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by pdp
Sun May 20, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest may take 500 MAX 7
Replies: 83
Views: 24595

Re: Southwest may take 500 MAX 7

Forgive my ignorance of Southwest, could they look at the MAX 8 200?

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by pdp
Fri May 18, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline livery you miss the most
Replies: 166
Views: 11382

Re: Airline livery you miss the most

Monarch for me. Clean and colourful!

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by pdp
Tue May 15, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Wizz Air UK (WUK) callsign?
Replies: 0
Views: 667

Wizz Air UK (WUK) callsign?

So I booked a flight to Lublin from Luton in June last night and a couple of things struck me: 1. That flight will be operated by Wizz Air UK 2. The IATA code is still the same (W6 2066) Given that WUK is its own AOC now I thought I'd look up its callsign, but I can't find one! Does this mean they'r...

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by pdp
Fri May 11, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ryanair in the Cloud.
Replies: 2
Views: 1096

Re: Ryanair in the Cloud.

Cloud only works if you architect for it, lift and shift is hilariously expensive! Believe me, I witness it first hand on a daily basis.

Knowing Ryanair, they'll be doing this as a money saver so it WILL be done properly.

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by pdp
Thu May 03, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air launches UK flights
Replies: 13
Views: 2817

Re: Wizz Air launches UK flights

Gatwick is just as cramped as Luton, maybe even more. There's little space left at Stansted (where Wizzair currently doesn't fly). The only real option is Southend as it's the only London airport that isn't slot controlled. However it doesn't have to be London, the AOC is valid in the whole UK. The...

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by pdp
Thu May 03, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air launches UK flights
Replies: 13
Views: 2817

Re: Wizz Air launches UK flights

Gatwick is just as cramped as Luton, maybe even more. There's little space left at Stansted (where Wizzair currently doesn't fly). The only real option is Southend as it's the only London airport that isn't slot controlled. However it doesn't have to be London, the AOC is valid in the whole UK. The...

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by pdp
Thu May 03, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air launches UK flights
Replies: 13
Views: 2817

Re: Wizz Air launches UK flights

Nice to see a good airline like Wizz expanding their UK operations! I do have a feeling they’ll need a second base soon as Luton is cramped, and I mean REALLY cramped at peak time. For example, there’s a line of 6-8 Wizz flights that land around 07h30 to 08h00 every day and with the sheer amount of ...

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by pdp
Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are some airport that don’t be have commercial air service but could?
Replies: 54
Views: 4770

Re: What are some airport that don’t be have commercial air service but could?

In the UK, Coventry. It had it for a while (and the locals loved it), but with Coventry City Council owning a stake in Birmingham Airport any planning application to make it permanent got rejected!

Shame, as with Birmingham being very cramped it would have made a great short haul operation.

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by pdp
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 258
Views: 38011

Re: LOT news thread - 2018

Not "news" as such, but SP-LWD spent a few days on the ramp at Lublin after apparently going tech when it was due to fly to Tel-Aviv (they flew in a B734 in the end). Must have been interesting for LOT maintenance as their nearest facilities are Rzeszów or Okęcie, and there aren't any larg...

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by pdp
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems
Replies: 133
Views: 27011

Re: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems

I'm going to guess that the OP isn't an engineer. All of this is unfortunate, but I can see exactly how it happens, and I think RR is being reasonably forthcoming about it all. Part of the problem of course is that you can't exactly run down to your local home depot and buy a set of replacement wid...

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by pdp
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Chooses P&W For NEO's
Replies: 40
Views: 7075

Re: JetBlue Chooses P&W For NEO's

As they have the IAE engines at present, this doesn't surprise me one bit. They might be waiting for a while though!

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by pdp
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airline had the first Website?
Replies: 64
Views: 11398

Re: What airline had the first Website?

LOT had one in November 1996 apparently!

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by pdp
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to the United States?
Replies: 19
Views: 3609

Re: Ryanair to the United States?

Clearly FR has a significant strategy to expand outside Western Europe - it has lots of flights to North Africa , just announced significant expansion in The Middles East ( Asia ) and Ukraine in Eastern Europe .... The USA is too far away to be relevant to them , low yields , long flight sectors , ...

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by pdp
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways tilts against reclining seats
Replies: 157
Views: 25949

Re: British Airways tilts against reclining seats

Why fly BA now when you can fly easyjet and Ryanair? Maybe they know BA is still a full service airline? Is it? I've booked to go with them LHR-AMS in May because they were a smidge cheaper than KLM and the times tie up slightly better. Looking at what I get vs FR, U2, W6 etc I'm left wondering wha...

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by pdp
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Airline boss says US rivals 'need to grow up' and end the nastiest feud in the airline industry
Replies: 89
Views: 9542

Re: Emirates Airline boss says US rivals 'need to grow up' and end the nastiest feud in the airline industry

*cringe* Why the cringy asterisks? Try going on a European LCC and you'll understand the mindset of using one. We don't care about in seat service when most flights are going to be less than three hours and pretty much everyone has a smart device or a book to read. Unlike the US we don't have the l...

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by pdp
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Airline boss says US rivals 'need to grow up' and end the nastiest feud in the airline industry
Replies: 89
Views: 9542

Re: Emirates Airline boss says US rivals 'need to grow up' and end the nastiest feud in the airline industry

As for Norwegian and other low-costs... it is time for a firmer stance against them expanding! Why exactly ? As with Southwest/Ryanair/easyjet and the asian LCC's in the short-haul sector, Norwegian and others are allowing millions of new customers to experience air travel at budget prices, expandi...

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by pdp
Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA expands basic economy to transatlantic flights
Replies: 45
Views: 6278

Re: AA expands basic economy to transatlantic flights

Would love to see how this goes. I think this is taking basic economy a little too far. The article also says the fares will be available on BA and other partners. It seems unfair that AA will cause its partners, BA / AY / IB, with whom they codeshare, to be the gestapo at the gates to enforce anot...

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by pdp
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pax and Pilots are complaining about lavatories in AA B737-MAX
Replies: 215
Views: 40538

Re: Pax and Pilots hate AA B737-Max

Is this a problem on the American or Boeing? Do other 737s also have this problem? I went on one of LOTs new 737 MAX 8s a couple of weeks ago, and the forward lavatory was relatively cramped, but I wouldn't say any more so than the previous generation and only a bit more so than an A320ceo (which i...

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by pdp
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian goes to Brazil to talk about expansion
Replies: 45
Views: 5592

Re: Norwegian goes to Brazil to talk about expansion

Kikko19 wrote:
Norwegian should eventually change the name to 'global'


Maybe World Travel, a la FSX?

Not sure I understand Norwegian’s strategy, seems very scattergun at a wall!

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by pdp
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air bigger than Norwegian in passenger numbers for the first time in January
Replies: 21
Views: 3268

Re: Wizz Air bigger than Norwegian in passenger numbers for the first time in January

Interestingly on the LTN-WAW route (where Wizz fly three miles a day) Ryanair doesn’t even bother competing! Not directly, but they do fly Stansted - Warsaw Modlin which is basically the same. Just different airports for the same cities. However I do agree Wizzair is often cheaper than Ryanair on t...

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by pdp
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air bigger than Norwegian in passenger numbers for the first time in January
Replies: 21
Views: 3268

Re: Wizz Air bigger than Norwegian in passenger numbers for the first time in January

I use Wizz frequently as they go between Luton and Lublin and IMO they’re better than Ryanair right now! Nicer aircraft (wider seats, quieter), decent fares (the discount club is worth it for frequent travelers) and the crew are as good as any other. The Luton flights are always rammed as well, so t...

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by pdp
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air closing bases incl. Prague
Replies: 59
Views: 9618

Re: Wizz Air closing bases incl. Prague

Looks like they’re bolstering successful bases and closing marginal ones. I love Lublin to bits (it’s five minutes from the girlfriends house), but it’s very small and has poor connections to everywhere outside the voivodeship domestically.

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by pdp
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 258
Views: 38011

Re: LOT news thread - 2018

I know about those six but it seems like they will need a lot more given how many new destinations and frequencies they are adding. The new MAXs are displacing some of the 737s they've used on the "major" European routes. EDIT: Fittingly, I'm on the bus to LHR to board LO282! And some add...

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by pdp
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 2017 full year and Q4 results: net loss was -299 million NOK (-£27.4 million)
Replies: 72
Views: 14912

Re: Norwegian today reported its full year and q4 2017 results. The net loss was -299 million NOK (-£27.4 million) in 20

Expansion at the rate Norwegian is going is always painful for the profit numbers, what’s important is that they have money coming to the business as it comes out. Plenty of businesses that go bust can actually turn a profit, it’s whether they manage when that comes out so they don’t end up with a m...

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by pdp
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 258
Views: 38011

Re: LOT news thread - 2018

They will, see the first post. I know about those six but it seems like they will need a lot more given how many new destinations and frequencies they are adding. The new MAXs are displacing some of the 737s they've used on the "major" European routes. EDIT: Fittingly, I'm on the bus to L...

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by pdp
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 194
Views: 52287

Re: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board

All the jets I've flown (Boeing) have automatic pitot-static system heating that switches on when the first engine is started. Contrary to what has been stated earlier, there is no issue with overheating, wear or performance penalties. There will be an EICAS alert when this system does not operate ...

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by pdp
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 194
Views: 52287

Re: AN-148 with 71 people gone missing

Don't mean to sound shrewd, but I think it's time the Russians take a look at the reliability of the Antonov fleet. Do you want to be taken serious ? This is no ancient soviet-era Antonov . The AN-148 is a rather modern aircraft (first flight of the type in 2004 ) and RA-61704 was built in 2011 ......

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by pdp
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Smallest "city" with the most or largest # of jet flights?
Replies: 45
Views: 5736

Re: Smallest "city" with the most or largest # of jet flights?

Stansted Mountfitchet has to be a contender. Traditional English village with a whacking great airport next door (because it's not within the M25 it doesn't count as London to me). But it does not matter how you count it. :D For everybody else it is one of the London airports because it serves the ...

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by pdp
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Smallest "city" with the most or largest # of jet flights?
Replies: 45
Views: 5736

Re: Smallest "city" with the most or largest # of jet flights?

Stansted Mountfitchet has to be a contender. Traditional English village with a whacking great airport next door (because it's not within the M25 it doesn't count as London to me).

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by pdp
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Feasibility of airlines operating into 2 airports in same metro area.
Replies: 84
Views: 8850

Re: Feasibility of airlines operating into 2 airports in same metro area.

LTN and STN are served by EZY and RYR, despite being about an hour apart point to point.

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by pdp
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI to start twice weekly direct Amritsar - Birmingham flight
Replies: 25
Views: 3743

Re: AI to start twice weekly direct Amritsar - Birmingham flight

They did this previously with a seriously tatty 777, with the aircraft then going onto YYZ before flying back to BHX then Amritsar. Nice curry but the plane smelt horrible after!

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by pdp
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Split Scimitar winglet customers
Replies: 28
Views: 5104

Re: Split Scimitar winglet customers

Would one of you please be so kind as to post a pic of a Split Scimitar winglet so that this "armchair CEO" knows what you are posting about? Thank you in advance! There are the various designs here: http://www.b737.org.uk/winglets.htm There seem to be two variants, the more "swoopy&...

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by pdp
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Nearby City Pairs With No Flights
Replies: 61
Views: 4539

Re: Nearby City Pairs With No Flights

Warsaw and Lublin. 40 minutes by Q400 or 3h30 by train!

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by pdp
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BHX and TATL
Replies: 37
Views: 5294

Re: BHX and TATL

Air India - The Toronto service I believe was a 772 not a 77L and the aircraft used were quite old and one particular aircraft (VT-AIR?) had a particularly bad reputation. You're probably right, it was a right state! I've never seen an aircraft with that level of dilapidation before or since... Als...

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by pdp
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 331
Views: 38735

Re: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List

15-FEB-2018 // LOT // LHR-WAW // B7M8
20-FEB-2018 // LOT // WAW-LHR // B7M8
24-MAY-2018 // BAW // LHR-AMS // A320
29-MAY-2018 // BAW // AMS-LHR // A320

There'll be plenty of WZZ flights in the second half of the year!

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by pdp
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BHX and TATL
Replies: 37
Views: 5294

Re: BHX and TATL

A few years ago, you had plenty of choice to get to the US and Canada (including Air India to CYYZ, interesting experience on an old 77L) from BHX. How can an aircraft less than 9yrs old be "old"...? It was filthy outside and in, many things were broken, there were various insects in the ...

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by pdp
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BHX and TATL
Replies: 37
Views: 5294

Re: BHX and TATL

If prices were so high out of BHX, how come United left? For businesses it didn't make any sense. As I said in the OP, it was £1,200 cheaper to get an executive car from Leicestershire to Heathrow and return than fly to from Birmingham. When two 2-3 hour taxi rides are a fifth of the uplift from tr...

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by pdp
Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BHX and TATL
Replies: 37
Views: 5294

BHX and TATL

Evening all, A few years ago, you had plenty of choice to get to the US and Canada (including Air India to CYYZ, interesting experience on an old 77L) from BHX. However a general browse through their website and Wikipedia suggests that there are currently a grand total of zero flights to NA currentl...

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by pdp
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet in 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 6726

Re: EasyJet in 2018

Cunard wrote:
anstar wrote:
ahj2000 wrote:



LGW, MXP and ORY


There are many, many more EasyJet bases than 'just' the three that you decided to add!

EasyJet Wikipedia page under destinations has all the bases listed and there are many of them :-)


Not forgetting Luton!

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by pdp
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ever fly on the same plane twice?
Replies: 138
Views: 10445

Re: Ever fly on the same plane twice?

Sat at EPLB, went out from EGGW on HA-LWE in 1C and will sit in exactly the same seat on LWE on the way home!

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by pdp
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo family production thread - 2015-2017 (part 7)
Replies: 2436
Views: 406097

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7

Airbus is really starting to push these deliveries! How many aircraft have they delivered this month compared to when they were suffering from engine issues? I'm astounded :o I think Donald Trump explains it well: https://youtu.be/u_aLESDql1U In all seriousness, were the P&W issues really that ...

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by pdp
Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyDubai orders 175 MAX
Replies: 19
Views: 6547

Re: FlyDubai orders 175 MAX

At this point, is there even any regional-only/LCC airline that doesn't have more planes on order than they are currently operating? How much continuous growth in air traffic do they expect there will be, especially in developed regions like US and Europe? There is massive growth in the Eastern Eur...

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by pdp
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biggest short haul markets not served by IAG from LON
Replies: 35
Views: 6562

Re: Biggest short haul markets not served by IAG from LON

This is my problem with IAG (specifically BA) at the moment, it's all about Manchester, the big 3 in London and Scotland. We want some love in the Midlands please!

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by pdp
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air New London Luton Routes
Replies: 17
Views: 3739

Re: Wizz Air New London Luton Routes

LTenEleven wrote:
Wizz seem to be struggling in the UK regions. After the last round of cuts, it is now Doncaster-Poznan and Doncaster-Gdańsk cut from 4 to 2 weekly.


Not from Luton or Birmingham! Whenever I've flown to/from those airports with Wizz the flights have been packed, more so than Ryanair curiously.

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by pdp
Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: steeper flight path to appease not so locals.
Replies: 18
Views: 5101

Re: steeper flight path to appease not so locals.

There must be a better way to get departures climbing and arrivals descending, without conflicting with each other. Take LHR as an example. There are four holding patterns around Heathrow, which means departures are boxed in before they even leave the ground, then spend 30 miles at 5800' to stay be...

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