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by LuxuryTravelled
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 363
Views: 74291

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: 107
Views: 12376

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: 107
Views: 12376

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: 247
Views: 43740

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: 232
Views: 53290

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: 4025

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: 232
Views: 53290

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: 1093

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: 17760

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: 4303

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: 7348

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: 32699

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: 32699

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: 107
Views: 12376

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: 4184

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: 247
Views: 43740

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: 247
Views: 43740

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 Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 273
Views: 40974

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 Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 273
Views: 40974

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 Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 273
Views: 40974

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: 3174

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 Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 273
Views: 40974

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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by LuxuryTravelled
Fri May 17, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 273
Views: 40974

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

The difference between Air Berlin and Thomas Cook Airlines/Condor is they are actually making a profit (as a unit).

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by LuxuryTravelled
Mon May 13, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 273
Views: 40974

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

Thomas Cook publicly stated that they’d prefer the group airlines to be sold together. With this in mind, Indigo Partners (the only ones so far who’ve openly bid for the whole lot) seems the most likely option, surely. I don't think it really matters in the long run, as long as the Thomas Cook i.e ...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Tue May 07, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 273
Views: 40974

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/331110/lufthansa-to-bid-for-thomas-cooks-german-carrier Lufthansa to bid for condor, nothing about the rest of the airlines as yet the deadline is today, would Lufthansa get the approval to buy condor? in other news Thomas cook are asking there lenders for a f...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Thu May 02, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 273
Views: 40974

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

Unless there is a management buy-out with the help of VC money, I would say the Thomas Cook Airlines name would very likely disappear, especially in the UK. It is a muddled brand anyway. Wizz UK already competes rather robustly with Ryanair and easyJet at Luton on Western European routes - including...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Thu May 02, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 273
Views: 40974

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

For clarity, Thomas Cook (post airline sale) wouldn’t have to rely on one airline to provide airlift. Given common investor in Fosun, Club Med operates in a similar way.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Thu May 02, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 273
Views: 40974

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

For those who haven't read the article - it suggests that Indigo Partners and Lufthansa are the most interested - with IAG and easyJet not so much. There is not even as much as a indication if VS/DL have any interest. It would suggest to me that it will be split up - possibly long haul going to LH a...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed May 01, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia X returning to Europe? May launch DMK-Prague
Replies: 18
Views: 3607

Re: Air Asia X returning to Europe? May launch DMK-Prague

With China price dumping seats into the market, its certainly fair to argue they are the real low-cost option.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Q1 - Net loss 1.489B NOK ($172million)
Replies: 43
Views: 8336

Re: Norwegian Q1 - Net loss 1.489B NOK ($172million)

It's not that bad, considering. Heading into summer (MAX aside), it should be better.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet London Announcement April 23
Replies: 27
Views: 11114

Re: WestJet London Announcement tomorrow

Its quite possible EY could claim force majeure, at least to give them a little more time.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 142051

Re: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021

A220-300 can't fit on a stand at LCY, and B6 doesn't seem inclined to be changing that order. So I find that rumour, highly unlikely.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 142051

Re: Jetblue “Save the Date” All Hands - April 10

Temp lease of Thomas Cook aircraft makes no sense - no continent of product... The whole point of Jetblue going T/A is to take the battle to premium travel... i.e Mint.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 142051

Re: Jetblue “Save the Date” All Hands - April 10

Gatwick isn't inconvenient for London - to get to Victoria you have the choice of either the slower Southern train or the Gatwick Express, or the Thameslink service to London Bridge or Kings Cross. The issue arises when there is engineering work and there is no alternative!

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS new destination
Replies: 40
Views: 7375

Re: VS new destination

It São Paulo - known for its Italian influence.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Lufthansa interested in easyJet
Replies: 30
Views: 8884

Re: Rumour: Lufthansa interested in easyJet

These consultants often have their own agendas, non-story.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 142051

Re: Jetblue “Save the Date” All Hands - April 10

TP doesn’t have to sell to B6 at LHR - given the low-risk approach B6 seem to want to play, why would they purchase the slots outright. Much safer just to lease some slots first and then have an option to buy them later if they want to.

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Just a reminder... It doesn't specify Heathrow...

SeanM1997 wrote:
There are 3 slots available for London Heathrow to New York JFK in W19. I would feel confident that JetBlue are after them

https://www.mazars.co.uk/Home/Services/ ... nes-Iberia

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by LuxuryTravelled
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 142051

Re: Jetblue “Save the Date” All Hands - April 10

Worth remembering the remedy slots are for either LHR or LGW...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 142051

Re: Jetblue “Save the Date” All Hands - April 10

I really doubt B6 are really in the game for spending £2bn on Thomas Cook Airline Group (the going asking price).

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no LGW-FRA?
Replies: 24
Views: 3983

Re: Why no LGW-FRA?

EasyJet have applied for slots at Frankfurt for many years for a LGW-FRA, maybe with the new low-cost terminal it might work.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines “strategic review”
Replies: 64
Views: 13930

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines “strategic review”

The Brexit uncertainty isn't helping Cooks in the UK. Too much commitment with Cooks Clubs hotels and in-house IT contract flying feeding these hotels. History tells you Cooks are too set in their ways to react quickly to market changes, remember they nearly went a few years ago until Harriett Gree...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines “strategic review”
Replies: 64
Views: 13930

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines “strategic review”

I don’t see why Virgin/AF/KL couldn’t work. The short haul network doesn’t have to stay as it is, with a heavily skewed leisure focus. It could help Virgin build the scale it needs in Manchester to create a proper hub, with flybe taking the regional, 320/321’s flying on busier European routes and ga...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Norwegian: my views 9 months on
Replies: 39
Views: 8687

Re: IAG Norwegian: my views 9 months on

As well as Indigo, I have seen a Norwegian analyst also mention David Neeleman and Qatar as possible suitors, of either the whole business or part thereof.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/19 : New year, new ... us!
Replies: 198
Views: 29490

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

The Norwegian base is not closed, but a very heavily reduction.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair "threatens" with the closure of bases in the Canaries
Replies: 67
Views: 10067

Re: Ryanair "threatens" with the closure of bases in the Canaries

Given Norwegian are closing their bases in Tenerife and Gran Canaria - I wonder where that leaves FR?

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by LuxuryTravelled
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 447
Views: 77769

Re: Updated: VS To Be Largest Shareholder In New Airline Group Comprising BE And RE

Its not just that Virgin have had such a poor history on short haul, but the main bulk of flyBe is the remnants of BA Connect which BA could never make profitable. Handing it over to flyBe with a stake (which they later sold off), under independant ownership was supposed to be easier with signing co...

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by LuxuryTravelled
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 447
Views: 77769

Re: Updated: VS To Be Largest Shareholder In New Airline Group Comprising BE And RE

Fly Virgin was also registered, but all of them in Hitchin, rather than London for Connect Airways.

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by LuxuryTravelled
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Germania ceases operations
Replies: 144
Views: 33208

Re: Germania in trouble

Hopefully they will pull through, since the Air Berlin collapse they have been filling the gap of the airline flying from regional airports to the sun and popular holiday destinations. There are some airports where they are the primary airline.

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