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by vhtje
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways network updates
Replies: 583
Views: 91630

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: 16012

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: 110910

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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by vhtje
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2020
Replies: 775
Views: 83438

Re: Lufthansa to create a new airline ‘Ocean’

Ziyulu wrote:
I think it is to disguise lower service standards. Still wonder why US carriers don't do this.


....because they have better morals and are less greedy when it comes to the welfare of their employees?

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by vhtje
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 14266

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

The problem is that regardless of the price of the ticket / fare class airlines have not been refunding according to their statutory obligations as their business model is based on interest free credits provided by their customers.. I can see your point here, but on the flip side it is not the airl...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL France to cease flying
Replies: 16
Views: 4464

Re: LEVEL France to cease flying

So from this, along with the demise of LEVEL Europe (the former Anisec operation) do we extrapolate that LEVEL is done? The only remaining LEVEL operation is the IB part. That can be absorbed back into IB easily. As SCQ83 so eloquently puts it: LEVEL was a preventive measure against Norwegian long-h...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time For Delta To Consider New Airline Partners?
Replies: 85
Views: 12979

Re: Time For Delta To Consider New Airline Partners?

the Oneworld, Skyteam and Star Alliances have been around now What? 30 years? Hell! A whole LOT of things look different after 30 years! LH and UA were cool before the Star Alliance. Delta and Air France were cool before their Alliance, American and British were cool before their Alliance. What wen...

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by vhtje
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thierry Antinori hitting back on Emirates?
Replies: 8
Views: 3532

Re: Thierry Antinori hitting back on Emirates?

One airline publishes good annual reports. The other tries to mask its faults. Lightsaber I do not believe EK’s published financial results. Not for one second. I have no evidence of any wrongdoings, nor am I even remotely suggesting EK, or their auditors, are doing anything illegal. Quite the oppo...

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by vhtje
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA moving to LHR T-5
Replies: 108
Views: 18743

Re: Official: AA moving to LHR T-5

I read somewhere that the AA flights will all operate out of T5C, and that a oneworld-branded lounge will be built there. I understand there has always been provision for a lounge in T5CL but it was never built.

I can’t find the link, but I will keep searching and when I find it, I will post it.

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by vhtje
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am questions
Replies: 51
Views: 8741

Re: Pan Am questions

What I do find interesting is PA flying 727s from LHR to OSL/CPH/ARN. How did that come about? BA and SK must have been furious! Oh and the 747 LHR to BRU. On the European routes I think those were "tag-ons" to and from the LHR and FRA hubs, without point-to-point rights as such. United, ...

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by vhtje
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am questions
Replies: 51
Views: 8741

Re: Pan Am questions

Some interesting insights here from 1977. (The height of Pan Am?) https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/261647/197778-panam-routes/ Looks like all Australia services were via Fiji/Hawaii/New Zealand. I do remember my grandmother, in the mid 1970s, flying PA MEL to NAN vv, so they must ha...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroméxico files for Chapter 11
Replies: 178
Views: 46036

Re: Rumor: Aeroméxico to file for Chapter 11

Folks and Moderators: Asking very nicely since all posts are quite interesting. May I ask that we concentrate on this thread about Aeromexico's situation (maybe some Latin American overall woes too...). I see that Delta comments are starting to highjack this thread. I actually would suggest startin...

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by vhtje
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS recapitalization - Sweden + Denmark state funds
Replies: 60
Views: 5289

Re: SAS recapitalization - Sweden + Denmark state funds

zkojq wrote:
Um what? Whenever has a legacy carrier ever set up a hub outside of it's own country and made a success of it?


Actually, and not that am seeking to disagree with your central point, but QF's scissor hub in SIN springs to mind. Very successful for much of the 1980s, 90s and 2000s.

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 342
Views: 61693

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Seems that Cyrus held media interviews over the weekend, mounting a bit of a media blitz jut like Bain did before the bidding closed. Summary: Cyrus wants the new Virgin Australia to be smaller, mid-market and more like Virgin America; would keep 'Virgin' brand but drop Tiger; focus on a smaller al...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Amendment Agreement for IAG's Acquisition of Air Europa
Replies: 460
Views: 94642

Re: Air Europa might stay independent.

If the deal doesn't complete...would UX still be for sale? Could they survive without latching onto someone else, like AF/KL? If IAG, with their strong financials, are having second thoughts about the UX deal at the moment, you think AF-KLM, in their perilous financials state, are a good candidate ...

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by vhtje
Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 355
Views: 81340

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

What's really stopping the Govt from letting SAA fail, persuading Comair to drop the BA branding, and turning Comair into the country's main airline ? Many of the missing long haul routes would be picked up by other airlines within 18 months. Have you not been reading the posts on this thread? SAA ...

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by vhtje
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opening of border USA/Australia speculation
Replies: 10
Views: 1438

Re: Opening of border USA/Australia speculation

I am hoping UK to Australia will open by Christmas, so that I may go to Australia for Christmas and all of January, but I think my chances are rather slim.

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by vhtje
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1064
Views: 178211

Re: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread

It’s widely known in the UK that Norwegian was almost bankrupt. Regardless of their new ownership I just can’t see how they expect the UK public to trust them again. A short haul trip booked at short notice is one thing, but a more expensive ticket booked many months ahead would be very risky for t...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Pan Am disappear?
Replies: 76
Views: 10126

Re: Why did Pan Am dissapeared?

Why was Pan AM so desperate to have a domestic network within the US, was not their international network not enough for them? I remember they were ( just in my opinion ) along with British Airways the largest international carriers in the world at the time just about any airport in the world you w...

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by vhtje
Thu May 28, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Majority of LH Shareholders are Voting for Rescue Package
Replies: 625
Views: 73581

Re: Lufthansa: 10B EUR bailout - Update

The difference is the kind of support. The EU eyes any form of re-nationalisation (full or partial) as undesirable. AF/KL get loans while LH will be 20% government owned. AF/KL have to make serious concessions on domestic routes on environmental grounds, LH has to "renew its fleet" as its...

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by vhtje
Thu May 28, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am - New Documentary
Replies: 4
Views: 1472

Re: Pan Am - New Documentary

Personally, I think the world is obsessed with Pan Am. Like some other posters have said, there were other pioneering airlines. By today's standards Pan Am always had a rather small fleet with infrequent service over a lot of routes. They contributed a lot to the development of commercial aviation,...

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by vhtje
Thu May 21, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: All OW carriers to move T5 LHR
Replies: 38
Views: 7906

Re: Rumor: All OW carriers to move T5 LHR

Unless they are breaking ground on T5D right now, how do they plan to fit everything in the long term? I know things have changed dramatically in the last several months, but assuming a return to pre-COVID levels in, say, 4 years, is there even enough room for all OW carriers at T5? There wasn't ev...

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by vhtje
Tue May 19, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to take delivery of first 787-10 arriving at LHR around 8am on 21 May 2020
Replies: 90
Views: 19907

Re: British Airways to take delivery of first 787-10 arriving at LHR around 8am on 21 May 2020

The 789 is probably too small for LGW especially since the densification of the 777 and the regular demand on some of BAs routes obviously in normal times. With the 787’s increased efficiency (compared to the 772), is the densification needed? In other words, could the 787 still make money for BA a...

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by vhtje
Tue May 19, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virtual tour of UA 727-022
Replies: 73
Views: 9069

Re: Virtual tour of UA 727-022

Sadly, just a white page on desktop Firefox. Requires specific level of WebGL so probably not a good choice of technology if you want to reach a wide audience. Firstly, it’s not mine, I just shared it, which was very clear from my post, so why you are directing criticism of the tech employed toward...

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by vhtje
Fri May 15, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virtual tour of UA 727-022
Replies: 73
Views: 9069

Virtual tour of UA 727-022

I stumbled across this on a group I am a member of on Facebook, thought I would share: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=rtPb7TAsPC8&fbclid=IwAR1PrxW15K_ikBC1-JM89rVjii_wFOsHv_QwZV_GK1qgBsgPHRji1XuGjwY Three things that strike me are: 1) The generous legroom, even in Economy 2) The garish interi...

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by vhtje
Mon May 11, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?
Replies: 58
Views: 5643

Re: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?

If a resource is limited not all demands can be met. It's the price that decides whose demands get satisfied and whose demands can't. Beside costing money, fuel hedges contradict the distribution function inherent in the oil price. Therefore I believe airlines shouldn't be allowed to hedge their fu...

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by vhtje
Sat May 09, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 189027

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

Actually he did not. He put $250 million into the Virgin Group. $100 million was for VS. It was not the for the employees; see the post above. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/12/richard-branson-facing-backlash-over-plea-for-uk-bailout-of-virgin?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other It is absolutely ...

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by vhtje
Wed May 06, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odd Qantas/Air N. Zealand DC8 flight in early 80s?
Replies: 26
Views: 4428

Re: Odd Qantas/Air N. Zealand DC8 flight in early 80s?

Didn't the Australian domestic carriers TN and AN also have flights to New Zealand at some point (I think the early 1980s), but which had to carry QF flight numbers, and only on odd routes, like HBA to WLG? I am sure I read that in Ansett: the Story of the Rise and Fall of Ansett by Stewart Wilson. ...

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by vhtje
Tue May 05, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 189027

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

I haven't followed Virgin Atlantic much, but one look at the diversity of their tiny fleet tells me cost control isn't their strong suite. Why in the world would they have 787-9's and A330-900's on the way? That is crazy having 2 aircraft with very similar missions in such small quantities, but if ...

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by vhtje
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 342
Views: 61693

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Apparently Virgin Australia have sought bankruptcy protection in the USA. Clearly this isn't Chapter 11, but can someone with more knowledge of US bankruptcy law explain what's going on. The article isn't very informative. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/30/virgin-australia-launches-u...

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will most A380s return to service?
Replies: 6
Views: 1117

Re: Will most A380s return to service?

Most unlikely:
AF
LH
KE
MH
OZ
CZ


Possibly:
NH
CZ
EY


Definitely:
QF
BA
EK
QR
SQ

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)
Replies: 295
Views: 38793

Re: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)

[Just imagine if frequency wasn't that important: we would have more A380's flying around, which may have provided a lower carbon footprint. There are numerous examples, but sometimes I wonder if we really need ten BA/AA flights between JFK and LHR a day... Alan Joyce (QF CEO) is on record saying h...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)
Replies: 295
Views: 38793

Re: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)

On the very first day that SQ flew it to LHR, I happened to be on my way to Spain for an exchange rotation in Madrid and I was connecting via LHR. I knew SQ was flying it to LHR that day but I figured that it would be unlikely that I'd get to see it. ...and then we taxied right behind it while it w...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 189027

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Again I don't think anybody denies their P&L over the years has been a roller coaster between profits and loss. I will repeat my claim from last week that profits from more than 5 or so years ago (and especially during the 49% SQ ownership days) are irrelevant to the current situation. The VS o...

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by vhtje
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 189027

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Virgin Atlantic is a worthy investment for investors who can afford a longer investment horizon. In your opinion. The market, and HM Government, clearly think otherwise. ...it is a decade-long economic depression. Looks like many people still have not grasped the enormity of the situation. Without ...

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by vhtje
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 189027

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

bennett123 wrote:
Not disputing what Mr Farajallah says, but let us not forget that he is not an impartial witness.


That was my thought, too, and I was going to add that to my post. But, actually, he is - he left FlyBe in 2018, long before VS got involved with them.

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by vhtje
Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 189027

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Interesting development. The ex-COO of Flybe, Luke Farajallah, says Michael O'Leary is 'spot on': https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/andrew-castle/branson-michael-oleary-spot-on-virgin-bailout/ He uses more measured language, but his message is that frail airlines - that is, airlines with little...

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by vhtje
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 189027

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Here is the full interview with Delta CEO. The VS question is at the end at 14:15 https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/04/22/delta-air-lines-ceo-ed-bastian-full-interview-quarterly-earnings-coronavirus.html Personally, I think if VS folds then the entire AA/BA JV is in danger of losing its anti-trust im...

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by vhtje
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 342
Views: 61693

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

https://australianaviation.com.au/2020/04/twu-urges-government-to-make-bold-virgin-move/ TWU are calling on the govt to take a stake in Virgin to get a return in the future. Maybe TWU could put their money where their mouth is and get TWU Super to support their members and take a stake in the airli...

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 189027

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Finally, there is a lot of vitriol for Richard Branson on here, but that is not a good reason for not assisting VS. The issue can be dealt with by enquiring he does not personally financially benefit from saving VS - but the employees, suppliers etc. of VS will obviously benefit enormously. I assum...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 342
Views: 61693

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

I have a question for everyone. If you were in Scurrah/Deloitte shoes, which direction would you take? Refocus on the core aspects of the business. Go back to a hybrid carrier that it was as Virgin Blue not Qantas lite which John Borghetti tried to turn it into when he got passed over for the top j...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 189027

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Quoting myself from upthread focusing on the last few years in particular... 2014 - £14.4m profit 2015 - £22.5m profit 2016 - £23m profit 2017 - £49m loss 2018 - £26.1m loss 2019 - Figure not yet known All are pre-tax figures. Not always making a consistent profit I would agree, but not true to say...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 189027

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Quoting myself from upthread focusing on the last few years in particular... 2014 - £14.4m profit 2015 - £22.5m profit 2016 - £23m profit 2017 - £49m loss 2018 - £26.1m loss 2019 - Figure not yet known All are pre-tax figures. Not always making a consistent profit I would agree, but not true to say...

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by vhtje
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 189027

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

So, after 10 or so pages of comment, the one question we all want to know the answer to is...is the Virgin screwed?

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by vhtje
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: PGL (LOT) cancels Condor Takeover
Replies: 136
Views: 20883

Re: Updated: PGL (LOT) cancels Condor Takeover

We all know what Is going to happen: Condor is going to end up back at the mothership (Mutterschiff?), Lufthansa. Where it belongs. Just get on with it already. In the current environment? Unlikely... Lufthansa have just thrown Germanwings in the bin, to then take on Condor would be completely coun...

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by vhtje
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 189027

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Airlines, their employees and others in aviation pay a lot of taxes, many billions a year. That tax money should be used now to help them. These people are also tax payers. So tax payer money is also their money. What about all the other hundreds of businesses that have been brought to their knees ...

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by vhtje
Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: PGL (LOT) cancels Condor Takeover
Replies: 136
Views: 20883

Re: Updated: PGL (LOT) cancels Condor Takeover

We all know what Is going to happen: Condor is going to end up back at the mothership (Mutterschiff?), Lufthansa. Where it belongs.

Just get on with it already.

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar Pacific Is No More, Now Renamed Pacific Airlines (Updated)
Replies: 157
Views: 24642

Re: Jetstar Pacific: QF reportedly transferring its stakes to Vietnam Airlines

Antaras wrote:
...... BL's small fleet of 15 A320-232.....


Who owns their fleet? Are they leased from the QF Group?

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by vhtje
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 189027

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

He did, and my guess is that he won't let VS collapse. Virgin founder Richard Branson giving $250 million to help employees https://www.wesh.com/article/virgin-founder-richard-branson-giving-dollar250-million-to-help-employees/31905226 Actually he did not. He put $250 million into the Virgin Group....

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by vhtje
Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?
Replies: 117
Views: 25187

Re: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?

Doesn’t change the point that it’s fully in his interest to retain the brand. Well, yes, of course it is, but that point is so obvious, it barely needs mentioning, right? The whole thread was about what the board has been investigating: dropping the easy- branding. If they did, they would no longer...

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