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by alan3
Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belfast City Routes Up for Grabs - who will take over?
Replies: 36
Views: 5016

Re: Belfast City Routes Up for Grabs - who will take over?

Would this loss of Belfast City routes be an occasion to think about merging airports in Belfast? Move whatever's left over to International? It's a very small city to have two airports.

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by alan3
Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Booking on Condor this summer?
Replies: 2
Views: 327

Re: Booking on Condor this summer?

Condor's been around for 60 years. I know we've had a number of airlines do down but I'm not sure they will go belly up this year. Of course everything is a risk but I would go with what you can best afford.

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by alan3
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112281

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

Links to provide backup of details of Loganair and Eastern taking over some Flybe routes: News Article: Loganair: https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2020/03/05/loganair-to-take-over-16-flybe-routes/ Eastern: https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2020/03/05/eastern-airways-...

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by alan3
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who will replace Flybe?
Replies: 33
Views: 4564

Re: Who will replace Flybe?

As mentioned above Loganair and Eastern already announcing taking over some Flybe routes. But I didn't see any links above so here are some links News Article: Loganair: https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2020/03/05/loganair-to-take-over-16-flybe-routes/ Eastern: https://www.businesst...

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by alan3
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112281

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Im wondering what the impact would be on the airports that had services from flybe such as southampton, cardiff, belfast etc. I presume some of these airports could possibly close down as flybe was the main operator at many of these airports. Such a mess for everyone involved. Some of them will sti...

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by alan3
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112281

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Hopefully not the death of British regional carriers....the days of Jersey European, Air UK, Brymon, Manx, etc. long gone.

There's still Eastern and Loganair. Hopefully they can survive.

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by alan3
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 20013

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

As for Sam, the guy's been doing what he does long before vlogging ever became a thing and is highly respected in the aviation/airline community and he was an amazing contributor to this forum (don't know if he's still active or not) including some pretty unique a.net flying tours/meet-ups. All dep...

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by alan3
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 20013

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

It's all about mutual respect. Most airlines know that vlogging or just taking smartphone photos is a sign of the times. A good review can give them extra publicity and brownie points. That being said, a good reviewer keeps things low-key and isn't too obtrusive. Focusing primarily on the seat comfo...

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by alan3
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 20013

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

I think the main rule is not to film the crew (unless they give permission). Filming the seat amenities, IFE, the meal and out the window seems fine. There are lots of good reviewers out there now on Youtube and most of the good ones make a point to not film the cabin crew as much as possible. But i...

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by alan3
Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If Eurowings was designed to compete with easyjet and Ryanair, why does it simply not do that?
Replies: 6
Views: 2516

Re: If Eurowings was designed to compete with easyjet and Ryanair, why does it simply not do that?

Well now they seem to be going after Condor.....competing directly against them on new TATL routes FRA-ANC, FRA-PHX and FRA-YYC. They also seem to be trying to figure out a way to absorb Brussels Airlines while realizing they wouldn't be a good branding for the Belgium to Africa routes. So somehow t...

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by alan3
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa (Eurowings) Announces Frankfurt to Calgary
Replies: 26
Views: 3539

Re: Lufthansa (Eurowings) Announces Frankfurt to Calgary

Lufthansa slowly picking off Condor’s routes. First AUS, then PHX, now YYC. Wonder if LH will return to PDX soon with this move and takeover Condor’s PDX-FRA flight. Condor won't be too happy at Eurowings stepping in its turf, with new services competing against Condor in Anchorage and Calgary. Con...

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by alan3
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why no AF A380 at YUL / AF upgauge to YVR?
Replies: 4
Views: 916

Why no AF A380 at YUL / AF upgauge to YVR?

With Air France already retiring its first A380 can someone remind me why was the A380 not successful on CDG-YUL? According to stats almost 400,000 French tourists visit Quebec each year, not to mention the French emigrants to Quebec and vice-versa, as well as connections to Maghreb countries throug...

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by alan3
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vancouver Airport and Lima Airport meet to discuss direct flights
Replies: 41
Views: 5720

Re: Vancouver Airport and Lima Airport meet to discuss direct flights

So, against all odds, LATAM is about to announce its first non-stop route from South America ever: LIM-YVR-LIM According to unofficial sources the route would be launched during the second half of 2020. I think you must mean first non-stop between South America and YVR, not sure if they tried YYZ i...

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by alan3
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vancouver Airport and Lima Airport meet to discuss direct flights
Replies: 41
Views: 5720

Re: Vancouver Airport and Lima Airport meet to discuss direct flights

Surprised COPA didn't already serve YVR to take advantage of their connections to South America. At the moment it's all via MEX if they can't connect through the US. During the days of the TWOV program where they could just show up at airport as a TWOV, used to see a lot more Latin American connecti...

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by alan3
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Skiplagged: your thoughts?
Replies: 6
Views: 639

Re: Skiplagged: your thoughts?

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20 ... lines-hate
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I've thought about it but airlines hate it and some are starting to cracking down. Some people are even being caught, so I guess I'm a bit of a chicken to try it

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20 ... lines-hate

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by alan3
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines from Canada in US-Europe/Asia
Replies: 10
Views: 1007

Re: Airlines from Canada in US-Europe/Asia

They are and is their strategy. Maybe depends how many Americans know or think about doing this. Connecting travelers have described YVR and YYZ's international-to-international connection process as being quite painless. And it's not just US travelers. AC's 3 Australian flights to YVR are all parti...

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by alan3
Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 671
Views: 112291

Re: The WestJet Thread

Is certainly is. Especially for the consumer. A shame that Westjet/Swoop don't agree. Adding routes for $1 that are already served by a smaller competitor is pretty clearly such an attempt at predatory pricing, which is why the the Competition Bureau launched their investigation against them. That ...

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by alan3
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 671
Views: 112291

Re: The WestJet Thread

competition is a good thing. all the best in their endeavor. Is certainly is. Especially for the consumer. A shame that Westjet/Swoop don't agree. Adding routes for $1 that are already served by a smaller competitor is pretty clearly such an attempt at predatory pricing, which is why the the Compet...

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by alan3
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 671
Views: 112291

Re: The WestJet Thread

jimbo737 wrote:
YHM is a great, zero hassle, lower cost airport.


Flair agrees and they would likely still prefer to be there if not chased out by Swoop.

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by alan3
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 671
Views: 112291

Re: The WestJet Thread

dinot wrote:
Well...Swoop doesn't fly most of those routes..


Yet

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by alan3
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 671
Views: 112291

Re: The WestJet Thread

https://worldairlinenews.com/2020/02/21 ... is-summer/

Westjet freakout and predatory pricing coming in 5....4....3....2....
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Flair just announced 8 new routes for this summer: https://worldairlinenews.com/2020/02/21 ... is-summer/

Westjet freakout and predatory pricing coming in 5....4....3....2....

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by alan3
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 22312

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

Easy Answer: NO RECLINE IN ECONOMY or SLIDE-FORWARD SEATS ONLY This whole discussion puts Recliners against Non-Recliners while the airlines who are the ones adding extra rows, reducing seat pitch, seat width, thinning the seat material, and generally making things less comfortable all in the name o...

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by alan3
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did JL chance NRT-YVR from 788 to 763?
Replies: 4
Views: 477

Re: Why did JL chance NRT-YVR from 788 to 763?

Also, JAL's 763's aren't that old, being from 2002-2013. Why is it always "all 763's were built in 1986" on this dann site. Nobody says 737 = 1967 of A320 = 1987 on here :banghead: :banghead: I'll admit I fall into that trap too :white: and often instinctively assume 767's are old. Or in ...

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by alan3
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IG (Air Italy) Ending Operations
Replies: 112
Views: 28856

Re: Updated: IG (Air Italy) Ending Operations

Sad for the job losses but I could see Volotea maybe taking over that original Meridiana role (Sardinia, Sicily) and Neos and Blue Panorama already fly to many of Air Italy's long haul destinations popular with Italian (Maldives, etc) What makes you reach this conclusion the day before Ryanair will...

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by alan3
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IG (Air Italy) Ending Operations
Replies: 112
Views: 28856

Re: Updated: IG (Air Italy) Ending Operations

Sad for the job losses but I could see Volotea maybe taking over that original Meridiana role (Sardinia, Sicily) and Neos and Blue Panorama already fly to many of Air Italy's long haul destinations popular with Italian (Maldives, etc)

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by alan3
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aegean new livery
Replies: 180
Views: 54096

Re: Aegean new livery

Can you upload a photo of a Pacific Western 737 (same angle)? It is also very similar. Thanks. PS. And to think that they dumped their old sign in favour of that! It means nothing! Uninspiring like bathroom tiles. PS2. And a very very small Greek flag as if they are not proud of being Greek. Truth ...

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by alan3
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aegean new livery
Replies: 180
Views: 54096

Re: Aegean new livery

That actually does look better than their current boring livery. ... because nothing says exciting inspirational better than a 'Euro-white' fuselage with titles and a coloured tail :roll: I'll take "a Euro-white' fuselage with titles and a coloured tail" over their current "Euro-whit...

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by alan3
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines pulling out of Abbotsford
Replies: 37
Views: 4055

Re: Flair Airlines pulling out of Abbotsford

Flair likely knew this would happen as soon Swoop announced their $1 sales: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-flair-airlines-accuses-westjet-discount-airline-swoop-of-predatory/ And it wouldn't be the first time Flair accuses them of predatory pricing. As per the article: "a 2018...

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by alan3
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IG (Air Italy) Ending Operations
Replies: 112
Views: 28856

Re: Updated: IG (Air Italy) Ending Operations

Aren't many of their routes already operated by Neos or Blue Panorama anyway (like the Maldvies, Red Sea, Africa, etc)? I guess there's no real net loss of any unique routes that aren't already operated by those guys or Alitalia.

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by alan3
Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Very powerful Atlantic jetstream forecast this weekend
Replies: 6
Views: 689

Storm creating major TATL jet stream...will records break?

Very strong jet stream tonight and this weekend, planes are zipping across the Atlantic. Pushing 700 knots, with over 200mph jetstream pushing them along. Possible 5 hours BOS/JFK to London maybe? https://twitter.com/flightradar24/status/1225635456324227072?s=20 https://thepointsguy.com/news/storm-c...

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by alan3
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 211176

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

https://www.flightradar24.com/HFM322/23c7656d

A second flight will operate on Monday.
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HiFly A330 now en route from Wuhan to Vancouver: https://www.flightradar24.com/HFM322/23c7656d

A second flight will operate on Monday.

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by alan3
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flair is proposing unlimited three-month travel pass
Replies: 9
Views: 1027

Re: Flair is proposing unlimited three-month travel pass

First of all, Jetlines is no more! It has ceased to be! It's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! It's a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! It's metabolic processes are now history! It's off the twig! It's kicked the bucket. It's shuffled off it's mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined ...

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by alan3
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation February 2020
Replies: 181
Views: 18449

Re: Turkish Aviation February 2020

YYZORD wrote:
Does the YVR flight connect to SEA and PDX thru AC?


I presume yes, as a Star Alliance partner.

Also, since YVR has no ME3 carriers, it is a major opportunity for TK can capture a lot of that connection traffic to places like India and the Middle East.

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by alan3
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 256
Views: 54215

Re: SAA shrinks even further

We can't watch SAA struggle on the verge of collapse and then also be surprised at seeing them take drastic measures. Hopefully this means a serious restructuring effort to get back in black. Unfortunately there must be major job cuts coming though too? Also, with Mango, Kulula, Safair, British Airw...

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by alan3
Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines to add Istanbul to Vancouver (rumour)
Replies: 19
Views: 6058

Re: Turkish Airlines to add Istanbul to Vancouver (rumour)

With no ME3 serving YVR they should be able to capture quite a bit of that connection traffic (esp to India, Pakistan, etc) that EK would otherwise get.

And yes I agree with above 90 mins turnaround for a 12 hour flight seems pretty quick!

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by alan3
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines to add Istanbul to Vancouver (rumour)
Replies: 19
Views: 6058

Re: Turkish Airlines to add Istanbul to Vancouver (rumour)

Surprised it's only being announced now, in February for start in June. A lot of overseas markets have already booked summer 2020 already (FIY: A couple of other articles in English confirming it. https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-to-istanbul-flights-turkish-airlines https://www.routesonline...

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by alan3
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation February 2020
Replies: 181
Views: 18449

Re: Turkish Aviation February 2020

Couple of other links in English confirming YVR-IST: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-to-istanbul-flights-turkish-airlines https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/289347/turkish-airlines-schedules-vancouver-launch-in-june-2020/ Surprised it's only being announced now, in February ...

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by alan3
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do I get a ride on Eva Air’s Badtz Maru A330?
Replies: 13
Views: 1577

Re: How do I get a ride on Eva Air’s Badtz Maru A330?

The Badtz Maru looks pretty cool. Flew on the EVA Hello Kitty recently without realizing, until I arrived at the airport...and it was quite an experience. Hello Kitty plane, Hello Kitty boarding pass, Hello Kitty headrest cover, Hello Kitty pillow, Hello Kitty cutlery, Hello Kitty cup, Hello Kitty b...

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by alan3
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What former carriers have you flown?
Replies: 102
Views: 3315

Re: What former carriers have you flown?

Air UK (UK) Azteca Airways (Mexico) British Midland (UK) British Mediterranean (UK, not sure if it counts as it was painted as BA) Canadian Airlines & CP Air (Canada) Jet Airways (India) LACSA (Costa Rica) Mexicana (Mexico) Nationwide Airlines (South Africa) Northwest (USA) US Airways (USA) Cont...

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by alan3
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 211176

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

I wonder what Air Canada is waiting for? YVR is a huge Chinese hub, most North America - China flights daily and we already have one case in Metro Vancouver, seems essential to severely cut flights. Air Canada is cancelling all China flights until Feb 28 at least, starting tomorrow. Air Canada canc...

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by alan3
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MEX keeps growing against all odds: Breaks 50M mark
Replies: 51
Views: 6994

Re: MEX keeps growing against all odds: Breaks 50M mark

Here was my recent late night arrival from YVR to MEX (T1): 1. Nobody was there at the jetbridge to meet the plane for over 20 minutes 2. After finally deplaning, the doors going down the hallway from gate to immigration got stuck (for another 20 minutes). They eventually used a screwdriver to pry i...

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by alan3
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opportunities if SA goes under
Replies: 12
Views: 2027

Re: Opportunities if SA goes under

A couple of years ago Norwegian would probably have tried to jump in. Norwegian South Africa :duck:

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by alan3
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst airport in Europe???
Replies: 65
Views: 4675

Re: Best and worst airport in Europe???

Thought it would be hands down that the worst are the low cost airports like: Hahn, Beauvais, Bergamo, Ciampino, Luton Many of them quite awful with limited amenities, long lines, limited transport options, etc. Also, the Greek holiday resort airports seem to get terrible reviews But is it maybe not...

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by alan3
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is Your Least Favorite A Net Story.
Replies: 47
Views: 3004

Re: What is Your Least Favorite A Net Story.

Ironically, my least favorite might be threads and posts that insult other threads and posts. And yes I'm being hypocritical by replying to to this ! :roll: Not everyone has a Master's Degree in Advanced Airline Studies. People have various interests and varying levels of experience and understandin...

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by alan3
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When did airlines start offering employees free/reduced fare travel?
Replies: 18
Views: 1759

Re: When did airlines start offering employees free/reduced fare travel?

I think it's a perk that needs to be abolished. Employees need to fork up the cash like the rest of us. Them getting free or next to free traveling dilutes the experience. HUH???? Many places of employment offer perks to their employees. The travel industry isn't a very high paying profession (beli...

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by alan3
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MEX keeps growing against all odds: Breaks 50M mark
Replies: 51
Views: 6994

Re: MEX keeps growing against all odds: Breaks 50M mark

Was so weird taking off recently from MEX and flying right over the now-scrapped-new airport. The site seemed fully under construction but abandoned like a ghost town. Looked like it was going to be quite stunning. Weird decision to scrap it after construction is fully underway. The existing airport...

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by alan3
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: Passengers won't know if they're getting a MAX
Replies: 157
Views: 24676

Re: Ryanair: Passengers won't know if they're getting a MAX

In virtual every single year from 1970 until the early 1990s, at least 1500 to 2000 people died EACH YEAR (some years over 3000) in 300-400 annual air incidents. In the last decade the number has been dramatically lower in terms of both incidents and deaths, despite air travel being vastly more comm...

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by alan3
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?
Replies: 37
Views: 2062

Re: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?

The 24 hour clock thing is just because American's don't use the 24 hour clock, so why would our airports be an exception? Although Europeans tend to use 24 hour time in more everyday occurrence, Canadians and Australians don't. Yet most Canadian and Australian airports and boarding passes use 24 h...

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by alan3
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Over Built and/or Under Utilized Airports
Replies: 50
Views: 5829

Re: Over Built and/or Under Utilized Airports

Speaking of overbuilt....how about Spain's "ghost airports"

CQM....over a billion Euros cost...built in 2009 and 0 flights

Another Spanish airport CDT cost almost 200 million Euros, had no flights for almost 5 years and now finally has a tiny handful of flights

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