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by KD5MDK
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Jacksonville Ever see TransAtlantic Flights?
Replies: 148
Views: 10804

Re: Will Jacksonville Ever see TransAtlantic Flights?

I would expect DUB would always have the willingness of Americans to go visit Guinessland as a backstop to the connection opportunities all over the continent.

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by KD5MDK
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Rural and Suburbia Airport Potential
Replies: 13
Views: 2179

Re: Question about Rural and Suburbia Airport Potential

Noise and curfews will kill any significant increase of airline traffic at small local airports. I can imagine the protests from all the NIMBY's. A huge percentage of traffic at most hubs are short domestic routes, most of which aren't connecting to an international flight. Once electric propulsion...

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by KD5MDK
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians
Replies: 107
Views: 16767

Re: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians

You can have an engineer first attitude or business first that is fine. But the fact is they have this past year delivered the most amount of planes ever, have a wildly successful non-commercial aviation arm and have a stock that is performing very well. Are they really doing that bad? All business...

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by KD5MDK
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18839

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

It really depends on the business what kind of connectivity they desire. If you can easily get to DFW, ORD, JFK, EWR, PHL, IAD, ATL, CLT, MIA you have a whole lot of 1 stop connections to Europe, Africa and South America destinations. It is pretty easy to get to those places. Now, it is harder to g...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18839

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

. (In late 2017, AUS was in the running with DEN for Amazons new HQ. Supposedly the lack of an expansive & fluid airport structure was a demerit that contributed to knocking AUS out of contention) You think it's a foregone conclusion it's DEN now? 20 city list was just released. How many more g...

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by KD5MDK
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska announces 8 destinations to be served from PAE
Replies: 167
Views: 19349

Re: Alaska announces 8 destinations to be served from PAE

I would have thought a flight to Chicago right out of the gate (har har) would have been in the cards, given that there's a number of lucrative business customers literally feet away who would likely jump at the chance to walk across the parking lot to catch a flight to HQ after their 1 o'clock pro...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: JAL considers additional A350s and int'l expansion
Replies: 90
Views: 19537

Re: Bloomberg: JAL considers additional A350s and int'l expansion

Clearly the airlines know more than we do and there's a reason they're not flying those routes. The argument that if a route is not operated it doesn't make sense means that every time a new route is opened like LHR-BNA, the airline is making an irrational decision it will regret later. Or that no ...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18839

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

. (In late 2017, AUS was in the running with DEN for Amazons new HQ. Supposedly the lack of an expansive & fluid airport structure was a demerit that contributed to knocking AUS out of contention) You think it's a foregone conclusion it's DEN now? 20 city list was just released. How many more g...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to begin DFW/CLT to SBN and ECP. ORD-LGA Shuttle
Replies: 96
Views: 10002

Re: AA to begin DFW/CLT to SBN and ECP. ORD-LGA Shuttle

Interesting - I found it to be nicer than PHL at least, but that was several years ago. CLT for as busy as it is had sort of a quaint feel to it. I think I saw a rocking chair in one of the concourse connectors. There's dozens of them in the central area including on the second floor. Nice place to...

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by KD5MDK
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to begin DFW/CLT to SBN and ECP. ORD-LGA Shuttle
Replies: 96
Views: 10002

Re: AA to begin DFW/CLT to SBN and ECP. ORD-LGA Shuttle

Shame I'm going to SBN next month, might be a while before I go again.

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by KD5MDK
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could TK have 8-abreast 787's?
Replies: 38
Views: 6606

Re: Could TK have 8-abreast 787's?

Plain Y passengers will not pay for the space of 8 across. It seems wise to offer 8 across Y+ (not PY, Y+). Say with 38" pitch. I don't understand premium economy, either sell a discounted J (narrower lie flat such as US airlines), shink the J cabin, but revenue manage to profit. Lightsaber I ...

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by KD5MDK
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers
Replies: 152
Views: 17326

Re: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers

From reading the article, it sounds like first off the cabin engineering team made some design mistakes. Lavatory doors, power ports, etc are decisions made within the engineering department at the airline. There could be a number of causes. Not enough competent engineers at headquarters, Managemen...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers
Replies: 152
Views: 17326

Re: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers

If it isn't the CEO's job to know the details, it is 100% their job to know if the VP of Passenger Experience needs a raise, a transfer, or a firing. Knowing the specifics of an aircraft is not a big deal, but they do need to understand the level of performance they're receiving from that role.

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by KD5MDK
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers
Replies: 152
Views: 17326

Re: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers

As it is, to me that is valuable, as is DL and UA's unlimited domestic upgrade policy. I know it reduces the frequency of upgrades, but at least you're not laying out miles or $ for a 555 mile flight where they don't even give you a PDB or a refill in flight. Point is, I do have a choice. I will ve...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 29126

Re: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

JFK is NYC's most western airport

JFK is west of LGA and EWR? I have managed to confuse myself.

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by KD5MDK
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 29126

Re: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

According to a friend who dropped off a rental car there ORF terminal is dark and there’s no one visible inside. Hope that changes before I arrive.

Presumably Qantas offloading passengers to DTW would be more difficult to take care of without their own staff on hand. They have people to help in LAX.

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by KD5MDK
Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 29126

Re: Northeast Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

Funny enough, I called ORF to find out why they were so quiet today. They got about 10", which apparently they managed to clear fairly quickly, but the ice layer underneath was a different story. Some guy taxied out and very nearly slid off turning onto the runway, said "nope!", and ...

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by KD5MDK
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 12258

Re: Austin Texas Thread 2017

I’m curious what moves AA will make to react to the loss of AS partnership and new competition from Delta.

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by KD5MDK
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BHX and TATL
Replies: 37
Views: 4648

Re: BHX and TATL

Well, it seems like they have.

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by KD5MDK
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Restoring the LHR - LGW Helicopter link
Replies: 60
Views: 7721

Re: Restoring the LHR - LGW Helicopter link

FWIW, if LHR-LGW was easy I'd find my AUS-RIX trips much easier than having to connect again in HEL, OSL, FRA etc.

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by KD5MDK
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NH175 LAX-NRT returning to LAX due to a passenger being onboard who shouldnt be onboard
Replies: 94
Views: 19169

Re: NH175 LAX-NRT returning to LAX due to a passenger being onboard who shouldnt be onboard

I have had the chance to meet her a few times and she's a delightful person. I followed all of her tweets and never found a single one entitled or narcissistic, just funny. Also, how can one blame her when BBC chose to call it an "ordeal"? I'm pretty sure she handled it better than a lot ...

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by KD5MDK
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA summer 2018 adds
Replies: 109
Views: 16995

Re: AA summer 2018 adds

Glad to see PWM, that's a flight I'm likely to use.

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by KD5MDK
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Westjet agree to form US-Canada JV
Replies: 153
Views: 22183

Re: Delta and Westjet agree to form US-Canada JV

AA + Porter now? As I mentioned earlier, it is, indeed intriguing. AA's and Porter's networks don't really overlap much, but then also don't really connect much, either. There could potentially be some (very) limited connectivity over YOW/YUL, but obviously Porter's absence from what is by far AA's...

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by KD5MDK
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any chance for LAX to CHC?
Replies: 30
Views: 7431

Re: LAX to CHC

It always was, and remains, a daft idea - demonstrated by the fact the route barely saw the light of day before it was canned. Granted the aircraft (744) was less than ideal for the route; but as virtually no-one would travel from the US to CHC purely because LAX-CHC exists all this route did was c...

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by KD5MDK
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 12258

Re: Austin Texas Thread 2017

khowaga wrote:
The only market HA serves on the mainland that’s outside the west coast is NYC. It’d be hard to imagine them chosing AUS as one of their first destinations in between. I’m curious to know how many cities were on that list?

Is PHX a West Coast city for this metric?

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by KD5MDK
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which US Airport Has the Poential to Become the Next Hub?
Replies: 120
Views: 14271

Re: Which US Airport Has the Poential to Become the Next Hub?

Generally, once we've covered all the existing cities it sounds like airlines should stop expanding and set things up for their next Ch 11.

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by KD5MDK
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA ORD Growth
Replies: 47
Views: 8483

Re: AA ORD Growth

What % of ORD-LGA passengers are connections? Does it complicate the brand when someone flying MSP-ORD-LGA gets a free drink but MSP-ORD-BOS doesn't? Shuttle seems highly O&D focused branding to me.

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by KD5MDK
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?
Replies: 50
Views: 9859

Re: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?

Going off geography PRG certainly looks like an attractive hub site.

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by KD5MDK
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Hapag Lloyd airline operations
Replies: 14
Views: 2897

Re: Hapag Lloyd

Cunard wrote:
The Hapag Lloyd Wikipedia page is a useful form of information regarding the long history of the Hapag Lloyd group.

Is there a user named White Star or Compagnie Générale Transatlantique who can also answer?

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by KD5MDK
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?
Replies: 50
Views: 9859

Re: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?

I'd worry about the state of the Ukraine economy.

SAS would compete too much with Finnair.

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by KD5MDK
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 12258

Re: Austin Texas Thread 2017

I would expect a TPAC flight based on the success of LHR, but NRT seems as plausible as ICN. Should be a lot of connecting traffic.

PVG would definitely be out of left field and would probably need an alliance partnership.

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by KD5MDK
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA ORD Growth
Replies: 47
Views: 8483

Re: AA ORD Growth

Who is the 4th big Canadian airport? I can think of YYZ, YUL, YVR, but 4th place in my head could be YEG, YYC...

PWM and YOW would be greatly appreciated from my end.

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by KD5MDK
Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Highly Common Fleets, vs Very Mixed and General Fleet Strategy
Replies: 42
Views: 6034

Re: Highly Common Fleets, vs Very Mixed and General Fleet Strategy

As an armchair CEO I would take simplicity over complexity any day. Operate a single type in a single configuration and fit the business around it. Scale up to one narrowbody and one widebody - again both in the same configuration. Yes it means some routes are uneconomical and yes it means I can se...

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by KD5MDK
Sat May 27, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next generation VLA, and why it will be an A380
Replies: 187
Views: 20876

Re: Next generation VLA, and why it will be an A380

The OP argues that there will be a next-gen VLA, and that it will be an A380. I agree with the first half of that statement. Just because Airbus misread the VLA market, and subsequently got unlucky with both fuel prices, 9/11 and a GFC; doesn't mean there is not a VLA market. Things *could* have be...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will twinjets be replaced by monojets? Consequences on ETOPS and engine failure?
Replies: 55
Views: 8001

Re: Will twinjets be replaced by monojets? Consequences on ETOPS and engine failure?

How many non-US regulatory authorities are there? 3, 4? I presume some of them don't have a Part 25 in their documents.

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by KD5MDK
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 as starting point Large NMA / MoM, unlikely?
Replies: 110
Views: 15681

Re: Boeing 787 as starting point Large NMA / MoM, unlikely?

Is the A330/A340 based on the A300 fuselage or do they just share a diameter?

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by KD5MDK
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 419
Views: 71129

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

I thought the A359 was significantly more efficient than the 77W and that's why Boeing needed to create the 777-8 and -9 to compete with it. Is that not really the case in a world of lower oil prices? Depends on how cheap the 777s are. Sure, but does that risk the 779 being a failure as well, if it...

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by KD5MDK
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 419
Views: 71129

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

I thought the A359 was significantly more efficient than the 77W and that's why Boeing needed to create the 777-8 and -9 to compete with it. Is that not really the case in a world of lower oil prices?

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by KD5MDK
Sat Oct 29, 2016 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The one oddball in a fleet!
Replies: 93
Views: 21788

Re: The one oddball in a fleet!

hOMSaR wrote:
Don't have a link to a picture handy, but a couple years ago there was a WestJet 737 that had to borrow a Southwest winglet.

That sounds like a picture that would be fun to see.

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by KD5MDK
Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to announce new US destination by the end of this Summer?
Replies: 220
Views: 38535

Re: BA to announce new US destination by the end of this Summer?

Some things that might be different now for BA compared to previous service decisions: 1) crew contracts 2) opportunity cost of slot usage 3) fuel prices I believe all of those are lower now than they were in the past. It may not be enough for any market, but they're definitely reasons why something...

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by KD5MDK
Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to announce new US destination by the end of this Summer?
Replies: 220
Views: 38535

Re: BA to announce new US destination by the end of this Summer?

Now CMH could be within 757 range, giving it an advantage. I would think it's only an advantage if you operate 757s though, right? MSY will not happen. Too much coach traffic and relatively little business save some demand by oil companies that would prefer LHR anyway. Why would "prefer LHR an...

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by KD5MDK
Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SriLankan Airlines lease rates are way too high
Replies: 7
Views: 1827

Re: SriLankan Airlines lease rates are way too high

b747400erf wrote:
The rates must be from the large separatist movement and constant war years that hurt their ability to get credit for normal rates.

It sounded to me like the minister suspected the previous negotiators received kickbacks for signing a bad deal.

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by KD5MDK
Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of DFW
Replies: 38
Views: 5047

Re: The Future of DFW

I wonder how much security demands will adjust the shape of New-C & F compared to D. If you do build a new terminal, is it exclusively AA or does it go to other carriers? (If it's a replacement for C, it would need to be AA exclusive in order to maintain current operations, I suppose. But then w...

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by KD5MDK
Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: Boeing MoM getting closer to launch
Replies: 192
Views: 34390

Re: WSJ: Boeing MoM getting closer to launch

I would say that the long narrowbody design wins on efficiency over a 767 style. The 757-300 is generally held to have some of the lowest CASM in the industry of any plane, even when compared to newer more advanced designs. These numbers are a couple years old and come from before the A321 joined m...

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by KD5MDK
Sun May 29, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG/BA Looking To Takeover Wizz Air And Others
Replies: 59
Views: 18300

RE: IAG/BA Looking To Takeover Wizz Air And Others

Surely OpenSkies is the Bugatti marque, and as widespread.

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by KD5MDK
Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nashville To London?
Replies: 141
Views: 17622

RE: Nashville To London?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Longhornmaniac" class="quote" target="_blank">Longhornmaniac</a> (<a href="#70" class="quote">Reply 70</a>):<br/><i>On the flip side, the larges...

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by KD5MDK
Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Boeing Has Lost Neo/MAX Battle Pt 2.
Replies: 202
Views: 25218

RE: Leeham: Boeing Has Lost Neo/MAX Battle Pt 2.

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/lightsaber" class="quote" target="_blank">lightsaber</a> (<a href="#154" class="quote">Reply 154</a>):<br/><i>The 777X has enough of a market. 3...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Boeing Has Lost Neo/MAX Battle Pt 2.
Replies: 202
Views: 25218

RE: Leeham: Boeing Has Lost Neo/MAX Battle Pt 2.

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/lightsaber" class="quote" target="_blank">lightsaber</a> (<a href="#147" class="quote">Reply 147</a>):<br/><i>Competing in commercial aircraft i...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nashville To London?
Replies: 141
Views: 17622

RE: Nashville To London?

I thought the problem was far more aircraft than slots for US routes.

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by KD5MDK
Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New 757 Replacement NMA Information - Part 5
Replies: 189
Views: 14521

RE: New 757 Replacement NMA Information - Part 5

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/dare100em" class="quote" target="_blank">dare100em</a> (<a href="#46" class="quote">Reply 46</a>):<br/><i> Exactly. By the logic [to bring in pr...

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