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Old December 5th, 2013, 04:34 AM   #561
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China's Biggest Bootlegs: Planes

By Hugh Gallagher / December 02 2013

A knock-off Gucci purse won’t get you killed. A knock-off Boeing 737 might. Wikipedia

China has big plans for planes. As recently reported in a Fortune cover story, its state-owned aviation plants are pouring billions of dollars into a determined effort to break their dependency on the West. Working on a timeline that astounds business analysts, China is charging hard to produce their version of best-selling jetliners like Boeing's 737 and Airbus’s A320 by 2014. Their goal is noble, and the art of slinging a behemoth piece of metal filled with people into the sky is an Olympian task. But China’s triumph, when finally realized, will perhaps be less Herculean, and more like Hally Porter.
That last line probably made J.K. Rowling’s lawyers see red, because China ripped the Harry Potter series off like a Hogwarts prom dress, and all those Hally Porter bootlegs (as his name has often been charmingly and intentionally misspelled) reveal an alternate universe of business ethics. For those in China who don’t hold patents, bootlegging is largely a crime of spelling. We laugh at Hike sneakers, and people who watch Break So Bad on their iPed. But is it a laugh at 30,000 feet, when you’re flying in a Boning 747?
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Old December 5th, 2013, 09:49 PM   #562
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DAL415 to JFK had a puncture taking off damaging her right wing, immediately came back to land. Landing she went outside of limits.

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Working at night to retire the aircraft.
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Old December 6th, 2013, 09:53 AM   #564
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Haha... Have you seen this?


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Old December 12th, 2013, 04:56 PM   #565
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Hello,
can we separate this thread to
İST | Atatürk International Airport
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İstanbul | General Aviation Discussions (Rest of the messages in current thread)
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I'm sold... I'm flying with WestJet from now on...


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Old December 16th, 2013, 03:29 PM   #571
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Which? reveals best and worst airlines... (no prizes for guessing who came bottom...)

A new survey by Which? has revealed the best and worst airlines to fly with and a little-known airline has beaten the big names to win the top spot in the short-haul category.

Guernsey-based Aurigny Air Services was awarded four stars for things like boarding process, legroom and punctuality.



The company has been operating flights since 1968 and flies passengers from Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands, Southampton, London Gatwick and Stansted to Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney.

It scored an impressive 87 per cent overall thanks to perks such as the fact that a 20kg hold luggage allowance is included in the ticket price and its in-flight service includes complimentary soft drinks.

Swiss International Air Lines (82 per cent), Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (79 per cent) and Turkish Airlines (75 per cent) completed the top four in the consumer watchdog’s poll.

It might not come as a surprise to Ryanair’s more disgruntled passengers that the Irish airline came bottom of the class with a score of 32 per cent. The airline scored just one star for luggage allowances, boarding process, legroom and the quality of food and drink.

But the consumer watchdog pointed out that it had not taken into account recent changes announced by Ryanair, which included a move to allocated seating and a reduction in baggage fees.

A spokesperson for Which? said: ‘It’s possible the results could change next year, though. Our survey covers people’s flying experiences for the 12 months up to October 2013

'But since then, Ryanair has announced a programme of changes, including a move to allocated seating and a reduction in baggage fees from 5 January, 2014.'

The airline is famous for its unapologetic focus on profits and unforgiving attitude towards customer service, but it seems that Ryanair has recently decided to take a different tack with its image.

The low-cost carrier has advertised for a marketing director, reportedly to help soften its image, and is revamping its website so that consumers and the media can better access information.

Air New Zealand (87 per cent) and Singapore Airlines (87 per cent) came joint first for their long-haul flights with both airlines boasting an impressive five stars for in-flight entertainment, food and drink, punctuality of flight and value for money.
Spanish airline Iberia landed at the bottom of the table, receiving a 28 per cent customer score, 9 per cent lower than Thomas Cook Airlines (37 per cent) who came second-bottom.

The annual survey of 12,000 Which? members also rated airlines by destination.

British Airways came out top for travel to France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey, while Virgin Atlantic was rated best for America and Singapore airlines best for Australia.

The budget airlines also did well in this category - easyJet was rated the best carrier for Tenerife and Jet2.com came top for Mallorca.

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd, said: ‘Our survey reveals the massive variation in the standard of airlines. Once you’ve chosen your destination, it pays to pick the airline that will get you there without any dramas.’

Despite Aurigny's success, Which? said it would not give the airline its Which? Recommended Provider (WRP) status due to the Ł2 surcharge it imposes on credit card bookings.

A spokesman for the watchdog said: ‘As part of our ongoing campaign against excessive surcharges, Which? reviews airline credit card charges before awarding WRPs.

'Aurigny charges a fee of Ł2 per person per one-way flight, which we believe to be proportionately excessive. For this reason it has not been awarded a WRP.

‘Aurigny plans to reduce this charge in 2014. Once in place we will reconsider its WRP status.’



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Old December 22nd, 2013, 09:14 AM   #574
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Interview with the Kecskemét Air Base Commander (Hungary)
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There is not complicating the paint:
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Old December 26th, 2013, 09:30 PM   #580
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Nice airplane photos...
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