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by RickB
Tue Sep 02, 2003 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best Airline From Europe To Australia
Replies: 38
Views: 6736

RE: Best Airline From Europe To Australia

I wont add to the list of airlines already listed but I take it you are looking for an economy fare ? In which case I would be more concerned with what airlines give you in terms of amenities during the flight as its a long time stuck in a seat. Probably best to start looking at seat pitch and seat ...

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by RickB
Tue Sep 02, 2003 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Are Boeing And Airbus Doing?
Replies: 2
Views: 5441

RE: How Are Boeing And Airbus Doing?

Anything that hurts the airline industry (war, strikes, terrorism, etc.) has a knock on effect to the aircraft manufacturers - both Airbus and Boeing have suffered because of this as have the airlines. Looking at the financials of Boeing and Airbus doesn't give an entirely clear picture either - but...

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by RickB
Tue Sep 02, 2003 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340-500 Or 777-200LR City Pairs?
Replies: 31
Views: 7247

RE: A340-500 Or 777-200LR City Pairs?

Concordeboy, Just checked Boeing's website and it specifically mentions that each optional fuel tank takes the place of 2 LD3 containers - in which case the 2 optional tanks required would replace 4 LD3 containers on the 777 in order to meet its specified maximum range - presumably this would then i...

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by RickB
Tue Sep 02, 2003 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340-500 Or 777-200LR City Pairs?
Replies: 31
Views: 7247

RE: A340-500 Or 777-200LR City Pairs?

Any truth that the 772LR only meets its specified range with two optional tanks that replace 4 LD3 containers ? someone mentioned this and it would impact the cargo space compared to the A345 if true ?

RickB

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by RickB
Sun Aug 31, 2003 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Wants To Buy Old Air India Planes For New
Replies: 102
Views: 16528

RE: Boeing Wants To Buy Old Air India Planes For New

N79969, Dynkrisolo's admitted that nothing in the 777 range competes with the A332 - I would even say that nothing in the 777 range competes with the A333 - yes the a market 772 has a similar MTOW to the latest A333 - but it still has a considerably heavier empty weight - if the two where being used...

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by RickB
Sun Aug 31, 2003 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Wants To Buy Old Air India Planes For New
Replies: 102
Views: 16528

RE: Boeing Wants To Buy Old Air India Planes For New

N79969, I no way can a mixture of 777 types be considered as flexible as a mixed fleet of A332/333/343/345/346. The 777 is an extremely competent aircraft, however there is no 777 to compare with the A332 or even the A333 really, are you really going to use a 772 or 772IGW to perform long thin(ish) ...

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by RickB
Sat Aug 30, 2003 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Wants To Buy Old Air India Planes For New
Replies: 102
Views: 16528

RE: Boeing Wants To Buy Old Air India Planes For New

Behramjee, There is a slight flaw to your logic - you dont get better gas mileage driving at 100mph then you do at 55mph - even though the trip takes less time you still burn more fuel. The economic cruising speed of the aircraft is one consideration - but because an aircraft travels faster doesnt m...

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by RickB
Sat Aug 30, 2003 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Sonic Boom Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 5848

RE: Concorde Sonic Boom Questions

The altitude obviously varies at times too - as the only time I was on Concorde (<acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> - <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym>) last year the pilot announ...

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by RickB
Sat Aug 30, 2003 5:27 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Sorry Guys, Concorde Again
Replies: 17
Views: 4878

RE: Sorry Guys, Concorde Again

Shankly, Sadly being from Liverpool - dont get to see Concorde very often - everytime Im down at our Reading office I make a special effort to be outside the office or outside the hotel at 6.45 / 6.50 to watch it fly over !! Thanks GDB - I will try and get time over the weekend to post a trip report...

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by RickB
Fri Aug 29, 2003 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was The L1011 A Success?
Replies: 24
Views: 4082

RE: Was The L1011 A Success?

Dont forget that at the time Lockheed was in a lot of trouble - it was heavily over budget on the C5 project - around $2 billion, the cancellation of the Cheyenne helicopter and terrible finances and cost over runs on many of other US military contracts - things at Lockheed got so bad that they requ...

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by RickB
Fri Aug 29, 2003 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wich European Airport Offers The Best Transfers?
Replies: 4
Views: 3263

RE: Wich European Airport Offers The Best Transfers?

Once you land at <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> - you proceed to flight connections as long as you have a boarding pass for your next flight (not sure what happens if you dont have a boarding pass - if <acronym title="London - Gatwick (LGW / EGKK), Unit...

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by RickB
Fri Aug 29, 2003 6:30 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Sorry Guys, Concorde Again
Replies: 17
Views: 4878

RE: Sorry Guys, Concorde Again

Shankly, Great report - thank you very much - brings back a lot of great memories for me from last September - at the time I didn't get round to posting a full trip report - I just added on to one of GDB's threads since he returned to the UK the same day I flew out on G-BOAD. I posted from a hotel i...

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by RickB
Thu Aug 28, 2003 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brits In Florida
Replies: 20
Views: 2800

RE: Brits In Florida

Its so cheap to get to Florida for the British - it usually costs less to get to Florida than it does to get to Italy, France etc on vacation and accomodation is usually a hell of a lot better and cheaper too. Look at it this way - in February we took a fortnights vacation in Orlando and the flights...

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by RickB
Thu Aug 28, 2003 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Your Favorite Engine, And Engine Maker?
Replies: 23
Views: 4067

RE: What's Your Favorite Engine, And Engine Maker?

Leezyjet,

Sorry mate - beat you to it !! Nice pictures though !!

RickB

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by RickB
Thu Aug 28, 2003 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Your Favorite Engine, And Engine Maker?
Replies: 23
Views: 4067

RE: What's Your Favorite Engine, And Engine Maker?

Got to be the Rolls Royce Olympus 593 - look at it this way - its still the only engine on an aircraft in service (until October) that can cruise supersonically without reheat. It will be nice when the Raptor comes into service - its only taken the military 30 years to catch up  <img src="/disc...

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by RickB
Wed Aug 27, 2003 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Very Mighty Triple Seven
Replies: 52
Views: 5529

RE: Very Mighty Triple Seven

If you hired 2 strong guys to do the work and one of them went off sick - you'd get less work done than if one of the 4 weak guys went off sick !!

 Laugh out loud

RickB

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by RickB
Wed Aug 27, 2003 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Airline Do You Avoid That You Have Flown!
Replies: 11
Views: 5189

RE: Which Airline Do You Avoid That You Have Flown!

Very few that I would actually avoid - UAL I have had some bad experiences on but if I had no choice or the price was considerably better than anyone else I would still fly them. Only airline I think I would avoid at all costs is Emirates - purely because of the poor product. Business class on Emira...

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by RickB
Tue Aug 26, 2003 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Not Enough Guns In The Cockpits?
Replies: 17
Views: 3054

RE: Not Enough Guns In The Cockpits?

The biggest problem terrorists now face is how to get a weapon onboard an aircraft. Post 9/11 security is generally much tighter. However this problem is easily solved as the airlines have now conveniently provided just such a weapon onboard - no need to worry about getting something through securit...

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by RickB
Tue Aug 26, 2003 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should One Name And Shame Bad Cabin Crew?
Replies: 141
Views: 10657

RE: Should One Name And Shame Bad Cabin Crew?

Singapore_Air, Okay they didn't smile at you everytime they handed you something - but with that aside - what else did they do wrong ? Dont get me wrong - a smile is always welcome - but if it bothers you that much I suggest you avoid flying with any other airline than Singapore Airlines Limited - i...

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by RickB
Sun Aug 24, 2003 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Upper Deck Or Nose?
Replies: 16
Views: 3615

RE: Upper Deck Or Nose?

It depends entirely on what you are carrying on with you. Upper deck has rather small overhead bins - which are only a few inches deep, but it does have additional storage space next to the window seat. Downstairs has bigger storage bins. I prefer upstairs since it seems (to me) a little bit quieter...

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by RickB
Sun Aug 24, 2003 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerospace Lobby Wants U.S. To Push Boeing 7E7
Replies: 155
Views: 8282

RE: Aerospace Lobby Wants U.S. To Push Boeing 7E7

Wow, I have been away for 8 months from this site and the same topics are still going !!! N79969 - respect for keeping the dream alive !! That and making my mind up to come back !! I will add you to my 'new' respected users list shortly. Guys, Do you not think that this topic has been done to death ...

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by RickB
Mon Jan 06, 2003 5:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Strongest Undercarriages
Replies: 21
Views: 3973

RE: Strongest Undercarriages

Dc10Tony, I did post a full reply to your question including a comparison of the 777 landing gear and the A340 3/5/600 but it was deleted by a rather overzealous moderator because I also gave dates of the return of the European Air Lines 742's to Sanford (April 26th). Presumably this one will be del...

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by RickB
Sun Jan 05, 2003 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whats Bmi Like?
Replies: 3
Views: 1326

RE: Whats Bmi Like?

Mark, They are great (even coming from a devouted BA fan like myself) service is usually very good, decent food depending on the time of the flight - I really cant fault them at all - I have flown with them countless times domestically and to Europe and the US - their business class product is excel...

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by RickB
Fri Jan 03, 2003 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Flights From MCO > LAS
Replies: 18
Views: 2307

RE: American Flights From MCO > LAS

Clickhappy - the 7 hours 22 minute flight was west bound (and the actual flight time) - that why I was confused - I know Vegas is 3 hours behind East coast time and a 4 hour 22 minute flight is more like what I was expecting but it was not to be - since the aircraft sits in St Louis for an hour - ot...

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by RickB
Fri Jan 03, 2003 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Flights From MCO > LAS
Replies: 18
Views: 2307

RE: American Flights From MCO > LAS

Nate, I have no problem with AmericaWest - never flown with them so it will be a new experience !! The only problem with their direct flights is that they are both pretty much redeye flights having looked at their website (12.44am return arriving at 07.59 in Orlando). Their other flights are a littl...

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by RickB
Fri Jan 03, 2003 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Flights From MCO > LAS
Replies: 18
Views: 2307

RE: American Flights From MCO > LAS

Nate, thanks - orbitz is giving the outbound I want and the return flight at a reasonable hour - and a couple of dollars cheaper than AA.com (even though orbitz is offering a flight at a reasonable hour as opposed to AA's redeye flight). Only slight snag is that I live in the UK and they want a US z...

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by RickB
Fri Jan 03, 2003 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Flights From MCO > LAS
Replies: 18
Views: 2307

RE: American Flights From MCO > LAS

Gigneil, American flight 3133 is listed as direct (and non stop) from MCO > LAS - unfortunately all AA.COM will give me for the return is the redeye leaving LAS at 11.40pm !! Which I would prefer to avoid !! Anything that gets me back to Orlando would be good. OPNLguy - not familiar with AWA as an a...

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by RickB
Fri Jan 03, 2003 10:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Strongest Undercarriages
Replies: 21
Views: 3973

RE: Strongest Undercarriages

DC10Tony - bear in mind that whilst the A330's weigh considerably less than a 747 - they also only have 8 maingear wheels (two bogies with four wheels on each) - the 747 has 16 main gear wheels. So whilst the 747 has twice the number of main gear wheels - the A330 weighs more than half of a 747 (off...

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by RickB
Fri Jan 03, 2003 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Flights From MCO > LAS
Replies: 18
Views: 2307

American Flights From MCO > LAS

Guys, I'm booked to spend a couple of weeks in February in Orlando (FL) - but I was thinking about spending a couple of days in Vegas whilst I'm there - I know American has a direct flight from MCO to LAS - but do they also have a direct flight back to MCO from LAS? I can't get AA.com to give me any...

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by RickB
Fri Jan 03, 2003 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Private Screeners To Federal: Bad Choice
Replies: 92
Views: 11011

RE: Private Screeners To Federal: Bad Choice

I have nothing but good things to say about the TSA screeners at present - much more professional than the private screeners. The last six or seven flights over the last couple of months the screeners at all of the US airports I have visited did their jobs in a friendly, courteous and very efficient...

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by RickB
Thu Jan 02, 2003 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazing - Airport Forgets Flight! Plane Diverted!
Replies: 13
Views: 2820

RE: Amazing - Airport Forgets Flight! Plane Diverted!

Good old Ryanair - always looking after their passengers !!!

RickB

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by RickB
Thu Jan 02, 2003 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What If There Was No 777?
Replies: 19
Views: 3277

RE: What If There Was No 777?

Whilst the 777 is a great aircraft from an economic point of view - with excellent range/payload capability I am at a loss as to why any passengers would rate it highly (I try and avoid it it if possible although I have still accumulated about 50 flights on one). The cabin layout in both economy (2-...

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by RickB
Tue Dec 31, 2002 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Airlines Never Used Boeing Aircrafts
Replies: 25
Views: 2057

RE: European Airlines Never Used Boeing Aircrafts

Diesel1,

Air UK Leisure also had a a 752 at some point - I remember flying on it to MCO from MAN many many years ago (1993 or 1994) with a stopover at Bangor on the way to refuel on a charter flight.

RickB

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by RickB
Mon Dec 30, 2002 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any A300 Lovers Out There?
Replies: 9
Views: 1903

RE: Any A300 Lovers Out There?

Flew AA's A300-600 from MIA - JFK in October - very nice flight - very comfortable - although noticeably less legroom than MRTC on the other AA aircraft I have flown on - but still pretty decent - I would say 32"+ seat pitch or thereabouts. It was a very smooth flight and the 2-4-2 layout really mak...

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by RickB
Sat Dec 28, 2002 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Airbus Lovers" Are Like "Nissan Lovers"
Replies: 43
Views: 3580

RE: "Airbus Lovers" Are Like "Nissan Lovers"

Guys, Take a look at the Nissan 350Z if you think they can't make anything attractive or interesting. One of the best looking cars I have ever seen i'm afraid. Even though its not out in the UK for another 10 months - I have my order placed on one to replace my BMW. This threads pretty poor though -...

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by RickB
Fri Dec 27, 2002 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Filled United Seats Hit Record Saturday
Replies: 9
Views: 1891

RE: Filled United Seats Hit Record Saturday

Maiznblu_757 - sorry got confused with the report date - rather than the actual date the record took place !!

Cheers

RickB

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by RickB
Fri Dec 27, 2002 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Filled United Seats Hit Record Saturday
Replies: 9
Views: 1891

RE: Filled United Seats Hit Record Saturday

Did United run a full schedule on Christmas day in the US?

If it was a much reduced schedule because of the holiday it may not be as great an achievement as you might think.

Anyone know how many flights UA flew on Christmas day?

RickB

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by RickB
Thu Dec 26, 2002 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Airbus Lovers" Are Like "Nissan Lovers"
Replies: 43
Views: 3580

RE: "Airbus Lovers" Are Like "Nissan Lovers"

I have to say I have heard some sh*t on this forum by some people but PMK's post really has achieved fresh new heights !!! Whilst 99% of the population of the US are intelligent and reasonable - here is proof that there is always one !!! The interestnig fact is that he says European aircraft are jun...

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by RickB
Wed Dec 25, 2002 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Airbus Lovers" Are Like "Nissan Lovers"
Replies: 43
Views: 3580

RE: "Airbus Lovers" Are Like "Nissan Lovers"

FFlyer, Agree with the fanaticism post - I have come to the conclusion that numerous people here will not believe a fact unless it agree's with their own personal belief. To be honest I prefer Boeing aircraft but I will argue until im blue in the face providing information on Airbus to Boeing fans i...

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by RickB
Tue Dec 24, 2002 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK Economy...
Replies: 8
Views: 1165

RE: EK Economy...

Bmi, If your flight is on one of the A330's then it will be fine - 2-4-2 seat layout reasonable seat pitch and PTV's in every seat. If its onboard a 777 prepare for cramped conditions as its a 3-4-3 layout which means very restricted shoulder room (most people use 3-3-3 or 2-5-2 on 777's) - however ...

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by RickB
Tue Dec 24, 2002 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What If We Go To War?
Replies: 20
Views: 2297

RE: What If We Go To War?

Whilst I agree that Hussein needs to go - I really dont think that attacking Iraq is going to solve too much, infact its going to blow up in everyones faces. Even in the UK, a recent survey (this week) announced that 75% of UK Muslims honestly believe that the war on terrorism really is a war on Isl...

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by RickB
Mon Dec 23, 2002 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Excuze Me F/A, This Passenger Is Middleastern"
Replies: 230
Views: 8030

RE: "Excuze Me F/A, This Passenger Is Middleastern"

Its amazing how some threads turn into an open slanging match between people - even when there really isn't anything to attack each other with !! Sure some Americans are dumb, some are racist and some are just arrogant. Based on this can anyone honestly distinguish between someone from the US and an...

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by RickB
Mon Dec 23, 2002 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etops Regs Could Be Expanded To 3- & 4-engine
Replies: 60
Views: 4060

RE: Etops Regs Could Be Expanded To 3- & 4-engine

Well said Klaus !!!! The facts remain that quad engined airliners have a greater safety margin than twins - granted we are only talking in tiny odds anyway but the safer an airliner can be made the better - I have no problem with applying ETOPS maintenance with twins - all the better for it if you a...

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by RickB
Sat Dec 21, 2002 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Scraps Sonic Cruiser
Replies: 53
Views: 3923

RE: Boeing Scraps Sonic Cruiser

The 2-3-2 layout of the 767 was very comfortable - and I always prefer aircraft with 2 seats somewhere along the line - not least because I dislike sitting in the middle. However the 2-3-2 layout as used by the 767 isn't suitable because of cargo restrictions (i.e. cant house two LD containers back ...

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by RickB
Sat Dec 21, 2002 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Crew Stricken With Virus
Replies: 15
Views: 1860

RE: BA Crew Stricken With Virus

Hmmmm,

One thing I should point out is that im agreeing with you - definately sounds like a HLV - only disagreeing with you about the symptoms of Influenza  Wink/being sarcastic !!

RickB

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by RickB
Sat Dec 21, 2002 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Crew Stricken With Virus
Replies: 15
Views: 1860

RE: BA Crew Stricken With Virus

From the CDC :- 'What Are the Symptoms of the Flu? Symptoms of flu include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches. Children can have additional stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, but these symptoms are less common in ...

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by RickB
Sat Dec 21, 2002 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Crew Stricken With Virus
Replies: 15
Views: 1860

RE: BA Crew Stricken With Virus

Hmmmm, They are flu like symptoms - as the article stated 'Authorities did not know what may have caused the symptoms, which were described as similar to flu or possible food poisoning.' Other symptoms also include headaches and temperature but all possible during the flu - most people get heavy col...

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by RickB
Sat Dec 21, 2002 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Scraps Sonic Cruiser
Replies: 53
Views: 3923

RE: Boeing Scraps Sonic Cruiser

I said it before in a previous thread, but Boeing really need to stick to the fuselage width of the 777 on this new aircraft if it is to carry sufficient cargo - Boeing can ill afford to introduce yet another fuselage width with a width between the 767 and 777 - it will just increase costs and delay...

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by RickB
Sat Dec 21, 2002 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Crew Stricken With Virus
Replies: 15
Views: 1860

RE: BA Crew Stricken With Virus

Hmmmm, who mentioned stomach flu? Here in the UK they reports have said it is a Norwalk Like Virus (NLV) but not exactly the Norwalk strain. Either way - its nothing to serious - just a few days in rest and a few cold and flu remedies is the best cure - unfortunately as its a Virus antibiotics are o...

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by RickB
Fri Dec 20, 2002 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Crew Stricken With Virus
Replies: 15
Views: 1860

RE: BA Crew Stricken With Virus

There is a very severe cold with flu like symptoms going round the UK at the moment - its nothing serious and people will recover in a few days - only thing people can do is keep warm and take cold and flu remedies until its cured. Since the symptoms are the same as identified in the article - I wou...

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