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by 69bug
Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?
Replies: 136
Views: 19162

Re: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?

They added some aerodynamic aids but you know they're scraping the bottom of the barrel when they change the wipers to park upright to improve aerodynamics ! Like the 787 and A350? Why was there never a freigther of the A340. Now that the A330 has more MTOW there is no use for it, but in the early ...

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by 69bug
Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Flying Tiger Line ever order the L-1011?
Replies: 15
Views: 2209

Re: Did Flying Tiger Line ever order the L-1011?

Tigers did have some 707 pax aircraft and I believe some DC-8. They were a major troop carrier during the Vietnam War so the Tristar could have been pitched to serve this market. They later stopped pax traffic for a while only to restart with Metro International (a sub brand). The Tristar freighter ...

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by 69bug
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Flying Tiger Line ever order the L-1011?
Replies: 15
Views: 2209

Re: Did Flying Tiger Line ever order the L-1011?

I don't believe they did, they (lockheed) could have painted a model in FT colours as part of a sales pitch but I don't think FT placed any orders. If anything they would have probably gone with Douglas as they were operating DC-8s at the time.

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by 69bug
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?
Replies: 136
Views: 19162

Re: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?

Basically the MD-11 was an old design which was tweaked for range (slightly better fuel consumption and larger tanks including a tail-tank). They added some aerodynamic aids but you know they're scraping the bottom of the barrel when they change the wipers to park upright to improve aerodynamics ! ...

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by 69bug
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?
Replies: 136
Views: 19162

Re: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?

Worked with LH in KUL and we often got requests from China Airlines to carry a few baggage containers for them to FRA as their MD-11 (Mandarin Airlines livery) was max out (payload wise). Our 744 could make it easily with a full load 99% of the time. The 1% was only if the FRA area had really bad we...

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by 69bug
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?
Replies: 136
Views: 19162

Re: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?

Basically the MD-11 was an old design which was tweaked for range (slightly better fuel consumption and larger tanks including a tail-tank). They added some aerodynamic aids but you know they're scraping the bottom of the barrel when they change the wipers to park upright to improve aerodynamics ! T...

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by 69bug
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if Lockheed used the CF6 or jt9d engines on their l-1011s?
Replies: 25
Views: 3588

Re: What if Lockheed used the CF6 or jt9d engines on their l-1011s?

Max Q wrote:

You have the engineering backwards, the larger rudder on the L1011 allowed the wing mounted engines to be placed further outboard from the fuselage, improving wing bending relief and making for a quieter cabin



I stand corrected. Thanks Max Q.

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by 69bug
Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s
Replies: 54
Views: 13916

Re: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s

On a typical Jumbo with 3 class layout you would use only around half the volume. In the old days LD3 containers would be used to load bags and these would later be loaded in the rear hold. Later on when connecting times were cut it was essential to get the transfer bags (with connecting flights) o...

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by 69bug
Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if Lockheed used the CF6 or jt9d engines on their l-1011s?
Replies: 25
Views: 3588

Re: What if Lockheed used the CF6 or jt9d engines on their l-1011s?

Problem was the L-1011 was limited in terms of growth. IIRC the engines were further apart than the DC-10 and if they upped the engine power the rudder could not compensate for the increased asymmetric thrust. Also they could not add a centre gear like Douglas and were limited by the pavement loadin...

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by 69bug
Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many 747F were built without a SCD?
Replies: 43
Views: 9241

Re: How many 747F were built without a SCD?

I remember the JAL 747.. was working with a ground handler which served JAL. The cargo reservations dept would accept bookings based on the normal 74F aircraft and they worked with volume limits as well as weight limits. They would usually know when the no-SCD aircraft was due but ocassionally there...

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by 69bug
Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s
Replies: 54
Views: 13916

Re: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s

Looking at the seating chart has me wondering about the view from the first few rows. Being angled in towards the nose, is the forward view looking outside much better than seats further back? Sorry if this is a stupid question, I have never been privileged to fly in 747. Yes.. if you were sitting ...

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by 69bug
Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s
Replies: 54
Views: 13916

Re: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s

On a typical Jumbo with 3 class layout you would use only around half the volume. In the old days LD3 containers would be used to load bags and these would later be loaded in the rear hold. Later on when connecting times were cut it was essential to get the transfer bags (with connecting flights) of...

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by 69bug
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?
Replies: 119
Views: 29569

Re: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?

Worked for a ground-handling company in SIN and Sabena operated a DC-10 combi from SIN to BRU via KUL, BKK, BOM, AUH..I was in the cargo dept and from what I remember they only carried Europe load with no traffic to KUL/BKK/BOM and AUH apart from company material.

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by 69bug
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't the AN225 have passenger service?
Replies: 46
Views: 9080

Re: Why doesn't the AN225 have passenger service?

I believe that the maindeck is also not pressurized..To be pressurized, the whole structure needs to be changed.

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by 69bug
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's DC10s
Replies: 29
Views: 5677

Re: Alitalia's DC10s

posted this in an earlier thread .. sorry for the thread drift as this is an MD-11 tale. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1405891&p=20784613&hilit=alitalia+combi+69bug#p20784613 A bit off topic but still on the MD-11 I remember observing an Alitalia turnaround somewher...

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by 69bug
Wed May 27, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When will the last major airline retire the 757?
Replies: 9
Views: 1638

Re: When will the last major airline retire the 757?

My guess would be either Fedex or UPS since they were also the last major airline to operate the 727s, In the case of UPS the Dc-8 as well.

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by 69bug
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS DC-8 Asian ops?
Replies: 2
Views: 767

Re: UPS DC-8 Asian ops?

They came to KUL.. from around '95 (at the old airport in Subang) to around '02 (new airport (KLIA) when they were replaced by the 757/767.

I remember one had its left wing clipped by a pax stair truck in SZB.

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by 69bug
Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW 727 operations in Asia?
Replies: 24
Views: 3924

Re: NW 727 operations in Asia?

We used to see Contnental Micronesia (Air Mike) 727s in KUL (old airport) in the mid 90s... probably for checks, not scheduled flights, as they were usually parked up at the cargo apron or MH Hangar.

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by 69bug
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No VS A340s left at LHR
Replies: 65
Views: 15802

Re: No VS A340s left at LHR

There is always the option of buying back maintenance items. Example if the aircraft was supposed to be returned with a serviceable APU, the operator may negotiate with the lessor to pay xxx amount in lieu. Also some items are required to be returned with full life or half life... if full life requi...

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by 69bug
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the Northwest DC-10 ever make it to its Asian network?
Replies: 90
Views: 11752

Re: Did the Northwest DC-10 ever make it to its Asian network?

I'm pretty certain I flew a DC-10 to KUL at one point. I also flew the DC-10s many times between SFO and NRT. In addition, NW flew the 10s to BOM You are correct, Northwest flew to KUL using the DC-10, theres a pic in the database from 2011. It was a codeshare with KLM and on one of the initial fli...

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by 69bug
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 757-200 Combi?
Replies: 29
Views: 5848

Re: 757-200 Combi?

Was watching an Iron Maiden concert video and they used a 757 combi (before the 747) for their tour. Not sure if combi is the correct term, if I'm not mistaken there was no maindeck cargo door but rather just a cargo hold with stuff being loaded via the passenger doors and tied down on board. Still ...

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by 69bug
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde at Memphis - 1979
Replies: 35
Views: 4519

Re: Concorde at Memphis - 1979

This was the time where the aircraft needed to have a 'temporary' US reg pasted on for the JFK-DFW vv sectors to allow Braniff/US pilots to fly the aircraft?

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by 69bug
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian B737 opens cockpit window in flight, twice, to clear debris from windshield
Replies: 57
Views: 15835

Re: Ethiopian B737 opens cockpit window in flight, twice, to clear debris from windshield

So on the Dc-8 they would have to stick their arm out and clean the windows? No wipers on that aircraft!.

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by 69bug
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH Cargo considers prolonging lifespan of MD-11F's
Replies: 164
Views: 45539

Re: Lufthansa Cargo considers retiring all MD-11s in 2020

Fedex may be in if 1)its cheap and b) if the planes have low cycles/hours. The first MD-11s in FX are hitting 25years. While LH aircraft are not exactly low-time, they are the last few MD-11 made (some were bought used though) and LH have a reputation for keeping on top of maintenance. That is the m...

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by 69bug
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First SQ 737 MAX roll out
Replies: 65
Views: 22159

Re: First SQ 737 MAX roll out

Silkair being absorbed into SQ is purely a result of the Scoot. Originally the Silkair brand was launched in order not to dilute the Premium SQ product, passengers would have had a 'lesser' experience and the SQ product was deemed sacred!. Now with Scoot in the picture SQ decided to rationalise thei...

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by 69bug
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are turboprops so unpopular in the US?
Replies: 182
Views: 28465

Re: Why are turboprops so unpopular in the US?

For me is opposite. I'm avoiding turboprops in Asia like a plague. TransAsia ATR crash coming to mind first. Young pilots are starting there on props and they are the ones that make deadly mistakes. Airlines flying jets are no better.. most of the new pilots are fresh out of flying school with arou...

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by 69bug
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes
Replies: 171
Views: 28873

Re: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes

Fedex was FM and FX was the code for German Cargo up to the late 90s. I believe a deal was made and Lufthansa Cargo took over FM and Fedex got (bought?) FX. bug Federal Express had MB between FM and FX. Think it went MB, to FM then FX? The callsign also changed from “Express” to “FedEx”. I worked w...

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by 69bug
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes
Replies: 171
Views: 28873

Re: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes

Fedex was FM and FX was the code for German Cargo up to the late 90s. I believe a deal was made and Lufthansa Cargo took over FM and Fedex got (bought?) FX.

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by 69bug
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS
Replies: 250
Views: 64138

Re: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS

"AirAsia X’s continued losses cast shadow on business model". https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/airasia-xs-continued-losses-cast-shadow-business-model%C2%A0

So take two loss-making companies and merge them into one....and expect them to be profitable?

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by 69bug
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 120
Views: 32462

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

If the parked up planes are nearing their major checks or major components need replacing (think landing-gears) it may be more economical to park them and rob parts off them. If they are required they can be put back into service fairly easily if the paperwork is kept in order. This is especially tr...

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by 69bug
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Great Dane Airlines - New Danish airline
Replies: 62
Views: 12110

Re: Great Dane Airlines - New Danish airline

Call sign Marmaduke...

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by 69bug
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK19 divert to LHR
Replies: 12
Views: 5135

Re: EK19 divert to LHR

A lot of other factors come into play when deciding where to divert. For example the weather in BHX may be bad.. or LHR could be better. But the main reason I think the flight diverted to LHR is the fact that EK has a huge number of crew laying over in LHR and if the operating crew ran out of hours ...

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by 69bug
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 120
Views: 32462

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

It says two A380s owned by Emirates are parked at DWC and are acting as parts donors, with landing gear a high value item. I think its not that the landing-gears have high value, more likely the cost of overhaul of the landing-gear is the deciding factor to park the aircraft and rob parts off it. M...

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by 69bug
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlines KMSP hub 747-400 destinations
Replies: 43
Views: 8377

Re: Northwest Airlines KMSP hub 747-400 destinations

They flew to SIN, from NRT I believe. 742s initially followed by 744s. Freighters as well.

Anil

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by 69bug
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 30 years ago, Flying Tigers was merged into Federal Express
Replies: 35
Views: 6065

Re: 30 years ago, Flying Tigers was merged into Federal Express

Worked for Tigers in SIN up to the merger with Fedex. Totally different environment as far as work culture was concerned. Tigers was kept as a subsidiary because traffic rights in some countries did not automatically transfer to Fedex. One highlight was during the aftermath of the first gulf war. Th...

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by 69bug
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: So there has been a 747-100 with four GEs after all...
Replies: 32
Views: 11526

Re: So there has been a 747-100 with four GEs after all...

A bit of thread drift.. Pratt and Whitney did make a variant of the JT9D which looked like the a bit like the CF6... the -70A variant, But only offered on the 747-200. It was not a great success. I worked for Flying Tigers/Fedex and they had one of these not very popular with the technicians. One we...

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by 69bug
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tower Air
Replies: 96
Views: 17775

Re: Tower Air

https://terryliittschwager.com/index.php

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Check out this site by an ex Tower pilot.. a lot of stories ..

https://terryliittschwager.com/index.php

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by 69bug
Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA
Replies: 30
Views: 6689

Re: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA

Having done my share of elbow jousting I wouldn't mind trying it out. I usually sleep well on flights so having elbow space is worth it.

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by 69bug
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA
Replies: 30
Views: 6689

Re: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA

Wonder if they thought of alternating the seats..ie one set will have two high and one low, the next one will have two low and one high.... what behefit? Sitting on a lower seat your legs need to be stuck out in front...(so it would be nice to have a higher seat in front = more space), sitting on a...

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by 69bug
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA
Replies: 30
Views: 6689

Re: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA

Looking at the pics in the link I don't see the armrests for the middle seat? In fact all the arm-rests are on the same plane and it looks a bit too high for the chap in the middle seat. If you are a bit on the tall side it will be a challenge to park your legs (under the low middle seat in front of...

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by 69bug
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Little Cargo Revenue Really Matters For DL And UA
Replies: 89
Views: 12740

Re: How Little Cargo Revenue Really Matters.

For US carriers most of their flying is on continental US and the ground transport network there is excellent so the airlines needs to match the cost of shipping by road (and rail). Don't forget you still need the truck at both ends of the flight so making the journey on one truck may be better. The...

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by 69bug
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted
Replies: 85
Views: 20961

Re: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted

Most likely that the act of complaining was itself the 'insult'.

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by 69bug
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In flight magazines and headphones on board
Replies: 14
Views: 2606

Re: In flight magazines and headphones on board

U.S. cars still have cigarette lighters with just 14% of adults smoking. It's an (un-) common sense installation. Just in case someone is smoking in the car (or on the plane), you have a way to dispose of cig. BMB.. he's talking about the lighter (now labelled 12v power outlet), not the ashtray. ch...

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by 69bug
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KQ100 drops a stowaway
Replies: 48
Views: 11099

Re: KQ100 drops a stowaway

Was in Lagos in the 80s where instead of a 'follow me' car they had a 'follow you'. It seems there was a spate of aircraft reporting door unsafe indications which healed itself. It was later discovered that there were some guys scurrying up to the aircraft as it was holding and opening the holds and...

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by 69bug
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malindo in the rough - Bandung
Replies: 2
Views: 769

Malindo in the rough - Bandung

OD301 runway excursion while making turn at the runway end in Bandung, Indonesia. 737-800 with Batik livery. Article below shows n ATR though. https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/06/20/malindo-air-flight-experiences-runway-excursion-in-bandung/ http://avherald.com/h?article=4c9715bf&opt=...

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by 69bug
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?
Replies: 142
Views: 17328

Re: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?

My personal favourite was Sabena back in the late 80s, early 90s.

SIN-KUL-BKK-BOM- (somewhere in the middle east)-BRU. All on a DC-10 Combi with less than 200pax.

From what I recall Sabena had their regional office in Bombay, there would always be comail addressed to Mr.Lobo/BOM.

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by 69bug
Wed May 15, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS
Replies: 250
Views: 64138

Re: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS

The Malaysian PM's comments are mostly to divert attention from the fact that his government has not much to show for the year that it has been in power. There is a lot of dissatisfaction with the lack of progress.

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by 69bug
Mon May 06, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How big was Aeroflot in the 80's?
Replies: 44
Views: 8972

Re: How big was Aeroflot in the 80's?

The high number of airframes is probably due to the fact that the parts supply chain was not as efficient as the west. The probably had to factor more aircraft to cover aircraft under maintenance.

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by 69bug
Thu May 02, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did United ever have scheduled 777 service to Kai Tak
Replies: 13
Views: 3105

Re: Did United ever have scheduled 777 service to Kai Tak

I seem to remember they had a non-stop flight from EWR to HKG? It was one of the longest routes for a 777 and the aircraft was towed to the take-off point to conserve whatever fuel was in tanks.

More than 20 years ago so memory is not what it is.

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