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by anstar
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140183

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

Was watching Volle Kanne on TV this morning. They had a report on former Air Berlin married couple workers who were very unhappy with the conditions of employment offered for Eurowings. Well I guess no one is forcing them to go and work for eurowings. Perhaps they can go and apply for easyJet or Ry...

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Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Two PAX, one seat
Replies: 5
Views: 292

Re: Two PAX, one seat

I had an easyjet flight today. I was already in my seat when a girl comes and says “this is my seat”. So we checked the boarding passes (both of us had them as Passes in the iPhone Wallet) and we had the same seat. She told a FA and he did not seem surprised. He just reallocated her to another seat...

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Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Small Load Factor
Replies: 24
Views: 2774

Re: Small Load Factor

Ive been on a VS 747 from Orlando with 17 pac before... more pax than crew!

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Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed
Replies: 91
Views: 20274

Re: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed

I can't believe they are going ahead in this day and age with that J config either. It should be direct aisle access these days. I'm not sure why they are bothering spending the cash to refit with such an inferior product.

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Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Joon A320 emerged from paint
Replies: 44
Views: 8473

Re: First Joon A320 emerged from paint

The AFKL has too many brands as it is. Air France, KLM, Cityhopper, Hop!, Transavia, Martinair (cargo) and now Joon. Joon replaces AF on certain routes - it doenst have cheaper flight crew only cheaper cabin crew- is it really wise to replace AF on routes like TXL with an offering specifically targe...

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Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Johan Lundgren appointed CEO for easyJet
Replies: 54
Views: 5358

Re: Johan Lundgren appointed CEO for easyJet

I thought the other Tui stalwart - Chris Browne, would have got this. But good luck to Johan. Will Stelios like him though??? Dont think it matters much as he is not the majority owner anymore. Stellios has pretty much been against everything easyjet management has done for the past 6 or 7 years.

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Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norwegian's market
Replies: 44
Views: 3443

Re: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norweigians Market

VS is going to replace all of its 4-holers - the eight 747-400s and seven A340-600s - with fuel-efficient A350-1000s. VS's business model is a bit different to BA's in that for a long time the Virgin Group's Virgin Holidays has played a major part in the success of the airline. In addition, VS has ...

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Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norwegian's market
Replies: 44
Views: 3443

Re: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norweigians Market

Lots of information about IAG’s strategy here ; http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9MzkzMjE1fENoaWxkSUQ9LTF8VHlwZT0z&t=1&cb=636452658710557042 BA will be offering less Y class in future as they downsize from the 747s to A350 and 787 at LHR. LEVEL will be the long haul...

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Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will QF/NZ ever restart HKG-LHR-HKG?
Replies: 28
Views: 3927

Re: Will QF/NZ ever restart HKG-LHR-HKG?

I'm actually surprised that VS has lasted this long. I imagine HKG is right up there as one of the most important business routes ex. LHR, with the likes of JFK and LAX so if VS were to drop it it would come as a shock to me. If VS can't make LHR-HKG work, they may as well shut down the company. Sa...

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Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will QF/NZ ever restart HKG-LHR-HKG?
Replies: 28
Views: 3927

Re: Will QF/NZ ever restart HKG-LHR-HKG?

I would say unlikely. But yes you are right, at one time I believe there was somewhere in the region of 11 flights a day between LHR and HKG. An amazing number. I remember BA operated 3 daily and VS two daily during its boom years. NZ sent their 747 on the route. I remember taking that flight and h...

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Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?
Replies: 30
Views: 6133

Re: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?

Their slots had been chaotically scattered through the week and through the clock. They didn't have any series of 5, 6 or even 7 weekly slot pairs at ANY airport. So how were Monarch running up to 3 daily flights on some routes if they didn't have any slots 'up to 5,6 or 7 weekly'? Or were they pig...

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Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?
Replies: 119
Views: 15547

Re: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?

USAOZ wrote:
SYD/HNL, MEL/HNL both nonstop with JQ. At HNL they turn around & go back to OZ. Similarly with other low costs such as Scoot at SIN.


These routes were previously operated by a 330 so not made possible by the 787.

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Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could BMI have survived?
Replies: 53
Views: 7422

Re: Could BMI have survived?

Next up will be VS I believe. They've been struggling since Bermuda 2 was scrapped. If you add up the losses since 2008 it wipes out any profit they've made since launch. The are on track for a 90m loss this year and Branson has just sold out 31% to AFKL leaving him with just a 19% shareholding. Ho...

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Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could BMI have survived?
Replies: 53
Views: 7422

Re: Could BMI have survived?

There you go. As we've seen recently with Monarch, these airlines (when privately owned) become the play-things of their owners. They exist only to advance their own agendas and games. They plan it all out with escape routes if they need them. Next up will be VS I believe. They've been struggling s...

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Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Crossing the Atlantic for $100 (Norwegian BDL-EDI)
Replies: 17
Views: 10627

Re: Crossing the Atlantic for $100 (Norwegian BDL-EDI)

Very interesting & witty report on these very random trans Atlantic routes with Norwegian. The fare was unbelievable but I'd worry about how long will these routes last ? Especially mid winter ! I actually would like to try a 737 across the pond - just for fun of course ! Cheers Currently it se...

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Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 457
Views: 105784

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

Italy supplies additional EUR 300mil bridge loan to fund the airline. Offer deadline extended till April 30, 2018. http://www.ansa.it/english/news/politics/2017/10/13/alitalia-to-get-300-mn-more-3_afe401a1-38ea-46e5-8ac8-bf511ad904ed.html https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/10/13/business/13reuter...

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Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines mulls sale to another airline
Replies: 25
Views: 4770

Re: Malaysia Airlines mulls sale to another airline

MH seems to be in decline by cutting services and annoying their passengers... so seems a better fit for IAG :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How long until we see flat seat in premium Econ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1861

Re: How long until we see flat seat in premium Econ?

Although not a US Airline, KLM still has three classes on their 747s and probably some other types. KLM do not have 3 classes of service. As noted above they have Business & Economy. In the Economy (comfort) cabin they have a few rows with some extra centimetres of leg room. The fare sold is st...

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Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is easyJet scared of Ryanair so much and whats the strategy?
Replies: 3
Views: 1888

Re: Why is easyJet scared of Ryanair so much and whats the strategy?

Easyjet have a strategy that they want to be either #1 at a base or #2 against a weak legacy carrier. With Madrid I believe they pulled out due to labour issues and FCO I believe the pulled out after Vueling set up and the Terminal fire which caused havoc on operations. Re wifi - not many EU airline...

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Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 237
Views: 30587

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

Has anything been officially released about what LH is getting?

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Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TLV to MIA on LH Business class.Terrible.
Replies: 33
Views: 12684

Re: TLV to MIA on LH Business class.Terrible.

I give you right, 4 hrs in an A321 on "Camping ChairsW is not the Business Class experience I would expect. Its hard to say, but British Airways is in that way much better. They use a special A321 with a long haul Seat Configuration. Thank you for sharing your experiences! BA also sub out the ...

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Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Announcement: Airliners.net has been acquired by VerticalScope
Replies: 392
Views: 174383

Re: Announcement: Airliners.net has been acquired by VerticalScope

Do we still need a sticky to say that the site changed owners 7 months ago? Seems like that is no longer an announcement and is juts day to day business now.

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Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 392
Views: 59849

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

My prediction for the UK LCC market is that the likes of TCX and TOM will do what Monarch should have done and focus on long haul package holidays. I'd be surprised if either were still flying to FAO/IBZ and the likes in 10/15 years, as that market will almost be completed saturated by low cost car...

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Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 392
Views: 59849

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

So who is next to fail? Virgin are due to lose 90m this year but I presume Delta will bank roll them for the LHR slots.... Flybe?

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Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirBridge Cargo loses Schiphol slots
Replies: 26
Views: 5323

Re: AirBridge Cargo loses Schiphol slots

AMS isn't slot constrained due to the runway situation, only on particularly windy days for which every once in a while a new east-west runway comes into discussion. It's capped at 500k movements due to noise regulations. It will be renegotiated for after 2020 and there seems to be room for expansi...

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Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HK Express cancel 18 flights during next week peak travel session
Replies: 4
Views: 1326

Re: HK Express cancel 18 flights during next week peak travel session

I dont see anything shocking about CX's post? The are offering fares to pax that have been disrupted.

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Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Haven't Virgin Cancelled their A380 Order?
Replies: 53
Views: 15983

Re: Why Haven't Virgin Cancelled their A380 Order?

The 380's were ordered at a time when Bermuda 2 still existed at LHR and VS could fill them to the states year round. These days with open skies and the opening of LHR to more airlines transatlantic we have pretty much seen a reduction in capacity as the 346's were partially replaced with 333/787 an...

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Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car
Replies: 56
Views: 16401

Re: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car

My Point is that a previous poster said KLM had an excellent safety record. Its not exactly excellent if one of your flight crews took off with out permission and were then involved in aviations worst accidents! How many decades must pass before that's irrelevant? Because it's basically irrelevant,...

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Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140183

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Interesting post by an AB employee in a German forum: He says that the employees today were informed that easyjet is not interested in operating from DUS, but only want to take over a large number of A320s for a TXL-base. And another surprising information was that Lufthansa wants to take over both...

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Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car
Replies: 56
Views: 16401

Re: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car

I don't.... But KLM is well known as a safe airline with an excellent safety record, nothing more nothing less. This incident doens't fit a modern, first world airline....could have said the same about Delta and/or Emirates. Whilst I don't dispute KLM have a good safety record in recent times it is...

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Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car
Replies: 56
Views: 16401

Re: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car

I don't.... But KLM is well known as a safe airline with an excellent safety record, nothing more nothing less. This incident doens't fit a modern, first world airline....could have said the same about Delta and/or Emirates. Whilst I don't dispute KLM have a good safety record in recent times it is...

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Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to use the B747 to JFK in S18
Replies: 27
Views: 5607

Re: VS to use the B747 to JFK in S18

Could it also be freeing up the 330 that is going to be doing the 6th JFK-LHR flight next year?

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Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140183

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: 164
Views: 25162

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: 6596

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: 13755

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: 112
Views: 3005

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: 14
Views: 5584

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 LCC Subsidiary Joon
Replies: 160
Views: 18445

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: 3416

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: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140183

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: 52402

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: 316
Views: 39551

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: 1312

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: 2260

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: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140183

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: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140183

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: 8906

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: 4168

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: 22450

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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