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by GCT64
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service
Replies: 96
Views: 11983

Re: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service

As mentioned further up in the thread CDG has its own HSR station and LYS, although not a "major airport", too. As it happens, I'm on a TGV on my way to LYS right now, connecting to an Easyjet flight to LGW. High speed rail from a city centre to a decent regional airport is a super conven...

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by GCT64
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Powerbank causes fire on China Eastern A320neo MU2809 NKG-XMN
Replies: 22
Views: 6154

Re: Powerbank causes fire on China Eastern A320neo MU2809 NKG-XMN

In my experience, China polices and emphasises not putting batteries/powerbanks in the hold and not using powerbanks in-flight more strongly than most other countries. For example, every powerbank is examined as you go through the security checkpoints, I don't see this elsewhere in the world. I'm gu...

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by GCT64
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are basler BT67 Still being produced?
Replies: 27
Views: 4868

Re: Are basler BT67 Still being produced?

N141PR completed conversion and delivery to a customer in the second half of 2018.
I believe N844TH is still undergoing conversion.
N84KB was made airworthy and flown to OSH in late 2018, so possibly it was entering the conversion process too.

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by GCT64
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL, VS boost summer flying between U.S. and U.K. in 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 14332

Re: Delta international announcement later today

I think swapping metal in Boston was smart. I never got the sense that Virgin built much of a following at Logan, and the whole thing becomes better by virtue of DL flying these routes. So I guess that leaves Virgin with the lone flight to LHR...back to the future. As a regular London-BOS commuter,...

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by GCT64
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Traffic figures in Spanish islands down in peak summer season
Replies: 39
Views: 4715

Re: Traffic figures in Spanish islands down in peak summer season

Looking at the figures, I wouldn't think that Spain has anything to worry about just yet. As mentioned already, there are probably varying factors to this, both in terms of money and choice. As for money, you can't escape that the world is on a little downturn at the moment, with trade-wars and pol...

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by GCT64
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last Revenue L-1011
Replies: 34
Views: 8612

Re: Last Revenue L-1011

Heard the RAF tankers have been bought by the operators of the Omega Air 707 tanker and will be coming to KRIV supposedly. That's about 80 miles from home so I'm looking forward to that! They are owned by AGD Systems http://www.agdsystems.com/home.html All 6 aircraft are still at Bruntingthorpe (ha...

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by GCT64
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong airport disruptions due protest
Replies: 182
Views: 31169

Re: Hong Kong airport cancel all flights today

I'd already changed my plans to fly LHR-SZX rather than LHR-HKG for my next business trip to Shenzhen and Hong Kong in order to avoid any risk of this happening.
But that's not an easy plan for those people who don;t already have Chinese visas (which most visitors to HK don't).

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by GCT64
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC issued security warning against Cathay over Hong Kong protest, ban protest-supporting staffs from flying into China
Replies: 146
Views: 21541

Re: CAAC issued security warning against Cathay over Hong Kong protest, ban protest-supporting staffs from flying into C

As for ramification: Point 1, well, CX/KA crew doesn't exactly like working on mainland routes anyway Point 2 would be the greater concern. There's the privacy ramification (And they STILL wonder why HKers are so against the extradition treaty) along with random denial of overflight (B/c, well, it'...

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by GCT64
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: VIP Helicopter
Replies: 11
Views: 3206

Re: VIP Helicopter

For those that maybe don’t realise those jet trips are not leased aircraft they are 32sqd (Royal Flight) aircraft more than likely the BAE146 or if they have not now been retired the 125’s so it’s not a lease as in a private company but 32sqd has to Bill for each hour it’s used to the relevant body...

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by GCT64
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair / Air Iceland Connect using Dash 8 "transatlantic"
Replies: 54
Views: 10217

Re: Icelandair / Air Iceland Connect using Dash 8 "transatlantic"

Couldnt FI have just leased 737NGs instead of Q400s to replace the MAXs? There's a bit of a shortage of 737s and A320s in the ACMI market at the moment for obvious MAX related reasons. Look at the very mixed fleets that many European holiday operators are currently using for the summer season. TUI ...

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by GCT64
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: aircraft losses in natural disasters
Replies: 48
Views: 6656

Re: aircraft losses in natural disasters

One of the more expensive instances would have been the F-22s damaged (were any written off?) by Hurricane Michael at Tyndall AFB in Oct 2018.

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by GCT64
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair / Air Iceland Connect using Dash 8 "transatlantic"
Replies: 54
Views: 10217

Re: Icelandair / Air Iceland Connect using Dash 8 "transatlantic"

I'm sure I remember seeing Icelandair F27s operating KEF-GLA back in the day (1980s), is my memory correct?

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by GCT64
Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled
Replies: 60
Views: 14177

Re: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

BA has historically been the most cautious of all and is quick to cancel flights. I recall they did the same to other middle eastern destinations in the past while others continued to operate. They might have learnt from BA149 on 2 Aug 90 and decided that being more cautious and careful is a good i...

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by GCT64
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next wave of TATL per Boyd Group
Replies: 160
Views: 18633

Re: Next wave of TATL per Boyd Group

As a regular UK - MA commuter: BOS, especially international Terminal E is getting busier and busier, but more importantly the road journey to/from Logan is getting worse and worse with no prospect of improvement in sight. I can see a market for either LHR-MHT or LHR-PVD (and I would definitely be i...

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by GCT64
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jeffrey Epstein’s aircraft
Replies: 26
Views: 7708

Re: Jeffrey Epstein’s aircraft

AirFrance77W wrote:
N212JE departed Teterboro around 18:00L today heading south... dunno where it went though.


I'm not 100% certain, but it looks like it went to Brunswick, GA

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by GCT64
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jeffrey Epstein’s aircraft
Replies: 26
Views: 7708

Re: Jeffrey Epstein’s aircraft

The aircraft currently registered appear to be: N908JE B727-31 = JEGE Inc (wfu in Brunswick, GA) [Ex-Limited Stores aircraft (which is unsurprising if you have followed the story)] N120JE Gulfstream 4 (ex-N212JE) = JEGE LLC (looks like it is currently at KRYY Cobb County near Atlanta, arrived on 6 J...

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by GCT64
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France to charge aviation tax
Replies: 125
Views: 11736

Re: France to charge aviation tax

Dublin is growning in part because it is cheaper to fly to the states through it than from a UK airport. The UK APD on LHR-DUB-JFK is normally exactly the same as on LHR-JFK (or APD on EDI-LHR-BOS is the same as EDI-DUB-BOS) unless you buy totally separate tickets, so I don't think it is generally ...

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by GCT64
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France to charge aviation tax
Replies: 125
Views: 11736

Re: France to charge aviation tax

Interestingly despite the UK's relatively (to other EU countries) punitive APD, it doesn't seem to have really affected air travel to/from the UK or airline's desire to operate flights there. Why do you think Dublin Airport is seeing increasing numbers of transatlantic passengers. Why do you think ...

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by GCT64
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France to charge aviation tax
Replies: 125
Views: 11736

Re: France to charge aviation tax

You only have to look at the UK to see what happens once an aviation tax has been introduced. It's just so tempting for finance ministers to keep ramping the rate up and extending its reach. Interestingly despite the UK's relatively (to other EU countries) punitive APD, it doesn't seem to have real...

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by GCT64
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Europe-North America Fifth Freedom Routes: Is Prague next?
Replies: 7
Views: 2091

Re: Europe-North America Fifth Freedom Routes: Is Prague next?

Ishrion wrote:
And a few Fifth Freedom Routes in TATL...

I think EK still does DXB-MXP/ATH-JFK?
Singapore Airlines' MAN-IAH
LAX-LHR on NZ
LAX-CDG on Air Tahiti


Do Air India still have any?

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by GCT64
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire
Replies: 68
Views: 14586

Re: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire

Is the plane with the incident still on the ground in BOS ? What happened to the passengers ? I would presume an inspection and investigation of the cause would have to take place, that could be done in a day or so, but repairs may take longer depending on the level of damage done. If only the seat...

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by GCT64
Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21104

Re: Flybe update

So they are basically just dropping those routes I don't think they have to actually drop those routes from BHX, just give up an appropriate number of slots: "To allay the EU Commission’s concerns, Connect Airways committed to the release of five daily slot pairs at Amsterdam Schiphol airport ...

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by GCT64
Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire
Replies: 68
Views: 14586

Re: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire

Next question: are all luggages properly checked in order to make sure no battery is in the cargo hold? I would expect there would be no practical way of doing so. I thought the same. However, if you cannot check the luggages, it is impossible to guarantee no batteries, mobile phones, etc. are in t...

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by GCT64
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DCA to close for July 4th Celebration
Replies: 116
Views: 13656

Re: DCA to close for July 4th Celebration

Regardless of politics, can't we all agree that there should have been WAY more than two days' warning? That's the bit that amazes me, surely it would have been much better to have given a lot more notice? Referring to a post above, the RAF 100th anniversary did close Heathrow as the whole flypast ...

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by GCT64
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet 767 utilization
Replies: 11
Views: 3359

Re: WestJet 767 utilization

Weren't the 767s originally brought on board to allow WS to explore long-haul international flying with a relatively cheap investment? Now that the business has been proven and committed to, and more 787s are arriving, isn't it likely the 767s will leave the fleet?

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by GCT64
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ten dead after King Air crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 71
Views: 18288

Re: Ten dead after King Air crashes shortly after takeoff

This is going to be a cluster. It's a two-year-old aircraft, and FAA.gov shows the reg as "not assigned/reserved" in the database. It nevertheless took all of 30 seconds to find the entity that owns it and the principals thereof, which gives some insight to who was involved. This is going...

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by GCT64
Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways
Replies: 113
Views: 27700

Re: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways

They just need to add a little colour to the cabins. The basic colour palette does look very elegant but it needs something to bring it to life. What is the seat pitch in Y+? Seat pitch I believe is the standard 31". Seat pitch in Y+ will not be 31", probably around 38" (at a guess) ...

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by GCT64
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways
Replies: 113
Views: 27700

Re: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways

Who decides on the registration? The first BA A350 XWB getting G-XWBA - seems like more than coincidence to me. Definitely not a coincidence. For example the BA Cityflyer jets out of City airport are all with a reg of G-LCY* Going off topic...... They've actually run out of G-LCY* (once reaching G-...

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by GCT64
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways
Replies: 113
Views: 27700

Re: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways

Lingon wrote:
Who decides on the registration? The first BA A350 XWB getting G-XWBA - seems like more than coincidence to me.


It's an out of sequence registration, so BA have requested that registration from the UK CAA (which is the norm for BA to go out-of-sequence e.g. G-NEOR, G-TTNG etc. etc.).

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by GCT64
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport
Replies: 136
Views: 19558

Re: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport

auction the slots, VS shouldn't be given slots just because they demand them. And some should be kept around for new entrants. That's the logical approach if demand exceeds supply - auction the slots to the highest bidder and use the money to help pay for the runway and infrastructure improvements.

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by GCT64
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: King Air crash in Hawaii, with multiple fatalities
Replies: 18
Views: 5925

Re: King Air crash in Hawaii, with multiple fatalities

The King Air 65 was the beginning of the family. It is a very under preforming airplane by today's standards. Depending on the model of 65 it either had a Take Off Gross Weight of 9,000lb or 9,300lbs. If it was a true military surplus version that wasn't pressurized and stripped to a bare cargo cab...

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by GCT64
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEAP bearing issue
Replies: 12
Views: 3590

Re: LEAP bearing issue

I was initially a bit confused as to how an issue could arise on an engine model that is not even in use at the moment because of the MAX grounding but this comes from late 2018. “Late last year we had several events where in the cockpit crews noticed a delta pressure across the oil filters causing ...

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by GCT64
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: LHR - PM Boris Johnson
Replies: 33
Views: 3302

Re: LHR - PM Boris Johnson

I'd be very surprised if Boris has a firm position on this, he is more likely to take whatever position is popular at the time. With a highly fractured Conservative party and the divisive Brexit still to execute, I would be amazed if he wants to revisit the 3rd runway and re-open that debate. I have...

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by GCT64
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet 777 Fleet
Replies: 7
Views: 1533

Re: Jet 777 Fleet

The latest info I can see is that they are stored as follows:

DEL: 3
BOM: 4
MAA: 1
AMS: 1

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by GCT64
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-BNLY at LAS cargo terminal?
Replies: 34
Views: 8891

Re: G-BNLY at LAS cargo terminal?

Slightly unrelated... but as of 6/10/2019 on 7:10 PM, two of the three BA retro liveries are at LAS! Pedant on Two of the four BA retro liveries, two of the three retro 747s. Pedant off (Of the four, the BEA is, IMHO, the best looking one, followed by Landor.) Oh oops... I mostly say three because ...

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by GCT64
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tecnam P2012 vs Cessna Caravan vs Cessna Skycatcher vs Twin Otter
Replies: 80
Views: 8167

Re: Tecam P2012 vs Cessna Caravan vs Cessna Skycatcher vs Twin Otter

What about the British one, the Shorts? I think that is awesome for freight. Shorts 360 production ceased in 1991. At most there's only about 45-50 still operating. I don't think this is really relevant to this conversation. Interesting that the first aircraft actually built as a SH360 (N360SA) has...

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by GCT64
Thu May 23, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no non-Asian airlines to Shenzhen?
Replies: 18
Views: 3861

Re: Why no non-Asian airlines to Shenzhen?

I would guess that (a) the HKG market is higher yielding and can serve Shenzhen almost as well as flying to SZX; (b) the SZX market is largely driven by Chinese originating pax (from my observation when flying through there); (c) SZX has been growing rapidly and it is unlikely this question would ha...

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by GCT64
Mon May 20, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines 2020 Fleet Plans
Replies: 21
Views: 7757

Re: Singapore Airlines 2020 Fleet Plans

overcast wrote:
It's detailed in the Notes:
 SIA re-instated one 777-200 and one A330-300 into operating fleet to support fleet requirements due to
grounding issues


Great, thanks - I didn't spot that

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by GCT64
Mon May 20, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines 2020 Fleet Plans
Replies: 21
Views: 7757

Re: Singapore Airlines 2020 Fleet Plans

Could you provide a source? Edit: Found it slide 28: https://www.singaporeair.com/saar5/pdf/Investor-Relations/Financial-Results/presentation/slide-analystbriefingq4fy1819.pdf Something a bit strange about that slide "777-200 +1 , -7" and "A330-300 +1 , -10" how do they get the ...

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by GCT64
Sun May 19, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 5/19/2019:AA Shrinks MEX;CZ JFK-WUH;F9 Suspends MCO-PSM
Replies: 47
Views: 8020

Re: OAG Changes 5/19/2019:AA Shrinks MEX;CZ JFK-WUH;F9 Suspends MCO-PSM

Once upon a time, AA felt comfortable forcing Bostonians to JFK to hop on board international flights. These days, you can go so many more places Non-stop from BOS that the whole ‘connect at JFK’ thing is laughably so ‘yesterday.’ I've taken the flight a couple of times in the last couple of years,...

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by GCT64
Thu May 16, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 323
Views: 56960

Re: Air Canada buying Air Transat

I guess: Air Canada Bleu ;-)

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by GCT64
Wed May 15, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines pilot arrested for murder.
Replies: 18
Views: 3451

Re: American Airlines pilot arrested for murder.

To be fair he flew for PSA: "PSA Airlines is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines" (as their website says)

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by GCT64
Sun May 12, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Typhoon T3 numbers j
Replies: 6
Views: 2333

Re: Typhoon T3 numbers j

Scrapped ZJ802 ZJ803 ZJ805 ZJ806 ZJ808 ZJ809 ZJ810 ZJ811 ZJ812 ZJ814 ZJ815 I am clearly out of touch with things because it is a shock to me to see such a list of Typhoons wfu/scrapped. Can anybody explain why? Too old? Too many hours? Some structural problem that I have missed? Are they literally ...

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by GCT64
Sat May 11, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 Bruins Jet
Replies: 46
Views: 6342

Re: B6 Bruins Jet

I saw it land and taxy past at BOS when it arrived from BFM. It looks very smart.
I prefer it over the other Jetblue sports team A320s.

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by GCT64
Thu May 09, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW replaces 17 Q400 with 17 E-190
Replies: 23
Views: 7092

Re: LGW replaces 17 Q400 with 17 E-190

LGW did have E190s briefly (for 6 months or so) back in 2013.
LH Cityline has 9 E190s, so some of them might be transfers from LH.

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by GCT64
Wed May 08, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye BAC 1-11!
Replies: 121
Views: 19450

Re: Goodbye BAC 1-11!

4th flight I ever took: 1981 GLA-LGW on G-ASJH BCal BAC-111

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by GCT64
Mon May 06, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.
Replies: 127
Views: 8933

Re: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.

The industry has got itself into a crazy situation with their pricing model being wrong. :checkmark: :checkmark: The cargo bays are designed for the everything-but-kitchen-sink luggage regimens... the carryon bins are not. I've always said it was crazy to charge for 1st-bag, but have carryon free. ...

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by GCT64
Thu May 02, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines in huge financial trouble
Replies: 154
Views: 51928

Re: Asiana Airlines in huge financial trouble

I recently attempted to book a trip with them. Their website is dreadful and when I called to speak with someone, the attitude of the Rep. was horrible. I booked with KE. So, there might be a good place for OZ to improve. Their website is notoriously bad. I have a colleague based in Japan and he ha...

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by GCT64
Wed May 01, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL's Terminal 1 in PVG/Shanghai and lack of gate space
Replies: 13
Views: 1753

Re: DL's Terminal 1 in PVG/Shanghai and lack of gate space

Many planes are switching between domestic and international operations during the day so if your plane's next flight involved a switch, you would probably being parked at the outerbay and being bused to the terminal. At the worst case, even the plane is parked next to the bridge, you still need to...

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by GCT64
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest life of passenger airplane
Replies: 42
Views: 4263

Re: Shortest life of passenger airplane

I was curious, what planes have had the shortest life as commercial passenger planes? Also, I mean type, not individual frame. Some Frontier A318s were scrapped after less than 4 years in service. That didn't take long to go off topic! Baade 152? passenger jet that never entered service Avro C102? ...

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