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by ramzi
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Couple questions about some things I saw yesterday morning and evening when I flew out of and back into BOS: 7am - saw the two BA & VS LHR morning departures next to each other. Surprisingly, BA was at E7 which I thought odd. After investing so much in their new lounge and given that passengers...

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by ramzi
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

I don't quite know how BA's capacity this summer compares to last. On the 'plus' side, we have one A380 each day. But on the 'minus' side, we have smaller 787s on a semi-regular basis where 747s used to be. Maybe it's all a wash. Good point, it is hard to tell. Though I do believe BA are doing real...

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by ramzi
Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bamboo Airways looks at A380 lease, service to USA in 2020
Replies: 27
Views: 8249

Re: Bamboo Airways looks at A380 lease, service to USA in 2020

BWIAirport wrote:
Man, I keep forgetting 2020 is next year and not the distant future.


Cheers to that.

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by ramzi
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13839

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

Lofty wrote:
Just one point as LHR T5 do not have any B747 domestic gates, these flights will have to be coached so you should get a good look at the aircraft from outside.


Seems to be irrelevant at this point, but they actually do. I have seen a B747 parked at T5. Ideal? No. Possible? Certainly.

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by ramzi
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Odd Flight Numbering
Replies: 15
Views: 2376

Re: AA Odd Flight Numbering

These drove me crazy when I was trying to log old flights, since apparently many of the flight numbers change as well, so I end up logging something like ORD-SJC when I'm putting in a flight number I flew on DCA-BOS. It must be a real pain for an airline with this many flights honestly.

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by ramzi
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Although it is a bit of a hassle, I would highly recommend considering getting NEXUS at the US-Canada border, instead. It comes with TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry, and expedited entry on the US-Canada border. It costs $50 for 5 years. I will definitely be extending mine once my 5 years end. From pers...

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by ramzi
Thu May 30, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Take two for CLEAR at Logan Airport. See if they take-off this time. https://www.wcvb.com/article/new-service-offers-faster-way-to-get-through-logan/27622594 My TSA PreCheck experience at Terminal C is always faster than at Terminal A. Why would I want to pay this again? Pre-check for me is more ab...

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by ramzi
Wed May 29, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Looks like CLEAR has been added at Terminal A. Delta are not messing around, this must be very attractive to business travelers.

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by ramzi
Wed May 29, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 304
Views: 33409

Re: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2019

Adel Al Redha Emirates EVP & COO: The carrier will receive the first B787 in 2023. Damn, almost everyone thought these were cancelled! Looks like they are phasing out the A380's sooner than expected. Pretty sure that is exactly the expected timeline for the A380s. If true, the 787 order stickin...

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by ramzi
Wed May 29, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Am I correct in concluding that when the EK A380 drops off passengers at the gate the BA A380 will be holding at Gate 12? That will not be a bad sight.

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by ramzi
Wed May 29, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 304
Views: 33409

Re: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2019

xwb777 wrote:
Adel Al Redha Emirates EVP & COO: The carrier will receive the first B787 in 2023.


I thought these were cancelled?

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by ramzi
Mon May 20, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation May 2019
Replies: 171
Views: 20160

Re: Turkish Aviation May 2019

Airbus NEO production is continuing to run late. Only two weeks ago LH said they would be receiving some 2019 frames in 2020. Same happening at many airlines. Yeah, it does not seem like TK took that decision unilaterally, although they may not really mind the delay. I do wonder about those sitting...

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by ramzi
Fri May 17, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

I saw that today’s Air France flight was operated by a 77W, and I figured that this was the beginning of their ‘summer season.’ Nope. In fact, forward-looking schedules show a single 777-200 each day through the summer. So unless I’m missing something, AF is ditching the historically consistent sum...

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by ramzi
Wed May 15, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Adds A350-1000 Service to Tel Aviv
Replies: 12
Views: 4406

Re: British Airways Adds A350-1000 Service to Tel Aviv

Where is the 788 heading to now? To have its engines removed. JK, had to. On a serious note, that flight is with no consistency whatsoever a 788 flight. It constantly alternates between 788, 789, 77E, and A321. This makes me wonder if introducing the A350 is part of a plan to rearrange the general ...

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by ramzi
Tue May 14, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar airways is drastically simplifying its fleet (plan)
Replies: 59
Views: 16098

Re: Qatar airways is drastically simplifying its fleet (plan)

Also if cargo is so important to QR,aren't the A333s better cargowise than the 789s? QR also has a pretty good sized dedicated cargo operation of 748, 777 and 330s. I can't see those A330 freighters remaining. I see the freighter fleet being 777 and 747, especially if QAF also gets rid of its A330/...

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by ramzi
Sun May 12, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Does anyone know how JJ GRU-BOS is going? it seems like Latin American people are avoiding this flight because of the hard US customs & border protection here in Boston. They are choosing to arrive in US via Miami or New York seems more easy ... What is different arriving in the US via BOS vers...

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by ramzi
Sat May 11, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Somehow managed to snag 2 rides on the A346 this week, just my luck as I had 0 rides on the type! Lucky! I was just thinking yesterday that I should plan a trip with IB or LH to get a flight on an A346 before they're all gone. Otherwise for those of you flying from terminal E this summer....bring y...

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by ramzi
Mon May 06, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What alliance is better?
Replies: 20
Views: 2265

Re: What alliance is better?

I've recently shifted my position from pursuing top tier status with one alliance to achieving mid-tier with two or even three alliances. When you get used to the perks on one alliance it become a little hard to fly others. Lower tiers are more achievable and offer frequent travelers a lot of flexib...

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by ramzi
Fri May 03, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Yet somewhat logical given DL's aggressive expansion on BOS-LON. DL may be trying to preempt B6, but they are definitely stinging BA/AA along the way. Aggressive expansion is a bit of an overstatement IMO. The LHR service started as 2x daily. Currently it's a 1x daily A332. The LGW announcement lac...

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by ramzi
Fri May 03, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

I read an article suggesting that AA could bring back BOS-LHR. I suppose it’s feasible since they could do it with the ‘smaller’ 787-8 than those 777s were. Not known is whether BA would revert back to 3x daily to enable that. Do you have a way to link the article? It seems odd given AAs significan...

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by ramzi
Thu May 02, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar resumes overflights of Syrian Airspace
Replies: 25
Views: 4533

Re: Qatar resumes overflights of Syrian Airspace

This is a game changer for the DOH-BEY route operating 4x daily, shaving off over 30% of the flight time. Makes connecting in Doha far more convenient than connecting in Dubai, this will definitely help the loads in the summer. The same must apply for Larnaca.

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by ramzi
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2019
Replies: 162
Views: 19060

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2019

The jet bridges aren't functioning properly. The ""bussing" situation is exactly as TK787 has explained. If the incoming plane is on a domestic flight but will switch to an international one afterwards, they park near to the international gate (w/o and prior docking to the dedicated ...

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by ramzi
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

There's 7 airlines from Middle East that aren't in BOS that are allowed to fly to USA. Here's my order: 1) Saudia (SV) - as VS4ever mentioned the Royal family but they can link one to the subcontinent and medical tourism is huge from Saudi Arabia to BOS. 787-10's are coming which could allow them t...

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by ramzi
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread
Replies: 662
Views: 165927

Re: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread

Landed at the new airport for the first time yesterday. Pretty long taxi time, around 20mins, but mostly spent waiting for other planes to taxi in front of us. Landings and take-offs didn't seem to even pause for a second while we were holding. It was strange landing in what is essentially a constru...

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by ramzi
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

What’s the likelihood that TK goes double-daily to BOS now that the new airport is open? Looks like upgauging (e.g. EK 77W to A380) is the name of the game instead of double-daily. Agreed. I don't think BOS-IST needs frequency. I suspect they will upguage, and maybe a while later add a frequency. E...

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by ramzi
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread
Replies: 662
Views: 165927

Re: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread

FR24 hasn't switched the airport codes, so all flights appear to be going to Ataturk but actually land at the new airport. A bit confusing, but I guess these details will work themselves out in the coming few days.

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by ramzi
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does AMM-CAI not overfly Israel
Replies: 26
Views: 4380

Re: Why does AMM-CAI not overfly Israel

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by ramzi
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does AMM-CAI not overfly Israel
Replies: 26
Views: 4380

Re: Why does AMM-CAI not overfly Israel

Another one of these bizarre threads. Egypt and Jordan have a peace treaty with Israel, and the treaty is there because they had no choice other than to sign it. Most citizens in Egypt feel more strongly about Israel's human rights abuses than citizens of the Arab countries that don't have peace tre...

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by ramzi
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

They are very meticulous with load management in BOS from what I've seen and experienced, so the changes indicate they are confident about Y loads in the summer, not sure why that is since I haven't seen J cabin with more than 2 empty seats in a very long time. I just hope we see more 787s and maybe...

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by ramzi
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 713704

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

However people spin this, the fact is Boeing admits there is something to be done to improve the safety of this aircraft. The fact that the Lion Air crash was not enough for them to do that immediately, and then the fact that their response to the second crash is so stale is massively disappointing....

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by ramzi
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation March 2019
Replies: 158
Views: 18843

Re: Turkish Aviation March 2019

Per investor presentation Pegasus fleet as follows as of Feb 28, 2019 737-400 = 1 737-800 = 46 A320ceo = 12 A320neo = 22 Receiving 11 planes in 2019, - 9 A320neo, 2 A321neo. 20 planes planned in 2020 - 15 A320neo, 5 A321ceo. Why would they still be flying a 734? Is it being phased out with all thes...

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by ramzi
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A350-1000 with No First Class
Replies: 94
Views: 31110

Re: British Airways A350-1000 with No First Class

The a350 is probably replacing the 777-200 when the 777x comes along and replaces the 747 so the first class is deemed as a waste of space on the a350 but not on the larger 777x which will become BA's secondary flagship. The lack of first class on these planes makes leads me to believe that some of...

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by ramzi
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways Announces New Economy Seat
Replies: 40
Views: 8746

Re: Qatar Airways Announces New Economy Seat

These look incredibly cramped and uncomfortable given the pitch and hard-looking seats. I do like the 13.3 inch monitors, but the rest is atrocious. Why someone would pay to sit in those things for 15.5 hours is beyond me. Seriously. The dual tables are cool, but not cool enough that I'd sit in tha...

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by ramzi
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 137934

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible

I'm quite surprised that the 339 was included in the order and can only imagine that near-term capacity needs in the absence of either planned A380 deliveries or available A350 slots drove it. Or, here's an off-the-wall thought - the A339 actually does a job that EK needs planes for and the 787-10 ...

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by ramzi
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 304
Views: 33409

Re: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2019

MEA orders an additional 4 a321 neo bringing the order total to 15 a321 neo. This is along their order for 4 a330-900 neo. There are also due to introduce a new livery next month starting on the a320. New aircraft will come with a new J product and WiFi across the fleet. No details of the new seats...

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by ramzi
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MEA orders four additionnal a321 neo aircraft.
Replies: 5
Views: 1521

Re: MEA orders four additionnal a321 neo aircraft.

I wonder if they plan on replacing their current fleet of A320s with A321neos? According to Wikipedia they will have a rather light configuration: 28/132. I don’t think they are replacing the whole fleet because they are painting an a320 aircraft in the new unrevealed livery next month. They are re...

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by ramzi
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 304
Views: 33409

Re: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2019

xwb777 wrote:
2 new airlines will be established in Syria. East West Airlines and National Company Airlines.


Source? Where would they be able to fly to?

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by ramzi
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 137934

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

The only thing is EK has not take delivery of new planes since January 2019 with A6-EVH of A380 and A6-EQP of 77W (The last 77W) as the latest in fleet. Also EK and Japan's ANA is the sole remaining operator that still has an A380 on order. My thought is will EK still get new A380 this year? Januar...

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by ramzi
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A source close to British Airways Details 747-400 Retirement Plans
Replies: 46
Views: 11660

Re: British Airways Details 747-400 Retirement Plans

that IFE is a complete joke. Why does everybody need IFE these days. What’s wrong with a good book, or looking out the window..... What did you do in the days before IFE...??? I didn't exist in the pre-IFE days. :) On a serious note, it is not an issue of whether there is IFE, it is the fact that y...

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by ramzi
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A source close to British Airways Details 747-400 Retirement Plans
Replies: 46
Views: 11660

Re: British Airways Details 747-400 Retirement Plans

While the assumption for some time has been that the 52J are all leaving first, 86J jumbos are actually also leaving the fleet, I believe the 4th or 5th to leave is an 86J, and there are 3 others that will be retired before all the 52J birds are retired. Thank god they are taking care of the ones st...

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by ramzi
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation - January 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 22534

Re: Turkish Aviation - January 2019

Is there any Airline that confirmed a dedicated lounge in the new airport ? in addition to the alliances lounges. Surely EK will open a new lounge at the new airport. On that note, isn't EK the only airline (apart from TK) that has a dedicated lounge at the current IST? If so then I'd imagine the o...

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by ramzi
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Although BA sent the 77W to Boston many times, I don't think the official timetables reflected that. The planes just seemed to show up ad-hoc, without the schedules indicating so, It was easy to know when to expect it through Expert Flyer. IIRC it was routinely on 215 for a while last spring. Prett...

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by ramzi
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Not sure if this has come up before, but I noticed today that aside from the daily A380 in the summer, BA will be using the 788 on the 215 for some days of the week. That really skews the proportion of premium seats compared to the winter and last summer, so Y must be doing pretty well for them in ...

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by ramzi
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Not sure if this has come up before, but I noticed today that aside from the daily A380 in the summer, BA will be using the 788 on the 215 for some days of the week. That really skews the proportion of premium seats compared to the winter and last summer, so Y must be doing pretty well for them in t...

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by ramzi
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1255
Views: 164294

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Does anyone know what's going on with G-CIVO? It returned around an hour after take-off on Monday, and was still there last night. Definitely made things a bit complicated, there were two 747s around E12, and a Norwegian 787 parked right behind. Definitely wouldn't have been a nice moment to get an ...

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by ramzi
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Meltdown
Replies: 81
Views: 18650

Re: Boston Meltdown

I flew in last night on BA203 and actually had no idea things had been that bad at BOS. Everything seemed to be running smoothly by the time I got there, minus a 15min delay waiting for the 747 to vacate E12.

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by ramzi
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 304
Views: 33409

Re: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2019

I wonder how much longer before TK returns, after all, they were among the first ones to return to Somalia and they have been flying quite successfully to Afghanistan. This situation is far more complicated. There are tens of thousands of Turkish troops on the ground in Syria, and they are not on t...

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by ramzi
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces 2019 schedule changes
Replies: 78
Views: 16241

Re: Emirates announces 2019 expansion outline

Exactly. If B6 connections were the only reason, they could do that out of JFK. I guess B6 3x daily BOS-DTW service start on the same day was a coincidence. So, why was it cut from 2x daily to one and why is this only a seasonal upgrade. EK carries only 19% of US-India traffic. They make it look li...

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by ramzi
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 106
Views: 19801

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

I will be very surprised if they pick the 787s. Isn't LEVEL essentially a brand operated by Iberia so far? Commonality with Iberia, and to a lesser extent Vueling, makes this a no brainer.

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by ramzi
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation - January 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 22534

Re: Turkish Aviation - January 2019

If I'm honest its pretty impressive that ATC were able to manage all this traffic in such poor conditions and a tiny airport. :) Isn't this incredible that IST still considered a tiny airport? It has been in the top 15 busiest airports in the world by passenger numbers for years. And all this is do...

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