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by ZuluTime
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First TLV - UAE flight
Replies: 148
Views: 21851

Re: Emirates will launch DXB-TLV probably in January 2021

Good for them - nice to see a positive step. If you'd have said five years ago that EK won't fly to Doha but will fly to Tel Aviv, everyone would have laughed you off the website. But here we are.

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by ZuluTime
Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: From whom are Vistara, Spicejet et al acquiring London Heathrow (LHR) slots?
Replies: 23
Views: 4180

Re: From whom are Vistara, Spicejet et al acquiring London Heathrow (LHR) slots?

LHR has allocated more slots for this winter - they've created new slots which basically are overbookings. Vistara, Spicejet and IndiGo have all been given LHR slots for this winter.

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by ZuluTime
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1516
Views: 183558

Re: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court

Can you name a UK airline that has filed for administration in the UK that had continued to fly?


Yes, European Air Charter did it under a CVA and stretching back quite some time, Gill Airways, Air Ecosse and Aberdeen Airways all did.

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by ZuluTime
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to guyana South America?
Replies: 19
Views: 4380

Re: BA to guyana South America?

It’s an interesting one and BA did indeed serve GEO at one point with VC10 and latterly 707s. It’s a route where a tag onto a Caribbean service might work but unlikely to be anything more. The airport security status is the greatest concern.

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by ZuluTime
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 783
Views: 115967

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

Crew costs aren't variable. With the exception of a very small level of duty or sector pay which flexes in line with activity, crew is most definitely part of an airline's fixed cost base.

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by ZuluTime
Mon May 18, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Delta to Convert Some Planes to All Delta One Suites
Replies: 64
Views: 15774

Re: Rumor: Delta to Convert Some Planes to All Delta One Suites

I wouldn't laugh this one out - but think more about A220s and the possibility for London City-JFK with them (and maybe some others like JFK-SNA if DL can obtain slots at SNA). Odyssey Airlines - which hasn't managed to get airborne - had some exclusivity arrangement over the airfield performance an...

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by ZuluTime
Mon May 04, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 783
Views: 115967

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

CP2 surely has to be Virgin Atlantic looking to secure the LHR remedy slots. CP7 is one of the other two shareholder groups looking to use the aircraft over which they had security but are now trying to find some use for the Q400s, so most probably Cyrus Capital. I don't believe the non-EU resident ...

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by ZuluTime
Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?
Replies: 87
Views: 14614

Re: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?

My favourite story was the G-MULL got damaged by a SAM when in Ariana service, before being repaired and sold the B-Cal (where I had the pleasure of flying on her many times G-MULL had a large metal plate repair on the wing (think it was the left side) where the SAM missile had hit when it was in s...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA retires first 777
Replies: 58
Views: 18152

Re: BA retires first 777

Not sure the As did much Gatwick flying but a 777 ferries once a week (I think Sunday night) between LGW and LHR and when flown at 10pm with no holding or much in the way of speed restriction it can be a sub 20 minute hop. I can't think I've ever seen a BA 777A model aircraft at Gatwick. They would...

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by ZuluTime
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet add Halifax-Manchester
Replies: 66
Views: 10916

Re: Westjet add Halifax-Manchester

Does it go via Huddersfield ;-)?

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by ZuluTime
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA retires first 777
Replies: 58
Views: 18152

Re: BA retires first 777

The 777As have spent almost all of their time flying Gulf sectors with double-drops like LHR-DXB-MCT when the 777s first arrived, LHR-BAH-DOH, LHR-AUH-MCT and some Riyadh and Jeddah flying where the slightly larger F cabin always came in handy. The short intra-Gulf tag sectors which those three aero...

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by ZuluTime
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BEA Tridents at Gatwick
Replies: 37
Views: 6455

Re: BEA Tridents at Gatwick

Am I forgetting anything?? Deutsche BA Fokker 100, Boeing 737-300 and occasionally Saab 2000. I don't recall BA ever operating 1-11s on Gatwick-Jersey though. The BCal service was handed over to Air Europe and the next time BA-liveried aircraft appeared on LGW-JER, it was a CityFlyer Express ATR42.

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by ZuluTime
Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BEA Tridents at Gatwick
Replies: 37
Views: 6455

Re: BEA Tridents at Gatwick

My apologies - it was indeed Baltimore and not Philadelphia. The troubles of not having easy access to a stash of historic timetables which would have told me that straight away!

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by ZuluTime
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BEA Tridents at Gatwick
Replies: 37
Views: 6455

Re: BEA Tridents at Gatwick

I had also forgotten about the large (1969-vintage) -510ED fleet having Trident cockpit commonality. I do remember the later 1978-vintage 530s having been fitted with wide-body look interiors with fluorescent wash-lighting, and hush-kits from day one - those were beautiful machines, and gave early ...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BEA Tridents at Gatwick
Replies: 37
Views: 6455

Re: BEA Tridents at Gatwick

The US 762s in BA colours operated Charlotte, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh from Gatwick. BA did indeed have several 763s based at Gatwick operating quite a few routes including Africa and ex DC10 schedules.

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by ZuluTime
Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BEA Tridents at Gatwick
Replies: 37
Views: 6455

Re: BEA Tridents at Gatwick

The SAS DC9 was a regular daily scheduled flight which was sent to Gatwick under the traffic distribution rules. I may be wrong, but seem to remember it was a daily Aarhus service. Certainly not unusual back in the day.

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by ZuluTime
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BEA Tridents at Gatwick
Replies: 37
Views: 6455

Re: BEA Tridents at Gatwick

From the timetables I’ve got of the era, I can’t see that they ever did regular services. Slightly off topic but there were four BA 757s based at Gatwick full time in the late 90s. Moscow, Tel Aviv and Frankfurt were amongst the routes after the ex Dan-Air 737-400s with the centre tanks left the fle...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian with LHR slots S20?
Replies: 60
Views: 11149

Re: Norwegian with LHR slots S20?

You could easily use those slots for US West Coast or indeed something like EZE.

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by ZuluTime
Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian with LHR slots S20?
Replies: 60
Views: 11149

Re: Norwegian with LHR slots S20?

You can't lease out or sell slots until you have earned grandfather rights to them, so Norwegian are basically in a position where they have to fly these if they want to do anything. The slots have been allocated from the pool, and so Norwegian have not had to pay for them. Every year, there's a ver...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vueling drops LCG-LHR and leaves Heathrow in 2020
Replies: 24
Views: 8198

Re: Vueling drops LCG-LHR and leaves Heathrow in 2020

It's been using slots on loan from Virgin for quite some years - which I know is strange for an airline owned by IAG, but that's the way it has been. Those slots are no longer available for Summer 2020 after VS' own expansion including the second LHR-Delhi for Summer 2020.

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by ZuluTime
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EDI S20 Initial Coordination report
Replies: 6
Views: 1122

Re: EDI S20 Initial Coordination report

No it doesn't. There is no initial coordination report available for EDI: if you look on the list of available documents on their website (http://www.acl-uk.org/latest-airport-info) then there is no EDI S20 Initial Coordination Report, and nor has there ever been one for EDI for any other season. Yo...

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by ZuluTime
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EDI S20 Initial Coordination report
Replies: 6
Views: 1122

Re: EDI S20 Initial Coordination report

They have a beginning of season report. That is published a few days before the scheduling season starts - so available in March for the summer season starting at the end of March. It is not the same thing as an initial coordination report, which is published after the initial allocation of slots to...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EDI S20 Initial Coordination report
Replies: 6
Views: 1122

Re: EDI S20 Initial Coordination report

As EDI isn't a fully coordinated (Level 3) airport, no initial coordination report is published. Edinburgh and the other Level 2 airports only have pre-season reports compiled and published.

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by ZuluTime
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020
Replies: 151
Views: 41386

Re: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020

Little Red flew ABZ and EDI on the bmi remedy slots. MAN was flown on Virgin Atlantic slots which had been on lease to other carriers. The slots on ABZ and EDI are locked to those routes until the operator has flown them for six consecutive seasons, after which they can move them to any other short-...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020
Replies: 151
Views: 41386

Re: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020

The LHR slots are not ringfenced - that statement is completely untrue. The slots were available to Flybe through the remedy slot mechanism as a result of Flybe picking up those slots tied to ABZ and EDI under the BA/bmi competition remedies. The slots could only be accessed by Flybe, but they can b...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Europe Transit Inconsistency
Replies: 10
Views: 1854

Re: Europe Transit Inconsistency

Seems strange sometimes since the U.S. and Europe have the same rules. That's not true. The EU views the US policy on not screening airport staff as one of the major risks. Regulation EC300/2008 sets the standard and EU member states are free to add additional measures if they deem appropriate base...

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by ZuluTime
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet and the xlr
Replies: 30
Views: 4304

Re: EasyJet and the xlr

They’d be better off doing Banjul in the winters above Cape Verde. TUI have so much of the hotel stock tied up through ownership in Cape Verde that I think it would be a very difficult sell.

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by ZuluTime
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More details on BOOM SST at Paris. SFO to Toyko in 5.5 hours. First flight in 2020...
Replies: 103
Views: 14145

Re: More details on BOOM SST at Paris. SFO to Toyko in 5.5 hours. First flight in 2020...

This is pretty useless as a concept if Tokyo-San Francisco is the target market. A 5.5 hour flight time and the difference in local time (+9 to -8) between the departure and arrival airports has to be looked at in the context of night curfews in NRT and attractive customer timings. If you assume tha...

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by ZuluTime
Mon May 20, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA retimes LHR-BOM Flight
Replies: 33
Views: 7394

Re: BA retimes LHR-BOM Flight

Is a VS return to Mumbai out of the question? With Jet gone, expansion starting again and then having spare Heathrow slots currently babysat by Flybe Q400s then there must be some options?

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by ZuluTime
Mon May 20, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA axing LHR - LED & KBP
Replies: 38
Views: 8701

Re: BA axing LHR - LED & KBP

LHR-Marrakech and extra LHR-Zagreb services coming in place of LED and KBP.

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by ZuluTime
Thu May 09, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye BAC 1-11!
Replies: 121
Views: 21952

Re: Goodbye BAC 1-11!

Marvellous things. The flightdeck jumpseat was one of the best ways to travel - the One-Eleven flightdeck was so incredibly spacious. Flew on them with British Airways, Dan-Air, European Air Charter, AB Airlines, Maersk Air UK and Airways Cymru/British Midland, with trips on the -200, 300, 400 and 5...

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by ZuluTime
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 141308

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

Shame one of the 319s at Gatwick can't have Dan-Air on one side and BCal on the other. Would be fitting - a half-and-half retro specifically for Gatwick.

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by ZuluTime
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What Happened to LH442 Mar. 2, 2019?
Replies: 5
Views: 3474

Re: What The Hell Happend to LH442 Yesterday???

If you play back LH462 FRA-MIA on the previous day (01Mar) then it does the same. Up to FL340, down to FL279 at 504kts, then FL340 at 745kts within a few minutes and FL340 at 92kts by 10:31 utc! Clearly much of this can't actually have happened. The coincidence is that was also operated by D-AIHY. L...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 12290

Re: Loganair thread - 2019

Where would they get LGW slots from?!

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by ZuluTime
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 162
Views: 25029

Re: FlyBmi ceases operations.

The COO(?) of Loganair is quoted in Shetland News saying that they will be taking 20 AT46s from late 2019.


If you're reading the only report I could find on that website, it doesn't say anything about -600s. He does talk about ATRs but there is no mention of them being brand new or used.

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by ZuluTime
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 162
Views: 25029

Re: FlyBmi ceases operations.

I don't think the ATR42-600 report was genuine somehow....

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by ZuluTime
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 162
Views: 25029

Re: FlyBmi ceases operations.

Like most regional airlines, their winter Saturday schedules are pretty light. It's the norm in any week for quite a lot of aircraft to land on Friday night and not move again until Sunday or in some cases Monday morning. The picture above is probably pretty similar for many others who are still fly...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 162
Views: 25029

Re: FlyBmi ceases operations.

I’m not sure any of their Lufthansa routes could stay profitable if they lose the rights to fly them from the end of March ?!

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by ZuluTime
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 162
Views: 25029

Re: FlyBmi ceases operations.

We know they lost the Brussels Airlines flying and with the rights to continue flying from Munich also gone, none of us know how much impact that would have. It may well have been the tipping point. It’s laughable to suggest they could do what easyJet have done. With 300 aircraft, easyJet could spli...

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by ZuluTime
Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New international Israel airport open near Eilat
Replies: 6
Views: 1774

Re: New international Israel airport open near Eilat

It will be a shame when Eilat airport closes. After Kai Tak, there were few moments more interesting than sitting in a bar on the beach with a cold beer on a Thursday and Saturday evening watching the wave of flights flood in. Especially with larger aircraft like the 757, it always looked as though ...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 449
Views: 80388

Re: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital

Does anyone know for sure what the position is with KLM and feed partners into Amsterdam ? I can’t see Flybe continuing to fly MAN and BHX to AMS in competition to KL but seem to recall there is some union limit on partner KL flying at AMS which might limit their ability to move those slots elsewher...

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by ZuluTime
Sat Dec 29, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has Delta Ever Run A Daylight ATL-LHR?
Replies: 70
Views: 12140

Re: Has Delta Ever Run A Daylight ATL-LHR?

There is a chequered history of daylight flights into LHR - several attempts in different places haven't worked. In the case of ATL, it's never been tried but with South America early arrivals into ATL and a bank of domestic arrivals into ATL by 7.30 - 8am then it may not be completely daft. My gues...

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by ZuluTime
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn't LEVEL expanded the way Norwegian has?
Replies: 48
Views: 8761

Re: Why hasn't LEVEL expanded the way Norwegian has?

The real question for me is why IAG has both Level and Vueling doing effectively the same job in Europe. It seems illogical and the only plausible reason is that IAG recognises that the Vueling brand is damaged goods after the operational issues over the last few years. Otherwise why on earth would ...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse
Replies: 186
Views: 38731

Re: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse

Starting a whole new set of routes such as from CGN or MAN (regardless of how sensible or not) is hardly the answer for an airline which seems to be burning cash it hasn’t got. It’s an academic debate as to whether it would be good or bad. And for Norwegian domestics, I am sure Wideroe would and cou...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse
Replies: 186
Views: 38731

Re: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse

A set of fare monitoring and airline route profitability figures published on line recently showed Norwegian losing 80 Euros per passenger on LGW long haul. Are you really sure it’s not the problem ? I suspect it is at least part of the problem and yields are poor.

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by ZuluTime
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse
Replies: 186
Views: 38731

Re: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse

I think you need to do some more reading up on Laker. GDS manipulation was nothing to do with it. Basically it had a massive order book that it could not finance and the US dollar exchange rate went the wrong way against them. The other airlines were dumping capacity but also objected to GE and McDD...

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by ZuluTime
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe switches Cornwall flights from LGW to LHR
Replies: 35
Views: 6250

Re: Flybe switches Cornwall flights from LGW to LHR

Dobbo, you're back on the anti-LHR / UK Government agenda again. The availability of slots for this route at LHR has nothing to do with the UK Government, but with Flybe's access to Heathrow slots from the BA/bmi takeover under competition remedies made to the EU. If you read the remedy document, yo...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is VS's strategy in Asia?
Replies: 91
Views: 14182

Re: What is VS's strategy in Asia?

Not a hope of the A340 working on most of the Caribbean routes. Airport turning circles for the A340 undercarriage track width don't work.

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by ZuluTime
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM closes last Air UK crew bases in UK
Replies: 23
Views: 6636

Re: KLM closes last Air UK crew bases in UK

I was on a KLC Embraer flight last year within Europe into AMS which was operated by a Humberside-based crew. Absolutely fine - no-one seemed to notice or care that the crew didn't speak Dutch.

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by ZuluTime
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is VS's strategy in Asia?
Replies: 91
Views: 14182

Re: What is VS's strategy in Asia?

Their strategy is no strategy. Which port can earn more money, they go to that port In fairness, making money is a strategy and it's quite a good one. It's when you start doing all sorts of loss-making stuff for "strategic reasons" that you get into real trouble in this game. A strategy w...

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