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by paullam
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Paying for First Class (Domestic flights)
Replies: 37
Views: 1879

Re: Paying for First Class (Domestic flights)

I’d never pay because to me it’s simply not worth it.

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by paullam
Tue May 05, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Trip planning to rno from rsw
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Re: Trip planning to rno from rsw

Since you didn’t mention a specific time you want to fly I just had a look for flights in September. You may give Skyscanner a try as they offer heaps of codeshare options making you fly on tickets offered by several European airlines. That lower the price to less than $300 so you may find options h...

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by paullam
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Flightradar24 Anomalies
Replies: 11
Views: 1609

Re: Flightradar24 Anomalies

This past week, YVR had a spate of Air New Zealand B787s flying domestic and European routes!! Most likely those were repatriation flights for tourist stranded overseas. I know that the German government had some NZ flying from AKL via YVR to some place in Germany. Maybe other countries did the same.

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by paullam
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your last trip and the next trip you cancelled
Replies: 49
Views: 2238

Re: Your last trip and the next trip you cancelled

My last trip was

TXL-KEF-TXL-AMS-JNB-CPT-JNB-CDG-TXL for a 2-in-1-holiday.

I wanted to go either to Canada or Japan this summer which will be axed obviously. Hadn’t booked anything so far which is good.

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by paullam
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Interesting 787 flaperon movements on takeoff
Replies: 8
Views: 1634

Re: Interesting 787 flaperon movements on takeoff

You also see it on the 777. I think it has to do with hydraulics but others know it better than me.

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by paullam
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Is it possible to use the PMDG MD-11 for FS2004 with FSX Steam?
Replies: 7
Views: 1244

Re: Is it possible to use the PMDG MD-11 for FS2004 with FSX Steam?

I have the FSX Version running perfectly in FSX SE. Why did you buy the FS 2004 version knowing that you’d run it in FSX SE? This thread is NOT about me not wanting to use it in FSX SE, and not wanting to use it in FS2004. The FS2004 version was the only one available. I will run it in FS2004. I on...

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by paullam
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Is it possible to use the PMDG MD-11 for FS2004 with FSX Steam?
Replies: 7
Views: 1244

Re: Is it possible to use the PMDG MD-11 for FS2004 with FSX Steam?

I have the FSX Version running perfectly in FSX SE. Why did you buy the FS 2004 version knowing that you’d run it in FSX SE?

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by paullam
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 63
Views: 4966

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Jutlander wrote:
Not exactly nonsensical but a friend of me flew MEL-SIN-KUL-SHJ-VIE-BLL to get here. Sure it could be done faster, but this turned out to be the cheapest.

That reminds me of my WLG-AKL-OOL-KUL-COK-AUH-CDG-TXL trip I once did :D

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by paullam
Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help! Who is this airline?
Replies: 20
Views: 4249

Re: Help! Who is this airline?

Could it be Far Eastern Air Transport with the wonderful abbreviation FAT?

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by paullam
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 63
Views: 4966

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Stuck in SEA during spring break as a non-rev and seemingly every eastbound seat booked 100% on all carriers, I was forced to either (a) buy a $900 walk-up fare as a confirmed passenger for SEA-ATL, or (B) non-rev SEA-NRT-ATL. Rational thought prevailed and I swiped my CC for $900. For me, the rati...

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by paullam
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SQ or QR
Replies: 12
Views: 1751

Re: SQ or QR

No matter what airline you end up choosing I can only recommend waiting with booking until this corona crap is over and you’re able to plan at least a little bit. I know you’ll probably have a flexible ticket but it’s gonna save you from a lot of hassle.

And I’d choose QR in order to see Doha ;)

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by paullam
Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 63
Views: 4966

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

The other day I flew JNB-DXB-SYD on EK even though there was a nonstop available on QF (although much more expensive). So I ended up spending 22 hours in the air instead of just 13 or whatever it takes to get from JNB to SYD nonstop. That’s a detour of around 7.000 km. While it’s definitely not nons...

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by paullam
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is Thai Airways so Expensive?
Replies: 11
Views: 953

Re: Why is Thai Airways so Expensive?

I don’t know about their international flights but domestically it’s not uncommon to shoot a Norway fare for 40€ in eco between BKK and CNX/KBV/HKT.

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by paullam
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa A340-600 Tegel 20 May 2016.
Replies: 4
Views: 1446

Re: Lufthansa A340-600 Tegel 20 May 2016.

Occasionally they used to operate A346 on some flights to Munich as well as 744 to Frankfurt. Might’ve been that.

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by paullam
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Avoiding Pushback
Replies: 20
Views: 3893

Re: Avoiding Pushback

You can witness the same at Germany’s Paderborn airport or even in Frankfurt, both featuring a couple of jetbridge positions without the need for a pushback.

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by paullam
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scorpion on a plane, again.
Replies: 6
Views: 2201

Re: Scorpion on a plane, again.

I had this happen once back in the LTU days on a MUC-CUN service. The plane's previous flight originated in CUN as well, luckily they found the scorpion before our flight.

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by paullam
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines whose Primary Base is Ethnic Travel (VFR)
Replies: 23
Views: 2417

Re: Airlines whose Primary Base is Ethnic Travel

Operations on some Pacific islands come to mind. Samoa as an example mostly features flights from NZ and OZ full of ethnic traffic. While I don’t have any numbers to confirm this, I’m pretty sure that without this kind of traffic, there’d hardly be any flights there (hypothetically spoken).

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by paullam
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taxiing with 1 engine
Replies: 38
Views: 3134

Re: Taxiing with 1 engine

I remember seeing how many US airlines were using only one engine when taxing. Is this something most airlines do? I don´t recall seeing that in Europe, and most certaintly, the airline where I work does not allow such a thing. EasyJet and SAS do it in Europe. I’ve seen Pegasus and KLM do it as wel...

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by paullam
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Memorable sights seen from an Aircraft
Replies: 55
Views: 10126

Re: Memorable sights seen from an Aircraft

I’m more like a sunrise/sunset kind of guy. None of the pictures are edited. This one is from a departure at ZNZ early in the morning bound for MCT. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190929/1c250a308b1a323599fe935fd04909d8.jpg I’m surprised no one has mentioned SDU’s departure: https://uploads.tapa...

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by paullam
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Would a climb/glide schedule save fuel compared to a constant cruise altitude flight?
Replies: 34
Views: 5586

Re: Would a climb/glide schedule save fuel compared to a constant cruise altitude flight?

Interesting idea but what makes you think that a plane can glide for “a few thousand kilometres” as you state in your post? That’s far from true...

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by paullam
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In your opinion, is flight becoming more turbulent and bumpy with time?
Replies: 10
Views: 2052

Re: In your opinion, is flight becoming more turbulent and bumpy with time?

There are actually voices saying that flying has become more turbulent. This is not weather related though. However since our skies are getting more and more crowded as we speak, lower airspace is being used more often so the likelihood of experiencing turbulences increases as you can’t fly above cl...

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by paullam
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question: UA from CPT-EWR on 787-9
Replies: 16
Views: 1344

Question: UA from CPT-EWR on 787-9

I wouldn’t do it. It’s just 3” after all...

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by paullam
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belavia B733 runway excursion in Kyiv (IEV/UKKK)
Replies: 14
Views: 3008

Re: Belavia B733 runway excursion in Kyiv (IEV/UKKK)

That’s why you shouldn’t clap right after touchdown.

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by paullam
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340 dumps fuel touching down while on runway..
Replies: 21
Views: 4892

Re: A340 dumps fuel touching down while on runway..

Starlionblue wrote:
paullam wrote:
Maybe some “eye witness” just saw vortexes?

Image


The pic in the article does seem rather like fuel is coming out of the jettison nozzle.


Maybe. I could just guess as I can’t read the article.

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by paullam
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340 dumps fuel touching down while on runway..
Replies: 21
Views: 4892

A340 dumps fuel touching down while on runway..

Maybe some “eye witness” just saw vortexes?

Image

Unfortunately I couldn’t read the article as the website is blocked in Europe.

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by paullam
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone flown all of a large fleet?
Replies: 16
Views: 1347

Anyone flown all of a large fleet?

I flew on 50% of Lao Airlines’ A320 fleet. They have two of them :D

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by paullam
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui retires A343 F-OSUN, PPT-HNL-VCV on 3 engines
Replies: 51
Views: 14361

Re: Air Tahiti Nui retires A343 F-OSUN, PPT-HNL-VCV on 3 engines

Why were the cabin lights on during takeoff? And why would they be on if it’s a ferry flight? I would think it's the same reason the crew turns on the cabin lights for landing: if there was ever a need to evacuate in a hurry as unlikely as it may seem, you are better off having all the lights on to...

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by paullam
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines with most twin widebodies subtypes?
Replies: 23
Views: 4073

Re: Airlines with most twin widebodies subtypes?

By my estimates, the greatest current number of WB twin subtypes in any individual airline is 8. This is shared between 3 airlines, TG, DL & UA TG 333, 359, 772, 77E, 773, 77W, 788, 789 DL 763, 764, 77E, 77L, 359, 332, 333, 339 UA 763, 764, 772, 77E, 77W, 788, 789, 78J Doesn’t TG also operate t...

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by paullam
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Astana incident caused by inverted aileron control
Replies: 149
Views: 6130

Re: Air Astana incident caused by inverted aileron control

Btw, what happened to P4-KCJ, the plane involved in this incident? I couldn't see any recent flights on FR24. I can imagine that they scapped it due to it having "experienced" these high g-loads.

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by paullam
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why retract flaps on the ground?
Replies: 51
Views: 7888

Re: Why retract flaps on the ground?

Retracting the flaps (and leading edge slats) keeps them from getting damaged by ground equipment at the gate. I have the opposite question from the OP and it's funny this thread came up because I've been wondering about this for some. Your explanation above is of course the correct & obvious a...

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by paullam
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates launches world’s shortest A380 route
Replies: 30
Views: 9597

Re: Emirates launches world’s shortest A380 route

Well this flight is only 8 km shorter than the CDG-LHR crew familiarization flights that AF did when they introduced the A380 into their fleet. As I remember, those were available to the general public. Certainly, such short segments cannot be a good application for an aircraft that was never desig...

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by paullam
Fri May 31, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing YouTube: "Airbus, We're Glad You're Here"
Replies: 41
Views: 8957

Re: Boeing YouTube: "Airbus, We're Glad You're Here"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWaTjYpczKQ

See? Kindness gets kindness back in return.


Some posters on this forum could really learn something from that video... :duck:
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Aurantiaco wrote:
TheFlyingDisk wrote:
Airbus did a video congratulating Boeing for its centennial. It would be remiss for Boeing not to do the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWaTjYpczKQ

See? Kindness gets kindness back in return.


Some posters on this forum could really learn something from that video... :duck:

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by paullam
Fri May 31, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your experience on now defunct carriers
Replies: 79
Views: 5415

Re: Your experience on now defunct carriers

Living in Berlin I flew Air Berlin rather often. It was always exciting what the flight will be like because they kept changing their concept all the time. It was hard to keep up so you never knew what kind of service to expect. While they changed their livery from the old one to the hybrid one and ...

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by paullam
Sat May 25, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest & shortest flights
Replies: 78
Views: 5622

Re: Your longest & shortest flights

Longest by distance and time:
QF18 - B747-400ER - LAX-SYD - 12.073 km - 13 h 55 mins

Shortest by distance
Greater Toronto Airways - PA31 - YTZ-CYSN (St. Catharinas) - 52 km - 13 mins

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by paullam
Fri May 24, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines on the edge
Replies: 32
Views: 4316

Re: Airlines on the edge

The moment the Italian government decides to stop funding Alitalia they’ll be gone.

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by paullam
Tue May 21, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Distinct noise inside 737 cabins
Replies: 30
Views: 6513

Re: Distinct noise inside 737 cabins

The "A" pumps are never turned off. This is because they are engine driven pumps and only produce pressure when the engine is operating. The S/O solanoid energizes to shut off "A" system hydralic and could potentily burn out if left in the selected off position for long periods ...

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by paullam
Tue May 21, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Distinct noise inside 737 cabins
Replies: 30
Views: 6513

Re: Distinct noise inside 737 cabins

That’s exactly what stratclub said. My bad, edited.....the “A” system are turned off!! The "A" pumps are never turned off. This is because they are engine driven pumps and only produce pressure when the engine is operating. The S/O solanoid energizes to shut off "A" system hydra...

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by paullam
Thu May 16, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Distinct noise inside 737 cabins
Replies: 30
Views: 6513

Re: Distinct noise inside 737 cabins

Whiteguy wrote:
stratclub wrote:
No, fuel pumps are pretty much silent from inside of the cabin. The sound you hear are electric hydraulic pumps and are turned on just before push back so that the aircraft has brakes.


Actually the “A” system hydraulics aren’t turned off for push back...


That’s exactly what stratclub said.

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by paullam
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Does anyone else just love the sound of distant turboprops?
Replies: 12
Views: 12663

Re: Does anyone else just love the sound of distant turboprops?

I spend most of my time in the German city of Cottbus. Every now and then sometime at night we have a AN-24 cruising overhead going south from Sweden to places like Hungary or even down to Northern Africa.
I always love when that happens. It’s gotten rare though now that I think of it...

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by paullam
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two 747-400 at TXL today
Replies: 5
Views: 2706

Two 747-400 at TXL today

It was a military charter from US Military, they will be taking back the soldiers to US from Germany as they had a conducted a military exercise in Poland. That's what a spotter from Berlin said it to me. Alright, thanks! Edit: Seems like the second flight didn’t make it to the U.S.: https://upload...

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by paullam
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two 747-400 at TXL today
Replies: 5
Views: 2706

Re: Two 747-400 at TXL today

Dominion301 wrote:
Just a guess, but COS must NATO/NORAD = military charter.


That’s what I also thought but maybe someone has some more information.

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by paullam
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two 747-400 at TXL today
Replies: 5
Views: 2706

Two 747-400 at TXL today

Today (April 14) there have been two Atlas Air 747-400 at Berlin’s Tegel Airport. Having a 747, let alone two of them here is extremely rare. They must’ve been charter flights but I’m wondering who has been chartering them, especially considering they apparently needed two of them. The first one, N4...

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by paullam
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Distinct noise inside 737 cabins
Replies: 30
Views: 6513

Re: Distinct noise inside 737 cabins

Well that sound comes from the fuel pumps which are being switched on in order to run the APU or start the engines. You won’t really hear them in flight because wind and engine noises will be much louder.

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by paullam
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scary situation on Qatar Airways A320 this week.
Replies: 61
Views: 14558

Re: Scary situation on Qatar Airways A320 this week.

I flew in that area as well last week on an A340. It was a rather smooth flight until out of a sudden over the Arabian sea the plane moved upwards and right downwards again. The downward move lsted for about 5-10 seconds. That might've been what your mum experienced as well.

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by paullam
Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyArystan aircraft rendering
Replies: 14
Views: 1896

Re: FlyArystan aircraft rendering

CarbonFibre wrote:
Is the tank underneath for water bombing?


Kazakhstan is well-known for its vast forests so they might want to make some extra bucks with protecting them of wild fires :D

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by paullam
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: April Fools Jokes on Passengers and crew?
Replies: 19
Views: 4820

Re: April Fools Jokes on Passengers and crew?

https://youtu.be/lSTgA8pEc8w

Watch it with sound on!
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I quite like this one:

https://youtu.be/lSTgA8pEc8w

Watch it with sound on!

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by paullam
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do Boeing / Airbus deliver small planes in remote countries?
Replies: 10
Views: 978

Re: How do Boeing / Airbus deliver small planes in remote countries?

http://www.aussieairliners.org/a320i/ne ... zkojc.html

All they basically do is fly it there with heaps of stops. On Aussieairliners.org you may look up more registrations. This one is just an example.
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Have a look here:

http://www.aussieairliners.org/a320i/ne ... zkojc.html

All they basically do is fly it there with heaps of stops. On Aussieairliners.org you may look up more registrations. This one is just an example.

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by paullam
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best places to visit in Thailand
Replies: 8
Views: 849

Re: Best places to visit in Thailand

I just returned from a 3 week trip to Thailand. We visited Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Chang and Koh Lanta. Out of all places I enjoyed Koh Chang the most. This island is located 6 hours to the southeast of Bangkok by bus or you hop on the Bangkok Airways ATR and fly to Trat (beautiful airport ...

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by paullam
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many countries have you visited?
Replies: 36
Views: 1928

Re: How many countries have you visited?

North America: Canada Mexico United States South America: Argentina Brazil Chile Europe: Belgium Bulgaria Denmark Germany Estland Finnland France Greece United Kingdom Ireland Italy Latvia Lithuania Malta Netherlands Norway Austria Poland Portugal Russia Sweden Switzerland Slovakia Spain Czech Repub...

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