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by PatrickZ80
Sun Dec 05, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best online ticket booking site UK
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Re: Best online ticket booking site UK

Just let an independant travel professional with GDS live flight seat availability search out best fares. So many online booking sites are not live.You'll have a personal contact to help when things change or get cancelled as they do in the current travel enviornment. The problem with such independ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Dec 04, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing’s Next plane
Replies: 11
Views: 1196

Re: Boeing’s Next plane

A new narrowbody model similar in size to the 737 MAX 7 would likely have enough range for routes such as HNL-DAL/GUM/HOU/MCI/STL. The problem might be that a MAX 7 would be considered too small, you'd need something bigger. Not big enough for it to be a wide body but more like the size of a 757. T...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Dec 04, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best online ticket booking site UK
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Re: Best online ticket booking site UK

I tend to prefer just going through the airline's own site, but Kiwi.com is really good. They are, but only for searching. Kiwi is great for finding the best flight options but they don't always offer the best prices, in fact they rarely do. So once Kiwi has found the trip you want to take, write d...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Dec 04, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCCs from Europe to Asia & Africa Thread - 2021
Replies: 17
Views: 3117

Re: LCCs from Europe to Asia & Africa Thread - 2021

Scoot currently fly both Berlin-Athens-Singapore and also Berlin-Singapore. After the end of March 2022, I can see fares for BER-SIN and ATH-SIN, but Scoot don't seem to show fares on BER-ATH. It looks like the route will be cancelled, but can anyone give more info ? This was planned for some time ...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Dec 03, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to announce new US route
Replies: 163
Views: 22941

Re: Virgin Atlantic to announce new US route

It could be SLC, great connections with DL, big winter sports leisure market, it is growing rapidly in terms of business as well. That winter sports leisure market is not going to attract many Europeans (and yes, Brits are Europeans as well). With the Alps as the winter sports area of Europe nearby...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Dec 03, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question: What does the future hold for US Regional Aircraft
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Re: Question: What does the future hold for US Regional Aircraft

Another issue would be pilot career progression. Without regionals how you determine who gets hired at mainline? Many pilots these days don't start their career at a regional airline, they start at a low-cost airline instead. After having worked there for a number of years they move on to a legacy ...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Dec 03, 2021 6:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future jetBlue Long-Haul Destinations
Replies: 8
Views: 974

Re: Future jetBlue Long-Haul Destinations

They already expressed interest in flying to DUB, AMS and CDG. On top of that I could see destinations like BRU, DUS, HAM and CPH work. CPH is currently unserved from JFK so there's a gap to be filled there.

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Dec 02, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing’s Next plane
Replies: 11
Views: 1196

Re: Boeing’s Next plane

In all seriousness I don’t think we know what Boeing will build, there is a lot of speculation and the only thing said by Boeing was around the size of the 321, everything else was speculation by the press. I think you're right about that one. The MoM, which has been talked about for so long, will ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Dec 01, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question: What does the future hold for US Regional Aircraft
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Re: Question: What does the future hold for US Regional Aircraft

I doubt you'll see anything in that market as it has been loss-making since literally forever. Many routes currently flown with those aircraft will be discontinued and that's not a bad thing, there's no need for airlines to serve every outpost in the country. This means many regional airports will l...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Dec 01, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anybody know the reason for out of way diversion to BOS on Icelandair from DEN-KEF Sunday night?
Replies: 15
Views: 3488

Re: Anybody know the reason for out of way diversion to BOS on Icelandair from DEN-KEF Sunday night?

Thanks for the info.. Quite impressive they could unload and reload passengers and cargo and be back in the air the in 50 minutes. Especially considering it was midnight. Not that impressive if you keep in mind Ryanair usually has 25 minute turnaround times on their aircraft. Okay, those are 737s a...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Nov 30, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the environmental impact of standby staff air travel?
Replies: 62
Views: 7494

Re: What's the environmental impact of standby staff air travel?

it’s consuming electricity, (I am right now while typing this) thus producing carbon, albeit very minute amounts. Not necessarily, after all electricity can also be generated environment-friendly. Ever heard of wind energy or solar energy? Facebook has a large data center about 20 minutes from wher...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Nov 30, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could this be the new long haul 1st class???
Replies: 4
Views: 1379

Re: Could this be the new long haul 1st class???

Article was clearly written by someone who doesn't have a clue about the aviation business. As has already been said, the price for that kind of luxury is just too high resulting in demand being close to zero. It simply wouldn't sell. Just think about how many economy seats could be placed on the sa...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Nov 30, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Craziest air trip made.
Replies: 32
Views: 1127

Re: Craziest air trip made.

Nearly two years ago I flew EIN-VIE-MXP-BRI-BUD-EIN just for the fun of it. It was the last trip I took before COVID-19 broke loose and I haven't flown since. What was also fun was that the total fare for all those flights added up was no more than €60 with no flight costing more than €15. I've spen...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the cheapest flight you have ever taken?
Replies: 40
Views: 1723

Re: What is the cheapest flight you have ever taken?

AirKevin wrote:
$0 from Atlanta to Orlando and back. Work related incident necessitated the need to return home.


I'd say that doesn't count. Maybe you didn't pay for the flight, but your employer certainly did. What matters is how much your employer paid for that flight.

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Nov 29, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What nonstop TATL and TPAC flights are the longest over the actual Atlantic/Pacific?
Replies: 12
Views: 1196

Re: What nonstop TATL and TPAC flights are the longest over the actual Atlantic/Pacific?

For the Pacific, it’s probably EZE/SCL-AKL/SYD, no? As far as I was able to find out, those routes aren't flown at the moment. Another candidate for the Atlantic might be KLM AMS-EZE, it's no winner but not much shorter than ATL-JNB either. In fact AMS-EZE is even longer than AKL-EZE, however becau...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Nov 29, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What nonstop TATL and TPAC flights are the longest over the actual Atlantic/Pacific?
Replies: 12
Views: 1196

Re: What nonstop TATL and TPAC flights are the longest over the actual Atlantic/Pacific?

I did GUM-IAH earlier this some direct in 747 ferrying a aircraft. It was all water. Which is still shorter than the already mentioned LAX-MEL by 475 miles, so not a winner. GUM-IAH is 7446 miles, LAX-MEL is 7921 miles. Winner would however be the soon to be started AKL-EWR route by Air New Zealand...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Nov 28, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the cheapest flight you have ever taken?
Replies: 40
Views: 1723

Re: What is the cheapest flight you have ever taken?

I've had several €9.99 flights with both Ryanair and Wizzair, those fares are hard to resist. Often the drive to the airport was more expensive than the flight itself.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Nov 28, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirBahn acquires its first aircraft
Replies: 43
Views: 7008

Re: New US Startup, Air Bahn

Would they even need to though? There's only so much that Airbahn can bring to the table with such a few planes. WN will beat them on frequency any day of the week. Although, I did fly WN SJC-ONT and back this past weekend.... I don't mind at all trying another airline. The snacks were more than en...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Nov 27, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirBahn acquires its first aircraft
Replies: 43
Views: 7008

Re: New US Startup, Air Bahn

What kind of name is Bahn anyway?! Its not going to last.. Bahn is the German word for rail, the German railway company is called Deutsche Bahn. It's kind of what Amtrak is in the USA, only DB is quite more advanced and uses much newer equipment. Railway service in the US doesn't mean much, therefo...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Airline Would You Like To Own And What Would You Do Different?
Replies: 29
Views: 1953

Re: What Airline Would You Like To Own And What Would You Do Different?

Bring back a good standard and style back in the skies. That seems to be what most people here propose, the problem is that it's not realistic. Sure, everybody likes a good standard and style but those do come at a price. When it comes down to it, only very few people are willing to pay that price....

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Nov 24, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Roles that can only be filled by a nose-loading 747F?
Replies: 11
Views: 1309

Re: Roles that can only be filled by a nose-loading 747F?

I know the 747 production line is being closed and no airline is able to order more. I'm just curious about this feature and its practical significance and prevalence in day-to-day cargo operations around the World. That's not entirely true. The 747-8i (passenger) line has closed, however the 747-8...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Nov 23, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: My first flight
Replies: 13
Views: 1075

Re: My first flight

First flight was AMS-FAO on a 757 when I was about 10, it was a brand new aircraft then. I've looked it up once and this aircraft, now approaching the end of it's life, is still flying. It has been converted into a freighter and is flying for FedEx. I'm not a pilot, but I did take a lesson once in a...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Nov 23, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does AA regret retiring the 767?
Replies: 9
Views: 1599

Re: Does AA regret retiring the 767?

I have never heard such a thing as you mention. Inefficient as a pax plane? hundreds were built and while there are more efficient aircraft around now I would have said the 767 was a very efficient aircraft and even now calling it inefficient seems a little far fetched. I guess you haven't read thi...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Nov 22, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does AA regret retiring the 767?
Replies: 9
Views: 1599

Re: Does AA regret retiring the 767?

The 767 was very inefficient as a passenger airliner, relatively lots of aisle space and little seating space. Too wide to be a narrow body and too narrow to be a wide body. I'd say they're glad they got rid of them.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Nov 21, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best online ticket booking site UK
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Re: Best online ticket booking site UK

Personally I mostly use SkyScanner for that. Not really fair perhaps because SkyScanner is not a booking site, it's a search and comparison site. They don't handle the booking, they just point you towards where you can book the cheapest. However SkyScanner is able to search on specific dates, a whol...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Nov 21, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Air Travel Pre-Deregulation vs. Post Deregulation
Replies: 3
Views: 830

Re: US Air Travel Pre-Deregulation vs. Post Deregulation

From what I've heard, it made a difference day and night. Of course not from one day to the next, but deregulation allowed air travel to open up to the masses. Before deregulation very few people were able to fly due to the high fares. Because those fares were dictated by the government airlines cou...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Nov 20, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Airline Would You Like To Own And What Would You Do Different?
Replies: 29
Views: 1953

Re: What Airline Would You Like To Own And What Would You Do Different?

If I were to own an airline, unlike other people who have posted here, I would run it as an ULCC. Very low basic fares and charge extra for everything else. There would be no frequent flyer program, I don't care if it's your first or thousandth flight with the airline. Instead of saving for amenitie...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Nov 20, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Airline Would You Like To Own And What Would You Do Different?
Replies: 29
Views: 1953

Re: What Airline Would You Like To Own And What Would You Do Different?

I would own Alaska Airlines. 2 bags fly free. (Think Southwest Airlines). Then fly all across the country like Southwest Airlines. I would try to be the biggest airline at as many airports as possible. Just like Southwest Airlines is the largest airline in many airports. I would fly the A320 / A321...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Nov 18, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Brussels Airlines New Livery
Replies: 212
Views: 42125

Re: Brussels Airlines “New Chapter”

looks a little low cost more than flag carrier to be honest. Those dots make you think of Vueling indeed, I can see the similarities. Differences are that Brussels Airlines has a wider variety of colors but because the dots are further apart the plane also appears more white than Vueling. I like th...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Nov 18, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Brussels Airlines New Livery
Replies: 212
Views: 42125

Re: Brussels Airlines “New Chapter”

We all said this about American when they changed their livery. Give it time folks. The AA tail still looks amateurish! Maybe, but still better than the heavily outdated old livery which it replaced. I mean, on a scale from 1 to 10 they went up from 4 to 6 in my opinion. Not the best, but not the w...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Nov 18, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scheduled airline service to strictly military use bases
Replies: 42
Views: 5528

Re: Scheduled airline service to strictly military use bases

I remember in the past Transavia flew some charters from Twenthe Air Base in the Netherlands, flights were handled by the Netherlands Air Force as there was no commercial handler at the airport. There was a small terminal but it was entirely on the airbase, a lot has changed since then. The air base...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Nov 17, 2021 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Brussels Airlines New Livery
Replies: 212
Views: 42125

Re: Brussels Airlines “New Chapter”

RyanairGuru wrote:
LOT definitely has no connection to the Polish flag.


That's not entirely true, although you got to look hard for it.



See those white and red lines at the bottom of the tail? That's the Polish flag.

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Nov 15, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amtrak partnership with Airlines in the future?
Replies: 5
Views: 802

Re: Amtrak partnership with Airlines in the future?

Indeed it only works where airports are directly connected to the long distance railway network. A number of airports have a railway station but it's a regional track into the city only, that doesn't work. Very few airports have direct long distance railway service, this is way more common in Europe...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Nov 13, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BBC: Should England's top football teams be flying to domestic fixtures?
Replies: 49
Views: 6364

Re: BBC: Should England's top football teams be flying to domestic fixtures?

I suspect that but for the shortest trips in mainland Europe, top tier Football teams use planes. No, they don't. Of course they do for further distances, but if it's a bit doable they go by coach. Here in the Netherlands the furthest distance between two clubs in the Eredivisie (MVV - FC Groningen...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Nov 07, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airliners with nicknames
Replies: 22
Views: 1980

Re: Airliners with nicknames

Wasn't the 727 known as the WhisperJet? Whispering might have been an exaggeration but it was relatively quiet for it's time, more than other competing aircraft.

And of course there was the MD-80 series "Mad Dog".

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Nov 06, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 332
Views: 28524

Re: Ryanair News and Discussion Thread - 2021

BTW what do you do for a living? I mean suggesting that others have "too high wage" isn't sporting now is it? I'm a warehouse employee, not aviation related. I get paid a decent wage but certainly not too much, I realize that I do a job everyone can do so I can't be too demanding. Otherwi...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Nov 03, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 332
Views: 28524

Re: Ryanair News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Completely out of topic, but, does Ryanair apply some sort of "general seniority list" for both Pilots and Cabin Crews ranking their years of service? Does Ryanair have pilots or FA with more than 30 years of service? No thank god . Seniority is toxic and has killed many great airlines . ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Nov 03, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Palm Beach Airport billboard ad at Fort Lauderdale
Replies: 6
Views: 593

Re: Palm Beach Airport billboard ad at Fort Lauderdale

This makes sense in places where airports compete with each other, they each try to snoop off demand from the others. It doesn't work in areas where one management has a monopoly on air travel and it makes no difference which airport you fly from.

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Nov 02, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA flights LHR -FCO
Replies: 7
Views: 915

Re: BA flights LHR -FCO

TUGMASTER wrote:
It’s a shame BACF don’t do LCY-FCO, it’s a far superior product to BA shorthaul.


They flew that route in the past but apparently it has been scrapped.

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Nov 02, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA flights LHR -FCO
Replies: 7
Views: 915

Re: BA flights LHR -FCO

As far as I was able to figure out they use an A320Neo on this route in full economy layout, the front part is said to be "Club Europe" however the seats and seat pitch are the same. Only they block off the middle seat, otherwise there's no difference between Club Europe and regular econom...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 31, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Mystery aircraft: help needed!
Replies: 7
Views: 1525

Re: Mystery aircraft: help needed!

Looks like a C-177 indeed. Registration doesn't seem to be active, probably canceled. Given the way the aircraft looks I wouldn't be surprised, at best it's there for long term storage.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 31, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: what's so wrong about eurowhihte/simple livery?
Replies: 43
Views: 2106

Re: what's so wrong about eurowhihte/simple livery?

while it was blurred I could still recognise that it's the LH blue and the LH name on the nose You recognize it because you know what it is, someone who doesn't know would never have guessed. How would you rate the recognizability of these pictures compare to the Lufthansa picture? https://i.imgur....

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Oct 31, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: what's so wrong about eurowhihte/simple livery?
Replies: 43
Views: 2106

Re: what's so wrong about eurowhihte/simple livery?

The old livery also looked more retro than modern in my eye and seirously? blurry picture to tell me the livery is unrecognisable? No, some blurry pictures to show you that a livery can be recognizable when blurred but the new Lufthansa livery isn't. That's the mistake Lufthansa made. I agree that ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Oct 30, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: what's so wrong about eurowhihte/simple livery?
Replies: 43
Views: 2106

Re: what's so wrong about eurowhihte/simple livery?

By the way, look at this aircraft:

Image

In that blur you don't see a name and a logo either, yet it's obvious that's Lufthansa. You see a blue tail with a yellow circle, you know enough. That's what you are to strive for.

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Oct 30, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: what's so wrong about eurowhihte/simple livery?
Replies: 43
Views: 2106

Re: what's so wrong about eurowhihte/simple livery?

The new LH livery makes me think of FedEx, the old one was really LH. There's nothing LH about the new LH. how so? the name and crane are still there, it wouldn't be LH if they got rid of that They did get rid of the crane, it's hardly visible anymore. Certainly from a distance you could see a yell...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Oct 29, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A380 as a low cost aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 2481

Re: A380 as a low cost aircraft

The lo-cost business model works when ground turnaround times are kept really low....something you can't do with deplaning and boarding 800-odd pax on an A380. This indeed, plus the problem of finding enough people to fly it. The A380 is a huge gas guzzler, the fuel burn per seat might be low but i...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Oct 29, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many airports did you fly from around your place of residence?
Replies: 46
Views: 2003

Re: How many airports did you fly from around your place of residence?

Let's see, from my home in the Netherlands I've driven to these airports to fly from there: - Amsterdam - Cologne-Bonn - Eindhoven - Groningen - Weeze So that's five airports. There are more airports in the area but I've never flown from them. From these airports I've flown direct to the following d...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Oct 29, 2021 5:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: what's so wrong about eurowhihte/simple livery?
Replies: 43
Views: 2106

Re: what's so wrong about eurowhihte/simple livery?

I simply disagree. The new logo looks modern and makes the crane logo much easier to recognize. The old one looked like Lidl or an egg - cheap and dated. Easier to recognize? From close up maybe, but from a distance certainly not. In fact from a distance you don't see the logo at all. You only see ...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Oct 29, 2021 5:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: what's so wrong about eurowhihte/simple livery?
Replies: 43
Views: 2106

Re: what's so wrong about eurowhihte/simple livery?

Meanwhile in Europe most airlines skipped the thick colored paint phase, at least I can't think of any. It was just the removal of the cheatlines that made Eurowhite. British Airways' Landor livery and Aeroflot's metallic livery come to mind. Landor was Eurowhite, after all the planes were mostly w...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Oct 29, 2021 5:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: what's so wrong about eurowhihte/simple livery?
Replies: 43
Views: 2106

Re: what's so wrong about eurowhihte/simple livery?

What about the former Swissair livery with red tail, white fuselage and 'silverish' belly. Is that considered a Euro-white scheme? Or not enough white? Loved it btw. I would say that it is, and it was a good livery for it's time. Nowadays it wouldn't do anymore, it would need to be tweaked to suit ...

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