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by tonystan
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg resigns
Replies: 45
Views: 11135

Re: Cathay Pacific ceo Rupert hogg resigns

Well this reeks of the “Peoples Republic”!

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by tonystan
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Commences A321LR Transatlantic Flights
Replies: 87
Views: 19228

Re: Aer Lingus Commences A321LR Transatlantic Flights

Humm, BA has been flying A321's in that configuration for years - well maybe not that many years but still... :) https://seatguru.com/airlines/British_Airways/British_Airways_Airbus_A321_C.php Well, many years seems ok. First, those G-MEDx planes were flying in full BA colours, as British Mediterra...

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by tonystan
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR Terminal Assignments
Replies: 15
Views: 3499

Re: LHR Terminal Assignments

A third runway will potentially open soon? Really? You believe that? Oh dear!

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by tonystan
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Class Declining
Replies: 28
Views: 4404

Re: First Class Declining

Well BA is actually reducing down to 8 seats in F on their B777-200s also with the first refitted aircraft coming online on the JFK from October.

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by tonystan
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA move to T5 in LHR?
Replies: 72
Views: 11602

Re: AA move to T5 in LHR?

Doubt it. T5 is packed. Even the IB operation in T5 is a squeeze.

The develop a T5D would also require the removal of the fuel farm which I cannot imagine is going anywhere. There is certainly nowhere suitable elsewhere for it.

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by tonystan
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 277
Views: 31850

Re: Irish 7/19

Maybe I have phrased it badly. The 100 and 200 gates were set up for low cost and commuter business. While this may still be their prime function, they now find themselves home to legacy/full service carriers on a daily basis. Most of these carriers would have traditionally used the 300 gates, but ...

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by tonystan
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience
Replies: 156
Views: 21061

Re: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience

I am decades out of first hand experience, but reputationally, it seems to me that BA Y long haul is widely criticized. Am I wrong? The volume of service is directly related to the length of the flight - nothing new at all, and this change changes none of that. Is there something about adding a pre...

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by tonystan
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience
Replies: 156
Views: 21061

Re: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience

I can’t believe how easily pleased you all are. This offering is just awful. And to think Americans come on the likes of BA and complain! And is there really no second service? Just a hot towel and a tiny piece of chocolate? Wow! Why not do reasearch before posting and looking ignorant?. What exact...

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by tonystan
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience
Replies: 156
Views: 21061

Re: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience

I can’t believe how easily pleased you all are. This offering is just awful. And to think Americans come on the likes of BA and complain! And is there really no second service? Just a hot towel and a tiny piece of chocolate? Wow! I am decades out of first hand experience, but reputationally, it see...

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by tonystan
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience
Replies: 156
Views: 21061

Re: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience

I can’t believe how easily pleased you all are. This offering is just awful. And to think Americans come on the likes of BA and complain! And is there really no second service? Just a hot towel and a tiny piece of chocolate?

Wow!

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by tonystan
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 27215

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Well be seeing the 330Neo a lot sooner than some seem to speculate in my opinion!

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by tonystan
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways named Skytrax airline of the year
Replies: 99
Views: 11519

Re: And the Skytrax airline of the year is ..

It’s a load of rubbish anyway. Bribery on all levels.

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by tonystan
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 27215

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Would the airilnes support the building of new corridors for arriving passengers from the UK? Probably not. Without airline support, the regulator normally doesn't approve building infrastructure. Pardon me....but WHY exactly would the airlines not support such a move? Why would they not be for som...

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by tonystan
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus adds A321neoLR to LHR
Replies: 13
Views: 3326

Re: Aer Lingus adds A321neoLR to LHR

ACCS300 wrote:
JAmie2k9 wrote:
rjmf22 wrote:
Will the a321 neoLR be replacing the 757 on flights to the US?


Yes, 3 expected to go by end of year and the last one in 2020. That is if Airbus manage to deliver when they say they will.


I thought all of their 757s were retired in 2018?


All four still very much in service.

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by tonystan
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways 744 cancelled domestics flights
Replies: 5
Views: 2385

Re: British Airways 744 cancelled domestics flights

It was only for one day to celebrate the centenary and it was allegedly never official! But as the flights were loaded into the reservations system news got out and people went mad trying to book them.

But BA decided to go another way and now are refunding the tickets of anyone who bought them.

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by tonystan
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 27215

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

I’m not sure I understand your point but if I do, under the CTA agreement it is up to the first point of entry (within the CTA) to do the checks and ensure the person entering the CTA is compliant with the requirements of their intended destination. So when someone intending to travel to Ireland is...

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by tonystan
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.
Replies: 65
Views: 6729

Re: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.

For me: visible tattoos on people that are supposed to be 'professionals' is a no-go. Sorry. It just reflects bad judgement. A tattoo isn't something anyone in society has ever said 'Look how professional, safe and tidy'. Tattoos are counter-culture things that people get to show their individualit...

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by tonystan
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 27215

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Won't it all have to be resolved when Brexit happens? Nope. The CTA was in place long before the UK entered the EU (it’s the primary reason we never went into shengen) and it will remain in force after Brexit also. Only difference being passengers will be expected to clear through the Red/green cus...

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by tonystan
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 27215

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

So BA Belfast was never a factor in T5. The British honour it because they have no choice because it would be viewed as splitting the union by certain people if domestic checks were introduced for NI and not Scotland. Belfast is as I’m sure you are aware a UK Domestic flight and therefore uses the ...

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by tonystan
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.
Replies: 65
Views: 6729

Re: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.

For me: visible tattoos on people that are supposed to be 'professionals' is a no-go. Sorry. It just reflects bad judgement. A tattoo isn't something anyone in society has ever said 'Look how professional, safe and tidy'. Tattoos are counter-culture things that people get to show their individualit...

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by tonystan
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 27215

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Remember its Government legislation preventing separation so of course DAA have not been asked. Checking passports has also benefited authorities in the UK and I cannot see it changing soon. I think the whole delay thing has been made much bigger than it is for the majority of people. DAA might be ...

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by tonystan
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 27215

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

So BA Belfast was never a factor in T5. The British honour it because they have no choice because it would be viewed as splitting the union by certain people if domestic checks were introduced for NI and not Scotland. Belfast is as I’m sure you are aware a UK Domestic flight and therefore uses the ...

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by tonystan
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 27215

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Remember its Government legislation preventing separation so of course DAA have not been asked. Checking passports has also benefited authorities in the UK and I cannot see it changing soon. I think the whole delay thing has been made much bigger than it is for the majority of people. DAA might be ...

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by tonystan
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas schedules one-time A380 service to Orlando
Replies: 36
Views: 10762

Re: Qantas schedules one-time A380 service to Orlando

Is it a charity event like BAs Dreamflight?

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by tonystan
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.
Replies: 65
Views: 6729

Re: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.

aviationaware wrote:
smi0006 wrote:

Now hopefully one day we’ll see them end the absurd need for female staff to wear make up and high heals!


Most women enjoy wearing make-up. I'd wager to say the type that wants to become a flight attendant most certainly do.

You would lose that wager!

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by tonystan
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 27215

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Can't see it changing at DUB anytime in the near future. The time to have done this would have been quite a while ago now. I feel like it could be relatively simple to implement. As someone who worked in the airport in the late 90s and early 00’s I remember the old system quite well, especially pie...

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by tonystan
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 62
Views: 14924

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

Operated it a few weeks ago. Quiet outbound to CHS (only 41% capacity with club two thirds full) but all cabins fully booked on return. Flight into LHR consisted of about 70% transit customers. Mainly Americans heading to other European cities such as CDG, FCO, MAD & DUB as well as the UK regions.

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by tonystan
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years
Replies: 97
Views: 13179

Re: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years

If customers had any principles they'd ignore BA on this route. Given that BA ignored them for 10 years. Sadly, they'll book whomever is cheaper at the moment. Which just means airlines will continue to treat customers and routes like disposable items. Why would any airline show any loyalty to a ro...

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by tonystan
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 27215

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

The Ethiopian service looks really great - hopefully they can make it work long-term. Did you visit any of the lounges in DUB? Thinking of using them on my next trip away, any feedback would be appreciated. Used the T2 DAA lounge last week, it's terrible. The space has no sense of welcome, its tall...

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by tonystan
Wed May 22, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad A380 with 20 pax on board
Replies: 35
Views: 15086

Re: Etihad A380 with 20 pax on board

planesarecool wrote:
BA send empty A380s from LHR to Manila regularly for maintenance. Big deal.


Not entirely true. They tend to cycle them through HKG so full flight to HKG, Ferry flight to MNL!

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by tonystan
Fri May 17, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First BA RR powered 777 with 10 across in Y
Replies: 7
Views: 3407

Re: First BA 777 with 10 across in Y

BA have had 10 abreast for a year already down in LGW.

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by tonystan
Wed May 15, 2019 11:26 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: 23067

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

You can tell who’s not British in this thread. Afternoon Tea is the name of a meal. It doesn’t necessarily mean it comes with a tea beverage. Infact Champagne is actually the most popular drink with afternoon tea amongst the younger generation these days. This is a bit like complaining that Disney W...

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by tonystan
Sat May 11, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25859

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

Hi all. Long time no post. Just curious about the EI graduate programme. Has anyone any experience with it? There's not much given away on the site and I'd be curious what someone (me, hopefully next year) with a BA in English & Spanish would do on it. And one other thing...do BA crews still co...

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by tonystan
Sun May 05, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25859

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

I had the opportunity to fly on Stobart Air's E190 on Tuesday from London City back to Dublin. The EI-GHJ is the former Virgin Australia aircraft with 2:1 business seating at the front. I just didn't think it was worth the €85 upgrade fee for such a short hop when there is no lounge access at City....

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by tonystan
Sun May 05, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25859

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

I had the opportunity to fly on Stobart Air's E190 on Tuesday from London City back to Dublin. The EI-GHJ is the former Virgin Australia aircraft with 2:1 business seating at the front. I just didn't think it was worth the €85 upgrade fee for such a short hop when there is no lounge access at City....

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by tonystan
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Etihad Economy Seat & Removing Seatback TVs From A320/A321s
Replies: 23
Views: 5960

Re: New Etihad Economy Seat & Removing Seatback TVs From A320/A321s

edealinfo wrote:
Does this mean they have no cash to put in a bid for JET AIRWAYS? (The due date to submit a bid is May 10)


Well considering they are kind of to blame for what happens to Jet I would hazard a big no!

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by tonystan
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Package of new/used A380's pitched to BA was uncompetitive: Cruz
Replies: 173
Views: 30870

Re: Package of new/used A380's pitched to BA was uncompetitive: Cruz

He may or may not be right but whose airplanes would he take ? BA is not really taking care of A380 anyway so why do would they bother taking more of them? See for your self. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKLGq9GUSa4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNbBhQg-qv8 Not sure if the club world review is...

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by tonystan
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic New Upper Class Seat Revealed Today
Replies: 54
Views: 11101

Re: Virgin Atlantic New Upper Class Seat Revealed Today

It’s all very underwhelming. I actually prefer the BA Club Suite. So Delta gets a suite with a door its a gimmick, BA follows two years later oh its the best thing out. BA seat and cabin overall is boring (not that DL is much better). This cabin visual interest blows it out the water. Majority of p...

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by tonystan
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic New Upper Class Seat Revealed Today
Replies: 54
Views: 11101

Re: Virgin Atlantic New Upper Class Seat Revealed Today

It’s all very underwhelming. I actually prefer the BA Club Suite.

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by tonystan
Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dual jet bridge boarding
Replies: 51
Views: 8325

Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Because quite often it means extra traffic through the premium cabins which is not ideal!

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by tonystan
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA shelve First class to EWR using Air Belgium A340
Replies: 6
Views: 3954

Re: BA shelve First class to EWR using Air Belgium A340

First has never been a big feature on the EWR with regular use of B767s, 3-class B777s and currently B787-8s, none of which featured the cabin.

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by tonystan
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster
Replies: 112
Views: 15233

Re: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster

The only difference in Europe is that there seems to be too many stupid rich people willing to part with their fortunes by throwing it into an airline!

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by tonystan
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward
Replies: 193
Views: 24196

Re: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward

Here are some estimated load factors for new routes from Dublin based on CSO 2018 figures. This is just my own estimates so may not be entirely accurate due to flight cancellations, possible extra flights etc. Aeroflot SVO (This is assuming the A320 used is in the 140 seats configuration rather tha...

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by tonystan
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 24072

Re: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat

How many redesigns of CW/First does this make? I'm keeping a list: 1995 Club World (the "cradle seat") 2000 Club World (truly flat beds) 2006 Club World 2018 Club World (359) 1991 First 1996 First 2010 First (77W, 777-9X) 2013 First (A380s only) 2017 First (789) 2020 First (refurbbed 77Ws...

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by tonystan
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 24072

Re: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat

Glad to have you back in the free world with this new seat Great Britain and BA. It should be great for your business. This product will also be great for your expansions to the US and other parts of the world where the sun does not set upon... Cannot wait to see you guys at BA Speedbird your way b...

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by tonystan
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 24072

Re: British Airways tease new ClubWorld seat on social media

Apparently the big reveal will be today at 10:15am UK time!

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by tonystan
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 24072

Re: British Airways tease new ClubWorld seat on social media

For me the seat is only one part of the BA problem. Yes it’s now out of date, but a brand new state of the art seat won’t improve the inconsistent on board experience with mediocre food & wines. It’s all part of a whole product. Their partner AA is better at it and arguably so too are VS, DL, A...

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by tonystan
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 24072

Re: British Airways tease new ClubWorld seat on social media

Having just flown on the Air Belgium A340 in business I must admit I’d be cautious about ever complaining again about BAs current Club World seat. There’s a lot to be said for not having to shove your size 10s into a box and having literally no shoulder room between fixed arm rests when flat. The cu...

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by tonystan
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew
Replies: 55
Views: 8601

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

Am I the only one who finds this whole thread a bit creepy?

They’re airline crew, professionals with a job to do. Not objects for you to ogle over.

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by tonystan
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should airlines ditch AVODs for inflight internet?
Replies: 52
Views: 4625

Re: Should airlines ditch AVODs for inflight internet?

Fine for airlines that operate predominantly in the First World nations but my carrier for example has extensive networks to less developed parts of the world, places where passengers don’t necessarily have access or wealth to afford personal devices and it’s naive to assume they all have an iPhone!

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