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by opticalilyushin
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 116
Views: 12904

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

shamrock350 wrote:
Aer Lingus Regional (Stobart Air) EI-FAS has positioned to Belfast City from Kerry, where it had previously been in storage.

New BHD base commences operation later this month.


More to come in the next few days

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 33075

Re: Irish 7/20

Aer Lingus website showing new routes Belfast City to be operated by Stobart Air as rumoured: * Birmingham * East Midlands * Edinburgh * Exeter * Glasgow * Leeds * Manchester That's great news! However, I wish somebody would step in and restore the flight to LGW that both FlyBe and Aer Lingus used ...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Incredible footage of Rada Airlines IL-62 t/o
Replies: 38
Views: 8971

Re: Incredible footage of Rada Airlines IL-62 t/o

To use a style of Family Guy joke:

"In Soviet Russia, Earth's curvature drops from under plane!"

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Antonov 148/158 at Luton July 3 2020 ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1030

Re: Antonov 148/158 at Luton July 3 2020 ?

The new JS service: Luton to Pyongyang, with multiple fuel stops! I'd fly that!

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fastest Turnaround Times?
Replies: 20
Views: 2165

Re: Fastest Turnaround Times?

I've turned around a 146 in 12 minutes. I tried to beat the record many times on some turboprops, but the slow start up on stand always messed things up.

As a passenger, maybe 3-4 minutes in Africa on a DHC-7, but that was a multi-stop service rather than a completely new scheduled flight

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Rouge to eventually use A321's on TATL routes
Replies: 23
Views: 5541

Re: AC Rouge to use A321's on TATL routes this summer.

Are you sure? Westbound to YYZ with fairly densely-configured A321ceos? I don't see the virtues of KEF as a tech stop. At least with YHZ (and less so, YYT) you could board and deplane O&D passengers, and carry some meaningful numbers on the domestic segments. I'm not sure if they still do it, b...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Rouge to eventually use A321's on TATL routes
Replies: 23
Views: 5541

Re: AC Rouge to use A321's on TATL routes this summer.

Could they do YYZ-GLA/MAN/DUB with a full load or just ex-YHZ routes ? Range-wise, the A321 could do it from YYZ, however are they ETOPS and are there any other reasons that could prevent it from flying nonstop? If so, are the pros of routing through YHZ instead of say YYT or KEF? Are you sure? Wes...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112278

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

Apart from Aurigny and Blue Islands which have their own little island niches, is there room in the UK for more than 2 airlines to fly regional routes in aircraft smaller than a A319/B737 and still be consistently profitable ? The loss of FlyBe has left a huge hole in the market, especially where a...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36617

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

It's being reported on a sometimes not very Professional rumours network [ ;) ] that EasyJet are starting a 12x weekly service BFS-LBA this winter, replacing Flybe, which was about 4x daily

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet
Replies: 90
Views: 19670

Re: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet

Well not unexpected but do I count myself lucky I was on my first (and most likely last) A346 flight SCL-MAD last November. On the last produced A346 ever too. :cloudnine: And it really was much nicer than the A359 I have to say.... SA's A346s are on their way out too, will LH retain theirs? IIRC L...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36617

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

London Gatwick ACL report for winter 2020/2021 https://www.acl-uk.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/LGW-W20-Initial-Coord.-Report.pdf Stobart Air: New route 1x daily Belfast City to London Gatwick The ACL report does confirm that Stobart did apply for at LGW for a up to 20 x weekly (40 slots) service ...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 15 years ago: CO expands to "secondary" EU cities with 757s
Replies: 84
Views: 9987

Re: 15 years ago: CO expands to "secondary" EU cities with 757s

I'm not sure Northern Ireland is a big draw for Americans (yet). Most of the folks in this country with the means to visit Europe and support a service like this probably remember "The Troubles" all too well... The physical remnents and stories of The Troubles, along with the Titanic, Gam...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EgyptAir 777-300 to EL SALVADOR 09JUN
Replies: 25
Views: 4084

Re: EgyptAir 777-300 to EL SALVADOR 09JUN

There have been some very interesting flights operating in the last few daysy, i spotted a Kuwait 777 flying from their home base to Havana, and a Kam Air A340 from Afghanistan to Brazil, via Nairobi

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Scheduled long distance routes with small aircraft (incl stopovers)?
Replies: 49
Views: 4862

Re: Scheduled long distance routes with small aircraft (incl stopovers)?

Paramount used to fly their MD83 LGW-SHJ-GOI. LGW-SHJ direct seems a little far for a MD.. Surprised nobody mentioned the United Airlines island hopper route from Honolulu to Guam on a 737. HNL-MAJ-KWA-KSA-PNI-TKK-GUM. 2nd comment in this post ;-) United Airlines operated a DC-9-83 on DAC-DXB-IST-L...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36617

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

Cheers for all this info. It’s exactly what I/my family need. Personally, my trust in EI/all airlines is quite low at the moment. Hence not looking on their website for info. They are going to use every legal trick in the book to hold onto cash. I wanted knowledgeable people’s opinions on the matte...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CN3 order 105 ARJ21s from COMAC
Replies: 102
Views: 22183

Re: CN3 order 105 ARJ21s from COMAC

First Air China's ARJ-21 rolled out: That livery is sooo 1970s on this plane: https://m.facebook.com/InTheFlightMode/posts/2288697818106186 Livery is dated period, they really need a change. That‘s all up to ones individual taste. I really like it and it is the best looking so far. To me, all those...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wow, Air Namibia A330 at LHR
Replies: 4
Views: 1620

Re: Wow, Air Namibia A330 at LHR

workhorse wrote:
For a second, i thought Wow Air has launched a subsidiary in Namibia. :rotfl:


Now that would be amazing haha

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112278

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

FR24 glitch, happens a lot. A few of the leased Q400s have already flown out to Maastricht

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36617

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

They were caught on the hop. I would guess that the oursourced ground handlers at BHD just accepted everyone and the crew only realised as the boarding kept going. Flight recently have put on faith in the "booked loads" as there has ben an 80-90% no show on the handful of still operating ...

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by opticalilyushin
Sun May 31, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TR starting SIN-TIA?
Replies: 5
Views: 1365

Re: TR starting SIN-TIA?

Tirana does indeed seem an unusual route. As for other longhauls there used to be a CAAC 707 to Beijing, though i think it flew via Bucharest and Tehran??

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by opticalilyushin
Mon May 25, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29875

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

G-FLBA, the one leased Flybe Q400 at BHD flew out to Maastricht today, with 2 local pilots and leasing reps onboard. The 6 remaining frames are all "Flybe owned" and remain parked on the old cross runway.

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by opticalilyushin
Thu May 14, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29875

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

How ludicrous is this? Stormont in Belfast is paying out more than £2m (€2.2m) a year to cover a subsidy for transatlantic flights that do not exist. Almost two years since the last direct flight between Northern Ireland and the US, the Executive is still returning £2m (€2.2m) each financial year t...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue May 05, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29875

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

It's the "unexpectedly turning up" bit I don't get ? Don't they have a booking list or have they adopted the old BA Shuttle method of 'turn up and fly' ? At this time of enormous fleet downtime, can't they allocate an A321 or even A330 on these peak time domestic routes ? I'm sure I've al...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue May 05, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wideroe dash8 STOL replacement: ATR S series?
Replies: 35
Views: 4151

Re: Wideroe dash8 STOL replacement: ATR S series?

I spoke to some Wideroe pilots a few years ago. They said the dream solution would be newbuild Q200s with a glass cockpit upgrade

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by opticalilyushin
Tue May 05, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29875

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

Granted at the moment it's fair to expect many may not be travelling now, but you need to be prepared for the small possibility of a lot of people "unexpectedly" turning up.. By not allowing half the people on the flight? The airline has to have an official policy on this first, rather th...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon May 04, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29875

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

Near-full flight without social distancing prompts Aer Lingus review Airline reviewing processes after ‘unexpectedly high loads’ on Belfast-London service In a statement, Aer Lingus said: “In light of the unexpectedly high loads on the Belfast-London Heathrow service this morning and the level of d...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...
Replies: 215
Views: 27846

Re: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...

Does anyone here have recent experience on Aer Lingus cancellations and refunds? I received an email about a flight 3 weeks away that's just been cancelled. The email implies that only a rebooking or voucher+10% options are available, though i did find a refund application page after a quick Google ...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France in Illulissat, Greenland
Replies: 7
Views: 3189

Re: Air France in Illulissat, Greenland

A 777 into an 800-ish metre runway, I'd love to see that :D I guess it's a computer error or typo.

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Tu-154 follding seats
Replies: 15
Views: 2531

Re: Question about Tu-154 follding seats

Also it was in the better days of travel when the racks mostly held just coats and briefcases, etc. Hi, I just have some question about Tu-154's brother, Tu-134. From this video on Youtube (18:14) recording a Vietnam Airlines flight in 1996, I notice that the luggage cabinets cannot be closed. Can a...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336927

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Flying BKK-DUB today with KLM, not a single free seat on the 777 from Bangkok, meanwhile Schiphol and connecting flights are empty.

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336927

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

I'm due to fly from Europe to Thailand tomorrow, at the moment everything is still ok, but it feels bad having to check and recheck the news every hour. Airline call centres are almost impossible to connect with right now. Isn't there a mandatory quarantine for europeans since a month if they enter...

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336927

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

I'm due to fly from Europe to Thailand tomorrow, at the moment everything is still ok, but it feels bad having to check and recheck the news every hour. Airline call centres are almost impossible to connect with right now.

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is Thai Airways so Expensive?
Replies: 11
Views: 971

Re: Why is Thai Airways so Expensive?

My experience has been that many of their longer routes are kinda pricey..but it is offset by the fun of flying a domestic route on a 747 for virtually nothing

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belfast City Routes Up for Grabs - who will take over?
Replies: 36
Views: 5014

Re: Belfast City Routes Up for Grabs - who will take over?

Assuming that EI will be able to operate UK internal flights post December 2020. FabDiva. I was referring to flights from BHD to EXE. Wouldn't Northern Ireland be considered, as per the Northern Ireland protocol, actually covered by EU acquis , and thus have flights between Northern Ireland and the...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belfast City Routes Up for Grabs - who will take over?
Replies: 36
Views: 5014

Re: Belfast City Routes Up for Grabs - who will take over?

BHD had the foresight to start negotiations with other carriers months ago, when news about Flybe's poor finances were made public. That is how the Loganair routes were announced so quickly, and more announcements are to be made soon. With Flybe gone this now leaves a massive gap in the schedule out...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair Thread
Replies: 79
Views: 11787

Re: Loganair Thread

I've heard a mix of reports on this, some saying it's a reference to the E170, while another, at Manchester Airport listing a specific Trade Air F100 airframe..Will be interesting to see what happens

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair Thread
Replies: 79
Views: 11787

Re: Loganair Thread

Off topic, but Eastern seems to be picking up SOU-MAN on a Fokker 100, 10 or 11x weekly..does anyone know where it's coming from? Carpatair? Trade Air? Avanti?

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112278

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

I think blocking the planes in is a little over the top. Not really - those planes have and will still be incurring unpaid landing, parking and potentially other fees. The aircraft's owners just want the planes back, so they need to be given an incentive to pay the outstanding fees before the aircr...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112278

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

vfw614 wrote:
Apparently that's a GLA issue where two departing flights have been cancelled, allegedly for a lack of fuel, and an inbound flight has diverted to MAN, probably to avoid getting stranded there.


Flybe phoned all the airports to see what is happening, some are still refuelling, some aren't.

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112278

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Fuelling companies at some airports have stopped servicing Flybe flights.

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airways selling 2 757s and 2 767s
Replies: 22
Views: 5148

Re: Uzbekistan Airways selling 2 757s and 2 767s

I don't know what the normal going rate is for a worn out 757, but considering Nepal couldn't even sell their 757 for 1/3 that price, it does seem a little steep. Perhaps Uzbekistan Airways doesn't sacrifice goats for the purposes of divine intervention maintenance though.. From my experience the 7...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airways selling 2 757s and 2 767s
Replies: 22
Views: 5148

Re: Uzbekistan Airways selling 2 757s and 2 767s

I don't know what the normal going rate is for a worn out 757, but considering Nepal couldn't even sell their 757 for 1/3 that price, it does seem a little steep. Perhaps Uzbekistan Airways doesn't sacrifice goats for the purposes of divine intervention maintenance though.. From my experience the 75...

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair reiterates interest in potential Airbus order
Replies: 79
Views: 18774

Re: Icelandair reiterates interest in potential Airbus order

Not sure if a NEOLR could do KEF-SEA nonstop Westbound with headwinds, maybe the all new XLR could, if that one is too far for a 321NEOLR then they should consider the 787-8. It should be fine for Seattle. Airbus claims it already has superior range to a 757, and the approx. 25% better fuel efficie...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66088

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

Would anyone know which of the Qantas 747s will be doing the final enthusiast flight on the 17th from MEL-SYD? I suspect quite a few people on these forums may be on it? ;-)

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22637

Re: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...

Juneyao DUB-PVG no longer launching 29 March. Flights on sale from 26 April now. Cathay Pacific DUB-HKG on sale from July 1st. 4x Weekly Seriously?! Uh oh! I'm booked to fly April 8th to Australia via HKG, I was looking forward to trying CX's business class. Am I right in saying I'm just gonna be b...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you could visit any country tomorrow, what country would it be?
Replies: 66
Views: 3824

Re: If you could visit any country tomorrow, what country would it be?

My first choices in general would be either Ireland or Scotland, but I doubt that either could be best appreciated in the dead of winter as it is now. On the other hand right now is the middle of summer in Australia, so today Australia it is. On a calm winter day with blue skies the coastlines and ...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air Diverted at RMI
Replies: 11
Views: 3652

Re: Iran Air Diverted at RMI

fuel stops, as some fuel companies in major airports have stopped doing business with them again

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights still using Avro RJ85/RJ100
Replies: 32
Views: 2079

Re: Flights still using Avro RJ85/RJ100

You can have a look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_BAe_146_operators Or use airfleet database Cross reference the registration numbers and look them up on flightradar24 Your best bet in North America is Summit Air Registrations: C-FERJ C-FXRJ C-GZRJ operates between Yellowknife and Edmo...

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Jet2 acquiring A321's
Replies: 110
Views: 24351

Re: Is Jet2 acquiring A321's?

Jet2 and the Dart Group really have their heads screwed on. They have played really well and are well respected with measured growth in established markets. Also operating older fleets to start with rather than ordering brand new or nearly new aircraft helped in the early days. Remember many of the...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Greenland selects A330-800
Replies: 65
Views: 14859

Re: Air Greenland selects A330-800

VSMUT wrote:
opticalilyushin wrote:
When SFJ closes I guess the new A330 will split it's time flying directly from CPH to both GOH and JAV?


Søndre Strømfjord isn't closing


Fantastic news, and sorry, my source of info was a little out of date

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