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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: 46
Views: 10795

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: 50040

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: 730

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: 8285

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: 1492
Views: 271726

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: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong airport disruptions due protest
Replies: 168
Views: 27363

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: 7222

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: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong airport disruptions due protest
Replies: 168
Views: 27363

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: 9458

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: 9458

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: 3172

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: 11587

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: 640
Views: 166054

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: 11587

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: 4469

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: 6312

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: 988
Views: 240075

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: 14122

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: 9195

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: 9195

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: 23159

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: 23159

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: 23
Views: 2928

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: 4235

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: 5793

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: 4235

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: 7897

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: 4585

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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by vhtje
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to be fined £183M for last year's data breach
Replies: 35
Views: 3343

Re: BA to be fined £183M for last year's data breach

Im sure BA; like all businesses; can always do more to improve their IT security; but this fine to me smacks of someone getting burgled, and then fining that homeowner because their home security isn't good enough. No, and that is a gross oversimplification. BA were fined because they were in breac...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A380s: Parity between FRA and MUC
Replies: 25
Views: 5477

Re: LH A380s: Parity between FRA and MUC

It would be interesting to review the economics of the A380 vs 748 vs 77W at LH, and then do the same at KE, and see how each type has fared at each carrier.

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America
Replies: 105
Views: 19396

Re: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America

How are they going to fit meals for long haul on a narrow body? They can barely provision enough snacks and drinks on a transcon turn currently and regularly run out, and thats without space for meals and ovens. This is why super long haul on a narrow won't work. It's a good question. Presumably ai...

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways
Replies: 112
Views: 27395

Re: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways

Very sterile and bland interior. Reminds me of a hospital waiting room. To be fair, it is the lighting in the photos. Onboard, there will of course be LED mood lighting that will both warm and soften the starkness. I don't mind the use of blue on aircraft interiors; I find it relaxing. Aren't all t...

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by vhtje
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS expands presence at DAL
Replies: 228
Views: 30087

Re: AS expands presence at DAL

Thinking about the other thread where AS might be interested in "OneWorld Connect" membership. I know that due to the AS/VX merger, they can't codeshare with AA to SFO, LAX, SEA. But, if they were a "Connect" member, AA flyers could still fly AS from DAL and get miles/EQMs with ...

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by vhtje
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD "People Mover" Shutdown Causing Headaches
Replies: 46
Views: 9315

Re: ORD "People Mover" Shutdown Causing Headaches

There is still the T3 to T5 airside transfer for the BA flights, correct? That is terribly convenient, and I would think twice about connecting in ORD if it went away even if the transit was restored. The transit is landside, correct?

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL/AA complimentary meals in economy class
Replies: 45
Views: 5324

Re: DL/AA complimentary meals in economy class

oneworld Emeralds, when travelling in Y on AA, get free alcoholic beverages and snacks. It is a little bit embarrassing as the crew call me Ex Plat and generally make a fuss (e.g. serving me first) and not taking any payment at the end of the exchange. This, in turn, invariably prompts the person si...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport
Replies: 136
Views: 19426

Re: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport

JannEejit wrote:
Sounds more like a reincarnation of what some already call "London Airways" ? Would it kill them (or BA for that matter) to further reinvestigate the possibility of some UK regional trans-atlantic services, maybe further afield than say Manchester?


Indeed.

A321XLR anyone?

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!
Replies: 61
Views: 5607

Re: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!

I agree Mr Newton could have been better served by AA in this instance. How so? I meant given a better routing option that would have preserved his paid cabin, for example perhaps BA to LON then AA to CLT. I think this is probably a good time to mention that there’s almost certainly another way he ...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!
Replies: 61
Views: 5607

Re: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!

For me, it depends upon how I was approached. It's hard to tell in the video, but it looks like it was a pleasant and polite exchange. But if the person asking me was at all belligerent, rude or completely in lacking grace, I would refuse their request irrespective of how much they offered. But like...

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by vhtje
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study
Replies: 147
Views: 22105

Re: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study

Thank you for a considered reply. The point on not taking advantage of the A380's long legs is a valid one, but then again, BA often don't take it far. Might it find a niche flying TATL to DL's hubs, perhaps taking over some of their partner's flying? It's a metal-neutral JV, so it shouldn't matter...

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by vhtje
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study
Replies: 147
Views: 22105

Re: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study

The A380 has found a niche at BA providing additional capacity on perennially popular routes like SFO, LAX, HKG, JNB, etc. I don't understand why AF (and LH, for that matter) don't replicate this? I appreciate the relationship (and therefore demand) between Paris and HKG (say) is not the same as Lon...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM strategic review
Replies: 24
Views: 5673

Re: Air France-KLM strategic review

You have got to be kidding? When did you last try British Airways? That company is as bad as Ryanair nowadays with their penny pinching and low-cost concept. The last thing KLM needs is to be pulled down to BAs standards. Hyperbole, much? Do we need yet another ‘AF is mismanaged and dragging KL dow...

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by vhtje
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1492
Views: 271726

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

Not to mention that the only reason QANTAS Have 738's is 11/9. They were going to order the A320 but to over AA orders but already had plans to order A320 that's how Jetstar got their's so fast. I'm sorry, I am calling you on that. Do you have a source at QF were seriously considering swapping to t...

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by vhtje
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline
Replies: 51
Views: 4848

Re: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline

KLM was the only airline operator of the Douglas DC-5, with four aircraft. This also makes them the only carrier ever to operate every commercial Douglas airliner DC-2 through MD-11(excluding the DC-1 as only one prototype was built). Loftleidir of Iceland was the only operator of the pax version o...

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by vhtje
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline
Replies: 51
Views: 4848

Re: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline

KLM was the only airline operator of the Douglas DC-5, with four aircraft. This also makes them the only carrier ever to operate every commercial Douglas airliner DC-2 through MD-11(excluding the DC-1 as only one prototype was built). Loftleidir of Iceland was the only operator of the pax version o...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-BNLY at LAS cargo terminal?
Replies: 34
Views: 8848

Re: G-BNLY at LAS cargo terminal?

This Landor livery is by far the best IMO. What a good looking plane. Awesome that BA did this retro 747 thing, really something for us enthusiasts Amen to that. However, having flown G-BNLY to LAS in April, it was clear that she’s a very tired bird inside and in need of a deep refurbishment or ret...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam
Replies: 116
Views: 14111

Re: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam

I am a member of a BA aficionado's group on Facebook. After reading some of the posts other members put on there, I can now actually believe people are that stupid. Example post: a woman recently complained that BA didn't provide her with an international mobile phone handset when she landed in MIA ...

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by vhtje
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32684

Re: Virgin Atlantic Close to A330neo order

[ My guess is MAN/LGW based, I guess some of the existing A330's will be coming to EOL within the next few years. Could also be used to replace some of the Thomas Cook fleet should that deal be approved. Surely an airline wouldn’t order aircraft until any takeover deal had been both approved and fi...

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by vhtje
Fri May 31, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest non-hub AA stations?
Replies: 57
Views: 9589

Re: Largest non-hub AA stations?

What is the definition of a ‘hub’ and ‘focus city’? I understood hub meant it was having aircraft and crew based in a city. But SFO has AA crew based there and it’s not a hub.

Do note I am not American before you flame me for asking what might be an obvious question!

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by vhtje
Tue May 28, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019
Replies: 266
Views: 56998

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019

Reportedly the new A380 upstairs layout (posted on AFF) Shows the new lounge in place of CSM station, the blocked off door 3R and an additional toilet behind 3R. So the upstairs config has gone from 72J 32W to 64J 35W 30Y to 70J 60W Interesting that QF are persevering with the lounge at the front o...

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