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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jan 26, 2022 8:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are the A380's windows so small?
Replies: 9
Views: 696

Re: Why are the A380's windows so small?

What have been the actual biggest windows? The Viscount? Yep, seems like it is. Out of all aircraft ever produced, the Vickers Viscount had the largest windows. In second place, and the jet with the largest windows ever, is the DC-8. Another honorable mention is the DeHavilland Comet 1, even though...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Using the same IATA code
Replies: 29
Views: 3184

Re: Using the same IATA code

Particularly in cases like B6 or U2 where the second digit can bleed into the flight number (as opposed to say 4U which also has nothing to do with Germanwings) I've seen some raised eyebrows. That's why there should be a space between the airline indicator and the actual flight number, which peopl...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jan 26, 2022 5:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airframe have you flown the most?
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: What airframe have you flown the most?

The only airframe I've knowingly flown twice is EI-DCY, a Ryanair 737-800. Not only have I flown it twice, I've sat in the same row twice on that aircraft. Only not in the same seat but not far off. I had this plane for my flight Eindhoven - Pisa and 3 days later for the return flight Pisa - Eindhov...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jan 26, 2022 4:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Second-hand A380s to free up smaller planes?
Replies: 16
Views: 616

Re: Second-hand A380s to free up smaller planes?

Could second-hand A380s be converted into freighters at some point then? That was done with DC10, MD11, and 747. I'm not hearing the same for A380. Likely not, the floor isn't strong enough. It could only hold a limited amount of cargo. The same amount of cargo can also fit in a smaller aircraft su...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Using the same IATA code
Replies: 29
Views: 3184

Re: Using the same IATA code

easyJet had EZY which compared to U2 was more on-brand, hence they use the 3 letter code. Great marketing, never missing an opportunity to get one over a competitor. U2, Dublin-formed super group, wasn't allocated by chance. And Dublin would be one of their cornerstone, and most successful routes. ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?
Replies: 25
Views: 1180

Re: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?

bfitzflyer wrote:
Would be nice on flights over say 4 hours.


But what wouldn't be nice about those flights is the ticket price, which would go up because there's a meal involved.

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Second-hand A380s to free up smaller planes?
Replies: 16
Views: 616

Re: Second-hand A380s to free up smaller planes?

You can't simply congest multiple flights into one, what if that one flight is at an inconvenient time for the customer? Then he/she simply walks off to another airline that has a flight at a more convenient time. The reason for such high frequencies is to give customers a choice at which time they ...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Jan 25, 2022 11:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?
Replies: 25
Views: 1180

Re: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?

I'm naturally price-sensitive but we're talking about meals on board now. Of course meals on board cost more to deliver than in a city center. If people want to pay for that, that's fine. You won't hear me complain about that. However it should be a choice, it shouldn't be mandatory. Airlines should...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Jan 25, 2022 9:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?
Replies: 25
Views: 1180

Re: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?

You could save money on catering. You could save money on a lot of things. But by doing so you might make your total product less attractive to your customers. Personally I am not looking for the lowest price, but for the best overall experience. Which means my ticket purchase is based on a combina...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Jan 25, 2022 8:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?
Replies: 25
Views: 1180

Re: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?

On my 22 minute flight from Amsterdam to Brussels KLM still offered catering. I got a stroopwafel and something to drink. But no full meal, which is what this is all about. But even then, you got that stroopwafel regardless if you asked for it or not. You didn't have the option to get that flight a...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Jan 25, 2022 7:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?
Replies: 25
Views: 1180

Re: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?

As far as meals go, since cost is the name of the game now, I'd suggest having meals available for purchase. Either cold meals or hot meals which can be ordered say... a day or a week before the flight occurs? That way the airline doesn't have to deal with the cost of waste. A large number of airli...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jan 24, 2022 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stowaway found alive at AMS after African flight.
Replies: 22
Views: 5306

Re: Stowaway found alive at AMS after African flight.

He survived to be deported back to where he came from. After surviving what he did I hope he is not deported. That depends on the reason he fled. I suspect he will be heared about that as soon as he's recovered enough to be able to talk. Just guessing, but many African countries are pretty homophob...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jan 24, 2022 8:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Immigration and Self-Connect MEX
Replies: 5
Views: 500

Re: Immigration and Self-Connect MEX

As a rule of thumb, for self-connecting you need to count at least 4 hours if you need to clear immigration. That's still no guarantee that you'll make it but if everything goes according to plan, most of the time you will. Now you got only 1 hour and 20 minutes, which is tight even if you don't nee...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jan 24, 2022 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IST closed due to heavy snow
Replies: 23
Views: 7213

Re: IST closed due to heavy snow

For those of us not from IST would the airport have plows or deicing capabilities? I have no clue. They do, however insufficient for these extreme circumstances. According to the article it was snowing yesterday as well, however not as hard as today. Yesterday they were able to keep up, today they ...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jan 24, 2022 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air looks to rebrand
Replies: 95
Views: 17310

Re: Korean Air looks to rebrand

I am envisioning a Malaysia Airlines like livery. All white and boring. Malaysia Airlines actually has a rather nice livery, it's anything but all white and boring. 5160127 Maybe you were confused with China Eastern. 4875391 Now that's what I call all white. Their old livery was outdated so they re...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jan 24, 2022 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IST closed due to heavy snow
Replies: 23
Views: 7213

IST closed due to heavy snow

Source: https://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieuws/categorie/3/airports/alle-vluchten-naar-istanbul-airport-geannuleerd-door-extreme-sneeuwval Due to heavy snow all flights at IST are canceled until 04:00 tonight. SAW is still open, somehow the snow there is less bad. Still, in many parts of Turkey and ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jan 23, 2022 11:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are the A380's windows so small?
Replies: 9
Views: 696

Re: Why are the A380's windows so small?

They're the default size, no smaller than on other Airbus aircraft. However because of the larger fuselage they appear smaller, they take up a smaller percentage of the fuselage. When designing a new aircraft, I can imagine the window size has little priority. Besides, Airbus had to look at the airc...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jan 21, 2022 10:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?
Replies: 25
Views: 1180

Re: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?

Not having a free meal isn't a deal breaker but just having a reasonable option is nice...i.e. I don't expect the same offering for a 90 minute flight as I would like to see on a 3 hour flight, or what have you. I'm thinking about how Icelandair does this. I honestly don't know how Icelandair does ...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jan 21, 2022 9:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?
Replies: 25
Views: 1180

Re: Bringing back meals on domestic flights?

The US is a highly competitive market where every dollar counts, this is basically the reason meals have been scrapped. They cost money which customers are not willing to pay. I know, they're being handed out "free" on board but they're not really free. The costs for those meals need to co...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jan 21, 2022 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air looks to rebrand
Replies: 95
Views: 17310

Re: Korean Air looks to rebrand

This new font reminds me very much of Aegean's new livery. Aegean's is a great example of how to do a solid rebrand, but I don't know that this is... Of course, we have yet to see any actual designs on an aircraft apart from the patent application so there doesn't seem to be too much to go off. The...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air looks to rebrand
Replies: 95
Views: 17310

Re: Korean Air looks to rebrand

My thoughts exactly . Humans tend to dislike any change. I quite like the crisper and modern subtle aspects of it. I don't agree with that, sometimes changes can be good however you need to take them one step at a time. The old should be kept recognizable in the new, that's why I said before that u...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air looks to rebrand
Replies: 95
Views: 17310

Re: Korean Air looks to rebrand

it's not a bad thing, and sorry but its not lazyness, people who dislike eurowhite should really stop with this one for me, I'll give lufthansa and air france as example, lufthansa did lots of concept for their livery with diferent color, same with air france when they did their 1975 rebrand,here a...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air looks to rebrand
Replies: 95
Views: 17310

Re: Korean Air looks to rebrand

Some liveries are absolutely timeless, KE being one of them. If anything, a simple font refresh and maybe a slight modernisation of the logo would suffice. Judging by that logo, I think a trainwreck of a redesign is coming... I don't consider it timeless, in fact I think the current livery is heavi...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jan 19, 2022 5:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any likelihood of F9 or NK adding MCO-LAX/OAK/PDX/SMF/SFO/SEA nonstop service?
Replies: 5
Views: 436

Re: Any likelihood of F9 or NK adding MCO-LAX/OAK/PDX/SMF/SFO/SEA nonstop service?

According to Wikipedia Frontier already flies to Ontario and San Diego from Orlando, so that's a start. Spirit typically flies shorter legs, they don't serve any west coast destinations from Orlando. As a matter of fact, none of the three big American ULCCs (Spirit, Frontier and Allegiant) is very b...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jan 19, 2022 5:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: You never fly out of airport but been visited airport
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: You never fly out of airport but been visited airport

Classicjets has just linked to it in the post above mine.

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jan 19, 2022 7:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Trip to MCO- which departure airport better for airfare?
Replies: 12
Views: 1011

Re: Trip to MCO- which departure airport better for airfare?

The most likely would be for Frontier to resume their non-stop OMA-MCO flights. The route is still listed on Wikipedia for them, although they don't seem to be flying it at the moment. From what I can see the route is temporarily on hold but it should be resumed in the future. All the other options ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jan 19, 2022 7:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: You never fly out of airport but been visited airport
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: You never fly out of airport but been visited airport

Indeed, there is already a treat on this topic. This one can be closed.

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jan 17, 2022 7:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Canary Islands-next tourist hotspot for North America?
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Re: Canary Islands-next tourist hotspot for North America?

If I’m not mistaken, I believe Canada 3000 offered flights from Canada to the Canary Islands for a short time before they went under. I want to even say they had a flight from YHZ. I remember they had a YHZ-AGP flight but I do seem to recall seeing ads in the paper for Tenerife as well. Would be an...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jan 16, 2022 1:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why no US or Canada flights to San Andres Island?
Replies: 12
Views: 892

Re: Why no US or Canada flights to San Andres Island?

It seems like that ADZ airport is very busy. But practically all the flights are to/from Colombia. That forces tourists from North America to overshoot the island twice by almost two hours. The other option would be Copa with a transfer in Panama, that's less of a detour than Colombia. Although it ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jan 15, 2022 4:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Trip to MCO- which departure airport better for airfare?
Replies: 12
Views: 1011

Re: Trip to MCO- which departure airport better for airfare?

Also, any input on airfare on airlines offering connecting service would be appreciated. This all depends on the time of booking, fares constantly fluctuate however they tend to go up as the date of the flight comes closer. Why take a connecting flight if several airlines offer direct flights? Cert...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jan 15, 2022 10:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you check the current price of a flight after you booked it?
Replies: 24
Views: 1372

Re: Do you check the current price of a flight after you booked it?

I check from time to time if booked on Easyjet. Those with FF status on Easyjet can claim a credit voucher if the price falls below the price they paid - even on the most restrictive of tickets. Frequent flyer status on EasyJet? Never heard about that, must be something new. The last time I checked...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jan 15, 2022 9:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Trip to MCO- which departure airport better for airfare?
Replies: 12
Views: 1011

Re: Trip to MCO- which departure airport better for airfare?

This should be rather cheap, with several airlines flying this route. Both Frontier and Southwest fly OMA-MCO and Allegiant flies OMA-SFB. Also consider DSM as a departure airport, Frontier flies DSM-MCO and Allegiant flies DSM-SFB. Unfortunately these airlines haven't loaded their schedules for nex...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pieter Elbers to step down as CEO of KLM
Replies: 39
Views: 6263

Re: Pieter Elbers to step down as CEO of KLM

The French bought KLM. People shouldn't be surprised that they actually want to have something to say about it. No, they didn't. The two airlines merged, they agreed to both having a controlling position in the new formed parent company. What do you think drives market cap? It's expectation of earn...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jan 14, 2022 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pieter Elbers to step down as CEO of KLM
Replies: 39
Views: 6263

Re: Pieter Elbers to stop as CEO of KLM

I’m all for KLM and AF representing the Dutch and French, but it’s time to make it one ship. As long as that one ship is under Dutch management I'm all for that, however I'm afraid the French won't accept that. And the Dutch on their turn won't accept it to be under French management. Instead of ma...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pieter Elbers to step down as CEO of KLM
Replies: 39
Views: 6263

Re: Pieter Elbers to stop as CEO of KLM

Probably a shock to many KLM-staffers as he stood up for his people more than once and he was well liked among them. I'm curious who will be his successor and what that will do with the relationship between KLM and "Paris". The name of Pieter Bootsma is being rumored, no guarantees of cou...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pieter Elbers to step down as CEO of KLM
Replies: 39
Views: 6263

Pieter Elbers to step down as CEO of KLM

Source: https://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieuws/categorie/2/airlines/pieter-elbers-vertrekt-volgend-jaar-als-topman-van-klm (in Dutch) At May 1st 2023 Pieter Elbers will quit his job as CEO of KLM, he has been at the head of KLM for over 8 years and says it's time for a change. It's unknown who will ...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airlines has the best wide body aircraft interior design in economy class ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1572

Re: Which airlines has the best wide body aircraft interior design in economy class ?

All Boeing 787's should be configured like that. That's why I plan all my economy long haul travel on the Airbus A330 and A340. Which is no guarantee either as some airlines have their A330s configured in 3-3-3. For example AirAsia X, it's the reason they're able to offer lower fares than airlines ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 17
Views: 980

Re: Wizzair (W6) at Kecskemet Air Base

Probably crew training. Touch&go's are usually done at remote airport to not waste prescious slots at primary airports.

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best places to visit in delhi
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: Best places to visit in delhi

you may be better off renting a car Not exactly a good advice in a place like Delhi either, specially for someone who has no experience driving there. Driving in Delhi is an absolute nightmare, nobody obeys any traffic rules! It's the city that has the most traffic deaths in the entire world. Not k...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airliner types under threat of extinction
Replies: 28
Views: 3258

Re: Airliner types under threat of extinction

Antonov 148 / Antonov 158. First flight was 2004, but there's not many of them around, never mind in operation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-148#Operators Yeah, it was supposed to become a BAE-146 successor but never came to fruition. I guess the name Antonov didn't rise much confidence ...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Jan 10, 2022 7:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airlines has the best wide body aircraft interior design in economy class ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1572

Re: Which airlines has the best wide body aircraft interior design in economy class ?

eta unknown wrote:
the OP didn't specify a time frame and a subsequent poster mentioned Braniff.


He did specify a timeframe by using the word "has" instead of "had". Has is present time, meaning now.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jan 09, 2022 2:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The feeling of misplacing a passport or travel document
Replies: 8
Views: 814

Re: The feeling of misplacing a passport or travel document

No, luckily I never misplaced it.

I have a hip bag in which I always keep my important papers such as my passport. I usually don't have a boarding card since I use my phone as a digital boarding card.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Jan 09, 2022 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seasonal flights between US and Europe winter only
Replies: 36
Views: 5212

Re: Seasonal flights between US and Europe winter only

The Canary Islands are a predominant winter season destination in Europe for medium-low income tourists from the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and more recently France and Italy. Only in 2019 more than 13 million foreigners visited the islands. Overall they record mild temperatures (22ºC) all year aroun...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SmartLynx UK operations
Replies: 11
Views: 2256

Re: SmartLynx UK operations

AFAIK, as an EU based airline it is no longer possible to operate from the UK - needing an UK AOC to do so. That's not entirely true. EU based airlines are allowed to fly from the UK as long as their destinations are in the EU. They aren't allowed to fly to non-EU destinations from the UK, however ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Least known airlines you've flown on
Replies: 76
Views: 3223

Re: Least known airlines you've flown on

Most people who are under 30 outside the USA and not a.netters have never heard of Pan Am. Would that count ? Likely it does, although the name Pan Am is still relatively well-known. I remember hearing a story once about a teenager hearing about an airline named Allegheny, which left him puzzled. A...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Jan 08, 2022 5:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Least known airlines you've flown on
Replies: 76
Views: 3223

Re: Least known airlines you've flown on

Similar with me, the first airline I've ever flown was Air Holland. They're long gone now and to by far most people the name means nothing, they weren't even that big back in the day. All other airlines I've flown are still around and therefor much better known. Although it depends on where in the w...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Jan 07, 2022 4:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A350 and only 1 pilot for a commercial flight
Replies: 13
Views: 1227

Re: A350 and only 1 pilot for a commercial flight

Thank you for your help if the pilot is struck by an inability to take off and falls on the controls when the aircraft is pitching up. the 2nd pilot can take control quickly to avoid the crash? That's true, although with an advanced aircraft such as an A350 take-off is usually done on autopilot. Ba...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Jan 06, 2022 9:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you check a bag for leisure travel?
Replies: 27
Views: 1683

Re: Do you check a bag for leisure travel?

I almost always check a bag, I'm no longer willing to deal with the hassle of carry-on. All those people lining up at the gate 30 minutes before boarding? They're all preparing for the Great Luggage Compartment Battle. You can see the stress on their faces. I go straight to my seat, put my bag unde...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jan 05, 2022 8:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you landed on the alphabet? A delayed 2021 edition
Replies: 21
Views: 1451

Re: Have you landed on the alphabet? A delayed 2021 edition

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1457305#p22629021

I haven't flown at all last year so no new airports to be added.
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That's easy, I can just point to my post from last year.

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1457305#p22629021

I haven't flown at all last year so no new airports to be added.

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Jan 05, 2022 6:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One a time landed or Took off airport you've flown to
Replies: 54
Views: 2369

Re: One a time landed or Took off airport you've flown to

One time I took a trip GRQ - GDN - STN - LIS - AMS. Both GRQ and AMS are well within driving distance from my home, however while I've departed from and arrived at AMS quite a number of times I only once departed from GRQ and never landed there. This wasn't a diversion by the way, it was planned tha...

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