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by anstar
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Joon take over 4 Air France Europe destinations S19
Replies: 34
Views: 6654

Re: Joon take over 4 Air France Europe destinations S19

The whole concept of Joon doesn't make sense to me. It's literally an airline for millennial's? It's no wonder AF is bankrupt... That is just their PR and spin on. They just want to sound positive and need a reason to make a spin off airline. This is all about cost savings. It's a ULCC with lower o...

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Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 30547

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2018

What plane are Harry & Meghan using in for the internal flights?commercial?

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Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct
Replies: 154
Views: 24534

Re: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct

I’m surprised BA doesn’t open lots of crew bases in the USA , would probably save them a fortune to hire US based labour Why would hiring in a country that has some of the highest paid flight attendants in the world be cost effective? low minimum wage, no employment rights , no maternity pay , easy...

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Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct
Replies: 154
Views: 24534

Re: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct

Reminds me of when VS got rid of their HKG supervisors and senior crew and paid them out redundancy - but out of their own pension pots! So in effect crew got no payout as it was taken from their pensions.

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Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Sydney Airport - Construction started, what's the plan?
Replies: 41
Views: 4672

Re: Western Sydney Airport - Construction started, what's the plan?

Give it a decade or two, and it might well become Sydney's Newark, assuming enough is invested in train connections or similar. Good lord no, a train connection? Trains are evil, better build more road tunnels. I'm a resident of Sydney - and fairly close to this new airport and we are all quite dub...

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Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian drops LGW-SIN and announces LGW-GIG
Replies: 61
Views: 11262

Re: Norwegian drops LGW-SIN and announces LGW-GIG

their long haul strategy is seriously starting to sound like a complete circus ! Oh please. They cancel one route and that qualifies as a circus in your book? its actually a combination of having too many nonstop flights from too many different EU airports to different cities of the world in Asia/A...

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Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air to kickstart US-DEL flights via KEF beginning Dec 5
Replies: 26
Views: 4114

Re: WOW Air to kickstart US-DEL flights via KEF beginning Dec 5

VS tried to get in on this market a few years ago. They restarted BOM and touted how it was now all about connections... and then a year or so later dropped.

EK, LH, BA, AFKL etc are the big players in this market. I wish WOW well... but feel they will go the way VS did.

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Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Rule for AA FA's deemed "cruel" and "disastrous"
Replies: 161
Views: 15542

Re: New Rule for AA FA's deemed "cruel" and "disastrous"

As far as my work experience goes, I’ve heard of personal days interchange with bereavement leave. If this is the case at AA, then I’m disgusted. As for the “Not calling in sick during critical periods” rule, I don’t think this would fly in any other developed country. You can’t legitimately expect...

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Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?
Replies: 113
Views: 8737

Re: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?

EDI sees 3 flights a day to New York (3 x B757 daily with AA, DL & UA) - admittedly, the AA & DL flights are seasonal, and I know Scotland is quite a seasonal destination. But MAN is a bigger airport and larger surrounding population than EDI so it surprises me that AA can't make JFK-MAN wo...

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Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CEO: We beat AA/UA because we have the revenue to sustain it
Replies: 127
Views: 13410

Re: Delta CEO: We beat AA/UA because we have the revenue to sustain it

Its a little tiresome hearing him opine about the great employee culture when DL has 30,000 fewer employees than AA because DL has contracted so much out.... Tiresome? No. But it could have merit. If you outsource things that aren't your core business it allows you to focus on your core business.

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Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Problem at LHR this AM?
Replies: 5
Views: 2020

Re: Problem at LHR this AM?

readytotaxi wrote:
05:40 and all approaches to LHR are clear, over 20 aircraft in the stacks going nowhere. Weather here 7 miles south is light rain little wind.


Waiting to land from 6 onward when the curfew is lifted?

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Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Mulling Airline Sale
Replies: 48
Views: 7742

Re: Thomas Cook Mulling Airline Sale

I wonder is this may lead to a merger with TUI?

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Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Southwest Really a LCC?
Replies: 79
Views: 5807

Re: Is Southwest Really a LCC?

I can easily go for a week or longer on a hand luggage size suitcase, done so quite a few times. It's all a matter of priorities and whatever you can buy at your destination you don't need to bring along. Once met a guy who went for a couple of weeks with no luggage at all, just a passport and that...

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Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet Receive their First A321neo
Replies: 42
Views: 7439

Re: Easyjet A321neos

Just noticed that easyJet's first A321neo is equipped with leather seats, unlike any other easyJet aircraft (apart from leased ex-AB A320s). Will these be used on other new aircraft delivered as well or is this exclusively for the A321? I hope they've made other changes to the cabin, would be nice ...

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Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet Receive their First A321neo
Replies: 42
Views: 7439

Re: easyJet Receive their First A321neo

reidar76 wrote:
I have read that easyJet have 235 seats in their A321neo, that's three less seats than WizzAir. Is this difference because easyJet have an extra fourth toilette, or it the missing half row used for additional galley trolleys?


Only 3 toilets on the EZY 321

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Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet Receive their First A321neo
Replies: 42
Views: 7439

Re: easyJet Receive their First A321neo

not sure what easyJet’s strategy is exactly ... maybe as a feeder to BA at Gatwick ... funniest thing I've read all day. easyJet have something like 80 aircraft based at LGW.. BA have less than half that at LGW. easyJet are by fare the largest carrier at LGW with around 40% off all capacity at that...

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Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet Receive their First A321neo
Replies: 42
Views: 7439

Re: easyJet Receive their First A321neo

An extra cabin crew member will be needed as over 200 seats, think this is why FR won't go over 200 with any 737Max they'll order in future. Not an issue really as they carry an extra crew member on the 319''s for an additional 6 passengers. So 1 extra crew member for 49 is not an issue especially ...

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Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should/could VS move their LGW operations to LHR?
Replies: 31
Views: 4024

Re: Should/could VS move their LGW operations to LHR?

Aisak wrote:
vhtje wrote:
But all the money spent in the new North Terminal facilities and the lower costs operating at LGW are huge cons.


I believe the new facilities were paid for by Gatwick Airport as they were the ones who forced the move.

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Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 20104

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

How much of the lack of profitability is due to the continuing RR engine problem? I'd say its a part - but they will also be receiving compensation for this which would be included in their figures. VS downsizing is music to Norwegian ears. It should be VS starting SIN & EZE rather than DI - wh...

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Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 20104

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

Kidding aside, they've only had one year of losses out of the last 5, no? More break even than unprofitable. They havent been that profitable. https://www.statista.com/statistics/308784/virgin-atlantic-airways--uk-operating-profit/ Some horrendous losses since 2009/10 . (one was 169m! and another 1...

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Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 20104

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

CUN was said to be profitable, and yet it was cut too. No idea why they would cut a strong VFR route like that. CUN hasn't been cut though, and they have no plans on doing so to my knowledge. CUN is being cut. Its down to once a week and will be going away at the beginning of 2019. Yet TUI seem to ...

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Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 20104

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

And yet they are adding A350's. I think the rumors of their demise are premature to say the least. Oh but those A350's will end up DL right? ;-) Ah yes A350's which will be their 5th fleet type for an airline with 38 planes. Ah, yes - the shape of Virgin Atlantic's route map is more important to yo...

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Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: After 8pm, airlines in the USA serve no meals in domestic first class. What do you get on AA on ORD-DEN in First?
Replies: 22
Views: 8430

Re: After 8pm, airlines in the USA serve no meals in domestic first class. What do you get on AA on ORD-DEN in First?

GTTIC wrote:
What food was available in the lounge? For a flight barely over an hour I'd rather eat real food in the lounge anyway.


You don't get lounge access on US carriers if flying domestic F.

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Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai
Replies: 121
Views: 20471

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai

Dubai is a transfer airport. Doesnt really seem like a shock. But UK-DXB is still a big market for O&D. I wonder how the aircraft and LHR slot will be repurposed? Slot and aircraft goes straight to the second daily BOS next summer. Whether the BOS is sustainable in the winter is a whole differe...

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Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: China Southern Airlines Experiences
Replies: 14
Views: 1506

Re: China Southern Airlines Experiences

Flew their A380 in biz to and from Sydney about 2 years ago. Hard product was good but service wise they are awful... food was nothing to write home about either. If I had the option again I'd pay extra and go with a decent carrier. Transit in CAN wasn't the easiest either.

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Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Flybe have a future?
Replies: 82
Views: 9318

Re: Does Flybe have a future?

Once those slots become tradeable couldn't they just be traded with another European airline with no intention of providing anything other than flights between LHR and other European airports? Like with AF/KLM CDG and AMS slots? Oh yes, they could. But KLM wouldn't be interested as there's a shorta...

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Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet A319s out of storage
Replies: 20
Views: 7959

Re: Easyjet A319s out of storage

In first place, I didn't even know EZY had aircraft in storage which is quite surprising to me. Why didn't they bother to reactivate those earlier when they started building up the TXL hub? Nowadays, they have a bunch of different airlines and aircraft types carrying out the flights on their behalf...

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Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet pick Austria for the new AOC
Replies: 108
Views: 14182

Re: easyJet pick Austria for the new AOC

It's probably roughly about 55 to 60 percent of their fleet and the aircraft they base around the EU. They have around 300 aircraft so its roughly about a third of their fleet or about 37% of their fleet. I thought they had around 200 aircraft not 300. EasyJet Europe have 111 Aircraft and Easyjet A...

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Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet pick Austria for the new AOC
Replies: 108
Views: 14182

Re: easyJet pick Austria for the new AOC

Jerry123 wrote:
andymartin wrote:
Is 111 significant, as in a certain percentage of their fleet had to be reregistered?

It's probably roughly about 55 to 60 percent of their fleet and the aircraft they base around the EU.


They have around 300 aircraft so its roughly about a third of their fleet or about 37% of their fleet.

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Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FA attention question
Replies: 72
Views: 7658

Re: FA attention question

Whilst they do provide devices for crew what is the general policy for their use during taxi/takeoff?

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Wed May 30, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS adds MAN-LAX nonstop for 2019.
Replies: 57
Views: 8034

Re: VS adds MAN-LAX nonstop for 2019.

LAXintl wrote:

VS also offers 3x daily LHR-LAX


They are going back to 2 daily as the slot is going to be used to accomodate the move from LGW to LHR of the LAS flight.

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Wed May 30, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS adds MAN-LAX nonstop for 2019.
Replies: 57
Views: 8034

Re: VS adds MAN-LAX nonstop for 2019.

I believe its being started as they are dropping MAN-SFO

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Wed May 30, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.
Replies: 57
Views: 9421

Re: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.

I wonder if they are struggling at LGW... I mean they couldn't make varadero work, LAS is moving to LHR, CUN is being dropped. Norwegian keep expanding and BA are densifying their fleet... and VS continue to downsize.

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Tue May 29, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question about in-flight medical emergencies re: CPR through approach and landing
Replies: 12
Views: 890

Re: Question about in-flight medical emergencies re: CPR through approach and landing

I guess its up to the crew on the day. ie for safety reasons they wouldn't be made to continue... but I'd say most would continue CPR during approach and landing. But they certainly wouldn't be obliged to for safety reasons. Its one of those ones where the manual says this but on the day something d...

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Wed May 16, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6247

Re: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?

Heard a rumour that VS will switch the Vegas route to LHR and operate it with a B789 from summer '19. Any VS insiders confirm ? Whilst LAS does pretty well in premium & upper, the overall loss of available seats will surely hurt. Presumably the market is not as good as it used to be with BA fly...

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Sun May 13, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 1940
Views: 162494

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Hearing whispers of VS going double daily to BOS

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Mon May 07, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF / KLM announce 1st Quarter 2018 Results
Replies: 82
Views: 7570

Re: AF / KLM announce 1st Quarter 2018 Results

I really hope AF gets It's act together. And AF-KLM can acquire 31% of Virgin Atlantic. Than possibly VA can reinforce the AF-KLM group. Thus reducing the France influence. AFAIK this is a better path forward than a break-up of AF and KLM. Buying a stake in a loss making airline ie Virgin Atlantic ...

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Sun May 06, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group - Why not operating all different group airlines under a single brand name?
Replies: 50
Views: 8456

Re: LH Group - Why not operating all different group airlines under a single brand name?

Other than the Nationalism that americans dont seem to understand, there are other factors as well like these airlines all have staff unions, each country has different wage laws, different tax percentages and rules to abide by. On top of that each countries pax all work differently with their spen...

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Sun May 06, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF / KLM announce 1st Quarter 2018 Results
Replies: 82
Views: 7570

Re: AF / KLM announce 1st Quarter 2018 Results

KLM was a healthy flexible company before the merge, able to change, cut costs and invest. It was build on an extensive international network, a great hub inbetween big markets and the Northwest TATL Alliance. The story KLM can not survive alone was printed into everyones mind to build the required...

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Fri May 04, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian going 3x daily LGW-JFK
Replies: 48
Views: 6495

Re: Norwegian going 3x daily LGW-JFK

That's all aimed at the business traveler, but that's not what Norwegian is for. Don't forget that they're an LCC, business traffic is a niche market for them.. LCC do have business pax you realise that? Look at easyJet as an example a big chunk of their flying these days is business travellers hen...

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Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation
Replies: 60
Views: 9189

Re: The Future of the Virgin of Airlines

VS might not be what it use to be, but its the go to airline for many many Brits! True - However they are on a trend of carrying less passengers each year for the last few years whilst their competitors have been growing (Tui, Thomas cook, etc). I believe EZY is #1 in the UK, BA#2, Tui #3. Vs i thi...

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Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian divesting itself of up to 140 aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 7666

Re: Norwegian shuffles it's fleet, again

I thought the 320/321 order was purely for leasing?

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Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation
Replies: 60
Views: 9189

Re: The Future of the Virgin of Airlines

Jerry123 wrote:
Honestly can't see them changing the name it's too well known. Also does Virgin Atlantic actually pay for the Virgin name?


Yes. Virgin Atlantic pay royalties the Virgin Group for using the Virgin name as does Virgin Australia.

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Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Late SQ flight today, EU rights compensation?
Replies: 15
Views: 671

Re: Late SQ flight today, EU rights compensation?

Also if the delay was due to something outside of SQ's control then they are not obliged to pay any compensation. As an example if it was a weather delay.

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Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Goes Basic
Replies: 35
Views: 3119

Re: BA Goes Basic

Aren't most airlines moving to this model transatlantic? Delta, Virgin, KLM, Air France, Norwegian, British Airways are the ones that jump to mind.

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Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA dropping LGW - OAK
Replies: 9
Views: 2598

Re: BA dropping LGW - OAK

I guess they couldn't compete with Norwegian. In fact, the reason BA started flights to Oakland was because Norwegian did the same and they couldn't stand out. Question, based on that statement do you know if Norwegians load factors (and yield) in low season are at a good level? BA obviously feels ...

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Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Post £28million Loss, First in 4 Years
Replies: 38
Views: 8540

Re: Virgin Atlantic Post £28million Loss, First in 4 Years

A different way to encourage current management. ... 2013 11m loss 2014 14m profit 2015 22.5m profit 2016 23m profit 2017 23m loss 25.5m profit in the last 5 years. Not that bad to go broke... True... although defo underperforming against competitors posting healthy profits ie EZY/IAG etc who also ...

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Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March
Replies: 569
Views: 69941

Re: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March

qf789, Thank you for putting together such a detailed post. Excellent work. There certainly has been a lot negative views towards this up coming service but when look back to a 55hr trip to LHR reduced down to 17.5hrs it’s impressive how far air travel has come. Wish QF the best on this adventure h...

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Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Post £28million Loss, First in 4 Years
Replies: 38
Views: 8540

Re: Virgin Atlantic Post £28million Loss, First in 4 Years

Although profit / loss is an important measure, don't forget to look at cash generation. Thus, loss making company is not necessarily a bad company. P&L is just one of mang factors that must be analysed/considered. Although, a long term loss making generaly signals problems and questions its go...

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Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Post £28million Loss, First in 4 Years
Replies: 38
Views: 8540

Re: Virgin Atlantic Post £28million Loss, First in 4 Years

All that won’t stop people predictably predicting the demise of the company ‘in it’s current form’ or ‘in 5yrs’ when they safely won’t be called out on it. However posters on this site have been hoping/saying that for the last 15+yrs and they’re still here - and in very different form as well. Like...

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