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Georg Burdicek

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  1. Interesting that both the Italian and the Austrian listed in the passenger manifest are alive and state that they had not booked the flight. Both passengers had their passports stolen in Asia. This raises some suspicion...maybe an act of terror?
  2. I don't think there is something like an unsafe aircraft per se. There is just bad maintenance and bad crew... But an aircraft that has survived already 1000ends of flights can't be that bad if it is properlay maintained... and if I do proper maintenence, their duty life can be extended tremendously. Until recently, in the US still DC9-10, which had more than 45 years of active life on their wings, were used in regular service.... MAS737 is very young, almost a kid, compared to that... And I would consider MAS maintenence as one of the good ones So I feel safe...
  3. I really hope so.. Want to spend my 30th birthday in Malaysia in January and thats an affordable way to travel C-Class....
  4. I was just trying to book some flights to Kuala Lumpur with EgyptAir and was surprised to neither find them in the online booking system nor the online schedule... Have they be cancelled? That would be a pity.... Georg
  5. http://www.abtn.co.uk/news/2314989-garuda-indonesia-join-skyteam
  6. And pleeeease add Vienna again... We have connections with KLM to Amsterdam, Alitalia to Rome and BMI to london... Currently its more or less impossible to book MH ex VIE...
  7. one boy suvived this catastrope.... he's from the netherlands, age 6 or 7...
  8. well I haven't been called by anyone. I could do the web-checkin as usual, and then, around midnight, my 7am departure flight was cancelled. No one called, sent an SMS or mailed. - and I was already checked in for that flight.... They most probably did not inform you beforehand because they could not predict for how long the closure will continue - some expected airports will re-open this morning, but only in Austria they did. UK is still closed, allthoug yesterdays communications told that they most likely will reopen at 2am. So don't blame the airlines - nobody knows...
  9. quite easy: the airspace is NOT closed - there is just the restriction that no IFR flights may be operated. As long as the cargo flights are operated under VFR rules, they are allowed to fly. Theoretically also passenger flights in VFR condition would be possible, but they are limited to a/c with maximum of 19 seats in europe - so replacing one 747 with 20 twinotters would be possible in theory. Also all positioning flights of the airlines are operated under VFR conditions only with no passengers onboard.
  10. Well... good Luck! Currently the situation still gets worse. Frankfurt is closed since early morning (so currently ALL western european intercont hubs are closed: Paris, London, Frankfurt, Muc expects to be closed later today). The Austrian airspace will be closed by early evening today. I should be going to London tomorrow morning...good joke, isn't it?
  11. ... by emergency revokation. Here is the letter of revocation that was sent trice (!) to the pilots http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/national/28plane-cheney.pdf
  12. And always bear in mind, that the trip by car or bus to and from the airport is many times more dangerous than a flight on the shabbiest of all imaginable airlines....
  13. No... what's wrong with them? Why can't they market high yield destinations like the US properly? Given the choice on the route ARN-NYC, I'd choose MH everytime... Like SQ on FRA-JFK, which is the far better choice then any other airlines on that route. If you look at all the route cuttings of the past 2 years, MH will soon be like Garuda....
  14. Oh yes they did. Back in the 90s when I was first flying on their DC10 VIE-DXB-KUL, they did. They also had amenity kits in Eco back then.
  15. according to two swiss news portals, Singapore Airlines may start using the A380 on one daily flight to Zurich starting with the winter timetable, replacing the two daily 777-300 flights. Also Paris is a considered A380 destination. Finally the A380 arrives in continental europe
  16. There are reports that the pilot reported a few minutes before disappearing that they had a short circuit after heavy turbulence.
  17. An aircraft owned and operated by Air France disappeared from the radar screens this morning. The aircraft with 215 passengers on board was travelling from Rio de Janeiro bound for Paris, as it disappeared at 8am local time above the sea, approx. 1,15hours before estimated arrival. At the moment no further information is available, but it is said that SAR and rescue teams are looking for evidence.
  18. Passengers travelling Busines Class between Australia and London, Buenos Aires and San Francisco on Qantas can be happy: Quantas stops selling F-Cl tickets on these routes, as the market dropped extremely due to recent economic crisis, and seats C-Cl passengers on those seats instead, reports the newspaper "The Australian". But this should only be a temporary measure during current economic downturn. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/busin...629-643,00.html
  19. I just lost my gold status (received silver card already) as MH failed to credit most of my miles from the past year... I am in continuos contact with them - well, more, I keep bugging them without any replies - but nothing happens. Even the german office does not want to help anymore... I always was a strong supporter of MAS, but I guess they finally (after several other errr inconveniences) they successfully drove me away. Who needs a paying C customer anyway?
  20. According to the preliminary report of the ATSB, the tailstrike was caused by the crew entering Landing Weight as TakeOff Weight into the FMS system. Therefore Flex Takeoff-Thrust was calculated too low, as the weight anticipated was 100t less then the actual weight. Full report can be found here: http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/invest...9012_Prelim.pdf
  21. and it works for several years already.... I once contacted a friend of mine in KL to book a hotel room from enroute, as I decided only 2hrs before departure time to leave for KL on the last ever MH23.
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