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by wjcandee
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

DeltaRules: I can't see it as highly-likely that they would keep an ILN operation around after the Amazon facility is fully-functional at CVG. Of course, who knows when that actually will be? And there may well be some reason that I'm not thinking of that would support some kind of continued activit...

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by wjcandee
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

As a followup on the UPS thing that Trav asked about, looks like the UPS Freight division (11,000 folks vs 250,000+ at the parcel division) just ratified a new agreement, so no strike. It might be a little off topic but does Amazon use any companies (UPS or FEDEX) to move products via ground? LAS o...

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by wjcandee
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Pretty obvious that a revived sort of some sort at ILN was going to happen. Obvious need PLUS obvious activity EQUALS likely-it-was-Amazon, although I have to say that ATSG went right to the edge of truthfulness with their "Hey, yeah, I've seen the activity over there too but I don't know what ...

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by wjcandee
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Neither ABX nor Atlas have new contracts. Both are represented by Teamsters 1224. There is no question in my mind that 1224 will do something . As a practical matter, it has to, because a portion of its members demand that it try to bring pressure by exploiting Peak, no matter how significant the ex...

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by wjcandee
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

As a followup on the UPS thing that Trav asked about, looks like the UPS Freight division (11,000 folks vs 250,000+ at the parcel division) just ratified a new agreement, so no strike.

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by wjcandee
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: So Western Global finally managed to have some sort of livery...
Replies: 12
Views: 3095

Re: So Western Global finally managed to have some sort of livery...

The MD-11 was titled over a year ago but only received the tail logo in September. The 747 was logoed in April. Ah. Got it. Thanks for the explanation. My impression was that these guys do better with the all-white paint-job usually, given that they do a lot of ACMI and track charter work into some...

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by wjcandee
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: So Western Global finally managed to have some sort of livery...
Replies: 12
Views: 3095

Re: So Western Global finally managed to have some sort of livery...

The MD11 was liveried well over a year ago.

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by wjcandee
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has AA just kept holding onto their MD80's?
Replies: 101
Views: 14006

Re: Why has AA just kept holding onto their MD80's?

Lightsaber: As I know you know, the fuel savings on the 319 vs the 80 are more pronounced the longer the route. That's why all these average numbers aren't really sufficient for management's decision as to fleet utilization (and why the remaining AA MD80s are being put on the routes that they are). ...

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by wjcandee
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Correct. There are now 21 conversions on the Atlas side. One is a maintenance spare held by the company.

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by wjcandee
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA MadDog rumor du jour:
Replies: 49
Views: 13060

Re: AA MadDog rumor du jour:

With fuel rising over the past year I don’t see the MD80 making it past 2019. I will miss the comfy F seats. Great for a short nap after a couple of drinks. Oil has been artificially-high because of the impending Iran sanctions in the past few months. It has now fallen to within $5/barrel of where ...

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by wjcandee
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has AA just kept holding onto their MD80's?
Replies: 101
Views: 14006

Re: Why has AA just kept holding onto their MD80's?

The last of the AA MD-80s will be retired by early next year. The MD-80 simulators have not and will not be upgraded for the Extended Envelope Training required by the FAA in 2019. Good thing, because MD-80 pilots would be stunned to know what happens when an MD-80 actually stalls. https://m.youtub...

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by wjcandee
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

I have been following this thread since it started (the original started by wjcandee) and it is nice not to see a bunch of bickering and insults. Having said that I will direct this question to wjcandee. Are there any plans being made for an interruption in the movement of goods by UPS? Sounds like...

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by wjcandee
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

N761CX, an ATI 767-200 dry-leased to Amazon, is done with its HMV at ILN and is back in service as of 11/9/18. ABX and ATI aircraft, including many dry-leased to Amazon, have been rotating through HMVs since mid-Summer 2018. Most were done at ILN, but at least 4 of the ABX 767s were done at GSO (i.e...

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by wjcandee
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Cool to know! Any idea what that private 767 was if you saw it? Is it not the Vision 767 (N768VA) that has been there for nearly 7 years? No, he's talking about a different aircraft: N673BF. It's an ex-Qantas 767-200 reconfigured to VVVIP configuration. Owned by Len Blavatnik and operated for him b...

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by wjcandee
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Hey, CMAirplaneman: N788AX, which will be being exported to Sky Taxi as SP-MRF, returned to ILN on 11/6/18 from paint at ROW. Might be an interesting livery! (Or it might just be all-white...)

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by wjcandee
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Atlas is also going to do the not-daily CONUS-HNL Amazon flight from RIV. So it will now be RIV-HNL-RIV rather than ONT-HNL-ONT. And...N1487A is in service on GTI for Amazon Air, as of Wednesday, November 7. Went to TLV to be converted on 12/5/17. Came back on 10/9/18. About 10 months at TLV. After ...

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by wjcandee
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2018)
Replies: 254
Views: 40210

Re: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2018)

Re: A9C-DHM: after going through all the brain damage to get the maintenance records in perfect order to export the thing, and to make the repairs necessitated by anything that wasn't perfectly-documented, one would hope that CAM would be able to keep it exported. Looks like they did. (CMAirplaneman...

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA issues emergency 737 Max airworthiness order
Replies: 92
Views: 21937

Re: FAA issues emergency 737 Max airworthiness order

I thought your first sentence was sarcastic and was about to agree... I admit I might have missed something, but do we know for sure that the previous flight had an AoA mismatch? I knew of likely pitot problems. To say they did not report the problems in full, and therefore this tragedy is on them,...

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA issues emergency 737 Max airworthiness order
Replies: 92
Views: 21937

Re: FAA issues emergency 737 Max airworthiness order

This is pilot error but IMHO the Lion Air crash was the fault of the previous pilots who did not report AOA issues in the maintenance book. We saw the log book and there was no reference to any AOA issues. Just airspeed and trim. Had they reported the AOA mismatch this would have never happened. Th...

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA issues emergency 737 Max airworthiness order
Replies: 92
Views: 21937

Re: FAA issues emergency 737 Max airworthiness order

What is different on the MAX that made what hadn’t been an issue on earlier 737 aircraft suddenly an issue? Yeah, you know this sure looked initially like sort of straightforward pilot error. "Fly pitch and power, duh, and the thing will fly." However, it is interesting that because of th...

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA issues emergency 737 Max airworthiness order
Replies: 92
Views: 21937

Re: FAA issues emergency 737 Max airworthiness order

SRQLOT wrote:
Will there be a change in culture after this one?


No.

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Freighter Advancements
Replies: 3
Views: 731

Re: Freighter Advancements

Most freight doesn't care about saving a couple of hours for a stopover. Express does, but the rest doesn't. To extend the range of an aircraft, the thing you can do that costs the least in engineering expense is permit it to carry more fuel. More fuel means the aircraft is, duh, more heavy. The hea...

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

cmairplaneman wrote:
Besides N373AA, what other ATSG 767-300's are at TLV right now?


N930WE arrived 6/6/18
N730WE arrived 8/30/18

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by wjcandee
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skyleasecargo RWY excursion at YHZ
Replies: 108
Views: 14726

Re: Skyleasecargo RWY excursion at YHZ

TheKennady2 wrote:
Rain, winds, standing water, and a 744 on a 7700 ft ruway? Not a good combo


And...landing on runway 14 with a tailwind from 280 at 16 gusting to 21.

That certainly will be part of the investigation.

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by wjcandee
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skyleasecargo RWY excursion at YHZ
Replies: 108
Views: 14726

Re: Skyleasecargo RWY excursion at YHZ

Let me be the first out of all these posts to say I'm glad the crew is basically-okay. This was one of the more-important cash-generators for this borderline company, and there was more business coming on a long-haul route 3 days a week for this aircraft, according to Loadstar. Maybe this will push ...

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by wjcandee
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Well, there's a post in another thread to the effect that 369AA is going to Cargojet, so HKCanadaExpat's assumption was correct. Unclear whether it is a CAM lease or a sale by CAM before/during/after conversion. During the 3Q conference call, after everyone talked about how ATSG had accomplished th...

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by wjcandee
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

wjcandee wrote:
Well, there's a post in another thread to the effect that 369AA is going to Cargojet, so HKCanadaExpat's assumption was correct. Unclear whether it is a CAM lease or a sale by CAM before/during/after conversion.

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by wjcandee
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

CM: Great work! Sweet private VIP 767 in for maintenance! Nice to see AMES continuing to score lucrative private and airline 767 maintenance work, along with the DC9, 737 and 757 work that it does. When you look at AMES's customer list, it's a testament to the quality of their work. I don't think 63...

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by wjcandee
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

753 has been a nightmare since coming out of C check, which took far longer than it was supposed to. One engine was having compressor stalls, then on the flight in question they lost the whole mode control panel and autothrottles. Right pack deferred. Equipment overheat at altitude followed by an u...

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by wjcandee
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

That then leaves 730WE, now in conversion, and due out in Feb/Mar 2019, and 830WE, still at ASP so not to be online before at least May 2019. Just as an aside, N830WE was sold to CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing in September. I have never seen paperwork indicating any transfer to ATSG or an affili...

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by wjcandee
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: helicopter crash in Leicester
Replies: 33
Views: 8632

Re: helicopter crash in Leicester

From the footage just before impact from the security camera (sorry, I can't find the link right now) it would seem that the pilot had managed to reduce the yaw rate to essentially zero, but I can't see any sign of an autorotation-type final flare. The aircraft seems to just sink at an almost const...

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by wjcandee
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Okay, so if I'm reading the ATSG financials (just released) correctly, 377AN and 383AN will be used by ABX or ATI for peak (and then what?). That leaves 3 "to be leased to external customers" in the 4th quarter. So then I guess 369AA is a lease to CargoJet, 373AA is a lease to Amerijet, an...

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Looks like 753CX is supposed to go on another test flight soon. Must be having problems. Any idea what the issues might be? I thought it was in TPA for an HMV, after which it flew to ILN and entered back into military-service rotation. Then, it had an issue about 20 minutes after departure from Nor...

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

CMairplaneman: Great work!!

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

We heard in training that ATI is supposed to get a new 767 by the end of the year. I have no idea where it’s coming from, but that was the word from the brass in Wilmington. 377AN and 383AN are done with conversion and currently-undelivered, so they are possible candidates. The most recent conversi...

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by wjcandee
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Well, there's a post in another thread to the effect that 369AA is going to Cargojet, so HKCanadaExpat's assumption was correct. Unclear whether it is a CAM lease or a sale by CAM before/during/after conversion. It followed the same registration pattern as 370AA, which is a CAM lease, to my knowledg...

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by wjcandee
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2018)
Replies: 254
Views: 40210

Re: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2018)

N369AA - Boeing B-767-323ER/F - in ex American Airlines colours c/n 25.196 - built in 1992 - retired 11/2017 and stored ROW - converted to freighter 10/18 by BEDEK TLV - for CargoJet ferried TLV - SNN - YHM 28/29.10.2018 http://www.flickr.com/photos/steelhead2010/44915279504/ http://www.flickr.com/...

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by wjcandee
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: helicopter crash in Leicester
Replies: 33
Views: 8632

Re: helicopter crash in Leicester

Without prejudging too much, I think that it will be found that this was an accident sequence that the pilot might have been able to aviate into something survivable, although this takeoff profile both enhanced the likelihood of a tail rotor issue and dramatically-limited his options. Only someone h...

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by wjcandee
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Could it be going to Cargojet Airways hence why its in Hamilton? I was thinking the same thing, but usually CAM paints it in the US and then returns it to ILN for post-conversion checks and paperwork before exporting it. Given that YHM is kinda on the path to ILN, I thought maybe it just landed sho...

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by wjcandee
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

So, keeping track of the ATSG conversions, 369AA finished up conversion and flew to SNN, then to YHM, oddly, today (10/29/18). It needs to be painted before going into service anywhere (still has the current-AA-livery tail). Maybe it's a stop before proceeding to CVG, maybe not. ATSG painting is nor...

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by wjcandee
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest safety rating 3 out of 7
Replies: 32
Views: 5772

Re: Southwest safety rating 3 out of 7

Using fatal accidents as any kind of safety measure (predictor of future) is expressly-rejected by NASA, because they are so rare as to be statistically-meaningless. There are many other factors to take into account when looking at "safety", and this dumb web site really touches none of th...

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by wjcandee
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 627
Views: 72638

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Thanks, Yochai!!

Thanks Acey!

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by wjcandee
Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2018)
Replies: 254
Views: 40210

Re: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2018)

ATSG said in its conference call that it was prepping to re-lease two CAM 767-200s that had been leased to ABX Air. They moved to ILN over the summer, and were waiting for hangar space to do pre-lease maintenance. Looks like N788AX is done with maintenance at ILN and just moved today (10/24/18) to R...

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by wjcandee
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unwanted Footsie Leads to WN Diversion
Replies: 1
Views: 1136

Re: Unwanted Footsie Leads to WN Diversion

Looks like WN flight attendants did a good job of confronting a smarmy dude who was harassing the woman in the seat next to him. Apparently the meth made him think that she was flirting with him. Along with God talking to him, of course.

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by wjcandee
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unwanted Footsie Leads to WN Diversion
Replies: 1
Views: 1136

Unwanted Footsie Leads to WN Diversion

Great article! https://nypost.com/2018/10/19/unwanted-game-of-footsie-on-southwest-flight-leads-to-emergency-landing/ My favorite line about what was admitted by the miscreant after LE removed him following the diversion: "Brafford admitted to using meth a day earlier and said he also had overd...

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by wjcandee
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country Fall Fleet Expansion
Replies: 4
Views: 1387

Re: Sun Country Fall Fleet Expansion

No.

These were likely a good deal, given their age, but have plenty of life left in them. You pay to lease the plane whether you fly it or not. An older plane costs somewhat less to lease, but still will work fine.

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by wjcandee
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms
Replies: 122
Views: 13501

Re: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms

FItzpatrick Hotels operates a BA-owned (or leased) building in Manhattan as a hotel exclusively for the use of its flight crews. (Fitzpatrick also operates their own hotel in Manhattan.) I know where this building is (although I don't think that it is prudent to say), and it's a nice-enough area, p...

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by wjcandee
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms
Replies: 122
Views: 13501

Re: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms

FItzpatrick Hotels operates a BA-owned (or leased) building in Manhattan as a hotel exclusively for the use of its flight crews. (Fitzpatrick also operates their own hotel in Manhattan.) I know where this building is (although I don't think that it is prudent to say), and it's a nice-enough area, pe...

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by wjcandee
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NFL 2018 Charters (Airlines/Flight Numbers)
Replies: 90
Views: 12186

Re: NFL 2018 Charters (Airlines/Flight Numbers)

No, the Dolphins arrived Wednesday afternoon on a Miami Air 737 and a Kaiser Air 737. Their training camp is in Davie, FL, just a short ride from FLL https://photos.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Airliners-and-Airport-Spotting/Charlotte-Douglas-Airport/i-DHVd8Vs/0/73dbdb02/XL/JM_2018_08_15_N737KA_008-XL.jpg...

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by wjcandee
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi
Replies: 33
Views: 5171

Re: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi

XLA: Interesting photo, and the caption does say it's a Combi. If they ever did it, they wouldn't be able to do it now, at least in the US. Certainly under present US rules you couldn't certify putting pax seats in front of a bunch of pallets without a rigid protective barrier and other stuff... Wor...

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