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by leftyboarder
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation February 2020
Replies: 122
Views: 11834

Re: Turkish Aviation February 2020

This is how many overruns by either PC or TK in the last few years? Didn't we have one in SAW just last month? Is SHGM not doing proper oversight with pilot training or is this just bad luck?

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by leftyboarder
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2020
Replies: 191
Views: 19097

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2020

Wizzair or Ryanair cannot fly UK-Turkey, as Turkey doesn't have open skies with the EU. Was discussed here before. only Easyjet can fly UK-Turkey as they have a UK AOC. Who knows what the situation will be after Brexit with AOC arrangements but I doubt we will see EU LCCs in Turkey unless TK release...

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by leftyboarder
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2020
Replies: 191
Views: 19097

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2020

I agree that there has been a disproportionate amount of incidents lately in Turkey. Rapid growth with pilot training unable to catch up maybe? As a Turk I don’t want Turkey to have a bad rep a la Indonesia, so I hope something is done soon.

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by leftyboarder
Sat May 11, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is this Turkish Airlines new uniforms?
Replies: 4
Views: 1203

Re: Is this Turkish Airlines new uniforms?

Exactly. It is a video on TK's own YouTube channel anyway. Expected to debut later this month I think.

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by leftyboarder
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2019
Replies: 162
Views: 20130

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2019

For the last 2 days I’ve been following traffic at IST using FR24. I can’t follow ground traffic of IST as it is still not in the coverage of FR24. But 2 parallel runways of IST made a big contribution and there is no landing queue as we experienced at ISL for all those years. Pax will feel the dif...

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by leftyboarder
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK001 hits turbulence, lands at JFK with 32 injured pax
Replies: 20
Views: 6779

Re: TK001 hits turbulence, lands at JFK with 32 injured pax

Shame about the infant, but this is why I've always said that it's only a matter of time before a child-restraint seat is required for them; and I'm shocked we're not there already. Actually, no I'm not: this is the tombstone industry, and not enough have died yet. So of course we're not there yet....

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by leftyboarder
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation March 2019
Replies: 158
Views: 19721

Re: Turkish Aviation March 2019

A record year from Sun Express Turkish carrier SunExpress sees record revenue; prepares for MAX deliveries https://atwonline.com/data-financials/turkish-carrier-sunexpress-sees-record-revenue-prepares-max-deliveries Did not realize that Sun Express fleet is now up to 83 frames! Includes Anadolujet ...

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by leftyboarder
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation February 2019
Replies: 211
Views: 24011

Re: Turkish Aviation February 2019

Actually Turkey still doesn’t have the kind of open skies with the EU that Morocco and Israel recently signed. These agreements mostly pave the way for pan European airlines like Ryanair and Vueling to fly from anywhere in Europe to destinations in the signatory country which is why TK vehemently op...

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by leftyboarder
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK starting MEX and CUN
Replies: 48
Views: 7576

Re: TK starting MEX and CUN

So it’s finally gonna happen at last. Due to minimal ties and a plethora of other connecting options, this is unlikely to be a popular or busy route for a long time though, however 3-4 weekly should work. TK will do well as they do with other Latin America. Not only is this opportunity for Turks to...

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by leftyboarder
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation - January 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 23204

Re: Turkish Aviation - January 2019

For Turkish members, THY signed an agreement with Finansbank for Miles & Smiles credit card partnership. Not sure if this is a replacement for the Garanti Bank relationship, or in addition to. Regarding the NEO discussion, be it a 250nm or 2500nm trip, the NEO is more fuel efficient than the CE...

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by leftyboarder
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation December 2018
Replies: 147
Views: 17133

Re: Turkish Aviation December 2018

AYT-TLV makes sense as Israelis would love a relatively cheap sun and sand destination so close. In fact there used to be regular flights in the past AFAIK.

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by leftyboarder
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation November 2018
Replies: 117
Views: 15454

Re: Turkish Aviation November 2018

I will be flying KBP-IST-FRA next week, all segments under 1500 nm, all with A330 frames. KBP seldom sees a narrowbody, at the same time being one of the closest destinations just 650 nm from IST. FRA (like LON and other busy destinations) has several flights per day by TK, at least two or three of...

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by leftyboarder
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation November 2018
Replies: 117
Views: 15454

Re: Turkish Aviation November 2018

A380 does not make sense for TK because business model is based on frequency I will be flying KBP-IST-FRA next week, all segments under 1500 nm, all with A330 frames. KBP seldom sees a narrowbody, at the same time being one of the closest destinations just 650 nm from IST. FRA (like LON and other b...

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by leftyboarder
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation November 2018
Replies: 117
Views: 15454

Re: Turkish Aviation November 2018

[*] I noticed that a few flights TK scheduled out of ESB return in the middle of the night. Is it because of aircraft availability? Do they operated IST-ESB-...? In fact most of them are IST-XXX-ESB-XXX-IST with late evening departure from IST and early morning return so they are increasing utilizat...

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by leftyboarder
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation November 2018
Replies: 117
Views: 15454

Re: Turkish Aviation November 2018

In many ways, Turkish travelers are very lucky having a diverse, competitive and high quality choice of homegrown carriers to chose from. Not sure foreign competitors have much to offer. I wouldn't call two airlines (TK and PC) a big pool to choose from. Especially from a place like ESB, the only o...

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by leftyboarder
Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread
Replies: 686
Views: 177229

Re: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread

While I agree that environmental protection laws are slightly less enforced in Turkey (in writing they are in fact pretty harsh and there was a time many projects were stalled because of them), it is an illusion that infrastructure development takes place slower in the West due to environmental laws...

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by leftyboarder
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to cancel a "significant amount" of A350 Order according to Aviation Analyst
Replies: 188
Views: 51083

Re: Etihad to cancel a "significant amount" of A350 Order according to Aviation Analyst

Erebus wrote:
Airlinepilot129 wrote:
SurlyBonds wrote:

Turkey is not the Middle East!


I’d say Turkey is, but Istanbul isn’t.


Indeed. Ankara, Turkey's national capital is in the Middle East.


Not to stray off topic but Middle East is a (rather arbitrary) region and Europe is a continent. Ankara is in Asia, but not the Middle East.

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by leftyboarder
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation October 2018
Replies: 130
Views: 16630

Re: Turkish Aviation October 2018

Seems to be a 2 plane base for now, right?

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by leftyboarder
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation October 2018
Replies: 130
Views: 16630

Re: Turkish Aviation October 2018

The really weird thing is, no one seems to care for the passengers. If I were a passenger booking a ticket on TK (or any other airline flying to IST) I'd like to know where I'll be landing so I could make arrangements. We are talking about 25 days from now. So if I book an IST-ESB flight on November...

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by leftyboarder
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reno/Tahoe to Europe
Replies: 38
Views: 4173

Re: Reno/Tahoe to Europe

Well, Thomas Cook Airlines was going to launch RNO-LGW in December 2015, but then scrapped the flights due to lack of customs staff at RNO to handle a widebody jet. https://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2015/05/07/nonstop-flights-reno-london-scrapped/70932738/ Condor has very odd routes, like Fa...

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by leftyboarder
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2018
Replies: 176
Views: 18737

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2018

Certainly some great and wise news! Are those 4 routes going to be fully migrated to the new airport or "just" additions to Ataturk and/or Sabiha Gokcen operations? At this point I doubt that they would let's say move all ECN or GYD flights to the new airport. On the other hand, BA and AF...

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by leftyboarder
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2018
Replies: 176
Views: 18737

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2018

I guess TK will relocate couple of narrow body planes and execute mostly domestic flights with no connection desire. Even they can send additional wide body plane for seasonal parking. Than foreign airlines which have only one flights, than TK will go. Actually Ayci's first request for staged movin...

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by leftyboarder
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2018
Replies: 176
Views: 18737

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2018

bgm wrote:
If they have the 2 airports open, what would be the IATA codes for each? They're both supposed to be IST but obviously that isn't possible. Would one have a temporary IATA code?


Old airport to get the new code ISL, announced earlier. Still confusing for airlines.

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by leftyboarder
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines in Kangaroo route
Replies: 89
Views: 2349

Re: Turkish Airlines to Australia in 2019 with B787-9

I don't think PER is included in the bilateral, it was either 3 weekly each to SYD / MEL or 6 weekly each.

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by leftyboarder
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2018
Replies: 176
Views: 18737

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2018

I too think this is starting to look ridiculous. The 345 and 332 are both unnecessary at this point, Even the richest of nations do not maintain this big a VIP fleet, bar the Arab sheikhs. And that isn't the competition we should be going after. Even our flag carrier doesn't fly the type.

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by leftyboarder
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2018
Replies: 176
Views: 18737

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2018

What is the rush?? 99% of the pax that is going to land at the new airport, do not know that they will be landing at the new IST airport. Just look at this video posted by "kokpitaero" yesterday: -Why computers and scanners are put in place and covered in dust 2 months before opening? -To...

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by leftyboarder
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2018
Replies: 176
Views: 18737

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2018

I'm guessing too much pressure to open on time resulted in too much overtime. Setting unrealistic goals for a major greenfield airport is a mistake but hopefully it can be learned from.

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by leftyboarder
Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread
Replies: 686
Views: 177229

Re: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread

5,000 students to act as mock passengers in operational ready exercises for 3-days starting September 15th. https://www.dailysabah.com/business/2018/09/12/mock-passenger-operations-with-students-to-begin-at-istanbuls-new-airport-on-sept-15 That is a worthwhile excercise. I hope the give the student...

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by leftyboarder
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2018
Replies: 176
Views: 18737

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2018

No such prohibition ever existed. We’ve had FSM (Mehmed the conqueror) Bridge for over two decades. But of course there’s an increase in the use of names of sultans of late.

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by leftyboarder
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2018
Replies: 176
Views: 18737

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2018

Why not give it a date? Since it opens on 29.10, why not call it October 29th Republic Airport? Centennial Airport?

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by leftyboarder
Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2018
Replies: 176
Views: 18737

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2018

I also don’t get this secrecy. It’s an airport name, why is it such a big secret? It’s not like we could object to whatever it is even if it were announced 2 years ago. Why wait till last day and then have to go through retitling freeway exits and whatever else has been titled “3rd Istanbul Airport”...

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by leftyboarder
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A320neo registrations
Replies: 33
Views: 5425

Re: BA A320neo registrations

All cool but assumes no more than 26 of one variant right? Or do they move to TTO/TTP and so on?

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by leftyboarder
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2018
Replies: 176
Views: 18737

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2018

I called my insider at INA. He also does not believe that INA will be ready on time !... In the mean time, tickets of first flight between INA-ESB is sold out at max price as mentioned on some internet news sites. To be accurate, those are IST-ESB flights, so people buying those tickets could easil...

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by leftyboarder
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2018
Replies: 176
Views: 18737

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2018

Unless they plan a Chiang Mai launch.

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by leftyboarder
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TK to become casualty of USA-Turkey rhetoric?
Replies: 106
Views: 13043

Re: NYT: New USA Sanctions Could Include Limits on TK

And for just the release of one man? And what if he was a US national Muslim cleric instead of an Evangelical pastor? This all sounds ridiculous. Funny that the Turkish government seems quite eager to trade a U.S. national evangelical for a Turkish national Muslim clergyman living in exile in the U...

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by leftyboarder
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TK to become casualty of USA-Turkey rhetoric?
Replies: 106
Views: 13043

Re: NYT: New USA Sanctions Could Include Limits on TK

The worsening relationship between US & Turkey is not getting any better and after Turkish court's refusal to free the pastor Brunson rumors of new sanctions are hitting the wires. New York Times is reporting that new sanctions could limit TK. IMO this is shooting yourself in the foot for US, T...

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by leftyboarder
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TK to become casualty of USA-Turkey rhetoric?
Replies: 106
Views: 13043

Re: NYT: New USA Sanctions Could Include Limits on TK

Well I doubt there are some foreign nationals held in the US awaiting trial, so what makes this US pastor so special that he should be released without trial, given he was charged? In any case, if US goes against the open skies agreement signed and limits TK operations in the US, this will probably ...

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by leftyboarder
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TK to become casualty of USA-Turkey rhetoric?
Replies: 106
Views: 13043

Re: TK to become casualty of USA-Turkey rhetoric?

Trying to refrain from going too much into politics, I think it is unfair to compare Turkey to Iraq, Libya etc, and so is comparing TK to those countries' airlines. Turkey is still considerably more democratic than those countries were, and TK is a giant, relatively well run airline compared to Iraq...

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by leftyboarder
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation August 2018
Replies: 171
Views: 18481

Re: Turkish Aviation August 2018

TK management on several occasions have said a weak TL helps the airline as it has larger foreign currency revenue base, while larger TL cost base. Also as posted in investor updates, TK has long also had currency hedge that runs for 2-3 years so it can help maintain more stable exchange rate regar...

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by leftyboarder
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK planning to fly to EWR and CUN
Replies: 23
Views: 4806

Re: TK planning to fly to EWR and CUN

CUN was long overdue. In the Caribbean TK should also be looking first for PUJ and MBJ, both destinations which most likely already are a major attraction, but not so travel accesible for Turks and TK IST East Europe, Middle East traffic. Surprised about EWR from IST, would have guessed SAW-EWR, as...

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by leftyboarder
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread
Replies: 686
Views: 177229

Re: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread

-And the terminal will have 143 gates. Just from counting in the pictures posted, I see roughly 60 (but quite a few more passenger boarding bridges given that larger aircraft will board with two or more). Is that 143 contact gates or contact gates + remote stands? It looks like there's going to be ...

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by leftyboarder
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread
Replies: 686
Views: 177229

Re: Opening of Istanbul's Third Airport and TK move

I think TK is trying to distance themselves from this, it's ultimately DHMİ/SHGM/Ministry of Transport who will decide on the final move date and TK will oblige but I think they are also getting mixed signals behind closed doors. If they were given a definitive info I am sure they would've started p...

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by leftyboarder
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation July 2018
Replies: 119
Views: 12393

Re: Turkish Aviation July 2018

TK never flew daily to WAW, bilaterals to Poland are the most restrictive in Europe for Turkey. LO flies the route too and there is a codeshare agreement so maybe you saw that?

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by leftyboarder
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation July 2018
Replies: 119
Views: 12393

Re: Turkish Aviation July 2018

I had a recent flight IST-ARN-IST. Surprisingly for a 3hr plus flight, no IFE on a very aged 738. They had the new on board wifi installed but no power outlets on board and you apparently have to download the TK IFE app before you're on board so not much use. On the way back, this time a very old 32...

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by leftyboarder
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation July 2018
Replies: 119
Views: 12393

Re: Turkish Aviation July 2018

Isn't Linz due to runway closure somewhere else in Austria?

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by leftyboarder
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation June 2018
Replies: 95
Views: 10008

Re: Turkish Aviation June 2018

I'm actually flying to IST from ESB on Nov 2nd, so I guess I will land in the middle of chaos, but we will see. I will let you guys know.

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by leftyboarder
Wed May 30, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person falls onto tarmac and dies after being removed from aircraft
Replies: 37
Views: 10689

Re: Person falls onto the tarmac and dies while being removed from the plane.

The summary: The passanger didn't have a ticket so he was waiting at the airport for the last 3 days. Then he boarded a flight but was removed as he argued with CC. He was being held inside the terminal where he jumped off a window on the second floor and was hospitalized where he died. I know Turke...

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by leftyboarder
Tue May 29, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR emergency landing in GYD
Replies: 10
Views: 2231

Re: QR emergency landing in GYD

I'm being off topic but, DOH to TUN via Azerbaijan, talk about a detour! Glad everyone is safe.

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by leftyboarder
Mon May 14, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation May 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 11232

Re: Turkish Aviation May 2018

I think May19 means May of 2019 here, not May 19th :)

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by leftyboarder
Tue May 01, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation May 2018
Replies: 108
Views: 11232

Re: Turkish Aviation May 2018

Even if a postponement is confirmed internally, do not expect it to be declared until at least after the upcoming elections. But what is the point of a ribbon cutting ceremony for an airport? That could be done today if wanted.

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