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by longhauler
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?
Replies: 115
Views: 8194

Re: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?

A lot of these examples occur due to fifth freedom rights being exercised. In Canada, it gave rise to flying on some very exotic airlines in unusual airplanes. And I certainly did when I could. Things like flying on an IL-62 from YMX-JFK, (OK and LO), or a VC-10 of BA from YUL-ORD, or B747 from SFO-...

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by longhauler
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 757-200 hard landing at EWR
Replies: 75
Views: 10780

Re: What’s the emergency at EWR?

Can't confirm it, but a UA pilot posted elsewhere, it was a new hire FO on his IOE. If so, thats not good for him/her. The trainee will be fine. However, the Training Captain might fall under some scrutiny. Especially as I have heard (anecdotally only) that this is a gotcha with the 757 under some ...

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by longhauler
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline
Replies: 50
Views: 4188

Re: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline

Loftleidir of Iceland was the only operator of the pax version of the Canadair CL-44- all other variants were cargo. Flying Tiger flew passengers in their CL-44D4-2s. Usually charters, but also equipment subs for other airlines. The Royal Canadian Air Force also operated the CL-44-6 in a 134 passen...

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by longhauler
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline
Replies: 50
Views: 4188

Re: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline

Did anyone other than Aeroflot operate the TU-114?
(It remains one of the oddest in my safety card collection).

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by longhauler
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Classic B Variants
Replies: 19
Views: 2617

Re: 747 Classic B Variants

I thought the -200 was simply an “ER” version of the -100. The -200B was the type that besides the extra range had also a longer upper deck to house more passengers. It was my understanding the upper decks of the -100 and -200 had the same surface area, but the latter had more windows. The -300 was...

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by longhauler
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Incident in 1988 in either New York or New Jersey?
Replies: 24
Views: 4411

Re: Incident in 1988 in either New York or New Jersey?

An engine failure of any kind after becoming airborne would never (even in 1988) result in an instantaneous landing in a jet aircraft, unless the failure was absolutely catastrophic in nature, with an immediate loss of control. In other words, essentially a crash. Exactly. Unless the Captain chose ...

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by longhauler
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Incident in 1988 in either New York or New Jersey?
Replies: 24
Views: 4411

Re: Incident in 1988 in either New York or New Jersey?

I can certainly understand the skepticism about this incident among the "old timers" like myself. Any aircraft that ended up in an evacuation in an open field after something as mundane and controllable as an engine failure would be HUGE. In fact, we'd still be arguing about it today! Add ...

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by longhauler
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta saves the day with free charter
Replies: 113
Views: 19329

Re: Delta saves the day with free charter

diverdave wrote:
Actually, no - AA does not rebook you onto another airline unless you have status.


DiamondFlyer wrote:
The plane wasn't flying over. It was ferried in empty from ATL-OKC, and then operated OKC-RIC with the group.


Excellent examples of the point being missed!

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by longhauler
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta saves the day with free charter
Replies: 113
Views: 19329

Re: Delta saves the day with free charter

I am very curious how this played out. Knowng the internal workings of large airlines, it all seems so unlikely, yet ... it DID happen. Namely, in OKC, you have 41 passengers (among others) inconvenienced by a cancellation. Of course, AA would look at all options and DL being one of the options woul...

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by longhauler
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta saves the day with free charter
Replies: 113
Views: 19329

Re: Delta saves the day with free charter

it was a cool gesture by DL, but it was also a business opportunity. DL had already assembled a rescue flight to RIC to cover for the cancelled inbound flight (NYC) when the call for help came in. The collection of flight coupons would've been more than enough to offset the cost to detour to OKC. T...

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by longhauler
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue to drop BUF-LAX?
Replies: 28
Views: 5276

Re: Jetblue to drop BUF-LAX?

Canadians still come over and fly out of Buffalo ..... its gone from 30 to 40% each year and rising. So something with your pricing is way off. Take a drive into the parking lots, its basically all Ontario plates. As noted several times in this thread and many many times on this website, over one m...

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by longhauler
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue to drop BUF-LAX?
Replies: 28
Views: 5276

Re: Jetblue to drop BUF-LAX?

I believe its up to 40% of passengers are Canadians that fly out of Buffalo. WN, F9, and b6 are VERY popular and cheap. If you are a single passenger, flying out of BNIA out from Canada is not worth it. But if you have a whole family flying to Florida, vegas, LA, etc. It is definitely worth the sav...

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by longhauler
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Condor resumes FRA-MSY with all-LGBT crewed Pride flight
Replies: 40
Views: 5211

Re: Condor resumes FRA-MSY with all-LGBT crewed Pride flight

What do these companies do the rest of the year to support LGBTQ equality? It's actually the other way around. It is the companies (and countries) that have well defined rules/laws with regard to harassment or discrimination that are likely to promote Pride events like this. Let's face, you won't s...

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by longhauler
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue to drop BUF-LAX?
Replies: 28
Views: 5276

Re: Jetblue to drop BUF-LAX?

IThanks to high taxes, its actually a lot of times cheaper to fly LAX-BUF, then take a bus or rent a car then fly nonstop LAX-YYZ. Would be surprised to see it cut or even frequencies reduced. Air Canada's usual cheapest fare this summer from YYZ-LAX is $280CAD or $210US. (Taxes and fees included)....

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by longhauler
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Astana incident caused by inverted aileron control
Replies: 149
Views: 4187

Re: Air Astana incident caused by inverted aileron control

That’s some scary stuff. I really wonder how this wouldn’t be caught by the crew in the normal flight control checks. Odd. Just for fun, as Captain during the control check ... say "Ailerons left" but apply "Ailerons right", see if the F/O catches it. I find about 1 in 5 do. Not...

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by longhauler
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Condor resumes FRA-MSY with all-LGBT crewed Pride flight
Replies: 40
Views: 5211

Re: Condor resumes FRA-MSY with all-LGBT crewed Pride flight

It is well known among airline marketing specialists that the Gay Community has among the highest discretionary income within travelling demographics. If one were cynical, one could suggest this was a good marketing scheme. But actually, it is not much different than "all female crew" flig...

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by longhauler
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Russian SST
Replies: 97
Views: 10810

Re: New Russian SST

Also, there was nothing wrong with the Tu-144 safety record. The crash at Le Bourget and its causes are something you should look into, the same would have happened to Concorde if it was in its place at that moment. Not to mention, the TU-144 had a better safety record than Concorde with regard to ...

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by longhauler
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Purple Color Envelope Icon on PM
Replies: 3
Views: 584

Re: Purple Color Envelope Icon on PM

Damn. Now, that’s all I can see! :D
Did you ever find out what it meant?

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by longhauler
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines to Canada?
Replies: 29
Views: 4683

Re: Spirit Airlines to Canada.

Anything that I think they could launch would be loss leaders. That's the biggest problem with LCCs in Canada, their main edge, that is low fares, is lost. For example, look at YYZ-TPA in the Autumn. The lowest Air Canada one way fare is $194. $94 of that are airport fees and taxes. Air Canada only...

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by longhauler
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam
Replies: 116
Views: 13697

Re: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam

I have never, ever had to do that. Every country I've been to did the customs check at the final airport. Only if the connection point and the final destination are not in the same country. I know of no country that would allow you entrance to their country. Claim your bags, then fly on a local dom...

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by longhauler
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toronto Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 238
Views: 32184

Re: Toronto Aviation Thread - 2019

YUL - FCO as well.

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by longhauler
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF447 - 10 Years Later
Replies: 85
Views: 14447

Re: AF447 - 10 Years Later

Simple pitch and power would mean everyone would be alive today. If you mean ease the nose down gently and leave the power OFF, then you are correct. Otherwise, it is not that simple ... and a delicate balance. That is what became apparent in the simulator. If you put power up too soon, before the ...

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by longhauler
Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF447 - 10 Years Later
Replies: 85
Views: 14447

Re: AF447 - 10 Years Later

One of the main outcomes of this accident was a review of the way transport pilots were trained. Full stalls and recoveries were never performed. It was always assumed that once a stall indication started (either a stick shaker or "stall stall" warning), if a recovery was actioned, that wa...

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by longhauler
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What was the last US airliner to have a Third Officer?
Replies: 21
Views: 2260

Re: What was the last US airliner to have a Third Officer?

The DC-8 was the last airliner that carried a Navigation Officer at Air Canada. The DC-8-41/43 and DC-8-54JT were the last delivered with an operational navigation station and would fly with a four man crew when necessary. The DC-8-53 and DC-8-61/63 were delivered with INS and did not carry a naviga...

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by longhauler
Thu May 30, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Printed Airline Timetables
Replies: 33
Views: 2678

Re: Printed Airline Timetables

Great memories of walking down the line at the airport ticket counters, picking up a timetable for each airline. Sometimes they weren't on display towards the end and you had to ask an agent for one. I guess I had caught the airline bug...after college I started my job as cabin crew and here we are...

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by longhauler
Thu May 30, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 18551

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

Remember the Air Canada DC-8 that lost an engine during a hard landing go around and ended up exploding during the second landing attempt? It's funny you should mention this accident. The aircraft only got 8 miles north of YYZ when, in flames, the right wing left the airframe. The investigation sta...

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by longhauler
Thu May 30, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 18551

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

I’m not saying the FO couldn’t hear it, I’m saying that in a fight for life situation when struggling to maintain control of the plane while other alarms are blaring, it would be very possible for the FO to tune out the sound of the Captain’s shaker. I’m aware of how loud they are, I’m a pilot too....

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by longhauler
Wed May 29, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fear of aircraft lavatories
Replies: 19
Views: 2516

Re: Fear of aircraft lavatories

I have heard of this fear mentioned before, so you are not alone. But I can tell you, in over 35 years flying jet transport aircraft, I have never had a passenger get trapped in a lavatory. As accurately noted, the doors are easily opened up from the outside and also, every one I have ever seen has ...

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by longhauler
Wed May 29, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 18551

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

Based on the stellar safety record in the past 10 years and counting, I’d say we learned something. I am going to guess you are not counting the 737 MAX and the MCAS having only one AOA source, with the second optional. With regards to the stick shaker, it should be mandated on both sides. You can’...

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by longhauler
Wed May 29, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the dynamics or reason behind the turboprops rotating blades in opposite directions?
Replies: 22
Views: 4380

Re: What is the dynamics or reason behind the turboprops rotating blades in opposite directions?

P factor I guess no one read this. It is the main reason for counter rotating props on twin engine propeller aircraft. Basically, what it means is that the down going blade is producing more thrust than the up going blade at any angle of attach higher than zero. Counter rotating props, clockwise on...

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by longhauler
Wed May 29, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 18551

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

Thanks for the response. Part of my original question remains however and that is (really hypothetical now, AA191 aside), if both engines had been operating and there was a stick shaker on only the Captain's column (as there would have been on all AA DC-10's in those days before the mandate for bot...

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by longhauler
Tue May 28, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 7473

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

Ansett had a 3 person cockpit version of the 767 made. It was the other way around. The 767 was originally designed to have a 3 man cockpit. During development, the 2 man concept was accepted, designed and offered to airlines. Some airlines kept the 3 man cockpit. If you look at the cockpits of ear...

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by longhauler
Mon May 27, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announces YQB-Caribbean routes
Replies: 4
Views: 1201

Re: Air Canada announces YQB-Caribbean routes

Air Canada's flights to leisure/vacation spots have always been limited to where aircraft and crew are. Places like YHZ or YOW, for example, were easy. But places like YQB, YXU, YQM, etc were always harder. Rouge aircraft numbers were always limited by the pilot contract. On the last contract re-ope...

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by longhauler
Sun May 26, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 18551

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

Cody wrote:
Air Jamaica DC-8


That was my guess, or AeroPeru.
But with its unique open cowls, it looks like a 62/63, so maybe an Air Jam -62.

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by longhauler
Sun May 26, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 18551

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

Also, why did one crash and the other, not? Cargo door blew out on both, correct? Yes. However, Turkish 981 had 346 people on board, including crew. American 96 had only 67 people on board. The result was that after the cargo doors blew out, American 96 had a partial floor collapse, which took out ...

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by longhauler
Sun May 26, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 18551

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

One of the other reasons this crash resonates is that at that time in the late 70’s and early 80’s, AA DC-10’s on takeoff and landing showed the actual cockpit video on the big monitors in the passenger cabin. The vantage point was just behind the pilots. So thus, these poor passengers watched them...

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by longhauler
Sat May 25, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Profile Picture/Avatar Upload Issues Thread
Replies: 61
Views: 10243

Re: Profile Picture/Avatar Upload Issues Thread

This has been going on for a while now. I think we have to accept that the owners of this site no longer wish to make any investment in keeping it working, as this is one of several glitches that have gone unfixed. Sad, as this was once a great site. Thankfully, there are many other aviation wesites...

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by longhauler
Wed May 22, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat
Replies: 256
Views: 37069

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

And as I said earlier in the thread, that's not typically how antitrust authorities view airline mergers. It's almost always focused on route overlaps and slot/gate constraints at overlapping airports. But even on those facts, that 48/34/..../2 share split translates to an HHI well into the "h...

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by longhauler
Wed May 22, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat
Replies: 256
Views: 37069

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

It's not quite that simple. Market share is not always an accurate proxy for competitive influence, and in any event, 2% occasionally matters when concentration is already high. That's rather the point of the Herfindahl-Hirschman index being exponential. I could see that if it were, say, 10%. And t...

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by longhauler
Wed May 22, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat
Replies: 256
Views: 37069

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

But that doesn’t alter the fact that an AC/TS merger would significantly reduce competition and service quality within Canada. Transat currently has less than 2% of the market share within Canada. Soooo .... a possible reduction of competition of 2%? :roll: What is AC’s goal? Check out the price di...

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by longhauler
Tue May 21, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat
Replies: 256
Views: 37069

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

Air Canada acquiring Air Transat could only help westjet in Quebec. Let's face it, the teal team is pathetic at best when considering La Belle Province. If AC were to abuse a monopoly of low yield vacation destinations to internal France and southern Europe out of YUL, then they deserve another airl...

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by longhauler
Sat May 18, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat
Replies: 256
Views: 37069

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

If Westjetters thinks it will be business as usual under Onex, they better think again. Onex will want a significant return on their investment, which means chasing business travellers. AC will defend this market segment very aggressively. Many have tried and failed to achieve this. I’m not sure wh...

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by longhauler
Thu May 16, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat
Replies: 256
Views: 37069

Re: Air Canada buying Air Transat

This play is more about keeping Onex from getting their hands on AT and creating a beach head in Eastern Canada. I don’t think acquiring AT was in Onex’s plans. That was my thought as well. This is not about wanting Air Transat, but making sure no one else (with deep pockets) gets them. This concep...

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by longhauler
Thu May 16, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck visit in-flight?
Replies: 24
Views: 3502

Re: Flight Deck visit in-flight?

Marry a pilot is also an option. ;) Oddly enough, in Canada, my spouse can not ride in the cockpit jumpseat, unless they are an employee (domestic) or one of those named above (international). I often found it odd that I can carry Bob from Accounting in the cockpit (without a security pass), but no...

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by longhauler
Thu May 16, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many DC-3's are still operational?
Replies: 3
Views: 660

Re: How many DC-3's are still operational?

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario takes people for rides on their DC-3 for CAD80 per person. A Beech 18 as well for the same price. For the more daring they have a whole range of aircraft taking passengers for rides. From small, like a Tiger Moth, through things like a Mitch...

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by longhauler
Wed May 15, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada leasing Omni planes for the Vancouver - Hawaii route
Replies: 16
Views: 4846

Re: Air Canada leasing Omni planes for the Vancouver - Hawaii route

I'm sure AC management wouldn't be spending all this extra money from the goodness of their hearts unless they felt confident they could get compensation from Boeing as a result of the Max grounding. Maybe. More likely they know that if they are going to get through this, they need the pilots on th...

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by longhauler
Wed May 15, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada leasing Omni planes for the Vancouver - Hawaii route
Replies: 16
Views: 4846

Re: Air Canada leasing Omni planes for the Vancouver - Hawaii route

Looking on the Omni website, the 18J/195Y configuration looks pretty comfortable. At least it's not 8 abreast in Y. Air Canada made that mistake once when wet leasing 767s from a European carrier with the 787 delays. Those were 8 abreast in Y ... the numbers of complaints? .... apparently almost one...

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by longhauler
Wed May 15, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada leasing Omni planes for the Vancouver - Hawaii route
Replies: 16
Views: 4846

Re: Air Canada leasing Omni planes for the Vancouver - Hawaii route

I'm surprised the AC pilot contract would allow this kind of operation. Certainly could not do this with any of the legacy airlines down in the US. Even though the Collective Agreement would allow Air Canada to not pay any 737 pilots out of seniority due to a Force Majeure clause, Air Canada has el...

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by longhauler
Tue May 14, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal
Replies: 103
Views: 19591

Re: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal

I am no expert in the Canadian airline market, but it's very possible that this could happen and Air Canada should be weary of it. I expect AC to act accordingly, however So what do you think a Westjet/Delta alliance could do, that Canadian Airlines/American Airlines couldn't? Every airline that ha...

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by longhauler
Sun May 12, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad loses 5 star ranking
Replies: 55
Views: 11194

Re: Etihad loses 5 star ranking

Just flew with them, and it was dreadful. Meal service is now just the “main course” dish, no appetiser, no desert, just a frankly disgusting single dish, that was no larger than before. No wonder, because they now push their BOB product heavily, and constant announcements for pay options that not ...

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