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Air France remains short of one A380.
Its A380 has been at Goose Bay for around six weeks with no date set for its return to France.
A ferry engine is expected to be flown out between November 23 and 25.in reply to: Major engine failure involving AF A380 CDG-LAX today15 Nov 2017
Some months ago it was reported that Hi-Fly would be acquiring two of the older SIA A380s.
In German language via Aerotelegraph.com
One of the SIA A380s has already flown to Tarbes in SW France where it is now being stored.15 Nov 2017
As Alex says, the emergence of these non [airline] aligned lounges are great news, I just have to wonder if this is going to be the future and we will gradually see the airlines killing their “reward” schemes off and handing over lounge access to Priority Pass etc. which would drive airline “bread and butter” customers to look even more towards LCC airlines!
We see that the Gulf airlines have started to make economies by selling lounge admission to passengers who, normally, would not be granted access.
I understand that Etihad allows economy passengers access to many of its first/business class lounges provided they pay a fee.in reply to: Plaza Premium Lounge Heathrow Terminal 59 Nov 2017
SAA’s new CEO Vuyani Jarana says the airline is seeking an equity investor to revive the carrier’s fortunes. Report from Bloomberg7 Nov 2017
Both Air France and Lufthansa ordered their A380s at a time when most airlines were resisting the move towards flat beds in business class.
But whereas Lufthansa has now retrofitted its A380s with new business class seats, Air France has had to delay a refit because of its financial situation.7 Nov 2017
As SwissExPat notes, AF’s A380 fleet still has the airline’s older business class.
They were supposed to have been refurbished by this year but it looks as though this won’t happen until 2020.6 Nov 2017
bluemooner – Well spotted. The reason is that although Paris CDG has a curfew it isn’t as strict as at Europe’s other main hubs.
The situation at JNB also shows the advantages that the Gulf carriers enjoy. With no Gulf curfews they can spread their JNB services throughout the day and as the flight distance (JNB-Gulf) is shorter they aren’t affected by “hot and high” weight limitations.in reply to: Why do EU carriers park at JNB for 10-12 hours?5 Nov 2017
It’s the same situation at SYD. BA’s flight remains on the ground from 0650 until 1630.
Combination of factors. Here are just two namely a) the curfew, scheduling flights for optimum connex at both end of the route.
Yes you are right in that BA’s flight could land back in LHR before the curfew. But how many onward connex would be available at that time ? And what if the flight is delayed ?
In previous years Emirates had problems with the curfew at SYD.in reply to: Why do EU carriers park at JNB for 10-12 hours?3 Nov 2017
Today Emirates has officially confirmed the extra flights referred to above.
Emirates says they are being operated because of “exceptional customer demand over the busy holiday season.”
It says “the top five destinations for UK passengers flying at this time of year are usually Dubai, Bangkok, Perth, Sydney and Auckland.”31 Oct 2017
In the Cold War era there were BEA and PanAm using Tempelhof (BEA used Viscounts and then BAC1-11s, PA used B727s) while Air France operated into the former Tegel airfield. Air France operated with Caravelles.
The Soviets barred Lufthansa from Berlin until October 1990.
East Germany’s Interflug (the DDR’s equivalane of Lufthansa) was based at Schonefeld.30 Oct 2017
Alan – Emirates has been asked but so far has not commented. The situation regarding LHR slots is a murky one and I wouldn’t wish to speculate.
One must also note that a slot covers both the runway and the terminal.
You may recall the problem faced by Oman Air who, having paid Kenya Airways US$75 million for a single slot, then discovered the slot it purchased was for use at a different terminal. However the situation was eventually resolved.30 Oct 2017
There will also be extra capacity added at LGW to alleviate the seat shortage. Some A380 services will be operated by the 2-class 615-seater variant. There will also be a number of additional B777-300ER flights at LGW.
Details available via routesonline.com27 Oct 2017
Since I started this thread two days ago we have now published more information.in reply to: United auctions B747 hardware27 Oct 2017