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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: 41775

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: 37238

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: 1808

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: 41775

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: 52661

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: 52661

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: 41775

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: 102770

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: 2867

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: 2312

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: 5305

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: 41775

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: 2773

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: 6597

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: 13047

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: 4994

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: 864

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: 1653

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: 41775

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: 41775

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: 41775

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: 41775

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: 41775

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: 41775

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: 41775

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: 1960

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: 9114

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: 41775

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: 41775

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: 37951

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: 41775

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: 2266

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: 37951

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: 37951

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: 37951

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: 37951

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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by kaitak
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iranian Revolution/ Iran-Iraq war/ Iran hostage crises/ Carter
Replies: 15
Views: 1607

Re: Iranian Revolution/ Iran-Iraq war/ Iran hostage crises/ Carter

I agree; I don't know what the truth is about Reagan (or his team) wanting to delay the release of hostages until after October; I doubt it, because I think the Iranians would have seen through this - and would have made it public, with predictable results. My personal view is that Iran looked at Am...

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by kaitak
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US says all UN sanctions on Iran restored and threatens world to comply
Replies: 59
Views: 3143

Re: US says all UN sanctions on Iran restored and threatens world to comply

Is it really a sensible, sustainable long term strategy to isolate and contain one of the largest and most populous country in the ME? Has anyone considered the long game on this. America's (which is, let's face it, Israel's) policy towards Iran is stick, stick, stick and has been as long as the cur...

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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: 22337

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: 37951

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: 37951

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: 181040

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: 724

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: 37951

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: 37951

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: 2407

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: 1415

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: 37951

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: 1876

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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