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by mcg
Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 281
Views: 45439

Re: Denver Aviation Thread - 2020

I don't think the roof is going anywhere. The art inside is always subject to change, don't know what the current plan is.

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by mcg
Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 281
Views: 45439

Re: Denver Aviation Thread - 2020

I was out at DIA yesterday and two things really struck me. First, how incredibly few people were in the airport. There was absolutely no line at security, no line at check in. I've going to DIA since it opened and I've never, ever seen it that empty, even on holidays. Second, the Great Hall is pret...

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by mcg
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1311
Views: 151484

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Does Boeing have a sales person or sales team covering Amazon? (Isn't that a really wild sentence?, who could have imagined).

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by mcg
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?
Replies: 194
Views: 27657

Re: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?

Yes it would, that would create millions and millions of new jobs with the 100%+ tariffs and embargoes put on in reply. Probably the best thing that could happen for working families in the country. And man we would make a lot of money too, could probably even eliminate the income tax and go back t...

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by mcg
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?
Replies: 194
Views: 27657

Re: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?

If this is to avoid tariffs and if this is a loophole it has to be a loophole created on purpose. Otherwise, what moron would devise a tariff with this blatant of a loophole? An army of lawyers reviewed, revised and approved the tariff before it went into effect which leads me to think it is create...

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by mcg
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?
Replies: 194
Views: 27657

Re: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?

So.. for many years Boeing delivered aircraft in Montana to avoid a Washington tax, eventually Washington got the hint and changed their tax.

This whole thing simply illustrates what an economics professor said a long time ago, "tariffs are stupid".

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by mcg
Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Canada Refund
Replies: 10
Views: 967

Re: Air Canada Refund

I've notified AC in writing, I'll give then a week to respond, then cancel and dispute with credit card company. thanks.

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by mcg
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Canada Refund
Replies: 10
Views: 967

Re: Air Canada Refund

Chase has indicated that as long as the itinerary offered is different than what was purchased I have grounds for a dispute. I'm just nervous as what one rep says on the phone may be different than what a different rep decides when dispute is processed. Thanks again

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by mcg
Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Canada Refund
Replies: 10
Views: 967

Re: Air Canada Refund

Thanks for the info, I'm trying to evaluate the risk of cancelling then disputing the charge with my Visa card. AC's offer (i.e. transferable 'gift' card with no expiration) isn't terrible, but it's hard to use from Denver. Taking it would mean that whenever we are able to travel to Europe again, we...

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by mcg
Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Canada Refund
Replies: 10
Views: 967

Re: Air Canada Refund

Thanks for the info everyone. Does anyone have any insight into the credit card dispute process? My experience has been once Chase thinks the dispute is justified they simply charge back the charge to the merchant. Can I expect similar practice here?

Thanks again.

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by mcg
Sat Aug 15, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you could talk to Dave Calhoun, what would you say?
Replies: 8
Views: 927

Re: If you could talk to Dave Calhoun, what would you say?

Boeing757100 wrote:
Lol, I think most ppl on A.net will say "Bring back the 757" tho the tooling is demolished.



no no no, the 757 tooling is stored in a bunker under Denver International Airport. Everybody knows this.

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by mcg
Sat Aug 15, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Canada Refund
Replies: 10
Views: 967

Air Canada Refund

I booked a trip in February on AC. It's DEN-ZRH with return of ZAG-DEN, both with connections in YYZ. AC has canceled the DEN-YYZ leg on the initial trip and has changed the return to FRA-DEN (they've closed ZAG and can't seem to organize a return from ZAG). So, it would seem to me that the appropri...

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by mcg
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1516
Views: 183621

Re: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court

Capitalism doesn't mean disregarding public health. Sure it does. In capitalism, all transactions are assigned a cost and a benefit. If benefit exceeds cost, go for it. Given that a lot of costs of public health are socialized or benefit for-profit hospitals, insurance companies, pharma companies, ...

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by mcg
Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1516
Views: 183621

Re: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court

... They might not be the first to liquidate (thinking Norwegian here) but if the status quo continues they are toast. Norwegian is not what it used to be. It's no longer an airline with great expansion ambition, plenty of planes and dwindling cash reserves. Norwegian of today is owned by leasing c...

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by mcg
Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic creditors aprove restructuring; (files for BK in US Court)
Replies: 1516
Views: 183621

Re: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court

Sorry, but is this all even legal? I mean, this is basically a jurisdiction shopping exercise for a company in distress. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but VS is a UK-registered company, and must obey UK laws (English law, in this case, I gather). The fact of filing for bankruptcy protection, in t...

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by mcg
Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1311
Views: 151484

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

I've wondered for a long time (here) if UPS was getting stuck with the bad deliveries and Amazon was keeping the easy deliveries. At my house in the suburbs in Colorado I haven't seen an Amazon delivery by UPS in longer than I can remember; 3 years maybe more. It's an easy delivery, close to an airp...

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by mcg
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 59219

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Boeing has today confirmed that the 747 program will be terminated in 2022. Thank you, Boeing, for making it official. Definitely an improvement in the state of affairs. However, they didn't say if they plan to build the four "spares" we discussed on the previous page by end 2022! :biggri...

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by mcg
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1311
Views: 151484

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Quick update on the Sun Country 737-800s for Amazon: N7933A arrived in MSP on Monday, 7/20/20 from conformity. First revenue flight took place earlier today, Wednesday, 7/22/20. Was N447CC. N5479A arrived in MSP on Wednesday, 7/22/20 from conformity. First revenue flight on ???. Was N440CC. That me...

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by mcg
Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inching towards a collapse of the leasing industry
Replies: 56
Views: 15731

Re: Inching towards a collapse of the leasing industry

Just looking at big quads, many new ones like A380s are retired now after only one lease period. Technically they would be good for at least another 12 years and more. The leasing companies might have covered their own investment with the first term but the leasing companies investors didn't make t...

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by mcg
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement
Replies: 161
Views: 43295

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

It seems to me the F-35 will be the most capable choice and the most expensive. The Finns have to decide if they want and are able to pay for the extra capability.

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by mcg
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B727 cockpit
Replies: 31
Views: 3704

Re: B727 cockpit

I’ve always wondered, with a qualified pilot, or Second Officer acting as a flight engineer for however long it takes for their seniority to allow them to be promoted to the right seat, was there ever a concern about their flying skills eroding? Sure, they probably flew for years before getting the...

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by mcg
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visual vs. ILS approach
Replies: 27
Views: 2795

Re: Visual vs. ILS approach

Thanks so much for all of the responses. Yet another dumb follow up question: when flying an instrument approach, are the pilots eyes focused only on the instruments inside the airplane? Thanks again.

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by mcg
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visual vs. ILS approach
Replies: 27
Views: 2795

Re: Visual vs. ILS approach

Thanks for the interesting responses. One follow up, assuming good weather, are most approaches to busy (for example DEN or ORD) visual approaches? Thanks in advance.

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by mcg
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visual vs. ILS approach
Replies: 27
Views: 2795

Re: Visual vs. ILS approach

Ok, so a really dumb follow up question: Is a visual approach truly 'visual' in the sense the pilot sees the airport and runway and simply flies there, or is there a system of electronic navigation 'landmarks' (for lack of a better term) that are used to navigate to the runway? Thanks in advance.

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by mcg
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1311
Views: 151484

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

lightsaber wrote:
This is an aviation thread on Amazon. Please take Covid19 (other than why it boosts Amazon) and all retail discussion to non-aviation.


ooooops......sorry.

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by mcg
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?
Replies: 119
Views: 29566

Re: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?

So, in the 70's NW had a flight SEA-GEG-MSO-GTF-BIL-BIS-MSP It arrived shortly before midnight in MSP and was operated with a 727. From there I connected on to a 747 to finish my journey at ORD. I presume the first flight was somehow a result of the regulatory environment and the second was to move ...

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by mcg
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"
Replies: 135
Views: 31139

Re: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"

"Sir"... I laugh every time someone uses that... Grown men with titles that are as outdated as those that bestow them. You don't want to start this , I mean Captain is a military term... Indeed. They should be called "Pilot" and "Co-Pilot" "Pilot" and "C...

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by mcg
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"
Replies: 135
Views: 31139

Re: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"

I wonder what aviation finance community thinks about his comments. Those are not his frames, or even Emirates frames. These are owned by banks and lessors who bet their farms on his misadventures. Now making it sound like Airbus couldn't sell enough or other airlines didn't buy enough to save the ...

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by mcg
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1461
Views: 4110

Re: Emirates Retires First A380

I bet that it wasn't full and that it lost money for EK. But how does that opinion (not fact) relate to my comment at all? It highlights the idea that just because you were on plane X on route Y and it was full doesn't mean it was full on every flight nor made money on every flight. C'mon, Route Y ...

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by mcg
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: FedEx to reactivate parked aircraft
Replies: 182
Views: 60913

Re: Updated: FedEx to reactivate parked aircraft

What is the 'provenance' of the MD-10 being required, what airlines did it operate for? Any info appreciated, thanks in advance. The MD-10 was a joint development between FedEx and McDonnell Douglas. Its two-person glass cockpit configuration allows for a common type rating with the MD-11. FedEx is...

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by mcg
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1461
Views: 4110

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

In my opinion, we will have more suicides from economic loss due to Convid19 than the disease kills. True, but we will never know how many people would have been killed when we Covid19 had been considered as just a flu. Not only the victims of the virus, but also those because of collapsing health ...

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by mcg
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1311
Views: 151484

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Sun Country Amazon Prime Air plane #7 is now at PAE as of yesterday. 737-800F N448CC aka N7901A That makes 3 now at PAE going through conformity.. Boy they aren’t holding back are they? I wonder if the plan Pre Covid was to scale up so fast. I have to imagine not, that would be what, a 30% increase...

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by mcg
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: FedEx to reactivate parked aircraft
Replies: 182
Views: 60913

Re: Updated: FedEx to reactivate parked aircraft

What is the 'provenance' of the MD-10 being required, what airlines did it operate for? Any info appreciated, thanks in advance.

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by mcg
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1311
Views: 151484

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

What percentage of Amazon deliveries are handled in-house as opposed to an outside delivery company (i.e. UPS or the Post Office or Ontrac)? I know this is a hard question to answer (what do you measure, items, deliveries, weight, volume, mileage?), but I am curious as to the general magnitude of Pr...

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by mcg
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767
Replies: 68
Views: 13874

Re: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767

Equally poetic is that the seniority number held by the Captain who commanded the last flight is 767. No joke. I will miss this workhorse dearly. This fleet earned its keep many times over, and played a very significant role in building Air Canada into the airline it is today. What was the captain'...

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by mcg
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767
Replies: 68
Views: 13874

Re: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767

It’s only poetic that this day is the same day my C-FCAG (767-375ER retired in 2018) fuselage skin key chain was delivered to me. Funny how things work. Equally poetic is that the seniority number held by the Captain who commanded the last flight is 767. No joke. I will miss this workhorse dearly. ...

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by mcg
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 260783

Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

https://flightaware.com/live/airport/KBYH


Kind of sad Flightaware screen, many arrivals, very few departures.
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FLALEFTY wrote:
Here's the status of "final flights" of the MD88's and MD90's to BYH:

https://flightaware.com/live/airport/KBYH


Kind of sad Flightaware screen, many arrivals, very few departures.

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by mcg
Thu May 28, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Signs of airports normalizing.
Replies: 30
Views: 5495

Re: Signs of airports normalizing.

May not be seeing huge increases everywhere but I can tell you for a fact here at BNA the flights are picking back up. Most definitely not normal loads but we had 12 of our 42 flights booked to the lid (93 on the -700, 113 on the -800) yesterday and we’ve most definitely seen most of out flights th...

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by mcg
Wed May 27, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are AA, DL and UA Limiting the Number of Passengers to Achieve Social Distancing?
Replies: 2
Views: 516

Are AA, DL and UA Limiting the Number of Passengers to Achieve Social Distancing?

My question is are AA, DL and UA limiting the number of passengers on each flight to achieve social distancing? The background is a family member is booking a flight on AA (Skywest actually) and was surprised by the number of occupied seats on the seat map. She wonders if some seats might be 'blocke...

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by mcg
Sat May 23, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1461
Views: 4110

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

Well... STC says the 380 is staying in and has a place in Emirates. He expects to be flying his full fleet in 2022. He says only retirements happening are the 3 380s going out and the 9 777s also going out this year. He says this hub model has worked for 35 years and they wish to continue it. https...

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by mcg
Fri May 22, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1311
Views: 151484

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/tech ... e=Homepage
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I think this article is generally relevant to this thread:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/tech ... e=Homepage

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by mcg
Sun May 17, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 763
Views: 122974

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

It would seem to me that carrying maximum freight between JNB and ATL is absolutely not an issue for DL today. The only thing that matters is getting the cash burn to zero. Everything else can be figured out later.

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by mcg
Thu May 14, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 260783

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

I see they're making some changes in the schedule. This is an obvious typo, but it definitely made me chuckle. :rotfl: https://preview.redd.it/6tv3ekt679y41.jpg?width=640&crop=smart&auto=webp&s=aec650811acef0b79a35a8b99458fb02ec043d70 Imagine if it could fly that long and was feasible 8...

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by mcg
Thu May 14, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1311
Views: 151484

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Here is a blog post from LX relating to their cargo in passenger jets flight from China. It's been noted in this thread that for the Air Bridge program ground time in China is minimized. In the blog it is noted that the LX crews spent eight hours on the ground in China, but didn't leave the aircraft...

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by mcg
Sat May 09, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?
Replies: 58
Views: 5399

Re: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?

Fuel hedging caused WN to be profitable for numerous years while all the other major US airlines were losing money. https://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/28/business/worldbusiness/28iht-hedge.4.8517580.html Any airline (or anyone) with option contracts for the delivery of oil or jet fuel is going to lose...

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by mcg
Sat May 09, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?
Replies: 58
Views: 5399

Re: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?

If a resource is limited not all demands can be met. It's the price that decides whose demands get satisfied and whose demands can't. Beside costing money, fuel hedges contradict the distribution function inherent in the oil price. Therefore I believe airlines shouldn't be allowed to hedge their fu...

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by mcg
Fri May 08, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1311
Views: 151484

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

So, there are (or will be) a large number of 763's that Amazon could acquire. I wonder if they are really of much interest to Amazon if they can't reasonably quickly be converted to freighters. Do the folks that do freighter conversions have the ability to increase the rate at which they are able t...

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by mcg
Thu May 07, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1311
Views: 151484

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

So, there are (or will be) a large number of 763's that Amazon could acquire. I wonder if they are really of much interest to Amazon if they can't reasonably quickly be converted to freighters. Do the folks that do freighter conversions have the ability to increase the rate at which they are able to...

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by mcg
Mon May 04, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26928

Re: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft

Razza92 wrote:
Wonder what this will mean for AC Rouge’s long haul destinations such as in the U.K.? Will these be taken over by mainline or canned completely. Interesting times ahead.


I had a Rouge flight Zagreb - Toronto in September that was cancelled a month or so ago.

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by mcg
Sat May 02, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Air Canada anticipates return of worldwide air travel by Christmas" (CBC)
Replies: 52
Views: 8171

Re: "Air Canada anticipates return of worldwide air travel by Christmas" (CBC)

I think that is very optimistic. I can’t see flying returning to normal until at least half way through next year. We need a working vaccine first. That will make it safe enough to travel again and as a result of that restore confidence. A third step is of course people having stable jobs so they c...

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