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by DobboDobbo
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 363
Views: 74143

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 The last I heard, Thomas Cook (at group level) were seeking an additional £1...

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by DobboDobbo
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL, VS boost summer flying between U.S. and U.K. in 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 14131

Re: Updated: DL, VS boost summer flying between U.S. and U.K. in 2020

Maybe if we’re talking UK domestic/Irish connections out of LGW, but that would be it. DL would rather send the continental transfers over AMS/CDG to support AF/KL flying. I think it is worth remembering that the purpose of VS acquiring FlyBe was to provide a feed under the VS branding and banner. ...

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by DobboDobbo
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL, VS boost summer flying between U.S. and U.K. in 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 14131

Re: Updated: DL, VS boost summer flying between U.S. and U.K. in 2020

Virgin are part of worldwide by easyJet . Could we see delta joining this ? Maybe if we’re talking UK domestic/Irish connections out of LGW, but that would be it. DL would rather send the continental transfers over AMS/CDG to support AF/KL flying. I think it is worth remembering that the purpose of...

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by DobboDobbo
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 363
Views: 74143

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

To add this news to the thread, VS’s 3x weekly MAN-BOS service on the A330 is due to be replaced by DL on a daily B752 BOS-MAN. No information on whether this is year round, but an indication that VS/DL are aiming to develop the market between their secondary TATL hubs. I'm guessing this is being s...

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by DobboDobbo
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 363
Views: 74143

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

To add this news to the thread, VS’s 3x weekly MAN-BOS service on the A330 is due to be replaced by DL on a daily B752 BOS-MAN.

No information on whether this is year round, but an indication that VS/DL are aiming to develop the market between their secondary TATL hubs.

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by DobboDobbo
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Future Fleet Matrix for LHR, LGW, and MAN
Replies: 31
Views: 7220

Re: Virgin Atlantic Future Fleet Matrix for LHR, LGW, and MAN

It'll be interesting to see how Manchester develops... if Connect were to feed VS mainline (BE have a far larger operation at MAN than LHR) then they'd need something to feed in the afternoon, all of VS's services are up and away by lunchtime! I think that’s a very good point and given that the maj...

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by DobboDobbo
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Future Fleet Matrix for LHR, LGW, and MAN
Replies: 31
Views: 7220

Re: Virgin Atlantic Future Fleet Matrix for LHR, LGW, and MAN

Does anyone know why Virgin has the 787, A350 and A330? You'd think a single fleet type would be more economical, but VS has always liked to have both Airbus and Boeing in the fleet. On the face of it, it's down to matching required range with required seating capacity. The 787 is too much range fo...

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by DobboDobbo
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Future Fleet Matrix for LHR, LGW, and MAN
Replies: 31
Views: 7220

Re: Virgin Atlantic Future Fleet Matrix for LHR, LGW, and MAN

I’d assume all the B789 (are there 19?) would be based at LHR. Of the 12x A35K, I think 6/7 would be headed at LHR with the remaining 5/6 based at MAN or LGW. Of the 14x A339, I think around 10 would be based at MAN/LGW with the rest at LHR. This obviously assumes that all B744, A346, A333 And A332 ...

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by DobboDobbo
Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skyteam TATL 2020?
Replies: 61
Views: 7537

Re: Skyteam TATL 2020?

I know it’s not sky team but with Delta’s share in VS I would love to see some VS TPA-MAN/GLA/EDI. But I highly doubt it with VS large MCO ops. One can dream can’t I? I was wondering if VS (being pretty much Skyteam, without actually being Skyteam) would count as valid in this thread! Their MAN S20...

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by DobboDobbo
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why Does Thomas Cook Fly NYC (JFK)-MAN?
Replies: 26
Views: 3235

Re: Why Does Thomas Cook Fly NYC (JFK)-MAN?

I have to say I find the premise of the question unusual, but I suppose I’m used to Thomas Cook’s long haul operation, and if the OP’s perception of TCX’s operations is akin to Ryanair or EasyJet that premise is perhaps understandable. As it happens, TCX has a relatively large long haul operation ex...

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by DobboDobbo
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 261
Views: 19072

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - August 2019

But isn't Manchester relatively low yield? Vistara may fill the back of the aircraft but it can't make a profit if the front is relatively empty. I’d expect VS to open out Manchester to Mumbai and Delhi over the next 2/3 years. Feeds into their TATL programme, and clears transfer passengers from LH...

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by DobboDobbo
Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to cancel St Lucia
Replies: 42
Views: 10935

Re: Virgin Atlantic to cancel St Lucia

As much as these decisions on long standing routes are disappointing, ultimately VS is a loss making airline with a large slot portfolio at the worlds most valuable airport. Virgin have got to cut down what doesn't work (whether that be because of poor demand, operational inefficiency - VS ferry a ...

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by DobboDobbo
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 261
Views: 19072

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Vistara shouldn't try one stop to US. They'll be at a competitive disadvantage then. Well Vistara can try Manchester now that they codeshare with VS. But isn't Manchester relatively low yield? Vistara may fill the back of the aircraft but it can't make a profit if the front is relatively empty. I’d...

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by DobboDobbo
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 363
Views: 74143

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

Comment from a Malaysian news source on the steps MAS should take to rejuvenate its fortunes. Comment includes a suggestion that MAS reinstate a number of discontinued services, including MAN amongst others (see quote below). I have no idea on the quality of the source (I would be staggered if it re...

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by DobboDobbo
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential Heathrow expansion revealed
Replies: 19
Views: 7020

Re: Potential Heathrow expansion revealed

nth thread about Heathrow expansion and still no expansion. I've always thought another runway at both STN and LGW would be the way to go. Cheaper and with less environmental/population impact than shoehorning another runway in at LHR. As a Yank I have no horse in this race but diversifying the Lon...

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by DobboDobbo
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21005

Re: Flybe update

Effectively confirms that VS AF/KLM buyin will get approval otherwise why woudl they rule that. I think it’s already been approved according to the link below (I assumed from reading the press release it had already gone through but your post above had me scratching me head!). https://www.reuters.c...

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by DobboDobbo
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 363
Views: 74143

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

There is no doubt the prospect of BE and TCX long haul joining the VS umbrella is intriguing.

As to whether these are glorified charter routes, or few and far between, I’ll leave to those better able to judge...

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by DobboDobbo
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 363
Views: 74143

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

Some interesting comments from Sir Richard Branson about Virgin Atlantic’s plans at MAN, and an interesting allusion to MAN-LAX moving to a daily service. Link and article extracts below: Sir Richard says, “There is great potential for LA-Manchester. In general, Los Angeles is very important to us.”...

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by DobboDobbo
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 273
Views: 40934

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

All gone very quiet in the media over the last month until this: https://news.sky.com/story/insurers-book-seat-at-thomas-cook-negotiating-table-11748657 Not quite sure what this means. My reading of the tea leaves is that because of the possibility the group will be broken up and sold to separate b...

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by DobboDobbo
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport
Replies: 136
Views: 19425

Re: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport

https://www.ttgmedia.com/news/news/virgin-atlantic-demands-150-slots-at-expanded-heathrow-airport-18478 Shai Weiss, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, says the carrier should be given 43% of the 350 new take-off and landing slots at an expanded Heathrow, whose planned 3rd rwy will reportedly help LHR enlarge ...

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by DobboDobbo
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 363
Views: 74143

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

An interesting article from the American side on VS at MAN and future plans. I think the headline and quotes are a little misleading (reference to the 2019 programme being “planned” implies it is something for the future when it is actually being flown now) but the direction of travel is generally p...

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by DobboDobbo
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32679

Re: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options

One point that has flown under the radar is their plans at Gatwick. I assume their intention is to consolidate their London flying at LHR, but this is my speculation. Virgin are very quiet in Gatwick and they don't have that many departures from there but their head office is also I think (at) Gatw...

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by DobboDobbo
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32679

Re: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options

Virgin are going to expand where it's commercially viable and the CEO seems to think that is LHR. In the interview (summarised in my post above) it is made clear that VS are positioning themselves for growth opportunities across the board. The opportunities presented by a potential third runway at ...

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by DobboDobbo
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32679

Re: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options

That growth is dependent on Runway 3 being built. With more legal challenges in the wings, potential anti-R3 prime minister in BoJo coming online and the growing anti Greenhouse Gas lobby particularly targeting aviation, I'll put good money on that runway not being ready by Shai's 2026 target. And ...

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by DobboDobbo
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32679

Re: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options

Whichever way you want to look at it his stated intent is to grow at LHR. That much is true but its not all he said about growth opportunities in the video. The interviewer asked whether yesterday’s order (14 firm + 6 options) for A339s was about replacing the A332 and A333 fleets 1:1 or of it was ...

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by DobboDobbo
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32679

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 DobboDobbo
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32679

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 DobboDobbo
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32679

Re: Reuters: Virgin Atlantic Close to A330neo order

Update: now confirmed.

Firm commitment for 14 A330-900's with options on 6 more. Delivery between 2021 - 2024.

Source to be posted shortly when available.

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by DobboDobbo
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21005

Re: Flybe update

Well this is the line I took issue with. I don't see a "vast number of quotes online" I see the original press release presented in a number of different ways - ie one quote. That quote does not "make it clear the BE network inherited is going to be changed significantly." I'm n...

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by DobboDobbo
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21005

Re: Flybe update

When one company buys another they always make a press release explaining what that does for their business right now, this is what you are linking to. A few posts above you were asking for sources, I identified the press release (amongst other material) which explains the Connect Airways consortiu...

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by DobboDobbo
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21005

Re: Flybe update

But where does it say they are going to change the network? All of these things are achieved by buying Flybe as is. I think the phrases “ enhance its European footprint ” and “ improved connectivity at Manchester Airport and London Heathrow ” and “ enhanced presence at Manchester Airport , London H...

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by DobboDobbo
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21005

Re: Flybe update

But where does it say they are going to change the network? All of these things are achieved by buying Flybe as is. I think the phrases “ enhance its European footprint ” and “ improved connectivity at Manchester Airport and London Heathrow ” and “ enhanced presence at Manchester Airport , London H...

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by DobboDobbo
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21005

Re: Flybe update

Can you quote any sources to substantiate this? Yes - as stated above there is a huge raft of material in the public domain. The statements are pretty clear on the direction of travel. Link to Court document. https://www.flybe.com/application/files/6415/4719/1435/Joint_Offer_-_Rule_2.7_Announcement...

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by DobboDobbo
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21005

Re: Flybe update

I think these are all valid points - as things stand. However I think analysing what DL/AF/KL want VS to be, and what VS wants “Virgin Connect” to be by reference to the existing VS and BE networks is highly unlikely to lead to accurate mid to long-term conclusions. Taking the wider AF/KL/DL busine...

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by DobboDobbo
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21005

Re: Flybe update

I wonder if they will place a business product on the aircraft? If so do they go for a European model (Normal seat with no one sitting next to you) or a proper business seat like with Virgin Australia. With regards to their fleet I think they will try and get an all jet fleet perhaps. There are not...

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by DobboDobbo
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai airways Europe network
Replies: 23
Views: 5728

Re: Thai airways Europe network

The latest investor meeting from Thai stated that Sendai and Manchester will be launched next (I do have an image of the slide that shows this but don't know how to imbed the image here) . Sendai has just been announced, so........ Here you go - I’ve shamelessly lifted David_itl’s post from a few w...

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by DobboDobbo
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 363
Views: 74143

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

Qatar airways have commenced their triple daily service with effect from today (previously 18x weekly).

This comes off the back of MAN reporting a 45% growth in QR’s traffic to DOH during the course of May (I’m sire at least some of that is attributed to DXB’s runway closure).

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by DobboDobbo
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: LHR - PM Boris Johnson
Replies: 33
Views: 3277

Re: LHR - PM Boris Johnson

Irrespective of whether the political support remains or not, the current scheme has material financial, technical and environmental impediments which make the scheme undeliverable. As and when the political support is lost (as would invariably happen in the event of either a BoJo led tories or a Co...

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by DobboDobbo
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21005

Re: Flybe update

VS is a long haul airline. Flybe does (sometimes very) short haul I'm not sure it makes a lot of sense to apply policies that are centred around a long haul product to a short haul product. BA seem to clearly differentiate between the 2 products and while it might make Virgin Connect look nice and ...

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by DobboDobbo
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21005

Re: Flybe update

I wonder how quickly the Flybe brand will disappear. I know Flybe have three liveries at the moment, and seemed in no hurry to paint aircraft, but at least they were for the same brand. I cant imagine Virgin would want the Flybe brand hanging around. After all, they are a very brand conscious busin...

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by DobboDobbo
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21005

Re: Flybe update

Virgin Atlantic’s Mark Anderson to lead Flybe overhaul, with the airline set to be transformed under the Virgin banner. Link to article, key points and quotes below. —————— Connect, which comprises Virgin Atlantic, Flybe franchise partner Stobart Group and private equity investor Cyrus Capital, is a...

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by DobboDobbo
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership
Replies: 40
Views: 6542

Re: Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic propose deeper partnership

One thing that isn’t clear to me is whether this might cut across VS’s existing agreements in this part of the globe (which I think include a variety of deals with CX, ANZ and SQ).

Can anyone shed any light on this point?

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by DobboDobbo
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 363
Views: 74143

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

“Traffic to the Middle East saw strong growth, with Doha seeing a 45% increase and Muscat 15%. Singapore also saw strong demand in May with growth of 19%.” Pretty impressive. Hadn't been convinced with SQ but seems to be going well. Indeed - it feels like SQ are trying to make the entire route pred...

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by DobboDobbo
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 363
Views: 74143

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

May 2019: 2.6 million passengers, rolling annual total is 28.9 million. Link and selected quotes below: “Traffic to the Middle East saw strong growth, with Doha seeing a 45% increase and Muscat 15%. Singapore also saw strong demand in May with growth of 19%.” “As the summer continues so does work on...

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by DobboDobbo
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1788
Views: 185828

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Just my 2p. BOM-MAN was one of 9W's weaker long haul flights (the other being MAA-CDG) compared to the AMS and LHR flights ex BOM. 9W could only make BOM-MAN work because of VS's strong presence at MAN and 9Ws strong presence at BOM - The flight funnelled many India-US two stop itineraries from Ind...

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by DobboDobbo
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1788
Views: 185828

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

1. Vistara has a code share partner, BA, so there's absolute zero chance of partnering with VS unless they decide to dump BA. Thus with no VS, no MAN. Their Indian side connections aren't that strong to have a flight with just Indian connections . 2. About LHR, I think BA can arrange some slots for...

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by DobboDobbo
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 363
Views: 74143

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

Two questions regarding the Terminal 2 redevelopment. Will Pier 2 be a similar pier to the other two, as in a finger pier? Will the end of pier C at Terminal 1 be demolished when Pier 3 is completed as they look very close to each other? Hi Cunard It seems to be a fluid situation with the design of...

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by DobboDobbo
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32679

Re: Reuters: Virgin Atlantic Close to A330neo order

Quick question: would an A339neo be capable of hauling a full passenger and cargo load from the UK to/from places like the west coast of the US, JNB, DEL,BOM, BKK? DEL and BOM are extremely close to London. They could cover that. Major cities in West Coast US and JNB aren't that far, they're less t...

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by DobboDobbo
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32679

Re: Reuters: Virgin Atlantic Close to A330neo order

Quick question: would an A339neo be capable of hauling a full passenger and cargo load from the UK to/from places like the west coast of the US, JNB, DEL,BOM, BKK? A 251T A339 has a brochure range of 7200nm, so it should certainly be capable of making all of them with a full passenger load from the...

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