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by Kent350787
Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas expects A380 fleet to return
Replies: 64
Views: 12324

Re: Qantas expects A380 fleet to return

While the first 2 points may or may not happen neither are going to lead to the A380 being brought back early. QF have 3 789s built and undelivered and several A332s still stored which will come back first. An A380 to AKL while not impossible would only happen if they were brought back for long hau...

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by Kent350787
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does the 747-8 have a useful purpose?
Replies: 18
Views: 2361

Re: Does the 747-8 have a useful purpose?

I can't imagine the global air cargo industry having to operate without the 747Fs one day. But they can. Head out to some of even the biggest cargo hubs, and count the number of 747s being front-loaded... you might get bored before you make it to "3." Shippers have long-since shifted to p...

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by Kent350787
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1777

Re: United States Mass Shooting Thread

Mass shootings in the US, that are not islamist inspired (i.e. the majority), seem to be socially acceptable. If the attack is somehow connected to islamists, the whole nation goes crazy, every agency sends its incompetent bureaucrats (or special agents, because that sounds better) to the scene, an...

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by Kent350787
Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1777

Re: United States Mass Shooting Thread

On a number of international fora of which I am part, a generalised US Mass shooting thread is common and depressingly lengthy. But outside the US there is a palpable frustration that the US appears unwillingly or unable to take any practical steps to reduce the killings so, whilst we care for the i...

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by Kent350787
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 28365

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

I'll be interested to see if any more 737s get freed up by Alliance doing some of the flying, or whether they're purely going to be additional routes. You'd think current routes such as MEL-CBR and MEL-LST would be ideal candidates for Alliance's E90s but, as I understand it, the current ACCC appro...

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by Kent350787
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas expects A380 fleet to return
Replies: 64
Views: 12324

Re: Qantas expects A380 fleet to return

All crew have been stood down. By the time they’re needed towards 2023 many will be starting from scratch for certification.

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by Kent350787
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When where and why did you last fly pre Covid?
Replies: 39
Views: 1041

Re: When where and why did you last fly pre Covid?

HKG-SYD on a Cathay 77W in J. Slightly disappointing service (BOS-HKG immediately prior was far better) but gee I miss it. We were hoping to spend last Christmas in Berlin, and desperately want to see our BOS family again.

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by Kent350787
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 28365

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

Nice to see VA taking back some 737s that were stored overseas. Flying into BNE this morning I could see just two VA aircraft resting on the old runway with engines taped up. A 737 and an ATR 72. I assume with the way things are moving, the former will be back in the air soon. Was too far away to g...

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by Kent350787
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?
Replies: 40
Views: 2224

Re: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?

Again, the last one went in 1997 as the only remaining justification for it had gone, that is why it was not replaced before retirement. We don't even have a dedicated VIP airfleet (save one tanker badly painted on the orders of the overgrown child in Downing Street), compare to the mini AF/airline...

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by Kent350787
Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Countries and Continents you have been to
Replies: 39
Views: 1681

Re: Countries and Continents you have been to

L410Turbolet wrote:
Kent350787 wrote:
Europe
UK (when it was part of Europe)


It remains part of Europe...

Well, sort of physically ;)

But rowing its own boat in all other ways

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by Kent350787
Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Countries and Continents you have been to
Replies: 39
Views: 1681

Re: Countries and Continents you have been to

Oceania

Australia
New Zealand

Asia

Malaysia
Singapore
(Japan)
(Hong Kong)

North America
Canada
USA

Europe
UK (when it was part of Europe)
Eire
Netherlands
Germany
Austria
Czech Republic
Hungary
(Switzerland)
Italy
France
Spain
Belgium

* () = transit only

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by Kent350787
Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tea or Coffee?
Replies: 53
Views: 2142

Re: Tea or Coffee?

Coffee - unless I have an upset stomach. Then tea with toast I live in Seattle - it's the law out here :smile: Is it the law to burn the beans too, or is that just Charbucks? I believe Italian style coffee is known in particular for strongly roasted beans. I'm fine with a dark roast (although it's ...

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by Kent350787
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tea or Coffee?
Replies: 53
Views: 2142

Re: Tea or Coffee?

ER757 wrote:
Coffee - unless I have an upset stomach. Then tea with toast
I live in Seattle - it's the law out here :smile:

Is it the law to burn the beans too, or is that just Charbucks?

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by Kent350787
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airport Neighbors Unhappier Than Ever About Noise, Despite Quieter Planes
Replies: 54
Views: 2748

Re: Airport Neighbors Unhappier Than Ever About Noise, Despite Quieter Planes

Although first used in 1911, SYD has always had residential development nearby. I’m not sure how long the curfew has been in place, but it was reinforced after a 5am BA 742 go-around from 34L. Other noise measures including resumption of much of the suburb of Sydenham and government funded noise ins...

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by Kent350787
Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tea or Coffee?
Replies: 53
Views: 2142

Re: Tea or Coffee?

Both. Start my day with espresso coffee. When at work in th riff he ill then have black tea and an afternoon espresso, a couple of coffees, tea, afternoon espresso, late afternoon tea if working at hone. The tea is usually Irish breakfast. Weekend mornings usually start with 3 espresso over breakfas...

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by Kent350787
Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is everyone’s home internet speed?
Replies: 43
Views: 2782

Re: What is everyone’s home internet speed?

30mbps download, unlimited data. AUD$90 per month, including a cable TV PVR and a limited range of cable channels.

It’s not unknown for us to be streaming in 4k to our TV, plus another gaming online,
Plus another watching a movie on their laptop, plus 2 or three of us on phones. Rarely an issue.

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by Kent350787
Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 28365

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

Failure to apply braking and/or chocks? To cop the nacelle as well it appears to have rolled uncontrolled.

Also, I thought NSW owned the Marie Bashir (N138CG) and Coulsen operated?

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by Kent350787
Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Uber eats driver killed by carjackers in DC
Replies: 68
Views: 4075

Re: Uber eats driver killed by carjackers in DC

Pretty simple—a minimum wage guarantees low productive people don’t get jobs; jobs that train work ethic, skills and socialization. Norway doesn’t have a minimum wage. Nobody here would work for the US minimum wage. Exporting all those fossil fuels does wonders for an economy. As does using income ...

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by Kent350787
Mon Mar 29, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Broken down ship in Suez Canal on the move again
Replies: 91
Views: 8107

Re: Suez Canal shut down by broken ship

Ever Given has finally been freed! Sorry for paywalled reporting https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/ever-given-unstuck-and-moving-reports-20210329-p57ezh.html Sorry to be the party pooper, but no it hasn't. Just the stern of the ship has been freed. The bow still is stuck in the mud. Accordin...

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by Kent350787
Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Georgia Election Law Controversy
Replies: 296
Views: 14272

Re: Georgia Election Law Controversy

In Australia, we have independent electoral commissions at state and federal level, overseeing elections for their separate jurisdictions. Redistributions are considered after each election based on population changes, and all parties are able to provide input into that process. With mandatory atte...

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by Kent350787
Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Georgia Election Law Controversy
Replies: 296
Views: 14272

Re: Georgia Election Law Controversy

In Australia, we have independent electoral commissions at state and federal level, overseeing elections for their separate jurisdictions. Redistributions are considered after each election based on population changes, and all parties are able to provide input into that process. With mandatory atten...

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by Kent350787
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 738 replacement competition
Replies: 195
Views: 24682

Re: Qantas 738 replacement competition

On the SYD congestion issue, I can’t see that it is a major thing in terms of the NB choice. SYD-MEL (pre-Covid) was already a 30 min schedule, alternating A330 and 738 in the peaks. Being able to make a 15 min service across the two airports isn’t going to make things significantly more attractive....

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by Kent350787
Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Seatback IFE vs. Streaming To Device vs. Nothing
Replies: 17
Views: 1977

Re: Seatback IFE vs. Streaming To Device vs. Nothing

In Australia, narrow bodies are exclusively streaming to device. Wide bodies are IFE plus streaming to device, as they switch between short haul and long haul.

On short sectors I’m fine with streaming to device, although I do enjoy B6 when in the US, with IFE plus free internet

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by Kent350787
Thu Mar 25, 2021 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 738 replacement competition
Replies: 195
Views: 24682

Re: Qantas 738 replacement competition

[ I could see the JQ 788s replacing the 332s at QF, at least for domestic and tasman runs. There is little resale value in the -8 models. I guess it depends on how many long haul JQ routes come back (that need the range of the 787). There's long been toing and froing on whether the JQ 788s move to ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ten murdered in Boulder, CO by shooter 3/22
Replies: 279
Views: 13469

Re: Ten murdered in Boulder, CO by shooter 3/22

Notwithstanding mass shootings and suicide, U.S. death rates due to gun violence would be REMARKABLY lower if inner-city gang shootings were not included. By that logic, you shoukd also remove drug related shootings from the European statistics. I am pretty sure that will make the US figures compar...

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by Kent350787
Wed Mar 24, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 46440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

Rex to launch Sydney-Canberra flights from April 19 https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/rex-canberra-sydney-flights 7 return daily flights on a Saab 340? Are Rex aiming to win a contest on which airline can haemorrhage cash the quickest? Heading back to their roots/routes? At the turn of the ce...

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by Kent350787
Wed Mar 24, 2021 4:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 34604

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

https://news.google.com/articles/CBMiLmh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LmJiYy5jb20vbmV3cy93b3JsZC1ldXJvcGUtNTY0ODY3MzLSATJodHRwczovL3d3dy5iYmMuY29tL25ld3MvYW1wL3dvcmxkLWV1cm9wZS01NjQ4NjczMg?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen No surprises here that Germany is extending their lockdown. While I'm not criticizing the f...

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by Kent350787
Tue Mar 23, 2021 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 384
Views: 43640

Re: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Because the exhaust air from the engines will ruin the flow over the stabilizer in normal design. The engines will be mounted on top of the wings directly in front of the stab if it is not a T-Tail design. http://militaryarms.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/il18-4.jpg I never said it is not possible ...

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by Kent350787
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand interaction with P.R.C.?
Replies: 22
Views: 1240

Re: New Zealand interaction with P.R.C.?

I think NZ should worry more about keeping friendly with Australia than worry about China. Without Australia, they are completely isolated. NZ and Australia are like half siblings. It's very difficult to see how the relationship could be destroyed. Many Australians envy NZ for its greater sense of ...

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by Kent350787
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand interaction with P.R.C.?
Replies: 22
Views: 1240

Re: New Zealand interaction with P.R.C.?

So you think the Aussie’s should just bow to Chinese coercion then? No, but following a conservative US administration into an ill-thought out war does seem par for the course for Australian conservative governments. Many Australians envy the often more measured administrations in NZ. No the Aussie...

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by Kent350787
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand interaction with P.R.C.?
Replies: 22
Views: 1240

Re: New Zealand interaction with P.R.C.?

And this is AU, least they stand up to the bully. China: US$90.6 billion (43% of total Australian exports) Japan: $19 billion (9%) United States: $13.1 billion (6.2%) South Korea: $13 billion (6.2%) United Kingdom: $10.3 billion (4.9%) India: $7.1 billion (3.4%) New Zealand: $7 billion (3.3%) Singa...

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by Kent350787
Sun Mar 21, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1581
Views: 96967

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

The vaccine rollout is Australia, which was due to ramp-up today, is now being hindered by major flooding in parts of the largest state, NSW. And, as well as suffering as a proxy in US-China trade wars, Australia is also suffering as a proxy in the EU-AZ battle. Thankfully localyl produced doses wil...

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by Kent350787
Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: why no metric system in aviation?
Replies: 58
Views: 4169

Re: why no metric system in aviation?

For you UK people, a pint of beer is more than a 330 ml beer but less than a 500 ml beer (referred to as small or big here). Pint of beer in the US may be less than 500ml but in the UK its 568ml...it's also often not served cold... Fred How in the heck is a pint less than 568ml?That is extremely wr...

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by Kent350787
Thu Mar 18, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Crowds In Multiple US Cities Protest Attacks on Asians
Replies: 61
Views: 5843

Re: Crowds In Multiple US Cities Protest Attacks on Asians

My sister-in-law was born in NJ to parents who emigrated from Hong Kong, and is now a partner in a law firm in MA. I find it interesting that, even at a professional level, there is a sufficient perceived need for race-based professional associations (of which she is a member), as well as race-based...

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by Kent350787
Thu Mar 18, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Delta order the A330-800?
Replies: 6
Views: 918

Re: Should Delta order the A330-800?

The A332 a comparative flop? Can’t say I’ve heard that before. Sure the A333 improved in later years and was able to do some routes over 10-11 hrs that the A332 did previously which took some potential A332 orders but hardly a flop, it served its purpose for a number of years from the late 1990s th...

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by Kent350787
Thu Mar 18, 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fast food you avoid
Replies: 68
Views: 3643

Re: Fast food you avoid

Oooh, thanks for reminding me about Subway. The smell of the herbed bread is one of the grossest things I encounter when out and about. Admittedly it is better than many other options (and I last chose it on a Sunday afternoon in Dublin, GA, admittedly a salad rather than sub), but worse than many, ...

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by Kent350787
Thu Mar 18, 2021 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 46440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

Contrary to what is said by another poster, I’m fairly certain the contract is actually with the Commonwealth Government, noting that Norfolk Island is no longer self-governing. Correct. This is dated 2019, but still current (apart from the temporary Covid related arrangement) - https://www.regiona...

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by Kent350787
Thu Mar 18, 2021 4:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fast food you avoid
Replies: 68
Views: 3643

Re: Fast food you avoid

Agree with KFC (or PKF for Quebecois). I have it maybe once every 5 years and regret it every time. Theres a store at the end of my street and I've been there twice in 25 years. Burger King (Hungry Jack's in Australia). Every time I've had it there's been a greasy aftertaste that I finally worked ou...

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by Kent350787
Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: why no metric system in aviation?
Replies: 58
Views: 4169

Re: why no metric system in aviation?

Although the USA is now the only country where the Imperial system is in widespread use, the former British Empire also used it up until the 1970s. I'd expect that bloc cemented its use and that change to the dominant system is now considered to hard for international aviation. Picking a nit here:t...

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by Kent350787
Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Washington Post: Trump did not tell Georgia Secretary of State to "find the fraud" of the election
Replies: 5
Views: 847

Re: Washington Post: Trump did not tell Georgia Secretary of State to "find the fraud" of the election

The WaPo issued the clarification following the released of the audio. The witness who provided them the earlier quote was wrong. They did the right thing.

Mind you, the confirmed wording is little better in terms of what 45 was trying to achieve......

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by Kent350787
Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 49% of GOP men won't take vaccine
Replies: 119
Views: 8824

Re: 49% of GOP men won't take vaccine

Trump asked people to get a vaccine on 2/28 and just re-recommended it. He isn't even getting screen time for any stuff on MSM, so why is anyone concerned? https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-touts-covid-19-vaccine-safety-amid-skepticism-from-republicans/ar-BB1eF4xd?OCID=ansmsnnews11 We a...

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by Kent350787
Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oklahoma House passes bill to protect drivers who hit protesters
Replies: 64
Views: 2974

Re: Oklahoma House passes bill to protect drivers who hit protesters

I've read this whole thread and I'm still not clear on why Oklahoma has this massive problem with protests and innocent people accidentally running protests down to the extent that it needs to make specific laws to deal with it?

Have I missed reporting of this epidemic of MVA in Oklahoma?

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by Kent350787
Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 46440

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

[ I agree, the A321NEO is the perfect frame for the golden triangle and also transcon. I would imagine that the future A321XLR would also be interchangeable with the domestic fleet if needed. I would say QF as a whole is leaning towards the A320NEO family. There are already A320 family aircraft at ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Delta order the A330-800?
Replies: 6
Views: 918

Re: Should Delta order the A330-800?

No. The A332 was a comparitive flop, and the A338 is looking to be similar unless range is a key consideration. Exactly matching capacity isn't necessarily the largest driver in fleet decisions. The A332 a comparative flop? Can’t say I’ve heard that before. Sure the A333 improved in later years and...

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by Kent350787
Tue Mar 16, 2021 12:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Delta order the A330-800?
Replies: 6
Views: 918

Re: Should Delta order the A330-800?

No. The A332 was a comparitive flop, and the A338 is looking to be similar unless range is a key consideration. Exactly matching capacity isn't necessarily the largest driver in fleet decisions.

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by Kent350787
Tue Mar 16, 2021 12:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Austrian/Lauda Itinerary
Replies: 3
Views: 556

Re: Austrian/Lauda Itinerary

The very first Lauda flights to Australia operated with the 767-300 as VIE-HKT-SYD. However, only QF/TG could sell tickets for the Thailand-Australia sector. Then when Lauda expanded more weekly flights were added and the routing was VIE-BKK-MEL-SYD. Then I believe the BKK stop was changed to SIN. ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Mar 16, 2021 12:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland
Replies: 14
Views: 835

Re: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland

I love seeing these things sail (fly?), but I agree that it's become so elitist that it's discouraging many teams from many nations from competing. Not content with only happening once every 4 years, only 4 teams bothered to show up this year, which doesn't help with opening up the cup to a wider a...

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by Kent350787
Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Austrian/Lauda Itinerary
Replies: 3
Views: 556

Re: Austrian/Lauda Itinerary

Best I've found so far is this for when they went daily in 2002 (previously 5x weekly), but it doesn't cover the KUL arr/dep times: The flight schedule from 27 May 2002: Flight day Dep. place/time Arvl. place/time Flight no. Mon,Tue,Thu,Sat,Sun from Vienna 10.45 to Sydney 15.15+1 OS3001 Wed, Fri, Su...

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by Kent350787
Mon Mar 15, 2021 2:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: why no metric system in aviation?
Replies: 58
Views: 4169

Re: why no metric system in aviation?

johns624 wrote:
The UK still does some stuff non-metric. Distances and speeds are still in miles. Ales are still in pints. :D


But it's a weird by exception thing. ANd currency only decimalised around the time the former Empire was adopting the metric system in full.

But a pint is far preferred to 330ml of beer

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