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by Loran
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?
Replies: 51
Views: 3006

Re: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?

Respectfully, I don't think that "more" and "bigger" are innovations. Did you actually read the article? Neither I claimed "more" and "bigger" are innovations, nor does the article. There are specific technical innovations which have been introduced with the ...

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by Loran
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?
Replies: 51
Views: 3006

Re: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?

So, specifically, what knowledge was gained from the design and manufacture of the Airbus A380 that would not have been achieved had the aircraft not been produced? And which specific aircraft, and particular systems, are using that knowledge?e38 https://www.airbus.com/aircraft/passenger-aircraft/a...

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by Loran
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?
Replies: 51
Views: 3006

Re: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?

To be able to draw a fair conclusion you need to consider the A380-specific innovations which were developed and then applied to other programs. In this regard the DNA of the A380 is found in every subsequent Airbus platform and its development cost can be spread across other programs. Commercially ...

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by Loran
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s
Replies: 22
Views: 6768

Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

I was referring to the one from the military, it is a DC-8-55F.
TACS has one -73F active, their -62F hasn't flown for over a year.

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s
Replies: 22
Views: 6768

Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

crownvic wrote:
Is there any updates on that DC-8-50 that was flying this past year in the DRC? That last video of her taking off was amazing.

It only did this one flight, then never flew again. Too many technical problems combined with a lack of qualified crew.

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Avianca A318 service from BOG – which destinations?
Replies: 6
Views: 585

Re: Avianca A318 service from BOG – which destinations?

I've just checked the OAG schedule and no A318 flights loaded during that week :grumpy:

AV would of course be the most convenient option, but maybe AF is a good alternative to you. I see them here in ZRH every day.

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we have to PACKS OFF during Engine Start?
Replies: 20
Views: 2672

Re: Why do we have to PACKS OFF during Engine Start?

The Tristar had a PT6 engine for its APU. It produced bleed air all the time, but if there was no demand, or the APU bleed valve was closed, there was a surge valve on the APU that opened and blew all the excess air very noisily overboard. So we tried to not open the surge valve by selecting the re...

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by Loran
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite vacation destinations
Replies: 48
Views: 2107

Re: Favorite vacation destinations

Top 3:
Iran
Cuba
Stans (visited so far: Türkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Özbekistan, Qazaqstan, Pakistan)

To-Dos:
Kamtchatka
Falkland Islands
Djibouti & Eritrea
and many others...

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by Loran
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IDG maintenance service package
Replies: 19
Views: 10769

Re: IDG maintenance service package

Let me add that when those part-pool-contracts are not properly thought through it might cause problems down the road. At my former carrier (medium sized European airline) we had a total care contract with one of the above mentioned providers. Looked good on paper but for our leased part of the fle...

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by Loran
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ubercopter - any experiences yet?
Replies: 0
Views: 2449

Ubercopter - any experiences yet?

You may have heard of Uber's helicopter service from Manhattan to JFK as part of a regular Uber itinerary. This service is operated by Bell 430s from Heliflite, rare stuff indeed. This service was apparently opened up to all users early October, and I read somewhere only the app for iOS shows the he...

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by Loran
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IDG maintenance service package
Replies: 19
Views: 10769

Re: IDG maintenance service package

Loran, how is pool membership determined? Anyone can join? Only alliance members can join? In other words... what are the membership criteria, which in turn may impact the quality of the used parts to be refurbished. Anyone can join. The biggest maintenance providers are Lufthansa Technik (LHT), AF...

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by Loran
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IDG maintenance service package
Replies: 19
Views: 10769

Re: IDG maintenance service package

Hi I am new here and hope my first question don't appear silly. I understand that IDG repair costs is very expensive and i have heard from one airline that they actually have an service package which doesn't require them to pay anything when they experience unscheduled removal. Is there such an ser...

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by Loran
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing on water
Replies: 19
Views: 9205

Re: Landing on water

The engine links are break points and the engine will detach at a certain load. In most cases this should work ok if the engines contact water simultaneously. Depends a lot on how level the airplane is upon water contact, I guess everyone remembers ET's 762 ditching asymetrically which pulled the ai...

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by Loran
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taking Off and Landing in Heavy Rain
Replies: 30
Views: 13118

Re: Taking Off and Landing in Heavy Rain

What's the effect of heavy rain on engine performance? The fan blades are designed in a way that any objects (water, snow, birds, any other debris) will be moved to the outer part of the fan, so that they do not enter the core stream. Having water in the bypass stream actually increases engine thru...

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by Loran
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Remember smoking in the cockpit ?
Replies: 42
Views: 14053

Re: Remember smoking in the cockpit ?

Last time I have experienced smoking in the cockpit was onboard Barq Aviation's L-1011 N164AT in early 2013 on a troop charter to Pakistan. I think the entire crew of over 25 (incl. ground engineers, etc.) came to the cockpit to smoke, you can maybe remotely imagine what that meant to a non-smoker l...

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by Loran
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Ailrlines Boeing 767 suffered uncontained engine failure
Replies: 21
Views: 8502

Re: Ethiopian Ailrlines Boeing 767 suffered uncontained engine failure

I think the most important question is when was the last engine shop visit and which shop performed it?
ET may have had nothing to do with this failure, unless there was engine maintenance done by ET itself subsequent to the shop visit.

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: An-24s in regular pax schedule?
Replies: 15
Views: 3555

Re: An-24s in regular pax schedule?

I have flown the AH-24 with Aircompany SCAT, Air Koryo, KrasAvia, Alrosa, Motor Sich, also the AH-26 with KrasAvia and AeroGaviota. As others have mentioned still many around. Also worth looking at the eastern half of Russia, always a pleasure to fly in deepest Siberia, but Motor Sich is probably th...

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by Loran
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airworthy 727 List, 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 2447

Re: Airworthy 727 List, 2019

Are you purposely looking at civil only? There's a bunch of military 727s still active.
In terms of civil 721s, 5Y-CIG should also be active.

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Painful Red Eye Flight of 2019?
Replies: 39
Views: 4745

Re: Most Painful Red Eye Flight of 2019?

There's a whole bunch of Aeroflot red-eyes from western Europe to SVO departing between 10 and 11pm, and arriving in SVO around 3-4am. Have been on those from FRA and ZRH. Extremely painful, around 2.5-3h airtime with maximum 1h sleep when the light is switched off :tired: Also, TK, LOT, UIA, AUA an...

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by Loran
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Last Revenue L-1011 Flight
Replies: 2
Views: 923

Re: Last Revenue L-1011 Flight

Don´t know for sure and couldn´t find out but, check the following and if you discover anything else let us know. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_L-1011_TriStar it says it was this year, but.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP05DjM0vFk in 2013 still flying The YouTube video is my video, t...

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by Loran
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SU / KL IL-62
Replies: 40
Views: 9771

Re: SU / KL IL-62

Two points about initial Soviet Aeroflot requirements towards interior arrangements on mainline equipment: 1) Very generous space for coat hangers. Justified by the fact that Aeroflot flew to some of the most inhospitable climates, and every passenger was expected to show up in heavy coat, often fu...

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by Loran
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: North Korean airspace
Replies: 8
Views: 1571

Re: North Korean airspace

Lufthansa is also using the DPRK airspace for their Japan flights.

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Top 10 biggest failures in commercial aviation?
Replies: 47
Views: 4272

Re: Top 10 biggest failures in commercial aviation?

Because it was built mostly out of pride, ego, hubris, and shoddy planning. "Hey Boeing! We built the world's biggest plane!". You could say the same to a lesser extent for Concorde as well. Utter nonsense and the reason why I hardly visit this forum any longer :crazy: Your list seems to ...

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by Loran
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lounge Access policy for Star Alliance Gold for flights operated by Airlink
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: Lounge Access policy for Star Alliance Gold for flights operated by Airlink

Understood, thank you very much.
Then my source was wrong stating that Airlink is a *A affiliate (Wiki says so, too).

Thanks again.
Loran

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by Loran
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lounge Access policy for Star Alliance Gold for flights operated by Airlink
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Lounge Access policy for Star Alliance Gold for flights operated by Airlink

Good morning. I was denied lounge access in JNB for an Airlink operated international flight. The lady at the transfer desk said I can access the SAA lounge, but I bounced once the lounge staff looked at my boarding pass :talktothehand: I hold Star Alliance Gold status (LX). Couldn't find a clear st...

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by Loran
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is there a airway from Chinese Tibet airspace into New Delhi Indian airspace!?
Replies: 9
Views: 2865

Re: Is there a airway from Chinese Tibet airspace into New Delhi Indian airspace!?

I drove the entire Karakorum Highway from Islamabad to Kashgar in May 2019, and the only flights I saw crossing were CA's 945 service PEK-ISB-KHI and an EK 388 heading to PEK. Very little traffic, but thats likely related to the closure of Pakistan's airspace. But yes, it is possible to cross on thi...

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by Loran
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Trip Report on Military aircraft allowed?
Replies: 2
Views: 2855

Re: Trip Report on Military aircraft allowed?

Super, thanks SQ22!
Will study the rules one more time to be sure.

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Trip Report on Military aircraft allowed?
Replies: 2
Views: 2855

Trip Report on Military aircraft allowed?

Hi there,

As suggested by the title, is it allowed to post a trip report of a flight on-board a military transport aircraft?
The forum roles do not seem to specifically limit it to civil aviation, but just want to be sure :sly:

Thanks,
Loran

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by Loran
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reunification of Korea
Replies: 10
Views: 1418

Re: Reunification of Korea

*IF" a reunification happens, then I strongly assume the DPRK will join RoK's capitalistic system (although the DPRK intends a unification at eye level). The main challenge for DPRK's citizens will be dealing with a free society and capitalism in general. If your government takes care of everyt...

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by Loran
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do airlines "pay" for each others lounges?
Replies: 11
Views: 3523

Re: How do airlines "pay" for each others lounges?

At my home airport in ZRH for example Swissport used to operate some lounges, and I once heard that CHF 35 (=USD 35) are charged per visiting guest, irrespective which airline the guest is flying with (also LX passengers cost the same price).

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest & shortest flights
Replies: 78
Views: 5657

Re: Your longest & shortest flights

Longest Flight: 15,353 km, 18:05 h, Newark (Liberty) - Singapore (Changi), 04.11.2013
Shortest Flight: 3 km, 0:01 h, Papa Westray - Westray, 21.05.2017

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Turkmenistan Airlines Business Class: The President is Watching ...
Replies: 28
Views: 13526

Re: Turkmenistan Airlines Business Class: The President is Watching ...

Great report, thank you very much. Glad to find this one between all the boring EK/QR/etc. premium class reports. I was fortunate enough to fly twice on T5 domestically, firstly Dasoguz to Ashgabat (712) and Türkmenbashi to Ashgabat (738) during a 1 week tour across Türkmenistan. Weird stuff indeed ...

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by Loran
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: FRA Connections
Replies: 14
Views: 1395

Re: FRA Connections

The concourse has two floors, A-gates are Schengen gates and the same ones one floor higher are called Z-gates for non-Schengen flights. You will most likely arrive at Z11-25, it is then a very short walking distance to get to the A-Gates one floor below. Passport control and Security are within 100...

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by Loran
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ilyushin Il-62 range
Replies: 8
Views: 4032

Re: Ilyushin Il-62 range

When I was in Pyongyang in mid-2012, a Cubana Il-62M appeared out of nowhere and stood on the ramp the next morning :eyepopping: Would love to find out what route they picked to ferry the airplane HAV-FNJ. Guess it must have been across the Atlantic and then via Russia. Unfortunately at that time th...

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by Loran
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many countries have you visited?
Replies: 36
Views: 1945

Re: How many countries have you visited?

88 in total, plus 3 non-recognized territories: Albania Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Belarus Belgium Bolivia Bosnia & Herzegovina Botswana Brazil Bulgaria Burma Canada Chile China (incl. HKG and Macau) Colombia Cuba Czech Republic Denmark Dominican Re...

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by Loran
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 30+ Year Old Aircraft in Scheduled Passenger Service
Replies: 44
Views: 5300

Re: 30+ Year Old Aircraft in Scheduled Passenger Service

Colombia's DC-3s must be the oldest ones flying schedules, operating out of Villavicencio (VVC).
Built around WW2, so 75-80 years old.



Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How raked wingtips reduce induce drag?
Replies: 3
Views: 1571

Re: How raked wingtips reduce induce drag?

Let me try to reactivate my memory: Raked wingtips increase the aspect ratio of a wing, and the higher the aspect ratio, the lower the drag (see gliders have aspect ratios of 50+, whereas commercial jets are around 10-20). The most efficient wing has a huge wingspan and very short chord, or the zero...

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by Loran
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many prop planes in your logbook??
Replies: 54
Views: 3195

Re: How many prop planes in your logbook??

Phosphorus wrote:
Your list is very impressive, but it includes An-148 and An-158 (not a small feat in itself), and these are jets.

Oh thanks for spotting, I apologize.
I manually selected the types from my Excel list, and if things get done in a hurry.... :sarcastic:

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many helicopter types have you flown on
Replies: 18
Views: 989

Re: How many helicopter types have you flown on

24 variants / 29 flights in total for me (admit not all of the below qualify as individual 'types'): Type Nbr of Flights AS-350B3 1 AW109S Grand 1 AW139 1 Bell 205A 1 Bell 205A (UH-1H) Huey 1 Bell 206B Jet Ranger 1 Bell 206L Long Ranger 1 Bell 212 1 Bell 222UT 1 Bell 407 1 Enstrom 480B 1 Mil Mi-26T ...

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by Loran
Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many prop planes in your logbook??
Replies: 54
Views: 3195

Re: How many prop planes in your logbook??

Here's my prop list (know not all qualify as 'types', but I also write down the sub-variants in my log): Type Nbr of Flights Aero Commander 500 1 An-12BK 3 An-12BP 2 An-140 2 An-148-100B 1 An-148-100E 4 An-158 2 An-24B 1 An-24RV 4 An-26B 2 An-26B-100 1 An-28 1 An-2T 1 An-2TP 1 An-30M 1 An-3T 1 ATR-4...

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by Loran
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surviving L1011 Numbers?
Replies: 74
Views: 10456

Re: Surviving L1011 Numbers?

https://youtu.be/IP05DjM0vFk

Also, not sure if the subject L-1011 N162AT is still somewhere in storage in the Middle East?

Regards,
Loran
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Is this one in NBO still around? You can see it 0:38 in the background.

https://youtu.be/IP05DjM0vFk

Also, not sure if the subject L-1011 N162AT is still somewhere in storage in the Middle East?

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727
Replies: 78
Views: 15447

Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

The 727's career is not over yet - 5Y-JIB is apparently still active in pax service and have been operating flights for Air Djibouti. Are you sure? I thought it is still in Nairobi for maintenance, and should then operate for the Government of Djibouti. Is there any evidence it has been flying for ...

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by Loran
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: PIA 5th Freedom Routes ex Scandinavia
Replies: 12
Views: 2202

Re: PIA 5th Freedom Routes ex Scandinavia

Are you sure and are you serious? I checked again the PIA webpage, yes the flight from MXP to ISB stops in CDG to pick up more passengers. So, it seems NOT POSSIBLE to leave a/c in CDG and continues straight to ISB. There you have to change onto PK719 back to CDG the next day... There is one proble...

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by Loran
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: PIA 5th Freedom Routes ex Scandinavia
Replies: 12
Views: 2202

Re: PIA 5th Freedom Routes ex Scandinavia

Yeap, according to PIA's webpage the routing is MXP- ISLAMABAD -CDG, so you have a layover of 7hrs +, total travel time 18:10hrs. :crazy: Looking fwd to your TR! :bigthumbsup: Weird stuff, you are right. I didn't notice the travel time. In reality I hope it will fly MXP-CDG-ISB as it is quoted on m...

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by Loran
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: PIA 5th Freedom Routes ex Scandinavia
Replies: 12
Views: 2202

Re: PIA 5th Freedom Routes ex Scandinavia

You can always fly MXP-CDG, it is bookable via the PIA website, although not necessarily cheap.
It's operated on Fridays in the evening and maybe other days. I am booked on it in May, however continuing to ISB.

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft With The Most Intense Engine Start Up
Replies: 42
Views: 4948

Re: Aircraft With The Most Intense Engine Start Up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5OHBsinP9I

Regards,
Loran
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The An-148 with its Progress D-436 engine is surely in the top-5:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5OHBsinP9I

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most expensive aircraft part
Replies: 39
Views: 8107

Re: Most expensive aircraft part

Talking of components, in the A320 it would be the IDG currently listed at USD 506'440 (however there are usually certain discounts vs. the list price). Next in line is the GPWC (USD 327k) and ADIRU (USD 300k). Only the APU and main landing gears list as higher, however they'd be excluded as per the...

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by Loran
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 3803

Re: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018

Who's in? Me. I was actually just looking at Trans Air Hawaii's sole pax 360 N351TA which appears to have been active around the islands the past few weeks. No idea who it is operating for. Was thinking to investigate the possibility of a charter there. Pineapple Air also has a SH-360-300 available...

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by Loran
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 3803

Re: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018

OlafW wrote:
So around 225€ with a full load? That might be worth it next time I'm in Israel...

Not sure why, but my friend mentioned 10 pax only. Need to check if there is a limit. Or if a shorter flight can be done for less money.
Many pax is always a hassle to organize.

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 3803

Re: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018

Ayit is mainly a flight school and they do skydiving. That's what most of their fleet is doing. And the SH-360 is flying military charters, you can see it on Flightradar every now and then. We can charter the SH-360 (info from a friend who is on-site this week), it costs EUR 4'500 for a roundtrip to...

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