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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight attendant "fired" for Marriage Proposal
Replies: 36
Views: 5211

Re: Flight attendant "fired" for Marriage Proposal

Wow, I had no idea that even Google was banned there. Very interesting stuff. Kinda sad though when you put it into perspective like that. Yes, it is incredible. Basically a Western person cannot do anything in China when online (Yahoo is also blocked). It reminds me of the United Arab Emirates whe...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eindhoven Airport at its limits
Replies: 15
Views: 1825

Re: Eindhoven Airport at its limits

Rotterdam had 1.7 M PAX in 2017. For a city of its size (yes I know AMS is 45 minutes by train), it is very small. Is there any particular reason why easyJet, Ryanair or Wizz Air do not fly to RTM? Regarding Istanbul, I see EIN more a Pegasus route. EIN-SAW on Pegasus like they do in CRL, which is a...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight attendant "fired" for Marriage Proposal
Replies: 36
Views: 5211

Re: Flight attendant "fired" for Marriage Proposal

Apparently China Eastern's twitter page has exploded over this! I thought Twitter was banned in China? Unfortunately, much of their domestic customer base will probably never know about this. I was taking a look at what is banned in 2018 in China, and it is basically everything; the list is ever in...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air to close Poznan base in Polish reshuffle
Replies: 13
Views: 1576

Re: Wizz Air to close Poznan base in Polish reshuffle

By transfering an A320 from POZ to GDN, they also will start daily GDN-OSL, in addition to GDN.TRF. Operating into both the Oslo airports from GDN, and also into OSL for the first time The amount of service from Gdansk to Scandinavia is amazing. Are most Polish migrating to those countries coming f...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Barcelona the new Montréal?
Replies: 15
Views: 524

Re: Is Barcelona the new Montréal?

So what I learnt here is that the Spanish government blocked Four Seasons and Grand Hyatt to open in Barcelona. What's next?

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Barcelona the new Montréal?
Replies: 15
Views: 524

Re: Is Barcelona the new Montréal?

So if nowhere else in Spain has that kind of drug problem..... I'll let you finish the sentence. I would say it is more on a local (city hall) level. For instance, the current major blocked Four Seasons and Hyatt (which would occupy iconic Torre Agbar) from establishing in the city: http://www.expa...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air to close Poznan base in Polish reshuffle
Replies: 13
Views: 1576

Re: Wizz Air to close Poznan base in Polish reshuffle

Switching the WAW base to an all A321 layout makes absolute sense. Market is there, it's relatively low-yielding, there is a lot of competition so lowering CASM should be their top priority. Also, it could also be that they need smaller A320s in western Europe. I think expanding in Vienna was a mis...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Barcelona the new Montréal?
Replies: 15
Views: 524

Re: Is Barcelona the new Montréal?

Since Ryanair flights to BCN seem to have became Heroin shuttles, maybe the airport should open a Methadone Clinic.

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Barcelona the new Montréal?
Replies: 15
Views: 524

Re: Is Barcelona the new Montréal?

Barcelona is crime ridden for decades now. In 2000 I was one of two people in the first three rows of a 737 on a flight to stansted who weren’t robbed. Las ramblas is known as a crime hotspot. Drug taking is rife and the associated crime is out of control. Barcelona is Europe’s cocaine capital and ...

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by SCQ83
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing Capital Airlines applies to CAAC to launch Xi’an-Seattle beginning March 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Re: Beijing Capital Airlines applies to CAAC to launch Xi’an-Seattle beginning March 2019

My goodness. When will it end? Hopefully they'll at least codeshare with AS so they can fill up their flights with tourists connecting from elsewhere in the U.S.... Beijing Capital is a subsidiary of Hainan and it seems more focused on taking Chinese tourists to the US and Europe. I reckon there is...

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by SCQ83
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oman Air adds ATH with the 737 MAX
Replies: 14
Views: 1643

Re: Oman Air adds ATH with the 737 MAX

I can't imagine O&D being much higher for ATH-DOH or ATH-AUH. Just like EY and QR, I am sure Oman Air will rely on transfer passengers. Seems like ATH market is massive, I can't remember the last time an airline failed there due to low loads. Quite a few Greeks working in the GCC after the cris...

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by SCQ83
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Between 2006 and 2014, nearly 10 million homeowners in America saw the foreclosure sale of their homes
Replies: 35
Views: 845

Re: Between 2006 and 2014, nearly 10 million homeowners in America saw the foreclosure sale of their homes

In Asia, when the property price bubble collapse late 1990s, there were many property owners who killed themselves because of their inability to pay for loan on their property. Did this happened in Europe/America back then? That's not really the european reaction to this sort of problem, we'd likel...

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by SCQ83
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Between 2006 and 2014, nearly 10 million homeowners in America saw the foreclosure sale of their homes
Replies: 35
Views: 845

Re: Between 2006 and 2014, nearly 10 million homeowners in America saw the foreclosure sale of their homes

Thanks for your insights, if you have more info on the programs mentioned I would welcome it. I can't imagine a similar situation happening in France though. The government would for sure intervene long before it went to hundreds of thousands of people losing their home. If only to keep their heads...

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by SCQ83
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Barcelona the new Montréal?
Replies: 15
Views: 524

Re: Is Barcelona the new Montréal?

I can’t tell you how many of my friends (gay) seem to think of Barcelona as another Fire Island or Provincetown (I. E. gay resorts) I’ve seen so many pics of Barcelona now that it’s like it’s become another trashy Daytona Beach type city. IMO BCN caters to a very specific type of guy (Chelsea muscl...

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by SCQ83
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Barcelona the new Montréal?
Replies: 15
Views: 524

Is Barcelona the new Montréal?

It has been almost a year since the illegal referendum, and things seem to have changed in Barcelona. Quality of tourism is down. Halo effect seems to be vanishing. https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1014399/barcelona-hotel-holiday-tourist-protest-crackdown-spain-news Tourist crackdown backfires: ...

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by SCQ83
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 1747
Views: 35287

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

Maybe a referendum in NI to join ROI would simplify things. Ireland is an island for one reason. It would be more logical (no matter Brexit or EU) that it is one single country... no matter history.

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by SCQ83
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 291
Views: 36441

Re: Swiss aviation thread - 2018

https://www.azal.az/en/article/436 AZAL from Geneva to Baku, 2x per week (Tuesday, Friday), A319 starting 30th Oct. As a reminder, Geneva is the home of Socar Trading, the trading and marketing hub of Socar, the Azeri national oil company. I recall GYD-GVA was served for a while with a business jet...

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by SCQ83
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French routes news thread
Replies: 157
Views: 22370

Re: French routes news thread

Interesting those Transavia routes from Nantes. It looks like a direct response to easyJet's new base in NTE; some of those destinations/routes are pure easyJet stuff. https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280595/transavia-france-s19-nantes-network-expansion/ Nantes – Budapest eff 07APR1...

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by SCQ83
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Between 2006 and 2014, nearly 10 million homeowners in America saw the foreclosure sale of their homes
Replies: 35
Views: 845

Re: Between 2006 and 2014, nearly 10 million homeowners in America saw the foreclosure sale of their homes

The situation was badly handled in the EU too, but I don't need any insight on that. You can still buy flats in Spain and Portugal for the price of a broom closet in Paris. Not anymore in good areas; I suspect you don't know very well the market. Prime areas in Spain are back to 2007 prices. Prime ...

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by SCQ83
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Between 2006 and 2014, nearly 10 million homeowners in America saw the foreclosure sale of their homes
Replies: 35
Views: 845

Re: Between 2006 and 2014, nearly 10 million homeowners in America saw the foreclosure sale of their homes

You should be more concerned about your own home but instead you'd rather talk about what has passed in the US. This pattern by Europeans is interesting, there is some kind of a syndrome, not sure what it should be called. Maybe just simple jealousy. Is there currently a similar bubble forming in t...

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by SCQ83
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern plots global growth from Guangzhou and Beijing
Replies: 17
Views: 2712

Re: China Southern plots global growth from Guangzhou and Beijing

Guangzhou to Boston, Chicago and Madrid are big holes in their network. Guangzhou-Boston? That's the kind of thinking that causes average fares to drop right through the floor. Guangzhou isn't Tokyo or Seoul, not with the business connections nor large population of upper incomes. Sichuan is due to...

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by SCQ83
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern plots global growth from Guangzhou and Beijing
Replies: 17
Views: 2712

Re: China Southern plots global growth from Guangzhou and Beijing

Guangzhou to Boston, Chicago and Madrid are big holes in their network.

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by SCQ83
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Between 2006 and 2014, nearly 10 million homeowners in America saw the foreclosure sale of their homes
Replies: 35
Views: 845

Re: Between 2006 and 2014, nearly 10 million homeowners in America saw the foreclosure sale of their homes

I think the next crash will hit Central Europe. Housing prices in France, Netherlands and (particularly) Germany are extremely overpriced, at all-time highs. Germany saved itself from the 2008 housing crash because at that point Germans were pretty much away from speculation. But after 2008 they dis...

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by SCQ83
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Likely new LEVEL destinations
Replies: 19
Views: 6115

Re: Likely new LEVEL destinations

I wonder if Level would be interested in starting flights from MAD to be able to get connections from IB. Seems like it might be interesting for some low yield destinations like CUN and take on UX directly. Could even do good to replace some frequencies to Ecuador that's largely VFR to be able to d...

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by SCQ83
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7504

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

Pakistan would also work from STN Pakistan, yes, I could easily see working from STN (East End being only up the road, along the A127), together with maybe Thailand and some other selected leisure oriented routes (but then again, in this case one should try to avoid duplication from what is being o...

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by SCQ83
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Likely new LEVEL destinations
Replies: 19
Views: 6115

Re: Likely new LEVEL destinations

The 4.5 million "unserved" long-haul passengers is pure propaganda and wishful thinking from the regional government. If those 4.5 million "unserved" PAX were served directly, how many PAX would fly to DXB, DOH or AUH? Or the European hubs? They mention 147.000 PAX "unserved...

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by SCQ83
Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Likely new LEVEL destinations
Replies: 19
Views: 6115

Re: Likely new LEVEL destinations

Tourism in Barcelona has been hit this summer due to their secessionist propaganda and multiple attacks to tourists by both local radicals and illegal immigrants: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1014399/barcelona-hotel-holiday-tourist-protest-crackdown-spain-news https://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

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by SCQ83
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: British passport holders can't add carry-over any months to their new passports
Replies: 78
Views: 1814

Re: British passport holders can't add carry-over any months to their new passports

Let us not forget that as the UK doesn't issue a National ID card for its citizens, so with the exception of the Republic of Ireland, they need a Passport to go anywhere, even to France for a day trip. I would note that renewal USA Passports are valid from the date issued, with no addition of time ...

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by SCQ83
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Poor Americans, huge problem for Wendy's, McDonalds
Replies: 52
Views: 2061

Re: Poor Americans, huge problem for Wendy's, McDonalds

SCQ83 : with very few locations and no TV ads, I expect that most French people don't know about Five Guys, especially with a meaningless name like this. Burger King does a tons of advertising, sponsors radio stations listened to by youth, has plenty of locations and advertising posters to go with ...

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by SCQ83
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7504

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

Galwayman wrote:
Hopefully STN will attract the next generation LH Lcc s like Scoot , Jetstar etc and the global super connectors TK , EK, QR etc ...


Didn't Turkish serve STN at some point?

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CONFIRMED: Air France Announces Dallas-Paris starting 2019
Replies: 130
Views: 13906

Re: CONFIRMED: Air France Announces Dallas-Paris starting 2019

The title is wrong; it should read CDG-DFW or Paris-Dallas. Does the toilet roll start face up or down? It doesn't matter. As poorly a job AF marketing has done on their Dallas write up, from an American perspective it's still a Dallas-Paris flight announcement. I'm sure in Paris the marketing anno...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CONFIRMED: Air France Announces Dallas-Paris starting 2019
Replies: 130
Views: 13906

Re: CONFIRMED: Air France Announces Dallas-Paris starting 2019

The title is wrong; it should read CDG-DFW or Paris-Dallas.

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO
Replies: 87
Views: 13131

Re: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO

TP code-shares on multiple routes out of FAO: BRU, NTE, FRA, MRS, BOD, ORY, MUC. That is the smartest way to run an airline business. I mentioned previously Aegean which is relatively-similar sized country to Portugal and with a similar business model (a lot of VFR and tourism traffic). So you coul...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CONFIRMED: Air France Announces Dallas-Paris starting 2019
Replies: 130
Views: 13906

Re: CONFIRMED: Air France Announces Dallas-Paris starting 2019

Located in northern Texas, Dallas is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Known as the "Big D", it is home to one of the country's largest industrial centers. Its oil center is the most important but the city is also at the forefront in the telecommunications a...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO
Replies: 87
Views: 13131

Re: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO

Of course, airlines generate profits from thin air... Also, the whole south of Portugal is Faro and a handfull of even smaller cities. :? Airlines generate profit from where people want to fly to and pay to get there, not from how many people live there. Qatar Airways flies to Mykonos (population 1...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO
Replies: 87
Views: 13131

Re: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO

You're right that it's not comparable, as the urban population of these cities is MUCH higher than Faro. Total city population (from Wikipedia), excluding metropolitan areas not to skew the comparison even more: Faro 65k , Nice 344k , Manchester 545k , Málaga 569k , Naples 967k Notice the magnitude...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Poor Americans, huge problem for Wendy's, McDonalds
Replies: 52
Views: 2061

Re: Poor Americans, huge problem for Wendy's, McDonalds

Go to Burger King instead. The King of fast food burgers ! More expensive, but better quality. Only in Norway is BK the best, outside of Norway there's Five Guys, In-an-Out, Wendy's and a whole range of others all better than BK. Five Guys is incredibly overpriced in Spain and France. A burger, fri...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7504

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

Agreed. I've been through there 3 times this year at various times of the day and it is extremely crowded and very much aimed at low cost travellers with their range of shops and food outlets. . On top of my head there are Mulberry, Ted Baker and Hugo Boss shops in STN. While those are not luxury s...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air adds MAD-BOS/EWR/YYZ
Replies: 59
Views: 5911

Re: Primera Air adds MAD-BOS/EWR/YYZ

alm1 wrote:
This looks like Saturday night rule in action, you need to spend it at the destination to get good price. LCC win when you need flexibility (one-way, short stays etc) when legacy pricing gets expensive.


Also that fare MAD-BOS on 20 August is peak season in Boston. Start of college season.

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO
Replies: 87
Views: 13131

Re: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO

TP is no different, they only fly to LIS. I don't understand why people keep insisting that TP should fly from Faro when virtually no other European airline flies from their country's 10th or so largest city. If we were asking why TP doesn't fly from Coimbra, that might make more sense :) I don't t...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO
Replies: 87
Views: 13131

Re: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO

And I am not mentioning Vueling in AGP, AA in MAN or KLM/Transavia in NCE.

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO
Replies: 87
Views: 13131

Re: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO

But... what about Beja? Yes I'm kidding. What I'm amazed at is that there isn't a single direct flight from FAO with TP (apart from FAO LIS). BA runs up to 8 flights a day in summer to the various LON airports; FR/EZY have dozens of flights all over the place. Why is it amazing? How many routes doe...

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by SCQ83
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7504

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

Greater China seems the most realistic for me. HKG could work for Hong Kong Airlines; they already fly long-haul (LAX) and Cathay flies to LHR and LGW, so STN-HKG seems like a good fit for them. And PVG/PEK/wherever in China for Hainan or some of those obscure Chinese carriers.

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