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by kaitak
Thu Sep 09, 1999 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA The 717 And RR.
Replies: 37
Views: 2583

How Did We Get To . . .

Hmm . . . I thought this was about BA and 717s, which someone in a fit of over-optimism believes BA is going to buy. Let's see now . . . thirty year old airframe, non common cockpit, non common engine . . . fine, OK, versus A318 - pilot commonality . . . good wide fuselage, common tooling/maintenanc...

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by kaitak
Thu Sep 09, 1999 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spotting Gallery At MAN ?
Replies: 1
Views: 1841

RE: Spotting Gallery At MAN ?

It is some time since I've been there, but there was a very good area above T1, which also allowed a very good view of ALL aircraft going to and from T2.
There is also a laybe near the end of one of the runways, which is supposed to be quite good.
T2 is useless.

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by kaitak
Thu Sep 09, 1999 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hijacked To A Hostile Country
Replies: 2
Views: 1106

RE: White Nights

The aircraft featured in that film - during the inflight sequence - was an Aer Lingus 747, EI-ASJ. I can remember going down to Shannon on a school trip in early 1985 and you could still see the "British Orient" titles under the Aer Lingus livery! However, when you saw the aircraft "crashed", what y...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 08, 1999 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ansett Airlines Announces Possible Order
Replies: 34
Views: 1661

RE: 737s -v- A320s

It certainly will be interesting, but it has to be borne in mind that the 737s are now going on for 13 years old; they were among the earliest 737s built. Ansett already has a sizeable fleet and also, an ageing 767 fleet. I would be surprised to see 737s figuring. A319s and A321s would be my predict...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 08, 1999 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada 747's
Replies: 15
Views: 1817

RE: Air Canada 747's

The -400s are alive and well and somewhere between Europe and Toronto right now.
The Classics were retired at the end of the 1998 Summer season. The -400s, I understand, will remain in service until the A340-600s are introduced into service. They are, of course, fairly new aircraft.

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 08, 1999 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Are The Greatest CEOs?
Replies: 14
Views: 2303

RE: Who Are The Greatest CEOs?

Juan Trippe - certainly ranks among the greatest ever, although buying so many 747s certainly contributed to its eventual downfall. It's not widely known that when the 747s were being proposed initially, JTT suggested that after they had retired from passenger service, they could be converted to fre...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 08, 1999 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's In A Number?
Replies: 0
Views: 1352

What's In A Number?

Recently, KLM decided to adopt Transavia's identifier for its new 737-800s and -900s, i.e. they will be -8/9K2s instead of -8/906s. The reason given by KLM is that the use of the normal KLM identifier/customer code would require more paperwork and (I believe) a different certification process. Just ...

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 07, 1999 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Color Of AA A300-600´s
Replies: 2
Views: 3125

RE: Color Of AA A300-600´s

When the AA AB6s were originally delivered, Airbus could not give a guarantee in relation to the bare metal finish (I can't recall the exact nature of the guarantee), so the initial aircraft - in fact most of them were delivered in a grey (or gray!) scheme. A small number of aircraft were then deliv...

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 07, 1999 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Needs A New Paint Scheme?
Replies: 31
Views: 2466

Thanks Guys!

Hi Thai747/Concorde SST, glad to know I'm not the only one with good taste in airline liveries!! I understand that the motif on the tails of Thai aircraft is called the "Dancing Man". I also believe it was designed by the US firm, Landor Associates? You really have to look at it hard before it makes...

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 07, 1999 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Crash, This Time In Kathmandu
Replies: 2
Views: 2766

RE: Necon Air BAe 748

Hi Cedarjet,
The aircraft was a BAe 748, operated by the Nepali domestic operator NECON AIR. It was on a domestic flight from Pokhara and was carrying 12 pax and 3 crew when it hit a tower on approach (not THE tower!). Unfortunately, there were no survivors.

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by kaitak
Mon Sep 06, 1999 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Happened To SAA's New Livery?
Replies: 6
Views: 2907

RE: UAL 777?

UAL 777, what's up doc? Surely an error?

Granite, I've been through LHR a few times recently and most of the SAA fleet is now in the new colours.

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by kaitak
Mon Sep 06, 1999 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Duty Free
Replies: 3
Views: 1480

RE: European Duty Free

No, they decided to scrap it in the end. Eurocrats, as they're "affectionately" known, weren't having any of it. From an Irish perspective - where the whole idea originated in 1947 - it was seen as a particular problem, but in the aftermath, the effects do not seem to have been too bad. Airport auth...

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by kaitak
Mon Sep 06, 1999 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bad Weather Landings...
Replies: 2
Views: 1396

RE: Bad Weather Landings...

Ultimately, there are commercial pressures involved, but there are also weather maxima (i.e. maximum windspeeds and crosswind factors). While the captain does have the final say, if the wind is within the maxima, he is going to get a fairly savage ear-bashing if he doesn't attempt to land. It's a ve...

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by kaitak
Sun Sep 05, 1999 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: My Friends Think Commercial Aviation Is Stupid
Replies: 33
Views: 2009

RE: My Friends Think Commercial Aviation Is Stupid

Johans and L1011, I'm in the exact same position. Whenever people are going on trips are even having problems with specific airlines, they come to me - "John will know" they'll say and of course, I can mostly come up with an answer, well - even if it isn't the one they're looking for!! No informatio...

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by kaitak
Sun Sep 05, 1999 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3 Class 757's On Domestic Routes
Replies: 3
Views: 2709

RE: 3 Class 757's On Domestic Routes

Sorry, I'm lost? Do you want to know what airline does this, if any? As far as I'm aware, airlines (such as UAL) which show three classes on domestics don't necessarily have three domestic cabins; they are really meant to be the domestic sectors of international flights and as far as I'm aware, Busi...

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by kaitak
Sun Sep 05, 1999 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair Contact - Johan?
Replies: 5
Views: 1023

Thanks Very Much!

Sorry Johans, I am a bit awkward when it comes to using and finding profiles, but thanks very much for your information. I wanted to send you an email directly, but didn't have your address. I hope I'm not pushing my luck here with personal messages (sorry Administrator - this is definitely the last...

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by kaitak
Sun Sep 05, 1999 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737NG Etops Yet?
Replies: 5
Views: 990

RE: 737NG Etops Yet?

I believe Aloha is looking at 737-700s for Hawaii to west coast. This would require maximum etops as the equidistant point is three hours from the nearest airport. I wouldn't be too worried about the size; after all, much smaller aircraft - business jets - fly across the Atlantic regularly. As for E...

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by kaitak
Sun Sep 05, 1999 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Needs A New Paint Scheme?
Replies: 31
Views: 2466

RE: Al319/FLY777UAL

Hi guys, It's actually AIRLINERS, page 20. showing as you rightly say, the 73G, in the old colours. Looking at it, yes, it's really in need of a change. They only say it's going to be introduced with the arrival of the new 738 in December. But, well, er . . . it HAS to be an improvement! (Don't worr...

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by kaitak
Sun Sep 05, 1999 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoking Permitted...For Pilots.
Replies: 11
Views: 1202

RE: Smoking Permitted...For Pilots.

Jealous, moi, Cedarjet!? No, I can contain my urges for nine hours - well, most of them anyway - and in any case, in my nearly 70 jumpseat rides around the world with various airlines, I have never once come across a smoking flight crew. Seriously, though, with the dangers of passive smoking and the...

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by kaitak
Sun Sep 05, 1999 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair Contact - Johan?
Replies: 5
Views: 1023

RE: Finnair Contact - Johan?

Thanks very much Johans. However, md80forum has contacts in Helsinki, which may be more appropriate for what I had in mind. Many thanks anyway.

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by kaitak
Sun Sep 05, 1999 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Needs A New Paint Scheme?
Replies: 31
Views: 2466

RE: Who Needs A New Paint Scheme?

DON'T go near the Thai livery! Please! It has always been my favourite. AI319, I agree with you about BWIA, but you'll be glad to hear that the first 737-800 will be delivered with the new West Indian livery, the "British" name disappearing. I was very disappointed that Ryanair used their old livery...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 04, 1999 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoking Permitted...For Pilots.
Replies: 11
Views: 1202

RE: Smoking Permitted...For Pilots.

I agree with you completely, B-707. It should be one rule for the whole aircraft! I am surprised that legislation does not cover this. The only reason I can think of is that perhaps pilots unions in Spain may be very militant and therefore airlines are unwilling to pick a fight with them, in case of...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 04, 1999 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair Contact - Johan?
Replies: 5
Views: 1023

RE: Finnair Contact - Johan?

Thanks very much, md80forum. I will send try to send you an email from work on Monday. Unfortunately, I am having a problem with email here. (Basically, I wanted to see if Finnair would allow someone to write an article on an MD11 flight. My email is [email protected].com. Sorry, I tried yours, but...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 04, 1999 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair Contact - Johan?
Replies: 5
Views: 1023

Finnair Contact - Johan?

Hi Johan,

I wonder if you would have any contacts in Finnair. I may be flying with them next year and I was wondering if you knew anyone in their PR department?

Many thanks indeed,

(If you have my email, you can contact me that way, otherwise I will give it to you through the forum).

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 04, 1999 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Latest From Boeing Everett
Replies: 16
Views: 2166

RE: The Tour

The tour certainly looks interesting with or without photos, but can anyone say what little nooks and crannies are available around Everett or the other plants? For example, is there any way to see aircraft doing test flying (or anything) from the Boeing Museum of Flight? Also, in some photos of air...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 04, 1999 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Heathrow Airport - Terminal 5
Replies: 4
Views: 2552

RE: KaiTak- Terminal 5

Oh it'll certainly be a yes. A famous British comedy series about politicians, "Yes Minister" had a great quote about public enquiries: "Never have a public enquiry unless you're sure what it's findings will be in advance"!!! As for facilities, the airport in Japan is Kansai, although I would love t...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 04, 1999 1:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Best Coach!
Replies: 24
Views: 1576

RE: The Best Coach!

Who are Trans-Atlantic? (Do you mean BA on transatlantic flights?) They're okay; I flew them last year on LHR-MIA; nothing to write home about, but BA back from Orlando to Gatwick was like being on a different airline - much better. Still, my own favourite is Cathay. I've flown on quite a few (altho...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 04, 1999 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Heathrow Airport - Terminal 5
Replies: 4
Views: 2552

RE: London Heathrow Airport - Terminal 5

I believe this is the case, although which poor airlines will be picked on to move to T4 is another question. I also understand that the STAR airlines, LH, BD (which is already there) and UA will move to T1. Aer Lingus, being a Oneworld airline, will probably join BA in T5. Of course, that's now fur...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 03, 1999 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaccurate Media Reports
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

RE: The Media

Just as a follow up to my first point, I just happened to be reading that standard bearer of quality British journalism, The Sun, which was carried a banner headline on its inside pages, (to the effect of) "why was it still flying?" - and the same rubbish about design life etc. Truth to tell, an air...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 03, 1999 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wrong Airport Landings
Replies: 15
Views: 4057

RE: Wrong Airport Landings

Last year, a Saudi 747 landed at a military airbase near Chennai (Madras), India. No damage, but the aircraft had to leave considerably lighter than when it arrived. There were some reports - although not for many years now - of aircraft landing at Northolt, just 3-4 miles north of LHR, in error. An...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 03, 1999 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minor Incident At Perth
Replies: 6
Views: 1637

RE: Minor Incident At Perth

The aircraft was operating QF 23, inbound from SYD, operating a service to JNB. Airline guide just shows "747", although other flights to JNB operated by 743, so this is more than likely a classic also. Passengers a little shaken and engine damaged, but no serious injuries. Even the great can make m...

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by kaitak
Thu Sep 02, 1999 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-200 ER & IGW
Replies: 15
Views: 10175

RE: 777-200 ER & IGW

Yes, it really is all very confusing. I agree that the "ER"suffix should be used on Boeing long range aircraft. Air France, I believe, was the first to use the -ER title on the fuselage of its new 777s. An ER aircraft is, by definition, an increased gross weight aircraft - i..e greater range require...

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by kaitak
Thu Sep 02, 1999 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Birth Of A330-100X & Seamless Airbus Range
Replies: 4
Views: 1887

RE: Birth Of A330-100X & Seamless Airbus Range

Yes, I certainly agree with the first two writers - and indeed to Boeing 757/767, although I'm not familiar with the Hapag Lloyd position. It is true, in some cases, that shorter aircraft tend to be more expensive, but this seems to be a shorter aircraft meant for, at best, medium haul flights. In a...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 01, 1999 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaccurate Media Reports
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Inaccurate Media Reports

Just listening to the (British) ITN news there and it reported that the 737 involved in the LAPA crash had 67,000 hours. Fair enough, that does not seem excessive (about 2,300 hrs/pa), BUT the report went on to say that Boeing had "admitted" that the aircraft had a design life of 20 years (WRZ was 2...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 01, 1999 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TV Cameras Outside The Airplane
Replies: 7
Views: 1318

RE: TV Cameras Outside The Airplane

Cathay has this on its new 777-300s (but not -200s). Oddly enough, Business Class passengers cannot see landings as the folding armrest TV has to be stowed for landing. Economy Class passengers have a full view. Japanese airlines also have this feature. I was on a JAL 747-400D and an ANA 767-300 and...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 01, 1999 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qualiflier News
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

RE: Qualiflier News

I saw on the Just Planes videos site that Austrian Airlines has painted an A320 in a special Qualiflyer colour scheme!

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 01, 1999 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lapa Just Crashed !
Replies: 9
Views: 2070

B737-204C

The Yahoo Aviation Clubs' "Airliners Incidents and Accidents" shows the above, a 1970 build aircraft, the 251st off the line and with LAPA since Dec '96. There are conflicting reports still as to how the incident occurred. One report says the 737 crashed 5kms from thre runway, but the more reliable ...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 01, 1999 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Best Aviation Photography Film?
Replies: 14
Views: 2393

RE: The Best Aviation Photography Film?

I've tried 800ASA film, but the quality is quite poor - very grainy. I would try the latest 400ASA film from any of the top manufacturers - Kodak, Fuji, Konica. I've never had any quality problems with 400ASA and it's perfect for high speed shots, i.e. moving aircraft. Your camera shop will be able ...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 01, 1999 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lapa Just Crashed !
Replies: 9
Views: 2070

RE: Lapa Just Crashed !

The BBC reports that 69 are dead and 26 have survived. "The plane, carrying some 90 passengers, hit several cars before skidding onto a golf driving range." It says that the aircraft crashed on takeoff,but doesn't say whether it got off the ground. LAPA also operates 737-700s, but most flights on th...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 01, 1999 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-500 Sretch Version
Replies: 7
Views: 5757

RE: Boeing 747-500 Sretch Version

367-80, I think the airline's problem was that they could not get the kind of improvement in seat-mile economics they were looking for. This is one of the hold-ups with the A3XX - they're looking for a 20% improvement in economics. Despite what Boeing is saying publicly, you can be sure they are loo...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 01, 1999 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA On JFK-NRT
Replies: 16
Views: 2017

RE: UA On JFK-NRT

The OAG pocket flight guide now shows the UA 801 as a 744. I'm not sure about the configuration, but I would imagine it would be quite a big J class; when UA had 747-200s on the route, it had two dedicated -222Bs operating and they had large J class cabins. In any case, this would be quite a busy ro...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 01, 1999 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is The A3XX Now Called The A350 ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1931

RE: Is The A3XX Now Called The A350 ?

Sorry, my fault. Getting ahead of myself a little there. Of course, it's a huge jump of logic, but true, it should still be called A3XX.

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by kaitak
Tue Aug 31, 1999 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qualiflier News
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

RE: Qualiflier News

Yes, I heard about Austrian, but I thought SAA was a STAR airline and we had a thread about Thai and STAR. I can't see them leaving.

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by kaitak
Tue Aug 31, 1999 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Airlines Fleet
Replies: 2
Views: 1082

RE: Korean Airlines Fleet

I believe that the first two have been delivered in August, for operations to Sydney and Honolulu. (Check the Sydney Airport message board, which had a thread about this).

As of the 31st August, both aircraft were still in service.

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by kaitak
Tue Aug 31, 1999 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean MD80?
Replies: 1
Views: 1084

RE: Korean MD80?

Yes, Korean Air currently operates thirteen MD80s; they lost one in March. The type has been operated since 1985, replacing 727s. The airline intends to replace these aircraft (and, I believe, the F100s) with 737NGs, with delivery starting in April 2000 (-700s, leased from GECAS) and August 2000 (-8...

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by kaitak
Tue Aug 31, 1999 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A3XX Safety
Replies: 12
Views: 1293

RE: A3XX Safety

I managed to get a copy of Airbus's booklet on the A3XX and it shows 9 doors on each side of the aircraft, 5 up and four down (18 in all). These will be fairly large doors also, enough for two people to get out simultaneously. Based on 560 people, that's about 31 people per door. Looking at the 767 ...

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by kaitak
Tue Aug 31, 1999 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Photos In CX Cockpits
Replies: 3
Views: 1382

RE: Photos In CX Cockpits

Ah, the memories . . .

*sniffle* . . .

(What I would give to have that view once more!)

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by kaitak
Tue Aug 31, 1999 3:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai B747-400 TakeOff...
Replies: 4
Views: 1747

RE: Thai B747-400 TakeOff...

A few inches more and he would not be terribly popular in Bangkok. Looks like an over-rotation.

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by kaitak
Mon Aug 30, 1999 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Photos In CX Cockpits
Replies: 3
Views: 1382

Photos In CX Cockpits

Some time ago, the subject of taking photos in the cockpit of CX airliners was raised. It is not permitted, although it should be said that CX crews are the most welcoming, friendly and professional you will find anywhere. I was wondering about the story behind this and found it was a rather amusing...

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by kaitak
Mon Aug 30, 1999 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR's Trent Is The Best!
Replies: 1
Views: 1029

RE: RR's Trent Is The Best!

I don't know about that side, but I can certainly tell you that they have what must be the most goergeous "purr" - well from the inside anyway - on takeoff. I was on a CX 773. What an engine!

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