Work on the FDR has started. https://twitter.com/bea_aero/status/1106601584262287361?s=21 Nice image from that tweet. I don't know why, but for some reasons I was expecting something more clean-room like looking :D https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D1twQb9WoAE1hli.jpg:large Also, a video clip talking abo...Jump to post
In regards to Madrid, yields must have been appalling. Air India was always the cheapest option, cheaper than all the one-stop options (EK, TK, QR, etc). Very limited business traffic between both cities. Most of their passengers (in summer) were backpackers to Delhi and some connections to Kathman...Jump to post
I think at $200 each way it's actually pretty reasonable and viable considering a taxi is $60, especially if going at rush hour there's definitely a big enough market for rich people to avoid traffic. Especially in LA for people who can then fly to LAX and then get to the Valley without traffic.Jump to post
I keep thinking about all the airports worldwide that have retrofitted their airports for the A380, or even worse completely built the airport for massive influx of A380's. They spent hundreds of millions reinforcing and widening taxiways, aprons, and runways; they built new concourses and gate are...Jump to post
A real shame. This Vueling flight was one of the few options for avios in Wales. Now even less option with Flybe shifting towards VS. If there is availability on VY, the cash fare tends to be so low to make it a pretty poor value for the Avios. But if you're avios rich and without much cash, it wou...Jump to post
IB still uses a ton. MAD-MEX/SCL/PTY/EZE are all run with the 340. LAX in the summer runs on the 340. They only use 340-600 now.Jump to post
Could you imagine if foreign countries wanted their own border stations at US airports, we would find that unacceptable, probably. Japan border at Honolulu and LAX or every European country at JFK. Customs should be cleared at arrivals. I see absolutely no problem with Japanese border preclearance ...Jump to post
I wonder if many oneworld flyers from the US would connect at GRU with the JJ flight. I've always had a fascination with the few S. Atlantic crossings.Jump to post
Honestly, credit to them. It may seem like a basket case but deploying to where they will make money as fast as possible and get cash flow running is good and being nimble and cutting things before they can accumulate losses is also a smart move. I think they will be back eventually and should work ...Jump to post
I'm wondering if they got a contract from a tour operator for Disneyland and are just using it to keep costs down and selling whatever extra seats they can. I mean, it could be pretty convenient for a fairly large area if you want to avoid Paris and its traffic.Jump to post
Yeah, I think a 380 or two could actually do really well at IB to MEX and EZE. I always thought an ideal model would be wet lease it from BA and use IB cabin crew so you don't have the small fleet problem. But I feel like BA could use a few more themselves. But a huge capex without clarity on Brexit...Jump to post
What is Mexican DNA anyway? The typical composition of Latin America is 40-60% Native American and rest is European, mainly Iberian. I think the marketing campaign made it so that it goes viral rather than making sure it's scientific. Yeah, this is what I was thinking and while many people in Mexic...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
MAD is nowhere close to its limits. It's got good geography, good weather, terminals right between two sets of parallel runways so it's relatively efficient in either configuration. The old terminal is scheduled for a remodel and T4 is easy enough to expand if they need it at minimal cost. Madrid is...Jump to post
anshabhi wrote:Actually could also be a case of bird smuggling.
Yeah, I really just want wifi on board to be able to send basic whatsapp messages or text emails. Maybe with the occasional photo attachment and I don't care if it takes a minute to load.Jump to post
It was just a thought as my company has facilities in Rochester but I wonder if SEN would ever consider helping to subsidize a ferry across the Thames to Kent. I feel like that would make it a much more attractive airport for a huge amount of people SE of London to be able to avoid the M25 and be a ...Jump to post
It’s sad reading all the negative things about DY on here. Why so many of you dislike DY? What did the airline and the brand do to any of you? I look at DY as the 747 of our time. DY made traveling cheaper for the average hard working European or American to travel. Before the 747 came out the pric...Jump to post
I would say IAG sale is imminent. Not selling in the spring is going to come back as a very stupid decision as they'll now be able to pick it up at distressed prices.
I also think what IAG really wants is the 787 order book in order to grow more.
The LCC model will fail in Africa until someone gets it right so it's worth a proverbial shot and there are far worse ways to burn money in the aviation.
I think it's unlikely to work but I wish them the best and think Nigeria has enough population to maybe make it work,
I would imagine there are enough dual citizens that can count for ownership to maintain a majority of both UK and EU owned. How much does WW own personally? Regardless, don't both BA and IB require majority local ownership already to comply with existing bilaterals that predate the common aviation m...Jump to post
It doesn't look like they are laying off any pilots currently flying the 787. They refer to 2019 courses, ergo probably pilots who were hired or internally upgraded (or received notice of successfully passing the interview), with the plan to induct them on the 787 line-course in 2019. Still seems o...Jump to post
A pilot I follow on Twitter posted the following letter and it looks like Norwegian is going to be culling the pilot ranks.
https://twitter.com/Golfcharlie232/stat ... 7478295552
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And most Spanish people will just think of pizza.
But a decent gesture though I suppose it will probably be used colloquially about as much as Adolfo Suárez is used in Madrid, which is to say, not all that much and just continues to be Barajas to everyone.
MAD-IAD would be a big potential market for IB in the US. DC has a pretty big AA Frequent flyer base, and lots of government traffic competing with the UA 757. And before anyone mentions it, yes, US government travel can use IB, so long as it's sold on an AA code. Everyone who does government travel...Jump to post
Yeah, this pretty clearly seems like a play for QR to get more N. America - India traffic by using the US-EU open skies to not stir the pot for more US and Canada access. I wouldn't be surprised if QR does send some 320s to develop a short haul network. I think it could work as a strategy, just depe...Jump to post
Probably been 15 years since I've flown there, but EGE used to not even have jet bridges.Jump to post
If you are on BA/Iberia, take the Cercanías train from T4 and get off at Recoletos or change trains and go directly to Sol. If you are at T1, then get the express bus to Cibeles. From there there's plenty of time to walk around the center, get some curros con chocolate at San Ginés. See Plaza Mayor,...Jump to post
I think year round IAD on IB could be possible if they can find the gate space.
I could actually see KUL but it'd be a really strange route where the value would come from connections on either end from the oneworld FF base on each end rather than the rather low yielding direct traffic.
I very much enjoyed that read. It sounds like a plan for 3 or 4 classes of service. (ULCC, Y, domestic first, lie-flat). How are they going to reconfigure seasonally? It sounds great but I want to know how to do so economically. It is possible to replace all of the seats in a day. I wonder if the f...Jump to post
I would've guessed that AA would've flown ORD-MAD on their own metal before a 2nd daily DFW-MAD. In my opinion ORD is better located for onward connections than DFW in terms of flying time. Probably DFW being a much larger AA hub than ORD and AA serving BCN from ORD were determining factors. DFW ge...Jump to post
One thing that I think could be useful is getting a decent 787 fleet at IB. IB has been pretty limited in growth recently due to fleet limitations rather than possible options so more aircraft there will certainly help and there are a lot of opportunities for long and thin on 788. Also, one of IB's ...Jump to post
DFW-MAD is bolstered by OneWorld traffic. I don't think there are as many PDEW between IAH and MAD either. Is AA bringing back DFW-KEF since they ran the icelandic carriers out? IAH-MAD traffic may be less but it would be pretty high yielding. People forget that Madrid is a major hub for some very ...Jump to post
Will the second Madrid flight also be 789? Wow two daily Dallas-Madrid flights! It is time maybe for United to think about IAH-MAD. Might be useful and there's certainly a fair amount of business traffic, but the OW stranglehold certainly impacts things. Also, the Houston to Dallas train will have a...Jump to post
A: ATL, AMS B: BRU, BKK, BOS, BIO, BZN, BTH, BWI C: CDG, CNX, CVG, CLT, CLE, CPT (Have departed out of CEI but not landed there) D: DMK, DXB, DUR, DFW, DCA, DPS, DEN E: EGE, EVV F: FCO, FAT G: GVA H: HAM, HEL, HKG (Flown out of HKT but did not land there) I: IAD, IAH, IBZ, IND J: JFK, JOG, JNB K: KU...Jump to post
Doesn't this strengthen the case for granting the QF/AA JV? May have been better to wait since if that got denied again it was going to be dead. Why would it strenghen the case to allow the JV so they can work together to block out a competition. Because it shows there's more competition for AA/QF ...Jump to post
Doesn't this strengthen the case for granting the QF/AA JV? May have been better to wait since if that got denied again it was going to be dead.Jump to post
They certainly don't seem to think so. Then again, they also don't seem to have realized until yesterday that it is time for a new CW seat. Did I miss an announcement? But on the topic at hand, the product is tired but it sells. I'd certainly like it refreshed but I still fly them so I suppose I'm ...Jump to post
I second the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, but it does have a steep annual fee. I find the fee to be worthwhile for my wife and I, but someone else may not. We put virtually all our spend on it and I typically transfer the Ultimate Reward points to United MileagePlus once a month. However, there are...Jump to post
I've been wondering when the long haul cash burning was going to start limiting their successful short haul operations. Though that said, BCN is an LCC bloodbath with way too much capacity, particularly with VY based there.Jump to post
I have a family member that started a financial company you've probably heard of if you are in the US. Needless to say, he's loaded and I've had this conversation with him. He used to have fractional ownership but the advent of NetJets and other on demand charter services completely changed it. Said...Jump to post
Indeed it's an informal thing, but still a very strong feeling here in Europe. People tend to associate a country with a national airline, an airline that symbolizes the country. It doesn't have to carry the name of the country, but you always know airline and country belong together. Let's list a ...Jump to post
Also of note: Fiji Airways starts oneworld connect membership today. Interestingly, earn and burn on FJ flights is restricted to AA, BA, CX and QF Frequent Flyers only. FJ Frequent Flyers don’t earn on oneworld carriers. https://www.fijiairways.com/en-us/one-world-connect/ Does that mean (in theory...Jump to post