Its actually often a little bit counter intuitive, older things are often more reliable and this is for a couple of reasons. 1. The "bath tub" model. Things that are designed properly (and aircraft that are flying in service can be assumed to be this) will normally have failures due to un...Jump to post
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-protests-climate-change/extinction-rebellion-considers-using-drones-to-shut-londons-heathrow-airport-idUSKCN1T02RF Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion are considering using drones to shut London’s Heathrow Airport this summer in a campaign against p...Jump to post
OK. And any considerations about the safety of a repeatedly overhauled old aircraft that had changes multiple times vs a new aircraft with all parts fresh from the factory? Sorry if this sounds an amateurish question, but better to know than not to know. So let me ask you this. Do you replace your ...Jump to post
OK. And any considerations about the safety of a repeatedly overhauled old aircraft that had changes multiple times vs a new aircraft with all parts fresh from the factory? Sorry if this sounds an amateurish question, but better to know than not to know. Its actually often a little bit counter intu...Jump to post
OK. And any considerations about the safety of a repeatedly overhauled old aircraft that had changes multiple times vs a new aircraft with all parts fresh from the factory?
Sorry if this sounds an amateurish question, but better to know than not to know.
BA tends to send new aircraft to fight off competition more than anything else. You won't see new aircraft go to places like Abuja or Accra as there is simply no incentive to do that. A350 is the best example of that: YYZ - heavy competition from AC DXB - heavy competition from EK TLV - heavy compe...Jump to post
Any thoughts about whether those 777-200 are OK enough in either J or Economy?Jump to post
JetBuddy wrote:On highly competitive routes you need every edge you can get. The latest most comfortable aircraft can give you that edge.
I understand about retrofitting, and I understand about the majority of passengers not caring about all the fine details. But what about those who pay for Business and First class? Aren't they usually attracted with the latest bells and whistles?Jump to post
But certain frames/models don't have the most advanced IFE, aircraft external cameras and stuff like that right? Or am I wrong?Jump to post
I'm an OW member, based in UK and really like BA, but when looking at flight results to presumably popular destinations like the US and Middle East, the aircraft scheduled seem to be really, really old. Why is it so? Is there some kind of intentional decision made there? Do they not care about the p...Jump to post
A very sad day :( My chemistry knowledge is very poor, and seeing all these videos of a burning plane makes me wonder how fire can kill so many people within so few minutes. What exactly happens? Why does it happen so fast? Is it a mix of fire and the components of the jet? Is it both burns and the ...Jump to post
Frequent CX passenger here! Seriously I really can't understand how this can be an issue, except petty economics. Is it such a huge loss, considering the waste on the other side of the formula? Or is someone trying to be cheap? These FAs are some of the most formidable service-oriented people I've e...Jump to post
Dear Moderator, why did you move this into "Travel Polls"? The gist of the original post (including all questions in it) is clearly related to commercial aviation in a more general, business and history sense. Please move this back to where I originally posted it. Thanks Where's the moder...Jump to post
Dear Moderator, why did you move this into "Travel Polls"?
The gist of the original post (including all questions in it) is clearly related to commercial aviation in a more general, business and history sense.
Please move this back to where I originally posted it.
While airlines like Ryanair and easyJet are known to specialize in one type (or few types), I am curious about the opposite side of the spectrum: which airlines around the world presently (and/or historically) operate[d] the most diverse fleets (by amount of different types)? Secondary questions: It...Jump to post
The pattern is pretty interesting... pretty long changes on the Southeast Asia to Europe routes.
Ever seen a flight from Thailand to Helsinki having to pass via the Middle East? O_o
But didn't they pass the ICAO safety audits recently? I recall reading that it was flagged but then passed again a year or two ago, but only the FAA upheld its warning. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/icao-drops-red-flag-for-thailand-441939/ Also, does the fact that the major airlines hav...Jump to post
I wonder what may have caused this, and how often it happens (has it ever happened before?).
Also, was the plane going out of control? And wouldn't this be rated an incident?
Ah, just saw the other thread. Feel free to delete.Jump to post
I didn't see anyone posting about this, but it's probably one of the most extreme footages I've seen. https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/ba-gibraltar-flight-scli-intl/index.html (or just the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9nA57r38po) There's a passenger view video too: https://www.mirro...Jump to post
I recall LH published some material about the livery change in a few magazine specials across Europe and what I remember reading was along the lines of "...the yellow is not disappearing. It's actually more important to LH's identity and therefore will be used subtly applied to all those premiu...Jump to post
EChid wrote:Too bad they're reporting on the go-around, not the practices of EK. EK's choosing optics and money over safety, and that's not the type of airline I would want to fly on.
The effect of LCCs on good quality customer experienceJump to post
caoimhin wrote:NeBaNi wrote:Slash787 wrote:
Why would they? Just because they inducted it through a religious ceremony?
Well what I find interesting here is that all four religions (Buddhism, Hindu, Christian, Muslim) take turns in blessing it. Almost as if the aircraft is "baptized" in four faithsJump to post
Was casually web-spotting A321neo news when I stumbled upon this press release by SriLankan Airlines showing a welcoming/delivery ceremony of an A321neo with what appears to be the holy representatives from the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim religions. https://www.srilankan.com/en_uk/coporate...Jump to post
Sorry / not sure if anyone has pointed this out before: what about passenger comfort? I usually fly single aisle within Europe, say max 3-4 hours. Longer than that would feel really really cramped. A bit strange if I need to take a stroll around the tiny aisle every few hours and stretch my limbs. A...Jump to post
3rd party, travel agencies or by Skyscanner/other sites offers themselves.
I remember (not recently though) using Lastminute or Expedia and finding cheaper tickets for legacy airlines than budget airlines (e.g. KLM, Alitalia, Lufthansa vs Ryanar, EasyJet).
Thanks all, pretty cool stuff!
I find Air Tahiti Nui's near-round-the-world flight particularly interesting (I saw they use 340 or 789). Is there some list of these really long ones?
Also found out Cathay Pacific has a scheduled flight Hong Kong - Bangkok - Singapore on a 351!
(Can be ?-freedom flights or anything else) In the early days of aviation, it was unimaginable to fly from London to Hong Kong without a dozen or more pit stops across many interesting (or not) cities. As a person who hasn't frequently traveled outside Europe until very recently, I found it quite fa...Jump to post
https://www.thetravel.com/thai-airways- ... ass-seats/
It would appear that the airline took down the apology on Facebook..?
[...] the current military government from an outsider viewpoint has been doing a lot of good. They have cleaned up so much corruption. [...] Like most of us, I'm not in favor of military governments generally, but this one has really been adding stability and doing great things for Thailand-tackli...Jump to post
Further developments: the company asks the pilots involved not to talk to the media about this incident: https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1561566/thai-to-pilots-dont-talk-about-zurich But at the same time the leader of the Thai pilot's association and 40-50 other pilots are protesting agains...Jump to post
Hmmm folks - to be completely honest I didn't expect this to become a discussion about pilot's comfort, entitlement, etc., but more about Thai Airways TG. Many of the arguments made here do not take into account the differences between the countries' cultures and society. I assume most A-netters are...Jump to post
This is the actual story from a source within TG... That actually the station manager refused to give the seats to passive crew and never communicated with the purser or captain on what was going on. In the complaint the pax said all pax had been asked of they would move. But purser had asked the p...Jump to post
I think the biggest failure here is that an internal company issue (management or ground staff vs pilots) affected all the customers/passengers by delaying their flight by 2.5 hr. Nobody from the company's side thought about putting the passengers first and dealing with the issue later, and from the...Jump to post
The airline has opened an official investigation into the matter; it seems like it was the pilot/s who caused some commotion.
Furthermore it appears that it was someone who had paid for First Class who had to move back.
Haven't seen this on any English-language press yet, but it's extensively covered on Thai news and there's Thai Airways press release apology in Thai language on Facebook. Flight TG971 from Zurich to Bangkok on October 11th, delayed due to pilot refusing to fly. My understanding is that all First C...Jump to post
Richard "Beebo" Russell is now being called a "hero" and "sky king" in some parts of the internet, especially for having performed the aerobatic stunts. A few articles try to understand what kind of a person he was: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/richard-russell-...Jump to post
Wow, interesting. So companies actually don't care about keeping these things up to date?Jump to post
As far as I understand, "Airbus Industrie" is a legacy name of the company, which has since been renamed several times, e.g. Airbus SAS, Airbus SE. Why does it still appear on the aircraft type name when booking tickets on major airlines? e.g. Airbus Industrie A380 Airbus Industrie A350 sh...Jump to post
My understanding on Taiwan is that Taiwan had legitimate sovereignty over all of what is now PRC until World War 2 - but were ousted by communist rebellions led by Mao. The current regime of PRC never had sovereignty over Taiwan island. Hence, I must say that Nanjing/Nanking part of Japan carries m...Jump to post
Firstly, Taiwan was historically not part of China . Until the 17th century there was only a tiny amount of Han Chinese traders and pirates transiting there, while the predominant population of the country were Austronesian people (who are today called "Formosa aborigines"). It then becam...Jump to post
I live under final approach of LHR and woke up quite early a few moments ago, maybe because something sounded unusual in the regular stream of engines landing... So obviously I checked FR24 and what I found was this: http://i.imgur.com/Zi5gP6E.png It's the first time I spot this. Does this happen fr...Jump to post
Thanks everyone. Really interesting insights and stories...Jump to post
Social values are relative and also evolve across time, culture and demographics. If we accept that different values (co)exist in our world - as in the example mentioned about Saudi norms - then we should not treat this differently. By all means, I am not one of "them" nor personally endor...Jump to post
Thanks for the great answers - but then who flies First and Business all the time? I mean... think London-Dubai or London-Hong Kong with multiple flights per DAY. I understand an Emirates A380 has 76 Business and 14 First seats. A Cathay Pacific 777 has 53 Business and 6 First. Assume there are 7 da...Jump to post
Question, thenplane started in The UAE, heading to France, lands in Cyprus.... where would the birth country be for the baby? Most likely the citizenship of the parent(s). Birthplace will probably be something like "born in the air" or "born at sea" on official records. Wasn't t...Jump to post