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by steveinbc
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 737 Max Grounding the longest?
Replies: 6
Views: 1732

Re: 737 Max Grounding the longest?

I believe that the DeHavilland Comet was grounded in 1954 following a series of mid-air losses (metal fatigue due to design issues) and did not resume until 1958. Hence almost a 4-year grounding.
As the prior poster states, the re-engineered Comet was a significant re-design

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by steveinbc
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to YYZ -- Why the Decline
Replies: 33
Views: 8458

Re: BA to YYZ -- Why the Decline

Core economy traffic between the UK and Canada has been in general decline for thirty years ! The heydays were the seventies and early eighties with dozens of VFR flights the Toronto from just about every paved 7500’ + runway.here. Was there ever a non-stop to YYZ from BFS? Off topic I know. But no...

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by steveinbc
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR Terminal Assignments
Replies: 15
Views: 3508

Re: LHR Terminal Assignments

In the good days it was easy. Terminal 1 was domestic. Terminal 2 was European. Terminal 3 was intercontinental Now as you say LHR is trying to make alliance connections easier as are many other world hubs. You probably know that the airport authority owns the gates and they are leased by the airlin...

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by steveinbc
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: German firm allegedly approved Brazil dam structure knowing it was unsafe: 300 died
Replies: 9
Views: 699

German firm allegedly approved Brazil dam structure knowing it was unsafe: 300 died

BBC reports that a German firm is now under investigation accused of falsifying records regarding its inspection and approval of a Brazilian dam which collapsed several months later killing some 300 people. What I don't get is that Germany had a worldwide reputation for engineering excellence and no...

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by steveinbc
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudi Arabia as Tourist Destination
Replies: 68
Views: 3775

Re: Saudi Arabia as Tourist Destination

Saudi is a corrupt and despotic regime controlled by a regal dictatorship. There's a significant amount of 'tourism' for the Muslim pilgrimages. But I see no real interest beyond that. Westerners cannot swim in mixed sex pools, have an. Alcoholic drink, and it's not s foodie destination. So what's l...

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by steveinbc
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flight a within one time zone that pass thru another
Replies: 31
Views: 2185

Re: Flight a within one time zone that pass thru another

[quote="Reno (and all of Nevada) is in the Pacific time zone.[/quote]

Oops. Yes you're correct. I'm s bad time zoner

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by steveinbc
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flight a within one time zone that pass thru another
Replies: 31
Views: 2185

Re: Flight a within one time zone that pass thru another

I just flew Vancouver to Los Angeles (same time zone Pacific) and routed over Reno (Central +1hr) to get there.

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by steveinbc
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK Ambassador resigns after Trump commentary leaked
Replies: 37
Views: 1305

Re: UK Ambassador resigns after Trump commentary leaked

Alfa164. That’s a very interesting viewpoint and one I hadn’t seriously considered. Putin appears to be a big fan of Trump and is likely exposing anyone who doesn’t like him. Regardless of motive, the end result is discord so your theory is plausible.

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by steveinbc
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK Ambassador resigns after Trump commentary leaked
Replies: 37
Views: 1305

UK Ambassador resigns after Trump commentary leaked

The British ambassador to the USA resigned today following leaked internal UK Government memos regarding Trump's "dysfunctional " and "chaotic" White House administration where he assesses it is practically impossible to get a clear statement of foreign policy and where staffers ...

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by steveinbc
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vancouver Airport and Lima Airport meet to discuss direct flights
Replies: 33
Views: 4077

Re: Vancouver Airport and Lima Airport meet to discuss direct flights

South America is a surprisingly unserved market from YVR. The excellent range of destinations via most US hubs would be the primary competition I'd guess. Lima seems an odd first choice given there's no obvious Peruvian community in Vancouver nor any obvious mining or other industry synergy. Good lu...

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by steveinbc
Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: WestJet’s Boeing 787-9 Transatlantic Business Class Experience
Replies: 11
Views: 5660

Re: WestJet’s Boeing 787-9 Transatlantic Business Class Experience

Thanks for a most enjoyable trip report. Particularly with a new venture into transatlantic business on a new aircraft for WestJet.

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by steveinbc
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing falsified records for a 787 sold to AC
Replies: 92
Views: 26090

Re: Boeing falsified records for a 787 sold to AC

I recall when I was at Boeing Field in Seattle (some 20 years ago) as a customer representative for three years that they went through a bad QA phase over that period. We had ordered seven aircraft and each own had incorrectly installed rear bulkheads. Boeing had just been through a big cycle of lay...

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by steveinbc
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS To Scale Down BLI to Just SEA, Ends Hawaii
Replies: 20
Views: 7519

Re: AS To Scale Down BLI to Just SEA, Ends Hawaii

It wouldn’t surprise me if it’s largely Canadian vs American dollar driven. When I used BLI I would suggest some 80%+ were Canadian from the greater Vancouver area. I routinely check routes from there when I’m travelling but they are seldom cheaper and mostly significantly more expensive than Vancou...

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by steveinbc
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 331
Views: 37992

End of an era: Bombardier sells regional jets

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/busines ... to-japans/
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Sad finality at Bombardier which has sold off its last commercial aircraft production rights to Mitsubishi. Interesting mix of buyers for their assets - Airbus, Viking, Mitsubishi.
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/busines ... to-japans/

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by steveinbc
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport
Replies: 136
Views: 19446

Re: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport

Interesting stats. That BA have 53% of slots is indeed dominant. But is this any more dominant than LH at FRA or AF at CDG or DL at ATL. Don't even know what the main Chinese carrier is at Beijing but I'm sure it's up there.

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by steveinbc
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Passenger left on plane at remote stand at YYZ
Replies: 128
Views: 19324

Re: AC Passenger left on plane at remote stand at YYZ

I think most A-netters would love to be trapped in an aircraft alone overnight. I would have made a G&T from the galley, taken every business class blanket and pillow and settled in for the night.

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by steveinbc
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta - Automated Flight Boarding Announcements
Replies: 26
Views: 3302

Re: Delta - Automated Flight Boarding Announcements

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=44zQRs-taOo
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Well. These announcements were done by humans and they weren’t too successful. Stick to the automated!! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=44zQRs-taOo

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by steveinbc
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 95
Views: 6039

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

I would agree that the Canadair and Embraer regional jets are loathsome. I’m not particularly tall or big but they’re just cramped. The other honourable mention has to go to the Q400 for any window seat. I flew over two hours in one bending my spine and head to avoid banging the curvature of the fus...

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by steveinbc
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?
Replies: 142
Views: 13209

Re: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?

There used to be a range of "milk runs" in the UK by the "secondary" airlines. If my recollection is correct Dan-Air used to fly something like Bournemouth- Manchester-Newcastle-Edinburgh-Inverness or something crazy like that. When I was in Brazil ten plus years ago I was on a V...

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by steveinbc
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: LHR - PM Boris Johnson
Replies: 33
Views: 3280

Re: LHR - PM Boris Johnson

I thought that the current Government - of which he was a senior member - already approved the expansion. I think it would not be a priority of a new Conservative government either since Brexit delivery and uniting the party for the upcoming election.

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by steveinbc
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mexican President vows to sell Govt. Dreamliner to fund fight against illegal immigration
Replies: 25
Views: 1347

Mexican President vows to sell Govt. Dreamliner to fund fight against illegal immigration

BBC News reports that: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged to use profits from the sale of his presidential plane to fund efforts to curb illegal migration. Seems that Mexico has been hit by significant numbers of Guatemalans and Venezuelans attempting to gain entry into Mexico...

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by steveinbc
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger blows slide on PIA 777 at Manchester
Replies: 40
Views: 9023

Re: Passenger blows slide on PIA 777 at Manchester

Ha ha ha. I love that Anetters are quick to judge and call people out. My post was meant to be sarcastic and the self righteous clearly lack humour as well as a sense of proportion.

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by steveinbc
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger blows slide on PIA 777 at Manchester
Replies: 40
Views: 9023

Re: Passenger blows slide on PIA 777 at Manchester

I’m wondering if one should avoid airlines like this not just because of the crew inattention but the stupidity of the passengers too. It’s interesting to note the difference in passengers by airline and destination and their behaviour. Maybe I will start a thread on it.

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by steveinbc
Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Consequences of Climate Change
Replies: 151
Views: 6983

Re: Consequences of Climate Change

Regardless of ones belief in climate change, It seems to me that pumping billions of CO2 into the year annually, disposing the equivalent of 332 plastic bottles per second (yes per second) into our oceans etc. Is not sensible behaviour. Maybe if we focused on that we could deal with the issue more e...

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by steveinbc
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your experience on now defunct carriers
Replies: 79
Views: 4123

Re: Your experience on now defunct carriers

Long time ago for my early flights. Northeast airlines (UK) beautiful yellow and black livery Viscounts. British European Airways (BEA) Tridents, BAC1-11s and Viscounts. BMA (British Midland) and BMI A330s, DC9s, B737s and G70s and F100s, and F27s: great airline. Air UK Bae146s. Northwest B727s. Air...

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by steveinbc
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AC future routes out of YVR
Replies: 13
Views: 1523

Re: AC future routes out of YVR

Vancouver has relatively few European flights, many Asian flights, no African flights, no Middle East flights, and three Australian flights. I'm wondering if there's a market for AKL services (in addition to NZ) or perhaps a service to a secondary large European city like MAN or DUS. If there's rang...

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by steveinbc
Fri May 31, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest A319 flight
Replies: 27
Views: 6240

Re: Longest A319 flight

Air Canada used to operate a Vancouver to Miami which is 2802 miles. They also used to operate Halifax to London Heathrow which is 2857 miles.

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by steveinbc
Fri May 31, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How often are connecting flights cancelled?
Replies: 7
Views: 528

Re: How often are connecting flights cancelled?

If you go to flight stats and look up your flights it provides average delays and cancellation stats. My biggest concern when connecting is to avoid the last flight of the day. Since any hiccup leaves you stranded. The other concern is if you have a very tight connection time and need to change term...

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by steveinbc
Thu May 30, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest & shortest flights
Replies: 78
Views: 4164

Re: Your longest & shortest flights

Shortest (tongue in cheek) was 0 miles and was a BA B747 that was performing crew training when I was an Air Force brat and they let a group of us onboard. Scheduled:

AC DH8 YVR (Vancouver) to YCD (Nanaimo) 38 miles
AC B772 YVR to SYD 7769 miles

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by steveinbc
Tue May 28, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about the A321 and Jetway boarding
Replies: 37
Views: 5241

Re: Question about the A321 and Jetway boarding

I’ve just flown an LH A321 FRA-KBP and it was on a remote stand with front and rear stairs fitted. I didn’t see any double jetways on any other A321s when I passed through. Flown that bird many times on AC and never had a double jetway.

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by steveinbc
Sun May 26, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA Computer Glitch Massively Overcharges Customers
Replies: 15
Views: 5069

Re: HA Computer Glitch Massively Overcharges Customers

I think ggflyboy makes some very valid points. The fundamental issue is that consumer protection in North America is generally not as tough as in Europe and especially with airlines. Stores that offer no quibble refunds and returns generally prosper over those that make it more difficult as per the ...

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by steveinbc
Thu May 23, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AMEX Premium Car Insurance in Germany
Replies: 14
Views: 1238

Re: AMEX Premium Car Insurance in Germany

I use AMEX in Europe, including Germany, and decline all coverages without showing any paperwork or evidence of terms & conditions. All you need to do is to call AMEX and get them to send you a PDF of your coverages for car rental for your peace of mind. As another poster wrote, the car rental a...

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by steveinbc
Sun May 19, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Greater Seattle Airport
Replies: 111
Views: 11805

Re: New Greater Seattle Airport

Temporarily they need to initiate pricing that dissuades flights that are geographically close or where high frequencies can be reduced in part by larger aircraft. Seattle is unable to expand due to highways, mountains and oceans So the choice of an alternate is not easy and likely decades in the ma...

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by steveinbc
Thu May 16, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: What airline/ travel stuff do you have in your office at work?
Replies: 12
Views: 3528

Re: What airline/ travel stuff do you have in your office at work?

flipdewaf wrote:
"Whats important to you" (promoting being safe at work) and I have a picture of the red arrows in it, my boss has his car and his boss has a picture of himself (we put it in and he didnt notice(he's a narcissist, lol

Fred


too funny

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by steveinbc
Tue May 14, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why isn't MirrorLink being used in In-Flight Entertainment systems?
Replies: 2
Views: 545

Re: Why isn't MirrorLink being used in In-Flight Entertainment systems?

The airlines want to control what you watch on one of their inbuilt screens. Advertisement revenue, pushing their new routes, vacation packages etc. And to avoid 'unsavoury ' video being mirrored.

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by steveinbc
Mon May 13, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reason behind 12H+ AC recent delays from Oz?
Replies: 4
Views: 1915

Re: Reason behind 12H+ AC recent delays from Oz?

Thanks. I travelled home me this Thursday on 789 EWR-YVR and the FA told me she was now on a series of Hawaii runs that were all 737 Max previously
Hence a knock on lack of wide bodies

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by steveinbc
Sun May 12, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reason behind 12H+ AC recent delays from Oz?
Replies: 4
Views: 1915

Reason behind 12H+ AC recent delays from Oz?

Hi fellow Anetters I get the YVR transpacific landings come over my place around 6000' so almost always notice them on the back patio when sipping my G&Ts in the good weather days Over the last week I've noticed two very significant delayed Air Canada flights come in at 7 or 8 pm instead of the ...

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by steveinbc
Wed May 08, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada NW19 Long-Haul changes
Replies: 26
Views: 6531

Re: Air Canada NW19 Long-Haul changes

dr1980 wrote:
I saw elsewhere that Air Canada is now saying they are planning for the Max to be unavailable though August.


Yes. My 737 max flights in mid July have been changed already by AC to A320 each direction. (YVR-LAX)

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by steveinbc
Mon May 06, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What alliance is better?
Replies: 20
Views: 2295

Re: What alliance is better?

It's important to choose an alliance that provides the routes and frequencies from your home airport that are convenient. From my experience, there is little difference between their tiers and associated privileges such as lounge access, additional baggage, priority boarding, upgrades etc; hence unl...

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by steveinbc
Sat May 04, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline(s) with the most number of sub-fleets
Replies: 14
Views: 2171

Re: Airline(s) with the most number of sub-fleets

Air Canada
B787
B777
B767
B737
A319
A320
A321
A330
DH3
DH4
CRJ
E170
E190
I'm sure I've forgotten some!!

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by steveinbc
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chick-fil-A Hits Turbulence At Three U.S. Airports
Replies: 165
Views: 14638

Re: Chick-fil-A Hits Turbulence At Three U.S. Airports

Everyone is entitled to their opinion in a free country. However if you use your position to make a stance and promote your opinion then expect pushback. My view is buy chicken for its taste not its politics.

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by steveinbc
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YVR-NYC Underserved?
Replies: 25
Views: 4384

Re: YVR-NYC Underserved?

My guess is that the majority of passengers are travelling for leisure. Vancouver is not a significant business centre and most NYC residents likely head over for cruises which supports a range of seasonal direct routes . From my frequent trips between the cities there appeared to be a surprisingly ...

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by steveinbc
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Site that lets you view all routes of an airline on a single map
Replies: 18
Views: 6725

Re: Site that lets you view all routes of an airline on a single map

Air Canada has a route network map on its website - as do many other airlines. Many airports also offer their direct routes too.

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by steveinbc
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your favorites and least favorites aspects of flying.
Replies: 26
Views: 2422

Re: Your favorites and least favorites aspects of flying.

Gin and tonics at 40000’ while looking out the window. BEST
Being in a flight that’s too short to serve a gin and tonic. WORST

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by steveinbc
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sharia Law in Brunei brings harsh punishments
Replies: 65
Views: 6704

Sharia Law in Brunei brings harsh punishments

Brunei introduced a dual legal system in 2014 and now has now switched over to Sharia Law. As of last Saturday many crimes will be punishable by amputation, lashings and stoning. Should you be convicted of being gay then the punishment is automatic: stoning to death. Additionally anyone who is convi...

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by steveinbc
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Blind booking experiences
Replies: 4
Views: 649

Re: Blind booking experiences

Air New Zealand offers something very similar where you book a weekend getaway with a certain standard of hotel included. It was immensely popular when I worked down there for a while
What have you got to lose? Give it a go!!

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by steveinbc
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: B737Max: Affected Travel Plans?
Replies: 4
Views: 1211

B737Max: Affected Travel Plans?

My Vancouver via Montreal to Halifax flight this Sunday was cancelled by Air Canada yesterday. Told me that only availability on that route was two days later. Rescheduled via Toronto but now arriving into Halifax at 240am Monday instead of 8pm Sunday. Apparently all Halifax to Heathrow traffic is b...

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by steveinbc
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC and WS Lack of Flights Between Largest Canadian Areas
Replies: 40
Views: 6366

Re: AC and WS Lack of Flights Between Largest Canadian Areas

That's a lot of work and a bit of fun to review ...thanks. I'm unsure if I'm reading incorrectly but it appears to suggest that YVR to YOW is seasonal which it isnt for either AC or WS.

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by steveinbc
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How does Boeing "survive" this crisis?
Replies: 53
Views: 5360

Re: How does Boeing "survive" this crisis?

It would be interesting to know how the Max's certification process was carried out. Typically, a "family" of aircraft like the 737 would use certification by similarity with other variants. The problem with this approach is that once you've used similarity a number of times in succession ...

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by steveinbc
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 716426

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

UK bans B737 Max from UK airspace . Report from BBC business report newsflash as at 17:08 hours GMT

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