Be careful here, people have a right to their own beliefs. Whenever Jehovah's Witnesses have come to my door I have found them to be pleasant and actually quite interesting. I made clear that I was an atheist and just asked a few questions about it because despite being an atheist I find religion ab...Jump to post
Actually KROC you have the World Cup for Rugby, usually entered by about 20 nations, although it's true that only about 10 countries play the game seriously. Plus you have the annual 6 nations in Europe and Tri-Nations in the Southern hemisphere plus the European Cup for club rugby. I'm teasing real...Jump to post
Yes, KROC but there are still only two countries that play it seriously - although we have rounders, played by girls. I mean, how the hell did it get into the Olympics, when there are sports like rugby that might not be truly global but are played by a lot more countries than Baseball.Jump to post
Don't have any problem with that, the advent of low cost carriers has been a welcome kick in the backside for European aviation (not sure you'd call VEX low cost though!) I'm just arguing back at the "low cost - good, established - bad" viewpoint being expressed. There's room for both.
Ceilidh, I have respect for much of what you say but here you are being either disingenuous or deliberately naiive. The low cost sector was not exposed to the precipitous drop in transatlantic traffic and was to some extent shielded from the worst effects. Now, it's true to say that many of these ca...Jump to post
Actually, Orlando IS profitable for BA, but whether it will continue to be using a 777 in new config with fewer seats in cattle class is rather questionable. The reason some of the other US routes are 4 class is because the new cabin layouts are being put on LHR routes before LGW. In addition many o...Jump to post
When people go and watch their local non-league club they're always asked "But what team do you really support" meaning which Premiership side. Do you get that when you say you support Scotland? By the way, I'm sure you could ask a member of Abba to be your new manager...! In common with (I guess) m...Jump to post
I think, M. Mengus, that your response is uncalled for. It's certainly true that the EC have been on about refusing state aid for carriers under the "one time, last time" rule, but the current noises coming out of Brussels are less than encouraging. As well as allowing at least a partial bailout for...Jump to post
767-332ER I was really being flippant, so I'm a bit surprised that the whole subject of current ownership of Burger King/Dunkin' Donuts became a kind of sub-topic. I agree that ownership is irrelevant, they are still American products. Same as Guinness will always be Irish even though they are also ...Jump to post
I'm always interested as to why people believe the two carriers should have to give up slots at LHR. If you compare the position at LHR to other European gateways there is far more competition as the Star Alliance have a huge presence with United, Lufthansa and BMI totalling something near 20% of av...Jump to post
777d, Not quite, LHR is west of London but within the environs of the city (London is much wider West/East than North/South) whilst Gatwick is about 10 miles from the southern outskirts. It's in the countryside actually but don't let that put you off, in Britain time and distance are only loosely co...Jump to post
Ah, Matt777 I fear you were misled when you arrived at LGW, there is a train station within the airport (South Terminal) that has an excellent service into Central London. It takes 30 minutes non-stop to Victoria with the LGW Express for about £12 return (thinking about this I might be out of date a...Jump to post
MAH4546 Sort of, but people simply prefer flying from their closest airport whether on business or pleasure. More to the point is that "leisure" routes are a less productive use of valuable slots than business routes - hence all carriers that are able to fly from LHR put their highest yielding route...Jump to post
Well, Delta would fly into LHR if they could but the Bermuda II agreement prevents them. As far as LHR/LGW is concerned although it is often viewed as a secondary airport Gatwick is pretty big, with an anticipated 40 million pax a year by 2008 or so, but it's probably true to say that if LHR wasn't ...Jump to post
Bove, BA cannot collude with AA at all, they have no anti-trust immunity. If you were suggesting an "under the counter" approach I can only say that in my experience BA are so terrified of being accused of such behaviour they will move heaven and earth to avoid doing anything that might even have th...Jump to post
Don't you think a lot of it depends on the caterers used? And quite often many of the airlines use the same caterers. Furthermore, if you fly out of a small airport where the caterer has a monopoly you may well get lousy food and there's nowt the airline can do about it. So don't make a judgement un...Jump to post
I suspect the LHR move is more to do with slot retention having cut back so many routes internationally. As for LGW, capacity is increased but the schedule is much worse. As for Go, I don't know whether they have a deal or not, but previous history suggests it is quite likely. We'll see what happens.Jump to post
I'm glad you're pleased that a low cost carrier has finally gone into Newcastle. Just bear in mind that you might be asking the airport why it gave Go such a great deal on landing fees and rebates when your existing links to London are stopped in the future, and whether the offer was also extended t...Jump to post
So why is that ITV show us a complete non-event like Lille - Man Utd when they've already qualified rather than a live rubber such as Celtic - Juventus?
Oh, I forgot, there are far too many Man Utd fans in the south of England to upset if they actually took a sensible decision for once.
I'm not prepared to get into the private spat between various members on this thread - suffice to say that all have some justification in what they are saying. The difficulty is that the whole structure of the company is flawed, it is facile to simply blame the pilots as their action is simply an ex...Jump to post
What a question!
Just though I'd throw in the reponse of Andrew Marr, the BBC's chief political correspondent when asked that very thing:
"Well, they're not the armed wing of Amnesty International..."
Heavymetal: I should have been more specific. There are numerous countries and people who do not favour the US/UK position in all of this. Can you imagine the reaction in Pakistan where the government are in a very delicate situation at present? I'm not sure why you take such extreme umbrage at the ...Jump to post
Quite right Capt Picard. I'm afraid the realpolitik takes precedence here. If I might offer a further illustration, during the Gulf War the Americans decided to leave Saddam Hussein in power because of the fear that if he was toppled there would be anarchy in Iraq and it would destabilise the entire...Jump to post
I wondered when this would start happening. Straight after the WTC attacks there were numerous articles about how security would be stepped up, and the methods that were to be used. One of the models of airline security that was analysed was that of El Al where passenger profiling is an integral par...Jump to post
I suspect EGGD is correct. It will be something along those lines. There have already been cases where the alert has gone out about white powder in the toilets on board aircraft and surprise, surprise it turns out to be baby powder. There are so many innocuous substances that take the form of white ...Jump to post
Dear me, why does this thread have to become so abusive? The original question did not invite such vitriol (from both sides I might add) in itself but it appears some people just want to throw abuse. I find it interesting that so many people in Europe are so keen to identify themselves as European, ...Jump to post
I think you'll find that most of the last remaining conditions under which the death penalty could be applied were repealed about two years ago. Even if it remained on the statute book the sentence couldn't be carried out as it against both EU law and the Human Rights Act which is now enshrined into...Jump to post
Something which needs to be borne in mind here for all those employed in European aviation is that if the European Commission allow Sabena to be recapitalised by the Belgian Government it then puts all of the carriers who do not receive state aid at a disadvantage. In other words, it will be a clear...Jump to post