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Old 24th Oct 2008, 14:23
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That's right SNAEFELL - an airline with consistently high fares and a history of ditching LCY within months of starting ops. (NCL LCY)

Good luck!
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Old 24th Oct 2008, 15:25
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Thats certainly an ambitious proposal - LCY/AMS up to 8 times a day - against AFKLM.
It remains to be seen if they operate all the flights, but they will be operating the first flight out and last flight back to and from AMS, both of which will be nearly an hour earlier and later than AFKLM, which is bound to appeal to the business traveller.
I don't suppose that all that many folk going to AMS from LCY really need to interline, or if they want to they will for the most part, only be carrying light luggage for a few nights in Europe, so if Eastern can't get that facility in AMS it won't be the end of the world.
Given their much lower operating costs v the monolith that is AFKLM, they can easily match the fares,even if they were discounted by the opposition.

Hope it goes well for them.
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Old 24th Oct 2008, 15:50
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Price war on AMS LCY? If you were AF would you sell to someone who'd cut prices? Nope, nice cosy high fare route itll be but with Eastern's good looking trolley dollys and free champers. Theyll all do very nicely thankyou
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Old 24th Oct 2008, 20:29
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Good news for Eastern that! Seems a very clever move from AF/KL too.

Anyone know the reason behind Eastern using Saabs on all Durham Tees-Aberdeen's today? While a J41 sat spare all day, joined by a 2nd when it arrived from Haugesund at lunchtime (well, 1150) - are they short of J41 crew or are the loads just too big for the J41's to cope with? Surely they don't oversell by that many?!
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Old 26th Oct 2008, 14:53
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Just short of J41 captains at the moment
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Old 28th Oct 2008, 21:15
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Have any been short listed to fly Thunderbird Three parked outside the Sim Hangar? Hope it gets painted in Eastern Colours.
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Old 30th Oct 2008, 13:35
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Thunderbird 3

I am a sci-fi fan so hopefully they will choose me. I might need to lose some weight though to look good in the uniform. And I want a ray gun.

Is that where T3 comes from?
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Old 30th Oct 2008, 14:47
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How are they going to operate 8 daily flights between LCY and AMS if the proposed new route gets off the ground? They will need at least 2 Saab 2000s for that route, with one each being based at LCY and AMS according to the proposed schedule. If I am not mistaken, they only have 6 on strength.
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Old 30th Oct 2008, 18:22
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The Thunderbird 3 at HUY arrived a couple of months ago from Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Dont think its anything to do with the origin of the T3 code
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Old 30th Oct 2008, 18:35
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Hi Virginblue

I would be supprised if planning a new route from point A to point B that the question has not been asked. Can we do it with the planes we have or do we need some more?
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Old 30th Oct 2008, 18:52
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Thunderbird 3 will be for the ABZ SCS service
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Old 30th Oct 2008, 19:47
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2 more SAABs arrive next month
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Old 10th Nov 2008, 12:41
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Its just been announced in Shetland that Eastern have gotten the IAC contract at Scatsta with SAAB 2000's - Let the fun begin
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Old 10th Nov 2008, 14:49
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That's funny, I remember exactly the same comments when Flightline took over from BWA. Who knows, maybe the IAC do know what they're doing
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Old 10th Nov 2008, 15:34
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Just goes to show you not to listen to rumours - I heard it was FLYBE who'd won it. DOH!
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Old 10th Nov 2008, 18:38
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T3 Scatsta

So whats the probability that Eastern will move their Ops to ABZ, which will be its busiest hub by far?
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Old 10th Nov 2008, 19:05
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It's the interim contract they've won, taking them to Jul 2010. Wonder if that puts them in pole position for the contract "proper" when it's put out to tender at the end of this month.

As for moving from HUY, cannot see that, all their main infrastructure is there, they would have to build at ABZ I would have thought if they wanted to move HQ.
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Old 10th Nov 2008, 20:35
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Wasn't it the same position with Flightline - did they not pick up an interim contract when BWA folded which then led to them being awarded the main contract?
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Old 10th Nov 2008, 20:38
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Yeah, that's how I remember it as well. Still couldn't beat the whine of the BAF Viscounts though!
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Old 11th Nov 2008, 07:43
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UKpaxman RT

You guys are correct. Flightline took it almost overnight in Dec 01 after BWA went pear shape, then awarded interim contract and subsequently main contract which was to run until July 2010. Thence they've lost it in the current fiasco, to the "modern, quieter more comfortable SAAB 2000". (Quoted from pax info flyer)
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