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Old 31st Jul 2022, 09:28
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Some more welcome news for STN - EK are to immediately recommence daily flights to DXB as of tomorrow, instead of previously planned 5 weekly. Will definitely be a welcome sight seeing the 77W back at Stansted again. I wonder how long before the 2nd daily frequency is restored?
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Old 31st Jul 2022, 09:35
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@JW95, I'm in no way knocking your post but is it possible that EK have upped their STN offering because of the LHR restrictions?
Either way it's good to see an increase.
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Old 31st Jul 2022, 09:36
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Originally Posted by STN406
As said their is no new seating area that has been created in the refurbishment works. Itís been solely work on individual shops and restaurants in the IDL. MAG havenít spent a penny on this is all been spent by the companies who lease the units. Part of the contact they sign is to renew the unit after so many years.

SAT3 has had some small works done in the last 2-3 years. 3 gates have been given a face lift. 43, 48 and 50. Plus the bar/restaurant here has been renovated to.
Thanks for the heads up! The press release on the STN website is quite misleading, as it mentions this: "The upgrade not only boosts the choice of bars, restaurants and retail outlets on offer but also provides additional seating for passengers in the central area of the lounge"

Speaking of upgrades, does anyone have an updated list of the restaurants/cafes at STN following the refurb? The STN webpage hasn't been fully updated, and lists James Martin Kitchen, which I think has been closed permanently now, alongside Giraffe - again, unsure if they're still at STN? I think StarBucks has definitely gone, replaced by Cafe Nero, and I'm unsure whether Not Always Caviar is still in the terminal?

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Old 31st Jul 2022, 09:41
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Originally Posted by Sioltach Dubh Glas
@JW95, I'm in no way knocking your post but is it possible that EK have upped their STN offering because of the LHR restrictions?
Either way it's good to see an increase.
Is very much a possibility. As you rightly mention, LHR is currently being plagued with numerous problems which is having a severe impact on EK's DXB frequencies. I do know that they have temporarily added additional capacity to LGW to compensate though (also on the 77W), so maybe that's why they've brought the daily resumption at STN forward? Either way, it'll be nice seeing Emirates back tomorrow after a 2 year absence.
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EK comes in as the 65 and goes out at the 68 so Iíd say return to 2x daily is very much on the cards
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Originally Posted by AirportPlanner1
EK comes in as the 65 and goes out at the 68 so Iíd say return to 2x daily is very much on the cards
Lovely I remember reading somewhere that STN had grown to become one of EK's more successful of the new routes pre-Covid, so hopefully it won't be long before we see them upping frequency at STN even further.

Also, weren't MAG in the process of upgrading one of the gates on Satellite 1 to be dual-jet bridge, presumably for Emirates? Is this still going ahead/now completed?
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Old 31st Jul 2022, 10:18
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Air Algerie A330

Just looking at todays arrivals into STN and see that todays Air Algerie, AH2354 flight (as it also was on the 25th July), is again being operated by one their A330-200 aircraft. Nice addition to the STN scene .
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Originally Posted by AirportPlanner1
EK comes in as the 65 and goes out at the 68 so Iíd say return to 2x daily is very much on the cards
Donít see that any time soon tbh.
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Originally Posted by JW95
As you rightly mention, LHR is currently being plagued with numerous problems which is having a severe impact on EK's DXB frequencies. I do know that they have temporarily added additional capacity to LGW to compensate though (also on the 77W), so maybe that's why they've brought the daily resumption at STN forward? Either way, it'll be nice seeing Emirates back tomorrow after a 2 year absence.
LHR remains 7 x daily A380, I believe they refused to cancel flights or stop selling as per HAL's demand.

Edit : My bad, it's 6 x daily, never been 7, EK7/8, EK1/2, EK29/30, EK31/32, EK3/4, EK5/6.

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Originally Posted by Skipness One Foxtrot
LHR remains 7 x daily A380, I believe they refused to cancel flights or stop selling as per HAL's demand.
Emirates original stated a 5 weekly as they had a pilot shortage for the B77W. Though not massively published it was said if the pilot numbers rose then they would commence daily from 1st August.

Just a show of how well Emirates will be doing they had a one off flight on the 25th July to Dubai after the plane had done a charter for Arsenal FC.
It flew out with every seat full! 310 passengers. For a one off very good and shows good things for the restart of regular flights.

Emirates will bring back a second daily flight. Had heard from the winter season but nothing official announced yet. But Iíd say this could be due to ongoing pilot shortages which as said has got better.

In terms of new restaurants and shops in the departure lounge.

Shops:
Tommy Hilfiger
Lego Store
Discovery

Restaurants:
Sunny Side Cafť
Perch
Comptoir Libanais
Terracotta Italian Kitchen
Bottega Prosecco Bar
Cafť Nero


New airbridge for A13 Gate 12. The airbridge is completed and awaiting the Emirates treble on Monday. It is now a two bridge gate with the newly fitted bridge being able to go to the second door of wide body aircraft and the second deck of a A380.
Itís of a very similar design to the current bridges fitted to SAT1 so it didnít look of place.

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Originally Posted by Skipness One Foxtrot
LHR remains 7 x daily A380, I believe they refused to cancel flights or stop selling as per HAL's demand.
Don't think that is correct. Should be LHR x6, LGW x2 STN x1 daily.
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Corrected, it is indeed six as per pre COVID.
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Originally Posted by STN406
Emirates original stated a 5 weekly as they had a pilot shortage for the B77W. Though not massively published it was said if the pilot numbers rose then they would commence daily from 1st August.

Just a show of how well Emirates will be doing they had a one off flight on the 25th July to Dubai after the plane had done a charter for Arsenal FC.
It flew out with every seat full! 310 passengers. For a one off very good and shows good things for the restart of regular flights.

Emirates will bring back a second daily flight. Had heard from the winter season but nothing official announced yet. But Iíd say this could be due to ongoing pilot shortages which as said has got better.

In terms of new restaurants and shops in the departure lounge.

Shops:
Tommy Hilfiger
Lego Store
Discovery

Restaurants:
Sunny Side Cafť
Perch
Comptoir Libanais
Terracotta Italian Kitchen
Bottega Prosecco Bar
Cafť Nero


New airbridge for A13 Gate 12. The airbridge is completed and awaiting the Emirates treble on Monday. It is now a two bridge gate with the newly fitted bridge being able to go to the second door of wide body aircraft and the second deck of a A380.
Itís of a very similar design to the current bridges fitted to SAT1 so it didnít look of place.
Any pictures of the new dual airbridge at gate 12?

Many thanks for the info RE. new shops and restaurants at STN- looks like a nice choice there. Which ones have now closed permanently? (As I'm unsure whether the STN webpage has been fully updated yet)
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New airbridge for A13 Gate 12. The airbridge is completed and awaiting the Emirates treble on Monday. It is now a two bridge gate with the newly fitted bridge being able to go to the second door of wide body aircraft and the second deck of a A380.
It’s of a very similar design to the current bridges fitted to SAT1 so it didn’t look of place.

The new bridge won't be used for the first few days. It is nearly ready but a few things delaying the final handover
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Forgive me if I am a but cynical, but new shops and restaurants in an airport doesn't do it for me. The queues in Pret (both branches) at peak times are far too long to bother with.

Is there any chance of the quiet seating area, downstairs next to Itsu, being refurbished... a couple of coats of paint on the wall and recovering the ripped covers of the foam on the benches would make me really happy. Maybe also put in fresh roof tiles and a new lino floor in the coach station waiting room
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New airbridge for A13 Gate 12. The airbridge is completed and awaiting the Emirates treble on Monday. It is now a two bridge gate with the newly fitted bridge being able to go to the second door of wide body aircraft and the second deck of a A380.
Itís of a very similar design to the current bridges fitted to SAT1 so it didnít look of place.

The new bridge won't be used for the first few days. It is nearly ready but a few things delaying the final handover
Yes Iíve seen that as Iíve come to work tonight. Looks like EK will use A11 for now.
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https://travelweekly.co.uk/news/air/...ights-to-dubai
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Did the previous service stay on the ground for 8 hours before?
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Emirates passenger figures:

321 on the arriving flight. 357 on the departing one.
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Did the previous service stay on the ground for 8 hours before?
The previous service was double daily so involved a lot less ground time
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