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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 23, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy
Replies: 47
Views: 10386

Re: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy

I can't speak for Paris (and probably shouldn't for NY), but most New Yorkers don't notice tourists, unless they are in the way of their walk to the subway. I'm sure most residents of highly visited places hate the tourists but love their money. Paris and New York might be the most visited cities i...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 23, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy
Replies: 47
Views: 10386

Re: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy

No one forced Icelandair to match WOW Air pricing and why would they if they were losing money. It would have been better to fly with a lower load factor than then to charge rock bottom fares. DL, AA and UA didn't dump low fare seats into the market to match WOW Air. Again the only agenda here was ...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 23, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy
Replies: 47
Views: 10386

Re: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy

Low airfares drive increased tourism. And when the low fares go away, so do the tourists driving the economy. Whodathunkit…. http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/the-collapse-of-wow-air-is-walloping-icelands-economy/ar-AABJBcM?ocid=ientp The low fares didn't go away, LCCs like EasyJet and Wizza...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 23, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda to close London again, reduce Amsterdam
Replies: 20
Views: 3176

Re: Garuda to close London again, reduce Amsterdam

Very logical, there is almost no demand between London and Indonesia and the little demand there is can be served through Amsterdam with KLM as a feeder. Also, most traffic between Europe and Indonesia is VFR traffic which doesn't require a high frequency. By reducing the frequency they're hoping to...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 23, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest serving livery
Replies: 3
Views: 745

Re: Longest serving livery

American Airlines indeed.

Here it is in 1971:



Here it is in 2018:


That's 47 years difference. 47 years in the same livery. What airline can beat that?

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 23, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM launches BLR in W19
Replies: 38
Views: 4758

Re: KLM launches BLR in W19

aemoreira1981 wrote:
KLM needs to max out the bilateral.


I'm sure they would if they could, but the problem is that Amsterdam is full. They cannot grow there anymore, for each new flight they have to drop an existing flight.

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 22, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are we approaching world where there´s only twin-engined jets?
Replies: 15
Views: 2158

Re: Are we approaching world where there´s only twin-engined jets?

I can imagine for regional jets we'll eventually be heading towards single engine jets. They already exist, such as the Cirrus Vision SF50. This is a business jet of course, but if it's possible on a small aircraft it's possible on a bit bigger as well. Of course for anything more than regional two ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 22, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DFW - no immigrations control?
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: DFW - no immigrations control?

You don't go through immigration when you leave the USA, only when you enter the USA. That's why international terminals at US airports have arrivals and departures strictly separated.

When you go the other way you will find immigration control at this airport.

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by PatrickZ80
Tue May 21, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When Will DL Return to Fukuoka?
Replies: 18
Views: 1731

Re: When Will DL Return to Fukuoka?

As for the OP's question - HNL is about the only place that make some sense to/from FUK. It's not a small city/metro area, but international traffic in general is almost 100% leisure anyway (Inbound tourist is dominated by South Korean, since it's so close to South Korea. I mean, Fukuoka is closer ...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue May 21, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Well-Connected Airports
Replies: 10
Views: 1360

Re: Most Well-Connected Airports

sorry to you Americans but i'd love to know why DEN has so many domestic flights but lags way behind on international flights ?living in France i only know Denver as a gateway to skiing ,is this the reason so many dom flights ? It's mainly because America totally lacks ground transportation. Where ...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue May 21, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Special assistance and charges?
Replies: 12
Views: 1175

Re: Special assistance and charges?

I wrote to Thai Airlines asking for unaccompanied minor service, and today have been informed that this should have been booked at the moment of reservation. Maybe that's true, I dont actually remember having the option when making the booking. However, I did ask now almost 1 week before the depart...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue May 21, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Well-Connected Airports
Replies: 10
Views: 1360

Re: Most Well-Connected Airports

In some cases a destination can be served from an airport on ground transport, in that case it is still connected but it doesn't have a flight. This is specially true in Europe where ground transport is much further developed than in the USA. For example here in the Netherlands there are no domestic...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue May 21, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 56
Views: 5438

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

It never made it to delivery, but the Fairchild Dornier 728 family was essentially tailored around the wishes of Lufthansa. For example it was Lufthansa that made Fairchild Dornier reduce the fuselage diameter to prevent LCCs to put a 6-abreast configuration in the aircraft. Lufthansa intended to fl...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue May 21, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: East Coast to UK - most interesting way?
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: East Coast to UK - most interesting way?

The most interesting TATL aircraft, but also perhaps the hardest to get to, is the Cubana IL-96-300. They use it on flights from Havana to Madrid and Paris Orly. However getting from Washington to Havana would be a challenge, it's not easy for an American citizen to get access to Cuba even if it's j...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 20, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would increasing airport tax a solution to overtourism?
Replies: 8
Views: 458

Re: Would increasing airport tax a solution to overtourism?

What do you think? Do you think high airport tax will deter tourists from flooding to a particular place? It would and like I said, the locals will not be happy about that. Tourism brings in money, many people depend on tourism to make a living. It is a given that too high taxes can kill an economy...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 20, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would increasing airport tax a solution to overtourism?
Replies: 8
Views: 458

Re: Would increasing airport tax a solution to overtourism?

I would actually prefer the way it was, with more quality and less quantity. It's still like that in many places that aren't tourist magnets. Sometimes these undiscovered places are equally beautiful and just a stone throw away from the tourist magnets. They are often served through the same airpor...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 20, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will UA, DL and AA ever return to the Middle East?
Replies: 47
Views: 5489

Re: Will UA, DL and AA ever return to the Middle East?

One of the reasons the US carriers pulled out of the Middle East is the fact that they all have European partner airlines serving the Middle East for them. Before this was the case, each airline had to serve each destination on it's own metal. For far away destinations with limited demand like the M...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 20, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aviation in 2050
Replies: 21
Views: 1166

Re: Aviation in 2050

5. Supersonic travel coming back. Much more fuel efficient, larger, and quieter than Concorde. Also, tickets are about the same cost or regular 1st class tickets. As much as that's wished for by aviation geeks, I don't see it happening. No doubt it can be made more efficient than the Concorde, but ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 19, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question re Ryanair Seat Pitch
Replies: 2
Views: 697

Re: Question re Ryanair Seat Pitch

I wouldn't know the exact seat pitch, but I do know that there's nothing wrong with it. Unlike many other airlines, seats on Ryanair aren't cramped. In fact Ryanair even offers more legroom than British Airways. I'm quite tall myself, but even in the regular Ryanair seats I can stretch my legs. In t...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 19, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aviation in 2050
Replies: 21
Views: 1166

Re: Aviation in 2050

Also, we have many airlines exploring biofuels, which can further decrease pollutants. Biofuels do not decrease pollution, they only decrease the need for fossile fuels. The only thing biofuels really are, are an artificial copy of fossile fuels from non-fossile resources. However in terms of pollu...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 16, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport outdoor observation areas
Replies: 47
Views: 2215

Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

So far nobody has mentioned Brussels, yet this airport has some of the best spotters facilities in the world. A few years ago they opened two brand new spotters places just south of the airport. Both spotters places have elevated terraces that overlook the runways. When walking around at the spotter...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 16, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 143
Views: 20458

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

Some parts of the UK refer to dinner or a small meal as "tea" but that's a bit of a stretch in this case as it's just a scone so it's neither, tea or a meal. This might be quite understandable for someone from the UK, but for someone who isn't British it makes absolutely no sense. I'm Dut...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 15, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your favorite airplane as a passenger?
Replies: 41
Views: 1489

Re: What is your favorite airplane as a passenger?

I'd go for the 787. Very comfortable plane, even in economy.

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 15, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 787 Trent Engine replace on Norwegian
Replies: 38
Views: 5205

Re: 787 Trent Engine replace on Norwegian

the safest I feel is 4 engine planes, understand the efficiency thing, but it just makes me feel so much more secure. This is really a thing from the past. Engines these days, even the ones the Norwegian 787s are fitted with, are far more reliable than the ones that were in use when 4 engines was s...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue May 14, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Traveling round trip to Europe on two different airlines
Replies: 16
Views: 999

Re: Traveling round trip to Europe on two different airlines

And isn't it an option to drive from Tampa to Orlando and fly from there? Orlando is served far more often than Tampa and by more airlines.

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by PatrickZ80
Tue May 14, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cabo Verde Airlines new livery
Replies: 21
Views: 3433

Re: Cabo Verde Airlines new livery

Awful livery, and the rebrand itself isn't much better. It feels very dated, like a mid-90s holiday airline. Actually it makes me think of the current Wizzair livery, which honestly isn't that old. Of course it looks cheap, it's supposed to. But to me it sure doesn't feel like mid-90s. Those would ...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 13, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Traveling round trip to Europe on two different airlines
Replies: 16
Views: 999

Re: Traveling round trip to Europe on two different airlines

Wow what a horrible idea. OP, do not do that. You're clearly looking for the best, cheapest ticket. The best ticket is always a nonstop from your origin to your destination. If you buy separate tickets to BOS or wherever and your inbound is delayed, Norwegian will not be obligated to accomodate you...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 13, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines future narrowbody fleet to be branded as Eurowings
Replies: 37
Views: 6817

Re: Brussels Airlines narrowbody fleet to be rebranded as Eurowings

This is not a good move. Eurowings has a cheap LCC image, they are to compete with the likes of EasyJet and Norwegian. They are not a legacy airline like Brussels Airways, they are not a premium airline. Belgians that are loyal to Brussels Airlines won't be loyal to Eurowings even if behind the scre...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 13, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cabo Verde Airlines new livery
Replies: 21
Views: 3433

Re: Cabo Verde Airlines new livery

At least it's more modern than their previous livery which was very outdated. This is what Icelandair management is doing to TACV, they're trying to give the airline a fresh and modern overhaul.

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 13, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Traveling round trip to Europe on two different airlines
Replies: 16
Views: 999

Re: Traveling round trip to Europe on two different airlines

Since when did BA start to sell reasonably priced one way tickets on long haul flights? Since they found Norwegian as a competitor. Norwegian is a whole lot cheaper than British Airways used to be, and they charge per one-way. To keep up with that, British Airways is more or less forced to do the s...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 13, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Traveling round trip to Europe on two different airlines
Replies: 16
Views: 999

Re: Traveling round trip to Europe on two different airlines

Should be no problem at all, you can mix and match airlines in any way that suits you.

Just keep an eye on the luggage requirements as they vary for each airline. You might get approved on one airline, but it would be a pity if it gets declined on the next.

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 13, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you ever get nervous about flying solo to a communist country?
Replies: 36
Views: 1889

Re: Do you ever get nervous about flying solo to a communist country?

L410Turbolet wrote:
Why would anyone want to travel to North Korea in the first place?


Because it's a very interesting country, very unique. Very different from the rest of the world.

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 13, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you ever get nervous about flying solo to a communist country?
Replies: 36
Views: 1889

Re: Do you ever get nervous about flying solo to a communist country?

In case of North Korea, the rules are explained to you very clearly before you enter the country. You should keep in mind what they tell you and stick to it. Other than North Korea, there are almost no real communist countries left in this world. All have some kind of market economy. Perhaps it woul...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat May 11, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Delta truly a one hub airline?
Replies: 71
Views: 9779

Re: Is Delta truly a one hub airline.

So is TP. As a matter of fact this is not true. TAP Air Portugal has two hubs: Lisbon and Porto. Agreed on the other ones, they are one hub airlines. If an airline is a single hub or multi hub airline is for one thing determined by in what country the airline is based. Usually in a small country th...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat May 11, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Delta truly a one hub airline?
Replies: 71
Views: 9779

Re: Is Delta truly a one hub airline.

This about BA and LHR. That's a one hub airline. Now compare BA to DL. British Airways isn't a true one hub carrier either as they also fly out of London Gatwick and City and it is possible to connect at those airports. They're not their primary hubs, but they are hubs nonetheless. All of the large...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri May 10, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Things to do/see in southern England
Replies: 14
Views: 1050

Re: Things to do/see in southern England

What about the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, otherwise known as the Brighton Palace? You might enjoy the rest of Brighton as well as it's a very lively seaside / beach town. There is an amusement park at the Brighton pier. Queen's Park is also nice for a peaceful walk.

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by PatrickZ80
Fri May 10, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Solution for drones over airports?
Replies: 53
Views: 3782

Re: Solution for drones over airports?

Most drones are still radio controlled, that means there's a radio frequency at which the drone and the controller communicate with each other. If you can track down that frequency and broadcast a strong signal on it that overrules the communication between the drone and the controller, the drone ef...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri May 10, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.
Replies: 127
Views: 8042

Re: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.

I agree with you. But make it very clear and if possible universal. The rules change for each airline. No, please don't make it universal! It is a good thing each airline is allowed to set it's own policy, it differentiates the airlines from each other. It gives the customer something to choose. Gi...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 09, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.
Replies: 127
Views: 8042

Re: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.

Why do you think the passenger has accepted? Passengers don't have many choices. The airline is the one that sets the rules. The passenger is forced to accept, or to travel by train or bus. Or fly another airline that has another policy. Airlines set the rules indeed, but passengers pick the airlin...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 09, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.
Replies: 127
Views: 8042

Re: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.

And now has proven to be deadly. Proven is a very big word. Who says the evacuation would have gone faster without hand luggage? Who says more people would have made it out? You can't say that for sure, it might not have made any difference. Maybe the people who didn't make it wouldn't have made it...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 09, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.
Replies: 127
Views: 8042

Re: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.

Make check in bag free, do not keep charging for it. That would be unfair towards the people without checked luggage. In aviation there is no such thing as free, it is incorporated in the ticket price. This would mean people without checked luggage pay for something they don't use. They would feel ...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 09, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first flight on jet airliners
Replies: 22
Views: 1058

Re: Your first flight on jet airliners

Airbus A319: Lisbon - Amsterdam on EasyJet 2016 Airbus A320: Cologne-Bonn - Gran Canaria on Condor 2010 Boeing 717: Amsterdam - Stockholm on SAS operated by Blue1 2014 Boeing 737: Amsterdam - Gran Canaria on Transavia 2003 Boeing 757: Amsterdam - Faro on Air Holland ca. 1990 Boeing 787: Stockholm - ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 08, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your favorite or most fascinating aircraft type..
Replies: 8
Views: 1007

Re: Your favorite or most fascinating aircraft type..

Jet aircraft (all) - Boeing 787-8 Regional jet - Fokker F-100 Narrow body jet - Boeing 757-300 Wide body jet - Boeing 787-8 Twinjet - Boeing 787-8 Trijet - Boeing 727-200 Quadjet - Boeing 707-320 Propeller aircraft (all) - DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter Propeller general aviation - Piper PA-28 Archer ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 08, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.
Replies: 127
Views: 8042

Re: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.

And to be honest I am less concerned about an evacuation, as this is very unlikely, but about turbulence and stuff flying through the cabin. Imho the weight limits on hand luggage have become to high. I agree this has become a risk, but I'm afraid we're going to have to disagree on the solution. Wh...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 08, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA results for April
Replies: 4
Views: 1503

Re: Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA results for April

i'm not that much of an aviation geek like a lot on here who are, but why don't they cut the lesser flights that aren't making money ?why do they need to inject large amounts to keep aflot ?,i was also thinking of booking to go state side later this year (october) but i don't want to lose my money ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 08, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.
Replies: 127
Views: 8042

Re: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.

In the end the "status" of the passenger matters little, the business decision of the airlines to reward bringing stuff into the cabin by making it largely free compared to having pay for a checked bag, is imho not helping safety. It should be the other way round. True, but this is where ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 08, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 767: Fuselage size always limited profitability??
Replies: 85
Views: 10042

Re: Boeing 767: Fuselage size always limited profitability??

The 767 is still being produced, the 757 is not. The 767 has outsold the 757 by nearly 200 units. Why does everyone still act like the 757 is god's gift to aviation? True, however today only 767 freighters are still in production. The production of passenger 767s has ceased long ago. Freighters don...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 06, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.
Replies: 127
Views: 8042

Re: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.

Charge for cabin luggage and free checked luggage. That has been proposed earlier, but will never happen. Airports charge airlines money for each item of checked luggage they have to handle, so checked luggage costs the airlines money. Then why would they give that away for free? But airports do no...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 06, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline owning a airport
Replies: 60
Views: 6713

Re: Airline owning a airport

I'm surprised nobody has yet mentioned the many "Ryanair" airports in Europe. Officially Ryanair doesn't own these airports, but they do have a large influence. At Weeze (NRN) Ryanair owns the parking lot. All parking earnings go directly to Ryanair. Ryanair is the only airline that flies ...

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