zkncj wrote:Chartering an Antonov to New Zealand, can’t be cheap.
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...Jump to post
The Rolls mock nacelles in that video with the exhaust mixers almost look like the old J57 turbojet B-52sJump to post
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
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
Big Jet TV video of NZ's final* departure from LHR:
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.
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'...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
It's the A350-1000.
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&...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
Boeing customer codes.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_B ... omer_codes
Not just specific to the 747.
I vote for 808 as well, although once upon a time that was a car:
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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).
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
Interesting to see the difference between a fleet of 787s, and a fleet with a significant number of 747-400s...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post