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by LTU932
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 41
Views: 2638

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

2travel2know2 wrote:
LTU932 wrote:
Is the connector building just for airside connection, or can it also be used landside?
The way it looks from outside, seems to be only for airside connections.
Oh well. Maybe I'll see it for myself whenever I return to Panama (which will likely not be in 2019).

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by LTU932
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 41
Views: 2638

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

Is the connector building just for airside connection, or can it also be used landside?

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by LTU932
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 542
Views: 39090

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

https://www.crhoy.com/nacionales/falla-en-sistema-de-consulta-afecta-a-pasajeros-en-aeropuertos/ Today was once again a very bad day at SJO because the immigration systems crashed again. Specifically, the part that checks the Interpol database and the travel impediment sections of the Ministry of Ju...

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by LTU932
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?
Replies: 62
Views: 4027

Re: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?

Panama City, Panama. April 2018. My very first solo vacation in a foreign country, though I chose Panama because of childhood memories. It was the very first foreign country I ever visited back in September 1987.

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by LTU932
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse
Replies: 184
Views: 36703

Re: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse

Honestly, it would not surprise me a bit. They expanded at a very high pace and probably too fast for them to be sustainable. I've seen this already a few times with the demise of other longhaul (U)LCC airlines such as Air Madrid and Air Comet. Worst case is that they will get crushed by their own d...

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by LTU932
Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Iran airlines need 500 planes, official mulls Sukhoi SSJ 100
Replies: 52
Views: 10489

Re: Reuters: Iran airlines need 500 planes, official mulls Sukhoi SSJ 100

Which Westwern parts are used on plane? I don't know the real specs, but if I read this correctly, there are e.g. components from Thales and Honeywell, and the engines are apparently based on the CFM56 (a US-French joint venture). The Russians would have reengineer a lot of the aircraft to avoid pr...

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by LTU932
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Iran airlines need 500 planes, official mulls Sukhoi SSJ 100
Replies: 52
Views: 10489

Re: Iran planning to buy 500 Sukhoi Superjet 100

Much of the new stuff is heavy on software. Just as a porche automobile needs to be connected to a porche computer, so do Western parts. Russia or China will have to develop many components. If they cheat, than the license to export Western parts to them can be pulled ending production. There must ...

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by LTU932
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BUD-FRA-VCE, 50 minute connection
Replies: 26
Views: 1761

Re: BUD-FRA-VCE, 50 minute connection

It could be doable since it is a Schengen flight, but I wouldn't bet on it. Get at least 90 minutes of connection.

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by LTU932
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel Reward Credit Cards
Replies: 33
Views: 1933

Re: Travel Reward Credit Cards

I'd probably get a Copa Connectmiles Visa card because I just love Copa Airlines. The only problem is that I'd have to sign a contract with Credomatic and I'm very hesitant about that.

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by LTU932
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport to be renamed Pushkin Airport
Replies: 41
Views: 6640

Re: Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport to be renamed Pushkin Airport

Krakow's airport was renamed John Paul II. Didn't have any effect on its IATA code, same with HAM after it got the name Helmut Schmidt attached to it. On the other hand, in some instances the IATA codes (and even ICAO codes) can change. One prominent example was SDA (Saddam International), which was...

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by LTU932
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Failure of German Air Force A340 could be sabotage
Replies: 7
Views: 3622

Re: Failure of German Air Force A340 could be sabotage

The A340 of German Airforce are notorious for their failures. See this German Bild article https://www.bild.de/politik/inland/politik-inland/angela-merkel-g20-treffen-beginnt-ohne-kanzlerin-wegen-zwischenlandung-58733806.bild.html Any such statements, if they're made by the BLÖD (and I refuse to cl...

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by LTU932
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Island Hopping the Pacific + Asia - CM/NH/UA Island Hopper UA155.
Replies: 5
Views: 2504

Re: Island Hopping the Pacific + Asia - CM/NH/UA Island Hopper UA155.

The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas. So that stadium you saw was likely the new stadium for both the LA Rams and LA Chargers.

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by LTU932
Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: close call LH vs AV? ATC Issue??
Replies: 26
Views: 4770

Re: close call LH vs AV? ATC Issue??

With English being the universal language of aviation why is this controller giving instructions in Spanish. Because many countries allow communication with local or other carriers in Spanish here in Central America. Maybe it is a pride issue, I dunno. Here in Costa Rica, Spanish is used with Spani...

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by LTU932
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Likely BA Heathrow route additions from Gatwick
Replies: 35
Views: 6049

Re: Likely BA Heathrow route additions from Gatwick

I'm praying for the day SJO gets moved from LGW to LHR. That said, it's more likely that a hypothetical BA flight to PTY will end up being from LHR.

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by LTU932
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 236
Views: 39497

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

We have had a bad airport fire at Düsseldorf airport with people dying. One reason why the regulations got so strict. But they were known before and are no reason for the delays. However the substandard built quality and lack of documentation are. I still remember being there in December 1997 and s...

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by LTU932
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 236
Views: 39497

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

Which means cables will need to be replaced soon again because of corrosion. Even the plastic covering won't protect those cables from the elements. And guess who's picking up the tab for that again???

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by LTU932
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you arrive at the airport earlier or later than you did pre electronic check in?
Replies: 17
Views: 1564

Re: Do you arrive at the airport earlier or later than you did pre electronic check in?

I always try to arrive minimum three hours before departure or more, regardless of online check-in or not. This exactly. That way you know for sure you're not missing your flight even if you get delayed on the way to the airport which can easily happen. Travel times are always estimations, they're ...

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by LTU932
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you arrive at the airport earlier or later than you did pre electronic check in?
Replies: 17
Views: 1564

Re: Do you arrive at the airport earlier or later than you did pre electronic check in?

I always try to arrive minimum three hours before departure or more, regardless of online check-in or not.

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by LTU932
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The worlds most powerful passport, Japan.
Replies: 5
Views: 1509

Re: The worlds most powerful passport, Japan.

I have a German passport, and a Costa Rican passport. The Costa Rican one is one of the rather better passports in Central America in terms of visa-free travel, probably just second behind the Panamanian passport.

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by LTU932
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER new terminal to open with rest of airport in 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 15781

Re: BER new terminal to open with rest of airport in 2020

I dunno how it is handled in London, but take into consideration that the S-Bahn, which in both Hamburg and Berlin is built like an U-Bahn (that is, as a subway), is legally considered heavy rail, therefore any connection between BER and the S-Bahn network is technically considered a rail connectio...

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by LTU932
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER new terminal to open with rest of airport in 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 15781

Re: BER new terminal to open with rest of airport in 2020

A bit off topic, but it isn't just that little 3 stop subway line that connects the Berlin Hauptbahnhof to the rest of the subway system/network. It is actually very well connected via a few different S-Bahn lines which are seamlessly integrated with the other actual underground subway lines or U-B...

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by LTU932
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ends Hamburg for good
Replies: 69
Views: 13121

Re: United ends Hamburg for good

I'm sad that EWR-HAM has been cancelled. And for the record: On the HAM-EWR leg of my trip to SJO in winter 2015/16, I did fly on a three-class 767, while the return was on a two-class 767.

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by LTU932
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is this added security for US-bound passengers?
Replies: 26
Views: 2213

Re: Is this added security for US-bound passengers?

I should really stop reading these threads, they make me more nervous to fly to the US (and it's because of what and how people say things in these threads that I get nervous) and I want to eventually visit the country and not just stay in transit for a connection. I've had these security interviews...

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by LTU932
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AMS vs CDG: Which is the better hub?
Replies: 18
Views: 1313

Re: AMS vs CDG: Which is the better hub?

Personally, and even without having ever been in CDG, I'd still choose AMS. When I was there 2 years ago, it felt like being in a shopping mall minus the food courts. Sure, the concourse I boarded my flight to PTY looked run down in comparison to everything before passport control, but they get a pa...

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by LTU932
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 542
Views: 39090

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

I had N776AV fly over my house today while it was on final from LIM. Too bad I've yet to see a CFM powered A320NEO myself, the ones I've seen were PW powered ones from LH back in Germany.

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by LTU932
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of IL-96 RA-96013?
Replies: 12
Views: 2599

Re: Fate of IL-96 RA-96013?

Wayfarer515 wrote:
Isnt this frame being converted to a -400M or a tanker?
If that was true, how would they stretch it? That aircraft has already been built, so I don't see how they can stretch an already built aircraft at all.

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by LTU932
Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aeroflot (USSR) Booking for Domestic Travel
Replies: 12
Views: 2344

Re: Aeroflot (USSR) Booking for Domestic Travel

I think BGW was the old airport until SDA was built. Did Baghdad even have another airport before the former SDA? AFAIK BGW is the IATA metro code for Baghdad, while SDA was the IATA code for the actual airport back when it was still called "Saddam International". I believe right after th...

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by LTU932
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why Exit immigration?
Replies: 30
Views: 3074

Re: Why Exit immigration?

IMO it does help because even if you leave the US in time, there is the remote possiblity that your departure is not properly recorded, hence people getting denied entry for overstaying visas when they did not (yes, there are such incidents). Having exit immigration would not just enhance security,...

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by LTU932
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why Exit immigration?
Replies: 30
Views: 3074

Re: Why Exit immigration?

Today you fill no forms, and nothing gets stapled to your passport. That is if you are in Visa Waiver program Don't you still fill out a customs form, or has that changed since I was last in the US back in January 2016? I don't believe having exit immigration would help solve the visa overstay prob...

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by LTU932
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest flight from your airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 3819

Re: Longest flight from your airport?

From SJO, here are the five longest nonstop flights (great circle distance): IB SJO-MAD: 4,593 nm BA SJO-LGW: 4,716 nm AF SJO-CDG: 4,828 nm KL SJO-AMS: 4,896 nm (seasonal) LH SJO-FRA: 5,055 nm DE also operates SJO-FRA and I believe also SJO-MUC, however those are one-stop flights, so they don't coun...

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by LTU932
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jersey bill proposes tax hike for United only
Replies: 56
Views: 9251

Re: New Jersey bill proposes tax hike for United only

This bill may be illegal, likely to be in conflict with the Constitution may make it dumb to push it. So you think it's likely UA could sue New Jersey for this, based probably on the 14th Amendment if applicable, as aemoreira1981 suggested? Or will they wait until the governor decides if he will ve...

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by LTU932
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jersey bill proposes tax hike for United only
Replies: 56
Views: 9251

Re: New Jersey bill proposes tax hike for United only

Isn't that something that UA can actually take the State of New Jersey to court for, even as far as going to the State Supreme Court or even go federal??

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by LTU932
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is 1hr 5min connection in Zurich enough?
Replies: 15
Views: 1131

Re: Is 1hr 5min connection in Zurich enough?

If the ticket is booked as one ticket on LX and WK you should be fine- 5 years ago I made a 50 minute connection going VCE-ZRH-BOS and my luggage actually made it onto the BOS flight. It might be a little tight and you might have to move quickly in the airport but otherwise you should be fine. 50 m...

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by LTU932
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is 1hr 5min connection in Zurich enough?
Replies: 15
Views: 1131

Re: Is 1hr 5min connection in Zurich enough?

If the ticket is booked as one ticket on LX and WK you should be fine- 5 years ago I made a 50 minute connection going VCE-ZRH-BOS and my luggage actually made it onto the BOS flight. It might be a little tight and you might have to move quickly in the airport but otherwise you should be fine. 50 m...

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by LTU932
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 2 Hr connection in WAW, is that enough?
Replies: 6
Views: 677

Re: 2 Hr connection in WAW, is that enough?

Personally, if you got an international to Schengen transfer, I'd go for at least three hours, same with Schengen to international transfers. You're arriving in a Schengen country and continue to another Schengen country, so you have to clear passport control at the first port of entry (in this case...

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by LTU932
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM loses emotional support dog
Replies: 32
Views: 4710

Re: LATAM loses emotional support dog

Christ. If you need a puppy to leave the house, you don’t belong in an airliner. What about blind people, who rely on service dogs to guide them??? I know, this is about an emotional support animasl, but that statement of yours makes it suggest that if you rely on any animal to get through your day...

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by LTU932
Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America
Replies: 106
Views: 15056

Re: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America

And even if they were launching MGA, wasn't that going to be a triangular flight via GUA anyway? If so, wouldn't the crew change occur in GUA? The well being of Iberia's staff is not the decision behind the cancellation of planned service to MGA, as you well say, layover would have been in Guatemal...

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by LTU932
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America
Replies: 106
Views: 15056

Re: Iberia adds more flights to Latin America

Nicaragua: MGA: launch cancelled b/c of the turmoil there Not unexpected. Given the political and the security situation, it would be unwise to launch flights to MGA at this time, even if that same crew was doing the return to MAD. I just have to think about what people said about CCS, where IB cre...

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by LTU932
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are “international zone” permitted in USA?
Replies: 35
Views: 3463

Re: Are “international zone” permitted in USA?

You are wrong. Every airport in the US forces non-precleared international arrivals to go to the CBP desks. The jetway forks into two separate doors when you reach the terminal. These corridors are typically not shown on airport maps because they're not publicly accessible except when you arrive on...

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by LTU932
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 542
Views: 39090

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

As far as I know, the brand new Airbus 350 hasn't ever landed in Central America yet. It depends on which definition of Central America you are using, historical or geographical. If historical I'd think you are right, if geographical then no, one was in Belize a few days ago with the president (I t...

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by LTU932
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 542
Views: 39090

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

I just read a tweet, where GUA apparently lost FAA category 1 and therefore cannot start more flights into the US. Can anyone confirm this?

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by LTU932
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Advice needed. Ethiopian Airlines - codeshare booking didn't exist, no refund given.
Replies: 14
Views: 1165

Re: Advice needed. Ethiopian Airlines - codeshare booking didn't exist, no refund given.

By the way, since the other party was recording the conversation, does it makes it legal for you to also record the call in Germany? Would telling them you are recording be enough? I don't think they would care. I'm no attorney, I just know the legal situation because I was confronted with it mysel...

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by LTU932
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 542
Views: 39090

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

Does anyone have any insight knowledge of the rumored future AV hub in GUA? Like I said, it is just a rumor and the director of the airport in Guatemala also mentioned it. However, his comment could mean that he misunderstood that the airline was only going to establish a focus city (which it alrea...

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by LTU932
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Advice needed. Ethiopian Airlines - codeshare booking didn't exist, no refund given.
Replies: 14
Views: 1165

Re: Advice needed. Ethiopian Airlines - codeshare booking didn't exist, no refund given.

I’m curious about Germany, if you obtain consent from the other party, can you go ahead with recording? Yes. You can start the recording while asking for consent. If he denies it, the recording is illegal and thus inadmissible as evidence in court. Therefore, the recording must then be ended immedi...

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by LTU932
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Advice needed. Ethiopian Airlines - codeshare booking didn't exist, no refund given.
Replies: 14
Views: 1165

Re: Advice needed. Ethiopian Airlines - codeshare booking didn't exist, no refund given.

Advice: record your calls with the airline whenever you have a problem. If I had done that the credit card company could have accepted my claim right away and it would be much stronger evidence in case I had to go to court. While that is a good idea in principle, in some parts of the world (e.g. Ge...

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by LTU932
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 542
Views: 39090

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

https://www.iberia.com/gt/latest-update-of-our-flights/
With the current situation in Nicaragua, this is not surprising at all.
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juanchito wrote:
Iberia has officially postpone MGA flights via GUA.
https://www.iberia.com/gt/latest-update-of-our-flights/
With the current situation in Nicaragua, this is not surprising at all.

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by LTU932
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 542
Views: 39090

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

https://www.teletica.com/200283_huelga-de-controladores-retraso-la-salida-de-al-menos-siete-vuelos-en-aeropuerto-juan-santamaria This morning there has been a strike by air traffic controllers in Costa Rica, which delayed flights by Condor, United, American and Copa. They protested against article 1...

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by LTU932
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you were to re-use an airline name
Replies: 21
Views: 1180

Re: If you were to re-use an airline name

I have 2. 1. In Costa Rica: Líneas Aéreas Costarricences S.A., aka Lacsa. But that would take more than a bundle to buy back those name rights from Avianca. 2. In Germany: LTU International Airways. If that brand could be bought out from the assets to be liquidated from AB, then maybe in some way, L...

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by LTU932
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: TriJet engine question.
Replies: 21
Views: 2925

Re: TriJet engine question.

The engines are all the same on the DC-10; probably a visual illusion due to the long cowl thru the fin. Although, it could be a rearrangement of the accessory case on #2. The L-1011 engine cannot be seen from outside, it’s buried in the tail. The L-1011 has an S-duct (from the looks of it, so does...

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by LTU932
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER new terminal to open with rest of airport in 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 15781

Re: BER new terminal to open with rest of airport in 2020

I think the airport construction project must be taken away from the airport operating company. They are neither qualified nor capable to build a new airport as has been proven. (But they are quite good at operating airports and developing the business to be fair) So select a pro building company a...

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