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by mchei
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you fly a certain route more than 5 times a year, would you be more likely to fly a low cost or a legacy airline?
Replies: 36
Views: 1003

Re: If you fly a certain route more than 5 times a year, would you be more likely to fly a low cost or a legacy airline?

The airport closest to my home is pretty small so typically I would go for the legacy carriers, in my case AF, KL, LX and LH. Also, their schedules and flexibility make my life easier. However, just recently, Wizz started offering a direct route to VIE, which otherwise is a flight through one of the...

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by mchei
Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Until when will the tiller be used?
Replies: 18
Views: 1257

Re: Until when will the tiller be used?

Many thanks! I’m a bit less stupid now :)

Regards from Germany!

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by mchei
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Until when will the tiller be used?
Replies: 18
Views: 1257

Until when will the tiller be used?

Hi! I know the tiller is used on the ground for steering the aircraft. Until which speed will it be used on the runway for corrections? Or will the takeoff be aborted when, at low speed, the aircraft doesn’t follow the centerline? Or will the pilots wait until the rudder has enough command? Vice-ver...

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by mchei
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Best. Flight. Ever! Business class on a Swiss Airbus A220 (my first time) from Zurich to Dublin
Replies: 6
Views: 3125

Re: Best. Flight. Ever! Business class on a Swiss Airbus A220 (my first time) from Zurich to Dublin

I have been on a short Swiss Business Class flight on a C-Series from Zurich to Hamburg - and I second your statement: it was a superb service. It was an evening flight after an exhausting day and the crew instantly made me forget about the day. The maître de cabine welcomed me saying: we have a ver...

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by mchei
Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The good old times: old commercials on YouTube
Replies: 121
Views: 10127

Re: The good old times: old commercials on YouTube

Here in Brazil, we had some fantastic ads in the past, specially from Varig, VASP and Transbrasil. These are in Portuguese, but they are my absolute favorite ones: Varig 60 years (1987) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz1u1KUSsOU VASP mid 80s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aswaRTO3z4 VASP early 9...

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by mchei
Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The good old times: old commercials on YouTube
Replies: 121
Views: 10127

Re: The good old times: old commercials on YouTube

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KQtIAeqdoiU A Ju-52 and a 737 over the Frankfurt skyline. That's definitely not Frankfurt nor Boston as the video description implies. Frankfurt is not near the sea or surrounded by mountains and Boston has no snow covered peaks anywhere near it. That is Seattle's skyl...

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by mchei
Thu Aug 27, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The good old times: old commercials on YouTube
Replies: 121
Views: 10127

The good old times: old commercials on YouTube

Hi! I was watching a couple of YouTube videos today and I came across this old commercial for Lufthansa: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_perOWRtA74 That’s the cabin I grew up with. I then searched a bit more and found this precious thing: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KQtIAeqdoiU A Ju-52 and a 737 ov...

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by mchei
Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A319 - 25 Years since 1st Flight
Replies: 31
Views: 3674

Re: A319 - 25 Years since 1st Flight

That picture at the beginning of this thread of a 319 landing into Santos-Dumont SDU in Rio is stunning! You absolutely need a bit of perfomance there.
The 319 is the aircraft I’ve been flying the most with.
Many happy landings!

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by mchei
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sleeper Trains U.S.
Replies: 30
Views: 1491

Re: Sleeper Trains U.S.

I don’t know if Europe is good example. There have been night trains for decades but with high-speed railway increasing plus relatively cheap (and less travel hours) by plane, this system has been run down with great efficiency. It’s true that one became aware of the fact that not everybody loves to...

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by mchei
Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your favorite airline liveries
Replies: 43
Views: 2076

Re: Your favorite airline liveries

Swiss - very classy.
The VARIG livery on the Electra
BA - Landor on the 757

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by mchei
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airports with the most challenging ground operations
Replies: 24
Views: 3088

Re: Airports with the most challenging ground operations

London City, LCY, is like the local Ikea on a Saturday.

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by mchei
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opinion: Top 5 saddest retirements caused by the virus
Replies: 35
Views: 2644

Re: Opinion: Top 5 saddest retirements caused by the virus

A340. The best-looking aircraft in my opinion. These four small hairdryers on the long tube makes it a very nice sight.

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by mchei
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying Iceland: Icelandair B757-200 & B767-300ER J
Replies: 6
Views: 5756

Re: Flying Iceland: Icelandair B757-200 & B767-300ER J

One of the very few Business Class cabins for intra-European flights that deserve this name. Looking good!

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by mchei
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last ERJ - Embraer Regional Jet Delivered: a end of an era and the history behind it !
Replies: 84
Views: 14084

Re: Last ERJ - Embraer Regional Jet Delivered: a end of an era and the history behind it !

BMI flew the 145 in Europe and I have fond memories of flying on them on the short hop from Bremen to Brussels. They had thick blue leather seats, and everything was a bit worn - but on the nice side.
Both BMI and the route don’t exist anymore.

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by mchei
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH Group to establish new AOC for leisure ops
Replies: 41
Views: 5718

Re: Lufthansa to create a new airline ‘Ocean’

I think I may never understand what LH's brand strategy is. Hopefully they use this to somehow clear up the mess they currently have. Seems like a weird moment to be trying something like this. This! But as stated here, it’s just another GmbH to avoid collective agreements they have elsewhere in th...

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by mchei
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The End of the A340-600: Iberia Business to the Holy Land
Replies: 6
Views: 8217

Re: The End of the A340-600: Iberia Business to the Holy Land

I always like your reports and how you pay attention to detail. Actually, your writing style is so consistent and specific one could give it to pupils at school to write an essay about the author. If there was a thread “Reveal Who You Are” I would be most curious to find out who you are. I hope this...

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by mchei
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?
Replies: 119
Views: 29589

Re: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?

I’m German but I grew up in Brazil, in Rio to be more precise. We would fly back to Germany for family visit once or twice a year. During the 80s we would always take Pan Am because my dad worked in American company in Brazil and they had special prices. I don’t recall it exactly and perhaps you guy...

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by mchei
Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports where you’re most likely to wait for a gate
Replies: 33
Views: 1899

Re: Airports where you’re most likely to wait for a gate

We had a similar thread a couple of months ago where I explained the London City, LCY, procedure from a passenger. I was in Frankfurt and we all had boarded on time only for the captain to tell us we would be running 30 minutes late due to a lack of gates in London City. He said we weren’t even allo...

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by mchei
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A Dream Journey to the Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle
Replies: 9
Views: 4528

Re: A Dream Journey to the Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle

That is some great and impressive stuff. Thank you very much for sharing!

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by mchei
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city
Replies: 50
Views: 3343

Re: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city

We know that this changed with Ryanair flying into Hamburg HAM or Frankfurt FRA, for example. Not entirely. In most cases they didn't move to the major airports, they added them. Only there have been a few cases where the minor airport closed and thus they had to move over to the major airport, for...

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by mchei
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city
Replies: 50
Views: 3343

Re: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city

Frankfurt Hahn. Or “Hamburg-Lübeck”. Or “Milano-Bergamo”. To be continued. This is specific to LCC. We know that this changed with Ryanair flying into Hamburg HAM or Frankfurt FRA, for example. My favorite airport in Germany is Munich, MUC. But when you go there to go downtown Munich - well, then t...

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by mchei
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whatever happened to Air France Vacances?
Replies: 20
Views: 4291

Re: Whatever happened to Air France Vacances?

VSMUT wrote:
SAS still does that on domestic flights in Denmark. Early morning flights there are bags with a croissant and yoghurt available, rest of the day they have those sealed water cups in a rack next to the gate.


Would that be Århus to CPH or Billund to CPH?

Those must be some very short flights :)

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by mchei
Sun May 31, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who designed Swissair's '80s livery?
Replies: 23
Views: 4905

Re: Who designed Swissair's '80s livery?

Brown is an important part of the today‘s Swiss livery. Uniforms and relevant parts of the cabin appear in a dark brown color. I find it classy, especially compared to LH‘s boring grey. You may use Google to find out what the German word „kackbraun“ means as it very well describes the color used by ...

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by mchei
Sun May 10, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst “White Elephant” Airports
Replies: 36
Views: 3740

Re: Worst “White Elephant” Airports

As shown, Germany offers quite a noticeable selection of airports nobody needs in the middle of nowhere. Local politicians have been wasting money for decades but with the rise of LCCs, they really went crazy because they thought they’d attract millions of passengers. It’s a shame what happened to t...

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by mchei
Sat May 09, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "In town" airports / Your favorites
Replies: 58
Views: 4115

Re: "In town" airports / Your favorites

Another one in Europe, Germany to be precise, is Bremen (BRE). You can walk there from the city center in 30 minutes, 15 minutes by bicycle. And don’t forget the streetcar that stops right in front of the terminal - and happens to stop right in front of my office, too. When I have boarding at 5 pm,...

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by mchei
Thu May 07, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: JFK daytrip on jetBlue A320 & Delta CRJ-200
Replies: 2
Views: 3211

Re: JFK daytip on jetBlue A320 & Delta CRJ-200

Nice report of a somewhat ordinary service! Just out of curiosity and because I do this kind of day trips in another part or the world: You arrived at 9.15am and you left at 5pm. Never been to JFK and never been to NYC either but from what I read and I hear these are busy places. How much time did y...

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by mchei
Sun May 03, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Qatar 777 Freighter in Bremen
Replies: 9
Views: 1111

Re: Qatar 777 Freighter in Bremen

You can't derive anything from an airliner using the full length. We derate thrust to reduce wear on the engines. We almost always can take off using a shorter run but we don't because of wear and tear. True! But how come all aircraft landing and departing are only allowed to use the 2,000 meters w...

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by mchei
Sun May 03, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Qatar 777 Freighter in Bremen
Replies: 9
Views: 1111

Re: Qatar 777 Freighter in Bremen

Quick update: This has been quite an event for the local spotters. If you want to see pictures from an airport you most likely have never heard about and will never hear about again with an aircraft that this airport will never see again, check this out: https://bre-forum.de/viewtopic.php?f=16&t...

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by mchei
Sun May 03, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Qatar 777 Freighter in Bremen
Replies: 9
Views: 1111

Re: Qatar 777 Freighter in Bremen

Thank you! Bremen indeed is only a few feet elevated - around 10 or 15 ft. Yesterday we had some light rain showers and temperatures around 15 degrees Celsius with winds of 10 knots. As far as I know, Airbus uses the full length (the 2,600 meters) when they fly in their Belugas bringing parts for th...

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by mchei
Sat May 02, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Qatar 777 Freighter in Bremen
Replies: 9
Views: 1111

Qatar 777 Freighter in Bremen

Bremen is a small airport in Northern Germany. Normally, and before Corona of course, A 319, 220, 320, 321 and B 737-800 plus E-Jets land here. Last year, AlMasria Airlines from Egypt sent an A 330 which was nice to see. Today, a Qatar 777 Freighter, A7-BFD, landed here bringing medical equipment. T...

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by mchei
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your last trip and the next trip you cancelled
Replies: 49
Views: 2409

Re: Your last trip and the next trip you cancelled

My last trip was to Vienna at the end of February via Frankfurt. One week later, somebody hit the start button...

Trips I would have liked to do but not booked: ZRH, HEL, VIE, Milan, CPH

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by mchei
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 94
Views: 8514

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Thanks to Lufthansa‘s hub strategy, there’s a lot of interesting routings when you want to get from a smaller German airport to anywhere else than the hubs. I find BRE to CPH via MUC particularly interesting. It brings you right in the opposite direction and then you fly over BRE. The same goes for ...

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by mchei
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the longest Air France A318 route?
Replies: 15
Views: 1261

Re: What is the longest Air France A318 route?

I flew on it from CDG to GVA. I’m sure this will be the one and only time in my life the boarding queue for Economy passengers was much shorter than the one for Business and other premium members.

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by mchei
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?
Replies: 87
Views: 14632

Re: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?

eta unknown wrote:
mchei wrote:
G-BLUT is not a very nice registration for an aircraft when your native language is Germany ;)


I didn't know Germany was a language BLOL BLOL BLOL.



German as language is strange enough, now imagine Germany as a language :)

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by mchei
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?
Replies: 87
Views: 14632

Re: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?

G-BLUT is not a very nice registration for an aircraft when your native language is Germany ;)

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by mchei
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How has the Coronavirus Pandemic affected You?
Replies: 93
Views: 4317

Re: How has the Coronavirus Pandemic affected You?

Regards from Germany. It’s having a significant impact on my life and on my company’s business. Working from home, not getting in touch with my in-laws and parents, going to the grocery store once a week only. I’m lucky enough to have a garden so we can at least leave the house. And yet people don’t...

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by mchei
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your List Of Discontinued Routes You Have Flown
Replies: 109
Views: 8747

Re: Your List Of Discontinued Routes You Have Flown

BRE - CPH on OLT
BRE - NUE on OLT
Both on Metroliner. What a cool ride that was!

I don’t know if TMP - ARN still exists. On Saab 2000 - also very nice!

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by mchei
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Aer Lingus A321neoLR / LHR > DUB in Y
Replies: 1
Views: 2842

Re: Aer Lingus A321neoLR / LHR > DUB in Y

Very nice!
Flew a LH 321 this week. Looking at this config is just a complete breath of fresh air compared to LH’s grey, grey and - grey.

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by mchei
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If Eurowings was designed to compete with easyjet and Ryanair, why does it simply not do that?
Replies: 6
Views: 2571

Re: If Eurowings was designed to compete with easyjet and Ryanair, why does it simply not do that?

Eurowings and Identity - that really is a tough one. I always laugh to myself when the poor cabin crew hands out the old piece of bread to you after checking the passenger manifest. I also never understood the strategy for German routes: Frankfurt and Munich is LH, the rest is Eurowings. All these s...

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by mchei
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane
Replies: 163
Views: 5996

Re: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane

Interesting. I have a very similar issue and this is a unique opportunity to check whether I am wrong or not: we all use the phrase „please find attached“ when sending a file by e-mail. But one of my colleagues writes „Bitte finde beigefügt..“ wenn sending e-mails in German language. I am writing b...

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by mchei
Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane
Replies: 163
Views: 5996

Re: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane

I really hate the phrase “at the end of the day” and its 1:1 translation into German “am Ende des Tages”, which became very popular. It’s being used so much and there’re people that use it in every single sentence they produce. In a plane I really get mad at people that unfasten their seatbelts befo...

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by mchei
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't
Replies: 17
Views: 1184

Re: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't

I am a pax so I can only tell from my experience as such. In Europe it depends very much on the agent operating the gate and on the destination as well as on where the aircraft is located. When it’s standing at an apron position, gate agents seem to be more strict. But sometimes they keep the last ...

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by mchei
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: [Video Only] | Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 | Premium Economy | Frankfurt - Panama City
Replies: 3
Views: 3136

Re: [Video Only] | Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 | Premium Economy | Frankfurt - Panama City

Last time I flew Y+ with LH they had some kind of juice with mint as a pre-departure drink. No sparkling wine or alcoholic beverage on choice.

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by mchei
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: To recline or not to recline is the question?
Replies: 50
Views: 1714

Re: To recline or not to recline is the question?

One person's freedom ends where another person's freedom begins. :) I don’t recline in Economy simply because I think it’s not polite because there is literally no room left for the guy behind me. I hate it when the guy in front of me reclines but I don’t tell him or her not to so. He or she is free...

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by mchei
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't
Replies: 17
Views: 1184

Re: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't

I am a pax so I can only tell from my experience as such. In Europe it depends very much on the agent operating the gate and on the destination as well as on where the aircraft is located. When it’s standing at an apron position, gate agents seem to be more strict. But sometimes they keep the last b...

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by mchei
Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?
Replies: 111
Views: 7306

Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

VFW 614 ... WHAT IN THE WORLD WERE THEY THINKING ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VFW-Fokker_614 I wasn’t there... But it seems like it’s been a mixture of politics, Western Germany glorious times, money, hey let’s give it a try mentality and being naive. Perhaps some people would say...ahead of its...

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by mchei
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What former carriers have you flown?
Replies: 102
Views: 3348

Re: What former carriers have you flown?

VARIG
VASP
PanAm
LTU
OLT
Hapag Lloyd

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by mchei
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst airport in Europe???
Replies: 65
Views: 4758

Re: Best and worst airport in Europe???

Airports are growing and expanding so that last year's status may not be valid, but I will second MUC. New HEL is also almost great, though still something left to do. I did like BCN and MAD. Not so good include ARN, CDG, and LHR (partially) but the very worst airports I have been are in Russia. HE...

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