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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: 64
Views: 5117

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 Returns to the Skies
Replies: 86
Views: 11854

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: 5561

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: 125
Views: 12818

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: 22139

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: 32
Views: 5483

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: 19376

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: 3104

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: 8436

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: 9290

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: 2885

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: 34157

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: 11605

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: 4651

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: 1904

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: 1904

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: 1904

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: 4956

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: 224
Views: 18276

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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by shankly
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 224
Views: 18276

Re: 50 years ago, the world changed forever

28/06/78 G-AWNH LHR-BDA BA 23/07/78 G-AWNL BDA-LHR BA 28/03/82 N652PA LHR-IAD PA 04/04/82 N751PA JFK-LHR PA 23/08/88 N17025 LGW-EWR CO 14/06/93 VR-HOR LHR-HKGX CX 29/06/93 9V-SMN SIN-LHR SQ 07/02/95 G-VJFK LGW-BOS VS 16/02/95 G-VOYG BOS-LGW VS 20/09/95 G-BDXG LGW-BGI BA 30/09/95 G-BDXD BGI-LGW BA 16...

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by shankly
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 76
Views: 12206

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

STN has always had a very special place in my heart from my former plane spotting days when I first visited the airport in 1980 to see the Scandinavian charter invasion on a Sunday and the rare gems that were in for maintenance :-) We must have shared salmon paste sandwiches and a penguin at some p...

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by shankly
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 76
Views: 12206

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

Nice ambition but I would have thought the likes of EK, QR, TK and maybe even ET might see STN as a good network feed point for them....but STN-JNB direct? STN-JNB direct in next years? Nope

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by shankly
Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 60 years ago today, Pan Am received its first 707
Replies: 107
Views: 11619

Re: 60 years ago today, Pan Am received its first 707

Great list but if I may just add that Air Ceylon operated the DC8-53 and not the B707. Thanks Cunard for the correction and additional LHR 707 airlines....it was clearly 707 heaven in those days Air Ceylon did have 720's, although I can also recall seeing their DC-8's. Air Lanka of course did have ...

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by shankly
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 60 years ago today, Pan Am received its first 707
Replies: 107
Views: 11619

Re: 60 years ago today, Pan Am received its first 707

And your'e right about the aesthetics. I was spotting at LHR since I was little (since LAP days!) and always loved seeing the 320Bs and Cs of flip knows how many airlines. Except the BOAC, Air India & QF 400 series which you could always hear coming before they got to the Queens Building by the...

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by shankly
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 60 years ago today, Pan Am received its first 707
Replies: 107
Views: 11619

Re: 60 years ago today, Pan Am received its first 707

Revelation, you like your audio stuff! You will love these, with Mr DP Davies talking about his certification/test flying experiences on various types, but topically here, the 707. His praise for the 747 is unequivocal Brabazon to 707 https://www.aerosociety.com/news/aud...nnia-brabazon/ T-Tails and...

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by shankly
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 60 years ago today, Pan Am received its first 707
Replies: 107
Views: 11619

Re: 60 years ago today, Pan Am received its first 707

Revelation your point about piston to jet was particularly valid when the 727 was introduced, with a number of early landing accidents that had, as a common factor, the new jet handling skills required....Robert J Serlings book Loud and Clear being the quintessential read on the subject. Indeed the ...

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by shankly
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?
Replies: 39
Views: 6100

Re: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?

PatrickZ80 wrote:
The Comet 1 didn't have TATL range, so obviously it never crossed the ocean.


BOAC Comet 1 YZ undertook cargo only route proving and training flights to South America in 1952, so a Comet 1 certainly made the Americas

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by shankly
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New planned destinations from LHR and any routes you think could start in the near future.
Replies: 37
Views: 4053

Re: New planned destinations from LHR and any routes you think could start in the near future.

I guess it will depend on election outcomes and resulting politics, but HRE will surely return (788?) at some point

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by shankly
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Orders that didn’t happen
Replies: 81
Views: 5151

Re: Orders that didn’t happen

MD-11's: Aero-LLoyd - 2+2 before abandoning long haul plans Air Europe - 6+12 with RB211 engines. Air Europe went bust AOM - had upto 7 on order but fizzled after merger with Minerve Air Zaire - 2 but went bust B. Cal - 3, but these were not taken up by BA after the merger (built and went to AA) Chi...

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by shankly
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fastjet don't look that healthy
Replies: 0
Views: 893

Fastjet don't look that healthy

A well publicised future fund raising exercise looks rather doomed following release of a trading statement this morning: 27 June 2018 fastjet Plc ("fastjet", the "Company" or the "Group") Funding Update fastjet, the low-cost African airline is today providing an update...

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by shankly
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Int'l Routes that are underserved/not served
Replies: 93
Views: 6553

Re: Int'l Routes that are underserved/not served

MAN - CPT or JNB
DUB - CPT or JNB
STN - to anywhere in the Americas!
CPT - MIA

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by shankly
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France JNB equipment
Replies: 7
Views: 2452

Re: Air France JNB equipment

Here are the recent AF990 flights:

15/6 - 77W
16/6 - A388
17/6 - 77W
18/6 - A388
19/6 - A388
20/6 - 77W
21/6 - ???
22/6 - A388

Seems about 50:50

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by shankly
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with South African Airways?
Replies: 78
Views: 17683

Re: What's happening with South African Airways?

semi-communist government As a South African I'd love to know how we have a semi-communist government? Since coming to power they've massively liberalized trade, removed industrial and agricultural subsidies, privatized several state-owned enterprises including the entire telecommunications sector,...

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by shankly
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest route up-gauges or down-gauges (regularly-scheduled)
Replies: 30
Views: 3788

Re: Largest route up-gauges or down-gauges (regularly-scheduled)

BA sent their A380s to Frankfurt initially to familiarize/qualify their crews in a short amount of time. Same applies for AF who sent their A380s to Heathrow in 2010, routinely replacing A32Xs ... Indeed, was on BA910 on 06-08-2013 with G-XLEA operating in place of the scheduled A319. Passenger num...

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by shankly
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines and Corporate Jets
Replies: 90
Views: 9376

Re: Airlines and Corporate Jets

As a spotter in the 70's those Air Alsace Corvettes were elusive....never did manage to bag one A regular sight at Heathrow in those days was the JetStar operated by Iraqi Airways, albeit operating on government business. Indeed this JetStar, YI-AKA, went on to serve in Air Algerie colours as 7T-VHP...

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by shankly
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Britains First Sharia Airline
Replies: 121
Views: 17395

Re: Britains First Sharia Airline

Whenever I fly out of LHR (typically with BA or EK down to JNB or CPT) I always order a halal meal as the local caterers rustle up a cracking ruby murray….which of course should be enjoyed with a beer or four His airline will of course have to comply with National and International aviation standard...

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by shankly
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 250
Views: 18150

Re: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011

In June 1978 as a 13 year old boy I walked out of BA747-136 G-AWNH and down the steps onto the ramp at Kindley Field, Bermuda. The sensation of warm humid air, trade wind breeze, whistling APU and the intoxicating aroma of jet fuel remains with me to this day. In March 2003 I had the unexpected plea...

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by shankly
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?
Replies: 137
Views: 17642

Re: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?

.Air France on the other hand has picked Airbus for political reasons. As a French airline, the government pushed them to order French aircraft from Airbus. Maybe the 737 had been better for them, but Airbus needed customers for the A320 so they pushed Air France to order it. KLM never had such pol...

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by shankly
Wed May 30, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airframe that's been with the most airlines?
Replies: 6
Views: 1795

Re: Airframe that's been with the most airlines?

A good call is the 3rd production F28, PH-MOL which was retained by Fokker but lived an exciting life: 1967 Leased to Itavia 1969 Leased to Braathens and registered LN-SUM 1970 Leased to Martinair, re-registered PH-MOL 1971 Leased to Braathens and registered LN-SUM 1971 Leased to LTU, re-registered ...

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by shankly
Mon May 28, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Reveals Why It Dropped Yellow From Its Livery (Interview)
Replies: 179
Views: 32576

Re: Lufthansa Reveals Why It Dropped Yellow From Its Livery (Interview)

Emperors new clothes

The old Lufti gold-yellow of course has its roots in the German flag, which is 1/3rd gold-yellow

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by shankly
Mon May 28, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Crown Flights
Replies: 32
Views: 8132

Re: British Crown Flights

The other thing to remember with the Royal Family is that if visiting a Commonwealth country where The Queen is still head of state then that country will handle the travel arrangements. An important distinction to note, given that since the 1930s there is a separate Crown for each Commonwealth cou...

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by shankly
Fri May 25, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SA Express grounded
Replies: 15
Views: 3640

Re: SA Express grounded

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mattya9, try giving the local number a call +27 11 978 6699. For those that have sold their souls to Twatter and Facebore:

Twitter account @flysaexpress (#flyexpress)
Facebook page www.facebook.com/flysaexpress

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by shankly
Fri May 25, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SA Express grounded
Replies: 15
Views: 3640

Re: SA Express grounded

On SAFM this morning a CAA rep said SA Express would only have its AOC reinstated following thorough inspection of each of its aircraft (not just the nine grounded) so don't expect SA Express back in the air anytime soon.

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by shankly
Thu May 24, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SA Express grounded
Replies: 15
Views: 3640

Re: SA Express grounded

Looks like on 11th May CRJ2 ZS-NMJ suffered abnormal engine indications out of Cape Town and CRJ7 ZS-NBG an engine failure out of East London Flown them a few times (CPT-PLE) and always struck me as nice outfit. Feel sorry for the good guys and girls who will loose their jobs thanks to the sticky fi...

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by shankly
Fri May 18, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline livery you miss the most
Replies: 166
Views: 10205

Re: Airline livery you miss the most

Going back to my 1970's spotting days: VIASA Venezuela, made the DC-10 look stunning, this orange tailed jet arriving at LHR from such an exotic destination (well it was then) Air Malawi VC-10...quite a bold scheme for its day with a big font Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens....racoon brow scheme on the 747...

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by shankly
Sat May 12, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 24 pilots and 67 crew members at PK found to hold fake degrees
Replies: 63
Views: 10635

Re: 24 pilots and 67 crew members at PK found to hold fake degrees

All this "third world" stuff is a bit predictable. Frank Abagnale anyone?

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by shankly
Wed May 09, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR
Replies: 45
Views: 9089

Re: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR

Well, then you've seemingly working it out. It didn't work for VS, and it didn't work for SA. They're different business and business models. evanb old chap, chill out and grab a CBC Amber Weiss. Glad I now know I'm not the only plane spotter in CPT! We are complementing each others positions. You'...

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by shankly
Wed May 09, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR
Replies: 45
Views: 9089

Re: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR

Politics dear boy. I was a regular on SAA's LHR-CPT run. Always full 747's (I miss The Great North) and then the A346's. However, SAA is state run, and Cape Town, run by the DA, had long pissed off the ANC Gvt and continue to do so to this day. So the route was chopped Any airline can fly a plane f...

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by shankly
Tue May 08, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran - Boeing deal
Replies: 188
Views: 23438

Re: Iran - Boeing deal

Mr Trump just did the impossible....made the A340 a desirable beast!

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by shankly
Tue May 08, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR
Replies: 45
Views: 9089

Re: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR

What I never understood is why SAA dumped LHR-CPT and never started (to my knowledge somebody feel free to correct me if they did in the old days... but the inability to fly over Africa then would have been an issue) DUR-LHR sometime say since the year 2000? SAA didn't have feed at LHR, and has bet...

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