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Yes, it is an outdated product, but in line with the seemingly deteriorating standards at BA.
But it is a pretty dense setup and thereby rakes in a lot of money!
It once was a pleasure to fly them. There are better options for almost any destination nowadays.
Although no real fan of Skytrax it gives a good indication of the general displeasure. As do some threads on this forum.in reply to: BA Leisure Fleet 777 irritation10 Nov 2017
Travelling with duty free booze seems to become more and more complicated.
The best advise is to leave booze at the duty free shop.
The message from the OP looks to me more of a scam by the OZ government protecting their tax income and ailing QF.
Drinking and smoking are apparently deemed to be bad for your health, but surely for your pocket. Especially when bought tax free. 😉in reply to: Bangkok Airport Scams10 Nov 2017
Just this week. AMS – CDG v.v.
Another time I wished the company had booked me on the Thalys high speed train. Delayed and arrogant ground staff at CDG. Once in the air KLM was OK, saved by the flight attendant serving us. And yes, a long walk at AMS, but I don’t mind doing that. I tell myslef it is good for battling DVT. 😉9 Nov 2017
Swissdiver, I start to wonder when was the last time you went through Amsterdam Schiphol airport. Yes, it is huge and walking distances can be quite long, but they offer moving walkways at every pier. The security problem was due to a planning problem in May, but has since been resolved. I have been travelling through Amsterdam airport at least twice a week for the last 3 months. No problem at passport control or at security. This week I went through security within 3 minutes. Always a bit of a hassle at any airport, but the agents were courteous and polite. Not bad for an early Sunday morning.
Typically on my returns there are very short queues at passport control and both the eGates and the manned posts process people quickly.
So much better than CDG, but that may also have to do with my personal preference and my limited command of the French language. The atmosphere at Amsterdam, at least in my experience, is better and so is the lounge. Also I find there are better restaurants and bars.
Sometimes the food at AF is indeed better than KL, but then again I am not a real fan of airplane food, no matter if I am flying Y or J.
And the answer to JPNU’s question: Luton this summer. Arrival was OK, but it was my worst experience ever flying out of there.6 Nov 2017
Take KLM as their soft product is so much better than AF. I prefer their attitude towards their customers and the new 787 aircraft are excellent as well. In terms of the hard product there are not too many differences in my view. Both airlines use rather new aircraft with a very decent J product.
Furthermore you will avoid CDG, an added bonus.
The only reason to go on AF would be the A380, but the negatives outweigh this for me.
It is a personal opinion of course, but since you asked…..
Let us know what you chose and what your experiences were. Much appreciated.4 Nov 2017
Dutch engineers and construction companies have been involved in creating multiple new islands like “The World” and “Palm Island” in Dubai and the New Hong Kong airport.
But they have also extended the Rotterdam harbor by creating new land into the North Sea.
The plan Tom has linked to is from 2012. The economic situation and the airline requirements have increased ever since.
And some on this forum thought that Boris island was another daft idea? Probably the best solution for London indeed. Mr LP seemed to be right again, as so often.in reply to: New Amsterdam Airport4 Oct 2017
To try to clear a few things.
1. There is no plan for a new Amsterdam airport in the near future. Currently the airport of Lelystad, north east of Amsterdam in one of the famous ’70s polders, is being extended. This airport is due to open for commercial flights in the spring of 2019. The aim of the Dutch government is to “entice” airlines to relocate from Amsterdam Schiphol to Lelystad airport. However a limited number of slots will be available at Lelystad airport and pubic transport connections are still not up to the normal Dutch standard.
A tiny problem may also be that Ryanair has already offered to take up all the available slots. In that case Lelystad Airport will not offer any solace to Amsterdam Schiphol.
2. Amsterdam Schiphol airport is by no means full in terms of technical slots, but is limited due to an agreement between the government and environmental groups and people living near the airport. The current limit allows for 500.000 starts and take-offs per year until 2020. Due to the popularity of Amsterdam Schiphol airport as an international hub (and being LHR’s 3rd runway) and the low cost of flying this limit has been reached much earlier than expected.
On the other hand aircraft have become much quieter so based on more recent calculations (a rather difficult way of making a point) the airport authorities claim there is room for many more slots.
Based on the 6 runways that Amsterdam Schiphol airport has it can accommodate many more slots, if allowed.
3. For the same reason the extension of flights to Rotterdam/The Hague airport or Eindhoven airport is very difficult as well. It seems the Netherlands has to re-negotiate its policies on airport usage. But at least they seem to be working towards a pragmatic solution.
4. Based on the ideas that have been put forward the next new Amsterdam airport might require an island in the North Sea, much like Boris island. It may take a few years to create this, but if there is one country that has the knowledge to pull it off…
5. But don’t hold your breath. First they will be extending Amsterdam Schiphol airport. They actually started this week and plan to deliver by 2021.in reply to: New Amsterdam Airport4 Oct 2017
Alex, wise to bring the issue on capacity up again. With so many options to fly from and falling prices I was already wondering who would blink first.
Your assumption in an earlier post (see below) made me frown a bit.
Note that EI will also be relying on connecting flights arriving from mainland Europe.
EI will be expecting to fill some of its increases transatlantic capacity with Dutch, German, French travellers and so on.
All these countries, and many more, have nonstop links and dozens of other options to North America already. EI would, at least in my view, only win customers by undercutting their prices by a serious amount and offering a superior service. And making EI a full service, low cost airlineis that why IAG bought them?in reply to: Aer Lingus Transatlantic Expansion28 Sep 2017
Is that what’s missing for Mrs LP? Come on, I’m sure you can resolve this problem. You don’t need security personnel at airports for that, don’t you? 😉
On average my time to pass through security at Schiphol, Amsterdam airport is less than 10 minutes this summer. I find that quite good considering the higher security requirements at airports throughout the EU. Scandinavian airports are performing OK, some British airports (Manchester and Luton) were far worse. But don’t get me started on airports in Spain and Italy. Horrendous.in reply to: Long Schiphol Queues27 Sep 2017
It seems the situation at FR is heating up. A group of pilots have send a letter to the FR board with demands for better pay and better contracts. Including pay while sick or on vacation and paid hotel accommodation when having to stay over at airports other than their base.
Also the offer of a bonus to work during their holiday is tied to all kinds of restrictions. Pilots will receive the bonus in November 2018 if they accept that FR in the mean time can plan their vacation and that they will not be on sick leave for more than 4 days. It is also unclear if the bonus is before or after taxes. A further complaint is that FR doesn’t offer a pension scheme.
Pilots also alleged that the FR management style is “management by fear”, a reason why many pilots either keep their mouth shut or are looking to leave when the opportunity arises. As many competitors are offering (much) better employment conditions many pilots seem to be considering these offers.
Now that the crisis in Europe is over and employment is on the rise shortages in experienced pilots seem to appear. Many airlines are expanding and the ones at the bottom of the remuneration ladder will be facing the lure of the better paying and more professional (in terms of HR) run airlines.
So far passengers have not turned their back on FR yet, but as the problems remain for a couple of weeks more, FR is faced with strikes on top of this and their reputation is furthermore tarnished it is uncertain what passengers will decide. After all: a low price is great, but if it becomes a lottery if you will arrive at your destination at the required day and time it becomes a whole different matter.
Lying to and scaring his personnel will prove not to be enough anymore. MoL and FR will have to adapt. We’ll wait and see if and when reality sinks in.21 Sep 2017
Is this the start of a huge fight between the LCCs?
As Boeing is pumping out more planes to the European LCCs the market for pilots expands. The race to the bottom is reversing.
It seems that it is about time that Ryanair starts offering more reasonable contracts to their pilots, possibly attract more pilots to counter the planning chaos and accept that running a company in 2017 is no longer only a matter of satisfying the shareholder.
The growth of Ryanair, Norwegian, Wizz and others is interesting to watch if you don’t fly them. It’s a nuisance if you are a passenger. You have become part of the casino game: will I fly or not this week? Place your bets!18 Sep 2017
What would be more awkward? They retain the single terminal concept with a Schengen and a non-Schengen part. From what I have seen of the chosen design no changes will be made to the concept. None of the concepts presented by the way would have broken with the single terminal concept. At least not the ones I saw in the Dutch press.
Schiphol has a rapidly growing number of passengers per year and the operator is accommodating this. It is impressive to see that a 1960s concept is still valid today and offers room for expansion. That is a tribute of the visionary view they had then.
And would a transfer take more time? Probably some would require some more walking, or actually using the moving walkways. For most of the transfers I expect hardly any difference.
What would be interesting is to get a glimpse of the projected growth in passenger number Schiphol management projects.in reply to: Amsterdam Schiphol to lose single terminal concept12 Sep 2017
The runway has been cleared by hand by Dutch Marines that came in after the passage of hurricane Irma. Friday a Dutch coastguard plane landed and since then relief flights have started. More military personnel and police is flown in from Curacao and Aruba to stabilize the situation and provide the first aid with food and water. They also provide much needed security. Saturday more flights are expected with even more police, military personnel and relief workers.
People have been evacuated from the hospital, which is badly damaged, and flown to Curacao and Aruba. Also several people wounded during the passage of the hurricane have been evacuated.
Hurricane Irma has damaged communication lines and around 70% of the infrastructure.
The airport is expected to close again on Saturday evening when the next hurricane, Jose, is expected to hit the island.
People will again have to go into the shelters and hope for the best.
Most hotels on both the Dutch and French sides of St. Martin have been devastated. It will take a long time to recover and become the tropical paradise it was. The fun a lot of people, me included, had on Maho Beach, watching the planes come in and take off will return, but we will have to wait for a while. In the mean time: let’s do what we can to support the people on St. Martin and the surrounding islands that have been hit by this force of nature.in reply to: Saint Martin (SXM) badly damaged by Hurricane Irma9 Sep 2017