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by uta999
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow - Daily operations data
Replies: 8
Views: 2641

Re: Heathrow - Daily operations data

Heathrow - monthly wind direction
2018

Westerly % Easterly %
January 76 24
February 60 40
March 43 57
April 63 37
May 37 63
June 27 73 (data to 10th June)

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by uta999
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR Ambitions
Replies: 26
Views: 2235

Re: RR Ambitions

What is stopping RR developing a new engine for the A320/737/CS300/500 ? Are they out for good now?

Just bolt a big fan on the front of an EJ200

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by uta999
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Niugini Dash8 burned by protestors
Replies: 50
Views: 7871

Re: Air Niugini Dash8 burned by protestors

dazwalsh wrote:
That airport looks very secure... wonder how they got in.

Whats the fella with the toilet roll doing?


Perhaps he was due to get on the flight and as everyone here knows, prop flights don't have toilet roll... or toilets.

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by uta999
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 223
Views: 11721

Re: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011

In my younger days; UTA DC-8 series 50 & 60, and DC10-30 in Fort Lamy, Tripoli and Bangui. Swissair DC-8 and a BA Super VC10 in Khartoum. We even had to climb into the VC10 rear baggage hold to look for our bag!

Qantas 747-200B in Kuala Lumpur, all using stairs.

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by uta999
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 7846

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

I am really late to the 3rd runway convo. Where are they wanting to put it? I looked on a map and couldn't figure out the best place. Northwest of the current runwys. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44357580 There's a plan a bit down the page. There's a slightly more detailed plan here . htt...

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by uta999
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 7846

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

How does a 3rd runway alleviate the often ever so slow departure rate due to congestion in the skies around LHR? It is the airspace that is full, not this myth that LHR is at capacity. That's simple. The sky near LHR is full because of the four holding patterns around it, which in my view are too c...

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by uta999
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 7846

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

I hope Heathrow use this opportunity to finally remove ALL cars, Uber, taxis, hire cars and buses from the central area. They should all be moved north, under the new runway, so all those eyesores, along the A4 and northern perimeter road can be demolished. Only pods, trains and electric anywhere ne...

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by uta999
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 7846

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

I hope Heathrow use this opportunity to finally remove ALL cars, Uber, taxis, hire cars and buses from the central area. They should all be moved north, under the new runway, so all those eyesores, along the A4 and northern perimeter road can be demolished. Only pods, trains and electric anywhere ne...

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by uta999
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 7846

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

It's interesting that Heathrow has been on easterly operations for two of the last three months. 65% easterly, 35% westerly. Normally it's the other way round.

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by uta999
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 7846

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

Some discussion on BBC Radio 4 this lunchtime. A few minutes ago, a representative of Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council (Conservative 48 seats, Liberal Democrats 1 seat, Independents 8 seats) indicated that they and "at least four other neighbouring councils" and Greenpeace will moun...

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by uta999
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 7846

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

Carillion have offered to build it for £1B

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by uta999
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 7846

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

All the daft people and pressure groups quoting "Climate change and the environment", as a reason not to expand Heathrow, need to stop having children, driving cars, eating food and breathing! It is one big lie to blame aviation for all the noise and pollution in a major city of 10 million...

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by uta999
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 7846

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

OA940 wrote:
I think they should just send all the traffic to LCY. Lots of expansion room for EK there.


London City could be the victim of all this, as part of the planning application. With CrossRail & CR2 it simply won't be needed.

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by uta999
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 7846

Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

The Heathrow 3rd runway is expected to become UK government policy this morning, after a cabinet meeting. The Commons will then vote on it within three weeks. Boris has been sent on a field trip that day, so he won't have to vote. This means the new runway is expected to have outline planning permis...

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by uta999
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service
Replies: 71
Views: 12547

Re: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service

They might just get a 50% scale die-cast model, powered by 4 old Tornado engines for £120m.

It would be far cheaper and easier than refurbishing the real thing.

If it’s never going to carry 100 passengers, why bother building it full size?

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by uta999
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow - Daily operations data
Replies: 8
Views: 2641

Re: Heathrow - Daily operations data

Westerly preference is definitely looking far less than in previous years. Is this a ploy to get the 3rd runway through the House of Commons later this month? Rumour is Boris will be sent abroad when the vote comes, and MPs will be ordered to follow the government to get it through, with help from o...

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by uta999
Thu May 31, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow - 72 years today
Replies: 0
Views: 305

Heathrow - 72 years today

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_o ... port#1940s
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31 May 1946: The newly named London Airport was officially opened for commercial operations.

History of Heathrow Airport:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_o ... port#1940s

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by uta999
Wed May 30, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls-Royce: More 787 groundings imminent.
Replies: 66
Views: 17076

Re: Rolls-Royce: More 787 groundings imminent.

With 700 delivered in near record time for a W/B, I would say after a bad start it is doing very well. Even with the RR issue which will be sorted by next year. Airbus have struggled to build 150 A350 so far, but the 787 is the one getting bad PR. There are simply more of them in service.

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by uta999
Sun May 27, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow - Daily operations data
Replies: 8
Views: 2641

Heathrow - Daily operations data

Some very interesting data for London Heathrow operations; showing A & D movements, wind direction, early arrivals & night flights, late running departures, Team 06.00-07.00 arrivals, other runways ops and noise complaints. Shown by day: https://www.heathrowoperationaldata.com/daily-operatio...

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by uta999
Thu May 24, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 327
Views: 18254

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

It's about time the West treated Russia as a rogue state and cut it off completely. This is going to keep happening, until the people of Russia realise their leader is taking them down a very dangerous path. Europe should not be buying energy from Russia, and it might be time to ban commercial aviat...

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by uta999
Thu May 24, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?
Replies: 69
Views: 6493

Re: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?

I am sure a used A318 would do for most trips, with one stop where necessary. Where is the old Speedbird 003/004 these days?

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by uta999
Wed May 23, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?
Replies: 69
Views: 6493

Re: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?

We could always P the Americans right off, by getting the Concorde at LHR through its MOT. My planes better than your plane.

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by uta999
Wed May 23, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?
Replies: 69
Views: 6493

Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?

https://news.sky.com/story/boris-johnso ... d-11382346
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Boris Johnson, UK Foreign secretary wants a new plane. There are a few white tails around. Could it happen?

Perhaps, just put some 'spare' RR engines on one stuck at LHR currently.

https://news.sky.com/story/boris-johnso ... d-11382346

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by uta999
Tue May 22, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde, was it bound for disaster?
Replies: 76
Views: 10005

Re: Concorde, was it bound for disaster?

This accident would not have happened at LHR, or to BA. The aircraft was overweight, the runway was not inspected, and I suspect the condition of the tyres might have played a role too.

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by uta999
Mon May 21, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow reveals quietest airlines
Replies: 53
Views: 12881

Re: Heathrow reveals quietest airlines

Perhaps as part of the 3rd runway planning application, ALL airlines should be required to only operate NG, NEO, MAX, A350, 787, 777X, A380 and Cseries within 2-3 years, or for certain hours of the early morning and late evening peak. Insist airlines put their newest fleet into LHR, like SAS has alr...

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by uta999
Sun May 20, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Folding 777 Wingtips
Replies: 76
Views: 15284

Re: Folding 777 Wingtips

Won't this lead to quite a few cancelled flights in winter, or even in desert climates, when they are inevitably stuck in the up position due to ice, or sand?

Can it still take off if they are u/s? Far simpler to paint new lines on the stands affected.

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by uta999
Sun May 20, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow reveals quietest airlines
Replies: 53
Views: 12881

Re: Heathrow reveals quietest airlines

Some locals around Heathrow have been complaining for the past few years, that departing aircraft are now climbing slower and noisier than before, and far greater distances from the airport. This is probably part cost saving, but also ‘noise’ abatement. A case of the cure being worse than the proble...

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by uta999
Fri May 18, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline livery you miss the most
Replies: 165
Views: 8356

Re: Airline livery you miss the most

BOAC, Air Afrique, UTA (1970s), Sudan Airways, Qantas (1970s), Ethiopian (old style), SAS (Viking), Seaboard World Cargo

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by uta999
Mon May 07, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could a major airline ( like AF) actually go under ?
Replies: 74
Views: 11841

Re: Could a major airline ( like AF) actually go under ?

KLM better think about a rapid split, before their name gets dragged through the mud too. Let AF go under if that's what the staff want, and hopefully a new private company can return to France.

UTA is a good name for it. We go back a long way.

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by uta999
Sun May 06, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in a third runway at Heathrow world
Replies: 44
Views: 6842

Re: British Airways in a third runway at Heathrow world

BA would probably get bigger with new acquisitions, competition from Easyjet would also drive down fares at LHR. Most importantly, aircraft noise and pollution will actually be lower even with more flights. With a new generation of quieter aircraft, shorter taxi distances and far less holding in lon...

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by uta999
Sat May 05, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies
Replies: 170
Views: 33441

Re: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies

BA is well known for its clunky and very old fleet; 744, 772, 763. I am surprised people on A Net seem to think the 747-8 is out of the question.

It would fit right in with the rest of the existing 30-year old fleet. Just a bit cleaner and shiny.

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by uta999
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 (G-ZBJE) down for 7 weeks
Replies: 26
Views: 11296

Re: BA 787-8 (G-ZBJE) down for 7 weeks

To have these ships and others around the globe grounded long term, clearly implies the fault has not even been solved yet. Otherwise, new engines would come straight from the RR factory as a priority. Particularly to BA, who could drive a lorry through the factory gates so to speak. I presume this ...

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by uta999
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 (G-ZBJE) down for 7 weeks
Replies: 26
Views: 11296

Re: BA 787-8 (G-ZBJE) down for 7 weeks

It’s still odd that it’s complete flight history is missing on BASource. I don’t think the other 787 is missing.

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by uta999
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 (G-ZBJE) down for 7 weeks
Replies: 26
Views: 11296

Re: BA 787-8 (G-ZBJE) down for 7 weeks

I think it's one of the ones visible parked up in the maintenance area when you drive around the perimeter road at LHR? Yes, I saw her the other day. It seems odd that BA would take her engines for another one, unless there was another problem with it. Also, why has all tracking info been removed o...

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by uta999
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 (G-ZBJE) down for 7 weeks
Replies: 26
Views: 11296

BA 787-8 (G-ZBJE) down for 7 weeks

Has this 787-8 been damaged? It's currently out in the open, minus at least one engine at LHR since early March. It's also been removed from all BASOURCE tracking lists. https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/g-zbje http://thebasource.com/jettracker.html Her sisters are usually in maintenance f...

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by uta999
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems
Replies: 133
Views: 25511

Re: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems

Has this 787-8 G-ZBJE been damaged? It's currently out in the open, minus at least one engine at LHR since early March. It's also been removed from all BASOURCE tracking lists. Her sisters are usually in maintenance for ten days. British Airways B787-8 G-ZBJE Enters Heathrow Maintenance. Mar 7, 2018...

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by uta999
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems
Replies: 133
Views: 25511

Re: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems

Why are new jet engines generally becoming more unreliable? Is the tech moving too fast for the environment they actually operate in, or is it down to a shortage of engineers? Is routine maintenance being led by the accounts department?

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by uta999
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 117626

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality

She did a great job, but from what I understand - post shut-down the aircraft was in a normal state (minus depressurization of course). Far from a "normal state"- the damage and debris causes unpredictable drag patterns over the wing and there could be other unknown damage to control surf...

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by uta999
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA first A320NEO on way home - LHR
Replies: 10
Views: 2628

Re: BA first A320NEO on way home - LHR

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by uta999
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA first A320NEO on way home - LHR
Replies: 10
Views: 2628

Re: BA first A320NEO on way home - LHR

NEO's are starting to make an impact at LHR, with SAS, LH and others becoming regulars. Anyone know the delivery rate expected for BA in the coming months?

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by uta999
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA first A320NEO on way home - LHR
Replies: 10
Views: 2628

BA first A320NEO on way home - LHR

https://fr24.com/BAW9251/10ff417a

MSN8108

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Flight BA9251 from Toulouse to London

https://fr24.com/BAW9251/10ff417a

MSN8108

G-TTNA

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by uta999
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NATS paper strips go digital
Replies: 1
Views: 571

NATS paper strips go digital

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43630858

https://news.sky.com/story/weeks-of-del ... l-11316207
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Heathrow and Gatwick warn of delays, as NATS switch from paper strips to digital.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43630858

https://news.sky.com/story/weeks-of-del ... l-11316207

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by uta999
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2318
Views: 293608

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Is it not possible to simply (%) shrink the existing 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 airframe to whatever size(s) are finalized?

Then, you already have the design, three fuselage options and a new return stream on the $32B, already invested in a CFRP design that now seems almost flawless.

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by uta999
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Apparent search of an Aeroflot airliner at LHR
Replies: 16
Views: 4440

Re: Apparent search of an Aeroflot airliner at LHR

https://news.sky.com/story/russia-say-a ... s-11310461
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According to MET Police it did not happen, and is a fake news story on Twitter.

https://news.sky.com/story/russia-say-a ... s-11310461

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by uta999
Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018
Replies: 608
Views: 143782

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018

http://nyc787.blogspot.co.uk/
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Tomorrow, BA take delivery of their 26th 787.

LN-682 G-ZBKR 787-9 (26) 27th March
LN-700 G-ZBKS 787-9 (27) 1st May

This will be followed by a 787-8

LN-708 G-ZBJJ 787-8 (28) in early June.

http://nyc787.blogspot.co.uk/

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by uta999
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR - proposed night time ban, 7hrs
Replies: 94
Views: 13823

Re: LHR - proposed night time ban, 7hrs

Planes get quieter with every Generation, a fact that is totally and deliberately ignored by the NIMBYs The noise of the planes is inversely proportional to the noise of the NIMBYs. As aircraft get quieter, the NIMBYs get louder. I'll bet most of them have no qualms about jetting off on holiday eit...

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by uta999
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March
Replies: 569
Views: 69019

Re: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March

Qantas QF009 about to depart Perth - LHR

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by uta999
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR - proposed night time ban, 7hrs
Replies: 94
Views: 13823

Re: LHR - proposed night time ban, 7hrs

Heathrow in the mid-1940s and even late 1950s was surrounded for miles by open countryside. There were no locals, just a few tiny hamlets and farms. Look on Google maps for the period. The urbanisation came much later than the airport. Let's be clear, the area of the proposed 3rd runway is wasteland...

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by uta999
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian profit warning, try to raise equity
Replies: 125
Views: 18022

Re: Norwegian profit warning, try to raise equity

Still taking new metal, so no problem

Twitter 2hrs ago.

Our 27th Dreamliner with our first Scottish Tail Fin Hero - Robert Burns - has today landed in our fleet to service our growing long-haul flights to top #Europe and #USA destinations, #Argentina and #Singapore!
Norwegian's Dreamliner G-CKWC

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