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by DTVG
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oneworld airlines & LHR T5
Replies: 18
Views: 2942

Re: Oneworld airlines & LHR T5

Terminal 1 has been abandoned for years but not torn down, why ? I don't know but its taking up some valuable T2 area where many more planes could be parked, Virgin Atlantic could do worse. Last year (or late 2018, I need to double check), Heathrow Airport had an auction to sell the recycled aviati...

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by DTVG
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can Addis Ababa Become a World Class City?
Replies: 40
Views: 1707

Re: Can Addis Ababa Become a World Class City?

What I see from this discussion is that the starter has a hard-on for futuristic buildings, shopping malls, monorails and airline hubs. For some reason they are are all associated with progress and a „world class city“. As others have mentioned there are „soft factors“ that may not be as visible as ...

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by DTVG
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can Addis Ababa Become a World Class City?
Replies: 40
Views: 1707

Re: Can Addis Ababa Become a World Class City?

Building monorails and landmarks aren't features that a "world class city" has to have. These can just as well be white elephant projects with which politicians try to visualize so-called progress. What, however, most "world class cities" feature are stable and functioning govern...

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by DTVG
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Safety in Libya as a Tourist Between 2011 and 2014 Civil Wars
Replies: 15
Views: 971

Re: Safety in Libya as a Tourist Between 2011 and 2014 Civil Wars

You already answered your own question. With multiple factions fighting each other, kidnappings and murders going on, I don't think a white American looking tourist would have had fun in Libya. Your vacation plan might have worked out in certain areas near Tripoli, where there government had some co...

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by DTVG
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets
Replies: 176
Views: 16803

Re: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets

If it was up to me, I'd do away with LCC. As an airline employee, I'm not okay with the fact that the people who end up "paying" for these low fares are workers and their families. Argue all you want, it won't change my mind. I've been doing this thing (aviation) for a while now. The RACE...

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by DTVG
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus wants governments to finance a scrappage scheme
Replies: 53
Views: 8141

Re: Airbus wants governments to finance a scrappage scheme

Lol, the German‘s will probably present this as some kind of climate action program.

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by DTVG
Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do you support unpaid internships or not?
Replies: 18
Views: 829

Re: Do you support unpaid internships or not?

Unpaid internships are great to get experience and I think making them unpaid makes it somewhat of a less risky endeavor for the employer. This can benefits both sides, as the firm may be more willing to give a young student a shot. In the end, however, I think it is about supply and demand and the ...

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by DTVG
Fri May 22, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: German lawmakers call for buying sex to be made permanently illegal
Replies: 58
Views: 3516

Re: German lawmakers call for buying sex to be made permanently illegal

At least one good thing from the COVID pandemic https://www.dw.com/en/german-lawmakers-call-for-buying-sex-to-be-made-permanently-illegal/a-53504221?fbclid=IwAR17RwOX6-VxWkN36dmsDtp8JdEmm1ur17Hln7Yz6Gv3yg8jAiamUNwtn9s Why is it a good thing? Fred Yes, I’m also curious. Where I live a lot of women w...

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by DTVG
Wed May 20, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: All OW carriers to move T5 LHR
Replies: 38
Views: 7760

Re: Rumor: All OW carriers to move T5 LHR

Maybe Heathrow Airport should complete the T2A building so that all airlines can use T2 and T5 in the foreseeable future. In the same time they can rebuild T3. The best time to do it before the passenger number go back to 60-70 millions mark. Good luck, by that time they will still be sruggling to ...

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by DTVG
Tue May 19, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: March 1st 2001, FIRST 777 trans-polar flight to HKG documentary
Replies: 27
Views: 5750

Re: March 1st 2001, FIRST 777 trans-polar flight to HKG documentary

United launched JFK-HKG around the same time. It was on a 747-400 and it did not work out for them and was cut. As I recall, UA's 777s did not have the range to operate NY to HKG nonstop. Not sure if it had to do with the P/W vs. GE90 engines that powered the CO 772ER fleet. I think the UA 744 took...

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by DTVG
Mon May 18, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14410

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

From my experience, the noises on a 787 are more annoying. The engine sounds are almost like a noise reducer in a 777. On a 787, you hear the sounds of carts banging against seats, lavatory doors slamming, etc, which is much more annoying. Yes, agree. On the 787 you hear other annoying noises comin...

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by DTVG
Mon May 11, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?
Replies: 199
Views: 25012

Re: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?

The price competition works both ways, though. DL is the biggest blue chip A330neo customer but the deal was fought intensively by Boeing hoping to place 787s at Delta, and so I can imagine DL got an eye watering deal from Airbus for a large launch order under heavy pressure from Boeing. There can'...

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by DTVG
Sat May 09, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?
Replies: 58
Views: 5458

Re: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?

I advise you to read a book on corporate risk. The use of derivatives can have both positive and negative effects on shareholder value. As already mentioned, for airlines fuel costs are a big part of the equation. Assuming fuel prices rise rapidly, an airlines can quickly move into so called „bad st...

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by DTVG
Wed May 06, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: IAG and EY interested in creating a hub at VIE
Replies: 118
Views: 21641

Re: Rumor: IAG and Etihad interest in taking over OS

I don’t quite see what IAG or Etihad can do better than LH in the case of OS and VIE. Especially long haul seems to be tough from VIE.

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by DTVG
Sat May 02, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 9 Year Anniversary of the Killing of Bin Laden
Replies: 17
Views: 1119

Re: 9 Year Anniversary of the Killing of Bin Laden

Well I view it as a largely symbolic event and not necessarily a major achievement in counterterrorism efforts
Quite interesting how he dragged the US into its longest (and apparently unwinnable) war in history.

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by DTVG
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Many strange flights on HKG pax arrival list - what are those flights?
Replies: 12
Views: 2482

Re: Many strange flights on HKG pax arrival list - what are those flights?

UA2xxx and AC7xxx are cargo flights operated by passenger aircraft. Hm... Thanks for all the responses. Interesting that the airport lists these as pax flights rather than cargo flights. And they are parked at pax gates with bridges rather than at the cargo aprons. Maybe no space at the cargo stand...

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by DTVG
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese aviation safety: among the best?
Replies: 9
Views: 1875

Re: Chinese aviation safety: among the best?

Read the book “Flying Upside Down”.

The author exaggerates, but still a funny read.

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by DTVG
Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where does most of the high end/business traffic out of MIA/FLL come from?
Replies: 54
Views: 7764

Re: Where does most of the high end/business traffic out of MIA/FLL come from?

Apart from the things already mentioned above, Florida has attracted multiple Hedge Funds (and their managers as residents) and Asset Managers over the past years. Also it is the primary’s place for LATAM to launder money. Overall these kind of services attract highly paid individuals. Don’t forget ...

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by DTVG
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't Qantas carry local traffic on JFK-LAX route?
Replies: 141
Views: 18002

Re: Why can't Qantas carry local traffic on JFK-LAX route?

Because aviation still is a highly protectionist sector. Hopefully in 50 years the industry will be liberalized so that foreign airlines with access to cheaper labor and capital will serve US domestic routes. Yeah, let's destroy hundreds of thousands of American jobs so people can fly for 19 bucks ...

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by DTVG
Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't Qantas carry local traffic on JFK-LAX route?
Replies: 141
Views: 18002

Re: Why can't Qantas carry local traffic on JFK-LAX route?

Because aviation still is a highly protectionist sector.
Hopefully in 50 years the industry will be liberalized so that foreign airlines with access to cheaper labor and capital will serve US domestic routes.

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by DTVG
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Croatian Government is Considering Merging OU and airports
Replies: 15
Views: 2246

Re: Croatian Government is Considering Merging OU and airports

Bundling an airline and multiple airports and “selling“ (aka forcing) it to the country’s pension fund.
How many conflicts of interests exist here. In any functioning country the alarm bells would be ringing.

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by DTVG
Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Recent Tractor Protests in The Netherlands
Replies: 13
Views: 683

Re: Recent Tractor Protests in The Netherlands

Controlling nitrogen emissions is mainly about reducing local air pollution (where I live smog) and not about saving the climate.

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by DTVG
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I don't recognize Hong Kong these days
Replies: 76
Views: 3731

Re: I don't recognize Hong Kong these days

Oh well, these kind of things happen continuously in history. Probably off to some patriotic education, worst case to some re-education camp for the protestors, some loyalists installed in top gov positions and the party (not the party) can go on for a few years more...

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by DTVG
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietnam Airlines just need 9 months to reach its full-year profit target.
Replies: 11
Views: 1782

Re: Vietnam Airlines just need 9 months to reach its full-year profit target.

So what if the company sets a too low profit target? At my company for example, my team hit the target in July because management thought we are a bunch of losers. On the upside bonuses are bigger...

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by DTVG
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Catering Reductions in economy and premium economy
Replies: 190
Views: 22937

Re: Lufthansa Catering Reductions in economy and premium economy

Collusion of the airlines to degrade service and not give economy passengers any other choice. Love it. All while jacking up the costs. Thank you capitalism. Fares have been coming down down down for years. Where have you been? In general I agree, however when it comes to long haul from Germany, Au...

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by DTVG
Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Catering Reductions in economy and premium economy
Replies: 190
Views: 22937

Re: Lufthansa Catering Reductions in economy and premium economy

I don’t think LH is great for long haul in Y, but lately I have had worse Experiences even when paying a higher price (such as CX or LX). Obviously the announced change in catering won’t make them any better and apparently we are in a race to the bottom and/or their is a lack of competition on long ...

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by DTVG
Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Workplace relationships appropriate?
Replies: 18
Views: 975

Re: Workplace relationships appropriate?

This is why it is best to work for a (small) corporation, best somewhere in Europe (not UK or Germany) or Asia, where they don’t care about two adults making (consensual) decisions.

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by DTVG
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Most Americans support higher taxes for wealthy.
Replies: 127
Views: 6045

Re: Most Americans support higher taxes for wealthy.

The EU is just too dumb to realize it at the moment. You being unable to follow what the EU is doing does not mean the EU is dumb ..... https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190225IPR28727/tax-crimes-special-committee-calls-for-a-european-financial-police-force Best regards Thomas Exc...

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by DTVG
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Most Americans support higher taxes for wealthy.
Replies: 127
Views: 6045

Re: Most Americans support higher taxes for wealthy.

Ok, so you are not a member of the 1% club. Nah. Stopped investing when I retired. You’re on your own now. Dutchy is Dutch, aka he is living in a country that not just has higher taxes, but also beats the US on most quantifiable stuff. They still have rich people, and some 8 or 9 out of 10 dutch ha...

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by DTVG
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does the A330-900neo burn less fuel than the A350 or 787!?
Replies: 28
Views: 10897

Re: Does the A330-900neo burn less fuel than the A350 or 787!?

Does the A330-900neo burn less fuel than the A350 or 787!? I'm wondering why DL has a subfleet of the A330-900neo instead of more A350's. I think its because the A330-900neo is lighter than the A350. What about versus the 787? I'm trying to understand DL's decision making on the A330-900neo versus ...

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by DTVG
Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in US raid
Replies: 85
Views: 10469

Re: Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in US raid

Now that he is dead the USA needs a new enemy too keep the proletariat busy.

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by DTVG
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines ask HKG to waive fees - "flights no longer financially viable"
Replies: 98
Views: 36303

Re: Airlines ask HKG to waive fees - "flights no longer financially viable"

Ah, government handouts in the worlds so called freest economy (not that HK ever really was that). I’m confident that this will solve a lot of economic issues!

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by DTVG
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why is India behind China?
Replies: 18
Views: 4701

Re: Why is India behind China?

Better functioning institutions coupled with better working crony capitalism (local governments create local monopolies that compete nationwide). Lately you could argue higher education and R&D expenditures. Overall a quite successful strategy that other asian countries employed to bring a count...

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by DTVG
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Protests everywhere!
Replies: 14
Views: 4777

Re: Protests everywhere!

Quite obviously the CIA and Soros stirring up some trouble.

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by DTVG
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the interior quality of B787 and A350 worse compared to older aircraft generations?
Replies: 96
Views: 26810

Re: Why Is 787 Interior Quality So Poor?

I have no direct experience with the 787 but I do with the A350. In the quest to decrease weight, the manufacturers (Airbus and I assume Boeing also) have moved to a lower density plastic in the cabins. The result is lightweight components that are easily damaged and are not nearly as robust as the...

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by DTVG
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Successful first landing by passenger aircraft using Remote Towers on Norway
Replies: 30
Views: 7992

Re: Successful first landing by passenger aircraft using Remote Towers on Norway

Is it actually a good thing though? For sure impressive technologically but it's important for remote communities to have high paying jobs like ATC. Is centralising jobs from places like Lofoten, Alta, Andoya, Hammerfest and Kirkenes to Bodo really a good thing? The whole point here is to maximise ...

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by DTVG
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Workplaces that have no dress code (or allow jeans) for when meeting clients
Replies: 20
Views: 3793

Re: Workplaces that have no dress code (or allow jeans) for when meeting clients

Savile Row suits and Hermes ties here. Not because I have to wear them, but because I like to wear them.

Company SOP states to wear a tie with customers, but who really cares about that.

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by DTVG
Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Google made large contributions to climate change deniers
Replies: 7
Views: 2083

Re: Google made large contributions to climate change deniers

I'm shocked. I thought Google is green because they say so, wear t-shirts at work and have cool slides in their offices.

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by DTVG
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Erdogan threatens to flood EU with refugees
Replies: 26
Views: 3415

Re: Erdogan threatens to flood EU with refugees

You make it sound as if the EU will not honor their side of the contract. I don’t see the issue of a 6bn (ongoing) project running 0.2bn short in allocation. The distribution of funds has somewhat stalled as there is a disagreement between the EU and Turkey when and how funds should be distributed,...

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by DTVG
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Erdogan threatens to flood EU with refugees
Replies: 26
Views: 3415

Re: Erdogan threatens to flood EU with refugees

Bravo Turkey has been holding the dam up for years by sheltering 3.5mil refugees at an immense expense to the benefit of Europe. In 2016 Turkey was pledged €6 billion ($6.6 billion) to house refugees in camps annually by EU, yet so far (June 2019) only €5.8 billion has been allocated by EU and only...

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by DTVG
Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 266
Views: 57121

Re: Minister: THAI "Financial Status Critical"; Rehab Program Failing

Like others mentioned much of the problem with the trio of SE Asian airlines GA-MH-TG centers on government hand in the operation. The way things stand even the most efficient aircraft won't change the incompetence of management at these carriers nor structural problems like being bloated and patro...

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by DTVG
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340-600 with two GE90's
Replies: 28
Views: 13488

Re: A340-600 with two GE90's

It is noted that the reason the A346 did not sell well is due to its fuel consumption compared to the 77W, so would having two GE90's made the A346 more competitive? I always thought that line was utter B/S. The difference in fuel burn between the A346 and 77W is less than half the difference betwe...

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by DTVG
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does anyone really think Istanbul will become the world's busiest in the near future?
Replies: 87
Views: 15676

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

The only way that old IST contrainted TK is that TK could not lose as much money as it would have liked. :shakehead: :shakehead: Guess you don't realize TK is a profitable enterprise - some times quite spectacularly profitable. Since 2004 its been profitable 12 out of 15 years - a record many Europ...

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by DTVG
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does anyone really think Istanbul will become the world's busiest in the near future?
Replies: 87
Views: 15676

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

Istanbul, just like similar projects around the world, is a classical case where (quasi-) government entities push their agenda by inflating numbers. Throw in some good old nationalism, where one gets constantly reminded about how great the nation is, because it built a huge airport In other words: ...

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by DTVG
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 489
Views: 38529

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

TAP is going to be completely screwed when the next downturn arrives. Way to big/wrong fleet/network for an economically weak country.

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by DTVG
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Robert Mugabe dead at 95
Replies: 31
Views: 3121

Re: Robert Mugabe dead at 95

You don't have to agree with him on a moral level, but Mugabe is a legend who knew how to play his own people as we as all the foreign (especially western) countries in order to stay in power.

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by DTVG
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: America the Mediocre
Replies: 179
Views: 12631

Re: America the Mediocre

Gallup did a poll that showed that 70%+ of Americans have a positive opinion of the police. The rest of your post is conspiracy theory drivel. 90% of Americans have strong opinions but no foundational data to base those. :-) True that. I remember reading a paper on the perception of inequality and ...

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by DTVG
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hungarian government tries to buy back BUD due to mismanagement
Replies: 17
Views: 3275

Re: HU government tries to buy back BUD due to mismanagement

The LCC gates are bad, but you you get what you pay for (with those dirt cheap flights to BUD). Definitely don't support the gov. buying back the airport. Just another step in centralising/cementing his and his cronies positions without necessarily delivering any added value. If they want to prove h...

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by DTVG
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC issued security warning against Cathay over Hong Kong protest, ban protest-supporting staffs from flying into China
Replies: 146
Views: 27366

Re: CAAC issued security warning against Cathay over Hong Kong protest, ban protest-supporting staffs from flying into C

Anybody with a brain (yes some chickens without heads here) knows that this matter is political. Swire as a conglomerate with 80% if its employees in China/HK will have to bow down and accept what Beijing has to say. That's the reality and the business risk of operating in the region. Whether its mo...

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by DTVG
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: America the Mediocre
Replies: 179
Views: 12631

Re: America the Mediocre

Our nationalism gets in the way of us seeing our flaws. Because we view ourselves as "the city on a hill" it becomes difficult for us to correct our flaws, because if we are truly a "city on a hill" we shouldn't have any flaws, and would never need to be corrected by the Europea...

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