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The next Air France strike on March 30 is still set to go ahead.
Management and unions are to meet on March 27 to see if it can be cancelled.
Via lesechos.fr [FR]in reply to: Another Air France strike on March 2323 Mar 2018
Incidentally, it’s not just confined to Europe.
Indeed. As we have written in the past the savings are worldwide. It depends on where you start your trip, currency values, airline marketing and so on. For example if you are in Singapore it may be cheaper to fly long-haul out of Kuala Lumpur because of the differing currency values.
In an earlier I gave the example where a BA J class ticket for DXB-LON-NYC-LON-DXB cost less than LON-NYC. The value there of course is for a traveller who has to make two trips (one to DXB, another to NYC) and is able to arrange them both at the same time.in reply to: The madness of ex-Europe airfares22 Mar 2018
SNCF is not taking reservations for trains on the April strike days. Passengers are advised to postpone their travel plans. It is too early to predict the situation in May and June, said an SNCF spokesperson.
Some Eurostar services may be affected. There are a few cancellations today and Eurostar is saying that those trains that will run are now fully booked.
The main SNCF strike starts on April 3. It is unclear whether or not Eurostar services to Brussels and Amsterdam (it launches on April 4) will be affected. Both routes operate through France.in reply to: SNCF Strike Dates for April, May & June 201822 Mar 2018
Following the strike on March 23 the Air France unions plan to hold another strike on March 30.
From leparisien.fr [FR]in reply to: Another Air France strike on March 2321 Mar 2018
“SAA in far deeper trouble”
It’s reported today in a local business publication that SAA’s losses are worse than what was first thought.
The auditor general says that SAA’s losses in 2017 were R5.5 billion. In 2016 the losses were R1.47 billion.in reply to: SAA 'is on verge of bankruptcy'9 Mar 2018
Also when there is disruption and flights are missed (late running connex) and/or cancelled.
Air France has been offering something similar for some time already. In fact according to the publicity blurb there is quite a choice including a “My Fun Menu” from April 1 (given the date is that serious ?)8 Mar 2018
Virgin Atlantic announced HBO tariffs today.
It can only be a matter of time before United and the Lufthansa Group carriers follow.
Lufthansa is already quietly offering HBO fares on transatlantic routes ex-Scandinavia (but not in its home country yet).7 Mar 2018
Austrian Airlines also has something similiar but on shorter routes I believe.
Lufthansa has posted more information and this time it’s in English language.7 Mar 2018
with Cathay having announced plans for 10 across. If Austrian have 10 across, how long before the rest of the LH group follow suit? I have experienced 10 across with KLM and Emirates and, actually, it is not too bad (and I no wafer!!).
Tom – Small correction. Swiss recently introduced B777-300ERs into service and they arrived from Boeing with 10-across configurations.
JAL maintains 3-3-3 configuration on some of its B777s including the B777-300ERs which operate to London. Remember it’s the only airline to have a 2-4-2 layout on its B787s which of course was the original configuration recommended by Boeing.
Expect Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines to go 10-across when their B777-9s are delivered in a few years time. Boeing has specifically designed this aircraft for 10-across in economy.in reply to: IAG Capital Markets Day 20166 Mar 2018
Update March 4. Trains are now operating between Newcastle and Edinburgh. But the WCML (between Carlisle and Scotland) remains closed.
Caledonian Sleeper says it intends to operate services tonight. Presumably these will use the ECML (they normally routes via WCML).4 Mar 2018
Update March 3. The WCML remains closed at the time of writing. But the ECML (between Edinburgh and Newcastle) opened an hour ago and the first train (a VTEC service running Edinburgh-Newcastle) since Wednesday is now running.
Caledonian Sleeper does not operate on Saturday night. No decision yet on when it will restart (it usually operates down the WCML to London Euston).3 Mar 2018
Thanks for the memories, openfly.
I do recall those days of amazing low fares. It must also be noted that there were no/taxes/fees in those days so that was the price one paid.
My cheapest ever air fare was MAN-LHR with BEA on a Super 1-11 in 1970. It was a youth stand-by ticket which cost £2.50.in reply to: Ryanair closes Glasgow base2 Mar 2018
Caledonian Sleeper has just announced that it will not be running any services to/from London today (March 2) for the third night in a row.2 Mar 2018