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by Bongodog1964
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ITV uh... "versus" BBC?
Replies: 21
Views: 624

Re: ITV uh... "versus" BBC?

I'm very confused on this, I looked on IMDB and there is no mention of the BBC in relation to Doc Martin at all, I attache all relevant info below: Production Companies Buffalo Pictures Homerun Productions (in association with) Distributors Portman Film (2004-) (World-wide) (TV) ITV - Independent Te...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 7854

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

Northwest of the current runwys. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44357580 There's a plan a bit down the page. There's a slightly more detailed plan here . https://i2-prod.getsurrey.co.uk/incoming/article7123564.ece/ALTERNATES/s1227b/heathrow.jpg Heathrow are making things very difficult for ...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 7854

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

Some luv’ly gerimandering in these moves by the Maybot and Grayling imho. Bring to parliament to second most contentious issue days before summer recess. Force a three line whip on the issue and wait it out till the autumn. After which the Maybot may have been confined to history by her own colleag...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is BA's strategy to hold market share at slot congested Heathrow?
Replies: 30
Views: 4031

Re: What is BA's strategy to hold market share at slot congested Heathrow?

British Airways do not lose sleep over market share or number of passengers... all they care about is PROFIT. If they can make the same money flying a more efficient, smaller plane with passengers paying better fares, then as BA are concerned, the less "interesting" Economy class passenge...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cases where LCC's exit of markets ended in ruins tourism
Replies: 14
Views: 3447

Re: Cases where LCC's exit of markets ended in ruins tourism

Hello all, Recently I read that Ryanair served secondary destinations in Southern France with flights from the UK for short while. When they exited these markets it resulted in collapse of the local fragile tourism industry, and left significant number of brits which purchased summer houses with no...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu May 31, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to ban BMW/Mercedes from US Markets
Replies: 224
Views: 7093

Re: Trump to ban BMW/Mercedes from US Markets

Trump is poised to ban German car makers BMW and Mercedes Benz from selling cars in the USA. A big win for Ford/GM/Chrysler https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2018/05/31/president-trump-may-ban-german-luxury-carmakers-us-report/658745002/ Too bad for Ford that they will loose 1 million+ sale...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu May 31, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Perth to London Problems on Qantas?
Replies: 67
Views: 20340

Re: Perth to London Problems on Qantas?

RickNRoll wrote:
The source claims 25 hours and QANTAS says "from" 28 hours so that is close enough for me. Not a safe way to run an airline.


The difference would be that QF is timing from click off at PER to clock on at PER, the source is timing from entry to hotel room to exit.

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by Bongodog1964
Sat May 26, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Crown Flights
Replies: 32
Views: 7738

Re: British Crown Flights

A stated by others, the Queen no longer travels long distances as she is 92 years old, The Prince of Wales does the most high profile trips, and other members of the family cover the rest. The Voyager is for Royal and Govt use on long haul trips that require a significant number of accompanying pers...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri May 25, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?
Replies: 58
Views: 8280

Re: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?

hOMSaR wrote:
Bongodog1964 wrote:
No frame less than 24 years old


Minor correction (or typo?), but the youngest 727 would be 34 years old, not 24.


Just can't count, and to be honest if it were 24 years it would be totally unfeasible, at 34 as it is its totally ridiculous

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by Bongodog1964
Fri May 25, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?
Replies: 58
Views: 8280

Re: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?

No frame less than 24 years old and only 57 or so remaining in service, not a hope of anyone being interested in a re engine programme. The only really successful re engine programme I can recall was the DC8 where they converted 110 airframes, the resulting plane filled a niche in the market that ha...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu May 24, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What cargo van? (Canada)
Replies: 10
Views: 609

Re: What cargo van? (Canada)

Don't know what Sprinters are like in Canada, but here in the UK they are renowned for rust on the body work,

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by Bongodog1964
Tue May 22, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?
Replies: 87
Views: 7611

Re: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?

I am paying way more for a average TV today than a state of the art Sony twenty or thirty years ago. But airlines have improved luxury comfort too. A first or business class seat today is light years ahead of even a decade ago. Airline clubs and restaurants are way nicer, and most importantly the c...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue May 22, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde, was it bound for disaster?
Replies: 76
Views: 10009

Re: Concorde, was it bound for disaster?

This accident would not have happened at LHR, or to BA. The aircraft was overweight, the runway was not inspected, and I suspect the condition of the tyres might have played a role too. BA have zero control over the airfield and runways at LHR, they could just as easily have run over a piece of deb...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon May 07, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: They dropped the "BOY" in boy scouts
Replies: 19
Views: 848

Re: They dropped the "BOY" in boy scouts

It hasn't been the 'Boy Scouts' since 1966, when the name changed to 'Cub Scouts' for the younger age group and Scouts for the older. Girls were admitted from 1976 in the older age group (Venture Scouts) and from 1991 in all groups (Currently, Beaver 6-8 , Cub 8-10 1/2, Scout 10 1/2-14, Explorer Sc...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu May 03, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Officially Closes ORD
Replies: 33
Views: 7383

Re: Virgin Atlantic Officially Closes ORD

Zero connection between hotel and airline, and this was known several months ago when Virgin didn't file / load flights for the summer season. The two connections, are a need to pay a licencing fee to use to word "Virgin" and somewhere along the line a minority stake that can be traced to...

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by Bongodog1964
Wed May 02, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to buy aerospace parts maker KLX
Replies: 21
Views: 2418

Re: Boeing to buy aerospace parts maker KLX

It seems these days that the fund managers, activist shareholders etc have rather too much influence, they flip flop between demanding vertical integration as here, and demanding the sale of non core activities (which they will call KLX at some point in the future. The one constant however is the hu...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Public's View on Flight Attendants
Replies: 79
Views: 7807

Re: The Public's View on Flight Attendants

FAs are not there for your service! The whole role is about being there for your safety and security. That means, they are not there to help you stow away your bag, they are not there to get you a drink when you push the call bell. Stop being so lazy and get off your backside and get the drink your...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Public's View on Flight Attendants
Replies: 79
Views: 7807

Re: The Public's View on Flight Attendants

FAs are not there for your service! The whole role is about being there for your safety and security. That means, they are not there to help you stow away your bag, they are not there to get you a drink when you push the call bell. Stop being so lazy and get off your backside and get the drink your...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ford Cutting All Sedans and Hatchbacks in North America
Replies: 32
Views: 1671

Re: Ford Cutting All Sedans and Hatchbacks in North America

How to lose 1st place in US car sales, tell 20% of your customers that you aren't interested in their money any more. I realise that the sales volumes of these models aren't particularly high compared to the trucks, however they are models that share their design costs with other world markets, so l...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?
Replies: 68
Views: 8879

Re: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?

BA is in a fairly weak position to start LHR for a few reasons: 1. MCO is probably the only route in the US where BA has any real competition and is third or fourth at best out of the MCO-UK market. VS and MT are flying 4-5 frequencies a day and both offer a much stronger product than BA and to man...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?
Replies: 68
Views: 8879

Re: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?

BA is in a fairly weak position to start LHR for a few reasons: 1. MCO is probably the only route in the US where BA has any real competition and is third or fourth at best out of the MCO-UK market. VS and MT are flying 4-5 frequencies a day and both offer a much stronger product than BA and to man...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 47687

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

If it' goes through it's gonna be intersting to see if IAG is prepared to pay the wages that the Norwegians working for Norwegian are used to. The cabincrew is proabably some of the highest, if not the highest payed in the world. Higher than SAS ... IAG could just do the reverse of what Norwegian d...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 47687

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

What's the point of NLH if it's not capable of being consistently profitable in the medium term? Great deals for the traveler but this is a clear bubble, if you complain that you can only afford to fly long haul due to NLH's lead in fares, then you're a loss making passenger in anyone's book. At wh...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 47687

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

IAG website says they have bought 4,61 % of shares.... but will NOT make an offer. please read the press release - it is made to correct the press understanding and conclusions http://www.iairgroup.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=240949&p=irol-newsArticle&id=2342211 That isn't what it says at all, it a...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 378
Views: 25330

Re: F-35 news thread

Some interesting comments by one of the British Falklands War fighter pilots. Seems he favours getting rid of much of the land based British Eurofighter fleet (perhaps he is just a Naval aviator at heart...) Falklands fighter ace calls for cost controls over UK’s £9.2bn F-35 project Harrier hero Co...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 47687

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

Someone got hurt yesterday. Norwegian's short selling -% was 9,23 Wednesday, nice short squeeze :) https://ssr.finanstilsynet.no/ Its nice to see the short selling brigade catch a cold for once, the fact however that 9.23% of Norwegian's shares had been sold in the full expectation that the price w...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 47687

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

It would surprise me if the ceo who is the majority owner and controls the company is interested in selling. Certainly not for the sum that is presented today. My understanding is that the CEO is the largest shareholder and have seen a figure of 20.5% stated for his holding, that however is nowhere...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Six people in hospital after five separate London stabbings
Replies: 66
Views: 1856

Re: Six people in hospital after five separate London stabbings

The Metropolitan Police a few years back were being hammered over their "stop and search" procedures. They were deemed racist due to being focused on the affro carribbean communities. Politicians from all sides made it very difficult for the system to continue, and the guidelines were alte...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens to the unused fuel in retired aircraft?
Replies: 31
Views: 4370

Re: What happens to the unused fuel in retired aircraft?

Planes have always been defuelled before scrapping, I recall reading about either flying fortresses or liberators being sold for scrap after WW 2 and the scrapper finding that the value of the fuel on board was more than he had paid for the whole aircraft.

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by Bongodog1964
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Inaugural Gatwick-Austin
Replies: 79
Views: 11387

Re: Norwegian Inaugural Gatwick-Austin

Unless you have high status, no one gets a free seat assignment on BA. You pay for club world seats for sure. BA are on their fourth year on the route, I'm sure it was a 744 last summer as well. So they will have had a good idea of demand. Of course a competitor may have altered the situation though.

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by Bongodog1964
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR gets bad publicity over disabled pax handling.
Replies: 20
Views: 1950

Re: LHR gets bad publicity over disabled pax handling.

Having read a more detailed report a few days ago, it appears that Mr Gardner requested that his own wheelchair be brought to the airbridge. Instead it was offloaded to the baggage hall thus causing a delay. From what I've seen previously, it is usual for the assistance staff to use their wheelchair...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no US-Cyprus non stop?
Replies: 45
Views: 5929

Re: Why no US-Cyprus non stop?

As a former British colony with English widely spoken, Cyprus has traditionally aimed itself at UK holidaymakers plus a significant number of British retiring there (My uncle amongst them) Whilst it has a warm/hot climate, it is not a beach destination for the simple reason it has virtually no beac...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no US-Cyprus non stop?
Replies: 45
Views: 5929

Re: Why no US-Cyprus non stop?

As a former British colony with English widely spoken, Cyprus has traditionally aimed itself at UK holidaymakers plus a significant number of British retiring there (My uncle amongst them) Whilst it has a warm/hot climate, it is not a beach destination for the simple reason it has virtually no beach...

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by Bongodog1964
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian profit warning, try to raise equity
Replies: 125
Views: 18026

Re: Norwegian profit warning, try to raise equity

The operation does show signs of being huge money churning exercise, relentless expansion driving future ticket sales, driving more expansion driving more ticket sales. The unfortunate aspect however appears to be that the money lost on each ticket either remains the same or even increases. If I wer...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Post £28million Loss, First in 4 Years
Replies: 38
Views: 8423

Re: Virgin Atlantic Post £28million Loss, First in 4 Years

The weak GBP shouldn't be an excuse this year. The latest positive Brexit agreement announced today saw the £ rise sharply. And I suspect it will again when more Brexit negotiations are viewed favourably by the City. Then VS will moan the UK will become too expensive for US-originating passengers !...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A380 JNB AOG and fleet shortages
Replies: 18
Views: 5881

Re: BA A380 JNB AOG and fleet shortages

The major issue is that the technical failure occurred at an outstation, it does not matter which airline is involved and how many spare frames they have, a plane going u/s at an outstation will always be problematic, especially when its one a fair distance from home. The added problem of course is ...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latte Levy Rejected
Replies: 30
Views: 1001

Re: Latte Levy Rejected

Here in the UK the chain coffee shops told us the cups were recyclable, to say they were economical with the truth is a massive understatement. The only UK facility to do this only takes unused cups that have been damaged before ever being used !! The problem is that they have a plastic liner bonded...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus may leave UK unless there is urgent clarity on Brexit trade
Replies: 108
Views: 8729

Re: Airbus may leave UK unless there is urgent clarity on Brexit trade

There may be no duties but you've still got customs paperwork to fill out and verify. Take your just in time assembly line and now tack on an extra 30mins or hour for every wing flight. Or hours to days for every truck. That will add a huge amount of extra cost and complexity without ever having to...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus may leave UK unless there is urgent clarity on Brexit trade
Replies: 108
Views: 8729

Re: Airbus may leave UK unless there is urgent clarity on Brexit trade

Airbus have a massive amount invested in capital equipment and staff here in the UK, its taken 40 years to build the operation to where it is now. I doubt it would be practical to shift this operation away from the UK in anything under a decade, in all likelihood the only economic way for Airbus to...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus may leave UK unless there is urgent clarity on Brexit trade
Replies: 108
Views: 8729

Re: Airbus may leave UK unless there is urgent clarity on Brexit trade

"Delays on cargo aircraft carrying parts from the UK to Europe" On the basis that Airbus fly the wings from their own airfield on their own plane to their own airfield at the other end , surely this is stretching reality a little ? Airbus have a massive amount invested in capital equipment...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA new Gatwick B777 Configuration
Replies: 40
Views: 6500

Re: BA new Gatwick B777 Configuration

The 3x4x3 config is not the big problem here. BA offers 3x3x3 seats on their 777 with only 17.5in width while SQ offers 19in in the same config. LATAM, for exemple, is 3x4x3, 17in. ANA on its master premium config offers 16.5in (how do they do that to us?) JAL also offers 19in. Even SU with 3x4x3 c...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct sandwich
Replies: 77
Views: 2386

Re: The correct sandwich

This is it, simple white bread, butter and bacon, there is no better sandwich, it's classic, it's simple and it tastes wonderful. https://quickbitemagazine.co.uk/images/uploads/news-features/_800w/Bacon_sandwich_Tulip.jpg The only possible thing that can ever enhance such a delightful offering is a...

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by Bongodog1964
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct sandwich
Replies: 77
Views: 2386

Re: The correct sandwich

John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich, 1718 _ 1792. Known as the inventor of the sandwich. There's a Wiki on him but can't paste it as on a train now an iffy wi fi I believe they were joking about having a vague and distant relationship with the earl of sandwich. ? My wife went to school in their for...

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by Bongodog1964
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct sandwich
Replies: 77
Views: 2386

Re: The correct sandwich

John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich, 1718 _ 1792. Known as the inventor of the sandwich. There's a Wiki on him but can't paste it as on a train now an iffy wi fi I believe they were joking about having a vague and distant relationship with the earl of sandwich. ? My wife went to school in their for...

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by Bongodog1964
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct sandwich
Replies: 77
Views: 2386

Re: The correct sandwich

Depends on some things. In summer, the perfect sandwich is a BLT, but you have to use a small variety of vine ripened, intense flavour tomatoes such as piccolo, cherry or baby plum. Plenty of good mayo too, maybe even coleslaw. In winter it's a hot filling in a fresh baguette, such as Cumberland sa...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2318
Views: 293669

Re: Why is Boeing waiting to officially launch the NMA or the "797?"

Obviously there is a gap between the B737 and A320 series narrowbodies and the modern technology widebody B787 and A350, there then seems to follow an opinion that it is a clear cut case that either Boeing or Airbus should be embarking on a product to fill the gap as airlines are beating their doors...

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by Bongodog1964
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Snow due in UK from mid-week.
Replies: 87
Views: 11488

Re: Snow due in UK from mid-week.

And there is no snow forecast for Heathrow tomorrow, nor even any rain. The cynic in me thinks BA uses this as an excuse to cancel flights during a period of low load factors ... The BBC forecast is for light snow at LHR tomorrow morning, temperatures will be close to freezing. Whilst they won't ne...

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by Bongodog1964
Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Snow due in UK from mid-week.
Replies: 87
Views: 11488

Re: Snow due in UK from mid-week.

Unfortunately I am (on BA) and, seemingly, they take any opportunity to cancel a domestic flight even if there is no actual snow. Oh well, I'll prepare myself for a long time at the airport.... BA are given an instruction by Heathrow Airport to reduce their flight schedule, once this has been recei...

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by Bongodog1964
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta refuses to upgrade US curling team gold winners
Replies: 122
Views: 20677

Re: Delta refuses to upgrade US curling team gold winners

Stupid of whoever at Delta replied. Delta doesn't owe them an upgrade, but the guy on the Twitter team that wrote that reply just got them some bad PR. The tweet should have either been replied to by saying "yeah, sure, here are upgrades" or it should've been ignored. If DL had ignored th...

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by Bongodog1964
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Snow due in UK from mid-week.
Replies: 87
Views: 11488

Re: Snow due in UK from mid-week.

Glad I’m not flying domestic next week, bound to ge a cancelled flight! Unfortunately I am (on BA) and, seemingly, they take any opportunity to cancel a domestic flight even if there is no actual snow. Oh well, I'll prepare myself for a long time at the airport.... BA are given an instruction by He...

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