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by Junglejames
Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 192965

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

What if EK or EY takes over. Go head to head with BA and will give the Americans a run for their money on the Transatlantic routes. That would be fantastic but unlikely to happen unfortunately . The most important airlines to the UK economy (yes economy, not ego) are probably 1) BA , 2) Ryanair, 3)...

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by Junglejames
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 192965

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

From what I have been able to dig up in the last couple of hours, VS pays about 0.6% of the GROSS revenue it earns to the Virgin Group, so roughly 170m pounds off the top of it's earnings last year went to the Virgin Group. You do the math for each year and it is very easy to see why VS has had a h...

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by Junglejames
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 192965

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

1. The Virgin brand is looked on quite favourably in the UK. You only have to look at the outcry when Virgin Trains nearly lost the West Coast franchise a few years back. True. You don't see massive campaigns to boycott other Virgin companies such as Active, Atlantic, Money, Media, Radio, Wines, et...

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by Junglejames
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 192965

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

Yes but unfortunately in terms of UK taxpaying public, this is the perception that most will adhere too, come the final reckoning. I think SRB (the public face of Virgin) has created negative headlines in the UK in recent times, especially around his percieved personal wealth, his attempts to sue t...

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by Junglejames
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 192965

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Virgin Atlantic is a worthy investment for investors who can afford a longer investment horizon. It is probably a good thing that investment banks are involved as advisors and that sovereign wealth funds are considered. I find it somewhat surprising that the Bank of England hasn't followed yet the ...

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by Junglejames
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1520
Views: 192965

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

Persuading the UK to prop up a company owned by a tax-dodging expat sitting on a £4bn pile and a US major with shareholders hungry months to feed, will be difficult. This opinion is popular but a little grating. Yes but unfortunately in terms of UK taxpaying public, this is the perception that most...

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by Junglejames
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020
Replies: 463
Views: 77131

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020

Now would be a good time for Boeing to announce the cancellation of the entire MAX program. It would be completely lost and ignored by the mainstream media because of other news. Airlines would be grateful not to have to take their rather optimistic orders, and Boeing won’t make a loss on building ...

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by Junglejames
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Catering Reductions in economy and premium economy
Replies: 190
Views: 24368

Re: Lufthansa Catering Reductions in economy and premium economy

Lufty is just adjusting its service bar to the low height set by BA last year. A cold vegetarian snack as a pre-landing meal is exactly what BA serves these days (usually a tiny vegetarian wrap with a microscopic Dairy Milk chocolate bar.) Incorrect. Trans Atlantic, going by reports, seems to be a ...

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by Junglejames
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Catering Reductions in economy and premium economy
Replies: 190
Views: 24368

Re: Lufthansa Catering Reductions in economy and premium economy

Lufty is just adjusting its service bar to the low height set by BA last year. A cold vegetarian snack as a pre-landing meal is exactly what BA serves these days (usually a tiny vegetarian wrap with a microscopic Dairy Milk chocolate bar.) Incorrect. Trans Atlantic, going by reports, seems to be a ...

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by Junglejames
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour of British Airways launching Gatwick - Dubai
Replies: 55
Views: 12158

Re: Rumour of British Airways launching Gatwick - Dubai

The difference between the BA LGW 777s and EK's 380s is night and day. So BA would have to be priced somewhere in between. However, with EK and a plethora of one stop options on FSCs offering good deals regularly, it makes the market segment they're going after quite small. The higher yield pax wil...

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by Junglejames
Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 233242

Re: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread

Reports there was a Malaysian A380 at Manchester last night which took off back to Malaysia to recover passengers within minutes of the announcement. Question. Is this true, and if so, what was a Malaysian A380 doing at Manchester? Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk Not quite... The A380 flew IN ...

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by Junglejames
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 233242

Re: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread

Reports there was a Malaysian A380 at Manchester last night which took off back to Malaysia to recover passengers within minutes of the announcement.
Question. Is this true, and if so, what was a Malaysian A380 doing at Manchester?

Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk

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by Junglejames
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A350-1000 @ SNN
Replies: 17
Views: 6537

Re: BA A350-1000 @ SNN

Can I be totally thick, and ask why training in Shannon is required? Do they have maintenance facilities there? In fact, where are IAGs main maintenance facilities now? Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk IAG don’t have any maintenance facilities, the only IAG branding is the cargo business and th...

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by Junglejames
Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A350-1000 @ SNN
Replies: 17
Views: 6537

Re: BA A350-1000 @ SNN

Ah ok, of course. Didn't think of finding a quiet spot for pilot training. Told you it was a thick question!

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by Junglejames
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A350-1000 @ SNN
Replies: 17
Views: 6537

Re: BA A350-1000 @ SNN

Can I be totally thick, and ask why training in Shannon is required?
Do they have maintenance facilities there?
In fact, where are IAGs main maintenance facilities now?

Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk

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by Junglejames
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Heathrow to Walvis Bay. Swiss, and SAA Express. Economy
Replies: 5
Views: 10825

Re: Heathrow to Walvis Bay. Swiss, and SAA Express. Economy

Thank you for your amusing tongue in cheek commentary on your journey. It’s really refreshing to read an honest description such as this!! Looking like my flight home will be from Singapore, so likely to be much better. Highly likely to be BA or Singapore A380 (and relax!!!) Or 777 (the proper ones...

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by Junglejames
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Heathrow to Walvis Bay. Swiss, and SAA Express. Economy
Replies: 5
Views: 10825

Re: Heathrow to Walvis Bay. Swiss, and SAA Express. Economy

Do you also have any photos of your trip? Afraid not. Nothing that worthwhile taking pics of. Too dark for the A340, and a rubbish view at Zurich, and at J'bourg, I was more worried about getting out of the cold and onto the bus. Anyway, you know what an A340 looks like, right? and the Queen of the...

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by Junglejames
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Heathrow to Walvis Bay. Swiss, and SAA Express. Economy
Replies: 5
Views: 10825

Heathrow to Walvis Bay. Swiss, and SAA Express. Economy

So unfortunately I don't usually get much say in who I fly with. So my hopes of the greatest aircraft in the world to J'bourg, were soon dashed when I found myself travelling via Zurich. Still, weren't Swiss meant to be a very good airline? So couldn't all be bad. Even better when I realised Zurich ...

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by Junglejames
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 60
Views: 13923

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

I'll use the example of TLV to compare an A321 vs a B777-200 ... ... Total payload 27 tonnes. So the A321 burned roughly half the fuel, but carried a bit more than half the passengers. However, the 777 carried an extra 7 tonnes of freight at just under double the A321's payload. First, I love any p...

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by Junglejames
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA pilots call off strike on September 27th, 2019
Replies: 133
Views: 23417

Re: BA pilots to strike, 9-10 27 September.

I'm sorry, £167k is not much living in the London area? Do you think everyone living in London makes more than that? I'm sorry, do you think every BA pilot makes £167k? A cadet pilot starts on £26,300. Remember they have training debt of ~£120,000. A short haul captain starts on £78,000. At Gatwick...

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by Junglejames
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA pilots call off strike on September 27th, 2019
Replies: 133
Views: 23417

Re: BA pilots to strike, 9-10 27 September.

It is probably because only containerized baggage is allowed at LHR terminal 5. ))) No idea where they will fly all those MAX's to then ;) To Gatwick, Madrid and Dublin Does anyone still really think they are arriving? From the start, I saw it as a clever tactic to get some heavy discounts from Air...

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by Junglejames
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 27711

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

Were you thinking that when the very 1st Max was delivered? Let's be honest, everybody was. Which is why, no, the ungrounding won't mean anything in some people's eyes. Let's be fair to those that still won't trust the Max for a little while yet. As for the order (well, the nearly, might be, order)....

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by Junglejames
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BA Singapore to Heathrow, World Traveller
Replies: 3
Views: 6196

Re: BA Singapore to Heathrow, World Traveller

BA, when they’re good, they are very good. However they do have a history of indifference in service which wasn’t very good in the 70s and 80s. British and European charter carriers were far superior and BCAL were considered a class act. A hangover from the era of BOAC and BEA before merger, when t...

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by Junglejames
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BA Singapore to Heathrow, World Traveller
Replies: 3
Views: 6196

BA Singapore to Heathrow, World Traveller

So, I wouldn't normally do this, but considering the amount of BA bashing that goes on, on here, I thought a bit of perspective. Easy check in, and easy boarding. Basically straight through onto aircraft as soon as security cleared. Straight onto the promise of the greatest aircraft known to passeng...

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by Junglejames
Tue May 28, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Seat change - forced
Replies: 19
Views: 4262

Re: Seat change - forced

Sometimes you don't find these things out until after you get on board the plane. The last time this happened with me, I didn't know that somebody had taken my seat until I was already on the plane. At that point, unless you walk off the plane, there's not much you'd be able to do with the gate age...

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by Junglejames
Tue May 28, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 24541

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

There’s no EK / QR or any other quality carriers flying between the U.K. and the USA so BA can get away with the tacky 747s ... why waste your best aircraft where there’s no real competition? PMSL, is that the EK that has the most uncomfortable 777s I've flown on? Or where the IFE required a degree...

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by Junglejames
Tue May 28, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 24541

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

Seriously, newer aircraft are miles ahead in terms of levels of noise or general cabin comfort. Ha. Quote of the Millenium. So please explain, since when was the A330, 340 and 380 younger than the 787 or 350? As for the rest. Your hatred of BA stands loud and clear. Best ignore your posts. Sent fro...

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by Junglejames
Thu May 23, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 25742

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

AML was a lot different to the current LGW operation. The refreshed 10-abreast 777s are scoring higher customer satisfaction results than the current 9-abreast ones. BA is about one of the last airlines to do it on the 777 and it's working well. Try it, you might be pleasantly surprised. I'd expect...

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by Junglejames
Tue May 21, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 25742

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

Oh I know they used to. As I say, without being privvy to their figures, it is difficult to be too critical. Hasn't there also been talk on here BA are going to squeeze out the legroom as well on the A320s etc? Not exactly sure how you could get away with too much there. The only change I really do ...

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by Junglejames
Mon May 20, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 25742

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

Been to England many times and heard over and over "time for me tea" but they don't drink tea! Of course it's from Yorkshire and there are regional differences. However, first thing that comes to mind for most people seeing this ad, is that the tea would be included. I am from britain and...

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by Junglejames
Mon May 20, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 25742

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

However... British Airways is supposed to represent the country as a nation, the hospitality, culture and traditions I mean goodness they fly with a crest and carry the flag!! For many first time visitors to the UK using British Airways this will be their first experience of the UK, and if a “Very ...

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by Junglejames
Mon May 20, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 25742

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

However... British Airways is supposed to represent the country as a nation, the hospitality, culture and traditions I mean goodness they fly with a crest and carry the flag!! For many first time visitors to the UK using British Airways this will be their first experience of the UK, and if a “Very ...

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by Junglejames
Mon May 20, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 25742

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

You can tell who’s not British in this thread. Afternoon Tea is the name of a meal. It doesn’t necessarily mean it comes with a tea beverage. Infact Champagne is actually the most popular drink with afternoon tea amongst the younger generation these days. This is a bit like complaining that Disney ...

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by Junglejames
Sun May 12, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces -69% drop in net profits
Replies: 136
Views: 30310

Re: Emirates announces -69% drop in net profits

Tell me a reason why one should fly Emirates without the A380 (in Y). Without them EK will be an airline like all the others, and quite an average one, I would say. I would say, either you haven't flown the average ones, or you haven't flown EK ... Ask yourself which came first ... EK's success or ...

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by Junglejames
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A330-900 Passenger experience
Replies: 64
Views: 8372

Re: A330-900 Passenger experience

Then proceeded to make a bunch of proclamations as if they were fact, hence the response. Pretty straightforward really. Reading his post I found it very obvious that he was giving his own opinion, not any "facts". And it was also very obvious, why in his opinion "The A340 trumps the...

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by Junglejames
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A330-900 Passenger experience
Replies: 64
Views: 8372

Re: A330-900 Passenger experience

Then proceeded to make a bunch of proclamations as if they were fact, hence the response. Pretty straightforward really. Reading his post I found it very obvious that he was giving his own opinion, not any "facts". And it was also very obvious, why in his opinion "The A340 trumps the...

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by Junglejames
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A330-900 Passenger experience
Replies: 64
Views: 8372

Re: A330-900 Passenger experience

I did make it quite clear the post was based on this mere mortals flying experience as a passenger. Then proceeded to make a bunch of proclamations as if they were fact, hence the response. Pretty straightforward really. 1- Just because I don't put the words- "My opinion" before every sen...

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by Junglejames
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A330-900 Passenger experience
Replies: 64
Views: 8372

Re: A330-900 Passenger experience

Aircraft type. The A340 trumps the 787. Do you somehow not recognize the abject lack of objectivity in that statement, or really any of the above? E.g. "Trumps it" at what, exactly... ? I did make it quite clear the post was based on this mere mortals flying experience as a passenger. Are...

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by Junglejames
Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A330-900 Passenger experience
Replies: 64
Views: 8372

Re: A330-900 Passenger experience

99% of a "passenger experience" is going to depend on the airline, its soft service, and its chosen configuration... ...most of that has nothing to do with an airframe; especially a long-extant one whose modifications are mostly outside of the pax cabin. Yes and no I'm afraid. From a mere...

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