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by AVFCdownunder
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC
Replies: 261
Views: 39717

Re: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC

So EWR will join the "six continents club"! Without getting into a stupid discussion on the geology, geography and geopolitical meaning of continents, it is safe to say that the general A-Net consensus of this made up A-Net designation is that New Zealand can be counted as part of Austral...

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by AVFCdownunder
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes
Replies: 170
Views: 19549

Re: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes

Re the earlier query about Thomas Cook, I believe they acquired MT after taking over MyTravel's flight operations when they went under.

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by AVFCdownunder
Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question about LAX
Replies: 8
Views: 1691

Re: Question about LAX

TBIT and Terminal 1 aren't that far off from each other. Depending on the time you land, TBIT can be quite busy but i think 3 hours might be enough. Once you leave the terminal, you just walk on the sidewalk towards T3 and keep walking until you reach T1 (maybe 15 mins or so). I think a good meetin...

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by AVFCdownunder
Sun Aug 26, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question about LAX
Replies: 8
Views: 1691

Question about LAX

I haven't been to LAX for over 20yrs so aren't really familiar with it. Soon, I shall be flying into TBIT, and meeting my son who arrives on a Southwest flight about 3 hours later. Even allowing for customs/immigration, I presume I will clear the terminal first. So will I be allowed into the Southwe...

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by AVFCdownunder
Tue May 15, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines A333 knocks tail off Turkish Airlines A321 at IST
Replies: 112
Views: 25515

Re: Asiana Airlines A333 knocks tail off Turkish Airlines A321 at IST

For the benfit of the conversation, here's some footage which shows the position of the A321 in relation to the gate when it stopped.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1688410/Plane-crazy-Dozy-pilot-slices-passenger-jets-tail-fin.html

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by AVFCdownunder
Mon May 14, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines A333 knocks tail off Turkish Airlines A321 at IST
Replies: 112
Views: 25515

Re: Asiana Airlines A333 knocks tail off Turkish Airlines A321 at IST

How does something like this happen? Unreal. It happens because pilots get complacent and just look straight ahead, forgetting to watch side to side for their wing clearance. It happens WAY to often around the world. :banghead: It's hardly a common event considering the amount of aircraft maneuvers...

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by AVFCdownunder
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Body found on HNL runway
Replies: 31
Views: 13145

Re: Body found on HNL runway

Interesting.. Although not completely uncommon, especially with people who stowaway in the wheel well of an aircraft, they freeze at altitude, and aren't dislodged until the airplane comes in for landing. Not uncommon in general or at HNL in particular? I am curious about the likely source of a pos...

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by AVFCdownunder
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 B747 The last of the four engine airliners?
Replies: 32
Views: 3010

Re: A380 B747 The last of the four engine airliners?

I can't see any manufacturer taking the plunge by developing another 4-engine product. Given the amount of trans-continental flights with two-engined aircraft that pass without incident, it would take something cataclysmic for safety to become an issue. Engines are becoming increasingly more reliabl...

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by AVFCdownunder
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Singapore luggage restriction rules
Replies: 3
Views: 1149

Re: Singapore luggage restriction rules

Given the price of wine in Singapore anyone would do well to bring as much in with them as they can.

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by AVFCdownunder
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any chance for LAX to CHC?
Replies: 30
Views: 7665

Re: Any chance for LAX to CHC?

A good proportion of those passengers on a flight into CHC would actually be heading for the tourist mecca Queenstown. Currently there are 4 x daily flights between CHC and Queenstown, two of which are operated by ATR72s. Therefore capacity to connect passengers inbound would be severely restricted ...

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by AVFCdownunder
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Naming Specific Routes
Replies: 75
Views: 9458

Re: Naming Specific Routes

Any flight between Australia and New Zealand over the Tasman Sea is known as "crossing the ditch". I've even heard pilots refer to it as that when giving their introductory spiel.

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by AVFCdownunder
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lessor sells 3 former IB MD-80 aircraft to Venezuelan airline
Replies: 23
Views: 6805

Re: IB Sells 3 MD-80 Aircraft to Venezuelan Airline

I hope they got cash up front...

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by AVFCdownunder
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again
Replies: 101
Views: 17494

Re: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again

Looks like this rumor won't die. The article brings up some interesting points, such as UA/B6 controlling 42% of the New York market, and UA/B6 would attempt to have EWR excluded from the traffic count in NY. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171013/ISSUE10/171019933/would-united-airlines-re...

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by AVFCdownunder
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How would VY and IAG fit in a Europe where both the U.K. and Catalonia are no longer EU members?
Replies: 59
Views: 7248

Re: Catalonia Independence. What does it mean for Aviation?

As your flight is only in two months time, I don't see anything will be different regarding flights, visas, passports etc. More realistically, I can see some disruption by ATC or baggage handlers etc trying to make their point via industrial action for one reason or another. I am not sure, but I pr...

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by AVFCdownunder
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How would VY and IAG fit in a Europe where both the U.K. and Catalonia are no longer EU members?
Replies: 59
Views: 7248

Re: Catalonia Independence. What does it mean for Aviation?

imagoagnitio wrote:
and what about the ME3. EK, EY & QR. wonder what they are thinking


I presume they'll be keeping an eye on things but pretty much business as usual. EK fly to a lot more unstable areas than northern Spain and QR have a few issues at home to worry about at the moment.

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by AVFCdownunder
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How would VY and IAG fit in a Europe where both the U.K. and Catalonia are no longer EU members?
Replies: 59
Views: 7248

Re: Catalonia Independence. What does it mean for Aviation?

As your flight is only in two months time, I don't see anything will be different regarding flights, visas, passports etc. More realistically, I can see some disruption by ATC or baggage handlers etc trying to make their point via industrial action for one reason or another. I am not sure, but I pre...

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by AVFCdownunder
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Routesonline Survey - HKG-TPE Busiest International Route
Replies: 19
Views: 3163

Re: Routesonline Survey - HKG-TPE Busiest International Route

I'd be curious where London-Paris would have fitted in to that list prior to the opening of the Channel Tunnel. This has over 10 million passengers per year. However I fully accept that - - this includes London-Brussels rail passengers as well. - if it wasn't for the tunnel, those passengers may not...

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by AVFCdownunder
Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia X flights to Beirut
Replies: 9
Views: 2715

Re: Air Asia X flights to Beirut

Google Malaysia, Lebanon and United Nations and you'll get your answer. Not every unusual flight deserves a thread. Hisham. I thought forums were the place to pose questions and discuss things? For the reference of anyone else interested, it is the transport of Malaysian UN peace-keepers to Lebanon.

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by AVFCdownunder
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations
Replies: 147
Views: 19470

Re: Auckland Airport Fuel Shortage - Resulting in diversions and cancellations

I have two questions. One. How damn big is that digger to sever a steel pipe? Or how small is that pipeline to be severed by a digger? And whose brilliant idea was it to not build a backup? And two. How hard can it be to deliver fuel by trucks? The fuel line starts somewhere, right? Load it onto tr...

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by AVFCdownunder
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to add 4th daily flight to SYD from 25th March 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 5044

Re: Emirates to add 4th daily flight to SYD from 25th March 2018

I think it is very difficult to definitively say who is cheapest and who is most expensive on the Australia - Europe routes. There is so much fluctuation, primarily over school holidays. It really comes down to timing, if you can jump on to a good fair at the right time, you can save hundreds of dol...

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by AVFCdownunder
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Summer 2018 Routes News & Base Openings
Replies: 93
Views: 26924

Re: Ryanair Summer 2018 Routes News & Base Openings

If O'Leary's rhetoric from last week comes to fruition, they'll be busy taking over a lot of Norwegian routes.

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by AVFCdownunder
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Paying to pre-book seats on non-LCC airlines
Replies: 15
Views: 1249

Re: Paying to pre-book seats on non-LCC airlines

My wife is going back to the UK at short notice next week to visit a sick relative and has booked BNE-MAN on Lufthansa. The flight is operated by Qantas to HKG then onwards by Lufthansa via FRA. . Just out of interest is this booked on one ticket? I didn't think two airlines who weren't in the same...

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by AVFCdownunder
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unruly pax has to pay $98,000 to Hawaiian Air
Replies: 26
Views: 6263

Re: Unruly pax has to pay $98,000 to Hawaiian Air

. This should set the standard! I would add a value to be shared by all those inconvenienced . I know it won't happen as its too much of a burden to prove the value of each inconvenienance but a great thought. Cheers Why can't they just work out a pre-determined fine based on a set schedule dependa...

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by AVFCdownunder
Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Paying to pre-book seats on non-LCC airlines
Replies: 15
Views: 1249

Re: Paying to pre-book seats on non-LCC airlines

Qantas charges as well ($35 iirc) I won't pay it, so just ask for an aisle or window seat when checking in, and be early to check in. Yep thats the plan. The very favourable ticket price suggests to me the flight will be nowhere near full and by checking in at BNE, several hours before the counter ...

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by AVFCdownunder
Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Paying to pre-book seats on non-LCC airlines
Replies: 15
Views: 1249

Paying to pre-book seats on non-LCC airlines

My wife is going back to the UK at short notice next week to visit a sick relative and has booked BNE-MAN on Lufthansa. The flight is operated by Qantas to HKG then onwards by Lufthansa via FRA. I was interested to see that Lufthansa wants to add $AUD44 per leg to pre-book seats. This is not for ext...

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by AVFCdownunder
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20-year old arrested in Israel for filming planes landing at Sde Dov Airport (with a drone)
Replies: 43
Views: 5997

Re: 20-year old arrested in Israel for filming planes landing at Sde Dov Airport (with a drone)

^^^ I have two lawyers I keep on retainer for work/business. He was some local Minnesota schmuck to make appearances instead of me flying out my GC to appear. But thanks for your opinion. No, no one was able to tell me why I was arrested. Is that clear enough for you? When I was cuffed and put in t...

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by AVFCdownunder
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20-year old arrested in Israel for filming planes landing at Sde Dov Airport (with a drone)
Replies: 43
Views: 5997

Re: 20-year old arrested in Israel for filming planes landing at Sde Dov Airport (with a drone)

yochai wrote:
VolvoBus wrote:
Is Tel Aviv a good place to be doing something that could very easily be interpreted as setting up a terrorist attack ?


There's absolutely no problem with plane spotting in Israel in general



That's good to hear, a bit of common sense and rationality is needed with this sort of thing.

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by AVFCdownunder
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Airlines fleet age - replacement?
Replies: 10
Views: 3381

Re: Austrian Airlines fleet age - replacement?

Austrian have confirmed that their 5 oldest A321 and 3 A320 have received a design limit extension. This indicates they plan to keep them a lot longer. That sounds interesting, what is a design limit extension, is the manufacturer or government regulator now saying they are safe to use longer then ...

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by AVFCdownunder
Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK Chairman: Emirates to place 787 or A350 order by end of the year
Replies: 318
Views: 48240

Re: EK Chairman: Emirates to place 787 or A350 order by end of the year

Could they be looking to up-gauge some of their busier FlyDubai routes? There'll all be under the same banner by the time this order is realised.

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by AVFCdownunder
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B767s - a dying breed?
Replies: 106
Views: 16972

Re: B767s - a dying breed?

xdlx wrote:
How about doing what they did with 737 series? An updated 767 700/800/900 series based on the 2/3/400 series with newer technology and updated economics.


Is that not basically what they did by developing the 787 range?

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by AVFCdownunder
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Maho beach-goer tries to hit plane with ball
Replies: 88
Views: 15809

Re: Maho beach-goer tries to hit plane with ball

You know, I am watching a show right now about the Salem Witch Trials and I find that behavior the same as exhibited in this thread. Being ignorant and fear without any basis behind it is how terrible people come to power and how innocent people end up dead. Be careful with your rash, emotional res...

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by AVFCdownunder
Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Maho beach-goer tries to hit plane with ball
Replies: 88
Views: 15809

Re: Maho beach-goer tries to hit plane with ball

I am somewhat surprised a drone hasn't been sucked into an engine at this location yet. Having never been there, I presume there is nobody in an official capacity to monitor what is happening on the beach?

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by AVFCdownunder
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greenpeace: Schiphol and KLM need to shrink
Replies: 150
Views: 13171

Re: Greenpeace: Schiphol and KLM need to shrink

PatrickZ80 wrote:
I agree that they are responsible for a lot of pollution, but I don't think shrinking them would solve anything. People would just go elsewhere to fly, they wouldn't fly any less.


and use some sort of fuel to get there

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by AVFCdownunder
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where would EK fly if they could
Replies: 115
Views: 20564

Re: Where would EK fly if they could

ChrisFallon77 wrote:
Ashgabat, Dushanbe, Tbilisi and Baku


Interesting choices? They'll have all of those routes when they absorb (for want of a better description) FlyDubai in 18 months or so.

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by AVFCdownunder
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CZ passenger thrown coins into engine.
Replies: 43
Views: 15488

Re: CZ passenger thrown coins into engine.

par13del wrote:
Well if the pax is / was not able to give an accurate count of how many coins she threw, how much inspection should be done of the engine?
Do an engine run then look for metal shavings, or x-ray the entire engine?


I am not sure how practical it is to x-ray what is essentially a metal object?

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by AVFCdownunder
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odd behaviour - aviation related
Replies: 0
Views: 442

Odd behaviour - aviation related

Just following on from the story about the elderly Chinese lady throwing coins into the engine of the China Eastern aircraft she was boarding - what is the oddest bit of behaviour, superstition or antics you've seen, aviation related of course? This can probably exclude just drunken rowdiness.

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by AVFCdownunder
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair seat assignments all over the aircraft
Replies: 192
Views: 25797

Re: Ryanair seat assignments all over the aircraft

We flew Manchester - Barcelona in January, that is my sole experience of Ryanair. Our family of 6 was all sat together even though we didn't book this as we weren't particuarly bothered for a 2hr flight. Also, I noticed that although we pushed the baggage weight and dimensions to the limit, staff we...

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by AVFCdownunder
Sun May 14, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA 787 engine troubles - emergency landing in Siberia
Replies: 67
Views: 29048

Re: ANA 787 engine troubles - emergency landing in Siberia

That would have been an interesting experience for the Japanese on board considering that Russia and Japan still haven't signed a peace treaty since WW2 and there have been wars between the two countries earlier than that.. I think all the passengers were happy to be on the ground. Is a missing pea...

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by AVFCdownunder
Wed May 10, 2017 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF CEO gets pie in the face during speech
Replies: 71
Views: 12355

Re: QF CEO gets pie in the face during speech

What was the assailant's motive for the assault? I do hope it was not a homophobic attack. The linked West Australian article does not state any - it only says he was charged with giving police a false name. I should think he ought to be charged with assault. It was indeed motivated by homophobia f...

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by AVFCdownunder
Mon May 01, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future access to the Falkland Islands
Replies: 35
Views: 7550

Re: Future access to the Falkland Islands

What is the reason for a monthly stop in Rio Gallegos? An agreement between Argentina and the UK dating back to the 1990s. It allows Argentinian citizens travel to the islands, especially relatives of the Argentine servicemen who wish to visit the place where their loved ones rest. There are still ...

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by AVFCdownunder
Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future access to the Falkland Islands
Replies: 35
Views: 7550

Re: Future access to the Falkland Islands

What is the reason for a monthly stop in Rio Gallegos?

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by AVFCdownunder
Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines that have been all-747
Replies: 59
Views: 7965

Re: Airlines that have been all-747

So what was the story with Qantas regional routes? With this being the era of TAA, were Qantas purely international back in the day? I recall flying Trans-Tasman on Qantas 747s in the 80s.

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by AVFCdownunder
Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash
Replies: 90
Views: 11009

Re: German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash

It is all about managing risk not eradicating it completely, otherwise nobody would ever go anywhere. Lufthansa are no mugs and have obviously concluded that the odds of the situation arising again are that minute that the policy is not justified. Their enhanced psychological screening of pilots wou...

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by AVFCdownunder
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BEA investigating Air France take offs at Bogotá - only 5 ft. over threshold
Replies: 114
Views: 26313

Re: BEA investigating Air France take offs at Bogotá - only 5 ft. over threshold

Is this issue not the reason why KLM departs Quito for Amsterdam via a quick pit stop on the coast at Guayaquil to take on fuel that it can't load higher up? Maybe AF should take note.

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by AVFCdownunder
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Summer '16 trek back home - Part 6: Big delays, cracked windshield, angry passengers (SG CCU-BOM B73J)
Replies: 7
Views: 5727

Re: Summer '16 trek back home - Part 6: Big delays, cracked windshield, angry passengers (SG CCU-BOM B73J)

Was wanting to read this for a while, I feel the behaviour of the passengers is somewhat justified given the length of the delay and the way situation was handled it's unfortunate however that the Crew were at the receiving end Seriously? The behaviour of the passengers sounds totally uncouth and o...

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by AVFCdownunder
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 23333

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

A lot of over-reacting all round - apart from the Captain, whose facial expression probably summed up the rest of those on board - "I really don't need this, can we just get going please".

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by AVFCdownunder
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK To Deploy A380 To NCE
Replies: 32
Views: 8876

Re: EK To Deploy A380 To NCE

I only realised recently that EK had retired/sold its remaining A330 and A343s. Its amazing an airline of this size and complexity, with regional and ULH routes gets by with just three variants.

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by AVFCdownunder
Thu Jun 09, 2016 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meals On Intercontinental Flights?
Replies: 31
Views: 11324

RE: Meals On Intercontinental Flights?

To the OP - the below video doesn't specifically answer your question, but if you are curious about this aspect of aviation you might find it interesting, if you haven't already seen it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yex-WMaJTjg and if you're interested in the follow on effect - https://www.youtu...

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by AVFCdownunder
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Gay FAs Not Willing To Fly To Iran?
Replies: 202
Views: 20463

RE: Air France Gay FAs Not Willing To Fly To Iran?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/lewis" class="quote" target="_blank">lewis</a> (<a href="#52" class="quote">Reply 52</a>):<br/><i>FYI Iran has a very big Jewish community so be...

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by AVFCdownunder
Fri Mar 18, 2016 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All-female Air Crew Flies Into Saudi Arabia
Replies: 60
Views: 15712

RE: All-female Air Crew Flies Into Saudi Arabia

I was in Brunei before Christmas and found it quite progressive, whilst upholding many traditional values. It would seem it is possible to balance both (maybe not that easily though). An all-female crew piloting a 787 whilst wearing a hijab is probably indicative of this outlook.

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