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by QF93
Sun Nov 27, 2022 1:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Japan reopens - MEL-NRT return on MH & JL, and domestic WB on JL
Replies: 6
Views: 1583

Re: Japan reopens - MEL-NRT return on MH & JL, and domestic WB on JL

What were your thoughts on post-COVID Japan? Has life returned to normal, particularly for foreign tourists visiting local sights and attractions? With Japan being closed to foreign tourists for so long, I’ve read differing accounts of the tourist experience recently, but I am very keen to get back ...

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by QF93
Fri Nov 25, 2022 4:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A question about crew bases
Replies: 27
Views: 2479

Re: A question about crew bases

How did it work for non-U.S. FA bases? I seem to recall UA had bases in London and possibly elsewhere pre-Covid. Presumably that would be based on a bespoke local pay scale rather than just a local currency equivalent of the U.S. rates?

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by QF93
Tue Sep 20, 2022 5:58 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Airline Pilot Trip Report #3 (DCA, CAE, CLT, ATL & YUL)
Replies: 17
Views: 5717

Re: Airline Pilot Trip Report #3 (DCA, CAE, CLT, ATL & YUL)

I really enjoy these trip reports. Great to get a different perspective.

It’s interesting to see just how much padding is added to the scheduled trip times - many of your flights left quite late yet still managed to arrive on schedule.

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by QF93
Mon Sep 05, 2022 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)
Replies: 51
Views: 12238

Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

-sarcasm- I am already waiting for the news that the Heathrow Concorde needs to be scrapped to expand some parking lot or similar. On the topic of which, has there ever been any statement from BA what they might eventually do with that remaining Concorde (eg any remaining museums they could cut it ...

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by QF93
Sun Jul 24, 2022 9:57 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Domestic Flying in Thailand during Covid-19 June 2022
Replies: 5
Views: 4268

Re: Domestic Flying in Thailand during Covid-19 June 2022

Thanks for a great trip report. I am in Phuket next month and flying on Bangkok Airways so looking forward to checking them out.

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by QF93
Thu Jul 21, 2022 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: USA Immigration Foreign Country Pre-Clearance Staffing
Replies: 52
Views: 7946

Re: USA Immigration Foreign Country Pre-Clearance Staffing

For comparison, the British and French have a form of pre-clearance on their respective opposite sides of the Eurostar (I.e. French immigration in St Pancras: UK immigration in Gare du Nord) before you board the train, for passenger convenience / avoiding queues on disembarkation. I don’t think anyo...

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by QF93
Sun Jul 10, 2022 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How about a leg-up for the humble turboprop?
Replies: 42
Views: 6067

Re: HOw about a leg-up for the humble turboprop?

Don't care about the U.S. market. Rest of world can't afford to wait for their labour market to sort its sh!t out and E.U. should be incentivising a 100 seater turboprop for Europe and Rest of World. As much as I love aviation and traveling by air, I’m still not clear why the EU would or should be ...

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by QF93
Tue Jun 14, 2022 7:31 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: My first trip as an airline pilot - IOE Trip #1
Replies: 28
Views: 7980

Re: My first trip as an airline pilot - IOE Trip #1

Thanks for a great series of trip reports and providing a perspective we don’t normally get to see.

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by QF93
Sat Jun 11, 2022 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speedbird 38 777 crash in 2008 at LHR
Replies: 4
Views: 5815

Re: Speedbird 38 777 crash in 2008 at LHR

Thanks for sharing. A fascinating account of the accident. NATS seem to be quite good with social media.

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by QF93
Wed May 25, 2022 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Air Gumbo" continues to renew webspace, tweek investor relations
Replies: 22
Views: 2714

Re: "Air Gumbo" continues to renew webspace, tweek investor relations

On the topic of perpetual startup airlines, we haven’t heard from Avatar Airlines (formerly known as Family Airlines) for a while now. I guess the scrapping of so many 747s have finally dented their business plan for good this time (amongst other things).

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by QF93
Fri May 20, 2022 6:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 72
Views: 8613

Re: Why do we

I posted above in reply 44 that QF do not sell standby fares, QF do place passengers on standby and waitlist for flights if requested. If you buy the ultra cheap tickets like red-edeals they will not normally offer you to go on an earlier flight as they allow no changes (they can if they foresee di...

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by QF93
Sun May 15, 2022 9:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 72
Views: 8613

Re: Why do we "check in?"

For security and logistics they need to know who’s “accepted” to take this flight. At the gate they then know who or haven’t boarded. When the gate is about to close they need to know who is missing. If they don’t turn up (drunk in the bar often) their bag is off loaded for security. Also it’s need...

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by QF93
Sat May 14, 2022 11:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Two Pandemic trips to Shanghai – (Part 2) HKG-PVG on CX (long, many photos + quarantine experience)
Replies: 4
Views: 4359

Re: Two Pandemic trips to Shanghai – (Part 2) HKG-PVG on CX (long, many photos + quarantine experience)

Did you work out what the electronic box was attached to your luggage in your last trip?

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by QF93
Sat May 14, 2022 8:02 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Two Pandemic trips to Shanghai – (Part 1) HKG-PVG on HX (long, many photos + quarantine experience)
Replies: 1
Views: 3404

Re: Two Pandemic trips to Shanghai – (Part 1) HKG-PVG on HX (long, many photos + quarantine experience)

Thanks for the unusual trip report and an interesting insight into the Chinese quarantine process.

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by QF93
Sat May 07, 2022 8:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 72
Views: 8613

Re: Why do we "check in?"

Probably not too much. It should be possible to use tickets sold for draft calculation, and that is all what checkin data would be good for. Now-shows are relatively small %% of sold tickets. Standby/non-revs, misconnects, connecting bags misdirected and/or left behind would be a greater fraction o...

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by QF93
Sat Mar 26, 2022 6:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Another Domestic A350 ATL-DTW-ORD-MDW-ATL on Delta
Replies: 4
Views: 5230

Re: Another Domestic A350 ATL-DTW-ORD-MDW-ATL on Delta

Great trip report and great photos. Thanks for posting.

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by QF93
Sun Mar 06, 2022 9:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Over London
Replies: 0
Views: 1735

C-17 Over London

Interesting to see a Hungarian C-17 directly overhead London today, having seemingly flown from Eastern Poland via Sweden on to Cape Verde.

http://uk.flightaware.com/live/flight/BRK93

Any guesses on what it might be up to or where it is going, given the current climate?

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by QF93
Mon Jan 31, 2022 8:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UK replacing EU 261 reg: proposing passenger compensation for 1hr delays.
Replies: 30
Views: 3788

Re: UK proposing passenger compensation for 1hr delays.

The government is planning to revise compensation payouts by airlines to give passengers great rights. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60197462 Under the new plan, which is under consultation , passengers would be entitled to: 25% of the ticket price for a delay of more than one hour but less t...

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by QF93
Sat Jan 22, 2022 10:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of speedbrakes in Boeing 737 during RTO
Replies: 33
Views: 3945

Re: Use of speedbrakes in Boeing 737 during RTO

As mentioned above, controls are not "slammed", or "pulled". We use adequate force, which typically is not very much. Positive but delicate movements. Side note: Airliners have thrust levers, not throttles. Off topic but I never understood why footage from inside the Concorde co...

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by QF93
Sun Jan 02, 2022 8:59 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Caribbean Med School: B6 & AA ORD-JFK-GND-MIA-ORD
Replies: 11
Views: 8219

Re: Caribbean Med School: B6 & AA ORD-JFK-GND-MIA-ORD

Thanks for a great trip report. Good luck with the rest of your Med School studies.

I am curious to find out why you had to be towed out to the runway as a matter of airport policy. If you have B727s at the airport I’m guessing it’s not due to noise sensitivity!

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by QF93
Tue Dec 21, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Long delayed departure LHR-NAS
Replies: 9
Views: 2108

Re: Long delayed departure LHR-NAS

Out of curiosity is BA (or VS) experiencing any crew shortages at the moment given the high CoVid infection rates in the U.K.? Or is the reduced winter flying schedule mitigating the impact of increased crew sickness? I read in the press that the U.K. rail industry is facing increased cancellations ...

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by QF93
Sat Jul 03, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Changi Airport 40 years old: Rare images from the planning and early years
Replies: 38
Views: 11682

Re: Changi Airport 40 years old: Rare images from the planning and early years

Thanks for sharing the link. It is a fantastic website on airport histories generally. I first visited SIN in 1982 arriving fromJKT on a GA DC10 and leaving on a QF 742. Obviously only T1 in those days but it was considered state of the art at the time and has stood the test of time. It remains rare...

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by QF93
Tue Jun 29, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Qantas to St Lucia ?
Replies: 18
Views: 3958

Re: Qantas to St Lucia ?

Cool routing - we don't often see big great circle routes in the southern hemisphere. I wonder if the test team even notices? Others have also been asking about the return - whther it will travel via the US to pick up cargo, or other duties elsewhere. Does anyone know the answer re expected return ...

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by QF93
Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: London to Brisbane
Replies: 3
Views: 7696

Re: London to Brisbane

How was Brisbane hotel quarantine?

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by QF93
Fri May 21, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: EU / UN "government fleets" ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2426

Re: EU / UN "government fleets" ?

http://www.politico.eu/article/eu-plans ... te-change/
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Not sure how accurate this is, but for the European Commission looks like it is charter flights:

http://www.politico.eu/article/eu-plans ... te-change/

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by QF93
Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Commuting Logistics for Airport Employees
Replies: 22
Views: 4838

Re: Commuting Logistics for Airport Employees

When I worked for WN at LAX I had a period where my car was in the shop for a few weeks. I lived walking distance to BUR. For that time and a few other random times during my career there I would walk to BUR catch a flight to LAS or OAK then fly down to LAX for my shift then repeat for the way home...

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by QF93
Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ligthning Strikes.
Replies: 12
Views: 2803

Re: Ligthning Strikes.

gregorygoodwin wrote:

It seems to me that our MD10's, MD11's and B767's do not have as many strikes as our B757's which seem to be a magnet for lightning strikes.


Does anyone have thoughts why the 757 would be so much more susceptible? Is it just a relative size issue?

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by QF93
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Some Questions About the 707 Family
Replies: 6
Views: 1896

Re: Some Questions About the 707 Family

3. What was the actual reason that Boeing built the -138 for Qantas? I have heard conflicting accounts of this one as well. a. Qantas had inspected the Comet 4, DC-8, and 707. The Comet had a range too short for the needs of the airline, the DC-8 was too big and Douglas would not modify it, so they...

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by QF93
Sun Sep 27, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA will close FA bases in NRT, HKG, FRA
Replies: 149
Views: 29254

Re: UA will close FA bases in NRT, HKG, FRA

Well QF has a LHR crew base and NZ just closed theirs as route cancelled. Both bases existed purely because of the LHR hotel cost issue- and yes it was cheaper to pay local LON admin staff. Are hotels cheaper- normally yes, but LON is the exception. Another unique LON issue is many hotels don't wan...

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by QF93
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: ***No Flights*** Journey beyond one of the last Overland's to Melbourne - Train trip March 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 41189

Re: ***No Flights*** Journey beyond one of the last Overland's to Melbourne - Train trip March 2020

Thanks for a great trip report (and it also answers my query of why the detour via Geelong - I’d always wondered that!)

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by QF93
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 1145
Views: 94105

Re: Air Canada flying cargo SYD-YYZ direct on a 789

Is there significant demand for cargo between Australia and Canada, that can’t be satisfied via the existing (albeit reduced) cargo services to Australia from the U.S. or Asia?

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by QF93
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Financial VS Operating Lease
Replies: 8
Views: 2175

Re: Financial VS Operating Lease

It’s also about who takes the risk on the residual value of the aircraft at the end of the lease - the airline (for a finance lease) vs the lessor (operating lease), although sometimes that distinction can get a bit blurred.

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by QF93
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?
Replies: 87
Views: 15873

Re: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?

I would be pretty amazed if BA pilots flew the plane. You should be amazed then, because they did. I used to play cricket with one such pilot who had some interesting stories about flying the DC-10 compared to other types in the fleet at that time. scbriml - I’d love to hear some of those stories.

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by QF93
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Retiring 747 Fleet on March 29?
Replies: 73
Views: 13852

Re: Qantas Retiring 747 Fleet on March 29?

The Qantas 747 fleet was sold in the early hours of Friday morning and will ferry to Mojave in the coming weeks. That flight from SCL was the end of a chapter in Australian history. Thanks jumbo! PS tribute on Sam Chui’s site https://samchui.com/2020/03/28/qantas-to-retire-b747-this-weekend Sam Chu...

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by QF93
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hanoi and Hong Kong via QR and KA J featuring a Presidential Suite and CX First Class lounges
Replies: 10
Views: 9013

Re: Hanoi and Hong Kong via QR and KA J featuring a Presidential Suite and CX First Class lounges

Thanks for a fantastic trip report. You have inspired me to add Vietnam to my list of 2020 destinations to visit.

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by QF93
Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Where do old/discontinued J class seat products end up?
Replies: 25
Views: 5899

Re: Where do old/discontinued J class seat products end up?

To all responses to that last post. Thanks. I suppose my point was, even if the sell on purchase price was just $1k per seat - for the airline selling them (taking VS as an example) that’s $33k per 330 cabin, x 8 cabins, that’s $264k. That’s a drop in the ocean holistically but it’s money for old r...

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by QF93
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airlines using bizjet for training
Replies: 7
Views: 1261

Re: Airlines using bizjet for training

http://www.aussieairliners.org/hs-125/vh-ece/vhece.html
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Back in the 1960s and 70s Qantas had a HS-125 jet they used as a trainer:

http://www.aussieairliners.org/hs-125/vh-ece/vhece.html

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by QF93
Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Jewels and Durians: With Qantas to Singapore and Malaysia
Replies: 21
Views: 16018

Re: Jewels and Durians: With Qantas to Singapore and Malaysia

Thanks for a wonderful TR. Very well written and some great photos: especially of the delicious food in Malaysia! You’ve given me a craving for laksa and some (proper) satay.

I hope Alex is feeling better now after being unwell on the return flight.

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by QF93
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 235893

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread

Does the UK have anything similar to Chapter 11 (Reorganization)? Or do companies go straight to the equivalent of Chapter 7? Under administration, the creditors (or their representatives) can attempt to restructure to keep the business operating. If administration fails, a business is closed and a...

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by QF93
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do UA 777 pilots fly all 777 types in the fleet?
Replies: 17
Views: 7231

Re: Do UA 777 pilots fly all 777 types in the fleet?

Genot wrote:
Bad juju over the Pacific, not so bad over the lower 48..


Perhaps an Ignorant question from me - what is “bad juju”? ATC Term for turbulence?

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by QF93
Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 30th anniversary of Qantas LHR-SYD 747 record flight
Replies: 7
Views: 3313

Re: 30th anniversary of Qantas LHR-SYD 747 record flight

The ABC article seems to suggest the delivery flight was “top secret”. I was fairly young at the time so don’t remember much about it, but was it the case that Qantas kept the flight quiet beforehand? If the flight happened these days there would be a massive marketing campaign launched around the f...

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by QF93
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR and egates for Immigration at Terminal 5
Replies: 4
Views: 957

Re: LHR and egates for Immigration at Terminal 5

I agree with the above. The only caution I will flag is if you arrive through the gates at Terminal 5B or 5C, or a remote stand and have to be bused to T5A. In those cases the “commute” to the main terminal and then more frustratingly the wait at baggage collection can be quite long. In those situat...

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by QF93
Sat May 18, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did Qantas never order the 777?
Replies: 15
Views: 5408

Re: Qantas never ordered the 777

but in the 2000s when the 747-400ERs were still only a couple of years old and the A380 and 787 were coming in a couple of yesrs there was not really any scope for the 777 in their fleet (whether the ERs should have ever been ordered is a separate question, although they were attractive from a comm...

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by QF93
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Middle Name in flight booking
Replies: 12
Views: 2786

Re: Middle Name in flight booking

Thanks everyone for your helpful replies.

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by QF93
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Middle Name in flight booking
Replies: 12
Views: 2786

Middle Name in flight booking

Hi All - a question to those working in reservations and/or check-in. I was recently travelling in Asia with my partner. We booked both of our tickets with a First Name + Last Name, as we do every time we fly. On this particular occasion the check-in agent compared my fiancé’s passport against the r...

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by QF93
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Continental close to sealing deal on Avianca loan, partnership: WSJ
Replies: 14
Views: 3893

Re: United Continental close to sealing deal on Avianca loan, partnership: WSJ

according to Colombia's news outlets, the loan is around US $ 465 million dollars That's a big loan for a group with ~130 aircraft. It will be interesting to see what security UA gets: equity conversion rights, board seats, aircraft collateral... Curiously, the Reuters article suggests the loan is ...

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by QF93
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Point Anxiety: Qantas return SYD-MEL
Replies: 5
Views: 4806

Re: Point Anxiety: Qantas return SYD-MEL

Allrite- thanks for another very enjoyable trip report and the great photos.

I’m glad you are slowly getting to better manage the anxiety of flying, relative to some of your prior trip reports.

Looking forward to the report from your next flight!

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by QF93
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amedeo looks to set up airline to utilize A380s
Replies: 88
Views: 91095

Re: Amedeo looks to set up airline to utilize A380s

Planesmart - for my own curiosity, why is the junior debt denominated in GBP for an aircraft asset which is likely valued and generates cashflows (i.e. lease payments and final balloon payment) in USD?

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by QF93
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Problem with spam advert redirecting on mobile site
Replies: 163
Views: 23570

Re: Problem with spam advert redirecting on mobile site

Jeff - this is still happening. Your website is almost unusable now. I am ready to give up on this site unless you can resolve the problem. If you aren't getting a response from your advertising vendor then disable advertising on the mobile site until the problem is resolved. As others have noted on...

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