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by PPVLC
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Telegraph article: "Is this the beginning of the end for the world's biggest passenger plane?" (=A380)
Replies: 61
Views: 16586

Re: The Telegraph article: "Is this the beginning of the end for the world's biggest passenger plane?" (=A380)

Just for the record, after decades as an aviation professional and having experienced most of the VLAs available I think the A-380 is a superb plane for the passenger, I'm not discussing economics or any other matter, just the passenger experience: the 380 is spacious, smooth and quiet, even on Y. F...

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by PPVLC
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Telegraph article: "Is this the beginning of the end for the world's biggest passenger plane?" (=A380)
Replies: 61
Views: 16586

Re: The end of the A380?

One thing is true, when planning my travels I go out of my way to fly the A380, it's a superb plane and I hope to see it around for a long time.

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by PPVLC
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hef's plane
Replies: 33
Views: 9728

Re: Hef's plane

In the TV area it looks like it had a quadruplex tape player (a $$ VCR circa 1969). Look how huge the tape is. Also LOL at Heffner's light box for viewing slides. And the 35mm projector with movie screen. It hardly makes any sense in a DC-9. The meat plates being piled high looks weird. Hef was liv...

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by PPVLC
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Part 4 - KLM from Beijing to London via Amsterdam - B787-9 & ERJ190
Replies: 8
Views: 8427

Re: Part 4 - KLM from Beijing to London via Amsterdam - B787-9 & ERJ190

Thank you for sharing your impressions. My last KLM flight was on a 747 Combi, not sure I will fly them again

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by PPVLC
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest passenger forcibly removed from flight with pet allergy
Replies: 195
Views: 15822

Re: Southwest removes passenger with pet allergy

Anyone with "life threatening " allergies need to seriously think about being on public transport. Sounds like some possible mental impairment also on the part of the "Professor" Exactly! If the allergy is so serious the person shouldn't be on public transport, it's not viable t...

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by PPVLC
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS pilot taken with high alcohol level - must meet in court
Replies: 20
Views: 4319

Re: SAS pilot taken with high alcohol level - must meet in court

Funny how on this site, pilots get so much leeway and sympathy. Already here, we see comments like "poor guy" ... and " well, he has a problem and lets all hope and pray he gets help for it" What a bunch of hypocrites ... simply because he's an aviation "professional" ...

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by PPVLC
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Onboard Bearskin Airlines' Metroliner - Thunder Bay to Winnipeg via Sioux Lookout and Red Lake
Replies: 14
Views: 4228

Re: Onboard Bearskin Airlines' Metroliner - Thunder Bay to Winnipeg via Sioux Lookout and Red Lake

Nice report, thank you. I can assure you I will never fly the Metro, that minuscule cabin gives me the creeps, I can't even imagine myself in such small space. Me either I have no desire to fly on a "San Antonio Sewer Pipe" I fail to understand how such a small cabin could ever be designed

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by PPVLC
Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Onboard Bearskin Airlines' Metroliner - Thunder Bay to Winnipeg via Sioux Lookout and Red Lake
Replies: 14
Views: 4228

Re: Onboard Bearskin Airlines' Metroliner - Thunder Bay to Winnipeg via Sioux Lookout and Red Lake

Nice report, thank you. I can assure you I will never fly the Metro, that minuscule cabin gives me the creeps, I can't even imagine myself in such small space.

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by PPVLC
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bed ridden injured passengers on commercial flights
Replies: 9
Views: 3304

Re: Bed ridden injured passengers on commercial flights

I remember two flights, both 737-200. Some rows at the back would be blocked, the stretcher was quickly fitted and curtained off. Both passengers were going for urgent treatment somewhere else and didn't need anything from us as they were accompanied by doctors/nurses.

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by PPVLC
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The best/worst looking airliner?
Replies: 55
Views: 4826

Re: The best/worst looking airliner?

Best looking ever 707, followed by VC-10, Caravelle, 727-200 and A340-500.
Worst: 757 followed by the 737 all series, ugly outside, uncomfortable inside ( I must confess I have an issue with the 737, nasty little thing) .

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by PPVLC
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When did you fly on your first 737 and A320?
Replies: 67
Views: 2878

Re: When did you fly on your first 737 and A320?

My first 737 was in 1986, my first A320 was a LH CGN-FCO in 1990

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by PPVLC
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?
Replies: 125
Views: 5652

Re: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?

My first flight was on a Varig Electra, registration PP-VLC. Years later my first instruction flight as a FA was on the very same plane, PP-VLC that was still flying. Beat that ;)

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by PPVLC
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oldest passenger aircraft in svc - Telegraph
Replies: 27
Views: 6061

Re: Oldest passenger aircraft in svc - Telegraph

gosh this thread made me feel old

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by PPVLC
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Pax Claims They Were Forced To Sit In Urine
Replies: 25
Views: 4865

Re: BA Pax Claims They Were Forced To Sit In Urine

Such a simple problem for the FA to solve and she clearly didn't want to play nice. Anyway, I don't know what's worse, to sit on a puddle of wee or to argue with an underpaid BA attendant...

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by PPVLC
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair - new livery
Replies: 31
Views: 6273

Re: Loganair - new livery

It's a good livery, not really revolutionary but good. When I think they could have painted the whole plane bright yellow or some other obnoxious scheme just to look modern I start liking it even more. Loganair's logo is not visible enough though. The uniforms belong to one of those vintage aviation...

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by PPVLC
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first L1011/DC-10/MD-11 flight(s)
Replies: 87
Views: 4336

Re: Your first L1011/DC-10/MD-11 flight(s)

As an ex Varig you can imagine I flew the DC-10s and MD-11s a lot but I clearly remember that my first DC-10 flight was GRU-EZE, and my first MD-11 was GRU-CDG. I've never had the opportunity to fly the L1011, BA used to fly them to GRU and I even visited one but never got to fly on that beautiful m...

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by PPVLC
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoking in the airline industry
Replies: 49
Views: 11808

Re: Smoking in the airline industry

I've never smoked but I felt sorry for my colleagues when the ban started, some escaped to the cockpit for a ciggy, some resorted to patches and chewing gums, they all looked desperate on long haul flights. One thing is true, I'm glad smoking in planes is something from the past, I had two fire inci...

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by PPVLC
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 11539

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

A bit off topic I'm sorry, but I must confess that it took me a long time to find the DC8 beautiful. I always thought the 707 was perfect in design terms and the DC8 was a bit out of proportion, lately I started "understanding" its lines and my opinion changed.

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by PPVLC
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA closing its GRU crew base
Replies: 36
Views: 8002

Re: BA closing its GRU crew base

What emergencies? How could quality of service be affected? If you look at EK, they have multinational staff based on out of DXB. Can't all crew be based out of BA hubs? Portuguese speaking crew for any eventual emergency that might happen on board, as well as being able to communicate with passeng...

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by PPVLC
Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA closing its GRU crew base
Replies: 36
Views: 8002

Re: BA closing its GRU crew base

32andBelow wrote:
Why would British airways need crew bases in South America? Dumb dumb.



Well, they had them for more than thirty years, probably if they had asked your advice before they would have never opened them...

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by PPVLC
Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA closing its GRU crew base
Replies: 36
Views: 8002

Re: BA closing its GRU crew base

After EZE, now GRU crews got the axe. I wonder how this will affect the quality of BA services and eventual emergencies. What emergencies? How could quality of service be affected? If you look at EK, they have multinational staff based on out of DXB. Can't all crew be based out of BA hubs? Portugue...

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by PPVLC
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA closing its GRU crew base
Replies: 36
Views: 8002

BA closing its GRU crew base

After EZE, now GRU crews got the axe. I wonder how this will affect the quality of BA services and eventual emergencies.

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by PPVLC
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are you choosing not to travel to the USA?
Replies: 56
Views: 3945

Re: Are you choosing not to travel to the USA?

Yes, I'm choosing not to travel to the US, been there many times, had fun, good memories and that's it. Too much hassle now, I'd rather go somewhere else thank you very much.

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by PPVLC
Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Names of cabin classes, past and present, different languages
Replies: 24
Views: 1828

Re: Names of cabin classes, past and present, different languages

Back in the days when I was flying, VARIG had Premium Class (P) for long haul wide-bodies; First Class ou Primeira Classe (F); Executiva(S), and Economica (Y). There was a big difference between P and F btw.

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by PPVLC
Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst Liveries?
Replies: 34
Views: 3458

Re: Worst Liveries?

ChrisKen wrote:
This heap of ancient turd
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I agree on that, some bare metal liveries can look good on certain planes but on AA's 747 it looked simply brutalist.

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by PPVLC
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA releases worst safety video ever?
Replies: 115
Views: 17437

Re: BA releases worst safety video ever?

unfunny and slow like two slugs having sex . :lol: I do love Gordon Ramsay so that part I liked, I thought the director guy had his moments, and the Mr. Bean part was, of course, spot on. I'd probably find it more funny if I knew the other people better. I'll agree with most though, not bad, but no...

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by PPVLC
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA releases worst safety video ever?
Replies: 115
Views: 17437

Re: BA releases worst safety video ever?

unfunny and slow like two slugs having sex.

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by PPVLC
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Emirates to select the B787-9 and B787-10
Replies: 51
Views: 15270

Re: Rumor: Emirates to select the B787-9 and B787-10

StrategicAero must be very happy with the number of clicks they got.

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by PPVLC
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of SAA's A340's?
Replies: 29
Views: 6974

Re: Future of SAA's A340's?

Bricktop wrote:
I know some aren't fans of the looks of the A346, but in SA's livery it is one of my favorite looking birds.



It's a beautiful bird, I could say the A345 is even more beautiful because of its proportions but the A346 is really impressive- and comfortable too

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by PPVLC
Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BA's domestic services so limited?
Replies: 33
Views: 7116

Re: Why is BA's domestic services so limited?

Country is not that small. train fares are ridiculously expensive and train journeys can be long. Also it's all about London, if you're in Glasgow and you want to go to Newcastle you need to connect in London. End of rant.

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by PPVLC
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: $4000+ cash stolen in EK First on CDG-DXB
Replies: 67
Views: 11227

Re: $4000+ cash stolen in EK First on CDG-DXB

It happens and €2674 is not that much. This kind of theft has happened before and I doubt this will be the last time, the only surprise is that it happened in such "exclusive" environment. Btw, I've never been robbed in Rio, but had to run for dear life in New York and got mugged in Amster...

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by PPVLC
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Closest major airports
Replies: 29
Views: 3133

Re: Closest major airports

GRU and CGH around 23 miles

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by PPVLC
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX cabin noise levels?
Replies: 36
Views: 10488

Re: B737MAX cabin noise levels?

Being privileged with free flying at AA, I get to sample some of the world's finest aircraft. The 737-800 is somewhat noisy, especially up front, but well within tolerance. My guess is that engine noise will be quieter on takeoff and landing in the MAX over the NG, but overall wind noise will remai...

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by PPVLC
Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders
Replies: 264
Views: 75234

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders

Final Breakdown of orders/commitments ... Zagros Airlines 20 x A320neo, 8 x A330neo (MOU) ... it's Zagrosjet not Zagros Airlines. I think you're confusing yourself now! :spin: Zagros Airlines of Iran have signed the MOU for A320neos and A330neos. http://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/201...

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by PPVLC
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders
Replies: 264
Views: 75234

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders

Final Breakdown of orders/commitments GECAS 100 x A320/321neo (order) ALC 12 x A321neo(order) Viva Air 15 x A320ceo, 35 x A320neo (MOU) Ethiopian 10 x A350-900 (previously listed as undisclosed) CDB Aviation 30 x A320neo, 15 x A321neo (MOU) Delta 10 x A321ceo (order) Hifly 2 x A330-200 (order) Wizz...

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by PPVLC
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders
Replies: 264
Views: 75234

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders

Final Breakdown of orders/commitments GECAS 100 x A320/321neo (order) ALC 12 x A321neo(order) Viva Air 15 x A320ceo, 35 x A320neo (MOU) Ethiopian 10 x A350-900 (previously listed as undisclosed) CDB Aviation 30 x A320neo, 15 x A321neo (MOU) Delta 10 x A321ceo (order) Hifly 2 x A330-200 (order) Wizz...

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by PPVLC
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders
Replies: 264
Views: 75234

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders

Someone83 wrote:
anshabhi wrote:
Mind you, this is an Iraqi Airline.


Iran, not Iraq



Zagrosjet is Iraqi with headquarters in Erbil, Kurdistan. Zagros Airlines is Iranian, headquarters in Tehran.

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by PPVLC
Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707 Fleet Tracking & Retirements Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 5201

Re: 707 Fleet Tracking & Retirements Thread

I almost missed the 707's because they were quickly getting phased out by the time I started flying but I'm glad I still managed to work on that wonderful plane. IMHO it's the most beautiful jet ever built, I'm happy to see there are still so many of them still flying.

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by PPVLC
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Think the new China Eastern livery is bad? It gets even worse.
Replies: 49
Views: 14021

Re: Think the new China Eastern livery is bad? It gets even worse.

I can't understand how China, a coutry with a gigantic heritage of culture and art fails to deliver something as simple as an airline livery.

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by PPVLC
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing admits 747 has no future as a pax model
Replies: 166
Views: 30106

Re: Boeing admits 747 has no future as a pax model

I'm sure many here who are saying the 747 is not that great never had to opportunity to fly one either as passenger or crew. The 747 is a SUPERB aircraft.
A dystopian future with airports full of boring twinjets awaits. We are doomed.

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by PPVLC
Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian captain flys with his 19 year old son on revenue flight.
Replies: 102
Views: 19215

Re: Norwegian captain flys with his 19 year old son on revenue flight.

Why would they need to defend a qualified, type-rated, employed pilot doing his job? Sorry but a 19 year old hardly has the maturity to be second in command of 150+ individuals. Is this the best Norwegian can hire? Do you really think that Norwegian hired someone without proper qualifications to pi...

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by PPVLC
Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X A330neo to feature 440 seats
Replies: 64
Views: 13554

Re: AirAsia X A330neo to feature 440 seats

How many lavatories?

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by PPVLC
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Attendant shaking hands with all passengers
Replies: 38
Views: 8146

Re: Flight Attendant shaking hands with all passengers

I had the odd passenger shaking my hand after a flight, I think they wanted to express how much they enjoyed the experience and I'm glad they felt like doing it but I don't personally think it would be appropriate for a FA to go around distributing handshakes to their passengers, it can be sometimes...

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by PPVLC
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Four British airports are among the worst 10 in the world
Replies: 53
Views: 9636

Re: Four British airports are among the worst 10 in the world

This is a bogus list/survey, we shouldn't pay attention to it. Before I forget, not includind SDU in the scenic airports of the world shows how dodgy this list is.

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by PPVLC
Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Actress Jennifer Lawrence's private plane suffers dual engine failure
Replies: 71
Views: 23308

Re: Actress Jennifer Lawrence's private plane suffers dual engine failure

SalmaHareb wrote:
I think private planes are highly risk and dangerous compared to flying in commercial.. The accident chances are high due to lack of safety features and inefficient pilots. Anyway thank god for saving such a wonderful actress.


gosh, did you really say that??

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by PPVLC
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern to serve "3 to 5 destinations each in South America and Africa within the next 5 years", talk about AA
Replies: 15
Views: 3926

Re: China Southern to serve "3 to 5 destinations each in South America and Africa within the next 5 years", talk about A

I dont see China Southern opening more than 3 South American routes. They are very long to do non stop and the only large enough market would think is GRU which in its current economic situation will struggle also. Where else? EZE? LIM? SCL? Also issues with BOG being high altitude making it a diff...

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by PPVLC
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern to serve "3 to 5 destinations each in South America and Africa within the next 5 years", talk about AA
Replies: 15
Views: 3926

Re: China Southern to serve "3 to 5 destinations each in South America and Africa within the next 5 years", talk about A

NichCage wrote:
A Brazil service would be a one stop, but with a recovered market could work. South Africa would be direct as there is most likely a good market.



Well, South Africa would be non stop for geographical reasons, not because of a good market. GRU- JNB- China would make sense.

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by PPVLC
Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Similar liveries-Just a coincidence?
Replies: 33
Views: 3404

Re: Similar liveries-Just a coincidence?

Back in the day of cheating lines on liveries one could find lots of similarities around.

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