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by sandyb123
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet getting heat for inoperable seats
Replies: 2
Views: 953

EasyJet getting heat for inoperable seats

Per https://twitter.com/mattiasharris/status/1158638099121037315?s=21 And http://www.ladbible.com/news/uk-easyjet-passenger-photographed-sitting-on-backless-seat-20190806?c=1565087794802&fbclid=IwAR0a31SZPIodfSEkNqgx_E2II_PHXILdPaBy2ZVS-if4_ZL6c7jy-ae00sw EasyJet seem to have allocated seating t...

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by sandyb123
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport before boarding US flight
Replies: 133
Views: 22367

Re: Pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport before boarding US flight

Adjusting too much to the local situation maybe? Scotland has the worst substance abuse of Europe with lots of degenerates. I’m assuming that this is deliberately provocative? Have you ever been to Scotland? Sandyb123 Yes I’ve been there and enjoyed it. Those are just facts though. Scotland drug de...

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by sandyb123
Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport before boarding US flight
Replies: 133
Views: 22367

Re: Pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport before boarding US flight

What is it with Glasgow and North American pilots? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-39368762 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43907466 Adjusting too much to the local situation maybe? Scotland has the worst substance abuse of Europe with lots of degenerates. I’...

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by sandyb123
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has the Max 8 been damaged as badly as DC-10 in the mind of the public?
Replies: 55
Views: 5223

Re: Has the Max 8 been damaged as badly as DC-10 in the mind of the public?

2 years barely anybody in the public will remember nor care. Aviation enthusiasts are not the general public. IAG is banking passengers have short memories, while GE................. I am super skeptical of the IAG order. Is it firm or a MOU? If it is then it is worth the paper it’s written on. Jus...

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by sandyb123
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VERY close shave with BA at Skiathos airport
Replies: 16
Views: 5705

Re: VERY close shave with BA at Skiathos airport

Planes4you wrote:
If you look up photos from Skiathos on jetphotos or a.net you’ll see shots of landings just as low as this one.


I’ve seen many but nothing like this. I’ve also flown to this airport and the low approach is notable but this looks waaaay lower.

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by sandyb123
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VERY close shave with BA at Skiathos airport
Replies: 16
Views: 5705

VERY close shave with BA at Skiathos airport

Didn’t see this posted elsewhere and the article is a bit clickbatey, but the photos are notable! A BA Cityflyer E jet narrowly missed hitting the top of the runway at JSI last week. Sure, we’ve seen some low approaches at the “St Maarten of Europe” but this looks to me to be dangerously low. The AO...

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by sandyb123
Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 91
Views: 20393

Re: Airbus A380 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Hmmmm odd - I believe that indicates an issue on your end. Try this link (the one I have before had the s after http which may be the issue): http://www.abcdlist.nl/a380f/a380f.html V/F I tried the new URL. I am still getting the same error message with both Firefox and Chrome. Must be conflicting ...

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by sandyb123
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ACMI airlines setting up in Malta - why ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1426

Re: ACMI airlines setting up in Malta - why ?

Anything more specific than 'tax optimisation' ? It kind of is that simple. Malta has a tax regime that allows for a lot of wealth to be onshored there. If you look at a lot of the mega yachts around the Mediterranean basin a lot of them are registered in Malta for the same reason. The Maltese auth...

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by sandyb123
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mesa E175 incident in ATL?
Replies: 47
Views: 7653

Re: Mesa E175 incident in ATL?

Are you recommending that the tug driver be banned from driving ever again? That's seems to be your motto... Well, he should certainly be banned from ever driving anything around an airport again, if he was texting and driving. Imagine if he'd hit a fuel truck, or worse, a person. At any rate, he w...

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by sandyb123
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Astana incident caused by inverted aileron control
Replies: 149
Views: 4418

Re: Air Astana incident caused by inverted aerolon control

raylee67 wrote:
sandyb123 wrote:
was caused by the aerolon control


You mean aileron.


Yes, I do! :-D

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by sandyb123
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Astana incident caused by inverted aileron control
Replies: 149
Views: 4418

Air Astana incident caused by inverted aileron control

According to the latest FR24 article, the Air Astana incident in Portugal in December 18 was caused by the aerolon control into being fitted the wrong way round, inverting any input from the yoke. Surprised this is even possible let alone signed off without checks. https://www.flightradar24.com/blog...

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by sandyb123
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Glasgow Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 6569

Re: Glasgow Aviation Thread - 2019

If the original train link was built all those years ago before the SNP decided it wanted to improve EDI over GLA then I suspect the numbers would be a lot better. Glasgow could do with a rebuild of the terminal but that's not going to happen any time soon. The SNP has nothing to do with improving ...

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by sandyb123
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Glasgow Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 6569

Re: Glasgow Aviation Thread - 2019

GLA got the 777 tonight, is this back to normal 777 ops (I did read somewhere the initial A380 service was for a short period) or is this just a one off because of aircraft / crew / ops? Sandyb123[/quote Emirates is back to 2 flights a day, A380 early flight, B777 evening flight. Ahh, thanks. I did...

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by sandyb123
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Glasgow Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 6569

Re: Glasgow Aviation Thread - 2019

GLA got the 777 tonight, is this back to normal 777 ops (I did read somewhere the initial A380 service was for a short period) or is this just a one off because of aircraft / crew / ops?

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by sandyb123
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13920

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

I’m not seeing this on the BA website? Surely not sold out already! Which rotation is it from GLA?

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by sandyb123
Thu May 16, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Small 'plane crashes in Dubai, four fatalities
Replies: 5
Views: 2499

Re: Small 'plane crashes in Dubai, four fatalities

A long way from home for that Twinstar. Does anyone know the mission / reason it was in the UAE?

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by sandyb123
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair to launch EMA to BRU/INV
Replies: 8
Views: 1438

Re: Loganair to launch EMA to BRU/INV

It’s interesting that loganair are picking up ex BMI routes as BMI was part of the same group. They’re even using the same ex-BMI aircraft.

Feels like a bit of a Phoenix operation.

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by sandyb123
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How much does Warren Buffett know about airlines?
Replies: 26
Views: 4149

Re: How much does Warren Buffett know about airlines?

jetblueguy22 wrote:
Fair, I should have used a better term.


"Investment vehicle" ;-)

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by sandyb123
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?
Replies: 188
Views: 21439

Re: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?

First Class and Business Class customers certainly don't want to be crammed into a bus with the first half of Premium Economy/Economy customers and thus their feedback would impact on the airports negatively, and potentially driving down business and revenue. Anecdotal experience but having arrived...

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by sandyb123
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA plane flies to Scotland by mistake, should have been Germany
Replies: 115
Views: 24344

Re: BA plane flies to Scotland by mistake, should have been Germany

Apparently everything was filed to EDI which is why it wasn’t picked up by ATC. I am surprised EDI approach didn’t even question this as their plans are issued generally days ahead. Surely the ‘welcome to this flight to Edinburgh’ might have pricked a few ears??? And as you say even with cloud cover...

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by sandyb123
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 24073

Re: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat

Just had a cursory glance at flights from LHR-MAD in August and September and the A350 isn't shown, just A32X and the odd 777. Will they add the A350 to the schedule or is it a case of 'take your chances'.

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by sandyb123
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 24073

Re: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat

A big improvement indeed! No more rear facing (which was a low point in BA's attempt to squeeze as much revenue out of every inch of the airplane) and a much upgraded hard product. Looking forward to seeing the A350 with BA and also the anticipated upgrade to F. Welcome to the 21st century BA. Wonde...

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by sandyb123
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718499

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Posted on the Manufacturer thread but I thought this was worthy of being posted here... So Lion Air air owner Rusdi Kirana has gone on record to say that Boeing has tried to cover up the AoA / MCAS system, unfairly blaming Lion's poor maintenance. Interesting statement on a basically brand new aircr...

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by sandyb123
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 716274

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

In a global industry I am frankly amazed that the two biggest regulators (FAA & EASA) have not taken more decisive action here. Regardless of speculation for reason two identical aircraft have crashed in identical circumstances resulting in the death of almost 400 souls. And yet all we are gett...

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by sandyb123
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 716274

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

The FAA has set a deadline of April for the fix. The implication is quite clear. If the fix is not ready the 737 Max will be grounded. In a global industry I am frankly amazed that the two biggest regulators (FAA & EASA) have not taken more decisive action here. Regardless of speculation for re...

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by sandyb123
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718499

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

As far as I know, there is a stall prevention system ( software ) on A320 as well. So such software solutions are common to ensure a stable aircraft, nothing new. If this software is not functioning properly, this is another story. Can anyone compare two systems on Max and 320 ? Yes this is correct...

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by sandyb123
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718499

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Actually to my dismay I just noticed that I'll most likely be on the Max!! https://info.flightmapper.net/flight/Norwegian_Air_Shuttle_DY_1884?date=2019-4-18 I think the next 24 hours will be telling for the immediate MAX operations and operators, including the flight you are booked on. If (and it i...

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by sandyb123
Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718499

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Should I be having concerns about my flight with Norwegian 737-800 to Athens in about a month? Different aircraf from the one that crashed but my anxiety riddled mind is getting nervous about these planes. The NG’s don’t have the system that caused problems on LionAir 610. The MCAS system is potent...

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by sandyb123
Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718499

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

The FR24 data stops at an altitude of 8,700ft AGL and 383 knots. The flaps would have been fully retracted making MCAS active.

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by sandyb123
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718499

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

The 1992 Air Inter accident was almost 4 years after the A320’s 1988 entry into service. You’re probably thinking of the Air France and Indian Airlines accidents, both of which occurred within two years of EIS. This is slightly comparing apples with pears. The Air France 296 crash was to do with in...

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by sandyb123
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat diversion to EWR due to smoke
Replies: 17
Views: 3906

Re: Air Transat diversion to EWR due to smoke

Flight number? https://flightaware.com/live/findflight?origin=ZLN&destination=BIKF All of those A320s look like regularly scheduled service. BA9259 Ironically, BA185 G-ZZZB operating LHR-EWR just landed here in KEF reporting smoke in the cabin. Seems to be precautionary of course, there was not...

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by sandyb123
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat diversion to EWR due to smoke
Replies: 17
Views: 3906

Re: Emergency at EWR?

https://twitter.com/breakingavnews/stat ... 3094199299

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Is that actual smoke or just the low-quality video?

https://twitter.com/breakingavnews/stat ... 3094199299

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by sandyb123
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat diversion to EWR due to smoke
Replies: 17
Views: 3906

Re: Emergency at EWR?

If FR24 is right, an AirTransat 738 is stuck on 22L.

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by sandyb123
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Weird TG342
Replies: 7
Views: 2187

Weird TG342

https://fr24.com/THA342/1fb79936

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Being reported on FR24 TG342 flying wrong direction (seemingly unrelated to Pakistan airspace issues) and doing many 360 holds at 30,000 ft. Departed 2 hours ago. No emergency squawk

https://fr24.com/THA342/1fb79936

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by sandyb123
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Glasgow Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 6569

Re: Glasgow Aviation Thread - 2019

CAA released figures for January 2019 and GLA continue with the decline in passenger number, from 579,990 in Jan 2018 to 526,761. Again more due with the withdrawal of the Ryanair flights than anything else. I think EK's decision to fly from EDI to DXB also have impacted the passenger numbers of th...

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by sandyb123
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA pilot fired for faking ATP for over 20 years
Replies: 50
Views: 9857

Re: SAA pilot fired for faking ATP for over 20 years

How the heck did this get past the airline and regulators? I would be surprised if criminal charges don’t result. On what criminal charge? He has breached SAA rules (although you could argue at tribunal that they were complicit as they didn’t audit or hold up their own standards) but he has not bre...

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by sandyb123
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA pilot fired for faking ATP for over 20 years
Replies: 50
Views: 9857

Re: SAA pilot fired for faking ATP for over 20 years

How the heck did this get past the airline and regulators? I would be surprised if criminal charges don’t result. On what criminal charge? He has breached SAA rules (although you could argue at tribunal that they were complicit as they didn’t audit or hold up their own standards) but he has not bre...

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by sandyb123
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Glasgow Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 6569

Re: Glasgow Aviation Thread - 2019

6 passenger flights maybe. But how much freight is handled at PIK, how many fuel stops etc does the airport handle ? I’m sure on the face of it the passenger numbers don’t justify the airfield, but that’s not always the answer to the question cs Perhaps, but the point was it was bought by the gover...

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by sandyb123
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: jetBlue Announcement Tomorrow, 2/27?
Replies: 84
Views: 14227

Re: jetBlue Announcement Tomorrow, 2/27?

http://tinyurl.com/Jet-blue-announce-europe-html

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Europe is due to be officially announced on 01 April. Interesting routings and long anticipated. Source: http://tinyurl.com/Jet-blue-announce-europe-html

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by sandyb123
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines Pilot Sleeps On Duty
Replies: 76
Views: 10443

Re: China Airlines Pilot Sleeps On Duty

Uneducated question. Doesn’t one of the pilots asleep constitute single pilot ops. In a similar vein to Germanwings 9525 would it be possible for the PIC to do the same or would the altitude change, alarms etc be enough to wake the sleeping pilot? In the eyes of the regulators at least?

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by sandyb123
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US First Class vs EU Business Class
Replies: 58
Views: 5277

Re: US First Class vs EU Business Class

Two reasons in my opinion. 1) flight length is less which makes having a premium onboard experience less lucrative in the overall journey experience. 2) Perception of value / status is higher in class tiered America where Europe (less Uk) carries less of a class system / snob effect. Same applies to...

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by sandyb123
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 133178

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

I’m by no way a BA / IAG fanboy (far from it and actively avoid their J & F) but to be fair this is an excellent piece of PR. I get that it’s the same high density interior but at least there is some brand providence here.

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by sandyb123
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belgian airspace to close for 24 hours
Replies: 30
Views: 4909

Re: Belgian airspace to close for 24 hours

RobertS975 wrote:
Well, we are currently in the time period mentioned in the reports, and the airspace around Brussels Airport is active with landing and departing aircraft. And the overflights are active as well. Check flightaware or Fightradar24.


You’re 40 Minutes early :-D

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by sandyb123
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Glasgow Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 6569

Re: Glasgow Airport Thread

Given the Scottish budget last week I am amazed that the government is still propping up Prestwick Airport with Taxpayers money whilst Glasgow continues to fall in numbers (I am not saying that is the only reason). Time to let Prestwick go the way of the dodo, it would have done years ago if commerc...

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by sandyb123
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Avro RJ's, or 146's operating in North America?
Replies: 30
Views: 3552

Re: Any Avro RJ's, or 146's operating in North America?

As far as I know there are no regular Scheduled Avro / BAE146 flights in Europe now. I don't believe the Royal Flight has theirs anymore (IIRC it was converted to a personnel carrier). When BA used them on the Cityflyer I used them quite regularly EDI-LCY on what became known as the "Financial ...

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by sandyb123
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EASA bans Turkmenistan Airlines (T5) from EU airspace
Replies: 46
Views: 7172

Re: EASA bans Turkmenistan Airlines (T5) from EU airspace

https://www.facebook.com/flyturkmenistanairlines

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Nothing on any of their social media or news channels. BBC News reporting thousands stranded. I must admit their badly photoshopped image of an aircraft flying through skyscrapers would have put me right off!

https://www.facebook.com/flyturkmenistanairlines

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by sandyb123
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Glasgow Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 6569

Re: Glasgow Airport Thread

"Emirates is due to begin operating a Dubai service from Glasgow from April" Journalist really need to check the fact before publishing. Did the BBC change this already? I read "As part of the investment into facilities, £8m is currently being invested to upgrade the airport ahead of...

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by sandyb123
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM widebody shortage
Replies: 50
Views: 17230

Re: KLM widebody shortage

And what would KLM want with A380's, even in a pinch. The planes would offer first class & premium economy, which KLM doesn't have, and would be flying half-empty at higher operating cost. AF/KLM knows best, but of course they could be retrofitted to a KL compatible cabin layout. Despite them b...

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by sandyb123
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM widebody shortage
Replies: 50
Views: 17230

Re: KLM widebody shortage

Weren’t Air France trying to of load a few A380s? AMS has 3 (?) A380 gates and stands so maybe this is a quick solution to both partners problems?

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