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by shankly
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 350
Views: 87630

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet

Was on UKFO repatriation flight CPT-LHR on 27th May. Looks like my ride on G-CIVO was the last of a relationship flying on BA's 747 fleet going back to 1978, when I flew LHR-BDA in -136, G-AWNH G-AWNH, WNL, BDXD, DXG, BNLG (x4), NLL, NLN, NLW, NLZ, CIVA (x4), IVB, IVC (x2), IVD (x2), IVE (x2), IVG, ...

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by shankly
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 382
Views: 86126

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

Latest movements (courtesy of skyliner-aviation.de):Boeing 747-436 28850 1144 G-CIVP British Airways ferried 28 May 2020 BOH-LHR, after storage CIVP ran the CPT-LHR daytime repatriation flight as BA9114 on 01/06, having flown cargo down the previous evening as BA59. CIVO ran cargo down to CPT on 01...

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by shankly
Mon May 25, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 382
Views: 86126

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

G-CIVO has been down to Cape Town twice (23/5 and today, 25/5) as part of 7 repatriation flights being run by the UK FCO, UK High Commission and Charter outfit CTM between the Mother City and Heathrow. There are also 3 flights operating from JHB back to LHR on 28/5, 1/6 and 4/6....this 4/6 fight bei...

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by shankly
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 382
Views: 86126

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

G-CIVJ and G-CIVL (both 52J's) flown from Heathrow to Kemble in last day or so. BA Source suggests unlikely to return to service.

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by shankly
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc
Replies: 72
Views: 8004

Re: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc

Perhaps the quirkiest and shortest lived "Western" operation of a former soviet block type was Brighton City Airways who operated a Czec Van Air Let410 between Shoreham and Paris Cormeilles between March and May 2013. Remember seeing quite a few Guatemalan registered Lets when I was backpa...

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by shankly
Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc
Replies: 72
Views: 8004

Re: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc

I remember seeing a Lion Air (Indonesia) Yak 42 at the gate in KUL in probably the very early 2000's KLM of course operated a joint Il62 service with Aeroflot on the Amsterdam-Moscow-Tokyo run. Flight crew were Aeroflot, but cabin crew and in flight service KLM. I believe upto 9 aircraft were used i...

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by shankly
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 382
Views: 86126

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

That's a rip through the 52J fleet

9/11 brought a rapid end to the BA 747 Classics; wonder if CV19 will be the same for the 744's

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by shankly
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Continental 747's and EWR
Replies: 51
Views: 6983

Re: Continental 747's and EWR

I flew N17025, B747-238B, operating CO25 LGW-EWR on 23rd August 1988

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by shankly
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 382
Views: 86126

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

Thanks TUGMASTER, good observation. They did have a couple of the "knackered" 744's go tech in the proceeding days down here in CPT

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by shankly
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 382
Views: 86126

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

BA used B77W G-STBJ on the BA59 CPT run on 15/02 (returning as BA58 on 16/02). Given the need for a downstream 777 crew, this was not a last minute sub, so wondering is this BA dipping its 77W toe on the CPT run as the 52J fleet is slowly whittled down?

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by shankly
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Virgin Atlantic to announce W20 schedule with new routes
Replies: 193
Views: 38025

Re: Rumour: Virgin Atlantic to announce W20 schedule with new routes

Would love to see VS back at CPT if only to stir up the BA monopoly. A shiny A350 would be lovely! However, VS is run less emotively these days, so my head says no to CPT, when adding to the existing JNB set up (perhaps, as noted, from MAN), plus local feed can probably do the trick.

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by shankly
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s
Replies: 125
Views: 30764

Re: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s

The local bank financing of 2bn Rand got them through to from 5th December to 19th January, so the DBSA 3.5bn will last until what, the end of March/mid April?

Dead parrot.

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by shankly
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s
Replies: 125
Views: 30764

Re: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s

Lufthansa still flies A340-600 to cape town. -600 to MUC and -300 to FRA. Edelweiss also grace us here in CPT with their -300 on the ZRH service Given SA Govt is wobbling about the promised next ZAR2bn tranche, again just to keep the beast afloat, seems if you are really in the market for a very us...

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by shankly
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the South African market big enough for UA?
Replies: 6
Views: 1906

Re: Is the South African market big enough for UA?

JNB TO CPT is a 2hr flight. The other destination that CPT is also used for is flights to Antarctica, mainly freight I think. The other destination, apart from LHR, LGW, MUC, FRA, VIE, DOH, ZUR, DXB, IST, ADD, LAD amongst others On the Antarctica front, met a chap last night running a G5 charter do...

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by shankly
Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2019-2020 Active Gulfstream G-II and G-III (G-1159) Tracking Thread
Replies: 77
Views: 7594

Re: 2019-2020 Active Gulfstream G-II and G-III (G-1159) Tracking Thread

There is a story floating around about a GII that has been set on fire after trafficking drugs around in Central America earlier this week. So one GII less. https://twitter.com/scramble_nl/status/1207054458758352896 https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20191215-0 That's the incident I...

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by shankly
Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sir Tim Clark to step down
Replies: 66
Views: 16426

Re: Sir Tim Clark to step down

There are two things that have radically changed international air travel in my lifetime (born 1965): 1. The Boeing 747-400 2. Emirates, under the leadership of STC I think history will place him in the same group as the likes of Juan Trippe, CR Smith, Herb Kelleher, Lord King, Michael O'Leary (no i...

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by shankly
Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO resigns, David Calhoun named President and CEO
Replies: 300
Views: 39140

Re: Boeing CEO resigns, David Calhoun named President and CEO

So the guy who gets the job is the guy that said this in October (interview with CNBC following congressional hearings):

“From the vantage point of our board, Dennis has done everything right"

Goldfish bowl

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by shankly
Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why the passion for the MD80's and 90's?
Replies: 80
Views: 9031

Re: Why the passion for the MD80's and 90's?

On 12th September 2011 I flew LHR-GOT-ARN-CPH-LHR, just so I could fly on SAS MD's....bagging flights on MD81 LN-RMR (twice) and MD87 OY-KHU Almost exactly a year later, on 10th September 2012, I flew LHR-ARN-HEL-ARN-LHR so I could fly Blue 1 B717's....flying on OH-BLI and OH-BLQ. This trip was book...

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by shankly
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 670606

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Yes, they had a third pilot in the cockpit, but the key was having one pilot with the right skills, not having two or more lacking the right skills. Rev, I quietly enjoy your posts, but this made me jump. Go back and listen to those DP Davies interviews I sent you and then think about what you just...

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by shankly
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Heathrow terminal renaming
Replies: 62
Views: 12181

Re: Heathrow terminal renaming

As an aside, when Terminal 3 was opened in 1961, it was known as the Oceanic Building.

The original Terminal 2 (circa 1968) was forged from two components, Building 1, the Europa Building and Building 2, the Britannic Building

Terminal 1 was born as Terminal 1 in 1969

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by shankly
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am and the 747-400
Replies: 104
Views: 17931

Re: Pan Am and the 747-400

luckyone wrote:
IIRC, PanAm’s originally ordered Tristar 500s went to United with the Pacific route sale in 1986. They didn’t linger long, and all went to Delta in 1988.


...save the three that went to the RAF in 1984 N503PA, N508PA & N509PA

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by shankly
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am and the 747-400
Replies: 104
Views: 17931

Re: Pan Am and the 747-400

I did not say that. I'm sorry, you did, but I accept your sentence compilation was a tad clumsy.... All I'd asked was a memory jog as to whether PA was a launch customer for the -500....I think they were, along with BA? Wrong aircraft for Pan Am? Yep, but sadly no medals for noting that. As an asid...

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by shankly
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am and the 747-400
Replies: 104
Views: 17931

Re: Pan Am and the 747-400

millionsofmiles wrote:
The -500s and the DC-10s acquired in the National merger were long gone at the time of shutdown.


National did not order or ever operate the -500. Pan Am ordered the -500 direct from Palmdale. Maybe you should do some research too?

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by shankly
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am and the 747-400
Replies: 104
Views: 17931

Re: Pan Am and the 747-400

Another way of looking at this is that Pan Am had figured three and then two engine long range jets were the way forward. Is my memory correct in thinking Pan Am were a launch customer for the L1011-500? Given the sparse historical N-reg -400 register, I think they were vindicated. Having flown on N...

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by shankly
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread 2019
Replies: 124
Views: 35185

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread 2019

Flew CIVC on 6th August CPT-LHR and CIVA 20th August LHR-CPT. Both with the new Y cabin fit with, at last, a decent sized IFE screen. Both on time and both provided lovely smokey RB211's coming into the gate! CIVA handled the relentless chop down the Angolan coast beautifully. There is still life in...

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by shankly
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is the Air France flight to Cape Town only 2x weekly!?
Replies: 16
Views: 2485

Re: Why is the Air France flight to Cape Town only 2x weekly!?

TWA772LR wrote:
What aircraft do AF and KL operate to CPT?


I've seen AF's 777-200 & 300ER, A340-300 and A330-200's down here

With KL its normally T7's but they have chucked the odd 789 here as well

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by shankly
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British a/c assembly sites
Replies: 8
Views: 1286

Re: British a/c assembly sites

VC10 Weybridge Surrey, first flown at Brooklands The Vickers factory at Weybridge is located on Brooklands airfield. VC-10's departed Brooklands on their first flight to continue flight testing at Wisley and indeed Filton as well. Indeed this set up was rather endemic of the post WW2 British aircra...

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by shankly
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future British Airways 747 routes
Replies: 24
Views: 5691

Re: Future British Airways 747 routes

With CPT becoming A380 ready in 2023 (don’t know if that’s actually going to happen by that date) I can see BA using an A380 to CPT in at least northern winter (BA currently sends twice daily b747 from LHR and b777 from LGW in northern winter) so an a380 would fit in nicely with the capacity and cu...

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by shankly
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 416039

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

SE-RTC (call sign NAX1TD) currently West of La Rochelle @ FL200.....out of Malaga, but headed for?

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by shankly
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest unserved city pairs due to politics
Replies: 70
Views: 7402

Re: Largest unserved city pairs due to politics

CPT-LON for SAA

Dumped by the ANC to spite the DA led Western Cape. On some days in peak summer, BA send down 3 x 747's plus a 777 from LGW.....

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by shankly
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 46119

Re: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies

Just back from Kenya and flew a DHC-6, DHC-7 then DHC-8 (300) back to back between Mara-Wilson-Malindi....something rather nice about air travel when you are stepping into a de Havilland

Loved the Dash 7. A real brute, hauling 50 passengers plus luggage out of a gravel strip 5,500ft amsl

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by shankly
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA CEO resigns
Replies: 35
Views: 6752

Re: SAA CEO resigns

Flying SAA on Friday.....hope they last until then!

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by shankly
Wed May 29, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 297
Views: 52370

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

How does it connect at both ends? 2240 at CPT?...thats the end of the road, with no internal flights possible and not too desirable to be heading East up the N2 that time of night I looked at using the Austrian flights as a means of getting to LHR earleir this year but could not secure a connecting...

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by shankly
Mon May 27, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 23676

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

My milk run (BA58/59)....CPT-LHR-CPT gets pure Low J I'm curious as to what the tipping point (date) is when there are simply not enough Low J's left to service us fully down here and what we will get in its place? My next milk run in early August so keeping fingers X'd for LY (Landor) or VB (Negus)...

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by shankly
Tue May 07, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Argentina prepares to say good bye to its last operational F-28
Replies: 34
Views: 6792

Re: Argentina prepares to say good bye to its last operational F-28

Such a shame that there are none in the Netherlands, Aviodrome hasn't got one. I remember that they were trying to get one back form Mali a few years back. Never heard the end result so the deal must have fallen through. I believe that was the 3rd production F28, PH-MOL which was retained by Fokker...

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by shankly
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Launches EWR/CPT
Replies: 107
Views: 22306

Re: UA Launches EWR/CPT

evanb wrote:
simpv21 wrote:
The arrival time in CPT will limit connections to JNB only.


There is an 8.00pm Safair flight to DUR, but agree, all other cities and destinations will need an overnight in CPT

Great to see another connection for us down here in CPT

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by shankly
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB drops JNB (again), remains 3x/w in SJU during the winter, 10x/w LIM year-round
Replies: 12
Views: 3279

Re: IB drops JNB (again), remains 3x/w in SJU during the winter, 10x/w LIM year-round

Aisak wrote:
a350lover wrote:
TAP had just announced plans to serve JNB as well.

Well, TAP might be trying to fish those orphan travelers not wishing to back track to fly to JNB.

HUGE Portuguese diaspora here in both Cape Town and Johannesburg so I suspect this will bode well for TAP

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by shankly
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's "City of Swansea" to be painted in Landor Livery next month
Replies: 53
Views: 8910

Re: BA's "City of Swansea" to be painted in Landor Livery next month

G-BNLY was City of Swansea when delivered

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by shankly
Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug and their A310s
Replies: 52
Views: 9803

Re: Interflug and their A310s

The first Western aircraft operated behind the curtain were a pair of Bristol Britannias which CSA leased from Cubana (61-69).

One aircraft operated for 6 years (63-69) in CSA colours and was a regular visitor to the UK for maintenance at Marshalls Cambridge

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by shankly
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA ordered to pay R1 bln (USD $72Mil) in damages to Comair
Replies: 8
Views: 2939

Re: SAA ordered to pay R1 bln (USD $72Mil) in damages to Comair

Another billion Rand found out of thin air here in SA....the numbers simply don't add up anymore. What are Moody's an S&P upto?

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by shankly
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: EK cancels 380's, orders 330neo and 350.
Replies: 214
Views: 35683

Re: Confirmed: EK cancels 380's, orders 330neo and 350.

So it turns out even EK don't need a big hammer (77W) every time to crack a nut (new or seasonal route) Did anyone see the A330NEO coming? Has to be one of the best kept order secrets in recent years....not even a whisper I'm also keen to see how EK market themselves over the next 5-10 years as the ...

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by shankly
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A source close to British Airways Details 747-400 Retirement Plans
Replies: 46
Views: 12341

Re: A source close to British Airways Details 747-400 Retirement Plans

When the BA 744's stop pitching up down here at CPT, you will know their time is finally over....

What will we get out of LHR, 773 or A3510?

As a footnote, just a few weeks ago, BNLK did its last run CPT-LHR.....what a fine machine that one has been and a fitting end to a long career

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by shankly
Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is BA and VS doing on South African market?
Replies: 21
Views: 4870

Re: How is BA and VS doing on South African market?

Yes, the 275-seat BA 772s (without First class) from LGW to CPT are winter-only from 15 December 2018 to 30 March 2019. I took BA2040 back to UK a week or so ago, for no other reason than the CPT-LGW leg fare was superb compared to LHR, and it makes no difference to me whether I pick up my hire car...

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by shankly
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flight details from 1974
Replies: 18
Views: 2116

Re: Flight details from 1974

BN747. Couple wrong, SR241 and WA637. See my post above; both taken from period timetables. Some great info in your other inputs however. PA217 in 1974 would not have been a DC-8 as they were retired by PA by 1969. As I noted the closest PA timetable to that time that I can find (mid- 73) actually g...

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by shankly
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flight details from 1974
Replies: 18
Views: 2116

Re: Flight details from 1974

SR241 DC-9
SR205 DC-8
AI802 707
SK985 DC-8

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by shankly
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flight details from 1974
Replies: 18
Views: 2116

Re: Flight details from 1974

PA812 and 824 were 707 operated The late 1973 PA timetable has the PA Caracas/Rio flight as either 441 or 515, both 707 operated WA637 was DC-10 "Spaceship" operated QF586 Would have been one of the three "Fiesta Routes", all 707 operated: Sydney – Nadi – Papeete – Acapulco – Mex...

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by shankly
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A380 At MNL
Replies: 11
Views: 5982

Re: BA A380 At MNL

BA will normally use the SIN run to pitch the A380 down to and back from MNL maintenance

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by shankly
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 223
Views: 20132

Re: 50 years ago, the world changed forever

Shankly, you probably meant to refer to MH - Malaysia Airlines. MS is Egyptair. I did! Thanks for the correction. Bit of confirmation bias on my part, me being old enough to remember Malaysia as Malaysian Airline System (MAS) As an aside that KUL-PEN flight was my shortest 747 flight, around 30 min...

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