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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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    Virgin Atlantic

    If Virgin / Delta pay good money to buy TCX long-haul, they aren't doing that to close it down. That division doesn't offer a great deal other than its MAN hub operation. I understand folks expressing concerns re reduced competition, but which other bidder would have a vested interest in...
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    Virgin Atlantic

    Make it so! Even if this heralds a degree of long-haul consolidation in the short term it's a price worth paying for long term stability. With the Thomas Cook share price having plunged over recent months, the time is right to transfer the long-haul operation into strong hands. I personally hope...
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    Singapore Airlines

    Thanks rutamkrd. I arranged my own interline over IAH in January using SIA on MAN-IAH and Interjet on IAH-MEX-CZM. Great trip and undercut all alternatives offered on conventional websites. Interjet subbed my flight for a brand new A321neo on the day too ... very welcome bonus. Seriously...
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    Manchester Airport - NOTAMS/OANS

    I'd rather they didn't extend it. Keep open their options to be flexible as soon as circumstances permit. Still no exemptions specified for executive traffic which shouldn't affect the main apron though. Unfortunate oversight.
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    Manchester Movement Logs & Heads Up

    Whilst I'm disappointed to have missed out on a pic of A6-APD due to easterly ops today, missing Aeroflot A333 VQ-BNS doesn't worry me. They seem to use the same one every time for Manchester United duties. Anyone know why? Does it have a unique seating config or something??? They've got 17...
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    Singapore Airlines

    But, unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a codeshare with Virgin on SIA's MAN-IAH service. Virgin's marketing reach on that one would be immensely helpful. But it seems to suit them better to sell MAN-ATL-IAH on Virgin-Delta metal (which is understandable really).
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    Route Development & Rumours

    RSD Travel has launched a programme of tours from Manchester to Croatia and Montenegro. Departures are offered weekly between early February and early May 2020 over 13 weeks. Carrier involved not yet confirmed but believed to be CROATIA AIRLINES.
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    Manchester Airport Transformation Programme - Terminal 2 work only

    As you say, Jet2 are moving across to T2 in phases. Eurowings and Brussels Airlines switch at the end of this month. This raises the possibility that other Lufthansa Group carriers may follow in due course. Austrian, Swiss, Lufthansa themselves?
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    CAA Provisional Statistics Thread/Numbers Soar (merged threads)

    Very possibly. There have certainly been some very compelling fare offers available to those who are inclined to make a booking. I've made afew reservations for myself already. Worth a look, either for a main holiday or for an extra short break. On some routes you could even consider a daytrip...
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    Manchester Movement Logs & Heads Up

    The Perth flight should be for MUFC's pre-season tour. So likely low-density config. And will the club allocate all the seats?
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    Jet2.com

    This launch is a means of securing early bookings. No doubt they will adjust the S2020 offerings once they have data on how S2019 has performed. Lots of variables in play this Summer and prices on some leisure routes appear quite soft at the moment. If you fancy an extra short break this is a...
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    Manchester Airport - NOTAMS/OANS

    The blanket 'NoDivs' NOTAM is extremely lazy and not fully thought through. It excludes EVERYTHING. But the apron constraints don't affect EVERYTHING. What about executive jets and light twins which could go to Signature at their discretion? This kind of NOTAM just discourages aircraft which...
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    Ryanair

    YES. And Ryanair's Polish division, currently branded as Ryanair Sun, is to be rebranded as BUZZ. The original Buzz (with BAe 146's) was taken over by Ryanair many years ago. So the yellow brand is making a welcome return with a smart new livery. The Polish-registered Ryanair Sun fleet has...
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    Weather & Technical Diversions, Delays & Cancellations

    Re stand availability for divs etc., things just got alot tighter. There are now FIVE TUI Boeing 737-8MAX grounded at MAN TFN. And there is the possibility that G-TUMF could get dispensation to ferry back to MAN as well. All of them here if so. Meanwhile, TUI will base replacements at MAN to...
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    Route Development & Rumours

    It's probably best not to pin too much hope on India - US connecting traffic. Delta Airlines (Virgin partner) has plans to reintroduce their own India - US flights. American are looking at India too.
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    Weather & Technical Diversions, Delays & Cancellations

    And G-DHKA, a DHL Boeing 757-200 freighter from Leipzig. EMA div.

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