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by PlymSpotter
Mon May 20, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 186
Views: 20484

Re: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List

Quite a few sectors booked over the next few months now, including some gems and intra-European widebodies: 03/06/2019 ... STN-KBP ... Ryanair UK ... B737-800 03/06/2019 ... IEV-UDJ ... Motor Sich Airlines ... Yak 40 04/06/2019 ... LWO-KBP ... UIA Ukraine International Airways ... B737-800 04/06/201...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon May 20, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzhorod in Ukraine
Replies: 24
Views: 3504

Re: Uzhorod in Ukraine

This makes a lot of sense - the Yak 40 has exceptional STOL performance. I know supposedly they will upgrade to an An-24 if the flight is a success, but I'm really not sure how it would perform.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon May 20, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 5K operating for Norwegian, anyone have experience?
Replies: 5
Views: 681

Re: 5K operating for Norwegian, anyone have experience?

If you are remotely normal size, or above, you will prefer the HiFly A340. You probably won't understand why now, or even after the flight, but next time you DO get on a DY 787 you will instantly wish you were back onboard the 343. I will be flying DY to Florida later this year, but only because I c...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon May 20, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA axing LHR - LED & KBP
Replies: 38
Views: 7913

Re: BA axing LHR - LED & KBP

I'm not surprised by this, I flew BA to/from Kiev a bunch of times in Y, and never failed to have really cheap upgrade options - like £50 o/w cheap. That said, I've not flown BA there for a while - Ryanair and WizzAir are ridiculously cheap (just booked KBP-STN 2 weeks out for £17.50 - wow), whilst ...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu May 16, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Soviets never try making a domestic twin IL-96 using the Lotarev D-18T engine similar to the A330 and A340?
Replies: 25
Views: 4807

Re: Why did the Soviets never try making a domestic twin IL-96 using the Lotarev D-18T engine similar to the A330 and A3

The Il-96 was based on the Il-86, meaning the entire architecture was orientated towards it being a quad jet.

The A330/340 meanwhile was designed to be a dual quad / twin jet from the outset.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu May 16, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question re Thomas Cook Airlines A321 Seats 12A and 12F
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: Question re Thomas Cook Airlines A321 Seats 12A and 12F

Correct, the window seat is missing. I have booked these before - quite comfortable.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu May 16, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Peace Plans to Launch Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai; Most Likely from Lagos.
Replies: 66
Views: 8753

Re: Air Peace Plans to Launch Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai; Most Likely from Lagos.

A lot of people are writing these guys off. Yet it should be noted that they already have a large fleet and a sizeable operation since 2013. Could well be an indicator that they actually know what they are doing. P4 hasn’t gotten any slots yet nor have they hired staff abroad nor obtained office spa...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon May 13, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cabo Verde Airlines new livery
Replies: 21
Views: 3433

Re: Cabo Verde Airlines new livery

This is one of the ugliest liveries / designs I have ever seen. Have the designers even heard of colour theory?

Branding matters, this is a huge fail in my view.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 12, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzhorod in Ukraine
Replies: 24
Views: 3504

Re: Uzhorod in Ukraine

Visited the city last week. I flew to KSC in Slovakia, as city is really easy to reach from there. UDJ could be reactivated, but surely would face competence from KSC and maybe LWO. UDJ actually WAS reactivated, a few weeks ago, after a couple of years of audits of both UDJ and Ukrainian air traffi...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu May 09, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to LGW, will UA and AA follow?
Replies: 51
Views: 9083

Re: Delta to LGW, will UA and AA follow?

They might be looking at other airlines that have been doing this. Qatar Airways is a big example - they are constantly expanding their LGW service to DOH since it is easier than get a slot compared to LHR. Emirates is the same. Qatar Airways have not been constantly expanding. In fact, it is their...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue May 07, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet
Replies: 140
Views: 22296

Re: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet

I have thought all along that the 737MAX made a very poor B757 replacement compared to the A321NEO, especially considering the importance of Cargo. That said, I can see the 737MAX order being kept and the aircraft leased out via their partner company or transferred to TACV - I'm not sure how quickly...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri May 03, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unravel the A350-900 lower-range variants: Domestic & Regional
Replies: 42
Views: 7076

Re: Unravel the A350-900 lower-range variants: Domestic & Regional

Paper de-rating of aircraft is pretty common, especially among LCCs. Ryanair for instance has 3 MTOWs which it flexibly applies to its 737-800 aircraft - 75,000, 70,000 and 67,000kg. Because many operational charges are levied according to the MTOW of the aircraft, it can make economic sense to de-r...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu May 02, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest life of passenger airplane
Replies: 42
Views: 4017

Re: Shortest life of passenger airplane

The DeHavilland Comet 1 was tragically rather short-lived, although the later variants flew on for many years.

The B737-700ER, of which only two were built for ANA, was also short-lived. Within a decade, both had been WFU and broken up.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 01, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Argentina prepares to say good bye to its last operational F-28
Replies: 32
Views: 5270

Re: Argentina prepares to say good bye to its last operational F-28

Nice to see the special livery - way back in 2010 I flew TC-54 on a multistop from Buenos Aires to Patagonia. This was also a -1000C variant, which had first flown in 1969.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Q1 - Net loss 1.489B NOK ($172million)
Replies: 43
Views: 8161

Re: Norwegian Q1 - Net loss 1.489B NOK ($172million)

Now credit card companies are holding back ticket revenue from Norwegian. "Dealing with card processors has made life difficult for the company, which remains in a tight spot." https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-04-25/norwegian-air-shuttle-hopes-you-won-t-pay-by-credit-card T...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest domestic flights
Replies: 38
Views: 3990

Re: Shortest domestic flights

Westray to Papa Westray is not actually the world's shortest scheduled flight, at least by distance, and often by flying time too. Kirkja to Hattarvik on the island of Fugloy (I know, it sounds like a Brummie describing something that's ugly) in the Faroe Islands is 2.38km, a fair few hundred meters...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Julian Assange Arrested by UK Police
Replies: 67
Views: 4529

Re: Julian Assange Arrested by UK Police

UK Media is reporting he faces up to five years in prison in the US, if found guilty of the charges they wish to extradite him to face.

So he's spent seven years hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy, to avoid a maximum 5 year sentence. Seems like a smart move to me...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Isla Air - seaplane carrier in Spain
Replies: 1
Views: 460

Re: Isla Air - seaplane carrier in Spain

The plan is to link the ports, so they would be operating into Palma's bay area, not PMI itself. However, I am unconvinced at the practicality, and demand here. During the tourist season, the harbours are busy with fair weather sailors messing about on the water - I can see this and landing a reason...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Interested in Widebodies if London is a Success
Replies: 103
Views: 21825

Re: JetBlue Interested in Widebodies if London is a Success

One. They don’t have slots Two. They don’t have any planes to fly it. Three. They are not an ETOPS qualified airline. Regarding slots at LHR or LGW, a lot of people are presuming they will be difficult to obtain and expensive. Both airports' slot allocations are coordinated and feature a new entran...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine q400 Manila Brisbane scheduled 7 hours plus
Replies: 12
Views: 4678

Re: Philippine q400 Manila Brisbane scheduled 7 hours plus

This is an error - looking on FR24 it is cruising at FL330 and 480 knots.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A319 at LCY? What's the issue?
Replies: 25
Views: 5130

Re: Airbus A319 at LCY? What's the issue?

The A319 cannot maintain a suitable approach speed on the steep glideslope in order to stop safely on a contaminated (wet) runway at LCY. Airbus assessed the A319 alongside the A318, but only moved forwards with the A318 project and only then for lower weights - hence it's use only in low density pr...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump: Wind Turbines Cause Cancer
Replies: 27
Views: 1412

Re: Trump: Wind Turbines Cause Cancer

Jeeez, the guy is a certifiable moron. It's beyond idiotic.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Effects of travelling on Royal Brunei
Replies: 72
Views: 7241

Re: Effects of travelling on Royal Brunei

I think the comparisons to other countries where homosexuality is repressed are very fair. Progress in attaining equal rights is (understandably) going to be slow in many nations, but the key difference here is that Brunei appears to be going even further backwards than it was. Internationally, this...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does JetBlue have a retro livery?
Replies: 6
Views: 616

Re: Why does JetBlue have a retro livery?

Actually, I love it - so thank you for bringing it to our attention!

Really well thought out livery and I love the attention to detail in the branding.

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BREXIT: Norwegian banned from UK-USA?
Replies: 24
Views: 6256

Re: BREXIT: Norwegian banned from UK-USA?

Norwegian is actually comprised of seven different airlines, each with a local AOC Norwegian Air Argentina Norwegian Air International Norwegian Air Norway Norwegian Air Shuttle Norwegian Air Sweden Norwegian Air UK Norwegian Long Haul The flights will continue unaffected as they are all (now the MA...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger gets plane to himself
Replies: 77
Views: 13973

Re: Passenger gets plane to himself

Happened to me as a passenger, I did a TR on here about it years ago.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline in Romania to Receive 3 A330-200 (Ex-Etihad)
Replies: 17
Views: 5080

Re: Airline in Romania to Receive 3 A330-200 (Ex-Etihad)

Don't dismiss this so quickly, or presume there will be scheduled services. It's completely conceivable that the frames could be used for charter flights to destinations like Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, China etc... The lease rates are going to be reasonable for this age and type, three frames cou...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 5:Bye England! See you soon Scotland ?
Replies: 2198
Views: 106381

Re: Brexit part 5:Bye England! See you soon Scotland ?

The fact that Brexit day has effectively just become the day in which Brexit begins it's death is, frankly, hilarious.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: flybe launch LHR-IOM
Replies: 21
Views: 3308

Re: flybe launch LHR-IOM

If this becomes a success, then it's probable that an additional flight will be launched to maximise connections - Virgin / Connect will have a good number of slots available to best distribute.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Toronto Island (CYTZ) Runway 8-26 The Shortest ILS Equipped Runway?
Replies: 4
Views: 1046

Re: Is Toronto Island (CYTZ) Runway 8-26 The Shortest ILS Equipped Runway?

LCY's original runway was only 1080m, IIRC the LDA was around 800-900m, so under 3,000ft. To make it even more fun, their ILS originally had a glideslope of 7.5 degrees, to avoid the then envisaged bridge just to the East. Now of course it is 'only' 5.5 degrees.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future for small planes in the airline industry
Replies: 18
Views: 2494

Re: The future for small planes in the airline industry

Small electric regional aircraft will transform the industry. The low noise will allow them to operate from general aviation airports close to town. They will feed the larger airports as well as see small towns connected with point to point flights. I would argue that fuel is really a smaller part ...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines that are in trouble.
Replies: 35
Views: 7409

Re: Airlines that are in trouble.

n797mx wrote:
FlyBe has always been a poor performer. They need to dump the ATRs and continue dumping the E195s. The E175 isn't the best for their routes either, but it works on the longer haul flights.


Quite the opposite - they need more ATRs and fewer Q400s.

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What was your experience with online dating?
Replies: 40
Views: 2897

Re: What was your experience with online dating?

I met my partner online, as have basically all of my friends and her friends. I find it is pretty rare these days to find a younger couple who haven't met online. Typically the only exceptions seem to be childhood sweethearts.

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many...whatevers...have you been to?
Replies: 17
Views: 1193

Re: How many...whatevers...have you been to?

I keep a list of girls I've dated.

Guess that's pretty unique around here... :duck:

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 5:Bye England! See you soon Scotland ?
Replies: 2198
Views: 106381

Re: Brexit part 5:Bye England! See you soon Scotland ?

Decent graphic from the Dailymail : https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/03/22/15/11328528-6838523-image-a-11_1553267276771.jpg Very poor graphic. For example, how can you revoke Article 50 and the EU says no?? Also, TM CANNOT ask for ANOTHER extension from the EU. They had enough of that. It is April...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 5:Bye England! See you soon Scotland ?
Replies: 2198
Views: 106381

Re: Brexit part 5:Bye England! See you soon Scotland ?

Massive, that is quite a signal to UK Parliament. 5% of the electorate are supporting this petition. Which also shows 95% are indifferent to it, but you are a glass half full kind of guy, Always, otherwise, I couldn't run my business like I do. But more importantly, 5% voting for something online i...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Wizz Air “waiting for separation”
Replies: 12
Views: 1113

Re: Wizz Air “waiting for separation”

Travelling on a 'proper' airline does not mean you will fare any better, or worse, in this sort of case. I've encountered similarly frustrating IT issues with several mainline carriers, including three of those flying into MSQ. When approached they did sod all about it in advance, even with one carr...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could the MAX grounding be the end of Norwegian?
Replies: 112
Views: 31121

Re: Could the MAX grounding be the end of Norwegian?

The problem for Norwegian is whether this grounding has a residual affect which dissuades the public from flying them or their MAX aircraft in future, even once the issues are fully rectified. . Wouldn't that thinking apply to any other airline flying the MAX, and particularly to those who are plan...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could the MAX grounding be the end of Norwegian?
Replies: 112
Views: 31121

Re: Could the MAX grounding be the end of Norwegian?

The problem for Norwegian is whether this grounding has a residual affect which dissuades the public from flying them or their MAX aircraft in future, even once the issues are fully rectified. A small drop in network wide load factor would be significantly more damaging to their long term outlook, c...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Iran Air without embargo?
Replies: 16
Views: 1759

Re: Iran Air without embargo?

It is quite possible that they would have ordered the B748i and the A388, in large numbers. Certainly without the revolution and with a Western friendly environment, they would have grown a very very sizeable wide body fleet. Looking at precedents for a hypothetical operation, in the late 1980s I wo...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many prop planes in your logbook??
Replies: 54
Views: 2409

Re: How many prop planes in your logbook??

Guess I'll be the first one to put the Xian MA60 on the table: 3 flights, on 2 airlines on this one. ATR 72-500, ATR 42-320 Bombardier Q400 Cessna 172 Piper PA-28 Archer Piper PA-44 Seminole Did your MA-60 also crash shortly after you flew it? There's always gotta be that one person :roll: - they'r...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many prop planes in your logbook??
Replies: 54
Views: 2409

Re: How many prop planes in your logbook??

CollegeAviator wrote:
Guess I'll be the first one to put the Xian MA60 on the table: 3 flights, on 2 airlines on this one.
ATR 72-500, ATR 42-320
Bombardier Q400
Cessna 172
Piper PA-28 Archer
Piper PA-44 Seminole


Did your MA-60 also crash shortly after you flew it?

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704578

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Looks like Ethiopian may have paused their operations too. Several upcoming 7M8 departures have apparently (FR24) switched to the -800NG - we will soon see what actually takes to the sky.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many helicopter types have you flown on
Replies: 18
Views: 705

Re: How many helicopter types have you flown on

Have been lucky enough to fly on a few interesting helicopter types:

Agusta 109A II
Bell 412EP
Kamov Ka-26
Mil-2
Mil-8T
Mil-8MTV-1
Mil-26T
MD 600N
Sikorsky S-61NM

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread
Replies: 660
Views: 162917

Re: New Istanbul Airport a fiasco?

I don't know this publication and can't vouch for it, but it claims to have done local reporting on problems with the new airport, starting with an inappropriate site. Perhaps more knowledgeable Anetters can provide perspective: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/03/turkey-erdogan-thir...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Iran Air without embargo?
Replies: 16
Views: 1759

Re: Iran Air without embargo?

Not sure if this thread will get kept or moved, but I'm actually writing a paper about this for one of my classes right now. Certainly IR's issues began when the revolution ultimately locked out the rest of the world. The Iranian civil aviation market consists of an interesting network, and perhaps...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many prop planes in your logbook??
Replies: 54
Views: 2409

Re: How many prop planes in your logbook??

In Europe and the rest of the world the prop era didn't end - if anything it's coming back with aircraft like the ATR 72-600. I've done a lot of regional flying all over the world, so have been on a lot of props - way more than 300 sectors in total, or 1 in 3 flights. I have also done a lot of pleas...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus New Economy Seat Prototype
Replies: 67
Views: 9281

Re: Airbus New Economy Seat Prototype

Doesn't look a million miles from the new seats Jet2 have.

Have to say, I like the rotating table and screen - definitely nice. I wonder how durable the jointing would be though

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: (London) Luton Airport Reveal Plans to Expand from 18 million to 32 million passengers!
Replies: 19
Views: 3699

Re: (London) Luton Airport Reveal Plans to Expand from 18 million to 32 million passengers!

How does that go with a 2100 meter runway? Could probably work for a 787 or A330 on a holiday charter to southern Europe, but would it work for a true long-hauler loaded up with fuel? For medium to long haul, not an issue. Whilst LTN's physical runway is 'only' 2,162m long, it's topographical posit...

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