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by Airbus747
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22474

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

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...

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by Airbus747
Fri May 31, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Climate activists plan to use drones at LHR
Replies: 52
Views: 6473

Climate activists plan to use drones at LHR

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...

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by Airbus747
Fri May 31, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22474

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

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 ...

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by Airbus747
Fri May 31, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22474

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

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...

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by Airbus747
Wed May 29, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22474

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

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.

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by Airbus747
Tue May 28, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22474

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

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...

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by Airbus747
Mon May 27, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22474

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

Any thoughts about whether those 777-200 are OK enough in either J or Economy?

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by Airbus747
Thu May 16, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22474

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

JetBuddy wrote:
On highly competitive routes you need every edge you can get. The latest most comfortable aircraft can give you that edge.


This is an interesting and sensible point. Though isn't somewhere like UK - UAE / Middle East considered competitive? Old 777-200 vs the A380s and A350s of the ME3 :?

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by Airbus747
Thu May 16, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22474

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

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?

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by Airbus747
Thu May 16, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22474

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

But certain frames/models don't have the most advanced IFE, aircraft external cameras and stuff like that right? Or am I wrong?

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by Airbus747
Thu May 16, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22474

Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

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...

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by Airbus747
Mon May 06, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 818
Views: 142309

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

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 ...

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by Airbus747
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific cracking down on crews taking pax goodies, leftovers
Replies: 54
Views: 9231

Re: Cathay Pacific cracking down on crews taking pax goodies, leftovers

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...

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by Airbus747
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airlines have most aircraft types in their fleet?
Replies: 10
Views: 1472

Re: Which airlines have most aircraft types in their fleet?

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...

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by Airbus747
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airlines have most aircraft types in their fleet?
Replies: 10
Views: 1472

Re: Which airlines have most aircraft types in their fleet?

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

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by Airbus747
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airlines have most aircraft types in their fleet?
Replies: 10
Views: 1472

Which airlines have most aircraft types in their fleet?

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...

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by Airbus747
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Parts of Indian and Pakistani airspace closed after multiple shootdowns
Replies: 323
Views: 28381

Re: Parts of Indian and Pakistani airspace closed after multiple shootdowns

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

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by Airbus747
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thailand fails (again) to achieve FAA safety rating
Replies: 44
Views: 10571

Re: Thailand fails (again) to achieve FAA safety rating

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...

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by Airbus747
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA492 Unstable Go-Around at GIB / Diverted to AGP
Replies: 114
Views: 24243

Re: BA492 Unstable Go-Around at GIB / Diverted to AGP

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?

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by Airbus747
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 492 A320 heavy side-to-side rolling footage at Gibraltar
Replies: 1
Views: 793

Re: BA 492 A320 heavy side-to-side rolling footage at Gibraltar

Ah, just saw the other thread. Feel free to delete.

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by Airbus747
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 492 A320 heavy side-to-side rolling footage at Gibraltar
Replies: 1
Views: 793

BA 492 A320 heavy side-to-side rolling footage at Gibraltar

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...

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by Airbus747
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revised Lufthansa livery fleet thread
Replies: 223
Views: 26633

Re: Revised Lufthansa livery fleet thread

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...

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by Airbus747
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK Crosswind Landing at Newcastle Becomes Touch 'n Go
Replies: 46
Views: 9763

Re: EK Crosswind Landing at Newcastle Becomes Touch 'n Go

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.


It's a pattern in Middle Eastern or Arab (and their money-driven supporters) culture.

Think Saudi Prince Salmon and Khashoggi.

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by Airbus747
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Interesting Subjects for an Essay on Commercial Aviation?
Replies: 42
Views: 2523

Re: Interesting Subjects for an Essay on Commercial Aviation?

The effect of LCCs on good quality customer experience

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caoimhin wrote:
NeBaNi wrote:
Slash787 wrote:

LOL

Why would they? Just because they inducted it through a religious ceremony?


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circumcision


:lol:

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by Airbus747
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions
Replies: 26
Views: 4162

Re: SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions

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 faiths :)

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by Airbus747
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions
Replies: 26
Views: 4162

SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions

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...

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by Airbus747
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus announcing A321XLR
Replies: 399
Views: 69152

Re: Flightglobal: Airbus A321XLR would have over 100t MTOW, range of 4700 nm

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...

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by Airbus747
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Skyscanner VS airlines home site
Replies: 3
Views: 829

Re: Skyscanner VS airlines home site

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).

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by Airbus747
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most peculiar or noteworthy multi-sector flights today?
Replies: 9
Views: 2126

Re: Most peculiar or noteworthy multi-sector flights today?

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!

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by Airbus747
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most peculiar or noteworthy multi-sector flights today?
Replies: 9
Views: 2126

Most peculiar or noteworthy multi-sector flights today?

(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...

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by Airbus747
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats
Replies: 136
Views: 24776

Re: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats

[...] 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...

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by Airbus747
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats
Replies: 136
Views: 24776

Re: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats

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...

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by Airbus747
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats
Replies: 136
Views: 24776

Re: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats

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...

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by Airbus747
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats
Replies: 136
Views: 24776

Re: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats

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...

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by Airbus747
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats
Replies: 136
Views: 24776

Re: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats

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...

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by Airbus747
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats
Replies: 136
Views: 24776

Re: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats

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.

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by Airbus747
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats
Replies: 136
Views: 24776

Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats

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...

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by Airbus747
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QX employee steals and crashes Q400 near SEA
Replies: 705
Views: 100004

Re: Updated: AS employee steals and crashes Q400 at SeaTac

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-...

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by Airbus747
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are Airbus planes still called "Airbus Industrie" when booking tickets?
Replies: 29
Views: 5450

Re: Why are Airbus planes still called "Airbus Industrie" when booking tickets?

Wow, interesting. So companies actually don't care about keeping these things up to date?

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by Airbus747
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are Airbus planes still called "Airbus Industrie" when booking tickets?
Replies: 29
Views: 5450

Why are Airbus planes still called "Airbus Industrie" when booking tickets?

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...

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by Airbus747
Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US airlines cave In to Chinese demands about Taiwan
Replies: 101
Views: 17053

Re: Updated: US airlines cave In to Chinese demands about Taiwan

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...

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by Airbus747
Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US airlines cave In to Chinese demands about Taiwan
Replies: 101
Views: 17053

Re: China Threatens U.S. Airlines Over Taiwan References

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...

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by Airbus747
Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR both runways used for landing
Replies: 26
Views: 7356

LHR both runways used for landing

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...

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by Airbus747
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What type of people are frequent flyers? (Am I in the wrong career?)
Replies: 66
Views: 5264

Re: What type of people are frequent flyers? (Am I in the wrong career?)

Thanks everyone. Really interesting insights and stories...

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by Airbus747
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Inappropriate actions by two passengers onboard ryanair from MAN-IBZ
Replies: 84
Views: 14988

Re: Inappropriate actions by two passengers onboard ryanair from MAN-IBZ

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...

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by Airbus747
Sun May 28, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA experiencing computer problems.
Replies: 200
Views: 28944

Re: BA experiencing computer problems.

This makes me wonder... what if all computers go down at one of those new "virtual ATCs" like the one at LCY ?

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by Airbus747
Sun May 14, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What type of people are frequent flyers? (Am I in the wrong career?)
Replies: 66
Views: 5264

Re: What type of people are frequent flyers? (Am I in the wrong career?)

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...

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by Airbus747
Sat May 13, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates A380 diverted to Larnaca after birth of a baby on board #EK75
Replies: 31
Views: 9835

Re: Emirates A380 diverted to Larnaca after birth of a baby on board #EK75

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...

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