Kuala Lumpur, Santiago, Seoul and The Seychelles. But I think IAG as a whole is becoming very North Atlantic centric with growth at Aer Lingus, LEVEL and, of course, a possible bid for Norwegi...

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Cityflyer adding four E190
Replies: 31
Views: 5438

Re: BA Cityflyer adding four E190

I have to admit to being surprised by this with a number of routes having been cancelled and The Elizabeth Line launching to Heathrow.

It’s a big vote of confidence for BACF at LCY.

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018
Replies: 2057
Views: 146827

Re: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018

The CAA stats for June show that LHR-BNA is performing well, and ahead of LHR-MSY in terms of passenger numbers: http://www.caa.co.uk/uploadedFiles/CAA/Content/Standard_Content/Data_and_analysis/Datasets/Airport_stats/Airport_data_2018_06/Table_12_1_Intl_Air_Pax_Traffic_Route_Analysis.pdf 8,777 pass...

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by LHRFlyer
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018
Replies: 2057
Views: 146827

Re: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018

Any indications of when it could be increased to daily and possibly upgauged to a 789? Nothing was said about aircraft or frequency changes, but Willie Walsh was clearly very enthusiastic about its performance. What specifically did he say? Any load factors he cited? I did take the flight recently ...

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by LHRFlyer
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018
Replies: 2057
Views: 146827

Re: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018

At IAG's results presentation yesterday, Willie Walsh described the performance of LHR-BNA as "stunning". Any indications of when it could be increased to daily and possibly upgauged to a 789? Nothing was said about aircraft or frequency changes, but Willie Walsh was clearly very enthusia...

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