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by vhtje
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1064
Views: 178138

Re: Norwegian News and Discussion - 2020

Who knows? The announcement by Pfizer/BioNTech a couple of hours ago of the 90% effective COVID-19 vaccine may cause a rapid recovery in sentiment in the aviation sector. Already, IAG shares have jumped 40%, Rolls Royce plc by 36%. That light at the end of the tunnel may change the appetite for furt...

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by vhtje
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A 9 passenger electrical plane available
Replies: 76
Views: 12691

Re: A 9 passenger electrical plane available

Liquid hydrogen in tanks is lighter than batteries, right? So why aren't fuel cells on the horizon for aircraft?

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by vhtje
Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Female passengers removed from QR flight for invasive examination
Replies: 73
Views: 12713

Re: Female passengers removed from QR flight for invasive examination

I have questions 1. How did they know the woman who lost the foetus was a passenger? 2. How did they know the woman who lost the foetus was onboard the Sydney-bound flight? 3. Were passengers from other flights similarly treated? 4. Is legal for them to treat passengers this way? What would have hap...

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by vhtje
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 individuals charged with Aeroflot crews smuggling $50 Million Apple devices
Replies: 24
Views: 6540

Re: 10 individuals charged with Aeroflot crews smuggling $50 Million Apple devices

I thought Apple had the will to track stolen devices and disable them. Good point. It can definitely be done to a device that is connected to an Apple ID; one presumes it is also possible based on the device's serial number. A quick search on this is inconclusive. However, the device needs to be co...

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by vhtje
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone have the story of a jumbo landing emergency and seats had to be removed to get plane out?
Replies: 61
Views: 12564

Re: Anyone have the story of a jumbo landing emergency and seatschad to be removed to get plane out?

I remember this one very well- I was working as an ATC in FRA that very day. I didn´t hear that the crew got fired however- I somehow doubt it. For one - it is an easy to do mistake by everyone involved. I recall several - actually quite a few- occasions where we gave false clearances to planes. Th...

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by vhtje
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone have the story of a jumbo landing emergency and seats had to be removed to get plane out?
Replies: 61
Views: 12564

Re: Anyone have the story of a jumbo landing emergency and seatschad to be removed to get plane out?

I remember this one very well- I was working as an ATC in FRA that very day. I didn´t hear that the crew got fired however- I somehow doubt it. For one - it is an easy to do mistake by everyone involved. I recall several - actually quite a few- occasions where we gave false clearances to planes. Th...

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by vhtje
Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canada isn't ruling out taking a stake in Canadian airlines: Leblanc
Replies: 38
Views: 6080

Re: Canada isn't ruling out taking a stake in Canadian airlines: Leblanc

Socialise the losses, privatise the profits. Ah, the joys of being a taxpayer!

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by vhtje
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion
Replies: 616
Views: 118403

Re: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion

Think about AA trying to get through and win on the other side of the pandemic with a bunch of MD80s. I really don't understand the hate for the MD-80s. Yeah, the last five rows of economy suck, but the five-across seating means fewer middle seats and the front of the plane is very quiet. If you ma...

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by vhtje
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA fleet parking thread
Replies: 523
Views: 125145

Re: BA A380 status

A.net wisdom is that BA is the one airline that can make the A380 work for them, given how constrained LHR is, and how popular a destination it is, both O&D and transfer. The answer on will BA retain its A380s or get rid of them is really a crystal ball-gazing exercise. How long will it take for...

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by vhtje
Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alex Cruz steps down at BA
Replies: 83
Views: 13057

Re: Alex Cruz Steop down

Looks like he quit Don't think he stepped down. Looks like he was pushed out. Do either of you have any evidence for which it is? The truth is: we do not yet know. The suddenness of it might suggest he was pushed, but then, equally, perhaps there has been a personal/family crisis causing him to res...

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by vhtje
Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alex Cruz steps down at BA
Replies: 83
Views: 13057

Re: Alex Cruz Steop down

Dear Alex,

Please do not let the door hit your arse on the way out.

Best wishes,

BA’s Frequent Flyers

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by vhtje
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA fleet parking thread
Replies: 523
Views: 125145

Re: BA's Negus 744 to be preserved !

"Preserved", but what does that mean? I know there is a Bristol Britannia kept at Kemble, but is there an actual museum? Who is going to pay for its preservation? Will it be open to the public? Who is going to to the work to maintain her?

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by vhtje
Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde 4590: Could It Have Landed?
Replies: 60
Views: 14166

Re: Concorde 4590 : Could It Have Been Landed ?

So tell me, precisely what Concorde piloting experience do you have? When you have over 15 years' experience as a Concorde pilot, you'll be in a position to challenge John Hutchinson's viewpoint. Using repugnant and baseless insults adds nothing to your argument, it merely tars you as an extremely ...

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by vhtje
Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde 4590: Could It Have Landed?
Replies: 60
Views: 14166

Re: Concorde 4590 : Could It Have Been Landed ?

This is first class rubbish, sorry to be blunt. not xenophobic rant by some senile and very possibly incontinent retirees So tell me, precisely what Concorde piloting experience do you have? When you have over 15 years' experience as a Concorde pilot, you'll be in a position to challenge John Hutch...

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by vhtje
Sun Oct 04, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde 4590: Could It Have Landed?
Replies: 60
Views: 14166

Re: Concorde 4590 : Could It Have Been Landed ?

This is the reason I’ve never been a fan of the BA captain proclaiming they should have done better. Very easy to say that when you aren't in the cockpit with failures left and right and ATC telling you that you're trailing a huge plume of fire. ...except that, if you read the AskthePilot.com story...

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by vhtje
Sun Oct 04, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde 4590: Could It Have Landed?
Replies: 60
Views: 14166

Re: Concorde 4590 : Could It Have Been Landed ?

Please do elaborate on this "pilot error" and enlighten us on how you came up with this judgment of a cockpit crew that was one of the most experienced within a world renowned airline and thoroughly trained on an airplane few people were qualified to operate. John Hutchinson, a former BA ...

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by vhtje
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LATAM files for Bankruptcy
Replies: 420
Views: 96526

Re: Updated: LATAM files for Bankruptcy

LATAM will file another reorg plan. I have to wonder how often under current law DIP financing has been rejected for unfair treatment, at least for firms this size? This isn't time for amateur hour. Why do you use the term “amateur hour”? Several key creditors raised concerns about the plan. I do n...

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by vhtje
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am coming back ... yet again..
Replies: 96
Views: 19169

Re: Pan Am coming back ... yet again..

Apparently their business class is identical to BA’s 787 First product. Even down to the entertainment system!

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by vhtje
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LATAM files for Bankruptcy
Replies: 420
Views: 96526

Re: Updated: LATAM files for Bankruptcy

LATAM will file another reorg plan. I have to wonder how often under current law DIP financing has been rejected for unfair treatment, at least for firms this size? This isn't time for amateur hour. Why do you use the term “amateur hour”? Several key creditors raised concerns about the plan. I do n...

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by vhtje
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Immigration and accidents?
Replies: 13
Views: 2387

Re: Immigration and accidents?

I keep a *.jpeg of my passports’ identity pages in the cloud.

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by vhtje
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines Discussion Thread
Replies: 216
Views: 77777

Re: Asiana Airlines News and Discussion Thread

https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2020/09/11/business/industry/asiana-airlines-asiana-kdb/20200911184800443.html The deal is officially gone. Kumho notified HDC the termination of the deal. The government will bail out Asiana with 2.4T KRW (2B USD) funds. Does that mean the airline has been nati...

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by vhtje
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Airlines (former Jetstar Pacific) revealed its livery after rebrand
Replies: 18
Views: 3897

Re: Pacific Airlines (former Jetstar Pacific) revealed its livery after rebrand

It's terribly unexciting.

What is the blue/orange/white Y thing? Is it meant to be a corner of box? If so, it's suitable for a courier... not an airline.

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by vhtje
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Issues with 737 MAX Rebranding?
Replies: 67
Views: 9628

Re: Issues with 737 MAX Rebranding?

Time, and time, and time, and time, and time, and time again the general flying public have shown there is only one thing they are interested in when choosing an airline to fly: price. If an airline is flying Boeing 737-7s, or -8s, or -9s, or -10s, and they price their tickets well, people will fly ...

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by vhtje
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Qantas 767-300ers Early Configuration
Replies: 8
Views: 1690

Re: Qantas 767-300ers Early Configuration

Are you sure that configuration was on the -300ERs and not the -200ERs?

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 4716
Views: 745906

Re: UNITED: investments stopped and continuing

Even if UA wanted to, presumably for some projects contracts are in place with construction companies that would be difficult and/or expensive to break and/or defer - meaning the work has to go ahead regardless of the change in circumstances, because stopping it would prove even more costly.

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 27, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread 2020
Replies: 600
Views: 64305

Re: VS to start flights to Pakistan

I'm scratching my head on this. One, I should have thought VS will have a bit of an image problem in Pakistan, and two, I don't suppose any these wouldn't be very high-yielding routes, even in good times, let alone during long-recovery-from-pandemic times. Still, desperate times and desperate measur...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: From whom are Vistara, Spicejet et al acquiring London Heathrow (LHR) slots?
Replies: 32
Views: 6349

Re: From whom are Vistara, Spicejet et al acquiring London Heathrow (LHR) slots?

smithhaddon123 wrote:
edealinfo wrote:
...which shouldn’t be a problem given the reputation of Air India’s business class."

What's wrong with Air India's business class? Is it super bad?


You decide: https://youtu.be/wHZX2_ZD8fc

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 17, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Carry-ons that are way too large!
Replies: 29
Views: 2347

Re: Carry-ons that are way too large!

Although I agree, £20 is a bit on the low side. KLM, Air France and Lufthansa charge €40/£36 at check-in. For a family of four, that will quickly amount to £288 on an intra-european return trip. Ryanair lies at £25-£35 at booking and £40 after booking. Well, whatever it is - the cost should be fact...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Carry-ons that are way too large!
Replies: 29
Views: 2347

Re: Carry-ons that are way too large!

I personally don't comprehend the trouble some people will put themselves through just to save £20 in baggage fees. You have to schlepp the bag through security, pull out your liquids and put them in a clear plastic bag, then you have to schlepp the thing through the airport and onto the aircraft, t...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B747 F-HSUN On The Move One Final Time
Replies: 7
Views: 3494

Re: B747 F-HSUN On The Move One Final Time

Who would crew such a flight? Do leasing companies have crew on staff? Or are there companies from which pilots and crew can be hired for one-off jobs like this?

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did QF buy the B744ER specifically for the MEL-LAX route?
Replies: 15
Views: 4835

Re: Did QF buy the B744ER specifically for the MEL-LAX route?

I will always remember taking off from SYD on 07 in June 2000 in a QF 747-438 heading to LAX. I was surprised - amazed - that a 747-400 could take off from runway 07 - 2,530m - for such a long flight. I assume it wouldn't have been full laden? How much runway does a full-laden 747-400 need? That is...

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by vhtje
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did QF buy the B744ER specifically for the MEL-LAX route?
Replies: 15
Views: 4835

Re: Did QF buy the B744ER specifically for the MEL-LAX route?

I will always remember taking off from SYD on 07 in June 2000 in a QF 747-438 heading to LAX. I was surprised - amazed - that a 747-400 could take off from runway 07 - 2,530m - for such a long flight. I assume it wouldn't have been full laden? How much runway does a full-laden 747-400 need?

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 106
Views: 11028

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

BA often is much cheaper TATL starting from the EU. Example: in April 2019 I went AMS > LHR > LAS return for €1600 in Club. BA wanted something like £4,200 for LHR > LAS return on the very same flights. Yes I know there are additional taxes and charges flying ex-LHR, but really.... My company reloca...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QANTAS to park most of the 787 fleet
Replies: 86
Views: 29996

Re: QANTAS to mothball most of the 787 fleet

The airline industry will be lucky if demand returns to 75% of pre-Covid levels by 2024. The tentacles into related industries are vast and the economic impact will be huge. QANTAS and others are smart to hunker down for the long term. As demand returns it will not be a quick rebound and airlines w...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't EK order 787 instead of A380?
Replies: 47
Views: 6756

Re: Why didn't EK order 787 instead of A380?

Until 6 months ago, EK has run a very successful and profitable business That, my friend, is very much up to debate. Yes, I know EK publish financial reports that show they are profitable, but I would like to see those numbers run on US-GAAP, published to US listed company rules. I daresay the resu...

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 188961

Re: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court

There will be structural over-capacity in the global air transport market for some time to come. Simple economics now calls for capacity adjustments, this is achieved through downsizing and/or the collapse/disappearance of entire airlines. Capacity must be cut to the point in 18 months there is a d...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dated flight terms?
Replies: 37
Views: 2513

Re: Dated flight terms?

The one that I wish was outdated is the dreadful “deplane”. I shudder every time I read or hear it. What is wrong with disembark? I am actually not too fond of “plane”, either. When I was in air cadets as a teenager in the 1980s, we got disciplined if we used that word; the word professionals use, ...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 3298

Re: How common is self-transfer?

In March 2019 I flew MEL > SFO on QF, then SFO > LHR on BA, on two separate tickets. The QF agent in MEL, without prompting, told me he would send a message to BA that I was on my way, and explained the collection/recheck procedure at SFO (which I knew anyway). Considering the two bookings were not...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA axes LCY-JFK A318 premium service
Replies: 84
Views: 17688

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet

aemoreira1981 wrote:
Ronaldo747 wrote:
The death of "Speedbird 1/2" again ...


I see G-EUNA meeting the scrapper....


Unlikely, I’d say. I’d lay good money on it ending up with Titan Airways, like it’s sister ship G-EUNB:

https://www.titan-airways.com/fleet/airbus-a318-100/

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dated flight terms?
Replies: 37
Views: 2513

Re: Dated flight terms?

The one that I wish was outdated is the dreadful “deplane”. I shudder every time I read or hear it. What is wrong with disembark? I am actually not too fond of “plane”, either. When I was in air cadets as a teenager in the 1980s, we got disciplined if we used that word; the word professionals use, w...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: COVID: The new era of continued expansion for aviation?
Replies: 2
Views: 450

Re: COVID: The new era of continued expansion for aviation?

That is a very US-centric view of how air travel may evolve. Conditions and circumstances are vastly different outside of the US.

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 3298

Re: How common is self-transfer?

I've done it a few times. QR can offer some very tempting Club-class fares to Asia and Australia ex-EU, which typically means getting myself to HEL/ARN/AMS etc. Since STN and LTN are actually closer to me than LHR, I sometimes choose U2 or some other LCC to connect. I once flew Air Berlin from STN t...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?
Replies: 111
Views: 8209

Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

I have never been fond of the cockpit windows on Airbus aircraft - all those pillars going at different angles, and differening window depths. It just jars with me. Compared to how elegant the cockpit window arrangement on the 707/7227/737 is, and I guess the DC9/MD-80 which has a similar look. The ...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA service to Australia over the years
Replies: 45
Views: 6993

Re: BA service to Australia over the years

Does anyone else remember 'British Airways' and the 'speed marque' appearing on the wall behind the Qantas domestic check-in counters, below the much larger Qantas signage? In Sydney, I mean? This happened soon after Qantas was privatised and BA took 25% ownership. It was in the old check-in area on...

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by vhtje
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am questions
Replies: 51
Views: 8734

Re: Pan Am questions

Between 1971-1975 I'd say was Pan Am's height. It is interesting you seem to mention Pan Am’s peak was during the fuel crisis, when the world was over the barrel and at the mercy of OPEC. I like to think of Pan Am at its peak with the merger of National. It’s just a shame PA was never able to profi...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways 787-10
Replies: 92
Views: 38372

Re: British Airways 787-10

Nice video! What pilots fly delivery flights? Boeing pilots or the airline’s pilots? There’s a terrific video on YouTube from the 1990s that shows BA accepting a then-new 747-436 and being ceremoniously, and literally, handed the keys. The handover of an aircraft is quite a palaver, and involves ai...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways network updates
Replies: 583
Views: 91553

Re: BA restarts Montego Bay from LGW

skipness1E wrote:
Ryga wrote:
Isn’t MBJ new to BA? They served KIN before.

No, it’s come and gone before, at least twice. Last time was an agreement with VS, BA stayed at KIN, VS stayed at MBJ.


Isn't that called market collusion, and highly illegal?

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inching towards a collapse of the leasing industry
Replies: 56
Views: 16006

Re: Inching towards a collapse of the leasing industry

The airline industry is one of the most capital intensive ones out there [...] This urban myth is widely spread -- not just here on a.net -- but it is completely wrong. Establishing an air traffic network is just dirt-cheap compared to developing a functional road or even railway infrastructure. Th...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA & B6 announce Northeast Partnership
Replies: 724
Views: 110827

Re: AA & B6 announce Northeast Partnership

Whilst this is terrific for AA's frequent flyers, it doesn't do anything for oneworld passengers flying into NYC, unlike the AS deal on the west coast. That is disappointing.

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