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Yesterday, 3:08 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,448
Posted By flatlander

Many hoteliers still live in a mindset of the...

Many hoteliers still live in a mindset of the 1970s and 1980s, when they earned handsome ancillary income from large mark-ups on voice telephone services. Their continuing sense of self-entitlement...
Yesterday, 3:03 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 2,384
Posted By flatlander

I assume it is in a warehouse operated by their...

I assume it is in a warehouse operated by their supplier (is that still Bibendum?). I assume much of it would be held in bond, as it is served in a duty-free environment.
Yesterday, 2:59 pm
Replies: 71
Views: 10,678
Posted By flatlander

A possible reason for this: this is to head off a...

A possible reason for this: this is to head off a class action suit about either someone getting coronavirus on a BA flight in future and their estate suing over it, or BA deciding to cancel...
May 14, 20, 5:49 pm
Replies: 840
Views: 146,367
Posted By flatlander

I have been considering booking a (Club) trip to...

I have been considering booking a (Club) trip to the USA in December 2020, but if BA wants my money, several issues have to be resolved:
Clearly, being able freely to enter the USA. Quarantine after...
May 13, 20, 8:58 am
Replies: 1,279
Views: 323,494
Posted By flatlander

With a core market of working and middle class...

With a core market of working and middle class people going on their annual family holiday to a sunny resort, that's not at all surprising. Their market isn't going to recover this year, between...
May 11, 20, 1:59 pm
Replies: 137
Views: 25,145
Posted By flatlander

I meant BoB is adequate from a nutritional point...

I meant BoB is adequate from a nutritional point of view, not an epidemiological one. I concur that the up-close-and-personal faffing of BoB is incompatible with distancing.
May 11, 20, 11:22 am
Replies: 137
Views: 25,145
Posted By flatlander

This idea of 2 hours is long enough without food...

This idea of 2 hours is long enough without food is not quite that simple. A 2 hour flight has an hour or so of security, walking around the airport, boarding, messing around with baggage, etc,...
May 10, 20, 3:03 pm
Replies: 361
Views: 84,510
Posted By flatlander

Now that Pret are re-opening many of their London...

Now that Pret are re-opening many of their London and other city centre shops for take-away service, perhaps BA could consult a catering specialist such as Pret about providing some catering for...
May 10, 20, 2:43 pm
Replies: 1,279
Views: 323,494
Posted By flatlander

The flabby, near-death corpse of Alitalia has...

The flabby, near-death corpse of Alitalia has once again been re-animated by repeated financial defibrillation.

It's more twitching reflexively than alive and kicking!
May 10, 20, 11:33 am
Replies: 93
Views: 22,107
Posted By flatlander

Mr Walsh, when he does appear in public, is not...

Mr Walsh, when he does appear in public, is not known for sticking to "No comment" sort of answers so I expect we'll get some answers. Whether they'll be the answers you want to hear is not certain,...
May 10, 20, 10:26 am
Replies: 137
Views: 25,145
Posted By flatlander

You are not correct. Please rise. Air...

You are not correct. Please rise.

Air circulation in aircraft cabins is mostly vertical, with air introduced near the ceiling and removed (or ducted into the hold and then fed to the recirculation...
May 9, 20, 5:59 pm
Replies: 137
Views: 25,145
Posted By flatlander

On board service won't get near to back to normal...

On board service won't get near to back to normal until airlines and governments decide that airlines can operate in a vaguely normal fashion. Talk of 2m spacing between people at all times are...
May 7, 20, 4:38 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,844
Posted By flatlander

There is also the question of regular exercise...

There is also the question of regular exercise for the aircraft if any are kept in a "ready to go" condition rather than a "long term stored" condition. It can be more efficient to have a crew fly...
May 7, 20, 5:26 am
Replies: 36
Views: 6,249
Posted By flatlander

There's a strong argument that IAG did "look at...

There's a strong argument that IAG did "look at self-help before they would call on governments to provide state aid" and is spending much of its own cash reserves as well as having the government...
May 6, 20, 7:43 am
Replies: 30
Views: 3,160
Posted By flatlander

Thermal scanners will detect people with a high...

Thermal scanners will detect people with a high fever - beyond the normal human variation. So they have a certain true positive rate when used like that, and low false positive. However they will...
May 6, 20, 5:26 am
Replies: 30
Views: 3,160
Posted By flatlander

These tests are going to be really problematic if...

These tests are going to be really problematic if they have any false positive rate that is more than negligible. Who's going to carry the can if you're denied entry to the airport on suspicion of...
May 1, 20, 4:46 pm
Replies: 264
Views: 70,472
Posted By flatlander

Here's an idea for BA :) Ural Airlines will...

Here's an idea for BA :)

Ural Airlines will deliver you an inflight-style meal: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_kApa-K4P8/

The Guardian reports:...
Apr 28, 20, 2:26 pm
Replies: 1,381
Views: 347,025
Posted By flatlander

IAG's offices are tiny - around 40 people, as I...

IAG's offices are tiny - around 40 people, as I recall, to do all the group functions. Their work is also not, with that few staff, going to be proportional to the volume of business. It will be...
Apr 27, 20, 7:49 am
Replies: 79
Views: 14,934
Posted By flatlander

LHR uses 2/2 runways. AMS never uses more than...

LHR uses 2/2 runways. AMS never uses more than 3/6 at any one time and more usually 2/6. The slightest hint of wind or other adverse weather and they drop to one arrival and one departure and the...
Apr 26, 20, 12:16 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,668
Posted By flatlander

How far ahead did you book last time? If it was a...

How far ahead did you book last time? If it was a few months, then the hotels may only be loading availability into the booking system BA is using that few months ahead of time and not a year ahead....
Apr 25, 20, 8:31 am
Replies: 79
Views: 14,934
Posted By flatlander

For better (usually) and worse (occasionally),...

For better (usually) and worse (occasionally), the British competition regulators are very active compared to those in some other countries, especially those other countries where the government...
Apr 24, 20, 5:27 pm
Replies: 79
Views: 14,934
Posted By flatlander

There are also competition regulation issues if...

There are also competition regulation issues if BA further increases its hold on LHR. Eating BMI was contentious enough, if they start gobbling up slots from all the failing airlines now it could...
Apr 23, 20, 2:08 am
Replies: 89
Views: 10,348
Posted By flatlander

AA operated the 75L from JFK to STN (London...

AA operated the 75L from JFK to STN (London Stansted) for a couple of years around 2006-2007. It's difficult to see it as other than an attempt to drive Maxjet (startup cheap all-business airline)...
Apr 22, 20, 9:54 am
Replies: 1,279
Views: 323,494
Posted By flatlander

There will be plenty of opportunity for IAG to...

There will be plenty of opportunity for IAG to buy things (airlines, aircraft, manufacturer delivery slots...) at knock-down prices after international aviation restarts. Not many other entities will...
Apr 22, 20, 9:42 am
Replies: 188
Views: 32,832
Posted By flatlander

L-1011: the most advanced collection of...

L-1011: the most advanced collection of steam-powered flying automation ever to take flight.

Let's not talk about the maintenance hours...
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