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by jumpjets
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR and egates for Immigration at Terminal 5
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Re: LHR and egates for Immigration at Terminal 5

I have never queued for more than ten minutes or so, the delays usually caused by people having trouble following the pictorial instructions. However that was when only Uk and other EU citizens could use the e gates. Now that is being expanded to include The USA, Japan, Australia and others potentia...

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by jumpjets
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air Starts London Luton - Russia
Replies: 29
Views: 4064

Re: Wizz Air Starts London Luton - Russia

If I remember rightly the Uk and Russian authorities both nominate up to two carriers each to fly between London and Moscow/Leningrad the ‘winners’ previously being BA and EasyJet. I haven’t been able to find any announcements where the UK has awarded the rights vacated by EasyJet to WizzAir. Has an...

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Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is CX interested in HKG-LHR-JFK/HKG-SYD-LAX still?
Replies: 10
Views: 2010

Re: Is CX interested in HKG-LHR-JFK/HKG-SYD-LAX still?

I may be mis remembering but I seem to recall that the LHR-JFK rights were granted to reciprocate for UK airlines being granted HKG-SYD rights. So it could be that the governments concerned put the rights in place without any Hong Kong based airline (for all practical effect CX) actually wanting to ...

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by jumpjets
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport with most “short” long haul flights
Replies: 15
Views: 1173

Re: Airport with most “short” long haul fligh

I would think that Istanbul must be in the running as Turkish Airlines alone flies it’s A330s and 777-300ERs to a number of cities in Europe and the Middle East with journeys of four hours and less - eg Doha, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt London and even Athens.

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by jumpjets
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH
Replies: 56
Views: 17552

Re: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH

This does start to sound like a bit of a cracked record - the same message coming back round and round but not getting anywhere. I would like to see them buy more A380s so maybe IAG could cut a deal with Lufthansa direct and get them for less than Airbus had wanted but more than Airbus were paying L...

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by jumpjets
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 344
Views: 43447

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

Didn’t ba get it’s airbuses a320s cheap away back when airbus were struggling by putting in a large order ? I’m sure this is just the same . Maybe a warning shot to airbus to keep future a320 series competitive priced Don't forget that back in the day BA was also 'humorously' known as Boeing Airway...

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by jumpjets
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus adds A321neoLR to LHR
Replies: 13
Views: 3298

Re: Aer Lingus adds A321neoLR to LHR

I wonder if this will become a permanent feature of EI service to LHR as the timings work well for people connecting at DUB to/from NYC (EWR in particular) - this giving a J class passenger a 'proper' lomg haul business class experience all the way from London to New York.

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by jumpjets
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your dream aviation trip?
Replies: 15
Views: 814

Re: What is your dream aviation trip?

Doesn't matter what route or what plane but: On departure no queue at baggage drop or for security All the airport shops have been closed and replaced by lots of comfortable spacious lounge areas A comfortable window seat with plenty of leg room [on the plane that is] with no one sitting next to me....

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by jumpjets
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will LAX pass ATL to become the world's busiest airport?
Replies: 39
Views: 3622

Re: Will LAX pass ATL to become the world's busiest airport?

I think LAX will be busier than ATL starting in 2028, when they host the Olympics. I am not sure that the Olympics is a big driver for passenger increases - looking at the Wikepedia pages for Heathrow and Gatwick in 2012 when the games were in London the figures show only small passenger number inc...

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by jumpjets
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32474

Re: Reuters: Virgin Atlantic Close to A330neo order

Seems like they are hooked by A330 low leasing and purchasing prices and efficiency for TATL and European Leisure network. I think many airlines would started to realized how efficient A330neo is compared to the expensive B787. The problems with B787 would definitely be the main factor for these pu...

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by jumpjets
Mon May 27, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest & shortest flights
Replies: 78
Views: 4056

Re: Your longest & shortest flights

My shortest sector [as part of a longer flight] was CWL- BRS at 27 miles and the shortest complete flight ADL- KGC 70 miles.

Longest was LHR-SIN 6760 miles

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by jumpjets
Wed May 22, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad A380 with 20 pax on board
Replies: 35
Views: 15021

Re: Etihad A380 with 20 pax on board

I don’t recall the exact numbers but years ago on the first day of Ramadan I flew Abu Dhabi to Heathrow and there were very few passengers on board a Gulf Air A340. Gulf are still with us, so I guess it was just a quirk of the travelling habits on such a holy day.

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by jumpjets
Thu May 16, 2019 12:28 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: 22916

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

Lots of amusing banter here, but nobody has asked the really important question: Is it scone (as in cone) or scone (as in gone)? :spin: There is no doubt (as a native of Staffordshire in the British Midlands) scone rhymes with cone. When we came home from school we had our evening meal which was ca...

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by jumpjets
Fri May 10, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Things to do/see in southern England
Replies: 14
Views: 1247

Re: Things to do/see in southern England

Limiting my suggestions to south of London here are a few thoughts: Grand churches: Canterbury, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals. Bath Abbey - Salisbury and Bath are also lovely places to visit. Historical castles: Dover, Arundel, Leeds and Hever. There is of course also Windsor which just about ...

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by jumpjets
Fri May 10, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first flight on jet airliners
Replies: 22
Views: 1219

Re: Your first flight on jet airliners

BAC 1-11 British Caledonian [first ever flight] BAe 146 Dan Air Avro RJ 100 Swissair Embraer 135 BMI 145 British Airways E190 British Airways E195 Flybe Fokker F70 KLM F100 Buzz Lockheed L1011 Tristar British Airtours McDonnell Douglas DC9 Aviaco DC10 Varig MD11 Varig MD90 SAS Tupolev 134 Aeroflot 1...

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by jumpjets
Thu May 09, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye BAC 1-11!
Replies: 85
Views: 10850

Re: Goodbye BAC 1-11!

It’s a sad day. My first flight back in 1971 was on a British Caledonian 1-11 and like Flyingphil, response#59, I was sitting facing backwards in an over wing exit row. Being my first ever flight I just assumed that layout was quite normal.

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by jumpjets
Wed May 01, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Buying a ticket to an unknown destination and airline sends you where they want.
Replies: 21
Views: 3092

Re: Buying a ticket to an unknown destination and airline sends you where they want.

For a while British Airways did mystery day trips - you turned up flew somewhere nearby spent a couple of hours at your destination and then flew home. I did it a couple of times once ending up at Schipol [I wont say Amsterdam as we didn't have time to leave the airport and get to the city and back]...

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by jumpjets
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?
Replies: 16
Views: 1179

Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

This has happened a few times over the years and the most common reason is that the other passenger has sat in the wrong row, e.g row 13 instead of 15 - an easy mistake to make. If I am travelling alone and the other persons seat is effectively the same as mine then I am happy to take the other seat...

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by jumpjets
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ET receive permission for 5th freedom on MAD-DUB
Replies: 19
Views: 2425

Re: ET receive permission for 5th freedom on MAD-DUB

It's a pity there are [as far as I am aware] no widebodies between London and DUB as LON-DUB-MAD-LON would make a nice little trip.

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by jumpjets
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy Suspends LAX/SFO/YYZ Over the Winter
Replies: 53
Views: 8051

Re: Air Italy Suspends LAX/SFO/YYZ Over the Winter

The OP refers back to a flight global article, but has really only reported half the news included in their piece. It says: 'Air Italy will stop flying to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto this winter in favour of serving what it terms "counter-seasonal" destinations: the Maldives, Mo...

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by jumpjets
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes
Replies: 209
Views: 45821

Re: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes

China Eastern have been granted rights for an additional 7 weekly flights between Shanghai Pudong London - at present they have 10 (7LHR and 3 LGW) so this will total 17 from September 2019 Air China have been granted rights for 4 weekly flights between Shanghai Pudong and London from September 201...

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by jumpjets
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Intra-Asia routes flown by North American/European airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 2371

Re: Intra-Asia routes flown by North American/European airlines

BA has recently introduced a tag onto its BAH flight making it LHR-BAH-DMM and vice versa.

I think all the other Middle East tags have now been dropped in favour of direct flights.

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by jumpjets
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who flies what into Singapore
Replies: 11
Views: 871

Re: Who flies what into Singapore

Hi - there is no mention in your list of the 777 of which SQ flies I think four variants, so I am guessing they are not that rare. Two of their variants however are the non ER versions of the 777-200 and 77-300, of which according to wikipedia there are only 60 and 40 respectively in the world, so t...

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by jumpjets
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: London Hotel Suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 686

Re: London Hotel Suggestions

Hi Einstein - unfortunately London is not a cheap place to stay in hotels, though with the £ being weak against the $ you might find it less expensive than a couple of years ago. Living in London I don't stay in local hotels but have had a couple of decent reports of the Lord Jim Hotel in Earls cour...

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by jumpjets
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much do you drink on board ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2235

Re: How much do you drink on board ?

The answer is really a function of several things, principally: a) time of day at departure; b) short or long haul c) buy on board or free. d) do I have to drive when I get off the plane. A short haul morning departure and I would never drink alcohol A short haul departing lunch time or later when f...

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by jumpjets
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Osaka thread
Replies: 4
Views: 540

Re: Osaka thread

Might he have been talking about Kyoto right next door? Well, that's anyone's guess... Why, is Kyoto's history fascinating? :bouncy: Yes indeed it is, lots of fascinating history (an ancient capital of Japan, and an anagram of Tokyo of course), fabulous food and taxis that have doors which close th...

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by jumpjets
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When was your last MD-80 flight and how was it?
Replies: 72
Views: 4675

Re: When was your last MD-80 flight and how was it?

My last flight on an MD80 was an SAS flight from OSL to LHR. It was a business class trip and as I was seated up near the front it was nice and quiet and back in 1993 when this happened even intra European short haul business was quite comfy. It was the last leg of an LHR-OSL-ARN-OSL-LHR trip and al...

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by jumpjets
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first...
Replies: 83
Views: 4975

Re: Your first...

Here goes: Domestic Airport (home country) London Gatwick (LGW) International European airport: Athens (ATH) North American airport: New York Kennedy (JFK) South American airport: Sao Paulo (GRU) Asian airport: Bangkok [the old one] BKK African airport: Tunis (TUN) my first ever flight Australia/Sou...

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by jumpjets
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cabo Verde Airlines Plans Lagos, Luanda, Milan, Rome, and Washington D.C. in 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 3620

Re: Cabo Verde Airlines Plans Lagos, Luanda, Milan, Rome, and Washington D.C. in 2019

AirbusOnly wrote:
Why two Italian cities and not f.e. LHR or FRA?


Thomas Cook and Tui between them fly several times a week to Boa Vista and Sal from LGW so there is perhaps too much competition to make a one or two weekly flight to LHR feasible.

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by jumpjets
Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last oportunity to fly a Tu134 May 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 3264

Re: Last oportunity to fly a Tu134 May 2019

I have been lucky enough to fly both the 134 and the 154, though at the time I have to say my experience of the plane was not exactly a treat. My only flight on the 134 was back in the late 1980s on an Aeroflot charter from LGW to Moscow [I was travelling with three others and I was the only one to ...

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by jumpjets
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: flybe launch LHR-IOM
Replies: 21
Views: 3374

Re: flybe launch LHR-IOM

I am glad to see IOM returning to LHR but I agree with post #6 that there needs to be a double daily for it to be attractive to the business traveller. Double daily would also improve the range of options for connecting traffic. Back in the 1980s I traveled to the IoM for work with the then Manx air...

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by jumpjets
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TSA/Global Entry ..Turned Away
Replies: 11
Views: 1234

Re: TSA/Global Entry ..Turned Away

I suppose all sorts of 'systems' operate both ways and people get the benefit for no good reason as well as qualifying travelers being denied - as a UK citizen/resident I don't belong to Global Entry pre-clearance, but more than once I have had the TSA Pre✓ on my boarding pass - but equally I was on...

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by jumpjets
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: VA or QF for domestic ?
Replies: 3
Views: 587

Re: VA or QF for domestic ?

I can't comment on VA but recently I flew four sectors within Australia with QF, Including the three hour jaunt from ADL to PER, all in Y. I was quite happy with the seat comfort [I am 6'2/1.88m] and the in flight service [meals, customer service etc] on all sectors. Also was quite happy with check ...

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by jumpjets
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many countries have you visited?
Replies: 36
Views: 1465

Re: How many countries have you visited?

This is my list roughly by region Argentina Barbados Canada Cuba Brazil Chile Peru United States Austria Belgium Croatia Czechoslovakia [Now Czech Republic] Cyprus Denmark Germany Finland France Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Latvia Malta Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Sweden Switzerland S...

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by jumpjets
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many US states have you visited?
Replies: 91
Views: 6089

Re: How many US states have you visited?

If I am allowed to include states where I never left the airport then add in Illinois(ORD). This is most incorrect; regardless of who gets to count what state on which list, you are required yes REQUIRED to set foot in the world's greatest city. :boggled: Yes sir! Next time I pass through ORD I wil...

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by jumpjets
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many US states have you visited?
Replies: 91
Views: 6089

Re: How many US states have you visited?

As a tourist visiting from the UK I have visited:

New York, Florida, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California. If I am allowed to include states where I never left the airport then add in Illinois(ORD).

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by jumpjets
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH orders 20 B789 and 20 additional A350; Will sell 6 A380s back to Airbus
Replies: 351
Views: 54198

Re: LH orders 20 B789 and 20 additional A350; Will sell 6 A380s back to Airbus

Regarding engine choice: They stated that engine type will be decided later, but interestingly they attached a RR Trent factsheet and the rendering shows the Trent aswell.... Seemingly not too much later as Rolls have issued a press release saying they will power both the 789 and the A359 with the ...

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by jumpjets
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many prop planes in your logbook??
Replies: 54
Views: 2547

Re: How many prop planes in your logbook??

Here is my list - the ATRs are quite recent [the last 2-4 years] but some of the others go back a lot further, eg the Vickers Viscount and the Shorts 360 back in the early 1980s. Antonov AN26 Aerogaviota ATR 72-500 Cambodia Air Angkor, Jet Airways ATR72-600 Vietnam Airlines Bae ATP Manx, British Mid...

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by jumpjets
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many helicopter types have you flown on
Replies: 18
Views: 758

Re: How many helicopter types have you flown on

Very easy to answer - none. All fixed wing flying for me- so far anyway.

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by jumpjets
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The No.1 cargo type in the world?
Replies: 10
Views: 996

Re: The No.1 cargo type in the world?

Not really an answer to the question but I was at AMS one time watching some very high value high performance cars being loaded onto a 747, I was so engrossed I almost forgot to go and get my flight.

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by jumpjets
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unofficial: Qatar Airways to leave One World Alliance
Replies: 176
Views: 11228

Re: Unofficial: Qatar Airways to leave One World Alliance

Didnt AAB make threats to leave Oneworld back in Sept/October 2018 if his ultimatums weren't met - though I can't remember what the ultimatums were. So six months later presumably they haven't been met and the cage is rattled again and the threat given new publicity by giving an end date when the th...

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by jumpjets
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options
Replies: 255
Views: 47468

Re: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options

As BAs first batch of A350-1000 are going to be three class layout maybe longer term they will move to Gatwick as replacements for their 772s, which in densified configuration seat 336 people. The 777X options could be exercised for Heathrow service to replace those A350s and some of the 4 class 77...

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by jumpjets
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Average Load Factor on Thai A380s
Replies: 9
Views: 2816

Re: Average Load Factor on Thai A380s

Thanks for the responses. I sadly can't select the seats on the upper deck (I am travelling with a friend on the way out). I did however score seat 60D on my return leg which I could select. Apparently due to an emergency crew rest escape there is no 59D so it has crazy legroom! I prefer the window...

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by jumpjets
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options
Replies: 255
Views: 47468

Re: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options

As BAs first batch of A350-1000 are going to be three class layout maybe longer term they will move to Gatwick as replacements for their 772s, which in densified configuration seat 336 people. The 777X options could be exercised for Heathrow service to replace those A350s and some of the 4 class 772s.

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by jumpjets
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Intra Europe 5th freedom & W/B flying?
Replies: 16
Views: 1932

Re: Intra Europe 5th freedom & W/B flying?

Routes online.com/ airlineroute are reporting that Spanish airline Evelop will be running their A359s on domestic routes within Spain for a short time around May.

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by jumpjets
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Average Load Factor on Thai A380s
Replies: 9
Views: 2816

Re: Average Load Factor on Thai A380s

I have limited experience about a year ago and did a return LHR-BKK both onTG A380s and both times Y was pretty much full. If you can try to get a seat in the small section of Y at the rear of the upper deck - it's quite cosy and the service was excellent. The layout is 2-4-2 which is good if you ar...

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by jumpjets
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who’s going on vacation this summer?
Replies: 36
Views: 2114

Re: Who’s going on vacation this summer?

Its summer down under so I think my recent trip to Melbourne Tasmania Adelaide and Western Australia qualifies for this thread.

Having blown a couple of years holiday budget on the trip my next holiday may end up being in a caravan in North Wales :-)

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by jumpjets
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Around the world trip
Replies: 22
Views: 2125

Re: Around the world trip

If time allows I would seriously consider amending your transpacific leg to go: SCL - IPC [Easter Island] - PPT - AKL- SYD. Easter Island is a fabulous place to visit and LAN run a weekly service through to PPT so no back tracking - unfortunately I don't think there are any direct flights from PPT t...

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by jumpjets
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A380 LGW to MNL
Replies: 22
Views: 7290

Re: BA A380 LGW to MNL

Often the A380s seem to go off to MNL for maintenance as a 'tag' on to a scheduled LHR-SIN flight and then the return SIN-LHR flight is operated by an A380 that has come back from maintenance from MNL that same day. I guess this time there were no BA aircraft at MNL that could have operated the reut...

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by jumpjets
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair dead last of 19 major airlines: survey
Replies: 10
Views: 1266

Re: Ryanair dead last of 19 major airlines: survey

Survey must not have included Vueling. I think it is fair to say that Vueling has a weak presence in the UK market and so relativel few travelers are aware of them and the quality of service they offer. However IAG are represented in the bottom Part of the list, just a few places above Ryanair, by ...

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