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by B757Forever
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How long will it take for Delta Air Lines to catch up with American Airlines?
Replies: 29
Views: 5345

Re: How long will it take for Delta Air Line to catch up with American Airlines?

Let me state a fact: bigger often means worse customer service. Trying to be the biggest when you are already huge is more to do with ego than sound business decision making. Agree 100%. DL will grow when and how it can be done profitably and when it make business sense. Growing just to be the bigg...

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by B757Forever
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways B788 flies for 9 hours despite lightning strike; aircraft grounded for a week
Replies: 38
Views: 12288

Re: British Airways B788 flies for 9 hours despite lightning strike; aircraft grounded for a week

Zero danger to the flight. Numerous aircraft are struck by lightning every day. Occasionally there will be a small hole, the most typical damage is a small burned spot on the skin. I suspect the source quoted in the story used the wrong terminology when saying there were "holes". When ther...

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by B757Forever
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SV to have 15 777-200ERs put up for sale/lease
Replies: 64
Views: 12926

Re: SV to have 15 777-200ERs put up for sale/lease

Nicely kept lower cycle 777-200ER's, would fit nicely into the DL fleet. They are always looking to buy cheap, used aircraft readily. LOL! Not widebodies they don't. DL has only bought+operated used one used widebody type in its entire 92yr history... it's something that they're actually quite fini...

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by B757Forever
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G4 strands approx. 200 pax headed to Oklahoma, and other west coast issues
Replies: 70
Views: 8095

Re: G4 strands approx. 200 pax headed to Oklahoma, and other west coast issues

Couldn't they at least find a spare somewhere in the system to get those people out? Well with half their MD80's on the ground broken and the others held together by glue and tape, the couple 757's held together by string, and their A319/A320's operating at 110% of their schedules, I'd say no. So w...

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by B757Forever
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta retires first MD 90
Replies: 82
Views: 25675

Re: Delta retires first MD 90

Ship 9202 was ferried to BYH on Sunday morning June 25th. A DL maintenance crew was in position there to harvest both engines and all four thrust reversers. The engines are going directly to another AC, the T/Rs are being placed in inventory as spares. This is a retirement. I look to see the MD-90 f...

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by B757Forever
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737 Winglets from Factory
Replies: 5
Views: 2337

Re: Southwest 737 Winglets from Factory

Because they use the winglet to mod it? Correct. The standard winglet is modified by the manufacturer, APB, into a scimitar winglet. DL is taking delivery of 737-900ER aircraft with standard blended winglets. Before going into service they are installing new scimitar winglets on them. The removed w...

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by B757Forever
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 767-300ER retirement this year?
Replies: 14
Views: 6716

Re: Delta 767-300ER retirement this year?

n7371f wrote:
At least 3 ER's are supposed to be parked after the summer rush.


Ships 1401, 1402 and 1404 will retire late 2017, early 2018. They are ETOPS domestic aircraft with PW engines. No ER aircraft are currently on the retirement plan.

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by B757Forever
Tue May 16, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 31042

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

Bye bye some 757s? Nope. Advancing MD88 retirements. In fact the 757 keeps getting additional lives. Future schedules for Hawaii are going back to all 757's with the 739 being pulled, this is per talk from Flight Ops. And there's still talk that a few more 757's mothballed in Marana may come back.....

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by B757Forever
Tue May 09, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA A320 wheel axle failure @EWR
Replies: 55
Views: 20603

Re: UA A320 wheel axle failure @EWR

I'm thinking the wheel chock is no longer needed...

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by B757Forever
Mon May 08, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA A320 wheel axle failure @EWR
Replies: 55
Views: 20603

Re: UA A320 wheel axle failure @EWR

Yes, but that was the entire truck itself, right? You know, I can't remember for certain. But I do not recall it being the inner strut. So I think you're right about that. It was a trunion. Same thing happened to a Delta 764 at a European outstation (I think FRA?). Making a turn at a high gross wei...

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by B757Forever
Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United "coolest" airline for teenagers in brand study by Google
Replies: 52
Views: 6049

Re: United "coolest" airline for teenagers in brand study by Google

From page 9 of the methodology "1,100 TEENS (13-17) WERE ASKED TO RANK 122 BRANDS BASED ON HOW COOL THEY ARE. HERE’S WHAT THEY SAID:"
It appears they were only asking about 122 specific brands of which only three airlines were included.

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by B757Forever
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta MD88 v MD90 Thread
Replies: 43
Views: 8590

Re: Delta MD88 v MD90 Thread

Visually, other than the obvious feature of having different engines, the MD-90 has a window between the over-wing exits, the MD-88 does not. That makes them easy to distinguish from a distance.

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by B757Forever
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Retirements schedule
Replies: 23
Views: 3406

Re: Retirements schedule

Delta has stated the MD-88's will be gone by 2020.

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by B757Forever
Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 737 Aircraft Blows Tires During Takeoff From O'Hare
Replies: 3
Views: 1529

Re: United 737 Aircraft Blows Tires During Takeoff From O'Hare

I haven't seen anyone post this yet... Doesn't look too bad. I'm glad everyone is fine. I wonder if the runway was damaged...? http://wgntv.com/2017/02/20/united-flight-blows-2-tires-during-takeoff-at-ohare-no-injuries-reported/ I doubt any damage to the runway. The concrete is considerably harder ...

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by B757Forever
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Employees Share $1.1 Billion USD in Profit Sharing Today
Replies: 47
Views: 5411

Re: DL Employees Share $1.1 Billion USD in Profit Sharing Today

DL in 2015 gave employees 18.5 % in pay raises. There was 4% on April 1 2015 and an additional 14.5 % on December 1 2015. Last time I checked, that totals 18.5%. It was given with the understanding there would be a big reduction in PS. This was driven by the feedback via the employee survey in which...

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by B757Forever
Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft scrapping question.....
Replies: 10
Views: 3995

Re: Aircraft scrapping question.....

Then we have the US operators who still have numerous aircraft just sitting in the dessert. My question is why do the US airlines have their planes just sitting there vrs the forgein operators have theirs scrapped? The US planes may not be there for scrapping. It is pretty common for airlines to pa...

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by B757Forever
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Employees Share $1.1 Billion USD in Profit Sharing Today
Replies: 47
Views: 5411

Re: DL Employees Share $1.1 Billion USD in Profit Sharing Today

Boof02671 wrote:
DL cut the non-union payout by 50%, those are facts.



Yes, the payout is 50% less this year than last. Yes, you overlook the 18.5% pay raise given just under two years ago with the understanding it would reduce PS? Those are facts too. You are entitled to your own opinion, just not your own facts.

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by B757Forever
Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Says Flight Was Delayed After Delta Withheld $300 Spare Part
Replies: 188
Views: 22253

Re: Emirates Says Flight Was Delayed After Delta Withheld $300 Spare Part

Airlines typically have reciprocal loan / borrow / purchase agreements in place that are spelled out contractually. These agreements are far-reaching and cover a multitude of regulatory requirements each carrier must meet. These contracts spell out not only the cost by day / flight hour / cycle but ...

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by B757Forever
Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Removes Passenger For Harrassing Trump Supporter
Replies: 4
Views: 1401

Re: AS Removes Passenger For Harrassing Trump Supporter

Both airline employees handled the situation quite well knowing exactly what to say to her. It's not an easy task to deal with an individual that is in that frame of mind.

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by B757Forever
Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rationale for drifting down
Replies: 7
Views: 2419

Re: Rationale for drifting down

Just a guess from a maintenance guy... In addition to the other responses that are all valid, with only one engine operating, you have lost redundancy and are only one pneumatic failure away from depressurization. A lower altitude puts you closer to a safe zone should that occur.

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by B757Forever
Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL announces record 2016 profit $6.1 Billion USD
Replies: 74
Views: 12611

Re: DL announces record 2016 profit $6.1 Billion USD

[quote="Mike1212"] What really happened is that YES, pilots took a bigger percentage in pay cuts right as bankruptcy was filed, HOWEVER...the the years prior to that pilots were the only ones getting raises. You see, non-pilot employees at Delta received their last 3% raise in 2000. Meanwh...

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by B757Forever
Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL announces record 2016 profit $6.1 Billion USD
Replies: 74
Views: 12611

Re: DL announces record 2016 profit $6.1 Billion USD

2016 profit was bigger than the 2015 profit yet non-pilot profit sharing goes from 21.6% to just 10%. Maybe now people will realize that the 14% increase to just their base pay wasn't a 14% raise. Congrats!!! Especially when the pilots got 30% AND their profit sharing didn't get touched. Folks are ...

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by B757Forever
Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL announces record 2016 profit $6.1 Billion USD
Replies: 74
Views: 12611

Re: DL announces record 2016 profit $6.1 Billion USD

Mike1212 wrote:
2016 profit was bigger than the 2015 profit yet non-pilot profit sharing goes from 21.6% to just 10%. Maybe now people will realize that the 14% increase to just their base pay wasn't a 14% raise.

Congrats!!!



Everybody knew that up front.

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by B757Forever
Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Delta the only MD-90 operator?
Replies: 35
Views: 17918

Re: Why is Delta the only MD-90 operator?

blacksoviet wrote:
Did Boeing consider designing a MD-90LR?


Yes. They called it a 737NG... :)

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by B757Forever
Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Delta the only MD-90 operator?
Replies: 35
Views: 17918

Re: Why is Delta the only MD-90 operator?

The MD-90 was an absolute nightmare in its early years, and I'm quite frankly surprised they survived at DL, and even managed to grow into a sizable fleet. They were pretty much all but hangar queens due to the electrical system being all-new from the MD-88, but nevertheless they areally by far my ...

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by B757Forever
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP maintenance
Replies: 9
Views: 1399

Re: MSP maintenance

Yes. DL has a C Check line in MSP that services Hawaiian, Virgin and Delta A330 aircraft. On a related note, is the Delta Cincinnati maintenance facility still open. The doors are always open, but I never see any planes there. DL still uses the CVG hangar for Line Mtc activities when they need to g...

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by B757Forever
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Air contamination on flights
Replies: 31
Views: 3241

Re: Air contamination on flights

Cleanest air is on the planes. The air is heated to more than 500degrees as it comes off the compressor section of the jet engine then rapidly expanded thru the air cycle machine then put thru the cabin every 3 min. The rate it flows thru the cabin, its comparison is it is like saying once a molecu...

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by B757Forever
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP maintenance
Replies: 9
Views: 1399

Re: MSP maintenance

Yes. DL has a C Check line in MSP that services Hawaiian, Virgin and Delta A330 aircraft.

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by B757Forever
Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The birth of an airline
Replies: 4
Views: 1253

Re: The birth of an airline

Delta Air Lines started as a crop dusting operation that evolved into carrying mail and then passengers.

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by B757Forever
Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant and its MD troubles
Replies: 19
Views: 2823

Re: allegiant and its md troubles

The MD 80 series aircraft require a good bit of attention to remain reliable. AA's huge fleet (now shrinking fast) and DL with their 116 aircraft operate relatively reliably due to constant attention by technicians who are very familiar with these aircraft and their systems. DL in particular, becaus...

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by B757Forever
Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scrapper claims depleted uranium came from Air India plane
Replies: 11
Views: 6260

Re: Scrapper claims depleted uranium came from Air India plane

The Convair 600 (a CV-240 with Rolls Royce turboprops added) has a large piece of depleted uranium attached at the end of each horizontal stabilizer to reduce flutter. Quite common in many aircraft types.

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by B757Forever
Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Predictions/Rumors for 2017
Replies: 78
Views: 10720

Re: Predictions/Rumors for 2017

AA's livery looks like it came from Elmo's World (im sure all of the copyrights for this can be obtained from Sesamee Street / Children's Workshop, PBS, etc.). Am I the only one who actually likes AA's new livery? You're not the only one. The mother of the kid who designed it really loves it. Really.

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by B757Forever
Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where will Deltas MD-88s go post retirement?
Replies: 31
Views: 7049

Re: Where will Deltas MD-88s go post retirement?

lavalampluva wrote:
I wonder where they will be stored after retired. AA sends theirs to Roswell, and some other go to Victorville.


DL typically uses Marana Arizona and Blytheville Arkansas for storage and chop up. They still have some airframes in Victorville though.

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by B757Forever
Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United breaks ground on new IAH Mtc Facility
Replies: 16
Views: 1852

Re: United breaks ground on new IAH Mtc Facility

Whenever a US carrier is building increased maintenance capacity in the US, it's a good thing. It's been quite some time since investments were made in the US towards maintenance facilities. Good for United!

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by B757Forever
Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Old Prop Airlines and Noise
Replies: 37
Views: 5964

Re: Old Prop Airlines and Noise

I've ridden on the piston powered Convair 440 as well as both the turbo-prop versions; the Rolls Royce powered Convair 600/640 and the Allison powered Convair 580. The piston powered version was incredibly noisy with extreme vibration at higher power settings such as takeoff, but in cruise flight wa...

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by B757Forever
Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL1 bird strike Heathrow
Replies: 17
Views: 6119

Re: DL1 bird strike Heathrow

RAT is very noisy when operating supposedly. I have not witnessed a flyover with a RAT deployed. I have been on maintenance test flights when we deployed the RAT. I was amazed how quiet it was. The average passenger most likely would detect nothing out of the ordinary. I knew it was deployed and co...

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by B757Forever
Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is Boeing servicing DC's and MD's?
Replies: 9
Views: 3102

Re: Is Boeing servicing DC's and MD's?

od-bwh wrote:

Curious to know the logistics behind this. I don't think the production line in California is still working, right?


The parts that are available are old DAC stock or are made by vendors for Boeing. Needless to say there are lots of parts that are simply not available.

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by B757Forever
Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is Boeing servicing DC's and MD's?
Replies: 9
Views: 3102

Re: Is Boeing servicing DC's and MD's?

Yes, Boeing still supports these with materials and engineering.

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by B757Forever
Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Engine Damage/Cowl Separation In Flight MSY-MCO
Replies: 108
Views: 52112

Re: WN Engine Damage/Cowl Separation In Flight MSY-MCO

NolaMD88fan Not sure if WN will repair or write off this plane given the damage to fuselage, wing, and engine nacelle. This is very repairable. The engine inlet cowl installs with a ring of bolts around the fan case. The fan cowls (just behind the inlet) are easy replacements. I'm assuming the engin...

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by B757Forever
Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta MD-80s,How much longer
Replies: 49
Views: 10744

Re: Delta MD-80s,How much longer

GSPSPOT wrote:
How many MD90s are left and how long will they remain in the DL fleet?


DL has 65 MD-90s in service. They are currently looking at the prospect of bringing the V-2500 engine in-house. That indicates to me the MD-90s aren't going away anytime soon.

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by B757Forever
Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Support monkey gets "loose" on F9 flight...
Replies: 39
Views: 7034

Re: Support monkey gets "loose" on F9 flight...

The monkey was most likely better behaved than half of the passengers...

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by B757Forever
Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - Part 8
Replies: 666
Views: 119992

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - Part 8

bigbird wrote:
Are the remaining 757s to be withdrawn from the fleet scheduled for Sept. or OCT. similar to the domestic 767s that are leaving?



No. The 757 aircraft that are not a part of the "keeper" fleet and not designated as an NBA Charter bird will retire when their next heavy check comes due.

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by B757Forever
Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 787 Routes
Replies: 22
Views: 7647

Re: Delta 787 Routes

Hasn't Delta differed the 787 order further? I would think the 787's might eventually begin replacing the 767-300ER's but not for a while as Delta invested millions to update and upgrade the fleet to extend the service life. Agreed. The original 767-300ERs that DL bought, ships 171-186 are getting ...

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by B757Forever
Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Douglas(Mcdonnell Douglas) DC-8 with upgraded CFM56-2 engines
Replies: 12
Views: 4456

Re: Douglas(Mcdonnell Douglas) DC-8 with upgraded CFM56-2 engines

[quote="747classic"]Only DC8- 61, -62 and -63 series were re-engined with CFM56 engines.
The conversion was performed by Gammacorp.

Delta did their conversions in-house. I'm not sure who converted the United DC-8s.

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by B757Forever
Sat Jul 23, 2016 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 757 / 767 question
Replies: 4
Views: 2534

Re: 757 / 767 question

[quote="rw774477"]What percentage of these a/c have winglets ?

How many were factory installed from day 1 ?

There were no 757 or 767 available from Boeing with winglets. All 757/767 with winglets were installed post-delivery.

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by B757Forever
Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Convair 440 Metropolitan "Long nose", Operators
Replies: 8
Views: 1019

Re: Convair 440 Metropolitan "Long nose", Operators

I worked on Convair freighters in the 1980's and we operated a mix of "long" and "short" nose versions. IIRC, the short nose Convairs were delivered new without weather radar, having a round nose with just the pitot probes protruding forward. Over time, operators upgraded their a...

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by B757Forever
Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Reports 2Q Earnings. Profit beats, Revenue misses, Shrinks UK service and overall capacity 1%
Replies: 29
Views: 5862

Re: DL Reports 2Q Earnings. Profit beats, Revenue misses, Shrinks UK service and overall capacity 1%

I didn't see anything set aside for employee profit sharing this quarter . When Richard was CEO the statement about profit sharing would be mention toward the beginning in previous statement releases. I hope this new CEO has what it take to effectively run Delta. $324M was set aside for profit shar...

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