The inaugural service is usually reserved for VS high-ups, travel trade press, VIP's and various other hangers on they invite.Jump to post
Thanks to some sort of diplomatic spat, Indian e-visas have not been restored post-covid to UK passport holders. Personal biometric finger printing is now a requirement at the visa processing centre.Jump to post
Hong Kong is also less and less British each day.... so not surprised to see VS decide to just bow out. Maybe, but just as HK is opening up again post-covid, I'm sure a lot of people who have postponed trips there the last two years will want to book. Plus the cargo possibilities. So I'm wondering ...Jump to post
JFK, LAX, ATL, MCO & JNB mostly but on all flights.Jump to post
The India authorities are making it as difficult as possible for UK citizens to obtain visas. Fear this would dent passenger numbers going forward.Jump to post
DOH - AKL would be the longest A380 route ever and at the extreme end of it's range capability.Jump to post
What about PVG? Any idea where that frame will go to instead?[/quote] I wouldn't be surprised if VS gives up PVG permanantly next too as I'd assume their operational complexities they mention would equally apply to operating to PVG as well. ie Russian overfly ban. As for the frame reallocation, sinc...Jump to post
Virgin have announced they are permanantly closing their HKG route, and closing their office there, blaming " significant operational complexities " and the Russian overfly ban.
Clearly BA have overcome these, since they are due to restart their HKG route on 5 Dec.
Some info here : http://aircraftspotting.co.uk/planespot ... guides.phpJump to post
Fully agree. If people stop reading the Daily Mail that would help with a more positive mindset. There is still a good pent-up demand for holidays and travel in general despite the pound's recent plunge. We see it in the forward bookings in our company. BA sees it thats why all their A380's are back...Jump to post
As trade-in for their recent A330NEO order, MH have negotiated that they return their unwanted A380's back to Airbus. Guess they'll end up parked at Teruel or in France next. Wonder if BA or EK fancy taking them of Airbus's hands for a steal - cabin refitting costs notwithstanding. https://www.ch-av...Jump to post
Is EDI - BGI back on again this coming winter ? Just had an agents news bulletin email from VS saying flights are twice weekly with A333 but Galileo is showing nothing. Was that sent in error ?Jump to post
LWO - KTW is only around 220 miles, it probably wouldn't have needed fueling up. Be interesting to see if Wizz attempt to rescue their other A320's now.Jump to post
Maybe one consideration with Heathrow is that airport and airline staff have the opportunity to watch some of the funeral proceedings on TV. Pretty much most of the UK is closing on Monday, at least for the morning. If flight delays and any cancellations are well advised of in advance, then I don't ...Jump to post
It'll be interesting to see what the fate will be of the large number of Boeings and Airbusses etc will eventually be once fleet replacements with these Russian models begins in earnest.Jump to post
davidjohnson6 wrote:Brexit says that Finnair flying between the UK and the Caribbean is unlikely to happen on a long term basis. I can't see BALPA being happy about this either
BA are re-instating LHR - HND from 13 Nov with 788...and will go twice-daily from start of S23 season.Jump to post
These aircraft are not that old in the grand scheme of things but won't be in a great state having rested in Thailand hot, humid and seasonally wet climate all these years. I'm sure TG would have got a lot more $$$ for them if had been carefully stored in a dry desert. I'm wondering if some dodgy ce...Jump to post
BGI is about as high yield a leisure destination as you can get, hence BA use a 4-class 777 there.
About time VS looked at serving MLE, also a high yielding leisure route.
EK will run an extra flight into LGW with 77W from 15 - 29 Oct covering the half-term holiday peak.Jump to post
Virgin have announced a code-share agreement with IndoGo, effective 27 Sept, initially covering 7 cities from DEL & BOM and increasing to 16 later this year. Good move. Does this mean no new routes to other cities (BLR/HYD/MAA) in India for foreseeable future? I would suggest this is the case, ...Jump to post
Virgin have announced a code-share agreement with IndoGo, effective 27 Sept, initially covering 7 cities from DEL & BOM and increasing to 16 later this year. Good move.Jump to post
[quote="migair54"][quote="smi0006"]I love Thai - but fleet wise they are a hot mess. They could get some good money out of the B777-300 if they are the correct type for cargo conversion, if they are old models, then it wont be easy to find a new home for them, I don't think the A...Jump to post
I’ve heard QR has a few wide bodies currently not being used (/s) and as Qatar and Iran are friendly, that could be an easy solution re acquisition and training. In addition, I would think most Iranian airlines will go shopping for good used aircraft as there are plenty about plus they'd get them i...Jump to post
Of note in that nationthailand article is that TG are going to lease in 2 extra A350's.Jump to post
Excellent news. These 10 should keep flying for a long time since QF will have a large pool of spare parts from the two unfortunate frames getting scrapped.Jump to post
2nd LGW - JFK is already bookable on Galileo GDS...showing aircraft as 32S. LHR - BOS will also start in November with 32Q so it looks like there will be more 32Q deliveries as B6 will have 4 32Q a day then to London.
And cool that LGW gets the 2nd JFK ahead of LHR.
I saw one TV interview recently when a former airline worker was asked why she didn't wish to rejoin her previous role and the reply was no way going back, it's like going back to live again with an ex !Jump to post
Hate to be negative, but I don't forsee a return on the considerable investment costs to get this plan up & running as intended. EMA, STN and LHR can and does handle the majority of UK's cargo requirements. Whilst I get the economic upturn in NE Kent will get a boost, I don't see people in that ...Jump to post
SXM - eat your heart out ! Check this landing out :
https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/11/skiathos ... -17168211/
The LGW - JFK flight started with seemingly very little notice. Can't imagine the loads are great. Flightsdon't appear on Galileo GDS, so not much support from the travel industry using Galileo then either.Jump to post
Shades of Alitalia & ITA Airways here ?
https://www.airportspotting.com/air-mal ... w-carrier/
The tourist market in Anchorage will be limited to summer only, like the Alaska cruise season.
Iceland in winter is not as cold as Anchorage then, although still plenty cold enough for most.
I don't think a 2 -day stopover there in any other time than summer would appeal to Europeans or Asians.
If premium leisure demand is what influences BA to a new Caribbean destination, then why not SXM ? Thats the international gateway to loads of luxury island retreats the uber wealthy love. As seen by the amount of biz jets there on any one day.Jump to post
Reuters article discussing Russia cannibalizing aircraft for parts, including a brand-new A350: https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/exclusive-russia-starts-stripping-jetliners-parts-sanctions-bite-2022-08-08/ Seems to be VP-BYF as the aircraft in question. Only delivered on invasion ...Jump to post
Surely Boeing will treat dealing with AAB with the utmost caution as a likely difficult demanding client and prices will be negotiated according to this plus not having any competition.Jump to post
I think once AAB is gone Airbus and QR will kiss and make up. I wish Boeing's quality control department good luck in the meantime.Jump to post
I have travelled in the past to KIX from Kobe on a jetfoil high-speed ferry.Jump to post