It seems that the airline with lots of hype and variable substance has decided to show off its muscles again, and is deploying not a 2 class 777, not a 3 class 777, not one of their clapped out A330s... but an A380 to Birmingham International Airport (BHX) for a one day promotional trip. Image - Emirates WTF? Now apart from the ground logistics of handling one of … [Read more...]
BMI Miles – Spend £25, get 300 Destination miles….
BMI is in the mood to throw some miles around again. By shopping through their on-line portal, if you spent £25, you'll get the miles from the shop, plus an extra 300 miles. Now at buy rate 1.5p a mile... that's £4.50's worth of miles. Considering a 1000 miles is about £12 + £15 transaction fee = £27, as you probably worked out - this isn't the greatest of offers if … [Read more...]
Caspian Airlines 7908 – Crash
Another sad day, another crash. Today - Caspian Airlines flt 7908, left Tehran, heading to Yerecan. Alas, it failed to make it, and crashed 16 minutes after take off with 168 souls aboard. Currently the makeup of the passengers is mostly Armenian, but not 100% accounted for. The aircraft involved was a Tupolev, Tu-154M, built in 1987, and took off safely with no … [Read more...]
Common sense prevals: Common Travel Area Remains!
In a rare act of common sense from Her Majesties Loyal Government, the common travel area between Ireland and the United Kingdom will remain intact with NO PASSPORTS needed between the two countries. An explanation. The Common Travel Arera (CTA) between Ireland, United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Island allows citizens to cross between these territories with … [Read more...]
Southwest SW2294 – Update
Jon at Flightblogger has posted his quick analysis of the incident (as well as other news networks picking it up.) In particular - Flight has a very excellent cutaway of where the damage is. The big remaining question is ... what is the cause of this? As the 737-300's get inspected, this will be the one that wants answering... … [Read more...]
Decommpression in the Southwest region…
Well we seem to be lurching from one incident to another at the moment. Southwest Flight WN2294 from Nashville to Baltimore-Washington with 133 souls aboard had to do an emergency divert to Charleston when a hole the size of a large ball grew in the fuselage. From Southwest's statement "DALLAS, TX—July 13, 2009--Southwest Airlines confirms its flight 2294, the 4:05 pm … [Read more...]
The BA PHX Incident – Analysis
So during the weekend there was a big hoopla over an incident that lead to the emergency slides being delpoyed at Phoenix AZ before take off. Picture from BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8145686.stm) But what happened exactly? Lets look at the events from a point by point. Aircraft was a 747, Registration: G-CIVB Flight BA288 Started … [Read more...]
Soapbox: Apple App Store Travel Guide Writers – SHOW SOME ORIGNALITY!
Amazingly, its a Sunday Soapbox entry... on a Sunday! Today, I'm taking a sideways swipe at Travel guides and how many of them really quite frankly have had been designed by a programmers state of mind, or that it's a direct lift of WikiTravel (and that's not a complaint against WikiTravel - it's a very good resource on where to go, what to see and what to avoid.) My … [Read more...]
Barking up the wrong tree: Air Passenger Duty to climb
On those tickets, there are 3 letters that annoy the hell of out of me. APD - Airport Passenger Duty. The UK seems to innovate in taxation, where in the first phase, it was like this: Class of travel Intra EU Outside of the EU Economy £10 £40 Business £40 £80 Of course, for the bureaucrats in Whitehall, and the money grabbing Prime … [Read more...]
Airplane p0rn -BMI Airbus A330 at the Gate
A olde classic today A BMI Airbus A330-200 at Chicago O'Hare International, awaiting boarding and return to Manchester (in the days that BMI ran a service) and not the joke they seem to run today. More airplane p0rn next week! … [Read more...]
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