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    Virgin Atlantic

    Alot will depend on whether Virgin is confirmed as the successful bidder for Thomas Cook long-haul. If so, we may see them exercise their options on additional A330neos. It will be a small step-up to daily MAN-LAX service from the current combined S19 schedule of VIR/TCX. Though year-round...
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    Icelandair

    As B737-MAX8 deliveries fall further and further behind a number of carriers are finding they haven't got the fleet strength they were planning around. Icelandair is one of those companies affected. We will likely continue to see afew interesting substitutions until the MAX issue is resolved.
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    Route Development & Rumours

    Not intended as an answer to the above - timing of this update here is unrelated. But Ryanair's new subsidiary MALTA AIR will be taking over some services seen at MAN. I have received an advisory informing me that Malta Air will be operating my MAN-CGN trip in July (originally booked as...
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    Wet summer, but maybe a sunnier winter?

    Thanks Scottie. Some notes on the above. Laudamotion is a Ryanair brand, and RYR themselves operate MAN-RIX already. They won't compete with themselves, so this may be a brand swap. Also, the SP- operated Ryanair Poland routes should rebrand to BUZZ at some point. Maybe the new MALTA AIR...
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    Alcock & Brown memorial/celebration.

    They have! There is a sculpture located at the junction of the Skylink close to the station where the routes split off towards T1 and T2 (upper level where the shops are). The sculpture was originally located in one of the terminals but was relocated when that space was remodelled some years ago.
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    British Airways/British Airways Cityflyer

    I asked and they advised that they were “working on something”. I believe that the B747-400 was supposed to visit a couple of other UK airports from LHR that day too. Haven’t checked yet to see if they have been scrubbed as well.
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    British Airways/British Airways Cityflyer

    Thanks. The rush of calls following the change advisory seemed to take BA customer service staff by surprise. They had no forewarning of the implications of the type change so initially referred to standard (customer initiated) cancellation terms. Once the issue was referred upstairs the penny...
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    British Airways/British Airways Cityflyer

    If you’re booked on the British Airways Boeing 747 Shuttle service on 25 August be advised that the visit is CANCELLED. I received an advisory informing me of changes to seating and timings. This is now a standard Airbus rotation. Upon contacting BA I was advised that I was entitled to only a...
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    Route Development & Rumours

    Great news ... but somewhat curious here. Application documentation appears to be in the name of Lucky Air (4 x A333) as opposed to Juneyao Airlines (4 x B789). Are these two carriers linked in some way or are they both applying to serve MAN? Thanks for any clarification.
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    Virgin Atlantic

    Interesting. But ... IF they become the successful bidder for the Thomas Cook UK long-haul operation they could even be needing afew more.
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    Icelandair

    I've seen mention that DH8D ops will be for the next two days. Subject to change obviously.
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    EasyJet

    One key factor we must consider is what now happens with Thomas Cook Airlines. If Virgin were successful bidder for TCX long-haul, the UK short-haul division would be a great fit for EasyJet at MAN (if they were minded to make an offer). EasyJet's current S19 17-strong MAN base combined with the...
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    Air Transat

    There is a real risk that MAN would end up with just a seasonal daily B763 ... Air Canada like deploying their oldest equipment here (a bit like American). And then charging eyewatering fares ... far higher than those of Air Transat ... as they do now. I'm concerned that the market will take a...
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    Air Transat

    Nationair, Royal Air, Canada 3000, Odyssey, Ontario Worldair. Thomas Cook were in that market for a while too. Air Canada's commitment to MAN hasn't been great historically, so this combination would be a concern. Maybe MAG should be redoubling efforts to attract WestJet to MAN.
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    Manchester Airport Transformation Programme - Terminal 2 work only

    It has recently been referred to as "the £1.2Bn Transformation Plan" and MAG has raised another £350M via bond issue for use across the group airports (ie. it's not all for MAN). Whether that money represents expanded ambition or rising costs is unknown ... watch this space. The original £1Bn...

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