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by flyingcat
Fri Oct 02, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does MESA really deserve its "bad" reputation
Replies: 53
Views: 5631

Re: Does MESA really deserve its "bad" reputation

McAllen incident...funny you mention that. She (pilot flying) went to delta a few months later. Isn't Delta an airline where you have to know someone in order to get a pilot interview?? I will add that I know many HQ people that have a unique insight into JO and all of them have since moved on to m...

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by flyingcat
Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Married Delta Pilots Fly Together, Retire Together?
Replies: 77
Views: 7304

Re: Married Delta Pilots Fly Together, Retire Together?

First I've heard of this and definitely an outlier.

Commercial piloting is an occupation with one of the highest divorce rates, so its commendable that they've been able to enjoy layovers and truly have time together.

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by flyingcat
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CES 2020 Keynote Address
Replies: 25
Views: 4717

Re: Delta CES 2020 Keynote Address

Parallel reality is very intriguing, families could all watch one large TV and all be enjoying different programs. TV manufacturers will love it because it's another excuse to buy new displays. Although one wonders what people will be playing if they now have a much more fool proof way to ensure onl...

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by flyingcat
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy
Replies: 99
Views: 13118

Re: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy

The ability to book WN tickets on Orbitz get Southwest nothing -- except the cost that Orbitz booking will bring WN. Actually this move could be very prophetic based on what comes next. Expedia and Priceline will never allow booking of WN tickets unless they get a commission, Southwest has. Loading...

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by flyingcat
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy
Replies: 99
Views: 13118

Re: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy

Southwest has traditionally not participated in the GDSs (except for basic selling in Sabre) and has not been available in search engines. They want their sales process to concern them and them only. https://www.businesstravelnews.com/Distribution/Southwest-Will-Put-Content-on-GDSs Clearly some of ...

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by flyingcat
Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 156
Views: 25313

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

I hope the next flight is crewed so we can get back to some old school astronaut flying. I really liked Bridenstine's response noting every Shuttle mission was crewed, even the first docking mission with the ISS. Automate all you want, but its time to get back to putting suits in ships. Is the miss...

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by flyingcat
Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 156
Views: 25313

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Listening to the press conference was interesting CYA NASA administrator Brindenstine mentioned four times "a lot of things went right" :lol: Too much propellant was burned due to an error in tracking elapsed time :shock: When it was noticed the spacecraft was in between comm relay satelli...

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by flyingcat
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 156
Views: 25313

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

https://www.space.com/boeing-starliner-oft-fails-to-reach-correct-orbit.html suggests that the Centaur stage burned too much fuel during the 40-second insertion burn, leaving the spacecraft unable to reach the ISS. Another source says that the Starliner's own engines used too much fuel... Finger po...

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by flyingcat
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Former US Armed Forces members want crackdown on fake "emotional support" animals
Replies: 8
Views: 1110

Re: Former US Armed Forces members want crackdown on fake "emotional support" animals

Seabear wrote:
When did "emotional support animal" become a thing? How the h*ll did the human race manage to cope before small furry mammals became the fetish object du jour?


When pet travel fees went up

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by flyingcat
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit to build new $250m headquarters in Dania Beach, FL
Replies: 27
Views: 8679

Re: Spirit to build new $250m headquarters in Dania Beach, FL

Do NK corporate employees still have to vacuum the office and take out the trash????

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by flyingcat
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS and flight 261's aftermath
Replies: 27
Views: 8436

Re: AS and flight 261's aftermath

I am not familiar with the Mad Dog, Can that aircraft actually be landed solely using the trim tab stabilizer.

Just curious if that was ever a viable option? Has this ever been tried or simulated?

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by flyingcat
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two United RJs at AAs T8 JFK
Replies: 12
Views: 5051

Re: Two United RJs at AAs T8 JFK

jrkmsp wrote:
flyingcat wrote:
Is there a cage match about to happen between AA and UA regional crews??? :duck:


In many cases, AA and UA regional crews are the exact same people.


Sorry assumed posters here had seen the news about a gate agent and pilot fighting in a jetway.

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by flyingcat
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two United RJs at AAs T8 JFK
Replies: 12
Views: 5051

Re: Two United RJs at AAs T8 JFK

Is there a cage match about to happen between AA and UA regional crews??? :duck:

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by flyingcat
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1468
Views: 353078

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called on Delta to play a bigger role in the project. “a 10% stake seems to me a bit low to have a strong business involvement,” Conte said. Translation - We need you to give more money for an even bigger fire. I do wonder if Delta is doing this out of a sense ...

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by flyingcat
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 204
Views: 37553

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

JonesNL wrote:
The A220 would be an option if Airbus is able to pump out 60 p/month to fill in the demand. I am not seeing that happening anytime soon.


Canada would probably make WN flights tax exempt if they ordered this many planes.

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by flyingcat
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump Hosts Meeting b/w QR and the U.S. Carriers
Replies: 136
Views: 19711

Re: Trump Hosts Meeting b/w QR and the U.S. Carriers

I think the airline CEOs should have been far smarter at getting the president's attention on the right topics. If you voted for him or not, the surface details stick in his mind and you have to ready to respond to any slights. 1. Bring a huge gift 2. Remind him that your airline Boeing orders are m...

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by flyingcat
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA
Replies: 30
Views: 6762

Re: S1 recessed- and sliding seats approved by FAA

Interesting about the side slip feature. Seems more convoluted than the original request from airlines to have the aisle seat flip up like in a movie theater. It will definitely help loading times and overhead baggage retrieval.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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by flyingcat
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 120kg of gold worth USD 40mm stolen from GRU in broad daylight
Replies: 13
Views: 4094

Re: 120kg of gold worth USD 40mm stolen from GRU in broad daylight

gokmengs wrote:
Reminds me of the famous Lufthansa Heist at JFK, gotta have people on the inside.

Goodfellas had Frenchy, the AF cargo agent, who not only knew about the shipment, he was the guard as well.

Even he thought that was a joke! :laughing:

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by flyingcat
Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hot Meals in Y in the USA?
Replies: 24
Views: 2902

Re: Hot Meals in Y in the USA?

The biggest issue is that many airliners had their ovens removed long ago. While it is true that meal service it is typically sandwiches and snack boxes. I do not see any airlines adding the equipment back in and expanding the size pf the galleys as they have mostly been shrunk to the smallest footp...

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by flyingcat
Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does AA have any interest in flying to Paramaribo/PBM/Suriname or Cayenne/CAY/French Guiana from MIA?
Replies: 29
Views: 3336

Re: Does AA have any interest in flying to Paramaribo/PBM/Suriname or Cayenne/CAY/French Guiana from MIA?

GEO may be a distinct possibility in the future as the energy market is projected to take off, however UA through IAH will likely be the the first to take advantage of an increasing economy. That said it is uncertain how much the local economy will improve and stimulate local traffic.

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by flyingcat
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big Bang actress rants about United
Replies: 61
Views: 16451

Re: Big Bang actress rants about United

Mayim Bialik has had a lot of bad days recently. She posted over the holidays that she broke up with her boyfriend and was in a dirty apartment with four cats felling lonely. Her ex meanwhile has a new girlfriend and hosted Thanksgiving at his house. There were many critical comments about this howe...

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by flyingcat
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West Coast Florida Thread - 2019
Replies: 122
Views: 14674

Re: West Coast Florida Thread - 2019

But RSW-LAX would be welcome by this Lee County resident. Does anyone know how many pax travel this roiute? I imagine you'd have to include pax that current use SNA or BUR in the potential for this route. Just over 100 in each direction, however the connecting fares have been going up just over $30...

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by flyingcat
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines flight diversion leads to 30-hr nightmare for passengers
Replies: 94
Views: 15613

Re: Alaska Airlines flight diversion leads to 30-hr nightmare for passengers

Wow times have changed. VX management would have had the flight crew buy food for the passengers. Alaska too used to be known as having a large amount of spare aircraft in SEA waiting to handle any aircraft out of service. Hopefully management does not just look at this as another good reason to dit...

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by flyingcat
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern CEO transferred to be COMAC’s vice Party boss
Replies: 7
Views: 2254

Re: China Southern CEO transferred to be COMAC’s vice Party boss

Probably the easiest job in the world. Force Chinese airlines and "persuade" any country under One Belt One Road to order your aircraft even if they need a teardown every 10 flights.

At least their MRO will be productive ish.

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by flyingcat
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon HQ and B6 in LIC
Replies: 60
Views: 5837

Re: Amazon HQ and B6 in LIC

It means they will have a lot of their HQ employees brushing up their resumes and they will likely have to offer raises to compel people to stay.

Should have gone to MCO when they had the chance, passengers could care less where the company HQ is.

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by flyingcat
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EMBRAER launches 2 new executive jets: Praetor 500 & Praetor 600
Replies: 27
Views: 6064

Re: EMBRAER launches 2 new executive jets: Praetor 500 & Praetor 600

Ah, finally the Praetor class is complete with the latest cloaking device.

Jolan tru

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by flyingcat
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rethinking LGA Airport
Replies: 74
Views: 11599

Re: Rethinking LGA Airport

You could send this to the writers of The Man in the High Castle.

This would be the perfect layout for Obergruppenführer Charles Lindbergh International Airport in that universe.

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by flyingcat
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Forbes' Dan Reed: "JetBlue is For Sale!"
Replies: 116
Views: 16708

Re: Forbes' Dan Reed: "JetBlue is For Sale!"

In theory AS and B6 would be a stellar network combination but this belies the problem over who will run the show and how. AS management is great at running a great financial ship but they now little about competing for premium passengers and even less about setting up and running a TPAC or TATL net...

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by flyingcat
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No flights from SFO/SJC/SEA/PDX to all of South America? And just 1 to Central America?
Replies: 44
Views: 5054

Re: No flights from SFO/SJC/SEA/PDX to all of South America? And just 1 to Central America?

There used to be a thrice weekly 767 300 flight on SFO LIM that ended in 2014, This was ended in favor of more capacity in LAX where Oneworld has more connectivity. The loads were good and LATAM stressed at the time that it was not loosing money but clearly they could make more elsewhere. With weakn...

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by flyingcat
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United spend $200mil on Hawaii facilities, adjust schedules
Replies: 68
Views: 10807

Re: United spend $200mil on Hawaii facilities, adjust schedules

So the net effect is less seats for O&D and more connectivity. I wonder if competitors will jump on the chance to grab local share. WN and AS may want to evaluate their outlook based on the new UA strategy.

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by flyingcat
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed Martin wins second contract for hypersonic weapon
Replies: 6
Views: 4189

Re: Lockheed Martin wins second contract for hypersonic weapon

We have to keep up with the Joneses. Of course the open question is how close are the Chinese and Russians to deployment on a tactical level. There have been talks of eliminating part of the defense TRIAD. Could a Trident size hypersonic weapon replace all of our land based silos. It would save mone...

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by flyingcat
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lazer lights affecting US military flights in Afganistan, other ME areas
Replies: 12
Views: 2198

Re: Lazer lights affecting US military flights in Afganistan, other ME areas

This is likely the beginning, high powered laser components continue to become more energy efficient and more powerful.

China has always wanted a laser based dazzler to cripple an army on the battlefield but from all accounts is wary of the perception that testing and deployment would entail.

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by flyingcat
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Has Russia lost an atomic-powered robot in the Barents Sea?
Replies: 10
Views: 2612

Re: Has Russia lost an atomic-powered robot in the Barents Sea?

Is there any truth to the rumors of a brain drain in Russia? I work with many with advanced degrees who left Russia due to a limit on opportunities. There is clearly an issue in Russian Aerospace that limits their ability to adapt to major advances. For instance Roscosmos does not have a way to matc...

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by flyingcat
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Loss of John McCain
Replies: 10
Views: 2222

Re: Loss of John McCain

Since there is already a destroyer named USS John McCain, I would say naming a carrier after him would be unlikely.

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by flyingcat
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline President thinks Parents Should Have to Pay More to Guarantee Sitting Together
Replies: 47
Views: 5302

Re: Airline President thinks Parents Should Have to Pay More to Guarantee Sitting Together

Divorced airline executives have always felt this way about sitting next to their family, why would you want to sit next to drama? :duck:

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by flyingcat
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Someday jetBlue will be in Europe”
Replies: 154
Views: 16266

Re: Combating B6 if they decide to go TA

Hmm it was a shock on the legacy market for transcontinental F/J which took a hard hit with new pircing floors that first were affected by VX and then B6 with an upgraded product.. However in retrospect the damage was only as bad as the response to it. WIll local yields go down, yes, however the cap...

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by flyingcat
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Surf Air work in the North East US?
Replies: 9
Views: 1176

Re: Could Surf Air work in the North East US?

https://www.almanacnews.com/news/2018/0 ... top-flying


I see Surf Air looks upon taxes the same way Wesley Snipes' does. Can Surf Air claim to be a sovereign citizen as well???
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enilria wrote:
Meanwhile Surf Air is so "successful" they should expand to a new region...
https://www.almanacnews.com/news/2018/0 ... top-flying


I see Surf Air looks upon taxes the same way Wesley Snipes' does. Can Surf Air claim to be a sovereign citizen as well???

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by flyingcat
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest latest airline to restrict service, emotional support animals
Replies: 30
Views: 4473

Re: Southwest latest airline to restrict service, emotional support animals

flapsdown40 wrote:
I won't even ask what happens if the little horse needs to "do its business" in the middle of a flight.

The employees of old school US Airways know the answer all too well. Mind you it was in First and back then seats were cloth!

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by flyingcat
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Italian Government lobbying for direct QF PER-FCO
Replies: 35
Views: 6147

Re: Italian Government lobbying for direct QF PER-FCO

A better tactical move would be to tell QF, either you add the route or we will make AZ fly it!

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by flyingcat
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Innovations in boarding???
Replies: 71
Views: 6546

Re: Innovations in boarding???

Dual jetbridges did improve boarding times but accidents and the realization that it does not improve turnaround time ended that experiment. Over time there are plans to improve other areas of the airport. Airline industry groups are working on incorporating biometric boarding passes. In addition th...

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by flyingcat
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska in the Bay Area
Replies: 108
Views: 13227

Re: Alaska in the Bay Area

If it's true that AA will move from T2 to T1 when T1 construction is complete, then there could a little surge of AS flights at SFO as they gain a few more gates in T2. It was written into the T2 agreement that AA would move to T1 when development was complete. AA never wanted to move out of T3 in ...

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by flyingcat
Thu May 31, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback
Replies: 97
Views: 11110

Re: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback

The wild card here is the Foxconn development about 20 minutes south of the airport. A $12 Billion investment/20 million SQ foot facility in a partner/supply chain heavy business is putting a lot of unlikely things back on the table. I think the travel boom may be over estimated. Supply chain logis...

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by flyingcat
Wed May 23, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Airport Planners missed Opportunity for a fifth Runway
Replies: 28
Views: 4393

Re: LAX Airport Planners missed Opportunity for a fifth Runway

There was a more feasible plan to build another runway on the north side of Manchester parkway. If memory serves it was to have gone over the golf course.

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by flyingcat
Thu May 17, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Outgoing AF CEO cites tax burden difference of 500M euro/yr with LH
Replies: 23
Views: 5275

Re: Outgoing AF CEO cites tax burden difference of 500M euro/yr with LH

Another monkey wrench when comparing social programs of France vs Germany is the breakdown of population by age. Most of continental Europe has a severe shortage of younger people to support a larger older population. This spiral will be amplified as older voters will likely vote to expand taxes to ...

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by flyingcat
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1468
Views: 353078

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

"Italian media claim that Lufthansa has lowered the number of aviation jobs it wants removed to 4,000 of the current 8,400. Previously it had planned on 6,000 redundancies." Even a compromise on layoffs is going to really sting for Alitalia's current workforce. As much as I loathe layoffs,...

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by flyingcat
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 128257

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL

Pardon my ignorance but is this Southwest's first-ever fatality? *edit, I know the 2005 Midway incident result in one death but it was not a passenger. Due to an inflight accident, yes this is the first. There was an incident in 2000 where an unstable man broke into the cockpit and was subdued and ...

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by flyingcat
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reward for fugitive mechanic in Valujet 592 crash
Replies: 32
Views: 8619

Re: Reward for fugitive mechanic in Valujet 592 crash

If he had never fled he likely would have avoided incarceration like the other employees but he choose to run and made a bad decision worse. Usually the FBI watches the family, I'm surprised they have not tracked him that way. Either he has totally abandoned his kids, or they are frequently on ATL-S...

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Fines Qantas - Cabotage Violations
Replies: 37
Views: 8667

Re: DOT Fines Qantas - Cabotage Violations

I wonder what AA's view is on this, on one hand QF is valuable partner, on the other hand it is revenue that should have been on AA metal.

I wonder if they played innocent and alerted the DOT, how else do you think they found out about it.

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