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by oldannyboy
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What if Globetrain would have come to fruition back then?
Replies: 5
Views: 915

Re: What if Globetrain would have come to fruition back then?

He was wayyy too far ahead of his time.... light years really...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BCal and the 747-200SUD
Replies: 14
Views: 4076

Re: BCal and the 747-200SUD

I wonder if these would have appeared in the new livery B-CAL had proposed towards their end ? http://www.british-caledonian.com/BCal_The_Livery_that_never_was.html Wow. Very surprising. I like it. That livery would still look neat and fresh today. Maybe with larger titles (billboards) on the side?

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by oldannyboy
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy sighting at OAK!
Replies: 9
Views: 1689

Re: Happy sighting at OAK!

I'm not surprised it's a summer lease. Their loads must be even more seasonal than FI since they don't have any fish in the hold. Icelandair flights don't all revolve around the carrying fish in the hold it's not as if it's a mainstay of the airlines business. I can never understand what the obsess...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Saudia Airlines under fire for Dress Code
Replies: 56
Views: 7196

Re: Saudia Airlines under fire for Dress Code

This is going much too far and has to stop. I am all for religious tolerance, but religion (any religion) must not get in the way of other people [who may not care]; even more so when you are operating a business. Yes, I am happy to take my custom elsewhere -and it's sad because I like Saudia- , but...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BCal and the 747-200SUD
Replies: 14
Views: 4076

Re: BCal and the 747-200SUD

It is a real shame what happened to British Caledonian Airways my all time favourite airline and I often wonder what the airline could have become if it wasn't swollen up by British Airways, it's unbelievable that it will be 30 years next year since the demise of that great British airline, Gatwick...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BCal and the 747-200SUD
Replies: 14
Views: 4076

Re: BCal and the 747-200SUD

Hello Spaceship, I didn't know either that both BCal and Laker had applied to operate the Kangaroo route. What a surprise! The article also made the whole affair sound essentially 'months away' from coming into fruition... I guess that yes we would have seen shiny new 743s gracing the Gatwick apron...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PW2000 version on LUA 757s
Replies: 8
Views: 1291

Re: PW2000 version on LUA 757s

Ha!..interesting post...I am one who is pretty much obsessed with the way different engines sound... and I frankly never gave much thought to the different sound of the different variants..you are clearly one step above me in the game! ;-) I always liked how the PW2000 sounds, and find it less obtru...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BCal and the 747-200SUD
Replies: 14
Views: 4076

Re: BCal and the 747-200SUD

Hello Spaceship, I didn't know either that both BCal and Laker had applied to operate the Kangaroo route. What a surprise! The article also made the whole affair sound essentially 'months away' from coming into fruition... I guess that yes we would have seen shiny new 743s gracing the Gatwick aprons...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair to start flights from Durham Tees Valley (MME)
Replies: 17
Views: 2003

Re: Loganair to start flights from Durham Tees Valley (MME)

Good old Tees-Side has worked fine for eons with old BM. Not quite sure what happened -what went wrong, really- after the clever branding exercise that was clearly aiming at 'putting the airport back on the map'... I don't see the point of a train service here, since loads of regional airports lack ...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair - new livery
Replies: 25
Views: 3462

Re: Loganair - new livery

Looks nice, neat and professional. I wish them all the best. Not so to FlyBe though...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airliners That Didn't Work In Australia
Replies: 38
Views: 5363

Re: Airliners That Didn't Work In Australia

The biggest miss was the L-1011 Tristar. From the retirement of the B-707 in 1979 until the advent of the B-767 in c. 1986, Qantas only flew jumbos (-238B and SP) which was way too much aeroplane for the likes of Port Moresby, Christchurch, Belgrade, Damascus (check old route maps if you don't beli...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines using King Air's?
Replies: 18
Views: 2494

Re: Airlines using King Air's?

Norlandair, based in AEY in the northern part of Iceland, have one (TF-NLB) alongside their Twin Otters. It seems to be mainly operating the Akureyri-Vopnafjordur-Thorshofn-Akureyri triangle. Flew on it myself last year: 3990335 regards! Sveinn Hello Sveinn, Could you kindly expand on your flight o...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CommutAir to add 21 add'l E145s for United; accelerate Dash-8 retirement
Replies: 31
Views: 4201

Re: CommutAir to add 21 add'l E145s for United; accelerate Dash-8 retirement

1989worstyear wrote:
I can only think this is purely a maintenance and pax experience-driven decision as was mentioned previously.


...Hence for once we can be happy that something has been done with the passenger in mind, yes? :-)

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by oldannyboy
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CommutAir to add 21 add'l E145s for United; accelerate Dash-8 retirement
Replies: 31
Views: 4201

Re: CommutAir to add 21 add'l E145s for United; accelerate Q400 retirement

Why accelerate the DASH 8 retirement? What is it about the aircraft they do not like? The passengers don't like the Dash-8. They are slow and vibrate quite a bit and the airline takes a lot of maintenance cancellations . Also since they have been out of production for years, parts are scarce. Piedm...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025
Replies: 135
Views: 6844

Re: UBS: Pilotless planes ‘could save airlines $35bn’

To think that somebody might have actually been paid to do such piece a research is deeply disturbing. To see that it comes from one of the banking giants is plainly irritating. Maybe it's time UBS starts shedding off their own 'human debris' and does away with having all those dull, suit-clad indiv...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 interiors
Replies: 79
Views: 15794

Re: Delta A350 interiors

Sorry if this has been posted before, but I couldn't find anything after a brief search. Anyway, these are the interiors of Delta's first A350. That economy colour is ugly as hell though... https://twitter.com/Airline_Alex/status/894181329201491968 If you own a house, or an apartment, and you have ...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 interiors
Replies: 79
Views: 15794

Re: Delta A350 interiors

Sorry if this has been posted before, but I couldn't find anything after a brief search. Anyway, these are the interiors of Delta's first A350. That economy colour is ugly as hell though... https://twitter.com/Airline_Alex/status/894181329201491968 Some hints of red in Economy would've been nice. J...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First French blue A359 to enter service 8/8/17
Replies: 39
Views: 8439

Re: First French blue A359 to enter service 8/8/17

Think about like this. The A350 is 5 inches wider than a 787. The 787 9 abreast configuration is supposedly terrible. Now think about fitting another seat in that 5 extra inches and you should have your answer. I'm sure someone will be along (or they already have in another thread) to explain how A...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 interiors
Replies: 79
Views: 15794

Re: Delta A350 interiors

Wow, that is one positively DARK A350 interior.

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by oldannyboy
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 7 crew members in hospital after an AA flight experienced severe turbulence
Replies: 18
Views: 5406

Re: 7 crew members in hospital after an AA flight experienced severe turbulence

Yet people still choose not to wear seatbelts. Really. A full A330 and only 3 pax injured. I would think they were all buckled up. To put things into perspective: I stay buckled up all the time when I am seated.. I leave it on more loosely maybe, but still on. Yet I once got a cracked rib (not brok...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines using King Air's?
Replies: 18
Views: 2494

Re: Airlines using King Air's?

Norlandair, based in AEY in the northern part of Iceland, have one (TF-NLB) alongside their Twin Otters. It seems to be mainly operating the Akureyri-Vopnafjordur-Thorshofn-Akureyri triangle. Flew on it myself last year: 3990335 regards! Sveinn Hello Sveinn, Could you kindly expand on your flight o...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alfa Romeo Giulia
Replies: 36
Views: 2080

Re: Alfa Romeo Giulia

Good choice man. Love the Giulia. It's a sexy beast, but also very "driveable" and comfortable. It's one of the few cars out there to have not only the wow factor, but also some soul... Yes, it's an Alfa, and it shows in many ways. Plus it sounds amazing... Over here the new Giulias are be...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thread for Mercedes (classic) car owners.
Replies: 23
Views: 642

Re: Thread for Mercedes (classic) car owners.

Hello... classic car owner here..

The W124 is my all-time favourite Mercedes. Lovely design, a delight to drive and absolutely BULLETPROOF. Good choice!
Keeps us up on how things go. It would be great to see a photo of the car once the resto is over.

I compliment you on your choice! :-)

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by oldannyboy
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Thai Airways Royal Silk Bangkok to Phuket
Replies: 7
Views: 3807

Re: Thai Airways Royal Silk Bangkok to Phuket

Nice & easy trip report. Thanks for uploading the video as well. I really like Thai. They invariably offer graceful, consistently good service. Plus their warm house colours are a delight to behold. You're welcome. Thai is my favorite airline in Asia Same here, I really like Thai. I also find T...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A35K seating?
Replies: 7
Views: 2021

Re: BA A35K seating?

Not a chance. 10-abreast on the A350 is LCC/charter territory, as someone else has stated... It's like 9-abreast on the A330 or 8-abreast on the 767...very few 'mainline' carriers have ever selected that option. Charter carriers? Yes, many.

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by oldannyboy
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: In 2019, Ryanair will introduce new Zodiac seats, improving legroom
Replies: 55
Views: 7015

Re: In 2019, Ryanair will introduce new Zodiac seats, improving legroom

Church benches an unions aside, if a modern seat can increase the seat pitch and still be decently comfortable, that seems like a good solution. Old seats waste a lot of space indeed. As I'm pretty tall, every centimeter increases my comfort. Has anyone reflected over the low height of the seat bac...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: In 2019, Ryanair will introduce new Zodiac seats, improving legroom
Replies: 55
Views: 7015

Re: In 2019, Ryanair will introduce new Zodiac seats, improving legroom

Those seats look very uncomfortable. My back is already aching. You should try them...you'd be surprised...they are actually quite good really... they already have them in the new deliveries with sky interior, and not only they offer good legroom, but they feel really quite comfortable on longer fl...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: In 2019, Ryanair will introduce new Zodiac seats, improving legroom
Replies: 55
Views: 7015

Re: In 2019, Ryanair will introduce new Zodiac seats, improving legroom

Errrrm this is the exact same seat they already have in their current Sky Interior aircraft. It's increased legroom over the older cabin hugely but will either stay the same or actually reduce legroom on the MAX when compared to newly delivered -800s, after all the seat is the same and they're addi...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A380 US Routes
Replies: 73
Views: 11358

Re: British Airways A380 US Routes

Although the A380 is great to experience (especially for aviation enthusiasts like us) the old BA 772s are a far more comfortable ride in Y...[/
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...No offence my friend, but you seem somewhat confused..?..

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by oldannyboy
Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A380 US Routes
Replies: 73
Views: 11358

Re: British Airways A380 US Routes

Back in the day, passengers supposedly preferred to fly transatlantic on BOAC's Super VC10s. It didn't mean that US airlines rushed to place orders for it. Airline bean counters care not one jot whether passengers prefer the experience of one type over another (and, of course, BOAC tried very hard ...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A380 US Routes
Replies: 73
Views: 11358

Re: British Airways A380 US Routes

Fact is the A380 does add to the flying experience. Put that in the mix with other operational factors and for average Joe pax it can be the difference between thinking that a flight was "just a flight" or "that was a real nice flight". It's interesting to look at pricing across...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways IT failure (August 2)
Replies: 3
Views: 1326

Re: British Airways IT failure (August 2)

BA has failed miserably in its quintessentially 'cheap & easy corporational approach' to cost saving. They are cutting most things not immediately visible "below the belt line", deep down where the staff who are doing the dirty jobs are (but provided that the upper management crust rem...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Classic British / French Jetliners - 1985/1987 trips
Replies: 45
Views: 9110

Re: Classic British / French Jetliners - 1985/1987 trips

OMG.... This is the Mother of all trip reports!!! Wow.... Thank you SO MUCH! This brought back so many wonderful and distant memories of a sweet world that is no longer here....

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by oldannyboy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Thai Airways Royal Silk Bangkok to Phuket
Replies: 7
Views: 3807

Re: Thai Airways Royal Silk Bangkok to Phuket

Nice & easy trip report. Thanks for uploading the video as well.
I really like Thai. They invariably offer graceful, consistently good service. Plus their warm house colours are a delight to behold.

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by oldannyboy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways reveals A350-1000 layout
Replies: 39
Views: 13505

Re: Qatar Airways reveals A350-1000 layout

business class has come a long way... And people wonder why customers who want First class are most likely to just charter their own jet. That is a First class product 15 years ago. I'm curious how well QR will do. Lightsaber There is a whole world between flying first class and chartering a jet, y...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First French blue A359 to enter service 8/8/17
Replies: 39
Views: 8439

Re: First French blue A359 to enter service 8/8/17

The big bird looks amazing. Big and beautiful! ...Would love to hitch a ride in it, even in a cramped middle seat at the far back of the Y cabin.... happy to squeeze my thin butt between another nine people for such an aircraft and the destinations it will serve... :-)

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by oldannyboy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 8890

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

If anyone could shed light on the reason for all the oddly placed exit doors on UA'S. DC8 61 & 71s (and for that matter their stretch 727s, I have always been fascinated by that. For whatever it's worth ATL saw a fair amount of stretch 8s on UA throughout the 70s and to a lesser degree, 80s bef...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 8890

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

BobbyPSP wrote:
Ps.. I can't upload a pic. It's from the 8/70 date, shows nose #s, engine break down model pax numbers. Very interesting for this board.

How do I admit? Sorry for being naive on this. Or pm me your email and I can send them


Hi Bobby...I would LOVE to see that picture... :-) Thanks...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 8890

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

If anyone could shed light on the reason for all the oddly placed exit doors on UA'S. DC8 61 & 71s (and for that matter their stretch 727s, I have always been fascinated by that. For whatever it's worth ATL saw a fair amount of stretch 8s on UA throughout the 70s and to a lesser degree, 80s bef...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 8890

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

Question: can someone shed light on the 'moustache' air-vents on the nose of the DC-8?... IIRC these were the inlets for the 'turbo-compressors". On the 707, 3 of the engines have a small inlet piggy backed on it ..this is where Boeing decided to place the turbo-compressors on this aircraft. T...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: homosexuality in the aviation industry
Replies: 41
Views: 3136

Re: homosexuality in the aviation industry

Hello, gay man here. You may want to refer to a similar topic I discussed some time back. Meanwhile I have met several more gay men working in aviation, including an exceptionally good looking (and pretty openly gay) EK captain. I agree about the disproportionate percentage of gay men working in avi...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seat size regulations in the US
Replies: 176
Views: 11784

Re: Seat size regulations in the US

Yeah guys. And can I have free champagne and hot meal too, whilst you are all busy fixing this? Oh, and don't forget the free hold luggage. And cute stewardesses, thanks. You don't need to be in favor of regulations to, IMO, see that this is hardly an apt comparison - minimum pitch/with vs free hot...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seat size regulations in the US
Replies: 176
Views: 11784

Re: Seat size regulations in the US

Yeah guys. And can I have free champagne and hot meal too, whilst you are all busy fixing this?
Oh, and don't forget the free hold luggage. And cute stewardesses, thanks.

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by oldannyboy
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 8890

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

Question: can someone shed light on the 'moustache' air-vents on the nose of the DC-8?... Also: back in the day I remember there was always lots of talk on comparing the -8 with the 707, and people tended to agree that the -8 was more solid and that the inside panels of the Douglas remained in bette...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 8890

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

Thanks, I figured they were CRT monitors mounted from the ceiling, but I always associated that more with the 757 era of narrowbodies with IFE and was surprised to see DC-8s had them, too. I have never seen the DC-8 with CRT screens. The United ones were pull down rolled up screens with the project...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 8890

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

Some more trivia... I seem to recall that the very last -8s used regularly across the Atlantic were the SAS non re-engine -62s, which were also some of the very last off the line... Then, who remembers the cloth curtains of the -8s..boy, those were so old school, even back in the day.. they made the...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 20580

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

Brokkenpiloot wrote:
I always wondered what DL/Skyteam saw in VS. They barely add any cities to the SkyTeam-network they don't already serve. Is it just for the London O&D market?


Absolutely, yes. It's a very rich and prestigious market...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe has new franchise partner
Replies: 25
Views: 5463

Re: Flybe has new franchise partner

Oh, what a doomed, ill-thought, shambolick operation this seems...and quite frankly done in bad faith? Certainly as a short term 'competition wipeout' trial.. I mean, competition is good, but you really have to get to grips with what the real numbers are out there... And why, would FlyBe need to res...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 DY 737's currently over the Atlantic
Replies: 116
Views: 19107

Re: 5 DY 737's currently over the Atlantic

History in the making? Maybe not, but certainly a minor revolution in transatlantic travel...finally! I wish them every success.

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by oldannyboy
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 DY 737's currently over the Atlantic
Replies: 116
Views: 19107

Re: 5 DY 737's currently over the Atlantic

They are being flown by step child scab crews. I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if they screw up and put one in the drink eventually. Inexperienced RJ pilots pushing a 737 to the end of it's range over then north atlantic isn't a ride I want to be on. Varsity, you unfailingly come across as...

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