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by skipness1E
Thu May 17, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to retire ERJ 195
Replies: 49
Views: 8057

Re: Flybe to retire ERJ 195

lightsaber wrote:
Meh... Shrinking. Receiving four more E1-175s, so still an ejet opperator.

They weren't able to make a business case with the E-195s. Adapt and move on.

Lightsaber

There was precious little business case for JETS for flybe

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by skipness1E
Thu May 17, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal
Replies: 78
Views: 10239

Re: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal

[quote="PanHAM} and it is European, not German only.[/quote]
It's German dominated, a recurring theme in modern Europe. A tin ear does not make for a medium term strategy.

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by skipness1E
Thu May 17, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal
Replies: 78
Views: 10239

Re: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal

LH act like a bully to SN and OS, but isn't even able to have their own house (Eurowings) in order Not really. Its quite simple really - LH Group (like IAG) is a holding company. You want access to the bank coffers you need to earn it. Group will spend finite resources on units where it believes it...

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by skipness1E
Wed May 16, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6034

Re: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?

Ironically as they’re retiring larger A346s for smaller aircraft today.......c’est la vie.

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by skipness1E
Wed May 16, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6034

Re: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?

Is LGW-LAS staying or not? Press release isn't clear....

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by skipness1E
Wed May 16, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6034

Re: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?

What's the VS/DL slot portfolio. In terms of daily departures, for VS it's growing again :
2015S 23
2015W 22
2016S 23
2016W 22
2017S 22
2017W 20
2018S 23

DL
2014W 10
2015S 12
2015W 10
2016S 11
2016W 11
2017S 12
2017W 12
2018S 9

So I guess DL were using some VS slots which have gone back?

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by skipness1E
Tue May 15, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6034

Re: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?

It’s a classic LGW leisure route, BA also operate a LAS-LGW. The premium to economy ratio would massively change if the 789 took over

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by skipness1E
Tue May 15, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Old BA LHR 777
Replies: 6
Views: 3274

Re: Old BA LHR 777

The older configured G-VII* aircraft were sent to LGW

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by skipness1E
Mon May 14, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian to launch ADD-BRU-MAN from December
Replies: 22
Views: 4157

Re: Ethiopian to launch ADD-BRU-MAN from December

In fairness LHR's expansion case started the now discredited "regional connectivity" argument. David can hardly be blamed for pointing out the obvious! We disagree it's discredited, it's an opportunity like Brexit that certain people refuse to see any benefit in. David has a LOOONNG histo...

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by skipness1E
Mon May 14, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian to launch ADD-BRU-MAN from December
Replies: 22
Views: 4157

Re: Ethiopian to launch ADD-BRU-MAN from December

So.. after people were talking Gatwick as Ethiopian 2nd UK destination, MAN has been announced. Operating 4 weekly 788s from December. Not too sure if BRU-MAN wuill be 5th freedom though. Hiopefult itwill be delinked quickly. Remind me, do we really need an expanded LHR to benefit northern Britain?...

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by skipness1E
Sun May 13, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG and British Airways
Replies: 3
Views: 1163

IAG and British Airways

For a holding company that doesn’t hold an AOC, they’ve just replaced the enormous BA WORLD CARGO branding signs on the South Side at Heathrow with their own IAG Cargo one. Given much of BA Cargo staff were relocated over to IAG Cargo, do BA have their own cargo operation anymore? And will the enorm...

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by skipness1E
Thu May 10, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tianjin-Xi'an-London inaugural with Tianjin Airlines today May 7th
Replies: 17
Views: 3420

Re: Tianjin-Xi'an-London inaugural with Tianjin Airlines today May 7th

Started summer 2006 as GS7965 TSN-CKG-LGW operating Wed and Sat into Gatters.

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by skipness1E
Thu May 10, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet and the 787
Replies: 110
Views: 16333

Re: WestJet and the 787

It’s funny how wrong some long held theories turn out to be when someone rebels. Virgin Atlantic of course serves a host of non Atlantic destinations. Northwest Orient began to lose some of it’s lustre when they dropped the suffix, but the best example is “Norwegian” who fly many thousands of passen...

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by skipness1E
Wed May 09, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces Edinburgh
Replies: 60
Views: 10666

Re: Emirates announces Edinburgh

To avoid ambiguity, Virgin have one daily and BA have three making a total of four.
% of those connecting on via DXB outside of London is likely higher as the number of Emirati locals is somewhat bigger in Londonistan than West Lothian.

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by skipness1E
Tue May 08, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces Edinburgh
Replies: 60
Views: 10666

Re: Emirates announces Edinburgh

JibberJim wrote:
Pe@rson wrote:
This summer with EK:

6x daily LHR
3x daily LGW
1x daily STN
2x daily BHX
3x daily MAN
1x daily NCL
2x daily GLA

Not bad!


How does the UK DXB traffic compare to other countries?

This is not UK-DXB traffic, this is overwhelmingly connecting with a large % Australia bound.

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by skipness1E
Tue May 08, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces Edinburgh
Replies: 60
Views: 10666

Re: Emirates announces Edinburgh

sandyb123 wrote:
Good news for EDI. Will this result in a downguage at GLA? Perhaps GLA will go to 1 x A380 daily and EDI 1 x 773.

Sandyb123


When Continental/United ran opps at both, they soon shifted focus West to East, I wonder if the 2nd daily GLA might move East?

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by skipness1E
Tue May 08, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway
Replies: 56
Views: 6353

Re: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway

Indeed, I lived in E14 at Canary Wharf and the the power goes on as the arrivals come off base leg to turn final, it's not quiet at 4am but it is limited. It would not be acceptable to have that racket all night. Also timezones play a huge part, traffic patterns in DXB and HKG are partially dictated...

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by skipness1E
Tue May 08, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces Edinburgh
Replies: 60
Views: 10666

Re: Emirates announces Edinburgh

PlaneBoo wrote:
If EDI continues to grow, when is a large-scale expansion going to be needed?


Without so much as a hint of irony, I would say 2001.
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by skipness1E
Tue May 08, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway
Replies: 56
Views: 6353

Re: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway

It’s not a small minority, it’s an enormous majority who would oppose this. No sane proponent of expansion wants landers over London in the middle of the night. Beyond stupid, he must know this is a non starter, perhaps that’s his intent. Stupid beyond belief. When you say “he does have a good point...

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by skipness1E
Fri May 04, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian lease B777s
Replies: 28
Views: 8009

Re: Norwegian lease B777s

WaywardMemphian wrote:
trex8 wrote:
Is this because of the engine issues or they really need that capacity?

Hopefully the latter.

I wonder how many 787s going forward will be RRs compared to GE

How many going backward B787s are Boeing intending to sell?

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by skipness1E
Fri May 04, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin A340-600 (G-VWIN) flew to the scrappers last month but Virgin has bought it back!
Replies: 69
Views: 14685

Re: Virgin A340-600 (G-VWIN) flew to the scrappers last month but Virgin has bought it back!

Hard to beat a dependable Airbus Quad when it comes for filling in for unreliable 787s. Man, it feels good to be an A340 fan right now! It sure does. I love logging in to read kindergarden comments #myplaneisbetterthanyours I wonder if she'll get a repaint? Seems odd given the addition of the four ...

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by skipness1E
Thu May 03, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Officially Closes ORD
Replies: 33
Views: 7253

Re: Virgin Atlantic Officially Closes ORD

VS39/40 launched summer 2007, ended late 2009 to go seasonal summer only, operated as such 2009-16. This route hasn't operated since end of summer 16, so been away a while. With BA/AA in a JV and UA based in ORD and LHR open to all comers, it was difficult to replicate the old magic touch of being b...

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by skipness1E
Wed May 02, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian going 3x daily LGW-JFK
Replies: 48
Views: 6368

Re: Norwegian going 3x daily LGW-JFK

This is bonkers. You can get a decent fare with BA as they charge through the nose for J on 744s with a premium cabin up to door 4. Really. 86J cabins on the subfleet to JFK. If DI want to lose money flying for peanuts just to build market share, at a loss at the bottom end, then yaaaay for the cons...

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by skipness1E
Wed May 02, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: N772SW on way to WA
Replies: 58
Views: 7666

Re: N772SW on way to WA

Delta don't re-register aircraft as a matter of policy, Southwest did re-register a 737 as it was involved in an accident. In reality the only people who they would try to fool by doing this (us) are the people who would be able to check and know in under 10 secs. Joe Public would never know, not ev...

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by skipness1E
Tue May 01, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation
Replies: 60
Views: 8962

Re: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation

[twoid][/twoid] What kind of brand recognition does Delta have in the UK market? I'd say it's very limited beyond those who regularly/have been to the USA or are FF'ers and certainly nowhere near as recognisable as the Virgin brand in general. I recall this being one reason why DL handed over the MA...

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by skipness1E
Tue May 01, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Viability of LHR-KIX route
Replies: 27
Views: 4976

Re: Viability of LHR-KIX route

It's worth noting that we went from :

BA LHR-NRT
BA LHR-HND
JL LHR-HND
NH LHR-HND

......to another LHR-HND with JL on the 788.
LHR-OSA was dropped by both BA and latterly JAL a while back.

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by skipness1E
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation
Replies: 60
Views: 8962

Re: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation

My worry is that they’ve had to get a subfleet for MAN. Again.
I doubt they’ll go east tbh, they’ve dropped NRT and BOM (again) from LHR and JNB, LOS, PVG, HKG, DEL and DXB are all that remain that aren’t North Atlantic routes. The focus is on the US and rightly so IMHO.

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by skipness1E
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most beautiful airplane ever built?
Replies: 81
Views: 4274

Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Super VC10, BOAC era

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by skipness1E
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation
Replies: 60
Views: 8962

Re: The Future of the Virgin of Airlines

From what I know, VS and DL has a JV on the Trans-Atlantic market. Also, although Virgin Atlantic is a well known and recognized brand. It is simply not the brand that it used to be. All the image of a "fun" airline seems to be gone. They still have no real feeder traffic in Europe and ad...

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by skipness1E
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation
Replies: 60
Views: 8962

Re: The Future of Virgin brands in commercial aviation

Let me be devil’s advocate for a mo. They tried to compete with BA. Admirable. BA got into bed with AA and the old cartels were rebranded as “alliances”. BA/AA is an incredibly powerful JV at LHR. At the same time LHR is no longer a closed shop, DL, US, CO and NW all got in, and then 3/4 got merged ...

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by skipness1E
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 (G-ZBJE) down for 7 weeks
Replies: 26
Views: 11256

Re: BA 787-8 (G-ZBJE) down for 7 weeks

It’s currently engineless at TBK beside recent addition to the glider fleet, G-ZBKP. Virgin’s G-VWHO remains engineless and was towed from the hangar to the south side tonight. I believe G-VYUM is stored in a similar manner on the field.

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by skipness1E
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did UA ever have their own 767-200ERs?
Replies: 27
Views: 4900

Re: Did UA ever have their own 767-200ERs?

Hang on, this is confusing. I thought that American, Air Canada and United's fleet of B762s that we used to see daily in Europe were all B777-200ERs? They were referred to as ER's in the dead-tree publications of the time, but on the likes of planespotters.net some are not listed as such. Americans ...

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by skipness1E
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reports strong growth in a seasonally weak first quarter
Replies: 39
Views: 4487

Re: Norwegian reports strong growth in a seasonally weak first quarter

Loads of brand new expensive cutting edge aircraft being used to a fraction of their range and performance capability being filled below cost. #winner

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by skipness1E
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?
Replies: 68
Views: 8820

Re: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?

Genuinely no idea what your point is. Which statement is incorrect? The one when I imagined flying on a more than half empty B744 LGW-MCO last Jan? OKO I am not making myself too clear I guess. Given the obvious seasonality, of a major uptick during the summer peak and especially the school holidays...

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by skipness1E
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?
Replies: 68
Views: 8820

Re: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?

OK they're very cheap from the UK POS, perhaps not so from the US. MCO-LGW is not double daily on BA over the winter, 2017W was 8 weekly, 2016W was daily. 2017S for BA was 14 weekly so capacity drops by *HALF* in the winter. VS was 12 weekly 2017W, 15 weekly in the summer, for 2016W VS only 10 weekl...

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by skipness1E
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?
Replies: 68
Views: 8820

Re: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?

Oh mcogator, load factors stay up because the 2nd and 3rd dailies are taken out for the season and flights are sold at off season prices. This is where you are mistaken. OK explain. I have LGW-MCO records going back by frequency going back to 2005 and I have used this service last two winters marve...

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by skipness1E
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?
Replies: 68
Views: 8820

Re: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?

Oh mcogator, load factors stay up because the 2nd and 3rd dailies are taken out for the season and flights are sold at off season prices. Why are you taking that as a crticism? MCO-UK is a seasonal holiday market, not a year round business destination or hub like MIA. It’s hardly anecdotal when wint...

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by skipness1E
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?
Replies: 68
Views: 8820

Re: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?

They're sure as hell making more than BA out of MCO. Really? Virgin fly half empty 747s through the winter with a tiny business cabin. BA don’t even offer F. GLA and BHX are overwhelmingly seasonal and outside the summer peak, so is MAN. BFS is summer only. It’s like say why don’t BA operate region...

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by skipness1E
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?
Replies: 68
Views: 8820

Re: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?

Like what? If VS and MT are printing money with 4+ routes and multiple frequencies from MCO, it should be crystal clear to BA that there is a market outside of London. If we put aside LHR for a second, it shows just how measly their operation is. Evidently, they are literally the only longhaul UK a...

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by skipness1E
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?
Replies: 68
Views: 8820

Re: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?

BA is in a fairly weak position to start LHR for a few reasons: 1. MCO is probably the only route in the US where BA has any real competition and is third or fourth at best out of the MCO-UK market. VS and MT are flying 4-5 frequencies a day and both offer a much stronger product than BA and to man...

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by skipness1E
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin varying fleet to SEA
Replies: 11
Views: 3488

Re: Virgin varying fleet to SEA

Pleas post link to discussing Virgin in KSEA?

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by skipness1E
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any future for Singapore Airlines Cargo?
Replies: 4
Views: 627

Any future for Singapore Airlines Cargo?

The B747-400Fs are, in SIA terms anyway, ancient and the company has recently come back under the parent AOC.
With no orders for replacement equipment, is Singapore looking to exit the main deck cargo market?

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by skipness1E
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?
Replies: 68
Views: 8820

Re: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?

ISTBC but even though LHR-LAS is out of T3, it does have a very high % of connections?

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by skipness1E
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?
Replies: 68
Views: 8820

Re: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?

We had this very same thread a few months ago. There is almost zero paid business class on LGW-MCO, it’s points redemption with no F offered as well as overwhelmingly UK originating. i.e. it’s a perfect fit for Gatwick.

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by skipness1E
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia lays off its EZE staff
Replies: 37
Views: 6672

Re: Iberia lays off its EZE staff

When you say customers demand lower prices, it's true, but the terminology is off. ONE GROUP of people with disposable income, who fly frequently and often, demand more and more for less. To get this, another group of people, with less disposable income need to work harder for less. I travel more at...

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by skipness1E
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group Introduces New Intra-Europe Seats
Replies: 42
Views: 7725

Re: LH Group Introduces New Intra-Europe Seats

all Airlines are going to non recline in short flts, I already know TP and BA ... the others will follow, no recline means lighter, less parts, less maintenance= less money. the pax will get what they pay for. Well that does make sense if everyone in them is on the cheapest fare but since much of b...

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by skipness1E
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group Introduces New Intra-Europe Seats
Replies: 42
Views: 7725

Re: LH Group Introduces New Intra-Europe Seats

seahawk wrote:
Majority of customers will be happy about no recline.

Disagree entirely.

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by skipness1E
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian LGW Ops
Replies: 7
Views: 1647

Re: Norwegian LGW Ops

There are 14 B789s on the G- with 4 more coming this summer but they do operate from the continent as well.

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by skipness1E
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 719
Views: 116330

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Airways_Flight_5390 Tim Lancaster lived on after being sucked out through the front window and pinned half naked to the outside of the flight deck roof for the remainder of the flight. The crew assumed he was dead but held on just in case and also to prevent the...

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by skipness1E
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways LHR O&D routes
Replies: 21
Views: 3830

Re: British Airways LHR O&D routes

You’re predicating your arguement on the assumption they’d want to move routes to LGW for “emerging markets”. That’s wrong IMHO. LGW was a loss maker that baffled BA for decades, literally decades. It now makes money for two reasons. They slashed and burned costs by cutting wages again and again the...

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