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by FCOTSTW
Fri Oct 22, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines “New Chapter”
Replies: 51
Views: 7589

Re: Brussels Airlines “New Chapter”

Reverting to the old Sabena brand? That would be nice on the hand (lots of history and heritage) but would also be a drag (it is a company that got liquidated). Just an idea.

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by FCOTSTW
Fri Oct 22, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-Alitalia flight attendants strip off uniforms in protest
Replies: 44
Views: 12486

Re: Ex-Alitalia flight attendants strip off uniforms in protest

Now this is what I call dedication, they obviously loved there jobs, reminds me of the ex-Pan Am employees that still have reunions. https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/alitalia-flight-attendants-strip-off-uniforms-protest-80684348 No, this is not dedication, this desperation. Italy is h...

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by FCOTSTW
Wed Oct 13, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: New United international routes 10/14
Replies: 350
Views: 52013

Re: Rumor: New United international routes 10/13

rjbesikof wrote:
2) ORD-MXP (MXP would now be served from the middle of the country)..


Great opportunity window, due to AZ folding and ITA not picking up the FCO ORD market (for the moment)

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by FCOTSTW
Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline with the oldest livery still flying/in use?
Replies: 90
Views: 14220

Re: Airline with the oldest livery still flying/in use?

Alitalia? AZ has changed liveries 3 times in the last few years Whether old or new, that livery will be erased from the face of the earth on October 15. The Alitalia logo is now for sale for $ 290MM, however analysts already announced that the price is overinflated and Ita (the new Italian airline)...

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by FCOTSTW
Fri Sep 17, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question about Iran Air and iraqi Airways?
Replies: 14
Views: 2221

Re: Question about Iran Air and iraqi Airways?

I can see DTW, where there is a huge Iraqi / Chaldean population, still with many economic ties to Iraq. A lot of the market is helped by AA/QR, flying DTW PHL DOH EBL or by RJ, which flies a very unpopular DTW YUL AMM, with further connections.

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by FCOTSTW
Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: EU Green Certificate for US Citizens?
Replies: 5
Views: 832

Re: EU Green Certificate for US Citizens?

Being of double nationality, I might be able to help, although what I know has been told me by a credible European friend, who has witnessed it (nothing official). The "Green Pass" is only available for EU residents, who (1) have received vaccinations in Europe and that (2) can benefit fro...

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by FCOTSTW
Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Italian seaplane airline EOS to be launched
Replies: 21
Views: 4154

Re: New Italian seaplane airline EOS to be launched

Taken from the website: "Among us there are pilots who have worked for some of the best airlines in the world (Alitalia, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways)..." Question: if you are a pilot for Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, or Qatar Airways, why do you want to work for a local seapl...

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by FCOTSTW
Wed Aug 25, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Alitalia Shutting Down
Replies: 2
Views: 862

Alitalia Shutting Down

I was booked in early November to fly from Rome to Amsterdam on Alitalia, in order to connect to the United States and I am noticing that my FCO AMS flight has been cancelled. Wishing to see whether I had any alternative, I went to the AZ website, where I am noticing that they do not accept any new ...

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by FCOTSTW
Mon Jul 19, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 116
Views: 14055

Re: The Rest of Michigan Aviation Thread - 2021

Hi folks, anyone knows when DL will go back to FNT? Thanks

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by FCOTSTW
Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA 800 lost 25 years ago July 17, 1996
Replies: 48
Views: 7243

Re: TWA 800 lost 25 years ago July 17, 1996

A FCO flight was cancelled that night, so TWA 800 was operating JFK-CDG-FCO and that is why there were so many TWA crew on board among the 230. They were all off duty, heading to Rome, to operate a FCO-JFK service. On the other hand, I remember viewing on Italian TV people that were supposed to go ...

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by FCOTSTW
Fri Jul 02, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Azman Air A340-600 Demonstration Flight to The Bahamas
Replies: 39
Views: 19861

Re: Azman Air A340-600 Demonstration Flight to The Bahamas

And to prove a point they sent an A340 transatlantic? OMG! This is the triumph of the ego.

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by FCOTSTW
Tue Jun 22, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Was Finnair the first Western European airline to fly to Tokyo non-stop flying around USSR airspace?
Replies: 4
Views: 1086

Re: Was Finnair the first Western European airline to fly to Tokyo non-stop flying around USSR airspace?

Yes, it was, back in the late 80s, early 90s. They did it on a MD-11. I remember it because my buddy was working at AY and it was a big deal back then

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by FCOTSTW
Mon Jun 21, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA again looking at leaving Gatwick
Replies: 69
Views: 16520

Re: BA again looking at leaving Gatwick

It would make sense whether BA would seek to reduce operations and only operate out of LHR. Any sign of that?

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by FCOTSTW
Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AR returns to JFK
Replies: 37
Views: 8325

Re: AR returns to JFK

After a 16-month hiatus and shortly after AA does the same, Aerolíneas Argentinas is returning to JFK, effective July 19th, initially 3x week. AR1300 EZE 22:30 JFK 08:35+1 146 332 AR1301 JFK 14:45 EZE 02:40+1 257 332 Terrible timing on the return leg. Not sure if it´s a slots issue at JFK or what.....

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by FCOTSTW
Thu Jun 03, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Round the world airlines
Replies: 25
Views: 3933

Re: Round the world airlines

TW in the early 70s flew on a 707 BOS/CDG/FCO/TLV/BOM/BKK/HKG/GUM/HNL/LAX/SFO/BOS FCOTSTW, while I agree that TWA offered "round-the-world" service, I could not find a continuous flight number that circumvented the globe. I have no doubt the aircraft continued on a round the world routing...

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by FCOTSTW
Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Round the world airlines
Replies: 25
Views: 3933

Re: Round the world airlines

TW in the early 70s flew on a 707 BOS/CDG/FCO/TLV/BOM/BKK/HKG/GUM/HNL/LAX/SFO/BOS

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by FCOTSTW
Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does Norway have so many airlines?
Replies: 6
Views: 757

Re: Why does Norway have so many airlines?

Taxation and fiscal policy. That is all. It is the same reason why Russian airlines do not register any of their assets in Russia. they are then free to establish bases anywhere they like in the world.

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by FCOTSTW
Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole
Replies: 121
Views: 16825

Re: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole

hitower3 wrote:
Dear all,

Duct tape jokes aside, what would be the cost to repair such a damage?


$ 200 to $ 500K, at least? Plus the lightbulbs of the pole that have gone busted?

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by FCOTSTW
Thu May 27, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 2009
Views: 479981

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

I was listening to Italian TV yesterday (RAI1, name of the program "Porta a Porta") and the Italian minister of labor clearly stated that although the company name is changing, the airline' s name (its D/B/A) will stay the same. Once again, a lot of public money thrown at a company that wi...

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by FCOTSTW
Tue May 25, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Let's buy a BAC 1-11
Replies: 50
Views: 8161

Re: Let's buy a BAC 1-11

Be careful of what you wish for... both the instructions booklet and all spare parts are written in Rumanian :-)

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by FCOTSTW
Fri May 14, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Top ten current overseas routes by flights
Replies: 13
Views: 2731

Re: Top ten current overseas routes by flights

Numbers in the US keep rising; Moscow is pushing a lot of flights it seems also. Has anyone seen any numbers regarding actual number of pax travelling city (not airport) pairs? The article goes into the pent up US demand and note the Caribbean and points south should be big winners. If Europe opens...

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by FCOTSTW
Fri May 14, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW Detroit Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 765
Views: 97057

Re: DTW Detroit Aviation Thread - 2021

As we are turning the page into May, here is the current planned DL/Skyteam International service for May / June. At this point, May is set, and June would appear to be so as well, but anything is possible depending on things continue to evolve, and at what pace things open-up or lack there-of. TPA...

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by FCOTSTW
Fri May 14, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Wants Sky Club Volunteer Work
Replies: 71
Views: 7835

Re: Delta Wants Sky Club Volunteer Work

There is a little detail: when you are requested to volunteer, you are not a volunteer anymore...

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by FCOTSTW
Mon May 10, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First schedulded Icelandair MAX 8 flight KEF-SEA today
Replies: 31
Views: 7996

Re: First schedulded Icelandair MAX 8 flight KEF-SEA today

Test flight done on May 9 by a Boeing 737 MAX 9. Flight time? 7:37

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by FCOTSTW
Sun May 09, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 75 years ago, KLM to New York for the first time
Replies: 12
Views: 17400

Re: 75 years ago, KLM to New York for the first time

Unrelated curiosity: I remember reading years ago that KLM, on flights to North America, used to have guns on board, just in case the aircraft had to emergency land in a remote zone populated by wild animals. This is further supported by this article that I have found this morning. https://www.flyer...

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by FCOTSTW
Thu May 06, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH ordering 5 more A350s and 5 more 787-9
Replies: 283
Views: 59437

Re: LH ordering 5 more A350s and 5 more 787-9

I still do not understand why you might want to order two aircraft types of the same capacity. No doubt that they might have got a good deal due to the current starting post-COVID environment, however does it contribute to economies of scale to keep both the 350 and the 787 in-house? Back in the day...

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by FCOTSTW
Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US3 International Employees
Replies: 37
Views: 5958

Re: US3 International Employees

UA at FCO (and I might think at MXP too) are all outsourced employees hired on a seasonal basis.

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by FCOTSTW
Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 218
Views: 19906

Re: Ryanair launches Riga base with 16 new routes

https://twitter.com/SeanM1997/status/13 ... 40708?s=20


Is this Buzz Air, the low- low-cost division of a low-cost airline?
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a350lover wrote:
16 new routes in Riga this winter.

All of them operated by Buzz

https://twitter.com/SeanM1997/status/13 ... 40708?s=20


Is this Buzz Air, the low- low-cost division of a low-cost airline?

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by FCOTSTW
Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia launches seasonal service to Male (Maldives)
Replies: 58
Views: 9475

Re: Iberia launches seasonal service to Male (Maldives)

LH748 wrote:
How can Spain to the Maldives be a market? Must be one of the least expected routes this year


Lots of continental Europeans go to the Maldives. I am sure they are counting both on OD and on connections to feed this flight.

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by FCOTSTW
Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Significant fisticuffs at D-12 at MIA on 2021-04-25
Replies: 40
Views: 9063

Re: Significant fisticuffs at D-12 at MIA on 2021-04-25

AWACSooner wrote:
At the rate incidents like this are happening in the country, they need to set up a few octagons in major US airports


Luckily there were no guns involved, as everyone was hoping to board a flight.

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by FCOTSTW
Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy 2.0 with Sukhoi and A321LR aircraft with OLB base in the works
Replies: 19
Views: 5176

Re: Air Italy 2.0 with Sukhoi and A321LR aircraft with OLB base in the works

It looks like an operation aimed at revitalizing Sukoi, not Air Italy. Italy has very protectionist employee laws and this guy is investing into some that could be low-demand markets. I could probably see some traffic with OSL or HEL but I do not see any connection with either KEF or DUB (Irish peop...

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by FCOTSTW
Tue Apr 20, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW Detroit Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 765
Views: 97057

Re: DTW Detroit Aviation Thread - 2021

Anyways...DTW - McNamara was a nuthouse this afternoon. By far and away the busiest I've seen in the COVID era. I returned from LAS on Friday 03/19 and it looked like it was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Outside arrivals cars were lined up bumper-to-bumper on three lines throughout the length ...

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by FCOTSTW
Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United adding seatback IFE - AVOD to older narrow body aircraft
Replies: 181
Views: 32265

Re: United adding seatback IFE - AVOD to older narrow body aircraft

I think that after the many episodes of bad publicity (probably the most infamous being the dragging of David Dao at ORD in 04/2017) UA is trying to buy back customer trust through these actions. Most definitely a good try to reposition itself as a premium brand.

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by FCOTSTW
Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Aeroflot still going to launch their Asian expansion (BOM, KIX and SIN)?
Replies: 6
Views: 1028

Re: Is Aeroflot still going to launch their Asian expansion (BOM, KIX and SIN)?

Aeroflot, back in the 60s and 70s (and probably also the 80s) was the equivalent for the Europe / Far East to what Icelandic Airlines (now Icelandair) was for the U.S. / Europe market: a discounted way to travel without the frills of full-service carriers. They used to have their IL-62s and TU-154s ...

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by FCOTSTW
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SCOOP: Boeing 757NG launch imminent with Delta and Icelandair
Replies: 32
Views: 5797

Re: SCOOP: Boeing 757NG launch imminent with Delta and Icelandair

I know as a fact thar Air Koryo has a firm order for 10 and options for another 25.

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by FCOTSTW
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SLM new 777 and ETOPS
Replies: 99
Views: 24823

Re: SLM new 777 and ETOPS

They could rent an aircraft carrier from the U.S. Navy in order to land in mid-ocean, take a smoking break, and leave again. Problem solved!

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by FCOTSTW
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK Ops during winter storm (Feb 2021)
Replies: 13
Views: 3800

Re: JFK Ops during winter storm (Feb 2021)

Don' t forget to call Joe Patroni at TWA !!!

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by FCOTSTW
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Charles de Gaulle: Plans for huge new airport terminal in Paris scrapped
Replies: 37
Views: 6095

Re: Charles de Gaulle: Plans for huge new airport terminal in Paris scrapped

I was listening this morning on BBC that the two main factors are (1) the need to adapt a new terminal to the new electric planes and (2) COVID.

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by FCOTSTW
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW Detroit Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 765
Views: 97057

Re: DTW (Detroit aviation) thread 2021

I would like to address this point here. " We aren't getting back to the highwater mark of 2019 for 5-10 years, at least until organic growth in leisure travel replaces whatever percentage of business travel is structurally gone due to changes in the future of work and/or business travel."...

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by FCOTSTW
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW Detroit Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 765
Views: 97057

Re: DTW (Detroit aviation) thread 2021

I would like to address this point here. " We aren't getting back to the highwater mark of 2019 for 5-10 years, at least until organic growth in leisure travel replaces whatever percentage of business travel is structurally gone due to changes in the future of work and/or business travel."...

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by FCOTSTW
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 771
Views: 140685

Re: Air Canada Launch Flights To Egypt

phatfarmlines wrote:
FCOTSTW wrote:
On the other hand, AA and UA do not fly to North Africa at all, while DL only goes to CAI.


DL stopped flying to CAI resulting from the Arab Spring uprising in 2011.


WOW. Thank you for your comments. That highlights more the lack of attention of major airlines to these markets.

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by FCOTSTW
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 771
Views: 140685

Re: Air Canada Launch Flights To Egypt

Wow! AC's expansion in the Arab World continues! Are they still thinking about trying YUL-BEY? I might really think not. Lebanon is going through a major economic collapse, where banks froze customer deposits and where WHO was foreseeing famine in 2021. In addition, the big August explosion has des...

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by FCOTSTW
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 771
Views: 140685

Re: Air Canada Launch Flights To Egypt

From a very rough standpoint, it might make sense. All of the main North African airlines have (or had, due to COVID) flights to North America: - TU: YUL / JFK; - AT: YUL / JFK / IAD; - AH: YUL; - MS: YUL / LAX / JFK / IAD On the other hand, AA and UA do not fly to North Africa at all, while DL only...

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by FCOTSTW
Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW/PA and DL/PA London interchange routes.
Replies: 58
Views: 5573

Re: NW/PA and DL/PA London interchange routes.

klm617 wrote:
The first question is why did Pan Am not just serve MSP and ATL directly.


The answer is very simple: in pre-deregulation times, PA did not have domestic traffic rights, as it was an international-only airline.

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by FCOTSTW
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US set to require a negative test for US bound intl pax
Replies: 44
Views: 2995

Re: US set to require a negative test for US bound intl pax

I think it will hurt international travel, especially to Mexico. Most people probably would not want to risk it being stranded in Mexico or anywhere else for that matter. Also, I doubt the infrastructure to test thousands/millions of Americans returning home simply isn't there. Just think of how cr...

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by FCOTSTW
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to end Ready Reserve in July 2021
Replies: 39
Views: 15906

Re: Delta to end Ready Reserve in July 2021

Wonderful topic, however what is Ready Reserve? A reserve status for flight attendants or what? Unless you want to limit your topic to fewer that 5 posts, please explain.

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by FCOTSTW
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mandatory COVID Test for Incoming Passengers to the U.S.
Replies: 1
Views: 655

Mandatory COVID Test for Incoming Passengers to the U.S.

Could this be another major blow to international travel? Starting January 26, travelers flying into the United States from international destinations will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight (U.S. citizens included). The CDC said travelers must get a v...

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