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by DocLightning
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Buy house or car?
Replies: 18
Views: 496

Re: Buy house or car?

Sell the place in MD and then use the funds from that sale to buy a place in WA. A car depreciates quickly. You keep the car until it dies. A house appreciates, especially in that region.

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by DocLightning
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 757-200 hard landing at EWR
Replies: 108
Views: 18082

Re: What’s the emergency at EWR?

[All frames in the desert would be sUA (PW powered) 757s so while not an exact match, they probably could use a few as the ex-PS fleet is stretched thin already. N181AN and N182AN are also in the desert and have RR engines, and they're newer (1999 build) than N26123. Maybe AA would be willing to of...

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by DocLightning
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 757-200 hard landing at EWR
Replies: 108
Views: 18082

Re: What’s the emergency at EWR?

That will leave a nasty mark! The question is if that’s repairable. Did the main gear blow out to cause the nose gear to smash onto the runway? I see single runway operations when EWR reopens. It's repairable, even if they need to cut off the nose and graft on a new one. More extreme things have be...

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by DocLightning
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta airlines declines to take sides in abortion debate
Replies: 30
Views: 910

Re: Delta airlines declines to take sides in abortion debate

Companies should stay out of politics. That depends. Sometimes, politics are related to that company's business. I sit on a board of a local managed-care Medi-Cal insurance carrier and they have political officers who monitor and lobby for/against various political causes related to healthcare poli...

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by DocLightning
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta airlines declines to take sides in abortion debate
Replies: 30
Views: 910

Re: Delta airlines declines to take sides in abortion debate

I know what side I'm on, but I agree. I don't think this is related to the airline business.

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by DocLightning
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is regulatory approval required for livery changes?
Replies: 57
Views: 6947

Re: Is regulatory approval required for livery changes?

There are probably regulations that airlines have to follow for marking doors, emergency windows, registration, etc but as long as they meet them, I doubt the specific livery matters that much. Just a guess. There are certainly some regulations. The reg number needs to be a specified font and minim...

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by DocLightning
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will engine choice continue?
Replies: 10
Views: 1634

Re: Will engine choice continue?

NB aircraft, because of the volumes involved, make it more likely multiple engine OEM's will become the norm, with large customers ordering a mix of both engines. Not the 737. Air frame OEM's would obviously like engine choice. Would they? Wouldn't it be easier (read: cheaper) to design an airplane...

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by DocLightning
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta luggage abuse
Replies: 85
Views: 8636

Re: Delta luggage abuse

Yet the general public will believe it was Delta's fault. If you buy a ticket on Delta and the airplane says "Delta" on the outside, then it doesn't matter if it's DL mainline or a contracted regional carrier; that airline is doing business as a branch of Delta. Moreover, Delta is respons...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline
Replies: 51
Views: 4268

Re: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline

QF is the only operator of the 747-400ER. But maybe LH or BA will order a few. :stirthepot: :duck:

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by DocLightning
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Raptors win their First championship
Replies: 30
Views: 1134

Re: Raptors win their First championship

If Durant and Thompson play the whole series, GS would have won in no more than 5 games. "If my aunt had balls..." I live in Oakland but I'm not a sports fan, so I don't have a dog in this fight. But if the Warriors' success rested on one or two men, then that's just poor management. The ...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The NK Payment Mistake Blackhole
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Re: The NK Payment Mistake Blackhole

However, I'm still smarting over the fact that in lieu of a traditional web interface detailing the error in card information submitted, where you can remedy the situation instantly, Spirit takes to placing your reservation in a "pending" status and then forces you to wait for human inter...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches unbundled Business: to charge for seat assignment, lounge, etc
Replies: 78
Views: 8421

Re: EK launches unbundled Business: to charge for seat assignment, lounge, etc

In the article, it mentions the unbundling as an alternative to offering premium economy. For me, it begs the question if this is a temporary measure to grab the premium economy customers until EK can add a true premium economy section on their aircraft? I doubt it. With rare exceptions, once an ai...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are 767s still built with CRT cockpits?
Replies: 23
Views: 3703

Re: Are 767s still built with CRT cockpits?

All of Lufthansas 744s, and BAs 744s have CRT screens. I have visited three LH cockpits, and BA pilot Twitter photos show CRT screens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j86K7CQBXAk <-- not that one (the little green screens on the pedestal are CRT but not the PFDs) For LH, you may be right...but why w...

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by DocLightning
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches unbundled Business: to charge for seat assignment, lounge, etc
Replies: 78
Views: 8421

Re: EK launches unbundled Business: to charge for seat assignment, lounge, etc

This is partly in response to major clients, who reimburse / authorise business class for trip durations over X hours. Now they can authorise business basic. Will also tap new revenue streams. When upgraded, gives EK the opportunity to extract fees for add-ons. Do you honestly believe that J fares ...

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by DocLightning
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 65
Views: 5448

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

flyPIT wrote:
So this isn't the new livery after all?


No. The actual livery will say "'MURICA!"

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by DocLightning
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point
Replies: 59
Views: 8648

Re: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point

WesternDC6B wrote:
Trouble bruin for sure!


You should spend life behind bears fur making that pun. ;)

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by DocLightning
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches unbundled Business: to charge for seat assignment, lounge, etc
Replies: 78
Views: 8421

Re: EK launches unbundled Business: to charge for seat assignment, lounge, etc

BlatantEcho wrote:
Want more, buy First.


That's what people said when airlines started unbundling Y. So I guess we're just going to unbundle everything now. Because F is next.

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by DocLightning
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Notre-Dame cathedral on fire in Paris
Replies: 108
Views: 11155

Re: Notre-Dame cathedral on fire in Paris

Some saying years to recovery, etc... ...and less than 2 months later.. The Notre-Dame cathedral will host its first mass this weekend since a fire ravaged https://www.france24.com/en/20190611-france-paris-notre-dame-cathedral-fire-first-mass ...all the mass hysteria and tears? For what? :stirthepo...

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by DocLightning
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point
Replies: 59
Views: 8648

Re: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point

CairnterriAIR wrote:
Lucky he didn’t maul anybody....the results could have been GRIZZLY.


I couldn't bear watching that.

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by DocLightning
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: London to get 360 roof top infinity pool, Bonkers!
Replies: 28
Views: 1463

Re: London to get 360 roof top infinity pool, Bonkers!

While I think this may all be technically possible, I suspect that emergency evacuation in the event of fire may be the show-stopper.

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by DocLightning
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1762
Views: 348871

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

Am I correct in understanding that UA has only painted two aircraft in the new livery over a month after the unveiling?

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by DocLightning
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do any airlines still use ceiling mounted CRT televisions for IFE?
Replies: 25
Views: 2053

Re: Do any airlines still use ceiling mounted CRT televisions for IFE?

SWISS still doing it on intra-Europe flights with usually some kids cartoons (if there are multiple children on board). On all other European carriers I know don't use it for IFE. Norwegian however still has the mounted televisions, but uses them for advertising and route info instead of IFE. SWISS...

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by DocLightning
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: KDTW - why not "international" in the name of the airport?
Replies: 12
Views: 1424

Re: KDTW - why not "international" in the name of the airport?

I just thought it was interesting that KDTW did not have "international" in its name while much smaller airports in the United States such as KTUL and KCRP do have "international" in their names but do not have any international commercial flights to and from their airports. I f...

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by DocLightning
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: American to order A321LR
Replies: 164
Views: 27352

Re: RUMOR: American to order A321LR

No big news that the world's largest A320 family operator might add A321LR and/or A321XLR to their fleet. US was the largest (by number of aircraft) Airbus operator in the world. So AA now has that title. Of course, the vast majority of their Airbus fleet is the A320 family, so they are also the la...

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by DocLightning
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are 767s still built with CRT cockpits?
Replies: 23
Views: 3703

Re: Are 767s still built with CRT cockpits?

Some time ago, LCD screens were certified to replace all the CRT screens. Today, I doubt there's a single 744 that has the original CRT screens installed. LCD screens are far superior to the old CRT screens. They don't burn-in or burn out, they have better resolution, better contrast, and they're li...

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by DocLightning
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why can’t aircraft maximize fuselage space by using ceiling space?
Replies: 28
Views: 2402

Re: Why can’t aircraft maximize fuselage space by using ceiling space?

There would be structural issues for cargo. I've wondered since the inception ofthe 777 overhead crew rest modules why airlines didn't sell passenger space up there. Real bunks and more space trump lie-flat seats. This was proposed by Boeing, but airlines were not interested. 1) You cannot seat add...

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by DocLightning
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3003
Views: 294039

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

They make tons of cash on the 787 program, then there are parts and Services and Boeing defense and they could always continue production of the They make tons of cash on the 787 program, then there are parts and Services and Boeing defense and they could always continue production of the NG to bri...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta - Automated Flight Boarding Announcements
Replies: 20
Views: 1733

Re: Delta - Automated Flight Boarding Announcements

AlnessW wrote:
]"We now welcome First Class, status-whatchamajiggers, lorem-ipsums, and the so-and-sos to board through our Breezeway Lane"


:lol: Thank you for this.

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by DocLightning
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3003
Views: 294039

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

This is 2019 when airlines have been flying 737s for decades and they need more of them. This is where Embraer and Bombardier should have made inroads and given airlines four competing manufacturers to choose from. Unlikely now that Embraer is tying up with Boeing and Bombardier is tied up with Air...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tucker Carlson Bogeyman du Jour: the Metric System
Replies: 77
Views: 3602

Re: Tucker Carlson Bogeyman du Jour: the Metric System

Well, you have to admit that the metric system is annoying. Especially when people attempt to claim it is superior to the imperial system. (Actually is the people not the measurement system). Tugg The horror of not having to remember how many milliliters are in a liter. It's not annoying. It's just...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3003
Views: 294039

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Personally I think it is a definite possibility. I think Boeing through a series of SNAFUs designed themselves into a corner from which there is no exit. Now, when I say never, I mean for a considerably long time, say, 2-3 years. I see it is possible that they will undertake a substantial redesign ...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has grandfathering been taken too far?
Replies: 361
Views: 13239

Re: Boeing 777-8/-9 Grandfathering Certification, 777X or 7X7?

Actually the 777X FBW system is not designed so it handles like the previous 777s. The 777X FBW system will function more like the 787. It has the same architecture and updated control laws as the 787. That's why I said that it "can" be but I didn't know if it "will be." So than...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3003
Views: 294039

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

The only way to be sure to not end up on a MAX on a short-haul flight will be to fly Delta, Frontier or Jetblue because they don't have them at all. This will be great for those airlines. AA, UA , Southwest and Alaska will suffer quite a bit given the UBS study. They will have to do a gigantic job ...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has grandfathering been taken too far?
Replies: 361
Views: 13239

Re: Boeing 777-8/-9 Grandfathering Certification, 777X or 7X7?

The picture states "wider cross section". We're talking cabin width here, right? Not fuselage width which remains unchanged at 6.20m. The fusealge has been stretched, interior dimensions grew. The question would be if structural changes have been made to achieve this, that could influence...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3003
Views: 294039

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Hi, New user here. My background is software development, with special focus on safety critical systems (we design hardware and software solutions manned cranes, lifts, foresting machines etc.). I have wanted to jump into this topic for a while now, but I join now, as I feel the post from kalvado (...

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by DocLightning
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3003
Views: 294039

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

The 737 Max program will probably never run at a profit in total but that is not really a problem, there is enough revenue generated elsewhere. So of the four current civil programs in production (737-MAX, 747-8, 777, and 787) two of them will never turn a total program profit and that's not a prob...

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by DocLightning
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM investing in TU Delft's Flying-V concept
Replies: 29
Views: 4789

Re: KLM investing in TU Delft's Flying-V concept

One big problem: maintaining the engines up there is going to be a real pain. Especially when it's time to swap them.

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by DocLightning
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pratt & Whitney reduces life limits for A220, E190/E195-E2 engines
Replies: 30
Views: 7820

Re: Pratt & Whitney reduces life limits for A220, E190/E195-E2 engines

lightsaber wrote:
This is about a $180,000 part having to be replaced early.


How much is the engine itself worth?

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by DocLightning
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Tried To 'Trap' Its Own Flight Attendants
Replies: 95
Views: 19075

Re: Delta Tried To 'Trap' Its Own Flight Attendants

And this is why Delta FAs need a union. Hang on just a minute... All of you screaming for unionization must’ve missed the part where the door was opened and they still didn’t walk. I don't see how it would make too much of a difference. Union or no union, DL's management said that they thought this...

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by DocLightning
Fri May 31, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Second Tier Airports
Replies: 15
Views: 2461

Re: Second Tier Airports

With a bit of imagination Senai (JHB), also known as Sultan Ismail airport, could be a second-tier airport for Singapore. It's in Malaysia, but very close to the Singapore border. Only if it were possible to fly into it and clear only Singaporean immigration on arrival and departure. If you have to...

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by DocLightning
Fri May 31, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH D-ABVU (B744) hard landing at PHL
Replies: 24
Views: 8866

LH D-ABVU (B744) hard landing at PHL

https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/225615

Appears the aircraft made a hard landing, which caused a piece of one of the left engine cowlings to separate. Aircraft is on the ground at PHL.

Scanned the first three pages, searched under multiple terms and couldn't find any mention of it here.
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https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/225615

Appears the aircraft made a hard landing, which caused a piece of one of the left engine cowlings to separate. Aircraft is on the ground at PHL.

Scanned the first three pages, searched under multiple terms and couldn't find any mention of it here.

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by DocLightning
Tue May 28, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of FedEx DC-10-30 N320FE
Replies: 37
Views: 8460

Re: Fate of FedEx DC-10-30 N320FE

WayexTDI wrote:
Just to nitpick here: N320FE is no longer a DC-10-30, but a MD-10-30F. There are quite a bit of difference between the DC-10 and the MD-10 to warrant a change in Aircraft Type.


Aft of the cockpit, what differences are there between an MD-10 and a DC-10F?

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by DocLightning
Tue May 28, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B747-400D Retrofitted with Winglets?
Replies: 4
Views: 1474

Re: B747-400D Retrofitted with Winglets?

From what I've read, it was more so the fact that the winglets and wingtip extension had no benefit for the short flights that the -400Ds were flying, so that was just extra weight they were hauling around. A wingtip device would be a benefit even on short flights. It might not save the 3.5% of fue...

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by DocLightning
Mon May 27, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B747-400D Retrofitted with Winglets?
Replies: 4
Views: 1474

Re: B747-400D Retrofitted with Winglets?

AFAIK, no. For the most part, the -400D was a paper de-rate off the -400. The decreased MTOW lowered landing fees. The winglets were mostly omitted for gate space. Also, those earlier wingtip devices (the -400 was the first airliner to employ nonplanar wingtip devices) were shorter and I think they ...

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by DocLightning
Mon May 27, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Impact of Loony Left Policies on San Francisco
Replies: 114
Views: 4514

Re: Impact of Loony Left Policies on San Francisco

In the last 10 years, traffic on Bay Area freeways has increased over 80%. The price of housing has skyrocketed. Our home has almost tripled in value since we bought it in 2012. This is not a picture of "people running for the hills." The SF Bay Area is in the midst of a boom the likes of ...

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by DocLightning
Sat May 25, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What will Lufthansa do with their 789s?
Replies: 17
Views: 3089

Re: What will Lufthansa do with their 789s?

The 787 has probably been the best thing an airline could wish for. I can't even begin to list the number of routes started or restarted because of the 787. Lufthansa have 20 on order, and I am wondering what they intend to do with them? AFAIK they don't seem like a particularly adventurous airline...

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by DocLightning
Wed May 22, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1299
Views: 220909

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

The counterpoint to that is we got a lot of cool looking planes from those manufacturers, even if very few airlines outside the home market bought them. We would all have been worse off as avgeeks if not for the Caravelle, or the VC-10 in BOAC colors (#1 badass combo IMO), and especially the Concor...

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by DocLightning
Mon May 20, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester Airport without fuel due to power cut
Replies: 16
Views: 2580

Re: Manchester Airport without fuel due to power cut

I doubt a power "cut" is the culprit, an airport surely has power coming from several points around the property, so unless there is a major blackout in the region, power is getting there. Now some electric installation might have problems, probably something directly related to fuel deli...

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by DocLightning
Sun May 19, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham News: Mitsubishi appears to be well positioned to take over the RJ market
Replies: 150
Views: 19559

Re: Leeham News: Mitsubishi appears to be well positioned to take over the RJ market

LAX772LR wrote:

They've had incredible difficulty even getting 1 into commercial service, now they're going to take over?


This. I'm not saying it can't or won't happen; I'm saying I'll believe it when I see it.

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by DocLightning
Fri May 17, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will 777s get winglets?
Replies: 19
Views: 3060

Re: Will 777s get winglets?

For the 777 and 787 they will always be raked wingtips that are better suited for long haul fuel savings I keep seeing this repeated, but I've never found any data to support it. Planar wingtip extensions ("raked tips") have some advantages over nonplanar devices ("winglets"). A...

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