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by wjcandee
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN, UA & OO All Sight "Intruder"/UFO Near PDX
Replies: 1
Views: 634

WN, UA & OO All Sight "Intruder"/UFO Near PDX

I'm surprised no thread on this, which means that I probably didn't search right, but here goes. A FOIA request by the editor of a Time, Inc. publication turned up some new and interesting FAA radio and telephone tapes and radar tracks of an incident that ran for about 150 miles from Northern Califo...

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by wjcandee
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

I misspoke. The EFW conversion's ambitious timetable is to start cutting on metal "near the end" of 2018 and have a deliverable prototype by the end of 2019. It's ST Aero, so it's believable, but it's ambitious.

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by wjcandee
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

I missed the order for A321P2F being from a leasing company. Which one? In other words, is the customer public? If not, we could speculate it is Amazon... Lightsaber It's Vallair. They're a France/Luxembourg group with a lot of bravado and a relatively-small footprint at the moment. Their basic bus...

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by wjcandee
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

The thing is, air freight or road, Amazon has grown to such a size that no matter what everyone else is also competing for those same ton-miles. When the truckers are all bought up and things have to move... add to the mic a 767 can move in a day what several trucks will need a week to do. Perhaps ...

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by wjcandee
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Trav: When you talk about FedEx milk runs, you're talking about a primarily-overnight product at a premium price that essentially has to travel by air. Which raises the next question: will Amazon decide to take some air overnight in-house? That's a much tougher job, so it will be interesting to see....

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

(Warning, thread drift. But I hope you will indulge because it is relevant to the logistics issues that Amazon faces.) I have been following the Deutsche Dummkoffs latest fiasco in the UK with some amusement. As background, KFC had been served for many years in the UK by Bidvest Logistics, an arm of...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

How much is AMZN willing to concede to get AND retain the pilots they need when everyone is fighting for them? Hete said at the Stifel conference that ATSG has had zero difficulty finding pilots to staff its routes. Zero. Nada. True there is some suction at the top of the heap as Fedex and UPS expa...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Sure seems like an awful lot of trouble to pay high Crowe & Dunlevy legal fees to secure 22 prime tail numbers, and waste their time, just based on being optimistic. But weirder things have happened in this industry. Whip: That's a good point. Maybe you've spotted a leading indicator of an Amaz...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

The rumor mill is churning in regards to smaller aircraft. Word around the hub is that ATSG is shopping AMZ the A321F since ATSG now owns PEMCO, which in turn owns the STC for the conversion. No word on who would fly it or whether AMZ is even interested, but that’s what’s being tossed around right ...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Just to kick around the smaller-aircraft theory a bit... First, I think such aircraft would likely be better in a sort environment than a point-to-point environment, simply because going into smaller cities would probably work better where traffic from multiple nodes could be combined for that trip ...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Does anyone know anything about 1499a? Or 1621a? Or 1667a? Or 1697a? And many more that are brand new reserved n-numbers with Atlas Air. Optimism by Atlas? I haven't heard even a whisper that Amazon is currently planning beyond the 40 767s. Like I said earlier, I think there's a reasonable possibil...

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by wjcandee
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

N387AM completed a sucessful tets flight, N7375A is still in storage, but the 2 Atlas birds N1619A and N1487A have been moved to the conversion line earlier this week andhad work started on them. Wow! If 1619 and 1487 are starting into conversion, those are the final two Atlas/Amazon aircraft to be...

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by wjcandee
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

N387AM completed a sucessful tets flight, N7375A is still in storage, but the 2 Atlas birds N1619A and N1487A have been moved to the conversion line earlier this week andhad work started on them. Wow! If 1619 and 1487 are starting into conversion, those are the final two Atlas/Amazon aircraft to be...

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by wjcandee
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

N387AM should be out on a test flight in TLV shortly Great! And you were spot-on about the 383AN arrival in TLV today, too. Any more word on what the delay is on N7375A? I'm thinking 376AN is going to be done no earlier than April, so I guess a couple of Atlas birds (1511A or 1439A) will be next of...

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by wjcandee
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sonair ending Houston-Luanda service
Replies: 48
Views: 8004

Re: Sonair ending Houston-Luanda service

perhaps they're pulling out until the can get an aircraft that is more economical? Im sure it was carrying a lot of of cargo, but seats wise was the 744 flying out full? perhaps a 77e or 77w might be a better fit with less seats and still high cargo capacity...? I think Sonair or the Angolan govern...

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by wjcandee
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX
Replies: 213
Views: 16443

Re: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX

Why do people keep insinuating they refused to help him? They clearly already did earlier telling him that he needed to go to HA for the claim. Clearly he did, and if they sent him back to DL then Hawaiian is wrong. When he returns and refuses to listen, then he starts recording and escalating thin...

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by wjcandee
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CSeries deliveries to begin this year
Replies: 42
Views: 9959

Re: Delta CSeries deliveries to begin this year

If required, I think Bombardier should reschedule deliveries to some other airlines and put Delta as a priority. Messing with one or more customers to please another is hardly good business! Besides, why would BBD be in a hurry to get Delta's aircraft out the door when, presumably, they're making a...

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by wjcandee
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

A few spots to clear up after looking through all of this ⋅ Are all of the aircraft leased from Titan are all operated by Atlas? ⋅ Similarly are all of the aircraft leased from CAM operated by ABX or ATI? ⋅ I cleaned up the status of Atlas Worldwide Holdings, Titan and...

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by wjcandee
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sonair ending Houston-Luanda service
Replies: 48
Views: 8004

Re: Sonair ending Houston-Luanda service

I believe you’re the one that doesn’t know what you’re talking about. Ah...the rudeness that is a.net! Such a pleasure! Happily, I had been involved recently in threads where people acted in a dignified manner and when they disagreed, they did so without being disagreeable. Thanks for bringing me b...

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by wjcandee
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sonair ending Houston-Luanda service
Replies: 48
Views: 8004

Re: Sonair ending Houston-Luanda service

If what you say is true wouldn't the flight be still operating. I mean if it was a prestige route for Angola and oil companies are willing to pay through the nose this flight should have no problem to continue to operate under those conditions. Well, that's just absolutely-incorrect. The probabilit...

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by wjcandee
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sonair ending Houston-Luanda service
Replies: 48
Views: 8004

Re: Sonair ending Houston-Luanda service

The million dollar question is will UA pounce? I say yes. I think not. If it can't be sustained when the target is a break-even operation, at the expense level of an Atlas track charter using paid-for capital equipment, ain't no way that it's gonna: (1) break even at a UAL expense level; and (2) re...

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by wjcandee
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sonair ending Houston-Luanda service
Replies: 48
Views: 8004

Re: Sonair ending Houston-Luanda service

Whomever said "it was only a matter of time" before this allegedly-obviously-ridiculous route failed doesn't fully-understand the market. The "time" involved was SEVENTEEN years. There is a significant amount of traffic from the Houston area (and the Texas/Louisiana area generall...

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by wjcandee
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 55 Serious Engine Issue at LOS
Replies: 49
Views: 15752

Re: DL 55 Serious Engine Issue at LOS

Berari: Just because it bears saying: To compare the "corruption" involved in the UAL regional flight to the rampant, endemic corruption and outright sanctioned thievery that goes on at LOS is just funny. In the US, the Port Authority official who the airline accommodated (I should say &qu...

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by wjcandee
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unmarked 767s at IAD
Replies: 35
Views: 7084

Re: Unmarked 767s at IAD

This is weird. Why does it say that N441AX is owned by the Wells Fargo Bank, while N423AX is owned by Omni Aviation? The aircraft isn't owned by Wells Fargo. The trust department of that bank, and of several others, specialize in acting as the "trustee" in various investment and financing...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails
Replies: 102
Views: 25262

Re: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails

77H -- I was thinking the same thing. You said it very well. Doc -- could have just been a blade or hub defect that ultimately gave way, as you speculate. Just because it USUALLY occurs at high RPM, it doesn't ALWAYS do so. Also could have ingested something. Or, something wasn't properly-secured an...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS at SBD
Replies: 9
Views: 975

Re: UPS at SBD

ONT has really become a major network node for Amazon Air. Our friends out there must be thrilled.

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX
Replies: 213
Views: 16443

Re: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX

So, DL suspends the employee, but the customer is wrong and "deserved it"? :rotfl: Airliners.net defends the indefensible again. Am I surprised? :shakehead: Suspending the employee doesn't tell us much. Apart from the fact that DL want to save their face at all costs. I have a feeling the...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX
Replies: 213
Views: 16443

Re: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX

Whoever posted this in this website expecting someone to have sympathy for the employee should know by now most of airliners crowd simply can't stand airline employees that dont want to take abuse or act like slaves.... wrong crowd!! It's unclear to me how being asked by a customer for help is &quo...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX
Replies: 213
Views: 16443

Re: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX

I'm commenting because I've worked in Ramp and Baggage Service Office (BSO) areas. It appears that the bag travelled on the original DL itinerary as tagged -- HNL-LAX-PDX -- even though the pax had been re-routed on HA. DL did not re-tag the customer's bag to match his new routing, so it just went ...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX
Replies: 213
Views: 16443

Re: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX

I think this is what happened, which makes me side with the passenger: 1. He is booked on DL HNL-LAX-PDX. 2. He checks in at HNL and gives DL his bag. 3. For some reason (delay, overbooked) DL bumps him and rebooks him on DL HNL-SEA-PDX. 4. For some reason (delay, overbooked) DL rebooks him on HA H...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX
Replies: 213
Views: 16443

Re: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX

Actually per the news reports the Dr. (PhD traveling to a conference in Portland) apparently was booked on one Delta flight which was delayed. Then on a second which was also delayed. Finally Delta booked him on the Hawaiian flight. If you watch all 3 videos it’s pretty clear that the irate Delta e...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX
Replies: 213
Views: 16443

Re: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX

Aloha: No, it wasn't said. They told him that because he flew in on Hawaiian, he had to make the claim to Hawaiian, even if DL flew the bag. At least that's what they were trying to say. But, PhD engineer that he is, the only proof he has of checking his bag is a tag that says DELTA on it in big let...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX
Replies: 213
Views: 16443

Re: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX

What was absolutely outrageous and is a consistent problem among airline employees these days is that they universally threaten to call the cops on you merely for being persistent. I'm glad he taped the thing, because otherwise the employees would have said that he was out of control. Oh wait, they ...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unmarked 767s at IAD
Replies: 35
Views: 7084

Re: Unmarked 767s at IAD

Are they as secretive as the Janet airplanes that are based out here in Vegas? Omni also has 767s that sit out here, so this is a really weird find indeed. Omni does, among other things, charter Hawaii flights to Vegas, so that's what you're likely seeing at LAS. The Janet flights fly directly from...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails
Replies: 102
Views: 25262

Re: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails

That khon2 video is compelling. There is a blade missing and a blade broken basically in half. From the looks of it, my let's-have-fun-and-guess EWAG is that a blade failure was the precipitating event, rather than the cowling "falling off" on its own. My other EWAG is that a windmilling o...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails
Replies: 102
Views: 25262

Re: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails

DocLightning wrote:
That shaking is more than you'd see from a cowling failure alone. It is acting like a windmilling engine that is unbalanced.

Do we know how far they were into the flight when this happened?


Passengers estimated it at about 40-45 minutes before landing.

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unmarked 767s at IAD
Replies: 35
Views: 7084

Re: Unmarked 767s at IAD

No, at least one plane had the giant American flag removed for secret international flights. I saw it a few times at BWI and IAD. I'm not sure I think it's very polite to begin responses with NO, but I guess it's not atypical for many a.net threads. That said, you're correct that in the waning days...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails
Replies: 102
Views: 25262

Re: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails

If you listen carefully to the tower tapes, it sounds like the 1175 crew is radioing in from a helicopter. There was clearly substantial vibration. Hard to tell from the video whether #2 was operating or just windmilling, but it must have been interesting. Also, the winds approaching HNL can be very...

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by wjcandee
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Sorry for the rather simple/stupid question, but are the "Amazon Prime Air" aircraft flown by Atlas or other? Or perhaps a division of Atlas? Wasn't there a major labor issue with pilots of one of these companies not too long ago? Quick and dirty response: Amazon Prime Air aircraft are dr...

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by wjcandee
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Just a quick update on TLV conversions, seems like a few frames are in deep storage on th IAI ramp (N1487A N1619A pre conversion-Atlas birds and N7375A post conversion-ATSG bird). Not sure why or when these will change status. Will update when have more info Thanks. I have been waiting to see N7375...

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by wjcandee
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

The “ABX Air” livery could be just a decal, easily stripped off if the aircraft is slated to go to another CAM customer in the future. Just a guess if CAM is painting out the ABX Air logos on the tails. That's a very good point. FWIW, this aircraft has for some time just had a white tail with a sma...

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by wjcandee
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

cmairplaneman wrote:
When I saw N794AX at Wilmington before heading to Ireland, it appeared to have a brand new coat of DHL paint on it as well.


Correct. It spent January 11 to January 26, 2018 at ROW for paint.

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by wjcandee
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

And as expected N794AX has been deregistered in the US as of 2/9/18 and is shown by the FAA as exported to Bahrain.

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by wjcandee
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unmarked 767s at IAD
Replies: 35
Views: 7084

Re: Unmarked 767s at IAD

Weren't these the routes formerly run by North American 767's? These are in fact former NA 767s. If I remember correctly, they formerly appeared in a 'sanitized' NA colors. No titles on the fuselage and certainly no massive US flag on the tail. When they were flying for North American (before North...

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by wjcandee
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unmarked 767s at IAD
Replies: 35
Views: 7084

Re: Unmarked 767s at IAD

They don't "switch off" a transmitter. They operate under a flight number or just tail number that is "blocked" to the systems that report it to the general public. Some "Camber" (USTRANSCOM) flights aren't shown to the general public, but the positioning flights with a...

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by wjcandee
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unmarked 767s at IAD
Replies: 35
Views: 7084

Re: Unmarked 767s at IAD

Joshu wrote:
Weren't these the routes formerly run by North American 767's?


These are in fact former NA 767s.

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by wjcandee
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 7731

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

N767AX ferried ROW to CVG today New paint? From the SDRs it looks like it underwent a heavy check in May of 2017. 60,000 hours and 42,000 cycles. Looked to be a fresh coat of paint. Still wears the ABX Air livery with a white tail. Weird. In photos from December 2017, it looked fine. Two weeks is e...

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by wjcandee
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS
Replies: 92
Views: 8955

Re: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS

Goodyear wrote:
Could we see Jeff make moves to purchase ABX and Atlas? Seems like the next logical move.


They already own a portion of each company (ATSG and Atlas). Owning them outright, in my view, would make zero sense.

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by wjcandee
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS
Replies: 92
Views: 8955

Re: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS

flyguy84 wrote:
Amazon already has their own delivery service, AMZL_US, and they’re horrible.


Completely disagree.

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by wjcandee
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS
Replies: 92
Views: 8955

Re: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS

Once again, this is media hysteria over an issue that they don't understand. this is little more then doing warehouse fulfillment for others, which they have done forever, but without the warehouse. And what the media miss entirely is that, as the service was explained, it merely puts Amazon in the ...

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