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by ikramerica
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Why no 1st class?
Replies: 162
Views: 22867

Re: Concorde Why no 1st class?

The Concorde last flew in 2003 so you have to look at their product from a <2003 point of view. A LOT has changed in terms of standards of passenger comfort since then and while today it's almost considered a competitive necessity for long haul J and F cabins to have lie flat suits that wasn't the ...

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by ikramerica
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Why no 1st class?
Replies: 162
Views: 22867

Re: Concorde Why no 1st class?

Would a 1-2 configuration create load balancing problems on Concorde?

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by ikramerica
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Sets Retirement Date for MD-80s
Replies: 61
Views: 16453

Re: American Airlines Sets Retirement Date for MD-80s

The wingspan of the MD80 is only 1/2 the issue. The T tail meant that the wings were further back on the fuse. Combined with a longer fuse due to the t tail and the 3-2 seating, on a rotunda or circular concourse, more MD80s could fit than 737s. On a linear concourse, it made little difference. I wi...

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by ikramerica
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 787 sets record for quickest subsonic transatlantic flight
Replies: 64
Views: 15542

Re: Norwegian 787 sets record for quickest subsonic transatlantic flight

Not to get into a whose D**K is bigger thread but is the 787 faster than the 747? I was always under the impression the 747 is usually the fastest sub sonic aircraft. How does the A350 stack up? I realize they all travel roughly 565mph but that speed is impressive. The fastest subsonic aircraft is ...

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by ikramerica
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Florida Couple try stowing cat in checked luggage
Replies: 33
Views: 4690

Re: Florida Couple try stowing cat in checked luggage

Since it's a cat, they could have been "smart" about it and said that it had just made its way into the suitcase by itself and they just were in a rush to get to the airport, not noticing that the cat had jumped inside... Which is completely reasonable; I used to have to fish my cat out o...

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by ikramerica
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dueling 787s, VS overtakes UA en route LHR-LAX
Replies: 15
Views: 5009

Re: Dueling 787s, VS overtakes UA en route LHR-LAX

When I'm in a premium cabin long haul I don't mind spending a bit extra time in the air and getting my money's worth in drink and service. It beats arriving early and waiting for a gate where they have the avod off and no service at all.

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by ikramerica
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it time for Three Engine Hybrid Aircraft?
Replies: 63
Views: 7027

Re: Is it time for Three Engine Hybrid Aircraft?

I read an interesting critique of the Tesla big rig proposal and how simplybcharging it would overload the local grid, require massive gage charging equipment, and require so much heat dissipation during charge that it renders the whole concept infeasible even if battery tech were to improve. I'd im...

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by ikramerica
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders
Replies: 101
Views: 15665

Re: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders

If AFKLM has options attached to previous orders that's all that is necessary to secure delivery slots of the next gen narrow bodies. It's not a concern really.

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by ikramerica
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Charleston Airport to remain closed through 7:00PM Monday
Replies: 26
Views: 5680

Re: Charleston Airport to remain closed through 7:00PM Monday

The strategy almost sounds like they will just wait until it melts. Charleston gets snow once every 2 or 3 years and rarely any significant amounts. As a part of airport certification, the FAA requires every airport to have a snow and ice removal plan. I wonder what Charleston’s says. Perhaps they ...

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by ikramerica
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biggest city pairs not connected by a 1 stop
Replies: 34
Views: 2317

Re: Biggest city pairs not connected by a 1 stop

GRU-LHR-KIX is one "stop"

skyhawkmatthew wrote:
So you’re basically asking, what is the largest city not serviced by EK? :biggrin:

Please. Cities with no service to London would be a better filter. Then see if EK flies to both.

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by ikramerica
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS being sued by family due to wheelchair accident
Replies: 115
Views: 10459

Re: AS being sued by family due to wheelchair accident

I'd also expect PDX to be installing bollards at some point. Sounds like a recipe for someone to get a suitcase stuck there and then through some sequence of events, an injury on the escalator. Maybe best not. My thoughts exactly - ok, not quite exactly. I foresaw a situation where a different elde...

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by ikramerica
Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 84862

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

I can't remember anyone not admiring the 380, and especially from a passenger point of view. But of course those of us criticizing the business case or the 800 being a shrink have proved proved mostly right. Then again most of us would choose a 380 over a 10 abreast 777 anytime we had the choice. T...

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by ikramerica
Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 84862

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

What killed the A380 was the decision to optimize it for the -900/F rather than making a kick-ass 500 seater. I guess at the time the dedicated F market looked stronger, but to over build the pax model just to make a better freighter, when that freighter would have limited use around the world due t...

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by ikramerica
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What can Boeing do to get an edge over Airbus?
Replies: 85
Views: 16746

Re: What can Boeing do to get an edge over Airbus?

I don’t think there is a title to claim. A comment like Airbus has taken over from Boeing as the dominant company is just silly. It is a close duoply. Deliveries per year https://images.cdn.centreforaviation.com/stories/2017/jan/03/f6a.JPG https://centreforaviation.com/insights/analysis/global-comm...

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by ikramerica
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Incident: ANZ B789 near Auckland on Dec 5th 2017, engine shut down in flight
Replies: 42
Views: 13141

Re: Incident: ANZ B789 near Auckland on Dec 5th 2017, engine shut down in flight

Don't trust passengers accounts of power "going out" as it's not what happens. The pilots purposely turn off non essential power draws during a shutdown to confirm the single engine is doing its job. Then power is restored to some systems.

Does the 787 have a RAT?

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by ikramerica
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA agent accidentally packs gun in lunch box.
Replies: 27
Views: 3406

Re: TSA agent accidentally packs gun in lunch box.

The real question is what did he put in his gun case?

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by ikramerica
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans
Replies: 932
Views: 167437

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

Feels to me like the main thing that has caused the A320NEO to stumble is the concerns over the P+W GTF and the impact on the NEO ramp up. The CFM / PW split is almost dead-on 50/50, but I kind of believe a customer who wanted the A320neo could get one with CFM (even if not their desired choice) as...

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by ikramerica
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans
Replies: 932
Views: 167437

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

3000 nm is the exact distance from JFK to LHR. Still air. No reserves. A plane designed for 3000 nm pax and bags only will be very marginal - see Leeham's analysis of the A321LR carrying 206 pax between JFK and LHR. Also, lie-flat seats have become a competitive feature over the Atlantic and only t...

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by ikramerica
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How the Boeing jet no one wanted became the plane airlines scour the planet for
Replies: 68
Views: 25064

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

I remember the day 15 years ago that I visited the Boeing website and they accidentally had a splash page image of the 717-300 rendered in the then Boeing livery and font. I was so excited that they were officially launching it. A few minutes later they realized their error and had a 777-300ER up th...

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by ikramerica
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 'Dove' A319s finally getting repainted
Replies: 30
Views: 7686

Re: BA 'Dove' A319s finally getting repainted

What a truly awful special livery. Blech

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by ikramerica
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA advert embroiled in sexism row.
Replies: 65
Views: 14787

Re: BA advert embroiled in sexism row.

It's not offensive. Stupid and possibly insulting, yeah. How it got approved? Who knows.

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by ikramerica
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KE CEO arrested on misappropriation of company funds.
Replies: 17
Views: 4767

Re: KE CEO arrested on misappropriation of company funds.

Slash787 wrote:
ikolkyo wrote:
I’ll never undestand why already high paid CEOs do this garbage.


They are much more greedy, which is sad.

The same reason highly paid Hollywood execs demand freebies from everyone and order their assistants to pirate $200 software rather than pay for it. Greed and entitlement.

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by ikramerica
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic A330-300 and Egyptair 777 clip wing tips at JFK
Replies: 33
Views: 12111

Re: Virgin Atlantic A330-300 and Egyptair 777 clip wing tips at JFK

How does virgin light the bottom of the plane in purple? That I believe is a blue taxiway light reflecting red metallic paint on the A330 belly, but hey, maybe Virgin decided mood lights for the ground would be great if you had a window seat. I believe it was a subtle bit of light humour--something...

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by ikramerica
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic A330-300 and Egyptair 777 clip wing tips at JFK
Replies: 33
Views: 12111

Re: Virgin Atlantic A330-300 and Egyptair 777 clip wing tips at JFK

How does virgin light the bottom of the plane in purple?

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by ikramerica
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans
Replies: 932
Views: 167437

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

So supposedly it looks like doing 2-3-2 isn’t something the airlines want because they’re only adding a seat per one extra aisle (as opposed to 2 per extra aisle), or perhaps not being able to make it 2-4-2. Wouldn’t making it 2-4-2 make the 797 more than 220-270 PAX? Or otherwise wider but stubbie...

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by ikramerica
Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eva Air Boeing 777 from Taipei to Chicago hit by turbulence, 12 injured (1 severe)
Replies: 27
Views: 13067

Re: Eva Air Boeing 777 from Taipei to Chicago hit by turbulence, 12 injured (of 1 heavily)

Whenever I hear a flight crew member "severely" injured from turbulence, I wonder what the whole story is. I know they are standing when the pax are sitting, but considering the rest of the crew determined continuing on was the right action, it seems that there may be more to the story. Co...

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by ikramerica
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Naming Specific Routes
Replies: 75
Views: 8719

Re: Naming Specific Routes

Probably a relic of naming train routes. Orient Express, Empire Builder, Sunset Limited, etc. I'm sure that all over the world train routes were named before plane routes.

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by ikramerica
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 112
Views: 24937

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

While Berlin is indeed run by some "wishful thinking" politicians, I think there is a wider problem in Germany of selling huge projects to the public at unrealistically low costs. Whether this is intentional on the part of the government or not probably cannot be proven, but I would imagi...

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by ikramerica
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why so many cargo airlines at these airports?
Replies: 53
Views: 8909

Re: Why so many cargo airlines at these “pointless” airports?

Also airports probably don't have curfews, long lines for takeoff or landing, crowded ramps, high fees.

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by ikramerica
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American, United settle 9/11 Claims
Replies: 38
Views: 8620

Re: American, United settle 9/11 Claims

Having practiced law, including the defense of tort claims, I am usually on the skeptical side of personal injury claims. Yeah, most people see their purported injuries to be a potential revenue source, fueled by the contingency agreement with their attorneys, but in some cases, there is legitimacy...

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by ikramerica
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American, United settle 9/11 Claims
Replies: 38
Views: 8620

Re: American, United settle 9/11 Claims

The dirty secret is the developer is at fault for the collapse. The design, once heralded as a marvel of engineering, was flawed, and the fire suppression mechanisms were not suitable. The reason the buildings collapsed in free fall was due to the design, and the reason the fire spread so quickly wa...

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by ikramerica
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senate Tax Bill Opens Pandora's Box To Hurt ME3 Carriers
Replies: 97
Views: 27998

Re: Senate Tax Bill Opens Pandora's Box To Hurt ME3 Carriers

Wouldn't this just encourage new tax treaties rather than retribution?

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by ikramerica
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA to implement 'class system' boarding method.
Replies: 38
Views: 11532

Re: BA to implement 'class system' boarding method.

Some studies have shown that boarding randomly but in groups is most efficient. The fare price grouping is a form of that because the fares will be scattered about. The problem might occur that group 5 has a lot of middle seats causing a lot of seated passengers to have to stand up towards the end o...

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by ikramerica
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aloha! Hawaiian Airlines takes delivery of first A321neo
Replies: 95
Views: 18636

Re: Aloha! Hawaiian Airlines takes delivery of first A321neo

Seems they have sent it to every destination in their route map during familiarization and training. Why did it take off from HIK instead of HNL? anomaly?

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by ikramerica
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Boeing Orders pt2
Replies: 91
Views: 21128

Re: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Boeing Orders pt2

I recall someone always insisted about Emirates ordering 787-10. Who was it? Saj Ahmed at Strategic Aero Research and Daniel Tseng at Seeking Alpha both claimed the 787 was a "done deal" with Emirates over the past year. Once Boeing announced a production rate increase, more both within a...

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by ikramerica
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA reported to be in talks to acquire SQ A380s
Replies: 78
Views: 32117

Re: BA reported to be in talks to acquire SQ A380s

This is a fluff article that reads as PR for the lease company. "We are talking to everyone under the sun, including "name drop" and "someone big who we can't mention by name."

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by ikramerica
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Boeing Orders
Replies: 188
Views: 66480

Re: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Boeing Orders

Congratulations Boeing and Emirates. The 787-10 will probably be a great aircraft for them. The 777 seems a bit too large on some routes. As far as I understand, Emirates may swap to the -9 on some orders and options? They supposedly purchased 40 B787-10's + 60 options, so they may end up exercisin...

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by ikramerica
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed
Replies: 101
Views: 26150

Re: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed

A few more pictures of new cabin along with EK press release https://cdn.ek.aero/media-centre/60/9eaee0c6b211e7941705bb5717c7a3/First-Class-fully-enclosed-private-suites.jpg https://cdn.ek.aero/media-centre/97/39b7b0c6b211e7a07035cb497fb23e/First-Class-dining.jpg https://cdn.ek.aero/media-centre/17...

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by ikramerica
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed
Replies: 101
Views: 26150

Re: Emirates new First class revealed, business and economy class refreshed

MrBren wrote:
This J is so classic and still too bling bling.

They are trying to compensate for the 1995 layout by adding bling to J. Sorry, no.

Middle seat in J in 2018? Lol

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by ikramerica
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans
Replies: 932
Views: 167437

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

Despite how "widely used" the -45 is, it's barely bigger than 1 real LD3 and far shorter. If it can't hold 2x LD3 side by side, the 797 will hold 2x LD2 like the 767, which can also hold 1 LD3 or LD3-45 or a standard height pallet.

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by ikramerica
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 15804

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

A better play on an old slogan is:

"we are the American airline industry, nothing special in the air..."

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by ikramerica
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots
Replies: 97
Views: 22588

Re: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots

This is ridiculous. We finally have a set of pilot requirements that make sense and make it so that airliners have two well qualified, experienced pilots flying them. "solution that finally makes sense" That does not seem to be the case here. Some people just do not get better with experi...

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by ikramerica
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Delta primarily switching to Airbus widebodies?
Replies: 84
Views: 21135

Re: Why is Delta primarily switching to Airbus widebodies?

Welp. This thread has turned into a pissing match between Boeing and Airbus fans. Bottom line is, I was just curious as to why DL had only Airbus widebodies on order as opposed to both UA and AA, which have a mixture of both on order. There are pros and cons to both Boeing and Airbus planes. If you...

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by ikramerica
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Delta primarily switching to Airbus widebodies?
Replies: 84
Views: 21135

Re: Why is Delta primarily switching to Airbus widebodies?

Even back in the day DL chose the Md11 over the 777, and only reluctantly ordered 777 when the Md11 wasn't working out for them. The 77L was a surprise order but there wasn't much of an alternative at the time to cover the routes they wanted it for.

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by ikramerica
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 153
Views: 16813

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

SFO-MMH flying time is about 39 minutes, driving time is 5-6 hours if the direct roads are open, but in winter when you want to go, 8 hours or more.

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by ikramerica
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?
Replies: 119
Views: 20910

Re: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?

The idea behing P2P (and the 787) was bypassing hubs creating routes between mid size destinations. And people here keep posting routes to/from LHR/JFK/LAX.... :banghead: :checkmark: You will not be able to help them, because if you cut out hubs on both sides, than most routes flown are gone and th...

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by ikramerica
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?
Replies: 119
Views: 20910

Re: Does the 787 actually fly any point to point routes?

The 787/A350 help turn legacyvroutes that had become marginal (or canceled) profitable.

LAX-SYD on UA. LAX-Tokyo for AA. LAX-SIN for SQ.

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by ikramerica
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 839
Views: 160508

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

Has anyone thought that maybe, just maybe, the 767 order might be tied to the MOM plane? I'm not saying it is, but lets just say the airlines have been hounding Boeing about building something new because their existing 767s might not make it or are not preferred to operate 25 years, so Boeing says...

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by ikramerica
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hyperloop - Possible Implications for Aviation Industry?
Replies: 93
Views: 13438

Re: Hyperloop competing with short haul travel

In other news, cities will have to be rebuilt around the Segway...

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by ikramerica
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 839
Views: 160508

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

Why add the 20 year old wingtip devices of the 764 when a more modern alternative is available? Designing and certifying a new one for the 763ER will entail additional costs, time and effort that could jack up the price which may not be worth it given the limited production run. . There is a blende...

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