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by VFRonTop
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: China Southern to exit SkyTeam
Replies: 108
Views: 24806

Re: Official: CZ to exit SkyTeam

A decent half-way house for CZ may be oneworld Connect membership. That would allow them to form deeper relationships with their sponsors (expected to be AA, BA and others) while limiting the impact on CX.

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by VFRonTop
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain
Replies: 221
Views: 28534

Re: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain

It's an uncertain time for Flybe and their staff, I feel for them all but I'm sure a turnaround possible with the right ownership. ... I like BE and always find their crews pleasant to deal with. I think the Q400's reliability is an issue for them (the airline is referred to as "Fly Maybe"...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain
Replies: 221
Views: 28534

Re: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain

Consistency of product would be another one. There's no point having a lie flat business class on the morning flight to CDG, if the evening flight is back to economy only. Interesting times. Agreed - but with a fleet of 12 A321s I think they would make this work. Also I was thinking more about EU t...

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by VFRonTop
Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain
Replies: 221
Views: 28534

Re: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain

Leaving aside the tight scheduling that adding an additional European leg to a transatlantic flight might impose, how well would an A321LR with a transatlantic seating configuration fit into EI’s European network? If they are configured like the 757, the A321LRs are going to have 12J and 160 or mor...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain
Replies: 221
Views: 28534

Re: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain

I thought it was only on services to London where a BA code was on the flight, which is all the LHR and LGW EI services. I just had a look there and the EI LCY services are not available to book on the BA web site (though, as an aside, you can now fly DUB-LCY for €29 some days on BA, returning from...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain
Replies: 221
Views: 28534

Re: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain

Looks like the are reports that Stobart may start flying on behalf of BA Cityflyer http://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2018/10/31/stobart-air-to-operate-british-airways-services-at-london-city/ Aviationtribune.com reports that Stobart will be leasing two Embraer 190s (the aircraft type ...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/18: Fourth quarter flying
Replies: 260
Views: 30420

Re: Irish 10/18: Fourth quarter flying

Looks like the Canadian market will be hotly contested this year. Great news for passengers

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by VFRonTop
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/18: Fourth quarter flying
Replies: 260
Views: 30420

Re: Irish 10/18: Fourth quarter flying

Bit of advice guys... I had a booking Treviso-Brussels-Dublin with FR & EI for today, booked as separate tickets. Ryanair emailed last night to say the flight to BRU was cancelled due to a baggage handlers strike in BRU, the EI one is still operating. There were no FR alternatives so I cancelle...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/18: Autumnal aviation
Replies: 367
Views: 35715

Re: Irish 9/18: Autumnal aviation

TUGMASTER wrote:
Change the BA blue and red to two different shades of green for EI. Red and yellow for IB,grey and yellow for VY Blue and green for Level,two shades of blue for when AY finally succumb to IAG machine...


That sounds truly dreadful

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by VFRonTop
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PR Begins Alliance Accession Talks
Replies: 19
Views: 5712

Re: PR Begins Alliance Accession Talks

I think the clue is in the article:Only *A has the connections to do this. It doesn't matter that *A is over-represented in SE Asia PR will not be a hub it will be a feeder to other *A hubs, ET, TK, AC, NH, SQ etc. Perhaps they'll join as the second associate member of "Star Alliance Connectin...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/18: Autumnal aviation
Replies: 367
Views: 35715

Re: Irish 9/18: Autumnal aviation

I was coming through T2 connections yesterday just as the flight was cancelled there was a queue all the way down the T2 pier for the desk at 408. I really would have expected EI to be better organised on their home turf. At that time of day there were still options to send people via ORD, BOS or ev...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/18: Autumnal aviation
Replies: 367
Views: 35715

Re: Irish 9/18: Autumnal aviation

I asked EI directly on Twitter about ORK, with no new expansion from today. In other news ORK-BRU is skyscanners unserved route of the week with 20000 searches in the past year. https://www.anna.aero/2018/09/12/cork-brussels-is-skyscanner-unserved-route-of-the-week-with-20000-searches-brussels-airl...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Exeter Airport
Replies: 152
Views: 14171

Re: Future of Exeter Airport

Air France currently has a codeshare on EXT-CDG which offers connections but prices are quite high. I wonder would KLM codeshare onAMS or even launch a cityhopper service themselves?

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by VFRonTop
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: EI to MSP and YUL in 2019
Replies: 176
Views: 13434

Re: Aer Lingus rumor - announcement 9/12

I'm not familiar with Delta but I do know Aer Lingus is one of the most conservative carriers out there so would have picked MSP very carefully and considered the Delta threat. Agreed, if the past is anything to go by EI need/want: 1. a generous incentive from the airport 2. a decent corporate cont...

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by VFRonTop
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How will BA expand?
Replies: 37
Views: 6483

Re: How will BA expand?

Increased calorie intake? :)

Short and medium term BA has all the slots they need, there is plenty of capacity in the system to streamline the sh network to release slots as and when the lh aircraft arrive.

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by VFRonTop
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/18: Autumnal aviation
Replies: 367
Views: 35715

Re: Irish 9/18: Autumnal aviation

Both Icelandair and WOW are pulling out of CLE which may now prompt Ohio to consider offering incentives to operate to the airport. I wonder if this might change things for EI? Splitting traffic between FI and WW was damaging, coupled with the relative inconvenience of the KEF hub I wonder of DUB wo...

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by VFRonTop
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Cityflyer adding four E190
Replies: 31
Views: 5457

Re: BA Cityflyer adding four E190

Flying half empty A320 twice a day is a waste of LHR slots. Have a look at Friday 16th of November - some brainiac decided to load up an additional flight with departures at 0805, 1410 and 1530 from London lol There are flights in winter season on LUX-LHR on BA for.... 11 EUR with all taxes include...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

It’s 30 - 35 with BA included, which I’m not sure I agree with considering that they do compete. If you suggest they don’t you might as well lump Ryanair in there too, given that they’ll be feeding some EI TATL flights next year. I checked, and the question of flights leaving within five minutes di...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Cityflyer adding four E190
Replies: 31
Views: 5457

Re: BA Cityflyer adding four E190

But LUX is a completely different market to both DUB and LIN, 6x daily flights by Luxair is ample for the small market that is Luxembourg. I can't see BACF operating LCY to LUX regardless of the fact that they compete on LCY to DUB and LIN. I think that BACF would more than likely attempt Antwerp f...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

You might well be right. But...could it be that AA and EI have talked about this service and decided that it would be best that AA operate it. Thinking long term with codeshare and join operations in mind? Alex EI and AA are not partners/ JV, nor do they codeshare. They are direct competitors so if...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

Disappointing to see JFK-DUB cancelled but the 757 wasn’t really competitive versus EI / DL on the route and with Aer Lingus’ impending addition to the transatlantic joint venture I’m sure we’ll see AA codeshare on their twice daily service. The 757 isn't the worst product out there but it really l...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

What are the potential implications for EI if the rumours are true about them considering DFW? I'd expect they will move on to the next airport on the short list with similar economics If they wanted to serve TX IAH - would work nicely with UA connections AUS - seems to be a winner for BA, potentia...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

Looks like AA just announced a Daily summer seasonal service from DFW to DUB to be flown by the 787-9
daily from June 6–Sept. 28
http://news.aa.com/news/news-details/2018/American-Airlines-Expands-European-Footprint-and-Modifies-Asia-Service/

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by VFRonTop
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future Toronto Pearson YYZ Routes
Replies: 92
Views: 11776

Re: Future Toronto Pearson YYZ Routes

Dublin serves Belfast already it’s just down the road ... they’d be better off increasing frequencies to Dublin .. I wouldn't be so sure, you could also argue that DUB serves SNN and the West just as easily as it serves the North. BFS is doing very well and I wouldn't be surprised if AC[Rouge] deci...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018
Replies: 1004
Views: 87517

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018

Kind of sad out of all of Europe,only SNN and DUB have Preclearence, two low volume destinations. Legally its quite complex to get the statutory requirements in place to allow for pre-clearance in many jurisdictions. SNN is definitely low volume and punches above it weight with transatlantic traffi...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

I was told before that it was a Customs requirement. Skipping Customs if you are a regular connecting passenger is ok since Customs are aware of the people apparently. But self-connections allows people to slip through. I'm not disputing what you were told but that really doesn't make any sense. No...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

I have a good few questions about this. Hope someone can help: Where exactly is this new facility relative to the "current/older" connections facility? Having a spot of bother trying to visualise it. Is Pier 4 just another name for Pier E? Where all the 400 gates are located. Yes it's pie...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

Fascinating to note the top 5 transatlantic connecting routes via DUB: 1. ORD-LHR 2. BOS-LHR 3. BOS-CDG 4. AMS-JFK 5. BOS-MAN I wouldn't have thought such well-connected airports like LHR, CDG and AMS would be so high. I imagined the likes of "secondary" hubs like MXP, FCO, BUD, PRG etc. ...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

Additionally while LHR would make most sense for a widebody operation now and then I don't believe any of the CTA gates at T2 are can accommodate an A330 (without taking up the adjacent gate too) I'm not familiar with LHR's T2, but can they not then use a different gate, or a remote stand? Irish fl...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

EI does send one or two A333s to the likes of AGP or FAO during the morning downtime but all the other aircraft remain on the ground at DUB for the few hours. I guess its a good opportunity for some light maintenance and gives leeway to make up time in case of delayed transatlantic arrivals/aircraf...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

With BDL being a good proof of concept I'd expect that some of the following showed (varying) interest: Central MidWest: STL/MCI NE MidWest: IND/CLE/PIT/CVG/CMH New England and Mid-Atlantic: BUF/ALB/SYR/ROC South Atlantic: CHS/RIC Neither BUF, ALB, SYR, or ROC are considered New England or Mid-Atla...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

With BDL being a good proof of concept I'd expect that some of the following showed (varying) interest: Central MidWest: STL/MCI NE MidWest: IND/CLE/PIT/CVG/CMH New England and Mid-Atlantic: BUF/ALB/SYR/ROC South Atlantic: CHS/RIC Neither BUF, ALB, SYR, or ROC are considered New England or Mid-Atla...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

And if BA offer club class on their European flights (Including leisure flights), why can't EI do the same thing? Weren't they supposed to launch a European business cabin called AerSpace a few years ago? Aer Space was put on the back burner after the IAG purchase. Not sure what the plan is at the ...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

Yes EI seems only interested in bucket and spade and leaves the business cities to others. No Business class, lousy frequent flyer programme and less than special lounges Mind you expensive enough bucket and spade fares this year! I remember reading that EI would consider using the A321LRs on key E...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY Flight from LHR usual flight path
Replies: 4
Views: 1544

Re: EY Flight from LHR usual flight path

Large thunderstorms over Brussels and Luxembourg last night, assume it was weather related

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by VFRonTop
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 443
Views: 35748

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

I'm looking forward to seeing what new routes Aer Lingus announce in the next few weeks. I'd bet on LAS ( leisure market, like MCO) and DFW ( AA connections ). In the future, new routes I expect from DUB: (Obviously not all of them) North America : YYC - EI/AC/WS YOW - AC SAN - EI BWI - DY/B6 OAK -...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/18: Heatwave madness!
Replies: 270
Views: 29416

Re: Irish 7/18: Heatwave madness!

All of the above is correct Yet I still can't seem to shake of the idea that our airports are simply not designed for CTA - letter, spirit or fact It's annoying to have to prove who I am arriving in my own country but not when arriving in the UK - from Ireland of course Perhaps but the setup in Edi...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/18: Heatwave madness!
Replies: 270
Views: 29416

Re: Irish 7/18: Heatwave madness!

Do Irish and British citizens come under foreign nationals rulling? I believe we are talking about passport controls and not identification at check in! Technically Irish/British are not subject passport/ID checks but how can you split Irish/British/Polish/Americans arriving on the same flight henc...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/18: Heatwave madness!
Replies: 270
Views: 29416

Re: Irish 7/18: Heatwave madness!

The delays have little to do with who owns passport control and more to do with gross mismanagement of personnel I don't ever remember seeing more than four booths open at any time It bloody disgraceful in 2017 10 million passengers travelled to or from the UK. If Ireland had the same approach to t...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!
Replies: 253
Views: 25574

Re: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!

Providing an exit for under 150 passengers on domestic flights per day isn't exactly practical either. Don't see why not when they are all bus gates? Always puzzles me why the Irish dont adhere to their part of the agreement for CTA as they dont do what the British seem to manage at the majority of...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!
Replies: 253
Views: 25574

Re: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!

As someone who flies CFN - DUB regularly the passport control is a non-issue. Ideally it wouldn't be necessary of course and if I had to queue in T1 I might think differently but in T2 it typically adds about 10 seconds to my journey. Far more pressing issues to sort out I assume your an Irish or B...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!
Replies: 253
Views: 25574

Re: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!

JAmie2k9 wrote:
Providing an exit for under 150 passengers on domestic flights per day isn't exactly practical either.

Don't see why not when they are all bus gates?

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by VFRonTop
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!
Replies: 253
Views: 25574

Re: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!

I've been saying it for a while, the DAA's 'ah sure it will do' attitude of just lashing up temporary piers and parking areas just isn't good enough. They need to build another permanent pier or move ahead with plans for Terminal 3. The set up is far from ideal tbh. Its crazy that domestic flights ...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!
Replies: 253
Views: 25574

Re: Irish 6/18: Eastern Magic!

Stobart Air is likely to face at least two challengers when a contract to operate the Aer Lingus Regional service comes up for grabs in the next few years. Stobart Air currently holds a 10-year contract with IAG-owned Aer Lingus that sees it operate the Aer Lingus Regional service on behalf of the ...

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by VFRonTop
Tue May 01, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Viability of LHR-KIX route
Replies: 27
Views: 5342

Re: Viability of LHR-KIX route

It is precisely the fact that there is already service from KIX to AMS, FRA, CDG and HEL that a flight to LHR isn't feasible. To be clear, BA has plenty of slot capacity at LHR, what they lack is longhaul aircraft which they choose to operate other more profitable routes. As people have mentioned th...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reports strong growth in a seasonally weak first quarter
Replies: 39
Views: 4904

Re: Norwegian reports strong growth in a seasonally weak first quarter

JustSomeDood wrote:
Maybe the IAG Bid would end up being about getting a decent sized fleet of 737max at fire sale prices? :scratchchin:


Where in the IAG portfolio do you see the 737s going?

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by VFRonTop
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airline's new suites may need redesign
Replies: 28
Views: 9275

Re: Singapore Airline's new suites may need redesign

You could say the same about public toilets. #closethedoor Except the issue is a fundamental design flaw in the cabin. The only set up that allows for meal service is to sit in the chair facing out towards the opposite suite and the door to remain open as otherwise the crew can’t serve you. You the...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/18: Snowploughs and Shamrocks
Replies: 236
Views: 29271

Re: Irish 3/18: Snowploughs and Shamrocks

Am I reading this right in saying that we'll see parallel arrivals from the west and parallel departures to the west? My understanding is that coastal take off and landings (over the Irish Sea) will primarily use the existing southern runway, whereas inland arrivals and departures will be split eve...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways Announces 12 new destinations
Replies: 81
Views: 17912

Re: Qatar Airways Announces 12 new destinations

passyflyer wrote:

Second, Qatar Cargo already flies to LUX, mostly with an 777F, but also with their new 748F. I guess they have enough capacity to LUX as is.


avgeek fact: Qatar Cargo operates Doha-Luxembourg-Atlanta-Pittsburgh-Luxembourg-Doha :D

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by VFRonTop
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Past Operators and Destinations at LCY
Replies: 11
Views: 912

Re: Past Operators and Destinations at LCY

Cityjet - ORK

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