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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's wrong with Thai 787 HS-TQD?
Replies: 7
Views: 2666

Re: What's wrong with Thai 787 HS-TQD?

I have also seen a fair share of TG's fleet looking tatty and dirty through the years, but once you step inside the interior is generally very nice. Some of their old A300-600s and 744s really looked as if they'd just been pulled out of long term storage! I suppose the hot and humid weather takes it...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian considering expanding services in SWF
Replies: 51
Views: 4565

Re: Norwegian considering expanding services in SWF

Good news. I am sure we will see more UK & Ireland routes first + some extra Scandinavia, but then it's only a matter of time for continental Europe to come onboard. I would not be too surprised to see DY open a second London gateway for their Stewart 738 flights... a daily into STN could happil...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada 737 MAX cabin/seat map revealed
Replies: 12
Views: 4148

Re: Air Canada 737 MAX cabin/seat map revealed

Very nice interior. I love the Sky Interior: such a big improvement! Looks professional and inviting, if a bit too 'grey'? I miss a bit of colour (as usual)..I would have appreciated a splash of red here and there, and maybe some dark green accents? Not too sure about legroom in Y, although as some ...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways coming to MCI?
Replies: 42
Views: 6194

Re: British Airways coming to KCI?

Don't think so. Not for the time being. I would think other airports in the US are a bigger priority for BA?..CMH is one that I think has been mentioned... And I don't think any LCC would also want to rush to KC.. they have other things frying in the pan to take care of before flying there...also be...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to go all A330's on NYC-LHR From April 2018
Replies: 59
Views: 13576

Re: DL to go all A330's on NYC-LHR From April 2018

fcogafa wrote:
oldannyboy wrote:
Still, the 76 is a much older plane, .


The B764's were delivered 2000 onwards, the A330s 2003 onwards, not all 'much older'


Yes, but the 763s are way older than that. And even with the pivoting bins and the new lighting + seats they don't offer an onboard experience on a par with a newer A333.

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to go all A330's on NYC-LHR From April 2018
Replies: 59
Views: 13576

Re: DL to go all A330's on NYC-LHR From April 2018

If they Truly want to aling with the VS product line an order of B787-900 would be a good start :white: Yah, I'm on the same boat as you...unfortunately, I guess they've decided to forsake the NW 78 order in favor of the other product. True, but don't tell me pax will be suffering atrociously for t...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian ends talks with Ryanair on flight connections
Replies: 18
Views: 3936

Re: Norwegian ends talks with Ryanair on flight connections

No surprise there. FR has a deal with Air Europa (not commenting on the effectiveness of the deal..still), and DY is 'in bed' with EZY over @ LGW, so not a chance in cat's hell that talks could lead anywhere but to a divorce.. Plus with all the recent bickering between the two I am wondering who is ...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL dropping PHL-CDG?
Replies: 91
Views: 11681

Re: DL dropping PHL-CDG?

Yields from Philly are really not great, and the route was not a particularly good performer. Plus of course AA is so big in the local market... kind of makes sense. The other non-hub served by DL transatlantically don't generally see that level of service from another competitor, hence why these ar...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to go all A330's on NYC-LHR From April 2018
Replies: 59
Views: 13576

Re: DL to go all A330's on NYC-LHR From April 2018

I think there's no denying that an A330 is (in terms of pax experience) a step up from a battered old 767... I know people love the 7-abreast in Y on the Boeing jet, but the Airbus is so much more comfortable...it's quieter, it rides turbulence better, the bins are bigger... Have you ever been in a...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United not looking at C Series
Replies: 61
Views: 12199

Re: United not looking at C Series

Would like to see AA go for the 737-7.5MAX or whatever the designation is for the stretch 737-700. The 737 MAX 7 is actually more of a shrink of the 737 MAX 8 rather than a stretch of the original 737-700. Just from an engineering perspective. Ha.. Interesting. I didn't know. Would you mind explain...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to go all A330's on NYC-LHR From April 2018
Replies: 59
Views: 13576

Re: DL to go all A330's on NYC-LHR From April 2018

I think there's no denying that an A330 is (in terms of pax experience) a step up from a battered old 767... I know people love the 7-abreast in Y on the Boeing jet, but the Airbus is so much more comfortable...it's quieter, it rides turbulence better, the bins are bigger...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Is this Forum too US centric?
Replies: 61
Views: 1823

Re: Is this Forum too US centric?

Indeed. Wayyyy too US centric. But what can you do... Most of the users are probably based in the US, so there you are. The real problem is having to deal with US posters with zero international experience/exposure and a relatively closed mindset for an international forum...now that is a big (cultu...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Is this Forum too US centric?
Replies: 61
Views: 1823

Re: Is this Forum too US centric?

Do Europeans complain about everything? The USA makes up about 40% of departures per day globally. It should be no surprise that it makes up a large percentage of the content as well. Other large markets like China are engineered and controlled by a regulator, so there isn't much to discuss. I also...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA route to be announced tomorrow?
Replies: 122
Views: 16722

Re: New BA route to be announced tomorrow?

Yes, it has to be Mahe Island.
It's leisure, but pretty upmarket, so a 789 ex- LHR kind of makes sense. It's a lovely layover for the crewmembers (tallies with the comments) and has been served before.

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch considering return to longhaul ops
Replies: 30
Views: 5690

Re: Monarch considering return to longhaul ops

Oh god, how confusing... I feel for the poor staff...going through so many upheavals...changes of strategy, changes of ownership, plus the evident lack of any sense of direction.. I mean, they have JUST abandoned wide-body long-hauls..??? WTF! They have a ton of 737s coming.... what do they do with ...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Alitalia to move LHR flights to STN
Replies: 39
Views: 8702

Re: Unconfirmed: Alitalia to move LHR flights to STN

bennett123 wrote:
Best IMO to concentrate on organic growth in Italy.


Yes, organic vegetables that is.

let's just hope it's end for AZ....

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair running out of pilots? FR cancels 110 flights (09/12)
Replies: 161
Views: 23294

Re: Ryanair running out of pilots? FR cancels 110 flights (09/12)

Big PR disaster. Shythe being shouted at FR on all newspapers and online news outlets today. I actually like FR, mainly because they offer an amazing array of (otherwise unserved - totally) destinations from a very nearby airport, and so far -having flown them hundreds of time- they have proved to b...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA upgauges AUS to 747 starting Summer 2018
Replies: 95
Views: 15589

Re: BA upgauges AUS to 747 starting Summer 2018

I'm excited about this, and AUS isn't even my home airport, Great for AUS! This was undoubtedly in response to DY and DL You know guys, I am really not that sure it has a lot to do with DY... I mean, DY will certainly stimulate/create demand, but AUS it's a steadily fast growing market with good yi...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA upgauges AUS to 747 starting Summer 2018
Replies: 95
Views: 15589

Re: BA upgauges AUS to 747 starting Summer 2018

Probably has a lot to do with DY starting AUS-LGW. I'm excited about this, and AUS isn't even my home airport, Great for AUS! This was undoubtedly in response to DY and DL You know guys, I am really not that sure it has a lot to do with DY... I mean, DY will certainly stimulate/create demand, but A...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways flight to Athens takes 33 hours and FOUR planes in ‘embarrassing’ ordeal
Replies: 26
Views: 8510

Re: British Airways flight to Athens takes 33 hours and FOUR planes in ‘embarrassing’ ordeal

It seems to me that too many airlines these days are guilty of poor resource management, and it costs them real money (how many hotel rooms, meal vouchers?) and customer goodwill. Its one thing when its a small carrier or at a remote station.... but BA, at Heathrow - really? On the other hand, mayb...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways takes delivery of first 787-9
Replies: 45
Views: 6797

Re: Thai Airways takes delivery of first 787-9

Thai Airways sure has a lot of aircraft types in it's fleet. A350, 787, A330, 777, A380, 747, and the A340 used to be in the fleet. ...yeah.. plus different variants/engines of both the A330 and 777...and it seems like yesterday they also had the MD-11, the A300-600... Heck, even the DC-10ER and A3...

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by oldannyboy
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Air Canada Airbus A330 painted in the new livery
Replies: 107
Views: 15908

Re: First Air Canada Airbus A330 painted in the new livery

I personally love it. Very crisp, elegant, professional. Yes, a bit '90s perhaps, and that's one of the reasons why I like it. It also reminds me a lot of the old Vanguards in AC livery for some reason...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: who do you think will be the buyer of Alitalia?
Replies: 6
Views: 753

Re: who do you think will be the buyer of Alitalia?

I am just hoping that "a buyer" will actually be identified and that the transaction button will be pushed 100% once and for all..... with any buyer that is... It's about time the Italian taxpayers stop paying with their wallets the numerous (and unsuccessful) refinancing reiterations of t...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick American Routes
Replies: 13
Views: 3406

Re: Gatwick American Routes

Because comparable yields are trash at Gatters in comparison with LHR. Incidentally, there are some amazing deals to be had down the back out of LHR mainly because of the high frequency of long haul that business demands. Has always been the way.[/ quote] I agree about the low yields at LGW...but I...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft
Replies: 96
Views: 10927

Re: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft

I for one would LOVE to see a re-birth of the CBA-123... now that was one sexy aircraft!

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to fly B737 MAX 8 to Ireland
Replies: 53
Views: 13649

Re: Air Canada to fly B737 MAX 8 to Ireland

i love AC and have had great service with them over the last 45 years, but ROUGE scares me. The service is fine but the quality of the aircraft interiors, the uncomfortable seating and the seat pitch make it torture to fly them on any routes over 5 hours. Tel Aviv, Athens? Forget it if you are a bi...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair claims to be treated badly at Warsaw Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 3360

Re: Ryanair "treated badly" at Warsaw Chopin

They need the pilots elsewhere. That would be my guess too, but they want to cover that up by flinging some dirt at the airport to divert attention. Or they might actually have been given really very remote stands by an airport management that has no desire to see FR stay and far prefers to benefit...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Aviation Thread
Replies: 57
Views: 4203

Re: Iran Aviation Thread

... Iranians don't really like or trust Russian aircraft types..last year when I flew on an AN-74 there, the passenger in front of me turned to speak to me, and warned me that this aircraft is 'Russian', and therefore not safe!![/ quote] I know...unfortunately the shady operation (and subsequent cr...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair Announces DFW
Replies: 90
Views: 8944

Re: Icelandair Announces DFW

I think this is great news, and I wouldn't be surprised to see both routes stay. The metro area is HUGE, it's a wealthy market, and people are quite hungry for cheaper travel across the pond. Also KEF is a small, very friendly hub to make a connection at. No comparison with LHR or FRA, not to mentio...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buffalo airport making big push for transatlantic flights
Replies: 78
Views: 11989

Re: Buffalo airport making big push for transatlantic flights

I wouldn't be really too surprised to see WOW or FI or Norwegian open up Buffalo... Americans are not aware how popular as a stand-alone destination Niagara Falls is for Europeans, and particularly so for the older gents... Some make the trek across the vast ocean JUST to see the falls... To many Eu...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Aviation Thread
Replies: 57
Views: 4203

Re: Iran Aviation Thread

Hello and welcome to a thread dedicated to Iranian aviation. This thread was made after I was told to make one after suggesting it on the Arabian aviation thread. On this thread we will be talking about Iranian aviation, including Iranian airlines, such as Iran Air, Mahan Air, Aseman Airlines and m...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Capella Fella--Drunk Singing Pax Choked Out By Another Pax On FR
Replies: 26
Views: 2895

Re: A Capella Fella--Drunk Singing Pax Choked Out By Another Pax On FR

What? Dude, you think people should be choking each other out on flights, if thats not stupid I don't know what is. Manners, my friend. Manners. They do no harm. Even on a forum. I wasn't saying what you just said. What I think is quite a bit different than that. And I'm not your 'dude', thank you....

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to fly B737 MAX 8 to Ireland
Replies: 53
Views: 13649

Re: Air Canada to fly B737 MAX 8 to Ireland

Depends on the routes... I agree with Ireland, those (mostly seasonal & VFR/leisure) routes will not justify a different cabin configuration, but for the LHR flights we are probably going to see a small sub-fleet configured with proper J-seating, as is the case for the A319s. Don't C-GITP/R, th...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Capella Fella--Drunk Singing Pax Choked Out By Another Pax On FR
Replies: 26
Views: 2895

Re: A Capella Fella--Drunk Singing Pax Choked Out By Another Pax On FR

Very stupid comment. If he thinks they are a handful now just wait until you have emboldened vigilantes dealing out "justice" to whoever they think deserves it. To each their own my friend. If you've ever been on a flight with a drunk person who annoys everyone for 3 hours nonstop, then m...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Aviation Thread
Replies: 57
Views: 4203

Re: Iran Aviation Thread

Hello and welcome to a thread dedicated to Iranian aviation. This thread was made after I was told to make one after suggesting it on the Arabian aviation thread. On this thread we will be talking about Iranian aviation, including Iranian airlines, such as Iran Air, Mahan Air, Aseman Airlines and m...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to fly B737 MAX 8 to Ireland
Replies: 53
Views: 13649

Re: Air Canada to fly B737 MAX 8 to Ireland

Are the Max 8s going to have lie-flats up front, or just domestic Business seating? I think they will have regular domestic seating. Ireland isn't too premium heavy, so it probably isn't worth having a sub fleet with lie flats. Depends on the routes... I agree with Ireland, those (mostly seasonal &...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian ceo and board chairman increases it's stake in Norwegian
Replies: 4
Views: 1095

Re: Norwegian ceo and board chairman increases it's stake in Norwegian

I will not say anything about this.. I'll just await for the naysayers to wake up and start trolling around about Norwegian's no-hope-future and miserably ill-conceived expansion plans, and how unprofitable the company is...blah blah blah... You know, the usual winging about the company... and how t...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How's it Going with Loganair vesus Flybe?
Replies: 22
Views: 2904

Re: How's it Going with Loganair vesus Flybe?

Fingers crossed for Loganair. I am hoping the BA and EZY deals help bringing additional pax into the equation.

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Capella Fella--Drunk Singing Pax Choked Out By Another Pax On FR
Replies: 26
Views: 2895

Re: A Capella Fella--Drunk Singing Pax Choked Out By Another Pax On FR

I am glad to see the vigilante doing a VERY GOOD job. :-) Very stupid comment. If he thinks they are a handful now just wait until you have emboldened vigilantes dealing out "justice" to whoever they think deserves it. To each their own my friend. If you've ever been on a flight with a dr...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Capella Fella--Drunk Singing Pax Choked Out By Another Pax On FR
Replies: 26
Views: 2895

Re: A Capella Fella--Drunk Singing Pax Choked Out By Another Pax On FR

Ah, Ryanair. A classy airline with a classy CEO and classy passengers. Why everyone doesn't move their business to easyJet is beyond me. For several reasons: they fly to destinations and airports not served by EZY(or vice-versa, eg. Luton doesn't do it for me), they are consistently cheaper, allowi...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Capella Fella--Drunk Singing Pax Choked Out By Another Pax On FR
Replies: 26
Views: 2895

Re: A Capella Fella--Drunk Singing Pax Choked Out By Another Pax On FR

I am glad to see the vigilante doing a VERY GOOD job. :-)
I have a good friend who flies for FR and he says the UK-Spain flights can (quite regularly) be a bit of a handful.

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by oldannyboy
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet to feed Norwegian and WestJet at LGW
Replies: 50
Views: 6398

Re: Easyjet to feed Norwegian and WestJet at LGW

Small news masquerading as big news

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How will the latest UN sanctions impact Air Koryo?
Replies: 1
Views: 543

Re: How will the latest UN sanctions impact Air Koryo?

I wouldn't be surprised to see Air Koryo "temporarily" freeze their (very few) international connections... It's happened before. I however feel that the Beijing flights will continue unaffected, just as all other (land) traffic between the two countries. Let's not forget after all that Ch...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13335

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

I don't think it is realistic for the pilots to demand from the airline board to guarantee jobs when the company is subject to insolvency law proceedings. Just as much as the company is unable to act as they please with regard to, say, contracts of carriage with customers entered before Aug. 15, th...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Zimbabwe Airways 777 deal in jeopardy over a lack of funding
Replies: 18
Views: 3808

Re: Zimbabwe Airways 777 deal in jeopardy over a lack of funding

..Well, yes, paying was "all that was left to do".... :-o

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by oldannyboy
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who will get to HNL first: EK or QR?
Replies: 87
Views: 10387

Re: Who will get to HNL first: EK or QR?

Hawaii is simply a safe domestic playground for Americans. To the rest of the world they are simply one (maybe amazing) archipelago, like many others. For non US citizens it doesn't feel any safer or certainly any better than other places. Actually to may people it will seem quite insipid because o...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who will get to HNL first: EK or QR?
Replies: 87
Views: 10387

Re: Who will get to HNL first: EK or QR?

Why fly 25 hours to a tropical beach destination, when the same tropical experience can be reached at half the time or less? What does Hawaii have on offer, that you can't find in e.g. Thailand, Malaysia or the Phlips at less than half the price? Better music. Better beaches. No harassment. America...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who will get to HNL first: EK or QR?
Replies: 87
Views: 10387

Re: Who will get to HNL first: EK or QR?

None. There's no reason and no market for ME3 flight to Hawaii. I am convinced though that we will maybe (soon?) see leisure and low-cost flights from Europe, simply because it's a new(er) destination for most European markets...but not -as some seem to point out- because it's "better" tha...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cubana and their Il-96´s
Replies: 20
Views: 9140

Re: Cubana and their Il-96´s

I am actually hoping to see CU keep operating the IL96 and the An158...they are very sturdy and safe planes... and they add a bit of flavor to an otherwise very boring sky these days....

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by oldannyboy
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad latest airline to release alternative safety video
Replies: 32
Views: 5135

Re: Etihad latest airline to release alternative safety video

Very cool. Nicely done, and very professional. Much better than others I have seen. It's catchy, it has nice music and it does grab your attention. I like it.

I am also a big fan of the LEVEL safety video. That is cool and effective too.

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