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by airsmiles
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Aviation plans to have a fleet of A340 cargo
Replies: 36
Views: 6220

Re: European Aviation plans to have a fleet of A340 cargo

European isn’t just an airline, but a diverse business covering spares, conversion, maintenance and resprays. It’s been going over 30 years and operates in a particular niche that few others could make work.

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by airsmiles
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY
Replies: 163
Views: 29705

Re: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY

Then there’s the environmental impact. These airlines might operate newer fuel efficient aircraft but LCC’s have created a huge new demand for flying that didn’t exist before. The additional environmental emissions are huge but most people try and ignore that. Apart from feeding people’s selfish ri...

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by airsmiles
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY
Replies: 163
Views: 29705

Re: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY

Yawn. Another low-fare start up who wants to lose some investors money. How many times do these ventures have to start and fail before people learn. After five decades of watching these startups undermine the whole airline industry, I’ve lost my patience. If you want to know why there’s a race to t...

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by airsmiles
Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY
Replies: 163
Views: 29705

Re: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY

Yawn. Another low-fare start up who wants to lose some investors money. How many times do these ventures have to start and fail before people learn. After five decades of watching these startups undermine the whole airline industry, I’ve lost my patience. If you want to know why there’s a race to t...

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by airsmiles
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY
Replies: 163
Views: 29705

Re: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY

Yawn. Another low-fare start up who wants to lose some investors money. How many times do these ventures have to start and fail before people learn. After five decades of watching these startups undermine the whole airline industry, I’ve lost my patience. If you want to know why there’s a race to th...

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by airsmiles
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways 787-10
Replies: 75
Views: 29714

Re: British Airways 787-10

What’s causing these repeated delays?

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by airsmiles
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 200
Views: 51651

Re: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread

It’s widely known in the UK that Norwegian was almost bankrupt. Regardless of their new ownership I just can’t see how they expect the UK public to trust them again. A short haul trip booked at short notice is one thing, but a more expensive ticket booked many months ahead would be very risky for t...

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by airsmiles
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 200
Views: 51651

Re: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread

It’s widely known in the UK that Norwegian was almost bankrupt. Regardless of their new ownership I just can’t see how they expect the UK public to trust them again. A short haul trip booked at short notice is one thing, but a more expensive ticket booked many months ahead would be very risky for th...

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by airsmiles
Wed May 27, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 200
Views: 51651

Re: Updated :Norwegian Bankruptcy

What I don’t understand about ‘new’ Norwegian is why any prospective passenger would take a financial risk and book a ticket with them, especially one to travel well ahead of booking. Everyone knows they’ve been financially crippled and, with being largely out of the international market for so long...

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by airsmiles
Sat May 23, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles
Replies: 27
Views: 6968

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

9H-NHS and 9H-EAL are separate aircraft. Both ex-Virgin.


9H-NHS is ex-G-VWIN and 9H-EAL is ex-G-VNAP. They also operate another A346, 9H-PGS, which was formerly Etihad’s A6-EHK.

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by airsmiles
Wed May 20, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to take delivery of first 787-10 arriving at LHR around 8am on 21 May 2020
Replies: 90
Views: 19313

Re: British Airways to take delivery of first 787-10 arriving at LHR around 8am on 21 May 2020

LGW always gets LHR hand-me-downs when it comes to BA. At least two of the 777s @LGW are the newest -200ERs and non of the G-GAT 320s are ex LHR so not entirely true Gatwick based G-YMMR and G-YMMS were part of the last batch of four -200ER’s delivered in 2009. However, they were swapped with two o...

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by airsmiles
Wed May 06, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146809

Re: DY Financial Discussion - 2020

This whole saga reminds me of Air Europe in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. An over ambitious airline sets up a complex web of businesses so that no one knows what’s really going on. They then fly every entitled passenger to all manner of destinations for ridiculously low fares until the whole sho...

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by airsmiles
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If the 737max is killed, will Boeing restart producing the 737NG ?
Replies: 38
Views: 4700

Re: If the 737max is killed, will Boeing restart producing the 737NG ?

I think what’s clear is that many people fall firmly into either camp. Some insist that it’s a stupid idea to scrap the MAX, while others cannot possibly see how it will, or should, survive. The market will decide and I personally think many airlines will choose short-term survival rather than spend...

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by airsmiles
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146809

Re: DY Financial Discussion - 2020

I’m not sure ‘own a lot of their planes’ tells the whole story though. Okay they’re not leased but they could still be repossessed by the banks at any time. Luckily the banks have no desire to repossess anything at the moment, which must really strengthen Norwegian’s hand in negotiating a deal of so...

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by airsmiles
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1117
Views: 307262

Re: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread

KLM735 (PH-BFY) and KLM713 (PH-BFN) are outbound from AMS this morning, so how many more days of operation do the passenger 747’s have?

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by airsmiles
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146809

Re: DY Financial Discussion - 2020

There’s point in wasting the oil fund on a lost cause. Airlines will struggle for a long time to come, so capacity reduction and airline consolidation are bound to follow.

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by airsmiles
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146809

Re: DY Financial Discussion - 2020

Norwegian is flying some of its withdrawn B789 to base: - 16 Mar 2020 CDG - OSL DY8982 B789 LN-LNO en-route - 16 Mar 2020 AMS - SVG DY8985 B789 SE-RXZ en-route - 15 Mar 2020 CDG - SVG DY8987 B789 LN-LNP Landed 19:36 - 14 Mar 2020 PIK - OSL DY8985 B789 LN-LNK Landed 19:18 - 13 Mar 2020 FCO - ARN DY8...

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by airsmiles
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146809

Re: DY Financial Discussion - 2020

a350lover wrote:
Just bad timing for de-fleet, specially of big jets.


The 787’s would appeal to an operator who could withdraw (e.g.) 747’s, rebalance their overall capacity and get some fuel savings.

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by airsmiles
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146809

Re: DY Financial Discussion - 2020

What’s seems clear is that it be will a case of survival of the fittest. I don’t see how Norwegian can possibly fit into that category. I see even more consolidation of airlines as the weakest drop out and others get taken over.

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by airsmiles
Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UTA Airlines Green Doors
Replies: 34
Views: 5259

Re: UTA Airlines Green Doors

I remember seeing UTA DC-8’s at Nice about 1975 and this colour scheme was nothing like I’d seen before. The green doors made the livery. Happy days.

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by airsmiles
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways retire 3x Airbus a319s
Replies: 21
Views: 8945

Re: British Airways retire 3x Airbus a319s

ro318 wrote:
Have noticed recently that a lot of ex BMI A319 have transferred over to LHR...any reason for this?


I think it’s because they don’t have palletised baggage handling equipment.

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by airsmiles
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1117
Views: 307262

Re: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread

That’s an early one so the total hours will be interesting.

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by airsmiles
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC
Replies: 261
Views: 57980

Re: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC

In seriously disappointed by the loss of LHR-LAX. Air New Zealand is by far the best airline on this route and I’m surprised they’re pulling out. I wouldn’t consider United in the same league as ANZ judging by my past experiences, so I’m not sure what I’ll do in the future.

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by airsmiles
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How do airlines determine which specific instance of a type it routes?
Replies: 12
Views: 2695

Re: How do airlines determine which specific instance of a type it routes?

BA have a large fleet of B777-200ER’s but you’ll invariably only ever see the same six in Buenos Aires (YMMA, YMMB, YMME, YMMF, YMMT & YMMU). I think it’s something to do with onboard crew rest facilities rather than seating configuration.

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by airsmiles
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 767 off to the scrapper 1st Nov
Replies: 136
Views: 25537

Re: BA 767 off to the scrapper 1st Nov

I still can’t get my head around these B767’s being withdrawn. Apart from BNWA/BNWB, the others weren’t especially old. With engine commonality with the B747’s and fully paid for aircraft, continuing operations with them couldn’t have been too onerous. They do seem to be losing a fair bit of operati...

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by airsmiles
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 767 off to the scrapper 1st Nov
Replies: 136
Views: 25537

Re: BA 767 off to the scrapper 1st Nov

Have any of the new G-NEOx series A321’s arrived yet to replace the short-haul B767’s?

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by airsmiles
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A320neo registrations
Replies: 33
Views: 5471

Re: BA A320neo registrations

All cool but assumes no more than 26 of one variant right? Or do they move to TTO/TTP and so on? There could be some overlap with numbers. So a few more, skipping the pairs that confuse. Additionally, the UK register doesn't currently permit the re-use of marks, so any G-TTNx mark that's previously...

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by airsmiles
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 250
Views: 19260

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

My best experience was walking out to greet our KLM MD11 at Bonaire in 2003. A superb aircraft in a great colour scheme.

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by airsmiles
Mon May 28, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Crown Flights
Replies: 32
Views: 8446

Re: British Crown Flights

The two BA 777’s fitted for Royal Suite conversion are G-YMMO and either G-YMMN or G-YMMP. Which I believe are about to have First removed and more Y going in and J going in the place of F. That's a lot more seats to come out to create living areas! I might be corrected here, but the densification ...

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by airsmiles
Sun May 27, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Crown Flights
Replies: 32
Views: 8446

Re: British Crown Flights

The two BA 777’s fitted for Royal Suite conversion are G-YMMO and either G-YMMN or G-YMMP.

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by airsmiles
Thu May 24, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO
Replies: 24
Views: 8295

Re: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO

Exactly one year old.

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by airsmiles
Fri May 18, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747SP Coming To YLW 18/5/18
Replies: 16
Views: 2514

Re: 747SP Coming To YLW 18/5/18

It left its previous home in BOH England and routed via Shannon.

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by airsmiles
Fri May 18, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747SP Coming To YLW 18/5/18
Replies: 16
Views: 2514

Re: 747SP Coming To YLW 18/5/18

It’s VP-BAT

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by airsmiles
Thu May 10, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st Aircraft in Lufthansa updated Livery. D-ABVM (B744)
Replies: 92
Views: 18628

Re: 1st Aircraft in Lufthansa updated Livery. D-ABVM (B744)

Equally as dull and boring as the earlier version IMHO. Perhaps they could have tried the UTA approach and painted all of the doors yellow.

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by airsmiles
Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR 747-8I @ LAX
Replies: 5
Views: 2321

Re: QR 747-8I @ LAX

Sure it's not VQ-BSK which has similar colours to Amiri Flight? It actually belongs to the ex-ruler of Qatar.

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by airsmiles
Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Europa A330s At LGW
Replies: 3
Views: 7990

RE: Air Europa A330s At LGW

They mostly operate the Saturday evening flight, but appear at other times on an ad-hoc basis.

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by airsmiles
Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA To Lease 10 A320 For LGW
Replies: 101
Views: 31274

RE: BA To Lease 10 A320 For LGW

As far as I know there was only one ex-<acronym title="Bloomington / Normal - Central Illinois Regional (BMI / KBMI), USA - Illinois">BMI</acronym> A320 that wasn't containerized and that's already been transferred to <acronym title="London - Gatwick (LGW / EGKK), United Kingdom">LGW</acronym>. I'm ...

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by airsmiles
Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU Vote May Lead To Suspension Of EU-US Flights
Replies: 61
Views: 21026

RE: EU Vote May Lead To Suspension Of EU-US Flights

This is just the sort of decision the EU bureaucrats churn out regularly. When they eventually realise it's impractical to dictate to the rest of the world they then have to climb down and find a way of out the mess they create. They did the same for their emissions trading scheme but no one played ...

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by airsmiles
Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United B787 Fleet Size
Replies: 22
Views: 11286

RE: United B787 Fleet Size

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction N328KF.

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by airsmiles
Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United B787 Fleet Size
Replies: 22
Views: 11286

RE: United B787 Fleet Size

That makes much more sense. I admit I don't have any official sources of information so had to resort to Airfleets. That said only 6 but another online source said 6 delivered + 2 remaining on order. Thanks

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by airsmiles
Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United B787 Fleet Size
Replies: 22
Views: 11286

United B787 Fleet Size

I've just noticed that there will only be 8 Boeing 787's in the United fleet when they're all delivered. I realise they were ordered by Continental before the merger, but 8 is still a small fleet for a new aircraft type in any large airline. Why so few and are there any more orders/options I haven't...

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by airsmiles
Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Revamping Museum In ATL
Replies: 48
Views: 8382

RE: DL Revamping Museum In ATL

I was working in Atlanta for a couple of months last year but I found the museum had very restricted opening hours. From memory it was only a few days a week. Such a shame as I passed through the airport quite frequently and missed the chance.

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by airsmiles
Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA 787 Had Electrical Issue
Replies: 87
Views: 25626

ANA 787 Had Electrical Issue

I see todays UAL125 Heathrow-Houston flight is now cancelled after a 2-hour delay. A/c is B787 N20904. Does anyone have any information why it's cancelled?

It's a shame because UAL124/UAL125 has had much better time-keeping in the last few days.

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by airsmiles
Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ETAs For BA 787 Deliveries @ LHR This Week
Replies: 139
Views: 32460

RE: ETAs For BA 787 Deliveries @ LHR This Week

The engines are the same as any other twin. Apart from the crinkly bits at the rear of the nacelle, an engine is an engine whatever isn't it? My biggest problem with the looks of the 787 is that pig ugly nose. I assume it's done for streamlining but for me it's the end of an era when aircraft actual...

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by airsmiles
Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomson G-TUIB (787) Bird Strike
Replies: 21
Views: 23441

RE: Thomson G-TUIB (787) Bird Strike

I'm impressed it was able to carry on normally. Doesn't a bird strike usually mean shutting down the engine and immediately returning to the nearest airfield?

BTW, what engines do Thomson have on their 787's?

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by airsmiles
Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI B787s Not Showing On FlightAware
Replies: 3
Views: 2436

RE: AI B787s Not Showing On FlightAware

It's my understanding that Flightaware only shows flights passing through US airspace, so are the AI 787's flying routes to the US?

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by airsmiles
Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/delivery Thread Part 15
Replies: 307
Views: 61644

RE: 787 Production/delivery Thread Part 15

Thanks 7BOEING7. That makes perfect sense.

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by airsmiles
Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/delivery Thread Part 15
Replies: 307
Views: 61644

RE: 787 Production/delivery Thread Part 15

I'm a bit confused by these variable numbers everyone is quoting. Why do Boeing use another number when they already have c/n's, which I believe are effectively sales booking numbers, and line numbers which I believe are the sequence they come off the production line? How does the two-letter / three...

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by airsmiles
Sun May 19, 2013 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Runway At YYZ? (and Other Questions)
Replies: 8
Views: 3723

RE: Which Runway At YYZ? (and Other Questions)

When we landed in <acronym title="Toronto - Lester B. Pearson International (Malton) (YYZ / CYYZ), Canada - >YYZ</acronym> during February, I'm sure that big black building was surrounded by Air Canada aircraft, so I assume it's their maintenance base. I think the community area you mention is actua...

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by airsmiles
Wed May 15, 2013 5:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta B767-300 ADS-B Equipment
Replies: 17
Views: 6304

RE: Delta B767-300 ADS-B Equipment

Agreed a lot of the 'internal' North American fleet doesn't plot on the trackers. The original post is specifically referring to Delta B767-300's though. <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym>_Mech has probably offered the best explanation. Apart from the 3 test aircraft he mentions, th...

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