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by vfw614
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline orders that never were.
Replies: 59
Views: 3569

Re: Airline orders that never were.

With reference to my username...

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by vfw614
Thu Oct 01, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Berlin Tempelhof: At its heyday in early 90s, who flew there?
Replies: 18
Views: 3034

Re: Berlin Tempelhof: At its heyday in early 90s, who flew there?

https://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/2l95ci.htm
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If memory serves, mostly with Piper PA31s and Reims-Cessna F406s. I think at some point they also used a leased Metroliner (Benair?).

https://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/2l95ci.htm

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by vfw614
Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Berlin Tempelhof: At its heyday in early 90s, who flew there?
Replies: 18
Views: 3034

Re: Berlin Tempelhof: At its heyday in early 90s, who flew there?

Had a quick look at an old timetable from 1993 - back then Eurowings had the followig flights from THF - Dortmund 4 daily - Hanover 6 daily - Münster/Osnabrück 4 daily - Nuremberg 6 daily - Paderborn/Lippstadt 2 daily - Westerland/Sylt 1 daily So 23 weekdaily departures. In the following years, this...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New VoteVets Ad Featuring Captain Sully
Replies: 10
Views: 1211

Re: New VoteVets Ad Featuring Captain Sully

As we are on a.net, I have got to ask - is this his private Merlin?

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Berlin Tempelhof: At its heyday in early 90s, who flew there?
Replies: 18
Views: 3034

Re: Berlin Tempelhof: At its heyday in early 90s, who flew there?

SAS usually operated Fokker 50 on those flights. The largest type on a regular basis would have been the Bae 146 operated by Conti Flug and Sabena (and later Hamburg Airlines). Depending on demand, Sabena and SAS would, every once in a while, use Boeing 737s or DC9/MD80s

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Berlin Tempelhof: At its heyday in early 90s, who flew there?
Replies: 18
Views: 3034

Re: Berlin Tempelhof: At its heyday in early 90s, who flew there?

Airlines that served THF between 1990 and approx. 1995: - RFG / NFD, later Eurowings (to PAD, DTM, FMO, HAJ, NUE, BRU, PRG, WAW, NCE) - Hamburg Airlines (SCN, HAM, RIX, VNO) - Sabena (BRU) - Crossair (BSL, GVA) - Luxair (LUX) - BSF Berliner Spezialflug (to BWE, KSF, LNZ, ERF) - DLT (FBO, GOT, LIN, A...

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by vfw614
Mon Aug 24, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: B787-8 versus A330-200
Replies: 27
Views: 2352

Re: B787-8 versus A330-200

The B787-8 opened a lot of new, thin routes. When you look into it, it's really only Qantas and Jetstar that had the A330-200 before and used the 787-8 to open up new thin routes. But Qantas also had a dated fleet of 767s that had to be replaced, so arguably they didn't have excess aircraft to open...

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by vfw614
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCY to pause terminal expansion plans
Replies: 43
Views: 4236

Re: LCY to pause terminal expansion plans

The attractiveness is LCY vs. LHR is mostly its size, not its locaton. Crossrail will not change that. There is no other London airport where you have to spend so little time in the terminal departing and particularly arriving. What should be a greater concern is the future of Canary Wharf and The C...

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by vfw614
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: De Havilland stopping work?
Replies: 19
Views: 5777

Re: Rumour: De Havilland stopping work?

I have not really followed the development of the Q400 over the years, but do 2020-built Q400s offer significant improvements over 10 or 15 year old frames other than the obvious lower maintenance costs? With the BE, BT and OS fleets (coming) on the market, there is a massive supply of probably rela...

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by vfw614
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s
Replies: 54
Views: 13977

Re: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s

So... Corsair was operating the 747 largely to beach destinations. Have you ever seen what the French wear to the beach? They probably could have packed what they need for a week in what some women use as a purse. Large suitcases? Doubt it. DOM/TOM-Paris flights also mean quite a bit of VFR-traffic...

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by vfw614
Mon Aug 17, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s
Replies: 54
Views: 13977

Re: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s

Although that is the "premium heavy" variant with only 527 seats... An additional 60 seats in the highest density offering menat something like 60 seats on the upper deck and fewer galleys on the main deck. Further googling unearthed this 13 year old a.net thread where someone - apparently...

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by vfw614
Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s
Replies: 54
Views: 13977

Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s

French airline Corsair operated the most densely configurated 747 ever - they squeezed in even slightly more seats than ANA and JAL on their domestic 747s. As Corsair operated the 747 on leisure routes to the French DOMTOM destinations (but, IIRC, during peak season occassionally even to Corsica), I...

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by vfw614
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2020
Replies: 618
Views: 53432

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2020

The A340-300 are ideally-sized aircraft in these times of weak demand, so my understanding is that they will be kept for the time being unlike the 747-400 and A340-600. So Lufthansa will focus on the 747-8 and the A340-300 for some time.

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by vfw614
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Jetstream 32 over the icecap - July 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 5174

Re: Jetstream 32 over the icecap - July 2020

Höfn apparently is the smarter option for a day trip. I went to Vestmannaeyjar on Eagle Air and had the misfortune of getting stranded there as the return flight got cancelled due to adverse weather. I was the only person showing up at the airport as all the local apparently had been informed. The l...

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by vfw614
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying Iceland: Air Iceland Connect Q200 & Q400 Y
Replies: 4
Views: 4393

Re: Flying Iceland: Air Iceland Connect Q200 & Q400 Y

Lovely. Thanks for sharing. I took the same flight a couple of years ago when Air Iceland Connect was still using Fokker 50s. The experience was somewhat spoilt by Akureyri being flooded with hundreds of German cruise ship tourists - if you go all the way to Akureyri, the last thing you want is bein...

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by vfw614
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13857

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

That's a good point. It is cheaper for airlines to get sued by 1-2 per cent of the customers despite the resulting additional costs instead of properly refunding all customers. An alternative would be more powers to the LBA aka German CAA. Apparently US airlines cough up dough rapidly as soon as a c...

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by vfw614
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13857

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

Given that there would be no payment until check in, presumably the price would be set at that point. More importantly, you could get to check in, and be told there are no tickets available. Not a terribly good outcome for the corporates. They are aware of that argument and have suggested that an a...

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by vfw614
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13857

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

I think from a regulatory perspective it is not really desirable to leave customers to the mercy of credit card companies. The current experience shows that credit card companies are quite indifferent about charge back requests by airline customers - plus why should customers provide CC companies (i...

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by vfw614
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13857

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

The idea of passengers not paying until the day of travel would destroy the concept of low fares and send us back to the 1960s. Stronger enforcements of refunds for cancelled flights or mandating escrow accounts should suffice to solve the problem in future The problem really is that airlines use s...

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by vfw614
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13857

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

Given that there would be no payment until check in, presumably the price would be set at that point. More importantly, you could get to check in, and be told there are no tickets available. Not a terribly good outcome for the corporates. They are aware of that argument and have suggested that an a...

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by vfw614
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13857

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

Airlines in Europe are already under a statutory obligation by EU law to refund within 7 days, but they simply do not comply (unless they are sued, what customers have begun doing now). This non-compliance with the law is the reason why there are now demands to stop them from taking advance payments,

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by vfw614
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13857

Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

There is increasing pressure to abolish the system of advance payment for airline tickets in Germany as a result of Lufthansa not refunding almost 2bn EUR of customer money for months. According to an article in the Handelsblatt (= German equivalent to the FT), a number of industry organizations rep...

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by vfw614
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Route Frequency to Hawaii, Pre-747
Replies: 62
Views: 7947

Re: UA Route Frequency to Hawaii, Pre-747

From what I gather, KOA and OGG only started to have mainland flights in the early 1980s - what was the reason for that?

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by vfw614
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any jet alternatives to the 737-200C for gravel operations?
Replies: 100
Views: 17730

Re: There's any jet alternatives for the 737-200C for gravel operations?

As the Q400 appears to be increasingly used - how about the CRJ700/900? No wing-mounted engines, same fuselage diameter?

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by vfw614
Fri May 22, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar returning A350 leased from LATAM?
Replies: 17
Views: 4702

Re: Qatar returning A350 leased from LATAM?

They could try to get their hands on some cheap used airframes and defer delivery of factory-fresh A350s - unless they can be reasonably sure that they will not need the lost T7 capacity in the foreseeable future at all.

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by vfw614
Fri May 22, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar returning A350 leased from LATAM?
Replies: 17
Views: 4702

Re: Qatar returning A350 leased from LATAM?

What was the original pre-COVID retirement date for the youngest, 2010'ish 777-200s? Maybe they will need some additional A350s to offset the loss of capacity of the 18 777s?

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by vfw614
Mon May 11, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?
Replies: 199
Views: 24972

Re: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?

Depending on how you define "success", yes and no. Certainly not in the numbers game. But the real question is how much money it will earn Airbus with - currently - a quarter of the CEO orders but much much lower development costs. Another factor is how pricing of the A330NEO works based o...

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by vfw614
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Lufthansa To Delay 777Xs For 777Fs - MD-11F Retirement Postponed
Replies: 34
Views: 12446

Re: Rumor: Lufthansa To Delay 777Xs For 777Fs - MD-11F Retirement Postponed

If so, they must expect an extremely long period of reduced longhaul passenger traffic and the resulting lack of belly cargo capacity. Otherwise, it does not really makes sense to expand instead of - as previously planned - shrink cargo aircraft capacity significantly. If passenger traffic would ret...

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by vfw614
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about JAL's B747-200 Executive Express
Replies: 28
Views: 6723

Re: Questions about JAL's B747-200 Executive Express

According to Japanese Wikipedia, the service started in July 1983, initially with a config of F44 C128 Y114, which was modified to F44 C204 in June 1985. The aircraft were JA8161, JA8162 and JA8169. The fact that they were able to turn a C128Y114 configuration (242 pax) into an all-C configuration ...

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by vfw614
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Sales Campaigns Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 13098

Re: Airbus A220 Sales Campaigns Discussion Thread - 2020

Qantas: Looking to replace 75 737s, 20 717s, 17 F100s, and 45 Q-200/300/400 turboprops. This is not a winner take all order. Q already orders A321NEOs, but will buy more NEOs, or MAX, and possibly a 3rd type. This is actually the one order that could go with both types. Weren't there major issues w...

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by vfw614
Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drake's Private 767-200 New Livery
Replies: 60
Views: 15312

Re: Drake's Private 767-200 New Livery

So is it actually "Drake's plane" or just a VIP plane with a livery reflecting a customer of the owner?

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by vfw614
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA1 diverting to LHR
Replies: 25
Views: 11205

Re: BA1 diverting to LHR

Take off was at 09:56 UTC and descent began at 10:06 UTC. That was a quick diversion, wonder what the medical issue was that such a quick reaction was taken.

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by vfw614
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again
Replies: 310
Views: 64413

Re: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again

It's far more likely less than 1% of the population will be infected than the whole World. Stop the fearmongering. Where do get this funny idea from? Estimates by scientists are that up to 60-70 per cent of the population will get infected over time. The only question is how many of them will get s...

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by vfw614
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belfast City Routes Up for Grabs - who will take over?
Replies: 36
Views: 5097

Re: Belfast City Routes Up for Grabs - who will take over?

Flybe's demise has wiped the capacity of dozens of Q400 from the domestic market. There is no way LM or T3 are in a position to fill those gaps, given their relatively small size and their fleet of predominantly 30-50 seaters. To be honest, I am slightly worried that they are overstretching themselv...

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by vfw614
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 801
Views: 120487

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

https://twitter.com/SeanM1997/status/12 ... 96321?s=20


So much for the legend that those slots were the jewels in Flybe's crown and the bearded one was only interested in Flybe/Connect in order to get them into his greedy hands.
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seansasLCY wrote:
The Flybe slots have been returned to BA: https://twitter.com/SeanM1997/status/12 ... 96321?s=20


So much for the legend that those slots were the jewels in Flybe's crown and the bearded one was only interested in Flybe/Connect in order to get them into his greedy hands.

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by vfw614
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Airways (UK) Fleet
Replies: 7
Views: 1726

Re: Eastern Airways (UK) Fleet

Eastern Airways is one of the few airlines that publicly use the code "E170-100" for their E170s. That's apparently how the "100" sneaked in.

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by vfw614
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 801
Views: 120487

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Where is that aircraft heading to? Looks like a mistake to me.

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by vfw614
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 801
Views: 120487

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Apparently that's a GLA issue where two departing flights have been cancelled, allegedly for a lack of fuel, and an inbound flight has diverted to MAN, probably to avoid getting stranded there.

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by vfw614
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Over Built and/or Under Utilized Airports
Replies: 50
Views: 5908

Re: Over Built and/or Under Utilized Airports

I think a distinction should be made between "overbuilt" and "underused". A lot of the airports mentioned here are nowadays underused, but were not really overbuilt as they have enjoyed better times in the past. On the other hand, some airports are the result of megalomaniac drea...

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by vfw614
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH738 FRA-FCO tomorrow ?
Replies: 10
Views: 3600

Re: LH738 FRA-FCO tomorrow ?

Lufthansa is increasingly using third-party metal, e.g. SunExpress (B737-800), Germanwings (A319) or airbaltic (A220-300). No longer guaranteed that you end up in a Lufthansa aircraft if you buy a Lufthansa ticket.

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by vfw614
Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Delta sending any A330-900s to Europe this summer?
Replies: 6
Views: 2399

Re: Is Delta sending any A330-900s to Europe this summer?

Interesting. A couple of weeks ago I was about to book SEA-AMS on the A339 for July 26, completely ignorant of the fact how exotic that flight would have been (first European A339 DL-route with start date four days before...). I should have booked.

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by vfw614
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 778
Views: 115897

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

Almost an hour for going from Santa Ana to Calabasas seems like a very long time. Wonder what they were doing in the Glendale area where they descended and slowed down? Waiting for better visibility?

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by vfw614
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: Passengers won't know if they're getting a MAX
Replies: 157
Views: 24796

Re: Ryanair: Passengers won't know if they're getting a MAX

The MAX is shown as such in reservation systems. Unless that changes, I don't understand where the idea comes from that airlines can pin a MAX on passengers. As far as I am concerned, Air Canada has just lost my business for an expensive C class trip in July because on of the segments had a 737MAX8 ...

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by vfw614
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group's German domestic network is massive
Replies: 126
Views: 14694

Re: LH Group's German domestic network is massive

I am not sure what leghorn's point is. Based on his logic, Ryanair should be the dominant domestic force in the UK, France, Spain, Italy etc. These are countries with high-volume domestic routes. The only country where Ryanair has made some effort really is Italy - and mostly on routes crossing wate...

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by vfw614
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group's German domestic network is massive
Replies: 126
Views: 14694

Re: LH Group's German domestic network is massive

I'm not going to be convinced that DB is value for money. I've been let down by it when I've used it and when I have priced it on many occassions it has been simply too expensive. It seems that I'm not in the minority in Germany but that doesn't stop the politicians trying to tilt the table in its ...

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by vfw614
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group's German domestic network is massive
Replies: 126
Views: 14694

Re: LH Group's German domestic network is massive

95 € for peak time travel (monday morning) is not expensive. Ryanair is artificially inexpensive. Or are you suggesting that 13 € for a flight DUB-STN is a realistic price for the service provided? Yes, €95 is expensive for standard class rail fare. Mannhem - Berlin is a 620km road trip. What kind ...

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by vfw614
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 297455

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Interesting that only 2 Ukrainian passengers were on board. So apparently the route mainly caters for ethnic travel of people with Iranian heritgage living abroad as a lower cost alternative to the various legacy flag carriers serving Tehran

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by vfw614
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group's German domestic network is massive
Replies: 126
Views: 14694

Re: LH Group's German domestic network is massive

Jeez, the prices: Mannheim - Berlin next Monday morning with DB is €95 and Dublin - Stansted on Monday morning is €13. whatever about Ryanair being cheap, DB is without question expensive. four hour trip with DB on a 470km distance as the crow flies. 95 € for peak time travel (monday morning) is no...

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by vfw614
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St Helena (HLE) "The World's Most Useful Airport" - Wendover Productions
Replies: 44
Views: 11675

Re: St Helena (HLE) "The World's Most Useful Airport" - Wendover Productions

A much more useful route for "outsiders" to visit St Helena would be via Accra, Ghana, which is becoming one of the better connected airports in Africa. At 1328 nautical miles away, this is within range of most aircraft, with transfers possible without being out of the way like backtracki...

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