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by vv701
Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US airline shops for branded merch, any real revenue?
Replies: 12
Views: 2715

Re: US airline shops for branded merch, any real revenue?

I would have thought that the main reason for selling these items is promotional. When you go out with your UA baseball cap you will be a walking promotional billboard. And instead of UA having to buy the advertising space you paid for it! So even if you only put it on indoors UA are still some cent...

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by vv701
Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Change of reg code of aircrafts upon delivery
Replies: 9
Views: 1396

Re: Change of reg code of aircrafts upon delivery

While all Airbus aircraft carry either French or German TEST registrations on all flights made before delivery even to French and German airlines, this is not the case with Boeing aircraft. So, for example, the majority of BA's Boeing aircraft have been test flown painted with their FUTURE British r...

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by vv701
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-MEDM - A321 British Airways just flying to Moscow?
Replies: 13
Views: 5159

Re: G-MEDM - A321 British Airways just flying to Moscow?

During the 2016 Summer Season BA scheduled Mid-haul 321s on selected flights between LHR and seven of their short-haul destinations: ABZ (BA1316/17). Daily x 6&7 from 27 March ARN (BA776/77). Days 1&6 from 27 March ATH (BA640/41). Daily x 6&7 from 27 March FCO (BA556/57). Daily from 1 Ma...

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by vv701
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR: IAG to purchase CS300?
Replies: 50
Views: 17071

Re: RUMOUR: IAG to purchase CS300?

Posters seem quite certain that the A319 is too small. I don't believe that is the case. The 319 is too expensive, on a per seat basis, compared to its larger siblings. It is entirely possible that the 150-160 seat CS300 would open up new markets to LHR, MAD, DUB, FLR, BCN hubs that an A320 is just...

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by vv701
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA at MAN
Replies: 130
Views: 20657

Re: BA at MAN

If the remaining ones aren't too high-time or high-cycle, it might be worth to move them to MAN for some long-haul service. The four youngest operational BA 763s are G-BNWZ and G-BZHA, 'HB and 'HC. According to the CAA G-INFO web site they had accumulated 48,277, 44,991, 44,538 and 45,270 flight ho...

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by vv701
Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which aircraft has BA and Lufthansa operated to PHL over the years by decade?
Replies: 7
Views: 1762

Re: Which aircraft has BA and Lufthansa operated to PHL over the years by decade?

Philly was the launch destination for the 747-400 I think, and the jumbo is making a return on BA67/66 this summer season. Yes. The inaugural BA 744 commercial flight was BA219 (LHR-PHL-PIT) operated by G-BNLC on 28 July 1989. This flight on this routing was still being operated by a 744 as at the ...

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by vv701
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA launching LHR-MSY charters ahead of scheduled, special MSY catering
Replies: 29
Views: 7101

Re: BA launching LHR-MSY charters ahead of scheduled, special MSY catering

Fifty pairs of tickets on this Mardi Gras flight were auctioned on e-bay. The auction closed on 11 December last. The auctioned tickets cover the return air fare, transfers, three nights accommodation in New Orleans and grand stand tickets for the Mardi Gras parade. Ten per cent of the auction incom...

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by vv701
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK - India liberalize air services
Replies: 29
Views: 3419

Re: UK - India liberalize air services

CCU hasn't seen a direct service to LHR since AI pulled out in the mid-2000s. BA, much earlier than that. I flew LHR-CCU on 772 G-YMME (BA147) on 4 November 2008 and CCU-LHR on 772 G-YMMD (BA145) on 18 November. My best recollection is that BA suspended this service on 29 March 2009 but it could ha...

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by vv701
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA launching LHR-MSY charters ahead of scheduled, special MSY catering
Replies: 29
Views: 7101

Re: BA launching LHR-MSY charters ahead of scheduled, special MSY catering

BA flew LHR-MSY-MEX before they flew LHR-MEX direct. I think that may have been in the late 80s or very early 90s. Anyone know for sure?

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by vv701
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA S17 Planned 77W, 788, 789 Routes?
Replies: 19
Views: 5507

Re: BA S17 Planned 77W, 788, 789 Routes?

oldannyboy wrote:
Slightly off-topic, I know... but could you confirm the 789 to have different Y seats (wee bit wider) from the original and much maligned 788 ones?
Thanks


The BA Source web site reports BA's 787-8's Y seat width is 17.2" while on their 787-9s it is 17.4" .

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by vv701
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA returns to BHX & BRS for the summer
Replies: 18
Views: 2768

Re: BA returns to BHX & BRS for the summer

BA don't offer anything extra that the other airlines don't The Press Release says these flights will be operated by BA CityFlyer E190s. BACF's E190s are configured with 98 seats, They have 24 rows (2 to 25) configured 2 - 2 while Row 1 is configured 2 - 0.. So every passenger gets an aisle or a wi...

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by vv701
Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Long Haul - Gatwick
Replies: 58
Views: 13413

Re: BA Long Haul - Gatwick

I am somewhat dubious about all these suggestions that BA might look east for new destinations. Why? Well their last two excursions into this area have not been very successful. They launched a much trumpeted LHR-CTU service on 22 September 2013, switched to the 787 on this route on 4 May 2014 and t...

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by vv701
Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EMB190 Lands On St. Helena
Replies: 135
Views: 36109

Re: EMB190 Lands On St. Helena

So the deal with Comair has been cancelled? http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/airportnewsroom/#/pressreleases/air-service-tender-launched-1684434 What he above link yo the St Helena Government document says is that the contract referred to is for an interim period. It reads that the tender is: '. . . t...

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by vv701
Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Long Haul - Gatwick
Replies: 58
Views: 13413

Re: BA Long Haul - Gatwick

Really interesting info, thanks. Did you get it from The BA Source. The excellent 'The BA Source' only goes back to mid 2012 in any detail. So you will only find the four months detail I quoted on LHR-LGW positioning flights on that site. To access that data go to the 'BA Trackers' section and sele...

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by vv701
Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Long Haul - Gatwick
Replies: 58
Views: 13413

Re: BA Long Haul - Gatwick

I feel BA at Gatwick is just a base that has spare planes when it comes to long haul aircraft (772) Three of BA's 772s, G-VIIO, IP and 'IR were ferried directly to LGW after they were delivered by Boeing in the early part of 1999. They have operated BA's Caribbean and Florida flights ever since the...

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by vv701
Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does HV not fly to the UK and Ireland from NL
Replies: 14
Views: 2402

Re: Why does HV not fly to the UK and Ireland from NL

KLM and/or KLM Cityhopper does all the AMS-UK flying for the group, and possibly there just isn't the demand from the Dutch side for flights to the UK from RTM and EIN (i.e. tourists going there from the UK, yes, but perhaps it's not worth it from the Dutch side to fly from RTM or EIN when you can ...

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by vv701
Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Supersonic flights still banned over land, everywhere ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2635

Re: Supersonic flights still banned over land, everywhere ?

On 5 November 2003 BA Concorde G-BOAG was given special permission to fly JFK-BFI at supersonic speeds over northern Canada. This was its last flight to the Museum of Flight, Seattle. It was timed at a new point-to point record of 3 hours, 55 minutes and 12 seconds. But that flight was the exception...

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by vv701
Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3 questions about the Concorde in the UK
Replies: 28
Views: 3935

Re: 3 questions about the Concorde in the UK

I still think BOAB should be put in the big roundabout leading up to T5. Plenty of room for her there. Either that or put her out of her misery and peacefully scrap her. The original plan post the 'inside T5' plan was said to be to display it on the roundabout at the entrance to the tunnel to the L...

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by vv701
Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any unexplored island hopper opportunities left in the world!
Replies: 11
Views: 3242

Re: Any unexplored island hopper opportunities left in the world!

My question is, is there any more of these opportunities left in the world? One possibility is the Loganair Orkney Island services off the north coast of Scotland. They link Kikwall with Eday, North Ronaldsway, Papa Westray, Sanday, Stronsay and Westray. The most famous of these flights is the worl...

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by vv701
Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3 questions about the Concorde in the UK
Replies: 28
Views: 3935

Re: 3 questions about the Concorde in the UK

Why are some of the BA Concordes positioned in the BA maintenance hangars at LHR occasionally? Few months back I saw G-BOAB in the maintenance hangar which brought back memories. For minor maintenance. For example back in the second half of October 2015 the LHR Concorde, G-BOAB, was given a thoroug...

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by vv701
Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dual Airline Use Aircraft?
Replies: 37
Views: 6474

Re: Dual Airline Use Aircraft?

Back in the mid '70s BA had a problem on the LHR-LAX route. They had two aircraft types with sufficient range to operate to LAX. However their 747s were too large to operate that route economically. The 707s they were using were uncompetitive against the twin-aisle aircraft flown by PA and TW on thi...

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by vv701
Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dual Airline Use Aircraft?
Replies: 37
Views: 6474

Re: Dual Airline Use Aircraft?

About the closest you would've seen to dual-use, was Braniff and British Airways + Air France switching off on the latters' Concordes for IAD-DFW. Not only dual use but dual registration in order to comply with FAA regulations. To facilitate the dual use BA changed the registration of is Concorde f...

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by vv701
Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What was/is considered the best of the British Airways "World Tails"?
Replies: 18
Views: 3436

Re: What was/is considered the best of the British Airways "World Tails"?

I've always considered Chelsea Rose one of the best World Tails. Another tail, that some may say is lacking in color, is the Rendezvous/Hong Kong tail. I appreciate the simplicity of it and thought it looked wonderful on the 744. The evidence suggests that BA insiders had similar thoughts. Of cours...

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by vv701
Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does KLM fly to Oslo Sandefjord/Torp?
Replies: 14
Views: 4903

Re: Why does KLM fly to Oslo Sandefjord/Torp?

Geographically London could have been in the same league, but there are a few obstacles. First of all western Denmark to London is LCC territory, so no interlining. Secondly, London has so many airports, making transit too cumbersome in most cases. BA offers ten weekly A319 (twice daily on Days 1, ...

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by vv701
Sat Jan 21, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What was/is considered the best of the British Airways "World Tails"?
Replies: 18
Views: 3436

Re: What was/is considered the best of the British Airways "World Tails"?

Three of the tail designs were competition winners, The competition was sponsored by BA and used the Sunday Times newspaper as the promotional media, The winner of the Art Student category was a mature student studying textile design, Pierce Casey, with his 'Chelsea Rose' design, This design was ver...

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by vv701
Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: List of busiest airports in Europe (2016)
Replies: 63
Views: 19753

Re: List of busiest airports in Europe (2016)

What surprised me is the data in the Wiki link. It shows LHR passenger numbers increasing by almost 10M or 15 per cent over six years. LHR passenger numbers were 65,881,660 in 2010. Last year they are reported as being 75,676,000. Sorry, but LHR performance is disappointing, if you consider the air...

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by vv701
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: List of busiest airports in Europe (2016)
Replies: 63
Views: 19753

Re: List of busiest airports in Europe (2016)

I'm amazed that even after all these years and despite all the procrastination about the third runway, LHR manages to keep its crown. Just goes to show how damn important London is to the global economy. What surprised me is the data in the Wiki link provided by 'wolbo' above. It shows LHR passenge...

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by vv701
Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How do airlines make profits when they sell tickets for different currencies?
Replies: 25
Views: 3889

Re: How do airlines make profits when they sell tickets for different currencies?

BA obtains a very large proportion of its revenue in foreign currency. For example at the last IAG Markets Meeting on 4 November it was stated that 60 per cent of BA's long-haul passenger revenue was obtained outside the UK. It was also stated that while 40 per cent of revenue on services to the USA...

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by vv701
Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Forbes: British Airways struggles with BoB
Replies: 96
Views: 20566

Re: Forbes: British Airways struggles with BoB

When discussing the cost (and profit) of a cup of coffee or other non-alcoholic drink served in the air and comparing it with the cost of the same in a fast food chain or other land based facility posters have overlooked an important cost difference. All seem to have forgotten the weight of fluids a...

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by vv701
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin crew based on seats on plane or seats sold?
Replies: 33
Views: 5315

Re: Cabin crew based on seats on plane or seats sold?

As this topic has been beaten to death, let's all get it out in the open one last time! The requirement for cabin crews are based on the actual number of seats in the cabin. So, if the cabin has 151 seats and 1 passenger booked, then it will need 4 cabin crew. For each 50 SEATS, you need 1 cabin cr...

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by vv701
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London airport expansion survey
Replies: 17
Views: 2371

Re: London airport expansion survey

The overwhelmingly limiting factor on air traffic movements at LHR is wake turbulence. This is illustrated by a timing study I carried out at LHR over a period of three hours and eighteen and a half minutes during which there were 136 arrivals. In this study I noted the following: Average time betwe...

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by vv701
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which countries import (and export) transfer passengers?
Replies: 13
Views: 2565

Re: Which countries import (and export) transfer passengers?

The London Heathrow web site reports that 32 per cent (24 million) of all passengers using the airport in 2015 were transfer passengers. As it does not qualify this figure I believe it will include passengers originating at other UK airports and those arriving and then transferring to a domestic fli...

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by vv701
Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: I'm a little confused about this BA-BOAC 747 livery
Replies: 31
Views: 9901

Re: I'm a little confused about this BA-BOAC 747 livery

From Gaskell, Keith, 'British Airways - Its History, Aircraft and Liveries', Airlife 1999, p.93: 'A new livery for the emerging airline was announced as early as July 1973 and began to appear in September . . . The first aircraft to be rolled out was BOAC Boeing 707 G-AXXY and others soon followed, ...

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by vv701
Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-PHX x10 weekly in summer 2017
Replies: 50
Views: 6177

Re: LHR-PHX x10 weekly in summer 2017

777PHX wrote:
BA doesn’t even sell F class on this route.


They do. The base F Class return ticket price is £7,574 according to their UK web site.

Currently the alternative on offer is LHR-DFW-PHX-DFW-LHR where the base price for an F Class ticket is £8,077 travelling either on BA-AA-AA-BA or AA-AA-AA-AA metal.

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by vv701
Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France loses money on 33% of longhaul flights
Replies: 97
Views: 18097

Re: Air France loses money on 33% of longhaul flights

Ummmmm.........BA is a profitable, larger, successful airline. Ain't no bailouts of airlines here in the UK. Not quite. http://www.tourmag.com/Subsidies-the-state-aid-that-companies-would-like-to-forget_a67729.html Pre-privatisation when BA was owned and controlled by the British government it was ...

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by vv701
Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Couple of BA flights from LHR on an AB6...?
Replies: 14
Views: 6911

Re: Couple of BA flights from LHR on an AB6...?

There are six weekend scheduled BA cargo flights into and out of LHR operated for them by DHL: BA3401 operates BRU-LHR on a Saturday arriving mid afternoon. BA3402/03 operates LHR-AMS-LHR on a Saturday early afternoon. BA3404/05 operates LHR-CDG-LHR early and late Saturday evening. BA3406 operates L...

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by vv701
Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is BA doing in SYD?
Replies: 28
Views: 9546

Re: How is BA doing in SYD?

It is correct that LHR-SIN-SYD-SIN-LHR (BA015/16) was operated by a 772 up until 23 March 2012 when it was flown by G-YMMG, However the following day this rotation was operated by 'Mid J' 744 G-CIVD. Then every flight on this routing up until the introduction of the 77W was operated by a 'Mid J' 744...

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by vv701
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is BA doing in SYD?
Replies: 28
Views: 9546

Re: How is BA doing in SYD?

Until the start of the 2013 Summer Season BA operated a 'Mid J' configured, 337 seat B 744 to SYD. Since then they have operated their 297 seat 77W on the Kangaroo route. The configuration of this type, F14 / J56 / W44 / Y183,. is more premium-rich than the 744s previously operated (F14 / J52 / W36 ...

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by vv701
Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Delivery - Why Toulouse & Hamburg?
Replies: 24
Views: 3953

Re: Airbus Delivery - Why Toulouse & Hamburg?

All 12 BA A380s were assembled at TLS. All 12 were then ferried to XFW mostly as part of their first flight. At XFW all 12 were painted and had their cabins outfitted. After painting and outfitting all 12 were then ferried back to TLS. , Nearly all other 380s have been delivered at XFW. Why were BA'...

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by vv701
Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA and CX relations
Replies: 38
Views: 7713

Re: BA and CX relations

With the dominance of BA and CX on UK-HKG routings any JV approved by the competition authorities would most certainly require BA and CX to surrender valuable LHR slots to benefit the consumer by maintaining some reasonable level of competition as they required for both the BA/AA JV and the BA purch...

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by vv701
Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is UK air travel over its peak?
Replies: 13
Views: 1982

Re: Is UK air travel over its peak?

Less (5 per cent) working days (Monday through Friday) in October 2016 (21) than October 2015 (22)? Particularly on low frequency routes any cancellation of flights this year at the end of the review period (resulting in the transfer of some passengers into the following period) or a similar transfe...

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by vv701
Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747-436 former configuration question
Replies: 7
Views: 2048

Re: BA 747-436 former configuration question

There were 24 frames in the old 'Hi J' configuration. Eighteen were reconfigured to the new 'Super Hi J' configuration. Additionally all the seats of these 18 were fitted with the new Panasonic eX3 IFE System and all their cabins were re-carpeted and re-curtained. Their W and Y Class seats were also...

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by vv701
Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR With 5-across Twin-aisle Economy Layout?
Replies: 80
Views: 28222

Re: A321LR With 5-across Twin-aisle Economy Layout?

Some of the preceding respondents will be familiar with the configuration of the former BD, now BA, mid-haul configured 321s used primarily on Middle East flights to destinations such as AMM, BEY and CAI, Others will not be familiar with these aircraft and their configuration. So for this latter gro...

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by vv701
Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe and Loganair to end franchise agreement.
Replies: 31
Views: 5260

Re: Flybe and Loganair to end franchise agreement.

Personally I'd love to see the traditional red, white and black Loganair identity return to the skies. It already is, to a degree: 4055809 This Saab 340 together with G-GNTF are freighters. Both have been based at INV. At night time they have been dedicated to operating mail flights between INV and...

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by vv701
Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WW Shocked To Find Out 3rd LHR Runway Will Raze BA HQ
Replies: 47
Views: 10209

Re: WW Shocked To Find Out 3rd LHR Runway Will Raze BA HQ

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes data on property prices values on actual sale prices, Nationally the published ONS house price inflation rate over the 12 months ending end-June 2016 was 10.2 per cent, They report that this figure was mainly driven by the London area where house pr...

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by vv701
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will BA ever return to HRE?
Replies: 19
Views: 4879

Re: Will BA ever return to HRE?

I wold guess that most of today's traffic from LON to HRE is flying LHR-JNB-HRE by BA / BA Comair. So even if sanctions were lifted I cannot see BA rushing to start a LON-HRE direct service. They would gain little for the significant increase in costs of, for example, opening a new station at HRE.. ...

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by vv701
Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WW Shocked To Find Out 3rd LHR Runway Will Raze BA HQ
Replies: 47
Views: 10209

Re: WW Shocked To Find Out 3rd LHR Runway Will Raze BA HQ

Willie Walsh's statements are nothing to do with monopolies, everything to do with costs. BA is by far and away Heathrow Airports largest customer. So what WW is saying is: 'Look. BA's HQ cost £200M to build in 1995-98. So if we allow for a five per cent per annum rise in London property prices/cost...

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by vv701
Sun Nov 20, 2016 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What went wrong for BA at LGW
Replies: 59
Views: 12420

Re: What went wrong forBA at LGW

GB Airways was originally named Gibair. It was formed in 1933 by a shipping company, M H Bland, to operate between Gibraltar and Tangiers. \subsequently Gibair ceased operation. However BEA bought a controlling 51 per cent stake in the dormant airline in 1947 and reactivated its operations. Initiall...

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by vv701
Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hub-Scotland traffic for BA + KL in 2015/2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1224

Re: Hub-Scotland traffic for BA + KL in 2015/2016

Note that while July 2015 included four Saturdays (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th) and four Sundays (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th), July 2016 included both five Saturdays (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th) and five Sundays (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st). This makes a significant difference, particularly if the...

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by vv701
Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Concorde Pilot Training
Replies: 20
Views: 6687

Re: Concorde Pilot Training

Pp 107-110 of: Orlebar, Christopher, 'The Concorde Story', Sixth edn, Osprey Publishing, Oxford. 2004 describes the training of Concorde pilots in some detail. Here are a few short extracts: 'On Concorde the simulator training lasts 76 hours - 19 4 hour details (50 hours are spent on the B747-400).'...

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