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by tonyban
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 98
Views: 11158

Re: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation Thread - 2020

Hello, I might be a little late with the news, so mods please delete if it's been posted before. Just found out British Airways is changing equipment from 787-9 to 744 on its LHR-SJC run starting March 2020. I guess this route is starting to pay off for BA. Good news and can't wait to see this beau...

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by tonyban
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 98
Views: 11158

Re: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation Thread - 2020

Hello, I might be a little late with the news, so mods please delete if it's been posted before. Just found out British Airways is changing equipment from 787-9 to 744 on its LHR-SJC run starting March 2020. I guess this route is starting to pay off for BA. Good news and can't wait to see this beaut...

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by tonyban
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 76
Views: 11515

Re: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation Thread - 2019

SJC numbers out: https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Bay-Area-airports-by-the-numbers-13607810.php The struggle of the intercontinental flights does surprise me. I don't know if it's a failure of marketing them and getting the word out, or if the strength of UA at SFO is just too great to pull th...

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by tonyban
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 76
Views: 11515

Re: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation Thread - 2019

SJC numbers out: https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Bay-Area-airports-by-the-numbers-13607810.php The struggle of the intercontinental flights does surprise me. I don't know if it's a failure of marketing them and getting the word out, or if the strength of UA at SFO is just too great to pull th...

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by tonyban
Thu May 23, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents
Replies: 105
Views: 14836

Re: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents

Easier than pie . Seat the 2 yr old in the seat and walk away... crying will commence and a seat will become available. I have used this tactic. It works. If the baby was next to me, I would trade seats immediately for 2 reasons: 1) Crying baby 2) I am *NOT* touching the baby to try to calm it down...

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by tonyban
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Turkmenistan Airlines Business Class: The President is Watching ...
Replies: 28
Views: 13629

Re: Turkmenistan Airlines Business Class: The President is Watching ...

Very nice report. I don't think I've ever read a report on Turkmenistan before. Thanks for posting.
I flew on Uzbek about 15 years back. This was quite similar.
I wonder why they serve beef on a flight originating out of India ?

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by tonyban
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 400267

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Kikko19 wrote:
Any Indian airline making money?


Indigo ? Vistara ?

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by tonyban
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Britains First Sharia Airline
Replies: 121
Views: 17999

Re: Britains First Sharia Airline

This will never work. Slightly off-topic but an another airline called Akal Air began service a few years back with service from Birmingham to Amritsar via Vienna. This airline also claimed it would cater to Sikh clientele, though not as extreme as a sharia one. To cut a long story short, a few days...

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by tonyban
Fri May 04, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !
Replies: 59
Views: 12343

Re: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !

some have been on the 787-8 and I believe a 747 was sent one day too We have gotten a few 788s, but never a 747. Well in our dreams we have :) I do believe a JAL 747 came to SJC a few years back. A Delta 747 charter was here when the 49ers flew to New Orleans for the Superbowl back in 2013. I also ...

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by tonyban
Thu May 03, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !
Replies: 59
Views: 12343

Re: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !

I think the big issue with the SJC traffic is that your average south bay resident has no idea that they can now get to Asia and Europe from there. Not sure how much marketing they do, but I'd wager that they've got a ways to go in promoting the service. Many people I know of Indian origin have no ...

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by tonyban
Thu May 03, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !
Replies: 59
Views: 12343

Re: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !

Do you live in the Bay Area? Have you ever driven on highway 101 from the South Bay to SFO to catch a flight? Try that before we decide to shut down SJC. Actually I don't live in the Bay Area, but I have driven on the 101 in the Bay Area many times. No where did I say to shut down SJC, I'm just say...

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by tonyban
Thu May 03, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !
Replies: 59
Views: 12343

Re: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !

Loads have been averaging in the low ~70% which is better than LH has been doing by about ~10%. They seem to be performing best out of all the long haul international carriers at SJC (along with ANA) so I would be surprised if they were at risk. The Lufthansa flights are only averaging 10% load ? T...

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by tonyban
Wed May 02, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !
Replies: 59
Views: 12343

Re: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !

Loads have been averaging in the low ~70% which is better than LH has been doing by about ~10%. They seem to be performing best out of all the long haul international carriers at SJC (along with ANA) so I would be surprised if they were at risk. The Lufthansa flights are only averaging 10% load ? T...

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by tonyban
Wed May 02, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !
Replies: 59
Views: 12343

British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !

I noted British Airways cancelled their daily BA279 service to San Jose,CA this past Monday, April 30th and today's service on Wednesday, May 2nd was also cancelled. I hope this is not a indication that BA is doing poorly on this route, which is now in its second year. I had posted in a previous thr...

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by tonyban
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR - What is plan B?
Replies: 90
Views: 8627

Re: LHR - What is plan B?

The area to the north, Simpson, Harlington and Cranford Park have huge open areas that could potentially serve as expansion areas for the airport.
There would be a lot of arguments and red tape to overcome but these all could be looked at. Am I wrong or right ?

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by tonyban
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.
Replies: 155
Views: 15469

Re: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.

Didn't some Southwest flight attendant slip a Xanax pill into some kids orange juice a few years back ? The kid had been screaming constantly so the FA decided to take matters into his own hands and put the pill in the drink.

I'm not sure what the outcome of that was.

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by tonyban
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.
Replies: 155
Views: 15469

3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.

Mods, I couldn't find a thread for this article. Please delete if its a repost and apologies if it is. I saw this on Yahoo today and couldn't believe that nothing was done in flight to calm this kid down. If that had been me (back in the 60s) my dad would've given me a swift slap to the face to shut...

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by tonyban
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter
Replies: 59
Views: 13211

Re: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter

CPHFF wrote:
New York, London, Paris, Munich......
Everybody talk about pop muzik


That just made my day ! Gave me the biggest smile I've had in ages. Good one !

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by tonyban
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India confirms DEL-TLV
Replies: 58
Views: 8237

Re: Air India confirms DEL-TLV

I don't think the Israelis will feel comfortable flying over saudi airspace especially in case of an emergency. Anyway does this route overfly Pak airspace or will it fly down to Gujarat and head further west ? Slightly off-topic but I do recall seeing a thread a few years back about a Saudi airlin...

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by tonyban
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will BA update their J seats?
Replies: 21
Views: 3073

Re: Will BA update their J seats?

I just completed a round-trip SJC-LHR in Club World on the 787-9 a few days back. On both my flights, I had forward facing aisle seat. I did find the seat itself to be a little wider than a premium economy seat, was expecting a wider seat. Though the fully flat bed was a benefit, I did find the expe...

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by tonyban
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?
Replies: 63
Views: 10397

Re: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?

I've flown it once (Friday evening following the end of a tradeshow / conference in Santa Clara), it wasn't empty but it wasn't full either. I think the premium end of the plane is doing OK (including high fare economy) but it is missing a lot of low yield vacation / VFR pax. That's not necessarily...

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by tonyban
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?
Replies: 63
Views: 10397

Re: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?

6264-seats 3069-pax British Airways Plc SJC LHR JAN 2017 Seat Utilization: 48.9% 5832 2933 British Airways Plc SJC LHR FEB 2017 Seat Utilization: 50.3% Thank you. I'm assuming these numbers are not favorable for BA ? Not great .... So is there any possibility BA scales back or completely cuts this ...

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by tonyban
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?
Replies: 63
Views: 10397

Re: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?

Midwestindy wrote:
6264-seats 3069-pax British Airways Plc SJC LHR JAN 2017 Seat Utilization: 48.9%
5832 2933 British Airways Plc SJC LHR FEB 2017 Seat Utilization: 50.3%


Thank you. I'm assuming these numbers are not favorable for BA ?

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by tonyban
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?
Replies: 63
Views: 10397

Re: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?

Update: I mean San Jose, California.

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by tonyban
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?
Replies: 63
Views: 10397

British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?

Not sure if this belongs in another thread. Mods please move or delete if needed. Does anyone here know how well the London-San Jose route is doing for British Airways ? Its been over a year now and I've heard from three different sets of travelers that they've flown over on virtually empty 787s. An...

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by tonyban
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman dies at SXM after falling from jet blast
Replies: 157
Views: 31597

Re: Woman dies at SXM after falling from jet blast

Very sad news. RIP.
So for many many years, thousands upon thousands of people have hung to those fences for dear life to experience the thrill of the jet blast. Sadly, one person dies and now she's labeled as stupid ? Have some compassion people !

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by tonyban
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Premium Economy Hype
Replies: 34
Views: 2918

Re: Premium Economy Hype

I am not a business traveler nor do I have the 'extra' finances to purchase a Business Class ticket. To me the Premium Economy brand is the best thing to ever happen to someone like myself. I can afford to pay for Premium without busting my bank balance. I always fly Premium whenever the opportunity...

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by tonyban
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 135660

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

tell 4 people they cannot travel BEFORE boarding ^this. They shouldn't have started boarding knowing that they didn't have enough seats. However, the doctor was out of line for not listening to the crew and police and he got exactly what happens when you don't comply with those in charge. It's real...

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by tonyban
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 135660

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

He sure doesn't look like a doctor. If security asks you to leave the plane and you don't, don't expect them to sit around and plead with you like a child. Nobody is entitled to a 'fair fight' with police or security. That's what the courts are for. My doctor wears an ear-ring and has tattoos all o...

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by tonyban
Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: I'm a little confused about this BA-BOAC 747 livery
Replies: 31
Views: 10047

Re: I'm a little confused about this BA-BOAC 747 livery

Growing up on Waye Avenue, Cranford, I used to cycle to TBC during the weekends just to look at these beauties in the early 70s. Thank you for
rekindling my past.

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by tonyban
Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad announces more India expansion
Replies: 11
Views: 1906

Re: Etihad announces more India expansion

anshabhi wrote:
Throw ME3 out of India. Indian carriers have right over India.


Are you serious with that comment ? Hope you didn't join a week ago just to bring that kind of bigotry here !

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by tonyban
Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future SJC Airlines
Replies: 38
Views: 3078

Re: Future SJC Airlines

Is this the correct forum to ask how the new British Airways LHR-SJC route is doing ?

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by tonyban
Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to announce new US destination by the end of this Summer?
Replies: 220
Views: 40913

Re: BA to announce new US destination by the end of this Summer?

Slightly off-topic but does anyone here know how the new SJC route has fared so far with BA ? It might be a bit too early.

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by tonyban
Fri May 20, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Were Your First 747 Series Flights?
Replies: 103
Views: 5828

RE: What Were Your First 747 Series Flights?

My first ever in 1973 on Pan Am 002 around the world service was from <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> to <acronym title="Delhi - Indira Gandhi International (Palam) (DEL / VIDP), India">DEL</acronym> with stops in Frankfurt-Beirut-Karchi on board Clipper...

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by tonyban
Fri May 20, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is There An Airline That You Would Never Fly?
Replies: 151
Views: 13769

RE: Is There An Airline That You Would Never Fly?

American Airlines for its disgusting customer service - almost challenged by a male flight attendant who wanted to charge me for a beer after the aircraft was delayed by 3 hours for a toilet issue. The flight from <acronym title="Boston - General Edward Lawrence Logan International (BOS / KBOS), USA...

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by tonyban
Fri May 20, 2016 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Classics At British Airways
Replies: 55
Views: 16530

RE: 747 Classics At British Airways

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/ZeeZoo" class="quote" target="_blank">ZeeZoo</a> (<a href="#15" class="quote">Reply 15</a>):<br/><i>How did you live? We used to live in Hayes a...

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by tonyban
Fri May 20, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Classics At British Airways
Replies: 55
Views: 16530

RE: 747 Classics At British Airways

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/TedToToe" class="quote" target="_blank">TedToToe</a> (<a href="#14" class="quote">Reply 14</a>):<br/><i>28R back then, I guess. I lived in Houns...

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by tonyban
Tue May 17, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Allowing First & Business Passengers To Disembark
Replies: 35
Views: 6845

RE: Allowing First & Business Passengers To Disemb

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/LAX772LR" class="quote" target="_blank">LAX772LR</a> (<a href="#20" class="quote">Reply 20</a>):<br/><i>Says who? Cite the law/regulation that s...

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by tonyban
Tue May 17, 2016 6:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Allowing First & Business Passengers To Disembark
Replies: 35
Views: 6845

RE: Allowing First & Business Passengers To Disemb

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/727LOVER" class="quote" target="_blank">727LOVER</a> (<a href="#16" class="quote">Reply 16</a>):<br/><i>...and you did it twice...you quoted me ...

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by tonyban
Tue May 17, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Allowing First & Business Passengers To Disembark
Replies: 35
Views: 6845

RE: Allowing First & Business Passengers To Disemb

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/ozglobal" class="quote" target="_blank">ozglobal</a> (<a href="#14" class="quote">Reply 14</a>):<br/><i>Careful, that's another poster you're qu...

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by tonyban
Tue May 17, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Allowing First & Business Passengers To Disembark
Replies: 35
Views: 6845

RE: Allowing First & Business Passengers To Disemb

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/NickLAX" class="quote" target="_blank">NickLAX</a> (<a href="#10" class="quote">Reply 10</a>):<br/><i> I've seen this on ANA once as well - the ...

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by tonyban
Tue May 17, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Allowing First & Business Passengers To Disembark
Replies: 35
Views: 6845

RE: Allowing First & Business Passengers To Disemb

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/727LOVER" class="quote" target="_blank">727LOVER</a> (<a href="#7" class="quote">Reply 7</a>):<br/><i>10+ minutes seems like a stretch. Was it r...

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by tonyban
Tue May 17, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Allowing First & Business Passengers To Disembark
Replies: 35
Views: 6845

RE: Allowing First & Business Passengers To Disemb

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/ozglobal" class="quote" target="_blank">ozglobal</a> (<a href="#3" class="quote">Reply 3</a>):<br/><i>If this was a widebody it made no sense to...

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by tonyban
Tue May 17, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Allowing First & Business Passengers To Disembark
Replies: 35
Views: 6845

Allowing First & Business Passengers To Disembark

Hi All This is somewhat of a semi-gripe and forgive me if its been posted before. First and business class passengers get to disembark an aircraft while the economy class passengers are held back, literally by a cabin crew member who will block the aisle-way until the forward cabins are empty. On a ...

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by tonyban
Tue May 17, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Classics At British Airways
Replies: 55
Views: 16530

RE: 747 Classics At British Airways

Oh the memories ! I grew up living down Waye Avenue in Cranford. For those of you who are familiar with the area, this was the last street for landing aircraft to cross before touching down on 27R. I used to bike by my way up to the Hatton Cross facilities just to look at the 'jumbo jets' on the wee...

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by tonyban
Sat May 07, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today
Replies: 33
Views: 12737

RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Tomassjc" class="quote" target="_blank">Tomassjc</a> (<a href="#25" class="quote">Reply 25</a>):<br/><i> Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 24): This vid...

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by tonyban
Sat May 07, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today
Replies: 33
Views: 12737

RE: BA Inaugural Flight To SJC Today

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/aviatorcraig" class="quote" target="_blank">aviatorcraig</a> (<a href="#22" class="quote">Reply 22</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table> It wo...

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