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Old 9th May 2018, 17:59
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Originally Posted by Skipness One Echo View Post
He literally trades on being an "aviation analyst" which if that's not fraudulent I don't know what is. Mummy's money opens doors it seems.
In all seriousness, with Paul Mason at C4 going all revolutionary leather jacket, the level of "expertise" available to the media is very low, it's appalling that someone as unskilled as Macheras is their go-to guy.
Is he on PPRuNe I wonder? anyone know?
i was wondering the same I canít see how he is not on here but Iím just courageous to if the National 752 and cancellations and long delays will be mentioned as far as Iím aware the 752 National is the launch aircraft for BOS.
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Old 9th May 2018, 18:49
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as far as I’m aware the 752 National is the launch aircraft for BOS
No, there's been some further changes...

The A321neo now doing STN-EWR daily will reduce to 3x weekly for a brief period to allow for the 4x weekly BOS launch on 18th May. The second A321neo arrives on 30th May from which it will take on BOS and the YYZ launch. The first aircraft will then go back to doing EWR daily. A third A321neo is still set for the IAD launch on 22nd August from which time YYZ will increase to 5x weekly.

The National 752 it seems is now being based in BHX until the 29th July. It will operate EWR now only 6x weekly until 22nd June, from which time it'll reduce to 3x weekly to allow for the 3x weekly YYZ launch. EWR will then go up to 4x weekly once the A321neo takes over.

To confirm, the National 752 will only be utilised 6x a week, at BHX, from 18th May to 29th July. STN long-haul should now be fully serviced by the A321neo.
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Old 9th May 2018, 18:53
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Well what a load of rubbish that radio article was.
The presenter asking if people will be willing to travel in small seat, when actually there is just as much if not more room than on other traditional airlines, also Alex saying security at Stansted need to employ more international speaking security agents, and Stansted needs better transport links to London, forgive me if I’m wrong but Stansted has trains every 15 mins to London and has the counties 2nd largest coach station anyway, nothing mentioned about the National 752 launching the BOS route just a slight mention of the delivery in delivery of aircraft from Airbus but the way the CEO was talking it has been resolved but I’m not so sure as the National is down to operate STN-BOS.
but at least the CEO and Alex seems to think the routes will last at Stansted and the bookings are very healthy.
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Old 9th May 2018, 18:53
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[QUOTE=toledoashley;10142269]Oh dearest Alex, someone who annoys me more than Simon Calder...[/QUOTE

The old saying is 'empty vessels make the most noise'. Simon Calder is dragged out to make a statement about the bloody obvious, but don't interview him about anything that needs thought,or balance or even knowledge. Sad really.
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Old 9th May 2018, 18:57
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Originally Posted by FRatSTN View Post
No, there's been some further changes...

The A321neo now doing STN-EWR daily will reduce to 3x weekly for a brief period to allow for the 4x weekly BOS launch on 18th May. The second A321neo arrives on 30th May from which it will take on BOS and the YYZ launch. The first aircraft will then go back to doing EWR daily. A third A321neo is still set for the IAD launch on 22nd August from which time YYZ will increase to 5x weekly.

The National 752 it seems is now being based in BHX until the 29th July. It will operate EWR now only 6x weekly until 22nd June, from which time it'll reduce to 3x weekly to allow for the 3x weekly YYZ launch. EWR will then go up to 4x weekly once the A321neo takes over.

To confirm, the National 752 will only be utilised 6x a week, at BHX, from 18th May to 29th July. STN long-haul should now be fully serviced by the A321neo.
Thanks for the above info re the National 752 that info some how got past me. brilliant news for Stansted but not so good for Birmingham.
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Old 11th May 2018, 16:48
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G-POWS B737 of Titan is doing the Stansted to Alicante return trip for Primera on May 11th.
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Old 14th May 2018, 19:39
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The main problem with Primera appears to be communication (or lack of it)

There is currently a 3 week response time to emails and is virtually impossible to talk to anybody from Primera. Primera have since replied to a complaint on social media informing the customer that their customer support is overloaded though they are trying to expand on this.

Added to this the constant delays and frequent cancellations using leased in aircraft and this quickly becomes unsustainable. They must have deep pockets.

The Southern/Northern Rail of the skies..
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Old 14th May 2018, 21:54
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To be fair, it seems that things have improved dramatically, well at least at Stansted.
Since the A321 took over on the Newark route from the old unreliable Nation B752 there has been no cancellations nor fuel diversions and the Europe short haul operation has ran pretty smoothly since day one.

I have heard a rumour “unconfirmed” that primera have decided to use Titan instead of National to launch long haul from Birmingham so hopefully things should start smoother at Birmingham and we shouldn’t see a repeat of the Stansted fiasco.

I know there has been a lot of people affected by the longhaul and shorthaul route rescheduling but I believe this is better than turning up on the day of travel to find you flight delayed 24hrs or cancelled altogether.

I would agree that the response time to complaints and urgent enquiries is unacceptable to the UK and US customers and to add to that I would strongly recommend someone at primera take a look at its social media team and maybe take note how airlines like Jet2 handling it’s facebook and Twitter pages.

Primera need to recognise that a strong social media team is just as important as a good sales team, not only for complaints and enquiries but photos, competition, news and route updates.


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Old 15th May 2018, 13:52
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G-MISG B737-300 of Cello doing the Birmingham - Malaga - Birmingham for Primera today.
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Old 19th May 2018, 20:28
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For the first time Primera have all three flights, STN, BHX and CDG en route to EWR and all pretty much on time.
PF21 / PF41 / PF51 will all land within 15 mins of each other at EWR.
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Old 19th May 2018, 21:16
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The first BOS-STN flight today had a fairly good load of 156.
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Old 20th May 2018, 09:06
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Is there any update on the next neo deliveries? National are currently operating the BHX flights and Euroatlantic 767 the CDG flights.
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Old 20th May 2018, 10:33
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Originally Posted by caaardiff View Post
Is there any update on the next neo deliveries? National are currently operating the BHX flights and Euroatlantic 767 the CDG flights.
I think I heard / read somewhere that the next A321 is due 30th May and will be Stansted based to operate Boston and Toronto However I might be wrong.
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Old 20th May 2018, 11:14
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I think I heard / read somewhere that the next A321 is due 30th May and will be Stansted based to operate Boston and Toronto However I might be wrong.
This is what I understand.

Good News - the 757 is back on schedule

Bad news - Further BHX cuts but short-haul this time but only in June. Wednesday Malaga has gone and the Tuesday Palma. This isn't too disturbing as any June involving the World Cup can see take-up drop off significantly although more worrying is that Malaga is not running this coming Wednesday and Palma on Tuesday and Wednesday which must be crewing/aircraft as the FR and LS loads indicate a shortage of seats at BHX even taking into account it is the lead-in to Bank Holiday.

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Old 23rd Jun 2018, 20:08
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I hear all is not well in the camp at Primera with a mass exodus of crew (pilots and cabin crew) about to take place. The agency (ASTA) has been called out for bad practices. Mass sackings of cabin crew following unrest and complaints over scandalous arrangements whereby they don't get paid properly until line check, yet date of line check completely in hands of the company so many cabin crew abused for months at low pay. Also, lawyers telling recent hires that their contracts are worthless. Usual problem with greedy airline management conspiring with agencies with even less spine. Same old, same old. Sigh....
not what Iím hearing, I heard the crew are very happy and are being treated well considering the delay in delivery of aircraft. Where did you hear this ? And are you talking about the Stansted crew ?
My contact has been cabin crew since the base opened at Stansted.
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Old 24th Jun 2018, 14:05
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Has anyone got an update on the delivery schedule for the rest or next few 321’s, when is the next one due ?
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Old 24th Jun 2018, 17:55
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STN-EWR delayed until 10pm tonight
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Old 24th Jun 2018, 19:49
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Why am I not surprised, this National thing is nothing but a joke, an embarrassment and a reputation killer.
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Old 24th Jun 2018, 20:22
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Originally Posted by daz211 View Post
Why am I not surprised, this National thing is nothing but a joke, an embarrassment and a reputation killer.
....and is exactly the sort of thing that happens when you try to do too much, too soon.

New aircraft/new aircraft type/new routes/new bases/new countries - what could possibly go wrong?
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Old 24th Jun 2018, 21:13
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To be fair, it’s only the late delivery from Airbus that is causing the problems, everything else looks to be working just fine, loads are high, flights were running pretty much on time using the two 321’s but now the old unreliable National is back on th scene things are starting to go wrong again.
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