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by itchief
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s
Replies: 58
Views: 10319

Re: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s

Won't any tankers allocated to the ANG be acquired through a USAF run contract then transferred? Regardless of who runs the contract though, the current KC-46 plan only includes about half as many air frames as the KC-135 fleet . Perhaps they'll shrink the total fleet further than they already have...

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by itchief
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wells Fargo sues AA for not returning leased planes on time
Replies: 65
Views: 10145

Re: Wells Fargo sues AA for not returning leased planes on time

Super80Fan wrote:
Jo8338 wrote:
Anyone know which a/c these were?


Don't know specific tail numbers but 757's maybe? Those are the only Boeing aircraft that left the fleet around that timeframe.



3 Boeing 767s registration N374AA, N7375A, and N376AN

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by itchief
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did DL, UA, or AA Ever Come Close To Ordering The A380 or 748?
Replies: 40
Views: 6938

Re: Did DL, UA, or AA Ever Come Close To Ordering The A380 or 748?

Regarding the UAL pilot pay - I have a copy of the UA ALPA contract and the pay for 747 vs. 777 was the exactly the same rate. There was a higher rate for the A380, though, IIRC. Very interesting given that they only have the 772 I believe which is smaller. I guess the pilots were able to "gra...

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by itchief
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates
Replies: 313
Views: 25802

Re: WN, DL, AA, and others object to DAL gate plan

First the city of Dallas wouldn't allow that many gates. There's no way DFW and the city of Fort Worth would agree to it, because the limitation on gates was agreed upon in order to eliminate the Wright Amendment. Last, DAL only has two runways. How would DAL be able to efficiently operate 50 more ...

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by itchief
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 807
Views: 104657

Re: A400M Update

KEESJE, How many C130J's has the USAF ordered in the last 5-10 yrs?[/quote] The link below is almost 2 years old but it looks like the US Military has ordered more C-130J's than the total of all the A400M orders in the last 5-10 yrs. Not that is really matters, they are not the same aircraft and not...

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by itchief
Wed May 09, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1531
Views: 145621

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Managed to hit the Pacific Ocean eh? Quite a feat hitting the largest target in the world! I kid; I kid. Just posted a response, then I saw that you are kidding! (But doing so made me look up Dragon again, reminding me that being re-useable (mostly), is not only a stepping stone in experience, incl...

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by itchief
Tue May 08, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 19009

Re: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

A train can carry as much passenger than hundreds of car and you can run a dozen train every hour. I don't see how they won't be used by as many people. suburbia are still around urban area. And people do park and fly nowadays so not sure how they won't park and ride trains Highway throughput is no...

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by itchief
Sat May 05, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?
Replies: 89
Views: 9348

Re: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?

You do know that Dallas is not really a big oil town, that would be Houston, pure and simple. Dallas is not *as large* of an oil town as Houston, but to say it's "not really a big oil town" is not realistic at all. LAX772LR, Dallas handles a lot of $$$'s for oil with corporate headquarter...

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by itchief
Sat May 05, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?
Replies: 89
Views: 9348

Re: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?

The Dallas/Ft Worth population was well below 1 million in 1972-1973. Today it is over 7 million. Kansas City itself has a smaller population today than in the early 1970's. Why did DFW area and the airport grow so much and not Kansas City? Biggest factor is Weather. Number 2 is the fact that Ameri...

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by itchief
Sat May 05, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 19009

Re: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

It’s a shame that none of those high speed rail markets are in the US. WAS-NYC is still in the US last time I checked... And no, it’s not a shame that we don’t have more high speed rail markets in the US. While the current US rail infrastructure was built to haul people and goods to open up the Ame...

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by itchief
Sat May 05, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?
Replies: 89
Views: 9348

Re: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?

The Dallas/Ft Worth population was well below 1 million in 1972-1973. Today it is over 7 million. Kansas City itself has a smaller population today than in the early 1970's. Why did DFW area and the airport grow so much and not Kansas City? Biggest factor is Weather. Number 2 is the fact that Americ...

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by itchief
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger
Replies: 256
Views: 18185

Re: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger

AA had plenty of options with this medical problem and chose poorly, now it will cost them in the long run. You really don’t know if they made a correct or incorrect decision.[/quote] That is the beauty of a forum like this, we all express our opinions and none of us really know the facts. What wil...

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by itchief
Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger
Replies: 256
Views: 18185

Re: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger

People keep mentioning "over-weight" or "dumping fuel." Would that be needed at this point in the flight? The diversion would have saved 90 minutes at most. I would think the trip from Hawaii across the Pacific would have burned more than enough fuel to lighten the airplane to a...

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by itchief
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger
Replies: 256
Views: 18185

Re: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger

Wow. There's a person dying in the back, Dude. There are many suitable airports at which to land. You can answer most of your questions online. 1) "You can answer most of the questions online" Spoken like a true a.net armchair pilot. Yes, we can do that But we're talking about pilots in t...

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by itchief
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger
Replies: 256
Views: 18185

Re: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger

I agree with the poster above that one reason for the Medline contract is -- plain and simple -- ass-covering in the event a decision is made not to divert. You have a person in obvious distress, and a diversion to an airport in a major city (i.e. with a hospital with a decent emergency department)...

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by itchief
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger
Replies: 256
Views: 18185

Re: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger

Read the story, none of the medical equipment worked, even the blood pressure cuff failed. If the heart isn’t pumping the blood pressure cuff won’t work "One blood pressure machine was broken and the other was giving an error message." http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/04/26/family-suing...

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by itchief
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger
Replies: 256
Views: 18185

Re: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger

AA made some large mistakes in judgement and with the equipment on-board the aircraft that failed to work. The legal brief linked above tries to imply that the AED failed because it delivered no shock after 3 "attempts." The AED's declining to shock the victim is not an indication of fail...

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by itchief
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger
Replies: 256
Views: 18185

Re: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger

A quick search finds this, The FAA requires AEDs on all airplanes of air carriers operating under part 121 with a maximum payload capacity of more than 7,500 pounds and with at least one flight attendant. Affected airplanes typically would have a capacity for 30 passengers or more requiring at least...

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by itchief
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 117678

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL

danj555 wrote:
I don't see any large holes on the left side fuselage... not sure how someone could get sucked out.... ohhh I see a window is out... its possible then


I bet that the pax on this flight will listen to the "keep your seat belts fastened" in the future.

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by itchief
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 385
Views: 25699

Re: F-35 news thread

5 Reasons Why the F-35C is Poised to Strengthen U.S. Navy Air Power 1. The Legacy Fleet is Aging The U.S. Navy’s existing fleet of F/A-18 Hornets and F/A-18 Super Hornets is aging fast, with many in need of replacement or costly and time consuming Service Life Extension Plans (SLEP) to extend the a...

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by itchief
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Patriots already selling one of the team 767s?
Replies: 42
Views: 11279

Re: Patriots already selling one of the team 767s?

EvanWSFO wrote:
lavalampluva wrote:
Have two seemed a little much. One widebody should be plenty. Even for an NFL team.


I never understood two aircraft either. Perhaps one is reserved for Tom Brady's ego. :duck:


Robert Kraft
Net worth
6.2 billion USD
Maybe 2 used 767's is not that big of a deal.

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by itchief
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated January 2018 Loads
Replies: 18
Views: 2521

Re: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated January 2018 Loads

How does Qantas manage a 100.02% load factor on departures? A lap child perhaps? Someone in a jump seat? Do non-rev passengers count when determining load factors? 100.02% sounds like a cramped ride! Qantas must block seats because of the distance of the route; in winter, when the air is not so thi...

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by itchief
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1531
Views: 145621

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Bringing its own fuel (to Mark).This is something I have wondered about.'One day' yes we might (might) be able to manufacture and compress fuel on Mars.But obviously not to start with. The Lockheed plan is to have the main 'there and return' mothership in orbit and a specialised veichle to go gown ...

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by itchief
Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA after Doug Parker
Replies: 38
Views: 6475

Re: AA after Doug Parker

Parker is only paid in AA stock, no paycheck. When the stock starts to take a dive and it stays down Parker will be moving on.

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by itchief
Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One
Replies: 226
Views: 27642

Re: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One

It makes no sense to not retro fit these planes for air-to-air refueling. There are several very good reasons to not have it. And perhaps this was one of the reason the price went down. The cost of air-to-air refueling is more than just the hardware to be put on board. In fact, the cost of the hard...

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by itchief
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: V-280 Valor flies for the first time
Replies: 34
Views: 5830

Re: V-280 Valor flies for the first time

Some V-280 news, https://www.defensenews.com/land/2018/02/27/development-for-future-vertical-lift-aircraft-slow-rolled-in-army-budget-plans/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ebb%202-28&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief I am not a huge believer in the FVL pro...

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by itchief
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 256
Views: 34633

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

But I know this site is not one for practicalities. You know, I don't really think that's fair. If a company plans to re-brand some or all of its services it should have a plan in place and said services should be upgraded in a timely manner. United was quick to launch Polaris, but there is no pace...

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by itchief
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Southwest fly to Europe?
Replies: 61
Views: 8888

Re: Southwest to Europe

can we first dispense with the myth that WN is an LCC ? they aren't. could they do it? sure. but TATL seems way outside WN's core business model of identifying underserved and low competition markets and reaping high margins thru low cost structure and high frequency. doesn't sound like TATL to me....

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by itchief
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How much profit do airlines make out of your $355 ticket
Replies: 12
Views: 4058

Re: How much profit do airlines make out of your $355 ticket

I would love if JetBlue used their profits to solve operational problems. Their on time ratings are continue to slip and slip.[/quotes] I bet if they would finally settle the labor dispute with their pilots the on time ratings would drastically improve....just a guess Pretty low on the pilots if th...

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by itchief
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.
Replies: 155
Views: 13494

Re: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.

Sedate or isolate the problem and don't fly. Simples. You do not have the right to fly. If you can't fly without causing a disturbance then tough luck. In a world where you can get thrown off for swearing or wearing a shirt with a swear word on yet it's ok to terrorise an entire economy cabin for a...

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by itchief
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1531
Views: 145621

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I am not saying that SpaceX does not have video of the event. But do you under stand the radiation environment that the 2nd stage was flying thru before starting this burn? This takes quite a toll on CCD's in cameras. Are the CCDs not rad hardened? Expensive to be thrown away after a few hours. Thi...

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by itchief
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1531
Views: 145621

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

How about the second stage 3rd burn? Was that ever caught on video? I'm pretty sure SpaceX has it on video. I guess we will have to wait for the next episode of How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster . I am not saying that SpaceX does not have video of the event. But do you under stand the radia...

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by itchief
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump's 757
Replies: 20
Views: 6881

Re: Trump's 757

I was in NYC on January 15 and 16. I flew into and out of LGA, and saw Trump's 757 sitting on the business jet pad on the western side of the airport, not too far from the intersection of runways 13 and 22. That was the first time I ever saw it. I had the same experience in November. Landed Runway ...

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by itchief
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: the future of the jet bridge
Replies: 29
Views: 4834

Re: the future of the jet bridge

I love the all glass jetbridges you find in overseas airports. You get such great views of the airport and of the airplane you are about to board. However, not in the U.S. I once read on this forum somewhere that supposedly there is some safety regulation in the U.S. that prohibits them. Really??? ...

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by itchief
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: [Speculation] What could AA do with a A321neoLR in the A321T 102 seat config?
Replies: 36
Views: 3897

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

Indeed. Also, bulkloaded priority parcel type shipments tend to be higher margin than unit loaded (containerized) freight. How much of the $800m is profit? Just throwing the number out without knowing the profit margin does not tell anyone the facts. Well common sense says not much. Cargo is heavy,...

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by itchief
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Visiting lounges of airlines that you have never flown with
Replies: 8
Views: 1114

Re: Visiting lounges of airlines that you have never flown with

I have used many airline lounges and never flown on that airline. With statue and alliance partners it is easy to do. I always go for the nicest lounge no matter who I am flying. Why use the crappy JAL lounge in BKK when the CX lounge is better. This is a benefit of airline status, use it.

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by itchief
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman bites an American Airlines F/A
Replies: 14
Views: 2561

Re: Woman bites an American Airlines F/A

reltney wrote:
In-flight meal perhaps...


Only if you are hungry for some old dry beef jerky.

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by itchief
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: [Speculation] What could AA do with a A321neoLR in the A321T 102 seat config?
Replies: 36
Views: 3897

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 fo...

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by itchief
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time
Replies: 260
Views: 41795

Re: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time

240 seats with 3 toilets means 80 pax per toilet. Is this a record? If not, who holds it? Delta's 757-300 (234 pax) have 5 of them! I have already seen queues for the toilets with 186 pax and 3 toilets. Here, we are talking about 30% more pax per toilet... It's a similar pax to toilet ratio on an A...

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by itchief
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time
Replies: 260
Views: 41795

Re: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time

hispanola wrote:
I love it! The racoon eyes are rather strange but everything else is perfect. Definitely this decade's 757.


Yes you are correct and it only took 35 years to catch up to the 757.

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by itchief
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest Airbus Neo routes by WOW AIR?
Replies: 40
Views: 9860

Re: Longest Airbus Neo routes by WOW AIR?

Varsity1 wrote:
Are their NEO's ETOPS? I was under the impression that they still don't have approval.


Does a flight need to be ETOPS certified from KEF to the US? Are the flight that far from a qualified landing strip? I am asking because someone on this site should know.

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by itchief
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon
Replies: 181
Views: 36734

Re: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon

I may have missed some details, correct me if I am wrong. At what speed did this 737 go off the edge of the drop - 20km/hour, or 120km/hr? If it was the latter, I think the plane would have gone all the way, and ended up in the sea in bits. At 20km/hr, it's a bit rich praising the integrity of the ...

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by itchief
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon
Replies: 181
Views: 36734

Re: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon

This is a testament to Boeing and the design of the 737. This aircraft stayed together and there were no deaths or serious injuries. This is the same as the Asiana 777 that hit the seawall at SFO and stayed together for the most part. BA 777 at LHR. AA 737 at KIN did break up but no deaths. Althoug...

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by itchief
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon
Replies: 181
Views: 36734

Re: Pegasus 737 runway landing excursion in Trabzon

This is a testament to Boeing and the design of the 737. This aircraft stayed together and there were no deaths or serious injuries. This is the same as the Asiana 777 that hit the seawall at SFO and stayed together for the most part. BA 777 at LHR. AA 737 at KIN did break up but no deaths. Although...

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by itchief
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 340
Views: 54052

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2018

I just flew a roundtrip. The only 757s it uses are the 10 ex-US airplanes that remain, so no power or (satellite) WiFi. Movie on aisle screens. The AA website describes the new Main Cabin Extra configuration, and none of these airplanes have that. I believe all of the LUS 757s have been retrofitted...

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