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cedarjet
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:27 pm

Birdwatching (who I was with the first time I flew on a BG DC-10, in Nov 2011) is right, which is why I had to take some time out of my busy morning to kick some arse on Facebook cos some people were saying Biman might actually use the aircraft for a few more revenue flights and the billing of "world's last" is now misleading and they should be entitled to get money back (especially on the very final sector which is an extra £50). Ridiculous.

To clarify: Biman don't want the plane back, they just want the engines because they have 1,500h left on them which makes them worth up to $200,000 each. Alas it is impossible for them to be removed at any of the possible museum locations in the UK (Bruntingthorpe et al) so to realise the value in the engines which may be as high as $750,000, the airline has to fork out about $100,000 in unplanned fuel costs for the BHX-DAC journey, therefore rendering this whole exercise incredibly costly.

However to avoid disappointing us all, especially those who have booked flights and holiday time, they are doing it anyway.

So can we all say a massive THANK YOU for going through with this when we see Biman top brass - such as their fantastic CEO Kevin Steele, the UK managers, the pilots and cabin crew - in Birmingham at the weekend and on Monday, any other airline would have sorry, invented a reason, aeroplane has developed a structural crack, the left falangie is broken, whatever, and cancelled the whole thing.

Finally, to the conspiracy theorists who claim it's all a trick and she's going back into service: she will fly back to DAC on Tues, taxi over to the hangar, and they'll start getting the engines off her and get on the phone to Fedex et al to try and sell them. The chances of operating any revenue sectors is virtually zero, remember BG just received their third 777-300ER on Feb 8 so they're not exactly short of capacity (and the final aircraft of the four ordered to replace the DC-10 is about to test fly in Seattle). Paperwork (airworthiness certificates etc) for the DC-10 starts to expire as soon as Feb 28, pilots are starting 777 courses, flight engineers on fishing trips, basically it's DONE.

Personally I wish it wasn't true, the memories of being the only white guy in T2 at AUH at 2am with hundreds of Bengalis around me while an old white red and green Cruiser rolls onto the stand outside and I'm about to set off on another adventure are unforgettable. See you in BHX!
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:40 pm

Quoting BritishB747 (Reply 247):
Quoting BritishB747 (Reply 247):

I will be arriving around half past 2 on Sunday afternoon, by train, as I am on BG2 on the Monday morning. I was hoping to be able to get a few photographs of BG6 on the Sunday but am unfamiliar with Birmingham ariport. Is there anyone who knows a good spot that I can get photographs of the flight?

Between 09.00 & 11.00, the light for photography is OK on the terminal side of the runway, the far end of Long Stay Car Park 1 is your best bet. After that, I would head over to the Cargo Terminal side (#900 bus towards Birmingham) and use the top floor of the NCP Multi Storey Car Park. If you look at the Facebook Group: Birmingham Airport Photography, I took a photo from here of S2-ACR parked on the Terminal remote stands this morning.
Hope this helps.
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:44 pm

I have been running a few rough number myself, ignoring revenue from the flight to BHX.

I am assuming that revenue covered costs.

76 Aisle seats x 9 x £100 = £68,400
76 Window seats x 9 x £150 = £102,600

Total Max Rev is £171,000

Tickets sold. I have checked the website based on 1 seat and each number up to 6 seats, (max). Where 6 seats were bookable, 22nd BG2 and BG8 Aisle, 23rd BG2 and BG8 Aisle, and 24th BG2 Aisle, I have assumed no sales. This is the worst case scenario.

This gives me

300 Aisle seats x £100 = £30,000
608 Window seats x £150 = £91,200

Total £121,200

If you assume that he was making a profit at £171,000, then his loss is a max of £50K.

That is based on the assumption that only908 seats have been sold and that 100% LF was breakeven.
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:58 pm

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 250):

Thank you for your invaluable input and for sharing your stories.

     

I am all for meet-ups before the flights. I should be landing at BHX in plenty of time to see the 12.00 noon flight off the runway and up in the air and then the landing before I go on my 3.00 PM flight.

There will also be members from other aviation and frequent flyer forums joining in and sharing the adventure. Would be nice if we could all meet before we go on our flights so we are not just names on aviation forums in the virtual world.

        
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:15 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 253):
I am all for meet-ups before the flights. I should be landing at BHX in plenty of time to see the 12.00 noon flight off the runway and up in the air and then the landing before I go on my 3.00 PM flight.

There will also be members from other aviation and frequent flyer forums joining in and sharing the adventure. Would be nice if we could all meet before we go on our flights so we are not just names on aviation forums in the virtual world.

I concur!

I should be landing at BHX on SK2533 at 09:25 on the 24th. I will be flying on the BG8 3:00PM flight.

Anyone local who could recommend a good place to meet up at BHX?
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:28 pm

Quoting SC15 (Reply 254):
I should be landing at BHX on SK2533 at 09:25 on the 24th.

This is mine: 10:20 Birmingham (BHX) Operated by: Flybe Aircraft : Embraer 195
I will be on the same BG flight as you

I had it confirmed that the aircraft will be on remote.
They will use the same stand the whole time.

        
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:33 pm

Does anyone know about the planned routing on the scenic flights - where will it fly, what altitude etc?

I heard a rumour from a friend who works at NATS (UK air traffic control) that Biman have obtained permission to enter military airspace over North Wales for the beautiful scenery, but it's just speculation.
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:39 pm

Quoting FlySwiss (Reply 246):

I'm staying at the Travelodge Saturday night, and am on the same flight as you the next day. Where are you staying?

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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:54 pm

When will SCR fly back to Dhaka? I understand there are 4 pilots who took the aircraft to Birmingham. Are they planning to fly her immediately after they are done with the scenic flights or will they wait until the next day to start on their way back? Any idea?

I am sure there will be photo ops inside and out after the final scenic flight and all of us are out and away from the stand.

Looking forward to the reports from those who will be doing the flights tomorrow!
You all have a great time!!!


     
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:56 pm

From me there is a big THANK YOU for Biman offering us a nice farewell to the DC10.
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:37 pm

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 250):
Birdwatching (who I was with the first time I flew on a BG DC-10, in Nov 2011) is right, which is why I had to take some time out of my busy morning to kick some arse on Facebook

  
Thanks for all the work you've put into this!
I was actually THIS close to booking myself a ticket this weekend, but in the end didn't because as you mentioned I've done it in 2011, on a regular scheduled flight, and now it was either this or a trip up to Sweden to fly on the ATP which I've never done in my life. Might sound like a stupid choice, DC-10 or ATP, but when you've done one of them and still need to log the other, it kind of makes sense.
So I hope you're all having an excellent weekend in Birmingham!

Another thing I've noticed:
Biman will now go in a list of airlines that were at one point MAGIC for aviation enthusiasts, but from one day to the other, just a regular airline like any other. Our generation will remember Biman for their F28, DC-10 and Airbuses, and their great attitude towards enthusiasts, but for those who come after us, it's just a regular airline from the other side of the globe.
Think the likes of TAME Ecuador, LAB Bolivia... in a couple of years, maybe Cubana, Air Koryo, Iran Air...
and then in 10 years it will all have shifted and we'll travel to somewhere in Africa to fly on the last 747 or A340.

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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:54 pm

But this would not be so nice,as i grew up with Dc10s and TriStars,especially these from LTU (Wir düsen nach Süden).
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:19 pm

Quoting BrusselsSouth (Reply 196):
22nd 0900: BG 2
bennett123
jetxdammit

22nd 1200: BG 4
Dc1015
SwissCanuck +1
Hamspotter +3

22nd 1500: BG 8
ndebelebev

These are tomorrow's "scenic" flyers.
Would be nice if some of them can post here after they are done with their DC-10 flying experience.
I look forward to hearing their stories and reports.

You all have a great time!

     

[Edited 2014-02-21 12:20:08]
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cedarjet
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:16 pm

I hear the Novotel airport hotel is right next to the terminal and the bar is a good meeting place.

I will be onboard the 1200 and 1500. Be there or be square? I can do both.
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:47 am

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 263):
I hear the Novotel airport hotel is right next to the terminal and the bar is a good meeting place.

The bar at Ibis just round the corner from Novotel seemed even better, and livelier, I visited both on Thursday evening for a drink an a half, after a nearly ´dry flight from DAC.  
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:20 am

Mondays flyers:
24th 0900 BG 2:
BritishB747
Conrad
BA777
BrusselsSouth

24th 1200 BG 4:
Auleyair
DUSint
airtrainer
F4phantom
captaindoony

24th 1500 BG 8 (Last Sightseeing flight):
SC15
MadameConcorde
PlymSpotter
MEA-707
Jetxdammit

Any of them wishing to meet and have a drink in the bar in the bar of the Novotel on Sunday evening?
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:22 am

Good news!

I can confirm seating will be allocated at check-in, so you are free to choose where you'd like to sit.
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:35 am

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Reply 266):

How early in advance can we check-in for our flights? Are the check-in desks opened nonstop each day from first to last flights for all flights or just at the time for each designated flight?

Any reports or pictures from today's morning flight yet?

  
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:06 pm

Can't believe that the weekend is final here after following this (and previous) threads for months. Was great to follow the inbound flight on its way over Europe on Thursday.

I will be on BG8 on Sunday. Coming up from London by train around 10.30 and heading back in the evening.

Would be great to meet some of the fellow anetters there. Sounds like I should pop into the Novhotel bar after the flight and see who will be there

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 250):
So can we all say a massive THANK YOU for going through with this when we see Biman top brass - such as their fantastic CEO Kevin Steele, the UK managers, the pilots and cabin crew - in Birmingham at the weekend and on Monday,

Thank you Cedarjet for this post. You hit the nail on the head. It is incredible that this weekend is happening and Biman put a lot of effort and money into this to make a bunch of crazy enthusiast like us extremely happy. Especially now as the museum unfortunately doesn't happen. It's a shame that people in some forums started ranting after the rumours appeared.

So a big Thanks to Biman and all who were involved making this happen.
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:54 pm

OK guys, who's going to win the prize for posting the first trip report? (Scenic flights, not the one from Dhaka!)
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:08 pm

Quoting sk736 (Reply 269):
OK guys, who's going to win the prize for posting the first trip report? (Scenic flights, not the one from Dhaka!)

I found this on Twitter with pictures (from today's flights)

Here to fly on the Biman DC10.
https://foursquare.com/madeiraviolet/checkin/53089c22498ea806374c919a?s=J4a7KdwMaUZ2d5MIDn_ybqtFuUA&ref=tw


    
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BritishB747
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:41 pm

Quoting MickBHX (Reply 251):
Between 09.00 & 11.00, the light for photography is OK on the terminal side of the runway, the far end of Long Stay Car Park 1 is your best bet. After that, I would head over to the Cargo Terminal side (#900 bus towards Birmingham) and use the top floor of the NCP Multi Storey Car Park. If you look at the Facebook Group: Birmingham Airport Photography, I took a photo from here of S2-ACR parked on the Terminal remote stands this morning.
Hope this helps.

Hello,

Thanks for your help. I have requested to join the group so will just have to wait to be accepted. I am staying at the Holiday Inn and it looks like the car park is just next to that? I take it there will be no bother from NCP security when spotting there?

Quoting conrad (Reply 265):


I am up for a quick drink in the bar early evening. Maybe over a bite to eat. But plan on getting an early night so that im fresh for the flight. Dont finish work until 0130 tomorrow morning then on an 0800 train down to Birmingham so will need the sleep.
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:53 pm

Where are the best spots to catch the outgoing and incoming ACR on Monday for the 12.00 mid-day flight? I am thinking of places easily accessible from the terminal. No big lenses or $$$$$ camera here.

Not sure if I will be in for the morning flight landing. Maybe there is a place air side - will be in from CDG on Flybe.

  

It would be nice to get reports from those A.netters who have gone on today's flights. I hope they will post their stories and pictures soon.

Following today's BG8 on Flightradar24 right now going past Blackburn and heading toward Morecambe alt. 20.000 ft
http://www.flightradar24.com/2c2f2e1

     

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avion660
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:13 pm

Well, it was brilliant!

many thanks to our friendly crew today for the 12.00 flight that actually left around 12.37: more of a catapult into the air than a take off really. Super atmosphere on board too.. sooo relaxed! Good luck finding a safety card by Monday!

Highlights? Weather was excellent, and we seemed to spend our whole hour with the nose pointed up a few degrees .. lots of power and direction alterations to allow for the CHASE PLANE! ! (N899AE).. those on the right got some great close ups of that.

What a landing too! Let's just say .. very firm!

Again thanks to all at Biman, and also BHX ops who allowed us so much time on the apron before and after for photos. Lots of goodwill earned today.

Enjoy Sunday and Monday!
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:05 pm

Quoting avion660 (Reply 273):
Well, it was brilliant!

I will second that!

The crew and ground staff were exceptionally accommodating. There was plenty of time for photographs both before and after the flight and I would echo the comments about the atmosphere onboard the aircraft.

From my point of view, I just revelled in the fact that, due to the chase plane tracking the aircraft, we flew at a lower speed, with continuous throttle inputs. This resulted in an almost continuous supply of the "Buzzsaw" sound effect from the three CF6 - which made my day!

Of course the aircraft always flew with a nose high attitude, but this was certainly notable today.

The landing? "Positive" would be my view. All in all an excellent outing provided by all involved - which is a good thing because I'm back for a second helping tomorrow and it is a good job I've got an old Monarch DC10 Safety card to look at because I couldn't see any on board the 12:00 flight today!

Enjoy your flights - although the weather is set to be less pleasant.

I need to teach myself how to sort the photos out - I took 500, plus some video. Sadly, the windows were not exactly in sparkling form, but the chase plane photos worked out well. Maybe someone else is able to upload something?
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:12 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 272):
Where are the best spots to catch the outgoing and incoming ACR on Monday for the 12.00 mid-day flight? I am thinking of places easily accessible from the terminal. No big lenses or $$$$$ camera here.

I saw the results from someone who took shots from the car park next to the terminal: pretty decent. Also the Biman 'shop' and viewing gallery (entrance to the right of the Burger king on the departure level, free to view from with BG boarding card) has a good view of part of the runway, although quite distant. Photos from there are through glass , and the sun gets in the way in the afternoon unfortunately.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 267):
How early in advance can we check-in for our flights? Are the check-in desks opened nonstop each day from first to last flights for all flights or just at the time for each designated flight?

check in opens 2.5hrs prior to each departure, closes one hour before departure, which I think means it's not open all day.

[Edited 2014-02-22 13:15:20]
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:01 pm

I was on the BG008 today, and didn't see a single safety card in the aircraft. They cost £10 in the shop in the viewing gallery. They also sell all kind of forms used on DC-10s and F-28s + caps and T-shirts.

The flight was great. Before takeoff we had ~½hour to take Photos and likewise after the flight. After we landed Air India 787 VT-ANK taxied past. It was a great crew on the flight

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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:09 pm

Had a great flight on BG8 today - check-in opened 2.5 hours before and I was sequence #11 so could more or less choose any seat. I had an aisle seat, but my neighbour was happy to keep swapping with me, and he disappeared for half the flight so I just took his window seat.

The memorabilia on sale is excellent, albeit with slightly daft prices. £10 for a safety card, but just £5 for a huge pile of load sheets (the originals, not copies). And the aircraft model is £35, which is crazy considering Biman normally sell it for just £5, and it's a cheap plastic one, so not worth getting. Every passenger gets a signed certificate from the captain at the end though, in a nice presentation envelope. And the crew are happy to pose for photographs.

Unfortunately there was one very arrogant idiot on the flight, I shan't name him as I recognised him from A.net and he didn't confirm his attendance on this thread, but he was barging up and down the aisles, shouting for people to get out of his way, pushing people out of the way to get his prized photos, with 3 DSLRs dangling from his neck. Sorry, but have a bit of respect for fellow passengers.

Before the flight, you can walk around the aircraft on the ground. Despite being told to stay within the cones or white painted line, some passengers still tried to sneak further away to get better photos and security escorted them back. Don't abuse this opportunity because otherwise it will be taken away for future passengers. Some av-geeks really are idiots.
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:16 am

By the way, one of the items on sale for £2 is a commemorative envelope with the DC-10 on the front. The sales staff recommend it as a good folder to store your boarding pass and photos in. I bought one as it was cheap enough, but I later found out that Birmingham Airport actually gave these free of charge to Biman as a surprise. It would be better if Biman (or rather Ian Allan, the merchandise sellers) gave a free envelope away with each purchase of other merchandise, instead of trying to profit off something that was given to them free of charge. Just my opinion!
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:08 am

Quoting Hywel (Reply 277):
The memorabilia on sale is excellent

Thank you for the information! Question - do they accept credit cards (VISA) or is the memorabilia sale cash only?
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:45 am

On board right now. We are still waiting for ATC clearance. The athmosfere is very nice and good.
Cant wait for the flight

alberto
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:32 pm

Just come off the BG2. Flight was brilliant, despite the late departure. Only downside was sitting near a bunch of juvenile idiots who work for a ground handler at BHX - effing and blinding throughout and making racist comments about the crew and Biman passengers in general. They really should have known better.
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:15 pm

I was on BG2 yesterday, and had a great time.

Check in was simple, and took very little time. Lack of luggage helped, as did the fact that cveryone knew the drill.
The staff were all very friendly.

The reader on security seemed to have problems with some tickets, which may need to checked manually.

One thing which was a surprise was the large contingent from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, who were all very excited.

After check in, a lot of us made our way to the Gate 40's. The route is opposite the White Car in the departure area. This gave some good shots of the DC10 and other aircraft. Also do'nt miss the model TK B777-300 hanging from the ceiling.

Once we went to Gate, (number is on your ticket), we were bussed to the plane, where there was plenty of time for pictures. Clearly people need to take care on the ramp. The key is if you want to move away from the plane, just ask. There are plenty of staff on hand, who know what is/is not OK.

On the plane, pictures of the interior are no problem, but I have not checked my window shots yet. The windows are not crystal clear, and the heavy cloud did not help.

Take off was quite positive, (I noticed the take off of BG008, which seemed to have a very short run and climbed steeply)not much time was spent taxiing.

On return the "chase plane" was a bit of a surprise, and there should be some great images out there.


The landing was also very positive, and the taxi also seemed quite brisk.

On return, I went to the spectator/Ian Allan area. The souvenir section was generally good value, but I did not buy the £35 model DC10.

After that I got some good images from the spectator area, which is not as good as it used to be as there has been a lot of building on the airside of the terminal in recent years. It is also a shame that the spectator area is not normally open, (having close a couple of years ago).

A number of us then took the 900 bus around to Elmdon and took some more images from the top of the NCP Car Park.
This is a better viewing position later in the day as the sun goes down quite early this time of year.

This could be an issue for BG008.

Larshjort

Surprised that there were no Safety Cards on BG008, they were definately there on BG002. Clearly people are being naughty. You can buy them at Ian Allan.



SC15

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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:34 pm

Quoting bennett123 (Reply 282):
Merchandise purchase is cash only.

Thank you!

And a great report on the event!
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:43 pm

Thank you all for your reports and information. It is really nice to hear your stories. I am really excited. Will be a really early start for me tomorrow morning as I have several transports to get me to BHX. I may not even sleep tonight.

I am sad to hear about the trouble makers - there will always be some, unfortunately.

Today is the second day. I hope everybody going on the flights had a great time.

I am on tomorrow's BG8. I would be very happy to meet the A.netters who will be on the 3.00 PM flight. I am thinking that a group picture with all of us at the foot of the aircraft would make a nice memory for the future.

One question. The car park roof top looks good for landing pictures. How about take off? Is there a particular place to catch good pictures of the aircraf lift off in good lighting? No fancy DSLR camera here.

I want to catch the 12.00 flight take-off and landing. I need to know where to go. Maybe it will rain tomorrow. No idea. I will take a folding umbrella. It will be OK for as long as it is not windy. If any others are going I will be happy to join in.

I hope there will still be safety cards and other worth while goodies left for us "Last Flyers" (free or buy). I don't mind paying if they are genuine and in good condition.

We have paid +£50 to be on the very last flight. I wonder if there will be a "special" of some kind.

I will have some Concorde gear for easy recognition. All Anetters around please don't hesitate to introduce yourselves using your Anet names. I don't know you and I would not want to miss out on meeting everybody.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:16 pm

Quoting sk736 (Reply 281):
Just come off the BG2. Flight was brilliant, despite the late departure. Only downside was sitting near a bunch of juvenile idiots who work for a ground handler at BHX - effing and blinding throughout and making racist comments about the crew and Biman passengers in general. They really should have known better.

Must have been sat near you, I heard them too (I was in 31A). Absolutely horrible people, who actually made remarks about me and the photos I'd been taking as they walked past me to exit.

Anyway! That aside, brilliant flight! Thoroughly enjoyed every minute, despite the 1 hour delay due to no flight plan being filed... So glad I got to fly on a DC10 before they go - my first and last flights no doubt. The weather, although quite depressing, made for an interesting approach that's for sure! Nice engine sounds.

Everyone else has covered the logistics of it all... really nice to have the opportunity to wander the ramp and take photographs! Some of the prices that people have mentioned in the Souvenir Shop from yesterday seem to have changed since? I have a whole pad of loadsheets for only £1, and the DC10 model was only £10. Seems they may have altered their prices?

Anyway, to all those who I met, nice to see you! Sorry if I didn't talk much, I was incredibly tired and I'm quite socially awkward   
 
bennett123
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:03 pm

Always dumb to make racist comments about your customers.
 
Hywel
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Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:46 pm

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Reply 285):
I have a whole pad of loadsheets for only £1, and the DC10 model was only £10. Seems they may have altered their prices?

I paid £3 for the load sheets, and I'm not surprised they lowered the price of the model - £35 was ridiculous!
 
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Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:05 pm

Pity they did not mark the model at £10 yesterday.
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:41 pm

Just got home to London after flying on BG004 - really enjoyed bumping in to some familiar faces from Monarch Airlines enthusiast events.

Lovely looking aeroplane and great ramp stuff allowing everyone to take the photos they wanted. Great job by BHX and Handling Agent staff. Flight itself was smooth and comfortable. I didn't have quite the fascination with the interior as some may have done, but the aircraft was well maintained.

All in all, great day out, and glad I did it!
Next Up: Back to the US - Charlotte & Kansas City
 
bennett123
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Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:26 pm

We will have to do a thread for the ZB A300 trip in April.
 
conrad
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:35 pm

The Novotel has Airport view rooms, I'm in 615.
 
MadameConcorde
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:01 pm

Quoting conrad (Reply 291):
The Novotel has Airport view rooms, I'm in 615.

Can you see S2-ACR from your room?
Get us some pictures if you can.

     
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02hilliert
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Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:12 pm

Quoting bennett123 (Reply 290):
We will have to do a thread for the ZB A300 trip in April.

Absolutely agree, be great to know how many a.netters will be travelling on that flight.
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conrad
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:13 pm

Sadly,it's dark now. Can't see much now. When I arrived it wasn't back yet.
 
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Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:16 pm

Quoting conrad (Reply 294):
Sadly,it's dark now. Can't see much now. When I arrived it wasn't back yet.

You wait until tomorrow morning - unless you are catching the first morning flight.

     
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:37 pm

I am, Alarm is set for 5,breakfast 5.30 and check-in at 6.30.
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:53 pm

Quoting conrad (Reply 296):
I am, Alarm is set for 5,breakfast 5.30 and check-in at 6.30.

Alarm set at 4.15 for me.

Those on the morning flight enjoy the experience!
I am not sure if I will get to BHX on time to see the landing. Should be close.

Looking forward to the whole adventure!
See you all tomorrow!

     
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BrusselsSouth
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:55 pm

Saw the DC-10 as I arrived by train at BHX earlier today.

@Conrad: sitting at the Novotel bar right now... No airport view from my room though...
 
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RE: Biman DC-10 Special Flight: Mark Your Calendar

Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:54 pm

Had a great flight on BG2 today! The crew was very friendly, the airplane was amazing. What wasn't so amazing was the stupidity of some spotters who despite at least 5 reasonable requests to stay within ramp lining, STILL walked onto the taxiway. For god's sake people! BG organizes so much and the airport only requests that you stay within the lines! It's an active taxiway of an international airport, not a playground!

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