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by vhtje
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is VFR?
Replies: 40
Views: 4261

Re: VFR

It's a pretty important distinction for those of us who work in the network planning/air service development world. VFR traffic is far more stable and predictable than non-VFR leisure traffic. Now that, for a non-Aviation industry person but who nevertheless has a keen interest in aviation, is an i...

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by vhtje
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is VFR?
Replies: 40
Views: 4261

Re: VFR

It's a pretty important distinction for those of us who work in the network planning/air service development world. VFR traffic is far more stable and predictable than non-VFR leisure traffic. Now that, for a non-Aviation industry person but who nevertheless has a keen interest in aviation, is an i...

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by vhtje
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am and the 747-400
Replies: 104
Views: 13880

Re: Pan Am and the 747-400

About 1975-79 an alternative PanAm was used in Helvetica Medium- in a lame attempt to look more modern (and Helvetica was also EXTREMELY popular and over used during the 1970’s when much of design had gone south along with leisure suits and orange shag rugs) Another mistake was Helvetica was Massim...

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by vhtje
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am and the 747-400
Replies: 104
Views: 13880

Re: Pan Am and the 747-400

I often imagine what PanAm would be like today had she survived, grown and was equal in size to one of the US3. With 748i’s, 787’s and A220’s! What would international First Class looked like? PanAm lounges. A barely changed livery. In an alternate universe where PA survived and a different carrier...

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by vhtje
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Adria (JP) threatened with jet impounding
Replies: 39
Views: 5239

Re: Adria (JP) threatened with jet impounding

KFTG wrote:
vhtje wrote:
Ooops sorry, yes, I am confusing Agean and Adria. Love the font Adria uses. I hope they make it.

They deserve to exist because you like their livery?


No, I didn't say that. You connected my two statements. They are two separate sentences. If I wanted to connect them as one thought, I would have.

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by vhtje
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Adria (JP) threatened with jet impounding
Replies: 39
Views: 5239

Re: Adria (JP) threatened with jet impounding

Ooops sorry, yes, I am confusing Agean and Adria. Love the font Adria uses. I hope they make it.

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by vhtje
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH
Replies: 70
Views: 24136

Re: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH

CHRISBA35X wrote:
It does make me laugh when it was mentioned upthread that "BA reckon it will cost 30m to bring the aircraft to BA standard" - you mean fitting inferior hard products than the ones they are retired with will cost that much?


A standard does not need to be higher.

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by vhtje
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Adria (JP) threatened with jet impounding
Replies: 39
Views: 5239

Re: Adria (JP) threatened with jet impounding

Wasn't Adria known for its generous earn on its frequent flyer programme, such that one could earn * Alliance Gold status easily with a relatively little amount of flying and spend (compared to other * Alliance carriers)?

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by vhtje
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 77W vs A35K capacity
Replies: 18
Views: 3829

Re: 77W vs A35K capacity

whywhyzee wrote:
The two are the same length, with the 77W wide enough to sit 10 abreast on a normal configuration in Y, where as the A35J can only do 9...


So much for the A350 being an “Extra Wide Body”

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by vhtje
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Norwegian offers bondholders security (LGW slots) in exchange for amended bond maturities
Replies: 134
Views: 3218

Re: Norwegian Air Fights for Survival

Didn't BA's flights from LGW to FLL and OAK have an impact too, as well as BA re-launching LGW-JFK and LGW-LAS? Sure, plus DL is now adding LGW next year too. This airline isn't dying because its business model is poor, it is dying because the legacy alliances led by IAG ganged up to suffocate it t...

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by vhtje
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Powerbank causes fire on China Eastern A320neo MU2809 NKG-XMN
Replies: 22
Views: 6148

Re: Powerbank causes fire on China Eastern A320neo MU2809 NKG-XMN

Or other bigger batteries like those that are being built into suit cases. It's a valid point. Some carriers - I know BA - have strict rules about checking these kind of cases: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/baggage-essentials/liquids-and-restrictions If the Smart Baggage is to be...

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by vhtje
Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?
Replies: 25
Views: 2025

Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

...it might be best to give Egypt a miss. As a westerner, it's a place to avoid generally (for both safety and philosophical political reasons if you have sense) Nonsense. Egypt is fine; the locals very friendly and welcoming. I have been many times and not experienced anything remotely dangerous o...

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by vhtje
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport before boarding US flight
Replies: 135
Views: 23694

Re: United pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport before boarding US flight

I wonder if this isn't a cultural problem here? Pilots are professionals, and know the rules ref drinking. I am left wondering, with the number of incidents listed upthread, has some sort of culture of drinking tolerance crept in amongst the US long-haul pilots, where low-level drinking is now being...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM unveils new Premium Business
Replies: 8
Views: 2483

Re: LATAM unveils new Premium Business

Are you sure it's Vantage XL? There are couple seats. I have never seen Vantage XL with this arrangement. It's surprising because they refreshed their cabins very recently. Now the are refurbishing the fleet again. I wonder why they did choose 1-2-1 seats in their recent business refresh. Certainly...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM unveils new Premium Business
Replies: 8
Views: 2483

Re: LATAM unveils new Premium Business

Looks good. Isn't that the same as the QF seat on their 787-9?

The video does show the new seats on a 787, so presumably it will come to the 787 fleet. My Spanish isn't nearly good enough to understand the text in the video.

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA
Replies: 93
Views: 15103

Re: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA

Exactly. But it seems to be the strategy of Oneworld in general. I have gold and diamond status with two Star Alliance airlines, respectively, but flew American Airlines on a connecting transcon in first class for once last week due to price and timing. I was shocked to be informed in the lounge th...

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA
Replies: 93
Views: 15103

Re: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA

I think they're going to have to as the Virgin 'Connect' plans get into gear. I think they're a little way off yet, but lets be honest Virgin & Co haven't bought Flybe to carry on treading water with Q400s.... With that being said I'd be surprised to see much action from BA outside London and M...

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA
Replies: 93
Views: 15103

Re: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA

The success of the CityFlyer experiments flying from the regions has been somewhat patchy - so for mainline BA to expand beyond London does seem quite unrealistic. Do you have any evidence that this has been ‘patchy’? I understood these flights were doing well. I have never understood why VS can ma...

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by vhtje
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA
Replies: 93
Views: 15103

Re: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA

They can start with abolishing stupid sh!t like charging J pax £100+ each way for seat selection :irked: This is actually good, as it stops the once a year travellers taking up the good seats. Silver and Gold frequent flyers can select any seat at booking for free, so the seat fees actually mean fr...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:58 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: 47354

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

This is bullocks. Qantas knows what goes on on 20 hour flights. They already operate 17-18 hour flights Perth to London, and Singapore Airlines 19 hours to New York, and several 16 Hour flights. What's going to be the effect on 20 hour flight on passengers? Nothing really. Maybe extra jetlag. Nothi...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines in huge financial trouble
Replies: 154
Views: 51842

Re: Asiana Airlines in huge financial trouble

Australia banned smoking on domestic flights (TN, AN) in December 1986. That is probably where QF's claim comes from, since they took over TN. From memory, Qantas itself didn't ban smoking on its international flights until the early 1990s.

When did Asiana ban come into effect?

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by vhtje
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumors of American Airlines 2nd announcement coming soon (HND + AUS/NZ)
Replies: 53
Views: 14620

Re: Rumors of American Airlines 2nd announcement coming soon (HND + AUS/NZ)

AA seasonal daily to LAX (reducing to less than daily in off season) I get confused as to what is "off season" when crossing the equator. Would this be the northern winter or the southern winter? I would expect June/July the flights to be favoured by Australians heading to the northern su...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines to Modify Project Oasis Planes.
Replies: 258
Views: 50302

Re: Rumor: American Airlines to Modify Project Oasis Planes.

For me it’s all about the inflight map. I can watch it for hours in the background. That’s what I’ll miss most. Ah, but a WiFi connection and Planespotter app solves that. In fact, it is actually miles better - with Planespotter, you can see other aircraft traffic around you, so you know to keep an...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Questions about Code Sharing?
Replies: 10
Views: 928

Re: Questions about Code Sharing?

Well... using the example above - BA 572 LHR to MXP is carries the AA codeshare AA6583. If you go to AA.com and search for a flight LHR to MXP using carrier AA, nothing comes up - the standalone AA code flight is not bookable: https://checkout.na0.netsuite.com/core/media/media.nl?id=1488&c=TSTDR...

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by vhtje
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA - LATAM reapply for ATI JV
Replies: 62
Views: 8343

Re: AA - LATAM reapply for ATI JV

Pardon my ignorance, but if it's only Chile objecting, what is stopping AA/LATAM forming a JV on the routes/markets they serve outside of Chile?

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by vhtje
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 273731

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

QF clearly want to do the Sunrise flights ASAP, and I'm not doubting that whatsoever. But Qantas makes their biggest profits in the Australian domestic market, and could also use the 797 on several short/medium-haul international routes. If the 797 can further increase their domestic/short-haul-int...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong airport disruptions due protest
Replies: 182
Views: 30887

Re: Hong Kong airport cancel all flights today

Interestingly, BA's website shows tonight's BA32 and BA28 as still operational: Yet the HKG airport website shows a sea of red cancellations, including BA's two flights: I wonder which is correct? Notice BA32 just departed, but both tonights flights show cancelled. Surely they are not both returnin...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Future Fleet Matrix for LHR, LGW, and MAN
Replies: 31
Views: 7547

Re: Virgin Atlantic Future Fleet Matrix for LHR, LGW, and MAN

Thanks Caaardiff and by738 Their fleet just goes against all "rules of thumb" of aviation that has been created over the years- surely it costs more to have different set of training for staff, pilots and maintenance having 3 similar fleet types with a "small" fleet. Surely they...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong airport disruptions due protest
Replies: 182
Views: 30887

Re: Hong Kong airport cancel all flights today

Interestingly, BA's website shows tonight's BA32 and BA28 as still operational: https://checkout.na0.netsuite.com/core/media/media.nl?id=1484&c=TSTDRV1466379&h=618ac14338f96d56b832 Yet the HKG airport website shows a sea of red cancellations, including BA's two flights: https://checkout.na0....

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCY / Hard Brexit consequences
Replies: 70
Views: 9662

Re: LCY / Hard Brexit consequences

That'll involve rearranging red lines. And if (as there almost has to be) there's a snap General Election in the next year, that loosening of the red lines could lead to even more political chaos... How so? Surely the UK and EU could quickly agree on a Canada-like Open Skies arrangement: Under the ...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCY / Hard Brexit consequences
Replies: 70
Views: 9662

Re: LCY / Hard Brexit consequences

If travel to/from UK to Europe drops, that means the EU is taking a huge GNP hit. The UK has a trade deficit with the EU. I hope sounder minds realize a punitive Brexit hurts Germany and South Europe harder than the UK. Lightsaber I live in the UK. Was thinking of moving to France before UK elector...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA New INTL Routes?
Replies: 18
Views: 3204

Re: AA New INTL Routes?

We know that since the AA/QF JV was approved, there will be AA metal expansion to Australia/New Zealand. So something antipodean is on the cards....

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA move to T5 in LHR?
Replies: 72
Views: 11713

Re: AA move to T5 in LHR?

As per reply’s in other threads, Can’t say why I know, but the JFK’s are heading to T5. Unsure what BA will throw over to T3, but it’s happening. And sooner than you think. Current plan is before year end. Well that's a shame. When flying to N.America, I normally choose AA over BA. AA has a better ...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 883
Views: 206474

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Is that a hint of a slight tweak to the EK livery? The stylised flag looks more flowing and fluid than the current design.

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA move to T5 in LHR?
Replies: 72
Views: 11713

Re: AA move to T5 in LHR?

No Menzies in T5. I don't mean to be pedantic and annoying, but could you please possibly clarify your post? Your brevity and lack of punctuation makes your answer to the posed question So are Menzies planned to handle American in T5, BA or will their own ops still do above wing unclear: I can inte...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: The AAirpass & How It Cost AA Dearly
Replies: 35
Views: 4565

Re: Update: The AAirpass & How It Cost AA Dearly

That article is deeply flawed; it doesn’t adequately present AA’s side of the story. In writing it, she’s trying to invoke our sympathies for her father, and anger at American Airlines, but it doesn’t work. Yes, I ended it feeling sorry for Mr Rothstein, but not for his loss of his AAirpass and for ...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing website updated to match FR's Boeing 737MAX200 rename
Replies: 116
Views: 6435

Re: 737-8200?

I dunno. I’m not sure the public cares about type names at all. I travel a ton for work but most of my coworkers with similar travel patterns aren’t into aviation. Even they don’t know or remember types most of the time (my best-traveled partner recently couldn’t differentiate between a 330 and a 7...

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1019
Views: 246058

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

J343 wrote:
What are the chances of IAG acquiring AZ?


Zero. QR owns 15.1% of IAG and 49% of Air Italy.

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by vhtje
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled
Replies: 60
Views: 14161

Re: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

Remember BA kept the ban on laptops in cabin bags in place much longer on their routes (including CAI) than other carriers, and long after the governments had lifted the requirement. So we have history of BA being cautious on the CAI route. .... British security experts were on the ground in Egypt a...

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by vhtje
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Virgin America Failed
Replies: 51
Views: 9302

Re: Why Virgin America Failed

Really? Are flight attendants permitted to even have on heels? Won’t Stilettos puncture the slide? Well, they certainly wore them on VX (apologies for the poor quality): https://92268.app.netsuite.com/core/media/media.nl?id=60&c=92268&h=5ee0e722313241e6c4b3&fcts=20190720021536

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by vhtje
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Virgin America Failed
Replies: 51
Views: 9302

Re: Why Virgin America Failed

To pluralize the word "recliner," simply add an s. adding 's makes it possessive, which doesn't make sense. Also, why did you capitalize the word "recliner"? It's not a proper noun. You are my hero. I love you. I visit airliners.net every day and have for over 15 years. The plet...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 179
Views: 23290

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

Airfares in the USA aren’t Europe/Asia LCC cheap, and they never will be. It contributes enormously to the overall stability of the industry. That being said, this passenger was buying relatively last minute tickets on the most expensive weekend, in the most expensive season on an airline that has ...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 179
Views: 23290

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

I do have a little bit sympathy for the passenger. Last summer I paid £1,800 for LHR > JFK on AA then SFO > LHR on BA in Y, through a corporate travel agency, whose website makes it tricky to expose fare rules. That's £1,800 for a TATL return, in Y. Not premium Y. Just plain, old, squeeze-'em-in-and...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH17 - 5 years ago
Replies: 55
Views: 7855

Re: MH17 - 5 years ago

I have always wondered if the grey underbody of the then-current MH livery was a factor in this tragedy. Did the perpetrators mistake it for a military aircraft? Without wishing to be morbid, I also can't help wonder what it would have been like onboard. Quick, I should imagine. I don't know if that...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific and LH Group to expand Codesharing
Replies: 26
Views: 4255

Re: Cathay Pacific and LH Group Codesharing

CX and LH group are already covered for most of the HKG-Europe flyings and FF Earn/Burn from previous agreements: https://www.asiamiles.com/en/earn-miles/airlines/detail.html/lufthansa https://www.miles-and-more.com/row/en/program/partners/cathay-pacific-airways/au.html Not sure about lounge access...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any info on this 77W?
Replies: 23
Views: 5812

Re: Any info on this 77W?

CWL757 wrote:
I was just casually looking at aircraft for sale and came across this 77W. Any information about it?


Why not simply phone Benedict Sirimanne and ask?

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific and LH Group to expand Codesharing
Replies: 26
Views: 4255

Re: Cathay Pacific and LH Group Codesharing

I’m surprised that CX is partnering with LH in Europe rather than partnering with oneworld’s Finnair, British airways, Iberia Define 'partnering'? The linked article only states that CX will put its code on one daily HKG <> MUC flight operated by LH, and one daily HKG <> ZRH operated by LX. In retu...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Introduce Free WiFi
Replies: 54
Views: 7957

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Introduce Free WiFi

Who said history never repeats? It’s no different to what happened with hotels. Ten years ago you paid (usually a hefty premium) to connect to the hotel’s wi-fi. The hotels understandably monetised it, the most blatant practice being offering better speeds the more you paid - higher speeds costs the...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just how interested was Qantas in the Concorde?
Replies: 17
Views: 4610

Re: Just how interested was Qantas in the Concorde?

I can remember when I was very young - about fiver or six - my Grandmother took a flight on Concorde from MEL, I think to Noumea but I may have that wrong. My parents, siblings and I (and a lot if other people) got to walk through the aircraft when it was on the apron. I remember being surprised at ...

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