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by ZuluTime
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 321
Views: 51704

Re: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital

Does anyone know for sure what the position is with KLM and feed partners into Amsterdam ? I can’t see Flybe continuing to fly MAN and BHX to AMS in competition to KL but seem to recall there is some union limit on partner KL flying at AMS which might limit their ability to move those slots elsewher...

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by ZuluTime
Sat Dec 29, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has Delta Ever Run A Daylight ATL-LHR?
Replies: 70
Views: 11224

Re: Has Delta Ever Run A Daylight ATL-LHR?

There is a chequered history of daylight flights into LHR - several attempts in different places haven't worked. In the case of ATL, it's never been tried but with South America early arrivals into ATL and a bank of domestic arrivals into ATL by 7.30 - 8am then it may not be completely daft. My gues...

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by ZuluTime
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn't LEVEL expanded the way Norwegian has?
Replies: 48
Views: 8116

Re: Why hasn't LEVEL expanded the way Norwegian has?

The real question for me is why IAG has both Level and Vueling doing effectively the same job in Europe. It seems illogical and the only plausible reason is that IAG recognises that the Vueling brand is damaged goods after the operational issues over the last few years. Otherwise why on earth would ...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse
Replies: 184
Views: 36727

Re: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse

Starting a whole new set of routes such as from CGN or MAN (regardless of how sensible or not) is hardly the answer for an airline which seems to be burning cash it hasn’t got. It’s an academic debate as to whether it would be good or bad. And for Norwegian domestics, I am sure Wideroe would and cou...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse
Replies: 184
Views: 36727

Re: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse

A set of fare monitoring and airline route profitability figures published on line recently showed Norwegian losing 80 Euros per passenger on LGW long haul. Are you really sure it’s not the problem ? I suspect it is at least part of the problem and yields are poor.

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by ZuluTime
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse
Replies: 184
Views: 36727

Re: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse

I think you need to do some more reading up on Laker. GDS manipulation was nothing to do with it. Basically it had a massive order book that it could not finance and the US dollar exchange rate went the wrong way against them. The other airlines were dumping capacity but also objected to GE and McDD...

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by ZuluTime
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe switches Cornwall flights from LGW to LHR
Replies: 35
Views: 5825

Re: Flybe switches Cornwall flights from LGW to LHR

Dobbo, you're back on the anti-LHR / UK Government agenda again. The availability of slots for this route at LHR has nothing to do with the UK Government, but with Flybe's access to Heathrow slots from the BA/bmi takeover under competition remedies made to the EU. If you read the remedy document, yo...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is VS's strategy in Asia?
Replies: 91
Views: 13403

Re: What is VS's strategy in Asia?

Not a hope of the A340 working on most of the Caribbean routes. Airport turning circles for the A340 undercarriage track width don't work.

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by ZuluTime
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM closes last Air UK crew bases in UK
Replies: 23
Views: 6173

Re: KLM closes last Air UK crew bases in UK

I was on a KLC Embraer flight last year within Europe into AMS which was operated by a Humberside-based crew. Absolutely fine - no-one seemed to notice or care that the crew didn't speak Dutch.

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by ZuluTime
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is VS's strategy in Asia?
Replies: 91
Views: 13403

Re: What is VS's strategy in Asia?

Their strategy is no strategy. Which port can earn more money, they go to that port In fairness, making money is a strategy and it's quite a good one. It's when you start doing all sorts of loss-making stuff for "strategic reasons" that you get into real trouble in this game. A strategy w...

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by ZuluTime
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe up for sale
Replies: 74
Views: 13207

Re: Flybe up for sale

Flybe have already done the rounds of IAG, Lufthansa, AF/KL and others in the last six months. None are interested. The announcement is trying to reach a wider audience beyond the obvious, and is only being made after efforts to sort this behind closed doors have proven unsuccessful.

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by ZuluTime
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian tops the charts for complaints
Replies: 30
Views: 4993

Re: Norwegian tops the charts for complaints

If you look at the CAA data, the story is factually incorrect. The major airline with the largest rate of complaints to the regulator or dispute resolution bodies per million passengers was TUI. OK, Norwegian didn't look good either but the story isn't right.

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by ZuluTime
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAN news - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 103269

Re: MAN news - 2018

Dobbo, thank you for the reasoned reply. It doesn't detract from the core point though. If Tianjin Airlines, Beijing Capital and others either could not get slots at LHR or the bilateral agreement prevented them from serving LHR, do you really believe they would be flying to Manchester instead? I do...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAN news - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 103269

Re: MAN news Nov 2018 onwards

Dobbo, please don't turn this into another "the world unites against Manchester" thread. The reality is that airlines including CZ at LHR have acquired slots on the open market for their services just as anyone could do. The statement about slots appearing whenever they are needed simply i...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Financial Discussion Thread
Replies: 399
Views: 63710

Re: Icelandair and WOW merging!

I suspect Icelandair are doing this deal with one hand jammed firmly up their backs by the Icelandic Government. I can only think WOW was about to cease trading and the Icelandic Government was very nervous about the impact on both jobs and tourism, so has "persuaded" Icelandair to take it...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW air resuming Tel Aviv
Replies: 12
Views: 2663

Re: WOW air resuming Tel Aviv

You are confusing the recognition of revenue with the treatment of cash - they are two completely different things. You are correct in saying that the revenue cannot be recognised under IFRS until the passenger has flown (or the date of travel has passed and the fare is non-refundable if the passeng...

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by ZuluTime
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW air resuming Tel Aviv
Replies: 12
Views: 2663

Re: WOW air resuming Tel Aviv

That does nothing in the airline world. Even if you get the forward sales, they're locked in escrow until the flights are flown. Airline revenue accounting standards prohibit airlines from touching that money I don't know which airline you work for, but your statement is completely incorrect and ai...

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by ZuluTime
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW air resuming Tel Aviv
Replies: 12
Views: 2663

Re: WOW air resuming Tel Aviv

...or perhaps they have simply adopted a dart-board approach to route planning in a desperate chase to put routes on sale to get cash from forward bookings, which the casual observer could be forgiven for thinking might be the strategy.

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by ZuluTime
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair recieve 1st Embraer aircraft
Replies: 27
Views: 6083

Re: Loganair recieve 1st Embraer aircraft

Loganair operated G-AZUK It was operated by London European Airways on a wet-lease to Loganair for about three months in Summer 1989. Loganair had flying planned for two 146s but BAE sent one off to the US so paid for the wet-lease aircraft to cover the flying at Manchester that Loganair's own 146 ...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW L1011 Timetable services
Replies: 76
Views: 7799

Re: LGW L1011 Timetable services

Yes. I've also got quite a few original airline weekly flying programmes issued by their scheduling departments - don't think I have for BIA, but have a load of the old Britannia pink sheets.

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by ZuluTime
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW L1011 Timetable services
Replies: 76
Views: 7799

Re: LGW L1011 Timetable services

Quite funny, I have much the same memory of my first flight which was a British Airtours TriStar a few years earlier than yours, although was sitting way down near the U-bend toilets at the back of the cabin. The same publication for the details above has the British Island programme in it. PM me wi...

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by ZuluTime
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW L1011 Timetable services
Replies: 76
Views: 7799

Re: LGW L1011 Timetable services

That was a Continental service with a DC10-30 with an Eastern code. The service was on a 747 by the following year. 1988 TriStar programme for British Airtours and British Airways at LGW: Saturday KT612 LGW 0625 - MAH - 1200 LGW KT613 Thomson Holidays KT530 LGW 0740 - FAO - 1400 LGW KT531 Redwing Ho...

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by ZuluTime
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW L1011 Timetable services
Replies: 76
Views: 7799

Re: LGW L1011 Timetable services

The Summer 1980 BAA airport timetable has the following L10 scheduled services at Gatwick: DL10 ATL 1915 - 0800 LGW L15 DL11 LGW 1205 - 1555 ATL L15 PA90 IAH 1830 - 0920 LGW L15 (was a MEX-IAH-LGW routing and also via Guatemala City two days each week) PA91 LGW 1110 - 1520 IAH l15 For 1985: DL10 ATL...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 9/30/2018:AC Drops YYZ-MDT/ROC/SYR;DL Adds BOS-LIS, Drops SGU-SLC;F9 Drops CHS-ORD;UA Drops SGU-DEN/LAX
Replies: 44
Views: 7217

Re: OAG Changes 9/30/2018:AC Drops YYZ-MDT/ROC/SYR;DL Adds BOS-LIS, Drops SGU-SLC;F9 Drops CHS-ORD;UA Drops SGU-DEN/LAX

With DTW-LHR moving up to double daily and PDX-LHR going daily, that's an extra slot every day at LHR. One of the VS afternoon spares currently leased out, now to cover PDX?

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by ZuluTime
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air financial trouble?
Replies: 74
Views: 20415

Re: WOW Air financial trouble?

Mogensen was speaking at an aviation conference in London last week. I'm not sure what anyone else in the audience may have thought although my view is that the guy is absolutely busking it. He was asked by the interviewer whether he had to go for an IPO next year and his answer was that it would he...

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by ZuluTime
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA website hacked, personal and financial details stolen.
Replies: 21
Views: 2396

Re: Reuters: BA customer data breach

I've also made two bookings in that timescale using two separate cards each associated with a work or personal e-mail address and I've heard nothing. There must only be a small sub-set of customers affected though, as I would think far more than 380,000 customers would have made bookings via BA's we...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cape Air to start JFK
Replies: 52
Views: 5459

Re: Cape Air to start JFK

I guess if they are serving JFK during the off season, the slots will be available. Neat way to make money for Cape Air though - pick up any available JFK slots at any time you can, then make money out of selling them later.

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by ZuluTime
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cape Air to start JFK
Replies: 52
Views: 5459

Re: Cape Air to start JFK

I guess if they are serving JFK during the off season, the slots will be available. Neat way to make money for Cape Air though - pick up any available JFK slots at any time you can, then make money out of selling them later.

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by ZuluTime
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Someday jetBlue will be in Europe”
Replies: 154
Views: 14918

Re: “Someday jetBlue will be in Europe”

They applied for lots of slots at Heathrow this winter but didn't get anything. CEO Hayes is in London next week speaking at an aviation conference with the title being about jetBlue's European service plans.

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by ZuluTime
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic's split upper deck.
Replies: 23
Views: 9098

Re: Virgin Atlantic's split upper deck.

NZ321 - that's not the case. The LHR 744s had full Upper Class seating throughout the upper deck until around 2008 when demand for J class fell during and after the financial sector meltdown. I can't remember the seat count but it was something like 56 J class seats and that was too many. They neede...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?
Replies: 113
Views: 9085

Re: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?

It's nothing to do with the relative merits of Edinburgh or Manchester as tourism destinations, and all to do with the levels of service to other US points which remove the need to go via a hub like IAD or JFK. Anstar has it right: MAN sees far more destinations to the USA than EDI. So EDI can susta...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA using Privatair BBJ?
Replies: 22
Views: 5967

Re: BA using Privatair BBJ?

Word on the street is that the Privatair 737 is operating for BA after they cancelled the contract with Eastern for the 170 due to reliability (or lack of it). I guess it's all BA could find to replace it at short notice.

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by ZuluTime
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA had an Astounding 483 IDB's in 3 Months; WN 669!
Replies: 50
Views: 8938

Re: AA had an Astounding 483 IDB's in 3 Months; WN 669!

I work in the industry and I didn't know what "IDB" stood for either. If you look at the source figures, the way I read it tells you quite a few things: DL are consistently overselling premium classes in particular given the number of downgrades for cash, but they must compensate well when...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 20608

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

VS strategy post 9/11 was to expand outside the UK/US market so that the airline was not totally dependent on that market and any factors such as economic downturns or events such as 9/11. All that said, the majority of the expansion into other markets such as BOM, MRU, ACC simply wasn't profitable ...

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by ZuluTime
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai
Replies: 121
Views: 20715

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai

The Little Red slots for the Edinburgh and Aberdeen routes were obtained under the remedy slot process from British Airways. Those were returned to British Airways when Little Red was closed. Flybe has subsequently obtained slots for the same routes (although at different times) from BA as it is obl...

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by ZuluTime
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai
Replies: 121
Views: 20715

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai

VS still has multiple slots leased out to other carriers late afternoon at LHR and a portfolio of slots for evening departures within which slot swaps to move the 22:00 VS401 departure to 20:30 would be achieved. Very straightforward and there is some latitude to move slots late in the day at LHR if...

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by ZuluTime
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai
Replies: 121
Views: 20715

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai

Forgive my frustration, but does anyone actually read the posts further up the thread? The DXB slots are going to fund the second daily BOS flight already announced for Summer 2019. Not ISB, ICN or anything else.

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by ZuluTime
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai
Replies: 121
Views: 20715

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai

Slot and aircraft goes straight to the second daily BOS next summer. Whether the BOS is sustainable in the winter is a whole different question. If they can sort the 787 engine issues then I would not be surprised to see CPT back in the winter. Although Virgin Holidays does well in Dubai, it was onl...

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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: 11192

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: 6333

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: 61
Views: 11667

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: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT
Replies: 343
Views: 54438

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: 6575

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: 12177

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: 9897

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: 9897

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: 2757

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: 8527

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: 194
Views: 42299

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: 10725

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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