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by vhtje
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline alliances at EWR
Replies: 11
Views: 1951

Re: Airline alliances at EWR

Here are the number of carriers from each alliance for EWR - Star- 17 Oneworld- 6 Skyteam- 2 Is this accurate? I only see 3 OneWorld carriers at EWR: AA, BA, and CX. I counted all affiliates. (I.e, American eagle, Aer lingus, Level) Aer Lingus and LEVEL are not affiliated with oneworld in any way. ...

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by vhtje
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A380 LGW to MNL
Replies: 22
Views: 7084

Re: BA A380 LGW to MNL

How are these maintenance flights crewed? Are they flight crew only, or are some cabin crew sent along also? And are the crew in full uniform?

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by vhtje
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 90
Views: 37391

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

I wonder how much revenue SQ earned from these aircraft during their tenure with SQ?

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by vhtje
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The history and creation of the “Slimline” seats?
Replies: 38
Views: 6084

Re: The history and creation of the “Slimline” seats?

Slightly off topic but THE most comfortable seat I have ever had the pleasure to travel in was a recent RJ 787 flight in Club/business. The most padded seat with the softest leather. Really, really, enjoyable. My only wish is that had been a longer flight and overnight as I am sue it would have made...

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by vhtje
Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse
Replies: 184
Views: 36711

Re: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse

lhrsfosyd wrote:
BA's newly densified B777s have better CASM than Norwegian's B787s


Interesting. I did not know this. Do you have a source for this statement, may I ask?

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by vhtje
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM Brazil retreats from GIG as long-haul gateway
Replies: 30
Views: 4768

Re: LATAM Brazil retreats from GIG as long-haul gateway

Remind me: does AA and LATAM have a JV on this route?

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by vhtje
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 67953

Re: Gatwick closed because of 2 drones

A BA A320 (G-MIDO) just landed at Bournemouth (BOH). A second BA A319 (G-DBCH) is about to land. BOH is not a normal BA destination, so it will be rare sight. Anyone with a camera nearby?

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by vhtje
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’
Replies: 71
Views: 11203

Re: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’

Some news from Spanish Financial Times ‘Expansión’ (Link in Spanish only) http://www.expansion.com/empresas/transporte/2018/12/19/5c1a9a1a268e3e3d348b47a2.html It seems that Iberia has already been informed that in case a no deal Brexit, they’d have a temporary extension of their flying permit but ...

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by vhtje
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018
Replies: 499
Views: 91224

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread 2018

Sorry for posting something that may have been asked before, but when does QF need to place an order for replacements for the narrowbody 737 fleet? Looking at what QF did in the past - my namesake aircraft was delivered to TN in February 1990. It was retired by QF in October 2012, so it flew for 22 ...

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by vhtje
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First ANA A380 rolls out of the paintshop
Replies: 112
Views: 18226

Re: First ANA A380 rolls out of the paintshop

I am sorry, I am going to buck consensus on this forum by declaring that it’s uttterly ghastly. Infantile, in fact. However, I understand that I am not its target customer, and that it does actually play to its target - Japanese holidaymakers - very well. I also appreciate that it is not just anothe...

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by vhtje
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has BA been too slow with fleet renewals
Replies: 78
Views: 11094

Re: Has BA been too slow with fleet renewals

Landor was beloved by Americans who saw it in sunlight, less so locals seeing 20 an hour in February drizzle at Heathrow. As for age, Lufthansa have some of the oldest A320s flying, but the interior product has kept pace, not something that's true of BA's long haul fleet sadly. Excellent point - I ...

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by vhtje
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is baggage handling technologically still fairly outdated?
Replies: 32
Views: 2720

Re: Why is baggage handling technologically still fairly outdated?

I remember reading a quote from James Strong once, "An airline can never move baggage as quickly as it can move passengers" He was referring to within an airport, ie to/from the aircraft to the arrival/departure halls. It makes sense: passengers have legs and can walk, i.e. move themselves...

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by vhtje
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your favorite safety video?
Replies: 30
Views: 2651

Re: Your favorite safety video?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnXq50BGiws

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My favourite at the moment has to be Qatar's, starring #blowboy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnXq50BGiws

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by vhtje
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oneworld adds Royal Air Maroc as its newest member
Replies: 141
Views: 34158

Re: Oneworld adds Royal Air Maroc as its newest member

https://www.fijiairways.com/en-us/one-world-connect/
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Also of note: Fiji Airways starts oneworld connect membership today. Interestingly, earn and burn on FJ flights is restricted to AA, BA, CX and QF Frequent Flyers only. FJ Frequent Flyers don’t earn on oneworld carriers.

https://www.fijiairways.com/en-us/one-world-connect/

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by vhtje
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA mulling move to LHR T5
Replies: 81
Views: 13243

Re: AA mulling move to LHR T5

What about IE, QR, QF, AY .... there are a myriad of oneworld carriers for whom an argument to co-locate with BA in terminal 5 can be made, for one reason or another. The problem is capacity. T5 is full already. Personally I would like to see the terminal 5 airside transit extended to T3, along with...

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by vhtje
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Autumn in Hokkaido and an SQ Suites Experience (FD, XJ, GK and SQ Suites)
Replies: 11
Views: 8238

Re: Autumn in Hokkaido and an SQ Suites Experience (FD, XJ, GK and SQ Suites)

Great report! I am hungry now though after reading it!

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by vhtje
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas CEO dials back on expectations for Project Sunrise Jet
Replies: 116
Views: 21653

Re: Qantas CEO dials back on expectations for Project Sunrise Jet

Qantas should have the same products on the 777-8 or A350-900 that they on the 787-9. First Class over flights this long is a distraction. Qantas need First only on the A380. Says who? You? Me, I'd happily pay for First on a ULH flight - in fact I would be more willing to pay for First on a 17+ hou...

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by vhtje
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oldest B733 currently in service to be donated to a museum
Replies: 15
Views: 5134

Re: Oldest B733 currently in service to be donated to a museum

Despite its age, it's far more reliant than the A319/320 fleet. The B733 is such a magnificent aircraft, I will be sad to see it go. I was extremely happy when our Atr got replaced by YU-AND some months ago. :D Do you mean reliant - meaning dependent upon someone or something - or reliable - meanin...

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by vhtje
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair plane seized at Bordeaux airport
Replies: 75
Views: 15401

Re: Ryanair plane seized at Bordeaux airport,

So this is over a subsidy paid to FR by a regional airport - which later deemed illegal... Good luck to the airport ever getting any service again... So, let me get this straight...the French regional airport paid ~$500,000 to RyanAir which was later deemed illegal by the European Union...so the Fr...

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by vhtje
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Access of terminal area for non-passenger coming back?
Replies: 30
Views: 3997

Re: Access of terminal area for non-passenger coming back?

In Australia non-ticketed airport visitors can go airside in domestic terminals. There is no verification done at security, so anyone can undergo and pass through security to the gate areas. It is normal for family members collecting a returning traveller to greet them at the gate as they disembark,...

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by vhtje
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance
Replies: 130
Views: 32352

Re: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance

I am currently in Australia, and yesterday flew BNE to SYD. As I was standing in the baggage hall in the Qantas domestic terminal (T3) in SYD, I looked at the monitor to determine on which carousel my bags would arrive. One thing that struck me observing the monitor, was how few one world carriers h...

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by vhtje
Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian survival questioned-Forbes
Replies: 101
Views: 15255

Re: Norwegian survival questioned-Forbes

There is no reason for JFK-LHR J fares to be that much higher than JFK-SFO other than the fact that there is no low cost competition. Utter nonsense. Airport charges and navigation fees are higher TATL compared to domestic US routes. Staffing costs are higher since crew flying TATL need more downti...

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by vhtje
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Exit row on very empty flights
Replies: 12
Views: 4601

Re: Exit row on very empty flights

Back in the early 80's at AirCal, we had to do some serious load planning for the DC9-80s. We were usually overbooked at SMF, but for uncommon mid-capacity loads, we might have to block the last four rows. But for the rare light loads of <30 pax or so, we had to seat everyone in the first 11 rows (...

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by vhtje
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 787-9 Exceeding Expectations on Perth-London Route
Replies: 124
Views: 28600

Re: Qantas 787-9 Exceeding Expectations on Perth-London Route

Flew qf9 last month and back on qf2. Was sceptical on the whole project sunrise thing as I like the comfort and space on the 388. Big eye opener - found qf2 to be an awful flight in comparison. The chnage back to SIN I looked forward to but the short hop from sin to syd was really bad for jet lag. ...

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by vhtje
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth
Replies: 83
Views: 16507

Re: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth

pI don't agree that it doesn't help Delta as these flights feed the TATL JV if timed correctly. It could be a late afternoon departure out of LHR too which are less sought after slots. VS have connections on both ends and these flights could complement connections through HKG for east coast Austral...

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by vhtje
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth
Replies: 83
Views: 16507

Re: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth

I'll believe this when it happens. SRB's wishes written in piss against a wall, and what Delta and AF/KLM might actually want, are two very different things. I cannot see DL/AF/KL going for this - for one thing, it would tie up too many aircraft, and VS could make more money funnelling people across...

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by vhtje
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.
Replies: 41
Views: 6597

Re: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.

You can never say never with IAG, but given BA effectively paid Flybe to take BA Connect off its hands, it’s highly unlikely. Difficult to see I know, but I hope BA does step in here, and gives BE a shot under BA's full control..... I'm certain BA could pass on some of their purchasing economies to...

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by vhtje
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EW and SN to merge by end-2020
Replies: 43
Views: 11906

Re: EW and SN to merge by end-2020

oldannyboy wrote:
Eurowings is truly the perfect example of what a lackluster, meh/blah, cheap, disposable, meaningless, rock-bottom-price-only name conjured-up-hastily-in-a-windowless-board-meeting-room is.


See: LEVEL

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by vhtje
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Qantas future longhaul routes
Replies: 53
Views: 8008

Re: Qantas future longhaul routes

Just yesterday read bank analysis that QF must be careful longhaul due to its high cost base especially if it pursues potentially more ULH routes. Most potential longhaul markets have lower cost competitors (Asian carriers/ME3 etc) so too much capacity could endanger ability to earn premiums to cov...

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by vhtje
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA Threatens Customers with Collections for using Skipplagged/hidden city ticketing
Replies: 51
Views: 4700

Re: UA Threatens Individual Customers with Collections/Bad Credit RE: Skipplagging

Imagine if you purchased an all day Subway pass and were told you could never use the subway again because you did not use the pass all day. Lol I do not think that is a valid analogy, since when you purchase an all-day subway pass, you are not contracting in your purchase with the railway provider...

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by vhtje
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW - Emergency RWY could add 20% capacity
Replies: 17
Views: 4750

Re: LGW - Emergency RWY could add 20% capacity

I think they intend to use the 'new' runway as an arrival runway in practice. Probably just getting it out there first to see what the public and authorities make of it. You can't have departures thundering down 26R very often, because arrivals could not vacate the active 26L. The other way round m...

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by vhtje
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no commercial jets airlines build with wing on the top?
Replies: 77
Views: 14725

Re: Why no commercial jets airlines build with wing on the top?

Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis? https://checkout.netsuite.com/core/media/media.nl?id=4147&c=TSTDRV914642&h=c268ec5c590d1e9e50ec https://checkout.netsuite.com/core/media/media.nl?id=4148&c=TSTDRV914642&h=a285a76b7911c652e346 Note: apologies, and full credit to, the photographer. I had...

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by vhtje
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bad habits when staying in hotels
Replies: 57
Views: 5430

Re: Bad habits when staying in hotels

The thread was about bad habits in hotels? Was it not? Going outside gets to be a hassle when you need to smoke every 15 minutes. And I'd wager my methods work, otherwise I would have been billed a smoking fee by now. And my girlfriend would have definetly smelled it if there was odor in the room. ...

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by vhtje
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 102
Views: 6328

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

ORD good access but far too many stops on the Blue Line; in an ideal world they would have Express service. Agreed - an express service on this would be a boon to the traffic on (always clogged) I90: the introduction of a rapid service could get tens of thousands of cars of this road every day, and...

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by vhtje
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 102
Views: 6328

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

ORD good access but far too many stops on the Blue Line; in an ideal world they would have Express service. Agreed - an express service on this would be a boon to the traffic on (always clogged) I90: the introduction of a rapid service could get tens of thousands of cars of this road every day, and...

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by vhtje
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bad habits when staying in hotels
Replies: 57
Views: 5430

Re: Bad habits when staying in hotels

Smoking in the no smoking rooms. I only do it in the bathroom with door closed. I stand on the tub or toilet rim and hold my cigarette directly up to the ceiling vent, while also slowly exhaling directly into it. I let very little secondhand smoke escape into the bathroom. I leave not a single ash,...

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by vhtje
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bad habits when staying in hotels
Replies: 57
Views: 5430

Re: Bad habits when staying in hotels

I drink beer while watching TV in the bed. Even when on a 5 day business Trip, I usually still leave everything in the suitcase. Ha! I do the opposite: I fastidiously unpack, even if it is just for one night. Why? Because it is easier to find things, is less unsettling (for me, anyway) and it force...

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by vhtje
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 17117

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

Sorry but IB, EI, LV , AA, AY is not BA and it is BA and Norwegian we are talking about here. No reason to argue With me, argue with Reuters I will argue with you: the DY figures are not just LON - NYC. BA is only LON - NYC. Therefore, it is valid to include BA's JV partners IB, AY, AA - hell, even...

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by vhtje
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance
Replies: 130
Views: 32352

Re: Qatar Airways CEO threatens withdrawal from OneWorld Alliance

The Qantas/Emirates partnership has been wound back over time, with QF returning to Singapore, plus Project Sunrise on the horizon offering longhaul flights ex-Australia to Europe (and of course Perth already has the PER - LHR route). I don't see why QF wouldn't, after Project Sunrise and perhaps s...

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by vhtje
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tough day in the office for AA at LHR today ?
Replies: 9
Views: 4508

Re: Tough day in the office for AA at LHR today ?

TC957 wrote:
....outbound AA99 ORD Cancelled


What happens to the scheduled cabin crew when a flight is cancelled from an outstation back to base? Do they deadhead back on another flight, or wait for the aircraft to be repaired and returned to service?

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by vhtje
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Copa reveals new Business Class seats for the 737 MAX
Replies: 26
Views: 5584

Re: Copa reveals new Business Class seats for the 737 MAX

Fly Dubai chose a different configuration than Copa https://cdn.businesstraveller.com/wp-content/uploads/fly-images/845229/FlyDubai-Business-class-seat-916x539.jpg Geez, what a waste of space isn't it? Is Fly Dubai wealthy enough to get rid of a seat this way? It is the same alternate 2-1 configura...

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by vhtje
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best luggage for the frequent traveler
Replies: 13
Views: 1058

Re: Best luggage for the frequent traveler

Antler. I have had a medium-sized roller case for nearly twenty years. It has been on countless trips and around the world multiple times. During that time it has been through untold rough handling both by myself and baggage handlers. The handle on the top is only now starting to show signs of abuse...

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by vhtje
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Parker: "Our crowded planes are much more comfortable."
Replies: 61
Views: 13503

Re: Doug Parker: "Our crowded planes are much more comfortable."

Apologies if it's been discussed, I looked and Googled, didn't see it mentioned; Doug Parker says reducing legroom on his planes has made them more comfortable. https://www.inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/american-airlines-seat-pitch-basic-economy-doug-parker-2018.html That isn't actually what he said. What...

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by vhtje
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Newbie, question regarding repositioning flights
Replies: 26
Views: 3779

Re: Newbie, question regarding repositioning flights

In the case of QF they do not if it has a 6XXX flight number. Whilst the reasons you provided are correct, I think the cost of having to deadhead an extra set of cabin crew to SIN to operate the flight + extra fees from airport and ground handler for operating flight + whatever other fees there are...

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by vhtje
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "The biggest airline failures of all time, from Trump Shuttle to Laker Airways"
Replies: 85
Views: 7229

Re: "The biggest airline failures of all time, from Trump Shuttle to Laker Airways"

Alitalia would have been and would be the biggest airline failure of all times ... if only AZ were allowed to fail: it is now at the third (or fourth ?) bankruptcy but every time it has been saved by the Italian state (and the current Italian government is openly talking of re-nationalising AZ: str...

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by vhtje
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA New Uniforms Revealed
Replies: 80
Views: 9044

Re: AA New Uniforms Revealed

These are so terribly unimaginative! It is like the result of someone going uniform shopping at a combination of K-Mart of Ross. I think I can actually smell the polyester from here in England. Come on, AA - you can do better than this! Your employees deserve better. How about trebling the budget, f...

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by vhtje
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA return flights - need to include a Saturday night or else prices are very expensive
Replies: 21
Views: 2463

Re: BA return flights - need to include a Saturday night or else prices are very expensive

This always happens. I travel to California frequently for business. My employer is happy for me to book an hotel for an extra two nights (Friday and Saturday) as the additional hotel cost is always far less than the increased fare for not staying a Saturday.

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by vhtje
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will BA/AA ever resume MAN-JFK in future?
Replies: 27
Views: 3713

Re: Will BA/AA ever resume MAN-JFK in future?

rutankrd wrote:
And the consensus among Mancunions particularly aviation enthusiasts is we don’t want them back !


Why not?

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by vhtje
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did QF purchase two 747-400s from MH and one from OZ
Replies: 36
Views: 11159

Re: Why did QF purchase two 747-400s from MH and one from OZ

I flew NLH in economy back in December 2002 on the AKL-LAX route, which at the time saw it competing against the near-fatally wounded Air NZ. It still had overhead TVs in poor condition at the back of the bus, and overall it seemed to have older seats etc. It was a bit disappointing given their foc...

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by vhtje
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did QF purchase two 747-400s from MH and one from OZ
Replies: 36
Views: 11159

Re: Why did QF purchase two 747-400s from MH and one from OZ

QF also leased a BA 744 at this time also VH-NLH (never leaves the hangar) - operated in a hybrid livery with BA config. I remember that aircraft. According to the Qantas Source, it spent nearly two and half years with QF, from November 2000 to March 2003. Wouldn’t the oddball configuration and dif...

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