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by Chrisba320
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris
Replies: 100
Views: 11452

Re: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris

This route makes sense to me. Air France can, however, do some strange things at times. I worked for them in Windhoek in the early 90’s and the Windhoek - Paris flight went Windhoek - Gaborone - Johannesburg - Paris. On a Boeing 747-200 Combi at the time. That was a difficult flight to sell, to put ...

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by Chrisba320
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video - Flying the A320
Replies: 18
Views: 3124

Re: Video - Flying the A320

Beautiful video, thanks for posting it! I envy you for making your living this way. As a passenger I love the A320.

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by Chrisba320
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15 august 2019 Moscow emergency landing
Replies: 191
Views: 31136

Re: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15.08.2019 Moscow emergency landing

Well done to the pilots for putting this bird down safely with no casualties on board. I’m sure the A321’s advanced systems also played a major part in this not ending in disaster. Is that what lucks called now ? Sure luck played a part because the corn field was handier than a populated area would...

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by Chrisba320
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15 august 2019 Moscow emergency landing
Replies: 191
Views: 31136

Re: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15.08.2019 Moscow emergency landing

Well done to the pilots for putting this bird down safely with no casualties on board. I’m sure the A321’s advanced systems also played a major part in this not ending in disaster.

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by Chrisba320
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 133
Views: 26195

Re: SAA Leasing A350

I live in South Africa and I do have a bit of a soft spot for SAA. Yes, their A340 long haul product is terribly out of date, due to all the political meddling their financial situation is dire, etc. But as a passenger, on the right day with the right aircraft an SAA flight can be a great ride. Thei...

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by Chrisba320
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.
Replies: 64
Views: 6846

Re: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.

That's a shame. In non anglo based cultures tattoos can be viewed as entirely the opposite. A big example of that is Polynesian culture. Stuff like tā moko is considered an honorable and expected part of one's life. To get a tā moko is to connect one to one's past and to acknowledge life achievemen...

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by Chrisba320
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Wing Issue?
Replies: 21
Views: 6127

Re: Boeing Wing Issue?

It might be considered a “non-issue” by some but really, just put this thing out of its misery. What else is going to come out in the wash? How many more people have to be killed before this plane is grounded for good? But then what do I know. As much as I love Boeing this is atrocious.

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by Chrisba320
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat Airbus A310 problems?
Replies: 20
Views: 6305

Re: Air Transat Airbus A310 problems?

Engineering issues are not reported to the regulator. There are processes internally for dealing with these. If everyone was reporting engineering problems the regulator would probably have a meltdown. What is the urge to hang on to these pieces of trash. “Trash” is a bit harsh, don’t you think? On...

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by Chrisba320
Wed May 30, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia first A350 takes flight
Replies: 43
Views: 6059

Re: Iberia first A350 takes flight

You must be looking at the wrong link. It takes a very special livery to make an A350 in flight look butt ugly, and IB's is one of them. Egads. I’ve been trying for a while now but I fail to see the butt-ugly bit. Looks good enough to me. Stunning plane, the A350. Imagine a 787 in this livery. God,...

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by Chrisba320
Tue May 08, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR
Replies: 45
Views: 9168

Re: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR

Finally. A wholly logical add, with connections at the London end. In my view, this is a real no-brainer, no-risk route that should never have been terminated in the first place. The IAG management are so, so conservative. There’s no other description for their strategy. They’re even putting almost...

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by Chrisba320
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrow body hot and high performance
Replies: 17
Views: 3227

Narrow body hot and high performance

Hi Guys I’m not very technically minded so what follows is based purely on the experience of a frequent traveler. I live in Cape Town and fly to Johannesburg all the time. Almost all my flights are on the 738 or A319/320. JNB is high above sea level and I’ve had many take-offs in 35 plus degrees cen...

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by Chrisba320
Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 773ER vs A346 for private use (yes, another A340 post)
Replies: 11
Views: 1735

Re: 773ER vs A346 for private use (yes, another A340 post)

If I am hypothetically flying myself, then based on what I should do, I should get a 773ER instead of an A346. Because even though I love the A343 and A346: 1. They are gas guzzlers 2. They have 4 engines, which has its pros but also has increased maintenance costs 3. The Trent 500's are out of pro...

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by Chrisba320
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A343 and A346 Status?
Replies: 50
Views: 8347

Re: A343 and A346 Status?

Utter silence when the delta between the pig and 77W is half as much as the 77W and the A350-1000. Maybe because the readers here to their credit recognize the silliness of comparing planes designed in the last millennium to one that hasn't even flown a paying passenger yet? Firstly 77W is a 2005 a...

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by Chrisba320
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A343 and A346 Status?
Replies: 50
Views: 8347

Re: A343 and A346 Status?

There's zero market for them. The new A339 251T can fly just as far as the 343 could for significantly less costs and the 346 was a pig compared to even the 777-300ER, much less the A350. Once Airbus stopped building the 343, significant changes were made to remove those additional structures from ...

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by Chrisba320
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A343 and A346 Status?
Replies: 50
Views: 8347

Re: A343 and A346 Status?

I just really wish Airbus are willing to individually build A346's and A343's... possibly off the A330's assembly line? But other than private ACJ-340's, Airbus have almost no intentions to build any more A340 airframes, period. There's zero market for them. The new A339 251T can fly just as far as...

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by Chrisba320
Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replacement of the Swiss Airbus A340-300
Replies: 77
Views: 18847

Re: Replacement of the Swiss Airbus A340-300

It is probably fair to say the A340-300 gets a lot of criticism in this era of big twins but as a passenger it is one of my favorite (older) long haul planes. I like Swiss, I travelled JNB - ZRH - JNB on Swiss last month. It’s spacious, comfortable, quiet and the 2 + 4 + 2 seating is great when trav...

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by Chrisba320
Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time
Replies: 260
Views: 43305

Re: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time

Congratulations to Airbus, they keep making the best better, in a big way. This is one good-looking bird! I'm looking forward to seeing how airlines will use this aircraft and what new routes it may open up. Hard not to see a bright future for this aircraft.

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by Chrisba320
Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways direct to Cape Town
Replies: 17
Views: 2188

Re: Kenya Airways direct to Cape Town

Good luck when Cape Town runs out of water :-/ What are you talking about?! Cape Town, South Africa is going to become the first major city to run out of water, expected on April 12th. Their supplies are dwindling to a fraction of the normal capacity and political corruption and mismanagement has m...

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by Chrisba320
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China 787 loses half of its electrical power
Replies: 16
Views: 5365

Re: Air China 787 loses half of its electrical power

I've worked for one of the major European airlines for several years and I know stuff happens to all aircraft types but I'm sorry, I just don't trust the 787. I've successfully avoided traveling on one so far and I intend keeping it that way. Give me any Airbus widebody or the 777.

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by Chrisba320
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 197
Views: 65960

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

I am really sorry to see fewer and fewer of these planes around but I understand the reasons for that. I've had some fantastic flights on A340's over the years, especially the 346 which was my favorite long-haul plane till the 350 came around. The ones I travelled on were superbly comfortable, quiet...

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by Chrisba320
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 187027

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

I have no doubt the C-series will be successful and I can't wait for my first flight on one of them. You do because you hate Boeing? John Leahy, Airbus’s master salesman, dismissed the C Series as nothing more than a “cute little plane” offered in a narrow segment of the market where there was no d...

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by Chrisba320
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 187027

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

I read most of the comments to this thread and scanned through the rest and all I can say is wow. Boeing got properly shafted here, I'm sure their butts hurt like hell this morning. Incredible move Airbus, well done for spotting an opportunity and taking it. I have no doubt the C-series will be succ...

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by Chrisba320
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus in better position than Boeing?
Replies: 38
Views: 6324

Airbus in better position than Boeing?

Hi Everyone This is my first post on this forum but I've been lurking for a long time, great place to be! I work in travel and travel-related industries and aviation is and always has been a big part of my life. I am no subject expert on aviation matters but I enjoy the industry and have learned muc...

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