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Avgeek, FSX Flight Simulator Discussions
Yes mate i have managed to get the lights working, Windscreen wipers going, flaps working and ive taken off and put it on autopilot but im going to have to read the manuel becouse i aint got a clue how to take it from A to B but im pleased with where i am so far. You have to start from somewhere and ive started so im pleased with my progress. Its such an amazing model and its so real life. With such an advanced flight sim model there were problems with the installation of the game but i managed to read other people's moans and groans on the Qualitywings forum which was really helpful. As with some FSX games my AVG antivirus was not making the 787 install properly at first but i un-installed it and now its fine. They are such a bug bare sometimes. FSX does not like them at all with some games. Cant wait for next weekend, hopefully i can load a flight and travel from A to B and land, will keep you posted.
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Worldwide Airlines, Ryanair - Thread
Ryanair has been notified by the Italian authorities (NOTAM) of potential disruption to flights to/from Italy from 13.00 to 17.00hrs on Friday (15 Dec next) due to a threatened strike by Italian Air Traffic Controllers. Should this ATC strike go ahead, Ryanair will advise customers as early as possible, both on the Ryanair.com website and by SMS text message and email.
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Cardiff, Jet2.com - Thread
I know the chances of Jet2 ever turning up at CWL is slim, probably extremely slim and like many airlines sadly do they may view Bristol as essentially them operating into Wales and they may well just be content to continue expanding BHX and STN and other bases until BRS is less guarded and feels that it's current airlines and Jet2 could coexist but BRS being cautious could give CWL maybe a sliver of hope that Jet2 might take some interest in operating out of the airport in the future depending on how aggressively they want to expand their brand around the rest of the UK.
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Manchester: Transformation Project
Demolition of West Pier in the foreground and construction of New Pier in the background For me this is quite significant, when I first started work at Manchester Airport in the Planning Department, the whole of T2 was still a farmers field! Indeed I recall that my “test” prior to my interview on applying for my first job at Manchester Airport was to choose the correct layout for Terminal 2 from a number of Drawing Board options. Well I passed and chose the correct option and then joined MA all those years ago back in 1989. I was assigned to the T2 planning team and was one of a small group of people who were responsible for arranging the trial flights when testing the terminal. It is therefore quite amazing to see that very building now being partially demolished for the next phase of development at Manchester Airport. I certainly look forward to flying out of the new facility.
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Birmingham UK, CAA Passenger Stats - Thread
“It is great to report that we are still experiencing month by month passenger growth. We expect to see a busy winter period with the announcement of increased frequency of flights and seat capacity with Jet2 and an additional A380 aircraft from Emirates. Passengers also have the opportunity for some winter sun with TUI flying to Goa and Phuket. For those after a bit of activity the ski season will be underway soon with extra capacity on popular ski destinations.” Scheduled traffic accounted for 89 per cent of the total, with charter passengers making up the remaining eleven per cent. Charter traffic overall grew by 21.1% and saw expansion on services to Malaga (+147.9%), Menorca (+139.2%), Zakinthos (+116.1%) and Palma de Mallorca (+89.1%). Scheduled traffic saw significant year-on-year growth to Kos (+351.7%), Rhodes (+108.1%), Irakleion (+107.7%), Antalya (+85.9%) and Bucharest (+71.8%).
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Leeds, Jet2.com - Thread
If we consider Leeds Bradford as if it were in a bubble then yes the Leeds Bradford base has gone from strength to strength. Unfortunately LBA is not in a bubble though and competing airports are injecting billions of pound into preparing for their future and airlines like Jet2 are reacting to that growth by investing in those airports. Meanwhile back in the Leeds bubble, LBA carries on regardless plodding on with the status quo as other airports eat away at Leeds Bradford Airports own catchment area.
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Birmingham, Route Development - Thread
Lisbon is a case in point. I am sure TAP believe that any transit passengers who may come their way (ie for South America or Africa and the Far East) will willingly travel either north or south to Man or LHR. But you have only got to look at the connectivity with AMS or Paris in particular to realise that passengers do not want to drive north or south if, and will opt to service their transport needs direct from their own international airport. And for passengers in the West Midlands that means BHX. Who in their right minds wants to spend time stuck in traffic on the M6 or M1 either at the beginning or, even worse, at the end of a tiring flight. Or even have to stand on a train crowded to the gunnels.
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Flight Reviews: TAP Manchester - Lisbon - Faro
Travelled on 23 Nov MAN to LIS on TP321 at 10.45 hours, aircraft A320. I have often flown on an Embraer 190 more recently which is very comfortable but the A320 is fine. We were sat in row 7, TAPs seating is comfortable, the airline are refiting their aircraft with stylish recaro seats, this particular plane had older style seats still very comfortable. Economy looked pretty full and a few in business. We were ready to go but push back from stand was a bit late. Smooth take off, but buffeted a bit as we gained high, it was a pretty windy morning. Having not slept too well the night before I fell asleep for a spell, but woke in time for the complimentary tasty snack and a drink. Wine and beer is also available, but it's a bit early for that for me. I was in the aspire lounge pre departure which was pretty packed, call me old fashioned but I still find it odd drinking in the morning, but each to there own. We approached Lisbon from the land with a strong wind from the south, normal approach is from direction of the River Tagus. The Manchester flight never seems to arrive at an airbridge, so we are bussed in from a remote stand, I don't mind as you get a good view of the airfield activity. We passed several TAP A330s , plus an Emirates 777 was taxing out.
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Flight Review: Jet2: Birmingham - Las Palmas
JET2 BHX - LPA So I returned last week (14th) from a lovely week with Jet2 which saw me use both a new company and a new airport, have to say I was very impressed. On arrival at BHX we were dropped off outside the terminal at around 06:30 after a 2 hour car ride from Cardiff, After getting in the terminal out from the fold and rainy weather, we approached the Jet2 check in desks, A lovely friendly greeting arrived from a gentleman saying welcome to Jet2 check in and directed us to a free desk, There was at least 10 of these opened at this time with no queues at all, very efficient check in which took no longer than a few mins to drop bags and check passports, The lady behind the desk told us which gate we would be leaving from and also asked us have we visited Birmingham before, in which I replied no and gave us directions of where to find things in airport along with a have a nice holiday and a lovely flight goodbye, No problems at security whatsoever, 10 mins to queue and get through which was all fine, I noticed only a few of the screening areas were opened
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Leeds, Infrastructure, Construction & Developments - Thread
Today marked the December meet of the Airport Consultative Committee, so here is my update with regard to Infrastructure, as reported today. The new terminal roof extension is now completed and forms an integral part of the plans for this winter, which are as follows: Further enhancements and changes to the Security hall to work towards ensuring that 96% of passengers clear the security scanning area within 5 to 6 minutes from next Summer. A revamp of the Sports Bar and Saltaire Bar (which will then be targeted towards families), plus a new retail outlet to be known as The Cabin. There will also be a brand new Starbucks outlet, which will be situated where the current Executive Lounge is (although it will not take up all of that space - see below). The Executive Lounge and Family Lounge will relocate to the newly completed roof extension area - so if you want to see the airfield whilst you wait, that is the place to be! The remainder of the space vacated by the Executive Lounge will be taken up by the installation of the 500 seats previously reported and already on site awaiting installation. These will NOT be linked to any retail outlet, although David Laws (Airport CEO) did say, somewhat mischievously, that they will be situated close enough to the Starbucks and other outlets to hopefully tempt passengers. Passengers will literally be able to wake up and smell the coffee! The area outside the terminal front will be improved. Current block paving will be removed and a new surface installed as far as the bus stops. At the same time a covered walkway will be installed from the terminal to the bus stops (only to that point at this stage, although it sounded like it may be extended at a later date). The new car park on Warren House Lane will be constructed and will be known as The Viking car park - bringing new LBA jobs. It will be bookable on the airport website in the not too distant future and will compete directly with the private enterprise over the road.
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Gatwick, CAA Provisional Stats
London Gatwick has achieved its busiest-ever November as 2.9 million passengers travelled through the airport last month, bringing Gatwick to 45.5 million annual passengers. Long-haul routes continue their significant growth at Gatwick, growing +12.1% in November, driving a +25.6% cargo increase from the increased belly hold capacity in the aircraft serving these connections. The airport’s Asia connections proved particularly popular in November with passengers to Hong Kong +75% and Tianjin +46.1%. Gatwick’s regional connectivity also continues to perform strongly with passengers to the Isle of Man, Glasgow and Guernsey +12.9%, +11% and +6.8% respectively. Meanwhile, St Lucia +85.8%, Mauritius +55% and Liberia, Costa Rica +47% were the winter sun destinations experiencing the fastest passenger growth in the month.
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Manchester, Nostalgia - Thread,
I don't remember that actual service, but I do remember as a kid seeing one of their timetables, its stopped all over the place, I think it even flew from Cardiff to Bristol. Mind you very short hops were more common at one time. I flew on an airlines from Liverpool to Guernsey called Air Corbiere, and we stopped at Coventry on the way, some stopped at Gloucester.
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BHX, Weather & Technical Diversions, Delays & Cancellations
Hi there ray and all, regarding the runway closure at bhx due to adverse weather conditions on Sunday morning. What time does the runway close at bhx after 11pm, and this then enables the maintenance crew to do essential work whilst it is closed during the night, if so, then at what time did it start to snow then at bhx, surely when this happens, then gritting machines and snow ploughs should have been brought in to prevent the airport runway closure..
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Manchester, Route Development & Rumours
Whilst I appreciate the prestige that Hainan's service brought to Manchester, it does seem a fairly poor application of the "one carrier one route" rule in MAN's case. Perhaps nobody else wanted MAN-PEK, so we got HU. We're probably lucky to have got that. However, PEK is the hub for CA, so if we wanted a Beijing service with real potential, they may have been the ideal entrant. Equally CZ to CAN, or MU to PVG (these would be the real wins in my opinion) would have been much better. Each of these three provide connections to far more countries and cities via their hubs than HU bring from BJS. And each of these is in a major alliance, for points earners. The only reasonable connections possible on HU through Beijing are to China. There isn't a single third country destination that connects to the MAN service same day, in both directions. They fly onwards to SYD and MEL from 3+ Chinese airports, none of which are PEK! Heck, they don't even publish decent fares for MAN-Australia (cf. Paris where they're usually the cheapest to SYD & MEL).
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I guess it depends on what range they can get out of the A321LR and whether they will order any more. I've not seen anything official but the figure 7,400 km seems to be out there. Birmingham to Delhi is 6,800 km with Amritsar 6,400 km. With other considerations needing to be taken into account I have no idea if they would be feasible? Dubai is 5,600 km so well within range I would have thought. Who knows for the future though. If this long haul works they may look at going even further or adding higher volume markets such as Orlando for which wide bodies would be needed.
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Leeds, British Airways - Thread
Regrettably this matches the BA slot filings for LHR and LBA for Summer 2018 and it does look as though the route is being cut from 20 to 10 roundtrips per week. The morning flight moves to a mid-morning rotation ex LHR designed purely for connecting traffic, the lunchtime is gone completely and the evening service uses a motley collection of slots used for extra MAN (Mon), Ams (Thu) and BHD (Fri) services up to now. The rest of the Leeds slots look to be funding new US flights in Summer 2018 and the increase in leisure flights to Spain and Greece which seem to be an increasing part of the BA network. This isn't a mistake or temporary cut, I'm afraid - it's the new world order for LBA-LHR.
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Bums on seats keep routes going. The icelandair numbers are no doubt well below expectations...icelandair expectations...and the trajectory does not improve on that. When an airline agree to a new route they set targets. If they are not met over a period of time the plug is pulled. Airports know this also and support the airline where they can but airports also have financial targets and cannot keep incentives going indefinitely. If icelandair was not meeting targets and not projected to do so, off they go. Given that RYK serves as a transatlantic stopover and routes like BHX feed the transatlantic services (as well as the UK to Iceland tourism market) the forthcoming Primera network to North America probably played a major part in the decision.
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Airline Reviews, Portland to Cardiff via Amsterdam
My review of my return flight from Portland to Cardiff via Amsterdam with Delta Airlines and KLM. My flight from Portland was at 13.25 and I got to the airport quite early, about 09.45 in the morning, i used Uber to get to the airport and they were quite quick in arriving at my girlfriends house in Gresham. The Uber driver was actually from Leeds but had lived in the US for 17 years so we had a good chat on the way to the airport! Check in and security were pretty quick especially security for D and E concourse which was quite quiet. After getting through security i headed to D concourse and my gate in the international concourse part which was D11. On the way i had a nice breakfast and did some shopping for gifts for my family. PDX does have some decent shops but because of the layout you don't have to walk through them like in many UK airports. I passed the time waiting at the gate reading and had a bit of lunch and it passed quite quickly and before i knew it the aircraft had arrived. The aircraft from Amsterdam (a Delta 767 300er) arrived about 30 mins late so boarding was late but eventually got underway and I was able to board in the 2nd group because i was in Delta Comfort for this flight. The flight departed smoothly and took off in the direction of Gresham (heading to the East and practically over my girlfriends house as it's under the flight path) and I got a good view of Mount Hood off to my right as we climbed away and followed the Columbia river gorge. The flight itself was only about 70% full though the Delta One and Delta Comfort cabins were full. I was seated in Delta Comfort for the first time on a long haul flight and i have to say it was worth the extra $134 i paid for the upgrade. The seat itself was pretty comfortable and there was plenty of extra legroom though unlike Air France's Premium product the seat didn't have a foot rest and wasn't a proper reclining seat. I was provided with a Comfort kit and a Menu but as far as the food goes i didn't see any difference from the food in economy on the flight on the way over but it was decent, I had a chicken and rice meal, then a sandwich for a snack and in the morning a continental breakfast box which was good and just after finishing that we passed Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds with the sunrise in the distance and then one of the flight attendants told me i'd missed the Northern Lights a couple of hours ago! Gutted!
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Leeds Bradford Airport, Retail, Food & Drink - Thread
Thousands of international visitors are set to enjoy a flavour of Yorkshire thanks to a brand new Deliciouslyorkshire pop-up shop at Leeds Bradford Airport. The Deliciouslyorkshire shop, which will run from today until Christmas Eve on Sunday December 24, will feature a range of products from suppliers across the county to more than 120,000 passengers who will use the airport during that time. From new, artisan brands to more established and iconic Yorkshire brands there will be over 20 producers featured, from local beers, ciders, spirits, jams, chutneys, sweet treats and gifts there will be something for everyone.
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Trip Report Cardiff to Portland via Amsterdam
I arrived at the airport about 04.15 for a 6.00 departure. I'd already checked in online and had my boarding pass and had already selected my seats. On the CWL-AMS flight it was 6F in Economy Comfort and on the AMS-PDX flight it was 26G in Main Cabin. The check in process was a bit slower than usual. Although they had the 2 desks open 1 had been blocked by a family travelling to India. They had some sort of problem that was being dealt with by the check in staff. I did notice that with some people's luggage they went into waiting cages that some security staff had off to the side, i'm wondering now if they were subject to extra security checks, as my luggage went straight onto belt behind the check in desks. After checking in I preceded to depart ures and went through security. There was only 1 security lane open and security was a bit slower than before. It seemed more thorough than before which is only a good thing in my opinion. When in departures i got a quick bite to eat, bought some books and before i knew it 5.30 had come and the gate had been announced, it was Gate 4 as per usual and literally 20 mins after the gate had been called the doors of the aircraft had been closed and we were ready for takeoff. The flight to AMS was pretty uneventful the service was good.
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Worldwide, Singapore Airport - Thread
They're going all out to make the terminal as green as possible, green in every sense with some striking renders which incorporate an amusement park. The renders look amazing, my only concern is the usability of the terminal. I frequently refer to the kids messy bedrooms as being like a jungle but this pre-designed "mess" really is a jungle. Is it going to be complicated for the unseasoned traveller to find their way to check-in or the departure gate if the entire terminal is going to be so green? If everything flows in a way that you can't get lost then I'm all for it, especially if it means arriving feeling stress free. It's definitely in-keeping with Singapore itself, which has man-made trees attracting an abundance of wildlife to the heart of the city. It will undoubtedly create a unique visitor experience for travellers, whether they are arriving into Singapore or just passing through. One to add to my bucket list, once the redevelopment is complete. Singapore really is living up to it's "city in a garden" reputation.
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Destination Reviews: NYMR North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Up at 05:15 early start giving us enough time to get the family up and have some breakfast. We set off on the road at 06:50. Checking Google maps and it said if we waited until 07:15 our journey time would increase substantially because of the rush hour so we didn't want to waste any time. We took the A6110 Leeds Ring Road to the A64 at Seacroft. The traffic was good and better than expected so the setting off a little earlier seem to pay off. The A64 was free flowing so we made good progress to the A169 to Pickering. We made Pickering in good time and we managed to find the Railway Station and the parking area in good time without any todo. The total journey time on the way from North West Leeds was 1 hour 30 minutes.
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