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by caaardiff
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Traffic figures in Spanish islands down in peak summer season
Replies: 39
Views: 4612

Re: Traffic figures in Spanish islands down in peak summer season

Out of Airports 19 mentioned, only 8 are in decline. So you could look at it as most Airports are seeing small increases in passenger traffic. Glass half full situation. Considering Tunisia and Turkey is back on the rise and the other factors mentioned, apart from the Canaries, on the face of it doe...

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by caaardiff
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Future Fleet Matrix for LHR, LGW, and MAN
Replies: 31
Views: 7222

Re: Virgin Atlantic Future Fleet Matrix for LHR, LGW, and MAN

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/285804/virgin-atlantic-further-expands-a350-new-york-jfk-service-in-w19/ Routes online stating which LHR-JFK flights VS will use the A350 on this winter. Checking the summer timetable, below shows which aircraft currently operates those flights; VS3/...

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by caaardiff
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Future Fleet Matrix for LHR, LGW, and MAN
Replies: 31
Views: 7222

Re: Virgin Atlantic Future Fleet Matrix for LHR, LGW, and MAN

Does anyone know why Virgin has the 787, A350 and A330? You'd think a single fleet type would be more economical, but VS has always liked to have both Airbus and Boeing in the fleet. On the face of it, it's down to matching required range with required seating capacity. The 787 is too much range fo...

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by caaardiff
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21008

Re: Flybe update

FR and EZY offer upgraded products in the form of their "Plus" products. This gives dedicated check-in (EZY), allocated seating, priority boarding, checked baggage and additional hand luggage, similar to Flybes current "All in" product. It could be that VS connecting customers au...

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by caaardiff
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21008

Re: Flybe update

I wonder how quickly the Flybe brand will disappear. I know Flybe have three liveries at the moment, and seemed in no hurry to paint aircraft, but at least they were for the same brand. I cant imagine Virgin would want the Flybe brand hanging around. After all, they are a very brand conscious busin...

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by caaardiff
Sun May 05, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 818
Views: 142314

Re: Aeroflot SSJ100 on fire at Moscow (SVO)

Given that this is becoming a common occurrence during emergency evacuations, should there be a way of completely locking out all (passenger use) overhead lockers by the crew before landing?
It may also slightly lessen the chance of lockers opening and bags falling out during a hard landing.

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by caaardiff
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21008

Re: Flybe update

KLM already operate 3x daily CWL-AMS and I think DSA was tried by KL but didn't last long. CDG with AF is certainly a possibility as they are also AF codeshares so they would have an idea of how the routes perform from their own sales, alongside BE's point to point sales. For CWL, it's possible if G...

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by caaardiff
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21008

Re: Flybe update

The winter schedule is due to be released next week. CWL and DSA will lose a lot of routes as a result of the closure, but it's hoped for CWL that the core routes can be saved with some needing to be operated by a W pattern. EDI and BHD are likely to stay. DUB is between 2-3 daily at the moment and ...

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by caaardiff
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe cancels dozens of flights for "operational reasons"
Replies: 38
Views: 9307

Re: Flybe cancels dozens of flights for "operational reasons"

Had this response from flybe regarding CWL

Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. We are not stopping all flights from Cardiff. We will still offer a schedule but operated by Q400 aircraft and not jets. :) - Denny

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by caaardiff
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe cancels dozens of flights for "operational reasons"
Replies: 38
Views: 9307

Re: More Trouble at FlyBE

They are struggling to retain crew due to the uncertainty. CWL and DSA to close in an operational shake up, no word on if routes will be operated from other bases (if possible). EXT will see the end of E-jet flights as well. It was suggested others shortages were due to redundancy announcements, but...

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by caaardiff
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Ceases Operations
Replies: 968
Views: 156691

Re: WOW Ceases Operations

There's 3 main players recently in the low-cost long haul market as I see it. Primera, WOW and Norwegian. Primera - Poorly run operation. Hap hazard start up and not managed greatly when it started to go wrong. Reliant on new aircraft deliveries. Had the aircraft arrived on time or the delivery dela...

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by caaardiff
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Ceases Operations
Replies: 968
Views: 156691

Re: WOW Ceases Operations

Surely Norwegian can only benefit from WOWs demise? Those 3.5m need to find other carriers to use so any carriers that overlapped WWs network will benefit. Norwegian have seen off both primera and WOW and hopefully can pull things together to make the low cost long haul model work. IF Norwegian fail...

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by caaardiff
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Ceases Operations
Replies: 968
Views: 156691

Re: WOW Financial Discussion Thread

Does that include ancillary revenue or just ticket price? Their model was based on high cost add ons. Baggage, on board sales, priority packages etc. Theres a lot of whats-ifs. The biggest one for me would be if they would still be in this situation if they expanded slower and stuck to the core rout...

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by caaardiff
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Ceases Operations
Replies: 968
Views: 156691

Re: WOW Financial Discussion Thread

Does anyone know if the loses of 2018 included additional costs of handing back the aircraft that were returned? There were a lot of new routes which must've taken up marketing and startup costs. Now they've scaled back to the main A321 routes and cut loss making routes, is it too little too late fo...

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by caaardiff
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St Athan EGDX for TUI Airways schedule flight?
Replies: 11
Views: 2047

Re: St Athan EGDX for TUI Airways schedule flight?

Cardiff Aviation have a maintenance contract with TUI covering 767, 757 and 737.
E-cube solutions are also based at St Athan for aircraft scrapping.
BA recently sent a few of their last 767's to St Athan for scrapping

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by caaardiff
Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic and Alitalia new expansions
Replies: 113
Views: 20254

Re: Virgin Atlantic and Alitalia new expansions

So are people suggesting that VS should expand their LH flights from the regions such as BHX, NCL and EDI? To which destinations exactly? Can these airports really support a regular A330? There's a reason the US carriers have retreated from these Airports when they were operating smaller 767/757 air...

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by caaardiff
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas reports first half results, $780 million underlying profit before tax
Replies: 37
Views: 4376

Re: Qantas reports first half results, $780 million underlying profit before tax

If the A380 isn't profitable from the East Coast to London via SIN/DXB, would the 787 be a better fit? Obviously a lot less seats but with a short layover I don't see how it's much different to SYD-PER-LHR. AJ has stated 2 787s are more economical than 1 A380.

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by caaardiff
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 149
Views: 24179

Re: FlyBmi ceases operations.

bmi had a number of issues operationally which didn't help. That combined with Brexit uncertainty didnt put them in a good place. They must had lost a lot of customers due to poor OTP. They were flying an ageing unreliable fleet and struggled with recruitment. UK crews weren't happy with long stop o...

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by caaardiff
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vueling cancels 8 destinations from BCN
Replies: 32
Views: 7737

Re: Vueling cancels 8 destinations from BCN

FR have recently announced CWL-AGP, going to head to head with VY. At the moment (summer 19) VY are 6x weekly and FR twice weekly. True, however on leisure routes the frequency is less important. To the price sensitive passengers (which Ryanair and Vueling are both after) it doesn't matter when the...

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by caaardiff
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vueling cancels 8 destinations from BCN
Replies: 32
Views: 7737

Re: Vueling cancels 8 destinations from BCN

On the Cardiff route Vueling has to compete with Ryanair, not an easy task. They just leave this route to Ryanair. Although there wasn't any official announcement about them dropping the route. It's believe FR stepped in after VY pulled it, rather than VY pulling it because of FR. FR have recently ...

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by caaardiff
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:28 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: 77764

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

So if the Connect deal doesn't go ahead, and the company isn't wound up. What next for Flybe? Haven't seen many other alternatives brought up yet. Can it survive as it is? Sounds like a complete shambles on the run up to this, but the most important question is not what's gone on up to now, it's wha...

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by caaardiff
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Ceases Operations
Replies: 968
Views: 156691

Re: WOW Financial Discussion Thread

arcticcruiser wrote:
caaardiff wrote:
Thomas Cook UK have acquired an A321 from WOW. Does anyone know what registration this is?


Source?


Jethros fleet list website, which is usually pretty accurate.

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by caaardiff
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Ceases Operations
Replies: 968
Views: 156691

Re: WOW Financial Discussion Thread

Thomas Cook UK have acquired an A321 from WOW. Does anyone know what registration this is?

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by caaardiff
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM widebody shortage
Replies: 50
Views: 17230

Re: KLM widebody shortage

It's a very vague post to make.
Can anyone confirm why they are short of widebodies? Is it maintenance/damage? Late deliveries? Crewing issues?

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by caaardiff
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Easyjet invest in a subfleet of A220-300s?
Replies: 18
Views: 3119

Re: Should Easyjet invest in a subfleet of A220-300s?

I think within the UK, EZY will be closely watching what happens with the BE/VS/RE deal. With a new strength behind it, if VS/RE decide to keep the regional flying going and if potentially (And a big IF on that) a new aircraft order, there could be growth from them within the regions that EZY are to...

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by caaardiff
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family sit on floor during flight, not enough seats.
Replies: 48
Views: 13720

Re: Family sit on floor during flight, not enough seats.

TUI operations would not have allowed this to happen. Sounds to me like the Captain made the decision. TUI ops would've found another flight for them to travel back on. They don't allow passengers to sit in jump seats. As it's row 41DEF that appears to be missing, it's definately a 757. All of TUIs ...

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by caaardiff
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:49 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: 77764

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

Which goes back to my point, how can VS make full utilisation out of the fleet to benefit them when the majority of their flights outside of LHR are in the morning? Why buy an airline with around 80 aircraft and trim it back to a handful of routes and aircraft? Surely it would be better to have just...

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by caaardiff
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:23 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: 77764

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

If this was solely to feed into VS flights, primarily into MAN because of LHR and LGW slots, their fleet utilisation would be terrible. The majority of VS flights currently from MAN are in the morning up to lunchtime. Any connections would need to arrive early/mid morning to connect with departures...

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by caaardiff
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:50 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: 77764

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

If this was solely to feed into VS flights, primarily into MAN because of LHR and LGW slots, their fleet utilisation would be terrible. The majority of VS flights currently from MAN are in the morning up to lunchtime. Any connections would need to arrive early/mid morning to connect with departures ...

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by caaardiff
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:29 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: 77764

Re: Updated: VS To Be Largest Shareholder In New Airline Group Comprising BE And RE

Possible outcomes; Flybe - Connectivity to VS hub in MAN and GLA from the regions, along with routes into LHR from EDI/ABZ/NQY and possibly MAN for Asia/South Africa routes, as well as DL routes. Given MAN's central location in the UK, "double drop" routes could prove viable. Purely an exa...

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by caaardiff
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sky news: Virgin Atlantic to be the majority shareholder in new airline group
Replies: 17
Views: 5144

Re: Sky news: Virgin Atlantic to be the majority shareholder in new airline group

Nobody has mentioned stobart yet. They play a big part in this. Stobart want to grow the regional ops, VS want feed and slots. Both of them are winners with split liabilities and the regional Airports keep the regional operations that don't really feed into VS. VS would probably be taking on too muc...

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by caaardiff
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian and Air Canada 737 MAX Transatlantic crew
Replies: 54
Views: 8666

Re: Norwegian and Air Canada 737 MAX Transatlantic crew

One of TUIs longest routes is cape verde. The majority of these flights the crew do operate one way and night stop. But in recent years BRS-SAL was operated there and back by the same crew. It's about a 5 - 5 1/2 hour flight each way so roughly 14-15 hour day. Was certainly very close to limits! Not...

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by caaardiff
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair "threatens" with the closure of bases in the Canaries
Replies: 67
Views: 10061

Re: Ryanair "threatens" with the closure of bases in the Canaries

FR fly to a lot of Airports from TFS. I'd be surprised if they were all bases which could be operated in reverse. CWL being one of those, that now has 4 routes from there with no based aircraft. Those are often flown in a W-pattern. The plane flies A-B-C-B-A, where only A is a base. B and C are bot...

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by caaardiff
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines that will still be flying the A340 in 2020 and beyond.
Replies: 18
Views: 3049

Re: Airlines that will still be flying the A340 in 2020 and beyond.

No set date for VS retiring theirs. G-VNAP and G-VWIN are both owned by VS, were retired and then brought back into service in 2018 to cover for 787 engine issues and other aircraft cabin refits. VS currently have 7 in the fleet but there doesn't appear to be any fixed plans to retire them just yet....

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by caaardiff
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair "threatens" with the closure of bases in the Canaries
Replies: 67
Views: 10061

Re: Ryanair "threatens" with the closure of bases in the Canaries

If MOL does not want to fly here, there are perfectly good alternatives. I think Ryanair will continue to fly there even if they close those bases. They'll just serve them from the other end, as a destination instead of a base. That's the way they continue to serve Eindhoven as well now that they c...

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by caaardiff
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded
Replies: 31
Views: 8264

Re: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded

There's got to be more to this story. I worked with (not for) FR for a number of years, and generally found them pretty good in diversion situations, and also cancelled a lot less flights than the likes of BA and EZY! The media and Governing bodies would have a field day if the passengers were just ...

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by caaardiff
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Ceases Operations
Replies: 968
Views: 156691

Re: WOW Financial Discussion Thread

This is what is currently on sale on wowair.com. All flights are from a week in June and shown as weekly frequencies. BOS x7 ** ORD x7 DTW x4 EWR x14 (x7 A330) BWI x7 YYZ x7 ** YUL x7 ** A321 - AMS x14, TXL x12(**x7 Non Prem), CPH x12 (**x7 Non Prem), DUB x12 (**x7 Non prem), FRA x12 (**x7 Non Prem)...

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by caaardiff
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-800 tipping risk at deboarding?
Replies: 43
Views: 11518

Re: 737-800 tipping risk at deboarding?

I know some Airlines adopt load front first/offload front last procedure to avoid this issue. TUI being one of them. It could've been a number of reasons, possibly they offloaded the front hold first. If I remember all the hand luggage gets loaded into the front hold, given FR's new hand luggage pol...

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by caaardiff
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: WW ending India and PIT on the heels of numerous other cancelations
Replies: 78
Views: 12633

Re: Rumor: WW ending India and PIT on the heels of numerous other cancelations

DEL is bookable until Oct 2019
PIT isn't bookable past Mar 2019

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by caaardiff
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:52 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: 77764

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

- Virgin Little Red operated Airbus on the domestic routes which were too big for what they needed. Flybe are already operating LHR-EDI & ABZ which could be strengthened for much needed connections that VS need through LHR, along with the recently announced NQY flights. Operated on a much more e...

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by caaardiff
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth
Replies: 83
Views: 16842

Re: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth

Can VS do it in its current configuration? The current configurations for their B789s are as follows: VS: J31 (1-1-1), W35 (2-3-2), Y198 (3-3-3, 31"), 264 total seats. QF: J42 (1-2-1), W28 (2-3-2), Y166 (3-3-3, 32"), 236 total seats Advertised range is 7635 nmi at 290 passengers...and rem...

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by caaardiff
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.
Replies: 41
Views: 6798

Re: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.

The route map is interesting.. I had no idea they were flying from RAF Valley in Angelsey down to Cardiff... now that is a niche route.. for RAF Service men??. This is operated by Eastern Airways who stepped in to take over the route after Citywing (Manx2) went bust. As T3 are now a BE franchise, i...

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by caaardiff
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of Air Canada expansion in the UK?
Replies: 46
Views: 6927

Re: Possibility of Air Canada expansion in the UK?

CWL has a long history of flights to Canada and it's said the route was doing quite well for Zoom and attracted people from the Southwest of England as well as South Wales. With the SW of England being quite a wealthy catchment. Surely BRS would be better then... It would, but it would be questiona...

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by caaardiff
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of Air Canada expansion in the UK?
Replies: 46
Views: 6927

Re: Possibility of Air Canada expansion in the UK?

BFS, GLA and CWL (thrown into the mix as it's my local airport) were all previously served by Zoom. Only a couple of flights to BFS and CWL a week, and a CWL-BFS-YVR split flight as well. GLA I think was higher frequency to Canada. BHX recently lost Air Transat and the route was to be taken over by ...

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by caaardiff
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air bends a 767
Replies: 131
Views: 42139

Re: Atlas Air bends a 767

Thomson/First Choice had a hard landing at Bristol (BRS) in 2010 which took the aircraft out of service for several months, but was repaired. The same aircraft had already suffered damage with Vietnam Airlines before that.

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by caaardiff
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Flybe have a future?
Replies: 82
Views: 10579

Re: Does Flybe have a future?

Kinnear commented: “The Q400, with its 53-56 seats, hits a real sweet spot for us, and then that fits in really nicely with the E175.” A quote from the article. Aren't there 78 seats in the Q400's? Forgive me but i thought the seat reduction was reducing the fleet size, not the number of seats in ea...

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by caaardiff
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Flybe have a future?
Replies: 82
Views: 10579

Re: Does Flybe have a future?

Could Flybe be bought out and fly under the BA Cityflyer umbrella with them making moves back into regional markets couldn't they in theory operate in the regions again but with lower costs. The backing of IAG could do wonders for BE. The codeshare and feeder service that BE provide for regional Ai...

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by caaardiff
Wed May 30, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.
Replies: 57
Views: 9676

Re: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.

With the bigger aircraft and more seats to fill, would it mean dropping prices to get bums on seats which could ultimately hurt TCX? What routes are they now competing on from MAN?

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by caaardiff
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas proposes amenities in the cargo hold for ultra long flights
Replies: 76
Views: 12940

Re: Alan Joyce floats the idea of "Cargo class"

Is this concept not already there in the form of crew rest? Just above the cabin rather than below it. Relocate the galley space at the back of the aircraft downstairs and 2 levels of bunks can be created, maybe even 3 levels if the height is right. Split then into individual pods rather than a whol...

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