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by TheLion
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future British Airways 747 routes
Replies: 24
Views: 4741

Re: Future British Airways 747 routes

Never understood why they continue to service Ghana and Nigeria with them but I'm no business manager. ;) Both are big markets from London, with a high level of demand for both VFR O&D and premium alike, plus the shorter distance negates relative fuel inefficiency and allows for efficient frame...

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by TheLion
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 62
Views: 14868

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

Actually, relative to its primary peers (CDG/FRA/AMS)... LHR's connections are comparatively quite limited. Granted, it has ample cnnx to the places that the majority of N.American originating pax typically go, so it's not a detriment; but then again, the same thing can be said for essentially any ...

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by TheLion
Wed May 15, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 22927

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

It's a bit pedantic, but they do have a point: While it's a mid-afternoon snack, it generally does come with tea. I'd be surprised to order it and then find out it doesnt. Of course you’d be surprised. It’s poor marketing and false advertising. Especially since it’s called Afternoon Tea !! Well sai...

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by TheLion
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Emirates to launch Antananarivo
Replies: 3
Views: 1322

Re: Rumor: Emirates to launch Antananarivo

This fills me with concern. The thought of mass tourism coming to what is arguably one of the world’s last undiscovered natural paradises is deeply worrying. With EK’s reputation for capacity dumping right from the beginning, it’s also a concern for the country’s diversity in aviation too, not just ...

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by TheLion
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20809

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

Time for Kerry Airport to fly solo? It is wonderful for Kerry Airport and its shareholders that a Saudi Arabian billionaire banking family has taken such an interest in the facility. Having initially invested in the early 1990s, the bin Mahfouz family have decided its high time they had a member on...

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by TheLion
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB drops JNB (again), remains 3x/w in SJU during the winter, 10x/w LIM year-round
Replies: 12
Views: 3126

Re: IB drops JNB (again), remains 3x/w in SJU during the winter, 10x/w LIM year-round

Pretty weak decision and typical of IAG tbh. Why stay and fight to build a route when you can cut it instead?

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by TheLion
Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DR Congo & Rwanda sign historic air agreement
Replies: 5
Views: 1039

Re: DR Congo & Rwanda sign historic air agreement

It’s good to see progress. I hope this move helps heal past wounds and aids both nations’ development.

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by TheLion
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 23995

Re: BA reveals new Club World Suite, first Airbus A350 routes

Another surprise is that the A350s - at least this batch - won’t come with First, but the smaller B789s and B78Ws do/will. It could be suggestive that the A350s will be used for larger capacity routes where First is not so popular or needed. So the likes of LOS, NBO, ACC, BKK, EZE, plus US destinat...

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by TheLion
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 23995

Re: BA reveals new Club World Suite, first Airbus A350 routes

At long last... In my view it looks good. I’m surprised in a way, given BA’s drastic decline in quality, service and amenities across the board. The seat is bang up to date, with good storage options, extra width (about time!), plus modern, stylish and rather British touches which will help recreate...

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by TheLion
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc's New Livery on 737-800
Replies: 5
Views: 2077

Re: Royal Air Maroc's New Livery on 737-800

A lovely livery.

If only so many others had heeded such simple design rules rather than allowed their clueless hired designers and consultants to trash their brand, with a little help from their airline’s clueless executives of course.

You all know the lengthy list of culprits I’m referring to...

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by TheLion
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 713906

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Really rather stunned at the -MAX’s regulatory dominos falling so swiftly. A worldwide suspension now looks likely... Been a long time silent reader, but finally decided to start posting. As a former 737 pilot, I can tell you that, from what I read about MAX pilots not receiving additional training ...

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by TheLion
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1781
Views: 356521

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

Contrary to many on here, I’ve always liked the CO/UA golden globe livery, and I also hope they keep some gold in their scheme. For me, ideally the new globe would include a variety of shades of blue, not dissimilar to the 2012 concept upthread. I’d include the new teal/turquoise, purple and deep bl...

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by TheLion
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 716499

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

My thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed in the ET302 disaster. I hope the authorities are able to swiftly determine the likely cause(s) and notify the public asap, to avert the kind of speculation and innuendo that is so foolishly rampant after an air accident, especially here ...

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by TheLion
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM CEO: We will take delivery of A350
Replies: 62
Views: 19441

Re: KLM CEO: We will take delivery of A350

That’s good news and hopefully it really will come to pass. The A359’s range and payload delta is ideal for KLM and further orders could materialise for B777 replacement.

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by TheLion
Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Possible Lufthansa 787 routes
Replies: 31
Views: 5000

Re: Possible Lufthansa 787 routes

This thread really shouldn’t exist until LH place a 787 order. Then it has relevance, not before.

As others correctly state, there’s a decent LH Fleet Thread already here, so why not use that until such time as an order is placed, OP?

The fanboyism on this site is getting ridiculous!

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by TheLion
Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: N'DJamena Airport, Chad project
Replies: 1
Views: 743

Re: N'DJamena Airport, Chad project

Interesting and thanks for sharing Firstly, it has to be said that the last thing Chad needs right now is a brand new airport. The nation has much bigger issues. Ideally, most countries should be ringfencing land around their airports for future expansion, not building brand new sites, with all the ...

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by TheLion
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104654

Re: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021

Just about the most gobsmacking thread in a.net history! :kiss2:

It’s rather late in the British Isles so I’m off to bed, but will add my thoughts to the throng tomorrow.

Meanwhile...have to say that the surprise is that there’s “only” 500+ comments in a 24 hour period ;)

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by TheLion
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Routes Americas - 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 2655

Re: Routes Americas - 2019

TWA772LR wrote:
klm617 wrote:
Aer Lingus on Detroit Dublin.
Korean Air on Detroit-Seoul
Lufthansa on Detroit-Munich
DL/VS on Detroit Manchester

Biman Bangladesh Detroit-Dhaka
Air Bagan Detroit-Yangon
Air Zimbabwe Detroit-Harare
Air Koryo Detroit-Pyongyang


Hah brilliant!

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by TheLion
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS LHR-TLV
Replies: 60
Views: 15205

Re: VS LHR-TLV

Interesting news...

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by TheLion
Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India to Operate B787 17-Hour Non-Stop "Secret" Flight (13- Crew) to Bring Back Single Economic Fugitive
Replies: 36
Views: 11872

Re: Air India to Operate B787 17-Hour Non-Stop "Secret" Flight (13- Crew) to Bring Back Single Economic Fugitive

Mods, can you please move this thread to non-av. This has more to do with Indian politics than civil aviation. Does it really matter? We’ve had multiple threads moved to what many including me consider the wrong section recently, due to the actions of a hardcore bunch of complainants. Essentially i...

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by TheLion
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAM's inaugural A330 schedule 1998
Replies: 12
Views: 2643

Re: TAM's inaugural A330 schedule 1998

When things started to improve from that, the perspective of a left-wing government made things difficult again. TAM only survived then, because RG went bankrupt first. What does the election to power of a leftist government (ie the PT under Lula) have to do with effecting TAM’s success? For over a...

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by TheLion
Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India to Operate B787 17-Hour Non-Stop "Secret" Flight (13- Crew) to Bring Back Single Economic Fugitive
Replies: 36
Views: 11872

Re: Air India to Operate B787 17-Hour Non-Stop "Secret" Flight (13- Crew) to Bring Back Single Economic Fugitive

Mods, can you please move this thread to non-av. This has more to do with Indian politics than civil aviation. Does it really matter? We’ve had multiple threads moved to what many including me consider the wrong section recently, due to the actions of a hardcore bunch of complainants. Essentially i...

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by TheLion
Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico resumes non-stop flights to Barcelona in S19
Replies: 16
Views: 2271

Re: Aeromexico resumes non-stop flights to Barcelona in S19

About time. Much prefer a home-based carrier serving this route than the domineering Emirates. Competition is the spice of life! Go Aeromexico, go Emirates. Emirates don’t really like to compete, they just saturate markets with oversize aircraft and drive out the competition. They then raise their ...

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by TheLion
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico resumes non-stop flights to Barcelona in S19
Replies: 16
Views: 2271

Re: Aeromexico resumes non-stop flights to Barcelona in S19

About time. Much prefer a home-based carrier serving this route than the domineering Emirates.

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by TheLion
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA & KLM
Replies: 25
Views: 4133

Re: BA & KLM

Mods why have you deleted my post querying your decision to dump this thread in what several feel is the wrong section? At least we’re entitled to expect a reasonable reply, surely?

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by TheLion
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size
Replies: 126
Views: 21938

Re: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size

Agree with most of your points on here. No FA should ever have to wipe someone’s ass. That is not in any way their job, and could actually compromise safety if they were engaged while an incident occurred. The description of this odious man makes him seem like a creep who falsely portrays his size ...

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by TheLion
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size
Replies: 126
Views: 21938

Re: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size

Agree with most of your points on here. No FA should ever have to wipe someone’s ass. That is not in any way their job, and could actually compromise safety if they were engaged while an incident occurred. The description of this odious man makes him seem like a creep who falsely portrays his size a...

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by TheLion
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tajik Air ceases operations
Replies: 5
Views: 2199

Re: Tajik Air ceases operations

Very sad to this hear this. I hope a route back into business can be found for them, especially as domestic connectivity is badly needed. Having done much of Central Asia, I’ve still not visited Tajikistan. Years ago I was sold on the ideal of a thrilling ride in a Yak-40 through the valleys into Kh...

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by TheLion
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 93135

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

Wow what a bloody awful livery update. I’m bitterly disappointed. Aer Lingus’s current scheme is among the most iconic in the skies and only needed a tweak at most. Instead they deliver a carbon copy of so many other recent airline rebrand epic fails. And this my friends is a symptom of the times we...

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by TheLion
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis airport announcement 9am 01/17
Replies: 94
Views: 10853

Re: Indianapolis airport announcement 9am 01/17

I just scrolled through 90 comments for this... :lol:

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by TheLion
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 93135

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

Both leaked liveries leave me feeling disappointed to be honest. I don’t know why EI can’t continue having a lot of their signature colour, like KLM do. I just don’t buy the “cost” reasoning. Still, it could’ve been Iberia’s appalling corporate blandness, Latam’s dullness, Lufthansa’s destruction, C...

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by TheLion
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Joon To Be Re-Absorbed Into Air France
Replies: 67
Views: 10064

Re: Official: Joon To Be Re-Absorbed Into Air France

“Well that didn’t last long, did it...”

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by TheLion
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK starting MEX and CUN
Replies: 48
Views: 7392

Re: TK starting MEX and CUN

So it’s finally gonna happen at last. Due to minimal ties and a plethora of other connecting options, this is unlikely to be a popular or busy route for a long time though, however 3-4 weekly should work.

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by TheLion
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 169
Views: 18446

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

This will be yet another African thread I’ll really enjoy reading and contributing to. This region is the one where I spent my childhood holidays, flying the then-great British Airways, who my mother worked for at Heathrow.

Thanks for starting this.

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by TheLion
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 164
Views: 16796

Re: West African aviation thread - 2019

Another good regional African thread. I’m passionate about Africa and issues affecting our mother continent, so will do my best to contribute.

Thanks for setting it up.

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by TheLion
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 234
Views: 23397

Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2019

Nice thread. I look forward to reading and contributing.

Thanks for this.

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by TheLion
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM Airlines Unveils Stunning New Cabin Product
Replies: 13
Views: 4849

Re: LATAM Airlines Unveils Stunning New Cabin Product

Shame they didn’t unveil a stunning new livery too...

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by TheLion
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Livery: Royal Air Maroc
Replies: 25
Views: 9665

Re: New Livery: Royal Air Maroc

Definitely in agreement with you all. Let’s hope this becomes their standard livery.

Yet even then there’s one thing I’d change about the special livery: the white tail.

So a red tail with white shooting star would complete it in my view.

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by TheLion
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3491
Views: 429874

Re: Boeing to launch the 797 at Paris in June 2019

So is this true, real news, or just fan boy conjecture? Q the United will be launch customer and cancel 359 orders as Boeing is giving them a great deal to launch plus some 77Ws and 787s to replace the cancelled 359 order. As if! The A359 is a completely different market segment. Even the A338 is fo...

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by TheLion
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: News Report: OU bankruptcy imminent
Replies: 35
Views: 11503

Re: News Report: OU bankruptcy imminent

I hope they survive. Diversity and choice are ever-diminishing in the aviation world and that’s not a good thing by any metric. Of course it’s understandably difficult for smaller flag carrriers to find a niche. And as OU are part of Star rather than SkyTeam or oneworld, any opportunity to be a conn...

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by TheLion
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways increasing frequencies between London and Johannesburg!
Replies: 12
Views: 3870

Re: British Airways increasing frequencies between London and Johannesburg!

They really should be reopening another African market with that frame...

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by TheLion
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian survival questioned-Forbes
Replies: 101
Views: 15635

Re: Norwegian survival questioned-Forbes

Legacy carriers across the Atlantic have brought reasonable fares Apologies, kind Sir, but I must disagree. TATL legacy flights are often exceptionally expensive and outside the reach of most people. There is a reason that Wow, Norwegian and others exist. While I don't disagree with the rest of wha...

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by TheLion
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to Start London Heathrow to Charleston, SC
Replies: 274
Views: 32814

Re: BA to Start London Heathrow to Charleston, SC

Regarding finnishway's ideas, I could see BA on Buffalo, Columbus and Portland, ME. San Antonio is too close to AUS and doesn't have the millennial/tech/global allure of AUS. Oklahoma/Tulsa I can't see it either. Agree with these choices, especially if they get the A321LR. I do think San Antonio wo...

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by TheLion
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gov't approves Tajik Air's 5-year restructuring
Replies: 2
Views: 613

Re: Gov't approves Tajik Air's 5-year restructuring

Hopefully it works well for them and they grow successfully.

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by TheLion
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Shaheen Air ceases operations
Replies: 8
Views: 4876

Re: Shaheen Air ceases operations

A real shame as the Pakistan market needs competition and Shaheen also have a beautiful livery too. I echo above sentiments about protectionism and agree with the notion that the PK government should encourage competition domestically while being less liberal internationally as this strategy has onl...

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by TheLion
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Non-US BA Longhaul Destination?
Replies: 106
Views: 13072

Re: Next Non-US BA Longhaul Destination?

https://charlestonbusiness.com/news/aerospace/75385

Hardly anyone saw that coming, as posters on the accomlanying incredulous thread agree...
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Not non-US, but still one of the all-time great shocks in long haul route launches...

https://charlestonbusiness.com/news/aerospace/75385

Hardly anyone saw that coming, as posters on the accomlanying incredulous thread agree...

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by TheLion
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to Start London Heathrow to Charleston, SC
Replies: 274
Views: 32814

Re: BA to Start Charleston, SC

I just fainted. Yup me too. This is inarguably the most shocking route launch in BA’s long history. What compares? It really is hard to find anything more surprising. I did have this on my list of secondary possibilities for BA to launch, but it is nonetheless a huge surprise and the likes of St Lo...

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by TheLion
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW Service on MSP-KIX
Replies: 12
Views: 2897

Re: NW Service on MSP-KIX

compensateme wrote:
Luisvalero wrote:
Wowo Osaka is on fire, first LHR and now this!


Yup, sure is. Service will begin April 1997 and operate thrice weekly. Congrats to KIX, MSP and NW! :bigthumbsup:

NW95 09:20AM MSP KIX 01:40PM+1 742
NW24 01:50PM KIX MSP 11:45AM 742


Brilliant response :bouncy:

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by TheLion
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rzeszów to Newark
Replies: 18
Views: 4281

Re: Rzeszów to Newark

How does the Rzeszow to Newark flight do for LOT? is it profitable? Also must be the smallest airport in Europe to have a transatlantic flight? 600k pax a year it serves. Glad you brought up this topic. I was wondering what this route was all about too... Incredible to think that this flight works ...

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by TheLion
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct
Replies: 154
Views: 26261

Re: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month

Update – 26th September 2018: In a leaked memo from BA’s Area Manager for its ‘Worldwide Fleet’, the airline confirms it is to close the Hong Kong base due to non-specified “commercial reasons” which made it “unviable for us to continue to operate the base”. The airline said in the memo that the te...

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