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by paullam
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thai airline cabin crew scam
Replies: 5
Views: 1020

Re: Thai airline cabin crew scam

Did Thai even fly nonstop from MEL to HKT back then?

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by paullam
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What airliner is this?
Replies: 62
Views: 8773

What airliner is this?

You can see at the ceiling that there are 3 lamps each and 3 “fans” each per row. So on the left side there must be 3 seats each.

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by paullam
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12324

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

Almost everytime I'm in Dubai I deplane EK's A380's via stairs. They seem to use remote stands rather frequently. Or maybe I'm just lucky. I'm always pleased when it happens as I can breathe some fresh air between two longhaul flights and it's quite an experience to walk around the A380.

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by paullam
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 Operators - Europe to Australia with One Stop - Possible?
Replies: 16
Views: 2762

Re: A330 Operators - Europe to Australia with One Stop - Possible?

I just did it because it was the cheapest option. I don’t really fancy traveling on Chinese carriers. It always comes with these pointless regulations aka that you’re not allowed to switch on your mobile phone at all onboard (not even in flight mode). Then Chinese airline food doesn’t really appeal ...

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by paullam
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 Operators - Europe to Australia with One Stop - Possible?
Replies: 16
Views: 2762

Re: A330 Operators - Europe to Australia with One Stop - Possible?

You have good chances to find a connection solely on A330 if you look at Chinese airlines. I once did TXL-PEK-PVG-SYD-NKG-PEK-TXL all on A330 with a combination of HU and MU. Wouldn’t do it again though.

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by paullam
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA pilot removed from cockpit.
Replies: 52
Views: 12330

Re: BA pilot removed from cockpit.

Just out of curiosity: Let’s assume in the morning he realizes that he’s not able to fly because he drank to much. He tells the airline exactly that. Would he have to face any consequences? I know that this might be handled differently from airline to airline. I’m just wondering how airlines handle ...

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by paullam
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Missing Flight from Kitabe to Nairobe 6-5-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 5187

Missing Flight from Kitabe to Nairobe 6-5-2018

Airplane is a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan operated by Fly Sax of Kenya. R.I.P. That rest in peace wish is a little premature, don't you think? I mean, a long time ago there was a group of uruguayans surviving almost two months in the Andes mountains, I hope the people on board this aircraft could sur...

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by paullam
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Missing Flight from Kitabe to Nairobe 6-5-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 5187

Re: Missing Flight from Kitabe to Nairobe 6-5-2018

Airplane is a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan operated by Fly Sax of Kenya.

R.I.P.

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by paullam
Wed May 30, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How far out of the way will people connect?
Replies: 105
Views: 4581

Re: How far out of the way will people connect?

I once did MPM (Maputo)-JNB-DXB-SYD-CHC-WLG instead of the significantly shorter MPM-JNB-SYD-WLG. Going the long way saved me around 15€ and I was pleased by spending around 10 hours more flying. Would do it again.

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by paullam
Thu May 24, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Music in Airport Terminals
Replies: 90
Views: 5808

Re: Music in Airport Terminals

APW (Apia, Samoa) frequently has a live group performing some traditional music welcoming arriving passengers.

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by paullam
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In-flight emergency discussion thread - Tell your story!
Replies: 12
Views: 785

Re: In-flight emergency discussion thread - Tell your story!

I had a flight last September on Andes Lineas Aereas. We tried to fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazú. After takeoff we flew rather slowly while the pilots tried to extend and retract the flaps a couple of times. It turned out that the left slat didn’t retract properly so we went back to AEP. I find it ...

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by paullam
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Increased thrust close to rotation
Replies: 30
Views: 2493

Re: Increased thrust close to rotation

I has a similar experience not too long ago on a Fokker 100 in TSE. We took off with tailwind so they might’ve done it to prevent the engine from flaming out due to the wind coming from behind.
This is just a guess though.

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by paullam
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you are/ were always excited to fly on
Replies: 59
Views: 3040

Re: Aircraft you are/ were always excited to fly on

I just had a trip on a 28 year old Yakolev Yak-42 which I was really excited about. I wasn’t disappointed as it was a very comfortable 2 hour ride through Russia.

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by paullam
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite Airport to Fly In/Out Of?
Replies: 51
Views: 2252

Re: Favorite Airport to Fly In/Out Of?

Definitely WLG as it’s a pretty small airport (by European standards) where I always had seamless travels. If you fly on planes with less than 70 seats you don’t have to go through security checks (which has nothing to do with WLG but it makes traveling through NZ even easier). The short runway and ...

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by paullam
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Astana Heathrow flight increase
Replies: 7
Views: 1543

Re: Air Astana Heathrow flight increase

Yes I am glad Air Astana Air going daily from LHR. However, where the slots are coming from I can only imagine them from maybe Airberlin but I'm not too sure. I doubt they’re coming from AB as they never flew there. A couple of years ago you could see some AB metal in LHR but these were operating f...

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by paullam
Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aeroflot
Replies: 13
Views: 809

Re: Aeroflot

You really don't want to transfer at SVO. Compared to SVO, even CDG looks like a great airport for transfer. Just out of curiosity, what exactly is your problem with SVO? I have connected there a couple of times and found it pretty seamless. It gets a bit annoying if you get a bus gate because the ...

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by paullam
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Regular Opposite Direction Operations
Replies: 7
Views: 734

Re: Regular Opposite Direction Operations

A pretty obvious one might be Lukla in Nepal.
SXM comes to mind as well.

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by paullam
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-700 remaining production?
Replies: 3
Views: 1039

Re: 737-700 remaining production?

I’d guess United gets a couple more.

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by paullam
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you are/ were always excited to fly on
Replies: 59
Views: 3040

Aircraft you are/ were always excited to fly on

For some reason I’m always super excited to board a Triple Seven. Maybe it’s because of these huge engines.

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by paullam
Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Luftansa New livery!
Replies: 12
Views: 1608

Re: Luftansa New livery!

This livery looks super boring. I’m really disappointed.

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by paullam
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Current Scheduled technical / refueling stops
Replies: 17
Views: 1870

Re: Current Scheduled technical / refueling stops

The Ethiopian services to America making a fuel stop in Dublin come to minds. IIRC they don’t take any new passengers or cargo.

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by paullam
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New regional airline in Argentina: LASA
Replies: 18
Views: 1922

Re: New regional airline in Argentina: LASA

Interesting concept. They seem to solely rely on the oil industry. I’m not that much of an expert but I’d guess that once there’s another crisis in that area LASA will get into trouble rather quickly.

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by paullam
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Emirates at FLL
Replies: 15
Views: 1362

Re: Emirates at FLL

What’s the actual point of this thread? It’s nothing new that EK flies to FLL.

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by paullam
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Single engine taxiing........Emirates
Replies: 6
Views: 1682

Re: Single engine taxiing........Emirates

I’ve seen it a couple of times on the A380 using the outboard engines. Qatar does it with the 777.

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by paullam
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA122/3 Cancellations
Replies: 2
Views: 382

Re: BA122/3 Cancellations

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The flight indeed didn’t operate for quite a while however it seems that today I ran normally.

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by paullam
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian switches engines on all Dreamliner aircraft
Replies: 70
Views: 27709

Re: Norwegian switches engines on all Dreamliner aircraft

SKCPH wrote:
The price for one engine is not 3.4 billion. Depending on the exchange rate, it is probably around 20-25 million US dollars. Maybe around 30 million US.


The article just said that the price for one engine is 3.4. billion NOK which is the currency in Norway - the Norwegian krone.

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by paullam
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK Performance on Istanbul - Mogadishu, Somalia route?
Replies: 24
Views: 4539

Re: TK Performance on Istanbul - Mogadishu, Somalia route?

Arion640 wrote:
Wasn't this the same route a 757 had a bomb go off which almost destroyed the whole aircraft?


That was an A321 belonging to Daallo Airlines in February 2016.

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by paullam
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe is starting the New Year with a brand refresh
Replies: 45
Views: 8858

Re: Flybe is starting the New Year with a brand refresh

I wonder how many companies use that as their slogan...

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by paullam
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AR increases MAD and CUN
Replies: 7
Views: 983

AR increases MAD and CUN

Interesting that they send these A330 to MAD instead of BCN which they temporarily stop serving.

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by paullam
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Favorite Airliner Simulator Game?
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Re: Favorite Airliner Simulator Game?

I really like Airlines Manager 2. It has a single player mode and covers plenty of features. There won’t be a point where you grow exponentially which I like because this way it won’t get boring. I play it for almost 2 years now.

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by paullam
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare Aircraft 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Re: Rare Aircraft 2018

If the 753 on Icelandair doesn’t work out you may also try Condor or Thomas Cook UK and their 753’s.

Looking forward to my Yak-42 flight in March... :D

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by paullam
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US
Replies: 69
Views: 8017

Re: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US

stlgph wrote:
Newark.


What makes you think its EWR considering its location on the east coast?

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by paullam
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you landed at the alphabet?
Replies: 55
Views: 2846

Re: Have you landed at the alphabet?

There hardly seems to be an airport with a code starting with Q. Even cities starting with Q like Queenstown (ZQN) or Quebec (YQB) don’t use a code starting with Q. The only airport codes with Q that come to mind are some small German airports like Husum-Schwesing (QHU). Does anybody have a guess wh...

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by paullam
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: 747 : what makes it iconic thus recognizable on any item
Replies: 2
Views: 465

Re: 747 : what makes it iconic thus recognizable on any item

Hi Maurice,

I think you have a few good points there but I also think that the fact that it’s the first jumbo jet makes it quite iconic. The 747 opened up quite some new possibilities in air travel by making it faster and more comfortable. Maybe you can use this?

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by paullam
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Tails at BNA?
Replies: 9
Views: 2333

Re: Virgin Tails at BNA?

They are Virgin Australia EJets and have been at Embraer for a while. I don’t know why. The why is easy. VA is retiring the E190s and they are currently parked awaiting a new home. How do they get an E190 from Australia to BNA? Temporary fuel tanks? They probably just did some island hopping throug...

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by paullam
Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What 5th Freedoms have you taken?
Replies: 38
Views: 1480

Re: What 5th Freedoms have you taken?

I’ve done
EK A388 SYD-CHC in Y,
EK A388 BNE-AKL in J,
D7 A333 AKL-OOL in Y,
LH A333 JED-ADD in Y and
QR B77L GRU-EZE in Y.

Additionally QF 744 JFK-LAX but that’s not 5th freedom is it?

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by paullam
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 and A340 write off - retirement - scrapping thread - 2018
Replies: 188
Views: 39641

Re: The A330 and A340 Write off - Retirement - Scrapping Thread

Thanks so much for compiling this detailed list!

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by paullam
Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cost Index question
Replies: 8
Views: 757

Re: Cost Index question

The cost index has nothing to do with the unit you use. It doesn’t matter whether an airline uses kg or lbs, the index equals the same thing. So there’s no need to convert anything.

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by paullam
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Doubt: Reversing on taxiway?
Replies: 27
Views: 2608

Re: Doubt: Reversing on taxiway?

It doesn’t happen often but it’s not uncommon to use idle reverse on taxiways going downhill in order to prevent the wheel brakes from getting too hot. I’ve seen it plenty of times on biz jets but also on A320 etc., for instance in AMS on that taxiway leading to the Polderbaan. Interesting, as the ...

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by paullam
Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Doubt: Reversing on taxiway?
Replies: 27
Views: 2608

Re: Doubt: Reversing on taxiway?

It doesn’t happen often but it’s not uncommon to use idle reverse on taxiways going downhill in order to prevent the wheel brakes from getting too hot. I’ve seen it plenty of times on biz jets but also on A320 etc., for instance in AMS on that taxiway leading to the Polderbaan.

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by paullam
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What have alliances done for “us” lately?
Replies: 13
Views: 2069

Re: What have alliances done for “us” lately?

Cunard wrote:
paullam wrote:
On a recent EZE-SCL-YYZ-FRA-TXL trip booked through Air Canada I was able to see a seat map and select a seat online for my Lufthansa flight from FRA to TXL. I could even do it in the AC app.


And?


I was referring to the OP saying that this is not possible.

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by paullam
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When was your last domestic wide body flight?
Replies: 86
Views: 3156

Re: When was your last domestic wide body flight?

vhqpa wrote:
November 2015 QF BNE-SYD A330-200 VH-EBQ


What I coincidence. I also was on EBQ in November 15 flying from SYD to BKK.

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by paullam
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What have alliances done for “us” lately?
Replies: 13
Views: 2069

Re: What have alliances done for “us” lately?

On a recent EZE-SCL-YYZ-FRA-TXL trip booked through Air Canada I was able to see a seat map and select a seat online for my Lufthansa flight from FRA to TXL. I could even do it in the AC app.

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by paullam
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When was your last domestic wide body flight?
Replies: 86
Views: 3156

Re: When was your last domestic wide body flight?

In January 2016, I flew Nanjing to Beijing as a tag-on on a Sydney-Nanjing-Beijing service with China Eastern. That was quite a long trip on the A330 that day.

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by paullam
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you landed at the alphabet?
Replies: 55
Views: 2846

Have you landed at the alphabet?

I’ve got Q (3 times, however they don’t take scheduled flights) but U is missing as well: A: ACE, ADB, ADD, AEP, AKL, AMS, APW, AUH B: BCN, BGO, BKK, BNE, BOJ, BOS, BRU, BSL C: CDG, CGH, CGN, CHC, CIA, CMH, COK, CPH, CUN D: DCA, DPS, DRS, DUB, DUS, DXB E: EWR, EZE F: FCO, FRA, FUE G: GRU H: HAM, HAN...

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by paullam
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 179
Views: 21226

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

Luang Prabang —> Vientiane comes to mind. It’s about 30-40 mins in an ATR but takes 13 hrs and more by car due to mountains being between both cities.

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by paullam
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to axe MEL-AKL and BNE-AKL from March 2018
Replies: 67
Views: 13461

Re: Emirates to axe MEL-AKL and BNE-AKL from March 2018

What a shame that WLG’s runway is so short...

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by paullam
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Iberia A340-600 ground ops question
Replies: 7
Views: 1362

Re: Iberia A340-600 ground ops question

Ok but wouldn't it be more expensive to fire up 4 engines and burn fuel instead of using the tug they use anyway to do the pushback?

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by paullam
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Iberia A340-600 ground ops question
Replies: 7
Views: 1362

Iberia A340-600 ground ops question

Hey there, I'm just sitting at ORD's T5 waiting for my flight. I just watched an Iberia A346 arrive at T5 and after deboarding passengers taxiing over to T3 to prepare for its next flight. What struck me was that after pushing back it taxied with its own engines. It's for sure nothing special that p...

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by paullam
Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US A320 Family Safety Card Country of Final Assembly
Replies: 18
Views: 4268

Re: US A320 Family Safety Card Country of Final Assembly

I know that JetBlue writes it on their cards. A couple of months ago I flew SFO-BOS on on of their A321. The card said it was manufactured in Hamburg which I checked and it was true. There are a few 2 US built 321s in the B6 fleet. The updated A321 safety card has both the USA or Germany listed as ...

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