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by ExpatVet
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 83
Views: 4565

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

Air Baltic never had ATRs and there never was a 42-500 combi (not to mention, ATR combi's put the cargo in the front third, not rear). Either you were on a Fokker 50 (ex-Air Baltic) or you were mistaken about the former operator of the aircraft and you were on a rattly and noisy old 4-bladed 42-300...

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by ExpatVet
Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 682
Views: 86494

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019

^^^ haha, yeah, that is a long taxi. That said, I play it a lot looser than you do, and I haven't missed a single connection in those same 10 years. A couple tight ones over time when the old passport check thing wasn't those electronic gates. But, just never had a real issue at AMS even a single t...

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by ExpatVet
Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 682
Views: 86494

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019

^^^ 1:20hr connection is zero drama in AMS in my experience. They have that dialed. I believe MCT is actually as little as an hour. — That said, I have believed for years that the AMS flight should be shifted back 60-90 minutes. Leave PDX at 3pm. Arrive AMS at 10am. Leave AMS more like 11am, arrive...

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by ExpatVet
Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 83
Views: 4565

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

Curious, which ATR 42 variant? 4 or 6-bladed propellers? Six, it was a very well used Air Baltic bird. Was in the front third of seats, it was a combi, I believe. Air Baltic never had ATRs and there never was a 42-500 combi (not to mention, ATR combi's put the cargo in the front third, not rear). E...

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by ExpatVet
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 682
Views: 86494

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019

^^^ 1:20hr connection is zero drama in AMS in my experience. They have that dialed. I believe MCT is actually as little as an hour. — That said, I have believed for years that the AMS flight should be shifted back 60-90 minutes. Leave PDX at 3pm. Arrive AMS at 10am. Leave AMS more like 11am, arrive...

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by ExpatVet
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is it necessary for 5-star airlines to have first class?
Replies: 11
Views: 1626

Re: Is it necessary for 5-star airlines to have first class?

Skytrax is the Yelp of the Airline world.

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by ExpatVet
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 83
Views: 4565

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

VSMUT wrote:
ExpatVet wrote:
Atr42.


Curious, which ATR 42 variant? 4 or 6-bladed propellers?


Six, it was a very well used Air Baltic bird. Was in the front third of seats, it was a combi, I believe.

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by ExpatVet
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 682
Views: 86494

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019

Flying into PDX in August from Europe via Seattle. Really wanted to do the AMS-PDX flight, but the connection from BUD was pretty tight. (I know 1:20 in AMS is theoretically doable, but it can be very tight if there are any delays and running through airports is overrated.) Are there statistics out ...

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by ExpatVet
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 83
Views: 4565

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

Atr42. Noisy as hell. 763 is also on my list, cramped old, beat up.

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by ExpatVet
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the a380 plus get any orders, and if not, why?
Replies: 14
Views: 2102

Re: Did the a380 plus get any orders, and if not, why?

Noshow wrote:
The plus never took of.


Ironic :)

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by ExpatVet
Mon May 27, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 7727

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

Saudia ordered the MD-90 with a glass cockpit to have commonality with their MD-11s, I understand. It's why they were never sold on, they didn't have a common type rating with the other rear engined Mad Dogs. (retired and scrapped) Neat plane to fly in, I liked it. Comfy. (passenger, I hasten to add...

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by ExpatVet
Sat May 18, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Barking noise A320
Replies: 6
Views: 2184

Re: Barking noise A320

It's funny, I never thought it sounded like barking until I read a topic about this a few months ago, and now I can't imagine it as anything else!

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by ExpatVet
Sun May 12, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose
Replies: 104
Views: 22060

Re: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose

Heck, California Pacific which lasted about as long as it took for me to write this post, was 100% non-union! Oh, come on, CP was a lunatic idea by a bunch of folks who wanted a tax loss before April 16. Or worse, a bunch of con artists who fleeced an old man out of a lot of money. It was never a v...

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by ExpatVet
Thu May 09, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is This Aircraft Taking Off or Landing?
Replies: 23
Views: 5090

Re: Is This Aircraft Taking Off or Landing?

. Attitude is also a big giveaway. Shortly after rotation it would be much more nose high than in the photo. If you look hard though the windows you can also see a man reaching for his bag from the overhead bins too. Yep. I looked. I'm an idiot. You just made my day ;) In my defense, my pre-coffee ...

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by ExpatVet
Tue May 07, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is This Aircraft Taking Off or Landing?
Replies: 23
Views: 5090

Re: Is This Aircraft Taking Off or Landing?

Virtual737 wrote:
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Attitude is also a big giveaway. Shortly after rotation it would be much more nose high than in the photo. If you look hard though the windows you can also see a man reaching for his bag from the overhead bins too.


Yep. I looked. I'm an idiot.

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by ExpatVet
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1754
Views: 178212

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Technically Indian airlines have rights to fly to London, not LHR specifically, under the bilateral, so someone could apply for STN (and probably get it) or LGW (which is also short of slots). Is STN easily accessible from London city? It isn't the best, but it is doable. Not particularly less conv...

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by ExpatVet
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 5255

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

I have a degree in Chemistry. DHMO is responsible for thousands of deaths each year. You have to wear protective equipment if you are going to be exposed to it in sufficient quantities. In some climates, there is a lot of it in the air and it affects people's health. And those contrails - they cont...

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by ExpatVet
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT News Thread - 2019
Replies: 492
Views: 60624

Re: LOT News Thread - 2019

Is LO getting some subsidies for these flights from BUD? This no one knows for sure, Poland and Hungary are quite close allies of late so that could be the case, but so far there is no proof of that. Another reason is the lack of space for widebody operations at WAW, the non-schengen part of the te...

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by ExpatVet
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favourite 737 generation?
Replies: 35
Views: 2143

Re: Favourite 737 generation?

masgniw wrote:
DeltaMD95 wrote:
Considering the NG is the only one without any design flaws


The -900 tail stand would like a word with you...


And how about them rudder issues?

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by ExpatVet
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger gets plane to himself
Replies: 77
Views: 14171

Re: Passenger gets plane to himself

I was one of 3 on an outbound JED-IST flight during Haj. Crazy empty, fun flight though. We got really good food. :)

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by ExpatVet
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Ceases Operations
Replies: 964
Views: 154651

Re: WOW Financial Discussion Thread

Revelation wrote:
BritishB747 wrote:
Yes its all bad teeth, bowler hats, rain and queuing over here.

Aren't you obliged to mention the Queen somewhere in your statement?


And cricket. Mustn't forget cricket.

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by ExpatVet
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?
Replies: 188
Views: 21334

Re: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?

IWMBH wrote:
I am from Europe and I can't remember the last time I used a bus to get to the airplane.

I live in Europe and fly frequently. In the last 8 years we have used the jetbridge exactly once. (rest: walking or buses, buses all the way!)

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by ExpatVet
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the common thread in all us airline geeks?
Replies: 28
Views: 1446

Re: What is the common thread in all us airline geeks?

I just like planes. Travel to me is a chance to go all Captain Kirk and seek out new people and places, new civilizations, and generally boldly go, where honestly lots of people have gone before, but I wanna go too. I don't remember my first flight, and anyone who might remember is dead, but i still...

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by ExpatVet
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could AS + B6 = rebrand as "National Airlines" ?
Replies: 47
Views: 5457

Re: Could AS + B6 = rebrand as "National Airlines" ?

Delta is pretty regional sounding (being named after the Mississippi Delta and all) except that hasn't held them back at all. Well knock me down with a feather. I had no idea that's why they called it that. I just figured it was a generic name that offended nobody that got thought up in a merger or...

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by ExpatVet
Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it just my imagination or do JT8Ds sound unique from the ground during cruise?
Replies: 2
Views: 1001

Re: Is it just my imagination or do JT8Ds sound unique from the ground during cruise?

Yup, there was also a characteristic tinny whistle/shrieking that you always hear in movies.

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by ExpatVet
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzz is back! Ryanair Sun to rebrand.
Replies: 46
Views: 7165

Re: Buzz is back! Ryanair Sun to rebrand.

Then I was a kid in Poland there used to be a cartoon named Maja the bee. They should name the first aircraft that. The livery is actually pretty good I have to say :) Agree! We had that too, and I loved watching Maja! Yes, cool colourful livery! Same here. :wave: Memory lane! I remember Maja! Anyo...

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by ExpatVet
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa a380 vs SAS a340
Replies: 7
Views: 697

Re: Lufthansa a380 vs SAS a340

Depends on if you want to ride the A380, I guess.

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by ExpatVet
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS
Replies: 139
Views: 27968

Re: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS

anshabhi wrote:
Not happening. State carriers never close


Malév, Sabena, and Swiss would like a word.

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by ExpatVet
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are there no flights from Taipei to London Heathrow?
Replies: 44
Views: 11709

Re: Why are there no flights from Taipei to London Heathrow?

StormRider wrote:
Is there an unwritten rule here that a thread must be created once a week saying why X doesn't fly from A to B?


Sure, we even have a rota - why, did last week's volunteer forget? ;)

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by ExpatVet
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Great Dane Airlines - New Danish airline
Replies: 48
Views: 8027

Re: Great Dane Airlines - New Danish airline

davidjohnson6 wrote:
KLMatSJC wrote:
Will the plane be blue and green with orange flowers?


For those of us with a small brain, could you possibly explain the reference ?


The Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo? :)

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by ExpatVet
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposal: Move LCC and Cargo Flights from BUD to Kecskemet
Replies: 21
Views: 1820

Re: Proposal: Move LCC and Cargo Flights from BUD to Kecskemet

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there an entire empty terminal, sitting at BUD unused, due to insufficient traffic? And now, the plan is to further reduce the traffic at BUD? Something doesn't add up here. We do, but Ferihegy 1 dates back to the 1950s and has major issues with accessible ...

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by ExpatVet
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you could rename any airport what would it be?
Replies: 43
Views: 3519

Re: If you could rename any airport what would it be?

Budapest Airport. We need to name it after me.

Nope, I'm not famous or anything, just would be hilarious. :)

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by ExpatVet
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1.1M lawsuit filed after 'emotional support' dog mauled 5yo girl
Replies: 51
Views: 4186

Re: $1.1M lawsuit filed after 'emotional support' dog mauled 5yo girl

Pitbulls need to be banned The breed is irrelevant, a lab is just as easily capable of severely injuring a small child as is any medium to large size dog. Untrained animals should not allowed to roam free in confined public spaces. The breed is relevant. If a lab attacks, you can hit the dog once o...

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by ExpatVet
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1.1M lawsuit filed after 'emotional support' dog mauled 5yo girl
Replies: 51
Views: 4186

Re: $1.1M lawsuit filed after 'emotional support' dog mauled 5yo girl

Not that I want to get in the way of all the dog bashing, but according to the article, the mother had left her child unsupervised (with another of her kids) while she went off to get a Starbucks.

ESA or not, don't leave your kids unsupervised in an airport. I mean, really.

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by ExpatVet
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest lived airline livery.
Replies: 90
Views: 12249

Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

PIA's 'Markhor' livery only made it on to one A320 in May 2018, before the livery was removed (by order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan) in July of the same year. 5238019 A 777 was prepped ready for the new livery, but never received it. 5244971,5362671 So the new livery was banned and gone? Why? ...

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by ExpatVet
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair “connection” in DUB
Replies: 19
Views: 1114

Re: Ryanair “connection” in DUB

Was wondering if I had to re clear security at Stansted. Yes, you do and I suggest you take your time for it. Stansted is known for it's long rows for security. There is no way to stay airside at Stansted, arrivals and departures are strictly separated. Thanks, this is very helpful, very grateful t...

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by ExpatVet
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair “connection” in DUB
Replies: 19
Views: 1114

Re: Ryanair “connection” in DUB

Apologies for a tiny sidestep here, but what about a Ryanair "connection" in Stansted? (2hours time between flights). And which flights would that be? Take a close look at the departure airport for this trip. It says Stansted. How can you depart from Stansted and then connect at Stansted?...

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by ExpatVet
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair “connection” in DUB
Replies: 19
Views: 1114

Re: Ryanair “connection” in DUB

Apologies for a tiny sidestep here, but what about a Ryanair "connection" in Stansted? (2hours time between flights).

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by ExpatVet
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Large airports without rail links
Replies: 103
Views: 9296

Re: Large airports without rail links

CometOrbit wrote:
Prague, Basel, Budapest, Naples, Nice, Venice (bus or boat).

BUD has a train stop. Not in the Terminal, but of a walk, but possible.

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by ExpatVet
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A source close to British Airways Details 747-400 Retirement Plans
Replies: 46
Views: 11664

Re: British Airways Details 747-400 Retirement Plans

TUGMASTER wrote:
What did you do in the days before IFE...???


*Looks at username*

*Says nothing*

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by ExpatVet
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Safety Discussion
Replies: 175
Views: 22093

Re: MD-11 Safety Discussion

"ermahgerd the MD-11 is a deathtrap"

"ermahgerd no it isn't"

(Just saving time and summarizing the next 250 posts)

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by ExpatVet
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to work the EU ULCC's
Replies: 60
Views: 3307

Re: How to work the EU ULCC's

Wednesday 20 February you got the whole day in Budapest, however at 18:40 pm you got to be at the central train station for a train ride to Vienna. The EuroCity departs Budapest at 18:40 and arrives in Vienna at 21:18. If you book at Bahn.de this trip costs € 19. . Just a note, Budapest has 3 centr...

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by ExpatVet
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: To the Oil Rigs of India & North America! - Part 2
Replies: 6
Views: 4578

Re: To the Oil Rigs of India & North America! - Part 2

I really enjoyed reading these, trips that show a "behind the scenes" view of an industry are what really make this forum special. Plus how aviation is a critical part of keeping things running.

Thumbs up from me!

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by ExpatVet
Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to work the EU ULCC's
Replies: 60
Views: 3307

Re: How to work the EU ULCC's

TWA772LR wrote:


Where does Volotea usually deploy their 717s?


I saw a bunch parked at VIE when I was transiting there a few weeks ago. Didn't realize that there were any operating in Europe until then.

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by ExpatVet
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...
Replies: 69
Views: 12128

Re: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...

While super practical, TXL has to be the worst airport in "the western world" I've ever flown to and from. No rapid transit, hours to get your luggage after landing and an horrible horrible and crowed layount. The worst. Oh, I don't know, LTN is a pest hole, and I can't say LGA is a rousi...

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by ExpatVet
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Frequent Travelers: How do you maintain or lose weight?
Replies: 34
Views: 1988

Re: Frequent Travelers: How do you maintain or lose weight?

Hotel gyms are a lifesaver. Don't need to do a full workout, but a 20-30 min walk in the morning gets you moving and any bit of exercise is a help. Also, alcoholic beverages are high calorie, plus if you're doing networking events, lots of little nibbles add up, alas. Yep, I stood on the scale this ...

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by ExpatVet
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...
Replies: 69
Views: 12128

Re: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...

Perhaps LH should make a big investment to fix the intolerable conditions at TXL...if they want it to remain open. While super practical, TXL has to be the worst airport in "the western world" I've ever flown to and from. No rapid transit, hours to get your luggage after landing and an ho...

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by ExpatVet
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A220 - Baby 757?
Replies: 9
Views: 1768

Re: A220 - Baby 757?

FlyRow wrote:
Weird that this thread and the Ba/KLM thread have been moved here... Both topics which in other forms have stayed in the civil aviation part and are now moved for some reason...


Maybe they didn't trust us to stay "civil" ;)

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