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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: 142
Views: 19845

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: 142
Views: 19845

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: 22
Views: 4882

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: 1327
Views: 226268

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: 4565

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: 4565

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: 8678

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: 13768

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: 32036

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: 9324

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: 245
Views: 48515

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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by vhtje
Tue May 28, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226268

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

For every project sunrise flight the plan would be for the bags to always go with the passenger. When the weather is checked in the hours before the flight a decision will be made if the bags must be bumped. The bags might get bumped 5%, 20% or even 50% of the time. How often the bags get bumoed wo...

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by vhtje
Mon May 27, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226268

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

I am sure the bags could arrive shortly after you clear customs. I am sure Qantas could have the domestic and Perth flight tightly synced. Maybe the bags could leave on the domestic flight to Perth 15 minutes early. Swapoing the bags at Perth might take 30 minutes so the bags might be less than 30 ...

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by vhtje
Tue May 21, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order
Replies: 292
Views: 53369

Re: Report - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order

Any news on a new business class seat for NZ? Even VS has abandoned the coffins now.

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by vhtje
Tue May 07, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226268

Re: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019

1) I have no idea how the Project Sunrise A350 differs from SQ’s A350-900ULH aircraft. 2) See above. As far as I know, neither manufacturer has made public the detail of how they will modify their respective designs to meet Project Sunrise. 3) No, of course not. I didn’t write that at all. Not sure...

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by vhtje
Tue May 07, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226268

Re: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019

Huh? The A350 proposed by Airbus to Qantas for Project Sunrise is a highly modified version and doesn’t exist yet. BA’s A350s don’t/won’t have these modifications, therefore cannot operate nonstop LHR <> SYD. Am I missing something? It is me that is missing a few things 1) how highly modified of an...

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by vhtje
Tue May 07, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226268

Re: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019

Also if QF did go with the 777, BA could steal their thunder an operate the A350 over the route offering faster flight times. If people are taking the flight for the faster times, any improvement would have to have some tangible value to the same passengers. Huh? The A350 proposed by Airbus to Qant...

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by vhtje
Sun May 05, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 464
Views: 125787

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

LAX772LR wrote:
Meh. Seems like every time they roll out a significant new variant, the "House Theme" colors change..... 77W, 77L, 748, 787s, 7Mx, etc.


I'm struggling to see your problem with Boeing updating its in-house livery. Its not like Boeing is releasing a new model every week...?

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by vhtje
Thu May 02, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 250
Views: 35937

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

I thought VS would be the most obvious choice for their UK long haul operation out of MAN in particular, but also LGW and GLA? Wouldn't that lead to competition issues? It amuses and confuses me that whenever an EU airline is mooted for sale, we hear a chorus of "Can't be IAG/AF-KLM/LF, becaus...

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by vhtje
Thu May 02, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 250
Views: 35937

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

I thought VS would be the most obvious choice for their UK long haul operation out of MAN in particular, but also LGW and GLA? Wouldn't that lead to competition issues? It amuses and confuses me that whenever an EU airline is mooted for sale, we hear a chorus of "Can't be IAG/AF-KLM/LF, becaus...

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by vhtje
Thu May 02, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways orders 2 A350s
Replies: 76
Views: 15085

Re: Fiji Airways orders 2 A350s

hkcanadaexpat wrote:
Hong Kong Airlines NTUs. DAE purchasing them is my guess as they are already partly built.


Would they have been sold at a discount? Presumably HK Airlines paid a penalty?

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1661
Views: 162576

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Boeing CFO says the outstanding orders of Jet Airways (MAX+787) have been removed from backlog. Wow, that was hasty! Usually, orders remain until the dust settles....so the potential buyer has no slots of MAX production either... The financing has probably been withdrawn, and Boeing notified of thi...

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific cracking down on crews taking pax goodies, leftovers
Replies: 54
Views: 9096

Re: Cathay Pacific flight attendants caught stealing

I have seen several BA captains with bags of soft drinks and booze on Heathrow T5 arrivals train. I can understand cabin crew do that, but a captain t the salary of 100,000 pounds a year is truly puzzling to me. I, as a Club Passenger, have been given re-corked wine from First Class on BA, where ba...

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by vhtje
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 'Lowest mileage' classic airliners?
Replies: 18
Views: 4013

Re: 'Lowest mileage' classic airliners?

Ought you not also be taking into account the number of cycles, as well as hours?

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by vhtje
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Package of new/used A380's pitched to BA was uncompetitive: Cruz
Replies: 173
Views: 30636

Re: Package of new/used A380's pitched to BA was uncompetitive: Cruz

Interior mod prices for the A380 are being exagerated. It should be the same pro rata as any other airliner, airlines have just been using this as an excuse. The fact is that BA is doing fine for now, but they are setup for a dwindling future. LHR will progressively lose relevance as other London a...

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 384948

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Looks like a Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER has been seized at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport Source - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/aircraft-supposed-to-operate-jets-amsterdam-mumbai-flight-seized-passengers-stuck-at-schiphol/articleshow/68812919.cms?utm_medium=referral&a...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet Europe new callsign
Replies: 28
Views: 7710

Re: easyJet Europe new callsign

FlapsOne wrote:
Anyways, they say 'blue and green should never be seen' but LEVEL'S branding works. I like it.



Please..... LEVEL’s livery is what you get when you rely on someone using Microsoft Paint(TM) 1994 edition to design your livery.

You can literally see how much IAG saved on design overheads.

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by vhtje
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Ends 767-300ER TATL Service From JFK
Replies: 140
Views: 21410

Re: AA Ends 767-300ER TATL Service From JFK

I still maintain that one if my best, and most memorable, TATL crossings was in Y on an AA 763 from DUS to ORD. And it was in Y. Being oneworld Emerald the check-in put me in the front window seat of Y and blocked the seat next to me. I remember the crew member was superb - friendly, helpful and my ...

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 384948

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

I don't understand what is exactly left for EY to bid on? With the pilots leaving, and aircraft repossessed, what remains that is of interest to EY? Or any other carrier, for that matter?

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations
Replies: 47
Views: 8456

Re: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations

Going right now to Seatguru to check what's up with 56F I'm going to bet it's some person that travels frequently on this route that always picks 56F and binges every conceivable series every time they fly. There's nothing special about the seat. 100 hrs over 9000hrs is not statistically significan...

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations
Replies: 47
Views: 8456

Re: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations

It’s nit-picking, I know, but it’s 80% of lounge users are using the Yoga Studio, not 80% of all passengers - since only a subset of passengers get lounge access, the distinction (and presumably difference) is significant. But thank you for posting. Absolutely fascinating. I wonder why 56F watches ...

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?
Replies: 188
Views: 21084

Re: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?

I wonder if privatisation of airports is a factor? I note US has not privatised its airports, with the majority owned by the city/county. Europe, on the other hand, has privatised the vast majority of its airports. Privatisation focuses the operator’s attention on revenue. Revenue is increased (one ...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations
Replies: 47
Views: 8456

Re: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations

80% of passengers using the Yoga studio in PER, which is way higher than expected It’s nit-picking, I know, but it’s 80% of lounge users are using the Yoga Studio, not 80% of all passengers - since only a subset of passengers get lounge access, the distinction (and presumably difference) is signifi...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Ceases Operations
Replies: 964
Views: 153995

Re: WOW Financial Discussion Thread

I never liked WOW, they seemed way too ambitious and arrogant about who they were and what they were doing. As if aviation was an easy game and as if we've been all waiting for them to come along and rescue us from mean legacy carriers. Yes, sure, we would all like to fly across the Atlantic for €1...

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by vhtje
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates further increases Cairo services
Replies: 4
Views: 1466

Re: Emirates further increases Cairo services

There are a lot of expat Egyptians in the UAE and, indeed, elsewhere around the Gulf. I have flown CAI <> DXB on MS. MS were significantly cheaper then EK. I think I bagged a J fare for less than £400 GBP return. Not that MS came close to EK’s level of service, but it was okay for a short flight. St...

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by vhtje
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 23875

Re: British Airways tease new ClubWorld seat on social media

Regarding the catering, BA recently revealed that all longhaul catering ex LHR will eventually be provided by Do&Co with the first few routes already swapping over. Anyone who has flown BA to JFK over the last 4 or so years may already be familiar with the far better catering that they provide ...

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by vhtje
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 23875

Re: British Airways tease new ClubWorld seat on social media

I understand it is the same seat as on the AC 77W.

We shall see shortly.

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by vhtje
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019
Replies: 245
Views: 48515

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019

Just flew SFO > MEL > SFO on the 787-9. Fabulous flights - great crew, great service, very comfortable aircraft. Outbound was in W and the inbound was J. Even the W seat was comfortable and I got a reasonable amount of sleep. I was surprised that the 787s were not WiFi-equipped. Is the WiFi rollout ...

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by vhtje
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 94
Views: 16559

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

Why should Australian put any money into anything which doesn't concern nor effect. IF it was a legal requirement that we fund a search which isn't in our territory , they should change the law. It concerns/effects Australia because: 1) There were Australians onboard the aircraft 2) Australia is cl...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew
Replies: 55
Views: 8525

Re: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew

Strange comment Sloppily dressed crew are likely to be lax on procedures and rules too Attention to detail usually follows through on all aspects of a persons life Absolute nonsense. I work in IT. I meet sloppily (by my standards) dressed individuals constantly. That does not stop them from being s...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 94
Views: 16559

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

I personally don't want another dime of taxpayer funds spent on this search . I wasn’t aware any US Taxpayers’ “dimes” had been spent on this search. Assuming I am correct - that is, you are a US taxpayer and no US taxes were spent on this search - your view is fairly offensive to those whose taxes...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew
Replies: 55
Views: 8525

Re: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew

Strange comment Sloppily dressed crew are likely to be lax on procedures and rules too Attention to detail usually follows through on all aspects of a persons life Absolute nonsense. I work in IT. I meet sloppily (by my standards) dressed individuals constantly. That does not stop them from being s...

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by vhtje
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 384948

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Latest grounding count looks like below B737 33 ATR 10 B777 1 A330 1 Total 45 Thats 38% of the fleet Credit: https://twitter.com/khabri_lal/status/1102098356250144768 How can an airline operate its planned schedule with 38% of its fleet grounded? I realise 9W have cancelled some routes, but still, ...

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by vhtje
Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Calls for SNA to be Renamed
Replies: 92
Views: 8298

Re: Calls for SNA to be Renamed

It's a tricky one. One doesn't want to judge an historical figure by today's (changing) standards and values, as repugnant as their historical values may be to us in 2019. For example: my Grandmother, who was born in 1904, in the very early 1970s when I was three gave me a golliwog. Obviously today ...

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by vhtje
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ's IFE Has a Camera Possibly Watching in Every Seat
Replies: 56
Views: 11464

Re: SQ's IFE Has a Camera Possibly Watching in Every Seat

I think people dumbly assume with all of this that they are recording EVERYBODY. They would likely target particular people based upon the work they do or their position. This recent travel warning from the U.S. State Dept (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/03/world/asia/china-travel-advisory.html) w...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Aviation in time of racial segregation
Replies: 29
Views: 4034

Re: Aviation in time of racial segregation

If you read biographies of American entertainers who are black and who made it big in those horrid times, the common theme seems to be, ‘when money is no object, neither is colour’ We can extrapolate from those books that air travel was not restricted - I have only read of entertainers taking flight...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BKK - SYD Route - Future Developments
Replies: 19
Views: 3893

Re: BKK - SYD Route - Future Developments

I travel between LHR and SYD frequently, and have done for many years. Thankfully these days it is at the front of the aircraft. However I remember one trip years ago sitting in a window seat at the back of a very full QF1 (B744), which in those days stopped at BKK. The man next to whom I was seated...

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by vhtje
Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: No airline interested in a morning MIA-LHR departure?
Replies: 6
Views: 962

Re: No airline interested in a morning MIA-LHR departure?

I wonder how much of BA/AA’s traffic on MIA/LHR is connecting from AA’s South and Central American flights? If it is high, it might explain why there is no AM departure back to Heathrow.

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by vhtje
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Y+ to J Airport Upgrade - High price, but low load?
Replies: 7
Views: 1046

Re: BA Y+ to J Airport Upgrade - High price, but low load?

I personally would have paid £520 in a heartbeat. Seems a bargain to me, when NYC J fares on BA can be well over £1000. BA have set fares for airport upgrade promotions on each route. Some are admittedly better value than others. Flyertalk has a airport upgrade cost tracking thread that show you wha...

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