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by LupineChemist
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-airport cities: Best and worst airport-to-airport connections
Replies: 27
Views: 852

Re: Multi-airport cities: Best and worst airport-to-airport connections

I've done a LTN-LHR connection with the mrs. and found a one way car hire that was cheaper than two tickets on the national express bus. Also not particularly hard logistically but BKK - DMK has a free bus if you have a ticket at the other airport but Bangkok traffic is something else. Though it wil...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia A332 operating for LEVEL
Replies: 8
Views: 3051

Re: Iberia A332 operating for LEVEL

So would people who book the premium economy seats on Level end up in a real J seat?

Seems like quite a pleasant upgrade.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018
Replies: 152
Views: 34144

Re: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018

I wonder if they will be conservative with loads initially. As far as I can tell the ULR has never flown this distance even in test. Yes I know they have lots of tests and can extrapolate for the ULR’s on known A350 performance but still interesting. Didn't they test on the delivery flight by takin...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Pre-clearance in LHR?
Replies: 44
Views: 6739

Re: US Pre-clearance in LHR?

Too complicated and too many terminals involved. You would have to rearrange all of Heathrow airport. Who is going to pay for this fantasy project ? People who say this should happen have no clue how many flights go from LHR to the USA. Rearrange Heathrow you say? https://www.heathrowexpansion.com/...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is LEVEL Airlines A Failure?
Replies: 15
Views: 2195

Re: Is LEVEL Airlines A Failure?

It is not just one flight, or a random sale, it seems to be most of the upcoming ones I can see between BCN and the USA at least. People here talk about Norwegian being in a bad situation financially but from what I can see the fares of Level are substantially lower than Norwegian consistently, so ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Pre-clearance in LHR?
Replies: 44
Views: 6739

Re: US Pre-clearance in LHR?

I think maybe in the long term once the toast rack is complete it might be possible to have 1 pier shared between airlines and dedicated to US flights. But that'd be many years in the future and who knows. That's what I think, it's easier to have 1-2 pier specifically designed for US flights. I dou...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Pre-clearance in LHR?
Replies: 44
Views: 6739

Re: US Pre-clearance in LHR?

I think maybe in the long term once the toast rack is complete it might be possible to have 1 pier shared between airlines and dedicated to US flights. But that'd be many years in the future and who knows.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 16300

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

FWIW, I don't wish any harm to Norwegian. I'm actually rather annoyed that they are in the position they are in since DY is my favorite short haul airline in Europe. I'm not all that bothered with BA either. The people that complain about being upsold things like seat selection in Club are not BA's ...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 16300

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

The fierce reactions are a surprise. Not really. People on this site are very attached to their favorite and/or employer airline so it's understandable even when it's irrational. The article is saying that Norwegian is now the largest foreign transatlantic carrier. BA previously held that spot. Who...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rethinking LGA Airport
Replies: 72
Views: 7188

Re: Rethinking LGA Airport

A+ for creativity and quality of whatever you're smoking. F for reality. TBH - it should be JFK that gets the major expansion, not LGA. It's already bigger than LGA so there will be less land to acquire/fill. Plus the closing of LGA would free up air traffic around JFK/EWR to better utilize their r...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 16300

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

Sorry but IB, EI, LV , AA, AY is not BA and it is BA and Norwegian we are talking about here. No reason to argue With me, argue with Reuters Fine, but then you need to split DI, DU and DY. Again, I am simply referring to an article here. We know how well the press gets nuance in aviation. The thing...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse
Replies: 214
Views: 34244

Re: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse

I mean there has to be an agreement here somewhere. At some point if EK runs a 20 year lifecycle, they will be almost at replacement rate for a slow moving 380 line all on their own. Airbus is going to have to take the accounting loss, but assuming they can keep the line cash flow positive, no reaso...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 16300

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

I think BA has poor service and product also and that it is proabably not helping either against it's rivals. Not even Norwegian. BA's focus has always been yield, on a CASM basis you can't compare DY vs BA. Plus the figures given don't include IAG carriers IB, EI or LV and don't include JV partner...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 453
Views: 132833

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Not sure about Chicago but definitely in Seattle.....this aircraft can open a lot of options in that city...but the biggest change will be in Laguardia and Boston where they seem to want to build a trans Atlantic jumping point....interesting times ahead There is weeping in Seattle and Chicago. It's...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 88
Views: 3390

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

The Airport Express in HKG might take the cake. Not only is it a super easy one seat ride from Hong Kong & Kowloon, with a short walk from the station into the terminal, but you can actually check your bag at the train station in town and then you don't have to drag it on the train - not sure i...

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by LupineChemist
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 88
Views: 3390

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

Surprised BKK hasn't been mentioned yet. Great connection from the airport and reasonable transfers to lots of desirable areas, but as it's Bangkok, plenty of areas where you have to get a taxi from the station and Bangkok traffic is something else.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's future at JFK
Replies: 42
Views: 9302

Re: BA's future at JFK

There is the interesting point that as wifi becomes more prevalent, that day flights may become more common as people can work during the flight. So maybe more morning departures and late departures from London.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay cancels CPH in 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 7413

Re: Cathay cancels CPH in 2019

I would think they might use the OW hub in HEL to connect to the Nordics. Suppose it would depend on how nice AY wants to play with competition on the route.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: $10 Billion JFK Airport Renovation
Replies: 121
Views: 17078

Re: B6 selected to rebuilt T6/T7 at JFK

I would say this pretty much confirms B6's TATL plans. Now I wonder if they'd ever consider widebodies.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EAS program extended for another 5 years.
Replies: 46
Views: 2922

Re: EAS program extended for another 5 years.

Yea, the US can't figure it out for some reason Because we don’t need it? Perhaps due to the relative inexpense of flying here? I don’t think we need to spend hundreds of billions on a train system that we don’t need simply to try and win a d*** measuring contest with Europe and China. Baloney. HSR...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways to Order New Airbus Airplanes
Replies: 19
Views: 6858

Re: Kuwait Airways to Order New Airbus Airplanes

I'm assuming they will have deliveries to coincide with the opening of KWI T2.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy discussion thread
Replies: 74
Views: 12513

Re: Air Italy discussion thread

I agree that they need feed. They may be able to grow short and long haul together, but it's kind of insane to me that they aren't actively trying to get in on an alliance and also flying to ZRH, FRA, GVA, LYS, MRS, VIE, and particularly TXL as there is the old oneworld FF base there, on top of what...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements
Replies: 25
Views: 4977

Re: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements

From a pax POV, the 767s are way, way worse. The 772s were refreshed and had updated seats, IFE and are just a clearly better experience. I don't care about the age of the frame, I care about the age of the interior.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 35866

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

Welp...there goes that startup.

If they ran out of cash in September, that just seems particularly bad and they never even had a shot at making it through the winter.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights
Replies: 32
Views: 3491

Re: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights

With oil prices going up, I could see there being a growing business need between Repsol/Cepsa and the big engineering firms trying to get in on work in the area.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements
Replies: 25
Views: 4977

Re: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements

The 777 isn't, but AA is using the 767, at least this summer. Hence my post and its relevance in the thread.

Feel free to look up AA94/95 yourself

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements
Replies: 25
Views: 4977

Re: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements

Considering the options on JFK-MAD, I'm kind of shocked they stick with it on a route that competitive. Even on the JV, IB is so far superior of an experience compared to those old, tired birds.

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian suspends FLL-BCN/MAD during W18
Replies: 37
Views: 5510

Re: Norwegian suspends FLL-BCN/MAD during W18

I think this is a simple example of connecting a somewhat "sun city" to another "sun city" in winter, whereas they can connect another more predominately cold city to a warmer city and drive more traffic. BCN-JFK/OAK/LAX remain bookable through winter, offering onward connection...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL returns to SEA
Replies: 80
Views: 11481

Re: JAL returns to SEA

Should work well with the AS feed. It will be interesting to see if JAL tries to eventually move this route from NRT to HND should additional USA-HND slots become available for the 2020 Olympics. Considering the JV, it's a rather creative way for AA to get around having to distance themselves from ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL returns to SEA
Replies: 80
Views: 11481

Re: JAL returns to SEA

Should work well with the AS feed. It will be interesting to see if JAL tries to eventually move this route from NRT to HND should additional USA-HND slots become available for the 2020 Olympics. Considering the JV, it's a rather creative way for AA to get around having to distance themselves from ...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's IAH-SYD flight progress.
Replies: 62
Views: 8909

Re: United's IAH-SYD flight progress.

LAXintl wrote:
I would say with rising fuel cost, uneven loads, and reduced frequency for several months would point to not doing well.


Doesn't rising fuel generally help for Houston? Kind of a special case because the demand there goes up way more than the costs when oil is high.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 189
Views: 12134

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

I do wonder if those replacement arrangements will be comparable to todays agreements. I believe most are open-skies treaties. Isn't the default reverting back to previous agreements? For the US, it could go back to Bermuda II and have that statement be true. Would still be a massive mess. Though c...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 189
Views: 12134

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

The government has posted some more guidance relating to aviation specifically. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flights-to-and-from-the-uk-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/flights-to-and-from-the-uk-if-theres-no-brexit-deal https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/aviation-safety-if-theres-no-b...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power
Replies: 57
Views: 5405

Re: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power

Actually, believe it or not, CLT isn’t a bad airport to make connection in. Although, this is anet so anything CLT related is a goes up in flames with negativity. Always seemless for me. Compared to the disastrous MSP airport. I mean, I don't mind it so much on domestic connections but the security...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways flight turns back to BOM after cabin pressure loss causes nosebleeds
Replies: 28
Views: 3454

Re: Jet Airways flight turns back to BOM after cabin pressure loss causes nosebleeds

neomax wrote:
Why does such a switch even exist in the first place? I assume this would only be used when descending below a certain altitude instead of ascending above it.


Would this have anything to do with pressurization for high altitude airports?

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power
Replies: 57
Views: 5405

Re: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power

I believe you're incorrect about no security rescreening when connecting international to domestic, unless you're talking about a flight which precleared at its origin (DUB for instance). I was talking about TSA screening after you clear customs. Once you clear customs you are cleared onto your con...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates is exploring to take over Etihad
Replies: 78
Views: 14350

Re: Emirates is exploring to take over Etihad

This just makes too much sense to not happen eventually. And yeah, concentrate operations in DWC, new terminal may be a mistake in retrospect...Though a high speed rail line from AUH to Dubai could easily make it viable as a secondary option for Dubai as well. That could future proof capacity for de...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Refinery Burnoff Near LAX (17 Sept 2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 3773

Re: Refinery Burnoff Near LAX (17 Sept 2018)

Used to be a tech for a hydrogen system. When starting up we had to run to flare until we were at steady state. That was always a show when at night, but the hydrogen meant no smoke since it's can't combust incompletely.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways reveals loss for 2017/2018
Replies: 23
Views: 5614

Re: Qatar Airways reveals loss for 2017/2018

Do we know how IG is doing as part of this. I would assume they are losing money as part of the expansion for now as well.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs
Replies: 18
Views: 3239

Re: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs

I don't have the numbers, and I didn't mean to say there was no O/D demand. What I was trying to say was that the O/D demand is so much less than the connecting demand that locals have to deal with inconvenient schedules. And yes, when I was talking about inconvenient times for local connections. If...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 30159

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

So I have a question about PHL. How much does trucking the fuel, rather than having a distributed system add to the cost of operating?

If AA wants to really grow there, will they eventually just have to bite the bullet and fund installation of a central distribution system?

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs
Replies: 18
Views: 3239

Re: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs

The things that make US hub really stands out for me is the fact that airports like ATL or DFW are not exactly located in "1st tier" city (Think NYC, LA, Chicago), yet they're the largest hub for DL and AA, respectively. It's one thing to have a hub in secondary cities (PRC carriers does ...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Likely new LEVEL destinations
Replies: 47
Views: 11837

Re: Likely new LEVEL destinations

I wonder if Level would be interested in starting flights from MAD to be able to get connections from IB. Seems like it might be interesting for some low yield destinations like CUN and take on UX directly. Could even do good to replace some frequencies to Ecuador that's largely VFR to be able to de...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs
Replies: 18
Views: 3239

Re: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs

Just to further the point. The banks at the ME3 are around 2AM to show how little O/D demand is. It works out that a lot of the time, people flying locally just have to deal with getting to the airport at 1AM because so much more of the demand is sixth freedom flying. Even works that way for some co...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7616

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

If they want premium long-haul passengers they will need to upgrade the passenger experience. I hadn't flown from there for years until I passed through in January and was shocked at what a run-down and crowded dump it is. Not as bad as Luton, but bad all the same. There's a pretty big catchment ar...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air adds MAD-BOS/EWR/YYZ
Replies: 59
Views: 6066

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

Also, in my experience, IB fares that far out tend to be rather high. Usually at their lowest 3-5 months prior to departure.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air adds MAD-BOS/EWR/YYZ
Replies: 59
Views: 6066

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

Starting in August is a little late, particularly for BOS, interestingly this is essentially a replacement for the defunct UX flight from 2017. IB has had this Route all to themselves along with Level from BCN, but another week, another PF flight. I am a bit sceptical about BOS. As you mentioned, U...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO
Replies: 90
Views: 14140

Re: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO

For LIS-MAD line... I would not waste 2 cents on thinking about it. Let's say you build a HS rail from LIS to the Spanish border. What for? Then what...? Given how updated, modern, comfortable and reliable (pun intended) the train is from Badajoz-Extremadura to Madrid-Chamartin. They have most of t...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last BA 767 Flights
Replies: 25
Views: 6661

Re: Last BA 767 Flights

The 767s are ratty, but I really don't mind that much given the shorthaul nature. I agree that it can be a nice break from a narrowbody Airbus.

The old 777s and 747 fleet on the other hand. I'll be sad to not see the queen parked at T5 anymore, but will be very happy I won't have to fly in them.

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