I flew on my first El Al 787 on Wednesday, although I’ve been on LY’s 747/777s many times. I’m sorry to say I was disappointed. I sat in Economy in an exit row, so although I had plenty of legroom, the seats were so narrow it was nearly unbearable. The flight was fast though — 9-1/2 hours EWR-TLV.Jump to post
I have flown many LY 747s over the years. They are like wearing an old comfortable pair of shoes. I’m sad to see them go, but they really need a cabin overhaul to be competitive. As for me, I’m flying next week on my very first 787, EWR-TLV. I’m excited!Jump to post
I’m old enough to have had all those diseases for which there is now a vaccine: chicken pox, rubella, measles, mumps. They were horrible. So I’m all-in for any vaccine that prevents or lessens disease. I get the pneumonia, flu, shingles, tetanus et al vaccines whenever the schedule calls for it. I j...Jump to post
I’m much more interested in Kavanaugh’s personal finances. He had $200,000 in credit card debt, but didn’t make enough money to pay it off. But by last year, the debt was gone, he bought a $1 million house, $100K golf club membership. So where is the money coming from? His parents? A conservative be...Jump to post
I was in midtown Manhattan that day. We actually didn’t know what was happening just a few miles south. Having said that — I guess I’ll be called un-American — but really, enough already! What about babies/children who die from cancer? Or people killed everyday in auto accidents or gun violence. Or ...Jump to post
1) NYC is the most overrated place on the planet. Your remark sounds like the response I got when I said Paris was a beautiful city. She said it’s dirty. As if that’s important in Paris! Anyway, I think the millions of residents and tourists would disagree about you about New York. The architecture...Jump to post
Predictably ignorant NYT article followed by a.net thread predictably following one a few weeks ago. GF not an ignorant article at all, Did you bother even reading it? It should serve as an eye opener but it won't. Just think how KIX airport would look if the storm surge was just a few feet higher....Jump to post
Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level. A Disaster in Japan Shows What Can Go Wrong.
From the New York Times:
I’m going to be the cynic. Yeah, I completely trusted my wife too. No secrets. Total respect. Nothing to hide. Until. I accidentally discovered that I had opened USD$100,000 in credit cards, bank accounts, post office boxes. Sorry, I don’t trust anyone anymore. This was the person I slept in same be...Jump to post
I’m not sure where the antipathy toward the U.S. airlines comes from. I’ve flown transatlantic many times on United and Delta, admittedly on the 767 which always seems to be more comfortable. They are just as good or bad as British, Air France, Lufthansa, KLM. On domestic U.S. flights, all bets are ...Jump to post
I’m willing to bet that the anonymous official is Melania!Jump to post
I’m sorry to hear the news. Awhile back, I discovered Mariner’s real vocation and we had many private discussions about his screenplays. One of the most interesting was ‘The Sum of Us,’ starring Jack Thompson and a young Russell Crowe. He told me that Crowe campaigned hard for that role, and it’s a ...Jump to post
For one thing, they wouldn’t be called Pan-Am Airlines. The corporate name was Pan American World Airways.Jump to post
Here’s a related issue I’ve often wondered about. If airlines are so concerned about cabin heat from outside air temps and full sunshine, why would an airline like Southwest paint their fleet dark blue? I’m sure the absorption of heat by the dark colors is hardly offset by putting down the shades. W...Jump to post
Since my daughter and her family live in Israel, I visit each year. I’ve flown variously El Al, Delta, United, and Lufthansa. I don’t know exactly what happened, but El Al’s service markedly improved in the last 2-3 years. Before that, the cabin crews had a well-earned reputation for surly attitudes...Jump to post
AUH-MEL:6288nm(Etihad)GE SYD-DEL:5634nm(Air India)GE PEK-LAX:5446nm(Air China)RR AKL-PEK:6483nm(Air China)RR SZX-LAX:7723nm(Air China)RR LHR-HKG:5253nm(Virgin)RR DEL-YVR:6723nm(Air Canada)GE DEL-YYZ:6322nm(Air Canada)GE LHR-KUL:5738nm(British Airways)RR NRT-LHR:5200nm(British Airways)RR AUH-BNE:649...Jump to post
Not to go too far off-track, but isn’t the restarted Singapore-New York City service (mentioned in an earlier post) at Newark, rather than JFK?
Obviously, Newark doesn’t have the variety of international service that JFK enjoys, but Newark does have many important long-haul routes.
My sister flew on HA JFK-HNL-LIH yesterday. She said it was smooth on both flights, even on the approaches. Her big takeaway was that there were so many empty seats. She drove around Kauai today and said a lot of preparations were in place. As for precipitation, she said it’s raining on and off.Jump to post
Wow — anet commenters, just listen to yourselves! The guy’s flight was canceled and he’s reaching out for help from the supposedly knowledgeable crowd here. I was waiting for an informative answer myself, and one or two people provided a website/phone to contact. Everyone else piled on with (a) you ...Jump to post
Just to make sure, I'm talking about the line that goes from Hoboken to Salisbury Mills. From Salisbury Mills it's easy to extend the line to Stewart Airport. It's a single track, but can be doubled. It's not electrified, but that can be done. So don't talk to me about it not being an option, I kno...Jump to post
I am searching around for reasonable airfares from EWR -TLV in October. WOW has by far the best bargain, with a two-hour layover in KEF. But after reading all the comments above, including cash position and customer service, I think I ought to pass. Am I being overly worried? Any opinions? I doubt ...Jump to post
Thank you for the responses. As for leaving the TLV market, they’re still listed on all the search engines I researched. So I’m a little confused. I’m sure their in-flight service is fine. It’s not like United and El Al roll out the welcome mat for lowly Economy passengers like me! I just read this ...Jump to post
I am searching around for reasonable airfares from EWR -TLV in October. WOW has by far the best bargain, with a two-hour layover in KEF. But after reading all the comments above, including cash position and customer service, I think I ought to pass. Am I being overly worried? Any opinions?Jump to post
Non-issue. Believe it or not, the pilots also want to survive the flight. Thank you for that. I couldn't count the number of passengers who asked "Is it safe?" especially during my commuter flying days. It happened often enough that my reply became, "Well, I'm going and I'm looking f...Jump to post
Sorry if I caused confusion. I was just trying to point out a similar occurrence on a 747 I was on. No, I am not a pilot, never said I was. I’m a Director at a billion dollar publisher, so I fly a lot and I enjoy it. For the record, my video was in 2016, so El Al did indeed fly 744s to Newark. They ...Jump to post
I might be missing it, but I see a greasy, dirty flap, not a deformation. Yes, the flaperon and upper flap panel are dirty and greasy. But on the middle flap panel, there is metal missing, as well as a patch. On the other hand, if I actually have to point it out, it shows how insignificant the defo...Jump to post
I shot this video from the window of a 744. At 0:23 on the lower right side, you can see a deformation if the inboard flap. I don’t know if the repair was badly performed, or just a temporary patch — but I was surprised to see it. It obviously had no effect on the flight, but I didn’t realize that i...Jump to post
I’m surprised to read some of the choices here. 1. Frankfurt might not be a tourist destination, but it is one of Germany’s foremost financial and corporate centers. 2. Atlanta. If you any interest in sports, like most Americans, the Braves, Falcons, and Hawks are very big business. 3. Newark. I wil...Jump to post
My son and I did a day trip to Udvar Hazy a number of years ago. We flew from SWF to IAD on Independence Air (remember them?), a CRJ, first thing in the morning. Took a taxi from IAD to the museum. Spent the entire day there until closing time. We called a taxi to return to IAD, and caught an 8pm fl...Jump to post
I can recall an MD-80 flight from Albuquerque to Chicago in summer temps, where passengers were asked to deplane (voluntarily). Albuquerque has a long runway, but even as a frequent flier, that plane clawed its way into the air. The wings shuddered very noticeably at rotation, and the passengers wer...Jump to post
My children are in their 20s now, but we flew with them often. As babies, my daughter was fine; my son had ear issues, and the change in pressure would cause a lot of screaming. We gave him children’s Sudafed and Tylenol, and that seemed to do the trick. As toddlers, we brought lots of distractions ...Jump to post
We used to have an Emirates captain (a German native) who posted trip reports here in 2006. A few of his reports were Dubai-Sydney/Melbourne on the non-ER 777-300. I have the reports on my computer — my biggest takeaway was his emphasis that they always had to use the longest runway, with no thrust...Jump to post
I would advocate for more wanking — it would likely reduce the incidence of air rage. But seriously, on my recent ten-hour United flight, a young father and mother encouraged their bratty toddlers to run and scream up and down the aisle. The crew didn’t say a word. I think this is more offensive and...Jump to post
FWIW, I asked my wife/sister/daughter for their reactions: Wife: Eeeww. I’d just look out the window and avoid eye and any other contact. Sister: I was a New York City school principal. I’ve seen a lot worse. Daughter: I was a waitress. Do you think I care if some asshole is playing with his meat? A...Jump to post
We used to have an Emirates captain (a German native) who posted trip reports here in 2006. A few of his reports were Dubai-Sydney/Melbourne on the non-ER 777-300. I have the reports on my computer — my biggest takeaway was his emphasis that they always had to use the longest runway, with no thrust ...Jump to post
SATexan wrote:Most nonchalant men don't seem to understand that such incidents can also happen to their wives, sisters and daughters.
FWIW, I flew EWR-LHR a few years ago. Several roundtrips. They were perfectly fine. I do prefer the 767 for comfort, although that might only be my perception, but I had no complaints about the 757.Jump to post
I recently bought a Bosch, based on a friend’s recommendation, along with Consumer Reports. I HATE IT. Really, I didn’t think it was possible to hate an appliance. Yes, it’s quiet and cleans well. BUT, the door has popped open in mid-cycle on many occasions. The company repaired it twice, and admitt...Jump to post
EWR Rwy 29 landings have a hard right turn just before landing. Granted landing on that runway doesn't happen too often, usually only during high winds My favorite landing at EWR. :-) I've only landed on 29 once but it was FUN. My brother has landed on it many times and I often get videos from him ...Jump to post
I agree that Atlanta is pretty good hub for transfers. It’s big and sprawling, but it seems to work.
I like Detroit as well. When I use these hubs, I’m usually transferring to/from a regional partner, so I don’t want to leave the building or take a bus, as in Philadelphia.
I’ve heard SAN described as flying through midtown Manhattan for a landing in Central Park. When I first landed in San Diego, I knew it was a rigorous approach. And it was quite an eye-opener to see nearby buildings that were higher than the approach path.Jump to post