On their Shuttle service (London to Manchester, Glasgow or Edinburgh) the seating is all Economy, 3+3. On their European routes there are Club Europe seats which are also 3+3 but with what looks like more legroom, possibly better seats and presumably you get a better service. Have a look at the seat...Jump to post
The economy class I was referring to is on the return trip on a 747. At £2300 return it still seems very cheap, considering the one-way fare for Concorde is up to £3500. If the outward flight is on a scheduled BA Concorde then I guess it's the usual level of cabin service. But it's the departure tim...Jump to post
Thanks, Stretch 8. The trip I have in mind is on a BA Concorde but it departs an hour before the scheduled flight so I think it might be a charter - unless the scheduled departure time is an hour earlier in September. You certainly get to use the Concorde lounge at Heathrow and get a "champagne brea...Jump to post
Trying not to count my chickens before they're hatched but... Can any of you who've flown Concorde tell me what differences there are between the service you get on a scheduled Concorde flight and the service you get on one of those special charters, where you fly Concorde one way only and return, e...Jump to post
I agree with CV-990 about cargo planes, especially the oddities like the Super Guppy, An-124 and I've even seen a Guppy version of a CL-44 (which was itself based on the Bristol Britannia, I believe). My guess about the C-5 is that the few operators who absolutely MUST have a gigantic transport airc...Jump to post
Channel Air Bridge: Bristol Freighter British Eagle: Bristol Britannia Caledonian Airways: Bristol Britannia Royal Air Force: Bristol Britannia, VC-10 BEA: Trident, BAC-111, Vanguard, Viscount BA: Trident, B-737-400, B-757, B-767, A-320 Lufthansa: B-737-100 (maybe it was a 200) Swissair: A-320 KLM: ...Jump to post
So let me see if I've got this straight. I've just about come to terms with the fact that you've got: a 300 which looks like a 200 with a stretched upper deck, a 400 which looks like a 300 with winglets, a 400F which looks like a 400 without the stretched upper deck (or a 200 with winglets) and now ...Jump to post
I agree, Mirage. I'd like to see Boeing and Airbus continue to produce airliners in equal numbers. In fact I wish there were more - monopolies and dominant suppliers don't help anyone but themselves. That's why most of us are stuck with Wintel computer systems and VHS video recorders in spite of the...Jump to post
I read a book once (with pictures) by a former airline pilot who suggested saying you had special dietry requirements when you buy your ticket, e.g. say you need a salt-free meal and take your own salt with you. He reckoned the special meals tended to be of a better quality than the rest of them. I'...Jump to post
After years of flying in turboprops, my first jet flight was in a Cathay Pacific CV-880 from Singapore to Kai Tak via Bangkok in 1969. My next flight was my only VC-10 flight, Kai Tak to RAF Brize Norton in the UK and, due to some industrial dispute by British Airways ground crew, I managed to fly i...Jump to post
83 flights that I'm sure of plus maybe a couple more. Like some others on this board, I was too young to remember my first flight but I know it was in a Bristol Freighter for a short hop across the English Channel in 1960 with our car and cat on board. I didn't keep any detailed records like reg. nu...Jump to post
I'd go for any high-brightness personal screen so I can look out the window when I feel like it and not have to shut the blinds. I can see a film any time but the outside view is happening "now". There's also the advantage of greater personal viewing choice, of course.Jump to post
I agree in principle with Flytime though I might have phrased it differently :) But the one thing that comes out time and time again in these discussions is that people on this forum are interested in lots of different aspects of civil aviation and none of the contributors is in a position to decide...Jump to post
I can't say BA's among the best because there are so many airlines I haven't flown with but they're AMONG the best I have flown with. Let me put this way, I've experienced some as good and some much worse within the UK and Europe. And if you've got the time and the inclination, L1011, someone might ...Jump to post
Perhaps he was worried they might have been those trendy laser pointers which can dazzle quite badly if shone into someone's eyes. There have been stories of idiots shining them into the eyes of car drivers with potentially fatal results. They've also been used to distract soccer players by supporte...Jump to post
At least you got two civilised answers, FlyF15.
I flew on 4 Northwest DC-10s in 1988, PIK-BOS, BOS-JFK and back again. I didn't notice which version they were - if anyone knows offhand from the info above I'd be grateful if they'd let me know but I won't hold my breath.
SashA, L-188 & L1011: Well said - you saved me a lot of typing. If this forum becomes too strict I might as well just stick to the others I use from time to time. I have also participated on the CNN board and it's a completely different ball game - forums (fori? fora?) like that and Airliners.net co...Jump to post
I agree with Spud - why take chances? But I would like to know just how much evidence there is that passengers' electronic equipment can cause problems. I'm not suggesting anything, I'd genuinely like to know. I'd love to be able to video take-offs and landings and listen to my airband radio during ...Jump to post
Yes, very funny - I'd like to have seen your faces if you'd been on that flight.
According to the BBC website, the tape is always sitting ready to go and they reckon a passenger started it running as a "prank". I hope they find out who it was and throw the book at them.
A couple of years ago I was flying back from JFK to Glasgow, via Brussels, on a Sabena A-340 and about an hour out of JFK the FAs went round and closed all the shades. It was about midnight local time and it was crystal clear outside. The stars were much brighter at that altitude so you could see mo...Jump to post
HF... I must find out more about that from you some time. I've used a Sony "world" radio (SSB) to pick up a few ATC conversations from the other side of the Atlantic (the west side) and once from India but it's very hit and miss and only at night (something to do with the ionosphere, I believe).
That's the one. The details are hazy in my mind but it was that type of aircraft. Because of the design, once the intakes had started to buckle, the nose was going to follow eventually!
Maybe they were working on a fighter which could turn itself inside-out and do a 180 on the spot.
This is really a continuation of the "More Trivia Answers" topic but as we seemed to have moved away from the movie subject I thought I'd better start a new one. My cousin did tell me about an early jet engine which was sent over to the USA for trials. The British engineers asked about the strength ...Jump to post
Nice idea about the gliders but I certainly wouldn't want to be in one when it was picked up! I take your point about inside of a jet engine being a harsher environment but the "engine" people were still apparently aware of the potentially catastrophic effects of continually applying and releasing s...Jump to post
I had a second cousin who was an engineer with de Havilland and BAC during and after the war. Sadly he died a couple of years ago, in his eighties. He worked on the first jet engines and knew Sir Frank Whittle. He told me that the people working on jet engines were very aware of metal fatigue and we...Jump to post
Like 767, I also heard the other day that BA were to introduce private CABINS in First Class (not to be confused with big, comfy, secluded seats - they already have those). I was hoping to find out more about it here but I guess 767 is the only other person so far to have heard of it. Any confirmati...Jump to post
I have FS98 now but I still have an old version for the Amiga from when it was produced by SubLogic. Um... don't use it much these days. FS98 is the main reason I got a PC recently. I do the "serious" stuff on the Amiga and run games and FS98 on the PC (OK, Excel too). Kind of ironic to anyone who's...Jump to post