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by seat64k
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Monarch Airlines fail?
Replies: 34
Views: 7184

Re: Why did Monarch Airlines fail?

Their business model was old-fashioned, focussing on sales through travel agencies. Too true. In 8.5 years living in London and travelling heavily, I've only seen a handful of ads, all of them in one underground station. Asking my well-travelled friends/colleagues if they're any good, they all said...

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by seat64k
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone here fly drones/quadcopters?
Replies: 12
Views: 689

Re: Anyone here fly drones/quadcopters?

I've been hoping to see more posts too. I don't fly one. Yet. But I plan to by one soon, to use while travelling.

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by seat64k
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SA 287 on Aug 20
Replies: 6
Views: 1302

Re: SA 287 on Aug 20

MalevTU134 wrote:
Ran out of biltong in J class.


Ha ha! A true emergency!

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by seat64k
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of ex-Hainan A340-600 Fleet?
Replies: 8
Views: 3224

Re: Status of ex-Hainan A340-600 Fleet?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPG8c1XmfAk


This is truly traumatic - should come with a content warning :(

So they just tear the aircraft apart? I would have thought they disassemble them to salvage parts?
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juliuswong wrote:
B-6510 Scrapped at Goodyear as N371LF Jan 2015 (Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPG8c1XmfAk


This is truly traumatic - should come with a content warning :(

So they just tear the aircraft apart? I would have thought they disassemble them to salvage parts?

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by seat64k
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of SAA's A340's?
Replies: 29
Views: 6448

Re: Future of SAA's A340's?

Even if you don't manage to get a long haul flight on the A346, they fly them between JNB and CPT and if you book it well enough in advance, you can pick up business class seats quite cheaply.

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by seat64k
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Conditioning
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: Air Conditioning

Sounds like a question for TechOps

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by seat64k
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340 Freighter conversion?
Replies: 15
Views: 5035

Re: A340 Freighter conversion?

No real market for the type. Both Airbus and third parties like Bedek and LCF Conversions have floated A340 Passenger to Freighter conversions over the past decade, but none of them ever caught enough interest to go past the concept stage. I'm guessing the relatively small number of A340s manufactu...

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by seat64k
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MU736 SYD-PVG Engine Failure after take-off
Replies: 51
Views: 14300

Re: MU736 SYD-PVG Uncontained Engine Failure after take-off

carlokiii wrote:
Slightly off-topic, but I never knew before now that the A330's engines are that close to the ground. Never that apparent when boarding or when inside the plane.


Those particular engines look so much smaller than they really are.

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by seat64k
Sun May 28, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest Flights from New York by Distance
Replies: 9
Views: 1379

Re: Longest Flights from New York

Suggest changing the title to "furthest" instead of "longest", since the flight times don't track the distance at all.

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by seat64k
Thu May 04, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A346: Why does D-AIHN have a downstairs lavatory?
Replies: 32
Views: 7914

Re: LH A346: Why does D-AIHN have a downstairs lavatory?

I've flown on D-AIHZ (the one that lost a wingtip in ground collision) and it definitely has a downstairs loo.

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by seat64k
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Reason for your Favourite aircraft bias?
Replies: 59
Views: 3294

Re: Reason for your Favourite aircraft bias?

Too many 777's and 757's (ugh) flying across the Atlantic. To be fair, if you book early enough and on the right carrier, it's possible to get an x-x-2 arrangement on a 777 or even a 747, provided you don't mind sitting near the back (personally I don't - less wing obstructing my view and often mor...

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by seat64k
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 777 vs 787: comfort & turbulence
Replies: 8
Views: 7182

Re: 777 vs 787: comfort & turbulence

First, a caveat: it's not really possible to compare how two aircraft deal with turbulence if you're not able to fly the same route in exactly the same conditions on both. That said flying the same route often enough in both should be enough to form an opinion. With that said, I haven't done either,...

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by seat64k
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathy Dragon (old Dragon Air) cabin dimming
Replies: 5
Views: 1145

Re: Cathy Dragon (old Dragon Air) cabin dimming

Thank you all, very informative. I'm mostly annoyed because my efforts to video the gorgeous city on landing was ruined by the reflection of the cabin lights in the windows :/

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by seat64k
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathy Dragon (old Dragon Air) cabin dimming
Replies: 5
Views: 1145

Cathy Dragon (old Dragon Air) cabin dimming

I had the opportunity to fly KA a few times in the last two weeks. On two occasions, the flight landed at night. Both flights were A333, one with the older seats, one with the newer. Although they dimmed the cabin lights, it was only partial. Most lights were turned off but there was still a set of ...

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by seat64k
Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: LHR disruption....protesters chained in tunnel !
Replies: 21
Views: 3951

Re: LHR disruption....protesters chained in tunnel !

speedbored wrote:
The road was closed for "more than 2 hours"???

Why oh why can't we seem to get anything done in the UK in a reasonable timeframe?


I imagine the police were waiting for the Heathrow Connect...

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by seat64k
Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Late night transfer from TPE to Taipei city
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Re: Late night transfer from TPE to Taipei city

One thing to note is that taxi drivers are not guaranteed to speak any English (in my sample of three, none did). So whether you take a taxi from TPE or from where-ever the bus drops you, I highly recommend that you prepare the name and address of your accommodation printed in Chinese (make sure it'...

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by seat64k
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Reason for your Favourite aircraft bias?
Replies: 59
Views: 3294

Re: Reason for your Favourite aircraft bias?

I have a strong bias toward any passenger jet with two seats next to the window in Economy. A330/A340 and upstairs on A380 pretty much. I've never flown on a 767 - hope to catch one before they're all gone. Ditto those rare 787s that have 8-abreast seating.

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by seat64k
Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Camera used to take inflight pictures/videos
Replies: 16
Views: 3827

Re: Camera used to take inflight pictures/videos

I thought I'd update this quickly. Through some carelessness I managed to kill my RX-100 IV, so I picked up a RX-100 V before my last trip. I didn't expect it to be much better in terms of image quality - assumed it's the same sensor. The main reason I was interested is the addition of phase-detect ...

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by seat64k
Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SAA - no flight mode please
Replies: 9
Views: 1013

Re: SAA - no flight mode please

This is still the case on all Chinese carriers, and is enforced quite strictly on some flights. ...and completely ignored but passengers and crew alike on some other flights :) I remember a cacophony of the Samsung SMS notification whistle sound starting a full minute before touch-down on a flight ...

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by seat64k
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA v. Air New Zealand
Replies: 28
Views: 5532

Re: SAA v. Air New Zealand

I've posted this elsewhere before, but it bears repeating: All the get-rid-of-the-A340 comments - really not understanding the problem. Even if they could get their hands on a hypothetical 797/A360 that has better high-and-dry performance than the A340, twice the range, takes twice as much cargo and...

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by seat64k
Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One Reason Why Not to take that Flying Job in China
Replies: 7
Views: 942

Re: One Reason Why Not to take that Flying Job in China

Question from an ordinary passenger: What, in practise, is the difference between flying in heavy pollution (or fog) or at night? Is it just visibility of the landing strip, or are there other considerations?

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by seat64k
Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SAA - no flight mode please
Replies: 9
Views: 1013

Re: SAA - no flight mode please

Might have been that the crew member misspoke. Today I was on another SA flight (A346) and they did allow flight mode during the flight, but still insisted in everything being turned off for take-off and landing. Is there any technical reason for this or is it just that they haven't caught up with t...

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by seat64k
Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: VS Frequent Flyer miles - expiry
Replies: 0
Views: 181

VS Frequent Flyer miles - expiry

Hello all,

The Virgin Atlantic site used to show the expiry date of accrued miles - I think it was 3 years - but I cannot find it in the new site. Do they still expire?

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by seat64k
Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are 787 seats so bad?
Replies: 48
Views: 8035

Re: Why are 787 seats so bad?

When first conceived, the 787 was presented with 2-4-2 economy seating with comfort levels close to the L1011/DC10 in the 70s. Overall, not a bad way to travel on the ultra long hauls envisioned. Over time, financial considerations overtook the dreaminess of the Dreamliner. 3-3-3 economy is equival...

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by seat64k
Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SAA - no flight mode please
Replies: 9
Views: 1013

SAA - no flight mode please

Hello friends,

I flew SAA the other day (JNB-WDH) and even before bush-back, we were instructed to turn all electronic devices off complete - "not in flight mode" was explicitly stated. Anyone know why? This was somewhat of a surprise to me.

Thanks

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by seat64k
Sun Nov 27, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus schedules A350-1000 first flight for 24 November
Replies: 210
Views: 31229

Re: Airbus schedules A350-1000 first flight for 24 November

Argh really?? ;-) your preferred seat is in the back of an aircraft with a very long arm? Certainly your preference can't be due to getting the smoothest ride in the aircraft. Definitely not :) On VS the rear seats recline fully, so it's great not to have someone's knees in my back. Also gives me m...

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by seat64k
Sun Nov 27, 2016 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus schedules A350-1000 first flight for 24 November
Replies: 210
Views: 31229

Re: Airbus schedules A350-1000 first flight for 24 November

And I hear from people with experience that the A340-600 is very uncomfortable in the back due to lots of movement because of the distance from the CG. Speaking as someone who have done dozens, if not hundreds of A346 flights in the back row (see my nickname - it's my preferred seat), this may be t...

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by seat64k
Sun Nov 27, 2016 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wing-engined > Rear-engined (Passenger Appeal)?
Replies: 55
Views: 7440

Re: Wing-engined > Rear-engined (Passenger Appeal)?

Real talk: the vast majority of passengers don't know or care about any of that. They just want the best price that fits their schedule. My girlfriend, who describes the difference between a 77W and A320 as "maybe smaller", happened to be looking over my shoulder as I opened this thread. ...

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by seat64k
Sat Nov 26, 2016 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why EU air travel minimum space normative for animals and not for humans?
Replies: 72
Views: 6165

Re: Why EU air travel minimum space normative for animals and not for humans?

If enough people found flying ULCC to be too uncomfortable they wouldn't do it and the airline(s) would go bust. Instead, they are making excellent money, so a lot of people don't see the problem that you have. This does not follow. They may see the problem but have no alternative. Just about every...

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by seat64k
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: More list making: Your longest segment on each type
Replies: 25
Views: 1854

Re: More list making: Your longest segment on each type

I didn't keep record of aircraft until about 4 years ago, so I might be missing some, and the 737 is a best guess: Airbus: A319 LHR-TXL - 947 km A320 KUL-HKG - 2525 km A321 - SKG-FRA - 1541 km A332 - HKG-DOH - 6303 km A333 - DOH-LHR - 5243 km A343 - LHR-ORD - 6352 km A346 - LHR-CPT - 9683 km A359 - ...

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by seat64k
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air travel Now vs the 90's?
Replies: 6
Views: 1659

Re: Air travel Now vs the 90's?

Pros for now: - Quieter aircraft Cons for now: - Less legroom, smaller seats on many aircraft/airlines. - More expensive - I'm not sure how people arrive at it being cheaper now? Even just 10 years ago, when the the oil price was nearly double what it is now, I frequently flew JFK to AUS return duri...

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by seat64k
Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare planes you can fly: 2017
Replies: 99
Views: 11409

Re: Rare planes you can fly: 2017

opticalilyushin wrote:
The 'A340-500' in Iberia is just a 600 with a different seating configuration. They're all 600s


Interesting, thanks!

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by seat64k
Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA returns to 10-abreast 777 seating, increases A320 seating
Replies: 116
Views: 20184

Re: BA returns to 10-abreast 777 seating, increases A320 seating

slinky09 wrote:
Interestingly (to me anyway) the phrase "customer service" does not feature a single time in this presentation. Guess that sums up BA and IAG for me now.


In my experience it's not much of a feature when you fly with them either (short haul, at least, I haven't flown BA long-haul).

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by seat64k
Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Feasibility of Concorde "B" Kangaroo route
Replies: 23
Views: 4478

Re: Feasibility of Concorde "B" Kangaroo route

Please excuse my ignorance: but isn't a hypothetical 25% increase in efficiency a very conservative estimate? Given that the Concorde was designed in the 1960s, wouldn't nearly 60 years of advances yield a much bigger increase in efficiency? On a related note, I read that the afterburners only added...

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by seat64k
Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare planes you can fly: 2017
Replies: 99
Views: 11409

Re: Rare planes you can fly: 2017

SeaDoo wrote:
For the Airbus 340-500/600:
Iberia (according to wiki 17 A340-600)


When poking around on Iberia's site I found some flights indicated with A340-500. This was a surprise to me as wikipedia doesn't show any. So is this a typo on the site or is wikipedia missing information?

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by seat64k
Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 NEO, disappointing for Airbus so far?
Replies: 206
Views: 39992

Re: A330 NEO, disappointing for Airbus so far?

keesje wrote:
I think Boeing promoted the 787 as being 10-11% more efficient than the A330 CEO.


Is that with 8-abreast or 9-abreast Y?

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by seat64k
Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 In Service Thread - Part 1
Replies: 981
Views: 160751

Re: A350 In Service Thread - Part 3

The Trent XWB reaches takeoff thrust earlier than the Trent 700 on the A330, typically you will be at takeoff thrust by 30-40 knots on the A350 where it's like double that on the A330. Also starts faster as you only cool it down to 150 degrees instead of 100 degrees on the A330. Interesting! I unde...

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by seat64k
Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: E-Reader thoughts
Replies: 11
Views: 819

Re: E-Reader thoughts

I had a Kindle before and have a Kindle paperwhite now. Absolutely love it. I do use my iPhone/iPad for reading too when I don't have the Kindle with me, and in the dark when the backlight is needed, I would guess the difference is down to preference. But during daytime, when reading under natural l...

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by seat64k
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United B777 and Lufthansa A346 a/c clip wings at Newark
Replies: 37
Views: 11688

Re: United B777 and Lufthansa A346 a/c clip wings at Newark

The A346 flew back to Germany sans winglet? Turns out it's still flying around sans winglet: https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/forum-images-t7xk3/LH731_D-AIHZ_Leipzig_missing_winglet.png I really hope this doesn't result in my upcoming LH A346 flight being changed to something else - it will ...

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by seat64k
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy birthday A340!
Replies: 53
Views: 6206

Re: Happy birthday A340!

A346 is still my favourite aircraft. Until last night I've only ever flown on VS A340s (A346 and A343), but I'm now trying to get those in when ever I can. Caught LH A346 to MUC last night and it was everything I hoped it would be.

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by seat64k
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 In Service Thread - Part 1
Replies: 981
Views: 160751

Re: A350 In Service Thread - Part 3

Extremely fast.... But I guess there are variable factors like load, temperature etc. When you look at the airport planning data for the a350 it clearly uses less runway than the competition. Aah right, I thought that's what you meant. My first A350 flight was TPE to HKG, so I put down the quick ro...

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by seat64k
Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 In Service Thread - Part 1
Replies: 981
Views: 160751

Re: A350 In Service Thread - Part 3

32 seconds takeoff run for a 16 hour flight.... I guess the crew forgot how to use flex :P Is that fast or slow? I've not timed take-off rolls (I'm usually pre-occupied with keeping the camera steady :D ) but on my A350 flights so far I got the impression we were airborne quite a bit sooner than I ...

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by seat64k
Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy birthday A340!
Replies: 53
Views: 6206

Re: Happy birthday A340!

shengzhurou wrote:
i have never been onto an a340 , even though over 50+ trips on a330, can anyone tell me what are the differences as a passengers or even as a 330/340 pilot?


As a passenger, it's pretty much the same, except you might be sitting for a longer time :)

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by seat64k
Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flying on the A350...your opinion?
Replies: 9
Views: 2870

Re: Flying on the A350...your opinion?

Take-off was like A330 and A340, felt very slow and leisurely, which is good for some. But I much prefer the powerful acceleration feeling when taking-off in a 777. I too enjoy the feeling of getting sucked into my seat when the 777's engines spool up, but my experience of getting off the ground is...

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by seat64k
Sat Oct 15, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7
Replies: 2255
Views: 307119

Re: Airbus A320NEO Production Thread - Part 11

KarelXWB wrote:
Spirit confirmed the fuel burn savings of 15% during the delivery flight:


Do you know what this is compared to? I assume the delivery flight would be empty?

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by seat64k
Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United B777 and Lufthansa A346 a/c clip wings at Newark
Replies: 37
Views: 11688

Re: United B777 and Lufthansa A346 a/c clip wings at Newark

Here's the damage aircraft 006 sustained to its wing. Lufthansa 346 winglet was removed and departed hours later The A346 flew back to Germany sans winglet? I really hope this doesn't result in my upcoming LH A346 flight being changed to something else - it will likely be my last A346 flight in a l...

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by seat64k
Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:54 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Camera used to take inflight pictures/videos
Replies: 16
Views: 3827

Re: Camera used to take inflight pictures/videos

I see the RX-100 mk V has been announced. I addresses one shortcoming of the mkIV (and any other cam I've used). In night time circumstances, contrast detect AF on a fast lens (f/1.8 in the RX-100 case) often struggles to find focus when there are very few lights, like the sea-side view at HKG. The ...

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by seat64k
Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Compulsive list making: Your lowest flight number
Replies: 51
Views: 3126

Re: Compulsive list making: Your lowest flight number

Ohhh! Pick me! Pick me! :) I guess having lived near Heathrow puts me at an advantage:

EK1 - DXB-LHR
MH1 - LHR-KUL (the first two were back to back too)
QR1 - DOH- KUL
VS2 - EWR-LHR
MH2 - KUL-LHR
SQ2 - SIN-HKG

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by seat64k
Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Flat Earth and Aviation
Replies: 30
Views: 1726

Re: The Flat Earth and Aviation

Reasons for why people buy into this aside, the internet is a goldmine of stupid. There are actually people who thing aircraft are fake - search youtube for "mon roe". Or don't - some things cannot be unseen. Fortunately, this provide ample content for other youtubers to make videos taking...

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by seat64k
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX to switch to 10-abreast Y on 777
Replies: 82
Views: 11777

Re: CX to switch to 10-abreast Y on 777

Lol. :roll: my point is economy passengers should just be quiet and be happy they have a seat on a plane at 10km above the earth. We're talking about *paying* customers - customers who will now get less for their money because it's not like the airline is going to pass on the savings. So how about ...

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