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by kaitak
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Some questions about Covid 19 and a vaccine
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Some questions about Covid 19 and a vaccine

The whole Covid 19 situation is obviously causing the world - and particularly the aviation sector, a lot of stress. I have a few questions and these are asked from the perspective of someone with very limited medical knowledge, so please be understanding if the questions appear a bit stupid. 1) I'm...

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by kaitak
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 32982

Re: Irish 7/20

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Hi folks: Our August thread is ready to roll!

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by kaitak
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 82
Views: 8042

Irish 8/20: Angst in August

Good afternoon folks and welcome to our August thread: Once again, not a lot to be cheerful about - we don't seem to be much closer to the end of this crisis than we were last month and given the recent spike in infection numbers, any respite for the industry seems to be further away. Some highlight...

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by kaitak
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 32982

Re: Irish 7/20

For comparison: IAG: British Airways - £300 million from the UK Iberia - €1 billion from Spain Lufthansa group: Lufthansa - €9 billion from Germany Swiss International Airlines - €1.5 billion from Switzerland Austrian Airlines - €600 million from Austria Brussels Airlines - €460 million from Belgiu...

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by kaitak
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today
Replies: 119
Views: 20683

Re: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today

I was reading an article yesterday about the crew for this last flight and they had a captain on board with over 40 years on 747s; presumably this was his retirement flight. The operating captain had around 32 years behind her on the 747, which is a great achievement, but forty years is amazing. Tha...

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by kaitak
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 32982

Re: Irish 7/20

Wahey! We can go to Monaco ... but not France! And glad to see Greenland on the list, too ... clearly high on everyone's list. And what about airlines like KLM, Swiss and Lufty that have been serving Ireland right through the crisis. This is a bit of a slap in the face. I wonder if any carriers will...

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by kaitak
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 32982

Re: Irish 7/20

Do they mean EI-EIK? Hardly brand new!

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by kaitak
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 32982

Re: Irish 7/20

I heard Simon Coveney on the news a few minutes ago and he said that the green list was as safe as travelling to places within the country (he gave Kerry as an example). Now, that being the case, why maintain the recommendation against non-essential travel to these green list countries. Either a pla...

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by kaitak
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 32982

Re: Irish 7/20

Fliplot wrote:
Who would WANT to live 380M from main runway?..
...any one of us????


Oh yeah! First floor balcony overlooking the approach and threshold ... perfect bliss!

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by kaitak
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flying west: female pioneer Captain Emily Howell Warner
Replies: 4
Views: 2059

Re: Flying west: female pioneer Captain Emily Howell Warner

A heroine and a trailblazer who should always be remembered.

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by kaitak
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 32982

Re: Irish 7/20

Taoisech hinting that quarantine/travel restrictions may extend beyond July 9.

Also rumoured that Stobart will launch flights from BHD to 4 UK cities; not clear if this is under EI codeshare or not.

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by kaitak
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ireland has a new government - at last!
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Ireland has a new government - at last!

https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2020/0625/1149711-programme-for-government/ Ireland had an election in February. The ruling Fine Gael party didn't too terribly well. Their rivals of 70 years (since the civil war) - Fianna Fail - didn't do much better. Sinn Fein did very well, as did the Greens. The...

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by kaitak
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36584

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

As if aviation didn't have enough to contend with, I'm hearing that Eamon Ryan, the Green Party TD, is likely to head up a new Department of Climate and Transport. I suspect that will not go down at all well with the aviation sector and given that the Greens no doubt welcome the decline in pax numbe...

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by kaitak
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar CEO: no new Airbus or Boeing deliveries until 2022
Replies: 103
Views: 17858

Re: Qatar Airways to retire entire 777 fleet

Are they all going to be replaced by the 777X?

Also, they mentioned that they are suspending deliveries of the 787s, but will the -9s they have received recently (after Q suite installment) be put into service?

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by kaitak
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Supreme court: Workers can't be fired for being gay or transgender
Replies: 70
Views: 3447

Re: Supreme court: Workers can't be fired for being gay or transgender

Societies evolve; times change. Back in the 1950s and 1960s (and indeed well into this century), LGBT people were known, but they were also the focus of much ire from the religious right and almost no politician would have supported them. I'm Irish and it was similar here - indeed much worse, becaus...

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by kaitak
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Supreme court: Workers can't be fired for being gay or transgender
Replies: 70
Views: 3447

Re: Supreme court: Workers can't be fired for being gay or transgender

I think the problem is that if such a law were passed by a Democratic-led congress, a Republican congress - backed and pushed into it by evangelists and other Religious groups, would seek to overturn it. Having a "SC" stamp on it protects it much more than legislation would. I think it's a...

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by kaitak
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36584

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

I see several airlines have restarted services today (e.g. KLM) and more later this week, but who is actually allowed to travel. If I turn out at the airport tomorrow with a KLM ticket, would I be turned around and told to go home, ticket or not?

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by kaitak
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36584

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

If loads are really bad on EI routes to MAN and BHX, would it not make more sense to use an AT7 on the route, rather than an A320? Can't see AT7s doing DUB-LGW, but they were already being used to MAN and BHX.

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by kaitak
Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36584

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

Thanks for sharing. Not sure what they were talking about but didn't sound too happy when asked to make a 180 turn to backtrack. That was my impression too! I would love to see the translation subtitles, if they're ever added, but I can't think that a 180 in an aircraft of that size is easy; tyre s...

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by kaitak
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36584

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

Not today it seems. Maybe tomorrow. If full, that's a lot of PPE on board. RTE website has a clip of the AN-225 touching down https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2020/0610/1146491-ppe-plane-shannon/ The title of this months thread is quite fitting for this event Some of us have the gift of foresight! (...

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by kaitak
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36584

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

JAmie2k9 wrote:
Fliplot wrote:

You know with an incoming Green Transport Minister I suspect daa will do whatever to avoid having any discussions with Goverment.


Is that likely? Or is it just one of the portfolios they have asked for. Not something I'd be comfortable with, from an aviation standpoint.

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by kaitak
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's DC10s
Replies: 29
Views: 5607

Re: Alitalia's DC10s

In 1997, AZ had selected KLM to be its principal international partner, over AF and SR and it was planned to be a significant tie up. The deal, billed as a virtual merger, was dropped in 2000 by KLM after 18 months as KLM had big concerns over state aid to AZ and its path to privatization at the ti...

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by kaitak
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36584

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth rea0wakens ...

The An-225 is now due into SNN at 1645 on Tues, leaving around 22h later, on Weds, 10th. With regard to the restart of flight operations, govt seems to be playing its cards v close to its chest. Airlines (mostly) seem to be aiming for flights to resume on 13-15 June, yet govt not even giving firm in...

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by kaitak
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus threatens to sue airlines
Replies: 104
Views: 20234

Re: Airbus threatens to sue airlines

What happened to QR in Greece a few days ago?

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by kaitak
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36584

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

https://www.airbaltic.com/lt/airbaltic- ... -dubrovnik


Are they back on Riga around the same time?
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SeanM1997 wrote:
airBaltic to launch Vilnius - Dublin from 16 June 2020
https://www.airbaltic.com/lt/airbaltic- ... -dubrovnik


Are they back on Riga around the same time?

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by kaitak
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 154
Views: 25815

Re: Swiss Aviation Thread - 2020

Is there anywhere I can get a rough schedule as to when the next Swiss A320N/321N deliveries will be? Thinking of coming to Zurich (if travel permitted) in late August/September.

Also, has Swiss given any indication as to what are the next routes to be served by the Neos?

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by kaitak
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lincoln Project Ad - Americans Must Choose 'America'
Replies: 45
Views: 2720

Re: Lincoln Project Ad - Americans Must Choose 'America'

You know those FB memes where they ask people to give "wrong answers only". I wonder if Trump is perpetually trapped in one of those. It's as if there's a little committee in his head which asks: what action can I take to make this bad situation even worse? Have you thought about using pro...

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by kaitak
Sun May 31, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29830

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

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Hello everyone; our newest thread is ready for boarding: masks on and boarding passes ready, please:

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by kaitak
Sun May 31, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36584

Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

Well, good afternoon everyone and welcome to our June 2020 thread: after a painfully quiet April and May, it looks like the slumbering giant that is aviation is finally starting to stir into some kind of activity. Of course, it hasn't been a complete shutdown, but with traffic down 90-95%, it's as g...

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by kaitak
Thu May 28, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29830

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

I'm getting very positive vibes and there seems to be a general feeling of things starting up again; many airlines are aiming for a 15 June start up, Stobart (as stated above) 1 July and EI looking to start t/a service to BOS/ORD/JFK within the same period. There is an expectation that our quarantin...

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by kaitak
Wed May 27, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day, another Karen...
Replies: 117
Views: 6551

Re: Another day, another Karen...

You all may become surprised that this racist Karen might be a liberal and even a Democrat considering she lives and works in NYC. What are the chances?, a woman white, makes a lot of money herself, huge chances this woman might be a democrat or a liberal. Interestingly enough, she's a Canadian. So...

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by kaitak
Mon May 25, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Conservatives Battle For GOP's Soul Over Holocaust Denial and Values
Replies: 13
Views: 1080

Re: US Conservatives Battle For GOP's Soul Over Holocaust Denial and Values

The more I see Trump in action - the more I learn about him and his (lack of) principles, integrity (same), personal qualities (same), the more I begin to see that when the Russians got involved in the election back in 2016, it was not just a question of keeping Hilary out, but very much also of mak...

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by kaitak
Wed May 20, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29830

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

Just came across this KLM video on FB, which also includes a comment about the elimination of the coronavirus on board by the cabin filtration system? https://www.facebook.com/KLM/videos/3086953074698653/ Could our govt require the taking of temperatures prior to boarding, as featured in this video?...

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by kaitak
Tue May 19, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29830

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

American is to operate 772s on the DUB-CLT route and 788s on the DUB-PHL and SNN-PHL routes in Summer 2021. I think this will be Shannon's first scheduled 787 flight.

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by kaitak
Tue May 19, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine
Replies: 86
Views: 5713

Re: Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine

As someone said on another site, he's the first president to be assassinated by his own IQ!

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by kaitak
Mon May 18, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Consequences of Trump's re-election
Replies: 148
Views: 8573

Re: Consequences of Trump's re-election

Another four years of Trump - another four years of asking "did he actually say that" and thinking that he can't sink any lower (and always manages to find a way), of the painful irony of seeing evangelicals hold up Trump as some kind of modern messiah ... it'll be more of the same. But he...

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by kaitak
Sun May 17, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 504
Views: 90790

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

In fairness, I think this rumour is going around quite widely in EK and also among ex-EK people, where I heard it. There is an announcement imminent and while I wouldn't base anything on an anonymous post by an anonymous EK F/A, the story is not without some basis. (And let's be honest, no EK F/A is...

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by kaitak
Wed May 13, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29830

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

“It’s unimplementable and unenforceable anyway, so I think people will largely ignore it, which is not good.” I really don't think that defiance of Social Distancing, travel restrictions and quarantine regulations should be supported. Countries like South Korea, Italy, Spain have all managed. Austr...

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by kaitak
Sat May 09, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29830

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

Does our quarantine rule exclude the UK, in the same way as its rule excludes us? That will at least make it easier for flights between the two countries to restart.

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by kaitak
Wed May 06, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29830

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

American is now grounding its A332 fleet; it has already decided to ground the -300s. The current position is that the -200s are being stored until 2022, but crews are being retained on other types and the crew bases (CLT/PHL) are being closed, so I very much doubt that either will fly in AA colours...

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by kaitak
Sun May 03, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29830

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

Based on what Simon Harris said, I don't see how they can plan on any increase at all. Hopefully things will change later in the year, but really, 2020 is pretty much a bust for all airlines and realistically, until a vaccine is available, I don't see flights resuming at anything more than a trickle...

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by kaitak
Sun May 03, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANC closure 5-2-20
Replies: 12
Views: 3974

Re: ANC closure 5-2-20

Is that a first? I can't ever recall a bomb threat against a cargo flight!

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by kaitak
Fri May 01, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29830

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

The government had launched its 5-phase roadmap for return to normality (or as close as we can get); it's not absolutely clear from it when flights will return to normal, though Phase 5 seems to be the most likely; it relates to a return to work for those employees not covered in the first four phas...

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by kaitak
Fri May 01, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29830

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

https://www.thejournal.ie/taoiseach-air ... 0-Apr2020/

Taoiseach wants to see EI and FR flying ... by AUGUST! We're in for a long, long Summer, folks! (And it's very much conditional - there's no "will fly"; it's definitely "MAY")
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https://www.thejournal.ie/taoiseach-air ... 0-Apr2020/

Taoiseach wants to see EI and FR flying ... by AUGUST! We're in for a long, long Summer, folks! (And it's very much conditional - there's no "will fly"; it's definitely "MAY")

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by kaitak
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...
Replies: 215
Views: 27824

Re: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...

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Well, folks, there can't be many months that we're more glad to see the back of than April of this year; here's a link to the new thread and let's just hope that it brings some hint of light at the end of this very dark tunnel:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1445473

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by kaitak
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29830

Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

Well, maybe not flying so much, but at least it will bring some clue as to how this crisis will end. The best description of April is probably something I'm borrowing/paraphrasing from Marvin (of Hitchhiker's fame!): “The first week was the worst," said Marvin, "and the second week, it was...

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by kaitak
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...
Replies: 215
Views: 27824

Re: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...

Would it make such a difference; the 195 would seat 118 pax, but the 190s (GHJ/K) seat 104 and could be limited to 100; the RJs seated 95. They were hardly ever completely full. I could see them sourcing some 190s (but way down the road), as the ATR72s are not quite enough for some routes, particula...

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by kaitak
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...
Replies: 215
Views: 27824

Re: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...

Hearing that Cityjet has lost EI contract for LCY flights. No firm plan as yet as to who (if anyone) will take over, but assuming that it will be Stobart. They have E190s and LCY experience.

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by kaitak
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines in this crisis
Replies: 76
Views: 20087

Re: Spirit Airlines (SAVE) is worth a look during market crisis, despite risks

I am going to go against the grain here. From looking at beaches in Florida, it looks like Spirit customers will be the most eager to travel :duck: Millions of people out of work and unable to pay mortgage or rent would indicate that there's not going to be much demand for leisure travel. But when ...

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