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by anstar
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS LHR-TLV
Replies: 40
Views: 8414

Re: VS LHR-TLV

Given the amount of LCC competition from London airports (ezy upto 4 times a day) and Wizz... I cant see them starting it... surely there is something better they can do with that slot?

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Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BA Heathrow to 'Keflavik' - why pay more?
Replies: 11
Views: 7032

Re: BA Heathrow to 'Keflavik' - why pay more?

I find the safety video very cringe worthy... Im surprised its lasted so long to be honest.

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Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 499
Views: 91344

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

With the Australian market growing by 3% pa, on face value QF should be adding 2.25 737's to it fleet every year. Considering QF have lost 4% of the market over the last 3-4 years and 1% of the market typically requires around 3.5 aircraft, QF have (on face value) underinvested in new aircraft. The...

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Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 787-9 for WestJet rolls out of paintshop
Replies: 54
Views: 12732

Re: First 787-9 for WestJet rolls out of paintshop

B747forever wrote:
Is “The Spirit of Canada” and the proudly Canadian flag new with 787 or do they use it in all their marketing? I like those additions to the livery.


Interesting.. Qantas is "The spirit of Australia". I wonder if they just got it from that

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Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR: VS to re-launch BOM ‘19
Replies: 13
Views: 2392

Re: RUMOUR: VS to re-launch BOM ‘19

binayak wrote:
LHRFlyer wrote:
Would be surprising given that Virgin has previously cancelled this route twice before.


Well now with an Indian partner they're stronger than before. Same reason why DL is coming back too


They had an indian partner (Jet Airways) last time they flew to BOM. Whats changed?

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Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45392

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

sevenair wrote:

Do you have more details of what easyJet do? I’m not saying they don’t do it just that I don’t know about it.


They have asked head office staff to assist in the terminals during the busy periods and disruption.

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Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45392

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

A non-paywalled article about the QF volunteer program. https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahryan/qantas-has-asked-its-staff-to-volunteer-over-the-christmas?utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bffbbuzzfeedozpol&ref=bffbbuzzfeedozpol&fbclid=IwAR3H_9Gu5074csU8h_BVRux7f2tiys-cW91KGTuvBjCGtevXOGq-fLv...

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Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hop! end ATR ops, consider merger with Transavia
Replies: 16
Views: 3479

Re: Hop! end ATR ops, consider merger with Transavia

It would make more sense for Cityhopper and Hop! to merge and become the sole regional carrier for the group. There has to be some synergies there. KL/AF as the mainline carreirs Cityhopper (or whatever they call it) as the regional carrier with lower costs than mainline but operating under the main...

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Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is VS's strategy in Asia?
Replies: 91
Views: 13404

Re: What is VS's strategy in Asia?

I didn’t think VS ordered a second tranche of A350’s - is this a planned order? Planned order... they were going to do the same with the 787 fleet,,, the first and last deliveries to LHR and the mid delvierires to LGR in a leisure config but they decided against having another config on the fleet s...

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Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is VS's strategy in Asia?
Replies: 91
Views: 13404

Re: What is VS's strategy in Asia?

That's the key though, one stops is a drawback. What VS could offer is direct flights. It would be low yielding, but it would be worth it with B787-9. Just make sure they don't waste any space with useless bar they have on their plane. Unfortunately though the UK-Thailand market won't want to pay a...

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Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is VS's strategy in Asia?
Replies: 91
Views: 13404

Re: What is VS's strategy in Asia?

What about a seasonal MAN - BKK flight? It's one of the largest unserved routes, based on demand. VS already has a strong holiday/leisure-focused route presence ex-MAN - so MAN - BKK would complement the offering well, no? Cheers, C. BKK has high competition via one stops and is low yielding,,... n...

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Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Elderly couple kicked off of KLM AMS-MAD flight
Replies: 81
Views: 11372

Re: Elderly couple kicked off of KLM AMS-MAD flight

Normally pax get on sit down and have little interaction with the FA's. I wonder what required the interaction? Needed to move a bag? Refusal to follow instructions??

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Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LTN & STN merge to create one airport?
Replies: 37
Views: 4752

Re: Could LTN & STN merge to create one airport?

All London airports can co exist. I'd argue expansion is actually needed at all of them as they are all pretty much bursting at the seams.

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Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth
Replies: 83
Views: 16518

Re: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth

They'd be better of restarting CPT service.

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Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Joon take over 4 Air France Europe destinations S19
Replies: 40
Views: 9712

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: 352
Views: 47055

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: 25749

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: 25749

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: 5059

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: 84
Views: 16467

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: 4285

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: 16381

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: 9087

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: 13969

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: 2054

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: 7866

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: 5977

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: 7828

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: 7828

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: 7828

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: 7828

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: 4184

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: 20632

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: 20632

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: 20632

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: 20632

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: 9117

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: 20717

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: 1569

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: 10150

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: 8020

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: 14352

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: 14352

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: 7737

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: 8131

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: 8131

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: 9514

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: 933

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: 6341

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: 2468
Views: 226427

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Hearing whispers of VS going double daily to BOS

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