A 'friendly bear' in Ramsgate has confirmed a snippet a reader left on 'Strife' at the week-end.
We are not going to see BAWC B747s 'carrying the flag' arriving and taking off from Manston, it would seem.
We are more than likely to see Global Supply Systems aircraft currently based at Stansted.
GSS was set up in 2001 at Stansted and its principal business is providing aircraft on long term leases to other airlines (in this case BAWC). I do not understand what is meant by a 'dry' or 'wet' lease but the GSS lease to BAWC seems to be the Aircraft, Crew, Maintainance and Insurance or ACMI lease.
BAWC was Global Support Systems first customer and operates on BA's behalf scheduled services to the Far East, India, The Middle East, Europe and the USA.
What was more interesting to hear from a 'contact' though, was that it would seem that BAWC has been in discussion with Infratil at Manston for quite a few months concerning freight operations moving to Manston. If that is the case, why was TDC 'rail-roaded' into a 14 day window to get the S. 106 agreement and changes to night-flying hours?
We ended up with what could only be described as a rushed affair with Councillors having to 'adjourn' to read reports during the Extraordinary Full Council Meeting itself. Surely some questions need answering here?
Whilst supporting the controlled and careful expansion of Manston, it seems to me that the support of the local community would best be earned by sensible information provision, consultation and involvement rather than 'rushed' moves that do not inspire confidence.