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by anstar
Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 694
Views: 90198

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Where do the AB Eurowings planes fly from? Is it all dus and txl or other bases?

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Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair running out of pilots? FR cancels 110 flights (09/12)
Replies: 160
Views: 23285

Re: Ryanair running out of pilots? FR cancels 110 flights (09/12)

A very long list of cancellations for 16 September too! They will cancel around 2% of their flights over the next 6 weeks as the stuffed up and worked the crews to the max over summer and didn't allow enough leave to be taken... which essentially means they didn't have enough crew to fly their publ...

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Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet to feed Norwegian and WestJet at LGW
Replies: 50
Views: 6398

Re: Easyjet to feed Norwegian and WestJet at LGW

Norwegian already said a few months back they will scale back short haul ops at LGW in favour of using those slots for long haul flights so this works well for both easyjet and Norwegian at LGW. Presumably they will do the same at CDG/BCN. I presume we will see more of these types of arrangements es...

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Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13334

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

Well in reality they were only going to be flying until the end of october at best and now it looks like that demise may come sooner.

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Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?
Replies: 89
Views: 1679

Re: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?

My first flight was on an East West Airlines (Australia - now defunct) Fokker F27 flying from Melbourne to Wynyard.

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Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cityjet cuts all flights to London City, except Dublin
Replies: 13
Views: 4886

Re: Cityjet cuts all flights to London City, except Dublin

De-facto they will also keep the Amsterdam flight, flying for KLc. Shame that this is all thats left for a airliner once connecting the city with a large fleet to destinations across western Europe. Wonder what happens to the big order of SSJ's though, for pure ACMI there fleet is big right? I beli...

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Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF Pilots Approve the Creation of Boost
Replies: 99
Views: 14124

Re: AF Pilots Approve the Creation of Boost

So their strategy in France is AF - Full service short / mid / long haul Hop! - Regional Airline Transavia - Low Cost short / Mid haul Joon - Full Service Short / Mid / Long but for melennial customers? Seems like a lot of brands with some duplications... interesting strategy but not one that I thin...

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Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst Airline Fleet Choice (Regrettable Aircraft Purchases)?
Replies: 49
Views: 3191

Re: Worst Airline Fleet Choice (Regrettable Aircraft Purchases)?

Virgin Atlantic's "4 engines 4 long-haul" A340s. To be honest I think the A340-300's at the time were a good choice for Virgin Atlantic. What I think was a BAD choice was the order for A340-600's. That should of been an A330 or 777-300ER order. Bizarelly 10 years down the line they did ac...

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Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 694
Views: 90198

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Most flights after 1 NOV are only available in the highest fare class ie Y/J so I'm guessing that will deter people from booking past 1 NOV which makes me think they may be planning on a 31 OCT shutdown.

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Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017
Replies: 550
Views: 50471

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2017

Sounds like forward bookings on PER-LHR is doing well Qantas is keen to develop more non-stop routes after the surge of bookings for the Perth to London Boeing 787 non-stop service that will start in March. http://www.airlineratings.com/news/qantas-challenges-boeing-airbus-range/ I'd hope so given ...

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Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 321
Views: 38549

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

Qantas would also have the knowledge on how much passengers are prepared to pay, they will be using the data from PER-LHR and from all accounts from what I have heard forward bookings are strong. I would hope the bookings are strong. The reality is that it is just a reroute and downguage of the exi...

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Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS UK division routes?
Replies: 7
Views: 1261

Re: SAS UK division routes?

Yes the contracts are not that desirable.. basic pay is around 600 GBP per month and then flight pay and allowances on top of that and a bonus of about 400 per month if you have no sick days.

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Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Pilots Ask Airline’s Founder to Intervene on Cost-Cutting
Replies: 7
Views: 2222

Re: EasyJet Pilots Ask Airline’s Founder to Intervene on Cost-Cutting

Link/Source: https://skift.com/2017/08/14/easyjet-pilots-ask-airlines-founder-to-intervene-on-cost-cutting/ "EasyJet Plc’s French pilots have appealed to Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the U.K. discount carrier’s founder and biggest shareholder, to intervene in a dispute with management over the impact...

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Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 694
Views: 90198

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

So it is down to Easy and LH to share the rest of AB. Will be interesting to see if U2 moves a bit closer to the LH group in the process and might even feed EW long-haul. If U2 were to buy into AB's short haul it would definitely give them a legs up in the German market where now they have been str...

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Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 694
Views: 90198

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Easyjet have made acquisitions in the past ie Go, GB Airways, TEA. Perhaps they may look at acquiring AB and setting up a base at DUS ad consolidating their position at SXF. Stranger things have happened and it would give them a big leg up in the German market.

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Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Schedules new LGW-JFK-LGW and challenges Europeans to See New York City in 1 day
Replies: 61
Views: 8649

Re: Norwegian Schedules new LGW-JFK-LGW and challenges Europeans to See New York City in 1 day

One slight problem... how to get to Gatwick that early? Fine if you live in London, but if you live anywhere else those flights are way too early. You need a feeder flight to Gatwick in the middle of the night to make the connection to the early flight to New York. For that reason for me those flig...

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Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to increase GIG to daily
Replies: 27
Views: 4067

Re: British Airways to increase GIG to daily

Always wondered what is keeping BA from flying redeye both ways to GIG at least matching the competition of AF and LH. The opportunity cost of using a slot at LHR is about the highest of any airport on earth, and the late night slots that would facilitate a westbound redeye aren't exactly plentiful...

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Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Delta to temporarily wet-lease 4 767's to Virgin Atlantic
Replies: 69
Views: 21518

Re: Delta to lease 4 767's to Virgin Atlantic

jbs2886 wrote:
We should change the title to add "temporarily lease" - sounds like a long-term lease.

Either way, not good for the 787, I was hoping they would order more.


The A350 order killed any likely hood of further 787's imho

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Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Scaramucci: 'They'll all be fired by me'
Replies: 148
Views: 4467

Re: Scaramucci: 'They'll all be fired by me'

Can't wait for tomorrows episode of Whitehouse Survivor lol

In all seriousness though I wonder how much all these guys get as golden handshakes when they leave? Must be costing the taxpayer a fortune.

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Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Scaramucci: 'They'll all be fired by me'
Replies: 148
Views: 4467

Re: Scaramucci: 'They'll all be fired by me'

HOLY SHIT, I just heard The Mooch resigned after less than a week on the job. Breaking news has it that Trump found out he lied about doing the Fandango, he actually doesn't and lied on his disclosure statement. He was fine with the lightning but couldn't handle the thunder. It may have been his wi...

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Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Joon routes announced
Replies: 58
Views: 11164

Re: First Joon routes announced

From what Ive seen Joon is not going to be low cost... the pilots will be on similar contracts and the offering will be full service (not buy on board.) It seems its just the cabin crews that will have the cheaper contracts.

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Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 20982

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

Who owns Virgin Australia? Any chance DL could purchase an equity stake? Something like 20% Etihad, 20% Singapore Airlines, 22% Nanshan Group, 13% HNA group ad about 8% Virgin the remaining share I believe are on the public market. DL already have a JV with Virgin Australia and given the company is...

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Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA closing its GRU crew base
Replies: 35
Views: 6923

Re: BA closing its GRU crew base

Unfortunately the days of having crew bases across the globe for airlines are gone. If they need Portuguese speakers then surely they can just roster them from LHR. Whilst they may not have done this in the past going forward its certainly going to be cheaper than having external crew bases.

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Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 20982

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

This is the confirmation that Virgin Atlantic is finished as an independent airline, although that's been clear since the Delta takeover. They have very few assets apart from Heathrow slots. They don't even own the brand. Geoff I wouldnt even consider the LHR slots to be assets anymore as the have ...

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Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 20982

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

This has some pretty big news and the headline (while taken from AF-KLM PR) doesn't given enough info. I think they fact DL and CE each are buying 10% of AF-KLM is significant, moreso than AF-KLM buying 31% of Virgin Atlantic. Ultimately, this is a huge expansion of DL's influence (remember DL owns...

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Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 20982

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

I think this is all about letting VS into the transatlantic JV rather than needing help. . VS is expected to post around 90m loss this year..so not exactly in a great position. I see it more as the original DL deal not going to plan and DL asking its mates AFKL to buy in to give more control via a ...

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Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 20982

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

Why would delta want a stake in Air France / klm? Would think they would not want the mess that comes with Air France. Even if partners already. To protect their position in the UK market with VS? This whole deal has a DL tinge to it... I mean taking a 10% stake in AFKL to allow AFKL to fund the VS...

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Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 20982

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

It seems by this deal that DL hasnt been able to make VS the success it thinks it has the chance to be. By calling in their partners... they think this may work. (ie DL taking 10% in AF/KL to fund the AS/KL VS purchase). Anyways... my question... I understand with open skies between EU -US they can ...

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Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 20982

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

So not only does DL have a 49% stake in VS, and now an another indeircet 2% stake they also have a 50/50 JV with the US routes.. (effectively 75% DL share after ownership).. so it seems clear where the "influence" now at VS is.

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Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Monarch miss a trick?
Replies: 25
Views: 4745

Re: Did Monarch miss a trick?

Monarch cancelled its 787 order back in 2010/11 because they said it wasn't the right aircraft for their long-haul strategy. In hindsight, given the rise of DY (and now TCX and VS out of MAN), could they not have carved out a much-needed niche for themselves? Just seems to me that this once great a...

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Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/KL Managers Have No Confidence In Future Of Cooperation
Replies: 64
Views: 10776

Re: AF/KL Managers Have No Confidence In Future Of Cooperation

Beyond being closer together with Delta, AF is simply much bigger than KLM. It would be a massive shift to place that much reliance on KLM and AMS for delta. If you take out ORY (which has little relevance for DL) AF isn't that much bigger than KL anymore, the past 18 months alone KL grew 15% more ...

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Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet pick Austria for the new AOC
Replies: 101
Views: 10598

Re: easyJet pick Austria for the new AOC

And from Easy Jet (via reuters): EasyJet said it will re-register 110 planes to fly under the new AOC That will keep the registration spotters busy for a while. I suppose the aircraft itself will not move to an Austrian base and just keep flying from airports all over Europe? Exactly... just as the...

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Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet pick Austria for the new AOC
Replies: 101
Views: 10598

Re: easyJet pick Austria for the new AOC

There's no guarantee that this will work out . Air France and Lufthansa will probably argue that its just a scam to allow a British airline to have its cake and eat it after Brexit . And to be fair it does look like a scam ... Brexit means Brexit , out is out , they should lose their intra European...

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Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet pick Austria for the new AOC
Replies: 101
Views: 10598

easyJet pick Austria for the new AOC

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-4695906/Britains-easyJet-picks-Austria-EU-air-operator-certificate-Brexit.html So they will create a new airline easyJet Europe that will be based out of VIE to enable the continuation of intra EU flights. This will bring the groups airlines to 3 eas...

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Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: $4000+ cash stolen in EK First on CDG-DXB
Replies: 67
Views: 10481

Re: $4000+ cash stolen in EK First on CDG-DXB

Pretty fishy story. And I doubt that the tax refund place would give it back in cash like that rather than onto the card. Looks like the couple were trying it on. Especially as they didnt end up filing a police report.

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Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic 747 replacement program for Gatwick Ops
Replies: 54
Views: 10986

Re: Virgin Atlantic 747 replacement program for Gatwick Ops

gunnerman wrote:
The A380 looks dead. And I can't see DL being enthusiastic about it either.



The 380 died when Bermuda II was scrapped and LHR was opened up. Since then we have seen VS struggle with profits and downgrade their capacity at LHR from larger 747's and half their 346's to smaller 330/787's.

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Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018
Replies: 142
Views: 19683

Re: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018

SFOtoORD wrote:
anstar wrote:
San Fran


No such place.


Eh? Are you being pedantic and I should type fully San Francisco? Or would you prefer the San Francisco area? Regardless... VS have some hot competition from Norwegian into "that" market whatever you want to call it.

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Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018
Replies: 142
Views: 19683

Re: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018

Other than Orlando, on what routes do Virgin and Norwegian compete from LGW? I don't think you can characterize anything as Norwegian eating their lunch. Well Norwegian fly to Boston, Los Angeles, FLL (Miami area), San Fran (OAK) from LGW.. all of those cover VS destinations from LHR. Regardless, t...

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Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018
Replies: 142
Views: 19683

Re: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018

The old British-centred version of VS did not make any money despite its valuable LHR assets. It was pretty much a vanity project for SRB. Delta is trying to leverage VS fleet and slot holdings to maximize return, even if that means flying to "un-hip" but profitable destinations like DTW ...

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Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SkyPesos? Nope.
Replies: 27
Views: 1775

Re: SkyPesos? Nope.

Racist? How did you manage that leap of logic Simple. "pesos" are generally thought of as a Mexican currency in the US and for whatever reason, inferior in value. Why not SkyRubles or Sky Rupees? Either way it denigrates a society. Probably because of location. I mean Mexico is your next ...

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Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA - what are "mixed fleet" crews and why are they on strike?
Replies: 44
Views: 9220

Re: BA - what are "mixed fleet" crews and why are they on strike?

Mixed Fleet was set up almost 7 years ago as a result of concessions not being reached by crew on the older fleets. A decision was made to introduce a lower cost effective/flexible fleet into the airline which would fly both long and short haul out of LHR. Typically crew take home between £1500-£19...

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Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA - what are "mixed fleet" crews and why are they on strike?
Replies: 44
Views: 9220

Re: BA - what are "mixed fleet" crews and why are they on strike?

BA Mixed fleet crews were formed around 4 years ago to lower BA's crewing costs. Mixed refers to the fact the fly both long and short haul to maximise flying hours. BA also have legacy fleets such as euro (short haul) and world wide (long haul). Mixed fleet crews are currently on strike to improve p...

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Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA applies to use Qatari aircraft to cover strike
Replies: 169
Views: 36658

Re: BA applies to use Qatari aircraft to cover strike

Anyone having a go at the mixed fleet crew for trying to better their wages needs a reality check. These guys are managing to earn around 1000 GBP (around $1200USD) a month after tax... for a city like london doing the job they do its pretty despicable.

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Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines to axe Darwin, more routes to be culled
Replies: 34
Views: 6170

Re: Malaysia Airlines to axe Darwin, more routes to be culled

United Airline wrote:
NichCage wrote:
I wonder why Qantas has never flown to KUL.

Otherwise, if MH cuts AKL, maybe NZ could pick up the route perhaps.


QF DID fly to KUL before I think



So did JQ but the route didnt last

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Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA applies to use Qatari aircraft to cover strike
Replies: 169
Views: 36658

Re: BA applies to use Qatari aircraft to cover strike

I wonder if the CAA will allow the use of foreign (ie outside the EU) wetleases?

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Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's head of customer experience gets the boot.
Replies: 32
Views: 7576

Re: BA's head of customer experience gets the boot.

Isnt this like the 2nd or 3rd "Head of Customer Experience" to have left or been asked to leave in nearly as many years?

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Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Performance of VS and MT MAN-SFO nonstop
Replies: 33
Views: 5529

Re: Performance of VS and MT MAN-SFO nonstop

I believe VS have reduced the season of these flights as well..

SFO & BOS were due to end 30 Oct but will now end 30 Sept. I also haven't heard any news if the routes will be back next summer yet.

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Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements
Replies: 129
Views: 15305

Re: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements

MIflyer12 wrote:
LAX772LR wrote:
But you can take this a step further, thinking like a 21C airline exec - Carriers should be charging for both checked bags and carry-ons!

I believe WOW Air already do this and charge something like $25USD to bring a cabin bag onbaord.

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Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA now partnering with Capita
Replies: 15
Views: 2114

Re: BA now partnering with Capita

Anything BA does is horrendous. Need to fire those idiots that are making the decisions and build the airline up to be world class instead of lowering itself to LCC. You say "lowering itself to LCC" Well some LCC carriers offer a far better service than BA in terms of customer service! Lo...

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Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet A319 Diverts to CGN due to 'threat' to aircraft
Replies: 20
Views: 4561

Re: easyJet A319 Diverts to CGN due to 'threat' to aircraft

PatrickZ80 wrote:
How can there be an unaccompanied piece of baggage on board in the first place? I mean, somebody must have carried it on board. I assume it's hand luggage, not checked luggage.



There wasnt. The backpack that was destroyed was one of the 3 suspects.

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