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by oldannyboy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manston Airport to re-open
Replies: 33
Views: 4852

Re: Manston Airport to re-open

davidjohnson6 wrote:
If you include Beauvais, then Paris actually has 5 airports - Pontoise being the other one



6 with Vatry if you really want to be anal.....

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by oldannyboy
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo (JS) introduce 2 extra Tu-204 through shell company
Replies: 35
Views: 10352

Re: Air Koryo (JS) introduce 2 extra Tu-204 through shell company

I would love to see Air Koryo one day as they are a rare sight for many spotters. A bit off topic, but can't Air Koryo afford to pay for the new Russian MC-21 as replacement for their TU204 fleet? I guess the Chinese new generation aircraft (ARJ21, C919) are out of the question? A388 I would not ru...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit sends empty plane to get stranded family
Replies: 4
Views: 2477

Re: Spirit sends empty plane to get stranded family

Lovely and heartwarming to see Spirit do "the right thing". Well done guys!

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by oldannyboy
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA moving to LHR T-5
Replies: 101
Views: 15778

Re: Official: AA moving to LHR T-5

And about time. Transferring from AA to BA @ LHR with a terminal change was a royal pain in the butt!

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by oldannyboy
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat took delivery of another A321LR...
Replies: 6
Views: 3010

Re: Air Transat took delivery of another A321LR...

Indeed, really like the 321LR....but but but... I will miss the stubby old boy.... Loved flying the A310!!!!

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by oldannyboy
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair plan to resume service to ABJ and YUL July 16.
Replies: 2
Views: 597

Re: Corsair plan to resume service to ABJ and YUL July 16.

Absolutely gutted about the old [and tech-prone] 747s leaving the fleet, but hey, they were on borrowed time really....
On the other hand very happy to see them slowly resuming service. They are a pretty good company I find, and I enjoyed my flight with them some time ago.

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by oldannyboy
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New airline for the Canary Islands
Replies: 11
Views: 3334

Re: New airline for the Canary Islands

What an extraordinarily bad idea. Really, they couldn't come up with a worse idea, at the worst time. Really the fastest way to burn through thinning stacks of cash.

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by oldannyboy
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CN3 order 105 ARJ21s from COMAC
Replies: 102
Views: 22162

Re: Air China, China Eastern, China Southern Take Delivery Of ARJ21

I think MU is smart to put it in a different brand so if there is an accident, their safety image is not affected. I wouldn’t describe that as smart. If they are that concerned about the risk of an accident to create a separate brand - they really shouldn’t be flying the aircraft at all. In saying ...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC 10 configurations
Replies: 22
Views: 4301

Re: DC 10 configurations

How long ago were those carriers 8x? I've never seen any DC-10 in other than 2x5x2, going back to 1982. Wrong. Swissair resisted going to a three-class service and opted to maintain a more comfortable Economy section long after other airlines introduced Business Class. Swissair’s DC-10s retained 8-...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC 10 configurations
Replies: 22
Views: 4301

Re: DC 10 configurations

I was on a AOM French Airlines DC10 30 with 10 abreast with a seat pitch that was cruel. I've yet to be as miserable as I was on the round trip LAX -> PPT -> LAX. I also flew 10-across on the D10 with Belgian outfit SkyJet, However the pitch was not that terrible, so it didn't feel any worse than t...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 91
Views: 9151

Re: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint

Always good to see the Union Jack proudly displayed. As a Brit, let me say I'd rather see public money being spent where they are needed most: healthcare and social policies. No vanity projects paid by others for the umpteenth stupid leader please. We've all had enough of those. The standard A330 o...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?
Replies: 86
Views: 9954

Re: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?

I travelled Gatwick to central London by train in January this year for £5.60 in about 32 minutes. What is the issue with that? The number of comments I read on this site about the issues/time/cost of getting from Gatwick into London really puzzles me. Do the people who make these posts know what t...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH to restructucture SN
Replies: 156
Views: 31710

Re: Reports: LH might let SN file for bankruptcy

Based on the country size and geography, there is no reason for a Belgium to have a flag carrier. There are enough flights from other carriers to Brussels to satisfy demand. Although I will always miss SABENA. Really.?. Same goes for Holland, Luxemburg, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Croatia, Slove...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH to restructucture SN
Replies: 156
Views: 31710

Re: Reports: LH might let SN file for bankruptcy

Based on the country size and geography, there is no reason for a Belgium to have a flag carrier. There are enough flights from other carriers to Brussels to satisfy demand. Although I will always miss SABENA. Really.?. Same goes for Holland, Luxemburg, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Croatia, Slove...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion
Replies: 342
Views: 56318

Re: Air Europa might stay independent. Aw

They’re been consistently driving down costs, building up profits and adding shareholder value in recent years. Saying stuff like “IAG is a disaster of a group” just shows you have the wrong idea about what IAG is actually in business for. and Well IAG battered Iberia into shape with the threat of ...

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by oldannyboy
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc
Replies: 72
Views: 7965

Re: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc

With regards to handling and mechanical issues, I would venture a guess that, as these were mostly "flagship & prestige routes", and given that the average citizen (not being high up in the Communist party) wasn't allowed to travel or couldn't afford to travel, there would have been a...

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by oldannyboy
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc
Replies: 72
Views: 7965

Re: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc

Maybe those Russian airframes need some special treatment (software updates, ...). Those "moderation" may come from Western countries, and I guess that those are the reasons why Air Koryo is being banned from EU airspace (the same with Iran when it cannot access new update for its shiny n...

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by oldannyboy
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc
Replies: 72
Views: 7965

Re: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc

Hi folks, Bit of a two pronged question, so bear with me As far as I know, SU and flag carriers of other Eastern Bloc countries operated Soviet airliners quite frequently on various international routes to Western countries. In these instances, did the Soviet types require any sort of special handl...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syrian Arab Airlines introduce second A340
Replies: 64
Views: 17919

Re: Syrian Arab Airlines introduce second A340

I visited Syria years ago, and I hold amazing memories of my time there. A truly beautiful country, steeped in history with such incredible heritage and history. It has monuments like few other places. I remember Damascus and Aleppo as very vibrant, safe, pleasant cities. The food was simply superb,...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 to the rescue?
Replies: 32
Views: 5843

Re: Jet2 to the rescue?

Kudos to Jet2. A class act. A world apart from FR. An airline with a heart.

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by oldannyboy
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways President resigns
Replies: 3
Views: 1746

Re: Thai Airways President resigns

Oh well, it probably means the political elite will nominate a new president who will agree to a board of politicians. Simple.
Those with a commercially-minded attitude are welcome to leave at TG.

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by oldannyboy
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways retire 3x Airbus a319s
Replies: 21
Views: 8952

Re: British Airways retire 3x Airbus a319s

St.Athan maybe.... certainly no St. Athens.. :-)

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by oldannyboy
Wed Mar 11, 2020 3:39 pm
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?

It does minimize the number of middle seats however if you’re in that middle it’s a special kind of claustrophobic hell ... The 3-3-3 also allows for larger overhead storage bins on the window sides as with 3 seats the bins can be extended further without protruding over the aisle. ... 2-5-2 makes ...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DC-10-30ER Production Numbers
Replies: 16
Views: 2735

Re: DC-10-30ER Production Numbers

Off the top of my head 2 for SR and 3 for AY? although I think TG had very late D10 deliveries...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:34 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?

AleksW wrote:
smi0006 wrote:
Was 2-5-2 ever adopted outside the US?

Finnair had 2-5-2 on their MD-11 too. Not sure if it was modified closed to its retirement, but in the early 2000 it was 2-5-2.


Finnair also had a good number of MD-11s in higher density config with 3-4-3

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by oldannyboy
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Complicated Livery?
Replies: 36
Views: 3692

Re: Most Complicated Livery?

How about the amazing (one-offs?)used by GULF AIR some years ago? Those were beautiful birds adorned in golden and blue arabesque designs...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone have hernia surgery recently?
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Re: Anyone have hernia surgery recently?

I have personally learned to wholeheartedly and vehemently disregard the definition of 'routine surgery', especially when said definition comes from someone performing this as a job, rather than from someone on the receiving end of the scalpel......

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by oldannyboy
Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone have hernia surgery recently?
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Re: Anyone have hernia surgery recently?

I had an inguinal hernia laparoscopic repair done about six weeks ago and am still having some associated ‘issues’ Anyone have this done recently ? My dad and a close colleague both have recently had laparoscopic surgery for inguinal hernia, and the placement of a security mesh. In both cases docto...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TG's B747-400s/A380 routes
Replies: 6
Views: 1867

Re: TG's B747-400s/A380 routes

Oh boy, I love these two TG sub-fleets.... I so hope they can last a wee bit longer... My fear is that the coronavirus outbreak will be the nail on the coffin for these types within Asia...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dent Appears in Engine Cowling During Spool-Up
Replies: 16
Views: 6578

Re: Dent Appears in Engine Cowling During Spool-Up

Pretty scary! Could this be some FOD being sucked in, and in turn being thrown against the internal lining of the nacelle, fracturing it, and hence having the engine 'suck in' the outer cowl?

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by oldannyboy
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airways selling 2 757s and 2 767s
Replies: 22
Views: 5148

Re: Uzbekistan Airways selling 2 757s and 2 767s

Was thinking the same man! I could do with my own 757 otherwise :-) :-) :-) Revving up those RB211s just for the screeching sound, I wouldn't even care to lift off, just fast taxis would be enough... I thought they were P&Ws? Yes, indeed, my bad. I'd still take them, make no mistake! :bouncy: :...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where are the two Saudi Royal Flight MD-11s?
Replies: 38
Views: 9487

Re: Where are the two Saudi Royal Flight MD-11s?

What a waste.....
Yeah, I know, I know...Still.....
And seeing that line-up of 747s, the nose of what looks like an A300, and an MD-90?? Ohhh boy, WHAT a waste....

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by oldannyboy
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airways selling 2 757s and 2 767s
Replies: 22
Views: 5148

Re: Uzbekistan Airways selling 2 757s and 2 767s

peterinlisbon wrote:
12 million is a bit much for me. My budget is 3000$.


Was thinking the same man! I could do with my own 757 otherwise :-) :-) :-) Revving up those RB211s just for the screeching sound, I wouldn't even care to lift off, just fast taxis would be enough...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC 8839 evacuated at SFO
Replies: 25
Views: 8818

Re: AC 8839 evacuated at SFO

While some may think it’s “a joke”, I think this reflects very well on the quality of the Jazz operation and their pilots. To get the boat back on the ground in 6 minutes safely is not easy! Not to mention, ATC deserves accolades, as it is not easy for them to coordinate such a manoeuvre at such a ...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146940

Re: DY about to go bust?

So many vultures here, just waiting for DY to go bust. I've said before: I can't get to grips with the hatred that this airline elicits in some a.nutters.....

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by oldannyboy
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A221 Schedule Reliability struggle
Replies: 104
Views: 26112

Re: Delta A221 Schedule Reliability struggle

Last I heard from 'my man in ATL' is that the latest DL internal memo refers to "unforeseen reliability issues with the plastic parts" and "having to supplement" the A221 fleet with some of the ex-NW [secretly] mothballed DC-9/30s..... (:-o

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by oldannyboy
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What might have been: United's legacy 757-200 fleet...
Replies: 30
Views: 8052

Re: What might have been: United's legacy 757-200 fleet...

Guys, I think the issue here is also "perspective". Meaning that we (including myself) sometimes get a little carried away with how much we all love the 757, and how 'stuck in the modern 1980s bubble' we might be, and tend to forget that these PW birds now would be considerably older than ...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Smell of Airline Cabins
Replies: 82
Views: 11979

Re: The Smell of Airline Cabins

Ohhh, actually today's aircraft cabins, with the exception of more 'exotic' airlines, tend to smell a lot less that in the olden days. Boy, "that" amazing smell, that mix of "real airliner cabin" -all the fixtures, the thick carpeting, the curtains, the thickly-padded cloth seats...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 22304

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

I don't know i can't hardly blame the guy. The airlines should eliminate all recline option in economy period. They were the one's who shrunk down seat pitch to 30'' and for that poor bastard in the last row with no chance of reclining that'd tick me off as well. i realize he could have paid $11 to...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Gov May Stop Engine, Avionics Deliveries to C919
Replies: 88
Views: 17355

Re: US Gov May Stop Engine, Avionics Deliveries to C919

I get it. It prevents China the rights to technology that they copy and fabricate their own versions of it 100% copied from the imported original. It allows them to mimic the same tech that US companies have spent millions to billions in development costs while China can replicate exactly and profi...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: David Cameron's bodyguard leaves loaded gun in loo of BA flight
Replies: 10
Views: 2349

Re: David Cameron's bodyguard leaves loaded gun in loo of BA flight

Rest assured, there's plenty of resentment towards that man, and there probably will be for decades. And for good reasons. He is behind some of the most unpopular, painful and punishing political decisions and agendas since Thatcher's times. Might be a good idea to remove the guards. If politicians...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: David Cameron's bodyguard leaves loaded gun in loo of BA flight
Replies: 10
Views: 2349

Re: David Cameron's bodyguard leaves loaded gun in loo of BA flight

Does Cameron really still need bodyguards? Is he on hitlists? I am just asking. I mean past US presidents or say Thatcher were still hated by some. Blair also seems more controversial still. But In Holland or Scandinavia you can just see current or past (prime) ministers on the streets and in publi...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: David Cameron's bodyguard leaves loaded gun in loo of BA flight
Replies: 10
Views: 2349

Re: David Cameron's bodyguard leaves loaded gun in loo of BA flight

Does Cameron really still need bodyguards? Is he on hitlists? I am just asking. I mean past US presidents or say Thatcher were still hated by some. Blair also seems more controversial still. But In Holland or Scandinavia you can just see current or past (prime) ministers on the streets and in publi...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA converts some A321neo order to A321LR
Replies: 32
Views: 6894

Re: ANA converts some A321neo order to A321LR

Hi Guys, do please forgive my ignorance...I'm getting slightly confused now between variants... 1) I (wrongly?) assumed that ALL 321neo's now came ONLY with three doors, and the 4-door configuration was no longer available - is that so? 2) Am I wrong in assuming that the -ceo321 was never available ...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM serving AMS-DXB with 3 different ac types?
Replies: 8
Views: 2379

Re: KLM serving AMS-DXB with 3 different ac types?

Bear in mind DXB for them is probably mostly point to point, and demand fluctuates....EK are king on the DXB runs! BA and LH are using a variety of equipment to adjust capacity for the same reason.... That is incorrect. LH/AF/KL/BA/LX/TK also take a good chunk of transfer passengers. Either to Nort...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC MAD-YYZ: major damage to landing gear and engine on takeoff - circling MAD airspace
Replies: 140
Views: 30283

Re: AC MAD-YYZ: major damage to landing gear and engine on takeoff - circling MAD airspace

upperdeckfan wrote:
More than 2 hours in the air.....doesn't look good

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Yep. The picture is blurred

:lol: :lol:

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by oldannyboy
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM serving AMS-DXB with 3 different ac types?
Replies: 8
Views: 2379

Re: KLM serving AMS-DXB with 3 different ac types?

Why difficult to manage? I don't see the issue... they probably 1) use what is available 2) adjust capacity. Bear in mind DXB for them is probably mostly point to point, and demand fluctuates....EK are king on the DXB runs! BA and LH are using a variety of equipment to adjust capacity for the same r...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Passenger wearing gas mask removed from flight
Replies: 37
Views: 8369

Re: American Airlines Passenger wearing gas mask removed from flight

...Or maybe it's that A.netter who travels with a mask in case of fume events.... And I'm not making this up. He posted this not more than two weeks ago.

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by oldannyboy
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time for a 787NG
Replies: 87
Views: 16274

Re: Time for a 787NG

If there’s anything that could reinvigorate Boeing and its product line it’s a new generation 787 Improved fuel burn engines, greater payload and range would greatly enhance the appeal of this already superb aircraft It’s time, all of Boeing’s most successful aircraft in the past have been the ones...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lack of snow in Japan – not good for flights next winter
Replies: 18
Views: 3530

Re: Lack of snow in Japan – not good for flights next winter

Many people seem to book their snow holidays based on previous seasons snow. https://www.snocountry.com/news/entry/japan-s-ski-areas-are-having-their-worst-winter-in-decades Many 1000s of Australians head to Japan every northern winter, for various reasons. 1) Perception it’s cheap (not really) 2) ...

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