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by Socrates17
Mon Feb 14, 2005 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Long Before Departure To Be At The Airport?
Replies: 24
Views: 14081

RE: How Long Before Departure To Be At The Airport?

Like Focus mentioned, the only problem I have with arriving 2+ hours prior to flight time is that in many cases when an airline uses a service company rather than their own employees and has, say, 1 flight per day, you're lucky if the check in counter is open by 2 hours before flight time. The follo...

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by Socrates17
Tue Jan 25, 2005 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just Saw Paris Hilton And Nickole Richie At Seal
Replies: 31
Views: 9505

RE: Just Saw Paris Hilton And Nickole Richie At Seal

Put that FA down, you don't know where she's been!!!!!

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by Socrates17
Fri Dec 17, 2004 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is First Class Going To Disappear?
Replies: 12
Views: 4793

RE: Is First Class Going To Disappear?

According to reviews over at Skytrax, a significant percentage of the PAX in <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> First are not even upgrades but Non-Revenue employees. Hell, if I was a <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> employee who qualified for an international F N...

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by Socrates17
Sat Dec 11, 2004 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Roomful Of Geeks
Replies: 10
Views: 2080

RE: Roomful Of Geeks

Just read my signature.

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by Socrates17
Sat Dec 11, 2004 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CO Is Going To LOS!
Replies: 61
Views: 8654

RE: CO Is Going To LOS!

People always seem to forget to consider that the members here represent a particularly internet savvy part of the population. I would like to think that knowledge of the Nigerian 419 scam (not to mention Lockheed1011's experience) rather than subconscious racism causes everyone to single out Lagos ...

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by Socrates17
Sun Nov 21, 2004 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Flight Attendants Threaten Chaos
Replies: 65
Views: 5713

RE: UA Flight Attendants Threaten Chaos

Hi Bennett Nobody seems to have replied publicly yet, so I will. Used to be, that Union contracts with their employers could enforce that all employees with Unionized level positions (i.e. usually not white collar) MUST join the appropriate Union or they could not continue (or start, depending on th...

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by Socrates17
Sun Nov 21, 2004 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Space Beds On SQ15/16/17/18?
Replies: 7
Views: 3322

RE: Space Beds On SQ15/16/17/18?

Thanks for your reassurance!!!! My wife, who is Korean and fully bi-lingual, was hired along with me for this project and I now know that these flights will help address her two main concerns. (She is pathologically frugal, which, I suppose, is a good thing. Also, she has not worked for this client ...

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by Socrates17
Thu Nov 18, 2004 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Space Beds On SQ15/16/17/18?
Replies: 7
Views: 3322

Space Beds On SQ15/16/17/18?

Do any of my bretheren/sisteren Civil Air Geeks know if the cited flights use Space Beds? I am paying a little more for a rt to <acronym title="Seoul - Incheon International (ICN / RKSI), South Korea">ICN</acronym> from <acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">E...

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by Socrates17
Wed Sep 29, 2004 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Good Ol' Days!
Replies: 27
Views: 3528

RE: The Good Ol' Days!

I remember when the beautiful Caravelle first appeared. Never having flown one is one of the great regrets of my life. Right along with skipping The Who performing Tommy at the Fillmore East so that I could study for a Math Final. Have I ever used the math? Well, yes, frankly, I have, often. Would i...

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by Socrates17
Tue Mar 09, 2004 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Russian Aircraft Would You Prefer To Fly?
Replies: 76
Views: 9394

RE: Which Russian Aircraft Would You Prefer To Fly?

Antonov can trump the A380 by fitting out one of its giants so every passenger has a bed at cheap prices. Figure what, 4 decks? Tennis courts? Getting back to reality for a minute, since I have always mourned the <acronym title="Servivensa (Venezuela)">VC</acronym>-10 and the IL62M looks even better...

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by Socrates17
Mon Mar 08, 2004 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Cleans A Plane!
Replies: 21
Views: 4088

RE: Ryanair Cleans A Plane!

Maybe their on-time percentage has to do with the airports they use. No one else uses them so there is not competition for the runways or gates. Of course, it is the same air traffic system.... I'm one of those "self-important VIPs" but cut me some slack. I refuse to fly coach on mainstream airlines...

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by Socrates17
Thu Feb 19, 2004 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP, PGA And Sata To Merge?
Replies: 15
Views: 4271

RE: TAP, PGA And Sata To Merge?

Portugalia has great service and TAP, uh, doesn't. I hope this purported merger will not level that particular playing field.

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by Socrates17
Thu Feb 19, 2004 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fined For A Bad Attitude At Security?
Replies: 23
Views: 3711

RE: Fined For A Bad Attitude At Security?

Cigarette lighters????? What am I supposed to do if the business lounge is past security????? Rub two cocktail stirrers together????? (Most overseas lounges have smoking areas or there are smoking areas close to the lounge as at Narita and the United lounge.) Oh, and non-smokers? Go and listen to a ...

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by Socrates17
Thu Feb 19, 2004 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is WN That Trashy?
Replies: 93
Views: 6538

RE: Is WN That Trashy?

Oh for heaven's sakes. For those kinds of prices who cares if the person in the next seat has a bit of a drawl, or works at a Waffle House. I really don't need to be sitting next to a grande dame for the length of time on any U.S. flight. As Jfernandez pointed out you're not spending 24 hours with t...

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by Socrates17
Thu Feb 19, 2004 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The PanAm/KLM Crash At Tenerife
Replies: 170
Views: 62731

RE: The PanAm/KLM Crash At Tenerife

Hey: <acronym title="Washington - Ronald Reagan National (DCA / KDCA), USA - Virginia">DCA</acronym>-ROCguy. Tell me about it. The news of this crash hit my subconscious so hard that it gave me a phobia of flying which lasted over a decade. I flew, but I was white knuckling. Don't ask me how, (I don...

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by Socrates17
Thu Feb 19, 2004 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Express In New Livery
Replies: 37
Views: 7770

RE: United Express In New Livery

Don't you think calling it hideous is a bit generous? It looks very 50s to me. Oh well. I'm sure UAL777CONTRAIL is completely correct. Assuming, of course, that UA survives.... (No. I'm not wishing it ill. I hope it does survive.)

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by Socrates17
Wed Jan 14, 2004 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unluckiest Aircraft
Replies: 39
Views: 10745

RE: Unluckiest Aircraft

Odd as it may be for me to post anything regarding military aircraft, I believe the Lockheed Starfighter F-104 was called the Widowmaker in the Luftwaffe due to a high percentage of accidents. I remember at the time many European Air Force representatives complaining that the U.S. had sold them a le...

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by Socrates17
Sat Jan 10, 2004 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Big Continetnal Announcement On Monday, January 12
Replies: 105
Views: 20716

RE:

Great job, boys and girls. After reading this entire thread I have the song "The Continental" (from the film version of The Gay Divorcee', but not in the Broadway version) running through my head and I can't make it go away!!!!

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by Socrates17
Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?
Replies: 34
Views: 4159

RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

Just small regional weird ones. Surprising I haven't flown Ryanair - seems like a marriage made in heaven (or at least the upper atmosphere.)

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by Socrates17
Tue Dec 09, 2003 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mama Airlines
Replies: 3
Views: 2669

RE: Mama Airlines

Anybody remember Jonathan Winters' routines about Maude Firckert Airlines? He used to do these on The Tonight Show. I want to say it was during the Paar years, but it could have been in the Carson era.

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by Socrates17
Tue Dec 09, 2003 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Is An Invariable Word!
Replies: 14
Views: 4109

RE: Aircraft Is An Invariable Word!

Thank you Grammer Police. (I'm not being sarcastic. As Mrs. Slocomb used to say "I am, unanimous in that.") But cut our fellow aviafans (new word?) a break, you should see some of the misspellings and malapropisms in the Amazon comments. And these people are supposed to be able to read. (BTW - Is a ...

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by Socrates17
Tue Dec 09, 2003 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toronto Island Airport
Replies: 38
Views: 5370

RE: Toronto Island Airport

.backwards everything do always I I used to find flying into the island so much fun I did City Express a couple of times from <acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR</acronym> even though my business meetings were out by Pearson and I had to take a cab to m...

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by Socrates17
Tue Dec 09, 2003 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?
Replies: 40
Views: 5326

RE: What's Your Favorite Aviation Book?

Wings to the Orient: Pan Am Clipper Planes 1935 - 1945, A Pictorial History, Stan Cohen, Pictoral Histories Publishing Co., 1985, ISBN 0933126611.

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by Socrates17
Sun Dec 07, 2003 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turbulence-experiences with it
Replies: 56
Views: 8536

RE: Turbulence-experiences With It

Cross-Channel hydrofoil. Most of the F/As were physically ill, gave up on duty free, made a stab at distributing extra sick bags, then gave up entirely. Never experienced ANYTHING on an aircraft which could come close. Worst mid-air turbulence was a plummet on an <acronym title="American Airlines (U...

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by Socrates17
Sun Nov 30, 2003 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Airline Food Started...
Replies: 21
Views: 3206

RE: When Airline Food Started...

My initial logical response was very similar to Ssides'. What were they going to do with passengers of Martin 130s and other China Clippers, let them pass out? However, in reading the responses, my favorite - the one which hit my gut rather than my head was Aviaction's. Right on. Didn't Harlan Ellis...

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by Socrates17
Sat Nov 29, 2003 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines
Replies: 2
Views: 2626

RE: Asiana Airlines

OK. Tashkent isn't really Europe in any geographical sense, but the C.I.S. nations were once part of the Soviet Union which had a European orientation. I know I'm cheating but my growing obsession with C.I.S. air routes took over my fingers and typed this automatically like Bruce Campbell's hand in ...

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by Socrates17
Sat Nov 29, 2003 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Was Your Longest Wait?
Replies: 23
Views: 3721

RE: What Was Your Longest Wait?

1/Tower Air in Schipol in 1997 already mentioned in a different post where I may have put the wrong year - I'm not very good at the Gregorian calendar <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> something like 30 hours because the aircraft was stuck in Bombay, the original departure...

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by Socrates17
Thu Nov 27, 2003 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ever Witnessed Any Incident
Replies: 57
Views: 8731

RE: Ever Witnessed Any Incident

This can't compare (Thank The Lord) with some of the other incidents related above. In November of 1974 my mother and I landed at <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> coming in from <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EG...

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by Socrates17
Mon Nov 24, 2003 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Worst Airline You Have Flown On And Why
Replies: 69
Views: 14973

RE: The Worst Airline You Have Flown On And Why

It is inconceivable to me that no one has mentioned Tower. Have none of you ever flown it? Is it possible that someone flew Tower and found someone to be worse? I would really be curious to learn if any of the respondents above ever flew Tower. I took them to Amsterdam r.t. about 6 years ago or so. ...

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by Socrates17
Mon Nov 24, 2003 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flights Replaced By High Speed Trains
Replies: 56
Views: 7591

RE: Flights Replaced By High Speed Trains

The Acela is staggeringly expensive and hugely disappointing. With a relatively small amount of time spent searching, I could get to Paris from Newark for only slightly above the price charged by Acela from Newark to Washington DC. I live in the New Jersey suburbs and intra-suburban public transport...

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by Socrates17
Mon Nov 24, 2003 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whats The Best Flight You Have Ever Been On?
Replies: 75
Views: 8871

RE: Whats The Best Flight You Have Ever Been On?

Air North (Australian regional covering the Northern Territories and East Timor, of all places) from Ayers Rock to Alice Springs. Taking off from the Ayers Rock airport in an Embraer 120, we circled the Rock and got great views of it from all sides before banking and heading for Alice. The weather w...

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by Socrates17
Sun Nov 23, 2003 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Things You Have Taken From Aircraft!
Replies: 187
Views: 16173

RE: Things You Have Taken From Aircraft!

I have quite enough stuff of my own to schlep around. However, someone in my family must have had quite sticky fingers since I seem to have inherited a healthy collection of assorted airline knives and forks. Both of my parents, before knowing each other, did their bildungsroman trips to Europe in t...

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by Socrates17
Sun Nov 23, 2003 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Things You Hate To See
Replies: 40
Views: 7196

RE: Things You Hate To See

Airports (like <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym>) without smoking areas past the security checkpoint. Once transferring from Sydney to a flight which was delayed by 6 hours due to bad weather at <acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (E...

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by Socrates17
Sun Nov 23, 2003 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bed Recline
Replies: 12
Views: 2050

RE: Bed Recline

In case there are any Babylon 5 fans out there: An incline was good enough for the Minbari.....

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by Socrates17
Sat Nov 22, 2003 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nouvelair's Flights Status Live...
Replies: 4
Views: 1862

RE: Nouvelair's Flights Status Live...

Being a total Geekazoid in every area of my interests (science fiction, progressive rock, etc.) I, of course, think this is a fabulous idea. All it needs is webcams mounted below the cockpit and pointed down.

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by Socrates17
Fri Nov 21, 2003 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Has The Best Service In The Sky.
Replies: 45
Views: 8808

RE: Who Has The Best Service In The Sky.

Anecdotal data isn't that useful but, hypocrite that I am, here's mine based on flying most major US and Western European airlines plus the Usual Southeast Asia and Oceania Suspects. Mostly in business class. No experience with Latin American, African, or (much to my regret) C.I.S. or Eastern Europe...

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by Socrates17
Thu Nov 20, 2003 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways Launches Website!
Replies: 17
Views: 3006

RE: Etihad Airways Launches Website!

Can't get on. They are asking for a password?!?!?!?!

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by Socrates17
Sun Nov 16, 2003 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Short Lived Airlines
Replies: 115
Views: 13239

RE: Short Lived Airlines

Um. In case this topic slips my mind, would someone please be kind enough to remind me not to start a new airline?

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by Socrates17
Fri Oct 17, 2003 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who's Got The Prettiest Face?
Replies: 13
Views: 4078

RE: Who's Got The Prettiest Face?

TU-134A. That glass nose makes me weak in the knees.

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by Socrates17
Fri Oct 17, 2003 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tower Air: What Happened To Them?
Replies: 22
Views: 6320

RE: Tower Air: What Happened To Them?

RT <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> to <acronym title="Amsterdam - Schiphol (AMS / EHAM), Netherlands">AMS</acronym> in 1997 (I think.) "Business Class" for an extra 50 bucks, totaling $348. On the return, craft stuck in ...

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by Socrates17
Fri Oct 17, 2003 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS In The Baltic
Replies: 5
Views: 2497

RE: SAS In The Baltic

Can't judge a poorly pressurized craft from 1 flight. My ears are pretty sensitive (in addition to severe deafness due to blasting them into submission with 36 years of Maximum Rock and Roll.) I didn't have a cold at the time and I am fortunate enough to not get allergies, but I still remember decad...

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by Socrates17
Thu Oct 16, 2003 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Digitally Enhanced Fantasy Liveries
Replies: 19
Views: 4408

RE: Digitally Enhanced Fantasy Liveries

VERY nice. Great work. Now - here's a challenge. Continuing my quixotic quest to drum up support, even though only on a theoretical level, for the launch of a massive aircraft as the airborne QE3, how about trying to make an Airbus Beluga look cool in Virgin Atlantic or Singapore or something. (I kn...

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by Socrates17
Tue Oct 14, 2003 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The New A-380
Replies: 47
Views: 19127

RE: The New A-380

Hmpf. What a tiny little thing!!!! Stuff pax on the Beluga and give them all sleeper seats. Jungle Gyms for the kids. Miniature golf courses. And, of course, stand-up bars on every level. That would be a jumbo for you!!! The QE3.

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by Socrates17
Wed Oct 08, 2003 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is Your Dream Airline Job.
Replies: 43
Views: 5499

RE: What Is Your Dream Airline Job.

Owner, of course. The airline would have to have lots of cash to compensate for all the silly things I would do out of love for particular types of aircraft like making new (with modern materials and technology) B317s.

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by Socrates17
Fri Oct 03, 2003 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Airline To AMS?
Replies: 38
Views: 4835

RE: Which Airline To AMS?

Utrecht is my favorite city in the Netherlands and one of my favorites in Europe. I think I could do the Duivendrecht connection in my sleep. Even though all Dutch trains are great, I always go 1st because 2nd can get really crowded at rush hour. The only downside to the train is walking the Hoge Ca...

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by Socrates17
Fri Oct 03, 2003 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Least And Most Favorite Airline Name?
Replies: 78
Views: 8967

RE: Least And Most Favorite Airline Name?

Aw. I adore "Aurigny." I want to fly them just because of that and their weird looking aircraft. Anyway: Favorite (name, not airline - I won't fly them because of they're in Myanmar) Air Mandalay. Least: Hooters (Good grief!!!) After reading the responses, I have to agree that Song is pretty bad and...

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by Socrates17
Thu Oct 02, 2003 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Domestic First/Business Class
Replies: 22
Views: 3302

RE: U.S. Domestic First/Business Class

Domestic First on <acronym title="Continental Airlines (USA)">CO</acronym>, even as the transcontinental first leg of a Business Class RTW does not allow one access to the lounge on <acronym title="Continental Airlines (USA)">CO</acronym>. Business on <acronym title="Air Canada">AC</acronym> <acrony...

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by Socrates17
Thu Oct 02, 2003 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Good Airline To Take From USA To Australia?
Replies: 28
Views: 5552

RE: Good Airline To Take From USA To Australia?

I stayed in an Ibis in Auckland, but have nothing to compare it to. On the other hand, I am very familiar with Sydney. It is spread out with a lot of satellite neighborhoods, sort of like L.A. but much better. I now always stay at Bondi Beach in the Swiss Grand. Bondi Beach is only a short bus ride ...

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by Socrates17
Tue Sep 30, 2003 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Aircraft Do You Associate With An Airline.
Replies: 50
Views: 7269

RE: What Aircraft Do You Associate With An Airline.

Showing my age (and my newbie status - sorry I can't provide the aircraft series identification. Maybe after some more time.) My first two trips by air indelibly inserted into my memory relationships that, in today's world, will seem wildly inappropriate. In 1961 I did a round trip from N.Y.C. to De...

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by Socrates17
Tue Sep 30, 2003 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Disgruntled PAX?
Replies: 8
Views: 1794

RE: Disgruntled PAX?

An incident of this sort was the plot of an episode of C.S.I.

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