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by directorguy
Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Normalisation of relations between Israel and UAE air links
Replies: 83
Views: 7145

Re: Normalisation of relations between Israel and UAE air links

Would be interesting if a visa waiver agreement is signed, or at the very least if the UAE will begin issuing tourist visas to Israeli citizens. The UAE has been signing a lot of visa waiver agreements over the past 5 years. I wonder if LY will begin it's own service, perhaps a 3x weekly 737 between...

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by directorguy
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Personal "Golden Age" of aviation
Replies: 18
Views: 1436

Re: Personal "Golden Age" of aviation

My golden age was probably 2013-2019. I was by then an adult and able to take many trips overseas solo. aA lot of this traveling was facilitated by the fact that I had family in Dubai and would fly a lot to visit. Usually a return ticket on Emirates was something like $450 and sometimes higher. But ...

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by directorguy
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest Time Between Inauguration and Cancellation (i.e. TPA-SEA 2020)
Replies: 38
Views: 3302

Re: Shortest Time Between Inauguration and Cancellation (i.e. TPA-SEA 2020)

Egyptair began flying to HKG via BKK twice a week in September 2018. The route was suspended in August 2019. Probably wasn’t the greatest time to start that particular destination.

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by directorguy
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "signature" songs of popular artists
Replies: 99
Views: 2992

Re: "signature" songs of popular artists

Shania Twain is one of those complicated ones. She, in effect, had two careers as she had considerable country-only success early in her career, and the songs after that had different levels of success depending on the radio market. "From This Moment" was originally recorded as a duet, an...

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by directorguy
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "signature" songs of popular artists
Replies: 99
Views: 2992

Re: "signature" songs of popular artists

Shania Twain-From This Moment Shania Twain is one of those complicated ones. She, in effect, had two careers as she had considerable country-only success early in her career, and the songs after that had different levels of success depending on the radio market. "From This Moment" was ori...

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by directorguy
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can Addis Ababa Become a World Class City?
Replies: 40
Views: 1632

Re: Can Addis Ababa Become a World Class City?

Oh, and Ethiopian food is good enough for Ethiopian restaurant to be worthwhile to go to in US. While Dubai? Group under "Middle Eastern" food perhaps? but then again, there is nothing particularly "British" about the British Museum To be fair, it does show the British past of p...

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by directorguy
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "signature" songs of popular artists
Replies: 99
Views: 2992

Re: "signature" songs of popular artists

I'll start with a few easy ones: Celine Dion-My Heart Will Go On Britney Spears-...Baby One More Time Lady Gaga-Bad Romance Whitney Houston-I Will Always Love You Shania Twain-From This Moment Bee Gees-How Deep Is Your Love/Stayin' Alive (impossible to say which is more "signature" than th...

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by directorguy
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can Addis Ababa Become a World Class City?
Replies: 40
Views: 1632

Re: Can Addis Ababa Become a World Class City?

Dubai as a previous poster pointed out is a much more recent development and as much as they like to think they’re in the same league as NY or London or Singapore (the city that Dubai famously tries to copy), Dubai is less mature and established. On paper Addis Ababa could have a lot going for it. ...

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by directorguy
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can Addis Ababa Become a World Class City?
Replies: 40
Views: 1632

Re: Can Addis Ababa Become a World Class City?

Dubai as a previous poster pointed out is a much more recent development and as much as they like to think they’re in the same league as NY or London or Singapore (the city that Dubai famously tries to copy), Dubai is less mature and established. On paper Addis Ababa could have a lot going for it. I...

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by directorguy
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Istanbul Grand Airport overtake ATL for busiest airport?
Replies: 15
Views: 1282

Re: Will Istanbul Grand Airport overtake ATL for busiest airport?

Istanbul is a massive city n what is a key regional power with a large population with a growing middle class and inbound leisure/tourism that noticeably increases year on year. Note the word growth. Even when the Turkish lira is devalued making it expensive for Turks to go abroad it becomes easier ...

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by directorguy
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Emirates have to completely change business model?
Replies: 17
Views: 2483

Re: Will Emirates have to completely change business model?

I think Dubai will see a huge decline with global warming. Who is going to want to live and vacation in a place so hot? Last 2 years it’s actually been noticeably colder here than previous years during summer. Obviously you’ve never been here or elsewhere in the Gulf. Global warming canceled then. ...

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by directorguy
Thu May 28, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amazing trips you’ve had to cancel
Replies: 24
Views: 1913

Re: Amazing trips you’ve had to cancel

In 2014 I had a car accident and had to cancel the annual family trip to England. It was a rough time but things got better later on. I ended up visiting the US and Greece same year in the fall. In 2015 I had to cancel a trip to Malaysia because my dad fell ill. It was a last minute cancellation. I ...

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by directorguy
Wed May 13, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"
Replies: 135
Views: 31078

Re: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"

BTW, what are these 106K people doing? Are they getting paid monthly salary or just quarantine and food? Are they allowed to leave the country or no exit visa? Hope to see some leaked vlogs very soon about the living conditions. Exit visas was never a thing in Dubai. Anyone who can leave UAE is bei...

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by directorguy
Sat May 02, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "In town" airports / Your favorites
Replies: 58
Views: 4061

Re: "In town" airports / Your favorites

Surprised no one has mentioned DXB yet. It's smack in the middle of Dubai with fully developed areas on all four sides. Back when the site was chosen in the late 1950s Dubai was a small town and was two districts-Bur Dubai, and across the creek, Deira. They chose a site several kilometres south of D...

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by directorguy
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines and the Longest US Domestic Flight in F
Replies: 15
Views: 8476

Re: Hawaiian Airlines and the Longest US Domestic Flight in F

Lovely report. Always nice to read about Hawaiian. Their food looks amazing-certainly refreshing to see a proper starter than the generic leafy green salad mix legacy carriers put out.
And finally, it was touching to read about your grandfather. My condolences.

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by directorguy
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Opening?
Replies: 24
Views: 4201

Re: Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Opening?

The various rail projects that have been promised are unlikely to materialize. High speed rail is expensive to build (I think roughly costs $10 million per km) and most optimal when running along high-density corridors, not between sparsely populated statelets on the Persian Gulf. The AUH Midfield t...

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by directorguy
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Opening?
Replies: 24
Views: 4201

Re: Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Opening?

It would take the better part of a decade to finish at least two at large terminals at DWC, not to mention the necessary infrastructure (highways, rail etc) to transport passengers and the thousands of staff who would need to commute daily. Not to mention the adjacent residential communities around ...

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by directorguy
Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates seeking loans on top of government bailout
Replies: 43
Views: 7780

Re: Emirates seeking loans on top of government bailout

EK bankrolls Dubai. Despite everyone thinking it's the other way around, EK is a profit centre for the Government of Dubai. And more importantly an economic enabler and multiplier that brings tourists, investors and commerce through the city. Dubai will never be in a position to substantially bail ...

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by directorguy
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: International Departures at Canadian airports
Replies: 20
Views: 3915

Re: International Departures at Canadian airports

I flew recently YVR-YYC-LHR and this is what happened. Note: Canadian airports generally have three distinct zones. Domestic for flights within Canada: transborder for flights going to the US (to access the transborder zone you need to go through US customs) and international for everything else. I ...

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by directorguy
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was the rationale for 2-5-2 configuration on older widebodies?
Replies: 77
Views: 14353

Re: What was the rationale for 2-5-2 configuration on older widebodies?

EgyptAir used to have 3-4-2 on their 772s. Ideal as different group sizes could be accomodated.

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by directorguy
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help on one-way into BCN/EU need departing flight or other exit
Replies: 19
Views: 1235

Re: Help on one-way into BCN/EU need departing flight or other exit

Generally speaking, citizens of Country A visiting Country B as short-term visitors/tourists will only be seeking entry for a short period of time, and are required to have a return or onward ticket out of Country B. Airlines are entitled to deny check-in or boarding if you travel to a country witho...

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by directorguy
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Over Built and/or Under Utilized Airports
Replies: 50
Views: 5829

Re: Over Built and/or Under Utilized Airports

King Fahd International Airport (DMM) built in the 90s in the eastern province to replace the much older Dhahran (DHA) airport. Was massive when it first opened and was particularly underutilized when it opened The slump in air travel in the early 2000s didn't help. It was much later when more LCCs ...

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by directorguy
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates increases Taipei to 10 weekly
Replies: 11
Views: 2788

Re: Emirates increases Taipei to 10 weekly

I notice that both flights arrive back in DXB just a couple hours apart. Basically both feed the same 8-10 am Euro/Middle East departures bank. Is there a reasoning behind this?

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by directorguy
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Role of in-airport ticketing counters?
Replies: 75
Views: 11661

Re: Role of in-airport ticketing counters?

EK for example has a large in-terminal office at DXB T3. Passengers who missed their flight (and need to reissue/rebook), or buy a ticket last minute were their main customers. Most people used credit/debit cards though certain nationaliyies seemed to prefer cash. Interestingly EK even maintained a ...

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by directorguy
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question: Can UAE or Qatari citizens charter a private jet to fly them *directly* into the other country?
Replies: 2
Views: 467

Re: Question: Can UAE or Qatari citizens charter a private jet to fly them *directly* into the other country?

Bear in mind that generally speaking, there is a general ban on people from Qatar entering those 4 countries. Qataris cannot enter the UAE, and Bahrainis cannot enter Qatar. There are exceptions-i.e. the Qatari husband and children of a Saudi national for example can go to Saudi Arabia. Qataris can ...

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by directorguy
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Holiday patterns of Russians and flights
Replies: 46
Views: 6372

Re: Holiday patterns of Russians and flights

Egyptian holiday towns like Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada are extremely popular with Russians who either get a free entry stamp or buy a visa on arrival. You have a lot of mid-range resorts that cater to their budgets. In addition you have tons of Russian speakers working in hotels, running businesse...

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by directorguy
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nigerian authorities threaten to ban Turkish Airlines
Replies: 123
Views: 17772

Re: Nigerian authorities threaten to ban Turkish Airlines

Something similar happened at CAI at least two summers in a row with the LH group. There was a huge backlog and many passengers arriving from ZRH/MUC/FRA/VIE would find that their baggage didn't show up. It took weeks for the backlogs to clear. It's shameful when an airline sells you a ticket (or wo...

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by directorguy
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Saudia JED Term S - Term H connections
Replies: 9
Views: 688

Re: Saudia JED Term S - Term H connections

Get a Saudi visa It's online and you'll get approved very quickly https://visa.visitsaudi.com/ I forgot about that, apologies, but US$ 175 to make a connection is a little steep, isn't it? I agree, but it's almost worth it for the novelty. A few months ago, that wasn't even an option. If you're on ...

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by directorguy
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Saudia JED Term S - Term H connections
Replies: 9
Views: 688

Re: Saudia JED Term S - Term H connections

https://visa.visitsaudi.com/
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Get a Saudi visa
It's online and you'll get approved very quickly
https://visa.visitsaudi.com/

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by directorguy
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines whose Primary Base is Ethnic Travel (VFR)
Replies: 23
Views: 2432

Re: Airlines whose Primary Base is Ethnic Travel (VFR)

No one has mentioned US-Ireland and Aer Lingus thus far.
Surely something like BOS-SNN-DUB (especially back in the day when you had more immigrants/1st gen Irish-Americans) qualifies as an ethnic route par excellence?

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by directorguy
Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LON to SFO - Virgin, BA, Delta, AA or United?
Replies: 22
Views: 1830

Re: LON to SFO - VIRGIN, BA, DELTA, AA or UNITED?

Delta and Virgin have very good food and in flight entertainment on their planes.
If you get to fly an A330 or 767 then you can go for a pair of seats by the window with no third wheel-ideal if flying as a couple.
I recommend you avoid BA 747s-old and tired aircraft

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by directorguy
Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Lounge in Frankfurt?
Replies: 1
Views: 228

Which Lounge in Frankfurt?

I'm flying CAI-FRA-YVR soon on Lufthansa, and I'd like to know which lounge I can use in FRA, paid or otherwise. I'm flying Premium Economy, with a 4h40 layover. Looking for a nice comfortable place to pass a few hours, maybe get a small meal (a pretzel and beer would do nicely), and possibly shower...

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by directorguy
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Macau considers widebodies for service to US and Europe
Replies: 45
Views: 6128

Re: Air Macau considers widebodies for service to US and Europe

Not very realistic IMO MFM should focus on attracting and sustaining service from other Asian airlines. That way they can guarantee a steady flow of inbound traffic without losing money flying prestige routes such as MFM-LIS or MFM-PVD. Maybe Qatar Airways can come in with a 787 from DOH at some po...

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by directorguy
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Macau considers widebodies for service to US and Europe
Replies: 45
Views: 6128

Re: Air Macau considers widebodies for service to US and Europe

Not very realistic IMO MFM should focus on attracting and sustaining service from other Asian airlines. That way they can guarantee a steady flow of inbound traffic without losing money flying prestige routes such as MFM-LIS or MFM-PVD. Maybe Qatar Airways can come in with a 787 from DOH at some poi...

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by directorguy
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Catering Reductions in economy and premium economy
Replies: 190
Views: 22772

Re: Lufthansa Catering Reductions in economy and premium economy

Real big shame. Imagine flying fom Chennai to Chicago with them. Most people on long trips won't have a proper meal before flying and won't get anything hours after they land either.

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by directorguy
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY
Replies: 163
Views: 29798

Re: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY

Maybe they can codeshare with Joon and fly 10-across 787s to fun, millenial-friendly hotspots, like Tehran, and Phuket.

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by directorguy
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lauda to start flights to Beirut
Replies: 17
Views: 6120

Re: Lauda to start flights to Beirut

It's ironic that most people here don't exactly see Lebanon as a tourist draw. The majority of visitors to Lebanon are usually from nearby countries like Saudi, Kuwait, Egypt etc and they love it. The inverse is true for Jordan. It's a shame Lebanon is poorly perceived as a tourist destination in E...

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by directorguy
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Cairo have 3 int'l airports?
Replies: 7
Views: 2603

Re: Why does Cairo have 3 int'l airports?

Cairo for all intents and purposes has one airport-CAI. SPX opened this year to civilian traffic, which basically consisted of a few rotations to SSH/HRG/LXR/ASW over a 2-week period (during the half-year school holidays). Nothing more. There is no indication that any airline has any plans to operat...

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by directorguy
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lauda to start flights to Beirut
Replies: 17
Views: 6120

Re: Lauda to start flights to Beirut

It's ironic that most people here don't exactly see Lebanon as a tourist draw. The majority of visitors to Lebanon are usually from nearby countries like Saudi, Kuwait, Egypt etc and they love it. The inverse is true for Jordan. It's a shame Lebanon is poorly perceived as a tourist destination in Eu...

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by directorguy
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad and Air Arabia to form AUH LCC
Replies: 46
Views: 9393

Re: Etihad and Air Arabia to form AUH LCC

Most of the media is focusing on EY as they are the bigger brand globally. Air Arabia most likely has the upper hand in the new arrangement. They truly revolutionised air travel when they launched in the early 2000s offering cheap flights to secondary destinations in the Middle East/Subcontinent/CIS...

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by directorguy
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Penang Weekend Jaunt via TR and 3K
Replies: 5
Views: 9859

Re: Penang Weekend Jaunt via TR and 3K

Great TR, thanks for sharing. Food looks wonderful. Penang has been on my radar for a very long time. I need to visit asap!

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by directorguy
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Painful Red Eye Flight of 2019?
Replies: 39
Views: 4751

Re: Most Painful Red Eye Flight of 2019?

MS910 leaves CAI at 2230 arrives in DXB at 0330, flying time maybe 2h50. Return leaves DXB 0500 arrives in CAI at 0730. Brutal (and DXB is very busy at 4 am in arrivals) but allows for a full day of work on either end. Done it many times. EK 926 leaves CAI 0045 arriving in DXB at 0710. Also brutal. ...

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by directorguy
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is long haul frequency over rated?
Replies: 16
Views: 2983

Re: Is long haul frequency over rated?

Having the luxury of choosing between different flight times is a very Western and relatively recent phenomenon. In the Middle East, Africa, and India, awkward departures in the middle of the night are very common (even on regional or domestic sectors). Whoever heard of a 2 am flight from Heathrow t...

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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: 2462

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: 5915

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: 84
Views: 12145

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: 3149

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: 1320

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: 826

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: 826

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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