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by PatrickZ80
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Foreign carrier with most planes on ground at same time
Replies: 6
Views: 398

Re: Foreign carrier with most planes on ground at same time

Foreign could mean a lot of things. I mean, Ryanair is an Irish airline but their largest base is London Stansted. Technically they're a foreign airline there, but there can be over thirty of their aircraft on the ground at Stansted at the same time sometimes. Same goes for other large Ryanair bases...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Norwegain Air Cancellation
Replies: 24
Views: 1913

Re: Norwegain Air Cancellation

This is actually the opposite of my own experience with Norwegian. I admit, I only had to call them once but I had someone on the phone within a few minutes and they were very professional. However I can imagine, if a big aircraft like an A380 gets canceled then a lot of people will be calling them ...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21
Replies: 12
Views: 2677

Re: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21

Isn't there a lot of US/EU technology in this plane? How are they allowed to sell it to Syria? No, there isn't. It's so little that it doesn't fall under sanctions. From what I understood, this plane was designed with Air Koryo as a potential customer in mind. Of course since then the sanctions aga...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible future mid-long haul flights from Athens to Africa
Replies: 1
Views: 109

Re: Possible future mid-long haul flights from Athens to Africa

There's a reason these routes were ceased, they weren't profitable. Greece has just been hit very hard by the financial crisis and the African communities in Greece are no exception. It'll take a long time to recover and in the meanwhile there isn't any money to buy flights to Africa. On top of that...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?
Replies: 113
Views: 8207

Re: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?

Manchester as a gateway has a lot to offer! The Lake District just to the North, The Yorkshire Dales, the historical city of York. The historical city of Chester down the road. North Wales down the road, with beautiful scenery, beaches, mountains, and country side. Not forgetting Liverpool as well,...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321XLR: Seattle-Asia?
Replies: 49
Views: 7857

Re: A321XLR: Seattle-Asia?

Those Japan-Hawaii flights can fill a widebody so why would you use a narrow body? What about higher frequencies or thinner routes to/from smaller airports? Basically all flights from Hawaii to Japan are from Honolulu except for one flight from Kona to Tokyo Haneda. Narrow bodies could offer for ex...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321XLR: Seattle-Asia?
Replies: 49
Views: 7857

Re: A321XLR: Seattle-Asia?

A big problem is that there is very very little O/D demand between Anchorage and Asia. Alaska tourism isn’t centralized like it is in Iceland What about using Hawaii instead of Alaska? Say what you want about Hawaii, but it does draw tourists. On an A320XLR Japan, South Korea and parts of China are...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321XLR: Seattle-Asia?
Replies: 49
Views: 7857

Re: A321XLR: Seattle-Asia?

4000nm puts all of Japan, SK, and NE China (including PEK and PVG) well in range of ANC. A KEF type operation to Asia from NA would be interesting to see. Indeed, from Alaska or maybe Hawaii this is certainly possible. From mainland USA it's too far, however what would there be against a cheap Los ...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best airline call signs
Replies: 80
Views: 5708

Re: Best airline call signs

Canada Jetlines "Jetbus" is another nice one.

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best airline call signs
Replies: 80
Views: 5708

Re: Best airline call signs

Mortyman wrote:
(Defunct ) Scanair: VIKING


That callsign is currently in use by Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amusing Airfare Anomalies
Replies: 35
Views: 2341

Re: Amusing Airfare Anomalies

Joe Brancatelli's Coke story is never too old, even it's twenty years since he wrote it. It's really immortal, IMHO: http://joe.biztravelife.com/97/090897.htm Very true, and that's probably the reason Norwegian didn't make a fuss of that guy only flying one leg of a two-leg booking. If other airlin...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amusing Airfare Anomalies
Replies: 35
Views: 2341

Re: Amusing Airfare Anomalies

For J fares TATL it can be cheaper to fly Easyjet to AMS, stay overnight and fly BA back to LHR and on to the US than it is to just book from LHR. Not just for J-fares. It has to do with the fact that the UK has an APD while the Netherlands doesn't. At least, not yet. There are plans for it, but th...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?
Replies: 39
Views: 5329

Re: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?

David_itl wrote:
First transatlantic Jet service (beating the 707 by around 3 weeks)

https://www.wired.com/2010/10/1004first-transatlantic-jet-service-boac/


Again, a Comet 4 and not a Comet 1. The Comet 1 didn't have TATL range, so obviously it never crossed the ocean.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Breaking down the costs of an airline ticket
Replies: 3
Views: 642

Re: Breaking down the costs of an airline ticket

I would assume no baggage fees (since I have status with AS) You may have status, but that doesn't mean it's free for the airline. They still pay a certain amount of money to the airport for every luggage item that's being handled, regardless of status of the owner. So you being a status holder act...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is LOT Polish airlines as bad as the reviews on the web say
Replies: 14
Views: 720

Re: Is LOT Polish airlines as bad as the reviews on the web say

As others have said, there's nothing wrong with LOT. It's a bit basic, but could be worse. PS the cheapest option I could find between Los Angeles and Prague in september is on Norwegian. Their service is even more basic than LOT, but still you get to your destination. To comfort you a bit, I'll be ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 946

Re: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018

The most exotic aircraft in Europe are found in Scotland with LoganAir. They operate a fleet of BN-2 Islander, DHC-6-300 / -400 Twin Otter, Dornier 328, ERJ-145 and Saab 340 / 2000. Some of these aircraft are operated for FlyBE and painted in their colors. NextJet has filed for bankrupcy a few month...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why don't museums let you in the cockpits of the planes they have?
Replies: 17
Views: 1247

Re: Why don't museums let you in the cockpits of the planes they have?

Cockpits are the most delicate part of an aircraft, lots of things to break. Here at the Aviodrome aircraft museum in the Netherlands they got an old AN-2 that they put outside on a children's playground. There's plexiglass in front of the instruments, but furthermore you can get anywhere in the air...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Should Airport employees have mental evaluations before starting work?
Replies: 62
Views: 3187

Re: Should Airport employees have mental evaluations before starting work?

For all we know this guy didn’t have a history of mental illness. Sometimes people just snap. True, but still the question should be asked why they snapped. Mostly it's because they're under too much pressure, too much stress. They can't handle that. At a certain moment they break down, it becomes ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Should Airport employees have mental evaluations before starting work?
Replies: 62
Views: 3187

Re: Should Airport employees have mental evaluations before starting work?

The Germanwings pilot actively hid his diagnoses and feared for his job. And that's exactly the problem. If he wouldn't have to fear for his job, this might never have happened. Then, what is the protocol if someone is identified with a mental illness? Do they not get hired because they have a ment...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair strike 10AUG18 pilots walk out.
Replies: 22
Views: 3761

Re: Ryanair strike 10AUG18 pilots walk out.

The pilots clearly don’t care about the passengers or the company Biggest mistake O’Leary ever made , recognising unions The pilots won’t leave , they’ll just stay and destroy the airline from within Willie Walsh and that guy in Qantas would just crush the trouble makers already How do you expect t...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair strike 10AUG18 pilots walk out.
Replies: 22
Views: 3761

Re: Ryanair strike 10AUG18 pilots walk out.

Why don't these pilots just leave FR? I mean, I fully understand their situation and back their decision to call strikes, but with all the shortages in the current Aviation Environment it would not be too hard to find a place as F/O or Captain with a better company than FR would it? Because that's ...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TATL Announcements for 2019
Replies: 190
Views: 25279

Re: TATL Announcements for 2019

I really don’t see CMH-AMS or CDG on DL. That would nicely fill a B757, but DL has pulled all B757 TATL flying this summer and a B767 is way too big. Columbus is actually a very small airport, it only served 7.500.000 passengers last year. In Europe that would rank it inbetween Charleroi and Herakl...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM : who bought whom?
Replies: 14
Views: 2099

Re: Air France-KLM : who bought whom?

Correct. AF or the newly found parent company (not sure which one technically) issued new shares to pay for the takeover of the KL shares. Thus KL shareholders got money and didn't get shares in the new parent company. Except for a few who refused to sell and are still shareholders of KLM. I believ...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?
Replies: 97
Views: 10965

Re: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?

I can say from a lifetime of living in the US that many people I know have visited NL and given positive feedback on the experience, and many more who have expressed an interest in going. I'm struggling to recall any that have visited Belgium nor even even suggested doing such. That doesn't mean it...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?
Replies: 97
Views: 10965

Re: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?

Regarding tourism in Brussels, I'm surprised nobody has yet mentioned the most famous statue in the entire city: Manneken Pis (the urinating boy). It's only a little statue, but very famous. Now this is something that attracts tourists from around the world.

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Innovations in boarding???
Replies: 71
Views: 5127

Re: Innovations in boarding???

Easily solvable - there could be reserved spots in the overhead bins. Not sure why this is not being done even now. Because the overhead bins are too small, there's not enough room in there for everyones luggage. Of course it is solveable. If you put in the Airspace XL bins (they're a lot bigger th...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Southwest
Replies: 66
Views: 8858

Re: Airbus and Southwest

So that we nip this early: Earth to Airbus fan boys. Southwest business model is predicated on the 737. It will continue to be modeled on the 737. In the future it will be modeled on the 737/797. Now, lets close this thread. The 737 and A320 aren't so different. If a business model works on the 737...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Southwest
Replies: 66
Views: 8858

Re: Airbus and Southwest

In fact the same with Ryanair? In fact they have. Remember LaudaMotion? It's owned by Ryanair, but flying an all-Airbus fleet. LaudaMotion flights are bookable through Ryanair and they basically got the same service level. You could say Ryanair already has a mixed fleet, only the Boeing aircraft ar...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How would you categorize an airport
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: How would you categorize an airport

Can't judge that by the number of passengers alone, each airport is different. Therefor there can't really be a "system". If you look at the number of O/D passengers Atlanta is just a small airport (by far most passengers are transfer passengers) while New York JFK is almost entirely O/D. ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with funny names
Replies: 24
Views: 1750

Re: Airports with funny names

Rotterdam Zestienhoven. In Dutch Zestienhoven means sixteen courtyards. As a child I always called this airport Zestienhoog instead of Zestienhoven. That's because my grandfather was living in an apartment overlooking the airport and he lived on the sixteenth floor. The Dutch word hoog means high, s...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?
Replies: 97
Views: 10965

Re: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?

I think most cars you spot are people from the south who live close to the border. Most just fly from AMS. There are plenty of LCC’s from AMS to most tourist destinations in Europe with bottom low fares. Other than EasyJet and Transavia there aren't many LCCs at Amsterdam, the presence of other LCC...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Non-US BA Longhaul Destination?
Replies: 94
Views: 9731

Re: Next Non-US BA Longhaul Destination?

Panama Tocumen perhaps? I'm actually surprised they don't fly there. As a matter of fact, there are no flights at all between London and Panama. Of course their partner Iberia serves it as well as their competitors KLM and Lufthansa, but I think there's enough demand to throw another European airlin...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TSA considering cutting security screenings at small airports
Replies: 43
Views: 2634

Re: TSA considering cutting security screenings at small airports

Because terrosists can't figure out how to get to small airports? My concern exactly. What would happen if someone with bad intentions shows up at a small unscreened airport and boards a flight from there. They can basically bring anything on board since security is only done at arrival. That is, i...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Airline from New York to SFO in August?
Replies: 13
Views: 511

Re: What Airline from New York to SFO in August?

If you're from Milan Malpensa on your way to San Francisco, must you really stop in New York? Or can you make your transfer somewhere else? If not, you could for example fly EasyJet from Malpensa to Barcelona and then Norwegian from Barcelona to Oakland. Oakland is as good as San Francisco, doesn't ...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?
Replies: 97
Views: 10965

Re: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?

Belgium is small, has very little economic power and the only thing Brussels has going for itself is the EU apparatchiks who live there, which does not translate into a lot of transatlantic passenger traffic, especially to destinations without political institutions. Also, Belgium is hardly a real ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BCN: Europe's black hole (El País Newspaper)
Replies: 21
Views: 6514

Re: BCN: Europe's black hole (El País Newspaper)

BCN is a low-yielding destination with the four leading carriers being low-cost (Vueling, Ryanair, easyJet and Norwegian in that order; with VY in BCN carrying almost three times more PAX than Ryanair). This is an exceptional situation in an European airport of its size. I reckon Vueling sees littl...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TATL Announcements for 2019
Replies: 190
Views: 25279

Re: TATL Announcements for 2019

What will WestJet be doing with their new 787s- will they be like for like replacements for old 767s or open up new TA routes? Quite big for any non LGW regional routes I would have thought but perhaps peak summer - if TS can do it to eg YYC. Don't forget that Westjet is in a joint venture with Air...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SFO Question
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: SFO Question

56 minutes, that's extremely tight for a self-connection. Specially if you need to change terminals. Personally I wouldn't do this, I'd take more time inbetween. The risk of missing your flight is too high. What if your incoming flight is delayed? What if deboarding doesn't go smooth? What if there ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cities known mainly for Airports
Replies: 72
Views: 2847

Re: Cities known mainly for Airports

Shannon. Limerick is only 20km away from Shannon and much bigger. But Shannon was named after the river Shannon, the biggest river in Ireland. Actually it's the river that's famous, the city only derived it's fame from the river. There are other towns in the area, like Carrick-on-Shannon, that also...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair moving from YHM to YYZ in late October
Replies: 28
Views: 2674

Re: Flair moving from YHM to YYZ in late October

What if someone would set up a coach service that would take you straight from downtown Toronto to Hamilton airport for $10? This could easily be done, such services are very common in Europe. Canada isn't Europe - there simply isn't the demand to make something like that profitable. How would you ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cities known mainly for Airports
Replies: 72
Views: 2847

Re: Cities known mainly for Airports

Fort Lauderdale comes to my mind. Of course people have heard of Miami, it's world-famous. The fame of Miami really overshadows the city of Fort Lauderdale, which is only known for it's airport. Everything else in the area is just "Miami". Punta Cana is another one. True, it's known as a t...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair moving from YHM to YYZ in late October
Replies: 28
Views: 2674

Re: Flair moving from YHM to YYZ in late October

It's irrelevant what aircraft you fly as long as you turn a profit at the end of the day. There will be a lot more ULCC traffic out of YYZ then there ever will be out of YHM. Yes, it will cost more but I'd rather pay an extra $25 to fly in or out of YYZ. I'm pulling for them. Of course it will cost...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair moving from YHM to YYZ in late October
Replies: 28
Views: 2674

Re: Flair moving from YHM to YYZ in late October

jimbo737 wrote:
If 20 year old 737-400's were a viable ULCC platform, has it ever crossed your mind why WJ, who've operated 737's for 22+ years, didn't even consider them?


That's because there's a difference between profit and more profit. The 747-400 can make profit, but not as much as the 737-800.

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swoop Announces 7 Canada-US Routes
Replies: 33
Views: 6132

Re: Swoop Announces 7 Canada-US Routes

PatrickZ80 - You must not be a native English speaker. Of course the word "swoop" means something. It is a normal English verb meaning to descend rapidly like a hawk. Indeed I'm not a native English speaker. I'm Dutch, and although I'm rather good at English I can't know everything. Thank...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swoop Announces 7 Canada-US Routes
Replies: 33
Views: 6132

Re: Swoop Announces 7 Canada-US Routes

Sorry but I HAVE to ask…. what on Earth means Swoop ???? Is it soooo hard to found a more logic name for an airline? As far as I know, it doesn't mean anything. It just sounds fresh, young and modern and also a bit cheap. It could have been a slang word, most of them don't have any meaning either. ...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Teenager tries to steal American Eagle jet
Replies: 46
Views: 12441

Re: Teenager tries to steal American Eagle jet

Minor league stuff...back in the late 70's my brother was a police officer assigned to the San Francisco Airport, and some guy that didn't have both oars in the water, decided that he wanted to borrow a United 747, he was seated in the cockpit before he was taken into custody. That was the seventie...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Evacuation at BCN
Replies: 34
Views: 6110

Re: RYANAIR Evacuation at BCN

Literal translation is "Ryanair, what you get" and "Vueling is better", thou is not so much the words but the tone. It felt as a way of saying "if you pay Ryanair this is what you're going to get" True, but in this case Ryanair is not to blame. It happened on Ryanair, ...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31
Replies: 252
Views: 45950

Re: AeroMexico AC Down 7/31/2018

Varsity1 wrote:
Tail looks intact. Maybe an overrun.


I wouldn't call this intact.

Image

That plane will never fly again. It's totally wrecked.

Just hope for the best for everybody that was on board.

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