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by vfw614
Fri Jan 27, 2023 10:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Most Disappointing Aircraft Swaps.
Replies: 61
Views: 4250

Re: Your Most Disappointing Aircraft Swaps.

Four that I remember: On STN-DUS Air UK used at some point a sub-leased BAC1-11 (British World, IIRC) and I was looking forward to my first ever BAC1-11 flight. When I showed up at the gate, to my horror something else taxied in (can't remember exactly what it was). On IOM-LGW, I was scheduled to ta...

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by vfw614
Sun Jan 08, 2023 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines News and Discussion - 2023
Replies: 317
Views: 54962

Re: Southwest Airlines News and Discussion - 2023

The issue is that WN's system "locks" a reservation shortly before departure, so if the flight cancels after departure time the passenger is stuck. But WN does a pretty good job of rebooking without any need for the traveler to intervene.. They do--if there are available flights onto whic...

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by vfw614
Wed Jan 04, 2023 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines News and Discussion - 2023
Replies: 317
Views: 54962

Re: Southwest Airlines News and Discussion - 2023

To be honest, as an overseas traveller, I am pretty much done with Southwest. The last two times I travelled with them (or rather: intended to...) they cancelled my flights and were absolutely useless in getting me to my destination or refunding me (travel credit or miles are of no use for traveller...

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by vfw614
Mon Dec 12, 2022 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 63355

Re: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread

Some more news: - dedicated programme for developing and marketing the D328eco as a firefighting aircraft launched - press release has a rendering: https://assets.website-files.com/6100188f47c8fa10fb609da1/63467bd86412b923f7209704_ACIA_blog-p-1600.png - further suppliers selected: Bucher Leichtbau A...

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by vfw614
Mon Dec 12, 2022 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Bodø Airport
Replies: 7
Views: 2846

Re: New Bodø Airport

To what extent does Bodo currently serve the Helgeland catchment area? As the new Arctic Circle Airport will open in 2025, there will be a jet-capable airport in the Helgeland area that is currently served by STOLports like Mo i Rana, Mosjoen and Sandnessjoen which cannot not offer flights beyond Bo...

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by vfw614
Sun Dec 11, 2022 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW closed due to snow it seems.
Replies: 71
Views: 13347

Re: LGW closed due to snow it seems.

LCY apparently closed as well, with flights now diverting to BHX and BRS after lengthy holds.

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by vfw614
Fri Dec 09, 2022 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Bodø Airport
Replies: 7
Views: 2846

New Bodø Airport

Apparently the plans for a new Bodø Airport in Norway have been given the green light after years of debate. https://kommunikasjon.ntb.no/pressemelding/har-vedtatt-bygging-av-ny-lufthavn-i-bodo?publisherId=17421123&releaseId=17949546&lang=no (in Norwegian - scroll down for two pictures). Wor...

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by vfw614
Tue Nov 15, 2022 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frankfurt Airport to shut down T2 after opening of T3 in 2026
Replies: 44
Views: 10318

Re: Frankfurt Airport to shut down T2 after opening of T3 in 2026

To be honest, it is about time to bulldoze parts of T1 instead of shutting down T2. At some places, it is really a national embarrassment, with power lines dangling from the ceiling and piping in plain sight, in addition to its overall 1970s vibes.

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by vfw614
Fri Oct 28, 2022 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Luxair to launch London City-Antwerp
Replies: 19
Views: 3240

Re: Luxair to launch London City-Antwerp

It takes 25 minutes or so by train from Antwerp to Brussels Airport. LCY probably only works because there are no longer flights from BRU to LCY because of Eurostar. Kind of telling that when I stayed at a hotel in Antwerp a couple of years ago and asked for directions to the airport (to take a lfig...

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by vfw614
Thu Oct 27, 2022 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Luxair to launch London City-Antwerp
Replies: 19
Views: 3240

Re: Luxair to launch London City-Antwerp

There was also an ANR-LGW service in the 1980/90s by Connectair/Air Europe Express/Euroworld/Cityflyer.

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by vfw614
Thu Oct 27, 2022 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Luxair to launch London City-Antwerp
Replies: 19
Views: 3240

Re: Luxair to launch London City-Antwerp

Early morning departure at 0640 on Monday and Tuesday. Not sure how this will operate. Apparently Luxair will overnight an aircraft at LCY, but according to the LCY website, there is also a 0640 departures to LUX (unless this is a placeholder) that does not stop-over at ANR.

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 13, 2022 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Berlin bubble has burst
Replies: 34
Views: 13680

Re: The Berlin bubble has burst

Couple of things: Folks from abroad tend to overestimate the "capital" aspect. As others have pointed out, Germany is a decentralized country with a federal system. Yes, on paper it may be the largest city in Germany, but if you look at agglomerations, it is not the largest and on par with...

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by vfw614
Fri Sep 09, 2022 2:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12999

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

I know that Charles has had his faults and bumps along the road, but I also think that he is a thoroughly decent and very conscientious and caring person; I think he will be a very good king. To his credit, he was concerned about the environment and climate change long before it became fashionable....

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by vfw614
Fri Sep 09, 2022 2:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12999

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

It works like this in the Netherlands, none of there monarchs have died in office for generation, they retire. William should be king before he’s 45, we don’t need another elderly king hanging on for as long as he can. :checkmark: I agree with this. It works well and I think it's better having a yo...

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by vfw614
Fri Sep 09, 2022 11:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12999

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

Looks as if the Royal Family will be shuttled down from ABZ to RAF Northolt in two spearate planes as an Embraer Legacy is getting readied at ABZ in addition to the RAF Falcon that brought them up yesterday (sans the new King and Queen Consort). Suppose it is a no-go for the King and the Crown Princ...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 06, 2022 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours
Replies: 56
Views: 25576

Re: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours

Wreckage and body parts apparently located by Latvian Navy, as per various social media reports.

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours
Replies: 56
Views: 25576

Re: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours

German media report that the pilot's wife who was on board also held a licence that was current, so it was not a single pilot op in a strict sense. What is particularly tragic: There are reports that the pilot only recently had his licence reinstated after a serious illness, with him going on the re...

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours
Replies: 56
Views: 25576

Re: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours

Interesting that all websites of companies related to the owner/pilot have gone offline and display an "under construction" landing page.

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 05, 2022 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours
Replies: 56
Views: 25576

Re: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours

Communication was with Toledo Sector, so the aircraft was probably already at cruising altitude at this point.

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 05, 2022 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours
Replies: 56
Views: 25576

Re: Citation Crash - Baltic Sea - No contact for hours

According to a local German source, the pilot was the owner of the aircraft (flying with his wife, daughter and son-in-law) who used to commute with the aircraft between his holiday home near Jerez and Cologne. Not sure if that makes any difference, but he was not a commercial pilot flying regularly...

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by vfw614
Fri Sep 02, 2022 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Israel is banning four engine planes from operating into the country
Replies: 51
Views: 13941

Re: Israel is banning four engine planes from operating into the country

Does Lufthansa still schedule widebodies (A340, 747) to TLV? I seem to remember they did it in the past, particularly to cater for the longhaul biz-class crowd travelling from the Americas to Israel via FRA/MUC? I guess that will mean A350/787 in the future.

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by vfw614
Fri Sep 02, 2022 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German lawmakers want to ban advance payment of air tickets
Replies: 106
Views: 12351

Re: German lawmakers want to ban advance payment of air tickets

To understand this proposal, it is necessary to look at the legal status quo: Airlines, particularly Lufthansa, have been taken to court in Germany over their standard term in the contract of carriage that forces the other party to pay upfront. The black letter law on a "contract to produce a w...

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by vfw614
Mon Aug 29, 2022 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 63355

Re: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread

Some more news: - engine selection has been made: PW127XT-S (variant of the PW127XT-M that got certified in June this year and will power the ATR Evo ("ATR Neo")) - Anastasija Visnakova (ex airbaltic, De Havilland) recruited as new VP Sales & Marketing - production readiness of new lan...

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by vfw614
Thu Aug 04, 2022 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QR and Airbus reach settlement in legal dispute
Replies: 398
Views: 105026

Re: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources

Well, good luck to QR. One of two vendors in town no longer willing to do business with them and the other vendor's aircraft that are on order, let me see, delayed (777X), cannot be delivered (787) or have difficulties getting certified (MAX10) - this in a situation where QR now has close to zero le...

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by vfw614
Mon Jul 25, 2022 2:28 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: General discussion threads vs dedicated new topic thread
Replies: 47
Views: 7816

Re: General discussion threads vs dedicated new topic thread

I am a moderator on a large non-English language aviation forum myself. Therefore I understand the challenges of being a moderator and that the job can be frustrating. I have, however, never suggested to a user who has questioned forum policies or moderation to bugger off. I don't think it is a part...

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by vfw614
Fri Jul 22, 2022 12:52 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: General discussion threads vs dedicated new topic thread
Replies: 47
Views: 7816

Re: General discussion threads vs dedicated new topic thread

Even if it was deleted (-> moderation, quite honestly, is pretty inconsistent - I have long given up discussing it with moderators (just check the post I mentioned above)), as I made clear it was just intended an example. As others have complained, it happens frequently that newsworthy content in ne...

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by vfw614
Fri Jul 22, 2022 8:08 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: General discussion threads vs dedicated new topic thread
Replies: 47
Views: 7816

Re: General discussion threads vs dedicated new topic thread

Quite honestly, I post news much less these days as in the past as I find it frustrating that quite often new topics get deleted/merged because a moderator thinks that the news should be buried in one of the general discussion threads. And I am not talking about trivia, but newsworthy information th...

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by vfw614
Wed Jul 20, 2022 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest and 200 Pax
Replies: 75
Views: 12953

Re: Southwest and 200 Pax

Is the MAX9 at 32 inch seat pitch exactly 200 seats?

Otherwise, I am not sure why WN would need to go for exactly 200 seats (other than the fact that the MAX8 at 175 seats is pretty close capacity-wise). WN usually has 1-3 rows less in their aircraft than maxing out capacity would allow.

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by vfw614
Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 63355

Re: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread

- Engine selected: PW127XT-S - Product resign review (PDR) concluded in May this year - EIS postponed from 2025 to second half of 2026 due to implementation of additional requirements from potential customers and suppliers (probably a result from the first Customer Advisory Board meeting with 10 com...

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by vfw614
Wed May 11, 2022 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United States Essential Air Service (EAS) Thread
Replies: 981
Views: 144148

Re: United States Essential Air Service (EAS) Thread

Am I correct that Merced (to LAS, LAX) is currently operated with a King Air and no longer with a PC12? Looks like a King Air 350 is now scheduled for MCE now but AN has been running a PC-12 lately. One of those markets that goes either way. Thanks. So not a safe bet for avgeeks trying to collect a...

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by vfw614
Wed May 11, 2022 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United States Essential Air Service (EAS) Thread
Replies: 981
Views: 144148

Re: United States Essential Air Service (EAS) Thread

Am I correct that Merced (to LAS, LAX) is currently operated with a King Air and no longer with a PC12?

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by vfw614
Thu Apr 07, 2022 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn't the A330NEO been nearly as successful as the A330ceo?
Replies: 200
Views: 43953

Re: Why hasn't the A330NEO been nearly as successful as the A330ceo?

Success is relative. Boeing has sold much more 787s than Airbus has sold A330neos (if we assume that they are direct competitors), but what has been the return for the OEMs? The 787-programme had much higher development costs than the Airbus-programme as it was a clean-sheet concept vs. a derivative...

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by vfw614
Mon Mar 14, 2022 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 63355

Re: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread

Not too many news in the past 4 months, but Deutsche Aircraft has employed the services of... - design company "Factorydesgin" for a complete redesign of the D328eco cabin: https://www.aircraftinteriorsinternational.com/news/airframer-news/deutsche-and-factorydesign-collaborate-on-sustaina...

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by vfw614
Mon Feb 28, 2022 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU bans leasing planes to Russia
Replies: 48
Views: 18772

Re: EU bans leasing planes to Russia

With the extent of the flight bans now in place, the only area to which Russian airlines can operate to is really countries in Africa and Asia - and there, only to those which are unlikely to impound Russian aircraft owned by leasing companies that try to enforce the termination of the leasing contr...

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by vfw614
Sun Feb 27, 2022 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 1251
Views: 484540

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related Discussion Thread

I am surprised that flights to Russia now go very far east through Kazakhstan airspace, keeping approx. 1000km distance from the Russian/Ukrainian border region. Has the whole air space in southern Russia been declared off-limits. There are a few domestic flights to airports in southern Russia that ...

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by vfw614
Sun Feb 27, 2022 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 1251
Views: 484540

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related Discussion Thread

Will be interesting to see how the Russians keep Kalinigrad accessible.Currently an UT AIr flight is en route from LED, approaching Kalinigrad. It passed through Finnish airspace and pretty close to Gotland. https://www.flightradar24.com/UTA217/2af54ef8 Can they keep operating like this by flying sl...

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by vfw614
Sat Feb 26, 2022 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation *News Feed* Thread
Replies: 214
Views: 236863

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation related News and Reference Thread

https://twitter.com/MatthiasDeiss/statu ... SjRn6p9BpA (
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German state TV, citing government sources: EU-wide ban for all Russian aircraft imminent, Lufthansa turning around flights mid-air expecting retaliation by Russia:
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Thread on twitter: https://twitter.com/MatthiasDeiss/statu ... SjRn6p9BpA (

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by vfw614
Tue Feb 22, 2022 9:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your orphan flight segments?
Replies: 37
Views: 3783

Re: Your orphan flight segments?

For me, the question avgeek-wise is whether an airport is properly logged if I have only arrived at that airport, particularly if that meant not being allowed through the main terminal, but being chaperoned straight to a separate arrivals area. Usually it means just a few minutes at the airport - is...

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by vfw614
Mon Feb 07, 2022 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Airport System before CDG?
Replies: 16
Views: 3626

Re: Paris Airport System before CDG?

Thanks for all the interesting replies. Air France moved its Paris operations from LBG to ORY in 1952, and by 1960 most airlines were at ORY, though LBG did allow international operation into the 1970s and regional/domestic ops in the early 1980s. CDG initially known as Roissy(and still used by some...

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by vfw614
Fri Feb 04, 2022 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Airport System before CDG?
Replies: 16
Views: 3626

Paris Airport System before CDG?

I was wondering how airline operations in Paris were organized before CDG opened? Air France and most international airlines from LBG and Air Inter and other domestic airlines from ORY with the odd international servce from there as well? Which would pretty much mean a straight switch from LBG to CD...

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by vfw614
Fri Jan 21, 2022 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 435
Views: 64303

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

If QR does return all their current 53 A350s, they would deal (mostly) with lessors, not much with Airbus anymore. Those bought alright, QR can choose to sell them or burn them to ground, Airbus couldn't be bothered. The whole drama has only been able to unfold because of the COVID19 pandemic which...

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by vfw614
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 435
Views: 64303

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Airbus must have confidence that they will prevail in the High Court to give up on anA 50 plane order. Whatever the outcome, win or lose, the relationship is broken. Can it be repaired? Depends. I guess things will be OK again once Al-Baker has disappeared into retirement as much of the drama seems...

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by vfw614
Thu Jan 20, 2022 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 435
Views: 64303

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

I 'd humbly suggest that in a OEM-monopoly one OEM refusing to do business with an airline is a bigger headache for the airline than for the OEM, regardless of the size of the airline. Particularly if the one OEM still willing to do business with you has been practically unable to deliver widebody a...

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by vfw614
Wed Jan 05, 2022 10:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 747
Views: 33225

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Again, its ironic how you are screaming about the hospitals being full, yet hospitals are laying off people for not getting vaccinated. Kind of seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face. I wonder how much the "hospitals are full" really means understaffed. If they are understaff...

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by vfw614
Tue Jan 04, 2022 3:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US flight attendants are not required to clean toilets onboard?
Replies: 63
Views: 9481

Re: US flight attendants are not required to clean toilets onboard?

There is an epic thread on the German frequent flyer forum about THAT toilet blocked for crew use in the business class section of Lufthansa's Airbus A350s. The matter has been so contentious that it has been brought to the ettention of management pretty high up in the pecking order----

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by vfw614
Thu Dec 16, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM signs for up to 160 A320neos and eight A350 freighters
Replies: 372
Views: 83452

Re: Air France-KLM signs for up to 160 A320neos and eight A350 freighters

If LOT jumps ship as well, Europe sort of becomes 737-free territory.

Who is left? Other than Ryanair, Air Europa, TUI, Norwegian, UIA, Icelandair. Not a lot.

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by vfw614
Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa to launch buy on board for long haul
Replies: 42
Views: 8746

Re: Lufthansa to launch buy on board for long haul

The usual catering around the main meals remain inclusive with the ticket price. That remains to be seen. I cannot remember a single "innovation" by Lufthansa that was in effect not taking away something from the customer that was previously included. So I would not be surprised if the fr...

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by vfw614
Thu Nov 18, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 vs E-195E2 in 2021, market battle finally won by Airbus ?
Replies: 98
Views: 23326

Re: A220 vs E-195E2 in 2021, market battle finally won by Airbus ?

tvh wrote:
I was surprised that Swiss has replaced some of there A220’s to London city for the E2’s of Helvetic. Rumore has it that the e2-195 will be allowed there in the future. That will give them some advance over the A220.


How come? How has the stretch rectified the tailstrike issue?

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by vfw614
Thu Nov 18, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scheduled airline service to strictly military use bases
Replies: 42
Views: 6363

Re: Scheduled airline service to strictly military use bases

Not sure where to draw the line when it comes to "joint" use, but in Europe, places like Manching (Germany), RAF Valley (UK) and Ørland (Norway) come to mind. They are 95 per cent military with a shed in the corner for at most a handful of daily commercial flights. https://en.wikipedia.org...

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by vfw614
Tue Nov 16, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2021 - Other Manufacturers/Engine Orders and General Discussion Thread
Replies: 43
Views: 14667

Re: Dubai Air Show 2021 - Other Manufacturers/Engine Orders and General Discussion Thread

I think most airlines operated the Q300 with 50 seats. 52 or 56 seats was not the norm, but more like an option for those operating with two cabin crew anyway

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