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Old December 5th, 2005, 02:47 PM   #81
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Cathay Pacific Flights CX236/237 to Hong Kong are now available for sale in the Sabre GDS.

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Also, It seems that FlyBE are commencing direct flights from MAN to New York. I have found them on both Ebookers and Expedia. Maybe someone can confirm this?
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New York (Newark) is showing on their web-site not sure if can book..... Jesus...quaility if can get to New York on lo-co!! That will set the cat amongst the pidgeons re BA, Continental etc... nicking the tourists off them!
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Old December 5th, 2005, 04:43 PM   #84
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Nope.....says codeshare with Continental Airlines......

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Old December 5th, 2005, 08:10 PM   #85
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Yeah I found that out after posting. I don't think flyBE own anything bigger than a microlight anyway!
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Old December 6th, 2005, 08:38 PM   #86
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Press release by Cathay Pacific

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06 December 2005 Print this Headline

Cathay Pacific announces service to Moscow and Manchester

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced it will, pending final government approvals, make history again as the first Hong Kong airline flying to Russia with the launch of a three-times-weekly service to Moscow, starting 27 March 2006.

From Moscow, Cathay Pacific’s service will continue onwards to Manchester, England. Cathay Pacific will be the only airline to offer a direct passenger service to Manchester from Hong Kong.

The announcement came a week after the airline placed its biggest ever order for new aircraft in order to add flights and new destinations.

The Moscow service will extend an existing codeshare agreement with Aeroflot - Russian Airlines, while the Manchester service marks a resumption of Cathay Pacific passenger flights to the city, which traditionally has strong ties with Hong Kong. The route will be operated with an Airbus A340-300.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen said: “Cathay Pacific’s new Moscow and Manchester service adds yet another spoke to the Hong Kong hub. It strengthens the city’s ties to Europe and reinforces its position as the gateway to the Chinese Mainland. “

Mr Chen added: “Moscow is an exciting destination and our new service will offer Hong Kong passengers more choices and greater travel convenience to this great capital. With three new services to Manchester, we will operate an unmatched 31 flights every week from Hong Kong to the UK.”

Both the Moscow and Manchester services are expected to generate new hub traffic to and from Australia, New Zealand and around the region. Hong Kong’s gateway position will appeal to Russian businesses forging closer trade ties within the Pearl River Delta.

Cathay Pacific has operated codeshare flights to Moscow with Aeroflot since June 2004. Aeroflot currently operates the service with Boeing 767 aircraft. All services operated by both airlines will carry Aeroflot's "SU" and Cathay Pacific's "CX" prefixes.

Cathay Pacific last week announced its biggest ever order for new aircraft to grow its fleet and network. The airline made commitments for 16 advanced wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with purchase rights for 20 more. It also made commitments to acquire three Airbus A330-300s to operate regional routes.

Cathay Pacific currently operates 54 passenger services to five cities in Europe each week. It operates four flights a day to London, plus daily services to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, and five weekly flights to Rome. The airline serves 92 destinations world-wide.

Full schedule

Schedule of Cathay Pacific operated services

Flight number
From Destination Departure/Arrival (Local Time)
Days of operations
CX237
Hong Kong Moscow 00:15 / 06:25 Mon, Thu, Sat
CX237 Moscow Manchester 07:50 / 08:55 Mon, Thu, Sat
CX236 Manchester Moscow 10:00 / 16:55 Mon, Thu, Sat
CX236 Moscow Hong Kong 18:40 / 08:10 +1 Mon, Thu, Sat
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Old December 9th, 2005, 07:22 PM   #87
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Airport's Latest Info...

December Update

China buys Manchester’s flight operations software
Ryanair expands services
Food and Craft Fayre
Youngsters take to skies in search of Santa
Concorde at Christmas
Schoolgirl designs airport Christmas card
China buys Manchester’s flight operations software
TWO airports in China have invested in flight operations software devised by IT specialists at Manchester Airport as the country prepares for a bigger share of international traffic.


Manchester’s Airport Management Operational Support System, known as AMOSS, links critical airport systems to provide real-time information about flight arrivals and departures.

It is now in use at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, which opened last year, and is being installed at a new terminal being built at Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) ready for the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Worldwide information technology giant Unisys, which markets the system for Manchester, beat stiff competition to win contracts to introduce the system at both China airports to meet the demands of the region’s growing air travel industry.

The system went live at Manchester six years ago and is used at Luton, Liverpool and Doncaster airports. Several other airports are looking to buy it.

Manchester Airport’s Head of Information Services Martin Smith said: “There are a number of systems in the marketplace, but ours benefits from being written by an airport for airports.“

Ryanair Expands Services

Manchester Airport’s longest serving no frills operator - Ryanair - has announced plans to expand services from the airport.

From 22 February 2006, the airline plans to operate thrice-weekly services from Manchester to Shannon in Ireland using a Boeing 737 aircraft

Food and Craft Fayre

The area known as The Station, situated between terminals 1 and 2, will be transformed into a festive food and craft fayre on Wednesday (Dec 7) to showcase 25 of Cheshire’s finest food suppliers and provide employees, passengers and visitors the chance to stock up on extra special Christmas goodies and mouth-watering local delicacies.

Back by popular demand following the success of last year’s fayre, stalls will sell cheeses, jams, pickles, biscuits, local beer, hampers and lots more – with many offering samples to try before you buy. For that special or unusual gift, there be craft stalls selling hand-made toys and cards.

The event will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm and is organised by Manchester Airport Community Relations in association with North West Fine Foods and Made in Cheshire.

Youngsters take to skies in search of Santa

The annual Santa Flight organised by the airport’s adopted charity, ChildFlight, takes off at lunchtime today (Dec 5) carrying 175 youngsters.

Various Lions Clubs nominated some of the children for the trip and others are from schools in Atherton, Mossley (Tameside), Timperley and Wythenshawe.

The fun begins with a pre-flight party in the Atlantic Suite in Terminal 2 before the youngsters jump on board a First Choice aircraft and take to the skies in search of Father Christmas.

After a flight around the north west, they will visit Santa’s grotto to receive an early Christmas present, a selection box and a goodie bag.

Manchester Airport Cargo Executive Club, Manchester Airport Golf Society and Manchester Airport and Travelex are among many organisations that raise money for ChildFlight to provide this annual treat, holidays to Florida and medical treatment for sick children.

Concorde at Christmas

Admission to the popular Aviation Viewing Park is free to children this month (Dec) and the attraction is open every day except Christmas Day.

Santa Claus, a Christmas tree and sherry and mince pies are adding to the festive atmosphere.

A newly extended viewing mound allows visitors to look down the nose of Concorde and tours on board the aviation icon are being held over the weekend of 10 and 11 December at a cost of £12 per person. For details call 0161 489 2442.

Schoolgirl designs Airport Christmas Card

A picture by eight-year-old Chelsea Peace will be dropping through letterboxes across the world after being turned into a corporate Christmas card by the Manchester Airports Group (MAG).

MAG invited pupils at Benchill Primary School, Wythenshawe, to take part in a competition to design the front of the card, and received more than 350 entries.

Chelsea’s design, depicting an angel flying through the air, was chosen as the winner from 17 finalists by Manchester’s Lord Mayor Councillor Mohammed Afzal Khan.

Chelsea was presented with a prize-winning cup and she and the other finalists received various other prizes at a special ceremony followed by a tour of the airport, lunch and a visit to Concorde, accompanied with their families. Playground equipment was donated to the school.

Terminal Passenger Statistics

November 2005 Passengers % Change vs 2004
Domestic 293,855 1.4
Scheduled International 699,447 7.16
Charter 361,680 -8.21
Private / Miscellaneous 1,461 52.03
Total 1,356,443 1.41

05/12/2005
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Old December 9th, 2005, 07:38 PM   #88
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Latest presser from the Airport:

December Update


China buys Manchester’s flight operations software
Ryanair expands services
Food and Craft Fayre
Youngsters take to skies in search of Santa
Concorde at Christmas
Schoolgirl designs airport Christmas card
China buys Manchester’s flight operations software
TWO airports in China have invested in flight operations software devised by IT specialists at Manchester Airport as the country prepares for a bigger share of international traffic.

Manchester’s Airport Management Operational Support System, known as AMOSS, links critical airport systems to provide real-time information about flight arrivals and departures.

It is now in use at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, which opened last year, and is being installed at a new terminal being built at Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) ready for the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Worldwide information technology giant Unisys, which markets the system for Manchester, beat stiff competition to win contracts to introduce the system at both China airports to meet the demands of the region’s growing air travel industry.

The system went live at Manchester six years ago and is used at Luton, Liverpool and Doncaster airports. Several other airports are looking to buy it.

Manchester Airport’s Head of Information Services Martin Smith said: “There are a number of systems in the marketplace, but ours benefits from being written by an airport for airports.“

Ryanair Expands Services

Manchester Airport’s longest serving no frills operator - Ryanair - has announced plans to expand services from the airport.

From 22 February 2006, the airline plans to operate thrice-weekly services from Manchester to Shannon in Ireland using a Boeing 737 aircraft

Food and Craft Fayre

The area known as The Station, situated between terminals 1 and 2, will be transformed into a festive food and craft fayre on Wednesday (Dec 7) to showcase 25 of Cheshire’s finest food suppliers and provide employees, passengers and visitors the chance to stock up on extra special Christmas goodies and mouth-watering local delicacies.

Back by popular demand following the success of last year’s fayre, stalls will sell cheeses, jams, pickles, biscuits, local beer, hampers and lots more – with many offering samples to try before you buy. For that special or unusual gift, there be craft stalls selling hand-made toys and cards.

The event will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm and is organised by Manchester Airport Community Relations in association with North West Fine Foods and Made in Cheshire.

Youngsters take to skies in search of Santa

The annual Santa Flight organised by the airport’s adopted charity, ChildFlight, takes off at lunchtime today (Dec 5) carrying 175 youngsters.

Various Lions Clubs nominated some of the children for the trip and others are from schools in Atherton, Mossley (Tameside), Timperley and Wythenshawe.

The fun begins with a pre-flight party in the Atlantic Suite in Terminal 2 before the youngsters jump on board a First Choice aircraft and take to the skies in search of Father Christmas.

After a flight around the north west, they will visit Santa’s grotto to receive an early Christmas present, a selection box and a goodie bag.

Manchester Airport Cargo Executive Club, Manchester Airport Golf Society and Manchester Airport and Travelex are among many organisations that raise money for ChildFlight to provide this annual treat, holidays to Florida and medical treatment for sick children.

Concorde at Christmas

Admission to the popular Aviation Viewing Park is free to children this month (Dec) and the attraction is open every day except Christmas Day.

Santa Claus, a Christmas tree and sherry and mince pies are adding to the festive atmosphere.

A newly extended viewing mound allows visitors to look down the nose of Concorde and tours on board the aviation icon are being held over the weekend of 10 and 11 December at a cost of £12 per person. For details call 0161 489 2442.

Schoolgirl designs Airport Christmas Card

A picture by eight-year-old Chelsea Peace will be dropping through letterboxes across the world after being turned into a corporate Christmas card by the Manchester Airports Group (MAG).

MAG invited pupils at Benchill Primary School, Wythenshawe, to take part in a competition to design the front of the card, and received more than 350 entries.

Chelsea’s design, depicting an angel flying through the air, was chosen as the winner from 17 finalists by Manchester’s Lord Mayor Councillor Mohammed Afzal Khan.

Chelsea was presented with a prize-winning cup and she and the other finalists received various other prizes at a special ceremony followed by a tour of the airport, lunch and a visit to Concorde, accompanied with their families. Playground equipment was donated to the school.

Terminal Passenger Statistics

November 2005 Passengers % Change vs 2004
Domestic 293,855 1.4
Scheduled International 699,447 7.16
Charter 361,680 -8.21
Private / Miscellaneous 1,461 52.03
Total 1,356,443 1.41

05/12/2005

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Old December 27th, 2005, 11:20 AM   #89
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Odd that RyanAir have expended their Manc services, O'Leary normally cannot miss an oppurtunity to have a dig at 'high cost' Manchester airport, wonder if this is simply planes that would have ran the Dublin route being used for this route, or is genueinly extra capacity from RyanAir?
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Metrolink - I think it's extra capcity - Manchester Airport revised their charging policy recently in an effort to attract these low budget airlines - especially in light of the increasing success John Lennon Airport was enjoying in this market. Anyway tree times a week is grand. Tanks a million Mr O'leary.
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 05:57 PM   #91
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According to PPRune Tripoli twice a week and Quantas returing to Manchester before soon.

All good stuff.
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 06:06 PM   #92
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A very good read - not many airports in the country could have dealth with this...

http://www.danix-consulting.com/spot...efinal2003.htm
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 08:06 PM   #93
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Where is the longest runway in the UK?
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Doncaster???
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 08:46 PM   #95
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I think they are both at Heathrow
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 03:06 AM   #96
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Nah, it will be at an RAF base.
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 09:21 AM   #97
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USAF Aconbury...HOME OF THE U2 SPY PLANE......3k Long.....
Did a restoration job on it........1989........Using a concrete train....I love concrete!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 11:32 AM   #98
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Heathrow's are both well over 3000m long. Even manchester's are slightly over 3000m

Here we are:

LHR:
Runway Length 09L/27R: 3902m x 50m
Runway Length 09R/27L: 3658m x 45m

MAN:
Runway Length 06L/24R: 3048m x 48m
Runway Length 06R/24L: 3047m x 45m


The only other runway longer than those at MAN are the 3300m runway at Gatwick. Not sure about RAF bases but a USAF B52 probably needs a decent runup.
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Heathrow's are both well over 3000m long. Even manchester's are slightly over 3000m

Here we are:

LHR:
Runway Length 09L/27R: 3902m x 50m
Runway Length 09R/27L: 3658m x 45m

MAN:
Runway Length 06L/24R: 3048m x 48m
Runway Length 06R/24L: 3047m x 45m


The only other runway longer than those at MAN are the 3300m runway at Gatwick. Not sure about RAF bases but a USAF B52 probably needs a decent runup.
What was RAF Finningley near Doncaster is 2891 x 60m, it's probably one of the widest, it was built for the old V force bombers that took off in quick succession or fighters that took of in multiples.

Since the end of the cold war I think it is just a holiday jet destination now.

I remember whan I was a kid flying to Orlando and stopping off at Bangor, Maine for re-fueling and to go through imigration, the runway is shared with the USAF / Nato that runway is about 90m wide, our 757 seemed tiny on it.
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Trust me.........Longest runway in the country........ Ever seen a U2 spy plane......Why has AMEC got all the work in IRAQ.... Construction VIRGINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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