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by dredgy
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Best Aircraft for PPL(A) Flight Training
Replies: 9
Views: 610

Re: Best Aircraft for PPL(A) Flight Training

It doesn't really matter, take the cheapest. I did mine in a Cessna 150/152 and multi-engine cert in a BN2 Islander.

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by dredgy
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA A380 Business Class - Really that bad?
Replies: 7
Views: 610

Re: BA A380 Business Class - Really that bad?

Swiss is good in J. And a romantic night in Zurich on top of that....

BA is not worth it. I always thought the service was reasonably good, but the seat is abysmal.

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by dredgy
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air outlines CS300 routes
Replies: 7
Views: 2040

Re: Korean Air outlines CS300 routes

raylee67 wrote:
Seoul Gimpo – Jeju is actually a route that regularly sees A330-300 and 747-400 service..


Seoul to Jeju is the busiest airline route in the world, a CS300 is certainly not too much.

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by dredgy
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No more Cathay Oneworld Livery?
Replies: 12
Views: 2518

Re: No more Cathay Oneworld Livery?

While I don't buy the CX going to Star rumours - it wouldn't be too much for Star. ... They seem greedy. The only weight I give CX to Star is the large Air China shareholding, if that grows any more then I expect CX to Star. Given the Mainland increased influence in HK, I say it is a better than 50...

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by dredgy
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No more Cathay Oneworld Livery?
Replies: 12
Views: 2518

Re: No more Cathay Oneworld Livery?

Is it really worthwhile to have Thai, SQ, and CX all in Star Alliance? While I don't buy the CX going to Star rumours - it wouldn't be too much for Star. They have plenty of overlap already in that market. In addition to Thai, Singapore and Cathay, they also have Air China, EVA Air and Shenzhen Air...

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by dredgy
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: why is there so much air service between Italy and Albania?
Replies: 18
Views: 3838

Re: why is there so much air service between Italy and Albania?

Strong mob links...
No, there’s just a lot of Albanians living in Italy and the two countries have a lot of ties. Never underestimate the power of colonisation.

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by dredgy
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will BA update their J seats?
Replies: 21
Views: 2548

Re: Will BA update their J seats?

Greatly dislike BA's clubworld seat. Now to start with - I have no* problem with high density business class layouts. I'd rather be in Turkish's 2-3-2 business class rather than AirNZ's 1-1-1 for instance, and plenty of airlines (Emirates etc) have a good or even great business class without direct ...

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by dredgy
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One Final Attempt for Etihad Airways (EY) Registrations & Help you?
Replies: 3
Views: 547

Re: One Final Attempt for Etihad Airways (EY) Registrations & Help you?

Also try contacting the airports if the airline fails you, they will have logs. It’s unlikely that someone will browse through them for you, but you never know.

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by dredgy
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One Final Attempt for Etihad Airways (EY) Registrations & Help you?
Replies: 3
Views: 547

Re: One Final Attempt for Etihad Airways (EY) Registrations & Help you?

Have you tried contacting Etihad? No public database goes back that far that I’m aware of.

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by dredgy
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL
Replies: 22
Views: 6668

Re: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL

I just flew Business round the world with Ethihad and Cathay with points. When I priced it on Expedia and the One World Alliance website it came to about US $9,000 and $3,600 in economy. Good to know one can get them at around US $5,000. Thanks. Fare rules are incredibly complex on these tickets, b...

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by dredgy
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Whats the difference between Basic, Basic Plus and Flex at Lufthansa?
Replies: 3
Views: 526

Re: Whats the difference between Basic, Basic Plus and Flex at Lufthansa?

All three are business class tickets and will entitle you to a seat on the upper deck. If your goal is the upper deck, just make sure that Business Basic allows you to select your own seats (I'm sure it does, but I've been stung on European airlines before). Basically the difference is in things lik...

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by dredgy
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is motion sickness common on planes like a Boeing 777?
Replies: 17
Views: 944

Re: Is motion sickness common on planes like a Boeing 777?

You will not get motion sickness on a plane, especially a large one. Most of the time on a 777 Intercontinental flight you will not even feel like you're moving. You will definitely not have to vomit, even on a turbulent flight, turbulence isn't the sort of motion that will cause you to lose your st...

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by dredgy
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL
Replies: 22
Views: 6668

Re: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL

How much does a Business Class round the world ticket cost? Depends on airline (and destinations). Finnair starts from about $5500AUD, with Qantas/Cathay/LATAM flights between Australia and the Americas/Asia. This is a very popular flight for Australians as its a relatively cheap way to earn bulk Q...

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by dredgy
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: is there somewhere in the world where smoking in commercial planes is still allowed for passengers?
Replies: 26
Views: 2324

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

Further research shows Turkmenistan Airlines will "allow" smoking on pretty much any flight, including those two and from the UK. I am surprised considering Berdimuhamedow is the former health minister, and is a known anti-smoker and is planning to outlaw tobacco by 2025 as stated on Radi...

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by dredgy
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: is there somewhere in the world where smoking in commercial planes is still allowed for passengers?
Replies: 26
Views: 2324

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

Further research shows Turkmenistan Airlines will "allow" smoking on pretty much any flight, including those two and from the UK.

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by dredgy
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: is there somewhere in the world where smoking in commercial planes is still allowed for passengers?
Replies: 26
Views: 2324

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

While I’ve never really flown where smoking was universally allowed, Turkmenistan Airlines on domestic flights did not seem to care whether you smoked or not. On a flight from Ashgabat to either Mary or Turkmenbashi there were 5 or 6 people smoking on the flight - this was in 2015. Airlines in Iran ...

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by dredgy
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Favorite Airliner Simulator Game?
Replies: 4
Views: 678

Re: Favorite Airliner Simulator Game?

Well I like AirlineSim.aero which is very realistic but it’s learning curve is incredibly steep and barrier to entry is high so there’s no freedom to play how you like if you enter an established game world. I wish they had a “single player” mode.

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by dredgy
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL
Replies: 22
Views: 6668

Re: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL

The meals in Economy Class style foil could be the SYD-based catering gaffe? Because when I flew AI Business Class on their 747 last year, this is how my meal was presented, that too on a 1.5 hour domestic leg --> Is their a particular gaffe you're thinking of? Another trip report of the same fligh...

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by dredgy
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot to start Singapore-Berlin
Replies: 43
Views: 12675

Re: Scoot to start Singapore-Berlin

Are Athens and Berlin significant markets for the Australian market? . Yes. Athens in particular is huge, but Berlin is no slouch. Melbourne is the largest Greek city outside of Europe and has more Greek speakers than a lot of decently sized Greek cities. Berlin is number one on a lot of students l...

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by dredgy
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL
Replies: 22
Views: 6668

Re: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL

What a disgrace for providing economy-style foiled plate food in business class. They do have proper plates for main dish though, not sure why didn't provide one. The amenity kit is meant not for in-flight use but rather as a souvenir, i.e. who would use a bar soap onboard! The meal totally didn't ...

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by dredgy
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Somon Air, Tadjikistan, signed MOU with Boeing for single 787
Replies: 27
Views: 5648

Re: Somon Air, Tadjikistan, signed MOU with Boeing for single 787

Routes that would make sense and lacking a connection to Dushanbe are LON, PEK and ICN. I would almost be prepared to bet that Seoul would be the first city served, but for all I know it could be New York which would be the only US city capable potentially succeeding (unless there’s another city wit...

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by dredgy
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL
Replies: 22
Views: 6668

Re: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL

Economy style meal service, uncooperative IFE and amenity kit at the end of the flight?! In Business Class?! Premium cabins are supposed to be all about attention to detail. While it’s not a great look I agree (and it should definitely be improved) - I don’t fly business class for luxury, I fly it ...

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by dredgy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP announces new routes for 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 17471

Re: TAP announces new routes for 2018

Still highly state-owned (~50%). Thanks @dredgy Is there any attempt by the state to sell all/part of it? I think the opposite. There was a plan to privatise and it got underway- private consortium bought 61%, then a new government came in almost immediately and put a halt to privatization and retu...

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by dredgy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP announces new routes for 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 17471

Re: TAP announces new routes for 2018

What's the current situation of this airline? Is it still highly State-owned? They are showing bits of "wealth" (like this fleet's renovations), and I was just wondering how good/bad are their numbers... Still highly state-owned (~50%). Returned to a small profit in 2016, and that is expe...

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by dredgy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New Year's Eve on a plane
Replies: 23
Views: 4388

Re: New Year's Eve on a plane

Did a special flight over Antarctica for NYE. Lots of champagne, the whole plane was one big party, but cost 8 grand and just made me really want to land! Though it was daylight at midnight which was a unique experience.

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by dredgy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL
Replies: 22
Views: 6668

Re: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL

Good to know you enjoyed your flight on AI....hope you enjoyed the India visit.....as you mention above, AIs reputation is "abysmal" mainly here on a.net, where we have a lot of armchair experts who form their opinions from the safe confines of their homes based on what they read here.......

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by dredgy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL
Replies: 22
Views: 6668

Re: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL

BNE-DEL was operated by Qantas. You mean SYD - right?! BTW. didn't know, that it is possible to use the Qantas/OW Lounge @ SYD with an A/*AI RWT ticket - even holding OW status. Yes, I meant SYD!!! Most airlines in SYD without their own lounge use the Qantas lounge iirc. I don't fly internationally...

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by dredgy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 752
Views: 50060

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Turkish announcing service to Australia is quite likely - don’t they do that every other year? :p China Southern entering oneworld would be amazing given the dominance of QFF in Australia, but can’t see it happening. Would be a great airline to be able to redeem points on. Ethiopian adding services ...

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by dredgy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL
Replies: 22
Views: 6668

Air India Business Class 787 SYD-DEL

Hi all! First trip report I think. First up - here's a video, that details the flight (and the trip overall) in an easily-digestible format (not a photo slideshow!): https://i.imgur.com/cMRTYcql.jpg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEgC4DlBGTs I'm a better video maker than I am trip report writer, so...

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by dredgy
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines that have made "the Jump"
Replies: 18
Views: 2390

Re: Airlines that have made "the Jump"

[*]

XAM2175 wrote:
Qantas.


Qantas was the opposite. It only flew internationally then expanded to domestic after deregulation if I recall correctly.

EDIT: (Though I guess in its initial incarnation, you’d be coreect)

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by dredgy
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Holiday hotspots for 2018 from a European POV
Replies: 35
Views: 1218

Re: Holiday hotspots for 2018 from a European POV

Portugal is set to rise. It's been touted here in Australia as "the next Croatia". Porto in particular has picked up a bunch of awards this year for "best destination" or similar.

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by dredgy
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Replicating the Copa model in the Europe-South America market
Replies: 7
Views: 453

Re: Replicating the Copa model in the Europe-South America market

Well I thought Copa had the right airport - Panama is pretty ideally located for flights EU to SA. Recife or Belem could work. I don’t think any airline on the other side of the Atlantic would be very good (Cape Verde for instance) as you’d have to operate wide body aircraft on low demand routes. P...

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by dredgy
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's behind Finnair's success? Can OK learn from it?
Replies: 50
Views: 6996

Re: What's behind Finnair's success? Can OK learn from it?

So most people have pointed out the excellent geography and management, which is the case. They do extremely well on Australia->Europe flights and ex Australia RTW flights and have a great partnership with travel agencies here. The fact they're in OneWorld and partnered with Qantas so the possibilit...

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by dredgy
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Replicating the Copa model in the Europe-South America market
Replies: 7
Views: 453

Re: Replicating the Copa model in the Europe-South America market

Well I thought Copa had the right airport - Panama is pretty ideally located for flights EU to SA. Recife or Belem could work. I don’t think any airline on the other side of the Atlantic would be very good (Cape Verde for instance) as you’d have to operate wide body aircraft on low demand routes. So...

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by dredgy
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: From the Heart of Eurasia: Air Astana in J and Y to Kazakhstan Expo'17
Replies: 16
Views: 7179

Re: From the Heart of Eurasia: Air Astana in J and Y to Kazakhstan Expo'17

I flew the same flight (DEL to ALA) in business in October and was super impressed with the quality of food, service and amenity kits for such a short flight. Taittinger on a 3 hour flight that cost $250 business class is exceptional. The food (I had a chicken breast that looked slightly different t...

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by dredgy
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Korean Air to store first A380 due to low demand, interested in A350
Replies: 57
Views: 12219

Re: Korean Air to store first A380 due to low demand, interested in A350

The SeatGuru description for the business class seats suggests that they aren't fully flat. That, along with bad connection times, put me off booking with them. Their best prices are no better than a good deal on Cathay or Qatar so why would you take the risk on a potentially bad experience. KEs ex...

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by dredgy
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Korean Air to store first A380 due to low demand, interested in A350
Replies: 57
Views: 12219

Re: Korean Air to store first A380 due to low demand, interested in A350

KE has one big problem .North Korea!!!! No one wants to fly anywhere near n Korea. You'd think KE would be very negotiable at present. Much better to keep aircraft flying than parking them. Ok charters are not high yield but guaranteed payments mean small profit which is much better than a loss. Wh...

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by dredgy
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What 5th Freedoms have you taken?
Replies: 38
Views: 1256

Re: What 5th Freedoms have you taken?

Very few that I can think of.
Turkish: GRU-EZE
LATAM: AKL-SYD

Am likely to be booked on Air China (or China Airlines, whatever) Brisbane to AKL this year.

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by dredgy
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How could BA continue a prestigious London-New York experience?
Replies: 125
Views: 19478

Re: How could BA continue a prestigious London-New York experience?

They could codeshare on Virgin Atlantic.

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by dredgy
Mon Dec 25, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 65
Views: 2422

Re: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List

Apart from domestic flights, nothing booked so far. Ideally I will book these for March: FJ914 - SYD-NAN Airbus A330 FJ3 - NAN-SUV ATR 42-600 FJ281 - SUV-FUN ATR 72 ON2 - BNE-INU Boeing 737-300 And these for June: BR316 - BNE-TPE Airbus A330 C1517 - TPE-PEK Boeing 747 or 777 JS152 - PEK-FNJ Antonov ...

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by dredgy
Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM will stop flights from Amsterdam to Astana and Almaty
Replies: 23
Views: 8010

Re: KLM will stop flights from Amsterdam to Astana and Almaty

Why lack of energy traffic? Sure LH is happy. Surprise EK or QR can't get flights there, lot of Kazakh, Uzbek, Tajik, and Turks in Dubai, that also work/visit other parts of the Middle East. Surprise EY flies to Astana, still maintaining it. Central Asia is definitely the ME3's weak spot. I'm fairl...

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by dredgy
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air takes delivery of first CS300 aircraft
Replies: 35
Views: 10286

Re: Korean Air takes delivery of first CS300 aircraft

There are Airlines that fly everything with two wings successfully (LH) and others not so successfully (TG). Hope KE will be in the former category. KE usually does pretty well. RE: Pepsi - was at SYD a few months ago an a KE 747 taxied past and a little girl said "that's such a pretty tail, w...

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by dredgy
Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP announces new routes for 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 17471

Re: TAP announces new routes for 2018

Nouakchott I had to google. Who flies there? UN peace keepers? I visited for the first time as a tourist this month, and there were plenty of others. I also visit very regularly for work - I’m in software engineering (working with a bank in Mauritania), but lots of Chinese and EU companies are inve...

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by dredgy
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP announces new routes for 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 17471

Re: TAP announces new routes for 2018

Wow, TAP is seriously becoming a big player in West Africa with late additions (Abidjan, Lomé and now Nouakchott). I'm sure this will affect AF in some way, as these are key African destinations for this company. Wondering why Tap dropped Bamako a couple of years ago.. I can see them adding Conakry...

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by dredgy
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP announces new routes for 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 17471

Re: TAP announces new routes for 2018

Seriously, Lisbon to Nouakchott? (Which is NKC, not KKC). Best news of my life. Just last month I had to do LIS to LPA on TAP, overnight in the Canaries and then use Binter LPA-NKC. Usually it involves an expensive flight from Paris. This makes TAP a strong player in West Africa and makes LIS a much...

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by dredgy
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What have alliances done for “us” lately?
Replies: 13
Views: 1973

Re: What have alliances done for “us” lately?

I’m currently Gold equivalent on Star and Oneworld and have been Skyteam Elite+ before. Apart from lounge access with partner airlines when in economy (which is a moot point when I almost always fly business) there’s no tangible benefit. In fact I’ve often found trying to stay within an alliance on ...

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by dredgy
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 24420

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

While I’m not sure at this stage whether this is New Zealand or Argentinian related, but my flight tomorrow EZE to AKL has been delayed 17 hours. It had already had equipment swap from 787 to 777 so not sure if it’s related. My goodness. I am flying to EZE in a few days as well. How much notice did...

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by dredgy
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017
Replies: 263
Views: 24420

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2017

While I’m not sure at this stage whether this is New Zealand or Argentinian related, but my flight tomorrow EZE to AKL has been delayed 17 hours. It had already had equipment swap from 787 to 777 so not sure if it’s related.

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by dredgy
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When was your last domestic wide body flight?
Replies: 86
Views: 2581

Re: When was your last domestic wide body flight?

Also flew MEL to SYD on an (I think) A340 circa the time Qantas grounded their fleet. Qantas had A340? No, but when Qantas grounded their fleet, Virgin Australia borrowed some Etihad aircraft for domestic flights. I can’t remember if I was on an A340 or 777. I want to say A340 because otherwise I’v...

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by dredgy
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to fly from Germany to Australia (SYD)
Replies: 16
Views: 1065

Re: How to fly from Germany to Australia (SYD)

I don't see the point of paying for J on a vacation trip like that. It’s a lifesaver having a bed from Europe to Australia and easily justifiable on a leisure trip. Jet lag will knock most people around for at least a day or two. To OP - Lufthansa is usually the cheapest option with A380s, though y...

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