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by mrbonfire
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21007

Re: Flybe update

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....

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by mrbonfire
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21007

Re: Flybe update

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...

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by mrbonfire
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Air New Zealand 80% owned by the New Zealand government still?
Replies: 17
Views: 2750

Re: Is Air New Zealand 80% owned by the New Zealand government still?

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.

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by mrbonfire
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does A330neo really suit Emirates?
Replies: 60
Views: 13200

Re: Does A330neo really suit Emirates?

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

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by mrbonfire
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: *Unconfirmed* Air France terminates Joon
Replies: 99
Views: 25292

Re: Air France terminates Joon

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, ...

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by mrbonfire
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: *Unconfirmed* Air France terminates Joon
Replies: 99
Views: 25292

Re: Air France terminates Joon

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...

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by mrbonfire
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: *Unconfirmed* Air France terminates Joon
Replies: 99
Views: 25292

Re: Air France terminates Joon

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...

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by mrbonfire
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian moving LGW-OAK to LGW-SFO
Replies: 77
Views: 10594

Re: Norwegian Exiting OAK for SFO

hayzel777 wrote:
As if SFO is not already crowded enough, now the G side will probably be filled with LCC pax! Ugh!

Most of whom will be nickel and dimed and likely to stock up in the airport's expensive restaurant, shops, delis etc. Smart move.

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by mrbonfire
Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FI and their Boeing 767-300
Replies: 15
Views: 4457

Re: FI and their Boeing 767-300

SRQKEF wrote:
Luftymatt wrote:
Shame they canceled their 787 order, it seemed short sighted at the time.


The 787 order was short sighted, the cancellation was not. :)


Indeed. And nice avatar pic, btw.

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by mrbonfire
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why BA is expanding more flights/routes to US than Asia?
Replies: 49
Views: 7380

Re: Why BA is expanding more flights/routes to US than Asia?

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.

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by mrbonfire
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 33177

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

ADrum23 wrote:
or a state bordering Mexico.

I never knew Florida or Alabama bordered Mexico.

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by mrbonfire
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA pilot removed from cockpit.
Replies: 52
Views: 12730

Re: BA pilot removed from cockpit.

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...

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by mrbonfire
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA pilot removed from cockpit.
Replies: 52
Views: 12730

Re: BA pilot removed from cockpit.

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...

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by mrbonfire
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA pilot removed from cockpit.
Replies: 52
Views: 12730

Re: BA pilot removed from cockpit.

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...

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by mrbonfire
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is The Real Difference Among Full Service, LCC and ULCC Carriers?
Replies: 65
Views: 5712

Re: What Is The Real Difference Among Full Service, LCC and ULCC Carriers?

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...

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by mrbonfire
Wed May 30, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.
Replies: 57
Views: 9676

Re: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.

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...

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by mrbonfire
Tue May 29, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Perth to London Problems on Qantas?
Replies: 67
Views: 20879

Re: Perth to London Problems on Qantas?

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...

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by mrbonfire
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could BMI have survived?
Replies: 53
Views: 8328

Re: Could BMI have survived?

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...

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by mrbonfire
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could BMI have survived?
Replies: 53
Views: 8328

Re: Could BMI have survived?

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...

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by mrbonfire
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could BMI have survived?
Replies: 53
Views: 8328

Re: Could BMI have survived?

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...

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by mrbonfire
Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 68314

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

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...

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by mrbonfire
Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 68314

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

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...

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by mrbonfire
Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Monarch Airlines fail?
Replies: 39
Views: 9091

Re: Why did Monarch Airlines fail?

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 ...

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by mrbonfire
Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Monarch Airlines fail?
Replies: 39
Views: 9091

Re: Why did Monarch Airlines fail?

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...

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by mrbonfire
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Solid is Jet2 (LS)?
Replies: 10
Views: 2089

Re: How Solid is Jet2 (LS)?

Arguably Jet2 is what Monarch should have been doing the past 12 years.

Monarch only really survived so long due to the good will of their staff who have now been thanked by being made unemployed overnight.

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by mrbonfire
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers
Replies: 101
Views: 20724

Re: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers

[threeid][/threeid]

kurtverbose wrote:
They should call the lowest class 'Scum class' to encourage people to upgrade.

Lol. Scumbag class has a nice ring ring to it.

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by mrbonfire
Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair enhances hand luggage policy
Replies: 42
Views: 3671

Re: Ryanair enhances hand luggage policy

Doesn't sound 'enhanced' to me.

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by mrbonfire
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 captain confronts pax on flight to Ibiza
Replies: 18
Views: 6254

Re: Jet2 captain confronts pax on flight to Ibiza

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...

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by mrbonfire
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 captain confronts pax on flight to Ibiza
Replies: 18
Views: 6254

Re: Jet2 captain confronts pax on flight to Ibiza

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...

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by mrbonfire
Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The next phase of airline liveries
Replies: 58
Views: 9822

Re: The next phase of airline liveries

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...

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by mrbonfire
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of European aviation.
Replies: 25
Views: 3618

Re: The future of European aviation.

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...

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by mrbonfire
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of European aviation.
Replies: 25
Views: 3618

Re: The future of European aviation.

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...

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by mrbonfire
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 captain confronts pax on flight to Ibiza
Replies: 18
Views: 6254

Re: Jet2 captain confronts pax on flight to Ibiza

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 ...

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by mrbonfire
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 captain confronts pax on flight to Ibiza
Replies: 18
Views: 6254

Re: Jet2 captain confronts pax on flight to Ibiza

Jayafe wrote:
temporary travel ban via passport number instead.

Well that sounds far too sensible to work...

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by mrbonfire
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The next phase of airline liveries
Replies: 58
Views: 9822

Re: The next phase of airline liveries

CarlosSi wrote:
. I just hope they don't become as bland as JAL or CES.


Fair point but the Jal livery was quite well received by customers and staff I thought. It's basic but looks minimal and controlled and won't date. It was introduced when jal really needed a stable identity and direction

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by mrbonfire
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The next phase of airline liveries
Replies: 58
Views: 9822

Re: The next phase of airline liveries

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...

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by mrbonfire
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK - Luton rated Britain's worst airport for fifth year in a row
Replies: 36
Views: 4871

Re: UK - Luton rated Britain's worst airport for fifth year in a row

ChrisKen wrote:
stupid charges for things like actually having the balls to turn up at the entrance.

Haha. Brilliant.

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by mrbonfire
Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unruly pax has to pay $98,000 to Hawaiian Air
Replies: 26
Views: 6249

Re: Unruly pax has to pay $98,000 to Hawaiian Air

I'll look forward to the day when they award us the same proportional costs for when they lose our luggage, but seriously.

Why does everyone have to sue? Just get him off the plane, get him in court and dish out an appropriate sentence.

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by mrbonfire
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to serve new airport: Munich
Replies: 10
Views: 3475

Re: Ryanair to serve new airport: Munich

Known as Memmingen East

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by mrbonfire
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air adds KEF-CVG, STL, DTW & CLE!
Replies: 171
Views: 22992

Re: WOW Air adds KEF-CVG, STL, DTW & CLE!

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....

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by mrbonfire
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to add more flights from SWF/PVD this winter?
Replies: 24
Views: 3277

Re: Norwegian to add more flights from SWF/PVD this winter?

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...

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by mrbonfire
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"
Replies: 101
Views: 14734

Re: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"

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...

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by mrbonfire
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"
Replies: 101
Views: 14734

Re: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"

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...

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by mrbonfire
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"
Replies: 101
Views: 14734

Re: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"

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 ...

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by mrbonfire
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country to Change Strategy
Replies: 191
Views: 27794

Re: Sun Country to Change Strategy

There's no USP to take on Frontier et al. In the UK we had a similar case with ZB who, unlike SY, were mismanaged and had no choice but to become a ulcc. Other carriers came in and did it better and basically had their breakfast.

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by mrbonfire
Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAN news - 2017 (57): Seattle calling
Replies: 141
Views: 37922

Re: MAN news 57: Seattle calling

Good to see tcx moving with the times and sniffing out some interesting routes before other airlines get in there. Looks like a great schedule and the reviews of the tcx product look very promising.

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by mrbonfire
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 22932

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

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...

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by mrbonfire
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 22932

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

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.

Geoff

Very true. And they even mortgaged the slots.

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by mrbonfire
Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Badly Named (Or Branded) Airlines.
Replies: 152
Views: 10505

Re: Badly Named (Or Branded) Airlines.

- 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....

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by mrbonfire
Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Badly Named (Or Branded) Airlines.
Replies: 152
Views: 10505

Re: Badly Named (Or Branded) Airlines.

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 ...

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