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by itchief
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Southwest fly to Europe?
Replies: 60
Views: 7519

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: 3831

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: 148
Views: 11156

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: 1271
Views: 120781

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: 1271
Views: 120781

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: 6370

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: 28
Views: 3535

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: 3574

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: 958

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: 2425

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: 3574

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: 40581

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: 40581

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: 9252

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: 180
Views: 35361

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: 180
Views: 35361

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: 180
Views: 35361

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: 159
Views: 22601

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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by itchief
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 159
Views: 22601

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2018

I don't see what's wrong with keeping a few 767-300ERs in the fleet until the 787-9 are delivered (Dispite the small numbers), quite a few of them are around 13 years of age. So they are still useful. How early can AA get more 789 delivery slots? Can they use some of the 24x 75Ls to fill in for 763...

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by itchief
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: JAL considers additional A350s and int'l expansion
Replies: 90
Views: 19536

Re: Bloomberg: JAL considers additional A350s and int'l expansion

Boeing778X wrote:
Well, going over their fleet, JL has 28x 772, 77E and 773s. Exercising all A350 options replaces all those aircraft, with the 77W still active.

The 787 options could be used to retire the 767 further.


JL has 767's that are less than 10 years old, they will be around for some time.

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by itchief
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why A-380 doesn’t sell in more densely populated countries?
Replies: 86
Views: 8570

Re: Why A-380 doesn’t sell in more densely populated countries?

So if the A380 was created as a people mover for congested airports why are the bulk of them not configured as people movers, they should all be configured for over 500+ seats. And people would love to fly on an airliner packed with 500/600+ people for short haul flights. How long does it take to t...

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by itchief
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1271
Views: 120781

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Maybe you can educate me on this. The STS SRB's were twice cost to refurbish vs buying new and NASA did this for every shuttle launch? As per some info around the internet, it was actually between x2.5 and x3. Obviously not what they had in mind when they designed the whole thing (in the end the am...

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by itchief
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1271
Views: 120781

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

WIederling wrote:
itchief wrote:
You might want to rethink your statement. STS/SLS SRB's are reusable.


at twice the cost of a new one.



Maybe you can educate me on this. The STS SRB's were twice cost to refurbish vs buying new and NASA did this for every shuttle launch?

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by itchief
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1271
Views: 120781

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

SRB's (fireworks) go against the fundamental business philosophy of Spacex -reusability.I doubt they gave it more than a few seconds thought personally. If you are going to chuck everything away it would have to really cheap.Even then it probably wouldn't work.I think Boeing are launching their cap...

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by itchief
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers
Replies: 152
Views: 17324

Re: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers

If you will notice, I called him Doug, or Doug Parker, not Dougie or DUI Doug.... I have the experience to back my points. Personal meetings and conversations with the man. So, what did that conversation go like? Doug is basically a bean counter. If he can't see it on a spreadsheet it doesn't exist...

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by itchief
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 159
Views: 22601

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2018

The 2018 fleet plan is going to be very interesting. If my calculations are correct, then AA is going to face a fleet crunch in 2018 that will carry over into 2019 as well. By 2019, they are scheduled to retire the following mainline narrow body aircraft MD-80 - 45 planes E-190 - 20 planes The prob...

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by itchief
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 85658

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

Same reason EK is hesitating if not refusing to buy new ones without concessions: the price of those spare parts goes way up once production stops. Why can EK not buy spares now. Plan for the future if you need the VLA. EK's model of only using aircraft for 12 years does not fit with the rest of th...

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by itchief
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 85658

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

Why not, if one needs one. All air frames will see the end of production. If you buy one, you can expect the airframer to be there the next 20 years if you need spare-parts or service. Same reason EK is hesitating if not refusing to buy new ones without concessions: the price of those spare parts g...

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by itchief
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 85658

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

I've seen it stated more than a few times that Emirates NEEDS the A380. Why does it need that jet over other high capacity jets? Their 2 class 77W seats something like 427 people and the 3 class seats 360. Best thing about every other widebody is that you can serve more destinations than the A380. ...

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by itchief
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"
Replies: 85
Views: 12240

Re: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"

Samrnpage wrote:
What's the seat pitch on the American's MAX's in comparison to Ryanair?


A 15 second google search comes up with same same, 30'.

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by itchief
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW 2018 Developments
Replies: 77
Views: 9711

Re: DFW 2018 Developments

Has DFW finally remove the old Airtran line? Parts of it is still standing and DFW stated they were working on removing the last vestige of the 70s transit system. Since they put a DART station in DFW, I think they should've kept some kind of dedicated-lane, non-sterile area transport system to con...

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by itchief
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1271
Views: 120781

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Yes we really can. Unless you want to get into tinfoil hat territory. A quick goole search, Non-military intelligence funding for FY2016 was about $54 billion and the Trump FY2018 has $511 billion in nondefense discretionary spending. Plenty of room for other agencies to pay for ZUMA. I was able to...

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by itchief
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1271
Views: 120781

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Can you show where this info came from, "but given that we know this is a military payload". The only thing I have read is that no one agency has claimed ownership on the Zuma. I did read that the NRO has said it is not their's. The fact that it's "secret" with deductive reasoni...

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by itchief
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1271
Views: 120781

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Going back to the Zuma situation...if the payload adaptor failed to release, wouldn't the 2nd stage and payload still be in full orbit at that time, and thus trackable? I suppose the 2nd stage could be commanded to de-orbit the whole lot after the failure, but I can't imagine them wanting to do tha...

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by itchief
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DELTA announces 2017 profit $5.5 Billion USD
Replies: 61
Views: 11604

Re: DELTA announces 2017 profit $5.5 Billion USD

MIflyer12 wrote:
IPFreely wrote:
ilovelamp wrote:

They made $6.1B in 2016.


And American Airlines made $7.6 billion in 2015.


Yes, and AA dropped to $2.68 billion in 2016.


Things have really changed for airlines when someone can put up a post saying "AA dropped to $2.68 billion" in profit. :o

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by itchief
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field
Replies: 155
Views: 21642

Re: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field

The 5-party agreement and the Wright Amendment Reform Act of 2006 should both be amended to allow expansion of Dallas Love Field beyond 20 gates and any expansion of Dallas Love Field beyond 20 gates should be about accommodating more non-Southwest service out of DAL, including by AA, DL, and AS, a...

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by itchief
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Upcoming Boeing 777X operators
Replies: 73
Views: 10708

Re: Upcoming Boeing 777X operators

Do not expect a rush of 777-8 and 777-9 orders until after 2020, when the 777-300ER replacement cycle begins. I think Airbus is thinking that way also, hence the emphasis on A350XWB-900 sales first. There are 2 threads talking about EK and CX starting to retire some 77W's in 2018. They cycle is slo...

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by itchief
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 159
Views: 22601

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 itchief
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1995
Views: 309644

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

Well, the last mile rate quoted for USPS is different than the all-in rate for FedEx and UPS. The USPS does no line haul (expensive) on these packages. The general theory is that the postman is going to be stopping at your house (or your neighbors) anyway, so the marginal cost of carrying one more ...

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by itchief
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1995
Views: 309644

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

Well, the last mile rate quoted for USPS is different than the all-in rate for FedEx and UPS. The USPS does no line haul (expensive) on these packages. The general theory is that the postman is going to be stopping at your house (or your neighbors) anyway, so the marginal cost of carrying one more ...

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by itchief
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW 2018 Developments
Replies: 77
Views: 9711

Re: DFW 2018 Developments

Wonder how TRIP is doing which appears to be almost over with a total intact of terminal C. Is terminal E satellite in use? If so, by which airline? Wonder if AA will occupy the satellite if no one would use. There's space for a lounge, too. I believe they shelved terminal C for now and are suppose...

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by itchief
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW 2018 Developments
Replies: 77
Views: 9711

Re: DFW 2018 Developments

I think the real interesting story for DFW is long term terminal plans and reconfiguration. Something will get announced this year IMHO. This reconfiguration of DFW always comes up. AA's Doug Parker has said he wants a new terminal configuration but this is not going to happen. DFW Airport currentl...

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by itchief
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK .. Istanbul-Havana
Replies: 44
Views: 6936

Re: TK .. Istanbul-Havana

Americans dont have a thing. Our countries had no relations until a few years ago because they had NUCLEAR warheads pointed at us 50 years ago. Kinda like Japanese going to visit North Korea now. The countries barely have relations now. American embassy staff were recently reduced due to an attack....

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by itchief
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK .. Istanbul-Havana
Replies: 44
Views: 6936

Re: TK .. Istanbul-Havana

But answer as to why is because it's a popular and increasingly trendy vacation spot. Scheduled flights and charters from Europe have been operating to Cuba since the late 80's, Cuba has been a very popular destination for sunseekers throughout the world for decades, it's just Americans that have a...

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by itchief
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines starts repainting Airbus fleet
Replies: 297
Views: 60618

Re: Alaska Airlines starts repainting Airbus fleet

There's a very good explanation for this: No airline with an all Airbus fleet has bought any Boeing aircraft, while the opposite is true. Air Tahiti Nui has bought some 787s to replace their A340s. QR was all Airbus before the 777-300ER/777-200LR and subsequent 787/777 orders. Gulf Air is all Airbu...

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by itchief
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways and the 767
Replies: 100
Views: 16716

Re: British Airways and the 767

My last flights on a BA 767 were LHR-ALA-LHR. The flight to ALA had a total of 7 pax. We had more FA's than pax. BA did this flight 2 times a week and it was more for cargo than the pax but they axed this flight a few years ago.

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by itchief
Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: V-280 Valor flies for the first time
Replies: 27
Views: 3629

Re: V-280 Valor flies for the first time

The V-22 is a tiltrotor and does not rely on autorotation for a survivable power-out landing. The wide separation of the engines and the ability to drive both rotors with one engine make a power-out landing extremely unlikely. However, if required, the V-22 can glide for a predictable run-on landing...

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by itchief
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country at Dallas Love Field
Replies: 21
Views: 2848

Re: Sun Country at Dallas Love Field

Weird, I've worked at DAL for 4 years and never seen a Sun Country 737 or anything Delta that wasn't their schedule service from ATL. Now the Air Canada A319(320?) always parked on our side of the field is like a weekly appearance! A DL 757 was at DAL Sunday, it was a charter for an NBA team. The D...

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