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by Channex757
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Liam Neeson Kills Career!!
Replies: 36
Views: 1723

Re: Liam Neeson Kills Career!!

Funny how you’re all forgiving him for wanting to go out and kill a black man but people are still angry at Gibson for his anti semetic rant, where he didn’t threaten to kill anyone. Which leads to the conclusion that a Jewish life is worth more than a black persons life, or am I well off base?? “K...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Liam Neeson Kills Career!!
Replies: 36
Views: 1723

Re: Liam Neeson Kills Career!!

All I can suggest is that this has been bothering him for some time now. Holding secrets like this can actually be corrosive to the soul. As part of working through these toxic feelings he may have decided to turn it all around and tell his story, hoping that this actually does some good. When you h...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Liam Neeson Kills Career!!
Replies: 36
Views: 1723

Re: Liam Neeson Kills Career!!

I would salute his honesty. Won't make a damned bit of difference but at least he has had the balls to tell the story and say how ashamed it now makes him feel. The idiots commenting negatively on it need to stop, draw breath and look at it from a different point of view. People rejecting racism is ...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will KQ do with their returning 77W's?
Replies: 3
Views: 1836

Re: What will KQ do with their returning 77W's?

Sales are irrelevant. A quick bit of research has all three down as leased from GECAS. What could happen is TK might be interested in taking the aircraft over themselves, although that's going to be hugely complicated and requires GECAS to play along. They might, for example, be earning a much highe...

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by Channex757
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 879
Views: 141926

Re: EK considering 787 cancellation in favor of 777-9

Maybe the core issue revolves around cargo capacity. EK SkyCargo is an important part of the business. Etihad may be operating theirs successfully enough but does the EK model start causing issues with items like tyre loading and available thrust? Thrust is apparently an issue with the two engine va...

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by Channex757
Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's GE A333s
Replies: 27
Views: 5991

Re: Delta's GE A333s

If by "presumably," you mean "something that you just made up," then sure. :lol: There was a grand total of eight RR powered aircraft in DL's mainline fleet, on the day that they ordered those GE A333s. 717s had not been delivered, A339s and A359s had not been ordered. There wer...

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by Channex757
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's GE A333s
Replies: 27
Views: 5991

Re: Delta's GE A333s

Remember too DL was a huge RR customer with the TriStar fleet. Whatever the reason, Delta has a renowned maintenance capability so supporting engines isn't too difficult for them. Their alliance partners AF and KL also have shops that support the CF6-80E1 so if necessary work could be outsourced to ...

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by Channex757
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's GE A333s
Replies: 27
Views: 5991

Re: Delta's GE A333s

The GE versions with high MTOW are just more flexible all round. They can lift extra cargo or fuel, and the fuel burn on the GEs is much better. Delta presumably also wanted to ensure their fleet is not too slanted towards Rolls Royce, just as they stated when they were taking the 757. Having multi...

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by Channex757
Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's GE A333s
Replies: 27
Views: 5991

Re: Delta's GE A333s

The GE versions with high MTOW are just more flexible all round. They can lift extra cargo or fuel, and the fuel burn on the GEs is much better. Delta presumably also wanted to ensure their fleet is not too slanted towards Rolls Royce, just as they stated when they were taking the 757. Having multip...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Venezuela get a new, better flag carrier if order is restored?
Replies: 31
Views: 3301

Re: Will Venezuela get a new, better flag carrier if order is restored?

Plenty of uneducated and knee-jerk commenting going on. By the same token Ethiopian should not exist with all the famine there......? In the real world, airlines are vital. Foreign currency needs to be earned and there needs to be stable service to and from recovering countries to stimulate business...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 879
Views: 141926

Re: Emirates is exploring switching the Airbus A380 to A350

table terms on A380 engines, or Airbus wanting to shut down the A380 before Enders retires. It may be an Airbus hustle to force STC to crap or get off the pot, just like the last threat to close down the A380 production line was. My money is on the pot. EK are the only show in town at the moment fo...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most iconic livery?
Replies: 37
Views: 2999

Re: Most iconic livery?

Singapore Airlines. Even with tweaks, still timeless.

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft With The Most Intense Engine Start Up
Replies: 42
Views: 4936

Re: Aircraft With The Most Intense Engine Start Up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-CNrtQpXWs

BAC One-Eleven air starter. Absolutely classic noise and the squawk as the starter disengages is totally unique.
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Meh. Big fans are boring!

The sound of my youth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-CNrtQpXWs

BAC One-Eleven air starter. Absolutely classic noise and the squawk as the starter disengages is totally unique.

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to lease 12 new 738MAX
Replies: 47
Views: 8638

Re: WN to lease 12 new 738MAX

Doesn't it make more sense for an airline that likes to turn over it's fleet rather quickly though (like EK) rather than an airline like WN that keeps its planes for a long time? Well now we know it's not a sale and leaseback. However, lessors will give preferential rates and all sorts of sweetener...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to lease 12 new 738MAX
Replies: 47
Views: 8638

Re: WN to lease 12 new 738MAX

Isn’t sale and lease back is what airlines in financial trouble do? Depends on the lease terms, no? Lessors will give airlines like Southwest the very best rates as they are rock-solid profitable. An airline with their kind of balance sheets and history is a guaranteed place to put their money and ...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to lease 12 new 738MAX
Replies: 47
Views: 8638

Re: WN to lease 12 new 738MAX

Isn’t sale and lease back is what airlines in financial trouble do? Nope. It's also a way of making a load of money! Airlines like Ryanair and Southwest can make cash by buying cheap at the factory gate, then reselling to a lessor at a higher price. The big orders attract the biggest discounts. The...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to lease 12 new 738MAX
Replies: 47
Views: 8638

Re: WN to lease 12 new 738MAX

They could be sale and leaseback aircraft from WN's existing order book. Without further details it is possible Southwest has just concluded a financing deal with the lessor rather than it being a fresh order.

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ME3: How can you be motivated not to turn a profit?
Replies: 26
Views: 3406

Re: ME3: How can you be motivated not to turn a profit?

Etihad's reason for existence is a plan by the Emir and his people to create an airline in Abu Dhabi to rival Emirates and displace Gulf Air from AUH. They employ people and invest money to that end. Just lately this is not hitting the goals and aspirations that the holders of the funds want to see,...

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by Channex757
Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 879
Views: 141926

Re: Emirates is exploring switching the Airbus A380 to A350

It would be interesting if Airbus was to offer Emirates the plane they wanted in the first place as part of the deal. A mid-haul A350-1000 bodied aircraft with the XWB-84 powerplant. That could even justify a new model number such as A350-1200 for a lightened version with some tank capacity deleted ...

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by Channex757
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do EI planes overnight anywhere in continental Europe?
Replies: 24
Views: 6956

Re: Do EI planes overnight anywhere in continental Europe?

EI used to use at least some of their Eurofleet at night for charter work. Obviously not the high traffic routes like DUB-AGP which now sees the A333, but to destinations like Tunisia and Turkey. I've seen them turn up at 3am in Monastir.

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by Channex757
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Norwegian: my views 9 months on
Replies: 39
Views: 8869

Re: IAG Norwegian: my views 9 months on

Again this is all just Aviation Analyst type guesswork. As it stands, DY is a soup of toxic debt and anyone taking it over will need to assume all that high APR debt or refinance the entire operation. IAG has seen it from inside and couldn't run away fast enough! Why do you think they are dumping th...

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by Channex757
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Norwegian: my views 9 months on
Replies: 39
Views: 8869

Re: IAG Norwegian: my views 9 months on

What's the possibility that IAG walking away from NAS, is their way of putting pressure on NAS. By walking away IAG can find out just how desperate NAS is. If NAS asks IAG to come back to the negotiating table then it shows IAG they are becoming desperate. If NAS allows IAG to walk away without ask...

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by Channex757
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to cancel a "significant amount" of A350 Order according to Aviation Analyst
Replies: 188
Views: 51282

Re: Etihad to cancel a "significant amount" of A350 Order according to Aviation Analyst

EY is now flying the 787-10 on sectors where they would previously have used a 773ER. That must be saving them some dough. Speaking of long sectors, AUH-JFK is 5970 nmi. The advertised range of the B78X is 6430 nmi at 330 passengers. (EY's 2-class B78Xs have 336 seats; EY's 2-class B789s have 299 s...

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by Channex757
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to cancel a "significant amount" of A350 Order according to Aviation Analyst
Replies: 188
Views: 51282

Re: Etihad to cancel a "significant amount" of A350 Order according to Aviation Analyst

EY is now flying the 787-10 on sectors where they would previously have used a 773ER. That must be saving them some dough.

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by Channex757
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Emirates carry its own return catering?
Replies: 23
Views: 7996

Re: Does Emirates carry its own return catering?

It's one of those long and involved subjects. Chilled items are what I specifically mentioned as they need to be treated differently. Salads cannot be frozen after all. At LHR and MAN for instance, Emirates can have their planes fully re-catered and away in as little as 90 minutes so it's a choreogr...

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by Channex757
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Emirates carry its own return catering?
Replies: 23
Views: 7996

Re: Does Emirates carry its own return catering?

Keeping items chilled and fresh for a return leg is also a major problem. The last thing an airline wants is an outbreak of food poisoning and also soggy meals with stale bread and pastries. Ambient items can be carried over but the whole operation of catering a flight is wonderfully choreographed b...

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by Channex757
Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to cancel a "significant amount" of A350 Order according to Aviation Analyst
Replies: 188
Views: 51282

Re: Etihad to cancel a "significant amount" of A350 Order according to Aviation Analyst

I find it quite remarkable that there has not been any official word from EY..Airbus or Boeing. Especially Airbus with 62 A350s on the line. Notwithstanding they can place those frames with other carriers, it's a big chunk of their order book! The EY 773ER fleet is also getting up there in years an...

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by Channex757
Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Trip vlogger goes full time and rebrands
Replies: 2
Views: 4967

Trip vlogger goes full time and rebrands

One of YouTube's better vloggers, Paul Lucas, is rebranding his "Paul's trip Reports" channel to "Wingin' It". Paul is definitely one of the best reporters on all kinds of travel including railways but mostly aviation. It isn't me by the way! I just really enjoy his accurate, hon...

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by Channex757
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA kicks off family because of odor MIA-DET
Replies: 54
Views: 12363

Re: AA kicks off family because of odor MIA-DET

In a number of more orthodox versions of certain faiths, deodorant and anti-perspirant is considered to be the same as wearing perfume. Certainly not allowed for males. In the more strict interpretations this can go as far as stuff like detergent and fabric softener that is perfumed. It's a real min...

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by Channex757
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly A380 Operations Thread - 2019
Replies: 108
Views: 39983

Re: HiFly A380 Operations Thread - 2019

Any idea what the 2 recent flights were all about, on the 25th? 2 low level flights showing decent around Lisbon and back to Beja... were these fly by demo flights? any ideas when we'll see this bird operating for someone again, any rumours circulating? Probably training flights. ACMI operators don...

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by Channex757
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOAC and the B747
Replies: 6
Views: 2093

Re: BOAC and the B747

Was NM parked for any length of time? BOAC had industrial issues at first with crews, and as aircraft were delivered their engines were leased out to other carriers who were having problems with the JT9D. That could explain the lack of pictures, as BOAC's timetable was screwed up and they instead ma...

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by Channex757
Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350
Replies: 49
Views: 6900

Re: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350

The AirTanker difference is that the aircraft is available in small numbers for as long as the contract is placed. No need for expensive support as the contractor will take care of all that. The MRTT factor is also not compulsory. AirTanker also makes available non-tanker options, however the additi...

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by Channex757
Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350
Replies: 49
Views: 6900

Re: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350

The obvious solution would be AirTanker. A damp lease with the aircraft available for VVIP work and other Government requirements. AirTanker is an internationally owned company after all, and they could provide the Luftwaffe with the plane plus crews and training. Politics and politicians. Typically...

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by Channex757
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VH-OQA flying to Abu Dhabi, but why?
Replies: 22
Views: 5086

Re: VH-OQA flying to Abu Dhabi, but why?

What made them choose AUH for major check / refit? Have they had aircraft sent there before for major checks as I would have assumed DXB / EK partnership would have been chosen for this? It will be a combination of capability, availability of suitable hangar space and also cost. Thee AUH location w...

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by Channex757
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't McDonnell Douglas make the MD-11 a twinjet?
Replies: 19
Views: 3364

Re: Why didn't McDonnell Douglas make the MD-11 a twinjet?

They didn’t have the money. Can we please stop these threads. Why didn’t XX do this or that? This subject does have some value for discussion. It's a genuine question with some history attached to it and not the pointless repetitive guff about why x didn't order the y plane. Those are just trolling...

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by Channex757
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't McDonnell Douglas make the MD-11 a twinjet?
Replies: 19
Views: 3364

Re: Why didn't McDonnell Douglas make the MD-11 a twinjet?

This might have had the result of an MD-11 Big Twin derivative with Airbus' Hawker Siddeley expertise designing wings for them capable of carrying the big turbofans. There were after all quite advanced plans for McDD to make a twin of the DC-10 which could have killed a hefty chunk of 767 and A300 ...

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by Channex757
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Question/topic for non-Americans: American English
Replies: 27
Views: 1749

Re: Question/topic for non-Americans: American English

As an aside, this article dives into the reasons Jackie spoke in the way she did https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/2/7/14442410/jackie-kennedy-accent-natalie-portman To me (ignorant Northerner with as flat Mancunian accent) the use of "quite" in the way you describe strikes me as having sli...

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by Channex757
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't McDonnell Douglas make the MD-11 a twinjet?
Replies: 19
Views: 3364

Re: Why didn't McDonnell Douglas make the MD-11 a twinjet?

It could have been a twin. About the time the MD-11 was failing in the market for various reasons, McDD were talking to Airbus about sharing their wing technology. This might have had the result of an MD-11 Big Twin derivative with Airbus' Hawker Siddeley expertise designing wings for them capable o...

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by Channex757
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Multi-engine type fleet of same aircraft
Replies: 38
Views: 5383

Re: Multi-engine type fleet of same aircraft

Lufthansa is about to start deliveries of their next batch of NEOs with a new engine. This means they will have the CFM56 on the A319/320, the V2533 on the A321, Pratt on the A320NEO, and the LEAP on the next tranche of NEOs including the A321NEO.

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by Channex757
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Cargo will retire two more MD-11Fs later in 2019
Replies: 82
Views: 12215

Re: Lufthansa Cargo will retire two more MD-11Fs later in 2019

It is a beautiful aircraft, even with its accepted shortcomings and being a little unforgiving to fly. I am surprised the USAF didn't get on board with the MD-11 as a higher capacity tanker to complement the KC-10 fleet.

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by Channex757
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Easyjet invest in a subfleet of A220-300s?
Replies: 18
Views: 3214

Re: Should Easyjet invest in a subfleet of A220-300s?

JetBlue is jetblue. A different type of operation in many respects serving a different market where there is a demand for that smaller aircraft. It isn't a case of right or wrong; it's recognising that Easyjet and Ryanair have followed the Southwest model which has kept them making money from lower ...

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by Channex757
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Easyjet invest in a subfleet of A220-300s?
Replies: 18
Views: 3214

Re: Should Easyjet invest in a subfleet of A220-300s?

Same as Southwest which was discussed here not long ago. One aircraft type, one engine family. That is what has kept Easyjet and Southwest in the black. It certainly works for Ryanair too. The A220 would mean a completely different aircraft and engine, with all the added costs of that. Keeping it si...

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by Channex757
Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JAL takes delivery of its 1st Airbus (A350)
Replies: 183
Views: 15086

Re: JAL announces first A350 route

Eyad89 wrote:
I remember when Airbus proposed the 74k engine for the regional A350, is that what JAL’s getting?

Now we have 2 airlines with the regional A350 (SQ and JAL), do we have others?

The Aer Lingus order was for the Regional variant, although IAG may have changed it since it was placed.

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by Channex757
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain plans to sink a B747
Replies: 50
Views: 13107

Re: Bahrain plans to sink a B747

Lots of places use large metal structures as the framework for underwater features such as a new reef or dive trainer. With Sharm el Sheik being off the lists for many dive schools, Bahrain is doing this at just the right time. A secure location with year-round fine weather and ease of access from a...

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by Channex757
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF wants to take things up a notch, focus more on premium cabins than Y
Replies: 50
Views: 9520

Re: AF wants to take things up a notch, focus more on premium cabins than Y

AF needs to get the basics right first. To me the biggest is cleanliness. Far too often we see reviews and travel blogs showing how cabins are filthy and well overdue deep cleaning. If a passenger (especially high ticket ones) has to sit in a filthy seat then they won't come back when they have a ch...

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by Channex757
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Speedlimit on the autobahn?
Replies: 73
Views: 4942

Re: Speedlimit on the autobahn?

I would say that at least in in western US 70 mph is the standard speed limit outside congested areas, and most people are driving only a little faster - say 74, or about 124 kph. Lane discipline is not perfect, but I would grade it a B+. Montana and other sparsely populated states may have higher ...

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by Channex757
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS to get A321LR
Replies: 40
Views: 12221

Re: SAS to get A321LR

I am thinking along the lines of high density seating with a Lufthansa-BA-AF type convertible front section. SK does not have the luxury of trying to play to the tablecloth and chintz image of flying any more when Norwegian and others are eating their lunch. They need aircraft that are workhorses in...

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by Channex757
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS to get A321LR
Replies: 40
Views: 12221

Re: SAS to get A321LR

Scandinavia to the Canaries. That's a routing that immediately comes to mind; offering full payload from northern departure points. Places like Hurghada and maybe even as far out as the Gulf could also be served.

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by Channex757
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How has long haul airline travel changed since the late 90s?
Replies: 14
Views: 2071

Re: How has long haul airline travel changed since the late 90s?

For the USA, a better comparison would be forty years. President Carter was in office and deregulation was the theme of the day. That's when the race to cut fares and add services really got going.

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by Channex757
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 140188

Re: Rumor: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

There were also some rather beautiful tails on PIA for a while; a region-based scheme connected to provinces of Pakistan. Again they didn't last long and logo tails were brought back.

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