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by cedarjet
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Pan Am's A310-200s
Replies: 77
Views: 10202

Re: Question about Pan Am's A310-200s

I doubt if Delta management realised (or cared?) how much the A310s were in need of t.l.c. until the maintenance and ops teams inherited them. Shame Pan Am were perennially known for bashing the sh*t out of their birds. When their Tristars went to United in 1985, UA maintenance crew went over the p...

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by cedarjet
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta’s former service to Nairobi
Replies: 12
Views: 2132

Re: Delta’s former service to Nairobi

Sounds like old Pan Am route licences, all of which ended up with Delta. Pan Am had 707 jet service from JFK to Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, which was a focus city for them, with spokes onwards to Nairobi, Kinshasa, Johannesburg, and maybe a few local West Africa hops to Lagos, Accra. Not sure ...

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by cedarjet
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New IATA airport code for Nur Sultan aka Astana
Replies: 24
Views: 3893

Re: New IATA airport code for Nur Sultan aka Astana

Baghdad used to be SDM for Saddam International, now plain old BGW (and pre Covid, busier than you think, one major data point for me in deciding in favour of an eight-day road trip with buddies from Baghdad to Basra in 2018 was Iraqi Airways’ fleet of 20+ brand new 737-800s with daily flights to BE...

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by cedarjet
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 15 years ago: CO expands to "secondary" EU cities with 757s
Replies: 84
Views: 9850

Re: 15 years ago: CO expands to "secondary" EU cities with 757s

In the 90s, post Cold War and post Northern Irish peace deal optimism prompted American Trans Air to introduce a scheduled transatlantic 757 route, JFK Belfast Riga. The boss might have been Latvian which also made it something of a sentimental journey. Alas, also an unprofitable one. But full marks...

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by cedarjet
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Armenia added to EU blacklist
Replies: 7
Views: 3469

Re: Armenia added to EU blacklist

I’m really surprised. I guess they’re a bit of a basket case economically but this is a developed, functioning nation. Wonder what the issues are?

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by cedarjet
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Airlines getting a 777
Replies: 55
Views: 14960

Re: Eastern Airlines getting a 777

Eastern aren’t exactly in the business of operating MIA LHR, they’ll be using 777s for deportation flights and moving military personnel around

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by cedarjet
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whatever happened to Air France Vacances?
Replies: 20
Views: 4208

Re: Whatever happened to Air France Vacances?

477 seats! That said it could be worse, JAL were over 500 on their all-economy 747-200SRs, same on Corsair’s 747-200Bs. I've only experienced the 747 on a Corsair charter flight, however it had the SUD so 743 or 744. Cramped yes but I'm not sure current economy seats in most aircraft (except the A3...

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by cedarjet
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whatever happened to Air France Vacances?
Replies: 20
Views: 4208

Re: Whatever happened to Air France Vacances?

477 seats! That said it could be worse, JAL were over 500 on their all-economy 747-200SRs, same on Corsair’s 747-200Bs.

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by cedarjet
Sun May 31, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whatever happened to Air France Vacances?
Replies: 20
Views: 4208

Re: Whatever happened to Air France Vacances?

I know up until the 90s they had a few old 747-128 bangers in very high density config, like almost all Y, which did ORY EWR, and beaches (Guadeloupe, Martinique). Not sure it said Vacances on the side (did yours?). What’s a carry on meal btw? 500 brown paper bags in the gate containing a sarnie a b...

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by cedarjet
Thu May 28, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Czech Airlines returning to LHR
Replies: 29
Views: 5955

Re: OK returning to LHR

Sorry to learn the CSA A330 isn’t staying. I love a little airline with a long haul route. Was a good effort, shame it had to end.

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by cedarjet
Mon May 25, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152750

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Just to remember, there was a carbon copy of this crash two years ago, scraped along the deck on the engine nacelles, climbed away, double engine failure downwind due to damage, glided in short of the runway. SmartLynx 9001, Tallinn, 28/2/18 https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=2018022...

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by cedarjet
Sun May 24, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152750

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

I’m surprised how calm the FO sounds on the radio. They couldn’t make it to 3,500 ft as cleared so after the runway impact things must have started to go badly wrong pretty soon. Reminds me of the Air Canada 671 disaster which was similar.

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by cedarjet
Wed May 20, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Warms To A321LR After Cancelling 737 MAXs:
Replies: 27
Views: 10931

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.

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by cedarjet
Fri May 08, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GECAS Cancels 69 737 MAX Orders
Replies: 17
Views: 7068

Re: GECAS Cancels 69 737 MAX Orders

Here’s the problem: the delay of 12 months or more means airlines can get their deposits back. A temptation, given cratering traffic, that many will not be able to resist. (The Max’s sole advantage over a refurbished 737NG, fuel economy, is also severely undermined by cratering fuel prices.)

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by cedarjet
Wed May 06, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why Didn't Swissair and Sabena order The 747-400?
Replies: 34
Views: 4966

Re: Why Didn't Swissair and Sabena order The 747-400?

Those Sabena 747-329s were -300s “and a bit”, as they had the -400 wing-to-fuselage join and -400 horizontal stabilisers with integral fuel tanks (which I think weren’t plumbed in as they hadn’t been certified yet). I’m typing on my phone but perhaps someone can post a pic of the wing-to-fuse join, ...

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by cedarjet
Wed May 06, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the Concorde ever fly TPAC?
Replies: 17
Views: 4386

Re: Did the Concorde ever fly TPAC?

Don’t know why Singapore Airlines tried to make SIN-BAH-LHR work when the obvious winner would have been a supersonic corridor SIN HKG NRT, both legs overwater, masses of business traffic, lots of prestige. I guess they knew better than some idiot on a forum but I would have thought that would have ...

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by cedarjet
Wed May 06, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"
Replies: 135
Views: 30954

Re: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"

I think the 777X is in a lot of trouble. First of all, they’ve only sold 300 of them. The 777-300ER is a very capable aeroplane and there’s loads of young and middle-ages frames out there. In the face of an extinction level drop in traffic, D checks on the existing fleet makes a lot more sense than ...

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by cedarjet
Sun May 03, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mahan Air: IKA-LSP
Replies: 38
Views: 6446

Re: Mahan Air: IKA-LSP

eta unknown wrote:
This is about the third flight to divert to ALG. Safe to say no country is going to place an overflight ban.

I don’t think Algiers is a diversion, it’s a scheduled tech stop.

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by cedarjet
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada flying cargo SYD-YYZ direct on a 789
Replies: 43
Views: 11377

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

Yea I'm sure I'd be cheaper to fly non stop if you could. Decending, landing, taxiing, takeoff, climbing. Gotta use much more fuel. They would only stop if they had too Actually the weight of the extra fuel needed for the nonstop severely impacts fuel burn overall, especially in the first half of t...

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by cedarjet
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Airlines Chieftain Liveries
Replies: 44
Views: 4984

Re: Western Airlines Chieftain Liveries

Incredibly stylish airline. I wrote the Haynes owners workshop manual for the 707 and made sure there were pictures of both the Indian Head and Big W livery in there.

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by cedarjet
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-300ER longest nonstop flight?
Replies: 13
Views: 4621

Re: Boeing 777-300ER longest nonstop flight?

What were Qatar using on the AKL DOH?

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by cedarjet
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about JAL's B747-200 Executive Express
Replies: 28
Views: 6575

Re: Questions about JAL's B747-200 Executive Express

Antarius wrote:
BA's LCY to JFK as well

A318 is already an “SP”, route started without extra tanks but the intention was to fit them ASAP but in practice they simply aren’t needed.

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by cedarjet
Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A330 involved in a shooting
Replies: 29
Views: 16062

Re: Air France A330 involved in a shooting

I remember back in December 2000 a Sabena A330 was shot at while on finals to land at Bujumbura (capital of Burundi). One passenger and one flight attendant were injured. 13 holes in the plane.

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by cedarjet
Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who owns these DC-10-40s ?
Replies: 11
Views: 3047

Re: Who owns these DC-10-40s ?

An outfit in Kazakhstan called Deta Air operated a DC-10-40F relatively recently, you can find pics in the database. They previously had a sizeable fleet of Il-62s including the last one built, operating their own services, most notably Shymkent to Istanbul, and ACMI ops on behalf of other carriers ...

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by cedarjet
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why no EWR-LGW service?
Replies: 11
Views: 1577

Re: Why no EWR-LGW service?

Virgin Atlantic’s first-ever route was LGW EWR

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by cedarjet
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Opening?
Replies: 24
Views: 4173

Re: Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Opening?

Proximity between DXB and AUH is irrelevant. Two thirds of their traffic is transit pax. They are competing with not only each other but also IST and DOH. Are Turkish Airlines moving to DWC as well?

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by cedarjet
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syrian Arab Airlines introduce second A340
Replies: 64
Views: 17279

Re: Syrian Arab Airlines introduce second A340

The Syrians even say they want to use it to China. For tourism? Or do many Syrians live in China? For Syrian traders to go to China to buy goods to import to Syria. Like the African flights to Guangzhou (KQ, ET etc). They fly out with rolls of cash and come back with hundreds of kilos of goods. Syr...

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by cedarjet
Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surprising history of hijackings to Cuba: Facts, Figures, & Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4791

Re: Surprising history of hijackings to Cuba: Facts, Figures, & Questions

There is an absolutely fantastic book about 70s hijacking written just a few years ago called The Skies Belong To Us by Brendan I. Koerner. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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by cedarjet
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 56241

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

The Max will never fly again. First of all, a group of American pilots who were given runaway MCAS training all flunked a trial sim ride, that’s as recent as December (source: Bloomberg). So the underlying problem isn’t close to fixed. Regulators can’t even meet for months because of coronavirus. By...

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by cedarjet
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirBaltic going all Airbus A220 - smaller carrier
Replies: 83
Views: 13358

Re: AirBaltic going all Airbus A220 - smaller carrier

We won't be down forever. My first two friends to catch Coronavirus return to normal life this weekend (two tests negative). This is scary, but overall death rates are down, way down: https://twitter.com/attachedstring/status/1244635777289662464?s=19 We might not be down forever, but quoting one pe...

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by cedarjet
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?
Replies: 1317
Views: 161941

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

If the U.K. government can’t afford to run the health service properly or give disabled people (including veterans) more than £94 a week in benefits, the last thing they should be doing is giving money to heavily polluting industries.

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by cedarjet
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?
Replies: 87
Views: 14425

Re: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?

I would be pretty amazed if BA pilots flew the plane. Doesn’t make much sense to do typeratings for one route, not to mention I can’t imagine any pilots volunteering to literally fly to the same city four times a month for years. Let’s get serious. The word you’re looking for is CODESHARE.

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by cedarjet
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?
Replies: 1317
Views: 161941

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

If half of climate science is real (and it is), we should not be subsiding heavily polluting industries

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by cedarjet
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is MU still flying PVG-JFK?
Replies: 8
Views: 2344

Re: Why is MU still flying PVG-JFK?

Because most air freight goes in the belly of passenger liners, which are 99.9% grounded, freight costs have exploded. Some airlines have reactivated a few widebodies purely for the belly space. Probably MU are carrying passengers but if you see a Swiss flight, or a BA flight, it might be a revenue ...

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by cedarjet
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX831 JFK-HKG is diverting to JFK?
Replies: 14
Views: 3529

Re: CX831 JFK-HKG is diverting to JFK

SpaceshipDC10 wrote:
Ebmek wrote:
And now it seems to be turning back? Entering a holding pattern over Montreal?


At FL310 and ground speed 530kts?

Sure, buddy of mine spent three hours holding at 35,000 ft at the Russian border on a Finnair A340 op NRT HEL, airline hadn’t filed some paperwork for airspace transit. Why not?

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by cedarjet
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA A321NEO PHX-HNL
Replies: 12
Views: 3397

Re: AA A321NEO PHX-HNL

mmo wrote:
But the eastbound flights will generally benefit in lower fuel loads due to the tailwind. So, it's most likely a wash. Probably tight both ways and payload restricted.

Tailwind isn’t enough to make up for a short runway, might save 20 minutes off the flight but it’s still five hours

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by cedarjet
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final(?) flight of a LH A380
Replies: 80
Views: 20313

Re: Final(?) flight of a LH A380

Hard to predict which types won’t get reactivated. With fuel prices at record lows, it might not be the most fuel efficient. That said, Lufty A380s may well have flown their last. They’re not going to need that many seats for a while.

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by cedarjet
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Retiring 747 Fleet on March 29?
Replies: 73
Views: 13066

Re: Qantas Retiring 747 Fleet on March 29?

https://samchui.com/2020/03/28/qantas-t ... is-weekend
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The Qantas 747 fleet was sold in the early hours of Friday morning and will ferry to Mojave in the coming weeks. That flight from SCL was the end of a chapter in Australian history. Thanks jumbo!

PS tribute on Sam Chui’s site
https://samchui.com/2020/03/28/qantas-t ... is-weekend

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by cedarjet
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc
Replies: 72
Views: 7917

Re: Soviet Airliners Outside the Eastern Bloc

Based on the pics I saw on a friends FB post, a Somali airline flew Il-18's till quite recently. Perhaps they still do. There were passengers boarding the flight with live chickens! Inflight meal was a banana and tetrapak orange juice! :P What’s wrong with a banana and a juice box? Better than cate...

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by cedarjet
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUI 767 into LHR
Replies: 15
Views: 6010

Re: TUI 767 into LHR

You bet Ryanair operated out of LHR T5 during the cabin crew strike. I parked next to a couple in my EuroAtlantic 757.

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by cedarjet
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will airlines adjust status because of COVID-19
Replies: 17
Views: 2862

Re: Will airlines adjust status because of COVID-19

BA announced just today that for Executive Club members whose year end is in April, May or June, they’ll knock 30% off the tier points required for each status level. Bad luck for those who’d hoped to do a Hail Mary mileage run at their year end, then again that crowd are probably tolerated rather t...

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by cedarjet
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat tentatively schedules last A310 service in 2Q20
Replies: 106
Views: 21177

Re: Air Transat tentatively schedules last A310 service in 2Q20

Last flight brought forward to March 31, MAN YYZ. Sad day.

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by cedarjet
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM A310 Questions
Replies: 48
Views: 6042

Re: KLM A310 Questions

From what I remember KLM used the A310's on the "heavy" European routes and routes to the Middle East. I remember reading in an old Air International magazine that it caught analysts by surprise at the time. KLM had been mostly a Douglas customer, operating every version of the DC series,...

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by cedarjet
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Historical ops in HKG
Replies: 9
Views: 1298

Re: Historical ops in HKG

Hong Kong was never a transit point for BOAC or BA between the U.K. and Australia. Way too far north and too far east. It is incredible that the British would restrict air service to Hong Kong (we’re talking KLM here) just to protect their national airline. Funny that brexiters have a rosy view of t...

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by cedarjet
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.
Replies: 207
Views: 28086

Re: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.

VSMUT wrote:
Well I'll make sure to avoid KLM for my long-haul business class trips in the forseeable future then.

Yes, you do that.

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by cedarjet
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do you think the future of airtravel will change after the coronavirus epidemic?
Replies: 7
Views: 772

Re: How do you think the future of airtravel will change after the coronavirus epidemic?

The Max is done. Even as recently as December, pilots who had been given runaway MCAS training flunked sim rides (according to Bloomberg). So that’s still an issue (and they were American pilots, haters). There’s going to be a massive financial depression which will not only crush demand but cratere...

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by cedarjet
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Financial Discussion 2020
Replies: 432
Views: 59915

Re: Boeing Financial Discussion 2020

The Max is done. Even as recently as December, pilots who had been given runaway MCAS training flunked sim rides (according to Bloomberg). So that’s still an issue (and they were American pilots, haters). There’s going to be a massive financial depression which will not only crush demand but cratere...

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by cedarjet
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020
Replies: 463
Views: 73210

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding News and Reference Thread 2020

The Max is finished. Even as recently as December, pilots who had been given runaway MCAS training flunked sim rides (according to Bloomberg). So that’s still an issue (and they were American pilots, haters). There’s going to be a massive financial depression which will not only crush demand but cra...

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by cedarjet
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What will be the lasting effects of the Coronavirus on commercial aviation?
Replies: 62
Views: 2496

Re: What will be the lasting effects of the Coronavirus on commercial aviation?

The Max is done. Even as recently as December, pilots who had been given runaway MCAS training flunked sim rides (according to Bloomberg). So that’s still an issue (and they were American pilots, haters). There’s going to be a massive financial depression which will not only crush demand but cratere...

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by cedarjet
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IL62 heading east from France.
Replies: 18
Views: 6091

Re: IL62 heading east from France.

Cargo rates have skyrocketed, since the majority is carried in the belly of passenger flights which have all but stopped. (There is talk of putting widebody passenger liners back in the sky just for their underfloor cargo capacity.) You’ll plenty more of this bird in the coming weeks.

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