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by jamesontheroad
Sun Dec 05, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 844
Views: 572417

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

Scandinavian countries dropping mask requirements for flights! This is great news. https://sverigesradio.se/artikel/sas-norwegian-to-drop-mask-requirement-for-scandinavian-flights SAS is restoring the requirement for masks within Scandinavia from 6 December 2021. Source: (in Swedish) https://www.sy...

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by jamesontheroad
Sun Nov 14, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SAL233 dep. LHR 1981/12/27
Replies: 2
Views: 747

Re: SAL233 dep. LHR 1981/12/27

Many thanks!

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by jamesontheroad
Sat Nov 13, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SAL233 dep. LHR 1981/12/27
Replies: 2
Views: 747

SAL233 dep. LHR 1981/12/27

Hello everyone. Browsing family documents and wondered if anyone could help me identify the destination of SAL 266 departing London on 27 December 1981. I’m assuming Durban based on supporting info but not sure of the precise route or even the equipment. Any information is appreciated!

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by jamesontheroad
Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation 2021
Replies: 750
Views: 144136

Re: Nordic Aviation 2021

So they will cancel the concert or...? He can just fly into Copenhagen and then onwards into Sweden from there, because in it's wisdom, Sweden doesn't enforce the ban on British arrivals (and other red-listed nationalities) if they come via Denmark or Norway. I was in contact with a British journal...

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by jamesontheroad
Sat Sep 11, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation 2021
Replies: 750
Views: 144136

Re: Nordic Aviation 2021

As noted by one outlet this week, 45,000 unmasked and non-distanced fans will be allowed to attend Elton John’s upcoming concert in Stockholm (vaccinated or not). Elton himself, however, as a fully vaccinated Brit, is not allowed to enter Sweden.

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by jamesontheroad
Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SW (Air Namibia) Ceases operations; Gov't Seeks to Liquidate
Replies: 56
Views: 10823

Re: SW (Air Namibia) Ceases operations; Gov't Seeks to Liquidate

I flew with SW just once, in 2019 from WDH to JNB. Nice people, nice service, although the rather extravagant meal service was a clue as to one place where the money was being wasted. I've never been offered four different meat-based hot meals on any flight, let alone one that was only 1h45m. (I'm v...

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by jamesontheroad
Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation 2021
Replies: 750
Views: 144136

Re: Nordic Aviation 2021

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports (in Swedish) that the procurement process for the new Swedish Air Ambulance will be restarted. OSM Aviation Crew won the procurement, but competitor CAE Parc aviation appealed the decision at the administrative court and the award is now withdrawn. CAE Parc cla...

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by jamesontheroad
Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS A333 double daily BRU-BHX
Replies: 43
Views: 9742

Re: SAS A333 double daily BRU-BHX

Could it be Mini, in Oxford? Mini was a well known example of a British car manufacturer who shuttled parts back and forth across the Channel between different plants. A twice daily shuttle to an airport like Brussels could be serving two flows to France and Germany. Source (March 2017): https://www...

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by jamesontheroad
Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation 2021
Replies: 750
Views: 144136

Re: Nordic Aviation 2021

Bostrom wrote:
Wizzair will has just announced Gdansk-Skellefteå, starting this spring. That is a route I did not see coming.


Likewise. Skellefteå is Norrland's boom town right now, with Northvolt's vast EV battery factory under construction and lots of third party suppliers popping up around it.

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by jamesontheroad
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation 2021
Replies: 750
Views: 144136

Re: Nordic Aviation 2021

SQ22 wrote:
Here is the link to the previous thread:

Nordic Aviation - 2020


Worth scrolling through pages 4-7 of that thread, when you can cast your mind back to a much simpler time, when Covid route and airport closures seemed so surprising.

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by jamesontheroad
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 1103
Views: 191188

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

Västerbottens Kuriren (VK), the principal newspaper in Västerbotten county, has run a couple of features in the last week about the new Swedish ambulance flight. There is a background article here, behind a paywall but accessible if you have a subscription to one of its regional sister newspapers: ...

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by jamesontheroad
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 1103
Views: 191188

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

CPH will mothball approximately 40% of the terminal - or 24 gates - from next week, reports SVT (in Swedish) here.

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by jamesontheroad
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 1103
Views: 191188

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

As per a report in DN today, Swedavia has reported to the Ministry for Trade and Industry that Bromma it is no longer profitable to operate Stockholm Bromma Airport. Swedavia argues that if Bromma were to close, Arlanda should be permitted to expand. Article in Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish): https://w...

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by jamesontheroad
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 1103
Views: 191188

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

Thunderboltdrgn wrote:
[quote="Bostrom"However there will still be a public referendum before the airport is closed but it may not necessarily affect the decision.


According to SVT News this morning, the proposal to offer a public referendum on the matter was made by Centerpartiet, but the proposal was voted down before the final decision.

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by jamesontheroad
Wed Aug 19, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCY to pause terminal expansion plans
Replies: 43
Views: 4544

Re: LCY to pause terminal expansion plans

While it is heavily delayed, the new Crossrail line (aka Elizabeth Line) poses a great threat to LCY’s attraction to business traffic to/from the City of London and Docklands. The train now makes LHR - and it’s wider range of destinations, longer operating hours, better passenger facilities, etc - m...

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by jamesontheroad
Mon May 04, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 1103
Views: 191188

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

Not at all what the article says. It says SAS wants to stop flying as Kiruna is no longer commercial viable. Sorry - seems my Swedish still has some way to go. :sorry: Most likely a military flight, like the one they operate between Tampere-Copenhagen-Tbilisi-Kabul-Mazar-e Sharif Thanks :checkmark:

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by jamesontheroad
Sun May 03, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 1103
Views: 191188

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

This will probably be a familiar question to regulars on this forum, but what is the nature of the Smartwings flight from Luleå to Kabul and Mazar Shariftomorrow, 2020/5/4? Is it a military of humanitarian charter?

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by jamesontheroad
Sat May 02, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 1103
Views: 191188

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

The announcement is a few days old, but not mentioned yet. SAS are ceasing commercial service to Kiruna. The municipality is now looking to secure essential air service in the 40-seat segment. This leaves ARN-UME and ARN-LLA as the only remaining SAS routes in Sweden. Source: https://www.svt.se/nyhe...

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by jamesontheroad
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK-MAN in 5 hours 20 minutes on VS B747?!
Replies: 38
Views: 11100

Re: JFK-MAN in 5 hours 20 minutes on VS B747?!

Absolutely possible, and a recipe for miserable jet lag, since by the time dinner service is done (2hrs) you have about an hour of shut-eye before breakfast service begins...

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by jamesontheroad
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A Hidden Gem of African Aviation - Air Namibia CPT-WBV/WDH-VFA
Replies: 31
Views: 14589

Re: A Hidden Gem of African Aviation - Air Namibia CPT-WBV/WDH-VFA

Man I would love to fly that KLM flight with a stop in Luanda. Did you get a chance to sneak into the terminal or had to stay on board? I'm surprised that all the meal options were meat - but glad they found a vegetarian option! It's one of those airlines that focus more on national pride it seems,...

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by jamesontheroad
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A Hidden Gem of African Aviation - Air Namibia CPT-WBV/WDH-VFA
Replies: 31
Views: 14589

Re: A Hidden Gem of African Aviation - Air Namibia CPT-WBV/WDH-VFA

Great report, thanks for taking time to share. We recently spent 11 days in Namibia, flying out NWI-AMS-(LAD)-WDH with KLM. I then flew onwards to JNB with Air Namibia. I was also surprised by the choice of food - three meat options were offered, and when I nervously asked for a vegetarian meal they...

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by jamesontheroad
Fri May 31, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 282953

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

The planned expansion of the terminal at UME has been put on hold due to declining passenger numbers. Only saying this after a few international trips to UME, but the airport might benefit from attracting one or more new and non-Scandinavian airlines. Three airlines all flying to Stockholm and a ha...

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by jamesontheroad
Sun May 19, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 282953

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

At each gate there is a button to push to call the Swedavia bus. It only operates on request, and is not very busy. The one occasion I used the bus (on a strange connection from SAS domestic to KLM that a travel agent found for me) it took me a while to spot this button. I was just waiting around, ...

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by jamesontheroad
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic- Is a new Upper Class design in the works?
Replies: 21
Views: 3780

Re: Virgin Atlantic- Is a new Upper Class design in the works?

BestWestern wrote:
The DL seat is fantastic- just implement that.


My thoughts exactly - as DL's stake in VS grows, and as the trans-Atlantic partnership grows, why not just standardise the hard product across DL and VS, and allow each airline to finesse the soft product (service) to stay on brand?

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by jamesontheroad
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's your favorite/least favorite airport to connect through?
Replies: 77
Views: 7944

Re: What's your favorite/least favorite airport to connect through?

Best: AMS. And that’s saying something - because my home airport is served by KLM Cityhopper Embraers, so I will always start or end my trip with a short hop and a bus from the ‘Fokker Farm’ to the dedicated UK regional bus gates at D06. It’s a testament to the organisation and efficiency of AMS and...

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by jamesontheroad
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you could rename any airport what would it be?
Replies: 43
Views: 4284

Re: If you could rename any airport what would it be?

Norwich Airport (NWI) > Alan Partridge International

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by jamesontheroad
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 282953

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

STN has also a catchment area of its own, like North London, Cambridge area and Middle England. Cambridge is not just an old university but a home for many technology companies. Just to revisit SAS and STN: can someone explain to me the relative importance of CPH versus ARN to SAS? I’m looking at a...

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by jamesontheroad
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CDG 1990's - Lift/Elevator/Jetway buses?
Replies: 29
Views: 5478

Re: CDG 1990's - Lift/Elevator/Jetway buses?

At some point in the 1980s, the Hungarian bus builder Ikarus designed a prototype articulated intercity bus that would (in theory) allow for city centre check-in and direct transfer to the ramp . The front section of the upper deck was (bear with me) constructed in such a way as to allow a staircase...

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by jamesontheroad
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 183313

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Actually there was an article about KL in VXO quite recently. The load factor has been averaging 85% up until now, which is quite encouraging. Although, for the winter schedule they will remove two weekly flights on tuesdays and saturdays (the slow days of the week), so the operation will be 1x345x...

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by jamesontheroad
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 1264
Views: 183313

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

I've been looking around for updates on KLM's launch in May of AMS-VXO; how have the first four months gone? Is this offpeak daily roundtrip as much as we can expect for now, or will the scheduled densify? And are KLM looking at any other regional Swedish airports?

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by jamesontheroad
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flying ULCC in USA. What happens when things go wrong?
Replies: 10
Views: 2038

Re: Flying ULCC in USA. What happens when things go wrong?

The U.S. really needs some type of passengers bill of rights, it is an a-symmetrical power dynamic right now. My plans change, and I have to pay $200-400 (meaning that my original ticket is likely garbage) but airlines can cancel your flight and only be required to return your original airfare, or ...

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by jamesontheroad
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Mirabel Once Again See Passenger Traffic?
Replies: 22
Views: 4850

Re: Could Mirabel Once Again See Passenger Traffic?

I could only foresee a future for Mirabel serving ULCC carriers in the way that Beauvais, Prestwick and Hahn airports service Ryanair in Europe. A bare-bones terminal oriented around maximising passenger revenue through retail, a competitively priced limited-stop express bus to downtown Mtl, and low...

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by jamesontheroad
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM collective agreement: one fewer cabin crew member on intercontinental flights, new Y catering
Replies: 3
Views: 1646

KLM collective agreement: one fewer cabin crew member on intercontinental flights, new Y catering

Announced today, KLM has reached a “collective labour agreement which includes a clause that one less crew member will be assigned on many intercontinental flights" (source - Business Traveller ). It starts on 1 July 2018 on 9 routes (Amsterdam to Bonaire (via Aruba), Entebbe (via Kigali), Fort...

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by jamesontheroad
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 130
Views: 17984

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

I am really late to the 3rd runway convo. Where are they wanting to put it? I looked on a map and couldn't figure out the best place. Northwest of the current runwys. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44357580 There's a plan a bit down the page. There's a slightly more detailed plan here . htt...

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by jamesontheroad
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 130
Views: 17984

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

Some discussion on BBC Radio 4 this lunchtime. A few minutes ago, a representative of Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council (Conservative 48 seats, Liberal Democrats 1 seat, Independents 8 seats) indicated that they and "at least four other neighbouring councils" and Greenpeace will mount...

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by jamesontheroad
Tue May 08, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2018 Giro D'Italia transfer: Ovda - Catania, May 7, 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 425

2018 Giro D'Italia transfer: Ovda - Catania, May 7, 2018

The 2018 Giro D'Italia is under way, and the first three stages of the 21 day race were hosted in Israel (the first time the Giro's departure has been hosted outside Europe). This meant that there was a complex air transfer for riders, teams and race officials between Eilat and Sicily after the fini...

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by jamesontheroad
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Johannesburg Gates
Replies: 5
Views: 1516

Re: Johannesburg Gates

Out of interest, what does KLM usually do at JNB? They’re somewhat unusual in that they go south in the daytime and north overnight with just a few hours in between.

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by jamesontheroad
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why no flights between major cities in Ireland?
Replies: 27
Views: 3737

Re: Why no flights between major cities in Ireland?

Ireland has a reasonable intercity rail system that radiates out from Dublin, making most trips to and from the capital very easy by train. Intercity coach services are deregulated and competitively priced, and now very fast with the modern motorway network. There has been one other flight between t...

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by jamesontheroad
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no easyjet to Ireland?
Replies: 10
Views: 2428

Re: Why no easyjet to Ireland?

The OP notes that easyJet are present in Northern Ireland. In fact, NI has been a core part of the airline's growth. They've served BFS since 1998 and will celebrate their 20th anniversary serving the province later this year. I recall at their 15th anniversary they said they had served 32,000,000 t...

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by jamesontheroad
Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta refuses to upgrade US curling team gold winners
Replies: 122
Views: 21854

Re: Delta refuses to upgrade US curling team gold winners

Team accepted it, sure they will get other little perks. "Perks," like being the only Olympians in the world to be taxed on the value of their medals . Apologies for the thread drift, but every two years I'm reminded of just how absurd this is. Like Olympians of every nation (well, almost...

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by jamesontheroad
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'Mob' breaks out at Des Moines International Airport after 14-hour delay
Replies: 69
Views: 12604

Re: 'Mob' breaks out at Des Moines International Airport after 14-hour delay

Just below the surface, Iowa Nice masks a rage fiercer than anyone would expect :D

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by jamesontheroad
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet and Sunwing 737's clip wing to tail at Toronto Pearson
Replies: 67
Views: 12271

Re: WestJet and Sunwing 737's clip wing to tail at Toronto Pearson

It is brutally cold in Toronto today. We hit a record low of -23 C, -40 C with the wind chill. I do not envy those Westjet passengers having to slide into the cold after having just landed from CUN. A passenger was quoted on the CBC News article: But as the crowd moved toward the door, some passeng...

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by jamesontheroad
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rest of the UK thread - 2017
Replies: 102
Views: 13603

Re: Rest of the UK thread

Carlisle Airport has announced plans to launch flights to Belfast, Dublin & London Southend Airport. Link to the story below And work has now started on resurfacing the runway and building the new passenger terminal (check the local council's planning application portal for the plans). It will ...

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by jamesontheroad
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New B737 TATL flight : Paris to St Pierre
Replies: 44
Views: 9717

Re: New B737 TATL flight : Paris to St Pierre

Les départs sont programmés de Paris-Charles de Gaulle le lundi à 18h00 pour une arrivée à l’aéroport de Saint-Pierre Pointe-Blanche à 20h30. Dans l’autre sens, les vols quitteront Saint-Pierre le mardi à 12h30 pour se poser à Paris-Charles de Gaulle à 22h05. Not just a new B737 route across the po...

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by jamesontheroad
Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Power outage in ATL
Replies: 401
Views: 49261

Re: Power outage in ATL

My thoughts are with everyone disrupted and the employees working hard through the night to fix this.

Meanwhile, just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...

DIRECTFLT wrote:
Chick-fil-A will also be providing food for passengers.


:crazy:

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by jamesontheroad
Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM CEO says legacy carriers underestimated their (LCCs) effect until it was too late
Replies: 16
Views: 6975

Re: KLM CEO says legacy carriers underestimated their (LCCs) effect until it was too late

From the article in the OP: In response, KLM has made drastic changes to the way it conducts business. "With that, we have embarked on a program in KLM a few years ago whereby we sort of said, 'We're going to defend our European network, and we're going to make sure that we do the right thing f...

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by jamesontheroad
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest Q400 Flight (as of 2017)
Replies: 59
Views: 14634

Re: Longest Q400 Flight (as of 2017)

Most certainly the longest over-water Q400 route : PDL - LPA, Ponta Delgada - Gran Canaria, 904miles, 1452 km, flew it twice this year on SATA, almost 3 hours, a bit eerie 3 hours in a Q400 with nothing but ocean below. For a similar effect, Flugfélag Íslands (for Icelandair) BHD-KEF - 873 miles, b...

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by jamesontheroad
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?
Replies: 120
Views: 24164

Re: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?

Maybe not in Boeing sense, but certainly look at routes such as LHR-AUS, Japan-BOS, perhaps not true point to point but certainly long thin routes. What's so "thin" about a route that's scheduled to be a 744? This highlights another useful characteristic of the 787, which is that by makin...

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by jamesontheroad
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Ryanair problems: huge winter schedule cuts
Replies: 53
Views: 10376

Re: More Ryanair problems: huge winter schedule cuts

BFS-LGW, STN-GLA/EDI cut (really?). Brexit means Brexit? BFS-LGW, STN-GLA/EDI cut (really?) Perhaps... but between Stansted and Scotland so much of the market over the last few years has shifted to rail. This could be a convenient opportunity to draw down under-performing routes before Brexit makes...

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