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by davidjohnson6
Tue Jan 25, 2022 2:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud
Replies: 27
Views: 801

Re: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud

A.netters are usually not particularly naïve... does anyone reading this really believe that anyone in the Trump family inner circle is going to get any kind of non-trivial punishment ?

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Jan 24, 2022 11:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why doesn’t LH serve LAS?
Replies: 7
Views: 1185

Re: Why doesn’t LH serve LAS?

British and German people have much in common... but they are not the same. Does gambling have a similiar appeal in Germany as the UK ? I'm wondering if for historical reasons, there are perhaps cultural differences of opinion between the two countries

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Jan 24, 2022 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 25
Views: 4502

Re: Nordic Aviation Thread - 2022

I am however left wondering who will fly between Stockholm and Åland. Even if the number of passengers is modest, I assume that politically there is a need for air service on this route

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Jan 24, 2022 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 25
Views: 4502

Re: Nordic Aviation Thread - 2022

It took a long time for BRA to restart. FlyViking and NextJet both went bankrupt in the last few years. I wonder if the owners of Air Leap will recognise a pattern I imagine that the PSO routes from Oslo to Røros and Ørland will be assigned to Amapola Flyg in full on an emergency short term basis pr...

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 2145
Views: 524156

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lufthansa_Italia
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Lufthansa tried having its own Milan-based short haul airline - they called it Lufthansa Italia (no, not the same as Air Dolomiti). Lufthansa Italia did not last very long
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lufthansa_Italia

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Jan 22, 2022 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 21
Views: 2875

Re: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2022

SQ will fly 3x per week, up against a combination of Easyjet, Ryanair and Vueling who fly 8 times per day from Malpensa (plus daily from Linate and 3x daily from Bergamo) MXP-BCN takes less than 1h30... so difficult to convince people to pay extra for a quality airline on such a short flight - meal ...

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Jan 21, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LON-SXM, an unserved opportunity?
Replies: 15
Views: 1531

Re: LON-SXM, an unserved opportunity?

There are a large number of islands in the Caribbean with flights to the UK. Many of these are countries that were previously under UK rule Sint Maarten / Saint Martin has strong appeal to the French and Dutch, being under joint French/Dutch sovereignty. What does Sint Maarten / Saint Martin have to...

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Sukhoi Superjet
Replies: 38
Views: 7974

Re: New Sukhoi Superjet

The Sukhoi SSJ was a commercial disaster in Europe and North America. Neither airlines nor manufacturer were happy with the outcome Any airline with a wide choice of manufacturer is going to be very cautious about Sukhoi I support lightsaber's comments - the target markets are Russia, Iran and other...

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?

Will we ever see a return to free meals ? In coach/economy class for all pax ? NO Too many people just want a cheap fare Providing a wide choice of food is far easier and cheaper on the ground - and plenty of pax know this. If you want a hot meal from the airline, either pay for it separately, or bu...

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Italian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 3
Views: 864

Re: Italian Aviation Thread - 2022

LeOne have deferred restart of flights until 28 February 2022 - they will fly just 2 round trips per week between Genoa and Trieste, on Monday and Friday. Their sole aircraft last flew commercially on 13 December 2021

I have concerns as to whether they really will restart flying

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 21
Views: 2875

Re: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2022

Interesting development in the Canary Islands. Passenger seaplanes will return to the islands more than 50 years later with a route between Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Surcar Airlines plans to resume the use of seaplanes in Spain starting next fall. https://rtvc.es/surcar-airlines-operara-con-hidroa...

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Jan 21, 2022 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy
Replies: 20
Views: 2244

Re: Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy

So WHY is the US charging anyone for an incident involving Belarusian citizens, flying over Belarus, in a aircraft registered in Malta? The two arrested were wanted for involvement in the Belarus Coup attempt. This is very dangerous precedent to set. The US has diverted more than one aircraft over ...

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Jan 21, 2022 12:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10204

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

Ukraine giving up nukes, and then seeing Russia march in without the rest of the world really caring that much will tell North Korea and any other country to NEVER EVER give up nukes. Suddenly the world gets a lot more dangerous with countries each having a distinctly independently minded view of mi...

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Jan 20, 2022 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy
Replies: 20
Views: 2244

Re: Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy

There is zero chance of the Belarusian officials spending time in jail any time soon. I very much doubt Belarus or Russia will recognise any kind of US jurisdiction in this case - would probably have to be Polish, Irish, EU, Greek, Lithuanian or Belarusian courts to have any hope of recognition of j...

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Jan 20, 2022 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vueling to open a new base at London-Gatwick
Replies: 47
Views: 5208

Re: Vueling to open a new base at London-Gatwick

I believe the idea of BA Euroflyer was to give the airline more flexibility over when employees did their hours. Pilots for example might be doing a lot of hours flying in July/August, but very few of their annual hours in January. It means that BAEF can move employees who fly nearer to 900 hours pe...

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Jan 20, 2022 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 2145
Views: 524156

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

I don't think the cost of painting 3 aircraft would be a significant block to bringing back Alitalia as a brand name - it would be far cheaper to bring back the Alitalia name and save the cost of having to paint the rest of the fleet instead. The main constraint around a rebrand is whether the EU Co...

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Jan 20, 2022 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vueling to open a new base at London-Gatwick
Replies: 47
Views: 5208

Re: Vueling to open a new base at London-Gatwick

Except the overlap between the "different" market segments is big enough to be seen from space.... One should not discount the different market segments in the similar category. A typical easyjet passenger is very different from a typical Wizz or VY passenger. easyjet has a very loyal fol...

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Jan 17, 2022 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 90
Views: 20240

Re: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022

Have a read about Sun Air of Scandinavia. BA franchise airline based in Billund

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Jan 16, 2022 3:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10204

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

The concept of buffer states is hardly new. Russia and the UK accepted having Afghanistan as a buffer in the 19th century Russia is haunted by the lack of any natural defences between Berlin and Moscow - no mountains or major rivers to stop an advancing army. Napoleon and Hitler both almost succeede...

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Jan 16, 2022 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions An148 and An158
Replies: 12
Views: 2346

Re: Questions An148 and An158

Don't expect Air Ocean in Ukraine to be flying An-148/158 aircraft any time soon. They announced a suspension of all flying by the airline for 2 months with less than 24 hours notice. Excuse was a lack of aircraft but I'm not sure I believe that's the true reason

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Jan 15, 2022 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Malta new livery and fight to survive
Replies: 20
Views: 5572

Re: Air Malta new livery and fight to survive

Malta used to need a Govt owned airline in the days before fifth freedom rights within the EU, so as to guarantee connectivity with the rest of Europe in winter.

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Jan 15, 2022 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ukraine airports
Replies: 29
Views: 8418

Re: Ukraine airports

Air Ocean seem to have suspended all flying until 15 March. Reason given is lack of aircraft, which sounds strange given that they managed to operate flights yesterday. I have significant doubts as to whether they will resume flying in 2 months time. Ignoring special flights, they began flying in mi...

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Jan 15, 2022 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 25
Views: 4502

Re: Nordic Aviation Thread - 2022

Has there been any recent data about how Flyr are doing at the moment ? Maybe some sort of load factor or reported financial data ? Any airline can put new routes on sale - to a struggling airline, that's sometimes just a way of paying impending debts with future cashflow I'm aware of the current ra...

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Jan 15, 2022 1:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you check the current price of a flight after you booked it?
Replies: 22
Views: 1239

Re: Do you check the current price of a flight after you booked it?

I check from time to time if booked on Easyjet. Those with FF status on Easyjet can claim a credit voucher if the price falls below the price they paid - even on the most restrictive of tickets.

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Jan 15, 2022 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bravo Airways, Ukraine
Replies: 4
Views: 1014

Re: Bravo Airways, Ukraine

A300 - you are correct. The Bravo Airways website show Tehran as a drop-down in the list of destinations on their website, but FR24 doesn't show UR-CRX or UR-CSA to have entered Iranian airspace recently. That said, they do seem to overfly Syrian airspace as part of their Kyiv-Amman-Beirut-Kyiv tria...

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bravo Airways, Ukraine
Replies: 4
Views: 1014

Bravo Airways, Ukraine

Small airline that seems to fly a couple of MD-82s (UR-CRX and UR-CSA), each of which are over 30 years old, between Kyiv and a mix of Amman, Beirut and Tehran FR24 thinks the aircraft are registered to Bukovyna Air who were hit by US Treasury sanctions, but I imagine if Ukraine wants help from the ...

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Jan 13, 2022 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot to GIG and EZE (Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires)?
Replies: 19
Views: 4339

Re: Aeroflot to GIG and EZE (Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires)?

Have you tried doing a dummy booking on Aeroflot's website ? Did it come up with anything, or did it just show a flight to AMS / CDG / MAD with a codeshare from there to Brazil/Argentina ?

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Jan 13, 2022 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q1 2022
Replies: 26
Views: 3124

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q1 2022

People on cruise ships, particularly in warm weather, tend to spend a fair bit of time outdoors, with wind blowing and lots of fresh air to blow away any viruses quickly. People in aircraft and airport terminals tend not to have that outdoor fresh air / wind blowing experience (unless flying on an U...

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 90
Views: 20240

Re: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022

Perhaps you could rephrase your question to be a little more precise and ensure that other people understand what you really mean. Maybe you could provide a list of airports which BA does not serve, and ask people to debate which BA would or would not consider - that way we can all have a clear unde...

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Jan 12, 2022 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 90
Views: 20240

Re: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022

I can think of a ton of airports that BA will not do for a very long time - anywhere in the USA with under 1m pax per year

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Jan 12, 2022 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 11
Views: 426

Re: Wizzair (W6) at Kecskemet Air Base

Air France has good connections with the French military. Doesn't mean they can put trainee FOs in A220s to fly in/out of French air force bases I don't know of many air forces in the world that happily open up a base with fighter jets stationed there unless there is a good reason. Hungary has plent...

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 11
Views: 426

Re: Wizzair (W6) at Kecskemet Air Base

Touch & go would not happen at BUD. However, why a military airbase instead of a quiet civilian airport like Balaton or Gyor ?

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Jan 12, 2022 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Suspends BNA, BWI, and MSY Service Until May
Replies: 31
Views: 6215

Re: British Airways Suspends Newly Restarted BNA Service Until May

Interesting how BA hasn’t taken the lesson from US carriers that demand to Europe is really only strong in the summer. They have far more places in the world to fly those birds in winter. BA is all about connecting the UK and Europe to North America. It's how it made much of its revenues for years....

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Jan 11, 2022 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q1 2022
Replies: 26
Views: 3124

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q1 2022

Since March 2020, restrictions around Covid have always had a political nature. Politicians has been thinking (amongst other things) "What restrictions are legal?" and also "What restrictions are politically acceptable?" Medics tend not to think in these political terms - they te...

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Jan 11, 2022 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US grounded planes after NORAD alerted a North Korean missile launch, Jan. 10 2022
Replies: 16
Views: 4356

Re: US grounded planes after NORAD alerted a North Korean missile launch, Jan. 10 2022

The FAA would have looked pretty stupid if a) they had been warned by Norad about a launch, b) the missile had been taking a low altitude path to somewhere near Hawaii (even if not known to the FAA at the time) and c) the FAA had done nothing

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French Routes News Thread - 2022
Replies: 6
Views: 1199

Re: French Routes News Thread - 2022

Amelia is just a brand of Regourd which is a French aviation company that has been around for decades

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Jan 11, 2022 3:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best places to visit in delhi
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: Best places to visit in delhi

Are you asking about aviation related places to visit in Delhi, or are you looking for general tourist sites ? If aviation related, this website might be able to help. If general tourist stuff, a site like TripAdvisor will probably be a more efficient use of everyone's time

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Jan 10, 2022 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 757 pilots having fun
Replies: 50
Views: 11226

Re: 757 pilots having fun

When I saw the title of this thread, my first thought was
"Has somebody drawn another penis on FR24 ?"

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Jan 10, 2022 12:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Least known airlines you've flown on
Replies: 75
Views: 3076

Re: Least known airlines you've flown on

I flew Daallo Airlines of Somalia from Jeddah to Hargeisa. It was operated by an ex Aeromexico A320 by an outfit called SkyBosnia, with a Kam Air of Afghanistan tail from a recent lease. Captain was Ukrainian. Cabin crew all Moldovan. That only went as far as Djibouti where everyone got off and too...

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Jan 09, 2022 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic announces service to Austin
Replies: 491
Views: 110420

Re: Virgin Atlantic to announce new US route

In the UK, not a lot is known about Salt Lake City... the only thing most Brits will know about it is from the musical "The Book of Mormon". Utah is a bit of a blank spot for many Brits - there is much stronger awareness of the attractions of other neighbouring states. Without a strong bus...

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Jan 09, 2022 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SmartLynx UK operations
Replies: 11
Views: 2239

Re: SmartLynx UK operations

Emerald is intended to be a lower-salary version of Aer Lingus
Nothing to do with traffic rights, and everything to do with staff being paid less

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Jan 09, 2022 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SmartLynx UK operations
Replies: 11
Views: 2239

Re: SmartLynx UK operations

The UK CAA will get upset if Smartlynx operate on behalf of TUI from the UK to a country which is neither EU nor EEA. Of course, Smartlynx can choose to set up a UK subsidiary with a UK AOC, but this will take time and money... and be subject to all sorts of questions from the UK CAA

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Jan 09, 2022 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots
Replies: 89
Views: 9748

Re: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots

There is an argument that large companies have become a little too rigid on requiring a university degree. I say this as someone with 3 university degrees. Yes, a degree does indicate a candidate has certain abilities - eg willingness and capacity to learn. And yes, somebody without a degree will ne...

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Jan 08, 2022 6:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Least known airlines you've flown on
Replies: 75
Views: 3076

Re: Least known airlines you've flown on

Most people who are under 30 outside the USA and not a.netters have never heard of Pan Am. Would that count ?

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Jan 08, 2022 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic announces service to Austin
Replies: 491
Views: 110420

Re: Virgin Atlantic to announce new US route

DTWLAX wrote:
Has there ever been a thread 9 pages long speculating a single new destination announcement by an airline? 9 pages long without the airline having announced the route yet?


DTWLAX - you joined a.net 13 years ago and you haven't yet realised how weird a.net can be ?

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Jan 07, 2022 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to leave FRA
Replies: 82
Views: 10090

Re: Ryanair to leave FRA

Fraport has its faults... but it's relatively free of significant political interference, and has a track record of fairly being well run. I have significantly more confidence in Fraport getting T3 right than I did with Berlin

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Jan 07, 2022 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to leave FRA
Replies: 82
Views: 10090

Re: Ryanair to leave FRA

If an airline is based in the EU (as Ryanair is) and is paying its bills on time, has no significant safety deficiencies, and has not committed against major crimes, then it's extremely difficult (I hesitate to say impossible because there can always be some obscure bit of law) for it to be denied t...

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Jan 07, 2022 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus faces investors' lawsuit over bribery scandal
Replies: 7
Views: 1559

Re: Airbus faces investors' lawsuit over bribery scandal

I'm thinking that being a lawyer working for Airbus must be the best job in the world :-)

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Jan 07, 2022 5:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A350 and only 1 pilot for a commercial flight
Replies: 13
Views: 1223

Re: A350 and only 1 pilot for a commercial flight

https://www.airbus.com/en/newsroom/pres ... d-take-off
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GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Not A350pilot, but I don’t know of a plane with automatic take-off.

Airbus demonstrates first fully automatic vision-based take-off - 16 January 2020
https://www.airbus.com/en/newsroom/pres ... d-take-off

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Jan 07, 2022 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to leave FRA
Replies: 82
Views: 10090

Re: Ryanair to leave FRA

Officially, FR sold only O&D tickets to/from Hahn. In practice, a lot of people at Hahn were self-connecting - and FR were very much aware of this - sufficiently so that at the desk of FR's handling agent in HHN, there was a very visible notice in English and German saying how FR did not offer c...

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