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by oldannyboy
Mon May 21, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 151
Views: 16425

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

I may be a bit old fashioned, but I actually care about grooming standards for FAs, regardless of class, airline, and ticket cost paid. When I board an aircraft I expect crews to be looking their very best, even at 3.00AM, on the return leg. It's part of the job. I have worked in the service industr...

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by oldannyboy
Mon May 21, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Air Marshall arrests
Replies: 13
Views: 1917

Re: Air Marshall arrests

That's what you get when mix the best of cowboy culture, lots of random guns and an unfathomable hysterical fear of terrorism.

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by oldannyboy
Mon May 21, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV
Replies: 325
Views: 50217

Re: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV

I know folks want to turn this into a political debate, but I'll just note that 732s are not that uncommon in the Americas. According to various sources, you can still find them operational in Mexico, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, and Canada (the most Communist of them all) /sarcasm The later v...

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by oldannyboy
Mon May 21, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow reveals quietest airlines
Replies: 47
Views: 11396

Re: Heathrow reveals quietest airlines

No surprises there. SAS have been pioneering and actively working on the continuous descent approach programme for many years.

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by oldannyboy
Mon May 21, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV
Replies: 325
Views: 50217

Re: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV

I think that those who say that the embargo and politics don't play a part in this tragic accident are trying to fool themselves..... No sane -and honest, frank- individual would struggle to see a direct and evident link between the sanctions imposed on Cuba, and the need for Cubana de Aviacion to l...

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by oldannyboy
Mon May 21, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Naples, Italy (+46,1% PAX Q1) booming. Could the US3 / ME3 fly there?
Replies: 35
Views: 4161

Re: Naples, Italy (+46,1% PAX Q1) booming. Could the US3 / ME3 fly there?

If you're going to Amalfi, skip Naples and stay on the train to Salerno. You're so much closer to Amalfi (even if you're going all the way to Positano - the view is killer!). From the Salerno train station it's 200 meters to the ferry and then 8 Euros to Amalfi. :checkmark: Indeed! I was waiting fo...

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by oldannyboy
Thu May 17, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to retire ERJ 195
Replies: 49
Views: 8316

Re: Flybe to retire ERJ 195

I don't know how they are supposed to negotiate good prices on a Q400 when they openly declare that the Q400 is the only plane they are interested in. Because customers for the Q400 are not exactly queuing up at Mirabel so I suppose BBD is happy and grateful of the fruitful relationship.... That's ...

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by oldannyboy
Thu May 17, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replacement of the Swiss Airbus A340-300
Replies: 77
Views: 16708

Re: Replacement of the Swiss Airbus A340-300

Purely from a passenger point of view, a switch from an A340 to a 777 is a retrograde step and I hope they don't do it. Agree. Fully. The A343 is so MUCH NICER to fly on than any 777. Period. Absolutely. Flew LHR-BOS recently in a BA777. Awful. Very noisy cabin. Back on VS A346 - What a difference!...

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by oldannyboy
Thu May 17, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to retire ERJ 195
Replies: 49
Views: 8316

Re: Flybe to retire ERJ 195

leghorn wrote:
I don't know how they are supposed to negotiate good prices on a Q400 when they openly declare that the Q400 is the only plane they are interested in.


Because customers for the Q400 are not exactly queuing up at Mirabel so I suppose BBD is happy and grateful of the fruitful relationship....

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by oldannyboy
Thu May 17, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal
Replies: 78
Views: 10293

Re: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal

Not disagreeing with all that is being said above, including how idiotic some of Spohr's remarks are... Still, I don't personally think that the somewhat older equipment is such a great big obstacle for OS... they provide such a gracious service, particularly in J, and frankly better than LH... VIE...

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by oldannyboy
Thu May 17, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines and Social Media- gosh is it worth it?
Replies: 16
Views: 1257

Re: Airlines and Social Media- gosh is it worth it?

Wow. Interesting post. One that does actually make you think. I have come to believe (personal opinion, so there you go) that social media and social platform somehow just manage to extract the very worst out of human nature for some reason. Anonymity and the likelihood of being able to spit out hat...

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by oldannyboy
Thu May 17, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy destinations?
Replies: 23
Views: 3156

Re: Air Italy destinations?

Well, yes and no. Air Italy was still 'technically' flying the leisure charter routes -sometimes with all white leased-in aircraft, or with a mix of Meridiana and/or Air Italy branded aircraft- but otherwise the whole Air Italy fleet had been repainted in (the old but VERY CLASSY!) Meridiana colour...

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by oldannyboy
Thu May 17, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal
Replies: 78
Views: 10293

Re: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal

Not disagreeing with all that is being said above, including how idiotic some of Spohr's remarks are... Still, I don't personally think that the somewhat older equipment is such a great big obstacle for OS... they provide such a gracious service, particularly in J, and frankly better than LH... VIE ...

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by oldannyboy
Wed May 16, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy destinations?
Replies: 23
Views: 3156

Re: Air Italy destinations?

It wont be easy for them to succeed. I've been in OLB a few days ago and most of the branding is still Meridiana. This is 2 years after the take over was announced. . No, it's barely 3 months maybe, and there was no take over. Meridiana and Air Italy were -up to about 3 months ago- two separate com...

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by oldannyboy
Wed May 16, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy destinations?
Replies: 23
Views: 3156

Re: Air Italy destinations?

It wont be easy for them to succeed. I've been in OLB a few days ago and most of the branding is still Meridiana. This is 2 years after the take over was announced. . No, it's barely 3 months maybe, and there was no take over. Meridiana and Air Italy were -up to about 3 months ago- two separate com...

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by oldannyboy
Tue May 15, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cases where LCC's exit of markets ended in ruins tourism
Replies: 2
Views: 1218

Re: Cases where LCC's exit of markets ended in ruins tourism

Well, there have been a few cases in which FR exited some of the more peripheral regional airports, which has proved to be a bit of a blow to the local economy. Maybe not to the extent of being a disaster, but certainly some less touristy/developed areas could do with a boost coming from the LCCs. B...

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by oldannyboy
Tue May 15, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Jordanian to add 23 new plane
Replies: 13
Views: 3605

Re: Royal Jordanian to add 23 new plane

They are a great company, and a great ambassador for a lovely nation. I hope they expand and make AMM a truly great hub.

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by oldannyboy
Tue May 15, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Swoop bird ready to roll
Replies: 12
Views: 4150

Re: First Swoop bird ready to roll

Both the name and the colours are really pretty hideous IMHO....

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by oldannyboy
Fri May 11, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?
Replies: 111
Views: 15947

Re: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?

Having flown on both planes, no I disagree to the statement. 787 is simply noisier, but that's my view. And surely I know someone will bash me before I realise. Michael They shouldn't, since you're right. In my experiences, yes, 787 is just a little noisier that the 350s. But even then, I still fin...

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by oldannyboy
Fri May 11, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATR 72 Apron Safety
Replies: 16
Views: 2945

Re: ATR 72 Apron Safety

Were these airlines or shipping lines ?! Port and Starboard are nautical terms not appropriate in aviation. Let’s keep it simple, left and right works well Sorry, but yes they are. In English at least, port and starboard are the correct technical words. In technical manuals as well. And yes, they a...

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by oldannyboy
Fri May 11, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA gate agent asks nursing mom "How many boobs do you have"
Replies: 73
Views: 9095

Re: AA gate agent asks nursing mom "How many boobs do you have"

Aviation customer care standards in the US have become so low they are now a national embarrassment. All US3 -and the rest of the gang- have HUGE numbers of unfriendly, inpolite, nasty individuals on an obvious power trip who just love to hate their customers. Real short story: two days ago, JFK, @ ...

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by oldannyboy
Thu May 10, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transiting ORD on AA int. to domestic in 2hrs
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Re: Transiting ORD on AA int. to domestic in 2hrs

2 hours at ORD for a non-U.S. passport holder to get off a widebody, clear customs, get out the door, head over to T3, clear security and go from there? If you make that, buy a couple of lotto tickets and toss in a couple of bucks to the jar for St. Jude's. Ok, thanks for the great suggestion. I'll...

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by oldannyboy
Wed May 09, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transiting ORD on AA int. to domestic in 2hrs
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Re: Transiting ORD on AA int. to domestic in 2hrs

I would download the mobile passport app. It will significantly speed up the process, almost as quick as Global Entry in some cases. With global I have been off the plane, through customs, on the train, through security and my next gate 27 minutes after arrival from NRT. https://mobilepassport.us/ ...

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by oldannyboy
Wed May 09, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transiting ORD on AA int. to domestic in 2hrs
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Re: Transiting ORD on AA int. to domestic in 2hrs

Many thanks to all you wonderful A.netters for the kind replies. :-)

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by oldannyboy
Wed May 09, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transiting ORD on AA int. to domestic in 2hrs
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Transiting ORD on AA int. to domestic in 2hrs

Dear fellow A.netters, In a few weeks' time I will be transiting ORD on AA for the first time, arriving from LHR and transferring onto a domestic connection. I will be travelling with only hand luggage, and will be holding my onward boarding pass. I everything goes according to plan, I will have app...

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by oldannyboy
Wed May 09, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways/Air Italy decline paint job of first A330 into new livery, first 737MAX8 painting revealed
Replies: 76
Views: 20027

Re: Qatar Airways/Air Italy decline paint job of first A330 into new livery, first 737MAX8 painting revealed

Looks rather nice, IMO. But I must say I was hoping I’d see an “I-XXXX” rego on the frames. Wonder how this will impact AZ’s business structure (when they have one). I don't think this will impact AZ a lot, simply because they are based in different cities and are actually going for a vastly differ...

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by oldannyboy
Wed May 09, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways/Air Italy decline paint job of first A330 into new livery, first 737MAX8 painting revealed
Replies: 76
Views: 20027

Re: Qatar Airways/Air Italy decline paint job of first A330 into new livery, first 737MAX8 painting revealed

[photoid][/photoid] Apparently, I'm the only guy who thinks this livery looks atrocious. Ick. Me too :roll: those colours are so off for an Italy-based airline, and so Eurowings-esque... The old Meridiana colours were perfect...classic, warm, elegant. And even the name was better and more elegant an...

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by oldannyboy
Wed May 09, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines with the most women pilots
Replies: 42
Views: 6356

Re: Airlines with the most women pilots

I am sure the Indian airlines have a lot of female pilots. https://www.vogue.in/content/the-indian-female-pilots-ruling-skies-across-the-globe/ About 12 per cent of the pilots who fly for Indian airlines are women, according to the latest Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) figures. This i...

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by oldannyboy
Wed May 09, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway
Replies: 56
Views: 6355

Re: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway

I say 24/7 AND 3rd runaway. Signed: another E14 resident. Well Jayafe, to be really honest with you, with an E14 address it's not as if you would be exactly under the landing or take off path of LHR.... you would wish 5to be that west!... ;-) :rotfl: :lol: [ E11er here, so no offence meant!]

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by oldannyboy
Tue May 08, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: [With photos] New Business Class in Singapore Airlines' first ever Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner
Replies: 10
Views: 10633

Re: [With photos] New Business Class in Singapore Airlines' first ever Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Nice trip report, thank you.

Lovely seats, although I find SQ's new interior palette very unimaginative and uninspiring...it's very dark, very grey and very colourless... big thumb down!

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by oldannyboy
Tue May 08, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying the AA Dreamliner 'Down Under': FSM-DFW-LAX-SYD, Dec '17, Y
Replies: 21
Views: 6559

Re: Flying the AA Dreamliner 'Down Under': FSM-DFW-LAX-SYD, Dec '17, Y

Thanks for this absolutely adorable -and beautifully written!- trip report.
I am about to fly AA's 787 for the first time in a few weeks from now...looking forward to that 'mood lighting fiesta'!! ;-)

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by oldannyboy
Tue May 08, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair announced service to Dusseldorf
Replies: 15
Views: 1763

Re: Icelandair announced service to Dusseldorf

Excellent choice. Both the yields and the numbers should be there.

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by oldannyboy
Tue May 08, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR
Replies: 45
Views: 8556

Re: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR

Oh wow. How surprising. Not. Excuse my ignorance, but why is this unsurprising? AFAIK, South Africa's economy is not doing well (just 1.5% GDP growth in 2018, in what is, a developing country), and while CPT is known for tourism and JNB is known for business, what is DUR bringing to the table? VFR ...

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by oldannyboy
Tue May 08, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not so much LCC to Zagreb?
Replies: 9
Views: 1283

Re: Why not so much LCC to Zagreb?

Limited tourist appeal of the city and somewhat limited disposable income of the local population.

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by oldannyboy
Tue May 08, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway
Replies: 56
Views: 6355

Re: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway

Unless we're considering the Donald Trump reign to be the end of the republic as we know it, one might say it's hyperbolic to claim western democracies are free of urban airport ops in the middle of the night. Well, actually, most western (European) democracies are indeed mostly free of airport nig...

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by oldannyboy
Tue May 08, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR
Replies: 45
Views: 8556

Re: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR

Oh wow. How surprising. Not.
Talking about safe expansion plans....
But why LHR on a 787?? I think, given the timings & market, a Gatters 777 could have worked better, no?

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by oldannyboy
Tue May 08, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway
Replies: 56
Views: 6355

Re: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway

This is why the west will lose to Asia. Once pioneers in infrastructure development, now extremely slow and lethargic Amen. As a westerner, I am frankly very happy to be losing to Asia. I think most Europeans are happy to letting the economic rat race move to Asia. There are higher priorities in li...

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by oldannyboy
Tue May 08, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway
Replies: 56
Views: 6355

Re: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway

Unless we're considering the Donald Trump reign to be the end of the republic as we know it, one might say it's hyperbolic to claim western democracies are free of urban airport ops in the middle of the night. Well, actually, most western (European) democracies are indeed mostly free of airport nig...

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by oldannyboy
Tue May 08, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway
Replies: 56
Views: 6355

Re: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway

Airports like HKG, SIN, DXB etc etc are able to have 24 hour operations because the countries they are located in have no democracy and as such any opposition is silenced or ignored. Airports (in Western democracies at least) have a responsibility to their surrounding communities, which includes li...

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by oldannyboy
Fri May 04, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 Contract Employee Murdered on PHL Ramp by Fellow Employee
Replies: 31
Views: 10645

Re: F9 Contract Employee Murdered on PHL Ramp by Fellow Employee

Gritty Philly never ceases to amaze me. This would be unthinkable in Europe.

Don't get me wrong: I still love Philly but boy, what a gritty place it is!

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by oldannyboy
Thu May 03, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: News on JetBlue cabin restyling
Replies: 33
Views: 4673

Re: News on JetBlue cabin restyling

Great news. So many apologists for their preferred carriers tell us we have to accept declining personal space, degraded IFE options, and other cut backs. (See AA management’s OASIS project to densify seating and remove entertainment options on the 737-800/A321) Now expand that network JetBlue. I S...

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by oldannyboy
Thu May 03, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trends and changes occurring on trans-Atlantic routes (infographics)
Replies: 10
Views: 1413

Re: Trends and changes occurring on trans-Atlantic routes (infographics)

LCC and narrowbody capacity has really increased. Overall, I think the transatlantic market is headed for overcapacity as each new route (IND-CDG, SEA-DUB, CLE-KEF, DEN-CDG, etc) pulls passengers away from existing options. There are only so many transatlantic passengers and I think some growth pla...

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by oldannyboy
Thu May 03, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: North Korea requests opening of new international air routes and shows willingness to open its FIR to South Korea
Replies: 41
Views: 7369

Re: North Korea requests opening of new international air routes and shows willingness to open its FIR to South Korea

Good to see monolithic North Korea moving along. I am still hoping to visit the country and fly on their Soviet jewels. Talking about fleet, Air Koryo has actually 3 Tu-204 and one Il-62, am I right? 2 TU-204. As for IL62, as far as I know the only one is for government use. I know that they have a...

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by oldannyboy
Thu May 03, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: North Korea requests opening of new international air routes and shows willingness to open its FIR to South Korea
Replies: 41
Views: 7369

Re: North Korea requests opening of new international air routes and shows willingness to open its FIR to South Korea

Good to see monolithic North Korea moving along. I am still hoping to visit the country and fly on their Soviet jewels.

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by oldannyboy
Thu May 03, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible new order for the SSJ
Replies: 5
Views: 1340

Re: Possible new order for the SSJ

I am so happy to see the little cutie succeed in the market.... I am hoping to test it later in the year with CityJet.

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by oldannyboy
Thu May 03, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan Airlines To Miami By Next Year?
Replies: 51
Views: 5195

Re: Japan Airlines To Miami By Next Year?

chunhimlai wrote:
MIA is not only a tourism destination but also the primary gateway to Latin America


...just let me finish your statement: "...for the US".

Miami might be a gateway for Latin America for the US. Period. Not for the rest of the world.

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by oldannyboy
Wed May 02, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volotea 717 Fire at OVD
Replies: 23
Views: 3836

Re: Volotea 717 Fire at OVD

FatCat wrote:
Volotea's 717s do not have an encorauging safety record...


what on earth are you on about?

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by oldannyboy
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion 738 off the runway at Gorontalo
Replies: 21
Views: 4260

Re: Lion 738 off the runway at Gorontalo

dcajet wrote:
Lion Air is at it again...



Well, it actually could be a number of reasons, and not necessarily Lion's fault.... although, yes, I do know..

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by oldannyboy
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most beautiful airplane ever built?
Replies: 81
Views: 4302

Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

A few of my all-time favourites:

VC-10
IL-62
Caravelle
Breda BZ-308
Vulcan
Tu-160

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