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by alan3
Mon Sep 13, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: For those of us who worked for an airline on 9/11. Pics of our airports.
Replies: 39
Views: 12540

Re: For those of us who worked for an airline on 9/11. Pics of our airports.

Was working for a US airline at YVR that normally handled a few narrowbodies per day and instead we had multiple 747 and DC10's from Asia that emergency landed and we had to offload and handle all the pax. Was absolutely crazy, don't have pics unfortunately because was working almost around the cloc...

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by alan3
Mon Aug 30, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 186815

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

The app version of FR24 showed civilian flight UA830 (30Aug) as having just flown over Afghan airspace. Apologies if clarified already but is that an error or are civilian flights still overflying?

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by alan3
Tue Jun 01, 2021 10:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does Norway have so many airlines?
Replies: 6
Views: 734

Re: Why does Norway have so many airlines?

For a starter: SAS is more Danish and Swedish than Norwegian. The biggest SAS hub by a big margin is Copenhagen, not Oslo. TUI Nordic is a Swedish holiday-charter airline, they are not Norwegian. They have a fleet of only 3 aircraft, and my understanding is that they do more work out of Sweden and ...

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by alan3
Tue Jun 01, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does Norway have so many airlines?
Replies: 6
Views: 734

Why does Norway have so many airlines?

I just found out about the upcoming airline Flyr (https://simpleflying.com/flyr-start-up-route-network/) which has me wondering......How many airlines can a country that size sustain? SAS Wideroe Norwegian TUI Nordic and now there 2 planned Norwegian startups.... Norsk Atlantic Flyr ...and that does...

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by alan3
Fri May 28, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the Boeing 787-8 still pitched by Boeing?
Replies: 64
Views: 14578

Re: Is the Boeing 787-8 still (seriously) pitched by Boeing?

Sure, but I am wondering about the future market potential of the Boeing 787-8. When it first came out, I thought it would be the main replacement for the older 767's or A332's. Basically the smallest size widebody for routes that don't merit anything larger, but with extra range so that it could a...

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by alan3
Thu May 27, 2021 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 827
Views: 217966

Re: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

seahawks7757 wrote:
Here is Flair on its delivery flight today, working on uploading the AS shots next.


Nice and they do have a lot of new routes planned coming up. But another new livery? I think that's their 4th livery in 5 years.

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by alan3
Fri May 07, 2021 2:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Post-pandemic U.S.-Canada transborder flights
Replies: 7
Views: 1493

Re: Post-pandemic U.S.-Canada transborder flights

If/when the borders open probably mid to late summer, I don't see much being added or restored outside the main routes from places like LAX, New York, etc. A lot won't return until summer 2022, IMO. YVR for example gets a lot of summer traffic that feeds cruise ship departures but since all cruise s...

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by alan3
Sat Apr 24, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will you still wear masks even after the pandemic has subsided?
Replies: 34
Views: 2599

Re: Will you still wear masks even after the pandemic has subsided?

So you've had the vaccine, you are fit and healthy yet you want to carry on wearing a mask? I will be the guy across the aisle who is pointing and laughing at you. Are you sure you would not be safer just staying in your house with the doors and windows shut? Are you not terrified of being in a roa...

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by alan3
Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Guangzhou (CAN / ZGGG) overtakes ATL, busiest airport worldwide
Replies: 48
Views: 6159

Re: CAN surpasses ATL as world's busiest Airport in 2020

KL serve CAN regularly and AY serve seasonal before CoVID If you are referring to KLM, they have never operated scheduled services to CAN in their 102 years of existence. China Southern however, has operated CAN-AMS daily for many years. Currently CZ operates only 1x weekly with A380 due to COVID. ...

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by alan3
Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Guangzhou (CAN / ZGGG) overtakes ATL, busiest airport worldwide
Replies: 48
Views: 6159

Re: CAN surpasses ATL as world's busiest Airport in 2020

Interesting. Busiest airport in the world and yet not served by a single North American airline and hardly any European ones either (even pre-Covid)

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by alan3
Thu Apr 22, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will you still wear masks even after the pandemic has subsided?
Replies: 34
Views: 2599

Re: Will you still wear masks even after the pandemic has subsided?

The idea of sitting in a crowded plane, or being in any crowded indoor place, especially in winter with people sneezing and coughing their flus and cold germs around me.....? Yeah I think I'll keep my masks handy when Covid ends. I'm certainly going to be more aware of the gems on shared and commonl...

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by alan3
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 796
Views: 529661

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/flight ... -1.5997880
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Canada banning all passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/flight ... -1.5997880

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by alan3
Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are flights under 100 miles profitable?
Replies: 31
Views: 3248

Re: Are flights under 100 miles profitable?

I always thought it was about connection traffic. For example, both AA and UA fly from Milwaukee to Chicago. Certainly under 100 miles. If you live in Milwaukee and are visiting your mom in Chicago is it worth it? Driving to the airport, parking, shuttle to airport, line up for security, waiting, b...

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by alan3
Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are flights under 100 miles profitable?
Replies: 31
Views: 3248

Re: Are flights under 100 miles profitable?

I always thought it was about connection traffic. For example, both AA and UA fly from Milwaukee to Chicago. Certainly under 100 miles. If you live in Milwaukee and are visiting your mom in Chicago is it worth it? Driving to the airport, parking, shuttle to airport, line up for security, waiting, bo...

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by alan3
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United adding seatback IFE - AVOD to older narrow body aircraft
Replies: 181
Views: 32055

Re: United adding seatback IFE - AVOD to older narrow body aircraft

Glad to see the AA/UA trend didn't become the standard. The streaming to app selection was often disappointing; You had to choose whether to use the table to eat or prop up your tablet. Those of us that multitask (work on laptop/using the inflight wifi/watch a movie/read an E-book) had to pick which...

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by alan3
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Classic Canadian Airport Terminal Signage
Replies: 3
Views: 773

Re: Classic Canadian Airport Terminal Signage

I actually can't answer this question but to change the subject a bit, it reminds me of how surprised I am of how many US airports still use those 80's style red-dot pixel display screens, instead of a full modern graphic fids display screen. For example I believe even LAX uses it at Tom Bradley che...

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by alan3
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot Group Makes a Big Announcement and Shift In Their Strategy
Replies: 80
Views: 27019

Re: Aeroflot Group Makes a Big Announcement and Shift In Their Strategy

So....the holiday leisure travel business, in particular long haul (Thailand, Punta Cana, etc) stays with Rossiya or not? I couldn't quite understand in my translation of the article. I know in recent years a lot of that type of traffic has gone to Nordwind and Royal Flight Saw a check-in queue for ...

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by alan3
Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Canada Drops Transat Takeover After EU Competition regulator concerns
Replies: 482
Views: 11211

Re: Air Canada Drops Transat Takeover After Battle With Europe

So many are predicting that Air Transat will fail by itself. Is that because of Covid only? Was AT a going concern before the pandemic? Is Canada or Québec giving financial assistance to the airline? Goodbye, Transat I wouldn't necessarily bet yet on the imminent demise of TS. I'm not sure the Queb...

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by alan3
Fri Apr 02, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 684
Views: 124830

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021

I'm surprised too but good news for the consumer and it would have been a messy merger. Guess we won't be seeing any AC A321's transatlantic after all! Having missed the winter sun season and with summer 2021 still up in the air, Transat just need to find a way to survive into 2022. (IMO this is a ...

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by alan3
Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 684
Views: 124830

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021

I'm surprised too but good news for the consumer and it would have been a messy merger. Guess we won't be seeing any AC A321's transatlantic after all! Having missed the winter sun season and with summer 2021 still up in the air, Transat just need to find a way to survive into 2022. (IMO this is a b...

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by alan3
Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Seatback IFE vs. Streaming To Device vs. Nothing
Replies: 20
Views: 3270

Seatback IFE vs. Streaming To Device vs. Nothing

In flight entertainment options 1. IFE Screens.....although I've heard they add weight, it must still be cost effective as airlines like B6, DL and AC seem to be quite committed to this option on their newest narrowbody deliveries 2. Streaming to device via app.....on the other hand, AA, UA, AS, CM...

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by alan3
Tue Mar 09, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?
Replies: 41
Views: 3058

Re: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?

UA has run ORD-PHX, ORD-MIA, ORD-BOS, and more with E170s during the pandemic. Pre-pandemic, I'd say that the AA CRJ-900 between DFW and PHX was weird. I know Mesa has to get the aircraft between hubs, but why do not it through an outstation like OKC or ELP? Fortunately, that's exactly what they've...

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by alan3
Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2752
Views: 394537

Re: Southwest Announces BLI, EUG, MYR

They're not chasing northern Washingtonians with BLI - it's Canadians, with Customs fees arbitrage. Here are the U.S. fees avoided by departing from BLI vs. YVR: United States APHIS Passenger Fee Passengers (XA) $3.96 United States Customs User Fee (YC) $5.99 United States Immigration User Fee (XY)...

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by alan3
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2752
Views: 394537

Re: Southwest Announces BLI, EUG, MYR

I see a dark horse of a Hawaii flight from BLI Did G4 ever try this? I'm pretty sure they did EUG-HNL? They tried several 3nd tier markets from Hawaii but chose to use very used maintenance ridden 757-200 that ate away any and all profits from the venture. WN has not only a more reliable aircraft a...

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by alan3
Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Little aircraft Boeing?
Replies: 21
Views: 4344

Re: Little aircraft Boeing?

Speaking of Baby Boeings, I recently rediscovered what the 737-100 looked like and I don't think anyone will make a cuter plane than that. Ahem...Anyway, on a more serious note, I know the Embraer deal went through but I would surprised to see them just stand by and watch the A220 monopolize that ma...

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by alan3
Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sky Regional Airlines Inc. to close its doors
Replies: 23
Views: 3900

Re: Sky Regional Airlines Inc. to close its doors

So with Jazz taking over all AC Express routes, what will happen to the former little Beechcraft routes like Gander-St John's, Toronto-Kingston, etc. ?

Gone for good or taken over by small local operators?

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by alan3
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: CSA/Czech Airlines declared bankrupt - operations to continue
Replies: 118
Views: 29170

Re: CSA/Czech Airlines collapse imminent - all staff furloughed

With competition from carriers like Wizz, Ryanair, Blue Air, Smartwings, etc........I'm surprised that the older Eastern European flag carriers like CSA and Tarom have lasted as long as they have (without going the way of Malev and Balkan and Adria). LOT I assume is in a different position as it doe...

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by alan3
Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any airlines today with all over polished aluminum ?
Replies: 26
Views: 4168

Re: Any airlines today with all over polished aluminum ?

I think AA has, or had, another bare metal retrojet (N951AA) but in a different "Astrojet" livery. My grumpy, maybe minority view, is that I dislike them. Looks outdated and unfinished, like it was rushed off the factory line halfway through. Not to mention I think they required a lot of u...

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by alan3
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ER Relevance
Replies: 95
Views: 27850

Re: 777-300ER Relevance

I thought the era of 400 seaters was on the decline? AC, for example, pack up to 450 seats on one configuration of their 77W. If airlines are still in the mood for such big boys, wouldn't a new 77X be the preferred option over the maintenance of keeping a 77W in service for 20-30 years?

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by alan3
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SW (Air Namibia) Ceases operations; Gov't Seeks to Liquidate
Replies: 56
Views: 10703

Re: SW (Air Namibia) Ceases operations; Gov't Seeks to Liquidate

mxaxai wrote:
The main issue is that WDH has very little regional O/D demand.



Which makes it even more intriguing that Windhoek would need to have two airports (WDH and ERS), although I realize ERS runway length likely can't handle widebodies, it seems like a lot for such a small city.

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by alan3
Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Amendment Agreement for IAG's Acquisition of Air Europa
Replies: 460
Views: 95212

Re: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion

I think, better I hope, this merger will happen only with major conditions set by EU competition law. In Spain IAG will have IBERIA, IBERIA Express, Vueling, LEVEL and AirEuropa. And also the Spanish to Latin/South America market will be dominated by only oneworld: LATAM/IBERIA. A gap that neither ...

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by alan3
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Canada Drops Transat Takeover After EU Competition regulator concerns
Replies: 482
Views: 11211

Re: Updated: Air Canada/Transat A.T. Inc. Conclude Amended Transaction for Combination of the Two Companies

At what airports within the EU do both AC and TS hold slots? Looking at their report from last year, all city pair markets were analyzed. The ones resulting in a near monopoly after a merge were all secondary markets to airports not slot controlled, reflecting the leisure nature of both Rouge and A...

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by alan3
Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Canada Drops Transat Takeover After EU Competition regulator concerns
Replies: 482
Views: 11211

Re: Updated: Air Canada/Transat A.T. Inc. Conclude Amended Transaction for Combination of the Two Companies

Because AC and AirTransat fly to EU destinations, and the combination could lead to materially less competition (and higher avg fares) on Canada-EU routes. Why did the EU threaten to block a merger between (U.S.) Honeywell and (U.S.) GE? https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB994164822646614367 There are h...

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by alan3
Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Canada Drops Transat Takeover After EU Competition regulator concerns
Replies: 482
Views: 11211

Re: Updated: Air Canada/Transat A.T. Inc. Conclude Amended Transaction for Combination of the Two Companies

Sorry if this has been addressed but I haven't been on here in a long time....can someone remind me why does the EU have the authority to decide whether two Canadian-registered, Canadian-based airlines can merge?

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by alan3
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Jetstar voucher instead of refund for foreigners
Replies: 10
Views: 1076

Re: Jetstar voucher instead of refund for foreigners

thanks for all the advice

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by alan3
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Jetstar voucher instead of refund for foreigners
Replies: 10
Views: 1076

Jetstar voucher instead of refund for foreigners

Was supposed to go to Australia in March and booked a domestic flight on Jetstar Had to cancel due to Covid and at the time they only offered me a voucher expiring March 2021 I live in Canada, due to continued restrictions in both countries I highly doubt I will be able to travel to Australia before...

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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: 5257

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: 393

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: 900
Views: 145004

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: 4847

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: 900
Views: 145004

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: 900
Views: 145004

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: 21013

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: 21013

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: 21013

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: 2869

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: 3743

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: 1054

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: 6128

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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