As many people in the Middle East know, 2000 sees the 50th anniversary of Gulf Air (formerly Gulf Aviation).
What do people think of the airline, what are they planning to do to celebrate (if anything), and do people think they'll be around in another 50 years time?
I think the Guinness book of records has KLM as the world's oldest airline - 1911 I seem to remember?
Re: Qantas, at one stage they thought about advertising the fact that they were the "world's safest airline", but they were told that as soon as they did have an accident they would be history.
The fact that British Airways (world's best airline) have female pilots for their Concorde fleet is surely an endorsement of the fact that women can handle the most complex of duties as well, if not better, than men. I flew on a BA 777-200 (non-IGW) from LHR to BAH recently, and the man in the left ...Jump to post
A BA 747 captain I know has the numberplate "B747 FLY" on his Jeep CherokeeJump to post
Nothing beats Lisbon, Portugal, coming in Northbound from for example LHR. I was on a packed Boeing 767-300ER in summer 99 (+on hundreds of other flights to this great city over the last 15 years) and we came in over the airfield, then over the city, down over the Tagus river, accross the beaches at...Jump to post
All this name business makes it very difficult for British Midland, because all of the 'British' names are taken up: British Airways British World Thats all I can think of. 'Air Britain' could be quite good. Incidentally, when Branson was thinking about VS, it was going to be called "British Atlanti...Jump to post
Does anyone think this could be an idea? What do people think a developed L1011 would need. Based on the L1011-lovers in this forum, presumably some people would like to see the L1011NG. It would have to have an updated avionics suite (with FBW? and glass cockpit), a new interior and probably new en...Jump to post
Why do the rear ends of the Airbus A300/310/330/340 curve upwards away from the ground - they look very graceful. Airbus planes seem to be more organic rather than functional Boeings or MDs. I read somewhere that Lufthansa when they first got the A340 had to extend their steps becuase the rear door ...Jump to post
I seem to remember that the list price for a Concorde was a cool $250 million. However, according to an article I once read, each Concorde aircraft cost the British and French taxpayer $1 billion once the development costs were factored in (and the fact only 16 - 14 prod + 2 prototypes - were built!...Jump to post
With regards to engine exclusivity on the A340NG and 777X there are some fundamental differences: The RR engine for the A340NG is the Trent 500 model, which is a completely new size of engine - it fits the gap between the CFM56 (A340-300) and bigger RB211-524H (BA 747-4) and the RR Trent 700 used to...Jump to post
I remember the Gulf Air L-1011 pilot who used to frighten passengers at Terminal 3 at Heathrow. If you've ever been to T3, there is a holding lounge after boarding pass check before the flight boards, which looks out onto the plane you're flying on.... This pilot would adopt the furry jacket, goggle...Jump to post
Mine was flying from Heathrow to Bahrain in the early nineties on a BA 747. I was chatting to one of the stewardesses (I was only about 8 or 9) and she was telling me about this unnacompanied minor she was looking after that had to go all the way on to Hong Kong (the HKG flights used to stop in BAH ...Jump to post
Bahrain International Airport (BAH) could be considered small...3.5 million passengers per year, it only has 7 gates and a 4032m runway. However, despite it being smaller than many regionals in Europe and the US, it has an impressive list of aircraft and airlines. BA operates a daily 777-200 service...Jump to post
Since my first flight 10/82 (3 months old!) on a British Airways Trident I have been on the following aircraft: Airbus A300 (Malaysian Airline System - before it was merged and Air France) A320 (Gulf Air) A330-200 (Gulf Air) A340-300 (Gulf Air) Boeing 727-200 (TAP Air Portugal) 737-200 (British Airw...Jump to post
Why is it that when you are flying along nice and easy at FL370 or so, in a brand spanking new BA 777-200 and you bank right to make a course change.... Does the level of liquid in your drink stay horizontal to the glass (i.e flat with the floor). Is this something to do with the speed you are trave...Jump to post
I don't understand how the passengers get out of these seats if they are by the window. Has BA done any tests with large items of hand luggage...and what about in an emergency situation??? You're supposed to empty a fully laden 777 in 90 seconds - I doubt you could with these seats!!!Jump to post
I agree with Viscount - I have flown on a BA Boeing 777-200 (A market i.e. non-IGW) in Club World, sitting in row 14 which is right behind row 13... - most airlines that don't have this seat do so because it is the gap between first and business or business and economy.Jump to post
my most uncomfortable flight was on Gulf Air A330-200 from Bahrain to heathrow. On the outbound (from LHR- in row 24) it was OK but on the return back to LHR in row 44 there was not enough legroom to put the tray table flat over my knees!!! This was in economy - Hwver my father flew the same a/c typ...Jump to post