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by jmmadrid
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms
Replies: 120
Views: 12423

Re: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms

As mentioned in some posts above, airlines used to engage in the hospitality Industry in the past. Examples of original founders or temporary shareholders include: Pan Am: Intercontinental TWA: Hilton SAS: Radisson Swissair: Swissôtel Air France: Le Meridian +Varig: Tropical Hotels +Royal Jordanian...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A second airport at Madrid
Replies: 19
Views: 2211

Re: A second airport at Madrid

Does anyone now remember Ciudad Real, which was built about 15 years ago apparently as a new Madrid airport that even attracted airlines including FR? Any potential new investor in that area had best examine that sorry carcass. The airport was sold a few weeks ago to a company called CRIA, Ciudad R...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A second airport at Madrid
Replies: 19
Views: 2211

Re: A second airport at Madrid

Barajas is a fine airport with 4 runways and 4 terminals, one of them (T4) is quite new. Not slot restricted. Not congested. Tube and trains that take you to central Madrid in 13-20 minutes. El Álamo (I LOVE the name!) is in the middle of nowhere with ZERO public transport. Google maps estimates a 4...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms
Replies: 120
Views: 12423

Re: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms

I believe that such a solution would involve so many requirements to work for everyone that it is unfeasable and unrealistic. To begin with, it would have to be a property in an upper-middle class neighbourhood near the airport. Second, assuming it's a narrowbody crew (Pilot, First Officer, + 4 Flig...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian drop LAX
Replies: 71
Views: 10929

Re: Ethiopian drop LAX

Will they sell 5th freedom rights on MAD-DUB? How many times has MAD been changed? I remember it has been routed ADD-FCO-MAD, ADD-MAD, ADD-BCN-MAD (never flown), ADD-MAD-BCN, ADD-LIS-MAD (never flown), ADD-MAD-LIS (never flown) and now ADD-MAD-DUB. It certainly looks like ET do not know what to do ...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates shelves plans to fly to MEX
Replies: 67
Views: 11908

Re: Emirates shelves plans to fly to MEX

For their long haul flights to be profitable, legacy airlines need to fill up Business Class and sell many full fare Economy seats, and this usually requires business ties between city pairs. While BCN attracts tourists from all over the world, the city does not have strong business ties with Latin ...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates is exploring to take over Etihad
Replies: 78
Views: 14356

Re: Rumour: Emirates is exploring to take over Etihad

The beginning of the solution would be to acknowledge that AUH cannot match DXB as a superhub and that opening destinations right and left with huge planes just to focus on connections does not make sense for them. Leave volume to EK and focus on the significant O&D that AUH also has. Right size...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wow Air to announce flights to Delhi
Replies: 178
Views: 18726

Re: Wow Air to announce flights to Delhi

Bagagge. WOW's India-USA fares might seem wow until you remember that not even hand baggage is included. Factor in a carry on plus a checked bag and you need to add 100 euros to the price, and THEN the plot twists and you find similar priced flights with Qatar, Emirates and Turkish, with a better pi...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA commencing LHR-KIX in 2019 Spring
Replies: 41
Views: 9302

Re: BA commencing LHR-KIX in 2019 Spring

TheLion wrote:
Profitable, but a disaster from every other metric.



Unfortunately, for some/many people, these are the only metrics that count.

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by jmmadrid
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Poland Wants Its Planned Airport to Be a European Gateway to Asia
Replies: 63
Views: 7176

Re: Bloomberg: Poland Wants Its Planned Airport to Be a European Gateway to Asia

The problem is that we are seeing things black and white (what LOT and Warsaw are now, vs. the super ambitious 100 million passenger plan). If we also look at LOT's discreet order book, it makes the whole thing unbelievable. LOT should start growing steadily, ordering more planes, adding new destina...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Copa reveals new Business Class seats for the 737 MAX
Replies: 26
Views: 5267

Re: Copa reveals new Business Class seats for the 737 MAX

I think COPA's new seats are fine for 6/7 hour flights. They don't need flatbeds such as FlyDubai's. By the way, COPA optimise their aircraft utilisation combining their further destinations with their closest ones, so probably we will also see these planes flying to places such as BOG, MIA, CUN, HA...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO
Replies: 90
Views: 14153

Re: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO

With the lack of capacity at LIS I think they will try to start more routes from OPO, but I don't see a place for more than a few additional long haul routes at best, say BOS, YYZ, YUL, LAD and the like. The OPO-EWR going near-daily will help on some TATL connections, but any other long haul route ...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair Rebanking
Replies: 44
Views: 8060

Re: Icelandair Rebanking

Has anybody asked the fish what connecting bank they prefer?

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by jmmadrid
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO
Replies: 90
Views: 14153

Re: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO

For LIS-MAD line... I would not waste 2 cents on thinking about it. Let's say you build a HS rail from LIS to the Spanish border. What for? Then what...? Given how updated, modern, comfortable and reliable (pun intended) the train is from Badajoz-Extremadura to Madrid-Chamartin. Aisak, the HS Train...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO
Replies: 90
Views: 14153

Re: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO

What do you suggest that TAP should due to contribute? :stirthepot: Maybe propose to split their operations between LIS and Montijo like BA with LHR and LGW? That would be suicide for a smallish airline like them. Or happily accept more airport surcharges in LIS to pay for a new airport they don't ...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO
Replies: 90
Views: 14153

Re: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO

They have a valid point. Montijo is to be a Low Cost airport. TAP are not a Low Cost airline. As the only airline with a hub at LIS it makes no sense for them to move any operations to Montijo given that more than 50% of their traffic is connecting traffic. TAP did not ask for Montijo. The Low Cost...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO
Replies: 90
Views: 14153

Re: TAP to add 15 new routes, 3 from OPO

I don't know if I'm lost in translation, but IMHO the Jornal de Negocios interview's last paragraph summarises a very selfish, arrogant and childish approach to Montijo's new airport: -TAP want the new Montijo airport to be build ASAP -TAP don't want to pay for it -TAP don't want Portela's fees to i...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America
Replies: 106
Views: 14535

Re: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America

But Ireland is the most popular destination for high-school students to learn English in summer. By chance, I was in the baggage carousel in T4 a few weeks ago with a ORK-MAD in the carousel next to me, and literally everybody waiting for his/her luggage on that Cork flight was a Spanish teenager. ...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America
Replies: 106
Views: 14535

Re: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America

But you are comparing AV and IB at BOG like apples to apples. Fact is Avianca relies on feed from multiple stations across South and Central America to make those 3 flights work. There is no way BOG alone could support that kind of frequency (3x d). A whole different operation from Iberia's. Yes, b...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America
Replies: 106
Views: 14535

Re: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America

While not disputing your claim, I am not sure you can make the connection than lower fares necessarily equate to lower yields or vice versa. It is not how much a traveler will pay for the ticket, it's what profit the airline derives from each traveler. And that info is, logically, under seven locks...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Viva Colombia launches Miami-Santa Marta
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: Viva Colombia launches Miami-Santa Marta

Colombia is booming and I imagine that if AA finds success with Pereira, they will explore other secondary markets to serve a few times a week. I'm not sure the country is booming THAT much. And certainly not Santa Marta, where not even almighty COPA has seen a business case to fly one of their E-1...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America
Replies: 106
Views: 14535

Re: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America

IAG runs a very tight ship, with the focus on profits, not so much on market share or # of frequencies or # of passengers carried. Their goal is not necessarily being the #1 in market share. Also keep in mind Avianca feeds those MAD & BCN flights out of BOG with connections from its regional ne...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates expansion in N. America
Replies: 62
Views: 9575

Re: Emirates expansion in N. America

Canadian destinations are not going to happen in the near future thanks to the Air Canada lobby. It took the canadian government many years to grant additional rights to the United Arab Emirates and they might feel it is enough for now. Next in the list should be Montreal, but again, EK will have to...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America
Replies: 106
Views: 14535

Re: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America

IAG have an extremely conservative strategy and they avoid risk at all cost. They really don't care much about market share, total amount of passengers or number of destinations. All they care about is profit. They found out years ago that they can make the same or more money flying less people to l...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Europa adds Madrid-Panamá
Replies: 17
Views: 2743

Re: Air Europa adds Madrid-Panamá

This is what IAG get with their ultra conservative strategy that does not allow them to grow and develop markets properly. IBERIA should have started a second frequency ages ago. But of course, they have no spare planes to work with.

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by jmmadrid
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BCN: Europe's black hole (El País Newspaper)
Replies: 21
Views: 6598

Re: BCN: Europe's black hole (El País Newspaper)

One of their core problems was precisely their very short turnaround times. I read that as part of their "improvement" plan, they increased it to 40 or 45 minutes, which I still think it's very optimistic in big airports such as BCN.

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by jmmadrid
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BCN: Europe's black hole (El País Newspaper)
Replies: 21
Views: 6598

Re: BCN: Europe's black hole (El País Newspaper)

Does anybody know what kind of issues are affecting Vueling's operation? They made a mess a couple of summers ago, when they planned more flights than they had planes for.
You would think they learnt their lesson and have improved since.

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by jmmadrid
Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT
Replies: 333
Views: 51305

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

They could sell them to Qatar. They ARE an investor, and given the good working relationship with IAG, they could probably have them back if there was a change in circumstances.

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways announces commitment for 3 more 77W's
Replies: 76
Views: 18655

Re: British Airways announces commitment for 3 more 77W's

WOW! An order of THREE planes! That's quite a shopping spree by IAG's standards.
A few days ago they bought TWO Airbus 330s for LEVEL as well.

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by jmmadrid
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Ryanair taking delivery of the 737-Max so late?
Replies: 16
Views: 3885

Re: Why is Ryanair taking delivery of the 737-Max so late?

O'Leary wasted a lot of time shopping around, he was probably not happy with the first dozen of quotes he received from Boeing, so while he was devising strategies to save some money, other airlines just came and bought the first available slots and paid Boeing what they were asking for. Some intere...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish to open base in CCS
Replies: 38
Views: 7536

Re: Turkish to open base in CCS

What is the rationale behind that? Venezuelan economy is in shambles, public safety is at a minimum and they want to open a base there? Sounds more political than economical. We all agreed after a few posts that this was just politics and it's not going to happen, but we decided to leave politics a...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish to open base in CCS
Replies: 38
Views: 7536

Re: Turkish to open base in CCS

Unless it has changed recently, Estelar flies once a week to SCL and twice/week to EZE with that HiFly 340. The same plane that goes to Madrid too. I believe that chilean authorities denied permission and the route is not operating. Not sure if they sorted that out. Anyway, ESTELAR would be no comp...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish to open base in CCS
Replies: 38
Views: 7536

Re: Turkish to open base in CCS

It could be that Venezuela is offering them 5th freedom rights which would help fill those planes CCS-XXX-CCS. For example, there are currently no nonstop flights between CCS and SCL- a favourite destination for the venezuelan diaspora-. Passengers between these cities need to fly COPA via PTY and ...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish to open base in CCS
Replies: 38
Views: 7536

Re: Turkish to open base in CCS

The thing is due to the issues in Venezuela the Venezuelan diaspora are not going back to the country even to visit remaining relatives (too dangerous). That is not the market to target for growth. Wrong. The diaspora can face many problems (illegal status, low paid jobs, lack of passport, etc) tha...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish to open base in CCS
Replies: 38
Views: 7536

Re: Turkish to open base in CCS

mercure1 wrote:
TK makes money in markets other avoid - Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Iraq, etc.

They know how to make sweet lemonade from lemons, so don't see why they cant make the adversity in Venezuela to their advantage.


Especially when they have two dictatorial governments on their side!

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish to open base in CCS
Replies: 38
Views: 7536

Re: Turkish to open base in CCS

Dismissing politics, do you think it makes business sense for TK to open a base in CCS having BOG and PTY as Star hubs? It could be that Venezuela is offering them 5th freedom rights which would help fill those planes CCS-XXX-CCS. For example, there are currently no nonstop flights between CCS and ...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish to open base in CCS
Replies: 38
Views: 7536

Re: Turkish to open base in CCS

agree would make sense. 4 x weekly SCL-CCS-IST 3 x weekly HAV-CCS-IST 4 x weekly LIM-CCS-IST 3 x weekly UIO-CCS-IST CCS-IST twice daily? WOW that's ambitious! Could start with ONE daily flight, plus: 2 x weekly SCL-CCS-IST 3 x weekly LIM-CCS-IST 2 x weekly UIO-CCS-IST HAV could get its own dedicate...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Venezuelan aviation
Replies: 16
Views: 1572

Re: Venezuelan aviation

But a rapid research revealed that there's a substantial Venezuelan community on Canary Islands, mostly on Tenerife. And vice versa, there's still a substantial canarian community in Venezuela. Without a direct flight to Tenerife, folks need to fly all the way to Madrid and backtrack, adding at lea...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Venezuelan aviation
Replies: 16
Views: 1572

Re: Venezuelan aviation

Venezuela's financial problems will not disappear with the "end" of chavismo. The economy, even under a very efficient, business-friendly government, willl take years if not decades to recover. Venezuelan airlines are facing four big problems: 1) Lack of easy and legal access to foreign cu...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Viseu (VSE) aerodrome turning an airport?
Replies: 24
Views: 1675

Re: Viseu (VSE) aerodrome turning an airport?

Navarra (Pamplona) is one of the wealthiest regions in Spain, with many local industries with interests in Europe and also a Volkswagen factory. Air Nostrum flies multiple times a day with CRJ. Exactly! Apples to pears.... In addition, Pamplona's metropolitan area population is more than 3 times th...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Viseu (VSE) aerodrome turning an airport?
Replies: 24
Views: 1675

Re: Viseu (VSE) aerodrome turning an airport?

This airport will be good to operations LCC (FR, U2, VY, ZI, ...) and some flag carriers (AF, LH, BA, IB, KL, ..., and of course TP ) if the airport and tourism in Viseu starts to grow... VINCI ANA airports will concessionate it... You are being over optimistic and you are over estimating Viseu's t...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Viseu (VSE) aerodrome turning an airport?
Replies: 24
Views: 1675

Re: Viseu (VSE) aerodrome turning an airport?

It would be considerably easier to construct a clean sheet airport. VSE's physical runway is 1,200m, with a constrained non ILS runway strip. Just to implement a 300m wide Cat 3/4 ILS runway strip in the current location would require all of the existing airfield's infrastructure to be flattened. T...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Norwegian axes Madrid-Palma de Mallorca
Replies: 3
Views: 1159

Re: Unconfirmed: Norwegian axes Madrid-Palma de Mallorca

Are you sure it's only a matter of yields? Their competitors on this route are Iberia Express (11 daily flights), Air Europa (6 daily flights), and Ryanair (3 daily flights), and all of them charge similar prices (of course it depends on the day and the particular flight). If you are an european low...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Norwegian axes Madrid-Palma de Mallorca
Replies: 3
Views: 1159

Unconfirmed: Norwegian axes Madrid-Palma de Mallorca

Has been a rumour over the last few months but now it seems official, flights are not bookable after October 27th. I know the most likely reason is financials, however as a frequent flyer of that route I can assure you all flights were full and yields were not bad at all for a 65 minute flight on a ...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is proper protocol for clearing vomit on aircraft?
Replies: 25
Views: 2288

Re: What is proper protocol for clearing vomit on aircraft?

My brother and my sister in law were flying AIR FRANCE to Paris for their honeymoon. Just before take off, a girl a few rows down vomited all her contents and then some. The crew were informed, in turn they informed the captain, and went back to the gate. Everybody got off, cleaning services came in...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL
Replies: 49
Views: 5576

Re: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL

It's difficult to put all Spaniards in the same box. For people from West Andalucia (Jerez, Sevilla), Algarve is a day or weekend trip. For madrileños, a trip to Algarve requires more logistics and a lot of driving, so it's not so popular. For people from Northern Spain and the Mediterranean coast, ...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL
Replies: 49
Views: 5576

Re: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL

MAD-MIA is by far the second largest market in the US from Madrid after New York. And Madrid is Miami's second busiest destination in Europe only after London. What we do not know is how many of those passengers would rather fly to FLL, if they were given the option. I guess we will soon find out. ...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico to take legal action against EK
Replies: 60
Views: 10176

Re: Aeromexico to take legal action against EK

Using 5th freedom rights in 2018 as a way to "steal" the market from Western legacies should not be permitted. I usually agree with you on most topics, but in this case I dispute your use of the word "steal". Airlines do not steal passengers from other airlines. The way it works...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air's DEN - CDG flight is already failing?
Replies: 49
Views: 11633

Re: Norwegian Air's DEN - CDG flight is already failing?

DEN-BCN? Really?
I'm all for out-of-the-box thinking and being innovative, create and develop new markets, etc, but this route IMHO is far fetched.

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by jmmadrid
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is BA's strategy to hold market share at slot congested Heathrow?
Replies: 30
Views: 4092

Re: What is BA's strategy to hold market share at slot congested Heathrow?

British Airways do not lose sleep over market share or number of passengers... all they care about is PROFIT. If they can make the same money flying a more efficient, smaller plane with passengers paying better fares, then as BA are concerned, the less "interesting" Economy class passenger...

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