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by xdlx
Fri May 25, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 112
Views: 14074

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

One of the many reasons DL is my go-to carrier. And one of several reasons why they are NOT mine. I will take LH and SIA's dispatch and OT reliability, clean toilets and 4 engines on younger aircraft over the drink light years before I even think of Delta. But, hey, everybody is entitled to their c...

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by xdlx
Thu May 24, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 112
Views: 14074

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

a number of reasons NOT so obvious... while it takes 15-25years to depreciate a new airframe. The refurbishing can be depreciated in 5years or less.

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by xdlx
Fri May 11, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan am long haul operations from Miami 1980-1991
Replies: 44
Views: 6331

Re: Pan am long haul operations from Miami 1980-1991

doulasc wrote:
Ionosphere wrote:
Kadish wrote:
Did PanAm to Spain?


They only flew JFK-MAD.

Pan Am flew MIA-SJU-LIS-MAD-FCO through the Mid 1970s.In 1979-1980 a timetable showed Pan Am operated MIA-MAD non stop with a 707.


My Dad a pilot for PQ ( PRINAIR ) in SJU took me on the SJU-LIS-MAD around mid 70's.

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by xdlx
Tue May 08, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAL, DAL & AA, who is # 1, 2 & 3 across the Atlantic?
Replies: 49
Views: 7391

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

For full year 2017 Atlantic traffic and capacity Traffic (RPM) DL 41,641,403, UA 36,220,795 AA 29,338,000 Capacity (ASM) DL 49,398,455 UA 47,297,821 AA 38,112,000 Load factor (RPM/ASM) DL 84.3% UA 76.6% AA 77.0% Just to refresh the fuzzy math 84% is 8 out of every 10 for DL. 77% is 7 out of 10 seat...

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by xdlx
Wed May 02, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silver ATR to SJU?
Replies: 12
Views: 1636

Silver ATR to SJU?

Can someone in the know give us some info on the ATR introduction for SILVER AIRWAYS. San Juan, Ft. Lauderdale. The fact that they crossed thru South America on the first delivery to stop thru the Caribbean, before arriving in FLL speaks volumes of where the airplane may see its first revenue flight...

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by xdlx
Wed May 02, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Cracks Down on FA Trip Hoarding and Selling
Replies: 61
Views: 13114

Re: AA Cracks Down on FA Trip Hoarding and Selling

Take a chill pill.... this happens in the front office also..... Company wants pilots to bid min 76-78h, a senior captain gets the most desirable trips according to seniority, and then "drops" 3 or 4 rotations every month. Effectively flying one 24-28h trip a month period. Totally legal, n...

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by xdlx
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta shifting SkyWest flights to LGA
Replies: 32
Views: 5692

Re: Delta shifting SkyWest flights to LGA

Delta is notorious for shifting its feed around every so often. Really nothing to it. SkyWest did or is in the process of opening a LGA base so it’s not temporary. Why do they do this? There must be some rationale. Goes back to the Comair days when the pilot strike shutdown two hubs for months. Sin...

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by xdlx
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: New DL flights from MCO
Replies: 71
Views: 11057

Re: Rumor: New DL flights from MCO

EVERYONE is looking the wrong way...... B6 will begin flying south from MCO..... most of the shallow central America ops from ATL can go to MCO, BOG,PTY,MGA,SJO,UIO,TGU or will they wait until they SEE the competition stirs the market up!

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by xdlx
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 380 stuck in JNB
Replies: 98
Views: 34468

Re: BA 380 stuck in JNB

Considering the A380 configuration, ( no reverse trust on outboards ) it is likely the 3engine ferry is limited. IF INOP engine is #2 or #3; it may not be dispatch ready with only one RT operating..... Just saying! The 3 engine ferry requires not only a procedure, but a crew proficient in the proced...

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by xdlx
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 380 stuck in JNB
Replies: 98
Views: 34468

Re: BA 380 stuck in JNB

How did they miss the chance to certify for either a 3 engine ferry, or a pod to carry a spare engine for transport? Who is "they"? Since AF considered a three engine ferry and procedures for it are specified (https://twitter.com/DaveWallsworth/status/917887041278566400), the aircraft cer...

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by xdlx
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 380 stuck in JNB
Replies: 98
Views: 34468

Re: BA 380 stuck in JNB

So for the A380 fan base....the big quad is truly an amazing airplane. How did they miss the chance to certify for either a 3 engine ferry, or a pod to carry a spare engine for transport?

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by xdlx
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Repaint Progress
Replies: 54
Views: 7445

Re: Spirit Airlines Repaint Progress

727LOVER wrote:
Anyone know what date the last aircraft was REpainted?

I'm curious if they even ARE repainting...or are they just taking new deliveries with a newer livery.


Planes have very little slack in schedule...... Unable to paint what is busy all the time

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by xdlx
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural DL MCO-AMS March 30, 2018
Replies: 51
Views: 9124

Re: Inaugural DL MCO-AMS March 30, 2018

Interesting to note that DELTA has changed the B767 schedule for this flight since its initial announcement in August 2017. The flight was to be operated from AMS with the B767 rotated via JFK, SEA, SLC or BOS, but today it is operated from MCO and rotated with MCO-GRU: August 2017 - launch schedul...

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by xdlx
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 2017 List of 5th-freedom routes
Replies: 50
Views: 6727

Re: 2017 List of 5th-freedom routes

And EVERY SINGLE CODESHARE invented .... it is laughable to think KE will fly ATL-ABE or DL will get you from ICN - MWX.
The codeshare idea in the time of OAG was great..... Now (21century) get rid of the STUPID CODESHARE.

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by xdlx
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 787 in the future?
Replies: 47
Views: 7184

Re: Delta 787 in the future?

Anyone paying attention? DL only expands internationally thru SKY TEAM and CodeShare, their own metal is not commited nor required for EXPANSION.

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by xdlx
Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 787 in the future?
Replies: 47
Views: 7184

Re: Delta 787 in the future?

IMHO doubtful, they are an A321Neo/LR, A359, soon to be A35K, A3302T, A339 carrier with a bunch of CSeries coming on line. Yes many of those I listed don't compete in the same category as the 787 but it shows a trend. Even the 737-900 is garnering many complaints from Delta Elites, and DL listens c...

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by xdlx
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World's best airports for 2018 named by Skytrax
Replies: 52
Views: 8403

Re: World's best airports for 2018 named by Skytrax

They have never been to ATH or ARN or the old Delhi airport!

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by xdlx
Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time to Change "Compliance with All Crewmember Instructions"?
Replies: 103
Views: 8384

Re: Time to Change "Compliance with All Crewmember Instructions"?

In my humble opinion, the request or suggestion from F/A was inhumane and would threaten and it did result in a tragedy for the owner. Was the dog such a safety risk this was the ONLY possibility to mitigate that risk? Was it beyond reasonable? If plane was already airborne, was a diversion to depla...

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by xdlx
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA MAX routes!
Replies: 29
Views: 7491

Re: AA MAX routes!

Flew it from MIA to LGA. Absolutely the worst plane ever in this configuration. Extremely tight and cramped cabin, tiny bathrooms. Not a plane you want to fly on when covering any significant distance. The DL A321 " Florida State Bird" has the most uncomfortable Lav arrangement I ve ever ...

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by xdlx
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 at PHX or SJU, can it be done? How likely that it be done?
Replies: 16
Views: 2899

Re: A380 at PHX or SJU, can it be done? How likely that it be done?

Regarding SJU, there's no traffic to/from SJU that would require the capacity of the A380, not even the 77W (outside the U.S. major carriers). There are other Caribbean islands that I see the A380 going to before SJU. PTP and FDF being the only potential future A380 destinations in the Caribbean in...

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by xdlx
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic cancels order for 6 A380s
Replies: 109
Views: 24624

Re: Virgin Atlantic cancels order for 6 A380s

They could order 6 748

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by xdlx
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 274
Views: 18373

Re: Caribbean aviation thread - 2018

The only way Seaborne could resemble the shadow of Executive.... is to go beyond 12-16 frames and create a feedstock into SJU. They also would need international to international visa-free connections. The airport has room to build it, but I don’t see it happening. SJU could recuperate some of long...

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by xdlx
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 385
Views: 66757

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

So BA is in the market for additional A380 lift and figured refurbishing is too costly. Add Leahy to the mix who can offer some good deals due to his retirement and both parties may reach an agreement. So what happens to the older A380's? Do they just get scrapped? That couldn't possibly be good fo...

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by xdlx
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger
Replies: 60
Views: 6272

Re: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger

How did the individual, arrived to airport, pass thru TSA, and understood boarding instructions? Did he not speak or understand ANY english?
Was he speaking to another passenger in a "foreign language"?

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by xdlx
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue is having an internal crisis
Replies: 52
Views: 15650

Re: Jetblue is having an internal crisis

From PERSONAL experience....... I joined a major airline in 1981. At this time we had a headcount of 33k employees. A delight to work for and made those first 10years a wonderful experience. Inevitably the company grew due to consolidation in the industry, things slowly started changing....25 years ...

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by xdlx
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 347
Views: 53888

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

20 hours on a plane? That will be cruel and inhumane. Having an airplane that can do this is one thing!.......Finding 200 people every day willing to do it each way is ANOTHER WHOLE DIFFERENT thing. When Singapore operated EWR to SIN on the A346 17+hrs block they had to make the 340 a 150 seater to...

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by xdlx
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Jacksonville Ever see TransAtlantic Flights?
Replies: 148
Views: 11329

Re: Will Jacksonville Ever see TransAtlantic Flights?

If an airline used JAX for Trans-Atlantic service gateway I would like to see Swiss to Zurich.

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by xdlx
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why choose A321NEO over A321LR?
Replies: 47
Views: 9213

Re: Why choose A321NEO over A321LR?

jubguy3 wrote:
zkojq wrote:
Newbiepilot wrote:
Airbus charges more for higher weight versions.

And Boeing doesn't?


I think he is stating a fact.

"Airbus builds multiple variants of their narrowbody aircraft."

"AnD BoEiNg DoEsN't???"


Really?........... 737/738/739/739ER They will build whatever you ask for!

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by xdlx
Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 274
Views: 18373

Re: Caribbean aviation thread - 2018

The only way Seaborne could resemble the shadow of Executive.... is to go beyond 12-16 frames and create a feedstock into SJU.

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by xdlx
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer re-entering the Turboprop market?
Replies: 65
Views: 11875

Re: Embraer re-entering the Turboprop market?

They need not to try reinvent the wheel......EMB120NG will be a great offering, bigger than the new Cessna TwinOtter but smaller than the E70's. a better wing than the original is the only thing needed on this aircraft.

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by xdlx
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzz Aldrin explodes on Deltas' "Lousy Operation"
Replies: 69
Views: 11281

Re: Buzz Aldrin explodes on Deltas' "Lousy Operation"

So many DL Cheerleaders...... Sometimes the expectations of excellence are shattered.

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by xdlx
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Value of an all-weather hub
Replies: 44
Views: 6526

Re: Value of an all-weather hub

dtw2hyd wrote:
Welcome to DTW, a modern, well-equipped all-weather airport.


Best De-icing of lower 48..... 2nd ONLY to YYZ

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by xdlx
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Value of an all-weather hub
Replies: 44
Views: 6526

Re: Value of an all-weather hub

I ve always thought the ability for a hub to be efficient is to not exceed the capacity of the traffic in BAD WX. All hubs are planned for FAIR WX days and when things deteriorate, EVERY airline scrambles. IMHO ATL has become UNBEARABLE cause when airport was built, DL flew a larger volume of WB air...

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by xdlx
Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing has held takeover talks with Embraer: WSJ
Replies: 518
Views: 58445

Re: Boeing has held takeover talks with Embraer: WSJ

What does a 717NG with ventral stairs do to Boeing lineup in the -32series offering? 125-135Y ..... Do not reinvent the wheel

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by xdlx
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will Delta replace the 777 fleet with and is DAL going to order more?
Replies: 81
Views: 13547

Re: What will Delta replace the 777 fleet with and is DAL going to order more?

Jesus Chris, Delta is going all Airbus. Since the Cadre driving the ship came from PMNW and they have a solid history with Airbus, ( launch customer for the A320 in the US ) and after the order of the 321.... writing is in the wall. IMHO the 739 did Boeing in, they should have never gone beyond the...

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by xdlx
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options
Replies: 377
Views: 84120

Re: CNN: Delta to order 100+ Airbus A321neo Aircraft

airbazar wrote:
The A321NEO will never be a 757 replacement.
The A321NEO will never be a 757 replacement.
The A321NEO will never be a 757 replacement.
The A321NEO will never be a 757 replacement.
:duck: :duck: :duck:



They SIMPLY do not get it......The only replacement for a 757 is another 757

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by xdlx
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What’s next for Silver Airways?
Replies: 129
Views: 16820

Re: What’s next for Silver Airways?

If they are banking on ATR Fleet the range of the mission can not be greater than 500nm for it to have the inherent efficiencies. They have to fragment the FL services they offer from FLL and duplicate the concept in MCO TPA JAX. They can effectively service the Bahamas from four Florida Cities.

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by xdlx
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Many layoffs @ Piedmont post Dash 8 retirement?
Replies: 11
Views: 1860

Re: Many layoffs @ Piedmont post Dash 8 retirement?

From A DASH8 to EMB145 is a downgrade right?

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by xdlx
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How the Boeing jet no one wanted became the plane airlines scour the planet for
Replies: 68
Views: 25357

Re: How the Boeing jet no one wanted became the plane airlines scour the planet for

Boeing makes a great airplane. Their team at the R&D seems to make the SAME mistakes.... ie: 757 .... destroy the jigs! 717 ...... Close program in favor of 737..... 767 line only open to support tanker?

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by xdlx
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heavies at Aeroméxico: a 644g inflight magazine
Replies: 9
Views: 1786

Re: Heavies at Aeroméxico: a 644g inflight magazine

Some airlines still believe on the EXPERIENCE they provide. I laugh at all those magazine racks flying EMPTY on DL and AA.......

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by xdlx
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL's 757 cabin update
Replies: 52
Views: 6366

Re: DL's 757 cabin update

Besides F/C domestic is something..... 95% of the folks get thru "milage upgrade" they probably figure they can get more revenue from Conf+ upgrades than the F/C....

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by xdlx
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error
Replies: 129
Views: 20711

Re: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error

Perhaps the 1K limit per year in addition to the attrition, and pilot shortage have created the "perfect storm". Software issues notwithstanding, the schedule published may have needed more pilots than available for this two week period.

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by xdlx
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error
Replies: 129
Views: 20711

Re: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error

Is the system utilized the PMUS or PMAA scheduling protocol?

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by xdlx
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order
Replies: 196
Views: 41102

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

If they just got a beefier SPAR and got rid of the struts maybe a 230k airplane?

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by xdlx
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Atr's 600 series hotel mode VS bombardierq turboprop nextgen APU
Replies: 20
Views: 3553

Re: Atr's 600 series hotel mode VS bombardierq turboprop nextgen APU

Well based on sales I dont think the Hotel mode is a big factor the ATR is outselling the Q400 by quite a large margin. The ATR is much cheaper in list price. And 30% less fuelburn. That's the winner right there. And they gain those 30% and lower list price by saving, among other things, the APU. A...

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by xdlx
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit partners with Disney to improve customer service
Replies: 51
Views: 7214

Re: Spirit partners with Disney to improve customer service

mcdu wrote:
For years Spirit has been a Mickey Mouse Operation. This just makes it official.


I wished the partnership was with RECARO or any seat padding company !

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by xdlx
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Naming Specific Routes
Replies: 75
Views: 8952

Re: Naming Specific Routes

stapleton wrote:
In the 1970s, the original Frontier operated flights Dallas - Denver - Casper - Billings - Great Falls and they were called Petroleum Club flights. The Dallas - Denver section served Steak and Lobster on the hour and forty minute all coach 737-200 flight.


Ahh... those where the days!

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by xdlx
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta rolls out Delta One on BOS-LAX
Replies: 15
Views: 5505

Re: Delta rolls out Delta One on BOS-LAX

Sorry to break the news..... Delta One is no Royal Service! Yes, but it is better than Delta domestic first. :roll: Thanks for your productive contribution to the thread. Back to the thread, aren't the HNL routes Delta One already? Additionally, won't the presence of both Delta One and domestic fir...

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by xdlx
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta rolls out Delta One on BOS-LAX
Replies: 15
Views: 5505

Re: Delta rolls out Delta One on BOS-LAX

Sorry to break the news..... Delta One is no Royal Service!

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by xdlx
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lessor sells 3 former IB MD-80 aircraft to Venezuelan airline
Replies: 23
Views: 6590

Re: Lessor sells 3 former IB MD-80 aircraft to Venezuelan airline

those planes are about worth about 200k until..... they need a C or D check and then the airline dies!
not worth even painting them.....

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