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by peterinlisbon
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Huge Explosion In Beirut
Replies: 67
Views: 4251

Re: Huge Explosion In Beirut

I was in Beirut last year and I know this area well. It's very close to downtown and an area called Mar Mikhael which is full of cafes and restaurants. Plus the main highway out of the city towards the north passes right by and Beirut's bus station is also there right next to the road. The first vid...

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by peterinlisbon
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beirut Airport damaged by downtown explosion
Replies: 34
Views: 11589

Re: Beirut Airport damaged by downtown explosion

Phosphoros, thanks for your answer. It shocked me to see that, because I know Beirut and the airport is a 45 minute drive from where this happened (with the whole city in between). I'm really very sad to see this. I was in Beirut last year and loved it - a very beautiful country with so many good th...

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by peterinlisbon
Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beirut Airport damaged by downtown explosion
Replies: 34
Views: 11589

Re: Beirut Airport damaged by downtown explosion

I'm trying to understand how it could have caused that damage at the airport, which is so far away. I think this is perhaps falling debris (like a container, perhaps).

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by peterinlisbon
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus completes testing of self flying jet
Replies: 100
Views: 11376

Re: Airbus completes testing of self flying jet

They should add a function that says "hey melon, what about the wheels?" and then takes over if you try to land on the engines at 200kt.

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by peterinlisbon
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus
Replies: 100
Views: 16642

Re: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus

Maybe the best solution would be to choose a more neutral name. To me the name "China Airlines" was always a bit confusing anyway as it's easy to mix it with Air China. They own Mandarin Airlines, so maybe they could just use that name for their whole operation.

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by peterinlisbon
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inching towards a collapse of the leasing industry
Replies: 56
Views: 15624

Re: Inching towards a collapse of the leasing industry

Just looking at big quads, many new ones like A380s are retired now after only one lease period. Technically they would be good for at least another 12 years and more. The leasing companies might have covered their own investment with the first term but the leasing companies investors didn't make t...

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by peterinlisbon
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175731

Re: Virgin Atlantic secures rescue package

It was always a bit of a risky strategy to be so dependent on the US market. Before they used to be more diversified, with flights to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Cape Town etc. It's a shame they didn't keep that up. How is having flights to HKG, PVG and CPT now in a Covid world going to help VS? You reali...

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by peterinlisbon
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175731

Re: Virgin Atlantic secures rescue package

It was always a bit of a risky strategy to be so dependent on the US market. Before they used to be more diversified, with flights to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Cape Town etc. It's a shame they didn't keep that up.

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by peterinlisbon
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 504
Views: 91621

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

I wonder if Emirates could actually take advantage of this situation and keep the A380 fleet going for longer. New builds will not be available and lease rates will be almost nothing, so instead of retiring them at 12 they could keep flying them for another 10 years or so and cannibalize some of the...

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by peterinlisbon
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi announces first destinations from AUH base
Replies: 46
Views: 7526

Re: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi announces first destinations from AUH base

Why would someone self-connect in AUH when he can get a good enough price with EY or with any other airline in the region (Emirates, Saudia, Qatar, Gulf Air...)? I just don't see this as a competitive advantage. Flying in and out of Dubai/Abu Dhabi can be quite expensive. I think this is the market...

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by peterinlisbon
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2421

Re: How common is self-transfer?

I've done it a few times. I'll give a few examples: Ercan (North Cyprus) to Des Moines, Iowa. ECN-IST-LON-DEN-MSP-DSM (Pegaus, British Airways, Norweigan, Delta) Total cost: 400$ San Jose (Costa Rica) to London, England Jet Blue to Washington via Orlando, then IcelandExpress to London via Rekjavik. ...

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by peterinlisbon
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manston Airport to re-open
Replies: 33
Views: 4861

Re: Manston Airport to re-open

TC957 wrote:
Unless you live in or need to get to the eastern half of Kent, MSE is about as useless a location for an airport as it's possible to be.


Part of London is in Kent.

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by peterinlisbon
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manston Airport to re-open
Replies: 33
Views: 4861

Re: Manston Airport to re-open

This decision is lunacy. Firstly, freight is being adequately handled in the UK. EMA is obviously the main cargo hub best placed to serve the bulk of the UK. Doncaster and Prestwick also taking their fair share of the market. For London itself, Stansted seems more than capable of handling the major...

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by peterinlisbon
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines taking advantage of Covid in the long term
Replies: 30
Views: 2830

Re: Winners of Covid

A crisis for some is an opportunity for others. Lease rates are down, slots are available and you can get a whole fleet of almost any aircraft type you want. A lot of experienced pilots and cabin crew and other staff are also available. Those with deep pockets might see this as a good time to invest...

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by peterinlisbon
Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc to sell 20 aircraft
Replies: 61
Views: 14034

Re: Royal Air Maroc to sell 20 aircraft

I think a more realistic title would be "RAM would like to sell..." because who's buying aircraft right now?

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by peterinlisbon
Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA banned from Europe
Replies: 93
Views: 17951

Re: PIA banned from Europe

UK CAA has also now banned PIA from MAN BHX LHR effective tomorrow. Wednesday July 1st, 2020: There is a PIA flight en-route to LHR. - PK785 ISB 12.06 - LHR 16.00 B77W AP-BID https://www.flightradar24.com/PIA785/24d2cedf Question is....... will Pakistan take retaliatory action against EU carriers a...

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by peterinlisbon
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation July 2020
Replies: 110
Views: 12838

Re: Turkish Aviation July 2020

Is there a timeframe for the new (3rd at IST) runway to activate its ILS? Lightsaber I don't know why, but every time I look on Flightradar I see aircraft taxiing from the eastern side of the terminal all the way around to the two western runways, so it seems that this runway isn't really in use ye...

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by peterinlisbon
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 1468
Views: 210531

Re: American adds more Asia to SEA, and other long-haul changes

Asia routes are a bit shorter from SEA so it makes sense as a way of cutting costs. I see it as a way of continuing to provide the same connectivity whilst using less fuel.

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by peterinlisbon
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA banned from Europe
Replies: 93
Views: 17951

Re: PIA banned from Europe

Once a carrier is blacklisted by EASA they can't operate any flights to Europe, this also includes overflying the European airspace. If they still want to go to North America they would probably have to go East. PIA will need to prove it's safety has improved, otherwise the ban can be extended for ...

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by peterinlisbon
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation July 2020
Replies: 110
Views: 12838

Re: Turkish Aviation July 2020

Is there a timeframe for the new (3rd at IST) runway to activate its ILS? Lightsaber I don't know why, but every time I look on Flightradar I see aircraft taxiing from the eastern side of the terminal all the way around to the two western runways, so it seems that this runway isn't really in use ye...

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by peterinlisbon
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air Cancels Orders For 92 737 MAXs and 5 787s
Replies: 126
Views: 23730

Re: Norwegian Air Cancels Orders For 92 737 MAXs and 5 787s

Any airline that has MAX's on order has an advantage, because they can use the delays and problems as an excuse to cancel. I always liked Norweigan and I hope they'll survive.

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by peterinlisbon
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Night Rating Anxiety
Replies: 18
Views: 4263

Re: Night Rating Anxiety

It's just something that you have to get used to. Tell your instructor you'd like to do some more dual practice at night before you fly alone. Don't feel pressured into doing something that you're not comfortable with. It can be a bit scary at first, but on the other hand some things are easier. For...

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by peterinlisbon
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?
Replies: 59
Views: 13913

Re: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?

Even if you could get a fake license, surely you wouldn't be able to get through the tests to enter an airline, unless the airline is totally corrupt as well? I could have done a better job at landing that plane after 10 beers and a pot noodle. Everything gets easier with repetition. Get a couple m...

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by peterinlisbon
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 504
Views: 91621

Re: Emirates Retires First A380

I still wonder why no airline has managed to make the A380 work as a low-cost cattle class plane? An all-economy seating A380 can host 853 passengers. Around $30 per km in fuel. ATH to SIN is about 5621km, making fuel costs around $168630. Divided by 853 it would mean $197 as a minimum ticket price...

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by peterinlisbon
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?
Replies: 59
Views: 13913

Re: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?

Even if you could get a fake license, surely you wouldn't be able to get through the tests to enter an airline, unless the airline is totally corrupt as well? I could have done a better job at landing that plane after 10 beers and a pot noodle.

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by peterinlisbon
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?
Replies: 86
Views: 9966

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

London is an overcrowded place with a huge amount of demand. Even if some airlines fail or leave, others will take their place. The only difference it will make it that it might be slightly less crowded for the next few years.

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by peterinlisbon
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY
Replies: 163
Views: 29797

Re: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY

What a terrible name. And I couldn't think of a worse time in history to launch an airline. I suppose leases are cheap, at least.

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by peterinlisbon
Sat Jun 13, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 328
Views: 62410

Re: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant

What seems strange to me is that they kept all of these people employed whilst all of their flights were cancelled, but now that flights are coming back they start firing people. Surely there would be a better way - a 6 month 50% reduction in working hours or something like that.

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by peterinlisbon
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First electrical airplane in the world certified !
Replies: 53
Views: 7038

Re: First electrical airplane in the world certified !

I've seen some videos about this aircraft on Youtube. It has swappable batteries, so whilst the plane is flying the other batteries are charging. For a plane that is used to practice takeoffs and landings etc. 1 hour is acceptable, although 2-3 hours would be a lot better. When they get to that poin...

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by peterinlisbon
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airBaltic to terminate 19 routes from Riga in summer 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 2839

Re: airBaltic to terminate 19 routes from Riga in summer 2020

It seems sensible. Although it will be allowed to travel, a lot of people are going to travel less than they would normally out of caution and because of the ongoing restrictions.

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by peterinlisbon
Fri May 29, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Austria's Lauda to close, be replaced with new Maltese unit
Replies: 187
Views: 23491

Re: Laudamotion closing its VIE base May 29th.

Bad decision by the union. They should be grateful to have a job - if they sold enough scratchcards they might even make it over the poverty line.

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by peterinlisbon
Mon May 25, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will The 777X Beat its Efficiency Goals
Replies: 43
Views: 4596

Re: Will The 777X Beat its Efficiency Goals

I think the market is about to be flooded with hundreds of widebodies leased out or sold for next to nothing. The fuel savings you can get with a new aircraft won't offset the extra capital/leasing costs. Plus oil is cheap. I don't think airlines are going to making many new orders for a long time.

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by peterinlisbon
Mon May 25, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154434

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

I think it´s more likely that they forgot to lower the gear. If they decided to go around because they were too high or too fast then the first thing they would do is increase thrust and start to pull back to climb. Then they would put up the gear and this takes several seconds to complete and for t...

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by peterinlisbon
Sat May 23, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154434

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

So far 2 survivors are getting reported to be taken to hospital and 1 declared badly injured but will survive. I don't think these survivors where passengers, if you look at the pictures I think we can presume no one survived. I think it is possible that there were survivors if they were sitting ri...

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by peterinlisbon
Sat May 23, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154434

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

It seems that what happened is they forgot to extend the gear, scraped the engines on the runway and then did a go around. Whatever damage the engines sustained caused them to stop running soon after and this is why they crashed (although, as you can see in the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

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by peterinlisbon
Sat May 23, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154434

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxm6d-RDba4
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This video shows the last seconds. You can see that it was in landing configuration and flying slowly with a nose up attitude. It almost looked like a normal landing, except that it was in the wrong place:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxm6d-RDba4

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by peterinlisbon
Fri May 22, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 504
Views: 91621

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

I think Avatar Airlines could take advantage of this situation and change it's business plan from a 747-800 fleet to the A380. They could get 100 of them cheap and create a hub and spoke network based in Oklahoma.

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by peterinlisbon
Fri May 22, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Warms To A321LR After Cancelling 737 MAXs:
Replies: 27
Views: 10991

Re: Air Canada Warms To A321LR After Cancelling 737 MAXs:

People forget that the MAX has the lowest operating costs during a Pandemic. Boeing should put that in a press release.

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by peterinlisbon
Mon May 18, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's going on with Emirates 412?
Replies: 1
Views: 878

What's going on with Emirates 412?

I was looking at Flight Radar and Emirates 412 (Dubai-Sydney) seems to have suddenly turned off track and headed southwest towards the Cocos Islands. It's not descending, so it seems pretty odd. Does anyone have an explanation?

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by peterinlisbon
Wed May 13, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair back to all Boeing, cancelling leases for Airbus A320s.
Replies: 45
Views: 10719

Re: Ryanair back to all Boeing, cancelling leases for Airbus A320s.

The benefit of keeping the MAX's on order is that they won't be delivered until way into the future when all of this COVID stuff is over and instead of having to pay a penalty for deferring delivery they will get paid compensation.

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by peterinlisbon
Wed May 13, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair back to all Boeing, cancelling leases for Airbus A320s.
Replies: 45
Views: 10719

Re: Ryanair back to all Boeing, cancelling leases for Airbus A320s.

The benefit of keeping the MAX's on order is that they won't be delivered until way into the future when all of this COVID stuff is over and instead of having to pay a penalty for deferring delivery they will get paid compensation.

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by peterinlisbon
Sat May 09, 2020 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation May 2020
Replies: 104
Views: 12296

Re: Turkish Aviation May 2020

So has Ataturk airport become a single runway airport now? I agree that they didn't really need to do that, there are plenty of half-finished construction sites that they could have used. Every so often I hear a rumbling noise over Kadikoy and when I check on Flight Radar it is usually a 747 freight...

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by peterinlisbon
Thu May 07, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AR A330 into LHR
Replies: 14
Views: 4323

Re: AR A330 into LHR

I also saw an Alitalia A330 at Heathrow today. There seem to be a lot of unusual operations and, for now at least, Heathrow is wide open.

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by peterinlisbon
Tue May 05, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: African Express Airways Embraer E-120 shot down by RPG
Replies: 22
Views: 8201

Re: African Express Airways Embraer E-120 shot down by RPG

Wow, a plane is shot out the sky and not a blimp on the media. Is it because it happened in Africa? I was shocked by this event until I got to the part where it said Somalia. Then I was just surprised that anyone would even try to fly over those areas. Somalia has been a warzone since the 1970s wit...

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by peterinlisbon
Sun May 03, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How are forward bookings looking?
Replies: 19
Views: 3568

Re: How are forward bookings looking?

If they make the tickets cheap and flexible then I guess it could be a good time to buy, plus it's a way to help out the airlines which is something I'd be willing to do.

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by peterinlisbon
Sat May 02, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How are forward bookings looking?
Replies: 19
Views: 3568

Re: How are forward bookings looking?

I'm surprised anyone is booking flights. It's all speculative at this point when travel will be allowed and, in some cases, whether the airlines will still even exist.

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by peterinlisbon
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?
Replies: 70
Views: 11197

Re: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?

I think the reason for this is that whilst Departures level includes things such as shops, cafes, seats and so in the the departure lounge, Arrivals only needs a passageway to get you to the area where you go through passport control and collect your luggage. So the cheapest way to provide this is j...

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by peterinlisbon
Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max
Replies: 365
Views: 63288

Re: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max

Delta: "let's trade a plane that flies for one that is grounded and costs 5 times as much".

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by peterinlisbon
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52310

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

I don't see why the Australian government, or any government, would bail out an airline that was majority foreign owned? Well, they allowed a foreign-owned airline to come and set up business in Australia in the first place because it benefitted their country. Does it make sense to let that airline...

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