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by LuxuryTravelled
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?
Replies: 86
Views: 10036

Re: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?

If ba Is not back at gatwick they will increase the presence of level there Wizz is after some gatwick slots I still see Gatwick being a mix of legacy carriers such as Emirates, Qatar, tap, icelandair, turkish etc low cost such as air transat, west jet, easy jet Secondary national carriers such as ...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Tue May 05, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1516
Views: 183598

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

3 slots will most probably be needed (assuming similar frequencies):
1. Daily Barbados
2. Antigua with Tobago and Grenada add ons + Montego Bay
3. Daily Orlando

Havana had already been planned to move to LHR, and UVF was due to be dropped following a disagreement over subsidies.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Remain open until end of October at least
Replies: 99
Views: 17412

Re: Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Close from June 1

So what happens between July and October?

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by LuxuryTravelled
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 204
Views: 53240

Re: Norwegian Puts 4 Subsidiaries Into Bankruptcy

The reason for Norwegian doing this was because neither Sweden or Denmark are offering Job Retention Schemes, so none of the staff could be furloughed.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?
Replies: 117
Views: 24865

Re: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?

Around the time of the negotiation around the Brand Licence, there was a plan to drop the name - which has the working title of ‘OrangeJet’. It would also be interesting if they still have some of the IP from Go - if the situation with Stelios turned sour and they ditched the licence (which they can...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Newspaper: SAS is working on a new airline
Replies: 57
Views: 9883

Re: Newspaper: SAS is working on a new airline

Snowflake Mk2?

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair shrinking fleet - withdrawing 737-800s from service
Replies: 41
Views: 15145

Re: Ryanair shrinking fleet - withdrawing 737-800s from service

I think that this was suggested already. The view on here was that re starting production of engines etc would not be practical. Also the economics of the MAX are much better and they will be available this year. I am working to the assumption of them not being available this year - and there are c...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair shrinking fleet - withdrawing 737-800s from service
Replies: 41
Views: 15145

Re: Ryanair shrinking fleet - withdrawing 737-800s from service

Could Boeing not open the NG line for a year and offer those at a discount as compensation - or is that too difficult now.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Capital Markets Day 2019
Replies: 55
Views: 8450

Re: IAG Capital Markets Day 2019

CMD tends to me overarching strategy and product, rather than specific route announcement.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK to resume flights to SSH
Replies: 5
Views: 1583

Re: UK to resume flights to SSH

The first has been announced. A Red Sea Holidays charter from Gatwick, starting 22 December (weekly for the moment).

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by LuxuryTravelled
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUI big expansion planned
Replies: 32
Views: 11810

Re: Rumour: TUI big expansion planned

seahawk wrote:
The problem is the 737 supply situation. Without the MAX being in the air, expanding will be a problem - unless you need a lot of wetlease contracts.


The use of third party flying, using 787’s on short haul and more overnight flights will easily cover it.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUI big expansion planned
Replies: 32
Views: 11810

Re: TUI big expansion planned

A lot of the extra capacity is going to come from third-party flying, especially through existing partners like Freebird and Aer Europa.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian and JetBlue announces cooperation
Replies: 44
Views: 9071

Re: Norwegian and JetBlue announces cooperation

It is worth remembering that Norwegian is the biggest international airline flying into JFK, which makes them a perfect choice as a JetBlue partner.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volotea launching its first route to BCN
Replies: 18
Views: 4373

Re: Volotea launching its first route to BCN

My crystal ball says that Volotea's future has Vueling written all over it.... It could also have easyJet’s name all over it! or Lauda for that matter.... That was the original plan no doubt. But it doesn't seem carriers like Vueling or easyJet are rushing to buy Volotea. What for? It is easier to ...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volotea launching its first route to BCN
Replies: 18
Views: 4373

Re: Volotea launching its first route to BCN

It could also have easyJet’s name all over it!

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by LuxuryTravelled
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the latest news re Flybe/Connect?
Replies: 29
Views: 6374

Re: What's the latest news re Flybe/Connect?

The issue is likely to be around licensing of the Virgin brand. Given that Virgin Atlantic don’t own the rights to the brand they probably can’t just slap it on flyBe, which Virgin Group may see as a third party and will want fees from. The former Belgian Express may complicate how VS can use the b...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the latest news re Flybe/Connect?
Replies: 29
Views: 6374

Re: What's the latest news re Flybe/Connect?

It all seems to have gone rather quiet regarding Flybe/Connect? Have we any idea when we're likely to see the Dash 8s painted up in Virgin colours? I'm sure there's plenty of corporate marketing shenanigans going on behind the scenes but there seems to have very little additional information come i...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 219947

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread

Btw which are the largest bases/destinations for TC in terms of passengers? (so which airports will be more affected). Manchester? LGW and MAN followed by BHX I believe. And id imagine TFS, PMI, LPA and ACE for destinations. Thomas Cook do have a lot of flights to Turkey and Egypt and are the large...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 219947

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread

looks like FOSUN will buy the tour op's from the administrator and I'm hoping the banks keep the airline running as it is profitable The airline is only profitable whilst being fed by the tour operator. It wouldnt be profitable without it. A FOSUN tour op may not contract its flying programme to TC...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour of British Airways launching Gatwick - Dubai
Replies: 55
Views: 11626

Re: Rumour of British Airways launching Gatwick - Dubai

I have often wondered if Muscat would be moved to Gatwick, which would fit with the current portfolio of more leisure orientated routes. Although Dubai wouldn’t be a surprise.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 219947

Re: Updated: Thomas Cook Files for U.S. Bankruptcy Protection

OA260 wrote:
Rumor saying MT1107 is grounded at JSI as cant pay for fuel. Passengers stranded. Certainly something up as LGW showing next info 0900.


The flight diverted to Corfu, but has now departed and is heading back to Gatwick.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 219947

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

flyjay123 wrote:
Isn't the airline profitable? .... and couldn't a slimmed down scheduled TC airline minus IT charters make a success of it - if the tour operation side goes bust ?


As the airline is part of the group, its irrelevant, the entity would go.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 219947

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

Remember that Thomas Cook is primarily a ‘tour operator’, not a ‘travel agent’. A tour operator acts as the principal, where as an agent is a reseller. Not renewing the ATOL will bring them down like a pack of cards. They couldn’t raise the money they needed through selling the airline, although unl...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service
Replies: 134
Views: 19953

Re: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service

Absolutely onboard with the multiple airport strategy, and is something they already do with large metropolitan areas in the US. I don’t believe connections are going to be important for them, given the capacity of the aircraft, so I don’t believe it is essential for them to be Heathrow. I wouldn’t ...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes
Replies: 252
Views: 65132

Re: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes

So BA get a Berlin monopoly? Ouch! Btw it’s pedantic but surely flybe feed VS/DL, not vice versa. Good news on DEN-LHR! LH’s core priority is to feed its hubs (just as BA has its core at feeding LHR) - i.e FRA and MUC, so a traveller from BER flying with LH on a connecting flight is more likely to ...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA
Replies: 93
Views: 17991

Re: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA

The success of the CityFlyer experiments flying from the regions has been somewhat patchy - so for mainline BA to expand beyond London does seem quite unrealistic. Do you have any evidence that this has been ‘patchy’? I understood these flights were doing well. I have never understood why VS can ma...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA
Replies: 93
Views: 17991

Re: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA

The success of the CityFlyer experiments flying from the regions has been somewhat patchy - so for mainline BA to expand beyond London does seem quite unrealistic.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport
Replies: 34
Views: 5993

Re: Ryanair received €62.5M in subsidies from Catalan authorities at Girona airport

The Canarian press are reporting that it is 4 airports - TFS/LPA/ACE and GRO.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 711
Views: 140833

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

On a separate note, seeing though it would have massive implications on MAN has anyone heard anymore with regards to TCX selling off their airline business? I know VS put a bid in for the long haul stuff. Cheers in Advance If/when the Fosun deal is confirmed, it will effectively take Thomas Cook Ai...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European LCC
Replies: 106
Views: 13587

Re: European LCC

Very true Andy, but easyJet love No1 positions in their bases, and this would be one way of getting that. Take the IAG argument as well, just depends on how much value it adds.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European LCC
Replies: 106
Views: 13587

Re: European LCC

For me, easyJet + Volotea would make a lot of sense. Lots of existing bases shared - especially in France and Italy where easyJet have been expanding recently (Bordeaux, Nantes, Venice etc).

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer
Replies: 298
Views: 65519

Re: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer

Given that BA is upguaging mainline to 320/321 from the 319 and their average number of seats per aircraft on short haul is increasing - there is surely a good reasoning for increasing the seat limit at CityFlyer.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes
Replies: 252
Views: 65132

Re: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes

VS already does las vegas (VS 155/156): so what is new here? or is it going from seasonal to year round ? VS transferred Las Vegas from LGW to LHR in February 2019. It was previously year round from LGW and not seasonal, it is still year round now that's it at LHR, it's flown by the B789. As far as...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jazeera Airways announces London service
Replies: 20
Views: 4494

Re: Jazeera Airways announces London service

For £370 (cheapest) return, its not cheap enough.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes
Replies: 252
Views: 65132

Re: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes

From the 25 October 2019 British Airways will cease LHR to Las Palmas and the flight will be transferred to LGW. LPA was an obvious gap for the British Airways short haul network at LGW considering that the airline flies to the other main airports of FUE, TFS and ACE in the Canary Islands. Fuerteve...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bellew to move from Ryanair to EasyJet
Replies: 3
Views: 1221

Re: Bellew to move from Ryanair to EasyJet

EasyJet won’t operate in the say way as Ryanair RE contracts etc, plus they have little presence in Eastern Europe, so their core wage cost is always going to be higher. What Peter Bellew will do is sort them out operationally, something which is needed.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United beats on 2Q earnings, adding used 737
Replies: 89
Views: 20048

Re: United beats on 2Q earnings, adding used 737

United are also getting 319’s from easyJet this winter.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair and or Easy Jet to the USA
Replies: 42
Views: 5208

Re: Ryanair and or Easy Jet to the USA

EasyJet have said absolutely not, and I can only see Ryanair doing it is if they bought another carrier with a slightly different business model, which would facilitate that (although there are not any obvious targets at the moment).

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Trans-Atlantic service route cuts in W19?
Replies: 37
Views: 7806

Re: Norwegian Trans-Atlantic service route cuts in W19?

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/f ... /94025902/


I have been told that Gatwick to Vegas is a perminant cancellation, not just summer only.
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Ytraveller wrote:
LAS-LGW is another summer seasonal operation. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/f ... /94025902/


I have been told that Gatwick to Vegas is a perminant cancellation, not just summer only.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 34755

Re: Reuters: Virgin Atlantic Close to A330neo order

Going by the quantities, I assume these will replace the A332/333's like-for-like. That was my interpretation as well, albeit there is specific reference to “expansion” in the airbus press release. I think you could interpret this in one of two ways, either in relation to the 6 options, or because ...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 34755

Re: Virgin Atlantic Close to A330neo order

Would these be to be based in MAN do you think? And to be replaced with the current A330’s? My guess is MAN/LGW based, I guess some of the existing A330's will be coming to EOL within the next few years. Could also be used to replace some of the Thomas Cook fleet should that deal be approved. The u...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European LCC
Replies: 106
Views: 13587

Re: European LCC

But it seems that IAG is not interested in Volotea, so they keep it independent. I don't think Volotea directly competes with IAG on many, if any routes. They don't serve Barcelona, Dublin, London or Madrid, the major IAG hubs. There is little wonder that IAG is not interested, secondary markets ar...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL load factor drops to 82.6% from 90.9% in May YoY
Replies: 18
Views: 4441

Re: LEVEL load factor drops to 82.6% from 90.9% in May YoY

SelseyBill wrote:
SCQ83 wrote:
How will LEVEL end?


.....when IAG takes control of W6........


Or some believe EasyJet...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer
Replies: 298
Views: 65519

Re: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer

aviationaware wrote:
The E2 is clearly subpar or else it wouldn't be such a shelf warmer, however I think the apron capacity for A220s will make this an easy win for the E2 even though the A220 is clearly the much better aircraft.


Does CityFlyer still have the 100 seat restriction?

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by LuxuryTravelled
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer
Replies: 298
Views: 65519

Re: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer

Does the seat cap remain on CityFlyer?

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by LuxuryTravelled
Thu May 30, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 219947

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

I don't believe that Thomas Cook sell at lot of the North American routes as packages - they don't have much of an outlet to do that, and don't have the reputation of USA holidays like Virgin Holidays does. Virgin Holidays doesn't have a monopoly on US packages from the UK, particularly Florida, th...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed May 29, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 219947

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

f4f3a wrote:
Does anyone know when the results eg preferred bidders etc will be announced ?


It was initally suggested the middle of July.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed May 29, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 219947

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

successful launch of Cape Town, Los Angeles, San Francisco, JFK & Seattle, which are entirely seat-only passengers. Are they all seat only ? (often heavily advertised in TC shops and brochures and can be made as packages) How do we know the 'success' or otherwise of these routes (who's frequenc...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Tue May 28, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Route LHR <-> TFS Once a week
Replies: 17
Views: 3382

Re: BA Route LHR <-> TFS Once a week

No, its not a charter.

If you look at the schedule - BA tend to operate a lot of leisure routes on Saturday/Sunday and a Wednesday. When there is less demand for the business heavy destinations.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Fri May 17, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 219947

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

I am assuming that of course the whole Thomas Cook group doesn’t go under in the meantime, which changes the picture somewhat.

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