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by T54A
Wed May 22, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters : Airbus to counter the "NMA"by the existing 330neo and the A21N
Replies: 102
Views: 14058

Re: Reuters : Airbus to counter the "NMA"by the existing 330neo and the A21N

I wonder how the post certification grounding of the 797 will effect the A330NEO and A321NEO sales

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by T54A
Sun May 19, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Pilots, what do you do when you’re bored while flying?
Replies: 3
Views: 725

Re: Pilots, what do you do when you’re bored while flying?

Read a normal book, talk to your colleague, sodoku, drink coffee.

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by T54A
Fri May 17, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A DA42 crashed near Dubai
Replies: 2
Views: 883

Re: A DA42 crashed near Dubai

Sounds like possible wake turbulence as the DA42 had followed an A350 whilst it was doing ILS calibration

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by T54A
Thu May 16, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why weren’t the A330s grounded after the pitot tube issues?
Replies: 94
Views: 16411

Re: Why weren’t the A330s not grounded after the pitot tube issues?

If the AF447 pilots had done absolutely nothing, they would have flown out the other side of the storm unscathed.

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by T54A
Mon May 06, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: South African Airways starts direct flights to Guangzhou.
Replies: 22
Views: 3419

Re: South African Airways starts direct flights to Guangzhou.

How long will SAA have the A340s around? I little while still. SAA is however very close to signing for A350’s and A330NEO’s. Link?????? No link unfortunately. But several people within Flight Ops are actively involved in meetings wrt an A350 fleet introduction. I’m sure a public announcement is im...

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by T54A
Mon May 06, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: South African Airways starts direct flights to Guangzhou.
Replies: 22
Views: 3419

Re: South African Airways starts direct flights to Guangzhou.

777Jet wrote:
How long will SAA have the A340s around?


I little while still. SAA is however very close to signing for A350’s and A330NEO’s.

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by T54A
Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The biggest cheaters ever !!! Qatar Airways
Replies: 25
Views: 1859

Re: The biggest cheaters ever !!! Qatar Airways

Can someone please change the title of this thread to ‘Laziest Qatar passenger EVER’

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by T54A
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019
Replies: 484
Views: 66117

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2019

The only EDTO180+ route I can see QF using its A330 fleet on is PER-JNB and while it looks like a long diversion it's only a further 300nm which is roughly around 40 minutes extra flight time (before factoring in winds). SAA have flown their A330-200s to Perth before and while I'm not 100% sure wha...

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by T54A
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 'Lowest mileage' classic airliners?
Replies: 18
Views: 3954

Re: 'Lowest mileage' classic airliners?

Well, purely from the perspective of a classic-car mechanic, I would say that machines don't like to sit. The best way to keep an old car going is to use it sparingly, but regularly. This keeps many things (seals, electrical contacts, etc.) used enough to where they don't corrode in place. It's a f...

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by T54A
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330 CEO FLS Approach option
Replies: 2
Views: 925

Re: A330 CEO FLS Approach option

Cheers thanks

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by T54A
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330 CEO FLS Approach option
Replies: 2
Views: 925

A330 CEO FLS Approach option

Does the A330-200/300 come with the option for FLS Approach?

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by T54A
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Libyan Airspace Overflight
Replies: 3
Views: 1325

Re: Libyan Airspace Overflight

Thanks for the reply. Ironic I ask the question as the security situation in Libya takes a turn for the worse

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by T54A
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Libyan Airspace Overflight
Replies: 3
Views: 1325

Libyan Airspace Overflight

What is status of using Libyan Airspace. In particular for overflight between Africa, Europe and Middle East?

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by T54A
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 93
Views: 9441

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

A350 to JFK should help profitability I think the pilot said we burned about 150,000 lbs of fuel JNB to JFK.....i think thats right....not sure if these flights are freight heavy or not A346 burns about 135000kg (298000lb) on a JNB-JFK flight. A350-900 will save about 35000-40000kg on that sector. ...

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by T54A
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is there a problem with Boeing’s engineering team?
Replies: 33
Views: 3711

Re: Is there a problem with Boeing’s engineering team?

" Is there a problem with Boeing's engineer team? " Is there a problem with Boeing's management team? That’s maybe where my thinking was going. How did a company that produced such great machines in the past, get the last four projects wrong to a greater or smaller degree. Did pressure fr...

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by T54A
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 and A340 Write-off/Retirement/Scrap Thread - 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 16528

Re: A330 and A340 Write-off/Retirement/Scrap Thread - 2019

ex EK A345 A6-ERD has found a new home at Global Aviation and has been flown to JNB already: Global have 3 former EK A345's. Since they arrived in JNB in June 2018, October 2018 and January 2019 they have not flown. I don't have any idea what their plan for them is. They also received two TK A343 t...

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by T54A
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Woman says airline threatened to remove her from flight for inappropriate clothes
Replies: 17
Views: 2649

Re: Woman says airline threatened to remove her from flight for inappropriate clothes

I’ve always wondered why people are so afraid of human skin. Must be terribly dangerous

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by T54A
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is there a problem with Boeing’s engineering team?
Replies: 33
Views: 3711

Re: Is there a problem with Boeing’s engineering team?

I think this is a bit overblown. Of those examples: 787: new battery tech, difficult to diagnose failure mode, things happen with new hardware KC46: I'm sure a large part of this is due to military procurement nonsense 748 stab tank: problem, but not a p1 adoption blocker, LH was able to live with ...

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by T54A
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is there a problem with Boeing’s engineering team?
Replies: 33
Views: 3711

Re: Is there a problem with Boeing’s engineering team?

As someone who works in the aerospace industry as a mechanical engineer, people would be surprised just how long it takes to do ANYTHING in regards to flight articles. Paperwork, qualification tests, rigorous design reviews, etc... I don't know about Boeing in particular (I work on things destined ...

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by T54A
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is there a problem with Boeing’s engineering team?
Replies: 33
Views: 3711

Is there a problem with Boeing’s engineering team?

In simple terms: B787 was launched with electrical issues that resulted in a fleet grounding. KC46 has been a nightmare of program which is way behind schedule. B748 had horizontal stab flutter which led to stab tank been locked out. B737 Max problems as discussed at length. What is going on with Bo...

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by T54A
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why would an airline choose the B737 Max vs The A320 NEO
Replies: 50
Views: 11268

Re: Why would an airline choose the B737 Max vs The A320 NEO

Well I guess this question just got more complicated

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by T54A
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 705177

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

China has grounded the Max. Watch Boeing share price on Mon morning. Boeing has dropped the ball for the second time in a row.

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by T54A
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many helicopter types have you flown on
Replies: 18
Views: 705

Re: How many helicopter types have you flown on

Allouette 3
Allouette 2
Gazelle
Oryx (Puma)
Mi8
Chinook
R44
BK117
S55

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by T54A
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Edinburgh- Johannesburg, airline suggestions please
Replies: 21
Views: 1599

Re: Edinburgh- Johannesburg, airline suggestions please

Train to London. SAA on one of their new A333’s

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by T54A
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 600
Views: 238433

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

No stored frames for HU, indeed they took delivery of two frames leased from LATAM last month. Was your source referring to the HX frames mentioned above ? HNA own both HU and HX.Geoff Does anyone know what the seating configuration is for these two machines? C30W63Y246 = 339 Thanks. There is hopef...

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by T54A
Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 600
Views: 238433

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Hainan apparently has two white tails. Where are these stored? Have they had cabin fitted out already? No stored frames for HU, indeed they took delivery of two frames leased from LATAM last month. Was your source referring to the HX frames mentioned above ? HNA own both HU and HX. Geoff Does anyon...

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by T54A
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Crashes
Replies: 182
Views: 60249

Re: Russian Military Crashes

White out. The normal reference with the ground is not there. ie. the crew had no idea where the ground was. Similar to aircraft flying into water on a clear day.

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by T54A
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA to be split into 3 business units
Replies: 14
Views: 5618

Re: SAA to be split into 3 business units

Cut & paste from another news source State-owned airline SAA will not be broken up into three separate entities, but does plan to change its operating model, according to SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali. Tlali was responding to a news headline stating CEO Vuyani Jarana said on Monday the cash-strap...

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by T54A
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 600
Views: 238433

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

[url][/url] Hainan apparently has two white tails. Where are these stored? Have they had cabin fitted out already? No stored frames for HU, indeed they took delivery of two frames leased from LATAM last month. Was your source referring to the HX frames mentioned above ? HNA own both HU and HX. Geoff...

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by T54A
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 600
Views: 238433

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Hainan apparently has two white tails. Where are these stored? Have they had cabin fitted out already?

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by T54A
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Minimum weight for A333 centre tank activation?
Replies: 23
Views: 3316

Re: Minimum weight for A333 centre tank activation?

SAA opted for the 242t A333 WITHOUT the CT. I’m sure they are now regretting it. Fuel issues on ACC-IAD sector where performance allows for the full 242t RTOW.

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by T54A
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Minimum weight for A333 centre tank activation?
Replies: 23
Views: 3316

Re: Minimum weight for A333 centre tank activation?

SAA opted for the 242t A333 WITHOUT the CT. I’m sure they are now regretting it. Fuel issues on ACC-IAD sector where performance allows for the full 242t RTOW.

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by T54A
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best seatmates you've ever had?
Replies: 27
Views: 1979

Re: Best seatmates you've ever had?

The singer Anastasia

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by T54A
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A350 - progress or not ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1012

Re: A350 - progress or not ?

The A330 and A340 don’t have individual sorbets either. Not the ones I’ve flown in anyway.

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by T54A
Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Student pilot close to flight test
Replies: 18
Views: 4695

Re: Student pilot close to flight test

Change instructors

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by T54A
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to cancel a "significant amount" of A350 Order according to Aviation Analyst
Replies: 187
Views: 50599

Re: Etihad to cancel a "significant amount" of A350 Order according to Aviation Analyst

musman9853 wrote:
who would be able to pick up 5 a35k at fairly short notice? the a35k is not a particulary popular plane.


SAA perhaps if they could sort out the financing. This would significantly reduce costs of their JNB-JFK and JNB-FRA operations.

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by T54A
Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa stops supporting the JU52
Replies: 26
Views: 8312

Re: Lufthansa stops supporting the JU52

For crying out loud, it's a (almost) 80 years old aircraft. Of course it's not going to be as quiet, comfortable, fuel efficient and even safe as a modern airliner; but I'm sure it was a blast for the passengers... Engage your sense of humor and knowledge of history... It wasn´t a bomber, so the jo...

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by T54A
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK crew robbed in South Africa
Replies: 85
Views: 14557

Re: TK crew robbed in South Africa

MalevTU134 wrote:
Atlwarrior wrote:
This really could have happen in any large international city.

Highly unlikely in Europe


I was robbed in Toulouse while on an Airbus course.

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by T54A
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How far away are we from direct routings
Replies: 33
Views: 5218

Re: How far away are we from direct routings

You are probably right, but the point is specific elevations for flow, in particular for crossing there is a vertical separation of 1,000 FT which can be controlled pretty well +- 250 feet and a specific horizontal separation. I recall there is separation between heading east and south so there is ...

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by T54A
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: NAV database updates for airliners.
Replies: 43
Views: 3130

Re: NAV database updates for airliners.

You would think this tech was fairly mature by now. My company has changed from a Honeywell/NavTech combo for our NavDB’s to NavBlue for the complete fleet, and its been a nightmare. Errors in coding, missing procedures and long waiting times to have problems fixed. Honeywell was the best vender in ...

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by T54A
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 family future prospects
Replies: 83
Views: 14332

Re: A350 family future prospects

SA will almost certainly get A350/A330NEO combo to replace the A340’s. They are slowly digging themselves out of the financial hole they were in, so it might still take a while before the order is placed.

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by T54A
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: which engine to cut off before using GPU
Replies: 8
Views: 2578

Re: which engine to cut off before using GPU

We don’t cut any on either our twins or quads. Pull into the bay, wait for GPU to be connected, cut the motors. If you wanted to be super efficient on the A340 you would cut the inboard two engines and on the A330 you would Eng 2.

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by T54A
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: NAV database updates for airliners.
Replies: 43
Views: 3130

Re: NAV database updates for airliners.

On a Boeing, there is an issue date and an expiration date for the nav data base. If your data base is expired, you have to download and install the latest version. Not really rocket science because in general, all Boeing aircraft use the same nav data base. The most likely download source is a mem...

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by T54A
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52068

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

:shakehead: :shakehead: :shakehead: The routing for the 744s was JNB-CPT-FLL-ATL-JNB, then via SID on the westbound only thereafter. The move was done after FLL pax had to deplane for customs/immigration processing at first point of entry, after 9/11. SID was added to the roundtrip once the A346s t...

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by T54A
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52068

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

:shakehead: :shakehead: :shakehead: The routing for the 744s was JNB-CPT-FLL-ATL-JNB, then via SID on the westbound only thereafter. The move was done after FLL pax had to deplane for customs/immigration processing at first point of entry, after 9/11. SID was added to the roundtrip once the A346s t...

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by T54A
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52068

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

SAA flew their B744’s on the ATL-JNB for years, and that is over 7300 nm. That had a fuel stop at SID. :shakehead: :shakehead: :shakehead: The routing for the 744s was JNB-CPT-FLL-ATL-JNB, then via SID on the westbound only thereafter. The move was done after FLL pax had to deplane for customs/immi...

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by T54A
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52068

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Fuel stop was only westbound, not eastbound. I know because I operated the flight many times. It didn't fly 7000nm with a headwind. Which is what I originally said. The 747-400 also had a brochure range over 7000nm but no aircraft flew within 500nm of the brochure range. Reserves and headwinds appl...

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by T54A
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52068

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

SAA flew their B744’s on the ATL-JNB for years, and that is over 7300 nm. That had a fuel stop at SID. According to ITA software the longest nonstop 747-400 flight is in fact LAX-MEL at 7924 statute miles or 6886nm. Flown with a 747-400ER which has a wikipedia range 7,585nm. Number 2 would be ORD-H...

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by T54A
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52068

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

That's one of the weaker attempts at revisionism I've seen in a while, but... sure. :) I am still 100% correct when I stated the 777 was the first 7000nm range twin. Just because no 777-200ER or 777-300ER actually flew 7000nm does not chnge that fact. The 747-400 also had a brochure range over 7000...

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by T54A
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ETOPS/safety rating for flights between AU/NZ and Chile/Argentina
Replies: 29
Views: 3464

Re: ETOPS/safety rating for flights between AU/NZ and Chile/Argentina

As someone who regularly operates an A330 on beyond 180min ETOPS flights What do you run to 207 minutes ? They need 330 if they want to fly the great circle. Only need 300 minutes, CHC, PUQ, USH can spport the whole route in under 300 minutes 245 min (cargo fire suppression of 260 min -15 min) or 1...

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