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by Shrewfly
Thu May 07, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TTN Runway limitations
Replies: 17
Views: 1874

Re: TTN Runway limitations

I dont know the airports in question, but another limiting factor can be the terrain around the area.

You can have a nice long runway, but put in the need for a relatively steep climbout and you will get restrictions in place, compared with a shorter runway with plenty of room

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by Shrewfly
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Utopia Livery CLASSIC VIDEOS 1998-2001
Replies: 30
Views: 5046

Re: British Airways Utopia Livery CLASSIC VIDEOS 1998-2001

https://youtu.be/1VDgl835Mxk

A look into a Britannia 757 charter in the 90s....

Terribly dated but quite amusing/interesting all the same.
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Slightly off topic, but after watching the link I found this....

https://youtu.be/1VDgl835Mxk

A look into a Britannia 757 charter in the 90s....

Terribly dated but quite amusing/interesting all the same.

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by Shrewfly
Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: HS Trident Cabin
Replies: 15
Views: 3356

Re: HS Trident Cabin

The rearward facing seats were an 'accident', because there wasn't room for an extra row of forward facing seats. As if that would stop a modern operator today. Apologies off topic, but would be interesting to test the economic impact of applying modern seating, toilet and galley configurations to ...

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by Shrewfly
Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: HS Trident Cabin
Replies: 15
Views: 3356

Re: HS Trident Cabin

Can someone in admin move this to the Technical forum please! Posted in here by mistake!

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by Shrewfly
Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: HS Trident Cabin
Replies: 15
Views: 3356

HS Trident Cabin

I've been talking to a retired aircraft engineer who worked on Trident aircraft back in the day. He seemed to recall that some airlines operated them at 7-abreast seating configuration. I've done a quick search, and indeed there are seat plans with half of the plane at 4-3 and half at 3-3 Presumably...

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by Shrewfly
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc
Replies: 72
Views: 8001

Re: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc

Perhaps the quirkiest and shortest lived "Western" operation of a former soviet block type was Brighton City Airways who operated a Czec Van Air Let410 between Shoreham and Paris Cormeilles between March and May 2013. Remember seeing quite a few Guatemalan registered Lets when I was backp...

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by Shrewfly
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did Braniff have the first creative livery?
Replies: 24
Views: 2715

Re: Did Braniff have the first creative livery?

When I was a kid, my grandparents brought me back a model of Braniffs orange 747 I played with it for years, but living in the UK I had never heard of the company, and its livery was so different from the BA, Air Canada Swissair, Sabena and AA liveries of my other models I thought it was a made up c...

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by Shrewfly
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 783
Views: 115976

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

How sad for those 2,000 workers at flybe. I wonder if Eastern or Loganair might be able to pick up a few routes and save some of the jobs being lost. Eastern just announced a whole host of routes (for Flybe) from MME/Teesside/Durham Tees Valley. I imagine they are gone, even if Eastern survive on a...

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by Shrewfly
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst airport in Europe???
Replies: 65
Views: 4743

Re: Best and worst airport in Europe???

Doncaster/Sheffield is decent, but its helped by its size. In my experience, security is quick and friendly, theres a reasonable premium lounge, and if you get a decent seat on the inbound flight, you can clear immigration, have your bags, and be in the carpark in less than 20 minutes sometimes. Mig...

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by Shrewfly
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Numbers with letters
Replies: 17
Views: 2895

Re: Flight Numbers with letters

Years ago, Britannia used to use BY123A for a UK outbound charter, and BY123B for the return. Wondered at the time what the reasoning was, every other airline seemed to use only numeric callsigns with an an even number outbound and an odd on the return That would appear on boarding passes and airpor...

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by Shrewfly
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Reveals Hybrid-Electric 'Bird Of Prey' Airliner Concept
Replies: 98
Views: 14361

Re: Airbus Reveals Hybrid-Electric 'Bird Of Prey' Airliner Concept

Interesting that they chose the Union flag as the tail design, given that they have previously been quite vocal over the relationship between the UK and EU.

Or maybe the artist was a Brit!

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by Shrewfly
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How do Airlines make money on airfares less than $100?
Replies: 73
Views: 15242

Re: How does United make money on airfares less than $100?

Often cheap fares are there to fill seats that otherwise would be empty. A commuter flight between two cities at a premium time might be full, but the aircraft needs to make a return trip, so sell seats off cheap on the return leg means you at least get some return. A cheap seat on a flight at an u...

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by Shrewfly
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manston Airport to Reopen?
Replies: 27
Views: 4862

Re: Manston Airport to Reopen?

Who are these operators going to be, short haul you’ve LCC all the main players have existing well established operations at existing London airports that anyone who is outside of the Kent peninsula serve anyone who might be a target pax north of the Thames target pax have LTN, STN and SEN with mul...

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by Shrewfly
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manston Airport to Reopen?
Replies: 27
Views: 4862

Re: Manston Airport to Reopen?

Does anyone know what sort of condition the infrastructure at Manston is in? After 5 years without use I'd imagine a lot of overgrown roads, carpark, taxiways and runway, theres probably not a lot in the terminal, and I'd imagine the Tower would be out of service as well. That's before you even thin...

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by Shrewfly
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manston Airport to Reopen?
Replies: 27
Views: 4862

Re: Manston Airport to Reopen?

Whilst STN has plenty of freight capacity I can't see this going anywhere. Manston is limited by it's location, yes it's not far from London as the crow flies. But for most Londoners, especially north of the Thames, then several other airports are much more convenient. It also lacks a direct rail s...

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by Shrewfly
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manston Airport to Reopen?
Replies: 27
Views: 4862

Re: Manston Airport to Reopen?

BBC article states that the new owners calculate 680000pax in 5 years. Maybe if they get a LCC in then maybe, but is there really the local population to support an LCC? Its at the end of Kent, and the further west you go from Manston, the closer you get to Stansted and Gatwick. For passsengers its ...

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by Shrewfly
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manston Airport to Reopen?
Replies: 27
Views: 4862

Manston Airport to Reopen?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-48856921 Former RAF base in Southeast England, sold to developers who are wanting cargo and short haul flights Cant see it myself. The place was pretty much mothballed. Its had some work done on it to process HGVs, but the taxiways and runways probably aren...

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by Shrewfly
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 71769

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

I my view Boeing and airliners which fly 737 Max have a real problem. Yesterday my wife said "I don't want to fly BA" in autumn (although BA its her favourite airline). I asked: "Why?" She said: "British Airways bought 737 Max". I said: "British Airways won't fly ...

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by Shrewfly
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 71769

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

Ok, I'm thinking outside the box here, and I know nothing about the economics of airlines buying aircraft. So I expect to be shot down... but We are presuming these aircraft are replacements for the IAG airlines, and I expect some of them will be, but is there any reason IAG couldnt start up a new l...

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by Shrewfly
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Funniest in-flight announcements?
Replies: 44
Views: 4112

Re: Funniest in-flight announcements?

On landing in ATL on a flight from MAN with Delta in the 2000s We pulled on to the stand and the seat belt signs went off, as always theres that mad crush for the exits, followed by something like this "Although my colleague has mastered the flying bit of your journey, apparently he's not great...

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by Shrewfly
Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Welcome to 'Cattle Class'
Replies: 114
Views: 21516

Re: Welcome to 'Cattle Class'

Not sure why people continue to pitch these ideas for airlines, because they aren't suitable for many reasons already discussed. If anything, he should be pitching these "seats" to subways, city buses and trams where journeys may be about 10 or 15 minutes and these seats might be preferabl...

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by Shrewfly
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pushback by men, pushback manually
Replies: 30
Views: 5963

Re: Pushback by men, pushback manually

Ive seen it done on an early model Dash 8. The aircraft was parked correctly on the stand, but scaffolding work being done on the terminal meant that the tug couldnt get in to connect to the towbar. Before it was loaded, the ramp crew pushed it back about 10ft so the tug could connect. It was quite ...

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by Shrewfly
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger gets plane to himself
Replies: 77
Views: 14976

Re: Passenger gets plane to himself

Happens quite a lot on small aircraft on short routes. I've flown with Eastern Airways on the Saab 2000, and been the only passenger at least twice. They used to have a flight to Aberdeen from Southampton via Newcastle. Flybe had a flight that left Southampton for Newcastle about the same time, that...

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by Shrewfly
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?
Replies: 188
Views: 25751

Re: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?

In the UK some airports have International Gates and Domestic Gates. An inbound domestic aircraft might pull on to a stand next to an International Gate, from which it will operate an international flight next. So the domestic passengers getting off will be sent by bus to the domestic baggage hall. ...

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by Shrewfly
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How do Airlines make money on airfares less than $100?
Replies: 73
Views: 15242

Re: How does United make money on airfares less than $100?

Often cheap fares are there to fill seats that otherwise would be empty. A commuter flight between two cities at a premium time might be full, but the aircraft needs to make a return trip, so sell seats off cheap on the return leg means you at least get some return. A cheap seat on a flight at an un...

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by Shrewfly
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA plane flies to Scotland by mistake, should have been Germany
Replies: 117
Views: 25345

Re: BA plane flies to Scotland by mistake, should have been Germany

From what I can make of it... Pilots thought they were going to Edinburgh. Now we don't know they didn't query this with BA/WDL. If they did, their office may have checked flight plans and confirmed (incorrectly that it was EDI). Passengers thought they were going to DUS. Obviously. Ground crew expe...

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by Shrewfly
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non airline businesses owned by airlines
Replies: 54
Views: 5196

Re: Non airline businesses owned by airlines

Royal Brunei owns a Golf Course in Brunei. I was on an RBA flight once, and I got talking to the passenger next to me, and he invited me to join him there if I fancied a few holes during my layover. Not wanting to embarrass myself on the golfcourse (and knowing the clubhouse wouldnt serve a decent b...

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by Shrewfly
Fri May 25, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ground collison at STN (minor damage)
Replies: 8
Views: 2247

Re: Ground collison at STN (minor damage)

I get that, I understand that the referendum is a huge deal, and rightfully so. But its a tenuous link between that and a ground incident at STN.

Would all these agencies report on this had it been a flight to Edinburgh or Paris?

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by Shrewfly
Fri May 25, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What price comfort?
Replies: 37
Views: 2889

Re: What price comfort?

I mean, other than meals on most routes, Y+ on many carriers these days is basically what economy was 30 years ago. So that's most of the answer. (And I always pay that premium if the option is actually available. I will take a different flight if I have to.) To fully restore hot meals, I'm not sur...

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by Shrewfly
Fri May 25, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ground collison at STN (minor damage)
Replies: 8
Views: 2247

Re: Ground collison at STN (minor damage)

Minor incident between two aircraft occurs. Minimal damage, some disruption. BBC reports with headline "Stansted Airport collision delays Irish 'Home to Vote' passengers" What about the passengers delayed by those who were just returning home? What about the passengers delayed who were vis...

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by Shrewfly
Thu May 24, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What price comfort?
Replies: 37
Views: 2889

Re: What price comfort?

What does surprise me though is the expectation that people have from short haul flying. I took a bus today and was crammed in a non-reclining seat, with no toilets or refreshments, limited legroom and no tray table for a journey of an hour and 10 minutes. It didnt bother me, because thats the norm...

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by Shrewfly
Thu May 24, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What price comfort?
Replies: 37
Views: 2889

Re: What price comfort?

If there was a market for it, I think we'd have seen a "Premium" carrier enter the market. By this, I mean an airline that offered full service, with slightly extra legroom and less seats through the cabin. But that hasnt happened. What has happened is that the legacy carriers have lowered...

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by Shrewfly
Tue May 22, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta opens pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers in Boston
Replies: 43
Views: 9983

Re: Delta opens pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers in Boston

This is a nice little marketing stunt. Also...since when is it only the US that drinks lots of coke? It's one of the most universal brands on the planet, if not THE most. Im pretty sure that in every country that Coca Cola is sold, it is easily the best selling soft drink. There is one exception. S...

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by Shrewfly
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities - Is this Airbus' way of making the A330 sell better?
Replies: 49
Views: 10329

Re: Is this Airbus' way of making the A330 sell better?

I wonder if this might be more suited to specialist or niche operators such as the Military? Lower deck bunks for injured soldiers maybe? Or even a field hospital with basic equipment that could be flown in to active theatres or relief areas? I have no idea if that is even feasible, the cost would p...

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by Shrewfly
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: HiFly adding second hand A380s
Replies: 113
Views: 31708

Re: Confirmed: HiFly adding second hand A380s

I do know that TUI uses Montego Bay and Barbados as home ports for their cruise ships in the Caribbean but I'm not sure how it works precisely. About the airports being able to handle the A380, I think at the moment they can't but I can imagine if an airline commits to flying the A380 to any airpor...

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by Shrewfly
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most unique long-haul movement(s) at your local airport
Replies: 79
Views: 8890

Re: Most unique long-haul movement(s) at your local airport

Here at NCL, its pretty much limited to the daily EK 777 to Dubai, or an occasional Florida/Cancun/Carribean charter. But its not that long since it used to have an Air Transat to Toronto every week. The A310 was always interesting to catch as it passed over. I've seen Kuwait Airways in a few times ...

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by Shrewfly
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCC ACMI situations
Replies: 2
Views: 537

Re: LCC ACMI situations

I flew a Titan Airways 757 instead of an EZY from Gatwick a few years ago. We boarded via stairs, and I remember having to reassure a young family next to me in the queue to board that they were at the right gate, they couldnt understand why they werent getting on an orange plane like every other on...

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by Shrewfly
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the MD-80 Freighter?
Replies: 19
Views: 4317

Re: What happened to the MD-80 Freighter?

Wasn't there one in Sri Lanka that was modified to carry equipment for oil drilling? I think I remember them saying they would load long objects such as pipes through the tail cone which struck me as weird. Probably not that weird. Didn't the MD's have rear airstairs at the back? As long as the pip...

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by Shrewfly
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One Single Business-Class Cabin Concept on Narrow Body Aircraft
Replies: 43
Views: 5447

Re: One Single Business-Class Cabin Concept on Narrow Body Aircraft

A traditional non-reclining Business-Class seat, isn't far from some airlines "Premium Economy" these days. I'm not sure you could charge significantly more for what you suggest over a Premium Economy seat on a regular 3-class airliner. Unless of course the service and food is going to be ...

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by Shrewfly
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways tilts against reclining seats
Replies: 157
Views: 25856

Re: British Airways tilts against reclining seats

customers get what they ask for BA would not do this is customers did not reward Easyjet and Ryanair with their business and reduced BA's marketshare I hate people whining about BA's declining service - the same nutters praise easyjet and ryanair's growth.... was BA ever rewarded for having reclini...

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by Shrewfly
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why so few high wing airliners?
Replies: 28
Views: 4630

Re: Why so few high wing airliners?

Thanks for all the answers on the Low vs High turboprop debate, I feel I've learned a lot from this thread. Question asked, and numerous answers, all of which compliment each other nicely. A-Net at its finest!

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by Shrewfly
Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why so few high wing airliners?
Replies: 28
Views: 4630

Re: Why so few high wing airliners?

This is something that I have wondered about. Maybe the question might be better expanded to avoid the A vs B debate. Why are the most popular short-haul turboprops often high wing if low wing is so much better? Q400 (and its predessors), and ATR are highwing. Is there a reason that on a turboprop t...

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by Shrewfly
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time to Change "Compliance with All Crewmember Instructions"?
Replies: 103
Views: 9101

Re: Time to Change "Compliance with All Crewmember Instructions"?

Doesn't this fundamentally come down to a mix of passenger and crew attitude? I was on a Wizzair flight recently where there was a kid that wouldn't sit down during taxi and wanted to stand up so he could see out of the window. The FA was quick to go over and to tell the mother that the child had to...

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by Shrewfly
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time to Change "Compliance with All Crewmember Instructions"?
Replies: 103
Views: 9101

Re: Time to Change "Compliance with All Crewmember Instructions"?

In most cases, Crew instructions are minimal, and mostly they are obviously in place for a reason. Maybe I fly on some unusual airlines, or Ive got lucky, but I've never heard a crew member make a request of a passenger that wasnt for the good of the passenger or those around them. If there are crew...

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by Shrewfly
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet's "Frozen" plane? (C-GWSV)
Replies: 16
Views: 4362

Re: Westjet's "Frozen" plane? (C-GWSV)

De-icing perhaps? ;-)

On a more serious note, who pays for these liveries? Does Westjet approach Disney World and pay for the rights to use their characters? Or does Disney approach Westjet and pay them?

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by Shrewfly
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese Farmer Builds A320
Replies: 58
Views: 16373

Re: Chinese Farmer Builds A320

Seeing his "Printout" for a control panel made me wonder if/how he might go about buying a second hand one from a graveyard somewhere? Seems a shame to do all the metalwork and then scrimp on the cockpit

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by Shrewfly
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair cabin crew told to sell more scratchcards or face disciplinary action
Replies: 100
Views: 28379

Re: Ryanair cabin crew told to sell more scratchcards or face disciplinary action

Love them or hate them, sometimes they are the only practical option. They serve routes where the only alternatives are long trips to an alternate airport or connections. Until flag carriers in many European countries start operations outside of their hub, Ryanair will have business. No amount of ba...

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by Shrewfly
Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you take a later flight pls sir, the best offer you've had.
Replies: 40
Views: 3443

Re: Would you take a later flight pls sir, the best offer you've had.

Holiday in Mexico, booked in VS Premium Economy. As always, I ask if the flight is full. She responds that it's massively overbooked. Knowing I had an overnight connection in LGW I volunteer there and then. They snapped it up there and then. Sent to the bar and told to return in 30mins. Delta (econo...

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by Shrewfly
Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Sends 744 To Orlando To Pick Up Evacuees
Replies: 91
Views: 19653

Re: DL Sends 744 To Orlando To Pick Up Evacuees

If the ME3 want to help out... fly in some A380's to help with evacuation efforts. Maybe Trump could issue an emergency order waiving cabotage restrictions. Otherwise those ME3 aircraft would need to go international... What a horrible idea. We have more than enough lift within this country. There ...

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by Shrewfly
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA capture a lot of North America <-> India traffic?
Replies: 46
Views: 8820

Re: Does BA capture a lot of North America <-> India traffic?

Don't forget that there are large amounts of people of Indian descent living in the UK. A lot of the passengers you see could well be British Citizens! Or Americans for that matter.

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