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by oldannyboy
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: David Neeleman purchases 32% of Aigle Azur
Replies: 10
Views: 2114

Re: David Neeleman purchases 32% of Aigle Azur

Interesting and surprising move. Aigle Azur have been quietly doing a very good job - and for a long time. Given the rumours about the commercial agreement with Corsair, and the fact that TUI wants to shed Corsair, who knows if Mr Neeleman could potentially buy the two, and combine ops under one sin...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia to JNB & NBO from 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 2930

Re: Alitalia to JNB & NBO from 2018

They are both old historical routes, and were (at least back in the day) solid performers for AZ. A lot of "premium leisure" pax from Italy to both Kenya and SA! I regularly flew AZ A300B4 to NBO via Jeddah! Ahh, the memories....

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by oldannyboy
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meridiana closes LIN "hub"
Replies: 4
Views: 1208

Re: Meridiana closes LIN "hub"

Wow.. shocking to see IG leave LIN.... The reason LIN is *still* to this day MUCH preferred by business/frequent flyers over MXP is simply because the connections to the latter are still weak...those 50 or so kilometres to Malpensa can pretty much be an insurmountable divide between flying and not f...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most iconic MD-80 operators
Replies: 22
Views: 1051

Re: Most iconic MD-80 operators

Alitalia was the largest operator of the MD80 outside of the US with a total of 90 examples received between the early 80s and 1996. I have flown on them on several occasions. The best flights were on the first rows, so far away from the engines that the only noise was coming from the wind. There u...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most iconic MD-80 operators
Replies: 22
Views: 1051

Re: Most iconic MD-80 operators

Alitalia, SAS, Swissair... iconic operators of one of the most iconic bird!

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by oldannyboy
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA stewardess sues for £750,000 after fear of flying forced her to quit
Replies: 17
Views: 4507

Re: BA stewardess sues for £750,000 after fear of flying forced her to quit

Not sure how she got into "her dream job" without realizing that incidents and accidents are an evident likelihood, just like in any other job that entails the mere act of leaving the security of your own home... Electing to fly as a F/A necessitates the taking on of lots of responsibiliti...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republic (1979-'86) initial MD-80 routes?
Replies: 5
Views: 973

Re: Republic (1979-'86) initial MD-80 routes?

Sorry for digressing.... Can someone please enlighten me if the first batch of MD-80s (DC-9/80) would have had the 'old' DC-9/51 interiors, or the new panels/enlarged bins/flat ceiling of the later MD-80s?? Thanks for your patience and insight! Daniel Old interiors. Oh wow! I thought so, but wasn't...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3rd ARJ-21 delivered
Replies: 20
Views: 4315

Re: 3rd ARJ-21 delivered

I still love the clean lines of the ARJ-21 tho'.... I mean, of the 717...sorry, of the DC-9 I mean...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republic (1979-'86) initial MD-80 routes?
Replies: 5
Views: 973

Re: Republic (1979-'86) initial MD-80 routes?

Sorry for digressing.... Can someone please enlighten me if the first batch of MD-80s (DC-9/80) would have had the 'old' DC-9/51 interiors, or the new panels/enlarged bins/flat ceiling of the later MD-80s??
Thanks for your patience and insight!
Daniel

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by oldannyboy
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Web Site Inoperative
Replies: 40
Views: 4446

Re: Eastern Web Site Inoperative

Please, let the dead sleep.

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by oldannyboy
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iranian CAO releases their final report into the Aria Air IL62 overrun - crew error
Replies: 2
Views: 606

Re: Iranian CAO releases their final report into the Aria Air IL62 overrun - crew error

Besides the tragic loss of life, I am very sorry for how this accident was the final nail in the coffin for 'soviet types' operations in Iran, and in general for tarnishing the reputation of such a splendid aircraft.

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by oldannyboy
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Cargo interested in A359F
Replies: 14
Views: 2542

Re: LH Cargo interested in A359F

Mmm...something doesn't add up here. My two cents: 1) Their MD-11s are not that old, and certainly still very good for cargo runs 2) The A359F is a big 'IF' to say the least...especially with the MTOW mentioned above 3) Airbus got burned with the A330F programme.. 4) The excellent 777F is readily av...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prestwick Airport set to be sold four years after £1 rescue
Replies: 11
Views: 2020

Re: Prestwick Airport set to be sold four years after £1 rescue

Catch 22 syndrome. You charge little to attract business, but then your low charges are not nearly sufficient to support the cost of the operation... Meanwhile your number one client goes to the competition...
Am I the only one seeing a big business park and lots of homes in the crystal ball?

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by oldannyboy
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat to unveil new livery November 13th
Replies: 82
Views: 11966

Re: Air Transat to unveil new livery November 13th

I like it. Looks clean, crisp, professional. It's even colourful enough not to be too eurowhite-ish... Even the font is nice (not too sure about transat lower case, but, there you go.. ). Yes, silver engines would have looked good though..

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by oldannyboy
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: J41 in Full Flybe Livery
Replies: 7
Views: 2215

Re: J41 in Full Flybe Livery

Between insisting on Loganair fleet be purpled only a year ago, falling out of love with each other, getting into bed with Eastern and some poor financial figures; you have to wonder what kind of world Flybe execs continue to live in ? Today at GLA I observed a Loganair Twin Otter in Flybe livery, ...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 50
Views: 5519

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

Not much you can do to "make an airport grow" in actual fact. There is only so much growth that can be stimulated -and often with costly, debatable and unfeasible (in the long run) artificial subsidies and gimmicks. I mean, if the customer base is not there, it's not there. Pax numbers can...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed
Replies: 91
Views: 20274

Re: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed

Question: I might be wrong, but is this not the exact same J seat (the"upgrade") that was showcased about one year ago for the newly delivered 773s???

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by oldannyboy
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed
Replies: 91
Views: 20274

Re: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed

Agree with most of the posts here: F is amazing, J a big let-down. C'mon, 7 across in 2017...really? :-( Y is not too impressive either. The seats look thin, and the colours are a bit bland... they remind of FlyDubai. I really like their usual thick sandy-pinky Y seats. I am normally a big EK fan, b...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR set to announce LGW ( again..) ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1885

Re: QR set to announce LGW ( again..) ?

I'm sure they could easily make a daily Gatters run work, esp on a smaller jet.

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by oldannyboy
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyVLM: VLM Airlines rebranded, new livery
Replies: 12
Views: 2731

Re: FlyVLM: VLM Airlines rebranded, new livery

Well, it's pretty awful really. It's clearly an adaptation of their old logo over the tacky Thomas Cook 'holiday colours' livery.
Gone are the days of their stylish blue and gold....

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by oldannyboy
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyDubai 737 MAX cabins
Replies: 43
Views: 6372

Re: FlyDubai 737 MAX cabins

This clearly shows that NB flying doesn't really need to be crap if airlines are willing to invest some $$$ in the hardware..... Well done FlyDubai!

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by oldannyboy
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Johan Lundgren appointed CEO for easyJet
Replies: 54
Views: 5358

Re: Johan Lundgren appointed CEO for easyJet

Amazing news. That is one very talented individual I highly respect and admire and who REALLY has a ton of knowledge of the ins and the outs of the industry.

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by oldannyboy
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Lauds Ownership costs on Level 330s
Replies: 28
Views: 1656

Re: Old tech is good for long haul LCC

Mmm.. I wouldn't really dismiss factory-new A330s ceo as "old technology". The LEVEL ones are spanking new. Not sure how terribly inefficient a brand new 330 is compared to a 787...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Accident: SA Airlink RJ85 near Johannesburg ncontained engine failure takes out two engines
Replies: 16
Views: 4135

Re: Accident: SA Airlink RJ85 near Johannesburg ncontained engine failure takes out two engines

.. scary never liked these SA Airlink planes, the noise of the hydraulics on retracting and deploying flaps, high wing and positions of engines just cover the view and makes one dizzy , bring more E190/E175 please To each their own preferences, but that doesn't really say anything about how safe/un...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Accident: SA Airlink RJ85 near Johannesburg ncontained engine failure takes out two engines
Replies: 16
Views: 4135

Re: Accident: SA Airlink RJ85 near Johannesburg ncontained engine failure takes out two engines

The passengers are very lucky that the turbine disc decided to throw itself out that side of the engine and not the other... The passengers and crew are very, very lucky! Immediately, I thought of a couple of other occurrences involving four-engine jets that included side-by-side engine failures. B...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK court rules Monarch has no claim on summer 2018 slots
Replies: 20
Views: 2797

Re: UK court rules Monarch has no claim on summer 2018 slots

Well, where's the surprise really? Slots are nobody's hard property.... not really sure what the administrators were trying to do with a motley random selection of secondary LGW slots at odd timings anyway??... Sometimes it would actually pay off if administrators knew a thing or three about aviatio...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 695
Views: 100003

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

So we know UA approached Boeing to inquire about order additional 767s, could they also have included 764s into that quote? I've flown on the 764 on a couple of occasions, exclusively on EWR-HNL-EWR. It's a great aircraft from a passenger perspective, very comfortable on long flights like EWR-HNL-E...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norwegian's market
Replies: 44
Views: 3443

Re: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norweigians Market

Willie Walsh, who has access to far more data than us, said that some competitor growth is simply not sustainable. He didn’t name any competitors but it was obvious which airline he was referring to. It's not as if WW speaks the Gospel... ;-) Seriously, it's exactly what O'Leary said a few weeks ba...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 695
Views: 100003

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

...15 pages later I am still waiting to see any credible mention of Boeing really wanting to re-start pax production of the 767 for a customer...Oh well, I'll check back in another 10 pages...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is KLM the only Euro legacy to fly the 737?
Replies: 84
Views: 10902

Re: Why is KLM the only Euro legacy to fly the 737?

I think that the 'real' reason is that when KLM decided to dump their DC-9s around circa 1985, the A320 was just a twinkle in the eyes of the Toulouse gang, and so they went for the 733, which proved to be an exemplary bird for them. The rest is history: they've stayed with Boeing, and are happy by ...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norwegian's market
Replies: 44
Views: 3443

Re: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norweigians Market

Given the prices they charge I'd say no.... not in my book. Can't see why they keep fighting @ Gatters. They obviously can pull it off @ LHR, where evidently -for multiple reasons- the yields have to be amazing, but why oh why going head on with Norwegian? BA should be happy with the LHR side of th...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norwegian's market
Replies: 44
Views: 3443

Re: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norweigians Market

I don't get why people are so engrossed with DY's (alleged) lack of profit, or business model sustainability... It's BA we are talking about, and if they are apt at pulling up a fight - or if this fight is a worthwhile exercise, or not. And I think not. They should stick to the fat side of the busin...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alex Cruz " vows to make BA a premium carrier again "
Replies: 40
Views: 7887

Re: Alex Cruz " vows to make BA a premium carrier again "

Lies. Can't believe a word of that. A PR stunt with no substance. Only prices are premium at BA.

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norwegian's market
Replies: 44
Views: 3443

Re: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norweigians Market

Given the prices they charge I'd say no.... not in my book. Can't see why they keep fighting @ Gatters. They obviously can pull it off @ LHR, where evidently -for multiple reasons- the yields have to be amazing, but why oh why going head on with Norwegian? BA should be happy with the LHR side of the...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed
Replies: 91
Views: 20274

Re: First glimpses of Emirates new First class

As the title says https://i.imgur.com/iY8bLNw.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ds3gq60.jpg https://i.imgur.com/WX4mYrD.jpg https://i.imgur.com/02ClV8X.jpg https://www.ausbt.com.au/first-glimpse-emirates-new-boeing-777-first-class-suite Sorry, I don't know how to upload photos You are teasing us!!!! :-) can'...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: News about new World Airways (ULCC start up)
Replies: 30
Views: 4312

Re: News about new World Airways (ULCC start up)

As much as I dislike re-births, I wish them well. There's a lot of potential in the niche they are aiming to fill. I also loved the WORLD logo.... wish we could see an beautiful tri-jet reborn in those colours...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy
Replies: 77
Views: 10763

Re: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy

English is one of the most difficult languages to pronounce correctly. Usually Europeans communicate with a broken English that is understandable for many other Non-English Europeans but hard for an American who has never been exposed to foreigners. What americans pronounce is actually what British...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy
Replies: 77
Views: 10763

Re: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy

Yahnih wrote:
People are so interesting here.. I think some people are just so opinionated on th Meridiana name as if they fly it often (which I doubt).



Well, I actually do... sorry.. :bigthumbsup:

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy
Replies: 77
Views: 10763

Re: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy

Meridiana was named Alisarda before because based in Olbia, Sardinia, somewhat in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. IIRC - the rebrand to Meridiana was an attempt to move away from only being associated with routes between Sardinia and the mainland - I believe the name was chosen because it work...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy
Replies: 77
Views: 10763

Re: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy

The name Meridiana is somehow related to Mediterranean, which makes sense because Italy is in the Mediterranean sea. But the name could also work in Spain, southern France, Greece, etc. The name Air Italy only works in Italy. There was already a Meridiana Spain ages ago, and it failed... Meridiana ...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue offers free flights for humanitarian work
Replies: 13
Views: 1314

Re: JetBlue offers free flights for humanitarian work

jumbojet wrote:
sure it is. Its also a way to fill seats on planes that would ordinarily go out empty. Good marketing though, I will hand them that much.


just wondering if you'de be equally sour if DL had come up with this..

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by oldannyboy
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy
Replies: 77
Views: 10763

Re: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy

Can someone please post the pic of the air Italy 767? The livery looks real nice! Except the font is a little tacky. As requested... Not a bad looking jet at all https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2539/4159794868_8794f9416c_b.jpg Really? I think it looks terrible. How offensively boring! All lowercase l...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program
Replies: 156
Views: 21126

Re: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program

Not saying they couldn't be right (and I hope not - I love the machine) but really...a study that "comes from Wall Street".... are we surprised it's not saying otherwise? The analyst is saying the market will pay in the $20M/frame range yet the costs are in the $30M/frame range, seems pre...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A388 vs 748 switch on cashcow route FRA-JNB
Replies: 13
Views: 5083

Re: LH A388 vs 748 switch on cashcow route FRA-JNB

Could it perhaps be because LH have seen yields somewhat improve out of JNB, hence the decision to swap the A380 for the 748, which has a lot more real estate destined for J and F?.. Also, the reduction of A380s @ FRA might have pushed the LH planning team to take a close look at all the routes that...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program
Replies: 156
Views: 21126

Re: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program

Crystal ball anyone out there? Seriously - they don't know. It's pure speculation. Analysts don't really know. And the reasons given are not even that good. They don't know if Airbus backing could infuse more life in the programme (besides cash), neither do they know if they are able to come up with...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy
Replies: 77
Views: 10763

Re: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy

Quite confusing, as Meridiana integrated Air Italy's operations a number of years ago! - a semi-merger of sorts that produced a confusing double fleet (and double liveries!) with aircrafts randomly flying each other routes. I think there might still be random aircrafts flying in hybrid liveries, or ...

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