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by sspontak
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019
Replies: 64
Views: 6274

Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

I can definitely confirm that MD-88s and 90s are saturated on the ATL-CLE route as some sort of Cleveland joke. I'm bringing some earplugs with me tomorrow. As I said on another thread, I love-love Delta but their MD-88s are long in the tooth and as loud as an open cockpit Stearman. I remember when...

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by sspontak
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019
Replies: 64
Views: 6274

Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Ionosphere wrote:
I wonder what the longest historical DL MD-88 flight was?


My 2 longest MD-88 routes have been LGA-DFW and DFW-ONT.

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by sspontak
Thu May 23, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL launches TPA-AMS, its 21st service to AMS
Replies: 99
Views: 16084

Re: DL launches TPA-AMS today, its 21st service to AMS

Hopefully the route does well and it goes year round instead of seasonal. Have a great flight.

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by sspontak
Thu May 09, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #5 | Final Era: One Last Effort at Capturing the Market by Following Trends (1987-1991)
Replies: 32
Views: 5359

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #5 | Final Era: One Last Effort at Capturing the Market by Following Trends (1987-1991)

Loved this series! I was a child in this era, so it is great to learn the history of an industry I love. I think it would be fascinating to read something similar, like the history of the L-1011 at DL or the 777or 747 at UA. I was thinking of doing a project on all of the original 747 order airline...

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by sspontak
Mon May 06, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #5 | Final Era: One Last Effort at Capturing the Market by Following Trends (1987-1991)
Replies: 32
Views: 5359

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #5 | Final Era: One Last Effort at Capturing the Market by Following Trends (1987-1991)

Thank you so much on this excellent 5 article series. I enjoyed every one of them. I certainly learned a tremendous amount of information on the incredible Pan Am 747's. You did great work!

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by sspontak
Fri May 03, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1776
Views: 351848

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

This latest photos shows off the new livery very well. It is a nice shade of blue and the new globe color on the tail looks great. I look forward to seeing the new livery in person.

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by sspontak
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1776
Views: 351848

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

Looking good on the CR-7.

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by sspontak
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #4 | Refresh Era: Even During Financial Difficulties, You Can Still Look Good (1984-1987)
Replies: 22
Views: 3537

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #4 | Refresh Era: Even During Financial Difficulties, You Can Still Look Good (1984-198

I see the super-sized bins in First Class and Clipper Class. From the photos it appears the Coach cabin did not get the larger bins supporting what you wrote that Pan Am prioritized First Class and Clipper Class. I don't remember the sequence/chronology but the Economy cabin did get the super-sized...

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by sspontak
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #4 | Refresh Era: Even During Financial Difficulties, You Can Still Look Good (1984-1987)
Replies: 22
Views: 3537

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #4 | Refresh Era: Even During Financial Difficulties, You Can Still Look Good (1984-198

Adipasquale wrote:
Thanks for sharing! It's really interesting to see all the different interiors, and how they reflect the styles of their times.


Yes and how it started to reflect the financial difficulties of Pan Am.

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by sspontak
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #4 | Refresh Era: Even During Financial Difficulties, You Can Still Look Good (1984-1987)
Replies: 22
Views: 3537

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #4 | Refresh Era: Even During Financial Difficulties, You Can Still Look Good (1984-198

Great job on Article # 4. I see the super-sized bins in First Class and Clipper Class. From the photos it appears the Coach cabin did not get the larger bins supporting what you wrote that Pan Am prioritized First Class and Clipper Class.

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by sspontak
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1776
Views: 351848

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

This is more of a refreshed livery than a new livery. I like the new blues.

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by sspontak
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1776
Views: 351848

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

The new livery looks great. I would have liked the globe to be modified a bit more with the wider lines but overall a great job UNITED. I look forward to seeing it in person soon.

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by sspontak
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1776
Views: 351848

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

From the latest photo posted the UNITED, cheatline and the winglets all could be purple.

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by sspontak
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1776
Views: 351848

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

The blue looks nice. What are the colors of the wavy cheatline and the winglets? I cannot identify it from the photo.

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by sspontak
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When was your last MD-80 flight and how was it?
Replies: 69
Views: 4239

Re: When was your last MD-80 flight and how was it?

My last MD-80 flight was on DL from MCO-LGA three years ago. I took an earlier flight for a $50 change fee so I could get home earlier. I thought I was lucky to be on the MD-88 instead of the usual 737 I fly on. I was toward the front of the cabin but I didn't notice it was much quieter than the 737...

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by sspontak
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #3 | Bi-Centennial Era: The New 747-SP Brings a Patriotic Look at Heritage (1976-1984)
Replies: 39
Views: 7476

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #3 | Bi-Centennial Era: The New 747-SP Brings a Patriotic Look at Heritage (1976-1984)

#3 is a great article with terrific photos. Many changes took place during this time period. I learned many new things about the 747SP. I like the bicentennial colors. Interesting how the dining room concept in the upper deck was changed to the regular FC/Sleeperette seating. Also interesting was th...

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by sspontak
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did CO ever fly to JFK
Replies: 31
Views: 5848

Re: Did CO ever fly to JFK

Continental flew to JFK until the 90s that was before the EWR hub They flew to Cleveland with turbo props in the early 2000’s They flew to Houston much later than that… Until 2009 or so. This service was with a 737 and was started and stopped two times over the 2000s Yes, I do remember seeing Conti...

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by sspontak
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #2 | Launch Era: An Austere Approach to a Well-Received Behemoth (1970-1976)
Replies: 41
Views: 6390

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #2 | Launch Era: An Austere Approach to a Well-Received Behemoth (1970-1976)

It is interesting to see that Pan Am went with a more basic toned down color scheme with the simpler checkered pattern for the fabrics. In the 1970's, the flower type psychedelic patterns/colors were more common. Pan Am's interior seems to be more appealing than the psychedelic interiors, especially...

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by sspontak
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #1 | Pre-Production Era: An Evolving Mock-Up Used to Create Hype (1966-1970)
Replies: 39
Views: 7016

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #1 | Pre-Production Era: An Evolving Mock-Up Used to Create Hype (1966-1970)

Great work! Very interesting. I look forward to each article. Thank you so much for sharing with the airliners.net community.

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by sspontak
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA Ambassador Service Seat Charts (1971) L1011, 747 Question- K Class?
Replies: 50
Views: 6311

Re: TWA Ambassador Service Seat Charts (1971) L1011, 747 Question- K Class?

Even at 9 abreast with the little closet in the middle, the CX config looks very roomy.

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by sspontak
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Articles- Introduction of Concept
Replies: 42
Views: 7033

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Articles- Introduction of Concept

I look forward to the information on the pre-launch & launch era. I am sure your project will be very interesting. Thank you.

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by sspontak
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Articles- Introduction of Concept
Replies: 42
Views: 7033

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Articles- Introduction of Concept

I look forward to the information on the pre-launch & launch era. I am sure your project will be very interesting. Thank you.

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by sspontak
Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JFK TWA Terminal to turn into a hotel
Replies: 87
Views: 7469

Re: JFK TWA Terminal to turn into a hotel

I'm more interested in the TWA Constellation that's going to be converted into a restaurant. http://www.aviation-history.com/lockheed/twasc2a.jpg Did y'all know this thing was parked in Times Square overnight?? I was in Manhattan yesterday near Times Square. I passed this TWA Constellation while on...

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by sspontak
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Delta A330neo Rolls Out Of Paintshop
Replies: 104
Views: 32481

Re: First Delta A330neo Rolls Out Of Paintshop

From this angle it looks like DL is going with the larger DL titles in the front similar to the A350. It looks good with the mask around the cockpit windows.

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by sspontak
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 92845

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

Nice job Aer Lingus on the re-branding. The 2 shades of green work well together. Too bad Lufthansa didn't use yellow similar to how Aer Lingus chose to use the lighter green. I look forward to seeing how the green looks on their aircraft at the airport.

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by sspontak
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 92845

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

The new brand update is a good one. It does seem to work better than the new LH livery.

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by sspontak
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 224
Views: 18248

Re: 747 First Flight 50th Anniversary

My first 747 flight was on AA in Feb 1980 winter break from junior high school JFK-LAX. I remember AA served fried chicken, a Kraft cheese and cracker snack and a cookie. The actress Joan Van Ark was on this flight. The movie was The Great Santini with Robert Duvall. To this day it is one of my favo...

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by sspontak
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 10 A330-900 neo's, defers 10 A350-900's
Replies: 384
Views: 63040

Re: Reuters: Airbus likely sold 10 A330neo jets to Delta

Asiaflyer wrote:
Delta confirms the order of 10 A330neo according to Reuters.
As a part of the agreement, 10 A350 will be defferd to 2025-2026 with a right to convert the order to A330neo.


Ten additional orders for Airbus and terms for DL to be able to convert to the A330neo if needed. Nice deal for Airbus and DL.

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by sspontak
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 10 A330-900 neo's, defers 10 A350-900's
Replies: 384
Views: 63040

Re: Reuters: Airbus likely sold 10 A330neo jets to Delta

I'm pretty sure Boeing wrote off Delta when they tried to put the squeeze on Bombardier in court. No. As has been mentioned multiple times in this thread and in others, Boeing would be absolutely stupid to freeze out the world's second largest airline. That's just not good business. Boeing will fig...

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by sspontak
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Delta Airbus A220-100 Rolls Out Of Paints Shop
Replies: 80
Views: 17954

Re: First Delta Airbus A220-100 Rolls Out Of Paints Shop

The A220-100 looks great in the DL livery. Good to read it will be based out of my home airport at JFK.

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by sspontak
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline History @ KISP
Replies: 40
Views: 2214

Re: Airline History @ KISP

I also remember in the early 1990's, flying Braniff on an ex Pan Am 727-200 between ISP-PBI. Braniff served a full breakfast on this flight.

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by sspontak
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline History @ KISP
Replies: 40
Views: 2214

Re: Airline History @ KISP

evank516 wrote:

Add ISP-RDU in the 1980s and 1990s for AA. MD-80s
Delta Connection ISP-ATL, does CRJ include CR7?
FL had a brief stint in ISP as well. I flew them in 1997 from ISP-MCO on a 737-200.


DL Connection ISP-ATL did use both the CRJ and CR7 on this route.

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by sspontak
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline History @ KISP
Replies: 40
Views: 2214

Re: Airline History @ KISP

Continental Express flew ISP to EWR for a short period in the early 1990's. Does anyone remember which aircraft they used?

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by sspontak
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline History @ KISP
Replies: 40
Views: 2214

Re: Airline History @ KISP

An airline called Presidential had 737 service to the Washington DC in the 1980's. It was probably to IAD. Does anyone remember this service?

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by sspontak
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline History @ KISP
Replies: 40
Views: 2214

Re: Airline History @ KISP

Looking back I remember flying these routes out of ISP in 1980's, 90's and 2000's. 1980's USAir ISP-PIT Bac111, ISP-ALB 737-200 Eastern ISP-FLL 727-100 Piedmont ISP-BWI Dash 8, ISP-CLT 737-200 New York Air ISP-IAD DC9, 737-300 American ISP-ORD MD-80 United ISP-ORD 727-200 1990's Eastern ISP-ATL DC9 ...

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by sspontak
Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic's split upper deck.
Replies: 23
Views: 9435

Re: Virgin Atlantic's split upper deck.

BA had Y seats in the upper deck (around 60 I think) when they first recived them back in 89/90. I flew to Sydney up there, and as noted above much better than down the back on the main deck. I flew on a BA 742 upper deck Y between EWR - LHR around that time. Yes, a nice ride. The service was minim...

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by sspontak
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piedmont Dash 8 retirement this Wednesday July 4, 2018
Replies: 35
Views: 5734

Re: Piedmont Dash 8 retirement this Wednesday July 4, 2018

Wow, I remember flying on the Dash 8 between ISP-BWI way back around 1985-1986. That was a good run with Piedmont and a great aircraft for its time for short haul.

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by sspontak
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no JFK/LGA-BDL service?
Replies: 62
Views: 4953

Re: Why no JFK/LGA-BDL service?

jmdc861 wrote:
Used to fly the route (JFK-BDL) regularly in TWA 707s during the academic year of 1968-1969 when I was a freshman at the University of Hartford. "Student -Standby" fare then ? $5.80!


Back in the mid 1970's DL flew this route as a thru flight to ATL on a DC-8-61 BDL-JFK-ATL.

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by sspontak
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 250
Views: 18127

Re: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011

I remember using airstairs for TWA L-1011 and EA A300 in Nassau in the early 80's. Also airstairs for TWA L-1011 in Freeport in the early 80's.

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by sspontak
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Westjet 737MAX8 in new livery
Replies: 43
Views: 9090

Re: First Westjet 737MAX8 in new livery

This is a nice update to the Westjet livery. It looks great on the Max 8.

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by sspontak
Tue May 29, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?
Replies: 126
Views: 11386

Re: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?

Delta recently started nonstop service from JFK to PDL (Ponta Delgada - Azores) utilizing the 757 with D1 service. The fight is just under 6 hours. There is no D1 service on this route. It's Premium Select, Comfort Plus, and Economy. I was on the inaugural. Also, I have the ability to say I was the...

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by sspontak
Mon May 28, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?
Replies: 126
Views: 11386

Re: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?

Delta recently started nonstop service from JFK to PDL (Ponta Delgada - Azores) utilizing the 757 with D1 service. The fight is just under 6 hours. D1 service but on a "regular" 757? I checked a random date in July and it looks to be a 75P (or G, whatever DL wants to call them now). The i...

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by sspontak
Mon May 28, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?
Replies: 126
Views: 11386

Re: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?

Delta recently started nonstop service from JFK to PDL (Ponta Delgada - Azores) utilizing the 757 with D1 service. The fight is just under 6 hours.

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by sspontak
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Boeing outfoxing Airbus?
Replies: 114
Views: 20781

Re: Is Boeing outfoxing Airbus?

I don't see how this jibes with the fact that Boeing has been shopping around a MoM widebody and numerous airlines are reported to be very enthusiastic about it. If Boeing is trying to do a head fake on Airbus, if anything it will be by making the 797 a lightweight 787 and putting the money saved b...

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by sspontak
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Air Lines Caribbean Blue
Replies: 19
Views: 2725

Re: Eastern Air Lines Caribbean Blue

Why did they do this anyway? The white looked chic and the bare metal looked pretty crappy in my opinion. Eliminating the white paint was most likely done to reduce weight. USair and Western Airlines also eliminated the white around the same time. I wonder how much weight on average was actually re...

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by sspontak
Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ Interested in Boeing MOM
Replies: 23
Views: 5383

Re: SQ Interested in Boeing MOM

Perhaps Boeing may go with a narrow body/wide body MOM dual option similar to how they developed the 757/767 simultaneously back in the early 1980's. They could push the commonality of both types and solve the issue of less/more cargo and perhaps get orders for both types from many airlines. I would...

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by sspontak
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New southwest schedule release due march 8th!!
Replies: 96
Views: 10152

Re: New southwest schedule release due march 8th!!

That's it folks, we've found them all. https://www.swamedia.com/releases/release-5bfdf6d446d6aa38517f972f392fa9ee-fall-in-love-with-more-nonstop-options-on-southwest-airlines Anything on KISP?!? I don’t know how to search! :) On the local Long Island New 12 I heard SWA will start nonstop ISP-RDU. N...

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by sspontak
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New southwest schedule release due march 8th!!
Replies: 96
Views: 10152

Re: New southwest schedule release due march 8th!!

Balloonchaser wrote:
Anything on KISP?!? I don’t know how to search! :)


On the local Long Island New 12 I heard SWA will start nonstop ISP-RDU. Not much detail in the new report. Does anyone know when this route will start? I have been waiting for this route..Glad to hear it will be SWA.

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by sspontak
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH new livery to be ‘revised’ after only three weeks
Replies: 154
Views: 37202

Re: LH new livery to be ‘revised’ after only three weeks

It would look better if the logo was in yellow. I am fine with the blue tail but the white logo is hideous. Here are 2 quick edits https://i.imgur.com/wDa7JBe.png https://i.imgur.com/Sw7T9om.png (Unfortunately, I can't edit/ fix my previous post, so I apologize if people consider my post spam.) Ver...

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