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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: 37950

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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by skipness1E
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Virgin Atlantic to announce W20 schedule with new routes
Replies: 193
Views: 37950

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

ATL-LHR was 2 x VS, VS104 and VS116 and 2 x DL, DL28 and DL30, VS have dropped the VS116.
DTW-LHR on VS, the VS108 was dropped

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by skipness1E
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Virgin Atlantic to announce W20 schedule with new routes
Replies: 193
Views: 37950

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

Capetown, Tokyo, Vancouver, Toronto or Chicago are the obvious ones that spring to mind. Could just be more routes from MAN though. They've just pulled LHR-CPT as they couldn't make it work for them and was adding little to the JV. NRT was pulled and as won't be resumed until they can get into HND ...

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by skipness1E
Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: "Onward demand for the A380 is almost non-existent."
Replies: 82
Views: 18052

Re: Dr Peters: "Onward demand for the A380 is almost non-existent."

Several options available: -Conversion to flying hospitals. Haiti earthquakes, Ebola, Corona virus. There is no lack of demand. -Waterbombers -Military applications. Airborne radar, maritime patrol, personnel mass-transport. None of these are remotely credible. There are too many other more suitabl...

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by skipness1E
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why no flight from Wick to Glasgow, but there is from Wick to Aberdeen and Edinburgh?
Replies: 10
Views: 1308

Re: Why no flight from Wick to Glasgow, but there is from Wick to Aberdeen and Edinburgh?

Don’t recall GLA-WIC in the 30 years I have been following them. There’s also no ILY/BEB/CAL-EDI either. Loganair seem to know what will work in their marginal markets.

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by skipness1E
Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112278

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

It's Eastern, the only flybe aspect is booking via the flybe website and any connections involved. Commercial and route planning sits with T3, the only caveats being they're not going to compete with flybe head to head on a route. Eastern used to fly NCL-LCY on the J41 but as soons as the discounted...

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by skipness1E
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Harry exits British Airways B747 from back door at YVR - does this mean he flew Economy?!
Replies: 35
Views: 6554

Re: Prince Harry exits British Airways B747 from back door at YVR - does this mean he flew Economy?!

Any reason why he flew BA? Air Canada has cheaper fares and is well known as a better performer on the route. Even LHR-SIN-HKG on SQ and then HKG-YVR on CX would have been my preferred routing, although now he has to pay out of his own pocket, I doubt Harry would want this. Air Canada don't offer F...

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by skipness1E
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Newspaper: SAS is working on a new airline
Replies: 57
Views: 9844

Re: Newspaper: SAS is working on a new airline

This was begun with SAIL, SAS (Ireland) where nine new A320NEOs were registered in Ireland and not flown by SAS crew.

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by skipness1E
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Schedules A380 To Las Vegas - First A380 To LAS?
Replies: 14
Views: 6239

Re: British Airways Schedules A380 To Las Vegas - First A380 To LAS?

questions wrote:
What does BA normally operate to LAS?

B744 from LHR and B772 from LGW

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by skipness1E
Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA retires first 777
Replies: 58
Views: 18130

Re: BA retires first 777

Close - 76B engines. Then G-VIIA to -O (plus - RAES) have 85B engines, and the rest of the -VIIx frames are 90B engines. Afterward, with the YMM units, BA went to the RR Trent 895-17. Did any other carrier opt for the Trent 895? Does anyone know the story behind why G-RAES has such an out of place ...

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by skipness1E
Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet add Halifax-Manchester
Replies: 66
Views: 10900

Re: Westjet add Halifax-Manchester

It was also WS’ first TATL flight, and with the MAX grounded, they are running short of ETOPS frames for their other 737 routes. WS first TATL flight was St John’s - Dublin. And now WS has stopped YYT-DUB and YYT-LGW. We still have air canada’s YYT-LHR flight though! Sadly not any more......not unt...

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by skipness1E
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Resumes 3x daily to Miami
Replies: 54
Views: 11820

Re: British Airways Resumes 3x daily to Miami

The issue with the Trent engines has meant a degree of back fill and re-shuffling of B787 flying with B747, hence the Miami frame was displaced. At least two BA Dreamliners are still parked up engineless at LHR, G-ZBJF at TB1A and G-ZBKN outside TBK.

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by skipness1E
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would BA ever move their Stansted operations to Southend?
Replies: 3
Views: 939

Re: Would BA ever move their Stansted operations to Southend?

Commercial decisions are not made on "a possibility". SEN has a problem with it's immediate catchment area, in that if you draw any meaningful radius from the airport you get a whole lot of water and fish and not nearly enough people. It's Southend-on-Sea and whereas they will do well with...

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by skipness1E
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA retires first 777
Replies: 58
Views: 18130

Re: BA retires first 777

So it's a double first. The first 777 they decide to retire (aside from damaged frames) that happens to be the first they received. "It has flown for 20,663 cycles. In this time it has flown for an amazing 100,311 hours." That's an average of 4h51 per flight. That sounds abnormally short,...

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by skipness1E
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA retires first 777
Replies: 58
Views: 18130

Re: BA retires first 777

Retiring end of line B777s while still having new ones on order.
There's not enough new stuff in my world !

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by skipness1E
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112278

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

This is one of those cases where the airline as a commercial business, is also a fundamental pillar of the economy. Think the HIAL without Loganair or Caledonian McBrayne. It's a shame that so many see the world as the Sith do, in absolutes. There is a whole nuance between untamed free market Americ...

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by skipness1E
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR and Foreign Carriers
Replies: 61
Views: 7212

Re: EWR and Foreign Carriers

And unless you’re United, the terminal facilities for international carriers at EWR are not up to scratch, it’s pretty basic.

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by skipness1E
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Edinburgh Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 98
Views: 10112

Re: Edinburgh Aviation Thread - 2020

If it was a goldmine, Virgin would be flying it surely? A GLA/EDI split would have minimal additional costs, indeed the A332 would be ideal. Even YYZ is peak summer only whereas GLA has Transat year round. With TS and Rouge merging, capacity should consolidate in some form?

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by skipness1E
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112278

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

BA gets all the advantages of being a major at LHR & LGW, bit thinks it’s too good for the regions. It needs to support them more, even if it doesn’t turn a profit on some. No PLC is allowed to do this. The board has a responsibility to shareholders to get an ROI, they're a business not a chari...

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by skipness1E
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Edinburgh Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 98
Views: 10112

Re: Edinburgh Aviation Thread - 2020

by738 wrote:
....well I think its unlikely its going to be Cathay Pacific. WestJet...? A 787 to YYZ... awful big aircraft to fill.

The B763s are still on the go I think? Possibly that as an option?

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by skipness1E
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112278

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Anyone recall when Flybe signed for the E175's that they ordered 35, optioned another 35 and had LoI for another 70 with a view of operating a pan-European lo-cost network linking dozens of unconnected city pairs ? That idea went well then !! easyJet did exactly this but even they are moving ti hav...

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by skipness1E
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112278

Re: Flybe update

Indeed BHD would be decimated as well as many jobs on the ground. FlyBE has a good business model, it's just been poorly managed over the last few years. Their business model is dead and buried, has been for years. There's too many frequent trains now, the airport experience is no longer fast and s...

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by skipness1E
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112278

Re: Flybe update

Would Eastern collapse with them? They no longer sell direct and are dependent on flybe.com.

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by skipness1E
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:40 am
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

Same for me, it's meant to be an A321NEO then an A330, then an A310 on some dates at the end. My original Thu booking became an A330 and so I had to change to a Sat which as of last night was still an A310. Fingers crossed.

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by skipness1E
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus To Offer Dimmable Windows
Replies: 140
Views: 15881

Re: Airbus To Offer Dimmable Windows

It’s not just about seeing the view... it can be hard to see the IFE sometimes with light blazing in- especially of course when directed at your own screen, so just saying everyone affected should get an eye mask is not the answer. Often it’s possible to go look out the galley window when all the w...

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by skipness1E
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus To Offer Dimmable Windows
Replies: 140
Views: 15881

Re: Airbus To Offer Dimmable Windows

Really bad news about Royal Jordanian. Why should I be sitting in pitch black all morning?
The issue with the B787 btw is the windows are too big. They let in a hell of a lot of sunlight, nor so much an issue on a B744.

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by skipness1E
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus To Offer Dimmable Windows
Replies: 140
Views: 15881

Re: Airbus To Offer Dimmable Windows

Now I am not a BA fanboy by any means as they do a lot wrong, but one thing I do love is that on transatlantic daytime flights, by and large about 20% of the shades remain up, meaning there's a nice ambient daylight to move about but dim enough for the majority to sleep if happy. My one westbound on...

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by skipness1E
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: British Airways To Launch Long-Haul Flights From Manchester
Replies: 176
Views: 28619

Re: Rumor: British Airways To Launch Long-Haul Flights From Manchester

Manchester is a far more user friendly airport than Heathrow. The British and Americans will be thrilled. MAN is a hideous airport to use. The worst security experience of any airport in Europe in my opinion. I avoid it at all costs preferring to take the train or even drive from London. Heathrow h...

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by skipness1E
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: British Airways To Launch Long-Haul Flights From Manchester
Replies: 176
Views: 28619

Re: Rumor: British Airways To Launch Long-Haul Flights From Manchester

MAN is a big airport getting near to 30 million. that compares to CPH or OSL, or on the other side of the Atlantic, to DTW, PHL, BWI, YVR, to name some. Anybody instantly crying it must be loss making if BA ties out a few TATL routes from MAN, should be explain why that is a natural law. What size ...

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by skipness1E
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: British Airways To Launch Long-Haul Flights From Manchester
Replies: 176
Views: 28619

Re: Rumor: British Airways To Launch Long-Haul Flights From Manchester

MAN is a big airport getting near to 30 million. that compares to CPH or OSL, or on the other side of the Atlantic, to DTW, PHL, BWI, YVR, to name some. Anybody instantly crying it must be loss making if BA ties out a few TATL routes from MAN, should be explain why that is a natural law. What size ...

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by skipness1E
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: British Airways To Launch Long-Haul Flights From Manchester
Replies: 176
Views: 28619

Re: Rumor: British Airways To Launch Long-Haul Flights From Manchester

If we were talking about an A321NEO with a small sized but decent Club cabin which could shuttle to and from LHR, perhaps used on the routes the non densified G-MED* A321s are used on, this might have wings. I mean EI use their long haul A321s to LHR between north atlantic flights, but not sure this...

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by skipness1E
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: British Airways To Launch Long-Haul Flights From Manchester
Replies: 176
Views: 28619

Re: Rumor: British Airways To Launch Long-Haul Flights From Manchester

KlimaBXsst wrote:
Manchester is a far more user friendly airport than Heathrow. The British and Americans will be thrilled.

Oh my aching sides, BA use T3, the worst major UK terminal by quite some way. Security at MAN have their own special rules, I truly hate what they have done to a once fine airport!

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by skipness1E
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Resumes 3x daily to Miami
Replies: 54
Views: 11820

Re: British Airways Resumes 3x daily to Miami

The BA First Class is 20 years old, the same as the old Club World, when the 777-200ER & 744 fleets were new. It was revolutionary at the time but many airlines have innovated superior products since. BA was making record profits from their old First and Club World so they never bothered to get...

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by skipness1E
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair shrinking fleet - withdrawing 737-800s from service
Replies: 41
Views: 15120

Re: Ryanair shrinking fleet - withdrawing 737-800s from service

Ryanair (mainline) is literally downsizing. I posted this on pprune last month : “Hadn't realised the scale of the transfers away from mainline, especially given the lack of new MAX deliveries : EI- 369 82% SP- 32 7% 9H- 50 11% 18% of mainline has been "off-shored" which is way more than I...

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by skipness1E
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doubt BAW 787-10 and a350-1000 strategy
Replies: 42
Views: 9747

Re: Doubt BAW 787-10 and a350-1000 strategy

The shortest transatlantic run is BOS, and it is sort of peculiar that the A350-1000 is debuting there instead of the 787-10. Personally, I can’t see the Airbus lasting beyond the shorter-than-usual summer season (it begins at BOS in August, strangely) before giving way to the more suitable 787-10....

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by skipness1E
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Resumes 3x daily to Miami
Replies: 54
Views: 11820

Re: British Airways Resumes 3x daily to Miami

the 744 are old with old Club World, First Class is retro. Wha....? The BA First Class suite on the 747 is the same as the A380 and 777. The 787 is a modified, slightly less-spacious version. There is no First on the A350. I can see your point ref Club World, but I do not follow your argument ref F...

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by skipness1E
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Resumes 3x daily to Miami
Replies: 54
Views: 11820

Re: British Airways Resumes 3x daily to Miami

Scotron12 wrote:
Are any BA 744s getting the new Club Suites?

Nope

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by skipness1E
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Germanwings strike 30Dec-01Jan
Replies: 7
Views: 2165

Re: Germanwings strike 30Dec-01Jan

Why is Germanwings still in existence? They were meant to be folded into Eurowings years ago?

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by skipness1E
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair UK Boeing 737-800 11 minute PUF-LDE flight
Replies: 43
Views: 7934

Re: Ryanair UK Boeing 737-800 11 minute PUF-LDE flight

The BA A318s have done LCY-LHR before, I think straight down the ILS off 27 rather than all the way monkeying around the holds.

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by skipness1E
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BEA Tridents at Gatwick
Replies: 37
Views: 6441

Re: BEA Tridents at Gatwick

Worth remembering perhaps that for much of the Trident era, BEA, later BA Airtours operated albeit charter flights out of LGW, they used types from the BEA and later BA fleet such as Comet 4B's, 707-436's (and for a period in 1984 even a one class 747-236 G-BDXK, (which I flew on after delivery to ...

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by skipness1E
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?
Replies: 141
Views: 16755

Re: Status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?

It’s groundhog day again. The same questions going round and round and round again. The day HAL stop spending money on this is the day we know it’s dead.
There’s an astonishing dearth of local knowledge in this thread. I despair.

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by skipness1E
Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: Passengers won't know if they're getting a MAX
Replies: 157
Views: 24675

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

noviorbis77 wrote:
It wouldn’t concern me flying on the Max. The scrutiny it has received will make me think there is not a safer aircraft when it flies again.

This assumption is based on what exactly?

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by skipness1E
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-CIVZ to Dublin
Replies: 14
Views: 3361

Re: G-CIVZ to Dublin

Maybe she will get the regular BA paint scheme instead of the One World livery? Or a new basic BA livery to meet IAG spec ? Where did you get this idea? Not sure IAG have a spec any more than following fashion. Seems ofd they’re repainting a B744 this late, I though Negus was the last one to be get...

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by skipness1E
Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?
Replies: 141
Views: 16755

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway 12 month delay

mdavies06 wrote:
Actually when was the last time a new runway opened in any airports in London?

When the King George V dock became London City Airport back in 1987.

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by skipness1E
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air to Consolidate All Routes in the Bay Area to SFO
Replies: 54
Views: 7666

Re: Norwegian Air to Consolidate All Routes in the Bay Area to SFO

B6 doesn;t even register in Europe, and whereas this all sounds good on paper, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, especially as SFO is hopelessly constrained for International gates at certain times. Good luck making that B6 connection from a different terminal at SFO. OAK and working with W...

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by skipness1E
Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vueling has set up a new Ground Handling company
Replies: 2
Views: 678

Re: Vueling has set up a new Ground Handling company

Hmm Yellow Handling?
Norwegian did Red Handling at Gatwick and Ryanair set up Blue Handling at Stansted, I sense a pattern

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by skipness1E
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 739657

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

Worth remembering the early days of the revolutionary A320 when Air France flew one into a forest at Habsheim and Air Inter planted one on into a freezing mountain (IT148). The common denominator in both was the aeroplane doing something the pilots were not expecting it do, or masking a behaviour. t...

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by skipness1E
Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 739657

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

All the speculation being posted is making me laugh. Slowly turning into the aviation TMZ news. 737Max isn't going anywhere. It'll be back in the air. But I will say this may be the last 737 we see moving forward. *MAY*???? No serious commentator thinks otherwise, it's already end of line Be1900-li...

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by skipness1E
Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air to Consolidate All Routes in the Bay Area to SFO
Replies: 54
Views: 7666

Re: Norwegian Air to Consolidate All Routes in the Bay Area to SFO

SFO is really screwed for stand space in summer, not sure in the markets Norwegian compete in, the difference in yields is so crucial? Given their USP to market is clearly value driven, OAK isn't working as well as they'd like, not sure a move to SFO will make things that much better?

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by skipness1E
Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA plans to schedule A350 to USA in 2020
Replies: 75
Views: 15867

Re: BA plans to schedule A350 to USA in 2020

This is devastating news to Washington where the BA 747's have been flying for nearly 50 years. Not happy about this and it is a degradation in service to boring smaller twin aircraft with no dome. Boring. Guess I will fly Lufthansa now. You honestly think the 747 has been flying since the 1960s? I...

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