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by barney captain
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1
Replies: 432
Views: 109105

Re: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1

Does anyone know if the MAX has achieved ETOP's certification and whether or not the WN deliveries will all be ETOPS?

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by barney captain
Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to Hawaii?
Replies: 114
Views: 10923

Re: WN to Hawaii?

Does the C Series have the range? 180min ETOPS? Serious questions as I'm not sure.

Regardless, the thought of WN acquiring a second type for those scenarios seems doubtful. It will be the MAX, initially out of OAK, gradually expanding to other west coast markets.

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by barney captain
Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1
Replies: 432
Views: 109105

Re: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1

The longest 737 flights on record are a couple of 737-700 delivery flights BFI-BTS, 4700 nm great circle distance, about 9:30 flight time. I expect it's just a matter of time before a MAX 8 does a longer one. Great info - thanks! At the risk of continued thread creep. is it safe to assume all of th...

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by barney captain
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1
Replies: 432
Views: 109105

Re: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1

While I readily admit I'm surprised they routinely do this non-stop, to say it's "not a problem in the slightest" (at least wrt NG 800's) is hardly accurate. Some back of the envelope numbers reveal that these flights are hardly a "gimme". My last leg in an -800 showed a burn of ...

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by barney captain
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1
Replies: 432
Views: 109105

Re: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1

Norwegian is having two more MAXs delivered today...Currently on-route to OSL. EI-FYC & EI-FYD. Indeed, nice to see deliveries start to get rolling. https://www.flightradar24.com/NAX3L/e237f2f https://www.flightradar24.com/NAX7M/e243b92 FR shows them going NS BFI-OSL.....even empty with great w...

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by barney captain
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 763 at HOU
Replies: 20
Views: 3581

Re: UA 763 at HOU

With the Hobby FIS only recently completed, I have to wonder if this was the first commercial passenger flight arriving from Europe at HOU since 1969... Do they have CBP personnel on hand for such events? otherwise they're busing in agents from iah to do processing? HOU has scheduled international ...

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by barney captain
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to Hawaii?
Replies: 114
Views: 10923

Re: WN to Hawaii?

Also—despite being "satellite wifi," WN's wifi does not operate beyond the contiguous United States. A 6 hour flight with no wifi or TV? No thanks. Oh the horror! :eyebrow: However that's not entirely accurate. The wifi/live TV work most of the way to places like PVR and SJD - I've actual...

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by barney captain
Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to Hawaii?
Replies: 114
Views: 10923

Re: WN to Hawaii?

Red eyes are not a requisite for HI operations. Flying to Hawaii without redeye service would be a fool's errand. A/C utilization would be crap. Plenty of flights operate to and from the mainland everyday as a turn, that are not redeye flights at least to the West Coast which is where WN would be o...

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by barney captain
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to Hawaii?
Replies: 114
Views: 10923

Re: WN to Hawaii?

There's nothing in the pilot's contract that prevents red eyes. Red eyes are not a requisite for HI operations. The ETOP's program has recently been resurrected and I would suspect HI will happen within 18 months. When it does happen, it will not be a secret as the ETOPS certification will be be com...

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by barney captain
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.
Replies: 208
Views: 45032

Re: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.

Post-overhaul engine testing requirements usually have a maximum spool-up time of 6-7 seconds (that is a 'snap accel' from approach idle to ~90% of takeoff power). This varies slightly between GE/PW/RR, but in general, it's in this ballpark.. But no way were they at idle that late in the approach. ...

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by barney captain
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.
Replies: 208
Views: 45032

Re: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.

How long do the engines take to spool up and start providing meaningful thrust? Post-overhaul engine testing requirements usually have a maximum spool-up time of 6-7 seconds (that is a 'snap accel' from approach idle to ~90% of takeoff power). This varies slightly between GE/PW/RR, but in general, ...

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by barney captain
Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest mechanics picketing
Replies: 24
Views: 3850

Re: Southwest mechanics picketing

As for them doubling the maintenance facility. So you go from 200 to 400 mechanics in PHX, then outsource a thousand systemwide. That expansion means nothing. Really??? Perhaps you could enlighten us with some information about the number of mechanics WN has laid off in it's history ... Lemme, help...

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by barney captain
Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA will park 66 a/c in next 3 months--another record
Replies: 70
Views: 15764

Re: SWA will park 66 a/c in next 3 months--another record

Agreed Maverick -

The "speculation" on things that are already spelled out - in no uncertain terms - is entertaining to say the least.
The elimination 22 aircraft/mo for the next three months, has long ago been mitigated.

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by barney captain
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing officially launches 737 MAX 10
Replies: 353
Views: 48605

Re: Boeing officially launches 737 MAX 10

It seems so bizarre that Boeing would show videos of the gear mechanism at PAS yet not "reveal" that it extends 10 inches. Guess they want some attention but not some scrutiny?


Are those videos available somewhere? I would love to see them.

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by barney captain
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 125 737-8MAX order to Undisclosed Customer.
Replies: 117
Views: 27703

Re: Boeing 125 737-8MAX order to Undisclosed Customer.

Has the buyer been announced?

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by barney captain
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Largest cities not served by WN
Replies: 107
Views: 11595

Re: Largest cities not served by WN

I wouldn't expect to see any additional domestic cities (lower 48) added anytime soon. My guess for next announcements would be PTY, BOG, HNL, ANC and likely a few more Caribbean markets. Follow that with YVR and YYZ.

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by barney captain
Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest schedule extension June 22, 2017
Replies: 202
Views: 22552

Re: Southwest schedule extension June 22, 2017

You might be able to get a MAX-10 into MDW but you wouldn't be able to get it out without blocking 20-30 seats because of runway performance. ATA had flown Boeing 757-200 and 737-300 planes out of MDW when it was in operation, and the Boeing 737 MAX 10 is smaller than the Boeing 757-200 and 757-300...

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by barney captain
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines Facing Increased Competition
Replies: 79
Views: 11877

Re: Hawaiian Airlines Facing Increased Competition

I don't believe WN will be in HI anytime soon. In the time it takes an aircraft to do one round trip to the island, WN could get 3 or 4 rountrips out of the same aircraft by using it on the mainland. Southwest already has nonstop service to BWI out of OAK and seasonal nonstop service to EWR out of ...

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by barney captain
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines Facing Increased Competition
Replies: 79
Views: 11877

Re: Hawaiian Airlines Facing Increased Competition

I don't think you will ever see WN operating inter island flights. Flyguy Agreed. The contract does allow for a codeshare in that situation however. The ETOPS program collected dust for the last several years, but has been resurrected and I wouldn't be surprised to see certification sometime next y...

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by barney captain
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing officially launches 737 MAX 10
Replies: 353
Views: 48605

Re: Boeing officially launches 737 MAX 10

FBWFTW -

Your "reasoning" is so distorted and full of holes as to not warrant a reply.

Carry on.

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by barney captain
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing officially launches 737 MAX 10
Replies: 353
Views: 48605

Re: Boeing officially launches 737 MAX 10

Couldn't resist this... IT LIVES. And I personally will avoid flying it (or any 737 for that matter) if at all possible. So, you're saying you won't fly on this - simply because it's a 737? http://onemileatatime.img.boardingarea.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Copa-Business-Class.jpg

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by barney captain
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest planes in state liveries
Replies: 33
Views: 3164

Re: Southwest planes in state liveries

Joshu wrote:
Bring back the whales!!!


Blackfish ended that.

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by barney captain
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737-300
Replies: 90
Views: 12954

Re: Southwest 737-300

I am not disagreeing with you on the FAA cross training or the AD but only on your insistence that he late models 300's are not reliable Ah, I understand, thanks for clarifying. I agree they are certainly reliable , but the question is - how much less are they relative to the rest of the NG fleet? ...

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by barney captain
Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which Airline's pilot fly the most different aircraft?
Replies: 32
Views: 4769

Re: Which Airline's pilot fly the most different aircraft?

Are the above, examples of pilots who could actually have on their schedule in a given week, all of those types and variants? That seems doubtful, but I'm uncertain. As in the case of KLM, a single type on the 777/787 may very well mean the fleet is segregated operationally and no crew would work bo...

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by barney captain
Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737-300
Replies: 90
Views: 12954

Re: Southwest 737-300

Thanks so much for confirming what I have been saying for months about the dispatch rate for the 300's being at nearly 99%. There was a bogus number of 65% that started appearing in these threads and people who did not know better ran with it. Point being that these last delivered 300 series a/c ar...

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by barney captain
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737-300
Replies: 90
Views: 12954

Re: Southwest 737-300

Thanks so much for confirming what I have been saying for months about the dispatch rate for the 300's being at nearly 99%. There was a bogus number of 65% that started appearing in these threads and people who did not know better ran with it. Point being that these last delivered 300 series a/c ar...

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by barney captain
Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Actress Jennifer Lawrence's private plane suffers dual engine failure
Replies: 71
Views: 20627

Re: Actress Jennifer Lawrence's private plane suffers dual engine failure

SalmaHareb wrote:
I think private planes are highly risk and dangerous compared to flying in commercial.. The accident chances are high due to lack of safety features and inefficient pilots. Anyway thank god for saving such a wonderful actress.


You have GOT to be joking.

SMH.

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by barney captain
Tue May 30, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WN 737 MAX specs
Replies: 13
Views: 2190

Re: WN 737 MAX specs

Why doesn't Southwest have autoland on their airplanes? The great debate - and a good question. Using the HGS gives us CATIII landing (although a 50' DA) but also provides (I think) lower take off minimums than are possible without it. At certain airports, we can depart with as low as 300' RVR. At ...

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by barney captain
Tue May 30, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WN 737 MAX specs
Replies: 13
Views: 2190

Re: WN 737 MAX specs

Thanks captain Barney Is SW getting a MAX sim Yes, but my understanding is, it is many months out - as in sometime next year. :) As a sidenote. our new sim building/Training Center will be done in the next few months, expanding to 18 sim bays from our current 10. Wow, very nice. Is this located nea...

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by barney captain
Tue May 30, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WN 737 MAX specs
Replies: 13
Views: 2190

Re: WN 737 MAX specs

sunstar wrote:
Thanks captain Barney
Is SW getting a MAX sim


Yes, but my understanding is, it is many months out - as in sometime next year. :)

As a sidenote. our new sim building/Training Center will be done in the next few months, expanding to 18 sim bays from our current 10.

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by barney captain
Tue May 30, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WN 737 MAX specs
Replies: 13
Views: 2190

Re: WN 737 MAX specs

All of our a/c have the automated callouts - if what you're referring to are the RA callouts "100', 50', 30' " etc. No autoland has been discussed, as we will still use the HGS for CATIII landings.

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by barney captain
Thu May 25, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737-300
Replies: 90
Views: 12954

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: 90
Views: 12954

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: 15
Views: 2744

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: 23356

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: 7890

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: 7890

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: 7890

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: 7890

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: 3517

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: 3517

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: 3517

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: 4172

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: 4172

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: 4172

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: 3776

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: 4172

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: 5216

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: 3801

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: 3801

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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