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by andz
Mon Aug 02, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any airliners you boarded by means of mobile airstairs?
Replies: 42
Views: 1997

Re: Any airliners you boarded by means of mobile airstairs?

Okay so we have all done it but how many have done it starboard side?

SAA 747 at SID en route from JNB-JFK and JNB-ATL, I have done it a couple of times, it's quite an unusual feeling.

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by andz
Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Europe Routes - Long Daytime Layovers
Replies: 6
Views: 2872

Re: Ethiopian Europe Routes - Long Daytime Layovers

I would hope crew aren't expected to operate back to back red-eyes and rest during the day however I suspect that may be the case? SA had a similar long day on the ground in Europe as was already mentioned, many years ago the layover in London or Frankfurt was 4-5 days but more recently it was a on...

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by andz
Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 113
Views: 17207

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2021

SAA To be privatised. Massively good news for South Africa and the South African aviation market. https://www.reuters.com/article/safrica-saa/update-1-consortium-to-take-51-stake-in-south-african-airways-minister-idUSL5N2NT1FN I read in yesterday's paper that the airline will be renamed. It is fitt...

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by andz
Sat Jun 05, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 1579
Views: 335062

Re: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q2 2021

There's a United 787 at JNB right now. Nice to see a new tail on the tarmac.

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by andz
Wed May 19, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Let's buy a BAC 1-11
Replies: 50
Views: 8098

Re: Let's buy a BAC 1-11

Has ANet ever had a discussion on what plane was the loudest? I vote for the 1-11 cause I never heard a Trident which had 3 Sprey's and a booster. VC-10 was up there, when I was in high school BA had a Sunday morning flight that would go out over my house near JNB, part of a round the world if I re...

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by andz
Wed May 19, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When will EK resume daily DXB-BLQ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2406

Re: When will EK resume daily DXB-BLQ?

Actually no. Back before covid the route was a strong performer. Bologna and the surrounding areas are important business, technical and industrial areas. I have personally flown the route at least 3 X returns over the last few years, and in my experience the 77W always seemed pretty well filled up...

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by andz
Mon May 17, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When will EK resume daily DXB-BLQ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2406

Re: When will EK resume daily DXB-BLQ?

Thanks but that's not daily as my dates in September return no results.

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by andz
Mon May 17, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When will EK resume daily DXB-BLQ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2406

When will EK resume daily DXB-BLQ?

Can anyone in the know say when Emirates will resume daily Dubai-Bologna and return?

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by andz
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Countries and Continents you have been to
Replies: 40
Views: 2558

Re: Countries and Continents you have been to

Australia
Austria
Botswana
Czech Republic
Egypt
England
Finland
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Hungary
India
Italy
Jordan
Kenya
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nigeria
San Marino
Scotland
Senegal
Singapore
South Africa
Spain
Swaziland/Eswatini
Switzerland
Tanzania
Tunisia
UAE
Uganda
USA
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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by andz
Wed Mar 24, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA flight had an "extaordinarily dangerous" takeoff
Replies: 24
Views: 9923

Re: SAA flight had an "extaordinarily dangerous" takeoff

bennett123 wrote:
IMO, this is more likely to lead to dismissal..

Hardly likely, the crew were part of SAA's new "mission" on flight crew and according to my information, among the most experienced which is very worrying.

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by andz
Sat Jan 30, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 113
Views: 17207

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2021

PM wrote:
Did Austrian ever serve JNB?


Yes they did

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by andz
Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 866
Views: 256486

Re: Breaking: 737 Crashed Indonesia

Sky News actually said Boeing 737-500 in their report minutes ago.

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by andz
Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Favourite Music Videos
Replies: 55
Views: 3167

Re: Favourite Music Videos

I mentioned this one before, I just watched it again and I think it is the greatest music video of all time. a-ha "Take on Me" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914 The view count is staggering for a song from the 80s, or indeed from any era: 1,189,188,788 views... that's over a bill...

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by andz
Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Favourite Music Videos
Replies: 55
Views: 3167

Re: Favourite Music Videos

Sokes wrote:
Looks more like Kim Shy. Definitely not related to Oskar Wilde.

She's not, her father is Marty Wilde who was a rocker in the 1950s.

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by andz
Thu Dec 31, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Favourite Music Videos
Replies: 55
Views: 3167

Re: Favourite Music Videos

Erdowie, erdowo, erdowann: https://youtu.be/R2e2yHjc_mc (The original from Nena: https://youtu.be/oas5nAlfrwg ) I prefer this version with Kim Wilde: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrKlO1Tr2IE Another great song is Cutting Crew "I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight" Original: https://www.you...

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by andz
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 161
Views: 20198

Re: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?

BubbleFrog wrote:
Agreed. We deplaned a 744 once in LHR by the stairs.

Deplaning out of the right hand side of the plane by stairs is somewhat unique, I have done it a couple of times at SID while flying SAA.

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by andz
Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206858

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has just been approved by the MHRA in the UK.

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by andz
Wed Dec 23, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Burger Wars!
Replies: 88
Views: 4090

Re: Burger Wars!

I had a delicious Fatburger at City Stars Mall in Cairo a few years ago, I think the place had just opened because there were Americans working in the store and all the staff were really jumping. Hardee's in Nairobi Airport international departures serves a great Jalapino chicken burger, hot and spi...

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by andz
Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Favorite Movie
Replies: 80
Views: 5582

Re: Your Favorite Movie

cjg225 wrote:
Mine is The Hunt for Red October. Easily my favorite movie ever. I've watched it hundreds of times.


Same here, there is something about this movie that draws me back to it again and again. I know the entire dialogue by now.

The original Italian Job is also a classic.

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by andz
Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DR Jill Biden
Replies: 93
Views: 3585

Re: "DR" Jill Biden

Half way over the Atlantic, cabin crew announcement: “ladies and gentlemen, if there is a doctor on board, please make yourself known to the cabin crew.” “Can ai ‘elp..?” Says Valentino Rossi as he wanders into the galley... I think that comment went over most peoples' heads but my wife and I had a...

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by andz
Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Runway lengths
Replies: 37
Views: 6438

Re: Boeing 747-400 Runway lengths

Not a 744 but a 74L, SAA put a 74L into Rand airport for it's museum, runway is 4898ft According to the aerodrome chart, runway 11 is 1,579m (5,180ft) x 15m wide. Notwithstanding, both the SP and the -200 landing on 11 stopped before the intersection with 35 then turned onto 35 to taxi to the termi...

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by andz
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you think I did anything wrong with this or was unprofessional?
Replies: 24
Views: 2262

Re: Do you think I did anything wrong with this or was unprofessional?

Lovetravelling wrote:
Some crew have even have their children help them on the flight, obviously this was done extremely diligently to ensure that safety wasn't impacted and that the service and passenger experience wasn't impacted!!

Now that would be considered unprofessional and probably illegal as well.

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by andz
Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hernia surgery gone wrong
Replies: 7
Views: 1078

Re: Hernia surgery gone wrong

I had a hernia repair and hydrocele at the same time some 15 years ago from which I recovered quite quickly, then several years later I was in for another procedure including a vasectomy and when I woke up the urologist told me that he had needed to do a hydrocele on the same side again. This was 8 ...

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by andz
Tue Dec 08, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 161
Views: 20198

Re: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?

SAA all types, the first time in November 1972: -200 (including Helderberg), -300, -400, SP
Qantas -400
British Airways -400 and also on the first RR RB-211 powered 747 in 1977
Lufthansa -400 and -8i

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by andz
Tue Dec 08, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline-specific lingo
Replies: 6
Views: 1339

Re: Airline-specific lingo

Not airline-specific but at DUR they announce "(flight number) a departure flight to XXX" which is just terrible English.

At the old ELS departures they used to ask departing passengers to "take their leave of friends and loved ones" which struck me as a bit morbid.

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by andz
Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did SAA ever considered Concord or B2707?
Replies: 7
Views: 2232

Re: Did SAA ever considered Concord or B2707?

Concorde used to come to JNB for hot and high testing, I can recall several visits when I was in high school in the 70s and the plane roaring over the school (less than 2.5km from the north end of 03L) every half an hour. Regarding the ban on overflying Africa, SAA had stops in Abidjan, Ilha do Sal ...

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by andz
Mon Dec 07, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2021 cancelled
Replies: 25
Views: 4318

Re: Paris Air Show 2021 cancelled

This is worrying if events are being cancelled so far ahead of time, the Isle of Man TT races starting at the end of May 2021 were cancelled a couple of weeks ago.

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by andz
Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot pulls off amazing emergency landing on freeway
Replies: 55
Views: 10229

Re: Pilot pulls off amazing emergency landing on freeway

wingman wrote:
Why didn't he land in the emergency airplane runway in the middle?

Apart from the issues already mentioned above the barriers look too high for wing to ground clearance and there are light poles mounted on the left barrier so it would surely have resulted in something more serious.

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by andz
Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 295
Views: 34040

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

Good job the medical car was following the pack as they do on the first lap, they were first on scene with fire extinguishers.

Could have been so much worse.

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by andz
Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand TE 901
Replies: 2
Views: 1330

Re: AIR NEW ZEALAND TE 901

Today is also 33 years since SA295 crashed into the Indian Ocean off Mauritius killing all aboard.

My wife was working in SAA flight ops at the time and lost many good friends in the crew.

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by andz
Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible rescue plan for SA Express
Replies: 1
Views: 731

Possible rescue plan for SA Express

The Citizen newspaper reported yesterday on a plan to revive SA Express. An entity owned by SAX employees (Fly-SAX) has secured two anchor investors, Imperial Capital and the Landile Shembe Foundation to raise R250 million towards the recapitalisation of the airline. The transaction is subject to ap...

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by andz
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Favourite Music Videos
Replies: 55
Views: 3167

Re: Favourite Music Videos

Take On Me - A-Ha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914 Don't Answer Me - The Alan Parsons Project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLvFbBR4XOg Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VQ_3sBZEm0 Not really a music video but this Stairway to Heaven featuring Heart and Jason ...

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by andz
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do airfares work?
Replies: 11
Views: 1515

Re: How do airfares work?

WAC wrote:
Look at flying to MXP instead of BLQ. EK and U2 have a strategic partnership....

Thanks for the tip. I know what I need to do.

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by andz
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do airfares work?
Replies: 11
Views: 1515

Re: How do airfares work?

By the way, Lufthansa / Swiss seems to offer pretty cheap round flights from Johannesburg to Europe around those dates. They're cheaper than Emirates. Thanks for this, but as I mentioned in my opening post I already have 2 EK tickets to anywhere in Europe and if our friends come with us we will wan...

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by andz
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do airfares work?
Replies: 11
Views: 1515

Re: How do airfares work?

EK quotes Vueling for BCN-BLQ so I checked their site, for the same flight, including checked baggage, it is EUR 80 per person. So, my question is, why are EK adding EUR 2,113 for a flight that costs 80 Euro? Does Emirates provide the cheapest, most basic ticket on Vueling, or the fully flexible &q...

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by andz
Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 382
Views: 88938

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

Sorry but need to disagree with you here. You know the rules of ID tickets-it's always standby. If you want to travel during peak periods or on popular routes you need to do your research carefully about loads or fly to somewhere nearby less popular (hypothetical example: ZRH instead of FRA). Actua...

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by andz
Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do airfares work?
Replies: 11
Views: 1515

Re: How do airfares work?

RJNUT wrote:
I woudl purchase seperately the EK and Vueling flights since a connnection is not involved

That is a no brainer but I still don't get the huge discrepancy.

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by andz
Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 382
Views: 88938

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

investing in a competently managed carrier like Conair. You mean Comair who are also in business rescue. That's quite a low blow considering the facts. Those two airlines aren't really comparable Andz and I think you probably know it. All SAA employees also rode the gravy train so long. Just look a...

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by andz
Sun Nov 08, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do airfares work?
Replies: 11
Views: 1515

How do airfares work?

Today while I had some spare time I started looking into travel costs for a trip we want to take next September. Fly to Spain, attend the Aragon MotoGP, then go to Italy for the Misano MotoGP the following weekend then home. Renting a car to drive from Spain to Italy is silly money and the train cos...

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by andz
Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways takes delivery of world's first A330-800
Replies: 87
Views: 18892

Re: Kuwait Airways takes delivery of world's first A330-800

SAA did this with their 747-200's and SP's... sure they cost a lot more to fuel, but that was peanuts compared to leasing new aircraft... only when the maintenance costs could no longer be justified were they were eventually disposed of. Only when Airbus made them "an offer they couldn't refus...

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by andz
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 382
Views: 88938

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

Today is exactly a year since I was told by my former company that my position was being made redundant. I got 2 weeks salary per year of service plus untaken leave plus an extra 6 weeks salary for taking voluntary redundancy (paid in December 2019), I still got my performance bonus for 2019 (hit 5 ...

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by andz
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 382
Views: 88938

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

The only guarantee about living in South Africa is that nothing is guaranteed. SAA workers will have to wait a little while longer for their voluntary severance packages. The R10,5 billion promised to SAA in the finance minister's medium-term budget speech will only be granted in January, meaning th...

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by andz
Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 382
Views: 88938

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

SAA was granted R10.5 billion in today's medium term budget to implement the business rescue plan. Hopefully my wife will get the severance package she deserves after over 41 years' service. Most State and private rescue plans exclude paying out staff, unless there is a risk they can frustrate or b...

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by andz
Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 382
Views: 88938

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

usflyer msp wrote:
investing in a competently managed carrier like Conair.

You mean Comair who are also in business rescue.

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by andz
Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Total Apathy
Replies: 19
Views: 2610

Re: Total Apathy

In the last year I have lost both my parents (2 weeks apart), my job in December 2019, my wife lost her job in August this year, it can seem too much in a short time. To stop my mind turning to mush I started learning French on Duolingo between job searches, I started Italian as well for a planned h...

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by andz
Wed Oct 28, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 382
Views: 88938

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

SAA was granted R10.5 billion in today's medium term budget to implement the business rescue plan.

Hopefully my wife will get the severance package she deserves after over 41 years' service.

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by andz
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When is DL going to resume ATL-JNB-CPT-ATL
Replies: 13
Views: 2420

Re: When is DL going to resume ATL-JNB-CPT-ATL

AirBoat wrote:
exact date also will depend on covid. I think usa citizens can not visit south africa at present.

SA borders are closed to all countries except specific cases such as business, education or repatriation.

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by andz
Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline orders that never were.
Replies: 62
Views: 5884

Re: Airline orders that never were.

SAA ordered 4 x 777-200 back in 1997 but as usual politics and corruption intervened and the fleet swung towards Airbus.

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by andz
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eleven Foot Eight
Replies: 59
Views: 4716

Re: Eleven Foot Eight

Having a semi (or "artic" in UK English) stop, in an awkward place, with traffic backing up behind it, is absolutely going to be a real pain. I'm British, I know what an artic is. What I meant is that there should be a way of preventing it going all the way to the tunnel entrance before c...

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by andz
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eleven Foot Eight
Replies: 59
Views: 4716

Re: Eleven Foot Eight

Can’t fix stupid and fines and/or points won’t either. They’re all local delivery trucks, so the bridge clearance should have been known and I’d bet not one of those drivers went to work planning on destroying their rigs. It’s not a criminal problem; it’s a training and safety problem. There’s a tu...

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