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by mattyfitzg
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: To the Oil Rigs of Libya!: Opening(and closing) a rig
Replies: 10
Views: 2916

To the Oil Rigs of Libya!: Opening(and closing) a rig

Hey folks, I recently returned from an interesting trip to a rig just off of the coast of Benghazi, Libya. Up until 2012, we had a rig named "Nick 120", this wasn't the official name, but it was what it was referred to by everybody, from the rig workers themselves all the way up to the top...

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by mattyfitzg
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/ ... cquisition

Looks like Lufthansa are backtracking on their bid for Condor.
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http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/ ... cquisition

Looks like Lufthansa are backtracking on their bid for Condor.

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by mattyfitzg
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetX Airlines
Replies: 1
Views: 527

Re: JetX Airlines

It's first scheduled routes were Keflavik to Forli, Italy & Palma Mallorca.
With the addition of more aircraft, it added Tenerife, Chania & Alicante.
It remained the same (with the addition of the ad-hoc charter here and there), until it became Primera Air in 2009.

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by mattyfitzg
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Disruptive passenger triggers Fighter jet escort & sonic boom.
Replies: 40
Views: 5396

Re: Disruptive passenger triggers Fighter jet escort & sonic boom.

How can a drunk female pose any kind of danger to the aircraft? Can't two people hold her until the plane lands? I understand the diversion but why dispatch two fighter jets? According to the reports, she tried to enter the flight deck, and assaulted two members of the crew at the front of the airc...

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by mattyfitzg
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: F9 Could Use A321XLR Order for Transatlantic
Replies: 116
Views: 10952

Re: F9 Could Use A321XLR Order for Transatlantic

Enilria, I always truly respect your opinions and posts, but flying over the pond with the product frontier offer and density is dead on arrival. You need not to look further than the experiment of Primera air. They were basically the equivalent, maybe even a little better product I would even add....

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by mattyfitzg
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways crew ballot to strike
Replies: 8
Views: 1546

Re: British Airways crew ballot to strike

PlymSpotter wrote:
mattyfitzg wrote:
Hope Titan, Cityjet, HiFly, EuroAtlantic etc etc keep their phone lines free :lol:


I'm not sure they have much, if any, spare capacity right now.



Well i'm sure Ryanair will be keen to get their metal parked up at T5 like last time.

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by mattyfitzg
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: F9 Could Use A321XLR Order for Transatlantic
Replies: 116
Views: 10952

Re: F9 Could Use A321XLR Order for Transatlantic

While in no way profitable, obviously, a relatively "badly" run airline like Primera managed to fill an A321 successfully to IAD, YYZ, BOS and EWR from STN, and CDG. Yes, October 2018 will tell us how well it went. The lowest load factor for the STN flights was a one off 75% on the inaugur...

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by mattyfitzg
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways crew ballot to strike
Replies: 8
Views: 1546

British Airways crew ballot to strike

Here we go again..... BA Pilots are balloting to take strike action over pay. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/holidays-at-risk-as-british-airways-pilots-vote-on-strike-x69rtp85m Gatwick based cabin crew vote to strike over problems with rosters. https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advic...

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by mattyfitzg
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Norwegian’s Fleet
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Re: Norwegian’s Fleet

shamrock321 wrote:
Norwegian Air Argentina 737-800 x 3
Norwegian Air International 737-800 x 67
Norwegian Air Shuttle 737-800 x 54
Norwegian Air Sweden 788 x 3/789 x 1
Norwegian Air UK 789 x13
Norwegian Long Haul 788 x 8/789 x 13



I believe there is also a single 738 with Norwegian Air UK, G-NRWY.

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by mattyfitzg
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight from IND to CDG
Replies: 100
Views: 12977

Re: passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight from IND to CDG

Is this not an everyday occurence on UK Charter flights??? It's big news, yes, however, get on any Thomas Cook/TUI/Easyjet or Ryanair flight to Turkey, Ibiza or certain Greek Islands and this is something the crew have almost accepted as part of the day-to-day job. You don’t fly often do you? As a ...

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by mattyfitzg
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 20834

Re: Flybe update

Looking at the BE/VS presence at MAN, you can see why they want to tweak the connectivity.. The table below is extracted from Flightradar 24 but I've banked ti for an arbitrary 40 minute connection and put in punk the long-haul routes operating less then 5 weekly (disregarded the days of operation ...

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by mattyfitzg
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew Control/Operations
Replies: 13
Views: 2211

Re: Crew Control/Operations

BlueberryWheats wrote:
I may be extremely naive, but what's the crew control department? Is it like HR or crew rostering?


The ones who call you at 3am on Christmas Day for a 13 hour duty to Egypt and back :lol: As happened to my daughter last year :lol:

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by mattyfitzg
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight from IND to CDG
Replies: 100
Views: 12977

Re: passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight from IND to CDG

Is this not an everyday occurence on UK Charter flights???

It's big news, yes, however, get on any Thomas Cook/TUI/Easyjet or Ryanair flight to Turkey, Ibiza or certain Greek Islands and this is something the crew have almost accepted as part of the day-to-day job.

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by mattyfitzg
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger blows slide on PIA 777 at Manchester
Replies: 40
Views: 8965

Passenger blows slide on PIA 777 at Manchester

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1988158/1-female-passenger-mistakes-exit-door-toilet-pia-flight/ She apparently "pressed the button" to open the door, thinking it was a toilet, thus releasing the "airbag shoot"......... Last time I checked, Triple 7 doors needed more than a button :...

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by mattyfitzg
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

A comment from a "source familiar with the matter" is too vague to even take seriously. Hifly was one of the vultures in the demise of Germania, so my guess is that, if they are involved in the matter, they want to buy some of their frames for a very gentle price. Would imagine TCX manage...

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by mattyfitzg
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

What on earth would HiFly, an ACMI airline with 8 aircraft, want with Thomas Cook, an airline with over 30 aircraft, thousands of crew, and a well established route network??

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by mattyfitzg
Mon May 27, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22355

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

Having been on the flights and witnessed the carnage first hand, I don't think BA will be sending anything newer than 20 years old to Abuja. The state of the interior arriving in ABV is an abomination.

Imagine sending a fresh out of the packet 789 down there, R.I.P.

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by mattyfitzg
Sun May 26, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

Yes it’s a private equity firm . Hopefully more successful for they employees than greybulls efforts with monarch When I think of Greybull, I think of the grim reaper standing by a hospital bed. British Steel the latest victim of their 'restructuring' methodology it would seem. Greybulls entire bus...

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by mattyfitzg
Sun May 26, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

Yes it’s a private equity firm . Hopefully more successful for they employees than greybulls efforts with monarch When I think of Greybull, I think of the grim reaper standing by a hospital bed. British Steel the latest victim of their 'restructuring' methodology it would seem. Greybulls entire bus...

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by mattyfitzg
Sun May 26, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do airlines rebook pax on canceled sold out flights?
Replies: 14
Views: 2155

Re: How do airlines rebook pax on canceled sold out flights?

Blimpie wrote:
Yeah, I did consider the reality that some would say "nuts with this"


You missed a golden "FORK this" opportunity there...... :lol:

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by mattyfitzg
Mon May 20, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

I think we will hear of the sale of the airline very soon. I see this as very time critical, It will gain lots of attention and most likely reassure customers, or at least give the impression that they are "on top of things". The longer people hear nothing, the more likely the confidence w...

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by mattyfitzg
Sun May 19, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

Not sure I agree that they are a great brand. Had two trips to Athens with them. Trip 1 there was a Public Sector strike. Flight was with OA and 2 x B737 flights were combined into 1x A300. My flight was 12 hours earlier than expected. I was told 24 hours before. Once there was a Public Sector stri...

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by mattyfitzg
Sun May 19, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

bennett123 wrote:
I understand that the airline is profitable.

Why would they sell for £1.


Not strictly saying they would sell the airline for a £1, just more stating the fact that I think TCG would go to whatever measures they have to, to sell the airline as quickly as possible.

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by mattyfitzg
Sun May 19, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

The way things are going with TCG events may overtake the sale of the airline and it could quickly go bust. Then it will be a case of picking over the carcass. No doubt a lot of airlines with grounded or non-arrived B737MAXs will be looking to use any aircraft returned to leasing companies. I highl...

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by mattyfitzg
Fri May 17, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue switches from Coke to Pepsi
Replies: 193
Views: 19322

Re: JetBlue switches from Coke to Pepsi

LovePrunesAnet wrote:
It's NOT pop! It's a coke or soda, regardless of flavor/brand.
As in:
Q "What kind of coke do you want?"
A "I want a Sprite"


If I asked someone what kind of Coke they want, and they said Sprite, they'd get pepto and/or a slap.

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by mattyfitzg
Fri May 17, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

I don’t think a merger with wizz is the right decision. One is a ULCC that flies to Eastern Europe with mainly VFR traffic and a small and increasing city break market. The other is a holiday/leisure operator. They are 2 markets and don’t really overlap. The only real value TCUK has too wizz is slo...

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by mattyfitzg
Fri May 17, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue switches from Coke to Pepsi
Replies: 193
Views: 19322

Re: JetBlue switches from Coke to Pepsi

How on earth has this discussion got 3 pages? Coke to Pepsi? Spectacular.......

I hear they changed their scent of Air Freshener too, can we have a 3 page thread on that.
I'm sure one of the crew used a different body spray today too, where's the thread for that? :lol:

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by mattyfitzg
Fri May 17, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Registration Check
Replies: 4
Views: 761

Re: Registration Check

On 2nd May it was operated by Boeing 717-200 N988DN.

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by mattyfitzg
Fri May 17, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

I don’t think a merger with wizz is the right decision. One is a ULCC that flies to Eastern Europe with mainly VFR traffic and a small and increasing city break market. The other is a holiday/leisure operator. They are 2 markets and don’t really overlap. The only real value TCUK has too wizz is slo...

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by mattyfitzg
Fri May 17, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

eagles94 wrote:
The Chinese whispers going around internally right now seems to be that Indigo Partners are going to take TCUK as a package.


Would Indigo keep the airline running as it is? Would they merge it Wizz, or even Frontier??

Strange one.

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by mattyfitzg
Mon May 13, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

EDIT: On the subject of a VS take-over of Long-Haul, surely Unite will put up a hell of a fight in regards to employment of staff and contracts. I don't think a union like Unite will let it quietly slip under the radar But VS might have better terms than TC? Cabin Crew contracts at TCX are far more...

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by mattyfitzg
Mon May 13, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

Anything happening on the other side of the Atlantic lately? Westjet Air, Transat, and Thomas Cooke are companies to watch. I pity any employee of Westjet right now with the pure horror of uncertainty a Private Equity firm take over brings More pity for the Thomas Cook employees, who don't know whe...

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by mattyfitzg
Sat May 11, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

So looks like the main bidders for TCUK as a whole are Easyjet, Indigo and potentially Lufthansa (Since they extended their offer for Condor to TCUK). Can't really see what Easyjet would do with the long haul routes and aircraft, and couldn't really see it being allowed to happen, since if it did, L...

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by mattyfitzg
Fri May 10, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: To the Oil Rigs of Venezuela: Closing an Oil Rig!
Replies: 12
Views: 5322

Re: To the Oil Rigs of Venezuela: Closing an Oil Rig!

Thank you everybody for your lovely comments! On the PlusUltra flight to CCS, how many of those 22 were booked in BusinessClass? There were 8 people seated in Business Class. Thanks for taking the time to read this great report of this very exotic trip. What was the registration of that Bell? Got co...

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by mattyfitzg
Sun May 05, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: To the Oil Rigs of Venezuela: Closing an Oil Rig!
Replies: 12
Views: 5322

To the Oil Rigs of Venezuela: Closing an Oil Rig!

Hey guys and girls, it's been a while since my last report. I recently returned from a somewhat nerve-wracking trip to Venezuela to close down 2 oil rigs just off of the coast. My route would take me MAN-TFS-TFN-CCS-MIA-IAH-LHR, Here goes! Of course, flying to Caracas at last minute isn't an easy fe...

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by mattyfitzg
Fri May 03, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

Bets on Wizzair taking over the entire operation, including the 330's and launching themselves across the Atlantic with them and their NEOs to compete with Norwegian (and later on JetBlue)

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by mattyfitzg
Thu May 02, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

Analysts at Goodbody said the most likely initial outcome was the sale of the Condor long-haul business to Lufthansa, but that they were concerned about what would happen to the competitive short-haul unit. From: https://www.nasdaq.com/article/indigo-joins-likely-bidders-for-thomas-cook-airline-201...

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by mattyfitzg
Thu May 02, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

Unless there is a management buy-out with the help of VC money, I would say the Thomas Cook Airlines name would very likely disappear, especially in the UK. It is a muddled brand anyway. Wizz UK already competes rather robustly with Ryanair and easyJet at Luton on Western European routes - includin...

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by mattyfitzg
Thu May 02, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

So it’s not as bleak as everybody first thought! Glad to see we’ll have TCX around for more years to come There's no guarantee the Thomas Cook name will still adorn planes after the sale and nor is it a given the airlines in their current form will remain unchanged. For example, if easyJet were to ...

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by mattyfitzg
Thu May 02, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

For those who haven't read the article - it suggests that Indigo Partners and Lufthansa are the most interested - with IAG and easyJet not so much. There is not even as much as a indication if VS/DL have any interest. It would suggest to me that it will be split up - possibly long haul going to LH ...

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by mattyfitzg
Thu May 02, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

Thomas Cook Group have set a deadline of May 7th, for interest in the airline arm of the business. https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-thomas-cook-grp-m-a-airlines/thomas-cook-sets-may-7-deadline-for-interest-in-airline-business-sources-idUKKCN1S74DY?utm_source=applenews Potential takers include Indi...

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by mattyfitzg
Wed May 01, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: Air Transat in Talks of Selling the Company
Replies: 64
Views: 12564

Re: Media: Air Transat in Talks of Selling the Company

if there are issues with profitability etc at TS, I wonder why TUI would want to take on that baggage. The new A321s dont fit with TUI group making yet another subfleet Air Canada taking over would surely raise a few competition eyebrows? Which is why Thomas Cook, with the majority Airbus, in parti...

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by mattyfitzg
Wed May 01, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 263
Views: 39892

Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

Thomas Cook Group have set a deadline of May 7th, for interest in the airline arm of the business. https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-thomas-cook-grp-m-a-airlines/thomas-cook-sets-may-7-deadline-for-interest-in-airline-business-sources-idUKKCN1S74DY?utm_source=applenews Potential takers include Indig...

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by mattyfitzg
Wed May 01, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: Air Transat in Talks of Selling the Company
Replies: 64
Views: 12564

Re: Media: Air Transat in Talks of Selling the Company

As suggested above, I think there's a good chance this could be a Thomas Cook/Air Transat tie up, since both airlines are up for sale, and already work heavily with each other.

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by mattyfitzg
Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unusual departures out of RTM on FR24
Replies: 2
Views: 557

Unusual departures out of RTM on FR24

Hey Guys & Gals,

Might be a fairly simple answer, but confused me when I saw it. On FR24, it's got listed on the departures:
AA 8892 - Paris
AC 6001 - Amsterdam
AA 8895 - London
AC 6893 - London
Using equipment "RFS".

Not a codeshare either, so just thought it strange.

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by mattyfitzg
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Startups 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Re: European Startups 2019

Odyssey haven't updated anything for a few months, and despite "ordering" the C-Series 5 years ago, still nothing. So I think we can safely put them to bed.

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by mattyfitzg
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 141625

Re: Jetblue “Save the Date” All Hands - April 10

Really emphasising on the Mint product, maybe, as someone suggested earlier, it'll be an entirely Mint config.


And the conference closes out with a queen tribute, thought this was a JetBlue conference not Saturday night in Benidorm.

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by mattyfitzg
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 141625

Re: Jetblue “Save the Date” All Hands - April 10

winginit wrote:
As if we need any more evidence that the announcement is a London one, their official twitter account just used the CORRECT spelling of 'colour'.

Image



Fixed that for you ;)

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