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by afterburner33
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 2100

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - July 2020

zkncj wrote:
Chartering an Antonov to New Zealand, can’t be cheap.


Speaking of which, I note the An-124 has just departed AKL for Guam.

It was on the ground in AKL for 6 days - seems like a long time to be sitting doing nothing. Possibly taking the broken engines back?

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by afterburner33
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25245

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Anyone gotten a look at the An-124 currently on the ground at AKL?

Volga-Dnepr Airlines RA-82078, delivering RR Trent engines for NZ's 787s.

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by afterburner33
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 214
Views: 25245

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2020

Air India flight AI1306 (a B777-200LR) is about an hour away from touchdown in AKL.

I think this is the first of the AI repatriation flights? If so, have AI ever been to NZ before?

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by afterburner33
Fri May 29, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 22498

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I have a possibly dumba** question - how come there is no leeway in the launch countdown, like there was in the majority of the STS launches? A good example was the final STS launch (135), where the countdown paused for just over 2 minutes at T-31 seconds while they worked an issue. Is it because th...

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by afterburner33
Tue May 26, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 118
Views: 25971

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

The Rolls mock nacelles in that video with the exhaust mixers almost look like the old J57 turbojet B-52s

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by afterburner33
Tue May 26, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AN-225 Coming to YYZ May 27th
Replies: 17
Views: 4042

Re: AN-225 Coming to YYZ May 27th

Currently in the air on the way back to ANC from MIrabel - I guess the faulty engine was repaired fairly quickly.

Back to China for more medical supplies for Canada ... assuming the YYZ site is correct and plans haven't changed?

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by afterburner33
Tue May 26, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AN-225 Coming to YYZ May 27th
Replies: 17
Views: 4042

Re: AN-225 Coming to YYZ May 27th

https://twitter.com/flightradar24/statu ... 6446570496
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ADB's Antonov An-74 just arrived at Mirabel carrying spare parts for the faulty An-225 engine, after flying GML-KEF-YVR-YMX.

https://twitter.com/flightradar24/statu ... 6446570496

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by afterburner33
Tue May 19, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14038

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

For those that moan about 10 abreast seating, I am quite sure you love getting cheap seats when doing on-line shopping because of them. I am only 5'4" and a bit chunky, but 10 across seating is not an issue for me so long as get an aisle seat (as usually do on TATL flights). There is no doubt ...

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by afterburner33
Mon May 18, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14038

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

As someone who flies 6-8 times a year between Entebbe and Australia, I avoid the 777 wherever possible. Love the Airbus 350. If I have to spend 14 hours plus in economy then it will not be a 777. I sure that I am not alone. The decision to go 10 across may have well been an operator action, but the...

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by afterburner33
Fri May 15, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cubana and their Il-96´s - discussion thread
Replies: 176
Views: 52269

Re: Cubana and their Il-96´s - discussion thread

Looks like after its jaunt to China, CU-T1250 is currently flying HAV-MAD. It's been a while since it's flown this route.

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by afterburner33
Thu May 14, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cubana and their Il-96´s - discussion thread
Replies: 176
Views: 52269

Re: Cubana and their Il-96´s - discussion thread

Good catch.

It looks like they would have had to make a fuel stop going in either direction, and I'm guessing that arranging a stop in Moscow was a lot easier than one in, say, YVR or ANC (rather unlikely).

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by afterburner33
Wed May 13, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cubana and their Il-96´s - discussion thread
Replies: 176
Views: 52269

Re: Cubana and their Il-96´s - discussion thread

What is the status of the airfield at the Voronezh factory? Wasn't it closed for long term work/rebuilding? It certainly looks that way on Google Maps, but those images could obviously be out of date.

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by afterburner33
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights
Replies: 61
Views: 8661

Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

The Austrian B772 repatriation flight which went VIE-KUL-CHC-AKL-KUL-VIE. I can't imagine OS have ever been to New Zealand before.

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by afterburner33
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41288

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84XxZ5pitJQ

It's funny, I haven't used NZ1/2 in over 10 years, but it's still a sad thing for me to see.

*in all likelihood.
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Big Jet TV video of NZ's final* departure from LHR:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84XxZ5pitJQ

It's funny, I haven't used NZ1/2 in over 10 years, but it's still a sad thing for me to see.

*in all likelihood.

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by afterburner33
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cubana and their Il-96´s - discussion thread
Replies: 176
Views: 52269

Re: Cubana and their Il-96´s - discussion thread

I'm in Cabo San Lucas now and I'm thinking of taking a trip to Cuba. Is it possible to fly on one of these? Yes, but they only fly, AFAIK to Madrid and Buenos Aires. And it usually is the luck of the draw as they can be replaced last minute with PU's A340-300 on wet lease to Cubana. I believe they'...

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by afterburner33
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Storm Ciara over Europe - Impact on Aviation
Replies: 166
Views: 18940

Re: Storm Clara over Europe - Impact on Aviation

I assume most diversions from LTN to STN are because of the longer runway, and better runway orientation in this wind. EZY184 from BFS to LTN had an interesting morning. It sat in the hold for LTN for some time, then looked like it was going to divert to LGW. It got almost all the way down there, th...

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by afterburner33
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?
Replies: 141
Views: 16723

Re: What is the status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?

One of the many great shames about Brexit is that it doesn't really matter what the policies of any of the parties are towards things like this. Boris could stand up tomorrow and announce he's going to bulldoze LHR and turn it into a Peace Park, and no one would notice because "GET BREXIT DONE&...

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by afterburner33
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC
Replies: 261
Views: 57967

Re: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC

Well I'm disappointed by this, as it removes another option for travelling home. And it's a shame to see that taste of NZ go from the UK. But then again I haven't traveled on NZ1/2 in over 10 years. Primarily because: - The transit via LAX is painful. - There are better options available than a 10 a...

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by afterburner33
Mon May 13, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What comes after the B797 ??
Replies: 78
Views: 10766

Re: What comes after the B797 ??

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda_Grand_Familia
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I vote for 808 as well, although once upon a time that was a car:

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

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by afterburner33
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting
Replies: 158
Views: 12671

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: 19677

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: 3171

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: 7161

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: 300
Views: 35226

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
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 140016

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

https://www.facebook.com/britishairways ... =3&theater
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Facebook pic:

https://www.facebook.com/britishairways ... =3&theater

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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: 3155

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: 2565

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: 15797

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: 5220

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: 5198

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: 5198

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: 1093

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: 4239

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: 6847

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: 474
Views: 41464

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: 5915

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: 4496

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: 2147

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: 7389

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: 2350

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: 5202

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: 27549

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: 2953

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: 803
Views: 82898

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: 3749

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: 1350
Views: 203046

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: 5984

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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