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April 21, 2024
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Two weeks ago your correspondent experienced a second significant operational delay within a year because of a technical aircraft problem.  Same airline, similar aircraft, same EU departure airport.

The first time was annoying; the aircraft had to have an engine starter replaced after pushback and this took 45 minutes, with everyone seated, on a hardstand.  Most recently, it was a similar aircraft (same airline) but this time the mechanical fault was hydraulic.  The second time was much more annoying – a two-hour delay at the start, which then led to a missed connection adding another five hours to my trip.  Sitting in a 17-inch-wide seat for that extra time is cruel and unnecessary punishment.

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Addison Schonland
Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.