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by anstar
Wed May 16, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6053

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: 840
Views: 67894

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: 7375

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: 37
Views: 5940

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: 7375

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: 6371

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: 8967

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: 7559

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: 8967

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: 609

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: 2951

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: 2518

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: 8390

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: 68714

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: 8390

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: 8390

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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Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Post £28million Loss, First in 4 Years
Replies: 38
Views: 8390

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

I believe the loss was predicted to be around 60M at the beginning of the year - before the bulk of the trent issues were impacting. Surely RR will be paying some compensation for this and that may reflect the better than predicted loss. VS will continue to find it difficult especially at LGW... Nor...

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Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to go double daily LHR-JNB W18/19.
Replies: 33
Views: 5922

Re: VS to go double daily LHR-JNB W18/19.

So what route is being dropped to start this service? From the timings it looks like a JFK rotation? Whilst evening slots are easy to get at LHR the early morning arrival is not so I'm guessing something is being dropped.

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Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF-KLM 2018 summer schedule
Replies: 3
Views: 1314

Re: AF-KLM 2018 summer schedule

While KL makes more profit and has a higher load factor most growth is allocated at AF, that doesn’t seem a rational decision. Given AMS has now reached it's artificial 500k per year movement cap it makes perfect sense. KL can't add more flights at AMS as there aren't more slots in the peak summer ...

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Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eurowings could take over Swiss GVA ops
Replies: 33
Views: 4006

Re: Eurowings could take over Swiss GVA ops

"Second most important?" Who is the first? EasyJet? And by "most important," I assume they mean second biggest carrier by capacity? I flew through Geneva once, connecting from Turkey to Montreal on Air Canada. I was shocked at how run down and short on passenger services it was....

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Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: fantasy BA...
Replies: 7
Views: 1232

Re: fantasy BA...

I woudlnt say they were bottom of the barrel... but sure I agree they haven't kept up with some of their competitors in recent years especially in F and J.

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Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic cancels order for 6 A380s
Replies: 109
Views: 24594

Re: Virgin Atlantic cancels order for 6 A380s

The A380 would of worked for VS back in the days of Bermuda II... however once LHR was opened up the order was dead.... Just look how LHR capacity has dropped since Bermuda II was scrapped.... 744 and 346 replaced with smaller right sized 787/330's.

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Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Hawaiian signs 787 LOI
Replies: 840
Views: 96202

Re: Hawaiian officially orders 10 B787-9 aircraft

Interesting that they selected the GEs when the A330s (and A338s) have/will have RR. Indeed. They could have selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine for the Boeing 787-9s (instead of the General Electric GEnx-1B) if they already have A330s (and A330neos) with Rolls-Royce engines. Perhaps they ar...

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Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Virgin Atlantic looking to acquire more A330's. A350 for LHR only
Replies: 52
Views: 11036

Re: Virgin Atlantic looking to acquire more A330's. A350 for LHR only

I think it's important to remember that Virgin's largest plane (the 744), doesn't even touch Heathrow at the moment. Personally I don't see VS having the A333 as the largest MAN & LGW aircraft, they would need to massively up frequencies, which with LGW slots is easier said than done. They fill...

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Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Return of SABENA
Replies: 28
Views: 5494

Re: Return of SABENA

OA260 wrote:
Will be interesting to see how Air Belgium performs.


If they ever start operations... they were supposed to start at the end of 2016 from memory and still aren't taking bookings.

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Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Cabin Crew Behaving Very Badly During Layovers
Replies: 69
Views: 13555

Re: British Airways Cabin Crew Behaving Very Badly During Layovers

Aesma wrote:
cpd wrote:
If they do that, they should be fired, simple as that. We wouldn't get away with this behaviour in our jobs, so they shouldn't either. It is disgraceful.


How much are they getting paid during the layover ?

Something like 3 pound an hour I believe.

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Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Virgin Atlantic struggling on LHR-MIA?
Replies: 58
Views: 9946

Re: Is Virgin Atlantic struggling on LHR-MIA?

santi319 wrote:
Well they used to have one flight and now they have two daily flights so...


And that 1 flight a day was operated by the 747 so introducing the 2nd flight was to prrobaly cover for the shortfall in seats having a single 333/787 would bring.

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Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Virgin Atlantic struggling on LHR-MIA?
Replies: 58
Views: 9946

Re: Is Virgin Atlantic struggling on LHR-MIA?

I think longer term VS will be struggling across the board. They are predicted to make a decent loss for the last financial year. Given the economy is doing reasonably well and fuel is down that can't be sustainable in the long term. They really seem to have struggled since LHR and the bermuda II ag...

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Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 385
Views: 66664

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

Can't be true. Simon Calder pronounced this to be impossible, and the A380 dead, in the Indy, earlier this week. :stirthepot: :roll: LOL... I cant stand the guy... most of what he says is a load of tripe. As for Ba and the A380 I'm really surprised they havent got more in their fleet yet. They can ...

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Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to introduce premium economy
Replies: 84
Views: 14541

Re: United to introduce premium economy

dz09 wrote:
are these going to be free for 1k elites?


I doubt it. Its a completely separate cabin with a different service so expect to pony up the cash or miles if you want it.

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Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet is starting to fly from Berlin Tegel
Replies: 81
Views: 12276

Re: EasyJet is starting to fly from Berlin Tegel

Flew D-ABOB on U25565 this afternoon with about 20 other pax! Forward and aft sections were completely empty. Give them some time to establish their operations. It's only been a couple of days... Not only have they been operating less than a week - but lets not forget that they have only been selli...

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Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe is starting the New Year with a brand refresh
Replies: 45
Views: 8801

Re: Flybe is starting the New Year with a brand refresh

TC957 wrote:
I hope Flybe start / reinstate a few more LGW routes.....LPL / NCL / CWL / MAN would be great for the business community.


Unlikely given they sold alot of their LGW slots to easyJet.

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Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet is starting to fly from Berlin Tegel
Replies: 81
Views: 12276

Re: EasyJet is starting to fly from Berlin Tegel

Why is there a need for so many wet lease aircraft? Didn’t the Air Berlin aircraft and crew transfer to easyJet? Firstly they needed to have the aircraft operating in order to secure the slots acquired with the purchase. Secondly all the Air Berlin crews need to be interviewed and meet easyjets rec...

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Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reveals its biggest ever year of growth in 2018
Replies: 95
Views: 13789

Re: Norwegian reveals its biggest ever year of growth in 2018

The only reason people are flying DY across the Atlantic is because of price. Don't kid yourself otherwise. Being from NYC I personally have never found DY to be significantly cheaper than legacies especially when considering bag fees as well. Now the legacies like DL and KL/AF and soon to be VS wi...

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Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet in 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 6271

Re: EasyJet in 2018

Nickd92 wrote:
The question then is - when they are going to put all these routes on sale etc? Because they are leaving it a bit later with the peak sales period already started for Summer 18.


I thought the peak sales period was the first few weeks in January after New Year?

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Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet in 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 6271

Re: EasyJet in 2018

LGW, MXP and ORY There are many, many more EasyJet bases than 'just' the three that you decided to add! EasyJet Wikipedia page under destinations has all the bases listed and there are many of them :-) I was talking about the Worldwide by easyjet connection service. It is NOT offered at all bases.

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Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet in 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 6271

Re: EasyJet in 2018

ahj2000 wrote:
f4f3a wrote:
Worldwide...for EasyJet? And if this is The next worldwide hub, what are the existing ones?



LGW, MXP and ORY

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Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has Greece disappeared as a transatlantic destination?
Replies: 118
Views: 19720

Re: Has Greece disappeared as a destination?

I think not having a true International airline promoting Greece worldwide hasnt helped. By example imagine Qatar didnt have Qatar - who would have heard of Doha? Greece has so much more to offer than an "airline". People know its history, food, olympics, islands etc So that encourages pe...

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Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which airlines have Airbus and Boeing done custom modifications for?
Replies: 143
Views: 21419

Re: Which airlines have Airbus and Boeing done custom modifications for?

easyJet had the A319 with 2 overwing exits on each side. Why it makes it harder to resell, the OWEED frames are already there from the A320 design. Just not the added wight after cutout & installation. The A321 3 door, dual OWEED config also just has them cutout & activated. Would be intere...

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Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which airlines have Airbus and Boeing done custom modifications for?
Replies: 143
Views: 21419

Re: Which airlines have Airbus and Boeing done custom modifications for?

easyJet had the A319 with 2 overwing exits on each side.

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Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question - When did BA drop LHR-BGI?
Replies: 7
Views: 2385

Re: Question - When did BA drop LHR-BGI?

I believe VS also operated some BGI flights from LHR in the past as well.

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Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet
Replies: 14
Views: 3828

Re: Norwegian buys 28 weekly Gatwick slots from Small Planet

Given Norwegian can get feed from easyJet at LGW I presume these will be used for more long haul expansion from LGW. Its one market where I am sure their long haul is profitable (or has the potential to be profitable).

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Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet announces dozens of new routes for S18 (12/12/17)
Replies: 17
Views: 4216

Re: easyJet announces dozens of new routes for S18 (12/12/17)

petertenthije wrote:
Surprising to see nothing to/from Germany considering they took over part of Air Berlin.


The TXL summer schedule will be out in January I believe.

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryan air pilots-labor dispute
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: Ryan air pilots-labor dispute

Given Ryanair pilots are leaving in droves, get rubbish pay, have to pay for the uniforms etc etc it doesnt surprise me that they are going on strike. It surprises me how long its taken for them to get to this point. Its not just Ireland that is looking at strikes it is also Italy and Germany amongs...

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet announces dozens of new routes for S18 (12/12/17)
Replies: 17
Views: 4216

Re: easyJet announces dozens of new routes for S18 (12/12/17)

FlyRow wrote:
No ams, usually you see one or two routes adder there too.


I believe the AMS growth in 2018 is just adding frequencies to existing destinations. But the growth in AMS has been slowed due to the (artificial) lack of available slots now at the airport.

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Some unions representing FR pilots in Europe are announcing strikes
Replies: 26
Views: 3365

Re: MoL and the Unions, a poisened relationship.......

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/irish-ryanair-pilots-plan-strike-on-december-20th-1.3324473 "The company warned that any pilots taking part would be in breach of the Dublin base agreement and would lose benefits such as five-days-on, four-days-off rosters. Is this a n...

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels: Why such a big chaos with so little snow
Replies: 44
Views: 8824

Re: BRUSSELS: WHY SUCH A BIG CHAOS WITH SO LITTLE SNOW?

AMS was no better. I believe LHR and FRA also had problems. Sunday and Monday saw many cancellations and it wasn't just because of the snow but also the winds.

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Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1541
Views: 74127

Re: Brexit - EU position

EU and UK seems to have agreed... So what is the conclusion? € 55 Billion EU and UK citizens protected in EU27 and UK Irish border seems to be like was agreed a week ago, nut no solution described. Is this closer to Remain or Leave a year ago? Now thiss was the beginning of the end what canxpect fr...

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Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet announces routes from Berlin-Tegel
Replies: 34
Views: 6594

Re: EasyJet announces routes from Berlin-Tegel

That will probably become a FR route. Where do you expect FR to get the TXL slots? Fr said they want to base planes there. What FR say and do are 2 different things :p Easyjet have paid to get access to 25 aircraft and the associated slots. They are also wetleasing aircraft to hold onto those slots...

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Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to lease 4 A332's to cover 789 downtime
Replies: 190
Views: 56089

Re: VS to lease 4 A332's to cover 789 downtime

I think VS when it ordered the A330's had probably decided it didn't want the A380's. Ordering the A380 was another publicity stunt from Branson at the time. Wanting casinos and bars etc etc. I think when VS ordered A380's LHR was still closed to competition via the Bermuda agreement. Once Bermuda ...

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