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by Wingtips56
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Military Airport near Damascus completely destroyed by US,UK and France
Replies: 84
Views: 8931

Re: Damascus Airport completely destroyed by US,UK and France

There's no way to avoid this going political. It is.

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by Wingtips56
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines London service before 1991
Replies: 31
Views: 6001

Re: American Airlines London service before 1991

DFW. Flight 50 sold as LAX-DFW-LGW, and AA51 LGW-DFW-LAX. Later as a Change of Gauge (aircraft change) at DFW.

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by Wingtips56
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT approves Contour Airlines, AEAS to CEC
Replies: 24
Views: 2939

Re: DOT approves Contour Airlines, AEAS to CEC

MO11 wrote:
Looks like it did the bare minimum to mask the Continental paint scheme

They have a graphic with a pretty sharp livery online...whether we'll ever see it on an actual airplane is another story.

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by Wingtips56
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study
Replies: 255
Views: 28275

Re: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study

I can see a couple of possibilities here; in both, Airbus could have decided just to wait and see what innovations Boeing does announce with their MoM project, giving them a better idea of what their response should be. First, it could just be a pause in the 320/330 "plus" development to i...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"
Replies: 11
Views: 2817

Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

AA's primary designations for the LAA 321 is still 321T for the Trans-con fleet and 321B for the prime fleet. In AA.com, I do see they've added "Sharklets" in parentheses, I guess so perhaps people could tell by looking out the window, but that still follows the 321B. E.G.: AA 159 32B-Airb...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 707 cabin in color?
Replies: 16
Views: 3284

Re: Pan Am 707 cabin in color?

In 1991, I flew an ex-PA 707 that was flying as LAP/Paraguayas, still having the old PA interior with the big dome lights in the ceiling, and 2nd or so generation decor, except the partial PA globes on bulkheads had been painted orange. I assume they were blue with PA. I don't remember if it had the...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian has set up its own company for the bonus program
Replies: 9
Views: 1631

Re: Norwegian has set up its own company for the bonus program

A good bonus program can be a major asset, and it can be sold off, as did Air Canada with En Route. Wall Street wanted AA to sell off AAdvantage a few years ago, but (I think) wisely didn't go that route. All the credit card company revenue, other mileage purchase plans and customer mileage purchase...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas proposes amenities in the cargo hold for ultra long flights
Replies: 76
Views: 12461

Re: Alan Joyce floats the idea of "Cargo class"

Didn't some airlines have lounges in the cargo area of their L1011s back in the 70s / early 80s? So technically putting passengers down there is not unprecedented although a lounge is not an assigned seat, of course. Honestly though, if they give me additional space for a decent price, I'll gladly ...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EZE Route Announcement Today
Replies: 15
Views: 2267

Re: EZE Route Announcement Today

It was announced earlier today, and there is an AA speculation thread going on it that has the updates. AA is adding LAX-EZE with the 789 eff. 19DEC. It is also adding MIA-COR with 763 in April 2019. (Additional adds are MIA-GEO Georgetown Guyana, MIA-PEI Pereira Colombia, and DFW-OAL Oaxaca Mexico,...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand announces Chicago ORD
Replies: 4
Views: 424

Re: Air New Zealand announces Chicago ORD

Already being discussed http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1390087 Why open a topic only to mention it’s already being discussed? A.net has been wierd for several weeks now, putting a reply above the original post...and sometimes out of order down below. Must have a snafu in rec...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Great Lakes (ZK) suspends operations
Replies: 86
Views: 11321

Re: Great Lakes (ZK) suspends operations

Well CEC dodged a bullet, as ZK was one of the airlines that had applied for the EAS contract after PenAir pulled the plug. On paper it looked good, with flights to SMF in the EMB-120, with interline ticket and baggage agreements, but I knew they'd fail at some point. And here it is: "Ceasing&q...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines with cities on their name
Replies: 84
Views: 4250

Re: Airlines with cities on their name

Dubrovnik Airline
Air Madrid
Branson AirExpress (sort of...)
SFO Helicopter
Air Chico (one man operation with a Mooney out of Chico California -CIC, circa 1980)

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by Wingtips56
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO NBC Affiliate Runs Hysterical Fact-Free Go-Around Investigation Segment
Replies: 23
Views: 2876

Re: SFO NBC Affiliate Runs Hysterical Fact-Free Go-Around Investigation Segment

Good grief. Not unusual for Bay Area news to go hysterical on a non-event. Of course one station up the road in SMF would pick it up with their usual "could it happen here?" 'investigative reports' that I found so annoying. They are so crazy about airport news and rarely ever have their fa...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to move STS-SFO to DEN at some point
Replies: 26
Views: 4544

Re: UA to move STS-SFO to DEN at some point

It makes sense. When flow control at SFO happens, UA usually flies STS more often than not, and cancels flights even further away (e.g. SMF, FAT, SBA, Redding, etc). It seems unfair that STS gets the red carpet treatment, so might as well get rid of them. It's easier to reroute people out of those ...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would B6 TATL service work with Mint included
Replies: 65
Views: 7227

Re: Would B6 TATL service work with Mint included

I don't know if B6 TATL is really plausible (that's a discussion I will sit out), but if they do try, I don't see it can work without Mint at minimum.

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by Wingtips56
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will Happen To the Airbus Beluga's After Replacement
Replies: 40
Views: 7167

Re: What Will Happen To the Airbus Beluga's After Replacement

Arion640 wrote:
I would of thought at least 1 would end up in a museum.

One of them could BE a museum, with all that space inside.

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by Wingtips56
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tez Jet Avro RJ85 suffers uncontained engine failure
Replies: 18
Views: 4768

Re: Tez Jet Avro RJ85 suffers uncontained engine failure

Interesting. This almost 36-year old aircraft started out in California in 1986 with AirCal (which I worked as an agent in SMF), then to AA and even painted in modified AA livery (grey, not silver fuselage). OC configured it as 85Y having learned from rival PSA's mistake of trying 6-breast 100Y. AA ...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH new livery to be ‘revised’ after only three weeks
Replies: 154
Views: 35912

Re: LH new livery to be ‘revised’ after only three weeks

I thought the new livery was black from the photos I saw. So that's really blue? Hmm. I did see a photo of several LH planes at an airport with one of them being in the new livery. I almost didn't spot it, as my eye was drawn to the yellow tail logo and condor on all the others. On the new livery, i...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/4/2018:AA LPBMIA, ORDPSP Out, VVIMIA In; AM ATLMTY Out; AS PDXSTL, SFODEN Out; DL LGACHA, SLCCLE In
Replies: 140
Views: 14404

Re: OAG Changes 3/4/2018:AA LPBMIA, ORDPSP Out, VVIMIA In; AM ATLMTY Out; AS PDXSTL, SFODEN Out; DL LGACHA, SLCCLE In

Thanks Enilria! Seems AA wants to expand in Portland. The CLT has been a tad under 2 in summers past but the 2 extra ORD flights are new right? Sad to see AA cut Bolivia (and subject it to the 7M8) but I suppose LA/LP Lima connections will Be available for those who need them. I wonder how much mar...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac ARJ21 visits Europe
Replies: 33
Views: 4684

Re: Comac ARJ21 visits Europe

I noticed a cabin door just forward of the engine, which the short DC-9s didn't have. Does the Comac retain the tail cone escape, or does this door replace it (no tail cone ejection)?

Edit: and does it have the ventral stair?

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by Wingtips56
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air had 3 incidents of unreliable airspeed yesterday 2/26
Replies: 18
Views: 4678

Re: Wizz Air had 3 incidents of unreliable airspeed yesterday 2/26

Wow. I saw the subject lines in the Herald earlier and just assumed it was the same plane with an unresolved problem.

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by Wingtips56
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta refuses to upgrade US curling team gold winners
Replies: 122
Views: 20535

Re: Delta refuses to upgrade US curling team gold winners

I think DL handled this correctly. It's the Twits that have blown it out of reality. As a former airport agent myself, we were often downstream of the "talk to the agent and see what s/he can do", when there was nothing we could do. With DL handling it right up front, it ended the discussi...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PW1100G aft hub modification failure
Replies: 53
Views: 5047

Re: New Emergency Airworthiness Directive Issued For PW Powered NEOs

What engine is Hawaiian using on their 321? Are they affected?

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by Wingtips56
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 737 off taxiway in BWI
Replies: 18
Views: 4435

Re: WN 737 off taxiway in BWI

Those pics do show it still on the pavement, but barely. Looks like maybe the edge of the grass stopped it.

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by Wingtips56
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: [Speculation] What could AA do with a A321neoLR in the A321T 102 seat config?
Replies: 36
Views: 3808

Re: [Speculation] What could AA do with a A321neoLR in the A321T 102 seat config?

Cargo is a major contributor to AA's bottom line. I've heard that the -LR extra fuel tanks cut into the cargo hold space. AA carries a lot of belly freight along with heavy bag loads and often "cubes-out" in Latin America and the Caribbean, so the -LR doesn't strike me as the right fit for...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Rural and Suburbia Airport Potential
Replies: 13
Views: 2256

Re: Question about Rural and Suburbia Airport Potential

Coos Bay OR is served through the neighboring North Bend Airport (OTH), although service is limited. A number of the airports you reference would probably only be able to support 19-50 seat airplanes, and there isn't much available in the low end of that capacity. And those small-fleet carriers are ...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CEO: WN Flights to Hawaii May Not Start Till 2019
Replies: 95
Views: 8961

Re: CEO: WN Flights to Hawaii May Not Start Till 2019

Others are free to correct me, but I don't think the Gulf of Mexico requires ETOPS. Overwater kits (life vests, rafts) yes, but you're never 2 hours away from a diversion airport. So if I'm correct, WN hasn't needed to be ETOPS yet. I assume you are referring specifically to WN, as others have been ...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 254
Views: 23924

Re: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018

IMHO, the demand for ANC throughout A.net seems to be overstated. It's just not that big except for low-yielding cruise season and salmon cargo season. As to SMF, my direct experience was now many years ago, but when I worked there with SFO and SEA flights, we really didn't have that many folks goin...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swoop start selling flights
Replies: 32
Views: 3892

Re: Swoop start selling flights

usxguy wrote:
how does one say Swoop in french?

Maybe "Joon", or something else nonsensical.

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by Wingtips56
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Adds FAT - LAX Red-eye??
Replies: 21
Views: 5446

Re: UA Adds FAT - LAX Red-eye??

But if there is no room to RON an aircraft at midnight, there still wouldn't be room at 2:30 am, so this doesn't make sense to me. If it is really a maintenance trip, then it could be ferried without a flight attendant, without opening the terminal, paying ticket, gate and ramp agents, and TSA, and ...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321Neo flying KEF- LAX
Replies: 104
Views: 20531

Re: A321Neo flying KEF- LAX

At $79 fares, can WOW make money with the reduced payload? Or is the A321 a temporary fill-in on the LAX route? I assume WOW isn't a freight hauler, so they can suck up some of the payload restriction with more passengers than might be otherwise. Such economics wouldn't work for the hybrid operation...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Number of 777's produced will soon pass number of 747's produced
Replies: 24
Views: 5486

Re: Number of 777's produced will soon pass number of 747's produced

Sad this becomes yet another A vs B battleground. The OP was merely noting the 747-777 counts. Good for the 777. Of course it will pass the 747, because the world market for aircraft has grown significantly since the 747 arrived on the scene. With the 777 being better economically, it is the plane t...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC
Replies: 359
Views: 40344

Re: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC

From a Devil's Advocate point of view, what would the reaction have been if Boeing hadn't taken a stab at this issue? Is it really wrong to try to protect your business, or should they have just sat back and done nothing? (I know, they don't have an equivalent in the market at present, but that's no...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential New AA routes from CLT
Replies: 104
Views: 9043

Re: Potential New AA routes from CLT

AA 526 operates on Saturdays, CLT-BGI-CLT. A320.

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by Wingtips56
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 319 EOW
Replies: 27
Views: 6424

Re: AA 319 EOW

Airbus is a proper name, and a registered trademark. It is not subject to ancient Latin pluralization.

But then, that shouldn't really be part of this thread. (But it does annoy many of us, so it detracts.)

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by Wingtips56
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 319 EOW
Replies: 27
Views: 6424

Re: AA 319 EOW

I do wonder why US choose not to just have all Airbus narrowbodies EOW-is there a significant weight difference between regular evacuation slides and slide-rafts? I'm not really in the know on this aircraft type, but there is a difference in escape slides: some have high sides and do make good raft...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines starts repainting Airbus fleet
Replies: 311
Views: 66940

Re: Alaska Airlines starts repainting Airbus fleet

So when will the "Proudly all Boeing" stickers be removed? I have it on good authority that exactly 3 aircraft will retain that slogan just so we continue to have something to talk about. Yes, because it truly is the most important issue in this entire merger. (Oh, where is that sarcasm f...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wikipedia changes to airport listings
Replies: 94
Views: 6949

Re: Wikipedia changes to airport listings

I'm with FA9295; get your flight information from the airline. Flight status, check-in locations, check-in times, terminals, equipment, etc. And whoever books you (in the U.S.A. anyway) is required to disclose the operating carrier, including wet leases at time of booking and in print at time of tic...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzz Aldrin explodes on Deltas' "Lousy Operation"
Replies: 69
Views: 11233

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

Perhaps the media should interview the folks who were on-board the on-time DL departure, to see what they think of the "lousy operation".

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by Wingtips56
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to tell the difference between a 737 100 and 737 200
Replies: 17
Views: 1724

Re: How to tell the difference between a 737 100 and 737 200

Right. Several of the early Air California fleet had the built-in, drop-down rear stairs, which, along with the forward under-floor stairs worked very well for ground ops at most of their original airports. You can tell those as they have no window or butterfly latch in the door.

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by Wingtips56
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to tell the difference between a 737 100 and 737 200
Replies: 17
Views: 1724

Re: How to tell the difference between a 737 100 and 737 200

Here is a side-by-side photo comparison using the AirCal fleet. OC had two 737-159s from Avianca. The rest were -200s, only a couple Advanced. (OC also operated Electra, DC-9-10 Series, DC-9-80, 737-300 and BAe-146.) In addition to the window count, the -100 rear fuselage begins an immediate uphill ...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska announces 8 destinations to be served from PAE
Replies: 167
Views: 19715

Re: Alaska announces 8 destinations to be served from PAE

Was the question about ramp space answered? If this schedule requires serving two flights at a time out of one gate, is there room for two 737/320 on stands, or does the smaller footprint of the E175 make the dual ops possible, and therefore mandate it going forward for the foreseeable future? I als...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?
Replies: 255
Views: 18936

Re: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?

The situation in the U.S. pre-dates frequent flyer/loyalty programs that many in here have mentioned. There have always been lots of tour companies booking packages over the last many decades, but most have booked their air on scheduled airlines. It may or may not have had to do with the type of reg...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's going on with BA225 (fuel dump and return to LHR)
Replies: 2
Views: 1179

Re: What's going on with BA225 (fuel dump and return to LHR)

From TheBASource.com: British Airways Boeing 787-8 G-ZBJB operating BA225 London Heathrow – New Orleans stopped the climb at 9,000 ft this afternoon due to a windscreen crack, flew circuits between Luton and Milton Keynes to burn fuel then returned to London Heathrow for a safe landing. .. And: Foll...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN dual boarding at DAL?
Replies: 21
Views: 3302

Re: WN dual boarding at DAL?

I may have heard wrong, but what I did hear was that in the early days, WN off-loaded from the rear while boarding from the front to reduce turn-around times. Caught in the middle was an aircraft cleaner trying to keep up. Was that true? No, that never happened. We’ve never deplaned in that manner,...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN dual boarding at DAL?
Replies: 21
Views: 3302

Re: WN dual boarding at DAL?

I may have heard wrong, but what I did hear was that in the early days, WN off-loaded from the rear while boarding from the front to reduce turn-around times. Caught in the middle was an aircraft cleaner trying to keep up. Was that true?

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by Wingtips56
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 264
Views: 41427

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2018

Just wondering ... since AA seems to have a pilot contract covering the E-190 as a mainline fleet, is there room to expand the fleet in that size? Whether it be more E-190/195, E2 or even CS100 down the road, does AA need more small mainliners? There is a big gap in size between the Eagle E-170/175 ...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HAL 43, turnaround - SJC to HNL
Replies: 52
Views: 6059

Re: HAL 43, turnaround - SJC to HNL

Bummer for the pax who spent the same amount of time on board as a normal flight to HNL but landed back at SJC. Interesting that they elect to return to SJC rather than go to LAX where there are more flight options that could accommodate the passengers. I guess a good number of passengers probably ...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM to begin seasonal service to LAS
Replies: 59
Views: 6462

Re: LATAM to begin seasonal service to LAS

LATAM also flies LIM-BCN nonstop with the 763ER, and that is around 200 miles longer than the GRU-LAS flight. . But both LIM and BCN are at near sea-level. LAS is at 2500 FT/ 762 M, hot and very dry. What sort of load would the afternoon departure be able to take in summer? And is there much market...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska cuts ties with AF-KLM
Replies: 54
Views: 12335

Re: Alaska cuts ties with AF-KLM

So people using AS miles to get to Europe will be forced to use BA and pay the ridiculous UK arrival/departure tax? AS needs to get some 787's... Or AA , or AY, or DE, or FI. There is no arrival/departure tax if you are only transiting LHR. No GB APD for transit under 24 hours is true, as long as y...

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