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Old 20-07-2014, 5:24 PM
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Is an oil leak 'extraordinary circumstances'?
No it is a technical problem which is ordinary NOT extraordinary.
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Old 20-07-2014, 6:40 PM
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Whereas a heavy storm like the one which caused my flight home yesterday to be diverted from East Midlands to Birmingham would be an extraordinary circumstance. What was really extraordinary is that Birmingham (only 30 miles or so away from East Midlands) was bathed in sunshine when we landed. We were only there for about 30 minutes before setting off to East Midlands (probably the shortest flight I've ever taken) and when we arrived it was glorious sunshine.
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Old 21-07-2014, 12:52 AM
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We have been trying to claim compensation for the delay to our journey from London to Bogota on 16 July 2013. We were booked on flights UA920 from London to Houston and UA1007 Houston to Bogota.Flight UA920 was scheduled to leave London Heathrow at 09.30 and to arrive in Houston at 13.45. This would have allowed adequate time to connect to flight UA1007 which was scheduled to depart Houston at 15.23. However, flight UA920 did not depart London Heathrow until 11.21 arriving in Houston at 15.42, one hour and 57 minutes late; in fact after our connecting flight UA1007 had departed for Bogota. We were transferred onto the next flight from Houston to Bogota which was flight UA1009 but this did not depart Houston until 23.54, arriving in Bogota at 04.54 on Wednesday 17 July. Had we not missed flight UA1007 we would have arrived in Bogota at 20.33 on 16 July. Consequently the total delay to our journey from departing London to arriving in Bogota was 8 hours and 21 minutes. The reason for the flight UA920's late departure from London on 16 July was entirely the fault of United Airlines. The flight was heavily overbooked and ground staff spent well over an hour trying to persuade passengers to stand down or be transferred to a later flight . We gave United Airlines every opportunity to comply with EU regulations and to compensate us accordingly. Unfortunately they have chosen to offer us flight vouchers instead which are not acceptable. They have cited " an unexpected safety shortcoming beyond our control impacted the operation of the aircraft originally scheduled for your flight" as an excuse for refusing compensation. However I do not believe this is true as I know that there was considerable delay due to the flight being heavily overbooked. Furthermore when I asked the airline to explain what this shortcoming was they refused and have made it clear they will not engage in any further correspondence on the claim. I referred the matter to the CAA in November last year - yes 8 months ago! - and have just received their reply stating:

[I][/I"From the information given it appears that you missed a connecting flight due to disruption to your first flight. In our view, missed connections outside the European Union on a non-EU airline are within the scope of EC261/2004 (the European Union law on delayed and cancelled flights) and could give rise to compensation, depending on the circumstances which led to the disruption. United Airlines takes a different view that missed connections outside of the European Union on a non-EU airline are not covered by EC261/2004.

Due to the difference of opinion between the airline and us on the interpretation of the law, we are unable to take your case any further on the compensation part of your claim. We will now close your file.

We do not know the circumstances which led to the disruption of your flight, so are unable to give you a view as to whether compensation is due in your case.

I understand that this may be disappointing for you. You do still have the option of going to court. As we do not know the circumstances relating to your flight, we are unable to advise on whether compensation should be payable, and as such it is for you to decide whether you wish to pursue this further."

So after 8 months the CAA got absolutely nowhere with United Airlines. What is the point of the EU passing legislation that is seemingly unenforceable?? The CAA's investigation didn't dig very deep and it appears to have no enforcement powers at all. Some passenger champion!!

Can anyone recommend a solicitor so that we can take this further?
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Old 21-07-2014, 2:23 AM
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have you tried reading this thread http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/....php?t=4445417
other examples of very similar situations (also with United) including success stories
You should also be able to find reference to a couple of different NWNF companies within the threads
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Old 22-07-2014, 12:40 PM
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Hi

Can someone give me some advice on whether its worthwhile to claim for a cancellation in 2010 flying Arizona to London. My original flight was cancelled on the day, i didn't get a flight back until 3 days later (every flight BA re-booked me on was cancelled) and my connecting flight in London was cancelled all due to weather.

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Old 22-07-2014, 1:34 PM
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..... all due to weather.

If all due to bad weather no claim.
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I took a 4 day break to Portugal with my husband & 5 friends.The friends traveled with Monarch but we couldn't get a seat so we booked with Jet2 leaving at the same time.We all boarded our respective planes to set off & ours set on fire apparently it was the air conditioning system on the plane so we all had to disembark & wait on the runway for a bus to take us back to the terminal.....as our friends plane taxied past us.Initially we were told that we would get further information at 9am which we did it told us that there would be a further announcement at 11am.This did appear & told us we would get a flight out at 2pm. What I'm wondering is should I claim as I'm not sure what they would class this type of event as.We did get 2 lots of food vouchers in this time & to give them their due they did come round & speak to us all individually.
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I took a 4 day break to Portugal with my husband & 5 friends.The friends traveled with Monarch but we couldn't get a seat so we booked with Jet2 leaving at the same time.We all boarded our respective planes to set off & ours set on fire apparently it was the air conditioning system on the plane so we all had to disembark & wait on the runway for a bus to take us back to the terminal......

Technical problem with your plane and therefore delay problem the responsibility of airline - Jet2 - you have a valid claim but expect to have to jump through numerous hoops or consider using a no win no fee. Future posts should be on Jet2 thread.
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My flight from St Thomas in the U S Virgin Islands was delayed by just over 2 hours therefore when we arrived in Charlotte North Carolina our connecting flight had left. We went to U S Airways customer service desk and was told we couldn't get a flight until the following day. We were told that because there was a convention in town U S Airways couldn't put us up in a hotel and we would have to make our own arrangements. Is there any way we can claim compensation for this inconvenience and stress this caused. Thank you in advance for any advice.
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My flight from St Thomas in the U S Virgin Islands was delayed by just over 2 hours therefore when we arrived in Charlotte North Carolina our connecting flight had left. We went to U S Airways customer service desk and was told we couldn't get a flight until the following day. We were told that because there was a convention in town U S Airways couldn't put us up in a hotel and we would have to make our own arrangements. Is there any way we can claim compensation for this inconvenience and stress this caused. Thank you in advance for any advice.
You can check and see if your travel insurance covers this. EU compensation does not apply as the journey commenced outside the EU and US Airway are not an EU airline
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