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by gzm
Fri May 05, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA EWR passenger sent to SFO instead of CDG
Replies: 127
Views: 19787

Re: UA EWR passenger sent to SFO instead of CDG

Having worked as a gate agent at Athens,Greece I have a few things to say about that event: 1) some passengers when they see a gate boarding, they think it is for their flight only, for some inexplicable reason. 2) some gate agents when they see a passenger approaching, they think he is for the flig...

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by gzm
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pilot hits female passenger
Replies: 119
Views: 16651

Re: Delta pilot hits female passenger

In my humble opinion a pilot's job is to fly airplanes which entails a lot of responsibilities and not to get involved in situations so much beneath him. It's none of his business whether you agree or not.

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by gzm
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 24003

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

Ten years ago I had to travel domestically in the US on Delta Connection,Comair. We had to go down the stairs of the jetway as the CRJ100 was a small jet whose door folded out and had some steps on it. Passengers with oversize hand-luggage were supposed to leave them just outside and pick them up up...

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by gzm
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 24003

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

Gate checking did not cause this incident. People caused this incident. You could just as easily have a situation under your scenario where all the extra space behind the netting filled up and someone had to gate check something anyhow. That wasn't the issue. The issue was that people couldn't figu...

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by gzm
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 24003

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

After watching the video, I agree it is unfortunate that there really isn't any indication of what happened prior to boarding. The situation may have begun before boarding and the passenger with the child may have been informed that the stroller needed to be gate checked.(After traveling with small...

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by gzm
Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 24003

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

The message that goes to the traveling public is this: Find a reason to whine, put on a show and you get upgraded. It works! Not to mention you give a lesson to the employee who dared cross you...

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by gzm
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 138343

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

Quite unexpectedly, I also received a phone call from OM this afternoon.Here is what he said: -Dear Gzm, I hear you were a gate agent at (the now defunct) Olympic airlines and I have heard how you managed your gate and that once your company had to pay a small little fine to a customer because of in...

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by gzm
Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 138343

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

I can restrain myself no longer after 500 replies...My own experience at the gates has taught me a few things: First of all,once you get into a crowd you become part of it.Passengers are like a flock of sheep;and in that flock there are also hiding bad wolves and sly foxes. I don't think it is neces...

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by gzm
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 138343

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

Now,that's better than the "Survivor" which has taken Greece by storm and is the talk of the town. Why do you take an airline so seriously? After all, "It is only a glorified bus operation". What did you expect from an airline that serves vegetable purée on a flight between New Y...

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by gzm
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Pakistan airline Serene Air + factory new B738
Replies: 17
Views: 5976

Re: New Pakistan airline Serene Air + factory new B738

Hey,that's my "Serendipity Airlines"! Last year we were discussing about airline brands and slogans (smooth as silk) and "The Three Princes of Serendip",the very old name of Ceylon,(Sri Lanka) and how I expected to be paid for my idea :cry2: and after a few days the thread just d...

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by gzm
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China´s Extremely Outdated Livery
Replies: 108
Views: 35255

Re: Air China´s Extremely Outdated Livery

Airlines have always been copying one another's signs. This particular one has a little of everything to please everyone.It looks as if they couldn't make up their minds.A little bit of Singapore,a little bit of Jessica,-sorry-of Japan airlines, a little bit of United, given in the familiar lines of...

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by gzm
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Announces Newark via Athens from 12MAR17
Replies: 126
Views: 25600

Re: Emirates Announces Newark via Athens from 12MAR17

The negative impact will be on EK that will be flying the rest of the year with few customers. The press release stated that the Greek government wanted a carrier to do year round service. When Olympic closed down it was good for other airlines in the name of healthy competition. Five weekly A340s ...

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by gzm
Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Announces Newark via Athens from 12MAR17
Replies: 126
Views: 25600

Re: Emirates Announces Newark via Athens from 12MAR17

The nastiest feud in the airline industry has reached a fever pitch The protest, today,12 March,is in reaction to the inaugural flight of Emirates' new daily service between Newark, New Jersey, and Athens, Greece. Athens,"The Apple of Discord"! If you value it,upgrade your service,baby (v...

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by gzm
Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man Refusing To Pay $12 For Blanket Makes Scene--Flight Diverted
Replies: 83
Views: 12373

Re: Man Refusing To Pay $12 For Blanket Makes Scene--Flight Diverted

"We'll take good care of you" (the seventies) "We'll take more care of you" (the eighties) "Let us spoil you,too!" (the nineties) "It is only a glorified bus operation" (the 2000s) "Good riddance!" (present day) No need to wait, the investigation is ...

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by gzm
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man Refusing To Pay $12 For Blanket Makes Scene--Flight Diverted
Replies: 83
Views: 12373

Re: Man Refusing To Pay $12 For Blanket Makes Scene--Flight Diverted

In the good old days some airlines were"Going to great lengths to please".Now it seems they go out of their way to do exactly the opposite."Great people to fly with" was another slogan.It has come full circle, folks, now we see the other side of the coin. "We don't forget ho...

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by gzm
Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Announcement: Airliners.net has been acquired by VerticalScope
Replies: 417
Views: 228291

Re: Announcement: Airliners.net has been acquired by VerticalScope

I was the one who requested the flags back and I think I was speaking on belhalf of the majority. Was picking a flag obligatory? Honestly I don't remember. Make it optional. But if you think you can find ways to protect people from their own shortcomings simply by prohibiting things, I don't agree. ...

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by gzm
Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mouse Delays BA London-to-San Francisco Flight for 4 Hours
Replies: 12
Views: 2951

Re: Mouse Delays BA London-to-San Francisco Flight for 4 Hours

Lice? Mice? Nice... And last but not least,there is one more occupational hazard: Cockroaches! Once, at Hellenikon, a foreign airplane had to spend one or two days sealed-up while one of our SDOs (senior duty officer) was summoned to offer his services.He specialized in disinfection work and he was...

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by gzm
Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Announcement: Airliners.net has been acquired by VerticalScope
Replies: 417
Views: 228291

Re: Announcement: Airliners.net has been acquired by VerticalScope

Maybe now that there is fresh management, it will be an organization that can re-make airliners.net into a photographer-friendly place...and by that I mean easing up on the crazy photo screening standards (like where they nitpick on two bad pixels out of 3 million) that are sending otherwise great ...

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by gzm
Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 3rd anniversary in 3 days
Replies: 6
Views: 1737

Re: MH370 3rd anniversary in 3 days

I expected this thread to appear for some time now.Third anniversary already.We must keep this anniversary going every year out of respect for those on board and out of exasperation. Hopefully, some day we will find out what they are hiding, because they do, by their ineffective methods.I say, go sc...

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by gzm
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mouse Delays BA London-to-San Francisco Flight for 4 Hours
Replies: 12
Views: 2951

Re: Mouse Delays BA London-to-San Francisco Flight for 4 Hours

Here is what I have found in my notes: LICE SEIZE AIRPLANE (12 May 1983) >Arrived from Egypt on Olympic< (from a Greek newspaper) AirbusA300 SX-BEF returned from Cairo after staying overnight,flight OA326. At 10.15 it departed for London,flight OA 259. However,during the overnight stop,lice had ente...

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by gzm
Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Struggling: on its knees
Replies: 58
Views: 14242

Re: Alitalia Struggling: on its knees

Thanks go to FR for prodding Brussels... And air traffic in Greece has since boomed...Good riddance to bad garbage. That's the beauty of aviation: Open Skies. Now that FR has opened hubs in ATH and SKG it has taken the place of OA. As somebody said in the Greek edition of Airliners: "A3 did no...

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by gzm
Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Struggling: on its knees
Replies: 58
Views: 14242

Re: Alitalia Struggling: on its knees

Just like Greece's OA, the day has passed For Italy's AZ. There is no future for this carrier. They are beyond the point of no return. Time to pull the plug and let everyone move on. Some of you are right: Alitalia's case is entirely different to that of Olympic. First of all, for fifteen years the...

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by gzm
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Announcement: Airliners.net has been acquired by VerticalScope
Replies: 417
Views: 228291

Re: Annoucement: Airliners.net has been aquired by VerticalScope

Please bring back the flags. It was a small but significant attraction! Thank you from all of us....

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by gzm
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA admits taking extra passengers in aisle
Replies: 44
Views: 15079

Re: PIA admits taking extra passengers in aisle

The close-out dept. used to do that (turning children into INF),frequently at OA. The trick is you empty a seat but you won't get your money back.It was something the Station Control didn't like at all.Sometimes,they did it with grown-ups under pressure,especially if the person belonged to OA("...

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by gzm
Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The 8 most highly regarded airlines in the world
Replies: 15
Views: 5300

Re: The 8 most highly regarded airlines in the world

1) Pam Ann airlines
2) Trans Global airlines
3) Columbia airlines
4) Oceanic airlines
5) Trans American
and the list goes on...

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by gzm
Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA admits taking extra passengers in aisle
Replies: 44
Views: 15079

Re: PIA admits taking extra passengers in aisle

If you go to "search" and write "Air Botswana HS 748" you will see a picture of your plane. (I cannot put a link)

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by gzm
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA admits taking extra passengers in aisle
Replies: 44
Views: 15079

Re: PIA admits taking extra passengers in aisle

I believe it did have a lap belt though, so maybe it was a standard 'extra' seat. "For your comfort and convenience..." Ahh,that's the beauty of aviation: testing the limits of resourcefulness. Many years ago,in mid seventies, I also heard a similar story about an Aviogenex flight (TU-134...

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by gzm
Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BLOOMBERG: Buffet May Acquire Entire Airline
Replies: 39
Views: 11105

Re: BLOOMBERG: Buffet May Acquire Entire Airline

Pretty funny considering he's credited with the quote: "Do you know how to make a million dollars on an airline? Start with a billion." Or something like that. I think you might be referring to this quote by Sir Adam Thomson: "A recession is when you have to tighten your belt; depres...

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by gzm
Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines UA199 strange maneuver during approach to LAX
Replies: 30
Views: 7886

Re: United Airlines UA199 strange maneuver during approach to LAX

Let's stretch it a little and see it from another angle: that of an airplane that has just touched down and is equally pressed to free the runway as soon as possible due to incoming traffic.On 18 November 1999 I happened to be on board an Olympic 747 (SX-OAD) which flew the last service of the type ...

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by gzm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crossing the atlantic with 3 of 4 engines
Replies: 18
Views: 5835

Re: Crossing the atlantic with 3 of 4 engines

In the mid-eighties an Olympic 747 "lost"an engine en route from JFK to ATH and some passengers said there was a small jolt and some smoke coming out. For the next fifteen minutes the crew thought over their options but finally they were able to restart the engine and continued to ATH. In ...

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by gzm
Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uniformless UA Pilot Removed From Flight After Bizarre Rant
Replies: 87
Views: 16148

Re: Uniformless UA Pilot Removed From Flight After Bizarre Rant

Imagine a gate agent going to work in plain clothes and lecturing paying assengers about politics. Me thinks she would lose her job on the spot. I say give her a second chance, at check in or reservations First of all, there are passengers who shouldn't be allowed onboard yet they are: those who lo...

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by gzm
Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 13 Pounds Of Horse Genitals Found In Luggage at Washington Dulles
Replies: 35
Views: 7436

Re: 13 Pounds Of Horse Genitals Found In Luggage at Washington Dulles

I'll say one thing about this smuggler... he had balls. Now I remembered something. I may have known the SAS pilot who was able to do that emergency landing on Christmas day many years ago. He managed to "aquaplane" his crippled MD-80 and crash-land it in the fields. Nobody was hurt. It w...

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by gzm
Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 13 Pounds Of Horse Genitals Found In Luggage at Washington Dulles
Replies: 35
Views: 7436

Re: 13 Pounds Of Horse Genitals Found In Luggage at Washington Dulles

In Greece we call them "unthinkables" or better,"unmentionables".It is difficult to translate.The term refers to a bull's edible twin "delicates". As for milk vodka it reminds me of the days I worked at a hotel many years ago.One day at the bar,an SAS pilot showed us ho...

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by gzm
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Olympic Airlines A340's At Athens
Replies: 93
Views: 34870

Re: Olympic Airlines A340's At Athens

Https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/8510857
Well,what can I say,he is an artist! Farewell,Olympic airlines,a Flight into History....
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Https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/8510857
Well,what can I say,he is an artist! Farewell,Olympic airlines,a Flight into History....

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by gzm
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery
Replies: 588
Views: 91029

Re: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery

For this "Ocean liner" livery to have any appeal,the black tail-not to mention the red roundel-will need to be polished very often.OK then,add a narrow golden line (like SIA) touching the black and I will accept it.

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by gzm
Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Olympic Airlines A340's At Athens
Replies: 93
Views: 34870

Re: Olympic Airlines A340's At Athens

I have just read in a similar greek site that the two A340s have been undergoing some kind of technical preparation for a week,so that they could do a ferry flight.Their deparure has been postponed one more time. These planes are not airworthy and if the liquidator had sent them to Marana or Mojave ...

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by gzm
Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uniformless UA Pilot Removed From Flight After Bizarre Rant
Replies: 87
Views: 16148

Re: Uniformless UA Pilot Removed From Flight After Bizarre Rant

Quoting Sancho99504 Reply#16 I think she should be demoted to the right seat whenever she is mentally cleared to fly again That is exactly what I was thinking.I also agree with CATIIIevery5yrs. Besides,she never went into the cockpit.The lady took it very hard and got drunk, she is not mentally unst...

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by gzm
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery
Replies: 588
Views: 91029

Re: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery

It evokes black limousine and white gloves.The black cowlings resemble the bumpers(association of ideas) or a black ebony grand piano with red mahogany embellishments.The bandit windows mean "it would have been nice to add a black cheat line but we cannot carry it that far,can we?" Very bl...

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by gzm
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery
Replies: 588
Views: 91029

Re: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery

All airlines copy each other in their liveries,advertisements,service and so on. If black worked for Air New Zealand and UPS why not for Air Canada? Something is wrong with the black belly, looks like the Titanic to me. Very formal and a little frightening. Black is not a colour. A colour is a colour.

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by gzm
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Announces Newark via Athens from 12MAR17
Replies: 126
Views: 25600

Re: Emirates Announces Newark via Athens from 12MAR17

The EK flight offering 350 seats is also aiming at the JFK-IST market,don't forget that.Some people prefer to use this flight and then connect to ATH. If DL charge that much means there is no real competition and they think they own the schedule.They also know on which side their toast is buttered s...

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by gzm
Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Announces Newark via Athens from 12MAR17
Replies: 126
Views: 25600

Re: Emirates Announces Newark via Athens from 12MAR17

Perhaps it is time to post here a small irrelevant detail. Several months ago a relative of mine flew EWR-ATH on United so I have an insider's view about their meal service and what they think about this Near East schedule: their dinner consisted of chicken roll roast and vegetable puree."Simpl...

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by gzm
Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 Search Officially Suspended
Replies: 59
Views: 13926

Re: MH370 Search Officially Suspended

(Wikipedia) Unit cost: 777-200ER:US$261,5 million - 777-200LR:US$296 million - 777-300ER:US320,2 million. As you see they did not spend that much. Only half the cost of a new Boeing 777...Compared to Greece's debt which is...in the billions this is peanuts. Also I am one of those who,with a mechanic...

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by gzm
Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada new livery?
Replies: 206
Views: 73182

Re: Air Canada new livery?

You are both right.The red on the tail looks like paper clippings at best.It also reminds me a little of Air Malta (the "cross of Malta").In Greece one could refer to it as a "distortion of national symbols".If they insist on using it they should try adding the small whole leaf u...

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by gzm
Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is EK bubble about to burst and what it means for Boeing and Airbus
Replies: 262
Views: 57503

Re: Is EK bubble about to burst and what it means for Boeing and Airbus

As Pam Ann says "they use A380s like taxis".Let's see for how long this can go on. Someday it will be over, like the Thousand Nights...

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by gzm
Sat Oct 08, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vale Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, 1921-2016
Replies: 60
Views: 7624

Re: Vale Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, 1921-2016

Https://youtu.be/m9pELPkObis
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I promised you some pictures,here is a video I have found:
Https://youtu.be/m9pELPkObis

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by gzm
Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of Boeing 707-368C T17-3
Replies: 5
Views: 2618

Re: Future of Boeing 707-368C T17-3

Perhaps this a good chance to ask a similar question: whether somebody knows about the fate of T.17-4 which was an ex-Olympic 707 (SX-DBD) that left the fleet in 1991. Every time I see a picture of those it is always the T.17-3 so I,too,would appreciate some feedback!

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by gzm
Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aegean changing name to Olympic ???
Replies: 7
Views: 3867

Re: Aegean changing name to Olympic ???

This is an interesting observation. Since they have bought Olympic Air,why not have the planes painted in Aegean colours (if you can call it colours),absorb it into Aegean and get it over with. I think that perhaps you are right.They keep the Olympic Air brand alive just in case they close down some...

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by gzm
Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More MH370 Debris Found, This Time In Madagascar
Replies: 113
Views: 37811

Re: More MH370 Debris Found, This Time In Madagascar

Quoting 777Jet (reply 111): The marks on that item do not look like fire damage / burn marks. In fact,the item itself doesn't even look like it came off an aircraft. Once, Picasso was asked by a lady friend of his to paint her portrait. When she saw it,she exclaimed: "But it doesn't look like m...

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by gzm
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More MH370 Debris Found, This Time In Madagascar
Replies: 113
Views: 37811

Re: More MH370 Debris Found, This Time In Madagascar

Quoting garpd (reply 104): In this case the situation fits a pilot self-hijacking.Doesn't sound like an airplane crippled by fire. You forget the recent finding in Madagascar,my friend.And don't tell me it came from a crippled yacht or flying saucer. It,too,came from MH370 and fits into the group of...

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by gzm
Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More MH370 Debris Found, This Time In Madagascar
Replies: 113
Views: 37811

Re: More MH370 Debris Found, This Time In Madagascar

Quoting saltee,(reply 98) So while we know about where in the haystack the needle lies, it is still a needle in a haystack. The problem is that probably there is no needle at all,judging from the pieces. It's futile. A systematic search in the islands would yield more and won't be expensive, especia...

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