I have just returned to London having flown ANA <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym>-<acronym title="Tokyo - Narita International (New Tokyo) (NRT / RJAA), Japan">NRT</acronym>-<acronym title="Osaka - Itami International (ITM / RJOO), Japan">ITM</acronym> <ac...Jump to post
Maybe people who complain about this sort of thing should try the way people on a budget used to have to travel around Australia and try experiecing the misery of a 20 hour coach trip from Newcastle to Melbourne (change in Sydney of course). If you choose not to pay for (or just can't afford) the pr...Jump to post
I'm not sure when check in closes, but waiting might not be such a bad option if you've already reserved a seat via online check in.Jump to post
Well it has been a while since my last trip report (about 6 years me thinks....), so this may be a little rusty! I had misgivings about flying with a no frills airline on a long haul flight. However they were over £100 less than Cathay Pacific (an airline I really like), a premium I couldn't really ...Jump to post
National only ever flew to <acronym title="London - Gatwick (LGW / EGKK), United Kingdom">LGW</acronym>, not <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym>. The flights were transfered to <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> onc...Jump to post
With reference to flypanam.com Obviously Pan AmI is long dead. Born, lived, died, RIP. In 1996 Pan Am <acronym title="Business Air (United Kingdom)">II</acronym> was born. Bought out by Carnival, went bust. Pan Am III bought the assets, but new owners and no continued trade. Pan Am III started a reg...Jump to post
DL flew <acronym title="London - Gatwick (LGW / EGKK), United Kingdom">LGW</acronym>-<acronym title="Miami - International (MIA / KMIA), USA - Florida">MIA</acronym> for a few years and <acronym title="Frankfurt - Main (Rhein-Main AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA</acronym>. It was part of the PA...Jump to post
The point is it doesn't cost Ryanair anything to carry these extra people (you pay all the costs like Airport Handling Charges, not just the tax - it's tax and charges). However Ryanair gets extra money in the form of commission from hotel bookings using their website, airport car parking using thei...Jump to post
I am fairly sure you can fly <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym>-<acronym title="Tel Aviv (-Jaffa) - Ben Gurion (Lod) (TLV / LLBG), Israel">TLV</acronym> with a 763 without restriction. I believe <acronym title="TWA Transwor...Jump to post
Ansett Group had at the end about 130 aircraft, through it's mainline and regional subsidiaries. The company dated back to the 1930's and throughout it's first few decades was a forerunner to todays LLC's. However it later bought out Australia National Airways (to become Ansett ANA) which cemented i...Jump to post
Ramerinianair: Again just to stress, there is no legal/ governmental restriction to further US Carriers flying into Australia. Only two mainland US Carriers have aircraft with the capability, <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> and <acronym title="Northwest Airlines (USA)">NW</acrony...Jump to post
Australia doesn't have the same rules as the US. If one transits through Australia you remain in the sterile Airside Area - you don't legally land in Australia. The US doesn't have 'sterile' areas at it's airports, therefore you have to legally land which requires one to pass through passport contro...Jump to post
Lorenzo didn't exactly save <acronym title="Continental Airlines (USA)">CO</acronym>. It was a sharp business raid and he used Chapter 11 very cleverly to get what he wanted. <acronym title="Continental Airlines (USA)">CO</acronym> was a complete dud of an airline during the 1980's (when he ran it)....Jump to post
To be honest there is no prospect of a TGV style line in the UK. It's my profession to know! Virgin Fares at the last minute are crazy (over £100 Birmingham to London), but if you book in advance they can be quite reasonable. Virgin are moving towards a pre-booked, seat assigned only airline busines...Jump to post
Coach is easiest and similar in price. Or catch the train to London Victoria, tube (Victoria Line) from Victoria to Tottenham Hale, then Stansted Express from there to <acronym title="London - Stansted (STN / EGSS), United Kingdom">STN</acronym>. The National Express (coach) webpage is now www.natio...Jump to post
It's only a trail on 7 or 8 aircraft flying from <acronym title="London - Stansted (STN / EGSS), United Kingdom">STN</acronym> for the moment. If it works then it'll be rolled out. There won't be any PTV's installed it seems, I guess they'll carry a few dozen on each flight, most people won't use th...Jump to post
I think that rail carries far more people than air on the route anyway. Virgin West Coast is a funny operation which suffers from very poor morale. Having spent some time looking around their operation I was impressed, but they'll have to sort their internal people issues first. The Penadlino's are ...Jump to post
Are WS using this style on many of their aircraft?
I gather they are from old PA 722's, just seems bizare that somebody had hundreds of them sat in a warehouse for ten years?
I was more surprised by the Airbus ones.
To be honest this is very tiresome. Airbus gets subsidy through cheap loans to help develop aircraft. Boeing gets subsidy through cheap loans - or to be more acurate Boeing Customers get cheap loans (provided they aren't US Airlines - but even then it can be done) via the US Export Bank. Regardless ...Jump to post
DTWClipper: I think they're Pan Am interiors - because they are! As Panamair mentions PA didn't have headrest covers. It was their final style. I can understand how a few aircraft might have them, but fleet like WestJet seems an odd choice. Very nice to see though! Their mid 70's to early 80's schem...Jump to post
Does anybody know why WestJet are using Pan Am (the original) interiors aboard their 737's <br> <center> <font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva"> MyAviation.net photo: <br><a href="http://myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=00041923&size=medium" target="_blank"> <IMG SRC...Jump to post
If the groundings hadn't taken place I do believe the future for <acronym title="Ansett Australia">AN</acronym> under ANZ was pretty poor. I did a thesis on the collapse of <acronym title="Ansett Australia">AN</acronym>, which included interviews, getting hold of original documents and other researc...Jump to post
As Antares said last time they tried it 10-15 years ago it was a blood bath. <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> and <acronym title="Qantas (Australia)">QF</acronym> stuck it because they had 744's in great enough numbers to have a daily (now more) non stop product. <acronym title="N...Jump to post
PA2 was set up for tax reasons, I'm not sure about PA3. PA2 was born out of Eastern. <acronym title="European Regions Airlines (Spain)">EA</acronym> back in the 1970's got heavy tax breaks on it's Airbuses to compensate for it's unwise purchase of inferior Airbuses, true story (I don't agree - pls n...Jump to post
I've stayed in the Ibis,it doesn't offer any plane views, but is walking distance to the Visitors Centre and has some food places near by. Not a great hotel, but fine for the money. However if you can get the extra £30 from somewhere I really strongly recommend the Renaissance. Don't have dinner, ta...Jump to post
£75 is dirt cheap for <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> I'm sorry to say. That is bargain! The views are quite fantastic also. The Holiday Inn Ariel offers good views if you can get an airport side room. However none of the other hotels offer much. Good lu...Jump to post
TWA routes from <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> were: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia. TWA added St Louis from Gatwick (due to UK Government restrictions). I don't recall <acronym title="Baltimore / Washington - International (Friend...Jump to post
To be honest it is almost impossible to prove vandalism on a plane. Just because somebody was assigned a certain seat, doesn't mean they are responsible for any damage. Proving this is very difficult as the evidence is highly circumstancial. In the unlikely event an airline tries to track people dow...Jump to post
I think there is a definate market for flights out of Cambridge. The city is near to Stansted, but has sustained various flights in the past. Suckling made it work for years, but made a mistake in taking the 328. Taking the train to Stansted is not really an option because the service is disgraceful...Jump to post
TWA didn't remove their 747's imediately after TW800. They were looking to take them out of service already and the fleet numbers jumped up and down depending on need. At the time TWA only had one flight a day out of Athens, TW881 non stop to <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International ...Jump to post
Pan Am started up a big network using it's German Based 727-200's in the late 1980's as the wall came down. Flights generally flew out of Frankfurt to most of the former Eastern Blocs major cities. At the time it was thought Eastern Europe would quickly become the next major market. Pan Am had a maj...Jump to post
I flew them a few years ago.
The meal service was excellent, very tasty with good portions.
Crew were extremely friendly and sat outside the galley all night watching for anybody who needed service.
The plane was an old 742, so it was a basic service but extremely good.
I think <acronym title="Ryanair (Ireland)">FR</acronym> will next remove toilets to reduce costs and offer "medical sample bottles" for sale at 99p + £3 disposal handling charge (add £10 fee for those without correct change) <img src="/discussions/graphics/wink.gif" ALT="Big grin"> To be hones...Jump to post
I think what he proposes is: - Automating hand baggage only check in. - Allowing checked baggage (at a traditional style check in desk) at a fee. Thus, less people check baggage, so reducing turn around times, reducing staff numbers for lower fares/ more profit. How does that suggest mental illness?Jump to post
Which flights can you get those penny fares on? It depends, with some sales you can get them on almost all flights, including peak services on major routes. Other times availability is more selective. In general the 1p fares are very widely available. Whats the balance between business and leisure t...Jump to post
While this isn't good news, it's hardly a major problem yet. If one looks back to the 747 program at this stage, most people didn't think it could fly and that the airports would never cope - let alone how much all this would cost! Sound familiar??? During the 747 test program none less than 66 engi...Jump to post
There's very little difference. If you can try both for fun. I flew on one of QFs 747's last year and was impressed with the inflight entertainment, which I'm told is a bit poor on <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym>. I think maybe <acronym title="Qantas (Australia)">QF</acronym> has bette...Jump to post
"JGPH1A: Mr. O'Leary can expect a horse's head by return of post, methinks !" That is the best comment I have heard on this board for a long time!!!!! Bravo! I can tell you guys for a fact, the worlds corporate boardrooms are not made up of touchy, feeling, people friendly persons. Don't think that ...Jump to post
I would strongly suggest National Express direct to <acronym title="London - Gatwick (LGW / EGKK), United Kingdom">LGW</acronym> (717, 727 or 797). dep <acronym title="London - Stansted (STN / EGSS), United Kingdom">STN</acronym>: 23:59 arr <acronym title="London - Gatwick (LGW / EGKK), United Kingd...Jump to post
Compass 1 (set up by ex Ansett Man Bryan Grey - who had also owned Eastwest) had a tough task. They had a hugely over subscribed public share float, but by the nature of the "Two Airline Policy" all existing aviation infrastructure in Australia was owned by Australian or Ansett. Obviously neither wa...Jump to post
It may well have been there on some sort of US Govt business, obviously flying a US Military Transport into the Eastern Block wouldn't have gone down too well! As such a civilian transport would havebeen hired. With Gorbie some US business tried to move into Eastern Europe (PA especially) as the nex...Jump to post
What happens to the 763's will depend entirely on <acronym title="Qantas (Australia)">QF</acronym>'s domestic business plan. They'll buy the replacement which suits it the best. In my view it seems Qantas has segmented it's market over the last few years into two basic camps (It's much more complex ...Jump to post