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by mchei
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: ANA A380 First Class Trip Report July 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 6907

Re: ANA A380 First Class Trip Report July 2019

Wow. That must have been hours of work to set this up. Thank you very much! I know I’m never going to fly first class so it’s nice to see what I’m never going to get :) Three things amazed me: 1 - The demand: ANA is able to fill up an A380 for the Honolulu to Tokio route? Never would l have expected...

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by mchei
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: To the Oil Rigs of Libya!: Opening(and closing) a rig
Replies: 11
Views: 6108

Re: To the Oil Rigs of Libya!: Opening(and closing) a rig

A very interesting and again unusual story to read. I’d love to see your passport at some point in time and I would even more love to see the faces of border control staff of different countries when they open your passport ;)

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by mchei
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Which Plane Would You Buy?
Replies: 36
Views: 3084

Re: Which Plane Would You Buy?

I've had a chance to sit right seat in one but not an RG, they are cool planes. Like a cargo van, great family and friend hauler for the weekends. The RG is of course faster but also relatively quiet and more stable in the air. I'm saying this a passenger because it was my granddad who flew it. He ...

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by mchei
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Which Plane Would You Buy?
Replies: 36
Views: 3084

Re: Which Plane Would You Buy?

Budget wise, I'd say what's realistic for you... if I was a few million richer I'd probably go for a PC-12 but that's not likely to happen.

So a Kitfox seems to tick all the boxes.


That’s one hell of a plane!

I also love the Cessna 182 RG and older models als do quite a nice job.

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by mchei
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: I admit it - I stereotype rude travellers
Replies: 12
Views: 1451

Re: I admit it - I stereotype rude travellers

The game I like the most: Aircraft parks at a remote stand. Flight was 45 minutes long. What is the loudest guy going to shout through his phone in the crowded bus? Some answers: - Only EUR 3,000,000,000,000? Let’s do this! - I just landed. 5,000 mails in 30 seconds. Crazy day. - Kick (insert name) ...

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by mchei
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Euro Business Seats
Replies: 34
Views: 4742

Re: Euro Business Seats

The best I’ve seen was on Air France. An A318 from CDG to GVA.
I think there’s two people in Y that didn’t have pre-boarding so actually being in Y felt more precious than being a Business Class passenger :)

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by mchei
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 104
Views: 7054

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

I will go for the CRJ as well. Them in the back are no fun. But a middle seat on A320 during summer time in the evening is also a nice experience. You get some nice fragrances on top...
With regard to the Metroliner it’s as always with history: the farther it’s away the better it gets :)

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by mchei
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin Mayor wants Emirates in Berlin
Replies: 42
Views: 6096

Re: Berlin Mayor wants Emirates in Berlin

fraT wrote:
The mayor of Berlin should set his priority to finally open the airport BER and end this utter embarrassment for Germany.


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by mchei
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff
Replies: 56
Views: 10264

Re: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff

The C-Series alias A220 also makes a sound when power is applied coming from idle. I find it pretty annoying on the ground when the aircraft needs to stop and increases power to be able to taxi. Especially because the aircraft is the opposite of being noisy this draws my attention every time.

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by mchei
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL/AA complimentary meals in economy class
Replies: 45
Views: 5358

Re: DL/AA complimentary meals in economy class

oneworld Emeralds, when travelling in Y on AA, get free alcoholic beverages and snacks. It is a little bit embarrassing as the crew call me Ex Plat and generally make a fuss (e.g. serving me first) and not taking any payment at the end of the exchange. This, in turn, invariably prompts the person s...

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by mchei
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO
Replies: 183
Views: 25010

Re: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO

Let’s have a look at LH’s (and I mean the airline itself, not the group) network: many many flights happen in Europe in the range of below 2 hours, and then there’re a couple more above two hours and some even above three hours. Those happen with the 320 family planes. Basically all flights longer t...

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by mchei
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Usual Route With a Twist: ATL-IAD-ATL on Southwest
Replies: 3
Views: 2320

Re: Usual Route With a Twist: ATL-IAD-ATL on Southwest

Totally love how you write! Very nice report, thank you!
The 737-700 always looks funny. I flew it a couple of times with KLM from Amsterdam to Copenhagen.

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by mchei
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does JAL operate WB aircraft on domestic routes?
Replies: 45
Views: 4524

Re: Why does JAL operate WB aircraft on domestic routes?

Because of the very high domestic flight demand. There are also several other airlines from other countries which fly widebodies on short domestic routes sometimes such as Lufthansa Lufthansa does this close to never. We did see 747 and 340 after the bankruptcy of Air Berlin on domestic routes in G...

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by mchei
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Riding the Shamrock in 2019 - Aer Lingus Dublin to Amsterdam, now with mood lighting!
Replies: 6
Views: 4171

Re: Riding the Shamrock in 2019 - Aer Lingus Dublin to Amsterdam, now with mood lighting!

The seats and the lights look very welcoming. Nice layout of the cabin!
You really eat this for breakfast? But then you skip lunch, right? I’m German. I like sausages, naturally. But for breakfast?
I don’t even want to imagine what the French would say ;)

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by mchei
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do any airlines still use ceiling mounted CRT televisions for IFE?
Replies: 25
Views: 2317

Re: Do any airlines still use ceiling mounted CRT televisions for IFE?

I remember the old Barco 3-lens cinema projectors with movie screens on the dividing walls. Good times. I remember those. I think they were used in conjunction with CRT screens. What was the last airline to use the 3-lens projector? I think Northwest still had some 747-200s with those projectors in...

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by mchei
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Disapointing TWA HOTEL at JFK + UA 787-10economy FRA-EWR (w/photo)
Replies: 23
Views: 9820

Re: Disapointing TWA HOTEL at JFK + UA 787-10economy FRA-EWR (w/photo)

Hi everyone, I though I would share with you an update. I sent the TWA Hotel a complaint letter detailing what went wrong and also added a few suggestions and tips based on my stay. 2 days later I got a reply where a customer care employee was deeply sorry for what had happened and she offered a fu...

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by mchei
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One global currency?
Replies: 28
Views: 1451

Re: One global currency?

Have a look at Scandinavia: Denmark, Sweden and Norway are economically strong, have very good relationships to each other - but each country has its own currency, even though they are a part of the EU (which is only half-true for Norway, though). It keeps their independence and makes decision makin...

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by mchei
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United starts EWR-PRG
Replies: 11
Views: 4645

Re: United starts EWR-PRG

Ups. My bad, sorry. I’ve always been looking at what DPP offers.
With regard to public transport in general, Praha is amazing!

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by mchei
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United starts EWR-PRG
Replies: 11
Views: 4645

Re: United starts EWR-PRG

I love Praha. But the connection from the airport to the city center has always been a bit of a mess. By bus to the metro and then downtown. I think there’re plans to extend the metro line but, yeah, it’s a plan. :)

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by mchei
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines future narrowbody fleet to be branded as Eurowings
Replies: 62
Views: 11555

Re: Brussels Airlines narrowbody fleet to be rebranded as Eurowings

It's the little chocolate bars they hand out on Swiss that gives them the ability to charge a higher price. Now if Austrian were to hand out a piece of strudel or Sachertorte to all their passengers, there would be no need to worry about being merged into Eurowings Seriously tho, Swiss do somehow m...

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by mchei
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines future narrowbody fleet to be branded as Eurowings
Replies: 62
Views: 11555

Re: Brussels Airlines narrowbody fleet to be rebranded as Eurowings

https://www.flugrevue.de/klassiker/ents ... ns-museum/
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c933103 wrote:
Wait, so going by the logic, will LH move its own narrowbody ops to EW too? Including the Ju52?


Tante Ju will go into a museum.

Link in German:

https://www.flugrevue.de/klassiker/ents ... ns-museum/

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by mchei
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lufthansa’s first A320 D-AIPA retired
Replies: 0
Views: 867

Lufthansa’s first A320 D-AIPA retired

No birthday party I’m afraid: D-AIPA, LH’s first 320 Airbus, manufactured in 1989, MSN 069, will not see its 30th birthday as part of the LH fleet. He/she/it was retired this week and is now in Sofia. After the last flight, it said Adieu/Tschüss to the Airbus employees in Finkenwerder. I liked the o...

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by mchei
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest A319 flight
Replies: 27
Views: 6253

Re: Longest A319 flight

smallmj wrote:
compensateme wrote:
AC flew the 319 from YYZ-LHR, stopping at YYT. It’s like arriving at your high school prom in a pickup truck.


What's wrong with that? You've clearly never been to a prom in rural Canada.


Actually, you’d be the boss if you did that in Germany ;)

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by mchei
Fri May 31, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH D-ABVU (B744) hard landing at PHL
Replies: 24
Views: 9068

Re: LH D-AVBU (B744) hard landing at PHL

One B744 out of service indefinitely and others are needed for various other routes. B748 cannot be accommodated at PHL gates due to taxiway restriction. A346 is closest remaining aircraft in fleet when it comes to capacity - still has 74 less seats than B744. The A346 can easily be swapped between...

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by mchei
Fri May 31, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH D-ABVU (B744) hard landing at PHL
Replies: 24
Views: 9068

Re: LH D-AVBU (B744) hard landing at PHL

Does LH need the capacity of an A346 for FRA PHL during summer that they even need to move an aircraft from MUC to FRA for it?
I mean LH has quite some planes based in FRA like 343, 744, 748.

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by mchei
Fri May 31, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH D-ABVU (B744) hard landing at PHL
Replies: 24
Views: 9068

Re: LH D-AVBU (B744) hard landing at PHL

stylo777 wrote:
LH doesn't have 332's; you probably mean 333 in winter?


You’re right of course. Sorry!

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by mchei
Fri May 31, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH D-ABVU (B744) hard landing at PHL
Replies: 24
Views: 9068

Re: LH D-AVBU (B744) hard landing at PHL

speedbird52 wrote:
Small correction: It is LH426. On a side note it's cool that Philly is getting another 747 service


Yep! There’s a pic somewhere showing the LH and Speedbird 747s next to each other - nice!
It’s an A332 during winter. Before 2018, this was a LH CityLine route on an A343.

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by mchei
Wed May 29, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most beautiful airline interiors
Replies: 20
Views: 1936

Re: Most beautiful airline interiors

Swiss has certainly not been very creative but to me that’s one cabin layout that is clean and calm. It might look old-fashioned with the brown and beige but it’s kinda classy.
Helvetic has red carpets in their E-Jets. It’s a bit too much but still something different :)

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by mchei
Wed May 29, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest & shortest flights
Replies: 78
Views: 4231

Re: Your longest & shortest flights

Longest: GIG - FRA, on LH 744 and later A343,
VASP GIG - BRU on MD-11 must have been about the same.

Shortest: FRA - HAJ but also CPH - GOT. MUC - ZRH and ZRH - GVA have also been very short.

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by mchei
Tue May 28, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about the A321 and Jetway boarding
Replies: 36
Views: 5261

Re: Question about the A321 and Jetway boarding

Vasu wrote:
That seems a little bit ridiculous, but it must’ve given the business passengers quite a nice private exit!


Indeed :) Had it once in MUC and I was off the plane in 2 minutes :)

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by mchei
Mon May 13, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 327
Views: 47597

Re: Report: BER Oct 2020 opening on shaky grounds

What happened to German efficiency? I don’t know. Google Elbphilharmonie. Look at BER. And it even gets worse. Google the Gorch Fock and you will get to know that today we aren’t even able to renovate a vessel. It’s a shame. We should send a group of German engineers to the Sagrada Familia in Barcel...

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by mchei
Sat May 04, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delivery of first Air Transat A321LR
Replies: 24
Views: 6743

Re: Delivery of first Air Transat A321LR

OccupiedLav wrote:

Side note, those A321s look much better with the larger engines.


It’s the opposite to me :) I love the “skinny” engines on the old 321s. That’s why the 340 also is my favorite plane, just from the outward appearance.

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by mchei
Wed May 01, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OS Q1 Loss Deepens
Replies: 39
Views: 7268

Re: OS Q1 Loss Deepens

Well from the figures by airline I'm more concerned by the loss at EW than OS. [...] Oh and add to that their poor reliability (cancellations etc etc) I would have agreed if you had written this last year. It’s been getting better over the course of this year with EW. I say this as a passenger of i...

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by mchei
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: Emirates is planning its network without the A380
Replies: 78
Views: 19358

Re: Tim Clark: Emirates is planning its network without the A380

This also might be posturing by Tim Clark about the new rumored JFK-HAM nonstops Really? I mean United couldn’t even run the route with a 757 and LH does everything to bring you through FRA or MUC. Now, they also seem to try to push ZRH as a (mini) hub. HAM is well connected to all of the three. Ed...

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by mchei
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why so few international major carriers to Philadelphia?
Replies: 104
Views: 14397

Re: Why so few international major carriers to Philadelphia?

I flew to PHL with LH last year. The return trip was at a bit more than 1,000 euros for Y+. Booked a couple of months in advance. Compared to what you can pay to flights within Europe, that’s a hell of a good price. Load factor was okay-ish at around 70% or so (A330). I loved that immigration took o...

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by mchei
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Lufthansa Domestic 747 - FRA-TXL
Replies: 6
Views: 6281

Re: Lufthansa Domestic 747 - FRA-TXL

Great report, thx for shearing. With such high prices for short domestic flights, no wonder Ryanair and flexibus are doing so well in Germany. Prices can be much higher than that on domestic routes! I actually find it to be okay. Deutsche Bahn asks you to hand over 132 euros for that route in coach...

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by mchei
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Erfurt + Rostock airports
Replies: 19
Views: 3159

Re: Erfurt + Rostock airports

Well, they are most probably not sustainable already in my honest opinion. I totally agree with you. Not only with this sentence but with everything you wrote! The amount of airports that don’t make sense is quite insane. Well, nowadays perhaps they do make sense as the railway network is in such b...

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by mchei
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do legacy carriers charge more for one way?
Replies: 10
Views: 1142

Re: Why do legacy carriers charge more for one way?

A very good question... They sometimes or always define a minimum stay at destination. If you can do a return trip on the same day, they will charge a ridiculous amount of money (Bremen-Geneva-Bremen on the same day was at 900 euros recently and Hamburg-Copenhagen-Hamburg, with SAS operated by someo...

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by mchei
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Interesting Trend in Food at Sports Events
Replies: 16
Views: 1104

Re: Interesting Trend in Food at Sports Events

In Germany they go a step further and landside they have fully-stocked supermarkets at "high street prices" in airports like CGN or DUS. You see those places very crowded. True! In HAM there’s also a grocery store landside (Edeka). I’ve seen small stores in ARN (Pressbyrån) landside as we...

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by mchei
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines with multiple languages on branding
Replies: 13
Views: 1615

Re: Airlines with multiple languages on branding

Not exactly branding but still multilingual is Swiss. They use German, French, Italian and Romansh on their ”Welcome“ screen. I never flew outside of Europe with them, but within Europe they use German, English and French for most of the stuff on board, too.

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by mchei
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cities with Airports that are close to each other
Replies: 47
Views: 2750

Re: Cities with Airports that are close to each other

Hamburg has the international airport HAM and the Airbus field XFW, that are rather close and with almost patallel approach. When landing at XFW towards the southwest you see HAM below you. XFW is not a commercial airport, but still sees quite some traffic from Airbus plus the 2 daily shuttles to a...

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by mchei
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair "threatens" with the closure of bases in the Canaries
Replies: 67
Views: 10193

Re: Ryanair "threatens" with the closure of bases in the Canaries

tommy1808 wrote:
Ryanair actually owns that terminal.

Best regards
Thomas


Danke! I was unaware of that.

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by mchei
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection time in Frankfurt
Replies: 14
Views: 995

Re: Connection time in Frankfurt

And that’s it. FRA is never a sure thing. On a Saturday, it took me 15 minutes from a Schengen flight to get into the plane to PHL. With the wrong runway and a city tour and a bus tour and arriving at the wrong gate - you kinda need more than an hour. I feel that the latter is more often the case th...

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by mchei
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Late Evening LON-AMS Flights
Replies: 18
Views: 2789

Re: Late Evening LON-AMS Flights

Most late flights between European cities leave at around 21:00-22:00 (9pm-10pm) unless they are overnight stoppers with a short flight time then they usually leave around 22:30-23:00. This is also the case of CPH-TXL/SXF. The last flight leave at 21:05 Thank you! And to be honest with you: I neede...

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by mchei
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Late Evening LON-AMS Flights
Replies: 18
Views: 2789

Re: Late Evening LON-AMS Flights

Have a look at Copenhagen - Berlin. I needed a late departure from CPH and thought that there must be such a flight between two European capitals.
Nope...

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by mchei
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: LATAM 787, Madrid to Frankfurt
Replies: 5
Views: 5050

Re: LATAM 787, Madrid to Frankfurt

Thank you for this report! I really enjoyed reading it! I once flew from Paris CDG to MAD with AF. It was one of the worst flights I ever took: a cramped A320, worn seats, ice-cold red wine (at Air France...), the guy in front of me reclining because it was an evening flight leaving you with no priv...

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by mchei
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Domestic jumbo usage question
Replies: 54
Views: 7714

Re: Domestic jumbo usage question

With the bankruptcy of Air Berlin, Lufthansa sent a 744 between FRA and TXL (Berlin) to cope with the demand - at least to try to cope... That’s roughly an one hour flight and boarding/deplaning was done through stairs in Berlin. In 2018 :)

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by mchei
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 136
Views: 35904

Re: A first Airbus A320 broke through the 30-year into service mark

https://sites.google.com/site/lhgroupfleet/lufthansa
for the age of the LH fleet including D-AIPA and his workmates.
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https://sites.google.com/site/lhgroupfleet/lufthansa
for the age of the LH fleet including D-AIPA and his workmates.

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by mchei
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: United's New B767-300ER Polaris Business Class, GRU-IAD
Replies: 9
Views: 10725

Re: United's New B767-300ER Polaris Business Class, GRU-IAD

Great report! Thanks for taking the time to write down your experience in so much detail! I must say that I love the lamp. It’s such a nice touch in a somewhat sterile environment. I find the carpet a bit too greyish. It seems a bit cheap and I think they could have went for a bit of a darker tone. ...

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