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by downtown273
Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 40382

Re: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

I know it's anecdotal, but I was on EasyJet's ACE-BFS flight on Saturday (Oct. 24th). There were a total of 6 passengers on it (including me). I booked my flight only 1 week in advance, and paid €17, so I can't imagine any of the other passengers paying much more than that. I hope they made a lot mo...

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by downtown273
Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 699
Views: 97322

Re: Delta Announces FLL-LAX

Might've been a plane that was going to RON anyway. If DL can cover the direct operating costs, then why not try it? Exactly. It's great aircraft utilization (departs LAX at 2125, arrives back at 0930), and the schedules gives pax full days in Miami area / Los Angeles with overnight / early morning...

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by downtown273
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 218
Views: 27672

Re: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2020

I assumed EasyJet would be picking up the BIO route from LGW? IAG have been running their BIO-LGW flights quite inefficiently. VY's BIO-LGW departed around 6:20pm, while BA's BIO-LGW departed around 6:40pm, with fares at very similar prices and competing with each other, instead of the other players...

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by downtown273
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 246
Views: 29699

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

I've taken a few FR flights over the last two months in and out of DUB. I've been surprised to see they're mainly old aircraft, registrations EI-D** or EI-E**.

Is there any reason why Ryanair is flying older frames instead of newer (potentially more efficient?) aircraft?

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by downtown273
Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 246
Views: 29699

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

Eirules wrote:
Eirules wrote:
Flying to Verona today with EI. The airport is eerily quiet. Be interesting to see how busy the flight is


17 people on today’s flight!!!


Yeah, I counted 8 of us on my DUB-BIQ flight this morning.

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by downtown273
Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 246
Views: 29699

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

I know it's only anecdotal; but I have checked-in for my flight DUB-BIQ tomorrow with FR, and my check-in sequence was 003. I'm sure some people will check-in last minute, but I'd be surprised to see more than 25 pax on it. The flight tomorrow is still only €24/£20, I usually pay €300 return in high...

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by downtown273
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 184463

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

I am a Spanish passport holder living in the UK. The US authorities would have no way of knowing whether I've been to anywhere in mainland Europe upon arrival to the US, because our passports don't get stamped within EU travel. And even if they did, I never use my passport to travel to mainland Eur...

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by downtown273
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1033
Views: 168998

Re: DY about to go bust?

Norwegian is down a further 33% today - it has lost 85% of its valuation within a month.

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by downtown273
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 184463

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

This hurts BA as much as everyone else. Weird comments on here the last few pages. Seems so. IAG stock price down almost 10%!! Makes sense. The reason why some CV figures are lower for the UK & Ireland is that they're islands and are not connected to continental Europe by land. UK/IE stats are ...

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by downtown273
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 184463

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

I am a Spanish passport holder living in the UK. The US authorities would have no way of knowing whether I've been to anywhere in mainland Europe upon arrival to the US, because our passports don't get stamped within EU travel. And even if they did, I never use my passport to travel to mainland Euro...

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by downtown273
Sun Mar 08, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 184463

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

https://www.repubblica.it/economia/2020 ... refresh_ce


How about EasyJet - will they be suspending flights too?

I suppose AZ and U2 are the two biggest airlines at MXP.
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eta unknown wrote:
AZ cancels MXP flights from tomorrow:
https://www.repubblica.it/economia/2020 ... refresh_ce


How about EasyJet - will they be suspending flights too?

I suppose AZ and U2 are the two biggest airlines at MXP.

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by downtown273
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 184463

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

If the Italian government is forbidding all public gatherings in the area, I'd expect the airports to close.

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by downtown273
Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 184463

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

zakuivcustom wrote:
CX is suspending ALL flights to Taiwan and Japan beginning Mar 13 until end of March earliest.


Looks like CX is keeping a single daily flight HKG-TPE on a B777, instead of the usual 17-18 daily mainly widebody flights in each direction by CX.

That's a 94% reduction of capacity.

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by downtown273
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 126065

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

IAG's involvement will probably be through Aer Lingus for Irish routes that Aer Lingus doesn't want to fall to another operator. Interesting thought. Is there any potential for Aer Lingus Regional to set up a significant base at BHD and pick up some of BE's routes? That would be quite a political s...

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by downtown273
Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 126065

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

Could British Airways (through IAG > Iberia > Air Nostrum) start picking up any potential profitable routes? It looks like YW have some CRJ's stored.

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by downtown273
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 184463

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

https://news.sky.com/story/regional-air ... e-11949393
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Flybe [...] has warned the government that it could collapse within days after a slump in bookings triggered by the coronavirus.

https://news.sky.com/story/regional-air ... e-11949393

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by downtown273
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 212860

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

Romania will put in quarantine passengers coming from Northern Italy. So this will start having an effect in intra-European traffic. Looking at MXP and LIN international traffic, it seems like the UK, Spain, France and Germany are the ones with the highest pax volume. If EU countries start quaranti...

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by downtown273
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 218
Views: 27672

Re: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2020

Great idea Embajador3 !

Same for Air Nostrum's ATR76s - they only have 4 of them plus 7 leased. Are there any routes in which the CRJ is not a good replacement for the ATRs?

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by downtown273
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: Passengers won't know if they're getting a MAX
Replies: 157
Views: 24891

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

Overheard an elderly male passenger responding to a question by his wife (presumably) while boarding Corendon holiday flight XR1034 CGN-LPA on 1.1.2020 - aircraft being a 737-800: „Honey, don’t worry! This [the aircraft] is not one of the bad ones.” Of course passengers are concerned, sensitized an...

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by downtown273
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!
Replies: 168
Views: 21846

Re: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!

Flew JFK-DUB earlier this week on EI. The crew were OK (the outbound crew were def more friendly). Flight was busy.

The dinner was great but I was surprised they didn't serve any coffee with breakfast (just a box with a muffin and orange juice - no coffee / tea).

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by downtown273
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion
Replies: 399
Views: 78280

Re: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion

Oh great. Like the Iberia Group didn't already have enough airlines: Iberia, Iberia Express, Iberia Regional, Vueling, Level and now Air Europa and Air Europa Express.

Maybe they should focus on consolidating all their brands and airlines first.

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by downtown273
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020
Replies: 151
Views: 41697

Re: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020

Flybe to expand Belfast to London City link over peak winter period The airline has said an extra aircraft will be added to the Belfast City Airport to London City Airport route from the start of December. The plane, a 98-seat E190 aircraft sourced from Connect Airways' partner, Stobart Air. Great ...

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by downtown273
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should airports charge passengers to recover lost property?
Replies: 28
Views: 4687

Re: Should airports charge passengers to recover lost property?

I find this really petty. It's part of running a business. It's not different to a hotel, a store or a hospital. People will lose items. People will spill coffee. Unintentional actions that businesses need to plan for within their operations. It's different from smoking in a non-smoking room at a ho...

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by downtown273
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020
Replies: 151
Views: 41697

Re: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020

FlyBE is a key player at BHD, I hope the routes will remain.

Connections to VS/DL's L/H network will be welcome (I suppose only via MAN? Maybe a new BHD-LGW route to feed into VS/DL's LGW network?), and will give NI travellers a welcome alternative to BA's LHR connection for long haul.

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by downtown273
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MOL warns of UK base closures and cuts in the coming week's
Replies: 81
Views: 18435

Re: MOL warns of UK base closures and cuts in the coming week's

MrBren wrote:
Is this due to the 737 MAX fiasco and Brexit?


Probably a combination of both, plus the weak GBP is prob not helping.

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by downtown273
Fri May 03, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS on strike
Replies: 110
Views: 19391

Re: SAS on strike

Waterbomber2 wrote:
At the rate that the Euro has been dropping versus the dollar and other currencies, this doesn't even cover inflation.


Denmark, Sweden and Norway have their own currencies DKK, SEK and NOK.

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by downtown273
Wed May 01, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS on strike
Replies: 110
Views: 19391

Re: SAS on strike

First officer: Beginner salary 37000 NOK ( 4288 USD / 3817 EUR ) After 10 years: 58000 NOK ( 6723 USD / 5983 EUR ) Top salary: 67000 NOK ( 7766 USD / 6912 EUR ) Captain: Beginner salary 68000 NOK ( 7882 USD / 7014 EUR ) After 10 years 81000 NOK ( 9389 USD / 8355 EUR ) Top salary: 104000 NOK ( 12055...

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by downtown273
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest delay with paid hotel?
Replies: 14
Views: 2534

Re: Longest delay with paid hotel?

I remember being stuck in AGP during the ash cloud issues in northern Europe in April 2010. I was put up in a hotel for a week - but there was really no other alternative of re-routing in that case as the airspace was closed.

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by downtown273
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Trip advisor report: Air France racism against Moroccan passengers
Replies: 36
Views: 4175

Re: Air France racism against Moroccan passengers

They are racist. They take Moroccan passengers aside and refuse to check them in. This is racism. So you're saying that they refuse to check-in all Moroccan passengers? Or are you extrapolating one case (potentially yours?) to accuse them of racist operating procedures? They are refusing to check-i...

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by downtown273
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Trip advisor report: Air France racism against Moroccan passengers
Replies: 36
Views: 4175

Re: Air France racism against Moroccan passengers

peterinlisbon wrote:
They are racist. They take Moroccan passengers aside and refuse to check them in. This is racism.


So you're saying that they refuse to check-in all Moroccan passengers?

Or are you extrapolating one case (potentially yours?) to accuse them of racist operating procedures?

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by downtown273
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 760773

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Are airlines accommodating passengers' concerns about flying on the MAX and offering free rebooking options? I.e. AA might decide that they want to continue operating the type, but if a passenger goes to board and realizes it's a MAX, how will their refusal to fly on the MAX be accommodated?

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by downtown273
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should airlines ditch AVODs for inflight internet?
Replies: 52
Views: 5436

Re: Should airlines ditch AVODs for inflight internet?

CityRail wrote:
So what do you think? Should airlines ditch AVODs for inflight internet?


As long as VOIP is restricted and USB ports are provided in every seat, I'd be happy with AVODs being ditched.

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by downtown273
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes
Replies: 252
Views: 65736

Re: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes

Regarding BA's move of LHR-BIO to LGW-BIO, any idea why this is the case?

Vueling operate BIO-LGW and BA had the LHR flight. Now they're both competing on BIO-LGW and LHR has lost BIO service... Is there any reasoning to this? Will Vueling resume the LHR flight?

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by downtown273
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/19 : New year, new ... us!
Replies: 198
Views: 31098

Re: Irish 1/19 : New year, new ... us!

More issues at BFS : Belfast International Airport apologises for long security queues I flew BFS-ALC last Friday and it was a disaster. I had priority security, and it took me 25 minutes to clear security. Tbh I let a couple with a baby from the 'standard' queue in front of me because their AGP fl...

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by downtown273
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM downgauges daily AMS-EZE-SCL
Replies: 15
Views: 5175

Re: KLM downgauges daily AMS-EZE-SCL

KLM is the connecting specialist, are their fares high enough to make worth while to fly a 77W 14 hours to EZE ? Very interesting question. The full rotation takes 37 hours, so I think this is one of their longest rotations. Does anyone know? I assume more people use this route for AMS-EZE than for...

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by downtown273
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair - Guy chases missed plane onto the tarmac
Replies: 50
Views: 8280

Re: Ryanair - Guy chases missed plane onto the tarmac

ushermittwoch wrote:
Yup, mainly due to Ryanair's creative block times.


Their block time 'creativity', as you call it, is an industry standard in this case. Dublin - Amsterdam:

Aer Lingus: 1h 45m
Ryanair: 1h 40m
KLM: 1h 40m

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by downtown273
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair - Guy chases missed plane onto the tarmac
Replies: 50
Views: 8280

Re: Ryanair - Guy chases missed plane onto the tarmac

Most importantly, the flight departed 21 minutes late and arrived ontime in Amsterdam!

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by downtown273
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air adds MAD-BOS/EWR/YYZ
Replies: 59
Views: 7151

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

The above is right, PF is €575 and IB is €1,500. However, PF's potential customers are price sensitive, which means they won't mind connecting flights. PF shouldn't worry too much about IB's €1,500 price tag, but focus on the fact that LH/AC offer 1-stop those dates for €430. (Outbound MAD-FRA-BOS w...

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by downtown273
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BFS - A dirty filthy hole?
Replies: 30
Views: 3356

Re: BFS - A dirty filthy hole?

I agree with OP. I am based in Belfast and use BHD and DUB. For domestic travel, I use BHD - flights to/from BHD are generally a bit more expensive; but this summer, clearing security at BFS has taken longer than the average flight times to mainland UK. For international travel, I drive to Dublin. I...

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by downtown273
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus partner with Cityjet for LCY
Replies: 46
Views: 5154

Re: Aer Lingus partner with Cityjet for LCY

IAG are not in the habit of tolerating inefficiency within its operations! I’m sure they have thought this out! IMO, it's not efficient to have two flights operating exactly the same routes within five minutes of each other (there are many examples - e.g. on LHR - DUB, BA0830 and BA5959). I've alwa...

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by downtown273
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Luton Airport 'UK's worst airport' for third year.
Replies: 11
Views: 1577

Re: London Luton Airport 'UK's worst airport' for third year.

I'm surprised BFS isn't on the bottom 5. This summer, security waiting times have been 1+ hour every day, and some people have experienced up to 2 hour waiting times.

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by downtown273
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA67 BCN-JFK diverting LHR now!
Replies: 9
Views: 4886

Re: AA67 BCN-JFK diverting LHR now!

Aircraft is B772 (N756AM).

The flight was still over Spain when it decided to divert - considering MAD would've been a 40-minute flight and BCN a 1-hour flight, I wonder why the captain would divert to LHR (2-hour away, and over water)?

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by downtown273
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways cancels 'incorrectly' cheap tickets
Replies: 52
Views: 6138

Re: British Airways cancels 'incorrectly' cheap tickets

Back and forth to TLV for 195GBP? I’m with BA on this one! I’d cancel those fares for sure. I can find return flights from London to Tel Aviv in September for £115 with Wizz Air and EasyJet. So even if £195 is a cheaper-than-usual British Airways price, BA should've honored it. It's not like they'v...

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by downtown273
Fri May 11, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA gate agent asks nursing mom "How many boobs do you have"
Replies: 73
Views: 9826

Re: AA gate agent asks nursing mom "How many boobs do you have"

The key thing to understand here is that this could happen in any airline. Not justifying it, it's wrong, but it comes down to the actual employee that you get.

Had this happened in Ryanair or Norwegian, some people would be saying "you get what you pay for".

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by downtown273
Tue May 01, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 Air France unions plans strike
Replies: 152
Views: 20946

Re: 10 Air France unions plans strike

Have AF confirmed the size of the strike?
I find it unbelievable that I'm flying with AF on Thursday and they still can't tell me which flights will be cancelled... Fingers crossed.

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by downtown273
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA remaining 763 routes
Replies: 41
Views: 7582

Re: BA remaining 763 routes

I have to admit, I always pick their 767's for the LHR-MAD flights!

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by downtown273
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS places order for 50 A320neo
Replies: 74
Views: 14411

Re: SAS places order for 50 A320neo

I will miss their 737's too, but the A320NEO order makes sense.

Do we know when the 737's will be gone?

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by downtown273
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Norwegian strands passengers at LGW for 24 hours
Replies: 38
Views: 5240

Re: NOrwegian strands passengers at LGW for 24 hours

I hope everyone claims their EU261 compensations, which I assume is €600 per passenger.
Can Norwegian refuse to put customers up in hotels when there's a delay of 21 hours?

As for the first aid kit, that could just be DailyMail being DailyMail...

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by downtown273
Mon Dec 25, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines with either only male or only female crew
Replies: 13
Views: 4052

Re: Airlines with either only male or only female crew

Air Nostrum in Spain.. I've never seen a male cabin crew.

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