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by SCQ83
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK crew robbed in South Africa
Replies: 85
Views: 13807

Re: TK crew robbed in South Africa

Another failed state, like Mexico in the other thread. Now SAA can make a TV spot about how wonderful and cool Cape Town is. In Istanbul, it always surprises me to see people walking around on busy forms of public transport with expensive mobile telephones or their wallets poking out of their back p...

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by SCQ83
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!
Replies: 62
Views: 8129

Re: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!

An ad making fun of low status people who will never fly Aeroméxico to fluff the egos of worldly coastal jet setters... not what I would call brilliant. It’s just petty. If you think the ad is brilliant, it’s for you. This was the point I was trying to make, although I was trying to do it without b...

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by SCQ83
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Brazil will eliminate visa for American
Replies: 11
Views: 1810

Re: Brazil will eliminate visa for American

I doubt it will have a significant impact.

Europeans don't need a visa for Brazil and European tourism to Brazil is quite irrelevant compared to other long haul destinations like the Caribbean, the US or Thailand / SE Asia.

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by SCQ83
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT Polish international growth
Replies: 115
Views: 9747

Re: LOT Polish international growth

But then, who would travel from MAD to ICN or PEK or whatever when they A) have nonstop alternatives B) have more options via half a dozen or more other hubs on more reputable (with all due respect) airlines than LO? I tell you who: the ones who go for the cheapest fares. That is why I mention seco...

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by SCQ83
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT Polish international growth
Replies: 115
Views: 9747

Re: LOT Polish international growth

If they want to have a hub to Asia, they should open new short-haul destinations. For instance, in Spain they only offer flights to MAD and BCN. Many of their competitors like Turkish or Aeroflot already fly to second-tier cities like AGP, ALC, SVQ, BIO or VLC. I reckon the issue is strong low-cost ...

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by SCQ83
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Algerian Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1972

Re: Algerian Aviation Thread - 2019

I don't understand why Algeria does not allow visa free access for EU passport holders like Morocco or Tunis do. That would increase those numbers.

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by SCQ83
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair profit warning
Replies: 3
Views: 937

Re: Ryanair profit warning

We are clearly in a peak economic cycle and from here you can only go downhill. It seems to be 2009 all over again. Most of the newest Ryanair routes are in the "WTF" category. Routes no one ever asked for and that are only sustainable based on 1) subsidies + 2) extremely low fares + 3) no...

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: High Capacity Domestic Low Cost
Replies: 18
Views: 2991

Re: High Capacity Domestic Low Cost

In Spain you have Air Europa doing MAD-BCN with wide bodies. That route is 3-4 daily of which 2 daily frequencies are flown with A330s. Those are intended to make connections in MAD (mainly to LATAM), but you often have very cheap fares (25 or 30 EUR) in O&D. However you must add the train/metro...

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US-Russia nonstop flights
Replies: 80
Views: 10988

Re: US-Russia nonstops flights

Russia's economy is pure garbage. I cant imagine SU makes much on Russian traffic alone. They get a lot of onward connections to places outside Russia. On the other hand, PAX at Moscow airports are exploding and must be at record levels or close to it. Russian carriers are launching all the time ne...

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF
Replies: 104
Views: 15105

Re: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF

I don't know whether it's supported by the facts, but the theory is that Turkish destinations like DLM and AYT compete with PMI (as well as some destinations elsewhere in Spain, Greece, Cyprus, and even on the African side of the Mediterranean) for the same customers - Northern Europeans seeking su...

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF
Replies: 104
Views: 15105

Re: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF

How much of the drop in British traffic last summer was down to the UK having a very hot June/July with weeks of sunshine? It was in the news in early-July that a lot of the package holiday companies were selling last minute holidays at the start of the school summer holiday period for ridiculously...

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF
Replies: 104
Views: 15105

Re: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF

Someone83 wrote:
FCO-KEF


So no more Rome-Iceland flights. This routes was previously flown by Vueling, and also chopped.

The only Iceland-Italy routes are KEF-MXP seasonal on Icelandair and WOW.

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lahore Airport to start selling Booze
Replies: 9
Views: 3239

Re: Lahore Airport to start selling Booze

That is haram. How is alcohol sold in Pakistan? Do you need an special ID like some emirates in the UAE? Or just in particular places (international hotels, etc)?

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF
Replies: 104
Views: 15105

Re: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF

Don't see Mallorca suffering: 29 million pax (+4%) in 2018, even December was +21% compared to 2017. Off season is getting stronger and stronger while the season is suffering from mass tourism if anything. The devil is in the details. PAX 2018 - 2019 UK: 5.66 million VS 5.43 million Switzerland: 1....

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF
Replies: 104
Views: 15105

Re: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF

MIflyer12 wrote:
With this and WOW's significant pullback we can see the ULCC TATL bubble has been duly popped. Good for remaining carriers; not good for passengers seeking cheap fares.


And Primera Air going bankrupt.

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spain will open its newest airport, Murcia International, on January 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 7415

Re: Spain will open its newest airport, Murcia International, on January 2019

Asturias subsidises Volotea. So this OVD-RMU IMO is subsidised but it is also a way to tell the government of Murcia that they would be happy to open some new destinations if they give them some money.

I could see BIO, somewhere in Galicia, PMI and IBZ at least.

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF
Replies: 104
Views: 15105

Re: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF

I am not overly surprised.

Laudamotion (Ryanair) has opened tons of routes from Germany to Mallorca (main market). And PMI suffers from the recovery of Turkey.

Canarias a winter destination has also increasing competition from Morocco, Tunisia, Cabo Verde or Egypt.

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD breaks its pax record
Replies: 14
Views: 2597

Re: MAD breaks its pax record

I don't get this obsession with Western Africa. Those are minuscule markets (just look at the PAX numbers of those airports). RAM in Oneworld would be the perfect complement for both MAD and LHR. Maybe resuming Lagos could be logical, but I don't see the need to hunt smaller markets. Iberia is not T...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD breaks its pax record
Replies: 14
Views: 2597

Re: MAD breaks its pax record

I can’t imagine that to be the case. Last years growth looks good, but there was no growth between 2007 and 2017 making it the worst performing European mega hub by far growth-wise. Also the high speed train had a major effect. The Madrid-Barcelona HSL opened in 2008. Now it takes half of the traff...

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by SCQ83
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Closes All U.S. Stations Except: BOS/BWI/DTW/EWR
Replies: 59
Views: 10857

Re: WOW Closes All U.S. Stations Except: BOS/BWI/DTW/EWR

And other than a seasonal ARN-KEF on SAS, there is not a single new route for KEF so far planned for this year. It seems the Icelandic bubble has popped.

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by SCQ83
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: IAG's next conquest?
Replies: 29
Views: 4296

Re: IAG's next conquest?

I think Norwegian, Wizz Air or Volotea would be good fits.

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by SCQ83
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is LAX&SFO booming in terms of the number of European carriers?
Replies: 24
Views: 3227

Re: Is LAX&SFO booming in terms of the number of European carriers?

Part is to blame for the new Tech / Internet bubble. Too much money around so people travel more. I suspect when this bubble pops, some carriers may leave or reduce SFO.

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by SCQ83
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat to serve Split during summer 2019
Replies: 48
Views: 5132

Re: Air Transat to serve Split during summer 2019

parrotta wrote:
this flight is dropped


Really? When I saw the announcement I thought Split was an odd choice for a TATL flight. Dubrovnik is the place to go.

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by SCQ83
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What happen to Southwest website.
Replies: 61
Views: 5284

Re: What happen to Southwest website.

Southwest blocks international visitors from their website (although this block does not seem to be perfect as I've accessed it from overseas before). I don't know why - perhaps it's not wanting to comply with GDPR or other international laws and whatnot, or maybe there's some other reason for it. ...

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by SCQ83
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German airport security staff strike, 1000+ flights cancelled
Replies: 14
Views: 4058

Re: German airport security staff strike, 1000+ flights cancelled

How long will it take? I am flying to DUS next week.

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country
Replies: 61
Views: 3650

Re: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country

ESPRIT is not an Australian brand (unless there is another Esprit brand there independent than the one sold in the rest of the world).

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unique Flights ex-LON or ex-AMS
Replies: 22
Views: 2752

Re: Unique Flights ex-LON or ex-AMS

Thanks everyone so far for the great ideas. Many are intriguing. I am now toying with the idea of flying AMS-MAD on Air Europa's B787 (maybe currently it is an A330, but on the dates in may I am looking at it will be a 787, at least for now). and then again trying to get on LATAM from MAD to FRA (i...

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GA launches LHR-DPS flights
Replies: 37
Views: 6216

Re: GA launches LHR-DPS flights

MoKa777 wrote:
This is just strange.


It is not strange. Bali is becoming very popular in Europe lately. With everybody in Europe having been to Thailand already thanks to the ME3, Bali is the new Phuket. :D

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country
Replies: 61
Views: 3650

Re: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country

New Balance has been very popular and trend in the last 5 years or so in Europe. It seems that in the last year or so it is fading a bit. Supreme is awfully popular here at the moment Where is here? I would say Supreme is awfully popular all around the world right now. Even the street sellers in Spa...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1887

Re: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2019

777klm wrote:
:airplane: :redflag: LUX - (to be) axed routes (or airlines on that route)
none so far :smile:


Luxair is not resuming LUX-ALC. They flew it last summer.

I am surprised Ryanair does not try either ALC-LUX or VLC-LUX.

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK starting MEX and CUN
Replies: 48
Views: 7064

Re: TK starting MEX and CUN

Charter flights (most often sold by tour operators) are one thing. Scheduled flights are another. The airlines flying those charter flights are getting paid regardless if the plane is full or not. That is not the case with TK. Your point isn't really valid. First and foremost, CUN is a tech stop. P...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK starting MEX and CUN
Replies: 48
Views: 7064

Re: TK starting MEX and CUN

Couldn't EK also fly DXB-CUN-MEX?

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Germania in trouble
Replies: 28
Views: 5254

Re: Germania in trouble

Funny how everyone is talking macro economics here. That's got little bearing on Germania. Germania hasn't been able to turn a profit over the large scale expansion of the German economy over the past few years. They are back to the wall, if they can't find an investor they will be toast very short...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Germania in trouble
Replies: 28
Views: 5254

Re: Germania in trouble

We have seen an steady decrease in unemployment and a rise in salaries from 2010. That trend has not turned yet and I would say is the most important aspect in regards to the holiday makers, that is the primary customer group of Germania. Cost of living in Germany has exploded since 2010. Particula...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Germania in trouble
Replies: 28
Views: 5254

Re: Germania in trouble

I remember the days when there was the following line up at SCN on a Saturday morning : Tuifly to PMI, ST to LPA, AB to PMI, XQ to AYT, Sky to AYT just on the charter side. This is all gone now and mostly there is just EW to PMI and many people drive to HHN to fly FR somewhere as many traditional b...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Germania in trouble
Replies: 28
Views: 5254

Re: Germania in trouble

With the German economy now doing worse, I think we will see some consolidation in the leisure holiday market in Germany. If I am not missing anything there are those players: - Condor - Germania - Sundair - SunExpress Deutschland - TUI fly Deutschland And then there are: - Lufthansa / Eurowings - B...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK starting MEX and CUN
Replies: 48
Views: 7064

Re: TK starting MEX and CUN

And Turks have no beaches nearer by than Cancún?? As for Mexico-Middle East / C.I.S. traffic: what is the yield x volume? I disagree with saying this flight is only about MEX. Cancún today is a global beach destination which also combines some "basic culture" (Mayan ruins). E.g. checking ...

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by SCQ83
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 143
Views: 15903

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

[quote="mjoelnir"]December 2018
departing 189,754, arriving 203,294, transferring 213.050, total 606.618, 0,09% decrease compared to December 2017/quote]

When was the last time PAX in KEF decreased?

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by SCQ83
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 143
Views: 15903

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

I flew BRU-BMA a couple of years ago and a lot of PAX seemed to be connecting in BRU. I guess (probably like in the case of Finnair) for a lot of people flying to "Stockholm City Airport" is just an added advantage VS other connections and then flying to ARN. Bromma feels like a village ai...

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by SCQ83
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eurowings in 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 3347

Re: Eurowings in 2019

cityshuttle wrote:
According to the media article, LH / EW is currently only considering options for leisure long-haul destinations in case that DE (Condor / Thomas Cook) might cease operations ...


Is Condor in trouble? :O I am flying them in a few weeks (short-haul).

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by SCQ83
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 98
Views: 6589

Re: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2019

Just curious.... With Etihad, Emirates and Turkish Cargo serving or having served the Puerto Rican market, how much longer you guys think Puerto Rico will see Arabian airline service (of any type, that is)? Ummm never? SJU is a very small market to Europe, so for the ME and Asia it would be even sm...

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by SCQ83
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country
Replies: 61
Views: 3650

Re: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country

Speaking of TK Maxx... I was surprised to see ellesse stuff there. I thought they were gone for ages and have them associated forever with 1980s/90s pro tennis. Ellesse (like FILA) is now back in trend. https://www.jdsports.co.uk/page/ellesse-hub/ ALL ABOUT ELLESSE On top when it comes to the retro...

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by SCQ83
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country
Replies: 61
Views: 3650

Re: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country

Nautica is sold in Amazon European websites. Amazon Europe is interesting because they stock some American brands that I have never seen in a physical store anywhere in Europe. For instance, they also sell (usually heavily discounted) Eddie Bauer. I reckon since those are sold in Amazon US, it is qu...

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by SCQ83
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded
Replies: 31
Views: 8019

Re: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded

Any non-EU citizens could well have had visa issues with Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia.. I doubt this would happen even in any possible combination :) First of all, Romania and Bulgaria are EU countries. Serbia and Macedonia are very lax with visas. For instance, Chinese and Russian citiz...

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by SCQ83
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair "threatens" with the closure of bases in the Canaries
Replies: 67
Views: 9396

Re: Ryanair "threatens" with the closure of bases in the Canaries

I think that FR has a hard time making these long flights work out financially. Some of them edge on the 5 hours flight time, putting FR in a tight spot in terms of yield management. FR in Canarias is not only about "those long flights". It is not Eilat or Aqaba. Canarias-Mainland Spain i...

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by SCQ83
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc applies for Boston
Replies: 43
Views: 5890

Re: Royal Air Maroc applies for Boston

MIflyer12 wrote:
Given the presence of MAD-JFK/EWR/IAD non-stops I'll guess that RAM is doing this with garbage fares. Aviation economists had figured out 40 years ago that much use of marginal cost pricing is lethal.


IAD-MAD (as well as IAD-BCN) are seasonal only.

Also RAM serves AGP, VLC and BIO.

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by SCQ83
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded
Replies: 31
Views: 8019

Re: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded

I think even more, as they would not be able to take shortest route, unless all passengers had passports - which would be unusual on intra-EU flight. You can enter Serbia and Macedonia with any European (EU) ID card. As well as Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and some other random countries (Georgia) a...

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by SCQ83
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded
Replies: 31
Views: 8019

Re: FR8562 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded

Why not landing in SOF? Sofia to Thessaloniki is only 4-5 hours by coach.

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by SCQ83
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair dead last of 19 major airlines: survey
Replies: 10
Views: 1081

Re: Ryanair dead last of 19 major airlines: survey

In Europe it is very socially accepted to complain about Ryanair. Added to that that it is the airline which carries the more passengers (esp. "casual" passengers), it is not surprising that it ranks so badly. I have flown +100 FR flights and never had any issue so far. I personally prefer...

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by SCQ83
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC unveils slots allocation/airline distribution for Beijing’s upcoming PEK/ZBAD dual-hub system
Replies: 73
Views: 9292

Re: CAAC unveils slots allocation/airline distribution for Beijing’s upcoming PEK/ZBAD dual-hub system

Those two plus EWR/JFK and HND/NRT. But yes, your point stand - LH doesn't just fly to two airports "just because" in general. LCY and LIN targets business pax, HND (and LIN also) is the much more "preferred" airport, while JFK/EWR involved a slightly more "preferred" ...

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