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by PlymSpotter
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Zaragoza second busiest in Spain for cargo ops
Replies: 14
Views: 1896

Re: Zaragoza second busiest in Spain for cargo ops

It makes a lot of sense that ZAZ is seeing cargo increases - sitting at the centre of a triangle between MAD, BCN and BIO it can cater to all these markets.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair accused of inaction over racist incident on FR9015 flight from BCN to STN
Replies: 40
Views: 6222

Re: Ryanair accused of inaction over racist incident on FR9015 flight from BCN to STN

They screwed up, this idiot should be spending some time in a cell whilst contemplating his life choices.

Have seen it myself on other carriers, there was a very similar incident I witnessed on a WizzAir flight where the crew even continued to serve a racially abusive passenger with more alcohol.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I've done something terrible... I made quinoa
Replies: 34
Views: 1223

Re: I've done something terrible... I made quinoa

We cook a lot of fish and quinoa is a pretty nice bed for it, can mix it in with rice, stir fry, vegetables etc... to add some different flavours.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Report: Air Belgium on the Brink of Liquidation"
Replies: 17
Views: 4760

Re: "Report: Air Belgium on the Brink of Liquidation"

Their whole business plan was a mess to begin with anyway. :checkmark: This. It is crazy to begin with. What were they thinking, One A340 from China to Belgium? Looks more like a boy's dream coming true, than a serious investment proposal. I wish them the best of luck, but I would say it is doomed,...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cobalt Air In Trouble
Replies: 43
Views: 7377

Re: Cobalt Air In Trouble

A shame to see them fail, they had interesting plans for the future.

Sadly along the topic of further failures, it's conceivable that we'll lose Air Belgium by the end of the day, they are having an extraordinary AGM, with some crunch decisions to be made about their future.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.
Replies: 41
Views: 6056

Re: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.

For FlyBe the good times are always just around the corner, because they have the right strategy now. But I just don't buy this any more, Widener has been in place for almost two years, so it is her decisions and leadership which is now delivering results, or not as the case might be. Currency slip...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A second airport at Madrid
Replies: 19
Views: 2255

Re: A second airport at Madrid

Ambitious, but not without merit. The travel time by road into Madrid is around 40 minutes compared with 20-25 minutes to Barajas. In perspective, Cuidad Real was almost 2.5 hours away. Lack of public transport can be easily remedied using busses, as occurs at LCC focused airports across Europe. The...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.
Replies: 41
Views: 6056

Re: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.

For FlyBe the good times are always just around the corner, because they have the right strategy now. But I just don't buy this any more, Widener has been in place for almost two years, so it is her decisions and leadership which is now delivering results, or not as the case might be. Currency slips...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's
Replies: 82
Views: 13653

Re: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's

The thing is, I don't really see where the A338 offers KU extra flexibility over the A339 when they've also got the A359 on order. The A339 would allow them to reach pretty much any commercially viable market from KWI outside of the east coast of Australia and the southern/western U.S. (i.e. IAH/DF...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's
Replies: 82
Views: 13653

Re: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's

Ordering the A338 makes a lot of sense for KU, they don't need the extra capacity of the A359 on much of the network. This will be a good, if somewhat late, A300 replacement on the busy short to medium haul routes out of KWI.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last Azores Airlines A310 flight
Replies: 36
Views: 5234

Re: Last Azores Airlines A310 flight happening right now

Had a lovely flight with SATA's A310 several years ago - it's a shame to see them go. Hopefully get a flight on Air Transat's too before they are retired.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW - Emergency RWY could add 20% capacity
Replies: 17
Views: 4537

Re: LGW - Emergency RWY could add 20% capacity

Whats i think is when one aircraft landing on one runway the another aircraft will taxi to another runway; when the 1st aircraft leave the runway the 2nd aircraft start takeoff. Capacity increase mainly because of waiting time reduction That describes current operations at LGW. As soon as the arriv...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW - Emergency RWY could add 20% capacity
Replies: 17
Views: 4537

Re: LGW - Emergency RWY could add 20% capacity

Whats i think is when one aircraft landing on one runway the another aircraft will taxi to another runway; when the 1st aircraft leave the runway the 2nd aircraft start takeoff. Capacity increase mainly because of waiting time reduction That describes current operations at LGW. As soon as the arriv...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW - Emergency RWY could add 20% capacity
Replies: 17
Views: 4537

Re: LGW - Emergency RWY could add 20% capacity

From an operational perspective, this makes very little sense. I can't see how it would be permitted on anything other than a VFR basis, so a nice capacity cushion when the weather is good, but practically this can't be relied on to create extra slots. Also, as Channex757 points out, there are still...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Express 737 gets massive gash on belly on take off
Replies: 52
Views: 14710

Re: Air India Express 737 gets massive gash on belly on take off

From what it looks like, it was the main landing gear which hit the wall - rubber on brick isn't going to cause much damage to the wheels. The fuselage was impacted by the ILS equipment, which has done significant damage to the lower hull. Had the aircraft been another few inches lower, I think we'd...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cello Aviation ceases flying
Replies: 1
Views: 778

Re: Cello Aviation ceases flying

Very sad news, I thought they had been doing quite well.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Express 737 gets massive gash on belly on take off
Replies: 52
Views: 14710

Re: Air India Express 737 gets massive gash on belly on take off

Those were 130 damn lucky people, this was literally inches away from being a disaster. I wonder how they managed to hit the wall with the fuselage but not with the main landing gear... I think they did. There is clearly some green fencing (net) stuck on the main landing gear of the jet. Yes, I saw ...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest thing that millennials are killing off...
Replies: 24
Views: 1425

Re: Latest thing that millennials are killing off...

Person A: I just got back from Miami! Person B: Oh? How was it? Person A: Drunken orgy! I think. So much alcohol. Just kind of a blur. Person B: What did you think of the art deco buildings or the Everglades? Person A: The what? So much alcohol! So much sex! Person B: ...... I don't understand how ...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest thing that millennials are killing off...
Replies: 24
Views: 1425

Re: Latest thing that millennials are killing off...

Millennials are more focused on experiences, spending a proportionally higher income on this than other generations before them. I just don't think an 18-30 holiday meets the market's expectations any more... and I can see why.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Flybe is just concentrated on UK isles?
Replies: 14
Views: 2400

Re: Why Flybe is just concentrated on UK isles?

FlyBe's business model is ultimately based around a series of combined niches; Islands with no other fast transport option Regional airports, with catchment areas / runways that cannot support major mainline / LCC operations Geographically constrained regions (think water) with poor overland transpo...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is LEVEL Airlines A Failure?
Replies: 15
Views: 2309

Re: Is LEVEL Airlines A Failure?

Cheap fares for reasonably imminent travel aren't necessarily a good guide to profitability. It could be that 90% of the tickets already sold have been at $300+, but that LEVEL's revenue analytics solution is telling them that heavily incentivising travel in the (for instance) 14-3 day period will r...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rethinking LGA Airport
Replies: 72
Views: 7214

Re: Rethinking LGA Airport

Come on, you're still not trying.

Rework your idea to fit in Central Park so it's a true airport for New York.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook paint "gaffe"
Replies: 22
Views: 5701

Re: Thomas Cook paint "gaffe"

Yes this is an old one, it happened quite a while ago as Stewie 787 notes. Sometimes the holiday carriers to use L2 to deplane the A321 (and other types like the 752, 753), as pax can feed from/to both directions and speed up the boarding process. However the door is specifically positioned to captu...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are we in a turning point in new air routes?
Replies: 8
Views: 759

Re: Are we in a turning point in new air routes?

What definition are we assigning to 'stabilised route'? I ask because I have worked with airlines who consider the spin up process after launch to last from three months to well over two years.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights
Replies: 32
Views: 3502

Re: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights

Milan isn't a bad shout actually, 3.2% of Kazakhstan's imports originate from Italy and I believe Cargolux already operate a scheduled service into ALA from MXP. Spain for reference is 1.3% whilst France represents 2.5% and Germany, with several flights, is on 5.1%. Also, we are all presuming this w...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Blue Air acquires Air Moldova
Replies: 16
Views: 1280

Re: Blue Air acquires Air Moldova

KIV is a pleasant enough airport, and the city is nice too. Made a 10 day connection there back in 2010 as a student on a LED-KIV-CDG-LGW itinerary with Air Moldova... as a certain volcano in Iceland erupted as I left LED.

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will we ever see an Airbus 380 stretch ?
Replies: 115
Views: 15398

Re: Will we ever see an Airbus 380 stretch ?

My view is that, at some point in the future (well beyond 15 years), there will be a requirement for an ultra-VLA. The growth of middle classes in developing nations is already changing the dynamic of air travel in these markets and frequency increases, especially on longer sectors involving conges...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights
Replies: 32
Views: 3502

Re: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights

I never mentioned BCN in this thread until someone from the gang that likes bullying me had to bring the Barcelona issue. The gang that likes bullying you? Oh please... I've not read enough of your other posts to know anything about your history here on these forums, but I agree with other posters ...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will we ever see an Airbus 380 stretch ?
Replies: 115
Views: 15398

Re: Will we ever see an Airbus 380 stretch ?

My view is that, at some point in the future (well beyond 15 years), there will be a requirement for an ultra-VLA. The growth of middle classes in developing nations is already changing the dynamic of air travel in these markets and frequency increases, especially on longer sectors involving congest...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Barcelona Airport Thread
Replies: 25
Views: 2243

Re: Barcelona Airport Thread

Thank you - a very interesting resource.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights
Replies: 32
Views: 3502

Re: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights

Touche.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Barcelona Airport Thread
Replies: 25
Views: 2243

Re: Barcelona Airport Thread

The route shop has some relevant statistic on unserved and underserved routes from BCN: http://www.therouteshop.com/profiles/barcelona-airport/ True, but I got a feeling the route shop is always a bit outdated. It often lists "unserved" routes that were indeed unserved a couple of years a...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights
Replies: 32
Views: 3502

Re: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights

@Kadish - they really aren't. Madrid and Catalonia (remember we're talking about regions here) are actually rather well pegged. @Aic97 - exactly, it's actually pointless talking about the business demand for such a flight, because no matter where in Spain it originates, the business demand is going ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Red Wings reveals new livery, announces fleet growth
Replies: 9
Views: 2791

Re: Red Wings reveals new livery, announces fleet growth

This is a technically very poor livery - as people have pointed out, it's illegible from certain angles.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights
Replies: 32
Views: 3502

Re: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights

In 2017, Madrid received 61% of direct FDI in Spain, and Catalonia 13%. So that is almost 5 times more. How is that comparable? Your figures are a little different to the ones I have seen, from an article in the UK's Guardian around a year ago, so we may be comparing 2016 to 2017 here. A 12 point s...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights
Replies: 32
Views: 3502

Re: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights

Premium leisure PAX in Barcelona in the largest airport in Europe without a legacy carrier and where the 4 largest carriers in terms of PAX (Vueling, Ryanair, easyJet and Norwegian) are low-cost? To me that is more similar to Palma de Mallorca than to Munich. Or where major TATL destinations like L...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Barcelona Airport Thread
Replies: 25
Views: 2243

Re: Barcelona Airport Thread

The route shop has some relevant statistic on unserved and underserved routes from BCN:

http://www.therouteshop.com/profiles/barcelona-airport/

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FLYBE on time performance. 80%
Replies: 9
Views: 1128

Re: FLYBE on time performance. 80%

I'm not sure that would help, I understand it's been an issue since they arrived. Operationally, what they could do is pad the schedules more, and remove all remaining planned crew swaps. But realistically that's not going to happen, because they've done that to squeeze as much efficiency (in ideal ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights
Replies: 32
Views: 3502

Re: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights

Not convinced of the demand here though, BCN feels a better fit and less vanity orientated. I don't see why BCN would be a better fit. Less vanity oriented? BCN-TSE would mostly serve rich Kazakhs going to the Mediterranean. MAD-TSE would strengthen business links and potentially provide Spanish pa...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FLYBE on time performance. 80%
Replies: 9
Views: 1128

Re: FLYBE on time performance. 80%

Multiple reasons and, to be fair to them, some are outside of their control. Weather is the major issue, as they operate to a higher proportion of small or peripheral airports than most other airlines, leaving their schedule highly exposed to delays. This regional focus also makes technical issues m...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines plans new mega airport with 80 million pax capacity 48km southeast of Addis Ababa
Replies: 28
Views: 4039

Re: Ethiopian Airlines plans new mega airport with 80 million pax capacity 48km southeast of Addis Ababa

Yeah....................what about the millions of starving ppl! Billions of (western) foreign aid haven't improved on that one tiny bit. quite the contrary. Mostly due to aid being leveraged for resource control or for for self serving activities like "helping" with expensive gimmicks th...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights
Replies: 32
Views: 3502

Re: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights

MAD-TSE is 3,538 miles, so it's within still air range of the basic A321NEO. Could be a few issues with headwinds on the westbound, however Air Astana have also ordered the A321NEO LR, which would comfortably do this route. Not convinced of the demand here though, BCN feels a better fit and less van...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines plans new mega airport with 80 million pax capacity 48km southeast of Addis Ababa
Replies: 28
Views: 4039

Re: Ethiopian Airlines plans new mega airport with 80 million pax capacity 48km southeast of Addis Ababa

Something to remember is that at the masterplanning stage, airport capacity relates to the maximum envisaged throughput which is being designed for, not the day one capacity. Airports may intend to realise a masterplan across ten to fifty years, so planning ahead is important. Bole is well located f...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA return flights - need to include a Saturday night or else prices are very expensive
Replies: 21
Views: 2006

Re: BA return flights - need to include a Saturday night or else prices are very expensive

On a related note, it would not surprise me at all if easyJet launch services to West Africa in the next few years. IIRC their current longest sector is TLV-MAN, at 2,355 miles. Dakar, Banjul, Accra, Abuja and Lagos range from 2,684 to 3,137 miles from LGW and a little less from CDG, MXP etc... They...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SpiceJet in talks with Airbus to buy wide-bodied A330neo aircraft
Replies: 11
Views: 2745

Re: SpiceJet in talks with Airbus to buy wide-bodied A330neo aircraft

There is a market for a mid to long haul LCC, operating to leisure and migratory destinations from DEL and BOM. The A330-900's range is somewhat overkill though, considering the longest route would likely be something like BOM-MAN, under 4,000nm. So the 787-9 would just bring even more range to a pa...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A220 capability at this aerodrome.
Replies: 10
Views: 1707

Re: Airbus A220 capability at this aerodrome.

zeke wrote:
Everyone knows the -300 is not currently certified for LCY


Everyone? :scratchchin:

zeke wrote:
Will not be a problem for the A220-100 or A220-300, both operate out of LCY which is about 200 meters shorter.


C'mon dude...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will BA/AA ever resume MAN-JFK in future?
Replies: 27
Views: 3507

Re: Will BA/AA ever resume MAN-JFK in future?

You have more chance of seeing Level operating this for IAG than BA, or AA operating a JFK service via the JV.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Crystal Skye on FR24
Replies: 8
Views: 939

Re: Crystal Skye on FR24

Earlier in the year it flew overhead on departure from LGW with Chelsea football club on board. The flight was trackable on FR24, but it didn't list the registration or operator - just the aircraft type.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How close was Iran Air to operating the Concorde?
Replies: 15
Views: 3900

Re: How close was Iran Air to operating the Concorde?

Had the revolution not taken place, it's conceivable that Iran Air would have added additional frames, potentially at BA and AF's 'cost', meaning their fleets would have been smaller. Who knows - based on the fact that Iran's revolution was instrumental in driving Dubai and the UAE's growth, we coul...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How close was Iran Air to operating the Concorde?
Replies: 15
Views: 3900

Re: How close was Iran Air to operating the Concorde?

The plan as I understand it was to route over Turkey and then the Mediterranean at speed, then either route subsonic North over France, or across the Pyrenees subsonic, then supersonic up the bay of Biscay to the UK - total routing about 1,000-1,200km longer than the GC distance. This is similar to ...

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