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by jmmadrid
Fri May 22, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Air Portugal's post COVID-19 crisis
Replies: 72
Views: 14234

Re: TAP Air Portugal's post COVID-19 crisis

What routes are most likely to be abandoned? Are they talking about giving up wide-body, narrow-body, or both? Given how disproportionally big TAP is for a country like Portugal, I think it is easy to achieve that: 1) The OPO hub. TAP was building OPO as a second hub with some connectivity and +15 ...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK Emirates Profits in First-Half of Year to Surpass That of Corresponding Period in Prior Year
Replies: 12
Views: 2840

Re: EK Emirates Profits in First-Half of Year to Surpass That of Corresponding Period in Prior Year

According to the article, the profit in actual numbers equals to 226 million dirhams, approximately 56 million euros. While a having a profit is always better than not having it, let's not forget that EMIRATES' mission is to be a source of income to Dubai's government, and this kind of money does no...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA starting 3 class 321 on MIA-LAX eff DEC 18 2019
Replies: 51
Views: 8621

Re: AA starting 3 class 321 on MIA-LAX eff DEC 18 2019

Back in the early 90's I used to fly AA's DC-10 MIA-LAX-MIA, filled to the brim, including those 34 vintage First Class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration with huge aisles. No IFE but a delicious meal service, particularly the Chicken Burrito. Those were the days!

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by jmmadrid
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger on AA from KIN-MIA asked to deboard to change from her romper outfit
Replies: 117
Views: 9824

Re: Passenger on AA from KIN-MIA asked to deboard to change from her romper outfit

Allow you and your bags to be searched for explosives, dangerous weapons or banned substances. Show a valid ID. Understand and comply with all safety instructions. Release us from responsibility for any loss, damage or expense if you do not meet the travel document requirements. Behave appropriatel...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger on AA from KIN-MIA asked to deboard to change from her romper outfit
Replies: 117
Views: 9824

Re: Passenger on AA from KIN-MIA asked to deboard to change from her romper outfit

How is her outfit any different to a guy taking a flight in shorts and a t-shirt? I've taken most of my flights dressed like that (shorts & t-shirt, not the romper suit!) I flew SCQ - MAD on Ryanair yesterday wearing jeans shorts and a sleeve-less T-shirt. I was overdressed and conservative com...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: EK gets court approval for December flights to MEX via BCN
Replies: 87
Views: 9181

Re: Confirmed: EK launching MEX via BCN

It seems that AM's MEX-BCN-MEX is becoming daily in mid/late December, up from 3x.

AEROMEXICO have decided to put up a fight and must have realised that 3 times per week is not competitive.

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by jmmadrid
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Estelar + Hi Fly: A380 on CCS-EZE route?
Replies: 34
Views: 7780

Re: Estelar + Hi Fly: A380 on CCS-EZE route?

Guys, don't read too much into it, ESTELAR has two Airbus340s leased fom Hi-Fly, one of them needs some maintenance work this week and Hi Fly has to replace it with something similar or better. The Airbus 380 was probably sitting idle on the tarmac so it was chosen to fill in. Nothing to do with mar...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizzair to fly Gdansk (Poland) - Molde (Norway) from october ´19 ???
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Wizzair to fly Gdansk (Poland) - Molde (Norway) from october ´19 ???

Work permits for EU citizens EEA nationals with a valid identity card or passport can legally move to Norway and look for a job without a work permit for up to six months. They must register their presence in the country as a job seeker with the police within the first three months of their arrival....

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by jmmadrid
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines announces Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Replies: 11
Views: 2424

Re: Turkish Airlines announces Port Harcourt, Nigeria

For obvious reasons, the flight wasn't operated by a 737 MAX but by a 739 (TC-JYG) instead

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by jmmadrid
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Airlines ceases LAS service
Replies: 58
Views: 14904

Re: Norwegian Airlines ceases LAS service

Such a drastic network change does indicate the challenges they are facing getting the model to work, but the biggest issue they have is what can they do with the planes now. It seems that they have 36 Boeing 787s, a mix of -8 and -9. Let's say that after route cancellations and consolidation they ...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread
Replies: 476
Views: 129955

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread

Who needs an Airbus 380 when you can fit 460 people in an A330?

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by jmmadrid
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai airways Europe network
Replies: 23
Views: 6098

Re: Thai airways Europe network

Thai used to fly to MAD, a 747-400 with a stop in Rome, but they couldn't survive the arrival of the ME3s. Not only did Qatar, Emirates and Etihad take most of their BKK passengers away, but also those passengers who connected onwards from BKK to SYD and MEL. MAD-BKK is an extremely seasonal route, ...

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by jmmadrid
Wed May 15, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What (Not) to Say When Interviewing to Be a Flight Attendant
Replies: 56
Views: 11673

Re: What (Not) to Say When Interviewing to Be a Flight Attendant

I know I'm swimming upstream here, but I believe that if a company wants to attract and retain talented and committed staff, they need to get to know their people better, their circumstances, their needs and their wishes, and work out creative win-win solutions. For example, a young mother might fin...

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by jmmadrid
Tue May 07, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet
Replies: 146
Views: 28647

Re: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet

We discussed this subject a few months ago, basically some airlines are losing patience with Boeing and the clock in their ageing planes is going tic-tac while Boeing seems unable to get their act together.

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by jmmadrid
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ET receive permission for 5th freedom on MAD-DUB
Replies: 19
Views: 2649

Re: ET receive permission for 5th freedom on MAD-DUB

https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2019/04/25/ethiopian-secures-dublin-madrid-rights/ Ib is also in the route....why on earth is the 5th freedom granted? I mean 3 local companies serving the route makes no sense to make room to another competitor. I understand 5th freedom when nobody...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM Perú to operate 787-9s
Replies: 6
Views: 1496

Re: LATAM Perú to operate 787-9s

LATAM will base 2 Boeing 787-9 in Lima from late September. The first route that will see the 789 is LIM-MAD-LIM, which is currently operated on the 767-300ER. Other routes, such as LIM-BCN-LIM and LIM-LAX-LIM, are expected to be upgauged to the 787-9. The route requires 1.5 planes to operate daily...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor/unofficial: Norwegian Argentina to start EZE-PER-SIN
Replies: 48
Views: 8377

Re: Rumor/unofficial: Norwegian Argentina to start EZE-PER-SIN

I believe NORWEGIAN have much lower-hanging fruit, such as EZE-Spain (MAD, BCN), EZE-Italy (MXP, FCO), EZE-France (CDG) and EZE-USA (MIA, JFK)

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does SQ not fly to Madrid!?
Replies: 6
Views: 1805

Re: Why does SQ not fly to Madrid!?

SQ used to fly to Madrid from April 1992 until October 2004. They operated a 747-400 with a stop in MXP, CDG or ZUR (don't quote me on the particular stop, it changed throughout the years and I might be mixing them up with Thai that did the same). It seems that the plane did not have enough range, h...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Site that lets you view all routes of an airline on a single map
Replies: 19
Views: 14532

Re: Site that lets you view all routes of an airline on a single map

Overall a nice tool to play with, but there are some mistakes. AEROPOSTAL, for example, does not fly a 10% of the routes the page shows. CONVIASA flies to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, but the map shows La Paz instead. AIR EUROPA does not fly to Shanghai with a stop at Xian...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian plans start MAD-LIM
Replies: 24
Views: 3428

Re: Norwegian plans start MAD-LIM

The problem with "market stimulation through cheap fares" is that it requires: 1. A lot of cash to pay the bills at the end of the month 2. A myriad of established and profitable routes that generate enough revenue to pay for everything 3. A time frame after which the route will no longer ...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American suspends service to Venezuela
Replies: 93
Views: 14521

Re: American suspends service to Venezuela

What about a triangle flight? I know BA has done this in parts of Africa it was worried to prevent the crew overnighting anywhere deemed too risky? These flights probably have some demand from outside Venezuela still, but considering people are now down to sourcing water in CCS from sewage outfalls...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could the MAX grounding be the end of Norwegian?
Replies: 113
Views: 31872

Re: Could the MAX grounding be the end of Norwegian?

Also, the point to point flight strategy might work during the high season, but what about the slow months? It's much easier to find passengers when you have a hub. Moreover, companies that have a hub strategy usually use pricing to have a balance between their point to point and their connecting pa...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India suspends Madrid and Birmingham
Replies: 44
Views: 10340

Re: Air India suspends Madrid and Birmingham

In regards to Madrid, yields must have been appalling. Air India was always the cheapest option, cheaper than all the one-stop options (EK, TK, QR, etc). Very limited business traffic between both cities. Most of their passengers (in summer) were backpackers to Delhi and some connections to Kathmand...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1.1M lawsuit filed after 'emotional support' dog mauled 5yo girl
Replies: 51
Views: 4582

Re: $1.1M lawsuit filed after 'emotional support' dog mauled 5yo girl

I love animals and I like pitbulls but I disagree with all this emotional support nonsense. If you can't be separated from your dog, then you've got two options: a) You drive. Your car or the rental's b) You stay at home and spend the travel money on shrinks instead. I belong to a minority that has ...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair negotiating with Boeing and Airbus for a 757 replacement
Replies: 123
Views: 24244

Re: Icelandair negotiating with Boeing and Airbus for a 757 replacement

What FI needs to have at the back of their mind is that Boeing isn't going to pander to them (in their 797 design) too much due to their small order. Requests from airlines like Southwest and Ryanair will more likely be heard more favourably. That's why I asked above how big would this order be and...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does A330neo really suit Emirates?
Replies: 62
Views: 13606

Re: Does A330neo really suit Emirates?

EK need something smaller than the 777/A350 to fly to new cities for which these planes would be too big, and maybe to replace 777s on certain routes to improve yields and occupancy. The options available today are 787 or A330neo. They chose one of these options.

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by jmmadrid
Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair negotiating with Boeing and Airbus for a 757 replacement
Replies: 123
Views: 24244

Re: Icelandair negotiating with Boeing and Airbus for a 757 replacement

I can see a handful of whatever aircraft they choose (say ~10-15), but Icelandair's niche has been narrowbody economics on routes that other airlines have to use widebodies. The 737MAX covers the bulk of the Icelandair's routes in both range and passenger capacity. Outside of major airports (JFK/LH...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair negotiating with Boeing and Airbus for a 757 replacement
Replies: 123
Views: 24244

Re: Icelandair negotiating with Boeing and Airbus for a 757 replacement

They did just splurge on an order of 737 MAX and I don't imagine they'll want to replace those in the short-term. I'm certain they will take a long, hard look at the A321XLR. They'd be foolish not to. The 757s will have to be replaced at some point within the next decade. My recommendation (which I...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair negotiating with Boeing and Airbus for a 757 replacement
Replies: 123
Views: 24244

Re: Icelandair negotiating with Boeing and Airbus for a 757 replacement

With the 737MAX coming into service, Icelandair now has the ability to move the 757s into lighter-duty service. The 737 can do the bulk of the routes, while the 757s can be saved for the routes they are needed for their legs. Sure, such strategy would "buy them some time", but how efficie...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair negotiating with Boeing and Airbus for a 757 replacement
Replies: 123
Views: 24244

Re: Icelandair negotiating with Boeing and Airbus for a 757 replacement

At first, this piece of news is a bit hilarious, it describes the situation as if ICELANDAIR just woke up this morning and realised they have an aging fleet of 757s that need replacing. They must have been "negotiating" for ages, and IMHO this is really an ultimatum to BOEING: "We're ...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates launching to Porto
Replies: 32
Views: 7830

Re: Emirates launching to Porto

Indeed it seems we are in 2008 again. IMO OPO will be hit massively when there is a downturn. Traffic in OPO in the last ten years has grown from 4.5M (2008) to 12M (2018). It is one of those cities that (backed on the massive VFR traffic) has became "trendy" as a city break or as a large...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates launching to Porto
Replies: 32
Views: 7830

Re: Emirates launching to Porto

I am well aware OPO is heavily used by people from Southern Galicia (specially Vigo considering their Pinypon airport) but in Northern Galicia I would say things are quite different. Santiago to Porto is 250 km. with non-stop, usable public transportation being non-existent (you should go by bus/tr...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vueling cancels 8 destinations from BCN
Replies: 32
Views: 7909

Re: Vueling cancels 8 destinations from BCN

ro1960 wrote:
So basically they're revising their growth plans downwards because they don't have the resources to operate the additional flights reliably.


Or this could be just the excuse they were waiting for to axe 9 not-very-profitable routes and at the same time save face.

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF
Replies: 104
Views: 16382

Re: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF

I am not overly surprised. Laudamotion (Ryanair) has opened tons of routes from Germany to Mallorca (main market). And PMI suffers from the recovery of Turkey. Canarias a winter destination has also increasing competition from Morocco, Tunisia, Cabo Verde or Egypt. Why does PMI in Spain suffer from...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF
Replies: 104
Views: 16382

Re: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF

VSMUT wrote:
Many of those are Vueling bases or markets, aren't they? Could it be related to the IAG interest in taking over Norwegian, or is it just complete random?


There is ZERO overlapping between VUELING and NORGEWIAN out of PMI.
They did compete on PMI-BIO and PMI-BCN and Norwegian lost out.

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by jmmadrid
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF
Replies: 104
Views: 16382

Re: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF

Norwegian's Spanish cabin crews are paid much less (I want to say half) than their scandi counterparts. Replacing them with OSL or ARN based crew is hardly a way to save...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD breaks its pax record
Replies: 14
Views: 2938

Re: MAD breaks its pax record

It seems that in 2018, the HSL was used by 10 million passengers in the Madrid-Barcelona route alone. If the HSL did not exist, these people would have flown and would be counted in MAD's figures.

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by jmmadrid
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn’t AA try a separate low fare operation ?
Replies: 73
Views: 8133

Re: Why didn’t AA try a separate low fare operation ?

Slightly off-topic, another "successful" example of an airline within an airline is IBERIA EXPRESS, that handles less business-heavy routes for her mother IBERIA and competes head to head with low costs. Cabin crew are paid less, among other differences.

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by jmmadrid
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded
Replies: 30
Views: 8427

Re: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded

Crossing the whole country of Macedonia must have turned the stomachs of many Thessalonians

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by jmmadrid
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there room for more expansion for Easyjet and where to?
Replies: 24
Views: 2736

Re: Is there room for more expansion for Easyjet and where to?

If you are asking about some easy-peasy routes within Europe, with high yields, no competitors and no risk, then the answer is there is no such thing. If they want to grow, they need to look at specific opportunities where there is room for one more carrier, or where they can stimulate the market, O...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Dec 25, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAE and Mexican authorities working on establishing flights
Replies: 30
Views: 4548

Re: UAE and Mexican authorities working on establishing flights

Well, I know that they're trying DXB-MEX with 1 stop. But I was just asking if it is possible an 380 doing that route nonstop. Don't forget that every airline in the world always will try to do their flights nonstop, and of course for an airline like Emirates, that plays a vital role in their netwo...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation December 2018
Replies: 147
Views: 17366

Re: Turkish Aviation December 2018

During his recent visit to Venezuela, Erdogan announced that TK will increase IST-HAV-CCS-IST to daily, up fom the current 3 weekly flights. Sorry, link in Spanish only http://www.eluniversal.com/economia/27284/presidente-de-turquia-llega-a-venezuela-para-estrechar-lazos-de-cooperacion Is this route...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia A346 burts tyre upon landing today @ EZE
Replies: 22
Views: 6337

Re: Iberia A346 burts tyre upon landing today @ EZE

Interesting...she flew IB instead of LH on 748 (with F) Not to divert too far from the subject at hand in this post, but I'm surprised that she flies on scheduled service flights. Is that typical for other heads of state? Obviously not the case for POTUS Her plane broke down the night before. She d...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian MAD-SCL very soon
Replies: 25
Views: 3800

Re: Norwegian MAD-SCL very soon

Realistically there are two carriers that can open this route: Air Europa and Norwegian. UX tried beforee (and chopped it) so there is only Norwegian At the time, UX didn't have the right plane for this route and they had to stop at Salvador. Now, with the 787, they can fly nonstop and could give t...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT: Brexit Britain close to agreeing open skies deal with US
Replies: 19
Views: 4508

Re: FT: Brexit Britain close to agreeing open skies deal with US

That's Brexit for you, taking back control by having inferior rights to what they enjoy now and having restrictions placed on them in agreements that they do not want, because they need those agreements desperately. Is it any wonder no other country has even moved a little to join this crusade? Now...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees
Replies: 49
Views: 7013

Re: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees

This is RYANAIR's default seating policy. Flew them last night, seat 3A, and could witness how a family of 3 (mom, dad, and 10ish year old son) had been assigned 3B, 4B and 5B respectively. So three people on the same PNR and all of them got middle seats? What a coincidence... Luckily, people around...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Elderly couple kicked off of KLM AMS-MAD flight
Replies: 86
Views: 12042

Re: Elderly couple kicked off of KLM AMS-MAD flight

The plot thickens....

I have just seen the video and it tuns out that:
1. The passengers speak perfect Spanish with no "strange" accent
2. The FA speaks Spanish, but he chose not to
3. The rest of the passengers supported the elderly couple

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by jmmadrid
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Elderly couple kicked off of KLM AMS-MAD flight
Replies: 86
Views: 12042

Re: Elderly couple kicked off of KLM AMS-MAD flight

Noshow wrote:
I think as a rule there should be at least one flight attendant on board who knows to speak the language of the destination country. Plus spanish is not that exotic so even more one should know it.


Exactly.

And if KLM don't do this, then it's a weakness and not something to be proud of.

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by jmmadrid
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Elderly couple kicked off of KLM AMS-MAD flight
Replies: 86
Views: 12042

Re: Elderly couple kicked off of KLM AMS-MAD flight

Dutch people dont speak Spanish. Almost all KLM FAs are Dutch. In this day and age, such lack of diversity in a "global" airline is an embarrasing weakness. As I said before, even a cheap and disgusting airline like Ryanair try to roster some crew members that speak "some" basic...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Elderly couple kicked off of KLM AMS-MAD flight
Replies: 86
Views: 12042

Re: Elderly couple kicked off of KLM AMS-MAD flight

Spanish must rank in the top 3 or 4 native languages spoken by KLM's passengers (sharing podium with English and French). They fly to at least 8 countries where the official language is Spanish. It's hard to believe that on a flight TO MADRID they didn't have one single FA that could speak at least ...

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