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by hippogryphe
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Catering Reductions in economy and premium economy
Replies: 190
Views: 22322

Re: Lufthansa Catering Reductions in economy and premium economy

I still find the comments here amusing. Talking about starvation because of a sandwich instead of some carb loaded crappy second meal. Love the humour guys keep it coming. Imagine the starvation on the long long train and long distance bus services. Does anyone even arrive at their destination aliv...

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by hippogryphe
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A380 Biggest manufacturing loss in civil aviation to date?
Replies: 127
Views: 14615

Re: A380 Biggest manufacturing loss in civil aviation to date?

The A380's failure really speaks to the overall health of Airbus. The original 747 development almost brought Boeing down in the late sixties. If the plane had gone on to sell only two hundred-some units, would the company have survived? I think it's an open question but no one doubts that Airbus wi...

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by hippogryphe
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Electric planes: the state of the art
Replies: 260
Views: 17974

Re: Electric planes: the state of the art

Someone did a back-of-the-envelope calculation here once on energy density of lithium ion battery vs. kerosene, something like 1:12 if I recall. Adding to that the above mentioned issue of the weight not burning off in flight and it's clear this tech is a non-starter except for small, short range to...

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by hippogryphe
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: I Earned Silver Medallion in Error...What to Do?
Replies: 21
Views: 1966

Re: I Earned Silver Medallion in Error...What to Do?

Fairness and honesty cut both ways. I really don't see why you should be expected to spend your own precious time fighting through an unresponsive customer service phone tree to correct someone else's mistake that benefits you, especially as you are going to qualify shortly anyway.

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by hippogryphe
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 777 retrofit, interesting twist
Replies: 77
Views: 12318

Re: DELTA Shuns 777 Economy Class Crush. Hello KLM, AA, AF, United?

How's the pitch compare to the 10 abreast carriers? I flew MSP-AMS on a DL 777 recently and it was torture, not noticeably more comfortable than KLM's 10ab 777.

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by hippogryphe
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2023
Views: 213957

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

Thank you I like the train solution that is very creative, I imagine it will only be improved if/when a new terminal is built. I think what you're saying Runway28L is international passengers who do check their luggage claim it in concourse C and then have bring it with them on the secured train? T...

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by hippogryphe
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?
Replies: 137
Views: 18049

Re: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?

And please get your facts straight. Check before you post. The Dassult Mercure was never used by Air France. My quote references Air Inter who ordered the Mercure. They merged into Air France in 1997 so yes it is factually correct. And before that they were owned I believe 25% by Air France and ove...

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by hippogryphe
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight
Replies: 80
Views: 17399

Re: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight

This 5 part documentarg on Youtube of the first 777 was what began my love for this aircraft, I'm wondering if this is the same aircraft? https://youtu.be/0oyWZjdXxlw If it is I'm definitely flying to Washington. I remember taping that documentary off of PBS back in 1996 or so. I really enjoyed it ...

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by hippogryphe
Sun May 27, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How does the United Express bus service work between ABE and EWR work?
Replies: 20
Views: 7553

Re: How does the United Express bus service work between ABE and EWR work?

jetmatt777 wrote:
hippogryphe wrote:
EWRamp wrote:

Yes the bus departs and arrives airside


How? And for that matter, why?


So connections can go straight to their flights without having to go through security.


How does the TSA know the driver didn't stop so everybody could get a smoke and a wizz at a service plaza?

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by hippogryphe
Sun May 27, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How does the United Express bus service work between ABE and EWR work?
Replies: 20
Views: 7553

Re: How does the United Express bus service work between ABE and EWR work?

EWRamp wrote:
foxecho wrote:
Might as well go to the Port Authority... I'm assuming the bus only takes connecting traffic.. if it leaves from Airside that is very interesting to me though...


Yes the bus departs and arrives airside


How? And for that matter, why?

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by hippogryphe
Thu May 17, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 258
Views: 36744

Re: LOT news thread - 2018

So LOT has grown a lot on Transatlantic in the last 12 months. WAW-LAX and EWR started last spring. KRK-ORD launched last July. RZE-EWR started a few weeks ago. And of course BUD-ORD/JFK. I made a data visualization of the traffic on LOT's USA flights using the most recent available data from BTS: ...

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by hippogryphe
Thu May 17, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal
Replies: 78
Views: 11195

Re: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal

FatCat wrote:
Nationalism is dead and anachronistic in 21st century Europe


I wouldn't wager any serious money on that premise just yet.

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by hippogryphe
Thu May 17, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 68
Views: 10190

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

The airport authorities in Bratislava may have the answer to the question in the thread title; there has been a flurry of stories in the Brno media about the growth there at the apparent expense of Brno. According to the latest statistics released on May 11, during the first four months of this year...

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by hippogryphe
Wed May 09, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2023
Views: 213957

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

An interesting trip down memory lane. Although I was there several times, and vividly remember my first time in the "new" airport, I was rather young when the old terminal shut down and really can't remember it very well anymore. There are two good videos on YouTube of it; the only thing I...

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by hippogryphe
Sun May 06, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group - Why not operating all different group airlines under a single brand name?
Replies: 50
Views: 8794

Re: LH Group

I also think in a way it's really misleading some people ( not me :D ) because when I'm flying LX or OS, I know I'm really flying LH anyway, so why pretend you're on another country's flagcarrier ? That's just silly. I fly OS and LH all the time, and they are observably distinct, codesharing and FF...

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by hippogryphe
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How huge is Frankfurt airport?
Replies: 61
Views: 11135

Re: How huge is Frankfurt airport?

From the air, FRA may not appear that big compared to DFW LHR DXB or PEK but it's quite large looking at the cargo/passenger facilities and runways combined. 2278974 Driving through it on the highway, as coincidentally I will be doing tomorrow evening, it looks plenty big to me. There are relativel...

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by hippogryphe
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How huge is Frankfurt airport?
Replies: 61
Views: 11135

Re: How huge is Frankfurt airport?

2Holer4Longhaul wrote:
FRA is one of Europe's busiest airports, and its terminals are quite large and labyrinthine. I'd say it's pretty huge.


Yes, very large and quite nasty. Lots of interesting activity there but for connections on LH, MUC is infinitely nicer.

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by hippogryphe
Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Packaged food must come out for TSA screening?
Replies: 47
Views: 2353

Re: TSA now wants food out of bags for inspection?

Slug71 wrote:
AWACSooner wrote:
This is bordering on ridiculous!


Beyond that point..

So are they licensed food handlers now?


Well, they're not licensed radiologists either....

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by hippogryphe
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 68
Views: 10190

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

There has been some discussion on Facebook about fact that, though five of the Blue Air routes out of BRQ were planned to start at the end of March, that is in the next two and a half weeks, if you look on the Blue Air website, they do not appear on their route map or destination list (nor indeed o...

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by hippogryphe
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did PanAm feed its network?
Replies: 100
Views: 11197

Re: How did PanAm feed its network?

The awarding of international airline routes used to be the personal purview of the President of the US. The CAB would have studies, meetings, discussions...and airlines wanting international routes would make their presentations...but the final decision was the President's. As someone mentioned, P...

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by hippogryphe
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 68
Views: 10190

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

There has been some discussion on Facebook about fact that, though five of the Blue Air routes out of BRQ were planned to start at the end of March, that is in the next two and a half weeks, if you look on the Blue Air website, they do not appear on their route map or destination list (nor indeed on...

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by hippogryphe
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air closing bases incl. Prague
Replies: 59
Views: 9221

Re: Wizz Air closing bases incl. Prague

As for the Czechs, according to official government data (available online) there are roughly 45.000 Czechs in the UK and 40.000 Czechs in Austria. These numbers are from the Austrian and UK national statistics. I couldn't find their numbers for France, Belgium or the Netherlands but I am sure they...

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by hippogryphe
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air closing bases incl. Prague
Replies: 59
Views: 9221

Re: Wizz Air closing bases incl. Prague

We get a lot of Czechs here in Greece and a large number of them (or most?) come by bus ... even to some 'remote' places like Zakynthos. Maybe they do the same when heading to France or Italy? Another reason why Wizz Air might have struggled is because PRG is incomparably more expensive than most o...

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by hippogryphe
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air closing bases incl. Prague
Replies: 59
Views: 9221

Re: Wizz Air closing bases incl. Prague

Czech Republic is wealthy enough not to have a massive diaspora in Western Europe, such as Romania or Ukraine. Probably as today, ATH is more a "VFR shuttler" than PRG. Slightly off topic but this entire speech is incorrect to say the least. Yes Greece has been through a rough decade larg...

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by hippogryphe
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM retro 737 repainted
Replies: 27
Views: 5697

Re: KLM retro 737 repainted

Huh, I just flew in this plane in July, and remarked to myself what a sharp-looking bird she was. Of course, I have long since come to terms with my liking something usually being the kiss of death, so no shock about the repaint. Pity though. Looking forward to the centennial look. KLM has never gon...

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by hippogryphe
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?
Replies: 72
Views: 5391

Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

I should also say that, provided I was guaranteed to survive the experience, I would love to fly in a Comet. I was at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford a couple years ago and, from the aesthetic perspective, found it every bit as enchanting as the Concorde parked nearby.

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by hippogryphe
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?
Replies: 72
Views: 5391

Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

I can't believe it took so many posts to get to the Stratocruiser. That downstairs bar! That would top my list or be second at worst. The Concorde of course is the easily predictable favourite of everyone, that would also rank at the top. VC-10 and Caravelle would be pretty high up as well. I don't ...

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by hippogryphe
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 155691

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

I know i posted the link to the Montreal flights, but i didn't have a chance to post my thoughts on it. =) Also, regarding that article on Southern Air Express, it was a great read! I know the article showed how little the pilots are paid, but the overall reasoning why makes sense. These guys flyin...

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by hippogryphe
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 1198
Views: 155691

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread Part 34

It's been a long time since USAir dropped this route (2005 I would guess?), nice to have it back as it predated the hub days by many years.

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by hippogryphe
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 68
Views: 10190

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

Assuming that the intended goal is to grow a small airport into a financially sustainable operation (aka it is not forever subsidized by the government), what are some of the case studies/best practices from around the world for doing so? More specifically, multi-year efforts to do so have been see...

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by hippogryphe
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 68
Views: 10190

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

Following on their cancellation of Brno-Eindhoven, after seven years Wizz Air is now ending Brno-Luton as well. This leaves just the Ryanair Stansted and BMI Munich flights for regularly scheduled traffic. https://brno.idnes.cz/letiste-brno-zruseni-pravidelne-linky-wizz-air-londyn-luton-p58-/brno-z...

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by hippogryphe
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 68
Views: 10190

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

Following on their cancellation of Brno-Eindhoven, after seven years Wizz Air is now ending Brno-Luton as well. This leaves just the Ryanair Stansted and BMI Munich flights for regularly scheduled traffic. https://brno.idnes.cz/letiste-brno-zruseni-pravidelne-linky-wizz-air-londyn-luton-p58-/brno-zp...

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by hippogryphe
Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 68
Views: 10190

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

Could be. Ryanair served Barcelona about a decade back, didn't last. Might be different this time, might not. I really don't see the purpose of the Italian service at all – there is no massive local business or touristic connection to Italy apart from the Dolomites in winter and some Adriatic resort...

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by hippogryphe
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 68
Views: 10190

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

Brno airport in the news today: - Passenger numbers for the year estimated to come in at 460,000, 10% more than last year, which was, however, the worst year for passenger numbers in 7 years. - Summer passenger traffic still dominates, especially to Crete, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Egypt seen as getting...

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by hippogryphe
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 68
Views: 10190

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

Well, you are in general in a similar situation how many secondary airports all across Europe. To make matters worse, you have 2 more odds to fight against: 1. lack of interest of home based carrier (ČSA) to undergo the risk and invest money into creating direct flights from regional airports 2. Lo...

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by hippogryphe
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 68
Views: 10190

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

BMI code share with Lufthansa on the Munich - Brno flights, so they already have the network feed. I would have thought a Munich - Ostrava service would also work, as it would provide Lufthansa feed and is useful for the automotive industry links. I'm not sure if a link to a hub further west would ...

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by hippogryphe
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 68
Views: 10190

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

I went searching for the article I recently read, and mentioned above, about falling passenger numbers at regional Czech airports. I was unable to find it – perhaps I am the victim of a hallucination – but I did find some interesting bits and pieces. First off, just yesterday Ryanair announced Pardu...

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by hippogryphe
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 68
Views: 10190

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

International business has been booming in Brno in recent years, and any growth at BRQ should be aimed at improving network connections, not low cost. There are few tourists in Brno relatively speaking and little to no interest among locals at seeing any more. From what has been hinted at in the pap...

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by hippogryphe
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 68
Views: 10190

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

Brno-Eindhoven has just been discontinued altogether. BRQ traffic has been down substantially in the last couple years, double digit percentages. The region and city are subsidizing at least the MUC flights, which recently went twice daily, and have been telling the press that 5+ new destinations ar...

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