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by sierra3tango
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes
Replies: 170
Views: 19670

Re: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes

When BOAC started commercial operations after the 2nd World War their code was BO (as in body odour), for some reason it was changed a few years later.

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by sierra3tango
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT: Brexit Britain close to agreeing open skies deal with US
Replies: 19
Views: 4442

Re: FT: Brexit Britain close to agreeing open skies deal with US

It’s also something that would be well known to everyone beforehand anyways. Such provisions are standard in air service agreements- it was always a question on how UK-EU would be handled in regards to that, not other countries. Might be news to the FT writers though. It is not news to the FT write...

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by sierra3tango
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should BA use B788's on short-haul ?
Replies: 74
Views: 11787

Re: Should BA use B788's on short-haul ?

B788 seems to be too premium for european route. As to the economics of using a nearly new 788 on shorthaul, just not going to happen, a 321 is miles cheaper both to purchase and operate, far outweighing the 10% seat loss. It might, just might be different in a few years time, a depreciated high ti...

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by sierra3tango
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 449
Views: 78543

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

Didn't BA buy Dan Air for a quid, or does my memory fail me? Difficult to believe Dan Air had much BA wanted especially in the midst of an economic slowdown in '92. Didn't pay a lot for BCal either. Maybe just to take capacity out of the market - the LHR remedy slots would come back to them eventua...

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by sierra3tango
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 449
Views: 78543

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

Didn't BA buy Dan Air for a quid, or does my memory fail me? Difficult to believe Dan Air had much BA wanted especially in the midst of an economic slowdown in '92. Didn't pay a lot for BCal either. Maybe just to take capacity out of the market - the LHR remedy slots would come back to them eventual...

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by sierra3tango
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees
Replies: 49
Views: 6933

Re: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees

I had a related type of experience of a BA flight to Bahrain in late July. Checked in online 20ish hours before to find I had been allocated a middle seat in Y (yuk), the only option was were aisle seats (2) at a premium of somewhere about $50. I am a long standing (20 years) FF, albeit only 'blue' ...

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by sierra3tango
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Rolls-Royce plc be absorbed by Airbus in a near future ?
Replies: 34
Views: 5364

Re: Could Rolls-Royce plc be absorbed by Airbus in a near future ?

Don't think this is a 'goer'. The British Government held (still does I think) a 'Golden Share' in RR and BAe with special rights for national strategic interests. This share gives the Government the right to limit a single 'foreign' investor to a maximum holding of 15% of the total register. What c...

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by sierra3tango
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unofficial: Qatar Airways to leave One World Alliance
Replies: 176
Views: 11501

Re: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance

Airlines0613 wrote:
No, AA lacks any tie ups with any Gulf carrier.
AA?

Thought GF has a code sharing agreement with AA?

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by sierra3tango
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?
Replies: 50
Views: 10447

Re: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?

I 'm sure OW have enough support in Europe. Better search for a partner in Africa. Exactly. They need to fill this void. The problem is the players in Africa. Not exactly a lot to choose from. OW also needs to find a partner in India as well. A bit off topic however, regarding Africa, BA does have ...

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by sierra3tango
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA route to be announced tomorrow?
Replies: 122
Views: 18369

Re: New BA route to be announced tomorrow?

I want to place my bets on ISB's new airport Dunno, did BA serve Constantinople? Constantinople hasn't been a city in almost 1,000 years. Anyway ISB is Islamabad in the Punjab region of Pakistan, also it's the capitol. Istanbul is IST. Imperial Airways served Constantinople In the west it was terme...

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by sierra3tango
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA route to be announced tomorrow?
Replies: 122
Views: 18369

Re: New BA route to be announced tomorrow?

by738 wrote:
Coronado990 wrote:
Honolulu.

BA have never served Honolulu


BOAC did, might be a 'nice' destination but wouldn't BA need at least 2 frames to operate such a route due to its length?

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by sierra3tango
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA route to be announced tomorrow?
Replies: 122
Views: 18369

Re: New BA route to be announced tomorrow?

Dammam. BA used to fly to DHA and later DMM for many years, using the 747 and 767. For many years the route was operated out of Gatwick, where passengers could connect nicely to oil cities like Houston. Currently no one flies DMM-LON, whereas both SV and BA fly JED and RUH to LHR (SV now has JED-MA...

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by sierra3tango
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA route to be announced tomorrow?
Replies: 122
Views: 18369

Re: New BA route to be announced tomorrow?

What about some about to be / recently opened Norwegian route!

Hopefully somewhere in Asia or Africa as their recent new route offerings seem to be heavily (if not totally) weighted to North America

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by sierra3tango
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Airbus talking additional A380 orders over with IAG, ANA and TG
Replies: 76
Views: 18424

Re: Bloomberg: Airbus talking additional A380 orders over with IAG, ANA and TG

I feel like BA and Airbus are involved in a chicken-and-egg game where each of them waits to see who blinks first. Obviously, Airbus would like to sell more A380s, but not at an unfavorable price. Airbus now seems to be perfectly content to let the line die off slowly than lose money on "prest...

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by sierra3tango
Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airspace Full?
Replies: 29
Views: 5214

Re: British Airspace Full?

Maybe the answer is that UK airspace is full because of the layout of the air corridors. Living in North Dorset (on top of a hill) get a good view of what's overflying for many miles around. Looking at FR24 and out of the window it ain't much; some high level overflights EK, KL, AB & some others...

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by sierra3tango
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar
Replies: 681
Views: 150184

Re: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar

I think it's high time Qatar reclaims its airspace from Bahrain. Conflicts such as these illustrate the importance of having control of one's own airspace. Airspace, or FIR? Reading the article (and that map) makes it even more confusing. Qatar does not have an FIR at all, so perhaps you mean Qatar...

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by sierra3tango
Tue May 09, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates CEO: 115 A380s is ‘absolute’ limit for Dubai hub
Replies: 78
Views: 21161

Re: Emirates CEO: 115 A380s is ‘absolute’ limit for Dubai hub

Would have thought EK will want to replace (at the very least) the first 25 frames delivered before any production cessation.
But DWC now 10 years away, delayed again...wonder why, could it be lack of money/

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by sierra3tango
Sat May 06, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a 787 9 and A350 900 and A330 200 takeoff from a 2000 metre runway?
Replies: 23
Views: 5410

Re: Can a 787 9 and A350 900 and A330 200 takeoff from a 2000 metre runway?

Well BY644 (B788) xBRS just landed Cancun (7910kms) non stop at 19.00 UTC 6 May.

Problem being we don't know what the payload was!

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by sierra3tango
Sat May 06, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remnants Of International Airports.
Replies: 75
Views: 15175

Re: Remnants Of International Airports.

Sharjah or more correctly RAF Sharjah which closed in the early 1970s, now a museum (the control tower) in the middle of town http://www.sbap.be/museum/sharjah/sharjah.htm Handled Imperial Airways, BOAC, Gulf amongst many others Croydon Airport http://www.croydonairport.org.uk/Visitor-Centre The mai...

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by sierra3tango
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus reduce sub-contracting work to British companies following BREXIT?
Replies: 101
Views: 10290

Re: Will Airbus reduce sub-contracting work to British companies following BREXIT?

Well there's also the eternal subject of Governmental 'launch aid' for various Airbus models.

If it continues and the British Government continue to play ball with that system (or something akin), no significant numbers of jobs and / or
production facilities will leave the UK

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by sierra3tango
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways former Routes at Manchester
Replies: 30
Views: 5963

Re: British Airways former Routes at Manchester

Here is a link to BA's route list from June 2000. At the time BA served 40 destinations from MAN. This might have been the peak of BA's non-London network. http://web.archive.org/web/20000621205859/http://www.britishairways.com:80/flights/factfile/network/docs/fnum_rte.shtml It mentions Dubai as a ...

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by sierra3tango
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair launches connecting flights, interlining, fare levels, cashbacks, selling other airlines' flights...
Replies: 28
Views: 7091

Re: Ryanair launches connecting flights, interlining, fare levels, cashbacks, selling other airlines' flights...

RYR leads in changing their business model to something more akin to a legacy, does anyone think that the likes of EZY will follow?

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by sierra3tango
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 897
Views: 187331

Joyce LHR SYD by non stop 2022

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/06/london-sydney-non-stop-flights-real-possibility-within-five/ Seems as if they're seriously examining SYD / LHR non stop with a 20% premium from 2022 778 & 359ULR in the frame to operate Predicated on fuel price Would have thought, if it comes to pass, t...

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by sierra3tango
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The UK could have no flights to and from Europe after Brexit, Ryanair warns
Replies: 108
Views: 11324

Re: The UK could have no flights to and from Europe after Brexit, Ryanair warns

That what politicians do is, make rules & laws - if they don't fit the circumstances on the ground (or in the air in this case), they change them No, rules and laws are done by Parliaments and follow a time-consuming process of lawmaking - unless you have a system like in the US where the execu...

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by sierra3tango
Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The UK could have no flights to and from Europe after Brexit, Ryanair warns
Replies: 108
Views: 11324

Re: The UK could have no flights to and from Europe after Brexit, Ryanair warns

So MOL's lot send out a press release and many on these boards think its for real..... must be a first MOL gets press coverage for an unrealistic claim .....not a first Multiple posts keep on bringing up 'the rules' or 'the laws' That what politicians do is, make rules & laws - if they don't fit...

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by sierra3tango
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The UK could have no flights to and from Europe after Brexit, Ryanair warns
Replies: 108
Views: 11324

Re: The UK could have no flights to and from Europe after Brexit, Ryanair warns

Probably the whole aviation sector, flights / overflights / ATC etc etc will be 'rolled over' into a transitional accord & negotiated later (maybe after Brexit) with the status quo continuing after 2019 and then slowly evolving into whatever new arrangement is agreed between UK and the EU.

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by sierra3tango
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flybe and SQ - What are the options?
Replies: 13
Views: 2694

Re: Flybe and SQ - What are the options?

Otherwise BRS if no BE, lots of options there[/quote] I'm not too familiar with BRS ops... What are the options? I can only really see MXP-AUH-SYD.[/quote] Try BMI via FRA or MUN, they have code sharing / through ticketing with LH; they also have CDG & HAM. Brussels Airlines have 2 or 3 a day op...

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by sierra3tango
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flybe and SQ - What are the options?
Replies: 13
Views: 2694

Re: Flybe and SQ - What are the options?

What about Newquay? Lots of BE connections there (if it has to be BE)

Otherwise BRS if no BE, lots of options there

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by sierra3tango
Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoking Ban, when was it implemented?
Replies: 70
Views: 14107

Re: Smoking Ban, when was it implemented?

I always thought it was strange that smoking was ever allowed on commercial aircraft . A few years ago in the UK they banned smoking inside any public places. (I am not sure of the exact law but basically if the place is indoor and has employees its non smoking.) Also retailers are not permitted to...

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by sierra3tango
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 787 and 9-abreast
Replies: 270
Views: 29411

Re: The 787 and 9-abreast

Having flown BA, QR, VS, RJ & TG (mostly 788's) in Y, I have a personal rule, which is 'never again' in 9 across, Y on a 78X longhaul. I will: Pay more to avoid Fly at a less convenient time to me for business & personal arrangements Take an indirect routing In extremis - not fly at all, (th...

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by sierra3tango
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Classic airliners soon to be retired. What will be missed and what won't?
Replies: 28
Views: 6206

Re: Classic airliners soon to be retired. What will be missed and what won't?

Not sure if its gone already or not (saw it on FR24 in December) .... the BN Trilander

Don't think it'll be missed by many, if any at all.

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by sierra3tango
Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Powerful v. most Valuable Airline Brands
Replies: 12
Views: 3273

Most Powerful v. most Valuable Airline Brands

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/ ... ine-brand/

Surely 'powerful' = ' valuable' but according to this, it doesn't!
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This to my mind is weird, but then I'm not in marketing

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/ ... ine-brand/

Surely 'powerful' = ' valuable' but according to this, it doesn't!

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by sierra3tango
Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe-China train service hurts air freight
Replies: 54
Views: 9499

Re: Europe-China train service hurts air freight

One point where rail might have a benefit over sea or sea air is two way trade.
Seems like BMW have got it right trading both ways.
Sending empty wagons + containers all the way back to China results in significant cost; which is paid for by the Europe bound freight..

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by sierra3tango
Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe-China train service hurts air freight
Replies: 54
Views: 9499

Re: Europe-China train service hurts air freight

It competes primarily with sea freight, not air freight. According to one article by the Economist, it was in part to get vital trade with western Asia and Europe out of the hands of the US and allies, who have control of the seas. In other words, preventing the US from employing military power to ...

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by sierra3tango
Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe-China train service hurts air freight
Replies: 54
Views: 9499

Re: Europe-China train service hurts air freight

Even if it does work well (with 3 changes of track gauge) its volume limited at 41 TEUs a train and a track access that is finite, especially on the Trans Siberian sector. Compare that with a Megamax vessel carrying 8000+ TEUs a voyage. The infrastructure costs of increasing train paths in the Far E...

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by sierra3tango
Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: List of busiest airports in Europe (2016)
Replies: 63
Views: 19707

Re: List of busiest airports in Europe (2016)

My understanding is that a transfer pax is counted twice in these figures, correct if untrue? Once for the arrival and once for the departure? If so, in theory two airports publishing indentical pax numbers of say 50M, one with 50% transfer = 25M pairs of boots whilst another with 100% O&D is ac...

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by sierra3tango
Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ME3 statistics and scale comparison
Replies: 28
Views: 4453

Re: ME3 statistics and scale comparison

EY is not a vanity project. They were created when Gulf Air dropped operations at AUH. Abu Dhabi needed an airline and so there was demand. And the government of Abu Dhabi has used EY to grow tourism in the emirate. The point is, they do hope EY will be making them money like EK does for Dubai, but...

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by sierra3tango
Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 1 and its history from day one to present?
Replies: 5
Views: 2960

Re: BA 1 and its history from day one to present?

Vaguely recall from the mists of time BOAC didn't use '001', think it was reserved for the sovereign.

GF don't use 001 either to this day - maybe for the same reason?

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by sierra3tango
Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The shortest international routes in the world (under 100km)
Replies: 8
Views: 2288

Re: The shortest international routes in the world (under 100km)

JER - DNR 69 kms (Jersey - Dinard)
LYX-LTQ 68 kms not sure it still operates (Lydd - Le Touquet)

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by sierra3tango
Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Long haul airlines that have never flown to the United States
Replies: 37
Views: 3903

Re: Long haul airlines that have never flown to the United States

Fairly sure East African Airways never served the USA

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by sierra3tango
Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is EK bubble about to burst and what it means for Boeing and Airbus
Replies: 262
Views: 56949

Re: Is EK bubble about to burst and what it means for Boeing and Airbus

...I've kept out of this thread on the basis that once you respond to the ridiculous statements that get made, you become part of them However, you asked the question ... That's why we use avatar's...not our real names !! There is no EK bubble, but they are Pan Am in the 1960's -- What they have do...

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by sierra3tango
Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787's 2-4-2 layout vs. 3-3-3 layout. Why no one follows JAL's idea?
Replies: 66
Views: 20319

Re: 787's 2-4-2 layout vs. 3-3-3 layout. Why no one follows JAL's idea?

To all: If a passenger wants more space, they will pay for it. As long as ULCCs are gaining market share, the other airlines must bring down costs to compete. No one is going to regulate away a 737 width seat. We have an echo chamber on complaining about room. 10-across 777 have thrived as well as ...

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by sierra3tango
Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787's 2-4-2 layout vs. 3-3-3 layout. Why no one follows JAL's idea?
Replies: 66
Views: 20319

Re: 787's 2-4-2 layout vs. 3-3-3 layout. Why no one follows JAL's idea?

penny-pinching people's desire to get more for less Sorry, I have to object to that. I'm not exactly poor, but I would have to be a good deal wealthier before I start thinking about using anything but economy when flying - and as suggested earlier I would expect the same is true for the vast majori...

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by sierra3tango
Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al flight paths to Asia + more revealed by new receiver at Hargeisa, Somalia
Replies: 20
Views: 6657

Re: El Al flight paths to Asia + more revealed by new receiver at Hargeisa, Somalia

DXBDFWHGA wrote:
Hargeisa, Somaliland!!!

Google Somaliland please.


Says it all - having been there (not the greatest, but passable) why they can't have independence / separation beggars belief.

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by sierra3tango
Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787's 2-4-2 layout vs. 3-3-3 layout. Why no one follows JAL's idea?
Replies: 66
Views: 20319

Re: 787's 2-4-2 layout vs. 3-3-3 layout. Why no one follows JAL's idea?

Most 787 deliveries have a standard 3-3-3 layout with an average of 31" pitch and 17.2" width, even though is has been tagged as a "plane to avoid" because of how uncomfortable the seats can be for long flights. JAL came up with the 2-4-2 layout offering 33" pitch and 18.9&...

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by sierra3tango
Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is UK air travel over its peak?
Replies: 13
Views: 1979

Re: Is UK air travel over its peak?

In 2015 BST ended 25 Oct and in 2016 BST ended 30 Oct, which is 5 additional days of summer v. winter schedules. Having said that look very carefully at the final total of ALL international flights (on the last page) it shows 10.046m for all UK airports, the comparative for 2015 is 19.075. These pro...

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by sierra3tango
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replicate Keflavik's model in the Azores?
Replies: 37
Views: 7404

Re: Replicate Keflavik's model in the Azores?

[quote="Revelation"][quote="KaiTak747"]An important point to make is that it is very difficult to build a hub without a decent amount of O&D traffic, I can't think of any. People seem to forget that DXB has been an important trading location long before the airlines came alon...

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by sierra3tango
Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replicate Keflavik's model in the Azores?
Replies: 37
Views: 7404

Re: Replicate Keflavik's model in the Azores?

Could be scissor type hub with Europe to Caribbean/ South American mixed in with some Africa/ North America not to mention the OP routings. More like the Hawaiian islands route structures Doubt the infrastructure exists, it would cost a fortune to build. But using the EK metric of xxx million / bill...

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by sierra3tango
Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Long Until ULH Is Common And Profitable?
Replies: 47
Views: 9263

Re: How Long Until ULH Is Common And Profitable?

Could imagine that the technology advance that MIGHT change the economics of ULH is the reduction of fuel density.

The reduction in density = lighter uplift; however in such a case the same benefit would apply to one stop services / hubbing flights,
so ULH would have to be more expensive.

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by sierra3tango
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Breaking: Heathrow 3rd Runway approved
Replies: 200
Views: 19693

Re: Breaking: Heathrow 3rd Runway approved

Not convinced by the argument, 80% of the country would have to travel further than ( and travel past!) Heathrow, they will be building a rail line from the West of England through Heathrow to central London (and more easy for the Midlands and NW), all rail to Gatwick will pretty much have to trave...

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