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by VRHNM
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Aer Lingus uniform
Replies: 30
Views: 5037

Re: New EI uniform

AirPacific747 wrote:
Not much sex appeal in those uniforms. Boring. Give me VS instead.


It is 2020.
Sex plays no part in the uniforms or appearance of flight attendants in any way.

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by VRHNM
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans
Replies: 136
Views: 26457

Re: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans

I'm not sure there is much room for KA after the HKE acquisition. I would suspect most regional flying to be in the low cost model, except some routes that command a premium on some routes: Jakarta, KL, Bangalore, Shanghai, Beijing. My guess is all narrowbody would change to HKE. If they did launch...

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by VRHNM
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines ask HKG to waive fees - "flights no longer financially viable"
Replies: 89
Views: 30946

Re: UA EWR/HKG reduces to 3x weekly 1/12

The J traffic from the financial sector in HKG is increasingly moving to Shanghai PVG. As for the CAN/SZX market that travelers use to take from the high speed train, CZ in its off-peak season only flies 4x weekly CAN-JFK (77W) and 3x weekly CAN-SFO (other 4x stops in WUH) (both 77W) and 5x weekly ...

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by VRHNM
Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 229
Views: 53314

Re: SAA Leasing A350

But a 77E or 773 for routes to JFK/HKG? :lol: For interest, Cathay sends a 777W (not sure of weight limitations) to JNB. It's 2-class with the old business (recliner). CPT gets the A359 in a 3-class layout. Just for clarification: CX sends their 3 class 777-300ER to JNB, which seats 340 or 368 pass...

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by VRHNM
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans
Replies: 136
Views: 26457

Re: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans

VRHNM wrote:
What is going to happen with the regional fleet replacement? Dragon has been sorted with the A321neos, but I haven't heard of any rumours surrounding an A333 replacement at all.

Some of the oldest A333s (including KA) are now 25+ years old.


Maybe a new A333 order would suffice :scratchchin:

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by VRHNM
Mon May 06, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SA closes Guangzhou reservations from January 2020
Replies: 32
Views: 6344

Re: South African Airways starts direct flights to Guangzhou.

Note that with the new 3 weekly CAN service, the daily SA286/287 to HKG will be reduced to 4 weekly.

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by VRHNM
Wed May 01, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans
Replies: 136
Views: 26457

Re: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans

What is going to happen with the regional fleet replacement? Dragon has been sorted with the A321neos, but I haven't heard of any rumours surrounding an A333 replacement at all.

Some of the oldest A333s (including KA) are now 25+ years old.

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by VRHNM
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are UA´s 777-300ER designated as 777-322ERs?
Replies: 71
Views: 13323

Re: Why are UA´s 777-300ER designated as 777-322ERs?

Last two digits on a Boeing model reveal the customer code, for the airline that originally placed the order for that aircraft. United's is 22, Continental's was 24. This doesn't apply to MAX, 787s, 777X, and 747-8, as those aircraft have all gone to the (ridiculous) -8/-9/-10/etc numbering system....

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by VRHNM
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to find tail number from old flight?
Replies: 80
Views: 8420

Re: How to find tail number from old flight?

No worries, so glad somebody is willing to help find these holes in the logbook :cloudnine: I got these still missing too, but I'm not too sure about the BA flight numbers (I think they may have been something else as I didn't record the flight number then but approximated from my photos and memory...

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by VRHNM
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to find tail number from old flight?
Replies: 80
Views: 8420

Re: How to find tail number from old flight?

No use for most unfortunately. But got the BA flight. LHR-HKG 31DEC2013 British Airways BA27 G-YMML / Boeing 777-200ER Thanks so much ! Can you find VS201 on 05Jul2014 as well? I forgot to include that on my earlier list .. Sorry for the delay. Here you are. 05/07/2014 VS201 Hong Kong London Heathr...

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by VRHNM
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 212
Views: 65508

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Does anyone have any information regarding the 32 strong order of A321neos from Cathay Dragon? Approximately which season will they be delivered in 2020? And will they feature the traditional galley/lavatory layout or use one of the many spaceflex concepts? Thanks!

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by VRHNM
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to find tail number from old flight?
Replies: 80
Views: 8420

Re: How to find tail number from old flight?

Can anybody help me find these? LHR-HKG 31DEC2013 British Airways BA27 No use for most unfortunately. But got the BA flight. LHR-HKG 31DEC2013 British Airways BA27 G-YMML / Boeing 777-200ER Thanks so much ! Can you find VS201 on 05Jul2014 as well? I forgot to include that on my earlier list ..

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by VRHNM
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: CX Group completed acquisition of HK Express (UO)
Replies: 132
Views: 1497

Re: Will Cathay Pacific acquire Hong Kong Airlines?

[twoid][/twoid]

Yossarian22 wrote:
CXGabriel wrote:
If Cathay is ever interested in having its own low cost carrier, it's a great opportunity to buy HK Express from HKA. Just saying...


Isn’t that essentially what Dragon was a few years ago?


Dragonair was never a LCC :cloudnine:

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by VRHNM
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to find tail number from old flight?
Replies: 80
Views: 8420

Re: How to find tail number from old flight?

Can anybody help me find these? HKG-BKK 20OCT2012 Cathay Pacific morning B747-400 service BKK-HKG 25OCT2012 Cathay Pacific evening B777-300 service SZX-PEK 22DEC2012 Shenzhen Airlines ZH9821 HKG-SFO 24JUL2013 Singapore Airlines SQ2 SFO-HKG 18AUG2013 Singapore Airlines SQ1 LHR-HKG 31DEC2013 British A...

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by VRHNM
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't Cathay Pacific order the 787?
Replies: 42
Views: 8618

Re: Why didn't Cathay Pacific order the 787?

CX has a slot-restricted home airport, which favors larger jets. The A350 provided them with replacement + upgauge for longer-range A330 as well as A340 operations, AND an ultimate replacement for their three-class 777 fleet. I can see CX being interested in the 787-10 for regional operations, but ...

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by VRHNM
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 634154

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

There is one A350-900 prototype sold MSN5. MSN1 and 3 are not expected to be sold. MSN 1 is still doing test flights. MSN3 is judged to expensive to rework. MSN2 and 4 are either just in storage or being converted to sales configuration. MSN59 is still doing test flights. MSN65 and 71 are in rework...

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by VRHNM
Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct
Replies: 154
Views: 26659

Re: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct

According to the leader of the BA HKG Based FA Association, the management sent from the UK to handle the termination denied they were the BA management to a Hong Kong legislative council member, only to be exposed later on when the union (protesting at the departure zone at HKG) confronted him (or ...

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by VRHNM
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread - 2018
Replies: 294
Views: 78500

Re: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread - 2018

B-HNB (CX) seems to have been removed from service (not sure temporary or permanent). It has been repositioned to XMN as of Sep 21 2018.

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by VRHNM
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with One Room Terminals that have Jet Service?
Replies: 63
Views: 5553

Re: Airports with One Room Terminals that have Jet Service?

Rishiri Airport (RIS) sees a seasonal NH B735 during the summer and a year round Saab 340B service by JL (HAC). The terminal's restricted area can be seen from the outside, only separated by a glass door. Dumaguete Airport (DGT) is also 1 room and sees multiple PR and 5J A320 series aircraft on a da...

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by VRHNM
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay flying 2 flights to KIX exclusive for mileage redemption
Replies: 6
Views: 2768

Re: Cathay flying 2 flights to KIX exclusive for mileage redemption

These two flights are going to be operated by 'long haul' two-class A330s (33E designation within CX). They are usually rostered on flights to South Asia and the Middle East.

JCL loading looks almost full while there is still plenty of space in YCL.

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by VRHNM
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa looking to expand in Asia Pacific
Replies: 50
Views: 12282

Re: Lufthansa looking to expand in Asia Pacific

Why “must”, if you’re comparing against European airlines then Finnair would have a few things to say about LH being the leading airline to Asia Guangzhou is the third largest financial center of all China -.- and both China and Germany have a pretty strong economy, Lufthansa flies from PVG and PEK...

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by VRHNM
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific Airways loss doubles on intense competition
Replies: 76
Views: 13136

Re: Cathay Pacific Airways loss doubles on intense competition

I flew Cathay Pacific MAN - HKG - CEB - HKG - MAN in mid January which I would have called low season. Service was great. All four flights were packed. HKG airport was thriving. On a world scale I am a lowish earner, yet I found the fares quite acceptable. I wouldn't consider using an LCC from UK t...

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by VRHNM
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific Airways loss doubles on intense competition
Replies: 76
Views: 13136

Re: Cathay Pacific Airways loss doubles on intense competition

Maybe CX should reconsider starting new ULH routes (like HKG-IAD with the A350-1000) and instead focus on their strategy with their current network. If I'm not mistaken, IAD is not the only L/H market coming on line in 2018? CPH, BRU and DUB are all coming online this year, as well as restarting BC...

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by VRHNM
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific Airways loss doubles on intense competition
Replies: 76
Views: 13136

Re: Cathay Pacific Airways loss doubles on intense competition

Maybe CX should reconsider starting new ULH routes (like HKG-IAD with the A350-1000) and instead focus on their strategy with their current network. If I'm not mistaken, IAD is not the only L/H market coming on line in 2018? CPH, BRU and DUB are all coming online this year, as well as restarting BC...

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by VRHNM
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any chance of a A380 stretch?
Replies: 14
Views: 1842

Re: Any chance of a A380 stretch?

I think the rumours surrounding the A389 and CX revolve around the fact that the A388 does not have enough cargo capacity that fulfils CX's needs. A stretch seems to increase the belly cargo capacity but ignores the fact that CX is very insistent on providing frequencies over sending 1 VLA.

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by VRHNM
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX to launch seasonal CPT non-stop from November
Replies: 17
Views: 3695

Re: CX to launch CPT non-stop from November

South Africa remains a more exotic tourist destination for East Asian compare to NZ. South Africa is not as exotic for tourists in East Asia as you think! During the lunar new year period, each (Hong Kong based) travel agency had at least 1 tour group departing every day for 5-6 days in similar pat...

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by VRHNM
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greater China Thread - 2018
Replies: 69
Views: 5456

Re: Greater China Thread - 2018

Apart from when Viva Macau existed, I can't really think of another instance where Hongkongers travelled to Macau to fly. There has been some cases where avgeeks cross the delta to catch particular aircraft (Such as FE's short-lived MFM-KHH flight operated by the MD82). SZX catches some HKG pax due ...

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by VRHNM
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Any Whatsapp group for aviation fans?
Replies: 31
Views: 8845

Re: Any Whatsapp group for aviation fans?

I'd be happy to join!

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by VRHNM
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is there an Aircraft you have flown with all Operators?
Replies: 26
Views: 1715

Re: Is there an Aircraft you have flown with all Operators?

Considering that I normally fly on A333s, I think this will never be achievable for me..

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by VRHNM
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How long until we see flat seat in premium Econ?
Replies: 27
Views: 2967

Re: How long until we see flat seat in premium Econ?

I do not know what country you live in, but most US carriers either have Business OR First Class. Very rare to have First, Business, and Economy on a US Airline, though I think there may be one carrier that has both on select aircraft only. Although not a US Airline, KLM still has three classes on ...

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by VRHNM
Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HK Express cancel 18 flights during next week peak travel session
Replies: 4
Views: 1442

Re: HK Express cancel 18 flights during next week peak travel session

Cathay Pacific (Shockingly) responded with the following post on their Facebook: "As Hong Kong's home carriers, we understand how important holidays are to the Hong Kong public. We stand ready to help those who are affected by flight cancellations by HK Express between 01-08OCT. While our fligh...

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by VRHNM
Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: future of the 777 Classic fleet looking rather bleak
Replies: 35
Views: 8508

Re: future of the 777 Classic fleet looking rather bleak

Certain older 77W will replace 773 flying regional flights. I heard CX needs to return B-HNL to Boeing upon retirement, highly possible heading to museum. The first 5 leased 77Ws are not going to be renewed. I suppose some other 77Ws coming off long haul rotations from the A359 would act as the 're...

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by VRHNM
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: future of the 777 Classic fleet looking rather bleak
Replies: 35
Views: 8508

Re: future of the 777 Classic fleet looking rather bleak

CX probably needs some sort of a replacement for their B777-300A models. There are rumours of them taking some ex-EK 777-300As though Im not sure if thats confirmed yet.. Not many RR 773As left though.. Can't see a proper replacement for these aircraft either. Their oldest 773A is around 20 years ol...

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by VRHNM
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to acquire 32 A321neo aircraft
Replies: 47
Views: 13174

Re: Cathay Pacific to acquire 32 A321neo aircraft

I assume a decent portion of this order is for expansion. The Cathay Dragon narrowbody fleet ranges in age from 5 to 20 years old. Not all the planes need imminent replacement and the A321 is a step up in capacity from the A320. I find it interesting to see expansion since I was under the impressio...

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by VRHNM
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why 'One World' titles only on a few BA 747-400s
Replies: 16
Views: 5057

Re: Why 'One World' titles only on a few BA 747-400s

maybe KA should join the party, the last A330 out of Dragonair colours would make sense given they've increased the size of the KA fleet, and they've taken over some of CX's regional flying. KA is an affiliate member of OW, I don't think other OW affiliates have OW liveries painted. CX will have a ...

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by VRHNM
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong Airlines A350 emerges from paint
Replies: 21
Views: 7361

Re: Hong Kong Airlines A350 emerges from paint

Gross, its absolutely disgusting that a carrier flying under name of Hong Kong can use such a stomach-churning mess of yellow and red.

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by VRHNM
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where will Hainan fly to in Europe next?
Replies: 31
Views: 3694

Re: Where will Hainan fly to in Europe next?

HNA recently got cut off by a few American banks as well as pinned as a target for investigation in both the US and in the EU. China's recent clamp-down on massive outbound investment of mainland firms could potentially affect HNA's financial health and growth of airlines under HNA (i.e. HU, HX etc)...

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by VRHNM
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747-8i Lufthansa/Korean next destination?
Replies: 13
Views: 3583

Re: 747-8i Lufthansa/Korean next destination?

I heard that there will be a switch up at HKG. Currently FRA-HKG is operated by an A388 as LH797/6, MUC-HKG is operated by an A346 as LH731/0 The winter season this year will see 797/6 switch into a B748, while 731/0 stays as an A346 Then the MUC service will swap to an A388 while the FRA service sw...

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by VRHNM
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR-BOS VS or BA
Replies: 11
Views: 666

Re: LHR-BOS VS or BA

DAL763ER wrote:
I'd probably advise anyone to never consider flying a 787 in Y.


Unless its JL ;)

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by VRHNM
Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Demo Colors - What's Next?
Replies: 38
Views: 6215

Re: Boeing Demo Colors - What's Next?

Would gold or yellow be nice? From an artistic POV these two colours would usually work better as accents and not as the main colour. Yellow is even harder since bright yellow would be incredibly eye-burning (see Spirit's A320), but darker yellow would look rather drab and lacks the "depth&quo...

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by VRHNM
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines unveils Negaraku livery
Replies: 39
Views: 14616

Re: Malaysia Airlines unveils Negaraku livery

KarelXWB wrote:
The A350 will feature the same livery.


All of the A350 will feature this livery?

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by VRHNM
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you say "SAS" or "S-A-S" and "ANA" or "A-N-A"?
Replies: 42
Views: 3527

Re: Do you say "SAS" or "S-A-S" and "ANA" or "A-N-A"?

Most of my Japanese friends refer to ANA as "Zen-ni-ku" when speaking in Japanese to other Japanese speakers. I've never heard them say "ANA" though they do usually say "A-N-A" when speaking to non-Japanese speakers. Strange, because all the announcements in Japanese a...

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by VRHNM
Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan Airlines launches beautiful new uniform
Replies: 30
Views: 5293

Re: Hainan Airlines launches beautiful new uniform

Will this uniform be rolled out to the broader HNA group? Hong Kong Airlines, Tianjin, Beijing capital, Hong Kong express, etc? A small effort to unify brands, the liverys are all similar. Im not sure for Tianjin/Capital and the other HNA domestic Chinese airlines, but Hong Kong Airlines (HX) and H...

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by VRHNM
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan Airlines launches beautiful new uniform
Replies: 30
Views: 5293

Re: Hainan Airlines launches beautiful new uniform

The "qipao" is overly flowery to the eye and looks rather busy. Unless the material is quite stretchy it will be difficult to work in that outfit as they are traditionally very restricting. Overcoats look like a witch costume for halloween, not quite sure whats happening with that (the mar...

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by VRHNM
Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai looking to buy around 30 aircraft to modernise fleet
Replies: 80
Views: 17470

Re: Thai looking to buy around 30 aircraft to modernise fleet

How good of a condition are the 777-300As in? I can't comment on the frame itself, but inside they are not bad. They have 6 773s and they are early built. For frames from 98, 99 they are in good shape inside. The only wb plane that I've been on with pretty terrible interior, were flights in 747-400...

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by VRHNM
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai looking to buy around 30 aircraft to modernise fleet
Replies: 80
Views: 17470

Re: Thai looking to buy around 30 aircraft to modernise fleet

How good of a condition are the 777-300As in?

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by VRHNM
Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIN-CDG downgauged from A380 to B77W, Freq up from 7x to 10x weekly
Replies: 25
Views: 5769

Re: SIN-CDG downgauged from A380 to B77W, Freq up from 7x to 10x weekly

eamondzhang wrote:
VRHNM wrote:
HKG also went from a mix of A388 and B77W to B77W recently, but no additional increases in frequency

SQ860/3 is still operated by A388 daily.


I messed up big time and thought the topic was about AF's service.
I was referring to AF's CDG-HKG route: AF188 and AF185... Oops!

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by VRHNM
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340 Freighter conversion?
Replies: 15
Views: 7019

Re: A340 Freighter conversion?

I thought longer aircraft tend not to be freighters due to loading complications? Hasn't stopped the 747. It's not length per se, but that for a stretched aircraft you usually tend to run up against weight limitations before you reach volume limitations, so there is no real benefit to the extra len...

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by VRHNM
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340 Freighter conversion?
Replies: 15
Views: 7019

Re: A340 Freighter conversion?

No real market for the type. Both Airbus and third parties like Bedek and LCF Conversions have floated A340 Passenger to Freighter conversions over the past decade, but none of them ever caught enough interest to go past the concept stage. I'm guessing the relatively small number of A340s manufactu...

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by VRHNM
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Entry level photography equipment
Replies: 8
Views: 1191

Entry level photography equipment

Hello all, apologies for yet another beginner thread. Ive been using a Nikon Coolpix AW130 for all my plane spotting in the past two years, but the capabilities are really not up to my standards and I'm thinking of getting an entry-level DSLR. Would there be specific models that work better for plan...

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