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by eurotrader85
Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa to launch buy on board for long haul
Replies: 42
Views: 7469

Re: Lufthansa to launch buy on board for long haul

5* airline :lol: :lol: :lol: What always amuses me is airlines get their overpaid PR agencies to say the same thing 'customers prefer more choice' etc BS, which no one believes for a second before they give up the charade. There is no doubt that the LH group can afford to give its paying customers a...

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by eurotrader85
Wed Nov 24, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways mulling (threatening?) to leave LHR
Replies: 71
Views: 13957

Re: British Airways mulling (threatening?) to leave LHR

Now that the UK is out of the EU, how would such a move affect the pax experience on flights to the continent, whether from LHR or elsewhere? No change. The UK was never part of Schengen so security & passport control are unaffected. Let them go and build a mega terminal at Gatwick and move eve...

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by eurotrader85
Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The state of Heathrow and its airlines.
Replies: 6
Views: 2717

Re: The state of Heathrow and its airlines.

Is that 3.4B figure an actual loss or a drop in revenue ? Actual reported losses across the pandemic period. This is what the hike in fees is really about, and in fairness to the CAA, they called Heathrow out and kicked back the initial proposal for the hike in fees as the CAA calculated the amount...

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by eurotrader85
Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways mulling (threatening?) to leave LHR
Replies: 71
Views: 13957

Re: British Airways mulling (threatening?) to leave LHR

Nothing more than a small child having a tantrum. London simply doesn't have the spare airport capacity for a BA sized airline anywhere other than Heathrow. Heathrow knows it. BA knows it. IAG knows it. Oneworld know it. All their competitors knows it. UK Govt knows it. Just let the small child scr...

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by eurotrader85
Sun Nov 21, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BBC: Should England's top football teams be flying to domestic fixtures?
Replies: 49
Views: 6400

Re: BBC: Should England's top football teams be flying to domestic fixtures?

We aviation fans and enthusiasts can and should no longer ignore the fact that flying is one of the most environmentally harmful and CO2-emitting means of transport. And we should learn to deal with this argumentatively. In this case, it is simply a no-go to fly a short distance in England. The tea...

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by eurotrader85
Sun Nov 21, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 Value / State of the market
Replies: 34
Views: 5055

Re: A380 Value / State of the market

The A380 is only going to be bought by those who can make it work, and they are the airlines with the ambition for max pax through their hub like EK, have mass pax at peak niche times (SQ at SIN), or those for whom it was ultimately designed for, expanding pax out of restricted infrastructure capaci...

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by eurotrader85
Sat Nov 20, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 87138

Re: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Plot thickens, seems the pilots have admitted to breaching, but it does all seem to be a crazy over the top publicity stunt, especially when taking into consideration the school in Discovery Bay. https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3156799/coronavirus-hong-kong-more-100-ca...

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by eurotrader85
Tue Nov 16, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British airways Plans LHR-Indianapolis
Replies: 49
Views: 9409

Re: British airways Plans LHR-Indianapolis

I can't help but feel part of this is to utilise slots at LHR. BA is building up widebody capacity it forecast the need for on a global basis and trying to store/defer through the back door as much as it can, while at the same time is going to come under increasing pressure at home for slot utilisat...

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by eurotrader85
Sat Nov 13, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BBC: Should England's top football teams be flying to domestic fixtures?
Replies: 49
Views: 6400

Re: BBC: Should England's top football teams be flying to domestic fixtures?

Usual picking on football clubs nonsense. I would rather the players reach their games in the best shape so they play at peak performance, and taking flights sometimes is part of that, as the article actually acknowledges. Clubs are not stupid, today's sports science goes to the extreme, calculating...

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by eurotrader85
Thu Nov 11, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is in Britain's future?
Replies: 114
Views: 4897

Re: What is in Britain's future?

Ireland should go into Schengen as well, IMO. Most Irish would probably not agree. It would break the Good Friday Agreement and Common Travel Zone with its biggest trade partner by far, and the current system gives it more control over its border and immigration. The UK and Ireland share immigratio...

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by eurotrader85
Thu Nov 11, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai
Replies: 80
Views: 5420

Re: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai

These people, who've been living in 'dire' circumstances, somehow had thousands of Euros to pay to get to the Polish/Belarus border. There are legal immigration routes, if you want to come through legally, welcome. If not, then it shows a complete lack of respect for the rule of law on the part of ...

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by eurotrader85
Thu Nov 11, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai
Replies: 80
Views: 5420

Re: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai

That's one way of looking at it. The other is that the migrants travel knowing full well that they'll be attempting to illegally cross into the EU over the Polish border. It's a gamble for them that they've decided to take, it also shows that the majority of those migrants have zero respect for EU ...

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by eurotrader85
Sat Nov 06, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 100
Views: 12409

Re: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

They can start by getting rid of absolutely asinine things like: (1) charging people who paid business class for seat selection. Why should I GAF how your "elites" think about it, if I just paid you 4-5 figures for your product? I don't want to feel nickel&dimed over a seat. Why on Ea...

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by eurotrader85
Wed Nov 03, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's your opinion about Simpleflying.com?
Replies: 12
Views: 1373

Re: What's your opinion about Simpleflying.com?

There are times they put out interesting articles, there are also times where I could swear, they take threads from here, condense them and publish them as their own. :lol: I have often thought exactly the same. Something will be debated here to the a.net extreme, as we do, and then a few days late...

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by eurotrader85
Wed Nov 03, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAnother Meltdown
Replies: 289
Views: 44254

Re: AAnother Meltdown

I think you're generalizing out to "passengers" way too much. The travel policy of a prior employer of mine (7,000+ employees) was that we do the absolute cheapest thing possible. Corporate travel once put me on an overnight layover (coming from North America) in LIS, then on to LUX the f...

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by eurotrader85
Tue Nov 02, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAnother Meltdown
Replies: 289
Views: 44254

Re: AAnother Meltdown

Just wow. So if an airline sells me a ticket to fly somewhere, and they don't, it's my fault as a pax for believing that they actually would produce the product I bought? Yeah, I don't think so. I'd love to sell you your next car. I'll undercut dealer pricing by $10 and when the engine falls out in...

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by eurotrader85
Mon Nov 01, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 205
Views: 48838

Re: British Airways Fleet Thread - 2021

Yeah I don't get the feeling BA, or any other airline for that matter, are worrying about lack of capacity to be able to meet demand with their shrunk fleets any time soon. It's not just that so many destinations in its network are still largely off-limits for the time being for pax, but even those ...

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by eurotrader85
Tue Oct 26, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest airports without flights to London
Replies: 21
Views: 1480

Re: Busiest airports without flights to London

LIM, given BA have dropped it from its roster. Surprised its pax numbers couldn't support a direct scheduling. Also STL, given BA links with a lot of smaller tier 2 cities. If memory serves STL also used to be an AA focus city so you would have thought there would be a decent OneWorld base to tap in...

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by eurotrader85
Wed Oct 20, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule
Replies: 43
Views: 8499

Re: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule

Free market perspective is the one which makes most money to the enterprise, not benefits general public most. Typical argument is that competitor would jump in to pick up leftovers - but as we're talking about limited resource - AMS slots - and KLM seem to use limitations to protect the turf. Look...

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by eurotrader85
Wed Oct 20, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule
Replies: 43
Views: 8499

Re: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule

You're talking from a very free market perspective. That is not the only possible approach, though. Moreover, free market can easily distort things way out of optimum. Role of the government, among other things, is to protect minorities which have limited say via headcount and total wealth. This is...

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by eurotrader85
Wed Oct 20, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule
Replies: 43
Views: 8499

Re: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule

KLM's business model is partly about linking airports which no other major western European carrier is touching, to a European hub. I have a feeling that KLM was one of the very first non-Chinese airlines to link western Europe to Chengdu a number of years ago..... by now Kunming is probably at a s...

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by eurotrader85
Wed Oct 20, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule
Replies: 43
Views: 8499

Re: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule

The free market. It's right this is challenged. The government/coordinator is not the entity that is best at deciding what destinations pax can fly to from a specific place. The assertion by IATA is correct. Eurotrader sums up the problem perfectly, but does so from a 'free market' point of view. A...

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by eurotrader85
Wed Oct 20, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule
Replies: 43
Views: 8499

Re: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule

It seems there is a bit of a conflict around different people having different ideas as to what makes for a good airport. On the one hand, some people want low prices to a modest number of core destinations, while other people want non-stop flights to as many destinations as possible. Both concepts...

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by eurotrader85
Tue Oct 19, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU - Qatar Open-Skies deal signed
Replies: 22
Views: 4319

Re: EU - Qatar Open-Skies deal signed

Real shame 5th Freedom is not allowed, would have been a real win for consumers. But good to see the hidden interests of the big airlines finally being slapped down.

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by eurotrader85
Mon Oct 18, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Besides JFK-LHR and domestic routes in Japan, which other high-demand routes emphasize frequency over raw capacity?
Replies: 18
Views: 1792

Re: Besides JFK-LHR and domestic routes in Japan, which other high-demand routes emphasize frequency over raw capacity?

MAD - BCN (the air bridge) LON - DUB LHR - BOS Obviously not at the same level the NYC leg for LHR, but again used widebodies to space out its 4-6 throughout the day rather than dump capacity on a couple of A380s. LHR - ORD CDG - JFK Again, obviously not the same capacity or pax as LON - JFK but sam...

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by eurotrader85
Mon Oct 18, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US-Dubrovnik - Summer 2021 Results
Replies: 37
Views: 6228

Re: US-Dubrovnik - Summer 2021 Results

I'm guessing it will also depend on whether Game of Thrones euphoria will still have the draw for more continued TATL announcements.

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by eurotrader85
Mon Oct 11, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Kangaroo Route. HKG vs SIN
Replies: 12
Views: 1079

Re: Kangaroo Route. HKG vs SIN

During the 'uproar' within Oneworld a few years back when QF dropped BA on the Kangaroo route and had the relationship with EK at DXB, BA did start using HKG in a partnership with CX for Australia connections, but the routings were never as efficient. Plus as others have said, SIN is quite open on i...

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by eurotrader85
Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: U.S. Pushing Singapore to Let American Visitors Enter Freely
Replies: 6
Views: 616

Re: U.S. Pushing Singapore to Let American Visitors Enter Freely

Ironic this is the country that refused to open for so long to Europe, an area with a high vaccination rate, despite the border being open the other way, and still hasn't opened its land border to Canada. The US administration kept saying reciprocality should not be seen as a reason to open the bord...

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by eurotrader85
Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UK's E-gate passport scanners fails
Replies: 2
Views: 551

Re: UK's E-gate passport scanners fails

This is not the norm. Most of the time it is fairly quick to go through immigration. Not pre-covid speed, but nothing like the sensationalist reports highlight. Again though, this wouldn't sell newspapers or get clicks.

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by eurotrader85
Tue Sep 28, 2021 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 309
Views: 87138

Re: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Im surprised there are not more CX people here. Many of us huddled at PPRUNE but with the recent CX news on base closings and visa issues I would have thought a site this big had more CX peeps. I know they have a lot to add but it's a painful subject. Now that I'm free I'm invigorated but I still h...

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by eurotrader85
Sun Sep 26, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will LHR back to its place of Europe's business airport?
Replies: 3
Views: 540

Re: Will LHR back to its place of Europe's business airport?

Yes in time LHR will be the busiest airport in Europe again. A series of factors have abnormally affected the UK aviation sector over smaller European hubs, Brexit, abnormally strong Covid restrictions affecting international pax which affects the UK more than any other airport in Europe. Sure Brexi...

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by eurotrader85
Fri Sep 24, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does having status motivate you to fly more?
Replies: 13
Views: 1166

Re: Does having status motivate you to fly more?

Agree with the above statements. It influences WHO I fly, but doesn't make me fly more

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by eurotrader85
Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QANTAS to operate its second longest non stop flight with a 787-9
Replies: 34
Views: 13436

Re: QANTAS to operate its longest non stop flight with a 787-9

NM or KM make sense. Miles really only means anything to those in USA and Liberia these days. The sound of millions of Brits choking on their tea! :spit: I was just going to say that (in different terms). The British still use statute miles. No, as a Brit, I have no idea why we still use miles inst...

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by eurotrader85
Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Asia-Europe commercial air transport outlook
Replies: 2
Views: 669

Re: Asia-Europe commercial air transport outlook

There is no reason why some of these countries in Asia cannot open to fully vaccinated travellers from Europe and North America. For some reason, the mentality in Asia still seems to be to keep the virus out at all costs, rather than open in a safe and sustainable manner. While that was understandab...

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by eurotrader85
Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airliner has the smoothest take off?
Replies: 14
Views: 1263

Re: Which airliner has the smoothest take off?

My smoothest take off I probably had in an A380. It didn't even feel like we were rotating that much, it was more like the plane just started levitating and only afterwards I felt a stronger nose up pitch. I agree there, the A380 is very smooth on takeoff IMO. Agreed, by far the smoothest takeoff f...

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by eurotrader85
Sun Sep 19, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports have terrority with two state or country
Replies: 28
Views: 1677

Re: Airports have terrority with two state or country

But has a separate Swiss section built into the airport for those that cannot/do not want to, enter the French state, for customs, legal, or whatever reason. Don't all Basle passengers end up in the same arrival hall? And doesn't everyone enter France when leaving the building? It might have change...

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by eurotrader85
Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the best Transatlantic First/Business Class?
Replies: 25
Views: 2703

Re: What is the best Transatlantic First/Business Class?

Which of these would you recommend? Very, very stupid question - NONE of your list! The ONLY way to fly these days in style is SIA from FRA to JFK in FIRST on the A380, period! :cloudnine: But, thanks to the enormous competition ex Lombardy, you might find a great deal on EMIRATES from MXP to JFK i...

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by eurotrader85
Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports have terrority with two state or country
Replies: 28
Views: 1677

Re: Airports have terrority with two state or country

LFSB - Basle-Mulhouse comes to mind. It’s located at the border between France, Switzerland and Germany and touches the territory of at least France and Switzerland and maybe even Germany. I think this one is entirely w/in France. https://www.google.com/maps/place/EuroAirport+Basel-Mulhouse-Freibur...

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by eurotrader85
Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does Airbus need to make an aircraft larger than the A350-1000?
Replies: 4
Views: 1520

Re: Does Airbus need to make an aircraft larger than the A350-1000?

In the current environment? No. However, let's assume we get back to normal, then eventually yes. Airport infrastructure won't keep up with growing pax and more capacity on metal will be needed. Sure this goes down the route was the A380 ahead or behind its day, but the idea that when BA are still t...

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by eurotrader85
Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thinks he is 007
Replies: 8
Views: 1200

Re: Thinks he is 007

And despite driving while disqualified, let alone all the damage and potential life that was at risk if something worse happened, he's given just 15 months and disqualification from driving for two years. Utterly pathetic and sums up everything that is wrong in sentencing in the UK. At least when Ja...

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by eurotrader85
Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet rejects takeover bid from Wizz
Replies: 84
Views: 15061

Re: easyJet rejects takeover bid from Wizz

Sorry, but if you think fewer competitors means more competition, I think you're going to be disappointed. I don't think that - I'm not sure where what I said led you to get that impression. What I'm trying to say is that the dominance of airline groups in their respective regions (Lufthansa in Aus...

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by eurotrader85
Sat Sep 11, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet rejects takeover bid from Wizz
Replies: 84
Views: 15061

Re: easyJet rejects takeover bid from Wizz

Wizz has one of the cleanest balance sheets in the business, along with mega backers. This is not a surprise. Mergers are NEVER EVER good for customers. When it happens it will be a takeover not a merger If it releases LGW slots to a lower fare airline like Wizz it's an instant win for the consumer...

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by eurotrader85
Thu Sep 09, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet rejects takeover bid from Wizz
Replies: 84
Views: 15061

Re: easyJet rejects takeover bid from Wizz

Another advantage for W6, on top of the slots at LTN and LGW, would have been crew. EZY has a lot on the sidelines waiting for capacity to ramp up while Wizz has typically expanded too quickly and seemingly can't crew its metal. Glad this was knocked back, W6 has 1 inch less legroom I believe and re...

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by eurotrader85
Mon Sep 06, 2021 9:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Heathrow criticises Border Force for 'unacceptable' queues
Replies: 10
Views: 1667

Re: Heathrow criticises Border Force for 'unacceptable' queues

When I flew into LHR a few weeks ago there was no line to use the e-gates and nobody checked any of my COVID documents. I was through immigration in about 5 minutes. Are they just selectively checking documents? I don't understand how there could be these huge queues based on my experience. I don’t...

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by eurotrader85
Fri Aug 27, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Different Cultural traits - EU Vs American travelers?
Replies: 11
Views: 2539

Re: Different Cultural traits - EU Vs American travelers?

Are you really trying to say service is better on US carriers than European carriers? I think the loyalty factor is a bit off as well. Many Europeans are loyal to their nation's flag carrier come what may. Sure EZY/FR have challenged the status quo, but they took their model from WN. It is natural E...

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by eurotrader85
Fri Aug 27, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anybody miss/remember the 2000s-early 2010s in terms of planespotting?
Replies: 19
Views: 1681

Re: Anybody miss/remember the 2000s-early 2010s in terms of planespotting?

A slightly different angle on the question, but what I miss most is the viewing galleries at airports in the UK to see the planes parked and taking off from elevated positions. A day at LGW or wherever was immensely enjoyable and then it was all removed on 'security grounds' following 9/11. Never un...

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by eurotrader85
Fri Aug 27, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection timing at Vienna
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: Connection timing at Vienna

Wow, you're brave imo. I think VIE is a terrible airport for connecting, and adding a self-connection into the mix makes it worse. As PatrickZ80 says, might just be do-able if you sprint, but will certainly be a squeaky bum time I imagine.

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by eurotrader85
Wed Aug 18, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Messi going to PSG
Replies: 60
Views: 3108

Re: Messi to leave FC Barcelona

A player is a human being like anyone else and should have the rights as anyone else. If you were a banker, or a pilot, or a truck driver, or a teacher, or someone for whatever reason an entity deems your value higher than you are currently paid then you should have the right to move there. A footb...

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