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by skipness1E
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Inbound Int'l Flight Security Questioning - US vs. Foreign Airlines
Replies: 20
Views: 1214

Re: US Inbound Int'l Flight Security Questioning - US vs. Foreign Airlines

Isn’t the security theatre, er interview an FAA rule for US carriers?

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by skipness1E
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Ryanair taking delivery of the 737-Max so late?
Replies: 16
Views: 3764

Re: Why is Ryanair taking delivery of the 737-Max so late?

Galwayman wrote:
I agree ... FR is starting to look a bit left behind compared to Wizz with their A321s ....

Unless it really impacts the bottom line, no one at FR cares. It’s a loco narrowbody, it is what it is.

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by skipness1E
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should/could VS move their LGW operations to LHR?
Replies: 31
Views: 3849

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

As they operate BGI on A330s they could just upguage it if demand is high. There is also no real need to fly the additional leg as an add on as they could just transfer the PAX onto an interisland flight at BGI. Except the competition do exactly that so why book with VS in that case? Btw T3 has som...

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by skipness1E
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 19398

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

https://twitter.com/virginatlantic/stat ... 5080761344

New A350 coming to leisure routes as well.
According to the social media team.
So maybe not
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https://twitter.com/virginatlantic/stat ... 5080761344

New A350 coming to leisure routes as well.
According to the social media team.
So maybe not

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by skipness1E
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 19398

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

OK I need a life, the whole picture from summer 2005 to date. Flt No Routing VS001 LHR-EWR VS002 EWR-LHR VS003 LHR-JFK VS004 JFK-LHR VS005 LHR-MIA VS006 MIA-LHR VS007 LHR-LAX VS008 LAX-LHR VS009 LHR-JFK VS010 JFK-LHR VS011 LHR-BOS VS012 BOS-LHR VS015 LGW-MCO VS016 MCO-LGW VS017 LHR-EWR VS018 EWR-LHR...

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by skipness1E
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should/could VS move their LGW operations to LHR?
Replies: 31
Views: 3849

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

That's less than MAN! Maybe MAN is where their future expansion should be. BA doesn't seem much interested. They are doing just that. In 2019, VS will increase their capacity at MAN by 20% compeared woth 2018. https://www.ttgmedia.com/news/virgin-atlantic-reveals-major-manchester-expansion-14338 Th...

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by skipness1E
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should/could VS move their LGW operations to LHR?
Replies: 31
Views: 3849

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

Even if you find slots you won't find available gates in T3 during the day. Of course they could move to T4, which the airport wants them to do, as part of the plan to make T4 the home of Skyteam and non-aligned carriers and T3 the OneWorld terminal, but as they've steadfastly refused up to now, I ...

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by skipness1E
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Trump proposes new livery for AF1
Replies: 50
Views: 5254

Re: Trump proposes new livery for AF1

He loves to troll and he thrives on attention. Love him or hate him, he's succeeding in the attention piece

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by skipness1E
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 19398

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

LHR01 wrote:
With the new Islamabad Airport opened and few days ago if I'm right they had the first A380 flight to ISB and it went very well.
Would Virgin and Pakistan really work?

Does Pakistan really fit with the brand?

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by skipness1E
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 19398

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

Do you add LGW-PHC to the route map? Virgin Nigeria was VS painted green for the first few years.

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by skipness1E
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus rebrands C-Series to A220
Replies: 217
Views: 31191

Re: Airbus rebrands C-Series to A220

I wonder if it'll ever be known by the Airbus nomenclature or remain forever as the C Series, the 717 was really just an MD95.

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by skipness1E
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 19398

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

And therein lies the problem. Historically VS has been something of a BA parasite; just feeding off the prime routes where it could get the suckers in. They never got into the mindset of trying things out and getting out of their comfort zone. Even Little Red was a BA-clone, or more the ghost of BD...

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by skipness1E
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 19398

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

questions wrote:
As a friendly reminder:

VS = Virgin Atlantic
VA = Virgin Australia
VX = Virgin America


hongkongflyer wrote:
At one time news said that once HX begin their London flight, VA will codeshare with them and end their own flight to HKG.


AAARGHHHHHH!!!

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by skipness1E
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rouge / Air Canada Cancels Toronto - Gatwick?
Replies: 63
Views: 8738

Re: Rouge / Air Canada Cancels Toronto - Gatwick?

Freshside3 wrote:
If I recall correctly, AC also had the same deal last year, out of YVR, with both a Rouge flight to LGW, and the mothership to LHR. And then cancelled the LGW service.

LGW-YVR operated summer 2017

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by skipness1E
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: £80 million investment plan for Edinburgh Airport
Replies: 141
Views: 15155

Re: £80 million investment plan for Edinburgh Airport

I can’t believe there are people literally defending a lack of a ceiling in a flagship piece of national infrastructure. Oh wait, a GIP shop, sorry. Love the fact that we plebs are forbidden on pain of arrest to take photos at baggage reclaim (at LHR anyway) and EDI merrily posts them on twitter. Ma...

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by skipness1E
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rouge / Air Canada Cancels Toronto - Gatwick?
Replies: 63
Views: 8738

Re: Rouge / Air Canada Cancels Toronto - Gatwick?

The WestJet conversion to 787 might actually help Rouge. It shifts WS' focus from competing with Rouge to competing with mainline. Its a completely different market space, which will free up some wiggle room in the lower cost segment. Unless WS wants to start offering free first checked bag, free a...

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by skipness1E
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai
Replies: 121
Views: 20157

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai

Surprised BA doesn't have well established destination choice from BHX, MAN, NCL, EDI, and etc after all it called British Airways. Virgin should take efforts on making MAN a better hub. Flying into MAN and taking train to London is cheaper anyways than flying DFW to LHR direct. Why are you surpris...

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by skipness1E
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rouge / Air Canada Cancels Toronto - Gatwick?
Replies: 63
Views: 8738

Re: Rouge / Air Canada Cancels Toronto - Gatwick?

Flew GLA-YYZ and back with them, legroom was fine but it’s only three weekly high season and was only 2/3 full. IFE was u/s on the way back but I tend to read. Agree it’s sub par to have both mainline and Rogue to London, they end up cannibalsing their own yields. BA dropping 777 capacity into the L...

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by skipness1E
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New planned destinations from LHR and any routes you think could start in the near future.
Replies: 37
Views: 3766

Re: New planned destinations from LHR and any routes you think could start in the near future.

Not much room for new destinations from Heathrow since the airport is more then full. Only way to start something new is to give up something else in return. It's called churn patrickZ80, out with the old... This year we have seen Capital Airlines, Tianjin and Hainain all launch new long haul from ...

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by skipness1E
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What’s with the alphanumeric BA callsigns?
Replies: 29
Views: 4675

Re: What’s with the alphanumeric BA callsigns?

Americans use different pronunciations which helps. UK has “Speedbird two one five four” whereas in the US airspace, this becomes “Speedbird twenty one fifty four heavy”. The first sounds a lot more like other similar callsigns and so often UK callsigns are amended. Anything with a number which is a...

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by skipness1E
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CI TPE-LGW/VIE increased to 5/week
Replies: 3
Views: 1087

Re: CI TPE-LGW/VIE increased to 5/week

CI have been 5x weekly at LGW for ages.

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by skipness1E
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are Air Canada baggage containers R7 and not AC?
Replies: 2
Views: 1032

Why are Air Canada baggage containers R7 and not AC?

Is this a new thing? They were always AC before, doesn’t every other airline use their own? Even Norwegian use DU and they’re far from legacy.
Who are R7 Unilode?

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by skipness1E
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai
Replies: 121
Views: 20157

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai

De-coupling from supporting Virgin Holidays quite so closely?
Given Dubai is not in the US and adds little to the DL JV, isn't too much of a shock IMHO.

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by skipness1E
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines A330 damages Korean Air B777
Replies: 7
Views: 2220

Re: Asiana Airlines A330 damages Korean Air B777

Korean Air used to have a deeply unsafe culture that was only turned around when a Western approach was mandated on the flight deck, Delta were I believe very helpful in training. I wonder if Asiana need something similar, there seems to a be a complete lack of willingness for observers to speak up.

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by skipness1E
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian launches LGW-TPA
Replies: 37
Views: 4922

Re: Norwegian launches LGW-TPA

Shanegill wrote:
Plus don't forget VS are pulling LGW-MCO and moving it to LHR

I think you mean LAS? Or a seasonal BGI addition.

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by skipness1E
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian launches LGW-TPA
Replies: 37
Views: 4922

Re: Norwegian launches LGW-TPA

LGW Daily long haul by airlines 2018S BA 12 772 DI 10 789 VS 5 A330/ B744 EQV Virgin is slightly down on the 13 years I have been down South, BA is at 1.4 times it's 2005 figure pre Open Skies when IAH,ATL,DFW all moved to LHR. DI is not all net new but strong growth from a single daily B788 in 2014...

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by skipness1E
Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 129
Views: 15609

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

If you think the unlawful air quality in west London has "nothing to do with Heathrow" - good luck to you! If you think a larger airport with hundreds of thousands more movements a year is "probably greener" - good luck to you! Ah, if I understand you correctly, you are now agai...

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by skipness1E
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: MAN introduces passenger drop-off fees.
Replies: 41
Views: 4664

Re: MAN introduces passenger drop-off fees.

It's just another rip off.

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by skipness1E
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Announce Dublin-Toronto Hamilton
Replies: 42
Views: 6283

Re: Norwegian Announce Dublin-Toronto Hamilton

Sorry but cliches about “endless possibilities” and “out of the box thinking” have led to a weak balance sheet, a dartboard of route planning, a confused fleet and mixed focus, i.e. serving LGW-JFK on DI whilst opening up SWF on D8. Guys this is a classic disruptor going hell for leather for market ...

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by skipness1E
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Announce Dublin-Toronto Hamilton
Replies: 42
Views: 6283

Re: Norwegian Announce Dublin-Toronto Hamilton

Didn't flyglobespan go down this path a few years back? They were the future once too. As for DUB having more European connections than LHR to self connect with, there's a degree of insanity, in flying across the North Atlantic to self connect an unprotected connection on O'Leary-Air. Grounds for di...

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by skipness1E
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air Intl plans Canada launch on July 23, 2018
Replies: 97
Views: 13642

Re: Norwegian Air Intl plans Canada launch on July 23, 2018

No need to Ryanair to Dublin at all, the UK is NOT an island - it has a land border,lots of UK people will just drive an hour or 2 across the border to use Dublin Airport . Saves them a fortune and they get a great range of transatlantic flights to choose from. Norn Iron has DUB as a good option, n...

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by skipness1E
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air Intl plans Canada launch on July 23, 2018
Replies: 97
Views: 13642

Re: Norwegian Air Intl plans Canada launch on July 23, 2018

And the winner is Dublin, flights start March 2019 Because of the ADP situation obviously Considering that you state ''obviously'' I suggest that you get it right as it's, APD as in Air Passenger Duty NOT ADP! BTW ADP is not a situation it's a fact of life and it hasn't really affected the ever inc...

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by skipness1E
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Flybe have a future?
Replies: 82
Views: 8881

Re: Does Flybe have a future?

BA turned against having franchises in the UK 10+ years ago when GB Airways was bought by easyJet. It terminated the Loganair franchise at the same time. BA effectively paid Flybe to take the old BA Connect regional operation off its hands. I certainly don't think IAG would be interested in buying ...

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by skipness1E
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who exactly are "Heathrow Hub"?
Replies: 1
Views: 709

Who exactly are "Heathrow Hub"?

https://order-order.com/2018/06/19/grayling-faces-judicial-review-new-airports-cock/ They proposed the extended northern runway concept at LHR which was rejected, but they're now heading for a judicial review. I don't get who they are? If the owner is HAL and they need to part finance and build the ...

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by skipness1E
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Flybe have a future?
Replies: 82
Views: 8881

Re: Does Flybe have a future?

Given aviation is like an amnesiac goldfish and loves circularity, I suspect a secured future as BA franchisee.

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by skipness1E
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 291
Views: 41522

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

One of the reasons Pan Am bled out was American launching US-Europe with new B762s out of ORD and DFW.
Ironically AA walked away from a frankly enormous European presence when STAR was born and now focuses on LHR with BA....
C'est la via

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by skipness1E
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Even vs. Odd Transatlantic Flight Numbers
Replies: 24
Views: 4241

Re: Even vs. Odd Transatlantic Flight Numbers

I think CANADA 3000 broke the mould back in 1989? Was just so wrong at the time.
Wasn't Lufthansa an exception as well?

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by skipness1E
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Southend Base
Replies: 27
Views: 2934

Re: Ryanair Southend Base

Well that's easyJet gone then :)

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by skipness1E
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12477

Re: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011

Preswick (PIK) in Scotland never had any air-bridges but a daily series of B747, L1011 and DC10s.

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by skipness1E
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of Aer Lingus’ fleet.
Replies: 16
Views: 2934

Re: The future of Aer Lingus’ fleet.

SNN is not a hub for IAG, it’s really not. EI fly two leased B757s, one each to JFK/BOS, mainline have one based A320 doing 3 trips to LHR and the rest is Stobart. At Dublin however, Aer Lingus have to send a whole load of flights out of T1 gates as T2 is chock full in the morning with US carriers a...

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by skipness1E
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight
Replies: 80
Views: 16093

Re: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight

I wonder whether bland modern airliners really merit a place in a museum. There will be loads of these about for many years to come. And in my opinion displaying an aircraft with no engines is just gross. I wonder why anyone wants to display all those Spitfires and Lancasters? We need to move on fr...

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by skipness1E
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 129
Views: 15609

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

Where did you get that number from? It's the reality of obtaining approvals for and then building a large and complicated piece of infrastructure in the UK. That's what the vote in Parliement will decide, the barriers you are alluding to were the Judical ones, many of which Osbourne intentionally r...

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by skipness1E
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 129
Views: 15609

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

Assuming these get through, it will likely be 15-20 years before the new runway / terminals are open. Where did you get that number from? It's the reality of obtaining approvals for and then building a large and complicated piece of infrastructure in the UK. That's the vote, the barriers you are al...

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by skipness1E
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 129
Views: 15609

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

@LupineChemist Just compare the volume of pax connecting with EI at DUB vs BA at LHR. Then do it again. Then delete your post. Context EI@DUB 13 x A330 2 x 757 = 15 long haul aircraft BA@LHR 120 long haul aircraft Given a fair % of short haul just exists to feed long haul and many long haul routes d...

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by skipness1E
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 129
Views: 15609

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

DobboDobbo wrote:
Assuming these get through, it will likely be 15-20 years before the new runway / terminals are open.

Where did you get that number from?

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by skipness1E
Thu May 31, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.
Replies: 56
Views: 8590

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

They really need to add DTW-MAN it is a big whole in the DL/VS network. Disagree strongly. They're operating a MAN-ATL flight 3 weekly on a B744 which to my mind will kill yields. VS are doing to this route what AA did to their own MAN-ORD service. The best aircraft for MAN long haul IMHO is the A3...

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by skipness1E
Tue May 29, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.
Replies: 56
Views: 8590

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

It’s not remotely business friendly though for a serious player like MAN to have JFK on a B744 thrice weekly on a 747 in winter. That’s so 1980. We can’t all be saying “consumers only care about price and not brand loyalty” and then in the next breath suggest a daily narrow body is worse than a 3 x ...

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by skipness1E
Tue May 29, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.
Replies: 56
Views: 8590

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

3 weekly MAN-ATL is enough to force any frequent flier elsewhere. Seems a shame with American's MAN-ORD having died as well.

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by skipness1E
Tue May 29, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Reveals Why It Dropped Yellow From Its Livery (Interview)
Replies: 167
Views: 26498

Re: Lufthansa Reveals Why It Dropped Yellow From Its Livery (Interview)

It makes perfect sense. From a marketing perspective (I work in marketing and graphic design so I know what I'm talking about - not just spouting emotion without any foundation like so many here), the new livery does evoke a much more premium feel than the previous. Dark blue and white is a timeles...

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