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by ZuluTime
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Only a man can run an airline."
Replies: 137
Views: 10599

Re: "Only a man can run an airline."

So not content with the UAE countries boycotting his airline, he is now trying to get half of his remaining market to boycott his airline too. And the winner of this year’s Darwin Award for airline marketing goes to.....drum roll.....AAB!

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by ZuluTime
Wed May 16, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6171

Re: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?

VS has spare LHR slots on lease to other carriers. They're not suited for a second BOS but would work for LAS. Surprised that the 747 capacity on LAS can drop comfortably to a 787, but it is possibly a response to Norwegian at LGW and BA at LHR - getting squeezed on both sides. Edit - just seen the ...

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by ZuluTime
Tue May 08, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces Edinburgh
Replies: 60
Views: 10797

Re: Emirates announces Edinburgh

This new flight will likely be the only flight from the Emirates Europe network that has a longer ground time at the outstation and does not follow the regular operational pattern for EK Europe flights


Stansted is starting with a very similar schedule.

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by ZuluTime
Fri May 04, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 47713

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

So if IAG now dumps its 4.61%, Norwegian's share price tanks further and the whole pack of cards starts to look highly precarious. It would be quite a clever thing to do, if indeed that wasn't the plan all along. It's at times like this that I remember British Island Airways turning down a bid of £3...

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by ZuluTime
Wed May 02, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian going 3x daily LGW-JFK
Replies: 48
Views: 6422

Re: Norwegian going 3x daily LGW-JFK

I flew on the 0600 LGW-JFK recently and it was pretty awful in terms of the time I had to be out of bed, but I did it because I needed a one-way LGW-JFK in a decent seat which was cheap - part of a business trip. For different reasons, that was exactly my reason for choosing Norwegian last time - fo...

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by ZuluTime
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Volga-Dnepr to withdraw from An-124 freighter contract for EU and NATO
Replies: 71
Views: 11293

Re: Volga-Dnepr to withdraw from An-124 freighter contract for EU and NATO

More interesting question, how did CargoLogicAir get to be classified as a UK carrier under the EU Ownership & Control of Air Carrier rules?

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by ZuluTime
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is BA's Africa Network So Relatively Limited?
Replies: 52
Views: 9676

Re: Why Is BA's Africa Network So Relatively Limited?

BA did indeed serve Dammam when Houston was at Gatwick and the two were inter-connected. Same for Lagos, where Lagos>Houston connections were key. BA has been limited to 1pd on Heathrow-Lagos by the Air Services Agreement between the UK and Nigeria. It did a second daily probably 20 years ago under ...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is BA's Africa Network So Relatively Limited?
Replies: 52
Views: 9676

Re: Why Is BA's Africa Network So Relatively Limited?

Several reasons why (and these are reasons rather than theories). Low frequency at which routes can be served (2/3 pw) viably means crew efficiency on long-hauls is relatively poor. Major problems repatriating local currency earnings back to the UK which is a risk - and one which nearly did for BCal...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HOP ATR-42 wing-body fairing crack
Replies: 8
Views: 2694

Re: HOP ATR-42 wing-body fairing crack

Blimey, that's a heck of a structural issue. I'd be surprised if that was foreign object damage.

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by ZuluTime
Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS dropping LGW - CUN
Replies: 43
Views: 8210

Re: VS dropping LGW - CUN

In VS's latest statement on their 2017 loss, they said passengers numbers were slightly down on 2016. Well, hardly surprising if they cancel popular flights done by full 747's and downsize their fleet on so many other routes You can still be running a full flight which is loss-making. Yields, not v...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Niki Lauda purchases NIKI
Replies: 195
Views: 41853

Re: Passenger Rights Group Takes Legal Action that Could Block Niki Sale to IAG

The whole EU261 compensation gravy train is getting out of hand. There is no way that these claims management companies should be allowed to stand in the way of the airline industry functioning competitively and to block the IAG/Niki deal if it would go ahead otherwise. Niki is bankrupt today so lik...

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by ZuluTime
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United planes overnight at Heathrow?
Replies: 41
Views: 10603

Re: United planes overnight at Heathrow?

UA, AA and AC have all done this for a very long time indeed - ten years plus. Well established as a modus operandi for them to overnight aircraft at LHR. Same as BA and VS overnighting at JFK and in BA's case, BOS. BA used to have nightstoppers in EWR and IAD as well but the daylight eastbound serv...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways and the 767
Replies: 100
Views: 18420

Re: British Airways and the 767

If I remember rightly, when BA ordered the 767 then the A-A-I-A exit arrangement was the only one available - I don't think the 767 configurations with Type III exits came along until a bit later in the 767 evolution. Happy to stand corrected but I'm pretty sure this is the case. And on the comfort ...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways and the 767
Replies: 100
Views: 18420

Re: British Airways and the 767

[quoteI] was always surprised they never acquired any for use by Caledonian Airways rather than keep on the six TriStars they did. I know they would have been high capcity with ten abreast, but KT could have gone eight abreast in 767-336ERs (like BY did).[/quote] This was looked at in the day, but t...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to lease 4 A332's to cover 789 downtime
Replies: 207
Views: 59512

Re: VS to lease 4 A332's to cover 789 downtime

The J cabins on the VS A330-300s were on the large side for Caribbean demand so the 24J and greater number of Y seats on the Air Berlin A330-200s should be about ideal. The only issue is that Premium Economy should perform well in markets like that and may now be absent. On the A340 swap, bringing o...

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by ZuluTime
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 Retirement Date Set
Replies: 98
Views: 24104

Re: BA 747 Retirement Date Set

It says later in the investor presentation from the Capital Markets Day that three 777-200s are to be retired and replaced with three more 777-300ERs - so I'd guess this is the end of the road for the original "A" model 777s where three (G-ZZZx) survive today.

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by ZuluTime
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The UK's longest serving originally named airline ?
Replies: 44
Views: 4338

Re: The UK's longest serving originally named airline ?

Longest running UK AOC holder still trading under its original name is Bristow Helicopters. Longest running UK airline still trading under its original name is Loganair. There was no British Airways in existence from the start of the Second World War until the BEA/BOAC merger in 1974.

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by ZuluTime
Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 9/24/2017:DL Boosts Transatlantic
Replies: 67
Views: 9917

Re: OAG Changes 9/24/2017:DL Boosts Transatlantic

PenAir returning to a market dropped, or just a filing mistake? KS CEC-PDX FEB 0>2 MAR 0>2 APR 0>2 MAY 0>2 Also suspect the VS 6th daily JFK-LHR and DL reduction on ATL-LHR must be linked - the LHR slot has to be coming from somewhere. Looking at schedules available by both carriers, the new VS153/1...

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by ZuluTime
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA route to be announced tomorrow?
Replies: 122
Views: 17824

Re: New BA route to be announced tomorrow?

I'd never have guessed that - would have said LGW but there must either be a real premium cabin requirement for F, it needs feed traffic or else it just fits in at Heathrow in a way that it wouldn't fit the Gatwick route network. As said, a very nice layover for the crew - it doesn't get much better...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA route to be announced tomorrow?
Replies: 122
Views: 17824

Re: New BA route to be announced tomorrow?

I can't see it being ISB or BGW for security reasons - the reasons they stopped are the reasons that they won't return either. CMB is unlikely as it's only a fairly recent departure and SEZ is more likely to be an LGW destination instead of LHR. To throw one out there - a destination BA hasn't flown...

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by ZuluTime
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oldest passenger aircraft in svc - Telegraph
Replies: 27
Views: 5769

Re: Oldest passenger aircraft in svc - Telegraph

Oldest aircraft still operating scheduled services in the UK is Isles of Scilly Skybus Twin Otter G-ISSG - 1977 build.

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by ZuluTime
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air adds KEF-CVG, STL, DTW & CLE!
Replies: 171
Views: 22332

Re: WOW Air adds KEF-CVG, STL, DTW & CLE!

I figure the same as KEF-LGW. Remember STN is not slot controlled and it has no night curfew. That's completely incorrect. STN is slot controlled - it is a Level 3 coordinated airport, same as LGW and LHR, and it has a restricted night quota system - exactly the same as LHR and LGW. Although the LH...

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by ZuluTime
Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe has new franchise partner
Replies: 29
Views: 6625

Re: Flybe has new franchise partner

EZEEMBFlyer, I think you are very wide of the mark in some of your comments: The use of the Saab 2000 to MAN from GLA and ABZ replaces the current loganair 2000. MAN-GLA is published as a J41 and I don't see any sign of Flybe giving MAN-ABZ to Eastern to operate? I think the ABZ-based Q400 crews wou...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Is Norwegian Long Haul Like?
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Re: What Is Norwegian Long Haul Like?

Likewise only flown in Premium. Seats fine, first generation BA Club World seats which are more than adequate as Premium Economy nowadays. As previous posters have said, catering is not great - meal on LGWJFK was more like an old charter airline style meal and served in a pretty messy state which go...

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by ZuluTime
Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Airlines' A310-300s: only on domestic routes?
Replies: 3
Views: 1352

Re: Canadian Airlines' A310-300s: only on domestic routes?

No, they certainly used them on some ex-Wardair routes such as Manchester for as long as they had them. Remember seeing them at the time.

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by ZuluTime
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PHX-LHR on AA
Replies: 46
Views: 11742

Re: PHX-LHR on AA

Well, AA has acquired another slot at Heathrow from SAS and paid a lot of money for it. They must have a plan. At least one hopes they have a plan. PHX to replace the partial second BA flight, allowing BA to switch that to another new 787 destination would seem quite a likely bet.

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by ZuluTime
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018
Replies: 142
Views: 20955

Re: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018

The only point of DL ever flying the route was to get the LHR slot on offer. After six seasons (and it was six, despite an effort to extend it to eight which failed) then they get perpetual rights to the slot. It does not revert to Aa/BA. Some of the other remedy slots do revert and the likelihood i...

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by ZuluTime
Sun May 28, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 5/28/2017: CA Drops LAXSZX, DL SLC-LHR Cut, J1 Adds ALB-PIT/JL/OR/HU/HY
Replies: 99
Views: 14144

Re: OAG Changes 5/28/2017: CA Drops LAXSZX, DL SLC-LHR Cut, J1 Adds ALB-PIT/JL/OR/HU/HY

DL SLC-LHR NOV 0.6>0 DEC 0.5>0 JAN 0.6>0 FEB 0.6>0 Do they have to use this slot now, or are they allowed to just sit on it for four months? No coincidence that in the same week as the DL SLC-LHR winter cut is announced, Jet Airways has announced a third daily BOM-LHR service this winter with great...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates chairman hinting future fleet synergy with Flydubai
Replies: 5
Views: 1998

Re: Emirates chairman hinting future fleet synergy with Flydubai

Some of the existing EK services are shoe-horned into the current triple-bank system. By moving to a five-bank system at DXB, EK could create sufficient slots at peak times to fit FZ into DXB and move services back from DWC if the networks of both carriers were integrated. Some of the banks would be...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS Sells two slots at LHR
Replies: 121
Views: 25237

Re: SAS Sells of two slots at LHR

China Southern have recently gained an additional pair of Heathrow slots with a very competitive early morning arrival. From 01JUN, here is the schedule of the new flight: CZ603 CAN LHR 0055 0635 CZ604 LHR CAN 1240 0710+1 Those early morning LHR arrival slots are certainly hard to get by. Those cam...

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by ZuluTime
Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 'Trump slump' hitting air travel
Replies: 146
Views: 9302

Re: 'Trump slump' hitting air travel

I may be in a minority of one here, but as a UK resident who has travelled to the US very extensively in recent years, I will do everything I can to avoid the USA for as long as Trump is President. If I have a work requirement that takes me there, I'll reluctantly have to go, but I will do all that ...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to return Pakistan this year?
Replies: 21
Views: 10421

Re: British Airways to return Pakistan this year?

I'd say there's no chance of this happening. The security situation is probably not dissimilar to Lagos, but UK-Lagos routes make money (well, they did before the currency issues) as they are not subject to major yield pressures from the ME3 via their hubs. UK-Pakistan has lots of strong indirect co...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 Cargo / Royal Mail Flights
Replies: 19
Views: 4800

Re: Jet2 Cargo / Royal Mail Flights

Jet2 did tender for one route (Belfast) but were unsuccessful and the whole jet and mid-size turboprop contract went to West Atlantic. Big growth for them.

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by ZuluTime
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Croatia Airlines Sells LHR Slots to Delta
Replies: 38
Views: 10434

Re: Croatia Airlines Sells LHR Slots to Delta

LHR-BNA, 767 with five flights a week, perhaps?

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by ZuluTime
Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Croatia Airlines Sells LHR Slots to Delta
Replies: 38
Views: 10434

Re: Croatia Airlines Sells LHR Slots to Delta

They've sold them alright - transaction went through yesterday, as outlined above.

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by ZuluTime
Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe announces flights from London Heathrow
Replies: 50
Views: 8656

Re: Flybe announces flights from London Heathrow

Andy33, if you'd like to read the IAG/bmi competition remedies, please do so in full and then come back and tell me if your information is correct. I think you'll find one provision in the remedy slot agreement that you are overlooking. My posting is correct, no "ifs" or "buts" a...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe announces flights from London Heathrow
Replies: 50
Views: 8656

Re: Flybe announces flights from London Heathrow

There will be further slots available if they operate EDI-LHR and ABZ-LHR for a minimum of 12 months under the terms of the remedy slot system.

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by ZuluTime
Sun Dec 25, 2016 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 12/30/2016: AM/AS/B6/DL/F9
Replies: 24
Views: 6596

Re: OAG Changes 12/30/2016: AM/AS/B6/DL/F9

That's quite a move for BA on LHR-Phoenix. Good for them, an extra 3pw on a 747-400.

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by ZuluTime
Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS cancels seasonal LHR-ORD service.
Replies: 62
Views: 9696

Re: VS cancels seasonal LHR-ORD service.

I'd say ORD has been on borrowed time for VS for about the last four years. It has apparently never done that well and the DL help in a city which isn't huge for them was presumably not enough to save it. It also sits on a peak morning slot at LHR and by trading ORD for the third LAX, I'd guess VS c...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS launch 3rd daily LAX next May.
Replies: 55
Views: 8667

Re: VS launch 3rd daily LAX next May.

The fourth aircraft is to do with the extra summer A330 MAN-LAS operations when the 747 does extra MAN-MCO flights IIRC. It's only for eight weeks - but quite impressive that VS has six based aircraft at MAN anyway, even if only for a fraction of the year. Crews are mostly now based at MAN rather th...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe and Loganair to end franchise agreement.
Replies: 31
Views: 5063

Re: Flybe and Loganair to end franchise agreement.

The new livery is already on the news release on the Loganair website!

Check under "Press Office" and the top article.

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by ZuluTime
Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels BA3/BA4 LCY-JFK
Replies: 78
Views: 24485

Re: British Airways cancels BA3/BA4 LCY-JFK

The second aircraft is going on an LCY-Moscow DME rotation daily (ex Sat) from next year, not yet announced.

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by ZuluTime
Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was Britsh Airtours briefly renamed BRITISH CALEDONIAN?
Replies: 20
Views: 4646

Re: Was Britsh Airtours briefly renamed BRITISH CALEDONIAN?

No, it was as British Caledonian was still being integrated into BA. Although they made a start on painting aircraft, they couldn't lose the BCal name on some long haul services due to traffic rights held by BCal until the merger was complete. British Airtours became Caledonian, and flew a single 74...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3 New China - London Routes Applied for
Replies: 39
Views: 11028

Re: 3 New China - London Routes Applied for

Update - Beijing Capital Airlines has also been awarded some Heathrow slots - two slots (Mondays and Fridays) for an evening A330 service from Hangzhou via Qingdao.

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by ZuluTime
Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA returns to 10-abreast 777 seating, increases A320 seating
Replies: 116
Views: 20674

Re: BA returns to 10-abreast 777 seating, increases A320 seating

Only 2 toilets being removed as far as I can see - both at the front of the aircraft to accommodate the galley by Doors 2 becoming smaller so that they can fit all 32 J seats in the forward A Zone of the aircraft. Interested to see also in the slide deck that they are putting Club Europe onto domest...

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by ZuluTime
Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3 New China - London Routes Applied for
Replies: 39
Views: 11028

Re: 3 New China - London Routes Applied for

Hainan have been granted slots at Heathrow for 3x weekly Changsha service. The others did not get slots at LHR, and Tianjin did not get the extra morning slots they had also requested at Gatwick.

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by ZuluTime
Mon Oct 24, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian ends summer flights to Las Vegas
Replies: 47
Views: 8069

Re: Norwegian ends summer flights to Las Vegas

The real question is how did they not know this before deciding to launch the routes to Vegas? It's not exactly as though the summer temperatures have changed or the runway suddenly became shorter, so it smacks of a route planning department operating at a far faster pace than the operations guys ca...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways and Brunei service
Replies: 2
Views: 1020

Re: British Airways and Brunei service

The VC10s did indeed serve BWN and I think it was one of those classic routings of the era which ran through Europe, Bahrain, India and onwards into BWN - it might even have continued through Darwin at some point onwards into Australia. If I remember rightly, BWN was one of the many destinations dro...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels BA3/BA4 LCY-JFK
Replies: 78
Views: 24485

Re: British Airways cancels BA3/BA4 LCY-JFK

The BA A318s cannot be reconfigured into a high-density conventional short-haul layout. The aircraft were specified at build stage without overwing exits so as to further reduce the dry operating weights and improve payload performance. The lack of overwing exits limits the number of seats that can ...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM launches Windhoek 3x/week in W16
Replies: 11
Views: 4150

Re: KLM launches Windhoek 3x/week in W16

The UK CAA reports the following route performance data for LHR-LAD-LHR for May 2016, when BA operated the route 2x/week: UK-ANGOLA: HEATHROW - LUANDA passengers transported 1.202 (2016) vs 2.418 (2015) = -50% BA #77 operates LHR-LAD 2x/week, so on average 75 pax per one way flight. This illustrate...

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