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by BestWestern
Wed Jul 14, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin
Replies: 292
Views: 29504

Re: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin

Are Ryanair doing this for Max familiarisation I wonder? Short route, IAA territory all the way. It’s not like the route will need the extra seats the Max gives them.

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by BestWestern
Tue Jul 13, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2021
Replies: 47
Views: 8843

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2021

We are also seeing start up and tertiary airlines acquiring cheap wide bodies to launch longer haul routes such as UK to India and ex Sudan.

The A330 still has many years ahead of it, so expecting most to find a home.

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by BestWestern
Thu Jul 08, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Relaunch of Sun Air (Sudan)
Replies: 11
Views: 2400

Re: Relaunch of Sun Air

Unreliable ground infrastructure at the ports is resulting in most higher value items being air freighted and freight yields are high at the moment. With A330 pricing falling over the past few years, modern wide-bodies are making sense for more and more secondary and tertiary markets. With Sudanese ...

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by BestWestern
Sun Jul 04, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin
Replies: 292
Views: 29504

Re: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin

I’ve been to Moldova a half dozen times for Work. Nice, but poor capital Chisinau, with really friendly people. Their claim to fame is wonderful red wine. The vineyards are close to the city, and the price/quality is off the charts. The country is like Ireland in the eighties - terribly poor and opp...

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by BestWestern
Wed Jun 30, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ravn Alaska going with Boeing 757 ETOPS and new subsidiary?
Replies: 62
Views: 11489

Re: Ravn Alaska going with Boeing 757 ETOPS and new subsidiary?

Is this not an Alaskan version of Icelandair?

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by BestWestern
Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 37444

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

But if you are trying to identify variants of concern then the argument for a PCR is strengthened. If travellers are vaccinated I would argue that the testing regimens on entry are to protect public health and should be funded by the health service. ‘In effect the entire population is paying for th...

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by BestWestern
Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 37444

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

Norwegian to ditch Irish flying certificate Scandinavian carrier Norwegian plans to ditch its Irish air operator certificate, even after an examiner told the High Court in recent months that the continuance of the Ireland-based Norwegian Air International unit was critical to the airline’s survival...

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by BestWestern
Sat Jun 19, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 37444

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

Yet again, Ireland has not provided data to the EU-reopen site. Only country within the EU missing, yet again.

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by BestWestern
Tue Jun 15, 2021 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Steven Udvar-Hazy: 737 needs replacement
Replies: 144
Views: 15852

Re: Steven Udvar-Hazy: 737 needs replacement

The Boeing board must shudder every time someone mentions a new build or new enhancement. Their 787, 77X and Max projects have cost them a fortune in recent years.

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by BestWestern
Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 37444

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

The Stobart bankruptcy probably makes it more difficult for Emerald to come into the market. They no longer have a readymade airline to take over. I see CityJet as a natural fit for Aer Lingus. They have a long history of working together, and are a competent operator. I’m not sure how viable the CR...

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by BestWestern
Sun Jun 13, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 37444

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

Perhaps even sun air. Carriers with IAG operating experience will integrate quicker. We must assume that Stobart flying was loss making due to the corona virus, so you may see some hesitancy putting jets onto regional routes.

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by BestWestern
Sun Jun 13, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 37444

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

Stobart / Aer Arann was a great operator for the many years they’ve flown regional routes. They filled a great niche in Ireland, and tried many routes that a larger aircraft couldn’t be profitable on Ryanair was a Thorn in their side in Shannon, with RE taking over routes that FR dropped. As soon as...

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by BestWestern
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 103
Views: 20352

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

Indo law stipulates cargo can only be trans-shipped in CGK and only from GA to GA. If the cargo's final destination is actually DPS, people with local knowledge always ship this cargo via CGK instead of direct to DPS as that airport is known for high, extra "unofficial" custom fees payabl...

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by BestWestern
Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 103
Views: 20352

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

In my opinion it’s a systematic cost problem, government meddling and corruption that has them yet again facing bankruptcy. Just like Malaysian and Thai, forget about yet another rescue plan. Nothing will change until they are run properly without the shadow of government hanging over (and making) e...

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by BestWestern
Tue May 11, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 34671

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Agree that it’s not the time for renaming airports - and it should be kept for something more monumental such as a united ireland or for the founders of Ryanair.

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by BestWestern
Mon May 10, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 34671

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Some great stats in this article. Aer Lingus: The North America-Europe Connection Machine - Simple Flying But those nearly 2.4 million passengers varied greatly. Of these, approximately: 1,100,000 were point-to-point (such as Toronto to Dublin only) 971,000 connected over Dublin on Aer Lingus’ own s...

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by BestWestern
Sun May 09, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 34671

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

There are great reasons for a PCR and home quarantine, but we have to accept that this kills short breaks and business trips. A winter in Marbella will work, but a business trip to Rome won’t. FYI, the German home quarantine works. It’s a €25k fine if i break it, and I’ve already had contact from th...

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by BestWestern
Sun May 09, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 34671

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Until we can arrive at a situation where we can travel freely within the EU (And UK) without Covid tests, we can write off any meaningful and sustainable return to traffic numbers. I took my first flights in 14 months last week - a work trip to the Middle East. The stress of pre-departure PCR Covid ...

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by BestWestern
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 37553

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

The DAA have never missed an opportunity to enhance revenue. Which business doesn't do that? They aren't a charity. Ancillary revenue keeps passenger service fee pricing down for the airlines. The Daa are good at this, and make a ton of cash operating stores in far away places like Auckland, Riyadh...

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by BestWestern
Sat Sep 05, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 37553

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

The DAA finding new ways to screw people! What next - paid seating or paid toilets! Amazing how much we pay for what we already own! What you pay for using the airport is plowed back into the airport, and the rest is given back to the government as dividends. With traffic around 10% of last year, a...

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by BestWestern
Sat Sep 05, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 37553

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

The politicians in the West have cried wolf too many times at this stage. It was stupid to divest the airport from the DAA to keep a few talking heads happy - this was a failure, and should be reversed. So many DAA jobs moved back to Dublin when this happened. The fact of the matter is that so much ...

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by BestWestern
Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 246
Views: 30571

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

We've had some fantastic thunderstorms tonight in western Germany. Not great for flying in though!

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by BestWestern
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Admits He’s Blocking Postal Cash to Stop Mail-In Votes
Replies: 37
Views: 2144

Re: Trump Admits He’s Blocking Postal Cash to Stop Mail-In Votes

The USPS has lost 78 billion dollars since 2007

That's $18 per head of population per year. Price of three Starbucks venti's.

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by BestWestern
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 246
Views: 30571

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

Someone gets hounded for going away on holiday.. sweet Jesus.

Typical Irish Independent witch hunt.

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by BestWestern
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 246
Views: 30571

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

This is an unsustainable financial disaster guys.

Another round of redundancies are right around the corner in EI, FR and the DAA.

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by BestWestern
Tue Aug 11, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 246
Views: 30571

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

From an overseas expat perspective, the Irish government aren't seen as rudderless in comparison to neighbours east and west. From my professional dealings with both the Irish and UK governments in Covid, I see good decisions made in Ireland being made by the UK six weeks later. I was one of those w...

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by BestWestern
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 246
Views: 30571

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

With peak August traffic in Dublin -89%, this winter will be catastrophic for so many support businesses on the campus beyond the airlines and daa. So many more jobs will be lost in everything from car hire to coffee shops. The daa is also on the hook for part funding the huge issues at Dusseldorf, ...

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by BestWestern
Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3 Wizzair (W6) en route to TSE
Replies: 19
Views: 3826

Re: 3 Wizzair (W6) en route to TSE

All the airlines are not overnighting crew in China because of the quarantine restrictions. Crew are flying in and leaving straight away on the turnaround. With widebodies, airlines are leaving the J cabin in place so crew can deadhead and get some proper sleep.

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by BestWestern
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Single Awareness Day
Replies: 37
Views: 1482

Re: Single Awareness Day

Valentines this year was dinner for four at 17:50 in the local pizza place. All the nervous teenage dates in the restaurant hopefully saw my two screaming 5 year olds and triggered them to remember contraception.

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by BestWestern
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 215365

Re: SFO-PEK/PVG Chinese loads appear to drop

China has suspended all tour groups from China, so a huge drop in loads is expected.

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by BestWestern
Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chairman of the MH17 foundation: Russians can take an example from Iran
Replies: 1
Views: 231

Re: Chairman of the MH17 foundation: Russians can take an example from Iran

Lets not mention the lack of an apology for Iran Air then.

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by BestWestern
Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 15347

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

We will all be discussing the same thing this time next year.

Chances of Air India being privatised in next 12 months 1 in 20.

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by BestWestern
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LY 777 Diversion Halifax
Replies: 16
Views: 4687

Re: LY 777 Diversion Halifax

How do El Al handle their additional (and sadly necessary) security during diversions like this?

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by BestWestern
Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 15347

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

Many ppl here who haven't tried AI for years but will join in badmouthing its service. If I get a low fare, I would immediately take it, as they are a full service airlines and the snacks , meals , etc are a good bonus. And actual working entertainment screens Also the seats are not stuck together ...

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by BestWestern
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 15347

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

All this love for Air India does not equal yield. Just look at the typical return last minute fare from LH and AI on Germany to DEL / BOM. Lufthansa is typically 3x or 4x more than Air India. From a pax ex perspective, AI isn't at the races. That has to do with elite *A founder members forming a JV...

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by BestWestern
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 15347

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

All this love for Air India does not equal yield. Just look at the typical return last minute fare from LH and AI on Germany to DEL / BOM. Lufthansa is typically 3x or 4x more than Air India. From a pax ex perspective, AI isn't at the races. That has to do with elite *A founder members forming a JV...

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by BestWestern
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 15347

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

In some conditions, AI is the only airline that has a decent fare - I have not flown AI internationally since EK started flying to TRV. Now that the kids are older, we take a break in Europe on the way to a summer vacation. Trying to find a MAD-TRV-FCO ticket, and AI is half the price of EU competi...

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by BestWestern
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 15347

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

All this love for Air India does not equal yield.

Just look at the typical return last minute fare from LH and AI on Germany to DEL / BOM. Lufthansa is typically 3x or 4x more than Air India.

From a pax ex perspective, AI isn't at the races.

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by BestWestern
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!
Replies: 180
Views: 24225

Re: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!

A big thanks to OA260 for the news clippings over the past 12 months.

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by BestWestern
Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: Passengers won't know if they're getting a MAX
Replies: 157
Views: 25167

Re: Ryanair: Passengers won't know if they're getting a MAX

FR will know what routes and destinations the Max will operate on - like Easy know where the 321 will operate on.

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by BestWestern
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines ask HKG to waive fees - "flights no longer financially viable"
Replies: 98
Views: 36979

Re: Airlines ask HKG to waive fees - "flights no longer financially viable"

Airlines not serving a large hub seem to be most affected.. for example. Garuda is down from 21 weekly flights to 4 weekly flights. Airlines like Xiamen air have basically abandoned the city for the winter, China Southern and Eastern have curtailed and cancelled so many flights to tertiary cities,

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by BestWestern
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 26134

Re: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...

Your average Mr Tao from Shanghai will have heard of them, but that doesn't matter. This is all about China -> Ireland tourism and they fly what ever turns up. They've just received the 787 https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2018/09/28/these-are-juneyao-airlines-new-dreamliner-cabins/...

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by BestWestern
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 26134

Re: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...

Rumors on another thread that Juneyao Airlines are interested in a Shanghai route via Helsinki twice weekly Juneyao are quite a good airline with a solid service offering for a Chinese airline. They don't have the connections that China Eastern have though I don't believe there are route authoritie...

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by BestWestern
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Amendment Agreement for IAG's Acquisition of Air Europa
Replies: 447
Views: 91979

Re: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion

We now have a lower cost operator for Iberia. Iberia now have a chaotically confusing four brands in Spain. Level Iberia Vueling Air Europa This is like Singapore airlines in 2016 and will change. With Air Europa, We now have an operator and proper brand for Level. I note from the presentation that ...

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by BestWestern
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming
Replies: 203
Views: 46567

Re: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming

Airport Charges Decision A Disaster For Passengers And For The Irish Economy daa is hugely disappointed at today’s publication of the Commission for Aviation Regulation’s (CAR) Final Determination on Dublin Airport’s charges for 2020-2024. CAR has set a price of €7.87 for the period, which is 18% b...

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by BestWestern
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming
Replies: 203
Views: 46567

Re: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming

Airport Charges Decision A Disaster For Passengers And For The Irish Economy daa is hugely disappointed at today’s publication of the Commission for Aviation Regulation’s (CAR) Final Determination on Dublin Airport’s charges for 2020-2024. CAR has set a price of €7.87 for the period, which is 18% b...

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by BestWestern
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to cut Hamburg (and others) -- cites 737MAX issues as cause
Replies: 34
Views: 7720

Re: Ryanair to cut Hamburg (and others) -- cites 737MAX issues as cause

Germany short haul is a bloodbath at present.

Ryanair have weakness elsewhere, so will focus on profitable markets to shore up the or financials.

Yet again, LH group’s stranglehold on DACH grows. Again.

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by BestWestern
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Geographic places often mispronounced
Replies: 70
Views: 12419

Re: Geographic places often mispronounced

CHHHiiiina

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by BestWestern
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ordering glasses online? :/
Replies: 11
Views: 4797

Re: Ordering glasses online? :/

I’ve used Zenni Optical and Glasses USA-The former carries their own generic, non branded specs, starting at $7 including lenses(!) and I can definitely say I’ve never had an issue with them! I’m using zenni optical and have three in the basket at the moment. For $40, you can get a fantastic set of...

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by BestWestern
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VIE Bloodbath: Austrian taking over Eurowings Europe
Replies: 28
Views: 9388

Re: VIE Bloodbath: Austrian taking over Eurowings Europe

Lufthansa has taken a full cost centre away - Eurowings Austria doesn’t exist anymore. There must be millions of savings just there alone. It does point to strategic drift with Eurowings though - its shrinking into a German carrier. Unlike EasyJet, Eurowings has no soul. The service is lacklustre an...

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