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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: 4382

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: 6136

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: 6136

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: 94
Views: 13030

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: 94
Views: 13030

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: 78
Views: 7379

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: 692

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: 78
Views: 7379

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: 129
Views: 21523

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: 4204

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: 2912

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: 12304

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: 2906

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: 15887

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: 97
Views: 9025

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: 97
Views: 9025

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: 97
Views: 9025

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: 97
Views: 9025

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: 8531

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: 8531

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: 8531

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: 26382

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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by skipness1E
Tue May 29, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to go all 744 from MAN W18/9.
Replies: 56
Views: 8531

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

Any link?
MAN-ATL needs frequency, I can't that working on a B744 in the winter IMHO if this is true.

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by skipness1E
Mon May 28, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Without Citywing, who is the current frontrunner at IOM?
Replies: 12
Views: 1429

Re: Without Citywing, who is the current frontrunner at IOM?

Connections at LCY are sub par as it’s designed for point to point routes. Connections at LGW often involve a night stop and no protection in the event of a missed connection.

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by skipness1E
Thu May 24, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?
Replies: 69
Views: 6508

Re: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?

The Air Tanker deal is a PFI deal, it's astonishly complex and expensive, and also late.

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by skipness1E
Wed May 23, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?
Replies: 69
Views: 6508

Re: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?

The Lord Mayor doesn't travel, and if you mean the Mayor, Saddiq Khant, then no, let's not......

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by skipness1E
Tue May 22, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde, was it bound for disaster?
Replies: 76
Views: 10021

Re: Concorde, was it bound for disaster?

The Concorde, Comet and the VC10 couldn't be built today with the engines slap bang next to each other.
Likewise the B747 couldn't be built to carry passengers forward of Door 1 if it was designed today, as there's only one way out and that's backwards from the nose.

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by skipness1E
Thu May 17, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to retire ERJ 195
Replies: 55
Views: 9264

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: 10589

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: 10589

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: 6172

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: 6172

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: 6172

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: 6172

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: 3321

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: 4455

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: 4455

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: 1189

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: 3457

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: 16575

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: 10800

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: 10800

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: 10800

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: 6429

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: 10800

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: 6429

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: 8273

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: 15121

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: 7412

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: 6424

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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