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by kaitak
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA 747 Operations
Replies: 69
Views: 8695

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: 38003

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: 38003

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: 1701

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: 30214

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: 38003

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: 10693

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: 38003

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: 30823

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: 38003

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: 30823

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: 2105

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: 2105

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: 30823

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: 10705

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: 50861

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: 840

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: 840

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: 213689

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: 16641

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: 355

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: 355

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: 5234

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: 623

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: 35394

Re: Irish 7/20

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1449779
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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: 30823

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: 35394

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: 22458

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: 35394

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: 35394

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: 35394

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: 35394

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: 2193

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: 35394

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: 549

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: 38615

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: 30214

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: 3748

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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by kaitak
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Supreme court: Workers can't be fired for being gay or transgender
Replies: 70
Views: 3748

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

I think the problem is that if such a law were passed by a Democratic-led congress, a Republican congress - backed and pushed into it by evangelists and other Religious groups, would seek to overturn it. Having a "SC" stamp on it protects it much more than legislation would. I think it's a...

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by kaitak
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 38615

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

I see several airlines have restarted services today (e.g. KLM) and more later this week, but who is actually allowed to travel. If I turn out at the airport tomorrow with a KLM ticket, would I be turned around and told to go home, ticket or not?

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by kaitak
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 38615

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

If loads are really bad on EI routes to MAN and BHX, would it not make more sense to use an AT7 on the route, rather than an A320? Can't see AT7s doing DUB-LGW, but they were already being used to MAN and BHX.

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by kaitak
Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 38615

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

Thanks for sharing. Not sure what they were talking about but didn't sound too happy when asked to make a 180 turn to backtrack. That was my impression too! I would love to see the translation subtitles, if they're ever added, but I can't think that a 180 in an aircraft of that size is easy; tyre s...

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by kaitak
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 38615

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

Not today it seems. Maybe tomorrow. If full, that's a lot of PPE on board. RTE website has a clip of the AN-225 touching down https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2020/0610/1146491-ppe-plane-shannon/ The title of this months thread is quite fitting for this event Some of us have the gift of foresight! (...

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by kaitak
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 38615

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

JAmie2k9 wrote:
Fliplot wrote:

You know with an incoming Green Transport Minister I suspect daa will do whatever to avoid having any discussions with Goverment.


Is that likely? Or is it just one of the portfolios they have asked for. Not something I'd be comfortable with, from an aviation standpoint.

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by kaitak
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's DC10s
Replies: 29
Views: 6175

Re: Alitalia's DC10s

In 1997, AZ had selected KLM to be its principal international partner, over AF and SR and it was planned to be a significant tie up. The deal, billed as a virtual merger, was dropped in 2000 by KLM after 18 months as KLM had big concerns over state aid to AZ and its path to privatization at the ti...

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by kaitak
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 38615

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth rea0wakens ...

The An-225 is now due into SNN at 1645 on Tues, leaving around 22h later, on Weds, 10th. With regard to the restart of flight operations, govt seems to be playing its cards v close to its chest. Airlines (mostly) seem to be aiming for flights to resume on 13-15 June, yet govt not even giving firm in...

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by kaitak
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus threatens to sue airlines
Replies: 104
Views: 20699

Re: Airbus threatens to sue airlines

What happened to QR in Greece a few days ago?

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by kaitak
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 38615

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

https://www.airbaltic.com/lt/airbaltic- ... -dubrovnik


Are they back on Riga around the same time?
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SeanM1997 wrote:
airBaltic to launch Vilnius - Dublin from 16 June 2020
https://www.airbaltic.com/lt/airbaltic- ... -dubrovnik


Are they back on Riga around the same time?

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by kaitak
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 290
Views: 52353

Re: Swiss Aviation Thread - 2020

Is there anywhere I can get a rough schedule as to when the next Swiss A320N/321N deliveries will be? Thinking of coming to Zurich (if travel permitted) in late August/September.

Also, has Swiss given any indication as to what are the next routes to be served by the Neos?

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by kaitak
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lincoln Project Ad - Americans Must Choose 'America'
Replies: 45
Views: 2815

Re: Lincoln Project Ad - Americans Must Choose 'America'

You know those FB memes where they ask people to give "wrong answers only". I wonder if Trump is perpetually trapped in one of those. It's as if there's a little committee in his head which asks: what action can I take to make this bad situation even worse? Have you thought about using pro...

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