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by vfw614
Tue Sep 13, 2022 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Berlin bubble has burst
Replies: 34
Views: 13351

Re: The Berlin bubble has burst

Couple of things: Folks from abroad tend to overestimate the "capital" aspect. As others have pointed out, Germany is a decentralized country with a federal system. Yes, on paper it may be the largest city in Germany, but if you look at agglomerations, it is not the largest and on par with...

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by vfw614
Fri Sep 09, 2022 2:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12179

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

I know that Charles has had his faults and bumps along the road, but I also think that he is a thoroughly decent and very conscientious and caring person; I think he will be a very good king. To his credit, he was concerned about the environment and climate change long before it became fashionable....

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by vfw614
Fri Sep 09, 2022 2:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12179

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

It works like this in the Netherlands, none of there monarchs have died in office for generation, they retire. William should be king before he’s 45, we don’t need another elderly king hanging on for as long as he can. :checkmark: I agree with this. It works well and I think it's better having a yo...

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by vfw614
Fri Sep 09, 2022 11:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12179

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

Looks as if the Royal Family will be shuttled down from ABZ to RAF Northolt in two spearate planes as an Embraer Legacy is getting readied at ABZ in addition to the RAF Falcon that brought them up yesterday (sans the new King and Queen Consort). Suppose it is a no-go for the King and the Crown Princ...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 06, 2022 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours
Replies: 56
Views: 16981

Re: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours

Wreckage and body parts apparently located by Latvian Navy, as per various social media reports.

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours
Replies: 56
Views: 16981

Re: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours

German media report that the pilot's wife who was on board also held a licence that was current, so it was not a single pilot op in a strict sense. What is particularly tragic: There are reports that the pilot only recently had his licence reinstated after a serious illness, with him going on the re...

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours
Replies: 56
Views: 16981

Re: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours

Interesting that all websites of companies related to the owner/pilot have gone offline and display an "under construction" landing page.

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 05, 2022 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours
Replies: 56
Views: 16981

Re: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours

Communication was with Toledo Sector, so the aircraft was probably already at cruising altitude at this point.

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 05, 2022 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours
Replies: 56
Views: 16981

Re: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours

According to a local German source, the pilot was the owner of the aircraft (flying with his wife, daughter and son-in-law) who used to commute with the aircraft between his holiday home near Jerez and Cologne. Not sure if that makes any difference, but he was not a commercial pilot flying regularly...

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by vfw614
Fri Sep 02, 2022 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Israel is banning four engine planes from operating into the country
Replies: 51
Views: 13594

Re: Israel is banning four engine planes from operating into the country

Does Lufthansa still schedule widebodies (A340, 747) to TLV? I seem to remember they did it in the past, particularly to cater for the longhaul biz-class crowd travelling from the Americas to Israel via FRA/MUC? I guess that will mean A350/787 in the future.

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by vfw614
Fri Sep 02, 2022 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German lawmakers want to ban advance payment of air tickets
Replies: 106
Views: 12085

Re: German lawmakers want to ban advance payment of air tickets

To understand this proposal, it is necessary to look at the legal status quo: Airlines, particularly Lufthansa, have been taken to court in Germany over their standard term in the contract of carriage that forces the other party to pay upfront. The black letter law on a "contract to produce a w...

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by vfw614
Mon Aug 29, 2022 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 61292

Re: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread

Some more news: - engine selection has been made: PW127XT-S (variant of the PW127XT-M that got certified in June this year and will power the ATR Evo ("ATR Neo")) - Anastasija Visnakova (ex airbaltic, De Havilland) recruited as new VP Sales & Marketing - production readiness of new lan...

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by vfw614
Thu Aug 04, 2022 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources
Replies: 152
Views: 40962

Re: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources

Well, good luck to QR. One of two vendors in town no longer willing to do business with them and the other vendor's aircraft that are on order, let me see, delayed (777X), cannot be delivered (787) or have difficulties getting certified (MAX10) - this in a situation where QR now has close to zero le...

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by vfw614
Mon Jul 25, 2022 2:28 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: General discussion threads vs dedicated new topic thread
Replies: 20
Views: 1715

Re: General discussion threads vs dedicated new topic thread

I am a moderator on a large non-English language aviation forum myself. Therefore I understand the challenges of being a moderator and that the job can be frustrating. I have, however, never suggested to a user who has questioned forum policies or moderation to bugger off. I don't think it is a part...

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by vfw614
Fri Jul 22, 2022 12:52 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: General discussion threads vs dedicated new topic thread
Replies: 20
Views: 1715

Re: General discussion threads vs dedicated new topic thread

Even if it was deleted (-> moderation, quite honestly, is pretty inconsistent - I have long given up discussing it with moderators (just check the post I mentioned above)), as I made clear it was just intended an example. As others have complained, it happens frequently that newsworthy content in ne...

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by vfw614
Fri Jul 22, 2022 8:08 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: General discussion threads vs dedicated new topic thread
Replies: 20
Views: 1715

Re: General discussion threads vs dedicated new topic thread

Quite honestly, I post news much less these days as in the past as I find it frustrating that quite often new topics get deleted/merged because a moderator thinks that the news should be buried in one of the general discussion threads. And I am not talking about trivia, but newsworthy information th...

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by vfw614
Wed Jul 20, 2022 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest and 200 Pax
Replies: 75
Views: 12500

Re: Southwest and 200 Pax

Is the MAX9 at 32 inch seat pitch exactly 200 seats?

Otherwise, I am not sure why WN would need to go for exactly 200 seats (other than the fact that the MAX8 at 175 seats is pretty close capacity-wise). WN usually has 1-3 rows less in their aircraft than maxing out capacity would allow.

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by vfw614
Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 61292

Re: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread

- Engine selected: PW127XT-S - Product resign review (PDR) concluded in May this year - EIS postponed from 2025 to second half of 2026 due to implementation of additional requirements from potential customers and suppliers (probably a result from the first Customer Advisory Board meeting with 10 com...

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by vfw614
Wed May 11, 2022 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United States Essential Air Service (EAS) Thread
Replies: 823
Views: 116640

Re: United States Essential Air Service (EAS) Thread

Am I correct that Merced (to LAS, LAX) is currently operated with a King Air and no longer with a PC12? Looks like a King Air 350 is now scheduled for MCE now but AN has been running a PC-12 lately. One of those markets that goes either way. Thanks. So not a safe bet for avgeeks trying to collect a...

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by vfw614
Wed May 11, 2022 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United States Essential Air Service (EAS) Thread
Replies: 823
Views: 116640

Re: United States Essential Air Service (EAS) Thread

Am I correct that Merced (to LAS, LAX) is currently operated with a King Air and no longer with a PC12?

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by vfw614
Thu Apr 07, 2022 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn't the A330NEO been nearly as successful as the A330ceo?
Replies: 200
Views: 42810

Re: Why hasn't the A330NEO been nearly as successful as the A330ceo?

Success is relative. Boeing has sold much more 787s than Airbus has sold A330neos (if we assume that they are direct competitors), but what has been the return for the OEMs? The 787-programme had much higher development costs than the Airbus-programme as it was a clean-sheet concept vs. a derivative...

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by vfw614
Mon Mar 14, 2022 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 61292

Re: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread

Not too many news in the past 4 months, but Deutsche Aircraft has employed the services of... - design company "Factorydesgin" for a complete redesign of the D328eco cabin: https://www.aircraftinteriorsinternational.com/news/airframer-news/deutsche-and-factorydesign-collaborate-on-sustaina...

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by vfw614
Mon Feb 28, 2022 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU bans leasing planes to Russia
Replies: 48
Views: 18617

Re: EU bans leasing planes to Russia

With the extent of the flight bans now in place, the only area to which Russian airlines can operate to is really countries in Africa and Asia - and there, only to those which are unlikely to impound Russian aircraft owned by leasing companies that try to enforce the termination of the leasing contr...

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by vfw614
Sun Feb 27, 2022 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 1105
Views: 380400

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related Discussion Thread

I am surprised that flights to Russia now go very far east through Kazakhstan airspace, keeping approx. 1000km distance from the Russian/Ukrainian border region. Has the whole air space in southern Russia been declared off-limits. There are a few domestic flights to airports in southern Russia that ...

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by vfw614
Sun Feb 27, 2022 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 1105
Views: 380400

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related Discussion Thread

Will be interesting to see how the Russians keep Kalinigrad accessible.Currently an UT AIr flight is en route from LED, approaching Kalinigrad. It passed through Finnish airspace and pretty close to Gotland. https://www.flightradar24.com/UTA217/2af54ef8 Can they keep operating like this by flying sl...

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by vfw614
Sat Feb 26, 2022 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation *News Feed* Thread
Replies: 182
Views: 178415

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation related News and Reference Thread

https://twitter.com/MatthiasDeiss/statu ... SjRn6p9BpA (
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German state TV, citing government sources: EU-wide ban for all Russian aircraft imminent, Lufthansa turning around flights mid-air expecting retaliation by Russia:
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Thread on twitter: https://twitter.com/MatthiasDeiss/statu ... SjRn6p9BpA (

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by vfw614
Tue Feb 22, 2022 9:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your orphan flight segments?
Replies: 37
Views: 3672

Re: Your orphan flight segments?

For me, the question avgeek-wise is whether an airport is properly logged if I have only arrived at that airport, particularly if that meant not being allowed through the main terminal, but being chaperoned straight to a separate arrivals area. Usually it means just a few minutes at the airport - is...

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by vfw614
Mon Feb 07, 2022 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Airport System before CDG?
Replies: 16
Views: 3573

Re: Paris Airport System before CDG?

Thanks for all the interesting replies. Air France moved its Paris operations from LBG to ORY in 1952, and by 1960 most airlines were at ORY, though LBG did allow international operation into the 1970s and regional/domestic ops in the early 1980s. CDG initially known as Roissy(and still used by some...

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by vfw614
Fri Feb 04, 2022 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Airport System before CDG?
Replies: 16
Views: 3573

Paris Airport System before CDG?

I was wondering how airline operations in Paris were organized before CDG opened? Air France and most international airlines from LBG and Air Inter and other domestic airlines from ORY with the odd international servce from there as well? Which would pretty much mean a straight switch from LBG to CD...

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by vfw614
Fri Jan 21, 2022 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 435
Views: 63475

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

If QR does return all their current 53 A350s, they would deal (mostly) with lessors, not much with Airbus anymore. Those bought alright, QR can choose to sell them or burn them to ground, Airbus couldn't be bothered. The whole drama has only been able to unfold because of the COVID19 pandemic which...

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by vfw614
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 435
Views: 63475

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Airbus must have confidence that they will prevail in the High Court to give up on anA 50 plane order. Whatever the outcome, win or lose, the relationship is broken. Can it be repaired? Depends. I guess things will be OK again once Al-Baker has disappeared into retirement as much of the drama seems...

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by vfw614
Thu Jan 20, 2022 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 435
Views: 63475

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

I 'd humbly suggest that in a OEM-monopoly one OEM refusing to do business with an airline is a bigger headache for the airline than for the OEM, regardless of the size of the airline. Particularly if the one OEM still willing to do business with you has been practically unable to deliver widebody a...

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by vfw614
Wed Jan 05, 2022 10:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 676
Views: 18835

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Again, its ironic how you are screaming about the hospitals being full, yet hospitals are laying off people for not getting vaccinated. Kind of seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face. I wonder how much the "hospitals are full" really means understaffed. If they are understaff...

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by vfw614
Tue Jan 04, 2022 3:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US flight attendants are not required to clean toilets onboard?
Replies: 63
Views: 9279

Re: US flight attendants are not required to clean toilets onboard?

There is an epic thread on the German frequent flyer forum about THAT toilet blocked for crew use in the business class section of Lufthansa's Airbus A350s. The matter has been so contentious that it has been brought to the ettention of management pretty high up in the pecking order----

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by vfw614
Thu Dec 16, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM signs for up to 160 A320neos and eight A350 freighters
Replies: 372
Views: 82643

Re: Air France-KLM signs for up to 160 A320neos and eight A350 freighters

If LOT jumps ship as well, Europe sort of becomes 737-free territory.

Who is left? Other than Ryanair, Air Europa, TUI, Norwegian, UIA, Icelandair. Not a lot.

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by vfw614
Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa to launch buy on board for long haul
Replies: 42
Views: 8576

Re: Lufthansa to launch buy on board for long haul

The usual catering around the main meals remain inclusive with the ticket price. That remains to be seen. I cannot remember a single "innovation" by Lufthansa that was in effect not taking away something from the customer that was previously included. So I would not be surprised if the fr...

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by vfw614
Thu Nov 18, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 vs E-195E2 in 2021, market battle finally won by Airbus ?
Replies: 98
Views: 22225

Re: A220 vs E-195E2 in 2021, market battle finally won by Airbus ?

tvh wrote:
I was surprised that Swiss has replaced some of there A220’s to London city for the E2’s of Helvetic. Rumore has it that the e2-195 will be allowed there in the future. That will give them some advance over the A220.


How come? How has the stretch rectified the tailstrike issue?

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by vfw614
Thu Nov 18, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scheduled airline service to strictly military use bases
Replies: 42
Views: 6192

Re: Scheduled airline service to strictly military use bases

Not sure where to draw the line when it comes to "joint" use, but in Europe, places like Manching (Germany), RAF Valley (UK) and Ørland (Norway) come to mind. They are 95 per cent military with a shed in the corner for at most a handful of daily commercial flights. https://en.wikipedia.org...

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by vfw614
Tue Nov 16, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2021 - Other Manufacturers/Engine Orders and General Discussion Thread
Replies: 43
Views: 14530

Re: Dubai Air Show 2021 - Other Manufacturers/Engine Orders and General Discussion Thread

I think most airlines operated the Q300 with 50 seats. 52 or 56 seats was not the norm, but more like an option for those operating with two cabin crew anyway

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by vfw614
Tue Nov 16, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo Partners orders 255 A321neo family aircraft
Replies: 52
Views: 9770

Re: Indigo Partners orders 255 A321neo family aircraft

Some still view Wizz as an Eastern European carrier. But they have long branched out, and this too a bigger extent than Ryanair and easyJet. They have set up, for example, Wizz Abu Dhabi and are already eyeing India. In that sense, Indigo is really moving in the direction of becoming a global LCC, a...

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by vfw614
Mon Nov 08, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.
Replies: 92
Views: 17221

Re: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.

How was the market split between OEMs when Airbuswas still in its infancy in the mid/late 1980s when Lockhhed had exited the passenger aircraft market and McDonnell Douglas' position on the market began to decline? Fokker and BAe were around, of course, but in the 120+ seat plus market, there had pr...

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by vfw614
Thu Oct 28, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 61292

Re: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread

Deutsche Aerospace is moving ahead with its new final assembly line at Leipzig/Halle airport and has filed the required paperwork, expecting the go-ahead from the authorities before the end of the year: For those familiar with LEJ airport, the location is on the runway 08L/26R side of the airfield n...

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by vfw614
Wed Oct 20, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule
Replies: 43
Views: 8942

Re: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule

Well, with slots being a finite resource in times where concreting over more and more landscape for additional airport infrastructure has become somewhat unpopular, I guess some clean-sheet approach to slot allocation has to be taken at some point should air traffic continue to grow. Should those ai...

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by vfw614
Tue Oct 19, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule
Replies: 43
Views: 8942

Re: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule

I guess the Durch government will point out that the IATA is merely is a trade organization promoting the business interests of its members (if things turn nasty, the Dutch probably will remind IATA that a government serves the public interest whereas the IATA has faced all kinds of antitrust proble...

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by vfw614
Fri Oct 15, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belgium introduce environmental taxes on short trips
Replies: 70
Views: 5342

Re: Belgium introduce environmental taxes on short trips

...there should be no disagreement that if an air route competes with a HSR link that takes less than two hours (London) or three hours (Frankfurt), there is no point for P2P flights... I think we need exactly these flights. I am not going to ride three hours on a high speed train in the evening. I...

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by vfw614
Fri Oct 15, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belgium introduce environmental taxes on short trips
Replies: 70
Views: 5342

Re: Belgium introduce environmental taxes on short trips

I flew from MUC to BRU the other day. Evening flight after a day of work. No high speed train would have made it in time. Shorter flights are necessary as well. And Brussels needs feeders to feed it's long haul network. Brussels - Munich is almost twice the distance than Brussels - Frankfurt/London...

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by vfw614
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation 2021
Replies: 794
Views: 159145

Re: Nordic Aviation 2021

BLL (the catchment area not Billund itself) and AAR yes. The rest? Not really. Due to the geography all trains going to Jutland from Copenhagen need to take a detour across the Great Belt link. The fastest travel time by train between Copenhagen and Aalborg is 4 hours and 23 minutes. Nevertheless, ...

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by vfw614
Wed Oct 13, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation 2021
Replies: 794
Views: 159145

Re: Nordic Aviation 2021

Time really flies. I remember how I managed to get a flight on one of the last DC9-41s from MMX to ARN, returning the next day on what was then a brand new fleet member, a Boeing 737-800. More than two decades ago.

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by vfw614
Wed Oct 13, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation 2021
Replies: 794
Views: 159145

Re: Nordic Aviation 2021

I am surprised that AAL is on top, considering that distances between cities are short in Denmark..Isn't train a better alternative to travel to AAR,AAL, BLL from CPH? BLL (the catchment area not Billund itself) and AAR yes. The rest? Not really. Due to the geography all trains going to Jutland fro...

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by vfw614
Tue Oct 12, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belgium introduce environmental taxes on short trips
Replies: 70
Views: 5342

Re: Belgium introduce environmental taxes on short trips

And all travellers not departing in the late evening will save a lot of time by taking the train, not the plane. Not really sure why you are trying to build your argument on the very narrow time-window that is the only one that supports your view. Frankfurt - Bruxelles by train takes 3h6m in comfort...

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