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by vfw614
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2020
Replies: 112
Views: 23401

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2020

The A340-300 are ideally-sized aircraft in these times of weak demand, so my understanding is that they will be kept for the time being unlike the 747-400 and A340-600. So Lufthansa will focus on the 747-8 and the A340-300 for some time.

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by vfw614
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Jetstream 32 over the icecap - July 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 3196

Re: Jetstream 32 over the icecap - July 2020

Höfn apparently is the smarter option for a day trip. I went to Vestmannaeyjar on Eagle Air and had the misfortune of getting stranded there as the return flight got cancelled due to adverse weather. I was the only person showing up at the airport as all the local apparently had been informed. The l...

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by vfw614
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying Iceland: Air Iceland Connect Q200 & Q400 Y
Replies: 3
Views: 1830

Re: Flying Iceland: Air Iceland Connect Q200 & Q400 Y

Lovely. Thanks for sharing. I took the same flight a couple of years ago when Air Iceland Connect was still using Fokker 50s. The experience was somewhat spoilt by Akureyri being flooded with hundreds of German cruise ship tourists - if you go all the way to Akureyri, the last thing you want is bein...

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by vfw614
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13514

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

That's a good point. It is cheaper for airlines to get sued by 1-2 per cent of the customers despite the resulting additional costs instead of properly refunding all customers. An alternative would be more powers to the LBA aka German CAA. Apparently US airlines cough up dough rapidly as soon as a c...

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by vfw614
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13514

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

Given that there would be no payment until check in, presumably the price would be set at that point. More importantly, you could get to check in, and be told there are no tickets available. Not a terribly good outcome for the corporates. They are aware of that argument and have suggested that an a...

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by vfw614
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13514

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

I think from a regulatory perspective it is not really desirable to leave customers to the mercy of credit card companies. The current experience shows that credit card companies are quite indifferent about charge back requests by airline customers - plus why should customers provide CC companies (i...

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by vfw614
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13514

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

The idea of passengers not paying until the day of travel would destroy the concept of low fares and send us back to the 1960s. Stronger enforcements of refunds for cancelled flights or mandating escrow accounts should suffice to solve the problem in future The problem really is that airlines use s...

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by vfw614
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13514

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

Given that there would be no payment until check in, presumably the price would be set at that point. More importantly, you could get to check in, and be told there are no tickets available. Not a terribly good outcome for the corporates. They are aware of that argument and have suggested that an a...

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by vfw614
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13514

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

Airlines in Europe are already under a statutory obligation by EU law to refund within 7 days, but they simply do not comply (unless they are sued, what customers have begun doing now). This non-compliance with the law is the reason why there are now demands to stop them from taking advance payments,

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by vfw614
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13514

Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

There is increasing pressure to abolish the system of advance payment for airline tickets in Germany as a result of Lufthansa not refunding almost 2bn EUR of customer money for months. According to an article in the Handelsblatt (= German equivalent to the FT), a number of industry organizations rep...

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by vfw614
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Route Frequency to Hawaii, Pre-747
Replies: 49
Views: 5791

Re: UA Route Frequency to Hawaii, Pre-747

From what I gather, KOA and OGG only started to have mainland flights in the early 1980s - what was the reason for that?

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by vfw614
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any jet alternatives to the 737-200C for gravel operations?
Replies: 100
Views: 17597

Re: There's any jet alternatives for the 737-200C for gravel operations?

As the Q400 appears to be increasingly used - how about the CRJ700/900? No wing-mounted engines, same fuselage diameter?

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by vfw614
Fri May 22, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar returning A350 leased from LATAM?
Replies: 17
Views: 4677

Re: Qatar returning A350 leased from LATAM?

They could try to get their hands on some cheap used airframes and defer delivery of factory-fresh A350s - unless they can be reasonably sure that they will not need the lost T7 capacity in the foreseeable future at all.

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by vfw614
Fri May 22, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar returning A350 leased from LATAM?
Replies: 17
Views: 4677

Re: Qatar returning A350 leased from LATAM?

What was the original pre-COVID retirement date for the youngest, 2010'ish 777-200s? Maybe they will need some additional A350s to offset the loss of capacity of the 18 777s?

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by vfw614
Mon May 11, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?
Replies: 199
Views: 24736

Re: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?

Depending on how you define "success", yes and no. Certainly not in the numbers game. But the real question is how much money it will earn Airbus with - currently - a quarter of the CEO orders but much much lower development costs. Another factor is how pricing of the A330NEO works based o...

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by vfw614
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Lufthansa To Delay 777Xs For 777Fs - MD-11F Retirement Postponed
Replies: 34
Views: 12238

Re: Rumor: Lufthansa To Delay 777Xs For 777Fs - MD-11F Retirement Postponed

If so, they must expect an extremely long period of reduced longhaul passenger traffic and the resulting lack of belly cargo capacity. Otherwise, it does not really makes sense to expand instead of - as previously planned - shrink cargo aircraft capacity significantly. If passenger traffic would ret...

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by vfw614
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about JAL's B747-200 Executive Express
Replies: 28
Views: 6652

Re: Questions about JAL's B747-200 Executive Express

According to Japanese Wikipedia, the service started in July 1983, initially with a config of F44 C128 Y114, which was modified to F44 C204 in June 1985. The aircraft were JA8161, JA8162 and JA8169. The fact that they were able to turn a C128Y114 configuration (242 pax) into an all-C configuration ...

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by vfw614
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Sales Campaigns Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 12949

Re: Airbus A220 Sales Campaigns Discussion Thread - 2020

Qantas: Looking to replace 75 737s, 20 717s, 17 F100s, and 45 Q-200/300/400 turboprops. This is not a winner take all order. Q already orders A321NEOs, but will buy more NEOs, or MAX, and possibly a 3rd type. This is actually the one order that could go with both types. Weren't there major issues w...

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by vfw614
Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drake's Private 767-200 New Livery
Replies: 60
Views: 15157

Re: Drake's Private 767-200 New Livery

So is it actually "Drake's plane" or just a VIP plane with a livery reflecting a customer of the owner?

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by vfw614
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA1 diverting to LHR
Replies: 25
Views: 11172

Re: BA1 diverting to LHR

Take off was at 09:56 UTC and descent began at 10:06 UTC. That was a quick diversion, wonder what the medical issue was that such a quick reaction was taken.

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by vfw614
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again
Replies: 310
Views: 64192

Re: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again

It's far more likely less than 1% of the population will be infected than the whole World. Stop the fearmongering. Where do get this funny idea from? Estimates by scientists are that up to 60-70 per cent of the population will get infected over time. The only question is how many of them will get s...

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by vfw614
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belfast City Routes Up for Grabs - who will take over?
Replies: 36
Views: 5016

Re: Belfast City Routes Up for Grabs - who will take over?

Flybe's demise has wiped the capacity of dozens of Q400 from the domestic market. There is no way LM or T3 are in a position to fill those gaps, given their relatively small size and their fleet of predominantly 30-50 seaters. To be honest, I am slightly worried that they are overstretching themselv...

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by vfw614
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112282

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

https://twitter.com/SeanM1997/status/12 ... 96321?s=20


So much for the legend that those slots were the jewels in Flybe's crown and the bearded one was only interested in Flybe/Connect in order to get them into his greedy hands.
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seansasLCY wrote:
The Flybe slots have been returned to BA: https://twitter.com/SeanM1997/status/12 ... 96321?s=20


So much for the legend that those slots were the jewels in Flybe's crown and the bearded one was only interested in Flybe/Connect in order to get them into his greedy hands.

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by vfw614
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Airways (UK) Fleet
Replies: 7
Views: 1715

Re: Eastern Airways (UK) Fleet

Eastern Airways is one of the few airlines that publicly use the code "E170-100" for their E170s. That's apparently how the "100" sneaked in.

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by vfw614
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112282

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Where is that aircraft heading to? Looks like a mistake to me.

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by vfw614
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112282

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Apparently that's a GLA issue where two departing flights have been cancelled, allegedly for a lack of fuel, and an inbound flight has diverted to MAN, probably to avoid getting stranded there.

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by vfw614
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Over Built and/or Under Utilized Airports
Replies: 50
Views: 5829

Re: Over Built and/or Under Utilized Airports

I think a distinction should be made between "overbuilt" and "underused". A lot of the airports mentioned here are nowadays underused, but were not really overbuilt as they have enjoyed better times in the past. On the other hand, some airports are the result of megalomaniac drea...

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by vfw614
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH738 FRA-FCO tomorrow ?
Replies: 10
Views: 3577

Re: LH738 FRA-FCO tomorrow ?

Lufthansa is increasingly using third-party metal, e.g. SunExpress (B737-800), Germanwings (A319) or airbaltic (A220-300). No longer guaranteed that you end up in a Lufthansa aircraft if you buy a Lufthansa ticket.

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by vfw614
Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Delta sending any A330-900s to Europe this summer?
Replies: 6
Views: 2389

Re: Is Delta sending any A330-900s to Europe this summer?

Interesting. A couple of weeks ago I was about to book SEA-AMS on the A339 for July 26, completely ignorant of the fact how exotic that flight would have been (first European A339 DL-route with start date four days before...). I should have booked.

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by vfw614
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 744
Views: 111361

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

Almost an hour for going from Santa Ana to Calabasas seems like a very long time. Wonder what they were doing in the Glendale area where they descended and slowed down? Waiting for better visibility?

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by vfw614
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: Passengers won't know if they're getting a MAX
Replies: 157
Views: 24676

Re: Ryanair: Passengers won't know if they're getting a MAX

The MAX is shown as such in reservation systems. Unless that changes, I don't understand where the idea comes from that airlines can pin a MAX on passengers. As far as I am concerned, Air Canada has just lost my business for an expensive C class trip in July because on of the segments had a 737MAX8 ...

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by vfw614
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group's German domestic network is massive
Replies: 126
Views: 14587

Re: LH Group's German domestic network is massive

I am not sure what leghorn's point is. Based on his logic, Ryanair should be the dominant domestic force in the UK, France, Spain, Italy etc. These are countries with high-volume domestic routes. The only country where Ryanair has made some effort really is Italy - and mostly on routes crossing wate...

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by vfw614
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group's German domestic network is massive
Replies: 126
Views: 14587

Re: LH Group's German domestic network is massive

I'm not going to be convinced that DB is value for money. I've been let down by it when I've used it and when I have priced it on many occassions it has been simply too expensive. It seems that I'm not in the minority in Germany but that doesn't stop the politicians trying to tilt the table in its ...

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by vfw614
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group's German domestic network is massive
Replies: 126
Views: 14587

Re: LH Group's German domestic network is massive

95 € for peak time travel (monday morning) is not expensive. Ryanair is artificially inexpensive. Or are you suggesting that 13 € for a flight DUB-STN is a realistic price for the service provided? Yes, €95 is expensive for standard class rail fare. Mannhem - Berlin is a 620km road trip. What kind ...

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by vfw614
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2719
Views: 293348

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Interesting that only 2 Ukrainian passengers were on board. So apparently the route mainly caters for ethnic travel of people with Iranian heritgage living abroad as a lower cost alternative to the various legacy flag carriers serving Tehran

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by vfw614
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group's German domestic network is massive
Replies: 126
Views: 14587

Re: LH Group's German domestic network is massive

Jeez, the prices: Mannheim - Berlin next Monday morning with DB is €95 and Dublin - Stansted on Monday morning is €13. whatever about Ryanair being cheap, DB is without question expensive. four hour trip with DB on a 470km distance as the crow flies. 95 € for peak time travel (monday morning) is no...

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by vfw614
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St Helena (HLE) "The World's Most Useful Airport" - Wendover Productions
Replies: 44
Views: 11624

Re: St Helena (HLE) "The World's Most Useful Airport" - Wendover Productions

A much more useful route for "outsiders" to visit St Helena would be via Accra, Ghana, which is becoming one of the better connected airports in Africa. At 1328 nautical miles away, this is within range of most aircraft, with transfers possible without being out of the way like backtracki...

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by vfw614
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Role of in-airport ticketing counters?
Replies: 75
Views: 11661

Re: Role of in-airport ticketing counters?

One other explanation could be that in Europe, terminals and check-in areas often are not "airline-specific", but common use (although the same airlines often tend to use the same check-in counters). So handling anything that requires more than a check-in system is maybe better dealt with ...

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by vfw614
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Airbus launch a long range version of the A320 NEO?
Replies: 4
Views: 3953

Re: Will Airbus launch a long range version of the A320 NEO?

What percentage of the cargo volume do the additional fuel tanks take up? Non LCC-carriers that use A321s for longhaul(ish) flights (TP, B6) put around 160 instead of 220/230 seats into the cabin, so only use 70 per cent of the cabin capacity. For an A320 it would mean something like 125-130 seats. ...

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by vfw614
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Iberia Phone Agents Not Speaking English
Replies: 10
Views: 6289

Re: Iberia Phone Agents Not Speaking English

What do you exaclty mean with "found nobody"? Were you connected to someone unable to speak English or did your language selection result in the call not getting answered?

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by vfw614
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PenAir Saab 2000 Overruns Runway In Unalaska
Replies: 65
Views: 17666

Re: PenAir Saab 2000 Overruns Runway In Unalaska

But is it known if the fatality resulted from the propeller entering the cabin? I have not seen information that - at this point - confirms what appears to generally assumed.

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by vfw614
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Jet2 unique rules
Replies: 17
Views: 7779

Re: Jet2 unique rules

Jet2 also don’t serve alcohol on pre 8am departures which makes sense given the number of issues they have had in the past. Why is a drunk passenger after 8am any better than a drunk passenger before 8am? They will be able to solve that problem if they stop selling alcohol on board altogether (and ...

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by vfw614
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020
Replies: 151
Views: 41155

Re: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020

Shai Weiss can wish whatever he wants, of course, but facts remain facts: 1) No free slots available at LHR 2) Going rate of a slot pair anything between 40 - 75m quid. A feeder flight from any given destination would require two slots pairs unless you can keep the aircraft at LHR on the ground for ...

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by vfw614
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020
Replies: 151
Views: 41155

Re: Flybe to become Virgin Connect in 2020

I see nothing in Virgin's press releases that would suggest that regional flying will not remain the core business of Virgin Connect. Just read the landing page of the company's website. It stresses about half a dozen times that the airline will remain committed to connectiong regional markets and r...

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by vfw614
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Crews Housed an Hour Away from Airport?
Replies: 41
Views: 13866

Re: Flight Crews Housed an Hour Away from Airport?

Which can be a pain for passengers. I was recently delayed on a Lufthansa departure from Paris because the crew was stuck in traffic, apparently after staying in the city centre.

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by vfw614
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris
Replies: 100
Views: 14690

Re: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris

During low season, you can also find quite a few triangular flights between European cities and destinations on the Canary Islands. It allows to maintain service to all islands during times of weaker demand (the most common combo appears to be to combine ACE and FUE).

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by vfw614
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there a market for a cleansheet unpressurized 30pax Prop
Replies: 49
Views: 7890

Re: Is there a market for a cleansheet unpressurized 30pax Prop

Not cleansheet, but the Russians will relaunch the LET610. There was a thread on it here recently, IIRC. Unless, I'm way off on my assumptions (which is entirely possible... I'm often wrong). China is going to stretch the D328 to get 40 seats? Why? At that point the ATR-42-600 is perfect at 48 seats...

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA testing if airplane seats are too close to effect safe evacuation
Replies: 53
Views: 9759

Re: FAA testing if airplane seats are too close to effect safe evacuation

Of course it's going to affect* evacuations when you have Americans getting fatter and fatter, and seat pitch getting tighter and tighter. The simple fact is it will take each passenger longer to get out of their seat, not to mention there are now more people to evacuate through the same exits. So ...

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by vfw614
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: First two Tecnam P2012's delivered to Cape Air (9K)
Replies: 119
Views: 23866

Re: Has Cape Air (9K) recieved any of their new Tecnam p2012s yet?

What's the issue with the non-retractable gear? It does not really matter if the economics are right. The Twin Otter also has no retractable gear and been around around successfully for 50 years . A retractable gear may save some fuel, but adds technical complexity that is wholly unnessary for Cape ...

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