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by dredgy
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Enters North Korea
Replies: 95
Views: 5029

Re: Trump Enters North Korea

https://www.foxnews.com/world/trump-kim-will-meet-at-dmz-on-sunday-south-koreas-leader-says I no other POTUS has been able to pull this off, and he entered North Korea To be fair, Kim would've killed to meet Obama. A meeting with the US President gives him legitimacy, which is why no sitting US Pre...

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by dredgy
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest unserved city pairs due to politics
Replies: 70
Views: 7311

Re: Largest unserved city pairs due to politics

I can assure you that masses do not travel between TLV and DMM, RUH, JED, DOH or DXB. P2P traffic maybe not so much (though should be plenty of traffic between the Arab states and the West Bank, which has no airport so would necessitate a stop there). However DOH/DXB-TLV would see a lot of traffic ...

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by dredgy
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PY to replace A340 with B777
Replies: 47
Views: 13565

Re: PY to replace A340 with B777

Remember seeing it in Paramaribo, beautiful aircraft. A340s going faster than I can book flights on them!

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by dredgy
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread
Replies: 476
Views: 130249

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread

i would expect some order of the xlr from AY, SK, and why not TP and maybe even BT that could be positioned to be a small hub in the baltics. of course these orders can happen anytime during the year. TP will probably also get some A321XLR but probably it would be a new order or by a lessor TAP wou...

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by dredgy
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread
Replies: 476
Views: 130249

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread

OK, with a grain of salt as I am not able to find something else. 40x A350-1000 order for LowCostAsia. Never heard of them, never seen them. https://twitter.com/AirwaysLow/status/1141378589897740288 #airlinesmanager Wehave just passed at #PAS19 one of the largest orders in the history of our compan...

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by dredgy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?
Replies: 20
Views: 3501

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Curious, does this really help underwater biodiversity? I do see the tourism aspect but I am concerned about pollution. Generally, yes. Especially with coral reefs around the world in such decline, artificial reefs are proving important. THey are usually cleaned of anything toxic before being dumpe...

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by dredgy
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 23533

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

I understand about retrofitting, and I understand about the majority of passengers not caring about all the fine details. But what about those who pay for Business and First class? Aren't they usually attracted with the latest bells and whistles? Nobody flying on BA in business has lofty expectatio...

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by dredgy
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you choose Exit Row over Window?
Replies: 22
Views: 1895

Re: Would you choose Exit Row over Window?

Whatever has an empty seat next to me. I don’t usually find exit rows to be much more comfortable than normal economy seats when it comes to sleeping, and if it’s a bulkhead seat it’s often more uncomfortable (IE stowed in seat etc). On a short haul flight I’d take the extra legroom. If I can get a ...

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by dredgy
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Oman Air Uniform
Replies: 4
Views: 1408

Re: New Oman Air Uniform

What was the old one? First time I flew Oman AIr was like 6 years ago and I could swear the uniforms were the same.

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by dredgy
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 297
Views: 51656

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

I would think that ET would be flying to MRU if they were allowed to. Are there any sources for this? Why would MRU keep ET out when KQ flies there? Nothing firm: https://www.thereporterethiopia.com/article/ethiopian-launch-ten-new-destinations-six-months “We are still waiting to secure landing per...

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by dredgy
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 297
Views: 51656

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Comoros service was planned to start last year, but never came. Ethiopian Airlines however has a nice presence there, and it will be difficult for MK to have a good share of Asia traffic. However, MK was the preferred partner for the establishment of a national carrier for the Comoros. MK could hav...

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by dredgy
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Iran Air capable of ME3/Turkish style expansion
Replies: 18
Views: 2240

Re: Iran Air capable of ME3/Turkish style expansion

No, because why would they want to be? In a scenario where Iran Air is able to acquire more aircraft for expansion (sanctions lifted) Iran will likely have liberalised to a degree and a stable US government will have to be in place. Iran is not like Qatar or the UAE with small populations that need ...

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by dredgy
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your dream aviation trip?
Replies: 15
Views: 1164

Re: What is your dream aviation trip?

I've often looked at this, but so far never done it. Crossing the Pacific always seemed to be a challenge, but with Southwest now flying to Hawaii that gap has been filled for a bit. I could take AirAsia from Japan to Hawaii and then Southwest further on from Hawaii to mainland USA. Probably the ch...

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by dredgy
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your dream aviation trip?
Replies: 15
Views: 1164

Re: What is your dream aviation trip?

My dream aviation trip would be an RTW flight, with at least on the 747, either the -400 or the 8I (which I've never flown on before), flying to all 6 continents. It would cost a bomb, though... I did it last year, not insanely priced at all. I eventually flew business class, which was $5500AUD, bu...

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by dredgy
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you could log any ten aircraft / airline combos, what would they be???
Replies: 24
Views: 2734

Re: If you could log any ten aircraft / airline combos, what would they be???

⋅ A340-600 South African Airways (never flown an A340, though am booked on both Air Mauritius and 2x SAA A340-300s this year, hope one gets upgauged. ⋅ Air Astana 757, though think I’ve missed the boat on that one. Never flown a 757. ⋅ British Airways A318 ⋅ ...

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by dredgy
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot Expense Policies
Replies: 36
Views: 4976

Re: Pilot Expense Policies

On international airlines (unsure about US) accommodations are usually pretty good. For pilots, 5 star accommodation is often a contractual requirement. For flight attendants high quality hotels are still usually the norm. I worked for Accor for a while and most airlines that flew to our city had cr...

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by dredgy
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is it safe to book on Asiana Airlines? Will they go belly up?
Replies: 14
Views: 2480

Re: Is it safe to book on Asiana Airlines? Will they go belly up?

I just spent $10k on tickets on SAA so just think - it could be worse.

But just make sure your insurer covers insolvency.

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by dredgy
Mon May 27, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favourite 737 generation?
Replies: 35
Views: 2556

Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Generally dislike the 737 so I'll say the ones I haven't flown are my favourites: -500 & -600 (and Max)

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by dredgy
Mon May 27, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 366
Views: 65184

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

The air service will be underwritten by the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley, the Kununurra tourism and business industry and the Department of Regional Development. Also mentioned is that the aircraft type is F70 and the flight duration is four hours. I saw that,still expecting the biggest market w...

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by dredgy
Mon May 27, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Loyalty Programs Be Based on Spend Only?
Replies: 32
Views: 2562

Re: Should Loyalty Programs Be Based on Spend Only?

There's lots of different factors, but I do not believe the amount of money spent is a good way to run a loyalty program. All depends on balance though. For starters, it's a loyalty program, so it should be designed to attract long term loyalty and be profitable in the long term. I think people are ...

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by dredgy
Sun May 26, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tap Air Portugal To Start Lisbon-Banjul
Replies: 35
Views: 7056

Re: Tap Air Portugal To Start Lisbon-Banjul

What happened to their announced Nouakchott service? I was very keen for that. Iberia-Africa (even non-Portuguese Africa) is fairly healthy vfr wise, and rest of the traffic likely to be picked up from France, UK. Africans have spread quite far in Europe. Gambia is a bit of a tourist market too (lik...

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by dredgy
Sat May 25, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 366
Views: 65184

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

https://thewest.com.au/travel/air-aviat ... 881210949z


Look forward to seeing those airfares.
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waoz1 wrote:
QQ/VA to Launch seasonal Melbourne - Kununurra flights in 2020

https://thewest.com.au/travel/air-aviat ... 881210949z


Look forward to seeing those airfares.

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by dredgy
Sat May 25, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest & shortest flights
Replies: 78
Views: 5652

Re: Your longest & shortest flights

Shortest I have no idea - probably Hervey Bay to Brisbane on a regularly scheduled flight, that comes in under half hour usually I think. Have done some island hoppers about that length too. Longest is definitively Sydney to Delhi on Air India at over 13 hours. Plenty in the 11-12 hour range (BNE/SY...

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by dredgy
Mon May 20, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 24329

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

Some parts of the UK refer to dinner or a small meal as "tea" but that's a bit of a stretch in this case as it's just a scone so it's neither, tea or a meal. The phrase "tea" is also used to refer to the evening meal, as well as "teatime". However, not everyone in the ...

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by dredgy
Sun May 19, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your favorite airplane as a passenger?
Replies: 41
Views: 2398

Re: What is your favorite airplane as a passenger?

Mine is probably illogical, I really like the BAe-146 or Boeimg 717. But I fly QantasLink a lot so probably Stockholm syndrome. A380 was a disappointment to me, as I (upper deck, Lufthansa, business class) found it very loud and quite difficult to sleep compared to the 747-8 (also upper deck, Luftha...

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by dredgy
Sat May 18, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue switches from Coke to Pepsi
Replies: 193
Views: 21520

Re: JetBlue switches from Coke to Pepsi

Back in the day I used to work at a hotel that only served Pepsi products. Since rum and coke is such a popular order I’d never tell anybody and not a single person out of tens of thousands ever tasted the difference. However if you say “I’ve only got Pepsi” and they’re like “fine then” then the co...

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by dredgy
Fri May 17, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue switches from Coke to Pepsi
Replies: 193
Views: 21520

Re: JetBlue switches from Coke to Pepsi

I’ll take a whiskey and coke please! Oh, you only have Pepsi? Guess I’ll just take whiskey. Back in the day I used to work at a hotel that only served Pepsi products. Since rum and coke is such a popular order I’d never tell anybody and not a single person out of tens of thousands ever tasted the d...

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by dredgy
Mon May 13, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Points Plane
Replies: 9
Views: 2633

Re: Qantas Points Plane

Hope they find a point redemption ticket on the way back or those one way cash fares are going to be pretty expensive... They do have a return flight as well, albeit on a smaller plane. But one way tickets Japan to Australia aren't that expensive. Looking for return flights a week after the poitns ...

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by dredgy
Mon May 13, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you ever get nervous about flying solo to a communist country?
Replies: 36
Views: 2784

Re: Do you ever get nervous about flying solo to a communist country?

North Korea is likely the safest place you'll ever visit (though if you're American, your government bans you from visiting anyway). Everything is *extremely* clearly laid out (though Young Pioneer Tours do have a reputation for being a bit lax). It's also one of the most touristy places I've ever v...

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by dredgy
Sun May 12, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The best steakhouse at Las Vegas, USA?
Replies: 25
Views: 2447

Re: The best steakhouse at Las Vegas, USA?

Gordon Ramsay Steak in Paris.
Is overpriced because of the name (not a michelin experience), but is seriously good steak.

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by dredgy
Thu May 09, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc Casablanca to Beijing
Replies: 27
Views: 4395

Re: Royal Air Maroc Casablanca to Beijing

Antarius wrote:
dredgy wrote:
Africa is a continent full of rich resources that haven’t been exploited yet.


Leopold II would beg to differ.


Yeah, fair enough. Most people wouldn’t consider human hands a resource though.
But yes, Africa has obviously been and continues to be exploited in every possible way.

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by dredgy
Wed May 08, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc Casablanca to Beijing
Replies: 27
Views: 4395

Re: Royal Air Maroc Casablanca to Beijing

There has been HUGE Chinese investments in Africa generally, especially in infrastructure projects. The travel market between China and developing countries in Africa continues to grow, and RAM thinks they can do it better than the competition! I wonder what countries have seen the investment. I be...

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by dredgy
Mon May 06, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways "Prepped and ready to land soon from Doha to a new gateway."
Replies: 31
Views: 7564

Re: Qatar Airways "Prepped and ready to land soon from Doha to a new gateway."

There is a fairly strong rumour that they will announce Brisbane. I'm not sure I believe it as I haven't heard anything about the Australia-Qatar bilateral been amended (it is currently maxed out), but Brisbane would be a gateway (of sorts) to Queensland and therefore some of Australia's most popul...

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by dredgy
Mon May 06, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 366
Views: 65184

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

VA POM: if the cargo revenue (loose loaded on a 737) was really that good I'd be surprised they handed it over to a QQ F100. VA HIR: what subsidy? The Solomons govt. Is busy propping up their own airline. I thought VA's cash drain was DPS, POM, HIR. VA gives QQ to a lot of their most lucrative rout...

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by dredgy
Sun May 05, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 366
Views: 65184

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

Just re POM, given that that's only recently been outsourced to QQ I think VA have already taken steps there to address profitability on the route - still staying in the game but realising that a 737 was too much for them to operate on it. I'd be surprised if that route gets cut so quickly. I’m not...

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by dredgy
Sun May 05, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 366
Views: 65184

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

I can't see how VA avoids major changes to the short haul international network. A bonfire of banknotes would probably save money compared to the atrocious performance of markets like POM and HIR, the dumpster fire that is Trans Tasman and their inability to gain any traction in the NZ market, and ...

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by dredgy
Fri May 03, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019
Replies: 366
Views: 65184

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2019

Huh, so Qantas group is aware that Seoul exists.

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by dredgy
Wed May 01, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates profits won't be good as in previous years
Replies: 25
Views: 3973

Re: Emirates profits won't be good as in previous years

EK is on record as saying that when the oil price collapsed a couple of years back then they lost a lot of traffic from the oil industry. If oil price spikes doesn’t necessarily mean they suddenly get all that traffic back overnight . It's been the same old tune with different lyrics every year, th...

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by dredgy
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: Emirates is planning its network without the A380
Replies: 78
Views: 19936

Re: Tim Clark: Emirates is planning its network without the A380

Dutchy wrote:
No surprise there, the A380 has a lot of capacity, so finding new routes to put the A380 on must indeed be hard.


Think this is the opposite problem - they have a lot of routes where they can comfortably fill an A380, but need to plan what they can no longer use A380s.

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by dredgy
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates profits won't be good as in previous years
Replies: 25
Views: 3973

Re: Emirates profits won't be good as in previous years

What is the logic behind that? I would think most business travelers would book economy because that's what a company would pay for most times. Higher oil prices means higher ticket prices but how does that translate into more profit exactly? Because Dubai (and the Middle East in general) is where ...

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by dredgy
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates profits won't be good as in previous years
Replies: 25
Views: 3973

Re: Emirates profits won't be good as in previous years

What is the logic behind that? I would think most business travelers would book economy because that's what a company would pay for most times. Higher oil prices means higher ticket prices but how does that translate into more profit exactly? Because Dubai (and the Middle East in general) is where ...

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by dredgy
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates profits won't be good as in previous years
Replies: 25
Views: 3973

Re: Emirates profits won't be good as in previous years

Wait, I thought everybody said that EK makes more money with higher oil prices because of the premium traffic bump? I suspected not. What is the logic behind that? I would think most business travelers would book economy because that's what a company would pay for most times. Higher oil prices mean...

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by dredgy
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates profits won't be good as in previous years
Replies: 25
Views: 3973

Re: Emirates profits won't be good as in previous years

Wait, I thought everybody said that EK makes more money with higher oil prices because of the premium traffic bump? I suspected not. This is somewhat true, but it’s only one factor of many. While a higher oil price sees more premium traffic to and from the region, it still directly increases the co...

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by dredgy
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor/unofficial: Norwegian Argentina to start EZE-PER-SIN
Replies: 48
Views: 8415

Re: Rumor/unofficial: Norwegian Argentina to start EZE-PER-SIN

..and yet, you can get a round-trip SYD-BUE on LATAM most days I searched for USD750, taxes included. How much cheaper do you need it to be?... The Aussie dollar is doing shithouse against the US dollar at the moment, so that's an $1100 fare here at real-world exchange rates. I'm guessing you're no...

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by dredgy
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor/unofficial: Norwegian Argentina to start EZE-PER-SIN
Replies: 48
Views: 8415

Re: Rumor/unofficial: Norwegian Argentina to start EZE-PER-SIN

South America remains the most expensive continent to get to from Australia, while at the same time demand is increasing as some locations (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia) are very trendy. While flights to Europe, the US and Asia are already well under $1000 on full service airlines, flights to South A...

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by dredgy
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly temporarily replaces A330neo ops with A380 with Air Senegal
Replies: 30
Views: 9761

Re: Air Senegal replaces A339neo with leased HiFly A380 for temporary period of time

AntonioMartin wrote:
Will it be flown with Air Senegal's livery?


Of course not, but that would be cool.

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by dredgy
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces Star Wars Logo Jet
Replies: 61
Views: 12171

Re: United announces Star Wars Logo Jet

Weird they didn’t keep the Death Star on the tail.

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by dredgy
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Srilankan aims to be the next 'Emirates'
Replies: 32
Views: 5660

Re: Srilankan aims to be the next 'Emirates'

Didn’t they literally used to be Emirates’ south Asian arm? And I believe they were consistently profitable at the time. Then the government started meddling and Emirates pulled out. So the airline has proven with good management it can succeed... Flew them MEL to CMB in September and actually enjoy...

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by dredgy
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much do you drink on board ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2538

Re: How much do you drink on board ?

Depends. I get quite gassy so avoid carbonated beverages. I’d rather deal with a hangover from a lot of red wine than an extremely uncomfortable flight because I had a glass of coke. If I’m in business or first and flying to a new country I will always try any local drinks I haven’t tried before - e...

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by dredgy
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scary situation on Qatar Airways A320 this week.
Replies: 61
Views: 14580

Re: Scary situation on Qatar Airways A320 this week.

Similar Thing happened to me on a BA747-4 from DEN to LHR Over the pond, only about 7 to 10 seconds long. Was there a nose dive? Or was it just horizontal swinging? I've experienced side to side swaying (though not nearly as violent as What was described on QR537), but I've never experienced a sudd...

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