Lets be clear, there is no way it is $50Mln to refurbish the 380. That figure has been debated to death on other feeds and shown to be a bargaining ploy in getting prices down, which to be fair is what they should be doing. Back to the main point, this is an interesting one. We've heard this time an...Jump to post
Have heard a rumour that a lot of future slots had been pre allocated . Amongst others that easyJet had Been offered some . Maybe a deal could de done so that a code share could be agreed on some routes I heard a similar rumour on the basis to spread the market offering, but further it also include...Jump to post
I always wonder what a non-politicised AIRBUS would look like, without meddling from the French and German governments and left to make pure commercial decisions A bit wrong headed in my view. The two governments own significant shares of Airbus and have provided huge subsidies. They have the right...Jump to post
PIA have been long serving LHR before BA jumped back in and even serve BHX and MAN as well. A big issue for BA was crew security from what I understand. It took a long time to be given the all clear. Its a more complicated destination than jumping into say DEL, BOM or some secondary city in India wh...Jump to post
Not so positive for the workers at Broughton though, whom are very highly skilled, although potential reasoning is fair enough. I always wonder what a non-politicised AIRBUS would look like, without meddling from the French and German governments and left to make pure commercial decisions. Fewer fac...Jump to post
I cannot see Norwegian jumping into this. India is a better place to start fighting over Y. That said where did the logic of EZE and SIN come from?Jump to post
The A380 was an aircraft built for BA and LH. An operation that relies on lots of connections at slot constrained airports? I forsee BA, LH, and EK as being the last A380 operators Going by the numbers among the major European airlines BA relies the least on connections and the most on O&D. The...Jump to post
A lot of comments about how dumb it was for AF to order just 10 A380's, and now would be even dumber to retain an even smaller sub-fleet of 5...and I totally agree but...um...hello...what about ANA's REALLY DUMB (IMHO) venture of getting just THREE and for one specific route only? Has everybody for...Jump to post
Don't forget AA has a stake in CZ as well and BA has expanded its code sharing agreement with the carrier. This is discussed on another thread if I remember well but I think it will be interesting how this plays out within OW. CX is not going to be happy having CZ in the alliance with CAN on its doo...Jump to post
The BA defenders pointing out that a quick weekend getaway to the continent puts BA is up against the likes of and FR and U2. But what about those spending £1500 and 15-20 hours flying from Asia or North America to Europe connecting through LHR? Not sure they would notice adding a few extra quid on...Jump to post
How can BA still keep its 4 star rating with services so basic? Completely agree. Personally think it needs a star knocked off to knock some sense into Cruz and management (although the fact EI and AT make it into the same grouping as EK, EY and KA is also puzzling). What I never understand in all ...Jump to post
LMFNINJA wrote:More evidence of the demise of BA under the tutelage of Mr. Cruz.
I’d be surprised to see UA go to LGW. There’s very little Star connections from LGW that can’t be reached via the big Star hubs of FRA, MUC etc and most of the point to point traffic would likely choose LHR over LGW. I think those living in South London, Kent, Sussex and parts of Surrey will disagr...Jump to post
Some points in response to the extracts above: 1 - a new runway in the south east is only difficult because the government policy is a de facto “Heathrow or nothing”. The result, over several decades now, ends up being nothing because of the issues which are well ventilated. 2 - in 2018, Heathrow p...Jump to post
Believe there are old restrictive bilateral limits on number of flights between the two countries with both seeing each other as 'political' threats in the regional power play. Also yield I understand isn't great for either and Indians generally would prefer to use ME3/European carriers. With Chines...Jump to post
Its only in the UK where we keep talking about how ‘difficult’ it is to build a new runway. ... Exactly. LHR has been full for 15 years for a reason, LGW is still not full with its one runway. ... I actually have nothing against an additional runway for LGW in addition, but build it in the future, ...Jump to post
This debate always makes me chuckle. We are talking about a Third runway at LHR, the seventh busiest airport in the world, and until 2015 was the third. An airport full for the last 15 years. We are not talking of a seventh or eight runway as you have at many other airports around the world, we are ...Jump to post
Boris Johnson has weighed in: https://twitter.com/BorisJohnson/status/1123597392564105216 "[This] judgment is not the end of the story. A third runway in west London would cause a huge increase in traffic and pollution and above all in noise. Heathrow have a long way to go before they can meet...Jump to post
When did Boris Johnson ever say anything remotely intelligent? The buffoon is so out of touch with reality its scary. It is not a vote winner opposing the extra jobs and lower fares (and I say that as someone who lived under that flight path). To be honest I think the positive should be taken out of...Jump to post
Norwegians problem is that it has no clear vision in expansion. It seemsed their transatlantic expansion was here and there as then everywhere. Point to point traffic is difficult to manage in a highly seasonable market. When other airlines are charging business class in the same fares Nowegian cha...Jump to post
It's served a purpose, Norwegian has now moved to a higher cost airport in Miami and San Francisco, where BA/AA are very strong - 5xdaily London to Miami and 2xdaily SFO including a daily A380. That'll be a tough environment for Norwegian to make money in. They way I look at it is the other way aro...Jump to post
LAX772LR wrote:LHRFlyer wrote:A shame BA didn’t try switching it to LHR with a 787.
Was nothing stopping them, other than an assessment was that the secondary market in a heavily-served metro just wasn't worth it.
Same for OAK.
I recently attempted to book a trip with them. Their website is dreadful and when I called to speak with someone, the attitude of the Rep. was horrible. I booked with KE. So, there might be a good place for OZ to improve. Interesting you say that, I had the exact same experience. Still flew with th...Jump to post
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/package-of-newused-a380s-pitched-to-ba-was-uncompe-457443/ pretty interesting article. according to BA's ceo the a380 wasn't even close to being competitive with the 777x. a big factor was interior mods would have taken 50 million a plane, which at that po...Jump to post
-First of all, about flying frames for 30 years. We don't know that yet. A few non-standard frames being sent to the scrappers, others going to wetlease operators, and all so far to be immediately replaced by standard frames. Thisd should not be any indicator of how things will evolve from now on. ...Jump to post
By letting the A380 die, BA is going against its core business model centered around the LHR mega hub. Point to point from a mega hub is not a strategy, it's an invitation to be overwhelmed by competition. The B777X can fulfill the same role as the B744 and do it slightly better. But the A380 could...Jump to post
The problem for VS is on many levels: 1.) employ way too many people (nearly 10,000) for an airline with 40 aircraft & 20 or so destinations - this averages to nearly 250 employees per aircraft. ....... 4.) As I've said previously, VS do not know and have yet to figure out hat they want to be -...Jump to post
Its a sad day when an airport is struggling to attract routes on the basis of its ability to process the PAX they bring. It is chaos at SEA when the European carriers all arrive, queues almost reaching the air bridges. A real shame for Seattle for what is a really great city with so much to offer, t...Jump to post
Excellent move and reckon more carriers will follow suit in due course. Sure it is a ploy as the pitch gets shorter and shorter, but does help stem the increasing misery of economy. Everyone knows the unwritten rule in Y that it is just plain inconsiderate if someone is sitting behind you. Had a win...Jump to post