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  1. #681

    Largest aircraft to operate on LCY

    C Series can operate transatlantic routes to JFK from LCY without stopping at shannon...looks like A318 days are numbered

    https://www.theengineer.co.uk/bombar...tlantic-route/

    https://www.skiesmag.com/news/bombar...certification/
    Last edited by Speedbird; 14-04-2017 at 12:10 PM.

  2. #682
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post
    C Series can operate transatlantic routes to JFK from LCY without stopping at shannon...looks like A318 days are numbered
    Shannon was not just a tech stop. I thought they did US pre-clearance there to avoid delays @JFK and pull in as a domestic arrival.

    For time sensitive passengers flying out of LCY (instead of LHR) pre-clearance is a huge draw.

  3. #683
    Quote Originally Posted by Cayman View Post
    Shannon was not just a tech stop. I thought they did US pre-clearance there to avoid delays @JFK and pull in as a domestic arrival.

    For time sensitive passengers flying out of LCY (instead of LHR) pre-clearance is a huge draw.
    Shannon is a tech stop...since it is a tech stop they utilized the time for US pre-clearance

  4. #684
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post
    Shannon is a tech stop...since it is a tech stop they utilized the time for US pre-clearance
    BA had two LCY-JFK flights and last Nov one was discontinued when the Shannon USCBP post changed its working hours and pre-clearance was not available for that second flight any longer.

    I am pretty sure the reason BA selected Shannon for the tech stop (as opposed to any other point along the TATL routing) was the pre-clearnace.

  5. #685
    Quote Originally Posted by Cayman View Post
    BA had two LCY-JFK flights and last Nov one was discontinued when the Shannon USCBP post changed its working hours and pre-clearance was not available for that second flight any longer.

    I am pretty sure the reason BA selected Shannon for the tech stop (as opposed to any other point along the TATL routing) was the pre-clearnace.
    ^^^That is correct

    on side note LCY has a short runway compared to RML

    i.e. RML - BAH or RML to SIN is a possibility

  6. #686
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post
    RML - BAH or RML to SIN is a possibility
    Yes, and it would be a good mini hub for LCC operations to GCC and South East Asia, given its proximity to Colombo city.

    Last month UAE announced that they will start offering VOA for Indian passport holders who are either US Green card holders or have a valid B1/B2.

    If they expand this to include SL, there will be a lot of new traffic created to UAE. Other GCC countries typically follow the lead of the UAE, so it is only a matter of time before this becomes a GCC-wide offering (except for perhaps KSA).

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  8. #688
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post
    Yup, it is not looking good for EK. EY is surviving thanks to pre-clearance @AUH.

  9. #689
    Quote Originally Posted by Cayman View Post
    Yup, it is not looking good for EK. EY is surviving thanks to pre-clearance @AUH.
    Big opportunity for Jet Airways and Air India.

  10. #690

    Angry What DO YOU say about Overbooking of Flights?

    IATA’s point of view:- “Airlines should be allowed to continue long-established overbooking practices. The airline business is unique in that once a flight takes off, the seats on that flights are no longer available for sale; it is a time-sensitive, perishable product,”
    https://www.eminentaviation.com/what...ng-of-flights/

    It is not a good idea to over book flights..

  11. #691
    Have you heard the news about the passenger who got violently removed from his seat because his flight was overbooked?
    Pretty much a man was violently dragged from his seat, due to United Airlines overbooking the seats. The video of this incident has gone viral. In the video you can see the guards aggressively grabbing and dragging the innocent passenger along the aisle of the plane. It was horrible; the man’s face was bleeding.

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  16. #696
    Former UL A340-300 4R-ADE (now 9H-SUN) being used for something nice....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94anC1LkOoY
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  17. #697
    Former UL A340-300 4R-ADE (now 9H-SUN) being used for something nice....

    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  18. #698
    I remember last time I flew on BA was from Chennai to Heathrow on B747-400 in 1999. The service was absolutely terrible. Has anyone flew on BA very recently ? What's your opinion? Very sad their service is getting poor.

  19. #699
    Changi Terminal 2 was shut down from 6 PM till past midnight, due to fire / smoke in the Ventilation System.

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...delays-8854078

    Passengers moved to the Tarmac and shuttled to Terminal 3.

    With ample capacity in Terminal 3, Singapore can shut down Terminal 2 totally till the cause of the fire was investigated fully.

    Maximum delay due to moving flights was less than 2 hours.

    SQ 468, departed with just a 20 minutes delay !

    All other flights are pretty much on time now.

    Changi Airport fire: Passengers, ground staff spent hours on tarmac

    SINGAPORE: After a three-hour flight from Phuket to Singapore, Adelia Bordessa found herself waiting another three hours on the tarmac of Changi Airport's Terminal 2, where passengers and ground staff alike were evacuated over a fire that broke out in the terminal on Tuesday (May 16) afternoon.

    Ms Bordessa said she was on Silkair flight MI753, which arrived at Terminal 2 at around 6:05pm. She told Channel NewsAsia she could smell smoke - though not heavy smoke - upon arrival. "We were directed to immigration on the ground floor at Gate D/E end of Terminal 2 ... then escorted to a side door and then onto the tarmac."

    Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...urs-on-8854600

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...inal-2-8854800

  20. #700
    Changi Airport Group (CAG) yesterday admitted that there was a delay in communicating new flight details to passengers, and said this was because time was needed to decide whether to keep those affected at Terminal 2 or move them to Terminal 3. This led to confusion for travellers who arrived at the airport after the closure and were unsure of where to go, and for those who were already at T2 and held at the tarmac for as long as four hours.

    They were provided water, and those who needed special assistance, for example, pregnant women and the elderly, were moved to rest areas.

    The fire, which was detected at about 5.40pm on Tuesday, was put out quickly. But passengers had to be evacuated and flights diverted to T3. T2 resumed normal operations at 3am yesterday.

    Responding to queries from The Straits Times, CAG spokesman Ivan Tan said last night that a key challenge was having to plan "under conditions that were evolving and uncertain". "A wrong decision would have resulted in chaos in the terminals," he stressed.

    The original plan was to hold passengers at T2 until it was given the all-clear. "This would have been the least disruptive option for the passengers to return to T2, either to board their flight or to collect their luggage," he said.

    But the situation was fluid, and when it was assessed that an all- clear for T2 would take longer than expected, the decision was made to transfer flights from T2 to T3.

    Passengers were then moved to T3 utilising all available resources, including vehicles owned by contractors working on the Changi East, or the future Terminal 5, project.

    The T2 to T3 transfer, however, meant that significantly more airport staff had to be reallocated to T3, many of whom were themselves earlier evacuated and had to be reorganised, Mr Tan said.

    "With more flights now operating at T3, our teams had to optimally allocate resources such as check-in counters, aircraft parking bays, gate holdrooms and baggage collection belts," he added.

    Normal operations at T2 resumed about nine hours after the evacuation, which was ordered by the chief of the Airport Emergency Service at about 6.10pm as smoke had seeped into the terminal.

    This was about half an hour after the fire started in a room with air- conditioning equipment.

    The key priority at the time was to protect the health and safety of the terminal's occupants, CAG said.

    Eventually, thousands of airport workers, with the help of airport partners, stayed beyond their shifts to help clear the backlog.

    In total, the airport handled 308 flights, with almost 55,000 passengers, from 6pm on Tuesday to 3am the following morning.

    "Foremost in our efforts was ensuring the safety of all, while minimising the inconvenience to passengers. We knew that as a result of the flight disruptions, many people's travel arrangements were affected and a good number were anxious about the situation," he said.

    The first flight to leave T2 once operations resumed was IndiGo Flight 6E54, which departed Singapore for Chennai at 5.40am.

    Other than a faint smoky smell lingering in the air, there were few signs that hours before, a fire had caused the whole terminal to be evacuated and closed.

    Mr Avneesh Mehta, 21, was among passengers who checked in for that first flight at about 4am.

    The Indian national, who had been in Singapore for a five-day holiday, said: "I am glad that everything is now in order. I didn't even know there was a fire that caused such a huge impact."

    It was also business as usual for many of the shops and eateries at T2, except for two which suffered water damage from the sprinklers.

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