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by B-HXB
Thu Feb 20, 2003 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Security For Transit Pax
Replies: 0
Views: 2415

US Security For Transit Pax

I've no doubt this has been asked before, but trying to use the Search function for 'Security' or 'transit', and coming up with the appropriate thread is next to impossible. So if anyone can redirect me, or be so kind as to answer my questions, I shall be most grateful.  <img src="/discussions/...

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by B-HXB
Sun Feb 16, 2003 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Auckland Airport 1989 - Present
Replies: 0
Views: 1644

Auckland Airport 1989 - Present

I was looking at one of the aerial shots of Auckland Airport mounted on the second floor, and this got me thinking. The shot, marked 1989, is of a sort of rectangular terminal only (without the new extension which was added on somewhere round 1995). There are six airbridges clearly visible; from my ...

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by B-HXB
Fri Feb 14, 2003 4:20 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air New Zealand WLG AKL SYD
Replies: 3
Views: 5412

RE: Air New Zealand WLG AKL SYD

Thanks for a nice trip report! I completely agree with you about the difference in the <acronym title="Auckland - International (AKL / NZAA), New Zealand">AKL</acronym> lounge vs the <acronym title="Sydney - Kingsford Smith International (Mascot) (SYD / YSSY), Australia - New South Wales">SYD</acron...

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by B-HXB
Wed Feb 12, 2003 12:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air New Zealand Business Cass And 'Express'
Replies: 4
Views: 6044

RE: Air New Zealand Business Cass And 'Express'

Thanks for the trip report, it was a nice read. FYI, Qantas do hand out menus trans-Tasman (after stopping for a brief period) but I still think that <acronym title="Air New Zealand">NZ</acronym>'s J class service on this route is so much more 'polished' than <acronym title="Qantas (Australia)">QF</...

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by B-HXB
Tue Feb 11, 2003 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa B744 In Star Alliance C/s - First Pic
Replies: 46
Views: 10848

RE: Lufthansa B744 In Star Alliance C/s - First Pic

Couldn't they have put in SOME colour? Even just a few splashes of grey/silver would make this livery look so much more appealing, and perhaps making the 'Star Alliance' in a more stylish and attractive font. As it is, the tail looks great but the fuselage makes me want to buy some brightly coloured...

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by B-HXB
Mon Feb 10, 2003 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Registration Lists
Replies: 1
Views: 1582

Registration Lists

Hi, does anyone know of any websites that give a list of the registrations of aircraft that have passed through a particular airport on any given day? I know the US DOT has such a facility on their website, and I know there is one for Gatwick/Heathrow, but I was wondering if such a compilation exist...

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by B-HXB
Fri Feb 07, 2003 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA In Asia Pacific. Why All The Capacity Cuts?
Replies: 12
Views: 4597

RE: BA In Asia Pacific. Why All The Capacity Cuts?

I think when BA decided to pull the plug on KL, they took a look at their whole SE Asian operations and decided that they'd leave the intra-Asian routes to their oneworld partner CX... or so the press release at the time claimed, I believe.

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by B-HXB
Fri Feb 07, 2003 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Flight Numbers
Replies: 1
Views: 3430

CX Flight Numbers

CX currently operate something close to a double-daily service to Melbourne. Ex-HKG, one is the CX105 and the other the CX115... that is, until the 29 March, where CX115 is replaced by CX135. My question is why does the flight number suddenly change from 115 to 135? Especially as flights to Australi...

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by B-HXB
Thu Feb 06, 2003 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US To BKK: Suggestions?
Replies: 21
Views: 1954

RE: US To BKK: Suggestions?

PTV's are on every CX aircraft, so there's no problem there.

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by B-HXB
Wed Feb 05, 2003 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where Can I Check Rego Of A/c I Will Be Flying On?
Replies: 11
Views: 5172

RE: Where Can I Check Rego Of A/c I Will Be Flying On?

It would be nice if some of the TV monitors at the airport would show this information. I remember the Zurich Airport website used to display reg. numbers for the Swissair flights. I agree, I'm often very interested in the registrations.

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by B-HXB
Wed Feb 05, 2003 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Will SQ Take Delivery Of Aircraft 4 SIN-LAX
Replies: 102
Views: 11286

RE: When Will SQ Take Delivery Of Aircraft 4 SIN-LAX

How much more can you redesign the current First Class sleeper seats? They are already very good... short of perhaps making the PTV's bigger but honestly I don't think F class passengers need a flippin' 32 inch TV screen!!

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by B-HXB
Wed Feb 05, 2003 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Seat Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 2327

RE: CX Seat Questions

Ok, GuyBetsy1, thanks very much for your answers.

How well does SQ's AVOD system in Y work? I've found the CX system to have quite a few teething problems at the beginning of the flight usually meaning the system has to be reset often by the ISM/pursers.

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by B-HXB
Tue Feb 04, 2003 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Airline Of The Year Awards - Shortlist
Replies: 5
Views: 3473

RE: OAG Airline Of The Year Awards - Shortlist

Best Airport: Pittsburgh Int'l? Certainly is a different one...  Big grin

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by B-HXB
Tue Feb 04, 2003 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Seat Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 2327

RE: CX Seat Questions

Thanks for your answers GuyBetsy1. A few points I'd like to clarify: 1. The A340-600 Y seats have bigger PTVs and according to a TR I read, something about better cushioning. Do the new 'Slimline' seats have these features? 4. So B-HXC has already been retrofitted? 5. If it's possible to get this in...

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by B-HXB
Tue Feb 04, 2003 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 6 Air New Zealand Crew Robbed In Fiji
Replies: 4
Views: 3667

RE: 6 Air New Zealand Crew Robbed In Fiji

The robbery happened at 3am in the foyer of the Tanoa hotel.

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by B-HXB
Tue Feb 04, 2003 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Seat Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 2327

CX Seat Questions

Ok, a few questions I was wondering about, so I thought I'd dump them all in one post and see if any of you guys out there can help me. 1. Does CX plan on introducing their 'new Economy class' fitted on their A340-600s to the rest of the fleet? Considering that they have just fitted slimline seats o...

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by B-HXB
Sun Feb 02, 2003 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA E-tickets & Long Surnames
Replies: 18
Views: 4290

RE: UA E-tickets & Long Surnames

The New Zealand government now requires the name on your ticket to be exactly as it appears on your passport. Since the NZ government seldom does anything unless some other country does it first, I assume other nations probably have this policy as well. Having said that, I would think that a long na...

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by B-HXB
Sun Feb 02, 2003 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TV Programme "Airport"
Replies: 8
Views: 2660

TV Programme "Airport"

Is "Airport" still made by the BBC? There's no link on the BBC's webpage to the show, even though here in NZ a new series recently screened (before being abruptly yanked off). I was wondering if perhaps some other channel had purchased the rights as all mention of it seems to have disappeared off th...

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by B-HXB
Sat Feb 01, 2003 12:39 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cyprus Airways A330-200 Inaugural LHR-LCA
Replies: 8
Views: 8834

RE: Cyprus Airways A330-200 Inaugural LHR-LCA

A brilliant trip report... full of sarcastically cutting remarks, just the way I like it. Thanks heaps!  Smile

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by B-HXB
Sat Feb 01, 2003 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay's New Economy Class On A346
Replies: 2
Views: 4617

RE: Cathay's New Economy Class On A346

SOHK wrote a trip report HKG-TPE-HKG in the Trip Reports section in which he describes the new Y class seat on the A346. The new Economy class has been fitted on to 15 of 19 747s and features new slimline seats, the usual spiel about ergonomics etc. and new fabrics. I agree, CX haven't even mentione...

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by B-HXB
Fri Jan 31, 2003 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Business Class Updates
Replies: 4
Views: 1764

RE: CX Business Class Updates

According to CX press releases, all retrofitting should be complete by the end of 2003. Aircraft equipped with the new Business Class are so far: Airbus fleet 333: HLP, HLQ, HLR, HLS 34C: HXA, HXB, HXE, HXF, HXI, HXL, HXM, HXN, HXO Boeing fleet 74Y: HOV, HOY, HUF, HUI (there are more but I'm not sur...

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by B-HXB
Wed Jan 29, 2003 5:11 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Qantas Business Class, AKL-SYD
Replies: 10
Views: 8147

RE: Qantas Business Class, AKL-SYD

I've never had a problem with the priority tags, this was the first time!! Obviously to hear the rest of you recount your experiences I've been lucky!

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by B-HXB
Wed Jan 29, 2003 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ 747-400 To HKG
Replies: 4
Views: 4752

RE: Air NZ 747-400 To HKG

ZK-NBT: Yes, CX117-8 is scheduled to discontinue from April when Cathay shifts into its Northern Hemisphere summer timetable. I think CX will probably review it for their Northern Hemisphere winter timetable, when demand is strong over Christmas and Chinese New Year's.

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by B-HXB
Tue Jan 28, 2003 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ 747-400 To HKG
Replies: 4
Views: 4752

Air NZ 747-400 To HKG

I noticed on the HKIA website that the Air New Zealand times seem to be jumping up and around a bit for this week, and hopped over to the NZ website to take a look. Noticed that aircraft was 744 - a change from the usual 763. Any reason for the suddenly high demand?! CX already operate ten flights w...

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by B-HXB
Mon Jan 27, 2003 4:49 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cathay Pacific First Class, LHR-HKG
Replies: 15
Views: 21873

Cathay Pacific First Class, LHR-HKG

Flight: CX250 Aircraft: Boeing 747-400, B-HOS Departure time: 1805 Departure gate: 32 Sector: LHR HKG Heathrow T3 was the usual mess as my taxi dropped me off outside. Cathay have shifted their check-in stations to the opposite end of zone B, and as I entered through the doors facing zone D, I walke...

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by B-HXB
Mon Jan 27, 2003 10:27 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Qantas Business Class, AKL-SYD
Replies: 10
Views: 8147

Qantas Business Class, AKL-SYD

Flight: QF120 Aircraft: Boeing 767-300, VH-OGD “City of Maitland” Departure time: 1550 Departure gate: 4 Sector: AKL SYD Check-in for Qantas First and Business Class passengers is in an exclusive, separate hall located towards the east end of the check-in hall. They share this facility with Cathay P...

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by B-HXB
Sun Jan 26, 2003 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana "Star Alliance Jet" 763 Rollout At TPE Soon
Replies: 12
Views: 3737

RE: Asiana "Star Alliance Jet" 763 Rollout At TPE Soon

Does Air NZ have one? Don't ever remember seeing it...

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by B-HXB
Sun Jan 26, 2003 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EVA Air: Enjoy Pleasure On Our Flight?!
Replies: 11
Views: 4475

RE: EVA Air: Enjoy Pleasure On Our Flight?!

To them, they probably think it's perfectly innocent...

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by B-HXB
Sat Jan 25, 2003 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Did Cathay Pacific Use VR Prior To 1997?
Replies: 4
Views: 4243

RE: Why Did Cathay Pacific Use VR Prior To 1997?

Try just putting in the -HOO (for example) bit into the specific searchfield with Registration, and then select Cathay Pacific as the airline. This should return either VR-HOO or B-HOO.

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by B-HXB
Thu Jan 23, 2003 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pursers, What Do They Exactly Do?
Replies: 8
Views: 4132

RE: Pursers, What Do They Exactly Do?

I notice that CX's Inflight Service Managers have a lot of paperwork to do... I suppose they are responsible for writing a report about the flight detailing any complaints by passengers, equipment that needs replacing etc. On short-haul flights the ISM/Chief purser/cabin director often pitches in to...

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by B-HXB
Thu Jan 23, 2003 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Look At New Air NZ Lord Of The Rings 767
Replies: 23
Views: 8129

RE: First Look At New Air NZ Lord Of The Rings 767

ZK-NCG? Does it actually say "Lord of the Rings" anywhere?

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by B-HXB
Thu Jan 23, 2003 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Do Gate Assignments Work?
Replies: 1
Views: 3529

How Do Gate Assignments Work?

Note: this question is aimed more at international airports with large airline hubs, eg BA at Heathrow, SQ at Singapore, MH at KLIA, CX at HKG etc. rather than American airports which tend to segregate airlines into terminals. My question is basically how gates are assigned, and by who. I assume it ...

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by B-HXB
Wed Jan 22, 2003 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dragonair Cabin Revamp
Replies: 14
Views: 3061

RE: Dragonair Cabin Revamp

Oh well, I suppose KA know what they're doing. It'll be interesting to see what the overall result is, though. 12 seats in F is 4 more than what CX have on their A330's, so perhaps "lie-flat" bed is an euphemism for something like CX/SQ's New Business Class products? On a side note, "any of CX's Y c...

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by B-HXB
Wed Jan 22, 2003 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dragonair Cabin Revamp
Replies: 14
Views: 3061

RE: Dragonair Cabin Revamp

"Even the non longhaul A330's are going to go to Korea or Bangkok so some passengers will want First class." First class, yes, but bed seats? For a 4 hour journey? Dragonair's a regional airline operating regional routes, with 1 planned longhaul in the future. Look at it this way: if I am going to b...

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by B-HXB
Wed Jan 22, 2003 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dragonair Cabin Revamp
Replies: 14
Views: 3061

RE: Dragonair Cabin Revamp

"Well If you have to go to Beijing and you could have all that would you fly MU, CI or KA ?" Take a look at CX's fleet - the only regional routes they offer F in are Tokyo, Manila, Taipei and Bangkok - and even then some of those are probably only because of their unique fleet deployment policy. To ...

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by B-HXB
Tue Jan 21, 2003 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dragonair Cabin Revamp
Replies: 14
Views: 3061

Dragonair Cabin Revamp

21 January 2003 Source: TheStandard "Dragonair has launched a HK$195 million cabin revamp of its entire fleet of 21 passenger aircraft. The new interiors, including new lie-flat beds in first class, will initially be installed on planes flying routes to Beijing and Shanghai. The carrier denied the m...

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by B-HXB
Tue Jan 21, 2003 10:34 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: "flight Attendants, Prepare For Takeoff..."
Replies: 20
Views: 10395

RE: "flight Attendants, Prepare For Takeoff..."

Once on a CX flight coming in to HKG the first officer came over on the intercom and said: "Cabin crew, please be seated for... er..... um... landing..." Perhaps not that funny, but it was certainly amusing for us in the cabin at the time, a case of the first officer getting a little confused?!

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by B-HXB
Tue Jan 21, 2003 10:30 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: AMS-HKG-NGO On CX Business(quite Long)
Replies: 5
Views: 7461

RE: AMS-HKG-NGO On CX Business(quite Long)

Nice trip report. Just a few details I want to check: No plastic knife? All the CX flights I've been on have had plastic knives... they even have this cool plastic-frosted knife now, specially for CX. And B-HLS is one of 4 A330's with the new Business Class fitted. Are you sure about that registrati...

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by B-HXB
Mon Jan 20, 2003 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Would You Fly MEL - AMS?
Replies: 18
Views: 3548

RE: Who Would You Fly MEL - AMS?

I can't offer any advice on connection times except I know CX's AMS service gets in HKG early-morning and the MEL services are evening. In terms of service, SQ, CX and MH would be my top three choices, not necessarily in that order. Of those three, MH offers the best seat pitch at 34", with CX and S...

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by B-HXB
Sat Jan 18, 2003 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Weird Airbridge At LHR - Asiana Airlines
Replies: 18
Views: 4963

RE: Weird Airbridge At LHR - Asiana Airlines

My guess would be that since there are two bridges connecting the box to the gate, the further bridge is for Y class pax, and the 'closer' bridge (to us looking at the pic) is for F class pax. However, this doesn't really explain much except maybe give more space for Y class pax to queue, which isn'...

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by B-HXB
Sat Jan 18, 2003 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Business Class Seat
Replies: 2
Views: 3675

RE: New Business Class Seat

Yeah, I tried the CX New Business Class seat and the whole product was much better than the old 'recliner-style' seat. I flew on the old CX J class product and it was definitely much more cramped/outdated than the new seat. The best thing about much of these is the new shell design, which means that...

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by B-HXB
Sat Jan 18, 2003 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HK: Dragonair Denied 200-kg Pax, Not Even W/ 2 Tix
Replies: 13
Views: 3623

RE: HK: Dragonair Denied 200-kg Pax, Not Even W/ 2 Tix

Excuse me if I'm being dim, but wouldn't a simple seat belt extension do the trick?

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by B-HXB
Fri Jan 17, 2003 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions About CX
Replies: 9
Views: 2311

RE: Questions About CX

Having just returned from an AKL/HKG/AKL in F, I admit that I was very disappointed with CX's quality control. I don't expect to find holes in my napkin or blankets which have shrunk in the wash!! However, on all sectors the crew were truly tops - nothing to fault. And the food was very nice - even ...

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by B-HXB
Wed Jan 15, 2003 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dragonair Offers Cathay For China Code-share
Replies: 3
Views: 2626

RE: Dragonair Offers Cathay For China Code-share

KA's running scared... why? Because they know they'll get totally whapped by CX if actual operational go-aheads are given for Cathay.

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by B-HXB
Wed Jan 15, 2003 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Changes Aircraft On SYD Route
Replies: 8
Views: 3745

RE: CX Changes Aircraft On SYD Route

FYI, looking at the December 2003 schedules for the same route, CX110/1 switches back to an EQV (presumably 744) and CX101/0 back to a 333, obviously due to the strong Australian sector demand during the Southern Hemisphere summer.

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by B-HXB
Tue Jan 14, 2003 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Changes Aircraft On SYD Route
Replies: 8
Views: 3745

CX Changes Aircraft On SYD Route

I apologise if this is old news. I was browsing Cathay's online schedules for April, for Sydney/Hong Kong. The aircraft operating the flights have changed from what is currently listed. CX111/0, which is the 1920 flight from HKG and the early morning flight from SYD, switches from a 744 to 333. CX10...

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by B-HXB
Tue Jan 14, 2003 11:34 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air NZ CHC To HLZ Via WLG.
Replies: 3
Views: 4395

RE: Air NZ CHC To HLZ Via WLG.

I got the sweets on both sectors when I flew AKL WLG AKL a few weeks back. Must say that the Express class service isn't as bad as some people tried to make it out to be (although I wish they'd make the handle on the cup a bit longer)

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by B-HXB
Fri Jan 03, 2003 6:26 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 7 Countries, 7 Nights : An Asian Adventure On CX
Replies: 25
Views: 12481

RE: 7 Countries, 7 Nights : An Asian Adventure On CX

Wow, I'm very surprised you experienced so many problems with Cathay Pacific, but I'm most astonished by the same-day lounge policy. For example, the Amsterdam flight leaves at 0005, and one of the Heathrow flights leave at 0035. I've been on the 0035 Heathrow flight and never been told of this same...

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by B-HXB
Fri Dec 27, 2002 5:59 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: K Lumpur - Singapore On Malaysia Airlines F Class
Replies: 10
Views: 7559

RE: K Lumpur - Singapore On Malaysia Airlines F Class

Nice trip report... but a CX 747-400 at KL? Is that pretty unusual?

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by B-HXB
Thu Dec 26, 2002 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger's Remark Results In Citation
Replies: 15
Views: 1874

RE: Passenger's Remark Results In Citation

Doesn't the FBI have anything better to investigate?

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