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Post by Passenger » 11 Jul 2019, 19:27

Charlie Roy wrote:
10 Jul 2019, 14:56
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fran ... SKCN1U412B
New aviation tax in France!
(Can only be good news for Belgian airports...)
The announcement of the aviation tax has caused a firm drop for the value of the Air France/KLM shares. For shareholder France, that value drop means they have lost lost some 25M €. The tax is supposed to generate 180M-200M € each year.

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Post by jan_olieslagers » 11 Jul 2019, 20:28

Aren't those drops in share value very volatile, usually? I seem to remember even disasters like the Bhopal chemical explosion did cause spectacular drops in notations, but everything returned to "business as usual" over only a couple of weeks?

(and by the way, excuse me, I know you don't like to be reminded but still, this is not about an aviation tax as such...only a tax on passenger tickets...)

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Post by sn26567 » 12 Jul 2019, 16:33

Thomas Cook is in talks on a £750 million bailout that will give its largest investor Fosun Tourism (China) control of the indebted British group’s package-tour business. Dark clouds in the skies for its airline business...
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Post by lumumba » 12 Jul 2019, 16:52

sn26567 wrote:
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Thomas Cook is in talks on a £750 million bailout that will give its largest investor Fosun Tourism (China) control of the indebted British group’s package-tour business. Dark clouds in the skies for its airline business...
Why?
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Post by sn26567 » 12 Jul 2019, 23:13

sn26567 wrote:
12 Jul 2019, 16:33
Thomas Cook is in talks on a £750 million bailout that will give its largest investor Fosun Tourism (China) control of the indebted British group’s package-tour business. Dark clouds in the skies for its airline business...
The airline division could still be split off, even if the tourism activities are taken over by Fosun.
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Post by Jetter » 13 Jul 2019, 22:55

Charlie Roy wrote:
10 Jul 2019, 14:56
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fran ... SKCN1U412B
New aviation tax in France!
(Can only be good news for Belgian airports...)
Doubt it to be good for Belgian airports. The French catchment area of Belgian airports isn't that big. Transfer flights (and trains?) are exempt. This means transfer passengers from Belgium don't have to pay and become relatively more attractive to fill an airplane vis à vis local passengers yet passengers from France transferring at BRU will have to pay so BRU doesn't become more attractive as a transfer airport.

The catchment overlap with Dutch airports is much bigger and their new tax might have a more significant positive effect. But the Dutch government made the aviation tax very positive for KLM by excluding transfer passengers and having a flat rate regardless of distance.

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Post by sn26567 » 14 Jul 2019, 14:21

Oops!
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Post by Passenger » 15 Jul 2019, 17:01

sn26567 wrote:
12 Jul 2019, 23:13
sn26567 wrote:
12 Jul 2019, 16:33
Thomas Cook is in talks on a £750 million bailout that will give its largest investor Fosun Tourism (China) control of the indebted British group’s package-tour business. Dark clouds in the skies for its airline business...
The airline division could still be split off, even if the tourism activities are taken over by Fosun.
It seems that Fosun, Thomas Cook Group and the bankers are about to sign an agreement. Fosun will become major shareholder at the touroperating division, and a minority shareholder for the airline branch.

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Post by Passenger » 15 Jul 2019, 17:07

"...Police at Heathrow Airport are investigating how a 12-year-old boy slipped through security and managed to board a British Airways flight to Los Angeles without a ticket or boarding pass... The unaccompanied child, who had no travel documents, mingled with passengers getting on the flight and was only spotted when cabin crew asked to see his boarding pass in order to direct him to his seat..."

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/0 ... light-los/

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/inte ... s-angeles/

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Post by Passenger » 20 Jul 2019, 21:08

British Airways has cancelled all flights to/from Cairo (Egypt) for security reasons. For the next seven days.

The Foreign Office refers to BA:
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt
"...On 20 July 2019, British Airways announced that it was suspending its flights to Cairo for seven days. If you are due to travel with British Airways, you should contact the airline on 0844 493 0787 for further information..."

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Post by luchtzak » 20 Jul 2019, 22:43

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20 Jul 2019, 21:08
British Airways has cancelled all flights to/from Cairo (Egypt) for security reasons. For the next seven days.

The Foreign Office refers to BA:
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt
"...On 20 July 2019, British Airways announced that it was suspending its flights to Cairo for seven days. If you are due to travel with British Airways, you should contact the airline on 0844 493 0787 for further information..."
And Lufthansa follows suit.

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Post by Passenger » 23 Jul 2019, 19:42

Former OO-VEH (737-300) had a landing gear incident at Lagos (Nigeria) as Air Peace 5N-BQO:
http://avherald.com/h?article=4cab4105&opt=0

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Post by Passenger » 24 Jul 2019, 19:03

Press release European Commission, 24th July 2019:

European Commission approves the creation of a joint venture between Fortress Investment Group and Air Investment Valencia
The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the creation of a joint venture between Fortress Investment Group, of the US, and Air Investment Valencia, of Spain. It will combine the activities of CityJet of Ireland and of Air Nostrum of Spain. Fortress Investment Group (“Fortress”) is a global investment management firm, which manages assets on behalf of institutional clients and private investors worldwide. Air Investment Valencia, through a subsidiary, is active, among other things, as aircraft dry lessor and provider of fleet supply services to air operators. It is also active in the operation of air routes between Europe and Africa, mainly through charter flight and wet-lease services. The activities of CityJet and Air Nostrum overlap in the provision of wet-leasing services to airlines and charter flights. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns, because the companies have moderate market shares, a sufficient number of competitors remains on the market and the barriers to entry are low. The transaction was examined under the normal merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.9062.

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Post by sn26567 » 25 Jul 2019, 09:05

A commercial pilot, Grant Shapps, has been appointed as the new Transport Secretary of the UK Government by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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Post by Passenger » 25 Jul 2019, 15:44

Ground incident at Atlanta Airport

(the boy escaped with just a minor injury to one of his hands)


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Post by Passenger » 26 Jul 2019, 14:06

We have forgotten a remarkable birthday yesterday:

110 years ago, on 25th July 1909, Louis Blériot crossed the Channel. From Wikipedia:

At 4:15 am on the 25 July 1909, watched by an excited crowd, Blériot made a short trial flight in his Type XI, and then, on a signal that the sun had risen (the competition rules required a flight between sunrise and sunset), he took off at 4:41 for the attempted crossing. Flying at approximately 45 mph (72 km/h) and an altitude of about 250 ft (76 m), he set off across the Channel. Not having a compass, Blériot took his course from the Escopette, which was heading for Dover, but he soon overtook the ship. The visibility deteriorated, and he later said, "for more than 10 minutes I was alone, isolated, lost in the midst of the immense sea, and I did not see anything on the horizon or a single ship". The grey line of the English coast, however, came into sight on his left; the wind had increased, and had blown him to the east of his intended course. Altering course, he followed the line of the coast about a mile offshore until he spotted Charles Fontaine, the correspondent from Le Matin waving a large Tricolour as a signal. Unlike Latham, Blériot had not visited Dover to find a suitable spot to land, and the choice had been made by Fontaine, who had selected a patch of gently sloping land called Northfall Meadow, close to Dover Castle, where there was a low point in the cliffs. Once over land, he circled twice to lose height, and cut his engine at an altitude of about 20 m (66 ft), making a heavy "pancake" landing due to the gusty wind conditions; the undercarriage was damaged and one blade of the propeller was shattered, but Blériot was unhurt. The flight had taken 36 minutes and 30 seconds.

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Post by sn26567 » 26 Jul 2019, 14:18

Passenger wrote:
26 Jul 2019, 14:06
We have forgotten a remarkable birthday yesterday:

110 years ago, on 25th July 1909, Louis Blériot crossed the Channel.
To celebrate that anniversary, Franky Zapata, the flying man, tried to cross the Channel in the opposite direction with his strange machine. He failed when he tried to land at a refuelling station in the middle of the Channel. A wave made him miss the station and he fell into the water. He was rescued, unharmed.

https://www.aviation24.be/miscellaneous ... s-rescued/
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Post by SR20 » 26 Jul 2019, 19:02

The real reasons behind delay - a spot-on article from the European Cockpit Association (ECA).

https://www.eurocockpit.be/news/delays-holidays

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Post by luchtzak » 12 Aug 2019, 02:53

Passenger smoked in the front toilet, smoke detector sounded, what did (s)he expect ?

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