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by XLA2008
Tue May 19, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US sanctions Iran's Mahan Air
Replies: 15
Views: 5715

Re: Mahan Air and Iran's sanctions

Iranian maintenance facilities are well known for retro engineering parts to a high standard. Just look how long those 74L’s kept flying, and the I.I.A.F / Saha 741 /742’s, 707’s... The list is endless come to think of it..C130, F14’s.... Well I would assume they would produce some of their own par...

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by XLA2008
Tue May 19, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US sanctions Iran's Mahan Air
Replies: 15
Views: 5715

Mahan Air and Iran's sanctions

Hey guys, sorry if this has been discussed, I have done searches for it, as well as other searches, but cannot seem to find the answers. So my question and intrigue in part is how did Mahan Air manage to procure ex-Lufthansa and ex-Virgin Atlantic A340's while Iran had sanctions placed on it, or whe...

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by XLA2008
Mon May 18, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opinion on cruise sailings
Replies: 7
Views: 683

Re: Opinion on cruise sailings

What is this to do with aviation?

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by XLA2008
Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 333948

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

I do have one question.... and sorry if it’s been answered here already, but with the “travel” restrictions between Europe and the USA why are flights still going between London and the US and Holland/France etc

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by XLA2008
Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 735
Views: 103549

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Breathe wrote:
How sad for those 2,000 workers at flybe.

I wonder if Eastern or Loganair might be able to pick up a few routes and save some of the jobs being lost.


I can see both Eastern and Logan jumping in to fill some of that void left by Flybe.

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by XLA2008
Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 145959

Re: DY about to go bust?

It's a bit like Ryanair; they've engaged in questionable, borderline illegal practices, that have propelled the race to the bottom for labour standards among airlines in Europe. European airline T&Cs are well below those in the USA. I know the retort will be that there'll be downward pressure w...

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by XLA2008
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Aer Lingus uniform
Replies: 30
Views: 5114

Re: New Aer Lingus uniform

Ugh they kept that horrible green! Honestly, I hope it is a better fit that the current one. I’ll be honest and say I absolutely HATED wearing that uniform when I flew for EI, so unflattering, and the color washed everyone out, and was always a terrible fit. For the guys is a huge upgrade, for the g...

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by XLA2008
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2712
Views: 288235

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

May those onboard Rest In Peace. Either a striking coincidence or foul play here! Very odd that it a 3 year old 737 goes down the same day!

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by XLA2008
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: why 2L boarding door on DL 75's?
Replies: 44
Views: 7537

Re: why 2L boarding door on DL 75's?

I worked on the 757 for many years as crew, and can say we always boarded using 2L and if on remote would board through 2L and 4L. It is also easier for the pax up front as they don’t have an entire economy cabin walking past as they tried to settle after boarding. Also goes along with most wide bod...

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by XLA2008
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor and its links to Thomas Cook
Replies: 177
Views: 28569

Re: Condor and its links to Thomas Cook

Hopefully Condor continues to fly! People asking if Lufthansa owns Condor, at one point Lufthansa DID own Condor, I’m not sure about Thomas Cook Airlines UK, but I do remember when I first started flying for Thomas Cook Airlines UK (Many) years ago the uniforms and wings etc were all Lufthansa, unif...

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by XLA2008
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uber helicopter service @ JFK
Replies: 8
Views: 2191

Re: Uber helicopter service @ JFK

The only issue I have with these services is in regards to luggage space, BLADE only allows one bag with a 20-pound limit. For a business traveler flying to London for a couple of days, he could get by but you lose a lot of markets when people aren't able to bring in much more than a slightly heavy...

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by XLA2008
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline
Replies: 51
Views: 5422

Re: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline

KLM was the only airline operator of the Douglas DC-5, with four aircraft. This also makes them the only carrier ever to operate every commercial Douglas airliner DC-2 through MD-11(excluding the DC-1 as only one prototype was built). Loftleidir of Iceland was the only operator of the pax version o...

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by XLA2008
Thu May 23, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Inspectors Accusing Agency of Negligence
Replies: 37
Views: 3869

Re: FAA Inspectors Accusing Agency of Negligence

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/federal-aviation-administration-inspectors-say-they-are-pressured-to-overlook-problems-flying-public-needs-to-know/ It seems that anonymous inspectors are coming out against the agency, accusing them of turning a blind eye to unsafe conditions a...

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by XLA2008
Thu May 16, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 24202

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

However... British Airways is supposed to represent the country as a nation, the hospitality, culture and traditions I mean goodness they fly with a crest and carry the flag!! For many first time visitors to the UK using British Airways this will be their first experience of the UK, and if a “Very ...

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by XLA2008
Thu May 16, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 24202

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

If I go into any coffee shop and buy a scone, a cake, and a sandwich, should then I automatically expect a free tea? No! Get a grip! By official definition “afternoon tea” comes with a cup of tea! Technically it should be tea from India or Ceylon. If you go into a coffee shop and order a Sandwich t...

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by XLA2008
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question About Baseball Charter Repostioning Flights
Replies: 34
Views: 4185

Re: Question About Baseball Charter Repostioning Flights

I think you’ll find that ALL costs incurred to the airline will be charged in the price of the charter. DL isn’t going to subsidize the repositioning of aircraft and crew, that cost will be included in the total cost of the charter. It isn’t down to Delta to decide to fly them closer the people/comp...

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by XLA2008
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 739921

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

The 737 is too old of an air frame to graft a huge engine onto. It makes the aircraft unstable in flight. It is an unsafe design and must be withdrawn from service. Boeing clearly cannot be trusted to tell the truth. Oh goodness... they are all out on early release today! Apparently you know the in...

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by XLA2008
Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew
Replies: 55
Views: 8925

Re: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew

This is pretty common every where in the world except North America. Don’t ask me why, but every airline I have ever flown for, every crew I have ever seen everywhere in the world they all pretty much follow the same standard and have pressed uniforms, perfect makeup, freshly shined shoes, airlines ...

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by XLA2008
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 139634

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

I’ve got a sneak peak but don’t know how to post it of BOAC Upload the image to an image hosting website like imgbb or something similar, and then copy the link to your post on here, you click on the image icon in the full editor when writing your post and enter the link between the two [img]—-[img...

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by XLA2008
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 139634

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

Saw this online, thought I would share... Not sure who took the photo so cannot give credit to them, didn't see any copyrights to it. If i'm not allowed to share it then please delete the post. But here is a sneak peak at the new BA/BOAC 747. https://i.ibb.co/pfhNSGk/AE5372-EA-8-B48-46-CC-AE22-B1205...

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by XLA2008
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Eagle get rid of the ATR 72/42
Replies: 67
Views: 11387

Re: Why did American Eagle get rid of the ATR 72/42

I feel like I vaguely remember that issues with icing and accidents resulting, meant that American ended up moving a lot of them if not all south to warmer climates, which I believe if that’s the case it meant that the aircraft could not really be deployed nationwide and would be restricted within t...

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by XLA2008
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antalya airport hit by a tornado
Replies: 27
Views: 4861

Re: Antalya airport hit by a tornado

What's puzzling is that people were out there, not taking shelter, when the tornado hit; don't they have warning systems in place for inclement weather? nah, I'm not Turkish but I'd imagine it's like it is in Europe for example. It's not exactly Oklahoma or Texas so there's no warning systems in pl...

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by XLA2008
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size
Replies: 126
Views: 22551

Re: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size

Wait wait wait. Lots of assumptions in the original post, we are not MDs and even if we are we haven't seen the pan nor assisted to the scene. Maybe the aircraft toilets were not big enough to let him do everything by himself (in comparison to those of the airport). Perhaps this person requires som...

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by XLA2008
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size
Replies: 126
Views: 22551

Re: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size

Lmao... ain’t NO WAY I’d have wiped that dudes ass, I might love flying and really enjoy my job but there ain’t enough pay in the world that would get me to wipe his nasty ass! Rather tell him we’re to stick it and loose my job than subject myself or any member of my crew to that perv! If you can’t ...

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by XLA2008
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK crew robbed in South Africa
Replies: 84
Views: 15069

Re: TK crew robbed in South Africa

Another failed state, like Mexico in the other thread. Now SAA can make a TV spot about how wonderful and cool Cape Town is. In Istanbul, it always surprises me to see people walking around on busy forms of public transport with expensive mobile telephones or their wallets poking out of their back ...

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by XLA2008
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian and Air Canada 737 MAX Transatlantic crew
Replies: 54
Views: 8998

Re: Norwegian and Air Canada 737 MAX Transatlantic crew

UK-Egypt are VERY close to the legal limits, I have operated many UK-Egypt as crew before and a few times have been stuck down route on a night stop due to delayed departure putting us out of hours to operate the flight back, it’s a horrible duty! Also operated a few LGW-BJL but we carried additiona...

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by XLA2008
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan-Maui nonstop flight?
Replies: 66
Views: 10587

Re: Japan-Maui nonstop flight?

I wonder why everyone is assuming a hypothetical NRT-OGG-NRT would be operated by a 77E? NRT-KOA has been operating with a 763 since service was resumed. While OGG-NRT would be a longer flying time with headwinds than say, OGG-ORD, 763s have operated longer flights from OGG. At one time DL used to ...

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by XLA2008
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCY SSJ Certification
Replies: 15
Views: 4038

Re: LCY SSJ Certification

Wayfarer515 wrote:
Due to the testbed crash landing, saberlet certification and retrofit will not begin until until Q22019, from 2020 onwards all production SSJ100s will include them from the factory.



Wasn’t it just a hard landing putting it out of Ops for a short while hence the delay? Rather than a crash landing?

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by XLA2008
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 608893

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

Just awful... those poor people in the last moments, just doesn’t bear thinking about, Rest In Peace and my heart goes out to the families and loved ones.

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by XLA2008
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi
Replies: 34
Views: 6245

Re: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi

I believe Alitalia did operate it as a Combi, but loaded cargo at the rear, here is an image link with stairs at the forward doors and cargo being loaded at the rear, so can only assume from this image that it was used Combi. Anyone with more info might better explain. https://www.jetphotos.com/phot...

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by XLA2008
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Express 737 gets massive gash on belly on take off
Replies: 52
Views: 15786

Re: Air India Express 737 gets massive gash on belly on take off

N14AZ wrote:
I wonder how they managed to hit the wall with the fuselage but not with the main landing gear...


I wonder how they managed to hit the wall period!

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by XLA2008
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Anchorage become a low-cost transit hub between Asia and North America?
Replies: 65
Views: 9773

Re: Can Anchorage become a low-cost transit hub between Asia and North America?

Just my 2 cents and I’m not to aware of the market, but I don’t see why it couldn’t work, I mean Icelandair have made a successful goal in the transatlantic market, offering fares to cities in the states not always served non stop, alongside those they also sell Iceland as a place to stop and spend ...

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by XLA2008
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic partners with Easyjet
Replies: 2
Views: 978

Virgin Atlantic partners with Easyjet

Have to say I didn’t see this one coming! People traveling Virgin from say the US who are unaware of who Easyjet are will be in for a shock when the disembark VS and board EZY! https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mirror.co.uk/travel/news/easyjet-virgin-atlantic-join-forces-13345670.amp Please delete if...

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by XLA2008
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OKC Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 93
Views: 3822

Re: Oklahoma Aviation | 2018 discussion

Be nice to follow a thread for my home state and local OKC airport!

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by XLA2008
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Arabia pilots turn an A320 into a STOL aircraft
Replies: 74
Views: 18730

Re: Air Arabia pilots turn an A320 into a STOL aircraft

Looking at the airfield map in the linked AV Herald article, I am confused as to how they could have turned right instead of left: the layout of the taxiway is clearly more optimised for left turns onto the runway, as the right turn is much sharper. The AV Hearld article does not say, but at what t...

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by XLA2008
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA flight to Hawaii has unusable toilets
Replies: 19
Views: 4989

Re: AA flight to Hawaii has unusable toilets

Happened to just watch a video of an AA flight to Kona, where the flight attendant is telling a women she needs to pee in a bag and that guys need to pee in a bottle! That’s outrageous! The women argues that its unsanitary to pee in a bag and the flight attendant doesn’t seem to understand why! Oh A...

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by XLA2008
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM loses emotional support dog
Replies: 32
Views: 5123

Re: LATAM loses emotional support dog

I am a huge dog fan. My most recent dog lived 17 years and when she passed it was truly like losing one of the family. But I would have never put her in the stressful situation of airplane flight. I can't imagine the fear she would have encountered in the cargo hold of an airplane. There are great ...

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by XLA2008
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM loses emotional support dog
Replies: 32
Views: 5123

Re: LATAM loses emotional support dog

I am a huge dog fan. My most recent dog lived 17 years and when she passed it was truly like losing one of the family. But I would have never put her in the stressful situation of airplane flight. I can't imagine the fear she would have encountered in the cargo hold of an airplane. There are great ...

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by XLA2008
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM loses emotional support dog
Replies: 32
Views: 5123

Re: LATAM loses emotional support dog

At the end of the day... airlines allow animals in the cabin, people need to get over it, if they don’t like it then maybe they should be the ones not to fly. Good on you for taking your pup on vacation with you! You wacky animal people need to put the jar of peanut butter away and have some separa...

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by XLA2008
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM loses emotional support dog
Replies: 32
Views: 5123

Re: LATAM loses emotional support dog

Christ. If you need a puppy to leave the house, you don’t belong in an airliner. The fact of the dog being an emotional support companion or not, is completely irrelevant. I had a dog for many many years and was a beloved member of our family, we use to fly with our dog in a special cage in the car...

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by XLA2008
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM loses emotional support dog
Replies: 32
Views: 5123

Re: LATAM loses emotional support dog

People traveled just fine by air from the 40’s thru the 90’s. A glass of whisky on the rocks was about all someone needed to take the edge off until Xanax came along. If you are terrified of flying and need a pet to console you perhaps flying isn’t the option for you. There’s something called Amtra...

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by XLA2008
Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM loses emotional support dog
Replies: 32
Views: 5123

Re: LATAM loses emotional support dog

Christ. If you need a puppy to leave the house, you don’t belong in an airliner. Well first off the dog was going in the hold and not in the cabin so the passenger could clearly fly without the animal next to them. Second off there is absolutely nothing wrong with people flying animals, by your com...

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by XLA2008
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Rule for AA FA's deemed "cruel" and "disastrous"
Replies: 161
Views: 17402

Re: New Rule for AA FA's deemed "cruel" and "disastrous"

Pretty standard rules for most airlines, those are rules I’ve been used to obiding by throughout my entire flying career, don’t see how it’s disastrous haha, just sounds like lazy crew that don’t like the fact they won’t be able to get away with taking advantage! Get over it is what I say. As per s...

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by XLA2008
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Rule for AA FA's deemed "cruel" and "disastrous"
Replies: 161
Views: 17402

Re: New Rule for AA FA's deemed "cruel" and "disastrous"

I'm going to make two comments: 1) My very large employer is going away from the points system described, probably because we want to reduce turnover and make sure to keep valuable employees who encounter challenging circumstances. So for everyone claiming that this is nothing because their employe...

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by XLA2008
Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Rule for AA FA's deemed "cruel" and "disastrous"
Replies: 161
Views: 17402

Re: New Rule for AA FA's deemed "cruel" and "disastrous"

Pretty standard rules for most airlines, those are rules I’ve been used to obiding by throughout my entire flying career, don’t see how it’s disastrous haha, just sounds like lazy crew that don’t like the fact they won’t be able to get away with taking advantage! Get over it is what I say. As per si...

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by XLA2008
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways deboards Indian family over ‘crying’ of 3-year-old child
Replies: 97
Views: 8862

Re: British Airways deboards Indian family over ‘crying’ of 3-year-old child

On topic, I highly doubt a crew member said this, just going on the story reported in the article it doesn’t add up to what happens onboard an aircraft, for a start if the child was crying and the aircraft was already taxiing to the runway, the crew at that point would most likely be seated, and if ...

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by XLA2008
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Narrowest wide body aisle
Replies: 12
Views: 3586

Re: Narrowest wide body aisle

My vote goes to the 767 at 2-4-2. The galley opening at rear shows what a normal aisle width should be. Also, look at the space in-between the seat backs. 648621 Aww that brings back some memories haha, I used to work on G-BOPB with XL over 11 years ago now! Papa Bravo was tight, but honestly, very...

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by XLA2008
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Heathrow Hub?
Replies: 45
Views: 9227

Re: United Airlines Heathrow Hub?

I know for many years up until at least 2014/15 they had a crew hub at LHR for flight attendants, they were American crew but based and lived in London, I used to see the crew on a regular basis at the crew parking lot at LHR. The UA cabin crews based at LHR are not exclusively American. I would sa...

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by XLA2008
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Heathrow Hub?
Replies: 45
Views: 9227

Re: United Airlines Heathrow Hub?

LHR still has a crew base as well as FRA, NRT, HKG, and GUM. I presumed they still did, like I said last time I operated out of LHR as crew based there was 3/4 years ago and they certainly had it still going then, but good to know they still have it. I still fly into LHR from the states, but I’m no...

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by XLA2008
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Heathrow Hub?
Replies: 45
Views: 9227

Re: United Airlines Heathrow Hub?

I know for many years up until at least 2014/15 they had a crew hub at LHR for flight attendants, they were American crew but based and lived in London, I used to see the crew on a regular basis at the crew parking lot at LHR. I stopped flying out of LHR back in 15 before moving back stateside, so c...

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