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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eva Air's New Business Class
Replies: 4
Views: 1635

Re: Eva Air's New Business Class

I am literally blown away by how grey, dull and colourless that J cabin looks... Not a touch of green or orange, a splash of anything, an "accent" of colour as fancy designers like to say... Wow. I find that terribly sad and very unimaginative.

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Belgium to end flights to Hong Kong
Replies: 28
Views: 5622

Re: Air Belgium to end flights to Hong Kong

Wow. Big surprise. NOT. I mean, I'm surprised that people were naïve enough to pour enough money into such a crippled venture to even paint those A340s, let alone make them actually fly... I admit those huge quads in such a great livery were lovely to spot the last time I flew through Charleroi thou...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight attendant "fired" for Marriage Proposal
Replies: 52
Views: 8087

Re: Flight attendant "fired" for Marriage Proposal

That’s what you get in a Communist state. Neglecting safety, my ass. Got to love a great uneducated comment :banghead: Exactly what was uneducated about it? Are trhey a communist state? Yes. Was she neglecting safety? No. I too find it a very uneducated comment. I find it very "McCarthyan"...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UTA 772 - 19 September 1989 - The forgotten flight
Replies: 19
Views: 4083

Re: UTA 772 - 19 September 1989 - The forgotten flight

Yes, I vividly remember the crash. It was horrible and shocking. I remember thinking 'let's hope it's just a technical fault of the DC-10, but not another bomb'... It's one of those pivotal accidents that have helped change the face of aviation and related security...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7524

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

Do IAG have any long haul plans for Level in the UK? Could it be at STN? Just curious. Well, I don't want to give Alex Cruz any ideas, but I for one could see a few LEVEL tails @ Gatters doing the cheapo longhauls in lieu of BA in a few years time.... Please do! I think Level would quietly fit in v...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ARJ21s to enter African market via Ghana’s Africa World Airlines as part of HNA-COMAC MoU
Replies: 25
Views: 3131

Re: ARJ21s to enter African market via Ghana’s Africa World Airlines as part of HNA-COMAC MoU

Ohhh, I can so see some sun-baked ARJ-21s with faded titles gathering dust in some remote and forgotten corner of some African airport in a few short years from now... they will make for an interesting and exotic subject for photographers! caption under the photo will read " this rare Chinese s...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7524

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

JayBCNLON wrote:
There actually is a shortcut to bypass the shops at STN - just ask for it if you can’t see it. .


Hey, could you tell me about the shortcut please?

Thanks!!

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7524

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

ro1960 wrote:
Do IAG have any long haul plans for Level in the UK? Could it be at STN? Just curious.


Well, I don't want to give Alex Cruz any ideas, but I for one could see a few LEVEL tails @ Gatters doing the cheapo longhauls in lieu of BA in a few years time....

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Smile gets livery refresh
Replies: 12
Views: 3255

Re: Thai Smile gets livery refresh

They do offer a great service though! On my last trip through the far east I flew a number of sectors with them, and I was surprised at how excellent they are. Great food, spotless aircrafts, lovely colourful spacious interiors, amazing crews...I could go on... I couldn't agree more - I did two sho...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is there a direct link between the 737 generations?
Replies: 12
Views: 1592

Re: Is there a direct link between the 737 generations?

I recently flew on a pretty tatty 'classic' 735 right after a flight on a newly delivered Sky Interior 738... boy what a difference... They looked like two totally distinct animals inside.
Somehow though -magically maybe?- the old 735 offered a quieter ride... go figure!

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7524

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

Pakistan would also work from STN Pakistan, yes, I could easily see working from STN (East End being only up the road, along the A127), together with maybe Thailand and some other selected leisure oriented routes (but then again, in this case one should try to avoid duplication from what is being o...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7524

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

Agreed. I've been through there 3 times this year at various times of the day and it is extremely crowded and very much aimed at low cost travellers with their range of shops and food outlets. . On top of my head there are Mulberry, Ted Baker and Hugo Boss shops in STN. While those are not luxury s...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7524

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

Very [extremely] optimistic. Unless some long-haul LCC steps in, I don't see how any mainline carrier would want to fly into STN at this very moment...the passenger experience is as bad as can be. Maybe EK can fly one daily rotation, and syphon some passengers through DXB... but direct routes? Addit...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Smile gets livery refresh
Replies: 12
Views: 3255

Re: Thai Smile gets livery refresh

Thai Smile Airways showcases its Airbus A320-200 decorated with the new design displaying a unique orange logo Its fleet of 20 A320s will be updated part of overhaul with livery refresh. Carrier is being positioned as "full-fledged service airline that focuses on excellent service standards co...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The end of the poor BA catering? Do&Co won ten year tender!
Replies: 24
Views: 6481

Re: The end of the poor BA catering? Do&Co won ten year tender!

As far as I'm concerned I admit being one of those for whom whatever BA does it's just never gonna be good enough! :-)
At least I am happy to admit where I'm coming from!!!! Oh well....

Keepin' hatin' the M&S BoB and the sloppy service 'ere!

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by oldannyboy
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Egyptair MS3100 CAI-BEG suffers multiple burst tires on landing
Replies: 6
Views: 1483

Re: Egyptair MS3100 CAI-BEG suffers multiple burst tires on landing

Wow looks bad. Could both the wheels and tarmac be damaged?

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by oldannyboy
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Launch Flights From Exeter
Replies: 14
Views: 3509

Re: Ryanair Launch Flights From Exeter

Finally! Good for Exeter & Devon. I have wished for some expansion from my beloved Devon for so many years....

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by oldannyboy
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air adds MAD-BOS/EWR/YYZ
Replies: 59
Views: 5921

Re: Primera Air adds MAD-BOS/EWR/YYZ

Excellent news. I love healthy competition & choice. Norwegian, LEVEL, Primera. Good for customers.

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Weakest Aspect of Regional / Connection Carriers in US?
Replies: 21
Views: 2583

Re: Weakest Aspect of Regional / Connection Carriers in US?

Long time reader, first time poster. I often see regional / connection / commuter carrier flights, delayed for hours at major hubs (recent examples: EWR - PVD 4 hours late; ORD - OMA 3 hours late, etc). I appreciate that the non-mainline flights are the first impacted by any weather / ATC / flow re...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Weakest Aspect of Regional / Connection Carriers in US?
Replies: 21
Views: 2583

Re: Weakest Aspect of Regional / Connection Carriers in US?

I actually see this very often. RJ flights will be cancelled while mainline flights will be delayed, but rarely cancelled. Living in the NYC Area I see tons of this at LGA. The board lights up in red and all of those cancelled flights are RJ flights while mainline has zero. I avoid RJs whenever pos...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How much did aviation really change after 9/11?
Replies: 95
Views: 8109

Re: How much did aviation really change after 9/11?

People often talk about how aviation changed after 9/11 which is definitely true to some degree, but the conversation pretty much ends there. Everyone knows about airport security, but that's pretty much it as far as changes go. Of course, there was a substantial downturn in aviation as well prompt...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How much did aviation really change after 9/11?
Replies: 95
Views: 8109

Re: How much did aviation really change after 9/11?

People often talk about how aviation changed after 9/11 which is definitely true to some degree, but the conversation pretty much ends there. Everyone knows about airport security, but that's pretty much it as far as changes go. Of course, there was a substantial downturn in aviation as well prompt...

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by oldannyboy
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did United ever serve Gatwick?
Replies: 13
Views: 2435

Re: Did United ever serve Gatwick?

Oh wow...what an amazing, nostalgic photo that is... LGW was such a colourful maze of charter companies back in those days... you would never know what would show up! Such an incredible variety of airlines and aircraft types! In just that one shot (of one corner of the airport) I can spot: a Laker 1...

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by oldannyboy
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone ever flown rare types?
Replies: 124
Views: 4214

Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

I would have guessed the Vanguard to be quieter than both the Viscount and the Electra, given that it was powered by the Tyne, with the Dart-powered (screeching high-pitch anyone??) Viscount being the loudest of the three... I guess not! In cruise, it was pretty hard to hear the high pitched whine ...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BFS - A dirty filthy hole?
Replies: 30
Views: 2703

Re: BFS - A dirty filthy hole?

Lots of issues with UK airports. It's not just BFS (which is indeed a cess pit). But generally it's security that I find such an incredible hassle in the UK, and for no reason. The UK is the only country in the world where security officers insist on a specific size for the transparent plastic bag u...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue E190 wing spar issues
Replies: 37
Views: 7741

Re: JetBlue E190 wing spar issues (unconfirmed)

The last of the 3 aircraft was released quite a few weeks ago. Considering this was the first time this issue had been discovered (even after an SB came out to prevent this issue years ago) on any E190 so yes, it took significant time to work it. 2 of the a/c had findings during heavy checks, the 3...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220: AtlasGlobal cancels LOI & BRA Braathens seeks indefinite delay
Replies: 42
Views: 6003

Re: A220: AtlasGlobal cancels LOI & BRA Braathens seeks indefinite delay

They still bought a loss-making programme... for nothing. ... True in terms of up front payment, but they did agree to fund the program losses (beyond a threshold). So while Airbus didn't put any cash into BBD's account, A will be putting a lot of cash out the door (that BBD won't have to) before t...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA755/717 quarantined at PHL with numerous sick pax
Replies: 19
Views: 6047

Re: AA755/717 quarantined at PHL with numerous sick pax

Looks like everyone has been released: https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/09/06/philadelphia-international-airport-cdc-investigating-multiple-passengers-sick-international-flights/amp/ Aerotoxic syndrome? The 757 ECS is pretty much the same as the 727 from the 60s, as EIS was way before 1988. Y...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August
Replies: 68
Views: 6196

Re: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August

Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August Oh come on is this really newsworthy? Show me an European airline that didn't have strong passenger growth and high load factors in August. I continue to post these uppdates simply because alot of people on this forum has ver...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August
Replies: 68
Views: 6196

Re: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August

Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August Oh come on is this really newsworthy? Show me an European airline that didn't have strong passenger growth and high load factors in August. I continue to post these uppdates simply because alot of people on this forum has ver...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August
Replies: 68
Views: 6196

Re: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August

Let me climb back on to my soapbox again. Clearly the US3 do not realize that competition is good for their bottom line. This is demonstrably true. Evidence: 1) The hubs that have closed in the USA have not closed because LCC/ULCCs ran the legacies out (CVG/PIT/CLE/etc), they closed because the US3...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August
Replies: 68
Views: 6196

Re: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August

Man, I just can't believe how much hate is spat at Norwegian on this forum! It seems as if people really want to see it fold. And you would wanna think this was an "enthusiast's" forum!!! I don't think there is so much hate (though I won't deny it can be seen from time to time) but more a...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August
Replies: 68
Views: 6196

Re: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August

Man, I just can't believe how much hate is spat at Norwegian on this forum! It seems as if people really want to see it fold.
And you would wanna think this was an "enthusiast's" forum!!!

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NATS Discriminating against Stansted Airport and Ryanair?
Replies: 14
Views: 2379

Re: NATS Discriminating against Stanted Airport and Ryanair?

There's some meat there actually. STN does indeed take the cake for delays, and truthfully ATC always tries to benefit LHR (read: BA) for various [questionable maybe?] reasons....
Interesting conversation....

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220: AtlasGlobal cancels LOI & BRA Braathens seeks indefinite delay
Replies: 42
Views: 6003

Re: A220: AtlasGlobal cancels LOI & BRA Braathens seeks indefinite delay

Airbus bought a great aircraft programme for nothing. They never cared about these *froth* orders anyway. The A220 is doing just fine. For nothing? How much money do you think they are pumping in? Setting up the extra assembly line & re organizing the supply alone will costs them at least a bil...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volvo 360c: Autonomous cars, airline competition
Replies: 19
Views: 1616

Re: Volvo 360c: Autonomous cars, airline competition

An automated car. Mmm, I could buy into that, although I like driving my own car...especially my own sporty Volvo T5!! But then why boarding this advanced piece of Volvo machinery only to get stuck in traffic, and having to deal with the existing [poor] infrastructure, traffic, weather and pot-holes...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220: AtlasGlobal cancels LOI & BRA Braathens seeks indefinite delay
Replies: 42
Views: 6003

Re: A220: AtlasGlobal cancels LOI & BRA Braathens seeks indefinite delay

Airbus bought a great aircraft programme for nothing. They never cared about these *froth* orders anyway. The A220 is doing just fine.

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by oldannyboy
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August
Replies: 68
Views: 6196

Re: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August

Yes, all of the above, plus the rest. They burn cash, they over expand, they don't make a profit, they have operational meltdowns, they exploit Asian crews...blah blah blah... Yet, they are still going. Strong. And growing. But of course they will go bust. They just must. This is A.net, what can you...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone ever flown rare types?
Replies: 124
Views: 4214

Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

I've been on many, including the DC-6B, DC-7B, Lockheed L-188 Electra, Convair 440, Martin 4-0-4, Vickers Viscount, Vickers Vanguard, Comet 4B, Caravelle, DC-3, Nord 262, DHC-7, Boeing 707, among others. My favorite was the Electra. The Vanguard was 6-abreast with large oval windows similar to the ...

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by oldannyboy
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone ever flown rare types?
Replies: 124
Views: 4214

Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

This thread makes me feel very old! When I see aircraft mentioned here, that I recall when they were brand new is frightening. I have flown on the jets mentioned.... DC-8 (20, 40, 50, 60, 70), 707, 720, VC-10 (Super, but not Standard), IL62, CV 880, CV 990, Caravelle (3, 6R and 12), BAC 111 (200, 4...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Laudamotion to double Airbus fleet following completion of Ryanair deal
Replies: 43
Views: 9307

Re: Laudamotion to double Airbus fleet following completion of Ryanair deal

Excellent!
I love the new livery - very LaudaAir-like! well done. I like the respect shown here to the heritage and the great name.
Wishing them all the very best!

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by oldannyboy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air Transatlantic Service Stopping in Iceland for Refueling
Replies: 39
Views: 7048

Re: Primera Air Transatlantic Service Stopping in Iceland for Refueling

Then people can pay extra for it and get whatever it is they want. The fact is, Primera, Norwegian, et al, are providing more choice. Not really. If I'm flying Lufthansa transatlantic in economy, I do still expect an elevated level of comfort to that provided on a short haul flight with the same ai...

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by oldannyboy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skywork goes bust
Replies: 32
Views: 4945

Re: Skywork goes bust

Swiss regional carrier *cough* I highly suspect most Skywork connections were international, but here we go as a tiny little country. :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: This means Bern is more or less down to some holiday charters, business aviation, the federal government's airplane base, flight instru...

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by oldannyboy
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air Transatlantic Service Stopping in Iceland for Refueling
Replies: 39
Views: 7048

Re: Primera Air Transatlantic Service Stopping in Iceland for Refueling

Such a long trip on a 737 sound like a nightmare. You've obviously never flown from London to one of the Red Sea resorts.nearly 6 hours on....an EasyJet A320! Shock horror!!!! Absolute purgatory! You can actually die...!. As I mentioned before, in the 1950s people used to fly 15+ hours TATL on a no...

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