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lbaspotter

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The New York seems to be a worrying downgrade. No A330 flights and we get left with the bulk of the classic 737's as well. Clearly more bothered about everywhere else!!
How we've manged to get lumbered with even more ageing Boeing 737-300 classics next year is beyond me. The will be 7+ of the dam things based at Leeds next summer 2019, which up from the 6+ we had this past summer 2018 season.

The other remaing Boeing 737-300 fleet will be based between East Midlands and Belfast Int'l, thus meaning both the Edinburgh and Newcastle bases switch to being Boeing 737-800s operations only next summer.
 

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Offint

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Once the expansion has been built they may be able to upgrade it to a A330. I heard the new management wanted to remark the stands is this still true, If so does anyone know when it will be happening?
The new management want lots of things Louis...like new routes and we would all like to know when those are happening, I dont think remarking the stands is high up on their ‘things to do list’
 
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As the -300 fleet is reduced and phased out, naturally the number of bases that will have the type will also be reduced.

It makes perfect sense that LBA be one of the final bases to have the -300 from a maintenance perspective as skill sets and spares become less available. The -300's are usually stripped out of equipment and seats at the LBA hanger before heading off to the afterlife.

Its worth mentioning that of the -300's that will remain in the year ahead, many are much younger than the frames we have seen go so far G-CEL* - some of them are not far off the age of some of the -800's and certainly some of them are much younger than some of the 757s.

Jet2 is in a transitional stage and before long it will be just -800s & 75's at LBA and we should embrace the opportunity to fly on these great little aircraft before they are gone. They may be getting on a bit but they are well looked after and the cabins always look fresh I find.
 
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we should embrace the opportunity to fly on these great little aircraft before they are gone. They may be getting on a bit but they are well looked after and the cabins always look fresh I find.
Indeed, I grew up flying the 733s out of LBA, will be sad when they are gone, love those little things.

A bit more sad at the moment for me is that CELH has just gone a few weeks back, I had flown that aircraft more than any other.

Long live the 733 I say!
 
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Before folk wish away the 737 300s from LBA, it is worth bearing in mind that when they do go, there is a risk that some of the Jet2 routes might also go with them. There are plenty of the G-GDF* series of 300WL's left with lots of flying left in them yet. A good mix of 300s, 800s (and remember we are getting an extra one of those in summer 19) and 757s is probably ideal for the route mix we have here at LBA.
 

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I suspect GDFE will be the first of the GDFs to leave; she is quite elderly compared to the others in the fleet. CELV and CELX leave later this month and CELE and CELY some time next year.
 

Tarn Spotter

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I am just glad we have Jet2 at Leeds and could not care less about its fleet.
Prior to 2003 and it virtually impossible for me to get seat only flights to spain and myself and the family had to fly from virtually every u.k. airport.
TOD's from LBA were impossible to get hold off, Dave Sampson on a friday offered the only seat only flights.
Whilst I could get a TOD on the morning of travel from basically any other u.k. airport, not from LBA.
This was the situation for 40 years of my adult life, now Jet2 one of the operators who offer me and others what we want. I dont care what they offer me to fly on as long as it gets to my destination.
Be thankful what you have got, yes we would like the runway longer, but until recently we could not use it after 10pm, yes I am surer the new terminal will not suit all of us, but it has to be better then the present.
Remember were a small regional airport, were already at the limit of arrivals between 10pm and 7am that locals find acceptable, were not in competition with manchester.
 
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Remember were a small regional airport, were already at the limit of arrivals between 10pm and 7am that locals find acceptable, were not in competition with manchester.[/QUOTE]

I agree with all of what you have said TS, except this bit, as we are nowhere near the limit of night time arrivals (or departures, as it is movements that are monitored, not landings). If it were not for the large number of departures between 0600 and 0700, which at other airports are classified as daytime movements, we would be using only a tiny proportion of the night movements approved as part of the planning consent for 24 hour operations. And, to be fair, it is hardly recently that the 10pm curfew was lifted. It was in the 90s, so at least 20 years ago now. If it hadn't been, Jet2 would not be an LBA based airline and LBA would by now by Yorkshire's minor airport.
 

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Just returned from FAO on G-JZBA, newest one I've flown on, and very pleased to land in the murky conditions. Sitting at the back, only saw the ground just as we passed the Cemetery. Practically a full flight, only saw one empty seat at the rear, good service, nice clear announcements from the flightdeck but we routed Brest peninsula - Cork - Dublin - IOM - Liverpool before landing on 14, strange?
The outbound flight last Saturday was on GDFO, its second trip to FAO that day with only 44 pax on board (full on the way back). Good flightdeck and cabin crew service who dealt professionally with someone who fell ill on the way but managed to walk off on arrival.

Another good experience from JET2
 
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After hiatus of around 4/5 years Jet2 recommenced Leeds - Krakrow route today operating 2x weekly (MON + FRI) using Boeing 737-800 equipment.

I wonder how good Jet2's passengers loading are seen as they are up against Ryanair whom operate a 4x weekly Leeds - Krakow service?
Promising:

Outbound 184
inbound 110

Near enough full outbound. Inbound obviously not the best but showing the UK centric catchment Jet2 have.

Over the next few weeks the loads will even out as the UK pax return.

:wtf:
 

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