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by ro1960
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: XL Airways France stops selling tickets
Replies: 36
Views: 8871

Re: XL Airways France stops selling tickets

I flew them in July, 2018, JFK-CDG roundtrip, and the flights and crew were fine but whatever seats they had on the A333 were just awful. And I know they usually are so-so in most airlines' economy sections but these were terribly uncomfortable. Pity that they had to shutdown, I would have flown th...

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by ro1960
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French routes news thread
Replies: 268
Views: 43998

Re: French routes news thread

Wizz Air links Georgia to Nice from December 12, 2019 with an A320:

W66459 KUT 14h20-NCE 16h05 Th, Su
W66460 NCE 16h35-KUT 23h50 Th, Su

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by ro1960
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French routes news thread
Replies: 268
Views: 43998

Re: French routes news thread

Change on the YUL-NCE route: AC replaces RV from May 8 through October 24, 2020. 5x week (days not specified) with a 3-class A333: 27J, 21Y+, 244Y. YUL 18h45-NCE 08h10+1 NCE 13h30-YUL 16h00 https://en.nice.aeroport.fr/Passengers/Latest-news/Air-Canada-a-Nice-Montee-en-gamme-et-augmentation-de-freque...

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by ro1960
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS presenting new livery
Replies: 385
Views: 79914

Re: SAS new livery?

UT preceded it in Europe. Apparently a US airline did that in the 70s before but I can’t remember which one. https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0geJaOmzIBdYvQAgSJXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE0NDlyaHI3BGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjg1ODlfMQRzZWMDcGl2cw--?p=air+west+airlines&fr2=piv-web&...

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by ro1960
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS presenting new livery
Replies: 385
Views: 79914

Re: SAS new livery?

OA940 wrote:

Isn't the original eurowhite AF?



UT preceded it in Europe. Apparently a US airline did that in the 70s before but I can’t remember which one.

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by ro1960
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS presenting new livery
Replies: 385
Views: 79914

Re: SAS new livery?

Looking at the above picture of lufthansa's new livery, am I the only one who thinks SAS uses the very same template of their German friends did? Other than a blue stripe on the engines and obviously different billboard titles, it looks pretty white with a blue tail section extending all across the...

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by ro1960
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS presenting new livery
Replies: 385
Views: 79914

Re: SAS new livery?

Ok, don't know the cost of repainting an aircraft, but wouldn't be financially smart to take this kind of decision before the A320N and A350 were ordered? A bit waste of money to repaint nearly newly painted aircraft...? That's what happened with LH: 5645175 5661469 So basically you save on paintin...

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by ro1960
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service
Replies: 97
Views: 12338

Re: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service

Not about emissions Completely about money Can't blame KLM for optimizing their operations. Even if it's indeed about money, taking one flight off the air does reduce emissions. It's a win-win situation. Although they will put another plane in their air in the freed up slot. But at least it shows i...

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by ro1960
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service
Replies: 97
Views: 12338

Re: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service

I always thought it would be cool to have trains inside an airport, you drop off your bags and go through security at an airport but instead of getting a plane you get a train to another airport and arrive in the terminal just like if you’d gotten a domestic flight. Whether that’s actually feasible...

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by ro1960
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service
Replies: 97
Views: 12338

Re: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service

The only thing they need to do really is to treat the train leg as part of the journey and to make sure the passenger gets compensated / taken care of if the train is late and misses the flight or if the plane is late and misses the train. More like comprehensive travel insurance covering both trai...

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by ro1960
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service
Replies: 97
Views: 12338

Re: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service

afgeneral wrote:
BRU and AMS may be the only two major airports in the world which are directly connected by high speed / semi-fast speed rail. I'm not aware of any other.


As mentioned further up in the thread CDG has its own HSR station and LYS, although not a "major airport", too.

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by ro1960
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair set to become 9th carrier between PAR and NYC
Replies: 71
Views: 8646

Re: Corsair set to become 9th carrier between PAR and NYC

9 carriers in Paris-NYC and there are no flights between Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nantes or Toulouse to the US. That is French centralism at its best! Particularly when compared to the UK which has a similar-sized population but boasts scheduled and/or chartered flights to the US from Manchester,...

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by ro1960
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair set to become 9th carrier between PAR and NYC
Replies: 71
Views: 8646

Re: Corsair set to become 9th carrier between PAR and NYC

It should be noted that France has a vastly more extensive high speed rail network (and of course many lines are Paris-focused). Compare train travel times and distances LON-Edinburgh (640km, 3:10) and Paris-Bordeaux (581km, 2:14), for example. Having a TGV station right at CDG doesn't hurt, either...

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by ro1960
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair set to become 9th carrier between PAR and NYC
Replies: 71
Views: 8646

Re: Corsair set to become 9th carrier between PAR and NYC

I wonder why there is no consolidation in the long-haul leisure market in France (although I understand for instance XL and La Compagnie have the same owner). It would be more beneficial for the French consumer to have a stronger second carrier like the UK has Virgin Atlantic, Italy has Air Italy, ...

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by ro1960
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Heathrow terminal renaming
Replies: 62
Views: 10250

Re: Heathrow terminal renaming

VV wrote:
Terminal 5 should be called "Boris Johnson"


Aren't politicians whose name is given to buildings and such supposed to have achieved something for their country? :D

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by ro1960
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair set to become 9th carrier between PAR and NYC
Replies: 71
Views: 8646

Re: Corsair set to become 9th carrier between PAR and NYC

aemoreira1981 wrote:
I can't see more than 2 carriers in the category 3 surviving long; it will be a bloodbath there.


It'll be interesting to see how these category 3 airlines perform specially when you think they are rather small in terms of fleet:

French Bee: 3
La Compagnie: 3
XL Airways: 5
Corsair: 7

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by ro1960
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair set to become 9th carrier between PAR and NYC
Replies: 71
Views: 8646

Re: Corsair set to become 9th carrier between PAR and NYC

Curiousflyer wrote:
- XL have only coach (?)

Yes, both their A332 and A333 are all coach, 9-abreast.

Curiousflyer wrote:
By the way, will French Blue replace XL? I thought it was the same owner?


French Bee belongs to Groupe Dubreuil also owner of Air Caraïbes. XL belongs to Dreamjet owner of La Compagnie.

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by ro1960
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair set to become 9th carrier between PAR and NYC
Replies: 71
Views: 8646

Re: Corsair set to become 9th carrier between PAR and NYC

debonair wrote:
BTW will Corsair have a 3-3-3 layout like on the rest of their A330's?


The press release says 352 seats on the A339, same as the A333 so it has to be 3-3-3 layout.

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by ro1960
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French routes news thread
Replies: 268
Views: 43998

Re: French routes news thread

From what I understand the pbm with LYS is that you have GVA just a few block away. It may look close on a map but it takes almost 3 hours by car to reach GVA from Lyon center. By transport it's more than double the time. If you need to catch a connection from Lyon you're better off taking the TGV ...

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by ro1960
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French routes news thread
Replies: 268
Views: 43998

Re: French routes news thread

Paris - New York gonna a bloodbath next year. So coming back to my post in the other thread, what is the point of having 10 carriers in Paris-NYC but nobody tries secondary cities like Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux or Toulouse? Carriers like French Bee, XL Airways, etc. are very well suited for those m...

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by ro1960
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French routes news thread
Replies: 268
Views: 43998

Re: French routes news thread

A380MSN004 wrote:
Wait for it French Bee is about to do the same


I just saw that in the other thread I mentioned but no press release. It’s supposed to be daily with a A359.

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by ro1960
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French routes news thread
Replies: 268
Views: 43998

Re: French routes news thread

Picked up from this thread, I figured it would fit here for reference: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1431133 SS (Corsair) to launch daily ORY-EWR in from June 10, 2020 with a A300-900 (from 9/20): ORY 1800 - EWR 2025 EWR 2245 - ORY 1200+1 Official release

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by ro1960
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Heathrow terminal renaming
Replies: 62
Views: 10250

Re: Heathrow terminal renaming

[ MAD is one of the examples I'd use in this scenario. The first time I transferred there a few years ago I was horridly confused, and I'm not an infrequent traveller by any means. Take Terminal 4. You have Terminal 4 which has a sub-section called T4S. What does S stand for? "Satellite" ...

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by ro1960
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Heathrow terminal renaming
Replies: 62
Views: 10250

Re: Heathrow terminal renaming

Renaming or renumbering terminals is common when major changes affect the old naming that no longer make sense. Orly Sud and Orly Ouest no longer exist, you now have Orly 1, 2, 3, and 4 since the connecting building opened. When BCN new terminal opened it was named Terminal 1 and Terminals A, B, C b...

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by ro1960
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French routes news thread
Replies: 268
Views: 43998

Re: French routes news thread

AC announces year round YUL-TLS starting June 2020 with an A330-300: AC826 YUL 19:15 - TLS 8:15 + 1 - Tu, Th, Fr, Sa, Su AC827 TLS 10:00 - YUL 12:00 - Mo, We, FR, Sa, Su Article in French "Air Canada serves eight destinations in France: Paris (all year), Lyon (all year), Bordeaux (in season), M...

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by ro1960
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French routes news thread
Replies: 268
Views: 43998

Re: French routes news thread

UA announces daily EWR-NCE for S20 with a 767-300, 46 business, 22 premium and 99 economy.

Nice addition for NCE! This will complement Delta and La Compagnie.

Article in French:
https://www.nice.aeroport.fr/Passagers/Actualites/United-Airlines-renforce-la-connexion-Nice-Newark

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by ro1960
Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Open Skies" in a World of Slot-Controlled Airports
Replies: 24
Views: 2404

Re: "Open Skies" in a World of Slot-Controlled Airports

I mean, CDG isn't really slot controlled. Unlike LHR or AMS (and even FRA or has this been solved with the latest runway ?) there are some parts of the day where there isn't that much activity and flights can easily be added. Are these slots desirable ? That is another question but CDG definitely i...

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by ro1960
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: G7 in Biarritz: Can AF1 land there?
Replies: 15
Views: 2605

Re: G7 in Biarritz: Can AF1 land there?

So the location for the G7 summit was chosen because it creates a logistical nightmare for the non-European leaders to get there using their private planes messing up the ozone layer, of they just wanted to have additional security measures, such as closing additional area's of air space for helico...

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by ro1960
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: G7 in Biarritz: Can AF1 land there?
Replies: 15
Views: 2605

Re: G7 in Biarritz: Can AF1 land there?

Still don't know about AF1 but the VH-60 has been unloaded today at EAS. https://www.elperiodico.com/es/internacional/20190820/helicoptero-trump-llega-cumbre-biarritz-g7-7600006 An article states that AF1 may land at BOD. Strange that the VH-60 was not unloaded there. In French behind paywall: http...

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by ro1960
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 230
Views: 25521

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

In other words, they will continue their existing strategy of not being the first to market in any new category. Not that there are any categories left, but I think you know what I mean here. Ah, there goes the "Not being the first to market"- myth again. A300, first twin widebody, cough....

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by ro1960
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow-JFK is the world's only billion-dollar airline route.
Replies: 51
Views: 10575

Re: Heathrow-JFK is the world's only billion-dollar airline route.

why would that make you blink? They're two big wealthy cities, economically and politically intertwined with no high speed rail, largely due to new track needed that will cost billions and unlike in places like Spain it would need to be completely fenced off and not a cheap fence either. We have a ...

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by ro1960
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow-JFK is the world's only billion-dollar airline route.
Replies: 51
Views: 10575

Re: Heathrow-JFK is the world's only billion-dollar airline route.

Ryanair01 wrote:
- CDG only makes one list once, from JFK and has less than half the revenue of LHR from JFK


AF has a little more than half the scheduled hours BA has yet manages to come as #3 in terms of revenue/hour. Not too bad I'd say.

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by ro1960
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK Airport in the 1960's and 1970's
Replies: 75
Views: 11796

Re: JFK Airport in the 1960's and 1970's

https://pixels.com/featured/new-york-jf ... anger.html

One of these might have gone on to fly the space shuttle ! :lol:


Thanks for sharing. Interesting how they use the R1 and R2 doors the 747 on the right.
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727LOVER wrote:
AA terminal with Boeing 747

https://pixels.com/featured/new-york-jf ... anger.html

One of these might have gone on to fly the space shuttle ! :lol:


Thanks for sharing. Interesting how they use the R1 and R2 doors the 747 on the right.

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by ro1960
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bird Logos on Asian Airlines
Replies: 54
Views: 6354

Re: Bird Logos on Asian Airlines

Was United's tulip supposed to represent the wings of a certain bird? No it's just two intertwined U's (intertwined aka 'United'). It's not even really supposed to be a tulip, it just happens to look like one. The intertwined Us were always obvious to me. Only after joining this forum I heard about...

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by ro1960
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bird Logos on Asian Airlines
Replies: 54
Views: 6354

Re: Bird Logos on Asian Airlines

Kilopond wrote:
La Crevette“ of Air France is just a pegasus variant


It is actually a winged seahorse from the seaplanes days.

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by ro1960
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: G7 in Biarritz: Can AF1 land there?
Replies: 15
Views: 2605

Re: G7 in Biarritz: Can AF1 land there?

JJJ wrote:

BIQ and EAS can hold smaller biz jets without issue.


The summit being organized in France by French authorities, the airfields will have to be in France?

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by ro1960
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: G7 in Biarritz: Can AF1 land there?
Replies: 15
Views: 2605

Re: G7 in Biarritz: Can AF1 land there?

How about Toulouse? It will be a final helicopter ride anywhere. Or Mont-de-Marsan french airbase? The BA118 Mont-de-Marsan has a long enough runway (3,600m) but according to the article, not strong enough to withstand the weight of a 747. TLS is a bit further East so maybe not as convenient as BOD...

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by ro1960
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: G7 in Biarritz: Can AF1 land there?
Replies: 15
Views: 2605

G7 in Biarritz: Can AF1 land there?

US President Trump will attend the G7 summit in Biarritz from August 24 on. I found a few articles in French about AF1 possibly not being able to go to BIQ because of its too short runway (2,250m/7,382ft). Landing wouldn't be a problem but taking off with full tanks would be. The article mentions ho...

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by ro1960
Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Canada has more US destinations than Canadian ones
Replies: 17
Views: 2618

Re: Air Canada has more US destinations than Canadian ones

Definitely LG but they really don't have many domestic options... :lol:

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by ro1960
Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?
Replies: 83
Views: 2745

Re: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?

Geneva and Basel in Switzerland, France. Basel could be a triple winner, add Germany. I think you misunderstood the question. We are talking about multiple airports serving one metro area. Not one airport serving several metro areas and/or countries. Granted BSL is a 3-city airport (Mulhouse, Basel...

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by ro1960
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?
Replies: 83
Views: 2745

Re: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?

ro1960 wrote:
Are there any cross-border airports considered part of the same metro area? SAN and TIJ? Other examples?


Following up on my own question: would the 3 airports serving the Iguazu Falls in Brasil/Argentina/Paraguay fit the description?

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by ro1960
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?
Replies: 83
Views: 2745

Re: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?

Are there any cross-border airports considered part of the same metro area? SAN and TIJ? Other examples?

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by ro1960
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 104
Views: 7107

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

I will agree with many posters on the 777. I've flown it 5 times. A rather comfortable 2-5-2 or 3-3-3 config and in business. But the aircon noise is just unbearable. I do prefer the A32x over the 73x for shoulder comfort reasons but the Airbus windows could be a little bigger. I haven't flown on an...

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by ro1960
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?
Replies: 83
Views: 2745

Re: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?

Paris: CDG, ORY
London: LGW, LHR
Berlin: SXF, TXL
New York: EWR, JFK
Bay Area: OAK, SFO
LA Area: BUR, LAX, ONT, SNA
Buenos Aires: AEP, EZE

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by ro1960
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport Departure Gate Assignment
Replies: 34
Views: 5435

Re: Airport Departure Gate Assignment

Not necessarily if we are talking about Ultra Low Cost Carriers with very short turnarounds of 25 - 45 minutes. Sometimes boarding is called before the plane has even reached stand from its previous flight, witnessed it many times having the pleasure of flying FR etc. EasyJet does pre-boarding. The...

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by ro1960
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK Airport in the 1960's and 1970's
Replies: 75
Views: 11796

Re: JFK Airport in the 1960's and 1970's

First flight to JFK from ORY (or CDG, not sure) on a PK 747 in 1988. Horrible endless immigration line. Screaming officers. No windows at the IAB. On the return flight we got beverage service during the 45-minute queue for take off in the late afternoon European rush.

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by ro1960
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unusual ORY approach, why?
Replies: 0
Views: 543

Unusual ORY approach, why?

I've lived on the southern edge of Paris for 5 years. I usually get the LBG business traffic and the ORY-CDG repositioning traffic but I have never seen such an approach path to runway 26: http://www.roproductions.com/aviation/IMG_2483.jpg The usual approach is this: http://www.roproductions.com/avi...

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by ro1960
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France to charge aviation tax
Replies: 125
Views: 11739

Re: France to charge aviation tax

Two MPs proposed to not allow domestic flights if the journey could be made by train in under 5 hours or not more than 2.5 hours more than by plane. Le Monde wrote an interesting article about this. In the end not many air routes would be affected. Article in French with interesting stats about Fren...

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by ro1960
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France to charge aviation tax
Replies: 125
Views: 11739

Re: France to charge aviation tax

'Most high speed lines are underused (compared to maximum capacity) and lose money.' Care to provide your sources for this sweeping statement? Care to explain why Air France's domestic network is underused and loss making. It is because most corners of France are now connected by 300km/h HSR and it...

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