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by AstanaMagic
Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: lift is up! New airline in South Africa
Replies: 27
Views: 4033

Re: lift is up! New airline in South Africa

Seven ex-Braniff (!) A320s with IAE. Average = 30 years old. How many more hours / cycles can these old birds have in them? I dont know if those airframes are would be still usable in the next 1 year :roll: LOL there are plenty of acceptably new A320-232/233 in the market these days, while choosing...

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by AstanaMagic
Sat Oct 24, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 126023

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

TC957 wrote:
I feel any resurrection of Flybe should not use that name but bring back the AirUK name with a new branding. Just a shame that Vistara have got the UK flight code.


Doesn’t the Air UK brand not belong to KLM?

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by AstanaMagic
Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 834
Views: 126023

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

Official registered company names were: [ Intra Aviation + Express Air ] -> Jersery European Airways Ltd -> Jersey European Airways ( UK ) Ltd -> FlyBE Ltd ( in administration ) Spacegrand Ltd -> Walker Aviation Ltd -> FlyeBE Group Ltd -> FlyeBE Group PLC ( not in administration ) Lorendene Ltd -> ...

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by AstanaMagic
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone have the story of a jumbo landing emergency and seats had to be removed to get plane out?
Replies: 61
Views: 12059

Re: Anyone have the story of a jumbo landing emergency and seats had to be removed to get plane out?

I have vague recollections of a flight from South-East Asia (perhaps SIN, BKK, KUL, etc.) going to Europe, most likely LHR, and had a medical diversion to somewhere in Central Asia (e.g. NQZ, ALA, etc.). Due to the runway length, the aircraft couldn't take off with a full load of passengers so many...

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by AstanaMagic
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alex Cruz steps down at BA
Replies: 83
Views: 12768

Re: Alex Cruz Steop down

LONDON (Reuters) - Luis Gallego, who took over as CEO of IAG ICAG.L last month, stamped his mark on the airlines group on Monday by promoting Aer Lingus boss Sean Doyle to lead British Airways, replacing Alex Cruz with immediate effect. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iag-moves-idUSKBN26X0KR Can...

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by AstanaMagic
Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, 747 fleet retired
Replies: 482
Views: 111255

Re: BA's Negus 744 to be preserved !

BA had its collection at Cosford, but pulled the sponsorship (funding) in 2006, with the major exhibits ending up being scrapped. I don’t know who or what G-CIVB museum will be going to, but I hope it will be funded and not left to rot and thus being eventually scrapped

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by AstanaMagic
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 218
Views: 27566

Re: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2020

I don't think LH targets connecting traffic in XRY. XRY is big for German tourists (FRA-XRY already flown by Condor and TUI), so they are tapping on that market due to reduction in business traffic. I said it was a bonus this does not mean the sole reason. I don’t disagree regarding the tourists. I...

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by AstanaMagic
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 218
Views: 27566

Re: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2020

Good news for XRY. Second new airline at the airport in a relatively small amount of time as Binter is also starting flights there this fall. Quite impressive for an airport that size. XRY is a great little airport, provided you don’t have to wait for the non eu baggage on belt 4/5, you can be off ...

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by AstanaMagic
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEY ready for business?
Replies: 9
Views: 1285

Re: LEY ready for business?

LEY would make sense to move AMS Transavia operations. Most Transavia routes at AMS are also flown by KLM. So now there is AMS-BCN on both KLM and Transavia. With LEY open, KLM could keep AMS-BCN (the core, connecting route), and Transavia could move to LEY-BCN. A lot of connecting traffic is sold ...

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by AstanaMagic
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 716
Views: 114918

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

I see there is a TUI Max (G-TUMF) heading into AGP as I write, anyone know the reason? Heading elsewhere for mods?

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by AstanaMagic
Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread 2020
Replies: 578
Views: 55522

Re: VS to start flights to Pakistan

ChrisEtihad272 wrote:
i worked at Manchester airport, i seen the state of the aircraft when PIA used to Land, if i was VS i would use old aircraft


I remember flying on my monthly rotation MAN-ISB-MAN with BA in the mid 1990s, and the lavs going u/s two hours out of ISB. Not pleasant on a 8 hr flight

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by AstanaMagic
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 218
Views: 27566

Re: Spanish Aviation Thread - 2020

Not just the UK... The UK says all those returning from Spain must self-isolate for 14 days from Sunday. This includes the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands, although those destinations are not included in the UK's new general warning to avoid all but essential travel to mainland Spain. Norway has...

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by AstanaMagic
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, 747 fleet retired
Replies: 482
Views: 111255

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet

Would be cool to let Banksy do a farewell 747 mural on some wall around LHR. Oh dear God!!!! Hasn’t 2020 caused enough suffering? Besides some of the world tails the fleet wore during the Utopia years were art enough for one lifetime. Why do you say that ? I bet he could come up some amazing BA 747...

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by AstanaMagic
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New IATA airport code for Nur Sultan aka Astana
Replies: 24
Views: 4023

Re: New IATA airport code for Nur Sultan aka Astana

It’s been going around the Kazakh threads on FB for several weeks. So they change the one for Astana to NQZ, what about Atyrau (currently GUW) and Aktau (currently SCO)?

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by AstanaMagic
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 92
Views: 10527

Re: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint

GDB wrote:
AstanaMagic wrote:

Why not call the RAF A330 'Air Force Dominic', the one who is in charge?


It could SNPise Loganair, to “Fly Cranky”

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by AstanaMagic
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 92
Views: 10527

Re: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint

I’d rather see the spend on tarting up an existing aircraft (whether it’s leased or not) than buying 2 new A350’s or a used VIP A319/Boeing BBJ as other EU states have done.

It’s no surprise Jimmy Cranky’s party is up in arms...

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by AstanaMagic
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA1 diverting to LHR
Replies: 25
Views: 11237

Re: BA1 diverting to LHR

G-EUNA seems to be on the move at LHR, any ideas where she is heading for storage? NWI or GLA?

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by AstanaMagic
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 339556

Re: Lufthansa Asks for Bailout from EU/Germany

I’m sure the Germans will call it “legal” state aid, and then phooey anyone else who gets it

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by AstanaMagic
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airways selling 2 757s and 2 767s
Replies: 22
Views: 5202

Re: Uzbekistan Airways selling 2 757s and 2 767s

I’ve been on UK75703 three weeks ago, whilst the aircraft is perfectly serviceable, it would need a complete cabin refit. Also non of the HY 757’s have winglets.

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by AstanaMagic
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airways selling 2 757s and 2 767s
Replies: 22
Views: 5202

Re: Uzbekistan Airways selling 2 757s and 2 767s

oldannyboy wrote:
Was thinking the same man! I could do with my own 757 otherwise :-) :-) :-) Revving up those RB211s just for the screeching sound, I wouldn't even care to lift off, just fast taxis would be enough...


I thought they were P&Ws?

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by AstanaMagic
Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dust Storms affecting LPA, FUE and ACE airports
Replies: 17
Views: 1956

Re: Dust Storms affecting LPA, FUE and ACE airports

This happened yesterday too, several flights routed back to their origin, including BY flight ex MAN-LPA

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by AstanaMagic
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will european airlines ever fly to australia again?
Replies: 16
Views: 1586

Re: Will european airlines ever fly to australia again?

RvA wrote:
Did BA stop flying to SYD?


Nope, they are still flying to SYD, via SIN

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by AstanaMagic
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia's 20 plans for 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 7877

Re: Iberia's 20 plans for 2020

This is something it will take years to sort out. It´s basically a cultural heritage from the times IB was a state company. Newer staff, I think, are friendly and more pro-active; although I must say, if you speak Spanish, it helps a lot - but they mostly fly domestic and european flights. I do spe...

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by AstanaMagic
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia's 20 plans for 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 7877

Re: Iberia's 20 plans for 2020

My guesses for inflight services: -In business class: New blankets and new business kits (already implemented, although contents are a downgrade from the L'Occitanie products that they had before) -Economy: Will probably be downgrades on what they already offered dressed up as improvements. :duck: ...

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by AstanaMagic
Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia's 20 plans for 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 7877

Re: Iberia's 20 plans for 2020

I knew they tried N they failed but was years ago. IMO IB has improved a lot, product, service,ounctuallity...I spend 120 days per year travelling to Europe N America mainly un IB/UX/BA and I hace to say that BA/IB are pretty much the same. Maybe they would have a chance...but Ib has always been ve...

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by AstanaMagic
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia's 20 plans for 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 7877

Re: Iberia's 20 plans for 2020

I could see growing in HOU or YUL in North América but where I see a great potential is in Africa. Ib can deploy a much cheaper 321lr to most Africa where the likes of AF/LH need to use wide birds. Ib and Mad could work as a real hub for Africa-Europe- America IB tried this and it didn’t work out. ...

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by AstanaMagic
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet add Halifax-Manchester
Replies: 66
Views: 10959

Re: Westjet add Halifax-Manchester

Great news for Manchester

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by AstanaMagic
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA retires first 777
Replies: 58
Views: 18223

Re: BA retires first 777

These ZZZ frames are the ones with GE90-77B engines? KrisYYZ Close - 76B engines. Then G-VIIA to -O (plus - RAES) have 85B engines, and the rest of the -VIIx frames are 90B engines. Afterward, with the YMM units, BA went to the RR Trent 895-17. Did any other carrier opt for the Trent 895? Does anyo...

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by AstanaMagic
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flooding at DXB causes EK meltdown
Replies: 40
Views: 12200

Re: Flooding at DXB causes EK meltdown

It’s that time of the year to expect storms and flooding is common, as others have said, they are as prepared for rain as the UK is for snow. I read recently on Gulf News that the UAE and Oman has spent a small fortune cloud seeding - you reap what you sow?

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by AstanaMagic
Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airways UK32021 - Odd Routes in Asia Pacific
Replies: 11
Views: 2377

Re: Uzbekistan Airways UK32021 - Odd Routes in Asia Pacific

Rossiya747 wrote:
I found the Afrosiyab trains to be quite nice (and cheap).


But difficult to get tickets €25 each way for Business Class. Unfortunately I have to get off in Karshi, twice a month.

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by AstanaMagic
Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: British Airways To Launch Long-Haul Flights From Manchester
Replies: 176
Views: 28898

Re: Rumor: British Airways To Launch Long-Haul Flights From Manchester

The Iberia Express services are hopeless Have to agree both I2 and IB service quality are more than hopeless - based on my own personal experience (over 250 flights in the last 10 years, mostly in J). I remember well and travelled frequently, on the direct flights to JFK, LAX, BGI, HKG and ISB, whe...

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by AstanaMagic
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airways UK32021 - Odd Routes in Asia Pacific
Replies: 11
Views: 2377

Re: Uzbekistan Airways UK32021 - Odd Routes in Asia Pacific

Rossiya747 wrote:
UK78702 has gone back to TAS. Interestingly, I met a few Japanese tourists in Uzbekistan.


This summer there has been a lot of European and Japanese tourists in Uzbekistan, since the visa regime was relaxed. The trains to Samarkand and Bukhara have been rammed (even the slow trains)

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by AstanaMagic
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BEA Tridents at Gatwick
Replies: 37
Views: 6505

Re: BEA Tridents at Gatwick

Yes, I flew several times on the BA 757’s out of TLV to Gatters From the timetables I’ve got of the era, I can’t see that they ever did regular services. Slightly off topic but there were four BA 757s based at Gatwick full time in the late 90s. Moscow, Tel Aviv and Frankfurt were amongst the routes ...

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by AstanaMagic
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Capital Markets Day 2019
Replies: 55
Views: 8517

Re: IAG Capital Markets Day 2019

Hoping to see the Departure of Snr. Cruz and who will be next at the helm of BA

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by AstanaMagic
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion
Replies: 399
Views: 78160

Re: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion

readytotaxi wrote:
I feel that BA stopped being a Full Service airline some time ago, but thats just my opinion.


Why pick on BA

IB = No Service

This is based on many years of my own experience

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by AstanaMagic
Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes
Replies: 252
Views: 65713

Re: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes

Thought U2 served IOM with 319s already?

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by AstanaMagic
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair starting flights to Armenia
Replies: 25
Views: 7251

Re: Ryanair starting flights to Armenia

Armenia needs the FX, the foreign tourism brings, but is lacking in decent services. I visited with the family several years ago during school half term, when we lived in the UAE. We are Russian speakers, so it was not problem, cost of living is very reasonable, but not many people speak English. Li...

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by AstanaMagic
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines selling extremely tight airport connections
Replies: 45
Views: 10650

Re: Airlines selling extremely tight airport connections

TK, I need to get to TAS on twice monthly, with the long taxi times in the new IST, and long distances between gates, it’s almost impossible to make tight connections. TK offer a 1 hr connection which I have now missed 3 times. Currently I am avoiding TK for this reason and flying via TSE with KC, a...

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by AstanaMagic
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time For A New Airport In Israel?
Replies: 16
Views: 4674

Re: Time For A New Airport In Israel?

I concur that there are probably more urgent infrastructure projects in Israel than building another airport. However, I was under the impression Nevatim (LLNV) was supposed to be designated a future gateway? It has suitable runways and it's a reasonable drive from Tel Aviv down Highway 6? Could any...

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by AstanaMagic
Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does MAN get so few BAW international flights and destinations?
Replies: 52
Views: 17709

Re: Why does MAN get so few BAW international flights and destinies?

Also missing ISB, operates from LGW with a stop over in MAN, I caught this flight every month for a year

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by AstanaMagic
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does anyone really think Istanbul will become the world's busiest in the near future?
Replies: 87
Views: 15728

Re: Does anyone really think Istanbul will become the world's busiest in the near future?

Having used the new airport recently, my first reaction is that transiting from one flight to another is absolutely awful. I made two separate trips in J from AGP-GYD-AGP and AGP-IST-AGP, will with TK. Taxi times on the ground are up to 30 minutes from runway to gate, and despite quick transfer secu...

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by AstanaMagic
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour of British Airways launching Gatwick - Dubai
Replies: 55
Views: 11711

Re: Rumour of British Airways launching Gatwick - Dubai

I live in Souther Spain and I commute to my office in Dubai every month, as well as running around the Stans. I have the option to travel through MAD, but unfortunately I cannot stand IB (too many years of dreadful service) which, including price puts me off EK from MAD. I frequently fly BA into LGW...

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by AstanaMagic
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: BA to make major 2020 TATL expansion later this week
Replies: 158
Views: 33321

Re: Unconfirmed: BA to make major 2020 TATL expansion later this week

GBNWB wrote:
I always thought IAG would open a Vueling base to try and fight it at MAN for shorthaul but I guess EZY, Jet2, RYR, TCX and TUI have it sewn up.


I would not wish a Vueling/Level base on my Mother in Law, let alone MAN.

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by AstanaMagic
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA
Replies: 93
Views: 18176

Re: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA

“Leaving” (the company) with a Golden Handshake, Fired or being moved to Level/Iberia? I also won’t be shedding any tears for Cruz, but he needs to be sent packing - the recent silence over the industrial action cancellations/reinstatement are unforgivable

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by AstanaMagic
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 14102

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

LH658 wrote:
They use to send the 747 to Islamabad.


BA118/9 to ISB was via MAN, I flew it many times 1992 to 1993. Always has U/S loos on the way back...

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by AstanaMagic
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RIP SDV (Sde Dov, Israel)
Replies: 13
Views: 5113

Re: RIP SDV

Crying shame, I did over 300 flights with Arkia in the old DH7 and ATR72, and fondly remember both

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by AstanaMagic
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Iran Air capable of ME3/Turkish style expansion
Replies: 18
Views: 2333

Re: Iran Air capable of ME3/Turkish style expansion

Whilst I don’t ever see in today’s political climate happening, if it did, why THR? As a curve ball why not consider not KIH? KIH is a lot more relaxed than mainland Iran, it has the necessary runways (it’s a bit like an aircraft carrier), is sufficiently isolated from the mainland for the regime to...

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by AstanaMagic
Sun May 19, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA axing LHR - LED & KBP
Replies: 38
Views: 8802

Re: BA axing LHR - LED & KBP

Kiev is nearly three hours (probably more on the westbound) and fares are routinely under £100. It can never have been profitable, I always assumed they got a cheeky subsidy from the government to keep it running for political reasons, given Ukraine’s position as a kind of buffer state between east...

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by AstanaMagic
Sat May 11, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad loses 5 star ranking
Replies: 55
Views: 12133

Re: Etihad loses 5 star ranking

lightsaber wrote:
The cheque bounced


Bounced cheques are a serious offence in the UAE

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