by afterburner33
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting
Replies: 156
Views: 11935

Re: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting

This is a tough thing to wake up to in the UK. Possibly the darkest day in our history. A stain which will never go away. The PM's press conference was wonderful - I thought she sounded oddly stilted until it became obvious that was merely her trying to keep it all together. A proper demonstration o...

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by afterburner33
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 engine blades disintegrates diverts to Abidjan
Replies: 37
Views: 19290

Re: Air France A380 engine blades disintegrates diverts to Abidjan

Those twin engine planes with ever-larger engines are great when they’re both working but when one goes bang, those massive engines are a lot of drag! But the odds of a catastrophic engine failure are twice as high on a four engine plane as they are on a twin. The real danger is an uncontained fail...

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by afterburner33
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:48 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??

All my prop flights were in the late '90s in NZ, before I started keeping flight records. They included a Dash-8, a Saab 340, and a Metroliner. Haven't had one since 1999.

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by afterburner33
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's your favorite/least favorite airport to connect through?
Replies: 77
Views: 6272

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

Best - HKG or SIN.
Worst - LAX

Luckily LHR is my local (long haul) airport, so I've never had to connect through there. But I can imagine that connections which involve changing terminals is no fun.

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by afterburner33
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33691

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

I have to say I was horrified to be charged $58 for a day's parking outside the domestic terminal at AKL between Christmas and NY. It was the first time I had done so in nearly 4 years, and I seem to recall that last time I was charged about $35 - still IMO expensive, but something I was willing to ...

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by afterburner33
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your best flights of 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 2869

Re: Your best flights of 2018

DI from LGW to AUS. My standards are low :rotfl:

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by afterburner33
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any other non frequent flyers on here?
Replies: 47
Views: 2271

Re: Any other non frequent flyers on here?

I am not a FF. I fly maybe 2-3 times a year, and for work maybe once every couple of years. However as I am from NZ and live in the UK, the occasional trip back home means that my long haul travel is *very* long haul. It also means that when I do travel, it tends to be on the bigger wide bodies - th...

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by afterburner33
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn’t plane design changed much?
Replies: 150
Views: 14916

Re: Why hasn’t plane design changed much?

To me, it's just that the current design of airplanes is sufficiently good enough. It probably isn't perfect, but nothing compelling enough has come along that would be worth the upheaval in airport design, logistics, passenger antipathy, etc, would bring. And because of this, the past 50+ years hav...

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by afterburner33
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian tops the charts for complaints
Replies: 30
Views: 5112

Re: Norwegian tops the charts for complaints

I flew Norwegian LGW-AUS a couple of months ago. I flew in the Premium cabin of the 789, which I was able to do because the Premium fare was less than half what the basic economy fare on BA was (the only other carrier to do UK-AUS direct). It was very pleasant, and I would definitely do it again. Fl...

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by afterburner33
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's Red Arrows Going to North America for 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 4640

Re: RAF's Red Arrows Going to North America for 2019

Having seen both the Red Arrows and the Thunderbirds at RIAT a few years ago, my opinion was that the Thunderbirds gave an amazing display of tight, precise formation flying and aerobatics. From a technical standpoint, it was a marvel to watch... As an aviation enthusiast, I appreciated what the Th...

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by afterburner33
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's Red Arrows Going to North America for 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 4640

Re: RAF's Red Arrows Going to North America for 2019

How do they compare to the US teams? Better, worse or just different? Having seen both the Red Arrows and the Thunderbirds at RIAT a few years ago, my opinion was that the Thunderbirds gave an amazing display of tight, precise formation flying and aerobatics. From a technical standpoint, it was a m...

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by afterburner33
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Livery question
Replies: 4
Views: 1059

Re: Air New Zealand Livery question

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyathea_dealbata
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I presume you mean the silver fern? It's a native tree fern, as well as a national symbol of New Zealand (although not an official one).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyathea_dealbata

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by afterburner33
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Emotional attachment to airlines
Replies: 40
Views: 4013

Re: Emotional attachment to airlines

I probably have one to Air New Zealand. Mostly because they carry one of the national symbols of my country, they took me on my first overseas trips, and they serve L&P on board :) It's a shame then that the cold hard reality is I haven't flown them on long haul for over 10 years, because why wo...

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by afterburner33
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Windows in the 787
Replies: 38
Views: 6566

Re: Windows in the 787

I experienced the opposite too, on a Norwegian 789 recently. I wasn't expecting it to get very dark at all, but when all the windows were dimmed, they went nearly pitch black, even when the morning sun was shining on them. I was surprised at how well they worked.

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by afterburner33
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 37227

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

I don't know why they don't build a new high speed line between Newmarket and Hamilton with an interchange point to a light rail line between the airport and Eastern suburbs somewhere near Manakau city. One stop AKL-Hamilton. Something that would take about 60 mins reliably between Newmarket and Ha...

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by afterburner33
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Boeing 747 history
Replies: 88
Views: 5271

Re: Your Boeing 747 history

All of mine are on the B747-400 4 x British Airways 4 x Virgin Atlantic 3 x Air New Zealand 2 x Cathay Pacific 1 x Qantas 2004 CX255 HKG-LHR 2004 CX250 LHR-HKG 2005 NZ2 AKL-LAX 2007 VS27 LHR-MCO 2007 VS16 MCO-LHR 2008 NZ38 LHR-HKG-AKL 2008 NZ2 AKL-LAX-LHR 2009 VS1 LHR-EWR 2010 VS2 EWR-LHR 2011 QF2 L...

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by afterburner33
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest flight from your airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 4133

Re: Longest flight from your airport?

I live equidistant between STN and LTN, but I'm going to go with STN. In which case, I guess it might be IAD on PRI (3,212nm)? Could be wrong though.

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by afterburner33
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Post a pic of your passport cover!
Replies: 25
Views: 1889

Re: Post a pic of your passport cover!

Supposedly there will be new ones, which will replace the red ones as they expire over time ... and they'll be BLUE. All the Brexiteer's dreams coming true :roll: Anyway, I have two, and here they are: https://preview.ibb.co/dJ0is9/passports.jpg I love the NZ one - shame I get to use it so infrequen...

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by afterburner33
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trans-Atlantic Fuel Efficiency by Airline 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 7220

Re: Trans-Atlantic Fuel Efficiency by Airline 2017

Interesting to see the difference between a fleet of 787s, and a fleet with a significant number of 747-400s...

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by afterburner33
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you have NOT been on
Replies: 32
Views: 2141

Re: Aircraft you have NOT been on

Not including old stuff that I had no chance of ever flying on (ie 707 / DC-8, etc): - Any A200 - A300, A310 - A318, A321, any NEO versions - A330-300 - A340-200, A340-500 - Any A350 - Any 717 - Any 727 - 737-100, 200, 400, 500, 600, 700, 900, any MAX versions - Any 747 Classic, 747-8i (although the...

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by afterburner33
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline President thinks Parents Should Have to Pay More to Guarantee Sitting Together
Replies: 47
Views: 5027

Re: Airline President thinks Parents Should Have to Pay More to Guarantee Sitting Together

It's crazy - I want to sit next to my kids because it would make the flight more enjoyable for other people, not me. Given the choice, and assuming I could abrogate all sense of parental responsibility, I'd much rather sit by myself somewhere else far away from them! But it's easier to make sure the...

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by afterburner33
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018
Replies: 269
Views: 26318

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2018

Can't think of an country I've been too in the past 5 years that one is required. It's not really the same thing, and I'm not sure if they still have them, but IIRC Singapore requires you to retain this silly little paper ticket you get from your arrival card, and re-present it as a quasi-departure...

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by afterburner33
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick IT Outage: Whiteboards Used For Flight Information
Replies: 18
Views: 2848

Re: Gatwick IT Outage: Whiteboards Used For Flight Information

I came through Gatwick yesterday morning. The biggest issue for me was no flight information on the baggage claim conveyors, so they were relying on PA announcements and a couple of staff to tell people where to go to get their bags.

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by afterburner33
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 802
Views: 79544

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

DI announced LGW flight going seasonal. Last flight is 10/27. Set to resume in March. This is also around the same time BA switches from 744 to LHR. That's a shame. I'm coming to AUS from the UK on DI next weekend, and my ticket was booked a month or so ago. Cost of BA standard economy one way tick...

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by afterburner33
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Flight and Airline?
Replies: 98
Views: 3326

Re: First Flight and Airline?

August 1989, Air New Zealand 767-200ER from AKL to SYD. I was 12 years old.

One memorable thing about it was a visit to the cockpit during the flight, something my kids will never get to do.

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by afterburner33
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1125
Views: 121651

Re: F-35 news thread

Apologies if I missed it somewhere, but does anyone know when the F-35B trials on HMS Queen Elizabeth are due to start?

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by afterburner33
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa A380 economy seats
Replies: 24
Views: 5323

Re: Lufthansa A380 economy seats

This is an interesting thread for me, as in December I am travelling LHR-AKL-LHR via SIN on Singapore Airlines, with all legs on the A380. On 3 of the 4 legs I have seats in the SQ equivalent small rear upper deck economy section. The other leg is downstairs. I am looking forward to trying it out. U...

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by afterburner33
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 - 5 - 2 Configuration on a 777
Replies: 48
Views: 9683

Re: 2 - 5 - 2 Configuration on a 777

Whereas the one time I flew on a 777 with this configuration (AA ORD-LHR), I loved it because my wife and I could sit together by ourselves without some random stranger alongside us. I have always found 3-3-3 to be quite annoying - when there was only two of us, and now that we are a family of 4. In...

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by afterburner33
Thu May 03, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 'Broken' seat on JQ flight
Replies: 21
Views: 1817

Re: 'Broken' seat on JQ flight

I've seen this once, on a BA 77E, with the guy sitting immediately behind me. The guy was asked to sit in a crew jump seat for takeoff and landing, but was able to sit in his 'broken' seat the rest of the time. Seemed like a reasonable compromise. Incidentally that 77E must have been one of the firs...

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by afterburner33
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is NZ flying from LHR-LAX? Is it a connection?
Replies: 57
Views: 9212

Re: Why is NZ flying from LHR-LAX? Is it a connection?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_f ... ct_flights
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Motorhussy wrote:
Is NZ 1/2 the longest flight in the world?


According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, yes it is:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_f ... ct_flights

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by afterburner33
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cubana and their Il-96´s - discussion thread
Replies: 109
Views: 36413

Re: Cubana and their Il-96´s

I wonder if I'll live long enough to see them operating the -400 version they have on order :smile:

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by afterburner33
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: I love/hate the Boeing 777
Replies: 62
Views: 5344

Re: I love/hate the Boeing 777

I don't hate it but then I don't particularly like it either. It's too noisy, and in increasingly more situations too uncomfortable as well. I'm fortunate that on most of the long haul routes I travel, I also have the option of the A380. I much prefer this from a passenger experience perspective, as...

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by afterburner33
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 40363

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

CI's first 359 service to AKL landed today, from TPE via BNE - what a beauty: 8< See: https://www.instagram.com/dtaviation/. It'll be interesting to see how CI responds to NZ's AKL - TPE non-stop flight! Cheers, C. Will be interested to see how this goes. They certainly seem to be competitive on pr...

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by afterburner33
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One
Replies: 226
Views: 30054

Re: The US Air Force buys two 747-8s

LupineChemist wrote:
Will these still have the VC-25 designation?


Unlikely.

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by afterburner33
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 37161

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Actually my biggest beef with the Herald is that it uses so many Australian-oriented stories unmodified so that I’m supposed to think that the “we” the stories use relates to me as an NZer - which of course it does not. Me too. Seems to often happen with US stories as well. Also the increasingly cl...

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by afterburner33
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cubana and their Il-96´s - discussion thread
Replies: 109
Views: 36413

Re: Cubana and the Ilyushin Il-96

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/cu-t1251
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Yep, still on the MAD route a few times weekly, plus a few other destinations. Here's the recent history for one of their Il-96's:

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/cu-t1251

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by afterburner33
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 75
Views: 10095

Re: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W

EK have lower costs than NZ, and can top up the flight with Europe connections, which it dominates. Cheers, Who is going to fly to AKL vis DPS to Europe and vice versa? Apart from A.Nutters that's one hell of a long route home when you factor in DXB. Well I would. It's not too much different than g...

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by afterburner33
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Concorde's sonic boom over the Atlantic back in the day
Replies: 33
Views: 6765

Re: Concorde's sonic boom over the Atlantic back in the day

As above, the wings (and engines) are designed for efficiency and performance at high altitudes and high speeds, where Concorde would spend the majority of its operating time. The tradeoff is that the wings are not so effective or efficient at lower speeds, which meant (amongst other things) a highe...

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by afterburner33
Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches London Stansted
Replies: 88
Views: 16465

Re: EK launches London Stansted

Good news for me, as STN is way closer than LHR and I am a potential Emirates customer. Less hassle and delay potential too. Only downside is 777 instead of the A380 via LHR.

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by afterburner33
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017
Replies: 369
Views: 25831

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2017

If you live in the UK, NZ were advertising LHR-AKL return flights for £399 on Black Friday only. The catches are that they are only available for selected dates in May-June next year, and only 50 seats in total available. Still, that is almost half the cost of the cheapest return fare I've ever had....

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by afterburner33
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 179
Views: 22183

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

AKL-WLG is 250NM which takes around 35-50 minutes in an A320 subject to wind and traffic, to drive this route it would take around 10-12hours by Car. That's some slow driving - last time I did that trip, it took 7.5 hours. Even Google Maps suggests it should only take just under 8 hours (depending ...

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by afterburner33
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New Zealand in July
Replies: 17
Views: 1263

Re: New Zealand in July

It generally doesn't get as cold as a lot of places in the Northern Hemisphere, but that really depends on where you go. Obviously it's usually a bit warmer in the north, and things like frosts are rare. But it can get a bit chilly in the south. The main issue is in winter the weather can be very ch...

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by afterburner33
Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LAX - LHR which Airlines?
Replies: 17
Views: 1666

Re: LAX - LHR which Airlines?

As much as I hate to say it, if price is similar, and it's economy, I'd also take BA over NZ. An A380 is (IMO of course) much more comfortable than a 10 abreast 77W. Not sure what VS are using on this route these days - when I last did it, it was the A346, which was pretty good. I think it's a 789 t...

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by afterburner33
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing Factory Tour
Replies: 23
Views: 2290

Re: Boeing Factory Tour

When I did it a couple of years ago, we took the bus out to south Everett, then got a taxi from there to the factory. On the way back, we just got the taxi all the way back to Seattle. I think the return trip was about $60, but there were 4 of us to split the cost, so it was worth the reduced hassle...

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by afterburner33
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?
Replies: 125
Views: 5322

Re: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?

An Air New Zealand B767-200, AKL-SYD in 1989. I remember being very disappointed it wasn't a 747!

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by afterburner33
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you take a later flight pls sir, the best offer you've had.
Replies: 40
Views: 3327

Re: Would you take a later flight pls sir, the best offer you've had.

Was on an overbooked ORD-LHR flight on AA once. The announcements started off offering $500USD, then it went to $750, then they got desperate and it went to $1000. Unfortunately it was in the form of travel vouchers on AA (or partners), otherwise I might have gone for it. I was also tempted to say '...

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