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Old 30th Nov 2015, 07:05
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Manchester business news and reviews from the Manchester Evening News team.

Nice headline grabber in the M E N.

Let's hope they are not all going to start coming in via DUB
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 12:34
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It seems Small Planet are recruiting for A320 First Officers for Manchester. Does this suggest that Small Planet will be basing an A320 for S16 instead of a 737-300?
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 14:12
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Small planet got rid of there last 737 last week according to there facebook announcement.
All a320's now

For info
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 17:27
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Liverpool Airport ‏@LPL_Airport
Did you know that you can now book your flight to Abu Dhabi from Liverpool? Well you do now! Enjoy great fares on flights and holidays from the UK to the world - Etihad.com
= LPL - AMS - AUH

Northern power house.....
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 18:23
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= LPL - AMS - AUH

Northern power house.....
Does this really surprise you betablockeruk? As a competitor, LPL is commercially bound to pursue its own ends, but nevertheless it's sad that it can't bring itself to even acknowledge the existence of MAN.

With the code share with flybe, I guess EY has to show the LPL connection via AMS.
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 19:49
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MANFOD. I wasn't aware that you could fly from Liverpool to Manchester, and thus connect to AUH !

I am of course being facetious for which I apologise, but that would explain why Liverpool do market that connection LPL - AMS - AUH that way and good on them for doing so if it helps with their own PAX figures, as they'd be daft not to.

As for recognising the existence of MAN, I think they are reminded of that on a daily basis, so who can blame them?
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 20:25
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I am of course being facetious for which I apologise, but that would explain why Liverpool do market that connection LPL - AMS - AUH that way and good on them for doing so if it helps with their own PAX figures, as they'd be daft not to.
Adola69, That was what I was trying to say about pursuing its own commercial interests and advertising the flybe connections. I'm sorry for not making that clear.

My comment about not acknowledging MAN was in a more general context of the Northern Powerhouse that betablockeruk referred to. If it's a concept that is going to work, I feel it somehow has to strike a balance between an understanding of the strengths of the other cities involved, co-operation where possible but at the same time each city and region maximising its own potential. Not easy to achieve I admit.
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 21:24
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Liverpool is right to promote what business it can, but let's look at this objectively.

The LPL option is twice as long as the MAN direct flight, more expensive, and indirect to AUH on what is already likely to be an onward journey from AUH anyway given its what Etihad do, I honestly don't see MAN loosing any sleep, do you?

Let's not get worked up over what is effectively a non-issue.
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 03:31
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Talked to some of the crew on Monday nights flight at the bar, and nobody was aware of any issues about the Man flight being unpopular with EK crew, quite the reverse in fact. However they did say as a city compared with others on the 380 network Man was not as good as say Sydney or New York for example. But other than that they did not mind this route one bit (sample was culled from 3 stewardess,s and 1nr steward none of whom were UK born).

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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 07:04
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Small planet got rid of there last 737 last week according to there facebook announcement.
All a320's now
Wasn't aware. Thank you.
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 08:47
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The LPL option is twice as long as the MAN direct flight, more expensive, and indirect to AUH on what is already likely to be an onward journey from AUH anyway given its what Etihad do, I honestly don't see MAN loosing any sleep, do you?
I just find it downright unhelpful of LPL to advise intending passengers to use this option. If you asked round the office for the best way LPL-AUH and their advice was a 14h via AMS you would never ask again (?)
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 09:01
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Beterblocker,

It may seem unhelpful, but, they may unwittingly help our flight out as a consequence.

Look at it this way, when someone looks at the LPL-AUH offering and sees the times/prices, they may well think 'sod that', but, they may also think, 'I wonder if MAN has any better flight times?', and then stumble on the direct options, and go for that flight?
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 09:01
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Sure why not close all airport's from Birmingham (including it) up North and force passengers to be funneled into MAN......prospective is needed this will not see a mass move from MAN-AUH but an additional options which may appeal to a few.
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 09:30
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Yes, that's EXACTLY what is being suggested, close all airports north of Brum and just have MAN
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 10:25
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Icelandair to be 5 weekly over winter, except February and March where daily flights will operate.
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 11:40
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It's good to see the increased frequencies from Icelandair. Is there any particular significance about Feb/Mar for them to go daily LAX? And is it still 5 x weekly for next summer?
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 12:35
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Northern lights viewing?
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 21:46
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Interesting article from Flight Global on Norwegian

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...es-can-416465/
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 22:21
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No one can read the article without subscribing.

On the subject of Norwegian, after a long period of stagnation, they are expanding Manchester ops.

Stockholm moves to 4 per week, with a new Thursday and Sunday flight that arrives at 0850.

Oslo gains a 4th weekly flight on Sunday evenings.

The flights can only be booked as part of connections thus far, so, there may well be more to come.

Overall, Norwegian is 10 weekly over 3 destinations.
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 22:57
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Data from Flightglobal's schedules specialist Innovata shows that Norwegian is already among the leading group of airlines using single-aisles on long-haul routes. Speaking to Flightglobal at the Future of Air Transport conference in London on 30 November, the budget carrier's chief executive Bjorn Kjos outlined plans to use the re-engined narrowbody for new services from Europe to "secondary airports on the transatlantic [market]".

The UK city of Manchester is a "very interesting area, especially if you think about India", says Kjos. He suggests that the Max could be used to start flights to the USA from both Manchester and another UK city, Birmingham a widebody being "too big" for such services.
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