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by mwhcvt
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa to take charge of LCC Eurowings long haul network
Replies: 11
Views: 3980

Re: Lufthansa to take charge of LCC Eurowings long haul network

LH Group has to be one of the most convoluted aviation groups, it seems to have airlines within airlines within airlines

I know most of the big players have split operations but it seems LHG seems to take it that much further

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by mwhcvt
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777 produced heading to a Museum
Replies: 84
Views: 13126

Re: First 777 produced heading to a Museum

Well just checked PIMA out of google earth it’s a while since I’ve done that and found that it’s now also covered by google street view so you can explore the grounds, I shall lose a little time on that in the morning, nice to see an important aircraft be preserved

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by mwhcvt
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Diverted or stranded planes needing help
Replies: 22
Views: 4112

Re: Diverted or stranded planes needing help

I love the idea of airlines MX departments having a large cargo aircraft on the books for when something goes wrong but the reality is it’s just not needed, if something goes wrong to such an extent that a cargo plane is needed to bring in special tools and an engine the reality is that there’s are ...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RyanAir Cheques for Flight Cancellations Bounce
Replies: 39
Views: 4820

Re: RyanAir Cheques for Flight Cancellations Bounce

I really cannot stand FR for their tactics and how they deal with customers and employees alike however I’m struggling to feel sorry for someone getting fee’s on their accounts, what kind a moron try’s to bank an incomplete cheque

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by mwhcvt
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA line up at JFK photo.
Replies: 127
Views: 27342

Re: BA line up at JFK photo.

Although of course BA on LHR to JFK is the only one on this list that those aircraft are all operating to the same airport eg LHR taking out the oddball of LCY and LGW flights if you include them and call it overall LON then it’s even more impressive, take for example VS at MCO that will be flights ...

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by mwhcvt
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?
Replies: 31
Views: 6952

Re: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?

Trouble is as already mentioned there really isn't all that many tangible assets to buy, the aircraft were all leased and have mostly if not completely been repossessed by the various leasing company's so that they can checked over and put on a new lease ASAP, Monarchs Engineering Side which is prof...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing provided Monarch with $130 million bailout
Replies: 66
Views: 11628

Re: Boeing provided Monarch with $130 million bailout

I very much doubt Airbus will have anything to say about this, a few years back when US was in trouble Airbus did the similar deal, providing a short term cash injection as part of a large refleet deal, same as a few years back in order to secure a deal with U2 to switch from 737 to 320 Airbus did a...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines 192 fire on a Container Loader in Hong Kong
Replies: 78
Views: 22207

Re: American Airlines 192 fire in cargo hold in Hong Kong

I was appalled to see the way they kind of dragged that poor man who had to jump for dear life. I hope he didn't sustain serious injuries because of that "help". I also expected a more immediate action against the fire itself. A paramedic friend once told me, that while it's best not to m...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG CEO: Level will have 13 aircraft by 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 6113

Re: IAG CEO: Level will have 13 aircraft by 2019

I wonder having just seen a post by FR24 about the fact that several AB A330 are currently en-route to LDE returning the lessor if this is not going to be a source for frames for this rapid growth?

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by mwhcvt
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Private A350 ?
Replies: 20
Views: 5455

Re: Private A350 ?

Well, I don't believe money buys happiness. It can solve a lot life's problems but at the point you can afford a private A or B passenger jet, I would think that enriching the soul would be more effective. As Mr Spock once said "having is not nearly as pleasurable a thing as wanting, it's not ...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Private A350 ?
Replies: 20
Views: 5455

Re: Private A350 ?

I wonder what it must be like to have enough money that you could buy a 787, A350 or 747-8 for your own personal use. Aside from the cost of the aircraft itself, the ongoing costs to maintain, staff, and fuel it along with landing fees. The "hedonistic Treadmill" knows no end! Must be ama...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Private A350 ?
Replies: 20
Views: 5455

Re: Private A350 ?

It's worth remembering that the 787 is a smaller aircraft and thus possibly a little more attractive to the private jet market in the top end of the private market, where are the 350 family is comparable to the 777 and there are very few 777 active in the private market, I think fewer than 10 are us...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the A360, the next big Airbus-project, an A310-class-plane?
Replies: 97
Views: 42797

Re: Is the A360, the next big Airbus-project, an A310-class-plane?

The thing is there's just not the demand for a shorter range or smaller wide body any more most operators of the type dumped it years ago in favour of NB class aircraft, which at a time when the A310 was popular in the PAX market were not as well developed Airlines would rather use a more capable ai...

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by mwhcvt
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Widebody Fleet Plans
Replies: 15
Views: 2766

Re: British Airways Widebody Fleet Plans

As noted about 767 are gone from next year, being replaced by A321 soon widebody will be a thing of the past for BA on short haul although you'll likely still see the occasional WB rotation using the LH fleet as fleet planning and requirements allow for it The 777 fleet will be flown till at least 3...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Alitalia to move LHR flights to STN
Replies: 39
Views: 9252

Re: Alitalia to move LHR flights to STN

Guessing soon there will be an announcement as to who they have sold their slot portfolio too

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by mwhcvt
Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Legal means of changing birth date from 1989 to 1987
Replies: 56
Views: 2287

Re: Legal means of changing birth date from 1989 to 1987

This has to go down on record as one of the all time weirdest threads ever, got to say I'm intrigued

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by mwhcvt
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA flight in trouble? G-VIIH
Replies: 36
Views: 9520

Re: BA flight in trouble? G-VIIH

What was the BNLY incident ? Engine failure after takeoff. http://avherald.com/h?article=4ade7515 Thanks for the link. Reading the comments attached to the article, there's a suggestion BA could ferry out another engine, underwing as a 'fifth' on the next 744 flight due in. Is that still practiced ...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will there be a 787F?
Replies: 21
Views: 4048

Re: When Will We See 787F?

I'll be honest I don't see there ever being a 787 based freighter, the 767 will be available for at least a couple of decades by virtue USAF tanker contract that could easily pass 400 units and the likelihood that the USDOD will have other derivative needs from the line to replace the other fleets i...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What kind of business jet is this?
Replies: 28
Views: 6375

Re: What kind of business jet is this?

Amazing at 49 years old it's still in operation, I appreciate bizjets see much lower utilisation rates than an commercial jet but even so that has to be one of the oldest bizjets still in operation, any idea what would be the oldest still operational? I don't think it is still operational, my datab...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What kind of business jet is this?
Replies: 28
Views: 6375

Re: What kind of business jet is this?

Amazing at 49 years old it's still in operation, I appreciate bizjets see much lower utilisation rates than an commercial jet but even so that has to be one of the oldest bizjets still in operation, any idea what would be the oldest still operational?

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by mwhcvt
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is WizzAir IAG's next takeover target?
Replies: 14
Views: 3535

Re: Is WizzAir IAG's next takeover target?

This is actually something I suggested a couple of years back and I still believe it would make a lot of sense, Vueling and Wizz are very similar airlines on the face of it both moving towards A321 with the max level of seating, but one serves the West of Europe and the other the East of Europe ther...

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by mwhcvt
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greenpeace: Schiphol and KLM need to shrink
Replies: 150
Views: 12539

Re: Greenpeace: Schiphol and KLM need to shrink

Thing is it's easy to joke about this and mock their viewpoint but is a little bit of sense to it and some of it is achievable, case in point on a random Wednesday in August KLM have 11 direct flights between LHR and AMS of which for are on KLCH so smaller RJ class aircraft, this number of flights c...

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by mwhcvt
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are there so many airlines in Iran?
Replies: 17
Views: 3886

Re: Why are there so many airlines in Iran?

Look at the UK as a example slightly small country by population but we have British Airways Virgin Atlantic Easy Jet British European (FlyBE) TUI (Britannia Airways) Thomas Cook Monarch Eastern Airways Logan As the British registered ones I can think of operating from the UK and there are bound to ...

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by mwhcvt
Mon May 29, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All MH 777-200ER stored
Replies: 57
Views: 19028

Re: all MH 777-200ER stored

IIRC the retirement of the 777 fleet was planned a couple of years ago as cost cutting move at the same time a number of LH routes were also cut or downgraded to smaller aircraft

As to why they haven't found new homes who knows :(

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by mwhcvt
Sun May 28, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anonymous Delta Employee: PAX and Crew Are in This Together.
Replies: 26
Views: 7197

Re: Anonymous Delta Employee: PAX and Crew R in This Together.

I kind of get frustrated whenever I read complaints about companies making reasonable profits, mainly as people only look at the big numbers the headline grabbers, but don't look at the deep numbers as this is about delta let's take their numbers.. That FY they reported a gross profit of $6.6bn and ...

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by mwhcvt
Thu May 25, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Project Loon Balloons Over Puerto Rico On FR24
Replies: 3
Views: 663

Re: Project Loon Balloons Over Puerto Rico On FR24

Indeed I've seen these for years on FR24 it's sometimes interesting to check them out

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by mwhcvt
Thu May 25, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?
Replies: 74
Views: 18490

Re: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?

BA flies two HKG-LHR's 20 minutes apart around midnight. This is one that's always stood out to me as if you look at that route you find actually you've got the following all touching down within about 45 minute window in the morning rush and there is usually a 3rd CX77W not all that far behind wav...

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by mwhcvt
Wed May 24, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A318 and LCY operations
Replies: 58
Views: 16373

Re: British Airways A318 and LCY operations

I regularly see and it's been raised in this thread about a CS100 taking over from the A318 on the route and then being able make the route non stop in both directions, but as range isn't the limiting factor for the a318 on the route but ability to take of with enough fuel out of LCY would a CS100 ...

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by mwhcvt
Tue May 23, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why does Aeromexico have both US-registered and Mexican-registered planes?
Replies: 19
Views: 4086

Re: Why does Aeromexico have both US-registered and Mexican-registered planes?

It might also have something to do with local laws on repossession etc in the event of default as not all airlines do this with their leased vs owned aircraft, case in point when BA introduced the 77W into the fleet a few years ago some were purchased others were leased but all are registered on the...

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by mwhcvt
Tue May 23, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A318 and LCY operations
Replies: 58
Views: 16373

Re: British Airways A318 and LCY operations

I regularly see and it's been raised in this thread about a CS100 taking over from the A318 on the route and then being able make the route non stop in both directions, but as range isn't the limiting factor for the a318 on the route but ability to take of with enough fuel out of LCY would a CS100 r...

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by mwhcvt
Sat May 20, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat
Replies: 59
Views: 12565

Re: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat

Think people are reading far too much into this statement, basically all he seems to be saying the only way AS have for getting out of paying royalties if for his group to launch a new airline using the Virgin branding, nothing he says in the above quote even remotely suggests he's actually going to...

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by mwhcvt
Sat May 13, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Plane in Air Force One fleet was at risk of catching fire
Replies: 5
Views: 2912

Re: Plane in Air Force One fleet was at risk of catching fire

I'm trying to work out how a maintenance mistake resulting in a fire that occurred while on the ground could some how have resulted in a mid air fire... Let's also remember this is aviation, more over its military aviation where even the most basic of component can get really expensive, really quick...

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by mwhcvt
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Launches A320/A321 P2F Program
Replies: 42
Views: 12636

Re: What happened to the A320F / P2F

[photoid][/photoid]How big would the market be for a dedicated single aisle freighter? For even medium hub airports, would there not be enough under-floor capacity in widebodies flying to them to lift the vast majority of cargo? For regional airports, would the cast majority of deliveries not be so...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Mobile - Production/delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 110
Views: 35945

Re: Airbus Mobile - Production/Delivery Thread

I tend to follow the news for Mobile via the Facebook pages for the GM etc but it's great to see this plant growing well, it's amazing to know that the little bus that when launched was expected to sell a few hundred frames I think initially I read once the ROI was planned at 400 frames is now produ...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One route aircraft
Replies: 52
Views: 9215

Re: One route aircraft

The 757 and 767 of BA Openskies

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by mwhcvt
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways American Operations
Replies: 82
Views: 16355

Re: British Airways American Operations

Isn't BA maxed out on their slot usage at LHR? And if so, doesn't that mean that any new LHR-XXX flight by BA would have to come at the expense of frequency reductions somewhere else? Thus for BA to add a new destination in North America, it would not only just have to be profitable and/or make goo...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If airlines started to listen to A-netter?
Replies: 46
Views: 2721

Re: If airlines started to listen to A-netter?

There would probably be a lot of bankruptcies ;)

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by mwhcvt
Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question on Qantas 747 VH-OEJ trip to London STN 14-16 december 2016
Replies: 16
Views: 4062

Re: Question on Qantas 747 VH-OEJ trip to London STN 14-16 december 2016

scbriml wrote:
mwhcvt wrote:
it's possible I guess that it would have been to return the rugby team home after the autumn internationals but I some how doubt that


Well, I could understand why they'd prefer to leave quietly from STN rather than LHR. :duck:


You're not wrong ;)

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by mwhcvt
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question on Qantas 747 VH-OEJ trip to London STN 14-16 december 2016
Replies: 16
Views: 4062

Re: Question on Qantas 747 VH-OEJ trip to London STN 14-16 december 2016

According to QF Source it was indeed a charter but there's no mention as to why..even with higher than normal loads for the holidays you'd think with 13 x A388 and I think 6-7 x 77W daily on the EK/QF joint venture across the UK the wouldn't need to add a extra flight especially a random one out of ...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong’s Cathay Dragon plans HK$20b aircraft replacement programme
Replies: 24
Views: 7647

Re: Hong Kong’s Cathay Dragon plans HK$20b aircraft replacement programme

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2054897/hong-kongs-cathay-dragon-plans-hk20b-aircraft-replacement I wonder why KA would want to take in the 737..it basically means that they have to retrain all their pilots.. Also it's not exactly unheard of for manufactures to assist in the retr...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is N707JT getting scrapped?
Replies: 31
Views: 12650

Re: N707JT to be scrapped

They are literally going to junk that immaculate airplane? We are talking about Travolats 707 in Qantas colors right?!? Geez, they wouldn't just rather park that thing somewhere and leave it on display? That thing looks like it rolled off the production line yesterday. Looks can be deceiving, last ...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Startup to provide by-seat "shared private jet" service on LGA-STN with Gulfstreams starting from Jan 8.
Replies: 25
Views: 9706

Re: Startup to provide by-seat "shared private jet" service on LGA-STN with Gulfstreams starting from Jan 8.

Not being funny but why would they not just take the A318 out of LCY/JFK, the people taking this type of service will have a car/driver waiting for them but why on earth would a business person want to fly in or out of STN I cannot imagine getting into the city on a Monday morning will be quick or c...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2x QF 744's LAX-JFK Flying Close
Replies: 6
Views: 2616

Re: 2x QF 744's LAX-JFK Flying Close

Fairly sure it's the same aircraft just the two different forms of tracking that FR24 uses being tracked, one has a five minutes delay IIRC If you look at the scheduled departure times, they are one minute apart. So they are the same aircraft. Fair enough, I'll be honest I didn't look too close at ...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report on drone near miss at Biggin in August
Replies: 1
Views: 403

Re: Report on drone near miss at Biggin in August

Put simply this isn't a hobby grade craft, simple as that, I fly a DJI Phanton 3 Professional, that has a service ceiling of 6000ft ASL but has a restriction of 500m above (1650ft) from actual ground level at point of take off so no way would this be a phantom or pretty much any consumer or prosumer...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2x QF 744's LAX-JFK Flying Close
Replies: 6
Views: 2616

Re: 2x QF 744's LAX-JFK Flying Close

Fairly sure it's the same aircraft just the two different forms of tracking that FR24 uses being tracked, one has a five minutes delay IIRC

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by mwhcvt
Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow noise
Replies: 20
Views: 2360

Re: Heathrow noise

I think they already do charge a higher fees to older (louder) aircraft, and the aviation authorities also have the ability to and do ban overly noisy aircraft from their airspace too I'm not sure I agree with your comments ref the A380 as that has significant lower noise signature/foot print than m...

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by mwhcvt
Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First CRJ-200 freighter conversion delivered
Replies: 17
Views: 3520

Re: First CRJ-200 freighter conversion delivered

drdisque wrote:
Are the West Air Sweden aircraft not true freighters (ie they load through the passenger doors and can't take pallets?)


I'm also wondering this too? So interested to hear the response

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by mwhcvt
Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA investing in body monitoring pill.
Replies: 7
Views: 2014

Re: BA investing in body monitoring pill.

When I saw the title I really expected it to be for employees, e.g. pilots, monitoring for blood alcohol, low sugar etc basically anything that could affect or impair function

I see zero point from a passenger perspective

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by mwhcvt
Sun Nov 27, 2016 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone Remember Britannia Airways?
Replies: 51
Views: 9710

Re: Anyone Remember Britannia Airways?

Flew them many times and had my first and only trip into the cockpit aboard one of their 767 when I was young, I have very fond memories of them and if I'm honest it pains me a little to see them in their current form :(

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by mwhcvt
Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prince William's visit to Hanoi
Replies: 23
Views: 2599

Re: Prince William's visit to Hanoi

I would imagine the would have flown direct, as a general rule we don't get too sniffy in the UK about having to fly on BA especially if it's not the Queen, if it had been the Queen then it would have been a case of a charter of one of the modified 777 with the royal suite installed So they would ha...

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