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Old 21st Feb 2019, 14:01
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Originally Posted by brian_dromey View Post
The GCI flights are interesting. Thats another 'new domestic' route for LHR, on one hand it suggests that there is demand to/from LHR to places like Leeds, Inverness, Newquay and Guernsey. I imagine Heathrow will be pleased with these destinations as it adds to their argument that only Heathrow should be the UK hub.

Given the timings, utilisation is pretty poor, though and I don't think connections are great either? 15:45 is a bit late for the majority of US departures and 17:20 means spending most of the day at LHR if you are coming from the east coast. I image these timings might be adjusted over time, as part of the larger VS/DL/AF/KL pool, to give a quicker turnaround, if nothing else.
Or it's a paid slot sitter?
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 14:06
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Originally Posted by PDXCWL45 View Post
Or it's a paid slot sitter?
That's what they said about BA's LHR-INV, but seems to be more than that now its operating at 16 weekly this summer.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 14:22
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Originally Posted by mullac30 View Post
That's what they said about BA's LHR-INV, but seems to be more than that now its operating at 16 weekly this summer.
and LBA-LHR. Although frequency there has been reduced. The mantra has been “there’s no money in domestic flights” for so long, it’s difficult to adjust. To believe that you have to ignore the numerous connections to AMS, DUB and CDG from almost every regional airport in the UK. EI, AF and KL mix O&D and connecting passengers to full planes. Just as BA should. To play devils advocate, rail is more often a viable alternative for travel to London, there’s no security or check-in times to worry about, but a swim in the North Sea can be chilly!

As LHR’s marketing message changes to aid the delivery of R3, it’s extraordonary how slots can be found for what we’re previously “unviable” flights, “wasted slots” and “too small, too noisy, turboprops”.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 14:41
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Originally Posted by PDXCWL45 View Post
and they have achieved that through fr and Ezy.
One of the stated aims (of the Flybe acquisition) is to increase passenger numbers at SEN. That was in statements from the both the Stobart Group and Connect. The FR announcement came many months before.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 14:57
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Is the GCI-LHR route getting a subsidy from the States (despite Aurigny ownership)? If not, I find it difficult to understand why an airline would start GCI-LHR before JER-LHR. As some will remember, the LHR route has been an issue for Guernsey for decades. The now famous litigation concerning the lawfulness of slot trading had its starting point with Air UK axing the LHR-GCI and selling the slots, leading to demands that slots should also be owned by an airport or state authority and not only an airline in order to be able to protect vital air services.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 15:19
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States of Guernsey are providing FlyBE with a subsidy to operate the service.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 15:24
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Thanks. As suspected
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 15:57
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Originally Posted by cobopete View Post
States of Guernsey are providing FlyBE with a subsidy to operate the service.
So, they are writing off AUR’s annual losses in order to keep the Gatwick services operating & subsiding a service by BEE to Heathrow, which competes with the Gatwick service . Interesting !
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 15:59
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Flybe sale

3 minutes 40 seconds in is a piece with the Chairman proposed by the Tinkler bid

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p071jrpr
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 19:31
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Flybe deal done,

Flybe say the sale is complet sold to connect group. So virgin colours for flybe. Now lets see if they keep exeter hq, maintance or let stobart do it. Good news
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 19:38
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Here's the link to the tweet.
[color=start=#14171a]https://twitter.com/flybe/status/1098676330659569665[/color]
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 20:15
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You can be sure that the commercial operation will be moving to Dublin...no way that someone with the ego of Warwick Brady will allow anything else. Hopefully they'll clear out several layers of managerial waste at Flybe that have been allowed to grow over the past 3-4 years
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 20:26
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Originally Posted by TartinTon View Post
You can be sure that the commercial operation will be moving to Dublin...no way that someone with the ego of Warwick Brady will allow anything else. Hopefully they'll clear out several layers of managerial waste at Flybe that have been allowed to grow over the past 3-4 years
I don't see how they can with Brexit coming up. Flybe is a UK airline so i'd have thought it would have to be run from the UK but i guess only time will tell.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 20:49
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Why would it need to be run from the UK? Dyson is a UK company and its moving it's HQ to Singapore.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 20:56
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Originally Posted by Reversethrustset View Post
Why would it need to be run from the UK? Dyson is a UK company and its moving it's HQ to Singapore.
The rules for airline ownership are different to those of vacuum cleaner manufacturers.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 22:07
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Daft question alert

Could Connect Airways become like IAG?..............

Buying up airlines to become a major airline group.........

I`m a regular flybe customer so I`m pleased that they now have a future
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 22:10
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Originally Posted by ib26uk View Post
Daft question alert

Could Connect Airways become like IAG?..............

Buying up airlines to become a major airline group.........

I`m a regular flybe customer so I`m pleased that they now have a future
It wouldn't be a bad plan and there's no reason why Flybe shouldn't continue operating under the flybe name and brand, whilst still having closer ties to Virgin Atlantic and its "Connect Airways" group owners.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 22:18
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I like Virgin Connect, I think that they need to get away from Flybe as the name is tarnished now and put the Virgin tail on the planes and lose the mish mash of Flybe colours
and perhaps just carry Flybe as operator by the cabin door or what ever they have to do legally
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 06:45
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What about the shareholders meeting 4th March - ?
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