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by smi0006
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bathroom cleaning on long haul flights
Replies: 67
Views: 8140

Re: Bathroom cleaning on long haul flights

[twoid][/twoid] I have friends who are SQ flight attendants. They tell me that they are required to clean the lavatories every 30 minutes or so on all flights. I have seen the crew walking in with cleaning equipment on my flights with them. Back when I flew at QANTAS was the same, water run every 30...

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by smi0006
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 477
Views: 36059

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

787 RR Troubles. Perth and some East Coast ports affected. Take a look at this reschedule by NZ for just one week! Incredible that they've set up all the logistics involved; Catering, Crewing, Cargo, pax reservations.....etc What a fantastic effort. https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/travel- ... 3MGli...

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by smi0006
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is AKL-JFK/EWR/ATL not a thing?
Replies: 36
Views: 4474

Re: Why is AKL-JFK/EWR/ATL not a thing?

FAR too thin, passes 90-95% of the US population, backtracking required, you name it. However does include connections to most AU capitals. Bar SYD, I can’t see any of them having non-stop flights to NYC anytime soon, maybe MEL. NZ can capture traffic from PER/ADL/BNE/OOL/CNS - not to mention a mix...

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by smi0006
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is AKL-JFK/EWR/ATL not a thing?
Replies: 36
Views: 4474

Re: Why is AKL-JFK/EWR/ATL not a thing?

FAR too thin, passes 90-95% of the US population, backtracking required, you name it. However does include connections to most AU capitals. Bar SYD, I can’t see any of them having non-stop flights to NYC anytime soon, maybe MEL. NZ can capture traffic from PER/ADL/BNE/OOL/CNS - not to mention a mix...

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by smi0006
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy to BOM
Replies: 8
Views: 2176

Re: Air Italy to BOM

Can’t wait to see the new livery on a 330. Be curious to see uniforms and onboard branding. Wonder if they will open their own lounge in MXP.

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by smi0006
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747-400M Combi question/NWA
Replies: 10
Views: 1864

Re: 747-400M Combi question/NWA

Out of curiosity with regard to the bulkhead - were they moveable? What’s the safety concern?

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by smi0006
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is NZ flying from LHR-LAX? Is it a connection?
Replies: 57
Views: 8634

Re: Why is NZ flying from LHR-LAX? Is it a connection?

Basically to serve London, although I would have to imagine that New Zealanders bound for London would usually get routed onto CX at HKG to get to LHR to avoid the visa fee (even though New Zealand is a visa waiver country). For a long time, the route was AKL-LAX-LHR-HKG-AKL as a round-the-world fl...

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by smi0006
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to start PER-JNB from 7 December 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 6059

Re: Qantas to start PER-JNB from 7 December 2018

Exciting to see QF growing or trying new routes! Different times to SA, wonder which is preferred by the market. Do kinda feel sorry for SA. I heard PER was one of their few profitable routes. One terminal precinct will make transfers a breeze, however I’m sure the route needs little feed. Still str...

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by smi0006
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 477
Views: 36059

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

According to airlineroute the flight as of 9 April QF have removed from schedule filing The flight will need to come from the east coast because there are no International crew based in Perth. The sand gropers can’t operate the A330 internationallly. I think you will find us 'Sand gropers' can oper...

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by smi0006
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 477
Views: 36059

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

https://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-austral ... ource=hero


Thank god! Current one was atrocious to use!!
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F100Flyer wrote:
VA introduce updated iphone app and new android app.

https://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-austral ... ource=hero


Thank god! Current one was atrocious to use!!

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by smi0006
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 171
Views: 25178

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

[threeid][/threeid]

EK413 wrote:
The titles really suit the A380 :)

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EK413


Titles are framed so perfectly between he two rows of Windows.

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by smi0006
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ6 AKL-LAX returns to AKL 6 April
Replies: 24
Views: 4366

Re: NZ6 AKL-LAX returns to AKL 6 April

Deplaned, took long time get through immigration - airport struggled to handle this at 1am. Could someone explain why passengers needed to go thru immigration upon returning to AKL? Wasn't this essentially a AKL-AKL domestic flight? It's an international flight still, when it comes back it gets tre...

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by smi0006
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL 444 JFK - FCO delayed again?
Replies: 13
Views: 1836

Re: DL 444 JFK - FCO delayed again?

Quick flight time? Perhaps they are holding to prevent arriving into FCO too early?

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by smi0006
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 477
Views: 36059

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Looks like QF may be about to announce a new route, Perth-Johannesburg https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/278015/qantas-files-one-way-johannesburg-perth-schedule-from-dec-2018/ Hope we see this come to fruition. PER has a very large South African population, but PER is also perfectly...

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by smi0006
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying
Replies: 67
Views: 7879

Re: Asiana Airlines future expansion

I know SYD is where the Korean market is at, and whilst KE has tried Melbourne I still feel there is potential for a 3-5 weekly ICN service to MEL also. Perhaps in the next 5yrs or so.

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by smi0006
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh
Replies: 103
Views: 22402

Re: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh

Love the livery - uniform looks sharp too! Well done GF! Wishing them the best

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by smi0006
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 171
Views: 25178

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

Does anyone know when do the Dash cabin upgrades begin? Curious to see beyond seat covers and carpet what can be done to a Dash.

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by smi0006
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct
Replies: 48
Views: 4975

Re: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct

I have a feeling that this could be the lead in for a capacity war across the Tasman. NZ and VA are both likely to increase their capacities, by opening routes currently only severed by one of the two and increasing frequency on current routes. I would say that all AKL-SYD/MEL flights on wide bodie...

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by smi0006
Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct
Replies: 48
Views: 4975

Re: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct

I have a feeling that this could be the lead in for a capacity war across the Tasman. NZ and VA are both likely to increase their capacities, by opening routes currently only severed by one of the two and increasing frequency on current routes. I would say that all AKL-SYD/MEL flights on wide bodie...

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by smi0006
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct
Replies: 48
Views: 4975

NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct

NZ and VA have ended their trans Tasman alliance with unknown impacts to schedule, frequent flyer and codeshares etc. Already discussed in both the NZ and AU aviation threads separately - but thought it better to unite across the ditch to get one discussion with collective views and speculation rath...

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by smi0006
Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 477
Views: 36059

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Presumably we'll see NZ BNE-WLG flights reinstated and more VA WLG-AU flights beyond their current BNE services. Not necessarily. VA will be by far the smallest operator on the Tasman so I'd expect them to concentrate on business services while allowing Tiger to grow into the market to cover off le...

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by smi0006
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff
Replies: 62
Views: 5184

Re: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff

CX/KA itself required this.... they require their female staff to look feminine what next STRIKE- Making female staff comb their hair is sexist - making female staff have a bath before work is sexist making female staff iron their clothes is sexist -expecting female staff to look feminine is sexist...

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by smi0006
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff
Replies: 62
Views: 5184

Re: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff

[photoid][/photoid] Virgin Samoa actually offer male attendants a lava lava as a uniform a form of male skirt. Eh, Virgin Samoa doesn't exist anymore - do you mean Samoa Airways? Cheers, C. Sorry quiet right - when they did exist, they were offered to crew flying on the APW route ex-NZ not sure wher...

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by smi0006
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff
Replies: 62
Views: 5184

Re: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff

Yes, I completely agree. That’s nice you prefer that - but I assume you’re both men. But why should CX/KA be required to meet your opinions on ‘timeless & elegant’ or equally feminine? They are uniformed professional, as the Union highlights they aren’t comfortable in the garments. And they sho...

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by smi0006
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff
Replies: 62
Views: 5184

Re: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff

questions wrote:
VA and VS female FAs are skirts only also... at least that I have seen.


Nope VA wear pants. Virgin Samoa actually offer male attendants a lava lava as a uniform a form of male skirt.

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by smi0006
Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff
Replies: 62
Views: 5184

Re: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff

Why is that a shame?! Pathetic. Finally CX joins the rest of the world. I wonder if we’ll ever see SQ, GA, D7 or MH etc do the same? I prefer the more feminine look of the classic skirt and fitted jacket. No not in some boorish, male chauvinistic, sexist way, so please don't respond in that way. I ...

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by smi0006
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh
Replies: 103
Views: 22402

Re: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh

She’s out of paint and in her new dress! https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZkWgx-U0AAHQaY?format=jpg&name=medium https://twitter.com/mattcawby/status/979839174617448448?s=21 A lot of white - but I actually really like it! The other old one whilst different and distinctive was very 90s this is a lot ...

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by smi0006
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff
Replies: 62
Views: 5184

Re: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff

Noise wrote:
That's a shame.


Why is that a shame?! Pathetic.

Finally CX joins the rest of the world. I wonder if we’ll ever see SQ, GA, D7 or MH etc do the same?

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by smi0006
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of Lufthansa Group returning to Australasia?
Replies: 63
Views: 8606

Re: Possible Lufthansa Group Return to Australasia?

I would have thought codeshares with SQ and NZ would have this market covered. SQ has a huge market share- potentially biggest? After QF ex-AU. Back in the day OA,AZ,JU,KL etc all flew to Australia, then the SQ,CX,TH,MH pushed them out of the market, now we see EY,EK,QR impacting the Asian carriers....

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by smi0006
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA996 EZE-DFW returned to EZE; airport closed
Replies: 17
Views: 4226

Re: AA996 EZE-DFW returned to EZE; airport closed

According to folks on the tarmac, broken winshield on T/O. aircraft landed O/W, burst one MLG tyre during landing. Must be pretty badly broken for an overweight landing? I thought with so many layers cracks weren’t uncommon, but nothing dangerous. Even with a decompressed cabin, due to a crack, or ...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 52474

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

Another set of strong domestic data out today, with total traffic up 2.1% for January Vs 2017. https://bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/files/Domestic_aviation_January_2018.pdf Largest driver is the MEL-SYD mega route, up 4.7% YOY with a load factor of 87.5% - its highest EVER Other strong routes ...

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by smi0006
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand announces ORD-AKL
Replies: 80
Views: 13542

Re: Air New Zealand announces ORD-AKL

Exciting route indeed, this allocates all 789 now doesn’t it? Any spare capacity for Sunmer flying this year? AKL is becoming quiet a good size hub. Apart from EWR I can’t see anything else in North America being added, and even they I think that awaits a new fleet type. Hopefully we see NZ add more...

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: New AA Route Announcement from LAX
Replies: 178
Views: 24321

Re: Rumor: New AA Route Announcement from LAX

BNE? To replace capacity after QF moved BNE-LAX-JFK to a 789 from a 744.

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by smi0006
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing formally delivers the first 787-10 to Singapore Airlines
Replies: 113
Views: 21873

Re: Boeing formally delivers the first 787-10 to Singapore Airlines

Any photos of the interior and new regional business seat yet?

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by smi0006
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing formally delivers the first 787-10 to Singapore Airlines
Replies: 113
Views: 21873

Re: Boeing formally delivers the first 787-10 to Singapore Airlines

Stunning! Can’t wait to see more 787-10 in the skies!!

SQ certainly have a varied fleet! They do turn them over fast!

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by smi0006
Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March
Replies: 569
Views: 67952

Re: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March

Qantas has revealed the transit lounge- https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/stretching-classes-jetlag-reducing-lights-and-an-outdoor-terrace-the-new-qantas-perth-lounge/ https://youtu.be/jXbCFbTo5oU Love the idea personally of a stretching class! Would be amazing after a flight form LHR...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The only picture ever taken of Concorde flying at Mach 2
Replies: 70
Views: 16171

Re: The only picture ever taken of Concorde flying at Mach 2

Beautiful photography - almost looks like a retro render of what the Concorde would look like prior to build. Something perfectly futuristic about the Concorde still!

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al Airlines posts deepening losses as market share shrinks
Replies: 47
Views: 6006

Re: El Al Airlines posts deepening losses as market share shrinks

Forgive me, I vaguely recall seeing on a.net LY doesn’t fly on Sunday’s - is this still correct? That’s got to kill fleet utilisation, and crew costs at layover ports? Not to mention reduce schedule attractiveness?

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by smi0006
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stunning new Muscat airport opens for business
Replies: 10
Views: 3564

Re: Stunning new Muscat airport opens for business

About time. That old airport was awful. Muscat is a wonderful wonderful place. I look forward to going back Old terminal was awful- how ever I was impressed how efficiently Oman Air handled their bussing operations, same as QR at the old DOH. Wasn’t much fun in the heat - but considering the entire...

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by smi0006
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 171
Views: 25178

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

EK413 wrote:
The 1st A380 should enter the paint shop around 24th of March. ;)

That’s all I’ll say for now.

EK413


That’s all you’ll say? Am I reading too much into this? Or any chance for a special livery?

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by smi0006
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways leasing 2 x A333's
Replies: 21
Views: 4955

Re: Fiji Airways leasing 2 x A333's

Hope to see them upgauge MEL - but I do recal FJ saying no more growth for AU.

Where else will they send these aircraft? SFO?

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by smi0006
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March
Replies: 569
Views: 67952

Re: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24n March

What are the Australian planned diversion ports? ADL? Any chance it could make MEL? As the Australian Summer has just come to an end the season of fog/wind/rain is about to start! Won’t make it to MEL. I’d say LEA - Learnonth. It’s a RAAF base but has often handled international diversions. QF, CX....

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by smi0006
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March
Replies: 569
Views: 67952

Re: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March

So, where does this flight rank on the worlds longest flights then? By block time and GC distance, PER-LHR is No 2 on the currently-operated list - slightly behind QR AKL-DOH which is 35 km longer but blocked for 20 to 60 extra minutes. SQ EWR-SIN was about 350 km longer though when they were flyin...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus announce new uniforms for Spring '19
Replies: 26
Views: 3519

Re: Aer Lingus announce new uniforms for Spring '19

Cunard wrote:
It's seems as if IAG have said ''We're order a few thousand of the new uniforms as long as we can have the same one in Blue, Green and Red''.


I’d say that’s nostly close - working economies of scale they are moving to the same supplier for all three unicorns, even with different designs.

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by smi0006
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA hiring flight attendants for LIM and EZE
Replies: 38
Views: 5719

Re: AA hiring flight attendants for LIM and EZE

One of the most unusual foreign Flight Attendant bases if JAL's London base for it flights from Tokyo to London. Flew a 77W from Haneda to London Heathrow and it must have had three European FA's. One, Carolina, commutes to London from Spain for her flights to Japan. PA back in the 1970's had a Lon...

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by smi0006
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 52474

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

Completely hypothetically speaking and just thinking outside the box, everyone seems to be assuming that it would be Dreamliners operating the mentioned/proposed PER-CDG flight, why could it not be a 744ER? Could QF possibly free-up some ER's with the conversion of some US flights ex BNE to Dreamli...

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by smi0006
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh
Replies: 103
Views: 22402

Re: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh

787-9 rolled out with the new tail https://instagram.com/p/BgHeoQ3AzxZ/ eeeek! if that's really the tail, i'm already disappointed! The tail on the current livery already looks modern imo. no need to change that! I disagree, I like this new tail art from Gulf Air. Have the whole falcon on the tail ...

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by smi0006
Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The loneliest flight in the world?
Replies: 51
Views: 11315

Re: The loneliest flight in the world?

I’d say SYD-JNB; would have to top my list of lonely. Along with SYD-SCL and MEL-SCL, AKL-EZE. QF 744 crew must have some very long lonely nights. Of interesting note VA - when it was VAustralia flew MEL-JNB with a 77W but I believe at that stage CASA hadn’t relaxed their ETOPs requirements so it to...

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by smi0006
Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese Regional Hub Airports Thread (Statistics, routes updates)
Replies: 23
Views: 2049

Re: Chinese Regional Hub Airports Thread (Statistics, routes updates)

Nice to see a thread like this! (Very appropriate too as my first post here, finally decided to sign up after years of browsing the forum ;) I wonder how much of the growth has been driven by new inter-continental routes. MF has been pretty aggressive in that sense, opening up routes from XMN to LA...

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by smi0006
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man sues for mental anguish after flight lands at wrong airport
Replies: 51
Views: 8978

Re: Man sues for mental anguish after flight lands at wrong airport

Lol, if this happened to me I’d want to stay at the same hotel as the crew..... and buy those poor bastards a good couple rounds of stiff drink!

Whilst his mental anguish maybe real, I’d rather see a settlement over his medical and mental health related expenses.

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