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by skipness1E
Mon Apr 27, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

You’re a zealot not a Fabian. I am not asking you to bail out rich people I am suggesting we don’t make normal people destitute. These are not normal days for anyone and every unpaid mortgage has a family and kids as collateral damage. This is not a textbook example, a pub discussion or a willy wavi...

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by skipness1E
Mon Apr 27, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Virgin Atlantic is a worthy investment for investors who can afford a longer investment horizon. It is probably a good thing that investment banks are involved as advisors and that sovereign wealth funds are considered. I find it somewhat surprising that the Bank of England hasn't followed yet the ...

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by skipness1E
Mon Apr 27, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Context, context, context. Virgin’s major problem was not having a partner as SRB saw the rise of alliances as a cartel. He was eventually talked round and the business was well back on track partnering with Delta. That alone means a corner had been turned and the future was brighter. And then along...

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by skipness1E
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Wardair retire/sell their 747-200s instead of the older -100s?
Replies: 16
Views: 5357

Re: Why did Wardair retire/sell their 747-200s instead of the older -100s?

They were worth more and Wardair were trying to finance their A310 purchase so liquidity came in useful.

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by skipness1E
Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

What routes will BA(/AA) have to themselves if Virgin collapse? Only LHR-MIA I think? The rest all have some serious competition.

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by skipness1E
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing reshapes leadership, signals production cut
Replies: 25
Views: 6447

Re: Boeing reshapes leadership, signals production cut

seahawk wrote:
Everett could be closed.

Unlikely as the skills base is in WA and won’t move in sufficient numbers.

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by skipness1E
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

So, after 10 or so pages of comment, the one question we all want to know the answer to is... is the Virgin screwed ? Everyone is screwed, without a vaccine, social distancing is a medium term public health requirement which means aviation cannot operate on a commercial basis. Nine abreast wide bod...

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by skipness1E
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

EasyJet or Jet2 are more likely to be seen as the 2nd flag carrier than Virgin. Both have more aircraft and fly far more passengers. Rubbish on stilts. Not one human being has ever seen easyJet as a flag carrier, even less so ChanEx, both of which are excellent businesses. Look this is politics, VS...

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by skipness1E
Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

I find it amusing how you fail to recognize that VS gives business to all those mentioned companies. Helping VS means helping them. It is a domino effect If they go under, those same companies will get business from other airlines. You seriously think other airlines won't fly to lhr and pay the fee...

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by skipness1E
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines paint scheme
Replies: 20
Views: 6194

Re: American Airlines paint scheme

It’s not unprecedented, BA changed from off white to brilliant white and the fleet has mismatched nosecones galore now!

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by skipness1E
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

In terms of self awareness, chatting about the impact of JetBlue’s London operation on BA is nonsense on stilts! The size of transatlantic market isn’t going to be able to sustain VS, BA and the AMERICAN legacies at anything near their Summer 2019 volumes until God only knows when. Summer 2020 is a ...

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by skipness1E
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Not to get too far off topic, but I think that's a misconception about DL these days... It used to be true, but now DL has plenty of JFK feed. Pre COVID-19, they were planning on operating well over 150 daily domestic flights for this summer, with ~100 of them being mainline. You can’t say that one...

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by skipness1E
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 284
Views: 75671

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, at 40+ including 747s, A380s

It’s St Athan not St Albans, and not exclusively as Victorville was the favoured place beforehand. Not sure a press release is ever done as you suggest, but in all fairness, the summer 2020 program is trashed, the quads won’t be needed for winter and next summer will be a challenge. But no one knows...

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by skipness1E
Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?
Replies: 117
Views: 24839

Re: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?

Stelios is really hurting the company right now by behaving like a spoilt child. He didn't mind how company was run while he was taking millions in dividends. He really needs to sell up or shut up. Well said, it's ridiculous. The dividend he took last month of £60m is pretty disgraceful - especiall...

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by skipness1E
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747’s IJ and VB
Replies: 11
Views: 3036

Re: BA 747’s IJ and VB

PhilMcCrackin wrote:
I flew CIVB about a year ago. The economy cabin didn't look a year over 20 years old.

It was refurbished just before Christmas.

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by skipness1E
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Let Delta save it! Enough with begging the government! BA controlling LHR is enough. Virgin doesn't contribute anything and is not needed. Totally obsolete. Same way Air France controls Paris, KLM Amsterdam and Lufthansa Frankfurt and Munich. It's hard to take your post seriously, but as we are all...

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by skipness1E
Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

Some of the replies above are commercially insane, some of them are good. For me, the key is to what extent business travel rebounds, as BA are VERY heavyily focussed on the front cabin, whereas Virgin Atlantic are not quite so exposed. No 86J cabins at Virgin Towers. Timing is key here, forward bo...

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by skipness1E
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

Some of the replies above are commercially insane, some of them are good. For me, the key is to what extent business travel rebounds, as BA are VERY heavyily focussed on the front cabin, whereas Virgin Atlantic are not quite so exposed. No 86J cabins at Virgin Towers. Timing is key here, forward boo...

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by skipness1E
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

So, you’re saying that if Virgin fails, Delta is out of LHR? Yeah, they lose their LHR based partner. But, don’t they have their own slots at LHR that they have had since before Delta and Virgin teamed up? Delta has a limited portfolio of LHR slots themselves. Delta flights tend to be from their hu...

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by skipness1E
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

Delta probably will no let Virgin die since they are too important to their Atlantic operation. Virgin Atlantic's slots are Delta's primary way into London Heathrow. So, you’re saying that if Virgin fails, Delta is out of LHR? Yeah, they lose their LHR based partner. But, don’t they have their own ...

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by skipness1E
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?
Replies: 117
Views: 24839

Re: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?

Stelios is a mouth on legs and is the reason ENTREPRENEURS DON NOT RUN BUSINESSES. As a founder, his success rate is tiny and he’s the wealthy son of a family worth billions. He does not run, and has not run easyJet for years. He uses it as a cash cow and extracts as much as he can from it, at the r...

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by skipness1E
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175791

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

If half of climate science is real (and it is), we should not be subsiding heavily polluting industries I agree. Let’s ban shipping and close data centres. Don’t get me started on air conditioning. Look mate, if you think green taxes are aimed at saving the planet I have some magic beans I want to ...

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by skipness1E
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Schedules 744 for SJC-LHR in Summer 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 14416

Re: BA Schedules 744 for SJC-LHR in Summer 2020

I'd be surprised if more than 50% of the BA 744 fleet ever flew for them again, my feeling is BA will remove the B744 and A380 fleet entirely. The summer season is lost, factor in the collapse in confidence, the many who have lost their jobs and the sheer nervousness about sitting on a plane with co...

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by skipness1E
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United will be a smaller carrier - Munoz
Replies: 245
Views: 44244

Re: United will be a smaller carrier - Munoz

Some of the lost capacity may not be needed for a VERY long time. We’re going to emerge into a recession, or possibly a depression. People won’t be flying nearly as frequently, and this will be like the post 9-11 restructure, on stilts. Long haul capacity will be cut and growth plans binned. This is...

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by skipness1E
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 390
Views: 72274

Re: Air Canada/Air Transat Merger Receives Negative Report from Competition Bureau

Given the situation today, it would make more sense for Air Canada to simply walk away. They're going to be in no fit state to merge Air Transat into Rouge to combine a larger leisure carrier. They're going to be taking an axe to both Rouge and mainline for the medium term, this Northern summer is a...

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by skipness1E
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR - LHR - Becoming a niche market?
Replies: 35
Views: 3771

Re: EWR - LHR - Becoming a niche market?

But when will the B757 production line be re-opened? This is the “Airliners.net Greatest Hits” thread, right?

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by skipness1E
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat tentatively schedules last A310 service in 2Q20
Replies: 106
Views: 21245

Re: Air Transat tentatively schedules last A310 service in 2Q20

McG1967 wrote:
C-GSAT operated TS724/5 to GLA today. Depending on how quickly Air Transat suspend their remaining services, there is a possibility today was last ever A310 visit to GLA.

I was on that :)

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by skipness1E
Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Air Canada's aircraft are being parked?
Replies: 181
Views: 33910

Re: Which Air Canada's aircraft are being parked?

Don't know whether it's related but it seems that A333 C-GFUR has not returned to service since it flew back from Singapore at the end of February and landed at YYZ. No point flying an aircraft that is in a different configuration then the other 330s. It would just be more of a headache for operati...

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by skipness1E
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146957

Re: DY Financial Discussion - 2020

It’s not UK owned and it’s not well run and was likely to fail anyway. The last point is the criteria the govt are focussed on, which is why flybe were allowed to go to the wall

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by skipness1E
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146957

Re: DY Financial Discussion - 2020

Do you really think they were carrying many passengers on those flights in the current climate? The goose has been cooked, not only for Norwegian but for British Airways and every other European airline right now. In airline terms it’s the apocalypse, barring state intervention. It’s a moot point n...

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by skipness1E
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146957

Re: DY about to go bust?

Maybe, maybe not. The Norwegian government has announced that it will financially support norwegian airlines during this crisis. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-airlines-norway/norway-to-help-airlines-with-funding-amid-virus-outbreak-pm-idUSKBN20Y1LG Only a bit of Norwegian is...

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by skipness1E
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No VS A340s left at LHR
Replies: 65
Views: 15776

Re: No VS A340s left at LHR

It’s a legal obligation of the contract signed.
The fact that the owner may or may not be scrapping the aircraft does not release the airline from returning the aircraft in the agreed and contractual state.

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by skipness1E
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No VS A340s left at LHR
Replies: 65
Views: 15776

Re: No VS A340s left at LHR

Like the freshly repainted pristine F-HPJB I saw in Knock last week. The aircraft is returned in an agreed state (in this case freshly painted white). Being scrapped is outside the bounds of the contract between AF and the leasor.

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by skipness1E
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No VS A340s left at LHR
Replies: 65
Views: 15776

Re: No VS A340s left at LHR

Boof02671 wrote:
They went to Manchester, even Jerry said so this morning on BigJetTV

One of these days he’ll get something right.
Maybe.

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by skipness1E
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA transfers MLE to LHR; upgrades to 77W
Replies: 25
Views: 6917

Re: BA transfers MLE to LHR; upgrades to 77W

The assets go where they make the most money. There’s no snobbery involved at BA route planning, cash is king.

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by skipness1E
Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS postpones GRU launch to October
Replies: 14
Views: 3610

Re: VS postpones GRU launch to October

Forward bookings were poor before the virus hysteria, it’s already been pushed back!

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by skipness1E
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 20015

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

Only been questioned in the cabin once in 20 years of flying, when I was in row 1 of an Aer Lingus A320 on SNN-LHR and I snapped every heavy on the taxi in. I learned self awareness that day, sit further back out of direct sight of cabin crew and don’t take *quite so many*. As for ramp photos, it’s ...

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by skipness1E
Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146957

Re: DY about to go bust?

Why did they move so many 737s onto the Swedish register of late? Many out of Ireland as well as Norway.

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by skipness1E
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146957

Re: DY about to go bust?

It’s incredibly hard to shrink a business to profitability, especially when your whole business model is predicated on a dash for growth in new markets. If those new markets don’t make money, you can retreat, but you’ve taken on a whole load of new capital outlay you need to sell on. Tricky one sadly.

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by skipness1E
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66102

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Apologies if asked elsewhere but couldn't find an answer using search. What is the QF 744 retirement schedule? Is it end of the southern winter or on towards Christmas?

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by skipness1E
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR
Replies: 91
Views: 19407

Re: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR

Am I the only one noting that the guy filming was trespassing where he really shouldn't have been? Especially with a road and a barbed wire fence between him and the airport I would say yes, you are the only one who got it wrong. Lets keep this one in mind for post of the year... I know where he is...

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by skipness1E
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR
Replies: 91
Views: 19407

Re: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR

Tristarsteve wrote:
skipness1E wrote:
Am I the only one noting that the guy filming was trespassing where he really shouldn't have been?


With a barbed wire fence between him and the aircraft?

He's up on the nature reserve on HAL land that's not open to the public.

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by skipness1E
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR
Replies: 91
Views: 19407

Re: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR

Am I the only one noting that the guy filming was trespassing where he really shouldn't have been?

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by skipness1E
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the impact of Brexit on Aer Lingus?
Replies: 14
Views: 3184

Re: What is the impact of Brexit on Aer Lingus?

If everything bigger or more valuable than a paper cup that crosses the channel needs to be accompanied by five pieces of paper and have duties paid (the cost of leaving the customs union and diverging from internationally agreed standards, as currently promised by the British government), Britain’...

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by skipness1E
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the impact of Brexit on Aer Lingus?
Replies: 14
Views: 3184

Re: What is the impact of Brexit on Aer Lingus?

I would envisage the likes of LH and KLM putting a lot of pressure on their home governments should any hint of LHR slots being forgoed due to political reasons. Where on Earth did you get this notion that HMG will be taking away slots from Lufthansa and KLM? What would be the rationale? No, it’s n...

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by skipness1E
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the impact of Brexit on Aer Lingus?
Replies: 14
Views: 3184

Re: What is the impact of Brexit on Aer Lingus?

For EI and other IAG subsidiaries, I think they won’t be affected by this hard brexit. What about BA? If everything bigger or more valuable than a paper cup that crosses the channel needs to be accompanied by five pieces of paper and have duties paid (the cost of leaving the customs union and diver...

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by skipness1E
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the impact of Brexit on Aer Lingus?
Replies: 14
Views: 3184

Re: what is the impact of brexit on aer lingus?

None. Even LHR-BHD is still operated by EI- aircraft.

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by skipness1E
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US3 seats to LHR
Replies: 22
Views: 2295

Re: US3 seats to LHR

It’s untrue that United has “no connecting partner at LHR”. They connect heavily with STAR partners, especially Lufthansa.

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by skipness1E
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: SAA could sell one LHR slot
Replies: 8
Views: 1862

Re: Rumour: SAA could sell one LHR slot

They used to fly 2 x JNB and 1 x CPT out of LHR with three B747s. They're down to a single JNB on an A333. It's incredibly hard to shrink to profitability in this market especially given BA and VS are doing so well. Does LHR make them any money? If not, will selling it doing anything beyond postpone...

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by skipness1E
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Virgin Atlantic to announce W20 schedule with new routes
Replies: 193
Views: 37951

Re: Rumour: Virgin Atlantic to announce W20 schedule with new routes

thekorean wrote:
I don't think right now, we can automatically assume VS's new routes will be from LHR. Could be from MAN.

If it's launching in winter, it's just as likely to be LGW

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