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by fraspotter
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 314
Views: 72409

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

501 is also the only AA delivered (as opposed to TWA delivered) MD80 left in the fleet. I'm guessing that they plan on using it in the retirement ceremonies, otherwise I'm not sure why it soldiers on; it's much older than the others. Wouldn't surprise me if they try and route the aircraft (obviousl...

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by fraspotter
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Practices Sustainable?
Replies: 148
Views: 14431

Re: WN Practices Sustainable?

I agree. I've been saying on here for years but it's criminal how much WN is neglecting some of their former Air Tran destinations such as RIC. 20 consecutive months of record passenger numbers going through RIC and still all WN can muster is 3 daily flights during the week to ATL (2 each on Sat/Su...

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by fraspotter
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Practices Sustainable?
Replies: 148
Views: 14431

Re: WN Practices Sustainable?

Once things get back to normal after the MAX is fixed, I wonder where future growth opportunities will come from. It seems like they are getting close to being maxed out on growth opportunities in the lower 48 (unless they get a smaller fleet). There are still plenty of domestic growth opportunitie...

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by fraspotter
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Practices Sustainable?
Replies: 148
Views: 14431

Re: WN Practices Sustainable?

I love the WN experience and have found them to fit my travel needs. The 2 free checked bags (though I only need to check 1) is a big drawing point on me. I only travel with a small roller (could easily fit in the overhead bin) when I fly anyways but I still choose to check it for free with WN becau...

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by fraspotter
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 120kg of gold worth USD 40mm stolen from GRU in broad daylight
Replies: 13
Views: 3674

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

One has to believe there was inside connections to know about the gold, where it was and paid off people (including police) to let them do it. Not sure as to the accuracy but I was listening to the BBC radio and they said that at least one guard or warehouse worker's family was kidnapped to use as ...

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by fraspotter
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toddlers bag belt ride in ATL
Replies: 47
Views: 6105

Re: Toddlers bag belt ride in ATL

JFKIceman wrote:
My question is , did the baggage belt not have oversize sensors installed.


Not sure about dimensions but weight wise there's no way that the kid weighs more than the Spirit bag weight limit which is 40 lbs or up to 100 lbs with overage charges.

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by fraspotter
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Alitalia B747
Replies: 1
Views: 1164

Re: Alitalia B747

https://cloudpedia.org/list-of-aircraft ... y-alitalia
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I-DEMG and I-DEMN both scrapped at ISO in 2003.
According to https://cloudpedia.org/list-of-aircraft ... y-alitalia

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by fraspotter
Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Planes to Carry Narcan for Drug Overdose Prevention
Replies: 94
Views: 7918

Re: DL Planes to Carry Narcan for Drug Overdose Prevention

Some doctors also over prescribe high dosages, with the encouragement of pharmaceutical companies. Maybe years ago, but you obviously don't know how closely opiates are tracked nowadays. I've had two surgeries in the past 18 months and know how little they prescribe and the controls in place. Not e...

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by fraspotter
Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Planes to Carry Narcan for Drug Overdose Prevention
Replies: 94
Views: 7918

Re: DL Planes to Carry Narcan for Drug Overdose Prevention

You won't discuss it with me any further because you are wrong. Somebody being treated for pain (who actually have pain) with opiods at the correct dose will not become addicts. That's a fact. If they take more than prescribed that is a different situation. I'm plenty compassionate. I've lost 3 rel...

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by fraspotter
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Planes to Carry Narcan for Drug Overdose Prevention
Replies: 94
Views: 7918

Re: DL Planes to Carry Narcan for Drug Overdose Prevention

I applaud Delta for doing this. So many people on here seem to have left their humanity and empathy at home. Some on here almost seem to have an "if they die then they die" attitude towards addicts while they try to squeeze them all into a one size fits all mold of what they think an addic...

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by fraspotter
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing Daxing Route Announcements and News Thread
Replies: 83
Views: 14515

Re: Beijing Daxing Route Announcements and News Thread

spinotter wrote:
LY777 wrote:
PKX is too far from Beijing. Next time I fly to Beijing, I will try to avoid it


How long by public transport? Aren't you the spoilsport?


20 minutes from Beijing West station is apparently too far for some people. :roll:

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by fraspotter
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 314
Views: 72409

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

So with the fleet of MD80s now only at twenty something units that means there is a ever diminishing number of MD80 pilots needed to fly these planes (some retire and other retrain etc). Obviously if the existing MD80 pilots aren't retiring on September 4th then they'll retrain on other aircraft ty...

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by fraspotter
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 314
Views: 72409

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

So with the fleet of MD80s now only at twenty something units that means there is a ever diminishing number of MD80 pilots needed to fly these planes (some retire and other retrain etc). Obviously if the existing MD80 pilots aren't retiring on September 4th then they'll retrain on other aircraft typ...

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by fraspotter
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What happened to WOW's fleet after it Collapsed?
Replies: 15
Views: 5827

Re: What happened to WOW's fleet after it Collapsed?

ctrabs0114 wrote:
Those were some interesting tail numbers on the WW fleet to say the least.

At least they're keeping the kids together when they head off to Spirit. :tongue2:

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by fraspotter
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Completes First Boeing 767-400 Cabin Refurbishment
Replies: 66
Views: 15873

Re: Delta Completes First Boeing 767-400 Cabin Refurbishment

Is it normal for "maintenance and heavy refurbishments" to take almost 7 months to complete? Article is saying it left for China on January 1, 2019 and has been there ever since.

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by fraspotter
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does JAL operate WB aircraft on domestic routes?
Replies: 45
Views: 4458

Re: Why does JAL operate WB aircraft on domestic routes?

So,JAL received their first A359 which they will operate on the NRT-FUK route which seems a bit excessive since JAPAN is an island. Why do they operate WB aircraft on domestic routes when they could just operate normal NB aircraft? https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/78964-jal-japan-airlines-ta...

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by fraspotter
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is regulatory approval required for livery changes?
Replies: 59
Views: 7655

Re: Is regulatory approval required for livery changes?

I wouldn't be surprised if at leas they have to pass a "visibility" test of some sort. Like a fully black aircraft is a nono, to prevent incidents at night (at the airport in particular). But likely nothing to do with copyright infringement or anything commercial. If it comes down to the ...

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by fraspotter
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whay do the many 747-4xx number variations mean
Replies: 12
Views: 2027

Re: Whay do the many 747-4xx number variations mean

Looking through flightradar24 and I've noticed that there's loads of different 747-400 variations: 747-428 747-4H6 747-412 747-446 747-430 747-436 .... .... .... What do the variations mean? As others have said they are customer codes that stick with the aircraft for it's entire lifetime. They show...

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by fraspotter
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airports with US military bases
Replies: 26
Views: 1943

Re: US Airports with US military bases

So far, in terms of active duty we have(?)... CHS/Joint Base Charleston HNL/Hickam AFB ABQ/Kirtland AFB BLV/Scott AFB COS/Peterson AFB VPS/Eglin AFB YUM/MCAS Yuma Just for fun, here's a bunch of reserve and ANG units included too: CLT - 146th AW (ANG C-17A) MDT - 193rd SOS (ANG EC-130J) BGR - 101st...

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by fraspotter
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airports with US military bases
Replies: 26
Views: 1943

Re: US Airports with US military bases

The list will be a lot longer if you count Air National Guard units based at the local airport.

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by fraspotter
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 34437

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

Oh great - as if traffic at LAX could get any worse! Are they really going to call it concourse 0? That just sounds funny. It doesn't sound like the "Concourse 0" name would be likely to appear on any signage; it'd most likely just be treated as an expanded Terminal 1. The gate renumberin...

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by fraspotter
Tue May 21, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 18041

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

Flight engineers were taken out of the picture due to technology advances. That took us from 3 to 2. I don't see it going lower than that. Humans will always be imperfect machines and as such will need redundancies in place in the form of a second human. Autopilot helps but it is not meant to comple...

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by fraspotter
Mon May 20, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 23062

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

The biggest surprise to me here is that the tea isn't free, regardless of whether you have purchased a scone or not. Does BA really charge for coffee and tea on short haul flights? What exactly do they think their value proposition v. low cost carriers is? One of the world's great enduring mysterie...

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by fraspotter
Mon May 20, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which routes do BA have their 77W on?
Replies: 28
Views: 5615

Re: Which routes do BA have their 77W on!?

A few months ago they were flying to AUS.

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by fraspotter
Tue May 14, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Fleet Repaint Thread
Replies: 786
Views: 174976

Re: Alaska Airlines repaints Airbus fleet

So... a one-year-old aircraft with a brand-new interior and paint job looked immaculate? Shocking, if true. I've flown new aircraft that were less than a year old and the seats and carpet were already visibly worn and the windows all scuffed up. I've also flown 10 year old aircraft that were immacu...

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by fraspotter
Sat May 11, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad loses 5 star ranking
Replies: 55
Views: 11404

Re: Etihad loses 5 star ranking

But yeah, ultimately, Etihad had definitely been cutting cost. The trip reports on EY I've seen recently here reflects that - they just can't match up with EK and QR. I've seen this to be most evident in their catering. I follow "Simply Aviation" on Youtube. Two Austrian friends who fly a...

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by fraspotter
Sat May 11, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad loses 5 star ranking
Replies: 55
Views: 11404

Re: Etihad loses 5 star ranking

moa999 wrote:
Or failing to sign the check/cheque.


My first thought as well. Even a 4 star airline is being a bit generous.

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by fraspotter
Sat May 11, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo Prepares for Another 'Large' Airbus Order
Replies: 44
Views: 10182

Re: IndiGo Prepares for Another 'Large' Airbus Order

Widebody it will be! They have tasted success (far too early though) with Istanbul. Plus with no Jet Airways, there is a demand for European destiations Or maybe that was just the market stabilizing itself? Adding a replacement to Jet Airways so soon after their demise might be seen as repeating th...

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by fraspotter
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does WN system penalize for early check-in attempt?
Replies: 40
Views: 4297

Re: Does WN system penalize for early check-in attempt?

It's 8-10 seconds. It's not like you're trying to compete against the early bird check in people as they were already checked in by the computer 36 hours before departure instead of 24. This is a good number of the passengers that pay the extra fee. Then the Business Select people get positions A1-A...

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by fraspotter
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread
Replies: 680
Views: 170946

Re: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread

What is the procedure for people who parked cars at Ataturk before it closed but only returned to Istanbul after the new airport had opened? Will there be buses transporting arriving passengers to the new airport to pick up their cars or will they have to find their own way there? Or will the vehicl...

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by fraspotter
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 starting Tyler, TX (TYR)
Replies: 61
Views: 7268

Re: F9 starting Tyler, TX (TYR)

So they're throwing darts at a board and hit Tyler, Texas of all places yet strangely stay out of RIC which just had their 16th consecutive month of record passenger numbers in January? I would love to have another direct flight to DEN to give UA a run for their money. With Spirit only focusing on M...

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by fraspotter
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Could Add 500 Aircraft to it's Fleet
Replies: 115
Views: 21184

Re: Southwest Could Add 500 Aircraft to it's Fleet

WeatherPilot wrote:
Adds 500 planes...

Still won't fly to SYR.


Adds 500 planes...

Still only flies to ATL from RIC year round.

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by fraspotter
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Logic behind helicopter taxiing
Replies: 65
Views: 12572

Re: Logic behind helicopter taxiing

I've seen the same thing in the military. Blackhawks and Apaches taxiing to and from runways for take off and landing.

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by fraspotter
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!
Replies: 456
Views: 47825

Re: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!

No it doesn't. There are only 15 BS fares sold per flight. You do have A listers who could push the beginning of early bird to B, but usually it is in A. I think early bird is almost always a waste. All the seats are economy! If you check in at T-24, you will be able to sit with your group probably...

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by fraspotter
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!
Replies: 456
Views: 47825

Re: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!

737’s go to the islands everyday. This is not a major event. If anything WN is really late to the party. Having a home in the islands I haven’t heard anyone pining to have WN serving Hawaii. Most are FF of UA, HA or AK and don’t see the need for WN. WN may fare similarly to Allegiant. Reminds me of...

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by fraspotter
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN schedule extension released through Oct 1, 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 4697

Re: WN schedule extension released through Oct 1, 2019

However minor, at least they're showing RIC some LUV. Finally. Still no MDW, STL or BNA which seem like no-brainers to me. Was about to say the same thing. Was hoping for more often service than just weekend service for TPA but something is better than nothing. Saturdays will be pretty cool now wit...

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by fraspotter
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain plans to sink a B747
Replies: 49
Views: 12741

Re: Bahrain plans to sink a B747

What purpose does this serve by deliberately sinking a plane and making it a divers attraction? What else will they sink, a whole city? Everything is just so fake in the middle East, when they do things for attraction . The US has literally sank an aircraft carrier for the same reason... If you're ...

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by fraspotter
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain plans to sink a B747
Replies: 49
Views: 12741

Re: Bahrain plans to sink a B747

What purpose does this serve by deliberately sinking a plane and making it a divers attraction? What else will they sink, a whole city? Everything is just so fake in the middle East, when they do things for attraction . The US has literally sank an aircraft carrier for the same reason... Yup. https...

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by fraspotter
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New service to KBIL Billings, MT
Replies: 25
Views: 4645

Re: New service to KBIL Billings, MT

It seems like frontier historically has been the airline to ruin the announcement too early. Here is what I mean, a city (like Billings) has an announcement press conference planned for a certain time and the airline posts their schedule before the announcement even happens. They did the same thing...

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by fraspotter
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: California Pacific Airlines has a start date! November 1st
Replies: 402
Views: 77600

Re: Updated: California Pacific Airlines has a start date! November 1st

This could be a first. An airline starts up and shuts down all within the lifespan of a single A.net thread?

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by fraspotter
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Airlines announces strategy for coming years
Replies: 18
Views: 4405

Re: Austrian Airlines announces strategy for coming years

also note: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1412975 Since Eurowings & Lufthansa are supposed to fill the gap left by Austrians departure from secondary Austrian cities, I wonder if any of the Dash 8's will be moved to LH / Eurowings. Eurowings already flies the Dash 8 - a...

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by fraspotter
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What happen to Southwest website.
Replies: 61
Views: 6382

Re: What happen to Southwest website.

This I'm able to access it from the UK ... so it's not likely to be GDPR-related. Note that it's a secured (HTTPS) site, so if your ISP forces HTTP (as is the case in some countries that aren't so happy with web traffic being encrypted) you probably won't be able to access it. seems much more likely...

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by fraspotter
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 307
Views: 35012

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

-WN does absolutely nothing. ATL will remain their sole year-round route out of RIC Doesn't surprise me one bit. The amount of neglect that WN shows their former Air Tran destinations is appalling. RIC could easily make a MDW, STL or even a DEN route work if WN would only give them a chance. RIC is...

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by fraspotter
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PA103 21st Dec 1988: BBC again on Lockerbie tragedy
Replies: 13
Views: 3326

Re: PA103 21st Dec 1988: BBC again on Lockerbie tragedy

BBC making any documentaries on the iranian passenger plane shot down by the US navy or the air India plane blown up Canadians or the Russian plane blown up recently? A UK based channel is doing a story on a disaster that occurred over UK territory and destroyed a large portion of a UK town. I fail...

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by fraspotter
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First ANA A380 rolls out of the paintshop
Replies: 113
Views: 20226

Re: First ANA A380 rolls out of the paintshop

I was not expecting that! I am into it. Is this an international bird or doing regional/domestic flights? As of right now it's announced that they will be used on flights to HNL. There may be some domestic or regional familiarity flights for training before the first HNL flights in May but I'm not ...

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by fraspotter
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc reveals cabin refresh on new 787-9
Replies: 21
Views: 5138

Re: Royal Air Maroc reveals cabin refresh on new 787-9

The chevrons on the head rests and seats look nice but the chevrons on the walls is a bit much. Otherwise the tasteful use of purple is pretty nice.

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by fraspotter
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oman Allows El Al Israeli Airlines to fly over its airspace.
Replies: 42
Views: 6734

Re: Oman Allows El Al Israeli Airlines to fly over its airspace.

Israel doesn't "stamp" passports on nationalities with visa on-arrival. No idea how it works for countries that need a pre-arranged visa. They give you a separate paper. Was about to say the same thing. Whether it is a visa on-arrival or a pre-arranged visa they will give you a separate p...

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by fraspotter
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't PHX use flat baggage carousels?
Replies: 23
Views: 4193

Re: Why doesn't PHX use flat baggage carousels?

It also might come down to money. If an airport with flat belts could have gotten the angled belts for cheaper than they very well might have gone that way instead and vice versa.

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by fraspotter
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA/US Airways integration status
Replies: 74
Views: 11304

Re: AA/US Airways integration status

I've recently noticed a lot more 738s on CLT-RIC when it used to always be an A319/A320 route.

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by fraspotter
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA mulling move to LHR T5
Replies: 81
Views: 13735

Re: AA mulling move to LHR T5

Is there any plans to expand 5B and 5C concourses further? From a Google Earth point of view it seems obvious but the reality on the ground may be different. If not then is there a 5D planned?

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