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by gunnerman
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

Puerto Rico wants to transform its international airports into centrally located hubs for air passengers and cargo flowing between Europe and Latin America https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/analysis-puerto-rico-advances-effort-to-establish-c-460359/ SJU never recovered from AA's dehubbing (...

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by gunnerman
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

If flycana is to survive it's network map needs to remain what it is - a map.

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by gunnerman
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

'the Boeing 737 Max 8 is certainly an attractive aircraft' No it isn't. 'Jacobsen describes the A321LR as "a game changer, which could eventually allow us to offer flights to Europe without assuming the risk of a dedicated fleet and the cost of a widebody operation' Another Caribbean startup wi...

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by gunnerman
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

I have read that the Barbados PM Mia Mottley instructed the Director of Civil Aviation to have this aircraft registered despite objection from the DCA which has no resources to provide oversight for this aircraft. This was done and the registration was 8P-ERI. It's a mystery who had the clout to get...

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by gunnerman
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to YYZ -- Why the Decline
Replies: 33
Views: 8449

Re: BA to YYZ -- Why the Decline

vectismanpaul wrote:
Gunnerman. LGW-YYZ is 5 times weekly this summer.

Having just checked I see flights on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in August.

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by gunnerman
Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to YYZ -- Why the Decline
Replies: 33
Views: 8449

Re: BA to YYZ -- Why the Decline

If you go back about 20 years BA had LHR-YYZ 10 times a week with the 747, plus a daily BHX-JFK-YYZ with the 757. These days it's double-daily LHR-YYZ year-round with LGW-YYZ three times a week this summer until 29 September (resuming 1 May 2020).

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by gunnerman
Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 10470

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

It was LHR-JNB-GBE twice-weekly using the 744. At that time there was also LHR-JNB-DUR thrice-weekly, the other three weekly JNB flights terminated there, so eight weekly JNB flights in total.

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by gunnerman
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA pilots to strike over the summer?
Replies: 51
Views: 6821

Re: BA pilots to strike over the summer?

You have a couple of options. 1. Book with another carrier. I'd do this if you are inflexible on your dates. 2. Book with BA and deal with any problems. Should any BA flight be cancelled due to strike action you will always be offered the opportunity to rebook at no cost onto another flight either b...

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by gunnerman
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jamaican Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 119
Views: 14814

Re: Jamaican Aviation Thread - 2019

The new owners of Fly Jamaica has revealed details of their future plans. Key Points: -The fleet will be expanded immediately to at least five aircraft: Two 767s for long haul flights, two 737 for short-to-medium haul along, with the long-haul 767-300ER that is presently undergoing certification ch...

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by gunnerman
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 10470

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

I was once on LGW-MAN-BGI a long time ago, I think it was in December 1987 and, if so, it would have been from the South Terminal.

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by gunnerman
Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

If VS wanted to carry revenue traffic on its tag routes it could have applied for exemption from fifth freedom restrrictions as allowed under the relevant ASAs. VS's policy here is in contrast to that of BA's where revenue traffic is carried on every fifth freedom Caribbean route, namely ANU-SKB, AN...

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by gunnerman
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

[ I have already posted that in a rational world a little carrier like BW should not be operating two fleets (used to be three until the two 763s were returned to ILFC in 2016) and the island hopping should be done by LIAT. But Caribbean aviation is not rational, and LIAT's dire straits can only en...

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by gunnerman
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

I think it's known as "marketing support".

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by gunnerman
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

VS plans to increase LGW-ANU from three to four per week and change from the 332 to the 333. However this will not be an increase in capacity as I believe the 332 is a 266-seater (19 Upper, 35 Premium, 212 Economy) and the 333 to be 264-seater (31, 48, 185). No matter how you look at it, a reductio...

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by gunnerman
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

VS plans to increase LGW-ANU from three to four per week and change from the 332 to the 333. However this will not be an increase in capacity as I believe the 332 is a 266-seater (19 Upper, 35 Premium, 212 Economy) and the 333 to be 264-seater (31, 48, 185). No matter how you look at it, a reduction...

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by gunnerman
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

If UVF is axed then the continuing flights will also go, being GND (on Mondays and Fridays) and TAB (on Sundays). Bearing in mind all the flight reductions we've seen to the Caribbean from the UK over many years I hope that some resolution to this dispute can be found.

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by gunnerman
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 10470

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

BMeD inaugurated LHR-FNA-DKR using the 321 in October 2006 as a BA franchisee. BMI bought BMeD in February 2007 and so took over the franchise, but axed DKR in 2008.

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by gunnerman
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

You can understand the Mitchell government being concerned about LIAT's failure as GND gets three daily nonstops from BGI. It used to be inferior some years ago as one was via CIW, another via TAB with only the last being nonstop. And LIAT does POS-GND double-daily as well. GND is subsidizing LI GN...

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by gunnerman
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 10470

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

On LHR-YVR BA plans to operate the 469-seat 388 until 30 September and then switch to the 337-seat 744 until 30 April 2020, after which it's the 388 again. Here's the configurations (744 in brackets).
First 14 (14)
Club World 97 (52)
World Traveller Plus 55 (36)
World Traveller 303 (235)

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by gunnerman
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 10470

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

I know that in summer 1997 BA was daily on LGW-IAH with the 747. At that time ATL and DFW were also daily from LGW but using the D10.

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by gunnerman
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 10470

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

The last 744 to SEA will be on 26 October, to be reinstated on 29 March 2020.

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by gunnerman
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA pilots to strike over the summer?
Replies: 51
Views: 6821

Re: BA pilots to strike over the summer?

Considering the glee with which the BA pilots not only crossed the BA flight attendants’ picket line in 2010, but actively worked with BA management to destroy it, I hope they don’t expect any support from other unions. BA pilots, in many cases, worked as scab flight attendants on their days off. N...

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by gunnerman
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 10470

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

As CAI is in the news BA used to have a daily 747.

Most of the Caribbean was served by 747s but I only remember DC-10s and 767s to NAS/GCM/PLS and DC-10s to SJU.

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by gunnerman
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

You can understand the Mitchell government being concerned about LIAT's failure as GND gets three daily nonstops from BGI. It used to be inferior some years ago as one was via CIW, another via TAB with only the last being nonstop. And LIAT does POS-GND double-daily as well.

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by gunnerman
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

Are you seriously saying that SVD O&D is as good as BGI O&D? The next time I'm at BGI waiting for a flight to OGL I'll wonder why there's a bunch of other people waiting to board the same flight. No, what I am saying is BGI being a hub airport, its easy to think that all the pax you see are...

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by gunnerman
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled
Replies: 60
Views: 14121

Re: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

What is significant is that the cancellations were done so late that both passengers and BA staff were caught unawares. One passenger said that her boarding pass failed to open the security barrier at LHR, she had it reissued by check-in staff but it failed again. She also said that she received no ...

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by gunnerman
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled
Replies: 60
Views: 14121

Re: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

AF and AZ not cancelled yet.

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by gunnerman
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History of UA at JFK
Replies: 32
Views: 3562

Re: History of UA at JFK

Was EWR-LHR dropped at the same time as JKF-LHR?

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by gunnerman
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History of UA at JFK
Replies: 32
Views: 3562

Re: History of UA at JFK

In the 1970s:
ABE
CLE
DEN
HNL
LAS
LAX
ORD
PDX
SEA
SLC

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by gunnerman
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

ECX failed a long time ago in April 2001 after operating for only about 12 months. It wasn't just LIAT in the market, BWee Express and Caribbean Star were there as well. And when you have excess capacity something has to give. I'm more inclined to think that St Lucia's less than stellar economic per...

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by gunnerman
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

Take LI371 (SLU-SVD-BGI). There are three markets (excluding transfers): SLU-SVD SLU-BGI SVD-BGI If SLU-SVD is loss-making then the other two routes have to make up for the losses. But what if SLU-BGI makes even more money as there are no costs or losses by dropping SLU-SVD and SVD-BGI? This is why ...

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by gunnerman
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

My biggest takeaway from this is that LI only has six profitable routes and of those six, only one doesn't go through BGI. My guesses for the profitable routes out of BGI are BGI-OGL/SLU/SVD/ANU/GND. I wonder what the profitable non-BGI route is. Lets get something straight here. Those "profit...

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by gunnerman
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 23203

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

I can't help thinking that if KL reduced its short-haul flying then BA, Raynair, easyJet and others will say "thank you" for the extra business.

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by gunnerman
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 23203

KLM calls for people to fly less

KLM has launched a campaign, which marks the airline’s 100th anniversary, for people to consider train travel for shorter distances and to replace face-to-face meetings with video calls. https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/jul/11/dutch-airline-klm-calls-for-people-to-fly-less-carbon-offsetting-s...

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by gunnerman
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

Dominican Republic's Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Maldonado expressed to the Antigua Prime Minister an interest in the resumption of LIAT service to the DR. Here is the web page (in Spanish). https://www.arecoa.com/destinos/2019/07/08/canciller-plantea-interes-liat-airlines-retome-vuelos-hacia...

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by gunnerman
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to be fined £183M for last year's data breach
Replies: 35
Views: 3343

Re: BA to be fined £183M for last year's data breach

I do not see this problem as a matter of money, rather it's about how the payments pages were designed, coded and reviewed. Who did all of this isn't known as BA has outsourced so much IT over the years. What I will say is that in the days when I was a Java developer I'd never put so much functional...

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by gunnerman
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

It's hard to believe but One Caribbean, operator of a single King Air B200, has acquired a 747-400 from China Airlines which was flown into SVG and an application has been made to ECCAA to put the aircraft onto the on the register of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. There are media reports that it'...

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by gunnerman
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation June 2019
Replies: 230
Views: 23205

Re: Turkish Aviation June 2019

A man who notified a flight attendant of his nut allergy just before a TK flight from Antalya to Gatwick was told to get off. On refusing he and his girlfriend were taken off by armed police. The couple had to buy new tickets to get home, but chose not to fly with TK. https://www.independent.co.uk/t...

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by gunnerman
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22475

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

Some years go when oil prices were over US$100 a barrel and BA was in dire straits, BA withdrew several 744s from service. Two were broken up for spares at Cardiff and a number sent into desert storage. However increased demand and a fall in oil prices made it sensible to bring some of the 744s back...

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by gunnerman
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Point-to-Point The Path Forward?
Replies: 36
Views: 4787

Re: More Point-to-Point The Path Forward?

Most airlines won't operate from non-bases, but BA CityFlyer has been doing something interesting for some years: utilising under-used E190s and crews based at LCY to operate weekend flights to European destinations. The E190s have been flown to a variety of UK regional airports such as BRS, BHX, ST...

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by gunnerman
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

Do we have a source or any official confirmation on this? CUR would be a good add. Perhaps too AUA. I noticed in another thread, CAL has officially applied to the JCAA for rights to serve KIN-HAV and KIN-SDQ with the 738 each twice per week from July 1 2019. I'm guessing this is still subject to re...

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by gunnerman
Fri May 31, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jamaican Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 119
Views: 14814

Re: Jamaican Aviation Thread - 2019

An airline in deep trouble could be bought for a number of reasons including:
- holding valuable route rights
- holding valuable airport slots
- having a brand which is still not tarnished
- owning physical assets such as hangars or aircraft which the buyer wants

None of the above applies to OJ.

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by gunnerman
Wed May 22, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: NW vs UA Who was stronger in TPAC network?
Replies: 43
Views: 4095

Re: NW vs UA Who was stronger in TPAC network?

NW had a big presence at NRT (were there narrow-bodies based there as well?) Yes. Up until recently, DL still had 5 752s based out of NRT. They came back to the U.S. once DL cut NRT-GUM, NRT-SPN, NRT-ROR, NRT-KIX, and KIX-GUM, and now they fly U.S.-Europe and some domestic turns. I remember at one ...

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by gunnerman
Tue May 21, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: NW vs UA Who was stronger in TPAC network?
Replies: 43
Views: 4095

Re: NW vs UA Who was stronger in TPAC network?

Although NW had a big presence at NRT (were there narrow-bodies based there as well?), NW did do some other things such as LAX-SYD 3x/weekly using the 744.

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by gunnerman
Tue May 21, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 7794

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

Didn't Bob Crandall pressure Boeing into designing the 777 with folding wingtips? I believe that Boeing and AA came up with two variants, one with an actuator and one without actuators (with folding wingtips bolted down).

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by gunnerman
Mon May 20, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 23062

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

On short-haul, you pay for everything unless you're in Business class (Club Europe) where it's complimentary. Here are the offerings and prices.
https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/food-and-drink/short-haul-economy-dining

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by gunnerman
Mon May 20, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 273
Views: 40941

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

I expect Thomas Cook Retail Ltd to make money selling the Baku day trip for £979 on 29 May. I know about this as I've paid...

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by gunnerman
Sun May 19, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Delta fly ATL-PEK?
Replies: 21
Views: 3839

Re: Why doesn't Delta fly ATL-PEK?

DL cannot just fly to PEK from ATL; it has no authority to do so as routes between the US and China are highly regulated. In any case DL is more interested in Shanghai. ATL-PVG was restarted in July 2018 and DL has filed with the DOT an application to fly a daily MSP-PVG using the A359 from June 202...

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by gunnerman
Sat May 18, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 318
Views: 33762

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

The Guyana government has rejected an application by Eastern Airlines to begin scheduled flights between JFK and GEO due to problems encountered in its former guise as Dynamic International Airways. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/78177-easterns-dynamic-past-returns-to-haunt-it-in-guyana The...

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by gunnerman
Sat May 18, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why doesn't Itami have any International Flights?
Replies: 10
Views: 1840

Re: Why doesn't Itami have any International Flights?

Perhaps a better question is why does Itami still exist after megabucks were spent building KIX.

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