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  1. Bristow rates of pay are entirely commensurate, alas, with the package you get as an RAF Flt/Lt flying a Sea King. Its diced up a little differently, more wage less pension and different hours but overall its neither significantly better or worse than being in the Navy or RAF. There is no intention to move to an insurance based model of rescue as you might find in the Alps for off piste skiing. UK helicopter rescue is a free at the point of use service and there has been nobody anywhere who has suggested that should change. Hence the awarding of a billion pound long term contract. The win
  2. Bristow are only paying equivent pay to what the pilots earned in Service. The new helicopters actually enhance the rescue service capability as do the new more sensible locations. Other countries have commercially operated SAR. SAR in the military context is in decline as the aerial battlefield becomes unmanned. This is a sensie move for the taxpayer and the sailor/mountaineer.
  3. Aviation fuel isnt taxed by national governments. If they did then this would damage the environment. This would occur because different rates of tax would result in some of the worlds airliners 'tankering' fuel so as to avoid buying the more expensive taxed fuel. At the moment, with fuel prices being broadly the same aircraft carry just enough fuel to get from A to B and no more. If B starts taxing aviation fuel then the aircraft will fly from A to B but carry enough fuel to fly back to A without buying fuel at B. Typically you burn about 4% of the fuel tankered per hour. So a typical
  4. Airlines haven't offered 'fully sponsored' pilot training since Sept11th. Instead wannabe pilots were offered training courses by third party suppliers which 'promised' employment with large airlines if you did OK in training. Every year the costs escalated and the job contract terms deteriorated. Today you need £110k minimum, 18 months non-paid training time, then you get two years working on agency worker terms or some 'contractor' contract with Ryanair with questionable taxation status. There are long queues of applicants surprisingly.
  5. Those figures are missing the 14 aircraft registered to easyJet Switzerland. Easyjet will have more aircraft than BA by 2014. They are also sitting on 15 months worth of cash and are ranked only 14 places from entering the FTSE100.
  6. Oils been expensive for 5 years now. easyJets making record profits. Square them apples.
  7. SMAC67 has had all his dire predictions proven to be unfounded so now is too busy to frequent this thread. I see. He spent £110k jumping ahead of other wannabe airline pilots on a scheme to fast track him to the cockpit of a 180 seat jet airliner in less than 18 months. Sweet. But the contract was always that you would be the company's bitch, paid by the hour where and when needed. He knew that - he took it. It saves easyjet having more pilots than it needs on the books during the quieter winter months, this drives down costs, this is why they are successful. If Diddums didn't want to
  8. http://www.cityam.com/latest-news/easyjet-boosts-traffic-and-passenger-load So here's an airline in the UK that's seeing growth of around 8% per year whilst in the middle of a double dip recession and ongoing financial crisis and high unemployment. Not exactly an industry on its knees. Monarch airlines is also expanding in the UK adding new crew bases and buying additional new Airbus aircraft and hiring more crews. Its certainly a mixed picture and its certainly not a rosy one but neither has the total collapse of the air transport industry, as predicted by some on this thread, come to p
  9. Sorry, one billion not two and I was thinking about 2008. The point was that the business is one where profits plunge and it all seems like a complete wreck but then they also soar and it seems like a runaway success. Most other businesses are not like this. You cannot put antifreeze through a jet turbine. Kerosene is going to remain the principal fuel for aircraft forever. Most everything else has an alternative but not aviation. The airline business has always faced challenges and crisis and has always overcome them and continued to grow. It might 'be different this time' but I doubt
  10. Kerosene will always have to be by far te biggest part of the blend due to its unique properties - like not freezing despite being at at -46C in the wing tanks.
  11. Extracting hydrocarbons from 2 miles under the sea bed ain't exactly convenient but we still do it. If JetA1 was really going to run out anytime soon would Mr Boeing really be spending billions designing the next generation of jets to burn it over their 30 year service lives? No. Military consumption is already plummeting as they go over to cheap and economical UAV's. There's plenty left for a good while yet. Five years ago we were running out of gas. Now we have millions of tons of the stuff just waiting to be fracked up.. Anyway. The UK commercial air transport industry is BIGGER n
  12. Not particularly. In the West we will have the baby boomer retirement which is really what is screwing up the economy. This is offset by the BRIC countries and their Westernisation. Oil continues not to run out despite constant forecasts of it doing so. It will probably get more expensive but then gas is getting cheaper, Thorium looks good and new tech is impressively frugal. I've got a Ford Mondeo in the yard with 163bhp 5 seats and it returns a real 53 mpg - that sort of car equivalent just ten years ago would have been. BMW 525d which would barely crack 40mpg. Mathusians always fail
  13. So half the world is OK then. Which is why there are so many contracting jobs in the Far East and why all the Middle East carrries are recruiting like crazy. Ryanair is seeing a slight reduction to its immense, world beating profit record, Easyjet are about to post record profits and their shareprice is up 91% in a year. There will be further consoldation in Europe but that's normal for the industry and healthy. Thomson are starting their new 787 Dreamliner flying next year and despite 4 years of recession and crisis there are still lots of Brits going on lots of holidays. There is al
  14. This thread has been going since 2008 and not much has actually happened when you stand back. Yes a few sickly airlines have deceased but then the stronger ones like Ryanair and easyJet have added over 100 new aircraft to their fleet over the same period. No real carnage as predicted by some.
  15. Well that is bizarre because Ryanairs 31 inch seat pitch is exactly the same as Flybe.
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