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by LTU932
Wed May 24, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 157
Views: 11073

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017

http://www.nacion.com/economia/consumidor/Aerolinea-semanales-Costa-Rica-Lima_0_1635636476.html LA is starting passenger service to SJO, thrice weekly from LIM and to be operated with an A320. Service begins on January 2, 2018. It does raise the question with me how much AV has downsized SJO-LIM whe...

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by LTU932
Sun May 21, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Conviasa grounds all flights
Replies: 72
Views: 13529

Re: Conviasa grounds all flights

Aren't customs checks between Brazil and Venezuela supposed to be rare because they're both in Mercosur and their border is almost like the border between two Schengen countries? If you knew Mercosur, you wouldn't even mention it on the same page as the EU, or the Schengen Area. Mercosur has until ...

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by LTU932
Sat May 20, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Two week trip to California, tips for aviation sights?!
Replies: 16
Views: 511

Re: Two week trip to Cali, tips for aviation sights?!

Enjoy Colombia. I hear Cali is one of the largest cities there. I hear that some funky aircraft, like 727s and maybe even some DC-3s operate as cargo ships in that part of the world. Make sure to not go into the Darien Gap alone, though! I believe he meant Cali as in California. Personally, the fir...

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by LTU932
Sat May 20, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Conviasa grounds all flights
Replies: 72
Views: 13529

Re: Conviasa grounds all flights

Yes. There, and elsewhere. There are even reports of this happening on the highway between Caracas and La Guaira, going to CCS. Especially taxis seem to be targeted, as the different branches of the military and police assume that you are going to the airport and that you carry cash or other valuab...

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by LTU932
Sat May 20, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Conviasa grounds all flights
Replies: 72
Views: 13529

Re: Conviasa grounds all flights

Venezuela has to be a loss making destination for anyone right now. I also think that US airlines like DL and AA are keeping these barebone minimum of flights just for political reasons. Actually, if the airline is willing to put up with the many difficulties that operating in Venezuela entails, th...

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by LTU932
Sat May 20, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Conviasa grounds all flights
Replies: 72
Views: 13529

Re: Conviasa grounds all flights

Good luck to the folks that had purchased a ticket on V0. This airline is so dodgy that even the email it gives its grounded clients to get their money back is a gmail account. Like the chavistas ever returned a dime... Venezuela has to be a loss making destination for anyone right now. I also thin...

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by LTU932
Fri May 19, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Traveling with Dual Citizenship
Replies: 8
Views: 595

Re: Traveling with Dual Citizenship

Exit with the US passport by checking in with it, and when you arrive in Germany, use the German passport to enter. And when you check in on the way back, use the US passport to check in and the German one to exit the country. As an EU citizen, you are required to enter the EU and/or Schengen area w...

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by LTU932
Fri May 19, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The ordeal of Lucie Bahetoukilae
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: The ordeal of Lucie Bahetoukilae

Why would there be a law/regulation in New Jersey (e.g. by the NYNJ Port Authority) or on a federal level (e.g. an FAA regulation) that requires an airline to make announcement in different languages? To ensure that vital information is disseminated to all passengers in need of it? By that logic, G...

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by LTU932
Thu May 18, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The ordeal of Lucie Bahetoukilae
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: The ordeal of Lucie Bahetoukilae

When I was in EWR, I don't remember hearing any announcement in a language other than English. In Germany, you have bilingual announcements in German and English, same here in Costa Rica but it's Spanish and English here. Why would there be a law/regulation in New Jersey (e.g. by the NYNJ Port Autho...

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by LTU932
Mon May 15, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Printed boarding pass vs. smartphone
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: Printed boarding pass vs. smartphone

So basically, what you guys are saying is that both systems should live together for the time being. Get the digital BP, but in case you run out of battery, have a cracked screen, the reader doesn't work, or even don't own a smartphone, you can always rely on paper BPs. And let's not forget what I ...

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by LTU932
Sun May 14, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Printed boarding pass vs. smartphone
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: Printed boarding pass vs. smartphone

In Norway we use the phone as buss ticket ... and yes usually People don't have their phone loaded and ready for scan and it would be quicker to buy a regulare ticket or clip a regulare ticket. Electronic tickets / boarding pass on the phone has it's benefits ... provided that the passengers have t...

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by LTU932
Sun May 14, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Printed boarding pass vs. smartphone
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: Printed boarding pass vs. smartphone

When traveling -- especially internationally -- it isn't always easy to print your boarding pass. I personally prefer to check in early and then use a kiosk to print my boarding pass when I get to the airport, but I can completely understand situations where having a printed boarding pass isn't alw...

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by LTU932
Sun May 14, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best Major Airport in the US
Replies: 33
Views: 1234

Re: Best Major Airport in the US

For me, it's DFW.

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by LTU932
Wed May 10, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Conviasa grounds all flights
Replies: 72
Views: 13529

Re: Conviasa grounds all flights

Conviasa has leased two 734 from another Venezuelan airline, Turpial Airlines, to take passengers to EZE, stranded in CCS since Wamos canceled the lease of a 744 to V0. I am unsure if this arrangement will continue in time or if it is a short term measure for this week only. YV613T did the first fl...

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by LTU932
Wed May 10, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst transfer airport by continent
Replies: 44
Views: 2436

Re: Best and worst transfer airport by continent

Best: AMS, PTY (though PTY needs to improve their flight information, I almost lost my connection because of that) Worst: MEX (lack of signage for connections, understaffed immigration checkpoints make it a horrible choice for flight connections under 3 hours, though that was 2010) Had a 2 hour con...

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by LTU932
Wed May 10, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection at TXL
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: Connection at TXL

Connecting from outside Schengen to intra Schengen you will have to clear immigration at the first port of entry, customs is handled at the last and they will be able to identify you as your luggage tag won't be green edged which indicates intra EU. Anyways, you can't compare customs in Europe to e...

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by LTU932
Tue May 09, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection at TXL
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: Connection at TXL

AFAIK if all flights are on the same ticket, you don't pick up your bags and only go through customs at the final destination. You do go through passport control, as TXL is the first Schengen port of entry.

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by LTU932
Mon May 08, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst transfer airport by continent
Replies: 44
Views: 2436

Re: Best and worst transfer airport by continent

Best: AMS, PTY (though PTY needs to improve their flight information, I almost lost my connection because of that)
Worst: MEX (lack of signage for connections, understaffed immigration checkpoints make it a horrible choice for flight connections under 3 hours, though that was 2010)

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by LTU932
Sun May 07, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin Losses Plunge to Record
Replies: 52
Views: 10685

Re: Air Berlin Losses Plunge to Record

2nd the motion. For an alliance with LH and cut the losses. Hogan was a horrible executive. Lightsaber What's worse, he was previously responsible for driving Gulf Air into the toilet. And even with an unlimited budget from EY's owners, he still failed. His resume/CV is bad enough to turn off any a...

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by LTU932
Sun May 07, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 157
Views: 11073

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017

http://gobierno.cr/vuelos-directos-entre-suiza-y-costa-rica-iniciaran-la-proxima-semana/ Usually I don't post things from the government's website, but in this case, I'm making an exception, as Costa Rica and Switzerland have officially signed an air services agreement, enabling Edelweiss to start t...

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by LTU932
Sat May 06, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Whats Your Favorite Airline Out Of The Following
Replies: 32
Views: 1284

Re: Whats Your Favorite Airline Out Of The Following

Of that list, KL. I last flew with them for my move back to Costa Rica last December. They got me two thirds of the way back home (the final leg to SJO was with CM) and with impecable service (that includes CM). Not to mention I got to visit AMS for the first time in nearly 27 years. LH, BA, AA and ...

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by LTU932
Sat May 06, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Conviasa grounds all flights
Replies: 72
Views: 13529

Re: Conviasa grounds all flights

I'm surprised any Venezuelan airline is flying in the first place, considering the current economic and political situation. I mean, if people can barely buy some basic things like rice, bread, etc., how is an airline in Venezuela gonna be able to pay its bills? If memory serves, AA had to write off...

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by LTU932
Mon May 01, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 157
Views: 11073

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017

Both TK and CM will start soon a mutual code-share paternship as shown: Copa Airlines operated by Turkish Airlines: IST-BOG-PTY-IST Turkish Airlines operated by Copa Airlines: PTY-ASU PTY-CNF PTY-DAV PTY-GYE PTY-LIM PTY-MAO PTY-POA PTY-UIO PTY-GIG PTY-SAL PTY-SDQ PTY-GRU Effective: May 03rd. Regard...

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by LTU932
Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oscar Munoz opts out of UAL Chairman position
Replies: 37
Views: 7212

Re: Oscar Munoz opts out of UAL Chairman position

He did have a heart transplant a few months ago. Even if he's got a healthy heart ticking now, he's still on borrowed time (because transplanted hearts don't last forever, maybe 20 years at the most), and the stress ain't helping. So I do also think if Oscar steps down, it's got more to do with his...

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by LTU932
Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oscar Munoz opts out of UAL Chairman position
Replies: 37
Views: 7212

Re: Oscar Munoz opts out of UAL Chairman position

My bet is his health is not up to the rigors of the job. However, it will be portrayed that he is a casualty of the recent incidences. He did have a heart transplant a few months ago. Even if he's got a healthy heart ticking now, he's still on borrowed time (because transplanted hearts don't last f...

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by LTU932
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian looking at starting longhaul flights from HAM
Replies: 31
Views: 4932

Re: Norwegian looking at starting longhaul flights from HAM

I took the CO 752 back in the day and what I didn't like was being double screened into a very cramped holding room with no bathrooms and concessions and then waiting for a delay. As a BF customer they personally boarded us as quickly as possible and tried to make you feel special but it wasn't gre...

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by LTU932
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 157
Views: 11073

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017

On another note, I hear BA LGW-SJO isn't doing well right now. Anyone expect that flight to be on the chopping block soon? That's a flight PTY and CM would love to get. If BA does come to PTY, I'd expect them to do so via LHR, as Panama seems to me more of a business destination in Central America ...

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by LTU932
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 157
Views: 11073

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017

SJO getting like PTY....with BA, AF, IB, DE, KL. I guess KL saw the SJO connecting numbers on CM and decided it was time It's still a seasonal service. I guess they don't want to undermine their PTY route, by doing the same thing AF does. On another note, I hear BA LGW-SJO isn't doing well right no...

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by LTU932
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 157
Views: 11073

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017

http://news.klm.com/klm-to-start-direct-flights-to-san-jose/ It's official: KL is finally returning to SJO! They will fly twice weekly (Tuesday and Friday) during the winter season starting October 31st to SJO. The new service will also become the first scheduled service to SJO with the 787, as KL c...

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by LTU932
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Farthest Airport From City Served?
Replies: 107
Views: 23053

Re: Farthest Airport From City Served?

The new proposed SJO in Orotina will be about 40 miles/64 km away from downtown San José, while the current airport near Río Segundo is about 11 miles/18 km from the city. The once proposed new HAM near Kaltenkirchen would have been roughly 24 miles/38 km away from downtown Hamburg. On the other han...

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by LTU932
Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 157
Views: 11073

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017

Not directly related to flights, but it seems that travel agencies in Costa Rica are getting a bad rep by the day. First, a travel agency that botched the charters for the Mexico-Costa Rica football match a few weeks ago, even leaving people stranded because the airline was never paid, then a travel...

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by LTU932
Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where is the border crossing?
Replies: 16
Views: 1052

Re: Where is the border crossing?

I have always considered that I am not in Brazil until I have successfully passed through immigration control as if there was a problem with my passport and/or visa I would not be able to enter the country. In general terms, that's the same way of thinking that I have. Only exception is, if flights...

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by LTU932
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where is the border crossing?
Replies: 16
Views: 1052

Re: Where is the border crossing?

When you leave a country, it is generally considered to be at the Emigration controls if the country operates them, or, if not, at the boarding gate. When you arrive it is at the Immigration controls, as masgniw notes. Immigration control = where you show your passport? Thanks! An225 Immigration co...

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by LTU932
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where is the border crossing?
Replies: 16
Views: 1052

Re: Where is the border crossing?

When you leave a country, it is generally considered to be at the Emigration controls if the country operates them, or, if not, at the boarding gate. When you arrive it is at the Immigration controls, as masgniw notes. :checkmark: :checkmark: :checkmark: Germany has exit immigration, so that would ...

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 157
Views: 11073

Re: Central American aviation thread. Part 66

I wonder why the down-gauged the route. Too much competition with the entry of Air France and other European carriers? AFAIK they're getting rid of the A340s, including the -600. And I guess the A332 is the only aircraft that has the range for making MAD-SJO with decent payload. Not to mention that...

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 157
Views: 11073

Re: Central American aviation thread. Part 66

For those tracking the first IB A330 to SJO, please note that IB 6313 has been cancelled, and replaced with IB 6315 for today. ETA is 15:18 hrs CST. The aircraft is EC-MNL, which is barely four months old.

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Out of Business Airlines
Replies: 32
Views: 921

Re: Out of Business Airlines

Lacsa
LTU
Mexicana

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cuba Banning Cuban-American Crew from Overnighting
Replies: 33
Views: 8212

Re: Cuba Banning Cuban-American Crew from Overnighting

Mexico es a good example: constitutionally, the Mexican citizenship acquired by birth is irrenouncable. In other words, no matter how mucho you try to present yourself as a national of other country, in the eyes of the Mexican State, you are Mexican. Period. Costa Rica is similar. If you're born to...

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by LTU932
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 157
Views: 11073

Re: Central American aviation thread. Part 66

no BA? Maybe they charge it via their oneWorld partners IB and AA?? Or else, that board is outdated. I was just checking Flightradar24 and I saw that this Saturday is the final goodbye of the A346 from SJO. From Sunday on, IB is sending the A332. Maybe we'll see them as subs every now and then, but...

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR Terminal 5 to 4 Connection info/advice
Replies: 6
Views: 318

Re: LHR Terminal 5 to 4 Connection info/advice

AFAIK you always reclear security when connecting at LHR, even when you arrive at T5 with e.g. IB from MAD and connect on BA from T5 to LAX (and I'm not talking about the docs check for flights to the US). You just don't go through the UK border unless you have to pick up your bags when coming from ...

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by LTU932
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 157
Views: 11073

Re: Central American aviation thread. Part 66

I still haven't understood that treaty when I read about it on Twitter. By considering flights between e.g. GUA and TGU domestic, it is like domestic, no immigration and customs checks, right? Or is it like flights between other EU countries and the UK, where they have just a simple document check (...

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by LTU932
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 157
Views: 11073

Re: Central American aviation thread. Part 66

http://www.nacion.com/economia/consumidor/air_france-vuelos-costa_Rica_0_1621637875.html (Spanish only) The AF flights between CDG and SJO have proven to be a major success. So while the service will remain seasonal, AF has announced an increase in frequency from 2 to 3 flights per week for the upco...

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines that serve Pepsi instead of Coca Cola
Replies: 36
Views: 2531

Re: Airlines that serve Pepsi instead of Coca Cola

Is there really any difference between Coke/Pepsi? Sugar water and carbon dioxide? Yes. There's a big difference in taste and this includes other products (e.g. 7Up vs Sprite). I can drink Pepsi, but I much prefer Coca-Cola. As for airlines, in my last fights I've been served mainly Coca Cola produ...

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection in Frankfurt
Replies: 14
Views: 924

Re: Connection in Frankfurt

Remember also, just in case, how you can make a customs declaration in Europe: Green lane means nothing to declare, red lane means you got something to declare.

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest and Smallest Passenger Aircraft Serving Your Local Airport
Replies: 65
Views: 2465

Re: Largest and Smallest Passenger Aircraft Serving Your Local Airport

SJO: Smallest: RZ Cessna 208 Caravan Largest Cargo: KL 747-400 ERF (operated by MP) Largest Pax: AF Boeing 777-300 ER I actually live a few hundred yards south of SYQ, but I'm not listing it because SYQ has become more of an airport for general aviation and for official/rescue flights by the SVA (ai...

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by LTU932
Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection in Frankfurt
Replies: 14
Views: 924

Re: Connection in Frankfort

Just to add something , don't be surprised if you look at the flight departures board for your MUC flight and no gate is listed. At FRA they tend to only show the actual gate # about an hour before departure, and sometimes less. I've never experienced in FRA, what you describe (and I'm not referrin...

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by LTU932
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1
Replies: 335
Views: 76749

Re: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1

Are there going to be rotation angle differences between the 739 and the MAX9? If so, how much of a difference? Same fuselage, same MLG, ergo same rotation angle. But isn't the landing gear, to compensate for the engine size, a few inches longer, causing the fuselage to be more elevated than all 73...

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by LTU932
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First 747 flight
Replies: 65
Views: 2119

Re: First 747 flight

February 19, 2010, LH 499 MEX-FRA. The aircraft was D-ABTK, aka Kiel. My first and only 747 flight so far.

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by LTU932
Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Another serving of schnitzel: DEN - MUC on Lufthansa A330-300
Replies: 12
Views: 7058

Re: Another serving of schnitzel: DEN - MUC on Lufthansa A330-300

Nice TR. BTW, that A330, Kilo Echo, is named Landshut, like the 732 (D-ABCE) that was liberated in Mogadishu.

The federal police officer at immigration was probably just being very thorough when he checked your passport, given current events. I can relate to your anxiety though.

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by LTU932
Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does window seat passenger have full control of window shade use?
Replies: 45
Views: 3224

Re: Does window seat passenger have full control of window shade use?

I've only been asked once to close the shades by a passenger and since he asked nicely, I complied. I did however on occasion raise the shades to look outside during my treks over the Atlantic. Only on the LHR-DFW and DFW-LHR segments almost 3 years ago was I asked by the F/As to close the shades, e...

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