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by frmrCapCadet
Mon May 29, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no large-scale commercial aviation history museum in the United States?
Replies: 9
Views: 979

Re: Why no large-scale commercial aviation history museum in the United States?

Actually just the Pacific Northwest has three large air museums, Paine, Boeing Field, and McMinnville Oregon. Add the Boeing tour at Paine and it would be a packed 2 day tour to do the four things.

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon May 29, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bad Flight Experience, BLAME Wall Street
Replies: 29
Views: 3084

Re: Bad Flight Experience, BLAME Wall Street

Lesson per above: unless you have status with an airline, avoid US airlines if you are flying to Asia.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun May 28, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bad Flight Experience, BLAME Wall Street
Replies: 29
Views: 3084

Re: Bad Flight Experience, BLAME Wall Street

We often hear that companies exist only to make money for shareholders. The other side of this is society passes laws to allow companies to exist in some legal sense as a person. Society has the right to make to rules work for the economy as a whole. To some extent a number of sectors have been capt...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun May 28, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next generation VLA, and why it will be an A380
Replies: 177
Views: 16721

Re: Next generation VLA, and why it will be an A380

The newer twins, and I start with the smallest, 787, 350, and 777 are so relatively efficient that no VLA is going to be built in my lifetime which will be significantly more efficient. Tube and wings have met their limits in these 3 planes. Engines may improve, but even there we may be at the limi...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun May 28, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?
Replies: 124
Views: 7530

Re: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?

There is no easy way, unless you are an airline geek, to know what you will get when you pay for an airline seat. As opposed to booking a motel, where the star system describes fairly accurately what you get for what you spend. Many of us like 3 star facilities. I would describe WN as 3 star +, Uni...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun May 28, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin America receives first A321neo
Replies: 91
Views: 18511

Re: Virgin America receives first A321neo

Who, 2 or 3 years ago, would have guessed that Alaska would fly the first 321neo!?!

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun May 28, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next generation VLA, and why it will be an A380
Replies: 177
Views: 16721

Re: Next generation VLA, and why it will be an A380

The newer twins, and I start with the smallest, 787, 350, and 777 are so relatively efficient that no VLA is going to be built in my lifetime which will be significantly more efficient. Tube and wings have met their limits in these 3 planes. Engines may improve, but even there we may be at the limit...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat May 27, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?
Replies: 124
Views: 7530

Re: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?

There is no easy way, unless you are an airline geek, to know what you will get when you pay for an airline seat. As opposed to booking a motel, where the star system describes fairly accurately what you get for what you spend. Many of us like 3 star facilities. I would describe WN as 3 star +, Unit...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat May 27, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines and Flying, then and now, from love to contempt
Replies: 7
Views: 810

Re: Airlines and Flying, then and now, from love to contempt

Comcast, car rentals, telephone businesses, appliance sales and repair join airlines in opaque pricing, odd add-ons, gotcha fees and poor customer service when things go wrong. As someone told me, don't complain when things go wrong, the know how bad they are - and don't care. There are exceptions -...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat May 27, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA experiencing computer problems.
Replies: 165
Views: 19553

Re: BA experiencing computer problems.

This has happened to 3 major US airlines in the past couple years. The problem is obviously endemic in the aviation business. All airlines need to have some sort of backup system to prevent total meltdowns. Speculating, there needs to be backup modules available for all IT systems, and backup data f...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu May 25, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoker who caused onboard fire jailed for 9 years
Replies: 42
Views: 6368

Re: Smoker who caused onboard fire jailed for 9 years

A shorter sentence and a life long ban on flying may be more appropriate.

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu May 25, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: POLITICO: Laptop Ban "Imminent". Asia Too?
Replies: 58
Views: 6228

Re: POLITICO: Laptop Ban "Imminent". Asia Too?

Inconvenience can have a serious price. Many of my friends went from a few or several trips a year to less than one because in inconvenience and hassle.

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon May 22, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field
Replies: 121
Views: 14616

Re: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field

I could see PAE eventually taking upwards 10% of the traffic. SeaTac will not miss this. Increasingly public entities are looking at regional solutions. Seattle Tacoma ports merged in part last year. It is also interesting SeaTac Light Rail's northern extension is going to PAE. It may involve a car ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun May 21, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787/A350/A380: Why Trackball and Button Instead of Touchscreen?
Replies: 32
Views: 2917

Re: 787/A350/A380: Why Trackball and Button Instead of Touchscreen?

A general consensus on small boats: Touch screens do not work as well as buttons and keyboards in difficult sea conditions, From my limited experience touch screens don't work at all when the boat is pitching and rolling. Obviously not the normal conditions of flying a large plane, but it happens.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat May 20, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA31: Pax Attempts Cockpit Breech?
Replies: 27
Views: 5614

Re: AA31: Pax Attempts Cockpit Breech?

The man's behavior, even as a threat, was peculiar. I suspect some sort of mental impairment. From the Seattle Times "It caused worry on the plane, more curiosity than fear I would say because he wasn’t acting irrationally but you could tell something was kind off about him as well,” he said. “...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat May 20, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries
Replies: 213
Views: 26363

Re: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries

Snarling and growling are allowed in trade controversies. And to change the metaphor - Taking your ball and going home almost never works. Boeing needs to back off a bit.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat May 20, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Widebodies 3 holers era end?
Replies: 111
Views: 18216

Re: Why did the Widebodies 3 holers era end?

The likelihood of an all-electric airliner in the next 50 years is incredibly low. We see with the Tesla that while it has substantial range, long-distance travel is hampered by its need to stop and charge, and the supercharging stations only provide around 80% charge. Were an airliner to have elec...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat May 20, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat
Replies: 59
Views: 11612

Re: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat

zeke wrote:
...... They cannot pay nothing and restrict his use on his trademark.


Has anyone seen the details of the contract for this. Likely there is much lawyerly talk which we haven't seen.

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri May 19, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries
Replies: 213
Views: 26363

Re: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries

Boeing and Airbus have been abandoning the sub 150 passenger market for years. What did they think was going to happen?

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri May 19, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airlines using the same engine on different widebodies
Replies: 11
Views: 1168

Re: Airlines using the same engine on different widebodies

Because of efficiencies demanded, and meeting other requirements the days of an engine serving on different planes seems to be over. While there never was (?) a generic engine, engines were at one time somewhat generic.

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri May 19, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field
Replies: 121
Views: 14616

Re: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field

I suspect that upwards of a dozen gates ought to be planned or at least expansion planned. Two is laughingly low. Alaska, Delta, Southwest are all likely to want connections to the rest of their networks. Res intercontinental, it only takes a few flights to hubs to make it convenient to anyone north...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri May 19, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US-EU laptop ban abandoned; scrutiny increases over decision to leave ME ban in place
Replies: 58
Views: 5970

Re: US-EU laptop ban abandoned; scrutiny increases over decision to leave ME ban in place

The threat may be real, and the inconvenience is real. 100% safety is about never possible.

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu May 18, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cabin Baggage is the Airline's Problem
Replies: 36
Views: 2200

Re: Cabin Baggage is the Airline's Problem

When you are on the plane, the gate has been closed? You gotta be kidding.

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu May 18, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow Expansion Likely to be Approved
Replies: 67
Views: 7227

Re: Heathrow Expansion Likely to be Approved

I doubt that London Heathrow will ever become a backwater. ps - see Yogi Berra For non-US readers, I'm guessing the (paraphrased) line is "Nobody goes there any more because it's too crowded". I think the reference was to "it ain't over till it's over" ( ref: http://www.bbc.com/...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu May 18, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field
Replies: 121
Views: 14616

Re: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field

The big question, it seems to me, regards Paine connecting to international flights. Is it easier to go to SeaTac, hence to Europe, or Paine to a northern tier airport (Detroit, Chicago, even Boston), and then to Europe. Well done one stop comes close to non stop in convenience and possibly better i...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu May 18, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow Expansion Likely to be Approved
Replies: 67
Views: 7227

Re: Heathrow Expansion Likely to be Approved

I doubt that London Heathrow will ever become a backwater.


ps - see Yogi Berra

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed May 17, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field
Replies: 121
Views: 14616

Re: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field

WN to Oakland and Denver would connect to most of their network.

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon May 15, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japanese Manufacturers Want In On Next Boeing Jet
Replies: 29
Views: 4273

Re: Japanese Manufacturers Want In On Next Boeing Jet

"The more I think about it, the more I think the "caginess" comes from Boeing probably not knowing (a) exactly what kind of jet they will build next and (b) not knowing to what degree they want to outsource future work. The two issues are probably linked. Once they know more about wha...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun May 14, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SEA...those upgrades are really needed
Replies: 83
Views: 9024

Re: SEA...those upgrades are really needed

The single most expense raising thing is housing. (a sloganeer might add the next two could be called housing and more housing!) And what leaves that unredeemed is that there is no flat ground 10, 20, or 30 miles away on which inexpensive houses or freeways can be built. By the way, most of that rea...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun May 14, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japanese Manufacturers Want In On Next Boeing Jet
Replies: 29
Views: 4273

Re: Japanese Manufacturers Want In On Next Boeing Jet

I don't think Boeing has the guts to start an all new plane without partners. And Dominic's article seems to indicate that Japan likely would like being that partner.

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun May 14, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible MoM routes
Replies: 35
Views: 3861

Re: Possible MoM routes

Summary of cargo business as I remember threads on this site: Before the advent, and then triumph of the big twins air cargo was an expensive business, and prices were somewhat determined by the cost of stand alone cargo plains. We had debates on line here, and the consensus view was freight rates w...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun May 14, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible MoM routes
Replies: 35
Views: 3861

Re: Possible MoM routes

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/boeings-key-suppliers-in-japan-want-an-upgrade/ This link is germane to two or three threads in civil aviation. Japan is 'hot and heavy' on significant partnerships with Boeing. Hence willing to be a major financial source and production partner ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun May 14, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If Oil drops sub $20 for foreseeable future, a 4-engine A350 stretch?
Replies: 106
Views: 9797

Re: If Oil drops sub $20 for foreseeable future, a 4-engine A350 stretch?

The next all new airliner with more than 2 engines will also be the first hybrid, whenever that technology comes along. The number of gas turbines that airliner will have will not be more than 2. It could even be only 1. So, if it features 2 gas turbines, in a sense it could still be considered a t...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat May 13, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SEA...those upgrades are really needed
Replies: 83
Views: 9024

Re: SEA...those upgrades are really needed

Engineering and construction staging during major remodeling has greatly improved over the last 50 years. The disruption to continuing operations is minimal compared with the past. Whereas once it was haphazardly makeshift, money (hopefully not too much) is now spent if needed for temporary detours,...

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by frmrCapCadet
Fri May 12, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interview With JetBlue Head of Network Planning
Replies: 62
Views: 7816

Re: Interview With JetBlue Head of Network Planning

"But this will be a non-issue in 6-8 years when B6/AS merge and build a bi-coastal powerhouse" It struck me some time ago that the two of them interlining and/or certain code sharing could provide powerful competition to the bigger four. The lacuna is some of flyover country. They could pr...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu May 11, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces AED 2.5 billion (US$ 670 million) profits
Replies: 52
Views: 6923

Re: Emirates announces AED 2.5 billion (US$ 670 million) profits

grrr - just lost a post. Anyway, I recommend using a largish globe and checking out the world's major population centers. EK took advantage of other airlines poorly and awkwardly connecting intercontinental travel. For several years EK smashed the competition including a lot of places where Dubai wa...

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by frmrCapCadet
Thu May 11, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus weighs response if Boeing launches new mid-market model
Replies: 157
Views: 17489

Re: Airbus weighs response if Boeing launches new mid-market model

A modern small twin aisle with about 4500 mile range (and sure to be improved in the future) will be a formidable competitor. I can see Alaska, WN, EasyJet, Ryan, Iceland, Norwegian, Hawaii as typical buyers - by the boatload. And if the trend of small planes get bigger, and big planes get fewer it ...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed May 10, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6635

Re: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves

Note: Americas largest domestic airline, Southwest, offers more legroom than most legacies, minimal food service, but superb customer service. Do you suppose that has anything to doing with their being profitable. They and JetBlue scored over 800 - legacies, and even Alaska weren't even close. Neith...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed May 10, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates CEO: 115 A380s is ‘absolute’ limit for Dubai hub
Replies: 78
Views: 19809

Re: Emirates CEO: 115 A380s is ‘absolute’ limit for Dubai hub

The arithmetic on 115 planes, on 12 year leases: 9.58333333(!) new planes a year. So if Airbus is selling one plane a month (11 month year?), they need to sell another airline 1.4 planes a year. Sounds doable to me.

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed May 10, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6635

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulm moves

As there are options to have more legroom - fly premium, buy extra legroom seats, etc - it seems that airlines are simply doing what the majority of travellers want : Pay as little as possible to fly. If airlines would see a decrease in sale of ultra low cost seat vs more comfortable ones, they wou...

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by frmrCapCadet
Wed May 10, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MoM context: wing folding
Replies: 4
Views: 679

Re: MoM context: wing folding

1, 2, folding up or down. Simple(?) hinges can do most of the work. There is a lot more room up than down, Down would be in the way of ground crew and vehicles. 3 fold back, actually it would have to rotate, a much more complicated connection 4 Telescope in, it would get involved with other essentia...

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue May 09, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cabin Baggage is the Airline's Problem
Replies: 36
Views: 2200

Re: Cabin Baggage is the Airline's Problem

A passenger on most airlines are entitled to a carryon and another small bag. If you get on board and there is no place for the carryon it is the flight crews' responsibility to find a place. The passenger has no resources at that point to solve the problem.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue May 09, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6635

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulum moves

How about a mandatory and independent rating service? Most US airlines would howl at the thought. Many of us would not buy if rated less than C+ (but C ok for hops less than 2 hours)

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue May 09, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6635

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulum moves

"10,000 Kia Rio or a $100,000 Mercedes" Some choice you present. Detroit used to believe something along that line. Now we buy Camrys or Corellas. And are happier.

PS, As well as WN, Alaska, and JetBlue add in Hawaii all of whom seem to do a decent job in Y.

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by frmrCapCadet
Tue May 09, 2017 3:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates CEO: 115 A380s is ‘absolute’ limit for Dubai hub
Replies: 78
Views: 19809

Re: Emirates CEO: 115 A380s is ‘absolute’ limit for Dubai hub

Will leasers be offering terms for extending leases such that newer planes will not be needed? Or if EK retires planes at the 12 year mark how many will they be taking and for how long? When would it quit being enough to continue 380 production?

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by frmrCapCadet
Mon May 08, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations
Replies: 27
Views: 1573

Re: Ultimate, Dedicated Long Haul Tech / Pit Stop Operations

Sometime between 2022 and 2028 the electrification of the auto industry will be significantly eating into petroleum sales. The study IIRC defined significant as about 2 million barrels a day less consumption. US shale oil will keep prices down for the next few years, perhaps even until 2022. Somehow...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun May 07, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worries for Airbus and Boeing widebody backlogs?
Replies: 22
Views: 4462

Re: Worries for Aribus and Boeing backlog widebodies?

Some of us have noted a bubble developing over the last ten years. Just how big is the question. Boeing did not expect the 777 line to slow down as drastically as it did. There were warnings out there. They were ignored. "Will it be devastating for AB and BO? nope" It will be closer to dev...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sun May 07, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest
Replies: 162
Views: 11371

Re: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest

COC should be written by a government approved agency with airline, passenger, FAA, airport, TSA and international input. Enforcement involving any confrontation should be by an independent arbitrator/person. FAs should not be put in the position of physically enforcing policy. Sometimes a passenger...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat May 06, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest
Replies: 162
Views: 11371

Re: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest

At one time you did generally buy a seat on a particular flight, airline and passenger could both alter the ticket. Airlines took advantage of 9-11 to reduce that right significantly. Mostly to set up a system where they can charge sometimes horrendous 'gotcha' fees for any changes made by the passe...

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by frmrCapCadet
Sat May 06, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest
Replies: 162
Views: 11371

Re: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest

In a number of these incidents safety is not involved, it is a matter of airline practices (and sometimes ad hoc). If at all possible, for the sake of other passengers and the peace of mind of the flight crew, the passenger can be accommodated or ignored. After the flight is over a ground supervisor...

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