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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?
Replies: 20
Views: 587

Re: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?

To be able to draw a fair conclusion you need to consider the A380-specific innovations which were developed and then applied to other programs. In this regard the DNA of the A380 is found in every subsequent Airbus platform and its development cost can be spread across other programs. Commercially...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Wide Bodies on Domestic Flights
Replies: 7
Views: 1123

Re: Wide Bodies on Domestic Flights

The most recent domestic widebody scheduling pre-COVID19 was probably the last we will ever see by the US3, notwithstanding hub-to-hub repositionings which have to happen. And of course flights to Hawaii. From the west coast Hawaii is perfectly doable with a narrow body, from the center or east of ...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 704
Views: 84556

Re: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread

After Wizz Air announced Larnaca to Eindhoven and Gdansk, Ryanair has responded by introducing their own EIN and GDN flights from PFO. Both FR and W6 will start these flights on the same day. https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/06/29/ryanair-launching-flights-from-paphos-to-netherlands-and-poland/ Not ent...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest aiports in Europe - after COVID
Replies: 12
Views: 1067

Re: Busiest aiports in Europe - after COVID

I think MAD is pretty safe because it doesn't rely on 1 or 2 airlines. AMS mostly relies on KLM and God forbid, if something happens with KLM (again, it probably won't), AMS could fall apart. Same thing with CDG, it mostly relies on Air France. FRA and LHR could be a bit safer because they have a b...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vienna Airport to exempt landing charge and subsidise departing passengers
Replies: 8
Views: 1599

Re: Vienna Airport to exempt landing charge and subsidise departing passengers

Also the minimum flight price law hasn't been accepted yet, so far it has only been proposed. As you can read in the article, Ryanair will do everything they can to oppose the introduction of that law, which they call illegal. And in fact they're right about it, European laws clearly state that airl...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most seasonal airports
Replies: 22
Views: 1382

Re: Most seasonal airports

One that comes to my mind is Girona, nearly all traffic is summer seasonal. In the summer it's served by a good number of LCCs and holiday airlines, mostly folks going to the beaches in Lloret de Mar, Blanes, etc. In the past it served as a low-cost airport for Barcelona, but now that Barcelona airp...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone know which cabin this is supposed to be?
Replies: 14
Views: 2682

Re: Anyone know which cabin this is supposed to be?

https://twitter.com/AirlineLoop/status/ ... 88/photo/3


No, those windows look different.

However they do look like the windows on some of the old style 747s, possibly it's a 747SP.
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777klm wrote:
The first class pic looks like the AA DC-10 interior.
See link below for comparison
https://twitter.com/AirlineLoop/status/ ... 88/photo/3


No, those windows look different.

However they do look like the windows on some of the old style 747s, possibly it's a 747SP.

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone know which cabin this is supposed to be?
Replies: 14
Views: 2682

Re: Anyone know which cabin this is supposed to be?

Here are some better pictures:

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Still haven't figured out which type of aircraft it is, but obviously the first one is a different one from the other.

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: large single aisle aircraft
Replies: 36
Views: 4288

Re: large single aisle aircraft

I have always tried to avoid flying on 757-300's and A321's if I cannot get a seat close to the front. Twice I have had to fly cross-country on A321's and I was stuck in row 33 on one flight and row 32 on the other. On the first one, the flight attendant that was in the area as we started to deplan...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone know which cabin this is supposed to be?
Replies: 14
Views: 2682

Re: Anyone know which cabin this is supposed to be?

One thing I notice is that the windows in first class (second picture) look very different from the windows in economy class (last picture). Therefor I assume those shots were filmed in two different aircraft, or at least different mock-ups. For movies they usually don't shoot on board of a real air...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: large single aisle aircraft
Replies: 36
Views: 4288

Re: large single aisle aircraft

....not to mention the longest enplaning and deplaning time in the history of aviation. That would depend on the number of doors used for boarding / deboarding. As said, most LCCs (which will be the primary customers for this plane) prefer to use stairs instead of jetways. I believe the 757-300 has...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: large single aisle aircraft
Replies: 36
Views: 4288

Re: large single aisle aircraft

Unless there’s front and back door board and deplane; which IMHO, would be very unusual. Add to that, not that many airports have jetways to board/deplane front and back doors. Many LCCs wouldn't care about that. Certainly in Europe they're using stairs more often than not, and the higher number of...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 704
Views: 84556

Re: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread

What future bases do you speculate that Wizz will probably open or do you think they are done with this expansion period. I have heard about LGW and Yerevan. From what I remember, they have around 250 aircraft on order. I am sure they will have to keep on expanding. My guess is that BVA and CRL are...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fastest Turnaround Times?
Replies: 20
Views: 1857

Re: Fastest Turnaround Times?

Ryanair has scheduled 25 minutes turnaround times, and mostly they make that. Wizzair takes a little more time, 35 minutes. Impressive given that they got near 100% load factors.

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is 10 Tanker Air Carrier going to add more DC-10s?
Replies: 23
Views: 4262

Re: Is 10 Tanker Air Carrier going to add more DC-10s?

What about the Netherlands Air Force KDC-10? They're about to be replaced by A330MRRTs but there's still some life in them. One has already been sold to Omega Air Tanker, but I believe they got two more left. There's still some life in them and they can be converted to firefighting planes.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any jet alternatives to the 737-200C for gravel operations?
Replies: 100
Views: 17468

Re: There's any jet alternatives for the 737-200C for gravel operations?

That aside, who is to say that these Antonovs are inherently any less safe than a 40-50 year old B732 ? Granted, the original An-72 first flew in 1977; the big difference is you can buy a similarly capable, but somewhat updated machine, fresh out of the factory. What's not to like? You seem to forg...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any jet alternatives to the 737-200C for gravel operations?
Replies: 100
Views: 17468

Re: Are there any jet alternatives to the 737-200C for gravel operations?

I have a soft spot for the CRJ-700, I think that it has the best proportions of the CRJ family. The aircraft shown below currently registered XC-BDM has a (smallish) cargo door, it is owned by Banco de Mexico. I don't know whether the cargo door could be made larger or if it even has any passenger ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't the AN225 have passenger service?
Replies: 46
Views: 8976

Re: Why doesn't the AN225 have passenger service?

That makes sense now...but I have a question..was it around some 30 years ago? Because if it was then I could really see Aeroflot perhaps flying it when Ukraine was part of the USSR.. Back in the days of the USSR every civilian aircraft, from cropdusters to big airliners, was considered Aeroflot. I...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 704
Views: 84556

Re: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread

Impressive, let's see how long they last there even with two planes. Ryanair suspended almost all flights from TSR. The difference between the two is that Wizzair has a bunch of planes on order that will be delivered shortly. The lower number of planes per base is just temporary until they receive ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest aiports in Europe - after COVID
Replies: 12
Views: 1067

Re: Busiest aiports in Europe - after COVID

Edit: Romania will be interesting to watch. Through this crisis, my local airport saw only a few weekly KLM flights, all other hub connectors shutting their routes. But Wizz Air kept flying to half of Romania's cities on a daily basis. I agree with that, Wizzair could be seen as the light of hope i...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why No Delta to BGI???
Replies: 9
Views: 1242

Re: Why No Delta to BGI???

Doesn't Delta have a feeder deal with WestJet? And WestJet on it's turn serves Barbados from their hub in Toronto.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Paying for First Class (Domestic flights)
Replies: 37
Views: 2011

Re: Paying for First Class (Domestic flights)

I’m 5’10 and just don’t see the value since I fly domestically - I could afford to if I wanted to but it seems like a ridiculous 2-5x price increase for a few hours of a few extra inches at my knees and some mediocre food service. A $300-$400 transcon easily becomes $1200. You have to be tall as he...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Paying for First Class (Domestic flights)
Replies: 37
Views: 2011

Re: Paying for First Class (Domestic flights)

I've never flown business or first class in my life, always economy. I simply don't see the value of it. As long as I get to my destination, I don't care.

What I do care about is the price, I want it to be as low as possible. That means often LCCs or even ULCCs.

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any jet alternatives to the 737-200C for gravel operations?
Replies: 100
Views: 17468

Re: There's any jet alternatives for the 737-200C for gravel operations?

What about the BAE 146? A bit smaller than the 737-200, but still big enough I think. It has the engines rather high up, so it should work.

The Antonov AN-148 would be another. It's not much different from the BAE 146, other than the number of engines.

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 200
Views: 51580

Re: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread

The ULCC across the Atlantic isn't going away someone will suck up that business even if norwegan doesn't make it. In fact, someone already does (although on a very limited scale). FrenchBee is a long haul LCC with dirt cheap flights from Paris Orly to New York (Newark) and San Francisco. Somehow I...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A380 perfect for social distancing
Replies: 9
Views: 1383

Re: A380 perfect for social distancing

There is one thing the A380 would still be good for. Today I heard many bands are looking for aircraft as performance locations. The usual theaters where they normally hold their concerts are closed, or bound to severe restrictions. Basically there's nowhere a band can perform in front of a few hund...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city
Replies: 50
Views: 3133

Re: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city

Narita from Tokyo seems a pretty long way. It is, but at least there's a high speed rail link between the airport and the city. So while it might be distant, it's not inconvenient. It would be inconvenient without that rail link. Same reason for Milan Malpensa is more convenient than Bergamo. Both ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city
Replies: 50
Views: 3133

Re: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city

That is a very good answer. That the OP asks about transit options, and assumes absence of transit means that airports are inconvenient, means he doesn't understand American transportation. DTW is, for example, an easy 22-minute drive along toll-free freeways from the downtown riverfront (using the...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city
Replies: 50
Views: 3133

Re: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city

We know that this changed with Ryanair flying into Hamburg HAM or Frankfurt FRA, for example. Not entirely. In most cases they didn't move to the major airports, they added them. Only there have been a few cases where the minor airport closed and thus they had to move over to the major airport, for...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city
Replies: 50
Views: 3133

Re: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city

A lot of secondary airports in Europe can be named here. I've already heard London Luton and Frankfurt Hahn, sure there are others. Out of the top of my head: - Oslo Sandefjord Torp - Warsaw Modlin - Dusseldorf Weeze - Milan Bergamo - Stockholm Skavsta - Barcelona Girona - Barcelona Reus - Paris Bea...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Istanbul Grand Airport overtake ATL for busiest airport?
Replies: 15
Views: 1213

Re: Will Istanbul Grand Airport overtake ATL for busiest airport?

209 million passengers in 2019 isn't 'that much traffic'? https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-airports-serve-almost-14-mln-passengers-151914 Not compared to other countries. For example it's less than Germany, which handled nearly 227 million passengers in the same year (2,7 flights per year ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Istanbul Grand Airport overtake ATL for busiest airport?
Replies: 15
Views: 1213

Re: Will Istanbul Grand Airport overtake ATL for busiest airport?

I think if any airport has the ability to overtake Atlanta as the busiest airport in the world, it'll be Beijing. I mean, Chinese air traffic is already very big and this is just the beginning. Beijing will stay ahead of Istanbul. Like others have said, Istanbul is not as important as some people pr...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes
Replies: 27
Views: 1232

Re: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes

Milan Rastislav Štefánik was a Slovak politician and aviator. In 1919, after returning from Italy, he tried to land his Caproni Ca.3 near Bratislava when he crashed and died. The cause was probably windshear. Nowadays M.R. Štefánik Airport (BTS) is the main airport in Bratislava.

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes
Replies: 27
Views: 1232

Re: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a French aviator during the second world war. In 1944 he disappeared while on a mission to collect information of German troop movements in the Rhone valley. The wreckage of his plane was later found offshore near Marseille. Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS) was named aft...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes
Replies: 27
Views: 1232

Re: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes

Yuri Gagarin, the first human in outer space, died in a plane crash in 1968 while on a routine training flight in a MiG-15UTI. In 2019 the Russian city of Saratov opened a new airport (GSV) which was named after Gagarin.

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes
Replies: 27
Views: 1232

Re: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes

Jorge Chávez was a Peruvian aviator who died in a plane crash in 1910 when heavy winds broke off the wings of his Bleriot XI. Nowadays Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) is the largest airport in Peru.

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes
Replies: 27
Views: 1232

Re: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes

Francisco de Sá Carneiro, a Portuguese politician, died in a plane crash in 1980 when his Cessna 421A crashed shortly after take-off from Lisbon Airport on it's way to Porto. Porto airport (OPO) was named after him.

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When was the last time BA aircraft had the original Landor livery?
Replies: 2
Views: 1050

Re: When was the last time BA aircraft had the original Landor livery?

I believe it was G-VIIG, a Boeing 777-200ER. Here it is in 2002 still wearing the Landor livery:

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 200
Views: 51580

Re: Updated :Norwegian Bankruptcy

Holy cow, I've been living under a rock! I had no idea things went so bad so fast for Norwegian. 7 planes? That's just temporary due to COVID-19. The rest of their planes are in storage and will no doubt return once the whole thing is over. Although they might need to rebuild their entire network. ...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 200
Views: 51580

Re: Updated :Norwegian Bankruptcy

Without slot alleviation, it'll be very hard for Norwegian to hang onto it's good slots across Europe. They may have too many aircraft by 2022 I don't think that'll be a problem, there are still plenty of airports where slots are available or even airports that aren't slot controlled at all. Of cou...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat May 30, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 704
Views: 84556

Re: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread

With hundreds of Airbuses to come, do you think they will dare make a move to AZ territory and open a base in the italian capital? Easy left FCO, Vueling downsized heavily, FR's presence is thin so maybe they will make a play for it next year? Ryanair presence in Rome is anything but thin, but they...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat May 30, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 704
Views: 84556

Re: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread

I am curious to see how they compete against Aegean on MXP-ATH. They are a great airline that has managed to successfully fight LCCs in Athens while offering a legacy product, and a good one. Just like every LCC, they'll beat them on ticket price. No matter how good Aegean might be, they ain't chea...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat May 30, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 704
Views: 84556

Re: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread

how many routes copy easyJet? Ez for example tried MXP TLL for a couple of years, now it is gone but I bet Wizz is going head to head with them in some route. They'll compete directly on the following routes out of Malpensa: Athens, Corfu, Fuerteventura, Krakow, Lisbon, London Luton, Menorca, Rhode...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 27, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest airports with the least number of jetway gates
Replies: 2
Views: 767

Re: Busiest airports with the least number of jetway gates

London Luton is the busiest airport in the world without any jetways. Last year it handled over 18 million passengers using stairs only.

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 27, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Laudamotion scaling down VIE base to 10 aircraft, from 16
Replies: 168
Views: 19906

Re: Laudamotion closing its VIE base May 29th.

Ryanair doesn't do hubs, they operate bases, hub is not their model, it is costly as you said. Not entirely true. They do accommodate kind of a hub model based on self-transfers, where two flights are sold together. The price is just the price of the two flights added up. Of course it's not their m...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 25, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tanzania to become the first country in the world to welcome tourists after Covid-19
Replies: 5
Views: 604

Re: Tanzania to become the first country in the world to welcome tourists after Covid-19

It's good news that Tanzania is opening up, however they won't be the first. On May 31st (that's in a few days already) Slovenia is opening up to tourists from other EU-countries. People from outside the EU still need to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival. On June 3rd Italy will follow the Slov...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat May 23, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A380 perfect for social distancing
Replies: 9
Views: 1383

Re: A380 perfect for social distancing

International flights are supposed to resume in the next few months, yet we don't have a vaccine, nor even a decent treatment, against coronavirus. Social distancing is practiced everywhere, some airlines are already doing it, others are fighting against it. The A380, with its unmatched floor area,...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat May 23, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Easyjet / In-Flight Entertainement Airtime
Replies: 2
Views: 502

Re: Easyjet / In-Flight Entertainement Airtime

They planned and announced it, but never actually introduced it. It was blown off before they got there. Not entirely sure about the reasons it was blown off, but I can imagine it was because they didn't make money on it. In fact, on-board sales would be down because people would be too occupied in ...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri May 22, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Simple Flying and the A380
Replies: 3
Views: 536

Re: Simple Flying and the A380

Of course it's got to do with the personal opinion of the redactor, if he/she is an A380 fan that reflects on the content of the articles. And as long as it's not straight-out lies, that's allowed.

It wouldn't be my choice either, but other than just not reading it I don't really care much.

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 21, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights to St Nazaire, France
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Re: Flights to St Nazaire, France

I couldn't find any Air Corsica flights from St. Nazaire to Toulouse, only Air France operated by HOP. They're listed as charters, meaning that they're operated on behalf of a third party. That third party would be Airbus. They control who goes on these flights as they pay for them. And as you might...

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