Travel Thread


#3104

We are going to Legoland this weekend. Our transfer from Singapore is $100 each way for family of 4.


#3105

Yeah…FCO to Dubai. But it’s still all but 12 hours. If we get back to FCO by 1800, we have tons of time.


#3106

British Airways plane was supposed to land in Germany, but ended up in Scotland by mistake

49 minutes ago

Updated

There appeared to be nothing out of the ordinary about flight BA3271 on Monday, with everything going according to the flight plan.

Key points:

  • Passengers had booked the flight to Dusseldorf, Germany, however the flight plan instructed crew to fly to Edinburgh, Scotland
  • The flight plan for the British Airways flight was filed by WDL Aviation, which included the wrong destination
  • After refuelling in Scotland, the plane took off again, this time flying passengers to Dusseldorf

However, passengers were stunned to learn their plane had not only landed in the wrong city, but also in the wrong country.

The British Airways flight from London City Airport was supposed to head to Dusseldorf in Germany but ended up in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Passenger Sophie Cooke told the BBC she assumed it was a joke when the pilot made an announcement welcoming them to the Scottish city.

But soon the penny dropped — something had gone wrong.

Ms Cooke said the pilot made another announcement, asking passengers to raise their hands if they wanted to go to Dusseldorf.

Everyone raised their hands, according to Ms Cooke.

“The pilot said he had no idea how it had happened,” she said.

Another passenger took to Twitter about the unplanned Scottish detour.

“I don’t think anyone on board has signed up for this mystery travel lottery,” Son Tran said.

British Airways said the problem started when an incorrect flight plan was filed by WDL Aviation, which operated the flight on behalf of the airline.

Officials say the pilot followed the flight plan for Edinburgh.

Air traffic control officials also were following the same flight plan and saw nothing amiss.

Map: Flight path map

A British Airways spokesperson told the BBC the plane had flown to Edinburgh the day before so the “involuntary stopover” may have been due to the flight plan being repeated by mistake.

WDL aviation said it was working with authorities to work out what caused the “obviously unfortunate mix-up”.

Ms Cooke said the plane was on the tarmac in Scotland for close to two hours.

After the short visit to Scotland, the flight was refuelled and set off again, this time heading directly to Dusseldorf.

The British Airways spokesperson said the airline had contacted customers individually to apologise for the surprise stopover.

ABC/wires

Topics: travel-and-tourism, offbeat, scotland, germany, england

First posted about 4 hours ago


#3107

None of the passengers could identify east from west?

Then they deserved it.


#3108

Good thing it wasn’t Germany from 1945-89.


#3109

Any recommendations for pubs in Hanoi showing Anzac Day game?


#3110

Tayrona Colombia on the Caribbean coast. Great place to relax while stressing reading BB!


#3111

Go and see Max Hart at The Real Kangaroo Cafe, and tell him a Comrade sent you.

Max will know how to see the game and makes great hamburgers.


#3112

If you like gardens and historic villa’s, try Villa D’este/Tivoli gardens.

Bus trip from Rome to Tivoli. We did lunch in the town of Tivoli (gorgeous little spot) then walked to the villa/gardens. Was great.


#3113

Nice idea, but takes 2-3 hours to get there, and 2-3 to get back…so that’s completely out of the question.


#3114

Off to Fiji in June.

Cheaper than holidayinf in Australia, which is a bit sad.


#3115

Just read they closed for renos :pensive:


#3116

I will send Max a message and ask him and let you know.


#3117

Thanks mate , I also read they can assist with Ha Long bay cruises also.


#3118

Max said Jaspars, 4th Floor Hanoi Tower, next door to old jail. Owner is Murph, and Max Hart said to drop his name.

Max isn’t sure if his renovations will be finished but his Travel Agency is open. He is a really weird, interesting, funny and helpful bloke.


#3119

Who else is in Vietnam?
Im about to fly out of Quy Nhon bound for HCMC, then Dalat on Monday, will hit Hanoi on Thursday.
Work always put me up at the Melia.
If your in Hanoi, go to PUKU bar in the old quarter.
Troung will live stream any game you want. Top bloke.


#3120

Oh…Troung may be on his honeymoon still…it shouldnt matter…PUKU bar…top floor sports bar. You will be able to watch the game with a bucket of ice cold beer and the hums from the odd local drifting in smoking doobies.
PUKU never closes.
Thank me for moving the essendon picture front and center under the big telly.


#3121

Sounds good :ok_hand:t3:


#3122


Sunset over Chile at 37,000 feet.


#3123

Question for those that know Saigon, I rarely stop here for more than a quick transfer.
I know I can watch the game somewhere in district 1. A farkcarlton supporter told me yesterday but I forgot.
Anyone?