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by kaitak
Mon Aug 23, 1999 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest And The 757-300.
Replies: 14
Views: 7604

RE: Southwest And The 757-300.

Southwest? 757-300? I would be EXTREMELY surprised. Part of the Southwest philosophy is operating small aircraft (i.e. 737-3/700 size) on high frequency routes. It could never do this with a 757. Bear in mind also that Southwest never ordered the 737-400 (or larger). Of course, competitors would be ...

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by kaitak
Sun Aug 22, 1999 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM/NWA To Close Transatlantic Routes?
Replies: 14
Views: 2468

RE: KLM/NWA To Close Transatlantic Routes?

I think MSP-OSL is already confirmed. Don't know about the other. The decision does beg the question as to whether it is just a lack of demand on the route, or whether potential customers find out it's NW on the route (with a 20 year old DC10) and find another way there. NW really needs to get itsel...

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by kaitak
Sun Aug 22, 1999 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crash At Hong Kong
Replies: 52
Views: 3396

RE: Crash At Hong Kong

Just been looking up PPRuNET (Professional Pilots' Rumour Network - not that I am one, I just look it up!). It looks as if the aircraft landed on 7R, which is indeed the southern runway. Reports of 25-45 knot crosswind all day. I quote from the Jeppesen guide, page 20-9F: "Severe turbulence can be e...

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by kaitak
Sun Aug 22, 1999 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crash At Hong Kong
Replies: 52
Views: 3396

RE: B150/Mandarin

Freddy: Yes, they are indeed one and the same, although Mandarin's name will soon disappear from international routes, as the airline has "merged" with Formosa Airlines, which operates F100s and F50s on Taiwanese domestic routes. It had two (I think) SPs, now retired and the MD11s will gradually be ...

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by kaitak
Sun Aug 22, 1999 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crash At Hong Kong
Replies: 52
Views: 3396

RE: Freddy

Fair point, 'WWKH, but thankfully the initial reports are "positive" (relatively speaking) in relation to casualties - one dead and four (reported by the BBC to be crewmembers). In fairness, most of the comments here have been been about more than just the registration. To answer another questioner'...

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by kaitak
Sun Aug 22, 1999 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crash At Hong Kong
Replies: 52
Views: 3396

RE: Crash At Hong Kong

The BBC now reports that the aircraft, operating a flight from Bangkok (CI 642) was carrying 315 passengers and crew (the config, according to the Jp, is C34Y270). The aircraft was landing in HK in bad weather and according to reports, it "flipped" (bringing the Fed Ex MD11 at EWR to mind). One fact...

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by kaitak
Sun Aug 22, 1999 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Or Boeing? Who Is Right?
Replies: 75
Views: 4454

RE: Airbus Or Boeing? Who Is Right?

Oh you're welcome LeoDF. I'll bet you're just delighted you asked.
Of course, the answer is Airbus.
And Boeing.

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst Landings . . .
Replies: 15
Views: 1638

Worst Landings . . .

Can you remember your worst landings - the real "did we land or were we shot down ones, that make you check your molars? I remember, not so long ago, BA started flying A320s to Jersey, here in the Channel Islands. The A320 was new to Jersey, which has quite a short runway. The crew were obviously qu...

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amusing Anecdotes
Replies: 0
Views: 1397

Amusing Anecdotes

Aviation is full of amusing anecdotes down through the years. Have you heard any good ones. Why not share them? Here's one I found on another site; apologies in advance for the slight use of well, unparliamentary language, but it is part of the story and I hope you find it amusing. I did. The elderl...

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bad SQ Experience?
Replies: 14
Views: 1443

RE: Bad SQ Experience?

While I have never flown with SIA (being a Cathay fan), it has to be said that they have won major awards and they do carry over 11m ppa. So things go wrong now and again, but don't overlook the fact that for any country to have an airline like that is quite an achievement. For a country which is co...

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1137

RE: 747 Question

Clipper is quite correct; each airline is given its own identifier. Pan Am was -21 and it ran through all the numbers, then letters and numbers (e.g. Thai, -D7), then numbers and letters (e.g. -8E, Asiana) and more recently, two letters. This is actually very useful in identifying the first operator...

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Star And Oneworld Entry Requirements
Replies: 7
Views: 1899

RE: Star And Oneworld Entry Requirements

Like Finnair - and as someone mentioned earlier, Aer Lingus is a two class airline; so too is Canadian. Ciro was quite correct that it was all to do with market access; no-one is going to forced to introduct a particular type of service. Cathay was once one of the very few airlines to offer a three ...

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Should Boeing Do With The 747?
Replies: 8
Views: 4268

RE: What Should Boeing Do With The 747?

With Airbus looking increasingly likely to launch the A3XX, Boeing may soon find the need to join them. People are still talking about the 747-500 which was abandoned, but Boeing's Current Market Forecast dismisses talk of very high capacity aircraft. Aside from that, there is plenty of life in the ...

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Makes Offer To Canadian
Replies: 10
Views: 2547

RE: Air Canada Makes Offer To Canadian

It certainly does look as if AC has CP between a rock and a hard place. There doesn't seem to be much of a choice . . .

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A320 Incredible Crash On 1988
Replies: 15
Views: 4281

RE: Air France A320 Incredible Crash On 1988

This accident happened at a place called Habsheim, at an airshow. Although the crew were instructors, they weren't fully used to the systems; they apparently had the aircraft in the wrong "mode"; I can remember that video quite well, particularly a French onlooker who kept saying "Oh Non" as the air...

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B720 Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1232

RE: B720 Question

In reply to Hisham's question, I'd say the answer is that all of MEA's 720s were then ex-Western, but not all of the 707s came from the same source (incidentally, should that read 707-320s, not -020s?). Some came from American, one from Western and a few came to the airline directly. The latest JP s...

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B720 Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1232

RE: Reply To CV990

Yes CV990, you are quite correct, but reading over what I wrote and re-reading what you wrote, maybe what you thought I wrote wasn't quite what I actually wrote, well, you get the general idea . . . What I did say was that there was no difference and that no B720-020Bs were built, which is still cor...

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Makes Offer To Canadian
Replies: 10
Views: 2547

RE: Air Canada Makes Offer To Canadian

Now this IS interesting. Whatever about the transatlantic routes, the Pacific routes are particularly valuable - Beijing, Hong Kong, TOKYO, Manila. It's going to be very interesting to see how OneWorld reacts, particularly as AC was a founding member of Star. CP has quite a few slots at Heathrow and...

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Baby A330 On The Way
Replies: 4
Views: 1813

RE: Baby A330 On The Way

It makes a lot of sense. The A330-200 is a fine and popular aircraft, but because of its long range, not completely suitable for regional flights. I could see a lot of existing customers going for this option, if it comes to fruition. SIA, of those you mention, seems to be the most likely candidate....

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Haunted Delta L-1011s
Replies: 11
Views: 5445

RE: Haunted Delta L-1011s

Read John G. Fuller's THE GHOST OF FLIGHT 401 - quite a gripping book in places. Actually, this involved an EASTERN L1011 and the story was the Flight Engineer was seen in an underfloor galley and the captain was seen in the First Class cabin of another airliner. There were rumours that one of the a...

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Do They Fit 360 Passengers In An A330-200?
Replies: 9
Views: 3134

RE: How Do They Fit 360 Passengers In An A330-200?

Actually, Airtours have lavs downstairs and its config is C49 (2/3/2?) and Y311 (3/3/3?). They actually do use them for long haul flights, including Australia. Believe or not. I believe it, I'm just not going to do it! Monarch's config is even denser; it has C51Y323. I have a friend going to Cuba ne...

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B720 Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1232

RE: B720 Question

None as such. The B720-020B (none of which, I believe, were built) would be a Boeing company aircraft and Boeing didn't have any corporate 720s or aircraft used for tests. The numbers after the dash refer to the aircraft operator, all Boeing operators having a code, starting with -21 for Pan Am (bei...

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by kaitak
Sat Aug 21, 1999 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific
Replies: 6
Views: 1102

RE: Cathay Pacific

An interesting site to read for the latest on Cathay "rumours" is the Professional Pilots Rumour Network, "Fragrant Harbour" . . . Just a few points. - There's been a long debate there about the 777-v- 346 (340-600) and Cathay appears to feel that the ETOPs on the Pacific might be a little dodgy; if...

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by kaitak
Fri Aug 20, 1999 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines Fleet ?
Replies: 12
Views: 2580

RE: SIA Fleet

You know guys, here's an odd thing, all United 777 wanted to know was about SIA's fleet. It's hard to pin down, mostly because they keep adding airplanes (most unfair to us who want to keep tabs on them!), but here's a rough breakdown: 38 744s, 8 744Fs 10 777s, 4 773s (and about 15 777s on firm orde...

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by kaitak
Fri Aug 20, 1999 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific
Replies: 6
Views: 1102

RE: Cathay Pacific

I agree; it's great to see airlines making an effort with liveries and being a bit adventurous. It's great to see Cathay bounce back and hopefully Cathay's recovery will pave the way for a new order. A340-600s or B777s, who knows. As far as quality of service is concerned, I divide airlines into two...

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by kaitak
Fri Aug 20, 1999 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Did You Get Your User Name, Members?
Replies: 49
Views: 3602

RE: How Did You Get Your User Name, Members?

Kai Tak:
In memory of the greatest of them all - Hong Kong's old international airport.
Long may the memory live on.

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by kaitak
Fri Aug 20, 1999 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Kind Of Plane Did I See?
Replies: 5
Views: 2747

RE: What Kind Of Plane Did I See?

Hello NWA man,
The only type Aeroflot flies to Moscow is the A310, so it must have been that. From a distance, the A310 may look a little like the 319, in that it looks a little, well, squished and its engines look quite big. No doubt about it, must have been a 310.

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by kaitak
Thu Aug 19, 1999 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Landings
Replies: 4
Views: 1277

Alitalia Landings

Many of you may have videos of old Kai Tak in Hong Kong - or even have been there. On some of these videos, I noticed some particularly lousy landings by Alitalia MD11s and those I saw myself were also quite, well, "interesting". Was it just the MD11, Kai Tak or a combination, as the airline actuall...

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by kaitak
Thu Aug 19, 1999 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If You Ever Go To Ireland . . .
Replies: 5
Views: 1828

RE: Please Ryanair Please!

No, very much on track, Granite, all comers welcome. As far as FR is concerned, it's down to the airport authority itself. I am surprised that no one has yet established a direct link between ABZ and DUB. It does seem to be the largest UK city not yet linked, so I would not be surprised to see somet...

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by kaitak
Thu Aug 19, 1999 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If You Ever Go To Ireland . . .
Replies: 5
Views: 1828

RE: If You Ever Go To Ireland . . .

Thanks for that, 24291. Glad you liked it. Aer Lingus has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. LAX has just been added and ORD is now daily. We're hoping for another, but the Shannon stop causes problems with bilateral negotiations. Hope you'll fly EI again soon.

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by kaitak
Thu Aug 19, 1999 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If You Ever Go To Ireland . . .
Replies: 5
Views: 1828

If You Ever Go To Ireland . . .

Just a quick survey. I am an Irish enthusiast and although not now living there, I am interested to know how people fly there and particularly if they flew with an Irish airline, how they found it (and don't say "at the end of the jetway"!!) I'm particularly interested in hearing from North American...

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by kaitak
Thu Aug 19, 1999 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Horror Stories
Replies: 12
Views: 2898

RE: Airline Horror Stories

My most uncomfortable flight was also with BA, but the airline handled it very well - it got us in. In early 1998 - i.e. the first few days - there were some very severe storms in the UK - and in the Channel Islands. I was flying on a 737-400 from LHR to JER. The wind at Jersey was hitting 45-50 kno...

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 18, 1999 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Read This About American Airlines
Replies: 19
Views: 2866

RE: Read This About American Airlines

While I can understand some logic in the view on simulation software, (i.e. if a plane carrying an AAL logo were crashed and seen publicly as doing so), one could understand some concern, BUT PHOTOS? Now this is going into very difficult waters. I don't see how it's going to work without have very a...

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 18, 1999 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France -- Launch Customer For B777-300X
Replies: 13
Views: 3019

RE: Air France -- Launch Customer For B777-300X

I'm afraid I have to disagree with Pandora. Firstly, it would be absolutely unfair to expect the US to go to war with China just for Taiwan (and by no means am I anti-Taiwan - quite the contrary in fact!). It has always been US policy to get Taiwan to keep quiet on the independence issue. I would ac...

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 18, 1999 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Class Expirences
Replies: 12
Views: 1591

RE: First Class Expirences

This might be cheating just a little, in that my experience was with Cathay in Business Class. It was "First Class" in a way, as there was no F class on either flight and secondly, I just couldn't imagine First Class being any better. 1. Service - enough said. It's Cathay. 2. Seats - 50" pitch, abou...

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 18, 1999 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France -- Launch Customer For B777-300X
Replies: 13
Views: 3019

RE: Air France -- Launch Customer For B777-300X

This is a very interesting question and unfortunately, it's impossible to discuss it without involving politics. An initial gut reaction would be that, NO WAY would they be allowed to and while I accept that AF is becoming more independent, there is more to it than that. This would be a French airli...

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 18, 1999 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-300SR
Replies: 8
Views: 3775

RE: Boeing 747-300SR

I can understand B727's confusion. The main thing to understand is that the aircraft are interchangeable; i.e. aircraft built as SRs/Ds can be converted to international standard. This happened with at least three of ANA's -400Ds. With regard to range, this is because the maximum takeoff weight of t...

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 18, 1999 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Dead Airline Would You Fly...
Replies: 28
Views: 3112

RE: What Dead Airline Would You Fly...

I always regret not having flown Eastern. Nine years ago, just after the Gulf crisis broke out, airlines had excellent deals to many destinations. I was in Chicago then and was planning on flying to Greensboro, to see relatives. I could have flown EAL, but instead flew Delta - largely because it wou...

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 18, 1999 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Safety?
Replies: 12
Views: 1351

RE: Korean Air Safety?

Look under the "Professional Pilots' Rumour Network" - a very interesting site - and you will be able to download a 27 page report by Delta pilots into Korean Air. Frightening reading, it really is. To quote two examples: "F/Es do not do thorough preflight, sometimes sloppy. They do it in record tim...

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 18, 1999 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Or Boeing? Who Is Right?
Replies: 75
Views: 4454

RE: Airbus Or Boeing? Who Is Right?

Since this is obviously a rather sensitive topic, perhaps we should just keep to the economic facts. Air transport will continue to grow and grow and grow. Airport slots will not. The likes of Heathrow, Frankfurt, Narita and Sydney (to name but a few) will always be congested and the growth in trade...

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 18, 1999 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Retirements
Replies: 11
Views: 1429

RE: MD-11 Retirements

I think the main reason for the MD11's retirement was the lack of commonality. Boeing - and particularly Airbus - have a family of aircraft, where as the MD11, as fine an aircraft as it is, sticks out like a sore thumb. Delta and AAL, for example, will enjoy the commonality of the Boeing "philosophy...

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 18, 1999 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question About 777 Landings....
Replies: 5
Views: 1938

RE: Question About 777 Landings....

I have flown 777s with three carriers, including twice on the 773 and it seems to be down to the conditions. As big an aircraft as the 777 is, it is still subject to crosswinds. One interesting point about 777 landings is that the large wing area does allow a low flare height (a Cathay crew told me ...

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