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by vhtje
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR
Replies: 49
Views: 10238

Re: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR

chonetsao wrote:
Does B788 need a landing gear downlock pin? Could this (or rather lack of the pins) is the reason for the collapse?


I understand the pin was put into the wrong hole, which caused the collapse. I will post a photo if I can (it is not my photo and I need to get permission)

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by vhtje
Wed Jun 16, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to split from IAG ?
Replies: 39
Views: 9839

Re: BA to split from IAG ?

but I expect to see Sean Doyle take BA in a very different direction. Great, he can start by not charging pax who just put down $7K+ on paid biz, for seat selection... ...because that's the most nickel-&-dimed feeling I've ever experienced in all of aviation, and leaves a really cheap and disgu...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 894
Views: 142023

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

Just found this… I know it’s a couple of days old, but looks like they’ve been stripped of the all slots they had. Source : https://airwaysmag.com/airlines/the-uk-revokes-flybe-operating-license/?amp Good spot. The CMG proposed that Flybe’s Operator's Licence be revoked because it considered that t...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to split from IAG ?
Replies: 39
Views: 9839

Re: BA to split from IAG ?

Source: https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-9682247/Willie-Walsh-Covid-prompt-British-Airways-sell-off.html The Torygraph has also picked up this story, but it is behind a paywall. Just to be clear he is not advocating it. I don't think that will happen, but it could I think it was p...

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by vhtje
Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Stobart Air ceases operations, appoint liquidator
Replies: 80
Views: 13138

Re: Stobart Air cancel all flights

Any chance that Aer Lingus will find a replacement operator in the next few days? There must be plenty choice on the EU wet lease market right now. Is there any evidence that the market needs that level of urgency to setup replacement services? One wonders if the loads on the Stobart Air operation ...

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by vhtje
Mon May 31, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways CEO: “the A380 was our biggest mistake.”
Replies: 117
Views: 23212

Re: Qatar Airways CEO: “the A380 was our biggest mistake.”

Doesn't even matter, even B777-300ER became a bit too uneconomical these days. B747-8 is out of the question. Care to elaborate on that statement? The 77W was the most fuel efficient wide body about two decades ago, but that is way in the past with 787s and A350 flying in large numbers. And with th...

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by vhtje
Sat May 29, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 138
Views: 12512

Re: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?

QF 747-238B (SYD > CHC; we boarded by stairs in SYD on a boiling summer's day), 747-338 (SYD to SIN, upstairs in Y. There were only 6 of us; the crew turned the trolley into a self-service bar!), 747-438 and 747-438ER BA 747-436 (by a large margin, my most frequent - and, to date, my last 747 flight...

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by vhtje
Thu May 27, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways CEO: “the A380 was our biggest mistake.”
Replies: 117
Views: 23212

Re: Qatar Airways CEO: “the A380 was our biggest mistake.”

Would passengers really choose to fly on say an A350 instead of an A380 solely out of concern about the environment? I don't think so! I agree: no. Most passengers have no idea of the aircraft type they are on, or at least no idea until they get to the airport and board the aircraft, then are told ...

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by vhtje
Wed May 26, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta-LATAM sign JV Agreement
Replies: 91
Views: 21979

Re: Delta-LATAM sign JV Agreement

The real question is does any of this even matter now? US- South America traffic is still down what, 90 percent at least? Given the global pace of vaccinations, one has to think it will take most of South America at least a year to get even partial coverage, and what, 2 years more after that for tr...

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by vhtje
Sun May 23, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 15 Years ago today- Last B717 delivered
Replies: 68
Views: 9767

Re: 15 Years ago today- Last B717 delivered

Are the comments in this thread about cost structure of operating the 717 US-centric? QF (Operated by National Jet) seem happy with their 20 aircraft. Is QF the exception?

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by vhtje
Sun May 23, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA premium service to CAI; A321Ns with Club World still around?
Replies: 20
Views: 2764

Re: BA premium service to CAI; A321Ns with Club World still around?

If BA does have a Cairo base I can’t see it surviving long. I think most of BA’s foreign bases have gone now. From speaking to the CAI-based crew on previous flights, the Egyptian crew do CAI > LHR > [somewhere else Arabic-speaking in BA’s network] > LHR > CAI They gat paid Egyptian wages, not Brit...

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by vhtje
Sun May 23, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA premium service to CAI; A321Ns with Club World still around?
Replies: 20
Views: 2764

Re: BA premium service to CAI; A321Ns with Club World still around?

According to the BA Source, the ex-BMI aircraft are all in storage.

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by vhtje
Sun May 23, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA premium service to CAI; A321Ns with Club World still around?
Replies: 20
Views: 2764

Re: BA premium service to CAI; A321Ns with Club World still around?

Hello from Cairo. I flew BA400 yesterday. When I booked it, it was showing as a A321NEO. No, it wasn’t (and hasn’t been) the ex-BMI birds. However, about a week ago, as travel restrictions on British travellers eased slightly, my seat changed when BA swapped equipment, and my flight yesterday was on...

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by vhtje
Tue May 11, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How upset are airports that spent massive $$$ on a380 infrastructure?
Replies: 68
Views: 12731

Re: How upset are airports that spent massive $$$ on a380 infrastructure?

Your question makes it sound like they invested in the upgrades ten minutes ago. The A380 entered service in October 2007, so has been in service for nearly 14 years. With the last built airframe only just recently had its maiden flight, the A380 will continue to utilise airports around the world fo...

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by vhtje
Sat May 08, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?
Replies: 127
Views: 15868

Re: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?

Um... surely Government policy has something to do with this? Even in the US, airports are not entirely free-market driven, after all, despite what some posters on airliners.net would have you believe. Which government policies exactly? How the hell should I know? I am not American, nor do I live t...

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by vhtje
Sat May 08, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?
Replies: 127
Views: 15868

Re: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?

Um... surely Government policy has something to do with this? Even in the US, airports are not entirely free-market driven, after all, despite what some posters on airliners.net would have you believe.

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 894
Views: 142023

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

On the flip side a lot of people remember flybe. But are they good memories? I think this says it all and interesting the same kind of pattern on various complaints about the suspect cabin baggage charges. https://ie.trustpilot.com/review/www.flybe.com The problem with Trustpilot (and any other rev...

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by vhtje
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: oneworld in Central Europe
Replies: 56
Views: 9844

Re: oneworld in Central Europe

Wouldn't a better option be for IAG to create a VY base in Eastern Europe and elevate VY to oneworld associate membership? Remember LEVEL Europe? That failed. But anyway - only 2 of IAG airlines are in a alliance. The remaining ones aren't. No point in VY or even EI in joining OW or any alliance. T...

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by vhtje
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: oneworld in Central Europe
Replies: 56
Views: 9844

Re: oneworld in Central Europe

Wouldn't a better option be for IAG to create a VY base in Eastern Europe and elevate VY to oneworld associate membership?

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by vhtje
Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 280
Views: 60761

Re: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Today, Minister Hoekstra of Finance has indicated that the Dutch government will no longer invest billions. At the start of the Covid-19, the Dutch government first wanted to ensure that KLM remains viable. And AF needs more financial help than KLM. And if KLM receive financial support from the gov...

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 280
Views: 60761

Re: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Is the Dutch government's stance politically viable? I can't imagine the Dutch people would be happy with the French State getting a larger slice of AF/KLM, and therefore much greater influence in how KLM is run. The People Will Be Angry , no? I am confused by the French vs. Dutch conversation vis-...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Delta Doing?
Replies: 199
Views: 41250

Re: What is Delta Doing?

Please explain the VS hookup got them invaluable slots at LHR The last slot trade between VS and DL was a return of 14 slots in June 2019, which DL had leased to VS in August 2017. Source: https://www.acl-uk.org/completed-slot-trades/?fromAirline=Virgin%20Atlantic The tie up with VS did get DL great...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 280
Views: 60761

Re: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Will be interesting to see what NL will do. Do they want to match the move by the French government in order not to loose influence or will they take a passive approach this time? Today, Minister Hoekstra of Finance has indicated that the Dutch government will no longer invest billions. At the star...

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by vhtje
Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 738 replacement competition
Replies: 196
Views: 26353

Re: Qantas 738 replacement competition

Based on Qantas media release in 2019. https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-group-updates-airbus-order-with-extra-long-range-a321/ What I'm saying is, it seems like A321XLR would fly with the mainline, if that happen A320neo would be a logical choice to replace B737-800. Why woul...

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by vhtje
Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 738 replacement competition
Replies: 196
Views: 26353

Re: Qantas 738 replacement competition

Again, with Western Sydney Airport coming up in a few years, new runway at BNE and so on, the congestion issues at Sydney will be a thing of the past, and so more frequency would be possible, or it would be possible to better match capacity with demand with a smaller aircraft. Could it be a split o...

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by vhtje
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 738 replacement competition
Replies: 196
Views: 26353

Re: Qantas 738 replacement competition

How do you see the 9th of September & the 11th of September as the same day? My mistake; I was trying not to use American date formatting and in my haste, got confused/careless. For clarity, AN actually collapsed on the morning of 12th September 2001, which was, of course, still the 11th Septem...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 738 replacement competition
Replies: 196
Views: 26353

Re: Qantas 738 replacement competition

QF did order 737-838s, but the rushed timing of that had more to do with the collapse of domestic competitor AN (which happened on the 9th September 2001) than the tragic events on the same day in NYC. AN's collapse handed QF nearly 80% of the domestic market, and meant QF needed additional capacit...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 738 replacement competition
Replies: 196
Views: 26353

Re: Qantas 738 replacement competition

"QF seem to have a habit of surfing between crises when refreshing their narrow body fleets. IIRC a lot of their current 738s were bought cheaply as cancelled AA frames post-9/11. 'Surfing between crises' is a bit of a stretch, isn't it? In the jet era, QF never had narrow bodies, except for, ...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 23, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 738 replacement competition
Replies: 196
Views: 26353

Re: Qantas 738 replacement competition

Wasn't JQ equipped with A320s so that JQ pilots could be hired under different conditions to the QF 737 pilots?

Has the need to differentiate the two pilot groups been removed, or can they now be separated by other means, thus making the equipment differentiator redundant?

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by vhtje
Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Titan A321neo ops for UK government
Replies: 37
Views: 7307

Re: Titan A321neo ops for UK government

sevenair wrote:
vhtje wrote:
A320B737NGCapt wrote:
Looks good.


Looks absolutely hideous.

There, I fixed that for you.

:duck:


Yes. God forbid anyone have a different opinion.


Lighten up, it was a joke. Even the OP wasn't offended.

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by vhtje
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Titan A321neo ops for UK government
Replies: 37
Views: 7307

Re: Titan A321neo ops for UK government

A320B737NGCapt wrote:
Looks good.


Looks absolutely hideous.

There, I fixed that for you.

:duck:

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 48179

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

No, the IASC allocates traffic rights. Only the designated slot coordinator for HND can allocate arrival and departure slots for that airport. Traffic rights are useless without the slots, and the slots are useless without the traffic rights. In theory, and in normal circumstances, VA would need to...

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by vhtje
Sun Mar 14, 2021 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Delta loan to Virgin Atlantic?
Replies: 59
Views: 9340

Re: New Delta loan to Virgin Atlantic?

I thought the CARES act expressly forbade recipient funds going offshore from the United States?

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Olivier Dassault killed in helicopter crash
Replies: 33
Views: 5654

Re: Olivier Dassault killed in helicopter crash

Canuck600 wrote:
They are not exactly falling from the sky with massive fatalities


That made me laugh out loud.

Do I need to seek help?

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: British Airways Boeing 767 - Club Europe Trip Report (Video TR available as well)
Replies: 6
Views: 7176

Re: British Airways Boeing 767 - Club Europe Trip Report (Video TR available as well)

Nice trip report. I always enjoyed flying the BA 767 on intra-European flights (VCE, GVA, FCO, MAD, BCN, CDG, back in the day) but didn't like the way BA configured some of them for TATL operations. Flew it a few times from EWR to LHR and back in 2007. Miserable experience. Thanks for the comment. ...

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by vhtje
Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Western Sydney Airport VS Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. Which one will be bigger?
Replies: 16
Views: 2100

Re: Western Sydney Airport VS Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. Which one will be bigger?

Look at how cities with dual and multiple airports work in other parts of the world. In short, over time, each airport adapts to fulfil a specific role. London, for example has five airports: LHR - London’s primary airport. Major connecting hub and freight ops. Premium, full-service carrier routes, ...

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by vhtje
Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA to turn Air Japan into a new mid-haul LCC brand
Replies: 21
Views: 3922

Re: ANA to turn Air Japan into a new mid-haul LCC brand

Doesn't Air Japan do a bunch of mid-haul flying for ANA already? I looked to go to Australia a few months ago, and one of the cheaper options was ANA on a 787, operated by Air Japan: https://tstdrv914642.app.netsuite.com/core/media/media.nl?id=4359&c=TSTDRV914642&h=z7CHbKSgYtzUpsVnRKuiJ3HZQl...

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by vhtje
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 busiest airports in the world 60 years ago (1961)
Replies: 36
Views: 8967

Re: 10 busiest airports in the world 60 years ago (1961)

Thank you for posting. Very interesting reading.

I wonder how differently it would rank, if airlines’ hub-and-spoke operations were excluded, so that only O&D passengers were counted?

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: LAS to be renamed for Harry Reid
Replies: 139
Views: 14889

Re: Official: LAS to be renamed for Harry Reid

If you look as far as Wikipedia, you will find plenty in Harry Reid's resume that is less than stellar. Best not to name airports after people. Best not to name airports after politicians . There, I fixed that for you. I do not have a problem with John Lennon or George Best airports here in the UK ...

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by vhtje
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF - Project Sunrise
Replies: 345
Views: 60837

Re: QF - Project Sunrise

Snowball in hell chance of getting any investment banker living in Mosman to go to SWZ to catch the LHR or JFK. Pretty much, the target market for the Sunrise flights lives east of Drummoyne (more like east of the Harbour Bridge). Not only that, but the advantage of SWZ (no curfews) really doesn’t ...

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by vhtje
Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Dry airspace"
Replies: 37
Views: 5186

Re: "Dry airspace"

Do states have any power to legislate over what occurs inside an aircraft as it overflies the state? I am not American, but I would have thought that was an area of Federal jurisdiction…?

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by vhtje
Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways 787-10
Replies: 92
Views: 38305

Re: British Airways 787-10

777Mech wrote:
AV8AJET wrote:
No ATL service sadly


LB did a cargo run a couple of days ago.


(Hot) Captain Mark on Twitter was the captain on that flight, and posted some terrific shots from FL360 of New York on what was a very clear night on the Eastern seaboard.

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by vhtje
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA abandoned Training Facility LHR
Replies: 19
Views: 26546

Re: BA abandoned Training Facility LHR

Hello. BA has a large Security team. They are responsible for a range of things including the safety and security of the hotels used for crew. BA crew hotels must meet demanding safety and security standards. Before BA enters into a contract for a crew hotel, the Security team check it over. If the...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 04, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin (Texas) Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 142
Views: 18709

Re: AUS Airport Announcement Tomorrow

sunking737 wrote:
New anti bacterial soap with in rest rooms?? With aloe


You, sir, win this thread.

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 04, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 53
Views: 17140

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Does it even matter? If I was his family I’d be much happier with a garden or something of that nature named after him than a corporation naming an asset after him that you can’t even go and see (yes they can go spotting but come on). But plenty of airlines honour aviation pioneers and contributors...

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by vhtje
Wed Feb 03, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA abandoned Training Facility LHR
Replies: 19
Views: 26546

Re: BA abandoned Training Facility LHR

Good one guys. Openly film yourself trespassing, and name yourselves in the video, then post it on the internet for all to see. Mind you, the UK police are so useless, they probably won't do anything. I did do a 'safety awareness course' in that very facility back in February 2015. It was a paid thi...

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by vhtje
Wed Feb 03, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 53
Views: 17140

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2021

CWL757 wrote:
Plus I'd imagine BA would have the rights to do that, not VS.


What rights do you mean, and why would BA have them? Did BA sponsor him or something?

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by vhtje
Tue Feb 02, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New JetBlue Mint Studio suite
Replies: 170
Views: 19597

Re: New JetBlue Mint Studio suite

If this is what Jet blue wants to use for transatlantic, BA etc have a big problem Why? There are only two of the slightly larger "studios" per aircraft; I don't see such a big difference between the standard JetBlue Suites and BA's ClubSuite. JetBlue won't have the facilities in London t...

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by vhtje
Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Ends Plans to Fly Longhaul
Replies: 225
Views: 41996

Re: Norwegian Ends Plans to Fly Longhaul

Forgive me if this has been asked but what will happen to Norwegians 787s? Parked in a desert until someone else buys/leases them. Currently getting soaked for the second year running in a Scottish winter at Prestwick. Are composite-body aircraft better able to withstand long term storage in wet wi...

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