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Old 5th Nov 2021, 11:30
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I guess when you were told it wasn't confirmed then and at the time the flights were still going ahead. I only say this as a colleague booked the direct flights for June next year less than two weeks ago. He's not been contacted by Virgin yet to confirm the cancellation and only found out when I showed him the article.

Otherwise it would appear that Virgin were selling flights they had no intention of operating.....
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Old 5th Nov 2021, 14:16
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As far as I'm aware the EIUK BOS service next Summer is still on. Where has this rumour come from?
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Old 5th Nov 2021, 14:59
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Aer Lingus themselves;

“Aer Lingus remains committed to providing a Manchester/Boston direct transatlantic service. The commencement date of that service will not be in summer 2022 but remains firmly in the airline’s medium term network strategy.”
Aer Lingus drops planned Manchester to Boston flights
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Old 5th Nov 2021, 18:57
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I think we have to be realistic. The world has been through its biggest crisis since WW2 and we are not completely out of the woods yet. However, things are looking increasingly positive and already in the next few weeks we have regular flights to New York, Orlando and Atlanta back on our departure boards again . In addition we have most of our European network back. We have even had numerous new (previously unserved) European routes launched by FR, and EZY to Jordan, in recent weeks . On balance it's not surprising that VS and EI want to push back launch of LAX and BOS into 2023, the same is happening with the VS route from LHR to Havana. It will take time for passenger's confidence to come back and I think we just need to be patient as I'm confident demand will return, you can only do so much business over Zoom and people love their foreign holidays.

I remember in the spring and as late as the early summer arguing with folk who were telling me that international services would never operate from MAN again or were at least several years away. The fact that we are back in business is brilliant news. Lets not lose sight of how far we've come and it would be great to see a bit more glass half full debate on the thread again.

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Old 5th Nov 2021, 19:13
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Singapore Airlines will resume Houston three times a week from Dec 1st as well.

https://www.google.se/amp/s/thepoint...om-flight/amp/
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 13:31
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Virgin to New York has just departed(VS127) things are slowly going to recover from now onwards
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 13:55
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Today saw the restart of flights from Manchester to both New York (JFK) and Orlando airports. Flights are operated by Virgin Atlantic using a mixture of Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 aircraft.
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 12:24
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Applying for slots is different to "will use".
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 14:05
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QR27/28 slots are already in use ... they represent Qatar Airways' popular lunchtime service into MAN, one of upto three flights per day on DOH-MAN. Ops currently use B787-9 equipment since the change to Winter schedules, taking over from the B777-300ER's which operated during the Summer.

It would be a major surprise if QR27/28 slots went unused in S22. The real question is, what type will operate the service. If the issue which has grounded a number of QR A350's is resolved it could be those; I believe that these were the originally intended type for the route. But in their absence, the A380 could step up. Given that the PIA schedule to MAN remains very thin (relying on sub-leased A330-200 aircraft at low frequency) and that the Jet Airways Mumbai service has not been replaced, demand for connecting seats to the Indian Sub-Continent should underpin buoyant demand for reliable connecting services. And the capacity difference between an A350-1000 and an A380 isn't that great.
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 14:46
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A350 on the QR21/22 all this week. Also, Biman return at Christmas. Twice a week.
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 18:56
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Yes, the issue with QR's A350's seems to apply to sixteen specific aircraft only (not the entire fleet). My understanding is that there is a dispute concerning alleged accelerated deterioration of paintwork. Perhaps others know more?
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 19:16
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How many gates at MAN can handle an A380?
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 19:37
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Still just 1 that I’m aware of without using remote parking of course.
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 19:43
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So would that put the EK and QR on the ground at the same time?
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 20:02
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Thank-you JFP.

And SWBKCB, yes, that was my thinking behind the question.
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 20:21
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Two steps forward......

Great to see those US routes flying again this week. As always, it's a mixed picture on long haul recovery. The FCO is today advising against travel to Ethiopia due to armed civil unrest there. Ball hits stumps on another promising route (ET). The toll on African routes ex MAN has been high due to this or other political machinations.
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 22:56
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But as EK and QR operate in different terminals, it might not be relevant anyway.
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 23:04
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Qatar A380 would have to be put on remote possibly on the western apron opposite T2.

Pier 3 is planned to have 2 A380 capable stands when built…
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Why are none of the new A gates at Terminal 2 not 380 compatible? Pier 3 could be years away. They converted the 1960's pre-fab hospital building for EK so what's the big problem with one of the new A gates?
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The plan was to accommodate A380s on Pier 3 at T2.
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