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by Bongodog49
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One global currency?
Replies: 28
Views: 1313

Re: One global currency?

I thought we already had a global currency - $
At the end of the day there's not many places in the World where a fist full of dollars will be refused :yes: :yes:

I'm posting this as an Englishman, so don't accuse me of over inflated national pride.

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by Bongodog49
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?
Replies: 95
Views: 14828

Re: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?

There's lots of reasons, firstly the 1st generation wide bodies were around twice the size of their predecessors, there was nothing between a 707 or DC8 and a widebody, if you went new yuo went big, and potentially accepted a lower load factor The high bypass engines were far better on fuel, which m...

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by Bongodog49
Tue May 21, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transportation of Formula 1 race cars
Replies: 11
Views: 1299

Re: Transportation of Formula 1 race cars

All the European races are covered by road transport, each team has its own transporters, as do the tyre suppliers. The other races are covered by freighter flights chartered by formula one for all the teams to use. I recall that they mostly fly out of STN as most teams are UK based.

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by Bongodog49
Tue May 21, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Equine Flights
Replies: 43
Views: 4905

Re: Equine Flights

These horses are some of the most valuable cargo flown. its not just moving them around for racing, there's the breeding as well. Stud fees can run to over £100k for one serving, so the flight costs aren't that significant.

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by Bongodog49
Thu May 16, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there ever be a new British Royal yacht?
Replies: 21
Views: 1621

Re: Will there ever be a new British Royal yacht?

Representation around the kingdom, on a much more visible and down-to-earth level. They can pull up to any tiny little town with a stretch of coastline. That's how the Royal Yacht is used in Denmark. True, but they can pull up to any tiny town with a stretch of road now and not have the additional ...

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by Bongodog49
Thu May 16, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22123

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

You do realise aircraft age means nothing to the product or service offers, you could quite easily have a 20 plus year old frame serving a route that’s just been through a full strip down and refurbishment so is like new from a customer prospective or an 5/6 year old frame that’s due it’s first hea...

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by Bongodog49
Thu May 16, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license
Replies: 38
Views: 1910

Re: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license

Hiring a car is little different in the UK to the US, its generally the same people (Avis, Hertz etc) and they will try to sell you an upgrade and extra insurance. ts of good points above, and one or two howlers such as signs being in kilometers. The big things I would point out are: Red lights mean...

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by Bongodog49
Thu May 16, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 144
Views: 21449

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

Lots of amusing banter here, but nobody has asked the really important question: Is it scone (as in cone) or scone (as in gone)? :spin: There is no doubt (as a native of Staffordshire in the British Midlands) scone rhymes with cone. When we came home from school we had our evening meal which was ca...

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by Bongodog49
Wed May 15, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 787 Trent Engine replace on Norwegian
Replies: 43
Views: 5889

Re: 787 Trent Engine replace on Norwegian

The Trent issue has been parts wearing faster than originally predicted, bear in mind that it was 5 years from entry into service before the issues became apparent, so planes were never "falling out of the skies" There are a number of 787's presently grounded due to RR not being able to up...

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by Bongodog49
Tue May 14, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business insider: Boeing 737-800 is “older version of MAX”
Replies: 104
Views: 16454

Re: Business insider: Boeing 737-800 is “older version of MAX”

Next factual statement will be that Pepsi MAX isn't related to Pepsi :banghead: :white:

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by Bongodog49
Mon May 13, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there ever be a new British Royal yacht?
Replies: 21
Views: 1621

Re: Will there ever be a new British Royal yacht?

The UK is broke. They can't exactly afford it even if they wanted to. How do you deduce that the worlds 5th largest economy is broke ? We have falling national debt and positive growth, so I'm sure we could afford a Royal yacht if we wished one. The problem however is that there is no great public ...

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by Bongodog49
Sat May 04, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't America have an international leisure airline?
Replies: 56
Views: 9311

Re: Why doesn't America have an international leisure airline?

Europe used to have far more leisure airlines, back in the day when scheduled flying was the preserve of national flag carriers with a bewildering array of ticket categories such as APEX, super APEX etc. they provided a way of flying abroad at a reasonable price. Deregulation and the rise of FR, U2 ...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boy Scouts USA facing huge sex abuse lawsuits
Replies: 34
Views: 2682

Re: Boy Scouts USA facing huge sex abuse lawsuits

The BSA had the 'IV' lists to allegedly be an internal record to keep out pedophiles but apparently didn't turn the info to the correct police authorities, disobeying at most of the 12 points of what a Scout is (Trustworthy, Loyal, etc.). They are paying the price for their trying to hide from liab...

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by Bongodog49
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The 'NEW" Newcastle brown ale (RANT)
Replies: 9
Views: 1387

Re: The 'NEW" Newcastle brown ale (RANT)

What a great idea, take a beer that has been around for over 90 years and muck about with it and end up with something completely different. Drinkers buy Newkie Brown because it is typical of a brown ale, lightly hopped with malted sweetness, they do not expect it to be flavoured with US hops, if th...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 8664

Re: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018

Sure they want it to make a profit, and there would be problems if it was making big losses but ongoing small losses like this are sustainable long term. In addition, the financial state of an airline in only a big issue if there's little cash in the bank (which doesn't apply here as reports would ...

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by Bongodog49
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 8664

Re: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018

Delta sell a lot of flights on their domestic network though the partnership with VS - but it doesn't show in VS's accounts. Virgin group charge a royalty on sales to the airline for the use of the brand - so SRB get's his profit out whether or not VS makes a profit.(you would have to add that roya...

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by Bongodog49
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 8664

Re: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018

#3 - If VS believes RR is going to cover those costs in full it would have accrued for it (and thus have no impact to profit). #4 - Those are capital investments, not costs. It's negative cash flow but it's not operating expense. Hi Mlflyer On point 3 I think it is highly unlikely that RR would cov...

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by Bongodog49
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 8664

Re: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018

Overall I see the bright side in these results. Despite the challenges in the UK market, the weaker £, the RR engine issues on the 787 fleet, Brexit, etc. VS still managed to cut their 2018 losses in half versus 2017. Work remains to be done, but this is real and significant progress. The problem i...

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by Bongodog49
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 8664

Re: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018

GCT64 wrote:
JannEejit wrote:
Nothing to do with 787 engine issues and associated costs regarding leasing replacement aircraft then ?


Doesn't Rolls-Royce cover those costs?


Yes they do, even if there was a delay in receiving the money from RR it would show up in the accounts as a sum due and add to the profit figure.

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by Bongodog49
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 8664

Re: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018

£28m loss, on revenues of £2.78bn? That's pretty much 1%... shouldn't be too hard to grow revenue again by 5% next year and break even or post a small profit. They've tried shrinking in order to turn a profit, now trying to grow their way out of trouble. This year one of their reasons for the loss ...

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by Bongodog49
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 8664

Re: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018

Yet another year of red ink for VS, it is really hard to see what can be done for them to achieve consistent profits, whenever they turn in an annual profit it is always after years of losses, and to be followed by more losses in the future. The list of reasons for the loss are not unique to VS, the...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 447
Views: 77221

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

Only the BaCon pensions are held in the IoM. Typical of the misinformation being thrown around to push this deal through. Irrespective of whose pensions are held where, it’s still loyal employees who would lose out on their retirements to fund short term shareholders. Well, an update: http://www.ai...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe cancels dozens of flights for "operational reasons"
Replies: 38
Views: 9223

Re: More Trouble at FlyBE

Posters on PPrune are attributing this to crew shortages, whether pilots, cabin crew, or both isn't stated. It does come just after the announcement that the CWL and DSA bases are to close. Not clear either whether this is due to Ryanair-style mismanagement of flying hours, a sickout, some kind of ...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe cancels dozens of flights for "operational reasons"
Replies: 38
Views: 9223

Re: More Trouble at FlyBE

Posters on PPrune are attributing this to crew shortages, whether pilots, cabin crew, or both isn't stated. It does come just after the announcement that the CWL and DSA bases are to close. Not clear either whether this is due to Ryanair-style mismanagement of flying hours, a sickout, some kind of ...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe cancels dozens of flights for "operational reasons"
Replies: 38
Views: 9223

Re: More Trouble at FlyBE

is this an aircraft leasing problem ? I'm guessing this on the basis that the cancellations are spread across the network with no airport 100% cancelled. if the "new flybe" have failed to agree terms with the aircraft owners this would be the result, aircraft grounded as they no longer hav...

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by Bongodog49
Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster
Replies: 112
Views: 15119

Re: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster

I think Europe may have a higher taxation than that of America. That may have played a factor on how the airline shutdown rate is higher in Europe, compared to that of America. Even though Europe may have a busy air traffic, taxation may have affected the profits to the point that the airlines can ...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster
Replies: 112
Views: 15119

Re: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster

The U.S. has had their shares of major failures in the past as well. ATA, Skybus, Hooters, Aloha, Independence Air etc. Recently though, Europe has been hit hard. What has been happening in Europe recently is in some case the market correcting itself. But there is an overcapacity. But other reasons...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Attendants are Selling Their Seniority
Replies: 196
Views: 21585

Re: Flight Attendants are Selling Their Seniority

So we have people selling something that isn't really theirs to sell, Imagine how the cabin crew with seniority would shout out if the airlines started asking for a direct payment in exchange for being rostered on a favourable flight ? After all if a flight attendant has decided that the market valu...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster
Replies: 112
Views: 15119

Re: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster

Looks like Alitalia is the clever one: getting handouts to stay alive. Should WOW (and others) also have received handouts, endless amounts of "bridge loans"? Seems like there is an unfair (illegal discriminatory) treatment of airlines in Europe. Its just not worth mentioning Alitalia in ...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: flybe launch LHR-IOM
Replies: 21
Views: 3339

Re: flybe launch LHR-IOM

I am glad to see IOM returning to LHR but I agree with post #6 that there needs to be a double daily for it to be attractive to the business traveller. Double daily would also improve the range of options for connecting traffic. Back in the 1980s I traveled to the IoM for work with the then Manx ai...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster
Replies: 112
Views: 15119

Re: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster

There seems to be a high degree of over reaction here, WOW had a fleet of 10 or 11 planes, they were literally a flea on the back of the European aviation market, they also had a business model of flying passengers to/from Iceland, I appreciate that Iceland has stunning scenery, but its never going ...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your advice to Boeing for the upcoming Paris Air Show ?
Replies: 94
Views: 10225

Re: Your advice to Boeing for the upcoming Paris Air Show ?

Eat some humble pie, rather than the attitude to date, last Fridays efforts which to me seemed along the lines of "we're fixing a problem that doesn't really exist" gave the impression of a company that thinks it is bigger than its customers and all the Worlds Airframe regulatory bodies.

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by Bongodog49
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: flybe launch LHR-IOM
Replies: 21
Views: 3339

Re: flybe launch LHR-IOM

What a waste shouldve been given to BA to launch DTW IOM is a favourite withe the banking community and those with enough money to make it worthwhile living offshore, it is a surprise that it doesn't already have a link to LHR. IMO far better to use a slot to enable the residents of the Isle of Man...

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by Bongodog49
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA plane flies to Scotland by mistake, should have been Germany
Replies: 115
Views: 24146

Re: BA plane flies to Scotland by mistake, should have been Germany

The skies were clear early this morning over East Anglia, was every passenger with a window seat either asleep or clueless as to where they should be heading ?

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by Bongodog49
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing committing economic suicide by opening China aircraft plants
Replies: 28
Views: 4067

Re: Airbus and Boeing committing economic suicide by opening China aircraft plants

As for getting their hands on the technology they already have planes in China that they can reverse engineer. Exactly - as soon as you sell one example you leave yourself wide open to copying. Providing both A & B keep innovating, it's no great worry as they copiers will always be 5 or more ye...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 23875

Re: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat

Totally unscientific, but a quick look on Seat Guru shows that a Qatar 787-8 has 20 Super Diamond seats between doors 1 & 2 , BA 787-8's currently have 21 CW seats in the same space. On that basis any price increase should be minimal. The caveat however is that BA have 7 wide on the 787, but 8 w...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS new destination
Replies: 40
Views: 7306

Re: VS new destination

IMHO you misunderstand the VS brand - it is about service, customer experience, about being fresh and exciting. The brand is route agnostic - its values are valid whether it is a flight to Brazil, JFK or anywhere. I would guess that VS entering this route will cause some price pressure on BA and th...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS new destination
Replies: 40
Views: 7306

Re: VS new destination

Can you work out where it might be? Yeah that should be easy, find a route on which BA operates a B744 or a B77W out of Heathrow and which Virgin wants to raid. For two years, then they'll drop it. Does this outfit not have a shred of original thought? I'm confused, whilst it may or may not work fo...

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by Bongodog49
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 713495

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

I'm a huge fan of Boeing, and I think it's absolutely horrible that an airline wouldn't spend the extra money to equip their aircraft with an extra AOA vane and an AOA disagree light, so their pilots know this problem is happening... What's next, should a stickshaker and pusher also come as optiona...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 713495

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Seems they have now made the request to BEA in France to read the boxes. Going to great lengths to make sure the NTSB isn't the one to read them. This is getting completely out of hand, the flight recorders were recovered 2 days ago, they should have been on a bench in a lab being downloaded yester...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 713495

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

There own no reason to indulge Ethiopia’s paranoia and have the black boxes evaluated in the UK. Ethiopia does not have the means to do it themselves so they need to subcontract the work. Given the fact that the FAA has demonstrated a somewhat novel interpretation of the role and function of an avi...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Shoreham Airshow disaster 2015: pilot cleared of manslaughter
Replies: 6
Views: 1762

Re: Shoreham Airshow disaster 2015: pilot cleared of manslaughter

Very interesting verdict. The AAIB was clear that the manouevre was not flown safely, yet the amateurs on the jury believe otherwise.

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by Bongodog49
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Imperial System
Replies: 230
Views: 8733

Re: Imperial System

One of my profs many years ago, when this was more of an issue given the push in 1975 was flailing in the wind a few years later, used to joke “base ten is for slackers that don’t want complicated math”. He was old as hell, he hated metric so much he probably insisted in his Will that he be buried ...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The world's longest-running airlines
Replies: 60
Views: 10656

Re: The world's longest-running airlines

This list has more holes than a swiss cheese, 2 minutes research can blow most of them out of the water, examples below: Air Serbia - how can an airline have been existent since 1927 when it has only has its name for 5 years and its host country isn't much older. Iberia - Big gap in its history, whi...

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by Bongodog49
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic removes cabin crew make-up rule
Replies: 1
Views: 1060

Re: Virgin Atlantic removes cabin crew make-up rule

Whenever I've seen VS cabin crew my biggest concern has been "I hope their makeup doesn't crack" I'm sure they apply it with a trowel rather than a brush.

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by Bongodog49
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dutch government increases stock holding in KL-AF group.
Replies: 156
Views: 16669

Re: Dutch government increases stock holding in KL-AF group.

To anyone outside of France and the Netherlands, this truly does look like the definitive article on "how to screw up merging two airlines" Look at all the other big mergers, they either as with the major US mergers result in a single name and completely merged fleet and flight operations,...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 447
Views: 77221

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

About 6% of annual revenue for flights sold but not yet taken does not seem that high. by one or two card payment processing companies when most of that annual revenue hasn't even been triggered on their credit cards by customers yet. Those credit card companies appear to have been holding everythi...

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by Bongodog49
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers
Replies: 112
Views: 8705

Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

There's lots of approaches that are over a City/near tall buildings, but the special ones are where the approach is lower than the adjacent buildings, I was fortunate enough to fly into Kaitak before it closed, you looked out on peoples washing on their balconies as you flew past the blocks of flats...

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by Bongodog49
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 149
Views: 24068

Re: FlyBmi ceases operations.

The financial press are telling me that this is an airline that lost 12% on every seat sold between April 2016 and March 2017, they also say that by UK law they should have filed their April 2017 to March 2018 accounts by the end of December but failed to do so, just for that they would have shortly...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A380 Biggest manufacturing loss in civil aviation to date?
Replies: 127
Views: 14076

Re: A380 Biggest manufacturing loss in civil aviation ?

The A380's ability to burn cash is minute compared to the Boeing 2707 SST, just remember that not a single SST flew, so there's not even a single airframe to allocate the cost to. Even Concorde had better economics with 14 production examples. Yes the A380 is a classic case of getting carried away w...

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