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by barney captain
Thu May 25, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737-300
Replies: 55
Views: 6385

Re: Southwest 737-300

Barney Captain and I have argued about the dispatch rate on the 300's in the past and it got heated but trust me the 65% dispatch figure is bogus as it is dated and reflects many old frames. The dispatch rate for the 30 newest 300's that SWA should be keeping if the pilots would cooperate is very m...

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by barney captain
Thu May 25, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737-300
Replies: 55
Views: 6385

Re: Southwest 737-300

At one point, they operated 737-200s, 737-300s/-500s, and 737-700s. That is 3 different generations. They managed it then. Yes, and when we got down to less than 50 -200's, the FAA made us segregate the fleet due to lack of currency in all types. We can be qualified on the Classics and the NG's, or...

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by barney captain
Tue May 23, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Use of Rear Exit on Southwest at SJC?
Replies: 13
Views: 2300

Re: Use of Rear Exit on Southwest at SJC?

Um....yeah, that's a Provo truck used to service the aft galley of the Aircraft. I'm guessing that the FA was joking about deplaing that way and then you headed down the steps before she could stop you. The ramper probably saw you standing down on the ramp and showed you the way to come back upstai...

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by barney captain
Wed May 17, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Schedule Release 5/18/17 Predictions
Replies: 178
Views: 22771

Re: WN Schedule Release 5/18/17 Predictions

Southwest Airlines is getting closer to adding Hawaii flights, a vacation destination travelers have been begging the nation's largest domestic airline to add for years. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, in Phoenix on Wednesday for Southwest's annual shareholders meeting, said flights to Hawaii are a high ...

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by barney captain
Mon May 08, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Transatlantic Viability?
Replies: 79
Views: 7655

Re: WN Transatlantic Viability?

Apart from the technical viability of this, WN is terrified of even trying Canada...never mind Western Europe. B6 has the inside track, and Southwest obviously cedes that point. Terrified of Canada? Pahleeze. By the end of 2017 we'll be 11 different countries. Why on earth would we "terrified&...

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by barney captain
Sun May 07, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Transatlantic Viability?
Replies: 79
Views: 7655

Re: WN Transatlantic Viability?

Stansted or even Birmingham would be far more likely and viable. Few Americans would have any interest in going to Stansted or Birmingham, and as we see from other WN international routes, WN relies on U.S.-origin traffic. WN doesn't even have the fortitude (or equipment, or on-board product) to fl...

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by barney captain
Sun May 07, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Transatlantic Viability?
Replies: 79
Views: 7655

Re: WN Transatlantic Viability?

It is an interesting discussion to be sure. There is little doubt that most near term expansion will likely be South America, as has been stated by Gary Kelly several times. What is interesting is how much more market base the 3825nm range with 180 min ETOPS captures from BWI going east as opposed f...

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by barney captain
Sun May 07, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Transatlantic Viability?
Replies: 79
Views: 7655

Re: WN Transatlantic Viability?

Hotels in London, handling agents, ticket sales and fuel buying in foreign currencies. Payscales for staff overnighting in a foreign country. Navigation charges and even amortising the purchase of slot pairs should that be necessary. Most (if not all) of those items are already being done with othe...

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by barney captain
Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who will fly the 737 MAX first?
Replies: 24
Views: 3451

Re: Who will fly the 737 MAX first?

And what is the hold up on WN's end? October? I'm pretty sure it's a vetted machine and waiting 5 months seems strange. Problems with the pilot pool. WN is first retiring all classic 737. When they start flying the MAX it will be only those and 737 NG. Not exactly. The FAA wouldn't allow one pilot ...

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by barney captain
Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who will fly the 737 MAX first?
Replies: 24
Views: 3451

Re: Who will fly the 737 MAX first?

No one is changing launch customers. Southwest is the "launch" customer because they were the first one to order the MAX. Bragging rights for first operator are very fluid and dynamic. As it stands now, Malindo Air will hold that honor (likely not to change at this point). Oh well. Pretty...

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by barney captain
Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who will fly the 737 MAX first?
Replies: 24
Views: 3451

Re: Who will fly the 737 MAX first?

But why do they change launch customers so much? No one is changing launch customers. Southwest is the "launch" customer because they were the first one to order the MAX. Bragging rights for first operator are very fluid and dynamic. As it stands now, Malindo Air will hold that honor (lik...

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by barney captain
Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAK Int Flights--Boom to Bust to Boom Plus
Replies: 25
Views: 4087

Re: OAK Int Flights--Boom to Bust to Boom Plus

The tech boom's days are numbered and the high real estate prices driving many tech people to the east bay are responsible for OAK's resurgence. Just hope it lasts. There's a $1.5 billion dollar multi use development going in just up I880 near Jack London Square. Oakland is alive and well. There's ...

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by barney captain
Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAK Int Flights--Boom to Bust to Boom Plus
Replies: 25
Views: 4087

Re: OAK Int Flights--Boom to Bust to Boom Plus

Snapped this photo of OAK two weeks ago.... can anyone point out which gates are 1 and 3? https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18157556_10107303012371695_1372067125577447659_n.jpg?oh=b0d4532a3fd70a524b43695612f7e1b2&oe=598B39CF Far upper left all by itself with the long jetway is gate ...

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by barney captain
Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAK Int Flights--Boom to Bust to Boom Plus
Replies: 25
Views: 4087

Re: OAK Int Flights--Boom to Bust to Boom Plus

n471wn wrote:
Gate 3 is also set up for arrivals as I have deplaned from that gate several times on international flights so they have 2 arrival gates



That's interesting. Maybe WN just can't use gate 3 for some reason. What carrier were you on?

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by barney captain
Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 737-Max8 and A321neo to South America
Replies: 23
Views: 3694

Re: AA 737-Max8 and A321neo to South America

Kelly has repeatedly stated Central and South America ares the near term targets for the MAX for WN. Can anyone spell out the requirements for B6 or WN getting access to some of the smaller cities in Brazil (I agree GIG/GRU are probably too far and not the right market). Are there any legislative ro...

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by barney captain
Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAK Int Flights--Boom to Bust to Boom Plus
Replies: 25
Views: 4087

Re: OAK Int Flights--Boom to Bust to Boom Plus

Which gates are FIS capable at OAK? Only Gate 1 - which can get a bit interesting. They are adding a connector to allow intl arrivals at gate 3 as well, with an improved FIS processing area. As it stands now, all intl arrivals go in to Gate 1, and then are towed to any other gate for the departure....

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by barney captain
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA and 737-10MAX
Replies: 37
Views: 5128

Re: UA and 737-10MAX

The 737 Max 10 and MoM would serve two different purposes in UA's fleet. One would be a transatlantic 752, 767 and 753 replacement. The other would be a lower cost domestic (plus Mexico/Canada/Caribbean etc) cattle car shuttler. The Boeing 737 MAX 10 wouldn't be able to replace any of those aircraf...

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by barney captain
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN FO arrested at ALB for handgun in carry-on
Replies: 30
Views: 3753

Re: WN FO arrested at ALB for handgun in carry-on

SCQ83 wrote:
barney captain wrote:
Unless you're suggesting this individual had some nefarious motives (a near zero possibility), I would hardly classify this as "terrifying".


A near zero possibility like the 4U9525 Germanwings flight?


Exactly what I meant. Near zero.

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by barney captain
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN FO arrested at ALB for handgun in carry-on
Replies: 30
Views: 3753

Re: WN FO arrested at ALB for handgun in carry-on

Terrifying to be quite honest. Glad it was caught and hope it was just an "innocent mistake". Terrifying? Seriously? Do you have any idea how many handguns are routinely and legally carried aboard US airliners? Unless you're suggesting this individual had some nefarious motives (a near ze...

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by barney captain
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX 9 first flight
Replies: 50
Views: 8862

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 9 first flight

Airborne :)

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by barney captain
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Smallest Cat III Landing Capeable Aircraft?
Replies: 26
Views: 2966

Re: Smallest Cat III Landing Capeable Aircraft?

SWA is CATIIIA without autopilot - only HGS.

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by barney captain
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 P2P marketing claims
Replies: 73
Views: 4546

Re: Boeing 787 P2P marketing claims

I have always interpreted p2p as the many long, thin routes the 787 has been focused on - not spoke to spoke.

SFO-KIX are MAN-PVR perfect examples imo.

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by barney captain
Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Codeshare Options
Replies: 23
Views: 2134

Re: WN Codeshare Options

I vote for FI and EK..They have had some limited interline with FI decades ago and EK needs the feed! and most of the destinations are realistically nothing WN would ever serve themselves! EK likely won't happen as our CBA won't allow codeshare on SOE's (State Owned Enterprises - like the ME3) ot F...

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by barney captain
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest outlines initial 737 MAX operations
Replies: 11
Views: 3357

Re: Southwest outlines initial 737 MAX operations

So, are the 737 Max planes coded as 7M7/8/9 for IATA officially? And B7M7/8/9 for ICAO or still the same as the NG series? I might have missed the announcement. It's literally in the topic post, 7M/7/8/9 How many will have been delivered to them by Oct. 1? As ikolkyo pointed out, it's all in the in...

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by barney captain
Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Codeshare Options
Replies: 23
Views: 2134

Re: WN Codeshare Options

flyguy84 wrote:
Good luck getting the pilots to play along.


Codeshare agreed to in the contract signed November 7th.

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by barney captain
Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest expansion at Houston Hobby
Replies: 29
Views: 5007

Re: Southwest expansion at Houston Hobby

My guess is PTY is on the short list.

I would love to see them extend 4/22 and 31L/13R another 500' on each end - there's certainly room for it.
The MAX seems like it will require some extra pavement to go the full distance.

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by barney captain
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Schedule Release 3/16/17 Predictions
Replies: 126
Views: 13323

Re: WN Schedule Release 3/16/17 Predictions

It's crazy to think that it's 2017 and they still don't have software that can support red eye operations. Isn't it also in the pilot contract that they won't fly red eyes? I just can't believe that there isn't another reason other than computer software that's stopping them from red eyes. There ha...

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by barney captain
Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Schedule Release 3/16/17 Predictions
Replies: 126
Views: 13323

Re: WN Schedule Release 3/16/17 Predictions

tomaheath wrote:
Do the existing 800s and the MAX8 have the same seat count?


Yes, they're both 175.

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by barney captain
Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DAL9861 ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2463

Re: DAL9861 ?

What is it exactly that you're asking?

"Deal" doesn't really narrow it down................

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by barney captain
Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Weird FDX1 Flight Diversion ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1388

Re: Weird FDX1 Flight Diversion ?

I found it just as interesting that FDX1 shares its flight number with an MD-11 and a C208.

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by barney captain
Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'
Replies: 408
Views: 58949

Re: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'

His point was that Boeing bet on more point to point travel with the 787. Airbus thought that the major hubs would be too congested with limited gate space, and with that, the A380 would alleviate this dilemma. But Boeing’s bet, albeit expensive, lengthy and problematic at times, seems to have paid...

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by barney captain
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 wake turbulence sends Business jet into 10,000ft dive, causes engines to flameout
Replies: 35
Views: 20718

Re: A380 wake turbulence sends Business jet into 10,000ft dive, causes engines to flameout

For how much time was the bizjet diving? ie. How many ft/min? This reminds me of China Airlines flight 006, although that plunged 30,000 feet. Nevertheless, kudos to the excellent crew on this flight, by the sounds of things, this could have ended very differently. "Caution wake turbulence&quo...

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by barney captain
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737-9 MAX Roll Out
Replies: 98
Views: 15993

Re: Boeing 737-9 MAX Roll Out

They replaced steam gauges with steam gauge screens. Bravo!. http://l7.alamy.com/zooms/fba3b79855114035b51face2afe334e3/part-of-the-boeing-737-max-8-aircraft-gdd94m.jpg What is that above the MCP ? Any more photos of the exterior ? Zeke - It's something to do with the test aircraft - it won't be in...

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by barney captain
Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737-9 MAX Roll Out
Replies: 98
Views: 15993

Re: Boeing 737-9 MAX Roll Out

They replaced steam gauges with steam gauge screens. Bravo!. Completely inaccurate. However - Regardless of whatever perceived or imagined shortcomings this new derivative may have, I am happy to see her roll out. Instead of complaining about how this 50 year old design might not be comparable to m...

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by barney captain
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing defines 737 MAX 10
Replies: 622
Views: 93375

Re: Boeing defines 737-10MAX

Boeing pitching the MAX 10 to Indian operators - Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) has pitched its proposed B737 MAX 10 project to two of India's largest operators of the B737 Family of jets, SpiceJet (SG, Delhi Int'l) and Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l), Dinesh Keskar, the US manufacturer's Senior Vice P...

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by barney captain
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about SFO Ops - International Heavies off the 1s.
Replies: 10
Views: 1101

Re: Question about SFO Ops - International Heavies off the 1s.

It seems I routinely spot that KLM departure off of the 1's on my way into work.

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by barney captain
Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is Turbulence Getting Worse?
Replies: 29
Views: 4021

Re: tubulence is getting worse

https://business.weather.com/products/pilotbrief


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There is a very useful tool for prediction of turbulence - it's called WSI Pilotbrief and we use it at WN. I don't know if DL has implemented it.

https://business.weather.com/products/pilotbrief


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by barney captain
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Schedule Release 2/23/17 Predictions
Replies: 152
Views: 14204

Re: WN Schedule Release 2/23/17 Predictions

PHNL in the last quarter of 2017. You can bet on it happening. I doubt we could get our ETOP's certification that quickly. You were pretty far along just before Air Tran so it's not out of reach at this hour. We weren't very far along at all - just the initial planning. ETOPS is by and large a MX f...

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by barney captain
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do jets leave a white trail in the sky?
Replies: 24
Views: 3410

Re: Why do jets leave a white trail in the sky?

Not only turboprops, but recip aircraft can also leave contrails.

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by barney captain
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Schedule Release 2/23/17 Predictions
Replies: 152
Views: 14204

Re: WN Schedule Release 2/23/17 Predictions

wnflyguy wrote:
Gary said no Hawaii until 2018 or later a few years ago after the SNFU with the overweight NG737-800 Etops issues. I see Hawaii in 2019 with the 737 MAX 700 2.5 150 seat model.

Flyguy


Gary?

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by barney captain
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Schedule Release 2/23/17 Predictions
Replies: 152
Views: 14204

Re: WN Schedule Release 2/23/17 Predictions

BravoOne wrote:
PHNL in the last quarter of 2017. You can bet on it happening.


I doubt we could get our ETOP's certification that quickly.

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by barney captain
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Harrison Ford in Near Miss at SNA
Replies: 95
Views: 17463

Re: Harrison Ford in Near Miss at SNA

Ford is losing his brain screws. He narrowly escaped death in a crash less than a year ago- and now this. I mean WHO THE HELL MISTAKES A TAXIWAY FOR A RUNWAY. The old man's mind has gone the way of his recent movie choices: loony and un- explainable. The FAA should take his license away before he g...

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by barney captain
Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1
Replies: 335
Views: 76749

Re: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1

Aircellist wrote:
Looks like a Southwest rudder, no?


Sure looks like it. I think we're getting some or all of the test aircraft.

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by barney captain
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Harrison Ford in Near Miss at SNA
Replies: 95
Views: 17463

Re: Harrison Ford in Near Miss at SNA

Let's breathe a bit here people. While if in fact he did land on the taxiway and overfly AA holding short, that is a long way from saying he would have crashed into the airliner - which he obviously saw. One might speculate that he failed to notice he was lined up on the taxiway *because* he was mor...

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by barney captain
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which engine does Southwest Airlines start first?
Replies: 30
Views: 4208

Re: Which engine does Southwest Airlines start first?

They switch it up every flight. If the first leg of the day they decide to start #2, they'll switch to start number 1 on the next leg. I'm not sure where you got that information, but Tanker spelled it out accurately - Normally the #2 engine is started first. However if the APU is not working the #...

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by barney captain
Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uniformless UA Pilot Removed From Flight After Bizarre Rant
Replies: 87
Views: 14559

Re: Uniformless UA Pilot Removed From Flight After Bizarre Rant

This may not be a mental disorder or stress related at all. I am familiar with similar situations where sudden bizarre behavior was a direct result of a brain tumor and the individual was completely unaware of how their actions appeared. How about we let her get properly diagnosed before we continue...

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by barney captain
Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is this the World's current longest flight?
Replies: 49
Views: 12926

Re: Is this the World's current longest flight?

Oh dear! What a horror! Are there people, who are willing to sit 18 hours in an Economy-Class seat? In J with a full-flat seat it may work but in a standard Economy-Class seat? No way. Are the a/c nine abreast or ten abreast? I recommend all Anetters watch Harrison Ford narrate "Living in the ...

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by barney captain
Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Date this circa-1950? aerial of SAN
Replies: 5
Views: 1310

Re: Date this circa-1950? aerial of SAN

Great pics! No idea on time frame.....

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by barney captain
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is southwest airlines struggling this decade?
Replies: 39
Views: 5488

Re: Is southwest airlines struggling this decade?

As a side question, does anyone know if they have an exclusive contract with Boeing for their planes or is that just the preference of the airline? I'm not sure WN ever had an exclusivity agreement with Boeing, as opposed to just preferring them as an OEM. Though it's moot, considering that even if...

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by barney captain
Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is southwest airlines struggling this decade?
Replies: 39
Views: 5488

Re: Is southwest airlines struggling this decade?

The struggle is real for Southwest. ;) I pulled the following facts on Southwest (LUV) to demonstrate (final 2016 figures not released until later today). Operating Revenue 2009: $10.3 Billion 2010: $12.1 Billion 2011: $15.7 Billion 2012: $17.0 Billion 2013: $17.7 Billion 2014: $18.6 Billion 2015: ...

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