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by tonystan
Wed Jun 08, 2022 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/22: Brought to you by the letter "Q"
Replies: 198
Views: 26550

Re: Irish 6/22: Brought to you by the letter "Q"

Flew in from FAO last night on the EI497 and was absolutely amazed to see a large enough queue of people already waiting for EI checkin to open at 0215 this morning. The first flight from T2 was at 0505 but it was still a bit of a shock.

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by tonystan
Wed Apr 27, 2022 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 540
Views: 125431

Re: BA to open up a temporary/summer crew base in MAD

They’re not IB crew, they will be BA crew hired through a local recruiting agency. Nothing illegal with that, so I’m not sure what you mean by getting around employment laws? I’m more shocked they got it past the union, although that’s not what it once was. Well actually the union has perhaps got i...

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by tonystan
Mon Apr 25, 2022 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 540
Views: 125431

Re: BA to open up a temporary/summer crew base in MAD

How are they getting around employment laws? IB crew based in MAD will work MAD/LHR and then one of a few patterns from LHR and back to MAD but will be on BA aircraft along side LHR based crew. I understand AY wet lease, their aircraft, their crew more or less their everything. They’re not IB crew,...

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by tonystan
Tue Mar 29, 2022 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...
Replies: 301
Views: 42528

Re: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...

Out of curiosity, does anyone know if the congestion is as bad at T2 as it is at T1? Most of the media reports seem to be only covering T1!

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by tonystan
Tue Mar 29, 2022 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...
Replies: 301
Views: 42528

Re: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...

Really no excuse for this. This step up of travel has been planned for months so there should have been enough time to recruit staff. The ID delay has also been flagged for quite a while so should have been factored in to lead times. Plenty of excuses available unfortunately. The world is short sta...

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by tonystan
Mon Mar 28, 2022 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...
Replies: 301
Views: 42528

Re: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...

Footage from inside Dublin Airport showing long queues at around 6pm to get through security, meandering the length of the departures area. The DAA has apologised and advised passengers to expect delays over the coming days and weeks https://twitter.com/fergalobrien_/status/1508149152378761224?s=21...

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by tonystan
Fri Mar 11, 2022 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...
Replies: 301
Views: 42528

Re: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...

Just got an advisory message from Ryanair saying there are security delays in T1 and to arrive 3 hours before the flight (I assume it’s DAA understaffed again) has anyone been through T1 in the evening recently? Surely it couldn’t be too busy at 7:30pm. On a Friday I would well believe it especiall...

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by tonystan
Mon Mar 07, 2022 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...
Replies: 301
Views: 42528

Re: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...

Fliplot wrote:
Have Aer Rianta any Russian operations left? I thought they had finally been bought out (polite for pushed out)!

Very possibly. I notice there is no mention of their russian operations on their website.

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by tonystan
Sun Mar 06, 2022 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...
Replies: 301
Views: 42528

Re: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...

Do we have any understanding how the Russian sanctions are impacting Aer Rianta International and their Moscow operations?

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by tonystan
Sun Mar 06, 2022 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...
Replies: 301
Views: 42528

Re: Irish 3/22: And then, this happened ...

I'm flying to London on Monday with EI; delighted these last restrictions are now being lifted. I am only taking hand luggage; the option to take the bag on board was unavailable, possibly because it may be a full flight. However, as I will have my camera in my bag, I'd rather avoid checking it in ...

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by tonystan
Sat Mar 05, 2022 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 856
Views: 280391

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread

The update in that article says that he didn't, and that he's still the CEO.... Who knows? Thanks for the update. Just really curious as to why he would become an economic exile. No doubt one of many as the sanctions come into effect. Well, let's just assume, for now, that he's still in Moscow and ...

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by tonystan
Sat Mar 05, 2022 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 856
Views: 280391

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread

The CEO of Aeroflot, Mikhail Poluboyarinov, has resigned and left the country. However Aeroflot denies this, nevertheless they stated they are looking for a new CEO. The CEO of Pobeda, Andrei Kalmykov, has also reportedly resigned. https://theins.ru/news/249085 (source in Russian) Any speculation o...

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by tonystan
Sat Mar 05, 2022 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 856
Views: 280391

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread

The CEO of Aeroflot, Mikhail Poluboyarinov, has resigned and left the country. However Aeroflot denies this, nevertheless they stated they are looking for a new CEO. The CEO of Pobeda, Andrei Kalmykov, has also reportedly resigned. https://theins.ru/news/249085 (source in Russian) Any speculation o...

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by tonystan
Fri Feb 11, 2022 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Women Removed from AA Flight over Nut Allergy
Replies: 138
Views: 15557

Re: Women Removed from AA Flight over Nut Allergy

BA definitely handled this better than AA but I can’t really fault AA under these specific circumstances. Peanut allergies are not to be taken lightly but waiting until you get to the check in desk the day of your flight is a bit late for this type of notice. I don’t want to “blame the victim” but ...

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by tonystan
Sun Jan 23, 2022 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings
Replies: 208
Views: 30458

Re: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings

Is it me or is this thread becoming a tad toxic again? Lets keep it relevant and the snide remarks to each other off yeah?

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by tonystan
Sat Jan 22, 2022 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings
Replies: 208
Views: 30458

Re: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings

Personally I think anyone who acts the maggot on a plane deserves to have the book thrown at them but lets face it, just a quick look through his FB profile its very easy to see that one way or the other this chaps career ambitions are destroyed for good! Even if he doesn’t serve a prison sentence h...

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by tonystan
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 540
Views: 125431

Re: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022

BA is maintaining its mask policy as is Virgin.

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by tonystan
Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings
Replies: 208
Views: 30458

Re: Irish 1/22: Brave new beginnings

Vueling appear to be keeping DUB/ORK-ORY for the summer. Cork goes to x3 weekly. BFS not available. Would be good for Cork if Vueling launched BCN, Aer Lingus made it work up to x5 weekly for a long time. Was it ever explained why Aer Lingus are operating Vueling flights with an A330? It's a bizarr...

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by tonystan
Wed Jan 19, 2022 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vueling to open a new base at London-Gatwick
Replies: 47
Views: 5845

Re: Vueling to open a new base at London-Gatwick

Are you sure its LGW?

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by tonystan
Tue Jan 04, 2022 3:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US flight attendants are not required to clean toilets onboard?
Replies: 63
Views: 9142

Re: US flight attendants are not required to clean toilets onboard?

Ill tidy a loo during the regular security/safety checks but I wont “clean” a loo, after all I am also a food handler and lets face it, unless provided with appropriate cleaning attire I dont think most of my customers would appreciate cross contamination!

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by tonystan
Thu Dec 30, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should passengers report possible maintenance issues to crew
Replies: 71
Views: 10500

Re: Should passengers report possible maintenance issues to crew

As crew with 22 years experience behind me including a period as a CRM trainer (if you dont know what CRM in aviation is you probably shouldn’t be commenting on this thread lol) all I can say is, don’t assume the professionals always know!!!!!!!! There are no stupid questions, only stupid responses!...

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by tonystan
Thu Dec 02, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 years without Trans World Airlines
Replies: 148
Views: 19843

Re: 20 years without Trans World Airlines

My only glaring memory of TWA was around 1989 flying First Class from JFK to MCO or MIA, cant quite remember. A rather haggard FA came trundling down the aisle soon after the doors had closed shouting “Want your munchies now? If y’all dont take’m now you wont get’em in the air”!!!!

Nice airline!

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by tonystan
Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways mulling (threatening?) to leave LHR
Replies: 71
Views: 15044

Re: British Airways mulling (threatening?) to leave LHR

Now that the UK is out of the EU, how would such a move affect the pax experience on flights to the continent, whether from LHR or elsewhere? No change. The UK was never part of Schengen so security & passport control are unaffected. Correct, the UK was never part of the Schengen Area; however,...

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by tonystan
Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways mulling (threatening?) to leave LHR
Replies: 71
Views: 15044

Re: British Airways mulling (threatening?) to leave LHR

I don’t think they are mulling/threatening anything. I think a pragmatic point is being made that if it gets to the point where charges at LHR far outweigh the benefits of operating a hub & spoke operation the group could look at better ways to operate that side of the BA operation away from LHR...

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by tonystan
Thu Nov 18, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Brussels Airlines New Livery
Replies: 234
Views: 57950

Re: Brussels Airlines “New Chapter”

Well at least if they decide to jump to Oneworld they wont have to do much for a logojet.

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by tonystan
Tue Nov 09, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA and VS A350’s simultaneously depart LHR to celebrate opening of US
Replies: 38
Views: 9727

Re: BA and VS A350’s simultaneously depart LHR to celebrate opening of US

Pardon my ignorance, but who was traveling on these US-LHR flights prior to today’s reopening? Was it thru passengers connecting to other countries? Today was about welcoming UK, European, and other foreign travelers from certain countries back to the USA for the first time since the pandemic began...

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by tonystan
Sun Nov 07, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Startup plans to electrify BAe146 plane
Replies: 27
Views: 5872

Re: Startup plans to electrify BAe146 plane

This is rather an exciting potential development. Lets face it lots of great aircraft have falling by the way side in the attempt to make air travel more green and efficient. This could be an interesting approach to reprising some old favourites. I’m probably being way to whimsical in my opinion lol!

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by tonystan
Sat Nov 06, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 120
Views: 20451

Re: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

gotta bite, when have BA ever not had food onboard a longhaul flight????? Dulles-Heathrow. "A short night flight where our passengers prefer to sleep."!!!!! Again, not true. There is food provided. On the sleeper services from the East coast one can opt for a “substantial” meal in the lou...

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by tonystan
Sat Nov 06, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 120
Views: 20451

Re: British Airways' "golden age": Telegraph article on how BA will get it backh be,

Tow keys: 1. Make Heathrow comfortable and fast to connect at, including from non-BA flights, make UK immigration and checks fast and 2. bring back the onboard product and standards. I remember transatlantic flights without any food onboard. Well, there is competition. I would like to try BA again ...

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by tonystan
Sat Nov 06, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 120
Views: 20451

Re: British Airways' "golden age": Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

Tow keys: 1. Make Heathrow comfortable and fast to connect at, including from non-BA flights, make UK immigration and checks fast and 2. bring back the onboard product and standards. I remember transatlantic flights without any food onboard. Well, there is competition. I would like to try BA again ...

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by tonystan
Mon Nov 01, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 206
Views: 51662

Re: British Airways Fleet Thread - 2021

It also needs to be acknowledged that a number of pre-covid markets may not return for some time as various nations continue to struggle. Iv heard whispers that BKK and KUL are to be mothballed for some time. HND appears to be suspended now and I would be very surprised if there is a return to ICN o...

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by tonystan
Sat Oct 30, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 206
Views: 51662

Re: British Airways Fleet Thread - 2021

I’ve just booked one way A380 flight to Frankfurt for Monday 15th November! Flight departs Heathrow at 7.55am. To say I’m excited is an understatement! :) Very excited too! I never fly long haul these days and never been on an A380, so booked a return to MAD 12-13th Nov. A380 both ways! Question is...

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by tonystan
Sat Oct 09, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/21: Even the darkest night will end ...
Replies: 271
Views: 35112

Re: Irish 10/21: Even the darkest night will end ...

Not that I business travel is where it was pre pandemic but the last DUB-LHR flight with EI for December is currently 1740! That’s crazy…it does seem that they are actively trying to push people away which sounds like a ridiculous thing to say I had noticed that myself although there seems to be a ...

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by tonystan
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: New IAG carrier at LGW - BA EuroFlyer
Replies: 317
Views: 68172

Re: New IAG carrier at LGW

jrfspa320 wrote:
jomur wrote:
Seems the BA pilots have accepted the new terms by 82% on a 75% turnout according someone on Flyertalk.com.


So that means BA will stay at LGW?

I hope they stay, i actually way prefer LGW, the lounge is much nicer :)


Just means the ball is in BAs court now so we will see.

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by tonystan
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/21: Even the darkest night will end ...
Replies: 271
Views: 35112

Re: Irish 10/21: Even the darkest night will end ...

It’s because they dragged their feet on employment restructuring. They still want to try and shaft their employees to make the best out of the crises but now that things are picking up rather quicker than anticipated but they are still crying “Doom” to their crews, ground staff and pilots (although ...

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by tonystan
Sun Oct 03, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: New IAG carrier at LGW - BA EuroFlyer
Replies: 317
Views: 68172

Re: New IAG carrier at LGW

Interesting BA has reneged on their threats to sell the slots. Details will drop tomorrow but I imagine it will largely be the same deal slightly repackaged. Pay shifted more to basic pay than variable as was proposed before and some of the nastier scheduling points smoothed out. I imagine this tim...

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by tonystan
Fri Oct 01, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/21: Even the darkest night will end ...
Replies: 271
Views: 35112

Re: Irish 10/21: Even the darkest night will end ...

I wonder if there is a market for LHR-NOC-LHR with EI. I appreciate the LGW link is mainly VFR traffic but could they tap into a healthy transit market?

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by tonystan
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 247
Views: 35880

Re: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

I have spoken to a few people and asked them about Astral. From what I understand, it is old technology, but it is extremely efficient. The main complaints seem to be about the sign in language used. One person told me that Astral was faster than the system used by Emirates, information was easier ...

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by tonystan
Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 247
Views: 35880

Re: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

Ridiculous opening hours. I’m flying to LHR with BA tomorrow and even though the contract has been re-signed, my 7.50am flight won’t have lounge access. In fact, of the 4 BA flights to London tomorrow, only one will get lounge access. That said, when I was there a few weeks ago the offering was pit...

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by tonystan
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 247
Views: 35880

Re: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

Ridiculous opening hours. I’m flying to LHR with BA tomorrow and even though the contract has been re-signed, my 7.50am flight won’t have lounge access. In fact, of the 4 BA flights to London tomorrow, only one will get lounge access. That said, when I was there a few weeks ago the offering was pit...

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by tonystan
Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 247
Views: 35880

Re: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

To all you frequent fliers to London. I'm flying out of Heathrow in a few weeks time. With BA from T5 to Dublin. It's been about 10 years since I've done so. What's your thoughts on getting from London - is the Heathrow express worth the cost or would you go the Tube even though it takes that bit l...

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by tonystan
Mon Sep 06, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 247
Views: 35880

Re: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

I thought DUB still had two active runways? It does, but when there is a temporary problem with the runway in use I imagine it is preferable to resolve that if possible. To redirect all traffic to runway 16/34 take a bit of time to organise too. Is 16/34 not currently closed due to the northern end...

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by tonystan
Wed Aug 04, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 335
Views: 40329

Re: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021

I have no problem with unions but find it completely strange that a union agreement can decide on commercial decisions. Surly flying is more important than deciding who is flying? What’s the question exactly? Are you asking why the unions representing Aer Lingus Mainline staff (pilots/crew) may wan...

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by tonystan
Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin
Replies: 354
Views: 42073

Re: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin

Hi all. Just wondering if someone may have the official word on arrivals from the UK after the 19JUL? Iv tried to figure out if they are on the EU Emergency Break list but cant find anything online. The gov.ie website is not at all clear nor is the citizens advice one.

Thanks for your help.

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by tonystan
Thu Jul 15, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin
Replies: 354
Views: 42073

Re: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin

Swedish airline, Amapola Flyg, seems to be selling the Donegal PSO route on their website. https://www.amapola.nu/ Looks to be twice daily from 26 July with a Fokker 50! Wow…thats out of the blue. Fares are questionable however. And they’ll need to update that website a little. But at least its a p...

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by tonystan
Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger opens door in Russia on a 747 deploying slide
Replies: 15
Views: 5056

Re: Passenger opens door in Russia on a 747 deploying slide

Anyone who has worked any length of time on the B747 will tell you how notoriously bad the cabin became in hot airport conditions. Even when plugged in to ground AC systems you can be guaranteed that the area between doors 3 and doors 5 would become hotter than the sun.

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by tonystan
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR
Replies: 156
Views: 47337

Re: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR

So ,when this happens is it a sudden and rapid collapse to the ground, or does the aircraft gently descend, assuring minimal damage to other areas like engines and nacelles ? I'm assuming there's a "thud" moment when the door/jetway can't take the weight anymore and gives way. If the door...

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by tonystan
Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to split from IAG ?
Replies: 40
Views: 11624

Re: BA to split from IAG ?

ChrisKen wrote:
The sooner the better, IF it were to happen. Pulling BA out of the IAG race to the bottom would be a good thing.


BA created the race to the bottom and then IAG!

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by tonystan
Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Stobart Air ceases operations, appoint liquidator
Replies: 88
Views: 16217

Re: Stobart Air cancel all flights

Time for EI to stop faffing around and sign an agreement with FR to UK regional cities Why? If people wanted to fly FR they would already be doing it. Aer Lingus use these routes as feeder flights to its hub. No way would FR want pax having the same baggage allowance that Aer Lingus has when connec...

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by tonystan
Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 39823

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

It would be absolutely tragic if Emerald doesn’t succeed now after this.

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