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by jetblueguy22
Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1274
Views: 146248

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

You could be right, the low hanging fruit is ripe for the taking. However, I do believe that as long as a portion of the public still relies on the USPS, UPS, and Fedex to ship everyday items to each other, you can bet Amazon is evaluating ways to leverage their logistics network to be able to capi...

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by jetblueguy22
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First New-Build ATR-72 Freighter Takes Flight
Replies: 39
Views: 6979

Re: First New-Build ATR-72 Freighter Takes Flight

I can only speak for the European network, but in Paris everything gets sent to the hub for sorting and then gets repackee back into the containers, regardless of how it arrives. For the ATRs it also goes into containers that are then emptied onto the belt loader by the aircraft. The big difference...

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by jetblueguy22
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First New-Build ATR-72 Freighter Takes Flight
Replies: 39
Views: 6979

Re: First New-Build ATR-72 Freighter Takes Flight

I can only speak for the European network, but in Paris everything gets sent to the hub for sorting and then gets repackee back into the containers, regardless of how it arrives. For the ATRs it also goes into containers that are then emptied onto the belt loader by the aircraft. The big difference...

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by jetblueguy22
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First New-Build ATR-72 Freighter Takes Flight
Replies: 39
Views: 6979

Re: First New-Build ATR-72 Freighter Takes Flight

Wouldn't be surprised if Amazon takes a look at these if they want to access areas that are too small for their current 767's/737's. Amazon uses their fleet to shuttle between their own centers, not final mile. They will have no interest in something this small. I’d argue that while you are correct...

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by jetblueguy22
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First New-Build ATR-72 Freighter Takes Flight
Replies: 39
Views: 6979

Re: First New-Build ATR-72 Freighter Takes Flight

One thing to remember for FedEx especially is the majority of the routes it is going to be on capacity is the name of the game, not range. These aren’t doing MEM-MOT. They’re doing FAR-MOT. It’s about having a platform they can take containers off the jet and slide them right into the feeder aircra...

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by jetblueguy22
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First New-Build ATR-72 Freighter Takes Flight
Replies: 39
Views: 6979

Re: First New-Build ATR-72 Freighter Takes Flight

One thing to remember for FedEx especially is the majority of the routes it is going to be on capacity is the name of the game, not range. These aren’t doing MEM-MOT. They’re doing FAR-MOT. It’s about having a platform they can take containers off the jet and slide them right into the feeder aircra...

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by jetblueguy22
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest grounds 130 Boeing jets due to "weight data discrepancies"
Replies: 59
Views: 12847

Re: Southwest grounds 130 Boeing jets due to "weight data discrepancies"

I enjoy these threads because it really brings out the people who don’t know how to do a W&B, but like to pretend they’re experts.

If 75 pounds on a 737 fundamentally changed the way it flies, you need to reevaluate how you flight plan.

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by jetblueguy22
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First New-Build ATR-72 Freighter Takes Flight
Replies: 39
Views: 6979

Re: First New-Build ATR-72 Freighter Takes Flight

One thing to remember for FedEx especially is the majority of the routes it is going to be on capacity is the name of the game, not range. These aren’t doing MEM-MOT. They’re doing FAR-MOT. It’s about having a platform they can take containers off the jet and slide them right into the feeder aircraf...

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by jetblueguy22
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Spatial disorientation accidents, how do they happen with aircraft with (properly working) instruments?
Replies: 21
Views: 1386

Re: Spatial disorientation accidents, how do they happen with aircraft with (properly working) instruments?

Will never forget getting cocky in my PPL training and telling my instructor I didn’t believe all the spatial disorientation stories. He had me drop my head and close my eyes. He kept rotating the aircraft on all 3 axis. Finally he said “Guess how we’re positioned” I said left bank, nose down. Looke...

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by jetblueguy22
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am coming back ... yet again..
Replies: 88
Views: 13985

Re: Pan Am coming back ... yet again..

Just let the name die. The “glory days” are over

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by jetblueguy22
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did FedEx retire the 747Fs and DC-8s?
Replies: 5
Views: 1119

Re: Why did FedEx retire the 747Fs and DC-8s?

What exactly makes the DC-8F so good? The guys I worked with at UPS all told me it was a dream to load/unload. Believe it was 18 main deck positions, while the 757 is 15. Basically it gave you just enough extra oomph to where capacity was rarely a concern for most gateways. I’m a young buck so I wa...

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by jetblueguy22
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1274
Views: 146248

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Well, it looks like what will open next year at CVG will be an 800k sq ft building with 24 aircraft parking locations and an expectation to operate 32 aircraft from there. Five years from then, if they build out the whole thing (which I expect they will), then it becomes 100 spots and a 2.6mm sq ft...

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by jetblueguy22
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1274
Views: 146248

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

frmrCapCadet wrote:
Jetblue - interesting to hear some one who has tried to figure this out. I am not surprised about your results.

I will say this. Amazon knows their delivery partner’s networks better than they do. I firmly believe that

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by jetblueguy22
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1274
Views: 146248

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Has anyone played around with algorithms that would give us clues about how Amazon software does deliveries. Categories go from light weight to heavy, high cubic volume (say toilet paper) to low, low value per pound/cubic volume to high, made everywhere to only a single supplier, customers everywhe...

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by jetblueguy22
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JSX Getting Kicked Out of SNA, Effective Jan 1 2021
Replies: 114
Views: 14095

Re: JSX Getting Kicked Out of SNA, Effective Jan 1 2021

Betting SNA is looking for a way to make some extra money and this is a simple way to do it

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by jetblueguy22
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: WN Kelly seems to think change fee elimination won't help the legacy carriers
Replies: 77
Views: 8227

Re: WN Kelly seems to think change fee elimination won't help the legacy carriers

I mean, is anybody surprised he’s saying this? As soon as United announced it the Southwest twitter page was chirping them about how they’ve been that way for decades. It will without a doubt help the majors, but I don’t think it’s going to be some massive aid to their bottom line. No change fees is...

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by jetblueguy22
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did FedEx retire the 747Fs and DC-8s?
Replies: 5
Views: 1119

Re: Why did FedEx retire the 747Fs and DC-8s?

Really tough to put the 747 and 727 in the same category. The 727 was a darn good aircraft for thinner routes. Had enough capacity to justify a flight, but small enough to where you can drop it into smaller stations without needing tag ons or taking up ramp space. Since FX already had them they were...

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by jetblueguy22
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1274
Views: 146248

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Has anyone played around with algorithms that would give us clues about how Amazon software does deliveries. Categories go from light weight to heavy, high cubic volume (say toilet paper) to low, low value per pound/cubic volume to high, made everywhere to only a single supplier, customers everywhe...

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by jetblueguy22
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH Cargo considers prolonging lifespan of MD-11F's
Replies: 164
Views: 45486

Re: Lufthansa Cargo considers retiring all MD-11s in 2020

I would guess that absence of free cash flow has caused them to take another look. The 777F and MD-11F are the lifeblood of Lufthansa now. The MD-11's costs, in this market, do not outweigh the profit that it brings in. Until there are other ways for LH to make money, the MD-11Fs will continue on. ...

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by jetblueguy22
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1274
Views: 146248

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Where besides BDL do these planes serve in New England? There are distribution centers seemingly surrounding MHT (most still in development) so that would seem to be a natural. It’s just BDL. There aren’t any FCs north of BDL. There are only delivery stations and sort centers. BDL is actually a pre...

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by jetblueguy22
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyTeam and KE/DL not flying ICN-HND!?
Replies: 40
Views: 4137

Re: SkyTeam and KE/DL not flying ICN-HND!?

There is an odd assumption on this site that people only want to fly to HND and NRT is like getting dumped off in NKM.

Is HND preferred? Sure. But flying to NRT isn’t the end of world.

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by jetblueguy22
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1274
Views: 146248

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

C-GOGN flew from YYC to LCQ today. That's two of 4. Nothing yet on the FAA web site. s/n 25576. Delivered to Qantas August 1994. Also, the WSJ published today that Amazon was just granted a Part 135 Certificate, for the drones. How soon before we hear of some well meaning, ok idiot, starts shooting...

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by jetblueguy22
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1274
Views: 146248

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

It seems like a somewhat-Utopian world in which that would work without problems, or at least a world that is Not New York City. I occasionally need to remind myself that there are still places in America where you can leave your doors unlocked, and we can always hope that there will someday be mor...

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by jetblueguy22
Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Departure procedures for airports located near international borders
Replies: 16
Views: 2132

Re: Departure procedures for airports located near international borders

While not exactly an international airport, RRT if you’re flying the RNAV 13 puts you in Canada. Same with INL and RNAV 13.

Been a while but I believe BDE is that way as well if you make right traffic. Always flew left traffic so I didn’t have to see any jets with a Maple Leaf on the tail.

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by jetblueguy22
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gogo in-flight internet business sold to Intelsat
Replies: 27
Views: 3167

Re: Gogo in-flight internet business sold to Intelsat

Until GoGo can offer ground level bandwidth where you can stream Netflix/Hulu etc its always going to struggle. People expect speed and it’s hit or miss right now

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by jetblueguy22
Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why doesn't the A380 have a raised cockpit?
Replies: 16
Views: 2089

Re: Why doesn't the A380 have a raised cockpit?

i think nose door for A380 have less sense because of upper deck and less available height on main deck Indeed. There's no point putting in a nose door if you can't fit the outsize cargo anyway. Especially since the cockpit would be very much in the way. The packet freighter A380 proposal had one l...

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by jetblueguy22
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Married Delta Pilots Fly Together, Retire Together?
Replies: 77
Views: 7085

Re: Married Delta Pilots Fly Together, Retire Together?

Spoken like somebody who has seen plenty of conflicts of interest when people with a very close family relationship work together all the time with sub-optimal outcomes and has seen how this gets managed elsewhere If you don't want to read what I think, you don't have to, but if you do want to resp...

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by jetblueguy22
Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Married Delta Pilots Fly Together, Retire Together?
Replies: 77
Views: 7085

Re: Married Delta Pilots Fly Together, Retire Together?

There is a big difference between pilots who are friends and pilots who are close family. You can choose your friends, and whether to remain friends with them. It's a MUCH bigger deal to divorce a spouse or separate from a parent or child. Ultimately - do your loyalties lie with following SOP and e...

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by jetblueguy22
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 603
Views: 149694

Re: Norwegian Seeks Another Round of Financing

They couldn’t make money in good times, I don’t get why they are worth saving.

Dropping fares and making routes accessible to more is great. But if you can’t operate a sustainable business on it, it isn’t worth it.

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by jetblueguy22
Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potentially groundbreaking Celera 500L bizaircraft prototype unveiled
Replies: 72
Views: 8940

Re: Potentially groundbreaking Celera 500L bizaircraft prototype unveiled

Someone call Yeager and tell him they put a prop and winglets on the X1. Ridley has got some beemans and they’re ready to drop test it.


Love the drive, but I don’t buy the cost to operate it. Hope they prove me wrong, but I doubt it.

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by jetblueguy22
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta bans Navy Seal for Not Wearing a Mask
Replies: 151
Views: 10317

Re: Delta bans Navy Seal for Not Wearing a Mask

Policy is policy. But I think Delta could have at least acknowledged his service to our country in their denial. Would have been a little classy touch given the predictable publicity of the ordeal. I love this post. Take a look at the left side of the picture. There is a gentleman sitting down, mas...

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by jetblueguy22
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx 767 makes emergency landing at LAX
Replies: 132
Views: 25441

Re: FedEx plane makes emergency landing at LAX

Well done to the pilots. But the news reporting is low standard - engine hitting the PAVEMENT. But then perhaps we cannot expect these reporters to know the piece of land for the plane to land is called the 'runway'. Most people know, may be not the reporter. The definition of pavement is literally...

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by jetblueguy22
Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: decreased pax traffic, increased cargo traffic - could rearranged pax/freight combi aircraft work?
Replies: 12
Views: 1654

Re: decreased pax traffic, increased cargo traffic - could rearranged pax/freight combi aircraft work?

Remember the cargo lift shortage wasn’t a problem so much because of extra cargo flying, but capacity being removed from the market with the passenger airlines not flying. As the world moves back to normal the capacity is going to come back in the market. The long term capacity increases will be wit...

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by jetblueguy22
Sun Aug 16, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why does Fedex/UPS only use the A306 on shorter legs?
Replies: 10
Views: 2014

Re: Why does Fedex/UPS only use the A306 on shorter legs?

UPS A300’s are not ETOPS, so there is no significant over water routing. As for long routes, UPS does not put an aircraft on a route because of its range, it puts it on the route because of its capacity. Yes, range is important, but you’ll frequently see B747 aircraft flying short routes, especiall...

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by jetblueguy22
Sun Aug 16, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why does Fedex/UPS only use the A306 on shorter legs?
Replies: 10
Views: 2014

Re: Why does Fedex/UPS only use the A306 on shorter legs?

One thing to keep in mind too is the nature progression of airframes in the 5X fleet. Capacity wise it’s 757, Airbus, 767, MD-11, 747. If you have a market that is too much for a 757 but wouldn’t stuff a 767 you’re going to send in an Airbus. There are quite a few of these in between markets. Especi...

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by jetblueguy22
Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: AA Goes Forward with Suspending Service to 15 Small Airports in October
Replies: 315
Views: 48431

Re: REPORT: American to drop routes to "two dozen" small/medium sized cities with no new aid

I wonder if other airlines will also threaten. NYT says 30 airports. Wouldn't surprise me one bit, especially for airlines that wanted to drop airports but had to keep them because of CARES funding. All three airlines that serve ORH wanted out but Delta had to keep serving it. I doubt Delta is real...

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by jetblueguy22
Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1274
Views: 146248

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

sunking737 wrote:
Sun Country is now flying ONT-BDL-CVG-ONT for Prime. Started this week.

They can’t seem to figure out what they want to do with this rotation. It’s been between Southern, Atlas, and ABX

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by jetblueguy22
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How come even after all the 777Fs coming off the line, MD-11Fs are still going strong?
Replies: 58
Views: 12153

Re: How come even after all the 777Fs coming off the line, MD-11Fs are still going strong?

You can say a lot about the MD-11 (And trust me I can add plenty from a planning side) but it does a heck of a job in the cargo world. Capacity is massive and the wingspan keeps it in gateways that might lose a parking spot should you put a 747-8 or 777 in there. This is a biggie that people forget...

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by jetblueguy22
Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1274
Views: 146248

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

I've been finding an odd trend in a few of my deliveries. I've been using Amazon Day to consolidate my deliveries. I had always figured this was something that they started moving the items I ordered to a FC close to me, then they'd pack them all up and deliver them in one package. Instead, I've go...

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by jetblueguy22
Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1274
Views: 146248

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Also, Amazon might have a log for each ZIP code on how reliable each carrier is as well as the cost of shipping to that ZIP code. If one carrier is too unreliable in a specific ZIP code, Amazon might deprioritize that carrier for that ZIP code. I have always said Amazon knows the UPS network better...

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by jetblueguy22
Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How come even after all the 777Fs coming off the line, MD-11Fs are still going strong?
Replies: 58
Views: 12153

Re: How come even after all the 777Fs coming off the line, MD-11Fs are still going strong?

For express courier services like UPS and FedEx, the acquisition cost matters much more than for other cargo carriers. Since most express courier packages are shipped overnight, the aircraft are parked for most of the day and only fly a couple of short cycles overnight. And, as we know, a plane tha...

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by jetblueguy22
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How come even after all the 777Fs coming off the line, MD-11Fs are still going strong?
Replies: 58
Views: 12153

Re: How come even after all the 777Fs coming off the line, MD-11Fs are still going strong?

You can say a lot about the MD-11 (And trust me I can add plenty from a planning side) but it does a heck of a job in the cargo world. Capacity is massive and the wingspan keeps it in gateways that might lose a parking spot should you put a 747-8 or 777 in there. This is a biggie that people forget ...

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by jetblueguy22
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Highly Sensitive Person
Replies: 20
Views: 1688

Re: Highly Sensitive Person

Highly recommend reading “The Highly Sensitive a person” by Elaine Aron

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by jetblueguy22
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Virgin Galactic unveils Mach 3 Aircraft design
Replies: 57
Views: 8069

Re: Virgin Galactic unveils Mach 3 Aircraft design

Flying time gets cut by 2/3rds instead of the 1/2 by the Concorde. LHR-JFK in 2.5 hours? LAX-SYD in 5 hours? LAX-HND in 3.75 hours? LAX-HKG in 5 hours? LAX-SIN in 5.5 hours? THIS WILL REVOLUTIONIZE AIR TRAVEL! Yeah because the 9-19 passenger segment makes up a huge proportion of air travel. This is...

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by jetblueguy22
Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just what made the DC-8 Super 73 freighter so popular?
Replies: 32
Views: 6987

Re: Just what made the DC-8 Super 73 freighter so popular?

Can’t speak about anyone else, but capacity was a big thing for 5X. The 757, for instance, can take 15 positions top side, and then bellies give you about another 2 containers worth of capacity. The DC-8 could take 18 positions top side and another 2-3 positions in the bellies. Yeah there are downfa...

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by jetblueguy22
Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2543

Re: How common is self-transfer?

I won't do it simply because I have the worst luck when it comes to traveling. I'd rather pay the premium to have it all on one ticket and make it the airline's problem to get me there. It's like an insurance policy if I'm on a major carrier IMO. That's not to say I wouldn't evaluate it if it saved ...

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by jetblueguy22
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx and it’s airborne ‘sweep’ aircraft
Replies: 37
Views: 11142

Re: FedEx and it’s airborne ‘sweep’ aircraft

Portland, Maine gets a FedEx A300, which is more plane than that station needs (I think). So when it comes south near places like MHT, BOS, BDL, PIT, etc. it can drop into any of them and handle a need at any of those places. Not sure if that PWM plane is a ‘sweep’ flight, though. Be willing to bet...

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by jetblueguy22
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Freighter conversion, how much will the market grow?
Replies: 47
Views: 5001

Re: Freighter conversion, how much will the market grow?

I found another, similar link on the 737-800 BCF line: https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2020-02-10/boeing-737-800bcf-defies-freighter-market-softness 24 conversions delivered by February 2020 22 conversions planned for delivery in 2020. A majority of conversions are being perfo...

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by jetblueguy22
Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx and it’s airborne ‘sweep’ aircraft
Replies: 37
Views: 11142

Re: FedEx and it’s airborne ‘sweep’ aircraft

UPS, air stuff went by air, ground stuff went by ground, no mixing it up... For many years some UPS "Air loads" shipped on Fridays between certain markets would actually go rail. I know of at least between Chicago and Dallas. Happens a lot over the weekend. If you can put it on a truck an...

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by jetblueguy22
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx and it’s airborne ‘sweep’ aircraft
Replies: 37
Views: 11142

Re: FedEx and it’s airborne ‘sweep’ aircraft

5X doesn’t have sweep aircraft planned, but rather utilize aircraft already in the air or hot spares. Each regional hub usually has at least 1 hot spare available off the night sorts to launch as a replacement. SDF will have multiple. For hub bound flights most of the time you’re better off looking ...

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