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by vhtje
Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:14 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 you understand the repercussions of a possible VS closure and yet you still don't think it is justified to help them out? You think VS is not investment worthy? None of the airlines currently are. All traffic is 95% down. Very few businesses are an attractive investment opportunity right now, an...

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by vhtje
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:56 am
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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by vhtje
Sat Apr 11, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?
Replies: 117
Views: 25187

Re: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?

If they are forced rebrand as part of break with Stellios, euroJet has a nice ring to it. They could even launch it with a bunch of flights for 1€. I can even see the tagline ‘Booking with euroJet is easy....’ Doubt it. Stelios owns (I think) 49% of the airline so would lose out if easyjet dropped ...

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by vhtje
Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:19 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 think you'll get your answer in the legal structure of the ownership of formal entities operating as Virgin Atlantic - Delta isn't obligated to provide capital or loan guarantees. It isn't a question of unlimited personal liability of Names of Lloyd's of London circa early 1990s where a capital c...

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by vhtje
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines paint scheme
Replies: 20
Views: 6495

Re: American Airlines paint scheme

It would look better in white. I cannot believe I am advocating for yet another boring Eurowhite-liveried aircraft, but it’s true. I realise the grey fuselage is to link the scheme to the previous 1968 scheme (which I loved, but arguably it was time for a change), but I think white with that complex...

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by vhtje
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?
Replies: 117
Views: 25187

Re: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?

If they are forced rebrand as part of break with Stellios, euroJet has a nice ring to it.

They could even launch it with a bunch of flights for 1€.

I can even see the tagline ‘Booking with euroJet is easy....’

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: 27-year-old investor buys controlling share of El Al (was: El Al temporarily ceases ops)
Replies: 111
Views: 19896

Re: EL AL denied loan package

Is the Government likely to renationalise El Al?

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United facing class action over refunds
Replies: 29
Views: 3199

Re: United facing class action over refunds

eamondzhang wrote:
UA is not the first and wont be the last

Down here QF and VA are both doing the same



QF defaulted to a voucher, but gave me a refund when I contacted them and asked. No quibbles, and it was processed quickly.

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by vhtje
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?
Replies: 117
Views: 25187

Re: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?

I just heard in the BBC R4 news Sir Stelios said easyJet has until August before it runs out of cash. He said this in reference to his support for dumping the Airbus order. It is hitting the usual news wires now: https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/easyjet-founder-warns-airline-could-065542107.html?gu...

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by vhtje
Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:41 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

To all of you in this thread posting that VS ought receive additional bailout from the UK government now, let me be very clear: the UK Government will not be bailing out VS, unless its parent shareholders cannot. Or, to put that another way: VS will only receive funding from the UK government (outs...

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by vhtje
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:03 am
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

VS is being supported by the UK taxpayer, like any other business in the UK: furloughed staff are eligible to have their salary covered at 80% of up to £30,000 pa. Other area of support from Government are available to businesses, but, rightly, only as a last resort and only after all avenues of ot...

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:56 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

VS is being supported by the UK taxpayer, like any other business in the UK: furloughed staff are eligible to have their salary covered at 80% of up to £30,000 pa. Other area of support from Government are available to businesses, but, rightly, only as a last resort and only after all avenues of oth...

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by vhtje
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CRJ Jet Blast rips hangar out of the ground like a leaf
Replies: 26
Views: 7047

Re: CRJ Jet Blast rips hangar out of the ground like a leaf

This is why foundations are important.

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by vhtje
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final(?) flight of a LH A380
Replies: 80
Views: 20621

Re: Final(?) flight of a LH A380

What about LH's 747-8s? Presumably they will also be parked, but will they return to service? How you dare?! :roll: :rotfl: Ha ha, yes. But - I am curious to know the economics of the A380 vs 747-8i vs 77W. If LH (and KE) return the 747-8 to service but retire the A380, it will be telling.

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by vhtje
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final(?) flight of a LH A380
Replies: 80
Views: 20621

Re: Final(?) flight of a LH A380

What about LH's 747-8s? Presumably they will also be parked, but will they return to service?

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by vhtje
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1064
Views: 178207

Re: DY Financial Discussion - 2020

I think people are overreacting to the missed lease payments. It is not wise for DY to be using their limited capital to pay for a bunch of 787's that they will not be able to use in the near term, if ever. DY probably wants them repossessed. Wouldn't that drive up DY's future financing costs thoug...

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by vhtje
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former SAS manager suggest a consolidated Nordic Airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 4343

Re: Former SAS manager suggest a consolidated Nordic Airlines

Why would AY want that? It has built a successful niche for itself positioning HEL as a connection point between Europe and Asia, and snuggling up to and working with its fellow one world partners, such as joining the successful TATL JV with BA, IB and AA. Why throw all that away to jump into bed wi...

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by vhtje
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA1 diverting to LHR
Replies: 25
Views: 11350

Re: BA1 diverting to LHR

It's been a long time since BA1 was at LHR...

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by vhtje
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1064
Views: 178207

Re: DY Financial Discussion - 2020

We know this game already: profits are private but deficits are public (bailed out with national debt). At the same time we know taht national debts will never be paid off so it all boils down to being "too big to fail". Can't speak for every country, but when we rescued the Banks, we, as...

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by vhtje
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1064
Views: 178207

Re: DY Financial Discussion - 2020

Spoke too early. 7300 temporary layoffs and most flights (85%) cancelled going forward. Will only operate a limited domestic schedule, and between the Scandinavian capitals, and perhaps, a few European destinations if demand is there. All intercontinental to be grounded... That cannot be good.... t...

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 186703

Re: US cancels flight to Europe except UK for 30 days

With the UK excluded, how could this even work? You’d just book [EU City] -> LHR -> [US City] and lie about where you started, surely? (Yes, I know that would be an offence, but people will do it) Good for BA, I guess, if all EU traffic is suddenly being funnelled through LHR. Traveling on a French...

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 186703

Re: US cancels flight to Europe except UK for 30 days

With the UK excluded, how could this even work? You’d just book [EU City] -> LHR -> [US City] and lie about where you started, surely? (Yes, I know that would be an offence, but people will do it)

Good for BA, I guess, if all EU traffic is suddenly being funnelled through LHR.

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by vhtje
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stobart Air in trouble
Replies: 36
Views: 11332

Re: Stobart Air in trouble

Yes the Eddie Stobart name is well known in the UK and especially to those of us who frequently drive on the nation's motorways. Their road haulage division with their 'named' truck cabs are legendary. Known, yes. Financially stable, not some much. They nearly went out of business before Christmas,...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: BA A35K LHR-MEL Pilot Training
Replies: 38
Views: 10995

Re: Rumour: BA A35K LHR-MEL Pilot Training

If the route wouldn't be nonstop, what about the possibility of BA opening LHR-PER-MEL? There are so many reasons why BA opening a route to MEL via anywhere is unlikely: 1) It ties up too many aircraft. A run across the Atlantic and back can be done in 24 hours by one aircraft, thus allowing for an...

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by vhtje
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: BA A35K LHR-MEL Pilot Training
Replies: 38
Views: 10995

Re: Rumour: BA A35K LHR-MEL Pilot Training

The article just says MEL is loaded on the OANS system. That doesn’t mean it would be a non-stop service. I though pt one of the problems with the current BA A350 config is lack of storage space in the galleys. So much so that it precludes a full second meal service for economy. I should think that ...

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by vhtje
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK to leave European Aviation Safety Agency
Replies: 73
Views: 11723

Re: UK leaves european aerospacesafety agency

pdp wrote:

Is this really necessary? It sounds like extra cost for no real benefit. I'd assume that the CAA will just copy and paste and all it does it cost more money and waste time...


Ah, but they will be copying and pasting on British computers, in Britain.

No, wait...

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by vhtje
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Sells London Heathrow Airport Slot For $27 Million
Replies: 105
Views: 19008

Re: Air New Zealand Sells London Heathrow Airport Slot For $27 Million

I don’t know how slot allocation works, but does a vendor of slots have a say in to whom they are sold? Or, let me put my question another way: when an airline divests itself of slots at a slot-constrained airport, does the slot coordinator get involved with the transaction in any way?

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA uniform launches today
Replies: 54
Views: 8773

Re: New AA uniform launches today

I do not mind it. It’s very American - read: casual, relaxed, diverse - which I suppose is precisely the point. It is very different to the more formally tailored efforts of non-US airlines. Do they differentiate domestic crew uniforms from international crew? And ground crew from cabin crew, etc? I...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Environment campaigners win Heathrow runway ruling
Replies: 170
Views: 14277

Re: Environment campaigners win Heathrow runway ruling

Heathrow should ban all those who advocate against the third runway from flying from there. Then again, none of these greens should be flying from anywhere, they should use eco-friendly transport means like bicycles or paddle boats. Not all anti-LHR supporters are lefty green loonies, and frankly y...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If the A380 was designed in 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 1983

Re: If the A380 was designed in 2020

I don't really follow your question. If the A380 was different in way like you speculate in your post, it wouldn't be an A380 anymore, it would be a different aircraft. Besides, you cannot dismiss the aircraft's shortcomings just like that: they ARE the root of the aircraft's problem. The A380 was d...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1064
Views: 178207

Re: DY about to go bust?

More bad news... Budget carrier Norwegian Air said it still expects to return to profit this year, but it failed to reassure investors who sent its share price tumbling again on concerns the coronavirus would hurt passenger numbers. Shares in the airline, which has had to raise cash from its owners ...

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by vhtje
Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1064
Views: 178207

Re: DY about to go bust?

VSMUT wrote:
millionsofmiles wrote:
[threeid][/threeid]
vhtje wrote:
AY


AY is Finnair.

What does Finnair have to do with this?

You say that Bjorn Kjos was the founder of AY?!

AY (Finnair) was founded In 1923. He must be REALLY old!


Obviously a typo.


Sorry, yes, it was a typo I didn't pick up. I meant DY. Apologies.

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by vhtje
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1064
Views: 178207

Re: DY about to go bust?

Apparently DY are about to start accepting cryptocurrency for tickets: https://bitnewstoday.com/news/norwegian-air-to-introduce-crypto-payments-for-tickets/ On the surface, the move reeks of desperation, but the Norwegian Block Exchange (their crypto currency exchange) and AY actually have Björn Kjo...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to join OneWorld / AA to make SEA an Intl gateway
Replies: 1208
Views: 143416

Re: AA to make SEA an INT hub/new codeshare with AS and LHR and India

Ever since AS ended its partnership with DL, and moved closer to BA, QF, etc wasn’t AS joining oneworld a case of when, not if? I always thought they would go the oneworld connect route, not full membership. I am happy to have been proven wrong though.

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 drunk passenger jailed.
Replies: 60
Views: 6016

Re: Jet2 drunk passenger jailed.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51478329 "A woman who tried to open a passenger plane door mid-flight, prompting two fighter jets to be scrambled, has been jailed for two years." Good, give this more publicity. "Jet2 calculated that the incident cost them £86,000, the court was...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 drunk passenger jailed.
Replies: 60
Views: 6016

Re: Jet2 drunk passenger jailed.

Anyway, back to the inflight incident. I have heard of other stories of passengers trying to open doors in mid flight but has that really ever happened? I don't think so, maybe it did but not as far as I know.. Didn’t you see the opening scene of the 2000 Charlie’s Angels ? https://youtu.be/AWTyXIS...

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by vhtje
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways interested in flying US Domestic Routes
Replies: 159
Views: 22182

Re: British Airways interested in flying US Domestic Routes

So if i understand all the “no, nuh-huh, NEVAH” replies in this thread: Americans can apparently dictate to us Brits that we must accept chlorinated chicken and sell off of NHS services in any liberalised trade agreement between the UK and the US, but we Brits aren’t allowed to hypothesise on what a...

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by vhtje
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL (airlines) struggling?
Replies: 45
Views: 12551

Re: LEVEL (airlines) struggling?

LEVEL is a low-risk strategy for IAG. Remember, it isn't a real airline - it is a virtual airline operated by other carriers within the IAG fold - Iberia (BCN base), Open Skies (ORL base) and Veuling (VIE and AMS). It is low-risk because if the venture fails, or, serves its purpose and is no longer...

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by vhtje
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL (airlines) struggling?
Replies: 45
Views: 12551

Re: LEVEL (airlines) struggling?

LEVEL is a low-risk strategy for IAG. Remember, it isn't a real airline - it is a virtual airline operated by other carriers within the IAG fold - Iberia (BCN base), Open Skies (ORL base) and Veuling (VIE and AMS). It is low-risk because if the venture fails, or, serves its purpose and is no longer ...

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by vhtje
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA To Feature Enhanced Business Class For Upcoming 787-8s
Replies: 35
Views: 7185

Re: American Airlines To Feature Enhanced Business Class For Upcoming 787-8s

I'd rather lick the floor of the galley than sit in a 787-8 zodiac J seat. Hyperbole, much? What is so bad about the Zodiac seat, then? I cannot think of any international J class experience (including carriers like Iran Air) where I would find something as disgusting as licking the galley floor pr...

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by vhtje
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pax downgrade due to personal weight by Thai Airways
Replies: 41
Views: 10431

Re: Pax downgrade due to personal weight by Thai Airways

I guess first and business class is safer than economy since their seat belts have air bags. I don't think you can safely extrapolate that conclusion from the presence of airbags on some business and first class seats. My understanding is that when seats are angled away from the front-rear orientat...

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by vhtje
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA DFW-Hawaii Aircraft
Replies: 10
Views: 3064

Re: AA DFW-Hawaii Aircraft

How Premium-heavy are flights to Hawaii? Are the yields good? I only went there once (from SFO on VX) and business class was obscenely priced. Even the economy extra (whatever VX used to call it) we flew wasn’t cheap. If it’s a premium-heavy route and yields are high, then that would explain AA’s ch...

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by vhtje
Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas schedules one-time A380 service to Orlando
Replies: 81
Views: 24169

Re: Qantas schedules one-time A380 service to Orlando

As someone who went to see both visits of the QF A380 over the past week, I want to point out the insane differences between the behavior of the police during the two arrivals. As many of you know, on the first visit (19 Jan), a single Orlando Police cruiser came up to the flight safety area with a...

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by vhtje
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airline employee stalks female passenger
Replies: 33
Views: 7509

Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

So why didn’t she simply block the sender’s number once he refused to reveal who he was and/or she decided she didn’t like the direction the conversation was going? How can this escalate into legal action against the airline? Because he is an airline employee harassing a customer? The fact he is an...

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by vhtje
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: PGL (LOT) cancels Condor Takeover
Replies: 136
Views: 20883

Re: Updated: PGL (LOT) Selected as Strategic Investor for Condor

So when does the Polish Government privatise LOT and LH take the lot over?

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by vhtje
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A day trip of flying in QF business
Replies: 8
Views: 4765

Re: A day trip of flying in QF business

Great trip report; thank you. I agree the food on QF looks fantastic. Whatever happened to the single aviation market between Australia and New Zealand, that was going to promise passport-free travel between the two nations? So that Qantas could use its domestic terminal instead of the Internationa...

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by vhtje
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airline employee stalks female passenger
Replies: 33
Views: 7509

Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

So why didn’t she simply block the sender’s number once he refused to reveal who he was and/or she decided she didn’t like the direction the conversation was going?

How can this escalate into legal action against the airline?

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by vhtje
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A day trip of flying in QF business
Replies: 8
Views: 4765

Re: A day trip of flying in QF business

Great trip report; thank you. I agree the food on QF looks fantastic. Whatever happened to the single aviation market between Australia and New Zealand, that was going to promise passport-free travel between the two nations? So that Qantas could use its domestic terminal instead of the International...

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by vhtje
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Egypt Air announce DUB
Replies: 12
Views: 3626

Re: Egypt Air announce DUB

A dry airline flying to Ireland ? :shock: Very funny. But the English are the most problematic drinkers in the world and we already get Egyptair twice a day at Heathrow so... Actually, the average per capita consumption of alcohol is lower in the UK (at 11.6 litres) than in Eastern European countri...

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