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by PatrickZ80
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Indonesian Airlines
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: Indonesian Airlines

bennett123 wrote:
Apart from safety of course, my main concern would be reliability.


Then you're down to two choices, Garuda and AirAsia.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer
Replies: 29
Views: 6777

Re: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer

They are up to their eyeballs in debt, selling off assets and defaulting on bonds. Unless Q3 is stellar, which it won’t be, they don’t have enough cash to see them through to Spring, assuming Q4 and Q1 are as bad as last year, which they will be. On top of this they have 100 aircraft on order with ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer
Replies: 29
Views: 6777

Re: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer

Norwegian will become Vueling's Long Haul carrier, based at BCN. Into the arms of IAG they will go. I don't think so. IAG has had a share in Norwegian in the past, they couldn't wait to get rid of it. As soon as they saw the books, they lost their interest in Norwegian. Far too much debt and not en...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer
Replies: 29
Views: 6777

Re: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer

Not a smart move imho Norwegian is really struggling... They are struggling indeed, but in doing so this could be a smart move for them. Dusseldorf is an important Eurowings base, their direct competitor on long haul low cost. Also on short haul there's way too much competition. Norwegian has nothi...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is VFR?
Replies: 40
Views: 4325

Re: VFR

Why not give it just one term, or is there a difference to the airline whether or not people are going to lie in the sand vs. going to visit grandma? The difference is that leisure destinations are interchangeable while VFR destinations aren't. Also (and this is more common in Europe than in Americ...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is VFR?
Replies: 40
Views: 4325

Re: VFR

Can VFR also mean Visiting Family and Relatives, or is family already covered by Relatives? To me, family and relatives are the same. They're blood related. Friends aren't, but they can be just as important as family. Thank you for your response. As VFR then chiefly an American phenomenon ? We know...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Yes/No Poll: Do You Like American Airlines?
Replies: 35
Views: 893

Re: Yes/No Poll: Do You Like American Airlines?

Not really, although I've got nothing against them either. They wouldn't be my first choice.

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Problem flying with my French Bulldog
Replies: 21
Views: 869

Re: Problem flying with my French Bulldog

Do European (or Israeli) airlines not offer the opportunity for your dog to ride in the cabin with you for a fee? Even up to purchasing a seat for your pup. Generally no, that's something really American. European airlines do not allow for this unless it is a service animal (with all paperwork prov...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News & Expansion
Replies: 203
Views: 17955

Re: Wizz Air News & Expansion

Wizz Air will be at a relative disadvantage here because they will not have a morning BUD-BRU flight. BUD-BRU 18.50-20.55 BRU-BUD 21.40-23.55 Like I said, when it comes to business travellers, politicians and bureaucrats, a flexible timetable is key. That's something both LO and SN offer. Will be i...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel dilemma
Replies: 17
Views: 969

Re: Travel dilemma

There must be another way to ‘reverse engineer this problem’ finding flights from TPA, MCO, RSW, SRQ that arrive at either Chicago airport as early as possible on the 14th The earliest option I could find is Southwest Airlines, departing 06:40 from Orlando and arriving 08:20 in Chicago Midway. I'm ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Priority Boarding for bus gates
Replies: 7
Views: 520

Re: Priority Boarding for bus gates

Most airlines keep their priority passengers and regular passengers separated. Even experienced this on Ryanair at Lanzarote, where priority passengers were loaded in the front of the bus. At about 1/3 of the bus there was a divider, like the ones they use in the terminal with magnets that attach to...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service
Replies: 130
Views: 14835

Re: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service

flyby519 wrote:
They need to be in LHR.


And that's exactly the problem, they cannot be in Heathrow. Absolutely impossible. They'll have to settle for something else, that's just the way it is.

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service
Replies: 130
Views: 14835

Re: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service

LHR > LGW>STN>LTN Can't see them entertaining either of the last two. Slots can always be found... even at apparent fortress Heathrow. I very much doubt that. Some airlines have been trying to obtain slots at Heathrow for over a decade, without any success. Heathrow isn't just a fortress, it's just...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service
Replies: 130
Views: 14835

Re: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service

The article mentions that B6, if they decide to use Stansed or Luton, could offer connecting service throughout Europe on either Easyjet or Ryanair. Do Ryanair or Easyjet interline bags? If not they are valueless in this exercise. B6 isn't going to find enough passengers to collect bags, pay anothe...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 102
Views: 12089

Re: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2019

Does KL fly from AMS to Helsinki, Katowice, Reus or Sofia? I guess they are using Transavia's lower costs. Out of those, only Helsinki is a KLM destination. The rest aren't. Though I wouldn't be surprised to see KLM start Sofia once Transavia pulls out, after all it is a EU capital so there must be...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Trip to AMS
Replies: 23
Views: 1344

Re: Trip to AMS

Are there any good stores in the Amsterdam area that specialize in model planes? There certainly are. I recommend the Aviation Megastore, which is located in Aalsmeerderbrug. That's very near Amsterdam Airport and there is a regular bus service from the airport that stops within walking distance fr...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Trip to AMS
Replies: 23
Views: 1344

Re: Trip to AMS

Are there any good stores in the Amsterdam area that specialize in model planes? There certainly are. I recommend the Aviation Megastore, which is located in Aalsmeerderbrug. That's very near Amsterdam Airport and there is a regular bus service from the airport that stops within walking distance fr...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why no direct flight between Singapore and Vienna?
Replies: 12
Views: 1362

Re: Why no direct flight between Singapore and Vienna?

Wasn't Vienna mentioned as one of the possible future destinations for Scoot, the LCC subsidiary of Singapore Airlines? After Athens and Berlin, they said more European destinations would follow. So far they didn't expand, but if they did I wouldn't be surprised if it were to Vienna. Vienna has a gr...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA kicks passenger off airplane after he has allergic reaction to "emotional support" pet
Replies: 109
Views: 9761

Re: AA kicks passenger off airplane after he has allergic reaction to "emotional support" pet

So, if there's a peanut allergy on the plane everyone needs to be mindful of the allergic person, but if there's a dog allergy the passenger needs to deal with it. How does this make any sense? Bring some emotional support peanuts and see who wins. Great, I'm going to bring a load of emotional supp...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA kicks passenger off airplane after he has allergic reaction to "emotional support" pet
Replies: 109
Views: 9761

Re: AA kicks passenger off airplane after he has allergic reaction to "emotional support" pet

This passenger should not have been forced to change seats, or be downgraded to the main cabin, because he was allergic to an "emotional support" pet. It should have been the "emotional support" pet that was moved, not the other passenger. It's clear you don't understand the CFR...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HV announces RTM-EDI/BIO/PEG
Replies: 10
Views: 1451

Re: HV announces RTM-EDI/BIO/PEG

If I understand correctly, they are also dropping Amsterdam to Helsinki, Katowice, Sofia, Tirana and Reus. What is the market for Perugia? VFR? That seems like a very odd destination. Perugia is a holiday destination and will probably be summer seasonal. Helsinki doesn't come as a real surprise as ...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Defines a Low Cost Carrier?
Replies: 17
Views: 1594

Re: What Defines a Low Cost Carrier?

Of course the difference between low-cost carriers and full-service has become a bit vague over the years, with many full-service airlines borrowing aspects of low-cost airlines and the other way around. And to make things even more complicated, there are also "hybrid airlines", which are ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATC at airports temporarily closed.
Replies: 4
Views: 1137

Re: ATC at airports temporarily closed.

Only the radar stays active as they control the higher airspace above the airport and the wider area around it. They also monitor overflying traffic.

Lower ATC positions like approach / tower / ground are closed. If needed, their tasks are being taken over by the radar.

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?
Replies: 25
Views: 2055

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

I must also add that my budget is limited to only flying budget airlines so I'm afraid Cape Verde and anywhere not served by my friends Easyjet, Ryanair, etc. is out of the question Not entirely true, there is one LCC that serves Cape Verde. That is Transavia from Amsterdam. EasyJet flies Basel-Ams...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is consolidation over in the US ?
Replies: 115
Views: 11614

Re: Is consolidation over in the US ?

I sure hope consolidation is over in the USA. In my opinion, the USA is already over consolidated which doesn't benefit anyone. Some of these mergers should never have been allowed.

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted
Replies: 204
Views: 27528

Re: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted

To make World Central a low-cost airport, they'd have to think differently. The originally planned World Central looked as fancy as could be, which isn't good for a low-cost airport. All that money being wasted on fancy terminals could be better spent on lower airfares. Sure they can build a cheap ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted
Replies: 204
Views: 27528

Re: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted

Moving other airlines to DWC and keeping DXB to EK and FlyDubai is difficult. Most bilaterals require equal access. If Dubai wants to move out the other airlines go ahead, but those airline’s home countries will in turn require EK/FlyDubai’s flights to operate from DWC too. Maybe they can incentivi...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TAP Portugal Far East Asia possibilities
Replies: 5
Views: 632

Re: TAP Portugal Far East Asia possibilities

They're in the wrong corner of Europe for that. Sure, technically those planes can make it but can they make it economically? Other European hubs are far better positioned for such flights. In order to fill such flights, you need connecting passengers. However, why would anyone from anywhere else in...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?
Replies: 25
Views: 2055

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

If you are looking at the Canary island, it depends on what you want to do. You lying on a beach TFS, ACE or FUE would work. If you are more into landscape SPC is top choice. If it is about spotting ACE or LPA are the best options. That would depend on the wind directions. In the winter, it's not u...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News & Expansion
Replies: 203
Views: 17955

Re: Wizz Air News & Expansion

Is there any other EU country where Ryanair or/and Wizz Air are not present? There is, if you count the Faroe Islands as a country. Otherwise, every country with an airport is served by either Ryanair or Wizzair, mostly both. There are a few countries without airports (Andorra, San Marino, etc). Th...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News & Expansion
Replies: 203
Views: 17955

Re: Wizz Air News & Expansion

Iand the local population is rather wealthy. Perhaps that's just the problem. Being an ULCC, they do better in areas where the population is less wealthy. In wealthy areas, people are more likely to pay a bit more and fly a full-service airline. In less wealthy areas, people can't afford that bit m...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News & Expansion
Replies: 203
Views: 17955

Re: Wizz Air News & Expansion

Would Beauvais be a possible future base location? Ryanair and Wizzair call this airport "Paris Beauvais" and even though it's some distance from Paris it essentially serves the Parisian market. There's a frequent and rather cheap bus service between the airport and Paris which you can boo...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why no BA to PTY?
Replies: 2
Views: 565

Re: Why no BA to PTY?

I believe they did serve it in the past, but pulled out. Not entirely sure though. Nowadays, British Airways is part of IAG and with their partner Iberia serving Panama there's no need for British Airways to do the same. Also, Heathrow is very much slot restricted so they have to make choices which ...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR drone activity planned for 13th September
Replies: 24
Views: 4514

Re: LHR drone activity planned for 13th September

Seems pointless that the group have announced their intentions but I suppose useful for anyone planning to travel on the day. Unless of course it's a trick, spreading false info on purpose. If I were to plan a drone attack, that's what I would do. I would announce it to happen at Heathrow, that wou...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News & Expansion
Replies: 203
Views: 17955

Re: Wizz Air News & Expansion

Who said their primary goal would be to attract Danish travellers? How about offering more choices so that Swedes do not have to fly out of CPH? That doesn't make sense as from the city of Malmö it's easier to get to Copenhagen airport than it is to get to Malmö airport. On top of that, Denmark has...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News & Expansion
Replies: 203
Views: 17955

Re: Wizz Air News & Expansion

MMX has 0 chances of becoming a base. Wizz Air is even cancelling MMX-VIE. If they cannot make Vienna work with no competition, there is no way for them to serve anywhere else in Western Europe from Malmo. Even Ryanair has canceled everything but KRK (including STN) and Norwegian everything but ARN...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines will offer comfier seats.....for free !
Replies: 14
Views: 3217

Re: Spirit Airlines will offer comfier seats.....for free !

Bogus article that reads like a PR piece with not much actual details about those "comfier seats". If you care to read, there are some details. For example, it will come with a full-size tray table. It'll weigh less than the current seats and it won't have power plugs or IFE screens. Betw...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport
Replies: 32
Views: 4398

Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

A380MSN004 wrote:
slightly off topic.
Regarding GRO, I remember they tried to have a route with MAD. Does someone can give us when was that, how long it last and what aircraft was used?

Many thanks.


That was in 2006 on Iberia Regional (Air Nostrum) on a CRJ-200 / CRJ-700 (both types were used on the route).

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Retro liveries better than today’s
Replies: 15
Views: 1143

Re: Retro liveries better than today’s

Well I think the Alitalia green stripe livery is far better than the new one. Having some color to break up the white really makes a difference. I don't agree, I like their new livery more. The green stripe just didn't fit anymore and it was time to remove it. Besides if you look closer the new liv...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Retro liveries better than today’s
Replies: 15
Views: 1143

Re: Retro liveries better than today’s

Besides missing our icons and their classic liveries, I find that so many of the airlines today have chosen bland Eurowhite schemes which are really driven more by a desire to penny pinch rather than any "inspired" marketing whooey. Lufthansa doing away with the gold color on the tail is ...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD closed?
Replies: 9
Views: 2133

Re: MAD closed?

Knowing FR' s fuel policy, I hope they have enough fuel to circle around. https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/three-ryanair-mayday-calls-go-out-on-same-day-26886838.html Their fuel policy is no different from any other airline. They carry the exact same amount of fuel for the same flights, howeve...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you were to start an airline, what would be your business strategy/plan?
Replies: 17
Views: 1220

Re: If you were to start an airline, what would be your business strategy/plan?

May plan? Identify my most profitable and best customers, and focus on them. While that sounds logical, it doesn't always have to be the best plan. The problem with the most profitable customers is that there are so little of them. That means you can never grow really big. The market is like a pyra...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport
Replies: 32
Views: 4398

Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

to be fair , most Europeans would never have heard of Girona if it weren’t for Ryanair , the subsidies were well worth it Not exactly true. The city of Girona might not be that famous, however the beaches nearby are. It's mostly youth going there for a cheap holiday to Spain. Ask any teenager (or o...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Retro liveries better than today’s
Replies: 15
Views: 1143

Re: Retro liveries better than today’s

It definitely has to be a generational thing as personally I don't like retro liveries. To me they just seem outdated, there's nothing elegant about them. However I do like most modern liveries. The difference is that to you they're icons. To me, they mean nothing. There's also how you view liveries...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport
Replies: 32
Views: 4398

Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

I am not going to check year by year in AENA, but it seems that roughly 500k/PAX year are not Ryanair's and that has been quite constant. However you can't say that every passenger that has flown Ryanair to Girona wouldn't have flown there if it hadn't been for Ryanair. They might have flown other ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In your opinion, is flight becoming more turbulent and bumpy with time?
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Re: In your opinion, is flight becoming more turbulent and bumpy with time?

The only reason it's becoming more common is because flying is becoming more common. The percentage of flights affected by turbulence didn't change, only the absolute number which has risen along with the number of flights in total.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How did the moot LVS L1011-500 get from Bangkok all the way to the Laos border?
Replies: 3
Views: 697

Re: How did the moot LVS L1011-500 get from Bangkok all the way to the Laos border?

I cannot find any info about any L-1011 being anywhere near the Laos border, therefor I think it's safe to assume it's not there. I was able to find two L-1011s in Thailand, HS-AXA and HS-AXE. One is in Nakhon Pathom, some distance west of Bangkok towards the Myanmar border (but closer to Bangkok th...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where does AF fly its A380s?
Replies: 17
Views: 1771

Re: Where does AF fly its A380s?

Soon, they won't fly them anywhere anymore as they're planning to get rid of them.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport
Replies: 32
Views: 4398

Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

Girona has had about non-Ryanair 500.000 passengers/year ever since 2002. So that is likely its actual market without subsidies. The current terminal expanded because of Ryanair can handled at least 6 million passengers. If FR leaves, that means that the terminal will be used max at 10% of its actu...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News & Expansion
Replies: 203
Views: 17955

Re: Wizz Air News & Expansion

Are you sure about FDH? Only thing I heard Wizz may be moving all flights ex FMM to FDH during the runway constructions works at FMM. Would definetely be surprised to see FDH-KIV in addition to FMM-KIV. Won't work. Indeed these airports are relatively close, yet they have entirely different catchme...

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