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by dredgy
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did you guys ever have to deal with an unruly passenger?
Replies: 15
Views: 876

Re: Did you guys ever have to deal with an unruly passenger?

Flying from Bishkek to Delhi, very very drunk Russian man. I met him in the queue for check in where he came up and gave me a hug and started talking to me in Russian. A couple of girls in line translated for me, and it just basic conversation of a drunk person. On the flight he started yelling and ...

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by dredgy
Mon May 18, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 211
Views: 43766

Re: THAI Airways flies into bankruptcy

Europeans won't be returning en masse for several years. Australians will be quicker though I'd reckon, but even I'm not gonna be super optimistic about Thai's future (though I am assuming they'll survive). Thai, along with Qantas, are airlines I credit with helping my fear of flying as they played...

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by dredgy
Thu May 14, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 67782

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

A state election coming up later on this year as well, I believe they are not to popular at the moment, maybe they think if they throw their hat into the ring it will keep Virgin Head Quartered in Brisbane, jobs for Brisbane based Pilots, Cabin Crew, People on the ground at Brisbane airport and oth...

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by dredgy
Wed May 13, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 67782

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

VA is not an infrastructure asset. QIC has no idea how to run an airline and it would become a disaster investment for them if they try. But it doesnt really matter, QIC wont win the bid. The risks in VA will be too high for their risk appetite and so they wont be able to mount a competitive bid. I...

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by dredgy
Wed May 13, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 67782

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

Because Queensland politics is always crazy, they’ve launched a bid for VA. It feels like every man and his dog are having a go. https://www.smh.com.au/politics/queensland/queensland-government-to-bid-for-virgin-australia-airline-20200513-p54sny.html Well the plot thickens... The potential bid will...

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by dredgy
Tue May 05, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 67782

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

I would be very surprised if Peter Dutton lifts the travel restrictions to US or UK before the end of winter. August/September maybe for New Zealand & the Pacific. Would expect the states lifting their internal travel restrictions from next week first & give it 3-4 weeks to monitor stuff th...

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by dredgy
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116248

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

JQ321 wrote:
Why would they waste any money moving? It would have to be more than $200 Million to get them to move.


I’d assume they’d try to get the state government to pay for it.

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by dredgy
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How the landscape may look like for the ME3
Replies: 16
Views: 3045

Re: How the landscape will look ...

I don't know if EK and QR will keep retain their all their orders, normally the government behind these airlines gets most of its money from oil.. While the UAE does derive a lot of business from oil, there isn’t actually much, if any, oil left in Dubai itself. Most of its in Abu Dhabi. Emirates is...

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by dredgy
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 51498

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

VA have announced they've gone into Voluntary Administration. They're not in liquidation, they haven't collapsed, no one has lost their job today, planes are still flying, Velocity points and travel bank credits are still there to be used. It would be great if people didn't take such joy in seeing ...

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by dredgy
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116248

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Further complicating matters was about 2 years ago corporate clients started using Jetstar after they cleaned up their act- something I never thought I'd see. I’ve been using Jetstar for corporate travel since 2011. It’s been a good airline for ages - it usually has young, enthusiastic crew, very c...

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by dredgy
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116248

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

In some ways the Velocity program is going to drive what happens. Given that this is of substantial value in the group, it is going to want to be preserved and recovered. But the thing that gives it value is a running airline where points can be redeemed. Without that, points holders see substantia...

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by dredgy
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who is Air Koryo's website for?
Replies: 9
Views: 1001

Re: Who is Air Koryo's website for?

You can book flights to Pyongyang commerically on Air China (I haven't used Air Koryo's website, and judging from their ancient systems at the airport I wouldn't trust it). You tour agent does not have to be the one to book the flight, but you must be travelling with one. If you're doing business th...

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by dredgy
Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116248

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Velocity only has value with an airline supporting it and providing access to a small number of cheap seats at marginal prices that can be purchased by the Velocity customer for a good $/point ration. Buying a toaster for 1c/point doesn't have the same interest levels. And arguably less value if th...

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by dredgy
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116248

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Also possibly a statement on their financial abilities in the current environment. And the fact both are set up to operate a particular niche. Very particular niches in Nauru Airlines case... neither airline has the knowledge, skills, fleet etc in place to launch a fully-fledged domestic airline. T...

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by dredgy
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116248

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

qf2220 wrote:
eta unknown wrote:
Alliance and Nauru Airlines. The fact they may choose not to is a statement of the prevailing market conditions.


Also possibly a statement on their financial abilities in the current environment.


And the fact both are set up to operate a particular niche.

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by dredgy
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116248

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Virgin's just announced their minimal network https://travel.virginaustralia.com/au/minimal-network-schedule?icmpid=va|c_crm|au_hp|fre|HTGYH|na Minimal flights from Perth to other capital cities. Only Melbourne included. Good to have Rocky to Brisbane back, I was meant to fly back to Brisbane on Su...

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by dredgy
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 115
Views: 11506

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

Seemingly the South African government has finally pulled the plug on SAA. Sad days but very necessary I think. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-14/south-african-airways-denied-further-funding-by-government-owner Their luck ran out. But for Corona, they might have made it. They won't...

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by dredgy
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116248

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/what-happens-to-your-frequent-flyer-points-if-an-airline-goes-bust Well here's SIA's chance. Supposedly getting access to VA's FF base was one of the many primary reasons why SIA acquired a stake in VA in the first place. Acquiring Velocity at Liquidation can...

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by dredgy
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116248

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

It would be fantastic to know the nuts and bolts of these agreements but without a doubt they will be commercial in confidence. So instead of a bailout via loaned money, the Federal Government has done the “Claytons Bailout” by subsidising the seat cost per airline. It could end up being a clever c...

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by dredgy
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 64
Views: 5126

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Instead of flying TNR to JNB, I flew TNR-ADD-DXB-MRU-JNB

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by dredgy
Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116248

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

A QF domestic monopoly is good for no one, including Qantas. But is maintaining the duopoly worth $5 billion of taxpayers' money? ($1.4 b to VA and equivalent treatment to QF). Could be. Could not be, but most maths says it absolutely would be as both Virgin and Qantas typically have good revenues,...

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by dredgy
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116248

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Right now there is 1 QF737 airborne in all of Australia Which should indicate the VA shutdown is as much an industry issue (QF shutdown anyone?), and not just VA is screwed. There simply is no demand, so why fly planes with no pax. The question is not whether the VA shutdown means the carrier won't...

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by dredgy
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116248

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

But the inherent contradiction of your thinking... who in their right mind is thinking of investing in a normally high risk sector that is now stratospherically risky in a market that has shrunk by a quarter? What airlines are racing to lead the pack as Australia's second carrier in the next 5 year...

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by dredgy
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 98867

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Not sure why the Australian Government would rescue the foreign owned VA. VA has been poorly run for a long time. If VA falls, another will replace it. Because it being poorly run is not a reason for its current predicament, it was in no real danger of collapsing before. It provides a valuable serv...

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by dredgy
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 987
Views: 98867

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2020

Does anyone know what VA’s current terms are with MasterCard/Visa? For example are they an airline that the credit card providers are willing to provide them the funds up front? Or are they on terms when passengers get post the passengers travel commencing? Notice that VA has removed the term about...

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by dredgy
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 19655

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

Agree - I wonder how they would enforce this if you refused to delete those photo's? I think I would most likely be caught off guard with someone asking me to delete photo's that I would refuse until police were involved. This nearly identical situation happened to me, on Emirates, departing MEL fo...

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by dredgy
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 19655

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

I also noticed it's not allowed to take photos whilst walking on the ramp to board an aircraft in Australia & NZ. Anyone know why? Took photos twice on VA and TR, ramp agents lost it. That depends on how suspicious you look and I assume where you are, but people worldwide don't like you taking ...

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by dredgy
Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Most Delayed Flights of 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1387

Re: Your Most Delayed Flights of 2019

3 days. SAA JNB-PER. Was a booking issue rather than a delay of the flight itself, but was 3 days in an airport hotel.

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by dredgy
Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fly to AUH vs. fly to DXB + land transport
Replies: 6
Views: 460

Re: Fly to AUH vs. fly to DXB + land transport

Plenty of shuttles that aren't that expected. There's even a bus now. It's no big deal to do.

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by dredgy
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Choosing to fly based on engine?
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Re: Choosing to fly based on engine?

People definitely do prefer to fly on turbofan jet angines rather than turboprops and many will actively avoid turboprops. I've known people to drive or take the train rather than fly turboprops.
Doubt anybody flies for specific brand of engine though.

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by dredgy
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65935

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

What is the situation with secondary airports in other cities, are they considered part of the capital as far as bilaterals are concerned or are they designated otherwise? OOL, WTB, AVV. OOL is definitely independent and the Gold Coast council was very actively trying to get QR to fly there about 5...

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by dredgy
Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will supersonic flights ever make a comeback?
Replies: 11
Views: 1244

Re: Will supersonic flights ever make a comeback?

Think British Airways technically did it today!

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by dredgy
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 42
Views: 9562

Re: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread

Any idea how QR is doing on the recently launched Gaborone(GBE), Botswana service? I have the idea it can't be great, the JNB-GBE sector almost feels like the same type of operation as SYD-CBR. Now that there are mention of EK launching DXB-MPM-GBE, I just can't see that it could work for both. It’...

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by dredgy
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Whose 747’s have you flown?
Replies: 77
Views: 2061

Re: Whose 747’s have you flown?

Qantas (300 and 400)
Korean Air (400 and 8)
Lufthansa (8)
Air Pacific (200)
Air New Zealand (200)
Air France (400 I think, whatever they were operating in 2010)

Maybe Thai, Ansett and SAA,

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by dredgy
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cross country propeller flights
Replies: 39
Views: 2290

Re: Cross country propeller flights

Kent350787 wrote:
Interesting. From what I can see, it would be possible to do the similar distance Australian coast to coast RPT on prop aircraft. Too much nothing between Western Australia and Adelaide.


I think it could be done over the Northern Territory. BME-BNE perhaps is you jump around Kununurra, Darwin etc.

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by dredgy
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you could visit any country tomorrow, what country would it be?
Replies: 66
Views: 3762

Re: If you could visit any country tomorrow, what country would it be?

Probably Eritrea. Usually would be Chad, but I'd want to wait until later in the year.

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by dredgy
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What former carriers have you flown?
Replies: 102
Views: 3270

Re: What former carriers have you flown?

A fair few regional Australian ones - JetGo, Flight West spring to mind. Ansett.
US Airways, Continental, Virgin America in the US.
Air Pacific in Asia Pacific.
Air Estonia in Europe.
Surprisingly every carrier I've ever flown in Africa is going strong, though we'll see about SAA.

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by dredgy
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar random fleet assignment
Replies: 22
Views: 4428

Re: Qatar random fleet assignment

Makes sense, but you could also argue that this would cause a lack of product consistency Yes, that’s very much the opinion of a lot of Business travellers! And generally why Emirates is often seen as the preferred airline - Etihad and Qatar both have the chance you’ll end up on a narrow body with ...

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by dredgy
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar random fleet assignment
Replies: 22
Views: 4428

Re: Qatar random fleet assignment

Makes sense, but you could also argue that this would cause a lack of product consistency Yes, that’s very much the opinion of a lot of Business travellers! And generally why Emirates is often seen as the preferred airline - Etihad and Qatar both have the chance you’ll end up on a narrow body with ...

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by dredgy
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Role of in-airport ticketing counters?
Replies: 75
Views: 11627

Re: Role of in-airport ticketing counters?

Ticket counters are also very commonly used in countries/with people where credit card facilities just aren't widely available and you have to pay cash. In many countries a debit card is the preferred method of payment, that doesn't need ticketing counters either. Buying on credit is mostly an Amer...

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by dredgy
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Role of in-airport ticketing counters?
Replies: 75
Views: 11627

Re: Role of in-airport ticketing counters?

Ticket counters are also very commonly used in countries/with people where credit card facilities just aren't widely available and you have to pay cash.

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by dredgy
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Time for a new livery for Korean Air? Or is it timeless?
Replies: 27
Views: 2638

Re: Time for a new livery for Korean Air? Or is it timeless?

While it wouldn’t be a terrible thing to modernise, I really like the blue livery. It also has a really weird effect on me when flying on them - I am a relatively stressed and tense person, but Korean Air has a really calming effect on me between the exterior and interior and regardless of class of ...

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by dredgy
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 49714

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

I honestly think the Australian market is fairly maxed out in terms of domestic growth options I don't, but some luck is involved. You need an entrant that's happy to take on some higher-risk routes, but you also need the luck for those first few risks to pay off so that they can get some footing. ...

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by dredgy
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 49714

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2020

I could see a PHX-MEL done by AA? As the primary reason for these AU-US routes is to prevent double connects. Also with AU flights to the US it doesn’t have the luxury of being able to fly all over the US without issues. Not like how Asia/Europe flights have the luxury of connecting everywhere in t...

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by dredgy
Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2020 Booked/Flown Flights
Replies: 107
Views: 7715

Re: Your 2020 Booked/Flown Flights

None yet.
Vague plans to revisit Comoros, Samoa & Idaho from Australia so expecting BNE-YVR, BNE-SIN-ADD-HAH & BNE-APW.

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by dredgy
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Exploring Comoros - AB Aviation Embraer 120 Mini-Report HAH-NWA
Replies: 8
Views: 7999

Re: Exploring Comoros - AB Aviation Embraer 120 Mini-Report HAH-NWA

Very accurate summary! How diverse is the underwater fauna in Comoros? Wasn't Botswana too expensive? 1. Very. Though I don't think there's anything you can't see anywhere else, there's few places you can see it all once. On one dive I saw a massive school of huge tuna, barracudas, wahoos, sailfish...

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by dredgy
Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Exploring Comoros - AB Aviation Embraer 120 Mini-Report HAH-NWA
Replies: 8
Views: 7999

Re: Exploring Comoros - AB Aviation Embraer 120 Mini-Report HAH-NWA

12 African countries in 3 months... that's a good average - Which one have you enjoyed the most? Hard to say since I hit such a wide variety and did a broad array of things. I love Comoros for the scuba diving, South Africa for the wine, Mozambique for the partying, Lesotho for the landscapes, Mada...

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by dredgy
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you flown the alphabet?
Replies: 26
Views: 1482

Re: Have you flown the alphabet?

I'm bad enough with the airport codes, but I know very few airline codes. That said, I am pretty much 100% sure I've done this, probably multiple times over (not the numbers, but the letters). A: AT B: BI C: CO D: D7 E: ET F: FP G: G3 H: HU I: IZ J: JG K: KC L: LH M: MD N: NZ O: ON P: PY Q: QF R: RJ...

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by dredgy
Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you landed at the alphabet?
Replies: 76
Views: 3862

Re: Have you landed at the alphabet?

AirlineCritic wrote:
But, there's nothing in Finland for instance for Q or X, and no obvious reason for me to ever go to any of the places. But, who knows.


Jerez in Spain. Have a nice glass of wine.

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by dredgy
Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you landed at the alphabet?
Replies: 76
Views: 3862

Re: Have you landed at the alphabet?

Also, where can I look up airport codes beginning with Q or X? :D Wikipedia has a list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airports_by_IATA_code:_Q Q is quite difficult as there's few civilian airports, I think you'd have to actively be trying to complete this challenge to do it. QRO I think is ...

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