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by clipperlondon
Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How are regional airliners delivered to the other side of Atlantic?
Replies: 29
Views: 4431

Re: How are regional airliners delivered to the other side of Atlantic?

The Atlantic is "small!!??" Are you serious?? It is the world's second largest ocean in area. The Pacific is not even close to doubling it at only roughly 50% larger. The Pacific is wider but there is nothing small about the Atlantic. east <-> west the shortest hop across the Atlantic is ...

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by clipperlondon
Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How are regional airliners delivered to the other side of Atlantic?
Replies: 29
Views: 4431

Re: How are regional airliners delivered to the other side of Atlantic?

I wonder how airlines in the Pacific ocean like Tahiti Airlines/ Aloha etc get their short range aircraft to and fro from the mainland. ATRs for Air Tahiti are routed through Asia, not America. Most of ATR are delivered this way : Toulouse (France) - Alexandria (Egypt) - Al Ain (UAE) - Chennai or N...

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by clipperlondon
Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta bans Navy Seal for Not Wearing a Mask
Replies: 151
Views: 10346

Re: Delta bans Navy Seal for Not Wearing a Mask

What does it matter if he was a seal or not. He was asked several times to put his mask on but as usual the rules don't apply to him because he is special. They caught him red handed breaking the rules. I gets to be too much when you constantly have to fight with these people Anyone here heard of a...

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by clipperlondon
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 350
Views: 87638

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

Aaaaw! Such a shame! And having to go in such a manner too (The dreaded Corona Virus). I flew on the BA 747s more times than I care to remember - LHR - BOM/JFK/LAX/BOS/SFO Montreal and more. And on PanAm, TWA, Northwest, Kuwait, Air-India, SAA, SABENA, Air France, KLM. But a special place in my hear...

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by clipperlondon
Mon May 18, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14331

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

On May 15, 1995, a United Airlines Boeing 777-222A, N777UA, flew the first commercial service for the type, with a flight between London Heathrow and Washington Dulles. One of Boeing's best sellers and finest designs, still going strong. Flew that bird at least 50 times since 1997, always stood out...

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by clipperlondon
Mon May 04, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA flying 77W LHR > FRA?
Replies: 15
Views: 4396

Re: BA flying 77W LHR > FRA?

Nothing unusual for BA to send large birds on short routes. Before their retirement, the first BA flight of the day from AMS was a 767. Always jam packed! :crowded: And the 767 was/is quite regularly used on the busiest flight of the day on the LHR - EDI shuttle. Staying with IAG, Iberia has the te...

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by clipperlondon
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drake's Private 767-200 New Livery
Replies: 60
Views: 15250

Re: Drake's Private 767-200 New Livery

That painted wing is crazy, you don't see that every day! Never seen a painted wing before - are there any other airlines around with this feature?! I don't know about now, but BEA (British European Airways), the British Airways predecessor, entire fleet had wings painted red on both sides. [photoi...

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by clipperlondon
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Group Calls for A380s to Be Used as ICUs
Replies: 81
Views: 12326

Re: Group Calls for A380s to Be Used as ICUs

Who pays these daft people? Is it a full-time job, if so I volunteer?

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by clipperlondon
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM A310 Questions
Replies: 48
Views: 6125

Re: KLM A310 Questions

Always thought the A310 looked great in KLM colours and I'm sure it was a popular aircraft with passengers; it also did a daily service to LHR. I don't have any KLM timetables of that era to hand, but as discussed above, it was routes to the Middle East and also West Africa, presumably CAI and TLV ...

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by clipperlondon
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airline first flew a trans-Polar route through the Russian Far East to Asia?
Replies: 10
Views: 2435

Re: Which airline first flew a trans-Polar route through the Russian Far East to Asia?

It was a joint venture of JAL and Aeroflot. Began around 1970, if memory serves. And a route through the 'Russian Far East' (which IS in Asia, BTW) is not a 'trans-Polar' route. Slightly earlier than that if you are talking about these beauties, seen here in 1967 (note Japan Air Lines titles) 10395...

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by clipperlondon
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA1 diverting to LHR
Replies: 25
Views: 11188

Re: BA1 diverting to LHR

flyingphil wrote:
http://thebasource.com/british-airways-a318-g-euna-operates-ba1-to-london-heathrow/

Bit of a mystery! or BA's shortest passenger flight?


Well there's plenty of room at LHR!

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by clipperlondon
Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 to the rescue?
Replies: 32
Views: 5865

Re: Jet2 to the rescue?

Looks like Jet2 are laying on extra aircraft to rescue passengers from other airlines, according to the statement from the CEO. This must be very costly for the company, but for a company as well run as this, this must be a play for the long run where they can attract future customers. This must al...

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by clipperlondon
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France planes' names
Replies: 71
Views: 13246

Re: Air France planes' names

tonyflyboi wrote:
I think BA should follow suit


Not familiar with current naming conventions on British Airways but in the 1980s I travelled LHR - JFK on "City of Lancaster" Boeing 747-200

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by clipperlondon
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Jet2 acquiring A321's
Replies: 115
Views: 27153

Re: Updated: Jet2 acquiring A321's

The 757 will outlive us all! D'you hear? ALL of us ....ha ha ha..(disappears laughing maniacally..) lol

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by clipperlondon
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 441
Views: 29112

Re: TAP post 1H 2019 loss; government pushes Neeleman to sell stake

goosebayguy wrote:
I visited Toulouse recently and was astounded by the number of TAP aircraft due for delivery. They seem to be going full steam ahead for expansion. Probably too full if you ask me. Seeing this loss doesn't surprise me. They have too much capacity

Seems I'm not the first to comment lol
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by clipperlondon
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 441
Views: 29112

Re: TAP post 1H 2019 loss; government pushes Neeleman to sell stake

All those new A330-900 and A321neoLR aren't free. Expanding to SFO, IAD and ORD has costs too. TAP is facing declining revenue in Brazil and startup cost to North America, no time for new markets to UA's hubs to develop. Anyone who's familiar with a certain Live Air Spotters website and has seen th...

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by clipperlondon
Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR
Replies: 91
Views: 19452

Re: Admire the skill. EY A380 strong crosswind landing at LHR

Am I the only one noting that the guy filming was trespassing where he really shouldn't have been? Especially with a road and a barbed wire fence between him and the airport I would say yes, you are the only one who got it wrong. Lets keep this one in mind for post of the year... I know where he is...

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by clipperlondon
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A220 "Whisperjet"?
Replies: 136
Views: 18975

Re: DL A220 "Whisperjet"?

Ah, err, yeah, kind of... But not quite. :wave: Well I don't think I get your drift? Maybe the Britannia was first but the CL44 was the first one I knew of and at least I flew it briefly/ My drift? well, that's because I was actually referring to the [closely related] Bristol Britannia, the first &...

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by clipperlondon
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India 788 DEL-IAD nonstop?
Replies: 66
Views: 10746

Re: Air India 788 DEL-IAD nonstop?

That is the probably why AI is competing well with UA and this will enable it to compete well on the SFO-DEL route as well. I dont know what kind of state 77Ws which flies to EWR are but 77Ls which fly the SFO route are in pretty bad shape with most if not all seatback IFEs broken. My wife, my in l...

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by clipperlondon
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A220 "Whisperjet"?
Replies: 136
Views: 18975

Re: DL A220 "Whisperjet"?

Yes it was Tynes.I remember hearing them at Heathrow in the1960s when Seaboard World and Flying Tiger (among others) operated there. Got mixed up with the BEA Vanguards which were there at the same time. British Eagle operated Britannias and the engine sound was a lot 'whispery' as opposed to the Ty...

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by clipperlondon
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A220 "Whisperjet"?
Replies: 136
Views: 18975

Re: DL A220 "Whisperjet"?

Ah yes, the mighty CL44 Ah, err, yeah, kind of... But not quite. :wave: Well I don't think I get your drift? Maybe the Britannia was first but the CL44 was the first one I knew of and at least I flew it briefly/ Yes the Britannia was first with Proteus engines. Didn't the CL-44 have different turpo...

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by clipperlondon
Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80786

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

Now that I’m thinking about it, you have to have one sad life if you complain/cry doomsday/boeing is dead all cause a delayed test flight lol. You can tell who’s a happy person/good life just by reading the comments. And I enjoyed the stream. It was nice to talk to people with similar interests. Ha...

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by clipperlondon
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights still using Avro RJ85/RJ100
Replies: 32
Views: 2102

Re: Flights still using Avro RJ85/RJ100

The UK Royal Flight still uses them, but not sure which model. Saw a clip of the PM at the Berlin Talks the other day with a UK Government (?) version in the background.

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by clipperlondon
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air operating 40 year old A300B2
Replies: 66
Views: 19280

Re: Iran Air operating 40 year old A300B2

Great apologies! It was, and still is, Thursday and SUNDAY!

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by clipperlondon
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air operating 40 year old A300B2
Replies: 66
Views: 19280

Re: Iran Air operating 40 year old A300B2

I used to see the A300 (not sure if its this one) flying into Heathrow every Thursday and Friday. Now its the A330. Iranian engineers are some of the best in the world and I reckon the old girl's got plenty of life in her yet!

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by clipperlondon
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 256529

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

Much as I love planes, the idea of being cooped up in a metal tube for 19 hours is not attractive. At all.

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by clipperlondon
Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes
Replies: 171
Views: 28866

Re: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes

To be clear, MS makes sense for Arabic speakers as Masr is the name for Egypt in Arabic. Misr, surely? I asked the question of both the gate agent at LHR and the FA on the flight to Cairo in 1982. They both said Misr is Egypt in Arabic. CORRECTION! lol I said Misr is Arabic for Egypt. In EGYPTIAN A...

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by clipperlondon
Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes
Replies: 171
Views: 28866

Re: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes

santi319 wrote:
To be clear, MS makes sense for Arabic speakers as Masr is the name for Egypt in Arabic.


Misr, surely? I asked the question of both the gate agent at LHR and the FA on the flight to Cairo in 1982. They both said Misr is Egypt in Arabic.

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by clipperlondon
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is everything at EWR Brown?
Replies: 54
Views: 14872

Re: Why is everything at EWR Brown?

How about the fact that EWR's terminals date from the late 1960's and early 1970's (except for United's Terminal C). Brown was a pretty common color back then. And, as anybody who's flown through Newark can tell you, the terminal hasn't exactly been updated in the last thirty years :-) In London, t...

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by clipperlondon
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320neo Family 'Excessive Pitch' Issue Thread
Replies: 215
Views: 52801

Re: A321neo operators alerted over 'excessive pitch' anomaly

ukoverlander wrote:
As we don't see any A321's flying themselves into the ground, or pilots reporting fighting with their aircraft to prevent such events from happening it would seem attempts to draw false equivalence in this case serves little purpose. Just sayin'.


Amen to that mate.

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by clipperlondon
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 219975

Re: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread

Just seen some pics on the BBC news of loads of TC aircraft parked up on remote stands at MAN. Interestingly, the Malaysian 380 is also in the same parking area.Such a sad end for a 178 - year old company, the oldest Travel Company in the world.

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by clipperlondon
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could an unpressurised passenger jet ever become competitive?
Replies: 71
Views: 10557

Re: Could an unpressurised passenger jet ever become competitive?

During the times of the Berlin Wall all allied jet aircraft within the Berlin air corridors -like Pan American's 727 or BEA's Tridents- flew at only 10.000 feet because of old customs from propeller aircraft used there after WW2. Everything was intended to keep the status quo going. So nothing got ...

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by clipperlondon
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SU / KL IL-62
Replies: 40
Views: 9864

Re: SU / KL IL-62

I know Air France and JAL had similar arrangements. Air France starting in 1968 used SU IL-62 for 2x weekly service to Japan via Moscow. Air France also later had an arrangement for SU Tu-154 service to Kiev from Paris, plus joint cargo service on various routes using SU An-12 freighter. JAL also u...

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by clipperlondon
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways
Replies: 113
Views: 30034

Re: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways

Dear Lord The bigger the version, the uglier it gets. I really hope it's a milestone in terms of efficiency because to the eyes, it hurts a lot! Nothing better for the Air "bus" definition Looks absolutely beautiful, has the same lines as a 757 That was my first impression too when I saw ...

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by clipperlondon
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am New York to Tehran flights
Replies: 52
Views: 7840

Re: Pan Am New York to Tehran flights

leftcoast8 wrote:
I'm not sure what's weirder: the fact a U.S. carrier once flew to Iran, or that the same carrier also flew to Pakistan


Times change. The US was propping up the Shah, and Pakistan, who was seen as a bulwark against them pesky commies

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by clipperlondon
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: pax uses feet to operate in-flight screen
Replies: 16
Views: 2905

Re: pax uses feet to operate in-flight screen

I can wiggle my big toes independently of each other - its my party trick. My Grandmother always told me it brought good luck. Does that count?

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by clipperlondon
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two ejected for complaining about muslims on TCX flight
Replies: 27
Views: 6952

Re: Two ejected for complaining about muslims on TCX flight

However good thing Thomas Cook acted like they did, showing that not all Westerners are like those two women. After all, hate creates hate. Being falsely accused of terrorism would make you hate the people who say that, and before you know it it leads to real terrorism. Which could easily have been...

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by clipperlondon
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Cabin security monitor” air rage incident filmed on Air China flight sparks Chinese uproar, embroiling CA in PR scandal
Replies: 18
Views: 8508

Re: “Cabin security monitor” air rage incident filmed on Air China flight sparks Chinese uproar, embroiling CA in PR sca

No surprise the video link does not work any more When you press the 'translate' button from the Chinese text, the actual translation is utterly hilarious. It wouldn't look out of place on a Chinese restaurant menu from the 1960s. I know nothing of the Chinese language, yet words like fart, mental ...

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by clipperlondon
Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is next for Icelandair?
Replies: 80
Views: 13513

Re: What is next for Icelandair?

DFW is within 757 range, IAH is not. Very important distinction given FI's current fleet as they only have 4 767s, all of which are accounted for on BOS/IAD/JFK/MSP/SEA/SFO/YYZ (depending on season). You forgot LHR. Seen the 767s many times at Heathrow I didn't forget it - I fly that flight 7-10 ti...

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by clipperlondon
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is next for Icelandair?
Replies: 80
Views: 13513

Re: What is next for Icelandair?

Icelandair should pick IAH over DFW and they picked DFW until pulled out then AA took over the route. If they pick IAH then they will be alive flying than DFW. Now I hope they might try to IAH this time. DFW is within 757 range, IAH is not. Very important distinction given FI's current fleet as the...

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by clipperlondon
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Media: Airbus to challenge IAG, Boeing deal for 200 MAX?
Replies: 125
Views: 18333

Re: Airbus seeks to break Boeing/AIG deal

Contrary to all here, I think Airbus' response is genius. They know the order is far from done and that at any time IAG can walk away from the 737MAX. They also know that if they provide a price that is lower than what IAG got from Boeing, IAG will try to and get Boeing to match Airbus' price. And ...

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by clipperlondon
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 91111

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

Great (and very surprising news); I am wondering which airlines in the IAG group will operate it. BA has pretty much committed to the Neo; IB is an Airbus carrier; Vueling likewise; I can't see EI operating short haul Boeings in the near or medium term (though they need to renew their short haul fl...

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by clipperlondon
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight from IND to CDG
Replies: 100
Views: 14503

Re: passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight from IND to CDG

More like the abundance of unbundled fares. What did people expect when aviation became yet another form of mass transport. I haven't noticed any connection between how much money people have and their behavior. Kristen Chenowith is notorious, as is Lauryn Hill of the Fugees. Often the more money, ...

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by clipperlondon
Tue May 21, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 8639

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

Caravelle 12 was developed for Sterling Airways, which was a big Caravelle 10B operator and wanted more seating capacity. Sterling ordered 12 but took only 7, the other five went to Air Inter. Sterling flew them 12 years and then they went to Air Inter and/or Air Mediterranee. I was lucky enough to...

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by clipperlondon
Wed May 15, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 787 Trent Engine replace on Norwegian
Replies: 43
Views: 6531

Re: 787 Trent Engine replace on Norwegian

I need some words of comfort. I'm about to fly Norwegian to LA and I just can't find the information whether by now they have replaced all the Trent 1000 engines on their 787-9's or whether their newest aircraft come with C packages that hopefully address the cracking issue. I used to love flying 7...

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by clipperlondon
Sat May 11, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is this Turkish Airlines new uniforms?
Replies: 4
Views: 1245

Re: Is this Turkish Airlines new uniforms?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDh6gOP5SVs


MIGHT have been??? Words fail....lol

Actually they look really smart. Well done Turkish.
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SQ789 wrote:
I found a video that this might have been TK's new uniforms for it's flight attendants.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDh6gOP5SVs


MIGHT have been??? Words fail....lol

Actually they look really smart. Well done Turkish.

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by clipperlondon
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest life of passenger airplane
Replies: 42
Views: 4528

Re: Shortest life of passenger airplane

A318 and Dassault Mercure come to mind. Mercure even sank Dassault’s civilian division IIRC. The Mercure saw service between June 4, 1974 and April 29, 1995 with its sole customer: Air Inter. 21 years, not bad. How long did the Boeing 720 last in passenger operation? I had a great surprise back in ...

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by clipperlondon
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New start-up Air Ayiti
Replies: 38
Views: 7796

Re: New start-up Air Ayiti

It's webpage shows an A320 and an A380. Must have VERY well-trained pilots...although the web designer doesn't seem to have been similarly trained lol.

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by clipperlondon
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 384768

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

Pellegrine wrote:
NYPECO wrote:


I like it. :thumbsup:


Boring and cheap. As everybody else says, just looks like an LCC. Not very distinguished for what is supposed to be a world-class carrier.

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by clipperlondon
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier continues to disappoint
Replies: 30
Views: 10830

Re: Bombardier continues to disappoint

BBD appears to be getting out of the commercial air business at this point, and their rail division could certainly have used the reasources that went into the C-Series. Derby (UK) alone has 1611 rail vehicles on order including the Elizabeth Line in London. For sure, they have quite a few orders o...

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