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Platinum Airways Takes Trip Down Memory Lane

Platinum Airways, the very virtual Open Skies airline, has announced its next Destination of the Week theme. From 1 to 29 April, Platinum Airways pilots will be visiting four decommissioned airports. “Memory Lane” will touch down at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak (VHHH), Berlin’s Tempelhof (EDDI), South Africa’s Durban (FADN) and Johnston Atoll Airport (PJON).

Memory Lane presents Platinum Airways’ pilots with four airports that no longer have a valid ICAO code. The series starts with Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport (VHHH), whose code was taken over by the city’s new Chek Lap Kok Airport. Kai Tak has one of the most spectacular and technically challenging approaches for wide bodied aircraft, RWY 13. Next up is Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport (EDDI), one of Europe’s three iconic pre-World War II airports. The third trip down Memory Lane takes Platinum Airways to South Africa’s Louis Botha airport (FADN) in Durban, which was replaced by King Shaka Airport (FALE) in 2010. We end the series with the exotic Johnston Atoll Airport (PJON), idyllically located in the Pacific Ocean southwest of Hawaii on a 1.03 sq mi – 2.7 km² atoll.

As usual with Platinum Airways’ Destination of the Week airports, all trips down Memory Lane will be accompanied by navigational charts, links to scenery files and other aids to successfully approach the four decommissioned airports. Scenery links include X-Plane downloadable files where available. Pilots visiting the current DOTW receive a 5% bonus. Past DOTW’s remain available to pilots through an archive system.

About Platinum Airways:
Keen to deliver on its mission to keep the fun in the hobby, Platinum Airways is probably the only virtual airline to combine an Open Skies policy, allowing its pilots to fly any mission of their choice with the aircraft of their choice at the time of their choice, with a strategic hub network. The carefully selected hubs, Newark (KEWR), Dallas-Fort Worth (KDFW), Vancouver (CYVR), Perth (YPPH) and Brussels (EBBR), should be attractive to a global membership. In addition, Platinum Airways offers its pilots a Destination of the Week and Relief and Military Missions. Sticking to the KISS principle (Keep It Straight and Simple), Platinum Airways hosts an active forum and a screenshot of the week competition, with the winner providing the main picture on its home page for the next week.

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