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by TC957
Thu Oct 06, 2022 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 129
Views: 28764

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022

The inaugural service is usually reserved for VS high-ups, travel trade press, VIP's and various other hangers on they invite.

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by TC957
Thu Oct 06, 2022 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 129
Views: 28764

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022

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.

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by TC957
Thu Oct 06, 2022 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 129
Views: 28764

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022

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 ...

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by TC957
Thu Oct 06, 2022 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 129
Views: 28764

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022

JFK, LAX, ATL, MCO & JNB mostly but on all flights.

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by TC957
Wed Oct 05, 2022 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 129
Views: 28764

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022

The India authorities are making it as difficult as possible for UK citizens to obtain visas. Fear this would dent passenger numbers going forward.

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by TC957
Wed Oct 05, 2022 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 167
Views: 43596

Re: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022

DOH - AKL would be the longest A380 route ever and at the extreme end of it's range capability.

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by TC957
Wed Oct 05, 2022 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 129
Views: 28764

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022

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...

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by TC957
Wed Oct 05, 2022 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 129
Views: 28764

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022

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.

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by TC957
Mon Oct 03, 2022 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airline Air Austral is up for sale
Replies: 43
Views: 11024

Re: French airline Air Austral is up for sale

I always considered RUN - BKK a bit of a strange route that UU fly. If they feel the need to connect Reunion with the Far East, surely SIN is a better choice.

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by TC957
Sun Oct 02, 2022 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH set to return A380's to Airbus
Replies: 63
Views: 15018

Re: MH set to return A380's to Airbus

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...

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by TC957
Fri Sep 30, 2022 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH set to return A380's to Airbus
Replies: 63
Views: 15018

MH set to return A380's to Airbus

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...

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by TC957
Thu Sep 29, 2022 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 129
Views: 28764

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022

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 ?

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by TC957
Tue Sep 27, 2022 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777 Production/Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 138
Views: 53123

Re: Boeing 777 Production/Delivery Thread - 2022

RobK wrote:
None of those are NEW Chinese operators for the F.

Could this be COSCO ? Currently bigger by volume than Maersk, CMA GCM and MSC who have all joined the 777F fan club.

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by TC957
Fri Sep 23, 2022 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adds new TATL for S23
Replies: 98
Views: 20161

Re: DL adds new TATL for S23

With the US$ powering ahead against the Pound and Euro, theres never been a better time for US citizens to fly across the pond. I predict more new or previously flown routes will follow soon.

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by TC957
Sat Sep 17, 2022 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WizzAir rescued 1 of its 4 Airbus planes stranded in Ukraine in a daring stealth mission at low altitude
Replies: 37
Views: 11016

Re: WizzAir rescued 1 of its 4 Airbus planes stranded in Ukraine in a daring stealth mission at low altitude

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.

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by TC957
Fri Sep 16, 2022 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Queen's funeral: Heathrow cancels flights on Monday
Replies: 51
Views: 14446

Re: Queen's funeral: Heathrow cancels flights on Monday

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 ...

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by TC957
Wed Sep 14, 2022 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Express plane catches fire at MCT
Replies: 3
Views: 2060

Re: Air India Express plane catches fire at MCT

Good job this happened on the ground and not in the air.

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by TC957
Tue Sep 13, 2022 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Orders 2 New 767 Freighters
Replies: 115
Views: 32412

Re: Air Canada Orders 2 New 767 Freighters

I think 767F's are generally without winglets to faciliate closer aircraft parking at some cargo terminals.

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by TC957
Mon Sep 12, 2022 10:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Aircraft for visitors for Queen's funeral
Replies: 30
Views: 5004

Re: Aircraft for visitors for Queen's funeral

Could we use this thread to update what is coming and going to where please ?
FAB expecting a few interesting visitors ?

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by TC957
Sun Sep 11, 2022 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL in hold over Scotland 10SEP2022
Replies: 4
Views: 4011

Re: JAL in hold over Scotland today

It was a lovely clear sunny day in Scotland yesterday...I'm sure the passengers had fab views of the islands and highlands.

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by TC957
Fri Sep 09, 2022 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Blue Air temporarily suspends ops
Replies: 45
Views: 12023

Re: Blue Air temporarily suspends ops

Blue Air had peak-time morning and evening LHR flights - would have thought those slots would be worth a fair bit.

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by TC957
Thu Sep 08, 2022 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irkut MC-21 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 52
Views: 13481

Re: Irkut MC-21 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

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.

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by TC957
Wed Sep 07, 2022 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair new strategic plan
Replies: 38
Views: 8282

Re: Finnair new strategic plan

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

Well, AY have several A321's flying Euro routes for BA out of LHR, so the difference is.....?

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by TC957
Wed Sep 07, 2022 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair new strategic plan
Replies: 38
Views: 8282

Re: Finnair new strategic plan

I would like AY enter a partership with BA to operate BA's long-haul leisure routes out of LGW to the Caribbean. Would open up the Caribbean more to the Finns, plus bring a far superior product to LGW in place of those cattle-truck leisure-fleet 777's.

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by TC957
Thu Sep 01, 2022 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 691
Views: 171914

Re: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022

BA are re-instating LHR - HND from 13 Nov with 788...and will go twice-daily from start of S23 season.

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by TC957
Thu Sep 01, 2022 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TG finally sells some of its stored A340s
Replies: 28
Views: 10366

Re: TG finally sells some of its stored A340s

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...

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by TC957
Thu Sep 01, 2022 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 129
Views: 28764

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022

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.

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by TC957
Thu Sep 01, 2022 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA Restores More U.S. Routes
Replies: 35
Views: 7312

Re: ANA Restores More U.S. Routes

Still awaiting official confirmation that visa on arrival travel will be permitted after Sept 7, the date Japan opens up to visitors more generally. Daily arrival cap will then go to 50K a day from the present 20K.

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by TC957
Thu Sep 01, 2022 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Fleet and Network Discussions thread - 2022
Replies: 396
Views: 93614

Re: Emirates Fleet and Network Discussions thread - 2022

EK will run an extra flight into LGW with 77W from 15 - 29 Oct covering the half-term holiday peak.

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by TC957
Wed Aug 31, 2022 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 129
Views: 28764

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022

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, ...

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by TC957
Wed Aug 31, 2022 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 129
Views: 28764

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2022

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.

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by TC957
Mon Aug 29, 2022 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TG finally sells some of its stored A340s
Replies: 28
Views: 10366

Re: TG finally sold the A340s

Has anyone ever converted the 600 model of the A340 series to a freighter? That's a looooong bird.

European AirCargo operates ex-VS A346's as freighters but without the cargo door installed.
Has a circa 92tonne capacity from what I've read.

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by TC957
Mon Aug 29, 2022 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TG finally sells some of its stored A340s
Replies: 28
Views: 10366

Re: TG finally sold the A340s

[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...

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by TC957
Sat Aug 27, 2022 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential End to Iranian Sanctions and Irans Aircraft Orders
Replies: 32
Views: 6830

Re: Potential End to Iranian Sanctions and Irans Aircraft Orders

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...

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by TC957
Thu Aug 25, 2022 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 63
Views: 21756

Re: Thai Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022

Of note in that nationthailand article is that TG are going to lease in 2 extra A350's.

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by TC957
Thu Aug 25, 2022 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to reactivate five remaining A380s by the end of 2023
Replies: 2
Views: 1308

Re: Qantas to reactivate five remaining A380s by the end of 2023

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.

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by TC957
Wed Aug 24, 2022 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 1393
Views: 282420

Re: Jetblue to send 321NEO LD across the pond

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.

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by TC957
Sun Aug 21, 2022 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Heathrow capacity limits extended until March 2023
Replies: 98
Views: 21985

Re: Updated: Heathrow limits departing passengers until late October

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 !

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by TC957
Fri Aug 19, 2022 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Salmon company buys 757 to fly fish
Replies: 81
Views: 14856

Re: Salmon company buys 757 to fly fish

Should have had some sort of flying salmon logo on the tailfin instead of that.

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by TC957
Fri Aug 19, 2022 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manston Airport (UK) Recieves Approval
Replies: 6
Views: 1365

Re: Manston Airport (UK) Recieves Approval

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 ...

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by TC957
Fri Aug 12, 2022 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norse Atlantic Airways News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 682
Views: 166053

Re: Norse Atlantic Airways News and Discussion Thread

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.

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by TC957
Fri Aug 12, 2022 6:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does ANC have potential to be the "KEF" on the other side of North America?
Replies: 16
Views: 2726

Re: Does ANC have potential to be the "KEF" on the other side of North America?

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.

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by TC957
Thu Aug 11, 2022 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 691
Views: 171914

Re: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022

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.

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by TC957
Thu Aug 11, 2022 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 1112
Views: 388389

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation *News Feed* Thread

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 ...

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by TC957
Wed Aug 10, 2022 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources
Replies: 152
Views: 41146

Re: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources

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.

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by TC957
Wed Aug 03, 2022 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources
Replies: 152
Views: 41146

Re: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources

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.

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by TC957
Tue Aug 02, 2022 12:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Favourite Airport to City Link (Rail, Bus etc.)
Replies: 35
Views: 2955

Re: Your Favourite Airport to City Link (Rail, Bus etc.)

I have travelled in the past to KIX from Kobe on a jetfoil high-speed ferry.

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