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by vhtje
Sat Sep 10, 2022 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline CEOs in Safety Videos
Replies: 25
Views: 3523

Re: Airline CEOs in Safety Videos

A former Air New Zealand CEO appeared in an Air NZ video dressed in body paint and not much else, though now that I think about it, that might have been for an advertisement rather than a safety video You beat me to it. There was a safety video during the “nothing to hide” campaign, but the steamy ...

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by vhtje
Thu Sep 08, 2022 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet Launches new uniform collection
Replies: 4
Views: 1023

Re: Westjet Launches new uniform collection

Looks like something Air New Zealand would have rejected in the early 1990s. It is a bit unimaginative, no? I mean, he has met the brief - "bring back the teal" - but, surely, he could have come up with something with a lot more flair and originality? I get it, he has to cater for all shap...

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by vhtje
Sun Sep 04, 2022 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Disposal of old First, Biz seats and shells
Replies: 18
Views: 3810

Re: OLD Aircraft First, Biz seats and shells

I presume they are recycled? I mean it’s not like they are sold off secondhand to second- and third-tier airlines, and the market for memorabilia cannot alone consume them all. So, I presume, they are sold to scrappers and recycled.

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by vhtje
Fri Sep 02, 2022 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product
Replies: 102
Views: 22540

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product

I’ve pondered this for a couple of days. Whilst I am sure AA have done the numbers and calculate this makes financial sense, I have some questions: 1. How does this impact the JVs with QF and BA? I can’t think QF and BA will be happy about handing over half their F revenue on JV routes to AA, if th...

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by vhtje
Thu Sep 01, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German lawmakers want to ban advance payment of air tickets
Replies: 106
Views: 12095

Re: German lawmakers want to ban advance payment of air tickets

I've always wondered why airlines are allowed to collect 100% of payment for services that might not be rendered for nearly a year. Off the top of my head I can't think of another service industry that you pay for a service that far in advance and that industry can deny that service the day of and ...

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by vhtje
Thu Sep 01, 2022 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product
Replies: 102
Views: 22540

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product

I’ve pondered this for a couple of days. Whilst I am sure AA have done the numbers and calculate this makes financial sense, I have some questions: 1. How does this impact the JVs with QF and BA? I can’t think QF and BA will be happy about handing over half their F revenue on JV routes to AA, if the...

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 31, 2022 9:32 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trying the competition: American Airlines Business Class, London to New York on the Boeing 777-300ER
Replies: 10
Views: 8803

Re: Trying the competition: American Airlines Business Class, London to New York on the Boeing 777-300ER

I agree with the plastic cheap look of the predeparture beverages. It has to do with a combination of the FAA, the company and the time frame. We don't want the possibility of glass breaking, Or something that required an immediate evacuation. When the plane moves, we are required to pick up the cu...

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by vhtje
Sun Aug 28, 2022 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product
Replies: 102
Views: 22540

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product

NYCAAer wrote:

Qatar doesn’t have F, just business but it’s the hugely popular Q-suites that people love.


A two-second Google search disproves your post about QR not having F:

https://scottscheapflights.com/guides/qatar-airways-first-class

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by vhtje
Sat Aug 27, 2022 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product
Replies: 102
Views: 22540

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Eliminate International First Class Product

How would AA’s elimination of FF impact JVs with BA and QF?

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by vhtje
Tue Aug 23, 2022 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand New Livery?
Replies: 10
Views: 3215

Re: Air New Zealand New Livery?

But won’t be seen outside of New Zealand, apart from its delivery flight. NZ gets it’s domestic a320 family fleet, stripped out model with the bare minimum equipment required. For example they have no life rafts, no HR radios. To cross the Tasman, they have to meet up with another NZ flight and fol...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 22, 2022 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 40-60 Air Wisconsin CRJ-200s to Fly for American
Replies: 122
Views: 19959

Re: 40-60 Air Wisconsin CRJ-200s to Fly for American

So does this mean that effectively a lot of UA slots and destinations will be transferring to AA? If so, does that significantly move the balance of traffic at ORD between the two carriers?

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by vhtje
Sun Aug 21, 2022 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 767: 40 years in airline service
Replies: 109
Views: 14238

Re: Boeing 767: 40 years in airline service

I always loved travelling on the 767. My first 767 trip was on AN 767-277 in 1987. AN’s 767s were unique in that they had a three-crew cockpit initially, the unions demanding retention of a redundant flight engineer station. I do not know how long it lasted, but AN removed the stations eventually an...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 18, 2022 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pakistan reportedly seeks to sell PIA stake to Qatar
Replies: 61
Views: 10613

Re: Pakistan reportedly seeks to sell PIA stake to Qatar

Wouldn't this end up shooting PIA in the foot? I imagine Qatar involvement would lead to the drawdown of PIA's long-haul operations, which would benefit QR since additional pax are routed through Doha and into Europe and North America. Why would QR do that? In addition to reducing potential profits...

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by vhtje
Tue Aug 16, 2022 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders Boom Overture aircraft
Replies: 146
Views: 18762

Re: American Airlines orders Boom Overture aircraft

LAX-HNL was mentioned in the press release as a possible route but I don’t see that as a possibility. These birds will probably only do LHR runs from JFK and MIA. Just my opinion. Presumably (perception of) the noise issues that plagued Concorde, are overcome with the Boom aircraft. Otherwise, what...

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 10, 2022 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air India to lease in 30 aircraft (320/321/777LR)
Replies: 112
Views: 28966

Re: Air India to lease six aircraft as poor interiors delay flights to North America

How is leasing new aircraft cheaper and quicker than refurbishing existing aircraft?

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 08, 2022 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources
Replies: 152
Views: 40981

Re: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources

It is interesting reading this, and previous threads about the divide between QR and Airbus. Lots of posts making definitive and emotive statements about the relationship between the two parties in to the future. I have been in business a long, long time and I can tell you one thing I have learned f...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 26, 2022 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do flights to LIM arrive in the evening?
Replies: 33
Views: 9043

Re: Why do flights to LIM arrive in the evening?

AA’s DFW to LIM outbound (AA909) follows this pattern, arriving just after midnight, but the return (AA350) doesn’t depart LIM until 08:00 the next day, the aircraft spending seven and a half hours on the ground in LIM.

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 25, 2022 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What next for jet 2?
Replies: 93
Views: 13683

Re: What next for jet 2?

Jet2 always makes me think of this:

https://youtu.be/dT5moPr26A0

I have never flown them, but they have a great reputation amongst my Yorkshire friends. I do wish them well.

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 21, 2022 6:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another Stabbing At SFO
Replies: 44
Views: 7781

Re: Another Stabbing At SFO

Most of the homeless in SF are drug users and the mentally ill, not people who simply cannot afford the high price of rental housing. Walk down Market Street or in the Tenderloin and see for yourself (assuming you live here). Most have come to SF from elsewhere, attracted by the mild climate and ab...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 20, 2022 8:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another Stabbing At SFO
Replies: 44
Views: 7781

Re: Another Stabbing At SFO

A CLEAR employee was stabbed this time. This is the second one in the last 30 days. It sounds like the mental health and drug abuse issues destroying the city are now spilling over into the airport. They better get this under control or SJC and OAK are about to become a lot more popular. https://ab...

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by vhtje
Sat Jul 16, 2022 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor News and Discussion Thread 2022
Replies: 177
Views: 35694

Re: Condor News and Discussion Thread 2022

I’ve lost track, but what is the current status of Condor’s ownership? Wasn’t it sold to an investment firm? Are they looking to offload it?

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 13, 2022 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS unveil A330Neo Cabin
Replies: 44
Views: 14776

Re: VS unveil A330Neo Cabin

gregn21 wrote:
Huge commonality with DL products. J, PE cabins almost identical to DL 339 cabins aside from minor cosmetic differences.

Wonder if this is a sign of things to come fleetwide.


Delta London in all but name.

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 13, 2022 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 NO FLAP landing @ SEA
Replies: 36
Views: 9342

Re: 737 NO FLAP landing @ SEA

Well done to your close friend. Did he say if he needed clean underwear after the landing?

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 06, 2022 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic adds LHR-TPA
Replies: 48
Views: 7447

Re: Virgin Atlantic adds LHR-TPA

I spent the first part of the weekend in Orlando recently, visiting friends whilst en route to LIM; it was my first time to the area. As a solo traveller gay man, I really, really, could not see the enduring appeal of the place myself. I do understand the Disneyworld attraction for families, but tha...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 06, 2022 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS files for chapter 11
Replies: 129
Views: 31126

Re: SAS files for chapter 11

A lot of people talk about SAS having large pension obligations, but don't low cost carriers in Europe such as Ryan Air, Easy Jet, Wizz Air and Norwegian also have to provide pensions for their employees? Large pension obligations are a problem for legacy carriers, not newer private LCCs. It stems ...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 05, 2022 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet's chief operating officer has resigned.
Replies: 15
Views: 4356

Re: EasyJet's chief operating officer has resigned.

My only question was why was this guy not sacked sooner. He was totally incompetent and has single handedly brought the airline to its knees. S22 pretty much a disaster hopefully they can go on now and fix the mess he has left. That's not really fair. You're putting the blame for U2's scheduling an...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 28, 2022 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al closing bookings on 3 routes
Replies: 21
Views: 8128

Re: El Al closing bookings on 3 routes

El Al isn’t really an airline that’s on my radar, but an employee of mine had a family crisis three weeks ago, and had to return to Israel (TLV) urgently. I researched and booked her flight for her. I was surprised at how cheap El Al was for a same day booking. Return, BA wanted £1,400 (in Economy) ...

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by vhtje
Sun Jun 26, 2022 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the status on London Heathrow's (LHR) third runway? Construction commenced?
Replies: 47
Views: 7726

Re: What's the status on London Heathrow's (LHR) third runway? Construction commenced?

flyingclrs727 wrote:
No! LHR needed a third runway 40 years ago.


Forty years ago, Heathrow HAD a third runway….

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 21, 2022 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JL to replace 767 and regional jet fleets
Replies: 36
Views: 9361

Re: JL to replace 767 and regional jet fleets

Does the Japanese market still require high-density, low range aircraft? What happened to all those 744Ds? Or has the Japanese market changed and this high-density configuration is no longer required? I would have thought that the 787 more likely than the A321, given the high Japanese content of the...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 14, 2022 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of SAS? Swedish government says no more help packages
Replies: 27
Views: 10475

Re: End of SAS? Swedish government says no more help packages

Why can AY make long haul work from Sweden, but SK cannot?

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by vhtje
Thu Jun 09, 2022 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heavier Shopping Emphasis in Non-US vs. US Airports
Replies: 51
Views: 5899

Re: Heavier Shopping Emphasis in Non-US vs. US Airports

Privatisation turns airports into property companies. You’d be surprised how airports charge rents - turnover rents are common, with airport companies getting direct data feeds from tenants’ tills to compute rents. The higher the turnover, the more rent the airport gets. It shifts emphasis for the ...

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by vhtje
Wed Jun 08, 2022 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heavier Shopping Emphasis in Non-US vs. US Airports
Replies: 51
Views: 5899

Re: Heavier Shopping Emphasis in Non-US vs. US Airports

Privatisation turns airports into property companies. You’d be surprised how airports charge rents - turnover rents are common, with airport companies getting direct data feeds from tenants’ tills to compute rents. The higher the turnover, the more rent the airport gets. It shifts emphasis for the b...

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by vhtje
Tue Jun 07, 2022 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man sues AA for wrongful arrest
Replies: 18
Views: 4319

Re: Man sues AA for wrongful arrest

What a dreadful story. But I am flabbergasted that it took so long for him to hire a solicitor/lawyer. If he’d done that the day he was arrested, he probably would have been out that same day.

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by vhtje
Tue May 31, 2022 9:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is Easyjet not expanding?
Replies: 48
Views: 10415

Re: What’s wrong with EasyJet ?

Taking an issue (post-pandemic staffing inconsistencies) hardly unique to any one carrier, and making it seem like the end of the world... what is this, a telenovela? :roll: I take your point, but anecdotally (meaning, I do not have hard statistics to hand) it does seem to be that U2 is suffering m...

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by vhtje
Mon May 30, 2022 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 120
Views: 20841

Re: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

Bring back the 747. There is no honorable replacement for the 747. So bring it back. You could argue the same for the 757, but that is not going to happen either. Well run companies usually are very focused on consistent profitability. Retaining what is now old technology at a high cost, particular...

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by vhtje
Fri May 20, 2022 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning
Replies: 26
Views: 7800

Re: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning

Is JQ maintenance completely separate to QF? Will the repair be done by QF? Or is all major maintenance at the QF Group outsourced these days, so that the distinction is immaterial?

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by vhtje
Thu May 19, 2022 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG orders 50 737 MAX + 100 options
Replies: 118
Views: 24659

Re: IAG orders 25 737-8 and 25 737-10 with 100 options

Where will the 737-10 be used? The A321neo is increasingly being used on longer sectors by legacy airlines, in short haul configurations. I have recently done very, very uncomfortable flights on BA (to CAI) and AA (to LIM, from DFW) - both well over five hour sectors, and in business class, but it t...

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by vhtje
Tue May 17, 2022 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sri Lankan Airlines may be privatised.
Replies: 15
Views: 2448

Re: Sri Lankan Airlines may be privatised.

If they do sell, I predict QR will be at the forefront of the bidders

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by vhtje
Fri May 13, 2022 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Return of the flying Honu – ANA to relaunch Airbus A380 aircraft to Hawaii
Replies: 27
Views: 8925

Re: Return of the flying Honu – ANA to relaunch Airbus A380 aircraft to Hawaii

Its a shame ANA doesn't use their A380 to LAX, it has three A380's and right now they are only flying them to Honolulu twice a week. Why not use the plane to other destinations like Singapore or Sydney on an occasional basis. I am not saying they should fly a half empty A380 anywhere, just that som...

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by vhtje
Thu May 12, 2022 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Return of the flying Honu – ANA to relaunch Airbus A380 aircraft to Hawaii
Replies: 27
Views: 8925

Re: Return of the flying Honu – ANA to relaunch Airbus A380 aircraft to Hawaii

Its a shame ANA doesn't use their A380 to LAX, it has three A380's and right now they are only flying them to Honolulu twice a week. Why not use the plane to other destinations like Singapore or Sydney on an occasional basis. I am not saying they should fly a half empty A380 anywhere, just that som...

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by vhtje
Thu May 12, 2022 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tibet Airlines A319 on fire at Chongqing
Replies: 47
Views: 12003

Re: Tibet Airlines A319 on fire at Chongqing

Would/could the landing gear have ruptured the fuel tanks and into the cabin? That is always a (ridiculous and irrational) fear of mine from a hard landing.

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by vhtje
Wed May 11, 2022 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 690
Views: 170893

Re: BA in big management shake up.

Agreed, a step in the right direction, but I wonder how long it will take before any changes are felt? I do wonder about IAG's strategy sometimes. You'd think things like IT and digital platforms would be centralised. Why do IB, BA and EI need completely different apps, for example? Surely they sho...

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by vhtje
Wed May 11, 2022 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 690
Views: 170893

Re: BA in big management shake up.

Agreed, a step in the right direction, but I wonder how long it will take before any changes are felt? I do wonder about IAG's strategy sometimes. You'd think things like IT and digital platforms would be centralised. Why do IB, BA and EI need completely different apps, for example? Surely they shou...

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by vhtje
Sun May 01, 2022 10:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do they exceed MTOW/TBO in less developed countries?
Replies: 21
Views: 5174

Re: Do they exceed MTOW/TBO in less developed countries?

It happens in “developed” countries, too. AF4590 (the Concorde tragedy) was over its MTOW, although I am not sure if that was a factor in the incident.

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by vhtje
Fri Apr 22, 2022 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas A330-200s - BNE - LAX - Lack of Crew Rest Areas
Replies: 47
Views: 10293

Re: Qantas A330-200s - BNE - LAX - Lack of Crew Rest Areas

Can’t they forgo a little cargo space and install a cargo hold crew rest module?

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by vhtje
Sun Apr 17, 2022 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Upgrading To Business Class With Privacy Doors
Replies: 36
Views: 11951

Re: American Airlines Upgrading To Business Class With Privacy Doors

I am confused. According to the AA finance discussion thread, AA is heavily in debt and is in the worst shape of the US3 by multiple measures, and by some margin on each measure; AA should be declaring bankruptcy, imminently.

How can AA afford new aircraft with plush new interiors?

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 12, 2022 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 2083
Views: 427941

Re: Is the AA PHL hub still important?

I just booked AA from LHR to LIM. I was offered JFK, ORD, DFW and MIA as transfer points. No routes via CLT or PHL came up, which really surprised me. Not that I would have taken them (unfair and probably way outdated images of crappy and clapped out L-US A330s come to mind, along with memories of t...

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by vhtje
Mon Apr 04, 2022 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor launch new livery
Replies: 271
Views: 34417

Re: Condor launch new livery

Love it. It makes me think of Braniff, "the end of the plain plane"

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 24, 2022 10:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if... the 2008 QF/BA Merger Had Gone Ahead?
Replies: 12
Views: 2878

What if... the 2008 QF/BA Merger Had Gone Ahead?

In light of the flurry of recent topics on what if... US carrier mergers, I thought it might be fun to speculate what would have happened if proposed 2008 merger between BA and QF had gone ahead, and BA had left IB jilted at the altar. https://simpleflying.com/british-airways-qantas-merger-talks-200...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 22, 2022 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1036
Views: 172904

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Wouldn’t it make more sense for Flybe to work with BA, rather than try and compete against them? IAG has far deeper pockets, so it can only be a bloodbath…

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