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by Andy33
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Alitalia unfair competition?
Replies: 19
Views: 2922

Re: Is Alitalia unfair competition?

National airlines serve a bigger cause than the inevitable invasion of LCCs would. You can't count on Ryanair to provide year-round service to far-flung regions of Italy, or connecting flights from those airports to the rest of Europe. Well, the state subsidised airline is one way to do that. The o...

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by Andy33
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home
Replies: 42
Views: 15129

Re: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home

I got the idea from somewhere that 744s that are still in service required to have an inerting system fitted to the fuel tanks, and that one of the reasons United chose to retire their 744s when they did was to avoid the expense of making the modification on planes they always intended to keep for ...

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by Andy33
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways deboards Indian family over ‘crying’ of 3-year-old child
Replies: 92
Views: 6813

Re: British Airways deboards Indian family over ‘crying’ of 3-year-old child

Spiderguy252...let's see how the story unfolds provided the paid/unpaid BA PR lets it. Andy33....the child was in his designated seat with the seat belt on. So this part of the newspaper article you linked to is wrong then? He said while his wife managed to calm their son, an “aggrieved” crew membe...

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by Andy33
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways deboards Indian family over ‘crying’ of 3-year-old child
Replies: 92
Views: 6813

Re: British Airways deboards Indian family over ‘crying’ of 3-year-old child

BrooklynBomGal Are you seriously suggesting that either AI or 9W would allow a 3 year old child to be out of their seat and not restrained by a seatbelt during taxi-ing any more than BA did ? Regardless of the 'he said she said' part of the story, it is clear that this is what was happening. Both th...

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by Andy33
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudia suspends Canada service
Replies: 98
Views: 14091

Re: Saudia suspends Canada service

As for pulling all the students, I think most people's reaction is that this is great news, because we are experiencing severe housing shortage in major cities and rents are pushed sky-high in recent years. Pulling 12000 students mean freeing 12000 apartment units in major cities in a very short ti...

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by Andy33
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denmark calling the bailiff on Vueling
Replies: 49
Views: 7834

Re: Denmark calling the bailiff on Vueling

It was more in reference to a certain Danish airline, whos owner has been pretty vocal about not paying APR charges. But Vueling doesn't get a pass just because they have newer planes. Poor maintenance (Do they even have their own maintenance centers in the major hubs?), over-ambitious schedules an...

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by Andy33
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denmark calling the bailiff on Vueling
Replies: 49
Views: 7834

Re: Denmark calling the bailiff on Vueling

Well, that would be a better example if Vueling actually had any MD83s, obviously airline B isn't Vueling but the post may leave people unfamiliar with their fleet thinking it is. In fact Vueling is an all-Airbus airline, and have taken delivery of 11 factory-fresh A320 series planes in the last 18...

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by Andy33
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denmark calling the bailiff on Vueling
Replies: 49
Views: 7834

Re: Denmark calling the bailiff on Vueling

The key term to watch out for here is "European Payment Order", which can be issued by a Danish court and be enforceable in any other EU member state... Is it a legal requirement in Denmark to try using bailiffs locally before asking a court to issue a European Payment Order? In the case ...

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by Andy33
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denmark calling the bailiff on Vueling
Replies: 49
Views: 7834

Re: Denmark calling the bailiff on Vueling

SAS is always very quick + prompt to pay delay compensation. It's not fair for one of their competitors to be able to consistently shirk their legal responsibilities in this area. Glad to see the Danish government getting tough on this. There is more to it than that. SAS has a new and modern fleet ...

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by Andy33
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denmark calling the bailiff on Vueling
Replies: 49
Views: 7834

Re: Denmark calling the bailiff on Vueling

They should take a page out of Canberra Airports play book and just park a car behind their aircraft so it can't be moved until it's paid. I hadn't heard about this, but that's brilliant. In Europe the airports normally block planes in with snowploughs, as these aren't required for most of the year...

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by Andy33
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denmark calling the bailiff on Vueling
Replies: 49
Views: 7834

Re: Denmark calling the bailiff on Vueling

Why give them so much notice of arrival, they then have lots of time to remove any assets before the bailiff arrives? The LCCs do not have any assets outside their home Countries. Exceot when they land an aircraft in, say, Debnark. And then only when the aircraft is registered in their. Name. Reall...

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by Andy33
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA line up at JFK photo.
Replies: 127
Views: 26887

Re: BA line up at JFK photo.

Awhh, so awesome to see all those 744’s lined up... and sad too knowing they won’t be around long. What aircraft will BA use to replace the 744 on LHR-JFK? 773? Outstanding long haul orders are: 3 x 77W 18 x A350-1000 12 x 787-10 2 x 788 The 77Ws are to replace the three surviving non-ER 772s, betw...

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by Andy33
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home
Replies: 42
Views: 15129

Re: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home

It will certainly be restricted on where it can fly - an awful lot of countries will look at an FAA directive affecting a Boeing aircraft model (as the authority responsible for type certification) and insist that it applies to planes using their airports. They treat EASA directives for Airbus aircr...

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by Andy33
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home
Replies: 42
Views: 15129

Re: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home

I got the idea from somewhere that 744s that are still in service required to have an inerting system fitted to the fuel tanks, and that one of the reasons United chose to retire their 744s when they did was to avoid the expense of making the modification on planes they always intended to keep for o...

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by Andy33
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many more 738s for WN ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2598

Re: How many more 738s for WN ?

Its funny to think that WNs oldest MAX aircraft will be older than their youngest NG aircraft. Just like AAs newest Mad Dogs are younger than their oldest 737s. It really isn't that unusual for airlines with large fleets. Just as Boeing are building 737NGs and 737MAXs at the same time for a period,...

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by Andy33
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Current Status of LHR Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4?
Replies: 48
Views: 6591

Re: Current Status of LHR Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4?

Then through security again (didn't I already go through security in Budapest???) UK does not trust any other country's security. It is far from unique in this. Try making an international to international connection in DFW and see what happens. Ready to board...NOT YET! Random security check, aske...

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by Andy33
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Current Status of LHR Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4?
Replies: 48
Views: 6591

Re: Current Status of LHR Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4?

The only thing on this is that I wonder why did they not move DL/VS to Terminal 4 and sent QR, MH, Oman Air and others to T3... Although VS is not on an alliance, it is practically a DL off-shot. Heathrow Airport did want VS/DL in T4 and QR & MH in T3. The airlines refused to move on the ground...

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by Andy33
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Current Status of LHR Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4?
Replies: 48
Views: 6591

Re: Current Status of LHR Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4?

Looking at T5 it seems like both T5A and T5B aren't built out to their full extant and I also don't get why the short haul gates on the north side of the central terminal complex are used anymore as it seems like if BA went back to using those it would open up more gates in T3 Unless I've completel...

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by Andy33
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air cancels all Birmingham operations
Replies: 21
Views: 5365

Re: Primera Air cancels all Birmingham operations

Good riddance! I have to agree with you, since I know people who were badly inconvenienced by Primera Air. Don`t the governing authorities take some blame in such outcomes, since detailed investigations into start-up airlines must go on so as to minimise such accurances? But Primera isn't a start-u...

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by Andy33
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: what transatlantic markets could the 797/MOM open up?
Replies: 113
Views: 15971

Re: what transatlantic markets could the 797/MOM open up?

The problem being there is no exact replacement for the 767 so A321 neo is the closest they'll get. They like the 767 as it can shift plenty of cargo and can handle the busy flights like early morning Madrid. There is no 767/757 replacement and they don't want to spend capital on new 787's just to ...

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by Andy33
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: what transatlantic markets could the 797/MOM open up?
Replies: 113
Views: 15971

Re: what transatlantic markets could the 797/MOM open up?

Agreed, it's not going to open anything up. However I think it's going to be a perfect aircraft for anyone looking for a 767 replacement. I could even see BA taking a few. If BA ever do take any, it certainly won't be as 767 replacements. That's because the last few 767s in the fleet will have left...

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by Andy33
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could BMI have survived?
Replies: 53
Views: 7813

Re: Could BMI have survived?

Why did BMI Regional survive? I assume it was sold off and bought by a private buyer. Interesting to note that LHR was also a star hub when BMI was operating. It was offered as a separate 'lot' in the Lufthansa sell off and effectively returned to it's previous owner Business Air of Aberdeen. As sa...

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by Andy33
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

Why are the ZB rescue flights being operated by QR aircraft using BA codes? Is it because QR cannot fly intra-Europe flights with their own code? If so, why BA codes - why not ZB codes? Is BA actually operating these flights? QR cannot normally operate flights wholly within Europe, because they don...

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by Andy33
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

The last flights arrived at five different UK airports (BHX, LGW, LBA, LTN, MAN), and as I understand it they weren't parked in neat rows but on whatever remote stands were free at arrival time. Now the leasing companies have started collecting them, so there were just 3 days to get round 5 airports...

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by Andy33
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

The CAA want to get full credit..... for spending taxpayers money. Having said that, I'm not sure Monarch is entirely blameless either. If they are not actually totally bankrupt, then they should be repatriating their own passengers as far as they can, right up to the moment their bank balance turn...

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by Andy33
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

Whilst it was projecting a loss 100M loss ZB wasn't insolvent - they've said they made a decision to stop not they ran out of money and had to stop immediately - at the point it should have more money following summer then say at the end of winter. It's also not got rid of all staff so it has some ...

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by Andy33
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is Flybe doing at Heathrow?
Replies: 26
Views: 5195

Re: How is Flybe doing at Heathrow?

Presumably, their intention is to upgauge to more suitable equipment if that looks like being sustainable. Can somebody remind us how many continuous seasons these flights have to be operated before they can switch to other routes? In the mean time, a Q400 for a marginal reduction in price wouldn't...

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by Andy33
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is Flybe doing at Heathrow?
Replies: 26
Views: 5195

Re: How is Flybe doing at Heathrow?

Well, the Q400 is pretty much their standard aircraft. They've got around 50 of them, seating 78, There's a handful of E195, with 118 seats; and 11 E175s with 88-92 seats
There's obviously some scope to upgauge, but not all that much without introducing new types to the fleet.

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by Andy33
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is Flybe doing at Heathrow?
Replies: 26
Views: 5195

Re: How is Flybe doing at Heathrow?

I expect if you compared FlyBe's load factors with those of Little Red, FlyBe would look better - but as FlyBe is using Q400s and Little Red used A320s, that's not too surprising.

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by Andy33
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing-order after Monarch-demise
Replies: 43
Views: 12442

Re: Boeing-order after Monarch-demise

I believe they are all in the UK, with Monarch in administration the leases will be void and the owners will seek to recover them as soon as possible. There have been instances with other airlines going under where the owners have had considerable problems due to the maintenance logs being either o...

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by Andy33
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162376

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Up to mid-December last year, people who bought Monarch tickets without an associated package holiday were also in scope to the ATOL scheme because of the way the Monarch group was structured. As Monarch sold flights by season, not on a rolling date basis, there will be ATOL-protected flight-only pa...

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by Andy33
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing-order after Monarch-demise
Replies: 43
Views: 12442

Re: Boeing-order after Monarch-demise

Are there any airlines possibly interested in picking up their 757's? These already left the fleet a few years ago. When the airline ceased trading this morning they had a fleet of 9 A320s, 25 A321s, and 1 737-800. And every single plane is leased, not all from the same leasing company, so any airl...

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by Andy33
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada 737 MAX to Heathrow
Replies: 38
Views: 12870

Re: Air Canada 737 MAX to Heathrow

Well, this is good news. Now the out-of-place looking plane won't be so out-of-place. Don't really understand this at all. 737s of any variety are very much less common at LHR than A320 series aircraft. AC's A319 meets its fellow A319s in the Lufthansa Group fleets at LHR T2 every day, and shares r...

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by Andy33
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

If you were to fly to a destination for 2 weeks only you dont want to mess up your schedule which can cost up to 3-4h in delays. Hence AGP which is safer and just inform the passengers to check in Gib 4h before the flight cause they will be bused to AGP. Visa is a major issue though. Just a reminde...

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by Andy33
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

SQ789 wrote:
Any news when will the fleet be solded?

It is all leased, so it is up to the leasing companies involved when they take their planes away and what they do with them.

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by Andy33
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

Strange, why would BA replacement flights go to AGP when they already serve GIB?

That would be because the replacement flights aren't BA at all, but Qatar Airways using BA flight numbers.

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by Andy33
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

bennett123 wrote:
Not clear which part of their fleet would be LH.

Of their current fleet, none at all, as they only had A320ceo and A32ceo.

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by Andy33
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

Anyone with a return date more than two weeks out are on their own. A big congratulations to the CAA who has done a fantastic job in planning and executing the return of citizens to the UK. Anyone who has ATOL protection, is already at their holiday destination and is due to return to the UK after ...

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by Andy33
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

[photoid][/photoid] Just about to say that well said. Would be a very worried steel worker right now. Can the assets i.e. Planes and slots be sold or are slots now being re distributed Previous financial issues meant that all Monarch's planes are leased so will be taken away by leasing companies. It...

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by Andy33
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

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

Repatriation flights are just that. There are no passenger-carrying departures from the UK, but if you have a one-way ticket from Spain to the UK you'll be carried, as indeed you will if you have the outward half of a round trip ticket starting in Spain. You just need to make your own way back. Refu...

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by Andy33
Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

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

https://www.caa.co.uk/News/News-files/CAA-launches-flying-programme-to-bring-110,000-customers-back-to-UK-in-response-to-Monarch-Airlines-administration/ Says 30 aircraft. I count less than 15 mentioned on here. What are the others? I think Titan and BA are operating some of them. It looks like the...

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by Andy33
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

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

Why on earth would they want to do that? Every time Virgin has tried short haul within Europe it has ended in tears and lots of red ink.

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by Andy33
Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

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

IAG is an interesting prospect. Little stickers by the aircraft door saying, "Operated by Monarch on behalf of British Airways" (at significantly lower seat per mile costs) coming to LHR soon? It's not like our Alex doesn't like an LCC. But not using 737MAX - incompatible with BA's contai...

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by Andy33
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

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

Same aircraft. same flights. The days when charters had MON flight numbers and scheduled had ZB numbers are gone. Everything is ZB and package holiday and flight-only passengers mingle freely.

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by Andy33
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

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

That sounds reasonable, and for some journeys may well be possible. However a peculiarity of October is that there are more people returning to the UK than leaving it on "bucket and spade" routes, as long-stay tourists and people who have been working in the tourist industry return home wh...

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by Andy33
Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

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

Some additional information - although only a relatively small proportion of Monarch Airlines passengers are on Monarch package holidays, and these are the only ones who would get ATOL protection if booking today, this wasn't always the case. Certainly up to at least this same period last year, ever...

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by Andy33
Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eurowings long haul question
Replies: 8
Views: 2314

Re: Eurowings long haul question

f4f3a wrote:
So are sun express a/c wet leased in to cover these routes ?

Not the long haul routes, no. Sun Express and Sun Express Germany only have 738s.

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by Andy33
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

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

Pre-planning is quite different to spending many hundreds of thousands of pounds positioning planes before anything happens (and may not happen). I don't think that ATOL scheme should be such that it keeps people impacted by an operator going down the tubes on their initial schedule. On your hotels...

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by Andy33
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

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

Oh yes, of course they can. So it can't be as simple as that. My thought would be that if the holiday division is forced to close down, the airline division is in a cash squeeze and suppliers will want payment up front for fuel and ground handling. Possibly there isn't enough liquidity to do that du...

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by Andy33
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

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

Given that charter planes are being positioned in advance (as they were this time last year) I can't help but think that the ATOL protection scheme is gold plated. The ATOL scheme is to give holiday makers some comfort that if their operator goes broke, they will get home. There is a cost to this -...

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