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by ClassicLover
Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 738 replacement competition
Replies: 196
Views: 27190

Re: Qantas 738 replacement competition

QF has lots of A380 deposit money still at Airbus. I don't believe this is the case and hasn't been for quite some time. Would the Airbus A220 be in the running for the competition? Does Qantas have a need for a slightly smaller aircraft? I know everyone is always bleating on about replacing like w...

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by ClassicLover
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33546

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

OA260 wrote:
Aer Lingus asking staff to move from Ireland to UK, Dáil told


I always thought this move might actually wake up the Irish Government a bit when it comes to travel.

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by ClassicLover
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am DC-8 32/33
Replies: 10
Views: 3323

Re: Pan Am DC-8 32/33

Tan Flyr wrote:
If you can find it, decades ago there was a book "Pan Am, the airline and it's planes" or something like that.


Pan Am: An Airline and Its Aircraft by R.E.G. Davis - https://www.amazon.com/Pan-Am-Airline-Its-Aircraft/dp/0517566397 - that's the one you mean, I believe.

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by ClassicLover
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus looking to start transatlantic from MAN
Replies: 319
Views: 60757

Re: Aer Lingus looking to start transatlantic from MAN

https://www.ttgmedia.com/news/aer-lingus-launches-first-direct-transatlantic-flights-from-manchester-27868 MAN-JFK MAN- BOS MAN-MCO MAN-BGI announced Haven't seen it elsewhere but TTG are reporting that MAN- USA flights are only available with a UK point of origin. Any ideas why? That's going to be...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 738 replacement competition
Replies: 196
Views: 27190

Re: Qantas 738 replacement competition

Wasn't JQ equipped with A320s so that JQ pilots could be hired under different conditions to the QF 737 pilots? Has the need to differentiate the two pilot groups been removed, or can they now be separated by other means, thus making the equipment differentiator redundant? Good point. Separate JetS...

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by ClassicLover
Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33546

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

The only thing I would say is that the A320s will surely get the SpaceFlex toilets and an extra row or two? Possibly with slim-line seats, although the IAG-spec Recaros don't feature adjustable headrests, which is a shame. I think EI has the lowest density A320s at IAG, even BA operate CY180 these ...

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by ClassicLover
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33546

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

Aer Lingus owner IAG to raise $1.2bn survival bond Aer Lingus owner IAG plans to raise about €1 billion through a bond issue, which it said would help see it through if the pandemic-driven travel downturn lasts longer than expected. That's interesting news. No matter how much they spin it, it seems...

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by ClassicLover
Thu Mar 18, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33546

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

I'm sure there will be more A321NeoLRs in due course. There are six XLRs (a slightly longer range aircraft) on order from 2023 on. Of course, Covid has blown all fleet planning out the window, BUT I think they will be taking the view (if they haven't already) that the A320, at 174 seats, is too big...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Mar 16, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737, shrinked 707?
Replies: 32
Views: 7364

Re: 737, shrinked 707?

One important difference between 737 and 707 (and 727) is that the 737 from day one was designed for two flight crew members instead of three. It has been said that it was done by moving the 707 (727) flight engineer's wall panel to the roof between the two 737 pilots. It is not the whole truth, re...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus looking to start transatlantic from MAN
Replies: 319
Views: 60757

Re: Aer Lingus looking to start transatlantic from MAN

OA260 wrote:
Will be interesting to see how much traffic will be generated now that all flights are going to have a BA codeshare on them.


Yes, I imagine that will help quite a bit!

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by ClassicLover
Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707 in 1994 movie "Speed"
Replies: 52
Views: 8168

Re: 707 in 1994 movie "Speed"

I have never heard a non-fan 707 take off, and there aren't any videos around with real sound that I have seen. I had always hoped that it was one of these birds that would fly again. Your best bet would be to search for newsreels on YouTube (there are tons from Pathe) that show the first jet servi...

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by ClassicLover
Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do airlines give passengers discounts on future flights that survive crashes?
Replies: 35
Views: 4686

Re: Do airlines give passengers discounts on future flights that survive crashes?

Please, then tell me the facts! Or how many surviving passengers in an air crash did fly again in numbers please: You're the one who made the original claim, so you should already have the facts, if you had researched things properly. If you read about aircraft accidents, you will see the passenger...

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by ClassicLover
Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do airlines give passengers discounts on future flights that survive crashes?
Replies: 35
Views: 4686

Re: Do airlines give passengers discounts on future flights that survive crashes?

Usually people who involved in crashes never step foot on an aircraft again, but I'm sure each airline has their own policy, as mentioned by a318, its Usually a large cash sum. That's a sweeping generalisation if I've ever seen one. Got any figures to back that up, that usually people involved in c...

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by ClassicLover
Sat Mar 13, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33546

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

It was an Avro Tudor, a not-very-successful post-war airliner. Grim enough photos here: https://tinyurl.com/4d2umtta The Avro Tudor is one aircraft where I can say, without any guilt, that it was an absolute piece of crap. The issue with countries only accepting those that have been vaccinated is t...

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by ClassicLover
Sat Mar 13, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: RwandAir Domestic Business Class - March 2021
Replies: 8
Views: 11371

Re: RwandAir Domestic Business Class - March 2021

Real C seats even on RwandAir's Dash8. Great report! I love the business class bus, it looks almost exactly the same as the ones Qatar Airways use in Doha for their business class passengers, only theirs have blue coloured seats. Also really liked seeing proper J seats on a Dash 8!! Nice to see the...

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by ClassicLover
Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33546

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

JAmie2k9 wrote:
Yes its a single track and one area is Ennis-Limerick section at full capacity. On paper a rail line to Shanon isnt remotely viable and will unlikely happen.


You'd think they might want to double track this then before thinking about Shannon Airport, which, I agree, would be a waste of money.

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by ClassicLover
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33546

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

I doubt we will see thousands head North. It's interesting; a few weeks back I would have said the opposite. I'm in the cohort (along with many people my age - late 20s) who are rearing to go and once vaccinated, will be heading North if we have to, to fly out to any country that'll have us. I thou...

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by ClassicLover
Fri Mar 12, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33546

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

A passenger jet is silhouetted dramatically in the night sky - as it flew across the centre of the full moon in this "once-in-a-lifetime" photo. Ralph captured the photo at 6.04pm on February 25 - just four minutes after the plane had departed from Belfast International Airport, bound for...

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by ClassicLover
Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Ahoy there, Qsuites, nice to meet you! Flying up front Sydney to Doha on Qatar Airways 777 business class
Replies: 4
Views: 12592

Re: Ahoy there, Qsuites, nice to meet you! Flying up front Sydney to Doha on Qatar Airways 777 business class

Great Trip report and food looked yummy. The food was very good! I think my most memorable meal was a Thai curry - it was very spicy, which you never ever get when flying, so I was pretty much delighted. The meals are usually very good on Qatar Airways, but it's not their strong point. On board ser...

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by ClassicLover
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33546

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

That isn't my understanding of the purpose of PSO routes. I thought it was to connect far off/rural areas with a major hub where ground transport infrastructure between those two points or to the nearest main airport is inadequate in terms of commute time (i.e. it's about 3.5 hours by road from Kil...

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by ClassicLover
Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33546

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

The Northern Ireland Executive and the British government's Department of Transport have agreed to continue to provide around £4m in funding for the crucial Derry to London service run by Loganair over the next two years. http://www.derrynow.com/news/news/614566/new-funding-to-support-the-derry-to-...

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by ClassicLover
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: What is flying Adelaide to Sydney in Qantas business class like during the pandemic? Well...
Replies: 3
Views: 7484

Re: What is flying Adelaide to Sydney in Qantas business class like during the pandemic? Well...

Thanks for posting another TR. I've done that flight a few times with QF - but never considered it worth paying for business, and J doesn't fit with work flight rules either. Nice pics, and I hope the lockdowns around that time were kind to you. Fingers crossed that HQ staff transmission is now sol...

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by ClassicLover
Thu Mar 04, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The 787 and A350, last of a breed ?
Replies: 24
Views: 5893

Re: The 787 and A350, last of a breed ?

I read that most of the gains in efficiency on both types are mostly due to their new, far more efficient engines, the empty weight of both aircraft doesn’t appear to be far lighter than a conventional, all metal construction equivalent airframe You're right on this. This is why Airbus and Boeing a...

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by ClassicLover
Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 49305

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

On a side note Never understood why legacy airlines in Oz try to cover everything In the US it seems more like airlines stick to their hubs An example for Oz may be VA could be Brisbane centric with Mel or Syd as secondary You also need to look at geography. There are no hubs in Australia partly du...

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by ClassicLover
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway
Replies: 208
Views: 33546

Re: Irish 3/21: stuck on the runway

There are, however, signs of some green shoots, despite the gloom: Indeed, I've flights to the London booked for the end of August with BA, which I expect to be able to use. I also booked flights to Helsinki for the end of October earlier today. There's that Platinum Wing to use, and I was sick the...

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by ClassicLover
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 31063

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

I don't believe the interiors need to have $$ spent.. but considering they already paid for the livery... why the heck do you plaster "Our heart is in the country" for capital connecting flights? Seems a bit out of touch and dont get me started on the poor execution of the "Rex in th...

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by ClassicLover
Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...
Replies: 194
Views: 27914

Re: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...

Being reported by John Mulligan from the Independent that IAG has appointed Lynne Embleton as new CEO of EI from April 6. Must be EI's and IAG's first female airline CEO? Yes, I think you're correct. The aviation industry has a dearth of female CEOs as a general rule, so nice to see Aer Lingus offi...

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by ClassicLover
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 31063

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

Ansett’s most profitable time was in fact just before 2001 with Rod Eddington at the helm. The staff costs were no more than their domestic competitor. The airline won the 1989 pilot’s dispute so individual staff costs couldn’t have been a main cause of collapse. The real reason for Ansett’s collap...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 31063

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

There is room for 2 airlines on the golden triangle routes between SYD-MEL-BNE. Outside of that triangle, there's very little room, especially long routes like DRW. I remember reading when AN collapsed they only had 6 profitable domestic routes; surprisingly, SYD-BNE wasn't one of them (20 years la...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 31063

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

Australia isn’t really big enough for two full airline group players it seems. Ansett didn’t survive, and Virgin Blue/Australia have been in trouble several times in their 20 year existence, weren’t looking too rosy coming into 2002, and were almost immediately in trouble once Covid hit. Of course ...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...
Replies: 194
Views: 27914

Re: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...

Aer Lingus might want to investigate the attractiveness of flights from Belfast, where they already have a brand recognition, aircraft and a crew base. I daresay they already did and rejected it outright. As part of any kind of planning, many alternatives would have been investigated and it turns o...

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by ClassicLover
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: What is flying Adelaide to Sydney in Qantas business class like during the pandemic? Well...
Replies: 3
Views: 7484

What is flying Adelaide to Sydney in Qantas business class like during the pandemic? Well...

For all the pictures that go with this report, please click here ! Australia has been one of the lucky countries when it comes to the pandemic. They closed their borders tightly and as a result have had relatively few cases and deaths, especially when compared to places like Europe and the United St...

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by ClassicLover
Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA328 engine explosion at DEN
Replies: 607
Views: 113656

Re: UA328 engine explosion at DEN

https://twitter.com/michaelagiulia/stat ... 36267?s=20


Well, that's definitely something!
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smokeybandit wrote:


Well, that's definitely something!

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by ClassicLover
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Footage of old turbojet Aircraft taking off?
Replies: 33
Views: 6343

Re: Footage of old turbojet Aircraft taking off?

Are there any authentic takeoffs of 707s an DC-8s with the JT3c and JT4a engines? Im curious to see what they mustve sounded like in real life. This one is very good actually. The Qantas Boeing 707-138B that was restored... here it is on its first test flight in 2006. https://youtu.be/0arPKg6HvQU S...

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by ClassicLover
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Footage of old turbojet Aircraft taking off?
Replies: 33
Views: 6343

Re: Footage of old turbojet Aircraft taking off?

There some Comet 4 footage here, though I don't think all the sound is of Comet 4s... the really high pitched ones tend to be the sound of a Comet. https://youtu.be/p6XA2muWAwI There's also this ex-TWA Convair 880 taking off from Mohave in 1991. It starts its roll about 5 minutes 45 into the video....

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by ClassicLover
Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 12 th Anniversary Miracle on the Hudson
Replies: 38
Views: 4836

Re: 12 th Anniversary Miracle on the Hudson

As far as unsuccessful controlled jet water ditching, Air Florida Flight 90 (1982) was somewhat controlled and resulted in 74 fatalities out of 79 souls on board (+4 on the ground). Not sure how this would be considered even somewhat controlled. They were taking off, stalled, and went down. And Eth...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 437
Views: 51996

Re: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2021

This may or may not be the right thread to ask this, but here goes: Are the Q-Seats (and service) equal on various QR aircraft, or is it indeed better on the A350-1000? I'm planning a trip for next January and want to get the best for my AAdvantage mileage award travel. Originating in MFR, I can co...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Footage of old turbojet Aircraft taking off?
Replies: 33
Views: 6343

Re: Footage of old turbojet Aircraft taking off?

There some Comet 4 footage here, though I don't think all the sound is of Comet 4s... the really high pitched ones tend to be the sound of a Comet. https://youtu.be/p6XA2muWAwI There's also this ex-TWA Convair 880 taking off from Mohave in 1991. It starts its roll about 5 minutes 45 into the video. ...

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by ClassicLover
Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...
Replies: 194
Views: 27914

Re: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...

I can't see why they would neither why you would wish that on anyone As the article says, with the paycut that all staff are on, the EWSS is covering all the wages for majority of the employees. If Aer Lingus has little or no cost with these same staff at the moment thanks to the EWSS why would the...

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by ClassicLover
Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...
Replies: 194
Views: 27914

Re: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...

kaitak wrote:
If they had been caught on the way back, they wouldn't have looked surprised.


Hahahaha!!

On the Aer Lingus redundancies, no real surprise. I'm surprised they're not just putting people on furlough for recall though. Definitely a grim situation.

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by ClassicLover
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...
Replies: 194
Views: 27914

Re: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...

A large number of short-haul flights required a long walk to the T1 300 Gates (Pier B) or worse still, a bus transfer to the overflow boarding pier beside the cargo building. The trek from Pier B back to T2 on a late night arrival was particularly grating, especially when having no checked luggage ...

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by ClassicLover
Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF - Project Sunrise
Replies: 405
Views: 75026

Re: QF - Project Sunrise

Of course the city of Tijuana won't be the destination for practically all of the Qantas passengers. But I see lots of positives and few negatives in a new "fiesta route" SYD-TIJ (or TJX)-LHR route for example. It seems a good half-way pit stop. Granted there's tons of demand at LAX but t...

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by ClassicLover
Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...
Replies: 194
Views: 27914

Re: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...

Instead, we have a rather poorly planned airport in Dublin lacking any form of rail connection, and a load of failing, underused airports in suboptimal locations dotted around the country. I wouldn't quite go that far when it comes to Dublin. I think the people who decided to buy all that land in t...

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by ClassicLover
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...
Replies: 194
Views: 27914

Re: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...

OA260 wrote:
easyJet adds two new routes from Belfast International Airport


I really wish easyJet operated to Dublin. You'd think they would at least carry enough originating/returning passengers from the UK side to make a go of it.

It's such a hole in their European network, them not flying to the Republic.

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by ClassicLover
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...
Replies: 194
Views: 27914

Re: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...

EIEIDW wrote:
Very interesting article:

Aer Lingus in talks with tourism Antigua to launch flights from Dublin and man


Interesting!! I'd certainly take it... I've wanted to go to Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis for years!

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by ClassicLover
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF - Project Sunrise
Replies: 405
Views: 75026

Re: QF - Project Sunrise

Given Qantas has a relatively small longhaul fleet, is it economical to operate just a dozen each of A380s, 787s and looking forward perhaps the A350? Or when the travel industry recovers could we see the likes of the A350 (or 777X if they order it instead) replacing some of the 787 and A380 routes...

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by ClassicLover
Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Old Swire logo on Cathay Pacific's 747-267B
Replies: 4
Views: 1751

Re: Old Swire logo on Cathay Pacific's 747-267B

Max Q wrote:
Love the ‘lettuce sandwich’ livery, those were the days


Hahaha I've never heard it referred to as that before!

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by ClassicLover
Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF - Project Sunrise
Replies: 405
Views: 75026

Re: QF - Project Sunrise

Snowball in hell chance of getting any investment banker living in Mosman to go to SWZ to catch the LHR or JFK. Pretty much, the target market for the Sunrise flights lives east of Drummoyne (more like east of the Harbour Bridge). Do they? Have you got some data to back that up or are you just assu...

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by ClassicLover
Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...
Replies: 194
Views: 27914

Re: Irish 2/21: And the fun just keeps on leaving ...

I would like to ask - why is it the Government can easily implement such staunch fines and yet have done nothing to support the Aviation sector in Ireland generally and nothing to implement a comprehensive rapid testing strategy at Irish borders? Perhaps because Aer Lingus is foreign owned and part...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Feb 09, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF - Project Sunrise
Replies: 405
Views: 75026

Re: QF - Project Sunrise

Alan Joyce loves to talk about "Project Sunrise". I will believe it when he places the firm order. How many of you really think it will happen? I absolutely think it will happen, and the comments immediately after your question reflect my views pretty much spot on. I could see them contin...

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