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by Kickert
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man in underwear climbs onto a DL plane wing at Atlanta
Replies: 68
Views: 10657

Re: Man in underwear climbs onto a DL plane wing at Atlanta

GoSteelers wrote:
https://forums.liveatc.net/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=14686.0;attach=10010

That ATC audio is nuts!

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by Kickert
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pictures of Swazi King's A340 leaked
Replies: 30
Views: 11019

Re: Pictures of Swazi King's A340 leaked

According to AllAfrica.com, guards for King Mswati III of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) have been fined for leaking photos of his new A340. Honestly, I am surprised it took this long for them to surface. I know when I was still in the country several months ago, pictures were circulating among what...

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by Kickert
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pictures of Swazi King's A340 leaked
Replies: 30
Views: 11019

Re: Pictures of Swazi King's A340 leaked

JAGflyer wrote:
The guards were fined 29 cattle. Is that the official currency of Swaziland?

It is the traditional currency. If you are fined by the king or a chief, you are going to be fined in cattle... Although in practice that is converted to Emalengeni (usually around 5-7000 or 400-500 USD).

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by Kickert
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pictures of Swazi King's A340 leaked
Replies: 30
Views: 11019

Re: Pictures of Swazi King's A340 leaked

According to AllAfrica.com, guards for King Mswati III of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) have been fined for leaking photos of his new A340. Honestly, I am surprised it took this long for them to surface. I know when I was still in the country several months ago, pictures were circulating among what...

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by Kickert
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pictures of Swazi King's A340 leaked
Replies: 30
Views: 11019

Pictures of Swazi King's A340 leaked

According to AllAfrica.com, guards for King Mswati III of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) have been fined for leaking photos of his new A340. Honestly, I am surprised it took this long for them to surface. I know when I was still in the country several months ago, pictures were circulating among whats...

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by Kickert
Wed May 30, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person falls onto tarmac and dies after being removed from aircraft
Replies: 37
Views: 10628

Re: Person falls onto the tarmac and dies while being removed from the plane.

...A British passenger was stuck at Dalaman airport in Turkey for 3 days as he lost his ticket... That doesn't seem to add up. Getting a replacement ticket isn't a problem at all. In fact, at many airports they insist on issuing replacement tickets if a codeshare airline printed the original (at le...

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by Kickert
Sat May 05, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin A340-600 (G-VWIN) flew to the scrappers last month but Virgin has bought it back!
Replies: 102
Views: 29448

Re: Virgin A340-600 (G-VWIN) flew to the scrappers last month but Virgin has bought it back!

What would be the point? They're not going to be converted into freighters, and who's buying used A340s? The King of Swaziland. His was just delivered officially last month for his 50th birthday. That was a gift from the Republic Of China (ex China Airlines aircraft), no? Swaziland is one of the fe...

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by Kickert
Fri May 04, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin A340-600 (G-VWIN) flew to the scrappers last month but Virgin has bought it back!
Replies: 102
Views: 29448

Re: Virgin A340-600 (G-VWIN) flew to the scrappers last month but Virgin has bought it back!

LAX772LR wrote:
What would be the point?

They're not going to be converted into freighters, and who's buying used A340s?

The King of Swaziland. His was just delivered officially last month for his 50th birthday.

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by Kickert
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airlines whose flights begin or terminate at one airport only
Replies: 38
Views: 3023

Re: Airlines whose flights begin or terminate at one airport only

You could count Swazi Airlink, but it only has one route that it flies several times a day and the plane always overnights in JNB.

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by Kickert
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Help me identify these 747 seats
Replies: 10
Views: 2321

Re: Help me identify these 747 seats

So, i recently acquired these seats. they were manufactured for an airplane, but never put in an airplane. the automotive company Spyker got them before they made it to a plane, and used them as a display for their "airplane like cars". they are a little old, as they have ashtrays on them...

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by Kickert
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Possible to fly passengers in crewrest?
Replies: 17
Views: 2294

Re: Possible to fly passengers in crewrest?

Ok thanks. I was wondering why no airlines try to do this before. As for instance on A380 there loads of space available on the cargo for instance. Crew rests are there for a reason. As the name says they are for the crew to rest. The crew rest is not unused space that could be used otherwise. The ...

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by Kickert
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Help me identify these 747 seats
Replies: 10
Views: 2321

Re: Help me identify these 747 seats

Don't know why, but this thread is fascinating to me. I look forward to seeing the answer and also what might be possible to get the electronics working again. Very cool.

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by Kickert
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane hits drone on approach to YQB (lands safely)
Replies: 3
Views: 1229

Re: Plane hits drone on approach to YQB (lands safely)

Surprised there isn't more discussion this. Even BBC has it on their front page.

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by Kickert
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA bailed out by government again
Replies: 177
Views: 31438

Re: SAA bailed out by government again

readytotaxi wrote:
Hands up who wants to join their FF programe :eek:

I stopped putting miles on my voyager account long ago.

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by Kickert
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad latest airline to release alternative safety video
Replies: 32
Views: 5734

Re: Etihad latest airline to release alternative safety video

Qatar did a Barcelona themed one during their sponsorship. Was clever and football and their players are well known. It is interesting the first time.... but the Qatar safety video is way too long. I guess you want to get your money's worth if you are going to be pulling in high-dollar athletes, bu...

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by Kickert
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two South Africa bound flights from LHR diverted
Replies: 20
Views: 7491

Re: Two South Africa bound flights from LHR diverted

As per the article you linked to, 1 in every 1800 flights is a medical diversion. Now, the fact that this happened on 2 flights to South Africa is nothing special. You would think it just as "odd" if it was 2 flights from, say, Spain to Argentina, right? So, what we are looking for is sim...

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by Kickert
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two South Africa bound flights from LHR diverted
Replies: 20
Views: 7491

Re: Two South Africa bound flights from LHR diverted

Interesting analysis but one flight was going to Jo'burg and the other Cape Town so I would suggest the probability calculations need to be adapted to take into account perhaps all the flights to SA from LHR, or maybe all flights to SA from the UK or chose any route analysis you like until you get ...

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by Kickert
Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two South Africa bound flights from LHR diverted
Replies: 20
Views: 7491

Re: Two South Africa bound flights from LHR diverted

By "odd" I don't think anyone is implying it is nefarious or anything more than a coincidence. However, I would agree that it is odd in terms of being statistically unlikely and thus "interesting." According to this article , 1 out of 604 flights experience a medical emergency wi...

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by Kickert
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aviation Effects from the August 21 Solar Eclipse
Replies: 30
Views: 3679

Re: Aviation Effects from the August 21 Solar Eclipse

Some of the youtube videos of planes flying during the totality are incredible!

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by Kickert
Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Continuing Window Shade Saga
Replies: 34
Views: 3999

Re: The Continuing Window Shade Saga

On long haul I always get an aisle seat so that I can walk around whenever I want to. However, on short-haul I usually get a window seat. While I do enjoy looking out the window, the main reason I get a window seat on short haul is because I don't want to be bothered by anyone else, and it is nice t...

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by Kickert
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the ME3's expansion sustainable long-term?
Replies: 32
Views: 4576

Re: Is the ME3's expansion sustainable long-term?

If I were doing a SWOT analysis on the ME3, terrorism and general instability in the southern ME would be the most significant issue to watch out for. If the UAE were to experience a rash of attacks or a turkey airport style attack, I could see a huge and sudden decrease in demand.

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by Kickert
Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO (July 2017)
Replies: 286
Views: 66912

Re: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.

I have been following this thread with great interest and what is abundantly clear is that a MAJOR accident could have happened, but didn't. This is absolutely the time to evaluate the situation and contributing factors just as if it had happened. What I can say is that it seems the emphasis on situ...

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by Kickert
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO (July 2017)
Replies: 286
Views: 66912

Re: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.

AirlineCritic wrote:
Scary situation. Is there ATC audio available?

It's the SoundCloud link in the first post.

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by Kickert
Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft/airline fun facts and metrics
Replies: 10
Views: 1367

Re: Aircraft/airline fun facts and metrics

CriticalPoint wrote:
When I got checked out on the 787 the LCA told me the 787 has a footprint of a full acre. Really brings into perspective taxing around an entire acre.


It's length times it's wingspan is. 93 Acres... Impressive, but not quite a true representation of "footprint"

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by Kickert
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Highly Common Fleets, vs Very Mixed and General Fleet Strategy
Replies: 42
Views: 6602

Re: Highly Common Fleets, vs Very Mixed and General Fleet Strategy

As was noted in the recent ET thread, I think they are an example of a fleet without direction, especially with their wide bodies.

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by Kickert
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOS TSA handcuff 20lb Lobster.
Replies: 21
Views: 4634

Re: BOS TSA handcuff 20lb Lobster.

When I first saw this story, I was slightly amused with the picture. Then I read the articles and it made a lot of sense why the passengers were upset. I don't want TSA parading around my belongs, and the issue with how they were packed is valid. Heck, I am still upset about TSA taking a bag of Dori...

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by Kickert
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlift to Ethiopia: deadline looms for illegal migrants
Replies: 7
Views: 3293

Re: Airlift to Ethiopia: deadline looms for illegal migrants

berari wrote:

The article was re: amnesty. You can lookup the flights by using any online tools including FlightRadar.


And the 750, 000 Ethiopians about to be deported... That info came from where?

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by Kickert
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Spice as a weapon on ET flights
Replies: 2
Views: 1233

Re: Spice as a weapon on ET flights

I guess I understand the principle, although the application seems a bit odd. Pepper spray has the capsaicin liquidified and then modified for easy distribution. Many things have capsaicin in them. Could I bring on Tony's cajun seasoning? What about black pepper? Dried whole chili peppers? I mean ET...

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by Kickert
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlift to Ethiopia: deadline looms for illegal migrants
Replies: 7
Views: 3293

Re: Airlift to Ethiopia: deadline looms for illegal migrants

There's currently a big airlift occurring from Saudi Arabia to Ethiopia. The Saudi government granted a 90-day amnesty to residency, labor violators in Saudi Arabia, an amnesty that runs out on June 29. An estimated 750,000 Ethiopian migrants live in Saudi Arabia, among which a significant majority...

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by Kickert
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Spice as a weapon on ET flights
Replies: 2
Views: 1233

Spice as a weapon on ET flights

Earlier in the month I visited Addis for some consulting work. On my return, I was planning on bringing back several kilos of Ethiopia's best culinary items: home grown and roasted coffee, shiro (powdered chickpeas), and berebere spice. I was unsure the legality of it, and the coffee had a strong sm...

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by Kickert
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines' order of A350s and its future fleet+growth
Replies: 32
Views: 5960

Re: Ethiopian Airlines' order of A350s and its future fleet+growth

ET has great planes, and it seems with the current and expected investments, that is only going to improve. The problem is that the further you get away from those planes the bigger the problems. ADD has some major issues and isn't even close to being on par with other major hubs in the area. Theore...

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by Kickert
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines' order of A350s and its future fleet+growth
Replies: 32
Views: 5960

Re: Ethiopian Airlines' order of A350s and its future fleet+growth

Ethiopia has strong ties with the Chinese and it seems they are really investing in that connection. I see some European expansion as being tied to actually connecting China to Europe. As for their fleet, it seems all over the place. I regularly fly between JNB and ADD and have been on 767, 772, 773...

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by Kickert
Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar
Replies: 681
Views: 149978

Re: Breaking: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar

I could do a direct 15 hour flight, but have no problem 8hr + 14hr (often with a long layover) for the price and experience I get with Qatar and that is even with kids in tow. May I ask what the price difference is? It would have to be significant for me to go from non stop 15 hrs to a 24 hr + trip...

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by Kickert
Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar
Replies: 681
Views: 149978

Re: Breaking: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar

The way I see it, the biggest loss will be large number of regional routes that QR flies. Obviously those are lost as long as these restrictions are in place and I assume that would probably lead to a few of their narrowbodies being parked for a bit while they regroup (or wait for a reversal). I don...

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by Kickert
Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar
Replies: 681
Views: 149978

Re: Breaking: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar

Qantas has announced that Qatari citizens wishing to board flights to Dubai will not be able to do so. This means a Qatari passenger wishing to travel from SYD to LHR, for example, would not be able to do so on a Qantas flight. "UAE have banned Qatari nationals from transiting through UAE, so ...

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by Kickert
Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA's flights to the US
Replies: 13
Views: 4567

Re: SAA's flights to the US

The 77L can have payload restrictions on JNB-ATL (westbound sector). The challenge with the 77L on the sector is that there is a speed restriction on the tyres which can limit the payload. This is how it was explained to me... the runway is long enough to allow allow twin-engines to reach a safe V2...

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by Kickert
Thu May 25, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Testing REQ to Remove More Items from Bags
Replies: 41
Views: 5874

Re: TSA Testing REQ to Remove More Items from Bags

I was just through SJU and not only didn't have to remove anything (including liquids and laptop) from my bag, we also didn't have to remove shoes, and went through the metal detector instead of the body scan. This was just the normal TSA line. I had the same thing happened to me at JFK a few weeks...

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by Kickert
Mon May 22, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with only one 747 pax service left
Replies: 67
Views: 7925

Re: Airports with only one 747 pax service left

I was going to say JNB with the 748 from LH, but I am thinking BA has a less than weekly 747 in addition to the daily A380 they send.

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by Kickert
Thu May 18, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Metropolitan Airways?
Replies: 57
Views: 7846

Re: New airline in America?????

It is telling that in laying out their (incomplete) website, they have already identified "REFUNDS" as one of the main tabs.

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by Kickert
Wed May 17, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian seeks 'heavy' cost cuts
Replies: 26
Views: 6042

Re: Ethiopian seeks 'heavy' cost cuts

ADD really needs a whole new airport probably far from the centre so it can be at a lower altitude. The Chinese are renovating and expanding ADD's terminal at the moment but ADD's bathrooms are still something from a horror movie. While I have not personally traveled through ADD, colleagues of mine...

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by Kickert
Wed May 17, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian seeks 'heavy' cost cuts
Replies: 26
Views: 6042

Re: Ethiopian seeks 'heavy' cost cuts

I have flown with ET quite a bit the last few years and in my opinion they are all over the place. On their widebodies, their hard product is very good (not ME3 quality, but nothing to complain about in the region). Then on these fancy new planes, they show the most outdated safety video I have ever...

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by Kickert
Sun May 14, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Printed boarding pass vs. smartphone
Replies: 60
Views: 10872

Re: Printed boarding pass vs. smartphone

When traveling -- especially internationally -- it isn't always easy to print your boarding pass. I personally prefer to check in early and then use a kiosk to print my boarding pass when I get to the airport, but I can completely understand situations where having a printed boarding pass isn't alwa...

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by Kickert
Thu May 11, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations
Replies: 27
Views: 2013

Re: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations

I can see the theoretical advantage to a gas-n-go approach, but it seems the time to make it a full stop before continuing on isn't that big of a deal and has many advantages. I think of the JNB > IAD flights that either stop in DKR or ACC. Those stops are only scheduled for an hour and SAA is able ...

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by Kickert
Fri May 05, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA EWR passenger sent to SFO instead of CDG
Replies: 127
Views: 19304

Re: UA EWR PAS SENT TO SFO instead of CDG

1. The passenger was supposed to travel to France and ended up remain in USA. Different countries have different rules for security of inbounding flights. While most of them are usually held to same high standard and differences among them do not usually matter, but there are also cases that for in...

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by Kickert
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Countries/Cities with only 1 airline servicing that place
Replies: 87
Views: 9930

Re: Countries/Cities with only 1 airline servicing that place

Manzini in Swaziland (formerly MTS, now SHO) only has Airlink flights to JNB. It's the only commercial airport in the country. There are plans for the new Swazi Airways to also serve SHO. They have two 737s, one of which is already in the livery. But, like the launch of SHO itself, it is experienci...

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by Kickert
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Announcement: Airliners.net has been acquired by VerticalScope
Replies: 417
Views: 221526

Re: Annoucement: Airliners.net has been aquired by VerticalScope

Sure, there are still some issues with the new format, but things have largely been resolved and/or improved. Anyone who prefers the old user interface to this one obviously doesn't visit other forums... the old A.net was a snapshot of the way things were on the internet at the turn of the millenniu...

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by Kickert
Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swazi Airways debuts?
Replies: 20
Views: 3610

Re: Swazi Airways debuts?

I recently had a quick exchange on Swazi Airways Facebook page. A couple things that I learned: "ZS-SPU is the one with Swazi Airways Livery and not ZS-VDP. Both aircraft are not in storage and are actually flying. I can assure you that we will share more details in due course." (I previou...

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