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by b4thefall
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 33023

Re: Irish 7/20

Aer Lingus website showing new routes Belfast City to be operated by Stobart Air as rumoured: * Birmingham * East Midlands * Edinburgh * Exeter * Glasgow * Leeds * Manchester That's great news! However, I wish somebody would step in and restore the flight to LGW that both FlyBe and Aer Lingus used ...

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by b4thefall
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trying to locate members
Replies: 67
Views: 2907

Re: Trying to locate members

Kiwirob wrote:
You can also add Superfly, MadameConcorde, BMI,


Yes, I've been lurking here since about 2000, and I clearly remember Superfly and his amusing posts. I also enjoyed MadameConcorde's posts, esp in the cruise liner thread. I never had any personal contact with either of them, but remember them well.

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by b4thefall
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West Atlantic ATP goes off runway during landing.
Replies: 16
Views: 3634

Re: ATP goes off runway during landing.

Wow! Must have been a bit of a fright! As a passenger, I loved the ATP. Only managed 2 flights on the type. 1 on Manx and 1 on BA. It was probably the closest feeling i'll ever get to flying on a "big" propliner of days gone by, simply due to it's height off the ground because of its low s...

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by b4thefall
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airways Magazine Question
Replies: 13
Views: 1693

Re: Airways Magazine Question

I remember as a teen in the early 90's waiting eagerly for Airways or Airliners magazines to show up in my local newsagent. I believe my first issue of Airliners was the summer 93 one, with a picture of a DC-3 on the cover? I'm going from memory here so could be wrong. Those pre internet days were a...

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by b4thefall
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767
Replies: 68
Views: 13790

Re: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767

MIflyer12 wrote:
Ziyulu wrote:
The only Boeing aircraft with great 2-3-2 seating in economy.


Was there another widebody and major operator with 2x3x2 seating in coach?


The rear several rows on 330/340 aircraft are 2-3-2. Always nice to sit there, as the aisle is also extremely wide.

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by b4thefall
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767
Replies: 68
Views: 13790

Re: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767

Speaking of AC 767's, does anyone else remember the experimental livery they painted on at least 1 762? I remember being in YYZ in July 1993 and seeing a 762 in the double stripe livery, except instead of a red/burgundy combo, the entire livery was burgundy. In those pre-internet days, I was confuse...

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by b4thefall
Thu May 14, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could TK 981 have been saved like UAL 232
Replies: 61
Views: 11373

Re: Could TK 981 have been saved like UAL 232

In 1987, Channel 4's science series, Equinox, aired 'The Air Fix', fronted by a former LHR maintenance engineer, from 1969-77, who later became a actor. It was a stage like production that centered on his own experience with the DC-10. He cited UA 232, calling the Capt an American hero, he had caus...

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by b4thefall
Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Airlines Chieftain Liveries
Replies: 46
Views: 5525

Re: Western Airlines Chieftain Liveries

People nowadays often complain about the simplification of airline liveries ( Aer Lingus for example). What did people think back then, when liveries such as the Western "Indian head" livery were replaced by quite simple liveries like the "swizzle stick" ?

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by b4thefall
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was the rationale for 2-5-2 configuration on older widebodies?
Replies: 77
Views: 14345

Re: What was the rationale for 2-5-2 configuration on older widebodies?

I was unfortunate enough to once be stuck in the middle seat of a fully loaded Rich International L1011. MCO-YQX-BFS. Thank goodness for the refueling stop in Gander, where I was able to get off the aircraft and stretch my legs.

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by b4thefall
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 110
Views: 23691

Re: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2020

Any pics of the new A330 interior yet? Had a look at google, but can't find anything.

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by b4thefall
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: National's first A330 N819CA delivered
Replies: 13
Views: 5837

Re: National's first A330 N819CA delivered

Is this one of the weird TCX A330’s that has a downstairs toilet? No, this is Ex TCXD which had only just been delivered to MT from AV. The ones with downstairs toilets I believe are MLJL, OMYT, MDBD I'm unsure if CHTZ did. Interesting thanks for the rundown, I do wonder how much the resale value o...

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by b4thefall
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22632

Re: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...

Has anyone here heard any opinions from the EI cabin crew about working on the A321LR? I'd be interested to hear their opinion on working in the new space flex galley at the rear of the aircraft on trans Atlantic flights. Not all airlines have opted for the space flex layout. Air Transat and a few o...

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by b4thefall
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90417

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

Don't forget about us here in N.Ireland and Scotland who voted to remain, but are getting dragged out because of the English and Welsh voters.

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by b4thefall
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 110
Views: 23691

Re: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2020

I curious to see if they've replaced the side-panels, ceiling, lighting and bins to match the newer A330s? AC's 330s are early models with the ancient bins, lighting and ceiling design smilier to 1990's-build A340s. I was wondering the same thing. But so far I haven't been able to find any informat...

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by b4thefall
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Jet2 acquiring A321's
Replies: 110
Views: 24305

Re: Is Jet2 acquiring A321's?

Jet2 are a great company. Have used them on a few occasions now, and have nothing but praise for them. All their package tours include 22kg baggage allowance, and return coach transfers to the hotel. These 2 items alone can add a significant amount to the holiday price if they aren't included with t...

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by b4thefall
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112218

Re: Flybe update

If Flybe ever collapsed, it would be catastrophic for many airports, especially the likes of Belfast city airport. The overwhelming majority of flights from this airport are by Flybe.

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by b4thefall
Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aer Lingus L-1011 question
Replies: 6
Views: 1377

Re: Aer Lingus L-1011 question

Does anyone know if Aer Lingus reconfigured the TriStar, or still operated it in the high density 10 abreast , 390+ pax configuration?

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by b4thefall
Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BA NEO to Iceland
Replies: 8
Views: 6180

Re: BA NEO to Iceland

I flew this aircraft last Friday in row 25 on a short LHR-INV on my way back from DXB. I’m only 5ft 10” and can honestly say that was the most uncomfortable flight I’ve had in my life. If that is the way BA are going then I’ll take a low cost option to LHR for connecting. Incidentally i flew U2 the...

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by b4thefall
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK-MAN in 5 hours 20 minutes on VS B747?!
Replies: 38
Views: 10657

Re: JFK-MAN in 5 hours 20 minutes on VS B747?!

In March 2015, I made it from MCO - LGW in just 6 hrs 28 mins. I even heard the cabin crew discussing the short flight in the galley. They were happy to be getting home early. This was on a BA 772. I was thrilled, as I absolutely hate overnight flights with a burning passion. I can't sleep on planes...

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by b4thefall
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 398
Views: 124170

Re: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread

I'm guessing the economy seats will be tightened considerably. The current cabin has seats from 31-33 inch pitch depending where you are seated. I guess with the new seats, these will all be reduced to 30" to match the rest of the fleet & create extra space for the enlarged premium cabin.

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by b4thefall
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS presenting new livery
Replies: 597
Views: 142053

Re: Updated: SAS presenting new livery

Different light, different perspective – different thoughts? Still nice but not quite as good as first thought. It follows the basic design of Lufthansa, Qantas, Aer Lingus etc. but keeps some unique features like the grey fuselage and the silver titles. Unfortunately the sliver just isn't metallic...

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by b4thefall
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who will take Thomas Cook’s planes
Replies: 63
Views: 14558

Re: Who will take Thomas Cook’s planes

If i'm correct, those A330s are equiped with lower deck lavatories. Very rare configuration Correct, the 3 A330-200's owned outright are equipped this way. Might make them undesirable to any potential buyers. 1 cabin crew member had to be permanently stationed down there for the entire flight to as...

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by b4thefall
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 187
Views: 27601

Re: Irish 9/19

The short haul seat itself, despite being around a while, is superior in terms of comfort to pretty much all the new offerings so I hope they hang onto them for as long as they can. Anything is better than British Airways new seat down the back; https://i.imgur.com/3cIoXaN.jpg The longer this stays ...

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by b4thefall
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15 august 2019 Moscow emergency landing
Replies: 191
Views: 35339

Re: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15 august 2019 Moscow emergency landing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHNt4u6FdjM
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Just found a new video on YT of the entire event, from takeoff to landing in the field, with no edits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHNt4u6FdjM

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by b4thefall
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15 august 2019 Moscow emergency landing
Replies: 191
Views: 35339

Re: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15 august 2019 Moscow emergency landing

Wow!! Amazing skill from the pilots. Very lucky this happened where there was space available to make a crash landing in the fields. If this had happened over a populated built up area, the result would have been too awful to think about.

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by b4thefall
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to YYZ -- Why the Decline
Replies: 33
Views: 9244

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 b4thefall
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do pilots always understand ATC?
Replies: 39
Views: 8264

Re: Do pilots always understand ATC?

On a slightly related topic... my job involves using walkie talkies. I remember on my first night training, I panicked, because I couldn't understand a single word anyone was saying! I got used to it over the course of time however. I guess pilots do too.

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by b4thefall
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do any airlines still use ceiling mounted CRT televisions for IFE?
Replies: 25
Views: 2719

Re: Do any airlines still use ceiling mounted CRT televisions for IFE?

I flew on one of the 8 door Air Canada 767s in 2012 that still had a combination of projector screens at the bulkheads, and CRT TVs hanging from the central overhead lockers. It was like stepping back in time! I enjoyed the novelty personally.

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by b4thefall
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are 6 abreast MD80s certified by the FAA?
Replies: 18
Views: 5785

Re: Are 6 abreast MD80s certified by the FAA?

Channel airways in the UK managed to squeeze 99 pax onto their short body 1-11s. Apparently they were configured 6 abreast with very narrow seats. They also had an extra pair of overwing exits. I've never seen any pics or real evidence of the 6 abreast layout, but considering they operated the infam...

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by b4thefall
Tue May 28, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus 50 Years Celebration - 5 things Airbus got right and 5 it did not
Replies: 83
Views: 13330

Re: Airbus 50 Years Celebration - 5 things Airbus got right and 5 it did not

This is an excellent article, that I totally agree with. One "failure" that should have been included was that, although Airbus was the first company to make a twin aisle widebody, Airbus failed to anticipate ETOPS in the 1980s. The A300-B4, A310, and A300-600 were all optimized for short...

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by b4thefall
Sun May 26, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 20913

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

Also, why did one crash and the other, not? Cargo door blew out on both, correct? Because there were much less passengers (56) on the AA flight. Correct! Turkish Airlines had high density seating on their DC-10s then, and the flight was fully loaded. This put extra stress on the floor, which then c...

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by b4thefall
Sat May 25, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 28153

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

Turkish Airlines also have the A320 style exit layout on the A321neo with door 3 deactivated. I too wonder how the cabin crew will feel about only having a tiny half galley to set up a full trans Atlantic service from, with 3 toilets squashed into the rear too. (2 in the back galley and 1 immediatel...

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by b4thefall
Thu May 23, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 20913

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

I recently read a different article about this crash, and try as I might I just can't remember where. The reason it stuck in my mind was that it included a couple of pictures of the DC 10 in the air, that I had never seen before. They were apparently taken by a man from the window of an arriving ai...

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by b4thefall
Wed May 22, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 20913

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

I recently read a different article about this crash, and try as I might I just can't remember where. The reason it stuck in my mind was that it included a couple of pictures of the DC 10 in the air, that I had never seen before. They were apparently taken by a man from the window of an arriving air...

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by b4thefall
Sun May 19, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: National Airlines (N8) introduces A330?
Replies: 20
Views: 7428

Re: National Airlines (N8) introduces A330?

Wow! I've always liked the National livery, but it looks absolutely outstanding on the A330! I wish them well and hope to see more in the sky.

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by b4thefall
Thu May 09, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye BAC 1-11!
Replies: 121
Views: 21687

Re: Goodbye BAC 1-11!

In April 1999, I was flying Aer Lingus from Rome to Dublin. Departure time came and went, but eventually 2 busses turned up at the gate and we were instructed to board them. After a tour of the airport, you can imagine my utter delight when we pulled up next to a British World 1-11, instead of the u...

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by b4thefall
Fri May 03, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delivery of first Air Transat A321LR
Replies: 24
Views: 7104

Re: Delivery of first Air Transat A321LR

The seat map is already on the Air Transat website. Looks like a very nice layout. The good news is, Air Transat have opted for the full size galley at the rear, with 1 toilet ahead of the rear doors, 2 mid-cabin, and 1 at the front.

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by b4thefall
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat's A321LR scheduled European routes for Summer 2020
Replies: 40
Views: 9249

Re: Air Transat's A321LR scheduled European routes for Summer 2020

5502623 Just ONE overwing exit? Any idea why? Or does the LR just has one, opposite to the non LR with two? Btw. are those overwings exits "swing up" like B737NG/Max? Air Transat doesn't have enough seats on board to justify the full complement of exits. They have quite a spacious layout,...

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by b4thefall
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Aerospace ATP/J61
Replies: 25
Views: 3231

Re: British Aerospace ATP/J61

I can't answer your question, but I was lucky enough to bag 2 flights on the ATP. 1 with Manx and 1 with BA. Loved both flights! Due to the low wings, big engines, and tall gear, it was undoubtedly the closest I'll ever get to knowing what it felt like boarding one of the great prop-liners of the pa...

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by b4thefall
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA Ambassador Service Seat Charts (1971) L1011, 747 Question- K Class?
Replies: 50
Views: 7056

Re: TWA Ambassador Service Seat Charts (1971) L1011, 747 Question- K Class?

CI had a lounge on their 747-132s. CX had 10 across in their L1011 definitely no lounges! Thanks trex8 for the info! Learnt something new today. Was it a carry over from Delta? Wish there is photo floating around. Looks like CX started with 9 across on the L1011. A lot of the early L1011s had the d...

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by b4thefall
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat first A321LR to be delayed by four to six weeks
Replies: 44
Views: 13394

Re: Air Transat first A321LR to be delayed by four to six weeks

Seems almost ready to start test flights Does anyone know cabin layout/seats of these Air Transat LR? I can't find anywhere Looks great. These new engines look better than the old CFM/IAEs. "Air Transat’s A321LRs will have 199 seats in two classes, with 12 new Club Class seats in a 2-2 configu...

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by b4thefall
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 95882

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

Also , at 33 seconds into the video, there are 6 variations of what the new livery could have been. It looks like they have chosen the one on the top left, but without the billboard titles (if the rendering we have all seen is correct) .

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by b4thefall
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 95882

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

Are EI just teasing us with this new logo. Watch this then. http://aerlingus.newsweaver.com/News/17sl05mm9c2asjztbr4c03?email=true&a=5&p=2085397&t=2384551&autoPlay=VIMEO-311176915 Part of me secretly hopes that they roll out the outline swirly shamrock that is *heavily* featured and...

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by b4thefall
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 95882

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

I was fearing worse, but it's not too bad. It's just so incredibly bland and inoffensive. Wether you loved or loathed the green tops, at least they stood out. This livery will just blend into the sea of other bland aircraft. Also, it's a carbon copy of Air Transat (different colour palette aside ), ...

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by b4thefall
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 95882

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

NickWebb wrote:
tonystan wrote:
Here’s hoping it’s more green and less white!


Dream on, I've seen it already!!



Can you give us any further info?

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by b4thefall
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321LR current and future airline seat configurations
Replies: 37
Views: 13060

Re: Airbus A321LR current and future airline seat configurations

That toilet/galley configuration on the EI 321 LR is going to be an absolute nightmare. There is no way crew will be able to set up service for 165 odd pax in that tiny space with pax queueing up for the loo blocking everything at the same time. Not going to work on a long haul flight. I’m honestly...

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by b4thefall
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The history and creation of the “Slimline” seats?
Replies: 38
Views: 6894

Re: The history and creation of the “Slimline” seats?

As someone else touched on above, slimline seating has been a blessing for those of us who have occasion to fly on the euro LCCs or charter carriers who have always installed high density cabins. I have flown many flights on EasyJet and Jet2 on their max capacity a319/20s and 733/8s. They feel like ...

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by b4thefall
Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier A320 Loses #2 Engine Cowling Departing LAS
Replies: 30
Views: 9290

Re: Frontier A320 Loses #2 Engine Cowling Departing LAS

That must have caused a significant amount of drag. Normally in these kind of incidents, only the flimsy forward cowlings come loose and separate. It must have caused quite a fright for the passengers!

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by b4thefall
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Laker Airways 1996 ver
Replies: 13
Views: 2572

Re: Laker Airways 1996 ver

There was a behind the scenes documentary following Sir Freddie during the start up https://youtu.be/QVmf852LQ78 His product was not too far from what TUI and Thomas Cook offer today, ahead of its time in many ways. However they had a lot of problems with the DC10 fleet so a lot of wet leased aircr...

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by b4thefall
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Laker Airways 1996 ver
Replies: 13
Views: 2572

Re: Laker Airways 1996 ver

There was a behind the scenes documentary following Sir Freddie during the start up https://youtu.be/QVmf852LQ78 His product was not too far from what TUI and Thomas Cook offer today, ahead of its time in many ways. However they had a lot of problems with the DC10 fleet so a lot of wet leased aircr...

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