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by directorguy
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines and Routes from the old Dhahran Airport
Replies: 17
Views: 2031

Re: Airlines and Routes from the old Dhahran Airport

Born and raised in Dhahran/Khobar. In the 90s I used to fly mainly Egyptair to CAI at least 3 times a year and BA to LGW on the 767. Maybe EK to DXB once. The old Dhahran airport was a dump-absolutely nothing to do. Notoriously long queues particularly at passport control and customs on arrival-KSA ...

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by directorguy
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?
Replies: 53
Views: 3030

Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

I was flying on Emirates a while back when I found a lady sitting in my aisle seat, with her infant on her lap. The lady asked if she could have the aisle and I take middle seat as she needed aisle access to get up and use the WC during the flight. I gladly gave her my seat. I was travelling solo an...

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by directorguy
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present
Replies: 54
Views: 4236

Re: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present

I'm on several travel groups on FB where people share travel experiences and two airlines that stand out are Tunisair and RAM Royal Air Maroc. A lot of people go to Tunisia and Morocco on holiday, and increasingly these airlines carry a lot of transit passengers bound for Southern Europe/Mediterrane...

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by directorguy
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you have a trip cancellation horror story?
Replies: 20
Views: 1377

Re: Do you have a trip cancellation horror story?

In December 2018 I had plans to travel with my family to Europe-specifically Paris, Strasbourg, and Amsterdam. Most people will remember the yellow vests movement was gaining momentum around then, and travel to Paris didn't seem like a bright idea. A week or so before travel my mother tripped and in...

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by directorguy
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Oman Air Launch Flights to New York JFK in the near future?
Replies: 7
Views: 611

Re: Will Oman Air Launch Flights to New York JFK in the near future?

MCT-YVR? You've got to be kidding. Hardly any traffic or ties of any sort between Oman and BC. What can WY offer that the ME3 don't?

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by directorguy
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Growth of Tourism in Turkey from 2000-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: Growth of Tourism in Turkey from 2000-2014

A lot of reasons. A major one being after 2007/2008 Turkemania invaded most of the Middle east and North Africa in the form of TV soap opera, Turkish music etc. A lot of people from those countries wanted to visit Turkey. Turkey for the most part either waived or liberalized the visa regime making ...

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by directorguy
Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Growth of Tourism in Turkey from 2000-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: Growth of Tourism in Turkey from 2000-2014

A lot of reasons. A major one being after 2007/2008 Turkemania invaded most of the Middle east and North Africa in the form of TV soap opera, Turkish music etc. A lot of people from those countries wanted to visit Turkey. Turkey for the most part either waived or liberalized the visa regime making i...

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by directorguy
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Mumbai Hub
Replies: 23
Views: 2757

Re: Air India Mumbai Hub

With Delhi being the capital, and AI owed by the Indian government, that should be self explanatory. . With a bit of thought and initiative (something AI has never had) they should have had a hub in BOM to rival DEL or something akin to LH at FRA & MUC. As soon as the Indian LCCs get wise with ...

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by directorguy
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Mumbai Hub
Replies: 23
Views: 2757

Re: Air India Mumbai Hub

With Delhi being the capital, and AI owed by the Indian government, that should be self explanatory. . With a bit of thought and initiative (something AI has never had) they should have had a hub in BOM to rival DEL or something akin to LH at FRA & MUC. As soon as the Indian LCCs get wise with ...

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by directorguy
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 10470

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

BA used to fly the 747 on LGW-DHA (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia) which was a big oil route. Later the 767 was used in the 90s. When DHA closed, BA served DMM as well until the route was cut after 9/11.

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by directorguy
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines Flying Out of the "Wrong" Terminal
Replies: 9
Views: 812

Re: Airlines Flying Out of the "Wrong" Terminal

flydubai used to operate exclusively out of Terminal 2 at DXB (as well as some flights from DWC) until last year certain destinations were moved to Terminal 3 AKA the exclusive Emirates terminal (except for the time when partner QF flew into DXB). Destinations moved were Belgrade, Bishkek, Bucharest...

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by directorguy
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Possible New Routes for EgyptAir to the USA
Replies: 12
Views: 1096

Re: Possible New Routes for EgyptAir to the USA

Egypt has a lot of VFR, business, diplomatic and of course tourism ties with the United States. And it's both ways. A lot of Egyptians visit the US on holiday. Potential dream routes: CAI-EWR CAI-IAH CAI-ORD CAI-YUL (Canada isn't the US, but still-MS used to serve YUL in the 90s with the A340) Will ...

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by directorguy
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines Flying Out of the "Wrong" Terminal
Replies: 9
Views: 812

Airlines Flying Out of the "Wrong" Terminal

Usually airlines at their hubs consolidate their operations out of a particular terminal/concourse. However due to capacity or operational constraints they sometimes operate certain destinations out of another terminal/concourse, usually occupied by other airlines they have no affiliation with. In t...

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by directorguy
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Abu Dhabi night layover
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: Abu Dhabi night layover

Use Uber or a taxi (all metered). The Grand Mosque is great at night. Closes at 10pm though. Worth visiting. I think you can land, go through immigration (hopefully they have special counters for J pax) then head out to the mosque. It's 15 minutes from AUH. The Corniche is at the far end of Abu Dhab...

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by directorguy
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Five Word Story Thread Q3 2019
Replies: 65
Views: 5903

Re: Five Word Story Thread Q3 2019

millions of dollars in profit...

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by directorguy
Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History of the passenger boarding bridge
Replies: 16
Views: 3735

Re: History of the passenger boarding bridge

Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to future installments.

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by directorguy
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?
Replies: 83
Views: 2469

Re: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?

New York: JFK, DCA
Washington DC: IAD, DCA
London: LHR, LGW, LCY
Paris: CDG, ORY
Dubai: DXB, DWC, SHJ, AUH
Dhahran/Dammam, Saudi Arabia: DHA, DMM, BAH (however DHA and DMM were never in operation simultaneously)
Alexandria: ALY, HBE

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by directorguy
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled
Replies: 60
Views: 14121

Re: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

It's highly unclear what's the reason for BA temporarily suspending CAI is. The vague wording of BA's statement has only contributed to people assuming the worst.
Worth noting that MS to LHR remain unaffected, and that other UK airlines like easyjet are operating to Egypt normally.

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by directorguy
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA diversion to Yuma
Replies: 27
Views: 4499

Re: AA diversion to Yuma

commpilot wrote:
It is a shame the rescue plane pushed PHX at 15:25 and not 15:10.

Wish there was a like button for this

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by directorguy
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will gulf carriers send A330neo to Americas?
Replies: 9
Views: 1631

Re: Will gulf carriers send A330neo to Americas?

Out of interest, could the A330NEO be used on KWI-YYZ, BAH-JFK, MCT-JFK?

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by directorguy
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Line Shore Excursions to Cairo, Egypt
Replies: 3
Views: 780

Re: Cruise Line Shore Excursions to Cairo, Egypt

All these ports are a good 3 hours away by coach from the Pyramids. The cities of Port Said and Alex are lovely and worth exploring. Absolutely nothing in Ain Sokhna though. Depends on the season, and how long the cruise ship will be in port etc How long is Sokhna from Cairo by coach. Sokhna is pro...

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by directorguy
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Line Shore Excursions to Cairo, Egypt
Replies: 3
Views: 780

Re: Cruise Line Shore Excursions to Cairo, Egypt

All these ports are a good 3 hours away by coach from the Pyramids. The cities of Port Said and Alex are lovely and worth exploring. Absolutely nothing in Ain Sokhna though. Depends on the season, and how long the cruise ship will be in port etc

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by directorguy
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudi Arabia as Tourist Destination
Replies: 68
Views: 3759

Re: Saudi Arabia as Tourist Destination

Saudi Arabia already is a major tourist destination. Millions of people visit the country to perform umra and hajj. All those people stay in hotels (some very high end luxury ones, too), go shopping (buying jewellery, electronics), eat in restaurants, and visit with friends and relatives already liv...

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by directorguy
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Countries where airlines are biggest brands
Replies: 27
Views: 2658

Re: Countries where airlines are biggest brands

Emirates is a massive brand in the UAE and particularly Dubai. Arguably the most successful home grown company there and the secret to Dubai's claim to fame. The EK logo is on most major championships/events in town. And a very high percentage of Dubai's population (relative to other cities) works f...

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by directorguy
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Euro Business Seats
Replies: 34
Views: 4717

Re: Euro Business Seats

Not in Europe, but I have seen it on Egyptair. MS has a fleet of 12 E170s. The seats in Business are exactly the same as in Economy, all in a 2-2 configuration (not even the courtesy empty middle east you get on Eurobusiness). The only difference between Y and J is the service/catering on board, plu...

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by directorguy
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia To Resume Madrid-Cairo 4
Replies: 1
Views: 521

Iberia To Resume Madrid-Cairo 4

"Iberia from March 2020 plans to resume service to Egypt, previously served until August 2014. From 02MAR20, the oneWorld carrier will operate Madrid – Cairo route 4 times a week, subject to Government Approval. Airbus A319 aircraft will operate this route. IB3350 MAD1740 – 2330CAI 319 x247 IB3...

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by directorguy
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TWA Paris to New York by 767-200 in 2001 - when the TWA terminal was a terminal
Replies: 20
Views: 8350

Re: TWA Paris to New York by 767-200 in 2001 - when the TWA terminal was a terminal

Thanks for taking the time to share this trip report. Your description of the TWA cabin crew was really funny! Was just passing through CDG Terminal 1 and it really hasn't changed much...the essence is still the same. The interiors look very dated and unappealing, and I could only tell some of the p...

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by directorguy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question about travelling to Shanghai Pudong Airport, China, without a visa
Replies: 6
Views: 505

Re: Question about travelling to Shanghai Pudong Airport, China, without a visa

Hey Martijn, Found this http://nl.china-embassy.org/eng/ls/fhqz/t1212092.htm Importantly it says : "According to the requirements, a foreign national applying for the 72-hour transit visa exemption must hold the air ticket for a connecting flight with confirmed date of flight and seat, i.e., th...

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by directorguy
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?
Replies: 142
Views: 13117

Re: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?

Surprised no one has mentioned Conviasa (apologies if I missed it)
Conviasa flew IKA-DAM-CCS once every week using an A340. This infamous route has been covered in a trip report right here on A.net.

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by directorguy
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One-stop or triangle flights by US carriers
Replies: 27
Views: 2466

Re: One-stop or triangle flights by US carriers

KLM has a bunch of them in the Gulf
Routes like AMS-AUH-MCT-AMS or AMS-BAH-DMM-AMS. I can't remember which ones have been cut/adjusted and which ones are still running. Only DXB is a terminator flight. AUH/BAH/DMM/DOH/MCT are served via a triangular routing.

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by directorguy
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?
Replies: 142
Views: 13117

Re: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?

Many of the routes mentioned while exotic, weren't necessarily crazy. Multi-stop routings pairing cities with little traffic between them, or the novelty of say a Belgian airline flying you between Singapore and the Middle East, were pretty common. Have thought of a few: Gulf Air in the 90s flew to ...

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by directorguy
Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest serving livery
Replies: 25
Views: 2769

Re: Longest serving livery

The Air France livery was unchanged from the early 70s until a few years ago. Lasted almost as long as AA.

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by directorguy
Fri May 31, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your experience on now defunct carriers
Replies: 79
Views: 4116

Re: Your experience on now defunct carriers

Flew DEL-DXB on Jet Airways a few years ago. We were booked in Y, but offered an upgrade during check-in in New Delhi, which we accepted. It was a Boeing 737. The J cabin looked pretty drab, with no PTVs, which was surprising. Practically all airlines have PTVs at least in J. Service was good though...

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by directorguy
Thu May 30, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Loyalty Programs Be Based on Spend Only?
Replies: 32
Views: 2203

Re: Should Loyalty Programs Be Based on Spend Only?

Already many airlines reward passengers who pay more. As some have pointed out, different booking classes will earn a different number of miles. Emirates for example will upgrade passengers from Y to J or J to F based on the type of ticket, then Skywards status. A non-status passenger on an Economy ...

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by directorguy
Mon May 20, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Qatar Airways QSuites Business Class: DOH-ORD (w/pics)
Replies: 4
Views: 7697

Re: Qatar Airways QSuites Business Class: DOH-ORD (w/pics)

Thanks for sharing. QSuites look amazing. I feel like it's the only civilized way to experience a 16 hour flight!

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by directorguy
Tue May 14, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Things to do/see in southern England
Replies: 14
Views: 1276

Re: Things to do/see in southern England

I would recommend the Cotswolds. Base yourself in or near Cheltenham. Lots of historic homes and castles like Sudeley Castle, the palatial and Versailles-like Blenheim Palace (home of the Duke of Marlborough) and others. A lot of great places to stay. You can easily swing by Stonehenge on your way o...

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by directorguy
Wed May 08, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Funniest in-flight announcements?
Replies: 44
Views: 3517

Re: Funniest in-flight announcements?

Was flying Emirates (don't remember coming from where) and upon landing at DXB the CC doing the arrival announcement veered off script. He said: "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Dubai International Airport, local time is XXX and the local temperature is.....oh, umm, well actually I don't know ...

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by directorguy
Sun May 05, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't America have an international leisure airline?
Replies: 56
Views: 9419

Re: Why doesn't America have an international leisure airline?

One superficial reason could be that in Europe, tour operators historically offered holidays to (at the time) relatively obscure towns in Spain/Portugal etc. that were not well covered by mainline airlines. So if you needed to get from say Birmingham or Hamburg to Palma de Mallorca, you probably nee...

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by directorguy
Sun May 05, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Shocking Catering - Etihad 787-9 Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi (EY833) in economy
Replies: 15
Views: 11907

Re: Shocking Catering - Etihad 787-9 Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi (EY833) in economy

The benchmark is Emirates. EY is introducing a bunch of cost-cutting "innovations" that will simply chase more people away. Most people will now go for EK with their superior and consistent product (though FZ codeshares sometimes ruin that) or QR with their very strong route network. Not ...

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by directorguy
Sun May 05, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 5* Airline and 5* Airport - Korean Air 787-9 Seoul Incheon to Hong Kong (KE601) in economy
Replies: 3
Views: 4811

Re: 5* Airline and 5* Airport - Korean Air 787-9 Seoul Incheon to Hong Kong (KE601) in economy

Thanks for sharing this.
Impressed by KE catering in Y. Very rarely do you see a real meal served in Economy.

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by directorguy
Sat May 04, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 1985 Pan Am LHR-LAX-SYD 747 & 747SP - a (former) kid's memories
Replies: 18
Views: 15678

Re: 1985 Pan Am LHR-LAX-SYD 747 & 747SP - a (former) kid's memories

Have read your report several times now. Thanks for taking the time to share your valuable photos and memories. Really enjoyable.

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by directorguy
Sat May 04, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Shocking Catering - Etihad 787-9 Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi (EY833) in economy
Replies: 15
Views: 11907

Re: Shocking Catering - Etihad 787-9 Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi (EY833) in economy

I feel your pain. Imagine flying India-AUH-US with their new dining. On a long-haul flight especially, you should get a proper 3-course meal. The benchmark is Emirates, they balance quantity/taste/quality quite well. FWIW, judging from your photo, there seems to be no improvement in quality. Still l...

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by directorguy
Sat May 04, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Qatar Airways Business Class: Chiang Mai - Doha (w/pics)
Replies: 5
Views: 7318

Re: Qatar Airways Business Class: Chiang Mai - Doha (w/pics)

Thanks for sharing. Never knew that Qatar flew to Chiang Mai. Due to the Gulf blockade I haven't been following them as much as I used to. To be on the safe side, you could have requested wheelchair assistance. It is not obligatory to use it even if you book it but are feeling fine but have the requ...

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by directorguy
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1788
Views: 185827

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Apologies if this has already been posted https://gulfnews.com/business/aviation/emirates-spicejet-sign-codeshare-deal-1.63480364 Emirates and Spicejet have signed a code-share deal. "For Emirates, the codeshare with SpiceJet will provide it with an additional 67 weekly connections between Duba...

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by directorguy
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sudan - what now?
Replies: 25
Views: 3779

Re: Sudan - what now?

Still far too early to predict what the outcome of the coup/al-Bashir's removal will be. However the optimist in me believes that a responsible transitional government with wide support will be appointed and things start to improve. Sudan has some potential for tourism. A lot of ancient stuff from t...

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by directorguy
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: London Hotel Suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Re: London Hotel Suggestions

Hi Einstein, Southampton has a museum or two- the Sea City Museum and the Tudor House. Most maritime enthusiasts will prefer nearby Portsmouth with its Navy ships dockyards and museums. However it sounds like you prefer to see London. Check out http://www.imperialhotels.co.uk They have a bunch of ho...

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by directorguy
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: London Hotel Suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Re: London Hotel Suggestions

What do you plan on doing in London? What time does your flight land at Heathrow? Ideally you can land at LHR, then perhaps stay at a hotel near Victoria, positioning yourself for your train down to Southampton the next day. Alternatively, why not proceed from Heathrow directly to Southampton and sp...

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by directorguy
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic New Upper Class Seat Revealed Today
Replies: 54
Views: 11100

Re: Virgin Atlantic New Upper Class Seat Revealed Today

How is the new Y+ different to the seats on the current A333?
I have flown Y+ a few times on VS and the seats were very good. Probably didn't need too many enhancements.

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by directorguy
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first...
Replies: 83
Views: 5053

Re: Your first...

...European airport: London Heathrow (LHR) ...N-American airport: Washington Dulles (IAD) ...S-American airport: Never been ...Asian airport: Dhahran (DHA) ...African airport: Cairo (CAI) ...aircraft: No idea ...widebody aircraft: Probably an A300 or 767 ...turboprop aircraft: N/A ...4-engine aircra...

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by directorguy
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ETIAS - The EU version of ESTA. Tourism impact?
Replies: 53
Views: 4868

Re: ETIAS - The EU version of ESTA. Tourism impact?

ETIAS is definitely not the same as a "regular" visa obtained from a consulate. ETIAS will be quick, painless and easy to register. Approval will most likely be automatic. A regular visa on the other hand needs tons of paperwork with a lot of arbitrary criteria, with high rates of refusal....

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