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by alan3
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flight Reviews: Is Sam Chui a reliable aviation vlogger and reviewer?
Replies: 49
Views: 11044

Re: Flight Reviews: Is Sam Chui a reliable aviation vlogger and reviewer?

Not in the slightest. But depends what you are looking for. If you want some entertainment, and see someone get lots of perks and get all cozy with the airline staff - Sam in the cockpit! Sam at the launch of a new plane! Sam with the CEO! Sam on an inaugural new route! - Then, by all means. But as ...

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by alan3
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with Hotels, smack in the middle of Terminals
Replies: 44
Views: 1431

Re: Airports with Hotels, smack in the middle of Terminals

YVR's Fairmont Hotel is part of the airport, above the departure level with rooms overlooking the apron.

MUC's Hilton is not physically attached to the airport but is steps away from the departure level entrance.

YYC has two hotels at the airport that you can just walk to.

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by alan3
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to cancel all TATL MAX routes
Replies: 78
Views: 16987

Re: Norwegian to cancel all TATL MAX routes

Some people blaming this on the MAX, while more likely these Ireland routes would probably have been dropped even if Norwegian used Airbus. This just sped things up. Norwegian added too many routes all over the place, too much too fast. Now they are stretched too thin. Nobody should be surprised the...

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by alan3
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why doesn't HA fly to Canada or TS/WG fly to Hawaii?
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Why doesn't HA fly to Canada or TS/WG fly to Hawaii?

The Canada to Hawaii market is fairly big, especially from Western Canada, yet AC and WS are left to dominate. Surprised that Hawaiian doesn't fly maybe to YVR? I know Aloha did for a while. Also surprised that Transat or Sunwing haven't also added service. Sunwing maybe they don't have sufficient a...

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by alan3
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Toronto Pearson YYZ Airport...
Replies: 10
Views: 1367

Re: Question about Toronto Pearson YYZ Airport...

Supposedly a satellite terminal for peak season overflow. Not sure if domestic or international. I'm curious about it too and have very occasionally seen a plane there but I have never used it and wouldn't even know how to get there. Or what it looks like on the inside.

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by alan3
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 786
Views: 137802

Re: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots

So how early could these flights begin?

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by alan3
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Polling On Which City To Send A380 To (ORD, SEA, TPA, DFW)
Replies: 92
Views: 10829

Re: Lufthansa Polling On Which City To Send A380 To (ORD, SEA, TPA, DFW)

Surprised they don't do BA does and fly the A380 to YVR seasonally. European flights to YVR are FULL in the summer. Or maybe they want something year round? I think YVR could at least handle a 748.

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by alan3
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?
Replies: 53
Views: 3042

Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

I've had a few experiences lately of Chinese passengers sitting in my seat (usually window or aisle because they didn't want their assigned middle seat). I only mention this because it's happened to me about 3 times recently involving passengers that seem to be connecting from or to mainland China. ...

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by alan3
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines Flying Out of the "Wrong" Terminal
Replies: 9
Views: 813

Re: Airlines Flying Out of the "Wrong" Terminal

Delta at T3 Heathrow while the rest of Skyteam is at T4. I know it's because of VS but makes for inconvenient Skyteam connections between DL and KL, AF, AZ, SU.

Last time I flew BA was expecting to experience T5 but unfortunately had one of their T3 flights.

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by alan3
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: With TSA Pre-✔, have you ever had to take your shoes off?
Replies: 16
Views: 716

Re: With TSA Pre-✔, have you ever had to take your shoes off?

I've never had to remove my shoes at an airport. I'm definitely not silly enough to sign up for pointless programmes either. I'm actually glad people think of TSA Pre Check/Nexus/Global Entry as being "pointless". Makes my wait times at the border and at airport security (in both the US a...

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by alan3
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Tunisair launch flights from Tunis to New York JFK in the near future?
Replies: 10
Views: 1546

Re: Will Tunisair launch flights from Tunis to New York JFK in the near future?

With YUL-ALG, YUL-TUN and double YUL-CMN, Montreal has become the main gateway for North Africa (this is in addition to AMM, IST and TLV). Not sure TUN is big enough for a second route.

The main routes I'm surprised to see missing are YUL to CAI and YUL to somewhere in French West Africa.

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by alan3
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF applies for YVR-PPT
Replies: 33
Views: 7260

Re: AF applies for YVR-PPT

If AF launched this route then much of the plane would be filled with PPT-CDG passengers, giving less seats to passengers boarding in YVR. Not so much an issue on YVR-PPT but YVR-CDG is usually quite full, especially in summer. I wonder if AF would add additional flights that are just YVR-CDG on the...

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by alan3
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL/AA complimentary meals in economy class
Replies: 45
Views: 5324

Re: DL/AA complimentary meals in economy class

The food on transcon thing is a fairly recent return to some semblance of full service. I want to say no more than 2 or 3 years. Airlines certainly don't give away profits anymore, so I think it was a reasonable indication of a small slippage of market (on the long flights) to LCC competitors, even...

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by alan3
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL/AA complimentary meals in economy class
Replies: 45
Views: 5324

Re: DL/AA complimentary meals in economy class

Surprised to hear US airlines offer free food on some transcon flights. They were among the first to do away with them back in the day. Even AC, which keeps reminding us they win Skytrax Best North American Airline 8 years in a row, doesn't offer complimentary meals or alcohol on any transcon flight...

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by alan3
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest unserved city pairs due to politics
Replies: 70
Views: 6229

Re: Largest unserved city pairs due to politics

YVR or YUL to DXB?

YYZ to DME/SVO?

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by alan3
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flight Reviews: Is Sam Chui a reliable aviation vlogger and reviewer?
Replies: 49
Views: 11044

Re: Flight Reviews: Is Sam Chui a reliable aviation vlogger and reviewer?

Sure maybe he is a nice guy but it all just seems too cozy and brownnosy for my liking. Sam in the cockpit! Sam at the launch of a new aircraft! Sam meeting with the CEO! etc. I guess it depends what you want from your trip vloggers - - an honest review to make consumer decisions, or to just have fu...

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by alan3
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Reviewer exposes Skytrax
Replies: 33
Views: 7459

Re: Airline Reviewer exposes Skytrax

He makes some decent arguments about Skytrax, and why should we always take their word as the ultimate judgment. The Turkish and Lufthansa examples in particular. With a J class product like that LH being 5 star is very odd. Sure Josh Cahill is a bit cocky but I much prefer his honest style and read...

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by alan3
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First aircraft painted in CH air livery (ex-Germania Flug Switzerland)
Replies: 18
Views: 3279

Re: First aircraft painted in CH air livery (ex-Germania Flug Switzerland)

Saw an article call it Chair Airlines and I laughed at their mistake. Then I realize it really is called Chair Airlines

I used to get amused by Carpatair because it reminded me of a flying carpet. Now we have a chair.

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by alan3
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Creative and cool airline name ideas
Replies: 19
Views: 1007

Re: Creative and cool airline name ideas

Can't think of any great name ideas at the moment.

But for what it's worth I can think of some pretty terrible ones...and they are all real...... SCAT, FAT, Okay Airways, Vanilla, Wizz Air, Israir, Spantax, Suckling, etc.

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by alan3
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One-stop or triangle flights by US carriers
Replies: 27
Views: 2466

Re: One-stop or triangle flights by US carriers

Recently flew on KL's AMS-KGL-EBB-AMS triangle route. Boarded in KGL and the plane had that messy "been in the air for 8 hours" feel which was odd for first boarding. During the stopover in EBB was a bit awkward having the cleaners vacuuming and cleaning the plane all around you! But was i...

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by alan3
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One-stop or triangle flights by US carriers
Replies: 27
Views: 2466

One-stop or triangle flights by US carriers

What is the current status of one-stop direct flights (in particular by US carriers). Is there still a market for such routes that maybe can't sustain separate nonstop on their own, or is this type of route permanently gone the way of the dodo bird? It's still done by AC (YYZ-SCL-EZE) and a few Euro...

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by alan3
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Printed Airline Timetables
Replies: 33
Views: 2856

Re: Printed Airline Timetables

I collected them as a kid. Still have several dozen of them, ranging from the early 80's to early 90's. Can't bear the thought of tossing them, not sure what to do with them!

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by alan3
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019
Replies: 64
Views: 6545

Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

According to Planespotters the average age of Delta's MD-88's are 28.5 years. I don't follow DL too closely to I'm pretty surprised to hear that a major airline still flies aircraft over 30 years old! And yes I realize that they are likely maintained very well, but it's still mutton dressed as lamb.

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by alan3
Wed May 22, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't Delta keep their 747s longer?
Replies: 28
Views: 2966

Re: Why didn't Delta keep their 747s longer?

Did Delta ever have their own 747's pre-merger?

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by alan3
Tue May 21, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 23066

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

The BA defenders pointing out that a quick weekend getaway to the continent puts BA is up against the likes of and FR and U2. But what about those spending £1500 and 15-20 hours flying from Asia or North America to Europe connecting through LHR? Not sure they would notice adding a few extra quid on ...

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by alan3
Fri May 17, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy
Replies: 84
Views: 11908

Re: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy

The biggest thing SEA has that YVR lacks is service by an ME3 carrier.

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by alan3
Fri May 17, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 316
Views: 53689

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

With all of this consolidation, what about Sunwing?

They still have a decent share of the winter sun market. Any chance Onex-WS or AC-AT would try to go after them?

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by alan3
Thu May 16, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 23066

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

However... British Airways is supposed to represent the country as a nation, the hospitality, culture and traditions I mean goodness they fly with a crest and carry the flag!! For many first time visitors to the UK using British Airways this will be their first experience of the UK, and if a “Very ...

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by alan3
Thu May 16, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 316
Views: 53689

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

ac7e7 wrote:

The future will be:
AC, WS, Flair, and possibly Jetlines (if they ever get off the ground).


Don't forget Sunwing. They still have a pretty decent share of the winter sun market.

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by alan3
Thu May 16, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 23066

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

I'm surprised so many in this thread are shocked that British Airways charge for food and drinks on short haul, I'm guessing most are non Europeans as not only was the move well publicised (and criticised) at the time but it's pretty much the standard within Europe these days, free snacks are becom...

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by alan3
Thu May 16, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Singapore Airlines Start SIN-YVR With 787-10 or does it need A350-900 like SIN-SEA
Replies: 37
Views: 11419

Re: Can Singapore Airlines Start SIN-YVR With 787-10 or does it need A350-900 like YVR-SEA

If SQ restarts SIN-YVR that they dropped some years back really depends on what market they’re going after . YVR has more Chinese carriers than any other airport in North America and as mentioned above they already provide cheap connections to India and Southeast Asia. Australia? YVR already has 3 A...

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by alan3
Wed May 15, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal
Replies: 103
Views: 19889

Re: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal

I agree with you, I don’t think Canada has the population to support two full service carriers. Don't mean to go off topic but couldn't it be compared to Australia though? Roughly similar sizes and populations yet Australia has QF and VA. Although perhaps Australia's isolation makes it a different ...

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by alan3
Wed May 15, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your favorite airplane as a passenger?
Replies: 41
Views: 1866

Re: What is your favorite airplane as a passenger?

Always loved the DC-10 which I flew countless times between ORD and the west coast on UA. If I was flying Y I'd always select a "B" seat (aisle on the outside). Our company was a large UA Cargo customer and for several years when I was a manager, I got a lot of upgrades to F and I really ...

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by alan3
Wed May 15, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the general opinion on aviation channels like DJ's Aviation?
Replies: 14
Views: 1306

Re: What is the general opinion on aviation channels like DJ's Aviation?

I also recommend Wendover, love his videos, so educational. Podcasts are also worth a listen. I used to listen to the Airline Weekly Lounge podcast but it seems to be MIA (hasn't aired since January). So now I listen to Airline Business Podcast (by the Flightglobal magazine folks). These are more ab...

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by alan3
Wed May 15, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do Bloggers Obsess Over Direct Aisle Access So much
Replies: 20
Views: 1639

Re: Why do Bloggers Obsess Over Direct Aisle Access So much

Although I'm sure we all enjoy throwing some shade at the bloggers, I'm surprised anyone would think middle seats in J are still acceptable in 2019. 2-3-2 is bad enough but there are some airlines (eg: United) that still have 2-4-2 in Business which is almost unimaginable. With international First C...

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by alan3
Wed May 15, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your favorite airplane as a passenger?
Replies: 41
Views: 1866

Re: What is your favorite airplane as a passenger?

Totally agree about the 747. It's the most beautiful plane ever and I'm sad it's on the way out but as a passenger they are actually quite dated. BA's are almost falling apart on the inside. The 787 and A350 are beautiful planes. Big windows, high ceilings, large overhead bins, nice mood lighting. T...

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by alan3
Wed May 15, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you ever get nervous about flying solo to a communist country?
Replies: 36
Views: 2159

Re: Do you ever get nervous about flying solo to a communist country?

What odd phrasing as if it's a thread re-posted from 1984. If the OP in general means dictatorships or police states it very depends on which one.

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by alan3
Wed May 15, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 23066

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

Not surprising from an airline that now charges for tea, coffee, juice and water on all short haul flights.

You're either an LCC or you're not. Charging for a cup of tea or water means you are the former.

Rant over.

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by alan3
Wed May 15, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Singapore Airlines Start SIN-YVR With 787-10 or does it need A350-900 like SIN-SEA
Replies: 37
Views: 11419

Re: Can Singapore Airlines Start SIN-YVR With 787-10 or does it need A350-900 like YVR-SEA

In general can 787-10's do Transpacific like West Coast to China/Japan/Hong Kong. Or is it more like an A330-300, meant for high density but medium haul?

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by alan3
Wed May 15, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy
Replies: 84
Views: 11908

Re: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy

Not sure if it's the exchange rate or other factors, but a decade ago I would frequently find such better fares out of SEA that I would drive down to fly out of there instead of YVR. In recent years I rarely if ever find flights from SEA to be cheaper or cheap enough to merit the drive/gas/parking f...

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by alan3
Tue May 14, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy
Replies: 84
Views: 11908

Re: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy

I believe YVR is not only adding a few new gates to the international concourse, but also adding remote stands too (unfortunately).

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by alan3
Wed May 08, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF218 CDG-BOM diverted to Isfahan
Replies: 21
Views: 4734

Re: AF218 CDG-BOM diverted to Isfahan

Obviously safety is # 1 and if you have to land urgently, you have to land.

But I wonder would avoiding Iran have been a priority for them? What if the plane was stuck at Isfahan and they had Jewish or Israeli passengers on board who are not allowed into Iran?

Just curious.

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by alan3
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff 2.0 - - who took over their hubs and aircraft?
Replies: 8
Views: 1243

Braniff 2.0 - - who took over their hubs and aircraft?

Curious about Braniff 2.0 that operated in the 1980's. Wonder how much longer it could have survived- -did anyone fly them? Who took over their hubs and slots at MCI and MCO? And I believe they were one of the first or maybe the first US operator of the A320 I think? Didn't they place a large order ...

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by alan3
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: Air Transat in Talks of Selling the Company
Replies: 64
Views: 12644

Re: Media: Air Transat in Talks of Selling the Company

ltbewr wrote:
Who would be the likely buyers ? European based travel companies would likely be the best fit.


"TUI Canada"?

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by alan3
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest lived airline livery.
Replies: 90
Views: 12292

Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Biman Bangladesh had a new livery, then the government changed hands and the new government didn't like it for political reasons, so they changed it back There were a few airlines that changed liveries right at the end of their life ... Canadian Airlines adopted a new livery very soon before they we...

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by alan3
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Just flew EVA premium Y...amazing product.....so why is it not on their new 789s?
Replies: 2
Views: 522

Just flew EVA premium Y...amazing product.....so why is it not on their new 789s?

Just flew EVA Air for the first time in premium economy on 777 and was very impressed. Probably the best non-J or F experience I've had. Large comfortable seats, good width and legroom, big IFE with lots of brand new movies, amenity kits, slippers, very comfy blankets and pillows, great food, very n...

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by alan3
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1792
Views: 363066

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

Kind of fits the Lufthansa trend....doesn't radically change the branding but reduces everything down to a 2-color scheme.

Certainly not the worst UA livery, which is awarded to the post-gray but pre-merger "shades of blue" mess.

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