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by LupineChemist
Fri May 08, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?
Replies: 70
Views: 11228

Re: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?

In Western Europe, there is a preference for above corridors at LHR, CDG, AMS, FRA. AMS does not have arrival corridors. You leave the plane and enter directly into the terminal and mix with departing passengers. Only if you are arriving from a country with security agreements. Otherwise you get ro...

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by LupineChemist
Fri May 08, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Post Covid Fleet Plan Summary
Replies: 66
Views: 13240

Re: IAG Post Covid Fleet Plan Summary

Any indications what will happen to the IB 340s? Maybe a good time to retire but also seems like with fuel as cheap as it is, may be better to return leases and defer deliveries to lower cash expenditure since they are owned outright.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could KLM change their 77W order to 77F?
Replies: 27
Views: 5853

Re: Could KLM change there 77W order to 777F

Air traffic tends to go with the real economy.

So less air traffic, less cargo overall to ship.

Even as we are right now cargo loads are going down as economies are collapsing.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 603
Views: 149718

Re: DY Financial Discussion - 2020

LGW based crews just been told they will not be paid for flying done in March as Norwegian have failed to pay OSM aviation and OSM don’t have enough money in the bank. Not a good sign Usually the beginning of the end. Moreover, I don't think the Norwegian government intends to pay to keep Norwegian...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Consolidation of Airport Operations
Replies: 46
Views: 9101

Re: Consolidation of Airport Operations

DL has closed-off further sections of their facilities at DTW. Concourse C is completely closed Concourse B south-end B18,B19,B20 is closed Concourse A south-end A1-A28 is closed Tram is closed All SkyClubs are closed Any thoughts why they're using B1-B16 while A1-A28 is closed? I imagine the jet b...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Consolidation of Airport Operations
Replies: 46
Views: 9101

Re: Consolidation of Airport Operations

MAD first consolidated all T1-T2-T3 operations into just T1. Now all those few flights have moved over to T4, where the satellite is unused. Even with all operations at T4, it is just using the H gates area, that is the southern part of the looong T4 concourse with the red columns. The non-schengen...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United will be a smaller carrier - Munoz
Replies: 245
Views: 44307

Re: United will be a smaller carrier - Munoz

I think retiring types of aircraft outright is probably not the direction UA will go. Most downturns last about 2 to 3 years before the economy recovers and expands back to where it was pre downturn. So if UA has an asset that has 3+ years of life left in it they probably won't retire it rather the...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 603
Views: 149718

Re: DY Financial Discussion - 2020

BlueTrue wrote:
So should everything else be allowed to die?


I don't know how much of a choice there will be. If I were the Norwegian govt, I'd be prioritizing SK over DY.

I think we may be back to truly national carriers before long that have to get re-privatized later

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by LupineChemist
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 337623

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

One of the very last posts in the previous thread was Finnair's press release, so I'm going to repost it here. tl;dr: "Finnair is cancelling all flights to the US between 19 March and 12 April due to the US Government’s travel restrictions. Finnair is also cancelling its flights to Delhi betwe...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 183319

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

Will it still be possible to connect at LHR or fly AC and connect at YYZ?

I may have to go travel to take care of family if things get ugly in the US.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 603
Views: 149718

Re: DY about to go bust?

Isn't it strange that all the posters salivating over DY's possible demise seem to come from one specific country? :duck: These same people also doesn't seem to comprehend that all EU countries are equal in terms of open skies agreements, hence why this whole ' flag of convenience ' garbage is noth...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter
Replies: 139
Views: 22829

Re: Cargo facts: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter

Could they up the MTOW for a range penalty for a freighter? No reason to pay to fuel penalty for UHL if you can stop in the middle and cargo cares a lot less than people about changing planes.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Environment campaigners win Heathrow runway ruling
Replies: 170
Views: 13711

Re: Environment campaigners win Heathrow runway ruling

I will say that even as it is now, that after staying in Brentford, the noise really is very detrimental to quality of life there and I'm an enthusiast who enjoys looking at airplanes. And that's an area that was certainly developed well before aviation. I do get both sides of this, but I suppose IA...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 441
Views: 29092

Re: TAP post 1H 2019 loss; government pushes Neeleman to sell stake

Given the size of the Argentina-Spain market, I'm surprised they can't make EZE work. Yeah, hard to compete with the direct to Madrid but a huge portion connect to other destination in Spain. It's slightly shorter to connect in LIS to head up to LCG, for example.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways interested in flying US Domestic Routes
Replies: 159
Views: 21711

Re: British Airways interested in flying US Domestic Routes

BA can already do that, just like QF currently does it between LAX and JFK. The key word in that statement is "them", as in the passengers that originate in London. They don't do it because there's no market for it. There is absolutely nothing stopping BA from flying LHR-BOS-STL-BOS-LHR. ...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC MAD-YYZ: major damage to landing gear and engine on takeoff - circling MAD airspace
Replies: 140
Views: 30354

Re: AC MAD-YYZ: major damage to landing gear and engine on takeoff - circling MAD airspace

I live in central Madrid and it was really noticeable when they took off and came right over the middle of the city very low. Assuming they couldn't climb anywhere near typical rate with only one engine.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern Cuts Mexico City
Replies: 19
Views: 4931

Re: China Southern Cuts Mexico City

Did passengers need a Canadian visa?

I would think feeding more into LAX would be better now that there is more cooperation with AA, I would imagine the vast majority of travelers between MEX and China would already have US visas.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US, Boeing Commercial Aircraft Strategy Retaking Leadership 2020-2030 ?
Replies: 65
Views: 6431

Re: US, Boeing Commercial Aircraft Strategy Retaking Leadership 2020-2030 ?

Even if Boeing ends up not making it through, I can't imagine that Northrup or Lockheed wouldn't get in to gobble them up if the price were right. There are still big US aerospace companies that could take on the operation other than Boeing, even if we focus on the airliner market here.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion
Replies: 357
Views: 61680

Re: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion

I've long said the 787 makes a lot of sense at IB especially for longer thin routes where they're using the 332 right now. Also, IB makes a ton of money from their MROs and being able to service other airlines Boeing fleets would be a huge plus. I'm curious if there will be a terminal shuffle and th...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia (IB) launches the A350 service to NRT
Replies: 30
Views: 6609

Re: Iberia (IB) launches the A350 service to NRT

I still think KUL could be an interesting route with all the OW connections. It would be an oddball because the O/D fares are trash, but business people connecting throughout SE Asia and Australia would definitely be all over that for a OneWorld option. Similarly a good option from SE Asia to S. Ame...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Estelar + Hi Fly: A380 on CCS-EZE route?
Replies: 34
Views: 7871

Re: Estelar + Hi Fly: A380 on CCS-EZE route?

Due to the late arrival of the plane from Europe and a restriction with A380 night ops in CCS, the flights are being rescheduled to day time operations only, as per the schedule on this link: https://twitter.com/Isaiasmajul/status/1150490672614596608 So is it actually going to land at CCS tonight? ...

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by LupineChemist
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Klax and surrounding airfields in regards to earthquakes.
Replies: 28
Views: 4466

Re: Klax and surrounding airfields in regards to earthquakes.

Will this have any impact on Mojave and their testing for space launches there?

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by LupineChemist
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin Mayor wants Emirates in Berlin
Replies: 42
Views: 6836

Re: Berlin Mayor wants Emirates in Berlin

With the IAG/LATAM JV, there's no competition on the route and fares are sky high. I'm usually very skeptical of their plan of going into saturated markets but that route definitely has some possibilities.

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by LupineChemist
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX congestion getting out of control?
Replies: 58
Views: 16402

Re: LAX congestion getting out of control?

It is probably much worse for some airlines than others - American Eagle flights notably use that godawful "Eagle's Nest" terminal with the bus connection. A couple years ago I flew into LAX several times annually for work, and the first time or two took the EUG-LAX non-stop. Often the ti...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MLB Charter Flights to London
Replies: 24
Views: 5795

Re: MLB Charter Flights to London

P4-XTL is not available for tracking on FlightAware at the "request of the owner/operator." Anyone know which London airport they're planning on? I would think STN since it has lots of parking for all the cargo ops and when you have your own private transport, the connection into the city...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 71788

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

It could be a great tool for IB to recover a lot of Africa flights and MAD still has tons of capacity. Also IB makes quite a bit from their MRO so diversifying into Boeing will help them out by servicing plenty of other airlines. Hell, if they run a big enough scale they could end up running MX for ...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is Your Favorite Wide Body Aircraft and Why?
Replies: 44
Views: 3122

Re: What is Your Favorite Wide Body Aircraft and Why?

I'll say that the 380 is by far the best passenger experience for me. Particularly on the upper deck if you get a window seat with the storage bins, even in economy. Other than that, especially in premium cabins, I'd say the actual seat and things like IFE is so much more important than the aircraft...

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by LupineChemist
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 748646

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Work on the FDR has started. https://twitter.com/bea_aero/status/1106601584262287361?s=21 Nice image from that tweet. I don't know why, but for some reasons I was expecting something more clean-room like looking :D https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D1twQb9WoAE1hli.jpg:large Also, a video clip talking abo...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India suspends Madrid and Birmingham
Replies: 44
Views: 10439

Re: Air India suspends Madrid and Birmingham

In regards to Madrid, yields must have been appalling. Air India was always the cheapest option, cheaper than all the one-stop options (EK, TK, QR, etc). Very limited business traffic between both cities. Most of their passengers (in summer) were backpackers to Delhi and some connections to Kathman...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA NYC & LAX passengers Helo service
Replies: 18
Views: 3152

Re: AA NYC & LAX passengers Helo service

I think at $200 each way it's actually pretty reasonable and viable considering a taxi is $60, especially if going at rush hour there's definitely a big enough market for rich people to avoid traffic. Especially in LA for people who can then fly to LAX and then get to the Valley without traffic.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 871
Views: 109457

Re: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021

I keep thinking about all the airports worldwide that have retrofitted their airports for the A380, or even worse completely built the airport for massive influx of A380's. They spent hundreds of millions reinforcing and widening taxiways, aprons, and runways; they built new concourses and gate are...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Likely new LEVEL destinations
Replies: 56
Views: 16578

Re: Likely new LEVEL destinations

With the JV, it might be better for IAG to route passenger to Japan via HEL or possibly have it served by JAL for higher yield from Japanese POS.

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by LupineChemist
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vueling cancels 8 destinations from BCN
Replies: 32
Views: 7969

Re: Vueling cancels 8 destinations from BCN

A real shame. This Vueling flight was one of the few options for avios in Wales. Now even less option with Flybe shifting towards VS. If there is availability on VY, the cash fare tends to be so low to make it a pretty poor value for the Avios. But if you're avios rich and without much cash, it wou...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are the routes currently flown with Airbus 340 ?
Replies: 57
Views: 6089

Re: What are the routes currently flown with Airbus 340 ?

IB still uses a ton. MAD-MEX/SCL/PTY/EZE are all run with the 340. LAX in the summer runs on the 340. They only use 340-600 now.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOG gets USA pre clearance in less than a year
Replies: 79
Views: 10688

Re: BOG gets USA pre clearance in less than a year

Could you imagine if foreign countries wanted their own border stations at US airports, we would find that unacceptable, probably. Japan border at Honolulu and LAX or every European country at JFK. Customs should be cleared at arrivals. I see absolutely no problem with Japanese border preclearance ...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is BA and VS doing on South African market?
Replies: 21
Views: 4869

Re: How is BA and VS doing on South African market?

I wonder if many oneworld flyers from the US would connect at GRU with the JJ flight. I've always had a fascination with the few S. Atlantic crossings.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy drops MXP-DEL/BOM/ORD
Replies: 61
Views: 12633

Re: Air Italy drops MXP-DEL/BOM

Honestly, credit to them. It may seem like a basket case but deploying to where they will make money as fast as possible and get cash flow running is good and being nimble and cutting things before they can accumulate losses is also a smart move. I think they will be back eventually and should work ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cold Weather Cancellations in the US
Replies: 90
Views: 11512

Re: Cold Weather Cancellations in the US

It's even getting below the freezing temperature of the fuel. It's pretty seriously cold and will be below the temperatures the systems are designed to operate at.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB to launch flights to Paris-Vatry (XCR)
Replies: 45
Views: 7678

Re: IB to launch flights to Paris-Vatry (XCR)

I'm wondering if they got a contract from a tour operator for Disneyland and are just using it to keep costs down and selling whatever extra seats they can. I mean, it could be pretty convenient for a fairly large area if you want to avoid Paris and its traffic.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB schedules 3x/daily MAD-MEX June-Oct19 all flown by A346
Replies: 27
Views: 4479

Re: IB schedules 3x/daily MAD-MEX June-Oct19 all flown by A346

Yeah, I think a 380 or two could actually do really well at IB to MEX and EZE. I always thought an ideal model would be wet lease it from BA and use IB cabin crew so you don't have the small fleet problem. But I feel like BA could use a few more themselves. But a huge capex without clarity on Brexit...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!
Replies: 64
Views: 10197

Re: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!

What is Mexican DNA anyway? The typical composition of Latin America is 40-60% Native American and rest is European, mainly Iberian. I think the marketing campaign made it so that it goes viral rather than making sure it's scientific. Yeah, this is what I was thinking and while many people in Mexic...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD Global Terminal proposals released
Replies: 102
Views: 16870

Re: ORD Global Terminal proposals released

Voted for Foster since I know some people at the firm and they do good Airport designs and need help after the Mexico City fiasco.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The business model of Finnair?
Replies: 28
Views: 5220

Re: The business model of Finnair?

Yeah, the single airframe for flights to E. Asia really lowers their costs and raises utilization rates.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD breaks its pax record
Replies: 14
Views: 2970

Re: MAD breaks its pax record

I can’t imagine that to be the case. Last years growth looks good, but there was no growth between 2007 and 2017 making it the worst performing European mega hub by far growth-wise. Also the high speed train had a major effect. The Madrid-Barcelona HSL opened in 2008. Now it takes half of the traff...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD breaks its pax record
Replies: 14
Views: 2970

Re: MAD breaks its pax record

MAD is nowhere close to its limits. It's got good geography, good weather, terminals right between two sets of parallel runways so it's relatively efficient in either configuration. The old terminal is scheduled for a remodel and T4 is easy enough to expand if they need it at minimal cost. Madrid is...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stowaway bird found on Singapore Airlines flight
Replies: 24
Views: 3882

Re: Stowaway bird found on Singapore Airlines flight

anshabhi wrote:
Actually could also be a case of bird smuggling.


It would make about as much sense as smuggling a sparrow from Europe. They are incredibly common.

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by LupineChemist
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 106
Views: 20394

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

This makes a lot of sense. I've also long said that a 787 fleet would make a ton of sense at IB, too so given the structure it could be combined.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any other non frequent flyers on here?
Replies: 47
Views: 2628

Re: Any other non frequent flyers on here?

I'm planning on quitting my job and opening something very local so my only flights will be whatever leisure time I'll be able to wrangle and probably won't have any for a year or so.

After my current job, not flying seems glorious.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Norwegian launches free WiFi on long-haul routes
Replies: 10
Views: 3036

Re: Norwegian launches free WiFi on long-haul routes

Yeah, I really just want wifi on board to be able to send basic whatsapp messages or text emails. Maybe with the occasional photo attachment and I don't care if it takes a minute to load.

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