I recall that for some Lease/Finance transactions on new aircraft the aircraft had to be in UK airspace when the payment was made (guessing a UK financier), so some deliveries from both Boeing and Airbus would do a few orbits over the UK while the paperwork was signed then head for the final destina...Jump to post
I prefer Heathrow because direct coach* (I live in the South West) - for Gatwick I have to change at Heathrow, add in connection times to allow for M25 delays and Gatwick is completely off the radar. It would need to offer a huge saving to cancel out the time penalty *It still takes 3.5-4 hrs, Brist...Jump to post
Perhaps a bit of both? It will be interesting to see what Bombardier does going forward. Weren't they searching for a JV/merger partner for their rail business? Seems the European rail manufacturers + Bombardier are having a tough time competing against the Chinese. The rail business has been sold ...Jump to post
£9.99 fares on London-Scotland are nowhere near as common as they used to be 10 years ago. Once you do a fair comparison of train v rail (ie air ticket booked 1 month in advance is not compared to rail ticket booked 1 hour in advance), train is not so expensive Indeed and given UK APD is £12 that £...Jump to post
Who is examining the black boxes? https://www.thenews.com.pk/ Main headline. Airbus sending a team to Karachi today. Usually the aircraft manufacturer is only assisting the investigators. Which juridiction do the investigators come from? Is it French BEA or is it Pakistani Directorate General of Ci...Jump to post
Flights will keep flying, both to take US Citizens back from Europe and for returning passengers (EU and Beyond) from the USJump to post
Thunderbolt500 wrote:Has there ever been a ban of flights between us and europe
I believe Ireland is included with the UK, my understanding is the ban only applies to the Schengen Zone. In any case I'm pretty sure your recent passport history is visible to the border agents when they scan, so a scan out of France (or even a Scan into the UK at the juxtaposed controls in Calais)...Jump to post
ISTR that in the No Deal Docs the UK was not going to object to EU airlines operating domestically with the hope that the EU would reciprocate. That was however under the previous administration, the current one may have other ideasJump to post
IMO, the most at risk is EXT. The only other airlines flying from EXT are TUI and FR, neither seems to have much enthusiasm for internal routes. Looking at BHD, the only other operators are EI, BA, T3, KL and LM. Of these, Brexit would probably rule out EI and KL, and BA seem to have little enthusi...Jump to post
Is it true, that Stobart ceased flying on, but Blue Islands and Loganair still continue to operate the former FlyBe routes? It's down to how they operated. (Pre-Connect) Stobart were a subcontractor to Flybe. Flybe decided the routes and took the revenue risk, Stobart were paid by the hour for supp...Jump to post
Stobart did a lot of contract flying for Flybe (most of the ATR operations), that's now ceased suddenly, I suspect things will re-balance as the dust settles and the aircraft from the Flybe contract get new work. I can see someone trying to fill the gaps in the Dublin regional network left by Flybe,...Jump to post
That's some good news at least. They are also an ATR and Embraer centre so hopefully will pick up some work. IIRC they also do work on the RAF's A400Ms.Jump to post
As mentioned who would try to sneak in and ‘steal’ the aircraft? ATC would just permit the aircraft leaving. It’s just not plausible. It is standard operating procedure for basically all airports where fees are outstanding, so more than plausible. Consider how ATC would know that the fees have or h...Jump to post
They don't have a good reputation. Also the flight is a Humberside then Lapland charter - seems the wrong time of year for Lapland?Jump to post
As far as I know no others appeared, but around that point they seemed to pause repaints. I wonder if the all purple was proving too expensive to maintain.Jump to post
The centre one was the original livery, the front one was the current livery. The rear one was a partial repaint following repair after having a MLG collapse at Amsterdam and remained a one offJump to post
Should add the £100bn was for the complete HS2 network to Manchester and Leeds including stations and trains. The rebuild of Euston into a double deck 400m station is going to be one of the most expensive parts, hence phase 1 only including 4 stations (Birmingham City, Birmingham Airport, Old Oak Co...Jump to post
With Exeter I can see the likes of Aer Lingus Regional, Blue Islands, Cityhopper and Hop! giving thought to replacing the more popular Flybe routes from EXT. Maybe they'll time better for connections, certainly Flybe's EXT-DUB timings missed the US flights going out and with a late evening return wa...Jump to post
Exeter has a grand total of 2 departures today, the TUI to Lanzerote that went out early today, and a Blue Islands one off 'rescue' flight - it's not looking good.
(Cue joke about 3 runways per flight)
vfw614 wrote:Where is that aircraft heading to? Looks like a mistake to me.
Its MAN to EXT is the last one in the air https://www.flightradar24.com/BEE6LW/24139f97 - I can hear a Helicopter so it may be given an extended final if the Air Ambulance/Police Chopper are activeJump to post
Quick question - if a ticket was bought and told it was an Air France flight operated by Flybe by a codeshare what happens. WIll Air France just move onto a new flight? Yes, though it may be a different airport - friend of mine had a Lufthansa codeshare on BMI from Bristol when they went pop, after...Jump to post
At least two - This tweet shows G-??OB (maybe ECOB?) with impounding notice on the door, but the notice posted above is for G-JECP
https://twitter.com/PeterAdamSmith/stat ... 52353?s=20
Edit forgot the link!
I think it depends on the contracts, with Little Red, Air Lingus were a subcontractor with Virgin hiring the A320 and crew from EIN by the hour/day and deciding what routes to use them on and then selling the tickets. With Eastern and Flybe it's a franchise similar to things like Sun Air and Comair'...Jump to post
I think for the most part Regions-London is covered either by bigger operators or by Rail, the issue is the Inter-region and NI/Island flying. Inter-region usually involves the worst of the UK Intercity rail companies: Cross Country - who are expensive and overcrowded in parts because of short trains.Jump to post
You can always take National Express coach. Should be cheap enough thank you for the tip I was looking into renting a car but I did not know there was bus service. I was told the train takes to long. As mentioned above, it will be longer than the train but should be cheaper. If they haven’t got a s...Jump to post
APD is £12 on UK departures for short haul flying. But that applies on both outbound and return on domestic flights. I think things like rail improvements that are coming online (for example the Cardiff to London flight was launched in response to frequent closures of the rail route for upgrade work...Jump to post
Bhoy wrote:bennett123 wrote:What about Exeter Airport, apart from a couple of Ryanair, and a couple of Tui, all non Flybe is only seasonal.
At least it’s an expansive destination for other Airlines, what with it’s 8 Runways.
If they do go it will be a big hit on Exeter as Flybe are one of the larger Employers (although much reduced as things like customer service have been offshored). I wonder if Flybe Aviation Services (the large maintenance facility) is isolated from the airline so might remain under Connect. Also tha...Jump to post
I don’t know about “more capable” in the 80s and 90s. The 320CEO isn’t noticeably more capable than the 738. And the original 321 was more or less a 2,000 km airplane in revenue service. I expect that Airbus foresaw that engine technology would get qualitatively better; it’s hard for me to believe ...Jump to post
Marriot have just been hit with a £99 million fine for a breach. Companies are really going to have to take note of security now the fines are greater then the cost of securing.
Hopefully this will spur many more companies into spending more on their data security. I also bet Ticketmaster is relieved that their huge multi month breach was disclosed just before GDPR came in.Jump to post
A lot of the time "Taxes" are used to cover a lot of sins because passengers don't check what they actually are. I've had a few £1 "Fare" and about £60 "Tax" fares - UK APD is £12, the rest is "Airline imposed charges"Jump to post
For headphones I have a twinjack adapter in my bag (£1.99 from Ebay) - my last flights with IFE was with Aer Lingus, the older style seat has Twin Jack in the arm and the new one has standard 3.5mm in the screen. I prefer the older because the cable gets in the way of the meal!Jump to post
Not sure what the Typhoons are for in the case of a bomb threat..Jump to post
Yes there will plenty of media coverage of people refusing to fly it when it returns to service but this is nothing new. We saw it with the A380 and B787 when they had their respective incidents all be it those incidents didn't reach the level of the MAX but they came close. What incidents exactly ...Jump to post
Good question, given there is a fairly high chance that B Johnson will be the next PM, will we see the stupid idea for an island in the North Sea get resurrected?Jump to post
Did VS bid for BMI? I feel like if they had gotten BMIs operations they would have had more success with domestic and European flights than Little Red. They did, but IIRC their bid basically amounted to wanting Lufthansa Group to pay Virgin to take BMI off their hands. BA at least offered Lufthansa...Jump to post
I believe Squawking 7500 in UK airspace automatically triggers the QRA.Jump to post
Does anyone else think an order of a220s and a321s is possible for virgin? They have short and long haul networks but virtually no medium haul network. Thoughts? I could see A220s being used by Connect as a way of expanding, but first they have to get the purchase of Flybe approved (it's currently ...Jump to post
Bombardier have placed their Northern Ireland and Morroco based Aerostructures division up for sale https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-48130991 The aerospace firm, Bombardier, is putting its Belfast operation up for sale as part of a reorganisation of the business. The company is selling...Jump to post