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by kaitak
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My prediction for the presidential debates
Replies: 270
Views: 22412

Re: My prediction for the presidential debates

I have seen Joe Biden and I've seen Donald Trump. The latter blusters, he lies and lies and lies. He may not actually believe that he is lying, but his statements are incorrect; I suspect that Joe will pull Donnie up on many of these, which will frustrate Donnie more and more and you will see him lo...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38217

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

A little break from all that's going on at the moment ... I came across this site, Konbriefing, which has lots of old airport charts, including charts for Dublin and Shannon in the 1950s and 1960s. Worth a look! https://konbriefing.com/mad/approach-charts/ie-republic-of-ireland/shannon-airport.html ...

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38217

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

I was talking to someone at the airport, who told me that the American DHS has now lifted the restriction on Europeans (and no doubt other countries) visiting the US. Can anyone confirm? Also, I note that the list above excludes Switzerland (though includes Sweden) and of course, the UK. Hopefully, ...

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by kaitak
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 2560
Views: 181537

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Oh what a tangled web we weave ... and let's face it, this whole Brexit thing is becoming more and more tangled as time goes on. The Brits have, unfortunately, tied themselves in knots and their credibility is sinking by the day. Does Boris and his cabinet (and whoever he gets to support this new bi...

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by kaitak
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump administration secretly withheld millions from FDNY 9/11 health program
Replies: 7
Views: 729

Re: Trump administration secretly withheld millions from FDNY 9/11 health program

Yes, I believe so. I would love to hear him speak about this (Stewart, not McConnell!!) As to this fund, nothing the current administration does would surprise me. If this is true (and I have little doubt that it is), it's another shameful act. Why would an administration which thinks nothing of she...

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by kaitak
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38217

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

Leo was talking about this the other day and although we recognised that air travel was way down and that we needed to allow more air travel, if we were going to live with the virus, there still doesn't seem to be any intention of allowing unrestricted travel anytime yet. https://www.thejournal.ie/t...

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by kaitak
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38217

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

How do the latest UK govt restrictions affect air travel?

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by kaitak
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Immigration and accidents?
Replies: 13
Views: 2418

Immigration and accidents?

Just wondering what happens to passengers in relation to immigration there has been a serious accident, as a result of which the plane has to be evacuated. Some passengers will need to go to hospital and the rest taken to the terminal ... but what happens if (as is likely in most cases) passengers h...

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by kaitak
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interesting article on vaccine airfreight logistics
Replies: 11
Views: 1431

Interesting article on vaccine airfreight logistics

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/iata-covid-19-vaccine-cargo-747-jets/index.html I thought it was interesting to see what preparations are being made. The need for 8,000 Jumbo jets is, er, slightly OTT, but it certainly means that the existing 747 fleet (as well as other freighter fleets) are ...

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38217

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

It will be interesting to see what effect this will have; we know EI has already mooted the possibility of transferring its SNN based t/a aircraft. If they were to take those away and suspend the LHR route, there wouldn't be much left. The addition of Cork is interesting too ... whose constituency i...

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by kaitak
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My protest on Protestantism: a Jeremiad
Replies: 36
Views: 1884

Re: My protest on Protestantism: a Jeremiad

I'm Irish and I was raised in a Catholic household; my parents are still strongly Catholic, but certainly not into condemning people. My father would be what I'd call an "intellectual" Catholic - very interested in Catholic teaching and history (with particular emphasis on Biblical Greek);...

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by kaitak
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA 747 Operations
Replies: 69
Views: 8779

Re: TWA 747 Operations

At one time CX flew LGW nonstop to HKG with 743s; this runway posed some performance issues, but the CX 742s and 743s were also capable of flying nonstop from Runway 31 at HKG, which required a very high powered takeoff; only CX did this; other carriers would have had intermediate stops if 31 was in...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38217

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

I believe that in the 1970s, there was a BAC111 flight from BFS to DUB, but it didn't last long. Don't forget that in those days, the Shannon stopover was still in force, which meant that people coming from BFS would also have had to make a stopover at SNN. It really wasn't worth the effort. LHR wou...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38217

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

Aren't there two more 321Ns coming later this year?

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Qantas 767-300ers Early Configuration
Replies: 8
Views: 1705

Re: Qantas 767-300ers Early Configuration

That's true, but I've never seen any other airline do that. I can only imagine that it was scrapped very early on.

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by kaitak
Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 493
Views: 30364

Re: Qatar CEO: no new Airbus or Boeing deliveries until 2022

Just had a quick thought. Where will Qatar place their outgoing 777-300ERs? They are quite young actually. If there's strong demand in 2022, can we see BA taking one or two? I know they were interested at a point. It wouldn't surprise me in the least, given the close relationship between IAG and QR...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38217

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

I heard that there was a system in Latvia which was half the price and had a very quick turnaround. Surely there should be more and more options for quick turnarounds. If this can be done and made available at airports or other convenient locations, then it should help travel to rebound.

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump defends Rittenhouse who killed two people.
Replies: 201
Views: 10739

Re: White House occupant defends Rittenhouse who killed two people.

Thinking about the President's reaction to this, a few things come to mind: 1) If your moral compass is as skewed as the President's is, you're not going to see (and blind yourself to) the wrong that KR did 2) He cannot afford, as this stage in the election cycle, to alienate people of KR's ilk; the...

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by kaitak
Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38217

Re: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

It sounds very interesting, BUT the effect of Brexit on the EU/US Open Skies agreement? Can EI operate from the UK to the US?

I suspect that this is really a coded message to the govt to start getting its act together on the aviation front. Whether it will work ... I don't know.

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by kaitak
Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 246
Views: 31061

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

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Here's a link to our new thread: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1451135

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by kaitak
Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid
Replies: 294
Views: 38217

Irish 9/20: Livid about Covid

Hello everyone and welcome to another Irish thread. Here's the link to the last thread: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1449779 There's not an awful lot to smile about over the last month; even the weather hasn't been that summery and on the aviation front, it's difficult to ...

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by kaitak
Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 246
Views: 31061

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain-usa-idUSKBN25M2PS UK & US discussing an air bridge between certain cities. How exactly is this relevant to the Irish thread? Because a large section of the island of Ireland is in the United Kingdom and about a third of Irish people ...

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 40 years of Airplane (Surely you can't be serious?!)
Replies: 32
Views: 2116

Re: 40 years of Airplane (Surely you can't be serious?!)

Leslie Neilson and Robert Graves (sadly both passed on to that great jump seat in the sky) Actually the actor's name was Peter Graves not Robert. Showing my age here, I remember him in Mission Impossible when I was a kid. Also for trivia nuts, Peter Graves was the younger bother of James Arness, AK...

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by kaitak
Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 40 years of Airplane (Surely you can't be serious?!)
Replies: 32
Views: 2116

40 years of Airplane (Surely you can't be serious?!)

It is is indeed! I just happened to be watching an interview with some of the original cast - Leslie Neilson and Robert Graves (sadly both passed on to that great jump seat in the sky) and it occurred to me that it's been 40 years since Airplane came out and not only that, it's 40 years to the month...

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by kaitak
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 246
Views: 31061

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

I was listening to Mark Cagney on Newstalk, while driving back from Westmeath in this lovely weather; he was talking about a new testing plan introduced by LHR, without government approval (in the sense that it doesn't count towards reducing your quarantine obligation) ... and it costs £150. There w...

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by kaitak
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways 777 unusual (wrong go around?) landing at EHAM
Replies: 48
Views: 10746

Re: Kuwait Airways 777 unusual (wrong go around?) landing at EHAM

I wonder if weight had a part in it; KAC 777s aren't operated with high loads at the best of times; a light aircraft in very strong winds might be a bit of a handful. They certainly made heavy weather of it (to use an Irish expression - probably not the best one in the circumstances!) ... lucky they...

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by kaitak
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 780
Views: 51005

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

I agree with what everything the anti-Trumpers are saying; he is a nasty piece of work, but why am I seeing the polls tightening? Why, after all he has done and said, is he closing the gap? Yes, Biden is still ahead by a decent amount, but that gap should not be narrowing. The problem we have, might...

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by kaitak
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US cannot trigger 'snapback' sanctions on Iran: EU official
Replies: 13
Views: 842

Re: US cannot trigger 'snapback' sanctions on Iran: EU official

I hadn't heard it myself and this relative would (I hate to admit!) be a Trump supporter. so I had my doubts but I really didn't want to go all Chris Wallace on her at a nice, polite coffee morning! My point to her was that the US approach to Iran over the last four years has been stick, stick, stic...

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by kaitak
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US cannot trigger 'snapback' sanctions on Iran: EU official
Replies: 13
Views: 842

Re: US cannot trigger 'snapback' sanctions on Iran: EU official

An American relative of mine claims that when Obama released billions of dollars frozen in accounts to Iran, when the JCPOA was signed, Iran used a lot of this money to finance actions in Syria and also, funnelled some of it to Hamas and other terror groups. Is there any evidence to support this?

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by kaitak
Sun Aug 16, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 567
Views: 214076

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

Interesting the snippets you pick up here and there when you talk to aviation people; I was talking to a friend of mine who had been chatting to an Airbus delivery engineer and this guy asked him who he thought were the most demanding/fussy airlines when it came to delivery inspections. "Qatar ...

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many 747F were built without a SCD?
Replies: 58
Views: 16696

Re: How many 747F were built without a SCD?

Very interesting, I never knew it was possible to get a 747 freighter without a SCD. It must have lengthened the time for, and reduced the efficiency of, turnarounds.

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by kaitak
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Setting up a new blog: advice
Replies: 3
Views: 357

Re: Setting up a new blog: advice

Mine is focused on politics, though not day to day politics; it's called "Positively Political" and I want to focus on how politics will be in 10-15 year' time and how we make it better, more inclusive and less divisive. I used an organisation called Wix and it's not too bad, but as the Ma...

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by kaitak
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Setting up a new blog: advice
Replies: 3
Views: 357

Setting up a new blog: advice

Hello folks, I'm trying to set up a new personal blog and frankly, it's a very cumbersome and frustrating process. I probably should have asked this at the outset, but here goes now. I may need to change provider. The current company I'm working with is awkward and the whole process of setting the b...

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden Has Decided on his VP
Replies: 110
Views: 5259

Re: Biden Has Decided on his VP

"Mother, she's going to kill me ... " The VP debate is probably going to be the most watched of any. A guy who is about as dull as a table lamp is going to be eviscerated on national TV by one of the most effective Senate performers. He won't know what hit him. Just a pity she won't be deb...

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by kaitak
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Some questions about Covid 19 and a vaccine
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Some questions about Covid 19 and a vaccine

The whole Covid 19 situation is obviously causing the world - and particularly the aviation sector, a lot of stress. I have a few questions and these are asked from the perspective of someone with very limited medical knowledge, so please be understanding if the questions appear a bit stupid. 1) I'm...

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by kaitak
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 35528

Re: Irish 7/20

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Hi folks: Our August thread is ready to roll!

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1449779

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by kaitak
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 246
Views: 31061

Irish 8/20: Angst in August

Good afternoon folks and welcome to our August thread: Once again, not a lot to be cheerful about - we don't seem to be much closer to the end of this crisis than we were last month and given the recent spike in infection numbers, any respite for the industry seems to be further away. Some highlight...

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by kaitak
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 35528

Re: Irish 7/20

For comparison: IAG: British Airways - £300 million from the UK Iberia - €1 billion from Spain Lufthansa group: Lufthansa - €9 billion from Germany Swiss International Airlines - €1.5 billion from Switzerland Austrian Airlines - €600 million from Austria Brussels Airlines - €460 million from Belgiu...

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by kaitak
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today
Replies: 119
Views: 22529

Re: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today

I was reading an article yesterday about the crew for this last flight and they had a captain on board with over 40 years on 747s; presumably this was his retirement flight. The operating captain had around 32 years behind her on the 747, which is a great achievement, but forty years is amazing. Tha...

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by kaitak
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 35528

Re: Irish 7/20

Wahey! We can go to Monaco ... but not France! And glad to see Greenland on the list, too ... clearly high on everyone's list. And what about airlines like KLM, Swiss and Lufty that have been serving Ireland right through the crisis. This is a bit of a slap in the face. I wonder if any carriers will...

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by kaitak
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 35528

Re: Irish 7/20

Do they mean EI-EIK? Hardly brand new!

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by kaitak
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 35528

Re: Irish 7/20

I heard Simon Coveney on the news a few minutes ago and he said that the green list was as safe as travelling to places within the country (he gave Kerry as an example). Now, that being the case, why maintain the recommendation against non-essential travel to these green list countries. Either a pla...

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by kaitak
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 35528

Re: Irish 7/20

Fliplot wrote:
Who would WANT to live 380M from main runway?..
...any one of us????


Oh yeah! First floor balcony overlooking the approach and threshold ... perfect bliss!

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by kaitak
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flying west: female pioneer Captain Emily Howell Warner
Replies: 4
Views: 2201

Re: Flying west: female pioneer Captain Emily Howell Warner

A heroine and a trailblazer who should always be remembered.

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by kaitak
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 35528

Re: Irish 7/20

Taoisech hinting that quarantine/travel restrictions may extend beyond July 9.

Also rumoured that Stobart will launch flights from BHD to 4 UK cities; not clear if this is under EI codeshare or not.

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by kaitak
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ireland has a new government - at last!
Replies: 3
Views: 552

Ireland has a new government - at last!

https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2020/0625/1149711-programme-for-government/ Ireland had an election in February. The ruling Fine Gael party didn't too terribly well. Their rivals of 70 years (since the civil war) - Fianna Fail - didn't do much better. Sinn Fein did very well, as did the Greens. The...

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by kaitak
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 38767

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

As if aviation didn't have enough to contend with, I'm hearing that Eamon Ryan, the Green Party TD, is likely to head up a new Department of Climate and Transport. I suspect that will not go down at all well with the aviation sector and given that the Greens no doubt welcome the decline in pax numbe...

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by kaitak
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 493
Views: 30364

Re: Qatar Airways to retire entire 777 fleet

Are they all going to be replaced by the 777X?

Also, they mentioned that they are suspending deliveries of the 787s, but will the -9s they have received recently (after Q suite installment) be put into service?

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by kaitak
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Supreme court: Workers can't be fired for being gay or transgender
Replies: 70
Views: 3758

Re: Supreme court: Workers can't be fired for being gay or transgender

Societies evolve; times change. Back in the 1950s and 1960s (and indeed well into this century), LGBT people were known, but they were also the focus of much ire from the religious right and almost no politician would have supported them. I'm Irish and it was similar here - indeed much worse, becaus...

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