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by Channex757
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover
Replies: 69
Views: 11147

Re: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover

EY own a minority already, so maybe their proposal is a disruptor to see who is in the undergrowth waiting with a serious offer. Wouldn't be the first time. All it takes to start the process of multiple bids is for someone to kick it all off. The first bid at an auction is often the one that takes t...

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by Channex757
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Laziness vs disability
Replies: 12
Views: 384

Re: Laziness vs disability

Hold on. So a man with arms damaged in the coal industry, who probably also had black lung, declined a moving job? What next? Attack a legless Iraqi vet for passing up a job with the New York Ballet? What a bunch of crap. Arbeit Macht frei at its best. Get over it; some people just can't work. They ...

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by Channex757
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Finnair order smaller wide-body jets?
Replies: 18
Views: 4183

Re: Should Finnair order smaller wide-body jets?

First you have to examine AY's business before making blanket propositions regarding fleet. AY is a niche carrier. They sit well to the north on the Asian routes out of western Europe, and that is principally where they do well. They tailor their fleet to those routes plus the small number of others...

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by Channex757
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No Europe services from Gibraltar?
Replies: 20
Views: 4341

Re: No Europe services from Gibraltar?

Another issue is that any airline wanting to operate into GIB also has to maintain a pool of trained pilots similar to those for LCY. Gibraltar approach can be brutal at times and only experienced, trained crews are permitted to fly into there. There are regular high speed coaches running to Malaga ...

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by Channex757
Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "Christmas Creep" now extending to other holidays?
Replies: 12
Views: 411

Re: "Christmas Creep" now extending to other holidays?

I was in a mom-and-pop discount store last month (yes, June) and they had some Christmas decorations for sale. Also at our local Walmart, they started selling back-to-school stuff on July 5. I'm sure the Halloween stuff will be on the shelves shortly. Our big ASDA (WalMart in the UK) never took Hal...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "Christmas Creep" now extending to other holidays?
Replies: 12
Views: 411

Re: "Christmas Creep" now extending to other holidays?

Go to a pound shop (dollar store to you lot) and you'll see that shit on the shelves year round

sheesh. Sort of devalues it all if you ask me. One of ours is still selling Easter eggs....

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: LH shows indications to reduce 779 order
Replies: 124
Views: 17962

Re: Leeham: LH shows indications to reduce 779 order

The biggest issue at the moment for the 777X program is going to be Qatar. Ignore for now whatever U-Turn Al is saying; if this diplomatic thing goes on and gets worse then they will be looking at big deferrals. Al Baker will try and save face but if his bosses decree it, the order will be cut back ...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump wants a Pardon ? ! ? !
Replies: 29
Views: 1042

Re: Trump wants a Pardon ? ! ? !

Add to that a Carter-like candidate with a wave of support and Pence would be on the bus back home. Michelle Obama for President......? LOL. No, no, for crying out loud. Oprah before Mrs. Obama. I think the country is really tired of family dynasties in politics. I did say it in jest but I've heard...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump wants a Pardon ? ! ? !
Replies: 29
Views: 1042

Re: Trump wants a Pardon ? ! ? !

I wonder if Mr. Pence could get elected in his own right after completing the term of a resigned/impeached Trump. Recent history says no, think Ford versus Carter. A bit further out you have LBJ and Truman who won after completing the term of a dead incumbent who was popular. Doing it after an impe...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: LH shows indications to reduce 779 order
Replies: 124
Views: 17962

Re: Leeham: LH shows indications to reduce 779 order

Makes you wonder what would happen in Boeing were to stick a cargo door in the back end. A 779M basically. Lufthansa liked their combis, and bought them across generations. The regulatory stuff could always be got round, and fire suppression is way more advanced nowadays. It might give some extra li...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development Thread
Replies: 264
Views: 56475

Re: MC-21 Development Thread

It's a good looking plane. What I personally would like to see is Irkut getting in some design help from one of the big design studios at BMW or Porsche. I've seen an interior design done for an RJ-class aircraft by Beemer and it was extremely well executed. Helping them knock the rough edges off th...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G4 757 at CVG, part of the cowling slices into the upper surface of the wing
Replies: 11
Views: 3706

Re: G4 757 at CVG, part of the cowling slices into the upper surface of the wing

This one is the former G-BYAP. 23 years old, so it's got some life left in it! Having looked at the pic on the Aviation herald website, it doesn't look too bad at first glance but there is talk of a "debris field" and some engine related stuff on the runway. I'm left wondering if it is som...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sean Spicer Resignes as Press Secretary
Replies: 44
Views: 1214

Re: Sean Spicer Resignes as Press Secretary

Trump's latest outing on Twitter makes for interesting reading for anyone watching from the sidelines. He's borderline hysterical now, trying to drag everything including the kitchen sink (with Hillary sat in it) into the public discourse. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/21/jeff-session...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where will Hainan fly to in Europe next?
Replies: 31
Views: 3060

Re: Where will Hainan fly to in Europe next?

One problem with people mentioning PVG is the slots issue. The airport is slot constrained (badly) and that makes it tough for any new service to get them at the right times for a flight heading west. Beijing Capital is bad but Shanghai Pudong is apparently at Heathrow levels of congestion or beyond...

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by Channex757
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 prospects
Replies: 9
Views: 1040

Re: Embraer KC-390 prospects

Far too early in the production cycle to make any predictions about the viability of this aircraft. Military procurement always takes longer than civil anyway as air forces have to shake the Government money tree to get purchases authorised, so future purchases are going to be hard to predict and wi...

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by Channex757
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interjet confirms interest in 10 more SSJ100s
Replies: 23
Views: 3637

Re: Interjet confirms interest in 10 more SSJ100s

I made a mistake by not saying I was referring to CityJet, as mentioned at the end of the quote. Bungled it up a bit, sorry.

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by Channex757
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interjet confirms interest in 10 more SSJ100s
Replies: 23
Views: 3637

Re: Interjet confirms interest in 10 more SSJ100s

The SSJ100 is the sweet spot for their operations so maybe a larger variant would not work for them. Their charter operations for SN are to replace c.100 seat aircraft, and same for their own flying.

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by Channex757
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 prospects
Replies: 9
Views: 1040

Re: Embraer KC-390 prospects

Big, big plus is that Embraer has a global infrastructure ready to support the aircraft. Second big plus is propulsion. No make-work political fudgeprops, just engines straight off the A321 with IAE global support and overhaul capabilities. That has to make the KC-390 a strong contender in any sales...

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by Channex757
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Senator McCain Has Aggressive Brain Cancer
Replies: 41
Views: 1066

Re: Senator McCain Has Aggressive Brain Cancer

Some people believe that cancer patients should be removed from the workplace because they can't think (perform) like "normal" people. Pretty far from the truth, but I'd bet that the race is on for McCain's "replacement already. He still has a functioning brain, even if it does have ...

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by Channex757
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SVA 787 circling +2 hours over MAN
Replies: 28
Views: 4008

Re: SVA 787 circling +2 hours over MAN

There isn't an issue with tankering like that as the fuel at JED and MAN will be just about the same. The refineries work to the same international standard, so the SVA captain could have tankered several hours of fuel and then just got it topped off at MAN. Especially if the outbound leg was a bit ...

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by Channex757
Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development Thread
Replies: 264
Views: 56475

Re: MC-21 Development Thread

2. Second in PD-14 hollow fan blades made from titanium, but on PW1400g from composites . WHOA! Composites for fan blade? Did not know that! Can you do that now? :shock: I'm pretty sure GE has been doing that for awhile now. The PW engines can use a principally aluminium blade as the fan rotates at...

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by Channex757
Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of ex-Hainan A340-600 Fleet?
Replies: 7
Views: 2470

Re: Status of ex-Hainan A340-600 Fleet?

IiRC these planes were owned by ILFC. As they were early versions, they were also overweight. Airbus overshot their weight estimate by quite a bit and that also made them hard to place. CX initially took them on a short lease, then HU took them for a time. Airlines don't like planes that come out of...

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by Channex757
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Difference between B767-300ER
Replies: 5
Views: 903

Re: Difference between B767-300ER

The 763 can also be configured with different door or emergency exit layouts. Again, the customer code system doesn't reflect this.

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by Channex757
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lower Deck Lavatories / Aircraft type?
Replies: 12
Views: 1767

Re: Lower Deck Lavatories / Aircraft type?

A330 is an option too, Airtours (later MyTravel and now Thomas Cook) ordered theirs with them. Boeing do not offer it on the two you mentioned, or other models. The lower deck lavs are useful for airlines which don't use the cargo capacity in the rear hold. It takes up positions that could otherwise...

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by Channex757
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Senator McCain Has Aggressive Brain Cancer
Replies: 41
Views: 1066

Re: Senator McCain Has Aggressive Brain Cancer

Leaving the politics angle aside, he should immediately resign his seat in the Senate and concentrate on himself. John McCain has served in the Senate as an often outspoken voice and it's time for him to walk away with his head held high and do the "me" stuff in whatever time he has left. ...

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by Channex757
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet pick Austria for the new AOC
Replies: 101
Views: 10147

Re: easyJet pick Austria for the new AOC

In case it's not been mentioned, a big chunk of EZY stock is still held by Stelios and his family. They are dual nationality and hold Greek passports, which is an EU nation.

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by Channex757
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Looking for a New Car
Replies: 33
Views: 672

Re: Looking for a New Car

Tesla Model X. Some are now starting to appear on the secondhand market, so someone else (probably tesla themselves) have taken the kick in the nuts over the drive-away depreciation. Could electric and superchargers fit into your life? Range anxiety isn't the issue it was. Power will kick most of th...

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by Channex757
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook announces MAN-SEA
Replies: 36
Views: 4935

Re: Thomas Cook announces MAN-SEA

Nice to hear. I have occasional work travel for SEA-MAN. Pardon the question, as being from the US I'm not very familiar with the European tour operators like Thomas Cook, but I'm under the impression their amenities and level of service tend towards ultra low cost carrier level. Is that accurate o...

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by Channex757
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is WizzAir IAG's next takeover target?
Replies: 14
Views: 2911

Re: Is WizzAir IAG's next takeover target?

Interesting proposition. Wizzair at the moment won't be a cheap buy which would put IAG off. I was looking at the financials on FT.com last night and their margins are pretty high; I think they are pulling in well over 15% margin pre-tax and that makes them a share that the City and Frankfurt trader...

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by Channex757
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The investigation of Donald Trump
Replies: 225
Views: 5892

Re: The investigation of Donald Trump

If I was Mike Pence I would be putting my best suit into the dry cleaners about now, and writing my inauguration speech. When the wall around Trump collapses, it'll do so pretty quickly.

Unfortunately I can't see the Trumper going voluntarily, unless it's like Nixon with a pardon attached.

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by Channex757
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA releases worst safety video ever?
Replies: 115
Views: 12148

Re: BA releases worst safety video ever?

I'm not quite sure I understand all of the negativity. Yes, quite of a bit of it did feel forced, and they could have done without the "audition" theme, but it had its funny moments. To be fair, they could have done better considering the talent they had at their disposal — some of the bi...

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by Channex757
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook announces MAN-SEA
Replies: 36
Views: 4935

Re: Thomas Cook announces MAN-SEA

I'd say this points towards TCX having secured the AirTanker A330s again next summer, and maybe another A330 of their own. The tanker lease was due to expire in the New Year and the second one was a summer 2017 contract. Good to see them prominently mentioning the AS tie-up too as that offers a lot ...

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by Channex757
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Did KLM Retire Their 747-300s So Young?
Replies: 37
Views: 20039

Re: Why Did KLM Retire Their 747-300s So Young?

The reasoning so many airlines were retiring their older 747s around that time was that the ripples from 9/11 were still there in the aviation business. BA sold off all the G-BDX* batch at roughly the same time, the 747-236B fleet. Airlines were running the numbers and finding that the classic 747s ...

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by Channex757
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does an airline buy older generation engines for replacements?
Replies: 9
Views: 1582

Re: How does an airline buy older generation engines for replacements?

Sometimes other companies will make replacement parts too. One example is Pratt and Whitney making some of the more commonly used spare parts for the CFM56-3B/C engines used on the 737 Classics. They are done using manufacturer patterns and are fully approved for usage. As for buying used parts and ...

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by Channex757
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is the A321 so popular with US carriers?
Replies: 53
Views: 11296

Re: Why Is the A321 so popular with US carriers?

Wow! It was not that long ago that we were regularly wondering why the A321 was not popular in the US. Sharklets and other improvements have made a lot of difference. The A321 was always a little short of needed performance for US carriers, whereas the 757 was a little overpowered and flew further ...

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by Channex757
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing delivers 1,500th 777
Replies: 80
Views: 12028

Re: Boeing delivers 1,500th 777

The 777 is also the tale of two engines. Opening the show, the RR Trent 800 was the preferred engine on the first 772ER and 773 models. The vast majority of those planes are still flying reliably today. Then later on (after a few initial hiccups with the BA fleet) came GE with the GE90, which they s...

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by Channex757
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Emirates to select the B787-9 and B787-10
Replies: 51
Views: 13519

Re: Rumor: Emirates to select the B787-9 and B787-10

Plenty of rudimentary search engine optimising going on there too. Lotsa links = lotsa clicks = lotsa advertising revenue. Or not, as anyone with a brain and half an interest in the subject would just laugh and click away. Porn sites are more realistic than this garbage and a better waste of your ha...

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by Channex757
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Emirates to select the B787-9 and B787-10
Replies: 51
Views: 13519

Re: Rumor: Emirates to select the B787-9 and B787-10

Breathless fanboy garbage. If anything, EK would be better served putting their money and time into the FlyDubai merger that's being widely discussed as it would provide them with better coverage. There isn't a need then for any kind of bridge between the 737 and 777 fleets until the medium term. Th...

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by Channex757
Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NHS rated world's number one health system
Replies: 24
Views: 775

Re: NHS rated world's number one health system

Point taken, but in this case the parents wanted to bring him to the US for an experimental treatment at their own expense. The British taxpayers would not be on the hook for any of this. Yet decisions are being made by bureaucrats and judges. Decisions on Health should be between a patient and the...

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by Channex757
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: We may dream: worlds mega projects
Replies: 27
Views: 907

Re: We may dream: worlds mega projects

Since planet colonization was already mentioned, I'll go with something even more ambitious and very close to impossibility (but nothing is impossible, right?); manned missions to find intelligent life on other planets. We should first try to find some here... Sorry, that was just too easy Monty Py...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Randy Tinseth
Replies: 13
Views: 1979

Re: Randy Tinseth

It could be as simple as the man has taken some built-up leave after a particularly busy period.

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan Airlines outlines A350 strategy
Replies: 66
Views: 15666

Re: Japan Airlines outlines A350 strategy

I dont think a failure of the folding tip would result in loss of control. From what I gather, the folding tip is exactly that, just the swept back wing part. If there is any kind of failure it will just break cleanly away, however it is designed not to fail as it'll lock into place once deployed u...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan Airlines outlines A350 strategy
Replies: 66
Views: 15666

Re: Japan Airlines outlines A350 strategy

The days of the Wage Slave Expresses are coming to a close. There isn't the need for those 500 seat monsters plying domestic routes that there once was, as Japan has continued investing in the Shinkansen. Commuters are increasingly turning towards fast rail.

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Third runway for BER Airport proposed - check-in at BER, runway in distant Sperenberg (29,9 km)!
Replies: 76
Views: 10611

Re: Third runway for BER Airport proposed - check-in at BER, runway in distant Sperenberg (29,9 km)!

I like reading stuff like this as it least means people are thinking out of the box. TBH the "it's mad" posts are boring. Ideas such as this sub-airport are great to be thrown into debate because then people come up with "no that won't work. What about this instead....?" proposal...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The State of Israel looking at Tel Aviv-Jeddah flights for Hajj pilgrims
Replies: 29
Views: 5683

Re: The State of Israel looking at Tel Aviv-Jeddah flights for Hajj pilgrims

One good sign.....the fact that they are "talking about it" means there is at least a backchannel open between Saudi Arabia and Israel. From such small beginnings can eventual agreements flow. My personal take would be that KSA would consider a third party charter from a majority Muslim na...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA regional British isles routes cuts
Replies: 122
Views: 14958

Re: UA regional British isles routes cuts

Brexit = Weak Pound v Dollar, Weak Pound v Dollar = less UK travel to the US, not rocket science to join the dots. As has been said earlier in the thread, real blow to BHX but given the fares are often twice that offered from LHR on UA, added to the fare war going on between TCX and VS at MAN than ...

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by Channex757
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NHS rated world's number one health system
Replies: 24
Views: 775

Re: NHS rated world's number one health system

What I think the NHS excels at is bang for buck. For the money it is allocated, the staff of the NHS do incredible work. They do need more resources especially in frontline locations such as casualty units, but the general practitioners nowadays are light years better than they were forty years ago ...

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by Channex757
Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NHS rated world's number one health system
Replies: 24
Views: 775

NHS rated world's number one health system

Not just because it saved my life twice either. The US-based Commonwealth Fund studied multiple health systems and the good old NHS came out top, but not without some imperfections being identified either. I'm one of the proponents of the idea of taking the best and making it better, with additional...

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by Channex757
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA regional British isles routes cuts
Replies: 122
Views: 14958

Re: UA regional British isles routes cuts

This is true and good news for everyone except the 1,500 people who got fired. Agreed, except I would be surprised if Delta had 1,500 staff at MAN. Delta always offered good conenctivity via MAN-ATL/JFK, what you have now is someone else doing it for less cost. Now given VS' new MAN services have p...

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by Channex757
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA regional British isles routes cuts
Replies: 122
Views: 14958

Re: UA regional British isles routes cuts

Delta's regional offering ex-MAN is arguably better than ever for now. They have passed it to VS to operate with newer, higher capacity A333s and codeshare on the flights, giving a good POS setup at both ends. It certainly provides plenty of connectivity at the US end via Delta's operations at JFK ...

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