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Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems
Replies: 119
Views: 23155

Re: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems

I once stumbled across information that alleged that A300,A310,A330 per type have by design common engine interfacing but nobody ever uses that for a manufacturer change. Any body in the "better" know ? Then: one A380 has been converted between engine offers ( one of the prototypes, no id...

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Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of Etihad
Replies: 107
Views: 19420

Re: The future of Etihad

Bricktop wrote:
Agreed. They should be more concerned about the results of the last few days and getting bounced out of the Champions League by Liverpool.

I'm in mourning... :(

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Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 260
Views: 33049

Re: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!

na wrote:

If you have no idea about a certain topic then you better be quiet. Just to tell you: the times when design agencies were paid a fortune are long gone.


It's a scandal they're paid anything! :)

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Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of Etihad
Replies: 107
Views: 19420

Re: The future of Etihad

The biggest concern, of course, is what would happen to Manchester City if EY went belly up. Now I'm really worried...

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Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 260
Views: 33049

Re: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!

This is an interesting analysis on the entire redesign: https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/new_logo_identity_and_livery_for_lufthansa_done_in_house.php What a load of bollocks. Well, that's a helpful contribution to the discussion, isn't it? The link provided is a serious top to b...

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Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 260
Views: 33049

Re: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!

PA110 wrote:

What a load of bollocks.

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Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has QR opted for a diverse fleet while EK have streamlined theirs?
Replies: 37
Views: 7249

Re: Why has QR opted for a diverse fleet while EK have streamlined theirs?

Straying off topic a bit (sorry...), it seems to me that EK could reasonably be described as a mass people mover (hence huge fleets of A380s and 777-300ERs and a "pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap" mentality) whereas QR is that rare thing these days - an airline.

I know which I prefer.

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Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has QR opted for a diverse fleet while EK have streamlined theirs?
Replies: 37
Views: 7249

Re: Why has QR opted for a diverse fleet while EK have streamlined theirs?

QR have positioned themselves a couple of levels above EK. This. For all that people talk about EK's "brand", I do not personally see them as a premium airline, especially in economy. QR, on the other hand, most certainly is. Quite so. I try hard to avoid EK. I always fly QR when I can. C...

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Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 260
Views: 33049

Re: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!

Seeing both side by side, it's impossible to think of the new scheme as an improvement. I've seen it on a 747 and I can live with it. But this is very disappointing.

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Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The only picture ever taken of Concorde flying at Mach 2
Replies: 70
Views: 16204

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

By chance, BOAG is the one Concorde I flew on. LHR-JFK in July 1997. Wonderful.

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Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The only picture ever taken of Concorde flying at Mach 2
Replies: 70
Views: 16204

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

Still as iconic as ever. And both Concorde and Tornado powered by RR!

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Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replacement of the Swiss Airbus A340-300
Replies: 62
Views: 13307

Re: Replacement of the Swiss Airbus A340-300

Purely from a passenger point of view, a switch from an A340 to a 777 is a retrograde step and I hope they don't do it. Sorry, but you’re a couple years too late on this one. They’ve already replaced a number if their A340s with 77Ws. Indeed. But this thread is about whether they will add any more....

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Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replacement of the Swiss Airbus A340-300
Replies: 62
Views: 13307

Re: Replacement of the Swiss Airbus A340-300

Purely from a passenger point of view, a switch from an A340 to a 777 is a retrograde step and I hope they don't do it.

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Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 686
Views: 234012

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

What 's the latest news on QR's MSN #s 100, 106, 114 and 126? Are these the four frames that they have refused, or are they still expected to take delivery of them? The ones the said they wouldn't take and then said they would are MSNs 63, 78, 90 and 100. The first three were all delivered last yea...

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Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo mulls up to 50 A330neo aircraft
Replies: 113
Views: 20556

Re: IndiGo mulls up to 50 A330neo aircraft

Some people above are worried about IndiGo coping with the growing competition. All I can say is that if they can replicate in long-haul what they've done in short-haul it's the others who should be worried. I left India after two years. Had I stayed I would have insisted on IndiGo every time I flew...

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Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: South African Airways is in the wrong alliance?
Replies: 20
Views: 5154

Re: South African Airways is in the wrong alliance?

Several good responses above. The A332/A333/A343/A346 fleet is hardly the problem. There's considerable flexibility there and each type can be flown at a profit. Many airlines prove that every day. Oneworld really isn't an option. BA are too dominant and, as mentioned, there's the Comair franchise. ...

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Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 203035

Re: LH introduces revised livery

Just saw D-ABYA at JNB. I think we'll grow to like it.

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Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's
Replies: 85
Views: 29707

Re: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's

So B-LAD(776) is staying with CX fleet? Do you know the quit dates for the frame? General Information will be: A330-342 MSN675 B-LAC CX July/2019 A330-342 MSN895 B-LAG CX A330-342 MSN915 B-LAH CX A330-342 MSN959 B-LAI CX A330-343 MSN978 9V-STA SQ A330-343 MSN983 9V-STB SQ A330-343 MSN1132 9V-STO SQ...

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Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with South African Airways?
Replies: 64
Views: 11884

Re: What's happening with South African Airways?

I've flown SAA quite a bit over the past couple of years and it seems to me that they are in melt-down. The long-haul Business Class product is declining rapidly and cancellations of short-haul flights are becoming more common. I'd avoid them if I could.

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Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 198
Views: 45406

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

cledaybuck wrote:
MrBren wrote:
According to this article http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-eco/2018/02/11/97002-20180211FILWWW00097-20-a380-vendus-a-emirates.php, the Emirates order for 20 A380 has been firmed up this Sunday.
Engines?

Almost certainly. They're cheaper without engines but much less useful.

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Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 203035

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

I still don't see why they needed to change their livery but I think I'll get used to this one. I may even end up liking it...

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Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter
Replies: 59
Views: 12251

Re: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter

With A330s. Good. Much my favourite Indian airline. I wish them every success.

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Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 203035

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

http://www.facebook.com/prgairside/phot ... =3&theater

Oh no... Hard to think of this as an improvement.
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okjet wrote:
D-ABYA out of the paint shop at FCO. I am very disappointed if this is the final livery.

http://www.facebook.com/prgairside/phot ... =3&theater

Oh no... Hard to think of this as an improvement.

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Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non-Revenue on Concorde?
Replies: 9
Views: 1803

Re: Non-Revenue on Concorde?

It wasn't non-rev but my wife (then an employee with Swissair) and I flew LHR-JFK for 1/10th of the lowest price in 1997. It was an offer to any airline (as far as I know). Don't know if it was a standing thing or a one-off. No special dress code. In those days we had to dress up for any ID90 flight...

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Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Single African Air Transport Market
Replies: 25
Views: 3222

Re: Single African Air Transport Market

Very interesting. I lived for four years in Tanzania and I'm now into my third year of living in Namibia - sorry, Nambia. There is no doubt that the African market is a mess. (There was an issue of The Economist in February 2016 that had a good piece about this.) And, mostly, it's a self-inflicted m...

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Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - 2016-2017 (Part 17)
Replies: 4439
Views: 1513180

Re: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - Part 17

Jayafe wrote:

QR is keeping its planes....

No. They are taking the four they tried to dodge but have cancelled the last four that were previously on order. But, agreed: that should have no bearing on slots for Aerolineas.

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Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - 2016-2017 (Part 17)
Replies: 4439
Views: 1513180

Re: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - Part 17

Still a few more days to go but has anyone else noticed that 2017 is going to be the year when there were more A350s built and delivered than 777s? Let that sink in for a moment.

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Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Airbus Orders pt 2
Replies: 154
Views: 65295

Re: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Airbus Orders pt 2

A330freak wrote:
As rumoured, Air Senegal has signed a MoU for 2 A330neos

-900, one assumes but the Airbus release is careful to avoid identifying the model. (Though there is a -900 tab on the right...)

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Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates places order for 40 787-10's
Replies: 206
Views: 50277

Re: Emirates places order for 40 787-10's

I wonder if the plan is still to go with RR. If so, and if the A380 order comes through, bit of a pay day for Derby!

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Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines considers ordering A350-1000
Replies: 17
Views: 5293

Re: China Airlines considers ordering A350-1000

IT'S CALLED 35K GODDAMNIT!!!!! Does it really matter? I cannot much be bothered with the 77W, 35K or whatever. It's perfectly easy just to write 777-300ER or A350-1000 and I actually think it's more pleasing to the eye. But bottom line, you know what someone means when they write 351 so why the tan...

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Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official A330 Production/Flight Testing - 2014-2017
Replies: 1299
Views: 233021

Re: Official A330 Production/Flight Testing

China Southern's first 14 A330s (a mixture of -200s and -300s) built between 2005 and 2008 had RR. For follow-up orders they switched to PW. It was rumoured at the time that even PW were surprised about this. These 26 planes were built between 2010 and 2017. Then in October 2015 (two years ago) they...

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Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks
Replies: 50
Views: 13533

Re: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks

Where did they go wrong? They and SAA used to be the premier African airlines. Times change, eh? Sad.

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Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - 2016-2017 (Part 17)
Replies: 4439
Views: 1513180

Re: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

KarelXWB wrote:


That's interesting. No, not the hike. It's interesting that this is dated 5th October. It's the 4th where I am (Africa) and, I believe even where Pacific Islanders are. Wonder how they did that...

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Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who flies planes owned by engine manufacturers?
Replies: 10
Views: 2331

Re: Who flies planes owned by engine manufacturers?

aca36 wrote:
Air Canada uses some GECAS planes and leases all their engines from GE.

Including the Trents on their A330s?

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Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Laker Skytrain 40th Anniversary
Replies: 20
Views: 2896

Re: Laker Skytrain 40th Anniversary

My first trip to the US was in October 1978 on a Laker DC-10. My only regret is that I didn't take the registration. :(

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Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 267
Views: 59393

Re: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017

KarelXWB wrote:
The airline said it has had very attractive offers from bankrupt European airlines.


Air Berlin for one, I assume.

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Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 267
Views: 59393

Re: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017

flee wrote:
PM wrote:
flee wrote:
MAB does not seem to have a very good relationship with RR
Why would you say that?

From their experience dealing with RR on the A380s.

Which has been what? I'm not arguing. I just wasn't aware there was an issue.

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Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 267
Views: 59393

Re: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017

JerseyFlyer wrote:
It also strangely says the Malaysian govt will try to persuade Air Asia to use GE engines!



A couple of years back Air Asia X did order GE CF6 on a handful (3?) of A330-200s. That order was later swallowed up into a big A330neo order with, of course, RR.

But something dodgy was going on.

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Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 267
Views: 59393

Re: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017

flee wrote:
MAB does not seem to have a very good relationship with RR
Why would you say that?

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Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s
Replies: 170
Views: 35942

Re: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s

fcogafa wrote:
Is 45 x 900s worth the same as 35 x 1000s? If so, not much gain for Airbus
But surely very good news for RR - 90 engines vs. 70!

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Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pratt's $10 billion bet stumbles as buyers turn to CFM jet engine
Replies: 66
Views: 14290

Re: Pratt's $10 billion bet stumbles as buyers turn to CFM jet engine

Pratt & Whitney's $10 billion bet on a new jet engine is faltering after a troubled rollout, and buyers are rushing to a General Electric model instead. The GE turbine has won 10 times as many orders this year to power a narrow-body Airbus plane on which the two suppliers compete head to head. ...

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Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43
Replies: 2336
Views: 362719

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43

berari wrote:
Ethiopian's 787-9 is going to have the following seat configuration:

2-3-2 in business with a total 28 seats



Disappointing. I've flown 2-3-2 on EK's A330s and it's an insult. Even for regional routes they should do better.

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Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - 2016-2017 (Part 17)
Replies: 4439
Views: 1513180

Re: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

I'm told by a reliable source (within the airline) that QR are delaying plans to go daily to WDH (where I live) because of shortage of frames. I suppose that's not incompatible with cancelling four planes down the line but I still don't get it.

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Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK Chairman: Emirates to place 787 or A350 order by end of the year
Replies: 318
Views: 46603

Re: EK Chairman: Emirates to place 787 or A350 order by end of the year

Is it still EK's intention to hang RR engines on the 787 if it's the chosen frame?

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Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - 2016-2017 (Part 17)
Replies: 4439
Views: 1513180

Re: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

MSN 121 CI #7 got special decals applied after delivery: https://imagr.eu/up/c63ei_20347252_247255125788229_7324016316061319168_n.jpg https://www.instagram.com/p/BXF3YugD1m2/ https://imagr.eu/up/4pbmE_N170728931.jpg http://www.wingtips.tw/news_detail.asp?UID=84 I went to Taiwan just to see that bir...

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Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saint Helena Government and Airlink Announce JNB–WDH–HLE (& ASI)
Replies: 24
Views: 6086

Re: Saint Helena Government and Airlink Announce JNB–WDH–HLE (& ASI)

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I live in Windhoek and I can't wait to do this flight to St. Helena. Bring it on!

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Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA releases worst safety video ever?
Replies: 115
Views: 16112

Re: BA releases worst safety video ever?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N3J6fE-0JI

Hasn't France just passed a law about minimum bmi for models? At least the BA video has real people.
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jasoncrh wrote:
this is horrible. does not hold a candle to the splendid air France safety video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N3J6fE-0JI

Hasn't France just passed a law about minimum bmi for models? At least the BA video has real people.

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Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA releases worst safety video ever?
Replies: 115
Views: 16112

Re: BA releases worst safety video ever?

I dunno what your problem is. I loved it. But then I am British. Very.

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Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/KL Managers Have No Confidence In Future Of Cooperation
Replies: 64
Views: 11130

Re: AF/KL Managers Have No Confidence In Future Of Cooperation

I recently flew JNB-CDG-MAN and back on AF. Changing planes at CDG (which I was dreading) ended up being very easy. But the AF lounge was a shambles. It was completely overwhelmed. For hours there was NO food. They'd bring out, say, a plate of cold meat (that's all) and it was scoffed in 90 seconds....

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Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: EK to fly to Vic Falls via Windoek
Replies: 13
Views: 4529

Re: Rumor: EK to fly to Vic Falls via Windoek

6 passengers in C or 6 passengers on the whole aircraft? A couple of years ago WDH only saw widebody service from DE and SW. I was convinced then it could use one or two additional airlines servicing WDH, the tourist potential is there in Namibia. QR, ET and KL (as a tag-on from LAD) indeed filled ...

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