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by gabrielchew
Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines/aircraft with recorded announcements
Replies: 23
Views: 2450

Re: Airlines/aircraft with recorded announcements

BA do for standard safety briefings but not much else. I have seen recorded and non recorded on Easyjet (I sometimes wonder if the non recorded ones are training flights as I presume the cabin crew must be able to do non recorded briefings! Actually BA don't use pre-recorded annoucements at all for...

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by gabrielchew
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines/aircraft with recorded announcements
Replies: 23
Views: 2450

Re: Airlines/aircraft with recorded announcements

BA do for standard safety briefings but not much else. I have seen recorded and non recorded on Easyjet (I sometimes wonder if the non recorded ones are training flights as I presume the cabin crew must be able to do non recorded briefings! Actually BA don't use pre-recorded annoucements at all for...

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by gabrielchew
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do domestic flight numbers change so much compared to int'l?
Replies: 1
Views: 639

Re: Why do domestic flight numbers change so much compared to int'l?

I asked this a while ago. I think one of the reasons was to confuse on time statistics.

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by gabrielchew
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Questions about BA premium cabin
Replies: 7
Views: 1986

Re: Questions about BA premium cabin

How is the meal service right now on BA Club World/First during covid? - FIRST and Club both have slimmed down offerings. Either the first or second service will have a "hot element" (main course in First, hot wrap in Club) for one meal service, but not both. Otherwise, there is a reasonab...

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by gabrielchew
Tue May 19, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Airlines nonstop Manila - Miami
Replies: 21
Views: 5503

Re: Philippine Airlines nonstop Manila - Miami

jfk777 wrote:
where is it stopping on its way back ? IS Manila the repatriation destination.


I imagine this is bringing Filipino cruise workers back to the Philippines.

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by gabrielchew
Tue May 12, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train
Replies: 107
Views: 11472

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Airports that i've walked to: BRE, LIS, BRR, RMI, CPH, TSA, LCY, NCE, RKV, SAN, IPC, ANR, BLL, PSA, LCA Can't walk to Osaka airport from anywhere as it is in the middle of the sea. Actually Osaka Airport (ITM) is in a densely populated area, and you CAN walk there. Kansai Airport (KIX) is in the mid...

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by gabrielchew
Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA transfers MLE to LHR; upgrades to 77W
Replies: 25
Views: 7098

Re: BA transfers MLE to LHR; upgrades to 77W

Currently the only way to get from Europe to Maldives, barring the Gatwick flight and AF's 3/week 789 service from CDG, is connecting via a Middle East carrier. I wonder if this new flight will be timed to meet connections from NA, like what BA recently did with its ISB flight. The Maldives are lit...

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by gabrielchew
Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 777 crew rest area
Replies: 12
Views: 2066

Re: 777 crew rest area

Aircraft without proper lie-flat crew rest are limited in the time they can operate. At BA these are the G-VII* machines, and won't go further than around 9 hours (they go as far as India/BGI/NBO/SEA etc. The G-YMM* ones have crew rest fitted and can fly much further (e.g. PVG/BKK/EZE). All the 777-...

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by gabrielchew
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flooding at DXB causes EK meltdown
Replies: 40
Views: 12304

Re: Flooding at DXB causes EK meltdown

It rarely rain in loss angeles too But we have an extensive set of drainage canals, most of the time used to film cheesy TV shows, but I have seen the water flowing over the bridges during 10 year storms. People forget the big parks hold the water with the exit spillways having limited area to prev...

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by gabrielchew
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big Trip, Need Help
Replies: 25
Views: 6481

Re: Big Trip, Need Help

LHR, I will be seeing the Houston Texans play and I want to hit up the pub that is the former embassy for the republic of Texas. I had no idea this was a thing! I'll look out for that the next time i'm in the area! JNB I need some help with, I was told by my coworker to see the Apartheid museum and...

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by gabrielchew
Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why doesn't KL and BA fly to Casablanca(CMN)?
Replies: 14
Views: 4284

Re: Why doesn't KL and BA fly to Casablanca(CMN)?

There's a lot of UK-MA traffic, but it's nearly all tourist/VFR. And Casablanca isn't a tourist draw for Brits. Bmi operated LHR-CMN for a while, but it obviously wasn't strong enough for BA to maintain. I think you might mean GB Airways - I regularly flew LHR-CMN with them 2004-06 - apologies if I...

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by gabrielchew
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why doesn't KL and BA fly to Casablanca(CMN)?
Replies: 14
Views: 4284

Re: Why doesn't KL and BA fly to Casablanca(CMN)?

There's a lot of UK-MA traffic, but it's nearly all tourist/VFR. And Casablanca isn't a tourist draw for Brits. Bmi operated LHR-CMN for a while, but it obviously wasn't strong enough for BA to maintain.

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by gabrielchew
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes
Replies: 252
Views: 66682

Re: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes

VS transferred Las Vegas from LGW to LHR in February 2019. It was previously year round from LGW and not seasonal, it is still year round now that's it at LHR, it's flown by the B789. As far as I'm aware VS haven't made any announcement regarding LHR to LAS going seasonal, I'm sure that Sean ( my n...

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by gabrielchew
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?
Replies: 93
Views: 6522

Re: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?

London: LHR, LGW, LTN, STN, LCY, SEN Belfast: BFS, BHD Paris: ORY, CDG Berlin: SXF, TXL Reykjavik: RKV, KEF Milan: LIN, MXP Moscow: DME, SVO Warsaw: WAW, WMI Istanbul: SAW, IST Georgetown (Guyana): OGL, GEO New York: JFK, LGA, EWR Washington: IAD, DCA Seattle: SEA, LKE Vancouver: YVR, CXH Buenos Air...

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by gabrielchew
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the largest aircraft type LAS sees now?
Replies: 13
Views: 2990

Re: What is the largest aircraft type LAS sees now?

questions wrote:
Are routes to Las Vegas premium light, medium or heavy?


BA sends the 747-400 daily with the "smaller" Business Class section:

F 14
J 52
W 36
Y 235

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by gabrielchew
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Euro traveler Plus fare
Replies: 1
Views: 896

Re: BA Euro traveler Plus fare

As long as there are seats available in your cabin (not fare class) then you can change for free. You can change any time on the day after midnight UK time, up to 1 hour before departure. It's a great benefit of the Plus fare, especially if the later flights are considerably cheaper than the earlier...

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by gabrielchew
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most peculiar or noteworthy multi-sector flights today?
Replies: 9
Views: 2404

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

There are plenty of small airlines that run these milk run trips. LIAT in the Carribean does plenty, like LI 512 OGL-BGI-ANU-SKB, and Wideroe in Norway do some. MH used to run a twice weekly 747 KUL-JNB-CPT-EZE A lot of the current BA LGW 777 services to the Caribbean do little hops, like BA 2159 LG...

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by gabrielchew
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Boeing 747 history
Replies: 88
Views: 6486

Re: Your Boeing 747 history

According to my Flight Memory, i've logged 91 x 747-400, with BA, VS, BR, UA, SQ, TG, NH, MH, LH, CA & NZ. I did a few more flights when I was younger too. Caught the 747Combi with CA, the 747-8i with LH and the 747-400D (short range) with NH.

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by gabrielchew
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boarding always on left side of aircraft?
Replies: 24
Views: 2301

Re: Boarding always on left side of aircraft?

When AI got their first 787s, I boarded one in CCU on the right hand side (by steps, 4R), not sure why. And a few years earlier I disembarked a BA 772 in SAN on the right hands side (1R), but I think that was due to a citywide power cut - it took them ages to find steps high enough for us. I guess n...

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by gabrielchew
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Out of this world upgrades and downgrades!
Replies: 66
Views: 7158

Re: Out of this world upgrades and downgrades!

A few years ago I flew Biman Bangladesh CCU-DAC-KTM. When booking the first sector was showing as an A310, and the second as a DC10. At check in in CCU I was told it was an Airbus (and free seating), but when we boarded it was actually a DC10! On the next sector, an A310 turned up! So I got what I w...

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by gabrielchew
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Seat Assignment - Charging for Business Class?
Replies: 16
Views: 1528

Re: BA Seat Assignment - Charging for Business Class?

Ya, it's a pretty unacceptable practice. It may not be "full fare," but when you're paying $6k or more for a ticket - any ticket - and you don't get seat selection, then you'll lose customers pretty quickly imo. I'm a pretty frequent international J-class flyer and I stay away from BA as ...

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by gabrielchew
Wed May 30, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FA attention question
Replies: 72
Views: 8290

Re: FA attention question

I was on a Delta BOS LAX flight on a 757. Sat near the rear exit row of the doors that are behind the wing. Before takeoff, as soon as the FA took her rear- facing seat, she was immediately on her cell phone and was face down in that phone until the chime at 10k feet, when she unbuckled to do her n...

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by gabrielchew
Wed May 30, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Perth to London Problems on Qantas?
Replies: 67
Views: 21363

Re: Perth to London Problems on Qantas?

Pardon my ignorance, but I don't understand why more than 25 hours between flights is necessary. Sure, a 19 hour duty day is long and challenging. But I would think an entire day is quite sufficient to recover. Is it enough time to get out and about and do any sightseeing in London? Absolutely not....

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by gabrielchew
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 AUS
Replies: 32
Views: 8410

Re: BA 747 AUS

First (14) Club World (52) World Traveller Plus (36) World Traveller (235) Total: 337 On today's (9 April) LHR-AUS flight, the majority of seats in First, Club World and World Traveller Plus are booked, for AUS-LHR it's First and Club World. Actually both the first (GCIVI) and second (GCIVZ) flight...

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by gabrielchew
Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's least-dense 744s
Replies: 26
Views: 5560

Re: BA's least-dense 744s

You can nearly guarantee that if the flight operates from Terminal 3 at LHR, then it is the denser (52J) 744 (with the unrefreshed interiors). Destinations include CPT, LAS, YVR, NBO. JFK also gets them, as there is one on the way right now (BA115).

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by gabrielchew
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ukraine International Nearing 787s & New Long Haul Routes
Replies: 35
Views: 4803

Re: Ukraine International Airlines to launch some new flights within five years

I think this is a ridiculous list. Gernally agreed, especially as the time frames on such specific small markets. Sanya? the island town in China? you have to be joking right? Actually this is one that I could see working. The beach resorts of Southern Hainan are full of Russian tourists (and there...

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by gabrielchew
Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best way to travel to SEZ from either BHX or LHR?
Replies: 3
Views: 573

Re: Best way to travel to SEZ from either BHX or LHR?

I have 11,258 Avios miles in a BA household account. Can i use these with QR for business class for 5 people? If so, how much would it reduce the price of 5 people by? Sorry, but I couldn't help but LOL at that question. 11K Avios will get ONE person from London to Milan and back in ECONOMY. It's n...

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by gabrielchew
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Potable water ex-CPT?
Replies: 18
Views: 3353

Re: Potable water ex-CPT?

Most flights headed to Africa from Europe go with the water tanks 100% full. Whilst filling those tanks takes a lot of valuable water, it really is a drop in the ocean (so to speak) of the entire water demand for the city. If everyone is limited to 50L a day (is that right?), and the population is ...

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by gabrielchew
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA LGW 777's
Replies: 5
Views: 903

Re: BA LGW 777's

So I'm travelling to San José, Costa Rica next January on the direct Gatwick flight. Does anybody know whether all planes will be reconfigured to the new 10 abreast configuration or only some of the LGW fleet. Contrary to most I want to be on the new fleet as i'd rather the newer IFE. Also are the ...

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by gabrielchew
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Potable water ex-CPT?
Replies: 18
Views: 3353

Re: Potable water ex-CPT?

Most flights headed to Africa from Europe go with the water tanks 100% full. Whilst filling those tanks takes a lot of valuable water, it really is a drop in the ocean (so to speak) of the entire water demand for the city. If everyone is limited to 50L a day (is that right?), and the population is ~...

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by gabrielchew
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to CPT, both LHR and LGW?
Replies: 26
Views: 5783

Re: BA to CPT, both LHR and LGW?

BA are filling their CPT flights very easily, and the fares aren't cheap. Adding the LGW-CPT flights, as well as an extra few rotations from LHR jan-Mar is catering to the very high numbers of tourists visiting SA. This is peak tourist time.

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by gabrielchew
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA only one daily JNB-LHR with new A333
Replies: 53
Views: 9705

Re: SAA only one daily JNB-LHR with new A333

VS also dropped CPT-LHR a while back, so I wonder how is BA doing on the route? Regarding JNB-LHR, if BA are doing double daily on a 380 (in winter/southern summer), plus VS daily on a 789, the route can't be bleeding that much to the ME3 and must still be quite lucrative, no? Or are BA and VS soft...

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by gabrielchew
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan Applies for CTU-ORD; SZX-VIE
Replies: 25
Views: 4653

Re: Hainan Applies for CTU-ORD; SZX-VIE

CTU-ORD seems reasonable. SZX-VIE less so. VIE only got a HKG flight relatively recently, I can't think of many people needing to go from Shenzhen to Vienna!

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by gabrielchew
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the 747 cabin excessively noisy?
Replies: 8
Views: 1287

Re: Is the 747 cabin excessively noisy?

I guess you've not sat in the nose then? Very quiet in there. If you walk from front to rear in flight you'll notice a massive difference in noise levels.

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by gabrielchew
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Royal Brunei Airlines
Replies: 7
Views: 1024

Re: Royal Brunei Airlines

Reading isn't your strongpoint is it, read the OP:. You know what, I clearly didn't read to the end, my bad. Did I provide incorrect or misleading info? Quite the opposite, I provided info, and an useful fact about stopping over in a not-too-visited country that the OP might have not thought about....

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by gabrielchew
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Royal Brunei Airlines
Replies: 7
Views: 1024

Re: Royal Brunei Airlines

They don't serve alcohol, if that's important to you, but you can drink your own onboard. If you can get a stopover in Brunei, it's well worth doing for a day or two.

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by gabrielchew
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city
Replies: 116
Views: 5928

Re: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city

NBO
DEN
CLT
EWR (i've been to NYC, but not on the NJ side)
FRA (only gone from the airport to the train station)
OTP (airport hotel on an overnight connection)
RUH
JED
UEL (not a hub)
EBB
ADD (airport hotel on an overnight connection)
JIQ (OK, this isn't a hub, and didn't leave the plane)

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by gabrielchew
Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA ATH-LHR 767 service
Replies: 6
Views: 879

Re: BA ATH-LHR 767 service

ALL shorthual services to/from LHR/LGW in economy are Buy on Board (BoB), except Moscow. The 767s in the fleet are now only shorthual, so no chance to get a longhual configuration. ATH has historically been one of the few European cities where the 767 has always shown up on one of the daily flights ...

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by gabrielchew
Wed May 31, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RwandAir, inaugural KGL-LGW the 26/05/17, may start Swiss routes soon!
Replies: 18
Views: 4589

Re: RwandAir, inaugural KGL-LGW the 26/05/17, may start Swiss routes soon!

GABRIEL, **** You MUST WRITE A TRIP REPORT ! ***** :D Honestly, why did not you told me this before??? We could have been together on the LGW-KGL flight!! Only at the last minute my brother informed me about your twitter account and your intentions :( Anyway, hope you enjoyed the flights and finger...

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by gabrielchew
Fri May 26, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural PDX-LHR flight today
Replies: 32
Views: 7480

Re: Inaugural PDX-LHR flight today

ANA787 wrote:
DL37 LHR-PDX is already enroute.
DL36 PDX-LHR is scheduled to depart just after 5pm.


Nice new route for LHR and DL. Interesting to see the inaugural flight on the route leaving the foreign destination before if departs the home base country!

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by gabrielchew
Thu May 25, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RwandAir, inaugural KGL-LGW the 26/05/17, may start Swiss routes soon!
Replies: 18
Views: 4589

Re: RwandAir, inaugural KGL-LGW the 26/05/17, may start Swiss routes soon!

Hope some of the famous spotters in the UK will take some great shots for the maiden commercial flight to Europe beginning next Friday. :) as a reminder here are the time tables: WB700 KGL1220 – 2000LGW 332 2 WB700 KGL1230 – 2010LGW 332 34 WB700 KGL1245 – 2025LGW 332 5 WB701 LGW2130 – 0710+1KGL 332...

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by gabrielchew
Fri May 19, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Checking in at ZAG
Replies: 6
Views: 560

Re: Checking in at ZAG

Three hours is waaaaay too much time. There is a big OU hub movement around 8am, but the airport is still not very big, and certainly much smaller than any Western European Hub. Arriving 90 minutes before will be fine. Check in closes 45 minutes before, so I would aim to be there 60 minutes before a...

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by gabrielchew
Wed May 17, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Impressive Ethiopian Biz+Economy to South Africa: BOM-ADD-CPT/JNB-ADD-BOM in 787/77W/77L/738
Replies: 30
Views: 15611

Re: Impressive Ethiopian Biz+Economy to South Africa: BOM-ADD-CPT/JNB-ADD-BOM in 787/77W/77L/738

Nice report, and a good selection of metal! Great that you were upgraded and got good *S treatment. When I flew ET I was also *S, but my boarding passes all showed *G, so maybe there is a bug in the system (still!) and it shows all *S as *G? I'm surprised that CPT got a 77W...i've seen it a few time...

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by gabrielchew
Tue May 16, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Earliest departure North America to UK?
Replies: 4
Views: 858

Re: Earliest departure North America to UK?

I think the earliest afternoon (daytime) TATL arrival into the UK is BA 238 from BOS (lands LHR 1920).

There are 4 flights from NYC (arriving between 1945 and 2210), plus IAD (2055) and ORD (2245). YYZ on AC lands at 2100.

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by gabrielchew
Sat May 13, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BA CityFlyer LIN-LCY in Business (Club Europe)
Replies: 4
Views: 4457

Re: BA CityFlyer LIN-LCY in Business (Club Europe)

Nice report, glad you enjoyed BACF. Now that mainline has gone BoB in economy, BACF is really the stand out operating if you're not in Club. Sadly they too are going BoB sometime this year, so it'll be the end of full service down the back. Due to not having a lounge in LCY, and the lack of seat blo...

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by gabrielchew
Sat May 13, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection at TXL
Replies: 9
Views: 760

Re: Connection at TXL

Thanks for you detailed information. One last question, is there any reason I shouldn't get my LX boarding pass online before I leave the United States? I worry that somehow the procedure is to only get transfer boarding passes from the desk. Thanks again. If you're on one ticket, you should get th...

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by gabrielchew
Wed May 10, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection at TXL
Replies: 9
Views: 760

Re: Connection at TXL

TXL is NOT your standard airport. It dates back to a simpler time, where there was no security, and planes were small and local. On the plus side that means distances are generally short, and if you're off the plane quickly, you can be out of the airport in minutes. On the negative side, it means yo...

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by gabrielchew
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: UK Domestic with Easy - BRS-EDI plus Travelling while Trans
Replies: 5
Views: 2489

Re: UK Domestic with Easy - BRS-EDI plus Travelling while Trans

Nice trip report, and kudos for writing this report! Glad you enjoyed Edinburgh. I was there a few weeks ago - just love the city. “[Kid’s name] I’m more interested in Scotland than the mating calls of the birds”. Haha, very funny. Kids being kids! For those of us in the rear disembarkation was fair...

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