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Old 15th Sep 2011, 08:33   #761 (permalink)
 
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It is wrong to blame Eastern for the demise of Air Southwest, it was a Dodo before Eastern stepped in to save Sutton Harbour Holdings face and allow them to get shot of the liability without passengers losing bookings.

Commercially an excellent move for Eastern, gave them the opportunity to pick up the decent bits and shut down the rest.

Economic circumstance killed Air Southwest not Eastern.
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Old 15th Sep 2011, 09:02   #762 (permalink)
 
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Maybe the large amount of cash for 'forward bookings' helped?

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Old 15th Sep 2011, 09:02   #763 (permalink)
 
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what were the decent bits of ASW? slots?

they didnt retain any routes, nor aircraft so i have no idea why they even bothered!
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Old 15th Sep 2011, 12:25   #764 (permalink)
 
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just to point out shamrock7seal

Eastern have retained 3 x of the Air Southwest Dash 8's, G-WOWA, B & E. Also they have kept the 2x Bristol-Leeds-Aberdeen service which is going to be improved from next month with a 3rd daily rotation been added.
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Old 16th Sep 2011, 13:38   #765 (permalink)
 
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Any early news on how the intial GLA-SVG route has gone
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Old 17th Sep 2011, 14:34   #766 (permalink)
 
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Wont it make sense to get a Dash on the IOM to LCYthen?
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Old 20th Sep 2011, 15:02   #767 (permalink)
 
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GLA-SVG has been operating foraround 2 weeks, at present the highest passenger figure has been around 10, the aircraft has 50 seats!. Not seen it advertised anywhere either.
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Old 1st Oct 2011, 18:58   #768 (permalink)
 
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Will T3 paint the ex ASW DH8's with the T3?

I also see that the ASW website has not been shut down yet. Any particular reason for this?

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Old 2nd Oct 2011, 02:02   #769 (permalink)
 
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Who will put this rumour at ease? Are Eastern thinking about the LCY out of IOM?

RE crew are saying they have been in talks to give it up as they have no money left?

Is th IOM to LCY helped by IOM GOV funding?
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Old 3rd Oct 2011, 17:15   #770 (permalink)
 
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I dont think eastern have the aircraft, crew or interest in operating anything out of IOM again, let alone to somewhere operationally awkward like LCY.
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Old 5th Oct 2011, 09:35   #771 (permalink)
 
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I can think of 4 Island resident Dash-8 rated skippers, myself included.
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Old 9th Oct 2011, 15:33   #772 (permalink)
 
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Problem is RL is p******** off with IOM as they messed him about so much before so apart from watching sidecars race I don't see him back there.
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Old 24th Oct 2011, 15:13   #773 (permalink)
 
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Reading an article which mentioned Eastern run 2 Embraer 135's and 1 Embraer 145?? Any truth in this and what routes do they run on.
How many Jetstreams are they still operating and how are they holding up in today's market.
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Old 24th Oct 2011, 21:25   #774 (permalink)
 
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Reading an article which mentioned Eastern run 2 Embraer 135's and 1 Embraer 145?? Any truth in this and what routes do they run on.
How many Jetstreams are they still operating and how are they holding up in today's market.
ATI lists the following active fleet:
  • 15 Jetstream 41
  • 7 Saab 2000
  • 3 Dash 8 Q300
  • 2 ERJ135ER
  • 1 ERJ145MP
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Old 25th Oct 2011, 00:13   #775 (permalink)
 
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Well they are certinly doing well in the charter sector as they have won best charter airline at the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) Excellence Awards.

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Old 26th Oct 2011, 20:34   #776 (permalink)
 
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Charter award

I dint know how important or influential this award is.

I am flight crew with EA and will exempt myself from the following statement.

Statement: The only way EA have won this award is SOLELY down to the exceptional performance of the flight crew. They sort out every problem and do a dynamic job.

Without these crews, we'd never get airborne.

Again, I distance myself personally from the above statement. But as a flight crew member I can say; generally brilliant FO's and cabin crew.

If only HUY would know, understand and accept the above, they may not have so many people looking for other work.

I feel a second wave of resignations are on the way.
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Old 27th Oct 2011, 18:43   #777 (permalink)
 
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I have to say that as a regular passenger with EA I cannot fault the service. The planes are always clean and comfortable, the general levels of professionalism of the crews, both up front and down the back, cannot be faulted - the ability to treat all their customers as valued clients not just an inconvenience is a big plus when travelling anywhere.
Just as importantly, prices compare very favourably with the much longer, much more expensive and less efficient first class (sometimes ordinary class) rail fares.
Its extremely rare that any disruption of services is as a direct fault of EA and if it is they've always been the first to sort it out face to face, not duck and weave behind smokescreens.
I'm also closely aquainted with a number of their charter clients who wouldn't return time after time to EA if the service wasn't first class and very competitive.

I've been in aviation long enough to be well aqualinted with the first EA and it's directors as well as this lot (except RL), and as far as I know EA have always tried to be a fair employer but they have to live with the economic times just as any anyone does and they've done very well to survive and grow this far.
It's ineviatble that pilots and cabin crew will want to move on to improve their lot, but as soon as they do they can be instantly replaced and the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
Something to think about perhaps.
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Old 5th Nov 2011, 09:42   #778 (permalink)
 
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JamesT - the assumption that most flightdeck at Eastern make, is that Richard Lake doesn't want them to leave. This may not be the case. I suspect that he wants the more experienced (top of the increments) people to disappear, so that they can be replaced by cheaper people (bottom of the rung, no increments for a couple of years, second officers and newly-promoted captains) - who have just paid him for a type-rating, or have been bonded for command.

He will hang onto the older captains with plenty of hours, simply due to their inability to move on, and these captains will bolster the command hours profile of the company. This will keep the CAA/insurance company from getting too anxious or nosey.

Remember - every 50 saved by RL is another minute of Spitfire rental.... ;o)
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Old 15th Dec 2011, 19:34   #779 (permalink)
 
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Has anyone been offered a trip to Nigeria?
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Old 18th Dec 2011, 09:40   #780 (permalink)
 
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Ooooh - would it be nice at this time of year? If it is a trip arranged by Eastern, I am sure it would be just fab - and very well organised!
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