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I take your point, Jonathan.
Of course larger aircraft have been used from time to time … but a quick check of AF/KL and LH’s summer schedules continue to show the same aircraft types. But it appears the number of flights has increased.
I notice that in the peak summer BA will be operating as many as three flights a day. Two of these will be B777s with an A321 operates the third service.in reply to: How come Virgin Atlantic has never flown to Israel?15 Feb 2018
Gold-2K – I have been writing about these aircraft types (B737 and A320/1) operating long-haul routes for the past couple of years.
Please refer to our last feature “Narrow Margins” in the March 2017 issue of Business Traveller.
What the A321LR (and the B737MAX8 to a more limited extent) will do is to operate transatlantic flights without en route fuel stops from time to time which was a feature of B757 operations – see link below.
But more importantly they will be operated by more airlines (both conventional and low-cost carriers) rather than the previous few B757 operators.
It means more routings from all over Europe to the US East Coast. And some of these routings will open up secondary destinations to non-stop air service.15 Feb 2018
French all-business class airline La Compagnie will be operating transatlantic services with two A321LRs.13 Feb 2018
From European cities flights to TLV are considered low-yield route. BA operates B777s because it seeks transit passengers coming in from N America … hence the Club World.
Compare that to the mainland European carriers (examples AF/KL/LH/LX/OS) serving TLV with narrow-bodied aircraft with Euro biz class.
Why would VS serve the route ? DL holds the VS purse strings and DL itself already operates non-stop JFK-TLV.in reply to: How come Virgin Atlantic has never flown to Israel?13 Feb 2018
Thanks for the rail check, STORMIN’
You must have chosen one of the HST diesel trains which date back almost 40 years.
All VTEC services running through from Aberdeen/Inverness are operated by HST diesel trainsets.
All the VTEC trainsets are life-expired (but the diesel HSTs more than the Mallard electric sets) and, as readers of the Anglo-Scottish rail feature in the December issue will have read, will be replaced by Azuma trainsets.
The plan is to roster Azuma trainsets for the London-Edinburgh route in 2019. But of course by that time it is unclear who will be operating the ECML franchise.13 Feb 2018
Here’s the piece from magazine.spiegel.de (German language)
Spiegel reports that the events on February 7 in Frankfurt and Munich are “employee festivals.”
Unclear if the new colours will be unveiled to the public at that time.
I also now understand that Lufthansa will be taking delivery of its next A350 in February. Maybe this aircraft will also appear in the new colours.in reply to: Lufthansa is poised to unveil a new look21 Jan 2018
Almost all airlines (in their economy cabins) are beginning to cut back on toilet accommodation to carry more passengers per flight.
In Europe I believe Lufthansa was the first conventional airline with Airbus’ space-flex galley/toilet combination. On an A320 it will raise the seat count from 168 to 180 passengers.
Isn’t BA also adopting space-flex ?
Lufthansa’s seating plans shows how the extra capacity is made available.
A320 with 168 seats.
A320 neo with 180 seats. Note the new and slimmer galley/toilet layout.21 Jan 2018
rferguson – It’s likely BA would use extra A380s on its transatlantic routes with, perhaps, the exception of JFK where ground space is limited.
BA’s West Coast routes must be a real money-spinner.
I checked LHR-LAX business class prices at the end of January (out Monday, back Friday) and the website was showing fares of around £7,000 return.in reply to: A380- new BA order this year?20 Jan 2018
I used this transfer service on numerous occasions while it lasted.
The fare from London Paddington to Heathrow Junction was just £5. And at that time it was £5 whether bought at the ticket office or onboard the train.
Travelling from Paddington to Heathrow Terminals 1/2/3 I believe was almost as fast as HEX is today. (Note the transit to T4 was longer as the coaches had to circumvent the airfield)
For starters the rail journey time from Paddington was 10 mins or less.
When the train pulled into that Junction station (which was only a couple of hundred yards from the GWR mainline) a fleet of buses (each running to a separate terminal) were waiting. Passengers had only to walk a few yards across the platform.
The buses departed almost immediately and, *providing it was a clear run*, you alighted right in front of each terminal.
Today’s HEX takes about 15 mins from Paddington to Heathrow Central. But then time is wasted getting from the station into the terminals.in reply to: Heathrow Airport’s short-lived railway station20 Jan 2018
QR’s CEO Al Baker has big plans for Meridiana.
Speaking at today’s Kuwait Airshow the CEO says plans are in hand for Meridiana to receive a number of B787s from QR.17 Jan 2018
Although Schiphol has so many runways they cannot all be used at the same time (correct me if I am wrong) because of environmental constraints.in reply to: Norwegian to fly Amsterdam-NewYork using KLM slots10 Jan 2018
KLM’s CEO has today said he wants more short-haul flights to be turned into rail links to free up slots at Schiphol.
According to Peter Elbers a full Schiphol will reduce KLM’s opportunities for expansion.
And the slot shortage is why Norwegian was granted KLM’s slots for its New York service – see abobe.
But the idea of trains replacing short flights is not new.
There were plans a couple of years ago to operate a new high-speed Brussels-Schiphol serve branded as Fyra.
Article in Dutch via Zakenreisnieuws.nl
The plan was for KLM to co-operate with the Fyra trains and have check-in facilities either onboard the trains or on arrival at Schiphol.
But Fyra was unpopular with many travellers (including some of our readers) not least because the Italian-built high-speed trains were prone to failure.
The failures were so bad that the Fyra concept was axed and the trains sent back to Italy.in reply to: Norwegian to fly Amsterdam-NewYork using KLM slots10 Jan 2018
Yet another case. This time it was a J class pax DXB-BHX.in reply to: Drunk air passenger arrests up 50 per cent9 Jan 2018