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by RB211LTN
Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LTN & STN merge to create one airport?
Replies: 37
Views: 5013

Re: Could LTN & STN merge to create one airport?

I grew up near Bedford and remember the idea of turning RAE Thurleigh into London's third airport. The NIMBYs wrote all over rural bus shelters 'London Airport number three, go and stick it in the sea'. They must have been early adopters of Boris Island.

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by RB211LTN
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 76
Views: 12421

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

If they want premium long-haul passengers they will need to upgrade the passenger experience. I hadn't flown from there for years until I passed through in January and was shocked at what a run-down and crowded dump it is. Not as bad as Luton, but bad all the same.

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by RB211LTN
Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Shortest And Longest 757 Flights
Replies: 107
Views: 10157

Re: Your Shortest And Longest 757 Flights

My shortest was a positioning sector from SXF to TXL - 16 miles. A/C was unable to get into TXL the night before and diverted to SXF. We took it back to TXL and on to LHR the next morning. Longest is a relatively boring KEF-YYZ with spectacular views of Greenland.

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by RB211LTN
Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silverjet's Latest 767 At LTN Now
Replies: 2
Views: 3080

Silverjet's Latest 767 At LTN Now

I've just got back from walking the dog in the park and saw two Silverjet 767's park next to each other on the apron. I believe their second daily flight to <acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR</acronym> starts on 29th July so I presume the new aircraft ...

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by RB211LTN
Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's The Big Deal With London City?
Replies: 44
Views: 9404

RE: What's The Big Deal With London City?

Indio66, how about coming up to Luton and trying Silverjet. Yes, I know it's a lot further than LCY but the private terminal and consequent transit speed will compensate. I'm trying them in August and really looking forward to it.

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by RB211LTN
Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's The Big Deal With London City?
Replies: 44
Views: 9404

RE: What's The Big Deal With London City?

Just remember not to venture too far from the aiport. Get on the DLR or get a cab but DO NOT venture in to Canning Town to get the railway. They have an answer for unattended luggage there. They steal it!

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by RB211LTN
Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL To Install Winglets On 737/757/767
Replies: 29
Views: 8183

RE: DL To Install Winglets On 737/757/767

What do <acronym title="Alitalia (Italy)">AZ</acronym> have for crew rest? They do some awfully long flights on the 767's. As one of the most militant workforces in Europe I can't imagine them settling for second best. Now, I have just noticed a thread about <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL...

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by RB211LTN
Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL To Install Winglets On 737/757/767
Replies: 29
Views: 8183

RE: DL To Install Winglets On 737/757/767

So, they are installing Flight Crew rest but nothing extra for the Cabin Crew. 12-plus hours on a 767 is bad enough but without proper (horizontal) rest it is positively inhumane. I know there is nowhere to put it without impacting passenger capacity (revenue). Could they have a cargo-bay module lik...

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by RB211LTN
Sun May 20, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: QF642 PER - SYD Qantas VH-VXT (With Pics)
Replies: 7
Views: 11017

RE: QF642 PER - SYD Qantas VH-VXT (With Pics)

Your flight seems to sum up what I thought of Qantas. I flew with them last week from <acronym title="Sydney - Kingsford Smith International (Mascot) (SYD / YSSY), Australia - New South Wales">SYD</acronym> to <acronym title="Adelaide - International (ADL / YPAD), Australia - South Australia">ADL</a...

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by RB211LTN
Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Humour Using Airlines' Initial Letters
Replies: 81
Views: 6450

RE: Humour Using Airlines' Initial Letters

We used to refer to British Island Airways (BIA) as "bung it anywhere" or "blimey it's arrived".

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by RB211LTN
Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Offers Free Travel To VA Tech Families.
Replies: 53
Views: 8822

RE: DL Offers Free Travel To VA Tech Families.

Those who are claiming that Delta are only doing this for the publicity should be ashamed. This is neither the time nor the place for criticism of Delta. This tragedy needs everyone to pull together. It is not fair for anyone to question whether Delta are doing this for publicity, that fact that the...

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by RB211LTN
Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:40 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: GF Air F Class Extravaganza BOM-LHR-MNL-BOM [Pics]
Replies: 39
Views: 23489

RE: GF Air F Class Extravaganza BOM-LHR-MNL-BOM [Pics]

This is a great trip report, so comprehensive. I read it with particular interest because I am flying <acronym title="Gulf Air (Bahrain/UAE/Oman/Qatar)">GF</acronym> from London to Sydney on 1st May. I'm flying J class but already networking at <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United ...

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by RB211LTN
Tue Apr 03, 2007 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS Pilot Arrested On Drink Charge
Replies: 17
Views: 3909

RE: VS Pilot Arrested On Drink Charge

We normally bail people for 6 weeks for the results of the blood analysis. The pilot is entitled to a sample, too, which he may get analysed independently. When he returns to the police station at <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> he will be released with ...

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by RB211LTN
Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS Pilot Arrested On Drink Charge
Replies: 17
Views: 3909

RE: VS Pilot Arrested On Drink Charge

A breath test is not used on pilots. The 9 microgramme limit is too small for the machines to accurately measure. A blood sample is taken by a doctor and the sample analysed at a laboratory. That is why he has been bailed.

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by RB211LTN
Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA To Choose RR For 777's
Replies: 64
Views: 10084

RE: BA To Choose RR For 777's

BA took a huge amount of criticism from the British public and press over the choice of the <acronym title="Trans Asia Airways (Taiwan)">GE</acronym> engines for their 777's and that is why they didn't specify them for their second batch. They are not too popular in Britain at the moment and an anno...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Apr 01, 2007 4:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Where Is The Crew Rest Area In A 777?
Replies: 67
Views: 36328

RE: Where Is The Crew Rest Area In A 777?

The <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> 777's have a cabin crew rest area above the cabin just aft of door 3. There is space for 6 crew. As mentioned earlier the flight deck crew have their own rest area at the back of First. The <acronym title="Air Atlanta Icelandic (Iceland)">CC</acronym...

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by RB211LTN
Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Has Anyone Ever Flown Monarch In The UK?
Replies: 21
Views: 6975

RE: Has Anyone Ever Flown Monarch In The UK?

I flew on Monarch from Gatwick to Goa a couple of years ago and it was one of the best flights I have ever been on. we were on the A332 in Premium. The space was good, the crew were pleasant and the food was as good as any I have had in 'proper' J Class on <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acrony...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Feb 25, 2007 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK To Lose Airbus Wing Production?
Replies: 73
Views: 8262

RE: UK To Lose Airbus Wing Production?

We should have seen this coming the moment BAe sold their stake in Airbus to EADS. The French and German partners are no longer under any obligation to protect British jobs now they control all aspects of production. Sure, the expertise is here but that is only because it was set up as a centre of e...

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by RB211LTN
Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: BMED sold to BMI?
Replies: 75
Views: 7311

RE: Rumor:

The <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> staff intranet has announced that bmi have taken over BMed. I can't post a link because it's a secure site. BMed will keep the franchise until October 2007. There was no announcement of what would happen after that. I don't think <acronym title="Brit...

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by RB211LTN
Sat Dec 02, 2006 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways To SYD..
Replies: 1
Views: 4939

Qatar Airways To SYD..

I'm looking for a flight to <acronym title="Sydney - Kingsford Smith International (Mascot) (SYD / YSSY), Australia - New South Wales">SYD</acronym> next year and one website offered a return in J class with Qatar Airways. When I looked at <acronym title="Qatar Airways">QR</acronym>'s website there ...

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by RB211LTN
Mon Oct 23, 2006 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA First
Replies: 34
Views: 6677

RE: BA First

I'll tell you what makes <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> worth more. It is called Class. The <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> First product has been refined over many years and it is delivered with a discreet style that appeals to the British psyche. The 'bling' mentality ...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Sep 17, 2006 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is It True That The Concorde Had 737 & 757 Crew?
Replies: 25
Views: 15608

RE: Is It True That The Concorde Had 737 & 757 Crew?

I'm former <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> crew so I can give you the authoritative answer. Short haul crew were all checked on the 757 and 767 plus either the A320 or the 737, making a total of 3 aircraft (the maximum allowed by the CAA). Concorde crew were checked on the 757 and 767 ...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Sep 17, 2006 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plastic Gloves On UA Economy Meal Service
Replies: 50
Views: 13479

RE: Plastic Gloves On UA Economy Meal Service

I'll tell you why I wore gloves to collect meal trays in Y. Passenger meal trays down there are hopelessly overcrowded and when the meal has been consumed it ends up being piled high with rubbish. When you collect the tray from the passenger it generally falls apart and covers you and them with the ...

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by RB211LTN
Tue Jul 04, 2006 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does The WN Flight Crew Dislike The 733?
Replies: 14
Views: 12625

RE: Why Does The WN Flight Crew Dislike The 733?

When I worked for easyJet we sold one of our 733's (G-EZYE) to <acronym title="Southwest Airlines (USA)">WN</acronym>. It was a total heap of an aircraft and we were happy to see it go. I'm not surprised that <acronym title="Southwest Airlines (USA)">WN</acronym> crew are moaning about it. Whenever ...

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by RB211LTN
Sat Jun 03, 2006 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st Class Pax Can't Leave 1st Class Cabin!?!?
Replies: 84
Views: 14340

RE: 1st Class Pax Can't Leave 1st Class Cabin!?!?

Why would you want to leave F and go into Y? People who walk up and down the cabin to 'stretch their legs' are just a nuisance. Most of them are just hoping that someone in Y will see them exit F and be impressed with how wealthy they are. I never leave the premium cabin when I am fortunate enough t...

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by RB211LTN
Fri Apr 28, 2006 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye To Britannia Airways
Replies: 67
Views: 16943

RE: Goodbye To Britannia Airways

Just like many on this forum my first flight was on a Britannia 732, from <acronym title="London - Luton (LTN / EGGW), United Kingdom">LTN</acronym> to <acronym title="Palma de Mallorca (- Son San Juan) (PMI / LEPA / LESJ), Spain">PMI</acronym>. Little did I know then that I would end up working for...

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by RB211LTN
Mon May 02, 2005 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 757:Thanks For The Memories And Here's The 1050th
Replies: 49
Views: 9054

RE: 757:Thanks For The Memories And Here's The 1050th

I have worked on nearly every airliner type, but my fondest memory is of the 757. The acceleration and climb are stunning. You had to experience a <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym>-<acronym title="Manchester - International (Ringway) (MAN / EGCC), United K...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Apr 10, 2005 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dan Air - What Were They Like And Route Network?
Replies: 47
Views: 10401

RE: Dan Air - What Were They Like And Route Network?

I used to work for them on the 1-11, 727 and A300. Our aircraft were terrible old heaps, until the 733 and 734's came along. The network was mostly charter but they started branching out into scheduled routes, too. The main ones were from Gatwick to <acronym title="Paris - Charles de Gaulle (Roissy)...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Mar 27, 2005 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does CO Make Money From BHX/GLA/EDI?
Replies: 59
Views: 6697

RE: Does CO Make Money From BHX/GLA/EDI?

A couple of weeks ago I posted a forum about a new transatlantic carrier from Luton. My source now tells me that it is likely to be Continental.

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by RB211LTN
Mon Mar 21, 2005 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Awesome T/O Video
Replies: 54
Views: 12656

RE: Awesome T/O Video

I used to fly on the 777 with <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> and the GE90 is unquestionably the quieter engine on take-off. The Trent, though, is far more melodic. I loved the <acronym title="Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)">RR</acronym> aircraft, it has a sense of drama. The GE90 do...

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by RB211LTN
Mon Mar 14, 2005 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easy Jet Cabin Crew
Replies: 24
Views: 22862

RE: Easy Jet Cabin Crew

NCLairport, I hope this has brought the reality of flying to you. The overwhelming response here is advice that you steer well clear of this 'career' path. You have a degree, you are too well qualified to waste your time doing it. When people ask me what it was like I always say "imagine throwing a ...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Mar 13, 2005 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easy Jet Cabin Crew
Replies: 24
Views: 22862

RE: Easy Jet Cabin Crew

If you apply to EZY at <acronym title="London - Luton (LTN / EGGW), United Kingdom">LTN</acronym>, <acronym title="London - Stansted (STN / EGSS), United Kingdom">STN</acronym> or <acronym title="London - Gatwick (LGW / EGKK), United Kingdom">LGW</acronym> you will have a good chance of getting in, ...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Mar 13, 2005 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Survivors Of Emergency Sea Landings?
Replies: 34
Views: 8892

RE: Survivors Of Emergency Sea Landings?

I think any pilot worth his weight will be able to predict where the aircraft will impact the water, he will know whether it is likely to be deep or shallow. The safety demo should read "in the event of a landing on water, a cyanide pill is in a pocket beneath your seat....." The water temperature i...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Mar 13, 2005 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Survivors Of Emergency Sea Landings?
Replies: 34
Views: 8892

RE: Survivors Of Emergency Sea Landings?

These 'survivable' incidents all happened in shallow water or with rescuers nearby. An aircraft ditching in mid Atlantic would not be a survivable incident. Even assuming that the pilot manages a controlled landing into 30ft waves, the hold doors would be torn off and the fuselage would fill with wa...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Mar 13, 2005 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easy Jet Cabin Crew
Replies: 24
Views: 22862

RE: Easy Jet Cabin Crew

My friend is there now, and I still know lots of crew. They work them like slaves and treat them with contempt. Things are no better, there are more routes and more opportunities to work the crew right up to their maximum hours. Remember that when you work as crew, you rely on your allowances. You d...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Mar 13, 2005 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easy Jet Cabin Crew
Replies: 24
Views: 22862

RE: Easy Jet Cabin Crew

Don't do it. If you are in a well-paid job now, stay there. eJ are an awful company to work for. I was there from the beginning, for over 4 years. I have never been treated so badly. Seriously. Don't do it. If you want to get into the industry try operations or crewing.

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by RB211LTN
Sun Mar 13, 2005 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dan Air 727-100 Oddities
Replies: 10
Views: 5182

RE: Dan Air 727-100 Oddities

The aircraft lost at Tenerife was G-BDAN. I used to work for Dan-Air and the girl that trained me lost a lot of friends on that flight. It made you realise that these things really do happen and can affect you on a very personal level. When I was with Dan-Air we had 3 727-100's, based at <acronym ti...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Mar 13, 2005 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Transatlantic Operation At LTN
Replies: 10
Views: 3096

RE: New Transatlantic Operation At LTN

I heard that it would be a 767 operation. However, the runway at <acronym title="London - Luton (LTN / EGGW), United Kingdom">LTN</acronym> is a bit short for a fully laden 767. Also, the passenger facilities at Luton are terrible. Can you expect business passengers to walk out the aircraft in the r...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Mar 13, 2005 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Transatlantic Operation At LTN
Replies: 10
Views: 3096

New Transatlantic Operation At LTN

My friend works at <acronym title="London - Luton (LTN / EGGW), United Kingdom">LTN</acronym> and says that it is rumoured that a new transatlantic operator is coming to <acronym title="London - Luton (LTN / EGGW), United Kingdom">LTN</acronym>, either from <acronym title="Newark - Liberty Internati...

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by RB211LTN
Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why 737s Aren't Using Build-in Stairs?
Replies: 26
Views: 7984

RE: Why 737s Aren't Using Build-in Stairs?

The 'old' <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> A320's, inherited from BCal originally had airstairs but they were very steep and passengers didn't like them. Also, most of the airports visited by the aircraft had airbridges. Passengers prefer to board the aircraft through a dry, warm tunnel...

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by RB211LTN
Fri Jan 21, 2005 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA And Possible 7E7 Order
Replies: 34
Views: 11919

RE: BA And Possible 7E7 Order

I think most of you have got it right. The 767's are being refitted as an alternative to replacement, not as a prelude to it. Their aircraft still have a lot of life left in them and <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> simply don't have the money to order a replacement right now. They have...

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by RB211LTN
Mon Jan 17, 2005 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Britannia Returns To Australia!
Replies: 64
Views: 7631

RE: Britannia Returns To Australia!

What is wrong with EZY's seat pitch. EZY is 31", the same as Virgin Atlantic. And we do not get many complaints there. I thought that this was a discussion about <acronym title="Britannia Airlines (United Kingdom)">BY</acronym>, not slagging off LCC's legroom. Surely people realise when they book th...

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by RB211LTN
Wed Jan 12, 2005 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Drops Saudi Arabia
Replies: 35
Views: 9420

RE: British Airways Drops Saudi Arabia

I am very surprised at this decision. The F and J loads on the Saudi flights (where <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> makes all the money) were always good, indeed the aircraft on this route had 17F seats instead of the usual 14 on the 777-200. BMed would be great, but they don't have th...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Dec 19, 2004 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finally A Britannia 767-200 In New Colours!
Replies: 32
Views: 8305

RE: Finally A Britannia 767-200 In New Colours!

The new livery is just horrible. Britannia is a proud airline and now it has seen its' identity removed. The old colour scheme was much better. I've always loved <acronym title="Britannia Airlines (United Kingdom)">BY</acronym> because it was the first airline I ever flew with and the first airline ...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Dec 19, 2004 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways B747-400s
Replies: 12
Views: 8252

RE: British Airways B747-400s

I flew <acronym title="Nigeria Airways">WT</acronym>+ back from Vancouver a couple of weeks ago and I was really impressed. They didn't have this product when I worked for them and this was the first time I had experienced it. We got 18DEFG, which is a bulkhead. It was impressively roomy. The servic...

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by RB211LTN
Sun Dec 12, 2004 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Choice Flight
Replies: 34
Views: 4908

RE: First Choice Flight

FCA never had 737's, but Air 2000 had 737-300's. I flew on one of them.

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by RB211LTN
Sun Dec 12, 2004 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 With Two Engines And Belly Fairing And Apu...
Replies: 108
Views: 17956

RE: A380 With Two Engines And Belly Fairing And Apu...

Has there been a post on the forum regarding A380 performance? Does anyone know what the expected fuel burn will be? It must be impressive to achieve the seat/mile costs claimed.

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by RB211LTN
Sat Dec 11, 2004 9:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: First Choice Airways MAN-TFS-MAN - Pics And Detail
Replies: 18
Views: 27603

RE: First Choice Airways MAN-TFS-MAN - Pics And Detail

Excellent report. I flew <acronym title="Kalispell - Glacier Park International (Flathead County) (FCA / KFCA), USA - Montana">FCA</acronym> in September from <acronym title="London - Luton (LTN / EGGW), United Kingdom">LTN</acronym> to <acronym title="Monastir - Skanes (MIR), Tunisia">MIR</acronym>...

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by RB211LTN
Tue Dec 07, 2004 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dan Air!
Replies: 18
Views: 3790

RE: Dan Air!

I used to be Cabin Crew for Dan-Air. Flew on the 1-11 and 727. They were a brilliant company to work for, I had the time of my life. The laughs were plentiful and there was always a good atmosphere. Scbriml - can't believe you liked the 727-100. They were the most dreadful old heaps, the central gal...

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by RB211LTN
Mon Dec 06, 2004 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers Over 75 Kg To Pay Supplement
Replies: 49
Views: 9377

RE: Passengers Over 75 Kg To Pay Supplement

I think you have been well and truly wound up. Can you imagine the fun that the human rights lawyers would have with this? Personally I would favour an all-up weight limit (passenger plus luggage) because I only weigh 65 kilos. This would give me a huge baggage allowance. I know there have been disc...

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