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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 124
Views: 2400

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

What about the thoughts and wishes of the people in NI, the majority of whom voted to remain, and many of whom rely on business that works across the border each day? Or do you want to see NI cut off, thus ending by definition the United Kingdom? So what is your alternative, millions voted to leave...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 124
Views: 2400

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

Hard brexit is getting more likely by the day. Do you genuinely want a hard Brexit? If so, are you (presumably a UK taxpayer) willing to pay for the 300+ roads that cross the Irish border to be manned? What about the thoughts and wishes of the people in NI, the majority of whom voted to remain, and...

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways plans to fly to 250 destinations by 2022
Replies: 73
Views: 9628

Re: Qatar Airways plans to fly to 250 destinations by 2022

They only said 'destinations', not daily flights. Belfast and other similar cities might only get once or twice a week (well maybe thrice max) so that would certainly increase the number of airports. I would easily predict daily or almost daily if on the new A321NEO, or 4 or so times a week if on t...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways plans to fly to 250 destinations by 2022
Replies: 73
Views: 9628

Re: Qatar Airways plans to fly to 250 destinations by 2022

The CEO quoted Belfast as the next UK route.

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France and KLM end Tehran service
Replies: 15
Views: 4322

Re: Air France and KLM end Tehran service

Such a shame, i used AF to Tehran last year, a great flight on the A340 and landing around 8pm (before the overnight rush!).

It'll be interesting to see how BA do. When the route restarted the passenger numbers were pretty low (50s on some flights)

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Baby Trump will float above London!
Replies: 114
Views: 3329

Re: Baby Trump will float above London!

Imagine if it broke loose and floated over the new US embassy... 8-)

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No UK-UAE LCC Service?
Replies: 39
Views: 3841

Re: Why No UK-UAE LCC Service?

Would a direct LCC service be any cheaper than what Pegasus offer from London? I've flown with them to both Dubai and Kuwait for £100 one way

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F
Replies: 12
Views: 1390

Re: Samaritans Purse Dc 8 72F

I photographed it in Ukraine a couple of months ago, the jet gets about!!

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: MAN introduces passenger drop-off fees.
Replies: 41
Views: 4688

Re: MAN introduces passenger drop-off fees.

Not sure outside the UK, i know BFS charges £1

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2443
Views: 55440

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

I wonder how many people would still have voted for Brexit if they knew more of the facts that we do now, the difficulties it could cause, or the fact that it is practically impossible to achieve without somehow affecting the status quo within the UK. It was always going to be a divisive matter, but...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2443
Views: 55440

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

The EU needs the UK more than the UK needs the EU, they will play along. The only pressing needs is to stop the payments to the EU, as the money will make the UK a prospering country. All problems will be gone once the leeches of the EU have no more control. #HardBrexit #now #freedomispriceless Som...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair Now Has Two 757-300s
Replies: 77
Views: 13751

Re: Icelandair Now Has Two 757-300s

Gone in 5 years I bet. 757s and 767s made after '98 seem to have disturbingly short lifespans (flying lemons from the Britney Spears whore era?) LOL, there's a metaphor ive not heard before. Don't be saying the first bit to Air Astana though, their 767s were some of the last passenger models off th...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Flybe have a future?
Replies: 82
Views: 8903

Re: Does Flybe have a future?

The UK might be small in land scale but it's still a fair distance between the south and the north and those internal flights by Flybe aren't really covered by the Airlines you have mentioned. There is a market for those flights that's why Flybe fly from the likes of Southampton to Manchester upto ...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air Intl plans Canada launch on July 23, 2018
Replies: 97
Views: 13661

Re: Norwegian Air Intl plans Canada launch on July 23, 2018

I saw prices of €189 each way quoted to Hamilton..if that is true I don't think it's a low price. By comparison Air Canada is often considered expensive but I'm flying with them next year, and my return ticket from Dublin, and with various connecting domestic flights was not much more expensive than...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying the 757 Combi with Nepal Airlines!
Replies: 8
Views: 5991

Re: Flying the 757 Combi with Nepal Airlines!

2122M wrote:
Was that a safety card form a standard pax 757? It looks like it showed exit routes through what would be the cargo hold at the front of the aircraft? Is that possible?


It's a standard 757 all passenger card, as the aircraft never flew in combi config

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines That Still Fly The Airbus A310 (Passenger Only) As Of June 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 3108

Re: Airlines That Still Fly The Airbus A310 (Passenger Only) As Of June 2018

I booked a cheap Air Transat A310 ride for early next year, a domestic route in Canada. The aircraft continues to Europe so hopefully it doesn't change

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The coolest unit of currency
Replies: 15
Views: 947

Re: The coolest unit of currency

My favourite name for a currency is the Macanese Pataca..i just love the sound of it. Also on a personal/biased note, Northern Ireland banknotes, including the old plastic £5 notes (which featured a Space Shuttle orbiter) that came out long before England and Scotland joined the bandwagon with their...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Dornier 328/328Jet to be back in manufacturing
Replies: 33
Views: 5484

Re: Dornier 328/328Jet to be back in manufacturing

There are many airlines out there that still operate and rely on aircraft in this size and capacity. Some others have upgraded to the ATR42 not through any desire, more through a lack of choice in the modern day market. In Europe Wideroe and Loganair are both looking to replace their Dash 8-100s an...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Dornier 328/328Jet to be back in manufacturing
Replies: 33
Views: 5484

Re: Dornier 328/328Jet to be back in manufacturing

There are many airlines out there that still operate and rely on aircraft in this size and capacity. Some others have upgraded to the ATR42 not through any desire, more through a lack of choice in the modern day market. In Europe Wideroe and Loganair are both looking to replace their Dash 8-100s and...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair / Air Iceland cancels BHD and ABZ?
Replies: 2
Views: 569

Re: Icelandair / Air Iceland cancels BHD and ABZ?

The loads on these routes were variable, sometimes full, sometimes very quiet (competition from nearby BFS and EDI to KEF with Easyjet didn't help), but I understand it was more a fleet related decision than anything else.

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iran seeks to sue Boeing.
Replies: 109
Views: 7086

Re: Iran seeks to sue Boeing.

I never understood the hatred the US government has towards Iran, OK the revolution and storming the embassy in the 70s was terrible, but given what the US and others did to harm Iran's democracy a couple of decades earlier, did they expect the people to just roll over and submit? Countries are only...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iran seeks to sue Boeing.
Replies: 109
Views: 7086

Re: Iran seeks to sue Boeing.

Iran has every right to feel angry, but going after Boeing isn't the solution by any means. On another note there are reports from the CEO of Iran Air about securing 11 Airbus and ATRs before the sanctions are reinstated in August..does anyone know more about this? Or is it just the remainder of the...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Dubai International Airport Scenery for FS2004/FSX
Replies: 1
Views: 340

Re: Dubai International Airport Scenery for FS2004/FSX

Interesting idea. The only 'retro' scenery package I'm familiar with is a Kai Tak scenery that was released years ago, which at the same time deactivated the current airport in Hong Kong (it is shown as a construction site).

If you want a current Dubai scenery package it is available from Fly Tampa

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abusive Jet2 Passenger Gets Life Time Ban
Replies: 6
Views: 1874

Re: Abusive Jet2 Passenger Gets Life Time Ban

In the past Jet2 has been very vocal in warning passengers that if there is a diversion, the person/s who cause it to happen will also pick up the tab for the cost of diverting..

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Refueling during boarding/deplaning?
Replies: 69
Views: 4480

Re: Refueling during boarding/deplaning?

Where i work the rule is to inform the fire department (they won't come out, but they are made aware of what is happening), and we cannot board any passengers who cannot manage the aircraft steps.

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by opticalilyushin
Tue May 29, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Crown Flights
Replies: 32
Views: 7839

Re: British Crown Flights

The UK will never buy the likes of an A330ACJ for royal and PM use, there would be an uproar from a lot of people in the country, particularly those who struggle to survive financially. For longhaul work the Voyagers do the job as they are at least multi-functional, and Air Tanker have a good arrang...

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by opticalilyushin
Sun May 27, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Without Citywing, who is the current frontrunner at IOM?
Replies: 12
Views: 1455

Re: Without Citywing, who is the current frontrunner at IOM?

At the moment it's largely fought between Easyjet and Flybe/Eastern/Stobart

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by opticalilyushin
Thu May 24, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dep/Arr Airports you've flown with one letter difference
Replies: 54
Views: 2022

Re: Dep/Arr Airports you've flown with one letter difference

Routes I've flown- either one way or return
BHD-BHX
BFS-BRS
DXB-DUB
CNX-CSX
DUB-BUD (does that count?)
ACI-GCI
YYT-YYZ
YYZ-YHZ

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by opticalilyushin
Wed May 23, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?
Replies: 69
Views: 6557

Re: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?

The Voyagers will cover the bulk of any VIP transport requirements, but the 32 Sqn. 146s at Northolt will not fly forever..an ACJ or Embraer Legacy/Lineage would be a perfect replacement for the regional routes the 146s operate on.

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by opticalilyushin
Sun May 20, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to retire ERJ 195
Replies: 55
Views: 9342

Re: Flybe to retire ERJ 195

As mentioned by Lightsaber earlier fuel burn is also an issue. The 195 might be a capable aircraft but when it uses almost as much fuel as the much heavier A319 there is a problem

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by opticalilyushin
Sat May 19, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to retire ERJ 195
Replies: 55
Views: 9342

Re: Flybe to retire ERJ 195

BAWLGW wrote:
BA CITYFLYER might be interested in taking them off their hands?


If they did it wont be for LCY, the 195 isn't certified

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by opticalilyushin
Sat May 12, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days
Replies: 190
Views: 22121

Re: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days

The previous comment raises an interesting point..can sanctions definitely and effectively be reinstated if this time all the other nations involved say no to them? I imagine probably yes, but Trump will want to get the EU nations on his side if he does this.

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by opticalilyushin
Sat May 12, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days
Replies: 190
Views: 22121

Re: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days

I wonder what would happen if the EU nations that are in the Iran agreement turned against Trump in an attempt to call his bluff? If he realises that mutual sanctions across the Atlantic will have devastating results to industries all over, he might be forced to back-peddle. I also wonder what Trump...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed May 09, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran - Boeing deal
Replies: 188
Views: 22594

Re: Iran - Boeing deal

Some delightful comments on here. Anyway, yes, Iranians don't traditionally like Russian built planes, but that was down to a series of Tu154 crashes and some locally built IR-AN140s crashing. If they cant get any new Airbus or Boeings I'd love to see a large order for the Superjet. The long range v...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed May 09, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran - Boeing deal
Replies: 188
Views: 22594

Re: Iran - Boeing deal

2 A330s, 1 A321 with Sharklets and hmm about 8 ATRs delivered

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by opticalilyushin
Tue May 08, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ACTs - A321
Replies: 12
Views: 1638

Re: ACTs - A321

Thanks for your feedback. Do you roughly have an idea how many bags the bull hold can have when it's really full ? Hmm about 50 or 60 maybe. We typically squeeze 35 bags into an AKH container, and about 1.5 times that into the bulk hold of an A320 Awesome, thanks. So even Flying with a 4th ACT at 2...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue May 08, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ACTs - A321
Replies: 12
Views: 1638

Re: ACTs - A321

Should be interesting to know how much weight is "savez" by using a non container cargo A321 A metal AKH container is typically 80-90kg each, so 7 of them would make 500-600KG. I believe for 3 ACTs (I'm assuming you're talking about the LR then) I think you'd get 206 passengers, however i...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue May 08, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ACTs - A321
Replies: 12
Views: 1638

Re: ACTs - A321

Should be interesting to know how much weight is "savez" by using a non container cargo A321 A metal AKH container is typically 80-90kg each, so 7 of them would make 500-600KG. Hi everyone, I did look on the previous threads about the A321 ACTs but didn't find the information. As ACTs tak...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat May 05, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: is there somewhere in the world where smoking in commercial planes is still allowed for passengers?
Replies: 58
Views: 5190

Re: is there somewhere in the world where smoking in commercial planes is still allowed for passengers?

My work colleague once told me that as a child she and her family all had to sit in the back of the plane every year when on holiday because her father smoked. I can't imagine anything worse, especially when children were expected to breathe it in (non-smoker here and real hater of the habit and sme...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat May 05, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date
Replies: 137
Views: 25355

Re: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date

I'd like to know when the last non-ER 747s will leave the QF fleet. I am assuming that the non ERs will all go first. The 744ER is the one aircraft I really want to log but I wouldn't book a QF 744 route to do so until all the non ERs are gone given my history with QF and equipment subs... I wonder...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri May 04, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tight Connection at KEF
Replies: 9
Views: 770

Re: Tight Connection at KEF

KEF is easy to connect through, and as the flights are on one ticket it is the airline's responsibility to take care of you and get you on another flight if you miss the first one. When you land it'll just be a quick passport check as you go the Schengen gates. I've done the same connection with WOW...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri May 04, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which is the longest current/ever nonstop B747-400 route?
Replies: 21
Views: 4972

Re: Which is the longest current/ever nonstop B747-400 route?

If you consider non-scheduled flights i think Prince Charles once flew direct from LHR-Australia on a BA 744. I'm sure someone on here will have more info on that though.

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by opticalilyushin
Wed May 02, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/18 : Mayflying
Replies: 129
Views: 17239

Re: Irish 5/18 : Mayflying

Qatar CEO Akbar has mentioned he wants to start flights to Belfast.

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by opticalilyushin
Tue May 01, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran - Boeing deal
Replies: 188
Views: 22594

Re: Iran - Boeing deal

How far is Airbus from being able to eliminate American parts in their aircraft and go with all locally made components? I don't see why they wouldn't / shouldn't do that. I think with a large percentage of the avionics etc. being produced in the States, changing them to something produced elsewher...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DY honour Avicii ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1540

Re: Will DY honour Avicii ?

It would be a nice gesture. Also, on a lighter note, i always wished they would adorn one of their tails with The Muppet's Swedish Chef

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Jetliners that have been fully withdrawn from operation
Replies: 31
Views: 3673

Re: Jetliners that have been fully withdrawn from operation

VC10’s are gone. RAF retired them a few years ago. Would also add L1011 (all variants) and 737-100 Orbital Sciences still have a Tristar for their Pegasus rocket launches. ...what about the Fokker F-28? Still one occasionally flying in Kenya, also maybe one or two in South America- but not reliable...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A321 ACF / Long Haul / Cabin conf question
Replies: 26
Views: 2445

Re: A321 ACF / Long Haul / Cabin conf question

Interesting, but at what lengths of flight would crew rest seats/beds be necessary? I know some crew that used to operate 13 hour return trips on the A320/321 in Europe without any such luxuries, just a 1 hour turnaround at the destination..just curious :)

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo hold
Replies: 10
Views: 1561

Re: Cargo hold

Usually the bulk compartment, or compartment 5 if you will, is the last to be filled and the first to be emptied. This makes it the first choice for e.g. late connecting bags and priority bags. It is also ideal for strollers, baby carriers or wheelchairs. Since most live animals can't be loaded in ...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DPRK-USA summit. Kim aircarft
Replies: 32
Views: 4076

Re: DPRK-USA summit. Kim aircarft

The article suggests embarrassment in using another aircraft, and in the DPRK that is perhaps the case, but in Europe it's quite normal for various heads of state to lease in business jets, or even take scheduled flights. Embarrassment to whom? He's already an embarrassment to everyone outside NK, ...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DPRK-USA summit. Kim aircarft
Replies: 32
Views: 4076

Re: DPRK-USA summit. Kim aircarft

I guess if a fuel stop is needed it will be in Russia or Belarus. In the old days their IL18s and 62s used to manage Moscow direct, but I doubt many people would know how busy those flights were. I'd imagine if fully loaded back then, a lighter loaded delegation should make it to Europe direct. The ...

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