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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: 16508

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: 18237

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: 18237

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: 2230

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: 3765

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: 3765

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: 718100

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: 4651

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: 247
Views: 57831

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: 29560

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: 4990

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: 7867

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: 7867

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: 6590

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: 3157

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: 4926

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: 1478

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: 4805

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: 5890

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: 9553

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: 20280

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: 7429

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: 14013

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: 5106

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: 3863

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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by downtown273
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet announces dozens of new routes for S18 (12/12/17)
Replies: 17
Views: 4353

Re: easyJet announces dozens of new routes for S18 (12/12/17)

by738 wrote:
BFS-IOM? whats the flight time on that?


The manager of BFS was on the local radio today saying the actual flight time would be around 12 minutes and that this would become the world's shortest jet-engine flight...

Not sure if true or not.

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by downtown273
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most efficient airports in winter? (Snow)
Replies: 40
Views: 7088

Re: Most efficient airports in winter? (Snow)

HEL, ARN and OSL I'd probably add CPH to it. I flew out of CPH every couple of days for 3 years, and I was never delayed due to weather conditions. There are occasionally reports on Swedish TV on the news, almost every winter, of an airport at more southern latitudes (I rememver one of TLV a couple...

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by downtown273
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rest of the UK thread - 2017
Replies: 102
Views: 12627

Re: Rest of the UK thread

xijiayu wrote:
Lufthansa will commence a regular service from GLA to FRA next March, in addition to the existing MUC service


Very good news!

Do we see Lufthansa coming to Belfast?

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by downtown273
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL hub in MAD....out of BCN
Replies: 29
Views: 5749

Re: LEVEL hub in MAD....out of BCN

But IAG already said that they would develop Level from other Vueling bases, namely Paris and Rome. So, it was never their intent to put all eggs in the same basket. So, I cant see the rationale of operating from Madrid They're leaving the BCN routes as they are. It's only their future routes that ...

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by downtown273
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL hub in MAD....out of BCN
Replies: 29
Views: 5749

Re: LEVEL hub in MAD....out of BCN

To me it's all a big mess. IAG will have 5 airlines and their subsidiaries flying in and out of Madrid, offering connections between themselves: Iberia, Vueling, Level, Iberia Express and British Airways.

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by downtown273
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rest of the UK thread - 2017
Replies: 102
Views: 12627

Re: Rest of the UK thread

Cunard wrote:
Samrnpage wrote:
Aren't Norwegian already flying from BFS to the USA.


Yes, they have two routes out of BFS to the USA.

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by downtown273
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rest of the UK thread - 2017
Replies: 102
Views: 12627

Re: Rest of the UK thread

What do you think is ahead for NI airports (BFS, BHD, LDY)?
With Norwegian's new TATL flights, is there any chance for connecting flights to a few destinations across Mainland Europe?

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by downtown273
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Ryanair problems: huge winter schedule cuts
Replies: 53
Views: 10007

Re: More Ryanair problems: huge winter schedule cuts

Well for BFS-LGW they have failed to dent EZY on the route. The FR yields and loads were trash from what I heard. Seems EZY has won if we do not see them put back some sort of a schedule on that route. I've flown Ryanair on the BFS-LGW route 10 times over the last few months. I've never paid more t...

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by downtown273
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the schedule for Air Nostrum's London Luton - San Sebastian flight?
Replies: 8
Views: 1279

Re: What is the schedule for Air Nostrum's London Luton - San Sebastian flight?

8herveg wrote:
When will we find out if it returns next year?


This year, it was only announced in April that the route would be operating - so it was only a 3-month notice... Sorry!

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by downtown273
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the schedule for Air Nostrum's London Luton - San Sebastian flight?
Replies: 8
Views: 1279

Re: What is the schedule for Air Nostrum's London Luton - San Sebastian flight?

It has been a Madrid-based rotation, the aircraft has flown MAD-EAS-LTN-EAS-MAD. Flights started July 2nd, run through August 16th. Twice weekly. Schedule was: EAS-LTN departed 1100 Thursdays / 0915 Sundays LTN-EAS departed 1220 Thursdays / 1045 Sundays It's a pity it was LTN and not LHR or LGW. A E...

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by downtown273
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian considering expanding services in SWF
Replies: 59
Views: 7448

Re: Norwegian considering expanding services in SWF

Does anyone know how the BFS-SWF route is performing?

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by downtown273
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair running out of pilots? FR cancels 110 flights (09/12)
Replies: 162
Views: 28637

Re: Ryanair running out of pilots? FR cancels 110 flights (09/12)

Here's what I don't understand. They will have to pay around €250 per pax. For each Captain / FO, who do on average 4 flights a day, that's: €250 (min.) x 189 pax x 80% load factor x 4 legs = €150k. I've used a 80% load factor because, even if their average is 95%+, they'd cancel the flights that ar...

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by downtown273
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS in talks with Airbus and Boeing of 40-50 NB planes
Replies: 35
Views: 6092

Re: SAS in talks with Airbus and Boeing of 40-50 NB planes

SAS A340 wrote:
The order is to replace older 737-700/800 in the fleet.


SAS have 17x active 737-600's, will they not be replaced?

Where do they fly the -600's anyway? I lived in CPH for 3 years, flew several times each week with SK, but never on a 736.

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by downtown273
Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair enhances hand luggage policy
Replies: 42
Views: 3673

Re: Ryanair enhances hand luggage policy

Ryanair said they're doing this 'To reduce the number of flight delays caused by too many customers arriving at the gate with 2 carry-on bags'. How is gate-checking 50-100 suitcases going to make the process faster? In any case, I'd expect delays to increase!

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by downtown273
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: "Five years from now there will be just five European airlines
Replies: 77
Views: 13753

Re: Ryanair: "Five years from now there will be just five European airlines

I agree with the Top 5 statement, but I think this will happen through consolidation, not through closing airlines down. Lufthansa Group could take onboard SAS and LOT. AF/KLM could take onboard Air Europa. IAG is BA/IB/EI + TP? Due to geographical reasons, I believe TAP would do better with IAG. No...

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by downtown273
Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia Drops BIQ, Increases EAS (IB/VY)
Replies: 4
Views: 1856

Re: Iberia Drops BIQ, Increases EAS (IB/VY)

hispanola wrote:
I wonder if VY will suffer from weight restrictions?


Not sure, but if you try to book certain BCN-EAS flights on Vueling.com and add a seat, you can indeed buy seats up until row 31, which would confirm that they will be operated by A320's - supposedly with weight restrictions?

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by downtown273
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia Drops BIQ, Increases EAS (IB/VY)
Replies: 4
Views: 1856

Iberia Drops BIQ, Increases EAS (IB/VY)

Not sure if this has been announced before - it's news to me. I received an email from Iberia today, saying my MAD-BIQ on Nov 9th is cancelled. It looks like the route has been dropped. It was always scheduled on a CRJ-1000 but every time I was on it, it was downsized to a CRJ-200 that run half empt...

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by downtown273
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Iberia Safety Video
Replies: 3
Views: 557

Re: New Iberia Safety Video

I saw it a couple of weeks ago on IB's A346 MAD-LHR flight - I thought it was quite good!

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by downtown273
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Summer 2018 Routes News & Base Openings
Replies: 93
Views: 26850

Re: Ryanair Summer 2018 Routes News & Base Openings

Why is the runway at EAS being shortened? Noise, residents, ... the usual stuff. EAS is my home airport and would love to see it expand, but chances are it won't happen. VY has already said they'll be pulling out of EAS when the runway gets shortened (when, not if). EAS should become a good opportu...

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by downtown273
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future LH Expansion
Replies: 77
Views: 17082

Re: Future LH Expansion

PNA is certainly an outlier. There is a Volkswagen factory there (they make the VW Polo I think) so maybe that helps. Agreed, really surprised to see FRA-PNA. Frankfurt – Pamplona eff 06NOV17 4 weekly LH1118 FRA0930 – 1130PNA 319 x246 LH1119 PNA1220 – 1430FRA 319 x246 Also, very unexpected scheduli...

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by downtown273
Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia Express & Vueling
Replies: 7
Views: 3111

Iberia Express & Vueling

IAG has three airlines based in Spain offering short/medium range flights: Iberia (IB), Iberia Express (I2) & Vueling (VY). We have seen many routes transition from Iberia to Iberia Express (Mostly European flights, some Domestic). My understanding was that Iberia Express would be a MAD airline,...

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by downtown273
Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Meridiana Be Italy's New Main Airline?
Replies: 21
Views: 5769

Re: Could Meridiana Be Italy's New Main Airline?

How significant is VY in Italy?

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by downtown273
Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair seat assignments all over the aircraft
Replies: 192
Views: 25725

Re: Ryanair seat assignments all over the aircraft

All this rant for a 4 Euro fee. In any case I can't see the trauma when a couple or a group of friends are separated for two hours in a plane. With children or someone with a disability OK, but the other cases... you pay 4 euros and that it is. And that is the whole point. This is about people who ...

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by downtown273
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA LAX-SFO all Eagle now
Replies: 75
Views: 10958

Re: AA LAX-SFO all Eagle now

I have to admit I would've never thought LAX-SFO could go all-Eagle in AA.

I just can't imagine that happening in Europe. Can anyone see MAD-BCN, CDG-AMS, LON-DUB, FRA-MUC ... being operated by all-Regional aircraft??

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by downtown273
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian start LGW-EZE February 14 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1891

Re: Norwegian start LGW-EZE February 14 2018

It's great news that they're launching LON-EZE.

However, let's remember that this doesn't necessarily mean they'll be cheaper than the legacy airlines.
Example outbound 2/21 return 3/01, Alitalia is £578. Norwegian is £584 + £100 if you need a check-in bag, food and a seat.

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