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by irelayer
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the ME3 become irrelevant?
Replies: 63
Views: 7781

Re: Will the ME3 become irrelevant?

aemoreira1981 wrote:
(however, TK can never serve Australasia nonstop beyond PER.


I think they probably could with 777-8 in a premium heavy configuration, but we'll see.

-IR

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by irelayer
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa's Inaugural flight to SAN
Replies: 25
Views: 6617

Re: Lufthansa's Inaugural flight to SAN

Welcome to San Diego Lufthansa! Now I have a *A carrier I can go directly to Europe with. Oh the possibilities... You also have British and Edelweiss. You may have missed the qualifier there (*A = Star Alliance). Anyway, British is obviously in One World, and Edelweiss is both seasonal/sporadic and...

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by irelayer
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa's Inaugural flight to SAN
Replies: 25
Views: 6617

Re: Lufthansa's Inaugural flight to SAN

Welcome to San Diego Lufthansa! Now I have a *A carrier I can go directly to Europe with. Oh the possibilities...

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by irelayer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: Lufthansa to resume flights to Islamabad
Replies: 25
Views: 4513

Re: RUMOR: Lufthansa to resume flights to Islamabad

Really you think its strange given they overnight crew in India????? Iran I get. But India? There is no issue of safety for the crew in any of the cities BA/LH fly to in India. Airlines cut Pakistan not because of airport security but because of ME# completion and real security concerns which preve...

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by irelayer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 34175

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

Good points. But the fire protection issues could be used as a "comfortable" cover up for deeper problems below the surface (layout, capacity, build quality, lack of documentation and such) that prevent the airport to be opened anyway. I can't comment on this specifically, because I only ...

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by irelayer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CS300 @KJFK in the jetBlue Hangar
Replies: 76
Views: 16903

Re: CS300 @KJFK in the jetBlue Hanger

The C series is a perfect example of the ‘if it looks right it will fly right’ The C series is perfectly proportioned, sitting on a nice tall landing gear and the nose section is stunning, futuristic, sleek and ‘just right’ looking Bombardier could give today’s Boeing and Airbus some lessons in sty...

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by irelayer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 997 DFW-EZE diverts due to PTY due to drunk passenger
Replies: 57
Views: 6557

Re: AA 997 DFW-EZE diverts due to PTY due to drunk passenger

There were 245 passengers on this flight. I'm guessing maybe 3 agents. There is absolutely no way they have enough direct interaction with each person to determine whether or not they are intoxicated. Traveling has become so much more automated, needing less contact between personnel and passengers...

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK warns the US against Open Skies renegotiation, threatens 777X order
Replies: 124
Views: 21114

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

will Bowing go bust without the EK order? NO! EK needs to fly to the USA and if they don't?? Then stay home!! Boeing will do OK! what do they expect Boeing to make US Policy?? YGBSM!! Emirates would survive without flying to the USA, and Emirates would do OK without flying to the USA... It wouldn't...

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK warns the US against Open Skies renegotiation, threatens 777X order
Replies: 124
Views: 21114

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

neomax wrote:
This is Airbus' order to lose...


What in the world are you talking about?

First of all, there are hefty cancellation penalties.

Second of all these orders are already booked.

Third of all, Airbus already lose the order.

Make some sense.

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 5 planes-3 days of hell..
Replies: 9
Views: 8306

Re: 5 planes-3 days of hell..

Wow. I love this! Thank you so much for posting it.

I have one question: Was KAF really a dirt runway in 2005?

-IR

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by irelayer
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT approves Contour Airlines, AEAS to CEC
Replies: 24
Views: 2937

Re: DOT approves Contour Airlines, AEAS to CEC

I don't have actual numbers, but I would guess there is some traffic, maybe not to OAK specifically, but to the Bay Area in general. It is a pretty long drive from Crescent City to the Bay Area. There would be connecting opportunities, but I assume no interlining let alone codesharing with a major ...

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by irelayer
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 211
Views: 27420

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

The bloody mary cart, Saks bedding, etc., etc., is all a bunch of gimmicks if you ask me. What does that matter if the soft product is lacking? If people really buy a business class seat because of a bloody mary cart, then I guess I'm not normal. Because it was supposed to be the justification for ...

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Visiting the cockpit of an aircraft inflight
Replies: 107
Views: 3562

Re: Visiting the cockpit of an aircraft inflight

Yeah, there's an established procedure and it's really easy! 1) be a kid 2) ask before 2001 In the late 70s as a kid I used to pester flight attendants with questions about flying and their jobs. Once, and my first time, was brought up front on a National DC-10 mid-flight. What struck me first was ...

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.
Replies: 155
Views: 12937

Re: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.

Your duty and responsibility as a parent is to...-IR Thanks for letting us all know your opinion on proper parenting. And actually, no thanks. I'm not interested in your opinion on parenting. Parents get that all the time - some scold somewhere or other who weighs in on how they're raising their ki...

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.
Replies: 155
Views: 12937

Re: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.

The parents failed in their duty and responsibility. On the one hand you concede you don't the full circumstances and then you proceed to go ahead and declare the parents at fault. Once again, you nor I have enough information to judge the situation. But you do so anyway. Your duty and responsibili...

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by irelayer
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Cabin Crew Behaving Very Badly During Layovers
Replies: 69
Views: 13468

Re: British Airways Cabin Crew Behaving Very Badly During Layovers

I was a little surprised to read about these incidents after the Nigeria racism thing, but crew misbehavior seems to be causing BA some headache, as described here: http://www.paddleyourownkanoo.com/2018/02/17/sources-british-airways-cabin-crew-behaving-badly-flight-attendants-done-now/#.Wos7aKgbM2...

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by irelayer
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.
Replies: 155
Views: 12937

Re: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.

Kid has behavioral problems, it happens! Giving the kid a slap is not exactly helpful! I do not agree with that. Upon birth everyone has behavioral problems, simply because the way we're supposed to behave isn't naturally in us. We have to learn as we grow up and learning is done by correcting bad ...

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL - ATL-DEN - 767-400 daily through Feb 15th.
Replies: 19
Views: 4247

Re: DL - ATL-DEN - 767-400 daily through Feb 15th.

Does UA similarly upgauge for ski season?

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by irelayer
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS launches its longest ever flight SDF-DXB on 747-8F
Replies: 50
Views: 8950

Re: UPS launches its longest ever flight SDF-DXB on 747-8F

CCGPV wrote:
What is the catering like on cargo flights like this? Is it similar to your standard airline fare? Would there be a selection of meals and drinks? Pre-order by crew?


https://www.quora.com/What-do-pilots-eat-on-cargo-planes?share=8c2a0aab&srid=dWvt

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by irelayer
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Yet another emotional support animal controversy - Spirit vs. Hamster
Replies: 78
Views: 7299

Re: Yet another emotional support animal controversy - Spirit vs. Hamster

Nevermind the fact that it's incredibly irresponsible to bring a rodent on an airplane. Thing gets loose in that plane it could chew through all sorts of wiring.

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by irelayer
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 777X. Will it fall if the wing folds?
Replies: 87
Views: 7801

Re: 777X. Will it fall if the wing folds?

If it's only supposed to be operated on the ground, then wouldn't a weight on wheels indicator tied to the retract mechanism prevent this from happening? Unless it needs to be retracted on approach or on climb-out.

-IR

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop
Replies: 145
Views: 33300

Re: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop

My opinion is that A330 NEO (esp the 800) is technological dead-end, and a risk reduction exercise for the A350 which has turned out brilliantly. Don't even see a huge market for this A/C.

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by irelayer
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is PHX underserved by long haul routes?
Replies: 104
Views: 10512

Re: Why is PHX underserved by long haul routes?

The reality is Phoenix and Tucson are in a desert oasis outside of which there is very little for hundreds of miles. To have a good connecting hub you have to have a sufficiently dense network of smaller cities in the immediate vicinity to support the feed and ideally some O/D demand (tourist, busi...

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by irelayer
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Insane Jetstream on the North Atlantic
Replies: 20
Views: 3554

Re: Insane Jetstream on the North Atlantic

Relevant link:

https://www.wired.com/story/norwegian-air-transatlantic-speed-record/

Yes this has been going on for a bit now apparently.

779 mph @ 224 mph tailwind!

JFK-LGW in 5 hrs 13 m.

Truly insane.

-IR

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by irelayer
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How long to repaint a fleet in new livery?
Replies: 21
Views: 2894

Re: How long to repaint a fleet in new livery?

I saw an NK plan the other day in the livery that's two generations old! The bird was still in the silver blocky colors, but obviously NK isn't going to spend the money to pull planes out of service just for a paint job. Legacies however will do just that. AC has been painting their fleet pretty fa...

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by irelayer
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is PHX underserved by long haul routes?
Replies: 104
Views: 10512

Re: Why is PHX underserved by long haul routes?

Where is that feed coming from? LAS? TUS? ABQ? El Paso? Fairly limited range of options there. Actually, the entire portion of Southern California where people find it more convenient to connect through Phoenix than drive to LAX ... As someone who lives in the Phoenix area (Cave Creek), yes it is n...

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by irelayer
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is PHX underserved by long haul routes?
Replies: 104
Views: 10512

Re: Why is PHX underserved by long haul routes?

As someone observed PHX has a population of 5 million people. AA has a large hub there so if all the ingredients are there and work in other cities why not Phoenix ? AA could feed flights from all over the southwest over PHX to Europe, connecting in DFW is not everything. Where is that feed coming ...

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by irelayer
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 202957

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

I don't think an aircraft's livery matters that much. I'm sure most customers don't care about it, and care more about how the onboard experience is instead. You might be right that livery doesn't matter in and of itself. However branding matters a lot. A distinctive and striking brand can create a...

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by irelayer
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where will UAL fly their 787-10s?
Replies: 49
Views: 12770

Re: Where will UAL fly there 787-10's?

babastud wrote:
Later this year UAL is projected to start receiving there 787-10's, where will they be based and what routes will they fly? do you think they will be a success for UAL?


I thought I heard they will mostly be used TATL as 772 replacements. Might be wrong though.

-IR

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by irelayer
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?
Replies: 255
Views: 18930

Re: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?

Lots of interesting if slightly incorrect stereotypes being thrown around here. I'll throw in my own. The short answer for me is: there used to be (and still are) dedicated charter airlines Apart from the often mentioned SY, there was USA 3000, there (still is) XTRA, and a few other examples. There ...

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by irelayer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.
Replies: 171
Views: 30121

Re: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.

As ever, the engine side of things will tend to control the aeroplane side. On Rolls-Royce, it is clear that the Trent has been Pip'd enough. RR is not going to look backwards as a means of moving forward. They are resourcing the UltraFan as its primary concept, together with multiple other seconda...

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by irelayer
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?
Replies: 78
Views: 12262

Re: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?

As for the lounges, places like EWR C120 were a nightmare before the remodel, completely overcrowded, poor food choices, enjoy your hard earned stay. SFO was so good that people flooded Amex Centurion. If there's a message here for UA in regards to clubs it's that they need to up the price (or comp...

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by irelayer
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Premium Economy
Replies: 10
Views: 3228

Re: United Premium Economy

For domestic flights, I hope they leave E+ as is. The only real change I would hope for is that if they make 777s 10 abreast, then E+ stays at 9 abreast. Any upgrade to E+ will increase the cost of the class. I think E+ is a great price for what you get now. All I really need is extra legroom. I do...

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by irelayer
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Largest aircraft design without hydraulic flight controls?
Replies: 6
Views: 1540

Re: Largest aircraft design without hydraulic flight controls?

I believe the IL-62 was the largest and heaviest mass-produced commercial aircraft without hydraulic flight controls... Hi: In fact Ilushin used a Self Contained Hydraulic System (ARM-62) to power a/c Rudder. In case of hydraulic lock, You may disconnect system by operating a switch that fired a ca...

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by irelayer
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Premium Economy
Replies: 10
Views: 3228

United Premium Economy

Apologies if this has been asked before, but when is UA going to have a real premium economy product? With the elimination of F progressing, it seems like this is the logical next step. Will it replace E+ or supplement it? Does anyone know?

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by irelayer
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Boeing and Airbus launch the replacements for 737 and A320 families
Replies: 26
Views: 15264

Re: When will Boeing and Airbus launch the replacements for 737 and A320 families

Never, why spend billions in capex when you can just tweak the existing designs and have cash rolling in. This is what happens in all industries where competition is limited. Monopolistic markets punish innovation. C-Series is a great example of this. They tried to build a clean-sheet modern compos...

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by irelayer
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East Asian Airlines at Newark Liberty
Replies: 40
Views: 6680

Re: East Asian Airlines at Newark Liberty

I guess this is as much of a kvetch (complaint) as it is a question, but it's really irritating that the only nonstop options from EWR to East Asia are CX to HKG, CA to PEK and UA to HKG & NRT. I know the reason: They don't think EWR will do the business for them. But, I have family in Seoul an...

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by irelayer
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nolinor to put a 41 years old 737-200 in service in 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 9730

Re: Nolinor to put a 41 years old 737-200 in service in 2018

There is something to be said for an aircraft or other piece of equipment that Is simple and rugged. Some things do last longer, usually because the maintenance profile is superior. Old washing machines might be an example. It was a perfected technology that can be maintained forever. Rebuild kits ...

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by irelayer
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Largest aircraft design without hydraulic flight controls?
Replies: 6
Views: 1540

Re: Largest aircraft design without hydraulic flight controls?

I believe the IL-62 was the largest and heaviest mass-produced commercial aircraft without hydraulic flight controls...

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by irelayer
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What would Pan Am look like today?
Replies: 26
Views: 3470

Re: What would Pan Am look like today?

I think it's fun to speculate, as these threads come up every so often. I think Pan Am would look exactly like the US3. Probably would have merged with TWA and gone back to using "Pan Am World Airways". Probably would have had a 767/777 as the primary workhorse, flying from LAX and SFO to ...

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by irelayer
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ukraine International will introduce B777 in 2018 and expend network
Replies: 94
Views: 22813

Re: Ukraine International will introduce B777 in 2018 and expend network

Common knowledge. Common knowledge is not a source...thanks for your flippant reply though. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_Canadians Says there are an estimated 1.2 million Canadians of Ukranian decent, making them Canada's ninth largest ethnic group. Hardly "half". Again, thanks...

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by irelayer
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no United to Africa?
Replies: 52
Views: 10535

Re: Why no United to Africa?

*A is well covered between US/Africa. As previously mentioned there is LH, ET, SA, SN, and TP. Take your pick. Last year I did Maputo-SAN (booked it with miles). The options were mind boggling. I could do SA through South America. I could do TAP through LIS. I could do ET through ADD/DUB/LAX. I coul...

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by irelayer
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ukraine International will introduce B777 in 2018 and expend network
Replies: 94
Views: 22813

Re: Ukraine International will introduce B777 in 2018 and expend network

half of Canada has Ukrainian ancestry. Uhm. What? Source please? -IR Common knowledge. Common knowledge is not a source...thanks for your flippant reply though. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_Canadians Says there are an estimated 1.2 million Canadians of Ukranian decent, making them Canada...

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by irelayer
Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ukraine International will introduce B777 in 2018 and expend network
Replies: 94
Views: 22813

Re: Ukraine International will introduce B777 in 2018 and expend network

cedarjet wrote:
half of Canada has Ukrainian ancestry.


Uhm. What? Source please?

-IR

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by irelayer
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American, United settle 9/11 Claims
Replies: 38
Views: 8720

Re: American, United settle 9/11 Claims

Having practiced law, including the defense of tort claims, I am usually on the skeptical side of personal injury claims. Yeah, most people see their purported injuries to be a potential revenue source, fueled by the contingency agreement with their attorneys, but in some cases, there is legitimacy...

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by irelayer
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could UK to Dubai (or another UAE airport) be the next long haul single aisle aircraft low cost airline destination?
Replies: 29
Views: 5429

Re: Could UK to Dubai (or another UAE airport) be the next long haul single aisle aircraft low cost airline destination?

Conversely, now that FlyDubai is "merging" with Emirates could try new holiday markets for Middle Easterns and Asians. They already fly to a place like Tivat, so other holiday destinations like Mykonos, Santorini, Dubrovnik, Olbia or Ibiza shouldn't be that far-fetched for them. But those...

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by irelayer
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Towing operations
Replies: 13
Views: 1957

Re: Towing operations

I've seen airport ops where the tow was all the way to the taxiway. I thought it might be for fuel saving reasons, but the above responses make more sense.

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by irelayer
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska ending Cuba service
Replies: 64
Views: 8041

Re: Alaska ending Cuba service

How strong is the Alaska brand outside of the NW? I know they are growing in LAX, but even then, would they have better a image with a different brand? They had an opportunity to be branded Virgin with the merger which has better recognition, but for some reason I always feel like their brand pigeo...

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by irelayer
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2220
Views: 278264

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

Can we have a hybrid blended wing body please? Seems to solve all of these problems.

-IR

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