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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are non-stop flights between LPB and Europe technically possible?
Replies: 18
Views: 1394

Re: Are non-stop flights between LPB and Europe technically possible?

How does your watch register altitude? Could it be by GPS or other means or is their an actual altimeter in the watch? You watch may not be reading actual cabin BARO pressure to determine altitude. IIRC, When we did high altitude testing out of El Alto (La Paz), if the crew set the ECS (pressurizat...

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to pull US from Russia missile treaty
Replies: 38
Views: 928

Re: Trump to pull US from Russia missile treaty

Russia should stop violating this treaty (and others), the Putin regime makes the world less safe. The Americans are solely to blame for this mess. They were the ones who withdrew from the anti-ballistic missile treaty in 2002 to pursue the missile defence shield. The entire point of that treaty wa...

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Accidents/Incidents where a NOTAM played vital role
Replies: 12
Views: 837

Re: Accidents/Incidents where a NOTAM played vital role

I am an actual airline pilot and most of it is b*llsh*t. Just to quote a few numerous ones in FRA yesterday: work in progress in ditch more than 75m from centerljne. There were a total of 3 of them. That is not relevant to anyone! Absolutely agree! Keep it relevant to us. Browsing through 5 pages o...

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why EW stopped repainting its aircraft?
Replies: 8
Views: 3998

Re: Why EW stopped repainting its aircrafts?

Just a guess, but with Lufthansa changing colourscheme, and all the Ex-Air Berlin planes at TUI, Ryanair Austria, Level etc. being repainted too, there might be a shortage of repaint capacity. For that reason, it would make sense to wait with the planes that are still in good condition.

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Want To Know When You'll DIe?
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Want To Know When You'll DIe?

IMHO, the question of how insurance companies are going to [mis]use the information is enough for me to never consider it. They will raise premiums or refuse insurance coverage to many people.

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cockpit differences between the modern A320/321 and the ones made in the 1990s.
Replies: 23
Views: 1196

Re: Cockpit differences between the modern A320/321 and the ones made in the 1990s.

Pilots who possess an A32x rating need to be able to operate a 1988-built A320 (if there were any left) and a 2018-built A321NEO seamlessly on the same day. :checkmark: The ATR -600 series upgrade is the perfect example of why not to do it. Pilots rated on old ATRs had to do a simulator course to f...

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by VSMUT
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda enter freighter biz - ATR & 777
Replies: 5
Views: 1460

Re: Garuda enter freighter biz - ATR & 777

The 777 could be the white Etihad machine.

Interesting news about the ATRs. Will they fly by day?

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by VSMUT
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European aviation in a over supply situation?
Replies: 34
Views: 5612

Re: European aviation crisis

The answer is on your own long list. Too many airlines competing with each other. Compared to the US, the number of airlines in Europe is too much. Europe has twice the population of the US, and is on average richer and has more free-time to spend on traveling. It's only natural that there are more...

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by VSMUT
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European aviation in a over supply situation?
Replies: 34
Views: 5612

Re: European aviation crisis

The answer is on your own long list. Too many airlines competing with each other. Compared to the US, the number of airlines in Europe is too much. Europe has twice the population of the US, and is on average richer and has more free-time to spend on traveling. It's only natural that there are more...

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by VSMUT
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Would Boeing make a 757 on request?
Replies: 35
Views: 2010

Re: Would Boeing make a 757 on request?

Yes, they would. But not at list price. The airline would have to pay for all the tooling and upstart costs as well. But yes, Boeing absolutely would do it if there was enough money involved. Just paying the costs wouldn't be enough though, it would have to be so worthwhile for Boeing that they woul...

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by VSMUT
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European aviation in a over supply situation?
Replies: 34
Views: 5612

European aviation in a over supply situation?

Over the past weeks and months we have seen a spate of airlines heading into bankruptcy, or in economic problems of varying degrees: Primera Air Cobalt Air Cello Aviation Azur Air Germany Small Planet Poland Small Planet Germany Wow Air* Icelandair* Norwegian* VLM SkyWork NextJet FlyBe* *Still aroun...

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by VSMUT
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Now: gender-neutral marketing for tissues!
Replies: 74
Views: 1691

Re: Now: gender-neutral marketing for tissues!

I will stand by that 100%. Men, specifically white, straight men, have all the rights. Western rights were written by men, for men, to protect men and advance men. Men never had to fight to vote. Men never had to fight to work. Men never had to fight to get educated. The whole world has been design...

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by VSMUT
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.
Replies: 41
Views: 6065

Re: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.

Air Nostrum is basically Iberia Regional Which is completely wrong. They also operate for SAS, and are taking over CityJet, who in turn also operate for SAS as well as Aer Lingus and Brussels Airlines. The Q400 is an aircraft Flybe has operated for ages and is experienced with - although ATRs are c...

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by VSMUT
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms
Replies: 122
Views: 13230

Re: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms

SocalApproach wrote:
Kinda off topic but Im actually surprised a company like Uber or Lyft doesn't strike corporate deals with airlines to lock in a fixed price so crew members can call for transportation to/from the airport.


My first company had a deal with Uber to provide crew transport in one Eastern European city.

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by VSMUT
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms
Replies: 122
Views: 13230

Re: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms

Airlines don't pay published rates, so your 200-400 dollar range is wildly out of proportion. Thats most certainly not a universal truth. I have seen the rates some of my employers pay. In some instances, they most certainly weren't discounted. Not every route flown in the world is regular enough t...

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms
Replies: 122
Views: 13230

Re: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms

I for one would love it, and have tried to convince my employer to do so. I do have certain standards though, cleaning needs to be included, only 1 pilot per room, wifi and kitchen provided. The other pilots were in favour of the idea too. With my currently setup, I travel up to 3 months in a row, s...

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2200
Views: 49501

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

noviorbis77 wrote:
we could certainly harm the EU as much as they wish to harm the UK for daring to leave their club.


So not at all? Because thats about as much as the EU wants to harm the UK for daring to leave the club.

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Site in Toulouse, France
Replies: 27
Views: 5207

Re: Boeing Site in Toulouse, France

The south west of France hosts a lot of competent and experienced aerospace suppliers that cater to the several larger manufacturers based in the region, so it's only natural that Boeing would want to come around and do a bit of shopping. Exactly. Boeing is shopping for new suppliers, and most of t...

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ditching a high wing aircraft-would it roll inverted?
Replies: 12
Views: 1242

Re: Ditching a high wing aircraft-would it roll inverted?

It would typically settle upright with the wings floating on the water, and the nose protruding from the water. But thats assuming it doesnt break apart. Normally, before settling into the water, the aircraft should float tilting to one side, making the emergency exits on one side unuseable. What is...

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by VSMUT
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Repercussions for Saudi if the murder is confirmed?
Replies: 124
Views: 4190

Re: Repercussions for Saudi if the murder is confirmed?

The entire west will come together and unanimously agree on forcing out the Saudi regime, if necessary by force. Following a major military invasion, a democratically elected government will be installed, Saudi Arabia will become a champion of human rights, the desert will become a lush paradise and...

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by VSMUT
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Studying To be come a pilot
Replies: 11
Views: 774

Re: Studying To be come a pilot

ECG? You mean the electrocardiogram? Under EASA it's mandatory for the initial, and then to be renewed every 5 years below the age of 30, 2 years between 30 and 39, 1 year between 40 and 59 and 6 months above the age of 60. As far as I'm aware, the EEG test was phased out by EASA ages ago. I certai...

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by VSMUT
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Studying To be come a pilot
Replies: 11
Views: 774

Re: Studying To be come a pilot

As TWA772LR says, get a Class One Aviation medical first. No point spending lots of money and then finding out there's an "issue". And don't worry too much at first if there is some issue. Many such are fixable/manageable. I'll just add to that what my medical examiner told me the other d...

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by VSMUT
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Studying To be come a pilot
Replies: 11
Views: 774

Re: Studying To be come a pilot

I can't recommend the Dutch way either. Don't under any circumstances chase a single airline. It's just way too risky. KLM might be hiring a few Dutch-speaking pilots today, but tomorrow they could completely change the hiring criteria. If they overhired, or we get hit by another economic crisis, th...

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by VSMUT
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 35974

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

One of their planes just arrived at MCI. I wonder what they are going to do with it? Someone else already lease/buy it? YL-PSG https://twitter.com/JoeKCI/status/1047935257306173440 It's not just that one that has been fetched by the leasing company: https://www.check-in.dk/primera-fly-kun-paa-vinge...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-9 Unfinished Interior Pics?
Replies: 5
Views: 2241

Re: 777-9 Unfinished Interior Pics?

I don't think you would see any differences until the panels are installed, and only the static test frame has been rolled out, no? According to wikipedia: The internal cabin width is increased from the previous 777 models' 231 to 235 in (587 to 597 cm) through thinner interior cabin walls and bett...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of IL-96 RA-96013?
Replies: 12
Views: 2431

Re: Fate of IL-96 RA-96013?

Turning an Il-96-300 into a -400M? Thats a bit of a stretch. Seriously though, wasn't the Il-96-400TZ contract cancelled due to cost overruns? There are a million ways the Russian Armed Forces could use this one without turning it into a -400 first. They still have a bunch of Il-62s scattered across...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1054
Views: 129201

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

CPH-MRS 2x weekly operated by a Boeing 737. Starting June 29th. Is this by SAS' own 737s, or by JetTime? By one of their own. They are also starting ARN-MRS, so it's likely to be an ARN-MRS-CPH-MRS-ARN rotation. The exact schedule isn't available until tomorrow Wow, that's going to be a long day at...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-9 Unfinished Interior Pics?
Replies: 5
Views: 2241

Re: 777-9 Unfinished Interior Pics?

I don't think you would see any differences until the panels are installed, and only the static test frame has been rolled out, no? According to wikipedia: The internal cabin width is increased from the previous 777 models' 231 to 235 in (587 to 597 cm) through thinner interior cabin walls and bette...

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1054
Views: 129201

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

SASViking wrote:
CPH-MRS 2x weekly operated by a Boeing 737. Starting June 29th.


Is this by SAS' own 737s, or by JetTime?

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest thing that millennials are killing off...
Replies: 24
Views: 1427

Re: Latest thing that millennials are killing off...

Is anybody really mourning this? If anything, these so-called "millenials" should be applauded for killing off these drunk tours.

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by VSMUT
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 101
Views: 4112

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

Basel-Euroairport is served by a bus, but it works really well anyway. Zürich and Geneva are both top class. . That is why I haven't included Basel Airport. Using a bus is not very Swiss. And if you want to go to Strasbourg, good luck! You need to ride the train to St Louis (France) walk about 200m...

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by VSMUT
Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 101
Views: 4112

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

Basel-Euroairport is served by a bus, but it works really well anyway. Zürich and Geneva are both top class. I don't think I've experienced a German airport that was bad. Even Schönefeld works really well. London-Luton sucks. Many French and Italian airports can be a bit tedious too, but that might ...

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by VSMUT
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LH‘s business class product to Cairo - a joke
Replies: 19
Views: 1356

Re: LH‘s business class product to Cairo - a joke

This right here is what I think the EU carriers have got wrong compared to the US carriers. There are a lots of points where US carriers have pulled ahead. For instance, why do barely any airlines in Europe have IFE systems built into the seats? In the US, these are becoming really common on short-...

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by VSMUT
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to get used jet oil from turbine engine
Replies: 4
Views: 979

Re: How to get used jet oil from turbine engine

As the two above mention, it doesn't happen often. But it isn't impossible. My suggestion is that you try to contact a friendly engineer or MRO facility and see if they will listen to you (a small facility working on business jets is probably easier than, say, Lufthansa Technik or United Tech Ops). ...

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by VSMUT
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best luggage for the frequent traveler
Replies: 13
Views: 596

Re: Best luggage for the frequent traveler

My favorite for short trips is a duffelbag. Being flexible, it can fit in spaces otherwise inaccessible to your normal rollaboard, such as the last vacant space in a corner of the overhead locker. Lacking a proper lock and looking less conspicuous, I am never asked to gate-check it. It's much easier...

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by VSMUT
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Need some advice on planning a Safari
Replies: 9
Views: 494

Re: Need some advice on planning a Safari

Kruger is a zoo. If you just want to see the animals, it is fine, but the best parks by far are up in Tanzania.

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by VSMUT
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair also in trouble?
Replies: 40
Views: 11646

Re: Icelandair also in trouble?

superjeff wrote:
Responding to #2, I thought Primera was Scandinavian - Danish AOC? Certainly not Icelandic.


The AOCs were Danish and Latvian, but they were owned and run from Iceland by Icelandic people. They just kept moving the companies around to more favorable places.

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by VSMUT
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair also in trouble?
Replies: 40
Views: 11646

Re: Icelandair also in trouble?

integrator wrote:
Another one about to bite the dust? Many were the last weeks commenting on WOW having issues.... Iceland now doing with Airlines as they did with banks prior to the 2007 financial crisis?

What you think?


Primera was also Icelandic... :duck:

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by VSMUT
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 35974

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

SQ789 wrote:
Any idea where will their plane be stored at?


If the closure of Air Berlin is any indication, they will find new homes so quickly that it is irrelevant to talk about storage.

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1054
Views: 129201

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Seems like Nordica/Regional Jet OU plan to fly an CRJ-900 on behalf of SAS on a long term basis as ES-ACM now is painted in full SAS colours https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9080859 The irony. This was one of the original SAS CRJs that was phased out, and operated for a long while in basic SAS marki...

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Will Boeing Build Planes in Long Beach Again?
Replies: 29
Views: 3101

Re: Will Boeing Build Planes in Long Beach Again?

However with the dimishing supply of used turbo-prop regional sized aircraft, and the early RJ models not being suitalbe/economical for use and conversion to small package feeders, one has to think UPS will have to change this model in the coming years to stay competative with FedEx. Not ot mention...

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 35974

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

I don't want to be mean, but for some reason, most of this movements come from airlines in Scandinavia. Norwegian probably one of the most out-sourced airlines in Europe, then SAS, Finnair has done notable movements in the same direction... of course Primera. Probably the same happens in others... ...

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 35974

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

This does seem to cast some doubt onto the whole narrowbody-longhaul-lowcost model. Not "narrobody-longhaul-lowcost" but rather "longhaul-lowcost" all together. The whole business model is questionable at best. As I have said multiple times on airliners.net, the only proven long...

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by VSMUT
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 35974

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

This does seem to cast some doubt onto the whole narrowbody-longhaul-lowcost model. It worked for the US airlines with the 757s, but those aircraft were already paid off. Now we have one airline bust after chasing this model, and WOW air looking like it might be in trouble too. Experienced players l...

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by VSMUT
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which US carrier will reach 1000 mainline aircraft first ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1687

Re: Which US carrier will reach 1000 mainline aircraft first ?

i mean aa could potentially hit 1k from the 797. theyd only need to order like 50 On the other hand, they got a bunch of aircraft that are about to be retired. The MD-82/83s will leave next year as will a number of 767s. The rest of the 767s and the 757s will retire the year after. In total 88 airc...

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by VSMUT
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Hero-to-Zero aviation company?
Replies: 21
Views: 1041

Re: Most Hero-to-Zero aviation company?

British Airways. No better than EasyJet and Norwegian nowadays.

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by VSMUT
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FLYBE on time performance. 80%
Replies: 9
Views: 1128

Re: FLYBE on time performance. 80%

Thanks. So apart from buying fresher q400s there doesn't seem to be much which they can influence. Thats not true. Scheduling is well within their own control. I worked at 2 major airlines that specifically placed spare aircraft and crews at large hubs to take over in case of a late inbound arrival...

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by VSMUT
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bad habits when staying in hotels
Replies: 58
Views: 3393

Re: Bad habits when staying in hotels

I once got inspired by an article with some recipes for improvised cooking in your bedroom, and fried some chicken with the iron and boiled some sausages in the kettle :duck: Only did it once though, and cleaned it absolutely spotless afterwards. Listening to very loud music (mostly metal) on my EFB...

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by VSMUT
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FLYBE on time performance. 80%
Replies: 9
Views: 1128

Re: FLYBE on time performance. 80%

Thanks. So apart from buying fresher q400s there doesn't seem to be much which they can influence. Thats not true. Scheduling is well within their own control. I worked at 2 major airlines that specifically placed spare aircraft and crews at large hubs to take over in case of a late inbound arrival...

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by VSMUT
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 135-160 seats lcc
Replies: 19
Views: 2140

Re: 135-160 seats lcc

Agree with PatrickZ80, there are very few small markets incapable of filling an A320. Alas, we still have Air Baltic with 737-500s, Q400s and A220s. Eurowings has 20 Q400s and there are still tons of A319s left all over in places like Eurowings and EasyJet. These aren't leaving any time soon. Blue A...

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