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by ZuluTime
Mon May 20, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA retimes LHR-BOM Flight
Replies: 33
Views: 6859

Re: BA retimes LHR-BOM Flight

Is a VS return to Mumbai out of the question? With Jet gone, expansion starting again and then having spare Heathrow slots currently babysat by Flybe Q400s then there must be some options?

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by ZuluTime
Mon May 20, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA axing LHR - LED & KBP
Replies: 38
Views: 7928

Re: BA axing LHR - LED & KBP

LHR-Marrakech and extra LHR-Zagreb services coming in place of LED and KBP.

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by ZuluTime
Thu May 09, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye BAC 1-11!
Replies: 85
Views: 10466

Re: Goodbye BAC 1-11!

Marvellous things. The flightdeck jumpseat was one of the best ways to travel - the One-Eleven flightdeck was so incredibly spacious. Flew on them with British Airways, Dan-Air, European Air Charter, AB Airlines, Maersk Air UK and Airways Cymru/British Midland, with trips on the -200, 300, 400 and 5...

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by ZuluTime
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 131839

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

Shame one of the 319s at Gatwick can't have Dan-Air on one side and BCal on the other. Would be fitting - a half-and-half retro specifically for Gatwick.

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by ZuluTime
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What Happened to LH442 Mar. 2, 2019?
Replies: 5
Views: 3356

Re: What The Hell Happend to LH442 Yesterday???

If you play back LH462 FRA-MIA on the previous day (01Mar) then it does the same. Up to FL340, down to FL279 at 504kts, then FL340 at 745kts within a few minutes and FL340 at 92kts by 10:31 utc! Clearly much of this can't actually have happened. The coincidence is that was also operated by D-AIHY. L...

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by ZuluTime
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair thread - 2019
Replies: 35
Views: 3784

Re: Loganair thread - 2019

Where would they get LGW slots from?!

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by ZuluTime
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 149
Views: 23994

Re: FlyBmi ceases operations.

The COO(?) of Loganair is quoted in Shetland News saying that they will be taking 20 AT46s from late 2019.


If you're reading the only report I could find on that website, it doesn't say anything about -600s. He does talk about ATRs but there is no mention of them being brand new or used.

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by ZuluTime
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 149
Views: 23994

Re: FlyBmi ceases operations.

I don't think the ATR42-600 report was genuine somehow....

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by ZuluTime
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 149
Views: 23994

Re: FlyBmi ceases operations.

Like most regional airlines, their winter Saturday schedules are pretty light. It's the norm in any week for quite a lot of aircraft to land on Friday night and not move again until Sunday or in some cases Monday morning. The picture above is probably pretty similar for many others who are still fly...

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by ZuluTime
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 149
Views: 23994

Re: FlyBmi ceases operations.

I’m not sure any of their Lufthansa routes could stay profitable if they lose the rights to fly them from the end of March ?!

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by ZuluTime
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 149
Views: 23994

Re: FlyBmi ceases operations.

We know they lost the Brussels Airlines flying and with the rights to continue flying from Munich also gone, none of us know how much impact that would have. It may well have been the tipping point. It’s laughable to suggest they could do what easyJet have done. With 300 aircraft, easyJet could spli...

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by ZuluTime
Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New international Israel airport open near Eilat
Replies: 6
Views: 1646

Re: New international Israel airport open near Eilat

It will be a shame when Eilat airport closes. After Kai Tak, there were few moments more interesting than sitting in a bar on the beach with a cold beer on a Thursday and Saturday evening watching the wave of flights flood in. Especially with larger aircraft like the 757, it always looked as though ...

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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: 447
Views: 76953

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: 11584

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: 8382

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: 37332

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: 37332

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: 37332

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: 5947

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: 13646

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: 6291

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: 13646

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: 13490

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: 5074

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: 105693

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: 105693

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 Ceases Operations
Replies: 964
Views: 153247

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: 2736

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: 2736

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: 2736

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: 6396

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: 8074

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: 8074

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: 8074

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: 8074

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: 7336

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: 21069

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: 2505

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: 5587

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: 5587

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: 15229

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: 9395

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: 9304

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: 6058

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: 9059

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: 21168

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: 20837

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: 20837

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: 20837

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: 20837

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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