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by tonystan
Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways mulling (threatening?) to leave LHR
Replies: 71
Views: 13568

Re: British Airways mulling (threatening?) to leave LHR

Now that the UK is out of the EU, how would such a move affect the pax experience on flights to the continent, whether from LHR or elsewhere? No change. The UK was never part of Schengen so security & passport control are unaffected. Correct, the UK was never part of the Schengen Area; however,...

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by tonystan
Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways mulling (threatening?) to leave LHR
Replies: 71
Views: 13568

Re: British Airways mulling (threatening?) to leave LHR

I don’t think they are mulling/threatening anything. I think a pragmatic point is being made that if it gets to the point where charges at LHR far outweigh the benefits of operating a hub & spoke operation the group could look at better ways to operate that side of the BA operation away from LHR...

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by tonystan
Thu Nov 18, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Brussels Airlines New Livery
Replies: 211
Views: 40930

Re: Brussels Airlines “New Chapter”

Well at least if they decide to jump to Oneworld they wont have to do much for a logojet.

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by tonystan
Tue Nov 09, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA and VS A350’s simultaneously depart LHR to celebrate opening of US
Replies: 38
Views: 9218

Re: BA and VS A350’s simultaneously depart LHR to celebrate opening of US

Pardon my ignorance, but who was traveling on these US-LHR flights prior to today’s reopening? Was it thru passengers connecting to other countries? Today was about welcoming UK, European, and other foreign travelers from certain countries back to the USA for the first time since the pandemic began...

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by tonystan
Sun Nov 07, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Startup plans to electrify BAe146 plane
Replies: 27
Views: 5438

Re: Startup plans to electrify BAe146 plane

This is rather an exciting potential development. Lets face it lots of great aircraft have falling by the way side in the attempt to make air travel more green and efficient. This could be an interesting approach to reprising some old favourites. I’m probably being way to whimsical in my opinion lol!

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by tonystan
Sat Nov 06, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 100
Views: 12288

Re: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

gotta bite, when have BA ever not had food onboard a longhaul flight????? Dulles-Heathrow. "A short night flight where our passengers prefer to sleep."!!!!! Again, not true. There is food provided. On the sleeper services from the East coast one can opt for a “substantial” meal in the lou...

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by tonystan
Sat Nov 06, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 100
Views: 12288

Re: British Airways' "golden age": Telegraph article on how BA will get it backh be,

Tow keys: 1. Make Heathrow comfortable and fast to connect at, including from non-BA flights, make UK immigration and checks fast and 2. bring back the onboard product and standards. I remember transatlantic flights without any food onboard. Well, there is competition. I would like to try BA again ...

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by tonystan
Sat Nov 06, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 100
Views: 12288

Re: British Airways' "golden age": Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

Tow keys: 1. Make Heathrow comfortable and fast to connect at, including from non-BA flights, make UK immigration and checks fast and 2. bring back the onboard product and standards. I remember transatlantic flights without any food onboard. Well, there is competition. I would like to try BA again ...

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by tonystan
Mon Nov 01, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 205
Views: 48658

Re: British Airways Fleet Thread - 2021

It also needs to be acknowledged that a number of pre-covid markets may not return for some time as various nations continue to struggle. Iv heard whispers that BKK and KUL are to be mothballed for some time. HND appears to be suspended now and I would be very surprised if there is a return to ICN o...

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by tonystan
Sat Oct 30, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 205
Views: 48658

Re: British Airways Fleet Thread - 2021

I’ve just booked one way A380 flight to Frankfurt for Monday 15th November! Flight departs Heathrow at 7.55am. To say I’m excited is an understatement! :) Very excited too! I never fly long haul these days and never been on an A380, so booked a return to MAD 12-13th Nov. A380 both ways! Question is...

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by tonystan
Sat Oct 09, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/21: Even the darkest night will end ...
Replies: 271
Views: 33438

Re: Irish 10/21: Even the darkest night will end ...

Not that I business travel is where it was pre pandemic but the last DUB-LHR flight with EI for December is currently 1740! That’s crazy…it does seem that they are actively trying to push people away which sounds like a ridiculous thing to say I had noticed that myself although there seems to be a ...

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by tonystan
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New IAG carrier at LGW
Replies: 251
Views: 51232

Re: New IAG carrier at LGW

jrfspa320 wrote:
jomur wrote:
Seems the BA pilots have accepted the new terms by 82% on a 75% turnout according someone on Flyertalk.com.


So that means BA will stay at LGW?

I hope they stay, i actually way prefer LGW, the lounge is much nicer :)


Just means the ball is in BAs court now so we will see.

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by tonystan
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/21: Even the darkest night will end ...
Replies: 271
Views: 33438

Re: Irish 10/21: Even the darkest night will end ...

It’s because they dragged their feet on employment restructuring. They still want to try and shaft their employees to make the best out of the crises but now that things are picking up rather quicker than anticipated but they are still crying “Doom” to their crews, ground staff and pilots (although ...

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by tonystan
Sun Oct 03, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New IAG carrier at LGW
Replies: 251
Views: 51232

Re: New IAG carrier at LGW

Interesting BA has reneged on their threats to sell the slots. Details will drop tomorrow but I imagine it will largely be the same deal slightly repackaged. Pay shifted more to basic pay than variable as was proposed before and some of the nastier scheduling points smoothed out. I imagine this tim...

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by tonystan
Fri Oct 01, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/21: Even the darkest night will end ...
Replies: 271
Views: 33438

Re: Irish 10/21: Even the darkest night will end ...

I wonder if there is a market for LHR-NOC-LHR with EI. I appreciate the LGW link is mainly VFR traffic but could they tap into a healthy transit market?

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by tonystan
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 247
Views: 34538

Re: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

I have spoken to a few people and asked them about Astral. From what I understand, it is old technology, but it is extremely efficient. The main complaints seem to be about the sign in language used. One person told me that Astral was faster than the system used by Emirates, information was easier ...

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by tonystan
Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 247
Views: 34538

Re: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

Ridiculous opening hours. I’m flying to LHR with BA tomorrow and even though the contract has been re-signed, my 7.50am flight won’t have lounge access. In fact, of the 4 BA flights to London tomorrow, only one will get lounge access. That said, when I was there a few weeks ago the offering was pit...

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by tonystan
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 247
Views: 34538

Re: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

Ridiculous opening hours. I’m flying to LHR with BA tomorrow and even though the contract has been re-signed, my 7.50am flight won’t have lounge access. In fact, of the 4 BA flights to London tomorrow, only one will get lounge access. That said, when I was there a few weeks ago the offering was pit...

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by tonystan
Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 247
Views: 34538

Re: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

To all you frequent fliers to London. I'm flying out of Heathrow in a few weeks time. With BA from T5 to Dublin. It's been about 10 years since I've done so. What's your thoughts on getting from London - is the Heathrow express worth the cost or would you go the Tube even though it takes that bit l...

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by tonystan
Mon Sep 06, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 247
Views: 34538

Re: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

I thought DUB still had two active runways? It does, but when there is a temporary problem with the runway in use I imagine it is preferable to resolve that if possible. To redirect all traffic to runway 16/34 take a bit of time to organise too. Is 16/34 not currently closed due to the northern end...

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by tonystan
Wed Aug 04, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 335
Views: 38420

Re: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021

I have no problem with unions but find it completely strange that a union agreement can decide on commercial decisions. Surly flying is more important than deciding who is flying? What’s the question exactly? Are you asking why the unions representing Aer Lingus Mainline staff (pilots/crew) may wan...

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by tonystan
Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin
Replies: 354
Views: 40808

Re: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin

Hi all. Just wondering if someone may have the official word on arrivals from the UK after the 19JUL? Iv tried to figure out if they are on the EU Emergency Break list but cant find anything online. The gov.ie website is not at all clear nor is the citizens advice one.

Thanks for your help.

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by tonystan
Thu Jul 15, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin
Replies: 354
Views: 40808

Re: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin

Swedish airline, Amapola Flyg, seems to be selling the Donegal PSO route on their website. https://www.amapola.nu/ Looks to be twice daily from 26 July with a Fokker 50! Wow…thats out of the blue. Fares are questionable however. And they’ll need to update that website a little. But at least its a p...

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by tonystan
Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger opens door in Russia on a 747 deploying slide
Replies: 15
Views: 4901

Re: Passenger opens door in Russia on a 747 deploying slide

Anyone who has worked any length of time on the B747 will tell you how notoriously bad the cabin became in hot airport conditions. Even when plugged in to ground AC systems you can be guaranteed that the area between doors 3 and doors 5 would become hotter than the sun.

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by tonystan
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR
Replies: 156
Views: 46376

Re: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR

So ,when this happens is it a sudden and rapid collapse to the ground, or does the aircraft gently descend, assuring minimal damage to other areas like engines and nacelles ? I'm assuming there's a "thud" moment when the door/jetway can't take the weight anymore and gives way. If the door...

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by tonystan
Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to split from IAG ?
Replies: 40
Views: 11304

Re: BA to split from IAG ?

ChrisKen wrote:
The sooner the better, IF it were to happen. Pulling BA out of the IAG race to the bottom would be a good thing.


BA created the race to the bottom and then IAG!

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by tonystan
Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Stobart Air ceases operations, appoint liquidator
Replies: 88
Views: 15688

Re: Stobart Air cancel all flights

Time for EI to stop faffing around and sign an agreement with FR to UK regional cities Why? If people wanted to fly FR they would already be doing it. Aer Lingus use these routes as feeder flights to its hub. No way would FR want pax having the same baggage allowance that Aer Lingus has when connec...

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by tonystan
Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 38656

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

It would be absolutely tragic if Emerald doesn’t succeed now after this.

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by tonystan
Sat Jun 12, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Stobart Air ceases operations, appoint liquidator
Replies: 88
Views: 15688

Re: Stobart Air cancel all flights

So sad to hear this.

RE has so many wonderful and experienced staff. A number of former colleagues of mine joined them last year when the BHD base was set up after they lost their jobs at my carrier.

This nightmare is never ending.

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by tonystan
Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Relaunches Miami
Replies: 30
Views: 5855

Re: Aer Lingus Relaunches Miami

Miami wrote:
jfk777 wrote:
Too bad Miami is not year round, many European airlines are all year.


It’s always been year round.

The current plan by EI is Winter Season only it would appear.

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by tonystan
Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Relaunches Miami
Replies: 30
Views: 5855

Re: Aer Lingus Relaunches Miami

This seems to stem from a contingency plan for a relaunch of longhaul travel from July onwards with a gradual increase of flights. The plan was to have IAD back in operation JFK & BOS operating at double daily schedules from August, SFO & EWR to recommence in September, MCO in October and a ...

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by tonystan
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 38656

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

..................That kind of pattern would be very fatiguing, with so many timezone switches back to back - it would probably have been tried from the outset if it were doable. Getting a decent night's sleep would be difficult. I don't think it would last long with crews calling in fatigued. . I ...

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by tonystan
Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 38656

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

Do crews start their sign-on at ORK or DUB and are then transferred to SNN(or BHD) by road? If I remember the BA flights to LCY correctly the pilots were from LHR, signed on there and were transferred to operate the LCY-SNN, where the overnighted. The LGW cabin crew signed on at LCY and operated LC...

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by tonystan
Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 38656

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

I believe the voluntary redundancy earlier in the pandemic for BA WW crew was done with a bit of coercion involved - ie take this offer or we may lay you off anyway with a lower redundancy payoff. The fact that many took the voluntary redundancy meant it wasn't necessary to turn nastier If EI choos...

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by tonystan
Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 38656

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

But the situation in BA was already different and complicated! For EI it is jyst getting rid of longterm legacy staff. But they really aren’t. From what I have read the changes that may be coming their way are not too drastic. There could be a reduction in pay for some who have reached their 15 yea...

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by tonystan
Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 38656

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

There will come a time when Aer Lingus do what BA did last year - namely make all the expensive crew redundant and keep just the cheap crew You might think "but that is not legal" ... to which my answer is "You have no idea how evil HR can be in large companies when it is a case of f...

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by tonystan
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!
Replies: 235
Views: 35155

Re: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!

Domestic travel in the US barely stopped. It slowed down, at one point significantly but remained going with so many states adopting different measures and different levels of understanding/ignorance/belief leading the market. I really don’t understand how it can be compared to Ireland’s situation ...

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by tonystan
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!
Replies: 235
Views: 35155

Re: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!

Domestic travel in the US barely stopped. It slowed down, at one point significantly but remained going with so many states adopting different measures and different levels of understanding/ignorance/belief leading the market. I really don’t understand how it can be compared to Ireland’s situation n...

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by tonystan
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!
Replies: 235
Views: 35155

Re: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!

Worried workers at Dublin Airport fear more needs to be done to stop COVID-19 spreading amongst passengers. The workers told The Star that some passengers are not wearing masks, or are removing masks when they enter the airport after their planes land from abroad, and that there are social distanci...

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by tonystan
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!
Replies: 235
Views: 35155

Re: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!

I flew from Dublin to Heathrow yesterday as I’m due to restart work with BA this weekend! I didn’t encounter a single guard during my journey and at no point did anyone question why I was leaving the country! Should I have? The Aer Lingus 321 NEO is nice but not sure how comfortable it would be for...

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by tonystan
Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS appoints Avianca's Anko Van der Werff as CEO
Replies: 37
Views: 5789

Re: SAS considering Alex Cruz for CEO

Cruz? Would this indicate SAS is moving closer to Oneworld and IAG? I don't exactly see a relationship between Alex Cruz and Oneworld. He founded Clickair (later turned into Vueling), and even after assuming the top job in IAG he never got Vueling into that alliance. It didn't exactly seem like he ...

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by tonystan
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33722

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

. There were rumours of a oneworld or BA lounge. How COVID has changed the planned relocations is unclear, but EI would likely relocate with their JV partners. BA have announced that the MAN lounge wont reopen so I wouldn’t be surprised if the next announcement is a change of terminal and some sort...

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by tonystan
Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus looking to start transatlantic from MAN
Replies: 319
Views: 61131

Re: Aer Lingus looking to start transatlantic from MAN

There does seem to be an awful lot of scrutiny towards this decision by Aer Lingus and not a huge amount of faith in the MAN market but I do think some people are forgetting a few important things about this new venture, or simply are not aware of it. MAN as a “base” or “focus city” is not a new ven...

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by tonystan
Fri Mar 12, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33722

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

A rather grim anniversary today: it's the 71st anniversary of the Llandudno air disaster, in which an Avro York, of Airflight, operating a rugby charter from Dublin to Cardiff crashed on approach because the CoG was too far aft, rendering elevators ineffective. 80 out of 83 were lost, making it the...

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by tonystan
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33722

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

Some ever so slightly positive news, Emerald appear to be commencing recruitment imminently. They have launched a LinkedIn page and advertising for recruitment.

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by tonystan
Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are there now so many flights to Stuttgart?
Replies: 48
Views: 11042

Re: Why are there now so many flights to Stuttgart?

The BA flight is for the transportation of Mercedes parts to ATL.

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by tonystan
Thu Feb 11, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...
Replies: 194
Views: 28067

Re: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...

Well show us a developed nation that is not closing itself off right now? How is Ireland any different? Why should it remain fully open to one and all and their little Covid germs? UK - now effectively restricting access. Australia - Closed. NZ - Closed. US - very restrictive access. India - very re...

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by tonystan
Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...
Replies: 194
Views: 28067

Re: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...

Matt Hancock in the UK has announced the new quarantine procedures for all travellers (Irish to UK still exempt I believe) however what was very interesting was he mentioned in the brief that they are in discussions with the Irish Government to ensure consistency and tight borders within the CTA. No...

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by tonystan
Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...
Replies: 194
Views: 28067

Re: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...

I went through last night to LHR (essential. Crew) and was rather surprised at just how clamped down it has all become since even December. Fast Track closed to us, Garda Checkpoint set up at the entrance to security. Not sure of the questions they were asking as I was in uniform and had my ID on so...

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by tonystan
Wed Feb 03, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA abandoned Training Facility LHR
Replies: 19
Views: 37109

Re: BA abandoned Training Facility LHR

It’s quite a shock to see. Iv spent what feels like years in those hallowed halls and compared to the facility which replaced it I would be back in a shot. Such a shame the B747 and B737 cabin sims could not be recovered. The B747 Upper Deck door trainer which was once supported at a realistic and r...

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