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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: 6650

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: 771

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: 2006

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: 881
Views: 138161

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: 2707

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: 53
Views: 5874

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: 2514

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: 774

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: 2720

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: 2720

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: 5546

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: 2963

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: 3696

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: 25
Views: 6766

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: 31
Views: 2215

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: 31
Views: 2215

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: 234449

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: 234449

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: 2720

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: 935

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: 5100

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: 1275

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: 2875

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: 2875

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: 2473

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: 21
Views: 2878

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: 1576

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: 1645

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: 895

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: 11368

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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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aero Mexico requested sightseeing over Amsterdam
Replies: 12
Views: 3600

Re: Aero Mexico requested sightseeing over Amsterdam

Back in the 1980s my parents travelled around the states. My mum recalls one flight descended and did some circles over the Grand Canyon so passengers could see it. No idea on the airline, but very cool if she's remembering accurately.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Ends Plans to Fly Longhaul
Replies: 225
Views: 41611

Re: Norwegian Ends Plans to Fly Longhaul

Those with more insight, does this give B6 possible avenues to enter LGW? I’m not sure of the slot rules there. We all know B6 was trying to go in either LGW or LHR, I am curious if the lack of a Norwegian hub will now benefit them in this quest. Event without Norwegian's slots, LGW will have ample...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Ends Plans to Fly Longhaul
Replies: 225
Views: 41611

Re: Norwegian Ends Plans to Fly Longhaul

They pursued a loss making business model that was unsustainable and really did take flags of convenience and outsourcing to the next level. It’s not about revelling in the demise of a competitor. The fact is that they pursued a flawed business model long after it was obvious it was doomed, thereby...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Ends Plans to Fly Longhaul
Replies: 225
Views: 41611

Re: Norwegian Ends Plans to Fly Longhaul

Sad to see that we still have the odd dinosaur gleefully trolling the demise of a competitor. Perhaps it comforts some to know that several thousand people have no jobs to return to. The reality is that Norwegian had just about pulled everything together and were looking at a strong and likely profi...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jan 06, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any A318 flights left ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1339

Re: Any A318 flights left ?

AF have operated CDG-LHR with the A318 in the past few days - saw it myself this afternoon in a brief break from the cloud.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If airlines named routes like trains used to
Replies: 24
Views: 2454

Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

Conviasa's Tehran to Venezuela flight is known as the Uranium Express, although that definitely isn't an official title! Also I knew I remembered reading a very interesting thread on this a while ago... Googled it, and sure enough: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=129167 Although now ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca A319 strikes pyrotechnic balloon on approach to BOG
Replies: 12
Views: 4515

Re: Avianca A319 strikes pyrotechnic balloon on approach to BOG

Avianca press release regarding AV29 https://twitter.com/JacdecNew/status/1345143273485172736?s=20 So Avianca's press release states the balloon was reached by a hot air balloon when it had already landed Does this mean the balloon drifted across the aircraft's path, and that the aircraft was perha...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Dec 30, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Round trip routes where both legs travel the same direction
Replies: 11
Views: 3701

Re: Round trip routes where both legs travel the same direction

In many cases water is free - no overflight fees to pay. Nope, mainly still receive air traffic services which are paid for. In this case using Shanwick and Santa Maria offers a significant reduction in said fees. IIRC Shanwick is about 1/20th of London's charge, and Santa Maria is a fraction of Po...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Round trip routes where both legs travel the same direction
Replies: 11
Views: 3701

Re: Round trip routes where both legs travel the same direction

I recall SQ's SIN-EWR-SIN flight would often take an Easterly routing on both flights. It was quite surprising to look up and see a SQ A345 flying over Devon in the South West of England! I can’t say why but they spend 90% of the flight over water I’d estimate. In many cases water is free - no overf...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair route cull ?
Replies: 26
Views: 4057

Re: Ryanair route cull ?

FR do not have any UK-registered (G-****) aircraft. They do have one at the moment, G-RUKA in preperation for the U.K. leaving the EU and concerns about traffic rights between the U.K. and non-EU countries and U.K. domestic services. The U.K. CAA want more added to cover the U.K. flying. https://ww...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2020 Booked/Flown Flights
Replies: 124
Views: 13168

Re: Your 2020 Booked/Flown Flights

Well, I planned to get most of my personal travel for the year done in January / February, which was pretty fortunate. I've had a load of missed business trips since then, and lots of Skype calls instead. Despite landing for the last time in 2020 back in early March, I still managed some 60,000 mile...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unusual places your food comes from
Replies: 17
Views: 1118

Re: Unusual places your food comes from

Years ago when I was at University, my local corner shop somehow sourced their regular branded soft drinks from the Caucasus and Central Asia. Was odd getting a Sprite from Georgia, or a Coke from Uzbekistan. God knows how or why a corner shop in Birmingham ended up getting them from that far away.....

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you think I did anything wrong with this or was unprofessional?
Replies: 24
Views: 2153

Re: Do you think I did anything wrong with this or was unprofessional?

I'm not sure we have enough of the information to really judge or form an opinion What was it that passengers found to be disgraceful and deeply unprofessional? How was it that they knew that another passenger was your son - was it just the cockpit visit, or was it conversation or events during the ...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unusual Widebody Movements
Replies: 22
Views: 2231

Re: Unusual Widebody Movements

Indeed, those and QR's 787s / 777s often carried pallets and pallets of Mangos - I remember one time the netting failed and there were Mangos everywhere. I wonder if we currently have a Mango shortage in the UK!

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 131
Views: 10258

Re: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?

Air India - 400 British Airways - 400 EVA Air - 400, 400M Iran Air - 100 KLM - 400, 400M KLM Asia - 400 Korean Air - 400 Kuwait Airways - 400M Lufthansa - 400, -8i Oasis Hong Kong - 400 Qantas - 400ER Syrian Arab Airways - SP Virgin Atlantic Airways - 400 Had trips booked on the -200 and -300, but s...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Windrose Airlines Applies For U.S. Flights - Kyiv to New York JFK
Replies: 26
Views: 4927

Re: Windrose Airlines Applies For U.S. Flights - Kyiv to New York JFK

Wind Rose operated a single A332 for around 4 years in the past, mostly on charter flights IIRC.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unusual Widebody Movements
Replies: 22
Views: 2231

Re: Unusual Widebody Movements

That's a lot more than I have seen - although still a big reduction. At one point 18 months ago they were even sending A333s into LGW twice daily too.

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Dec 05, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unusual Widebody Movements
Replies: 22
Views: 2231

Re: Unusual Widebody Movements

This isn't much of a surprise to me. Go back a few years and IST was always a frequent BA 767 destination - double daily if my memory serves me correctly. With TK no longer flying multiple daily widebodies into LHR, there is substantially reduced cargo capacity.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: New LHR Enthusiast Magazine
Replies: 3
Views: 2643

Re: New LHR Enthusiast Magazine

Well, it's a bold idea at a time when Covid has basically killed print media.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Impossible city pairs
Replies: 37
Views: 3916

Re: Impossible city pairs

TUI operates BRS-CUN on the 787 which is 1,300 miles longer than BRS-DXB. Does BRS-CUN also block seats? The current technology and range of the 787 should be able to make BRS-DXB despite the short runway at BRS. Even if the aircraft has some restrictions, it should easily be able to make a 3,500 m...

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