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Old 23rd Feb 2013, 06:05
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Annual money pick up I'd say
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Old 23rd Feb 2013, 08:48
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The video on post 3499 showed the money being ferried out to the a/c.
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Old 23rd Feb 2013, 10:07
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Whilst waiting for my BA Newcastle-Heathrow flight yesterday I was able to observe the loading of the Kuwait Airways plane. Security was evident and lots of people involved to get the job done quickly. The airbus left about 30 minutes before we did. Incidentally the flight crew of the inbound flight were passengers on our flight to Heathrow. I expect they were going to have some rest before operating from Heathrow. Not sure why they didnt simply return as 'passengers' on their own plane, unless they are rules against this. It was a passenger plane with only the holds being used for its precious cargo.
Also 2 Flybe cabin crew flew to Heathrow too as passengers which was unusual especially as a Flybe Gatwick flight left just minutes before us.

On my recent trip to Newcastle both flights to and from the city were absolutley full with a wide range of passengers. Not bad for midweek February. Must produce good results for BA.

Disappointing that that Gatwick route does not appear so strong. Maybe Flybe are missing a trick. 3 times daily with a jet and competitive fares may appeal to the point to point market abit more. I appreciate BA carry alot of connecting traffic but there were at least 50 point to point on our dlight who collected luggage from reclaim plus others who simply had cabin bags. With good rail connections to London from Gatwick and elsewhere Flybe could I feel do better on this route. I think the chopping and changing of frequency from week to week is partly to blame. I know this may improve their yield but does not help passenger perceptions. With BA I know that on most occasions I have 6 flights a day to choose from with little variation.

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Old 23rd Feb 2013, 10:11
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Kuwait

given the armed robbery at Brussels recently, a bit too much discussion/detail for a public forum?

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Old 23rd Feb 2013, 10:20
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I think you are worrying too much. I am sure the flight schedule varies from year to year and I am sure there was plenty of security about.

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Old 23rd Feb 2013, 10:36
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I think you are worrying too much.
or joking, one of the two
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Old 23rd Feb 2013, 13:22
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Yeah its a security threat i was told i had to remove the last 1 minute of the video showing loading of cargo as saying what the cargo is a big security threat after the brussels aircraft incident.


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Old 23rd Feb 2013, 16:02
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That's a great photo you've just posted. Very impressive sight.
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Old 23rd Feb 2013, 16:19
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Thank you very much
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Old 23rd Feb 2013, 17:00
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Hope you don't mean the sheeps bum!
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Old 23rd Feb 2013, 20:31
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Brussels

Quote:
"This announcement should be placed in the context of Newcastle International Airport announcing new routes into Eastern Europe and Scandinavia over the past 12 months, all of which will ease access to new markets for North East businesses, he said.
Did I miss something or is he talking rubbish?
Talking out of his bottom...

Three 'new routes into Eastern Europe and Scandinavia' have been announced since the start of 2012 - Bergen returned with Flybe (now dropped) Bydgozscz announced by OLT (least said...) and Copenhagen returned with SAS. While CPH is a good addition/re-introduction, doesn't really compensate for losing the Brussels flights.

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Old 24th Feb 2013, 08:41
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the Kuwait money flight has been known about for years - and what would happen if some local lads knocked it over - a sudden influx of people trying to pay in dinars in the local CIU club or at St James's Park?

They are dinars not dollars and about the only place you can use them is Kuwait

And if you DID try and move it to Kuwait you'd have the same problems as the Central Bank of Kuwait - a lot of notes takes up a lot of space ......... that was one of the problems with the Great Train Robbery.....
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Old 24th Feb 2013, 08:49
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Well said Harry. The fact that the last 60 seconds of footage was ordered to be taken down, of a normal freight loading procedure is also laughable.
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Old 24th Feb 2013, 16:10
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Ballyctid.....I don't know!....I was waiting for somebody to make a comment like that... It just had to happen....I did have a laugh though
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Old 25th Feb 2013, 22:43
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Quote (the SSK): Theirs is a highly distortive business model and I fear the worst.

Might not be a massive factor, but one thing that definitely was distortive was Newcastle Airport's trumpeting of arrival of EK as if it was providing links to places that were previously unserved from NCL. I remember statements about how you can 'now' fly to Thailand , Japan, China etc from NCL, and thinking that BA,KL,AF can't be too happy to hear that as they had being going there one-stop from NCL for decades.
The result being that, even now, when a lot of people want to go from NCL to BKK for example, the 1st website they will go to will be EK's.

While we are on the subject of airport spokespeople talking out of their arse, I also remember in the same era a member of NCL's press team talking about Bulgaria as an 'exciting new destination' or some such bull, because Thomson or TCX had just started flying there. I remember going to NCL on a Saturday morning to see the Balkan Tu154 when I was about 8! (now 40!!).

(and the TAROM Tu154 round about the same time, them were the days )
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Old 26th Feb 2013, 00:46
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EK is one of the last ones I look at, I hate my journey being split in the middle.
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Old 26th Feb 2013, 05:13
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EK - the number of one stop destinations has rocketed with EK DXB, and its not just all the smaller Indian, Pakistani and African destinations what about PER, SYD, BNE and I could go on. I have friends and family in PER and it has significantly reduced flight home times. In fact one friend has started going back to UK again because the NE is one stop away!!
I have family in Northumbria Uni and before EK most Far East students arrived in UK via Manchester or London airports!! Since EK most arrive in NCL with EK.

BRU - Whilst it is sad to see go has always struggled! Even in the days of SN it was the DL US connections which topped up the route. You cannot blame EK for taking pax's from the couple of African destinations BEL offer! BEL BRU hub is nothing KLM or BA cannot offer! A smaller aircraft, bak to Say E135, with a push on Business then this might just work!
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Old 26th Feb 2013, 13:56
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Censorship of that A340 cargo video is maddening.

I imagine the whole of the North East knows exactly what Thomas De La Rue on the Team Valley does, they've been there for decades!

They aren't exactly sublte either when the building is flying the Kuwaiti flag like it was doing last week
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Old 26th Feb 2013, 20:12
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I'd love to know who actually asked it to be censored.
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Old 26th Feb 2013, 21:35
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I cant say that either
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