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by ozglobal
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019
Replies: 320
Views: 47850

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

Nothing to see here, folks. Just more attention seeking from the QF marketing machine. SQ and others have been operating 19+ hr flights for many years. If QF needs to 'study' the effects of such long flights there should be plenty of real life data. No, this is just buzz inducing attention seeking. ...

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by ozglobal
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Bastille Day (Fête Nationale) - Air Parade, Paris 14th July
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Bastille Day (Fête Nationale) - Air Parade, Paris 14th July

Here's a pretty good home video of the Bastille Day (Fête Nationale) - Air Parade, Paris 14th July, shot from the top of La Grande Arche de la Defense. There is quite a procession of diverse aircraft, well choreographed down the grand axis from La Defense, the Champs Elysees and the Louvre. https://...

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by ozglobal
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France to charge aviation tax
Replies: 125
Views: 11755

Re: France to charge aviation tax

'Most high speed lines are underused (compared to maximum capacity) and lose money.' Care to provide your sources for this sweeping statement? Care to explain why Air France's domestic network is underused and loss making. It is because most corners of France are now connected by 300km/h HSR and it...

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by ozglobal
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France to charge aviation tax
Replies: 125
Views: 11755

Re: France to charge aviation tax

I think part of these new taxes in Europe will be set to help high-speed trains. Most high speed lines are underused (compared to maximum capacity) and lose money. The EU also requires now that HSL have competition with private operators (this is already quite extended in Italy and somehow in Germa...

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by ozglobal
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France to charge aviation tax
Replies: 125
Views: 11755

Re: France to charge aviation tax

Perhaps BOS-CDG-XYD is faster than BOS-CDG-LYS? I think part of these new taxes in Europe will be set to help high-speed trains. Most high speed lines are underused (compared to maximum capacity) and lose money. The EU also requires now that HSL have competition with private operators (this is alre...

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by ozglobal
Sat May 11, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China bans smoking in the cockpit
Replies: 48
Views: 8801

Re: China bans smoking in the cockpit

I just returned to Paris from Australia on a QF points redemption ticket with China Eastern (forward legs were with Emirates). It was my first time on a mainland Chinese carrier, so I did some searches on their J class and it looked above average on the new 787's from MEL to PVG and the 77W from PVG...

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by ozglobal
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17711

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

Interesting fun fact, even a basic HSR system in the US would equal 10 French TGV systems. Chicago to LA is a greater distance than the entire TGV system and would involve the equivalent of crossing the Alps twice. GF No, that would be fun “fake news””, not fact. If all phases of the California HSR...

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by ozglobal
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17711

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

To all of you singing alleluia at the demise of this initiative, you should rather be in lament that your country is now just about the only industrialized country officially incapable of any major infrastructure project. The equivalent of LA - SF has been built a number of times throughout the worl...

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by ozglobal
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Safety Discussion
Replies: 176
Views: 22202

Re: MD-11 Safety Discussion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WitYiYLiBuA Kind of a lethal trend with that aircraft.
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The China Airlines MD 11 crash at HKG was a passenger version and seems to suffer from the same uncontrolled hard landing problems. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WitYiYLiBuA Kind of a lethal trend with that aircraft.

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by ozglobal
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF wants to take things up a notch, focus more on premium cabins than Y
Replies: 50
Views: 9235

Re: AF wants to take things up a notch, focus more on premium cabins than Y

AF needs to get the basics right first. To me the biggest is cleanliness. Far too often we see reviews and travel blogs showing how cabins are filthy and well overdue deep cleaning. If a passenger (especially high ticket ones) has to sit in a filthy seat then they won't come back when they have a c...

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by ozglobal
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Economist Democracy Index 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1300

Re: The Economist Democracy Index 2018

So.... Political Culture in the US scores 7.50, whilst France only 5.63, at the same time as you have a foreign hostile power hacking the US election and a president actively investigated for working for same hostile power against the interests of the US? In France we just have an active protest mo...

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by ozglobal
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Economist Democracy Index 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1300

Re: The Economist Democracy Index 2018

So.... Political Culture in the US scores 7.50, whilst France only 5.63, at the same time as you have a foreign hostile power hacking the US election and a president actively investigated for working for same hostile power against the interests of the US? In France we just have an active protest mov...

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by ozglobal
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 504
Views: 75364

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Thanks. Agree the relationship between the airport and the airline seems particularly terrible right now. I guess they are both at an inflection point, and whatever gets agreed will have significant consequences. The only thing i don't get - is given qantas have the current terminal for at least 5 ...

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by ozglobal
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 504
Views: 75364

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

I live in Paris and have, due to QFF status, been holding out for QF to come back after they dropped the EK/DXB connections with QF1 and 9 A380 services. I just came back from Australia on the QF/AF code share from MEL and SIN. I was put off this at first as the QF website calculates virtually no p...

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by ozglobal
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 504
Views: 75364

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

For what it's worth I had drinks with people close to the Perth hub strategy about six months ago. Gist of it was that it's hard to see CDG or FRA being launched in the short to medium term, although they're happy with how LHR has worked. QF would like CDG and FRA from PER, but without the current ...

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by ozglobal
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 504
Views: 75364

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Predictions for 2019: - QF to announce PER-CDG, but only if their issues with the airport are resolved "Issues" with which airport, PER or CDG? I live in Paris so am quite interested in this possibility. The CDG - LHR5-LHR3-PER-MEL option I just took for Christmas visit was just a little ...

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by ozglobal
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What's going on in France??
Replies: 46
Views: 2687

Re: What's going on in France??

Specifically: they are shouting, “Назад” - “Pull back, Pull back!!” when the rubber bullets are fired. Just let that sink in a moment…. These could also be Ukrainians - they all speak Russian there. Keep in mind - that country is stuffed with all sorts of dudes experienced and inspired by Maidan, a...

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by ozglobal
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What's going on in France??
Replies: 46
Views: 2687

Re: What's going on in France??

Not to defend Trump but I think he was actually the result of the working class (that often voted Dem) getting all pissed at the liberal ruling class saying they're "for them" but ended up hurting them in some ways. Now I'm not saying Trump was the answer, nor am I saying he is fighting f...

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by ozglobal
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What's going on in France??
Replies: 46
Views: 2687

Re: What's going on in France??

What’s going on is that the working classes are continually lectured sneered at and looked down at by people who claim to be fighting for them when in reality the complete opposite is the case. Policies ruin working class communities yet liberal dominated politicians hijack the cause for their own ...

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by ozglobal
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France to halve its A380 fleet
Replies: 254
Views: 49059

Re: Air France will half it's A380 fleet

Do you have any evidence that refutes it? Most airlines put the brakes on the A-380 purchases as they realized Airbus called it wrong on what the market would be. I have no intention bashing Airbus; they called it right with the A-350. You state as a fact that "this was vanity purchase directe...

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by ozglobal
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France to halve its A380 fleet
Replies: 254
Views: 49059

Re: Air France will half it's A380 fleet

Do you have any evidence that refutes it? Most airlines put the brakes on the A-380 purchases as they realized Airbus called it wrong on what the market would be. I have no intention bashing Airbus; they called it right with the A-350. You state as a fact that "this was vanity purchase directe...

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by ozglobal
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France to halve its A380 fleet
Replies: 254
Views: 49059

Re: Air France will half it's A380 fleet

Air France never had the network to support A380 operations. This was a vanity purchase directed by the French Government to support Airbus as well as French and European manufacturers that supply parts for the A380. The good news here is that the move does point to AF finally getting serious about...

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by ozglobal
Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France to halve its A380 fleet
Replies: 254
Views: 49059

Re: Air France will half it's A380 fleet

Air France never had the network to support A380 operations. This was a vanity purchase directed by the French Government to support Airbus as well as French and European manufacturers that supply parts for the A380. The good news here is that the move does point to AF finally getting serious about...

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by ozglobal
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Foreign carrier with most planes on ground at same time
Replies: 9
Views: 1170

Re: Foreign carrier with most planes on ground at same time

QF at LAX - Simultaneous 2x A380, and 747s, plus 787s

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by ozglobal
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Google fine $5 Billion by EU
Replies: 69
Views: 2751

Re: Google fine $5 Billion by EU

The automatic nature of the BrowserChoice.eu feature was dropped in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 in February 2011 and remained absent for 14 months despite Microsoft reporting that it was still present, subsequently described by Microsoft as a "technical error". As a result, in March 2013 the...

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by ozglobal
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU attitude on death penalty.
Replies: 143
Views: 4677

Re: EU attitude on death penalty.

It's not just the EU attitude to the Death Penalty, it's the conviction of all developed countries (including Australia, NZ, Canada, etc) who have long since moved beyond state sponsored execution as a means of justice. The US is ALONE in its conviction that killing its citizens who are convicted of...

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by ozglobal
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Qantas In Flight Safety Video
Replies: 8
Views: 1215

New Qantas In Flight Safety Video

A great new destination themed in flight safety video from Qantas, which also sees the return of the "I Still Call Australia Home" Theme:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCsCYy5qq4w

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by ozglobal
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump era sparks fresh debate about nuclear war authority
Replies: 53
Views: 2161

Re: Trump era sparks fresh debate about nuclear war authority

We are now in a situation where the US heads of the armed services are obliged to take serious questions and publicly provide serious answers as to what they would do in case of rogue orders from Trump to launch unilateral-POTUS commanded nuclear attacks. We are "in a situation" where a R...

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by ozglobal
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump era sparks fresh debate about nuclear war authority
Replies: 53
Views: 2161

Re: Trump era sparks fresh debate about nuclear war authority

We now live in a World in which the army and the government have to reassure the public that they won't let the unstable and unqualified President start a nuclear war on a whim... :rotfl: *It's a nervous laugh. I'm actually dying inside. Thanks for perfectly summarizing my point. We're afraid that ...

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by ozglobal
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump era sparks fresh debate about nuclear war authority
Replies: 53
Views: 2161

Re: Trump era sparks fresh debate about nuclear war authority

I guess I am confused. Are you saying you have issues with this because the military should follow the commander in chief regardless, or is this an objection to the topic being discussed? Just because the CIC or any superior gives an order does not mean it is a lawful order. Sorry. Guess I assumed ...

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by ozglobal
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump era sparks fresh debate about nuclear war authority
Replies: 53
Views: 2161

Trump era sparks fresh debate about nuclear war authority

We are now in a situation where the US heads of the armed services are obliged to take serious questions and publicly provide serious answers as to what they would do in case of rogue orders from Trump to launch unilateral-POTUS commanded nuclear attacks. Congress members, the Senate Foreign Relatio...

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by ozglobal
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 687
Views: 194842

Re: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with reports of suspected damage to leading edge above #4 engi

While some are quick to associate this with QF32 (which was the release of the IPT due to oil leaking on it), I'm associating this more with WN 3742 (which a quick google search shows that an official NTSB report has not been released on yet - been curious about this one) ...... Why would there be ...

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by ozglobal
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 687
Views: 194842

Re: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with reports of suspected damage to leading edge above #4 engi

While some are quick to associate this with QF32 (which was the release of the IPT due to oil leaking on it), I'm associating this more with WN 3742 (which a quick google search shows that an official NTSB report has not been released on yet - been curious about this one) ...... Why would there be ...

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by ozglobal
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Put through US Border Secondary Security for being on a RTW ticket
Replies: 17
Views: 3258

Re: Put through US Border Secondary Security for being on a RTW ticket

RTW every 3 months looks like the routine of a drug courier Exactly. Odd behaviors, even with good reasoning will be questioned. Simple fact of life. Any country does not have to let you in their borders, and any odd travel habits will be looked at Does not matter who you are or why you are doing i...

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by ozglobal
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Put through US Border Secondary Security for being on a RTW ticket
Replies: 17
Views: 3258

Re: Put through US Border Secondary Security for being on a RTW ticket

Sounds about right for narrow minded government workers. Odd that I did an rtw from the USA made up of all separate tickets on totally different random airlines aka the super cheap way and no country cared on entry or transit. Not really. It's only the US that seems to freak over this. Staff just c...

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by ozglobal
Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'
Replies: 1034
Views: 196159

Airbus A380plus video

"Airbus is presenting a developmental study for an enhanced version of the A380, called the “A380plus." The study includes aerodynamic improvements that would reduce fuel consumption, as well as an enhanced cabin layout and optimised maintenance planning." The video highlights all th...

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by ozglobal
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair pax forgets to print his boarding card, has to pay 50€ and starts ranting the gate agent (and filming)
Replies: 60
Views: 10141

Re: Ryanair pax forgets to print his boarding card, has to pay 50€ and starts ranting the gate agent (and filming)

He's flying the hideous Ryanair because he's a cheapskate, ignoring the terms and conditions he signed up for in order to access such a tight-assed airfare and then goes mega entitled bourgeois, "I'm your paying customer, Sabrina! I'm paying your salary!" No he isn't. If he were, she would...

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by ozglobal
Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Terrorist attack in London
Replies: 192
Views: 6753

Re: Possible terrorist attack in London - Breaking

A white delivery van mounted the curb on London bridge and mowed down at least half a dozen pedestrians, making repeated efforts. If this is not a British Muslim, inspired by djihadist social media, I'll seriously question my worldview. We all know, as in France and Germany and Manchester, this is a...

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by ozglobal
Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Trump treats other heads of state...
Replies: 116
Views: 4985

Re: How Trump treats other heads of state...

It is nice to see a politician speak the truth and get down to the points and be open about it. Perhaps, Perhaps not. There is something fishy about this story... The links don't actually provide a source, just rumor and innuendo. Otherwise known as fake news from the alt-left. They don't show the ...

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by ozglobal
Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Theresa May to GOP - Trump
Replies: 61
Views: 1825

Re: Theresa May to GOP - Trump

I'd love to know how refusing to surrender sovereignty to a supra-national organisation constitutes "stabbing their fellow Europeans in the back". ...... And I'll be happy to explain it for you a second time. From the OP: In order to suck up to the American's for a deal, lead by a horror ...

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by ozglobal
Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU's reaction to Trump policy?
Replies: 37
Views: 1518

Re: EU's reaction to Trump policy?

I really doubt this is going to be a wake-up call against the populist movement. People say Brexit was a wake-up call against the populist movement & yet Trump still got elected. It seems to me that the entire world is shifting towards populism. As for EU's response to Trump, it would be better...

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by ozglobal
Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Theresa May to GOP - Trump
Replies: 61
Views: 1825

Re: Theresa May to GOP - Trump

We can have cooperation and an agreement with the US on defense (although with Trump, that's debatable). But European defense should be first and foremost an European endeavour. No US general involved. Can you imagine an European general dictating things on US soil ? Going to be blunt: did you just...

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by ozglobal
Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Theresa May to GOP - Trump
Replies: 61
Views: 1825

Re: Theresa May to GOP - Trump

Not so much to do with Trump but here's why many get confused. Reported by the Telegraph ....Mr Verhofstadt said the EU would be guided by the principle that “you can never have outside the European Union a better status than as member of the European Union”. And there are still some here who say t...

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by ozglobal
Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Theresa May to GOP - Trump
Replies: 61
Views: 1825

Re: Theresa May to GOP - Trump

Sympathy for the UK is disappearing very quickly these days. I hope they will feel the negative consequences for many decades to come with the way they are stabbing their fellow Europeans in the back. I'd love to know how refusing to surrender sovereignty to a supra-national organisation constitute...

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by ozglobal
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Theresa May to GOP - Trump
Replies: 61
Views: 1825

Re: Theresa May to GOP - Trump

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/27/polit ... index.html
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Now she's wheeling out the Queen for Trump as a sweetener. The UK is losing a lot of respect from me these last months.

So Queen Elizabeth is obliged to host the '@##% grabber.' Desperate times.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/27/polit ... index.html

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by ozglobal
Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Theresa May to GOP - Trump
Replies: 61
Views: 1825

Theresa May to GOP - Trump

In Theresa May's speech to GOP-Trump, she just spent 35mins giving an impassioned plea where she threw her "European friends and allies" totally under the bus with endless allusions to how only the US and UK have ever got it, only they have ever stood up to tyranny, only they have ever pul...

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by ozglobal
Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 897
Views: 187095

Re: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop

I see debate if there is a market for this. Every long haul flight we have vocal opposition to the non-stop. Yet QF flies SYD-DFW. Heck, I see that airframe replaced to make the return direct! This has a business advantage of bypassing EK too. I personally see QF buying 12 ULH airframes. Which one?...

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by ozglobal
Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 897
Views: 187095

Re: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop

The A380 is just too big and expensive. "Having enough space for people to move around a little bit" is great for pax, but means the airline is lugging around a bunch of unneeded space that is providing no revenue on the super long, super expensive to operate flight. At that point it just...

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by ozglobal
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Slams NATO, Floats Russia Nuke Deal in European Interview
Replies: 117
Views: 3696

Re: Trump Slams NATO, Floats Russia Nuke Deal in European Interview

Because you run up against the uncomfortable truth that Europeans led the charge in Libya? Good point, Western European rogue states should start embargoing themselves. At this rate, he will allow Putin to annex all of Europe and see this as some kind of neat global equilibrium; something of a 'dea...

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by ozglobal
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Slams NATO, Floats Russia Nuke Deal in European Interview
Replies: 117
Views: 3696

Re: Trump Slams NATO, Floats Russia Nuke Deal in European Interview

The White House has been handed to Vladimir Putin in a bloodless coup, won at the ballot box. Everything Putin wants, every position he expresses is mouthed almost verbatim by his faux businessman lapdog. He must really have Trump with something. At this rate, he will allow Putin to annex all of Eur...

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