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
Looking through the twitter profile, it appears to be a DY capt who made the claim. Though he's pretty careful to not have registration plates in the cockpit photos. But just judging on destinations and being 737 operator, DY would make the most sense.Jump to post
Hmm...could be either way, honestly. Deleted for being too revealing or for lack of substance.
The linked (now deleted) tweet was pretty detailed about shutting down two DY bases in Spain and getting Norwegian's seniority lists straight in preparation.
Rumor on Twitter via Ostrower via a 737 captian via a trusted source (via his uncle's roommate's cousin or whatever so take with a grain of salt) has the sale as moving forward soon. https://twitter.com/jonostrower/status/1070354220706975744 Ostrower is a well informed journalist and while it's stil...Jump to post
I've often thought that the EU needs a centralised body/system for processing disputed claims and judging which particular delays/cancellations are due to "extraordinary circumstances". That's just not how the EU works. The EU sets rules and it's up to each member state to enforce those r...Jump to post
I think smaller Airlines like RJ and UL should seek to downgrade themselves to Connect partners to save alliance cost. Full membership to small airlines like RJ and UL no longer make any sense. While budget and P&L of skyteam, star or OneWorld is not public as they are not listed on any stock e...Jump to post
This may be a stupid question but is it possible to build an automated train between T3 and T5 to solve the connection problem? IIRC, it's part of the master plan and there is already a train within T5 so it would be to extend the existing train eastward (But if you're doing that you should just ge...Jump to post
Nonetheless, there is a sterile walkway between T5A through to B & C that you can use to return to A, although it does take upwards of 20 minutes to get from C to A and vice versa. I did not know this, thanks. Regarding the non-sterile arriving pax, does that mean if you arrive in T5C and you a...Jump to post
It was brought into passenger service some time after T5 was opened, previously it was staff only. The arrivals tunnel is popular with people wishing to check their legs still work after a long economy flight :) At walking pace, it’s 11 mins from T5C station to lifts at T5A. It was labelled "s...Jump to post
Also, while there is paralysis regarding lots of things at LHR, we know there is a toast rack master plan so they could just extend the T5 transit all the way over to where T1 is now and get rid of the whole bus situation, and install stops at T3 and T2 for now. No reason you couldn't have arrival a...Jump to post
Uh, yeah, this needed to happen when T5 opened....... All BA/AA need to be co-located in T5. No offense to IB, but AA’s longhaul flights are more valuable for IAG’s bottom line than flights to Madrid. Move IB to T3 and relocate AA and the remaining BA flights to T5. If there isn’t enough space, bui...Jump to post
Oil going down is probably best for DL since it pretty much just purely lowers costs. AA has exposure to a lot of resource based economies in Latin America and UA has IAH which will mean a revenue hit, too.Jump to post
Seconding Air France. Just very cool and couldn't be more French if it were a beret toting baguette smoking a cigarette. I love it and completely rewatchable so you actually pay attention every time. The BA video got a mild chuckle the first time, but man that humor gets old VERY fast. It's very har...Jump to post
I think it’s fairly uncontroversial the best positioned are those with super cheap fares (ULCCs) and those with lots of loyalty (WN, etc.). Those are the ones who will still be luring customers in even in harder times - case in point, how WN has done for 45 years. The legacies? Both in the US and a...Jump to post