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by cschleic
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest route up-gauges or down-gauges (regularly-scheduled)
Replies: 30
Views: 3457

Re: Largest route up-gauges or down-gauges (regularly-scheduled)

This summer, Alaska switches a SEA - RDM (Redmond, Oregon) flight from a Q400 to a 738. Short flight but a big change in equipment.

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by cschleic
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines and Corporate Jets
Replies: 90
Views: 8705

Re: Long Distance RJ Service

No way. Biz jets, while similar in size to RJ’s, are far from optimized for airline service. Simply put, they’re jets for rich people and companies, not for the masses. They’re built for speed and comfort carrying a few people, not for efficiency carrying many. On a side note, I remember a very sim...

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by cschleic
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12172

Re: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011

N200WN wrote:
SAN had no jetways until the late 1970’s - AA and UA DC-10’s and DL L-1011’s all used airstairs.


Yes, and I recall flying LAX - SAN on a DL L-1011. A lot of flights were tag ons from LAX.

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by cschleic
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight
Replies: 80
Views: 15850

Re: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight

Anyone know the timing of arrival at the museum? There isn't anything on the museum's site about it.

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by cschleic
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates looking to Windowless planes [BBC]
Replies: 151
Views: 14868

Re: Emirates looking to Windowless planes [BBC]

From a safety standpoint, I've seen several flight attendants telling passengers, while giving exit row passengers pre-departure instructions, to look outside first before opening the exit. While cameras could be used, what if the power (battery or otherwise) doesn't work? Analog is best in some cas...

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by cschleic
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area
Replies: 56
Views: 4150

Re: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area

I don't see any airlines clamoring to serve an airport with a 6,000x100 ft. runway, no matter the population in the catchment area. That's a very dodgy runway size for any airliner in service in the US. It's quite acceptable for regional jets. For instance, the main runway at DCA is only 7,169 ft.,...

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by cschleic
Thu May 31, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bizarre landing by this UA DC-10
Replies: 39
Views: 10605

Re: Bizarre landing by this UA DC-10

Yes, we do know where the runway starts, based on the hotels in the background. Both videos were taken from near the same area. It's clearly 25L or maybe 25R, although 25L is more common for landings. It looks like the cameras were slightly west of the threshold. 25L is nearly 11,100 ft. long, unles...

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by cschleic
Fri May 25, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde, was it bound for disaster?
Replies: 76
Views: 10019

Re: Concorde, was it bound for disaster?

The Concorde, Comet and the VC10 couldn't be built today with the engines slap bang next to each other. Likewise the B747 couldn't be built to carry passengers forward of Door 1 if it was designed today, as there's only one way out and that's backwards from the nose. Hmmm, couldn't the forward wind...

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by cschleic
Tue May 22, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?
Replies: 87
Views: 7625

Re: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?

The general flying public cares about price and nothing else. Yes, they complain about seats and food and fees but that doesn't stop them from choosing the lowest price. The airlines know that and compete to generate the most revenue and margin. They're competing against other airlines for operating...

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by cschleic
Tue May 22, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Big airports without transfer passengers
Replies: 89
Views: 10310

Re: Big airports without transfer passengers

Using this: (Old numbers, I know...) http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=558079 Then using total boarding number in 2012 as my approximation (I just multiply it by two, even though "Total Pax" is usually more than twice the # of boarding pax). Also keep in mind the O&D is d...

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by cschleic
Tue May 22, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM 744 LAX-SCL?
Replies: 8
Views: 2467

Re: LATAM 744 LAX-SCL?

KICT wrote:
This is why you buy American-built engines.


Such as...P&W engines for the 320neo?

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by cschleic
Mon May 21, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Horizon Air cutting six underperforming routes
Replies: 53
Views: 6997

Re: Horizon Air cutting six underperforming routes

Looking at EUG - SJC, more alternatives from EUG always struck me as a good thing but the timing was odd....EUG - SJC 4:30 - 6:12pm, return 8:00pm - 9:40 pm. Was poor performance due to scheduling or is it also partly Q400 availability?

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by cschleic
Wed May 16, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why operating into South Lake Tahoe (TVL) by Major Air & Commuter Carriers was never profitable?
Replies: 39
Views: 3264

Re: Why operating into South Lake Tahoe (TVL) by Major Air & Commuter Carriers was never profitable?

I would guess the seasonal nature is the biggest challenge. RNO and even SMF are not that far away. RNO has well established and easy shuttle services to South Lake Tahoe. Tahoe is a year-round area. Yes, skiing in winter, but plenty of summer activities, too. If you're going to the north side, RNO...

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by cschleic
Tue May 15, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why National Airlines never went Pacific
Replies: 70
Views: 4544

Re: Why National Airlines never went Pacific

Back then, airlines were not free to open new routes where ever they wanted. The industry was regulated until 1979. Also, National was essentially a north-south east coast airline based in Miami with some transcon' flights to California from Florida with stops en route. This gets at the original qu...

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by cschleic
Fri May 11, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Air Koryo to launch a weekly FNJ-CTU charter service starting from June 28
Replies: 22
Views: 3845

Re: Rumor: Air Koryo to launch a weekly FNJ-CTU charter service starting from June 28

OK this is an aviation question not a political question. In the news today it was announced that President Trump and Kim Jung Un would meet in Singapore. In the discussion it was mentioned that NK had no Aircraft that could go much farther than Singapore. Please weigh in and call it fake news or t...

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by cschleic
Tue May 01, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Miami 1981
Replies: 39
Views: 5094

Re: Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Miami 1981

Using the MIA FLL example......say you were flying from a city that had no FLL service.....Say SCL.....and wanted to get to FLL.......it is not out of the real of possibility that you could do SCL MIA FLL.... Lots of people do XXX-ATL-CHA for example and frankly at about 100 miles....it is faster t...

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by cschleic
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion 738 off the runway at Gorontalo
Replies: 21
Views: 4301

Re: Lion 738 off the runway at Gorontalo

Reading the article and looking at the photos, it didn't overrun, it veered off at about the runway midpoint. It was 420 meters past the end of the runway, but close to the side of it. It's sitting right next to some pavement. Still, not good....

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by cschleic
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flying 2000 miles over open water in twins powered by CFM56-7
Replies: 257
Views: 26659

Re: Flying 2000 miles over open water in twins powered by CFM56-7

MrBretz wrote:
I am pretty sure only twins fly between Hawaii and the mainland. Thus, you won’t be visiting.


Although it might be possible to fly four-holers going east around the globe, maybe through Asia? Or if not now, when ANA starts flying 380s to HNL.

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by cschleic
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many passengers does ANA Boeing 777-300 domestic take ?
Replies: 35
Views: 4757

Re: How many passengers does ANA Boeing 777-300 domestic take ?

tigerotor77w wrote:
This is off-topic from the original post, but I figured it's related enough -- I had no idea some of ANA's international fleet was so sparsely seated. Where are their markets for a 212 seat 77W?!


And economy is 2x4x3. Reminds me of the KLM MD-11s.

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by cschleic
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/22/2018:AA Drops MIA-OMA;AS Suspends DTW-PDX; AV Adds BOS-SAL, MCO-GUA/LIM/SAL;B6 +GCM-FLL;UA +ORD-SHD
Replies: 60
Views: 9881

Re: OAG Changes 4/22/2018:AA Drops MIA-OMA;AS Suspends DTW-PDX; AV Adds BOS-SAL, MCO-GUA/LIM/SAL;B6 +GCM-FLL;UA +ORD-SHD

AS suspended DTW-PDX last winter also. Hope over time they can pick up a following to maintain it year round. We shall see what happens in 2019 PDX isn't a year round kind of city, winter weather there is just gross. Cold and rainy isn't somewhere people want to escape to during a dreary Michigan w...

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by cschleic
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?
Replies: 68
Views: 8884

Re: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?

No they don't, it's pretty straightforward: It's a high-O&D, high-volume, vacation destination. Thus no "need" to serve it from LHR, as the primary point of sale is on the UK side and it doesn't rely on connections, so why use the slot if the market doesn't demand it? That said, I wou...

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by cschleic
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 60 Minutes to skewer Allegiant Air this Sunday
Replies: 177
Views: 30599

Re: 60 Minutes to skewer Allegiant Air this Sunday

Now, let's look up which of the few airlines have a perfect safety record to see what airlines one should fly. Oh wait - Allegiant is the first result. Now let's scroll down to the Ds - wait what- no DL,, no UA, NO AA!!! hmmmmm..... It’s been so long since any of those airlines had a mainline accid...

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by cschleic
Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Discussion thread for multi-airport cities/metropolitan areas: pros & cons, scenarios and patterns
Replies: 57
Views: 3771

Re: Discussion thread for multi-airport cities/metropolitan areas: pros & cons, scenarios and patterns

My belief is most secondary airports in the US are driven primarily by WN. DAL, MDW, HOU, BWI etc. vs traditional carriers. DCA, IAD, BWI is another example. The secondary airports around L.A. - SNA, ONT, BUR, LGB - were there long before WN even existed. Same for OAK and SJC up north. Granted, the...

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by cschleic
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AE Centurion Lounge coming to DEN?
Replies: 10
Views: 1365

Re: AE Centurion Lounge coming to DEN?

MIflyer12 wrote:
Locating the Centurion lounge in the concourse with Southwest and Spirit... I"m loving the irony.


Southwest has a lot of biz travelers these days so it'll probably draw some of them. Spirit...not.

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by cschleic
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest style airline with RJs
Replies: 61
Views: 5803

Re: Southwest style airline with RJs

What a ridiculous thing to ask. Regional jets do not make money. They simply are a way to get people to a hub. The money is made on the mainline jet. As someone who works in network planning I can tell you this is WILDLY untrue. Laughably in fact. At the big US 3 its the little planes that make the...

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by cschleic
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Sign atop T7 JFK
Replies: 62
Views: 10870

Re: Alaska Sign atop T7 JFK

Wow, and how many years ago did United leave JFK?

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by cschleic
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian L-1011 Operations
Replies: 22
Views: 4771

Re: Hawaiian L-1011 Operations

For a time, they flew to Sacramento. I have some slides of one on a foggy morning at SMF in early 1986.

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by cschleic
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas proposes amenities in the cargo hold for ultra long flights
Replies: 76
Views: 12601

Re: Alan Joyce floats the idea of "Cargo class"

Doesn't the issue regarding evacuation have to do with take off and landing? If the area isn't occupied at those times then it would be ok? So...bunks during flight, or maybe lavs make the most sense to free up space above, as on some Airbus planes.

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by cschleic
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How about Salem (SLE)?
Replies: 19
Views: 1414

Re: How about Salem (SLE)?

Market conditions have definitely changed since 2008, but I'm with everyone else they'll need some incentives to get the ball rolling again. However just because they may need them to start doesn't mean the outcome will be the same. Lots of smaller cities about an hour away from a major airport see...

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by cschleic
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How about Salem (SLE)?
Replies: 19
Views: 1414

Re: How about Salem (SLE)?

Living south of Salem and traveling a lot myself, this is a near and dear issue. While flights out of Salem would be helpful, for some residents increased service from Eugene could be an answer and provide more alternatives. It's a faster drive from some areas than to PDX and easy in and out. But fo...

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by cschleic
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian profit warning, try to raise equity
Replies: 125
Views: 18037

Re: Norwegian profit warning, try to raise equity

Can someone translate this for the financially inept? EBITDA is just straight operational profit/loss EBIT is the profit/loss taking into account depreciation of their assets (a big deal with a fleet like theirs) as well as some other stuff EBT is the final accounting profit/loss (before taxes, as ...

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by cschleic
Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: UA to introduce new and/or revised livery in the coming years
Replies: 186
Views: 30800

Re: Rumor: UA to indroduce new and/or revised livery in the coming years

I'm still hoping for an updated 'retro' look, something like this: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO56YKbDDvYS04bvsyj4hjBvHAVsElaHbdn7aDrxBvmUdeA8UsBbbfxOTTUm6wf_A?key=dHE4SkJFZXlETmtTcV9UYVV5bVlIdF9LX2VZMC1R No, NEVER! Those colors are hideous. Purple and orange? It needs to be red/white/blu...

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by cschleic
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Southwest order the 797?
Replies: 43
Views: 6540

Re: Will Southwest order the 797?

Question is will Boeing ever build it in our lifetime. 737 production line has 20 years on the A320 line (let’s not forget the 737 and 727 share the 707 body based off of the Dash 80 designed in 1952...a 66 year old design!) but I bet Airbus will drop a new replacement model before Boeing does. ......

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by cschleic
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska in the Bay Area
Replies: 50
Views: 6709

Re: Alaska in the Bay Area

Since facts are often in short supply here, here's a look at Alaska+Virgin's schedule for the Bay Area for recent years based on the most recent OAG load. I've included United at SFO for comparison. Yes, SJC is growing quickly, but SFO is still continuing to grow in 2018 despite trims. Flights/day ...

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by cschleic
Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit and Frontier: is a merger inevitable?
Replies: 34
Views: 5368

Re: Spirit and Frontier: is a merger inevitable?

Anything's possible. But it seems that one of the usual reasons comes up....fleet commonality, except that doesn't have anything to do with mergers. AS and VX. WN and AirTran. DL and NW. AA and US. They all had very different fleets. It's not the reason to merge. G4 is a tour company that also has a...

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by cschleic
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was the A380F a failure?
Replies: 96
Views: 16847

Re: Why was the A380F a failure?

Why also weren't any of the military big lifters taken up by commercial carriers ? Especially those that were actively promoted as civilian options by their respective manufacturers ? Maintenance costs. The military has extremely capable aircraft, but that capability is expensive to maintain. The 7...

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by cschleic
Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIC: First A359ULR rolls out, new winglet design
Replies: 56
Views: 21867

Re: PIC: First A359ULR rolls out, new winglet design

I naturally assumed it would be special inside, but as you point out weight saving will be everything for this model. What I heard recently in Toulouse is that they really remove everything they can to save weight to get to the performance they'll need. What I've been told is that they actually ren...

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by cschleic
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Spare aircraft on the spot
Replies: 35
Views: 4616

Re: Spare aircraft on the spot

Ages ago, this happened to me in MIA on a 747 going to ORD. A domestic 747...definitely a long time ago. Anyway, similar event, mechanical problem, the pilot said everyone should move over to the 747 sitting at the next gate, it would take them about 20 minutes to get it set up before we could board...

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by cschleic
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Interesting article on what the Concorde was like
Replies: 16
Views: 2956

Re: Interesting article on what the Concorde was like

It was a great article until this... While Concorde no longer takes to the skies, it can be visited at a number of aviation museums around the world. Here are some of the best: .....with no mention of the absolutely pristine Air France Concorde that is sitting in the Smithsonian. (Steven F. Udvar-H...

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by cschleic
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 13510

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

LAX is very efficient on the runway side - four (nearly) parallel runways Nearly parallel??? I thought they were definitely parallel? No? Well they are numbered 25's and 24's, I don't know if they are actually parallel or offset by a few degrees. I'm sure somebody here knows. The numbering probably...

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by cschleic
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't AA build up DFW like DL has with ATL?
Replies: 37
Views: 5965

Re: Why doesn't AA build up DFW like DL has with ATL?

What's with a.net now showing postings out of order? This one in particular...the original post is second in line.

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by cschleic
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pushing E175 to 4 hours 41 minutes block time
Replies: 48
Views: 7880

Re: Pushing E175 to 4 hours 41 minutes block time

flight152 wrote:
COSPN wrote:
The SFO-STL diverted to IND one time so it can make it ..

So they overflew its destination and diverted 200 miles in the opposite direction so they could “make it”? Clearly you’re confused.


Maybe it was weather related?

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by cschleic
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Just Upset Its Customers In a Way No Airline May Have Done Before
Replies: 24
Views: 7110

Re: American Airlines Just Upset Its Customers In a Way No Airline May Have Done Before

Interesting to read that some AA employees don't like the cheering. But in terms of the video changing....I've been flying American regularly for more than a year now and don't think the video has changed at all in that time, meaning the cheering was there way back when.

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by cschleic
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK warns the US against Open Skies renegotiation, threatens 777X order
Replies: 124
Views: 21292

Re: EK warns the US against Open Skies renegotiation, threatens 777X order

Airbus would pull out all the stops if it got to the point where Emirates would cancel the 777X. It would also give leverage for an A380neo. I imagine Emirates would keep the 787-10 order then order majority A35K and some A359ULR like mentioned above. Probably won't come to that though. Airbus alre...

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by cschleic
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: New long haul LOWER cost airline Canada/Australia
Replies: 39
Views: 5658

Re: new long haul LOWER cost airline Canada/Australia

An entire airline for two or three possible routes?

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by cschleic
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas let one of 15 787 options expire, confirms 18 A321LR aircraft
Replies: 65
Views: 16889

Re: Qantas Group let one of 15 787 options expire, mulls A321neo

This article from Flightglobal relates to the topic: "Since its financial turnaround in fiscal 2015, Qantas has used surplus capital to fund shareholder returns rather than to grow invested capital. We do not view this as sustainable," says S&P credit analyst Graeme Ferguson. https://...

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by cschleic
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas let one of 15 787 options expire, confirms 18 A321LR aircraft
Replies: 65
Views: 16889

Re: Updated: Qantas let one of 15 787 options expire, confirms 18 A321LR aircraft

Page 15 of 28. Syndicated loans mature in 2019. These loans could be the syndicated loans used to finance the A380's. Not to be too picky but does this sound more like a credit line or other short term bank loan? It's referred to as "syndicated loan facility - drawn" which implies it may ...

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by cschleic
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: SWISS C-Series LHR-GVA in Y
Replies: 10
Views: 6515

Re: SWISS C-Series LHR-GVA in Y

Great report and photos, thanks for posting. The seats look terrible but maybe not that bad when you're actually sitting in them? The two little mesh pockets are funny...making up for lack of legroom?

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by cschleic
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Air A321neo More to Love Livery Revealed!
Replies: 89
Views: 19223

Re: Alaska Air A321neo More to Love Livery Revealed!

I keep thinking this is a way to acknowledge Virgin and it’s employees/legacy without putting anything that may trigger licensing fees on the outside. Smart move Interesting point. And there's the 737 out there with the same colors. While it's meant to reference AS and VX, there's a bit of irony wi...

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by cschleic
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Southwest fly to Europe?
Replies: 61
Views: 8905

Re: Southwest to Europe

Given they only recently started international flights and don't even serve Hawaii yet, probably not anytime soon. Is it just me or are the posts in this thread all out of order? I've noticed this happening in many other threads, too. As far as TATL and international, seems like they have a lot of ...

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