For the London route, MU obtained the right to serve additional 7 weekly flights from PVG, CA have obtained the right to launch a 4 weekly flight on the route PVG-LON (compares to the 7 weekly requested), making it the second Chinese carrier on the route. CZ, Juneyao, Shanghai airlines' application...Jump to post
Weird about those footrests - I just did QF1 and there were definitely none in my row (on the lower deck) - also all the seat around us were broken in that you had to bash the button several times to get the seat to 'hold' and not fall all the way back. Did you have that problem? I was a bit skeptic...Jump to post
Thanks so much for this report! Fascinating from start to finish.
That food looks amazing.
From what I heard in Uzbekistan last year from travellers who'd dashed across Turkmenistan from Iran, it is indeed desperately poor, with legions of old ladies sweeping empty 8 lane highways etc.
"Not to be political but if I'm of Palestinian descent I'm not flying an airline full of people who generally don't like me or my people." Actually you are being political. Very political. And very stereotypical. I'm not being political, I'm being realistic. Do you think any Jewish person...Jump to post
A very brief playback on FR24 seems to show fluctuations in vertical speed just after take-off.Jump to post
Thanks for the throwback report.
2007 doesn't seem like that long ago - but there you have SQ 747s and even a QF 747-300!
One minor correction: Virgin Blue started flying in early 2000, I think, a year or so before Ansett collapsed.
Yet another case of a fatal plane crash with only one survivor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_s ... _incidents
I know nothing about statistics but this does seem slightly strange. Last such incident was only in May, the Cubana de Aviación crash in Havana.
Also worth noting that casinos are illegal in Israel. I know (from friends) that a lot of Israelis seek out casinos when on holiday. I can imagine this selling well as part of holiday packages etc. As someone else has pointed out, I'm interested to know how LY's on-ground security will work for this...Jump to post
Why was the scone brown?Jump to post
Thank you for these terrific photos! Surprised to see that Ansett 743 there after what must be at least 16 years. Also I see a Hellenic Imperial Airways 742... any idea how long it has been there? There was one apparently abandoned in ATH as late as summer 2017 but judging from Google Earth it is lo...Jump to post
Wow amazing to see an Ansett trip report, thanks! Those seats look amazing. My first ever flight was with Ansett LST-MEL (so it maybe have in fact been on Kendall) but I remember we were served curried sausages. That is literally my only memory of the flight. The Enya video is beautiful actually, fo...Jump to post
Interesting to see an LY report, thanks.
"Palestinian missile crisis" is a term I haven't heard before to describe the regular Hamas-Israel wars. I laughed.
Wild pricing for MEL-DOH. You wouldn't think there'd be a huge amount of direct traffic on that route. So interesting to see a RJ 788 diversion to Aqaba! Amazing scenery down there. Not surprised at the AMM experience. Before it was reconstructed a few years ago it was a serious hellhole (like one s...Jump to post
Thanks for this report. SYD-TPE on CI was the first ever intl flight I took so I have a soft spot for it. In Y+ on the A350 looks great!
Why bother paying for Y+ if you're going to be in a coma for the entire flight and not use any of the amenities/food etc?!? (re weird people you took the photo of)
Hey thanks for this report. What an adventure! Loved your pics from SYD. Even though it's only two years ago some of those types/livery combinations have already disappeared, and having three QF 747s lined up in a row is also getting rare. Tip: don't go to Australia and get coffee at McDonalds! It w...Jump to post
Wouldn't MEL and to a lesser extent SYD be up there? I don't have any statistics to hand but Australia's domestic services are typically more point-to-point than connecting, and the only significant flow of international transfer pax would be from NZ or Pacific islands, you'd think.Jump to post
Wow getting to board an A346 from the tarmac -- nice.Jump to post
After taking six legs of Hainan international and domestic recently I feel I can say with reasonable authority that they don't deserve 5 stars. Here's my trip report: http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1384379 The thing is you want to like them, because they clearly care about ha...Jump to post
Hahaha okay I take your point. Maybe Turkish signed a contract for 50 million of those quiche things and it's just too expensive to break it...Jump to post
Great report, the minute details of your seating companions are weirdly engrossing.
The breakfast out of Karachi looks great, why were you not a fan? In general the food on Turkish looks way above average in Y.
I absolutely loved the big gold splash on Gulf's current livery. It's opulent without being tacky. The new livery is certainly not the worst replacement though.Jump to post
LY is petitioning Israel's Supreme Court to suspend Air India's flight over KSA until Israeli airlines have the same rights. Sorry no one has covered it in English yet: https://travel.walla.co.il/item/3146067Jump to post
The new terminal must be going up quickly. On Wikimapia I can't even locate the construction site.
Looks like an ambitious project.
El Al is holding a press conference on Wednesday. It may well be related to the issues being discussed here. Will be interesting to see if they have something to announce or if they just want to strengthen their complaint about unfair competition.Jump to post
You state "The problem with LY is the combination of high prices and bad service which is not surprising because this applies to more or less everything in Israel." What nonsense! As a frequent visitor to Israel I can categorically state that the prices are reasonable and the service is a...Jump to post
Mahan Air A340-300 EP-MMT is in storage (either at THR or IKA). According to my Google translation of Persian websites it is in "eternal sleep". It was one of the ex-Olympic birds that was in storage for almost 10 years.Jump to post
They should just offer an LCC option for those don't care about security/comfort as much. An Israeli carrier give up comfort? Sure! But, give up security? NEVER ! ! ! They can still offer increased security on the more premium El Al, but not on the LCC. Why should El Al stay out of the LCC party wh...Jump to post
Thanks for this series! Several under-reported destinations and airlines.
Why did feel like you had to change seats though? I usually do but always regret it so have vowed to be more assertive from now on.
The rial has been in a bit of a nosedive lately, similar to what prompted them to can the route last time: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/currency-devaluation-dollar-rattles-iran-180216123318948.html A warning to anyone who has booked: I was booked on them from MEL-IKA in Nov' 12 and had to b...Jump to post
The very, very weird thing about this is that an American company twice (they say, unwittingly) sold A340s to Syrian Airlines and Mahan Air (the second attempt was unsuccessful) through intermediaries in 2016. And then in 2017 front companies in the UAE helped Mahan procure two further A340s from At...Jump to post
Here is a link in Persian that makes sense if translated: http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/82835656 The only Aseman flight I can see disappearing on FR24 around the reported 5AM departure is a Fokker 100 and much closer to Qom than Isfahan, so I think that is just an FR24 thing rather than the accident ai...Jump to post
Thanks for this report. I only flew Turkish short haul 8 years ago. Their catering in economy looks amazing, almost like premium economy on many carriers.Jump to post
Passengers on a Dana Air MD-80 in Nigeria on Wednesday said that an emergency exit door fell off as the aircraft landed in Abuja. http://allafrica.com/stories/201802070522.html The airline said that the door could not have fallen off without passengers tampering with it. However a passenger on Twitt...Jump to post
Really? An Israel bound aircraft that flies over Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran? A "journalist" ought to know better. Plenty of Indian regd aircraft fly over Pakistan, Afghanistan & Iran. Israel bound aircraft may be subject to restrictions, but India may have a better chance of secur...Jump to post
I don't think the Israelis will feel comfortable flying over saudi airspace especially in case of an emergency. Anyway does this route overfly Pak airspace or will it fly down to Gujarat and head further west ? Slightly off-topic but I do recall seeing a thread a few years back about a Saudi airlin...Jump to post
Gave a whack at a UA rebrand, incorporating old UA and CO themes. https://photos.app.goo.gl/PSk9LPSmDlTcLiBl2 IMO no one needs a new livery more than China Eastern. I thought I might give them some more color, using the colors from their cheatline livery but modernizing the design. https://photos.a...Jump to post
Thank you so much for these reports (on your website), I devoured them. It was actually a bit emotional. Tasmania is my home my state and while I was back recently I haven't properly travelled in it for many years now, so it elicited a lot of memories from my youth. It's funny (as in haha) that your...Jump to post
Good read about Hainan. They unfortunately lack on the IFE end and it seems you are a bit picky with the food in this case. I've flown US carriers transpacific into China and their food is not any way close to the quality they give on the carriers in China, no matter if they are LCC. Also when you'...Jump to post
Royal Jordanian.. I hope this was sarcasm. It is only one of the most beautiful liveries in the sky. Agree CA... It needs a more powerful livery as the flag carrier of China. I really hope CI doesn't change.. it was the airline that took my overseas for the first time and I really have a soft spot ...Jump to post
This is my first trip report. Even though I despise trip reports without pics -- here is a trip report without pics, hehe. It's also really long - soz. When I first began searching for flights to Australia for Christmas, Hainan had a great routing with several legs on 788/9s. Somehow I still had not...Jump to post
So, um, how does one become an oil rig inspector?
Also, AF First sounds divine.
El Al announced it will end its low-cost UP brand this year. A lot of people understood their decision to create it in the first place given similar models in other airlines did not work out. I am not an expert on the business but the one UP flight I took appeared to be LY in every respect except th...Jump to post
I remember reading that Ariana got an A340 and was supposed to start flights to Europe as they were working with the Afghan Government and European Union to get off the Blacklist, (if i'm not mistaken I read this in the summer) but since then I haven't heard a single thing. I think you might be thi...Jump to post