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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Has anyone here flown on a Boeing 720?
Replies: 11
Views: 672

Re: Has anyone here flown on a Boeing 720?

Yes, with Air Malta, and I remember absolutely nothing of it. Apparently I screamed both ways for most of the flight - in my defence I was about 10 months old!

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any airliners you boarded by means of mobile airstairs?
Replies: 38
Views: 1335

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

Yes, probably 100+ types, the largest being the 747-400.

My educated guess would put my stats as follows:

Airbridge: 25%
Integral Airstairs: 25%
Mobile Steps: 45%
None Needed: 5%

The latter applies to the really small stuff like GA or Islanders where you just step up into them.


Dan :)

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor orders Airbus A330-900neo
Replies: 130
Views: 24657

Re: Condor orders Airbus A330-900neo

I always thought the A339 would be a great fit for them, no surprise at all for me.

Congratulations for Airbus for shifting some more slots / white-tails

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jul 07, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: For flight loggers: What is your longest unbroken list of different airlines flown?
Replies: 22
Views: 1845

Re: For flight loggers: What is your longest unbroken list of different airlines flown?

Interesting thread. Logging multiple airlines is one of my interests. Still, it was surprising that I found so many long streams - 15 is the most I could see, but this increases to 23 if you counted GA. x9 MNL-MPH ... SEAIR ... Do328-110 MPH-CEB ... Asian Spirit ... CN 235-110 CEB-MNL ... Philippine...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Interesting uses for retired airplanes
Replies: 10
Views: 1271

Re: Interesting uses for retired airplanes

At some point I plan on converting a section of aircraft fuselage into a small office / music room space. It will sit in our woods overlooking LGW, so the front will be fully glazed for the best view. To get it in place, we'll need to bring it through the woods, so I doubt anything larger than a 5 a...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are there more Boeing planes than Airbus planes still?
Replies: 10
Views: 2035

Re: Are there more Boeing planes than Airbus planes still?

That's quite a bit in the past since nowadays most LCCs are using the A320-series. Are they? A whole bunch disagree. EasyJet, Vueling, Wizzair, Spirit, Frontier, Allegiant, AirAsia, IndiGo, Air Arabia, JetStar, etc. are all on the A320 series. The 737 series is just Ryanair and Southwest, furthermo...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Smallest airport with long haul service
Replies: 21
Views: 2372

Re: Smallest airport with long haul service

Azores Airlines' seasonal TER-OAK has always been an interesting one - operated now by the A321-LR.

Terceira has a population of around 56,000 - the flight is 4,907 miles.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: All about containers
Replies: 9
Views: 3067

Re: All about containers

I'm not personally familiar with the VS system, but I know some people who are. I'll look into it! Speaking from my experience however, the easiest answer is to look at a VS route map, and then assume each of your AKEs has been to every dot on that map many hundreds of times. Thank you! That would ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Jun 05, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: All about containers
Replies: 9
Views: 3067

Re: All about containers

Each AKE has a tracking number (usually it’s AKE12345XX with the airline code instead of XX) For most airlines I’ve worked with, once it’s loaded onto a flight via whatever load control software they use, it’s status goes from the airport to in transit, and then to whatever the destination airport ...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri May 28, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the Boeing 787-8 still pitched by Boeing?
Replies: 64
Views: 14185

Re: Is the Boeing 787-8 still (seriously) pitched by Boeing?

The A321XLR isn't a good replacement for airlines with a 787-8 sized appetite. Take AI for example, pre-pandemic, they flew their Dreamliners far and wide - from Kenya to Australia to Japan to the UK. Now can an A321 do that from a DEL hub? Yes, actually. The A321NEO-XLR can comfortably operate the...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue May 25, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO
Replies: 261
Views: 30127

Re: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO

Well, I was wrong. https://www.msn.com/en-ie/news/world/eu-leaders-agree-belarus-sanctions-after-plane-hijack/ar-AAKkS1q?ocid=BingNewsSearch The European Union has agreed to impose sanctions against Belarus, including banning its airlines from using the air space and airports of the 27-nation bloc,...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun May 23, 2021 11:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Skyscraper in Shenzhen, China Shakes Mysteriously
Replies: 8
Views: 1563

Re: Skyscraper in Shenzhen, China Shakes Mysteriously

There are possibly some unusual sounds in that video. My money would be on an element in the structure failing and the loads were being redistributed throughout the structure. If the shaking was relatively short then yes, I'd be inclined to consider it being a structural member under tension failin...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 19, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Whole House Water Filtration System worth it?
Replies: 11
Views: 1016

Re: Whole House Water Filtration System worth it?

Yes we are considering it, after helping a friend to install one in her home to filter chlorine that was causing irritation. It seems to have worked well. We think the equipment would cost about £1,500 here in the UK. There are a few issues though - firstly, our supply splits into three as it enter...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 19, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Whole House Water Filtration System worth it?
Replies: 11
Views: 1016

Re: Whole House Water Filtration System worth it?

Yes we are considering it, after helping a friend to install one in her home to filter chlorine that was causing irritation. It seems to have worked well. We think the equipment would cost about £1,500 here in the UK. There are a few issues though - firstly, our supply splits into three as it enters...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 12, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Relaunch & Michele Ballarin - Scam?
Replies: 19
Views: 5638

Re: WOW Air Relaunch & Michele Ballarin - Scam?

But, think of the fish!

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 12, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A380s between the UK and Portugal
Replies: 19
Views: 3089

Re: A380s between the UK and Portugal

I could really do with being in Porto next week to check and accept some goods before they are shipped. The problem - not one flight from LGW or LHR, just a single daily service on FR from STN. It's only a tenner but, considering I can see LGW from my window, it's a bit of a faff. EasyJet offers fl...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 12, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boutique Air PC-12 loses door during takeoff roll from MSP
Replies: 32
Views: 7297

Re: Boutique Air PC-12 loses door during takeoff roll from MSP

Wheel, now door, I am curious when and where they gonna loose an engine :) They already have - although the prop stayed on. Maybe that will be next, I just hope it's not a smoking hole in the ground coming up next. I've had a few nice flights with Boutique, a real shame they are having these issues...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue May 11, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Round the world airlines
Replies: 25
Views: 3639

Re: Round the world airlines

You used to be able to do (and maybe still can) go RTW on SQ JFK-FRA-SIN-EWR (although it is 2 flight numbers, so probably technically not a RTW). They have currently cut the stop in FRA, making it a direct SIN-JFK and setting a new worlds longest flight by 3 miles. SQ deserve an honourable mention...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue May 11, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A380s between the UK and Portugal
Replies: 19
Views: 3089

Re: A380s between the UK and Portugal

I could really do with being in Porto next week to check and accept some goods before they are shipped.

The problem - not one flight from LGW or LHR, just a single daily service on FR from STN. It's only a tenner but, considering I can see LGW from my window, it's a bit of a faff.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon May 10, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A340-500 to exit service this month with Azerbaijan Airlines
Replies: 33
Views: 7514

Re: Airbus A340-500 to exit service this month with Azerbaijani Airlines

Simpleflying isn't an accurate news source. This isn't confirmed.....just because an airline isn't flying the plane on a route and it was before, doesn't mean it's being removed from service. It means nothing, they use the airplane the way they see fit. Just because it's not on a route going forwar...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri May 07, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Bad Experiences with the Police
Replies: 112
Views: 8080

Re: Your Bad Experiences with the Police

Generally we have only good experiences with the Police. Recently they have been very helpful and proactive in advising us about dog theft - we have 7 which were allowed to roam our fenced land, until we had a few incidents with travellers attempting to steal them. They are also taking an attempted ...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Soviet Airliners at Kai Tak?
Replies: 2
Views: 967

Re: Soviet Airliners at Kai Tak?

This is a vague recollection - but wasn't it something to do with the altimeters on Soviet types being in meters not feet, and the authorities deeming that this was not compatible with the checkerboard approach? IIRC Aeroflot began HKG with the A310, followed by Transaero with a small subfleet of DC...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will you still wear masks even after the pandemic has subsided?
Replies: 34
Views: 2415

Re: Will you still wear masks even after the pandemic has subsided?

I don't see myself still wearing a mask. Of course during a serious global pandemic it is the responsible thing to do, but beyond that I (and those around me) have no reason to fear picking up occasional little illnesses, which will probably just help make my immune system stronger. As it is, I appa...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 900
Views: 144413

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

Whilst I wish them all the best, I can't see how this is going to work. One of FlyBe MkI's biggest issues was the Q400 - it's isn't an optimal type for a regional LCC. Now a bunch of their key routes (read: profitable with a Q400) have already been picked up by carriers operating the ATR 72. It is h...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could the Southampton Airport runway extension mean the end of Bournemouth Airport?
Replies: 14
Views: 2985

Re: Could the Southampton Airport runway extension mean the end of Bournemouth Airport?

I really don't see the extension making any difference - in my opinion it's an expensive and unnecessary white elephant and won't be elixir they are dreaming of. There are only a handful of stands which can accommodate anything larger than a Q400 - that's going to make for some interesting planning ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2021 Booked/Flown Flights
Replies: 91
Views: 10866

Re: Your 2021 Booked/Flown Flights

Well it's been a while, but I'm feeling more confident about international travel being less hassle towards the end of this year. Took advantage of an error fare, so we'll be visiting HNL in November for 10 days: ZRH-AMS ... KLM Cityhopper ... E190 AMS-LAX ... KLM ... B787-10 LAX-HNL ... Delta ... B...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are flights under 100 miles profitable?
Replies: 31
Views: 3118

Re: Are flights under 100 miles profitable?

No, not any airline can.

But an airline with a business model that allows them to operate short routes (for geographical or other reasons) can do. I have hundreds of commercial flights in my log that are under 100 miles, not all of them involving crossing water.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Mar 22, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Speculation: UK regional routes for the summer
Replies: 2
Views: 845

Re: Speculation: UK regional routes for the summer

I can see easyJet launching further routes from NQY.

Currently MAN and GLA have been announced, but I can see LGW, LTN, EDI and BFS as possibilities. I can also see BA CityFlyer operating LCY-NQY.

The big issue will be accommodation capacity - it's going to be packed.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?
Replies: 41
Views: 2998

Re: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?

Looking at it from a technical, not objective perspective, I can immediately think of one: Garuda ordered the 777-300ER, in part so it could fly a flagship (SYD-)CGK-LHR route... but then they 'discovered' that the pavement rating at CGK was not sufficient to hold a fully loaded 77W on a flight to L...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Mar 10, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?
Replies: 41
Views: 2998

Re: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?

Same goes for SkyUp flying Kiev to Zanzibar on an ordinary 737NG, not sure if they put the 700 or 800 on it. Quite a distance... Should be the 737-700. The 800 couldn't make it. However, the flight is quite unprofitable since even the 700 can't make it with a full load. The flight is about 3400nmi,...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Olivier Dassault killed in helicopter crash
Replies: 33
Views: 5797

Re: Olivier Dassault killed in helicopter crash

There was a Chinese billionaire that died in a helicopter crash in France a couple years ago (he owned a wine chateau). Rather than helicopters killing the rich I think we should look at it the other way, poor people are rarely onboard helicopters, so an helicopter crash is more likely to kill a ri...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports you have visited but not flown to/through
Replies: 42
Views: 3333

Re: Airports you have visited but not flown to/through

Lots of smaller fields in the UK - I'll count the ones I've at least stopped and had a chat / coffee at: Bodmin Biggin Hill Bristol Filton (now closed) Fairoaks Farnborough Kemble Northolt Popham Redhill (I need to change this, it's a mile from my house) Rochester Southampton Staverton Woodford Yeov...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights between metro area airports
Replies: 47
Views: 3943

Re: Flights between metro area airports

I think we can deduce that the poster meant to say 8 minutes. A few carriers have flown MNL-CRK in the Philippines, mostly with the Let 410 IIRC. I looked at flying it back in 2015, but regrettably couldn't tie it up. Going back a couple of years Blink were selling intra-London Airport positioning f...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mesa Air Group to help form European CRJ900 operator
Replies: 26
Views: 7425

Re: Mesa Air Group to help form European CRJ900 operator

There will be mutual stiff competition between this new venture and CityJet / Air Nostrum - it could certainly refocus their stalled merger talks on the other side of the pandemic.

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you've been aboard but not flown in
Replies: 54
Views: 6058

Re: Aircraft you've been aboard but not flown in

e38 wrote:
PlymSpotter wrote:
hangers


hangars


Thanks - you're better than autocorrect

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you've been aboard but not flown in
Replies: 54
Views: 6058

Re: Aircraft you've been aboard but not flown in

I enjoy poking around hangers and aviation museums, so it could be a long list. That said, there are a lot of types that I've visited in museums and have then still managed to fly on later (Il-18, Il-62, Il-76, Il-86, DC-3 etc...) A321-200 NEO (London Gatwick) An-124 (Kiev Gostomel) BAe Hawk (variou...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 1569
Views: 239591

Re: UA announces BOS-LHR

Indeed - between, Aegean, Air India, Austrian, Brussels, Croatia Airlines, Egyptair, LOT, Lufthansa, SAS, Swiss, TAP and Turkish, LHR has more potential onward connections than some actual StarAlliance hubs. One-stops via LHR aren't going to be competitive with non-stops to FRA, MUC, CPH, ZRH, IST....

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 1569
Views: 239591

Re: UA announces BOS-LHR

Just to clarify, while there is no Star Alliance airline with a hub at LHR, there is feed to the Star Alliance carriers that serve LHR and there are several Star Alliance carriers that serve it. So someone from BOS heading to BRU, FRA, MUC, CPH, OSL, ZRH, JNB, etc. could potentially be routed via L...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is business travel enjoyable?
Replies: 26
Views: 2822

Re: Is business travel enjoyable?

b) Marketing: How important is the personal factor in sales discussions? It depends on the nature of the business and size of the deal but, ultimately, people buy from people. My background is in technology (SaaS), where a primary part of your job as a salesperson is to bring together the two coal ...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inverness Airport - Draft Master Plan 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 972

Re: Inverness Airport - Draft Master Plan 2020

Very interesting. Whilst the most costly, Option 4 would provide the opportunity to design an energy efficient, carbon negative / positive building. There should be enough room between the railway line and the centreline to design to Code 4E standards, which will more than suffice. I expect the larg...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Dry airspace"
Replies: 37
Views: 5275

Re: "Dry airspace"

The same goes for Saudi airspace. No alcohol is served when cruising in KSA airspace. Somebody forgot to tell Qatar Airways this. The only time I have 'seen' Mecca was whilst flying DOH-GRU in 2010, and I was enjoying a rather pleasant Merlot with my lunch at the time. I was somewhat struck by the ...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future of the dc-9/ md-80 line
Replies: 10
Views: 1341

Re: Future of the dc-9/ md-80 line

Well actually, in a way there is.

The COMAC ARJ-21 fuselage production in part uses tooling from McDonnel Douglas' former MD-80 series production line in Shanghai. There is a clear resemblance to its parent, so the old DC9 DNA lives on!

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you landed on the alphabet? A delayed 2020 edition
Replies: 26
Views: 3095

Re: Have you landed on the alphabet? A delayed 2020 edition

VirginFlyer wrote:
Chatham Island and Great Barrier Island - you must have had quite an enjoyable trip to New Zealand!

V/F


Yes the whole trip was superb - outstanding scenery. I'm looking forwards to heading back to Oz and NZ, once everything goes back to normal!

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you landed on the alphabet? A delayed 2020 edition
Replies: 26
Views: 3095

Re: Have you landed on the alphabet? A delayed 2020 edition

I decided to do most of my travelling in 2020 during January and February, so it was actually a pretty good year for me. 352 airports, including lots without a code. Still missing Q and X mind. A: AAR, ABQ, ACI, ACK, ADD, AEP, AGP, AGT, AKL , ALA, ALB, ALC, ALP, AMM, AMS, ARW, ASU, ATL, AUH. B: BBS,...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jan 29, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flying on B1900D?
Replies: 24
Views: 2544

Re: Flying on B1900D?

They are brilliant fun to fly on. You basically have window views out of both sides and the cockpit up ahead

Enjoy your trip!

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jan 26, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most interesting plane still in commercial service?
Replies: 25
Views: 4319

Re: Most interesting plane still in commercial service?

I just found out that the Argentine Air Force reactivated TC-54, a 1973 build Fokker F28-1000 Combi, and that it has been seen operating scheduled services in Argentina for LADE.

It had been preserved a few years ago after bring withdrawn from service

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Persian Gulf to Leeds Bradford or Luton: Viable with the A321LR or 339?
Replies: 12
Views: 1637

Re: Persian Gulf to Leeds Bradford or Luton: Viable with the A321LR or 339?

Runway length is actually fairly meaningless as a metric, what counts is the declared distances. The big issue here for LBA is the landing distance available - on runway 14 it's just 1,802m and only 1,916m for runway 32. That is quite limiting when the airport is in an exposed location and often enc...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most "Pulled-Out-Of" Commercial Airport Ever?
Replies: 8
Views: 1720

Re: Most "Pulled-Out-Of" Commercial Airport Ever?

On this side of the Atlantic it used to be common for minor Mediteranean or sun / ski destination airports to have a very high turnover of airlines and routes. A carrier would serve a particular destination for a few years, then another location becomes trendy, and the old route would be dropped. Bu...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Project in Indonesia...should I take it...
Replies: 5
Views: 937

Re: Project in Indonesia...should I take it...

Air travel in Indonesia has been steadily getting safer. If you are worried, perhaps stick to Garuda or can you fly directly into the region you need to via and international carrier?

I hope the project is exciting!

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest Lufthansa flight: 13,700km Hamburg - Falkland Islands
Replies: 39
Views: 11496

Re: Longest Lufthansa flight: 13,700km Hamburg - Falkland Islands

TC957 wrote:
LH have flown A346's MUC - HNL nonstop in the past for cruise ship charters. Is that not longer ?


I did wonder that as well, but no:

MUC-HNL - 7593 miles
HAM-MPN - 8266 miles

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