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by kaitak
Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Favorite Movie
Replies: 80
Views: 5675

Re: Your Favorite Movie

IMO, Schindlers List. Not a 'good' man, but when the chips were down, he did something amazing. I'm with you on that one. I think it's one of the greatest pieces of work in cinema history and a movie from which I seem to get something new every time I watch it. (I had watched it about 4-5 times bef...

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by kaitak
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 catches fire in Spain.
Replies: 69
Views: 14423

Re: BA 747 catches fire in Spain.

Not to be pedantic or anything (me? surely not!) but can an aircraft which has been de-registered and permanently withdrawn from use (and therefore one can presume insurance cover has ended?) be declared a write-off? "Writing off" is an insurance term and BA is hardly expecting any payout....

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by kaitak
Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transforming failing airlines - bibliography?
Replies: 3
Views: 976

Transforming failing airlines - bibliography?

Hello folks, A friend of mine is working on a report on the importance of change management in the airline industry and the good (and bad) examples of that. I'm aware of Gordon Bethune's "From Worst to First" (about Continental) and I believe that books have been written about the transfor...

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by kaitak
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If he loses the 2020 election, wIll Trump run in 2024 and if so will it help or hinder the Republican party?
Replies: 116
Views: 7129

Re: If he loses the 2020 election, wIll Trump run in 2024 and if so will it help or hinder the Republican party?

I think that a 2024 primary between the "normal" Republicans and the Trump brand of Republicans is probably necessary; it wouldn't surprise me if (were he to lose that), Trump might either go up himself again, or have one of his children go up, creating a "three way". I don't see...

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by kaitak
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If he loses the 2020 election, wIll Trump run in 2024 and if so will it help or hinder the Republican party?
Replies: 116
Views: 7129

Re: If he loses the 2020 election, wIll Trump run in 2024 and if so will it help or hinder the Republican party?

One observer said recently (I think it was the RNC chairman) that the Republican Party needs a "political enema". I couldn't put it better myself. I think historians will look in great detail at how a wealthy conman, devoid of any positive personal characteristics or qualities, could get t...

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by kaitak
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 107312

Re: Official Election thread

Donald Trump not conceding the election or providing proof of fraud is very unsettling. As typical for Trump he is brash, divisive, and terribly narcissistic. "I acknowledge the media believes my opponent has won this race but we are examining discrepancies with mail-in ballots and ballot coun...

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by kaitak
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boeing, Airbus and Iranian carriers would be 'benefitted"'from Biden?
Replies: 40
Views: 3345

Re: Boeing, Airbus and Iranian carriers would be 'benefitted"'from Biden?

I think (and hope) that there will be a recognition that (a) the US needs to return to being an honest broker in the ME, (b) that it needs to pursue its own policy, not Israel's and (c) that the current administration's attitude towards Iran does NOT (and CANNOT) lead to a more stable Middle East. T...

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by kaitak
Sun Nov 08, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/20: Testing times
Replies: 308
Views: 37451

Re: Irish 11/20: Testing times

I hope someone does it for a hell of a lot less than €149! Airlines will need to start subsiding tests, because that's more expensive than most short haul flights now!

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by kaitak
Sun Nov 08, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boeing, Airbus and Iranian carriers would be 'benefitted"'from Biden?
Replies: 40
Views: 3345

Re: Boeing, Airbus and Iranian carriers would be 'benefitted"'from Biden?

It may well happen, but not immediately; Iran has (apparently) gone further down the nuclear road after Trump pulled out, so there would need to be a reset; Iran would need to allow inspectors in and on top of that, the current administration in Iran lost a lot of political capital in Iran (there wa...

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by kaitak
Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 107312

Re: Official Election thread

Down to 665 in Georgia, with more than enough left it to flip it. There are still military votes to be counted, but after what Trump has said about the military, should anyone expect them to go Trump? Arizona is tightening; I don't understand, given that these are postal votes and Dems favour postal...

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by kaitak
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 107312

Re: Official Election thread

We're just waiting for another tranche of votes from Maricopa, AZ, which may change things in AZ. Right now, GA looks more promising for Biden (who'd have thought), but with each new tranche, Trump's lead is shrinking (now 23k). It looks like there are enough remaining (if the proportions are mainta...

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by kaitak
Thu Nov 05, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 107312

Re: Official Election thread

And if the GOP would follow Ronald Reagan and Bush 1 and Bush 2 efforts to find a reasonable compromise on immigration, the GOP would never lose a national election. Both parties cater to fringe groups and ignore most of the people in the country. And both waste too much time telling us what to fea...

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by kaitak
Wed Nov 04, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 107312

Re: Official Election thread

Nevada is indeed worrying, but the last time I looked (before they decided to suspend counting, the remaining votes were to be mail in, which usually favours the Dems. Let's just hope. Arizona is v. slow, but seems to be holding blue (+11) Maine's larger CD is looking like it will be Biden (+3) Wisc...

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by kaitak
Sun Nov 01, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta 767-200 routes?
Replies: 31
Views: 3548

Re: Delta 767-200 routes?

My first 767 flight was from ATL to ORD; think it was ship 108, in October 1990. Great experience.

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by kaitak
Sat Oct 31, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 41995

Re: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

Well, it's time to call a halt to the fun ride that has been 10/20; here's the link to the new thread. And in the immortal words of the great Bette Davis, "fasten your seat belts; it's going to be a bumpy night". https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1453623&p=2249057...

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by kaitak
Sat Oct 31, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/20: Testing times
Replies: 308
Views: 37451

Irish 11/20: Testing times

Good afternoon folks and welcome to our November 2020 thread. The good news is that there's only two months left of the fun ride that has been 2020. We can only hope that 2021 will see some significant improvements. I hesitate to say "it can't get any worse", because practically every pred...

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by kaitak
Sat Oct 31, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HK Airport New Runway project
Replies: 4
Views: 1817

HK Airport New Runway project

I saw an interesting video on this (see attached) and I was just wondering what stage the process is currently at. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW-lSo7iyx0 Not having been to HK in a few years (and just about over the fact that they closed my namesake airport!), I would love to go back again - ma...

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by kaitak
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 41995

Re: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

Interesting article from Journal.ie about the issue of Christmas travel and in particular, the new EU traffic light system. https://www.thejournal.ie/eu-testing-protocol-5245869-Oct2020/ Clearly, there is a lot of concern about travellers coming home from the UK. I also wonder if, (as expected) the ...

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by kaitak
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1753
Views: 53301

Re: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020

But if an airline defers, say from 2021 to 2024, those production slots are still available to be assigned to another carrier? So yes, my wording might have been a bit careless!

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by kaitak
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1753
Views: 53301

Re: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020

I suspect a lot of airlines will be deferring deliveries of 787s and A350s over the next two years or so; would it not make sense for EK to try and secure some of these? Having to wait until 2023 for either/both of these types doesn't seem to make a lot of sense, especially if they can get them earl...

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by kaitak
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 41995

Re: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

I was watching an episode of Yes Prime Minister with my family last night, and there was a reference to "the political will and the administrative won't"; I can't help wondering if the same applies here; it'll be an administrative will and a NPHET won't, and the unwillingness of the politi...

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by kaitak
Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 618
Views: 103232

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

I believe that would also mark the end of Air France quad jet operations. Indeed it is. This is the end of 67 years of quad jets at Air France starting with the de Havilland DH.106 Comet in 1953. Since 1959 (Boeing 707), Air France always had quad jets in their fleet... It's even more significant t...

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by kaitak
Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Effect of Biden or Trump victory on Far left and Far right in the next 4 years.
Replies: 60
Views: 2890

Re: Effect of Biden or Trump victory on Far left and Far right in the next 4 years.

I find it interesting that someone whose signature says that "It's pointless to attempt winning internet debate" is trying to spark one every so often... Anyway, if Trump wins: -Far Right: emboldened and will press to tighten their grip in areas they can, such as the courts (assuming the ...

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by kaitak
Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sudan Israel formalized relationship
Replies: 50
Views: 2336

Re: Sudan Israel formalized relationship

It's a positive trend and any states that seek to normalise relations after, well, never actually having normal relations is welcome. That's No3 after the UAE and Bahrain; who will be next? Kuwait? Oman? The Saudis are open to it, but only once a settlement deal is worked out with the Palestinians -...

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by kaitak
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Religion/Moral views and Politics.
Replies: 109
Views: 5348

Re: Religion/Moral views and Politics.

I was raised Catholic, in a very traditional, suffocating environment (Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s). I'm not anti-religion; I think religion can play a positive part in people's lives. I am implacably opposed to religion being used as a stick and worse still, as a political weapon. It annoys me n...

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by kaitak
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 41995

Re: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

IrishLessor wrote:
News this morning that Dublin Aerospace owner will tender for Aer Lingus Regional business through a new airline called Emerald Airways.


Are they setting up their own operation? I believe the Stobart Group is trying to flog the airline, so maybe they might buy it? (Or if not them, Cityjet?)

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by kaitak
Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Have you voted in the US Election yet?
Replies: 47
Views: 2812

Re: Have you voted in the US Election yet?

I voted for the first time this weekend past. Very easy and straightforward; got my ballot my email; scanned it back/sent by express post. (I live in Ireland).

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by kaitak
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 individuals charged with Aeroflot crews smuggling $50 Million Apple devices
Replies: 24
Views: 6622

Re: 10 individuals charged with Aeroflot crews smuggling $50 Million Apple devices

Are all of the revoked visas related to SU flight crews? That's going to be a challenge to crew, if a significant number of the crews for the particular type they use are denied entry. Won't they have to switch to a different type, or train more crews onto 777s quickly? Presumably, there will be dis...

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by kaitak
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone have the story of a jumbo landing emergency and seats had to be removed to get plane out?
Replies: 61
Views: 13138

Re: Anyone have the story of a jumbo landing emergency and seatschad to be removed to get plane out?

Countless occasions. A Northwest DC-10 operating to Amsterdam landed in Brussels by accident. Wrong country! Crew were fired. Funnily enough a friend of mine who’s a collector of aircraft parts has the cockpit PA handset off that aircraft. Would not have wanted to make that announcement. That DC-10...

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by kaitak
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era - quad jets at Air France
Replies: 21
Views: 5028

Re: End of an era - quad jets at Air France

The Comet 1A was indeed put into service for a short time, from August 1953 until the type was grounded in 1954. The first 707 was delivered in November 1959, but didn't enter service until 31 January 1960, on the PAR-IDW route.

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by kaitak
Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China threaten Canada not to give asylum to HKer, warn about "good health and safety" of Canadian in Hong Kong
Replies: 6
Views: 870

Re: China threaten Canada not to give asylum to HKer, warn about "good health and safety" of Canadian in Hong Kong

What's the current position of the daughter of the Huawei founder in Canada and the two Canadians that China was holding. Is it still a stand-off?

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by kaitak
Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So let’s measure how far we stand a part. The political compass
Replies: 32
Views: 1676

Re: So let’s measure how far we stand a part. The political compass

I got -3.75 on the economic and -4.05 on the social, so definitely in the lower left.

Looks like Father Ted was wrong; not everyone gets a bit more right wing as they get older!

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by kaitak
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 41995

Re: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

Pressure on the Government to do what exactly? To co-operate with the airliners and airport operators, put testing facilities in place and remove the advice not to fly. Obviously, this will need to wait now until the current "wave is at an end", but with the precautions in place at airpor...

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by kaitak
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 41995

Re: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

I wonder if they could do a "W" pattern, i.e. STN-SNN-LGW-SNN-STN?

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by kaitak
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 41995

Re: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

Airlines brand EU traffic light travel system ‘a failure’ Deal fell short of recommending that testing replace quarantines Airlines branded EU efforts to end conflicting Covid-19 travel restrictions a failure that threatened millions of jobs in the bloc. http://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport...

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by kaitak
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 41995

Re: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

With regard to the new EU plan and the ending of our green list, what happens with non-EU countries within Europe; I'm thinking principally of Norway, Switzerland and of course, from Jan 1, the UK? Are there any special agreements to cover this? Will Switzerland/Norway be covered in the EU traffic l...

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by kaitak
Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 41995

Re: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

On a slightly lighter note, I happened to look back at my thread opener for our first thread of 2020. I think it probably ranks equal to Mary Lincoln's suggestion to Abe on April 15, 1865, "how about a trip to theatre, darling, you're looking a bit stressed lately?" or Captain Edward Smith...

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by kaitak
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 41995

Re: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

With the winter season coming in, airlines need to be prepared to take action. If the government wants airports to be operating and flights to be going in and out, they need to be facilitating it. The facility now exists for quick turnaround Covid tests; put them in place. The DAA and airlines have ...

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by kaitak
Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 41995

Re: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

Dublin Airport 'ready to go' for Covid testing but Taoiseach says it's unwise use of resources Speaking in the Dáil, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said public health authorities had cautioned that testing at airports "would not be the wisest use of resources", including the contact-tracing sys...

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by kaitak
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Any Trump Supreme Court Justice be Impeached if Joe Biden Becomes President
Replies: 29
Views: 1972

Re: Will Any Trump Supreme Court Justice be Impeached if Joe Biden Becomes President

I don't think they will go down that road. They need to heal; they don't need to start new battles and start bad precedents. Draw a line under it; focus on stopping ACB for now. There should be one (Thomas) retiring during Biden's term - possibly two, if he's lucky. Impeaching SC justices is not a t...

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by kaitak
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific DC10 order
Replies: 32
Views: 9190

Re: Cathay Pacific DC10 order

It's a long time since I read it but Beyond Lion Rock by Gavin Young is a good history of Cathay Pacific and certainly deals with the DC-10 / L1011 story. It's an excellent book! So it Syd's Pirates by Chic Eather, who was a captain until the mid to late 1970s; he flew the L1011 as one of the early...

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by kaitak
Mon Oct 05, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 41995

Re: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

AC bringing the Max back to DUB next Summer (subject to the Covid situation, of course): Montreal – Dublin 737 MAX 8 replaces 787-8, 3 weekly Latest information is that the Govt looks like rejecting the move to Level 5 and moving to L3 for the whole country. I also understand that Eamon Ryan is to a...

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by kaitak
Fri Oct 02, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 41995

Re: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

A little blast from the past - and a reminder that we're getting on a bit! Believe it or not, its 25 years - a quarter of a century - since Aer Lingus's last 747 flight took place. It really was a wonderful piece of engineering. https://www.airliners.net/photo/Aer-Lingus/Boeing-747-148/4711989?qsp=e...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38252

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

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There's a new Irish thread opening. Here's the link : viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1452381

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep
Replies: 327
Views: 41995

Irish 10/20: Bad news on the doorstep

Good evening folks and welcome to our October thread and as I was going through the headlines to summarise last month, that great old Don McLean song, American Pie, came to mind: But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step I can't...

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Death of Kindness and Empathy
Replies: 18
Views: 2273

Re: The Death of Kindness and Empathy

It starts with one person. You (the OP) showed kindness and compassion; that poor man who hit a tree on his bike, or the other man who slipped on stairs, may have been upset by the reaction of others, but he would have been comforted by your reaction and he would have come away knowing that while th...

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38252

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

Just wondering about Aer Lingus's t/a flights from Shannon this November; I believe that SNN-BOS has been axed. SNN-JFK as well?

(Genuinely!) asking for a friend.

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by kaitak
Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38252

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

Also hearing that EI has made the decision to retire the three remaining standard A321s. Hardly a surprise, but they gave good service over the last 21 years.

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by kaitak
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38252

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

If it's quick and reasonably priced, then I think pretty much all travellers would want to take it.

Might we see airlines subsidising the cost of it, as a way of encouraging passengers to return to flying?

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by kaitak
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38252

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

Airports looking to add testing centres: https://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/dublin-and-cork-airports-look-at-setting-up-pre-flight-covid-testing-centres-1.4362789 It will be interesting to see how much this will cost; as I understand it, this may require two tests. The logisti...

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