I dont know the airports in question, but another limiting factor can be the terrain around the area.
You can have a nice long runway, but put in the need for a relatively steep climbout and you will get restrictions in place, compared with a shorter runway with plenty of room
Slightly off topic, but after watching the link I found this....
A look into a Britannia 757 charter in the 90s....
Terribly dated but quite amusing/interesting all the same.
The rearward facing seats were an 'accident', because there wasn't room for an extra row of forward facing seats. As if that would stop a modern operator today. Apologies off topic, but would be interesting to test the economic impact of applying modern seating, toilet and galley configurations to ...Jump to post
I've been talking to a retired aircraft engineer who worked on Trident aircraft back in the day. He seemed to recall that some airlines operated them at 7-abreast seating configuration. I've done a quick search, and indeed there are seat plans with half of the plane at 4-3 and half at 3-3 Presumably...Jump to post
Perhaps the quirkiest and shortest lived "Western" operation of a former soviet block type was Brighton City Airways who operated a Czec Van Air Let410 between Shoreham and Paris Cormeilles between March and May 2013. Remember seeing quite a few Guatemalan registered Lets when I was backp...Jump to post
When I was a kid, my grandparents brought me back a model of Braniffs orange 747 I played with it for years, but living in the UK I had never heard of the company, and its livery was so different from the BA, Air Canada Swissair, Sabena and AA liveries of my other models I thought it was a made up c...Jump to post
How sad for those 2,000 workers at flybe. I wonder if Eastern or Loganair might be able to pick up a few routes and save some of the jobs being lost. Eastern just announced a whole host of routes (for Flybe) from MME/Teesside/Durham Tees Valley. I imagine they are gone, even if Eastern survive on a...Jump to post
Doncaster/Sheffield is decent, but its helped by its size. In my experience, security is quick and friendly, theres a reasonable premium lounge, and if you get a decent seat on the inbound flight, you can clear immigration, have your bags, and be in the carpark in less than 20 minutes sometimes. Mig...Jump to post
Years ago, Britannia used to use BY123A for a UK outbound charter, and BY123B for the return. Wondered at the time what the reasoning was, every other airline seemed to use only numeric callsigns with an an even number outbound and an odd on the return That would appear on boarding passes and airpor...Jump to post
Interesting that they chose the Union flag as the tail design, given that they have previously been quite vocal over the relationship between the UK and EU.
Or maybe the artist was a Brit!
Often cheap fares are there to fill seats that otherwise would be empty. A commuter flight between two cities at a premium time might be full, but the aircraft needs to make a return trip, so sell seats off cheap on the return leg means you at least get some return. A cheap seat on a flight at an u...Jump to post
Who are these operators going to be, short haul you’ve LCC all the main players have existing well established operations at existing London airports that anyone who is outside of the Kent peninsula serve anyone who might be a target pax north of the Thames target pax have LTN, STN and SEN with mul...Jump to post
Does anyone know what sort of condition the infrastructure at Manston is in? After 5 years without use I'd imagine a lot of overgrown roads, carpark, taxiways and runway, theres probably not a lot in the terminal, and I'd imagine the Tower would be out of service as well. That's before you even thin...Jump to post
Whilst STN has plenty of freight capacity I can't see this going anywhere. Manston is limited by it's location, yes it's not far from London as the crow flies. But for most Londoners, especially north of the Thames, then several other airports are much more convenient. It also lacks a direct rail s...Jump to post
BBC article states that the new owners calculate 680000pax in 5 years. Maybe if they get a LCC in then maybe, but is there really the local population to support an LCC? Its at the end of Kent, and the further west you go from Manston, the closer you get to Stansted and Gatwick. For passsengers its ...Jump to post
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-48856921 Former RAF base in Southeast England, sold to developers who are wanting cargo and short haul flights Cant see it myself. The place was pretty much mothballed. Its had some work done on it to process HGVs, but the taxiways and runways probably aren...Jump to post
I my view Boeing and airliners which fly 737 Max have a real problem. Yesterday my wife said "I don't want to fly BA" in autumn (although BA its her favourite airline). I asked: "Why?" She said: "British Airways bought 737 Max". I said: "British Airways won't fly ...Jump to post
Ok, I'm thinking outside the box here, and I know nothing about the economics of airlines buying aircraft. So I expect to be shot down... but We are presuming these aircraft are replacements for the IAG airlines, and I expect some of them will be, but is there any reason IAG couldnt start up a new l...Jump to post
On landing in ATL on a flight from MAN with Delta in the 2000s We pulled on to the stand and the seat belt signs went off, as always theres that mad crush for the exits, followed by something like this "Although my colleague has mastered the flying bit of your journey, apparently he's not great...Jump to post
Not sure why people continue to pitch these ideas for airlines, because they aren't suitable for many reasons already discussed. If anything, he should be pitching these "seats" to subways, city buses and trams where journeys may be about 10 or 15 minutes and these seats might be preferabl...Jump to post
Ive seen it done on an early model Dash 8. The aircraft was parked correctly on the stand, but scaffolding work being done on the terminal meant that the tug couldnt get in to connect to the towbar. Before it was loaded, the ramp crew pushed it back about 10ft so the tug could connect. It was quite ...Jump to post
Happens quite a lot on small aircraft on short routes. I've flown with Eastern Airways on the Saab 2000, and been the only passenger at least twice. They used to have a flight to Aberdeen from Southampton via Newcastle. Flybe had a flight that left Southampton for Newcastle about the same time, that...Jump to post
In the UK some airports have International Gates and Domestic Gates. An inbound domestic aircraft might pull on to a stand next to an International Gate, from which it will operate an international flight next. So the domestic passengers getting off will be sent by bus to the domestic baggage hall. ...Jump to post
Often cheap fares are there to fill seats that otherwise would be empty. A commuter flight between two cities at a premium time might be full, but the aircraft needs to make a return trip, so sell seats off cheap on the return leg means you at least get some return. A cheap seat on a flight at an un...Jump to post
From what I can make of it... Pilots thought they were going to Edinburgh. Now we don't know they didn't query this with BA/WDL. If they did, their office may have checked flight plans and confirmed (incorrectly that it was EDI). Passengers thought they were going to DUS. Obviously. Ground crew expe...Jump to post
Royal Brunei owns a Golf Course in Brunei. I was on an RBA flight once, and I got talking to the passenger next to me, and he invited me to join him there if I fancied a few holes during my layover. Not wanting to embarrass myself on the golfcourse (and knowing the clubhouse wouldnt serve a decent b...Jump to post
I mean, other than meals on most routes, Y+ on many carriers these days is basically what economy was 30 years ago. So that's most of the answer. (And I always pay that premium if the option is actually available. I will take a different flight if I have to.) To fully restore hot meals, I'm not sur...Jump to post
Minor incident between two aircraft occurs. Minimal damage, some disruption. BBC reports with headline "Stansted Airport collision delays Irish 'Home to Vote' passengers" What about the passengers delayed by those who were just returning home? What about the passengers delayed who were vis...Jump to post
What does surprise me though is the expectation that people have from short haul flying. I took a bus today and was crammed in a non-reclining seat, with no toilets or refreshments, limited legroom and no tray table for a journey of an hour and 10 minutes. It didnt bother me, because thats the norm...Jump to post
If there was a market for it, I think we'd have seen a "Premium" carrier enter the market. By this, I mean an airline that offered full service, with slightly extra legroom and less seats through the cabin. But that hasnt happened. What has happened is that the legacy carriers have lowered...Jump to post
This is a nice little marketing stunt. Also...since when is it only the US that drinks lots of coke? It's one of the most universal brands on the planet, if not THE most. Im pretty sure that in every country that Coca Cola is sold, it is easily the best selling soft drink. There is one exception. S...Jump to post
I wonder if this might be more suited to specialist or niche operators such as the Military? Lower deck bunks for injured soldiers maybe? Or even a field hospital with basic equipment that could be flown in to active theatres or relief areas? I have no idea if that is even feasible, the cost would p...Jump to post
I do know that TUI uses Montego Bay and Barbados as home ports for their cruise ships in the Caribbean but I'm not sure how it works precisely. About the airports being able to handle the A380, I think at the moment they can't but I can imagine if an airline commits to flying the A380 to any airpor...Jump to post
Here at NCL, its pretty much limited to the daily EK 777 to Dubai, or an occasional Florida/Cancun/Carribean charter. But its not that long since it used to have an Air Transat to Toronto every week. The A310 was always interesting to catch as it passed over. I've seen Kuwait Airways in a few times ...Jump to post
I flew a Titan Airways 757 instead of an EZY from Gatwick a few years ago. We boarded via stairs, and I remember having to reassure a young family next to me in the queue to board that they were at the right gate, they couldnt understand why they werent getting on an orange plane like every other on...Jump to post
Wasn't there one in Sri Lanka that was modified to carry equipment for oil drilling? I think I remember them saying they would load long objects such as pipes through the tail cone which struck me as weird. Probably not that weird. Didn't the MD's have rear airstairs at the back? As long as the pip...Jump to post
A traditional non-reclining Business-Class seat, isn't far from some airlines "Premium Economy" these days. I'm not sure you could charge significantly more for what you suggest over a Premium Economy seat on a regular 3-class airliner. Unless of course the service and food is going to be ...Jump to post
customers get what they ask for BA would not do this is customers did not reward Easyjet and Ryanair with their business and reduced BA's marketshare I hate people whining about BA's declining service - the same nutters praise easyjet and ryanair's growth.... was BA ever rewarded for having reclini...Jump to post
This is something that I have wondered about. Maybe the question might be better expanded to avoid the A vs B debate. Why are the most popular short-haul turboprops often high wing if low wing is so much better? Q400 (and its predessors), and ATR are highwing. Is there a reason that on a turboprop t...Jump to post
Doesn't this fundamentally come down to a mix of passenger and crew attitude? I was on a Wizzair flight recently where there was a kid that wouldn't sit down during taxi and wanted to stand up so he could see out of the window. The FA was quick to go over and to tell the mother that the child had to...Jump to post
In most cases, Crew instructions are minimal, and mostly they are obviously in place for a reason. Maybe I fly on some unusual airlines, or Ive got lucky, but I've never heard a crew member make a request of a passenger that wasnt for the good of the passenger or those around them. If there are crew...Jump to post
Love them or hate them, sometimes they are the only practical option. They serve routes where the only alternatives are long trips to an alternate airport or connections. Until flag carriers in many European countries start operations outside of their hub, Ryanair will have business. No amount of ba...Jump to post
Holiday in Mexico, booked in VS Premium Economy. As always, I ask if the flight is full. She responds that it's massively overbooked. Knowing I had an overnight connection in LGW I volunteer there and then. They snapped it up there and then. Sent to the bar and told to return in 30mins. Delta (econo...Jump to post
If the ME3 want to help out... fly in some A380's to help with evacuation efforts. Maybe Trump could issue an emergency order waiving cabotage restrictions. Otherwise those ME3 aircraft would need to go international... What a horrible idea. We have more than enough lift within this country. There ...Jump to post
Don't forget that there are large amounts of people of Indian descent living in the UK. A lot of the passengers you see could well be British Citizens! Or Americans for that matter.Jump to post