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by Arion640
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways network updates
Replies: 221
Views: 46989

Re: British Airways route updates

BA1\2 has been on borrowed time anyway and it was always going away when the Elizabeth line (crossrail) entered full service ; like many things COVIS19 has brought the days of reckoning to the fore a little earlier. The JFK slot may need to be preserved somehow through. Many talk of slot sitting at...

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by Arion640
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA axes LCY-JFK A318 premium service
Replies: 84
Views: 17027

Re: BA axes LCY-JFK A318 premium service

Not a great loss , any purpose that it served can easily be achieved LCY-DUB-JFK/EWR/BOS/SFO/LAX - LHR at multiple times of the day and i'm sure seasoned business travellers worked that out years ago What "seasoned travelers" worked out years ago was that you can actually go nonstop LHR-t...

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by Arion640
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways network updates
Replies: 221
Views: 46989

Re: British Airways route updates

BA have announced that they will remove the A318 from the fleet which I assume means the end of LCY-JFK. It will for a while. Given the situation, there will be changes to scope that ordinarily would have been defended with vigour. However, it'll mean Citiflyer ordering A220s for LCY ops with poten...

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by Arion640
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 495
Views: 33083

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

Will be another 4 years of entertainment in trump wins

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by Arion640
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best USA Climate
Replies: 48
Views: 1818

Re: Best USA Climate

I live in the UK and particularly have liked Washington State and coastal southern california climates on my visits.

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by Arion640
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Smell of Airline Cabins
Replies: 82
Views: 11982

Re: The Smell of Airline Cabins

BA’s 747’s always had a certain smell I never noticed on other aircraft types. Not a bad smell, but noticeable.

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by Arion640
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash
Replies: 40
Views: 6684

Re: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash

The beginning of the end for Concorde. An end that was probably coming no later than 2007/2008, but still! With or without the crash, i think 9/11 would have ended the career of the Concorde anyway. Her career was ended as Air France wanted it to end. If you do enough digging, BA were willing to pe...

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by Arion640
Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash
Replies: 40
Views: 6684

Re: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash

The beginning of the end for Concorde. An end that was probably coming no later than 2007/2008, but still!

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by Arion640
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS
Replies: 249
Views: 63218

Re: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS

July 25, 2020: Malaysian operates to Europe again. MH is operating an A330-200 passenger service to continental Europe today: - MH8298 KUL-DWC-AMS Airbus A330-223 9M-MTZ This is in addition to the 2x weekly A330-200F freighter service on this same route. https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/...

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by Arion640
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 495
Views: 33083

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

We love free healthcare in Europe. You should try it in the states, would thoroughly recommend! They love it in Japan, Korea, NZ, Australia and Canada too. But here in the US socialized medicine is reserved only for troops returning from fighting socialism overseas and our elderly who don't underst...

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by Arion640
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 284
Views: 75559

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet

So sad it ended this way, a distinguished fleet with a great airline. This fleet deserved better, too bad BA didn't reconfigure some by ripping out Club World seats and adding Y seats. IF BA had the will they would have found a way. I think the problem was they’d just nearly finished refitting the ...

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by Arion640
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 18201

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

I see the Dutch PM is becoming the modern day David Cameron. Likes the idea of the EU in its current form, but keeps Merkel and Macrons power trip from getting out of control. Good on him.

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by Arion640
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How does Aeroflot have the B77W and A330 with sanctions?
Replies: 23
Views: 7889

Re: How does Aeroflot have the B77W and A330 with sanctions?

I have no knowledge of the sanctions but my best guess would be aircraft are not covered by them.

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by Arion640
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 284
Views: 75559

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet

So sad it ended this way, a distinguished fleet with a great airline. This fleet deserved better, too bad BA didn't reconfigure some by ripping out Club World seats and adding Y seats. IF BA had the will they would have found a way. I think the problem was they’d just nearly finished refitting the ...

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by Arion640
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 284
Views: 75559

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet

According to Forbes, the withdrawal of BAs entire 744 fleet is driven by the amount of premium seating. Some of their 744s had 100 premium seats with F and CW. They do not predict the heavy business traffic to rebound quickly. In fact, we could see their 772s also withdrawn faster than planned too....

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by Arion640
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 495
Views: 33083

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

Still cherry-picking and making things up. If you read the immigration link twice-posted, there are investments in USCIS resources, improvements to border stations, increased surveillance and deployment of technology, improved interagency coordination, and a massive increase in immigration judges t...

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by Arion640
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 284
Views: 75559

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet

Sadly the 777-200ER is now moving to the most “classic” airliner in the skies.

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by Arion640
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 284
Views: 75559

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet

The 747s were long paid for and amortized. They were scheduled for retirement over the next few years. To scrap the A380s would be a massive write down. A month ago, I might have argued the point with him. But travel will not be back to pre Covid levels. When it does re-peak, I would have to agree ...

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by Arion640
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 284
Views: 75559

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet

Luckily last year I had a business trip and intentionally scheduled my flight late out of Denver so I could see the British Airways 747 land and arrive at the gate. Going to miss seeing it fly over when the weather was bad and it had to come in from the northwest. I assume if/when BA resumes to Den...

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by Arion640
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Qatar blockade, ICJ and ICAO
Replies: 25
Views: 6687

Re: The Qatar blockade, ICJ and ICAO

CALMSP wrote:
AngelsDecay wrote:
Alex who..!!??? (Is that a kid?)


a "journalist" who has inside connections with the Royal Family and inner circles of QR.


Source? I know he’s pally with QR, but the royal family?

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by Arion640
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 335
Views: 71815

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

British Airways 744 G-BYGC in BOAC retro livery has positioned LHR-CWL today https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ea9XTK6WoAAkQ5h?format=jpg&name=large https://twitter.com/CardiffOTT/status/1274333391341707265?s=20 Glad I saw her on the way into Cardiff on Saturday, but even more glad I got to fly her l...

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by Arion640
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

Besides what ElPistolero said. The UK wants something: a new trade agreement. The EU has shifted her ground, a hard Brexit is contained, there are more important things. It all boils down to that the Brexiteers seem to think they are equal or have the upper hand. Can't blame them, it is what has be...

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by Arion640
Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

https://youtu.be/lSseSjouB2A


Jérome Riviere is a RN member. He is as anti EU than you. Do you think we should also ask Farage for advice ?


Democratically elected so obviously part of the French population agree with him.
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Olddog wrote:
Arion640 wrote:
Well summed up by this French MEP
https://youtu.be/lSseSjouB2A


Jérome Riviere is a RN member. He is as anti EU than you. Do you think we should also ask Farage for advice ?


Democratically elected so obviously part of the French population agree with him.

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by Arion640
Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

https://youtu.be/lSseSjouB2A
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Well summed up by this French MEP
https://youtu.be/lSseSjouB2A

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by Arion640
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

Well I was just told how people were leaving Britain and don’t want to come back, so I was just responding to that point logically. The two claims are not mutually exclusive. It is true that “foreigners” (mostly EU folk) are leaving towns and villages across England and are never going to return to...

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by Arion640
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

If you're fine with stripping millions of people of a certain right because of a 51-49 vote there's really not much to talk about. And by that reasoning you would be fine with any future vote on anything that the minority who voted get to decide the outcome :banghead: that’s real democratic you wou...

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by Arion640
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

Shame. That’s why we continue to bust our net migration target year after year then? I work in Financial Services and we regularly take on overseas applicants and we have a very diverse workforce. We have people coming and going all the time and there’s no sign of that slowing down. Was speaking to...

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by Arion640
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

Letting the public decide is okay even for important decision,s the mistake is to demand just a single majority. Such decisions should only be made when the definite majority of the votes support it. In many countries this is a 2/3 majority. And Brexit is clearly a decision that meant people would ...

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by Arion640
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

They will still come with our new immigration system. And we can get the people we need and want. It just may be a little harder but they will still come. We'll see, right now many are leaving and have left due to the unfriendly climate in the UK. Shame. That’s why we continue to bust our net migra...

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by Arion640
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

One interesting statistic that is often misquoted by Brexiteers is that 3 million Europeans are in the UK vs 1.2 million British in the EU (some other sources put it at over 2 million but let's go with the lesser figure). What this means is that, proportionally, British citizens exercise their free...

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by Arion640
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

I guarantee you the majority of the british population don’t take advantage of freedom of movement. So the majority wins. Who picks your fruits? Not the British. Anyone who buys fruits from British farmland (which is probably picked by cheap Eastern Europeans) has benefited from the freedom of move...

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by Arion640
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID Masks: What kind do you have? - Or: why not wear one?
Replies: 47
Views: 2037

Re: COVID Masks: What kind do you have? - Or: why not wear one?

stl07 wrote:
Arion640 wrote:
Nope, don’t bother. 1 case a day being reported in my local area of 60 thousand people. Some days it’s zero.

Must be nice, we have outbreaks all the time and hundreds of people a day that get it here


I would wear one if i lived in an area with high numbers of infections.

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by Arion640
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

I guarantee you the majority of the british population don’t take advantage of freedom of movement. So the majority wins. Lol - you ‘avin a laff? The majority of the British population don’t take advantage of the freedom to pray in a temple either. Stripping the minority that do take advantage of t...

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by Arion640
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

Letting the public decide is okay even for important decision,s the mistake is to demand just a single majority. Such decisions should only be made when the definite majority of the votes support it. In many countries this is a 2/3 majority. And Brexit is clearly a decision that meant people would ...

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by Arion640
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

Letting the public decide is okay even for important decision,s the mistake is to demand just a single majority. Such decisions should only be made when the definite majority of the votes support it. In many countries this is a 2/3 majority. And Brexit is clearly a decision that meant people would ...

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by Arion640
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

seahawk wrote:
People need to believe in Britain.


Not sure if you’re sarcastic or not, but yes people do.

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by Arion640
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID Masks: What kind do you have? - Or: why not wear one?
Replies: 47
Views: 2037

Re: COVID Masks: What kind do you have? - Or: why not wear one?

Nope, don’t bother. 1 case a day being reported in my local area of 60 thousand people. Some days it’s zero.

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by Arion640
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15 crash in sea off North Yorkshire coast
Replies: 10
Views: 2103

Re: USAF F-15 crash in sea off North Yorkshire coast

Sad. RIP

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by Arion640
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion
Replies: 342
Views: 56338

Re: Air Europa might stay independent.

Given what is going on at British Airways how can IAG justify paying a Billion Euros for Air Europa. It's one thing to buyout jobs of people a few years from retirement, BA is cutting the top FA job pay in half. Willie Walsh doesn't still have to prove he is "tough as nails", we learned t...

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by Arion640
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 15 years ago: CO expands to "secondary" EU cities with 757s
Replies: 84
Views: 9981

Re: 15 years ago: CO expands to "secondary" EU cities with 757s

I am not familiar with other airports, but the BRS service did not suffer from a lack of demand or the short runway length, which is sometimes also cited. There were two main issues; yield in the premium cabin was average at best (Y yields were apparently very good, potentially at the expense of C)...

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by Arion640
Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 15 years ago: CO expands to "secondary" EU cities with 757s
Replies: 84
Views: 9981

Re: 15 years ago: CO expands to "secondary" EU cities with 757s

I am not familiar with other airports, but the BRS service did not suffer from a lack of demand or the short runway length, which is sometimes also cited. There were two main issues; yield in the premium cabin was average at best (Y yields were apparently very good, potentially at the expense of C)...

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by Arion640
Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 15 years ago: CO expands to "secondary" EU cities with 757s
Replies: 84
Views: 9981

Re: 15 years ago: CO expands to "secondary" EU cities with 757s

Bristol got dropped as I believe Continental/United got access to LHR.

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by Arion640
Thu May 28, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways network updates
Replies: 221
Views: 46989

Re: British Airways route updates

Demand last year was strong on HEL-LHR early in the morning (Finnair were able to fill an A350 !) and LHR-HEL - there are a lot of suits on these flights Were finnair able to fill an A350 or were they just using it for the cargo? Onward connecting traffic as well as cargo. Was also popular with tou...

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by Arion640
Thu May 28, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways network updates
Replies: 221
Views: 46989

Re: British Airways route updates

davidjohnson6 wrote:
Demand last year was strong on HEL-LHR early in the morning (Finnair were able to fill an A350 !) and LHR-HEL - there are a lot of suits on these flights


Were finnair able to fill an A350 or were they just using it for the cargo?

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by Arion640
Wed May 27, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles
Replies: 27
Views: 7011

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

PlymSpotter wrote:
Wow, I flew this route on a Dash 8 and BN Islander. I'd love to fly it on an A340-600!


That was a while ago then as Air South west have been gone however many years!

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by Arion640
Tue May 26, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways network updates
Replies: 221
Views: 46989

Re: BA cancels LHR-CHS for rest of 2020

BA to commence Portland on September 2nd according to airline route.

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by Arion640
Sun May 24, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago River Flooding Causes Willis Tower (United Airlines HQ) to lose power.
Replies: 45
Views: 7997

Re: Chicago River Flooding Causes Willis Tower (United Airlines HQ) to lose power.

this is but another reason to NOT let go of the Elk Grove facility. It all comes down to how much you're willing to spend in duplicate costs for 'safety'. Is any sane person arguing we should go back to 3-person crews to fly widebodies in case two pilots get sick? Depends how much UA would lose in ...

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by Arion640
Sun May 24, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline industry without 9/11
Replies: 11
Views: 1590

Re: Airline industry without 9/11

Where do you live? New Zealand? Was great meeting family off the gate (domestic only) when i lived there. No, Australia. Always meet family at the gate, and the airport (SYD) was always a fun outing with the kids when they were younger (T2 or T3 domestic). Need to pass through security, but no tick...

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