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by LTU932
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1079
Views: 192984

Re: LH introduces revised livery

bwest wrote:
I would urge frau Merkel to have a Thatcher moment
I can assure you that the German federal government, especially Angela Merkel, do NOT care about LH's new livery. She wouldn't even care if LH rebranded into Interflug and the old IF livery returns.

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by LTU932
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR, CDG, AMS, FRA: Which is the best for connections?
Replies: 78
Views: 4738

Re: LHR, CDG, AMS, FRA: Which is the best for connections?

I've transited through CDG, AMS and CDG ...... AMS was the best but both of my connections at LHR and CDG involved having to catch a bus between terminals. At LHR, changing terminals (barring between the T5 concourses) always requires taking a bus. The transfer between T5A and T3 took like 5-10 min...

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by LTU932
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A quiet place to clear US CBP ?
Replies: 22
Views: 969

Re: A quiet place to clear US CBP ?

Look for a flight that doesn't hit your destination airport at the peak European arrivals bank. For most airports not on the West Coast, the peak hours are 12:30-2:30 pm. For example, BA has a late flight into IAH that arrives around 17:30, and with ESTA you should clear immigration in about 15 min...

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by LTU932
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plus Ultra vs UX & IB...oversupply on Spain to Latam?
Replies: 21
Views: 2227

Re: Plus Ultra vs UX & IB...oversupply on Spain to Latam?

After a quick check with IATA it appears the Nicaraguans do not need a transit visa to connect in SJO. Additionally, while I have never connected in SJO, I'm 99% sure there's no need to pass immigration unless you need to pick up you bag and drop it off again in the check in counters. There's a int...

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by LTU932
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plus Ultra vs UX & IB...oversupply on Spain to Latam?
Replies: 21
Views: 2227

Re: Plus Ultra vs UX & IB...oversupply on Spain to Latam?

Plus Ultra will axe SCL this year due to its financial problems and poor service, travel agencies in Santiago already stopped selling tickets from this company, so there is room for Air Europa to enter that market again. Personally, I'd be careful if I book longhaul with a Spanish airline other tha...

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by LTU932
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would the B747-400ER Have Been a Success if Launched Earlier?
Replies: 18
Views: 5107

Re: Would the B747-400ER Have Been a Success if Launched Earlier?

JAAlbert wrote:
I thought the 744-ER was built specifically for Qantas. Was it marketed to other airlines?
It's freighter variant certainly was. While the 747-400 ER was build pretty much just for QF's transpac service to the US, it did sell as freighter to a few other airlines.

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by LTU932
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plus Ultra vs UX & IB...oversupply on Spain to Latam?
Replies: 21
Views: 2227

Re: Plus Ultra vs UX & IB...oversupply on Spain to Latam?

There might be some over-supply between MAD and Latin America, however, it's quite possible there's room for some BCN/AGP - Latinamerica, obviously IB may not be so interested. Because just as BA is also known as London Airways, you could call Iberia Madrid Airlines. :stirthepot: That's where UX an...

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by LTU932
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A quiet place to clear US CBP ?
Replies: 22
Views: 969

Re: A quiet place to clear US CBP ?

Look for a flight that doesn't hit your destination airport at the peak European arrivals bank. For most airports not on the West Coast, the peak hours are 12:30-2:30 pm. For example, BA has a late flight into IAH that arrives around 17:30, and with ESTA you should clear immigration in about 15 min...

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by LTU932
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plus Ultra vs UX & IB...oversupply on Spain to Latam?
Replies: 21
Views: 2227

Re: Plus Ultra vs UX & IB...oversupply on Spain to Latam?

If you're talking about North and Central America, only MEX, SJO and PTY have daily flights on IB (MEX even twice daily). Other places like SAP, GUA and SAL don't have that luxury, not to mention MGA. GUA and SAL are five times a week on IB in a triangular routing, SAP has currently Air Europa, GUA ...

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by LTU932
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Reversal of a Rebranding
Replies: 35
Views: 4004

Re: Reversal of a Rebranding

LTU reversed their 2001 livery back to their old livery. 787176 Only to change it to something similar a few years later, in line with the LTU brand being completely absorbed by AB. 4216069 And not necessarily a complete livery reversal, but speaking of rebranding: Let's not forget the fiasco that ...

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by LTU932
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A quiet place to clear US CBP ?
Replies: 22
Views: 969

Re: A quiet place to clear US CBP ?

Last time I was in EWR, clearing CBP was a breeze. Then again, my flight arrived shortly after 2 pm (and just after like 1 pm on the return leg) and having flown UA, it was all in Terminal C. It took more time to wait for my luggage to show up than clearing immigration and customs at all.

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by LTU932
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 187
Views: 46242

Re: AN-148 with 71 people gone missing

https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute/ru ... n-100.html

German news initially reported it as a crash, but now they're reporting the aircraft as missing.
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https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute/ru ... n-100.html

German news initially reported it as a crash, but now they're reporting the aircraft as missing.

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by LTU932
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 99
Views: 24675

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018

windian425 wrote:
How about a A330NEO-1000?? For regional routes up to 8 hours. Would have great CASM and compete with the 787-10.
I believe this has already been discussed. An A330-1000 would probably be a glorified A340-600 with only two engines, and we all know how much success (or lack thereof) the A346 had.

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by LTU932
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1079
Views: 192984

Re: LH introduces revised livery

shamrock350 wrote:
Would anyone suggest KLM "move with the times" or have they done enough to keep their livery fresh?
KL already revised its livery.

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by LTU932
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

IB doesn’t supply a good connectivity on linking Germany and Costa Rica as compared to AF network. So I figure. For example, IB didn't restart service to HAM until like 2 years ago, and even then, you arrive in the early evening in MAD. Search for IB 3271, it departs daily from HAM at 15:05 hrs and...

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by LTU932
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR, CDG, AMS, FRA: Which is the best for connections?
Replies: 78
Views: 4738

Re: LHR, CDG, AMS, FRA: Which is the best for connections?

AMS no longer has security at the gate. They luckily opened a central security about 2 years ago. If you're flying with DL out of AMS (and possibly for any other US bound flight), you may have to go through an additional screening before being allowed to the gate. It's not at the boarding gate itse...

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by LTU932
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

KL, LH, and AF is SJO is also about connections to the Far East, India and russia. Something IB was not strong at. the Chinese, Japanese, And Indian traffic (tourism and diaspora) should not be underestimated. Many are eager to avoid the visa needed for transit in the USA. You think the connection ...

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by LTU932
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1079
Views: 192984

Re: LH introduces revised livery

If I´m not mistaken, the wings have always been white, at least on the upper surface, the lower being painted the same shade of grey as the belly and engines. Correct. The wings, engines and the horizontal stabilisers were always painted to match the fuselage with the current livery. Stabilisers we...

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by LTU932
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

One thing that annoyed me, is that when I considered booking MAD-SJO when I still lived in HAM, you fly to MAD and had to overnight there before being able to take the flight. It wouldn't even offer you a codeshare that would allow you to connect directly with the flight (even when AB was still arou...

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by LTU932
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the longest flight into Britain?
Replies: 24
Views: 2004

Re: What's the longest flight into Britain?

when it starts it will be 9.025 miles is quite a distance... to walk. In many languages (e.g. many European languages), the '.' and ',' symbols are swapped in numerals, so a number like 12,345.67 in English would look like 12.345,67 in other languages. Which is why ATCs in many countries say "...

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by LTU932
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

Could this expansion by AF-KL mean that they may intend to go yearround with both AF and KL eventually (and not just with AF like starting next month)?

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by LTU932
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR, CDG, AMS, FRA: Which is the best for connections?
Replies: 78
Views: 4738

Re: LHR, CDG, AMS, FRA: Which is the best for connections?

For truly international (i.e, non-EU) flights, the gate is shown 80 or so minutes before departure and boarding starts 40-50 mins before departure. For EU flights, the gate is shown 60 mins before departure and boarding starts around 40 minutes before departure. They give you at least 20 minutes to...

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by LTU932
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR, CDG, AMS, FRA: Which is the best for connections?
Replies: 78
Views: 4738

Re: LHR, CDG, AMS, FRA: Which is the best for connections?

Why do you need to know your gate more than 60 minutes in advance? Gates are always subject to change, so being told far ahead your flight's at C-gates, only to then have it change to B-gates wouldn't be very convenient. Plus, it takes no more than 15 mins to get to C gates, so I don't see the issu...

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by LTU932
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New MUC rail connection?
Replies: 4
Views: 1195

Re: New MUC rail connection?

Germany is very very very slow with infrastructure projects, mainly because of a crippling bureaucracy. This is not just for new projects but also for the much needed maintenance of roads, railway lines, bridges all around the country. There are no quick solutions for slow or missing connections, i...

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by LTU932
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1079
Views: 192984

Re: LH introduces revised livery

The new LH livery is nice as a start but it looks unfinished. The yellow should be used for the circle/crane on the tail instead of the white. The logo should also be represented on the front near the Lufthansa name similar to Delta or Air Canada. Then you have a finished classic livery that will r...

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by LTU932
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

CM and TK expand codeshares. The triangular route TK IST-BOG-PTY-IST seems to work better than the extinct TP LIS-BOG-PTY-LIS. TP once in Panama City didn't supply a proper code-share cooperation with CM, in order to run these flights profitably. Like TP LIS-BOG-PTY-LIS 3x weekly, TK IST-BOG-PTY-IS...

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by LTU932
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1079
Views: 192984

Re: LH introduces revised livery

Good discussion, we've finally had reasons for why the color choice, I appreciate that. Who knew airline livery could be so complicated? Regardless of your evident sarcasm and knowledge about Germany (or lack thereof), airline branding does NOT have to follow the colour of the country. Blue (and ye...

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by LTU932
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1079
Views: 192984

Re: LH introduces revised livery

Gag! Black and white doesn't say Germany. Black and white are probably the two lowest weight colors for paint and this is nothing more than a way to drop a couple hundred pounds. Is there any major brand in the world which only uses black and white? (Mercedes is close) but considering no other desi...

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by LTU932
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1079
Views: 192984

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

N14AZ wrote:
rikkus67 wrote:
https://www.facebook.com/Romaspottersclub/photos/a.808776185804323.1073741826.220247127990568/1988639051151358/?type=3&theater
AVENSAB727 wrote:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=192156388197875&set=gm.1913971282249861&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Can someone post a picture without link to FB (I am currently in China, where FB is blocked but would love to see it...)
From the database:

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by LTU932
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nature Crashes in Costa Rica, 12 Dead
Replies: 48
Views: 11954

Re: Nature Crashes in Costa Rica, 12 Dead

5C is as good as done. And I'm positive that somehow, the President may have had a hand on this. Just a day before DGAC lifted their suspension, there was talk about 5C requesting a meeting with the President and mention that if they don't lift the suspension, they'll have to resort to the L word. G...

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by LTU932
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1079
Views: 192984

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

Another variation idea I just had. https://i.imgur.com/AJGeLqS.jpg I really like that one. I think the blue engines are a must, much better than the all white. Also the one above with the silver crane and yellow line/blue engines is okay also. The engines are currently grey, they're white only with...

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by LTU932
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

https://www.teletica.com/184955_aviacion-civil-levanto-suspension-a-nature-air-tras-tragedia-aerea-que-cobro-vida-de-12-personas?hootPostID=77ec7bde66deb648a769bdf8b34f9ab3 Weird. Yesterday, there was talk about the boss of 5C requesting to talk to the President about the airline's suspension. Toda...

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by LTU932
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

https://www.teletica.com/184955_aviacion-civil-levanto-suspension-a-nature-air-tras-tragedia-aerea-que-cobro-vida-de-12-personas?hootPostID=77ec7bde66deb648a769bdf8b34f9ab3 Weird. Yesterday, there was talk about the boss of 5C requesting to talk to the President about the airline's suspension. Today...

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by LTU932
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

https://www.nacion.com/el-pais/servicios/nature-air-toca-puerta-del-presidente-solis-para/5E5BHJI2VNHRZCCTJVJ3JP7ZFY/story/?rel=none&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook This is ridiculous. Now the boss of Nature Air is asking help from the President with regards to...

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by LTU932
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

https://www.crhoy.com/economia/aeroline ... o-semanal/

I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned. Edelweiss has announced that they will add a third weekly ZRH-SJO flight in September.
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https://www.crhoy.com/economia/aeroline ... o-semanal/

I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned. Edelweiss has announced that they will add a third weekly ZRH-SJO flight in September.

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by LTU932
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR, CDG, AMS, FRA: Which is the best for connections?
Replies: 78
Views: 4738

Re: LHR, CDG, AMS, FRA: Which is the best for connections?

What pissed me off about LHR is the fact that they only reveal the departure gate 60 minutes before departure. I'm told this is normal with all UK airports, to keep you shopping, but I still think it's wrong. Especially when going from T5A to T5C, knowing the departure gate that late is just wrong. ...

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by LTU932
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan to fly to HAM
Replies: 19
Views: 2875

Re: Hainan to fly to HAM

NichCage wrote:
Sad to see UA drop year round EWR-HAM. I'm sure a 752 could fly the route year round pretty well.
They already did that, but the problem has always been the headwinds during the winter on the westbound. That was one of the reasons for switching to the 763.

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by LTU932
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

World Youth Encounter organisers study use of Albrook PAC. https://metrolibre.com/index.php/nacionales/115348-cerrarian-el-aeropuerto-de-albrook-para-la-jmj-en-2019 Next January, Panama will host Pope Francis and there's a chance, if PAC is needed, PAC will be closed several weeks. Why close PAC fo...

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by LTU932
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: To Central America on the new IB (and CM)
Replies: 9
Views: 4459

Re: To Central America on the new IB (and CM)

Copa is a fine operation. They've had SJO as their basically prime focus city/secondary hub for decades. As for the street art picture, that's in front of the parliament building in Cuesta de Moras. I've been there quite a few times but the last times, I don't remember having seen this street art..

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by LTU932
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan to fly to HAM
Replies: 19
Views: 2875

Re: Hainan to fly to HAM

Nothing yet spotted in German media... and given HAM's history of "success" with gaining intercontinental flights, plus the total passiveness of local authorities in the matter, I too will believe it when I see the first aircraft. As for the route itself, it certainly makes sense, though ...

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by LTU932
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzz Aldrin explodes on Deltas' "Lousy Operation"
Replies: 69
Views: 11069

Re: Buzz Aldrin explodes on Deltas' "Lousy Operation"

I bet if this was Eastern Airlines, one phone call to Frank Borman and everything would've been resolved in Buzz's favour. :stirthepot:

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by LTU932
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

BTW: I don't know if they do stamp passports on exit at SJO and LIR, or if they do it like the EU does with EU citizens, which is check the passport, not stamp it and let the passenger through. Costa Rica did have exit control stamps back in the 1980s and 1990s at SJO. No, I flew out of SJO back in...

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by LTU932
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

Why they didnt do virtual control like the USA and Panama? What do you mean? Except for ATL, where CBP is running an exit immigration trial with DL, they only register people leaving the country via the passenger manifest. In Costa Rica, you had to fill out an exit immigration form, which you eithe...

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by LTU932
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

Any news from Costa Rica 5C ? Nothing new so far except what I posted the last time with 5C shutting down temporarily. I still insist that this will be likely the end of 5C, even if the shutdown is mandated by regulation and only temporary. DGME has announced that they're expanding exit passport co...

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by LTU932
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Channel 9 on UA 763?
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Re: Channel 9 on UA 763?

The times I flew UA across the Atlantic, Channel 9 was never on.

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by LTU932
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

The United Arab Emirates and Costa Rica signed in 2017 an agreement of understanding to promote trade and investment, but it doesn't mean EK in San Jose. EK DXB-PTY also suspended their plans to Panama in 2016. In my view, the lack of proper demand of passengers is the result of that suspension. Re...

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by LTU932
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest A321ceo/A320neo route OVB-BKK?
Replies: 31
Views: 5685

Re: Longest A321ceo/A320neo route OVB-BKK?

Wasn't at one point LHR-THR one of the longest flights flown on an A321?

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by LTU932
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 91
Views: 3447

Re: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List

It's locked in:

11 APR SJO-PTY CM 163 E90
15 APR PTY-SJO CM 192 E90

It's also historic for me, because it'll be two firsts: My first flight on an Embraer and my first flight in business class.

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by LTU932
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 5930

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

One thing I'd also like to mention are the complaints about the long lines at exit passport control and inbound immigration at SJO and LIR. Aeris and Coriport are blaming DGME, DGME is talking about issues at their data centre in SJO. I'm gonna spend an extended weekend in Panama in April, and while...

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by LTU932
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nature Crashes in Costa Rica, 12 Dead
Replies: 48
Views: 11954

Re: Nature Crashes in Costa Rica, 12 Dead

Costa Rica suspends airline amid probe of fatal plane crash https://www.reuters.com/article/us-costarica-crash/costa-rica-suspends-airline-amid-probe-of-fatal-plane-crash-idUSKBN1F202L The head of airline safety of 5C is on sick leave, and the head of pilot training has died and there's no replacem...

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