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by n729pa
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Top 10 biggest failures in commercial aviation?
Replies: 42
Views: 1791

Re: Top 10 biggest failures in commercial aviation?

747-8 product is not a commercial failure if you considering both versions. Boeing slowed their production but not stopped yet. There are too many 744 Freighter to replace and Boeing expected more orders. Nose load feature helps to Boeing to maintain 747 line in production. Even with the freighter ...

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by n729pa
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best Eurowhite Livery
Replies: 24
Views: 1835

Re: Best Eurowhite Livery

Air France (euro grey - does it count?) ;)
Finnair
Qantas
Plus Swiss

Favourite? Hard to say each are great designs. Probably Air France

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by n729pa
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR and egates for Immigration at Terminal 5
Replies: 4
Views: 462

Re: LHR and egates for Immigration at Terminal 5

Same as jumpjets, generally very short or little wait. Obviously can vary on volume of traffic and number of gates open. But don't follow the crowd keep your eyes open, people tend to follow one another, and if you look down the line you can often find quieter or empty gates further down the line th...

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by n729pa
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Top 10 biggest failures in commercial aviation?
Replies: 42
Views: 1791

Re: Top 10 biggest failures in commercial aviation?

747-8

As much as I like the 747 it's a final squeeze of the orange. A lot of effort for a few more drops. .

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by n729pa
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted
Replies: 85
Views: 19287

Re: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted

Amazing. Had they given him a drink, what happens if he wants a second one? Makes you wonder how often does it occur when the cabin crew don't question or stop it.

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by n729pa
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do airlines need to fill someone in the emergency exit row in a plane?
Replies: 22
Views: 5969

Re: Do airlines need to fill someone in the emergency exit row in a plane?

In late 2017 I flew from Heathrow to Pisa and back, for the day on a Sunday. The morning flight with BA was a A319, and we had 11 people on it, 1 in business and 10 in economy. I was sat around row 6 and was feeling a bit crowded as across the aisle was a father and his teenage son. Just before we ...

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by n729pa
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: I admit it - I stereotype rude travellers
Replies: 12
Views: 1411

Re: I admit it - I stereotype rude travellers

You can guarantee (its happened to me a few times) you see someone behaving in a certain way and you think thank god I got away from them, only for a while later you see them again at your gate for your flight! Stage 2 of this of course is you see this person again or it first happened at the gate, ...

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by n729pa
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do airlines need to fill someone in the emergency exit row in a plane?
Replies: 22
Views: 5969

Re: Do airlines need to fill someone in the emergency exit row in a plane?

In late 2017 I flew from Heathrow to Pisa and back, for the day on a Sunday. The morning flight with BA was a A319, and we had 11 people on it, 1 in business and 10 in economy. I was sat around row 6 and was feeling a bit crowded as across the aisle was a father and his teenage son. Just before we l...

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by n729pa
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!
Replies: 61
Views: 5517

Re: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!

Who is Tom Brady?

Another legend in their own mind I suppose.

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by n729pa
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone flown all of a large fleet?
Replies: 16
Views: 983

Re: Anyone flown all of a large fleet?

I'm on around 60+% of the BA A319 A320 A321 fleet. .. mind you its not helping with their new NEOs coming on line. Actually sat on a "new" one for me G-MEDL at the moment heading back from STO. I had flown all the BA 767s towards the last couple of years they where in service when it was d...

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by n729pa
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KQ100 drops a stowaway
Replies: 48
Views: 10188

Re: KQ100 drops a stowaway

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48830212
Must have been a shock to the witnesses too.

Have also cases from South Africa too in recent years
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-33196210

Interest article written after the one above.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33222405
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48830212
Must have been a shock to the witnesses too.

Have also cases from South Africa too in recent years
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-33196210

Interest article written after the one above.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33222405

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by n729pa
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways
Replies: 86
Views: 16998

Re: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways

Who decides on the registration? The first BA A350 XWB getting G-XWBA - seems like more than coincidence to me. The BA Whales are G-XLEA and so on, XL presumably being related to the size of the plane, 'extra large'. Starting from 1928 British aeroplanes used to be registered in sequence, starting ...

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by n729pa
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest 727 routes by type
Replies: 27
Views: 3441

Re: Longest 727 routes by type

I agree longhauler, if I remember correctly the Peruvian 727 OB-1303 had been on lease to Air Malta and operated in full colours. I've got some pictures of it at LHR. Yemenia used to operate the 727s from Sanaa to LGW in the late 80s. I can't remember the stopovers now though. Ariana Afghan also use...

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by n729pa
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Things to see/do in Christchurch, New Zealand
Replies: 5
Views: 790

Re: Things to see/do in Christchurch, New Zealand

Air Force museum just outside city centre (short bus ride). Tranzalpine train ride to Greymouth and back through the alps.. very scenic. All day trip. Antarctic centre nr the airport City/area tour ...approx 3 hours from memory 5 years since I was there so they were still recovering from the earthqu...

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by n729pa
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is Your Favorite Wide Body Aircraft and Why?
Replies: 44
Views: 2240

Re: What is Your Favorite Wide Body Aircraft and Why?

A380 for me too, for all the reasons previously mentioned.

A350 is second for me on flying experience.

For sentimental reasons the 747 and L1011 too.

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by n729pa
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point
Replies: 59
Views: 8934

Re: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point

Hard luck if you've got him sat next to you on the plane, you'd just have to grin and bear it.

What would sir like with his sandwich? We have juice, tea, coffee, or would you like a bear?

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by n729pa
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point
Replies: 59
Views: 8934

Re: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point

Maybe he was smarter than the average bear...Boo boo

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by n729pa
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: European Widebodies 2019
Replies: 47
Views: 4911

Re: European Widebodies 2019

debonair wrote:
n729pa wrote:
debonair wrote:

TAP is believed to schedule A340-300 between LHR-LIS this summer...


Do you know when or which flights? I can only find A330s on TP1354 and TP1367 return.


Like Saturday June 29th, TP1354. :airplane:

Cheers thanks very much I'll give that a look

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by n729pa
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13845

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

We'll never know now. But I seem to recall if im correct, that when BA flew their A380s to FRA they only sold a limited number of seats on it so any last minute tech issues it could be replaced with the usual equipment and no stranded pasengers. So possible this could have been managed the same way....

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by n729pa
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: European Widebodies 2019
Replies: 47
Views: 4911

Re: European Widebodies 2019

A lot of great ideas - thanks all ! The A343 flights are very tempting. Once the BA A351 arrives I will be burning some Avios in J to MAD & reporting on here ! Cheers TAP is believed to schedule A340-300 between LHR-LIS this summer... Do you know when or which flights? I can only find A330s on ...

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by n729pa
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13845

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

There was no official announcement by BA these flights would take place, people just exploited the booking system and it went viral. ...it was announced on https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/284693/british-airways-schedules-boeing-747-domestic-uk-service-in-late-august-2019/?highligh...

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by n729pa
Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13845

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

I booked the LHR-GLA part because the prices went crazy in just a couple of hours on the LHR-MAN/NCL..One problem i have is it wont let me buy front seats..The seatmap shows seats from row 33 and back while it distinctively says during booking no business class on this flight,..So i find it odd no ...

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by n729pa
Fri May 31, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do Iranian Carries use very old aircraft?
Replies: 53
Views: 7606

Re: Why does Iranian Carries use very old aircraft?

You might want to read up on Iranian US relations from January 1979 to date.... I won't get into the rights and wrongs of either party or their agendas during that time but given the situation currently developing too, it's not likely to change anytime soon. Most of the real classics have been retir...

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by n729pa
Thu May 30, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Loyalty Programs Be Based on Spend Only?
Replies: 32
Views: 2166

Re: Should Loyalty Programs Be Based on Spend Only?

Should loyalty programs be based on spend only? I got thinking about this topic as I was reviewing my various YTD spending on (US) airlines. I usually purchase “premium” seats (First, Economy+) and it seems that the MQM, PQM, etc. boost doesn’t match the significant price difference. This got me th...

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by n729pa
Sun May 26, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 7728

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

DC10-15 for the Mexican carriers Aeromexico and Mexicana

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by n729pa
Wed May 22, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help me buy for my new museum
Replies: 23
Views: 1810

Re: Help me buy for my new museum

Buy John Travolta's Qantas 707 and one of the A380s being parted out and turn it into a hotel for your visitors...

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by n729pa
Sat May 18, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you could log any ten aircraft / airline combos, what would they be???
Replies: 24
Views: 2347

Re: If you could log any ten aircraft / airline combos, what would they be???

Assuming you mean fly on (although not sure how you plan to fly on a Thai AF A340)...

Japan Airlines B787
All Nippon Airways B787
Thai A380
Singapore Airlines A380
Lufthansa A380
Qantaslink A320
Austrian Airlines B777
Iran Air A310
KLM B747-400
Cathay Pacific A350

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by n729pa
Sat May 18, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your favorite airplane as a passenger?
Replies: 41
Views: 1829

Re: What is your favorite airplane as a passenger?

A380 never tire of flying it, love the take off and quiet effortless ride
A350 quiet smooth and nice cabin conditions
B747 noisy (by comparison to more modern designs) but what is there not to like...enjoy it while you can

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by n729pa
Fri May 17, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 22928

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

Frequently enough you can find fares like this from Heathrow. Last November, I booked LHR-DUB-LHR for £79 return, two weeks before travel. I've also seen things like £95 one way in Club Europe from Stockholm to London Heathrow (searching in April for travel in November). €39 fares out of Dublin are...

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by n729pa
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #4 | Refresh Era: Even During Financial Difficulties, You Can Still Look Good (1984-1987)
Replies: 22
Views: 3593

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #4 | Refresh Era: Even During Financial Difficulties, You Can Still Look Good (1984-198

N748PA had an experimental hybrid livery too circa 1989, I flew on her from Seattle to London and saw her a few times afterwards. Fantastic reading these articles brings back happy memories, always enjoyed travelling with Pan Am, flew them five times in all N729PA N751PA N730PA N727PA and N748PA. I ...

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by n729pa
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Articles- Introduction of Concept
Replies: 42
Views: 7104

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Articles- Introduction of Concept

Ive got a soft spot for three Airlines overall, and as you can tell from my site name, Pan Am is an airline with such an ironic image its probably one of the few people outside the industry or interest, can identify.

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by n729pa
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD
Replies: 54
Views: 10050

Re: Owl found resting in Virgin 737 engine at SYD

You cant say Virgin Australia were a fly by night operator either.

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by n729pa
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger gets plane to himself
Replies: 77
Views: 14171

Re: Passenger gets plane to himself

In 2017 I flew from LHR to Pisa for the day on a Sunday, there were only 8 of us on a BA A320. They asked me and the guy across the aisle with his teenage son to move back to man the emergency exits. The return flight, a A321 that night was rammed full, glad I took an upgrade.

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by n729pa
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 132893

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

I have to say what a great job BA have done on these planes. I spotted the Negus tail 2 weeks ago across at T5 and it made the hairs on the back of my neck stick up! It took me back some. Then last Tuesday I was off to Berlin and saw BOAC and Landor later as we took off. Just need to see the BEA one...

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by n729pa
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK and London
Replies: 64
Views: 10197

Re: EK and London

What happened with Royal Nepal Airlines? I remember them serving LGW in the 90s but I don't recall them moving so I assume they just stopped at some point, but I don't remember when.

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by n729pa
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first...
Replies: 83
Views: 4980

Re: Your first...

European airport: LHR London Heathrow ...N-American airport: SEA Seattle ...S-American airport: None ...Asian airport: HKG Hong Kong ...African airport: None ...Oceanic airport: MEL Melbourne ...aircraft: DC9-15 G-BMAC (British Midland Airways) ...widebody aircraft: Boeing 747-212B N729PA (Pan Am) ....

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by n729pa
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best hotel in L.A
Replies: 4
Views: 839

Re: Best hotel in L.A

I always thought the best hotel in LA was out on the dark desert highway. A nice lady was there to welcome you, there's a mission nearby, it was such a lovely place. Plenty of room any time of year, but whilst they dont have any wine on the menu, they serve pink champagne on ice. You can even check ...

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by n729pa
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unusual incidents in commercial aviation
Replies: 39
Views: 5141

Re: Unusual incidents in commercial aviation

https://aviation-safety.net/database/re ... 19860204-0
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The PIA 747 that belly landed in Islamabad after the crew forgot to lower the landing gear.... classic!
https://aviation-safety.net/database/re ... 19860204-0

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by n729pa
Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many prop planes in your logbook??
Replies: 54
Views: 2551

Re: How many prop planes in your logbook??

United Express - NPA Jetstream J31 Seattle - Portland Portland - Seattle Qantaslink Q300 Canberra - Sydney Qantaslink Q400 Brisbane - Blackall - Longreach Longreach - Brisbane Melbourne - Launceston Launceston - Melbourne Canberra - Sydney Austrian Airlines Q400 Geneva - London Heathrow Flybe Q400 L...

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by n729pa
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Last time you saw a certain aircraft?
Replies: 8
Views: 602

Re: Last time you saw a certain aircraft?

Last L1011 was last summer in Lyons, ex C-FTNA
Last 707 ..Omega 707 at Perth Airport 2013
Last 727 ...derelict one in Madrid August last year looks like ex-Delta colours
Last 747-300 VH-EBU at Avalon Airport near Melbourne
Last MD80 Meridana at LHR covering get a SAS flight 2018

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by n729pa
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How these two crashes affect Boeing and the 737 MAX programme in the future?
Replies: 31
Views: 3911

Re: How these two crashes affect Boeing and the 737 MAX programme in the future?

It's not the first time there's been a series of similar aircraft involved in incidents fairly close together that caused a media storm. Comet infamous accidents in the 50s B727 a series for crashes in the first couple of years operation DC10 well documented B747 mid 80s when fatigue cracks were fou...

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by n729pa
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do airlines do retro liveries?
Replies: 15
Views: 1459

Re: Why do airlines do retro liveries?

PatrickZ 80, yes I can understand where you're coming from on this, but the there are always Airlines in transition in liveries too ie Iberia Qantas Lufthansa Air Canada KLM Alitalia just for example where there's no uniformity. I don't think a retro hurts too much if done properly, the BA and Qanta...

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by n729pa
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surviving L1011 Numbers?
Replies: 74
Views: 9570

Re: Surviving L1011 Numbers?

There's one at LYS Lyons Airport too quite close to the runway down the side of a building. Had a real surprise when I saw it. It's an old classic too formerly C-FTNA 1019 (Air Canada'so first Tristar in the day) damaged by hail in 2001 whilst flying Air Transat. It was part of guided tour (there's ...

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by n729pa
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the 747 completely gone from your home airport?
Replies: 74
Views: 4063

Re: Is the 747 completely gone from your home airport?

:D LHR ....we still some, BA of course plus a few others.

But just got a new operator....BOAC :rotfl:

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by n729pa
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tooth Found in a Meal of a SQ's Flight
Replies: 12
Views: 2130

Re: Tooth Found in a Meal of a SQ's Flight

Im sure the tooth will come out.....
...oops it already did.!

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by n729pa
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The world's longest-running airlines
Replies: 60
Views: 10737

Re: The world's longest-running airlines

In 1921 Qantas will become the first airline to fly continuously for 100 years under their original name. That IMHO will be the first centenary that really means something. Honourable mention must go to KLM who would almost certainly would have served 100 years continuously under their original nam...

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by n729pa
Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's your favorite/least favorite airport to connect through?
Replies: 77
Views: 6271

Re: What's your favorite/least favorite airport to connect through?

It's also about how difficult you make it too. A 45 min connection in CDG or FRA and there's reasonable chance you're going to come unstuck. Plus the time of day can make a difference and where you're travelling to or from too. I've had a very easy pleasant transfer at CDG, but I've also had one tha...

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by n729pa
Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What old liveries would you like to see back again ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1677

Re: What old liveries would you like to see back again ?

Gulf Air - their Tristar livery (as I call it)

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by n729pa
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tooth Found in a Meal of a SQ's Flight
Replies: 12
Views: 2130

Re: Tooth Found in a Meal of a SQ's Flight

They can't say they didn't have a big meal. But maybe it was a little "filling"

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by n729pa
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 94
Views: 16702

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

Whether it is the man behind the picket fence on the grassy knoll,or the secret service being involved in a car crash in a French tunnel, conspiracy theories are everywhere and some love to believe in them or come up with ever more complex explanations. Sometimes the truth might actually be far more...

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