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Old 24th Oct 2006, 20:15
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It was done by an Airtours B763 at some point as well.

As for Holidays4u next summer, their flight will be done again by Onur Air, but of course on a Wednesday evening rather than Thursday morning as it was this summer.

And already mentioned Jersey Travel are back with their Saturday charter to Jersey (having used bmibaby the last 2 years) op by VLM.

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Old 25th Oct 2006, 09:08
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It will be nice to see VLM at DTVA, but I would preferred to see a scheduled Jersey flight rather than a charter one, or if I was to be greedy, both!
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Old 25th Oct 2006, 13:51
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Anyone know the purpose of the A332 visitor that was scheduled for this afternoon? Air Caraibes reg F-OFDF: http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1073996/L/


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Old 25th Oct 2006, 14:10
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We believe it was on a troop flight. We have had the Omni DC10 in 2 extra times this week...

Omni DC10 Sunday went to (Frankfurt) Hahn
Omni DC10 Tuesday went to Hamburg
Air Caraibes A330 Wednesday to ??
then we should have Omni in tomorrow and Friday on the usual Gulf flight

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Old 25th Oct 2006, 15:18
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It was the first in another series of troop flights.Approx 5000 troops are being moved out to the Middle East from Catterick Barracks.
Other carriers to be involved are My Travel, Air Plus comet and Air Madrid as far as I know.
The Omni DC10's continue for another three weeks.
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Old 25th Oct 2006, 15:40
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Well thats great news, I'd guess MyTravel will use an A330 or B763, Air Plus Comet will probably be A310 or maybe a B742 if we're lucky, and Air Madrid should be an A310

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Old 25th Oct 2006, 17:50
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According to the Air Southwest thread they are to announce MME-NQY next week.
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Old 25th Oct 2006, 19:11
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According to the Air Southwest thread they are to announce MME-NQY next week.

Had a look on the Air Southwest thread and couldn't see any mention of MME - NQY?

I did see talk of Nequay - Teeside but never heard of either of these two!!
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Old 25th Oct 2006, 19:38
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Well our poor little Thomsonfly 738 is finally back with us having been sick in Tenerife for a while, due back 0125 this morning it's just landed at 1935, G-CDZI is our based one. The Paphos flight luckily they had a spare one, G-CDZH is due back at 2000 from PFO so there will be 2 in together, not very often that happens here!

As for Stand 5RR, the unofficial stand, it's gonna be tight on there over the winter, as on Sunday afternoons they will be parking 3x J41's when the sunday Aberdeen arrives! The other 2 being the ABZ w/s and the BRU w/s (w/s - weekend stopper)

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Old 26th Oct 2006, 09:25
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Well Winter 2007/2008 is on sale now from (at least) Thomson and Thomas Cook, however the only flights I can find are our two usuals, TOM to ALC and AEA to TFS

Hopefully some more may get added as we get closer, however I wouldn't be surprised if no more appeared

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Old 26th Oct 2006, 11:20
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Excellent news on the announcement of Wizzair! route-to compare the route situation to just after WW's announcement we have attracted 3 new operators and 6 new routes to DTV

Just returned from AGP in the week and both flights full to the brim (who was it that said WW DTV routes were 'not commercially viable'????)ok i know its half term but the majority of the pax were not families so heres hoping GSM make a real go where WW have failed!with regards to new routes i presume we will get TFS in summer 07 and i guess we will just wait and see if any others such as PRG are added in the coming months?As for NYC/JFK/EWR please please Hugh Lang and co dont be tempted with going with this one even if GSM are-i was hoping that DTV were now concentrating on sensible and sustainable routes from MME!

on that note some good advertising from DTV/GSM at check in advertising the new routes from GSM but listening to pax in the queue many had booked for christmas/new year when of course there will be a gap in us having no low cost routes to AGP and the like. Still no posters advertising FR's route to Girona though which is surprising

All in all felt thwe airport had 'grown up' since last time i flew from there as the new front makes it look like its now part of the 21st century and the departure lounge has had some work to it-only annoyance was that we were greeted at the carousels with 'welcome to Teesside Airport' message...if the airport wont change to using DTV who will??(btw AGP still referring to it as 'TEESIDE'!!)

also, heard a couple of the cabin crew talking in the galley and sounds like a lot are not going down to BHX and instead jumping ship to NCL and EZY-can't blame them waiting for GSM i guess!
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Old 26th Oct 2006, 13:31
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Well whilst your final experience of WW MME4Eva was a memorable one for my family it wasnt. Flying back to MME from Gatwick on Tuesday i checked the website to see all was on time to find it cancelled. We rung baby and were told due to technical problems the aircraft was non op and they should check in as normal at LGW for a coach to take them all the way up to MME departing at the flight departure time, despite the fact it had flown its other sectors that day. On further investigation with BAA and MME it turns out that Mon's flight was also cancelled. So i got them to Gatwick for about 20:30, checkin to close 15 mins later (M25 accident the cause of the dealy) only to find despite contacting the airline and BAA in advance of leaving for LGW the bus was due to leave at 20:30 not 21:20 but due to traffic in Crawley it was delayed by 10 mins, so we werent told it was being brought forward and they could have missed it, only 40 pax made it for the coach - hence the reason for WW cancelling. The finally arrived at DTV at about 3am, airport closed (due to TOM delayed so it hadnt come in). All i can say is if this is how they can treat customers supporting them to the bitter end then its not so bad they are going.

On much brighter note, well done for all in securing Wizz, and if rumours are correct about Air South West and NQY this is brilliant.
Its good to have some variety at the airport and new airlines willing to take a bit of a gamble. I wonder if any other Eastern Europe ops may come in like SkyEurope ( not sure that they have any ops into the NE), also may Flybe announce some routes, CDG/BFS/JER/LGW/SOU could all be good for them as i doubt these would be offered by GSM when it firms up its routes?
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Old 26th Oct 2006, 14:59
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UKLad - the WW cancellation was due to the aircraft going tech on the return from Jersey, causing it to divert into East Midlands so on this occasion it was due to a technical problem, no conspiracy theories! :-)

mmeteesside - no problem with 5RR, when we had the EZE Bristol service the same thing happened, although more often than just Sundays as it seemed Jetstream 31s went tech quite often so we regularly had a broken one on stand!

When the Sunday service is operating, chances are it will be parked on 5R or 5 to give it more room.

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Old 26th Oct 2006, 15:08
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Tenerife South with GSM is now going to be year-round, and New York is a VERY good gamble providing it is operated with a Boeing 757. As for WW, it now seems the reason for their pull-out was due to a dispute with the airport over landing fees, and the main reason their flights are now regularly cancelled or heavily delayed is because of aircraft going tech - although not usually MME based aircraft - if an aircraft goes tech from one of their other bases, they simply 'steal' one from MME to avoid disrupting flights at a non-closing base. The airport has definitely matured since bmibaby's announcement, I should probably take a leaf out of their book!

Good to see the bmi LHR going 4x daily for the winter, but it's already confirmed it's back to 3x daily next summer. It would seem that the 4th rotation is simply a slot protector for the now discontinued London Heathrow - Mumbai route, so at the end of the day, bmi are just using us, which annoys me a bit.

Anyway, we should all take our hats off to MME, well done to them for this past few weeks of success! It just goes to show, good always comes out of bad.
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Old 26th Oct 2006, 15:38
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Heathrow Dictator - i stand corrected, there was no conspiracy theories on that but not on having brought forward the departure time without telling us, there aircraft are having a lot of problems with reliability of late across baby and mainline!

anyway moving on to pastures new..... just got a mail that Flyglobespan will operate TFS year round, as expected, and more routes to follow, a bit of extra good news for DTV today!
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Old 26th Oct 2006, 16:06
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uklad007 - I agree with you in that it wasn't very fair bringing forward the coach time especially since you spoke to the airline and BAA

That's fantastic news on GSM - looks like they will be an overall better prospect than WW.

On another note, I see now on the Eastern Airways site that Brussels service is now twice a day, I'm sure when it was first announced it was for a thrice daily service???

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Old 26th Oct 2006, 16:08
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No, Brussels was always going to be twice a day.
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Old 26th Oct 2006, 16:21
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My mistake then. On another note looking at the Arrivals page on the DTV website it seems that the Gatwick WW has been cancelled.....again!!! Although nothing is showing next to the departure yet. It also seems the 1440 EZE to Aberdeen has been cancelled too.

Next time I'm at work I'll try digging to find out the cause of these latest cancellations.


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Old 26th Oct 2006, 16:24
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I'd hazard a guess at the Eastern being canx because of the weather that they are supposedly due

The BRU was always planned to 2x daily, although I see from the flight numbers they've left a big gap

And HD, check your pm's

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Old 26th Oct 2006, 16:30
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Looks like the Tenerife flight is going to fit into the only remaining slot for the 1 based aircraft.

If you read my post on page 3, the based aircraft has two rotations a day with the excpetion of Tuesday which had 1. The Tenerife flight will operate on a Tuesday afternoon from MME, returning Tuesday night. The flight will run once a week.

Great news, but no sign of aircraft number 2 yet.
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