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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Security issue - deplaning pax ?
Replies: 8
Views: 593

Re: Security issue - deplaning pax ?

I can't vouch for the States, but if it happens in the UK, we check if they have any bags to be removed from the hold, and at the very least the crew will check the vicinity of where the passenger was seated. We will find out why the passenger has decided not to travel, and if the captain is satisfi...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran's domestic route network
Replies: 22
Views: 4164

Re: Iran's domestic route network

With the experience gained maintaining their older fleet, I am surprised they have not attempted to build their own aircraft. perhaps starting with a regional turbo prop They have a small amount of experience in this, with the IR-AN140, a license built version of the Ukrainian AN-140, but there wer...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 128
Views: 22028

Re: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

Looking forward to see a 777 in BOAC livery. How about a DreamLiner in BCal's? http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bLFY2bR6OrE/T_XRVEpyTlI/AAAAAAAADuU/RK-tKKSBAZU/s1600/article-2039678-0E0199FF00000578-657_634x799.jpg A special Thatcher livery? They might confuse a dragon on the tail with a Welsh themed jet ...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 326
Views: 53112

Re: Updated: VS To Be Largest Shareholder In New Airline Group Comprising BE And RE

Is £100M of investment going to get you many new planes? More likely a load of second-hand ones. They could more easily cut the fat and put the current Q400 fleet through a thorough upgrade.. I'm curious to see what they'll do

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Straight South with Ethiopian! ARN-ADD-CPT in Economy class [+Video]
Replies: 4
Views: 3089

Re: Straight South with Ethiopian! ARN-ADD-CPT in Economy class [+Video]

Fantastic report! I only flew ET once a few years ago on a short Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur 767 (very dated inside!) flight, but am hoping to log 4 or 5 widebody varients on various trips this year

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 737 Max Diverts to Shiraz, Iran
Replies: 178
Views: 41159

Re: Norwegian 737 Max Diverts to Shiraz, Iran

People would be the easiest, except that they would not qualify for the visa waiver program anymore afterwards. People and their knowledge are not subject to export restrictions, and they can use that knowledge to work on stuff, although they might not be allowed to transfer that knowledge in any f...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 statistics
Replies: 51
Views: 2380

Re: Which airports did you visit for the first time in 2018?

In chronological order: Tallinn Tashkent Bukhara Navoi Ust-Kamenogorsk Semey (known in Kazakhstan as 'Hiroshima 2') Bishkek Osh Dushanbe Yerevan Tbilisi Baku Prague Lviv Tiree Coll Oban Cologne Burgas Bilbao Izhevsk Samara Ekaterinburg Novosibirsk Irkutsk Mirny Polyarny Vologda Kostroma St. Petersbu...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing
Replies: 2086
Views: 81711

Re: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing

They do not need to have a wall there. All it needs is a border where there are checks. It is not as if you could not walk over the border between France and Germany before Schengen. A quick search online shows there are approximately 270 public roads that cross the border, and then there will be m...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing
Replies: 2086
Views: 81711

Re: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing

I do not see the problem with Northern Ireland, the obvious solution as border between the UK and the RoI. Like it has been for a long time. British sovereignty must not be questioned. A physical hard border would be difficult given the length of the border, the large number of roads that cross it ...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing
Replies: 2086
Views: 81711

Re: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing

I have said a referendum should take place on the matter of secession from the UK, and for that matter referendum would have to take place in the south on reunification Perhaps, but what a shame that NI may have to now be forced into stirring things up by having a referendum when the majority of th...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing
Replies: 2086
Views: 81711

Re: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing

Both side would like no hard border but if the rules are different there only two answers and both arnt going to be up and running in time. 1) A hard Border 2) Reunification of Ireland As a resident of NI it amazes me that many people run on the idea that Brexit is final, 'democracy' must be respec...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 3098

Re: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018

Aeroflot just flying to Moscow (visa required) maybe it's the last chance to fly the jet in Western Europe... :cry2: Aeroflot and Moscow SVO are great ways to connect to other countries. I used to sometimes fly with them to get to places in Eastern Europe or Scandenavia on the Superjet and IL-96, a...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your best flights of 2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1749

Re: Your best flights of 2018

A few flights stand out for me this year: Departing out of a bone rattling runway at Polyarny on a Tu-154 for a 5 hour flight Being upfront on a Skydiving Skyvan, where on the descent the vertical speed indicator was maxxed out Doing an extremely short and steep takeoff in an AN-28 Flying around the...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Chances of CityJet Avros still doing LCY - DUB in May ‘19
Replies: 17
Views: 1969

Re: Chances of CityJet Avros still doing LCY - DUB in May ‘19

I log it as 'Cityjet (operating for Aer Lingus)', since the aircraft is owned by Cityjet

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What did you get?
Replies: 26
Views: 1214

Re: What did you get?

TSS wrote:
Airstud wrote:
opticalilyushin wrote:
chocolate brussel sprouts


:boggled:

I suspect he means these-

Image


Yes, these :) I'll be cutting into the first one just to be sure though :D

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What did you get?
Replies: 26
Views: 1214

Re: What did you get?

A mountain of new socks, enough shaving toiletries to last me a decade, some books, gin and a small packet of chocolate brussel sprouts that look suspiciously real!

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 3098

Re: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018

Flew on their S360 a few years ago from Eilat to Sve Dov, but bizarrely never got billed for the flight.

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Malta might consider A321LR to fly to NY, Toronto, Mumbai
Replies: 49
Views: 7522

Re: Air Malta might consider A321LR to fly to NY, Toronto, Mumbai

With some of the oldest ruins in Europe, Malta is fascinating, it's truelly like going back in time in some places, it's a little less crowded and chaotic than other Med' islands like Majorca or Ibiza, and particularly popular with the older generations. Granted you can see most of Malta and Gozo in...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Weirdest Connections You've Ever Made
Replies: 98
Views: 5167

Re: Weirdest Connections You've Ever Made

As someone who likes to include interesting aircraft into travelling i have done quite a few within 24 hours or so, such as: Dublin-Dusseldorf DUB-CFN-GLA-LCY-DUS Phuket-Manila in 36 hours HKT-BKK-CNX-CSX-ICN-NRT-MNL-HKG-MNL (HKG included to keep the prices down) And once stayed in transit from Lond...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: An Aviation Enthusiast’s Perfect Christmas?
Replies: 11
Views: 1447

Re: An Aviation Enthusiat’s Perfect Christmas?

If you want to stay in the London area Brooklands is a must! It is not too far from Heathrow.

What is he specifically into within aviation? Photography? Museums? Commercial planes? Military? Old planes? Travelling?

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 326
Views: 53112

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

I wonder if canceling BFS and GLA MCO flights could be an option and replacing low frequency flights with daily flights via their MAN hub? It's possible, but besides the attraction of flying direct to see Mickey Mouse etc. BFS and GLA flights often take advantage of the earlier school summer holida...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 326
Views: 53112

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

Given both Virgin and Flybe both have a presence in the Manchester, Glasgow and seasonal Belfast markets (albeit the latter in different airports), it could indeed be interesting to see how this partnership could go. Flybe and Virgin already have a strong partnership with passengers being fed from a...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Single Jet Bridge Airports Outside of the US
Replies: 17
Views: 2070

Re: Single Jet Bridge Airports Outside of the US

BHD Belfast City Airport in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom is the only airport in that country that has a single AirBridge. Do not get confused with BFS Belfast international Airport which is Northern Ireland's principal international gateway which has four AirBridges. Mmmm nope, having ...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Single Jet Bridge Airports Outside of the US
Replies: 17
Views: 2070

Re: Single Jet Bridge Airports Outside of the US

BHD Belfast City Airport in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom is the only airport in that country that has a single AirBridge. Do not get confused with BFS Belfast international Airport which is Northern Ireland's principal international gateway which has four AirBridges. Mmmm nope, having ...

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syria, DPRK eyes direct flight
Replies: 49
Views: 7280

Re: Syria, DPRK eyes direct fly

It could only be the Syrian A340-300 or the Air Koryo Tu-204-300 - the Il-62 is domestic only now. They have flown to Kuwait historically, Damascus is only 600-700km further, so long as the skies are friendly. When I was in the DPRK, the IL-62 flew to Vladivostok on a schedule flight. Seems to be a...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The worlds most powerful passport, Japan.
Replies: 5
Views: 1515

Re: The worlds most powerful passport, Japan.

I have 3, all within the top 6, according to that web link. I wonder does that allow me access to 555 countries? Haha.

On a different matter, does anyone think Russia will ever go down the e-visa route, like some of it's former Soviet neighbours have done in recent times?

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe up for sale
Replies: 74
Views: 13212

Re: Flybe up for sale

Although Manchester has just reached the 28m they could potentially lose over 1m passengers if flybe ceased operations. Of course a lot of their European flights from Manchester could be replaced by other carriers, however the domestic flights operate not just as point to point, but uplift a reason...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the 738 Preferred Over the A320 for TATL?
Replies: 46
Views: 10475

Re: Why is the 738 Preferred Over the A320 for TATL?

WOW currently owns 1 A320 NEO that often gets used on TATL routes

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of Air Canada expansion in the UK?
Replies: 46
Views: 6761

Re: Possibility of Air Canada expansion in the UK?

BFS, GLA and CWL (thrown into the mix as it's my local airport) were all previously served by Zoom. Only a couple of flights to BFS and CWL a week, and a CWL-BFS-YVR split flight as well. GLA I think was higher frequency to Canada. I remember dispatching those YVR-BFS-CWL-BFS-YVR flights :) Belfast...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85684, fully recovered, last flight this week..
Replies: 22
Views: 6144

Re: Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85684, fully recovered, last flight this week..

VirginFlyer wrote:
Was this the last Tu-154 in scheduled airline service?

V/F


There is one remaining Tu154 staying in service, also with Alrosa. Incidentally I taxied past the "Izhma" yesterday in Novosibirsk, where engineers were busy working on it.

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport announcement/staff in different languages
Replies: 17
Views: 1827

Re: Airport announcement/staff in different languages

I wouldn't expect to hear much in any native language in Scandenavia/The Nordic countries, as so many people there have an excellent grasp of English. I guess even KLM, who only do their safety demo in English (granted other announcements are in Dutch)

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2200
Views: 60758

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

Random question, but what happens to the NI border in a no-deal scanario, where TM rejects the EU backstop plan? What happens to any border when both sides disagree on what should be done? On the day of Brexit will there be delays? Carnage? Traffic able to flow 1 way but not another? Curious, as a c...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Iran Air still take delivery of Airbus aircraft?
Replies: 40
Views: 8116

Re: Will Iran Air still take delivery of Airbus aircraft?

Trump's bullying tactic already has the other superpowers of the world up in arms, frankly I'd say the EU etc. should call his bluff and trade anyway, because if he does later impose sanctions on Airbus (as an example) for selling second hand/stored planes, Trump will then have all the major airline...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EI Belfast City to JFK with the A321LR?
Replies: 20
Views: 4826

Re: EI Belfast City to JFK with the A321LR

The runway at BHD is too short to support a transatlantic flight. Technically incorrect, they could facilitate the same service that Westjet operates from Dublin-St. Johns-Toronto on the 73G. I don’t think so - even some BHD-mainland Europe flights need to be weight restricted to get off the ground...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EI Belfast City to JFK with the A321LR?
Replies: 20
Views: 4826

Re: EI Belfast City to JFK with the A321LR

The runway at BHD is too short to support a transatlantic flight. Technically incorrect, they could facilitate the same service that Westjet operates from Dublin-St. Johns-Toronto on the 73G. Indeed I hope routes like this OP come to pass, in this case perhaps from BFS as the runway is long enough ...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Part 6 (Final) trip to Kyrgyzstan - Back from Bishkek to London via Istanbul
Replies: 8
Views: 3000

Re: Part 6 (Final) trip to Kyrgyzstan - Back from Bishkek to London via Istanbul

Fantastic pics! I visited Kyrgyzstan early this year whilst on a 3 week Central Asia trip, and I really fell in love with the scenery, Bishkek and the people. I'm sorry and surprised to hear about the bribes though.

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat Airbus A310 problems?
Replies: 20
Views: 6025

Re: Air Transat Airbus A310 problems?

It was fun browsing through the flight lists. I didn't know they operated YUL-YYZ and Quebec on A310. I guess its like a tag on which makes sense. A fun way to fly an A310 if you don't want or need to cross the pond. I was booked to fly YYZ-YUL on one in Feb next year, specifically on a flight that...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Turkish Airlines could start flying to Australia in 2019 with B787-9
Replies: 80
Views: 11322

Re: Turkish Airlines to Australia in 2019 with B787-9

Would they have the rights to (for example) fly 3x daily IST-PER, with each one continuing on to SYD, MEL and BNE?

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?
Replies: 42
Views: 6358

Re: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?

There is a much bigger demand for new aircraft in this size catagory in places like Scotland and Norway, where airlines are looking to replace their ageing Saabs and smaller Dash 8s with something that is suited to high cycle, multi sector hops out of short runways in extreme winter weather conditi...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?
Replies: 42
Views: 6358

Re: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?

The sub-50 seat market is hard to crack in the US due to union agreements, distances involved between airports, and even down to things like most airports having nice long runways. There is a much bigger demand for new aircraft in this size catagory in places like Scotland and Norway, where airlines...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Iran Air still take delivery of Airbus aircraft?
Replies: 40
Views: 8116

Re: Will Iran Air still take delivery of Airbus aircraft?

Or more recently (can't remember the operator or airframes involved), but some used jets were sold to a paper airline based in central Asia, Kazakhstan, i think. They flew through Iranian airspace, when suddenly an emergency was declared and they diverted into Tehran. The staff were already waiting ...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin livery A320 spotted at DUB?
Replies: 17
Views: 4240

Re: Air Berlin livery A320 spotted at DUB?

I recently flew with Eurowings from Dublin to Cologne, operated by Tui, in full Air Berlin colours..talk about identity crisis! ;-) Joking aside, as mentioned above, painting a fleet is a slow and expensive job, and given the massive void left by the AB demise, Eurowings were definitely right to get...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Iran Air still take delivery of Airbus aircraft?
Replies: 40
Views: 8116

Re: Will Iran Air still take delivery of Airbus aircraft?

Aircraft can change hands several times, so a 'Western' airline can sell to some start-up/paper/shell company in good faith, and then it is sold to another company, and so on, and so forth, along with several reg changes. The original aircraft owner is not to blame, and would be completely unaware o...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA drops Tehran from 23 September 2018
Replies: 140
Views: 12806

Re: BA drops Tehran from 23 September 2018

I'm not sure what is more disturbing, the hatred some people have for Iran, whilst forgetting what we-the Western World did to their democracy decades ago, or the fact that they think Trump can and should dictate to the many democracies of Europe what and where their airlines can fly to..now who sou...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-87 a failure?
Replies: 39
Views: 7590

Re: Was the MD-87 a failure?

A couple of years ago they were easy to catch. I flew a Danish Air Transport out of Naples and PAWA Dominicana from Havana.

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: So what’s Iran going to do now ?
Replies: 116
Views: 12795

Re: So what’s Iran going to do now ?

Considering it's unlikely that any stored A330s/340s in Europe will end up with US carriers (and assuming the companies at those airfields own the frames), I assume it would be quite easy for them to be sold to IR, with no fear of consequences from Trump?

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 3098

Re: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018

AZAL is a fantastic airline, but their schedule can throw up anything, even days before travel. I booked GYD-DXB-GYD-IST over 2 days, scheduled on the A345 twice and the 767, i got the 767, A345 and my 767 to IST changed to 757, and on the day to an A319

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best airline call signs
Replies: 84
Views: 7018

Re: Best airline call signs

Some that I've used over the years:

Titan : Zap
XL UL : Exbo
Van Air: Eurovan
Linksair: Fastlink
DHL Europe: EuroTrans
TNT: Quality
Star Air: White Star
Flybe: Jersey

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 3098

Re: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018

The most exotic aircraft in Europe are found in Scotland with LoganAir. They operate a fleet of BN-2 Islander, DHC-6-300 / -400 Twin Otter, Dornier 328, ERJ-145 and Saab 340 / 2000. Some of these aircraft are operated for FlyBE and painted in their colors. I second the suggestion of going to Scotla...

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