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by PlymSpotter
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is this old finca-style building in the middle of Palma airport?
Replies: 2
Views: 932

Re: What is this old finca-style building in the middle of Palma airport?

This is one of the old agricultural windmills which scatter the countryside around Palma. Whilst the land it used to serve was turned into PMI, the building was preserved as a novelty within the airport.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Dornier 328/328Jet to be back in manufacturing
Replies: 33
Views: 5328

Re: Dornier 328/328Jet to be back in manufacturing

Thing is, the trip costs of a Do328 are practically the same as the ATR 42-600, whilst the latter offers a bunch of extra seats.

I question the market size here for a warmed over design.

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Britains First Sharia Airline
Replies: 121
Views: 16528

Re: Britains First Sharia Airline

I've met Kazi a few times now - genuinely nice chap with a lot of ambition. It's an interesting project and he's guided by an experienced team of aviation professionals, which makes it more realistic.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Long Have You Been On A.net?
Replies: 63
Views: 1679

Re: How Long Have You Been On A.net?

zrs70 wrote:
Joined in 2000. A.net has matured a lot since then. I think there were a lot more teens and young adults in the early years. Trip reports were often about if airlines gave you the “whole can” or not!


Thanks for sharing

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air China's 77W
Replies: 5
Views: 550

Re: Air China's 77W

The 9 or 10 abreast difference isn't necessarily that noticeable in seat pad width, but shoulder width. I've got fairly broad shoulders and have done 10 abreast on the 77W a few times. It is horrible when you are seated next to someone else with broad shoulders - enough for me to avoid the 777 where...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: High altitude flights by commercial airliners
Replies: 52
Views: 6011

Re: High altitude flights by commercial airliners

Going back many years I reached FL450 whilst flying PVG-AMS with KLM on the 74M. The flight was very light and we had strong headwinds at the lower levels, so we went above them! One of my all time coolest flights; super crew and what a view - the sky was the kind of deep blue that looks like you co...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Internal documents reveal Tesla is blowing through an insane amount of raw material and cash to make Model 3s
Replies: 22
Views: 979

Re: Internal documents reveal Tesla is blowing through an insane amount of raw material and cash to make Model 3s

Several years ago I was at a Chrylser training class in Auburn Hills, Michigan. They had an electric Fiat 500 there and said that the car actually should cost $80,000, but they took a massive loss to sell it at $35,000, so they could move some product in California.. That was Marchionne bullshit. T...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service
Replies: 71
Views: 12570

Re: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service

If they have 120 million, let them try.

For me the biggest question is whether there is still a sufficient market for Concorde pleasure flights, at the kind of price point which makes an operation commercially viable.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Post A Pic Of Your Ride
Replies: 28
Views: 2103

Re: Post A Pic Of Your Ride

I also really want to buy a 'modern' classic soon, preferably to restore. I'm thinking Ford Capri, always loved these since I was a kid and a friend's parents had one: Ah, the Ford Capri - brings back fond memories! Good choice! As a kid I was so mad at my dad that he didn't buy one. Needless to sa...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump can Pardon self
Replies: 34
Views: 958

Re: Trump can Pardon self

Great, so he can pardon himself.

Frankly, I'm more interested in whether Melania can also 'pardon' him. :bouncy:

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Post A Pic Of Your Ride
Replies: 28
Views: 2103

Re: Post A Pic Of Your Ride

I drive a 320D, don't have a picture to hand, but it's essentially this model and colour: http://masbukti.com/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-320d/2014-bmw-320d-touring/2014-bmw-320d-touring-18.jpg Pretty comfortable despite having run flats and very economical on long trips, even when I'm not hanging around....

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Long Have You Been On A.net?
Replies: 63
Views: 1679

Re: How Long Have You Been On A.net?

Christ, I was still a virgin when I first joined this site. Oh wait, so was everyone else... :duck:

In seriousness, first joined in 98 or 99, then rejoined again in 2004. It's been a blast, despite some highs and lows in this forum's history, and I've made some very good friends.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rwanda becomes Arsenal FC’s first tourism partner
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Re: Rwanda becomes Arsenal FC’s first tourism partner

The UK.gov sends billions to Rwanda, who then chose to reinvest some of that in a PL sponsorship. That's bound to get more than a few knickers in a wad - here's looking at you, Daily Wail. £64 million is the figure being quoted in the UK press. Frankly, good on them. Rwanda's tourist authority are ...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue May 29, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 5T's C-GOPW mechanical?
Replies: 10
Views: 969

Re: 5T's C-GOPW mechanical?

This is why the mouse-over feature of the old forum format was so useful. It could well be that the poster has assumed this is still active.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon May 21, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to retire ERJ 195
Replies: 55
Views: 9251

Re: Flybe to retire ERJ 195

Imagine switching to ATR72 with all your pilots rated for Q400. Q400 is good enough to reach in to middle europe from UK. Q400 straddles turboprop to regional jet divide better than an ATR72 Q400 potentially holds more paying passengers. If only they could afford young or new Q400s. And yet with al...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon May 21, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to retire ERJ 195
Replies: 55
Views: 9251

Re: Flybe to retire ERJ 195

They have 2 fleet types once the E195s go they'll have aircraft perfectly suited to their operations. I disagree - the ATR 72 would be the perfect aircraft, especially when paired with the ERJ 175. Such issues with the current fleet are well known within BE too, but they are not in a financial posi...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 20, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to retire ERJ 195
Replies: 55
Views: 9251

Re: Flybe to retire ERJ 195

I direct you back to http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1394319#p20410033 Maintenance costs are high. A mostly one type fleet will make FlyBE more attractive to a potential acquirer. They have 2 fleet types once the E195s go they'll have aircraft perfectly suited to their operat...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat May 19, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to retire ERJ 195
Replies: 55
Views: 9251

Re: Flybe to retire ERJ 195

opticalilyushin wrote:
BAWLGW wrote:
BA CITYFLYER might be interested in taking them off their hands?


If they did it wont be for LCY, the 195 isn't certified


Which is more than BE senior management could comprehend back then. Even claimed that the ATR 72 couldn't use LCY. No wonder BE are in such a bad shape.

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by PlymSpotter
Sat May 19, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow reveals quietest airlines
Replies: 53
Views: 12888

Re: Heathrow reveals quietest airlines

So many airlines operate the same a/c. How can one airline operating an a/c be noisier than another airline operating the same exact a/c assuming similar winds, descent pattern, etc? By not following the preferred routings for noise and by using more of their night-time quota. I suspect it's Egypta...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat May 19, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow reveals quietest airlines
Replies: 53
Views: 12888

Re: Heathrow reveals quietest airlines

Surprised to see FlyBe aren't top. I presume they stray out of the preferential corridors a lot due to the Q400's performance.

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by PlymSpotter
Sat May 19, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flights Over Windsor and Royal Wedding
Replies: 33
Views: 6221

Re: Flights Over Windsor and Royal Wedding

I'm not surprised they stopped, one loud plane at the wrong time and that's a PR fail for Heathrow's expansion plan.

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by PlymSpotter
Sat May 19, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Max Flyover Country (bragging rights?)
Replies: 14
Views: 1274

Re: Max Flyover Country (bragging rights?)

I'd say France is a strong contender.

Thousands of flights a day in the summer pass through French airspace en route from Northern European countries to Spain / Portugal and North Africa. Plus flights from Southern / Eastern Europe and the Middle East to the UK / Ireland, and North America.

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by PlymSpotter
Sat May 19, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do Charter Airlines Use 737's rather than A320's
Replies: 34
Views: 7849

Re: Why do Charter Airlines Use 737's rather than A320's

Cargo is not of importance to the majority of charter airlines and there tends to be more cushioning in the schedules, which helps chose the 737 over the A320.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 16, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to retire ERJ 195
Replies: 55
Views: 9251

Re: Flybe to retire ERJ 195

Wow, what a screw up that order was. BE have been trying to get out of their 12 year leases since the turn of the decade, and only succeeded in offloading 5 of the type. They even parked the fleet at a lease cost of £265k per frame a month, before giving up on selling them and deciding it was margin...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 16, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 209
Views: 10527

Re: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List

I'm having my eyes on flights to Ukraine and taking the opportunity there to fly with Motor Sich's Soviet classics :hyper: Do it! Quite aside of the aircraft, Kiev is a nice city with lots to see. Also might want to tie it in with a tour of Chernobyl - there are a few tours being run by A.net forum...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue May 15, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines that offer menus in Economy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1404

Re: Airlines that offer menus in Economy?

This is probably against the grain here, but I'd actually rather airlines didn't give out menus. It's just another single use item to throw away after the flight is over. I'd rather see my menu on the PTV screen, and I'd rather a lot of the bundled items meal were 'on demand'. I wonder what percenta...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 13, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo speculations
Replies: 57
Views: 5892

Re: Air Koryo speculations

Why on earth would they lease an IL-96? Because they are so far the only airline flying to DPRK, because they want to welcome more tourist that they currently do (maybe the recent event will make it happen), because they could use the capacity on PEK, because they could use it as a mix PAX/VIP airc...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 13, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo speculations
Replies: 57
Views: 5892

Re: Air Koryo speculations

To be clear, hopeful talk among the enthusiast community. The slight irony here though is they could probably have filled it from PEK and then used their capacity to serve other destinations in China. For the Chinese, there is huge interest, as North Korea is similar to visiting a working Museum on ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 13, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo speculations
Replies: 57
Views: 5892

Re: Air Koryo speculations

Yeah. You think airbus and Boeing will give NK the same deal as tupolev did? Come on!! Air Koryo does not need subsidising from the sale of raw materials, they make enough money flying passengers - tourists. It's something like £300 a shot just for the PEK-FNJ round trip. Until they had to withdraw...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 13, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nolinor Aviation refits a 737-200 with modern avionics
Replies: 94
Views: 13916

Re: Nolinor Aviation refits a 737-200 with modern avionics

The BAe 146 / Avro RJ is a suitable replacement for gravel runways, with the added bonus of being STOL capable. However, this still isn't a perfect replacement for a 737-200 Combi, like C-GTUK. I suspect select frames will fly on well into the 2020s. Actually a lot of 146´s also got such an update,...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 13, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo speculations
Replies: 57
Views: 5892

Re: Air Koryo speculations

Where does North Korea get the foreign exchange to buy these aircraft? The DPRK didn’t have issue leasing the current four Tu-204 and An-148 via the Russian. They will do the same. They get money from coals, minerals, etc... Yeah. You think airbus and Boeing will give NK the same deal as tupolev di...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 13, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nolinor Aviation refits a 737-200 with modern avionics
Replies: 94
Views: 13916

Re: Nolinor Aviation refits a 737-200 with modern avionics

It may seem counter intuitive, but it's actually beneficial using older, out of production aircraft. These operations often have relatively low utilisation, so the lower lease rates are financially appealing. Plus the insurance costs on flying a brand new hull into a marginal gravel strip without an...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 13, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nolinor Aviation refits a 737-200 with modern avionics
Replies: 94
Views: 13916

Re: Nolinor Aviation refits a 737-200 with modern avionics

The BAe 146 / Avro RJ is a suitable replacement for gravel runways, with the added bonus of being STOL capable.

However, this still isn't a perfect replacement for a 737-200 Combi, like C-GTUK. I suspect select frames will fly on well into the 2020s.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 13, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 100 types reached :)
Replies: 40
Views: 3412

Re: 100 types reached :)

Looks like Orca Airways going out of business and rebooking pax to Pacific Coastal Airlines gives me a shot at a Beech 1900C later this month. Really hoping they don't put their single 1900D on the route I'm flying, as I already have that variant. This happened to me, so fingers crossed it doesn't ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 13, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Busan (S.Korea) long-haul flights pt. 2
Replies: 12
Views: 2147

Re: Busan (S.Korea) long-haul flights pt. 2

-AY needs to give 30 billion won per year (27M USD) to KE who will see decreased demand out of PUS -AY cannot sell transfer tickets from PUS to wherever KE flies into, such as LHR CDG FRA AMS MAD BCN FCO PRG MXP IST etc. -AY cannot increase ICN frequency (currently 7/w), and PUS freq restricted to ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 13, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo speculations
Replies: 57
Views: 5892

Re: Air Koryo speculations

Bobloblaw wrote:
Where does North Korea get the foreign exchange to buy these aircraft?


Tourism mostly, which is rather lucrative. We are many many years, quite possibly decades, from there being enough domestic demand to support flights.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 13, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo speculations
Replies: 57
Views: 5892

Re: Air Koryo speculations

If sanctions are eased / lifted, I suspect we'll see a scenario similar to Cubana where the original fleet is gradually mothballed in favour of wet leased equipment. No doubt there will be interest from Chinese partners here.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu May 10, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian and Air Transat seem interested at launching direct flights from PMI
Replies: 18
Views: 3539

Re: Norwegian and Air Transat seem interested at launching direct flights from PMI

Palma has a major cruise terminal, there have been charter flights from North America several times in the past to join/return from Mediterranean itineraries. If these flights do happen, I suspect it will be in conjunction with a cruise operator.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri May 04, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB Milan & OPO network changes. Increase EZE and SCL
Replies: 49
Views: 11017

Re: IB Milan & OPO network changes. Increase EZE and SCL

Pepper456 wrote:
IB could fly to BGC VRL CBP and VSE with their Bombardier Q200.
This could complement the WV flights between them and put pressure in TP to link this cities with their ATR with LIS/OPO...


Neither Iberia or Air Nostrum operate the Q200. They have CRJ 200s, but these will be leaving the fleet.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu May 03, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air launches UK flights
Replies: 13
Views: 2735

Re: Wizz Air launches UK flights

Gatwick is just as cramped as Luton, maybe even more. There's little space left at Stansted (where Wizzair currently doesn't fly). The only real option is Southend as it's the only London airport that isn't slot controlled. However it doesn't have to be London, the AOC is valid in the whole UK. The...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 02, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian going 3x daily LGW-JFK
Replies: 48
Views: 6422

Re: Norwegian going 3x daily LGW-JFK

readytotaxi wrote:
One hour turn around, wheels down wheels up at JFK, yeah right!


This is block times, so it's time on stand. Still punchy mind.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 209
Views: 10527

Re: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List

A few more trips added, including some more interesting ways to reach MAH: 01.05.2018 ... LGW-SPC ... easyJet ... A32S 01.05.2018 ... SPC-TFN ... Binter Canarias op. by Canarias Airlines ... ATR 72 01.05.2018 ... TFS-LGW ... easyJet ... A32S 12.05.2018 ... LGW-PMI ... easyJet ... A32S 13.05.2018 ......

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines still flying the A300 and A310 in pax version.
Replies: 8
Views: 2429

Re: Airlines still flying the A300 and A310 in pax version.

Had some fun flights on these types in the past, so it's good to see them holding out. Taban Air and Mahan Air also have A310s active, in addition to IR's 1/2 in service still. Ariana Afghan may also have a couple in service, but I'm not sure how accurate this is. Qushm Air, Mahan and Meraj Airlines...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 100 types reached :)
Replies: 40
Views: 3412

Re: 100 types reached :)

Some very cool types in your list - I really want to fly the Yak 52. FlightMemory states I have flown 179 types. I'm still completing my own Spreadsheet log, so this probably isn't everything: Agusta 109A II Airbus A300B4-600R Airbus A310-300 Airbus A310-300ET Airbus A318-100 Airbus A319-100 (+W) Ai...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Goes Basic
Replies: 35
Views: 3013

Re: BA Goes Basic

I'm pleased with this. If people want more from their BA experience, then they can pay more for it. Unbundling makes sense both for the consumer and the airline - why should I pay for 20kg of luggage when all I want is a rucksack for a long weekend. There's no longer a place for sentiment or entitl...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Goes Basic
Replies: 35
Views: 3013

Re: BA Goes Basic

I'm pleased with this. If people want more from their BA experience, then they can pay more for it. Unbundling makes sense both for the consumer and the airline - why should I pay for 20kg of luggage when all I want is a rucksack for a long weekend. There's no longer a place for sentiment or entitle...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Taking a trip just to fly on a specific type of plane
Replies: 94
Views: 4458

Re: Taking a trip just to fly on a specific type of plane

It is actually pretty normal for aviation enthusiasts - I've taken literally hundreds of trips to log a specific airline / aircraft. Usually I'm chasing something pretty rare, the stuff which operates in remote parts of the world, so I get to visit a lot of really interesting and off the beaten path...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian released worst forever monthly RASK 0,26 NOK
Replies: 113
Views: 18826

Re: Norwegian released worst forever monthly RASK 0,26 NOK

This is totally insane, their losses grow faster than their traffic but they are still pushing more gas to pedal. They already told that their losses are about 2600 million NOK at Q1 and I think that H1 losses will be over 4000 million NOK. Their plan is to replicate Amazon: grab market share in a ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Strange 5th Freedom Routes
Replies: 32
Views: 2811

Re: Strange 5th Freedom Routes

I'd say the odd ones are the flights where 5th freedom is available, but the airline charges a ridiculously high fare to dissuade passengers from flying it. GVA-MAD with Uzbekistan Airways comes to mind. It's ended now, but used to be flown once weekly on the A310 and had a fare of something like £...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Strange 5th Freedom Routes
Replies: 32
Views: 2811

Re: Strange 5th Freedom Routes

I'd say the odd ones are the flights where 5th freedom is available, but the airline charges a ridiculously high fare to dissuade passengers from flying it. GVA-MAD with Uzbekistan Airways comes to mind. It's ended now, but used to be flown once weekly on the A310 and had a fare of something like £1...

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