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by spacecadet
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drone flies close to A380
Replies: 63
Views: 7190

Re: Drone flies close to A380

32andBelow wrote:
Awesome shots. Well done.


Safety last, right? As long as you get some "awesome shots".

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by spacecadet
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Inbound Int'l Flight Security Questioning - US vs. Foreign Airlines
Replies: 20
Views: 1281

Re: US Inbound Int'l Flight Security Questioning - US vs. Foreign Airlines

My wife (who is Japanese) was subject to enhanced screening on ANA flying NRT-JFK. I, an American, was not. This doesn't seem to have anything to do with airline. It seems completely arbitrary and random. Which is not necessarily a bad idea, but struck me as both a little bit funny and a little bit ...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is DCA the closest thing to Kai Tak in the US?
Replies: 36
Views: 1921

Re: Is DCA the closest thing to Kai Tak in the US?

Stapleton is the most similar airport to Kai Tak. Huh? Quoting f35 (Reply # 7), "Stapleton is the most similar airport to Kai Tak." the two airports were not even the slightest bit similar. Perhaps you are thinking of another airport. e38 You guys are killing me..... Both are closed, both...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Insane heat wave digs a hole on RW22 Haneda Tokyo
Replies: 23
Views: 5815

Re: Insane heat wave digs a hole on RW22 Haneda Tokyo

Potholes are caused by changes in temperature, not by temperature itself.

I know potholes are not unheard-of on runways. That said, I'd have thought an airport like Haneda would have procedures and/or construction methods to avoid this.

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by spacecadet
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Rage Incidents - Are Airlines & TSA Partly To Blame?
Replies: 11
Views: 1127

Re: Air Rage Incidents - Are Airlines & TSA Partly To Blame?

I'm going to buck what I know will be popular opinion here and say yes. People are people and there's only so far you can push a human being before he/she pushes back. The airlines and TSA are beyond that point now. That's not to say that any individual incident is excusable. Some people are just ba...

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by spacecadet
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hypothetical: Could AA build PDX into a northwestern US/transpacific hub?
Replies: 18
Views: 732

Re: Hypothetical: Could AA build PDX into a northwestern US/transpacific hub?

It's a lot harder to establish a new hub based mainly on connections than O&D. ATL had the advantage of acting as a hub for a whole region of the US and being in the largest city in that region. Atlanta is the 8th largest city in the southeast, not the largest. By that criteria, there are 7 cit...

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by spacecadet
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Internet / E-Mail connection while in flight (FlyNet)
Replies: 7
Views: 512

Re: Internet / E-Mail connection while in flight (FlyNet)

Wifi is a whole different animal from cellular connections, especially on older model cell phones that used the 800/900mhz range. If you noticed, it's still against the rules, and probably always will be, for you to be in anything but airplane mode with your cell phone at any point after the doors o...

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by spacecadet
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposal: Flying Trains
Replies: 36
Views: 4338

Re: Proposal: Flying Trains

IIRC the collision resistance is a special requirement for for American trains, as other countries put the effort in upgrading their signal systems so that trains almost never collide in the first place. No, "collision resistance", by which you mean longitudinal resistance, is a requireme...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do people choose one airline over another?
Replies: 20
Views: 1179

Re: Why do people choose one airline over another?

Domestically, my narrowing criteria are: 1) Flying out of my preferred airport on my preferred route 2) Economy Plus product availability and/or available legroom 3) Flight schedule 4) Whether I'm in a frequent flier program 5) Onboard services/amenities 6) Whether I'm going to be nickle and dimed w...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hypothetical: Could AA build PDX into a northwestern US/transpacific hub?
Replies: 18
Views: 732

Re: Hypothetical: Could AA build PDX into a northwestern US/transpacific hub?

Isn't the population a bit small to justify a hub At PDX Well, it's a lot bigger than Atlanta, and ATL is one of the biggest hubs in the world. It's also roughly the same size as Detroit and Memphis, both of which are also major hubs for different airlines. You don't need a lot of O/D to make a hub.

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by spacecadet
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Couple in hot water over "Stupid" stunt at SXM
Replies: 44
Views: 8926

Re: Couple in hot water over "Stupid" stunt at SXM

I bet we see it closed pretty soon, people just can't seem to understand there is some risk and overdue everything these days until it's shut down. Will be pretty sad for real aviation enthusiasts There is risk in crossing the street. There is risk in everything we humans do. I think we all underst...

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by spacecadet
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New luxury airline to offer affordable prices for first-class only aircraft
Replies: 60
Views: 11400

Re: New luxury airline to offer affordable prices for first-class only aircraft

I guess it needs to be said over and over until everyone here gets it: this is not a new idea. There have been several membership-based "airlines" that promise a private jet-like experience for commercial airline prices, if you can be flexible about your schedule (which it seems is no diff...

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by spacecadet
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does the lack of crosswind runways at airports without them not cause issues?
Replies: 23
Views: 2533

Re: How does the lack of crosswind runways at airports without them not cause issues?

I've always thought NRT could use a xwind runway, especially after seeing the videl of FX80. FedEx flight 80 had a headwind coming straight down the runway. They landed on 34L and the wind was coming from 320 degrees. The crosswind component was a maximum of 11 knots. What caused that accident was ...

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by spacecadet
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 25 Years from Today: What will Airlines Look Like?
Replies: 12
Views: 1214

Re: 25 Years from Today: What will Airlines Look Like?

Consolidation will continue until and unless governments decide to stop it. For many countries, that will mean a single major carrier. For the US, I predict we'll drop to two legacy carriers, who will also gobble up most (if not all) of the LCC's.

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by spacecadet
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Poll: Full Yellow Livery (Spirit)
Replies: 10
Views: 558

Re: Poll: Full Yellow Livery (Spirit)

I don't really understand every other airline's attraction to Eurowhite, which just makes every airline look the same Saves ££ $$ €€ in a variety of ways. I'm aware of that. So would not flying at all and liquidating the company - that would save more money than anything. At some point, a company n...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flight attendant on AA flight insulting passengers
Replies: 33
Views: 2340

Re: Flight attendant on AA flight insulting passengers

OP: most of the hostile replies here are most likely by either posters who are US carrier FAs, or Americans who fly US carriers and have gotten used to such vile service. Or Americans who for some reason like to actively root for for-profit corporations that they have no vested interest in, which i...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Poll: Full Yellow Livery (Spirit)
Replies: 10
Views: 558

Re: Poll: Full Yellow Livery (Spirit)

I wouldn't call it "modern" but I would definitely call it eye-catching. I don't really understand every other airline's attraction to Eurowhite, which just makes every airline look the same. The airplanes are the most visible part of the brand; they should be distinctive, as they once wer...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do people seem to hate the ERJs and CRJs?
Replies: 24
Views: 1178

Re: Why do people seem to hate the ERJs and CRJs?

I generally don't mind small planes, but I think the thing about CRJ's, at least, is that it's almost like they're pretending to be big planes. So you end up comparing them against larger planes in the same fleet, and they never come out on the long end of that stick. I've flown a CRJ halfway across...

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by spacecadet
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight attendants have a higher rate of every cancer outcome, study says
Replies: 64
Views: 8357

Re: Flight attendants have a higher rate of every cancer outcome, study says

I’m curious if this is ever discussed when someone first becomes a FA in the name of transparency? Not sure, but I'm not sure it should be. It shouldn't be enough to discourage someone from pursuing the career they want to have, if indeed that's what they're doing. Lots of things can kill you, at a...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: NY Mets games/concerts at Shea Stadium with LGA traffic going over
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: NY Mets games/concerts at Shea Stadium with LGA traffic going over

I couldn't find too many YouTube videos, and none of games happening (though I'm sure if you just tried to watch a random game from the 80's or 90's, you'd hear planes and see the cameras shake) but here's a video from Shea's last year of a plane taking off: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJsawoRK3...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!
Replies: 240
Views: 65320

Re: THE Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!

UA, or any other employer, making it a condition of employment that employees don't misrepresent the company is not "Congress... abridging the freedom of speech". Right, and it always confuses me how people cannot separate the difference between freedom from criminal prosecution and freed...

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by spacecadet
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!
Replies: 240
Views: 65320

Re: THE Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!

She should know her place. She should! She's an employee for a company that provides a service for paying customers. She needs to provide the services the customers paid for, without complaint. That is the basic requirement of literally any job that deals with paying customers. If she cannot do tha...

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by spacecadet
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: NY Mets games/concerts at Shea Stadium with LGA traffic going over
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: NY Mets games/concerts at Shea Stadium with LGA traffic going over

How fun must this have been? If aircraft were taking off on runway 13, don't they make a right turn very near Shea.. They take off directly over Citi Field even today. You get a good view at the new stadium most days. The difference is that both takeoff performance and noise are better in modern ai...

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by spacecadet
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst transfer airport by continent
Replies: 92
Views: 9138

Re: Best and worst transfer airport by continent

ASQ400 wrote:
Worst: JFK. No airside connections, and all around a garbage bag.


JFK has airside connections between T2 and T4, at least.

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by spacecadet
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Flight and Airline?
Replies: 98
Views: 2557

Re: First Flight and Airline?

My first flight ever was on a private/company plane (some kind of Learjet) for the company my dad worked for at the time. I was 4 years old and it had to be 1976. I don't remember where we were going or anything else about the flight but I have a specific memory of looking out the window at the runw...

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by spacecadet
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fatal Incident Where Plane Returned to Service
Replies: 95
Views: 12116

Re: Fatal Incident Where Plane Returned to Service

JA8966 went on flying for 15 years after it was hijacked in 1999 on ANA flight 61, when the hijacker killed the captain. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Nippon_Airways_Flight_61 This plane came pretty close to crashing that day - in the struggle between the hijacker and the pilots, the plane drop...

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by spacecadet
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report Released on Westjet Near Water Impact at SXM
Replies: 51
Views: 7142

Re: Westjet Near Water Impact in Sint Maarten

Great YouTube of the incident both inside and out to refresh memories. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN3Fd0x0FoQ That passenger has clearly just never landed at SXM before. She said "it's like we're landing on the beach", and then "oh look, everyone's watching!" It seems like ...

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by spacecadet
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA ATC Diversity Efforts Challenged
Replies: 88
Views: 9446

Re: FAA ATC Diversity Efforts Challenged

In short, it's a questionnaire designed to ask questions that technically are permissible, in order to determine information that it is illegal to ask directly in screening: what's your race or ethnic background. Umm, what? This is specifically *required* to be asked by law, and is on the standard ...

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by spacecadet
Thu May 31, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How far out of the way will people connect?
Replies: 105
Views: 4763

Re: How far out of the way will people connect?

I don't care solely about the fare, but also about time and comfort. I have made a few weird and longer connections mainly for the latter reasons. Just a month or so ago I flew NRT-PDX-DTW-JFK on Delta. Not "out of the way" per se but there are a lot of non-stop flights on the JFK-NRT rout...

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by spacecadet
Wed May 30, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New NYC airport
Replies: 92
Views: 11598

Re: New NYC airport

Well I suppose it's about the six month mark for this topic to come back up... it always does around that time... The obvious answer is no. Unworkable. Not without completely rebuilding the region's highways and transit systems. EWR is convenient to those in NJ and points west of the city, JFK is co...

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by spacecadet
Mon May 28, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?
Replies: 126
Views: 10937

Re: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?

The other being that there are plenty of island destinations closer to home or part of the US where passports aren’t needed. I really think that this is actually the main point. I've never been to the Canary islands but I probably just wouldn't even consider it when we have the Caribbean islands wi...

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by spacecadet
Sun May 27, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What price comfort?
Replies: 38
Views: 2597

Re: What price comfort?

I am always amazed by how far people will go to save a few euro's. Well, those are often the kind of people who start fistfights on planes when they can't get another beer. Not always the highest form of humanity to begin with, to be blunt. I don't know too many people myself who only look for the ...

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by spacecadet
Sun May 27, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Friday May 25, 1979. 39 Years since AA 191 at O'Hare
Replies: 38
Views: 5140

Re: Friday May 25, 1979. 39 Years since AA 191 at O'Hare

I would imagine even if the pilot kept the speed up to avoid the left wing stall it would still be a very difficult situation to manage....even in daylight VMC conditions. Yes, as in various other accidents that could *theoretically* have been avoided, the problem is the pilots had no real way of k...

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by spacecadet
Fri May 25, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV
Replies: 460
Views: 73175

Re: Last moments of Cubana 737 before crash video

Looks like there was no thrust at all at this point. https://youtu.be/xBUKWtTJcaY There appears to be some thrust - when it comes into frame, it appears to be flying backwards. (Almost as if it's in a spin.) I have never seen a plane do that before, personally. But just before it goes out of frame,...

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by spacecadet
Fri May 25, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What price comfort?
Replies: 38
Views: 2597

Re: What price comfort?

I mean, other than meals on most routes, Y+ on many carriers these days is basically what economy was 30 years ago. So that's most of the answer. (And I always pay that premium if the option is actually available. I will take a different flight if I have to.) To fully restore hot meals, I'm not sure...

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by spacecadet
Sat May 19, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV
Replies: 460
Views: 73175

Re: 737 down near HAV

There was incidents on takeoff but the accidents happened on approach though. Also the issue was finally figured out with the Eastwind flight into Richmond. Supposed to have been fixed but who knows if this aircraft was. What incidents happened on takeoff? The rudder hardover problem on the 737 was...

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by spacecadet
Fri May 18, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV
Replies: 460
Views: 73175

Re: 737 down near HAV

The AVHerald article shows the final crash site as pretty far off to the right with a sharp turn that would have had to be completed by about the middle of the runway. I'm just curious if there is a standard departure from this airport that would match that flight path. It seems like they would have...

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by spacecadet
Mon May 14, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?
Replies: 224
Views: 30151

Re: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?

I have not yet flown on a 787. I did fly on my first A350 a few weeks ago, next to the engine intake, and I felt it was *absurdly* quiet. It sounded like being in a simulator. There was almost no low frequency rumble or roar; just a little bit of high pitched whine on takeoff. I could easily hear th...

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by spacecadet
Sat May 12, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many boarding groups?!
Replies: 22
Views: 2980

Re: How many boarding groups?!

Yeah, um thanks, sweetie pie, but I already knew that. Two things. 1. You don't know me well enough to call me that yet. 2. You sure didn't sound like you knew that, and still don't, or you wouldn't be defending a post that is demonstrably (and, by your own words, admittedly) wrong. There was no di...

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by spacecadet
Sat May 12, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370: Malaysia resumes search to find aircraft
Replies: 415
Views: 72478

Re: MH370: Malaysia resumes search to find aircraft

Please, let's not allow another MH370 thread to turn into another bunch of nonsense. We may as well start having the alien shootdown theory discussion again.

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by spacecadet
Thu May 10, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many boarding groups?!
Replies: 22
Views: 2980

Re: How many boarding groups?!

AirAfreak wrote:
+ General Boarding (Rear to Front)


Yeah, they *never* announced "rear to front". They announced things like "rows 30-35", then "rows 25-30", etc. So it was basically the same thing.

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by spacecadet
Sun May 06, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Self-service bagdrop and boading
Replies: 13
Views: 1553

Re: Self-service bagdrop and boading

This isn't really that different from how most large US airports do domestic flights, but they also give you the option of doing things the traditional way. Personally, I often find "self service" to be a lot of unnecessary rigmarole. It's actually more steps than the old way. The old way ...

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by spacecadet
Fri May 04, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: NH domestic to JL international transfer time at NRT
Replies: 25
Views: 1398

Re: NH domestic to JL international transfer time at NRT

The min may be 1:50, but I think 2:25 is still cutting it close. It depends a lot on the gates your flights are assigned. You may end up with a *lot* of walking to do even after you get your luggage (not to mention the possibility of being at a remote stand, which takes more time), then take a bus, ...

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by spacecadet
Fri May 04, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO (July 2017)
Replies: 286
Views: 64767

Re: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.

So many accidents over the years are due to unclear communication (which to me seems to be the case with the AC Captain thinking there were lights on the runway...kind of vague...did he mean runway lights or lights from other planes). He said he saw lights on the runway and to confirm they were cle...

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by spacecadet
Thu May 03, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Special Order Gourmet Food on Long haul Flights
Replies: 16
Views: 1997

Re: Special Order Gourmet Food on Long haul Flights

Many airlines offered in the past and some still do offer special meals on long haul flights that fit the basic definition offered in the original post, of satisfying "vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians, allergies of all different varieties, spice-haters, lactose intolerance, pregnant women, and...

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by spacecadet
Thu May 03, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Profits at ANA soar as JAL sinks further
Replies: 30
Views: 7305

Re: Profits at ANA soar as JAL sinks further

Glad to see both JL and NH doing well.

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by spacecadet
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question About Hotels in Tokyo
Replies: 16
Views: 967

Re: Question About Hotels in Tokyo

I've been visiting Japan once or twice a year since 2000; probably 30 trips total so far. Great insights, spacecadet - thank you! Though I'm not the OP, I've been reading this with interest. If you have any other thoughts/suggestions about places suitable for stay with a child, I'd be grateful. tha...

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by spacecadet
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question About Hotels in Tokyo
Replies: 16
Views: 967

Re: Question About Hotels in Tokyo

I've been visiting Japan once or twice a year since 2000; probably 30 trips total so far. Unfortunately several of my favorite hotels have closed (I always stayed at the Grand Prince Akasaka before it was torn down!) but there are still a few suggestions I have that you might either not think about ...

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by spacecadet
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In-flight emergency discussion thread - Tell your story!
Replies: 12
Views: 796

Re: In-flight emergency discussion thread - Tell your story!

dfwjim1 wrote:
I am surprised that an 8 year old was allowed to travel by himself.


It's not that unusual. The age limit is 5.

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by spacecadet
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big cities without any airport
Replies: 84
Views: 5413

Re: Big cities without any airport

Well, to get from Yokohama to Narita takes well over 1,5 hrs using the fastest train. Arguing that Tokyo is Yokohama's airport is like saying Boston does not need an airport, Narita is not Tokyo. Tokyo has Haneda; it's officially "Tokyo International Airport". It takes about 30 minutes to...

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