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by caaardiff
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1113
Views: 186514

Re: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread

Has Jason Unsworth finally given up on Jet Airways and this is his new pipe dream adventure?

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by caaardiff
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JET2 - what next ?
Replies: 129
Views: 26146

Re: JET2 - what next ?

If Jet2 were to look in to Long Haul, they would need to introduce a new type to the fleet whether purchased or lease, set up all kinds of operations on the ground, move in to a market that they don't really know and then would need to find use for those aircraft out of season, which would mean some...

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by caaardiff
Sun May 10, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1517
Views: 185872

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Is there a rough figure of how much debt VS has and where it is spread? Would it be better if VS/SRB can raise the funding to pay off loans secured against assets, thus freeing up the assets to use for the Government funding? They won't have previous loans and interest to pay then.

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by caaardiff
Wed May 06, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1517
Views: 185872

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

When were the 747s due to retire before all of this? Had they been due to retire in the next few years anyway and the original A330s to go, it would be interesting to know what they were planning as their replacements. Or were the current A330-300s due to stay longer with no decision on their replac...

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by caaardiff
Wed May 06, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread 2020
Replies: 578
Views: 55296

Re: Virgin and the 747...

Once things return to normal how will Virgin Holidays get their customers to MCO?
If they can send 5 747s during the peak I can't imagine the Tour Operator arm filling thousands of seats on rival carriers.

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by caaardiff
Tue May 05, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1517
Views: 185872

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

According to the article the fleet will consist of 36 aircraft. The previous setup would've been 43 aircraft by 2022 (subject to new A330's replacing older ones). The split would have been as below, however clearly there will need to be some cancellations on new orders. Even with the 787's, all A35...

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by caaardiff
Tue May 05, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1517
Views: 185872

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

https://corporate.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/media/press-releases/Our-post-Covid19-future.html The press release states "From today, Virgin Atlantic will no longer use all of its seven 747-400s...", so I read that as the end of 747 ops at Virgin Atlantic with immediate effect - another end ...

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by caaardiff
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1517
Views: 185872

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Unless the Govt can support every company, choices have to be made. If they give to VS, then they have to say ‘no’ to someone else. The question is ‘can VS find funds elsewhere’. If not, will any loan be repaid within a reasonable timescale. VS has two main markets, TATL and Caribbean. The first Bu...

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by caaardiff
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1517
Views: 185872

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Has anyone here taken the time to actually look at the financial results over the past few years? I'm happy to be corrected here as I'm no financial expert, however the information from 2015-2018 is freely available on Virgins website. Net Profit // Taxes paid/credited 2015 +80.1m // -7.4m 2016 +187...

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by caaardiff
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 to the rescue?
Replies: 32
Views: 5922

Re: Jet2 to the rescue?

To put this in to context. Jet2 are operating a normal scheduled to most places for RETURN flights to the UK. TUI and Jet2 generally only carry package holiday makes to and from their destination, and a certain portion of seats sold on a flight only basis. They have a duty of care for package holida...

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by caaardiff
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transavia puddle-jumping DUB-CWL
Replies: 8
Views: 1672

Re: Transavia puddle-jumping DUB-CWL

Private Tour Operators probably. Theres a few in South Wales that specialise in sports trips, especially for the 6 nations.
Apparently the Welsh team used Blue Islands to head over yesterday.

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by caaardiff
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 125885

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Why not tax all travel in that case? Rail prices are high and continue to rise, but in comparison to Aviation money gets p*ss*ed up the wall. Rail wages are high in comparison to Aviation, there is a ridiculous amount of wastage through poor inefficiency and unnecessarily high management levels in c...

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by caaardiff
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 125885

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

So what's the best option, scrap UK & Ireland APD tax cutting £13 off each ticket, so £26 off each return. Will Flybe pass that saving on to the customer? Unlikely, so ticket prices remain the same, but Flybe profits from say £50m a year (not including international flying APD that would still b...

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by caaardiff
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vueling drops MUC, VIE, PRG, SCQ, LPA, TLV, NTE, LYS, CTA & PMO from FCO
Replies: 16
Views: 3764

Re: Vueling drops MUC, VIE, PRG, SCQ, LPA, TLV, NTE, LYS, CTA & PMO from FCO

Is it known yet where the 3 aircraft will go to?

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by caaardiff
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 757 fleet plans
Replies: 46
Views: 14321

Re: Jet2 757 fleet plans

The A321 near enough matches the 757 in terms of capacity and what Jet2 need for short haul flights. The 757 is versatile for the New York trips, but if the demand is there then the A330 makes sense and boosts capacity on short haul. The 737 and 757 aren't common types, so unless they go for short h...

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by caaardiff
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020
Replies: 151
Views: 41659

Re: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020

Lots of negativity from the armchair CEO's on here. Flybe did have a mash of unprofitable routes because they wanted to be the best regional carrier offering regular domestic routes to attract the business customer. They were also stuck with the terrible deals they had on the E95 jets that did them ...

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by caaardiff
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 222501

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread

Not sure how Jet2 or TUI UK would end up with the 757s as they're all with Condor now. Thomas Cook UK is an all-Airbus airline, just A321s and A330s.[/quote]

Isn't Condor part of the Thomas Cook group?

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by caaardiff
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 222501

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread

Will the TCX fleet be split up between TUI and Jet2 where the B757s and A330 are concerned and between the rest of the interested parties for their A321s? Given the scarcity of B737s because of the MAX situation and the constant demand for A321s, i think the A321s will be snapped up in a jiffy..The...

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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: 5523

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: 9236

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: 9236

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 News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 125885

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 News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 125885

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: 832
Views: 158658

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 News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 125885

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 News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 125885

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: 9643

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: 9643

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 Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1113
Views: 186514

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 Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1113
Views: 186514

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 Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1113
Views: 186514

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 Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1113
Views: 186514

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: 2246

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: 114
Views: 22761

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: 4658

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: 162
Views: 25311

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: 8032

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: 8032

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: 449
Views: 81054

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 Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1113
Views: 186514

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 Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1113
Views: 186514

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: 17660

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: 3305

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: 14175

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: 449
Views: 81054

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: 449
Views: 81054

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: 449
Views: 81054

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: 449
Views: 81054

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: 5328

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: 9212

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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