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by 747-600X
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest CEO Kelly - If Things Don’t Improve, This Just Can’t Continue”
Replies: 69
Views: 14105

Re: Southwest CEO Kelly - If Things Don’t Improve, This Just Can’t Continue”

How is there any open time with that many pilots? Horrendous job by scheduling? Call offs, drops, deadheads, Training, delays, fatigue.... there are any number of reasons someone could be booking that many hours. Sometimes you can cover it Open Time or reserve, sometimes you can’t. If not, you get ...

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by 747-600X
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Frankfurt airport: what happened to it on Google Maps?
Replies: 38
Views: 5817

Re: Frankfurt airport: what happened to it on Google Maps?

Take at look at Schipol Airport (AMS). There are TONS of planes there. But... Google has no 3D imagery for that airport. Imagine trying to model ALL those planes in 3D. It's a huge amount of data and very complex for the user's computer to animate. It's far easier on both ends to just remove the pla...

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by 747-600X
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Frankfurt airport: what happened to it on Google Maps?
Replies: 38
Views: 5817

Re: Frankfurt airport: what happened to it on Google Maps?

If you ever had the chance to use Google Maps 3D/"Globe" features, panning around in all three dimensions, when there *were* airplanes, you would have seen that trying to model the planes themselves in 3D was almost impossible, both because they are transient objects and because they're ge...

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by 747-600X
Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Trans States Shutting Down & ExpressJet losing the 175s
Replies: 83
Views: 19604

Re: Confirmed: Trans States Shutting Down & ExpressJet losing the 175s

I did not realize Compass had lost its Delta contract as well. That leaves TSH with just GoJet, as many others have said. The CRJ-550 idea is cute, but I don't think it'll last.

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by 747-600X
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Trans States Shutting Down & ExpressJet losing the 175s
Replies: 83
Views: 19604

Re: Confirmed: Trans States Shutting Down & ExpressJet losing the 175s

GoJet recently lost Delta flying, so now they only have United. And with Trans States leaving the picture, the overall Trans States Holding operation is getting considerably smaller. GoJet is marketing the hell out of the "CRJ-550" which is literally just a CRJ-700 with fewer seats so it o...

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by 747-600X
Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 262377

Re: DL retiring MD-80s quickly

1799 DFW-LGA-DFW is an A220 per delta.com that appears to be a flightaware glitch. It’s a regular scheduled revenue flight. 8947 is a charter, and DL has been using the MD88s for NCAA sports charters, typically basketball and hockey. 8 Flightradar24 shows N958DL southbound and northbound. Yes, 958 ...

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by 747-600X
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates planning for a new A380 lounge
Replies: 24
Views: 5385

Re: Emirates planning for a new A380 lounge

I mean, when you've got that much airplane and nothing to do with all that space, why not just throw in a swimming pool and be done with it? Petting zoo? Uh, how about the Air France art gallery concept? Airplanes move people from A to B. No one says, "I'm going to go to the bar; I'll just by a...

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by 747-600X
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Runway 28L closure - How Bad?
Replies: 144
Views: 28523

Re: SFO Runway 28L closure - How Bad?

So building the whole damned airport on fill was just fine, but adding a runway condemns the whole bay into extinction? Got it. GF Does this really need explaining? The Bay Area in the early-mid twentieth century is a much different place than California today. Very very few people would support la...

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by 747-600X
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions
Replies: 189
Views: 12931

Re: LAX to end curbside pick-ups by rideshare companies, taxis

Sorry, but what's the point of a CURB in the first place if not to GET PICKED UP? I didn't fly there to walk to my final destination. Does it matter whether I'm being picked up by family or friends or a rideshare? What choices am I going to have left? I mean, what vehicles are *supposed* to use the ...

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by 747-600X
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN2574 diverts to MGE (Dobbins ARB, GA)
Replies: 38
Views: 6990

Re: WN2574 diverts to MGE (Dobbins ARB, GA)

The flight did two missed approaches in KATL. At that point, the crew likely felt that they did not have enough fuel to divert to a more reasonable alternate (KAGS, KCHA, etc.) comfortably. Remember that airlines are only authorized to fly to certain airports, so even though there may have been rela...

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by 747-600X
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago spent billions and possible broken promises on O'Hare Airport's expansion plan?
Replies: 22
Views: 5972

Re: Chicago spent billions and possible broken promises on O'Hare Airport's expansion plan?

This article is a poorly-written attack and nothing more. What "international terminal" are they referring to? The terminals built in the 1950s were perfectly adequate and normal for their day, and continue to serve perfectly well as domestic hubs. They're old, but they have aged relativel...

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by 747-600X
Wed May 08, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Twinjet podded engine ferry?
Replies: 16
Views: 2327

Twinjet podded engine ferry?

Howdy.

Have airlines ever ferried (or do they currently ferry) engines under the wings of twinjet aircraft? I've only been able to find pictures of 3- and 4-engine aircraft doing this.

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by 747-600X
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are US Trans-cons Diverting for Fuel?
Replies: 84
Views: 14934

Re: Are US Trans-cons Diverting for Fuel?

Yes. This happens quite frequently. In addition to the mainline examples given, regional airlines frequently need to stop on "half-con" flights, if you will. For example, United Express flies EWR-SAT and Delta Connection flies LGA-IAH. Both of these frequently need to stop somewhere along ...

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by 747-600X
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Meltdown
Replies: 81
Views: 19236

Re: Boston Meltdown

For those who aren't familiar, this is the FAA's official national airspace status page. It's very simple to read. https://www.fly.faa.gov/ois/ As of 0040Z, when I'm posting this, EWR, MDW, and ORD are in GDPs (Ground Delay Programs). EWR EDCTs average 55 minutes, MDW 93 minutes, and ORD 378 minutes...

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by 747-600X
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 287
Views: 96222

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

The Google Maps satellite view shows the 2 in the photograph in the original post as well as a third, parked elsewhere. The picture includes many other aircraft, almost all Airbuses. One stand has an A350 and a 777-200, both without engines...

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by 747-600X
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Fuel MAYDAY call into SYD
Replies: 135
Views: 27402

Re: UA Fuel MAYDAY call into SYD

Zeke, "mayday" does not mean you are actually below 30 minutes; it means that the flight crews has reason to believe that they are going to be below 30 minutes upon arrival. That is when the emergency exists. The declaration of emergency comes when the flight crew no longer feels that the ...

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by 747-600X
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Fuel MAYDAY call into SYD
Replies: 135
Views: 27402

Re: UA Fuel MAYDAY call into SYD

A lot of subjectivity is being left out of the discussion. The dispatcher who planned the flight has considerable leverage over how much fuel to put onboard. Some dispatchers plan considerably less than others, and airlines often emphasize the importance of doing so since carrying thousands of pound...

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by 747-600X
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian flight op.s in Barcelona?
Replies: 3
Views: 912

Norwegian flight op.s in Barcelona?

I was looking at Norwegian Air Shuttle's career listings, and the majority of their operations/support positions seem to be at BCN. As they are headquartered in Norway and have operating certificates in many places of which Spain is not one, I am confused. Thoughts? https://www.norwegian.com/us/abou...

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by 747-600X
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA
Replies: 108
Views: 21015

Re: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA

The protocol here was and is very simple. If a passenger shows you that he is armed, and then demands to see the flight manifest, you put the plane on the ground - and fast. That's what the pilots did. The offending individuals were removed by law enforcement officers who were then able to verify th...

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by 747-600X
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has AA Slipped Behind UA to Become The Number 3 Airline?
Replies: 99
Views: 13886

Re: Has AA Slipped Behind UA to Become The Number 3 Airline?

Uh, yes. There's no competition. Working in the airline industry, seeing all 3 at play, it's clear that American is the generic big airline that really doesn't care. United still has way too many RJs and doesn't know how to distribute them. Delta could change a few things up as well, but its positio...

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by 747-600X
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways kicks 20 passengers off flight because heat wave made plane too heavy
Replies: 39
Views: 11240

Re: British Airways kicks 20 passengers off flight because heat wave made plane too heavy

Yes, this is an issue in PHX, as well as in all other airports where the temperature gets very high and/or the field elevation is high. It's also a significant problem in Las Vegas and Denver, as well as other airports around the world. The length of an airport's runways is of little help. Denver ha...

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by 747-600X
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should the government regulate minimum seating space
Replies: 130
Views: 6028

Re: Should the government regulate minimum seating space

The government should require that airlines conspicuously disclose the space for the class of ticket you buy. So, if you buy an economy ticket on a domestic flight, it should be made "plane" for you to see that, for example, "THE SEATING CLASS YOU HAVE SELECTED OFFERS 29" SEAT PI...

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by 747-600X
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Police Storm JetBlue Plane After Mistaken Hijack Signal
Replies: 30
Views: 5433

Re: Police Storm JetBlue Plane After Mistaken Hijack Signal

Wow, good job to all the people posting the 7500, 7600, and 7700 squawk codes. Imagine how confused all the terrorists and hijackers will be when they figure out what the [drum roll] REAL CODES ARE!!!

Sorry. I'm new at the trolling thing.

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by 747-600X
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 - 5 - 2 Configuration on a 777
Replies: 48
Views: 10906

Re: 2 - 5 - 2 Configuration on a 777

This is far better than 3-3-3. In 3-3-3, two people (window seats) have to climb over TWO seats to get out to the aisle. In 2-5-2, only one person (middle of 5-bench) has to climb over two others to get out, and can choose which way to go. Everything else balances out between the two. So to me, 2-5-...

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by 747-600X
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter
Replies: 108
Views: 12496

Re: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter

This is normal. Almost every ramper and definitely every airline I've ever seen treat bags this way. And honestly, this is gentle compared to what goes on down in the baggage handling rooms.

This is normal.

This is normal.

This is normal.

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by 747-600X
Thu May 31, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bizarre landing by this UA DC-10
Replies: 39
Views: 11019

Re: Bizarre landing by this UA DC-10

We have no idea from the video where the runway starts. That said, I don't see why we all have to take such extreme sides. Yes, it looked a bit long. On a clear day with a dry runway, that's fine. Without objective evidence regarding where the runway started and so forth, it's impossible to say anyt...

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by 747-600X
Wed May 23, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings
Replies: 110
Views: 12961

Re: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings

Uh, for all the folks saying that the plane will somehow stop flying adequately if the folding wingtips come off, erm... no. If they separated entirely from the rest of the wing, you'd have a very small drop in both lift and drag; a minor increase in thrust would make up for the decrease in lift and...

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by 747-600X
Tue May 22, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Horizon Air cutting six underperforming routes
Replies: 53
Views: 7526

Re: Horizon Air cutting six underperforming routes

All this talk of Cat I, Cat II for MMH doesn't seem to make much sense. The airport has no ILS, so there's no "CAT" anything. The only published approach is the RNAV GPS. The minimums for an EMB-175 are *TWICE* what they are for the Q400. The chart (https://skyvector.com/files/tpp/1805/pdf...

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by 747-600X
Sat May 12, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S., UAE strike deal resolving contentious airline spat
Replies: 44
Views: 7707

Re: U.S., Emirates strike deal resolving contentious airline spat

If a country wants to subsidize its air carriers, why shouldn't it? In the US, airlines have proven that only a small minority are capable of handling themselves financially (and this is not surprising, given that air travel is the least efficient way of moving payloads). If a country values air tra...

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by 747-600X
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United seeks to downgauge EWR-HAV service to Republic E175s
Replies: 35
Views: 6020

Re: United seeks to downgauge EWR-HAV service to Republic E175s

It's all the better if load factors are low. Republic's United fleet cannot go more than 50nm off shore, meaning that a direct route from EWR to HAV is impossible. The coastal route would be 1200 nm, and if EYW isn't viable as an alternate, these flights will have to carry fuel for MIA or CUN as th...

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by 747-600X
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United seeks to downgauge EWR-HAV service to Republic E175s
Replies: 35
Views: 6020

Re: United seeks to downgauge EWR-HAV service to Republic E175s

It's all the better if load factors are low. Republic's United fleet cannot go more than 50nm off shore, meaning that a direct route from EWR to HAV is impossible. The coastal route would be 1200 nm, and if EYW isn't viable as an alternate, these flights will have to carry fuel for MIA or CUN as the...

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by 747-600X
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 256
Views: 36469

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

Not sure whether this has been posted yet, but this is the link to United's Polaris "progress tracker", showing how many aircraft/lounges have been updated/created. While the rate of aircraft updates seems average, I'm a bit taken aback by the slowness of updating airport lounges. http://v...

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by 747-600X
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAL2051 doing laps for 3 hours
Replies: 25
Views: 5014

Re: UAL2051 doing laps for 3 hours

Must've been one heck of a bird strike. Those don't usually require a return to field, unless it prevented slats from retracting or similar. For how long they've been up there, almost seems like they might as well have just gone to SFO!

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by 747-600X
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAL2051 doing laps for 3 hours
Replies: 25
Views: 5014

UAL2051 doing laps for 3 hours

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL2051
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United 2051 took off from TPA bound for SFO and immediately started doing short laps up and down the FL coast. Curious to find out what's going on.
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL2051

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by 747-600X
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3491
Views: 442352

Re: Boeing releases NMA-6X 797 Concept_ March 2018

This...is from Boeing???

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by 747-600X
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger
Replies: 60
Views: 6926

Re: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger

Sooooooooooo... have we established why the passenger was removed yet? We know that he was speaking Arabic and that he was thrown off the plane, right? Has SW commented on why they removed him?

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by 747-600X
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian set speed record - again
Replies: 18
Views: 4455

Re: Norwegian set speed record - again

I'd be curious what impact this has on total gate-to-gate time. Arriving an hour early has got to wreak some kind of havoc on the gate planners' schedules at a busy airport. If the arrival airport were JFK, ORD, LAX, or anywhere else in the US that I can think of, an aircraft arriving an hour early ...

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by 747-600X
Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QX Lands on Taxiway at PUW
Replies: 28
Views: 6946

Re: QX Lands on Taxiway at PUW

CVR's can only be used by the NTSB for crash/serious incident investigation. The NTSB decided it didn't meet that criteria. The FAA is punitive - and CVR's can't be used for that. The FAA is not punitive. Especially when compared with other governmental agencies, but even independent of such a comp...

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by 747-600X
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United to Start Giving Passengers Detailed Reasons for Delays
Replies: 30
Views: 3887

Re: United to Start Giving Passengers Detailed Reasons for Delays

I think some background would be helpful. Right now, all airlines delay flights using simple codes. These are fictitious, but examples would be "MX" for maintenance, "CC" for connecting crew, "AT" for ATC, "WX" for weather, and so forth. The codes actually get...

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by 747-600X
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350-2000 Doable with new technologies, more potential with 787 : Bregier
Replies: 74
Views: 16584

Re: A350-2000 Doable with new technologies, more potential with 787 : Bregier

Boeing needs to jump on the 787-11 as soon as humanly possible. With many prior widebody aircraft, they've waited far too long before making the final stretch. 747-8, 757-300, 767-400. The sooner they do it, the better.

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by 747-600X
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How could BA continue a prestigious London-New York experience?
Replies: 125
Views: 20915

Re: How could BA continue a prestigious London-New York experience?

I mean, given that New York doesn't have any airports that aren't an embarrassment to the entire country...

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by 747-600X
Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL ATL-LHR operated by 777 22DEC17-30DEC17
Replies: 9
Views: 4782

Re: DL ATL-LHR operated by 777 22DEC17-30DEC17

Yeah, I'll take the 9-abreast 777 over the A330 any day. They're anything but noisy, and it feels like a cathedral in there (compared to other aircraft). - No thanks, take an A330 over a 777 everyday of the week & yes, they are noisy vs a 330 if behind the wing. I fly ORD-HNL or IAH-HNL and bac...

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by 747-600X
Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: *Attention EWR and SAN: DL 744 Inbound*
Replies: 17
Views: 3509

Re: *Attention EWR and SAN: DL 744 Inbound*

My understanding is that there will be several of these well into January.

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by 747-600X
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SSJ100 with new winglets
Replies: 35
Views: 10383

Re: SSJ100 with new winglets

"...decrease the fuel consumption for [sic] not less than 3%" means that there will be a decrease of 3%, 4%, 5%, etc., but not 2%, 1%, 0%, etc.

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by 747-600X
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How to reignite regional (P2P) flying in the US?
Replies: 30
Views: 4708

Re: How to reignite regional (P2P) flying in the US?

This whole thing is off. Routes like that should never have existed in the first place. All of the routes on that map are suitable for one thing, and only one thing: high speed rail. Anything over land and under 500km makes no sense for an airplane.

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by 747-600X
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL ATL-LHR operated by 777 22DEC17-30DEC17
Replies: 9
Views: 4782

Re: DL ATL-LHR operated by 777 22DEC17-30DEC17

Yeah, I'll take the 9-abreast 777 over the A330 any day. They're anything but noisy, and it feels like a cathedral in there (compared to other aircraft).

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