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by vhtje
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air looking for cash
Replies: 24
Views: 4866

Re: WOW Air looking for cash

How do you expect them to buy airplanes without issuing debt and bonds? Selling debt is not an indication of financial trouble. Delta selling over $1b in bonds. https://www.bondbuyer.com/news/municipal-bond-activity-may-get-a-boost-from-14-billion-delta-deal United sells $300m in bonds. https://www...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does Emirates even serve alcohol to Dubai
Replies: 78
Views: 8319

Re: WHy does Emirates even serve alcohol to Dubai

There is way more to this 'story' than is being reported in The Sun. I've lived and worked in Dubai, commuting every month between there and home. I've never had any problem with having consumed alcohol on the flight to Dubai (either EK or BA). As to needing a licence to purchase alcohol, that is t...

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by vhtje
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM : who bought whom?
Replies: 14
Views: 2094

Re: Air France-KLM : who bought whom?

Why did the Dutch agree to such an unbalanced merger?

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by vhtje
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aimia and Porter form Aeroplan partnership, AC bid rejected
Replies: 12
Views: 1581

Re: Aimia and Porter form Aeroplan partnership, AC bid rejected

Not so much arrogance as a obvious long-term plan to enrich the parent company at the expense of investors dumb enough to buy into a new company with only one key business line controlled by the company which spun it off. It's basically what Continental did with ExpressJet and Delta did with Pinnac...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier wins approval for 90-seat Q400, eyes more orders
Replies: 45
Views: 7787

Re: Bombardier wins approval for 90-seat Q400, eyes more orders

For all the hand-wringing over the reduced seat pitch, clearly Bombardier thinks there is a market for an aircraft with this configuration. I am going to assume Bombardier have done their market analysis homework before investing in developing this configuration.

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the possibility that HA joins Oneworld Connect?
Replies: 12
Views: 2315

Re: What is the possibility that HA joins Oneworld Connect?

I would have thought AS would be a better bet among unaligned US carriers? I agree. BA about 18 months ago deepened their relationship with Alaska https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2016/11/18/british-airways-launches-codeshare-alaska-air/ To the extent that if on the BA website you ...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH A330 Serious Incident at BNE
Replies: 58
Views: 16009

Re: MH A330 Serious Incident at BNE

They do the walkaround at night without an electric torch / flashlight? Really careless and unprofessional. I did not write that in my post and you are extrapolating too much from my post if that is your conclusion. For all I know, the stand the aircraft was on was floodlit and brighter than daylig...

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by vhtje
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Flying Tigers hangar circa '70?
Replies: 8
Views: 1012

Re: SFO Flying Tigers hangar circa '70?

http://aflyinghistory.com/search-aeropl ... 707&page=5
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No idea but this website has a couple of closer images of what appears to be the same hangar, some with the Flying Tiger name on it, and at least one without.

http://aflyinghistory.com/search-aeropl ... 707&page=5

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by vhtje
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia starts San Francisco and Managua
Replies: 63
Views: 13601

Re: Iberia starts San Francisco and Managua

Which gates in SFO will IB use? Presumably they will share facilities with BA? But those flight times will clash with BA’s schedule, which means, if they are sharing facilities with BA, even more crowding in the already overcrowded BA lounge.

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by vhtje
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines mulls sale to another airline
Replies: 25
Views: 5014

Re: Malaysia Airlines mulls sale to another airline

I cannot see QF being the buyer. I can see QR being interested - they seem to want to buy into all their oneworld partners, with stakes in IAG (BA/IB), LATAM, and, of course, the failure to purchase a stake in AA.

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by vhtje
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best way to spend 150k Avois?
Replies: 10
Views: 3198

Re: Best way to spend 150k Avois?

I use them on domestic AA and QF flights within the United States and Australia respectively. They can be surprisingly good value, with taxes and fees that are much, much lower than ex-UK flights. For example, I just did a quick check on a domestic sector in Australia - for 9,000 Avios and a measly ...

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by vhtje
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Surface transfers
Replies: 23
Views: 1271

Re: Surface transfers

I believe plenty of passengers transfer LHR <> LGW. Whilst it is doable, it is not exactly easy, with there being no direct train services between the two airports. For example, to go from LHR to LGW, you would need to get the Heathrow Express/Heathrow Connect to Paddington, then get the underground...

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by vhtje
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 66079

Re: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded

Why are the ZB rescue flights being operated by QR aircraft using BA codes? Is it because QR cannot fly intra-Europe flights with their own code? If so, why BA codes - why not ZB codes? Is BA actually operating these flights?

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by vhtje
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you take a later flight pls sir, the best offer you've had.
Replies: 40
Views: 3122

Re: Would you take a later flight pls sir, the best offer you've had.

Flying to SYD from LHR on AY in J - our preferred route as it is a bargain compared to BA/QF - we have been bumped twice. The first time was six years ago about a week before Christmas. There had been heavy snowfall all over Northern Europe including England, and flights were delayed. We got to the ...

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by vhtje
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: American 777-300ER Dallas to London (Economy)
Replies: 15
Views: 10049

Re: American 777-300ER Dallas to London (Economy)

.. You are definitely a company non-rev, aren't you? All this praise for AA economy ... give me a break. I have only done one TATL flight on AA in Y, from DUS to ORD on a 767. I did it because I had to be in Chicago within two days of booking, and it was the only one world fare that was reasonable ...

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by vhtje
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG CEO: Level will have 13 aircraft by 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 6093

Re: IAG CEO: Level will have 13 aircraft by 2019

In my view, Walsh has had his day and it's really time for new leadership and a new direction within IAG. That is a bit harsh. IAG's profitability is up - way up, being up ~35% or something in 2017 YOY - and that is all the market and shareholders care about when it comes to the performance of the ...

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by vhtje
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch considering return to longhaul ops
Replies: 34
Views: 7836

Re: Monarch considering return to longhaul ops

Long haul to where? From where? Premium travellers either head to LHR and BA, or else flies ME3, either from LHR or from a regional airport, particularly if heading East or South to Africa. Or perhaps KL via AMS if heading TATL. Perhaps they are thinking regional TATL routes? Then they would be comp...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from 25th March 2018
Replies: 125
Views: 20268

Re: QF changes SYD-DXB-LHR back to SYD-SIN-LHR from April 2018

Fantastic news. I had avoided QF for trips back to Australia since they moved QF 1/2 to DXB, because I do not like DXB and the timing of the flight felt wrong, with the short leg after the late departure from LHR playing havoc with my sleeping plans for the flight. Will the second SYD/LHR QF31/32 be...

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by vhtje
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Pax Claims They Were Forced To Sit In Urine
Replies: 25
Views: 4710

Re: BA Pax Claims They Were Forced To Sit In Urine

Something not quite right here ! That does NOT look like BA Y seat fabric ??!! The colour of the fabric in that photo does not look like BA's blue, no, but that could be due to a poor photo - for example, if he took the photo without flash, it is possible that the Daily Heil has taken his photograp...

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by vhtje
Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways aircraft flying for British Airways & Royal Air Maroc
Replies: 11
Views: 3104

Re: Qatar Airways aircraft flying for British Airways & Royal Air Maroc

How can QR’s short haul ops cope with the loss of 11 aircraft?

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162376

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

YIMBY wrote:
Definitely a German would prefer to fly Finnish airline to British or Spanish


Why would you say that? Do you have any evidence to back up this claim?

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by vhtje
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162376

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Just received this from one world: airberlin continues to operate as part of one world Tuesday, 15 August 2017 airberlin continues to operate as part of oneworld®, following the German airline’s filing to commence insolvency proceedings under self-administration, to enable it to continue with its re...

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by vhtje
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Terminal 5 and OW Partners
Replies: 33
Views: 5432

Re: BA Terminal 5 and OW Partners

BA loves to use other OW or common One World facilities at airports but doesn't allow one One World airline to use its Terminal 5 and facilities like the Concorde lounge at London Heathrow, only sister Iberia. At Tokyo's Haneda it uses all the JAL facilities but relegates JAL's one daily 777 to old...

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Announcement
Replies: 69
Views: 15327

Re: Chicago Aviation Announcement

I thought AA already had a bus to T5 for BA departures? So this will cover their other partners? Convenient, but doesn't seem huge. The T5 bus is only for BA/QR passengers ticketed in First or Business. The new shuttle will be accessible for anyone who is transiting to Terminal 5, regardless of car...

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by vhtje
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BCN-OAK on LEVEL - Putting the Lows in Low Cost Carrier
Replies: 21
Views: 8524

Re: BCN-OAK on LEVEL - Putting the Lows in Low Cost Carrier

Wow, what a mess.

Thank you for posting the TR. One question: did the aircraft have a business class cabin, and was it occupied for the flight? Presumably they put the Premium Economy passengers in the business class seats?

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by vhtje
Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India employees to paid July salaries August 5th
Replies: 58
Views: 5976

Re: Air India employees to paid July salaries August 5th

I disagree with those who think that this is a non-story. When the national carrier of the world's second most populous countries fails to make its monthly payroll on time, then this is probably a sign that its financial woes are getting worse. It will be interesting to see what - if anything - the...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA bailed out by government again
Replies: 176
Views: 30066

Re: SAA Is Broke, Cashflow Documents Show

I was thinking of creating a separate thread for this, if you feel like my question shouldn't be in this thread feel free to report for deletion and I'll create one. My understanding is that the SA government owns a considerable amount of SAA. I've read in the past on here that the airline has been...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways IT failure (August 2)
Replies: 3
Views: 1450

Re: British Airways IT failure (August 2)

An opinion piece by Rowan Jackson, but written before yesterday's event. I find the quote in the opening paragraph salient: In the 1990s, Sir Colin – later Lord – Marshall, Chief Executive of British Airways was being interviewed by a journalist. The latter asked him, as leader of a famous brand, wh...

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A380 US Routes
Replies: 73
Views: 14301

Re: British Airways A380 US Routes

TurnaroudUK wrote:

This annoyed me as I'm due to fly on a the 287 on a Monday :cry:


BA286/287 remain all-A380 until the 29th October. Fly before then perhaps? :D

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A380 US Routes
Replies: 73
Views: 14301

Re: British Airways A380 US Routes

SFO is year round daily Not for much longer - it will be reduced to 3x weekly W17. The remaining 4x BA287/286 will be 777-236ER and one 747-436. London Heathrow – San Francisco Operational aircraft changes BA285/284 747-400 replaces 777-200ER BA287/286 A380 service reduces from 7 to 3 weekly (Day 4...

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 250 plus passengers USA west coast to OZ east coast-HELP !!!
Replies: 30
Views: 3334

Re: 250 plus passengers USA west coast to OZ east coast-HELP !!!

We have tasked to find a way, at lowest cost, to move approximately 250, maybe more, Americans to Australia for a conference. The catch is the conference is at start of January, right in the middle of peak season for air travel. Trying to work out if cheaper to use existing commercial services or c...

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planes you have been with
Replies: 53
Views: 2279

Re: Planes you have been with

I shagged on a 777-200ER mid-Atlantic once. Hmmmm. Let's see: A300 - TN, QF A318 - BA A319 - BA, AY, AA, RJ, AB, U2, UX, UA, OU, VX - probably more I cannot remember A320 - BA, AY, AA, AB, EI, JQ, AC, NZ, SK, VX, LX A321 - BA, BD, AA A332 - QF, RJ, IB, EK A333 - QF, AY, CX A343 - AY A346 - IB A380 -...

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by vhtje
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Club World vs. AA Flagship Business
Replies: 14
Views: 1048

Re: BA Club World vs. AA Flagship Business

Your boarding experience on BA was not typical. Service standards are for a round of champagne, orange juice and water at the time of boarding. You should get a menu and amenity kit before pushback too. AA do offer two very good seat choices, the Cirrus on the 77W and the B/E Super Diamond on some ...

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by vhtje
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Qantas lounge at Hobart
Replies: 6
Views: 373

Re: Qantas lounge at Hobart

QF now sells day passes to the Qantas Club? That is new to me. I think it devalues my lifetime membership even further!

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by vhtje
Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Joon routes announced
Replies: 58
Views: 11777

Re: First Joon routes announced

The branding, the tone-of-voice, the logo: all wrong, wrong, wrong. If costs can't be lower than DY and FR, then offer something else to actually appeal to the 'millennials' they think they're talking to. So ill-conceived it makes Level look good. Talk about ill-conceived... it does not look like t...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Terminal ORD: Timeless?
Replies: 22
Views: 3856

Re: AA Terminal ORD: Timeless?

It is functional and AA's recent investments have improved and lifted the appearance of the gate areas considerably. However, in my view the walkways between the gate areas are too narrow for the volume of pedestrian traffic that use them - particularly where concourses H and J join and connect to t...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US airline hub closures
Replies: 116
Views: 16039

Re: US airline hub closures

American has the entire central terminal and Delta has the terminal next to them, unless they're moving to the south terminal I fail to see where tjhey might expand. Might you explain this in detail ?? What chu talkin' 'bout, Willis? AA does not have 'the entire central terminal' - AA currently sha...

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US airline hub closures
Replies: 116
Views: 16039

Re: US airline hub closures

I think the future growth for American Airlines and possibly even United Airlines will be in smaller focus cities small and little hubs. Delta is by means of needs doing this. AA and UA will catch on. Maybe, but I'm skeptical. It's hard to imagine which markets would be profitable as "smaller ...

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by vhtje
Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover
Replies: 83
Views: 19664

Re: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover

kimimm19 wrote:
Better them than any of the mentioned above.


Why?

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The FlAAgship Experience: Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York inc. CX/QF First lounges
Replies: 11
Views: 9118

Re: The FlAAgship Experience: Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York inc. CX/QF First lounges

That for the report. In your eyes, AA get absolutely nothing right, do they? You do seem rather high maintenance to me.

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most senior employee in industry celebrates 75 years
Replies: 28
Views: 5531

Re: Most senior employee in industry celebrates 75 years

Why would he keep working until he is in his 90s? He loves his job, I get that, but what about his pension? Presumably, if he is still working, he is still contributing towards it? If so, when exactly is he planning on taking it (and spending it!)?

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man Checks In Single Can of Beer on Qantas Flight
Replies: 62
Views: 9861

Re: Man Checks In Single Can of Beer on Qantas Flight

EA CO AS wrote:
Trying to check a can of Foster's might have warranted an oversize or overweight charge.... ;)


No Australian actually drinks Fosters. With good reason - it is utterly vile and revolting.

I am not even certain it is even available in Australia anymore.

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3rd runway at LHR without buying more land
Replies: 97
Views: 10072

Re: Cheaper runway plan introduced for LHR

Why does a runway expansion need a vote in parliament? Just asking because that sounds ridiculous. In the US, Congress cant get anything done. I couldnt imagine Congress having to approve of specific infastructure projects! Because - and despite what the airport operator would have you believe - th...

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Classic British / French Jetliners - 1985/1987 trips
Replies: 56
Views: 15137

Re: Classic British / French Jetliners - 1985/1987 trips

Thank you so much for posting this - absolutely fascinating. Thank you for your care and attention to detail - I think we all really appreciate your writing and photographs, and for posting these trip reports. Really excellent stuff.

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by vhtje
Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3rd runway at LHR without buying more land
Replies: 97
Views: 10072

Re: Cheaper runway plan introduced for LHR

I thought 3rd runway was approved about a year ago already. Yes - but the design isn't finalised. No - the third runway is not approved - this keeps getting stated as such on this forum but the 3rd runway has not had formal planning approval yet. What did happen in October 2016 was that the Governm...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: $4000+ cash stolen in EK First on CDG-DXB
Replies: 67
Views: 10838

Re: $4000+ cash stolen in EK First on CDG-DXB

Carrying so much cash with you is highly stupid and dangerous. I hope he doesn't get a penny back... Did you read the article? The cash came from a tax refund, which was issued by the French tax authorities at CDG, the point of departure. According to the article, the airport tax desk refused to pr...

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by vhtje
Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA capture a lot of North America <-> India traffic?
Replies: 46
Views: 8259

Re: Does BA capture a lot of North America <-> India traffic?

I haven't had any bad experience with EK crew or never felt unwelcome. Same goes for BA/LH/AF too. However, transit in LHR is a royal pain, and the people manning the security counters in LHR are worse than at any other airport, rude and condescending. With many of BA flights in the new terminal 5,...

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by vhtje
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA capture a lot of North America <-> India traffic?
Replies: 46
Views: 8259

Re: Does BA capture a lot of North America <-> India traffic?

I work in tech and up until last week I was based in head office near SFO. A very large number of my colleagues in head office originate from India. Because I am curious, I query them on how they get "home". Nearly all of them opt for BA via LHR or LH via FRA. The ME3 are chosen only if it...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas reveals names for aircraft on 787 fleet
Replies: 71
Views: 12285

Re: Qantas reveals names for aircraft on 787 fleet

Here's the press releases from QF https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/aussies-asked-to-name-qantas-new-fleet/ https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-releases-shortlist-for-787-fleet-names/ Dammit I committed the mortal a.net sin of commenting and posting an opinion wit...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas reveals names for aircraft on 787 fleet
Replies: 71
Views: 12285

Re: Qantas reveals names for aircraft on 787 fleet

'Skippy'? Really? Don't get me wrong, I grew up and loved watching Skippy as a child, but does it resonate with Millennials? 'Waltzing Matilda' is a little iffy too in my view. The rest are okay. I think my problem with the list is that there is no theme to the names. It's like Qantas' marketing peo...

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