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by MetalNeutral
Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 42
Views: 7149

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021

This tweet from the Aeronetwork reports that Eva is planning to launch Milan and Munich in 2022. For Milan this is the second attempt after the one aborted due to the Covid pandemic last year. For Munich it would be first direct flight to Taiwan and putting to good use the recent extension of air t...

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by MetalNeutral
Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scheduled airline service to strictly military use bases
Replies: 42
Views: 5517

Re: Scheduled airline service to strictly military use bases

Isn't Thule AFB in Greenland still served by commercial flights by Air Greenland? Not sure if it fits the bill and I don't know if you need specific permissions to book the flights (if still existing).

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Fri Nov 12, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20yrs since a mainline crash in the USA without mass fatality
Replies: 55
Views: 7688

Re: 20yrs since a mainline crash in the USA without mass fatality

Let's not forget the number of incidents, accidents, deaths have decreased dramatically while the industry has a whole has globally more than doubled its passenger traffic in 15 years ; the two lines, at least until Covid, were on solidly divergent paths. https://aviation-safety.net/graphics/infogra...

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by MetalNeutral
Fri Nov 12, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai
Replies: 80
Views: 5359

Re: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai

Looks like TK folded: http://www.uniindia.com/~/turkish-airlines-pledge-not-to-carry-citizens-of-iraq-syria-yemen-to-minsk-warsaw/World/news/2560561.html Of course they did, if TK was banned from the EU it's entire business case would collapse. A 3 month ban for Aeroflot would help focus minds quic...

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by MetalNeutral
Sat Oct 16, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 2052
Views: 497557

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

Wonder why they didn't think of Aeritalia or Air Italia? Too close to Alitalia? Aeritalia might still be a protected trademark by Leonardo (Aeritalia was the name of the Aerfer and FIAT Aviazione merger in the 60s, later merging itself with with Selenia to form Alenia, part of Finmeccanica, now Leo...

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by MetalNeutral
Thu Oct 14, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 1331
Views: 202282

Re: Confirmed: New United international routes 10/14

aden23 wrote:
What’s the scoop with Bergen, Norway?

Big business hub or something?


Tourism. Is the main city on the largest Norwegian fjords, an area of stunning beauty and a large cruise port.

The city itself is very nice as well.

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Tue Aug 24, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 190144

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

This article covers the Italian Air Force Aquila Omnia operation pretty well. Four C-130s (one C-130J and 3 longer C-130J-30s) are currently shuttling people from Kabul to Kuwait City where they are transferred to Italy on three KC-767s. As per MoD Twitter page, more than 2100 civilians have already...

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by MetalNeutral
Sat Aug 21, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 190144

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

https://www.flightradar24.com/BARTK18/28dc5f19

Cheers,
MN
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NATO (Hungarian reg) C17 about to land now, coming from Tbilisi:

https://www.flightradar24.com/BARTK18/28dc5f19

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Thu Aug 19, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 190144

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

General question on topic: Is there a better site to follow these flights than Flightradar24? I know they're turning off their ADS-B north of Muscat, but still. Sometimes I find it useful to play around with https://globe.adsbexchange.com/, because it allows to filter military traffic easily. Their...

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by MetalNeutral
Thu Aug 19, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Mexico city's new airport to be improved Santa Lucía Airport
Replies: 212
Views: 46699

Re: Updated: Mexico city's new airport to be improved Santa Lucía Airport

From reliable but confidential sources I just learned that military administration of Santa Lucia Airport is getting rid of most of the civilian airport operations experts occuping management level positions to replace them with military officials, making it even more clear that the airport will be...

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by MetalNeutral
Wed Aug 18, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 190144

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

The Italian Air Force deployed a C130 to shuttle 210 Afghani civilians out of KBL on two flights this afternoon; passengers from both flights later boarded a KC767 back to Italy. https://twitter.com/MinisteroDifesa/status/1428075860377092097?s=20 https://twitter.com/MinisteroDifesa/status/1428027156...

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by MetalNeutral
Wed Aug 18, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 190144

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

https://www.flightradar24.com/28d3cc5d

Cheers,
MN
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An Indonesian Air Force Boeing 737-400, reg A-7305, is currently overflying Pakistan, headed presumably to Islamabad.

https://www.flightradar24.com/28d3cc5d

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Wed Aug 18, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 190144

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

Italy's Neos Air has just landed a 738 in Turkmenbashi and another one is heading to Mari, Turkmenistan. Not sure if this is related to efforts to evacuate civilians and military staff out of Afghanistan, but both destinations are not exactly common from Italy and Neos has operated military charter ...

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by MetalNeutral
Wed Aug 18, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 190144

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

https://www.flightradar24.com/IAM1420/28d30b41

Cheers,
MN
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Italian Air Force KC767 back to Italy from KWI. Since they were ordered to move out of al-Minhad last month, it looks like the focus of the Italian AF ops in the region has become Kuwait City.

https://www.flightradar24.com/IAM1420/28d30b41

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Tue Aug 17, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 42
Views: 7149

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021

https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/biz/ar ... 2003762714

Cheers,
MN
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China Airlines cargo division, and specifically the cold chain logistics business, has been doing well this year:

https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/biz/ar ... 2003762714

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Thu Aug 12, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ restarts 5th Freedom SIN-TPE-LAX flights
Replies: 45
Views: 6953

Re: SQ restarts 5th Freedom SIN-TPE-LAX flights

Despite their current route network, dictated mostly by the pandemic and the need to keep some cashflow, I'd be hard-pressed to define Starlux "low cost competition"; it's not AirAsia/JetStar, not for the hard product nor for the price; and Scoot is already on the same market, so I would n...

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by MetalNeutral
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 42
Views: 7149

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021

The airline saw a 27% increase in passenger to/from the US in June and demand remains strong in all classes with virtually 100% LF across the board. According to the article, the 100% load factor is for business and premium economy. It doesn't mention standard economy class loads. Pardon, you are r...

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by MetalNeutral
Wed Jul 21, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 42
Views: 7149

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021

Eva is planning to increase the number of pax flights to north America to 30 per week, increasing SEA (5xw), NYC (4xw), ORD and YVR (2xw) and resuming IAH and YYZ with a weekly flight. The airline saw a 27% increase in passenger to/from the US in June and demand remains strong in all classes with vi...

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by MetalNeutral
Sat Jul 17, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 42
Views: 7149

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021

Germany and Taiwan have signed a new air service agreement expanding the number of passenger flights between the two countries from 7 to 11 weekly, and cargo flights from 3 to 5 weekly with fifth freedom rights, as reported by FocusTaiwan-CNA yesterday. CI had a daily flight to FRA prior to the pand...

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by MetalNeutral
Sat Jul 10, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: VIDEO: Absolutely AMAZING 150kg model Concorde takeoff!
Replies: 4
Views: 1919

Re: VIDEO: Absolutely AMAZING 150kg model Concorde takeoff!

The four turbines alone are ~20k € :eek: :eek:

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Sun Jun 13, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greek Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 199
Views: 28439

Re: Greek Aviation Thread - 2021

Has anyone else ever noticed that on Google Satellite View that ATH airport is deliberately pixelated to be blurry? Not so much from a distance, but the closer in you go, you can see that everything within the airport boundaries is fuzzy. Why is that? Might it be related to a request from the Greek...

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by MetalNeutral
Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 19 seaters in Europe
Replies: 59
Views: 7749

Re: 19 seaters in Europe

And I think we forgot about Eastern Airways in the UK - their J41 fleet seems pretty active, based out of ABZ, albeit thei accommodate a little more than 19 pax.

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 19 seaters in Europe
Replies: 59
Views: 7749

Re: 19 seaters in Europe

Aer Arann Islands operate BN Islanders between Connemara and the Arann islands in Ireland https://aerarannislands.ie/ Are they still flying those routes? I thought they suspended operations after the PSO subsidies were reduced or whatever, a few years ago. Great news if they resumed! I was seated n...

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by MetalNeutral
Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trans Mongolian on MIAT Mongolian's Flagship Boeing 767, Ulaanbaatar to Berlin Tegel via Moscow (June 2019)
Replies: 8
Views: 12212

Re: Trans Mongolian on MIAT Mongolian's Flagship Boeing 767, Ulaanbaatar to Berlin Tegel via Moscow (June 2019)

Great read as always! Quite an odyssey... and too bad the insurance didn't accept the claim :(

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Busan to Ulaanbaatar on a MIAT Mongolian Boeing 737 (June 2019)
Replies: 18
Views: 12563

Re: Busan to Ulaanbaatar on a MIAT Mongolian Boeing 737 (June 2019)

I missed this one! Thanks for writing about Mongolian - definitely not the most common airline in flight reports :D

Great website, too!

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 19 seaters in Europe
Replies: 59
Views: 7749

Re: 19 seaters in Europe

Flugfelag Islands used Twin Otters in Iceland too on domestic routes. Remaining in Iceland, Eagle Air still flies the J32 (along with a few single engined Cessnas and - new to me! - a Do-328) to domestic destinations across the island. In Reykjavik RKV they have their own terminal that you can reac...

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trex8 wrote:
First TigerAir A320neo deliveres
CI gets first A321neo Sept
https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-r ... rator.html


Great news!

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 42
Views: 7149

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021

Thanks! The 220 would be great - such a comfortable plane to ride. But I tend to agree they'll downsize to ATR only, which makes sense for their domestic ops to the outlying islands and the few remaining cross-country routes they still operate, where the E90 is probably too much of a plane anyway. W...

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by MetalNeutral
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 42
Views: 7149

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021

Are they sending the 737-800 to the scrapyard, or to Mandarin?

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Thu Mar 18, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 42
Views: 7149

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021

China Airlines posted a (small) net profit for 2020 of around 5M USD, probably one of the few airlines in the black last year. Not a big sum, but hey! Most of the contribution is due to the favourable freight rate and the extensive usage of the cargo fleet, which still looks rosey for 2021. In the n...

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by MetalNeutral
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Romanian Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 41
Views: 5541

Re: Romanian Aviation Thread - 2021

Anima, not Animal! I think it means soul. Aegean owns 25% of the carrier.

EDIT: it looks like it means "to animate".

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 2052
Views: 497557

Re: RIP Alitalia, hello "ITA" (Italia Trasporto Aereo)

A388 wrote:
That new name is also so horrible (ITA). Couldn't they have come up with a better name?

A388


They may haven't got the name right, but I'm sure their business plan is top notch. Oh, wait... :duck:

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 42
Views: 7149

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021

China Airlines is preparing a special event for their last 747 passenger flight, with a sightseeing flight TPE-TPE on January, the 6th. The tickets will be sold online on the same day on a first come, first served basis. Prices in TWD: Economy: 7,470 / person Business Class: 9,747 / person Business ...

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by MetalNeutral
Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 42
Views: 7149

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2021

Thank you SQ22! Let's start the new year with more travel restrictions to Taiwan , which impact mainly on foreigners. It should not have a huge additional impact on the flying crowd, as the number of international travellers is still at an all-time low anyway: The Taiwan government announced that it...

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by MetalNeutral
Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet Discussion - 2021
Replies: 794
Views: 94436

Re: Emirates unveils new Premium Economy Class

This caters to companies whose travel policies now prevent staff from travelling business class, and whose travel budgets have migrated over time to airlines offering Y+ as an option. If EK maintains their price edge over those airlines that already rolled out Y+ products (as they usually do in Y an...

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by MetalNeutral
Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 2677

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2020

And with the China Airlines titles relegated to the back and reduced in size. Rumors have it that a special scheme will be applied to the front to make more prominent the airline's Taiwanese origin.

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA 767s: Where did they fly?
Replies: 84
Views: 7590

Re: BA 767s: Where did they fly?

It used to be a regular visitor to MXP after widebodies were banned at LIN, and before BA started renting additional slot a LIN from Meridiana, which made the use of larger aicraft and additional frequencies to MXP useless (I think until 2005/2006 or so).

Cheers,
MN

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by MetalNeutral
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 2677

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2020

I didn't see it reported elsewhere in the forum, but for all of you raving about flights to nowhere, Eva Air added the twist of speed dating to those flights for the upcoming Christmas and New Year festivities. The news has been all over the place on international news outlets and aviation online ma...

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by MetalNeutral
Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Starlux News and Discussion thread
Replies: 281
Views: 30230

Re: Starlux News and Discussion thread

It's interesting they are targeting Houston, where BR is already flying, rather than Dallas, which has no pax service to Taiwan. The Dallas metro is slightly larger than Houston metro, and with a slightly higher GDP. Is there a specifically large Taiwanese community in Houston or potentially just p...

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by MetalNeutral
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Starlux News and Discussion thread
Replies: 281
Views: 30230

Re: Starlux News and Discussion thread

It's interesting they are targeting Houston, where BR is already flying, rather than Dallas, which has no pax service to Taiwan. The Dallas metro is slightly larger than Houston metro, and with a slightly higher GDP. Is there a specifically large Taiwanese community in Houston or potentially just pu...

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by MetalNeutral
Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA Group News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 533
Views: 19350

Re: SIA to review fleet plan; future of A380 in limbo

Why SQ need to hire external staffs to act as the FA? All the FA have the minimum flying hours, it means that even they don’t need to perform the duty in the 380 restaurant, they still get the same paid from SQ I was just speculating but mostly it was light-hearted comment, of course I don't have a...

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by MetalNeutral
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA Group News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 533
Views: 19350

Re: SIA to review fleet plan; future of A380 in limbo

If you remove costs associated with flying (fuel, maintenance, pilots, landing slots, overflying rights, etc), 40-470USD is a remarkably high price for offering just some aircraft food. I'm not even sure they are employing their own staff or contracted external servers dressed in SQ uniforms, so the...

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by MetalNeutral
Sat May 16, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Starlux News and Discussion thread
Replies: 281
Views: 30230

Re: Starlux announces first flight date and routes

I completely missed the news in March, but the Taipei District Court ruled in favour of Chang Kuo-wei on the legal battle for the Evergreen Group chairmanship and his founder money and shares; the decision can still be appealed, but still marks a turn of the tide for Chang and, if the decision is no...

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by MetalNeutral
Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Tashkent to Incheon on an Uzbekistan Airways Dreamliner in Economy
Replies: 13
Views: 9419

Re: Tashkent to Incheon on an Uzbekistan Airways Dreamliner in Economy

I thoroughly enjoy your TRs (despite this being my first comment ever to one :D), as they are detailed and supported by excellent pictures. They have the distinguished merit of exploring less known routes, airlines and destinations, especially across Asia, so thumbs up and keep them coming :) Cheers...

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by MetalNeutral
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about KLM Asia
Replies: 36
Views: 6961

Re: Question about KLM Asia

CI and BR can (and do) overfly PRC airspace on Taiwan-EU flights, as also do KLM and Air France as well (AF very consistently - I think the only deciding factor being winds). What they cannot do is leaving PRC airspace and enter Taiwan airspace directly - they must do so via the HKG FIR (apparently...

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by MetalNeutral
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about KLM Asia
Replies: 36
Views: 6961

Re: Question about KLM Asia

CI and BR can (and do) overfly PRC airspace on Taiwan-EU flights, as also do KLM and Air France as well (AF very consistently - I think the only deciding factor being winds). What they cannot do is leaving PRC airspace and enter Taiwan airspace directly - they must do so via the HKG FIR (apparently ...

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by MetalNeutral
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 2677

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2020

I looked up ALL FOUR of the Dynasty 747-PAX birds yesterday, and seems they are all grounded. B-18210, 18211, 18212, and 18215. Sad day! No more PAX 747's in Taiwan/ROC. That sucks. My last ride on a 747 was on CI back in 2012...then I switched to EVA and never looked back. (I did fly a CI 777 on P...

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by MetalNeutral
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 2677

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2020

Starlux has had terrible timing! iI the downturn goes through most of the year they may belly land before even really taking of! Cebu flights delayed till summer now https://simpleflying.com/coronavirus-starlux-cebu-delay/ ... and now they've suspended all operations, provisionally until the 30 Apr...

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by MetalNeutral
Wed Jan 01, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 2677

Re: Taiwan Aviation Thread - 2020

Effective from today, 1st Jan, all aircraft older than 26 years will have to be retired from service by Taiwanese airlines. Apart from the Md80s operated by the grounded FAT, which is not likely to return in service anytime soon at this stage, no other aircraft is even close to that age, the oldest ...

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by MetalNeutral
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Far Eastern Air Transport Ceasing Operations?
Replies: 33
Views: 4861

Re: Far Eastern Air Transport Ceasing Operations?

More news flowing - FAT chairman Chang Kai-weng sent a message during a press conference that he didn't attend, blaming the funding problems to decrease in cross-strait travels and putting his trust in the "in false promises by four Chinese con men", who promised funding for the airlines w...

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