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by Flighty
Sun May 27, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier launches Global 5500 and Global 6500
Replies: 10
Views: 2030

Re: Bombardier launches Global 5500 and Global 6500

Am I correct the 7000 had better range than anticipated, pretty much neutralizing the need for a shrink -8000? Does 7500 complete this?

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by Flighty
Sun May 27, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NFL announces new national anthem policy
Replies: 68
Views: 1633

Re: NFL announces new national anthem policy

I've noticed a few of you getting legalistic about employee rights. Indeed, if you want to split hairs, NFL players must adhere to their contracts. But how narrow minded of you who make that argument! These men are making a silent and respectful protest that Black Lives Matter. Why is that offensiv...

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by Flighty
Fri May 25, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019
Replies: 178
Views: 17618

Re: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019

This will be the fifth NYC-India non-stop, plus EWR-LHR-AMD direct flight. Rest of the US has three non-stops. Right, that is what I don't understand. The Indian diaspora in the USA is not even really centered in New York and New Jersey. That is one strong market among 6-8 others. And DL JFK doesn'...

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by Flighty
Fri May 25, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is India a failing democracy
Replies: 37
Views: 1132

Re: Is India a failing democracy

China like to portray India as a "failing democracy" so that they can tell their population that democracy is not suitable for populous nations and that they would work better if democracy are being gotten rid of Exactly, senile Mr Reagan had it right. Democracy has many problems. But tho...

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by Flighty
Thu May 24, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 112
Views: 14283

Re: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s

Definitely agree that Delta has positioned itself better than AA in terms of capital structure and variable labor costs for a crisis. Any prudent management in such a cyclical industry knows that a crisis will happen. And we are due. Not trying to be melodramatic, but this is exactly the time to pre...

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by Flighty
Thu May 24, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019
Replies: 178
Views: 17618

Re: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019

I think it will definitely be flown by the a350. SQ does a daily nonstop from Singapore with no problems with their a350. I also think it’ll be from Atl. New York area already has daily Air India flights from JFK and EWR and UA flies daily from EWR to both BOM and DEL Agreed on both counts, actuall...

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by Flighty
Thu May 24, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 112
Views: 14283

Re: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s

Someone mentioned spare parts. The MD90s are apparently going bye-bye due to the unavailability of reasonably-priced engine overhauls and parts for those overhauls. This materially changes the fly-it/park-it analysis. Also, a reputation for being happy to refurbish older aircraft works as a stalkin...

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by Flighty
Thu May 24, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019
Replies: 178
Views: 17618

Re: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019

I'll bite. What did Trump do, exactly? And how will it cure the $500 each way pricing in this market

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by Flighty
Thu May 24, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 112
Views: 14283

Re: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s

Generally DL does this mainly because DL has the capability to do this, and most average airlines out there do not. Also, Delta is a mature customer to OEMs who is expected to pay strong prices for new aircraft. So the equation tips to used aircraft more easily. But mostly it is about DL Tech Ops co...

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by Flighty
Thu May 24, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?
Replies: 83
Views: 6959

Re: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?

"Not willing to pay for what they desire?" That phrase doesn't compute for me. If people aren't buying something, it means they do not want it. The "race to the bottom" has created low cost flying, which is of immense benefit to most people. Talking about ticket prices over time,...

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by Flighty
Thu May 24, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air 747SP's getting scrapped
Replies: 34
Views: 11612

Re: Iran Air 747SP's getting scrapped

Spectacular birds. There was a memorable trip report here on here, I believe the ccs-dam-THR route. Better days!

I photographed one at NRT in 2004. The NW DC-10 was also there.

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by Flighty
Wed May 23, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde, was it bound for disaster?
Replies: 66
Views: 8215

Re: Concorde, was it bound for disaster?

May I ask another question: Why aren't we capable to desing, build and fly a supersonic airliner? We do have more technology, more innovative materials, state of the art engineers. Is it like that internet joke, "my phone has thousand times the computing power the Apollo lunar capsule had"...

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by Flighty
Wed May 23, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is India a failing democracy
Replies: 37
Views: 1132

Re: Is India a failing democracy

The virtue of democracy is, if enough people dislike the party then they will vote for something else (if that’s allowed). If it’s not allowed then you have a disctatorship. If it is, then leaders need to be worried about the voters voting to hang them.

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by Flighty
Mon May 21, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thoughts on the Delta SkyMiles Amex?
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Re: Thoughts on the Delta SkyMiles Amex?

The sign in offers of 40-60k are pretty good. That is, if you like Delta miles. There are nothing compared to AAdvanrage miles. IMO. AA will give you a lot of round trips at 40k. Delta will give you virtually none for 50k. Just my experience. But yes, get the card and then cancel it at the 1 year ma...

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by Flighty
Mon May 21, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-10 Reaches Firm Configuration
Replies: 87
Views: 21075

Re: 737-10 Reaches Firm Configuration

I think I've read in other threads that carriers sometimes just standardize turnaround times for scheduling purposes since aircraft get swapped around anyhow. Is that accurate? AFAIK, it is only a last resort to build longer turn times due to customer loading. This is paid aircraft frames and gates...

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by Flighty
Mon May 21, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is "god" a myth?
Replies: 208
Views: 6296

Re: Is "god" a myth?

If I cant see, touch, smell, or hear. Then it does not exist. Therefore I believe God is a myth . Along with the tooth fairy, Santa and the Easter bunny. All of which have been dreamt up over time to create the fantasy that is religion and fairy tales. Flame bait me if you wish, but the question wa...

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by Flighty
Sun May 20, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is "god" a myth?
Replies: 208
Views: 6296

Re: Is "god" a myth?

Most of the early US statesmen were deists, and that was not unacceptable for many of the churches. And it still isn't. Churches have a number of functions, contrary to some of the biased comments on this thread. Most fellow religious people I know would, if asked "just who is this god worship...

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by Flighty
Sun May 20, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is photography good for a backup college degree for pilots wannabe?
Replies: 20
Views: 583

Re: Is photography good for a backup college degree for pilots wannabe?

Do what you love to do, are good at, and pays the bills. College major is fairly important. I somewhat agree with trying to get a STEM degree if you can, while taking as many humanities classes as you can. The classes that actually matter are as likely to be in humanities, music, art and architectur...

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by Flighty
Sat May 19, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Super yachts
Replies: 47
Views: 1229

Re: Super yachts

I think the mega yachts are a silly and vulgar gesture against the human race. It is a choice by working people to allow it to happen. That said I do subscribe to Boat International. Great magazine and a lot of good designs coming out.

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by Flighty
Sat May 19, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: God bless all .... sorry you got shot and killed and I can't do anything to help or stop it
Replies: 310
Views: 6079

Re: God bless all .... sorry you got shot and killed and I can't do anything to help or stop it

In my opinion school schootings are bad, but I think in America, people are okay with it. We should stop pretending there is anything weird or unusual about large school shootings. It's a policy most Americans support and are okay about. As I understand it, case law says Americans, including crazy p...

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by Flighty
Fri May 18, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 19125

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

I just want to say it’s not about age. Well, many work performance issues do change with age. Some get better. Some decline. Good, immaculate grooming and good work performance can and should be expected at any age, whether you are a high level attorney, hotel customer facing staff or airline custom...

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by Flighty
Tue May 15, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A350 so expensive?
Replies: 142
Views: 25265

Re: Why is the A350 so expensive?

Non-accountant here. Program accounting (deferral of losses) makes sense if there is a $10B NPV project over 10 years that loses $4 billion in the first 4 years. That's valid, although hard to use correctly because it involves forecasting unknowns. I think sometimes executives exploit program accoun...

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by Flighty
Mon May 14, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A350 so expensive?
Replies: 142
Views: 25265

Re: Why is the A350 so expensive?

The only possible reason why the A350 would be selling for big amounts of money would be because airlines really, really want it. It probably has something to do with the fuel burn and other advances. Why does Airbus charge as much as possible? Because that is their business! What do list prices mea...

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by Flighty
Mon May 14, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 5/13/2018:UA Swaps EWR/IAD Markets, Many Other Changes!;DL Adds BOS-PHL,Drops JFK-PHL,MCO-MIA;
Replies: 98
Views: 13859

Re: OAG Changes 5/13/2018:UA Swaps EWR/IAD Markets, Many Other Changes!;DL Adds BOS-PHL,Drops JFK-PHL,MCO-MIA;

The 757 would burn a positively epic amount of fuel per seat mile on PHL-JFK. The climbout alone.

US used to operate B757 on PHL-EWR and maybe PHL-BWI; same issues at play. Renting a couple of buses would provide a cheaper and perhaps faster service.

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by Flighty
Sun May 13, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 5/13/2018:UA Swaps EWR/IAD Markets, Many Other Changes!;DL Adds BOS-PHL,Drops JFK-PHL,MCO-MIA;
Replies: 98
Views: 13859

Re: OAG Changes 5/13/2018:UA Swaps EWR/IAD Markets, Many Other Changes!;DL Adds BOS-PHL,Drops JFK-PHL,MCO-MIA;

I disagree that PHL-JFK is a shocker. It would be a junk local market and DL offers precious few things at JFK that AA does not already offer nonstop from PHL. It is a 94 mile jet flight through congested airspace that has almost no point. BOS-PHL by contrast is a giant air market because it is not ...

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by Flighty
Sat May 12, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are Southwest’s Flights always so bumpy?
Replies: 92
Views: 13495

Re: Why are Southwest’s Flights always so bumpy?

It stands to reason that if you fly around the hot, turbulent Southwest USA in summertime, in large-winged 73G aircraft, you might have some bumpy rides. It all goes back to the Iraqi Dinars / gold that are stored in the Southwest region of the USA, to appease the Roswell grey aliens. The gold has t...

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by Flighty
Sat May 12, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump says NO to historic Chinese censorship on Taiwan/HKG/Macau
Replies: 43
Views: 3567

Re: Trump says NO to historic Chinese censorship on Taiwan/HKG/Macau

China’s government is simply an occupying criminal gang. One day, it will come to violence. I believe the gang won’t win. The combined forces of freedom-loving Chinese, both within and outside mainland China, will defeat the Communist Party, along with US and India / allies defending their own fund...

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by Flighty
Sat May 12, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?
Replies: 187
Views: 22033

Re: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?

I find this forum to be pretty fair. Both top OEMs have had triumphs and also humbling failures. Airbus A320 family has led the industry for decades and still does. A330 is meaningfully superior to 767 in every way I know except trip cost. A350 is little discussed only because it has been such an un...

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by Flighty
Fri May 11, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS astonishing LON growth market, surpasses several US markets
Replies: 56
Views: 9585

Re: AUS astonishing LON growth market, surpasses several US markets

I would expect Austin to beat Phoenix soon/quickly. And not look back.

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by Flighty
Fri May 11, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 24 pilots and 67 crew members at PK found to hold fake degrees
Replies: 63
Views: 10303

Re: 24 pilots and 67 crew members at PK found to hold fake degrees

This (rule of law, civic institutions, credentialing) is why western, or at least, highly developed country, (ideally both), airlines are safer.

In a society where anything goes, kinda anything goes.

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by Flighty
Wed May 09, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Resignation/Impeachment Megathread
Replies: 143
Views: 4658

Re: Trump Resignation/Impeachment Megathread

If Donald Trump had run as a democrat.... and face it, that's very possible. He used to be a democrat and favored democratic politicians for a long time... I would have been interested at first, but if he started behaving the way he did and pulling all those same bullshit antics as he did, to accom...

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by Flighty
Wed May 09, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiers for department stores
Replies: 51
Views: 1628

Re: Tiers for department stores

It’s all the same stuff... men’s clothing is so simple thank goodness. Odd story, I picked up a very nondescript Versace button down shirt in a HKG flea market (total counterfeit? Production sample? Reject?) and it is now 19 years old, and it is still mint and the best fitting shirt i own. Construct...

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by Flighty
Tue May 08, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAL, DAL & AA, who is # 1, 2 & 3 across the Atlantic?
Replies: 49
Views: 7392

Re: UAL, DAL & AA, who is # 1, 2 & 3 across the Atlantic?

Well reasoned post MSPNWA. Delta's partner, AFKL, may be better positioned for hubbing, with hubs in AMS and CDG. And you could argue Delta's hubs are more conducive to transfer passengers than UA or AA's. This creates a need for more hub-hub flying for 1 stop passengers, some of whom are high yield...

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by Flighty
Tue May 08, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18863

Re: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

High Speed Rail intuitively makes sense. It is easy to see its benefits. Except in real financial analysis, it doesn't make any sense at all, and you must sacrifice hugely to get it. And running a train isn't really cheaper than a combination of driving/bus, out 250 miles, and flying. Nor is it fast...

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by Flighty
Tue May 08, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump says NO to historic Chinese censorship on Taiwan/HKG/Macau
Replies: 43
Views: 3567

Re: Trump says NO to historic Chinese censorship on Taiwan/HKG/Macau

China’s government is simply an occupying criminal gang. One day, it will come to violence. I believe the gang won’t win. The combined forces of freedom-loving Chinese, both within and outside mainland China, will defeat the Communist Party, along with US and India / allies defending their own funda...

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by Flighty
Tue May 08, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18863

Re: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

I would dispute this article. Jets are not only faster than trains. They are cheaper! How much did the China rail line cost? Perhaps $200 billion?

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by Flighty
Mon May 07, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So what IF Trump had an affair with Stormy Daniels
Replies: 304
Views: 10182

Re: So what IF Trump had an affair with Stormy Daniels

And now Trump says his new lawyer. Some hack named Guilianni, whom he allowed to go on TV with his bestest bro, has no clue about what he was talking about. https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/04/politics/trump-giuliani-facts/index.html ")President Donald Trump said Friday his new lawyer, Rudy Giulian...

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by Flighty
Mon May 07, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?
Replies: 89
Views: 9252

Re: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?

Let me offer an unusual explanation for the re-distribution of business traffic over time. New businesses need to be created in order to have a vibrant business community over time. Otherwise you are just running on fumes of what you have. (which can last a long time). Generally, young people are th...

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by Flighty
Sun May 06, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA's domestic 777 vs DC-10
Replies: 36
Views: 4373

Re: UA's domestic 777 vs DC-10

The -10s burned a *lot* of fuel doing the job a 737-max10 can do now! Consider also the low load factors back then.

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by Flighty
Sun May 06, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue to start BOS-MSP 3xday on May 3 2018
Replies: 119
Views: 13274

Re: JetBlue to start BOS-MSP 3xday on May 3 2018

Traditions and group behavior are hard to break. We know the northeast has its favorite vacation spots, the West has theirs and the Midwest theirs. And by the way, a 1-stop isn’t a wonderful sales pitch to a Hub like MSP. If you put nonstops ona route with a decent schedule and good prices, you may ...

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by Flighty
Sun May 06, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to create department of Religion
Replies: 167
Views: 4464

Re: Trump to create department of Religion

I think your assessment of this as "letting evangelicals take over" is every bit as reactive and unconsidered as those who claimed Obama was implementing Sharia law. I like this line of reasoning because I think people are too extreme on both sides. Trump is not a political extremist - he...

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by Flighty
Sat May 05, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin A340-600 (G-VWIN) flew to the scrappers last month but Virgin has bought it back!
Replies: 69
Views: 14858

Re: Virgin A340-600 (G-VWIN) flew to the scrappers last month but Virgin has bought it back!

Virgin is currently leasing the rest of their A340s which means they are paying a big chunk of the original purchase price and the finance on that. Swapping out a leased one for a paid for one is a massive saving in itself. Buying at scrap value, I can't see them depreciating much beyond that. Asid...

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by Flighty
Fri May 04, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska swaps 737 Max 8 orders for larger Max 9
Replies: 23
Views: 4175

Re: Alaska swaps 737 Max 8 orders for larger Max 9

Same range and same crew cost...why not go with more seats and lower your CASM? Well, that is a true argument on an individual level. But, also pretty true that, the more capacity you add, the sooner overcapacity is going to come. “Oh, but this time carriers will be more disciplined!” Yeah... maybe...

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by Flighty
Fri May 04, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska swaps 737 Max 8 orders for larger Max 9
Replies: 23
Views: 4175

Re: Alaska swaps 737 Max 8 orders for larger Max 9

I would just point out that, in a major industry downturn, this trend toward bigger mainline jets will be a disadvantage. An assumption is being made that there will be demand to fill 180 seats. Currently true. Probably true tomorrow. But there is a chance that overcapacity gradually comes back. And...

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by Flighty
Fri May 04, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin A340-600 (G-VWIN) flew to the scrappers last month but Virgin has bought it back!
Replies: 69
Views: 14858

Re: Virgin A340-600 (G-VWIN) flew to the scrappers last month but Virgin has bought it back!

Conversely, flying these aircraft longer will put more pressure on the A330/340 parts pool as you're both reducing the available spares pool from retired aircraft and increasing demand for them. We just saw an A343 escape the scrappers in Florida last week, I'm pleased to see another one get a few ...

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by Flighty
Fri May 04, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 Contract Employee Murdered on PHL Ramp by Fellow Employee
Replies: 31
Views: 10672

Re: F9 Employee Murdered on PHL Ramp by Fellow Employee

Can you remember US union rivals breaking chairs over each other? Plenty of good employees at that facility but also especially in the “bad times” at Us Airways... the baggage meltdown, the time they stopped collecting garbage... the facility and staff were in rough shape. Incredible progress has oc...

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by Flighty
Thu May 03, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 Contract Employee Murdered on PHL Ramp by Fellow Employee
Replies: 31
Views: 10672

Re: F9 Employee Murdered on PHL Ramp by Fellow Employee

Sad news. But, PHL has always had this sort of reputation (including airport staff). It is what it is, gangster activity. RIP.

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by Flighty
Thu May 03, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American orders 15 E175s and 15 CRJ900s
Replies: 59
Views: 5719

Re: American orders 15 E175s and 15 CRJ900s

Yeah I guess part of it is AA system is obviously big enough, fleet economies of scale can be realized even as they divide the vendors. So there is not a downside. In their dreams. they would like to play vendor games with mainline too. Of course Doug Parker used to have 2 pilot groups at HP/US. And...

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by Flighty
Thu May 03, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American orders 15 E175s and 15 CRJ900s
Replies: 59
Views: 5719

Re: American orders 15 E175s and 15 CRJ900s

AA has a strategy to bid regional providers (including airframes, engines and maintenance) against each other. EMB has to give a sharp price because they know if it is 10% higher, AA will shift more orders to BBD. They also need multiple labor providers for each type of aircraft. If any labor or equ...

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