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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy discussion thread
Replies: 78
Views: 15548

Re: Air Italy discussion thread

I agree that they need feed. They may be able to grow short and long haul together, but it's kind of insane to me that they aren't actively trying to get in on an alliance and also flying to ZRH, FRA, GVA, LYS, MRS, VIE, and particularly TXL as there is the old oneworld FF base there, on top of what...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements
Replies: 25
Views: 5346

Re: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements

From a pax POV, the 767s are way, way worse. The 772s were refreshed and had updated seats, IFE and are just a clearly better experience. I don't care about the age of the frame, I care about the age of the interior.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 39327

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

Welp...there goes that startup.

If they ran out of cash in September, that just seems particularly bad and they never even had a shot at making it through the winter.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights
Replies: 32
Views: 4083

Re: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights

With oil prices going up, I could see there being a growing business need between Repsol/Cepsa and the big engineering firms trying to get in on work in the area.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements
Replies: 25
Views: 5346

Re: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements

The 777 isn't, but AA is using the 767, at least this summer. Hence my post and its relevance in the thread.

Feel free to look up AA94/95 yourself

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements
Replies: 25
Views: 5346

Re: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements

Considering the options on JFK-MAD, I'm kind of shocked they stick with it on a route that competitive. Even on the JV, IB is so far superior of an experience compared to those old, tired birds.

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian suspends FLL-BCN/MAD during W18
Replies: 37
Views: 6289

Re: Norwegian suspends FLL-BCN/MAD during W18

I think this is a simple example of connecting a somewhat "sun city" to another "sun city" in winter, whereas they can connect another more predominately cold city to a warmer city and drive more traffic. BCN-JFK/OAK/LAX remain bookable through winter, offering onward connection...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL returns to SEA
Replies: 82
Views: 14378

Re: JAL returns to SEA

Should work well with the AS feed. It will be interesting to see if JAL tries to eventually move this route from NRT to HND should additional USA-HND slots become available for the 2020 Olympics. Considering the JV, it's a rather creative way for AA to get around having to distance themselves from ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL returns to SEA
Replies: 82
Views: 14378

Re: JAL returns to SEA

Should work well with the AS feed. It will be interesting to see if JAL tries to eventually move this route from NRT to HND should additional USA-HND slots become available for the 2020 Olympics. Considering the JV, it's a rather creative way for AA to get around having to distance themselves from ...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's IAH-SYD flight progress.
Replies: 98
Views: 19524

Re: United's IAH-SYD flight progress.

LAXintl wrote:
I would say with rising fuel cost, uneven loads, and reduced frequency for several months would point to not doing well.


Doesn't rising fuel generally help for Houston? Kind of a special case because the demand there goes up way more than the costs when oil is high.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 193
Views: 15613

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

I do wonder if those replacement arrangements will be comparable to todays agreements. I believe most are open-skies treaties. Isn't the default reverting back to previous agreements? For the US, it could go back to Bermuda II and have that statement be true. Would still be a massive mess. Though c...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 193
Views: 15613

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

The government has posted some more guidance relating to aviation specifically. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flights-to-and-from-the-uk-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/flights-to-and-from-the-uk-if-theres-no-brexit-deal https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/aviation-safety-if-theres-no-b...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power
Replies: 57
Views: 6329

Re: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power

Actually, believe it or not, CLT isn’t a bad airport to make connection in. Although, this is anet so anything CLT related is a goes up in flames with negativity. Always seemless for me. Compared to the disastrous MSP airport. I mean, I don't mind it so much on domestic connections but the security...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways flight turns back to BOM after cabin pressure loss causes nosebleeds
Replies: 28
Views: 3922

Re: Jet Airways flight turns back to BOM after cabin pressure loss causes nosebleeds

neomax wrote:
Why does such a switch even exist in the first place? I assume this would only be used when descending below a certain altitude instead of ascending above it.


Would this have anything to do with pressurization for high altitude airports?

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power
Replies: 57
Views: 6329

Re: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power

I believe you're incorrect about no security rescreening when connecting international to domestic, unless you're talking about a flight which precleared at its origin (DUB for instance). I was talking about TSA screening after you clear customs. Once you clear customs you are cleared onto your con...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates is exploring to take over Etihad
Replies: 79
Views: 16957

Re: Emirates is exploring to take over Etihad

This just makes too much sense to not happen eventually. And yeah, concentrate operations in DWC, new terminal may be a mistake in retrospect...Though a high speed rail line from AUH to Dubai could easily make it viable as a secondary option for Dubai as well. That could future proof capacity for de...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Refinery Burnoff Near LAX (17 Sept 2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 4203

Re: Refinery Burnoff Near LAX (17 Sept 2018)

Used to be a tech for a hydrogen system. When starting up we had to run to flare until we were at steady state. That was always a show when at night, but the hydrogen meant no smoke since it's can't combust incompletely.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways reveals loss for 2017/2018
Replies: 24
Views: 7014

Re: Qatar Airways reveals loss for 2017/2018

Do we know how IG is doing as part of this. I would assume they are losing money as part of the expansion for now as well.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs
Replies: 18
Views: 3757

Re: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs

I don't have the numbers, and I didn't mean to say there was no O/D demand. What I was trying to say was that the O/D demand is so much less than the connecting demand that locals have to deal with inconvenient schedules. And yes, when I was talking about inconvenient times for local connections. If...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 34213

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

So I have a question about PHL. How much does trucking the fuel, rather than having a distributed system add to the cost of operating?

If AA wants to really grow there, will they eventually just have to bite the bullet and fund installation of a central distribution system?

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs
Replies: 18
Views: 3757

Re: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs

The things that make US hub really stands out for me is the fact that airports like ATL or DFW are not exactly located in "1st tier" city (Think NYC, LA, Chicago), yet they're the largest hub for DL and AA, respectively. It's one thing to have a hub in secondary cities (PRC carriers does ...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Likely new LEVEL destinations
Replies: 56
Views: 16527

Re: Likely new LEVEL destinations

I wonder if Level would be interested in starting flights from MAD to be able to get connections from IB. Seems like it might be interesting for some low yield destinations like CUN and take on UX directly. Could even do good to replace some frequencies to Ecuador that's largely VFR to be able to de...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs
Replies: 18
Views: 3757

Re: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs

Just to further the point. The banks at the ME3 are around 2AM to show how little O/D demand is. It works out that a lot of the time, people flying locally just have to deal with getting to the airport at 1AM because so much more of the demand is sixth freedom flying. Even works that way for some co...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 76
Views: 12739

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

If they want premium long-haul passengers they will need to upgrade the passenger experience. I hadn't flown from there for years until I passed through in January and was shocked at what a run-down and crowded dump it is. Not as bad as Luton, but bad all the same. There's a pretty big catchment ar...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air adds MAD-BOS/EWR/YYZ
Replies: 59
Views: 6929

Re: Primera Air adds MAD-BOS/EWR/YYZ

Also, in my experience, IB fares that far out tend to be rather high. Usually at their lowest 3-5 months prior to departure.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air adds MAD-BOS/EWR/YYZ
Replies: 59
Views: 6929

Re: Primera Air adds MAD-BOS/EWR/YYZ

Starting in August is a little late, particularly for BOS, interestingly this is essentially a replacement for the defunct UX flight from 2017. IB has had this Route all to themselves along with Level from BCN, but another week, another PF flight. I am a bit sceptical about BOS. As you mentioned, U...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO
Replies: 145
Views: 29277

Re: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO

For LIS-MAD line... I would not waste 2 cents on thinking about it. Let's say you build a HS rail from LIS to the Spanish border. What for? Then what...? Given how updated, modern, comfortable and reliable (pun intended) the train is from Badajoz-Extremadura to Madrid-Chamartin. They have most of t...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last BA 767 Flights
Replies: 25
Views: 7340

Re: Last BA 767 Flights

The 767s are ratty, but I really don't mind that much given the shorthaul nature. I agree that it can be a nice break from a narrowbody Airbus.

The old 777s and 747 fleet on the other hand. I'll be sad to not see the queen parked at T5 anymore, but will be very happy I won't have to fly in them.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America
Replies: 106
Views: 15754

Re: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America

Do we know/guess/has it been announced where the next 350s will be deployed? (I am hoping Chicago!) Next year IB is sending the A330 to JFK....and the idea is sending the A350 to S.America......the candidate number one is SCL JFK already has 350 service from IB. Makes sense with 2 frames since they...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Economy TATL options
Replies: 15
Views: 1715

Re: Economy TATL options

Way late here, but I find economy on the BA 380 to be one of the best economy seats in the world.

However the old 777s are miserable, so it would depend on the aircraft.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August
Replies: 68
Views: 7028

Re: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August

Let me climb back on to my soapbox again. Clearly the US3 do not realize that competition is good for their bottom line. This is demonstrably true. Evidence: 1) The hubs that have closed in the USA have not closed because LCC/ULCCs ran the legacies out (CVG/PIT/CLE/etc), they closed because the US3...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August
Replies: 68
Views: 7028

Re: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August

Man, I just can't believe how much hate is spat at Norwegian on this forum! It seems as if people really want to see it fold. And you would wanna think this was an "enthusiast's" forum!!! I don't think there is so much hate (though I won't deny it can be seen from time to time) but more a...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A100, Fliegerfaust. Airbus might buy & upgrade CRJ line.
Replies: 139
Views: 30099

Re: Airbus A100, Fliegerfaust. Airbus might buy & upgrade CRJ line.

I feel like there's too much synergy to only take commercial aviation.

Why wouldn't airbus just buy up all of BBD aviation and get into the corporate jet game, too? They could really optimize engineering teams and procurement to get the cost down on them.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to sell up to 140 aircraft
Replies: 33
Views: 14618

Re: Norwegian to sell up to 140 aircraft

I think this is very underwhelming, the question is just how much cash pressure is Norwegian under? If they have to sell the planes fast to shore up their liquidity, they may have to sell at a fair discount. I hope they were at least operationally cash positive for Q3 (because if not now...very litt...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Typhoon Jebi hits Japan, KIX currently closed and underwater
Replies: 152
Views: 24145

Re: Typhoon Jebi hits Japan, KIX currently closed and underwater

CX has now cancelled all flights to KIX tomorrow (Sep 5) and the red-eye HKG-KIX on Sep 6 as well, apparently not anticipating the airport to be re-opened until Thurs mid-day the earliest. The flooding at the apron looks very deep. News report also said underground facilities such as the train stat...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 193
Views: 15613

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

Is there any inclination about how the structure of IAG will have to change as it's a Spanish company that owns a UK airline? IAG structure does not need to change but the ownership of BA will. IAG will own 49% of the holding company that owns BA so that BA stays majority British-owned. EU law says...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Someday jetBlue will be in Europe”
Replies: 154
Views: 15992

Re: “Someday jetBlue will be in Europe”

I still think them going into STN would make a ton of sense.

Just looking at the map of London, both LHR and LGW are a real pain for being N/NE of the city and a narrowbody could definitely have enough demand for that catchment area.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair recruiting pilots in Argentina
Replies: 10
Views: 1859

Re: Ryanair recruiting pilots in Argentina

Will they really be able to get work permits for Captains without EU passports. In Ireland any job that makes over 60,000€ per year is automatically eligible for a visa. Visa policy is dictated by country and not EU wide. basically any industry which has the ear of the Department of Enterprise, Tra...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair recruiting pilots in Argentina
Replies: 10
Views: 1859

Re: Ryanair recruiting pilots in Argentina

To the already tight market for pilots in Argentina (with Norwegian, Flybondi, Avianca and LASA hiring) a newcomer is arriving; Ryanair. I am not sure if they are planning similar events in other countries in the region. https://s22.postimg.cc/ts8bt8vb5/Ryanair-_Roadshow-_Argentina.jpg Interesting ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 193
Views: 15613

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

Yeah, this is not a discussion about immigration and unless it will specifically be about how they will be flying to/from the UK after E-Day. Regardless the fear I'm seeing here just seems to be an echo from history of only a century ago among. While clearly even the worst case scenario for Brexit i...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2nd longest non stop MAX flight begins today
Replies: 109
Views: 21763

Re: 2nd longest non stop MAX flight begins today

I want the flight to last as long as possible regardless of the aircraft as I thoroughly enjoy being 35,000 feet in the air looking out of the window for the full duration of the flight Eh, some long sectors can get old pretty fast. 8 hours into a 14 hour flight recently and I realized I still had ...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Long domestic routes
Replies: 17
Views: 2484

Re: Long domestic routes

IIRC, CDG-RUN is the longest domestic nonstop. The second longest would be ORY-RUN as Orly is on the south side of the city.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 193
Views: 15613

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

I was away for the weekend, so sorry for starting a contentious subject and abandoning it. But I would think that the likes of FR and U2 need to be making planning decisions for Summer '19 schedule now as far as where to put their fleet, where they need crew, etc... U2 will need to know exactly how ...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route
Replies: 145
Views: 29822

Re: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route

This route seems especially good since if oil prices go up, that's generally a boost to commodities in general which increases demand between LHR and WA. Though, admittedly, they don't seem to be moving in lock step now with oil going up so there is certainly a risk there.

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by LupineChemist
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 193
Views: 15613

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

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and a few others. But I feel things were a lot more speculative (and I realize they still are) and now no-deal is at the very least a 50/50 option if not the probable option at this point.
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I found this thread.

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and a few others. But I feel things were a lot more speculative (and I realize they still are) and now no-deal is at the very least a 50/50 option if not the probable option at this point.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 193
Views: 15613

What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

So I know this topic has been covered and has been beaten to death, but it's truly of massive importance and this week it appears no-deal is a very serious possibility with the government officially advising private businesses to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. Worth remembering that no-deal is the de...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon
Replies: 248
Views: 61972

Re: Britiah Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon

I'm curious how confident their fleet planning group can be given the lack of any idea of what the post Brexit environment will look like. Smaller orders sure, but a big order suggests you have some confidence of how things will look. No professional in his right mind is falling for this Brexit pan...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RyanAir Cheques for Flight Cancellations Bounce
Replies: 39
Views: 5407

Re: RyanAir Cheques for Flight Cancellations Bounce

For anyone not reading the article, the checks were mailed without proper signatures.

Does a check "bouncing" mean something different in the UK? In the US, it's pretty exclusively for insufficient funds from the payer.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do airlines send planes to Amman when they don’t fly there?
Replies: 5
Views: 2361

Re: Why do airlines send planes to Amman when they don’t fly there?

Just as a more general idea, maintenance is very heavy on manhours so finding places where you can get a qualified workforce that can work for relatively cheap as well as high-skilled managers makes a good maintenance base. Lufthansa Technik has bases in Malta, Philippines, Puerto Rico for these rea...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA announces PHL-TXL/DBV/BLQ/EDI, PHX-LHR, DFW-DUB/MUC, CLT-MUC, ORD-ATH
Replies: 305
Views: 38142

Re: AA announces PHL-TXL/DBV/BLQ/EDI, PHX-LHR, DFW-DUB/MUC, CLT-MUC, ORD-ATH

United commented to the Chicago Tribune on the ORD-Asia market following the AA announcement. American’s biggest competitor at O’Hare, United Airlines, said its service between Chicago and Asia continues to meet expectations. “We are pleased with the performance of our flights between Chicago and A...

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