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by pdp
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of Air Canada expansion in the UK?
Replies: 46
Views: 7500

Re: Possibility of Air Canada expansion in the UK?

I'm not sure why everyone is discounting BHX. Most of the East Midlands would love TATL flights from there, as now the nearest flights are either Manchester or Heathrow. Neither of which are less than three hours from there.

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Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines that are all--Boeing or all-Airbus
Replies: 9
Views: 1379

Re: Airlines that are all--Boeing or all-Airbus

Southwest has over 600 737s and Ryanair over 400. JAL has a fleet of less than 200, so I'd say that they're not!

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Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Express 737 gets massive gash on belly on take off
Replies: 52
Views: 15921

Re: Air India Express 737 gets massive gash on belly on take off

I don't get how the media got the 4hrs figure? A flight to BOM would ideally take about 1.5-2hrs. Unless, they flew past BOM across the Arabian Sea and then came back. :eek: Anyways, more than the pilots realising this, I wonder how any pax sitting at the centre back of the plane didn't feel this j...

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by pdp
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines with both, NG/CEO and MAX/NEO on order? Why don't they convert their oders?
Replies: 3
Views: 941

Re: Airlines with CEO and MAX/NEO on order?

It seems to be availability for some, this is one of Wizz Air’s (many) orders: https://wizzair.com/en-gb/information-and-services/about-us/news/2017/11/15/wizz-air-announces-order-for-146-airbus-a320neo-family-aircraft#/ As you can see, they’re expecting deliveries all the way through to 2025! Some ...

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by pdp
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 757 Fleet Replacement
Replies: 49
Views: 14435

Re: Jet2 757 Fleet Replacement

Jet2 aren't necessarily tied to Boeing from what I've heard. They're also apparently unlikely to get the MAX for a while because of the cost, much like Ryanair they got cheap NG slots and that's helped them replace the old quick change 300s. If anything I reckon they might just get newer 757s and 73...

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by pdp
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Blue Air acquires Air Moldova
Replies: 16
Views: 1628

Re: Romanian low-cost carrier Blue Air buys Moldovan flag carrier Air Moldova

Blue Air have a partnership with LOT, so quite a few of their 73s end up flying in Poland.

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by pdp
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 39725

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

AND. THIS. IS. WHY. ONE. SHOULD. ONLY. FLY. ON. REAL. AIRLINES. Looks like those passengers who “saved their money” only ended up wasting it. So sad for the pax and employees. Question, what defines a "real airline"? Obviously Primera Air didn't have a fantastic organization but I really ...

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by pdp
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is TAROM (RO) pivoting to Star Alliance?
Replies: 16
Views: 3743

Re: Is TAROM (RO) pivoting to Star Alliance?

If TAROM pivots towards Star Alliance, I have to wonder if it may be time for LOT to pivot toward oneworld, and expand in Hungary (LOT has considered applying for a Hungarian air operator's certificate). LOT could then expand some more out of BUD and maybe add a route to the Asia from BUD---from WA...

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by pdp
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 39725

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45712063 another STN long hauler bites the dust... But not due to Stansted. Out of all the things they did wrong, I think this is one of the few things they actually did right. Well, except for the flight times perhaps. Flying on the most expensive times of the d...

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by pdp
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 39725

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

I personally am devastated for all the Primera crew both flight deck and cabin crew who exactly a year ago today lost their jobs with Monarch. Such a shame. Had a good experience with Primera and was looking forward to S19 with their MAX9’s. Hopefully LS take-on their 737 crew and U2 their Airbus c...

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by pdp
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 39725

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

I personally am devastated for all the Primera crew both flight deck and cabin crew who exactly a year ago today lost their jobs with Monarch. Such a shame. Had a good experience with Primera and was looking forward to S19 with their MAX9’s. Hopefully LS take-on their 737 crew and U2 their Airbus c...

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by pdp
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 30-Sep-2018 - LUZ-WAW-LTN - The Q doesn't stand for quiet...
Replies: 8
Views: 7032

30-Sep-2018 - LUZ-WAW-LTN - The Q doesn't stand for quiet...

Having dropped my lovely girlfriend back in Poland for the final year of her masters degree, I had to make my way back from near the city of Lublin in Eastern Poland to Leicestershire, England. You normally have two choices for this: ⋅ W6 2065 - LTN - Daily (will be W9 2065 soon interestin...

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by pdp
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 39725

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

Makes me wonder if they went down because of their TATL expansion. They have been flying for a few years on short haul "charter routes", and that seemed to work for them. Always thought their TATL expansion was kind of crazy. Must have been a major factor no doubt. Their TATL ambitions we...

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by pdp
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 39725

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

Ryga wrote:
I know crew who were training with the airline at STN and they’ve all be turned away as well as being sent this email.


This is the saddest part, all of those staff made redundant. :(

What'll be interesting is to see where the A321s go. Who currently has NEOs with CFM engines that would want these?

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by pdp
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FLYBE on time performance. 80%
Replies: 9
Views: 1373

Re: FLYBE on time performance. 80%

Thanks. So apart from buying fresher q400s there doesn't seem to be much which they can influence. Thats not true. Scheduling is well within their own control. I worked at 2 major airlines that specifically placed spare aircraft and crews at large hubs to take over in case of a late inbound arrival...

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by pdp
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why LGW has so little cargo operation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1810

Re: Why LGW has so little cargo operation?

It also doesn't help that Gatwick is in completely the wrong place for freight as well. Heathrow is much closer to London for couriers and the airports like East Midlands have better road links to the rest of the country and are more central.

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by pdp
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air launching STN-LJU
Replies: 8
Views: 1629

Re: Wizz Air launching STN-LJU

Wizz operate from quite a few airports around the UK to their hub airports. Birmingham has a few to their main bases and they even operated out of Coventry for a while! EDIT: The easiest way to see if it's a based aircraft is if it's a W9 flight going forward. A lot of the Luton based flights are mo...

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by pdp
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 787s at Birmingham (UK)
Replies: 6
Views: 1512

Re: Norwegian 787s at Birmingham (UK)

And as the Rolls Royce Sinfin site is at the other end of the A/M42 you can't get much closer!

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by pdp
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Poland Wants Its Planned Airport to Be a European Gateway to Asia
Replies: 77
Views: 12728

Re: Bloomberg: Poland Wants Its Planned Airport to Be a European Gateway to Asia

By what measure do you consider Poland a “relatively small European country”? By area it is larger than Italy or the UK, by population it is bigger than the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden combined. It's a reasonably big country yes, but the spending power is still generally lower than Western Euro...

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by pdp
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair: end of free carry-on. The last straw?
Replies: 46
Views: 7402

Re: Ryanair: end of free carry-on. The last straw?

It is what is. The mistake people make is always assuming Ryanair are cheapest. They often are, but I often find BA cheaper on HBO fares when I factor in onward transit at both ends. This charge will probably make that more likely, though still less than half the time. The wise person shops around....

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by pdp
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Current Status of LHR Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4?
Replies: 48
Views: 7392

Re: Current Status of LHR Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4?

I just got back from a week in London for a dental conference. I flew UA DEN-LHR return (UA26 DEN-LHR 23 July and UA27 LHR-DEN 30 July), the nonstop DEN-LHR route recently begun by UA using a 787-8. I arrived at and departed from the new Terminal 2 ("Queen's Terminal"). It's a lovely new ...

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by pdp
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Argentina deregulated today its domestic air market
Replies: 9
Views: 1465

Re: Argentina deregulated today its domestic air market

Let the bloodbath begin. We deregulated the US airline industry in 1978; it's been pretty ugly ever since! But at least ma and pa Kettle can afford to fly Allegiant's $19 fare from nowhere to nowhere else, and clog up the TSA line for thirty minutes as they vehemently explain that their liquid medi...

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by pdp
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air cancels all Birmingham operations
Replies: 21
Views: 5796

Re: Primera Air cancels all Birmingham operations

Real shame that Primera have failed at BHX. Short haul was OK but there's too much competition there (especially to Spain) and the long haul, whilst seemingly popular, was an unmitigated disaster. The short haul really hasn’t been ok though. Since launching they have chopped rotations from the sche...

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by pdp
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air cancels all Birmingham operations
Replies: 21
Views: 5796

Re: Primera Air cancels all Birmingham operations

Was not unexpected but after the long haul flights were cancelled the short haul ops from BHX are going aswell along with STN-ALC https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/primera-air-flights-cancelled-birmingham-airport-barcelona-palma-alicante-malaga-a8471516.html What were they using ...

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by pdp
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Innovations in boarding???
Replies: 71
Views: 6508

Re: Innovations in boarding???

Most of the time, LCCs in Europe use both the front and back doors. This certainly speeds things up and I've seen a 240 seat A321 boarded in 20 minutes as a result! The one time I've been on a jetway with Ryanair it was a disaster though. We were already two and a half hours late and the doubling it...

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by pdp
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-10MAX serves a different role to the A321NEO?
Replies: 50
Views: 10185

Re: 737-10MAX serves a different role to the A321NEO?

It is worth noting that the average 737NG flight is between 800 and 1000 miles with a block time just over 2 hours. In fairness, doesn't the 700-strong fleet at WN with relatively short stage lengths artificially skew that average a bit? AS’ average stage length is over 1200 miles I think. But when...

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by pdp
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman pees on floor of Wizz plane.
Replies: 76
Views: 12133

Re: Woman pees on floor of Wizz plane.

While peeing on the floor is never acceptable, at least this would've made sense if they were inflight. Based on this video, it seems like it's after arrival/during boarding. If it was during boarding, she could've either waited until after they refueled or back in the terminal. If it was after arr...

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by pdp
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Southwest Really a LCC?
Replies: 79
Views: 6518

Re: Is Southwest Really a LCC?

Today people don't need luggage anymore ? Unless you're some sort of packing wizard or are going on a trip of longer than about 3 days you're going to need checked luggage. No matter how advanced our fancy new tech age gets people are still going to be going on long trips where they'll need more th...

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by pdp
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK, Luton Airport turns 80 !
Replies: 16
Views: 1234

Re: UK, Luton Airport turns 80 !

2travel2know2 wrote:
A jet-ways could come handy as a birthday gift.


The only time I've ever used a jetway on an LCC was Malaga, which was 35c. They have to pay more to use them and it effectively blocks the rear doors out.

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by pdp
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was this incident ever investigated by authorities?
Replies: 19
Views: 4784

Re: Was this incident ever investigated by authorities?

Kai Tak had a relatively short runway after a difficult approach with water at the end plus an occasionally nasty crosswind. Much like KCDA I'd imagine the pilots mindset was to get the aircraft on the tarmac rather than go for a greaser!

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by pdp
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Bolsonaro Approved Boeing/Embraer Commercial Aircraft Takeover
Replies: 79
Views: 21983

Re: Breaking: Boeing and Embraer announce merger

Makes sense. With the smallest members of the A320neo and the 737 MAX family not selling perhaps as well as hoped, Boeing and Airbus needed to do something to keep a foot in that market. Airbus has the C Series, and now Boeing has the E2 associated with it. Sad that's its becoming a duopoly again, b...

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by pdp
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airports are at Full or almost Full Capacity?
Replies: 70
Views: 8707

Re: Which Airports are at Full or almost Full Capacity?

Luton, it's one of the busiest airports in the UK despite being absolutely tiny and there are regularly queues for the runway.

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by pdp
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Ryanair taking delivery of the 737-Max so late?
Replies: 16
Views: 4100

Re: Why is Ryanair taking delivery of the 737-Max so late?

I agree ... FR is starting to look a bit left behind compared to Wizz with their A321s .... Ryanair makes stacks of cash on their B738s, so I'd imagine they're not going to rush for expensive MAX slots when nice and cheap NG slots are still available! Remember Wizz's A321s are the ceo variant, they...

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by pdp
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA: Seat size not their concern
Replies: 124
Views: 14297

Re: FAA: Seat size not their concern

Please read and comprehend my post. 'PRACTICAL' pitch I assumed to be a minimum of 28 inches. Perhaps airlines can get it down to 26 inches. 'Practical' assumes a pitch of 1 inch is impossible. You assume 1 inch is practical and possible. Damned lies and statistics. u obviously don't understand tha...

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by pdp
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What’s with the alphanumeric BA callsigns?
Replies: 29
Views: 5403

Re: What’s with the alphanumeric BA callsigns?

It's not unusual in Europe for callsigns to be different to flight numbers. For example, W6 2066 usually has the callsign WIZZAIR 19AA.

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by pdp
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 258
Views: 38027

Re: LOT news thread - 2018

Not really news, but interestingly the LUZ-WAW flight (LO3966) is already getting well booked-up! I’ve just booked the 30th of September and there was only three seats available. Given the “speed” of the equivalent rail or bus route, I’m not surprised.

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by pdp
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 331
Views: 38757

Re: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List

Recent and upcoming: 29-Jun-2018 - W62066 - LTN-LUZ - A321 - HA-LTD 02-Jul-2018 - W62065 - LUZ-LTN - A320 - G-WUKD 27-Sep-2018 - W60266 - LTN-LUZ - A320 30-Sep-2018 - LO3966 - LUZ-WAW - DH4D 30-Sep-2018 - W61309 - WAW-LTN - A321 The latter two are a bit of fun, never been on a Q400 before so it’ll b...

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by pdp
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Inter-Airline Transfer at WAW
Replies: 2
Views: 234

Re: Inter-Airline Transfer at WAW

I will be taking checked baggage (long story) so I imagine this means I will need to go right out then straight back in? Yes - and don't forget the new rules on Wizzair, handluggage only permitted for priority passengers (like on FR). I never travel on LCCs without whatever form of priority, if I’m...

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by pdp
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Inter-Airline Transfer at WAW
Replies: 2
Views: 234

Inter-Airline Transfer at WAW

Hi all, I’m currently planning a weird sort of “split trip” at the end of the September, it currently looks like this: Outbound LTN - LUZ (W6) Inbound LUZ - WAW (LO) WAW - LTN (W6) The reason for this is I want to I try the new (and extremely short) flight from Lublin to Warsaw. Now my confusion is ...

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by pdp
Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 538
Views: 176978

Re: CSeries Production/Delivery Thread 2018

There is also the possibility for the Unidentified European airline to firm up its order for 31 units. Is it IAG, Lufthansa or Air France/KLM? It would be interesting to see IAG take some for Level, but I figure that venture will work better with a fleet of older aircraft from elsewhere at first. I...

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by pdp
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 538
Views: 176978

Re: CSeries Production/Delivery Thread 2018

So this will - technically - be the first aircraft delivered under their new French overlords?

Stunning little machine, I need to find an excuse to fly on it.

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by pdp
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Exeter Airport
Replies: 152
Views: 14203

Re: Future of Exeter Airport

agree but actually the picture shown is the ultimate stage of EXT and for further grown another airport(s) should be considered ... Did you just say Exeter would need ANOTHER airport?? On top of the 6 runways?? Bloody hell... I stayed out of this, quietly laughing reading the comments...but this on...

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by pdp
Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Exeter Airport
Replies: 152
Views: 14203

Re: Future of Exeter Airport

It's funny that so many are brushing this off as a troll job. Fact: London airports are basically completely full an unable to expand. Fact: There is virtually no domestic UK air service Fact: What domestic UK service exists is largely operated by FlyBe Fact: FlyBe is headquartered in Exeter Fact: ...

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by pdp
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Exeter Airport
Replies: 152
Views: 14203

Re: Future of Exeter Airport

Vectoring to final would be fun with three parallel runways! Same for managing departure traffic. The west country has pretty awful transport links, no way it would ever be useful as a major hub location. Plus the undulations in the land would make it prohibitively expensive given the size of the si...

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by pdp
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 258
Views: 38027

Re: LOT news thread - 2018

https://www.lot.com/pl/pl/loty-z-lublina LOT is now connecting Lublin and Okecie from 03-Sep-2018, one flight each way Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sun. This is important for Lublin. Due to engineering works between Lublin and Warszawa, the train journey is over 3 hours (used to be ~2h15) to Centralna (a ...

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by pdp
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera ending BHX TATL (temporarily?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1346

Re: Primera ending BHX TATL (temporarily?)

Looking on the Wiki for BHX, I noticed that Primera is canning it's Newark flight, presumably because their A320neos are delayed (they're using GTFs it seems) and the National Airlines 757s have to go elsewhere: https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/67877-primera-air-scandinavia-drops-birmingham-...

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by pdp
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera ending BHX TATL (temporarily?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1346

Primera ending BHX TATL (temporarily?)

Looking on the Wiki for BHX, I noticed that Primera is canning it's Newark flight, presumably because their A320neos are delayed (they're using GTFs it seems) and the National Airlines 757s have to go elsewhere: https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/67877-primera-air-scandinavia-drops-birmingham-t...

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by pdp
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet in Birmingham
Replies: 15
Views: 2637

Re: EasyJet in Birmingham

Birmingham already has a large contingent of carriers that would eat into easyJet's market, including:

    Ryanair
    Wizz Air
    Flybe
    Thomas Cook
    TUI
    Jet2
    Primera

That's a lot of competition!

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by pdp
Thu May 24, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?
Replies: 69
Views: 7142

Re: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?

I am sure a used A318 would do for most trips, with one stop where necessary. Where is the old Speedbird 003/004 these days? Titan had that, complete with 32(?)J config. Semi-seriously, why not a CSeries? It’s got bits made in the U.K., Canada love the queen and it’s got enough range to get to far ...

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by pdp
Wed May 23, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Busiest airports without full length taxiways
Replies: 60
Views: 8694

Re: Busiest airports without full length taxiways

Lublin - whilst having less than 500k passengers a year - has zero taxiways. No seriously, there's a short run from the ramp to the middle of the runway and that's it! Makes the middle of the day interesting if two flights are close together. Luton has to be up there in terms of movements, the large...

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