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by OlafW
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 952

Re: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018

I was just looking at the AZAL schedules for the Baku-Dubai flights. Currently operated by their A340-500, it is in the system only until August 24, replaced by basically everything else AZAL has. 757, 767, A320,... Does anyone if the 345 are to be retired, just going to a check or are deployed on d...

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by OlafW
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 12 hour connection in EZE
Replies: 6
Views: 249

Re: 12 hour connection in EZE

Also, spotting is not always encouraged, or at least not from all spaces. When I was there some years ago, looking out a window from a shop and taking photos, I was asked to leave by security. 5 metres further enjoying more or less the same views from a cafe, that was ok...

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by OlafW
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 952

Re: Rare Aircraft 2018

I would love to catch the F100 for the first time and might be travelling to Switzerland soon, so this seems like a great opportunity. KLM is currently operating some flights with a Carpatair F100. From Flightradar data, usually the first two rotations AMS-HAM and then Edinburgh and Birmingham, but...

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by OlafW
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?
Replies: 56
Views: 9867

Re: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?

To make a comparison to FI worthwile, I suggest one should look at Oceania-South America connections. For those, PPT might make sense as the Southern Hemisphere counterpart to KEF. distances are roughly equal to both continents from there. But then again, given that there are very few Southern TPAC ...

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by OlafW
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal
Replies: 127
Views: 30109

Re: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQDLokcTito (moving words by the captain after landing - first in german, then in english) Actually, that speech was not by the captain of that day, but of the flight the day before. He mentions that "tomorrow will be the last day of Air Berlin longhaul flying&q...

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by OlafW
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Austral will replace their E-190 with 737s
Replies: 28
Views: 4460

Re: E190's on the way out at Austral?

Jayafe wrote:
B738 for shot haul


Would that be routes between airports close to each other like EZE/AEP-MVD or USH-PUQ?
SCNR

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by OlafW
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caracas Airport - Abandoned planes
Replies: 12
Views: 7016

Re: Caracas Airport - Abandoned planes

For the second link, If you zoom in close enough on google maps, you will have the solution to quite many of the planes. Number 3 of dcajets suggestion above applies here. From left to right you have the service hangars of Conviasa (white planes with orange tails, I guess the A342, three E190, a 733...

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by OlafW
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is there an Aircraft you have flown with all Operators?
Replies: 26
Views: 1450

Re: Is there an Aircraft you have flown with all Operators?

Biman DC-10, Nextjet BAe ATP, and Air Chathams Convair 580 would be the ones that come to mind

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by OlafW
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planning a Non-Rev trip
Replies: 9
Views: 818

Re: Planning a Non-Rev trip

If you want to go to Finland and also see Lapland, there is a night train from Helsinki. It's relatively cheap, so would save you a hotel night and you still get around. I'm not sure though if you would need to change trains in Kemi, but that wouldn't do much harm in that case.

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by OlafW
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should I book a flight on PK for the nostalgia?
Replies: 16
Views: 885

Re: Should I book a flight on PK for the nostalgia?

If it's for the route alone, it is a tough call if you have cities on both ends that are not your starting point nor your destination. If it's for flying PIA, maybe another long haul or medium haul flight might do the trick? It seems PIA flies to Toronto, Manchester, London, all of which should have...

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by OlafW
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran aviation thread - 2017
Replies: 137
Views: 14232

Re: Iran Aviation Thread

Pretty good information can be found here: http://fleet.myaviation.ir/ The last update seems to be from May, which seems unusual to me but maybe there were no recorded fleet changes since. The only airline I know of that is missing on that list is Pouya Air with their AN-74s. Maybe that will be adde...

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by OlafW
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German registration question
Replies: 30
Views: 3620

Re: German registration question

As an informal company style Lufthansa uses the third letter after D and A to show the aircraft manufacturer. B stands for Boeing and I for airbus (International) for example. Third letter M stands for "Megaliner" on Lufthansa A380s. Some more 3rd position letters which might have a meani...

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by OlafW
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BMI regional RJ135 - from where to where?
Replies: 4
Views: 434

BMI regional RJ135 - from where to where?

Hi, quite a simple question. I am trying to log the Embraer RJ135 in Europe. BMI regional seems to be a rather inexpensive choice for that - but where are they flying them to and where are they based? And do substitutions for an RJ145 happen on any routes or would that be a rather rare accurrence? T...

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by OlafW
Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports near country borders
Replies: 32
Views: 1260

Re: Airports near country borders

Just found two more in South America.
Leticia Airport in Colombia is less than 2 miles away from both borders to Peru and to Brazil
Tabatinga on the Brazilian side is just a few 100 m from the Peruvian border.

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by OlafW
Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Two Connected Flights, Same Aircraft
Replies: 19
Views: 987

Re: Two Connected Flights, Same Aircraft

Three times I can recall:
BOG-CCS-HVN on V0 5101/4100 with YV1007, Conviasa 737-300
ZRH-BRS-CWL on 2L 441/443 with HB-JVG, Helvetic Fokker 100
FRA-AMS-HUY on KL 1768/1497 with PH-KZI, KLM Fokker 70

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by OlafW
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162387

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

seahawk wrote:
HAM-BER is surely seeing competition from the train.


Not quite. Since the Hamburg-Berlin line is served with ICE trains, there are no flights between the two cities anymore.

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by OlafW
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162387

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

It is concerning for the German Market. Correct me if I am wrong but German Wings/Eurowings already belong to Lufthansa and other airlines flying within Germany are only peripheral so I do see a monopoly from Lufthansa which is not good for the market. ... It might be but I also feel that Lufthansa...

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by OlafW
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWISS phases out final Avro RJ100, Last flight was Aug 15 GVA-ZRH
Replies: 52
Views: 6600

Re: SWISS phases out final Avro RJ100, Last flight was Aug 15 GVA-ZRH

Dominion301 wrote:
With the RJ100 gone, do Swiss still have a few RJ85s left for a few more months or is that it for the Avros at Swiss?


That was it for the Avros. I don't even remember if they had any RJ85s, at least not since I flew with Swiss first time in 2007.

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by OlafW
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports near country borders
Replies: 32
Views: 1260

Re: Airports near country borders

Altenrhein (ACH) in Switzerland has its runway just 200 m from the river Rhine which at that place marks the border to Austria, so that should also qualify.
Salzburg (SZG) is less than 1 km from the German border, so quite near as well.

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by OlafW
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Monday Day 1 in IATA?
Replies: 47
Views: 7338

Re: Why is Monday Day 1 in IATA?

Monday is day 1 by two definitions. One is that apparently the United Nations decided that way in 1978 - although I cannot find any document for this. The other is ISO 8601 "Data elements and interchange formats – Information interchange – Representation of dates and times". I guess one of...

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by OlafW
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mahan Air 747
Replies: 7
Views: 2498

Re: Mahan Air 747

As I am planning an Aviation trip to Iran next year,I was wondering how long could the Mahan Air 747-300 still fly,and If anyone know when he will be retired . The 747-300 is the last Classic in service in the world and one of the main reason I want to go there. I seem to remember some post from la...

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by OlafW
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TP to add CUR stop on CCS flights
Replies: 30
Views: 6250

Re: TP to add CUR stop on CCS flights

As you know the Portuguese government has already made it public that should Venezuela completely collapse and plunge into war -- and we are already one step away from that point -- it has a plan to evacuate almost 1 million people out. So might this triangle route be part of that preparation? Such...

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by OlafW
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair to start flights from Durham Tees Valley (MME)
Replies: 17
Views: 2292

Re: Loganair to start flights from Durham Tees Valley (MME)

I don't see this working. MME is in the middle of nowhere for a few miles and a train station that people need to sometimes use is about a mile away. I don't see how the train station is a factor, given that many UK airports of similar size don't have a proper train connection. Just look at Glasgow...

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by OlafW
Mon May 08, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Buying Two Separate Tickets on the Same Airline
Replies: 14
Views: 3723

Re: Buying Two Separate Tickets on the Same Airline

I'd say, it all depends I once had a flight OGG-LAX-ORD where the first segment was part of a booking OGG-LAX-PDX and the LAX-ORD belonged to a large booking with 13 flights on one ticket. To add to the confusion, the first flight was on United and the second on US Airways (well, it was some years a...

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by OlafW
Mon May 08, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the return leg of an inaugural flight also considered inaugural?
Replies: 8
Views: 719

Re: Is the return leg of an inaugural flight also considered inaugural?

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=971425
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On one flight I took, the return was also celebrated as an inaugural. Even found a trip report I did back then: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=971425

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by OlafW
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Current Airlines with Cities in their Title
Replies: 48
Views: 4087

Re: Current Airlines with Cities in their Title

It seems that Hamburg is not a good city to name an airline after. At least, Hamburg Airline, Hamburg International and Hamburg Airways all don't exist anymore. Well, Air Hamburg still does... Hahn Air is not located at that airport anymore, but was founded there. Then there are quite some others in...

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by OlafW
Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China suspend its flight to Pyongyang.
Replies: 18
Views: 7748

Re: Air China suspend its flight to Pyongyang.

drdisque wrote:
Pretty much every other visitor to the country is set up with a flight on Air Koryo when they get their visa.


Depends on the travel agency you are with. My agent put me on Air China by default, I had to request the Air Koryo flights specifically.

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by OlafW
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare Aircraft You can fly, 2017 part 2
Replies: 51
Views: 4665

Re: Rare Aircraft You can fly, 2017 *FORUM #2*

What's the current situation with rare planes in Iran? ... Has anybody been there recently? If last year October counts as recently, then yes. Almost all airlines are adding some newer planes to their fleets. The MD80s of all kinds are slowly on their way out, being replaced by older 320 family pla...

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by OlafW
Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone familiar with Zurich (Kloten) Airport?
Replies: 5
Views: 780

Re: Anyone familiar with Zurich (Kloten) Airport?

Althoug I have flown from ZRh many times, I don't recall having seen those golf cart style mobiles anywhere. It might b e because at least the A pier with it's multiple security check points at that time didn't offer the possibility to drive from one point to the other. On the other hand I have seen...

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by OlafW
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rebooking onto carriers that are not Alliance/JV partners
Replies: 9
Views: 569

Re: Rebooking onto carriers that are not Alliance/JV partners

I was once rebooked from LH to AY on a FRA-HEL flight. Reason for that was a strike at LH. Quite obviously there was no chance of getting me to HEL with other LH flights. But I still wonder if part of the reason for this rebooking was that I inquired at the LH First Class counter (which I was luckil...

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by OlafW
Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surprise: another 744 F-conversion
Replies: 18
Views: 5937

Re: Surprise: another 744 F-conversion

Asiana just switched Frankfurt to an A380 destination, which was a regular for the Combis before. Maybe the cargo demand is high enough to warrant a dedicated flight in addition to the A380 passenger flight?
Not sure if any other destinations are served in a similar manner now.

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by OlafW
Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have You Had Those Times Where A Plane You Want To Fly Gets Switched?
Replies: 38
Views: 1776

Re: Have You Had Those Times Where A Plane You Want To Fly Gets Switched?

The biggest letdown was a booked Conviasa flight BOG-CCS-HVN. Both legs were shown as a 732 at the time of booking, but when the plane arrived at the gate in BOG, it was a more than boring 733. Even worse, when I checked my departure gate for the connection, it was the same gate where I had just arr...

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by OlafW
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: San Francisco for a few days?
Replies: 24
Views: 1487

Re: San Francisco for a few days?

For my visit some years ago I chose a private room in the HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel. Dorm prices should be within your limit, but depends whether you're comfortable with that. Anyway, the price is quite reasonable for the location close to Union Square and you could walk to man ypalces from t...

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by OlafW
Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Olympic Airlines A340's At Athens
Replies: 93
Views: 34001

Re: RE: Olympic Airlines A340's At Athens

There simply is no market for them, thus resale value is rock bottom. ... This baby has been up for sale for over 4 years... http://www.controller.com/listings/aircraft/for-sale/1296807/1997-airbus-a340 Looking at the position of the 2L door, isn't that a A340-200 with even lower resale value than ...

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by OlafW
Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Lufthansa A350 Inaugural Flight MUC-HAM-MUC
Replies: 8
Views: 5008

Re: Lufthansa A350 Inaugural Flight MUC-HAM-MUC

Nice TR, thank you! As for the mystery seat, maybe it's kept in so there is no need to have a different solution for the IFE of the seat behind it. I guess it would be difficult to stow the screen somewhere else without problems. It looks like the flight path also took you near Stade, where some par...

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by OlafW
Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare planes you can fly: 2017
Replies: 99
Views: 12003

Re: Rare planes you can fly: 2017

http://fleet.myaviation.ir/iranair.htm (dated 16.11.1395 which is 04.02.2017 in Gregorian Calendar) the last 747 in the IR fleet is a 747-200 in Cargo version.
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Most unlikely. With the latest fleet update from http://fleet.myaviation.ir/iranair.htm (dated 16.11.1395 which is 04.02.2017 in Gregorian Calendar) the last 747 in the IR fleet is a 747-200 in Cargo version.

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by OlafW
Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Iran: What's Left For Aviation Enthusiasts To Fly?
Replies: 1
Views: 378

Re: Iran: What's Left For Aviation Enthusiasts To Fly?

When I was there in October, it looked like it's mostly what you described. The 743 is on Mahan's schedule only two weeks in advance, but no definitive final date given. I would expect that the next bigger mechanical issue might end its service, given that it's the only example of that type still ac...

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by OlafW
Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IranAir confirms cutting Airbus order, dropping A380s
Replies: 130
Views: 30942

Re: IranAir confirms cutting Airbus order, dropping A380s

Their most critical need, by far, is to replace the western and Soviet relics, (that the Iranians have miraculously kept flying). ... Mahan, for one, has specific US sanctions against it, pretty much preventing anybody from selling new aircraft to it, but I don't know about used ones...and the used...

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by OlafW
Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transiting on ET through ADD
Replies: 2
Views: 391

Re: Transiting on ET through ADD

I transited through ADD twice in 2012. The airside hardware at that time was really nothing to write home about. A mediocre shopping alley, a really basic lounge (if you have access, it's better than nothing, but not by much) and some half decent views of the ramp. Handling wise I didn't experience ...

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by OlafW
Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many 727s still active?
Replies: 109
Views: 25744

Re: How many 727s still active?

vhqpa wrote:
I'm pretty sure Iran Aseman (is/was?) the last pax 727 operator.


As of October 2016, Aseman is still flying four 727s. I was on board one of them and saw another one or two (I didn't get one of the regs), so that number seems pretty accurate to me.

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by OlafW
Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When you are the outlier in that flight...
Replies: 21
Views: 1407

Re: When you are the outlier in that flight...

AUH - CGP - DAC - AUH Biman Bangladesh DC 10 I was the only Caucasian on board, of course I got VIP treatment. Upgraded to sit up front in the cockpit on the CGP - DAC leg. Oh, another one. Well, at least quite similar to me. On DAC-CGP-AUH I was one of three non-Bangladeshis on the first segment. ...

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by OlafW
Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your most recent (last) airline and route for each type of airplane
Replies: 39
Views: 2253

Re: Your most recent (last) airline and route for each type of airplane

ok, I'll give it a shot 100: GVA-BRN, 2L 306: GVA-FRA, KU 313: DXB-DAC, 4H (United Airways) 318: IST-OTP, RO 319: FRA-HAM, LH 320: ATH-IKA, A3 321: FRA-SKG, A3 332: LIM-BOG, AV 333: FRA-CLT, US 342: CCS-EZE, V0 343: AUH-MCT, LH 388: AKL-SYD, EK 712: TXL-HEL, KF 722: THR-SYZ, EP (Aseman) 733: TXL-FRA...

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by OlafW
Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: List Making: Cheapest/Best Value Flight You've Booked
Replies: 62
Views: 3146

Re: List Making: Cheapest/Best Value Flight You've Booked

Cheapest: .01 € for a STN-BSL flight. I had to pay 5 € for the credit card booking though...
Best value: ZRH-FRA-CLT-SFO-PHL-BOS-PHX-PDX | LAX-ORD-PHL-ZRH, all on one ticket for 1,400 US$

Granted, both were more than three years ago, but I still think the latter was a pretty good deal.

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by OlafW
Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The one oddball in a fleet!
Replies: 93
Views: 22059

Re: The one oddball in a fleet!



UR-GEA, the one 767 in the Ukraine International fleet whcih sports a yellow nose

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by OlafW
Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare planes you can fly: 2017
Replies: 99
Views: 12003

Re: Rare planes you can fly: 2017

Does anyone know if Iran Aseman is still flying their 727s? I can't seem to find any current info on them. I flew on one of their supposedly 4 727s last month. They appear on many domestic routes, including at least Tehran, Mashad, Shiraz, Rasht and Yazd. Once you goto Iran, have a look at http://a...

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by OlafW
Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Aseman A340 and 727 routes?
Replies: 2
Views: 1522

Re: Iran Aseman A340 and 727 routes?

According to the schedules on the official airport pages, also Shiraz ist served once or twice daily with the 727. How reliable that info is, I have no idea. But hopefully I will find out during the next weeks

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by OlafW
Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Oldest commercial aircraft and last piston propliners in Europe
Replies: 9
Views: 1038

Re: Oldest commercial aircraft and last piston propliners in Europe

Hi, there is European Coastal Airlines of Croatia who still list a Grumman Goose as active part of their fleet. According to German wikipedia, it was built in 1944. However, English wikipedia shows only DHC6-300s as active in 2016. So no really reliable information, but it might be that the Goose wa...

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by OlafW
Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Intra-Iran flights
Replies: 1
Views: 379

Intra-Iran flights

Hi everyone, I am planning a trip to Iran later this year, and of course I'm trying to score as many types I haven't flown yet. Apparently, the most interesting ones are gone by now (707, 747SP), but there's still something left for me. But some questions came up where maybe I could profit from your...

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by OlafW
Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cubana Questions EZE>CCC>HAV / HAV>CUN
Replies: 7
Views: 1124

Re: Cubana Questions EZE>CCC>HAV / HAV>CUN

What are our thoughts? Any comments at all? ... If I book through the Cubana website - can I pre select a seat? ... What would be the minimum time to get in and out, 2hr, 3hr...? Hi, just a little help, but maybe better than nothing. General thoughts: When I flew Cubana 5 years ago, they made a goo...

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by OlafW
Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development Thread
Replies: 361
Views: 89489

RE: MC-21 To Roll Out On June 8

Nice looks on that aircraft, hope it'll be around with some airlines in Europe as well. Would make ist easier to catch it  <img src="http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/graphics/smilies/smile.gif" width="15" height="15" border="0"/> Does anyone know why the name was changed to <acronym...

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