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by gtargui
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would MAN-IAH work if UA operated the route instead of SQ?
Replies: 15
Views: 3247

Re: Would MAN-IAH work if UA operated the route instead of SQ?

I used to work at MAN over the summer and got on well with the Lounge Agents at the lounge Singapore used. It seemed SQ50 and SQ51's Business Class was nearly full going both ways practically every day and lots of SQ and LH group frequent fliers. Not sure what economy was like and I've moved on but ...

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by gtargui
Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK-MAN in 5 hours 20 minutes on VS B747?!
Replies: 38
Views: 10650

Re: JFK-MAN in 5 hours 20 minutes on VS B747?!

8herveg wrote:
Thanks. Anyone know what the quickest time is for a commercial aircraft to fly from NYC to LON and/or MAN?

I found an article saying a DY 787-9 did JFK-LGW in 5 hours 13 minutes. This got them to Gatwick 53 minutes ahead of schedule!

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by gtargui
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could the 787 be scaled to create the 797?
Replies: 51
Views: 10280

Re: Could the 787 be scaled to create the 797?

The 767 Section 41 cockpit was used on the 777. IIRC the "adaptor" section to increase the cockpit diameter to meet up with the larger fuselage section was quite a design challenge, so Boeing had to use a smaller portion of the 767's Section 41. This is why the 777 has such a distinctive ...

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by gtargui
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What do you expect from Lounge staff?
Replies: 17
Views: 1385

What do you expect from Lounge staff?

I recently accepted a job as a Lounge Agent, and even though I have an idea in my head of what guests expect from staff and I’m sure the training will go through the specifics of how they expect staff to treat guests, but I’d like to get an idea of what the people using the lounges expect, and how I...

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by gtargui
Mon May 20, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China - EU agree on new aviation agreement
Replies: 6
Views: 1727

Re: China - EU agree on new aviation agreement

LAXintl wrote:
1 - EU market will be treated as single market now, replacing individual state air service agreements. So for example any EU airlines will be able to serve China from any member state.

One step closer to EU LLC carriers to China?

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by gtargui
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 742200

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Good point, the US may need a Tesla of aviation. A stoned man-child who abuses workers and rejects safety protocols because he doesn't like the color yellow? He's a genius visionary, one of the most famous men of our time. You? Anonymous internet cheap shot artist. A mismatch of epic proportion. So...

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by gtargui
Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 711
Views: 139319

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

I don't know if it's a rule, per se, but checking flight BE471, BE473, BE475 ((BHD-MAN) and for all the dates I could check into the past (into January) it was a DH8. Again, doesn't guarantee it, and I may have missed some dates, but there is a data point. Well it does seem unlikely then. I'll prob...

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by gtargui
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 711
Views: 139319

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

I suppose this is the best place to ask this question Do Flybe only operate the Q400 on MAN-BHD? I'm looking at doing a long weekend in Ireland and depending on pricing, I'd like to fly the Q400 since I've already flown on E-Jets, 737s and A320s. Ryanair and Easyjet tickets are definitely cheaper fr...

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by gtargui
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst seat mates in memory
Replies: 52
Views: 4927

Re: Worst seat mates in memory

This has to go to my sister on a ORD-MAN flight in Business (Probably with AA) over 10 years ago. As we start our descent she throws the lasagne we had before we went to sleep all over herself and hear seat. My mum who is sat with my crying toddler brother in front of us gets me to sit with him whil...

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by gtargui
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 72195

Re: Gatwick closed because of 2 drones

WS4101 heading north, WestJet website isn't yet saying where it's diverting to.

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by gtargui
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 72195

Re: Gatwick closed because of 2 drones

Armodeen wrote:
One of the aircraft holding is Westjet 4101 which diverted to GLA yesterday....they are having a very bad time.

I spotted that on FR24, that's just extremely unlucky!
Are there any other planes that got diverted last night that could be diverting tonight?

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by gtargui
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Weirdest Connections You've Ever Made
Replies: 98
Views: 6667

Re: Weirdest Connections You've Ever Made

I did PVG-AUH-MAN over the summer which wasn't too bad since I got a coach from Hangzhou directly to PVG and then picked up at MAN. My weirdest journey has to be CAN-KUL-LHR. That alone is weird if you look at a map, but I was living in Shenzhen at the time and far closer to HKG, and my final destin...

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by gtargui
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot seeks to capitalize on Moscow as sixth-freedom hub
Replies: 44
Views: 6510

Re: Aeroflot seeks to capitalize on Moscow as sixth-freedom hub

Unfortunately you can't. Once you cross the "boundary" you get an exit stamp and have left what we all regard as "China" and would need a new visa to cross back again. Saying that, depending on which city you enter Mainland China via, you can do anything from stay in the city fo...

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by gtargui
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF9 PER-LHR (8 Sep) returns to PER due to disruptive passenger
Replies: 63
Views: 13565

Re: QF9 PER-LHR (8 Sep) returns to PER due to disruptive passenger

A thought just entered my mind, and it may have been raised before... Could a holding pen be installed somewhere on the long haul aircraft (perhaps below deck) to imprison disruptive passengers? Surely it's better to contain them somewhere and carry on with the journey rather than waste thousands o...

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by gtargui
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot seeks to capitalize on Moscow as sixth-freedom hub
Replies: 44
Views: 6510

Re: Aeroflot seeks to capitalize on Moscow as sixth-freedom hub

If they can compete with the ME3 on price and luggage allowance I'd definitely consider it as an option. I, like many of my student friends will put up with a lot if the price is right. I'm doing CAN-KUL-LHR this week (yes MH isn't a ME3 carrier) and I have a friend who did HGH-DOH-JFK, both because...

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by gtargui
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia drops plans for Chinese JV, posts $78 million 2Q net profit
Replies: 12
Views: 1787

Re: AirAsia drops plans for Chinese JV, posts $78 million 2Q net profit

LPSHobby wrote:
how are the chinese laws about airline foreigner ownerships? Does someone know about this?


According to this article it is up to 49%. It didn't say what other restrictions there were.

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by gtargui
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What do you guys think about the Comac ARJ21?
Replies: 62
Views: 8910

Re: What do you guys think about the Comac ARJ21?

Are there any MA600 even flying around in scheduled service? I can't find any accurate information. Nepal Airlines has two and Sam Chui flew in both the MA60 and the Harbin Y-12 and they both looked like interesting experiences to say the least. Not sure how regular it is though. That's the MA-60, ...

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by gtargui
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What do you guys think about the Comac ARJ21?
Replies: 62
Views: 8910

Re: What do you guys think about the Comac ARJ21?

zakuivcustom wrote:
Are there any MA600 even flying around in scheduled service? I can't find any accurate information.

Nepal Airlines has two and Sam Chui flew in both the MA60 and the Harbin Y-12 and they both looked like interesting experiences to say the least. Not sure how regular it is though.

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by gtargui
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do flights to/from Brazil have different baggage allowances ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1563

Why do flights to/from Brazil have different baggage allowances ?

I often, but not always, see that flights to/from Brazil have separate baggage allowances to other destinations. Is it a geographical thing? Is Brazil that far away that fuel becomes a concern? Is it a legal thing? I know some countries have laws on the maximum weight baggage handlers are allowed to...

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by gtargui
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What do you guys think about the Comac ARJ21?
Replies: 62
Views: 8910

Re: What do you guys think about the Comac ARJ21?

Caution, this is going to be a long post. I don't care if its Chinese, any new aircraft is a plus as i am sick of the Boeing and Airbus duopoly. Comac is a up and coming company that will mainly market thier planes to 3rd world Nation Airlines and Chinese carriers. The ARJ-21 is a T tail plane which...

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by gtargui
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US airlines cave In to Chinese demands about Taiwan
Replies: 101
Views: 17492

Re: Updated: US airlines cave In to Chinese demands about Taiwan

Why doesn't China declare Guam and the Philippines their own too Did you know China discovered every island in the Pacific and even discovered the Americas well before the first Native Americans did and has the maps to prove it? In fact, China discovered Africa before many Africans did too. Oh, wel...

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by gtargui
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US airlines cave In to Chinese demands about Taiwan
Replies: 101
Views: 17492

Re: China Threatens U.S. Airlines Over Taiwan References

UA seems to have come up with an interesting way of getting around the issue, by using currencies for market categories: https://cdn2.i-scmp.com/sites/default/files/styles/980x551/public/images/methode/2018/08/29/f05979fc-ab6d-11e8-8796-d12ba807e6e9_1280x720_202559.jpg?itok=bYBzEEu7 Will Beijing be...

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by gtargui
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens with international delayed checked baggage?
Replies: 16
Views: 2787

Re: What happens with international delayed checked baggage?

Flew MAN-AMS-HGH and our connection in AMS ended up being less than 20 minutes due to a AMS-MAN flight being delayed by over an hour. Got to HGH, and with our limited Chinese had a form filled out. Phoned them up a day later to add my new mobile number to the claim (because when I told the internati...

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by gtargui
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Punchiest airliners
Replies: 73
Views: 6305

Re: Punchiest airliners

Flew with HOP! on a E190 not too long ago and that really kicked be back into my seat.
Made the pilots 777 I connected on afterwards seem like they were out for a lazy Sunday pleasure flight to meet a friend for lunch.

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by gtargui
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA
Replies: 108
Views: 20732

Re: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA

LOL!!!!!!! I hope you are joking! A few things are actually security sensitive in this thread already. I'll agree that the terrorist have already won. The other thing is nothing I've read in this thread is nothing someone couldn't logically deduce. The call to lock the thread is a call for security...

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by gtargui
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Malta & Ryanair Announce Online Sales Partnership
Replies: 3
Views: 718

Re: Air Malta & Ryanair Announce Online Sales Partnership

Do Ryanair do this with any other carriers? I was surprised to see the other day to see "Operated by Ryanair" underneath the flight details when I looked at some flights a few days ago. I assumed the only flights Ryanair sold were Ryanair flights. Now, Russia is a destination with SVO and ...

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by gtargui
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flights circumventing certain territories
Replies: 29
Views: 4754

Re: Flights circumventing certain territories

Well explained. A couple of nitpicks. From Hong Kong, Taipei is more east than north. The great circle magnetic heading from HKG is 069. However since you can't transit Mainland airspace the initial heading is more or less south until offshore, then turning east to parallel the coast. You can see i...

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by gtargui
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Shanghai Airports
Replies: 36
Views: 3802

Re: Future of Shanghai Airports

And should be noted you've also got airports in Hangzhou HGH (10th biggest in China 35m pax) and Wuxi WUX (4m pax) in the broader area. Both can be reached quickly from Shanghai by HSR, and I suspect in a few years the Shanghai metro will link to those cities metros. When I lived in Hangzhou I foun...

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by gtargui
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus rebrands C-Series to A220
Replies: 217
Views: 34303

Re: Airbus rebrands C-Series to A220

Will airlines put "Airbus A220-100" on their websites when booking tickets or keep it as Bombardier CS 100?
What about airlines who haven't received any deliveries?

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by gtargui
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 7 hours in CDG, what should I do with my time.
Replies: 13
Views: 1163

7 hours in CDG, what should I do with my time.

I'll be arriving at 16:35 from MAN and departing 23:35 to HKG. The consensus from Parisian friends I've talked to is a resounding "eh" when it comes to leaving the airport and going to the city centre for a short amount of time. I know CDG is quite far from the city centre so I was wonderi...

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by gtargui
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ 516 SIN-CCU Flight Delay Turned Passenger Neglect?
Replies: 15
Views: 4168

Re: SQ 516 SIN-CCU Flight Delay Turned Passenger Neglect?

I don't see where I am being aggressive??? I am sure SQ could have been more organized and handled the delay better but I highly doubt pax were collapsing and vomiting all over the plane. The hyperbole is not helpful and reeks of hysterical pax looking for attention and freebies. BTW, I have been t...

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by gtargui
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Blackpool Council buys back Blackpool Airport site
Replies: 6
Views: 1341

Re: Blackpool Council buys back Blackpool Airport site

Good news, alas: "We do not envisage the return of large scale passenger planes to the airport." It is a bit of a shame. The closest airports are MAN and LJL which aren't a massive pain to get to, but I know people in Blackpool, Preston, and other surrounding towns that enjoyed being able...

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by gtargui
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Blackpool Council buys back Blackpool Airport site
Replies: 6
Views: 1341

Blackpool Council buys back Blackpool Airport site

Blackpool Council has today completed the purchase of the Blackpool Airport site, bringing the company back into full public ownership for the first time in 13 years. The council, which was previously a 5% shareholder in the airport, has this morning signed a £4.25m deal with previous owners Balfou...

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by gtargui
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One wish.... What would you change about aviation?
Replies: 38
Views: 2284

Re: One wish.... What would you change about aviation?

Bring back Concorde and a reduction on stress. I wouldn't know where to start with reducing stress and I think it's impossible, but I'm always stress out over everything to do with flying besides actually being in the air. Even once I've boarded I'm still not 100% certain we aren't going to have to ...

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by gtargui
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When did you fly on your first 737 and A320?
Replies: 67
Views: 2878

Re: When did you fly on your first 737 and A320?

First time I flew on a A320 was with LH last June
Flew a B737 with KL last week

I can pretty much guarantee I've actually been on a B737 before last week, it's just that I was too young to remember

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by gtargui
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?
Replies: 125
Views: 5652

Re: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?

I guess it really depends on location and age. I would imagine for a number of younger Europeans it would be the 737 or A318/19/20/21, especially with the rise of LLC's As for myself, I'm probably a bit of an outlier. My first time on a plane I was 6 and flew on AA 777 (not sure of the variant) MAN-...

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by gtargui
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline workers share 17 things they wish passengers would stop doing
Replies: 16
Views: 2155

Re: Airline workers share 17 things they wish passengers would stop doing

I always try to mind my manners and treat everyone with respect, even if I've had a really bad day. There has been once or twice where I've nearly lashed out at someone, be it gate staff, air hostesses etc, and I realise that they're still human too and it isn't their fault that I might not make a c...

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by gtargui
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does Iberia deny every claim by default?
Replies: 7
Views: 1785

Re: Does Iberia deny every claim by default?

I had two Iberia flights cancelled within the same month due to technical issues, one from GIG-MAD and another from IBZ-PMI...so €850 in total. IB's initial response was that they were not required to do so under prevailing EU regulations, but when I pointed out to them that they were obliged to do...

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by gtargui
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Handling Fares During Natural Disasters
Replies: 71
Views: 8360

Re: Airlines Handling Fares During Natural Disasters

Varsity1 wrote:
Unfortunately people's memories are short.

Goodwill buys 15 seconds of fame, PR fiascos buy 15 years.


Same sort of thing with reviews and complaints

Someone is more likely to leave a bad review or complain if something has gone wrong than leave a good review or praise the service recieved

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by gtargui
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How should your Boarding Pass be treated?
Replies: 17
Views: 1124

Re: How should your Boarding Pass be treated?

I get really paranoid about getting to the gate and having a dead phone, even if I'm charging it up at the gate, so I'll take a paper one if possible. I'm not too fussed about having the stub removed or not. I've flown out of MAN a few times, and I always get a horrible boarding pass printed on a bi...

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by gtargui
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 777-300ER vs. Boeing 787-10 - Which one is more appealing?
Replies: 24
Views: 8467

Re: Boeing 777-300ER vs. Boeing 787-10 - Which one is more appealing?

I really like the massive engines of the 773ER, but I prefer the overall shape of the 787 more

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by gtargui
Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you consider inflight wi-fi a necessity for your travels?
Replies: 32
Views: 1716

Re: Do you consider inflight wi-fi a necessity for your travels?

I'm probably one of the few younger flyers who is perfectly fine with a reasonable selection of content on the IFE, a good flight map, and a window seat.
If WiFi was included for free, I'd take advantage of it, but I can't say I'm going to pay for it myself.

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by gtargui
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UK Friends: why Orlando/Florida?
Replies: 16
Views: 1721

Re: UK Friends: why Orlando/Florida?

. American food always a winner, . Really, is this a common sentiment in the UK? When I moved to the US, my family all though the portions were huge, and the price for eating out was so cheap compared to the UK. When we had family members come and visit us from the UK, they also commented on the po...

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by gtargui
Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transit through AMS
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Transit through AMS

Hello everyone I am going to be flying from MAN to HGH via Amsterdam. Now I've looked online about transferring but I'm a bit confused. Some places have said if you're going from a Schengen to non-Schengen flight you need to go though security, but other sites say that if you are coming from a Schen...

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by gtargui
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Branding on Wings
Replies: 17
Views: 2889

Re: Branding on Wings

PatrickZ80 wrote:
China Eastern and China Southern both got some Chinese marks on the wings. Not sure what they mean, but I can imagine it's the airlines name.


It's 中国南方航空 (Zhōngguó Nánfāng Hángkōng) which is the name of the airline in Chinese :)

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by gtargui
Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Schedules new LGW-JFK-LGW and challenges Europeans to See New York City in 1 day
Replies: 61
Views: 9732

Re: Norwegian Schedules new LGW-JFK-LGW and challenges Europeans to See New York City in 1 day

It's a great way to get the most time in the city regardless how many days one chooses to stay. Nobody is going to do just one day unless it is just to say they did it, but it's a nice option. Precisely what I was thinking. I've done day trips before but on the train, and only done it because I man...

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by gtargui
Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could UK to Dubai (or another UAE airport) be the next long haul single aisle aircraft low cost airline destination?
Replies: 29
Views: 5730

Re: Could UK to Dubai (or another UAE airport) be the next long haul single aisle aircraft low cost airline destination?

But of course FlyDubai could serve destinations in Europe and the UK that are too small to be served by Emirates. I don't think it's possible for a lot of UK airports Wikipedia says that the 737 MAX 8 has a range of 3,515 miles. According to Google Maps, LBA is 3,494 miles, and STN is 3,390 miles A...

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by gtargui
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could UK to Dubai (or another UAE airport) be the next long haul single aisle aircraft low cost airline destination?
Replies: 29
Views: 5730

Re: Could UK to Dubai (or another UAE airport) be the next long haul single aisle aircraft low cost airline destination?

But of course FlyDubai could serve destinations in Europe and the UK that are too small to be served by Emirates. I don't think it's possible for a lot of UK airports Wikipedia says that the 737 MAX 8 has a range of 3,515 miles. According to Google Maps, LBA is 3,494 miles, and STN is 3,390 miles A...

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by gtargui
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK air traffic controllers warn of over-crowded skies
Replies: 2
Views: 756

UK air traffic controllers warn of over-crowded skies

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40669144 Air traffic controllers are warning that UK skies are running out of room for record numbers of planes. Friday is likely to be the busiest day of the year, with air traffic controllers expecting to handle more than 8,800 flights - a record number. They hav...

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by gtargui
Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lower Deck Lavatories / Aircraft type?
Replies: 15
Views: 3733

Re: Lower Deck Lavatories / Aircraft type?

bfitzflyer wrote:
I fly LH from MUC to SFO on an A346 and it had the lavs on the lower deck. This was around 10 years ago, but thought it was odd.


I flew on a LH from MUC to PEK on an A346 last year and they still have it like that

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