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by jmmadrid
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join
Replies: 65
Views: 5416

Re: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join

Some time ago there was a post about the possibility of ELAL creating or promoting a 4th alliance. It would suit many indies from Europe and Asia. The whole thing sounded like Sci-fi and I'm not sure if it was meant to be more than a joke.

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by jmmadrid
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY cancel PER
Replies: 45
Views: 10219

Re: EY cancel PER

What's going on with Birmingham?
"Only" served by QR and EK, however both airlines losing a significant number of passengers.

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by jmmadrid
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 91
Views: 9224

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

The problem with Robespierre's thinking is that not everyone is cut to be or wants to be a hero. Some folks want to live a normal life and offer their children a better future - and I'd argue the latter are the majority. I'm sure you meant: Not everyone has the cojones to be a hero. Big tongues to ...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian released worst forever monthly RASK 0,26 NOK
Replies: 113
Views: 18496

Re: Norwegian released worst forever monthly RASK 0,26 NOK

NOrwegian is a bitterly hated and divisive entity. Hated mostly among competitors and their employees and friends. That doesn't matter. Most passengers do not feel sympathy for the very high-paid staff of legacy airlines. Many posters seem to express waves of protectionism and mercantilism here. A ...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 91
Views: 9224

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

IMHO, it will be no surprise if during the time CM is expected not to fly to Venezuela, some Venezuelans charter 7P to fly PAC-CCS-PAC and let the passengers figure out how to transfer between PAC and PTY. That solution would not be very practical because venezuelans need a visa to enter Panamá. Th...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe to Africa discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 5996

Re: Europe to Africa discussion

Does anyone else think the A321LR will be a key factor in bypassing the ME3/1 on EU/Africa Long thin where WB too much? BA AF LH TP IB would have ideal hubs to reach Africa with the right sized equipment. Why IB have not already developed a comprehensive West Africa network from Madrid, using 319s ...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 91
Views: 9224

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

Jmmadrid, I agree with dcajet here. Venezuela has so many facets that make life unbearable, apart from the persecution and street crime. When your kids have nothing to eat, it's really hard to have the cojones or the patience to stay. I understand both sides, what I criticise is the hypocrisy and t...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 91
Views: 9224

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

The problem with Robespierre's thinking is that not everyone is cut to be or wants to be a hero. Some folks want to live a normal life and offer their children a better future - and I'd argue the latter are the majority. I'm sure you meant: Not everyone has the cojones to be a hero. Big tongues to ...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 91
Views: 9224

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

This may be a way for them to stop the flow of people fleeing the country. Maduro and the revolution in general actually want as much of the higher/middle class out of Venezuela as possible. Then they can do as they wish, not that anything is stopping them lately - never seen such a pathetic opposi...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 91
Views: 9224

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

No, the route from Maracaibo to the Colombian town of Maicao is extremely dangerous. It is a route I would never take. Prefer San Antonio/Cúcuta any day. I did that trip a couple of months back: Maracaibo-San Antonio, walk the border bridge to Cúcuta, and to Santa Marta from there. 36 hours in a bu...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 91
Views: 9224

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

High time for CM or Wingo to start CUC-PTY (or even better, CUC-EZE, -LIM and -SCL if bilaterals so permit) . I understand your point, and you are right, it will not happen, but not because of the time scale of the problem (because transient, it is not), but rather because that would be a Latin Ame...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 91
Views: 9224

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

High time for CM or Wingo to start CUC-PTY (or even better, CUC-EZE, -LIM and -SCL if bilaterals so permit) . While it sounds like a good idea, I believe that it would require a lot of effort and investment to address a problem that nobody knows how long will last. The most likely flight would be C...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 91
Views: 9224

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

Also, many venezuelans who live abroad travel to their country often to visit their families. I have a Venezuelan friend based in Montreal with a brother in Argentina. The family no longer gathers in Venezuela, they just gather in Argentina instead. Not worth entering it if you don't need to. Utter...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 91
Views: 9224

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

I'm surprised anyone still flies to CCS or Venezuela. If there was a place in the Americas that should become a no-fly zone, it should be Venezuela, to put pressure to force Nicolas Maduro out. It seems the real business is to fly people OUT of Venezuela. Most flights are full. Also, many venezuela...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian PVD-Guadeloupe/Martinique Service .. ??
Replies: 17
Views: 3149

Re: Norwegian PVD-Guadeloupe/Martinique Service .. ??

Most of these routes from the USA to FDF and PTP are seasonal, just for the northern winter, and will very likely return in late October. I have a family member who works for Norwegian and was based in FDF for 5 months. She said the loads were good and the company is happy with these routes. Obvious...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Andes to fly from AEP to the Falklands Islands
Replies: 23
Views: 4400

Re: Andes to fly from AEP to the Falklands Islands

Personally, as the son of a decorated for gallantry Falklands veteran, I wish the dead and the veterans would be left to quietly remember, grieve and forgive without the dickheads causing issues. I believe this is the right approach. BOTH parties (key word: BOTH) should forgive, and I would add for...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Andes to fly from AEP to the Falklands Islands
Replies: 23
Views: 4400

Re: Andes to fly from AEP to the Falklands Islands

Sorry, duplicated post

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by jmmadrid
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: THAI Eyeing MAN, HAM, Return to MAD
Replies: 38
Views: 8001

Re: THAI Eyeing MAN, HAM, Return to MAD

MAD - BKK is not even on the Top 12 unserved markets list, according to Anna.aero. While BCN is, the political situation in Cataluña and the new (3rd!) EMIRATES flight to DXB & connections make this potential THAI flight less attractive. As I explained on another thread a few weeks ago, yields M...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD expansion approved
Replies: 29
Views: 4235

Re: MAD expansion approved

One thing that I hope they fix is the access to the Metro. The station for T123 is at T2. However, what usually happens is that regardless of what gate you use to get off the plane, you have to walk all the way to the furthest corner of T1 to exit and then walk all the way back to T2, undoing your p...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Andes to fly from AEP to the Falklands Islands
Replies: 23
Views: 4400

Re: Andes to fly from AEP to the Falklands Islands

The MD83s were chosen over the 737-800s as the latter have the Argentina flag painted on their winglets and the trip organizers wish not to hurt the islanders' sensibilities on the matter. If the islanders do not have a very thick skin then maybe the organisers should have chosen Norwegian Argentin...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to Open 15 Routes from The Ukraine
Replies: 40
Views: 6231

Re: Ryanair to Open 10 Routes from The Ukraine

Good choice of routes.... All of them should be succesful.
Ryanair are officially entering Wizzair territory. Wizzair should retaliate and start flying their A321s from Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham to the Canaries... :)

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by jmmadrid
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian profit warning, try to raise equity
Replies: 125
Views: 17784

Re: Norwegian profit warning, try to raise equity

DY can survive still...with a big, healthy focus on short haul and a dramatic deflation of its long haul fantasy... Faro Probably, but they need to start the adjustments ASAP. We know about this situation at least since last September, and we haven't seen any sensible decisions/reorganisation. Some...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 2017 full year and Q4 results: net loss was -299 million NOK (-£27.4 million)
Replies: 72
Views: 14109

Re: Norwegian 2017 full year and Q4 results: net loss was -299 million NOK (-£27.4 million)

. Show me a -10 to -15% margin and I'll worry. Actually corrected EBT margin for FY2017 was around -10%. Estimated margins for Q1 2018 are: EBITDA -28,2% EBIT -32,4% EBT -36,6% Are you worried now? :) As I said in a previous post, I do not hate Norwegian, actually I wish them all the best, but thes...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern FA's Caught on Video Orgy
Replies: 50
Views: 13061

Re: China Eastern FA's Caught on Video Orgy

. I would argue that when you're on a layover and staying on the company dime, it's not really "your own time". This is true of literally any job. When you go on a business trip paid for by your company, you're acting as a representative of your company the entire time you're on that trip...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern FA's Caught on Video Orgy
Replies: 50
Views: 13061

Re: China Eastern FA's Caught on Video Orgy

It shouldnt matter what flight crews do on their own time. Agreed, I still don't understand what the noise is about. Is having sex during layovers forbidden by airlines? Is it all right to have one to ones but not ok to have threesomes or orgies? Is it ok to have sex as long as you don't record it?...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR and the UAE
Replies: 19
Views: 3603

Re: QR and the UAE

Most of QR's passengers to and from Saudi Arabia were low-paid migrant workers from India, Philippines, Bangladesh, etc. QR offered several daily flights to facilitate the connections. Don't let a semi empty flight fool you, the return could have been full. In regards to the DOH-DXB flights, a big c...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 2017 full year and Q4 results: net loss was -299 million NOK (-£27.4 million)
Replies: 72
Views: 14109

Re: Norwegian 2017 full year and Q4 results: net loss was -299 million NOK (-£27.4 million)

I'm sure all haters are reveling in this, but it's a -1% margin. That's a tiny loss and one well explained. Even if it was caused exclusively by Atlantic growth, it would be a small price to pay to leapfrog growth into the position they are now in. Show me a -10 to -15% margin and I'll worry. I'm n...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates start BCN-MEX
Replies: 84
Views: 14966

Re: Emirates start BCN-MEX

Please excuse my ignorance, but which of these airports is slot constrained? MEX? BCN? MEX is severely slot constrained.. Thank you, wasn't aware of that. So, even less of a chance of a positive outcome on the Mexican side of things, I suppose... Emirates have the money, the power, the business con...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates start BCN-MEX
Replies: 84
Views: 14966

Re: Emirates start BCN-MEX

http://www.fomento.gob.es/MFOMBPrensa/N ... e28e016336
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It's confirmed. Spanish authorities gave their OK.
Here's the information directly from the Ministerio de Fomento's website.
Sorry, link in Spanish only.
http://www.fomento.gob.es/MFOMBPrensa/N ... e28e016336

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by jmmadrid
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM Argentina drops two cities from its domestic network
Replies: 14
Views: 1708

Re: LATAM Argentina drops two cities from its domestic network

That, combined with the high operating costs (for the region) and the upcoming blood bath due to the onslaught of LCCs with more or less suicidal business plans, makes me think that it is not entirely unwise of LATAM to allocate its resources elsewhere for the time being. Could it be that LATAM man...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan am long haul operations from Miami 1980-1991
Replies: 31
Views: 3818

Re: Pan am long haul operations from Miami 1980-1991

Kadish wrote:
It has just came to my mind tha accident in los Rodeos . It was a Klm n a PanAm, no?
What was doing there that PanAm?


It was a charter flight.

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by jmmadrid
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan am long haul operations from Miami 1980-1991
Replies: 31
Views: 3818

Re: Pan am long haul operations from Miami 1980-1991

PAN AM flew MIA-CCS Daily with a 747. Eventually they changed to an Airbus 310.
I believe they also flew MIA-MARACAIBO albeit on a 727.

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by jmmadrid
Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD- New airlines and destinations
Replies: 34
Views: 4530

Re: MAD- New airlines and destinations

Ibx or Ux should start a decent Network in África to compete with AF,LH....with smaller N cheaper planes to connect with europe or america. Comes yo my mind places like Nairobi, Addis Abeba,Doula, Lagos, Cairo.... The real competitor to beat is Royal Air Maroc. With their horrible service, zombieli...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD- New airlines and destinations
Replies: 34
Views: 4530

Re: MAD- New airlines and destinations

Estelar started flights to Caracas in December 2017. It seems PLUS ULTRA are also going to fly to Caracas as from May 2018.

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by jmmadrid
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible new European routes for the Thai Airways route network
Replies: 33
Views: 5436

Re: Possible new European routes for the Thai Airways route network

continental004 wrote:

Then what’s the case for BCN over MAD with these factors?


IMHO there's no case for BCN either. Even more low yielding and even less business traffic.

But hey, it's a free world and airlines are free to try out things.

I believe only Norwegian/Level could be succesful in this route.

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by jmmadrid
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible new European routes for the Thai Airways route network
Replies: 33
Views: 5436

Re: Possible new European routes for the Thai Airways route network

TG served MAD for a long time. I would think it might be viable for them to return with the 788 and with the Spanish economy recovering. TG's problems in Madrid were not related one to one to the country's economy: 1) MAD-BKK is an extremely low yielding route. Mostly backpackers and young people/c...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Argentina and Colombia sign new bilateral; flights to increase significanlty
Replies: 18
Views: 1803

Re: Argentina and Colombia sign new bilateral; flights to increase significanlty

So Argentina got a bit more than Colombia, I mean the 5th freedom from the latter? Could any of these new frequencies and 5th freedom rights be granted to Norwegian Argentina? Both get 5th freedom rights, except that the only places were AV could make use of them would be to SCL, MVD or else, trans...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spanish airline PLUS ULTRA confims Madrid-Caracas for May
Replies: 20
Views: 3037

Re: Spanish airline PLUS ULTRA confims Madrid-Caracas for May

And the market on the MAD side is tiny due to safety concerns in Venezuela, and on the CCS side because of the economic struggles of Venezuela. Don't underestimate the Venezuelan diaspora in Spain, particularly in Madrid. Unofficial sources talk of 250.000 people. If these people have a job, and st...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Argentina and Colombia sign new bilateral; flights to increase significanlty
Replies: 18
Views: 1803

Re: Argentina and Colombia sign new bilateral; flights to increase significanlty

So Argentina got a bit more than Colombia, I mean the 5th freedom from the latter?
Could any of these new frequencies and 5th freedom rights be granted to Norwegian Argentina?

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by jmmadrid
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 2017 Results: Operating Profit €3,015m
Replies: 13
Views: 2826

Re: IAG 2017 Results: Operating Profit €3,015m

So this means their penny-pinching strategy pays off.
BOB, smaller seat pitch, lousy and dated Business Class product, etc, might not be a bad idea after all.
IAG Management 1 - Passengers 0

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by jmmadrid
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Batik Air to convert entire A321neo order to A321LR
Replies: 46
Views: 7876

Re: Batir Air to convert entire A321neo order to A321LR

Hopefully I'm wrong, but it seems Boeing has already missed their mark to justify the new clean sheet MOM aircraft. If potential customers are already going for the A321NEO/LR, what are the chances they would risk the reprecussions from canceling orders? Best case scenario the MOM is well on its wa...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Runway extension projects around the world
Replies: 28
Views: 4688

Re: Runway extension projects around the world

ACE (Lanzarote, Spain) has a 2400 x 45 runway. Most narrowbodies, including A321 and B757, can operate without significant restrictions, I believe for flights up to 4 hours. However, the place is a NO NO for widebodies. UX operate A330s but to a short hop to Madrid and -I believe- with some restric...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman berates flight attendant loses job
Replies: 54
Views: 9103

Re: Woman berates flight attendant loses job

Ok, I know this post is not going to make me very popular but I share the woman's concerns about sitting THE WHOLE FLIGHT next to a crying baby. Of course I wouldn't threaten anybody and would definitely not take it out on the FA, but a nonstop crying baby overwhelms me. I think airlines need some ...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman berates flight attendant loses job
Replies: 54
Views: 9103

Re: Woman berates flight attendant loses job

Ok, I know this post is not going to make me very popular but I share the woman's concerns about sitting THE WHOLE FLIGHT next to a crying baby. Of course I wouldn't threaten anybody and would definitely not take it out on the FA, but a nonstop crying baby overwhelms me. I think airlines need some k...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Runway extension projects around the world
Replies: 28
Views: 4688

Re: Runway extension projects around the world

ACE (Lanzarote, Spain) has a 2400 x 45 runway. Most narrowbodies, including A321 and B757, can operate without significant restrictions, I believe for flights up to 4 hours. However, the place is a NO NO for widebodies. UX operate A330s but to a short hop to Madrid and -I believe- with some restrict...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to resume second daily service to LIS
Replies: 17
Views: 2483

Re: Emirates to resume second daily service to LIS

After introducing so many 5th freedom flights in the past, most lately DXB-DPS-AKL, I am still wondering why EK is not repeating is success with a DXB-LIS-Brasil flight. The second service to LIS would be ideal as a basis for a 5th freedom connection to South America... And what brazilian city woul...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Toronto Schedule Change
Replies: 95
Views: 9232

Re: Emirates Toronto Schedule Change

Excuse my ignorance, but is the Liberal Party's aviation policy more "liberal" than the Conservative's that drew the current bilateral?

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by jmmadrid
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aserca Airlines of Venezuela has temporarily Suspended operations
Replies: 4
Views: 833

Re: Aserca Airlines of Venezuela has temporarily Suspended operations

I doubt you will get 100% accurate information, because the airline has been very cagey. Some things to consider: 1. ASERCA's owners also own PAWA DOMINICANA, flag-ish airline of the Dominican Republic. This airline was suspended by the Dominican authorities a few weeks ago, it seems that they owe m...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air bigger than Norwegian in passenger numbers for the first time in January
Replies: 21
Views: 3077

Re: Wizz Air bigger than Norwegian in passenger numbers for the first time in January

Norwegian needs a reboot: 1. Get the 738s off TATL. They just aren't built for that range. 2. Get out of the aircraft leasing business. They made too large a bet of PW1100G powered NEOs. Sorry, but Pratt screwed up and deeper pockets are needed. The Chinese will buy, so sell. 3. Get up aircraft uti...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Virgin Atlantic struggling on LHR-MIA?
Replies: 58
Views: 9877

Re: Is Virgin Atlantic struggling on LHR-MIA?

Nobody has mentioned that 30 years ago VIRGIN was a glamorous, trendy, innovative airline. Their seats were nice, the food was fantastic, the crews were friendly, and their onboard entertainment was one of the most modern in the industry. Also, their UPPER CLASS was a very attractive product, kind o...

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