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by flyingphil
Mon May 27, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly A380 Operations Thread - 2019
Replies: 108
Views: 40271

Re: HiFly A380 Operations Thread - 2019

Apparently it's flying from Stansted to Baku, Azerbaijan, on Tuesday morning.. a football charter.

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by flyingphil
Tue May 21, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 8713

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

Phosphorus wrote: In Britain, VC-10 specs were tweaked around BOAC demands, AFAIK. To the point where many other airlines were no longer interested, as BOAC wanted performance from hot and high airfields, to the detriment of operational economics. Yes.. seems crazy now BOAC were strong armed into or...

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by flyingphil
Tue May 21, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 8713

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

Boeing produced the 747-100SR (Short Range) for the Japanese domestic market. Strengthened structure and undercarriage. This was followed later by the 747-400D (Domestic) for Japan Airlines. The VC10 was produced for BOAC and had a thicker high lift wing so it could operate out of hot and high airpo...

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by flyingphil
Mon May 13, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 419671

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

http://aviationweek.com/commercial-avia ... uns-pilots

Aviation Week is not one for sensationalism... Well worth a read.
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http://aviationweek.com/commercial-avia ... uns-pilots

Aviation Week is not one for sensationalism... Well worth a read.

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by flyingphil
Sat May 11, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 419671

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/05/10/poli ... index.html

Some emergency checklists have not been updated since 1967...

I can't imagine this will be a quick fix.. could drag on for many more months ...
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and it gets worse ..
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/05/10/poli ... index.html

Some emergency checklists have not been updated since 1967...

I can't imagine this will be a quick fix.. could drag on for many more months ...

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by flyingphil
Sat May 11, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 419671

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-10/boeing-fights-to-bring-737-max-back-from-ford-pinto-like-taint Looking grim for the 737MAX. It could be caught up in a tussle between the various worldwide regulators that could go on for many months. Meanwhile Boeing are still pumping out over 40 7...

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by flyingphil
Fri May 10, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 419671

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

So.. after the blame game is over and the final reports are out.. # what will the 737MAX fix be? Just a software fix? or something more substantial.. adding a third AOA vane? Structural modifications? # so the FAA gets leaned on by the industry and gives a green light, but with what conditions? # th...

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by flyingphil
Thu May 09, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye BAC 1-11!
Replies: 121
Views: 22135

Re: Goodbye BAC 1-11!

I recall flying on a BIA 1-11 where we were sat on a rear facing seat but opposite a row of forward facing seats.. next to the emergency exit. Quite strange and uncomfortable.. also as the plane had missed the curfew at Gatwick we were bussed all the way to Luton where it had landed to catch the fli...

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by flyingphil
Thu May 09, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 419671

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

@EmoticonsAllDay Thanks for the link, so the FAA are calling in additional agencies..it is beginning to look like it is going to take more than a quick software fix to get the 737MAX back in the air. The Australian 60 Minutes programme is also well worth watching. The pilots feel they have been been...

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by flyingphil
Wed May 08, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye BAC 1-11!
Replies: 121
Views: 22135

Re: Goodbye BAC 1-11!

I remember them as good to fly on... But I recall they were so noisy they weren’t allowed into Gatwick after a certain time at night. One of the last all British airliners.. although the Ryanair 1-11’s were made in Romania under licence. Looked good in the multi coloured Court Line livery 2774143 an...

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by flyingphil
Mon May 06, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many more years of A380 service do we expect to see?
Replies: 32
Views: 5097

Re: How many more years of A380 service do we expect to see?

The two being scrapped were early heavier non standard A380’s.. worth more as parts.
Singapore replaced them with new A380’s at the end of the lease.

I would guess the A380 will be around for another 15 to 20 years.. but nobody knows.. things change.

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by flyingphil
Mon May 06, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?
Replies: 369
Views: 50428

Re: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?

Warren Buffett — ‘It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.’ The perception is that Boeing has its fingers in its ears humming la la la and after a simple software fix the 737MAX's will be back in the air and it will be...

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by flyingphil
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to go double daily from STN
Replies: 49
Views: 7978

Re: EK to go double daily from STN

Stansted is probably the only London Airport that has available slots for long haul. The runway at Luton is just too short for the big jets.. and the runways at City and Southend are only for short haul. Heathrow and Gatwick are close to capacity... And its a load of rubbish that people in the City ...

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by flyingphil
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Long Island Airport (ISP) be NYC Stansted Airport?
Replies: 50
Views: 5678

Re: Can Long Island Airport (ISP) be NYC Stansted Airport?

Stansted is not in the ‘middle of nowhere’ ! If you live in East London there are regular coaches that run 24 hours plus the train link. Also coaches and rail links from Central London. If you want to drive its right next to a motorway.. so its very well connected to London. . it takes about an hour...

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by flyingphil
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surviving L1011 Numbers?
Replies: 74
Views: 10641

Re: Surviving L1011 Numbers?

The ex-RAF TriStars at Bruntingthorpe have apparently been acquired by Tempus Applied Solutions according to this . . https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2018/03/tempus-applied-solutions-acquires-raf-tristar-tanker.html They also list them as being in their fleet.. https://www.tempus-as.com/fly.php So ...

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by flyingphil
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 198
Views: 37347

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

As far as I know it is possible to pull the fuze on the Cockpit Voice Recorder.. how and why the transponder was turned off adds to the mystery. Also the Cockpit Voice recorder only records for so long then is overwritten. If it did crash into the deep uncharted ocean I would imagine it would have d...

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by flyingphil
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 198
Views: 37347

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

The transponder on MH370 stopped working so maybe the plug was pulled on the Cockpit Voice Recorder too? If the wreck was discovered it would bring some closure to the relatives, but would it explain why it went off course and crashed? Looks like it will remain a mystery.. Also makes me wonder why t...

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by flyingphil
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should airlines ditch AVODs for inflight internet?
Replies: 52
Views: 5392

Re: Should airlines ditch AVODs for inflight internet?

I would be quite happy with just a USB port and free wi-fi for short and medium haul flights. Just think of all the weight that it would save and also the amount of room it would free up. If you want to watch a movie just download it to your iPad or tablet before you fly. Norwegian had free wi-fi an...

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by flyingphil
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why is there no FlightRadar24 alternative?
Replies: 17
Views: 6787

Re: Why is there no FlightRadar24 alternative?

As far as I know the NATS Airspace Explorer is only for iPad . .more info here https://www.nats.aero/ae-home/ I tend to favour Plane Finder as you can upload your own plane photos to it. https://my.pinkfroot.com/ Not sure which one has the best coverage and functionality... I tend to switch between ...

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by flyingphil
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why is there no FlightRadar24 alternative?
Replies: 17
Views: 6787

Re: Why is there no FlightRadar24 alternative?

NATS Airspace Explorer for iPad is good.

Plane Finder is great too.. plus Abs Exchange for military.. lots out there

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by flyingphil
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 142127

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

Good move by BA. I went along to watch it land at LHR and there must have been a few hundred spotters there, even heard of people driving up from Devon for the occasion. Shame that it started to rain as it arrived... It looks great and BA have had huge amounts of ‘free’ publicity out of it. Its curr...

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by flyingphil
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remaining 737-200s in service
Replies: 32
Views: 6195

Re: Remaining 737-200s in service

The 732's are popular in Canada as they can be fitted with gravel kits to operate from unpaved airstrips.. often for the mining businesses.. In fact it will be difficult to find a suitable replacement when the 732's finally run of cycles and hours. The engines of the more modern 737's are too close ...

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by flyingphil
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Small plane disappears over English Channel
Replies: 134
Views: 32176

Re: Small plane disappears over English Channel

The football club have confirmed that he made his own arrangements regarding the flight. Unconfirmed is that the plane made more than one attempt to take off at Nantes.. (weight & balance issues ?) Also that he left some WhatsApp messages while airborne fearing that the plane was going to fall a...

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by flyingphil
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Small plane disappears over English Channel
Replies: 134
Views: 32176

Re: Small plane disappears over chanel

I does seem strange that they were flying so low when heading out over the English Channel. There are airfields on Alderney, Jersey and Guernsey so I wonder why it didn't divert if it ran into icing problems. I would have thought the Malibu would have been equipped with an Emergency locator beacon a...

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by flyingphil
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odyssey Airlines launch still a possibility...
Replies: 7
Views: 2017

Re: Odyssey Airlines launch still a possibility...

Last time I looked their order for 10 A220’s was still listed on the Airbus website.

They did crowdfund quite a lot of capital too.. but I agree it looks like a dead duck.

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by flyingphil
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odyssey Airlines launch still a possibility...
Replies: 7
Views: 2017

Re: Odyssey Airlines launch still a possibility...

Any news on this start up.. ?

I see from Companies House that their last set of accounts are overdue for filing.. doesn’t look promising

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by flyingphil
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 142127

Re: Rumor: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

The rumour said 4 x 747's

Would be great if it were
#BOAC
#Landor
#BEA with the red wings !



and
#B Cal


[shameless plug for my old photos] ;)
Sounds too good to be true.. although haven't British Airways got some sort of anniversary celebrations coming up?

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by flyingphil
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Too many regional airlines! Could we see any of Aurigny, Blue Islands, Eastern Airways, Flybe, Flybmi or Loganair merge?
Replies: 12
Views: 2186

Re: Too many regional airlines! Could we see any of Aurigny, Blue Islands, Eastern Airways, Flybe, Flybmi or Loganair me

The only other players in the UK regional market I can think of are BA Cityflyer and Cityjet. Then there are the charter operators like Titan and Jota.. I cant imagine any of them being interested in getting involved in Flybe. Maybe an Angel Investor will appear from somewhere.. who knows? Will be i...

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by flyingphil
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future London to Africa routes...
Replies: 50
Views: 5189

Re: Future London to Africa routes...

Of the Airlines mentioned I would have thought TAAG is the only one with a realistic chance of starting direct flights to London. Its not impossible for TAAG to aquire slots at Heathrow, but I would have thought Gatwick or Stansted more likely. Having visited Namibia some time ago I doubt it has the...

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by flyingphil
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Laudamotion's first aircraft in revised livery
Replies: 29
Views: 7329

Re: Laudamotion's first aircraft in revised livery

https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12433 ... transplant
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Niki Lauda has just out of hospital after a lung transplant.
He has done well to stay in the airline business.
https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12433 ... transplant

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by flyingphil
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LTN & STN merge to create one airport?
Replies: 37
Views: 5207

Re: Could LTN & STN merge to create one airport?

I don’t see the point of some expensive rail line linking up LTN - STN - SEN.. from what I know these are not hub airports.. people are not flying into catch other flights to elsewhere. Heathrow is London’s hub airport for connecting traffic hence the agreement to build the third runway there. Howev...

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by flyingphil
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LTN & STN merge to create one airport?
Replies: 37
Views: 5207

Re: Could LTN & STN merge to create one airport?

Will never happen.. no hope of building a mega airport in southern England. The rail link from London direct into Luton airport is being constructed. Difficult to expand Luton much further, there is a huge cliff at one end of the runway for a start. You could probably squeeze in another parallel run...

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by flyingphil
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.
Replies: 41
Views: 6991

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

Thanks for the link about repainting the fleet.. yes, so it is being done at no extra cost as part of the usual cycle of maintenance... I doubt that the traveling public would take much notice I suppose.. The route map is interesting.. I had no idea they were flying from RAF Valley in Angelsey down ...

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by flyingphil
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.
Replies: 41
Views: 6991

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

Seems a strange time to introduce a new livery for their planes.? Maybe purple paint is more expensive. As the article says they are 'sandwiched' between the low cost airlines and the big carriers.. don't seem to have a clear business plan... . . . and I was a bit suprised to see their Q400's flying...

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by flyingphil
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Express 737 gets massive gash on belly on take off
Replies: 52
Views: 15915

Re: Air India Express 737 gets massive gash on belly on take off

The 737 was over the Arabian Sea at 36,000 ft on it way to Dubai when they decided to turn around and divert to Bombay. So lucky that the damage didnt lead to further problems.. surely the crew must have been aware that they used up all the runway at take off? More info & pics here: http://avher...

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by flyingphil
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China reportedly interested in acquiring Alitalia stake
Replies: 5
Views: 997

Re: Air China reportedly interested in acquiring Alitalia stake

Wow! They have found another sucker?
Surely not..they cannot be that mad to buy into an Airline that has been on life support for decades?

What are Alitalia’s assets.. some landing slots, leased planes and a lot of debt.

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by flyingphil
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A320neo registrations
Replies: 33
Views: 5573

Re: BA A320neo registrations

Sometimes I think... maybe we should get out more..

But thanks for the answers.. good to know its not just me who worries about this ;)

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by flyingphil
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A320neo registrations
Replies: 33
Views: 5573

Re: BA A320neo registrations

So what about the four Embraers that BA Cityflyer have on order.??

They have already used up G-LCYA to G-LCYZ (LCY - London CitY)

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by flyingphil
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways investigation by AAIB for Heathrow incident
Replies: 16
Views: 6167

Re: Jet Airways investigation by AAIB for Heathrow incident

It is concerning that the only reason this incident was investigated was that local residents complained to the Police about a low flying 777 skimming over their rooftops!

Neither the pilots nor ATC at LHR raised reports about this near disaster.

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by flyingphil
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Cityflyer adding four E190
Replies: 31
Views: 5461

Re: BA Cityflyer adding four E190

There can be some really cheap fares on the LCY - LUX route IF you fly outside of the peak times. Obviously the fares can be outrageous at the peak times for the business people commuting there. A lot of Banks & Fund Managers have offices there, plus NATO, plus the EU. Will be interesting to see...

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by flyingphil
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Cityflyer adding four E190
Replies: 31
Views: 5461

Re: BA Cityflyer adding four E190

Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) wont be running through London to Heathrow until Autumn 2019 at the earliest.. not that it will make any difference to LCY. Maybe BA Cityflyer should try and compete on the LCY - LUX route.. the Embraers are a much better ride than the Dash Q400’s that Luxair use. Its good...

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by flyingphil
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Planespotting in London
Replies: 4
Views: 2854

Re: Planespotting in London

London City Airport can be good for spotting... can be quiet outside of the morning and evening rush.. And dont forget that it is closed on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, You can get there on the bus or on the Docklands Light Railway British Aerospace BAe-146-200 - Air France (CityJet) | Avi...

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by flyingphil
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Cityflyer adding four E190
Replies: 31
Views: 5461

Re: BA Cityflyer adding four E190

Crossrail from the City to Heathrow wont be fully operational for a while yet... also cant see why it would make a difference to London City.. The beauty of London City is that you can get off the DLR [Docklands Light Railway] and be in the departure lounge in 10 minutes... plus the aircraft is just...

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by flyingphil
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Cityflyer adding four E190
Replies: 31
Views: 5461

Re: BA Cityflyer adding four E190

I see that Aer Lingus have signed a deal with CityJet to take over the Dublin to LCY route. Will be using the existing Avro RJ's. https://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/aer-lingus-to-take-over-cityjet-s-route-to-london-city-airport-1.3610225 So.. will BA Cityflyer continue using i...

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by flyingphil
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Someday jetBlue will be in Europe”
Replies: 154
Views: 16196

Re: “Someday jetBlue will be in Europe”

The A220 could do New York or Boston to London City Airport non-stop. They could probably charge a premium fare for it as well... and still lose money. If they are coming to the UK probably better off looking at secondary airports like Edinburgh, Bristol, Liverpool, Cardiff, Belfast.. still a big ri...

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by flyingphil
Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 538
Views: 176932

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018

I see that the 10 Airbus C220-100 ordered by ODYSSEY AIRLINES LTD are still listed as live orders. Have not seen any sign that this 'paper airline' is going to start flying from London City Airport or if it will ever get off the ground, The website is not a lot of help http://www.flyody.com Anyone h...

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by flyingphil
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA drops Tehran from 23 September 2018
Replies: 140
Views: 13953

Re: BA drops Tehran from 23 September 2018

Most of the Iranian banks are sanctioned so for a start that makes things difficult. The Iranian currency is also fluctuating so again more problems.. The US and EU don’t seem to have a consistent policy.. the US has blocked Boeing from doing business with Iran, meanwhile Airbus (ATR) just delivered...

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by flyingphil
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair: end of free carry-on. The last straw?
Replies: 46
Views: 7396

Re: Ryanair: end of free carry-on. The last straw?

Having flown Ryanair many times I think the system of putting bags in the hold for free worked fine..

Their flights are almost always full.. so there will never be enough room in the overhead lockers for all the cases and bags that people try and drag into the cabin.

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by flyingphil
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways investigation by AAIB for Heathrow incident
Replies: 16
Views: 6167

Re: Jet Airways investigation by AAIB for Heathrow incident

The report makes interesting reading ,,, http://dgca.nic.in/accident/reports/incident/VT-JEK.pdf I hate to think what would have happened if there had been a birdstrike or an engine problem,, a 777 ploughing into one of Europes busiest roads.. As mentioned derated thrust take offs are the norm these...

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by flyingphil
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 46426

Re: A Hifly Airbus 380 landed on OSL today

http://m.atwonline.com/leasing/air-aust ... -inspected

Guess Hi-fly may take a second A380 ?
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After Norwegian ops the Hi-fly A380 is being wet leased to Air Austral.. so it will be busy
http://m.atwonline.com/leasing/air-aust ... -inspected

Guess Hi-fly may take a second A380 ?

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