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by slinky09
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 117
Views: 29204

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? For a passenger the A346 is beautiful and comfort...

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by slinky09
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 38961

Re: Future of 777X

That's not to say the 777-9 is far superior to A35K - as I said above it will not have overwhelming advantages against smaller competition and will not come close to the 77W by widebody market share. But given the smaller capacity/risk delta over A35K, cargo parity (at least), and better MCC, the 7...

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by slinky09
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MOL: "Norwegian 'gone' in 4-5 months"
Replies: 136
Views: 26296

Re: MOL: "Norwegian 'gone' in 4-5 months"

There are many clouds on the horizon that could shatter Norwegian quickly, a debt / financial crisis could easily trigger a fallback in demand that would poleaxe their growth and lead to a cashflow crisis for example. On the other hand they may not. Norwegian is clearly taking risks in a business pl...

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by slinky09
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG A350 Orders/Options
Replies: 101
Views: 13929

Re: IAG A350 Orders/Options

For EI, it will be interesting to see whether the A350 will reappear on the production list. I think it will be a very handsome aircraft in EI colors (but so will the 787 be :) ) EI doesn't have a route network that needs the A350, the 330 will do very nicely and then probably the 321LR for seconda...

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by slinky09
Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 316
Views: 39616

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

The real journey time saving doesn't seem worth the extra inflight discomfort to me - particularly if you are a premium passenger and get access to lounges and showers on any stopover. The economics must be pushing the envelope too and any variation in demand could mean these routes becoming low to ...

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by slinky09
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 21524

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

Jetty wrote:
slinky09 wrote:
perhaps it's a way for DL to invest in VS and let it acquire some more Heathrow slots to grow?

This isn't an option as VS doesn't get any cash from the deal; DL's cash flows to AF/KL and Branson.


Of course, I stand corrected.

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by slinky09
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 21524

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

I am struggling to make sense of this strategically other than that having all four airlines in the JV means there's a way for DL to get a better return on revenues and its investments. It can't be about AF / KLM connectivity to VS at Heathrow given the terminal layout and really most of VS's custom...

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by slinky09
Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA releases worst safety video ever?
Replies: 115
Views: 13280

Re: BA releases worst safety video ever?

Oh boy how miserable you all are ... has it's moments of humour and I'm certain the actual version on board will be snappier than this cut. As said, best to try to understand the context (Comic Relief, BA charity, some famous UK comedy faces) and if you don't culturally get it, stick to what you do!

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by slinky09
Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL releases anti-ME3 video
Replies: 196
Views: 20545

Re: DL releases anti-ME3 video

I've always believed that if you have to trash your opposition as a marketing ploy, you have no belief in the value of your own offering. On just how many routes do DL and the ME3 compete again?

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by slinky09
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Zimbabwe to be renamed, Gov't paying off debt, ET to partner AirZim
Replies: 70
Views: 10903

Re: Air Zimbabwe to be renamed, Gov't paying off debt, ET to partner AirZim

Trust me its over 1 miilion, even Mugabe does not want them to vote https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabweans_in_the_United_Kingdom That's just silly and not even backed up by your link. As to Zimbabwe running a 777 anywhere profitably that's a joke, if it even exists it'll just be a toy for the co...

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by slinky09
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA capture a lot of North America <-> India traffic?
Replies: 46
Views: 8064

Re: Does BA capture a lot of North America <-> India traffic?

Yes, having worked in India I can affirm that people travelling to the US choose between LH, BA and EK with connections, and lastly AI direct - no one I ever met (Indian or other) preferred Air India over the other options due to its dire service onboard and on the ground. How LH, BA and EK rank is ...

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by slinky09
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's "World Images" Tailfins - 20 Years On
Replies: 80
Views: 8827

Re: BA's "World Images" Tailfins - 20 Years On

I too loved them, I thought it demonstrated an outward looking, global, design conscious airline - I doubt that would ever happen with today's regime though.

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by slinky09
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Union Blames Meltdown on IT Outsourcing to India
Replies: 128
Views: 16566

Re: BA Union Blames Meltdown on IT Outsourcing to India

This reports the root cause as a (British) contractor accidentally switching off the power, and the problem being a human fault. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/british-airways-it-outage-caused-by-contractor-who-switched-off-8906438 In which case I still call baloney, the whole story is n...

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by slinky09
Thu May 25, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL- service to EYW Key West
Replies: 55
Views: 8987

Re: DL- service to EYW Key West

If you fly VS into ATL and connect on DL to EYW you are restricted to one hold bag as part of the ticket t&cs, even if you're eligible on the VS segment to two or more ...

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by slinky09
Sat May 20, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat
Replies: 59
Views: 12200

Re: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat

He kinda took the one remaining high-fare O/D (almost)-monopoly and made it an AS hub. Where else could he start an airline of any decent size in the US? He won't start anything, he'll hope somebody else does and pays him for using the Virgin brand. He doesn't run anything, his main role is self pr...

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by slinky09
Wed May 17, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has Nigeria never had a major airline?
Replies: 45
Views: 8466

Re: Why has Nigeria never had a major airline?

A friend who works at LHR used to tell me how much fun it was observing the check in for flights to Lagos or Port Harcourt, an amazing set of items including furniture and kitchen goods with wads of cash handed over as 'excess baggage'. The C word is rampant with anything to do with Nigeria and trav...

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by slinky09
Tue May 16, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Why no 1st class?
Replies: 145
Views: 20207

Re: Concorde Why no 1st class?

Define first class? For me one definition of FC is speed and service, Concorde had that in spades so who needs a suite and a bar when you can travel 3x faster than anyone else!

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by slinky09
Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates EK A380 utilization
Replies: 63
Views: 12209

Re: Emirates EK A380 utilization

Really? The analysis presented shows that EK are using their A380 frames for more time each day than the industry average for international operations. If anything, it proves that EK have slightly less capacity than the majority of other airlines require for similar operations. And, lets not forget...

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by slinky09
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAPA: We will have Uber & Airbnb of Aviation in next decade, but no one is preparing for it
Replies: 48
Views: 6809

Re: CAPA: We will have Uber & Airbnb of Aviation in next decade, but no one is preparing for it

The article claims air travel will become more like Uber and AirBnB because neither of those entities actually own cars or apartments, they just analyze data and let others shoulder the cost of owning the asset. Airlines in the future will be those who shoulder the cost of assets, and Facebook, App...

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by slinky09
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?
Replies: 162
Views: 10224

Re: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?

All restrictions for ownership is just protectionism for the companies instead of citizens. There is no justified reason for artificial restrictions of ownership or cabotage, neither related to safety, security, military, environment, health or economy. It is enough to require that foreign companie...

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by slinky09
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 120607

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

Looking at Unuted ceo's ambiguous non-apologetic response, it is clear as day that a man of his calibre should not be managing one of the world's largest airlines. He is out of touch and out of depth. Agreed, an utter failure to a) recognize the gravity of the situation and the reputational damage ...

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by slinky09
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian announces DEN-LGW and SEA-LGW
Replies: 182
Views: 20334

Re: Norwegian announces DEN-LGW and SEA-LGW

Starting these routes as the winter season kicks in sounds risky to me, either that or Norwegian has a cash pile to burn through (but with another 20 787s coming I just wonder where it all comes from!).

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by slinky09
Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS Sells two slots at LHR
Replies: 121
Views: 24831

Re: SAS Sells of two slots at LHR

I know slots at LHR are expensive and hard to come by and I wonder why British Airways has added so many holiday destinations to their LHR plan rather than those destinations being served by LGW and use the LHR ones for things that will generate more money than Kalamta and places like that? (Info I...

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by slinky09
Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS Sells two slots at LHR
Replies: 121
Views: 24831

Re: SAS Sells of two slots at LHR

That's an incredible amount to pay for just 2 slots, but I guess its the price to play. On a different note, doesn't United have slots that AC and Virgin are using to LHR? Not VS any longer - I think they went back to UA when the second HKG flight was dropped. VS does have one or more slot pairs fr...

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by slinky09
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "British Airways 'turning into Ryanair' as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks"
Replies: 109
Views: 21033

Re: "British Airways 'turning into Ryanair' as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks"

I'm really amused by "sorry you were only offered a candy bar as snack option". It's not that the crew failed - that's all BA now provides! I personally find the "majority of snack boxes were being wasted" a tough line to swallow. I have never witnessed people turning them down ...

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by slinky09
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes
Replies: 97
Views: 13076

Re: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes

Article seems somewhat researched. Except they categorize Ryanair as a UK airline. Ireland, where they based, is not planning to exit the EU. So it would mainly effect UK domestic routes. However, in the end we might end up with a open skies solution anyway, or some other agreement. For instance No...

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by slinky09
Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Euro lawmakers press EU to impose visas on U.S. citizens
Replies: 14
Views: 3037

Re: EU votes to revoke visa waivers for Americans

Just a couple of points: this relates to an agreement in place between the US and Europe that the US has failed to enact in full, hence the requirement for the EU to consider lifting visa free travel for US citizens was built into the legislation for this when it was agreed - i.e. the US has not del...

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by slinky09
Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Global supply chains and strategies - Airbus or Boeing
Replies: 16
Views: 1932

Re: Global supply chains and strategies - Airbus or Boeing

You may have already, but Googling "airbus supply chain presentation ppt" throws up some good links including a few presentations on Slideshare with some great stats on Airbus's global supply chain and how Boeing compared when setting up the 787 process.

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by slinky09
Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa reveals A350 cabin
Replies: 58
Views: 14429

Re: Lufthansa reveals A350 cabin

Well I'd agree that it all looks solid and dull, and no direct aisle access in J is a disincentive to me to book LH. But then I'm writing this from my armchair and LH knows its customers better than I and more importantly how it can deliver sustainable yield.

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by slinky09
Sun Jan 29, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to launch a New Club World soon.
Replies: 47
Views: 10250

Re: BA to launch a New Club World soon.

I thought the article was on point, instead of investing in a decent hard product BA appears to be going for enhanced dining, but in the future that's the easiest thing to start cutting back on as BA does periodically. So it's likely BA will still have just about the worst J offering with manically ...

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by slinky09
Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which carriers do not fly on Christmas day?
Replies: 41
Views: 7387

Re: Which carriers do not fly on Christmas day?

It's beyond me to why anyway sane who celebrates Christmas would want to go on anything but the shortest flight on Christmas Day or have an early arrival. Well lucky you, there are lots of people who have to work up to the 24th in retail for example and other trades too. My partner and I often visi...

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by slinky09
Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Virgin Atlantics A330's useless?
Replies: 70
Views: 19936

Re: Are Virgin Atlantics A330's useless?

To the OP, if you're new to VS then it might be handy to read up on staff rules for posting on social media ;-). As to the question ... back when VS ordered the A333 there was a situation in which the fleet renewal plan was focussing on the 789, but with Boeing's much discussed problems with that pr...

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by slinky09
Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 54358

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

Depending on turnaround times and other factors on utilization including the PER-MEL add on, this route is likely to use 3 to 4 aircraft at any time, would that be correct? QF must be sure that it's more worthwhile than other options for such aircraft utilization and maybe think they will be able to...

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by slinky09
Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Announces Cartagena March 2017
Replies: 20
Views: 4476

Re: KLM Announces Cartagena March 2017

I think the routing comparison between KL and AV from London to Cartagena just boils down to personal preference. Looking at the number of stops the AV connection of course is much better compared to KL, hands down!!! The difference is the departure and arrival times. With KL you depart London in t...

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by slinky09
Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Announces Cartagena March 2017
Replies: 20
Views: 4476

Re: KLM Announces Cartagena March 2017

I somehow wonder whether these KLM flights to Colombia will eventually be profitable or worthwhile to operate. I think BOG is clearly chosen mainly for the cargo business there (flowers) as I don't see huge numbers of people travelling between Colombia and the Netherlands. The same goes for the Tur...

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by slinky09
Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Mystery flight 3rd Dec
Replies: 10
Views: 3544

Re: Virgin Mystery flight 3rd Dec

Doesn't Abu Dhabi sponsor Virgin Galactic, some cross over event maybe?

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by slinky09
Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian increases LGW-US in 2017
Replies: 45
Views: 7475

Re: Norwegian increases LGW-US in 2017

Not sure I think this approach is a successful one, with those flight timings they're appealing to a very limited set of O&D passengers and no business trade. They'll have to make pricing very attractive and risk yield.

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by slinky09
Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the 777X orders?
Replies: 323
Views: 36121

Re: What happened to the 777X orders?

That UA is reported to be assessing whether to downsize some of its A350-1000 orders adds some weight to an argument that the market for larger aircraft is shrinking further. With the 777X optimized for the ME carriers, a large, heavy aircraft, and with many current 777 operators replacing parts of ...

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by slinky09
Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which aircraft types have never had a fatal incident?
Replies: 74
Views: 11345

Re: Which aircraft types have never had a fatal incident?

N14AZ wrote:
A 340, all versions

oh, I forgot:
A380, all versions, but this is of course a new kid on the block (albeit a big one....)


Except the Etihad A346 at Toulouse doing engine tests ...

The B787 and A350 of course as well.

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by slinky09
Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Sees Transatlantic Turning Sharply Negative
Replies: 50
Views: 12288

Re: UA Sees Transatlantic Turning Sharply Negative

Well if UA is trying to sell EWR-HAM at $1,200 RT (just an example) in January then they should not be surprised! I think it also has to do with the fact that the US3 have not realized that they should lower their fares. I fly at least 2x across the atlantic and 90% of the time it's on a E.U carrie...

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by slinky09
Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports with terminals or other structures very close to runway
Replies: 38
Views: 6584

Re: Airports with terminals or other structures very close to runway

DLPMMM wrote:
Someone needs to post the picture of the BA A380 that during taxi got it's wing stuck in a building at JNB.

I'm too much of a Luddite to figure out how to post a picture on this site.


That was a 747 and it took the wrong taxiway if memory serves me correct, so not really related to this post.

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by slinky09
Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA returns to 10-abreast 777 seating, increases A320 seating
Replies: 116
Views: 20295

Re: BA returns to 10-abreast 777 seating, increases A320 seating

Interestingly (to me anyway) the phrase "customer service" does not feature a single time in this presentation. Guess that sums up BA and IAG for me now.

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by slinky09
Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BBC: MH370 "flaps were in "cruise" position when it hit..."
Replies: 58
Views: 10681

Re: BBC: MH370 "flaps were in "cruise" position when it hit..."

If you look at the debris simulation map in the BBC news article one thing I have found interesting is that the map suggests four time periods for debris distribution, with the second and third reaching Australia up to a year before any debris would drift toward Madagascar and Africa. Yet (and ISTBC...

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by slinky09
Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Sarajevo have more flights?
Replies: 29
Views: 4774

Re: Why no more flights to Sarajevo?

Well BA tried to fly to SJJ but the yield wasn't there for them and it was cut after two years in 2008. So if there is an opportunity for a direct UK flight then yes, it'll have to be a LCC.

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by slinky09
Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no dayflights on BA/AA on MIA-LHR?
Replies: 48
Views: 4199

Re: Why no dayflights on BA/AA on MIA-LHR?

Well there are dayflights in place from BOS, JFK, EWR, ORD and IAD with limited LHR connections. 8pm arrival into LHR could provide some Scottish, Irish, Middle Eastern (including TLV) connections in addition to feed on MIA end. The key here was written above, these can sustain high O&D loads s...

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by slinky09
Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA announces LHR-MSY
Replies: 143
Views: 20038

Re: BA announces LHR-MSY

Or should we say resumes (BA flew LGW-MSY-MEX between 81 and 82)?

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by slinky09
Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark says US carriers out to destroy rivals
Replies: 71
Views: 9815

Re: Tim Clark says US carriers out to destroy rivals

Of course Tim Clark is right, but then so are the likes of the Delta CEO and any action US airlines take is entirely within the competition laws of the land so is fair game, these spats are common around the world. US carriers use their power in many ways to protect themselves from competition, look...

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by slinky09
Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Mayor Visits British Air Execs, UK
Replies: 11
Views: 1749

Re: St. Louis Mayor Visits British Air Execs, UK

Out of interest, does BA receive subsidies from any other US airport (I seem to recall BWI being a candidate)? I would have thought that doing so would contravene EU law, but if they do, then clearly not?

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by slinky09
Tue Sep 06, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight MH370 was flown into water, says expert...
Replies: 428
Views: 65395

Re: Flight MH370 was flown into water, says expert...

A High Court judge has ruled that my CCRC reference was on 'legitimate' grounds, quote, unquote. If the CCRC refer your case(s) to the Court of Appeal then by all means come back to us. In the meantime it should be pointed out that until 29th July 2016 the CCRC had completed 20,126 applications of ...

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by slinky09
Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA153 LHR-IKA First Flight Today
Replies: 6
Views: 2528

BA153 LHR-IKA First Flight Today

Four class B777 scheduled and I though warranted it's own thread for the inaugural (albeit BA ex BMI last flew the route four years ago on A321s I think). This will shake up the route that Iran Air still flies daily on an old A310, I bet they can't wait to get their hands on newer aircraft because I...

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