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by davidjohnson6
Wed Sep 28, 2022 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to join Sky Team
Replies: 78
Views: 11644

Re: Virgin Atlantic to join Sky Team

planemanofnz wrote:
Could we see VS launch flights to SkyTeam hubs like ICN? Could be a useful way to tap some Australia/NZ traffic too.


With Russia on the great circle route, I do not see Virgin Atlantic flying to Seoul any time soon

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Sep 27, 2022 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to join Sky Team
Replies: 78
Views: 11644

Re: Virgin Atlantic to join Sky Team

I'm struggling to think of any cities in the world which have strong long-haul (i.e. more than 4 or 5 hours flying distance with an Airbus/Boeing jet) coverage from all 3 alliances. New York is the only other place I can think of... maybe Los Angeles if you want to be generous How many global cities...

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Sep 27, 2022 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to join Sky Team
Replies: 78
Views: 11644

Re: Virgin Atlantic to join Sky Team

If VS or DL give QR sufficient money, would QR consider moving ?

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Sep 27, 2022 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doncaster Sheffield airport to close on 31 October 2022
Replies: 32
Views: 6264

Re: Doncaster Sheffield airport to close on 31 October 2022

BH Air have removed all their 2023 flights from Doncaster from their system. Their 2022 season at Doncaster had already finished. TUI have set all flights after 4 November 2022 from Doncaster to zero availability... and some DSA TUI routes have been zero'ed out for dates in October But, Wizz are sti...

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Sep 26, 2022 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doncaster Sheffield airport to close on 31 October 2022
Replies: 32
Views: 6264

Re: Doncaster Sheffield airport to close on 31 October 2022

There is significantly more wealth in Cambridge than there is in Doncaster... with a correspondingly greater need in Cambridge for land for homes. If Doncaster airport closes, it's likely to end up as warehouses and light industrial units - I do not see a vast need for house-building in Doncaster

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Sep 26, 2022 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adds new TATL for S23
Replies: 98
Views: 19806

Re: DL adds new TATL for S23

American tourists are going to get a shock when they realise how expensive Switzerland is, even in US$ terms

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Sep 25, 2022 10:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Next destinations from WizzAir from Abu Dhabi?
Replies: 141
Views: 20241

Re: Next destinations from WizzAir from Abu Dhabi?

Wizz's first flight from either Jeddah or Riyadh doesn't begin until December 2022. Yes, over 2 months away, with some announced routes not starting until several months later. Wizz needs to focus on ensuring their first few Saudi routes are a success... and being seen as a competent airline by Saud...

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Sep 25, 2022 9:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why doesn't Ryanair fly to Egypt?
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: Why doesn't Ryanair fly to Egypt?

Perhaps because Egypt has been so unstable over the last 20 years ? When something happens in Egypt, it seems to be very significant and you end up with leisure travellers fleeing for a year or more. Sinai still has significant security issues People carrying AK-47s and firing live bullets at touris...

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Sep 25, 2022 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What decides whether a Ryanair base is Irish, Maltese or Polish?
Replies: 9
Views: 2637

Re: What decides whether a Ryanair base is Irish, Maltese or Polish?

The branding of all the airlines is very weak compared to the Ryanair brand. I don't believe most passengers would really recognise Buzz or Lauda Europe as genuine separate companies - to the average person they are all Ryanair except for technicalities

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Sep 25, 2022 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AeroItalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 60
Views: 17607

Re: AeroItalia News and Discussion Thread

Aeroitalia seem to be leasing their 737s to all kinds of other people... and leasing in ATR72s to operate their own routes

When do Aeroitalia intend to fly their routes substantially with their own aircraft ?

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Sep 24, 2022 3:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lost & Found office charged me 17,- Euros
Replies: 4
Views: 372

Re: Lost & Found office charged me 17,- Euros

There is no obligation on an airport to operate a Lost/Found office. The airport is entirely within rights to throw away any items that people leave behind.
If the airport chooses to operate a Lost/Found office, the airport gets to choose the costs and charges to people

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Sep 24, 2022 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large number of cancellations in Beijing
Replies: 29
Views: 8029

Re: Large number of cancellations in Beijing (Coup rumors)

Are there any well known media sources in Asia or globally which are publishing this speculation ?
We need something more reputable and reliable than Twitter to have a discussion

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Sep 24, 2022 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 195
Views: 33742

Re: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread - 2022

Let's see if that fleet of 50 in the sandpit really happens. Wizzair has boasted of things that don't always happen in the past

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Sep 23, 2022 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adds new TATL for S23
Replies: 98
Views: 19806

Re: DL adds new TATL for S23

fiddlerkrt wrote:
Wow, EDI just can't put a foot wrong these days. Congrats to them although it's a bit sad GLA has lost all of its transatlantic flights on US carriers. What will the frequency be on EDI-JFK?

The inbound tourists want to be in Edinburgh, not Glasgow.
The big money is in Edinburgh, not Glasgow

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Sep 23, 2022 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Heathrow capacity limits extended until March 2023
Replies: 95
Views: 20632

Re: Updated: Heathrow limits departing passengers until late October

I'm surprised the UK Govt isn't already stepping in over LHR's throttling of movemenents over the winter

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by davidjohnson6
Fri Sep 23, 2022 10:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What happens if Korean Air left Skyteam and joined Star Alliance
Replies: 9
Views: 746

Re: What happens if Korean Air left Skyteam and joined Star Alliance

Doesn't make commercial sense, either for Korean or passengers. It makes sense only in the world of a.net

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Sep 22, 2022 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Salt Lake City to Europe growth
Replies: 13
Views: 3136

Re: Salt Lake City to Europe growth

I wonder if Condor might have a look at SLC in the next two or three years

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Sep 21, 2022 10:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What happens if Korean Air left Skyteam and joined Star Alliance
Replies: 9
Views: 746

Re: What happens if Korean Air left Skyteam and joined Star Alliance

Star already has major airlines in both China and Japan. If Korean left Skyteam and joined Star, you would see Skyteam's relevance on trans Pacific routes rapidly collapse, and Star would gain monopoly-like dominance on any USA-Korea routes. The result would be much higher fares, and any FF benefits...

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Sep 21, 2022 10:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Global Crossing Airlines/Global X
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Re: Global Crossing Airlines/Global X

They were hired by TUI in the Netherlands for July and August to take people from Amsterdam to the Mediterranean beach. Only problem was TUI made a bit of a mess of the paperwork...

The fact that TUI chose them suggests Global X are probably ok

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Sep 21, 2022 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2022
Replies: 72
Views: 12201

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2022

Putin has announced the partial mobilisation of Russian military reserves - namely 300,000 men. I don't want to go into the politics of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, but there is significant concern that Russian men aged 18-65 will not be able to freely leave Russia, unless they have special (and dif...

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Sep 21, 2022 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Buy on Board success on LCC vs Legacies
Replies: 31
Views: 2698

Re: Buy on Board success on LCC vs Legacies

Take a trip on an LCC within Europe for about 2 or 3 hours. You would be amazed how much people will pay for poor quality food/drinks

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Sep 20, 2022 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2022
Replies: 72
Views: 12201

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2022

The National Business Centre, an Albanian Govt body does indeed appear to have suspended Air Albania based on the exit.al website. That said, ZA-BEL (long term in Air Albania's fleet) on FR24 appears to have been active until at least yesterday, flying to/from Tirana, making me think Air Albania has...

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Sep 19, 2022 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Queen's funeral: Heathrow cancels flights on Monday
Replies: 51
Views: 14372

Re: Queen's funeral: Heathrow cancels flights on Monday

A very very large number of everyday common men in the UK chose for their life today to be impacted for someone who died. Hasn't happened for over 25 years, but they decided 19 September 2022 was a good date. They knew they had the possibility of treating 19 September as a normal day but decided the...

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Sep 19, 2022 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Queen's funeral: Heathrow cancels flights on Monday
Replies: 51
Views: 14372

Re: Queen's funeral: Heathrow cancels flights on Monday

If flight crew choose to live in a different country, or hundreds of miles, from their reporting base, they have to accept the risk of the transport connection going down occasionally, and accept the liability. If they don't want the risk, then live within an hour's drive of a reporting base. Those ...

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by davidjohnson6
Mon Sep 19, 2022 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WizzAir rescued 1 of its 4 Airbus planes stranded in Ukraine in a daring stealth mission at low altitude
Replies: 37
Views: 10940

Re: WizzAir rescued 1 of its 4 Airbus planes stranded in Ukraine in a daring stealth mission at low altitude

Bradin wrote:
I wish they said something *after* they rescued all four planes. All they've managed to do is paint a bullseye on their remaining three planes.


The moment one of those aircraft appeared on FR24 in EU or NATO airspace, that bullseye would have appeared on the remaining aircraft

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Sep 18, 2022 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WizzAir rescued 1 of its 4 Airbus planes stranded in Ukraine in a daring stealth mission at low altitude
Replies: 37
Views: 10940

Re: WizzAir rescued 1 of its 4 Airbus planes stranded in Ukraine in a daring stealth mission at low altitude

It was my comment. When airlines fly to area of the world which are sometimes unstable, geopolitics can have a significant effect on their operations, much as a global pandemic can. I imagine some airlines (including perhaps Wizzair and Ryanair) would have happily flown people around Europe in April...

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Sep 18, 2022 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WizzAir rescued 1 of its 4 Airbus planes stranded in Ukraine in a daring stealth mission at low altitude
Replies: 37
Views: 10940

Re: WizzAir rescued 1 of its 4 Airbus planes stranded in Ukraine in a daring stealth mission at low altitude

Wizz flying to Ukraine in late February wasn't that bad an idea. Continuing to base aircraft overnight in Ukraine was a very bad idea.

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Sep 18, 2022 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 643
Views: 120336

Re: Nordic Aviation Thread - 2022

SAS wanted to launch a Lulea-London Heathrow for the winter of 2020-21. The initial publicity came out in early March 2020 shortly before the world went into lockdown. The flights didn't happen. SAS tried again with publicity in May 2021 for the period Dec 2021 - March 2022. Again because of Covid r...

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by davidjohnson6
Sun Sep 18, 2022 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WizzAir rescued 1 of its 4 Airbus planes stranded in Ukraine in a daring stealth mission at low altitude
Replies: 37
Views: 10940

Re: WizzAir rescued 1 of its 4 Airbus planes stranded in Ukraine in a daring stealth mission at low altitude

Airlines would love to have open skies again... in the same way that in April 2020 at the peak of the Covid pandemic, they would have happily flown everywhere like they did in April 2019. Of course, Govts globally decided they didn't want this to happen Unfortunately, airlines are required to follow...

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Sep 17, 2022 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 195
Views: 33742

Re: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread - 2022

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news ... ty-in-4q22
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debonair wrote:
Also, wizz air Abu Dhabi will add wet-leased capacity in 4Q22, but so far I can't find any more info, nor confirmation... Can anyone help?!

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Sep 17, 2022 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2022
Replies: 72
Views: 12201

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2022

debonair wrote:
Anex Tours just announced new flights from Antalya to Punta Cana with Mavi Gök Airlines B777, starting October 15th.

Presumably they will announce flights from Moscow to Antalya shortly, turning Antalya into a transfer hub

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Sep 17, 2022 2:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LUX - more long-haul passenger flights - potential?
Replies: 11
Views: 1556

Re: LUX - more long-haul passenger flights - potential?

Delta fly from Atlanta to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and (from March 2023) also Stuttgart. KLM fly Amsterdam-Luxembourg as a connection. With the TGV, you can go from Paris city centre to Luxembourg or Saarbrücken in about 2 hours, or from CDG to Luxembourg (not via Paris) in 3 hours. Bri...

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Sep 17, 2022 12:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LUX - more long-haul passenger flights - potential?
Replies: 11
Views: 1556

Re: LUX - more long-haul passenger flights - potential?

IndianicWorld wrote:
Maybe something like JFK in co-operation with JetBlue, who are likely looking to boost their European services in the coming years.

Also struggling to see much else.


Can a B737-700, B737-800, E190LR reach JFK from LUX ? I don't think Luxair have any widebodies, or anything from Airbus

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Sep 17, 2022 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AMS putting a limit on international passenger traffic through the airport
Replies: 83
Views: 16351

Re: AMS putting a limit on international passenger traffic through the airport

If the CEO of Schiphol phones the Govt Minister of Infrastructure, the minister will either take the call, or phone back soon (certainly waiting no more than a few days) If the Govt would not provide money for security, it's the CEO's job behind the scenes to change the minds of some ministers... or...

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Sep 17, 2022 10:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LUX - more long-haul passenger flights - potential?
Replies: 11
Views: 1556

Re: LUX - more long-haul passenger flights - potential?

Cairo maybe, if they can do a deal with EgyptAir ?
Otherwise, I'm struggling to think of many places...

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Sep 17, 2022 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AMS putting a limit on international passenger traffic through the airport
Replies: 83
Views: 16351

Re: AMS putting a limit on international passenger traffic through the airport

If your car breaks down on a busy road, you are meant to try to move it off the road IMMEDIATELY, or at the very least try to put down some sort of warning (eg a red reflective triangle) to approaching drivers and phone police or your Govt road agency to tell them. Again, the key word is IMMEDIATELY...

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Sep 17, 2022 4:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Next destinations from WizzAir from Abu Dhabi?
Replies: 141
Views: 20241

Re: Next destinations from WizzAir from Abu Dhabi?

I am surprised still at the lack of destinations east of AUH, I would've thought the standard Middle East expat markets of Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, etc. would've been right up their alley. I guess linking up the dots of already existing destinations to the west means there are already ground ha...

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by davidjohnson6
Sat Sep 17, 2022 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AMS putting a limit on international passenger traffic through the airport
Replies: 83
Views: 16351

Re: AMS putting a limit on international passenger traffic through the airport

And now even AMS airport CEO quits of the troubles. Thats not a particular good sign, when management jumps ship https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2022/09/schiphol-boss-quits-over-airport-chaos-as-more-flight-restrictions-loom/ I think the CEO should be ashamed of what happened over the last 6 months, ...

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Sep 15, 2022 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2022
Replies: 72
Views: 12201

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2022

I understand there have been no commercial passenger flights to/from Kocaeli / Cengiz Topel for almost 12 months. Is there any plan for these to resume ?

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Sep 15, 2022 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Official Suggests Pilots Should Learn To Repair Aircraft
Replies: 25
Views: 3618

Re: Russian Official Suggests Pilots Should Learn To Repair Aircraft

One needs to look at civil aviation in Russia as moving towards what civil aviation looks like in Iran. Plenty of fuel, but minimal access to new aircraft or spare parts. In the USA, the idea of people making spare parts locally instead of getting them delivered by Boeing might seem absurd.... but t...

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by davidjohnson6
Thu Sep 15, 2022 9:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dutch departure tax and (self-)connecting pax
Replies: 7
Views: 856

Re: Dutch departure tax and (self-)connecting pax

In theory one can claim back UK APD for self-connecting. In practice, it's so difficult, that (almost) nobody even tries to do so... and those who do try will may see an airline admin charge per passenger in excess of the value of the tax

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Sep 14, 2022 10:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dutch departure tax and (self-)connecting pax
Replies: 7
Views: 856

Re: Dutch departure tax and (self-)connecting pax

The tax does not specifically mention KLM.... but the only airline which has their sales system set up specifically to encourage single-ticket multi-leg itineraries via the Netherlands and would not automatically charge a customer the additional tax at the point of sale..... is KLM (or AF-KL) along ...

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Sep 14, 2022 7:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could Ryanair be the provider and enabler of more connecting fligts in Europe than any other airline.
Replies: 17
Views: 1349

Re: Could Ryanair be the provider and enabler of more connecting fligts in Europe than any other airline.

It's not difficult to get an idea of who is self-connecting If I book on airline A's website, it asks for my home address , phone number and credit card when I book... even if I give a fake address and fake phone number, the first 6 digits of a credit card tell them the name and country of the bank ...

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Sep 14, 2022 6:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dutch departure tax and (self-)connecting pax
Replies: 7
Views: 856

Dutch departure tax and (self-)connecting pax

The Dutch Govt looks to be increasing departure tax for passengers from about 8 euros to 28 euros per person effective 01-Jan-2023 https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/119378-dutch-air-passenger-tax-to-triple-in-2023 Passengers on a single transit ticket via the Netherlands do not have to pay - i...

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Sep 14, 2022 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does LOT Polish Airlines fly from Vilnius to London City?
Replies: 15
Views: 4059

Re: Why does LOT Polish Airlines fly from Vilnius to London City?

I think it is or was a PSO route - and thus would need to go through a formal tender process to find the company requiring the smallest Govt subsidy I was right - it *is* a Lithuanian Govt funded PSO route https://transport.ec.europa.eu/system/files/2019-09/pso_inventory_table.pdf https://eur-lex.e...

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by davidjohnson6
Wed Sep 14, 2022 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does LOT Polish Airlines fly from Vilnius to London City?
Replies: 15
Views: 4059

Re: Why does LOT Polish Airlines fly from Vilnius to London City?

I think it is or was a PSO route - and thus would need to go through a formal tender process to find the company requiring the smallest Govt subsidy

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Sep 13, 2022 4:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Aircraft to transport QE2's coffin to London
Replies: 17
Views: 2401

Re: Aircraft to transport QE2's coffin to London

Funnily enough, KRF01R is now being tracked by 200,000 people on FR24

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by davidjohnson6
Tue Sep 13, 2022 3:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Aircraft to transport QE2's coffin to London
Replies: 17
Views: 2401

Re: Aircraft to transport QE2's coffin to London

KRF01R is the flight number on FR24 2 C17s flew into Edinburgh yesterday - presumably one is a spare in case of last minute technical issue - ZZ176 and ZZ177 Expect it to leave Edinburgh at 6pm or shortly afterwards. Commercial passenger flights due to leave Edinburgh about 6pm are being held on the...

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