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by azz767
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Future Fleet Matrix for LHR, LGW, and MAN
Replies: 31
Views: 7197

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 azz767
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to cancel St Lucia
Replies: 42
Views: 10926

Re: Virgin Atlantic to cancel St Lucia

How about Virgin extend their reach down to Aruba, such a nice island. Virgin Holidays should have little problem selling that package. Virgin holidays offer Aruba, but it’s on BA and AA flights. If they are buying seats on the competition it shows they obviously don’t see enough demand to fly thei...

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by azz767
Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to cancel St Lucia
Replies: 42
Views: 10926

Re: Virgin Atlantic to cancel St Lucia

It seems to me they are completely re-shuffling in advance of the 744's leaving the fleet. It seems they want MAN all VS metal, so a mix of 330's and 350's will be up at MAN once the 744's go. 2 350's doing MCO and JFK with the remainder on A330-2/3 and potentially in the future neos. Thus leaving ...

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by azz767
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to cancel St Lucia
Replies: 42
Views: 10926

Re: Virgin Atlantic to cancel St Lucia

It seems to me they are completely re-shuffling in advance of the 744's leaving the fleet. It seems they want MAN all VS metal, so a mix of 330's and 350's will be up at MAN once the 744's go. 2 350's doing MCO and JFK with the remainder on A330-2/3 and potentially in the future neos. Thus leaving L...

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by azz767
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32658

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 azz767
Thu May 16, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 272
Views: 40468

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

I think it would be better long term for it to be sold in bits. LH will succeed with DE long haul VS will succeed with MT long haul EZY will succeed with any of or all three short haul Im not sure Jet2 would be interested purely from a fleet perspective. They would be gaining A321's, and whilst ok o...

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by azz767
Sun May 12, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 359
Views: 72964

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

[*] I hope so, either that or reintroducing the MAN-LGW flight Now that would be a surprise. The difference being it would actually be more of a feeder flight for MAN now than the other way round. VS at LGW over the past 2 years have, dropped CUN, moved LAS to LHR, reduced capacity on some routes to...

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by azz767
Sat May 11, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 359
Views: 72964

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

I do hope if VS buy TCX they will offer some year round Caribbean destinations other than your Cuba, Dom Rep, (which have never appealed to me). Leeward island such as Antigua, St Lucia, Grenada are far more appealing although similar to Barbados they don’t have the big resort style hotels that the...

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by azz767
Fri May 10, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 272
Views: 40468

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

If VS DID buy TCX long haul, I can’t imagine they’d continue to operate all the routes that TCX do. I wouldn’t have thought places like Cayo Coco, Holguin, Varadero etc. would be as commercially viable with the VS model. But I could be wrong? I could see them maintain the likes of SEA, SFO, MRU, CU...

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by azz767
Thu May 09, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 272
Views: 40468

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

Good move for VS. In the short term it gives them slots at MAN and more flexibility to develop their network. It also gives them more A/C that they have experience of operating (all be it with different engines) that are the right size to open new markets. The only question I would have is what will...

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by azz767
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where have the Virgin 744s Gone @ LAS?
Replies: 13
Views: 3925

Re: Where have the Virgin 744s Gone @ LAS?

I flew the LGW route in Feb and the crew were saying they were going to miss flying there. It shows that the capacity of the 747 is better elsewhere with the 332 doing the MAN route now though. I think had it not moved to LHR the Gatwick route would probably have also moved to the 332

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by azz767
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 359
Views: 72964

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

I know the 744's are supposed to be gone by 2021, but I could see 2/3 sticking around for an extra year or so to do just MCO until they've decided what they're going to do with MCO. If they don't keep them any longer it'll certainly be the last route it flies IMO. One other option of course is that ...

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by azz767
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 359
Views: 72964

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

5 A350’s mean LGW should be all A350, I don’t see a day where they would need anything more other than perhaps one or max two days where they may be 6 flights meaning an A332 would need to be positioned down. Then you need one doing GLA and BFS Orlando routes. That leaves the remaining 3 A332’s (no...

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by azz767
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 359
Views: 72964

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

5 A350’s mean LGW should be all A350, I don’t see a day where they would need anything more other than perhaps one or max two days where they may be 6 flights meaning an A332 would need to be positioned down. Then you need one doing GLA and BFS Orlando routes. That leaves the remaining 3 A332’s (now...

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by azz767
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is BA ever going to expand its LGW fleet?
Replies: 32
Views: 6238

Re: Is BA ever going to expand its LGW fleet?

I am sure BA can fill some A321s from LGW to some of destinaions in summer. In winter, I guess RAK, GVA, INN, SZG, ACE and TFS could be support A321s in some days. I also think BA should look at some other winter routes such as IVL, RVN or TOS. Flying to those destinations is quite expensive with s...

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by azz767
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 30+ Year Old Aircraft in Scheduled Passenger Service
Replies: 43
Views: 3900

Re: 30+ Year Old Aircraft in Scheduled Passenger Service

Jet2 in the UK have 3 737-300 left in the fleet over 30 years old. They will be the next 3 to leave the fleet in the very near future but they are still flying and above 30 years old

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by azz767
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA LHR -> Grand Cayman via Nassau
Replies: 38
Views: 6242

Re: BA LHR -> Grand Cayman via Nassau

I'm also a frequent flyer on the route, and can confirm more often than not, up front is very well filled. In terms of pax split I would say it is around 60/40 GCM/NAS in winter and 40/60 in summer with some holiday makers heading for the Bahamas (mainly atlantis, fantastic place by the way). I too ...

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by azz767
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 359
Views: 72964

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

I think this would be a perfect opportunity for VS to operate the route. And also DEL, and codeshare with 9W on both. Do they have a spare A330?? Over this winter, they have had 4 A330-200's at LGW. Lets give 1 to the fact of cabin refurbs so on average 3 active over winter. Every day of the week o...

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by azz767
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last VS A340
Replies: 51
Views: 15587

Re: Last VS A340

Presumably to coincide with the re-introduction of G-VBOW and V-NEW both of which have been parked at LHR since last summer. And the delivery of the first A350 which is due this year.

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by azz767
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 133140

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

Also per BA on social media it will be around until 2023

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by azz767
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soccer Charters World Cup, Champions, Europa League, etc. Discussion Thread
Replies: 289
Views: 41122

Re: Football Charters World Cup, Champions, Europa League, etc

Lufthansa will send the A350 to Manchester on 18th and 20th March for the Liverpool vs Bayern Munich match: LH2570 MUC 1105 MAN 1215 18/2/19 LH2570 MUC 0820 MAN 0930 20/2/19 LH2571 MAN 1310 MUC 1600 18/2/19 LH2571 MAN 1100 MUC 1350 20/2/19 https://airportrumours.blogspot.com/2019/01/lufthansa-to-op...

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by azz767
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 359
Views: 72964

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

Light snowfall? Did you actually look out of the window? I was also stuck at MAN this morning and that was no light dusting. Liverpool also closed for a time too so clearly not as mild as you make out. Armchair experts, always think they could do better. Think people need to get a grip with reality...

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by azz767
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 447
Views: 77745

Re: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital

Why would they move from the shiny new terminal that’s about to be built, and go into something from the 1960’s. Surely it would make more sense to move BE to T2? Well, I thought T2 was to be just expanded with a new pier, not about to be built. And didn't know T3 was so dreadful. I just don't know...

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by azz767
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 447
Views: 77745

Re: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital

* Deliver more choice to customers by linking UK regions and Ireland to Virgin Atlantic’s extensive long-haul network through improved connectivity at Manchester Airport and London Heathrow * Provide the Combined Group with an enhanced presence at Manchester Airport , London Heathrow Airport, with ...

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by azz767
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sky news: Virgin Atlantic to be the majority shareholder in new airline group
Replies: 17
Views: 5142

Sky news: Virgin Atlantic to be the majority shareholder in new airline group

Sky new breaking a new airline group will be formed compromising of Flybe and stobart air with virgin Atlantic the majority shareholder. Major news for the future of VS BE and MAN in particular you’d feel Will post a link when one appears but it just flashed up on the tv More info: a consortium led ...

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by azz767
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 359
Views: 72964

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

Would be surprised if TCX is in the same format this time next year.Cant see any growth /expansion until that becomes clearer. VS might take some of the scraps. TCX have another A332 arriving soon. G-TCXD arrives in February. N969AV coming off a ten year lease at Avianca. Their frequency to MCO is ...

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by azz767
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American to start 787 service from PHL
Replies: 63
Views: 13368

Re: American to start 787 service from PHL

Philadelphia – Manchester effective November 3, 2019; 787-8 replaces A330-200 Ugh, AA introduced the 787 on CHI-MAN before cutting it, hope PHL is not going the same way. ORD-MAN was struggling for a couple of years and the 757 struggled in winter and 767 in summer due to reliability. PHL was estab...

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by azz767
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Reveals A330-200 Cabin Refresh
Replies: 19
Views: 5542

Re: Virgin Atlantic Reveals A330-200 Cabin Refresh

I think its fair to say they are on initial 4 year leases. They are the perfect aircraft in that new configuration for MAN's USA ops, and potential new routes once established ones can be upgauged to the 333

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by azz767
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor Fleet Renewal
Replies: 37
Views: 7255

Re: Condor Fleet Renewal

I also see the secondhand market for the A330's as quite small for the coming years seeing that RR powered A330's are also less sold compared to the GE powered ones. A388 There's a couple of relatively new ones just taken back from WW looking for a new home. Also a lot of the Chinese A332's were RR...

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by azz767
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 447
Views: 77745

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

With the new terminal I think VS or DL whoever you want to credit are sensing a real opportunity at MAN, the 330 fleet plus a couple of 350’s for the higher capacity is perfect for the MAN market and once the Dreamliner issues are resolved they will have more flexibility within the airbus fleet to r...

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by azz767
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ..and then there was one (753 at TCX)
Replies: 17
Views: 6242

Re: ..and then there was one (753 at TCX)

Arkia of Israel and Icelandair were the only other operators of the -300 outside the US. Arkia have now only got one with the first of theirs going to FI and the second due to Condor in the coming months. I agree it is a great aircraft aesthetically, however its a nightmare to turn around, especiall...

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by azz767
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ..and then there was one (753 at TCX)
Replies: 17
Views: 6242

Re: ..and then there was one (753 at TCX)

I had a chat with a TCX maintenance line manager during a visit to their MAN facility a couple of years ago who told me the plan was to send the 753's to Condor but take some 763 fleet in the opposite direction. Seems unlikely now, TCX seem firmly set on the A332 as their larger aircraft of choice ...

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by azz767
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 B747 and one A330 of Virgin at Orlando airport today ( video ) all at the same time.
Replies: 56
Views: 12612

Re: 5 B747 and one A330 of Virgin at Orlando airport today ( video ) all at the same time.

I’ve never understood the appeal of Orlando. For Brits particularly - flying 4,000 plus miles to go to theme parks in the 35 degree heat. We have theme parks in the U.K. Agreed, they’re not as good. But there is zero culture in Orlando. My holidays as a child were in France...camping, sailing, cycl...

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by azz767
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 B747 and one A330 of Virgin at Orlando airport today ( video ) all at the same time.
Replies: 56
Views: 12612

Re: 5 B747 and one A330 of Virgin at Orlando airport today ( video ) all at the same time.

I’ve never understood the appeal of Orlando. For Brits particularly - flying 4,000 plus miles to go to theme parks in the 35 degree heat. We have theme parks in the U.K. Agreed, they’re not as good. But there is zero culture in Orlando. My holidays as a child were in France...camping, sailing, cycl...

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by azz767
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?
Replies: 113
Views: 9425

Re: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?

It will be interesting to see what UA turn to after the 757's go for their Western Europe routes they fly them on. 763's seem the logical choice but will it be too much a/c for some of the routes

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by azz767
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?
Replies: 113
Views: 9425

Re: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?

It will be interesting to see what UA turn to after the 757's go for their Western Europe routes they fly them on. 763's seem the logical choice but will it be too much a/c for some of the routes

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by azz767
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soccer Charters World Cup, Champions, Europa League, etc. Discussion Thread
Replies: 289
Views: 41122

Re: Football Charters World Cup, Champions, Europa League, etc

BA777 wrote:
England are flying today, usually from LTN?



Would they not now go from either BHX or EMA due to the close proximity with St Georges Park?

Edit: They're on Gainjet B757-200 SX-RFA. They are routing BHX-LED.

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by azz767
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian OAK-BCN on a a340-500
Replies: 20
Views: 4690

Re: Norwegian OAK-BCN on a a340-500

Wamos Air 744 operating for DI at LGW this week too

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by azz767
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy - poised to become Italy's new flag carrier?
Replies: 54
Views: 11637

Re: Air Italy - poised to become Italy's new flag carrier?

I have to say having flown with AZA 2 weeks ago to Kiev from Heathrow via Rome for the champions league final, the service, the staff and the aircraft standard were fantastic and if you didn't know the situation you wouldn't know of their troubles. I would highly recommend them to anyone if they wer...

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by azz767
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 130
Views: 17116

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/h ... spartanntp

Posted in a new thread didn't see this one was already up and running
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https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/h ... spartanntp

Posted in a new thread didn't see this one was already up and running

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by azz767
Thu May 24, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAN news - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 106525

Re: MAN news - 2018

I can’t see why VS wouldn’t impress, they use the better terminal than AA did, their product on board is better save for the A330-200 they got from AB, but should you go via JFK then the 744 is very good product, plus their service as far as my experience goes with VS is impeccable

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by azz767
Mon May 21, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Champions league final in Kiev - extra flights planned ?
Replies: 26
Views: 4584

Re: Champions league final in Kiev - extra flights planned ?

http://bit.ly/2GmO5pe
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Numerous charters from MAN as well including an ET A350. There’s been major kick off in the UK about prices leading to TCX who seem to be running a lot of the charters coming out with an official statement explaining numerous reasons why the price is so expensive

Link below

http://bit.ly/2GmO5pe

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by azz767
Tue May 08, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CZ applies to launch WUH-LON, CAN-SYX-LON service
Replies: 11
Views: 2195

Re: CZ applies to launch WUH-LON, CAN-SYX-LON service

I would think the new Atlantis hotel in Sanya will help demand there. The Bahamas and Dubai Atlantis hotels are very popular with British people

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by azz767
Thu May 03, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Champions league final in Kiev - extra flights planned ?
Replies: 26
Views: 4584

Re: Champions league final in Kiev - extra flights planned ?

I imagine there will be a number of charters from Liverpool, at least 16000 fans have to get there and it’s not as if they have the ferry/train option if it was Western Europe

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by azz767
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation
Replies: 60
Views: 9415

Re: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation

To be fair the Virgin Atlantic brand is probably one of the most modern and relevant right now. In the UK at least the association with RB is not as focussed as it was before they went hand in hand. The big billboard titles were a brilliant change, the refitted 747’s are extremely good in any class ...

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by azz767
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM wet-leases a 747.
Replies: 83
Views: 16810

Re: LATAM wet-leases a 747.

Virgin Atlantic bought ex-Air Berlin A332? I thought they were short-term leases with their respective owners (Nomura Babcock & Brown, DVB Bank, and BCI of Chicago). That is what I understand as well. Seems weird to have a sub-fleet of only four A332. Without wanting to cause a thread drift, th...

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by azz767
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What aircraft do Thomas Cook Airlines use on Gatwick - Antalya?
Replies: 8
Views: 1726

Re: What aircraft do Thomas Cook Airlines use on Gatwick - Antalya?

http://flightmapper.net
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It’s probably scheduled to be an A321 but you never know until you’re on the plane, all manner of things could happen between now and then.

Also in future use flightmapper (link below) a good source for finding what aircraft is scheduled

http://flightmapper.net

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by azz767
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What aircraft do Thomas Cook Airlines use on Gatwick - Antalya?
Replies: 8
Views: 1726

Re: What aircraft do Thomas Cook Airlines use on Gatwick - Antalya?

You may however get lucky and catch a rare 757-300 which I think both are based at LGW now for the summer

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by azz767
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT
Replies: 355
Views: 58740

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

[quote="ahj2000"]IF, however unlikely, the EU competition authorities approve a deal for total control over DY, I could see IAG, after scaling back the model a bit in the home markets of UK/Spain/Ireland, actually expanding the Norwegian model a bit further. Let's face it, Level is unneces...

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