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by gumblebee
04 Aug 2020, 00:23
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Impact of aviation on the Coronavirus crisis
Replies: 62
Views: 15033

Re: Impact of aviation on the Coronavirus crisis

Keeping the middle seat empty except for parties travelling together is a no-brainer and does not result in losing 1/3rd of capacity like airlines fear. I would even dare to propose to make this a paid option (50% surcharge) during online booking. While this crisis lasts this could be mandatory for...
by gumblebee
30 Jun 2020, 21:19
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation
Replies: 832
Views: 177861

Re: Covid-19: Packed aircraft under fire

Maybe time to impose on airlines to provide an easy way to buy empty middle seats, at say 50% of the normal seat price. Passengers would then have to buy empty middle seats (unless they belong to a single household). This requirement could be waived unless there are Covid outbreaks. When the Covid c...
by gumblebee
22 Jun 2019, 21:52
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Brussels Airlines' fleet renewal
Replies: 3972
Views: 1447700

Re: Brussels Airlines' fleet renewal

DannyVDB wrote: 21 Jun 2019, 08:22 OO-SFL is doing Acrra today, not Dakar

See https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/oo-sfl

Cheers,
Danny
If I can believe flyertalk, OO-SFL was flying SN515 to Washington today, and had to turn around because of an adminstrative problem.

See SN515/UA9903 Diverted back to Brussels. WHY?
by gumblebee
23 May 2019, 11:53
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Brussels region noise regulation
Replies: 679
Views: 110890

Re: Brussels region noise regulation

If Brussels Airport closes during the night, say between 22h-7h, we kill 2 birds with one stone : Airplan noise and the staffing problems at Skeyes.
by gumblebee
29 Apr 2019, 15:43
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Norwegian in 2019
Replies: 63
Views: 33395

Re: Norwegian in 2019

Norwegian Argentina wants to open Buenos Aires - Perth using Boeing 787 DREAMLINER (probably - 9). Requests for the authorities in progress, route should be opened in September 2019. Norwegian considers to extend route from Perth to Singapore as well. Impossble. This route would last 15hours, passe...
by gumblebee
17 Jan 2019, 18:30
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Brussels Airport (BRU) infrastructure: future
Replies: 1635
Views: 563467

Re: Brussels Airport (BRU) infrastructure: automatic passport gates working well

The REASON why the queue is there and so long: the young guys and girls in green polo, with " can I help you ?." on the back are NOT DOING THERE JOB. I pass through this passport control 3 times a month, and share your opinion 100%! I wrote to Mr. Feist about it; he admits the problem and declared ...
by gumblebee
29 Oct 2018, 12:11
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: 25-31/10/2018 Aviapartner strike at Brussels Airport
Replies: 219
Views: 16274

Re: 25-26-27-28/10/2018 Aviapartner strike at Brussels Airport

Their employer will go bust and they will end up with nothing! Not much sympathy from anyone then.. This strike might well end up putting Aviapartner out of its misery, true. Aviapartner customers will still need a handling partner however, and fast. A new handling partner can negotiate new contrac...
by gumblebee
26 Oct 2018, 18:37
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: 25-31/10/2018 Aviapartner strike at Brussels Airport
Replies: 219
Views: 16274

Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports in 2018

convair wrote: 26 Oct 2018, 16:36 BRU no longer is a govt company; they can award the handling contracts to any company they choose.
They are not exclusively a government company, but they are still subject to the legislation on public procurement. Disputes are handled by the Council of State. See for example.
by gumblebee
26 Oct 2018, 13:50
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: 25-31/10/2018 Aviapartner strike at Brussels Airport
Replies: 219
Views: 16274

Re: 25-26/10/2018 Aviapartner strike at Brussels Airport

The days just before the autumn holidays is a very busy period at Brussels Airport. The biggest complaint signalled by the trade unions is a lack of staffing. Probably Aviapartner didn't plan a sufficient number of extra workers and equipment to properly handle the higher workload. To add insult to ...
by gumblebee
08 Feb 2018, 15:13
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Brussels Airlines in 2018
Replies: 1342
Views: 252581

Re: Brussels Airlines in 2018

Looks like Lufthansa Group registered the brand name Belgianwings already a long time ago. If SN is going to become an integral part of the EW Group, but will retain a distinct Belgian identity, Belgianwings makes a lot of sense. They could even keep the iconic b-tail. See the entry in the European...
by gumblebee
16 Jun 2017, 00:24
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Qeshm Airlines plans Brussels service
Replies: 56
Views: 13328

Re: Qeshm Airlines plans Brussels service

I tried to look on their website. The English version was 'Under Construction'.
by gumblebee
28 May 2017, 20:37
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Brussels region noise regulation
Replies: 679
Views: 110890

Re: Brussels region noise regulation

jan_olieslagers wrote: 28 May 2017, 19:29 "two or three dozens" seems a lot, I used to work nearby and never saw/heard more than 10 planes in a whole day on the canal route, even on weekdays.
The canal route is used a lot more during weekends. I also have the impression that it's used a lot by 747's.
by gumblebee
26 Apr 2017, 19:26
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Brussels region noise regulation
Replies: 679
Views: 110890

Re: Brussels region noise regulation

RTBf, "Débats Premiére": audio is 23 minutes 52 seconds: https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_debats-premiere?id=2207319 I always felt the idea among Flemish hardliners that french-speaking politicians are trying to move activities from Brussels Airport to airports in Wallonia was a bit of a conspiracy...
by gumblebee
25 Feb 2017, 07:54
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: BRU Winter 2017-18: news, new routes, airlines
Replies: 124
Views: 45889

Re: BRU Winter 2017-18: news, new routes, airlines

I think BRU-MIA would do very well for AA. They have a huge hub there and can connect the South, the entire Caribbean, Central & South America... not to mention the Florida traffic. The problem is that transiting through the US is a huge PITA due to the continuing lack absence of international tran...
by gumblebee
23 Feb 2017, 16:31
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Brussels region noise regulation
Replies: 679
Views: 110890

Re: Brussels region noise regulation

edited : 5.261 and 38.565 are the number of flights, and not "inhabitants" as I initially posted. If the number of airplanes taking off over Brussels is so low, why is the Brussels region noise regulation such a big problem? If I read some comments, grave enough to shut the whole airport down.
by gumblebee
16 Feb 2017, 10:22
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Brussels region noise regulation
Replies: 679
Views: 110890

Re: Brussels region noise regulation

To have any effect, such noise restrictions will have to be a lot stricter than the ones Brussels imposes. Just compare the distances on the map you posted (more than 25km before airplanes are above Flanders, 20 more before they are above Tongeren, more than 50kms before they are above Riemst) with ...
by gumblebee
24 Dec 2016, 01:20
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Brussels region noise regulation
Replies: 679
Views: 110890

Re: Brussels region noise regulation

Brussels does indeed need a business airport not too far away. However, for cargo flights, what does it matter where packages arrive exactly? In a densely populated area some compromises are necessary. The same applies to flights for holiday destinations. People from Brussels will happily travel a b...
by gumblebee
27 Dec 2015, 01:28
Forum: Military aviation
Topic: Which future fighter jet for Belgian Defence?
Replies: 220
Views: 84753

Re: Which future fighter jet for Belgian Defence?

Belgium has joined the Non-Proliferation Treaty, as a non-nuclear state. It shouldn't matter whether the fighters we buy are compatible with nuclear weapons of any kind. To wield such compatibility as a criterion in deciding on a weapons purchase would be a violation of the NPT, in spirit at the ver...
by gumblebee
27 May 2014, 01:13
Forum: Civil aviation / General aviation
Topic: Are noise complainers "fussy" ?
Replies: 57
Views: 13501

Re: Are noise complainers "fussy" ?

Just for amusement, I tried to get an of magnitude estimate of expenses to soundproof and provide AC for all affected homes (the numbers I use might be applicable for maybe for Brussels). I estimate about 250.000 homes are affected (50% of houses and appartments in the Brussels Capital Region plus s...
by gumblebee
18 Jan 2013, 17:09
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Is there any plan to expand the rail link at BRU airport
Replies: 37
Views: 8625

Re: Is there any plan to expand the rail link at BRU airport

But the completion of the Diabolo is quite recent. Let's give B-rail some time to adapt, but not too long. The diabolo is not complete yet : the new railway line along the E19 is still missing the section from Brussels to the airport (not sure how far construction has advanced). The fourth leg of t...