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by Aviaphile
Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane
Replies: 163
Views: 6206

Re: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane

A phenomenon that only exists in the UK in the entire English speaking world: When people say, "I'm sat here typing this." and "I was stood waiting for a bus." instead of sitting and standing. "He wants his head examining" instead of "He needs to have his head exam...

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BravoOne wrote:
Check this reference out for what you're looking for:

https://www.airlinercafe.com/page.php?id=72



Many thanks!

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by Aviaphile
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 707-138B and 720 Differences
Replies: 6
Views: 2260

707-138B and 720 Differences

Looking at the QANTAS B707-138B and the B720, they appear identical. What are the differences actually?

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by Aviaphile
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Whose 747’s have you flown?
Replies: 77
Views: 2308

Re: Whose 747’s have you flown?

Mine:
British Airways 100, 200, 400
Qantas 200, 400, SP
South African Airways 200B, 300, 400
Lufthansa 400
Singapore Airlines 300, 400
KLM 400M
Swiss 300
Cathay 400
Japan Airlines 400D
Air France 200
Alliance (South Africa) SP
Virgin 400

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by Aviaphile
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Memorable sights seen from an Aircraft
Replies: 55
Views: 10508

Re: Memorable sights seen from an Aircraft

Thought of a couple more since this was posted: The vastness of the Sahara Desert - seen from a BA747-400 between LOS and LHR - punctuated here and there by tracks or rocky outcrops and the pattern of the sand dunes clearly visible. The Australian Outback from a QF 747-SP, between PER and SYD, revea...

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by Aviaphile
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Memorable sights seen from an Aircraft
Replies: 55
Views: 10508

Re: Memorable sights seen from an Aircraft

Thanks for all the replies. There are a multitude of sights to be seen from the window of an aircraft which is why I, too, always like a window seat. Even run of the mill vistas are different when seen from above - the shadow of your aircraft on clouds outlined by a rainbow, the multitude of stars v...

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by Aviaphile
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Memorable sights seen from an Aircraft
Replies: 55
Views: 10508

Memorable sights seen from an Aircraft

What is/are the most incredible sight(s) you have seen from an aircraft? Mine: The River Nile seen in the early morning travelling from JNB to CAI from a MS 767. The dark green of the cultivation contrasting with the salmon pink of the surrounding desert at sunrise. Mount Kilimanjaro on a flight fro...

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by Aviaphile
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mediterranean cruise out of Rome
Replies: 13
Views: 1120

Re: Mediterranean cruise out of Rome

My wife and I did a cruise from Rome (Civitaveccia) a couple of years back on the Queen Victoria. Our Rome hotel advertised taxi transfers there for 60 Euro at the reception desk. We decided to take that option as getting there by train would also involve a taxi ride from the station to the cruise t...

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by Aviaphile
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Aviation in time of racial segregation
Replies: 29
Views: 4443

Re: Aviation in time of racial segregation

Slightly off topic but where do you get your information from that having bought three Boeing 720s, Air Rhodesia had to immediately ground them "because IATA would not tolerate their racist positions...." The three 720s in question operated for a number of years, from the early 70's well i...

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by Aviaphile
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Aviation in time of racial segregation
Replies: 29
Views: 4443

Re: Aviation in time of racial segregation

Before the nations of Zambia & Zambabwe came in existence, that territory was virulent white-ruled nation called Rhodesia. It had an airline, Air Rhodesia which flew Vickers Viscounts propliners then brought 3 used Boeing 720 aircraft. As soon as they got them, they had to ground them because IA...

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by Aviaphile
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 143341

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

No. BA are recreating the final 1970-1974 BOAC livery, ie the livery worn by 747s. It was grey, not polished. 0815605 The first ones had bare metal undersides. Not sure about the white rectangle above the boac on the engines. Also, my OCD says the flag is misaligned. Yes I do need a life :) White r...

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by Aviaphile
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA to be split into 3 business units
Replies: 14
Views: 5812

Re: SAA to be split into 3 business units

Where do Cargo and Engineering fit into this scheme?

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by Aviaphile
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 143341

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

Engine cowlings don't look good painted the way they are. The original logo was on P&W engines that were of a completely different shape to the RR cowlings on the -400 but they could have centred the BOAC letters and painted the blue stripe and the white above the whole length of the engine cowl...

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by Aviaphile
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 223
Views: 20790

Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

I am lucky enough to have flown 500 times + on 747's and have flown on every variant bar the -8. I could go through my flight log book and count the exact number but it is at least 500 times. I vividly recall watching a British Movietone newsreel in the cinema in the early 70's and seeing the arriva...

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by Aviaphile
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone ever flown rare types?
Replies: 127
Views: 7382

Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

DC3, Vickers Viscount, Concorde, B720, HS748 How's that?? Mmm...that is very nice and tasty!! Please, do let us know what flying those types was like for you! Memories, sensations, smells, anything striking that comes up from down memory lane...!! tell us about those big oval windows of the Viscoun...

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by Aviaphile
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone ever flown rare types?
Replies: 127
Views: 7382

Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

DC3, Vickers Viscount, Concorde, B720, HS748
How's that??

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by Aviaphile
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service
Replies: 71
Views: 13390

Re: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service

The words "fat" and "chance" seem like a decent pairing here.
There are two chances here; one is slim and the other is fat!!

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by Aviaphile
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 1988: My year in South Korea
Replies: 26
Views: 12746

Re: 1988: My year in South Korea

Thank you, Moe, for another fantastic report. Wonderful to look back at how things looked back in the day. Interesting that Korean's livery is much the same after 30 years!

Please do treat us with more such reports in future

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by Aviaphile
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 264
Views: 37280

Re: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!

The ring and crane on the tail should be "bolded" to make them stand out more. From not much of a distance, the logo can hardly be made out. Overall, very bland and monochromatic, dull and uninspiring.

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by Aviaphile
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Johannesburg Gates
Replies: 5
Views: 1462

Re: Johannesburg Gates

Gang, was just watching some videos of A346s departing Johannesburg. I noticed that they use a lot of remote stands there as gates. I'm surprised a city of that size would have an airport still using remote stands especially for heavies. Does South African Airways get priority. Doesn't look it. I'l...

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by Aviaphile
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH new livery to be ‘revised’ after only three weeks
Replies: 154
Views: 38425

Re: LH new livery to be ‘revised’ after only three weeks

What would the crane and circle look like in gold I wonder? It would be a nod to the yellow but also somewhat of a move away from it too.

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by Aviaphile
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Interesting article on what the Concorde was like
Replies: 16
Views: 3300

Re: Interesting article on what the Concorde was like

Concorde, for me, provided a number of firsts: The narrowness of the cabin, the pre-boarding hype experienced in the designated Concorde lounge at LHR, from which the flight was boarded. Good views were afforded of the waiting aircraft prior to boarding. Concorde seemed to have right of way over oth...

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by Aviaphile
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing admits 747 has no future as a pax model
Replies: 166
Views: 30428

Re: Boeing admits 747 has no future as a pax model

nikeherc wrote: That said, I regret that I haven't had the opportunity to travel on an 747 #47 7 months ago Thirty six years after taking my first jetliner flight, I've yet to fly aboard 747 of any type. I have flown at least 500-600 times on 747s. I could come up with an exact number if I counted a...

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by Aviaphile
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 218845

Re: LH introduces revised livery

Changes are very often difficult to accept on first sight. The more one looks at a new livery such as this, the more acceptable it becomes as the initial shock wears off. I couldn't get my head round the A350's nose when it first came out but now I'm used to it and like it. I do feel that the new Lu...

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by Aviaphile
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Replies: 494
Views: 63241

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

Wonderful news! And for the existing A380, too. EK were making it a condition that Airbus improve on the A380 in return for continuing to support the programme. I wonder if there were any riders to the contract that Airbus must look at a NEO version or even a stretch? In any event, a great start to ...

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by Aviaphile
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP announces new routes for 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 18726

Re: TAP announces new routes for 2018

I'm surprised they don't fly to JNB. They certainly used to with an L1011-500. There is a very large Portuguese community in South Africa - around a million I once read.

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by Aviaphile
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?
Replies: 72
Views: 5921

Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

As you can see from my signature, I've been pretty fortunate to have travelled on many different types. My choices:
Comet 4
VC10
Vickers Vanguard
DC 8
Britannia
Caravelle
Constellation
DC 7

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by Aviaphile
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mispronounced Words
Replies: 93
Views: 6811

Re: Mispronounced Words

I hate the way a lot of English people say draw-ring instead of how it is spelled - draw-ing. There's only one r in the word. South African English where people refuse to use 're - i.e. "We going on holiday and you coming too and we very happy about that!" Also the habit English people hav...

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by Aviaphile
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA said to be hiring Peter Davies as turnaround expert
Replies: 16
Views: 3297

Re: SAA said to be hiring Peter Davies as turnaround expert

scotron11 wrote:
dredgy wrote:
Only if he’s given real power to make change, but yes, a promising step


From what I've read, not if Dudu Myemi is still in charge! Zumas favorite pet


Hope his first recommendation is to get rid of her.......

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by Aviaphile
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA return to Seychelles at last
Replies: 43
Views: 9149

Re: BA return to Seychelles at last

SEZ has been tried with various combinations as an add-on to a BA route. It was, at one, time added onto a LGWBAH route, was also an add-on from NBO and intermediate point on the MRU route. It was also an intermediate stop on the remarkable JNB-SEZ-CMB-HKG-OSA-NRT-ANC-LHR route twice a week initiall...

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by Aviaphile
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Step Back in Time: DLBS Junkers Ju52 "Tante Ju" in Hamburg
Replies: 12
Views: 3973

Re: Step Back in Time: DLBS Junkers Ju52 "Tante Ju" in Hamburg

[/quote]Yes, I'd heard that they managed to get tyres and also replacements for the engines. After that they were working with Skymaster to obtain an AOC to be able to run charter flights. That was a couple of years ago but I've not heard anything since.[quote] I contacted the SAA Museum Society abo...

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by Aviaphile
Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Step Back in Time: DLBS Junkers Ju52 "Tante Ju" in Hamburg
Replies: 12
Views: 3973

Re: Step Back in Time: DLBS Junkers Ju52 "Tante Ju" in Hamburg

Thanks for the report, Roy. Very interesting and informative. Wonder what has happened to the SAA JU52 that also was in flying condition and used to make a number of flights in South Africa. I recall that it was grounded at one stage due to no tyres being available but that some were found in Spain ...

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by Aviaphile
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: New York to Mauritius / South Africa on South African, Air Mauritius, AirLink, Rovos Rail
Replies: 17
Views: 8397

Re: New York to Mauritius / South Africa on South African, Air Mauritius, AirLink, Rovos Rail

The violet or lilac trees you refer to are Jacarandas and bloom in October usually. The flowers don't last very long which is why they were there when you arrived and were gone by the time you returned. They are actually native to Brazil but are very much a feature of the cities of Johannesburg and ...

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by Aviaphile
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airspace Full?
Replies: 29
Views: 5302

Re: British Airspace Full?

rebr wrote:
Maybe more A :checkmark: 380's is the answer? :bouncy:



:checkmark:

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by Aviaphile
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Classic British / French Jetliners - 1985/1987 trips
Replies: 56
Views: 17127

Re: Classic British / French Jetliners - 1985/1987 trips

Many thanks for the memories, aeromo! Much appreciated. I vividly recall the Super Shuttle services and can attest to the fact that there would be a back up flight if the scheduled one was full. I once flew GLA-LHR on a Trident 1 which carried just 4 passengers. Two were RAF guys in uniform who were...

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by Aviaphile
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Vickers Viscount trip reports/photos England 1985
Replies: 19
Views: 5067

Re: Vickers Viscount trip reports/photos England 1985

Many thanks for the memories! Great to see those scenes from days gone by. Today's ramps are far less varied, comprising, mainly, of twins both narrow bodied and wide bodied!

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by Aviaphile
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cunard/Queen Mary transatlantic
Replies: 6
Views: 680

Re: Cunard/Queen Mary transatlantic

Yes, I have done it and would thoroughly recommend it! It is a resort with everything laid on - from meals, to entertainment to the wonderful afternoon tea service, formal dinners, talks, art exhibitions and a multitude of other daily activities on offer. This resort, however, takes you from one pla...

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by Aviaphile
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's "World Images" Tailfins - 20 Years On
Replies: 80
Views: 10481

Re: BA's "World Images" Tailfins - 20 Years On

Hated them from the get-go. I worked for BA at the time and was always very interested to hear what people thought of the designs. I recall being bussed out to a flight and overhearing one of the passengers remark as we approached the aircraft, "What the f**k is that??!" His two travelling...

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by Aviaphile
Mon May 22, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to restructure and to lay off many 100s of staff
Replies: 23
Views: 8269

Re: Cathay Pacific to restructure and to lay off many 100s of staff

Working for an airline is a precarious business as I discovered, first hand, over more than 20 years with a major. Each time one of these purges came about it was a nerve wracking wait to find out whether you were going to get the chop or not. My turn eventually came in the aftermath of 9/11 as it a...

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by Aviaphile
Mon May 22, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with only one 747 pax service left
Replies: 67
Views: 8270

Re: Airports with only one 747 pax service left

Kickert wrote:
I was going to say JNB with the 748 from LH, but I am thinking BA has a less than weekly 747 in addition to the daily A380 they send.



Also daily QF into JNB

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by Aviaphile
Wed May 17, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Why no 1st class?
Replies: 145
Views: 29723

Re: Concorde Why no 1st class?

kurtverbose wrote:
Aviaphile wrote:
Travelling Westbound you arrived before you had left!


Did you have time to come back and wave goodbye to yourself?

:rotfl:


The arrival time difference was around one hour behind the departure time at origin

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by Aviaphile
Wed May 17, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Why no 1st class?
Replies: 145
Views: 29723

Re: Concorde Why no 1st class?

Flying on the Concorde was a thrilling experience. The seats weren't anything spectacular but were comfortable enough for a 3 hour flight. The food and drink offerings were very much First Class. It was small and narrow and one thing struck me about the size of the toilet, the floor area of which, w...

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by Aviaphile
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Single Word or short Phrase you Hate
Replies: 114
Views: 4636

Re: Single Word or short Phrase you Hate

Certain people in the UK who say, "I was sat there" or "I was stood waiting for a bus." instead of sitting and standing. Seems to be getting more and more common too! And it doesn't happen anywhere else in the English speaking world. Also hate people being described as icons or s...

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by Aviaphile
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where? (AA DC-7)
Replies: 6
Views: 2468

Re: Where? (AA DC-7)

Brilliant photos! Thanks for posting. Would appreciate seeing more showing other types of aircraft from around the same era. A real journey down memory lane. Liked looking at the cars and other ramp vehicles and the way people dressed to travel back then. There would certainly not have been the Unit...

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by Aviaphile
Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Phones on planes..dumb question
Replies: 15
Views: 2250

Re: Phones on planes..dumb question

Not hearing people on phones is one of my favorite things when in the air. Let's keep it this way. Hear, hear! Can you imagine trying to get some sleep on a long haul flight and being disturbed by incessant conversations and ringtones on phones?? Some people hardly need phones they speak so loudly....

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by Aviaphile
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: International Aircraft Registrations Question
Replies: 21
Views: 3524

Re: International Aircraft Registrations Question

The only example I've seen where the airline two letter code and the registration letters are the same is Ethiopian Airlines with ET. Is there a central organisation like IATA or ICAO that allocates the registrations? Cars and other vehicles leaving one country to go to another also display country ...

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by Aviaphile
Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: International Aircraft Registrations Question
Replies: 21
Views: 3524

Re: International Aircraft Registrations Question

Sorry, I posted this under Trip Reports when I really wanted it under Civil Aviation. Apologies. I don't know how to move it. "Just to let you know, the Berlin Wall is down now. Not sure we'll see CCCP on any tail soon." Yes, I know, Greg! I meant to say that Russia USED to be CCCP which d...

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by Aviaphile
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: International Aircraft Registrations Question
Replies: 21
Views: 3524

International Aircraft Registrations Question

Given that there are fewer than 200 official countries or territories in the world, how are international registration letters allocated? Some countries have just a single letter - i.e. the UK is G-XXXX, France F-XXXX and so on. The USA is N followed by numbers followed by the airline two letter cod...

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by Aviaphile
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Denies Boarding to Non-Rev Girl in Leggings, Social Media Revolts
Replies: 487
Views: 37170

Re: UA Denies Boarding to Non-Rev Girl in Leggings, Social Media Revolts

When I and my family used the non-rev privilege, the process was that the passengers presented themselves at the check-in desk. The baggage was weighed and tagged and then given back to the passengers who were told to come back at a specified time to a specific check-in desk. Once the flight had clo...

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