Disagree. I came off fly be flight today in the front exit row seat. Surprise, surprise, massive Wheely suitcases that were far too big. Bag had to be put down the back and so I'm actually last off the plane. 50quid isn't that much especially in relation to what you'd pay if you put it in the hold....Jump to post
As for baggage charges - if people can’t stick to the clearly advised T&Cs at booking and check-in, they can expect a penalty - also advised at the time of booking & check-in. The charge of 50 pounds sterling is entirely disproportionate to the nature of the transgression(1cm larger than th...Jump to post
As nationalism rises and governments seek to protect strategic assets, don't expect to see huge sell offs in the future.
Does not help that profits have declined recently so there's less appetite for private companies to invest.
Probably suits the future Emirates.
- New Dubai airport, more slots
- New hubs opening, new Istanbul airport and LHR 3rd runway examples of these changes
- Serve more secondary markets
- Can see Saudi opening up soon, business will head across the desert
Biggest rule of marketing? Never tell the market you're marketing to that you're marketing to them. This is so accurate I don't know whether to laugh or to cry. Hi: Disagree: Air France in particular and all French airlines in which I had worked as a Maintenance provider, has been the more strict, ...Jump to post
What is the cost now having to rebrand Joon back to Air France in terms of re-painting, seating, etc. Considering they just spent on having it converted to Joon not too long back. And how does this affect their balance sheet? I'm sure they will take a hit in this to-fro branding exersice. Not a ver...Jump to post
Oh no, I had not yet tried out this flying hipster lounge :lol: Too bad Goodbye stupid airline with a stupid name and a stupid concept :wave: That's right. But I think the point is joon was anything but hipster. The brand was widely ridiculed when it was launched. It was always a ghastly concept. B...Jump to post
As they say, it's the economy, stupid.
US economy is back up there and many routes will be (more) profitable. Business trips both ends or American tourism to UK.
ADrum23 wrote:or a state bordering Mexico.
I disagree, and I don't ride horses. This guy made a conscious decision to turn up for work not just over the aviation legal limit, but over the driving legal limit. Those tests would have been done some time after he turned up for work, when he would have been even further over the limit. He could...Jump to post
There is no such thing as an addictive personality. Mmmm Hmmm. You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. If you’re a pilot, go speak to the EAP representatives in your union. They can educate you on the matter. Same could be said for you. I back my assertions up with a case and without ha...Jump to post
The fact that this fellow showed up to pilot an aircraft shows us the utter powerlessness of the disease of alcoholism. p call i. Many people who used to drink, don't drink any longer. Many people who were apparently smokers no longer smoke and say it was actually quite easy. There is no such thing...Jump to post
Is someone really asking this question? Wow. They're all trying to muscle in on each others territory. BA – worse seat pitch than FR. FR's change to accommodate a more business-focussed mindset with flexible ticketing as well as a move into primary airports and frequencies. U2 ramping up its holida...Jump to post
It's all a bit of a jumble with their fleet problems. I don't know whether having so many fleet types has been a blessing or a curse with the ability to swap aircraft around but then have aircraft which are totally unsuitable to the route. It does seem MAN is suffering here and a lack of daily mainl...Jump to post
How reputable/reliable is DJ's Aviation as a source? I have tried to watch one of his videos on the 787 before, but found it so amateurish and full of subjective opinion it was unwatchable - it felt, to me, like something an overenthusiastic kid put together in his bedroom. He certainly needs coach...Jump to post
There you go. As we've seen recently with Monarch, these airlines ( Next up will be VS I believe. They've been struggling since Bermuda 2 was scrapped. If you add up the losses since 2008 it wipes out any profit they've made since launch. The are on track for a 90m loss this year and Branson has ju...Jump to post
BMI became obsessed with opening up LHR and using their sizeable slot holding to fly to the USA. Where they should have been focused was on Manchester. But they went downhill very quickly. Baby was silly. They killed MME. They downsized aircraft and made flights more expensive. They got into mid ha...Jump to post
The fate of bmi was sealed in 1999 when LH bought a stake in bmi. As part of that transaction, Michael Bishop had an option to force LH to buy the rest of bmi for £400m. After playing with the airline unsuccessfully for 10 years, he exercised his option and cashed out leaving LH with a high bill fo...Jump to post
I do not understand why Boeing would pay almost £165m to Monarch's offshore holding company a year ago. The sale and leaseback would have had the lessor provide the financing for the 737 MAXs and lease the aircraft to Monarch, so why did Boeing get involved. I was under the impression that Boeing g...Jump to post
Given all the information we have so far, im guessing there is little/no chance of us ever seeing a Monarch come back?? As much as I would love it, it's a sad thought. To be honest I think its better to put it to bed and at least people look back on it with some sort of respect and nostalgia despit...Jump to post
It raises serious concerns about the CAA too. Another example of toothless regulation. How many millions wasted the first and the second time they were faced with bankruptcy? Do you think the CAA should have let them fold last year? Probably. I'm not sure how much CAA knew and when. I just find it ...Jump to post
Lots will be said about Monarch's failure, all of it true. But you can't run a successful airline with what looks seems to be a murky ownership structure. Look at the Mantegazzas. Look at Greybull. The day Monarch went down there was £48m in bank according to some sources. http://www.anorak.co.uk/44...Jump to post
kurtverbose wrote:They should call the lowest class 'Scum class' to encourage people to upgrade.
Good move by the captain... Too many airlines and crew want to ignore drunken behaviour and just cross their fingers nothing happens... On the majority of occasions, usually the trick works and despite the passengers being a little boisterous they get to their destinations, with little incident. Wh...Jump to post
temporary travel ban via passport number instead. Well that sounds far too sensible to work... If China can deal logically with bad behaviour, Europe should as well http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/five-chinese-airlines-introduce-new-rules-to-blacklist-unruly-passengers-a6848521.html Tr...Jump to post
I agree. As minimal the JAL livery is, I think it reflects on the simplicity/minimal design of the country. Same with Finnair. True. A good livery focuses on what's important and will build a brand. AY achieved this beautifully with theirs: that jagged ice-like typeface really latches on to the nat...Jump to post
Norwegian's biggest owner, it's ceo is not likely to be willing to sell Agree. But I see DY longhaul being the Amazon of airlines: great product, lots of love for it – just not very profitable. In that case, DY would need an understanding investor (like Amazon) who would run it at a loss, knowing t...Jump to post
Nobody knows what the future will be. The only thing we know is that airlines who don't reduce costs will go out of business. Alitalia and Air Berlin are now showing us that they can't be bailed out forever and that there are plenty of airlines hovering to pick up the juiciest pieces. Cost will be e...Jump to post
Nobody wants their week away ruined at the start by drink-sodden halfwits. But people who like a drink and like to be disruptive will drink at any time. The LS policy only covers morning flights. There's too much hypocrisy from airlines who like to take the booze shilling but then wonder why these ...Jump to post
CarlosSi wrote:. I just hope they don't become as bland as JAL or CES.
Cost is a factor but not as much as you'd think. Things like safety play a much bigger role. And now airline groups, such as IAG, are standardizing fleets, they want them interchangeable as much as possible. The cheats aren't coming back and neither are the classic liveries. We live in a 'democratiz...Jump to post
ChrisKen wrote:stupid charges for things like actually having the balls to turn up at the entrance.
Is STN better than LGW in terms of access to Downtown? Depends where you want to be. STN is generally 50mins by train, LGW is 30-50mins depending what train you take. Both are lengthy drives to central London if you get caught in traffic. For some reason, STN always felt longer. There's also a bus....Jump to post
It still amazes me that such odd route couples can gain these loadfactors. We're talking just O&D, there are very few connections on either side. Such long routes also takes up just about all of the aircraft's timetable. Weird but innovative. Jury's out on whether it will last but DY could have...Jump to post
This isn't new. Before Southwest actually started flying into BOS, they marketed MHT as Boston North, and PVD as Boston South. For a time when the served both Houston airports, the were tagged as North (IAH) and South (HOU). Kind of like Ryanair serving Barcelona (Girona) and Barcelona (Reus). Neit...Jump to post
The power of words. Legally, there's nothing wrong with it so marketing depts will always try to pee on your leg and tell you it's raining. It should be Oakland-San Francisco if that's the way they want to play it, though as both cities are separate entities, it's very cheeky. I understand the need...Jump to post
The power of words. Legally, there's nothing wrong with it so marketing depts will always try to pee on your leg and tell you it's raining. It should be Oakland-San Francisco if that's the way they want to play it, though as both cities are separate entities, it's very cheeky. I understand the need ...Jump to post
I am struggling to make sense of this strategically other than that having all four airlines in the JV means there's a way for DL to get a better return on revenues and its investments. It can't be about AF / KLM connectivity to VS at Heathrow given the terminal layout and really most of VS's custo...Jump to post
Geoff1947 wrote:This is the confirmation that Virgin Atlantic is finished as an independent airline, although that's been clear since the Delta takeover. They have very few assets apart from Heathrow slots. They don't even own the brand.
- Delta SONG ... that never made any sense to me ... plus that big green sperm design on the side of the plane ... what was the logic? It was hideous, yes. - BMI Baby .. just too cutesy and silly Apparently people liked this one, but yes; another infantile project and another round of dumbing down....Jump to post
Song – although apparently it 'resonated well with women', whatever that means. Go – had to go. A sort of low cost airline for the Waitrose & Whole Foods set that cannibalised BA's own traffic. Another airline that favoured lime green for uniforms and logo etc – amazing how quickly these things ...Jump to post