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by beechnut
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA Constellations to Europe
Replies: 24
Views: 6121

Re: TWA Constellations to Europe

DFW17L wrote:
I can’t decide which plane looks better - Super Connie? Or Concorde?

Both are beautiful.


Each is the most beautiful of its era.

Beech

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by beechnut
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Cutting 30 Domestic Routes, 8 Stations
Replies: 77
Views: 14045

Re: Air Canada Cutting 30 Domestic Routes, 8 Stations

crosscheckyyz wrote:
In fact isnt it a Canadian past time to crap all over AC?


Once upon a time, the same invective was hurled against the CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway).

I grew up in the transition era ;)

Beech

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by beechnut
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 110
Views: 23710

Re: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2020

Am I seeing correctly? Shoulder harnesses in J-seats?

Beech

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by beechnut
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57421

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

IIRC, CAS is the airspeed corrected by angle of attack. I could be wrong. The acronym "CAS" would be "calibrated airspeed". Wikipedia: Calibrated airspeed (CAS) is indicated airspeed corrected for instrument and position error. When flying at sea level under International Standa...

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by beechnut
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Rouge to eventually use A321's on TATL routes
Replies: 23
Views: 5542

Re: AC Rouge to eventually use A321's on TATL routes

At the current stage an Air Canada mainfleet A321 order would probably have been placed, if it wasn't for the Covid-19 crisis. I think you're probably correct. In fact I'm not sure such an idea is excluded yet. It depends on what happens to the TS deal, I think. Originally the MAX 9 was going to fu...

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by beechnut
Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220-300 MTOW is now 156,300 lb
Replies: 31
Views: 6479

Re: A220-300 MTOW is now 156,300 lb

Who would need more than 3,350 nm for such a small aircraft? To illustrate how things have developed since the start of the "Jet Age", the pax capacity and range of the A220-300 is not that much different than Air Canada's original DC8-43s. Those were used on YUL-Western Europe non-stop f...

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by beechnut
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat to gradually resume flights from July 23rd
Replies: 23
Views: 6577

Re: Air Transat to gradually resume flights from July 23rd

For all the reasons outlined in earlier posts they will be operating flights with abysmal load factors. Consequently they will lose money on every flight thus contributing to the ultimate collapse of their share price. Air Canada will be happy to watch Transat evaporate as the EU regulators dither....

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by beechnut
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat to gradually resume flights from July 23rd
Replies: 23
Views: 6577

Re: Air Transat to gradually resume flights from July 23rd

That's good as the RCMP do not operate in Quebec That is not true. I live in Québec near the US border and RCMP vehicles are omnipresent. From Wikipedia: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Quebec, which is commonly referred to as "C" Division, plays a federal policing role in the Provin...

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by beechnut
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any jet alternatives to the 737-200C for gravel operations?
Replies: 100
Views: 17597

Re: There's any jet alternatives for the 737-200C for gravel operations?

Perhaps someone will come up with a gravel STC for a newer but cheap to acquire aircraft. Though the low-slung engines on the newer 737s might be a problem. A 757 perhaps? Or is that overkill?

Whatever it is, it needs to work in combi configuration with a SCD.

Beech

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by beechnut
Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 390
Views: 72249

Re: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat

I can’t see it going through as-is either.

I can only imagine it happening with major government subsidies to prevent TS from going under. And I certainly don’t see any enthusiasm at the federal level.

Beech

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by beechnut
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767
Replies: 68
Views: 13798

Re: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767

My first flight on one was Dec. '83. It was a YYZ-YVR flight with my then girlfriend to go to her parents' house for the Christmas holidays. Cheap seats way in the back.

Beech

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by beechnut
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767
Replies: 68
Views: 13798

Re: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767

Sad to see the old girl go. My initial line check was on 604 and flew it for almost 15 years. Great handling, capable airplane. Not a flashy jet but imo the most underrated airliner ever built. Did a lot for the airline and brought new markets within reach and it did so incredibly well. Remember be...

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by beechnut
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767
Replies: 68
Views: 13798

Re: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767

Sorry just to be clear, has Air Canada Rouge retired their fleet of 25 B763s? No return to transatlantic leisure is envisaged? Found an article that says Rouge will be refocused on shorter flights within the Americas https://paxex.aero/2020/05/air-canada-temperature-screening-rouge-767-retirement/ ...

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by beechnut
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Embraer 190 Retired
Replies: 38
Views: 6718

Re: Air Canada Embraer 190 Retired

The E190 is the only Mainline jetliner type I've never flown on at AC. OK, I have not flown the DC-8 on AC but I did on CP (63 and short-body, can't remember of 40 or 50 series), but since CP was eventually swallowed by AC, I say it counts. I even flew the CRJ during its brief career with AC Mainlin...

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by beechnut
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767
Replies: 68
Views: 13798

Re: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767

I’ve flown countless times on AC 767s of all variants: 200, 200ER, 300ER, ex-CP, Rouge. I’ve also had the honour of flying on the Gimli Glider, and I met it’s famous captain, Capt. Robert Pearson, in person. We both disembarked at the same time from a YVR-YYZ flight. He is a true gentleman, and one ...

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by beechnut
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

I don't understand their fleet strategy. They are retiring some A320 variants for MAXes. While maintaining many A320 variants on Rogue. But they are still keeping A330ceo. Presumably they are going to stick with MAXes and B787 in the future and abandoned Airbus all together? Rouge (not Rogue!) was ...

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by beechnut
Sun May 24, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

Question - Air Canada said the "Embraer aircraft are exiting the fleet immediately"... yet some are still flying. Change of mind? The 175s are still flying with Air Canada Express. There are now only 4 190s listed as in service but "To be retired". https://docs.google.com/spread...

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by beechnut
Sat May 23, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

AC have said they would continue A220 deliveries. Good aircraft for the times. Great efficiency, transcontinental range, it can allow them to downgauge many long thin routes.

Beech

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by beechnut
Sat May 23, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Warms To A321LR After Cancelling 737 MAXs:
Replies: 27
Views: 10993

Re: Air Canada Warms To A321LR After Cancelling 737 MAXs:

Is that actually whats happening or is it the other way around, where Transat is folded into Rouge? I am genuinely curious what AC planned for this. I do doubt it will happen now, and i hope TS remains independant and Rouge wasnt bad the times ive flown them, ironically AC mainline is what sux Give...

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by beechnut
Wed May 20, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Warms To A321LR After Cancelling 737 MAXs:
Replies: 27
Views: 10993

Re: Air Canada Warms To A321LR After Cancelling 737 MAXs:

Have Air Canada actually cancelled their Maxes? Never understood why they went backwards from the (wider, more modern) A320 family to the Max, especially because it is a new typerating for them, not like AA or WN or most carriers who placed big Max orders. They cancelled their deferred order for Ma...

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by beechnut
Wed May 20, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Warms To A321LR After Cancelling 737 MAXs:
Replies: 27
Views: 10993

Air Canada Warms To A321LR After Cancelling 737 MAXs:

Air Canada Warms To A321LR After Cancelling 737 MAXs: https://canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/air-canada-warms-to-a321lr-after-cancelling-737-maxs/ Quelle surprise. I had guessed that AC would be interested in the A321LR. I always figured it would be a good fit for them. Especially now...

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by beechnut
Fri May 15, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: air canada / airtransat
Replies: 27
Views: 3803

Re: air canada / airtransat

Don't forget the $40 million TS/AC deal break fee owed by AC if the deal doesn't occur. That will have to be included in any restructured deal. Well given the current circumstances, is it better to burn $40 m in cash, or $720 m in cash for a dubious purchase? And do we know if there is a "forc...

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by beechnut
Fri May 15, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: air canada / airtransat
Replies: 27
Views: 3803

Re: air canada / airtransat

One small problem: AC offered $18/share for Air Transat. At the end of trading yesterday, TS was trading $7.37/share. I can't see the deal going through on the original terms. Perhaps government (read: our) largesse could sweeten the deal "to save jobs", but this deal is by no means a give...

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by beechnut
Tue May 12, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

Given that AC has a reputation for keeping aircraft a loooong time, the E90 must have been a very poor performer for them. I have heard a couple of pilots jokingly refer to it as the "Embraer 180" due to supposedly making many 180 degree turns back to departure for this or that tech issue...

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by beechnut
Tue May 12, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

Here’s another of my AC 767 anecdotes. I was homeward bound (YUL) from Seoul via Vancouver. The home leg was a 767-200 YVR-YUL nonstop. Arrival was at around 22h00. Beautiful CAVU fall evening. On short final to 24L, the engines spooled up and the nose rose suddenly: GO AROUND. I thought it odd on s...

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by beechnut
Sat May 09, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

I also had many nice trips on the 767 both 200, 200ER and 300ER. Most memorable was a spring trip to Seoul in J over a remote and mountainous part of Alaska. Great bird, but in the last couple of years I found reliability wasn’t so great and resulted in several big delays. One was so bad, from GLA, ...

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by beechnut
Fri May 08, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did CP Air order only two 727-200s?
Replies: 7
Views: 3120

Re: Why did CP Air order only two 727-200s?

CP Air seems to have a history of picking the wrong aircraft and changing their minds either mid-order or fairly soon after delivery.

Been

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by beechnut
Thu May 07, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Mitsubishi sets June 1st date for acquisition of CRJ program
Replies: 51
Views: 10254

Re: Updated: Mitsubishi sets June 1st date for acquisition of CRJ program

It's sad. As a Canadian it is like watching our aerospace industry being parted out like an obsolete old aircraft. I also happen to love trains and it's sad to see that go as well.

Beech

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by beechnut
Wed May 06, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

Given traffic levels at the moment, and possibly well into the future, they could probably make do with a fleet of A220-300s and A321s, should the MAX not make it back into the skies. And if Airbus launched the A220-500, they'd have the whole capacity range covered until now with the 319/320/321. Be...

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by beechnut
Tue May 05, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

People who recognize me on this forum, know that I wish the MAX were dropped and an order for 321neo and additional 223s were added. But ^^that's^^ the vibe I got from Calin's comments. The whole MAX fiasco will depend on RTS. If it happens they will most likely complete the 50 aircraft order. But ...

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by beechnut
Tue May 05, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

Air Canada's enthousiam for the 737MAX might have changed after the string of quality related disclosures on the MAX since march 2019. The statement about the MAX in AC's quarterly update was very terse. No mention of continued commitment to the MAX, just that the return-to-service is "uncerta...

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by beechnut
Tue May 05, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

The TS deal is by no means a given, Air Canada has refused to comment pending regulatory approvals. But if I were AC... paying $18 a share for an airline now fully grounded and trading at only $8.50, in today's context of a depressed market for a long time, well that just doesn't make a whole lot of...

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by beechnut
Mon May 04, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

I'd have to check but I seem to recall at one point AC had DC-9s well over 30 years old flying (all retired by 2002). While of the 767s, all of the original -200s are long gone. Some A320s are getting up there too. I'd say the DC-9, 767 and A320s have been among AC's most successful aircraft fleets....

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by beechnut
Mon May 04, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

I also don't think the deal with Transat will go through on existing terms. And I suspect Transat shareholders will happily end up swallowing a bitter pill, instead of losing almost everything in a bankruptcy.

Beech

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by beechnut
Mon May 04, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

I don't think it will be a Rouge (not Rogue!) Transat merger. If the deal for Transat goes through, and AC has not pronounced itself on that yet, I think Rouge will simply go rogue and get disbanded, with its fleet scattered to the four winds with possibly the A321s being of interest to Mainline, 5 ...

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by beechnut
Mon May 04, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

Whiteguy wrote:
chonetsao wrote:
What do you think they’ve been doing with A220s and MAXs??


Flying the A220s and parking the MAXs.

Beech

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by beechnut
Mon May 04, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26884

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

Besides the 79 retirements, a few interesting things and omissions from the report (management discussion and analysis here: https://www.aircanada.com/content/dam/aircanada/portal/documents/PDF/en/quarterly-result/2020/2020_MDA_q1.pdf). It doesn't sound like the A220 deliveries are being deferred. T...

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by beechnut
Sun May 03, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding News and Reference Thread 2020
Replies: 191
Views: 279464

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding News and Reference Thread 2020

https://simpleflying.com/southwest-737- ... -schedule/

The 2021 delivery schedule slashed from 100 to 48.
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Haven't seen this posted yet. More bad news for the MAX:

Boeing’s Biggest 737 MAX Customer Slashes Aircraft Delivery Schedule

https://simpleflying.com/southwest-737- ... -schedule/

The 2021 delivery schedule slashed from 100 to 48.

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by beechnut
Sun May 03, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Air Canada anticipates return of worldwide air travel by Christmas" (CBC)
Replies: 52
Views: 8159

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

I don't think he was predicting normal traffic levels by Christmas, only the *ability* to travel to most places by then. I expect load factors to be pretty miserable beyond that except lower deck cargo. I was scheduled to go to a meeting of the planning committee for a World Congress in Rome this No...

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by beechnut
Fri May 01, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA investigating Harrison Ford after runway incident
Replies: 35
Views: 9575

Re: Harrison Ford grounded

At what point a person reaches an age when his skills deteriorate to the point he should no-longer be pilot-in-command is always a difficult one to determine. Captain Arnold Palmer reached that conclusion on his own and voluntarily made his final flight aboard his Citation X from Palm Springs back ...

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by beechnut
Fri May 01, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA investigating Harrison Ford after runway incident
Replies: 35
Views: 9575

Re: Harrison Ford grounded

You do know that FAR has no such provision, I presume? I don't know the FAA regs, but in Canada you can definitely have a restriction on your licence to require having a safety pilot. I am diabetic, but but low-risk so I didn't have that restriction but higher risk diabetics can have annotation &qu...

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by beechnut
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada flying cargo SYD-YYZ direct on a 789
Replies: 43
Views: 11817

Re: Air Canada flying cargo SYD-YYZ direct on a 789

Have AC done the cargo conversion on the 333s? I saw an article about the firm that converted the 77Ws and it said they were also doing 333s, but it wasn't clear if it was AC's birds or someone else's.

Beech

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by beechnut
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republic E175 at CYQG ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1967

Re: Republic E175 at CYQG ?

Used to fly there too for the same reason, at the same price, before I sold my plane.

Beech

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by beechnut
Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a 757MAX been better than the 737MAX?
Replies: 56
Views: 6762

Re: Would a 757MAX been better than the 737MAX?

- The tooling for production had been discarded, would have been expensive to start it up. Certainly an incredible amount cheaper than the 737 MAX failure has cost so far. I love the 757 and would love a 757 MAX too. But we all now that won't happen. Maybe but if you're going to spend that amount t...

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by beechnut
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a 757MAX been better than the 737MAX?
Replies: 56
Views: 6762

Re: Would a 757MAX been better than the 737MAX?

I also think VW should bring back the original Beetle with fat tires and a 1.8T turbocharged engine, with all the bells and whistles, never mind that it still wouldn't meet modern safety and other standards... I'd trade my modern 2018 Golf 4MOTION 6-speed manual wagon in on one in a flash... NOT! Be...

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by beechnut
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 474
Views: 58306

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

Freighter companies are probably watching this thinking they can save billion on passenger to freighter conversions. Large, heavy stuff in the hold and hand load the main cabin through the passenger door. That hand loading takes a lot of labor. Its cheaper in the long run to convert it to the freig...

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by beechnut
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 474
Views: 58306

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

Loading made easy! https://twitter.com/airplusnews/status/1250695934427750401 Ah yes, the famous Mk 1 conveyer belt. Invented sometime around the construction of the pyramids! Can be powered by a wide range of whatever fuels are available locally, and lubricated with alcohol-based lubricants with a...

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