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by BestWestern
Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3 Wizzair (W6) en route to TSE
Replies: 19
Views: 3708

Re: 3 Wizzair (W6) en route to TSE

All the airlines are not overnighting crew in China because of the quarantine restrictions. Crew are flying in and leaving straight away on the turnaround. With widebodies, airlines are leaving the J cabin in place so crew can deadhead and get some proper sleep.

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by BestWestern
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Single Awareness Day
Replies: 37
Views: 1357

Re: Single Awareness Day

Valentines this year was dinner for four at 17:50 in the local pizza place. All the nervous teenage dates in the restaurant hopefully saw my two screaming 5 year olds and triggered them to remember contraception.

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by BestWestern
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 210665

Re: SFO-PEK/PVG Chinese loads appear to drop

China has suspended all tour groups from China, so a huge drop in loads is expected.

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by BestWestern
Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chairman of the MH17 foundation: Russians can take an example from Iran
Replies: 1
Views: 204

Re: Chairman of the MH17 foundation: Russians can take an example from Iran

Lets not mention the lack of an apology for Iran Air then.

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by BestWestern
Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 14825

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

We will all be discussing the same thing this time next year.

Chances of Air India being privatised in next 12 months 1 in 20.

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by BestWestern
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LY 777 Diversion Halifax
Replies: 16
Views: 4516

Re: LY 777 Diversion Halifax

How do El Al handle their additional (and sadly necessary) security during diversions like this?

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by BestWestern
Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 14825

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

Many ppl here who haven't tried AI for years but will join in badmouthing its service. If I get a low fare, I would immediately take it, as they are a full service airlines and the snacks , meals , etc are a good bonus. And actual working entertainment screens Also the seats are not stuck together ...

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by BestWestern
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 14825

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

All this love for Air India does not equal yield. Just look at the typical return last minute fare from LH and AI on Germany to DEL / BOM. Lufthansa is typically 3x or 4x more than Air India. From a pax ex perspective, AI isn't at the races. That has to do with elite *A founder members forming a JV...

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by BestWestern
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 14825

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

All this love for Air India does not equal yield. Just look at the typical return last minute fare from LH and AI on Germany to DEL / BOM. Lufthansa is typically 3x or 4x more than Air India. From a pax ex perspective, AI isn't at the races. That has to do with elite *A founder members forming a JV...

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by BestWestern
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 14825

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

In some conditions, AI is the only airline that has a decent fare - I have not flown AI internationally since EK started flying to TRV. Now that the kids are older, we take a break in Europe on the way to a summer vacation. Trying to find a MAD-TRV-FCO ticket, and AI is half the price of EU competi...

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by BestWestern
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo
Replies: 106
Views: 14825

Re: Etihad Could Look To Rescue Air India Alongside IndiGo

All this love for Air India does not equal yield.

Just look at the typical return last minute fare from LH and AI on Germany to DEL / BOM. Lufthansa is typically 3x or 4x more than Air India.

From a pax ex perspective, AI isn't at the races.

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by BestWestern
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!
Replies: 180
Views: 23395

Re: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!

A big thanks to OA260 for the news clippings over the past 12 months.

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by BestWestern
Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: Passengers won't know if they're getting a MAX
Replies: 157
Views: 24637

Re: Ryanair: Passengers won't know if they're getting a MAX

FR will know what routes and destinations the Max will operate on - like Easy know where the 321 will operate on.

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by BestWestern
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines ask HKG to waive fees - "flights no longer financially viable"
Replies: 98
Views: 35978

Re: Airlines ask HKG to waive fees - "flights no longer financially viable"

Airlines not serving a large hub seem to be most affected.. for example. Garuda is down from 21 weekly flights to 4 weekly flights. Airlines like Xiamen air have basically abandoned the city for the winter, China Southern and Eastern have curtailed and cancelled so many flights to tertiary cities,

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by BestWestern
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 24201

Re: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...

Your average Mr Tao from Shanghai will have heard of them, but that doesn't matter. This is all about China -> Ireland tourism and they fly what ever turns up. They've just received the 787 https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2018/09/28/these-are-juneyao-airlines-new-dreamliner-cabins/...

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by BestWestern
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 24201

Re: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...

Rumors on another thread that Juneyao Airlines are interested in a Shanghai route via Helsinki twice weekly Juneyao are quite a good airline with a solid service offering for a Chinese airline. They don't have the connections that China Eastern have though I don't believe there are route authoritie...

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by BestWestern
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion
Replies: 279
Views: 53276

Re: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion

We now have a lower cost operator for Iberia. Iberia now have a chaotically confusing four brands in Spain. Level Iberia Vueling Air Europa This is like Singapore airlines in 2016 and will change. With Air Europa, We now have an operator and proper brand for Level. I note from the presentation that ...

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by BestWestern
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming
Replies: 203
Views: 44073

Re: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming

Airport Charges Decision A Disaster For Passengers And For The Irish Economy daa is hugely disappointed at today’s publication of the Commission for Aviation Regulation’s (CAR) Final Determination on Dublin Airport’s charges for 2020-2024. CAR has set a price of €7.87 for the period, which is 18% b...

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by BestWestern
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming
Replies: 203
Views: 44073

Re: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming

Airport Charges Decision A Disaster For Passengers And For The Irish Economy daa is hugely disappointed at today’s publication of the Commission for Aviation Regulation’s (CAR) Final Determination on Dublin Airport’s charges for 2020-2024. CAR has set a price of €7.87 for the period, which is 18% b...

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by BestWestern
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to cut Hamburg (and others) -- cites 737MAX issues as cause
Replies: 34
Views: 7400

Re: Ryanair to cut Hamburg (and others) -- cites 737MAX issues as cause

Germany short haul is a bloodbath at present.

Ryanair have weakness elsewhere, so will focus on profitable markets to shore up the or financials.

Yet again, LH group’s stranglehold on DACH grows. Again.

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by BestWestern
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Geographic places often mispronounced
Replies: 70
Views: 11939

Re: Geographic places often mispronounced

CHHHiiiina

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by BestWestern
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ordering glasses online? :/
Replies: 11
Views: 4599

Re: Ordering glasses online? :/

I’ve used Zenni Optical and Glasses USA-The former carries their own generic, non branded specs, starting at $7 including lenses(!) and I can definitely say I’ve never had an issue with them! I’m using zenni optical and have three in the basket at the moment. For $40, you can get a fantastic set of...

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by BestWestern
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VIE Bloodbath: Austrian taking over Eurowings Europe
Replies: 28
Views: 8979

Re: VIE Bloodbath: Austrian taking over Eurowings Europe

Lufthansa has taken a full cost centre away - Eurowings Austria doesn’t exist anymore. There must be millions of savings just there alone. It does point to strategic drift with Eurowings though - its shrinking into a German carrier. Unlike EasyJet, Eurowings has no soul. The service is lacklustre an...

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by BestWestern
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor and its links to Thomas Cook
Replies: 177
Views: 28707

Re: Condor and its links to Thomas Cook

Great that the company survives. I hope it stays independent of Lufthansa.

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by BestWestern
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners
Replies: 44
Views: 4103

Re: China footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners

Just love how this has been deflected and twisted into a way to bash the USA. A country where people by the hundreds of thousands risk their lives trying to gain entry to. Nevermind the fact that the Chinese are actively placing religious groups into concentration camps. All I’m saying is let’s get...

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by BestWestern
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners
Replies: 44
Views: 4103

Re: China footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners

Even me? ###%%^ Oh I agree, but we cannot claim moral superiority here. We should be better. And on this you are I agree. :highfive: Tugg the PRC is long overdue for a sanction regime riveling that of North Korea, or at least those faced by Russia. best regards Thomas . The Chinese government is do...

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by BestWestern
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor and its links to Thomas Cook
Replies: 177
Views: 28707

Re: Condor and its links to Thomas Cook

German press is reporting that DE needs 200 Million Euro cash injection from the government to survive Condor Flugdienst GmbH has applied for a temporary line of credit (Uberbruckungskredit) of 200 Million Euro, backed by the federal government & the state of Hesse, where it is headquartered, n...

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by BestWestern
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners
Replies: 44
Views: 4103

Re: China footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners

They have learnt from the best - the hundreds bound and schackled in Gitmo without trial. Let’s get our own house in order before criticising the East. No, sorry, just because one is doing wrong doesn't mean they can't point out or at the very least recognize such elsewhere. If that was the case it...

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by BestWestern
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor and its links to Thomas Cook
Replies: 177
Views: 28707

Re: Condor and its links to Thomas Cook

I struggle to see how Condor was profitable. Eurowings is losing hundreds of millions, and Ryanair / Lauda in Germany is also heavily loss making. If they were profitable, they wouldn’t need a €200m loan. I can see sun express being profitable as there is less competition to Turkey from Germany. (I’...

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by BestWestern
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners
Replies: 44
Views: 4103

Re: China footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners

They have learnt from the best - the hundreds bound and schackled in Gitmo without trial.

Let’s get our own house in order before criticising the East.

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by BestWestern
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor and its links to Thomas Cook
Replies: 177
Views: 28707

Re: Condor and its links to Thomas Cook

leleko747 wrote:
I wonder if Condor will keep the Sunny Heart brand. I guess not.


The question is if Condor will survive - the name is fantastic, but the fleet is old.

The sunny heart brand is also wonderful - looks great on the aircraft.

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by BestWestern
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor and its links to Thomas Cook
Replies: 177
Views: 28707

Re: Condor and its links to Thomas Cook

Amazing how everyone says every part of the business was profitable, yet had over 1bn in losses.

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by BestWestern
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 217112

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread

Fake tweets - good god. How sad the world has become.

I also see that our most learned ‘Alex the aviation analyst’ from Qatar is also posting fake news on twitter.

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by BestWestern
Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 217112

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread

As I mentioned earlier, somebody on another forum is crew for TC and is flying Lgw-DLM-LGW tonight and has just checked in, maybe it’s not the doomsday scenario we al think as if I remember correctly Monarch cancelled all of their night flights Sadly, that flight was just cancelled. (Delayed till 1...

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by BestWestern
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 217112

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread

Condor will probably get spun off and maintain its separate identity - so I doubt those planes are going anywhere. I think Condor may fare the best out of a TCX shut down. The German short haul market is in a period of extreme over capacity. Even with Germania and Air Berlin leaving the market, Con...

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by BestWestern
Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 217112

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread

Scheduled Flights for tomorrow are still showing as available through the fare buckets.

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by BestWestern
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenyan lawmaker wants to ban flatulence on airplanes
Replies: 57
Views: 10201

Re: Kenyan lawmaker wants to ban flatulence on airplanes

Maybe if they improved their airports and made the flying experience less of a pain in the derrière.

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by BestWestern
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer
Replies: 34
Views: 9122

Re: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer

Norwegian, before the max issue, had an excess of fleet - now with cancelling dozens of routes and binning medium haul Max flying, they have way too many aircraft.

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by BestWestern
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer
Replies: 34
Views: 9122

Re: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer

Leisure airlines are bleeding red ink all over Germany at the moment. Norwegian is the weakest and has taken the right decision. If they were in a stronger position, CGN would be a perfect Long haul <-> short haul hub for Norwegian, as it has a huge wealthy, catchment, 24hr operations, slot free and...

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by BestWestern
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: September 11, 2001 ... 18 Years Later. Never Forget!
Replies: 73
Views: 7436

Re: September 11, 2001 ... 18 Years Later. Never Forget!

I was working for a subsidiary of Delta in 2001. I was in London, my trip to Atlanta cancelled that week. We were on a conference call with HQ at the time.

We all expected to lose our jobs in the weeks and months after. Many did. I was a lucky survivor.

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by BestWestern
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asymmetrical traffic flows
Replies: 18
Views: 4172

Re: Asymmetrical traffic flows

If you look at airport annual pax data, you can see passenger flows being higher inbound or outbound. That’s a very simple example of immigration flows inbound or outbound. On short haul, you'll also find people that take the plane in one direction and return by train, bus or car. There are also so...

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by BestWestern
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asymmetrical traffic flows
Replies: 18
Views: 4172

Re: Asymmetrical traffic flows

If you look at airport annual pax data, you can see passenger flows being higher inbound or outbound. That’s a very simple example of immigration flows inbound or outbound.

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by BestWestern
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 7: The Frog who Aspired to Become as Big as the Ox
Replies: 2565
Views: 160230

Re: Brexit part 7: The Frog who Aspired to Become as Big as the Ox

The piece confirm that the EU has entered the blamestorming phase of the Brexit negotiations. But no word on what the EU's plan B is for November 1st. Could it be that there isn't one? The EU have a signed agreement. London wants to change it. It ain’t up to the EU to propose anything. For once, yo...

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by BestWestern
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 7: The Frog who Aspired to Become as Big as the Ox
Replies: 2565
Views: 160230

Re: Brexit part 7: The Frog who Aspired to Become as Big as the Ox

Michel Barnier wrote something for UK's public! I managed to read it without subscription the first time, now I can't. Don't understand why. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/08/31/will-start-work-alternative-arrangements-current-deal-ratified/amp/?__twitter_impression=true The piece confir...

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by BestWestern
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA
Replies: 93
Views: 17803

Re: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA

Wow, such bitterness.

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by BestWestern
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 189005

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

However hard border is not just about papers, it is also about checks of goods, it´s about facilities at the border, it´s about equipment, it´s about number of officers at the border. At this time, the UK doesn´t have manpower to maintain hard border and it doesn´t have facilities nor equipment to ...

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by BestWestern
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 189005

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

The funny thing is that the pork pie isn’t exported. Just to Ireland.

I miss pork pies.

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by BestWestern
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 189005

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

You still fail to realise that the WA could never pass its it "binds our successor" could never pass UK parliamentary sovereignty All international treaties do that! No other country would ever close any significant treaty with another if the other side didn't make that assurance! It seem...

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by BestWestern
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Dolomiti to double fleet size
Replies: 13
Views: 3458

Re: Air Dolomiti to double fleet size

It’s a bit like air nostrum operating the CRX to Frankfurt from Madrid - cutting the costs of transfer pax.

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by BestWestern
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biggest bike shed in the world
Replies: 21
Views: 2073

Re: Biggest bike shat in the world

When I lived in shenzhen, i cycled to work for two years. It was liberating, until I was hospitalised due to a chest infection caused by the goddammed pollution l was inhaling twice daily.

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