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by pune
Sun May 22, 2022 6:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Freudian slip of the century
Replies: 91
Views: 4785

Re: The Freudian slip of the century

The second Iraq was was most definately an unorganized mess. (putin seems to have learned a lot from Dubya). No thought of what to do after the war, and just alienate the population to hating Americans. But lets not forget what really started it all was Hussain invading Kuwait and the other countri...

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by pune
Sat May 21, 2022 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Freudian slip of the century
Replies: 91
Views: 4785

Re: The Freudian slip of the century

It took me a while to understand that Dubya is a nickname for George W. Bush although why it ain't clear. Perhaps I'm missing some context here :( The part about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century is a revelation at least to me. Although they lost the plot and grew u...

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by pune
Sat May 21, 2022 7:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese aerospace experts slam NASA's chief for 'ridiculous and outrageous' allegations of 'stealing' technology
Replies: 9
Views: 1598

Chinese aerospace experts slam NASA's chief for 'ridiculous and outrageous' allegations of 'stealing' technology

Just saw this - https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202205/1266116.shtml It feels whiny what the NASA gentleman said. Even if we take his statement at face value that doesn't tell why the U.S. isn't looking at a better lunar base or whatever. Instead of blaming China, it would have been far better to sh...

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by pune
Sat May 21, 2022 6:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Freudian slip of the century
Replies: 91
Views: 4785

Re: The Freudian slip of the century

It took me a while to understand that Dubya is a nickname for George W. Bush although why it ain't clear. Perhaps I'm missing some context here :( The part about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century is a revelation at least to me. Although they lost the plot and grew up...

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by pune
Sat May 21, 2022 6:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Monkeypox outbreak
Replies: 84
Views: 8348

Re: Monkeypox outbreak

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/monkeypox-canada-global-outbreak-1.6461880 Do you guys think this will become something as bad as covid? Or will it just be something that requires close attention but no public health restrictions? I'm pretty sure this is spread through close bodily contact, sexually...

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by pune
Sat May 21, 2022 5:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.
Replies: 34
Views: 4125

What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.

Few days ago I read this - https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/04/tech/nasa-russia-space-race-scn/index.html While it's not given, what happens if indeed Russians pull out of ISS. Would ISS have an early EOL (Enf of Life) or would NASA try to prop up money from here and there to keep it running ? In cas...

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by pune
Sat May 21, 2022 4:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Would you say the United States's Air Transport System is also a transportation which goal is so that "poeople can be at a cheaper place and then go to a major city to work and come back the same day or on the weekend"? There are towns like Annaka-Haruna created around newly constructed S...

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by pune
Sat May 21, 2022 4:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 694
Views: 49598

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

There are solutions and as time goes on, more such solutions will be there in lesser time - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vHuldVlpFA Solar and wind would be good, but it's not always sunny or windy. So there have to be reasonable solutions for generating a charge that can actually charge up thos...

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by pune
Sat May 21, 2022 3:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Norway killed the petrol car
Replies: 42
Views: 2327

Re: How Norway killed the petrol car

A carbon tax is by definition the cheapest, most comprehensive way to limit CO2. If we aren’t doing it, we aren’t serious. Electric cars make a pitiful impact, really near zero. People have no concept of the energy mix. The biggest factors in man-made CO2 are agriculture/deforestation and building ...

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by pune
Sat May 21, 2022 3:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

The whole idea of HSR or rather any transport is so that people can be at a cheaper place (a suburb or something) and then go to a major city where they work and come back the same day or come back on the weekend. There have been creations of entire towns both in Japan as well as in China to facili...

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by pune
Sat May 21, 2022 1:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Norway killed the petrol car
Replies: 42
Views: 2327

Re: How Norway killed the petrol car

The Hill is hardly a good judge of American public opinion. There is a reason no one in the US talks about a carbon tax - cause it aint happening. And it's gets harder to cut your CO2 output when your population keeping growing from immigration (both legal and illegal). " For the foreseeable f...

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by pune
Sat May 21, 2022 12:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Norway killed the petrol car
Replies: 42
Views: 2327

Re: How Norway killed the petrol car

To add, now perovskite batteries are also coming to market - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1BvXUity0s Of course, there will be people who won't be able to do either of the above, that is where businesses will make a dime and dollar. In fact, just 2 weeks back ABB and Shell made a global agreement...

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by pune
Sat May 21, 2022 12:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Norway killed the petrol car
Replies: 42
Views: 2327

Re: How Norway killed the petrol car

While the EV fanboys are promising fairy dust and unicorns in their Utopian future, the stark reality of EVs looks very different: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/californias-electrical-grid-has-an-ev-problem/ar-AAXsHfT?li=BBnb7Kz That is the problem of centralization. What has not been t...

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by pune
Sat May 21, 2022 12:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

In fact, what I have shared above and what you have shared earlier are similar, only our takeaways are a bit different - https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1472735&start=50#p23307853 No one ever says the main purpose of HSR is to serve the commuter. Some in California ment...

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by pune
Fri May 20, 2022 11:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Norway killed the petrol car
Replies: 42
Views: 2327

Re: How Norway killed the petrol car

How a bunch of wealthy white people made themselves feel better by driving massive chemical reactors around filled with heavy metals…. To me it has no relevance. And that’s my demographic group, more or less (shrug!) If we cared about carbon, we would implement a carbon tax. Including India and Chi...

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by pune
Fri May 20, 2022 9:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boeing Starliner Reaches Orbit In Test Launch After Years Of Struggles
Replies: 1
Views: 513

Boeing Starliner Reaches Orbit In Test Launch After Years Of Struggles

Just saw this - https://www.forbes.com/sites/joewalsh/2022/05/19/boeing-starliner-finally-reaches-orbit-in-test-launch-after-years-of-struggles/?sh=19ba01b875a1 The problem I see though that the future of ISS itself is uncertain as Russia is backing off from funding ISS and the U.S. itself seems to ...

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by pune
Fri May 20, 2022 4:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1472735&start=50#p23307853
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In fact, what I have shared above and what you have shared earlier are similar, only our takeaways are a bit different -

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1472735&start=50#p23307853

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by pune
Thu May 19, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Due to the economic policies followed by the present Govt. the middle-class which was growing at a healthy 5-6% year or year had been going down. This article from before the pandemic actually tells you what the situation was and pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war has made things much more difficul...

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by pune
Thu May 19, 2022 9:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

I already shared the maths, if you have dedicated one HSR, then only 1% will be able to travel on that route, what happens to others. They won't be able to travel. Is India so poor that only 1% can afford travelling on HSR? And regardless of answer, I am definitely sure more than 1% people in Calif...

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by pune
Thu May 19, 2022 9:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Norway killed the petrol car
Replies: 42
Views: 2327

Re: How Norway killed the petrol car

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJtzuZIO-88 Very relevant to our times. How a bunch of wealthy white people made themselves feel better by driving massive chemical reactors around filled with heavy metals…. To me it has no relevance. And that’s my demographic group, more or less (shrug!) If we care...

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by pune
Wed May 18, 2022 8:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

And while granted what I'm sharing is just city-wide, inter-city is the same thing. What you would ideally want are services which are at least twice-thrice a day or even more. I'll just share for e.g. the traffic between Mumbai and Pune and there were something like 200+ trains between the two cit...

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by pune
Wed May 18, 2022 12:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Norway killed the petrol car
Replies: 42
Views: 2327

How Norway killed the petrol car

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJtzuZIO-88

Very relevant to our times.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJtzuZIO-88

Very relevant to our times.

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 11:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 3422

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

I just shared crime stats of India in another thread viz-a-vis the U.S. even though we have thrice the population of the U.S. in less than half the area compared to the U.S. https://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/compare/India/United-States/Crime Ooookay but crime stats for India are not really ...

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 11:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Coming Global Debt Storm & Global Food Shortages
Replies: 57
Views: 4688

Re: The Coming Global Debt Storm & Global Food Shortages

Bank of England governor sounds ‘apocalyptic’ warning on food shortages due to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/bank-of-england-governorandrew-bailey-warning-food-shortages-putin-invasion-ukraine-b1000338.html May 17, 2022 Soft Paywall The Bank of England gove...

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 11:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 3422

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

https://www.nationmaster.com/country-in ... ates/Crime
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I just shared crime stats of India in another thread viz-a-vis the U.S. even though we have thrice the population of the U.S. in less than half the area compared to the U.S.

https://www.nationmaster.com/country-in ... ates/Crime

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 10:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 3422

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

Comparing murders to mass shootings is comparing apples to oranges. No. A dead person is a dead person. Whether it's political or crime related, it's a dead person. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Even in crime rate, India is far lower than the U.S. https://www.nationmaster....

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 3422

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

Comparing murders to mass shootings is comparing apples to oranges. No. A dead person is a dead person. Whether it's political or crime-related, it's a dead person. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Is India a developed economy? First answer this question and then we can compa...

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 351
Views: 52523

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

Adani Group's networth is 26k crore INR but their loans are today 2.2 trillion rupees. This was published in the Hindu just a couple of months ago and even came today with the latest figures mentioned. https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/specials/corporate-file/can-the-adani-group-digest-its-debt/a...

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 5:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 3422

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

India's murder rate isn't especially low, considering the lack of firearms. True, but murder is far different from mass shootings. Murders have gone up, but many of them are political in nature. The current political party in the center is against Muslims. So you see the violence done on them and t...

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 2:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 3422

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

Gang shootings aren't typically included because they often involve other gang members being shot and are easy to avoid if you aren't involved in a gang. Additionally, when people picture a "mass shooting", they typically picture something like what happened in Buffalo rather than two gan...

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 1:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Coming Global Debt Storm & Global Food Shortages
Replies: 57
Views: 4688

Re: The Coming Global Debt Storm & Global Food Shortages

Sri Lanka's debt crisis is a warning to the world. The World Bank says a global debt storm is coming. It could engulf 70 developing countries & make their economies fall like dominoes. What are the threats they face? It's surprising how many large and small countries depend on their wheat comin...

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 1:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lawyers can't meet clients before being charged in Scotland ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1024

Lawyers can't meet clients before being charged in Scotland ?

I have been reading a couple of Scottish novels. in it, both written by Stuart MacBride, it seems in Scotland. you cannot get a lawyer before you are charged and he/she/they cannot counsel you before your initial statement to the police. Is this true ?

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 1:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 3422

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

What I find funny and ironic is that at the same time if an American or multiple Americans are killed anywhere outside the U.S. it can become a diplomatic incident. While if is shot in the good old U.S. its an everyday occurence.

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 5:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 694
Views: 49598

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

There are solutions and as times goes on, more such solutions will be there in lesser time - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vHuldVlpFA Solar and wind would be good, but it's not always sunny or windy. So there has to be reasonable solutions for generating a charge that can actually charge up thos...

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by pune
Sun May 15, 2022 5:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 201
Views: 9726

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

The report I read said after this a-hole shot up the place, he put the gun to his chin but the cops talked him out of doing himself in. Too bad - nothing would be more deserving than this piece of filth to be removed from the planet. There are no words in the English language to strongly enough con...

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by pune
Sun May 15, 2022 4:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 694
Views: 49598

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

Right next to the gas station in the woods…. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I know that's somewhat facetious, but... it's a legit question, I think. You can bring fuel in your actual gas tank and then you can bring more fuel in reserve tanks; yes, they cost weight and space, but it's extra fuel...

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by pune
Sat May 14, 2022 5:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Too many cooks in the kitchen. In some respects, there is too much democratic process in local politics. Ever been to a planning commission meeting that has a public comment component? I have and sometimes they only get to agenda item 4 by 1 AM and call it a day with five items remaining. But if yo...

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by pune
Sat May 14, 2022 4:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

The point of the posting the news article, was to show that big building projects on the scale of the CAHSR project cannot be done in this day and age sadly. The only large-scale project that has gone relatively on time so far is the LGA terminal rebuilds. Even AA had a dumpster fire building its t...

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by pune
Fri May 13, 2022 12:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

For Japan look at - https://documents1.worldbank.org/curated/en/256221468752350809/pdf/multi-page.pdf 1. Why are you quoting a document from the year 1992, which is a whole 30 years ago? 2. Even this document identified, "Gradually, competition from automobiles and aircraft intensified, and JN...

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by pune
Fri May 13, 2022 12:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Americans, and to some extent Canadians, have been so indoctrinated with this fantasy that cares and airplanes are the only travel options. We have been told for decades that trains are slow and unreliable all while watching the EU, Japan, and China build high-speed networks in addition to air and ...

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by pune
Thu May 12, 2022 8:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Americans, and to some extent Canadians, have been so indoctrinated with this fantasy that cares and airplanes are the only travel options. We have been told for decades that trains are slow and unreliable all while watching EU, Japan, and China build high speed networks in addition to air and road...

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by pune
Wed May 11, 2022 11:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

What you have missed in the enthusiasm are the loans taken by the Japanese and the Chinese for the development of their HSR networks and both are in debt traps. Obviously, one day or the other the respective Governments will bail them out. The Japanese put sweeteners and actually gave a proposal to ...

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by pune
Wed May 11, 2022 5:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Before I start, I wanna make a point clear, I'm a proponent of rail and more rail but HSR has issues. Just went through some of the arguments above. FWIW, the problem with HSR is that it's costly and has to be subsidized one way or the other. The Japanese for e.g. have been living with stagflation f...

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by pune
Wed May 11, 2022 4:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 6720

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

IMO, the current plan to wander through the Central valley while connecting the Bay area with LA is quite similar to the reason Micky Mouse left Minnie Mouse. They lost a lot of support with that. Totally outside the topic but when did that happen, I thought Micky and Minnie were soul mates ??? (he...

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by pune
Tue May 10, 2022 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 351
Views: 52523

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

I think the Air Asia India & Air India merger makes a lot of sense. Considering AI has condensed their operations to mostly BOM and DEL based operations, Air Asia India flies many routes that were flown by Air India themselves before the pandemic. Take COK for an example, Air India used to fly ...

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by pune
Tue May 10, 2022 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 351
Views: 52523

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

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There is a pretty good summation of what happened by one of the travelers who was there at Ranchi Airport, her account of the proceedings. I tried to copy but because it is text-heavy airliners.net wouldn't let me copy -

https://www.facebook.com/10000627889265 ... 312194800/

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by pune
Tue May 10, 2022 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 351
Views: 52523

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

Indigo's statement to the press -

"As a small token of appreciation, IndiGo would like to offer electric wheelchair for child barred from boarding flight: CEO"

Can somebody tell me how does 'appreciation' fit in here ?

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by pune
Tue May 10, 2022 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 351
Views: 52523

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

There was an interview on NDTV, a one-sided interview of the Indigo management only. They had got a disability expert but somehow forgot to get him on set (he was in the make-up room) while this interview was done - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBx5_Ls9i40 After that bit got exposed on SM they ar...

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