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by ExpatVet
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa 10+ Billion EUR package: bailout or megasubsidy?
Replies: 195
Views: 20516

Re: Lufthansa 10+ Billion EUR package: bailout or megasubsidy?

par13del wrote:
So no violation of any EU competitive rules?


Of course not, you only get accused of that if your company name is Malév.

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by ExpatVet
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Seat selection in basic economy on Delta and Virgin specifically
Replies: 6
Views: 595

Re: Seat selection in basic economy on Delta and Virgin specifically

Don't trust their app, whatever you do, the seatmaps are not accurate.

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by ExpatVet
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where are the two Saudi Royal Flight MD-11s?
Replies: 38
Views: 9487

Re: Where are the two Saudi Royal Flight MD-11s?

Even their B747-8F don't fly very much... Is this just a byproduct of the Saudi’s having so much $$ they don’t care? I often heard that SV bought extra planes for spare parts, rather than buying parts. Please feel free to take that with as much salt as you like, it's a second hand story from a form...

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by ExpatVet
Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 198
Views: 36936

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

I simply cannot believe the UK or US did not run a nuclear sub over the area in the month after the accident and know where the ULB was. Ok, but which bit of the 230,000 square miles of search area would you have sent it to? That's more than twice the size of the United Kingdom. Just to explain met...

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by ExpatVet
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't
Replies: 17
Views: 1160

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 ExpatVet
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't
Replies: 17
Views: 1160

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 ExpatVet
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Pencil Jet Duo: MUC-ORD-SFO feat. Lufthansa & United [Part 2]
Replies: 6
Views: 3406

Re: Pencil Jet Duo: MUC-ORD-SFO feat. Lufthansa & United [Part 2]

Lufthansa once closed a gate on me two minutes before scheduled departure, so yeah, I know the feeling. I was flying in on a delayed Lufthansa, and the ongoing Lufthansa flight didn't wait.

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by ExpatVet
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What former airports have you flown into?
Replies: 45
Views: 2145

Re: What former airports have you flown into?

Closed airports:

Istanbul Ataturk (IST)
Dhahran International (DHA)

Closed Terminals:

Flew out of BUD Ferihegy Terminal 1 a few times but it's closed to commercial traffic now.

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by ExpatVet
Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?
Replies: 111
Views: 6503

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

I know it's heresy here, but I always thought the 757 was ugly. Tall gear, seemed scrawny, I know it's fine plane but it's just...not a pretty plane.

For a more a-net pleasing answer, I think the VFW Fokker 614 is pretty ugly - I don't think it flew, I think the Earth rejected it! ;)

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by ExpatVet
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What former carriers have you flown?
Replies: 102
Views: 3298

Re: What former carriers have you flown?

Malév
Pan Am
TWA
Horizon

The rest are still around, I'm not a jinx ;)

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by ExpatVet
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help Identifying An Aircraft
Replies: 11
Views: 595

Re: Help Identifying An Aircraft

Do you have any other memories of details about the aircraft? Something you found interesting or memorable? I love a detective hunt :)

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by ExpatVet
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transavia pilots wanted to take off from the taxiway at Schiphol
Replies: 23
Views: 8389

Re: Transavia pilots wanted to take off from the taxiway at Schiphol

If the plane would have continue to take-off on Taxiway D, is there any reason to think the take-off wouldn't have been successful? The taxiway appears to be the same length as the runway. Just curious. Well, maybe, but on taxiways you can run into noise abatement issues. "Ever heard the noise...

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by ExpatVet
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anchorage & the A321XLR
Replies: 29
Views: 3743

Re: Anchorage & the A321XLR

It would be an interesting routing to Hawaii, though. I agree. It wouldn't even take an A321XLR. Suppose some airline would set up a route like this: https://i.imgur.com/TD55g1u.gif Such flights could be done with existing 737s / A320s, although maybe for the middle leg ETOPS might be required due ...

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by ExpatVet
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls Royce 3.7 Meter dia. Engine
Replies: 90
Views: 11854

Re: Rolls Royce 3.7 Meter dia. Engine

With the issues that the MAX is having, and future big twins getting ever larger fans. Is it not possible to ditch the pylon altogether, and cut-away the wing and make these huge engines an integral part of the wing itself? Possibly with the exhaust split above and below the surface. A common engin...

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by ExpatVet
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Reasons NOT to like a particular airline
Replies: 22
Views: 1993

Re: Reasons NOT to like a particular airline

Delta I'm always amazed that people praise DL as the best carrier in the US because it clearly isn't the experience I made if anything goes wrong. Fully agree, I had one flight that was great with them, the rest were pretty crappy. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of choices when flying internation...

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by ExpatVet
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst airport in Europe???
Replies: 65
Views: 4670

Re: Best and worst airport in Europe???

BUD I agree is mediocre. Honestly I like the tiny airports, low expectations and few enough passengers that things usually go pretty well! :)

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by ExpatVet
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Reasons NOT to like a particular airline
Replies: 22
Views: 1993

Re: Reasons NOT to like a particular airline

I avoid any Chinese airline because they're state owned and the CCP is genociding Uighurs in Xinjiang. If I'm giving the airline any money that makes me, even just a tiny bit, guilty of funding genocide You talking about the "re-education" camps in Xinjiang? What's going on there is repug...

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by ExpatVet
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Saudia Unveiled: IST-RUH-BOM in J and a peek of newly-open Saudi Arabia
Replies: 18
Views: 6805

Re: Saudia Unveiled: IST-RUH-BOM in J and a peek of newly-open Saudi Arabia

Great report! Slight nitpick: King Fahd was the 5th King, not 2nd. 2nd King was Saud, who was deposed in the 1960s. (Son of founder ibn Saud) Ah. It's Faisal. In the movie, he is the son of Abdul Aziz so I keep thinking 2nd. Anyway, I googled again. He is 3rd. In KSA, kingship passes to brothers an...

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by ExpatVet
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Suspending Flights to and over entire or parts of Gulf Region Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 25595

Re: Safety of Flying over The Middle East

I recall flying to Dubai back in 2009 a time when Iraq was a little dodgy still. EK few directly over Iraq and Baghdad. Flights tend to be fine.Just don't fly over the area in an American airline because really you never do know. Iirc, Korean, Iranian, and Malaysian airliners have been shot down, b...

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by ExpatVet
Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Saudia Unveiled: IST-RUH-BOM in J and a peek of newly-open Saudi Arabia
Replies: 18
Views: 6805

Re: Saudia Unveiled: IST-RUH-BOM in J and a peek of newly-open Saudi Arabia

Great report! Slight nitpick: King Fahd was the 5th King, not 2nd. 2nd King was Saud, who was deposed in the 1960s. (Son of founder ibn Saud)

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by ExpatVet
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Adopt an Airline
Replies: 22
Views: 1927

Re: Adopt an Airline

I'd bring back Malév. Always liked the paint scheme, get a decent mix of Emb and Airbus in there to do regional and mid- range flights. Not too crazy different from what LOT are doing in BUD.

Yes, I know, Wizz makes this a pipe dream. I get it.

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by ExpatVet
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What does Etihad do when they don't sell a residence ticket
Replies: 3
Views: 854

Re: What does Etihad do when they don't sell a residence ticket

Can't imagine much - don't think it's worth bumping a first class passenger up to residence, is it? Whole point of the residence is to be a super elite experience.

Although I suppose a case might be made to upgrade someone to residence so you have another first class seat to sell.

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by ExpatVet
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is Your Least Favorite A Net Story.
Replies: 47
Views: 2998

Re: What is Your Least Favorite A Net Story.

7. Why didn't Airline X order the A-B 747-340-Neo-Max?

8. What if Airline Y hadn't gone bankrupt? Would they merge with Airline Z next year?

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by ExpatVet
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Adult only flights - possibility
Replies: 22
Views: 1355

Re: Adult only flights - possibility

Can I have a "no bachelor party" flight? I'd rather travel with a planeload of kids.

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by ExpatVet
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What do you think is the worst recently built airport terminal?
Replies: 38
Views: 2251

Re: What do you think is the worst recently built airport terminal?

Easy. Luton airports terminal. Only recently upgraded and expanded. But very badly designed in terms of passenger flow. Hundreds of people arriving, then entering from the car park and bus stands into the building conflicting/obstructing with the same number of people queuing for the strange outsid...

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by ExpatVet
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most price-gouged air routes
Replies: 25
Views: 1798

Re: Most price-gouged air routes

PDX international flights. Really pricey, it's cheaper to change planes in SEA or Detroit.

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by ExpatVet
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transfer at IST
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: Transfer at IST

If the inbound plane is on time, you're good, the rock bottom "I have to run like hell" time is an hour.

(Yes, a colleague had to run like hell last week)

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by ExpatVet
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Saudia JED Term S - Term H connections
Replies: 9
Views: 686

Re: Saudia JED Term S - Term H connections

Get a Saudi visa It's online and you'll get approved very quickly https://visa.visitsaudi.com/ I forgot about that, apologies, but US$ 175 to make a connection is a little steep, isn't it? I agree, but it's almost worth it for the novelty. A few months ago, that wasn't even an option. If you're on ...

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by ExpatVet
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Saudia JED Term S - Term H connections
Replies: 9
Views: 686

Re: Saudia JED Term S - Term H connections

https://visa.visitsaudi.com/


I forgot about that, apologies, but US$ 175 to make a connection is a little steep, isn't it?
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directorguy wrote:
Get a Saudi visa
It's online and you'll get approved very quickly
https://visa.visitsaudi.com/


I forgot about that, apologies, but US$ 175 to make a connection is a little steep, isn't it?

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by ExpatVet
Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you rather fly 747 or 777
Replies: 39
Views: 2135

Re: Would you rather fly 747 or 777

I find the 777 noisier than the 747, also colder. Go figure. I had no idea my last Queen flight was all the way back in 2000 - ended on a high though, bumped up to business class for the one and only time in my life :)

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by ExpatVet
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Boeing have increased the range of the 717 instead of developing the MAX?
Replies: 24
Views: 1286

Re: Should Boeing have increased the range of the 717 instead of developing the MAX?

I would think the big issue was commonality. A design that has nothing in common with Boeing family would be inherently more expensive to build and support.

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by ExpatVet
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Saudia JED Term S - Term H connections
Replies: 9
Views: 686

Re: Saudia JED Term S - Term H connections

I think it would not be possible for you, the Haj terminal is completely separate from the North and South terminals, so you would have to clear customs and immigration to make the connection. Without a visa I think this would be a problem.

Source: 20+ years in KSA.

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by ExpatVet
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: PC-12 Crash in Chamberlain NTSB Preliminary released
Replies: 117
Views: 4457

Re: PC-12 crash in Chamberlain leaving 9 dead

spacecadet, [Well, I can tell you from experience that that is definitely not accurate. Risk management was literally the first ground lesson I ever had. ADM has been hammered constantly in all stages of my training ever since (I am an instrument-rated private pilot, now in commercial training)./qu...

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by ExpatVet
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thanksgiving and TK
Replies: 3
Views: 647

Re: Thanksgiving and TK

Gosh, I bet it's been a year since they heard that one ;)

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by ExpatVet
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: L1011 Question About a Small Detail
Replies: 31
Views: 4131

Re: L1011 Question About a Small Detail

I’d sure like to fly on one again. I flew on one when I was a kid. Out of Kuwait. It had engine failure and diverted. Spent the night in an horrible hotel with awful food. I still really like the plane though. I remember walking out to the TriStars as a kid at the old Dhahran International airport....

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by ExpatVet
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: STL to LHR 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 4032

Re: STL to LHR 2019

Neat, I was on N801NW in August, DTL-AMS. :)

Oh, and the A340 you couldn't make out is a Virgin plane, you can just make out the top of the V, and the red nacelles as well.

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by ExpatVet
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC-3 ditches off Nassau (Bahamas)
Replies: 30
Views: 9339

Re: DC-3 ditches off Nassau (Bahamas)

Even the original engines were standardized production, and can still be found new and unused, in the original shipping crates, in places around the world. That's all kinds of amazing. People just don't get how insane the production capacity of the wartime United States was. https://images.app.goo....

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by ExpatVet
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: On Their Own, Delta Provides Charter Flight to 'Stranded' Cross-Country Team
Replies: 67
Views: 10913

Re: On Their Own, Delta Provides Charter Flight to 'Stranded' Cross-Country Team

sonicruiser wrote:
If only Delta did this for their passengers too.


Ditto. I fly with Delta the bare minimum, because usually they provide the same bare minimum.

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by ExpatVet
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which airlines that will go down next in 2020?
Replies: 51
Views: 3898

Re: What airlines will go bankrupt next? And why will they go bankrupt?

They will go out of business because they don't have the money to continue operations.

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by ExpatVet
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Differences Dash 8 & Dash 8 NEXTGEN
Replies: 11
Views: 9046

Re: Differences Dash 8 & Dash 8 NEXTGEN

The ATR 72 I flew on earlier this year was so noisy you couldn't hear yourself think, it was pretty bad. I find the Q400 much quieter.

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by ExpatVet
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Favorite Airliner of all time
Replies: 34
Views: 1937

Re: Your Favorite Airliner of all time

L1011, the Saudia green suited it well. Also 747. I have never had a 767 flight I liked.

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by ExpatVet
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is no airline interested in the AUA-CUR route?
Replies: 7
Views: 2001

Re: Why is no airline interested in the AUA-CUR route?

Probably the same reason there's no BUD-PDX route. I mean, I would love it, but let's face it, there's really only about 9 people who want it, and my family is about 60% of that number. :)

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by ExpatVet
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can a pilot fly another airline's aircraft in an emergency?
Replies: 94
Views: 19311

Re: Can a pilot fly another airline's aircraft in an emergency?

NearMiss wrote:
STLflyer wrote:
Dieuwer wrote:
So in those movies where you see both pilots incapacitated, a passenger who never flew a plane get up and lands the plane with help from the tower, is a load of nonsense.


Surely you can’t be serious.


I am serious...And don't call me Shirley


We're all counting on you.

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by ExpatVet
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Refund of Seat Selection Fee
Replies: 20
Views: 2737

Re: Refund of Seat Selection Fee

Yeah, I upgraded to a "preferred seat" on a DL flight last month based on the DL app seat map. Plane didn't match the map, seat was worse and different than promised.

Oh well. Annoying, and it's one of many reasons why I'm not super loyal to DL.

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by ExpatVet
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines and Routes from the old Dhahran Airport
Replies: 17
Views: 2446

Re: Airlines and Routes from the old Dhahran Airport

I remember landing in DHA in the late 80s on an Austrian Airlines flight from Vienna. A lot of the big airlines from Europe or the USA flew to JED and RUH first, with an additional flight needed to DHA. Usually when we flew in, we had to do that, anyway. Lot of good memories, as a small child, walk...

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by ExpatVet
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines and Routes from the old Dhahran Airport
Replies: 17
Views: 2446

Re: Airlines and Routes from the old Dhahran Airport

I remember landing in DHA in the late 80s on an Austrian Airlines flight from Vienna. A lot of the big airlines from Europe or the USA flew to JED and RUH first, with an additional flight needed to DHA. Usually when we flew in, we had to do that, anyway. Lot of good memories, as a small child, walki...

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by ExpatVet
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 104
Views: 9983

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: 1092
Views: 183286

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: 1092
Views: 183286

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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