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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will A321XLR be used in trans-pacific?
Replies: 7
Views: 1593

Re: Will A321XLR be used in trans-pacific?

Sapporo is already connected to HNL, 3x weekly A332 with HA. True, but that's no reason another airline can't start it as well. Competition is always good. Many LCCs don't carry any cargo which makes the planes lighter and therefor consume less fuel. In theory, the A321XLR could make Honolulu - Seo...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways named Skytrax airline of the year
Replies: 84
Views: 8807

Re: And the Skytrax airline of the year is ..

ryanair is 59, ahead of many full service airlines that I had tried before (Avianca - 70, Gulf Air - 71 and Air China - 99). How could this be? These airlines are miles ahead of FR. Don't underestimate Ryanair, they're actually not that bad. Their on-time performance is one of the best in Europe an...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air travel to Cuba - how?
Replies: 8
Views: 424

Re: Air travel to Cuba - how?

Indeed a self-transfer in a third country is the easiest way. There are flights to Cuba from Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas or the Dominican Republic for example. On those flights, tourism is a valid reason as the US government has nothing to say about them. And they won't deny you a flight to any of t...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Boeing Brasil let the E175-E2 just fall off the table?
Replies: 57
Views: 7986

Re: Will Boeing Brasil let the E175-E2 just fall off the table?

:arrow: 40% of regional aircraft demand is in the America's :arrow: E175 has been succesfull with US regionals in recent years :arrow: E175-E2 doesn't meet scope clause MTOW for 76 passengers restrictions All of these apply to the American market only, but the world is bigger than America. So what ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta luggage abuse
Replies: 105
Views: 10668

Re: Delta luggage abuse

Wrong. When the overhead space is full or the aircraft type cannot accommodate larger bags, it is a demand. Trust me, I've seen many people offloaded because they were second to last to board and tried to "refuse" gate checking their large roller. In a way, I suppose part of your statemen...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does Boeing regret pulling the plug on the 717?
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: Does Boeing regret pulling the plug on the 717?

That would never have been efficient. The 717 was a reasonably efficient aircraft for it's time, but compared to the latest generation 737MAX and A320NEO they're inefficient. As for a 100-seater competitor to the A220, that's why they teamed up with Embraer. The E-Jets are essentially the replacemen...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta luggage abuse
Replies: 105
Views: 10668

Re: Delta luggage abuse

If there physically isn’t any space left to accommodate the bag in the cabin, how does someone exercise that “right”? I've never encountered that. Mostly the gate agents are very over eager to gate-check hand luggage, they put just about all of it in the hold. The result is that the bins are almost...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta luggage abuse
Replies: 105
Views: 10668

Re: Delta luggage abuse

If that happens you still get advised to take expensive (or priceless) items with you on the plane. Passenger is to blame here. I have been told to gate check my carry-on many times.... Not once was I advised that I should remove valuables from it. Or just tell them no. Gate-checking hand luggage i...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New European route from YHZ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2326

Re: New European route from YHZ?

Interesting! My first thought was YHZ-FRA too but I can’t imagine AC would be announcing a route like that yet with the ongoing MAX issues. I’m looking forward to hearing what it is. Condor already has a seasonal flight between Halifax and Frankfurt, they'll be starting June 22nd this year. Route i...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Remaining DC-9-14s
Replies: 2
Views: 676

Re: Remaining DC-9-14s

The only one I'm aware of is SY-SAZ, delivered in October 1966 to Delta Airlines and still going strong. It flies for East African, formerly known as FlySAX, in Kenya.

Other than that, there might be a few in storage somewhere but not in active service.

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German DFS denies transfer flight trough german airspace of an Norwegian 737 Max
Replies: 18
Views: 5225

Re: German DFS denies transfer flight trough german airspace of an Norwegian 737 Max

They were just pestering Norwegian. I'm sure within a few days this plane will continue to Stockholm, only this time without overflying Germany. They'll fly straight north, over the Netherlands and then over the North Sea towards Norway. Once north of German airspace they'll bend off to the east tow...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European LCC
Replies: 70
Views: 5791

Re: European LCC

VIE will be very important, the reason why there is so much expansion at VIE is because the airport is offering a rebate of €540 euros per 100 pax, and it increases for more pax flow in the airport, this is for based airlines btw. Lauda is interesting but again the market seems so full for Central ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fodor's rates BUR as best airport, LAX as worst in US
Replies: 4
Views: 393

Re: Fodor's rates BUR as best airport, LAX as worst in US

No surprise, small airports are often better than larger ones.

Surprised to see Heathrow score that high, it's a horrible airport. There are plenty of airports in Europe that are far better than Heathrow.

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man arrested at Schiphol with loaded gun
Replies: 20
Views: 3825

Re: Man arrested at Schiphol with loaded gun

I don't know the law in NL, but in France, an American in vacation couldn't buy a legal gun. There is lots of paperwork and a background check, the first item being having a French address, and having been a member of a shooting club for 6 months. Of course he could buy an illegal gun, even an AK47...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hawaiian Residents Appear to Enjoy Having Southwest Competition
Replies: 38
Views: 5239

Re: Hawaiian Residents Appear to Enjoy Having Southwest Competition

For folks who are looking for low prices - IF they can get the $49 rates on Southwest - that's great. As a corporate travel manager - I have no reason to consider Southwest. Hawaiian has been a tremendous partner and I wouldn't consider switching my business. And there's not enough frequency. When ...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hawaiian Residents Appear to Enjoy Having Southwest Competition
Replies: 38
Views: 5239

Re: Hawaiian Residents Appear to Enjoy Having Southwest Competition

Well, Aloha and Hawaiian beat each other up for years chasing market share in the islands They struggled for years before Aloha shut down then HA started a steady resurgence to become a strong, profitable operation I don’t think the inter-island traffic is sufficient for two major airlines One will...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why can’t aircraft maximize fuselage space by using ceiling space?
Replies: 34
Views: 3090

Re: Why can’t aircraft maximize fuselage space by using ceiling space?

How would you get the cargo up there. It wouldn't, but here's another idea. Very simplistic, but here are two different cabin layouts: https://i.imgur.com/rUrslup.png https://i.imgur.com/KMk60RK.png Both of them have the exact same distance between the floor and the ceiling, so their cabins are equ...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Iran Air capable of ME3/Turkish style expansion
Replies: 16
Views: 1635

Re: Iran Air capable of ME3/Turkish style expansion

On topic, this is a pretty silly question, which can be fundamentally reworded as "Can an airline with a current fleet of ~34 operable aircraft and no prospects of acquiring any more, turn into an airline similar to Emirates?" Obviously, the answer is NO. As soon as the sanctions are lift...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your dream aviation trip?
Replies: 15
Views: 723

Re: What is your dream aviation trip?

I did it last year, not insanely priced at all. I eventually flew business class, which was $5500AUD, but I originally booked economy which was $2700AUD for the base RTW fare. Whatever you call "not insanely priced". Such amounts of money might not be that much to you, but they're more th...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do any airlines still use ceiling mounted CRT televisions for IFE?
Replies: 25
Views: 2141

Re: Do any airlines still use ceiling mounted CRT televisions for IFE?

Whether passengers pay more attention to a crew doing the safety demonstration or seeing it on screen is actually irrelevant. There is no hard demand for the safety demonstration being on video and therefor no hard demand for the screens to be fitted. It is allowed without. You may prefer it to be o...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One-stop or triangle flights by US carriers
Replies: 26
Views: 2085

Re: One-stop or triangle flights by US carriers

Doesn't Delta fly Atlanta - Tokyo Narita - Singapore? I guess that counts as a one-stop flight.

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: KDTW - why not "international" in the name of the airport?
Replies: 12
Views: 1612

Re: KDTW - why not "international" in the name of the airport?

Other international airports off the top of my head that don't have the word international in the name. KIAH - George Bush Intercontinental Airport EGLL - Heathrow Airport LFPG - Charles De Gaulle Airport EHAM - Schiphol Airport/Amsterdam Airport Schiphol WSSS - Singapore Changi Airport Not sure wh...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Creative and cool airline name ideas
Replies: 19
Views: 879

Re: Creative and cool airline name ideas

TheEuphorian wrote:
>Cassiopeia International Airlines


I can already see some people complaining about that airline and naming it catastrophe international airlines.

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will US Carriers stop serving Cuba due to Trump's recent Travel Ban to Cuba?
Replies: 11
Views: 1272

Re: Will US Carriers stop serving Cuba due to Trump's recent Travel Ban to Cuba?

With the new regulation "People to People" tourism is banned. Visiting family and a few others are still allowed. By losing P2P travelers the demand will plummet and airlines will eventually reduce service/capacity accordingly. AA will survive from MIA and other carriers from Florida .and...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will US Carriers stop serving Cuba due to Trump's recent Travel Ban to Cuba?
Replies: 11
Views: 1272

Re: Will US Carriers stop serving Cuba due to Trump's recent Travel Ban to Cuba?

Isn't tourism banned in Cuba now? Only from the USA, not from any other country. Lots of Europeans and Canadians going on holiday to Cuba. The travel ban only applies to Americans, however usually it's not enforced when Americans fly from a non-American airport to Cuba. You could fly from the USA t...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will AF or KL enter DEN?
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Re: Will AF or KL enter DEN?

Air France and KLM are both in SkyTeam, they are Delta partners. Delta, and therefor SkyTeam, has very little presence in Denver. Only a hand full of destinations, most of which are also served directly from Paris or Amsterdam. This would mean the flight would entirely have to rely on O/D traffic, t...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Creative and cool airline name ideas
Replies: 19
Views: 879

Re: Creative and cool airline name ideas

For an LCC, I always fancied the name Sheep. When you pronounce it, it sounds similar to "cheap", which is what you expect from an LCC. And it would instantly give the airline a theme, a logo, etc.

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines to Canada?
Replies: 29
Views: 4714

Re: Spirit Airlines to Canada.

My condolences to our Canadian friends. They may as well have law enforcement nearby when the Spirit flight arrives. There is sure to have been an onboard altercation. Trash fares attract the same type of people as evidenced on Instagram on a near daily basis. Spoken like someone who has never flow...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is (realistically) next for SEA?
Replies: 14
Views: 1452

Re: What is (realistically) next for SEA?

More Norwegian is a possibility. Currently they only serve Seattle from London Gatwick, but they could open additional routes from their other long haul bases. Copenhagen, Barcelona, etc.

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines to Canada?
Replies: 29
Views: 4714

Re: Spirit Airlines to Canada.

Most likely just one of the places they're interested in, but so far they've come no further than thinking about it. Before they actually start flying there, a lot needs to happen. However as Canada is "on the list" and a list mostly contains of more than one item, makes me wonder what els...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: White Plains airport (NYC)
Replies: 15
Views: 1873

Re: White Plains airport (NYC)

I say this respectfully: no. But hey, someone at PANYNJ wanted to waste its money and “rescue” Stewart. Who knows?! Stewart is in a whole different position than Westchester County. First of all the runway at Stewart is much, much longer so it can handle basically everything. At Stewart, there is p...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Wing Issue?
Replies: 21
Views: 6022

Re: Boeing Wing Issue?

I can't read the article, i get "Access denied".

However I think it's a non-issue, nothing to be worried about. It's not exactly how it's supposed to be, but that doesn't make it unsafe.

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AA agrees to order 50 Airbus A321XLR's
Replies: 321
Views: 49945

Re: RUMOR: American to order A321LR

If AA uses the 102-seat 321T configuration on 321LR, maybe they can achieve 4000 nmi of range... Maybe they can, but why would they? It wouldn't be economical to put only 102 seats in a plane that can seat far more. And for most of their routes (and the routes this plane would most likely fly) they...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AA agrees to order 50 Airbus A321XLR's
Replies: 321
Views: 49945

Re: RUMOR: American to order A321LR

A 2002-built 757 is always viewed as old/aging on this site, whereas a similar-aged 777, A330, 738, or A320 is never referred to as such. That's because the year of production is actually less important than the year of design. The 757 first flew in 1982 and as such it used the latest technology av...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AA agrees to order 50 Airbus A321XLR's
Replies: 321
Views: 49945

Re: RUMOR: American to order A321LR

Replacement for the 757 indeed, those planes are getting old.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest serving livery
Replies: 25
Views: 2634

Re: Longest serving livery

Isn't Royal Air Maroc's livery really really old? I think I read somewhere it's one of the oldest ones still in use. Not entirely. It might not have had a major overhaul, but there have been a good number of small changes over time. Here it is in 1977: 1652728 Here it is in 1985: 1151040 Notice how...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates launches world’s shortest A380 route
Replies: 29
Views: 9204

Re: Emirates launches world’s shortest A380 route

Silly stunt would be flying between DXB and DWC And still it's not the closest possible. That would be Sharjah (SHJ) which is closer to Dubai (DXB) than Dubai World Central (DWC). Dubai to Dubai World Central is 24 nautical miles, Dubai to Sharjah is 9 nautical miles. And didn't Emirates fly the A3...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do Iranian Carries use very old aircraft?
Replies: 53
Views: 7468

Re: Why does Iranian Carries use very old aircraft?

rbavfan wrote:
Where would they get the engine & systems parts for maintenance.


I've been told they do a lot of reverse engineering. They take an existing part, measure it and make a blueprint of it. Then they use that blueprint to reproduce that part.

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by PatrickZ80
Fri May 31, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Second Tier Airports
Replies: 15
Views: 2465

Re: Second Tier Airports

What I find interesting is that over here in Asia, second-tier airports aren't very common to my knowledge. The only prominent ones I can think of are Bangkok's Don Muang (the old airport that's now mainly used by LCCs) and Clark Airport. There are also some turboprop only airports such as Subang a...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri May 31, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your experience on now defunct carriers
Replies: 73
Views: 3115

Re: Your experience on now defunct carriers

The only now defunct airline I've ever flown would be Air Holland, flew them when I was about 10 years old or something like that. I remember it was on the 757 which was a brand new aircraft at the time. Of course this was the late 80's or early 90's, so a whole different era when it came to aviatio...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri May 31, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Second Tier Airports
Replies: 15
Views: 2465

Re: Second Tier Airports

But OAK, BUR, etc. are often priced higher than the first tier airports due in large part to less competition from the LCC. In the USA that's true indeed. In Europe, it's quite the opposite. European second tier airports are often known as Ryanair airports. Even though Ryanair is expanding into the...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 30, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skyteam DL/AF/KL EU-US New routes?
Replies: 57
Views: 7439

Re: Skyteam DL/AF/KL EU-US New routes?

EWR still seems like the biggest hole in their transatlantic JV. DL pulled out of EWR-AMS and EWR-CDG in the recent past - however VS still flies once daily to LHR (if I am correct). However with recent increase in competition on these routes, they may not be worth re-attempting in the immediate fu...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 29, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to launch Newark-Seville next year
Replies: 30
Views: 6902

Re: United to launch Newark-Seville next year

United-EWR (read former CO) was known for throwin lots of 757-200 capacity from EWR to secondary cities across western Europe. Delta flies/flew/will fly/seasonally flies JFK-AGP. So, why not NYC-SVQ? SVQ doesn't get anywhere near the passenger count of AGP. As for North American demand, I guess we'...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 27, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GRQ supervisory board: move military flights from EIN to GRQ
Replies: 18
Views: 1918

Re: GRQ supervisory board: move military flights from EIN to GRQ

Is moving military flights from EIN to GRQ consistent with the capabilities one would expect of the Dutch military ? I can think of at least one country that is not friendly to the Netherlands and has the capacity to send military aircraft armed with weapons to or even into Dutch airspace - Yes, be...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 27, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GRQ supervisory board: move military flights from EIN to GRQ
Replies: 18
Views: 1918

Re: GRQ supervisory board: move military flights from EIN to GRQ

Ahh yes Russia is going to invade the Netherlands because a few F16’s have moved base from Eindhoven to Groningen. Russia is 2000km away from the Netherlands, how does moving a squadron 200km closer to the coast, lead to the invasion of Holland. It's not about those F-16s since they're not based in...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 26, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GRQ supervisory board: move military flights from EIN to GRQ
Replies: 18
Views: 1918

Re: GRQ supervisory board: move military flights from EIN to GRQ

Like I said, it's unlikely but worth investigating. The move of cargo flights from Amsterdam also fits in with the plans of the government to free up capacity at Amsterdam that is currently not contributing to the hub. That's what they're expanding Lelystad for, but Lelystad is for the holiday fligh...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 26, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tap Air Portugal To Start Lisbon-Banjul
Replies: 35
Views: 6547

Re: Tap Air Portugal To Start Lisbon-Banjul

Thomas Cock still flies from the UK to Banjul in winter. But you are right TAP should ease their pain in the ass. Not quite. Keep in mind that Thomas Cook isn't just an airline, it's a travel agency with it's own airline. By far most of their passengers are on a package holiday. They don't have any...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 26, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GRQ supervisory board: move military flights from EIN to GRQ
Replies: 18
Views: 1918

Re: GRQ supervisory board: move military flights from EIN to GRQ

The idea itself isn't bad, but I agree that the costs of it make it highly unlikely. Part of those costs might be funded through crowdfunding, but certainly not all of it. Airlines that want to expand in either Amsterdam or Eindhoven but currently can't might be willing to pay for a solution that ca...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 26, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do airlines rebook pax on canceled sold out flights?
Replies: 14
Views: 2082

Re: How do airlines rebook pax on canceled sold out flights?

They might be the only carrier that flies this route non-stop, but they're rarely the only carrier that flies it one-stop. More often than not, passengers are rebooked on one-stop flights on other airlines. This means they have to make a transfer somewhere, but they'll get there. Sometimes they're r...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 26, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boarding pass checks on boarding.
Replies: 5
Views: 599

Re: Boarding pass checks on boarding.

Checking if you're on the right flight happens at the gate inside the terminal, not when you enter the aircraft. At that stage they only check for your seat, nothing else. There is no "as well as a last check to make sure they are on the right flight" as you describe it. At the gate they h...

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