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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jan 21, 2022 4:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LON-SXM, an unserved opportunity?
Replies: 12
Views: 1305

Re: LON-SXM, an unserved opportunity?

There was a rumour a few years ago of BA doing an Antigua tag-on to SXM. It would be fantastic to see, but I'll stick to my comfy 2-4-2 seating with KLM and AF over a cramped tourist 772!

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Jan 21, 2022 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings
Replies: 175
Views: 20936

Re: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings

Flying DUB-LHR and back over a few days next month, has anyone had any issues with checking in online or with Covid bureaucracy? I understand only 1 PLF is required for the return leg to Dublin?

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Jan 18, 2022 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings
Replies: 175
Views: 20936

Re: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings

New Belfast City Airport base to be opened by Emerald Airlines http://www.rte.ie/news/business/2022/0113/1273550-new-belfast-city-base-to-be-opened-by-emerald-airlines/ From the article: "Operational set-up continues at pace, with ... our UK AOC ... Flights will begin on February 26 ..." ...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Jan 15, 2022 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings
Replies: 175
Views: 20936

Re: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings

New Belfast City Airport base to be opened by Emerald Airlines http://www.rte.ie/news/business/2022/0113/1273550-new-belfast-city-base-to-be-opened-by-emerald-airlines/ 6 routes with more coming later in the year . Will be good to have stability again from BHD . Flybe 2.0 held meetings with BHD thi...

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Jan 09, 2022 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SmartLynx UK operations
Replies: 11
Views: 2219

Re: SmartLynx UK operations

I kinda wonder how Aer Lingus is operating their domestic network from BHD right now, as those aircraft are not part of "Aer Lingus UK"?? Or is that wrong?

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Dec 18, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair new livery
Replies: 107
Views: 15531

Re: Icelandair new livery

To me the blue one screams out: New United colours

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Dec 18, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/21: Oh me, oh my .... Omicron
Replies: 236
Views: 33932

Re: Irish 12/21: Oh me, oh my .... Omicron

more on Emerald https://www.routesonline.com/news/29/breaking-news/297300/aer-lingus-regional-accelerates-launch-plans/ the bit that will be of interest..... "The startup has already established a company in Northern Ireland, known as Emerald Airlines UK, and applied to the UK CAA to obtain it...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Dec 08, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/21: Oh me, oh my .... Omicron
Replies: 236
Views: 33932

Re: Irish 12/21: Oh me, oh my .... Omicron

I think we can agree that the South West of Ireland simply doesn't have that much demand for trips to Edinburgh and vice versa so that level of service is unsustainable in the long term. Like Amsterdam, it probably has more to do with the region being underserved for years than overserved at this p...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham News: An exclusive Boeing operator is in talks for A220 and A321neo
Replies: 174
Views: 45088

Re: Leeham News: An exclusive Boeing operator is in talks for A220 and A321neo

It may or may not be a coincidence, but there have been multiple Toulouse visits recently by LOT management...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Nov 17, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 948
Views: 153454

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

The management at SOU will for sure be disappointed by this decision. Very hard to see to what possible routes they have in mind that'll make them money and not already done by EZY & LM - much more limited domestic opportunities from BHX than, for example, SOU or EXT. Maybe a few routes into th...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Nov 16, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last scheduled passenger transatlantic crossing in a prop aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 10282

Re: Last scheduled passenger transatlantic crossing in a prop aircraft?

Didn't FI use the Q400 on some KEF-UK routes ? Yes. Aberdeen I believe. Scheduled services a few times a week to ABZ and BHD a couple of years ago, plus they have operated the occasional flight into MAN, BGO, and i recall either once into London or Paris??? It may sound long but similar turboprops ...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Nov 16, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last scheduled passenger transatlantic crossing in a prop aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 10282

Re: Last scheduled passenger transatlantic crossing in a prop aircraft?

[twoid][/twoid] Always wanted to try it Loftleidir but alas never did. I just remember that it was way cheaper that than any other carrier in the late 60's. Does anyone have an idea of what a Y ticket from JFK to say Paris was on Pan American vs a Y ticket from JFK to Luxembourg would have been? Tho...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Nov 08, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone know if/when flights will return from Carlisle Lake District Airport?
Replies: 8
Views: 1940

Re: Anyone know if/when flights will return from Carlisle Lake District Airport?

I flew on and worked with the Carlisle services for a while, Belfast flights were often the busiest of the 3 routes, interestingly with a significant mix of business and leisure/VFR passengers. The Dublin morning service was being angled to try and connect in with the many longhaul departures from t...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Oct 30, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The COP26 movement thread
Replies: 38
Views: 8414

Re: The COP26 movement thread

Not sure if related but a lot of heavy equipment was unloaded from a US C-17 at BFS today.

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Oct 28, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines plans fleet renewal: 20 A320neo family and 9 B787
Replies: 21
Views: 4122

Re: AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines plans fleet renewal: 20 A320neo family and 9 B787

A few years ago I flew a couple of short legs on their 767 and A345, and on both the thing that caught my attention first was the low seating density and loads of legroom in every row. It would indeed be interesting to see if they go for a larger 787 model...do they need it?

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by opticalilyushin
Fri Oct 22, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair Fleet Renewal
Replies: 43
Views: 9730

Re: Icelandair Fleet Renewal

An order for 3 Max aircraft doesn't necessarily equate to full fleet replacement. No doubt Boeing will give them a great price and it's a type they can currently work with. Personally I could see FI going for a mix of A321 NEOs and XLRs as a bulk replacement for the 757/Max operation, and some used ...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Oct 19, 2021 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/21: Even the darkest night will end ...
Replies: 271
Views: 34040

Re: Irish 10/21: Even the darkest night will end ...

New passenger security screening system unveiled at Shannon Airport It's expected the new €2.5 million system will enable the passenger security screening time at the Airport to be halved and is part of a wider €17 million airport enhancement programme. http://www.live95fm.ie/news/live95-news/new-p...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Sep 23, 2021 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 247
Views: 35018

Re: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

Just back from my first international trip in 15 months. 5 flights, 3 border checks and 3 lots of paperwork filled out (paper or electronic)...i was a little surprised that i was never asked, nor did I have to show anything, including the Covid cert.

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 247
Views: 35018

Re: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

cbchicago wrote:
Hello Aer Lingus, Down time could be a good opportunity to upgrade the 1968 ASTRAL reservation system. Only those that have ever used it would understand,


It's still more reliable than a few of the newer alternatives out there, but I kinda know what you mean.

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 247
Views: 35018

Re: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

Veron, My understanding is that the standard -800 can take off from BHD without any trouble, however, it won't be full. When they did STN before the aircraft had a 20 seats blocked off in one direction and 40 in the other and at £1 fares it clearly wasn't fruitful. So given the fares on BHD FR rout...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Aug 30, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airlines establishes low cost arm Uzbekistan Express
Replies: 16
Views: 2755

Re: Uzbekistan Airlines establishes low cost arm Uzbekistan Express

But it sounds likes they're pretty much setting up an AC Rouge-type subsidiary with denser, lower CASM aircraft for leisure routes as opposed to the above. Because when everyone thinks "leisure," we think "Damn, I REALLY need a vacation to Uzbekistan!" Well done for outing yours...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Aug 23, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot and the MD-11
Replies: 13
Views: 4362

Re: Aeroflot and the MD-11

SU has at some point flown almost everything there is to fly, but the pax MD11 (and 747) were notably never part of that. In fact, IINM, they've never flown a Western pax trijet nor quad, that I can think of. At least mainline. There are some lovely pics on the internet of a Nigerian registered DC-...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Aug 14, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Multi-Stop LHR-India Service on an MD-80
Replies: 48
Views: 9150

Re: Former Multi-Stop LHR-India Service on an MD-80

I regret not taking this MD-80 out of LGW

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Jul 25, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First commitment for the "new" IL-114-300
Replies: 27
Views: 6353

Re: First commitment for the "new" IL-114-300

VOLGADA will follow suit... https://aviation.direct/en/russland-vologda-air-bestellt-drei-il-114-300 Interesting, i wonder if they may be Yak 40 replacements. I like the -114 (flew one in Uzbekistan), but I'm skeptical that they'll sell well in Russia. The AN-24 is still easy to maintain, parts are...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Jul 10, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC-3 crashed in Colombia July 8, 2021
Replies: 38
Views: 8142

Re: DC-3 crashed in Colombia today

I just watched this video on Colombian DC-3s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7fOct6_jJs Yeah, I saw that one. They had some mud strip in the jungle with people, animals, children, drug traffickers, prostitutes and the army running around and fighting whilst ancient planes took off and landed cont...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Jun 19, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Stobart Air ceases operations, appoint liquidator
Replies: 88
Views: 15870

Re: Update: Stobart Air ceases operations, appoint liquidator

I was down at EXT today (EI3690 from Belfast) expecting to see an EI ATR. No sign of it. Is there any news of who will take over this route?. No EI36xx flights have operated since the collapse of Stobart. Routes taken over by Aer Lingus were renumbered and BA Cityflyer are already operating an E190...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Jun 16, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 39030

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

On the flipside, British Airways have just sent a press release out about a bunch of new routes out of Belfast City. Belfast City (BHD)/ Exeter (EXT) From 16 June 2021, BA7319, Mon 12:55, Fri 16:35, Sat 10:15, Sun 11:40 Belfast City (BHD)/ Leeds Bradford (LBA) From 16 June 2021, BA7313, Every day a...

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Jun 13, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Stobart Air ceases operations, appoint liquidator
Replies: 88
Views: 15870

Re: Stobart Air cancel all flights

by738 wrote:
opticalilyushin wrote:
Out of Belfast almost full on most flights,

Odd, I had been told otherwise… :?:


Many of their passenger loads have been in the 60s over the last month or two.

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Jun 12, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Stobart Air ceases operations, appoint liquidator
Replies: 88
Views: 15870

Re: Stobart Air cancel all flights

Any chance that Aer Lingus will find a replacement operator in the next few days? There must be plenty choice on the EU wet lease market right now. Is there any evidence that the market needs that level of urgency to setup replacement services? One wonders if the loads on the Stobart Air operation ...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Jun 12, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Stobart Air ceases operations, appoint liquidator
Replies: 88
Views: 15870

Re: Stobart Air cancel all flights

https://twitter.com/JP_Biz/status/1403617506103865344/photo/1 Statement from Stobart to staff. Am guessing a proper statement will be released later Am I reading that statement wrong, or does it say the wet-lease agreement was with BA? Considering it was an all-atr fleet, how does that work? I don'...

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Jun 12, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 39030

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

The longer than anticipated wait for their UK AOC to come through was starting to put a strain on their BHD operations, resulting in a full schedule, a grounded aircraft and delays resulting on busier days..on the other hand flights were all or mostly full, so demand is there.

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Jun 02, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 39030

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

Does anyone know when the BA lounge at BHD might re-open? Thanks Alex I'm pretty certain it's not re-opening at all. The airline is closing a load of them, using 3rd party lounges- Aspire etc. instead. Pre-Covid it was also rumoured that frequent fliers would no longer get access either, unless boo...

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by opticalilyushin
Mon May 10, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A340-500 to exit service this month with Azerbaijan Airlines
Replies: 33
Views: 7737

Re: Airbus A340-500 to exit service this month with Azerbaijani Airlines

I flew on 4K-AZ86 a few years ago, Dubai to Baku. Besides the comfort one thing that amazed me was the low density seating onboard...i think around 230-ish, while their 767 (i flew on it a day earlier) had a seat count more suited to a narrowbody. So sad to see another already rare A345 retiring.

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by opticalilyushin
Sat May 01, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I'm in Crypto Now
Replies: 87
Views: 7651

Re: I'm in Crypto Now

I invested in Crypto 7 years ago, it was the best thing i ever did. Do i understand every aspect of it- nope..but I'm close to buying a place purely from the profits, so it can't all be bad. :smile:

For those who do invest, make your profit from it and cash in, it's highly volatile

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 84
Views: 17498

Re: LOT to launch flights to Dubai

PANAMsterdam wrote:
A 737 to Dubai from Poland? That’s just a bad as a 737 with Transavia to Dubai from AMS


I've not flown on the LOT Max, but if the seats are comfortable and legroom ok, i don't see the problem??

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada phasing out a 777-300ER
Replies: 50
Views: 15654

Re: Air Canada phasing out a 777-300ER

Do their 77Ws still have IFE controls built into the top of the armrests? This was my biggest gripe when flying on one from YVR-LHR. The passenger in the seat next to me kept resting his arm on the rest (fair enough), which unfortunately made my IFE pause, restart etc. It's built into the IFE, not ...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada phasing out a 777-300ER
Replies: 50
Views: 15654

Re: Air Canada phasing out a 777-300ER

Do their 77Ws still have IFE controls built into the top of the armrests? This was my biggest gripe when flying on one from YVR-LHR. The passenger in the seat next to me kept resting his arm on the rest (fair enough), which unfortunately made my IFE pause, restart etc. It's built into the IFE, not ...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada phasing out a 777-300ER
Replies: 50
Views: 15654

Re: Air Canada phasing out a 777-300ER

Do their 77Ws still have IFE controls built into the top of the armrests? This was my biggest gripe when flying on one from YVR-LHR. The passenger in the seat next to me kept resting his arm on the rest (fair enough), which unfortunately made my IFE pause, restart etc.

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by opticalilyushin
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Only 1 operational 747-100?
Replies: 13
Views: 1880

Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

An enthusiast flight on that -100 very nearly happened a couple of years back, a friend of mine was signed up for it- very expensive though. As for Sam, some of his actions at Mehrabad (Tehran's domestic airport) probably didn't earn him any favours Never had any trouble at Mehrabad, infact totally...

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Only 1 operational 747-100?
Replies: 13
Views: 1880

Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

An enthusiast flight on that -100 very nearly happened a couple of years back, a friend of mine was signed up for it- very expensive though. As for Sam, some of his actions at Mehrabad (Tehran's domestic airport) probably didn't earn him any favours

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUI 737 weight incident traced to ‘Miss’ interpretation of female passengers
Replies: 24
Views: 5980

Re: TUI 737 weight incident traced to ‘Miss’ interpretation of female passengers

Reservation glitches like this happen more often than you'd think, but they're usually resolved before departure. As an example the IT system of another UK airline cannot deal with passengers who use the salutations of Doctor, Professor, etc.

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Russian safety cards
Replies: 1
Views: 3256

Re: Russian safety cards

Hi, I have sent you a private message

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!
Replies: 235
Views: 35434

Re: Irish 4/21: Turbulence!

As for travel, I'm resigned to writing off the summer. Maybe we'll get a few spots that will be open to us but the threats of quarantine, needing extra testing on arrival in DUB, changing traffic light systems means you can't relax until you're back home which defeats the purpose. I hope I'm wrong ...

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by opticalilyushin
Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus extracts more range from A220-300 with further weight increase
Replies: 122
Views: 23031

Re: Airbus extracts more range from A220-300 with further weight increase

This program is going to be a huge success replacing thousands of A319/A320 + 737/738. Airbus will make boatload of money on this aircraft. at decent pitch the A220-300 has 140-145 seats... Why do you think it will replace 738s w/ 175-180seats? or A320's with 162 seats? yes, it may displace some A3...

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by opticalilyushin
Sun Mar 21, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CL-44 Association
Replies: 2
Views: 829

Re: CL-44 Association

I am/was a member. The group seemed to shut down a few years ago. We had an annual event, usually a dinner in London.

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by opticalilyushin
Sat Mar 20, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KEF Airport preparing for a Volcanic Eruption
Replies: 27
Views: 7148

Re: KEF Airport preparing for a Volcanic Eruption

According to Deutsche Welle flights from and to KEF have been halted: https://m.dw.com/en/iceland-halts-air-travel-following-volcanic-eruption/a-56935890 Currently I see one Wizzair flight inbound landing in 15min, though. VAAC London also published advisory aviation color code red: https://www.met...

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by opticalilyushin
Wed Mar 17, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33929

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

EasyJet apparantly launching Belfast to Bournemouth 2x weekly this summer

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Mar 16, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can the A321XLR make it LHR-HLE direct?
Replies: 43
Views: 9928

Re: Can the A321XLR make it LHR-HLE direct?

Random thought- there are many cases of flights to remote destinations that lack diversion points other than the point of origin (hence round-trip fuel), but are there any examples where the nearest diversion point (in this case ASI) is also very remote? Flying to HLE where the weather there and at...

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by opticalilyushin
Tue Mar 09, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can the A321XLR make it LHR-HLE direct?
Replies: 43
Views: 9928

Re: Can the A321XLR make it LHR-HLE direct?

Random thought- there are many cases of flights to remote destinations that lack diversion points other than the point of origin (hence round-trip fuel), but are there any examples where the nearest diversion point (in this case ASI) is also very remote? Flying to HLE where the weather there and at...

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