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by dstc47
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 213
Views: 22463

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

There is very little evidence that the abolition of intra-EU duty free had any impact on air passenger numbers and it is rather unlikely that any form of reintroduction would therefore encourage additional travel to / from the U.K. I cant see anyone opting for a trip to Turkey over one to Ireland pu...

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by dstc47
Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 213
Views: 22463

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

Use of public transport is discouraged but DAA introduce a small, mean charge at a time when they are looking for wider public support for aviation in unprecedented times. Sure there were congestion issues at drop off, from taxis as well as private vehicles, but in current times this cannot really b...

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by dstc47
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 213
Views: 22463

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

I agree. BFS have always found transatlantic services difficult to sustain, even in good times. In the past they even managed to operate some summer services to Canada, more recently the subsidised CO EWR service ended in tears, despite Dublin able to expand US services and destinations at the same ...

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by dstc47
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 246
Views: 28684

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

A lot of dumping going on! Is this a general tidy up, a knee jerk reaction or a pause? Ultimately passengers will return! Question is will EI serve SNN direct or via a DUB feed? Would that not be the ultimate Irish irony - a mandatory Dublin stopover on the way to Shannon? However carriers that are...

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by dstc47
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 33547

Re: Irish 7/20

Green list or no green list, I suspect air travel is going to be off the agenda for very many in 2020 and even 2021, especially those afraid of being stranded due to sudden changes in closedown rules. News from Australia, Spain and Hong Kong where renewed outbreaks follow on from apparently good res...

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by dstc47
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 33547

Re: Irish 7/20

Photo on the RTE website shows that the Cessna involved in the crash in Galway is EI-EZU.

While the damage certainly means it is written off, the condition might suggest that the occupants might have been lucky.

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by dstc47
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36808

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

A survey by the Central Statistics Office today shows that the Irish general public are very wary of social mixing in the present circumstances. The bad news for air travel in the immediate future is that the CSO research also revealed that 78% of those surveyed said they are uncomfortable or very u...

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by dstc47
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36808

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

Up to 500 jobs are to go at N.I. based Thompson Aeroseating, which was acquired by AVIC relatively recently. Not that strange that demand for business and first class aircraft seats has vanished. Very odd change to local mobility rules in the ROI announced to allow travel in the county - tough if y...

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by dstc47
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36808

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

Up to 500 jobs are to go at N.I. based Thompson Aeroseating, which was acquired by AVIC relatively recently. Not that strange that demand for business and first class aircraft seats has vanished. Very odd change to local mobility rules in the ROI announced to allow travel in the county - tough if yo...

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by dstc47
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36808

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

Ryanair associated company Malta Air to make 60 redundant, about one third of the workforce. Do they really only have 180 staff? They have 120 737s, or have a got something mixed up here? Redundancies and the size of workforce for Malta Air as are reported by the Times of Malta and other local medi...

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by dstc47
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36808

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

Ryanair associated company Malta Air to make 60 redundant, about one third of the workforce.

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by dstc47
Thu May 28, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am - New Documentary
Replies: 4
Views: 1353

Re: Pan Am - New Documentary

No disrespect to Pan Am as an innovator, but Europeans and Latin americans knew how to fly, and how to run airlines, one of them KLM still there, before Pan Am.

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by dstc47
Sun May 24, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 30022

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

Passengers from the UK to the ROI, except those coming from N.I., will shortly be required to fill a form and then to self isolate in the ROI for 14 days, in case there is any ambiguity from earlier posts. One large barrier to any travel. Passengers from ROI to UK do not, however, need to self isola...

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by dstc47
Mon May 18, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 30022

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

AER LINGUS has completed its 100th flight delivering essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for use in hospitals across Ireland. The Irish airline has delivered a staggering 1,300 of vital equipment from China since the end of March. Nice little earner for EIN but someone's going to be payin...

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by dstc47
Thu May 14, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 30022

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

A very bleak prospect for aviation indeed. That is why tests are critical. We social distance because we can't be sure we don't have the disease. So test people before they fly. Holidays wouldn't be the same (for now) but it will at least make flying feasible for those that need to/want to. And if ...

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by dstc47
Thu May 14, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 30022

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

We have no known precedent for the current situation, much we do not know about the virus, including how long any immunity will last (if at all), how quickly it will mutate and we do know that very many persons infected show no or few symptoms, including high temperatures. So we are placing our hope...

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by dstc47
Sat May 09, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 30022

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

The BBC are reporting that UK airlines say they have been told the government will bring in a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK from any country apart from the Republic of Ireland from end May. This will make many trips totally pointless and the effect on the industry will be a further...

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by dstc47
Thu May 07, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train
Replies: 72
Views: 4527

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Most, perhaps all, European city airports have some form of pedestrian access. Perhaps difficult in some cases with no dedicated safe route to some of the further out airports and also having to share the roadway with vehicles in some places. Don't know about Venice though, probably possible but whe...

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by dstc47
Tue May 05, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 30022

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

Judging from the phone video just shown on BBC NI, social distance improved once they boarded the flight. They were much more intimate shown standing in a corridor waiting to board. Like old times. BHD has no flights today or on Saturday either, so the few flights there are out of NI are indeed like...

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by dstc47
Sat May 02, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 30022

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

[quote=" The thing about the physical distancing is that there's no point in doing it in airports, but then not on aircraft, and vice versa. I don't know how airlines will manage it, but I can't see them being given an outright exemption.[/quote] Indeed. A further problem is airport access, cur...

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by dstc47
Fri May 01, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: TWA Hotel @ JFK for Photography
Replies: 4
Views: 2039

Re: TWA Hotel @ JFK for Photography

Cant tell you about views from inside the TWA Hotel but there is a good view of the preserved aircraft from outside Terminal 5. Cross the road, very carefully, as there is (well there was before Covid) constant traffic looking for a place to drop off or park, on the other side there is a very narrow...

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by dstc47
Fri May 01, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "In town" airports / Your favorites
Replies: 58
Views: 4103

Re: "In town" airports / Your favorites

Belfast City Airport BHD - the name is something of a clue, is located in Belfast Harbour very close to the city centre, unlike Belfast International, BFS, which is close to Lough Neagh. BHD retains some passenger traffic in these extraordinary times, while BFS retains only freight and other services.

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by dstc47
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...
Replies: 215
Views: 27946

Re: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...

The Minister for Finance, as part of a general presentation on the effects of the current situation yesterday, hinted that the Metrolink project, which would serve Dublin Airport amongst other places, might be "deferred". Of course given current levels of traffic at DUB, it is not a partic...

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by dstc47
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...
Replies: 215
Views: 27946

Re: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...

Gentlemen, Perhaps some compassion and tolerance might be in order. Airlines and their staff are coping with unprecedented problems, staff worried about their own and their families health, working with fare systems not prepared for this, worried about their jobs in the short term. Perhaps doing the...

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by dstc47
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/20
Replies: 343
Views: 37400

Re: Irish 3/20

Our thanks due to the EI crews undertaking these services.

While the novelty factor will be something for the logbook, I am sure that is not why they are going.
And thanks to all aviation employees at this time. Keep washing your hands!

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by dstc47
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present
Replies: 84
Views: 12222

Re: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present

Perhaps my eyesight is fading but no one seems to have mentioned
Flyglobespan
yet. Delay after delay.

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by dstc47
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Reconfirming a booking -- what was that all about?
Replies: 9
Views: 962

Re: Reconfirming a booking -- what was that all about?

Old enough to remember this. In an era before sophisticated computer systems, email and mobile phones, paper, telex and phone based airline systems ruled. Reconfirmation was a condition of carriage, and if you did not do it, your seat might well be allocated to another. Of course, flights were often...

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by dstc47
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/20
Replies: 343
Views: 37400

Re: Irish 3/20

Irish Government now suggesting voluntary isolation for all coming from Italy and Spain. While flights from Italy have almost vanished, the impact on air services to Spain must be severe. Presumably includes the Canaries also. What flight crew are to do, who do not always leave the aircraft on fast ...

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by dstc47
Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/20
Replies: 343
Views: 37400

Re: Irish 3/20

Very sad news about poor old Flybe, struggling for a long time, it joins so many carriers I have known and used. Best wishes to their staff for life in future. While Southampton is probably one of the best of their routes ex-Ireland, the decline in cruise related traffic might be a problem. EI-EIO w...

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by dstc47
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22702

Re: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/tra ... -1.4186007

Cant say I ever heard of them.
Kaitak, your topic heading was remarkably appropriate!
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An Irish in-flight entertainment company blames virus for failure.
https://www.irishtimes.com/business/tra ... -1.4186007

Cant say I ever heard of them.
Kaitak, your topic heading was remarkably appropriate!

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by dstc47
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22702

Re: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/tra ... -1.4186007

Cant say I ever heard of them.
Kaitak, your topic heading was remarkably appropriate!
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An Irish in-flight entertainment company blames virus for failure.
https://www.irishtimes.com/business/tra ... -1.4186007

Cant say I ever heard of them.
Kaitak, your topic heading was remarkably appropriate!

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by dstc47
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22702

Re: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...

Looks like that the Portrush Airshow for 2020 is to be cancelled due to local authority funding cuts.

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by dstc47
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!
Replies: 180
Views: 23555

Re: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!

RTE Nationwide will run the last of the series of programmes on Irish aviation on Monday next, displaced by election coverage. This deals with the Shannon / Foynes story. Programmes one and two covered Dublin and Women in aviation. It was a bit annoying to keep hearing that the first flight from Dub...

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by dstc47
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!
Replies: 180
Views: 23555

Re: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!

DUB / LDY has operated before and could be viable with PSO support. There are, however, plans for improved road links here which might make this type of service as difficult as other domestic routes have been. Links between Cork and Belfast are not strong, indeed with the long period of unrest, many...

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by dstc47
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!
Replies: 180
Views: 23555

Re: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2020/01 ... n-arrests/
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A very weird event at Dublin Airport. A minibus was hi-jacked, with passengers onboard.
https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2020/01 ... n-arrests/

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by dstc47
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!
Replies: 180
Views: 23555

Re: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!

While I would like to see CX return to Dublin, the continuing difficulties at their home base cannot help a route resumption.

Safe travel in 2020.

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by dstc47
Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 24587

Re: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...

Hopes That Rail Link Between Shannon Airport And Limerick Would Boost Passenger Numbers It’s claimed putting a direct rail link between Shannon Airport and Limerick City in place would see passenger numbers at the airport soar. The National Transport Authority has confirmed a public consultation on...

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by dstc47
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming
Replies: 203
Views: 44664

Re: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming

Ireland does not generally re-use registrations, although EI-ABI has been reissued for the DH Dragon.

EI-EIO was a PA 34 and if I recall correctly was at one time used by a Mr Mc Donald, who was indeed a farmer.

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by dstc47
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming
Replies: 203
Views: 44664

Re: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming

Usually Dubai visits are horse racing related, the ruling family have extensive stables here.

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by dstc47
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Recommend A Slide Scanner Under £400
Replies: 3
Views: 7521

Re: Recommend A Slide Scanner Under £400

It is a pity that no one with more recent experience has responded. There are seemingly few products in this category now for non-professional use. I get reasonable results with an Epson V550 Photo flatbed which must be now 7 or so years old but is primarily intended for flatbed use . It has a fairl...

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by dstc47
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 187
Views: 27963

Re: Irish 9/19

Sad to see CX going, not too sure if it is not going to be permanent either given that other routes affected by the H.K. airport and city events do not seem to be axed yet. The type of service we really needed at DUB, sorry not to be able to take advantage of it.

Come back soon CX

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by dstc47
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 187
Views: 27963

Re: Irish 9/19

OA260 wrote:
Belfast International rated worst airport in UK

Belfast International has been rated as the UK's worst airport after passengers expressed frustration over long queues, crowds and limited shopping options.


Takes a considerable effort to beat MAN but there you (don't) go.

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by dstc47
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/19
Replies: 222
Views: 39852

Re: Irish 8/19

I doubt too many will be pleased with the shift to Southend for the Derry PSO service.
May not mean much for those going to London area only but if trying to go onward STN offers far more potential for connections.

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by dstc47
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Titanic discoverer to search for Amelia Earhart plane
Replies: 43
Views: 6843

Re: Titanic discoverer to search for Amelia Earhart plane

Even if this is what is claimed, how far could it have migrated from any crash site due to waves and tides?

A lot of sea in the Pacific.

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by dstc47
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with Hotels, smack in the middle of Terminals
Replies: 63
Views: 7784

Re: Airports with Hotels, smack in the middle of Terminals

The U.K. has a lot of offerings. The former airport terminal at Liverpool Airport built in the 1930's has been converted to a hotel. Because the airport facilities have migrated somewhat it is a good distance from the present terminal. It also has some preserved aircraft on display. If I recall corr...

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by dstc47
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with Hotels, smack in the middle of Terminals
Replies: 63
Views: 7784

Re: Airports with Hotels, smack in the middle of Terminals

BRU has a hotel just across the road from the Terminal.
DUB has two hotels within the airport complex, one was developed by the airport operator but both are a fair walk from the Terminals.

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by dstc47
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/19
Replies: 222
Views: 39852

Re: Irish 8/19

RTE are reporting FR are to shut Faro base next year.

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by dstc47
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BBC Planespotting Live, Staring 23rd July 20.00 BBC4.
Replies: 34
Views: 7837

Re: BBC Planespotting Live, Staring 23rd July 20.00 BBC4.

Sometimes television use presenters who know something about the subject being covered. However, tonight with the exception of the ex-BA captain, and a fair try from Andy Peters, this is not in evidence. Trivial, trite and with Peter Snow over the top this is mortifying. EMA a peculiar first venue a...

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by dstc47
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 277
Views: 38774

Re: Irish 7/19

" The question is why European banks such as the EIB and EBRD are not playing their part, while one of those organisations is granting loan money at Dublin Airport which, comparatively speaking, is not in such great need of it." The EBRD, whose initial focus was the reconstruction of Easte...

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by dstc47
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 277
Views: 38774

Re: Irish 7/19

And the walk to the furthest gate in that proposed midfield terminal (and it would be a walk some of the time anyhow, given that the moving walkways break down or don't run all the way) would be just about as long as a stroll on the main runway from end to end. Just the thing to set you up for the d...

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