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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 21, 2021 1:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 154
Views: 9072

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Boosters now approved in the United States for J&J and Moderna, also mixed boosters, for certain eligible groups (65+, special health conditions if younger, high public contact professions). I'm eligible and although my first doses were Pfizer, I think I'll try for Moderna boost over the next w...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 20, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 154
Views: 9072

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Here in the UK cases are rising again as we move towards winter and the Flu season. https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/20/uk/uk-europe-covid-infections-cmd-gbr-intl/index.html "The UK has more new Covid-19 cases than France, Germany, Italy and Spain combined ." I feel that we need to go back...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 20, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 154
Views: 9072

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

The deadline for 1st Moderna, per my interpretation of the contractor guidelines, is October 27th. My employer is setting up a *huge* vaccine clinic before then (mandatory, per the company, to have 1st jab by October 29th). By huge, they are clearing out the largest parking lot and shutting down a r...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 20, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 154
Views: 9072

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

They can get vaccinated on their own schedule. Forcing non-employees who come on site to be vaccinated, in this market, is a very myopic policy considering the risk we've mitigated effectively for closing in, unfortunately, on 2 years. As far as transport goes, a lot of companies over here just phy...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 20, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Colin Powell dead at 84
Replies: 46
Views: 1952

Re: Colin Powell dead at 84

Former Secretary of State, former Republican, and all around smart guy died of Covid 19 complications. https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/18/politics/colin-powell-dies/index.html Was fully vaccinated too. He was very immunocompromised tho. This has been my fear all along is that these vaccines lose their ...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 20, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X plans overhaul to survive
Replies: 434
Views: 76298

Re: AirAsia X plans overhaul to survive

The over production of wide-bodies started the A339 vs. 787 rebid that Airbus "won." It was a must win to save the A330NEO. It worked, even if AAX ends up walking away. Lightsaber With the situation unfolding now, Airbus may regret this 'must win'. They probably have a lot of parts alread...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 19, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 154
Views: 9072

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

To my surprise, the supreme court refused to hear about Maine's vaccine mandate that has no religious exemptions. https://www.msn.com/en-US/news/us/us-supreme-court-justice-rejects-challenge-to-maine-covid-vaccine-mandate/ar-AAPIGRC?ocid=sapphireappshare As noted before by JJJ, this is probably goin...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 19, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8834

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Portugal shows a higher rate is needed than 80% in a tourist economy. If 80% isn't good enough, go for 92%. Since they reduction in transmission is quite obvious to me from the data, I'm quite willing to answer legitimate questions, but we've beat this horse to death. Lightsaber I think we should b...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 19, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 154
Views: 9072

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

FWIW, according to this source, we should expect the all US businesses over 100 employees mandate in a week. https://news.yahoo.com/ups-disney-meet-white-house-152711267.html I personally think it will take longer, but only a few more weeks. What scares me is the truckers. I personally expect them t...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 19, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8834

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Why not offer a test every morning (employee paid) as an alternative? If negative, very close to 100% that the person can not transmit COVID to anybody else that day. There will be rare cases where infection develops between the test and the end of the day but will still be "safer" than t...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 19, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8834

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

In addition, I've found employees from companies with vaccine mandates unwilling to travel to our site as we do not yet have in effect a mandate. Apparently 51% of people feel that way: https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/divisions-grow-between-vaccinated-and-unvaccinated-americans-10308...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8834

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

I posted upthread how vaccines reduce transmission 71%. Not perfect, but not zero. The same link noted Pfizer is 70% effective. This isn't about any one individual. It is to safely keep a factory up and running. When a high fraction of vaccinated, you don't have to react to a single case. That remo...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 814
Views: 544958

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

Please post a link, brief comment, and a quote is optional. This is a reference thread, links are required.

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 19, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X plans overhaul to survive
Replies: 434
Views: 76298

Re: AirAsia X plans overhaul to survive

So AAX leased at the 2016-2019 prices, then only a few years later stiffed the lender for over 1.5 years of payments. Repossession time with the hope of getting the 2021 rates after spending a big chunk updating the maintenance, and making the changes for the new customer. It's a huge drop in value...

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 18, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X plans overhaul to survive
Replies: 434
Views: 76298

Re: AirAsia X plans overhaul to survive

The rest of the creditors really ought to tell AAX to go pound sand -- not out of spite, but because the precedent is horrible if they don't. The shareholders aren't completely wiped out, which they ought to be in any restructuring which expects the creditors to take the most pain. The restructured...

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 598
Views: 164361

Re: MC-21 Development and Testing Thread

https://leehamnews.com/2016/02/08/irkut ... -analysis/

A CFRP wing should save more weight. We will have to see.

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The only empty weight I could find is the MC-21-200 where Lehman estimated 2 tons lighter than the A320NEO, way back in 2016:

https://leehamnews.com/2016/02/08/irkut ... -analysis/

A CFRP wing should save more weight. We will have to see.

Lightsaber

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 18, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule
Replies: 35
Views: 5907

Re: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule

The last I heard anything about slots at Schipol was that new destinations couldn't be added until another destination was dropped, but that was pre-quarantine. Is that true? Is there a link? I can understand a flight for flight, but as new regions reach economic ties to Europe or the Netherlands, ...

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 18, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X plans overhaul to survive
Replies: 434
Views: 76298

Re: AirAsia X plans overhaul to survive

https://www.reuters.com/article/airasia-x-restructuring/malaysias-airasia-x-proposes-paying-0-5-of-8-1-bln-debt-owed-to-creditors-document-idUSL4N2RD04Q "Half of the total liability is the cost of terminating airplane orders from its largest creditor Airbus SE for 78 A330neo widebodies and 30 ...

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 18, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could the A220 be used to fly Transatlantic?
Replies: 10
Views: 1171

Re: Could the A220 be used to fly Transatlantic?

Bombardier flew a demo flight with a A221 configured in the equivalent of 40 business class seats and baggage and it made it easily non-stop from LCY to JFK. Breeze has also hinted at flying A220s transatlantic. The A221 is the only model that fits in the gates and I see flying TATL from LCY, it is...

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 18, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skytrax: the new BER airport is horrible
Replies: 71
Views: 18175

Re: Skytrax: the new BER airport is horrible

Disrespecting other users, including mocking a people will result in a ban. Do not take it upon yourself to correct other posters, flag the post.

This is becoming a moderation heavy thread in danger of being locked.

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 18, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 598
Views: 164361

Re: MC-21 Development and Testing Thread

I've been doing the numbers in excel on NB's. I'm stuck with the 79,25t MTOW of the MC-21-300. With an estimated OEW of 47.5t (sharp because of the 3,6t lighter than A320 wing/ electronics) not much left for fuel, using a 200 seat /20t passenger load. The MC-21-200 is ok-ísh and the seat capacity o...

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 18, 2021 3:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 154
Views: 9072

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News ... spx/315170

Considering how many are vaccinated, that shows a risk of being unvaccinated.

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76% of the seriously ill in Israeli hospitals are unvaccinated:
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News ... spx/315170

Considering how many are vaccinated, that shows a risk of being unvaccinated.

Lightsaber

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by lightsaber
Sun Oct 17, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8834

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

I posted upthread how vaccines reduce transmission 71%. Not perfect, but not zero. The same link noted Pfizer is 70% effective. This isn't about any one individual. It is to safely keep a factory up and running. When a high fraction of vaccinated, you don't have to react to a single case. That remov...

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by lightsaber
Sun Oct 17, 2021 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 402
Views: 87334

Re: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread

That little nugget you pointed out about 7, rather than 6, conversions per year is interesting. They were saying 6 per year -300 and 1 per year -200LR. That seems to have been continued in the deal I described, which was 6 per year total, including perhaps some -200LRs. No other line has been annou...

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by lightsaber
Sat Oct 16, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 402
Views: 87334

Re: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread

So just to summarize, there are now three purported conversions: Sequoia, Mammoth and IAI. The IAI is real and furthest along; they're actually cutting metal and modifying the aircraft after completing the engineering. Then a flight-test program and hopefully a prompt STC. Sequoia and Mammoth are t...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 15, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 154
Views: 9072

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

This image is facinating. All US approved vaccines work, but there is definitely a ranking. https://news.yahoo.com/cdc-data-confirms-j-j-181749164.html https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/awa19kkHZZ1QHkEqt6qEzg--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTY0MDtoPTQ1Mg--/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/j3XgblF5OJ2G2j...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 15, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q4 2021
Replies: 18
Views: 2221

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread, Q4 2021

CDC urges unvaccinated travelers to delay domestic trips until they are fully vaccinated. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2021/10/05/unvaccinated-delay-domestic-travel-until-you-vaccinated-cdc-says/6002497001/ CDC urges unvaccinated travelers to delay domestic trips until they are fully ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 15, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 402
Views: 87334

Re: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread

Haven´t seen any figures mentioned for the 777-300ERSF, though some articles mentioned 10 A330-300P2F "with crew" (guess this means ACMI leases). Yes per reports Amazon Air will use CMI leases via Air Transport Services Group to provide crew, maintenance, and insurance on the frames they ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job
Replies: 31
Views: 1453

Re: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job

RIght now aerospace has a major great resignation problem. The industry benefits are good, but not great like before (e.g., no pension except at Boeing and maybe a few others, but not my work). Senior engineers are getting so burned out, it has become surprising when I don't know someone announcing ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 402
Views: 87334

Re: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread

I would expect Amazon would be more interested in 777-300ERSF than 777-200LRSF since they likely "cube out" a plane before they "weight out" one. Amazon were at one time tied to a rumored "A330-1000" new-build freighter so not surprised they are looking at A330-200 and...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021
Replies: 2290
Views: 333947

Re: Air Cargo (non-Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2021

Please post respectfully and if the post is A vs. B, it will be deleted.

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 15, 2021 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hondajet 2600 mockup
Replies: 38
Views: 5307

Re: Hondajet 2600 mockup

Please take the single pilot ops to a new thread as that applies to a whole category of light jets and has taken this thread off topic.

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hondajet 2600 mockup
Replies: 38
Views: 5307

Re: Hondajet 2600 mockup

It seems the single pilot oos have at least sold a few original Hondajet's: https://aviationweek.com/business-aviation/aircraft-propulsion/evaluating-hondajet-elites-single-pilot-operation The competition has single pilot, so not having it would be a red flag. This is something that I doubt we'll ag...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 402
Views: 87334

Re: 777-300ERSF Freighter News and Discussion Thread

This article (yesterday) notes Amazon is looking for long range used cargo aircraft. https://cargofacts.com/allposts/carriers/amazon-seeks-used-long-range-cargo-jets-able-to-fly-from-china/amp/ The article is short of real facts other than Amazon is looking to replace trans-Pacific charters. Lightsa...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 227
Views: 24801

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

Related, TSA says about 40% of its workforce remains unvaccinated. https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/13/politics/tsa-covid-vaccinated-employees-deadline/index.html TSA Administrator David Pekoske says the agency is preparing contingency plans to deal with staff shortages. I don’t know where they come up ...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8834

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Since vaccines are just as safe for those who have been previously infected, there is no real downside to requiring formerly Covid-positive people to be vaccinated just like the rest. It provides proof that at least a certain level of immunity has been achieved, which is the whole point of mandatin...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8834

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

FY23 has already started for the US Government: it runs from October 1st to September 30th, and we are October 14th. As I said, the mandate was right before renewal. even if one contract, September 16 is I believe when this was announced (see link) So I remain of the opinion this was slid in late s...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belgium introduce environmental taxes on short trips
Replies: 70
Views: 4660

Re: Belgium introduce environmental taxes on short trips

London to Brussels is advertised at 1 hr, 53 minutes. https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/train/belgium/london-to-brussels What is the security requirements? Considering one must get to/from the airport and deal with TSA and wait for checked luggage... This could force enough people to look I know my emp...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8834

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

There is legally nothing you can sue the goverment for. The Boeing management team has made the decision to accept this new contract clause. Not the Federal Goverment. Not much of a choice for Boeing. All contracts run out at the end of the fiscal year (end of this month). So either abrupt layoffs ...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 20697

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

If you wanted to fly something like SAT-MEM or AUS-ABQ, Delta's a poor choice unless you want to add several hours to your trip. True, though passengers from smaller airports should expect longer overall travel times in the future. Either because connections involve longer layovers, longer detours,...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8834

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Right, they are similar to each other. The only difference being timing. Under these policies, somebody is OK if they were vaccinated 10 months ago but will be fired if they had COVID two weeks ago and didn't get vaccinated. No. They have a medical exception to delay 14 days. But if someone had Cov...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8834

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

There is legally nothing you can sue the goverment for. The Boeing management team has made the decision to accept this new contract clause. Not the Federal Goverment. Not much of a choice for Boeing. All contracts run out at the end of the fiscal year (end of this month). So either abrupt layoffs ...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 150
Views: 23834

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

Qantas / Jetstar / Link have 100+ A320NEO/ A321LR/ A321XLR / A321P2F on order. That seems a bit of a done deal for the higher capacity NB segment. For replacing the F100/717 I doubt what would fit best. Pulling 40 used E190's through a overhaul & standarisation line, give them a fresh livery so...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 227
Views: 24801

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

The mandate is still there, it is now on how to handle exemptions. Lightsaber My company is largely federal contractors and we were told today they still have no official guidance on how to adjudicate the exemption requests That I agree on. They just seem to tell the companies do it and... poor gui...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 227
Views: 24801

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

United's vaccine mandate halted (maybe temporarily) by a federal judge https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1448390413979693056?s=20 The unvaccinated who applied for exemptions cannot be put on unpaid leave. https://www.npr.org/2021/10/13/1045536669/united-must-delay-vaccine-mandate-for-workers Th...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8834

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

I wonder population demographic-wise how many of the 125K Boeing EEs are at risk? More than 75% of deaths occurred among those over the retirement age. Do any on this board know if Covid call-offs/illness has been a challenge for the company? I don't know about Boeing, but we have had issues where ...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hondajet 2600 mockup
Replies: 38
Views: 5307

Re: Hondajet 2600 mockup

With LearJet recently exiting the upper end of the light jet market, that is an additional niche that Honda can access. Honda seems to be aiming to compete with the Textron Cessna Citation CJ4-Gen 2, which is similar in size, can be operated single-pilot, but lacks trans-con range. If built as prop...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8834

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Negative on the liability. Federal law shields employers from this except in the case employers administer the vaccine themselves. Not quite. A lot depends upon whether the mandate is legal and constitutional. If it is, then fine. If if isn't, and a business complies with an illegal law or order, t...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 13, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 8834

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Law supersedes contract rights. Outside of legal protections for unions (primarily oriented around the right to form a union and engage in collective bargaining), unions rely on contract rights. If the Federal government has the authority to mandate as it has (which it does, per my posts above), th...

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