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by tonystan
Thu Jan 26, 2023 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion - 2023
Replies: 66
Views: 18673

Re: British Airways News and Discussion - 2023

BA has not operated CLT in over 20 years and back then it was operated by US Airways, on US Airways metal painted in BA colours. It was also flown on BA' s own 777s for a few years It was also flown on BA’s own 767 too. I did many trips there from LGW Nope, that was a US painted in BA colours with ...

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by tonystan
Sat Jan 21, 2023 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion - 2023
Replies: 66
Views: 18673

Re: British Airways News and Discussion - 2023

Well CLT isn't gonna happen. Not with the metal neutral JV and the AAnouncement today of a THIRD daily from April 15th to LHR. I believe it will eventually, like (almost) all other destinations are spilt. It’s just that BA have a huge deficit in long haul aircraft right now due to their shortsighte...

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by tonystan
Fri Jan 13, 2023 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion - 2023
Replies: 66
Views: 18673

Re: British Airways News and Discussion - 2023

Personally , I think the new Club Suite is a great seat, but a poor bed. Old Club seats preferable for sleeping. Couldn’t agree with you more. The old seat was a far better sleep. Genuinely, what makes it better? More padding/comfortable? Wider? Better lighting? More space? There’s a few reasons. T...

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by tonystan
Fri Jan 13, 2023 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion - 2023
Replies: 66
Views: 18673

Re: British Airways News and Discussion - 2023

The club suite has no storage space. I think it's way better than the old business class, but it's crazy to me there is no good place to put your laptop away while in the suite other than holding it. Also, I miss the shoe drawer the old one had. Last grievance is that it's all very dark... I wish t...

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by tonystan
Wed Jan 11, 2023 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion - 2023
Replies: 66
Views: 18673

Re: British Airways News and Discussion - 2023

TUGMASTER wrote:
Personally , I think the new Club Suite is a great seat, but a poor bed. Old Club seats preferable for sleeping.


Couldn’t agree with you more. The old seat was a far better sleep.

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by tonystan
Tue Jan 10, 2023 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA uniform
Replies: 60
Views: 10899

Re: New BA uniform

concordeforever wrote:
March 23rd, I believe.


It’s actually June or July for “above wing” staff. The ordering system is saying delivery of items will be between March and June with everyone to then go into it on the same date.

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by tonystan
Fri Jan 06, 2023 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA uniform
Replies: 60
Views: 10899

Re: New BA uniform

Reading the Business Traveller article on this I noted that they are using a blend of recycled polyester which is neither comfortable nor brathable. You're right. Doesn't look like they learned a lesson from the whole AA uniform debacle. It must be comfortable given 1500 people were wearing it for ...

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by tonystan
Mon Jan 02, 2023 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/23: Dance one year in, kiss one goodbye
Replies: 286
Views: 35074

Re: Irish 1/23: Dance one year in, kiss one goodbye

planemanofnz wrote:
EI321 wrote:
... Assuming it was the ex-Qatari aircraft.

What's the deal with these leases/wet leases from QR - are they just for a few months? Seems to have not been a great move.


They have had them since before the pandemic.

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by tonystan
Tue Dec 27, 2022 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/22: Looking back on another year
Replies: 220
Views: 33885

Re: Irish 12/22: Looking back on another year

Certainly be a good addition for Knock on the London front. However, my concern would be that the premium that will need to be charged to operate ex LHR will be great and with so many VFR passengers on the Knock routes, they may just not be willing to pay the premium. If the thinking is connections...

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by tonystan
Sat Dec 24, 2022 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 36 Injured on Hawaiian Airlines Flight
Replies: 113
Views: 17146

Re: 36 Injured on Hawaiian Airlines Flight

What’s Hawaiians arrivals procedures onboard? Do they make an announcements 30mins out that seatbelt signs will be switched on by 20mins to landing or anything like that? I believe the seatbelt sign goes on at top of descent or earlier if conditions warrant. In my experience, HA tends to leave the ...

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by tonystan
Sat Dec 24, 2022 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/22: Looking back on another year
Replies: 220
Views: 33885

Re: Irish 12/22: Looking back on another year

Email from Aerclub advertising a new ''To Go Dublin lounge breakfast. ''. Eligible tiers/classes can go into the lounge grab a Barista coffee and pastries and take to the gate. Available 7 days a week from 0415-11am. Also there is a link to a preview sale of 4 million seats 25% off Europe and EUR17...

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by tonystan
Tue Dec 20, 2022 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 36 Injured on Hawaiian Airlines Flight
Replies: 113
Views: 17146

Re: 36 Injured on Hawaiian Airlines Flight

What’s Hawaiians arrivals procedures onboard? Do they make an announcements 30mins out that seatbelt signs will be switched on by 20mins to landing or anything like that?

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by tonystan
Wed Dec 07, 2022 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Euroflyer Reiceved AOC
Replies: 44
Views: 8510

Re: BA Euroflyer

Is this a scheme to pay BA intra-Europe crew lower wages? Yes[/quote] NO! At present EuroFlyer crew are all based in LGW paying UK taxes. As it so happens mainline BA has just opened MAD and BCN bases who work alongside LHR based crew on shorthaul flights from LHR. So thats where the EU wages are b...

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by tonystan
Sun Nov 27, 2022 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: BA considering LGW-HNL
Replies: 130
Views: 19689

Re: Rumor: BA considering LGW-HNL

The HNL route has been “Crew-moured” for decades…literally decades!!!! Along with the 22 day HNL-AKL trip!

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by tonystan
Wed Nov 23, 2022 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Have BA and Iberia fallen out?
Replies: 59
Views: 12914

Re: Have BA and Iberia fallen out?

A lot of you seem to have forgotten that Qatar and Malaysian are in T4…..Also Oneworld airlines!

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by tonystan
Sun Nov 13, 2022 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 812
Views: 219567

Re: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022

No mention of the A350’s but, in any case, I assume the planned and actual figures are very close. The Capital Markets day slides include an estimate of 34 A350s by the end of 2022 . According to planespotters.net BA and IB currently have 31 A350s in operation - a shortfall of 3 compared to the 210...

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by tonystan
Wed Nov 02, 2022 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...
Replies: 202
Views: 32599

Re: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...

Flight Radar is making for some very entertaining viewing over DUB right now.

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by tonystan
Mon Oct 31, 2022 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG looks to snap up rivals
Replies: 109
Views: 26752

Re: IAG looks to snap up rivals

So IAG is : Aer Lingus EI British Airways BA BA CitiFlyer CFE Iberia IB Iberia Express I2 Level Vueling VG At least 7 AOCs in there, imagine throwing in the three easyJet ones as well! In all seriousness, easyJet UK operates almost identically to BA anyway with the A320s having little difference fo...

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by tonystan
Sat Oct 29, 2022 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy birthday A300 - 50 years since FF
Replies: 40
Views: 14432

Re: Happy birthday A300 - 50 years since FF

Spent a couple of years operating on the A300-600. Nice planes, the A330 was clearly an upgrade but enjoyed them nonetheless….except for those bizarre lav layouts at the rear with the strange side aisles beyond the galleys and swing out crew seats.

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by tonystan
Fri Oct 14, 2022 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/22: Winter is coming
Replies: 371
Views: 49070

Re: Irish 10/22: Winter is coming

Statement from EI regarding the BHD-LHR route: “Aer Lingus is very keen to continue operating the Belfast City - Heathrow London service, which we have been operating since 2007. "We are engaging with the relevant authorities in order to allow us to continue to serve this route into the future...

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by tonystan
Fri Oct 14, 2022 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 913
Views: 302128

Re: Lufthansa’s new first class suite

Forgive my ignorance, but each suite seats one, yes? I read the part about sitting "on an ottoman" to allow for travel partners to sit together to dine, but are you essentially telling me I would need to sit alone in my little box for 10-12 hours watching movies while my wife sits in her ...

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by tonystan
Sat Sep 17, 2022 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38671

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

I was in it yesterday and Pier D seems to be doing most of the heavy lifting. That is the most productive real estate they have in the whole complex. I arrived very early and went off in the direction of 200-300 gates until my gate was assigned and there appeared to be more staff over there hanging...

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by tonystan
Sun Sep 11, 2022 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38671

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

Unless BHD-LHR is burning cash, and there is no reason to believe it is, I cannot think of any reason the route would be axed. There is no imminent requirement for LHR slots or aircraft elsewhere. Something doesn’t quite add up here. My understanding is that domestic U.K. routes will imminently req...

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by tonystan
Wed Sep 07, 2022 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38671

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

Fliplot wrote:
A tunnel? From where to where? If under the new runway why not do preparation works while it was being built? Interesting!


It was pretty clear in the article where it was going to be!

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by tonystan
Tue Sep 06, 2022 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 812
Views: 219567

Re: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022

BA operated a 777 on two LGW shorthaul services in the past week. On 29AUG a 777 flew a LGW-VCE round trip. Yesterday (02SEP) a 777 was used on a LGW-AMS round trip. The 777 operated in place of an Iberia Express A320. Today (03SEP) a 777 is being used on another LGW-VCE service. G-VIIP was used fo...

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by tonystan
Sun Aug 28, 2022 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/22: An august institution
Replies: 276
Views: 37109

Re: Irish 8/22: An august institution

The why on earth in my question arises from the notable downgrade in hard product on services operated by EIK/EIL. The aircraft have been sitting inactive since 2020 and entered into service in April. Could a refit really not have been done before they entered into service? The downgrade for Y is o...

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by tonystan
Wed Aug 24, 2022 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/22: An august institution
Replies: 276
Views: 37109

Re: Irish 8/22: An august institution

https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2022/0823/1318439-new-320m-runway-at-dublin-airport-opens-today/ New Runway opens. Exciting. This means EK will have an option of using a 388 to DUB, and SQ will be able to do non-stop to SIN, right? Sadly no, the runway may be long enough but the rest of the infras...

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by tonystan
Sun Jul 31, 2022 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/22: Sunshine and Neos
Replies: 253
Views: 35819

Re: Irish 7/22: Sunshine and Neos

Do you know if any of the Shannon crew have bid to fly from Shannon now even though they are DUB based? It surely must be a inconvenience for DUB crew to have to stay an extra night away from home Im unsure about the flight crew but im pretty sure the cabin crew dont spend an extra night away. Frie...

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by tonystan
Sun Jul 17, 2022 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Heathrow capacity limits extended until March 2023
Replies: 98
Views: 22499

Re: Heathrow Airport to limit departing passengers numbers until September 11th.

This comes after decades of poor pay, poor pay increases, poor working conditions, continued pressuring of staff to fit more duties into their already busy shifts as workforces are downsized, disgusting treatment of staff by management and the travelling public, all while benefits were slowly strip...

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by tonystan
Sun Jul 17, 2022 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA have a long haul capacity shortfall?
Replies: 34
Views: 8503

Re: Does BA have a long haul capacity shortfall?

I know this topic is regarding Long Haul capacity, but I'm surprised they didn't swap the stored A321ceo's for the A320ceo's they currently are flying in order to provide additional capacity? Unless that was to trim down the crewing establishment as the A321 needs the additional x1 Cabin Crew Membe...

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by tonystan
Fri Jul 15, 2022 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Heathrow capacity limits extended until March 2023
Replies: 98
Views: 22499

Re: Heathrow Airport to limit departing passengers numbers until September 11th.

nonrev wrote:
Also a rumour doing the rounds that a certain Middle Eastern carrier, whose state has an ‘interest’ in LHR, hasn’t been asked to reduce their schedules.


And at that, it was just a rumour. Seems said airline is actually halting the sales of tickets to LHR for the next week or so.

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by tonystan
Wed Jun 08, 2022 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/22: Brought to you by the letter "Q"
Replies: 251
Views: 36505

Re: Irish 6/22: Brought to you by the letter "Q"

Flew in from FAO last night on the EI497 and was absolutely amazed to see a large enough queue of people already waiting for EI checkin to open at 0215 this morning. The first flight from T2 was at 0505 but it was still a bit of a shock.

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by tonystan
Wed Apr 27, 2022 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 812
Views: 219567

Re: BA to open up a temporary/summer crew base in MAD

They’re not IB crew, they will be BA crew hired through a local recruiting agency. Nothing illegal with that, so I’m not sure what you mean by getting around employment laws? I’m more shocked they got it past the union, although that’s not what it once was. Well actually the union has perhaps got i...

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by tonystan
Mon Apr 25, 2022 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 812
Views: 219567

Re: BA to open up a temporary/summer crew base in MAD

How are they getting around employment laws? IB crew based in MAD will work MAD/LHR and then one of a few patterns from LHR and back to MAD but will be on BA aircraft along side LHR based crew. I understand AY wet lease, their aircraft, their crew more or less their everything. They’re not IB crew,...

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by tonystan
Tue Mar 29, 2022 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...
Replies: 301
Views: 44421

Re: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...

Out of curiosity, does anyone know if the congestion is as bad at T2 as it is at T1? Most of the media reports seem to be only covering T1!

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by tonystan
Tue Mar 29, 2022 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...
Replies: 301
Views: 44421

Re: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...

Really no excuse for this. This step up of travel has been planned for months so there should have been enough time to recruit staff. The ID delay has also been flagged for quite a while so should have been factored in to lead times. Plenty of excuses available unfortunately. The world is short sta...

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by tonystan
Mon Mar 28, 2022 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...
Replies: 301
Views: 44421

Re: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...

Footage from inside Dublin Airport showing long queues at around 6pm to get through security, meandering the length of the departures area. The DAA has apologised and advised passengers to expect delays over the coming days and weeks https://twitter.com/fergalobrien_/status/1508149152378761224?s=21...

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by tonystan
Fri Mar 11, 2022 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...
Replies: 301
Views: 44421

Re: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...

Just got an advisory message from Ryanair saying there are security delays in T1 and to arrive 3 hours before the flight (I assume it’s DAA understaffed again) has anyone been through T1 in the evening recently? Surely it couldn’t be too busy at 7:30pm. On a Friday I would well believe it especiall...

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by tonystan
Mon Mar 07, 2022 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...
Replies: 301
Views: 44421

Re: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...

Fliplot wrote:
Have Aer Rianta any Russian operations left? I thought they had finally been bought out (polite for pushed out)!

Very possibly. I notice there is no mention of their russian operations on their website.

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by tonystan
Sun Mar 06, 2022 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...
Replies: 301
Views: 44421

Re: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...

Do we have any understanding how the Russian sanctions are impacting Aer Rianta International and their Moscow operations?

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by tonystan
Sun Mar 06, 2022 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...
Replies: 301
Views: 44421

Re: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...

I'm flying to London on Monday with EI; delighted these last restrictions are now being lifted. I am only taking hand luggage; the option to take the bag on board was unavailable, possibly because it may be a full flight. However, as I will have my camera in my bag, I'd rather avoid checking it in ...

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by tonystan
Sat Mar 05, 2022 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 1251
Views: 484469

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread

The update in that article says that he didn't, and that he's still the CEO.... Who knows? Thanks for the update. Just really curious as to why he would become an economic exile. No doubt one of many as the sanctions come into effect. Well, let's just assume, for now, that he's still in Moscow and ...

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by tonystan
Sat Mar 05, 2022 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 1251
Views: 484469

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread

The CEO of Aeroflot, Mikhail Poluboyarinov, has resigned and left the country. However Aeroflot denies this, nevertheless they stated they are looking for a new CEO. The CEO of Pobeda, Andrei Kalmykov, has also reportedly resigned. https://theins.ru/news/249085 (source in Russian) Any speculation o...

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by tonystan
Sat Mar 05, 2022 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 1251
Views: 484469

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread

The CEO of Aeroflot, Mikhail Poluboyarinov, has resigned and left the country. However Aeroflot denies this, nevertheless they stated they are looking for a new CEO. The CEO of Pobeda, Andrei Kalmykov, has also reportedly resigned. https://theins.ru/news/249085 (source in Russian) Any speculation o...

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by tonystan
Fri Feb 11, 2022 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Women Removed from AA Flight over Nut Allergy
Replies: 138
Views: 16199

Re: Women Removed from AA Flight over Nut Allergy

BA definitely handled this better than AA but I can’t really fault AA under these specific circumstances. Peanut allergies are not to be taken lightly but waiting until you get to the check in desk the day of your flight is a bit late for this type of notice. I don’t want to “blame the victim” but ...

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by tonystan
Sun Jan 23, 2022 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings
Replies: 208
Views: 31368

Re: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings

Is it me or is this thread becoming a tad toxic again? Lets keep it relevant and the snide remarks to each other off yeah?

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by tonystan
Sat Jan 22, 2022 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings
Replies: 208
Views: 31368

Re: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings

Personally I think anyone who acts the maggot on a plane deserves to have the book thrown at them but lets face it, just a quick look through his FB profile its very easy to see that one way or the other this chaps career ambitions are destroyed for good! Even if he doesn’t serve a prison sentence h...

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by tonystan
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 812
Views: 219567

Re: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022

BA is maintaining its mask policy as is Virgin.

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by tonystan
Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings
Replies: 208
Views: 31368

Re: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings

Vueling appear to be keeping DUB/ORK-ORY for the summer. Cork goes to x3 weekly. BFS not available. Would be good for Cork if Vueling launched BCN, Aer Lingus made it work up to x5 weekly for a long time. Was it ever explained why Aer Lingus are operating Vueling flights with an A330? It's a bizarr...

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by tonystan
Wed Jan 19, 2022 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vueling to open a new base at London-Gatwick
Replies: 47
Views: 6217

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

Are you sure its LGW?

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