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by cedarjet
Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest lived hubs
Replies: 25
Views: 2505

Re: Shortest lived hubs

Here are some more that I came up with off the top of my head . . . California Pacific - CLD PEOPLExpress (2014) - PHF Florida Express - MCO Vanguard - MCI Air1 - STL Kiwi International - EWR Midway / Metrolink - MDW Midway (1993-2003) - MDW, RDU Presidential - IAD, DCA McClain - STL Eastwind - TTN...

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by cedarjet
Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PBS Frontline: Boeing's Fatal Flaw
Replies: 110
Views: 13471

Re: PBS Frontline: Boeing's Fatal Flaw

I have a somewhat idealistic opinion that one of the jobs of a journalist is to educate the viewers. Frontline/NYT errs here by not explaining that there is a difference between a mainline pilot in the United States which at the time of design of the 737Max had minimum requirements of: At least 23 ...

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by cedarjet
Fri Sep 17, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 757: Who's have you flown?
Replies: 48
Views: 1179

Re: Boeing 757: Who's have you flown?

Eram Air (of Iran; op by Vim Air of Russia)
United (inc transatlantic)
American (inc transatlantic)
Thomas Cook (inc transatlantic)
British Airways
EuroAtlantic (op for BA)
USAirways
Monarch
Britannia
Air Europe

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by cedarjet
Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of Air Algerie
Replies: 10
Views: 2557

Re: The future of Air Algerie

Surprisingly wide scope of routes pre Covid — Europe, Africa, Montreal and Beijing makes four continents. That said, no connectivity, I tried to fly them to Beijing and even went to their ticket office in London and was told the schedule required a nightstop and transit passengers needed a visa. Als...

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by cedarjet
Sun Sep 05, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has Boeing permanently stopped production of all 777 passenger jets except 777X?
Replies: 30
Views: 8428

Re: Has Boeing permanently stopped production of all 777 passenger jets except 777X?

CarlosSi wrote:
Last one was for Turkmenistan, EZ-A780. A 77L, earlier this year.

Weird I thought only 77Ws and 77Fs were in production. I guess if it’s got GE90 it’s going.

777F is a 777-200LR/F so the Turkmenistan example would not prove to be an issue.

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by cedarjet
Sat Sep 04, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ER Relevance
Replies: 95
Views: 27862

Re: 777-300ER Relevance

Less than 300 orders for the 777X even before the pandemic shows what a world beater the 777-300ER is. Most of them apparently don’t need replacing!

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by cedarjet
Mon Aug 30, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: QR USA Routes pre-covid
Replies: 17
Views: 3509

Re: QR USA Routes pre-covid

I would guess that less than 10% of Qatar Airways traffic has Doha as its origin or destination. On a 777 out of Philly, we’ve got 8 pax for Tehran, 3 for Shiraz, 12 for Mumbai, 9 for Delhi, 23 for Bangkok, 3 for Nairobi, 7 for Karachi etc. Just those seven onward destinations, with those numbers, w...

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by cedarjet
Fri Aug 27, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United BOS-LHR
Replies: 64
Views: 14578

Re: United BOS-LHR

I simply wanted to raise awareness about the capability of modern "regional" aircraft. Back in 1959-1960, the early 707s sometimes struggled to fly LHR-IDW (later to become JFK) westbound non-stop against the wind. Today, your average 320 NEO or 737-MAX8 will complete the mission with eas...

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by cedarjet
Fri Aug 27, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United BOS-LHR
Replies: 64
Views: 14578

Re: United BOS-LHR

USA borders closed with no end in sight. I don’t see why United would be launching a new transatlantic route. I don’t know why JetBlue have, except I guess they want to get their clogs on the Heathrow concrete while they can, and can afford the losses that will follow for the foreseeable

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by cedarjet
Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New IAG carrier at LGW
Replies: 120
Views: 20381

Re: New IAG carrier at LGW

Level, surely?

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by cedarjet
Mon Aug 23, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot and the MD-11
Replies: 13
Views: 4173

Re: Aeroflot and the MD-11

opticalilyushin wrote:
There are some lovely pics on the internet of a Nigerian registered DC-8 painted up and leased to Aeroflot

Operated for six months out of the Aeroflot Armenia hub at Yerevan

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by cedarjet
Mon Aug 23, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot and the MD-11
Replies: 13
Views: 4173

Re: Aeroflot and the MD-11

At one point USSR was negotiating to buy and then build under license bunch of TRIstars. But the deal did not go thru due to politics and /or fear of engine technology being stolen and that's how IL86 appeared. That’s exactly right. Came reasonably close to happening. Ironically considering the cur...

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by cedarjet
Mon Aug 23, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Airlines LAX-MEX Red-Eye Service History
Replies: 36
Views: 7941

Re: Western Airlines LAX-MEX Red-Eye Service History

They didn’t really “land on a closed runway”, they descended unchecked with the three pilots half asleep until they hit the ground. No call outs, no “runway in sight” and not much of a landing, one main gear on the edge of the tarmac and one in the grass. CVR was leaked and it’s pretty brutal, got t...

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by cedarjet
Sat Aug 14, 2021 7:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How are flight crews positioned for non-daily overseas service?
Replies: 16
Views: 4474

Re: How are flight crews positioned for non-daily overseas service?

If it’s a weekly flight, some airlines will put the aircraft on a remote stand for 12h while the crew get rested then operate the same aircraft back. TAROM to Beijing did this. Quite a few South American airlines flying up to Miami too, red eye arrives at dawn, crew spend the day in a Miami airport ...

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by cedarjet
Sat Aug 14, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Future of Afghan aviation?
Replies: 77
Views: 10787

Re: Future of Afghan aviation?

The Taliban were in charge for most of the 90s and the aviation sector didn’t change much, Ariana’s clapped out old jets flew daily. And it’s not as though the country or its airlines flourished under US occupation. Nothing much will change.

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by cedarjet
Fri Aug 13, 2021 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Multi-Stop LHR-India Service on an MD-80
Replies: 48
Views: 8776

Re: Former Multi-Stop LHR-India Service on an MD-80

The only thing of this type I recall is the UK charter airline Paramount (not to be confused with the Indian airline of the same name today) which did winter series with the MD83 to Goa. I recall it was tech stops at Amman and Bahrain to Goa so a three leg journey. In the mid 00s, something like Co...

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by cedarjet
Wed Aug 11, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 18 Unruly Teenage Girls barred from boarding a DL Flight
Replies: 81
Views: 18394

Re: 18 Unruly Teenage Girls barred from boarding a DL Flight

Oy vey. Big eye roll for those claiming antisemitism, Orthodox Jews causing delays or getting kicked off planes because they won’t sit next to someone of the opposite gender or wanting to pray in the aisle during taxi are as regular on here as questions about Boeing resurrecting the 757. Including E...

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by cedarjet
Wed Aug 04, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Insane Cockpit Video of 737-300 Landing
Replies: 132
Views: 25308

Re: Insane Cockpit Video of 737-300 Landing

I’m not making any claims of good flying but Paro is uniquely challenging, and almost a one shot deal before diverting because the “circuit” goes round a lot of valleys before coming back around for another go. I would say this crew’s failure is if anything to even be attempting to land here, and th...

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by cedarjet
Sun Aug 01, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 259
Views: 102379

Re: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark

I first flew on an A320 with NW in August 1990 from DCA to MSP. It still had the new car smell. Bet it's beer cans now...... My first A320 was NW as well, Feb 1992, flying an usual route from London to Sydney, NW LGW-MSP-LAX, UA LAX-SYD. LGW to MSP was a cranky old 747-151, LAX to SYD was a brand n...

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by cedarjet
Sat Jul 31, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Sam Chui's video on the current state of the ME3
Replies: 32
Views: 4857

Re: Sam Chui's video on the current state of the ME3

I’ve worked with Sam and know him well and he doesn’t get paid by the airlines in his videos. Probably a mix of 50/50 purchased tickets and free tickets. YouTube pays generously when you’re getting a million views per video, he doesn’t need to get paid by airlines. It’s his commitment to the hobby t...

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by cedarjet
Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier CL 600 down near Truckee, California
Replies: 136
Views: 27394

Re: Bombardier CL 600 down near Truckee, California

airlinepeanuts wrote:
I’ve seen conflicting reports as to whether 3 or 4 people were on board. 3 would suggest one pilot l, maybe throat had something to do with it?

CL-600 is not a single pilot aircraft

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by cedarjet
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Walking tour of Baghdad
Replies: 13
Views: 1219

Re: Walking tour of Baghdad

Nice work! I had a ten day holiday in Iraq in 2018, bit shabby but great food people and unrivalled history that spans millennia. Highly recommended

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by cedarjet
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "CO2 Emissions Would Fall 34% If Every Fleet Was As Young As Wizz Air’s"
Replies: 61
Views: 5630

Re: "CO2 Emissions Would Fall 34% If Every Fleet Was As Young As Wizz Air’s"

The embedded carbon created by building new planes is worse than flying old gas guzzlers til they’re ready to drop. Same with cars, if you want to help the environment, don’t buy a Tesla, keep driving your 2003 Ford til it’s ready for scrapping

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by cedarjet
Thu Jul 22, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MEM and UA early 80s
Replies: 27
Views: 3911

Re: MEM and UA early 80s

I think part of the reason those provincial hops don’t exist is because of the inequality of wealth that defines modern USA. In the old days those small towns and cities had micro economic constellations of regionally owned businesses and a large middle class. A lot of that wealth has migrated to th...

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by cedarjet
Mon Jul 19, 2021 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR
Replies: 156
Views: 45939

Re: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR

TUGMASTER wrote:
Revelation wrote:

As one of my co-workers likes to say, when man makes something idiot proof, God invents a better idiot.


And this is why we need like buttons on this site.

Another variant is, the trouble with idiots is they’re so damn clever

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by cedarjet
Mon Jul 19, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American suspends Sydney
Replies: 75
Views: 13915

Re: American suspends Sydney

Australia has halved the cap on arrivals. 6,000 to 3,000 per week. Interesting they’re shooting for zero Covid. Wonder if it’s worth the effort. Covid will be with us forever after all. Will they keep the borders closed forever?

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by cedarjet
Mon Jul 19, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA 800 lost 25 years ago July 17, 1996
Replies: 48
Views: 7149

Re: TWA 800 lost 25 years ago July 17, 1996

It isn’t only Cashill though. TWA and NTSB investigators who were involved are on record about strange and possibly illegal conduct by FBI agents. It’s not, but out of the many hundreds (if not thousands) of people involved in the investigation, how many have spoken out? Not many. No denying howeve...

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by cedarjet
Sun Jul 18, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA 800 lost 25 years ago July 17, 1996
Replies: 48
Views: 7149

Re: TWA 800 lost 25 years ago July 17, 1996

Aaron747 wrote:
slider wrote:
It's hard to fathom it's been 25 years.

And justice has still been evaded.

To the memory of the 230 souls lost...


Curious - who or what should be brought to justice?

I guess someone knows better than the combined might of the NTSB and FBI. Shame they didn’t ask for his help

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by cedarjet
Sun Jul 18, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New livery for American Airlines?
Replies: 98
Views: 22043

Re: New livery for American Airlines?

Interesting to find defenders of the current livery here. I literally didn’t know there was a single one out there

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by cedarjet
Thu Jul 15, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot opens Berlin - Athens
Replies: 13
Views: 2879

Re: Scoot opens Berlin - Athens

Why would you? And before you say widebody, it's still an awful ULCC experience, just on a bigger plane. Do it once as a novelty flight. Otherwise, thanks, but no thanks! That’s about as good as it gets for air travel anywhere since about 2003. Rather Scoot than Ryanair or Aegean. At least you can ...

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by cedarjet
Mon Jul 12, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa back in Tehran with 2 planes?
Replies: 9
Views: 3812

Re: Lufthansa back in Tehran with 2 planes?

Great to see a European airline back in beautiful Iran. Lufty was always the leader in recent years, nightly 747 when other airlines sent A320s (AZ, OS) or at most MD-11/A330 (KL)

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by cedarjet
Sun Jul 04, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx Retires Last DC-10-10 Freighter
Replies: 43
Views: 8900

Re: FedEx Retires Last DC-10-10 Freighter

Actually the -15 and the -10 are the same. The only reason there was a -15 is because the Japanese wanted a better version than we here in the west had, so Micky D gave them the -15. Oh brother. The -15 was a -10 with the General Electric engines of a -30, and sold to Aeromexico and Mexicana to cop...

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by cedarjet
Sun Jul 04, 2021 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx Retires Last DC-10-10 Freighter
Replies: 43
Views: 8900

Re: FedEx Retires Last DC-10-10 Freighter

I recall my long time past ex gfs step dad was a pilot who described the DC landing sequence as a “controlled crash, every time.” The tail heavy configuration during landing gave little room for forgiveness. He wasn’t a 10 pilot though, so his experience on that type was jumpseating only. Nothing c...

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by cedarjet
Sat Jul 03, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Biman Bangladesh Airlines non-stop to Toronto
Replies: 29
Views: 6845

Re: Biman Bangladesh Airlines non-stop to Toronto

Pretty sure Canada, like the USA, does not allow airside transit (although unlike the USA I don’t think bags have to be imported through Canadian customs). Presumably Bangladeshis will need Canadian visas to take advantage of this agreement?

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by cedarjet
Sat Jul 03, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 88843

Re: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL

Agreed the pilot who did the majority of the radio calls was ineffective. Air traffic controller missed the first two requests to return completely. He wasn’t the only culprit of poor RT. Almost every single transmission is stepped on by someone else making a call, which is crazy. Not sure what’s up...

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by cedarjet
Thu Jul 01, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW Airline of the Year - Korean Air
Replies: 7
Views: 1618

Re: ATW Airline of the Year - Korean Air

Fantastic airline pre-Covid, some of my best ever flights. But how any airline could be “airline of the year” in the current situation is ridiculous. I guess they have to give it to someone, but Koreanair, where on gods earth are they flying to? If it’s purely for freight ops I guess they’re a candi...

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by cedarjet
Sun Jun 27, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air and the Russian TU-204
Replies: 19
Views: 4331

Re: Iran Air and the Russian TU-204

Mahan Air leased a couple of Tu-204s from Air Cairo which served as a national evaluation of the type and the verdict was a thumbs down. Iran and its aviation sector institutionally has a strong preference for American hardware. Shame the US government has such a hostile policy towards Iran, it coul...

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by cedarjet
Thu Jun 24, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat to launch Miami
Replies: 23
Views: 4403

Re: Air Transat to launch Miami

Do we think the US/Canada border will actually open to tourists or are we just playing fantasy network planner? And if so when? Because a lot has to happen between now and then if it’s not just the latter

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by cedarjet
Tue Jun 22, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Airport marks 40 years as an American Airlines hub
Replies: 57
Views: 7917

Re: DFW Airport marks 40 years as an American Airlines hub

Lots of flights at DAL do not a hub make. “Hub” means connectivity. Nearly all of the flights in the 1973 timetable are once or twice daily. That’s just O&D, sorry.

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by cedarjet
Mon Jun 21, 2021 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Airport marks 40 years as an American Airlines hub
Replies: 57
Views: 7917

Re: DFW Airport marks 40 years as an American Airlines hub

modernArt wrote:
Dallas has been a hub for American for far longer than 40 years...

Not really. It was an 80s Robert Crandall move

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by cedarjet
Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will more nonstop flights get added to KIX from North America and Europe for the Expo 2025 in Osaka?
Replies: 17
Views: 2615

Re: Will more nonstop flights get added to KIX from North America and Europe for the Expo 2025 in Osaka?

It’s a nice airport. At times JAL have given it a soft subsidy by using it where possible as a connecting hub, to maybe goose the numbers a bit, by making it a cheaper connecting point than NRT and optimising it in search engines and GDS. Nice for me because when I flew JAL from Sydney to London in ...

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by cedarjet
Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS
Replies: 254
Views: 23066

Re: CX Working With Airbus on Single-Pilot System for A350 With 2025 EIS

Lots of times there’s only one pilot up the front for sustained periods of time. I’ve been a passenger on two-crew 747s to New York where I’ve been friends with the first officer and they’ve come back and hung out in the galley for 20 mins. My good buddy’s first flight on the 777 was to Mauritius wh...

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by cedarjet
Wed Jun 16, 2021 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to split from IAG ?
Replies: 40
Views: 11143

Re: BA to split from IAG ?

BA leaving IAG is like saying British is leaving Airways

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by cedarjet
Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Cargo Announces First Routes
Replies: 21
Views: 5355

Re: Air Canada Cargo Announces First Routes

LH982 wrote:
Well that's the avocados sorted. Would be lovely if they could give a nod back to the DC8s, and paint one in the old cargo scheme.

There’s a few good retro cargoliners out there — an ABX 767, a Cargolux 747, and there’s even a Venezuelan A300 in Viasa colours. So you never know yer luck!

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by cedarjet
Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chaos erupts onboard Azul flight
Replies: 12
Views: 6252

Re: Chaos erupts onboard Azul flight

Utterly unrelated to air rage. If he showed up in a shopping centre it’d be the same reaction

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by cedarjet
Thu Jun 03, 2021 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO
Replies: 105
Views: 16082

Re: Reuters: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO

I've always wondered why you wouldn't tolerate longer boarding times on longer range aircraft, and want shorter boarding times on shorter range aircraft, since there are more turns per day. That would imply that a shorter range aircraft with two aisles might be feasible if the turn times could be d...

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by cedarjet
Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Airbus Backs Lightweight Wing to Preserve Its Lead Over Boeing
Replies: 240
Views: 38886

Re: Bloomberg: Airbus Backs Lightweight Wing to Preserve Its Lead Over Boeing

Will Airbus wings continue to be designed and built in the UK? To avoid the mountains of red tape created by the UK’s disastrous exit from the EU, it may well make sense to build wings inside the customs union. Just one example, Romania built BAC-111s, and wages there are probably half what they ar...

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by cedarjet
Tue Jun 01, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: City Pairs with “Endless Demand”
Replies: 37
Views: 4165

Re: City Pairs with “Endless Demand”

Yip no way was/is JFK-LHR always full. Certain BA sectors eg mid winter often ran poorly filled in all classes. Although the corresponding reverse service may have been full and not forgetting cargo. But, from a pax point of view most definitely not ‘always full’ Of course there was the odd rainy T...

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by cedarjet
Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: City Pairs with “Endless Demand”
Replies: 37
Views: 4165

Re: City Pairs with “Endless Demand”

LHR-JFK. BA had about eight frequencies a day, almost all 747. Total frequency across all airlines (DL, BA, VS, plus Norwegian from Gatwick and UA and BA to Newark) approx 40 widebodies per day. All full and very profitable

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by cedarjet
Fri May 28, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerion Supersonic shuts down
Replies: 49
Views: 10413

Re: Aerion Supersonic shuts down

You have to be in deep denial about climate science to think this is bad news

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