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by PatrickZ80
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW - Emergency RWY could add 20% capacity
Replies: 15
Views: 3723

Re: LGW - Emergency RWY could add 20% capacity

You might say the other runway is only in use for arrivals, but still you got to think about go-arounds, missed approaches and such. Therefor they cannot be used at the same time. What would happen if at the same time an aircraft departs from one runway and another aircraft tries to land at the othe...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your preferred Govt/AF widebody currently in service (Pics please)
Replies: 5
Views: 353

Re: Your preferred Govt/AF widebody currently in service (Pics please)

I don't know if it qualifies since it's not exactly a VIP aircraft, but my vote goes to the Netherlands Air Force DC-10. 2244561 It's been retired, but when it was still in use it was used for cargo and troup transport. The Netherlands Air Force has two more of these, but they're KDC-10s and in use ...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AMS vs CDG: Which is the better hub?
Replies: 18
Views: 651

Re: AMS vs CDG: Which is the better hub?

CDG no matter what! Don't know what's up with AMS security control that at any moment you might take 30-40 mins stuck there in a regular day wiating in the line. Never seen such a long time and rude agentes anywhere eles in the world. Even MEX in all it's stone age structure in faster than AMS for ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Theft problems at Airline clubs and lounges...question.
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: Theft problems at Airline clubs and lounges...question.

At any airport in the world people are attended to not leave any luggage unattended and I guess this goes for lounges too. And then theft would be the least of your problems. When an unattended piece of luggage is found at an airport this causes alarms, it might be a threat. But what if someone with...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines that are all--Boeing or all-Airbus
Replies: 9
Views: 566

Re: Airlines that are all--Boeing or all-Airbus

I agree JAL is actually a relatively small airline, plus they won't be an all-Boeing airline for long. They got the A350 and MRJ90 on order. The largest all-Boeing airline is Southwest Airlines, followed by Ryanair. According to Wikipedia (not a reliable source, I know) EasyJet has 315 Airbus aircra...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-airport cities: Best and worst airport-to-airport connections
Replies: 27
Views: 866

Re: Multi-airport cities: Best and worst airport-to-airport connections

L410Turbolet wrote:
There is 3:15 hours allocated for the Heathrow to Gatwick transfer.
Is it manageable... on Monday morning?


Short answer, no. Certainly during rush hour you just won't make it. Well, you might if you're lucky but I wouldn't bet on it.

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AMS vs CDG: Which is the better hub?
Replies: 18
Views: 651

Re: AMS vs CDG: Which is the better hub?

Air France is ofcourse very well catered in domestic France. True, however note that most domestic flights are served from Orly instead of Charles de Gaulle. This means if you got to transfer between an international and a domestic flight you might have to change airports in Paris. Not exactly conv...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: I love dogs, but...
Replies: 8
Views: 894

Re: I love dogs, but...

1 - Why is the dog not in a carrier. In fact she didn't have one with her! In that case she (and the dog) should not have been allowed to board the aircraft in the first place. It occurs to me that these kind of issues with animals almost exclusively take place in America, you never hear about it h...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa CityLine to fly the A319
Replies: 33
Views: 8049

Re: Lufthansa CityLine to fly the A319

LxBsl wrote:
Now that Lh Cityline only operates Crj‘s and A319‘s I am wondering with what aircraft type they will operate the flights to Lcy, as their whole fleet is not capable of doing so.


Don't forget they also got a number of E-190s and E-195s. The E-jets are capable of London City flights.

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AMS vs CDG: Which is the better hub?
Replies: 18
Views: 651

Re: AMS vs CDG: Which is the better hub?

For ease of access it would have to be Charles de Gaulle. Amsterdam is slot restricted and very much full, no room for additional flights. Charles de Gaulle still has some slots available, although at peak-hours it's just as full. The available slots are mostly in the off-hours. However when it come...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa CityLine to fly the A319
Replies: 33
Views: 8049

Re: Lufthansa CityLine to fly the A319

Wait, maybe I’m going to sound dumb here, but Lufthansa’s regional airline operates widebodies (the A340)?! Not anymore, but they did in the past. It was used on some low-yielding destinations that wouldn't be profitable on expensive Lufthansa mainline but were profitable on cheaper Lufthansa CityL...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Transporting Jet Fuel
Replies: 18
Views: 1963

Re: Transporting Jet Fuel

Keep in mind that not all jet fuel is transported in trailers. Here in the Netherlands we have a fuel pipe from the Rotterdam harbour where the refineries are located to Amsterdam Airport. Fuel for Dusseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Frankfurt and even Zurich goes on tanker boats up the river Rhine.

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Emotional attachment to airlines
Replies: 36
Views: 2305

Re: Emotional attachment to airlines

Being Dutch I naturally got this with KLM, eventhough I've never actually flown them. Only once flown KLM Cityhopper, but never on the mainline. Still, they're the pride of the country when it comes to aviation. An airline of world class that everyone knows for being Dutch. It's something we achieve...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DUB - Is the bubble going to burst?
Replies: 41
Views: 8044

Re: DUB - Is the bubble going to burst?

Bubble should burst soon. Way too much capacity for a relatively small market. Don't underestimate the size of that market. Not only does Dublin generate quite some O/D traffic, it's also a huge transfer airport. A gateway between TATL flights to America on one side and flights into Europe on the o...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DUB - Is the bubble going to burst?
Replies: 41
Views: 8044

Re: DUB - Is the bubble going to burst?

The interesting point here to me is the huge potential which DUB airport yet misses in terms of connectivity with Ryanair flights to Europe. Why no big airline wants to transfer pax to/from them? They don't need to interline. There is no APD in Ireland, so people can self-transfer. For example many...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no commercial jets airlines build with wing on the top?
Replies: 74
Views: 13178

Re: Why no commercial jets airlines build with wing on the top?

Boeing did make some high-wing jets like the C-17 Globemaster and the C-5 Galaxy, however those are military aircraft. They're not designed for civilian use. Those aircraft also got a higher fuel burn than civilian aircraft of the same size, that's why civilian airlines aren't interested in them. Fo...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3178
Views: 375754

Re: TUI wants the 797

The article describes the plane as a small wide-body aircraft. Bigger than a 737, but smaller than a 787. It would make sense on routes that are too big for the 737 but too small for the 787.

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airport has the most RJ flights daily?
Replies: 7
Views: 1212

Re: Which airport has the most RJ flights daily?

It has to be in America since RJs are far more common there than they are here in Europe. Some people say it's Chicago, that could just be true. In America almost every small commercial airport is served by at least one regional airline connecting it to one or more hubs nearby. In Europe that's not ...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Pre-clearance in LHR?
Replies: 44
Views: 6750

Re: US Pre-clearance in LHR?

Bhoy wrote:
To be honest, there's not many places it would make much sense to have staff stationed fulltime - probably only JFK, but again only if all departures (AA, BA, DL, DY and VS) could be grouped in one Terminal.


Norwegian doesn't fly from Heathrow, only from Gatwick.

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-airport cities: Best and worst airport-to-airport connections
Replies: 27
Views: 866

Multi-airport cities: Best and worst airport-to-airport connections

A lot of cities got more than one airport, but how convenient or inconvenient it is to get from one airport to another varies per city. Some cities offer a one-seat ride between them, others take a lot of connections. The best I've personally experienced is Bangkok, there's a dedicated bus service b...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why would an airline choose the B737 Max vs The A320 NEO
Replies: 27
Views: 1948

Re: Why would an airline choose the B737 Max vs The A320 NEO

Often it's just whoever offers them the best deal. If they want to buy new planes, they negotiate with both Airbus and Boeing and they get two competing offers. Not seldom it happens they use those offers in the negotiation process. "Hey Airbus, Boeing just made me a deal that's better than you...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rethinking LGA Airport
Replies: 72
Views: 7189

Re: Rethinking LGA Airport

The cost of building rail and road infrastructure out there sufficient for a large international airport would be astronomical. And still sooner or later it will be needed. Besides, it'll still be cheaper than demolishing half the city in order to expand the current airports. If done a bit smart yo...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Flybe is just concentrated on UK isles?
Replies: 14
Views: 2375

Re: Why Flybe is just concentrated on UK isles?

Flybe have scheduled flights from the United Kingdom to several European countries and more than the four that you have listed, they are, True, but each of their flights touches the UK at at least one point. They don't fly any routes from outside the UK to outside the UK. And for good reason, lack ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Pre-clearance in LHR?
Replies: 44
Views: 6750

Re: US Pre-clearance in LHR?

Heathrow is just too big and too complicated to have every flight to the USA pre-cleared. However you could have a partial pre-clearance, where some flights to the USA are pre-cleared and others are not. Pre-clearance would only be available at a certain part of the airport which might be far away f...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: New Airline management simulation online game
Replies: 30
Views: 3932

Re: New Airline management simulation online game

Hey Patrick thanks for playing the game! Unfortunately a single aircraft can only be assigned to a single route for now. There are quite a few people asks for scheduling like you have suggested - it might be implemented in the future. But as for now, there are many items in the backlog so there's n...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No ULCC at YOW?
Replies: 6
Views: 604

Re: Why No ULCC at YOW?

Canada is a very expensive country indeed when it comes to airport costs, certainly at the somewhat bigger airports. They can basically charge whatever they want, and that's exactly what they do. There isn't a single competing airport in the whole wide region, so they got a monopoly position. ULCCs ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 787s with RR engines... are you 100% comfortable flying them?
Replies: 11
Views: 1185

Re: 787s with RR engines... are you 100% comfortable flying them?

For over water, I always seek 4 engine flights, but I know the risk of flying with 2 is very small indeed. Would not worry, even with those RR's as odds are very long you will have an issue. 4 engines are really overkill today, 2 engines are perfectly safe. In fact, lately I heard that in case of a...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 88
Views: 3398

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

P.S. Just on a side note - the OP only talks about "one-seat ride". In another word, I guess it DOESN'T necessarily have to be train? So I guess something like LAX Flyaway Bus can be included also? True, busses are allowed too however in my opinion trains are better. A bus has a limited c...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Minimum number of all economy on long haul over 4000nmi
Replies: 7
Views: 996

Re: Minimum number of all economy on long haul over 4000nmi

Minimum is 0. You can go all premium like a BA #1 flight. No, it isn't. Remember the title says "all economy", so there is no premium. The plane has to be all-economy. But I agree it is different for every market. It also depends on the frequency. Some thinner markets only work at a lower...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was 1st type of aircraft to offer regular Non Stop passenger service across the Atlantic?
Replies: 49
Views: 9872

Re: What was 1st type of aircraft to offer regular Non Stop passenger service across the Atlantic?

Maybe not the type of transatlantic service you'd usually be thinking about, but in 1934 KLM flew the Fokker F.XVIII "Snip" from Amsterdam to Curacao. On the way it made stops in Marseilles, Alicante, Casablanca, Porto Praia, Paramaribo, La Guaira (Venuzuela) and finally Curacao. The Porto...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Flybe is just concentrated on UK isles?
Replies: 14
Views: 2375

Re: Why Flybe is just concentrated on UK isles?

They've had a franchise in the Baltic countries a few years ago, but they had to pull out because it wasn't profitable. The strongest market is always the home market, that's where you got brand awareness. That's where people know you. In another country you got to build up that brand awareness all ...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rethinking LGA Airport
Replies: 72
Views: 7189

Re: Rethinking LGA Airport

From another thread: I was still young when I last flew through FBU, and I can't remember why but my child mind really didn't like FBU at all. I felt so fancy going through the new Gardermoen for the first time. When it closed in 1998 it was a fairly old airport at around 55 years old and it had bec...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rethinking LGA Airport
Replies: 72
Views: 7189

Re: Rethinking LGA Airport

Perfectly agree. If a piece of infrastructure (an airport, a highway, a rail line) isn’t yet built yet by now, it won’t be built at all. Maybe some upgrades here and there. Gotta make it do with what’s there already. Unfortunately that's the way it works in New York, where progress seems to be a di...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: New Airline management simulation online game
Replies: 30
Views: 3932

Re: New Airline management simulation online game

I've just discovered this game, it looks great. However I'm still figuring out the scheduling. I have 2 aircraft and 2 routes and when I try to add a third route it says I can't. However I want my routes to be less than daily, let's say once or twice weekly. That way I can add far more routes with t...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 99 today
Replies: 12
Views: 3031

Re: KLM 99 today

hooverman wrote:
According to Wikipedia (I know...) BA started as Imperial Airways in 1924. Also not 99 years ago.


True, but Imperial Airways was formed as a merger of 4 airlines. One of them was Daimler Airway, which on it's turn was formed in 1921 when it took over the assets of AT&T.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus , just stretch the A320NEO a few rows, 200 seats.
Replies: 77
Views: 11611

Re: Airbus , just stretch the A320NEO a few rows, 200 seats.

But the question was why doesn’t Airbus do it? Afaics : the market center will have moved upwards beyond that .5 version. A321 will be the "demand center". ( couple of years ago A319 and A320 evenly shared delivery numbers. Today Airbus expects to reach the same share between A320 and A32...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 99 today
Replies: 12
Views: 3031

Re: KLM 99 today

the same year that the airline also celebrates its centenary. Which isn't true by the way. AT&T, the first forefather of British Airways, was founded in 1916 so their centenary would have been 2 years ago. The current British Airways was formed due to a merger of BOAC and BEA in 1974, so counti...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 88
Views: 3398

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

Pisa (Italy) deserves to be mentioned here. There's the PisMover, the unmanned cable train that goes between Pisa airport and the central station which is at the edge of the city center. Only the famous tower is at the other side of the center but this is a nice and cozy walk through the main shoppi...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Likely new LEVEL destinations
Replies: 47
Views: 11837

Re: Likely new LEVEL destinations

And how would that be directly competing with Norwegian's non stop from LGW to GIG? Very simple since most of the traffic is transfer traffic anyway. What does it matter if you transfer in London or in Barcelona for example? And even for those that do originate in London, they might still compete o...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat A321neo LR's first destinations
Replies: 23
Views: 6802

Re: Air Transat A321neo LR's first destinations

I'm curious to know how can passengers be suffering in a A310 when compared to a A321 on such long routes? I admit I've never been a passenger in a narrow body long distance, but I would dread the experience. Maybe because the A321 is brand new, silent and comes with the latest IFE. The A310 is old...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American gone mad, KLM a/c escorted to AMS
Replies: 17
Views: 7550

Re: American gone mad, KLM a/c escorted to AMS

I don't see why we cannot all come to the reasonable conclusion that getting drunk in a small enclosed space with hundreds of other people and no way to be escorted out is not a good idea. As alcohol is not mentioned in the article.... Indeed in this case he had not been drinking, but in general mo...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat A321neo LR's first destinations
Replies: 23
Views: 6802

Re: Air Transat A321neo LR's first destinations

Surprised they didnt start from YYZ. Something more modern for those still suffering the ageing A310's! Maybe because Montreal is another 300 miles closer to Europe than Toronto. Those A310s may be old, but they still got more range than the A321NEO-LR. Better keep them on the longer routes. thinki...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Minimum number of all economy on long haul over 4000nmi
Replies: 7
Views: 996

Re: Minimum number of all economy on long haul over 4000nmi

737-8 Max: max 210 (requires extra door but is larger than A320) Ryanair will have most seats currently planned at 197. They opted for the Max 8-200, which is different from the regular Max 8. It also has less range. Ryanair plans to use this aircraft as a replacement for their current 737-800s, th...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Likely new LEVEL destinations
Replies: 47
Views: 11837

Re: Likely new LEVEL destinations

dcajet wrote:
They'd have to open a base @ LGW first...


No need to, they can fly there from other European bases and funnel the London traffic through there.

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Likely new LEVEL destinations
Replies: 47
Views: 11837

Re: Likely new LEVEL destinations

Vienna is also an outlier in Europe being a monopoly of Austrian in TATL routes. No Delta, no American, no Air Transat (not even United or Air Canada!). A major tourism destination and a wealthy local market, it should work for LEVEL TATL to the US/Canada. Air Canada is starting Toronto in spring 2...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swoop Adds 4 Mexican Destinations to Route Map
Replies: 3
Views: 1496

Re: Swoop Adds 4 Mexican Destinations to Route Map

I also wonder whether hotel packages will be offered for purchase via WS Vacations or if people buy the flight and then (for those that need it, which is most) are on their own for accommodations? Mostly airlines make a deal with an accomodations site like Booking.com or similar, when booking a fli...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American gone mad, KLM a/c escorted to AMS
Replies: 17
Views: 7550

Re: American gone mad, KLM a/c escorted to AMS

If you scroll down the article you linked to there happens to be a link to an article that says that in dutch planes alone there are three violent incidents PER DAY. Incredible. I wonder why they send the fighter jets though. In most cases those violent cases are alcohol related (drunk passengers),...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports With Most A380 Capable Gates (including remote stands)
Replies: 29
Views: 3940

Re: Airports With Most A380 Capable Gates (including remote stands)

The myth that the A380 requires special gates goes on... Not a myth, by far most gates are too narrow for an A380. It does require special gates that are wide enough. Sometimes this is being solved by keeping the gates left and right empty. However you don't need a gate with three jetways. Sure it ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hiring an aircraft
Replies: 8
Views: 1666

Re: Hiring an aircraft

This has actually been done, in fact twice for the same football match. In Dutch: https://www.parool.nl/sport/twee-ajaxfans-huren-beiden-een-eigen-vliegtuig-naar-stockholm~a4495328/ According to this article, two Ajax supporters both hired an aircraft for the Europe League finals in Stockholm in may...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Hawaii from DAL & HOU?
Replies: 84
Views: 7046

Re: WN Hawaii from DAL & HOU?

That would be a painful flight in any 737. Yuk! I don't see why it would be different from any other plane. To me it doesn't matter how big the plane is, what matters is how big my seat is. And on Southwest they're rather big. It's a myth that you need wide bodies for such distances, you really don...

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