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by pdp
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK, Luton Airport turns 80 !
Replies: 15
Views: 776

Re: UK, Luton Airport turns 80 !

2travel2know2 wrote:
A jet-ways could come handy as a birthday gift.


The only time I've ever used a jetway on an LCC was Malaga, which was 35c. They have to pay more to use them and it effectively blocks the rear doors out.

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by pdp
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was this incident ever investigated by authorities?
Replies: 19
Views: 4482

Re: Was this incident ever investigated by authorities?

Kai Tak had a relatively short runway after a difficult approach with water at the end plus an occasionally nasty crosswind. Much like KCDA I'd imagine the pilots mindset was to get the aircraft on the tarmac rather than go for a greaser!

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by pdp
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Boeing and Embraer announce merger
Replies: 56
Views: 12827

Re: Breaking: Boeing and Embraer announce merger

Makes sense. With the smallest members of the A320neo and the 737 MAX family not selling perhaps as well as hoped, Boeing and Airbus needed to do something to keep a foot in that market. Airbus has the C Series, and now Boeing has the E2 associated with it. Sad that's its becoming a duopoly again, b...

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by pdp
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airports are at Full or almost Full Capacity?
Replies: 66
Views: 6655

Re: Which Airports are at Full or almost Full Capacity?

Luton, it's one of the busiest airports in the UK despite being absolutely tiny and there are regularly queues for the runway.

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by pdp
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Ryanair taking delivery of the 737-Max so late?
Replies: 16
Views: 3803

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

I agree ... FR is starting to look a bit left behind compared to Wizz with their A321s .... Ryanair makes stacks of cash on their B738s, so I'd imagine they're not going to rush for expensive MAX slots when nice and cheap NG slots are still available! Remember Wizz's A321s are the ceo variant, they...

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by pdp
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA: Seat size not their concern
Replies: 124
Views: 12863

Re: FAA: Seat size not their concern

Please read and comprehend my post. 'PRACTICAL' pitch I assumed to be a minimum of 28 inches. Perhaps airlines can get it down to 26 inches. 'Practical' assumes a pitch of 1 inch is impossible. You assume 1 inch is practical and possible. Damned lies and statistics. u obviously don't understand tha...

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by pdp
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What’s with the alphanumeric BA callsigns?
Replies: 29
Views: 4680

Re: What’s with the alphanumeric BA callsigns?

It's not unusual in Europe for callsigns to be different to flight numbers. For example, W6 2066 usually has the callsign WIZZAIR 19AA.

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by pdp
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 151
Views: 19366

Re: LOT news thread - 2018

Not really news, but interestingly the LUZ-WAW flight (LO3966) is already getting well booked-up! I’ve just booked the 30th of September and there was only three seats available. Given the “speed” of the equivalent rail or bus route, I’m not surprised.

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by pdp
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 245
Views: 12716

Re: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List

Recent and upcoming: 29-Jun-2018 - W62066 - LTN-LUZ - A321 - HA-LTD 02-Jul-2018 - W62065 - LUZ-LTN - A320 - G-WUKD 27-Sep-2018 - W60266 - LTN-LUZ - A320 30-Sep-2018 - LO3966 - LUZ-WAW - DH4D 30-Sep-2018 - W61309 - WAW-LTN - A321 The latter two are a bit of fun, never been on a Q400 before so it’ll b...

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by pdp
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Inter-Airline Transfer at WAW
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: Inter-Airline Transfer at WAW

I will be taking checked baggage (long story) so I imagine this means I will need to go right out then straight back in? Yes - and don't forget the new rules on Wizzair, handluggage only permitted for priority passengers (like on FR). I never travel on LCCs without whatever form of priority, if I’m...

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by pdp
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Inter-Airline Transfer at WAW
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Inter-Airline Transfer at WAW

Hi all, I’m currently planning a weird sort of “split trip” at the end of the September, it currently looks like this: Outbound LTN - LUZ (W6) Inbound LUZ - WAW (LO) WAW - LTN (W6) The reason for this is I want to I try the new (and extremely short) flight from Lublin to Warsaw. Now my confusion is ...

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by pdp
Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 332
Views: 89672

Re: CSeries Production/Delivery Thread 2018

There is also the possibility for the Unidentified European airline to firm up its order for 31 units. Is it IAG, Lufthansa or Air France/KLM? It would be interesting to see IAG take some for Level, but I figure that venture will work better with a fleet of older aircraft from elsewhere at first. I...

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by pdp
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 332
Views: 89672

Re: CSeries Production/Delivery Thread 2018

So this will - technically - be the first aircraft delivered under their new French overlords?

Stunning little machine, I need to find an excuse to fly on it.

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by pdp
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Exeter Airport
Replies: 136
Views: 10468

Re: Future of Exeter Airport

agree but actually the picture shown is the ultimate stage of EXT and for further grown another airport(s) should be considered ... Did you just say Exeter would need ANOTHER airport?? On top of the 6 runways?? Bloody hell... I stayed out of this, quietly laughing reading the comments...but this on...

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by pdp
Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Exeter Airport
Replies: 136
Views: 10468

Re: Future of Exeter Airport

It's funny that so many are brushing this off as a troll job. Fact: London airports are basically completely full an unable to expand. Fact: There is virtually no domestic UK air service Fact: What domestic UK service exists is largely operated by FlyBe Fact: FlyBe is headquartered in Exeter Fact: ...

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by pdp
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Exeter Airport
Replies: 136
Views: 10468

Re: Future of Exeter Airport

Vectoring to final would be fun with three parallel runways! Same for managing departure traffic. The west country has pretty awful transport links, no way it would ever be useful as a major hub location. Plus the undulations in the land would make it prohibitively expensive given the size of the si...

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by pdp
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 151
Views: 19366

Re: LOT news thread - 2018

https://www.lot.com/pl/pl/loty-z-lublina LOT is now connecting Lublin and Okecie from 03-Sep-2018, one flight each way Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sun. This is important for Lublin. Due to engineering works between Lublin and Warszawa, the train journey is over 3 hours (used to be ~2h15) to Centralna (a ...

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by pdp
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera ending BHX TATL (temporarily?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1211

Re: Primera ending BHX TATL (temporarily?)

Looking on the Wiki for BHX, I noticed that Primera is canning it's Newark flight, presumably because their A320neos are delayed (they're using GTFs it seems) and the National Airlines 757s have to go elsewhere: https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/67877-primera-air-scandinavia-drops-birmingham-...

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by pdp
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera ending BHX TATL (temporarily?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1211

Primera ending BHX TATL (temporarily?)

Looking on the Wiki for BHX, I noticed that Primera is canning it's Newark flight, presumably because their A320neos are delayed (they're using GTFs it seems) and the National Airlines 757s have to go elsewhere: https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/67877-primera-air-scandinavia-drops-birmingham-t...

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by pdp
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet in Birmingham
Replies: 15
Views: 2294

Re: EasyJet in Birmingham

Birmingham already has a large contingent of carriers that would eat into easyJet's market, including:

    Ryanair
    Wizz Air
    Flybe
    Thomas Cook
    TUI
    Jet2
    Primera

That's a lot of competition!

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by pdp
Thu May 24, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?
Replies: 69
Views: 6556

Re: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?

I am sure a used A318 would do for most trips, with one stop where necessary. Where is the old Speedbird 003/004 these days? Titan had that, complete with 32(?)J config. Semi-seriously, why not a CSeries? It’s got bits made in the U.K., Canada love the queen and it’s got enough range to get to far ...

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by pdp
Wed May 23, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Busiest airports without full length taxiways
Replies: 60
Views: 7819

Re: Busiest airports without full length taxiways

Lublin - whilst having less than 500k passengers a year - has zero taxiways. No seriously, there's a short run from the ramp to the middle of the runway and that's it! Makes the middle of the day interesting if two flights are close together. Luton has to be up there in terms of movements, the large...

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by pdp
Sun May 20, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest may take 500 MAX 7
Replies: 83
Views: 23498

Re: Southwest may take 500 MAX 7

Forgive my ignorance of Southwest, could they look at the MAX 8 200?

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by pdp
Fri May 18, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline livery you miss the most
Replies: 166
Views: 9200

Re: Airline livery you miss the most

Monarch for me. Clean and colourful!

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by pdp
Tue May 15, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Wizz Air UK (WUK) callsign?
Replies: 0
Views: 438

Wizz Air UK (WUK) callsign?

So I booked a flight to Lublin from Luton in June last night and a couple of things struck me: 1. That flight will be operated by Wizz Air UK 2. The IATA code is still the same (W6 2066) Given that WUK is its own AOC now I thought I'd look up its callsign, but I can't find one! Does this mean they'r...

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by pdp
Fri May 11, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ryanair in the Cloud.
Replies: 2
Views: 1040

Re: Ryanair in the Cloud.

Cloud only works if you architect for it, lift and shift is hilariously expensive! Believe me, I witness it first hand on a daily basis.

Knowing Ryanair, they'll be doing this as a money saver so it WILL be done properly.

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by pdp
Thu May 03, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air launches UK flights
Replies: 13
Views: 2745

Re: Wizz Air launches UK flights

Gatwick is just as cramped as Luton, maybe even more. There's little space left at Stansted (where Wizzair currently doesn't fly). The only real option is Southend as it's the only London airport that isn't slot controlled. However it doesn't have to be London, the AOC is valid in the whole UK. The...

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by pdp
Thu May 03, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air launches UK flights
Replies: 13
Views: 2745

Re: Wizz Air launches UK flights

Gatwick is just as cramped as Luton, maybe even more. There's little space left at Stansted (where Wizzair currently doesn't fly). The only real option is Southend as it's the only London airport that isn't slot controlled. However it doesn't have to be London, the AOC is valid in the whole UK. The...

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by pdp
Thu May 03, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air launches UK flights
Replies: 13
Views: 2745

Re: Wizz Air launches UK flights

Nice to see a good airline like Wizz expanding their UK operations! I do have a feeling they’ll need a second base soon as Luton is cramped, and I mean REALLY cramped at peak time. For example, there’s a line of 6-8 Wizz flights that land around 07h30 to 08h00 every day and with the sheer amount of ...

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by pdp
Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are some airport that don’t be have commercial air service but could?
Replies: 54
Views: 3832

Re: What are some airport that don’t be have commercial air service but could?

In the UK, Coventry. It had it for a while (and the locals loved it), but with Coventry City Council owning a stake in Birmingham Airport any planning application to make it permanent got rejected!

Shame, as with Birmingham being very cramped it would have made a great short haul operation.

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by pdp
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 151
Views: 19366

Re: LOT news thread - 2018

Not "news" as such, but SP-LWD spent a few days on the ramp at Lublin after apparently going tech when it was due to fly to Tel-Aviv (they flew in a B734 in the end). Must have been interesting for LOT maintenance as their nearest facilities are Rzeszów or Okęcie, and there aren't any larg...

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by pdp
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems
Replies: 133
Views: 25619

Re: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems

I'm going to guess that the OP isn't an engineer. All of this is unfortunate, but I can see exactly how it happens, and I think RR is being reasonably forthcoming about it all. Part of the problem of course is that you can't exactly run down to your local home depot and buy a set of replacement wid...

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by pdp
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Chooses P&W For NEO's
Replies: 40
Views: 6639

Re: JetBlue Chooses P&W For NEO's

As they have the IAE engines at present, this doesn't surprise me one bit. They might be waiting for a while though!

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by pdp
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airline had the first Website?
Replies: 64
Views: 10814

Re: What airline had the first Website?

LOT had one in November 1996 apparently!

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by pdp
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to the United States?
Replies: 19
Views: 3409

Re: Ryanair to the United States?

Clearly FR has a significant strategy to expand outside Western Europe - it has lots of flights to North Africa , just announced significant expansion in The Middles East ( Asia ) and Ukraine in Eastern Europe .... The USA is too far away to be relevant to them , low yields , long flight sectors , ...

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by pdp
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways tilts against reclining seats
Replies: 157
Views: 24670

Re: British Airways tilts against reclining seats

Why fly BA now when you can fly easyjet and Ryanair? Maybe they know BA is still a full service airline? Is it? I've booked to go with them LHR-AMS in May because they were a smidge cheaper than KLM and the times tie up slightly better. Looking at what I get vs FR, U2, W6 etc I'm left wondering wha...

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by pdp
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Airline boss says US rivals 'need to grow up' and end the nastiest feud in the airline industry
Replies: 89
Views: 9014

Re: Emirates Airline boss says US rivals 'need to grow up' and end the nastiest feud in the airline industry

*cringe* Why the cringy asterisks? Try going on a European LCC and you'll understand the mindset of using one. We don't care about in seat service when most flights are going to be less than three hours and pretty much everyone has a smart device or a book to read. Unlike the US we don't have the l...

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Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Airline boss says US rivals 'need to grow up' and end the nastiest feud in the airline industry
Replies: 89
Views: 9014

Re: Emirates Airline boss says US rivals 'need to grow up' and end the nastiest feud in the airline industry

As for Norwegian and other low-costs... it is time for a firmer stance against them expanding! Why exactly ? As with Southwest/Ryanair/easyjet and the asian LCC's in the short-haul sector, Norwegian and others are allowing millions of new customers to experience air travel at budget prices, expandi...

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by pdp
Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA expands basic economy to transatlantic flights
Replies: 45
Views: 6068

Re: AA expands basic economy to transatlantic flights

Would love to see how this goes. I think this is taking basic economy a little too far. The article also says the fares will be available on BA and other partners. It seems unfair that AA will cause its partners, BA / AY / IB, with whom they codeshare, to be the gestapo at the gates to enforce anot...

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by pdp
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pax and Pilots are complaining about lavatories in AA B737-MAX
Replies: 215
Views: 38550

Re: Pax and Pilots hate AA B737-Max

Is this a problem on the American or Boeing? Do other 737s also have this problem? I went on one of LOTs new 737 MAX 8s a couple of weeks ago, and the forward lavatory was relatively cramped, but I wouldn't say any more so than the previous generation and only a bit more so than an A320ceo (which i...

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by pdp
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian goes to Brazil to talk about expansion
Replies: 45
Views: 5285

Re: Norwegian goes to Brazil to talk about expansion

Kikko19 wrote:
Norwegian should eventually change the name to 'global'


Maybe World Travel, a la FSX?

Not sure I understand Norwegian’s strategy, seems very scattergun at a wall!

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by pdp
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air bigger than Norwegian in passenger numbers for the first time in January
Replies: 21
Views: 3112

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

Interestingly on the LTN-WAW route (where Wizz fly three miles a day) Ryanair doesn’t even bother competing! Not directly, but they do fly Stansted - Warsaw Modlin which is basically the same. Just different airports for the same cities. However I do agree Wizzair is often cheaper than Ryanair on t...

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by pdp
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air bigger than Norwegian in passenger numbers for the first time in January
Replies: 21
Views: 3112

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

I use Wizz frequently as they go between Luton and Lublin and IMO they’re better than Ryanair right now! Nicer aircraft (wider seats, quieter), decent fares (the discount club is worth it for frequent travelers) and the crew are as good as any other. The Luton flights are always rammed as well, so t...

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by pdp
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air closing bases incl. Prague
Replies: 59
Views: 8601

Re: Wizz Air closing bases incl. Prague

Looks like they’re bolstering successful bases and closing marginal ones. I love Lublin to bits (it’s five minutes from the girlfriends house), but it’s very small and has poor connections to everywhere outside the voivodeship domestically.

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by pdp
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 151
Views: 19366

Re: LOT news thread - 2018

I know about those six but it seems like they will need a lot more given how many new destinations and frequencies they are adding. The new MAXs are displacing some of the 737s they've used on the "major" European routes. EDIT: Fittingly, I'm on the bus to LHR to board LO282! And some add...

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by pdp
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 2017 full year and Q4 results: net loss was -299 million NOK (-£27.4 million)
Replies: 72
Views: 14330

Re: Norwegian today reported its full year and q4 2017 results. The net loss was -299 million NOK (-£27.4 million) in 20

Expansion at the rate Norwegian is going is always painful for the profit numbers, what’s important is that they have money coming to the business as it comes out. Plenty of businesses that go bust can actually turn a profit, it’s whether they manage when that comes out so they don’t end up with a m...

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by pdp
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 151
Views: 19366

Re: LOT news thread - 2018

They will, see the first post. I know about those six but it seems like they will need a lot more given how many new destinations and frequencies they are adding. The new MAXs are displacing some of the 737s they've used on the "major" European routes. EDIT: Fittingly, I'm on the bus to L...

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by pdp
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 194
Views: 50156

Re: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board

All the jets I've flown (Boeing) have automatic pitot-static system heating that switches on when the first engine is started. Contrary to what has been stated earlier, there is no issue with overheating, wear or performance penalties. There will be an EICAS alert when this system does not operate ...

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by pdp
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 194
Views: 50156

Re: AN-148 with 71 people gone missing

Don't mean to sound shrewd, but I think it's time the Russians take a look at the reliability of the Antonov fleet. Do you want to be taken serious ? This is no ancient soviet-era Antonov . The AN-148 is a rather modern aircraft (first flight of the type in 2004 ) and RA-61704 was built in 2011 ......

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by pdp
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Smallest "city" with the most or largest # of jet flights?
Replies: 45
Views: 5091

Re: Smallest "city" with the most or largest # of jet flights?

Stansted Mountfitchet has to be a contender. Traditional English village with a whacking great airport next door (because it's not within the M25 it doesn't count as London to me). But it does not matter how you count it. :D For everybody else it is one of the London airports because it serves the ...

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