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by 345tas
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA and the A350-1000
Replies: 37
Views: 8398

BA and the A350-1000

Hello, I tried searching for previous topics on this and did a bit of Googling but didn't find anything... What role does the A351 play in BA's fleet? Some thoughts: - It brings BA's long haul fleet type count to 5 (4 when the 747 goes), but I thought generally speaking it is more efficient to focus...

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by 345tas
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Onwards and Upwards Part 2: Air Canada TLV-YUL-BOS
Replies: 6
Views: 3219

Re: Onwards and Upwards Part 2: Air Canada TLV-YUL-BOS

Nice detailed report.

Surprised anyone from outside Israel would voluntarily listen to Eyal Golan.

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by 345tas
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Ansett Australia Osaka - Brisbane - Sydney - Brisbane - Sydney - Osaka. Year 2000
Replies: 14
Views: 7093

Re: Ansett Australia Osaka - Brisbane - Sydney - Brisbane - Sydney - Osaka. Year 2000

Thank you so so much for this report. It's terrific to get such a detailed report from almost 20 years ago on an airline I can barely remember. I hope you enjoyed watching "CNN.dot.com." Hehe. Although in other respects the experience looked surprisingly modern. The only time I flew with A...

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by 345tas
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC new route application from Chinese carrier - 2019 March (Focus: New Beijing airport, Paris, London, Korea, etc)
Replies: 44
Views: 8637

Re: CAAC new route application from Chinese carrier - 2019 March (Focus: New Beijing airport, Paris, London, Korea, etc)

For the London route, MU obtained the right to serve additional 7 weekly flights from PVG, CA have obtained the right to launch a 4 weekly flight on the route PVG-LON (compares to the 7 weekly requested), making it the second Chinese carrier on the route. CZ, Juneyao, Shanghai airlines' application...

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by 345tas
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BA & Qantas A380s plus a Virgin Australia 737 - LHR-SIN-SYD-BNE. 3 airlines, 5 trains, 2 buses and a hire car
Replies: 12
Views: 8345

Re: BA & Qantas A380s plus a Virgin Australia 737 - LHR-SIN-SYD-BNE. 3 airlines, 5 trains, 2 buses and a hire car

Weird about those footrests - I just did QF1 and there were definitely none in my row (on the lower deck) - also all the seat around us were broken in that you had to bash the button several times to get the seat to 'hold' and not fall all the way back. Did you have that problem? I was a bit skeptic...

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by 345tas
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Turkmenistan Airlines Business Class: The President is Watching ...
Replies: 28
Views: 11838

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

Thanks so much for this report! Fascinating from start to finish.

That food looks amazing.

From what I heard in Uzbekistan last year from travellers who'd dashed across Turkmenistan from Iran, it is indeed desperately poor, with legions of old ladies sweeping empty 8 lane highways etc.

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by 345tas
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LY plans to start ORD - TLV non stop in 2020
Replies: 49
Views: 7372

Re: Chicago ORD El Al LY TLV 2020 New Route

"Not to be political but if I'm of Palestinian descent I'm not flying an airline full of people who generally don't like me or my people." Actually you are being political. Very political. And very stereotypical. I'm not being political, I'm being realistic. Do you think any Jewish person...

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by 345tas
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 719730

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

A very brief playback on FR24 seems to show fluctuations in vertical speed just after take-off.

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by 345tas
Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Virgin Blue Airlines VH-VUA DG849 Melbourne - Sydney | 2007 Photos
Replies: 5
Views: 2993

Re: Virgin Blue Airlines VH-VUA DG849 Melbourne - Sydney | 2007 Photos

Thanks for the throwback report.

2007 doesn't seem like that long ago - but there you have SQ 747s and even a QF 747-300!

One minor correction: Virgin Blue started flying in early 2000, I think, a year or so before Ansett collapsed.

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by 345tas
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 707 crashes in Iran
Replies: 75
Views: 18323

Re: Boeing 707 crashes in Iran

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_s ... _incidents

I know nothing about statistics but this does seem slightly strange. Last such incident was only in May, the Cubana de Aviación crash in Havana.
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Yet another case of a fatal plane crash with only one survivor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_s ... _incidents

I know nothing about statistics but this does seem slightly strange. Last such incident was only in May, the Cubana de Aviación crash in Havana.

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by 345tas
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Bali Christmas Weekend on SQ Business
Replies: 4
Views: 6986

Re: Bali Christmas Weekend on SQ Business

As an Australian the idea of Bali kind of bores me, but oh my God that food......... I am salivating.

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by 345tas
Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LY Announces TLV-LAS
Replies: 57
Views: 10313

Re: LY Announces TLV-LAS

Also worth noting that casinos are illegal in Israel. I know (from friends) that a lot of Israelis seek out casinos when on holiday. I can imagine this selling well as part of holiday packages etc. As someone else has pointed out, I'm interested to know how LY's on-ground security will work for this...

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by 345tas
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Arizona Avgeek Trip – Pinal Airpark Flyover (747 boneyeard)
Replies: 19
Views: 5128

Re: Arizona Avgeek Trip – Pinal Airpark Flyover (747 boneyeard)

Thank you for these terrific photos! Surprised to see that Ansett 743 there after what must be at least 16 years. Also I see a Hellenic Imperial Airways 742... any idea how long it has been there? There was one apparently abandoned in ATH as late as summer 2017 but judging from Google Earth it is lo...

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by 345tas
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 21 years ago - Ansett A320 Sydney to Brisbane
Replies: 13
Views: 4935

Re: 21 years ago - Ansett A320 Sydney to Brisbane

Wow amazing to see an Ansett trip report, thanks! Those seats look amazing. My first ever flight was with Ansett LST-MEL (so it maybe have in fact been on Kendall) but I remember we were served curried sausages. That is literally my only memory of the flight. The Enya video is beautiful actually, fo...

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by 345tas
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: From my Archives: Summer '14 Returning from Israel One of the Only Ways Available El Al
Replies: 13
Views: 5188

Re: From my Archives: Summer '14 Returning from Israel One of the Only Ways Available El Al

Interesting to see an LY report, thanks.

"Palestinian missile crisis" is a term I haven't heard before to describe the regular Hamas-Israel wars. I laughed.

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by 345tas
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: From Melbourne to the Gulf, and into the Ancient on JQ, UL and RJ
Replies: 9
Views: 4841

Re: From Melbourne to the Gulf, and into the Ancient on JQ, UL and RJ

Wild pricing for MEL-DOH. You wouldn't think there'd be a huge amount of direct traffic on that route. So interesting to see a RJ 788 diversion to Aqaba! Amazing scenery down there. Not surprised at the AMM experience. Before it was reconstructed a few years ago it was a serious hellhole (like one s...

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by 345tas
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: China Airlines A350 Premium Economy SYD-TPE June 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 13914

Re: China Airlines A350 Premium Economy SYD-TPE June 2018

Thanks for this report. SYD-TPE on CI was the first ever intl flight I took so I have a soft spot for it. In Y+ on the A350 looks great!

Why bother paying for Y+ if you're going to be in a coma for the entire flight and not use any of the amenities/food etc?!? (re weird people you took the photo of)

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by 345tas
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Down Under with Delta...with a couple SNAFUs along the way.
Replies: 21
Views: 6898

Re: Down Under with Delta...with a couple SNAFUs along the way.

Hey thanks for this report. What an adventure! Loved your pics from SYD. Even though it's only two years ago some of those types/livery combinations have already disappeared, and having three QF 747s lined up in a row is also getting rare. Tip: don't go to Australia and get coffee at McDonalds! It w...

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by 345tas
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: LOT TLV-WAW-KTW + Polonez & Dan lounges
Replies: 9
Views: 4448

Re: LOT TLV-WAW-KTW + Polonez & Dan lounges

Thanks for this report. I've always wanted to see inside this TLV lounge.

The legroom on the TLV-WAW flight looks bad. Are you tall?

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by 345tas
Mon May 21, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Big airports without transfer passengers
Replies: 89
Views: 10968

Re: Big airports without transfer passengers

Wouldn't MEL and to a lesser extent SYD be up there? I don't have any statistics to hand but Australia's domestic services are typically more point-to-point than connecting, and the only significant flow of international transfer pax would be from NZ or Pacific islands, you'd think.

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by 345tas
Fri May 11, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TXL-MUC Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 in Business Class
Replies: 4
Views: 4769

Re: TXL-MUC Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 in Business Class

Wow getting to board an A346 from the tarmac -- nice.

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by 345tas
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hainan Airlines not 5 Star
Replies: 26
Views: 2467

Re: Hainan Airlines not 5 Star

After taking six legs of Hainan international and domestic recently I feel I can say with reasonable authority that they don't deserve 5 stars. Here's my trip report: http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1384379 The thing is you want to like them, because they clearly care about ha...

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by 345tas
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: PEK-BNE on CA
Replies: 6
Views: 4129

Re: PEK-BNE on CA

Maybe they want to show they're feeding you healthily. Like, 'here's the sandwiches you're eating, and here's a bunch of empty trays to represent the food you are NOT eating'

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by 345tas
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The return to Canada -Turkish Airlines TK -709 (KHI-IST) & TK -17 (IST-YYZ) - Trip report with photos & video
Replies: 12
Views: 6402

Re: The return to Canada -Turkish Airlines TK -709 (KHI-IST) & TK -17 (IST-YYZ) - Trip report with photos & video

Hahaha okay I take your point. Maybe Turkish signed a contract for 50 million of those quiche things and it's just too expensive to break it...

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by 345tas
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The return to Canada -Turkish Airlines TK -709 (KHI-IST) & TK -17 (IST-YYZ) - Trip report with photos & video
Replies: 12
Views: 6402

Re: The return to Canada -Turkish Airlines TK -709 (KHI-IST) & TK -17 (IST-YYZ) - Trip report with photos & video

Great report, the minute details of your seating companions are weirdly engrossing.

The breakfast out of Karachi looks great, why were you not a fan? In general the food on Turkish looks way above average in Y.

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by 345tas
Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh
Replies: 110
Views: 25758

Re: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh

I absolutely loved the big gold splash on Gulf's current livery. It's opulent without being tacky. The new livery is certainly not the worst replacement though.

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by 345tas
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First flight in 7 decades overflies Saudi Arabia to Israel
Replies: 92
Views: 16727

Re: First flight in 7 decades overflies Saudi Arabia to Israel

https://travel.walla.co.il/item/3146067
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LY is petitioning Israel's Supreme Court to suspend Air India's flight over KSA until Israeli airlines have the same rights. Sorry no one has covered it in English yet: https://travel.walla.co.il/item/3146067

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by 345tas
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IKIA (Imam Khomeini Airport) City Developments Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 4148

Re: IKIA (Imam Khomeini Airport) City Developments

The new terminal must be going up quickly. On Wikimapia I can't even locate the construction site.

Looks like an ambitious project.

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by 345tas
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First flight in 7 decades overflies Saudi Arabia to Israel
Replies: 92
Views: 16727

Re: First flight in 7 decades overflies Saudi Arabia to Israel

El Al is holding a press conference on Wednesday. It may well be related to the issues being discussed here. Will be interesting to see if they have something to announce or if they just want to strengthen their complaint about unfair competition.

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by 345tas
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al Airlines posts deepening losses as market share shrinks
Replies: 47
Views: 6317

Re: El Al Airlines posts deepening losses as market share shrinks

You state "The problem with LY is the combination of high prices and bad service which is not surprising because this applies to more or less everything in Israel." What nonsense! As a frequent visitor to Israel I can categorically state that the prices are reasonable and the service is a...

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by 345tas
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 and A340 write off - retirement - scrapping thread - 2018
Replies: 287
Views: 72432

Re: A330 and A340 write off - retirement - scrapping thread - 2018

Mahan Air A340-300 EP-MMT is in storage (either at THR or IKA). According to my Google translation of Persian websites it is in "eternal sleep". It was one of the ex-Olympic birds that was in storage for almost 10 years.

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by 345tas
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al Airlines posts deepening losses as market share shrinks
Replies: 47
Views: 6317

Re: El Al Airlines posts deepening losses as market share shrinks

They should just offer an LCC option for those don't care about security/comfort as much. An Israeli carrier give up comfort? Sure! But, give up security? NEVER ! ! ! They can still offer increased security on the more premium El Al, but not on the LCC. Why should El Al stay out of the LCC party wh...

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by 345tas
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Narrowbodies from Korea to the UK, P.5, Astana-Minsk-Gatwick, Belavia Boeing 737-800/Boeing 737-500
Replies: 10
Views: 6872

Re: Narrowbodies from Korea to the UK, P.5, Astana-Minsk-Gatwick, Belavia Boeing 737-800/Boeing 737-500

Thanks for this series! Several under-reported destinations and airlines.

Why did feel like you had to change seats though? I usually do but always regret it so have vowed to be more assertive from now on.

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by 345tas
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X suspends Tehran (IIKA) route again
Replies: 4
Views: 1367

Re: AirAsia X suspends Tehran (IIKA) route again

The rial has been in a bit of a nosedive lately, similar to what prompted them to can the route last time: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/currency-devaluation-dollar-rattles-iran-180216123318948.html A warning to anyone who has booked: I was booked on them from MEL-IKA in Nov' 12 and had to b...

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by 345tas
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mahan Air covertly bought parts from U.S. suppliers
Replies: 20
Views: 3817

Re: Mahan Air covertly bought parts from U.S. suppliers

The very, very weird thing about this is that an American company twice (they say, unwittingly) sold A340s to Syrian Airlines and Mahan Air (the second attempt was unsuccessful) through intermediaries in 2016. And then in 2017 front companies in the UAE helped Mahan procure two further A340s from At...

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by 345tas
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aseman Airlines plane crash in Iran
Replies: 55
Views: 14550

Re: Aseman Airlines plane crash in Iran

Here is a link in Persian that makes sense if translated: http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/82835656 The only Aseman flight I can see disappearing on FR24 around the reported 5AM departure is a Fokker 100 and much closer to Qom than Isfahan, so I think that is just an FR24 thing rather than the accident ai...

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by 345tas
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Turkish Airlines TK 18 for the third time - Full trip report with photos and video
Replies: 9
Views: 10642

Re: Turkish Airlines TK 18 for the third time - Full trip report with photos and video

Thanks for this report. I only flew Turkish short haul 8 years ago. Their catering in economy looks amazing, almost like premium economy on many carriers.

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by 345tas
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emergency exit door falls off upon touchdown
Replies: 13
Views: 5440

Emergency exit door falls off upon touchdown

Passengers on a Dana Air MD-80 in Nigeria on Wednesday said that an emergency exit door fell off as the aircraft landed in Abuja. http://allafrica.com/stories/201802070522.html The airline said that the door could not have fallen off without passengers tampering with it. However a passenger on Twitt...

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by 345tas
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India confirms DEL-TLV
Replies: 58
Views: 7891

Re: Air India confirms DEL-TLV

Really? An Israel bound aircraft that flies over Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran? A "journalist" ought to know better. Plenty of Indian regd aircraft fly over Pakistan, Afghanistan & Iran. Israel bound aircraft may be subject to restrictions, but India may have a better chance of secur...

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by 345tas
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India confirms DEL-TLV
Replies: 58
Views: 7891

Re: Air India confirms DEL-TLV

I don't think the Israelis will feel comfortable flying over saudi airspace especially in case of an emergency. Anyway does this route overfly Pak airspace or will it fly down to Gujarat and head further west ? Slightly off-topic but I do recall seeing a thread a few years back about a Saudi airlin...

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by 345tas
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India confirms DEL-TLV
Replies: 58
Views: 7891

Re: Air India confirms DEL-TLV

There is no official confirmation of this from any country involved, just unnamed Air India officials. Saudi Arabia has denied giving approval (to Reuters and Bloomberg). It may be on, but it’s far from a sure thing.

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by 345tas
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines in need of a new or revised livery
Replies: 103
Views: 9027

Re: Airlines in need of a new or revised livery

Gave a whack at a UA rebrand, incorporating old UA and CO themes. https://photos.app.goo.gl/PSk9LPSmDlTcLiBl2 IMO no one needs a new livery more than China Eastern. I thought I might give them some more color, using the colors from their cheatline livery but modernizing the design. https://photos.a...

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by 345tas
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Catching the 747 to Launceston and the 748 back
Replies: 10
Views: 6864

Re: Catching the 747 to Launceston and the 748 back

Thank you so much for these reports (on your website), I devoured them. It was actually a bit emotional. Tasmania is my home my state and while I was back recently I haven't properly travelled in it for many years now, so it elicited a lot of memories from my youth. It's funny (as in haha) that your...

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by 345tas
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hainan: six legs from Israel to Oz plus travel disaster
Replies: 6
Views: 5417

Re: Hainan: six legs from Israel to Oz plus travel disaster

Good read about Hainan. They unfortunately lack on the IFE end and it seems you are a bit picky with the food in this case. I've flown US carriers transpacific into China and their food is not any way close to the quality they give on the carriers in China, no matter if they are LCC. Also when you'...

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by 345tas
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines in need of a new or revised livery
Replies: 103
Views: 9027

Re: Airlines in need of a new or revised livery

Royal Jordanian.. I hope this was sarcasm. It is only one of the most beautiful liveries in the sky. Agree CA... It needs a more powerful livery as the flag carrier of China. I really hope CI doesn't change.. it was the airline that took my overseas for the first time and I really have a soft spot ...

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by 345tas
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hainan: six legs from Israel to Oz plus travel disaster
Replies: 6
Views: 5417

Hainan: six legs from Israel to Oz plus travel disaster

This is my first trip report. Even though I despise trip reports without pics -- here is a trip report without pics, hehe. It's also really long - soz. When I first began searching for flights to Australia for Christmas, Hainan had a great routing with several legs on 788/9s. Somehow I still had not...

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by 345tas
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: To the Oil Rigs of Iraq and Oman! on IA, EK and AF
Replies: 7
Views: 5386

Re: To the Oil Rigs of Iraq and Oman! on IA, EK and AF

So, um, how does one become an oil rig inspector?

Also, AF First sounds divine.

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