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Old 20th Feb 2020, 10:53
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Given Flybe are now quite possibly going to close, given Virgin Connect is no more than a name with six weeks to go before the summer season and no business plan to feed VS announced, what's the contingency plan for T3 on day one if their whole booking engine and payment process closes down with Flybe?

I remember how long it took, how much it cost and how much pain and hassle doing so inflicted on Loganair, as they had to put in a new website to deal with this, but they had months of notice.
It's not an overnight fix, given the likely revenue gap and lack of confidence, is there a business plan to address this danger?
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Old 20th Feb 2020, 11:12
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The obvious answer would be to do a deal with someone else - Loganair?
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Old 20th Feb 2020, 11:14
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Eastern may possibly still be onboarded with AirKiosk and may possibly be loading schedules as a contingengy... it's all sub-hosted, so very little work on their website and more for ops on the backend.
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Old 23rd Feb 2020, 15:58
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Anyone know why G-CDEB has returned to Humberside from being in storage at Orebro since April 2019. Are they planning on returning it to service
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/g-cdeb
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Old 23rd Feb 2020, 20:41
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Originally Posted by rhutch28 View Post
Anyone know why G-CDEB has returned to Humberside from being in storage at Orebro since April 2019. Are they planning on returning it to service
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/g-cdeb
More than likely, with two extra aircraft worth of work coming online in next few weeks at Teesside. First one starts in two weeks and then 27th April the second arrives.
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Old 23rd Feb 2020, 22:04
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They have been told they must improve their punctuality at Teesside so this might be a back up aircraft for when things go tec.
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Old 25th Feb 2020, 15:06
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The 170 has been doing the rounds today Humberside, Teesside to Aberdeen, still all white. Could do with the billboard logo back on again to advertise the airline.
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Old 28th Feb 2020, 01:12
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Surprised no-one has commented to Wednesday's Teesside-Alicante announcement, significantly removed from Eastern's usual business model!
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Old 28th Feb 2020, 08:35
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I believe it was also implied in the local papers by Eastern that it was possibly a precursor to an expanded network in 2021.
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Old 28th Feb 2020, 08:39
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Originally Posted by Gunfighter52 View Post
I believe it was also implied in the local papers by Eastern that it was possibly a precursor to an expanded network in 2021.
Further to my own post:Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial & Operations, said:

“This is fantastic news that we are in a position to offer an initial summer 2020 program of sun flights to Alicante from Teesside. This is all part of our growing partnership with Teesside with major plans for 2021, aside from the six domestic and Irish new routes we’ve already announced enhancing regional connectivity.”
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Old 28th Feb 2020, 08:55
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Certainly a big bet for them and still not massive utilisation of the airframes. Still if they are willing to take the punt then I hope it works out well for them.
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Old 28th Feb 2020, 08:58
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Surprised no-one has commented to Wednesday's Teesside-Alicante announcement, significantly removed from Eastern's usual business model!
Am I making this up but didn't they try something to places like VRN from the MME, HUY and NWI when they got the E70's the first time??

Not that we'll ever find out, but be interesting to know how much of the commercial risk Eastern are carrying on these flights.

Dissapointing on the likes of FB to see £240 return described as "expensive" - no pleasing some people!
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Old 28th Feb 2020, 09:31
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Originally Posted by SWBKCB View Post

Dissapointing on the likes of FB to see £240 return described as "expensive" - no pleasing some people!
It's all relative I guess. Eastern are in an environment where a family of 3 or 4 can fly from Newcastle or Leeds Bradford for roughly the same price. Hopefully there'll be enough people who appreciate the convenience of having an international airport on their doorstep.
I agree, though, that what a lot of folks see these days as their entitlement to virtually free travel isn't really commercially (or environmentally) sustainable. And FB keyboard warriors who can't see a piece of good news without whingeing about it boil my water as well!
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Old 28th Feb 2020, 10:42
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If I am correct the seat pitch on the E170 is 32", which I believe is the same for a seat, maybe with TUI, that you have to pay extra for. This brings the flight cost to a more reasonable level and also the seating is two X two, which would suit a family of four better.
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Old 28th Feb 2020, 10:50
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The punters also seem to overlook that Eastern will only be operating during high season. Very unlikely that the likes of easyJet and Jet2 give away tickets from LBA or NCL to ALC for a tenner in July or August....
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Old 2nd Mar 2020, 12:22
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MME-ALC 0800-1050/1150-1440 Monday and Friday BE7780/1 17/7/20 through to 11/9/20 according to Amadeus.
However - suspect timings incorrect as it shows 1h50 out and 3h50 home!
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Old 2nd Mar 2020, 13:57
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Might be worth checking again. I read that as 2h50 both ways. Don't forget the time difference too.
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Old 2nd Mar 2020, 14:27
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A flight time of 2h50 from MME sounds about right. Jet2 are showing a flight time from NCL to ALC as 3h5 this coming summer.
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Old 3rd Mar 2020, 12:14
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indeed - duration showed as 1h50 on amadeus.

Now been updated to be 0800-1150 out with a flight time of 2h50
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Old 5th Mar 2020, 14:11
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Eastern Airways to open 3x ex flybe operated routes.

https://www.ttgmedia.com/news/easter...e-demise-21596

Southampton - Manchester
Southampton - Newcastle
Aberdeen - Birmingham
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