AOB – February 2016

26 February 2016

Tai’s birthday – happy I am home in time to celebrate – and a nice evening with some thoughtful friends.

Another 330 leaves the fleet as Emirates A330-200 A6-EKQ is withdrawn and positioned Dubai – Ras Al Khaimah as EK2551 yesterday.

23 February 2016

EK rosters very late this month – note to management form PPRUNE – and anywhere else that thinks EK could go a long way to improve it relationship with its front line cockpit and cabin crews:

“We know management read these posts, so please do the decent thing and send out an email apologising for this.

It’s a huge inconvenience that most of you wouldn’t comprehend working Sunday to Thursday.”

18 February 2016

Dubai International Airport’s long-awaited Concourse D will open on February 24, it was reported yesterday.


16 February 2016

The fabulous Emma Thompson on Britain  – “a tiny little cloud-bolted, rainy corner of sort-of Europe, a cake-filled misery-laden grey old island”

Hard to argue!

13 February 2016

Someone please give President Obama a talk show for 2017….the man is a natural on and funny…please!

Emirates will to add a sixth daily flight between Dubai and London from March 27.

EK031 will leave Dubai at 1130 and land into Heathrow at 1610. EK032 departs London at 1950 and lands into Dubai at 0550 the following day.

The route will initially be served with a three-class B777-300ER  aircraft before being upgraded to the Airbus A380 from June 1.

Emirates’ existing flights between Dubai and Heathrow leave at 0230, 0745, 0940, 1415 and 1545.

Been fighting a miserable cold all week. And not sleeping. Waking up at 2am every morning. Grim.

7 February 2016

Just 21C this evening in Bangkok – with a genuine wind chill!

The Dubai Desert Classic brands itself as the major of the middle east….not so. Thi syear the filed at the Abu Dhabi HSBC tournament two weeks ago was much stronger with both Fowler and Spieth competing.

Without McIlroy’s continued support the Dubai event would like like another run-of-the-mill European Tour event.

But Dubai has never been shy to claim that something is far greater than in reality it is!

1February 2016

Pushing my sister in law around Samut Songkhram in her wheelchair is instructive. Too many people stare – and stare unpleasantly. No one makes any offer of help. And too many stores have no interest in being wheelchair friendly.

As for roads and pavements – perilous.

One notable exception to the above – Tesco Lotus – wide aisles and wheelchairs available for use – just leave an id card as a deposit. Impressive.

I really do not like MK.

The mosquitoes will attack tonight.

Goodbye to Terry Wogan – he had the gift of articulate, self depreciation matched by Irish charm and a great radio voice.

Too many people who were part of my growing up have already left this year.