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by PlymSpotter
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Foreign carrier with most planes on ground at same time
Replies: 9
Views: 461

Re: Foreign carrier with most planes on ground at same time

Tour operators tend to schedule flight arrivals in closely timed waves, to ease the logistics of distributing passengers to different resorts / hotels. This means you can have large numbers of TUI / Condor / Thomas Cook etc... planes on the ground at the traditional holiday airports around the Med a...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare types 2019-2022
Replies: 22
Views: 1938

Re: Rare types 2019-2022

Yes the Saabs will fly until they are 30-40 years old - still loads of life left in them. One of the big considerations is just what you can replace them with, if you actually need a 30 seater, and an upgauge to 50-70 seats is not viable.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare types 2019-2022
Replies: 22
Views: 1938

Re: Rare types 2019-2022

In addition to those types mentioned, by 2022 I anticipate that the following will also be rare in pax service: Airbus 300-600 Airbus 310-300 Airbus 321-100 ATR 72-200 BAe Jetstream Family BAe 146 / Avro RJ Family Boeing 737-200 Boeing 737-600 CRJ 100 / 200 / 440 ERJ 140 Fokker 50 I don't fully agre...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian cancels Barcelona after less than two months of operations
Replies: 55
Views: 9862

Re: Ethiopian cancels Barcelona after less than two months of operations

Operating via MAD can't have helped things. RAM, Air Algiers and Turkish all offer competing one stop connections to ADD and other destinations across Africa.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Heathrow Hub?
Replies: 45
Views: 8316

Re: United Airlines Heathrow Hub?

Several years ago, during the GFC, United (and AA) flew LHR-BRU again for a winter season. I understand they wanted to seasonally pause a TATL route, and BRU was under performing, so this was flown to retain the LHR slot pair. Certainly sounds cheaper than operating a TATL flight at significant loss...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Heathrow Hub?
Replies: 45
Views: 8316

Re: United Airlines Heathrow Hub?

Several years ago, during the GFC, United (and AA) flew LHR-BRU again for a winter season. I understand they wanted to seasonally pause a TATL route, and BRU was under performing, so this was flown to retain the LHR slot pair. Certainly sounds cheaper than operating a TATL flight at significant loss...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Things that make you feel nauseous
Replies: 37
Views: 934

Re: Things that make you feel nauseous

Avocado.

Frustrating, as salads including Avocado used to be one of my favourite foods.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian hiring Pilots from Monarch
Replies: 19
Views: 5521

Re: Norwegian hiring Pilots from Monarch

Monarch leased a 737-800 from May this year, in order to train and type rate a sufficient number of their own A32S pilots on the 737 before their first MAX's would have arrived. With 4 months of full operation, there will be a sufficiently large pool of pilots who are trained now.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66080

Re: Monarch in trouble (again)...?

Sadly it now looks inevitable that Monarch are folding. I've had 40-50 amazing flights on them over the years and I wish all the employees the very best in finding new jobs. In addition to GIB losing many of their services, MAH will lose their only flight to the UK during the winter months. Hopefull...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66080

Re: Monarch in trouble (again)...?

It isn't right to blame the CAA here, they are following protocol and doing their job. Had Greybull and Monarch not let things go down to the wire and create the expectation that they were about to fail right up to the last minute, the CAA need not have acted. If you want to blame someone for the wa...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66080

Re: Monarch in trouble (again)...?

These aren't rumours. UK CAA has already positioned two Qatari A320s to STN should Monarch not have their ATOL licence renewed. And this is 100% confirmed? 2 A320s is nothing considering MON operate mainly A321s. Given the saga previously where 747s etc were positioned in and that backfired massive...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66080

Re: Monarch in trouble (again)...?

There is value in the company (hopefully) as the MAX leases actually have some saleability. MAEL is a money maker too. MAEL is certainly a valuable asset and remains a renowned entity. But Monarch have already entered into sale and leaseback deals with Boeing on the MAX's - I'd question how much va...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Why was the easyJet/Monarch Thread Closed?
Replies: 2
Views: 942

Re: Why was the easyJet/Monarch Thread Closed?

Thanks for the clarification

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Why was the easyJet/Monarch Thread Closed?
Replies: 2
Views: 942

Why was the easyJet/Monarch Thread Closed?

I tried to post a reply, and was informed no such thread existed? There were a couple of slightly off-hand replies, but nothing I could see that was defamatory? It's naturally very interesting to follow this and has been in the UK press extensively. I don't wish to start another without knowing if t...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next in line with the "hip" airlines trend.. "Swoop"
Replies: 88
Views: 9198

Re: Next in line with the "hip" airlines trend.. "Swoop"

Can we please stop with these stupid names we see popping up lately, purely designed by branding agents to sound "hip". Level, Joon, Swoop, we've had these generic names already in the time of Ted and Song..and it didn't work. Why? Airlines are all about getting bums on seats, and it's ma...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC-8-73(F) brought back into service in 2017
Replies: 78
Views: 20815

Re: DC-8-73(F) brought back into service in 2017

Depending on where this frame will operate, four engines could be better suited than a 752 or 762.

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia Drops BIQ, Increases EAS (IB/VY)
Replies: 4
Views: 1793

Re: Iberia Drops BIQ, Increases EAS (IB/VY)

It depends on the mission profile and exact aircraft configuration. Typically the A320 has higher thrust ratings than the A319 so, on a short mission, the larger A320 can have better performance than the smaller A319.


Dan

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 173
Views: 53506

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

The 346 was the Airbus attempt to polish a turd (i.e. the 340 was not a good design...so you make a derivative that is even worse). For LH the decision makes perfect sense. Why fly a 346 when you can fly a 359 with 30% or more lower operating costs? Why was the A340 not a good design? It was compro...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the most number of stops you've made on a trip between two cities?
Replies: 89
Views: 4102

Re: What's the most number of stops you've made on a trip between two cities?

On a single ticket mine would be 7 stops, on a LADE F28-1000C and Saab 340B: Buenos Aires - Mar del Plata - Barriloche - Comodoro Rivadavia - Perito Moreno - El Calafate - Rio Gallegos - Rio Grande. On multiple tickets but one continuous journey, my return was the longest at 55 hours door to door: U...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare Scheduled Aircraft You Can Book, 2017 Q3
Replies: 30
Views: 2350

Re: Rare Scheduled Aircraft You Can Book, 2017 Q3

Let's name some rare aircraft bookable in 2017: MUST BE IN SCHEDULED OR FREQUENT AIRLINE SERVICE, NO LEISURE FLIGHTS! Why? I say this thread should consider any types you can fly on, be they in scheduled operation, or available as a charter for or by enthusiasts. You can bet there are some cool and...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Gatwick Express vs. Southern Rail routes - how comes they both take the same time?
Replies: 12
Views: 1728

Re: Gatwick Express vs. Southern Rail routes - how comes they both take the same time?

The Gatwick Express is actually a commuter train too, not just a LGW link. Most of the trains continue to Brighton, so it provides the de-factor best London to Brighton link, as many people don't mind paying a premium for having more chance of actually getting a seat. The timings are similar though ...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October
Replies: 83
Views: 18614

Re: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October

Does anyone have a list of the last routes being flown with the 346, and when they will be replaced by other types?

Might try and get a flight in before they go!

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silver Airways replaces CEO, places order for 20 ATR42s
Replies: 88
Views: 14231

Re: Silver Airways replaces CEO, places order for 20 ATR42s

After many years of trying, ATR finally makes a comeback to the US. This is very significant. They are replacing 21 Saab 340B's with 34 seats by 20 ATRs with 46 seats. A near 30% capacity increase... but those ATR's shouldn't be more expensive to operate per seat than the Saabs (guesstimate, I'd lo...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW - main runway closed by burst tyre on TO
Replies: 22
Views: 5914

Re: LGW - main runway closed by burst tyre on TO

Whilst LGW can only ever be operated as a single runway airport, it does have two fully certified pieces of tarmac which can be used as runways. It's a very grey area and depending on how you look at it, there isn't really a right or a wrong answer. Is it one runway in two physical locations, or two...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Third runway for BER Airport proposed - check-in at BER, runway in distant Sperenberg (29,9 km)!
Replies: 87
Views: 15318

Re: Third runway for BER Airport proposed - check-in at BER, runway in distant Sperenberg (29,9 km)!

The basic concept is actually quite a good idea, really. You want an airport near to major population centres, but the population centre doesn't want the noise. So locate your terminal centrally in the city - fully integrated with the public transport system, and operate a bonded HSR link to the ph...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet to start flying from Southampton
Replies: 27
Views: 4476

Re: Easyjet to start flying from Southampton

There is no technical/performance reason why SOU can't become a base for easyJet. I'd also argue they have the catchment area to do so. SOU is very comparable to SEN in term of LDA (Landing Distance Available) and TORA (Take Off Run Available) but, because SOU is a higher category of airfield, the T...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Third runway for BER Airport proposed - check-in at BER, runway in distant Sperenberg (29,9 km)!
Replies: 87
Views: 15318

Re: Third runway for BER Airport proposed - check-in at BER, runway in distant Sperenberg (29,9 km)!

The basic concept is actually quite a good idea, really. You want an airport near to major population centres, but the population centre doesn't want the noise. So locate your terminal centrally in the city - fully integrated with the public transport system, and operate a bonded HSR link to the phy...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last A340 operator
Replies: 56
Views: 11454

Re: Last A340 operator

My thoughts are that the last commercial A340 operator is still a vague idea in a businessman or government minister's head. The increasingly cheap lease rates and long range are going to make for some interesting concepts in the next 10-20 years.


Dan

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 24, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare Aircraft You can fly, 2017 part 2
Replies: 51
Views: 4665

Re: Rare Aircraft You can fly, 2017 *FORUM #2*

Jetstream 41: Eastern Airways in the UK. 17 operating as of March '17, mostly domestic/regional routes from British airports, also serving a few French, 1 Italian and 1 Norwegian city. Not sure which aircraft operates which routes, although booking to and from NCL is pretty much guaranteed either t...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 24, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Small cities (less than 750.000 people) with 2 or more airports
Replies: 83
Views: 7973

Re: Small cities (less than 750.000 people) with 2 or more airports

Mahon in Menorca kept the original airport open for GA traffic once the current MAH International opened. Population is a little under 30,000.


Dan

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by PlymSpotter
Fri May 12, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2017 Booked/ Flown Flights List
Replies: 243
Views: 16377

Re: Your 2017 Booked/ Flown Flights List

So far this year it's been a mixture of trips out to my place in Menorca and a few work trips: 27.01.2017 ... LGW-BCN ... easyJet ... A320-200 ... G-EZTE 28.01.2017 ... BCN-MAH ... Vueling ... A320-200 ... EC-MEQ 30.01.2017 ... MAH-BCN ... Vueling ... A320-200 ... EC-MBM 31.01.2017 ... BCN-LTN ... V...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to become an aircraft salesperson?
Replies: 14
Views: 4205

Re: How to become an aircraft salesperson?

And of course everyone at Boeing etc... progressed straight from college into selling a multi-million dollar product, with no prior experience? No, I didn't think so. There's differences between all sectors, but you still have to start somewhere. What I see here in the UK is people emerging from col...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to become an aircraft salesperson?
Replies: 14
Views: 4205

Re: How to become an aircraft salesperson?

Of course it won't work at Boeing. You won't get to Boeing unless you start somewhere, especially if you are still understanding if being in sales is for you. And indeed cold calling is incredibly backward, but some of the best and most successful salespeople I know started off in these rolls straig...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to become an aircraft salesperson?
Replies: 14
Views: 4205

Re: How to become an aircraft salesperson?

You'll learn how to sell aircraft when you've learnt how to sell pens and everything in between. Being in sales is, to a great extent, an art form. Yes you need strong skills and business acumen to underpin it, but what really matters is how you read a situation, position your employers solution and...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pakistan National Carrier Sells Air-Worthy Plane To German Museum, Deal Questioned
Replies: 12
Views: 3798

Re: Pakistan National Carrier Sells Air-Worthy Plane To German Museum, Deal Questioned

$5m USD for a 23+ year old ex PIA A310... the enquiry should be into how they sold it for that much!

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Luton rumour
Replies: 73
Views: 14267

Re: JetBlue Luton rumour

The lack of a direct rail connection means LTN is generally the least favourable London Airport for many. Personally I don't mind it.

What I will agree with though is that an A321LR doesn't have a hope of making it out of LTN on a 3000+ mile mission.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot Group will receive only 14 ex-Transaero aircraft
Replies: 31
Views: 7155

Re: Aeroflot Group will receive only 14 ex-Transaero aircraft

“They had been operated flat out with little care taken”. They spent money recruiting people and building a maintenance pool before looking at the aircraft? :confused: That all smells to me. They just don't want the capacity and are dumping the costs on the debtholders. They needed an excuse. It sm...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2017 Booked/ Flown Flights List
Replies: 243
Views: 16377

Re: Your 2017 Booked/ Flown Flights List

I'm already getting bored of the A320 family this year, and I've got a lot more to come... Flown 27/01/2017 ... LGW-BCN ... easyJet ... A320-200 28/01/2017 ... BCN-MAH ... Vueling ... A320-200 30/01/2017 ... MAH-BCN ... Vueling ... A320-200 31/01/2017 ... BCN-LTN ... Vueling ... A319-100 09/02/2017 ...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR: IAG to purchase CS300?
Replies: 50
Views: 16585

Re: RUMOUR: IAG to purchase CS300?

My view is that both EI and IB Group could use the C Series, quite apart from BA. There is a big gap between the ATR and A320 in EI's fleet for UK and near Europe destinations. This would be well filled by a 100-130 seater such as the C Series, whilst allowing the operation of thinner routes into ma...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KEF-HKG: Unserved route of the week
Replies: 65
Views: 6885

Re: KEF-HKG: Unserved route of the week

A moderate route network from KEF to major hubs in Asia (HKG, PEK, NRT etc...) would not surprise me at all in the next five years. There is an opportunity for WOW/Icelandair to expand their transit/stopover model to US East Coast-Asia traffic. Here, the P2P demand is largely irrelevant and you are ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Judge rules in Tweed New Haven (HVN) Airport's favor to lengthen runway; Trial Scheduled for February 2017
Replies: 50
Views: 4851

Re: Judge rules in Tweed New Haven (HVN) Airport's favor to lengthen runway; Trial Scheduled for February 2017

Didn't DL operate the CRJ 200 from HVN previously? It strikes me that the airport is using the Dash 8's withdrawal as an excuse here.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cseries orders for 2017
Replies: 215
Views: 61859

Re: Cseries orders for 2017

As things stand, IAG will ultimately need to chose between the MRJ, E-2 and C Series as a replacement for the current generation Embraers at BACF. The new expansion at LCY will almost certainly incentivise operation of the C Series or other 100+ seat aircraft. I can also see the C Series having a pl...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates expansion plans in Bangladesh
Replies: 30
Views: 6371

Re: Emirates expansion plans in Bangladesh

There is a lot more competition at CGP, but ZYL would be a braver move as there's less market to take a share of. That said, I think ZYL could work - there's a lot of Bangladeshis from this area in the UK alone, I expect so in the rest of Europe and possible the US too?


Dan

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Quick question, what's going on here in this pic (London)?
Replies: 7
Views: 2666

Re: Quick question, what's going on here in this pic (London)?

It's worth keeping in mind that the E190 is almost 5m longer than the A318.


Dan :)

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Visiting North Korea...would you do it?
Replies: 49
Views: 1718

Re: Visiting North Korea...would you do it?

I've been to the DPRK a few times. Just like any country, follow their rules and you will have an interesting and very eye opening experience. Anyone who has been to the DPRK will be aware that there is a certain degree of orchestration, but it's beyond rational belief that every single interaction ...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines to order 45 737 aircraft
Replies: 16
Views: 5984

Re: Monarch Airlines to order 45 737 aircraft

The spin here is incredible - but naturally the majority, if not entirety, of the press will swallow and regurgitate it without question. This is the same order they announced back in 2014, for 30 firm commitments and 15 options. I'd like to think they have converted the options, but there are no si...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?
Replies: 571
Views: 97591

Re: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?

The original order was for 30 firm and 15 options.

I hope that this isn't just a news repeat of that order?

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Oct 01, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?
Replies: 571
Views: 97591

Re: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?

Frankly some users need to understand what an open, informed discussion entails. The way Monarch handled communications throughout this turmoil has been far from helpful for their own cause, I hope this situation doesn't repeat for them, but lessons should be learnt. City talks about hainan group bu...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?
Replies: 571
Views: 97591

Re: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?

If the ATOL license had been paid then Monarch would be shouting about it from every available rooftop.

Sadly I will believe this when I see it.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?
Replies: 571
Views: 97591

Re: Rumor: Monarch to cease ops?

If Monarch were to try and restructure as you suggest, by closing down the Tour Operations division right now (i.e. to avoid having to pay the suggested £5m) then what happens to all those travellers with forward ATOL protected bookings. Can Monarch continue to service and provide those tours as a ...

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