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by b4thefall
Fri Oct 01, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Aerospace ATP
Replies: 32
Views: 5308

Re: British Aerospace ATP

What exactly made the ATP/J61 inferior to the AT7. I mean, it is hard to build something inferior to an ATR on purpose, let alone by accident... I always wondered why the ATP was not more popular. I flew on one once. Of course it was very pleasant, and I felt it was a real aircraft, not something l...

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by b4thefall
Fri Sep 24, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The seat of which LCC or ULCC do you like most?
Replies: 6
Views: 534

Re: The seat of which LCC or ULCC do you like most?

Jet2. I'm 6ft1, and I was able to properly stretch my legs under the seat in front, and a an OK amount of wiggle room, due to the way the seat backs are shaped. This was despite flying on a max density 737-300. The new seats BA has installed on the 320 NEO (behind the overwing exits) were absolutely...

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by b4thefall
Fri Sep 24, 2021 6:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which commercial aircraft manufacturer's flap system do you like best?
Replies: 6
Views: 684

Re: Which commercial aircraft manufacturer's flap system do you like best?

Modern flaps are generally boring to look at from an Anutter perspective. My favourites from my own personal experience were BAC 1-11, L1011, 747, 757 & A300B4. I love the huge flap fairings on the B4. Have photo somewhere, takenfrom behind the wing while flying over the French Alps on a TransAe...

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by b4thefall
Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline with the oldest livery still flying/in use?
Replies: 90
Views: 14146

Re: Airline with the oldest livery still flying/in use?

I agree with those who are suggesting that above modifications of liveries are not at all that minor..... And unfailingly -to me at least- the end result is a livery that is more nondescript and generic... with more white, less color, less character... I hate the modernised Qantas livery with the &...

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by b4thefall
Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline with the oldest livery still flying/in use?
Replies: 90
Views: 14146

Re: Airline with the oldest livery still flying/in use?

Although not the same, I'd argue that the current BA livery is basically a refreshed version of their original Negus&Negus livery from the 70's.

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by b4thefall
Tue Sep 21, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 Dimmable Windows will be standard from next Year
Replies: 101
Views: 15922

Re: A350 Dimmable Windows will be standard from next Year

I've been on many long haul flights where the cabin crew ordered the old school window shades to be closed for the entire flight. The most irritating of these for me was on an MH flight from LHR to KUL. Any time someone opened a shade, the crew immediately appeared to tell them to close it again. Ev...

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by b4thefall
Tue Aug 31, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Jet2 orders 36 Airbus A321neo
Replies: 96
Views: 24509

Re: Update: Jet2 orders 36 Airbus A321neo

I wonder what they are "only" installing 232 when they can squeeze up to 240 in? Easyjet have 235 in theirs, and if I remember correctly, they sacrificed the extra seats so that they could fit extra galley space to the rear of door 1R. I'm wondering if maybe Jet2 have opted for a full gall...

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by b4thefall
Fri Aug 27, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 335
Views: 37782

Re: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021

Finally got an email confirmation today from Aer Lingus that our flight to MCO has been cancelled on the 2nd October, although I have already been aware of this for some time via this site. We actually booked these flights late November 2020, never imagining that things would still be so chaotic at ...

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by b4thefall
Fri Aug 27, 2021 3:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anybody miss/remember the 2000s-early 2010s in terms of planespotting?
Replies: 19
Views: 1627

Re: Anybody miss/remember the 2000s-early 2010s in terms of planespotting?

I actually feel bad for spotters now due to the lack of variety, I started being interested in planes around 1990 age 7 so just in time to still see Pan Am & TWA at Heathrow. Also in the 90's still a lot of classic types where flying but in the twlight of their careers, in europe you could see ...

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by b4thefall
Fri Aug 27, 2021 3:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anybody miss/remember the 2000s-early 2010s in terms of planespotting?
Replies: 19
Views: 1627

Re: Anybody miss/remember the 2000s-early 2010s in terms of planespotting?

I actually feel bad for spotters now due to the lack of variety, I started being interested in planes around 1990 age 7 so just in time to still see Pan Am & TWA at Heathrow. Also in the 90's still a lot of classic types where flying but in the twlight of their careers, in europe you could see ...

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by b4thefall
Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Multi-Stop LHR-India Service on an MD-80
Replies: 48
Views: 8889

Re: Former Multi-Stop LHR-India Service on an MD-80

Over the years, I managed to bag flights on Monarch, Air 2000 and Airtours 757s. Goodness me, those seats were TIGHT! My knees were literally jammed into the seat in front. The poor passenger sitting there has absolutely no hope of reclining. Those were the days before the slimline, non reclining se...

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by b4thefall
Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor orders Airbus A330-900neo
Replies: 135
Views: 29391

Re: Condor orders Airbus A330-900neo

A nice boost for the neo, anyone know if a 9 abreast economy cabin will be fitted? Their financial support package was announced today. https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/condor-secures-approval-for-revised-german-aid-package/144784.article I doubt Condor would fir 9 abreast on these machines, a...

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by b4thefall
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 38271

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

easyJet have announced they will return to BHD with a double daily service to LGW starting on the of 9th July 2021 https://www.belfastcityairport.com/news/easyjet-london-gatwick-from-belfast-city-airport That's great news! BHD has been without a LGW link for several years now. I have a few friends ...

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by b4thefall
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air 2000/First Choice Airways Pictures & Memories
Replies: 7
Views: 1005

Re: Air 2000/First Choice Airways Pictures & Memories

I flew them on several occasions back in the 90's, always on the 757. Goodness me, the seating pitch was tight (the days before the super slimline seating), but the service was absolutely fantastic! Even on a barely 2 hr flight to Lyon, I remember pre-takeoff sweets, real hot towels (not the disposa...

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by b4thefall
Wed May 19, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue A320 refurbish thread
Replies: 935
Views: 181946

Re: Jetblue A320 refurbish thread

Have their been any more photos released of the new Airspace interior, other than the initial few promo shots released by JetBlue themselves? Am looking forward to a comprehensive photo/video tour of the aircraft if any exist.

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by b4thefall
Tue May 18, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 36004

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Update: SNN-JFK* DUB-LAX* and YYZ (mid Oct), EWR / IAD (late Aug), MCO (2 Oct) and BOS reduced. Reported SNN crew base to close… Any more info on the MCO route? I'm due to be flying out on 2nd October. Can't find any info on the EI website or anywhere else. The flight on 2nd October is scheduled to...

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by b4thefall
Tue May 18, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 36004

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Aer Lingus have suspended* SNN-BOS for the summer, JFK restart pushed out to July 19th. Perhaps some confidence SNN-LHR remains available from June 21st. DUB-US also pushed out to Jul 19th with SEA suspended*, IAD/YYZ delayed to mid August and September. * until Oct 31, winter schedule not updated....

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by b4thefall
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Britannia Airways 737 unusual routes
Replies: 1
Views: 658

Re: Britannia Airways 737 unusual routes

No idea about Britannia, but I know Sterling Airways of Denmark used to use their Caravelles on some incredibly long routes.

One of these tragically crashed in 1972 near Dubai while en route from Colombo to Copenhagen via Bombay, Dubai and Ankara!

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by b4thefall
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Snow Across Britain
Replies: 20
Views: 1586

Re: Snow Across Britain

This snow isn't anywhere as near as bad as it was the winter of 2009/10 when literally the entire UK was covered in a pretty good blanket of snow. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/01/08/all-of-england-covered-by-snow/ https://i1.wp.com/wattsupwiththat.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/modis_uk_snow.jp...

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by b4thefall
Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dustin "Screech" Diamond dies at age 44
Replies: 7
Views: 1163

Re: Dustin "Screech" Diamond dies at age 44

On a personal note. It is deeply troubling seeing so many people my age die from "old age" issues. It really does put a bit of reality into that teenage and 20 something immortality feeling. Recently a lot of acquaintances have been battling cancer. It is life, and it is inevitable that t...

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by b4thefall
Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am shuts down 29 years ago today [04DEC].
Replies: 156
Views: 13859

Re: Pan Am shuts down 29 years ago today.

That's a mighty elitist attitude. The reason they cared about the product was because that was the only way to differentiate themselves. Fares were controlled, were high and the number of people who could fly were very limited. This "how cheap" attitude is akin to complaining about Courty...

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by b4thefall
Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am shuts down 29 years ago today [04DEC].
Replies: 156
Views: 13859

Re: Pan Am shuts down 29 years ago today.

Let's say if AA, UA, or DL went away. Would anyone be sad? No because the airlines of today can't even compare to what the airlines of yesterday set forth as far as customer service like their older ancestors did. Whether you fly DL, COM US, NK or any other it's basically all the same. The US3 have...

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by b4thefall
Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1835
Views: 370803

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Apologies if it's already been asked, but I don't have time to look through the entire thread. Have any of the aircraft had a cabin fitted yet? Am really looking forward to seeing how the new cabin looks in reality rather than mock ups. Boeing have been extremely proactive over the years with new ca...

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by b4thefall
Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 106412

Re: Official Election thread

In any case. This election shows: 1- The US is not center left, is center right. That's your takeaway from literally millions more Americans voting for Joe Biden over Donald Trump? Your aggregate conclusion about where America sits on the political spectrum seems to be derived from where people liv...

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by b4thefall
Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TU-154..what is it's legacy?
Replies: 57
Views: 11435

Re: TU-154..what is it's legacy?

I can't comment on the operations aspect of it, but in terms of pure looks, I think it looks amazing! Like a 727 on steroids. It looks powerful and rugged.

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by b4thefall
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Political Position (Med Assisted Suicide)
Replies: 59
Views: 2702

Re: Political Position (Med Assisted Suicide)

I agree with it. I understand in cases of dementia etc the argument is iffy. However, if somebody is suffering from a terminal illness or simply extreme old age, and is 100% mentally ok, then I believe they should be able to end their suffering at a time of their choosing. I have personally witnesse...

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by b4thefall
Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air A321 substituted for an A320 had take-off issue
Replies: 49
Views: 8029

Re: A321 substituted for an A320 had take-off issue

This happened to me once when the Airtours A320 we were scheduled to fly on was replaced at short notice with a 757. The cabin crew walked though the aircraft and instructed certain row numbers to move into the rear cabin (behind 3L &3R) as that cabin was completely empty, and the first 30 rows ...

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by b4thefall
Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas Central High Sped Train get Federal Approval
Replies: 33
Views: 3597

Re: Texas Central High Sped Train get Federal Approval

After visiting Disney World a few times, iv'e always wondered why monorails haven't seen more use? I know they are not high speed, but they can be built above land and above traffic, easily crossing over roads etc instead of having to build tunnels under. Monorail is only ever truly the right answe...

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by b4thefall
Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas Central High Sped Train get Federal Approval
Replies: 33
Views: 3597

Re: Texas Central High Sped Train get Federal Approval

After visiting Disney World a few times, iv'e always wondered why monorails haven't seen more use? I know they are not high speed, but they can be built above land and above traffic, easily crossing over roads etc instead of having to build tunnels under.

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by b4thefall
Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook went bankrupt one year ago!
Replies: 15
Views: 3554

Re: Thomas Cook went bankrupt one year ago!

Can't believe it's been one year since we learnt of the sad collapse of Thomas Cook. I suspect if they hadn't collapsed when they did, they would certainly have been in dire straits by now. I appreciate this doesn't make it easier for all those that found themselves out of work. It's also sad to se...

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by b4thefall
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ecuatoriana coming back
Replies: 25
Views: 9017

Re: Ecuatoriana coming back

I hope they bring back their extremely eye catching livery!

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by b4thefall
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What made Airbus make the a300 as a twinjet, and why couldnt McDonnell Douglas do the same with the DC-10?
Replies: 68
Views: 12305

Re: What made Airbus make the a300 as a twinjet, and why couldnt McDonnell Douglas do the same with the DC-10?

It's also worth mentioning that the A300 was a hit in the Asia/Pacific region. It was the perfect aircraft for those high density short-medium haul routes in the region. If it hadn't been for the A300, the DC-10 and 1011 would have sold many more copies in the region.

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by b4thefall
Fri Aug 28, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air 2000 Passenger Entertainment System
Replies: 19
Views: 3755

Re: Air 2000 Passenger Entertainment System

Air 2000 were a great airline back in the day. I flew with them several times in the 90's and I remember their fantastic"2000first" onboard service. On a 2hr flight from BFS to LYS for example, we received sweets before takeoff, hot meal, a couple of tea/coffee/juice rounds, & a hot t...

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by b4thefall
Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air 2000 Passenger Entertainment System
Replies: 19
Views: 3755

Re: Air 2000 Passenger Entertainment System

Air 2000 were a great airline back in the day. I flew with them several times in the 90's and I remember their fantastic"2000first" onboard service. On a 2hr flight from BFS to LYS for example, we received sweets before takeoff, hot meal, a couple of tea/coffee/juice rounds, & a hot to...

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by b4thefall
Thu Aug 27, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Did Boeing ever plan to build a single deck 747?
Replies: 34
Views: 3227

Re: Did Boeing ever plan to build a single deck 747?

Call me crazy, but in my eyes, the lengthened upper deck of the 300, 400& 8i spoiled the look of the 747. For me, my favourite will always be the 100 or 200 with the extra (usually 10 I believe) upper deck windows. What a beauty!

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by b4thefall
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Monarch Airlines A300 Question
Replies: 9
Views: 1743

Re: Monarch Airlines A300 Question

In the early 2000's I flew a Monarch A300 from LGW to PMI (and return). It may have been the most uncomfortable flight of my life (in my mid teens I was already over 6ft), but I'm so glad I managed to get on a relatively unique aircraft in the UK charter scene. I remember how upon boarding I was im...

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by b4thefall
Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A319 - 25 Years since 1st Flight
Replies: 31
Views: 4096

Re: A319 - 25 Years since 1st Flight

Happy birthday A319! I have many flights on the 319, mainly on easyJet, with a few BA , and also a few on the ones Aer Lingus leased for a while. The 319 was really "flavour of the month" in the mid 90's until the early 2000's. It's been an extremely successful aircraft in its own right, a...

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by b4thefall
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fokker 70/100 Air Brake & Wing Config
Replies: 8
Views: 2121

Re: Fokker 70/100 Air Brake & Wing Config

I still remember my first flight on a Fokker 100. It was on British Midland in 1996, and I had read about the Northwest MD80 crash due to the pilots forgetting to set the flaps. Imagine my panic as the take off roll continued with no flaps in sight! Thankfully the aircraft soon lifted off, as even w...

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by b4thefall
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 35364

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: 72
Views: 4311

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: 3873

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: 1931

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 News And Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 1145
Views: 88125

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 News And Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 1145
Views: 88125

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: 12050

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: 5861

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: 14780

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: 132
Views: 31432

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: 5997

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: 23475

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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