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Old 10th Mar 2016, 15:26
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It says on the flybe website that they will email passengers whose flights have been switched to vlm.. just wondered if anybody who has a flight booked with them had received such an email?...
doesn't make much difference to me except I've never flown on a f50 or with vlm, so a change would be good
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Old 10th Mar 2016, 16:00
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Probably because of the aspects they adress in their FAQs - to be on the safe side if someone shows up with his machine gun and insists that he specifically booked this BE flight to be able to check it in.
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 21:02
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PAssengers must be informed of the operating carrier as per this:

EUR-Lex - l24006 - EN - EUR-Lex
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 21:03
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What chance VLM might begin their own services to/from IOM?
They did in the past
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Old 12th Mar 2016, 05:03
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It says on the flybe website that they will email passengers whose flights have been switched to vlm.. just wondered if anybody who has a flight booked with them had received such an email?...
doesn't make much difference to me except I've never flown on a f50 or with vlm, so a change would be good
I had my IOM-STN flight subbed for a VLM F50 last summer, and the aircraft is very nice inside. It was also significantly quieter than a Q400, which I did not expect. THe only downside I found was that the windows seemed oddly low, with them being at approx. nipple-height as opposed to neck-height on a Q400 (I am about 6ft1).

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Old 12th Mar 2016, 19:36
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thanks adam.. id also say that the atr's are quieter and smoother than the q400.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 11:43
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ATR's are also a lot slower than a Q400. If you get a F50 instead of a Q400 I advise you to take sandwiches and a book on anything but the shortest flights.
When the Q400 first appeared, and before it was operated in economy mode, it could keep up with the older BA 146 jets quite easily. I worked them regularly as a controller...gobs of power...even a modest tailwind could give a groundspeed just below 400 knots. Other advantages typical of turbo-props are to keep high until later than Jets which are far more "managed-energy" driven...not unusual to have a turbo-prop eating up a jet speedwise in the approach and intermediate approach phase because of the ability to shed speed very quickly.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 21:08
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VLM offers a new price category with "VLM Corporate". Probably for the corporate customers.
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Old 22nd Mar 2016, 19:20
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VLM will also operate for flybe on LCY - CWL (Cardiff) from 12th September till 21st October 24 times a week.
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Old 24th Mar 2016, 19:29
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RTM-HAM

Looks like VLM will suspend RTM-HAM from 08 April.
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Old 24th Mar 2016, 20:15
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I posted some months back that I heard a rumor of VLM basing 3 aircraft in the British Virgin Islands to operate flights to St Maarten and Antigua. Looks like it will be happening from November. Probably involves 3 aircraft, my guess would be leasing to another carrier rather than doing flights themselves. Anyone have any more info on this ?
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Old 7th Apr 2016, 20:10
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Dark clouds

Things not looking great at all for VLM according to a Belgian newspaper report.

The company made a significant loss last year - rumoured to be the record breaking sum of 13.5 million euro - and recently had to defer the payment of salaries for a few days because of a deposit of 500.000 euro requested by Wirecard, a payment transaction company that they use to manage forward bookings.

Obviously, VLM should have known about this payment (to be paid once a certain threshold of bookings was reached) and more or less when it was due. Their financial situation however seems to be rather precarious if the timing of this deposit meant they couldn't immediately pay staff as well. In their 24 year history, they've never missed a payment to staff and I guess they won't be able to pull off such a stunt ever again.

They just sold 4 of their 10 operational planes earlier this year, but when asked about the state of their business, the new management just states that they got another 6 to sell.
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 10:43
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I flew vlm man-rtm on 26/03/16. we had a two hour delay due to crew sickness, I presume they had to fly in replacement crew from Belgium as the aircraft had overnighted in man.
I was a bit surprised to find air france sick bags in the seat pocket, not that they were needed, pretty smooth flight although a tad noisier than other props ive flown in.
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Old 12th Apr 2016, 17:54
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VLM route development survey:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jqS...GEB30/viewform
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Old 14th Apr 2016, 10:23
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WAT-BHX cancelled from 2 May, LTN operating as normal.
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Old 14th Apr 2016, 10:29
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BHX-WAT still bookable form trying many dates after 2nd May?
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Old 14th Apr 2016, 10:35
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Airport have announced it in last 2 hours
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Old 14th Apr 2016, 10:37
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Yes just seen the press release now. Shame, seems Waterford just can't catch a break on UK routes (I know LTN still operating but given the mess VLM seems to be in, you have to question how long it will last).
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Old 15th Apr 2016, 14:39
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Does anybody have any information about the load factors of the last months on Waterford - Birmingham? Was it that bad?
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Old 15th Apr 2016, 20:52
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WAT-BHX

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The March figures should be available Monday but the previous 9 months: -

February....665 pax.....20 pax per flight....load factor....39%
January.....545 pax.....16 pax per flight....load factor....32%
December...822 pax....26 pax per flight....load factor....51%
November...809 pax....22 pax per flight....load factor....45%
October.....841 pax....25 pax per flight....load factor....49%
September.761 pax.....25 pax per flight....load factor....51%
August.....1160 pax....32 pax per flight....load factor....64%
July.........1022 pax....28 pax per flight....load factor....57%
June..........856 pax....25 pax per flight....load factor....50%

No idea of yields but base fare was around 90 return.

Credits: CAA Actual and Provisional route figures and CAA Punctuality stats for the actual number of rotations - February estimated.

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